Coming to Seattle

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Fri., June 27, 8:00 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Banned Rehearsal (Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, and Neal Kosály-Meyer) celebrates 30 years of noise, 30 years of exploration, 30 years of trying to figure out what we’re doing, 30 years of argument in creative musical expression.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change)

SAT. 7/5 – Dead Language, eccentric trio from Australia

THU. 7/10 – Earshot’s Jazz: the 2nd Century series, artists TBA

FRI. 7/11 – Vanessa Skantze, Tom Swafford and friends – butoh performance

SAT. 7/12 – Sumi Tonooka Trio

THU. – SAT. 7/17-19 – Substrata 1.4 Festival


Nate Wooley Interview Part 1

130415 Bureau of Atomic Tourism, Nate Wooley
130415 Bureau of Atomic Tourism, Nate Wooley (Photo credit: axesjazzpower)

From Jazz Right Now:

This is the first of an extensive three-part interview with Nate Wooley conducted intermittently through the period December 2012 to May 2014. In the interview below, Wooley discusses cogently his origins as a musician and the difference between “hero worship” and paying tribute to the great musicians that preceded him.

AMN Reviews: Ryan McGuire – Civilian [Glasswing]

With this collection of improvisation for solo double bass, Ryan McGuire—whose eclectic resume includes being the creative force behind the avant metal band Ehnahre—puts his own stamp on the contemporary tone poem.

Many of the economically-scaled pieces included here introduce and develop an idea that serves to evoke the image captured by the title. Ravens, for example, creates an abstract impression of the birds with its swooping arco melody played against an occasional open-string counterpoint, gradually dissolving into noise. Similarly, the harp-like arpeggios and harmonics of Delicate Creatures 1 and 2 sketch a sound portrait of something at once brittle and refined.

Beyond their evocative qualities, the performances are notable for being well-constructed and drawing on the double bass’s sonic versatility. Often favoring a grainy, almost tactile sound, McGuire makes good use of expressive phrasing, chording and countermelodies as well as extended techniques. The bass is vividly recorded, making audible such sonically rich details as the scrape of bowhair on the strings or the deep, rough-edged rattle of the freely sounding, open lower strings.

Pianist John Escreet Excavates the Chaos With Avant-garde Jazz

John Escreet
John Escreet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, a review of Escreet’s recent performance in that area:

Escreet’s music challenges the listener to reconsider what he or she perceives as jazz. Rather than play overt melodies, the pianist elicits timbres from his instrument. Instead of giving the listener recurring themes, he delivers insistent textures that gradually change shape. In this way, Escreet seems more indebted to the music of such 20th century composers as György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Morton Feldman than with jazz titans like Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk.

All About Jazz Reviews

Jamie Saft
Cover of Jamie Saft

From All About Jazz:

Multiple Artists multiple reviews
Introducing the Polish Label For Tune

Darryl Way
Children Of The Cosmos (Cherry Red Records)

Pat Mastelotto / Tobias Ralph
ToPaRaMa (7d Media Records )

Joel Harrison
Mother Stump (Cuneiform Records)

Rich Halley 4
The Wisdom of Rocks (Pine Eagle Records)

Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte
The New Standard (RareNoiseRecords)

Read “3xaWoman: The Misplaced Files” reviewed by Troy Collins People
3xaWoman: The Misplaced Files (Telegraph Harp)

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 18/2014

William Parker
Cover of William Parker

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Somos Agua: William Parker, B/ Tony Malaby, Ts/ Nasheet Waits, Dr

Injuries: Angles 9

Nick of Time: Mike Fletcher, as, FL/ Olie Brice, B/ T Jozwiak, Dr

Overheard Conversations: Glenn Hall, Ts, Ss, FL, B FL/ Bernie Koenig, Dr, Vibes

Circum Grand Orchestra: Circum Grand Orchestra

Colin Webster
Inverebrata: Colin Webster, Ts, Bari S/ Graham Dunning, Walkmans, Found Tapes, Objects

Bracket Bracket Bracket: Tapiwa Sosve, as, Cassette Player/ Julian Chalabi, G

the Enchanted 3: Vlady Bystov, as, Ss, Cl/ Anne-liis Poll, Vo, Perc/ Anto Pett, P

Hipsters Gone Ballistic: Gijs Levelt – Trumpet Tobias Klein – Alto Saxophone,clarinets Jasper Stadhouders – Guitar Goncalo Almeida – Bass Philipp Moser – Drums

Blaise Siwula
Merida Encuentro: Blaise Siwula/ Armando Martin/ Edgar Caamal/ Alvar Canto Torres

Natura Morta
Decay: Franz Loriot, Vla/ Sean Ali, B/ Carlo Costa, Dr

the Braxtornette Project: Pierre Borel, as/ Louis Laurain, Tp/ Antonio Borghini, B/ Tobias Backhaus, Dr

Dragon Nat: Natsuki Tamura, Tp

Soundhousing: Hanuman Jazz Quartet- Fabio Martini, Cl/ Marco Francheschetti, Sax/ Stefano Solani, B/ Danilo Sala, Dr