The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Spectral – Empty Castles (Aerophonic, 2018) ****

Lucas Niggli – Alchemia Garden (Intakt, 2018) ****

Xavier Charles / Michel F Côté / Franz Hautzinger / Philippe Lauzier / Éric Normand – Torche ! (Tour de Bras, 2017) ****½

Psithurism Trio with Xavier Charles – Lure (SoundOut Recordings, 2017) ****

Xavier Charles / Jacques Di Donato – ilex (Protagoniste, 2018) ****

Double Up Plays Double Up Plus (Pi Recordings, 2018) ****½

14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – Dirt… And More Dirt (Pi Recordings, 2018) *****

Jonas Cambien Trio – We Must Mustn’t We (Clean Feed, 2018) ****½

Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton – Music for David Mossman (Intakt, 2018) ****

Stephanie Richards – Fullmoon (Relative Pitch, 2018) *****

Stephanie Richards, Bert Turetzky, and Vinny Golia – Trio Music (pfMENTUM, 2018) ****

Resonant Bodies – Thaw (Different Track, 2018) ****

João Camões / Jean-Luc Cappozzo / Jean-Marc Foussat – Autres Paysages (Clean Feed, 2017) ****

Upcoming Performances at Rhizome DC

Source: Rhizome DC.

Concert: Chris Forsyth, Sfyria Trio, Olive Tiger
Jun 22, 2018 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Chris Forsyth is a lauded guitarist, composer, and bandleader whose widescreen art-rock, fusing taut compositions and mercurial improvisations, has earned him a reputation as one of the most distinctive and critically acclaimed guitarists working today. In 2013, he assembled The Solar Motel Band, who quickly developed a reputation as an incredible live act, provoking comparisons to visionary artists such as Television, The Grateful Dead, Popol Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and Richard Thompson. In 2016 he released the double LP The Rarity of Experience (No Quarter) to universal raves. Pitchfork called it “a near-perfect balance between 70s rock tradition and present day experimentation,” NPR Music named Forsyth “one of rock’s most lyrical guitar improvisors,” and the New York Times calls him “a scrappy and mystical historian… His music humanizes the element of control in rock classicism (and) turns it into a woolly but disciplined ritual.” His most recent release with the new Solar Motel Band is the digital-only “Rare Dreams: Solar Live 2.27.18,” recorded live at Cafe Oto, London.

Sfyria Trio is a Chicago/Brooklyn-based free-improvising ensemble comprised of Sam Decker on tenor saxophone, Charlie Kirchen on bass, and Matt Carroll on drums. Drawing on influences from jazz, certain strains of twentieth century classical music, and various folk traditions, the group sculpts delicately textured improvisations that seamlessly navigate a variety of sonic worlds.

Olive Tiger is an evolution of sound and texture: a nontraditional trio hailing from New England that lushly combines electronics with organic elements of chamber-pop, defying the boundaries of genre in favor of obsessive exploration. Grounded in the stunning songwriting and soaring voice of its bandleader, Olive Tiger arcs continuously toward more meticulous, more rich and more seductive arrangements.

Concert: James Brandon Lewis Trio, TrpCrKng, Andy McLeod
Jun 24, 2018 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

James Brandon Lewis Trio (NY/DC – James Brandon Lewis-Tenor Saxophone, Luke Stewart-Bass and Warren Trae Crudup III-Drums). James Brandon Lewis is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in today’s scene. Lewis has shared stages with Ken Filiano, Darius Jones, Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others.

TrpCrKng (MD) – “What strange rains came bringing gifts of breath and wind to this place? They will fall again. The outpouring will reveal mysteries dreamed in secret. Kohen often dreams dreams, among other things. Hear now his early dreams and visions in song”…a member of the QODESH collective.

Andy McLeod (VA) is a musician and visual artist living in Fredericksburg Va. Inspired by the work of Jack Rose and Pelt, Fahey and Delta Blues, he taught himself how to play finger style guitar in open tuning and experimented with mixing it with drones and psychedelic elements and in the process he got into clawhammer banjo so that this became a big part in his current work as well.

Concert: Jeb Bishop/Dan Ruccia, Jeremiah Cymerman, Bobb Drake/J Guy Laughlin
Jun 26, 2018 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Jeb Bishop & Dan Ruccia bring their unique musical collaboration between trombone & viola, “both instruments that are usually relegated to a place in the margins, the shadows, away from the center of attention. And they are both the butt(s) of some of the finest musician jokes.” Jeb Bishop has performed, toured and recorded with groups including the Vandermark Five, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, and many others. Composer Dan Ruccia’s music has been performed across the United States and Europe by groups such as Eighth Blackbird, The Bad Plus, Wet Ink, the Juventas New Music Ensemble among others.

For the past fifteen years, composer/performer Jeremiah Cymerman (pronounced SIMMER-man) has become an increasingly integral part of the New York Downtown scene, charting a colorful career as a clarinetist, improviser, sound artist, recording engineer, archivist and podcaster. Frequently using the recording studio as a primary compositional tool, Cymerman’s work reflects a passionate interest in improvisation, electronic manipulation & production, traditional, studio & graphic composition as well as solo clarinet and ensemble performance practices.

Bbob Drake & J Guy Laughlin – avante percussionist J.Guy Laughlin together with veteran synthesist and electronics expert Bbob Drake. The duo is known for exhilarating high energy sets of acrobatic percussion and truly alien sound design.

Concert: JD Parran, Ancestral Duo
Jun 29, 2018 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

J D Parran’s most recent releases on the Mutable Music label are the collaborative Particle Ensemble and his Window Spirits Solo. His performing on clarinets, saxophones and flutes is legendary. In his hometown, St Louis, he was a founding member of the Black Artist Group (BAG) where he participated in the early artistic statements of Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake,James Jabbo Ware, Hamiet Bluiett and Baikida Carroll.

Ancestral Duo is the special collaboration of multi-instrumentalists Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart. The two channel the spirit of Ancestry through structured improvisation in unique electro-acoustic meditations that aim to reach deep within one’s soul and offer a connection to the past, using the power of the present, looking toward the future

Anthony Braxton At Cafe Oto Reviewed (Again)

Source: The Quietus. Yet another angle on these recent shows.

With Cafe Oto celebrating its tenth anniversary earlier this month, it’s apt that Anthony Braxton, who the venue say has been at the top of their wish list since opening in 2008, should finally appear there in a sold-out, three-night residency – his first as a band leader in the UK since a show at the Royal Festival Hall in 2004. The multi-instrumentalist, philosopher, teacher and self-identified student of music occupies a unique place in the world of modern composition. Hugely influenced by the abstract theories of John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, yet also enamoured of the work of jazz greats like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Eric Dolphy, Braxton’s vast back catalogue of over 350 compositions is somewhat bewildering to the casual listener. My own position is as a relative newcomer to his work, although in the run up to the shows, I do spend some time with the nine CD box set, 9 Compositions (Iridium), described by Braxton himself as: “The point of definition in my work thus far.”