Dan Coffey’s Top Albums of 2014

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Peter Hammill

2014 has been a great year for unearthing lost gems as well as finding newly compressed diamonds. Here is a list, in no particular order, of the best recordings released this year, with links to information about each one. Here’s to 2015 and the makings of another list…

  1. Peter Hammill & Gary Lucas – Otherworld (Esoteric)
  2. Ashley Paul – Heat Source (Important Records)
  3. Amy Kohn – PlexiLusso (Palpebre)
  4. Officer! – Ossification (Knock ‘Em Dead)
  5. R. Stevie Moore – 1952-19?? (Cordelia)
  6. Fripp and Eno – Live in  Paris, May 28, 1975 (DGM)
  7. Fred Frith &John Butcher – The Natural Order (Northern Spy)
  8. Steve Lacy – Cycles (Emanem)
  9. Ideal Bread – Beating the Teens (Cuneiform)
  10. John Edwards, Mark Sanders, & John Tilbury – A Field Perpetually at the Edge of Disorder (Fataka)

Touching Extremes Reviews

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A shot from a 2006 performance by Peter Brötzmann, a key figure and doyen in European free jazz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Touching Extremes:

Peter Brötzmann / Jörg Fischer – Live in Wiesbaden (Not Two, 2011)
Jörg Fischer / Olaf Rupp / Frank Paul Schubert – Phugurit (Gligg, 2011)
Pat Battstone / Richard Poole – Mystic Nights (Self Release, 2012)
Cummi Flu – Z (Shitkatapult / Morr Music, 2015)
Gerald Cohen – Sea of Reeds (Navona, 2014)
Alessandra Novaga – LA Chambre Des Jeux Sonores
Forbes Graham – Return: the Journey

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

English: Arve Henriksen, moers festival 2010
Arve Henriksen

From Free Jazz:

Wadada Leo Smith, Joe Morris, Jamie Saft and Balazs Pandi – Red Hill (Rare Noise Records, 2014) ****
Wadada Leo Smith, Morris, Saft and Pandi – Red Hill (Rare Noise Records, 2014) ****
Jøkleba – Outland (ECM, 2014) ****
Terje Isungset & Arve Henriksen – World Of Glass (Unique, 2014) ***½
Luis Vicente & Marjamäki – Opacity (JACC, 2014) ***
Erik Truffaz & Murcof – Being Human Being (Mundo, 2014) **½
Skein – Skein (Leo Records, 2014) ****½
Pawel Szamburski – Ceratitis Capitata (Self, 2014) ***½
Doug Wieselman – From Water (88 Records, 2014) ***
Claudio Parodi – Heavy Nichel (CS, 2013) ***½
Jean-Luc Petit – Matière Des Souffles (Improvising Beings, 2014) ****
Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love – Extended Duos (Audiographic Records, 2014) *****
Ken Vandermark – Nine Ways to Read a Bridge (NotTwo, 2014) *****
Side A – In the Abstract (NotTwo, 2014) ****½
DKV Trio – Sound in Motion in Sound (NotTwo, 2014) *****
Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love – Lightning Over Water (LaurenceFamily Records, 2014) ****½

Standing Out From Their Crowds: on saxophonist Jon Irabagon and guitarist Mary Halvorson

From WSJ:

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon and guitarist Mary Halvorson spent 2014 solidifying their stature as two of jazz’s rising stars. Each musician spent time in ensembles that showcased the increasing diversity of their sound and approaches. As the year wore on, Mr. Irabagon put his influences further in the distance as his own distinctive style emerged; Ms. Halvorson seemed to arrive fully formed seven years ago, but in the past 12 months she has demonstrated surprising new range in her composing and playing.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 01/2015

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ICP Orchestra – Han Bannink (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Soulfood Available: Brotzmann, Sax, Cl, Taragato/ Edwards, B/ Noble, Dr

Zanussi’s 5 Live in Coimbra: Kjetil Moster, Ts, Ss, Cl/ Jorgen Mathisen, Ts, Cl/ Eirik Hegdal, Bari Sax, Cl/ Gard Nilssen, Dr/ per Zanussi, B

Don’t Wait for the Revolution: Velkro

Bunuel DE Jour: Kalle Kalima, El G/ Mikko Innanen, Sax, Xaphonn, Whistles, Etc/ Veli Kujala, Accordian/ Teppo Hauta Aho, B, Perc

Startlingly Fresh
Alligator Wings: Duke Way, Poetry, Vo/+ Band

Cycles: Steve Lacy, Ss

the Whammies Vol 3: Jorrit Dijkstra, as/ Pandelys Karayorgis, P/ Jeb Bishop, Tbn/ Mary Oliver, Vln, Vla/ Jason Roebke, B/ Han Bennink, Dr

Setola Di Maiale
Oktopus Connection: Piero Bittolo Bon _ Alto Sax _ Baritone Sax _ Flute _ Electronics Alberto Collodel _ Alto Clarinet _ Bass Clarinet _ Korg Monotron Marcello Giannandrea _ Bassoon Riccardo Marogna _ Clarinet _ Bass Clarinet _ Tenor Sax Nicola Negri _ Trumpet Niccolò Romanin _ Drums Giambattista Tornielli _ Cello Luca Ventimiglia _ Vibraphone

Brian Groder
Brian Groder Trio: Bg, Tp/ Mike Bisio, B/ Jay Rosen, Dr

the Fallout of Dreams: Steve Dalachinsky, Spoken Word/ Dave Liebman, Sax, FL, P, Dr, Bells/ Richie Beirach, P

Patrick Battstone
Winter’s Poems: P Battstone, P

the Last Taxi: P Battstone, P/ Todd Brunel, Bcl/ Richard Poole, Dr, Viib/ Chris Rathbun, B

Through an Open Door: P Battstone, P/ Richard Poole, Vibraphone

Papers for the Border Podcast 19: Reboot ~ A Sideways Glance at 2014

Our own Dan Coffey runs the Papers for the Border Podcast, the latest of which features the following tracks:

Intro (You’ll Never Get Me – R. Stevie Moore, 1952 – 19??)
Reboot ~ Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas, Otherworld
LED – Amy Kohn, PlexiLusso
Records – R. Stevie Moore, 1952-19??
Wind on Water – Fripp and Eno, Live in Paris, May 28, 1975
I’m Finding You – Ashley Paul, White Light
Delirium Perhaps – Fred Frith & John Butcher, The Natural Order
The Lyrics Are Simultaneously About How the Song Starts And What the Lyrics Are About – People (feat. Mary Halvorson), 3x a Woman
Cassettes – R. Stevie Moore, 1952-19??
Faust Suite: Rejsen til Bloks Bjergog Valborgsnat – Else Marie Pade, Electronic Works 1958-1995
Vai Lentissimo – Peter Hammill, …all that might have been…
Outro (You’ll Never Get Me – R. Stevie Moore, 1952-19??)

Interpretations Winter / Spring 2015 Schedule

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Muhal Richard Abrams

From New York’s Interpretations:

Thursday, January 29, 2015
STRING NOISE (Conrad Harris & Pauline Kim) // Bozzini Quartet

An exciting evening of music for strings, with the Montreal based Bozzini Quartet and New York’s premiere violin duo, String Noise. Violinists Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris present new works for their duo String Noise, by Bernhard Lang (Austria), Petr Bakla (Czech Republic), Spencer Topel (USA), and Dan Siegler (USA). Montreal’s Bozzini Quartet perform works by Canadian composers Nicole Lizée and Martin Arnold, as well as James Tenney’s Koan For String Quartet .

AACM50: Interpretations Celebrates 50 Years of the AACM

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The AACM is devoted “to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music,” according to its charter. Throughout 2015 Interpretations will present the work of many of the AACM’s most renowned figures, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Thurman Barker, Leroy Jenkins, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Wadada Leo Smith, and Henry Threadgill, all of whom are featured in the Spring 2015 season.

Thursday February 26, 2015
AACM50: Amina Claudine Myers Trio // Thurman Barker’s Strike Force Plus

New music from two important figures of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Pianist and composer Amina Claudine Myers brings her trio with Jerome Harris (bass guitar) and Reggie Nicholson (drums). Composer and percussionist Thurman Barker presents the premiere of ‘Chicago Suite’. Featuring his Strike Force Plus, with Malik Washington (timpani, percussion) Bryan Carrott (vibes, percussion), Eli Fountain (marimba, percussion), Ray Mantilla (percussion), Lonnie Gasperini (hammond organ) and Thurman Barker (drumset and percussion).

Thursday, March 19, 2015
AACM50: Thomas Buckner performs works by Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Henry Threadgill & Wadada Leo Smith

Baritone Thomas Buckner celebrates 50 years of the Association For the Advancement of Creative Musicians with an evening of works written for him by AACM composers. Accompanied by pianists Joseph Kubera and Amina Claudine Myers, violist Stephanie Griffin, cellist Christopher Hoffman, flutist JD Parran, and percussionists Matthew Gold and Alex Lipowski, Buckner performs concert works by Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Wadada Leo Smith, and Henry Threadgill.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ The Bohemian National Hall
AACM50: SEM Ensemble performs Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, John Cage, Petr Kotik, & Christian Wolff

Petr Kotik leads the SEM Ensemble and members of the Ostravska Banda (Czech Republic) works for chamber ensemble by noted composers of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary. Works by AACM members Roscoe Mitchell (with Thomas Buckner, baritone), Wadada Leo Smith, and Henry Threadgill are featured alongside works by John Cage, Petr Kotik, and Christian Wolff.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 @ The Bohemian National Hall
AACM50: Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble & Ostravska Banda Perform Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, & Roscoe Mitchell // The Trio (Abrams/Mitchell/Lewis)

Petr Kotik leads the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble and members of the Ostravska Banda (Czech Republic) in orchestral works by George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell (with baritone Thomas Buckner), and AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams. The evening also includes a rare New York appearance by The Trio, the distinguished improvising trio of Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, and Roscoe Mitchell.

All concerts start at 8PM and take place at Roulette unless otherwise noted.

509 Atlantic Ave. Downtown Brooklyn
2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains & LIRR.
General admission: $15 / $10 Roulette Members, Students, Seniors.
Tickets can be purchased online at WWW.INTERPRETATIONS.INFO

Seattle Scene: January 2 – 24

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Amy Denio

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Briggan Krauss
Fri. Jan. 2, 8:00 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
The brilliant NY saxophonist and Cornish grad returns to Seattle for an evening of improvised music with Beth Fleenor (clarinet), Isaac Castillo (bass) and Stephen Fandrich (piano).

Seattle Composers’ Salon
Fri. Jan. 9, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Music at 8 with Neil Welch, Ivan Arteaga, Cole Bratcher, Matthew James Briggs. But come at 6:30 for the annual New Music Holiday Office Party with refreshments and CD exchange!

THU. 1/15 – SF Bay Area guitar improviser Amy Reed

FRI. 1/16 – Seattle composer Angelique Poteat presents new chamber works

SAT. 1/17 – The Tiptons & friends return with Mythunderstandings

THU. 1/22 – The Ballad of Ishtar, an improvisational opera by Heather Bentley, Amy Denio, Beth Fleenor, Paris Hurley, Maria Mannisto, and many others

FRI. 1/23 – The Ballad of Ishtar (see above)

SAT. 1/24 – The Ballad of Ishtar (see above)

Marilyn Crispell at Colony Café, Woodstock, NY

Marilyn Crispell plays tonight at the Colony Café:

This particular title scramble, however, may provoke a chuckle in anyone familiar with Crispell’s fractalized piano playing and the hash that this legendary avant-gardist makes of the conventional syntax of jazz. Crispell: Woodstock Concert (1995) The is actually a pretty tenable album name (a little staid, even) for a performer who rose to prominence accompanying Anthony Braxton, the experimental reed player/composer famous for his symbolic, non-ASCII song titles and his alternative notation systems.