Cuong Vu Interview

Cuong Vu
Cover of Cuong Vu

From All About Jazz:

New York may be the major incubator for all that’s best in American jazz but there are healthy signs that vibrant scenes are emerging in other cities. Long-term New York-resident, alto saxophonist David Binney recently expressed a desire to spend more time in the jazz scene in Los Angeles, where he says: “there’s something really happening.” Further north, in Seattle, there’s something going on too; an exciting scene is developing around a core of young musicians who see the jazz tradition not as one of emulation, but as essentially one of innovation and progress. The emergence of so many like-minded, forward-thinking jazz musicians in Seattle has much to do with the influence and guiding hand of trumpeter Cuong Vu. At the end of 2006, after a dozen years in New York establishing his reputation as an innovative, uncompromising modernist—a wholly original voice—Vu opted to return to his native Seattle in pursuit of a better quality of life, and inevitably, new challenges followed.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Vomir – Consolament Bruitiste Part 1
Seth Horvitz – Eight Studies For Automatic Piano
Eternal Tapestry – Beyond the 4th Door
Where Is This/fire island AK – Split
Marcus Fjellström – Library Music 1
Stein – Haldor
The Residents – Not Available
Yui Onodera and Celer – Generic City
Wooden Stake – Vampire Plague Exorcism
Torba – Armageddon Polaroid
Bong – Beyond Ancient Space

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Clean Feed Releases

Vision Festival
Image by andynew via Flickr

Out on Clean Feed:

Harris Eisenstadt – September Trio
SFE – Positions & Descriptions – Simon H. Fell Composition Nº75
EMJO (European Movement Jazz Orchestra) – EMJO Live in Coimbra
Gerry Hemingway Quintet – Riptide
Thomas Heberer’s Clarino – Klippe
Motif – Art Transplant

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Upcoming Detroit Shows

Sun Ra
Cover of Sun Ra

From the Bohemian in Exile:

Wed., August 10th: Absolute Tonalist Society at New Center Park
The latest group from cohorts Faruq Z. Bey (saxophones), Michael Carey (saxophones, flute, bass clarinet), Joel Peterson (double-bass) and Kurt Prisbe (percussion) is envisioned as an evolving group that acts as a Detroit composers’ repertory band. In this iteration of Absolute Tonalist Society, dense and rhythmic themes give way to sparse percussive textures- then its off to the races with echoes of Coltrane, John Gilmore and Eric Dolphy. For those who fear jazz and poetry combined, Faruq Z. Bey’s incantations will remind you that music and poetry have a common foundation: sound. This show is FREE and happening at lunchtime: 11:30 am-1:30 pm. New Center Park is located at the corner of W. Grand Blvd and Second Ave. in the New Center neighborhood.

LATER on Wed., August 10: William Hooker Trio at Northern Lights
Drummer William Hooker is a musician who spans more than just two worlds. His early days included stints with The Isley Brothers and Dionne Warwick, followed by a long and largely undocumented period in the 70’s New York loft scene. He emerged on record again in the 90’s in a variety of contexts, making releases with free jazz Heavy Weights like William Parker and Sabir Mateen, experimentalists like Zeena Parkins and Eliot Sharp-and an ongoing string of releases with Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth. His eclecticism has also spread to recent projects with DJ Spooky and Christian Marclay, but for this concert, his trio features two guitarists- Ed Rickart and Dave Ross.

Doors at 9 pm; $5-10 donation.
Northern Lights is located 660 W. Baltimore, between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave.-also in the New Center neighborhood.

Sat., August 27: 3rd Annual Planet D Nonet Tribute to Suns Ra at 3rd Bar
It’s hard to think of any other band in town that could do justice to the dense arrangements of Sun Ra‘s big band material of the 50’s and 60’s. For three years running, Planet D Nonet has featured this brilliant body of work in a tribute that utilizes the prodigious size of their group to great advantage. Sun Ra’s Arkestra varied in size greatly over then years, but he always displayed a mastery for making medium-big ensembles sound giant- and Planet D is a perfect embodiment of this. Each year they and more and more Sun Ra material to the repertoire as well, so its interesting to hear where they are in the chronology. Special guest this year is the outstanding trombonist Vincent Chandler, who has played with serious folks like Joe Henderson and Clark Terry! The first two Sun Tribute shows were released by Planet D as a double CD, named Jazz of the Year at the DMA.

9 pm doors
3rd Bar (formerly 3rd St. Saloon)
699 W. Forest Ave., in the Wayne State neighborhood

Coming Soon:
8/28 Frode Gjerstad Trio

8/31 Scavenger Quartet at New Center Park

9/8 Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver

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This Week at the Super Coda

From New York’s Supercoda:

TUESDAY 8/9, 830-11. The Rex Complex August Residency Continues with an opening performance by Drew Sayers and Tony Falco.

WEDNESDAY 8/10, 8-10. Jason Anthony Harris August Residency. I am so very enthralled by his music, here’s his website and and a write up I gave him for the deli mag.

This week Jason invites Johnny Butler to the stage. Johnny is a wonderful musician who loops away at his sax with the occasional Michael Jackson cover sneaking into the mix. Exceptionally life affirming, this one.

THURSDAY 8/11. 8-11. The Super Coda welcomes Adam Caine back to Bushwick with this stellar lineup

1. Lorenzo Sanguedolce solo tenor sax

2. Adam Caine Quartet
Nick Lyons- alto sax
Adam Caine- guitar
Adam Lane-bass
John McCutcheon- drums

3. David Schnug Quartet
David Schnug- saxophones
Alan Bjorklund- trumpet
Will McEvoy- bass
Shawn Baltazor- drums

And here’s a facebook invite for extended perusing:

FRIDAY 8/12. 7:30-11. Nicole Zaray presents: Back, and Forward!
Featuring performances by:

1. BBF: (an electronic avant-garde trio)
Brooks Williams (laptop drums, keyboards, bass, vocals and sound effects)
Beo Morales (Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer and Laptop)
Fred Jorio (Vocals, Bass, Guitar and analogue Synthesizers)
Founders of the seminal 1980s experimental group “History of Unheard Music” and Lectroluv are here to give you mind-bending improvisation that somehow settles into a rhythm that brings you back into place.

2. THE RESTRICTOR: (an ambient/Post Jazz quartet)
Adam Dym : Bass Clarinet, various Saxophones and Guitar.
Anthony Delio: Drums and Percussion
Kevin Rozza: Bass
Damien Olsen: Guitar, Guitar synthesizer, Acoustic Piano, keyboards.
A NuJazz ensemble bringing together the psychedelic Canterbury scene of late 60s and early 70s with a hint of the Early 20th century avant-garde.

3. NICOLE ZARAY: (a one-woman electro-cabaret band)
Nicole Zaray: vocals, keyboards, bass, drum loops, sequencing
Her Laurie-Andersen-meets-Sex-?in-the-City-electro-cabare?t makes you sentimental for the Yamaha Dx7 and the homegrown lo-fi beats of 1985. Topped with soulful, ironic and freeform urban tales delivered with a 3-octave range.

SATURDAY 8/13. 8-midnight. Noam Faingold Presents a night of Chamber Music plus a Rock Orchestra.

From Noam: The Noam Faingold Orchestra will play a set, then it’s members and some special guests will play contemporary chamber music by Jeremy Forbis, Jacob Druckman, Kurtag and others, and then we will play another set of Aleatoric pieces by Christian Wolff, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen and others.

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