AMN Reviews: OCRE – OCRE (2018; Utech Records)

OCRE is a self-titled 7″ recording from bassist Stefan Thanneur of Chaos Echoes and drummer Michel Langevin of Voivod. Consisting of two tracks in the 4-5 minute range, OCRE provides a taste of what is hopefully much more to come from this duo.

Ocre Rouge kicks off with Thanneur’s processed feedback and Langevin on cymbals until the latter sets forth a pounding, syncopated rhythm, variations of which are maintained for the rest of the track. Thanneur provides a grungy main riff overdubbed with speed picked high notes, drones, and processed themes. The result lands somewhere between experimental heavy metal and Krautrock, and will sound familiar to anyone who has spent time taking in Voivod. Ocre Jaune is a dark atmospheric piece, with Thanneur offering layers of processed bass and alien harmonics. Langevin is mostly in the background, giving this track a distant and disconnected feel. But around the three-minute mark he joins in with what is effectively a jazz-inflected solo over continued bass soundscapes.

OCRE is a promising and welcome debut with a palpable tension. As a result, it comes across unlike any other bass / drum duo, and for that reason alone is worth a listen.

Chicago Scene: June 10-15, 2018

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, June 10th 2018

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Thollem McDonas Solo
Keefe Jackson, Jim Baker, Julian Kirshner

Monday, June 11th 2018

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Dennis Gonzalez, Kent Kessler

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Charles Rumback

Tuesday, June 12th 2018

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Ben Billington, Angel Marcloid, Corey Lyons
Clyde Moreau, Moni Salazer, Erin Delaney, Eric Newmiller

Wednesday, June 13th 2018

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Samuel Blaser Trio with Marc Ducret, Peter Bruun

Friday, June 15th 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Matt Piet with Johanna Brock, Bill Harris, Gerrit Hatcher, Julian Kirshner, Matt Murphy, Eli Namay, Jake Wark — Record release

Saturday, June 16th 2018

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP)
Graham Lambkin, Joe McPhee

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High School Musicians to Take on Braxton

Source: The New York Times.

Tensions are said to have run a bit high during the recording of the composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton’s pathbreaking, style-blending album “Creative Orchestra Music 1976.” At the time, it was one of the Arista label’s most expensive productions, requiring multiple sessions and almost two dozen musicians. One seasoned player temporarily fled the studio after deciding that one of Mr. Braxton’s intricate parts was unplayable. You don’t expect to hear high schoolers performing music deemed unplayable by professionals. But on June 10 at the Jazz Gallery near Madison Square Park in New York, three young ensembles from the Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music program — featuring players between the ages of 12 and 18 — will convene for a remarkable concert devoted to Mr. Braxton’s work.

BA Podcast 18: David Murray 

Source: burning ambulance.

David Murray arrived in New York in the mid-1970s as a student from Pomona College in California, and quickly started playing gigs in the lofts that were hosting most of the really forward-looking music at that time. He can be heard on the compilation Wildflowers, which documented a run of performances at Sam Rivers’ RivBea studio in 1976, and he made his debut album, Flowers For Albert, around the same time, with Olu Dara on trumpet, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Philip Wilson on drums. And since then, he’s made somewhere in the neighborhood of three hundred records, and probably more. What makes Murray important, though, is not just his productivity, but his unique voice – he combines old and new school styles in a really striking way, attacking with the whole horn, from the bottom to the top of its range and creating a sound that’s part Ben Webster, part Archie Shepp, and part Albert Ayler, but ultimately unlike anyone else out there. And he’s different from a lot of tenor players in that he doesn’t also play soprano. He plays tenor and bass clarinet, and that’s pretty much it.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 11/2018

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Barely Cool: Schroeder, Sax/ Campello, G/ Godoy, Dr

Amirani Records
Syria: Stefano Ferrian, Ts/ Simone Quatrana, P

Earle Brown: Gianni Lenoci, P

Alchemy Sound Project
Adventures in Time and Space: Alchemy Sound Project

Gotta Let It out
Lake of Light: William Parker , Aquasonic Waterphones

Invisible Cities: Eloisa Manera Ensemble

Rick Countryman
Jya-NE: Rick Countryman, as/ Sabu Toyozumi, Dr/ Simon Tan, B/ Stella Ignacio, Vo/ Isla Antinero, Tbn

Ninety-nine Years: Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin

Hernán Samá
Sounds from the Field. for Animals and Wildlife: Hernán Samá, Soprano Sax and Tenor / Marcelo Von Schultz, Drums

Der Dichter Spricht: Laura Schuler, Vln/ Lisa Hoppe, B/ Luzius Schuler, P

Lina Allemano
Sometimes Y: Lina Allemano, Tp/ Brodie West, as/ Andrew Downing, B/ Nick Fraser, Dr

Muriel Grossman
Momentum: Muriel Grossman, Ts, as, Ss/ Radomir Milojkovic, G/ Gina Schwarz, B/ Uros Stamenkovic, Dr

Interview with Yoni Kretzmer

Source: Jazz Right Now.

KRETZMER: I stayed in Paris for another year and a bit. I loved it there and there’s some really interesting music around. By that time I was starting to grow a bit tired with mainstream jazz and that’s mostly of what you see there on the first level. Once you dig a bit deeper, you hear this great stuff- experimental stuff, interesting stuff. Obviously there’s a strong classical timbre. A lot of the experimental stuff that people do over there.