Ken Vandermark reimagines the “Po Music” of Joe McPhee

Joe McPhee
Joe McPhee (Photo credit: digital_freak)

From the Chicago Reader:

As long as I’ve known Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark—more than two decades now—he’s always been extremely candid about the importance Poughkeepsie multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee has had on his own work. When he was just 17, Vandermark heard McPhee’s stunning 1977 solo album, Tenor, and was deeply moved. When McPhee—who performs Sunday in a duo with bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten during the closing night of this year’s Umbrella Music Festival—first performed in Chicago in February 1996, Vandermark had the chance to make a recording with his idol, a memory he relates in the liner notes for his recent Impressions of Po Music (Okka Disc), a fantastic nonet effort devoted to interpreting McPhee’s music.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Marty Ehrlich
Marty Ehrlich (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet (Saturday) The cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum is a provocateur in the guise of a consensus builder, too polite to suggest a firebrand and too generous to seem an ideologue. He has a scintillating new boxed set, “Navigation,” that gathers four performances of the same loosely structured suite, on two CDs and two LPs. The main ensemble throughout is this sextet, with Jim Hobbs on alto saxophone, Bill Lowe on bass trombone and tuba, Mary Halvorson on guitar, Ken Filiano on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio (Thursday) Stephan Crump, a bassist, leads Rosetta Trio, a kind of chamber string ensemble with two guitarists, Liberty Ellman (acoustic) and Jamie Fox (electric). The group’s new album, “Thwirl,” is a collection of intimate, engrossing originals likely to crop up again here, on the Sound It Out series. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

Kris Davis/Michaël Attias’s Spun Tree (Saturday) “Massive Threads” is the second noteworthy recent solo piano release by Kris Davis, whose 7:30 p.m. performance here, part of the Sound It Out series, represents the album’s official rollout. Then, at 9 p.m., Ms. Davis will join Spun Tree, a group of compatibly exploratory temperament led by the saxophonist Michaël Attias and featuring Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Sean Conly on double-bass and Tom Rainey on drums. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)

Dave Douglas Quintet (Thursday through Nov. 17) The industrious trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas recently turned 50 and broke in a new quintet, releasing two albums on his own Greenleaf label. He features the band — with Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Rudy Royston on drums — in an engagement that doubles as the release celebration for “DD | 50: Special Edition 50th Birthday Recordings,” a boxed set that supplements those albums with a wealth of additional music and footage. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set next Friday and Nov. 16, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $25 and $30. (Chinen)

Marty Ehrlich at the Stone (Tuesday through Nov. 17) Marty Ehrlich, a versatile alto saxophonist and virtuoso clarinetist, will be in residence at the Stone next week, performing in a range of improvisatory settings. On Tuesday he’ll work with a string quartet at 8 p.m., playing old and new pieces; at 10 p.m., he’ll engage in duologue, apparently for the first time, with the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Among the other highlights are Thursday’s two sets, featuring music for his Rites Quartet (at 8 p.m.) and his Traveler’s Tales ensemble (at 10 p.m.). At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Steve Lehman Octet (Friday) The alto saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman has earned a reputation for sure-footed futurism, notably with this sleek but audacious octet. As on “Travail, Transformation, and Flow,” one of the standout albums of 2009, the group will feature a front line of Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Mark Shim on tenor saxophone, Tim Albright on trombone and Jose Davila on tuba. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio (Friday and Saturday) Paloma Recio, a vigorous working band led by the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, explores shadowy postbop terrain with the subtlest of Spanish accents. The band is usually a quartet with the guitarist Ben Monder, the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Nasheet Waits; for this engagement, there’ll be two drummers, Dan Weiss and Billy Mintz. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing (Sunday) This impudent but wickedly proficient quartet — led by the bassist Moppa Elliott, with the trumpeter Peter Evans, the saxophonist Jon Irabagon and the drummer Kevin Shea — has recently expanded its lineup for a romp through early-jazz standards, of a sort. But this stand is a return to the band’s classic instrumentation, and all bets are off with regard to repertory and style. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Mario Pavone Arc Quartet/Michael Musillami Trio (Friday) Mr. Pavone, a bassist-composer of experience and vision, performs a 9:30 p.m. set with the trumpeter Dave Ballou, the pianist Angelica Sanchez and the drummer Pheeroan akLaff. An earlier set, at 7 p.m., will feature a trio led by the guitarist Michael Musillami, with Joe Fonda on bass and George Schuller on drums. At 7 and 9:30 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $15 per set. (Chinen)

Marc Ribot Trio (Friday through Sunday) Marc Ribot, whose persuasively prickly guitar playing has long been a protean feature of the downtown scene, made his Village Vanguard debut as a leader with this trio last year, delivering astonishing results. His partners in the group are the bassist Henry Grimes, a survivor of the 1960s avant-garde, and the drummer Chad Taylor, who also works in the realm of experimental rock. At 8:30 and 10:30 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)