Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Broken Arm Trio – Self Tited
Broken Arm Trio is a mainly up-beat and very bassy sounding jazz trio featuring Cellist Erik Friedlander(solo & various John Zorn related projects) who also composed all the tracks here, Trevor Dunn( Mr Bungle, solo work & various Zorn related projects, etc) and Michael Sarin on Drums.

Ascanio Borga – Xenomorphic
Ascanio Borga cut his teeth playing guitar in noise rock bands, evidence of which rears its head fairly early into Xenomorphic, his new disk on the under-recognized Afe label. The (title) track starts off in an ambient neo-Eno vein and then splits off into a thumping one chord metal riff. It’s only metal in relation to the guitar tone actually. If the tone was different it could pass for a Krautrock motif because of the stuttering, repetitive rhythm. Borga augments the guitar pattern with other guitar noises, sometimes gratuitous soloing, tasteful percussion and a bevy of granulated background sounds. There also seems to be some bass, which sounds like the real deal, though it’s getting increasingly more difficult to tell these days, with the advent of digital music programming. Borga has a musical background, and the painterly quality of the aforementioned title track makes this very evident. He starts the piece with noise, subtly piling on each element, slowly building forward momentum, the caps it off with the same noisy background which began it.

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The Stone in June

From New York’s Stone:

June 2009 at the Stone curated by Melissa Caruso Scott / Michael Dorf

6/2 Tuesday (CB)
8 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori & Special Guests
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics)

10 pm
John Hollenbeck
Skuli Sverrison (electric bass) Hakon Kornstad (saxophone) John Hollenbeck (percussion)
A free improv debut for this powerful trio.

6/3 Wednesday (MP)
8 pm
Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Sexmob has been a band for 13 years….they have just released their 7th cd ..”Sexmob meets Medeski- live in Willisau”…the follow up to the grammy nominated “Sexotica”.

10 pm
Yuka Honda
Yuka Honda (keyboards)

6/4 Thursday (CB)
8 pm
Briggan Krauss (sax) Ikue Mori (electronics) Jim Black (drums)

10 pm
Jordan McLean (trumpet) Amir ziV (drums) Adam Holzman (synthesizers & Fender Rhodes) Chris Jordan (visuals)
Droid pushes the envelope of improvised music, mixing elements from breakbeat / electronica to live rock and jazz. With Jordan McLean (Antibalas) Amir ziV (Cyro Baptista’s Beat The Donkey) Adam Holzman (Miles Davis) and Chris Jordan.

6/5 Friday
8 pm
Elysian Fields
Jennifer Charles (voice) Oren Bloedow (bass, guitar)
Legendary cult heroes Elysian Fields have always travelled in mysterious waters. Led by the enigmatic New York co-composers Jennifer Charles (vocals) and Oren Bloedow (guitar), the music born of their collaboration is not easy to categorize. They carry a torch for nature, sex, love, the cycle of death and rebirth, and the sounds of folk and jazz ballads, no wave and classical music, seamlessly interwoven into a style that is at once languorously romantic and tough.

10 pm
Charlie Hunter
Charlie Hunter (guitar)

6/6 Saturday (MB)
8 pm
Joan as Police Woman Solo
Joan Wasser (piano, guitar, voice)
Playing new and old compositions from my life of fighting crime. Fifteen dollars.

10 pm
Jonathan Kane’s February
Jonathan Kane (drums) Peg Simone (guitar) Jon Crider (guitar) David Bicknell (guitar) Adam Wills (bass)
Jonathan Kane and his band February play songs from their brand new Table of the Elements/Radium release “Jet Ear Party”.

6/7 Sunday (CW)
8 pm
Stephanie Stone
8pm Stephanie Stone (piano) Greg Cohen (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

10 pm
Steve Gorn
Steve Gorn (flute) Greg Cohen (bass) Adam Rudolph (percussion)

rare monday night concert!
curated by melissa scott

6/8 Monday (MB)
8 pm
Mat Maneri
Mat Maneri

10 pm
Benefit Band
Oscar Noriega, Jim Black, Trevor Dunn, Chris Speed

6/9 Tuesday (MP)
8 pm
Eric Vloeimans & Florian Weber duo
Eric Vloeimans (trumpet) Florian Weber (piano)
Go with the flow! Europe’s finest take you merrily merrily down the musical stream…life is but a dream…

10 pm
Suphala with Special Guests
Suphala (tablas)
Tabla Artist, Composer, and Producer, Suphala, has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Timbaland, Norah Jones, and Yoko Ono. A student of Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala has combined her knowledge of Indian classical music with a wide range of western styles which is reflected in her compositions.

more info at:

6/10 Wednesday
8 pm
Jamie Saft—Burning Genitals
Jamie Saft (guitar, keyboards) Jamie Saft (guitar, bass, keys, vocals) Mike Pride (drums) Bobby Previte (drums)
Burning Genitals will feature music from the upcoming Veal Records release “Crabz.” First NY live performance!

10 pm
Vernon Reid
Vernon Reid (guitar)

6/11 Thursday (JC)
8 pm
Special Solo Pianist

10 pm
White Out with C. Spencer Yeh
Lin Culbertson (analog synth, autoharp)
Tom Surgal (drums, bells, etc.) C. Spencer Yeh (violin)
Free sound advocates White Out reunite with versatile string man C. Spencer Yeh with whom they tore it up at last year’s No Fun Fest.

6/12 Friday
8 pm
Miho Hatori
Miho Hatori (voice) Shoko Nagai (yeyboard, accordion)

10 pm
Dougie Bowne
Dougie Bowne (drums)

6/13 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
Social Registry

6/14 Sunday (JM)
8 pm
Alan Licht
Alan Licht (organ) Connie Burg (bass clarinet) Melissa Weaver (piano)
“Gerry Miles:Alan Licht, Connie Burg (of Mars) and Melissa Weaver”.

10 pm
Block Ice & Propane—Taking Trips to America: Stories & Images
Erik Friedlander (cello) Bill Morrison (films) Photos by Lee Friedlander & Maria Friedlander.
Cellist Erik Friedlander’s haunting and passionate ‘Block Ice & Propane’ is inspired by Erik’s experiences as a child traveling across the United States with his family during the 1960’s and 70’s. Directed by film-maker Bill Morrison.

6/16 Tuesday
8 pm
Michael Blake Trio
Michael Blake (sax) Ben Allison (bass) Hamid Drake (drums)

10 pm
Michael Bates Quartet
Michael Bates (bass) Jeff Davis (drums) Russ Johnson (trumpet)

6/17 Wednesday (JM)
8 pm
Elliott Sharp
Elliott Sharp (guitar)
Octal is a series of etudes with improvisation for the Koll 8-string electroacoustic guitarbass. In this set, E# previews Book 2, which will be recorded for Cleanfeed Records.

10 pm
Mostly Other People do the Killing
Peter Evans (trumpet) Jon Irabagon (saxophone) Moppa Elliott (bass and compositions) Kevin Shea (drums)
New York’s Terrorist Be-Bop Uber-Jass Quartet.

6/18 Thursday
8 pm
Jamie Saft—Black Shabbis
Jamie Saft (guitar, keyboards) Mike Pride (drums)

10 pm
Ziv Ravitz Trio
ZIv Ravitz (drums) Omer Klein (piano) Avishai Cohen (trumpet)

6/19 Friday
8 pm
Peter Gordon with Indra Chowdhury
Peter Gordon (sax)

10 pm
Don Byron’s Swift Boat
Don Byron (clarinet, tenor sax) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Kermit Driscoll (bass) Ben Wittman (drums)

6/20 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests

6/21 Sunday
8 pm
Ned Rothenberg
Ned Rothenberg (sax)

10 pm
Matt Darriau
Matt Darriau (sax)

6/23 Tuesday
8 pm
Ray Anderson/Marty Ehrlich Quartet
Ray Anderson (trombone) Marty Ehrlich (sax)

10 pm
Kermit Driscoll Quartet
Gerry Hemingway (drums) Terrence McManus (guitar) Kris Davis (piano) Kermit Driscoll (bass)

6/24 Wednesday (MB)
8 pm
Basya’s Schecter Project
Basya Schecter (guitar, voice)

10 pm
Tony Scher
Tony Scher (bass, guitar)

6/25 Thursday
8 pm
Roy Nathanson and Sotto Voce
Roy Nathanson (alto sax, voice) Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) Sam Bardfeld (violin) Tim Kiah (bass) Napoleon Maddox (voice)

10 pm
Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers

6/26 Friday
8 pm
Pyeng Threadgill
Pyeng Threadgill (voice)

10 pm
Ethan Iverson & Tim Berne
Ethan Iverson (piano) Tim Berne (sax)

6/27 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Cyro Baptista Solo
Cyro Baptista (percussion)

10 pm
Ben Perowsky Quartet
Ben Perowsky (drums) Chris Speed (sax) Ted Reichman (accordion) Trevor Dunn (bass)
A CD pre-release party!

6/28 Sunday
8 pm
Odeya Nini

10 pm
Olivia de Prato (violin) Eileen Mack (clarinet) Missy Mazzoli (keyboards) compositions) Lorna Krier (keyboards) Eleonore Oppenheim (double bass)

6/30 Tuesday (MB)
8 pm
Marc Ribot Solo
Marc Ribot (guitar)

10 pm
Diwon & Dugans: Dreams in Static

All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

15-May-09 Sun Ra
Sun Ra Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

15-May-09 Harris Eisenstadt / Achim Kaufmann / Mark Dresser
Starmelodics (Nuscope Recordings)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

14-May-09 Ronnie Boykins
The Will Come, Is Now (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

14-May-09 Tom Hamilton / Bruce Eisenbeil
Shadow Machine (Pogus)
Reviewed by Martin Longley

13-May-09 Michael Musillami Trio 3
From Seeds (Playscape Recordings)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

13-May-09 Joe McPhee
Angels, Devils & Haints (CJR)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

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Emanem & Psi Releases

Trumpeter Peter Evans
Image via Wikipedia

From Emanem & Psi:

Latest Emanem releases – available now:
5001 Veryan Weston ‘Allusions’ (2002) solo piano
5002 Okkyung Lee / Peter Evans / Steve Beresford ‘Check For Monsters’ (2008)
cello / trumpets / piano
5003 Milo Fine ‘Ananke’ (2006/7) mostly on piano
in trio with Jaron Childs (alto sax) & Davu Seru (drums) and solo
5004 Sophie Agnel ‘Capsizing Moments’ (2008) solo piano
5005 ARC ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ (2008) Gus Garside, Sylvia Hallett & Danny Kingshill
5201 People Band ’69/70′ previously unissued

Latest psi releases – available now:
09.01 Evan Parker ‘Saxophone Solos’ (1975) reissue
09.02 Per Anders Nilsson / Sten Sandell / Raymond Strid ‘Beam Stone’ (2007)
09.03 Lawrence Casserley & Adam Linson ‘Integument’ (2007)
09.04 Agustí Fernández ‘Un llamp que no s’acaba mai’ (2007) with John Edwards & Mark Sanders
09.05/6 Peter Evans ‘Nature/Culture’ (2008) solo trumpet

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