All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

30-May-09 Orchestre National de Jazz
Orchestre National de Jazz: Around Robert Wyatt (Bee Jazz)
Reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

30-May-09 Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings
Renegades (Delmark Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

30-May-09 simakDialog
Demi Masa (Moonjune Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

29-May-09 Lawrence Casserley / Adam Linson
Integument (Psi)
Reviewed by John Eyles

29-May-09 Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition
Apti (Innova Recordings)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

29-May-09 Denman Maroney Quintet
Udentity (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

29-May-09 The Naked Future
Gigantomachia (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

29-May-09 John Hollenbeck
Rainbow Jimmies (GPE Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

28-May-09 Paul Motian
Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. II (Winter & Winter)
Reviewed by Ted Gordon

27-May-09 KLiP Trio
Herman Sonny Blount (Omniversal Ambassador) (Edgetone Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

26-May-09 Sophie Agnel
Capsizing Moments (Emanem)
Reviewed by John Eyles

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Urs Leimbruber, Peter Evans and Okkyung Lee at Roulette

From New York’s Roulette:

Thu Jun 11 – 8:30 PM

Urs Leimgruber’s mastery of the saxophone is so protean you could easily be fooled into thinking you are listening to a whole range of other instruments. He produces drum beats, the sound of guitars or the echoing resonnance of gongs at will. His playing seems almost de-instrumentalized, free of any implicit meaning and, despite its complexity, almost unexpectedly stark. Sound in its purest state. The ten pieces here sound like a manifesto set to music, an audible thumprint, a soundcard with a unique code that only responds to the personal breath of the artist.“ Bert Noglik, CD Blue Log Leipzig.

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Bohemian in Exile Shows

Upcoming Detroit area improv shows:

Saturday, May 30th: Jack Wright/Bob Marsh Duo at CAID
This is an auspicious show, as this notable duo had its orgin in Detroit, where Jack and Bob first met. Jack is one of the longest running free improvisers in America, having devoted himself exclusively to the music since the mid 70s. His a multi-instrumentalist most recognized for his work on alto saxophone; he’s one of a hand-full of people who has expanded the extend technique on the instrument since the late 60s.

Ex-Detroiter Bob Marsh originally came to prominence as an improvising cellist- but he has a long history with electronics and has performed more with them in more settings over the years. He also performs on accordian, violin and voice. His work has included microtonal ensembles and massed accordian groups.

You can check out more on Jack and Bob at
Doors at 8 pm; $6 minimum donation.
5141 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit (3 blks N. of Warren, near WSU).

Sunday, May 31st: Jennie and the Sure Shots at Le Petit Zinc
We kick off the music series at Le Petit Zinc with the first Detroit appearance of The Sure Shots following their recent southern tour. New-old-timey Americana music in the garden while eat crepes and drink lattes from a bowl. What could be better on a Sunday afternoon?
Music at noon. A $1 min donation please.
1055 Trumbull (corner of Howard), Detroit.

Coming Soon:

6/30 Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone
8/6 Alasdair Roberts
9/27 Huun Huur Tu

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Vision Festival 2009 Lineup and Schedule

This year’s Vision Festival is right around the corner. Here is the schedule of events.

Day 1: Tuesday, June 9th All at the Abrons Art Center Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

Host: Lewis Barnes

Opening Invocation
Hamid Drake / Patricia Nicholson / William Parker

Brass Bang
Billy Bang – violin
Ted Daniel – trumpet
James Zollar – trumpet
Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet
Dick Griffin – trombone
Russell Carter – drums

Douglas R. Ewart and Inventions
Shaku Joseph Jarman – flute, sax, poetry
Douglas R. Ewart – winds, percussion, voice
J.D. Parran – flute, clarinets and bass sax
Donald Smith – piano
Thurman Barker – drums and vibes
Amiri Baraka – words

“Vision of New York”
video by Luciano Rossetti

Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris Conducts A Chorus Of Poets and String Ensemble
“Conduction® No. 187, Erotic Eulogy”

Chorus of Poets:
Yasha Bilan, Mark Gerring, Chavisa Woods, Nora McCarthy,
Justin Carter, Alex Bilu, Helga Davis, David Devoe
String of Ensemble:
Nicole Federici, Jason kao Hwang – viola
Shawn McGloin, Jane Wang – bass
Skye Steele, Charlie Burnham – violin
Greg Heffernan, Alisa Horn – cello
Text by Allan Graubard
Day 2: Wednesday, June 10th All on the Abrons Main Stage MARSHALL ALLEN – A Lifetime of Achievement

Host: Steve Dalachinsky

Special Set
Marshall Allen – reeds
Kidd Jordan – tenor sax
William Parker – bass
Henry Grimes – bass and violin
Hamid Drake – drums

Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble
Bill Cole – double reeds
Joe Daley – tuba
Shayna Dulberger – bass
Warren Smith – drums
Atticus Cole – percussion
Althea SullyCole – vocals

The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen – alto, EVI, flute, clarinet, vocals
Knoel Scott – alto, vocals
Charles Davis – tenor sax
Yahya Abdul-Majid – tenor sax
Danny Thompson – baritone sax
Rey Scott – baritone sax
Fred Adams – trunpet
Cecil Brooks – trumpet
Dave Davis – trombone
Dick Griffin – trombone
Bill Davis – tuba
Dave Hotep – guitar
Farid Barron – piano, organ
Wayne A. Smith Jr. – drums
Elson Nascimento – surdo
special guests Billy Bang – violin
John Ore – bass
Day 3: Thursday, June 11th- on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: James Keepnews

Yvonne Meier’s Score
Yvonne Meier – choreography and dance
Christopher Williams – dance
Gabi Glinz – dance
Arturo Vidich – dance
Mystery Guest – dance
Michael Jaeger – tenor sax
Dave Gisler – guitar
Christian Jaeger-Brown – drums/percussion

William Hooker’s Silent Film/Live Music Project
“Symbol of the Unconquered” film by Oscar Micheaux
William Hooker – drums
Adam Lane – bass
Darius Jones – sax

Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble
Ernest Dawkins – sax, clarinet, flute
Stephen Berry – trombone
Darius Savage – bass
Isaiah Spencer – drums

Sunny Murray Quartet
Odean Pope – sax
Sabir Mateen – sax and flute
Lee Smith – bass
Sunny Murray – drums
Day 3: Thursday – in the Downstairs Theater – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: James Keepnews

David Budbill / Hamid Drake / William Parker
‘The Fire of Compassion / Meaning of Jazz’ in words and music
David Budbill – words
William Parker – bass, donso N’goni
Hamid Drake – drums

TURQUOISE BEADS by Lili White INSTALLATION: DVD video projected on Assemblage
Day 4: Friday, June 12th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

Host: David Budbill

Miriam Parker
Miriam Parker – dance
Joseph Daley – tuba
Jason Kao Hwang – violin

Charles Gayle Trio
Charles Gayle – sax
Lisle Ellis – bass
Michael Wimberly – drums

“The Ras Ensemble”
Ras Moshe – tenor sax, flute
Matt Lavelle – trumpet
Dave Ross – guitar
Shayna Dulberger – bass
Charles Downs – drums

Ayler Project
Roy Campbell – trumpet
Joe McPhee – sax, trumpet
William Parker – bass
Warren Smith – drums

Collective Quartet
featuring: Zim Ngqawana – sax
Matthew Shipp – piano
William Parker – bass
Nasheet Waits – drums

After Party at The Local 269
Sabir Mateen and friends lead a Jam Session
Arts for Art & JazzCorner Jam
The Local 269
on the corner of Houston and Suffolk Streets
Day 4: Friday, June 12th – in the Downstairs Theater

Reaching into the Unknown
with special musical guests

A Rogue Art Book Release
Steve Dalachinsky – poet
Jacques Bisceglia – photography
great musicians tba

As The Crow Flies
Jo Wood Brown and Jody Henenfeld – video Rob Brown – live music
Day 5: Saturday Afternoon, June 13th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: James Keepnews

Seth Meicht’s Big Sound Ensemble
Matt Bauder – alto saxophone
Seth Meicht – tenor saxophone
Charlie Evans – baritone saxophone
Aaron Meicht – Shane Endsley, trumpet
Steve Swell – trombone
Adam Lane – bass
Mike Pride – drums

Bear and Eagle
Catherine Sikora – saxophone
Jeremy Bacon – piano

Chaedria LaBouvier
Chaedria LaBouvier – poet

Darius Jones Trio
Darius Jones – sax
Cooper-Moore – piano, diddley bow
Bob Moses – drums
Day 5: Saturday Afternoon, June 13th – in the Downstairs Theater

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Panel discussion – FREE
Art and Politics past, present, future
Day 5: Saturday Evening, June 13th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: Julia Wilkins

Matthew Shipp Solo Piano
Matthew Shipp – solo piano

Rob Brown Trio
Rob Brown – sax
Craig Taborn – piano
Nasheet Waits – drums

Milford Graves Quartet
Milford Graves – drums
Grant Langford – sax
D.D. Jackson – piano
William Parker – bass

Lisa Sokolov Trio
Lisa Sokolov – voice, piano
Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez – cello
Cameron Brown – bass

Joe Morris GoGo Mambo
Joe Morris – bass
Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng – percussion
Jim Hobbs – alto saxophone
Timo Shanko – tenor saxothone
Luther Gray – drums
Steve Lantner – piano
Bill Lowe – trombone
Joe Moffett – trumpet
Forbes Graham – trumpet
Willie Martinez – percussion
Day 5: Saturday Evening, in the Downstairs Theater – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Henry Grimes Solo
Henry Grimes Solo – poetry, bass, violin

Paul Harding Spoken Music
Paul Harding – spoken music
Hill Greene – bass
Day 6: Sunday Afternoon, June 14th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: Patricia Nicholson

PS 182Q (Jamaica, Queens) K-2 Recorder & Percussion Ensemble
Steve Swell & Michael T.A. Thompson – orchestra directors

Achievement First Bushwick Middle School Orchestra
Daniel Levin – orchestra director

Brooklyn Friends School Jazz Band All-Stars
Jessica Jones – orchestra director

York College Blue Notes HS Big Band
Tom Zlabinger – orchestra director

Panel Discussion – FREE
Integrating Innovative Music in our Schools
Day 6: Sunday Evening, June 14th – on the Abrons Main Stage – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Host: Lewis Barnes

Planet Dream
Steve Swell – trombone
Rob Brown – sax
Daniel Levin – cello

Fred Anderson Trio
Fred Anderson – sax
William Parker – bass
Hamid Drake – drums

Michele Rosewoman and Quintessence plus Guests
Michele Rosewoman – piano, keyboards
Brad Jones – acoustic, electric bass
Tyshawn Sorey – drums
Loren Stillman – alto, soprano saxophones
Jacob Yoffee – tenor saxophone
Vincent Gardner – trombone
Richard Padron – guitar

Yamamoto / Dickey / Carter
Whit Dickey – drums
Eri Yamomoto – piano
Daniel Carter – saxes, trumpet, clarinet, flute

Peter Brötzmann – sax
Marino Pliakas – elec. bass
Michael Wertmüller – drums
Day 6: Sunday Evening, June 14th – in the Downstairs Theater – 466 Grand Street

A special Dance Installation with Jason Jordan and friends to appear in different sites throughout the night

Patricia Spears Jones
Patricia Spears Jones – words
Jason Kao Hwang – violin

Bill Brand’s ANGULAR MOMENTUM (1973), a 20-minute 16mm color film
Bill Brand, filmmaker
Phil Skaller, piano
Jeff Kaiser, Trumpet and electronics
Day 7: Monday, June 15th at the Angel Orensanz Foundation 172 Norfolk Street near Houston

Celebrating the art and sculpture of Angel Orensanz
A Collaboration between Angel Orensanz Foundation and Arts for Art
Bringing together Sound, Sculpture, Movement, Color
All within the context of the artwork – projections and sculpture of Angel Orensanz

Jason Kao Hwang’s Spontaneous River
30 String Ensemble
VIOLIN: Henry Grimes, Sam Bardfeld, Sarah Bernstein, Trina Basu, Charles Burnham, Mark Chung, Rosi Hertlein, Marlene Rice, Eric Salazar, Sonya Robinson, Curtis Stewart Elektra Stewart, Tom Swafford, Helen Yee, Jason Kao Hwang
VIOLA: Nicole Federici, Stephanie Griffin, Judith Insell, Ron Lawrence, Mazz Swift
CELLO: Kirsten Jermé, Hayang Kim, Daniel Levin, Tomas Ulrich
BASS: Michael Bisio, Ken Filiano, François Grillot, Clifton Jackson, David Moss, Tom Zlabinger
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Cristian Amigo, Bradley Farberman, James Keepnews, Dom Minasi, Dave Ross, Tor Snyder, Hans Tammen
Drums: Andrew Drury

Trio X
Joe McPhee – sax and trumpet
Dominic Duval – bass
Jay Rosen – drums

Dance & Music
Patricia Nicholson – dance
Miriam Parker – dance
Mariko Kumanomido – dance
Jason Jordan – dance
Cooper-Moore – hand-crafted instruments
Jason Kao Hwang – violin
William Parker – bass

William Parker Quartet + 2
William Parker – bass
Rob Brown – sax
Lewis Barnes – trumpet
Hamid Drake – drums, percussion
+ Special Guests
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
James Spaulding – sax

After Party At The Local 269 – CLOSING Celebration
Bobby Bradford leads the closing Jam Session
Arts for Art Closing Party
At The Local 269
Corner of Houston and Suffolk Street

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KFJC Reviews

From KFJC:

Mazurek, Rob Quintet – “Sound Is” – [Delmark]

The album “Sound Is” is aptly named because the tracks are not so much tunes but more a wash of sound. Cornet player, keyboardist, and composer Rob Mazurek now lives in Brazil, but was in his native Chicago to record with these excellent musician friends. I was especially impressed by Jason Adasiewicz’s vibraphone – he strikes me as a most interesting contemporary player of this instrument.

Wilkes, Corey & Abstrakt Pulse – “Cries From Tha Ghetto” – [Pi Recordings]

Wide variety of sounds from the exceptional young jazz trumpeter Corey Wilkes. This CD features new and original takes for everything from hard bop to straight ahead. Four very short tracks called Abstrakt feature members of the ensemble in free improvisation. Particularly fine work from guitarist Scott Hesse and Kevin Nabors on tenor sax.

Akritas – “First Drop of My Life, The/Pan” – [Anazitisi Records]

Bundled with the “Akritas” 12? comes this one and only 7? 1973 single of “The First Drop of My Life’ and “Pan” from Greek band Akritas. Stavros Logarides does vocals, guitar, and bass, Giorgos Tsoupakis is on drums, and Aris Tasoulis is on organ for “First Drop” and piano for “Pan.” After a mellow and somewhat mournful beginning, “First Drop” picks up with a chorus and jazzy outro. “Pan” is my preferred track, with its quick-tempo piano and chorus at the beginning, and Logarides’ distinctive voice and guitar closing out the song. The lyrics may be in Greek, but the progressive rock on this offering has a universal appeal.

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