Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Tonight! Wednesday, April 18: Spectral (Dave Rempis/Larry Ochs/Darren Johnston)
This free-improvising trio came together in the fall of 2011, when Rempis journeyed to the West Coast to discover some things about his compatriots on the Bay Area improving scene. Trumpeter Johnston, a frequent visitor to Chicago, where the two had collaborated in several different settings in the years prior, suggested this trio lineup for a performance at Oakland’s Uptown Nightclub. Although Rempis hadn’ worked with Ochs before, the latter’s renowned experience in the all-horn lineup of The ROVA Saxophone Quartet made the idea especially appealing.
Doors at 8pm- $10 general Admission; $15 seated

Friday, April 27: Earl Davis Quartet
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.
Doors at 8 pm; $10.

5/1: Anteloper (Jamie Branch and Jason Nazary)
5/3:Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band

Newsbits: Raison d’Etre / Susie Ibarra / Taphephobia / Dan Weiss / Zorn with Masada and Secret Chiefs 3 / Rhubarb

The latest album, Alchymeia, from Raison d’Etre is reviewed.

Susie Ibarra’s DreamTime Ensemble will perform in New Haven this Friday.

Taphephobia (Ketil Søraker) is interviewed.

Burning Ambulance reviews Dan Weiss’s Starebaby.

Brooklyn Vegan provides photos of John Zorn with Masada and Secret Chiefs 3.

The sound of rhubarb growing makes for a nice percussion track.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Desertion Trio – Midtown Tilt (Shhpuma, 2017) ****

Silke Eberhard – Portrait (Jazzwerkstatt, 2017) ****½

Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein – Tense Life (577 Records, 2017) ****

Tania Chen, Henry Kaiser, Wadada Leo Smith, William Winant – Ocean of Storms (Fractal Music, 2017) ****

Daniel Levin/Chris Pitsiokos/Brandon Seabrook – Stomiidae (Dark Tree, 2018) ****

Maria Faust – Machina (Stunt, 2018) ****½

Holger Czukay’s Five Essential Albums

Source: Echoes.

Before samplers and computers; before rap and electronica; before ambient and new exotica, Holger Czukay was doing it all. A student of Karlheinz Stockhausen and a founding member of Can, the German avant-progressive rock group, the sound of Holger Czukay presaged much of what we take for granted in music today. He continued until the end of his life in September, 2017, pushing at the seams and pulling at the threads of music.

Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Friday, April 20 – 8:00pm
with Yacine Boularès, saxophone; Vincent Ségal, cello; and Nasheet Waits, drums
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
$20 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop and Painted Bride Arts Center are pleased to present the Philadelphia premiere of Abu Sadiya, the world-jazz trio bringing together French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boularès, French cellist Vincent Ségal, and American drummer Nasheet Waits.


Friday, April 27 – 8:00pm
with Ben Goldberg, clarinet; and Michael Coleman, keyboard
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia premiere of Practitioner, performing the music of Steve Lacy’s 1986 album “Hocus Pocus.”



Saturday, June 2 – 8:30pm
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

“Lovers (for Philadelphia)” has been created specifically for and inspired by Philadelphia, and is an expansion of Cline’s ravishing project “Lovers,” released on Blue Note Records in 2016, which “puts an elegant, knowing spin on orchestral jazz” (The New York Times).

The first “book” of Lovers material featured originals by Cline along with renditions of love songs by a wild assortment of composers ranging from Rogers & Hammerstein to Hungarian gypsy jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo to noise-rock pioneers Sonic Youth. With support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Ars Nova Workshop has taken Cline on a rich yearlong journey to explore Philadelphia’s extraordinary musical legacy and landscape, not only artistically but in the context of Philadelphia’s long history of innovation. As “Workshop of the World,” Philadelphia has been home to a grand spectrum of developments that have influenced every facet of American life.