AMN Reviews: David Dominique – Mask (2018; Orenda Records)

When we interviewed David Dominique in late 2013, he indicated the desire for his next album release to be out by the end of 2014. But Dominique is a busy guy as a composer and academic (currently, he is a music professor at William and Mary). He also moved across the U.S. twice in this time frame, and has had his personal life disrupted by family-oriented adversities. So Mask is a little later than expected. And to use a cliche, it is well worth the wait.

In addition to Dominique’s brass contributions, Mask features Brian Walsh on sax and clarinet, Joe Santa Maria on sax and flute, Sam Robles also on sax, Lauren Baba on viola, Alexander Noice on guitar and electronics, Michael Alvidrez on bass, and Andrew Lessman on drums and percussion. While instrumental, the album includes some vocalizing, skat singing in particular.

Dominique’s compositional style is quite varied, spanning jazz, rock, and modern classical. But his major influence, Charles Mingus, can be heard in Mask‘s idiosyncratic swing motifs and start-stop stylings.  Similarities to early Frank Zappa have also crept into the album.  Although Dominique is aware of Zappa and is a fan of the latter’s 1970/71 period, the influence is not overt.  Nonetheless, Dominique’s effortless and complex themes involving a mid-sized brass section harken back to Waka / Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo. To Dave Treut is an example thereof.

The sense of playfulness that pops up from time to time is also reminiscent of Zappa. The Yawpee is a joyful romp with intricate lines. Yet, this is juxtaposed with Dominique’s expressions of personal loss.  For instance, Grief is a track with a thick walking melody and poignant wordless singing that fits the title.

In sum, Mask covers a broad swathe of musical and emotional territory that goes beyond your run of the mill classically-influenced jazz/rock. And clocking in at just under 38 minutes, Dominique says what he has to say, then takes a bow.  The result?  A singular and compelling release.  Bravo.

Sound American 20 is Out

Source: Sound American.

SA20: The JUST INTONATION Issue
From The Editor
Nate Wooley

Musical Ratios:
The Why, How, and Wherefore
David B. Doty

On Tuning
Randy Gibson

A Few Words About Tuning
Larry Polanksy

Virtues Occultae:
A Basis in Harry Partch
Taylor Brook

Ciaccona with Just Intonation
Josh Modney

A Conversation with Catherine Lamb
Nate Wooley

Discover More Intonationally Driven Composers

Cuneiform Records Artists on Tour

Source: Cuneiform Records.

BENT KNEE
October 30 – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac MI
October 31 – The Opera House – Toronto, Canada
November 1 – L’Astral – Montreal, Canada
November 2 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
November 3 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
November 4 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
November 6 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
November 7 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
November 8 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
November 9 – Revolution Live – Fort Lauderdale, FL
November 10 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
November 11 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
November 13 – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill – Dallas, TX
November 14 – Barracuda – Austin, TX
November 16 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
November 17 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA
November 18 – August Hall – San Francisco, CA
November 19 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
November 20 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
November 21 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, Canada
November 23 – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
November 24 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
November 25 – The Granada – Lawrence, KS
November 26 – Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO
November 27 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
November 29 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
November 30 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern – Cleveland, OH
December 1 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

RAOUL BJÖRKENHEIM / eCsTaSy
October 6 – Voodoo Jazz – Helsinki, Finland

BLUE CRANES
October 10 – Secret Society Ballroom – Portland, OR [with Subtle Degrees]

BUBBLEMATH
October 20 – Progtoberfest – Chicago, IL

EMPIRICAL
October 11 – 42nd Leipziger Jazztage – UT-Connewitz – Leipziger, Germany
November 16 – EFG London Jazz Festival – Purcell Room, Southbank Centre – London, UK

GOSTA BERLINGS SAGA
October 5 – Slaktkyrkan – Styckmästargatan 10 – Stockholm, Sweden [with Samla Mammas Manna – Lisa & Kroffe]
October 6 – Truckstop Alaska – Göteborg, Sweden

THE GREAT HARRY HILLMAN [These dates are in celebration of the group’s 10th anniversary!]
October 5 – Jazzkantine – Luzern. Switzerland
October 12 – Marsden Jazz Festival – Marsden UK
October 13 – Herne Hill Music Festival – London UK
October 14 – Vortex Jazz Club – London, UK
October 16 – The Canteen – Bristol UK
October 17 – Jazz im Hirschen – Moosburg, Germany
October 19 – Jazz & The City – Salzburg, Austria
November 8 – JazzOnze+ – Lausanne, Switzerland
November 9 – Krämer – Meiningen, Germany
November 10 – Saxstall – Pohrsdorf, Germany
November 11 – Jazzmeile Thuringen Weintanne – Jenna, Germany
November 12 – C-Keller – Weimar, Germany
November 13 – A-Trane – Berlin, Germany
December 13 – Périscope – Lyon, France
December 23 – Bee-flat im Progr – Bern, Switzerland

ROB MAZUREK / EXPLODING STAR ORCHESTRA
November 1-4 – Berliner Jazztage – Berlin, Germany

MIRIODOR
October 6 – Théâtre des Prés – 506, Jean-Baptiste-Moreau St. – Saint-Germain, Quebec G0L 3G0 Canada (about 1 hour drive south-east of Quebec City)

ED PALERMO BIG BAND
October 19 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY [“A Tale Of Two Franks” featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock!]
October 20 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY [“A Tale Of Two Franks” featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock!]
October 27 – The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY 12542
November 19 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY

SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER
October 13 – Jarasum International Jazz Festival – Gapyeong, Korea
October 14 – Yuyintagn – Shanghai, China
October 16 – DDC – Beiing, China
October 18 – Match & Fuse Festival Tokyo – Super Deluxe- Tokyo, Japan
October 21 – Match & Fuse Festival Osaka – Spinning Mill – Sakai, Japan
October 22 – Big Apple – Kobe, Japan
October 23 – Urbanguild – Kyoto, Japan
October 24 – Valentine Drive – Nagoya, Japan
November 10 – Rockit Festival – Groningen, The Netherlands

WADADA LEO SMITH
October 19 – Skopje Jazz Festival – Skopje, Macedonia [Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk]

SOFT MACHINE [John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington, John Marshall]
October 6 – Orion Studios – Baltimore, MD, USA
October 7 – Theater Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA, USA (with Beledo solo)
October 9 – Roxy and Dukes – 745 Bound Brook Rd – Dunellen, NJ (with Accordo dei Contrari)
October 10 – Darryl’s House – Pawling, NY, USA (with Beledo trio)
October 12 – The Iridium – NYC, NY, USA (two shows)
October 13 – The Iridium – NYC, NY, USA (two shows)
October 14 – The Iridium – NYC, NY, USA (with Beledo Trio)
October 16 – Mod Club – Toronto, Ontario, Canada [special guest Gary Husband] (with Beledo solo)
October 17 – The Tralf – Buffalo, NY, USA [special guest Gary Husband] (with Beledo solo)
October 18 – Beachland Music Hall – Cleveland, OH, USA [special guest Gary Husband] (with Beledo solo)
October 19 – The Irving Theater – Indianapolis, IN, USA [special guest Gary Husband] (with Beledo solo)
October 21 – Progtober Festival – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL, USA [special guest Gary Husband]
October 22 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI, USA [special guest Gary Husband] (with Beledo solo)
October 23 – The Turf – St. Paul, MN, USA [special guest Gary Husband](with Beledo solo)

THE SPELLCASTERS [Joel Harrison / Anthony Pirog / Dave Chappell / John Previte / Barry Hart
October 21 – Bertha’s Mussels – Baltimore, MD [3:00 – 6:00 pm!]
November 11 – Bertha’s Mussels – Baltimore, MD [3:00 – 6:00 pm!]

THUMBSCREW [Michael Formanek – Tomas Fujiwara – Mary Halvorson]
November 1-4 – Berliner Jazztage – Berlin, Germany

Shenzhen’s OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival Starts Soon

Source: The Wire.

Happening between 9–21 October, its special ‘festival in festival’ programme focuses on improvisation and free jazz

The eighth edition of OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival in Shenzhen, Southern China, includes a ‘Festival In Festival’ focus on international improvisors and free jazz players, among them Jooklo Duo, Zu, William Parker, Vladimir Chekasin & Vladimir Tarasov – La Grande Sonata, Yoriyuki Harada Quartet, Alexey Kruglov/Jaak Sooäär Quartet, RS5pb and FIF Improvisation Union. The festival proper presents AVA Trio, Luca Sestak, Jeppe Zeeberg, EYM Trio, Hagiga Sextet, Ruth Koleva, Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys, Mamer, Kazakhstan’s Ensemble Turan, Yossi Fine & Ben Aylon and others.