Dusted Reviews


From Dusted:

Artist: The Red Krayola with Art & Language
Album: Five American Portraits
Label: Drag City
Review date: Jan. 20, 2010

Artist: Pan Sonic & Keiji Haino
Album: Shall I Download a Blackhole and Offer it to You
Label: Blast First Petite
Review date: Jan. 15, 2010

Artist: Ambarchi / Fennesz / Pimmon / Rehberg / Rowe
Album: Afternoon Tea
Label: Black Truffle
Review date: Jan. 14, 2010

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews


From Free Jazz:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010
Fred Anderson – 21st Century Chase (Delmark, 2009) ****

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010
Bengt Berger – Beches Brew (Country & Eastern, 2009) ** or ****

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2010
Splatter – Music For Misanthropes (Self Published, 2009) ****

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2010
Han Bennink & Frode Gjerstad – Han & Frode (CJR, 2009) ****½

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All About Jazz Reviews


From All About Jazz:

Multiple Artists
Alone, Again (Naturally): Peter Brotzmann, Olaf Rupp, Henry Kaiser, John Butcher, Woody Sullender and Frank Rosaly
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Ned Rothenberg / Catherine Jauniaux / Barre Phillips
While You Were Out (Kadima Collective)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Tom Hamilton / Bruce Eisenbeil
Shadow Machine (Pogus)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Forty Fort (Hot Cup Records)
Reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Ergo
Multitude, Solitude (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Evan Parker
set: For Lynn Margulis (Psi)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

Nicolas Masson Parallels
Thirty Six Ghosts (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Zevious
After the Air Raid (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Dave Rempis / Frank Rosaly
Cyrillic (482 Music)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Joe McPhee
Alto (Roaratorio Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Grutronic
Essex Foam Party (Psi)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Sun Ra
Sun Ra Quartet in Italy, 1978 (Art Yard)
Reviewed by Robert Dugan

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Dusted Reviews


From Dusted:

Artist: Colin McLean / Andy Moor
Album: Everything but the Beginning
Label: Unsounds
Review date: Jan. 5, 2010

Artist: Bill Dixon
Album: Tapestries for Small Orchestra
Label: Firehouse 12
Review date: Jan. 4, 2010

Artist: Pontiak
Album: Sea Voids
Label: Thrill Jockey
Review date: Jan. 4, 2010

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Upcoming Seattle Shows


From Wayward Music:

FRI. 1/8, 8 PM – Seattle Composers Salon: new music by Gavin Borchert, Peter Stevens, Kam Morril, Steve Scribner, Yvonne Hoar

SAT. 1/9, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Amy Denio (solo voice & electronics improvisations) + Beth Fleenor & Figeater (energetic outness)

FRI. 1/15 – Seattle Percussion Collective – music by Milton Babbitt, James Romig, Christian Wolff, Toru Takemitsu, Stuart Saunders Smith, Jeff Aaron, Bryant, Gregory Campbell.

SAT. 1/16 – Floss CD release concert; Mark Ostrowski (drums), Zachary Watkins (electronics), Izaak Mills (woodwinds), John Seman (bass)

FRI. 1/22, 8 PM – Is That Jazz? Festival: Sunship, Sun Ra Tribute Band

SAT. 1/23, 8 PM – Is That Jazz? Festival: Bill Smith Trio, Threat of Beauty

FRI. 1/29, 8 PM – Is That Jazz? Festival: Bad Luck, Jesse Canterbury’s Vertigo

SAT. 1/30, 8 PM – Is That Jazz? Festival: Tom Baker Quartet, Cuong Vu Trio

FRI. 2/5, 8 PM – Seattle Chamber Players & Armenian pianist/composer Artur Avanesov – music of Avanesov and Mansurian

FRI. 2/12, 8 PM – 25th Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival: Birgit Ulher (trumpet), Leonel Kaplan (trumpet), Christian Weber (bass), Jack Wright (saxophone), Paul Neidhardt (percussion), Mark Kaylor (drums) – see web site for actual line up

SAT. 2/13, 8 PM – 25th Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival: Tyler Wilcox (reeds), Jaime Fennelly (electronics), Wilson Shook (saxophone), Robert Pedersen (electronics), Paul Hoskin (reeds), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) – see web site for actual line up

FRI. 2/19, 8 PM – 25th Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival: Sean G. Meehan (percussion)

SAT. 2/20, 7 PM – 25th Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival: Fred Chalenor (bass), Jeffrey McGrath (trumpet), Greg Powers (trombone), Chris Cochrane (guitar), Evan Gallagher (piano), Jeph Jerman (percussion)

FRI. 2/26, 8 PM – Garrett Fisher Ensemble: At the Hawk’s Well, new chamber opera

SAT. 2/27, 8 PM – Garrett Fisher Ensemble: At the Hawk’s Well, new chamber opera

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Rare Degree and Others at Sonic Circuits


From DC’s Sonic Circuits:

Friday January 15
Doors 730pm Music 8pm SHARP
$8
PYRAMID ATLANTIC
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910
301.608.9101
located three blocks south of the silver spring metro station (red line)
Free parking in gated lot out front
DIRECTIONS: http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org
INFO: dc-soniccircuits.org

Since their formation in 2006, rare degree has been active in commissioning, performing and presenting electroacoustic music throughout the United States and Europe. Comprised of saxophonist Michael Straus and bassoonist Dana Jessen, the duo frequently collaborates with composers, improvisers, dancers, and visual artists around the world.

Mindbreath Trio is an experimental ensemble consisting of Perry Conticchio (reeds), Daniel Barbiero (double bass) and Alan Munshower (percussion). The trio explores a spontaneous melodic prosody that translates thoughts and images from mind to breath to sound: Improvisation as exhalation of consciousness. Their approach fosters a conversational intimacy that combines the bodily presence and directness of jazz with the cerebral nuance of contemporary art music.

Trio O is Rich O’Meara (Silent Orchestra) on vibes and percussive textures , Kevin O’Meara (Videohippos, Blood Baby) on drums, crow bar and vocal textures and Gary Rouzer (Vector Trio, Nine Strings) on NS bass cello and amplified textures.

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews


Sad-ish news from The Squid’s Ear, as Verge Music is shutting down. The lining on this dark cloud is that Squidco is going to take over the distribution of some of the labels Verge used to handle.

In any case, we have bunch of new reviews from the Squid folks:

Frode Gjerstad / John Edwards / Mark Sanders – Bergen
(FMR)
- Dave Madden

Olivier Capparos & Lionel Marchetti – Equus (Grand Vehicule)
(Pogus)
- Dave Madden

Jessica Pavone – Songs Of Synastry And Solitude
(Tzadik)
- Massimo Ricci

Elton Dean’s Ninesense – Happy Daze + Oh! For the Edge
(Ogun)
- Darren Bergstein

Ergo – Multitude, Solitude
(Cuneiform)
- Darren Bergstein

The Nu Band – Lower East Side Blues
(Porter Records)
- Paul Serralheiro

La Casa, Eric / Jean-Luc Guionnet – Inscape. Lille-Flandres
(Monotype)
- Jeph Jerman

Moscow Composers Orchestra & Sainkho Namchylak – Portrait of an Idealist
(Leo)
- Jeph Jerman

Various Artists – Three 7″ Records and 1 Various Artists CD
(Generate Records)
- Massimo Ricci

Anthony Braxton – Creative Orchestra (Koeln) 1978
(Hatology)
- Kurt Gottschalk

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Best of Best of 2009


I’ve already said my piece on the best of 2009, but here is an opportunity to present the opinions of others. Over the last month or so, I’ve collected some of the more interesting and relevant “best of” lists, that focus on music likely to be within the AMN scope.

So, welcome to the best of the best of 2009.

The Village Voice
Howard Mandel
NPR’s Take Five.
Jason Crane
Music and More
Stuart Broomer
Susanna Bolle
Laurence Donohue-Greene
Derek Taylor
Adam Strohm
Nate Chinen
Ben Ratliff
Francios Couture
Destination Out
Jim Macnie
Brett Saunders

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All About Jazz Reviews


From All About Jazz:

Medeski, Martin & Wood
Medeski, Martin & Wood: Radiolarians – The Evolutionary Set (Indirecto Records)

Anthony Braxton
Creative Orchestra (Koln) 1978 (Hatology)

Bill Dixon
Tapestries for Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12 Records)

Joe McPhee / Peter Brotzmann / Kent Kessler / Michael Zerang
The Damage Is Done (Not Two Records)

Ulrich Gumpert / Gunther Baby Sommer
Das Donnernde Leben (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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AMN Picks of the Week


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.

Trayer – One Over Zero (2009)
Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore – Three Less Than Between (2009)
Nublu Orchestra conducted by Butch Morris – Live at Jazz Festival Saalfelden (2009)
K-Space – Going Up (2005)
Zao – Ethnic 3 Live (2008)
Yard – DDS (2009)
Neo – Water Resistance (2009)

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