Newsbits: Eighth Blackbird / Patrick Castillo / SF Contemporary Music Players / Mopomoso 4CD Box / Jonathan Rowden Video

The Eighth Blackbird ensemble in NY is reviewed.

Patrick Castillo’s new release on Innova Recordings is reviewed.

Another live review, of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, has been posted.

A new 4CD boxed set featuring live music from Evan Parker / John Russell / John Edwards, Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy & Kay Grant / Alex Ward is coming out soon.

Finally, enjoy this live video of Jonathan Rowden’s WYR TERRANIGMA:

New Frank Zappa Documentary

Sheik Yerbouti

Source: Rolling Stone.

Enter Eat That Question, a French-German doc on the late, great musician that tells Zappa‘s story solely through, to quote the subtitle, “his own words.” Judging from the fan-filled crowd at its Sundance Film Festival premiere last night, a good deal of the audience didn’t need a primer on his nearly 30 years of pop-music pranksterism, or much prompting to whoop appreciatively when a clip of the mondo mustachioed singer crooning “Bobby Brown (Goes Down)” from Sheik Yerbouti came on. (Which was a slow-dancing hit in Norwegian discos!) They simply wanted Frank, uncut if not live. And thanks to director Thorsten Schutte’s deep-dive compilation of rare European TV appearances, interviews, network news reports, bootleg snippets and philosophical soundbites, they got 90 minutes of prime all-Frank, all-the-time freak outs.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Mats Gustafsson, moers festival

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Staffan Harde – Staffan Harde (Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2015) ****½
Mats Gustafsson – Piano Mating (X-Ray Records, 2015) ****½
New Old Luten Quintet – Tumult! (Euphorium, 2015) ****
Transmit – Radiation (MonotypeRec, 2015) ****
Natalie Sandtorv – Pieces of Solitude (Va Fongool, 2015) ****
Adam Gołębiewski- Pool North (Latarnia, 2015) ***½
Ido Bukelman – The Drought Bell (Kadima Collective, 2015) ***½*
Philip Zoubek – Air (WhyPlayJazz, 2015) ***
Scott Clark 4tet – Bury My Heart (Clean Feed, 2015) *****
Abdelhaï Bennani, Burton Greene, Chris Henderson, Alan Silva – Free Form Improvisation Ensemble 2013 (Improvising Beings, 2015) ***½
Simon Rose & Stefan Schultze – The Ten Thousand Things (Red Toucan, 2015) ****½
Zarabatana – Fogo na Carne (A Giant Fern, 2015) ****
Boris Hauf – Next Delusion (shameless, 2015) ****

AMN Picks of the Week: Lexer and Noble / Parker and Wright / Akpatok / Rudd, Saft, Dunn, Pandi

Roswell Rudd at Jazzfestival Frankfurt

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.

Sebastian Lexer / Steve Noble – Muddy Ditch (2016)
Evan Parker / Seymour Wright – Tie the Stone to the Wheel (2016)
Akpatok – Two Winters, Two Springs (2015)
Roswell Rudd / Jamie Saft / Trevor Dunn / Balazs Pandi – Strength & Power (2016)

Darius Jones Residency at the Stone in February

Source: Darius Jones, who will be performing over the course of several day at New York’s Stone.


2/16 Tuesday
8 pm
Cosmic Lieder
Darius Jones (alto sax) Matthew Shipp (piano)

10 pm
Darius Jones (alto sax) Ben Gerstein (trombone) Jason Stein (bass clarinet) Trevor Dunn (bass) Ryan Sawyer (drums)
Features long-time NYC compatriots and a great bass clarinetist visiting from Chicago.

2/17 Wednesday
8 pm
D’ Troy·t Alchemy 1
Darius Jones (alto sax) Marty McCavitt (electronics) HPrizm (electronics) Chad Taylor (drums)
One of two distinct previews of the next project-in-development in Jones’ Man’ish Boy epic.

10 pm
Grass Roots
Darius Jones (alto sax) Alex Harding (bari sax) Sean Conly (bass) Chad Taylor (drums)

2/18 Thursday
8 pm
Big Gurl Trio
Darius Jones (alto sax) Adam Lane (bass) Jason Nazary (drums)

10 pm
D’ Troy·t Alchemy 2
Darius Jones (alto sax) Amanda Khiri (voice) Adam Lane (bass) Jason Nazary (drums) Marty McCavitt (electronics)
Second of two distinct previews of the next project-in-development in Jones’ Man’ish Boy epic.

2/19 Friday
8 pm
Book of Mæ’bul
Darius Jones (alto sax) Matt Mitchell (piano) Sean Conly (bass) Nasheet Waits (drums)

10 pm
Le Bebe de Brigitte
Darius Jones (alto sax) Emilie Lesbros (voice) Matt Mitchell (piano) Sean Conly (bass) Nasheet Waits (drums)

2/20 Saturday
8 and 10 pm – each set $20
Shades of Black
Darius Jones (alto sax) Cooper-Moore (organ) Sam Newsome (soprano sax) Chad Taylor (drums)
Yet another highly promising new project in development. Two sets! A welcome new chapter of Jones working together with musical treasure Cooper-Moore.

2/21 Sunday
8 pm – $20
The Oversoul Manual feat. Elizabeth-Caroline Unit
Amirtha Kidambi (voice) Kristin Slipp (voice) Jean Carla Rodea (voice) Sarah Martin (voice)

10 pm
Darius Jones (alto sax) Travis Laplante (tenor sax)
An exceedingly rare duo performance from the profound breaths of Little Women, creators of the staggering Throat and Lung.

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at the Jazz Gallery This Week, New Release Coming

Infernal Machines

Source: The Jazz Gallery.

Brooklyn-based composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue and his innovative 18-piece bigband Secret Society will head into the recording studio the first week of February to record their third album, Real Enemies, out this fall on New Amsterdam Records. The work follows their Grammy-nominated and widely praised albums Infernal Machines (2009) and Brooklyn Babylon (2013).

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society will preview selections from the album during four special performances on January 29th & 30th as part of The Jazz Gallery’s 20th Anniversary Concert Series in New York City. The set will also feature other recent and unrecorded works.

Fri. January 29th, 2016/ 7.30pm + 9.30pm
Sat. January 30th, 2016/ 7.30pm + 9.30pmeach set: $30/$20 members; limited cabaret seating: $40/$30 members

Dave Pietro
Sharel Cassity
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

Nathan Eklund
David Smith
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Ingrid Jensen

Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drums

Darcy James Argue, composer/conductor