The Roulette in June


STREET in SOHO. With this new space, Roulette will be expanding activities
to include over 100 concerts, sound installations, longer runs of music
theater and other large productions such as the “Avant Jazz – Still
Moving” festival and the annual “Festival of Mixology.” For our expanded
events calendar go to:

6/4 – 6/9: New York Electronic Arts Festival & New Interfaces for Musical
Expression Conference: Sandin Exhibition
6/9: NYEAF & NIME performances by Stephen Vitiello, Andrew Deutsch, Tammy
Bracket and Peer Bode

6/14 – 6/24: Roulette’s Annual FESTIVAL OF MIXOLOGY
6/14: Severiano Martinez & Mario Diaz de León
6/15: Jacob Burckhardt
6/16: Amit Pitaru
6/17: Stefan Tcherepnin
6/21: Sadjeljko w/ MV Carbon, Mario Diaz de Leon & Justin Craun
6/22: Zach Layton w/ Ray Sweeten, Bruce Tovsky & Vito Acconci
6/23: LoVid
6/24: Francisco López

Jazz in New York this Week

Jazz Listings – New York Times

THE MANY MOODS OF MILES DAVIS The changeability of Miles Davis has become a defining notion, seemingly as crucial to his legend as the music he made. It’s one reason that Apple featured him in its “Think Different” advertisements a decade ago, alongside Bob Dylan and Picasso, chameleons with whom he is often compared. That quality also provides the premise for two concerts presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center this weekend under a mildly patronizing banner, “The Many Moods of Miles Davis.” Each concert will feature two ensembles and cover two incarnations of Davis’s career. Tonight that means bebop and “The Birth of the Cool,” courtesy of the trumpeter Ryan Kisor, a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; and then the exploratory post-bop of the 1960s, courtesy of another trumpeter, Terence Blanchard. (Each artist will lead a quintet.) Tomorrow night promises more cognitive dissonance. While Nicholas Payton will fill the Davis role on the landmark album “Kind of Blue,” the electric bassist Marcus Miller will reprise his own role in the music of the 1970s and ’80s. Of course, there is some incongruity to conjuring Electric Miles on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s stage. (Wynton Marsalis, the organization’s artistic director, has characterized Davis’s post-’60s output as a product of commercial capitulation.) Partly for this reason, the tribute may not do enough to emphasize the clarity of vision behind all those so-called moods. So it seems appropriate to note the concurrent club engagement of 4 Generations of Miles, involving veterans of Davis’s employ. In chronological order of service, they are the drummer Jimmy Cobb, the tenor saxophonist George Coleman, the bassist Buster Williams and the guitarist Mike Stern. Their collective experience stretches as far back as the late ’50s and runs up through the early ’80s. Change will animate their music, to be sure, but continuity seems likely to play a part too. (Tonight and tomorrow night at 8, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-721-6500,; $30 to $120. 4 Generations of Miles performs tonight through Sunday night at 8 and 10, with a midnight set tonight and tomorrow, Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, 212-582-2121,; cover, $35, with a $10 minimum.) NATE CHINEN

AHMED ABDULLAH’S EBONIC TONES (Tomorrow) Two years ago, on an album called “Traveling the Spaceways” (Planet Arts), the trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah presented a tribute to the Sun Ra Arkestra, of which he is a former member. Mr. Abdullah revisits that theme here, with musicians like the violinist Billy Bang and the saxophonist Salim Washington. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Sista’s Place, 456 Nostrand Avenue, at Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn, (718) 398-1766,; cover, $20. (Nate Chinen)

★ MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS (Tonight) In addition to being a venerable pianist and composer, Mr. Abrams is one of the original architects of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. He performs tonight in a duo setting, with the guitarist Brandon Ross, and with a dynamic quartet featuring Aaron Stewart on tenor saxophone, Brad Jones on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. At 8, Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, (212) 683-4988,; $25. (Chinen)

PETER APFELBAUM AND NEW YORK HIEROGLYPHICS (Tonight) Peter Apfelbaum, a multireedist and pianist, has been celebrating the 30th anniversary of this adventurous, African-inspired band, with collaborators including Abdoulaye Diabate on kora and Charles Burnham on violin. At 8, Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, near Bleecker Street, East Village, (212) 614-0505,; cover, $15, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

★ RAN BLAKE (Thursday) Mr. Blake is a pianist with an attraction to cinematic imagery and spooky silence, as he confirms on his fine recent album “All That Is Tied” (Tompkins Square). As on the album, he plays unaccompanied here. At 8 p.m., Center for Improvisational Music, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (212) 631-5882,; admission, $15; $10 for students. (Chinen)

★ ALICE COLTRANE ASCENSION CEREMONY (Thursday) The death of the keyboardist Alice Coltrane in January came a shock to the jazz world, and to the California ashram that she established. This ceremonial tribute, timed to coincide with Ascension Day, will feature performances by the pianist Geri Allen; the bassists Reggie Workman and Charlie Haden; and the drummers Roy Haynes, Rashied Ali and Jack DeJohnette. Ms. Coltrane’s son Ravi Coltrane, a saxophonist, will also appear, among others. At 7:30 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at 112th Street, Morningside Heights, (909) 744-0704 or (201) 928-0513. free. (Chinen)

EITHER/ORCHESTRA (Thursday) This 10-piece ensemble, based in Boston and led by the tenor saxophonist Russ Gershon, pursues a boisterous polyphony informed by both the visionary sweep of Sun Ra and the more terrestrial realm of Ethiopian pop. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121,; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

ANAT FORT TRIO (Thursday) Anat Fort is a prepossessing pianist with an auspicious debut on the ECM label. She performs her own music with her working trio, which includes the drummer Roland Schneider and the bassist Gary Wang. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10 with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

ERIK FRIEDLANDER (Thursday) Mr. Friedlander is a superb jazz cellist whose technique extends to pizzicato fingerpicking. Here he previews material from his forthcoming album “Block Ice & Propane,” which reaches for a contemporary synthesis of American roots music. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

FRED FRITH (Sunday and Tuesday) The exploratory tastes of the guitarist Fred Frith are evident throughout this month’s calendar at the Stone, most obviously on the nights when he performs with notables like the composer and accordionist Pauline Oliveros (Sunday at 8), the alto saxophonist John Zorn (Tuesday at 8) and the harpist Zeena Parkins (Tuesday at 10). At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10; $20 on Tuesday at 8. (Chinen)

BEN GERSTEIN’S THE UP/EIVIND OPSVIK’S OVERSEAS (Wednesday) The trombonist Ben Gerstein conceived the Up as an open forum for improvisers like the tenor saxophonist Jonathan Moritz, the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer John McLellan. Mr. Opsvik’s band Overseas, which features Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Jacob Sacks on Wurlitzer piano and Kenny Wolleson on drums, heeds more of a compositional framework. At 8 and 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; cover, $10 per set. (Chinen)

JOEL HARRISON AND HARBOR (Wednesday) “Harbor” (HighNote), the new album by the guitarist Joel Harrison, imagines a fascinating modern fusion of Western and Eastern tonalities. Revisiting that music here, Mr. Harrison enlists another guitarist, Brad Shepik, along with the saxophonist David Binney, the bassist Stephan Crump and a pair of drummers, Jordan Perlson and Jamey Haddad. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; cover, $20. (Chinen)

KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW (Sunday) The trumpeter Steven Bernstein and the multireedist Peter Apfelbaum preside over this genre-scrambling outfit, with contributions from Gina Leishman and Doug Wieselman on saxophones, Art Baron on trombone, Marcus Rojas on tuba and Kenny Wollesen on drums. At 8 p.m., Cutting Room, 19 West 24th Street, Manhattan, (212) 691-1900,; cover, $10; $12 at the door. (Chinen)

CHRIS LIGHTCAP’S BIGMOUTH (Tomorrow) This ensemble employs compositional forms as a springboard; Chris Lightcap, a bassist, has creative colleagues in the tenor saxophonists Tony Malaby and Matt Renzi, the pianist James Carney and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

THE MUSIC OF OLU DARA (Tonight) Before he was known as the father of the rapper Nas, Olu Dara was a trumpeter, guitarist and singer who infused New York avant-gardism with Mississippi twang. His music is the chief focus of this performance, with Bob Stewart on tuba, Craig Harris on saxophones and Bruce Purse on trumpet, among others. At 7, Aronow Theater, City College of New York, 135th Street at Convent Avenue, Hamilton Heights, (718) 884-5495,; $10. (Chinen)

BOBBY PREVITE (Wednesday) Mr. Previte, an adventurous and often effervescent drummer, teams up with musicians similarly inclined to pair aggressive experimentation with a rock-hard sense of groove: the tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, the vibraphonist Bill Ware and the bassist Brad Jones. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

★ JENNY SCHEINMAN (Monday) Ms. Scheinman is that rare jazz violinist who embraces her instrument’s folksier side without making concessions to genre. The impressive group she leads here, in preparation for a recording session, includes the guitarist Bill Frisell, the pianist Jason Moran, the clarinetist Doug Weiselman and the cornetist Ron Miles. At 7 and 8:30 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; cover, $20 to $30 per set. (Chinen)

Abrons Center fills shoes of defunct Downtown venue

The Tonic is closed but other venues are picking up the slack. A review of a series of Zorn performances is available.

Last weekend the Abrons Arts Center at the Henry Street Settlement launched the inaugural shows of Blurring Boundaries, a series of new and experimental music concerts curated by Tonic’s Melissa Caruso-Scott, with the compositions of Downtown alt-jazz maverick John Zorn. Over two nights on the stage of the Harry Du Jur Playhouse, the Book of Angels Mini-Festival lit up the intimate theatre on Grand Street with vibrant sounds from gifted players, tackling the tunes from Zorn’s vast and intricate “Masada” project.

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Steve Roach – Immersion : Three
This third volume in Steve Roach’s series of long form ambient compositions doesn’t just offer up one 70 minute piece, instead it offers up three. With all the three pieces following on from the rest of the series, painting vast and atmospheric sound worlds that often barely move. All three disks are packaged in an arty and impressive large DVD size fold-out digipak.

Pure Sound – Submarine
Submarine offers up a curious very English mix of throbbing & wondering bass lines, Guitar workouts that go from jagged slightly punked, to avant, to deathly harmonic strumming. With the odd slightly dated locked drum patterns here and there. All topped with old wartime voice samples, found elements and spoken word.

Bill Callahan – Woke On A Whaleheart

Woke On A Whaleheart is Bill Callahan’s first album under his own name, after many albums as Smog and a couple as (Smog). A River Ain’t Too Much to Love, the last (Smog) album was a mellow rootsy album which dwelled on things domestic through oblique narratives. Woke On A Whaleheart continues many of the themes begun on the aforementioned album, and builds on them, making this perhaps his most poignant album to date

Porn Sword Tobacco – New Exclusive Olympic Heights
If you find your self enjoying late 70’s to early 80’s soundtracks, the more dated and synth based, cheesy and touched by corny emotional and cutesy air the better. Then you’ll glug down the unlikely and bizzare moniked Porn Sword Tobaccos third album like there’s no tomorrow.

AAJ Reviews

From AAJ:

12-May-07 John Russell
Analekta (Emanem)

12-May-07 Pierre Dorge and the New Jungle Orchestra
Tigra Negra (Ilk Music)

12-May-07 Stefano Battaglia
Re: Pasolini (ECM Records)

11-May-07 Roscoe Mitchell / The Transatlantic Art Ensemble
Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (ECM Records)

11-May-07 John Lindberg / Karl Berger
Duets 1 (Between the Lines)