Steve Coleman Profiled

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Source: The New York Times.

Steve Coleman is the most important jazz musician that many fans have never heard of. He’s been the leader on 30 albums in the last three decades and the mentor to a dozen younger artists now making headlines, yet he’s remained an underground figure, content to burrow his own pathways. Lately, though, his profile’s been rising. In the last two years, he’s won a trifecta of arts prizes: a Guggenheim fellowship, a Doris Duke performing artist award and a MacArthur genius grant.

On Tuesday, to celebrate his 60th birthday, he begins a monthlong residency at the Stone, in Manhattan’s East Village, playing almost every night with his longstanding quintet, Five Elements. It’s a throwback to a much earlier era, when the likes of John Coltrane or Thelonious Monk took over the stage at clubs like the Five Spot or the Half Note for a month or more to work out their next new things.

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Cornelia Street Cafe in September

English: Ingrid Laubrock with Anti-House (John...

Source: Cornelia Street Cafe.

Thursday, Sep 08 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Jerome Sabbagh, saxophones; Simon Jermyn, bass, effects; Allison Miller, drums, effects

Lean is the debut recording – and de facto band name – for a trio of tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh, electric bassist Simon Jermyn and drummer Allison Miller, who combine their formidable talents in a bristling set of original music. We hear their subtlety and breadth of them as players as well as distinct composers. Whether spontaneously creating, or drawing on and reinterpreting works from their own catalogues, Sabbagh, Jermyn and Miller arrive at a depth and beauty as a unit that defies easy categorization.

Sunday, Sep 11 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
Steven Bernstein, trumpet; Bryan Murray, saxophone; Dave Taylor, trombone; Terry McMannus , guitar; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Kevin Shea, drums

Mostly Other People Do the Killing returns to Cornelia St. to perform compositions by bassist/composer Moppa Elliott from their forthcoming release, “Library.” The music is fun, energetic, and densely packed, shifting between jazz, pop, rock, and other styles. MOPDtK and its members have appeared in numerous polls and have established themselves as one of the most exciting bands to see live on the scene today.

Friday, Sep 16 – 9:00PM
Tom Rainey, drums; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax

Tom Rainey’s current activities include performing and recording music with Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson as well as playing with many of the aforementioned artists.

Friday, Sep 16 – 10:30PM
Jacob Sacks, piano; Sean Conly, bass; Tom Rainey, drums

The True North project is Sean Conly’s take on the piano trio. The legacy of the piano trio is intertwined with the history of bass playing and the evolution of the instruments voice. This band plays new music designed to showcase the creativity of the improvisors in the ever changing trio medium.

Saturday, Sep 17 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Jacob Sacks, piano; Jacob Garchik, trombone; Ben Gerstein, trombone; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Dan Weiss, drums

The Jacob Sacks Quintet is an ensemble whose participants have worked closely together for over 18 years. Using exciting interplay, violent counterpoint, and creative interpretations of original music – the ensemble searches for the unpredictable and explores the unexpected.

Wednesday, Sep 21 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Dan Weiss, drums; Jacob Sacks, piano; Thomas Morgan, bass

With his trio, including Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, Weiss has released two recordings entitled, ”Now Yes When” (2006) and “Timshel” (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation.

Friday, Sep 23 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Luis Perdomo, piano; Matt Clohesy, bass; Dan Weiss, drums

Jon’s longstanding quartet, which (along with special guest Tom Harrell) recorded 2015’s Behind the Sky (Irabbagast Records), will have just finished a tour of Argentina when they hit the Cornelia stage. While in South America, the group’s next record was made, and the group will be performing brand new compositions from this upcoming release.

Sunday, Sep 25 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
Eri Yamamoto, piano; David Ambrosio, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums

Eri Yamamoto’s CD “Life” (AUM fidelity) is a generous new collection of unique songs, performed with her longstanding trio partners, bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi. As the album title suggests, the music portrays a wide range of her life experiences – from joyful to introspective, reflecting the vibrancy of New York City and exploring mysteries of nature and memory.

Tuesday, Sep 27 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax, comp.; Tim Berne, alto sax; Ben Gerstein, trombone; Dan Peck, tuba; Tom Rainey, drums

Ubatuba’s music inhabits a compositional and structured realm but with an ease and flow allowing the camaraderie of the band to come through. The music, composed by the leader can be playful and engaging. The sound draws you in slowly, until you find yourself unexpectedly in the middle of her musical imagination. It toys with notions of time and meter, often suggesting there is none, only to snap into rhythm in an instant. Texture is not just just flourish or color, but as a rhythmic tool, with dissonances adjusting ever so slightly beneath the surface.

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AMN Reviews: Santi Costanzo – Deeprint (2016; Improvvisatore Involontario)

0a4e60_168795db34a04ea88a107ddee64a4a46-mv2Guitarist Santi Costanzo leads his unusual quartet through eight original compositions on his debut recording “Deeprint.” The pieces are an interesting blend of composition and improvisation. Costanzo cites the influence of both jazz and twentieth century classical serialism as the basis of his compositions. This is not “3rd stream” music, it is contemporary creative music that moves effortlessly back and forth from the composed to the improvised.

The quartet is made up of Santi Costanzo electric guitar, Alessandro Borgia drums, Carlo Cattano alto flute, baritone saxophone and Fabio Tiralongo flute, soprano and tenor saxophone. It is interesting that there is no traditional rhythm section – bass and drums. The drums tend to punctuate and add color instead of just keeping time. The bass role can fall to the guitar or one of the saxophones however most of the time the combination of the flutes, saxophones and guitar drift between foreground and background as each instrumentalist moves from melody to solo to accompaniment to group improvisation.

“Deeprint” opens with the reflective solo electric guitar of “Preludio” and closes with the counterpoint of flutes against the ballad like swing of ‘Epilogo”. Along the way it can sound like jazz or avant-rock or contemporary chamber music or even like the more atonal moments of RIO (Rock in Opposition). “Deeprint” is a journey worth hearing.

Chris De Chiara

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Gapplegate Music Reviews

Source: Gapplegate Music Review.

Leap of Faith Orchestra, The Expanding Universe
Le Grand Fou Band, Au 7eme Ciel
No Coming, No Going, The Music of Peter Kuhn, 1978-79
d’une rive a l’autre, sylvain guerineau, itaru oki, kent carter, makoto sako
Naftule’s Dream, Blood

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This Week in New York 

English: (Le) Poisson Rouge.


This concert celebrates the release of William Brittelle’s singles Dream Has No Sacrifice and Canyons Curved Burgundy, out July 29 on New Amsterdam Records. The night will also feature the world premiere of Brittelle’s arrangement of a song from the forthcoming Flock of Dimes debut album, If You See Me, Say Yes,out September 23 on Partisan Records.
Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

Christopher Tignor celebrates the release of his album Along a Vanishing Plane.
Friday, September 2 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

Unheard-of Ensemble performs new works by Flannery Cunningham, Alan Hankers, Howie Kenty, Jay Lin, Joe Sferra, and Christina Volpini.
Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

Bonjour, a low string quartet with guitars and percussion, celebrates the release of their debut album on Cantaloupe Music.
Sunday, September 4 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15
The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street New York, NY

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All About Jazz Reviews

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Source: All About Jazz.

Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Alex Cline
Live At The Open Gate (NoBusiness Records)

Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Jorge Queijo/Mário Costa/Chris Corsano
Purple Patio (NoBusiness Records)

Bobby Kapp / Matthew Shipp
Cactus (Northern-Spy Records)

Susana Santos Silva, Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Torbjörn Zetterberg, John Fält
Life and Other Transient Storms (Clean Feed Records)

Ted Nash Big Band
Presidential Suite (Eight Variations on Freedom) (Motema Music)

Leila Bordreuil & Michael Foster
The Caustic Ballads (Relative Pitch Records)

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James Falzone on Leaving Chicago

Source: Chicago Reader.

Last night at Elastic, clarinetist James Falzone played with Wayfaring, his duo with bassist Katie Ernst—his final gig as a Chicagoan. He and his family are moving to Seattle, Washington, where he’ll become chair of the music department at Cornish College of the Arts. For nearly a decade and a half Falzone has been a crucial part of the local jazz and improvised-music scene, leading groups such as Allos Musica Ensemble, Renga Ensemble, and Klang as well as working as a sideman in plenty of others, among them Vox Arcana and Frank Rosaly’s Cicada Music. On the eve of his departure, I asked him about his time here and his decision to move on.

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