Beginning with a November 25th NYC show at the Bowery Electric, Zs head out on the road for a fall tour which includes dates in Baltimore, DC, Chicago Oberlin, Toronto, Montreal, and Boston. It was only August of this year when saxophonist Sam Hillmer revealed that drummer Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy, Guardian Alien) and guitarist Patrick Higgins (ex-Animal, Bachanalia) would constitute the new Zs line-up. The band’s first performance, which was at 285 Kent in Brooklyn, drew rapturous applause. Ben Ratliff, reporting on the night for the New York Times, called the music “bright, severe and specific.” Fortunately, Vice’s Noisey blog has premiered a video of the debut here.
The band is touring to support the new release Score – The Complete Sextet Works: 2002-2007, a 4 disc box-set pulling together all the out of print works from the band’s early period along with a disc of unreleased material. There are over four and a half hours of music, a 20-page booklet, and four CDs in printed sleeves housed in a beautiful box featuring original artwork by art/design team Fredericks & Mae.
11/25/2012 NYC – Bowery Electric
11/26/2012 Baltimore, MD – Floristree
11/27/2012 Washington, DC – Union Hall
11/29/2012 Oberlin, OH – The Chapel
11/30/2012 Oberlin OH – Master Class @ The Kohl Building
11/30/2012 Oberlin, OH – House Show
12/2/2012 Toronto, ON – Double Double Land
12/3/2012 Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
12/4/2012 Kingston, NY – BSP
12/5/2012 Boston – Non-Event
12/9/2012 Allston, MA – Problem House (side projects)*
12/14/2012 Baltimore, MD – Red Room
The ongoing Ann Arbor Edgefest is profiled in The Michigan Daily:
Sixteen years ago, Kerrytown Concert House staffer David Lynch founded Edgefest, a festival dedicated to bringing forward-thinking jazz artists to the Ann Arbor area. The first concert was performed in “Hollanders”, the paper making store across from the concert hall on North Fifth Street. From there, it grew in size and reputation and has since garnered a loyal following.
NPR’s A Blog Supreme has an interesting take on where jazz is going.
So what about today? What new strains are emerging from jazz? And who is forging the new boundaries, exploring unexamined territories of this music? The answer to these questions can be elusive. Submitted for your enjoyment, here are five new steps in the ongoing evolution of jazz. Seasoned fans will note that these sounds incorporate elements and ideas from the jazz tradition within their frameworks. They are not counter to the ideals of its history; rather, they serve as a part of its continuum.
From New Music Circle:
THB: The juxtaposition (and blurring) of composition and improvisation is one of my primary interests as an artist. I want to improvise with how we implement the pre-composed materials, and apply compositional instincts to how we improvise. All of the musicians in my sextet I’ve had long standing relationships with, so I can really trust their choices in that space, and we can take risks together as an ensemble. In this particular ensemble, I’ve composed all of the music, but I’ve spent much time playing compositions by all the other members, and those have clearly been influences on my writing for this group. Also, with the new piece we’ll be playing in St. Louis (tentatively titled “Navigation: Possibility Abstract”), I’ve tried to increase the freedom the musicians have in creating the structure of the piece while maintaining a strong compositional imprint. I’ve written six movements of composed materials, but how and when we play anything is up to the members of the group, they choose the direction of the journey in the moment.
Duo Baars-Henneman (Tuesday) This exploratory Dutch duo — Ab Baars, who plays tenor saxophone, clarinet and shakuhachi (a Japanese flute), and Ig Henneman, a violist — are concluding a three-week United States tour in support of “Autumn Songs,” a suite of freely improvised and minimally composed pieces inspired by poems about the current season. Their performance on this night is presented by Search and Restore. At 9 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $15. (Chinen)
Guillermo Klein (Tuesday through Nov. 11) The intensely thoughtful pianist-composer-bandleader Guillermo Klein recently released “Carrera” (Sunnyside), his first album since moving back to his native Buenos Aires from Barcelona. It’s a song-oriented body of work, rich with melody, often featuring his affectingly unstudied singing voice. Mr. Klein seems likely to reach further in that direction next week, with a smaller-than-usual ensemble featuring the uncompromising Argentine vocalist Liliana Herrero. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)
Zenón-Colley-Sanchez (Thursday) There’s a lot of overlapping history betweem the Puerto Rican alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, the American bassist Scott Colley and the Mexican drummer Antonio Sanchez. There’s also a shared commitment to dynamic fluctuation, streamlined movement and cohesive cooperation — all good signs for this leaderless new trio. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20, $10 for members. (Chinen)
Artist: Evan Caminiti
Album: Dreamless Sleep
Label: Thrill Jockey
Artist: David Virelles
Label: Pi Recordings
Artist: Charles Mingus
Album: The Jazz Workshop Concerts: 1964-65
Label: Mosaic Select
Artist: Andy Stott
Album: Luxury Problems
Label: Modern Love
- David Virelles -][- CONTINUUM – [Pi Recordings, 2012] (theurbanflux.com)
- Feed Your Ears // Lukid, Stott & Eno (beatsandbobs.com)