From the Bohemian in Exile:
Monday, June 11: Joe McPhee and the Thing at Tangent Gallery
Joe McPhee’s 1970 record “Nation Time” was a landmark release of soul-infused Free Jazz. An emblem of liberations movements here and abroad during the 60s and 70s, the album is a tribute to poet Amiri Baraka. McPhee’s records from the period like “Underground Railroad” and “Trinity” draw inspiration from the same struggles.
In 1974, the now legendary Hat Hut records was started by a Swiss entrepreneur named Werner Uehlinger, specifically to provide an outlet for McPhee’s recordings. There was a steady stream of releases into the 80s, with Hat Hut expanding to include other seminal artists on its roster. But McPhee was much better known in Europe than back home in the US. That started to change in the 90s, as he was featured in more and more recordings and performances with “marquee names” like Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark and composer Pauline Oliveros, who became an influence on his theoretical thinking. In recent years, he is most often seen appearing with his group Trio X.
The Thing is one of the heaviest improvising groups to come out of the Nordic countries. The majority of the material comes from a mixture of unlikely sources like covers of Lightning Bolt and The White Stripes, alongside more genre-related artists like Ornette Coleman, Frank Lowe and James Blood Ulmer. They’re touring with Joe McPhee as a quartet which also includes Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten.
Doors at 7:30 pm; $10 suggested donation
Tangent Gallery/Hasting St. Ballroom is locate at 715 E. Milwaukee
in Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. Secure parking available.
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