Free Jazz Blog Reviews


William Parker

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From Free Jazz:

Zu – Goodnight, Civilization (Trost Records, 2014) ***½
Z3 – Pale Fire (Whyplayjazz, 2014) ***½
Schizzi Di Orlando Furioso (Neos, 2014) ****
Plymouth – Plymouth (RareNoise, 2014) ****½
Saft/Swallow/Previte- The New Standard (RareNoise, 2014) ***½
Second Exit – Spoon (ForTune, 2014) ****½
Sound & Fury – Pulsacion (Ektro, 2013) ***½
Natura Morta – Decay (FMR, 2014) ****
Jeff Cosgrove – Alternating Current ***½
François Tusques – La Reine Des Vampires 1967 (Finders Keepers, 2013) *****
Mica Levi – Under The Skin (Insound Vinyl, 2014) ****
Mikolaj Trzaska, Melbye, Hojgaard & Lohse – Live At Mayhem (7 Records, 2013) ***
Mikolaj Trzaska, Devin Hoff & Michael Zerang – Sleepless In Chicago (No Business, 2013) ****½
Inner Ear – Return From The Center Of The Earth (Bocian, 2013) **½
Mikolaj Trzaska, Mazur & Pandi – Tar & Feathers (Gusstaff Records, 2014) ****½
Riverloam Trio – Inem Gortn (FMR, 2014) ****

The Spectrum in August


From New York’s Spectrum:

John King’s Born into Flames series featuring Meaghan Burke (Aug. 1)

MSHR in Dark Circuits: New Technology presented by Hans Temmen (Aug. 1)

Leo Genovese with Dan Blake and Nat Mugavero (Aug. 4)

Burton Green/R*time CD Presentation event featuring Burton Green, Reut Regev, Adam Lane & Igal Foni (Aug. 5)

Tim Motzer (Aug. 6)

Acoustic Frontiers: Denman Maroney, Ratzo B. Harris and Bob Meyer. Free-improvisation series. (Aug. 6)

Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic presents Spectral Interzone – Jazz for the eminently civilized (Aug. 7)
Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, Russ Lossing, Billy Mintz; Travis Reuter

New Languages Presents: Holidays from the Future (Aug. 9)
Artists: Wendy Ultan, Denman Maroney, James Ilgenfritz, Jackson Moore, Dave Ruder, Edward Schneider,
Jonathan Moritz & Jay Rozen

Seth Gilman’s Early-Late Series (Aug. 10)

Gadfly: Jazz curated by Chris Pitsiokos (Aug. 12)

Spectrum’s Singer-Songwriter Series + Open Mic, hosted by Aline Queen (Aug. 13)

Duo FAE (Aug. 13)

Halcyon Chamber Series; Luke Krafka, cello et al. (Aug. 16)

Ramin Arjomand’s series, Reinterpretations (Aug. 17)

Beth Levin (Aug. 17)

Joel Forrester – Jazz Piano Salon (Aug. 19)

Minor Music Marathon hosted by Jesse Krakow (Aug. 23)

Mick Rossi’s Outliers series featuring 3k3 – Mick Rossi, David Crowell & Red Wierenga (Aug. 23)

Changing Modes with Wendy Griffiths, Grace Pulliam, Yuzuru Sadashige & Timur Yusef (Aug. 23)

International Strange Day presented by Patrick Grant (Aug. 24)

Marc Hannaford, Thomas Herberer, Flin Van Himmen & Edward Johnson (Aug. 26)

Alessandra Novaga – CD Release (Aug. 26)

Ambient-Chaos (Aug. 27)

Jane Ash and Susan Seliger present Out by Ten featuring K J Denhert (Aug. 28)

Part One of Robert Boston’s chamber opera, Trust in the You of Now (Aug. 29)
Artists: Catherine Hancock, Maria Diaz, William Tatge, Carol Morgan, Christof Knoche,
Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, Joanne Choi, Carolin Pook & Robert Boston

Prog Classics and originals with ACB from Italy (Aug. 29)

Mira Cook, Dance (Aug. 30)

Past & Present Futures with Daniel Carter, Jeff Platz & Francois Grillot (Aug. 30)

Kathleen Tagg’s New Sounds Africa series (Aug. 31)

Spectrum is located at 121 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side.
Tickets are generally $15;$10 for students and seniors except where indicated.

5049 Records Podcast: Christopher McIntyre


From 5049 Records:

In the tradition of downtown musicians, composer/trombonist Chris McIntyre has been in New York for close to twenty years interpreting the work of modern composers, improvising with a broad range of musicians, curating concert series and organizing new music ensembles. To say that he leads a multi-faceted career would be an understatement. His work has been of great benefit to his community and for this conversation I was curious to find out more about Chris and how he began putting concerts together.

Tyshawn Sorey Profiled


English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Jazz Right Now:

Sorey was born and raised in Newark, NJ and developed a curiosity about new music from an early age. By high school he had found a handful of friends and elders in the community who also helped open doors. He grew up playing trombone and found himself rehearsing every Friday night with other like-minded people and playing small gigs and weddings. It was through a friendship with the late poet and jazz aficionado Halim Suliman, however, that he met Amiri Baraka, and soon thereafter he met, studied with, and performed with many established figures such as Steve Colson, Grachan Moncur III, John Hicks, and others. At Baraka’s house, Sorey was drawn into ongoing conversations about politics, music, and what was going on in Newark and its surrounding areas during that time. As he became more enmeshed in the community of musicians in Newark, he caught his first break when he was asked to perform in Baraka’s Lost Jazz Shrines project, and later on in a Baraka-led production with legendary drummer-composer Max Roach.

A celebration of Fred Ho in NY August 10


From ShapeShifter Lab:

Scientifc Soul Sessions presents:
To Sing You Down
a celebration of Fred Ho on his frst birthday in the sky
featuring the Eco-Music Big Band

ShapeShifter Lab
August 10, 2014 at 7PM
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
$20 admission

Join the Eco-Music Big Band in a tribute to its founder, Fred Ho – one of a kind revolutionary composer, writer, producer, political activist, and the “best baritone saxophonist of all time” (The New Yorker) whose awards and distinctions include becoming the youngest person to receive the Duke Ellington Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award, a Harvard Arts Medal, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. Fred Ho passed away in his home in Greenpoint on the morning of April 12, 2014, surrounded by friends and family. This tribute program will honor Fred’s legacy, including his last big band work, The Grace of the Guerilla, My Love, the music of Cal Massey, and new works by 21st century big band composers Zack O’Farrill, Livio
Almeida, Albert Marques and Marie Incontrera.

The Eco-Music Big Band is a 16-piece, multi-generational big band that includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, including bass trombonist David Taylor (Gil Evans, New York Philharmonic), saxophonist Jay Rodriguez (Ornette Coleman,
Craig Harris), Zack O’Farrill and Adam O’Farrill (Arturo O’Farrill, Fred Ho).