Monk Mink Pink Punk 23 Released


From Monk Mink Pink Punk:

INTERVIEW: Ken Friedman
INTERVIEW: Gyorgy Ligeti
SURVEY: Question: Visual Art Influence?
REVIEWS: Modern Composition
REVIEWS: Jazz
REVIEWS: Noise / Sound Art
REVIEWS: Rock
REVIEWS: Vocal Music
REVIEWS: Lost Reviews from 1998
REVIEWS: Small Press Reviews

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Bernard Stollman Interview


From Chronogram:

It’s July 10, 1964. The location is Variety Arts, a tiny, low-budget recording studio near Times Square, where 35-year-old Bernard Stollman sits in the reception area. In the nearby live room, saxophonist Albert Ayler, bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Sunny Murray are playing as the tape rolls. The engineer has left the control room door open so that Stollman and singer-composer Annette Peacock, then Gary’s wife, can hear the session. The sounds come surging in like a hard rain. The music is primal, elastic, frequently dissonant, and marked by a frayed cry that conjures the deepest gospel blues. Stollman, who hired the musicians and the studio, is elated. He turns to Annette, dazed, and says, “What an auspicious beginning for a record label!” And how. Released that year as the Albert Ayler Trio’s Spiritual Unity, the recording stands as a landmark of free jazz and the first officially recognized title of Stollman’s ESP-Disk Records imprint.

Mary Halvorson on Thumbscrew


From New Music Circle, in anticipation of Thumbscrew’s St. Louis performance on September 12:

Thumbscrew’s beginning was an accident of sorts. Tomas and I have been playing together for 10 years now, and one of the many bands we play in together is Taylor Ho Bynum’s Sextet. A few years ago, Michael Formanek was subbing in Taylor’s band for a performance in New York, and the three of us (Michael, Tomas and myself) really hit it off musically as a rhythm section. We immediately talked about doing more playing as a trio. When we got together a few months later, we each wrote a couple pieces of music specifically for the new trio, and Thumbscrew took shape pretty organically from there.

5049 Records Podcast: Uri Caine


Uri Caine

Cover of Uri Caine

From 5049 Records:

Uri Caine is a pianist and composer of the highest order. He is a native son of Philly who has been living in New York since the mid 80s and has worked with everyone from John Zorn to Philly Joe Jones, Dave Douglas to Hank Mobley. Uri is an absolute master and it is an honor to welcome him onto the show.

Jemeel Moondoc Interview


Jemeel Moondoc

Cover of Jemeel Moondoc

From Burning Ambulance:

Alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc first came to prominence on the New York loft jazz scene of the mid-1970s, as leader of the band Muntu. But he started out in Chicago, then moved to Boston, and then to Antioch College in Ohio in the early part of the decade, where he spent two years working with Cecil Taylor. (Moondoc was never a student, but he was nonetheless part of Taylor’s ensembles there.) In 1973, he moved to New York.

Jim Hobbs Interview


From Jazz Right Now:

The exciting and fiery alto saxophonist Jim Hobbs is playing four nights at Douglass Street Music Collective starting Wednesday, August 20. Having developed a take-no-prisoners reputation with his playing and composing among numerous groups in Boston, this groundbreaking artist remains under-appreciated on the New York scene. Having led the Fully Celebrated for a number of years, Hobbs has orchestrated a number of exciting releases with that band and in other contexts. His four nights of performances this week are a great chance for New Yorkers and Brooklynites to get out and hear his latest music.