AMN Reviews: Brian Krock – Liddle (2019; Outside In Music)

Brian Krock is back with a follow-up to his Big Heart Machine release of just a few months ago. Unlike the former, a big-band outside-jazz recording with 19 musicians, on Liddle Krock strips it down on this new effort. Aside from Krock himself on sax and clarinets, the group consists of Olli Hirvonen on guitar, Matt Mitchell (who seems to be everywhere) on piano and Fender Rhodes, Marty Kenney on bass, and Nathan Ellman-Bell on drums, with Simon Jermyn contributing bass and guitar to a pair of tracks.

Similar to last year’s release, Krock’s compositions exhibit knotty complexity combined with a jazz groove. Just when you think the group has gone down the rabbit hole of intricacy, they lift their heads up with a brief refrain that is catchy and almost familiar. But then it is back to the grindstone.

One of the more immediately gratifying tracks is Knuckle Hair, with disjointed rhythms in which the musicians come together and move apart in twos and threes. The climax has Hirvonen playing an awkward riffing pattern over which Krock solos and Mitchell alternates between percussive plunking and sweeping flourishes. Saturnine is more slowly paced with Mitchell leading the group through a set of inside-out melodies. Eventually, this morphs into a more conventional piano solo over an unconventional rhythmic pattern from Hirvonen, Kenney, and Ellman-Bell. Once Krock joins in, the group goes toward the outside in a roughly-structured improvisation. On top of all that is a cover of Anthony Braxton’s Composition 23b, complete with twisted bebop stylings and a strong lead from Mitchell with note-warping from Krock.

We said in September, Krock’s Big Heart Machine was a candidate for album of the year. Similar accolades are due for Liddle.

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Naomi Moon Siegel
Live at Earshot (Slow & Steady)

Keith Tippett
The Unlonely Raindancer (Discus-Music)

Multiple Artists
Three releases on Iluso Records

Mark Dresser
Ain’t Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You (Clean Feed Records)

Marco Colonna
The Second Coming (Plus Timbre)

Frame Trio
Luminária (FMR Records)

Moppa Elliott
Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band (Hot Cup Records)

Paul Bley / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian
When Will The Blues Leave (ECM Records)

This Week in New York


The S.E.M. Ensemble performs music by Lucie Vítková, Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Anna Heflin, Petr Kotik, and Earle Brown.
Tuesday, May 28 at 8:00 PM
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY

Experiments in Opera and Contemporaneous present the premiere of Chunky in Heat an opera based on a libretto by celebrated author A. M. Homes. Chunky in Heat tells the story of a young girl who comes of age poolside at her family’s home in the canyons of Los Angeles. Against this backdrop of privilege, she struggles to understand her place in her family and the world. Chunky in Heat features music by Jason Cady, Paula Matthusen, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, Shelley Washington, and Matthew Welch.
Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $37, $27 students/seniors
First Unitarian Congregational Society, 119-121 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY

New works will be premiered by confluss: Amber Evans soprano and Sam Zagnit, double bass.
Friday, May 31 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10-$15
MISE-EN_PLACE, 678 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY

Harlem Stage celebrates Chamber Music America’s 7th Annual National Chamber Music Month with a concert from jazz drummer and bandleader Kendrick Scott with his ensemble, Oracle. The program will also include new contemporary works performed by the Attacca Quartet.
Friday, May 31 at 7:30 PM
Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY

Ensemble Connect performs works by Lou Harrison, Gabriella Smith, Yie Eun Chun, and Charles Ives.
Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Goddard Riverside, Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY

Led by the festival’s founder and artistic director, Peter Askim, the young musicians of Next Festival 2019 are joined by violinist Miranda Cuckson for a program including the U.S. premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Hika (2015) for violin and string orchestra and Toru Takemitsu’s Nostalghia (1987) for violin and string orchestra; as well as three works for string orchestra alone: Aaron Jay Kernis’s Sarabanda in Memoriam (2004), Reena Esmail’s Teen Murti (2018); and the world premiere of a work by Peter Askim.
Sunday, June 2 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

New From Tzadik

Source: Tzadik.

John Zorn : The Hierophant
The Hierophant is a spectacular new suite of Zorn compositions drawing inspiration from the mystic world of the Tarot. Scored for classic jazz piano trio, the music is powerful and varied, hitting upon a wide range of styles, emotions and moods. Passionately performed by three members of Zorn’s inner circle—Brian Marsella (piano) Trevor Dunn (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums) these magical and moving pieces are not like any piano trio you have ever heard. Thrilling and beautiful modern chamber music featuring three new music virtuosos at the very height of their powers!
Trevor Dunn: Bass
Brian Marsella: Piano
Kenny Wollesen: Drums

Abraxas : The Book Beri’ah Vol 5 — Gevurah
Blending a punk rock sensibility with Sephardic tribalism via a taste of North African Gnawa magic, Abraxas is one of the most primal and rocking ensembles in the Masada family. After extensive touring with music from the Book of Angels, they stormed into Bill Laswell’s studio to record an even more intense CD of Masada Book Three. Upheld by the pulsating sound of Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz’s gimbri and the dynamic drumming of Kenny Grohowski, Aram Bajakian and Eyal Maoz push their guitars to the limits. Hypnotic grooves and trance-inducing guitar solos with arrangements that stop on a dime create a CD of white hot intensity.
Aram Bajakian: Guitars, Banjos
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: Gimbri, Bass, Percussion
Eyal Maoz: Guitars, Saz
Kenny Grohowski: Drums, Percussion

Freq Reviews

Source: Freq.

Martin Archer – Another Fantastic Individual

Fox Millions Duo – Biting Through

UnicaZürn ‎– Sensudestricto

Dark Star Safari – Dark Star Safari

Nodding God – Play Wooden Child

Michael Rother – Solo

Stockhausen Festival in Amsterdam

Source: The New York Times.

There was a palpable buzz on a recent afternoon in the Gashouder, a big, round former industrial building in a park on the west side of Amsterdam. A buzz, that is, beyond the four helicopters whose steady drone was being relayed through banks of speakers set up to rehearse a crucial part of “Aus Licht,” a marathon performance of selections from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s eye-poppingly extravagant, never-fully-performed, seven-opera, 29-hour “Licht” cycle. (Divided into three hefty evenings, it runs from May 31 through June 10.)