AMN Picks of the Week: Pharaoh and the Underground / Nathan Parker Smith / Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara / John Dikeman


Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Pharaoh and the Underground – Spiral Mercury (2014)
Nathan Parker Smith – Not Dark Yet (2014)
Taylor Ho Bynum / Tomas Fujiwara – Through Foundation (2014)
John Dikeman – The Double Trio (2014)

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Newsbits: The Oatmeal on the Music Industry / Coltrane Release Event / Fantomas Reunite / Anna Webber and Matt Ulery Releases


John Coltrane

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The Oatmeal has a comic take on the state of the music industry over the years.

An unreleased John Coltrane recording, Offering: Live at Temple University, will be accompanied by a national launch event planned on Coltrane’s Birthday, September 23rd, 5:30 PM at Temple University Library, not far from the location of the original concert. The event will feature a panel discussion including critics John Szwed and Francis Davis; Musicians Robert Kenyatta & Carl Grubbs; and moderator, Host of “The Bridge” on WRTI-FM, J. Michael Harrison.

According to Mike Patton, the supergroup Fantomas will be reuniting for a concert.

On the new release front, NYC-Based saxophonist & composer Anna Webber is coming out with Simple (Skirl Records), featuring pianist Matt Mitchell & drummer John Hollenbeck. Also Chicago bassist & composer Matt Ulery will release his second chamber-jazz offering, In The Ivory (Greenleaf Music), including his cote trio, the eighth blackbird, violinist Zach Brock, and vocalist Grazyna Auguscik.

Steve Coleman is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow


Steve Coleman

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From the MacArthur Foundation:

Steve Coleman is an alto saxophonist and composer whose technical virtuosity and engagement with musical traditions and styles from around the world are expanding the expressive and formal possibilities of spontaneous composition. Whether performing solo or with his regular ensemble, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Coleman delivers signature performances of notated works and brings a masterful facility to intricate and complex improvised pieces. His original compositions weave disciplined rhythmic structures, refined tonal progressions, and overlapping and mixed meters into soulful and fluid interpretations.

AMN (Retro) Picks of the Week: Francis Dhomont / Chicago Underground Trio


Recently I had the opportunity to purchase almost 50 used CDs at a very good price. I’m slowly going through these and will be posting some of the better ones in a few special “retro” Picks of the Week articles. Enjoy.

Francis Dhomont – …et Autres Utopies (2006)
Francis Dhomont – Cycle du Son (2001)
Chicago Underground Trio – Possible Cube (1999)
Chicago Underground Trio – Flamethrower (2000)
Chicago Underground Trio – Slon (2004)

Newsbits: Amazon Smile / Francois Carrier / Mr. Bungle / Bielecki Foundation / George Crumb


Matthew Shipp

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Amazon.com has launched Smile, a way a way for you to fund a charitable organization. Amazon will donate a portion of the

price of your purchases to your favorite charitable organization. A number of charities have signed up and I have chosen Portland’s Creative Music Guild. Hopefully other creative music organizations will use the program as well.

Francois Carrier has two new releases out, Russian Concerts 1 and 2, with Carrier, Michel Lambert, and Alexey Lapin. Volume 2, for example, features 8 pieces Recorded live in Moscow at Nikitskaya Jewish Cultural Center (JCC) on April 28 and in St. Petersburg at ESG-21 (Experimental Sound Gallery) on April 29 and JFC Jazz Club on April 30, 2013.

Avant-rock gurus Mr. Bungle are releasing their catalog on vinyl.

Robert D. Bielecki has started a foundation, and some of his first grants have gone to Matthew Shipp, Fred Van Hove, and Downtown Music.

The 35th Festival for Free & Improvised Music is reviewed.

George Crumb’s Ancient Voices for Children was performed at the BAM.

AMN (Retro) Picks of the Week: Tim Berne / Jason Lescalleet


Tim Berne

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Recently I had the opportunity to purchase almost 50 used CDs at a very good price. I’m slowly going through these and will be posting some of the better ones in a few special “retro” Picks of the Week articles. Enjoy.

Tim Berne / Hard Cell – Hard Cell Live (2004)
Tim Berne / Hard Cell – Feign (2005)
Tim Berne / Paraphrase – Pre-Emptive Denial (2005)
Joe Colley / Jason Lescalleet – Annihilate This Week (2006)
Graham Lambkin / Jason Lescalleet – The Breadwinner (2008)

Newsbits: Barbiero and Margolis in DC / Cline and Lage Duo Release


Nels Cline

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Following up on their collaboration on The Rationale for a Space Telescope, Al Margolis (If, Bwana) and Daniel Barbiero will play a set on Saturday, September 13, 7:30 PM, at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, 8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD. The show is a benefit for the 2014 Sonic Circuits Festival.

The duo of Nels Cline (Wilco, The Nels Cline Singers) & Julian Lage (Mark O’Connor, Jim Hall) will release a duo album ROOM on November 25 via Mack Avenue Records.