The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: February 2019 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

It’s not unusual for February to signal the true start of the new year of releases. In terms of quality, it’s typically a deep month. But this year, it’s out of control. I could pretty much copy-paste this column into my Best of 2019 submission, word for word, and have a list that is as strong as anybody’s out there. Every single one of these recordings is special. 2019 is off to a great start.

Violinist/Poet Sarah Bernstein Interviewed

Source: Jazz Right Now

In January, I had the opportunity to ask Sarah Bernstein (violin, electronics, poetry, composer) about her new record, Crazy Lights Shining, released in 2018 on the Phase Frame Music label. Bernstein is a singular player on the New York scene, with more than two decades of work, numerous records, and a number of key projects that she has developed over the years.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 197 – Kato Hideki 

Source: 5049 Records.

In the underground music scene of New York City, bassist, engineer, educator Kato Hideki is a most crucial participant. Before moving to New York City in 1992 Kato was an original member of Otomo Yoshihide’s Ground Zero. Since arriving in New York, he has worked closely with John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Eyvind Kang, Fred Frith, Marc Ribot and Zeena Parkins among many others. He was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan and has played on many of my favorite records to come out of New York in the last twenty five years. A great talk with a great guy.

Umlaut Festival in Paris April 5-7, Featuring the Music of Alexander von Schlippenbach

Source: Umlaut Festival.

The Umlaut collective invites you to the Lavoir Moderne Parisien for 3 evenings around the arrival of improvisational pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach.

Friday 05/04
Ignaz Schick (ALL) / Umlaut Big Band plays Alexander Von Schlippenbach (FR / ALL) / Lotto (POL)

Saturday 06/04
Spat ‘Sonore (FR) / Collective Umlaut plays Alexander Von Schlippenbach (FR / ALL) / Joujou (FR)

Sunday 07/04
Joris Rühl solo (FR) / Duo Amaryllis Billet & Anna Jalving play “Aa-duo” (FR / DK) / Alexander Von Schlippenbach solo (ALL) / Grand Bazaar + collective Umlaut (FR)