AMN Picks of the Week

Vijay Iyer
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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.

Luca Nasciuti – Temporali (2011)
Taylor Ho Bynum / Tomas Fujiwara – True Events (2007)
Trayer – Afterlife an Abandoned Theme Park (2011)
Vijay Iyer – Tirtha (2011)
Darius Jones / Matthew Shipp – Cosmic Lieder (2011)
Tony Malaby – Novella – Arranged by Kris Davis (2011)
Side A – A New Margin (2011)

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Jeremiah Cymerman
Album: Fire Sign
Label: Tzadik

Artist: Charles Tolliver Big Band / Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra
Album: Charles Tolliver Big Band / Trilogy
Label: Mosaic Select

Artist: Anla Courtis
Album: The Torrid
Label: Porter

Artist: Flower Travellin’ Band
Album: Made in Japan
Label: Phoenix

Artist: Fusioon
Album: Absolute Fusioon
Label: B-Music

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Pierre Boulez: Rebel with a Cause

From The Guardian, a Boulez profile in anticipation of upcoming UK performances:

I am listening to Pierre Boulez‘s Sur Incises. It’s a sensual musical bath of sonorous reverberation and exotic resonance, music that shimmers and glints with a seductive play of instrumental timbres that no composer had ever come up with before. Boulez makes three pianos, three harps, and three percussionists – who play steel drums, vibraphones, and marimbas – swell, soar, and flow with a ceaseless cascade and ripple of sound. It’s a ride on a musical magic carpet.

6th annual Free Jazz Festival in Prague this Weekend

From The Prague Post:

What if they held a series of “free” jazz concerts with first-rate American and European musicians, and hardly anyone came? Not likely in a jazz-friendly town like Prague. Now, what if they held a series of “free jazz” concerts with first-rate American and European players and hardly anyone came? This is certainly likely in Prague, but, surprisingly, even more so in America, the birthplace of free jazz.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Erik Friedlander at Joe's Pub, 7/17/07.
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Muhal Richard Abrams Quartet / Matana Roberts: Illumination (Friday) The pianist-composer Muhal Richard Abrams is best known today as the patriarch of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, formed in Chicago in 1965. A New Yorker for a good long while now, he leads a texture-rich band with Vincent Chancey on French horn, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Adam Rudolph on percussion. Playing an opening set is Ms. Roberts, a probing alto saxophonist and junior member of the association, who will be joined by the pianist Angelica Sanchez, the guitarist Liberty Ellman and the drummer Mike Pride. At 8 p.m., Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, between Madison and Park Avenues, Manhattan,; $30, or $15 for students. (Nate Chinen)

Coltrane Revisited (Friday and Sunday) In commemoration of John Coltrane, whose 85th birthday would have been Friday, the pianist Steve Kuhn — one of Coltrane’s sidemen, however briefly — assembles a smart and respectful cast. Filling the saxophone seat is Vincent Herring; on trumpet, in a welcome twist, is Tom Harrell. The rhythm section consists of Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080,; $30 and $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Erik Friedlander’s Bonebridge / Tillery (Tuesday) Mr. Friedlander, an ingenious cellist who makes an art of soulful rusticity, revisits the music from “Bonebridge” (Skipstone), his fine and lilting recent album, featuring the guitarist Doug Wamble. Also on the bill is Tillery, a sisterly new cooperative featuring jazz-trained singers of intellect and understatement: Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens. (The concert will be broadcast live on 88.3, WBGO-FM, and at At 8 p.m., 92YTriBeCa, 200 Hudson Street, at Canal Street, (212) 601-1000,; $12 in advance or $15 at the door. (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer Trio, With Mark Shim, Steve Lehman and Graham Haynes (Friday through Sunday) In his music for small ensembles, the pianist Vijay Iyer favors a surging, complex, mutant strain of postbop, steeped in portent and incident. The core of this band is his excellent trio with Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. The additional firepower comes from Mr. Shim and Mr. Lehman, both saxophonists, and Mr. Haynes, a cornetist. The full ensemble, briefly unveiled this summer, will play music expressly conceived for its instrumentation. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 p.m. set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $30 and $25 on Sunday. (Chinen)

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