Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

From Detroit’s Trinospheres:

Friday, Jan. 3: Skeeter C.R. Shelton’s Spectrum 3 with Maxie Arthur and Khaleelah

One of the great musicians of the Detroit creative music scene, Skeeter C.R. Shelton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and uniquely emotive saxophonist who spent his early years in the company of Chicago’s legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, of which his father, Ajaramu, was a charter member. Skeeter has worked with James Blood Ulmer, Fred Anderson, Faruq Z. Bey, Hakim Jami, Thollem McDonas, The Northwoods Improvisers, Michael Carey and Kenneth Green. As a leader, he fronts the various incarnations of Spectrum–for this performance, a trio of veteran jazz and funk drummer Maxie Arthur and dancer Khaleelah, best known for her work with local percussionist Efe Bes.

Open for dinner at 7pm; concert at 8pm
$7-10 suggested; $20 including vegan-friendly dinner

Friday, Jan. 10: Kenn Thomas Quartet with Skeeter Shelton, Kurt Prisbe and Joel Peterson
Pianist Kenn Thomas did an early stint in Detroit’s legendary Griot Galaxy and then largely disappeared from the scene for years- until he performed a blow-out concert with his brother, noted bass clarinetist Oluyemi Thomas, at Bohemian National Home in 2007. Since that time, he’s been reactivated in Detroit’s creative music scene, and has performed in many combinations with people like William Parker, Thollem McDonas, Elliott Sharp and several Detroit notables. This concert will mark the first time he’s collaborated with tenor heavyweight Skeeter Shelton; his new quartet is rounded out by Kurt Prisbe (drums) and Joel Peterson (doublebass), who have performed extensively with Kenn and Skeeter separately. Expect a collision of Fire Music and sci-fi space jams from this one of a kind keyboardist.

Doors at 7 pm for dinner; music at 8 pm.
$10 suggested; $20 with dinner

Saturday, Jan. 18: The Young Mothers, Chatoyant
Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten first came to our attention through the Scandinavian free-jazz/garage punk unit The Thing and The Frode Gjerstadt Trio, where he shared rhythm section responsibilities in both bands with drummer Paal Nilssen Love. In the past couple years he has relocated to Texas, where he has formed The Young Mothers- a group that features Chicago’s Frank Rosaly on drums; Texans Stefan Gonzales on drums, vibes and vocals, Jason Jackson on saxophones and Jonathon F. Horne on guitar; and trumpet and electronics by Jawwaad Taylor, who splits his time between NYC and Texas. Eclectic as the line-up suggests, The Young Mothers have been compared to a hybrid of Don Cherry’s bands and The Brotherhood of Breath. Touches of free improv, underground rock, modern jazz and afro- grooves propel the dense compositions of Haker Flaten into a pluralist approachability.

Opening the show is Detroit’s free-improvisational, loosely categorized psych-band, Chatoyant. With barely a year under it’s belt, Chatoyant has released two small-run CD-Rs and a cassette, with a full length LP already recorded and ready to be pressed. Two regional tours are already behind it, and the band is ready to hit hard in 2014- if it can just simultaneously keep its members off the road with their other groups- like Wolf Eyes, Rodriguez and Crime and the City Solution for a few weeks.

Doors at 8pm; $8 min.- $10 suggested.

Monday, Jan. 20: Han Bennink and Mary Oliver

Friday, Jan. 24: Tony Holland with Djallo Djakate, Joel Peterson and Clarence Williams

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

John Medeski
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From NYTimes.com:


The Bad Plus (Friday through Sunday) Few groups in the greater jazz orbit sound more doggedly intrepid than the Bad Plus — Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums — and few have done more to bring robust improvisational practice to audiences well outside that orbit. 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 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Kris Davis’s Infrasound (Monday) Ms. Davis, one of the more reliably compelling pianists to emerge within the last decade, has proved her salt as a large-ensemble arranger, notably on “Novela,” a recent album by the saxophonist Tony Malaby. With Infrasound, which has its premiere here, she enlists four bass clarinetists (Joachim Badenhorst, Andrew Bishop, Ben Goldberg and Oscar Noriega) alongside a rhythm section that includes the guitarist Nate Radley, the accordionist and organist Gary Versace, and the drummer Jim Black. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson Quartet (Saturday) Mary Halvorson, a guitarist fond of smart ungainliness and prickly fluency, recently delved into chamberlike ensemble territory with a vivid album titled “Illusionary Sea.” For this concert she leads a working quintet anchored by the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Ches Smith, and featuring a front line of Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet and Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone. At 9 p.m., BAMcafé, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100, bam.org; free. (Chinen)

Rudresh Mahanthappa at the Stone (Tuesday through Jan. 12) Mr. Mahanthappa, an alto saxophonist who has made a project of expressive cultural hybridism, will be in residence at the Stone next week, working three nights apiece with two distinctive bands. The first of those is his Bird Project, inspired by Charlie Parker but hardly bound by idiomatic fealty; its dynamic rhythmic foundation will be the work of Matt Mitchell on piano, François Moutin on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set; $10 for students. (Chinen)

Winter Jazzfest (Tuesday through Jan. 11) For its 10th anniversary, the Winter Jazzfest has augmented a customary two-night marathon, which will subsume a cluster of spaces in Greenwich Village next Friday and Saturday. This year’s kickoff, on Tuesday at Le Poisson Rouge, will be “Terminals,” a new-music piece by the drummer Bobby Previte, featuring So Percussion, the keyboardist John Medeski and the guitarist Nels Cline. Then on Wednesday, Blue Note Records will present its own 75th anniversary concert at Town Hall, with two of its artists, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper, playing acoustic and Fender Rhodes pianos alongside the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the soul crooner Bilal and others. The Thursday offering, made in partnership with SummerStage and the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, will involve the Revive Big Band, the Wallace Roney Orchestra and the organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. (A full schedule is at winterjazzfest.com.) Tuesday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $10 on Tuesday; $15 in advance, $18 day of show on Thursday. Wednesday at 8 p.m., Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, (800) 982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org; $27 to $47. (Chinen)


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AMN Picks of the Week: Ambush Party / Scott Fields / Jason Kao Hwang, etc.

Scott Fields (b. September 30, 1956 in Chicago...


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.


The Ambush Party – Circus (2013)
Ayman Fanous / Jason Kao Hwang – Zilzal (2013)
Carter / Hennen / Kasavan / Parker – Feels Like It (2007)
Scott Fields String Feartet – Kintsugi (2013)


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Kris Davis Interview

From Jazz Right Now:

In recent years, Kris Davis has emerged as one of the most talented pianists and composers of her generation working in New York City. Her projects have become increasingly ambitious and exploratory, even as she develops a richer musicality in her compositions. There is a freshness in her approach, and while there is a thread that ties together all of her work to date, she remains unpredictable as she unveils each new project.

Davis leads a trio and quintet in her name and has gained recognition for her solo performances. She also is active in the collaborative trio, Paradoxical Frog, with Ingrid Laubrock and Tyshawn Sorey. On Monday, January 6, she will reveal her latest work: Infrasound. The band is comprised of four bass clarinets (Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Andrew Bishop, and Joachim Baderhorst), plus guitar (Nate Radley), accordion and organ (Gary Versace), piano (Davis), and drums (Jim Black). The band is also set to record their work for an album due out in 2015.

AMN Reviews: Eluvium – Nightmare Ending (Temporary Residence)

Double album gestating for three years, Eluvium´s Nightmare Ending had its genesis in Matthew Cooper´s desire to work some things out, stating that each track is either a “dream” or an “imperfection”. Cooper boasts a comely guitar and piano-centric ambient back catalogue as Eluvium, as well as an excellent film score, Some Days Are Better Than Others, under his own name.

The concrete is only ever the partial realization of what we had in mind. While both life and art may very well be dreams within imperfect dreams, Eluvium is vivid and fastidious in execution. So much fresh air, so much clear light, and a stern hand with grainy surfaces. The seemingly endless eddy of “Unknown Variation”, broken off suddenly and arbitrarily after almost nine minutes, is an imperfection with which we´ll have to live. Cooper consoles us by “Caroling”, a simple but seemly melody for solo piano. There are many such special moments alone at the ivories on Nightmare Ending. The first disc concludes with “Envenom Mettle” co-played with Mark T. Smith of Explosions in the Sky, a martial snare moonshot into a meteor shower.

Disc Two opens with Cooper once again at the piano in the midst of the maelstorm, until it begins to “Rain Gently” as a looping, building guitar drone à la Fripp and Eno rolls in like a cleansing thunderhead. An electronic breeze sweeps away another elegant piano melody on “Covered in Writing”, like wind blowing patterns out of the sand. To close, Ira Kaplan of Yo Lo Tengo quietly murmurs a bittersweet ballad about “Happiness”. Does that sound like a nightmare to you?


Stephen Fruitman

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