AMN Reviews: The Soundbyte – Solitary IV (2017; Temple of Torturous Records)

If you told me that someone had tried to combine metal, progressive rock, post-rock, dark folk, ambient, and electroacoustics all with symphonic and avant-garde stylings, I would have been interested. Skeptical, but interested.

Enter The Soundbyte, a solo effort from composer and guitarist Trond Engum. Teaming up with Third and the Mortal bandmate and drummer Rune Hoemsnes, Engum leads this effort through seven tracks that all exhibit a gothic and foreboding tone, but are varied nonetheless.

Additional instrumentation, all from guest musicians, provide atmospheric layers to the album. Included are organ, ethereal female voices, electronics, horns, and cello. While deliberately paced, Engum eschews conventional song structures. The melodies are clearly set forth, but accompanied by unusual percussion, chanting, and effects. The riffing is heavy at times, but not in a speed-metal fashion.

As an example, the second track, Descending, opens with dark electronics, whispered voices, and processed organ and cello. All of this is accompanied by erratic drumming, before morphing into a tension-building prog-metal riff overlaid with mournful vocals. The track eventually evolves into a few seconds of walled noise, then fades.

Despite my initial doubt, The Soundbyte has largely succeeded in combining a diverse array of musical styles in a compelling and cohesive fashion. Solitary IV gets a solid thumbs-up, and it looks like I’ve got another back catalog to explore.

Cafe OTO in July

Eddie Prévost playing at Avanto Festival, Glor...

Source: Lonodn’s Cafe OTO.

Sunday 2 July 2017, 7.30pm
Lieven Martens Moana + Left Hand Cuts off the Right + R Elizabeth + the Cactus Band
£8 £6 Advance Free for Members

Monday 3 July 2017, 7.30pm
Eleonor Sandresky
£8 £6 Advance £4 Members

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 7.30pm
75 Dollar Bill + Sue Garner
£10 £8 Sold out £6 Sold out

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 7.30pm
Deep Trouble Trio (Sarah Gail Brand / Paul Rogers / Mark Sanders) + John Butcher (Solo)
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Thursday 6 July 2017, 7.30pm
Oto Project Space:
Black as Pitch! Presents Ritualtronics – Episode 1
£5 Door Only

Thursday 6 July 2017, 7.30pm
Paul Abbott + Ute Kanngiesser + Seymour Wright
£8 £6 Advance £4 Members

Sunday 9 July 2017, 7.30pm
Sholto Dobie + Billy Steiger – Solos &Amp; Duo
£6 £5 Advance Free for Members

Monday 10 July 2017, 7pm
John Cage’s Water Walk (1959)
Free Event

Tuesday 11 July 2017, 7.30pm
Stella Chiweshe + Abu DJ Set (Honest Jons)
£12 £10 Advance £8 Members

Wednesday 12 July 2017, 7.30pm
Eddie Prévost / No Moore / John Edwards (Trio) + Daniel Kordik / Ed Lucas (Duo)
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Thursday 13 July 2017, 7.30pm
Daniel O’sullivan – ‘Veld’ Album Launch + Paper Dollhouse + Neil Campbell
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Friday 14 July 2017, 7.30pm
Joanne Robertson (Solo) + the Monday Club (Band) + Kool Music (Band) + Max Brand (Solo)
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Saturday 15 July 2017, 3pm
Oto Project Space:
Infinity ≫< Sound
Free Event

Sunday 16 July 2017, 7.30pm
the Wire Salon: an Audience with Val Wilmer
£6 £5 Advance £4 Members

Monday 17 July 2017, 7.30pm
Confront Recordings &Amp; John Thurlow Present:
John Coltrane 50th Anniversary Memorial Concert with Paul Dunmall Sunship Quartet Featuring Special Guest Alan Skidmore + Julie Kjaer / Ståle Liavik Solberg / Mark Wastell Trio
£18 £16 Advance £14 Members

Tuesday 18 July 2017, 7.30pm
Stagger Lee Wonders
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Wednesday 19 July 2017, 7.30pm
Shepherds of Cats + Special Guest David Mclean + Vj Pietrushka
£8 £6 Advance Free for Members

Thursday 20 July 2017, 7.30pm
[Modern Ritual] Ii – Rhodri Davies + Laura Cannell + Pete Flood + Sarah Angliss &Amp; Caroline Radcliffe + Luke Turner &Amp; Jennifer Lucy Allan
£12 £10 Advance £8 Members

Friday 21 July 2017, 7.30pm
Duality:
Flora Yin-wong + Petit Singe + Hex
£8 £6 Advance £4 Members

Sunday 23 July 2017, 7.30pm
Still House Plants + Horse Whisperer + Cucina Povera
£8 £6 Advance £4 Members

Monday 24 July 2017, 7.30pm
Ilan Volkov’s Summer Binge
£8 £6 Advance £4 Members

27–30 July 2017
Pat Thomas – Four Day Residency

Monday 31 July 2017, 7.30pm
Dave Draper Birthday Concert

Steve Coleman Interview

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

If Barack Obama spoke in paragraphs, as was often said, then Steve Coleman speaks in philosophical treatises—long ones. “My middle name is Tangent,” the alto-saxophonist and MacArthur fellow said at one point in our conversation (which, here, has been heavily edited from more than an hour of dialogue). But it’s only because Coleman is full of ideas. His body of music, which now spans over 30 years, is elaborate, layered, and draws on a deep reservoir of influences, from human biology to Asian mysticism.

Even by his own standards, Coleman’s new album, Morphogenesis, is incredibly dense. It combines jazz improvisation (including members of his primary improvising ensemble) with written arrangements for chamber musicians, including violin and clarinet. We spoke to Coleman about his creative processes, the tension between readers and improvisers, and the role of the audience in developing music.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

The Necks – Unfold (Ideologic Organ, 2017) ****½

Sexmob – Cultural Capital (Rax Records, 2017) ****

Leap of Faith Orchestra – Helix (Evil Clown, 2017) ****

Thollem | Mazurek – Blind Curves and Box Canyons (Relative Pitch, 2017) ****

The Angelica Sanchez Trio – Float the Edge (Clean Feed, 2017) ****

Stephan Crump – Rhombal (Papillon Sounds, 2016) ****

Marginal Consort – Diplarios School, Athens, 4-23-2017

New Aum Fidelity Releases

William Parker

Source: Aum Fidelity.

WILLIAM PARKER QUARTETS….Meditation/Resurrection

Meditation / Resurrection is a double-album presenting a bounty of beautiful new William Parker compositions performed by two of his flagship ensembles, the Quartet -&- In Order To Survive.

It was recorded & mixed live during a one-day studio session in late 2016. With the tone of the pieces & performances reflecting our current moment, this is Parker & the groups’ follow-up release to 2013’s monumental Wood Flute Songs box set.

At the core of both groups is Parker’s foundational bass together with rhythm twin, drummer Hamid Drake. Their partnership–two decades deep now–is one of the great rhythm sections in recorded history. Alto saxophonist Rob Brown is likewise featured throughout. Brown is one of the all-time great improvisers on alto, and the springboard of Parker’s bands in which he has been perennially featured always brings out his best.

DAVID S. WARE TRIO….Live in New York, 2010

Live in New York, 2010 presents a tremendous one-night engagement by saxophone colossus David S. Ware and his latter day Trio in an intimate club setting – at Blue Note on October 4, 2010. This double-album features the complete night of music – one set per CD. Featuring his perennially steadfast musical partner William Parker on bass, and equally incomparable Warren Smith on drums, they were celebrating the recent release of the studio album, Onecept. Having played an electrifying set at Vision Festival in June, this extended night in October was the third and final magnificent time on which this trio convened.

Appearances at jazz clubs in New York were rare for Ware. The two hour+ sets, with repast in-between, allowed him and group to inhabit the space; afforded more time to stretch out and breathe with the music. As Ware was exclusively dealing with spontaneous forms during this period in his creative life, the six extended suites here were newly created on that night. None of these fantastic multi-track recordings have been previously released.

The Stone in July

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: New York’s Stone.

7/1 Saturday (ISRK)
8:30 pm
The Directors
Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax, flute) Billy Martin (drums) Ingrid Sertso (vocals, poetry) Karl Berger (piano, vibes) Ken Filiano (bass)

7/2 Sunday (NAB)
8:30 pm
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra
Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) Charlie Burnham (violin) Doug Wieselman (clarinet) Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax) Erik Lawrence (baritone sax) Matt Munisteri (guitar) Ben Allison (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums)

7/5 Wednesday (NM)
8:30 pm
DUO
Jen Shyu (vocals, small percussion, moon lute) Tyshawn Sorey (percussion)

7/6 Thursday
8:30 pm
SMIRK
Alan Bjorklund (trumpet, compositions) Jeremy Viner (tenor saxophone) Travis Reuter (guitar) Matt Mitchell (piano) Kim Cass (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drum set)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
BRIAN MARSELLA
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS JULY 7-8 AT 830
JULY 7—BRIAN MARSELLA PLAYS JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES: Brian Marsella (piano)
JULY 8—BRIAN MARSELLA TRIO PLAYS MASADA: Brian Marsella (piano) with bass and drums

7/7 Friday (XXAR)
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Peter Evans (trumpet) Tyshawn Sorey (piano/synthesizer) Tim Dahl (bass) Weasel Walter (drum set)

7/8 Saturday (XXJT)
8:30 pm
TYSHAWN SOREY BIRTHDAY DUO
John Zorn (alto sax) Tyshawn Sorey (drum set, percussion)

7/9 Sunday (NB)
8:30 pm
TYSHAWN SOREY SOLO
Tyshawn Sorey (drum set, percussion, piano, trombone, installation)
(In preparation for an upcoming recording)

7/10 Monday (SK)
8:30 pm
Burning Ghosts
Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet) Jake Vossler (guitars) Richard Giddens (bass) Aaron McLendon (drums)

7/11 Tuesday (DT)
8:30 pm
Ha-Yang Kim
Ha-Yang Kim (cello)

7/12 Wednesday (NM)
8:30 pm
Judith Berkson, Cleek Schrey, Ha-Yang Kim
Judith Berkson (voice) Cleek Schrey (fiddle) Ha-Yang Kim (cello)

7/13 Thursday (AR)
8:30 pm
Shayna Dunkelman & Ha-Yang Kim
Shayna Dunkelman (percussion) Ha-Yang Kim (cello)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
STEVE COLEMAN
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS JULY 14-15 AT 830
Steve Coleman (sax)

7/14 Friday (NBXX)
8:30 pm
Hahn Rowe, White Out, Ha-Yang Kim
Hahn Rowe (violin, guitar) Tom Surgal (percussion) Lin Culbertson (electronics) Ha-Yang Kim (cello)

7/15 Saturday (NBMC)
8:30 pm
Brian Chase, Zach Layton, Ha-Yang Kim
Brian Chase (drums) Zach Layton (laptop) Ha-Yang Kim (cello)

7/16 Sunday
8:30 pm
Miya Masaoka & Ha-Yang Kim
Miya Masaoka (koto, electronics) Ha-Yang Kim (cello)

7/18 Tuesday (HW)
8:30 pm
Kevin Norton’s Breakfast of Champignon(s)
Helen Yee (violin) Angelica Sanchez (piano) Noah Berman (electric guitar) Julia Simoniello (vocals, electric guitar) Steve LaSpina (bass) Kevin Norton (vibraphone, drums)

7/19 Wednesday (HW)
8:30 pm
Zinc Nine Psychedelic
Nick Didkovsky (guitar, laptop) Dave Ballou (trumpet, electronics) Kevin Norton (drums, vibraphone, percussion)

7/20 Thursday (AV)
8:30 pm
To be Continued: Carol Liebowitz, Claire de Brunner, Daniel Carter and Kevin Norton
Carol Liebowitz (piano) Claire de Brunner (bassoon) Daniel Carter (saxes, flute, trumpet) Kevin Norton (vibraphone, drums, percussion)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
VADIM NESELOVSKYI
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS JULY 21-22 AT 830
JULY 21—Vadim Neselovskyi plays John Zorn: Vadim Neselovskyi (piano)
JULY 22—Duos: Vadim Neselovskyi (piano) Sara Serpa (voice) Tammy Sheffer (voice) Dan Loomis (bass)

7/21 Friday (ISHM)
8:30 pm
Kevin Norton, Erik Friedlander and Peter Zummo
Kevin Norton (drums, vibraphone, percussion) Erik Friedlander (cello) Peter Zummo (trombone, electronics)

7/22 Saturday (ISHM)
8:30 pm
Love for Connie: A Concert for the Memory of Connie Crothers
Kevin Norton (drums, vibraphone) Ken Filiano (bass) Jim Pugliese (drums, percussion)
A tribute to Connie Crothers (1941–2016)

7/23 Sunday (DT)
8:30 pm
Kevin Norton with Kazzrie Jaxen and Steve LaSpina
Kevin Norton (drums) Kazzrie Jaxen (piano, voice) Steve LaSpina (bass)

7/25 Tuesday (AP)
8:30 pm
Matt Hollenberg Trio
Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Matt Buckley (drums) Nick Shellenberger (bass, keys)

THE STONE COMMISSIONS
WEDNESDAY JULY 26: OKKYUNG LEE
In collaboration with National Sawdust The Stone presents a series of World Premieres the last Wednesday of every month through 2017.
7pm at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. For details check https://nationalsawdust.org/event/jazz-stone-commissioning-series/
TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

7/26 Wednesday (HW)
8:30 pm
Cleric performs Masada Book 3: Book B’riah
Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Nick Shellenberger (voice, keys) Dan Kennedy (bass) Larry Kwartowitz (drums)

THE STONE AT RUSS AND DAUGHTERS CAFE!
THURSDAY JULY 27: MARTY EHRLICH
ONE SET AT 8PM—ADMISSION FREE!
The Stone is proud to present music at Russ and Daughters Cafe at 127 Orchard Street the last Thursday of every month! Drop by for smoked fish, pickles and great music!

7/27 Thursday (JD)
830 pm
Simulacrum
John Medeski (organ) Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Kenny Grohowski (drums)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
KEN VANDERMARK
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS JULY 28-29 AT 830
JULY 28—Ken Vandermark (reeds) Joe McPhee (reeds, brass)
JULY 29—Ken Vandermark (reeds) C. Spencer Yeh (violin, voice, electronics)

7/28 Friday (JTAP)
8:30 pm
Matt Hollenberg Trio
Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Matt Buckley (drums) Nick Shellenberger (bass, keys)

7/29 Saturday (SKXX)
8:30 pm
Cleric performs Retrocausal
Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Nick Shellenberger (voice, keys) Dan Kennedy (bass) Larry Kwartowitz (drums)

7/30 Sunday (AV)
8:30 pm
iNFiNiEN
Chrissie Loftus (keys, vocals) Jordan Berger (bass) Tom Cullen (drums) Matt Hollenberg (guitar)