Newsbits: Tarbaby / Munoz / Cage / Sun Ra Arkestra / Berne

Mwata Bowden
Mwata Bowden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago’s MCA is offering shows from Jason Stein, Joshua Abrams, Mwata Bowden, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Fred Anderson Legacy Band, Josh Berman, and Tomeka Reid.

A recent DC performance of Tarbaby (pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Eric Revis, drummer Nasheet Waits) is reviewed.

Tisziji Munoz‘s upstate New York appearance is also reviewed

In the realm of all things John Cage, a review of a Charleston performance, another review, and coverage of a recent performance of his works at New York’s Stone.

The Sun Ra Arkestra plays Philadelphia on July 28th.

Finally, Tim berne’s Snake Oil recently played Montreal and garnered a review.

Joe McPhee and The Thing in Houston

Joe McPhee & Decoy
Joe McPhee & Decoy (Photo credit: encosion)

From Houston’s Nameless Sound:

Mats Gustafsson (Sweden) – baritone and tenor saxophone
Joe McPhee (Poughkeepsie NY) – tenor saxophone, trumpet
Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (Norway) – bass
Paal Nilssen-Love (Norway) – drums

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 8pm
at: Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring Street
Houston, TX 77007

Nameless Sound presents the return of our perennial favorites, the legendary multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and the rip-roaring free jazz trio The Thing.

The Thing burn with the fire, spirit, and inspiration of the hottest free jazz, streamlined with the razor-sharp blade of the fiercest hard rock. With acoustic jazz instrumentation, the three young Scandinavians stir up a rallying wail that can blow out any stack of amplifiers. The repertoire is a combination of ‘60s era new-jazz (Don Cherry, James Blood Ulmer) and transformations of hard rock throw-downs (PJ Harvey, White Stripes, Sonics). Their latest CD, The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound) is a collaboration with the vocalist Nenah Cherry, Don’s daughter (and the performer and co-writer of the 1989 electro-hop smash “Buffalo Stance“). This is no watered down jazz-rock. The Thing take the most uncompromising aspects of both genres … and turn up the heat.

As if that weren’t enough, The Thing are joined by living legend Joe McPhee, a true messenger of jazz’s radical avant-garde. A musical storyteller at heart, Joe McPhee plays every note with the cry of the blues. Yet, the emotional content of the music is fully compatible with a theoretical approach informed by the “deep listening” aesthetic of Pauline Oliveros, as well as by Dr. Edward de Bono’s “lateral thinking” problem-solving techniques. McPhee’s recorded legacy extends back to 1967; since then, he’s participated in dozens of recordings in an astonishing array of formats, including solo albums, duos, small groups, and large ensembles. He’ll arrive in Houston fresh off a week’s worth of concerts in New York, where he’ll be feted as the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Vision Festival, the country’s most important festival for avant-garde jazz. A musician of unlimited depth, sincerity and soul, McPhee is truly one of jazz’s greatest living artists.

Scott Amendola on Tour

Scott Amendola
Scott Amendola (Photo credit: michaelz1)


June 8, 2012 Red Poppy Art House
San Francisco, CA
Scott Amendola Quartet
Ben Goldberg-clarinet
Josh Smith-saxophones
John Shifflett-bass
Scott Amendola-drums

June 15, 2012 Awaken Cafe
Oakland, CA
Amendola vs. Blades
Wil Blades-Hammond B3
Scott Amendola-drums

June 20, 2012 Dazzle
Denver, CO
Scott Amendola Quartet

Ron Miles-coronet
Ben Goldberg-clarinet
Greg Garrison-bass
Scott Amendola-drums

July 11, 2012 Berkeley Arts Festival
Berkeley, CA
Phillip Greenlief/Scott Amendola duo
Phillip Greenlief-saxophones
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

July 20, 2012 Off The Grid
San Francisco, CA
Sponsored by Intersection For The Arts
Scott Amendola Quartet
Ben Goldberg-clarinet
Josh Smith-saxophones
John Shifflett-bass
Scott Amendola-drums

July 29, 2012 Livermore Public Library
Livermore, CA
Amendola vs. Blades
Wil Blades-Hammond B3
Scott Amendola-drums

September 18, 2012 Starry Plough Pub
Berkeley, CA
Scott Amendola Quartet
w/ Phillip Greenlief’s PG13, and The Ava Mendoza Trio
Ben Goldberg-clarinet
Josh Smith-saxophones
John Shifflett-bass
Scott Amendola-drums

AMN Reviews: Hideyuki Hashimoto – Earth (nlart)

Debut album by Osaka-based Hideyuki Hashimoto, a naturalist with a piano, collecting musical butterflies in his light, meshed net.

Gentle and narrative as a show of pastoral watercolours by local artists in the parish hall. Yet his thinking and playing is that of a sophisticate, as the subtle cogitations of ”Hikari” display. ”Core” is so colourful, lovely and innocent, it would immediately capture the attention of an infant and hold it rapt. ”A Petal” and ”Loops” seem a tad downhearted, but you can tell that it won´t last long.

The twenty-six year old Hashimoto names Keith Jarrett and Ryuichi Sakamoto as influences, but throughout “Earth” I keep hearing the tone of  Vince Guaraldi´s soundtracks for ”Peanuts”, which I consider high praise indeed.

The baker´s dozen of minatures is rounded off with a more ponderous, eleven-minute ”Grounding”. A downcast appendix fretting over the actual state of our planet?

Stephen Fruitman

May Point of Departure

The latest Point of Departure webzine is out.

Issue 39 – May 2012

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Perpetual Frontier: an essay by Joe Morris

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks:
Jazz Cosmopoltanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana
by Steven Feld (Duke University Press; Durham & London)
echtzeitmusik berlin; self-defining a scene
Burkhard Beins, Christian Kesten, Gisela Nauck, Andrea Neumann, Editors (Wolke; Hofheim)

Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Davey Williams: Dancing about the Architecture: an essay by Kevin Whitehead

Travellin’ Light: Mary Halvorson

Parisian Thoroughfare: curated by Alexandre Pierrepont

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Architeuthis Rex – Urania
Rez Epo/Pregnant Spore – Varptar Zotola
Larvae – Exit Strategy
Bonesfield/Facialmess – Split
Pumpkin Buzzard – Neuron Beast
Sleep Of Ages – Soundtracks To The Sickness
Various HNW Artists – Murdered & Raped…Touched Again
Endometrium Cuntplow / The Black Scorpio – Untitled
Jon Porras – Black Mesa
Stormhat – Turned On
Nettle – El Resplandor: The Shining in Dubai
Sutcliffe Jügend – Blue Rabbit
Erland Dahlen – Rolling Bomber



June 2, 2012
Mikko Innanen Andrew Cyrille Duo, IBeam
Andrew Cyrille Joe Hertenstein Mikko Innanen

June 2, 2012
Mikko Innanen Quintet, IBeam
Joe Hertenstein Max Johnson Mikko Innanen Steve Swell Thomas Heberer

June 1, 2012
Mikko Innanen & Sylvie Courvoisier Duo, IBeam
Mikko Innanen Sylvie Courvoisier

June 1, 2012
Mikko Innanen Trio, IBeam
Don Mount Ken Filiano Lou Grassi Mikko Innanen

May 31, 2012
Thurston Moore Bill Nace Joe McPhee, Roulette
Bill Nace Joe McPhee Thurston Moore