Highlights from This Year’s Jazz em Agosto

Lisbon, Portugal is the place for Jazz em Agosto, a ten-concert program, one each day, on the festival stage, the Open Air Amphitheatre at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Shows include:

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 21:30
Evan Parker & Matthew Shipp (U.K., U.S.A.)
Evan Parker (tenor saxophone), Matthew Shipp (piano)

Sunday, 03 August 2014, 21:30
Marc Ribot Ceramic Dog (U.S.A.)
Marc Ribot (electric guitar), Shahzad Ismaily (electric bass, eletronics), Ches Smith (drums)

Monday, 04 August 2014, 21:30
Marc Ducret Real Thing #3 (FR)
Fidel Fourneyron (trombone), Matthias Mahler (trombone), Alexis Persigan (trombone), Antonin Rayon (piano), Sylvain Lemêtre (vibraphone, marimba, precussions), Marc Ducret (electric guitar)

Tuesday, 05 August 2014, 21:30
Luís Lopes Lisbon Berlin Trio (PT, DE)
Luís Lopes (electric guitar), Robert Landfermann (double bass), Christian Lillinger (drums)

Wednesday, 06 August 2014, 21:30
Franz Hautzinger Big Rain (AT, JP, U.S.A.)
Franz Hautzinger (quartertone trumpet), Keiji Haino (electric guitar, voice), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (electric bass), Hamid Drake (drums)

Thursday, 07 August 2014, 21:30
Fred Frith / Joëlle Léandre / Hamid Drake (U.K., FR, U.S.A.)
Fred Frith (electric guitar), Joëlle Léandre (double bass), Hamid Drake (drums)

Friday, 08 August 2014, 21:30
MMM Quartet (FR., U.K., CH., U.S.A.)
Joëlle Léandre (double bass & voice), Fred Frith (electric guitar), Urs Leimgruber (tenor & soprano saxophone), Alvin Curran (piano & eletronics)

Saturday, 09 August 2014, 21:30
Massacre (U.K., U.S.A.)
Fred Frith (electric guitar), Bill Laswell (electric bass), Charles Hayward (drums), Oz Fritz (sound processing)

Sunday, 10 August 2014, 21:30
L.U.M.E. – Lisbon Undreground Music Ensemble (PT)
Marco Barroso (composition, direction & piano), Manuel Luís Cochofel (flute), Paulo Gaspar (clarinet), Jorge Reis (soprano saxophone), João Pedro Silva (alto saxophone), José Menezes (tenor saxophone), Elmano Coelho (baritone saxophone), Jorge Almeida/ Gonçalo Marques/ Pedro Monteiro (trumpet), Luis Cunha/ Eduardo Lála/ Pedro Canhoto (trombone), Miguel Amado (double bass & electric bass), André Sousa Machado (drums)

AMN Reviews: Ross Hammond – Humanity Suite (2014)

IMG_0897Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond (AMN interview here) recently released this live follow-up to last year’s Cathedrals (AMN review here). In contrast to that effort, this album features a six-piece band collaborating on two long tracks. Hammond’s bandmates on this go-around are Vinny Golia on reeds and percussion, Catherine Sikora on tenor saxophone, Clifford Childers on trombone, bass trumpet, euphonium and harmonica, Dax Compise on drums, and Kerry Kashiwagi on bass.

In 2013, Hammond was offered a chance to play an October show at the Crocker Art Museum, the premier art museum in Sacramento, California.  Hammond’s concert was held in conjunction with the opening of artist Kara Walker’s exhibit. Hammond wrote music specifically the event that was inspired by Walker’s artwork.  The result is Humanity Suite , a long-form composition, with ample room for improvisation amongst the band members.  Unlike Cathedrals, which consists of shorter bursts of energy interspersed with more deliberately-paced pieces, on Humanity Suite the group takes its time with the music and develops themes over the course of nearly 50-minute set.

As might be expected, the album features interplay between Hammond and Golia, a symbiotic pairing of strings and wood if there ever was one. But they take their time, building at a slow pace through the first eight minutes of the first track before really breaking out. Golia also stays busy interacting with the other horns, in the occasional free-form blow out. But Hammond also contributes to the more introspective sections of the suite with picked electric guitar. On the other hand, about four minutes into the second track, he rips through one of his trademarked solos to the quiet accompaniment of the horns.

With Humanity Suite, Hammond shows that he is adept at writing long pieces that include space for each musician’s individuality to shine through. Another compelling effort.


Arts for Art Evolving Series in NY

From Arts for Art, Inc.:

Monday Evolving Series
WHEN: Monday, 3 sets beginning at 7:30
WHERE: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk St – between Delancey & Rivington

Monday, May 19

7:30 Flin Van Hemmen Ensemble
Ben Gerstein – trombone
Jonathan Moritz – tenor sax
Sean Ali – bass
Flin Van Hemmen – drums

8:45 Chad Taylor Trio
Angelica Sanchez – piano
Chris Lightcap – bass
Chad Taylor – drums

10:00 LEastSideQuartet – SPECIAL ADMISSION 15
William Parker – bass
Jason Kao Hwang – violin
Jackson Krall – drums
With Special Guest Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay

Monday, May 26

7:30 Avram Fefer Quartet
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Avram Fefer – tenor & alto sax
Michael Bisio – double bass
Michael Wimberly – drums

8:45 Alex Harding Trio
Alex Harding – bari sax
Hill Greene – bass
Reggie Nicholson – drums

8:45 Henry/Greene Duo
Hill Greene – bass
Hill Greene – bass
Jake Henry – trumpet

DMG Newsletter May 16th, 2014

Pierre Dorge
Pierre Dorge (Photo credit: Bohan Shen_沈伯韩)

From DMG:

Max Johnson/Ingrid Laubrock/Mat Maneri/Tomas Fujiwara! Period 2: Mike Pride/Chuck Bettis/Charlie Looker! Sean Noonan/Malcolm Mooney/Jamaaladeen Tacuma/Aram Bajakian!

Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Orchestra: John Tchicai/Roy Campbell/Steve Swell! Jack O’ The Clock: 4th Album! Pierre Dorge New Jungle Orchestra! Kirk Knuffke/Russ Lossing! Richard Andersson/Tony Malaby!

Ai Aso! Valerio Tricoli! Psychic TV 3! P-Vine’s Japanese-only Rarities! Last of the Cuneiform Sale CDs!


The DMG Free Weekly In-Store Performance Series Continues With:
Sunday, May 25th:
6pm: NU DUO: CHERYL PYLE & BERN NIX – Flute & Guitar!

Sunday, June 1st:

Rare Friday Event – June 6th:
6pm: GIANNI MIMMO & ALISON BLUNT – Soprano Sax & Violin!

Sunday, June 8th Double-Header: