Source: Sound It Out!
Double-bill: Anthony Coleman, solo piano + Ellery Eskelin, solo tenor saxophone
A rare solo double-bill, featuring pianist Anthony Coleman + saxophonist Ellery Eskelin. These two master musicians – each of whom channels a wealth of musical history on their respective instruments – will play full solo sets before coming together at night’s end to play an extended duo encore. A key figure of the downtown New York scene since the early 1980s, pianist Anthony Coleman is a virtuoso of jazz from Jelly Roll Morton to Herbie Nichols to John Zorn and his own inventive scores, not to mention ventures in Radical Jewish Culture. All Music Guide praised Anthony’s Freakish solo album of Jelly Roll Morton tunes for having “just the right blend of poetic license and personal vision,” as well as “breathtaking dramatic command.” Ellery Eskelin has been one of the tenor saxophone’s original voices over the past three decades. Along with such current projects as his New York Trio with organist Gary Versace and drummer Gerald Cleaver, Ellery recently released a beautiful LP for tenor sax alone, Solo: Live at Snugs. Reviewing that album, Dusted magazine said: “At points, the content of his phrasing almost becomes incidental to the gorgeous tonal vernacular by which he communicates it.”
Saturday June 16, 7:30pm — Gordon Grdina Quartet + Oscar Noriega’s Crooked Trio
Double-bill: Gordon Grdina Quartet — Gordon Grdina, oud and guitar; Oscar Noriega, reeds; Russ Lossing, piano; Satoshi Takeishi, drums + Oscar Noriega’s Crooked Trio with Marta Sanchez, piano & Lim Yang, double-bass
Canadian oud player and guitarist Gordon Grdina has a distinctive, alluring sound woven from the threads of both jazz and Arabic music. His New York-based quartet with reed player Oscar Noriega, pianist Russ Lossing & drummer Satoshi Takeishi released the intensely poetic album Inroads last year, and the group will be presenting music from that Songlines release and more at Greenwich House. PopMatters, reviewing Inroads, called the album “bold and downright great,” hearing such disparate influences as Bartók, Ornette Coleman and Soundgarden… Doing double-duty on the night, Noriega — a charter member of Tim Berne’s hit band Snakeoil — will open the evening behind the drums with the Crooked Trio, his popular band with pianist Marta Sanchez and bassist Lim Yang; known for playing a longstanding standards gig at Barbes, the trio will be showcasing Noriega’s compositions for Sound It Out.
Saturday June 23, 7:30pm — Sean Conly Trio + Santiago Leibson Trio Trio
Double-bill: Sean Conly Trio — Sean Conly, double-bass; Michael Attias, alto saxophone & Satoshi Takeishi, drums + Santiago Leibson Trio — Santiago Leibson, piano; Drew Gress, double-bass; Devin Gray, drums
Bassist Sean Conly – familiar to Sound It Out audiences from positions in bands led by Michaël Attias, Fay Victor, Jesse Stacken and Mara Rosenbloom, as well as leading his own fine Re:Action quintet – returns to the series as leader of his trio with Attias on alto and Satoshi Takeishi on drums. Conly and company will be celebrating the release of their badass new trio album, Hard Knocks (Clean Feed). The New York Times has praised the way Conly has achieved “imaginative grace” in his “headlong entanglement between hard bop and the avant-garde.” The evening’s opener will be an encore performance by Argentine pianist Santiago Leibson, who played a great set in the series this past March. He will appear this time alongside bassist Drew Gress and drummer Devin Gray, the rhythm section with whom the pianist recorded his recent, wonderful album Out of Orden.