Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Andy Sheppard – Movements In Colour (ECM, 2009) **

Monday, May 18, 2009
Petr Cancura, Joe Morris, Jason Nazary – Fine Objects (Not Two, 2009) ****

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Firehouse 12 To Present Carl Maguire’s Floriculture June 5th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, June 5th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the penultimate event of its 2009 Spring Jazz Series, the CD release celebration for Sided Silver Solid (Firehouse 12 Records), the new recording by Carl Maguire’s Floriculture. The longstanding group, led by New York-based keyboardist/composer Carl Maguire, features violist Stephanie Griffin, multi-instrumentalist Oscar Noriega, bassist John Hébert and drummer Dan Weiss. Sided Silver Solid is the follow-up to band’s 2005 debut, Floriculture (Between the Lines).

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Minimalism By Mail

From Post No Bills:

Every week for 15 weeks starting in December 2007, Adam Sonderberg–best known as one-third of Haptic–and Salvatore Dellaria posted a new piece on their Web site, creating a series of experimental sketches as part of a project named “Untitled_Ongoing.” Sonderberg and Dellaria, who’ve worked together in various contexts since 1998, hoped to rework and develop the material for an eventual album, but heard as a collection the pieces can stand on their own–the MP3 files remain available at their site.

Many of the track titles simply describe instrumentation (“Snare Drum,” “Piano”), while others reference a musical approach (“Musique Concrete,” “Indeterminacy”). You can certainly identify specific sounds here and there–guitar-amp noise, metallic rustling, bowed percussion, urban field recordings–but the work revolves around abstract texture and gesture. Most of the pieces range in duration from two to five minutes, and manage to convey a rewarding sense of development in that brief time.

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New Release on 577 Records

From 577 Records:

Big Group In Ponta Delgada

Recorded at the 10th Festival de Jazz de Ponta Delgada, Açores, Portugal


Hernani Faustino: bass
Jorge Lima: soprano sax
Tadeu Cabral: alto sax
Federico Ughi: drums, flute, percussion
Zézé Ngambi: drums
Miguel Mendes: alto sax
João Luis Macedo: guitar
Térinho: piano
Ricardo Reis: drums
Daniel Carter: alto sax
João Bernardo: piano
Ema da Ponte: cello
Luís Senra: tenor sax
Martin Maus: alto sax
João Simas: guitar
Gianna De Toni: bass
Emanuel Paquete: guitar
Rodrigo Amado: tenor sax
Demian Richardson: trumpet
João Tavares: drums
Michael Smith: tenor & soprano saxes
Paulo Pimentel: piano

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