AMN Reviews: John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (1965; Impulse Records)

A friend once told me that listening to A Love Supreme was like going to church, even if you are not religious. I’ll admit that, as a non-spiritual person, the studio version of John Coltrane’s masterpiece has taken me places over the 30 years since I first heard it. With only one other live performance officially released, A Love Supreme has remained mysterious and enigmatic over the decades with its relative scarcity adding to its appeal.

When the word came down that a new live version was going to be officially put out this Fall, anticipation built. I tend not to be a completist, so in many cases I do not go out of my way to obtain the many reissues, alternative takes, and bonus material that slowly drips from my favored artists of days long ago. With A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle, I made an exception and put it on as a “what the heck” listen.

In this set from October 1965, Coltrane’s classic quartet (including McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones) are joined by Pharoah Sanders and Carlos Ward on second and third saxes, as well as Donald Garrett on second bass. The piece is a dramatically expanded version of the studio recordings, clocking in at over twice the length, with four interludes separating its four movements.

And it is a wild ride. The septet provides a turbulent take on the material, which includes the signature melodies and patterns as well as lengthy improvisations. The latter are more outside than in, with several members employing extended techniques, wailing, and long solos. Jones, in particular, is even more impressive than usual, playing busily enough to make one wonder if there is not a second drummer as well. One of the interludes is a lengthy drum solo that stops just short of going over the top.

While not exactly free, the reading is experimental, almost weird, and quite exhilarating. Coltrane is telegraphing the evolution that he would undertake in the last two years of his life, with disjointed sheets of notes and plaintive wails. Admittedly, some of the spirituality is dampened by the sheer energy of this mix (with the closer, Psalm, being an exception). Pulling back on Coltrane’s vanguard tendencies to some extent is Tyner, whose piano playing lands more squarely in the “jazz” camp while remaining edgy.

So yes, this release does live up to the anticipation and hype. While recommended for any fan of A Love Supreme, it is essential for those who appreciate Coltrane’s final period. I’m glad that I said “what the heck.”

The 2021 Progressive Chamber Music Festival

Source: Sirius Quartet Presents: The 2021 Progressive Chamber Music Festival.

For the 5th consecutive year, The Progressive Chamber Music Festival, curated by Sirius Quartet, features 6 such ensembles, each with unique identities and a shared desire to define chamber music on their own terms. After a tumultuous 2020 which saw the festival, like many others, assume an online form with minimal technical and financial support, The Progressive Chamber Music Festival has returned stronger than ever, featuring NYC heavyweights such as Billy Martin and Mat Maneri alongside younger torch-bearers like Curtis Stewart, Leonor Falcon and Juanma Trujillo. The festival is spread across two days in late October at The Garage in Harlem, and it will once again put NYC’s vibrant and eclectic music scene on full display. These are chamber music ensembles of the 21st century, not defined by genre, nor limited by the distinction between concert and popular music, and blurring the lines between performer, composer, and improviser. This is Progressive Chamber Music.

Sirius Quartet presents: The 2021 Progressive Chamber Music Festival

October 28th (Thursday):

Kathleen Supové and Jennifer Choi
Gregor Huebner’s El Violin Latino
Mat Maneri, Craig Taborn and Randy Peterson

October 29th (Friday):

Curtis Stewart
Leonor Falcón and Juanma Trujillo
Billy Martin and Sirius Quartet

Doors open: 6:30pm
Start time: 7pm

Venue:
463 W 150th St
New York, NY 10031

Tom Carter & Rachel Hulsey in Houston, October 25

Source: Nameless Sound.

THEY, WHO SOUND on October 25th, 2021 will feature Tom Carter & Rachel Hulsey

solo/solo/duo

Tom Carter (Houston) – guitar
Rachel Hulsey (Houston) – synthesizer

THEY, WHO SOUND

Every Monday
Concerts are held on every Monday at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
at Lawndale Art & Performance Center
4912 Main St.
Houston, Texas

AMN Picks of the Week: Ricardo Jiménez & Antonio Ramírez / Hidden Forces Trio & Alejandro Rojas-Marcos / Fionnlagh / Android Trio / Kenneth Jimenez & Stephen Gauci / SaaR

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.

Ricardo Jiménez & Antonio Ramírez – Génesis Negro (2021)
Hidden Forces Trio & Alejandro Rojas-Marcos – Velá (2021)
Fionnlagh – What Came Before (2021)
Android Trio – Other Worlds (2021)
Kenneth Jimenez & Stephen Gauci – Pandemic Duets (2021)
SaaR – Gods (2021)

Interview with Tim Berne

Nusica insights is a new project by nusica.org and curated by Muhssin Pizii which has as its main goals to suggest new contents by focusing on new perspectives on musical composition and improvisation. Those contents will be avaible as videos of interviews of artists and composers from the Jazz, New Music, Electronic and Contemporary international scene in which they will discuss about their own compositions, some techniques that they developed or still are developing and about their artistic collaborations.

Coming to NYC

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

This Saturday, here at DMG, another in-store music event:

6:30: BEYOND FLUTE GROUP with:
CHERYL PYLE – C Flute
CLAIRE de BRUNNER – Bassoon
GENE COLEMAN – Bass Flute
MICHAEL EATON – Soprano Sax
HARUNA FUKAZAWA – C Flute

7:30: FLIP CITY with:
DAVID AARON – Sax
DAVE GOULD – Drums
NICK PANOUTSOS – Bass

UPCOMING AT ROULETTE In Brooklyn, NYC:

Tuesday, October 26, 2021. 8:00 pm
Ches Smith and We All Break:
“Path of Seven Colors” Record Release Show
Musicians:
Sirene Dantor Rene — vocals
Lalin St Juste — vocals
Tossie Long — vocals
Miguel Zenón — alto saxophone
Matt Mitchell — piano
Nick Dunston — bass
Daniel Brevil — tanbou, vocals
Markus Schwartz — tanbou, vocals
Fanfan Jean Guy Rene — tanbou, vocals
Ches Smith — drums, vocals

Jazzword Reviews

Source: Jazzword.

Tom Jackson & Vid Drašler
At the Cultural Home

Rüdiger Carl, Joel Grip, Sven-Åke Johansson
In Early November

Fischer/Böttcher/Schmitz + Mahall
Sizzle Club mit Rudi

Jörgensmann/Dell/Ramond/Kugel
At the Fields Edge

Michel Doneda/Fréderic Blondy/Tetsu Saitoh
Spring Road 16

Courvoisier/Rothenberg/Sartorius
Lockdown

Trió Contraszt
Cryptic Scattered Images of the Forgotten