Sonic Youth goes back-to-basics with new album

A review of the new one from the not-so-young Sonic Youth.


AAJ Reviews

The latest from All About Jazz
21-Jun-06 Junk Box (Tamura / Fujii / Hollenbeck)
Fragment (Libra Records)
21-Jun-06 Keith Rowe / Oren Ambarchi / Christian Fenneszguitar / Toshimaru Nakamurano
4g: cloud ()
20-Jun-06 Kidd Jordan / William Parker / Hamid Drake
Palm of Soul (AUM Fidelity Records)
20-Jun-06 Pauline Oliveros
The Roots of the Moment (Hatology)

2006 Earshot Jazz Festival

A preview of the 2006 Earshot Jazz Festival is available.

The 2006 Earshot Jazz Festival kicks off October 20th and continues through November 5th with more than 70 events in concert halls, clubs, and community centers all around the Seattle area.

Seattle’s major annual jazz festival, now in its 18th year, is presented by the non-profit jazz-support organization, Earshot Jazz. The festival brings important musicians from around the world and presents Seattle’s finest jazz artists in a world-class festival setting. Festival programs also include a series of rare jazz films, photo exhibits, panel discussions, and education programs.

Some of the artists planned for this year’s festival include pianist Matthew Shipp, NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath in residency with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, brilliant young composer John Hollenbeck with the Claudia Quintet, bassist Drew Gress with the band from his recent “7 Black Butterflies” CD, and Vietnamese guitarist N’Guyen Le with his Tiger’s Tail band. The festival includes mainstream favorites Dr. Lonnie Smith with Fred Wesley and Cyrus Chestnut with Russell Malone, as well as ferocious improvisers like MacArthur winner Ken Vandermark with Peter Brotzmann and Matts Gustaffson. The iconoclast, John Zorn, will perform with his Hemophiliac ensemble, featuring laptopist Ikue Mori and rocker Mike Patton. Legendary jazz pioneer Andrew Hill brings his new quartet to town and pianist Manuel Valera will play his first concert here. Following tradition, Seattle’s top high school jazz bands will be featured in a main-stage concert with a nationally recognized guest artist who will also conduct workshops in Seattle schools.