Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Marty Ehrlich
Marty Ehrlich (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Source: The New York Times.

The Bad Plus (through Sunday) An acoustic piano trio with a collectivist heart, the Bad Plus holds fast to the idea of a group identity, essential and inviolable. In 2015 the band released an excellent album with a respectful interloper, the saxophonist Joshua Redman, but for this annual booking, the lineup will strictly feature core members: the pianist Ethan Iverson, the bassist Reid Anderson and the drummer Dave King. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com; some shows are sold out. (Nate Chinen)

John Hébert’s Rambling Confessions (Tuesday) On “Rambling Confessions,” Mr. Hébert, a deeply intuitive bassist, puts his open-ended spin on the jazz-vocal tradition. His intrepid partners, here as on that album, are the vocalist Jen Shyu, the pianist Andy Milne and the drummer Billy Drummond. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com. (Chinen)

John Zorn Improv Night (through Sunday) Anything goes, musically speaking, at a John Zorn improv party, which can feature any number of intrepid and open-minded musicians. This edition — as always, a benefit for Mr. Zorn’s nonprofit performance space, the Stone — will feature inspired collaborators like the cellist Okkyung Lee, the pianist Craig Taborn and the trombonist George Lewis. (Check the schedule for details.) At 8 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Matt Mitchell Quartet (Wednesday) The pianist and composer Matt Mitchell, who has had a hand in some of the most thrilling new jazz of the last several years, made a grand statement with “Vista Accumulation,” a double album of his intensely plotted original music. He revisits that material here with the same instinctively alert musicians: Chris Speed on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Chris Tordini on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com. (Chinen)

Jason Robinson’s Janus Ensemble (Monday) On the recent album “Tiresian Symmetry,” Mr. Robinson, a saxophonist and composer drawn to mythological antiquity, led his Janus Ensemble over an intriguingly shifting landscape. He’ll do something similar here, with an adventurous crew grounded by two drummers, George Schuller and Ches Smith, and also featuring Oscar Noriega and Marty Ehrlich on reeds, Bill Lowe and Michael Dessen on trombones, Drew Gress on bass and Liberty Ellman on guitar. At 8:15 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com. (Chinen)

Jacob Sacks Quintet (Saturday) The pianist Jacob Sacks is what you might call an inner-workings musician, drawn to the subtler, deeper mechanics of harmony and form. He has often worked in small-group settings with the excellent drummer Dan Weiss, who anchors this quintet alongside Michael Formanek on bass. In the front line are two smartly garrulous tenor saxophonists, Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

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Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

Bargemusic (Friday through Monday) This floating concert hall once again throws open its doors to Here and Now, an eclectic festival of contemporary music that typically offers virtuosity on out-of-the-mainstream instruments in a convivial setting. Among the stars of this year’s program, which is repeated across four days, are a shamisen (a Japanese type of lute), a solo viola and trombones; the composers are Yoko Sato, Elizabeth Adams, Joel Friedman, Frederic Rzewski, Martin Scherzinger, Scott Wheeler and Daniel Schnyder. Friday, Saturday and Monday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 4 p.m., Fulton Ferry Landing, next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, 800-838-3006, bargemusic.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Counter)induction (Sunday) The clarinetist Benjamin Fingland will perform works by Delia Derbyshire, a British composer of electronic music who was a pioneering member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and known for her arrangement of the “Doctor Who” theme. The program also features music for clarinet and electronics by Mario Davidovsky, João Oliveira and Jessica Meyer. At 7 p.m., Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street, second floor, Lower East Side, counterinduction.com. (Schweitzer)

‘The Light Within’ (Wednesday) This program, named for John Luther Adams, is the kind of multidisciplinary evening one hopes for from National Sawdust, blending the visual arts with new music. Huang Ruo is paired with the painter Rebecca Allan, and Reena Esmail’s “Perhaps” for solo cello comes with a film by Heather McCalden. There’s also Jacob TV’s “Grab It!” for boombox and guitar, plus a saxophone quartet. At 7 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, 646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org. (Allen)

Coming to Philadelphia

Source: Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop.

Thursday, January 7, 2016 – 8:00pm
TOMEKA REID QUARTET
with Tomeka Reid, cello; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jason Roebke, bass; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia debut of the Tomeka Reid Quartet, touring in support of its eponymous debut, released in September 2015 on Thirsty Ear.

For the past decade and a half, Chicago cello phenom Tomeka Reid’s combination of timbral finesse and fleet instincts has made her thego-to special ops for disparate creative musical forces in her adopted hometown, from the AACM to Oprah’s favorite rapper Common to the Joan of Arc cabal. Reid’s reputation is so indelibly linked to the Windy City avant-garde that she was first-call to provide the score for last year’s Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists documentary on the post-war cult “lowbrow” art collective. On her long-awaited debut as band leader, Reid’s compositions function as elegant matrices for her cohorts to untangle and then further complicate into new ornate forms. Ben Ratliff lauds Reid as “a maker of music that’s serious and spiny but also humanistic, songlike, down-to-earth.”

Reid’s quartet is comprised of indispensable post-recession avant-jazz figures: guitarist Mary Halvorson, whose prickly panoramic glitches of Whammy and Webern have made her ubiquitous presence in the New York improvised community since the early oughts; drummer Tomas Fujiwara, a collaborator of Braxton, Ho Bynum, and Matana Roberts who “works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting” (Nate Chinen, NY Times); and Chicago bassist Jason Roebke, whose approach Peter Margasak of the Chicago Reader favorably compared to “a carefully orchestrated rummage through a hardware store.”

Friday, January 15, 2016 – 8:00pm
NELS CLINE / LARRY OCHS / GERALD CLEAVER TIO
wit Nels Cline, el. guitar; Larry Ochs, saxophone; and Gerald Cleaver, drums

NICK MAZZARELLA TRIO
with Nick Mazzarella, alto saxophone; Anton Hatwich, bass; and Frank Rosaly, drums

Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$15 General Admission

Vital Weekly Reviews 1013

Source: Vital Weekly.

Dikeman/Parker/Drake – Live at LA Resistenza (Cd by El Negotico Records)
Schroeder/Campello/Godoy – Barely Cool (Cd by Pfmentum)
Splashgirl – Hibernation (Cd by Hubro Music)
Geir Sundstol – Fur U Lund (Cd by Hubro Music)
Mindvoid – Thundernoisespell (Cd by Frozen Light) *
Sad Parade – Tapes Analogue (Cd by Frozen Light) *
Arsenne & Cisak & Oleksinski (Cd by Frozen Light) *
Astrowind – Semikarakory (Cd by Frozen Light) *
Astrowind – Kedr (Cd by Frozen Light) *
Low Cave Sounds – Voices in the Ground (2cd by Frozen Light) *
Moloch – Abstrakter Wald (Cd by Frozen Light) *
Old Man of the Desert – Untitled Compilation (Cdr by Frozen Light) *
Marc Barreca – Tape Recordings 1977-1983 (Lp by Vinyl on Demand)
K. leimer – – Tape Recordings 1977-1980 (Lp by Vinyl on Demand)
Toy Bizarre – Kdi Dctb 180 (10″ by Substantia Innominata)
Highway Issue 2 (Book by Ademas)
Writing Around Sound (Magazine by the Auricle)

AMN Picks of the Week: Laplante, Evans / Henry Threadgill / Kamasi Washington / Steve Coleman

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

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.

Travis Laplante / Peter Evans – Secret Meeting (2015)
Henry Threadgill / Zooid – In for a Penny, In for a Pound (2015)
Kamasi Washington – The Epic (2015)
Steve Coleman / The Council of Balance – Synovial Joints (2015)