AMN Reviews: TOC & The Compulsive Brass – Air Bump (2016; Circum-Disc)

 

TOC is Jérémie Ternoy on Fender Rhodes, Ivann Cruz on guitar, and Peter Orins on drums. They describe themselves as “free hypnotic pop punk, post-rock, jazz-core.” Here, they team with four brass players to form a septet that claims to be influenced by New Orleans jazz, but instead provide their own outside take on that genre.

Over four tracks, the group moves from slow drones with extended techniques, to pulsing uptempo explosions and wailing melodic motifs over driving rhythms. The horns sweep in and out making punctuated statements in interlocking patterns with the guitar. But for the most part, Air Bump is a set of loosely-organized improvisations. All of this leads to a blow-out at the end of the last track that puts an exclamation point on the recording.

Angular and free in every sense of the word, TOC & The Compulsive Brass provide a unique, unfamiliar, and welcome take on modern jazz. Highly recommended.

Chicago Scene: November 20-26, 2016

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002

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

Sunday, November 20th 2016

3:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS (Free)
Voices Heard : Black Women in Creative Music
Shanta Nurullah, Dee Alexander — performance, interviews, screening

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Jennifer Woodrum with Adam Marks — music by Roshanne Etezady, Jimmy Giuffre, Anna Clyne, Marc Mellits, Evan Ziporyn, Steve Reich

Monday, November 21st 2016

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

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society, with Lisa Alvarado, Mikel Avery, Ben LaMar Gay, Jason Stein, special guest Hamid Drake
Joshua Abrams, Hamid Drake, Edward Wilkerson, Josh Berman

Saturday, November 26th 2016

6:00PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Mirrored Series
J@K@L Julian Kirshner, Keefe Jackson, Fred Lonberg-Holm

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

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vorte...

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

SAT 19 NOVEMBER 2016
EVE RISSER + BRUNO HEINEN WITH THE CAMERATA ALMA VIVA + PHIL ROBSON ORGAN TRIO
Exciting French pianist + a premier guitar/organ/drums trio + Bruno Heinen’s Vivaldi-inspired concerto for piano and strings
Time: 8 – 11PM

SUN 20 NOVEMBER 2016
EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
MOPOMOSO @ 25
Mopomoso presenting the finest in free improvisation since 1991 Yoko Arai (piano) / John Russell (guitar) duo + Mark Wastell Quintet – Mark Wastell (cello) / Olie Brice (bass) /…
Time: 2.30 – 5PM

TUE 22 NOVEMBER 2016
EVAN PARKER WITH JOHN EDWARDS, MARK SANDERS
Our monthly concert with iconic improviser Evan Parker continues this month with his long-standing musical partners John Edwards (bass), Mark Sanders (Drums). Expect empathy, energy and emotion.
Time: 8 – 11PM

Second Inversion Reviews

Kronos Quartet performing in Warsaw, Poland in...

Source: Second Inversion.

Kronos Quartet and Aleksandra Vrebalov: The Sea Ranch Songs
Olga Bell: Altai Krai (New Amsterdam Records)
Sam Sadigursky: The Dream Keeper / text by Langston Hughes (New Amsterdam Records)
Andrea Mazzariello: Symmetry and Sharing (Unreleased recording shared by the composer and performers)
Ed Carlsen: Cage (Moderna Records)
Olafur Arnalds’ Island Songs
William Brittelle: High Done Know Why To (New Amsterdam Records)
Timothy Johnson: debussy in abstract (self-released)
Poppy Nogood: Music for Mourning: V. it’s cloudy outside (Preserved Sound)

New Music Detroit Plans Adventurous Show for Sunday

Source: Metro Times.

This Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., MOCAD is putting on a wonderful program with New Music Detroit and special guest YAK. This is not the kind of music that gets enough attention in Detroit, or almost anywhere, come to think of it. Founded in 2006, New Music Detroit is dedicated to performing “groundbreaking musical works from the late-20th century to the present day.” They’re a highly flexible ensemble with a cast of core members and prominent guest artists, who are into playing new and adventurous classical music in a wide variety of settings, for as wide an audience as possible. And YAK is an avant-garde duo comprised of local musicians Yuri Popowycz and Zac Brunell.