Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Jemeel Moondoc
Cover of Jemeel Moondoc

From Free Jazz:

KonstruKt & Marshall Allen – Live At Sant’anna Aressi Jazz Festival (8 mm, 2014) ****½
Touch and Go Sextet – Live at the Novara Jazz Festival (self-released, 2014) ****
Shane Perlowin & Jacob Wick – Objet a (PromNight, 2014) ****
Deep Listening Weekend: Peter Brötzmann, Jason Adasiewicz, John Edwards & Steve Noble
Peter Brötzmann, Jason Adasiewicz, John Edwards & Steve Noble – Mental Shake (Otoroku, 2014) ****
Talibam! & Weasel Walter – Polyp (Mnóad, 2014) ****
Jemeel Moondoc – The Zookeeper’s House (Relative Pitch, 2014) *****
Black Pus/Oozing Wound – Split EP (Thrill Jockey, 2014) ****
Black Pus – All My Relations (Thrill Jockey, 2013) **** ½

Jan Williams: The Most Important Person in Buffalo’s Avant-Garde Musical History?

From The Buffalo News:

No resident Buffalo musician has ever been more important to its avant-garde musical history than Jan Williams. What Williams has been since he became a Creative Associate in 1964, is the ubiquitous and indispensable figure in Buffalo’s musical avant-garde – as a teacher to percussionists in all musical genres, a performer, conductor, chairman of the UB Music Department, key member of major music ensembles (the Creative Associates, the SEM Ensemble) and the enabling administrative collaborator of musicians of potentially far more volcanic and off-putting temperament (Feldman, pianist Yvar Mikhashoff, with whom Williams co-directed the North American Music Festival from 1983 to 1991.)

Taylor Ho Bynum West Coast Bicycle Tour

Taylor Ho Bynum
Taylor Ho Bynum (Photo credit: cattoo)

From Taylor Ho Bynum:

Beginning on August 28 in Vancouver, Canada and continuing through the first day of October on the Mexican border, composer and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum will present his Acoustic Bicycle Tour – a five week, 1800-mile performance journey where Bynum travels solely by bicycle, presenting solo concerts and playing with ensembles of area musicians.

Schedule (as of 6/27/14)

Thursday, August 28: Sunset solo at Wreck Beach, Vancouver, BC

Friday, August 29: Duo with Francois Houle (clarinet). The Apartment, 119B E Pender St, Vancouver, BC.

Saturday, August 30: Ensemble with Lisa Cay Miller (piano) and other musicians tba. China Cloud, 524 Main St, Vancouver, BC.

Wednesday, September 3: Quartet with Cuong Vu (trumpet), Carmen Rothwell (bass), and Dylan van der Schyff (drums). The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA.

Sunday, September 7: The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, 12-piece ensemble led by Douglas Detrick (trumpet). Central Hotel, 8608 N Lombard St, Portland, OR.

Friday, September 12: Duo with Gregg Moore (tuba), Arcata, CA. House concert, rsvp required.

Tuesday, September 16: OrcheSperry, 14-piece ensemble led by Phillip Greenlief (saxophone). Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA.

Wednesday, September 17: Quartet with James Fei (saxophone), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), and Jordan Glenn (drums), performing the ‘70s quartet music of Anthony Braxton. Duende, 468 19th St, Oakland, CA.

Friday, September 19: Duos with Myra Melford (piano). Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA.

Saturday, September 27: Anthony Braxton Trio, with Braxton (saxophones, electronics) and Kyoko Kitamura (voice). Angel City Jazz Festival, Zipper Hall, 200 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA.

Sunday, September 28: 7-tette with Nicole Mitchell (flute), Michael Dessen (trombone), Jeff Gauthier (violin), Jeff Parker (guitar), Mark Dresser (bass), and Alex Cline (drums). Angel City Jazz Festival, Barnsdall Art Park Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.

Monday, September 29: Duo with Mark Dresser (bass). Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA.

Tuesday, September 30: Sunset solo at Border Field State Park, San Diego, CA.

Wednesday, October 1: Sunrise solo, Playas de Tijuana, Mexico.