The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: January 2019 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

What, you thought you’d get a break? Yes, I know—you saw this column and immediately responded, “Hold on, I’m not yet done going through the Best Of 2018 lists!” Well, sorry; a new year brings new music, which means you’re gonna have to get your second wind before the new year is even 40 days old. The good news is that the new year is starting out strong, and to accomplish your new task, all you’ve got to do is sit back and listen.

Seattle Scene: January 31 – February 9, 2019

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

WAYWARD MUSIC SERIES

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Sara Schoenbeck/Wayne Horvitz
Thu. Jan. 31, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Long-time musical partners Wayne Horvitz and Sara Schoenbeck (WHSS Duo) perform compositions and improvisations for bassoon, piano and electronics, exploring music from the obscure to the sublime. A study of the crossroads where texture and extended technique meet with and support the expression of melody and song. Plus special guests Ray Larsen (trumpet) and Abbey Blackwell (bass).

Watson/Krausbauer
Fri. Feb. 1, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

New Zealander/downtown NYC veteran guitarist David Watson has created a new vocabulary for the Highland bagpipes, collaborating with Phill Niblock and many others. Oakland-based multi-instrumentalist John Krausbauer seeks transcendence through repetition, duration, alternate tunings, maximum volumes. Seattle guitar daredevil Bill Horist and trombonist Amelia Coulter play opening sets.

Fri. 2/8 – 34th Seattle Improvised Music Festival: featured artist CK Barlow (electronics, Baltimore) + Haley Freedlund/Tom Varner, Andria Nicodemou/Marc Seales, Kenny Mandell/Kelsey Mines/Odeya Nini

Sat. 2/9 – 34th Seattle Improvised Music Festival: 3 PM afternoon dance/music show; 5:30 tribute to SIMF founder Paul Hoskin; 8 PM featured artist Odeya Nini (voice, LA) + Holland Andrews/Ambrosia Bardos/Ebony Miranda, Abbey Blackwell/Haley Freedlund/Patrick Shiroishi

Steve Swell Update

Source: Steve Swell.

February 16-24, 2019 I will be with Jan Klare’s 2000 band which includes Wilber de Joode, Michael Vatcher, Bart Maris and Elisabeth Coudoux. The band has a brand new CD you can find here
The schedule will be:
Feb 19 – Domicil, Dortmund, DE
Feb 20 – Gent, BE
Feb 21 – Domicil, Dortmund, DE (yes, twice!?!)
Feb 22 – St. Johann, AT
Feb 23 – Wiesbaden, DE
March 1, 2019 David Haney’s Jazz Stories at Joe’s Pub, NYC with Bernard Purdie, Daniel Carter and Adam Lane
March 8, 2019 Part of Dave Burrell’s Octet at the Kitchen, NYC
April 8, 2019 Record with Paul Dunmall in Birmingham, England
April 9-14, 2019 with Jan Klare’s 2000 band in Europe again

April 23-May 4, 2019 Chicago Plan U.S. tour with Gebhard Ullmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang. The performances are solid, the dates are mostly solid so if you are near, come nearer.
April 24 – Champaign-Urbana
April 25 – Elastic, Chicago, IL
April 26-27 – The Blue Room (American Jazz Museum) Kansas City, MO
April 29 – Black Sparrow, Indianapolis, IN
April 30-May 1 – Lexington, KY
May 2 – Cleveland, OH
May 3 – Blue Lake, MI
May 4 – Trinosophes, Detroit, MI

June 11-16 Vision Festival

New Releases due out in 2019

Soundpath, Muhal Richard Abrams – Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound conducted by Mary Ehrlich

Whit Dickey Box set with Matt Shipp, Michael Bisio, Steve Swell (ESP)

Rob Brown Quartet with Chad Taylor, Chris Lightcap, Steve Swell (RogueArt)

Jan Klare’s 2000 (out now!)

Steve Swell’s Soul Travelers II with Leena Conquest: Astonishments (RogueArt)
with Jemeel Moondoc, Dave Burrell, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver

Brain in a Dish (NoBusiness) with Michael Vatcher and Robert Boston

They Who Sound Series in Houston

Source: Nameless Sound.

THEY, WHO SOUND

experimental sound-making, improvised music, noises, the sounding of art, the performance of art and . . .

Different Artists and Performers
Every Monday at Lawndale
Two distinct sets each night

7:30-9:30pm
Doors open at 7pm
FREE Admission. Donations to They, Who Sound welcome.

THIS MONTH’S LINEUP INCLUDES:

Monday, February 4, 2019
Simon Whetham
&
Anisa Boukhlif
Simon Whetham (UK) – speakers, amplified objects, electronics
Anisa Boukhlif (Houston) – electronics, field recordings

Monday, February 11, 2019
Claire Rousey
&
Michael Foster
Details TBA

Monday, February 18, 2019
Ak’Chamal
&
Zizia
Details TBA

Monday, February 25, 2019
Jaap Blonk/?
&
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Details TBA

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Two from Guitarist Wendy Eisenberg

Fred Frith Trio – Closer To The Ground (Intakt, 2018) ****

Olaf Rupp’s World of Guitar

Andrew Cyrille – Lebroba (ECM, 2018) ****½

Mary Halvorson / Bill Frisell – The Maid With The Flaxen Hair: A Tribute To Johnny Smith (Tzadik, 2018) ****

LFU: Lisbon Freedom Unit ‎– Praise of our Folly (Clean Feed, 2018) ****

Latest Releases from John Butcher

Chris Corsano, Bill Nace, Steve Baczkowski – Mystic Beings (Open Mouth, 2018) *****

Matana Roberts & Darius Jones Duo @ DMG 1/20/2019.

Manfred Eicher Interview 

Source: Aquarium Drunkard.

Sometime in early 2016, I met up with Manfred Eicher in a Manhattan hotel lobby just south of Central Park. It was a dreary day, the air was cold enough that I needed a heavy jacket, but I was overcome with the warmth of fulfillment — the kind you experience when you fail and persist for years, and then one day things yield inexplicably. I can’t recall how many phone calls and emails I exchanged with the publicist for ECM -– the record label that has been the basis for Eicher’s reputation. But it took more than a year, and it required an illogical persistence.