Newsbits: The Under_Line Benefit Videos / Braxton in DC / Shipp and Bisio Reviewed / Bennington in Chicago / Endangered Blood in New York

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Burning Ambulance provides a few videos of the recent Under_Line Benefit performances.

Anthony Braxton‘s weekend performance in DC is previewed.

The latest release from Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio is reviewed.

On Sunday December 16, 8-10pm, Jimmy Bennington‘s Color and Sound (Jimmy Bennington, Fred Jackson (AACM), Jerome Croswell (AACM), and Legendary Bassist Brian Smith) will play at Chicago’s Uncommon Ground.

Endangered Blood (Chris Speed (tenor saxophone), Oscar Noriega (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Jim Black (drums)) Performs at Shapeshifter Lab on December 15th at 10 PM, also at The Stone on December 14th at 10 PM.

Interview With Buzz Osborne of the Melvins

King Buzzo des Melvins
King Buzzo des Melvins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From ALARM Magazine:

Twenty-one studio full-lengths could spell one thing: redundancy. But the Melvins, whose back catalog reads like the Library of Congress, has recognized and conquered this plague with two tools in hand: reinvention and unpredictable match-ups. As if writing with Lustmord and Jello Biafra wasn’t enough, Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover recently joined forces with famed Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn to form “Melvins Lite.” The trio’s first effort, Freak Puke, has it all: bowed and plucked upright bass, metal riffs, classic-rock flourishes, pick harmonics, punishing drums, and Osborne’s distinct vocal delivery. And to bring it to the masses, the band undertook an ambitious fall tour of the 50 United States plus Washington, DC, in 51 days. We chatted with King Buzzo about the band’s (latest) new direction.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Marty Ehrlich
Marty Ehrlich (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Michaël Attias’s Spun Tree (Wednesday) To celebrate the release of “Spun Tree,” his new album on Clean Feed, Michaël Attias, a saxophonist and composer of coolly investigative temperament, regroups a smart ensemble with the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Sean Conly and the drummer Tom Rainey. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Kenny Barron-Dave Holland Duo (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Barron, a pianist, and Mr. Holland, a bassist, hail from the same jazz generation and share some crucial characteristics, notably a judicious technical command. They have worked together on tour, playing standards and their own tunes — but rarely in a room as comfortably scaled as this one. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $30 cover. (Chinen)

Jane Ira Bloom Trio / Jason Kao Hwang’s Lifelines (Thursday) Textural abstraction has always been a sound improvisational strategy for Jane Ira Bloom, an accomplished soprano saxophonist, who appears here at 8 p.m. with strong regular partners, Mark Helias on bass and Bobby Previte on drums. At 10 p.m. the violinist Jason Kao Hwang presents music for a midsize ensemble that includes several poets, along with the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, the drummer Andrew Drury and others. At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Marty Ehrlich (Friday) Mr. Ehrlich, a versatile alto saxophonist and virtuoso clarinetist, performs in two settings here, beginning in duologue with the pianist James Weidman. Then he presents his Rites Quartet, a group stocked with several texture-adept improvisers: James Zollar on trumpet, Erik Friedlander on cello and Michael Sarin on drums. At 9:30 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10. (Chinen)

Endangered Blood (Friday and Saturday) Organized but not necessarily led by the multireedist Chris Speed, Endangered Blood draws strength from its players’ mutual, headlong commitment. Besides Mr. Speed, its roster includes the alto saxophonist Oscar Noriega, the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Jim Black; they’ll be drawing partly from a recent self-titled album on Mr. Speed’s label, Skirl. Friday at 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10. Saturday at 8 and 9:30 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10. (Chinen)

John Hébert Trinity Project (Sunday) The bassist John Hébert, who has anchored some of the more scintillating small-group happenings of the last decade, teams up with the inventive French pianist Benoît Delbecq and the expressive drummer Gerald Cleaver, fleshing out an imaginative three-part suite inspired by Cajun French culture. At 7 p.m., Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, East Village, (212) 539-8778,; $15 cover, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Darius Jones Quartet (Thursday) With “Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)” (Aum Fidelity), the alto saxophonist Darius Jones lobs another depth charge into the post-bop swimming pool, backed by the same dynamic rhythm section found here: the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Ches Smith. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770,; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

Medeski Martin & Wood (Friday through Sunday) This peripatetic groove machine recently passed the 20-year mark, with strong evidence that it hasn’t grown complacent. This week the band — John Medeski on keyboards, Chris Wood on bass and Billy Martin on drums — has been playing a residency with a different guest each night. On Friday it’s the saxophonist Bill Evans, and on Saturday it’s the multireedist Marty Ehrlich. On Sunday the band returns to form, though there’s always the chance of an unannounced visitor. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 475-8592,; $40 cover at tables, $30 cover at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

Out of Your Head Brooklyn (Sunday) This biweekly series assembles crews of young musicians for first-time spontaneous interplay. The first set, at 9:30 p.m., will feature a holiday brass quintet anchored by Dan Peck on tuba; the second set, at 11 p.m., will include the saxophonist Ed Rosenberg and the guitarist Dave Miller. At Freddy’s Bar, 627 Fifth Avenue, at 17th Street, South Slope, (718) 768-0131,,; free. (Chinen)

Jason Robinson’s Janus Ensemble (Tuesday) On his new album, “Tiresian Symmetry” (Cuneiform), Mr. Robinson, a saxophonist and composer drawn to mythological antiquity (and the textural palette of Henry Threadgill), leads his Janus Ensemble over an intriguingly shifting landscape. He’ll do something analogous here, with a band grounded by two drummers, George Schuller and Ches Smith, and otherwise featuring J D Parran and Marty Ehrlich on reeds, Bill Lowe and Marcus Rojas on tubas, Liberty Ellman on guitar and Drew Gress on bass. At 8 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10. (Chinen)

George Schuller’s Circle Wide / Instant Strangers (Tuesday) Mr. Schuller, a drummer, formed Circle Wide to channel the spirit, and some of the music, of Keith Jarrett’s American Quartet of the 1970s. His partners, performing here at 8:45 p.m. — as on a new album, “Listen Both Ways” (Playscape) — are the saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, the guitarist Brad Shepik, the vibraphonist Tom Beckham and the bassist Dave Ambrosio. A later set will feature the debut of Instant Strangers, an intrepid collective consisting of the alto and baritone saxophonist Tim Berne, the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the bassist Stephen Crump and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara. At 8 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Cover of "Unsilent Night"
Cover of Unsilent Night


Aeolian Chamber Players (Friday) Long a potent source of new music, this ensemble celebrates its 50th anniversary with a trip down memory lane — revisiting works it has commissioned over the years by Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, George Crumb and Ralph Shapey. It will also give the premiere of a work by Huang Ruo. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Manhattan, (212) 864-5400,; $30, $15 for 30 and under. (Woolfe)

International Contemporary Ensemble (Saturday) The innovative ICElab series pairs composers and performers in a collaborative process that yields substantial new compositions. Here, the virtuoso ICE musicians will perform in multimedia premieres by the composers Patricia Alessandrini and Juan Pablo Carreño, who are based in France. At 7 p.m., Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, (646) 731-3200,; sold out. (Schweitzer)

Mantra Percussion (Friday and Saturday) This ensemble, formed in 2007, takes on Michael Gordon, who has made a name with compositions that mix electronic and acoustic instruments. In “Timber,” scored for six amplified planks of wood, he creates subtle textures and patterns that seem to ricochet around space. At 7:30 p.m., Fishman Space, Fisher Building, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 321 Ashland Place, near Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100,; $20. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Talea Ensemble (Friday) Adventurous and technically assured, this group strides confidently into the thornier corners of contemporary music. “Synchronicities,” a program of four premieres, shares a title with a work by the excellent, subtle Anthony Cheung, who is the ensemble’s artistic director. The concert also features pieces by George Lewis, Christopher Trapani and Steve Lehman. At 8 p.m., Mannes College the New School for Music, 150 West 85th Street, Manhattan, (212) 580-0210, Ext. 4817,; free. (Woolfe)

Unsilent Night’ (Saturday) Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” are not the only holiday staples on offer. Since 1992 enthusiasts have flocked to Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night,” a parade held in Greenwich Village (and now 26 cities in the United States and abroad). Participants carry boom boxes or 21st-century music-making gadgets in the procession and play one of four tracks provided by Mr. Kline. There’s even an “Unsilent Night” app for smartphones and tablets. The parade starts in Washington Square Park and concludes about an hour later in Tompkins Square Park. At 7 p.m., the Arch at Washington Square Park,; free. (Schweitzer)

Music and More Reviews

John Zorn (cropped version)

From Music and More:

Juma Sultan’s Aboriginal Music Society – Whispers From the Archive (Porter, 2012)
Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Son of a Bitches Brew (Important Records, 2012)
Richard Bliwas Trio – Nine (Rising Rose, 2012)
John Zorn – Concealed (Tzadik, 2012)