New From Beta Lactam Ring Records

Two new releases from BLRR:

Christus & the Cosmonaughts “From Atop This Hill” CD
Drag thy cross upon yon hill and embrace the passion of the Christus (vinyl editions are still in production)

Waldteufel “Sanguis” CD
Dense hypnotic atmospheres, ritual passages to metallic chants and triumphant percussion-heavy hymns (vinyl editions are still in production)

David Murray Release and Performance

Murray has a new album out and plays Bonnaroo.

Tenor saxophonist, bass clarinetist, bandleader and composer David Murray is a star internationally, and he’s regularly celebrated in jazz circles for his versatility and prodigious instrumental technique. He’s recorded more than 200 albums since his debut in the ‘70s, and has performed in every concept from solo sax to quartets, big bands, octets, international musicians and vocalists.

Yet even many knowledgeable music fans who take pride in having diverse tastes haven’t heard of Murray, mainly because the bulk of his releases are on foreign labels. His magnificent new release Sacred Ground is his 10th for the Canadian Justin Time label. Plus, Murray lives much of the year in Paris.

But this Saturday he’ll be playing before one of the largest domestic crowds of his career, as he appears at the 2007 edition of the Bonnaroo music festival. He’ll lead his current quartet, which includes new pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Andrew Cyrille.

Additionally a recent New York performance of his is reviewed.

Cellist Erik Friedlander Brings His “Block Ice”

Erik Friedlander is profiled in anticipation of his new release.

Arriving August 14 on Skipstone Records is Erik Friedlander’s Block Ice & Propane, the New York-based cellist’s ninth album. Friedlander, a veteran of the NYC downtown scene, has played with everyone from John Zorn and Laurie Anderson to Courtney Love and the Mountain Goats and is known as a cellist’s cellist and a relentless innovator and experimenter. His first sketches for the project were like finger-picking guitar pieces for the cello (guitar was his first instrument), and he developed a number of unusual finger-picking techniques and reverberant tunings, creating a lyrical, plain spoken, and emotional sound more akin to the music of guitar giants John Fahey or Sandy Bull than typical cello compositions.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Jazz in New York this weekend:

MOSTLY JAZZ FESTIVAL With good reason, the city of Vienna holds a distinguished place in the history of classical music. Its jazz legacy is much more difficult to pin down, but there have been significant advances in recent years. The city now has a handful of noteworthy clubs, including Joe Zawinul’s Birdland, owned by Austria’s best-known jazz musician. (He recorded his latest release, “Brown Street,” at the club in 2005.) Naturally, there’s also a Vienna Jazz Festival, which began in 1991; this year’s edition kicks off on June 25. And there have been an increasing number of collaborations between Vienna-based musicians and their American counterparts; one of the newest and best is “Friendly Travelers” (Material), by the guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel and the drummer Brian Blade. The Mostly Jazz Festival, presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Midtown Manhattan, celebrates this spirit of transnational exchange even as it makes the case for an independent Austrian jazz aesthetic. “ ‘No boundaries’ seems to be the unspoken motto of musicians in Vienna,” writes Helge Hinteregger, the festival’s curator, in a program essay. (He doesn’t say whether the titular echo of Mostly Mozart, Lincoln Center’s venerable festival, is fully intentional, though it probably is.) The series begins tonight with Big Four, consisting of the veteran Austrian saxophonist Max Nagl, the Paris-born guitarist Noël Akchoté and two Americans, the trumpeter Steven Bernstein and the bassist Brad Jones. They perform at 7, followed by an inventive young trio called Kelomat, above, led by the saxophonist Wolfgang Schiftner. Tomorrow there’s another group featuring Mr. Schiftner, aptly named Vienna-New York Connection and including the saxophonist Tony Malaby. As for Mr. Nagl, he resurfaces on Tuesday with a project he calls Wumm Zack. The early slot tomorrow goes to Bassinstinct, an assembly of six double bassists. And on Monday, the pianist Hannes Löschel will entrust his own compositions to several well-qualified American improvisers — the multireedist Ned Rothenberg, the guitarist David Tronzo and the bassist Lindsay Horner — before a set of free improvisation by the saxophonist Clemens Salesny and the pianist Clemens Wenger. (Tonight through Tuesday night at 7 and 8, Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, 212-319-5300,; free.) NATE CHINEN

THE FOUR BAGS/BROOKLYN QAWWALI PARTY (Sunday) The instrumental palette of the Four Bags — trombone, accordion, guitar and reeds — suits their modern sort of chamber jazz. Brooklyn Qawwali Party, which plays a later set, uses a more percussive assortment of instruments to create its caffeinated take on the Sufi devotional music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. At 7 and 9 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; cover, $10.

GOLD SPARKLE TRIO (Tonight) This rough-and-tumble avant-garde outfit performs an early set tonight with Charles Waters on reeds and piano, Adam Roberts on bass and Andrew Barker on drums; a second set will include additional surprise guests. At 8 and 10, the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10.

TONY MALABY’S EXPLODING HEART (Tomorrow) Presumably the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby didn’t consult his cardiologist before coming up with the name for this strenuously experimental trio, with William Parker on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; cover, $15; $10 for members. (Chinen)

★ DAVID MURRAY BLACK SAINT QUARTET (Wednesday and Thursday) A spirited, sometimes blustery tenor saxophonist, David Murray enlists the same working rhythm section that appears on his politically charged new album, “Sacred Ground” (JustinTime): the pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, the bassist Ray Drummond and the drummer Andrew Cyrille. (Through June 16.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080,; cover, $35, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

★ NIGHT OF THE RAVISHED LIMBS (Wednesday) In its first set, this installment of the Park Slope series showcases a collaborative trio with the Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker, the Minneapolis-reared pianist Craig Taborn and the Detroit-born drummer Gerald Cleaver. The second set features another trio, with Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Angelica Sanchez on Wurlitzer piano and Tom Rainey on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; cover, $10.

RASHANIM (Tuesday) The guitarist Jon Madof, the bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and the drummer Mathias Kunzli are Rashanim, a rambunctious trio with a recent album, “Shalosh” (Tzadik), that supports John Zorn’s banner ideal of Radical Jewish Music. Here they welcome an additional percussionist, Rich Stein, and a pair of vocalists, Basya Schechter and Ayelet Rose Gottlieb. At 9 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934,; no cover.

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Taxi Taxi ! – S/t
The group consistent of two Swedish 17 year old sisters Miriam & Johanna E. Berhan who offer up an emotional touched & beautiful mix of folk & indie Pop caft.This ep is their first released work, though by all accounts their already well thought of getting spots on various European Festivals bills.

Atläs – Catacombs
Catacombs is Atläs debut release and also the first releaser from new Canada label Elite tapes. It offers up two effective and grim tracks of lo-fi and murky dark ambience.

Acre – Candyflipping
Candyflipping offers up three hypnotic and growing dronescapes to fall head first into, it seems to be either utilizing guitar or synth feedback to create the rippling like spreading contractions of sounds.

Venom – Resurrection
This is a reissue of Venoms second album after their comeback with the original line-up in 1997, sadly they’d lost one original member by this album stick man Abaddon, but that seemed to have made little impression as this is a very rewarding and memorable mix of Venoms old school sound. With heavy as led riffing that nods towards more melodic trash, black metal elements & all topped off with genral British metallic elements.

Andrew Pekler – Cue
Library music is referenced in the press release for Cue. Library records include a wide variety of music intended for use by film, TV and commericals. For that reason, you never know what you’re going to get until the needle hits the groove. Perhaps that excitement for the unknown is what inspired Andrew Pekler to assemble this album.