Newsbits: Jungle / Yoni Kretzmer / William Parker / Marshall Allen / Battle Trance / Dreamland / Positively Underground

English: Marshall Allen

Jazz Right Now reviews the new Jungle release and the new Yoni Kretzmer release, and profiles William Parker.

Marshall Allen’s work with Cinema Soloriens is profiled.

The new album, Blade of Love, is out from sax quartet Battle Trance.

Dreamland, a Louisville venue for experimental music, is profiled.

The latest release from Positively Underground is reviewed.

Upcoming Detroit Shows

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002

Source: Detroit’s Trinosophes.

Sunday, Sept 4: Alex Harding hosts post-Jazz Festival jam session

Join us for a late-night, open jam-session following the Detroit Jazz Festival. Kicking off the proceedings is Alex Harding’s trio featuring the ubiquitous Djallo Djakate on drums and Jim Alfredson on organ. After their first set, the room will open up for other musicians to perform, including some TBA heavy-hitters from the festival.

Tuesday, Sept. 6: James Harrar’s Cinema Soloriens featuring Marshall Allen

Cinema Solariens is the multimedia project by filmmaker and musician James Harrar. He has been crafting densely lyrical film-poems since the late 1980s, exhibiting at such prestigious venues as the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Andy Warhol Museum and Yamaguchi Center for Art & Media. Harrar also plays tenor sax and various electronics. Harrar has performed with Daevid Allen (Gong, Soft Machine), Arthur Doyle, Anne La Berge, Chris Cutler & Geoff Leigh (Artaud Beats, Henry Cow), Michael Gibbons (Bardo Pond), Cathy Hayden, Giovanni Barcella, Eric Thielemans, Charles Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Majid & Art Jenkins (Sun Ra Arkestra) to name a few.


9/14: Leonard King Orchestra

9/17: Stirrup

10/15: Battle Trance, Ben Willis Bass Quartet

10/16: Frode Gjerstad Trio featuring Fred Lonberg-Holm

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Prognostic Circle – Origin/Topic of the Veil
Pig Shrapnel – Snouts, Lips & Assholes
Vomir / Chier – Vomir / Chier
Gamiani – Obsession
Various HNW Artists – A Vulgar Abstract
Ralph Koper – Ancient Pulsations
Dumbsaint ý – Panorama in ten pieces
James Saunders & Apartment House – Assigned #15

Wandelweiser Collective: The Composers of Quiet 

Source: The New Yorker.

Wandelweiser is the name of an informal network of twenty or so experimental-minded composers who share an interest in slow music, quiet music, spare music, fragile music. The word might be translated as “signpost of change” or “sage of change.” It brings to mind a vaguely Romantic image of solitary figures meandering along circuitous paths. The composers live in Switzerland, Germany, New York, and California, among other places, and are seldom all seen together. Most of them take inspiration from John Cage; they understand his legendary work “4′33″,” in which the performer remains silent, not as a conceptual conundrum but as a practical point of departure.

Steve Coleman Profiled

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Source: The New York Times.

Steve Coleman is the most important jazz musician that many fans have never heard of. He’s been the leader on 30 albums in the last three decades and the mentor to a dozen younger artists now making headlines, yet he’s remained an underground figure, content to burrow his own pathways. Lately, though, his profile’s been rising. In the last two years, he’s won a trifecta of arts prizes: a Guggenheim fellowship, a Doris Duke performing artist award and a MacArthur genius grant.

On Tuesday, to celebrate his 60th birthday, he begins a monthlong residency at the Stone, in Manhattan’s East Village, playing almost every night with his longstanding quintet, Five Elements. It’s a throwback to a much earlier era, when the likes of John Coltrane or Thelonious Monk took over the stage at clubs like the Five Spot or the Half Note for a month or more to work out their next new things.

Cornelia Street Cafe in September

English: Ingrid Laubrock with Anti-House (John...

Source: Cornelia Street Cafe.

Thursday, Sep 08 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Jerome Sabbagh, saxophones; Simon Jermyn, bass, effects; Allison Miller, drums, effects

Lean is the debut recording – and de facto band name – for a trio of tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh, electric bassist Simon Jermyn and drummer Allison Miller, who combine their formidable talents in a bristling set of original music. We hear their subtlety and breadth of them as players as well as distinct composers. Whether spontaneously creating, or drawing on and reinterpreting works from their own catalogues, Sabbagh, Jermyn and Miller arrive at a depth and beauty as a unit that defies easy categorization.

Sunday, Sep 11 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
Steven Bernstein, trumpet; Bryan Murray, saxophone; Dave Taylor, trombone; Terry McMannus , guitar; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Kevin Shea, drums

Mostly Other People Do the Killing returns to Cornelia St. to perform compositions by bassist/composer Moppa Elliott from their forthcoming release, “Library.” The music is fun, energetic, and densely packed, shifting between jazz, pop, rock, and other styles. MOPDtK and its members have appeared in numerous polls and have established themselves as one of the most exciting bands to see live on the scene today.

Friday, Sep 16 – 9:00PM
Tom Rainey, drums; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax

Tom Rainey’s current activities include performing and recording music with Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson as well as playing with many of the aforementioned artists.

Friday, Sep 16 – 10:30PM
Jacob Sacks, piano; Sean Conly, bass; Tom Rainey, drums

The True North project is Sean Conly’s take on the piano trio. The legacy of the piano trio is intertwined with the history of bass playing and the evolution of the instruments voice. This band plays new music designed to showcase the creativity of the improvisors in the ever changing trio medium.

Saturday, Sep 17 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Jacob Sacks, piano; Jacob Garchik, trombone; Ben Gerstein, trombone; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Dan Weiss, drums

The Jacob Sacks Quintet is an ensemble whose participants have worked closely together for over 18 years. Using exciting interplay, violent counterpoint, and creative interpretations of original music – the ensemble searches for the unpredictable and explores the unexpected.

Wednesday, Sep 21 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Dan Weiss, drums; Jacob Sacks, piano; Thomas Morgan, bass

With his trio, including Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, Weiss has released two recordings entitled, ”Now Yes When” (2006) and “Timshel” (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation.

Friday, Sep 23 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Luis Perdomo, piano; Matt Clohesy, bass; Dan Weiss, drums

Jon’s longstanding quartet, which (along with special guest Tom Harrell) recorded 2015’s Behind the Sky (Irabbagast Records), will have just finished a tour of Argentina when they hit the Cornelia stage. While in South America, the group’s next record was made, and the group will be performing brand new compositions from this upcoming release.

Sunday, Sep 25 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
Eri Yamamoto, piano; David Ambrosio, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums

Eri Yamamoto’s CD “Life” (AUM fidelity) is a generous new collection of unique songs, performed with her longstanding trio partners, bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi. As the album title suggests, the music portrays a wide range of her life experiences – from joyful to introspective, reflecting the vibrancy of New York City and exploring mysteries of nature and memory.

Tuesday, Sep 27 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax, comp.; Tim Berne, alto sax; Ben Gerstein, trombone; Dan Peck, tuba; Tom Rainey, drums

Ubatuba’s music inhabits a compositional and structured realm but with an ease and flow allowing the camaraderie of the band to come through. The music, composed by the leader can be playful and engaging. The sound draws you in slowly, until you find yourself unexpectedly in the middle of her musical imagination. It toys with notions of time and meter, often suggesting there is none, only to snap into rhythm in an instant. Texture is not just just flourish or color, but as a rhythmic tool, with dissonances adjusting ever so slightly beneath the surface.