AMN Reviews: Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida / Masami Akita [Merzbow] – Process and Reality (2016; Cuneiform Records)

Over the last 40 years, guitarist Richard Pinhas has left a varied trail of recordings, from the progressive rock of Heldon, to his early synth-laden solo efforts, to more recent experimental partnerships with Merzbow, Wolf EyesPeter FrohmaderPascal Comelade, and others. Cuneiform Records, which has released or re-released the majority of Pinhas’s catalog, will be putting out his two latest collaborations on September 16. Below, we discuss the first.


Here, Pinhas teams with drummer-extraordinaire Yoshida (from Ruins and Koenjihyakkei among many other outfits) and noise-maestro Merzbow. This is the fifth time Pinhas and Merzbow have worked together in the studio, and the second grouping of Pinhas with Yoshida, though this trio has toured extensively in Japan.

In short, this recording is a quartet of aggressive, spaced-out sessions. It would not surprise anyone familiar with Yoshida’s style to hear that he attempts to fill every moment with a percussive event of some type. In contrast to his overt hyper-intensiveness, Pinhas and Merzbow set forth atmospherics and texture. They weave walls of sound in which it can be hard to tell where one begins and the other leaves off, especially given Pinhas’s use of synth guitar, and well as Merzbow employing a slightly more restrained style than usual.

Consisting of four tracks, one short at about 3 minutes and the others ranging from 10 to 36, Process and Reality can, at times have a Krautrock feel. But these jams, if they can even be referred to as such, do not focus on long guitar solos, for instance. Pinhas instead provides short, disjointed themes and colorful clusters of notes.

Thematically, the album fits into Pinhas’s vision of dystopia – a dark industrial age. With 2016 being a year that has seen so much ugliness – politically, socially, economically – it is hard to fault the artist who reflects these factors in his music. However, despite the foreboding nature of this recording, Process and Reality is a highly enjoyable effort, and requires multiple listenings to pry apart the details.

Upcoming Events at the Vortex Jazz Club

The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vorte...

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

Sun 11 September 2016
Tomeka Reid
Excitement from the Chicago scene. Mike Reed, drums and TOMEKA REID on cello will now be joined by Alexander Hawkins (piano).
Time: 7 – 10PM

Mon 12 September 2016
Warriors International Presents: Freedom
Known for its wild, totally free evenings of challenging and up-lifting improvisations which have consistently united a cross cultural and cross generational posse of players, Freedom will continue to pursue…
Time: 8 – 10.45PM

Sun 18 September 2016
Time: 2 – 6PM

Rudresh Mahanthappa Fall Tours of U.S. and Europe

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Source: Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Friday, September 16, 8:30 p.m. at The Side Door, 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
Tickets: $35. Mahanthappa with Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Matt Mitchell (piano), Francois Moutin (bass), and Dan Weiss (drums).

Tuesday, October 4, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St., NYC
$25. For information call 212-576-2232 or visit Featuring Mahanthappa with Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Matt Mitchell (piano), Thomson Kneeland (bass), Rudy Royston (drums).

Thursday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. at Outpost, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque, NM
For information call 505-268-0044 or visit

Friday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. at MIM Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ
Tickets $33.50-$38.50. For information call 480-478-6000 or visit

Saturday, October 15, 8 p.m. Angel City Jazz Fest at LACC, Clausen Hall, 855 North Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Tickets $15-$25. For information visit

Sunday, October 16, 8 p.m. at Café Stritch, 374 1st St., San Jose, CA
For information call 408-280-6161 or visit

Monday, October 17, 7 p.m. at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, CA
Tickets $25. For information call 831-427-2227 or visit

Tuesday, October 18, 8 p.m. at Humboldt State University, Kate Buchanan Room, 1 Harpst St., Arcata, CA
Presented by Redwood Jazz Alliance. For information visit

Thursday, October 20, 7:30 p.m. at The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR
Tickets $20-$30. For information visit

Friday, October 21, 8 p.m. at the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave., Seattle, WA
Tickets $24, $22 members and seniors, $10 students and military. Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival. For information call 206-654-3100 or visit

Saturday, October 22, 7:30 p.m. at the Myrna Loy Center, 15 N. Ewing St., Helena, MT
For information call 406-443-0287 or visit

Sunday, October 23, 8 p.m. at Vieux Carre, Hamm Building, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, MN
Tickets $30-$35. For information call 612-332-5299 or visit

European Tour Dates:

All shows feature Mahanthappa with Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Joshua White (piano), Francois Moutin (bass), and Rudy Royston (drums).

Friday, November 4, 8:30 p.m. at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Saturday, November 5, 6 p.m. at So What’s Next Festival, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Saturday, November 5, 9 p.m. at Tivolivredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Monday, November 7, 7:30 p.m. at Stenhammarsalen, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Wednesday, November 9, 8 p.m. at Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo, Norway.

Thursday, November 10, 8 p.m. at Jazzclub Fasching, Stockholm, Sweden.

Saturday, November 12, 10 p.m. at Guimaraes Jazz Festival, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimaraes, Portugal.

Sunday, November 13, 10:30 a.m. at Café Latino, Ourense, Spain.

Monday, November 14, 8:30 p.m. at Voll-Damm El Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, Conservatori del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain.

Wednesday, November 16, 9 p.m. at Teatro Prinicipal, Puerto Real, Cadiz, Spain.

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. at Auditorio del Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain.

Friday, November 18, 9 p.m. at Teatro Lopez de Ayala, Badajoz, Spain.

Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette to Perform at New Haven’s Firehouse 12

Source: Firehouse 12.

Friday, September 23rd at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m.
Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette
Firehouse 12
45 Crown Street New Haven, CT

Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet); Bill Lowe (tuba, bass trombone); Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone); Nicole Mitchell (flute); Tomeka Reid (cello); Ken Filiano (bass); Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

On Friday, September 23rd, Firehouse 12 is pleased to welcome back cornetist and composer Taylor Ho Bynum and his group featuring Bill Lowe, Jim Hobbs, Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Ken Filiano, and Tomas Fujiwara as they celebrate the release of Bynum’s new album Enter the PlusTet on Firehouse 12 Records.

Critics have called Bynum “a young brass master and compelling composer” (Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix), “one of the most exciting figures in jazz’s new power generation” (Steve Dollar, Time Out Chicago), and “one of his generation’s top avant-garde figures” (Phillip Lutz, The New York Times). In City Arts, David Adler writes “Bynum is a quick-witted and virtuosic player, steeped in the flutters, growls and extended techniques associated with the late Bill Dixon, the tunefulness of Don Cherry and bluesy humor of Lester Bowie.”

Bynum is the leader and co-leader of a number of ensembles in addition to his sextet including his chamber ensemble SpiderMonkey Strings, “little” big band Positive Catastrophe, and collaborations with Tomas Fujiwara, The Thirteenth Assembly, Book of Three and many more. Bynum has a longstanding association with composer Anthony Braxton and has worked with other avant-garde figures like Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, and Wadada Leo Smith. Bynum is also a founding partner of Firehouse 12 Records, and is the executive director of Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation.

Chicago Scene: September 10-17, 2016

William Parker

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, September 10th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
The Instigation Orchestra with Djasporas : Jeff Albert, Helen Gillet, Anton Hatwich, Ben LaMar Gay, Damon Locks, Steve Marquette, Aurora Nealand, Avreeayl Ra, James Singleton, Paul Thibodeaux, Mars Williams, Marie Casimir, Meida McNeal, Felicia Holman, Jarrell Hamilton, Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, Onye Ozuzu, Cristal Sabbagh, Kantara Souffrant

Sunday, September 11th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Quartet for the End of Time
Andy Costello, Zachary Good, Myra Hinrichs, Kenji Sasaki

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
J@K@L : Keefe Jackson, Julian Kirshner, Fred Lonberg-Holm — Cassette release

Monday, September 12th 2016

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
William Parker

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, September 14th 2016

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Jim Baker Trio

Thursday, September 15th 2016

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Italy Meets Chicago, curated by Tomeka Reid
Mixed groupings with Ben LaMar Gay, Greg Ward, Tomeka Reid, Pasquale Mirra, Silvia Bolognesi, Cristiano Calcanigle

Saturday, September 17th 2016

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Before I Wake: Interactive Ritual Theater
Viktor le with special guests Renée Baker and the Chicago Modern Orchestra project, Adam Zanolini, Xris Copal and friends

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:,,,,,,,,,,,

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Convocation Hall, Toronto, 1974

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

King Crimson 2016: Radical Action 3 CD+ Set! Albert Ayler – Spirits Rejoice T-Shirts! Kris Davis Duos: Bill Frisell/Tim Berne/Julian Lage/Craig Taborn/Angelica Sanchez/Don Byron..! Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble! Henry Kaiser/Alan Licht Qt! Miroslav Vitous Tribute to Weather Report! Three from Aram Bajakian! Ben Wendel!

Elew: Eric Lewis/Reginald Veal/Jeff “Tain” Watts! Alvin Curran LP! Sam Shalabi & Alan Bishop LP! Plus Historic Recordings from: Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band! Third Ear Band & Roberto Musci! Wayne Kramer & Pink Fairies! Manuel Gottsching! MX-80 Sound & Mars! Plus a Big Nel Cline & Cryptogramophone CD Sale!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, September 11th:
6pm: CAMILO ANGELES – Flutist from Peru / CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Alto sax / BRANDON LOPEZ – Contrabass!

Sunday, September 18th: DMG Welcomes Two New Tenor Saxists to Town:
6pm: ABRAHAM MENNEN & DAN KURFIRST – Tenor Sax & Drums!
7pm: ALEC HARPER – Solo Tenor Sax!

Sunday, September 25th:
7pm: STEVE SWELL & DIDRIK INVALDSEN – Trombone & Trumpet Duo!

Sunday, October 2nd:

Sunday, October 9th:

‘Musical Monsters’, 1980 Concert By Cornet Player Don Cherry, Reviewed

English: Don Cherry Münster 1987

Source: New Hampshire Public Radio.

A 1980 concert recording by the late cornet player Don Cherry has just been released. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says by 1980, Cherry had led a couple of jazz lives as the brass-playing alter ego for saxophonist Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler and as an international pied piper, mixing it up with players everywhere from Scandinavia to Turkey. That 1980 concert surrounded him with colleagues from Denmark and Switzerland.