AMN Reviews: Devin Hoff – Baile As Baile (2012; Minus Zero)

Minus Zero is a new label started by Vijay Anderson, Ben Goldberg, and Dina Maccabee. All of the proceeds from album sales are donated to Planned Parenthood. This is a review in an ongoing series covering the label’s releases.

Bassist Devin Hoff, perhaps best known for stints with the Nels Cline Singers and Xiu Xiu, has been lending his skills as a sideman to many worthwhile projects. On this 25-minute EP, he focuses on solo contrabass. Overdubbing plucked rhythms with bowed leads, Hoff wends his way through several short pieces that combine folk and free improv. The first three tracks are part of a suite, Plains Song, and slowly build from the deliberately-paced opener to a chaotic finale. The remaining tracks feature strummed and bowed solos offering wistful yet ominous melodies with a Northern European feel. Hoff’s overdubbing on these pieces also provide texture under slowly spiraling leads, in fashion structurally (though not sonically) reminiscent of post-rock. Hoff manages to combine his technical chops with composition and improvisation skills in a manner that results in a richness that goes beyond your average solo bass album.  Highly recommended.

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AMN Picks of the Week: A Bunch of Minus Zero Releases

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.

Bernstein, Marcelo, Popejoy, and Podgurski – Propolis (2017)
Goldberg, Brown, and Anderson – The Reckoning (2017)
Bruckmann, Pluta, and Young – Live . Elastic . 10 . 20 . 16 (2017)
Moser, Dresser, Anderson, and Modirzadeh – For My Mother (2017)
Devin Hoff – Baile As Baile (2012)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

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Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Peter Brötzmann / Steve Swell / Paal Nilssen-Love – Live in Tel Aviv (Not Two, 2017) ****½

Ripsaw Catfish – Namazu (Raw Tonk Records, 2017) ****½

Mama Luma – S/t ( Krapp’s Tapes / Noise-Below, 2017 ) ****

Isabelle Duthoit / Franz Hautzinger – Lily (Relative Pitch, 2017) *****

Viv Corringham / Stephen Flinn / Miguel Frasconi ‎– Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (Creative Sources, 2017) ***½

Peeter Uuskyla / Tellef Øgrim / Anders Berg – Ullr (Simlas, 2017) ****

Mario Pavone – Vertical (Clean Feed, 2017) ****

Völga – Völga (Multikulti Project, 2017)

Szilárd Mezei, Marina Džukljev, Vasco Trilla – Still Now (If You Still) (FMR, 2017)

Ernesto Rodrigues, Yedo Gibson, Miguel Mira, Luis Lopes, Vasco Trilla – Nepenthes Hibrida (Creative Sources, 2017)

Harald Kimmig, Ernesto Rodrigues, Miguel Mira, Guilherme Rodrigues, Vasco Trilla – Blattwerk (Creative Sources, 2017)

Joy on Fire, California Accent, and the Lost Civilizations in DC August 21

Come join Joy on Fire, California Accent and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project at Dew Drop Inn DC! Although nobody will be turned away, donations to help cover the travel expenses of Joy on Fire would be greatly appreciated! The event starts at 8pm; Dew Drop Inn DC is located at 2801 8th St NE and it’s 21+.

What if the world’s greatest punk band featured lead saxophone instead of vocals? What if America’s most interesting jazz trio featured a heavy metal rhythm section? What if you danced so hard, you literally jumped out of your own skin? JOY ON FIRE answers these questions and more! Originally formed in Baltimore, MD in 2009, JOY ON FIRE has since played up and down the East Coast, including gigs at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lounge; SoWeBo Fest and Windup Space in Baltimore; The Purple Fiddle in West Virginia; and the The Pour House and Asheville Music Hall in North Carolina. Last May, the group hosted a month-long residency in NYC at SoHo’s The Cupping Room Cafe. Now based in New Jersey, JOY ON FIRE recently completed its second album of Led Zeppelin meets John Coltrane inspired “punk-jazz fuzz-rock,” entitled Fire with Fire.

Jon Harmon started writing the music that would become California Accent in 2012 following a move from Northern California to Washington DC. The debut album, Push!, is rambunctious and jubilant instrumental rock at it’s finest. Sun-soaked West Coast melodies coupled with explosive East Coast rhythms, weave through the urban landscape with a spontaneity that makes Push! a momentous listen all the way through. With Andrew Toy providing live support behind the drum kit, California Accent has shared the stage with some of DC’s most accomplished purveyors of math and experimental rock such as Show Pony, Kabob-o-taj, The Orchid, 3rd Grade Friends and Collider.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone sax) and T. A. Zook (omnibass/basscello). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Sam Lohman (drums) Larry Gomez (percussion), Patrick Whitehead (horns), Leah Gage (drums & electronics), Dominic Fragman (drums) and Emily Chimiak (violin). The project has been performing in the DMV region since 2008. Project co-founder Ted Zook is proud to be a Steinberger Artist. For this performance, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project will be joined by Jerry Busher; Heterodyne’s Maria Shesiuk on synth and vocalizations; Patrick Whitehead on quarter-tone flugelhorn and trumpet, and Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/211898472663228/

For more information: tedzook@hotmail.com

Upcoming Blank Forms Shows

English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010

Source: New York’s Blank Forms.

Prismatic Park: Shelley Hirsch
Book-Bark-Tree-Skin-Line: Workshop 2
Saturday, August 26th, 2017
1:30-3:00PM

Prismatic Park: Matana Roberts
September 5 – 10, 2017

Blank Forms First Annual Benefit Concert Honoring Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra
Tuesday, September 12th 2017
7PM

Philip Corner: 2 chords of the Rose+Cross by Satie…..as a revelation
Thursday, September 28th, 2017
8PM

Maryanne Amacher: Adjacencies
Friday, September 29th, 2017
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
8PM