Coming to the ISSUE Project Room


From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – 8:00PM ($12-15)
Che-Shizu / Chie Mukai & LLILW GRAY
The series opens with Ché-Shizu (US debut), a revolving improvisatory ensemble founded in 1981 by Chie Mukai. Tonight’s lineup features Mukai with longtime participants/collaborators Tori Kudo, Tsukasa Takahashi joined by NYC’s Che Chen. Mukai also appears in a first-time duo performance with LLILW GRAY, alias of No-Neck Blues Band‘s Keith Connolly.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – 1:00PM (FREE)
Improvisation workshop with Chie Mukai
Chie Mukai leads a genre-free workshop, sharing experiences from thirty years of site-specific performance and improvisation. This workshop continues a teaching practice begun in 2001, it is free and open to 25 practitioners of sound and movement (bring your own setup, RSVP required), and also to observers.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – 8:00PM ($12-15)
Maher Shalal Hash Baz / à qui Avec Gabriel
A project of guitarist and songwriter Tori Kudo, Maher Shalal Hash Baz is a fluid large ensemble of untrained musicians. Tonight’s group features Arrington de Dionyso and Zach Phillips, among many more, creating arresting indie-pop rich in wind voices and dissonant, enchanting melodies. Accordionist and vocalist à qui avec Gabriel (US debut) crosses the border between pop field and avant-garde flexibly, with stark, ethereal songforms steeped in nostalgia and the sounds of European folk music.

Chicago Jazz Festival Reviewed


Eric Revis

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From Jazz Journal:

On Saturday the high-octane hard bop of trumpeter Corey Wilkes (pictured above left) and his quintet (Miles Davis associate Bobby Irving on keyboards, Justin Thomas, vibes, Junius Paul, bass and Xavier Breaker, drums) met with massive applause, as did Kurt Rosenwinkel (regarded by many as one of the most influential guitarists of his generation) with Aaron Parks on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums. The evening at the Pritzker began with Ari Brown (blowing two saxes à la Roland Kirk) and his quintet. Gary Burton’s quartet with piano prodigy Vadim Neselovsky starred later.

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.”

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)

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.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews


Han Bennink

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From Free Jazz:

Period – 2 (Public Eyesore, 2014) ***½
Piotr Damasiewicz Project – Imprographic 1 (ForTune, 2013) ****
Piotr Damasiewicz Quartet – Mnemotaksja (ForTune, 2014) ****
Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (Elemental, 2014) *****
Han Bennink & Jaak Sooäär – Beach Party (Barefoot, 2013) ****
Luis Vicente, Pinheiro, Faustino & Franco – Clocks & Clouds (FMR, 2014) ****½
François Carrier, Michel Lambert & Alexey Lapin – The Russian Concerts, Vol. 1 (FMR, 2014) ****½
Anthony Braxton, Tomas Fujiwara, Tom Rainey – Trio New Haven 2013 (New Braxton House, 2014) *****
Baloni – Belleke (Clean Feed, 2014) ****