2017 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part VIII

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…

Free Jazz Collective best of 2017 lists.

Pitchfork’s 20 best experimental albums of 2017.

Jazz Right Now’s best of 2017.

The Bird is the Worm best of 2017.

Previous lists:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
Part VII

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Newsbits: Art Zoyd / Jaimie Branch / Hayward and Moore / Arditti Quartet

The new Art Zoyd boxed set is reviewed.

Jaimie Branch discusses the unexpected success of her album Fly or Die.

Improvisations from Charles Hayward and Thurston Moore is reviewed.

The latest release from the Arditti Quartet is reviewed.

AMN Picks of the Week: Simon McCorry / TOC / La Corporación / Orphax & Machinefabriek / Matthew Shipp

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

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.

Simon McCorry – Blue (2017)
TOC (Ternoy / Cruz / Orins) – Will Never Play These Songs Again (2017)
La Corporación – Rerum Novarum (2017)
Orphax & Machinefabriek – Weerkaatsing (2017)
Matthew Shipp Quartet – Sonic Fiction (2018)

San Francisco Scene: December 30, 2017 – January 5, 2018

English: Scott Amendola live at Saalfelden 200...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Saturday, December 30
Sat 12/30 8:30 PM Slim’s [333 11th St San Francisco]
Scott Amendola‘s Orchestra di Pazzi
Orchestra di Pazzi is a large, improvising Orchestra created by Scott Amendola to explore various combinations of musicians on a large scale, while creating various textures musically together. One never knows if there will be a duo, trio, solo, octet, nonet… But one thing for sure, every performance will be unique.

Sat 12/30 9:30 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Red Zone Exploratory Jazz 930pm $10 advance $12 door
Jazz and Wine Night – with highly improvized Exploratory Jazz
Charles Cozart (Piano – The Tonight Show)
Hatim Benmezian (Bass – Paris France, Bass)
Featuring Chris Lowery (Trumpet – Philidelphia) innovator in Hip-Hop Jazz)

Wednesday, January 3

Wed 1/03 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Turning Into A Butterfly – Zachary Ostroff & Scott Amendola

Thursday, January 4

Thu 1/04 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Matt Davignon – drum machine
9:00 pm Ruminations
Rent Romus – saxophones, percussion, Kip Kipperman – double bass, Tom Djll – trumpet and others, Gabby Fluke-Mogul – violin, Mark Pino Drums

Friday, January 5

Fri 1/05 9:00 PM Victoria Theater [2961 16th Street San Francisco]
San Francisco Tape Music Festival: PIERRE HENRY – FRANCIS DHOMONT – MAGGI PAYNE – FERNANDO LOPEZ-LEZCANO – NATHAN CORDER – ELSA JUSTEL – PANAYIOTIS KOKORAS – JAMES O’CALLAGHAN

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

THE DMG 26TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Sunday, January 7th, 2018:
6pm: BRANDON LOPEZ & NINA DANTE – ContraBass and Vocals
7pm: STAN ZENKOFF and SEAN ALI – Bb Clarinet and ContraBass

Sunday, January 14th:
6pm: XANDER NAYLOR – Solo Electric Guitar
7pm: VIV CORRINGHAM and N L H – Vocals and Guitar
8pm: BEN GOLDBERG and GERALD CLEAVER – Clarinets and Drums

Sunday, January 21st:
6pm: ZODIAC SAXOPHONE QUARTET: CHARLES WATERS / CLAIRE DALY / LEE ODOM / RAS MOSHE BURNETT – Saxes
7pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / NICK JOZWIAK / TODD CAPP – Clarinet / Cello / Drums

Sunday January 28th:
6pm: MICHAEL VATCHER & JACK WRIGHT – Drums and Sax
7pm: MICHAEL FOSTER / BEN GERSTEIN / SEAN ALI / FLIN VAN HEMMEN – While We Still Have Bodies – Sax / Trombone / Acoustic Bass / Percussion

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy