2017 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part III

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2017 lists from around the web and provide links here.

Sure, we haven’t reached the end of the year yet, but some intrepid individuals just cannot be held back. The AMN Best of 2017 is coming in early January. Stay tuned…

A Closer Listen’s top 10 experimental releases and top ten drone releases.

The Kaplan Herald’s better of 2017.

Bandcamp’s Best Jazz of 2017.

Previous lists:

Part I
Part II

Luke Stewart DC Residency Starts Tonight

Source: Rhizome DC.

Tuesday December 19 – Saturday December 23rd, 8pm each night
Suggested donation is $10 per show (all proceeds go to the artists)

LUKE STEWART (DC) has emerged as one of the most exciting young bassists on the improvised music scene on the east coast. Based in Washington, DC, he plays regularly in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, and has toured in Europe. He has gained considerable exposure playing with the James Brandon Lewis Trio and he also leads or co-leads his own projects including Ancestral Duo with Jamal Moore and Heart of the Ghost with Ian McColm and Jarrett Gilgore. As a solo artist, he has composed a series of improvisational structures for upright bass and amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore new sounds. He has also been integral to the literary jazz group Heroes Are Gang Leaders.

Starting December 19th Rhizome will be hosting a 5-night musical residency featuring Luke and a rotating assortment of collaborators…a culmination of many years of activity among the greater community of artists, coming together in a completely organic way…

Tuesday, December 19 – Baltimore/DC Collective Ensemble
Dave Ballou – Trumpet
John Dierker – Saxophone
Luke Stewart – Bass
Mike Kuhl – Drums

Wednesday, December 20 –
Luke Stewart, solo
Upright Bass
Electric Bass

Thursday, December 21 – Dance Duo
Patricia Nicholson Parker – Dance
Luke Stewart – Bass

Friday, December 22 – “Let’s see what happens”
Open improvisation

Saturday, December 23 – Bass/Cello Duo
Janel Leppin – Cello
Luke Stewart – Bass

5049 Records Podcast Episode 142 – Chris Forsyth 

Source: 5049 Records.

Chris Forsyth is a Philly based, Jersey born guitarist of enormous range and creativity. He cut his teeth in New York City, working with improvisers like Nate Wooley, Daniel Carter, Loren Connors and Mike Pride, as well as his long running band Peeesseye. He relocated to Philadelphia in 2009 and, inspired by the likes of his friends Jack Rose and Steve Gunn, began focusing on solo guitar playing. Since then he has been working steadily with his band, the Solar Motel Band. For this talk, we get into it, discussing everything from the Grateful Dead to working in restaurants, improvising to band leading.



December 16, 2017
Shoko Nagai & Satoshi Takeishi’s Vortex, IBeam
Shoko Nagai Satoshi Takeishi

December 16, 2017
Brian Drye Quintet, IBeam
Jeff Davis Brian Drye Jonathan Goldberger Charlotte Greve Matt Pavolka

December 13, 2017
Jaimie Branch Trio, Clemente Soto Velez
Jaimie Branch Mike Pride Luke Stewart

December 13, 2017
Angelica Sanchez Trio, Clemente Soto Velez
Michael Formanek Angelica Sanchez Kenny Wollesen

December 13, 2017
Andrew Drury’s Contentrio, Clemente Soto Velez
Andrew Drury Briggan Krauss Brandon Seabrook

December 12, 2017
Jon Irabagon & Dan Weiss, Clemente Soto Velez
Jon Irabagon Dan Weiss

December 12, 2017
Leila Bordreuil & Charmaine Lee, Clemente Soto Velez
Leila Bordreuil Charmaine Lee

December 12, 2017
Crosscut Metagroovia, Clemente Soto Velez
Patrick Brennan Hilliard Greene Brian Groder Michael T.A. Thompson

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 26/2017

Evan Parker, saxophonist, picture taken in Jaz...

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

spontaneous music ensemble: kenny wheeler, tpt, flghorn/ evan parker, ss/ derek bailey, g/ dave holland, b/ john stevens, perc

ah!: george khan, ts, ss, bari s, fl/ terry day, perc, as/ albert kovitz, cl/ peter lemer, p: frank flowers, b/ charlie hart, vln, el b

muriel grossman
momentum: muriel grossman, ts, as, ss/ radomir milojkovic, g/ gina schwarz, b/ uros stamenkovic, dr

wild red yellow: larry ochs sax and drumming core

magnetism: matt shipp, p/ rob brown, as/ william parker, b

d’accord: didier petit, cello, vo

greg sinibaldi
ariel: greg sinibaldi, ewi, electronics/ ted poor, dr/ ryan ferriera, g

norbert stein
we are: norbert stein, ts/ philip zoubek, p/ joscha oetz, b/ etienne nillesen, dr

delfeayo marsalis
kalamazoo: delfeayo marsalis, tbn/ ellis marsalis jr, p/ reginald veal, b ralph peterson, dr

satoko fujii
fukushima: satoko fujii aorchestra new york

hide and squeak: alan purves, percussion and objects

lina allemano
sometimes y: lina allemano, tp/ brodie west, as/ andrew downing, b/ nick fraser, dr