AMN Reviews: Horsebladder – Not I’ll Not

by Dan Coffey

Not I’ll Not, released on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label, is short as albums go these days, but Elaine Kahn, recording under the name Horsebladder, is adept at stretching time. “Breathing not metronome,” it says somewhere on her website, by way of describing her music, and there is plenty of room and time for some deep breaths here.

This sort of deep breathing doesn’t lend itself to calmness or relaxation, however – it’s more like the deep breath you take when the doctor has a stethoscope on your skin. The keyboards, percussion, and vocals, whether looped or played straight, at first sound deliberately cold and distant.  It’s only after a few minutes that you begin to realize that these songs have an almost alarming depth of sensitivity. Rather than being coldly unemotional, Not I’ll Not captures what it feels like to be emotional and feel cold. Which isn’t to say that Kahn doesn’t have a jaundiced sense of humor: she interpolates the chorus of The Foundations’ “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” into the end of the song “Lashe.”

Kahn does what many artists have tried to do and failed: produce a somber and spare album that doesn’t seem trite, ersatz, or forced. With odd rhythms, multilayered vocals that are alternately clear and unintelligible, and drums that stop and restart time as often as keep it, Elaine Kahn’s second Horsebladder album situates itself nicely in the position where pop, avant-garde, and lo-fi minimalism meet.  It’s not the easiest of listens, but it will get under your skin.

Firehouse 12 Fall Series

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010
English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Firehouse 12:

EJ Strickland Quintet
Friday, September 14, 2012
David Bryant: piano; EJ Strickland: drums; Jaleel Shaw: alto sax; Linda Oh: bass; Marcus Strickland: saxophone.

Paradoxical Frog: Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey
Friday, September 21, 2012
Ingrid Laubrock: saxophone; Kris Davis: piano; Tyshawn Sorey: drums.

Jamie Saft‘s New Zion Trio
Friday, September 28, 2012
Craig Santiago: drums; Jamie Saft: piano; Jonathan Moran: electric bass.

Tyler Blanton Group
Friday, October 5, 2012
Dan Loomis: bass; Jared Schonig: drums; Joel Frahm: saxophone; Tyler Blanton: vibes.

Dan Tepfer Trio
Friday, October 12, 2012
Ben Street: bass; Dan Tepfer: piano; Ted Poor: drums.

Mat Maneri Quartet
Friday, October 19, 2012
Mat Maneri: violin.

Fred Hersch Trio
Friday, October 26, 2012
Eric McPherson: drums; Fred Hersch: piano.

Fred Van Hove & Lou Grassi Duo
Friday, November 2, 2012
Fred Van Hove: piano; Lou Grassi: drums.

Michele Rosewoman‘s Time In Textures Trio
Friday, November 9, 2012
Liberty Ellman: acoustic guitar; Michele Rosewoman: piano; Tyshawn Sorey: drums.

Donny McCaslin Quartet
Friday, November 16, 2012
Donny McCaslin: saxophone; Fima Ephron: bass; Kevin Hays: piano; Nate Wood: drums.

Jason Robinson’s Janus Ensemble
Friday, November 30, 2012
Drew Gress; George Schuller: drums; Jason Robinson: saxophone; Liberty Ellman: acoustic guitar; Marty Ehrlich: saxophone.

Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
Friday, December 7, 2012
Bill Lowe: tuba; Jim Hobbs: alto sax; Ken Filliano: bass, electronics; Mary Halvorson: guitar; Taylor HoBynum: cornet; Tomas Fujiwara: drums.

Daniel Levin Quartet
Friday, December 14, 2012

All About Jazz Reviews

William Parker (Charles Gayle Trio)
William Parker (Charles Gayle Trio) (Photo credit: _mattxb)

From All About Jazz:

Forgas Band Phenomena
Acte V (Cuneiform Records)

Stian Westerhus
The Matriarch And The Wrong Kind Of Flowers (Rune Grammofon)

Joe Morris / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver
Altitude (AUM Fidelity)

Newsbits: Branca Crowdsourcing / Beefheart / Jones & Washington / Flexible Orchestra

Convocation Hall, Toronto, 1974
Convocation Hall, Toronto, 1974 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Irish group the Crash Ensemble is raising money for a new piece by Glenn Branca that will premiere in Dublin on Nov. 2 and then The Huddersfield Festival in England on Nov. 18.

A new book on Captain Beefheart is reviewed.

A video of the Darius Jones / Salim Washington Quintet has been posted.

The FLEXIBLE ORCHESTRA in a new orchestration of ten Clarinets, electric guitar, double bass, and harp, will premiere four composers’ works on Thursday, October 25th, 8:30 PM at the Ukrainian Restaurant, 140 2nd Ave. at 9th Street in New York.

Ratchet Series at the Skylark

From Chicago’s Ratchet Series:

monday, 9/10/12 at 10pm
danny van duerm ensemble

danny van duerm – keyboards/fx
brendan mcalinden – durms
colin o’malley – guitar
dan thatcher – bass
adam thornburg – trombone
corbin andrick – saxes

9/17/12 – sons of daughters

patrick breiner – tenor saxophone, clarinet and voice
aaron darrell – bass and voice
devin drobka – drums

9/24/12 – rich corpolongo trio

rich corpolongo – reeds
dan shapera – bass
rusty jones, drums