AMN Reviews: Sam Rivers – Emanation [No Business Records NBCD118]

It is June 3, 1971, and the Sam Rivers Trio—which in addition to the multi-instrumentalist leader included Cecil McBee on bass and Norman Connors on drums and percussion—is playing Boston’s Jazz Workshop. The trio, which Rivers formed when he was at or near the end of his 1969-1971 tenure with the Cecil Taylor Unit, had played the Jazz Workshop the previous February; excerpts from a recording of that performance found their way onto Rivers’ 1973 album Hues, which for many of us at the time was our introduction to Rivers’ improvised trio music. A later, fuller performance by the trio, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July, 1973, was released the same year. But here, on the June, 1971 Boston Jazz Workshop recording, we can hear a complete performance by the group at an early stage of their development. And it was an auspicious start indeed.

The two sets captured on Emanations are valuable not only in their own right—the music, as would be expected, is exhilarating—but for what they show of Rivers’ approach to free improvisation in a small-group setting. Both sets, each of which is presented as a single long track, are steered by Rivers’ playing on a succession of instruments—tenor saxophone, flute and piano for the first set, soprano saxophone, flute and piano and voice for the second set—and take on the structure, more-or-less spontaneously arrived at, of a suite, each segment of which is shaped by Rivers’ choice of instrument as well as by ongoing changes of tempo and dynamics. But the suite-like nature of the sets isn’t just a matter of structure: during each section Rivers spins out tautly melodic passages that give the section a distinctive, thematically coherent profile. The music may unfold as a stream of consciousness, but it’s one that’s focused and never loses sight of its own musical logic. It’s a focused logic that carries over to the rhythm section as well. McBee and Connors support the lead line with fast and slow swing rhythms, Afro-Latin grooves and ostinati, or more fluid, meterless playing at the music’s transition points. In addition, McBee’s long solo during the first set adds a dramatic element of timbral and dynamic contrast to the sound of the full trio.

Emanation is the first of a series of No Business Records’ planned releases of music from Rivers’ vast archive. As with the trio’s June, 1971 performance at the Jazz Workshop, it is also an auspicious start.

http://www.nobusinessrecords.com/emanation-sam-rivers.html

Daniel Barbiero

AMN Picks of the Week: OGJB Quartet / Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana / Sam Newsome / Cape Willoughby Road & Blear Moon

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

The OGJB Quartet – Bamako (2019)
Alio Die / Lorenzo Montana – The Threshold of Beauty (2019)
Sam Newsome – Chaos Theory (2019)
Cape Willoughby Road & Blear Moon – Split (2019)

Barre Phillips in New York Reviewed

Source: Sequenza21.

It has been more than thirty years since Phillips last performed in New York. Originally from San Francisco and long a resident of France, much of the bassist’s career has been made playing in Europe. On Monday, May 20th, he appeared at the Zürcher Gallery, an art venue on Bleecker Street in lower Manhattan. The crowd was standing room only and contained a number of jazz and experimental music luminaries. They were attentive and enthusiastic throughout.

Cafe OTO in June

Source: Cafe OTO.

SATURDAY 1 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
PENULTIMATE PRESS PRESENTS :
TRIPLE NEGATIVE (ALBUM LAUNCH) + SHOLTO DOBIE & MARK HARWOOD (ALBUM LAUNCH) + PARLOURS

SUNDAY 2 JUNE 2019, 2PM
MOUNTAINS OF TONGUES PRESENTS: RÜSTƏM QULIYEV AND GITARA – MATINEE

SUNDAY 2 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
METAPRAXIS X & WINTER JOURNEY (EXTENDED)

MONDAY 3 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
RICHARD YOUNGS / DAVID MARANHA / CHRIS CORSANO

TUESDAY 4 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
HERMES CREATE

WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
THE DOGMATICS (CHRIS ABRAHAMS & KAI FAGASCHINSKI) + MARK WASTELL

THURSDAY 6 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
LEO RECORDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW – CAROLYN HUME / PAUL MAY (DUO) + PHIL MINTON / ROGER TURNER (DUO) + FOURTH PAGE QUARTET

7–8 JUNE 2019
NATHANIEL MACKEY AND THE CREAKING BREEZE ENSEMBLE

SUNDAY 9 JUNE 2019, 2PM
A REPLACEMENT – INTERACTIONS AND REFLECTIONS BY EMMA HAMMARÉN / O YAMA O / ASHLEY PAUL / DAVID TOOP – MATINEE

SUNDAY 9 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
THE CLINAMEN (JOHN EDWARDS / MARK SANDERS / ELLIOTT SHARP)

MONDAY 10 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
RIE NAKAJIMA / CHARLES HAYWARD (DUO) + ANTON LUKOSZEVIEZE PRESENTS LIETUVOS KRAŠTOVAIZDIS I

11–12 JUNE 2019
KARA-LIS COVERDALE – TWO-DAY RESIDENCY

14–15 JUNE 2019
NOT WAVING & LSC:
ECSTATIC RECORDINGS TAKEOVER

SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
TELECTU PERFORM BELZEBU + VITOR RUA / CHRIS CUTLER (DUO)

MONDAY 17 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
EUGENE CHADBOURNE (SOLO) + EUGENE CHADBOURNE / ANDREW CHEETHAM (DUO)

TUESDAY 18 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
BOD [包家巷] + LAWRENCE LEK – 2065 (LIVE) + JAEHO HWANG

WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
RACHEL MUSSON – ‘I WENT THIS WAY’

THURSDAY 20 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
ARIEL KALMA + ALEXANDER TUCKER PRESENTS MICROCORPS

FRIDAY 21 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
CHINABOT 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY:
DOG WASH & SAPHY VONG + SABIWA + SOOJIN CHANG & JACK EVERETT

SUNDAY 23 JUNE 2019, 4PM
MUSICS AND OTHER LIVING CREATURES:
DESIRE LINES: CONCRETE AND CHALK

SUNDAY 23 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
JESSICA MOSS + LEFT HAND CUTS OFF THE RIGHT

TUESDAY 25 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
FARIDA AMADOU / STEVE NOBLE (DUO)

WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
CWMWL TYSTION / WITNESS

THURSDAY 27 JUNE 2019, 7.30PM
NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA / GREAVES / BARBAZZA PERFORM ROCK BOTTOM

28–30 JUNE 2019
FRED FRITH – THREE-DAY SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY RESIDENCY

SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2019, 11AM
MUSICS AND OTHER LIVING CREATURES:
DESIRE LINES: OF SWIFTS AND DISSENTERS

SUNDAY 30 JUNE 2019, 2PM
BABA YAGA’S HUT PRESENTS:
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE – MATINEE