Free Jazz Blog Reviews


From Free Jazz:

Benoît Cancoin – Instants Minuscules – Solo Pour Un (Blumlein, 2013) ****
Antonio Bertoni – Half Hour Drama (Leo, 2013) ****
Coti ‎– Solesulsuolo (Antifrost, 2013) ****½
Marco Serrato – Seis Canciones Para Cuervo (Self, 2014) ****
Jon Mapp – The World Will End With A Bang (We Are K Records, 2014) ***
David Helbock’s Random/Control – Think of Two (Traumton Records, 2014) ***½
Chicago Underground Duo – Locus (Northern Spy, 2014) ****
Colin Vallon Trio: Le Vent (ECM, 2014) ****
J. Spaceman and Kid Millions – Live at the Poisson Rouge (Northern Spy, 2014) ****
Sax Ruins – Blimmguass (Skin Graft, 2014) ****½
Frode Gjerstad-Hasselt (NotTwo, 2014) ****½
Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord – Liverevil (Hot Cup, 2014) ****½
Boots Brown – Dashes to Dashes (Häpna, 2014) ****

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DMG Newsletter April 18th, 2014


English: Matana Roberts @ ATP Curated by The D...

English: Matana Roberts @ ATP Curated by The Dirty Three (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From DMG:

Creative Music Studio 3 CD Set: Charles Brackeen/Ed Blackwell/David Izenzon/Fred Rzewski/Ursula Oppens/Leroy Jenkins/Roscoe Mitchell/Oliver Lake..! Barry Guy New Orchestra! Trevor Watts/Veryan Weston DVD! Medeski/Martin/Wood+Nels Cline! Jon Irabagon Trio! Eric Revis/Darious Jones/Bill McHenry Qt!

Dave Binney/Craig Taborn! Lawnmower: Jim Hobbs/Luther Gray! Rodrigo Amado Wire QT! Sei Miguel Salvation! David Karakauer Plays Olivier Messiaen! Doug Weiselman Solo! Chicago Underground Duo! Robert Marcel Lepage Clarinet Sextet! Kate Soper//Wet Ink Ensemble! Three from Patrick Breiner! A Dozen Plus Discs from Criss Cross! And Even More!

Wayne Horvitz/Zony Mash + Horns Live! Rieflin/Fripp: Slow Music! Bobby Avey/Ben Monder! Tony Levin Stickmen! Ich Bin N!ntendo! Jon Voirol! Gustafsson/Thing 7″!

Dave Douglas Riverside Quartet! Matana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter Two! David Krakauer‘s Big Picture! Ross Hammond /Vinny Golia/Catherine Sikora! Ayman Fanous/Jason Kao Hwang! Made to Break: Vandermark/Kurzmann/Hoff/ Daisy!

Rudy Royston/Jon Irabagon! Mike Baggetta Quartet! Kartet with Benoit Delbecq! Jaap Blonk/Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith/Chris Cogburn! Prism Sax Quartet & More from Innova! Musica Elettronica Viva! Walter Marchetti! Jac Berrocal! Bernard Parmegiani! Luc Ferrari!

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The DMG Free Weekly In-Store Performance Series Continues With:

Sunday, April 27th Double-Header:
6pm: KEN ALDCROFT & WILLIAM PARKER!
7pm: ERIKA DAGNINO/RAS MOSHE/JOHN PIETRO/KEN FILIANO!

Sunday May 11th:
6pm: THOMAS HEBERER/YONI KRETZMER/MAX JOHNSON!
7pm: NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC/DANIEL CARTER/ROBERT BOSTON/WIELAND MOLLER!

Sunday, May 25th:
6pm: NU DUO: CHERYL PYLE & BERN NIX – Flute & Guitar!

Axiom Playing Boulez and Stockhausen at Alice Tully Hall Reviewed


Pierre Boulez in 2004

Pierre Boulez in 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

The scores for “Refrain,” Stockhausen’s 1959 work for three musicians, provoked some titters when they were carried onstage at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday evening. Each of the players was allotted sprawling sheets, a few feet long by a few feet wide, secured on cardboard by binder clips, and half of each sheet was given over to oddly curved musical staves.

Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J is the future classic


Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton (Photo credit: digital_freak)

From extended techniques:

I fail to describe my feelings having never experienced anything like this before. Perhaps one could compare Trillium J to Richard Foreman’s plays in the way it captures the absurd, the unexpectedness and ambiguity of contemporary world. Weave these into the voices of 12 vocalists and the sounds of 12 instrumental soloists with full orchestra, excellent acting, pseudo-philosophical digressions, visual projections, young skipping-rope Jazzy Jumpers and two of New York’s best contemporary dance improvisers Rachel Bernsen and Melanie Maar, and you get the mix.

All About Jazz Reviews


Dave Liebman

Cover of Dave Liebman

From All About Jazz:

Ensemble 5
The Summary Of 4 (Leo Records)

Håkon Storm
Fosfor (NORCD)

Lorenzo Feliciati extended analysis
Colin Edwin – Lorenzo Feliciati: Twinscapes (RareNoiseRecords)

Christine Wodrascka/ Jean Luc Cappozzo/ Gerry Hemingway
Grey Matter (NoBusiness Records)

Jeff Denson & Joshua White
I’ll Fly Away (pfMentum)

Alex Weiss
Fighter Planes & Praying Mantis (OutNow Recordings)

Medeski, Martin & Wood + Nels Cline extended analysis
Medeski, Martin & Wood + Nels Cline: Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2 (The Woodstock Sessions)

Onaje Allan Gumbs
Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations Based on the Melodies of Ronald Shannon Jackson (Ejano Records)

Orrin Evans‘ Captain Black Big Band
Mother’s Touch (Posi-Tone Records)

Machine Mass feat. Dave Liebman
Inti (Moonjune Records)

Monsieur Délire Reviews


From Monsieur Délire:

CHRISTIAN KOBI / Raw Lines (BDTA)
JOËLLE LÉANDRE & PASCAL CONTET / 3 (Ayler)
SARA SERPA & ANDRÉ MATOS / Primavera (Inner Cicle Music)
ANGDING RAY / Solens Arc (Raster-Noton)
GŁOWICKA & WALENTYNOWICZ / Red Sun (Bôlt/ARTEksounds)
LUFTH / Distanz und Nähe (Oktaf)
JASON VAN GULICK / Entelechy (Idiosyncratics)
XAVI REIJA / Resolution (Moonjune)
THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER / Midnight Sun (Chimera Music)
FLORIAN WITTENBURG / 17 Clips (Nurnicthnur)
HOLLYWOOD DREAM TRIP / Would You Like to Know More? (Streamline)
LIMPE FUCHS, CHRISTOPH HEEMANN & TIMO VAN LUIJK / Macchia Forest (Streamline)

MATA Festival Returns, With Spotlight on Helsinki


From NYTimes.com:

If there is one thing that sets the MATA Festival apart from many of the other contemporary-classical bounties New York regularly produces, it might be a robust international representation, which seems to have grown sharply since Yotam Haber — a Dutch-born global citizen and the festival’s artistic director from 2009 until this year — has been at the helm. This year’s series, the 16th since MATA began in 1996, includes composers from 17 countries. Performers, too, hail from around the world. Familiar faces like the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ekmeles and the Mivos Quartet will appear over the course of the eight-night series.