AMN Reviews: The J. & F. Band – From the Roots to the Sky [Long Song Records LSRCD146]

Some recordings just sound like they were fun to make. From the Roots to the Sky by the J. & F. Band is one of them. The J. of J. & F. is Jaimoe, the drummer for the Allman Brothers Band; F. is bassist Joe Fonda. In February 2018 they went into the studio in Milan with a large, rotating group of Italian and other musicians recorded this eclectic set of compositions and jams. The atmosphere throughout is loose and open, not only on the jams, but on the compositions as well. Fonda, a solid, foundational bassist, supplies propulsive figures and grooves as well as three of the composed pieces. Drummer Tiziano Tononi, who I suspect is the secret hero of the rhythm section, contributed the other two. From the off-kilter rhythms of the opening piece, Fonda’s GS#2, to the Bitches Brew-like improvisation of the closing Super Jam, this is an enjoyable listen.

Daniel Barbiero

All About Jazz Reviews

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Nate Wooley
Columbia Icefield (Northern Spy)

Simon Nabatov / Barry Guy / Gerry Hemingway
Luminous (NoBusiness Records)

Marilyn Mazur
Shamania (RareNoiseRecords)

Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake
Chi (RareNoiseRecords)

Vijay Iyer And Craig Taborn
The Transitory Poems (ECM Records)

Mark Feldman’s Level 5
The Sybil EP (Mutant Cat)

Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Ingrid Laubrock
Combobulated (Intakt Records)

Dave Liebman
On the Corner Live! (Ear Up Records)

James Brandon Lewis
An Unruly Manifesto (Relative Pitch Records)

Eyal Maoz – Asaf Sirkis
The Lie Detectors Part III – Secret Unit (Chant Records)

This Week in New York 


Pianist Marilyn Nonken explores the relationship between teacher and student with works by Tristan Murail and his teacher Olivier Messiaen. Nonken gave the world premiere performance of Murail’s Les Travaux et les jours at Miller Theatre in 2002 and reprises it for this Pop-Up, sixteen years later.
Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

In celebration of International Women’s Day, DCINY guest conductor Nancy Menk leads an orchestra and all-female choir in various choral works for women’s voices. DCINY Artistic Director and principal conductor Jonathan Griffith conducts John Rutter’s Magnificat with the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International.
Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 PM
Tickets $20-$100
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

ETHEL teams up with quartets from Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music youth program for an afternoon of new music. The performance showcases repertoire commissioned for ETHEL and developed during the quartet’s 2018-19 residency with Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center.
Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 PM
Tickets $25
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

Edition Telemark New Releases

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William Engelen: Today, the organ has played beautifully again

William Engelen (born 1964 in Weert, The Netherlands) is a sound and visual artist living and working in Berlin. After having studied visual arts, his focus shifted over time from solely visual to multi-disciplinary works that oscillate between sound and visual arts, between exhibition and performance, and incorporate installational, sculptural and compositional elements. He now considers himself a conceptual artist who works with sound. Many of his works are site-specific and have been presented and performed in museums, galleries, concert halls, private apartments, parks, urban spaces, a.o. Unlike other sound artists, Engelen does not primarily try to make a space sound, but rather to develop works that resonate and reflect the specific surroundings where they are presented.

Werner Dafeldecker: Small Worlds

“Small Worlds” (2004) a is 42-minute composition for improvising sextet by Austrian double bassist, composer and improviser Werner Dafeldecker. The score is written for any instrument and divides the players into two virtual trios whose constellations change every 3 minutes. No restrictions are made regarding material or playing techniques, the only specification is that in each 3-minute trio, one player has the role of the “dynamic leader” which means that no other player within the trio should play louder than the one on that leading position. Apart from that, the only other restriction concerns how pauses are to be made when two players interchange their positions within the trios.

Robin Hayward: Words of Paradise

Robin Hayward (b. 1969 in Brighton, England) is a tuba player and composer based in Berlin. Since the 1990s, he has been concerning himself with experimental and radical playing techniques on brass instruments, initially through the discovery of the “noise-valve”, later through development of the first fully microtonal tuba in 2009. In 2012, he invented the Hayward Tuning Vine as an interface for exploring the harmonic space implicit within the instrument, which exists both as a software version and as a physical prototype. Hayward’s microtonal tuba and, on some occasions, the tuning vine have appeared on numerous recordings with various ensembles, e.g. Tonaliens – who have released a double LP on Edition Telemark in 2017 –, Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage, and Microtub.

Wadada Leo Smith CREATE Festival in April

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CREATE Festival 2019
Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT

Saturday April 6th, 7 pm

Lamar Smith’s Band:
Lamar Smith – guitar
Melvin Gibbs – electric bass
Pheeroan akLaff – drums
Hardedge – electronics
Blue Meditations

Mona Tian – violin
The First Light Gold/The Second Light Blue from Rosa Parks: Pure Love

Wadada Leo Smith’s NDA:
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Bobby Naughton – vibraphone
Dwight Andrews – bass clarinet, flute
John Lindberg – bass
Tastalun with soundtrack Divine Love
Spirituals: The Language of Love

Wadada Leo Smith’s Najwa and Harriet Tubman:
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Brandon Ross – guitar
Lamar Smith – guitar
Melvin Gibbs – electric bass
Bill Laswell – electric bass
JT Lewis – drums
Spiritual Horizons
Lake Tanganyika Nur-Water

Sunday, April 7th

Exhibit of Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Art-Scores

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Creative Dialogue with Nina Sun Eidsheim and Wadada Leo Smith on the Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Art-Scores
Lunch, Coffee and Tea with Wadada Leo Smith and Artists

Concert, 7:00pm:

Ashley Walters – cello
Oguri – butoh dance
Sweet Bay Magnolia with Berry Clusters

Min Xiao-Fen – pipa
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Oguri – butoh dance
Lake Biwa a Full Moon Pure Water Gold

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet:
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Erika Dohi – piano
Ashley Walters – cello
John Lindberg – bass
Pheeroan akLaff – drums