Jazz Listings in New York

Jazz in NY from the New York Times:

SAM RIVERS FESTIVAL If you happened to tune in to 89.9 FM this week, you have already reaped the benefits of the Sam Rivers Festival, a comprehensive celebration of this august saxophonist, flutist and composer. The broadcast, which began last Friday afternoon and concludes tonight at 9, is a characteristic labor of love (and, yes, obsession) by that station, WKCR. And in many ways the marathon format suits its subject. Mr. Rivers, above, has been an indefatigable and often prolix presence in jazz over the last 60 years, and even in his 80s he can seem impervious to fatigue, as anyone who attended last year’s Vision Festival will attest.

Tonight he brings his energies and expertise to the Miller Theater for the festival’s thrilling finale: a reunion of the 1970s Sam Rivers Trio, with Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums. This was the experimental group that Mr. Rivers led during the intensely creative period in New York that has come to be known as the “loft era,” in honor of artist-run performance spaces like Studio Rivbea, which Mr. Rivers and his wife, Beatrice, operated throughout the ’70s. The trio was fairly well documented in its time, though usually on bootleg recordings and sessions for shoestring-budget European labels. At the start of this week WKCR marched through that terrain, playing albums like “Paragon” (Fluid, 1977) alongside unreleased concert tapes. It all sounded fantastic, and the smart money says that tonight’s performance will be just as compelling. (The Sam Rivers Trio performs tonight at 8, Miller Theater, 2960 Broadway, at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 800-838-3006, wkcr.org; $25.) NATE CHINEN

THEO BLECKMAN AND BEN MONDER (Tuesday) Mr. Bleckman, a vocalist, and Mr. Monder, a guitarist, share a fondness for diaphanous atmosphere, as they demonstrate on “At Night” (Songlines), their mysterious new album. At 10 p.m., Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, near Bleecker Street, East Village, (212) 614-0505, bowerypoetry.com; cover, $8.

JEF LEE JOHNSON BAND/ROB REDDY TRIO (Tonight) Groove is the common denominator of these two progressive trios, the first led by the guitarist and vocalist Jef Lee Johnson, and the second organized by Rob Reddy, a saxophonist. At 9, Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, (718) 395-3214, jalopy.biz; $10. (Chinen)

TONY MALABY’S NOVELA (Tomorrow) Yet another adventurous new project from the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, with Nate Wooley on trumpet, Ben Gerstein on trombone, Angelica Sanchez on piano, Jason Ajemian on bass and Chad Taylor on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

BEN MONDER (Thursday) In the hands of Mr. Monder the electric guitar is a coloristic instrument. He features his coolly convoluted pieces for a trio with Chris Lightcap on bass and Ted Poor drums. At 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

★ NEW LANGUAGES FESTIVAL (Tonight, tomorrow and Thursday) Advancing an ideal of cross-fertilization, this Williamsburg, Brooklyn, festival is organized partly by the alto saxophonist Jackson Moore, who leads a trio tomorrow night at 10. The schedule also includes Attack/Adorn/Decay, a project of the trumpeter Nate Wooley (tonight at 10); Heavy Merge, a trio led by the pianist Russ Lossing (tomorrow night at 8:30); and the Indo-Pak Coalition, assembled by the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa (Thursday night at 8:30). At 8:30, 10 and 11:30 p.m., Rose Live Music, 345 Grand Street, near Marcy Avenue, Williamsburg, (646) 644-2766, newlanguages.org; $10. (Chinen)

PLAYDATE (Wednesday) The guitarist Amanda Monaco and the pianist Noah Baerman are the core of this whimsically named ensemble, which also includes the bassist Henry Lugo and the drummer Vinnie Sperrazza, along with Steve Wilson, a special guest, on alto saxophone. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $15, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

TODD SICKAFOOSE’S BLOOD ORANGE (Tonight) A bassist and composer equally fond of rough edges and rounded forms, Todd Sickafoose performs here with two guitarists (Adam Levy and Mike Gamble), two drummers (Allison Miller and Simon Lott) and a frontline of Shane Endsley on trumpet, Ben Wendel on saxophones and Alan Ferber on trombone. At 9 and 10, Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762, tealoungeny.com; no cover.

(Chinen)

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Fecalove – Erection
Erection is a wonderful jarring, disorientating noise meets bizarre sampling escapade from this Italian sound artists. That’s alive with Perverted, humorous & macabre intentions.

Black Seas Of Infinity – Amrita The Quintsessence
Amrita The Quintsessence offers up on it’s audio alter a mix of dark ritual ambience and black electroncia. It’s goes from building sacrificial air, to looped sinister, to darkly psychodelic beatscapes.

Globe Unity Orchestra 40th Anniversary

last year’s 40th Anniversary concert of the Globe Unity Orchestra gets reviewed.

Four decades ago a band hit the stage of the Berlin Jazz Festival and caused a sensation. Alexander von Schlippenbach’s composition, Globe Unity, was the first time the precepts of free jazz had been applied in an orchestral setting. The name of the composition became the name of an orchestra, and in Novermber 2006, the Berlin Jazz Festival presented the 40th anniversary concert of the Globe Unity Orchestra to a sold-out house.

Globe Unity’s concerts, typically seventy-five minute non-stop continua of high-intensity musics, invariably leave no room for neutral reactions. Their Berlin 1966 and Chicago 1987 concerts left press opinion divided into either love or perplexity tempered with active dislike. During the two concerts this commentator has heard (Lisbon 2005 and Berlin 2006), the initial audience reserve was rendered into palpably engaged enthusiasm as the music evolved. It seems to take a while for an audience to get into the variegated swing of things but the Globe Unity Orchestra possesses a transcendent stage personality that draws listeners into the musical experience.

International Contemporary Ensemble in New York

A recent performance of the International Contemporary Ensemble is reviewed:

In recent years the International Contemporary Ensemble has proved itself one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music. This 30-member collective, based in Brooklyn and Chicago, has earned a reputation for stylistic eclecticism, taking on modernism and Minimalism with equal gusto while devoting valuable attention to emerging composers. Lately it has also been very busy. From April 25 to May 5 its members took part in nine separate concerts around New York, and then the group presented a four-hour Steve Reich marathon in Chicago.

On Tuesday night at P.S. 122 members of this voracious ensemble took on a work that was daunting even by its own bold standards: “A Floresta é Jovem e Cheja de Vida” (“The Forest Is Young and Full of Life”), an electro-acoustic theater piece by the Italian avant-garde composer Luigi Nono. The score calls for a soprano, a clarinetist, three reciters and five percussionists, all amplified, in dialogue with electronically distorted counterparts on tape.

New on Free Albums Galore

We haven’t inventoried Free Albums Galore in a while. Here are some of their most recent offerings:

Pandit Pran Nath – Ragas of Morning and Night
Genre: World, New Age
Hindustani classical singer Panith Pran Nath has become an important figure in both India and the Western world. He is a devotee of Dhrupad, a slow repetitive form of devotional singing. His music is a major influence on Western artists such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Jon Hassell, and Don Cherry.

Noam Buchman – Solo Flute
Genre: Classical
Flautist Noam Buchman performs a program of solo flute compositions. Six pieces are works by contemporary Israeli composers. The album is rounded out by a partita by Johann Sebastian Bach and the Sonata in A Minor by Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach.

The Houston Drone Concern – Variations For Bob Ostertag
Genre: Avant-Garde
As far as drones go you can’t get more basic than the music created by Daniel de Los Santos a.k.a.The Houston Drone Concern. Long notes continue on and on until replaced by longer notes with no real relationship to melody or rhythm. This is minimalism at its most basic. However, there is something absolutely riveting about how the artist fits it all together.