Mary Halvorson Solo Guitar Appearances

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...
Mary Halvorson

From Mary Halvorson:

As some of you know, I’ve been working on solo guitar music for the past couple years. I will be recording an album in the fall for 2015 release on Firehouse 12 records, and I have booked some performances in preparation for the recording. I will be doing interpretations of music by Noel Ackchote, Annette Peacock, Roscoe Mitchell, Ornette Coleman, Tomas Fujiwara, Chris Lightcap and Duke Ellington to name a few. Details on the 1st 3 performances are below.

Sunday, March 30th @ Ze Couch (266 St. Marks Ave, Apt 4, Brooklyn) 7:45pm
Mary Halvorson solo guitar
followed by: Darius Jones (saxophone) & Emilie Lesbros (voice); Flin van Hemmen & Carlos Costa (drums)

Thursday, April 10th @ The Firehouse Space (246 Frost Street, Brooklyn) 8pm
Mary Halvorson solo guitar
followed by Lisa Mezzacappa’s Ensemble Ouest: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Miya Masaoka (koto) & Lisa Mezzacappa (bass)

Thursday, May 1st @ Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, NYC) 6:45pm
Mary Halvorson solo guitar
opening for the Nels Cline singers

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AMN Reviews: Dan Weiss – Fourteen (2014; Pi Recordings)

pi52_270Dan Weiss is a New York based drummer who has appeared as a sideman with Matt Mitchell, Tony Malaby, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Miguel Zenon and Kenny Werner, among many others. He has also released a series of recordings under his own name, of which this is the latest. Unlike his other offerings, however, Fourteen is a thoroughly-composed, seven-part suite for – you guessed it – fourteen musicians. Weiss’s cohorts include Miles Okazaki, Jacob Sacks, Thomas Morgan, David Binney, and Jacob Garchik.

The album can be roughly categorized as modern, big-band avant-jazz. It is horn-heavy, which is not surprising given Weiss’s leanings. But, significant roles are played by electric guitar, piano, and voice. Harp, organ, and Weiss’s percussion round out the group.

Fourteen is more than just a sum of all these parts. For instance, the album kicks off with slightly contrapuntal piano. Later tracks make heavy use of chanted vocals, with shades of Philip Glass‘s Koyaanisqatsi toward the end of the Part Two as well as the beginning of Part Six. At other points, Weiss’s charts let loose free jazz blowing, as a multi-horn and guitar attack create massive walls of sound.

Comparisons of Weiss to Darcy James Argue‘s efforts are probably going to happen. These comparisons are not completely off base, as Weiss takes a similar holistic approach to large-scale composing, while leaving just enough room for interesting soloing. These solos, however, are so deeply integrated into the composition that they appear to be intentional rather than off the cuff.  Given how well this effort works, that’s a very good thing.

Weiss has made his mark with this release.  It doesn’t necessarily swing, but it doesn’t need to – it’s too busy blowing you away.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Henry Kaiser
Cover of Henry Kaiser

From Free Jazz:

The Apophonics – On Air (Weight of Wax, 2013) ****½
Franco D’Andrea Sextet – Monk and the Time Machine (Egea, 2014) *****
John Zorn – The Hermetic Organ, Vol. 2 (Tzadik, 2014) ***½
Kim Myhr – All Your Limbs Singing (Sofa, 2014) ****
Henry Kaiser – Requia & Other Improvisations for Guitar Solo (Tzadik, 2013) ***
Bushman’s Revenge – Thou Shalt Boogie (Rune Grammofon,2014) ****½
Levin/Torn/White (Lazy Bones, 2011) *****
Abraxas – Psychomagia (Tzadik, 2014) ****
Lisa Mezzacappa Trio – X Marks the Question (Queen Bee Records, 2013) ****
Dørge, Westergaard, Sorey, – Like Salamanders We Survive (TWMusik, 2013) ****½
Peter Kerlin Octet – Salamander (Innova Recordings, 2013) ****

Fushitsusha To Release 3CD Live Set April 26

Keiji Haino
Keiji Haino (Photo credit: Xi WEG)

From Burning Ambulance:

On April 26, 2014, Utech Records will release Nothing Changes No One Can Change Anything, I Am Ever-Changing Only You Can Change Yourself, a three-CD live set by Fushitsusha with Peter Brötzmann. No band on Earth has ever sounded like Fushitsusha. Sure, there are antecedents to their mind-scraping, soul-searing roar: Blue Cheer’s in there, as is Hendrix circa 1970, when he’d given up the teeth-picking, amp-humping showmanship of 1967 and ’68 and aimed himself straight at the heart of the music, but nobody ever exploded the rock power trio form the way Keiji Haino, Yasushi Ozawa and Jun Kosugi did.

The Bradford 4: A Rare Gift for Dallas

Bobby Bradford
Cover of Bobby Bradford

From the Dallas Observer:

Something special happened in Dallas last night. For a brief flash, our city was the center of free jazz–jazz’s most uninhibited form. A quartet named The Bradford 4 performed at an intimate project space (Beefhaus) put on by local artist collective Art Beef. The Bradford 4 is fronted by legendary trumpeter/cornetist/composer Bobby Bradford, a man that can name Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Eric Dolphy and Charlie Haden as former co-workers. The other three members aren’t exactly lightweights either – Frode Gjerstad (saxophone/clarinet), Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (bass), and Frank Rosaly (drums) – having individually and collectively had a hand in some of the most exciting music in contemporary jazz.

Newsbits: The Moon out on 577 Records / Jazz in Oakland / Rob Wagner & Dave Cappello / Universal Synchrony Music Vol. 2 / Matt Bauder Review

577 Records is releasing The Moon’s debut studio album, Good and Evil, featuring Adam Caine, guitar and Federico Ughi, drums.

Sunday, April 13 at 8:00pm, at LeQuiVive, 1525 Webster, Oakland, the Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents NEW MUSIC at LeQuiVive Gallery featuring Nava Dunkelman + Pauchi Sasaki, and Syrinx Effect.

A live set featuring Rob Wagner & Dave Cappello from March 18 is available from Open Ears Music.

A telematics concert, Universal Synchrony Music Vol. 2 will take place on Sunday, April 6. From the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University: Alex Chechile, computer and electronics, Cathleen Grado, computer, Shu Yu Lin, computer, Robert Dick, flutes. Madeline Huberth, data analysis, Manaswi Mishra, data formatting. Constantin Basica, audio technology, site coordinator. David Kerr, video technology. From Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University: Ray Anderson, trombone, Miya Masaoka, koto, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa and voice, Doug Van Nort, computer and electronics, Sarah Weaver, conductor, project coordinator. Alain Paradis and Stuart Jackson, audio technology. Michael Ricca and Matthew Blessing, video technology. Saman Samadi, technical assistance. Ross Karre and crew, video recording.

Jazz Right Now reviews Matt Bauder’s Nightshades.