Billy Bang Quintet with Frank Lowe Reviewed

Bang and Lowe get a review:

Violinist Billy Bang and tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe shared a musical bond that evoked John Lewis’ famous description of Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry – “They’re almost like twins” – to the very end of their 25-plus-year collaboration. Above & Beyond represents that end: their last recording together (possibly Lowe’s last, period; it’s certainly the last to have surfaced yet). When it was recorded in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in April 2003, Lowe had been battling lung cancer for years, was down to one lung, and was blowing anyway. He’d be dead within five months. His last request was that Bang make this recording available… thus giving us this marvelous, moving, enthralling, baffling CD.

David Torn's jazz ever stranger and stronger

Torn’s latest is reviewed.

David Torn is known as a guitarist, but he’s spent much of his career behind the scenes, as a prolific movie composer and producer. In one or another capacity, he has worked with the likes of David Bowie, John Legend and Tori Amos. But he has returned to performing with Prezens, his first album for the prestigious ECM label in 20 years.

Umbrella Music Through the End of May

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 23 May 2007
The Hideout
10:00PM | Fred Lonberg-Holm Solo
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
11:00PM | AAT
Josh Abrams – bass
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Nori Tanaka – drums
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Stray Dog “Plays the Numbers”

Thursday, 24 May 2007
Elastic
10:00PM | Jason Roebke Trio
Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Roebke – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens
Josh Berman – cornet
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Sunday, 27 May 2007
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Keefe Jackson Quartet
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jason Roebke – bass
Nori Tanaka – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 30 May 2007
The Hideout
10:00PM | Damon Short Quintet
Chuck Burdelik – reeds
Mitch Paliga – reeds
Ryan Shultz – bass trumpet
Larry Kohut – bass
Damon Short – drums
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Tim Daisy spins Great Trio Music

Thursday, 31 May 2007
Elastic
10:00PM | The Rempis Percussion Quartet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Anton Hatwich – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets
$7 requested donation