AMN Reviews: Jesus is My Son – 1914-1918 (FF HHH)

A hundred years ago, the terrible experience of trench warfare radically altered the psychology of Europe. Belgium was battered mercilessly from the first to the last shot and hundreds of thousands of bodies lie beneath Flanders’ fields.

The Great War also profoundly changed the arts and that change is still felt today. Electric guitarist Grégory Duby from Brussels strives to promote contemplative listening.  As Jesus is My Son, he uses this slow, low approach to portray the lives of the individual soldiers between battles, their hardships and the fear that freighted the silences, which Duby wants his listeners to pay particular attention.

It comes creeping yellowy-brown and hugs the ground like mustard gas. Despite the ponderous pace, there is a melody to each song, one of the prettiest being “Armistice”, not to mention narrative drama, like on “Deux Nuits”. Though slow, the only truly ominous track is the closing “Mieux Vaut Se Mentir et Être Heureux”, which seems to offer a bleak future.

In focusing on the “non-events” of the war to end all wars, Duby has created an engaging work, as somber and serious as a cast bronze war memorial.

Stephen Fruitman

Upcoming in Seattle

Seattle composer and educator Neal Kosaly-Meye...
Seattle composer and educator Neal Kosaly-Meyer attending 2010 Pop Conference, EMPSFM, Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Seattle’s Wayward Music:

THU. 5/24, 8 PM – S. Eric Scribner (piano) presents new works, with Matt Kocmierowski and Keith Eisenbrey (found objects); Bruce Greeley (bass clarinet); Natalie Mai Hall (‘cello); and Mike Sentkewitz (string bass)

FRI. 5/25, 8 PM – Neal Kosaly-Meyer presents an evening of solo compositions and an ensemble piece spanning the career of John Cage, in the year of his 100th birthday, with William O. Smith, Melissa Walsh, Stuart Dempster

THU. 5/31 – Christian Asplund, ex-Seattle composer currently based in Utah

SAT. 6/2, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents NYC guitarist Chris Cochrane performing music from his new Tzadik CD THEM + Climax Golden Twins

FRI. 6/8 – Seattle Rock Orchestra plays recent new works by regional composers selected for their first annual composition contest

MON. 6/11 – Marc Smason

Ratchet Series at the Skylark

From Chicago’s Ratchet Series:

Adolphe’S Ax May 21st
Cameron Pfiffner, Leader: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Anthony Bruno, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Nick Mazzarella, Alto Saxophone
Caroline Davis, Alto Saxophone
Nate LePine, Tenor Saxophone
Juli Wood, Baritone Saxophone

Marco Polo May 28th

Cameron Pfiffner: Leader, Tenor and Soprano Saxes, Flute, Oboe
Marquis Hill, Terry Connell: Trumpets
Steve Horne: Trombone
Nick Mazzarella: Alto Saxophone, Alto Clarinet
Juli Wood: Baritone Saxophone
Alejandro Urzagaste: Guitar
Tom Vaitsas: Piano
Daniel Thatcher: Bass
Tim Daisy: Drums
Tim Mulvenna: Percussion

All About Jazz Reviews

Ken Vandermark/ Paal Nilssen-Love @ Cafe Oto 2...
Ken Vandermark/ Paal Nilssen-Love @ Cafe Oto 23/24 April 2010 (Photo credit: andynew)

From All About Jazz:

Andrew Lamb
Rhapsody In Black (No Business Records)

Thollem / Parker / Cline
The Gowanus Sessions (Porter Records)

Ballister Trio
Mechanisms (Clean Feed Records)

Frode Gjerstad & Paal Nilssen-Love
Side by Side (CIMP Records)

Espen Eriksen Trio
What Took You So Long (Rune Grammofon)

Mary Halvorson Quintet
Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12 Records)

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up
The Air Is Different (482 Music)

Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things
Clean on the Corner (482 Music)

Cyclic Defrost Reviews

From Cyclic Defrost:

Tom Dissevelt/Kid Baltan – Song Of The Second Moon (Omni)
Machinefabriek – Colour Tones (Fang Bomb)
Helmut Schafer – Thought Provoking III (23five records)
Anthea Caddy & Thembi Soddell – Host (Room40)
Wyndel Hunt – Oblivion (Simulacra)
Various Artists – On Automata (Retort Records)
Richard Knox and Frederic D. Oberland – The Rustle of the Stars (Gizeh Records)