Jazz in NYC This Week 

Reid Anderson - bass Ethan Iverson - piano Dav...

Source: The New York Times.

THE BAD PLUS at the Village Vanguard (Dec. 26-31, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Since the early 2000s, the Bad Plus has been one of the easiest entities in jazz to have an opinion about. The acoustic trio is fond of inside-out pop covers and original compositions that range from jagged angularity to jocose lyricism. With Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass and Dave King on drums, the group has stayed tightly bound: It has never played a gig with a substitute musician. But this run at the Vanguard is the original Bad Plus’s last stand: In January, Mr. Iverson will leave, and Orrin Evans will take over on piano. 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

SEXMOB at Bar Lunático (Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m.). Sexmob is a 20-year-old band that started out playing louche and lighthearted covers of funk and rock tunes, as well as its own reckless originals, in weekly shows at the Knitting Factory. This year the group released “Cultural Capital,” its first album of all original tunes. Featuring Steven Bernstein on slide trumpet, Briggan Krauss on saxophone, Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums, the band appears here at a Bedford-Stuyvesant cantina that boasts a stealthily strong lineup of live music. 718-513-0339, barlunatico.com

CHES SMITH at the Stone (through Dec. 23, 8:30 p.m.). Whether it’s a drum kit or a vibraphone or a set of bells, the percussionist Ches Smith attacks his instruments with a stark, space-clearing power. He’s heavily sought after as a side musician, playing in bands led by some of today’s leading avant-garde improvisers: Matt Mitchell, Mary Halvorson, Tim Berne. This weekend he finishes his own six-day residency at the Stone: On Friday he plays in a quartet exploring Haitian percussion, then in a duo on Saturday with the bassist Devin Hoff. thestonenyc.com

ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO at Cornelia Street Café (Dec. 26, 8 and 9:30 p.m.). Ms. Yamamoto, a scrupulous and graceful pianist, released a beguiling album this year, “Piano Solo: Live in Benicàssim.” Her playing has a sense of foresight and landscape, but it can also be bracing and propulsive — especially when she’s joined by her longstanding trio. The group features David Ambrosio on bass and Ikuo Takeuchi on drums. 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com

2017 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part IV

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…

The NPR jazz critics’ poll.

Peter Margasak’s favorite jazz albums of 2017.

Bandcamp’s best ambient of 2017.

Previous lists:

Part I
Part II
Part III

Avant Scena Reviews

Olver Lake

Source: Avant Scena.

Charles Gayle Trio – “Solar System” (For Tune, 2017)

Oliver Lake featuring FLUX Quartet – “Right Up On” (Passin Thru, 2017)

Sam Pluta – “Broken Symmetries” (SR, 2017)

Michael Jarrel – “…mais les images restent” (aeon, 2017)
Jarrell: …mais les images restent…

Bobby Zankel & The Wonderful Sound 6 ‎– “Celebrating William Parker @ 65” (Not Two Records, 2017)

Marker – “Wired For Sound” (Catalytic Sound, 2017)

Tim Daisy/Christof Kurzmann/Jasper Stadhouders/Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley/C. Spencer Yeh – “Momentum 2 & 3” (Catalytic Sound, 2017)

Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Thursday, Dec. 21: Matsumoto/Behnke Duo

Matsumoto/Behnke: is Los Angeles-based Computer-Interfaced Koto and amplified viola duo, featuring former Michigan-area improvisor Patrick Behnke on viola and Japan-born Kozue Matsumoto on Koto. Also on the bill is Great Collapsing Hrung. Formed in the fall of 2012, this quartet of improvisers explores spatial, communicative, trans-idiomatic spontaneous composition, featuring:
Derek Worthington- trumpet, electronics
Kirsten Carey-, guitar
Ben Willis- bass
Jonathan Taylor- drums

Doors at 8pm; $8 min. donation.

Friday, Dec. 22: Earl Davis Farewell Celebration

Trumpeter Earle Davis recieved his musical education in the 1940’s at Minton’s Playhouse, the legendary New York venue where he got to play with Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clark and the other architects of bebop. In the 60’s, his career veered to The New Thing, leading to performances with John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Cecil Tailor, Archie Shepp, Roswell Rudd; later he moved to California and worked with Roy Ayers and Bobby Hutcherson, among others.

For the past couple of years, Earle has been living in Detroit and we’ve been honored to present him several times at Trinosophes. In the new year, Earle will be returning to NYC. Please join us in this celebration of his time here with an evening of music that features Earle with some of his favorite Detroit musicians, including Djallo Djakate on drums and more TBA!

Doors at 8 pm; $12 min. donation helps Earle with his move.

Saturday, Dec. 23: Polyfold

For the final concert of 2017 we present the return of the multi-ensemble, Michigan-improvisor aggregate known as Polyfold. In this edition, the featured ensembles are Jon Taylor’s Mover Ensemble, Joo Won Park with Molly Jones, and a rare performance of Cornelius Cardew’s The Great Learning, sung by various Polyfolders. A fittingly Trino way to end the year. Doors at 7:30; $10-20 donation.

COMING IN 2018 (that we can announce!)
1/21 Mike Donovan (Sic Alps), The Funs
2/25 Adam O’ferrel and Marcus Elliot
3/15 Desertion Trio
3/29: Ben Bennet/Michael Foster Duo, GRID
4/18: Rempis/Ochs

Vital Weekly Reviews 1111

Source: Vital Weekly.

BANKS BAILEY – THE POOL (CD by Unfathomless)§
ALESSIO SANTINI – KENTER (EP by Elli Records)
ADAM HOPKINS – PARTY PACK ICE (CD by Pfmentum)
KOSMOSE – SOME LITTLE TRIPS TO OUR FLUORESCENT LAND (2CD by EE Tapes)
DISTORTED NUDE – THE SPRAWL (CD by Moving Furniture Records)
GAGI PETROVIC – DP[A] + HSH (CD by Moving Furniture Records)
BEAM SPLITTER – ROUGH TONGUE (CD by Corvo Records)
SILVAN JEGER – THIS DIFFICULT TREE (LP by Wide Ear Records)
COLIN POTTER – THE ABOMINABLE SLOWMAN (LP by Abstrakce Records)
80S UNDERGROUND CASSETTE CULTURE VOLUME 1 (2LP compilation by Contort Yourself)
X-MAS CARD FROM OUTER SPACE (OSCAR’S X-MAS CAROLS 1984-1987) (LP compilation by Domestica)
O RATEL RATEL – ONTMANTELING (LP by Audio Visuals Atmosphere)
OLLI AARNI – NIELU (LP by Florabelle Records)
NED MILLIGAN – NATURE ALWAYS NEEDS IMPROVING (LP by Florabelle Records)
KOTRA VS EDWARD SOL – SOKYRA (LP by Kvitnu)
GX JUPITTER-LARSEN / ZEBRA MU (1” by Quagga Curious)
MARGARETHA HESSE & SOPHIE TASSIGNON – LICHT – RAUM – ERKUNDUNGEN (CDR by Sophie Tassignon)
GUSEV/HOOGEBOOM/MIMLITSCH – TRAPPED (CDR by Thirsty Leaves Music)
JAMES WORSE – TESTUARY TO LULLUBA (CDR By Atemwerft)
ACID DISCHARGE – MARODE (CDR by Ralmic Records)
ACID DISCHARGE – INDUSTRIAL LEGACY (CDR by Ralmic Records)
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE – STTT THOMASSS “”””DINGGGDONGGGDINGGGzzzzzzz ferrrr TONYYY”””” (cassette by Blank Forms Editions)
INTIGUE TALUURE & PLUS INSTRUMENTS – NEWTONS FLAT FIDELITY VOL. 2 (cassette by Bananafishing Records)
GRAEAE – BLACK RED (cassette by Faux Amis)