AMN Picks of the Week: Tyree / Nadja / Troum / Eisenstadt

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.

Ben Tyree – Thoughtform Variations (2012)
Nadja / Troum – Dominium Visurgis (2010)
Troum – Symballein (2009)
Harris Eisenstadt – Canada Day III (2012)

Dusted Reviews

Raw Like Sushi
Raw Like Sushi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Dusted Reviews:

Artist: Elton Dean’s Ninesense
Album: The 100 Club Concert 1979
Label: Reel Recordings

Artist: Shackleton
Album: Music for the Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs
Label: Woe to the Septic Heart

Artist: Pierre Schaeffer / Guy Reibel
Album: Le Trièdre Fertile / Granulations-Sillages / Franges du Signe
Label: Recollection GRM

Artist: Annea Lockwood
Album: In Our Name
Label: New World

Artist: Neneh Cherry & The Thing
Album: The Cherry Thing
Label: Smalltown Supersound

Artist: Peaking Lights
Album: Lucifer
Label: Mexican Summer

Artist: Trapist
Album: The Golden Years
Label: Staubgold

JJA Jazz Awards 2012 Annouced

English: Sonny Rollins in concert
English: Sonny Rollins in concert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Highlights of the awards, from JJA Jazz Awards 2012:

Musician of the Year: Sonny Rollins
Composer-Arranger of the Year: Maria Schneider
Best Historic Recording/Boxed Set: Miles Davis, Bootleg Sessions, Vol. 1, Quintet Live in Europe 1967 (Columbia Legacy)
Record Label of the Year: ECM
Large Ensemble of the Year: Mingus Big Band
Small Ensemble of the Year: Joe Lovano Us Five
Alto Saxophonist of the Year: Rudresh Mahanthappa
Tenor Saxophonist of the Year: Sonny Rollins
Flutist of the Year: Nicole Mitchell
Guitarist of the Year: Bill Frisell
Pianist of the Year: Vijay Iyer
Keyboard player of the Year: Gary Versace
Bassist of the Year: Christian McBride

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Tony Malaby (Friday and Saturday) This tenor saxophonist has a burly but beseeching tone, and in his own bands he often pushes toward an amiable ruckus. He leads two of his current outlets here, starting at 9 p.m. with a longstanding trio featuring the pianist Angelica Sanchez and the drummer Tom Rainey. At 10:30 p.m. he spearheads Novela, a richly textured nonet featuring sharp improvisers like the trumpeter Ralph Alessi and the trombonist Ben Gerstein. The compositions are Mr. Malaby’s, and the arrangements are by Kris Davis, the pianist in the group. At Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Mt. Varnum / The New Mellow Edwards (Friday) Ted Poor, a drummer whose thoughtful agility has made him nearly ubiquitous on the current jazz scene, is the mastermind behind Mt. Vernon, an indie-rock band making its New York debut here. The band’s lead singer is Grey McMurray; its roster otherwise includes Pete Rende on piano and keyboards and Ben Street on bass. And it shares more than a little aesthetic overlap with the other band on this double bill, the New Mellow Edwards, which includes Curtis Hasselbring on trombone and guitar, Chris Speed on reeds, Matt Moran on vibraphone and Mary Halvorson on guitar — and which will be playing a new piece, “Number Stations,” inspired by shortwave radio. At 9 p.m., 92YTriBeCa, 200 Hudson Street, at Canal Street, (212) 601-1000, 92ytribeca.org; $12 in advance, $15 day of show. (Chinen)

★ Marc Ribot Trio (Tuesday through July 1) Marc Ribot, whose persuasively prickly guitar playing has long been a protean feature of the downtown scene, leads the trio previously at the core of Spiritual Unity, his tribute to the free-jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler. The bassist is Henry Grimes, a survivor of the Ayler-era avant-garde; the drummer is Chad Taylor, who also works in the realm of experimental rock. It’s not a group one expects to see at the Village Vanguard, despite Ayler’s history there, so consider this a momentous incursion. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Curtis Hasselbring, Oscar Noriega, Tom Rainey / Pete Robbins Quintet (Tuesday) Mr. Hasselbring, a venturesome trombonist and guitarist, teams up here with the multireedist Oscar Noriega and the drummer Tom Rainey, playing a 9 p.m. set as part of the Konceptions series. At 10:30 p.m. the alto saxophonist Pete Robbins leads an exploratory quintet with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Carlos Homs on piano, Carlo De Rosa on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. At Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 285-9425, eurotripbrooklyn.com, konceptionsmusicseries.wordpress.com; $10 suggested donation per set, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

★ Terje Rypdal (Wednesday) Mr. Rypdal, the Norwegian guitarist and composer, has a three-CD boxed set of reissued material, “Odyssey — In Studio & In Concert,” due out on ECM next month. With music dating to the mid-1970s, it’s a reminder of the breadth of his career, and the extent to which he has expanded on it. For this rare stateside appearance, he leads the ensemble at the core of his most recent ECM release, “Crime Scene”: Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet, Stale Storlokken on Hammond B-3 organ and Paolo Vinaccia on drums and sampler. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $25 in advance, $30 day of show. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Darmstadt Institute 2012 (Friday and Saturday) This lively, casual series devotes welcome attention to important works by avant-garde composers, both established and up-and-coming. On Friday the long-running ensemble Gamelan Son of Lion showcases the “braid” compositions of one of its founders, Barbara Benary, alongside pieces by David Demnitz, Philip Corner and Daniel Goode. Saturday’s concert splits the bill between two vital outfits: Either/Or, playing works by the Australian composers Chris Mann, Andrew Byrne and Thomas Meadowcroft; and Object Collection, presenting the conceptual multimedia piece “New York Girls.” At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, at Livingston Street, downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $15. (Smith)

Orchestra of the League of Composers (Saturday) This adventurous ensemble, an outgrowth of the League, a cherished advocate for new music, performs works by Ben Weber, Dorothy Rudd Moore and other unsung American composers as a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the American Composers Alliance. The cellist Fred Sherry is among the soloists. At 8 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, symphonyspace.org; $25 in advance, $30 day of show. (Woolfe)