Billy Bang Quintet & Todd Nicholson’s Otic Band in New York

From New York’s RUCMA:

The Local 269
269 East Houston
at the corner of Suffolk Street
F to Second Avenue

first set @ 7:30PM
Otic Band
Nabate Isles trumpet
Dave Sewelson baritone saxophone
Todd Nicholson bass
Newman Taylor Baker drums

second set @ 9PM
Billy Bang Quintet
Billy Bang violin
James Zollar trumpet
Andrew Bemkey keyboard
Todd Nicholson bass
Newman Taylor Baker drums

Admission $10
Students & seniors $7

For More Info:
tel: 212.254.5420

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AMN Picks of the Week

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

E.R.A. – Introducing…the E.R.A. (2008, free jazz)
Reut Regev – This is R Time (2009, creative jazz)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar – Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo (2007, avant-rock)
Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature (2009, free jazz)
Bertram Turetzky / Damon Smith – Thoughtbeetle (2009, free jazz)
Alex Cline – Continuation (2009, jazz)
David S. Ware – Shakti (2009, free jazz)
Rick Helzer / Vinny Golia (Fancy Meeting You Here (2005, free jazz)
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Live @ Largo (2009, jazz)
Squadra Omega – Tenebroso (2008, free form jam)
Squadra Omega – Rennesle Chateau (2008, free form jam)
Michael Riessler – Mirage (2009, modern composed classical / jazz)

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The Naked Future, MEGA*CHURCH, What’s Up?, Neal Morgan 3/4/09 in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

7PM (shows start and end early here!)
MEGA*CHURCH, What’s Up?, Neal Morgan, The Naked Future
The Wail (formerly Rererato):
5135 NE 42nd ave and Sumner (between Alberta and Killingsworth)
Cost: $6 Donation

The Naked Future is members of Ol Time Relijun, Cloaka Cloak, Why I Must Be Careful and Thicket

Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Torben Snekkestad – Conic Folded

Inspired by Jimmy Giuffre’s trio with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, Norwegian Torben Snekkestad – here featured on saxophones and clarinet – releases his first solo CD after having honed his skills in various positions, either relative to jazz or chamber music: he can play with the London Improvisers Orchestra and The Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen […]

Jim McAuley – The Ultimate Frog

Releases like The Ultimate Frog don’t come around very often, if at all. This double-disc set from Los Angeles guitarist Jim McAuley is a true transcendence of musical genres; though mostly improvised it does speak to the idea of a gestational improvised music, or of improvisation as the “first” music (the “dik” […]

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

28-Feb-09 Bill Frisell
The Best of Bill Frisell: Vol. 1 – Folk Songs (Nonesuch Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

28-Feb-09 Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn
Farmers By Nature (AUM Fidelity Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

27-Feb-09 HAR-YOU Percussion Group
Sounds of Youth (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

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Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet in Amsterdam, February 13

All About Jazz provides a review of this performance.

Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet
Amsterdam, Netherlands
February 12, 2009

How many larger instrumental ensembles endure for over ten years with the core of the line-up unchanged? In the economic climate of the last decade, not many. All the more remarkable, then, that the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, which draws its membership from two continents, is now thriving in its eleventh year. Embarking on their latest European tour, the band descended on Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, where they held court to a packed house on a cold Friday evening.

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