Point of Departure 48 is Out


From the Poinbt of Departure webzine.

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Rich Halley: The Outsider: by Troy Collins

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks:
The Execution of Sun Ra
Volume II: The Mysterious Tale of a Dark Body
Sent to Earth to Usher in an Unprecedented Era of
Cosmic Regeneration and Happiness
by Thomas Stanley
(Wasteland Press; Shelbyville, Kentucky)

Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Rob Mazurek

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Ches Smith Interview


From Jazz Right Now:

Drummer Ches Smith has been a part of a number of cutting-edge ensembles in New York since coming to the city in 2008. He is known for his eclectic style and his ability to play a part in a diverse range of musics. Most notably, he has led his band Ches Smith and These Arches, performed solo in Congs for Brums, and co-led the band Good for Cows with bassist Devin Hoff. He has also played a critical role as a sideperson in Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Mary Halvorson’s Trio, Quintet, and Septet, Brian Drye’s Bizingas, and for work with Matana Roberts, Tim Berne, Trevor Dunn, and other high profile musicians on the New York scene.

5049 Records Podcast: Mark Feldman


Mark Feldman

Cover of Mark Feldman

From 5049 Records:

Mark Feldman is a master of the highest order, an absolute virtuoso. He plays the violin with an intense beauty andhas been in high demand as New York musician since the mid 1980s. He’s a Chicago native and has played with everyone from Minnie Pearl to John Zorn, Oral Roberts to Bill Laswell. He just released a quartet record with his wife Sylvie Coursier and Scott Colley & Billy Mintz, called “Birdies for Lulu” that is absolutely spectacular.

Mats Gustafsson Interview


Mats Gustafsson

Cover of Mats Gustafsson

From LondonJazz:

Mats Gustafsson, in this interview with Geoff Winston, gives the inside track on the Fire! Orchestra adventure which will be rolling in to The Laundry venue in Hackney on 26 September, as part of the Transcender festival, jointly promoted by Cafe Oto and the Barbican.

Audiences in London have appreciated Mats Gustafsson’s visits here in both small groups and as solo performer. Recent highlights have included collaborations with Thurston Moore and other great improvisers, and in trios including The Thing and the Fire! Trio (with Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin), as well as his participation in the Brötzmann Chicago Tentet.

Joëlle Léandre Interview


Joëlle Léandre at Cornelia street cafe Photo: ...

Joëlle Léandre

From BOMB Magazine:

French bassist, composer, and improviser Joëlle Léandre talks like she plays: with full-on intensity, using the whole range of her voice, offering idea after idea, drawing unusual connections, demanding your attention. She’s a nomad, she’ll tell you, and she’ll take her music where she likes. She’s a bee, she’ll say, gathering inspiration from any appealing blossom. She pays no mind to musical boundaries. Liberty is her hallmark.

When you listen to one of Léandre’s 150-some recordings, you’re struck by the variety of sounds she achieves from the double bass and the number of methods she uses to play not only the strings, but the instrument’s whole body. You don’t like it? That’s OK. As she says in her book Solo, “the object of art is to subvert, to overwhelm, to move to reflection. It’s a celebration of life. The artist is subversive, disturbing.”

Tyondai Braxton Interviewed by Ben Vida


Tyondai Braxton

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From BOMB Magazine:

In March of last year Tyondai Braxton debuted his composition HIVE in the rotunda of the Guggenheim. It was a considered and ambitious first go at a piece that was still finding its form. That Tyondai was willing to present a new composition that was, for all intents and purposes, a work in progress in such a prestigious setting speaks to the recent turn toward experimentation and open-ended-ness in his work.