The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Joe McPhee, moers festival 2010

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Danny Kamins / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder / Joe Hertenstein — After Effects (FMR Records, 2017) ****½

Joe McPhee / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder – Six Situations (Not Two, 2017) *****

Alvin Fielder / Damon Smith Duo—Song for Chico (Balance Point Acoustics, 2016) ****

MOVE – Hyvinkää (uniSono, 2017) ****

Chamber 4 – City of Light (Clean Feed, 2017) ****½

Marcelo dos Reis & Eve Risser – Timeless (JACC Records, 2017) ****

Seattle Scene: September 21-30, 2017

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Evan Smith
Thu. Sep. 21, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Seattle saxophonist Evan Smith specializes in contemporary-classical music that bridges the divide between composition and improvisation and explores the flexible sonic palette of the saxophone. For this program, he presents Yusef Lateef’s Sonata for Saxophone Quartet and Saxophone Sagacity, + quartet and sextet works of Julius Hemphill and Nat Evans.

S. Eric Scribner: Music from Tond
Fri. Sep. 22, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

As part of the setting in his series of four fantasy novels set in the world of “Tond”, writer and composer S. Eric Scribner describes the music of the Fyorian, Sherványa, and Karjan peoples. Some of that music can actually be played. Modal or microtonal, and often strongly rhythmic, it is music based on traditions everywhere but with a sense of strangeness from an invented world.

Sahba Sizdahkhani + Ivan Arteaga
Sat. Sep. 23, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Inspired by 1960’s free-jazz and Persian traditional music, Iranian multi-instrumentalist Sahba Sizdahkhani plays 104-string santour and percussion, channeling slow, long-form compositions based on the ancient spiritual ceremony of Sama, a ritual used by Persian Sufi Dervishes to achieve a spiritual trance state. Saxophonist Ivan Arteaga performs a new solo for alto saxophone, body & space entitled Stings & Pulleys with choreographer Allison Burk.

THU. 9/28 – Patchwerks presents Hans Joachim Roedelius + Xambuca + Hair & Space Museum

FRI. 9/29 – Vera Project presents Love Theme + Sun Pack

SAT. 9/30 – Radiosonde is the Tom Baker Quartet + dancers

Texas label Astral Spirits Profiled Ahead of Chicago Appearance

Source: Bleader.

Cassette tapes don’t figure into this narrative, but they’re enjoying a revival among underground microlabels—and Astral Spirits, operated by Texan musician Nathan Cross, releases short runs of new jazz and improvised music on tape. In summer 2016, the label threw a weekend-long festival at the Hungry Brain, and this Thursday it comes to Constellation to celebrate two more tapes by a pair of Chicago-based ensembles. One is an eponymous blast of free-form noise by guitarists Mark Shippy and Daniel Wyche and drummer Ben Billington; the other, entitled Contra/Fact, is a wide-ranging blend of spiritual jazz and electronic grooves by veteran bassist Matthew Lux and his Communication Arts Quartet.

Adam Rudolph Interview

Adam Rudolph and Moving Pictures in 2006.

Source: Exposé Online.

With a recorded career stretching back to the early 70s and including many luminaries, Adam Rudolph surely qualifies as one of the most prominent percussionists in jazz. He was at the forefront of fusing African sounds into Western forms, and he’s led many innovative and creative ensembles. He has also developed a concept of rhythm that is a synthesis of many styles from around the world and written about it in the book Pure Rhythm.

Cortex US Tour

Cortex heads out on a US tour in October 2017 with ten scheduled performances. This is Cortex fourth tour in the US and will present their latest record ‘Avant- Garde Party Music’ for American audiences.

Cortex is a spirited combo that plays energetic jazz of the finest brand. With over two hundred live-performances and four albums, the quartet positions itself as one of the strongest additions to the European jazz scene. The members are amongst the most sought after young jazz performers in Norway today. They all have marked their position in several other constellations such as Bushman’s Revenge, Puma, PNL Large Unit, Susanne Sundfør, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Friends & Neighbors, Honest John, and Moon Relay.

10/03/2017 Tambourine Lounge, Sturgeon Bay (WI)
10/04/2017 Constellation, Chicago (IL)
10/05/2017 Bop Stop, Cleveland (OH)
10/06/2017 Trinosophes, Detroit (MI)
10/08/2017 October Revolution Festival, Philadelphia (PA)
10/10/2017 Nu Blu, New York City (NY)
10/11/2017 Neptunes Parlour, Raleigh (NC)
10/12/2017 If Art Gallery, Columbia (SC)
10/13/2017 Petras Bar, Charlotte (NC)
10/15/2017 TBA, Orlando (FL)

Jeremiah Cymerman Interview

Source: Jazz Right Now.

Clarinetist, improviser, and sound artist Jeremiah Cymerman has emerged over the past decade as a key figure on the improvised music scene in New York City. In his work, he displays an interest in improvisation, electronic manipulation and production, and a variety of compositional approaches to solo and ensemble work. He has worked closely with John Zorn, Toby Driver, Mario Diaz de Leon, Brian Chase, Christopher Hoffman, Evan Parker, Nate Wooley, Joshua Rubin, Anthony Coleman, Matthew Welch, and others. His records have been released by Tzadik as well as his own label, 5049 Records, among others. His podcast series of interviews with fellow musicians has illuminated the work of nearly one-hundred of his contemporaries and forms a major contribution to the music archive of improvised music in New York and beyond.

Upcoming Sound It Out Concerts in NY


Source: Sound It Out!

Friday, September 22, 7:30 p.m. – Double-bill season kickoff!
Cooper-Moore & Mara Rosenbloom
Cooper-Moore, piano; Mara Rosenbloom, piano; Nioka Workman, cello; Michael Wimberly, drums

Thursday, September 28, 8:00 p.m. – All-star quartet!
Jeff Davis’s Holyoke
Jeff Davis, drums/compositions; Tony Malaby, saxophone; Russ Lossing, piano Eivind Opsvik, double-bass

October 6: Stephan Crump’s Rhombal w/ Adam O’Farrill, Ellery Eskelin & Kassa Overall
October 9: Ethan Iverson & Orrin Evans play Monk!
November 10: Ricardo Grilli
November 11: Double-bill – Marc Hannaford Trio + Satoshi Takeishi, etc
December 14: Mike Baggetta & Anders Nilsson with Jerome Harris & Satoshi Takeishi