Newsbits: Dave Holland and Evan Parker / Difficult Music / Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel / The Necks

Evan Parker, Cologne, 2007

A recent Dave Holland and Evan Parker performance in London is reviewed.

The New York Times previews an upcoming modern classical concert with an article titled “How Do You Teach People to Love Difficult Music?”

Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel is celebrating their 10th anniversary.

A live performance from The Necks is reviewed.

Kyle Motl Southwest US Solo Bass Tour

Source: bassist Kyle Motl.

March 11, 7pm – Flagstaff, AZ – Interference Series @ KickStand
719 N Humphreys St, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
Kyle Motl solo bass + Kompromat

March 12, 7pm – Pueblo, CO – Pueblo Arts Alliance Annex
410 W. City Center Drive
Kyle Motl solo bass + Bob Marsh solo cello + Marsh/Motl duo

March 13, 8pm – Denver, CO – Deer Pile
206 E 13th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80203
Kyle Motl solo bass + Farrell Lowe solo + Seward/Smiley/Sexton

March 16 – Kansas City, MO – Woodyard BBQ
Kyle Motl solo bass + more TBA

March 17 – Tulsa, OK – pH Community House
306 S Phoenix Ave, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127
Kyle Motl solo bass + MU + Free Association

March 18, 5:30pm – Dallas, TX – Top Ten Records
338 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75208
Kyle Motl solo bass + Dreamend + Kid Dakota + Tennis System + New Fumes + Graveface Roadshow

March 19 – Houston, TX – Nameless Sound @ Lawndale
4912 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Kyle Motl solo bass +Scott Ayers/Tom Carter

March 20, 8:30pm – Denton, TX – Andy’s Bar
122 N Locust St, Denton, Texas 76201
Goalie + Kyle Motl solo bass + GCDS + Blacker Face + Sexual Jeremy

McCoy Tyner In The ’70s: Part 5

McCoy Tyner in 1973

Source: burning ambulance.

Counterpoints: Live in Tokyo was recorded in 1978, but not released until 2004. It features more material from the same performance that was documented on Passion Dance, with Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums. Again, the full trio doesn’t perform throughout; Carter and Williams are only heard on the opening “The Greeting,” where the bassist takes a pleasingly bouncy solo, and the final two numbers, a version of Duke Ellington‘s “Prelude to a Kiss” and a new piece, “Iki Masho (Let’s Go)”. The other two tracks, “Aisha” and “Sama Layuca,” are solo piano pieces. The former is a shimmering ballad that rises to one thundering crescendo after another, only to recede again; the latter is pure pounding force throughout, as though he’s trying to compensate for the absence of the heavy Latin percussion from the studio version by slamming the keys. It’s mildly interesting that even though Counterpoints came out in 2004, it’s only 48 minutes long, like a vinyl LP would be. It raises the question of why Passion Dance wasn’t a double album, since the material here is of the same quality as on the earlier release.

Interview with Matthew Shipp & Mat Walerian 

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp


Having recorded as a duo (2015’s Live At Okuden), a trio with drummer Hamid Drake (2016’s Live At Okuden), and a trio with bassist William Parker (2017’s This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People), you’d expect the jazz twosome of pianist Matthew Shipp and clarinetist, saxophonist Mat Walerian to next record a quartet collection, perhaps with Drake and Parker. But while their new album Sonic Fiction (CD, digital), was recorded by four people, it’s not the four you might expect. Credited to the Matthew Shipp Quartet Featuring Mat Walerian, Sonic Fiction features Michael Bisio on double bass and drummer Whit Dickey. In talking to Shipp and Walerian, they discuss why this album is so unexpected, and what else they’re planning, as well as Shipp’s new solo piano collection Zero (CD, digital) and his three-disc boxed set with tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman, Oneness (CD).