Yoni Kretzmer Interview

From Jazz Right Now:

Before moving to NYC in 2010, Kretzmer was a key member of the growing Tel Aviv nu-music scene, leading numerous groups, curating concerts, and producing experimental music festivals. Since relocating to Brooklyn, Kretzmer has released four CDs as leader, all of them receiving glowing reviews. He currently leads three working bands with some of New York’s finest musicians. Kretzmer also actively runs the record label OutNow Recordings, with a catalog of over 20 cutting edge releases. Under the banner of his record label, Kretzmer produces and curates OutNow Music Nights: a contemporary, Williamsburg-based music series.

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Chris Potter Interview

English: Chris Potter playing with the Dave Bi...
Chris Potter

Burning Ambulance interviews Chris Potter:

Saxophonist Chris Potter‘s new album, Imaginary Cities, came out on ECM last week. It’s his second release for the label, following 2013’s The Sirens, and like that one, it’s a concept album of sorts. That’s where the similarities end, though. The Sirens was an acoustic quintet disc, comprised of discrete pieces all based on themes from Homer‘s The Odyssey. This time, he’s expanded his long-running group the Underground (guitarist Adam Rogers, keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Nate Smith), turning it into the Underground Orchestra with the addition of vibraphonist Steve Nelson, two bassists (Scott Colley on upright and Fima Ephron on electric), and a string quartet composed of Mark Feldman and Joyce Hammann on violins, Lois Martin on viola and David Eggar on cello.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Miles Davis Quintet – All of You – The Last Tour 1960 (Acrobat, 2014) *****
Luc Ex’ Assemblée – Luc Ex’ Assemblée (Red Note, 2014) ***½
Aram Bajakian and Julia Uleha – Dálava (sanasar, 2014) ****
Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra – Other Strange Worlds (Roaratorio, 2014) ***½
Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra – Sign of the Myth (Roaratorio, 2014) ****½
Other Strange Worlds is sold out at the source but is still available via discogs, for example.
Peter Kowald – Discography (Jazzwerkstatt, 2014) ****½
Cheryl Pyle, Max Ridgway & Randall Colbourne – Modern Art (2014) ****
Nate Wooley and Ken Vandermark – East by Northwest (Audiographic, 2014) *****

The Limits of a Mouth: Nate Wooley in NY Reviewed

From NYTimes.com:

Nate Wooley’s new work “For Kenneth Gaburo” is a setting of a sentence by Mr. Gaburo (1926-93), a searching composer, conductor, pianist and language theorist. But its presentation of the words is extreme, to say the least.

Abstractions of text in music aren’t new. Listening to the premiere of “For Kenneth Gaburo” on Monday evening at the Wild Project in the East Village, I thought of Morton Feldman’s glacial “Three Voices” (1982), in which long passages repeat and deconstruct, to the point of wordlessness, the opening of Frank O’Hara’s poem “wind”: “Who’d have thought/that snow falls.”

Rudresh Mahanthappa Interview and Profile

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Rudresh Mahanthappa 

From DownBeat:

Rudresh Mahanthappa wasn’t interested in hearing Blue. I had offered to play some of the controversial note-for-note reconstruction of Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue by the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, but the alto saxophonist declined. Repeating jazz history has never interested him much. Mahanthappa, 43, prefers taking jazz to new places, whether on his dozen or so acclaimed, wide-ranging albums as a leader, or in collaboration with artists such as Vijay Iyer, Bunky Green, Danilo Pérez, Jack DeJohnette and Rez Abbasi.