Day: November 18, 2012
From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:
between the lines
howl: peter van huffel, as/ roland fidezius, b/ rudi fischerlehner, dr, perc
d’istante 3: blaise siwula, as, ts, cl, bcl/ giancarlo mazzu, g/ luciano troja, p
ancestors: wadada leo smith, tp, perc/ louis moholo-moholo, dr, perc, vo
out to lynch: kalle kalima, el g, perc/ mikko innanen, as, bari s, fl, perc/ veli kujala, acc, perc/ teppo hauta-aho, b, perc, doors
dialogue dreams: nico huijbregts, p/ duos with various musicians
vermilion traces: frank gratkowski, as, cl, bcl, cl/ chris brown, p/ william winant, perc, mallets
the clairvoyant: ivo perelman, ts/ matt shipp, p/ whit dickey, dr
living jelly: ivo perelman, ts: joe morris, g/ gerald cleaver, dr
what country is this?: the resonance ensembleibsen’s ghosts: joe mcphee, ts: jeb bishop, tbn/ inbrigt haker flate, b/ michael zerang, dr
stellar pulsations: angelica sanchez, p/ rob mazurek, cornet/ matt lux, bass g/ john herndon, dr
afro straight: ernest dawkins’ straight ahead afro ensemble
das beet: andreas schaerer, vo, toys, elec/ claude meier, b, elec/ christophe steiner, dr, perc
By Dan Coffey
The nucleus of musicians on The Nows is percussionist Paul Lytton and Nate Wooley, an up-and-coming trumpet legend who is also credited on this album with “amplifier.” Spread out between two discs, The Nows essentially contains three different groups, each with their own distinct personality.
The Nows covers two Lytton/Wooley performances from their 2011 US tour. The first disc captures them playing as a duo in a 35 minute free-jazz piece that veers from high-energy to calm concentration, but always with the thrill of not knowing what’s coming next. The next two tracks on the disc, which was from a concert given at The Stone in New York City, feature Ikue Mori alongside the duo, credited with playing “computer.” Mori’s playfully anarchic presence seems to cause Lytton and Wooley to sit back and listen more than they might have otherwise. And, of course, with Mori’s penchant for all manner of sounds, including ersatz percussion, it’s delightfully difficult at times to pick out who is playing which instrument.
The second disc also opens with Lytton and Wooley performing as a duo, this time at The Midnight in Chicago, 14 days after the concert featured on the first disc. This time we’re treated to two duo performances – the first about half the length of the previous disc’s duo performance and the second a powerhouse four-minute workout that may make one wish it was the 35-minute duo track on the previous disc (depending, of course, on one’s temperament at the time of listening). These two duo tracks are followed by three with the addition of Ken Vandermark, playing clarinet, bass clarinet, and tenor and baritone saxophone. As might be expected given Vandermark’s presence, Wooley and Lytton largely dispense with the concentration and tentative silences that are a defining characteristic of their playing alongside Mori. The interesting thing about these two is that, even before the third musician enters the field, they seem to have already altered their dynamic to allow for that musician’s presence. The Nows is a fantastic study in contrasts, from the whimsy and delicacy (and occasional noise!) of the concert with Mori, to the high-speed blustering conversation with Vandermark. This two-disc set showcases two generations of free improvisers (Lytton, of course, has been around for decades) closing the generation gap and making extraordinary music as a duo and with two of the finest American improvisers.
Hamid Drake/Kent Kessler/Ken Vandermark: DKV 7CD ’08-11 Box Set!
Dave Liebman/Marc Ribot!! Jon Irabagon/Mike Pride/Mick Barr! Rez Abbasi Trio! Vinny Golia/Marco Eneidi Qt! Nate Wooley & Mivos Qt! Lean Left: Ex Guitars + Vandermark! Boris Hegenbart/Fred Frith/Oren Ambarchi!
Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad/Haker Flaten/Nilssen-Love! Jacob Anderskov/Chris Speed/Michael Formanek/Gerald Cleaver! Liudas Mockunas & Barry Guy! Lazro/Pauvros/Turner! Ran Blake & David Fabris! Han Bennink Trio! Stefan Pasborg/Mikko Innanen/Mockunas!
Pinhas/Merzbow/Wolf Eyes! Gianni Gebbia/Wadada Leo Smith Qt! Phil Gibbs/Mossa Bildner Alembic Qt! Chris Welcome/Shayna Dulberger/Walter Wright! Jeff Kaiser! Paul Flaherty! Michael Vlatkovich! Scanner! Skaller/Holt Duo Performs Mark Dresser!
Lol Coxhil Book! Nagl/Coxhill CD! Garbarek/Gismonti/Haden: Magico Live ’81! Acid Mothers Temple! Folke Rabe! Miles/Coltrane Zurich ’62! Mark Stewart! Terje Rypdal: Dreams 1967! Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble!
The DMG Free In-Store Performance Series Continues With:
Sunday, November 18th Double-Header:
6pm: BILL COLE / SHAYNA DULBERGER DUO! Double Reeds & Upright Bass!
7pm: ERIKA DAGNINO / RAS MOSHE / MATT LAVELLE + STEVE DALACHINSKY! Poetry/Sax/Trumpet & Reeds!
Sunday, November 25th Double-Header:
6pm: DEE POP and DANIEL CARTER! Outstanding Drums & Multi-Horn Duo!
7pm: FLIPCITY: DAVID AARON – Saxes / WILL McEVOY – Bass / KATE PITTMAN – Drums!
Sunday, December 2nd – MannyLunch Birthday Double-Header:
6pm: ISAAC DARCHE/HAIM PESKOFF/NICK JOST! New BJU CD – Guitar/Bass/Drums!
7pm: JESSE DULMAN & JASON CANDLER – Tubs & Electric Sax Duo!
Sunday, December 9th Double-Header:
6pm: MATT LAVELLE – Solo Reading from his Book & Music for Trumpet & Reeds!
7pm: JAMES BRANDON LEWIS / MAX JOHNSON / WES REID – Tenor Sax, Bass & Drums
Sunday, December 16th Double-Header:
6pm: GEORGE SCHULLER / PETER APFELBAUM / BRAD SHEPIK! Drums / Tenor Sax / Guitar Trio! 7pm: LISA MEZZACAPPA / MATT NELSON / JONATHAN GOLDBERGER! – Bass, Tenor Sax, El Guitar!
Sunday, December 23rd:
6pm: DMG’s First Annual Happy Holiday Party – Food, Drink, and surprise Musical Guests!
From A Closer Listen:
Gareth Davis & Francis-Marie Uitti ~ Terra Incognita
Arafúra ~ Humores I-IV
Alex Durlak / Damian Valles ~ Guitar and Drums
Sujo + Sun Hammer ~ Fistula
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