Butch Morris Profiled

Butch Morris and Conduction
Butch Morris and Conduction 


From Orlando Weekly:


In 1985, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, composer and jazz musician, directed his first “conduction.” That term, shorthand for “conducted improvisation,” was one he sought and received a trademark for – a new musical, rather than thermal-energy, application. You could initially reference Butch Morris as a uniquely voiced New York cornetist for Loft Jazz-era reedmen Frank Lowe and David Murray in the late 1970s. By the early 1980s, record collectors of this post-free jazz scene started witnessing the Morris name out front as a conductor, starting with violinist Billy Bang’s Outline No. 12 record. A larger discipline was set in motion, taking listeners years to completely grasp.


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AMN Picks of the Week: Lily’s Deja Vu / Brotzmann, etc. / Soffiato / Thisquietarmy

Peter Brötzmann at "Sonore" concert,...
Peter Brötzmann at “Sonore” concert, Lviv (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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. I heard all of the releases listed below for the first time this week, and each is recommended.


Lily’s Deja Vu – Music From Another Ass (2013)
Peter Brotzmann / Steve Noble / John Edwards – …The Worse the Better (2013)
Nico Soffiato – OST Quartet (2013)
Thisquietarmy – Hex Mountains (2013)


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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Nate Wooley & Seymour Wright – About Trumpet and Saxophone (Fataka, 2013) ****½
Ingrid Schmoliner, Joachim Badenhorst & Pascal Niggenkemper – Watussi (Listen Closely, 2013) ***½
Elliot Sharp Aggregat – Quintet (Clean Feed, 2013) ****½
Kidd Jordan/Alvin Fielder/Peter Kowald: Trio and Duo in New Orleans (No Business, 2013) ****½
Sound & Fury – Pulsacion (Ektro, 2013) ****


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Henry Kaiser on Yo Miles! Recordings

Cover of "Yo Miles!"
Cover of Yo Miles!


From GuitarPlayer:


Henry Kaiser (featured in the February 2014 issue of GP) recorded three studio albums with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith under the moniker Yo Miles!: Yo Miles! (Shanachie, 1998), Sky Garden (Cuneiform, 2004), and Upriver (Cuneiform, 2005). Featuring shifting lineups that at times included guitarists Chris Muir, Mike Keneally, Nels Cline, Steve Kimock, Dave Creamer, and Elliott Sharp in addition to Kaiser, and grounded by Michael Manring‘s deep bass grooves, the various groups respectfully explored the music from Miles Davis‘ “electric period” both on record and in concert (Yo Miles! Live at the Fillmore, March 4, 2000, remains unreleased.) Here, Kaiser talks about that experience.


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