Dave Douglas brings improvisation to our ears

Douglas is profiled in anticipation of today’s UK gig.

Douglas plays the only UK gig of his current European tour tomorrow (Friday, April 18 at the CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham) for Birmingham Jazz, the organisation that first introduced him in person to Britain in the 1990s. The virtuoso trumpeter has had the kind of broad background that must make the longstanding western-cultural sidelining of improvisation particularly mystifying to him. While his siblings listened to pop, his amateur jazz pianist father was a sophisticated listener to classical music, and Douglas (who attended the New England Conservatory, but went on the road with legendary jazz-funk pioneer Horace Silver not long afterwards) grew up hearing all musics as potentially co-existent rather than separate. He has worked with the uncategorisable iconoclast John Zorn, played “jazz-Balkan improv” in his Tiny Bell Trio, mingled tango, klezmer, bop, free-jazz and east European folk song in Charms Of The Night Sky, and had Tom Waits as his star guest on 2000’s middle eastern-influenced Witness.

New From CIMP Records

New releases from CIMP Records:

CIMP 361: Stephen Gauci (tenor saxophone) Quartet – Nate Wooley (trumpet) – Ken Filiano (bass) – Lou Grassi (drums, percussion)
Absolute, absolutely
Here is part two of this remarkable Gauci quartet recording date. Nate Wooley joins Steve’s regular trio and sounds as though he’s been playing with this group for years. This is a classic quartet. Music written for the quartet is purposeful, pointed, and perfect Free Bop and beyond. Recorded April 6 & 7, 2006.

CIMP 362: Kalaparush McIntyre (tenor sax) Quartet – Will Connell (alto sax, bass clarinet) -Michael Logan (bass) – Warren Smith (drums)
Introducing Kalaparush’s new group. Joining the front line, Will Connell’s hard edged alto is an excellent addition to Kalaparush’s quixotic tenor explorations. Add to that the support (now that’s an understatement!) of Messrs. Smith and Logan and you have the basis for some heavy extemporizing. Recorded Jan. 11 & 12, 2007.

CIMP 363: David Schnitter (tenor saxophone) – Dominic Duval (bass) – Newman Taylor Baker (drums)
The Spirit of Things
David Schnitter returns and, quite frankly, is back in top form. Reunited with bassist Dominic Duval (with whom he recorded in 1995), this is David’s first ever trio recording. In addition to bringing renewed life to his recording documentation, this session brings new life to some old standards. Recorded Feb. 14, 2007.

CIMP 364: Khan Jamal (vibes, marimba, balafon) & Dylan Taylor (cello, bass)
Fire & Water
Metal & wood is a lovely pairing and in music it’s a pure delight, especially with this pair of distinguished improvisers. Khan is a master of shimmering tones and this program explores those tones. Underpinning all that is Khan is the sumptuous cello/bass work of Dylan Taylor. This is all together an indulgence in beauty and invention. Recorded April 23 & 24, 2007.

CIMP 365: Bobby Zankel (alto saxophone) Trio – Dylan Taylor (bass) – Edgar Bateman (drums)
Many in Body, One in Mind
Bobby Zankel doesn’t make many recordings and he doesn’t make any bad ones. Here he is joined by the legendary Edgar Bateman and longtime bassist, Dylan Taylor, on six extended outings. Assured and intense, this demands the attention of both the heart and the mind. Recorded May 7 & 8, 2007.

Red Light New Music Commissions Modern Classical

From New York’s Red Light New Music:

Saturday, April 19th, 2008, 8pm : Newly Commissioned Works
Hungarian Cultural Center
447 Broadway #5 (at Grand St)
New York, NY 10013 (map)

The Red Light ensemble, as part of the Hi-Fi Music Festival, presents a concert of premieres by Christopher Cerrone, Scott Wollschleger, A. Vincent Raikhel, and Liam Robinson, as well as Evan Johnson’s Auschnitte, winner of the first annual Red Light New Music composition competition.

Lampo Spring Season Begins

From Chicago’s Lampo:

Our spring season begins this Saturday, April 19, with the U.S. debut of Italian drummer Andrea Belfi.

– ANDREA BELFI (APR 19) U.S. debut
– NOETINGER, GUIONNET & GUTHRIE (MAY 17) Guthrie’s Chicago debut
– MARK WASTELL & JOACHIM NORDWALL (JUNE 7) Wastell’s Chicago debut

between Franklin and Wells


New Robert Rich / Ian Boddy Release

From Robert Rich:

News as of March 18, 2008

New Live CD

React: Robert Rich and Ian Boddy

A live recording from last Summer’s unique concert in Philadelphia for Star’s End 30th anniversary. Ian and I rehearsed intensely for one day, trying to come up with some new material so we could make this event special. Jeff Towne from Echoes recorded the concert, then I edited, mixed and mastered it after I got home in August. It’s full of energy, with some dynamic surprises.