The Squid’s Ear Reviews

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From The Squid’s Ear:

Kanon (Takase, Uchihashi, Dorner) – Beauty Is The Thing
(Doubtmusic)

Bobby Bradford-John Carter Quintet – Comin’ On
(hatOLOGY)

Roscoe Mitchell – Before There Was Sound
(Nessa)

Keith Tippett Octet – From Granite To Wind
(Ogun)

Boubaker / Rodrigues / Moimem – Le Beau Deviant
(Creative Sources)

Gerry Hemingway Quintet – Riptide
(Clean Feed)

Upcoming DC Area Shows

Updated January 7, 2012 to fix January 14th location

January 14: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/8550407 (High Life, Violet+Ilana Silverstein, Amptext, Immanent Voiceless, the Twenty-first Century Chamber Ensemble and Amptext @ Pyramid Atlantic — Presented in partnership with The Fourth Annual Capital Jam. Saturday January 14, 2012 at Bethel World Outreach Church, 8242 Georgia Avenue (entrance in the alley), Silver Spring, Maryland)

January 15: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/8601606/ (The Lost Civilizations experimental music project performs at the Fourth Annual Capital Jam’s “The Improv Menu”, a special edition of The Dinner Party. Sunday January 15, 2012 at 7:00pm The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912)

January 17: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/8520441 (Sansyou to be featured at the Lost Civilizations experimental music project’s “third Tuesdays” residency at Dynasty Restaurant. Tuesday January 17, 2012 at 8:00pm Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant, 2210 14th St NW, Washington, DC)

NYC’s Winter Jazzfest This Weekend

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As news has been slow through the holidays, it is easy to forget that the Winter Jazzfest takes place in New York this weekend, starting tonight. Highlight below.

Friday January 6th
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street btw Sullivan/Thompson
6:00pm – Curtis Hasselbring’s New Mellow Edwards
7:15pm – John Medeski solo
8:30pm – Nels Cline Singers
9:45pm – Jenny Scheinman‘s Mischief & Mayhem
11:00pm – Steven Bernstein‘s MTO plays Sly
12:00am – Herbert Holler (Freedom Party DJ, and spins btw sets)

Sullivan Hall
214 Sullivan St. btw Bleecker & West 3rd
10:15pm – Marco Benevento solo
11:30pm – Marc Ribot‘s Ceramic Dog
12:45am – Jerseyband

Kenny’s Castaways
157 Bleecker Street
btw Sullivan/Thompson
7:00pm – Ben Allison Trio w/ Strings
8:15pm – Pete Robbins, Simon Jermyn,
Oscar Noriega, Ches Smith,
John Hollenbeck
9:30pm – Michael Blake’s Hellbent
10:45pm – Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy
12:00am – Rudresh Mahanthappa
1:15am – Mark Guiliana / Zach Danziger

The Bitter End
147 Bleecker Street
btw Thompson/Laguardia
7:15pm – Joel Harrison String Choir:
The Music of Paul Motian
12:15am – Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber
1:30am – ERIMAJ

Saturday January 7th
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street btw Sullivan/Thompson

6:45pm – Laurence Hobgood
8:00pm – Bernie Worrell Orchestra
9:15pm – Ravi Coltrane (replacing Bill Laswell)
10:30pm – Vijay Iyer Trio
11:45pm – David Murray Cuban Ensemble
1:00am – Cindy Blackman‘s Another Lifetime w/
Marc Cary, Felix Pastorius, Aurelien Budynek
2:15am – DJ Spinna (and between previous sets)

Kenny’s Castaways
157 Bleecker Street
btw Sullivan/Thompson
7:00pm – Jason Ajemian’s Highlife
8:15pm – Herculaneum
9:30pm – Mostly Other People
Do The Killing
10:45pm – Shahzad Ismaily, Ches Smith,
Mat Maneri
12:00am – SIFTER w/ Matt WIlson,
Kirk Knuffke, Mary Halvorson
1:15am – Steve Lehman Trio

The Bitter End
147 Bleecker Street
btw Thompson/Laguardia

7:30pm – Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio
8:45pm – Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory
10:00pm – Matt Wilson Quartet +Strings
11:15pm – Allison Miller’s
BOOM TIC BOOM
12:30am – Taylor Eigsti Trio
1:45am – Tyshawn Sorey Oblique

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009

From NYTimes.com:

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (Friday and Saturday) This postmillennial big band was last heard performing an ambitious multimedia opus, “Brooklyn Babylon,” as part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Argue, the band’s mastermind composer-conductor, revisits some of that material here, along with some as-yet-unreleased pieces from a forthcoming album. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Michaël Attias (Monday) Mr. Attias, a sonically adventurous alto saxophonist, has a strong sparring partner in the trumpeter Ralph Alessi; he also has a texture-minded and adaptable rhythm section, with Matt Mitchell on piano, John Hébert on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on drums. At 10 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Claudia Quintet (Saturday) This precisely calibrated but purposefully spontaneous chamber-jazz group, led by the drummer-composer John Hollenbeck, appeared here last month with the singer Kurt Elling, performing music from “What Is the Beautiful?” (Cuneiform), an album inspired by the poems of Kenneth Patchen. The group returns without vocals, assigning its melodies mainly to the multireedist Chris Speed. At 8 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Kris Davis Quintet (Wednesday) An inquisitive pianist with a willful but methodical approach to experimentation, Kris Davis has made herself indispensable on New York’s left-of-center jazz scene in recent years. She works here with the violist Mat Maneri, the clarinetist Oscar Noriega, the bassist Michael Formanek and the drummer Ches Smith. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak (Saturday) Mr. Mahanthappa, an alto saxophonist with a roving intellect and a bladelike articulation, presents Gamak, a new ensemble that skews a bit toward fusion, given the featured role filled by the guitarist David Fiuczynski. Anchoring the group is a quick-reflex rhythm team, with François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 9:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Winter & Winter at the Stone (Friday through Jan. 15) Stefan Winter, producer and proprietor of Winter & Winter Records, has programmed the first half of this month at the Stone, partly dedicating the run to the drummer Paul Motian, a label stalwart who died in November. Highlights include the Jim Black Trio, previewing music from a new acoustic album on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.; the vocalist Theo Bleckmann, interpreting the music of Judee Sill (Saturday at 10 p.m.) and Weimar Germany (Wednesday at 10 p.m.); and the pianist Uri Caine, offering his postmodern revisions of Schumann, Mahler and Mozart, in both 8 and 10 p.m. sets on Tuesday. Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Winter Jazzfest (Friday and Saturday) For New York City jazz fans, the Winter Jazzfest has become a perennial postholiday splurge and a righteous kick-start to the new year. Held this year in five separate clubs, all within a tight radius in Greenwich Village, it puts forth a profusion of available talent with an unspoken emphasis on cosmopolitan chic. With dozens of groups on board, it’s all too much to enumerate here; for details, see winterjazzfest.com. The festival’s base of operations is Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village; $35, or $45 for two-day pass. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com.

Calder Quartet and Andrew W. K. (Sunday) The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew W. K. joins the Calder Quartet for a wide-ranging program of works by Bach, Cage, Terry Riley and Philip Glass, as well as some of Andrew W. K.’s music. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $25 at the door, $20 in advance. (Kozinn)

Jefferson Campbell (Wednesday) “New Music That’s Fun to Play” is what Mr. Campbell, a bassoonist, promises during this recital with a pianist, Tracy Lipke-Perry, and two percussionists, Gene Koshinski and Tim Brocious. A slate of New York premieres includes works by Libby Larsen and Theodor Burkali. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, symphonyspace.org; free. (Smith)

New York Guitar Festival (Friday, Tuesday and Thursday) This innovative, stylistically elastic festival opens with “The Apollo Project,” a live re-interpretation of Brian Eno’s 1983 tribute to the NASA moon landings, “Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.” Among the performers are the guitarists Larry Campbell, Jeff Parker and, from Phish, Mike Gordon. The festival, which runs through Jan. 29, continues with the first two installments of “Silent Films/Live Guitars,” in which guitarist-composers provide soundtracks for some classic silent films. On Tuesday, Dan Zanes plays his score for “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” (1928) and Gyan Riley provides music for “The Goat” (1921). The Thursday program includes scores by Lee Rinaldo, Kaki King and Buke & Gass. Friday at 8 p.m., Winter Garden, World Financial Center, West Street, south of Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan, (212) 417-7050, artsworldfinancialcenter.com; free. Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330, kaufman-center.org; $25, or $15 for students. (Kozinn)

Los Angeles / SoCal Scene

Amy Denio

Cover of Amy Denio

From FaceBook:

Saturday, January 7, 8:30pm
Fab’s Corner Cucina proudly presents the Joe Bartone Ambient Quartet, featuring Joe Bartone (guitar), Trevor Steer (Moog, keys), Mike Lockwood (drums), and Kyle O’Donnel (tenor sax). Fab’s Corner Cucina, 4336 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks | more info here

Sunday, January 8, 7pm
Open Gate Theatre Sunday Series and the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock present the Vinny Golia Sextet and The Curiosities. Vinny’s sextet features Vinny Golia (woodwinds), Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet), Gavin Templeton (alto sax), Alex Noice (electric guitar), Jon Armstrong (bass guitar), and Andrew Lessman (drums). The Curiosities is comprised of Seattle-based Amy Denio (multi-instrumentals, vocals, performance art), Emily Hay (flute, vocals), NYC-based Lucio Menegnon (guitar), Brad Dutz (drums), and Kio Griffith (video art). Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, Los Angeles | $10/students, seniors, and series performers half price.

From Monday Evening Concerts

Monday, January 9, 8pm
Monday Evening Concerts presents one of the most extraordinary works to come out of Vienna in recent years, Klaus Lang’s einfalt. stille. (“simplicity. quiet.”), offering a mesmerizing hour-long venture through cloudscapes of sound created by flute, female voice, viola, and percussion. The performance features a rare appearance by the astonishing Russian singer Natalia Pschenitschnikova, as well as Andrew McIntosh (viola), Jonathan Hepfer (percussion), and Alice Teyssier (flute). Colburn School, Zipper Concert Hall, 200 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $27, $12 students, tickets available here

From Santa Barbara New Music Series

Thursday, January 12, 8pm
The Santa Barbara New Music Series presents “Call and Response” and the C#4. “Call and Response” is a program that features Dottie Grossman (poems), Michael Vlatkovich (trombone), and Rich West (drums, percussion). The C#4 ensemble brings together Charles Sharp (reeds), Anthony Shadduck (bass), Jeff Schwartz (bass), and Trevor Andries (drums), along with a guest appearance by Rich West (percussion). Muddy Waters Cafe, 508 East Haley St., Santa Barbara | $8

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