Something Else! Reviews

Cuong Vu
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From Something Else!:

Something Else! sneak peek: Wadada Leo Smith, “Lake Superior” from The Great Lakes Suites (2014)
The Core Trio – The Core Trio with Matthew Shipp (2014)
Johnny DeBlase – Guided Motion (2014)
Johnny Butler, “Macaroni Dip” (2014)
Farmers By Nature – Love And Ghosts (2014)
Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)
Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)
Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Uri Caine
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From Free Jazz:

Joe Morris – Perpetual Frontier – The Properties Of Free Music (Riti, 2013)
Variable Density Sound Orchestra – Evolving Strategies (Not Two, 2014) ****
Peter Brötzmann/Sonny Sharrock – Whathefuckdoyouwant (Trost, 2014) ****
Ingrid Laubrock Octet – Zürich Concert (Intakt Records, 2014) ****
Daunik Lazro, Benjamin Duboc & Didier Lasserre – Sens Radiants (Dark Tree, 2014) ****½
Tomasz Sroczynski & Marek Pospieszalski – Bareness (Requiem, 2014) ****
Free Jazz and Improvisation on Vinyl 1965-1985 (Rune Grammofon, 2014) ***
Lester Bowie – The Great Pretender (Jazzwerkstatt, 2014) *** & ****½
Dave Douglas & Uri Caine – Present Joys (Greenleaf, 2014) ***½
Maciej Fortuna & Krzysztof Dys – Tropy (ForTune, 2013) ****
Peter Evans & Raleigh Dailey – Measure From Zero (Llama Records, 2014) ****½
Cene Resnik Quartet – From the Sky (Clean Feed, 2014) ***½

New Releases From Relative Pitch Records

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Mary Halvorson

Via Relative Pitch Records:

September Release: Evan Parker/Sylvie Courvoisier – Either Or And

October Release: Mary Halvorson’s Reverse Blue W/Chris Speed, Eivind Opsvik & Tomas Fujiwara
Performances October 2 & 3 at The Cornelia St Cafe
On October 7, 2014, Relative Pitch Records will release Mary Halvorson’s Reverse Blue, the debut of the prolific guitarist/composer’s latest ensemble of the same name, featuring Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Tomas Fuijwara on drums. Reverse Blue offers Halvorson a different sonic palette than her critically acclaimed Trio/Quintet/Septet configurations – bringing new musical personalities and timbres to her work, albeit within a classic quartet instrumentation.

Jim Hobbs Interview

From Jazz Right Now:

The exciting and fiery alto saxophonist Jim Hobbs is playing four nights at Douglass Street Music Collective starting Wednesday, August 20. Having developed a take-no-prisoners reputation with his playing and composing among numerous groups in Boston, this groundbreaking artist remains under-appreciated on the New York scene. Having led the Fully Celebrated for a number of years, Hobbs has orchestrated a number of exciting releases with that band and in other contexts. His four nights of performances this week are a great chance for New Yorkers and Brooklynites to get out and hear his latest music.

Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

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Ethan Iverson

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Tuesday, August 26, 8pm
with Ben Goldberg, contra alto clarinet; Nels Cline, el. guitar; Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; Rob Sudduth, tenor saxophone; and Allison Miller, drums
Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$15 General Admission
Advance tickets:

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome Unfold Ordinary Mind back to Philadelphia. Led by clarinetist Ben Goldberg, the “slightly unorthodox lineup” (AllMusic) consists of saxophonists Kasey Knudsen and Rob Sudduth with Nels Cline on guitar and Allison Miller on drums.


Thursday, September 4, 8:00pm
with Ethan Iverson, piano; Ben Street, bass; and Albert “Tootie” Heath, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission
Advance tickets:

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to welcome back Philadelphia legend Albert “Tootie” Heath along with Ethan Iverson and Ben Street in what is sure to be a very memorable evening.


Friday, September 5, 8:00pm
with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor + alto saxophones; Tim Berne, alto saxophone; Ben Gerstein, trombone; Dan Peck, tuba; and Tom Rainey, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission
Advance tickets:

Ars Nova Workshop is proud to welcome the Ingrid Laubrock Quintet. An award-winning composer and performer, Laubrock’s style “balances impulsive spontaneity with a structural cohesiveness that occasionally sounds surreal; each of her sophisticated pieces embodies its own distinctive sound world” (Point of Departure). This new group performs Laubrock’s latest compositions, written specifically for this cast of hand-picked musicians, all of whom have established themselves as great improvisers and interpreters of creative new music alike. Featuring saxophonist Tim Berne, trombonist Ben Gerstein, tubist Dan Peck and drummer Tom Rainey, the collective experience of the members includes work with Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Jason Moran, Carmen McRae, Anita Baker, Bill Frisell, Julius Hemphill, Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, John Zorn, Dave Liebman, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound and many others.


ANW Recommends:

September 18-21
Over a dozen remarkable performances throughout Philadelphia, including the country’s first queer all-day jazz festival at Union Transfer. For tickets and more information visit: