AMN Picks of the Week: Andrew Drury / Kenosha Kid / Rudresh Mahanthappa / Bernhard Lang

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Rudresh Mahanthappa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Andrew Drury Quartet – Content Provider (2015)
Andrew Drury – The Drum (2015)
Kenosha Kid – Inside Voices (2014)
Rudresh Mahanthappa – Bird Calls (2015)
Bernhard Lang – Monadologie XII (2014)

Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

UELI FUYÛRU DERENDINGER / Tsuro no Sugomori (Percaso)
INDU / Juggernaut (Slam Productions)
RADIAN & HOWE GELB / Radian Verses Howe Gelb (Radian Releases)
BRYAN EUBANKS & JASON KAHN / Drums Saxophone Electronics (Intonema)
GENS CHRÉTIENS / Live / Live à l’Oeuf / Live à la Casa del Popolo (Cuchabata Records)

Upcoming Releases and Performances from Steve Swell

From Steve Swell:

Kende’s Dream: An Homage to Bela Bartok (Silkheart Records, 2015)
Steve Swell, leader, composer, trombone
Rob Brown, alto saxophone
Connie Crothers, piano
William Parker, bass
Chad Taylor, drums

Steve Swell Quintet (RogueArt, 2016)
Steve Swell, leader, composer, trombone
Jemeel Moondoc, alto saxophone
Dave Burrell, piano
William Parker, bass
Gerald Cleaver, drums

Steve Swell’s 60th Birthday Double CD (NotTwo Records, 2015)
Various live concerts from Chicago, NY, Portugal
with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Paul Flaherty, C. Spenser Yeh, Ken Vandermark, Guillermo Gregorio, Weasel Walter, Darius Jones (and more!)

Steve Swell Trio: Bearable Lightness of Being (CIMP, 2015)
Steve Swell, leader, composer, trombone
William Connell, Jr., alto saxophone
Reggie Nicholson, drums

Gebhard Ullmann’s Basement Research: Hat and Shoe (Between the Lines, 2015)
Julian Arguilles, baritone saxophone
Steve Swell, trombone
Pascal Niggenkemper, bass
Gerald Cleaver, dums

Rodrigo Amado Trio + Steve Swell
Teun Verbruggen, trios and duos with Steve Swell and Peter Jacqueman
Jason Hwang’s Sing House
Jemeel Moondoc Quintet

Just Released:
Dave Burrell/Steve Swell Duo: Turning Point (No Business)
Carlo Costa: Sediment (Neither Nor Recrods)

Upcoming Tours:
Peter Brotzmann, Paal Nilssen-Love, Steve Swell (Europe, Feb-March 2015)
Jason Hwang’s Sing House and Burning Bridge (January & April, U.S./Canada 2015)
Jemeel Moondoc (April, U.S.)
Gebhard Ullmann’s Basement Research (September, Europe 2015)
Guest Artist Albert Ayler Festival, Jacksonville, Florida (May 2015)
Steve Swell/Gebhard Ullmann/Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang (U.S., May 2015)
more in the works, as per usual

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

From London’s Vortex:

Sat 20 December 2014
ICP Orchestra
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
A very special opportunity to see the legendary Instant Composers Pool aka ICP Orchestra playing music from their new album East of the Sun; the first not to feature its co-founder, the now retired Misha Mengelberg.

Sun 21 December 2014
Mopomoso Christmas Bash
2:00pm – 5:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
It’s time for the annual extravaganza when Mopomoso celebrates all things improv by inviting as many musicians as we can manage to come together in different combinations in a series of short sets.

New Frequencies Fest in San Francisco

English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and...
English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Satoko Fujii (藤井郷子) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts:

Kick-off Party with Scott Amendola and Friends!
Wed, Feb 4, 9:00 PM
Scott Amendola, Photo: Lenny Gonzalez
We kick off New Frequencies Fest with a really killer offsite kickoff party at Duende.

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Henry Threadgill Double-Up
Thu, Feb 5, 8:00 PM
Henry Threadgill, Courtesy the artist
A tribute to Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris.

Double Bill: Satoko Fujii Duo / Rudy Royston’s 303
Fri, Feb 6, 8:00 PM
Photo: Ryo Natsuki
A double bill of two jazz ensembles.

Matana Roberts
Fri, Feb 6, 10:00 PM
Photo: Jason Fulford
A Chicago-born sound experimentalist.

Double Bill: Roger Kim’s Elliott Smith Hour / Karl Evangelista’s Grex
Sat, Feb 7, 3:00 PM
Grex, Photo: Lauren Miyake
Influences from classical chamber music, avant-garde jazz, and art-rock/post-jazz.

Jenny Scheinman
Sat, Feb 7, 4:00 PM
Photo: Joshua Black Wilkins
A newly penned cycle of 20 short violin pieces.

Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch: avantNOIR
Sat, Feb 7, 5:00 PM
Photo: Martin Phillips
The acclaimed experimental jazz quartet explores noir fiction.

Angélique Kidjo
Sat, Feb 7, 8:00 PM
Courtesy the artist
“the undisputed Queen of African Music” (Daily Telegraph)

Myra Melford, Joëlle Léandre & Nicole Mitchell Trio
Sat, Feb 7, 10:00 PM
Photo: Christophe Chaparnel
Bringing together a constellation of internationally renowned performers.

Festival Closing Night Party Featuring Ben Goldberg’s Orphic Machine
Sat, Feb 7, 11:00 PM
Photo: John Rudoff
The Closing Night Party with an all-star lineup.

William Parker and the Tone Motion Theatre at Roulette in January

From New York’s Roulette:

On Saturday, January 17, improvisor–composer–multi-instrumentalist William Parker will premiere a major new work at Roulette, Brooklyn. Presenting Part Five of his extended work Flower In A Stained Glass Window will be the Transformational Music Ensemble, a Philadelphia-based new music chamber group guided by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, who will interpret Parker’s score. This music will serve as both background and catalyst to the improvisations of the Spirit Catchers, an ensemble comprised of seven master improvising musicians. This total night of Tone Motion Theatre will also feature the choreography of Patricia Nicholson, and the voices of singers & actors who will perform words by William Parker with additional texts by Martin Luther King.

Parts One – Four of Flower In A Stained Glass Window were premiered as part of Ars Nova Workshop / New Paths Festival in Philadelphia on May 11-14, 2014. This entire long-form work is dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, and the presentation of Part Five, Yes I Dream of Freedom, will take place during the extended weekend that we as a country commemorate to Dr. King.

William Parker’s most recent release, Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012, an 8CD box set featuring various ensembles performing both new compositions and Parker repertoire, was noted as a “5-Star Masterpiece” in DownBeat and as the “#1 Archive Release of the Year” in The Wire. JazzTimes recognized it as “a magnificent document that captures one of jazz’s greatest, most prolific and most versatile bandleaders at the height of his powers, demonstrating a stunning range of creativity with a superb cast of musicians.” Presently in pre-production is a new 3CD set which focuses on William Parker’s through-composed work, and will see release on Centering Records/AUM Fidelity in 2015.

WILLIAM PARKER / The Tone Motion Theatre Project
Flower in A Stained Glass Window
Part Five Yes I Dream of Freedom

Yes I Dream of Freedom is the fifth part of William Parker’s extended work Flower In a Stained Glass Window, dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King.

“Imagine it is April 4. 1968. A dying Doctor King’s spirit leaves his body. On the way home it encounters Lakota medicine man Tasunke Witko who was rushing to the scene to bring him back to life through music, sounds and movement . Instead of reminiscing of the past they talk about how the revolution must come from within; that freedom cannot be handed out it is already inside of us.”

All compositions and words by William Parker
Additional text by Martin Luther King

Transformational Music Ensemble
Keir Neuringer: alto saxophone, musical director
Mike Watson: bass clarinet
Ryan Frazier: trumpet
Larry Toft: trombone
Veronica Jurkiewicz: violin/viola
Thomas Kraines: cello

Spirit Catchers
William Parker: strings
Hamid Drake: drums
Steve Swell: trombone
Marlon Jordan: trumpet
Joe McPhee: trumpet, saxophones
Daniel Carter: reeds. trumpet
Cooper-Moore: piano, banjo

Fay Victor
Kyoko Kitiamura
Ana Ïsma Viel

Choreography by Patricia Nicholson

Larry Roland as Martin Luther King
Ricardo ”Ricky” Matos as Tasunke Witko
Plus special guests and dancers TBA

Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 8:00pm
509 Atlantic Avenue (at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11217