AMN Reviews: Whit Dickey – Tao Quartets: Peace Planet (2019; Aum Fidelity)

Peace Planet is the first half of Whit Dickey’s Tao Quartets, a 2CD release scheduled for July 5. This offering features Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass, Rob Brown on alto sax, and Dickey on drums. These four are no strangers to one another, as they have appeared together in various combinations for the last quarter century.

Given this familiarity, it is no surprise that their overall sound is refined, even when they venture outside. All four often head along their own respective trajectories with lines that are not overtly dependent on what the others are playing. The overall effect is that removal of any one or even two musicians from this group would still result in an interesting trio or duet. Shipp explores runs and chords, forming his own melodies. Brown solos independently over these, while Parker provides significant contributions in his trademark understated fashion. Dickey moves seamlessly between free and more conventional jazz percussion, frequently combining both.

While Peace Planet has a groove of its own with even a walking bass line or two, it would be a mistake to categorize this effort as anything but loosely structured improvisation from musicians so experienced that they make it sound less experimental than it really is.  But a careful listen will reveal subtleties and nuances – there is a lot going on here.  And it is all good.

We Need No Swords Reviews

Source: We Need No Swords.

Xqui: Lleisiau

Splitters and renderers

Headboggle: Polyphonic Demo

Alec McGrory: Life Is A Problem (Excellent Music Selection Vol.1)

Idle Chatter 005: Reality Tunnels, curated by Muyassar Kurdi

Új Bála: Diacritical Marks And Angels

Natalia Beylis: Birds All Night (Real Live Birds Vol.1)

Posset: The Teenage Virus Two

5049 Podcast Episode 209 – Evan Parker

Source: 5049 Records.

Evan Parker is a living legend who in the past fifty years he has almost singlehandedly reinvented the language of the saxophone, presenting a world of sonic possibilities previously unimagined. Born at the tail end of World War II in Bristol, England, his first musical interest was cool West Coast jazz but quickly found his way to Bird and Diz, and eventually Trane. Through constant work and solo concerts as well as longstanding relationships with improvisers like Paul Lytton, Barry Guy, Alex von Schlippenbach and Paul Lovens, Evan has established himself as one of the forefathers of European improvisation. Today’s conversation covers a lot of ground and it is an absolute honor to be able to present it here.



May 26, 2019
Craig Taborn, Ches Smith, Mette Rasmussen, Eric’s House Of Improv
Mette Rasmussen Ches Smith Craig Taborn

May 25, 2019
Hank Roberts Sextet, IBeam
Brian Drye Dana Lyn Mike McGinnis Hank Roberts Jacob Sacks Vinnie Sperrazza

May 25, 2019
Barre Phillips, Emilie Lesbros, Mat Maneri, Hank Roberts, IBeam
Emilie Lesbros Mat Maneri Barre Phillips Hank Roberts

May 25, 2019
Outer Space Caravan, Barbès
Michaël Attias Ken Filiano Stephanie Griffin Anders Nilsson

May 24, 2019
Zeena Parkins, Ryan Sawyer, Mette Rasmussen, HappyLucky no.1
Zeena Parkins Mette Rasmussen Ryan Sawyer

May 23, 2019
Kevin Drumm Solo, Blank Forms
Kevin Drumm

May 23, 2019
Hoffman Estates, Blank Forms
Joshua Abrams Loren Connors Alan Licht Chad Taylor Ken Vandermark

May 20, 2019
Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh with William Parker, Pioneer Works
Peter Brötzmann Heather Leigh William Parker

Lee Ranaldo Interview

Source: Exclaim.

Between 1990 and 2011, when Sonic Youth transformed from noise-rock pioneers to alt-rock poster children, founding guitarist Lee Ranaldo refused to abandon his experimental side, releasing a steady stream of avant-garde solo albums and collaborations alongside the band’s output. But since the seminal group’s break-up, Ranaldo has almost exclusively focused on straightforward indie rock, recording music with his band the Dust and even putting out an all-acoustic LP.

The Stone in June

Source: The Stone.

6/1 Saturday
8:30 pm
Uri Caine (piano) with string quartet

6/4 Tuesday
8:30 pm
Uri meets Uri
Uri Gurvich (sax) Uri Caine (piano)

6/5 Wednesday (NB)
8:30 pm
Trio Lure
Uri Gurvich (sax) Sean Conly (bass) Francisco Mela (drums)

6/6 Thursday
8:30 pm
Uri Gurvich (sax) Elias Meister (guitar) Leo Genovese (keys) Panagiotis Andreou (electric bass) Ronen Itzik (drums)

6/7 Friday
8:30 pm
Blues Quartet
Uri Gurvich (sax) Adam O’Farrill (trumpet) Edward Perez (bass) Clarence Penn (drums)

6/8 Saturday
8:30 pm
Uri Gurvich Quartet
Uri Gurvich (sax) Leo Genovese (piano) Edward Perez (bass) Francisco Mela (drums)

6/11 Tuesday (HTM)
8:30 pm
Myra Melford (piano) Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Michael Formanek (bass) Hamir Atwal (drums)

6/12 Wednesday (FM)
8:30 pm
Myra Melford (piano) Mark Dresser (bass) Matt Wilson (drums)

6/13 Thursday (HTM)
8:30 pm
Myra Melford (piano) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Tomeka Reid (cello)

6/14 Friday
8:30 pm
Myra Melford (piano) Cuong Vu (trumpet) Stomu Takeishi (bass) Rudy Royston (drums)

6/15 Saturday (HM)
8:30 pm
Myra Melford (piano) Ron Miles (trumpet) Liberty Ellman (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums)

6/18 Tuesday (RB)
8:30 pm
Chamber Music
Sara Salomon (violin) Sun Kyoung Min (cello) Gabe Garcia (alto sax) Steven Long (piano, electric organ) Carlo Costa (percussion) Joanna Mattrey (viola) Tanya Kalmanovich (viola) Ted Reichman (accordion) Anthony Coleman (piano)
The Other of Language (2007) Sara Salomon (violin) Sun Kyoung Min (cello) Flaubert/Sofa/Sentence (2012) Gabe Garcia (alto sax) Steven Long (piano, electric organ) Carlo Costa (percussion) The Worms Are In Their Brains (Premiere) Joanna Mattrey (viola) Unbelievable Ponašanje (2015) Tanya Kalmanovich (viola) Ted Reichman (accordion) Anthony Coleman (piano)

6/19 Wednesday (RB)
8:30 pm
Anthony Coleman (piano) Brian Chase (drums)

6/20 Thursday (DT)
8:30 pm
Misreading the Great American Songbook — Year III: Anthony Coleman plays the Bill Evans album “Waltz for Debby”
Anthony Coleman (piano)

6/21 Friday (FM)
8:30 pm
Anthony Coleman (piano) Henry Fraser (bass) Francisco Mela (drums)

6/22 Saturday
8:30 pm
Survivors Breakfast Invitational
Margaret Sloyer (flute) Allison Burik (alto sax, bs. clarinet) Kalun Leung (trombone) Doug Wieselman (clarinet,bs. clarinet) Marty Ehrlich (alto sax, clarinet, bs. clarinet) Magdalena Abrego, Matthew Okun (electric guitars) Alexander Whiting (mandolin) Steven Long (keyboards) Sara Salomon (violin), Sun Kyoung Min (cello) Henry Fraser (bass) Jolee Gordon (voice) Anthony Coleman (director)

6/25 Tuesday
8:30 pm
“Performing Lake Biwa, Ladyday”
Min Xiao Fen (voice, pipa) Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet)

6/26 Wednesday (FM)
8:30 pm
Reflections and Meditations on Monk
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet)

6/27 Thursday (DT)
8:30 pm
The Blue Mountain Sun Drummer, for Ed Blackwell
Wadada Leo SMith (trumpet) Pheeroan Aklaff (drums)

6/28 Friday
8:30 pm
Red Autumn Gold/Silence
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) Mariel Roberts, Okkyung Lee (cellos) Erika Dohi, Gabriel Zucker (pianos)

6/29 Saturday
8:30 pm
Ritual Light, a Cosmic Luminous Wave-Field
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) Bill Laswell, Melvin Gibbs (basses) Hardedge (electronics) Pheeroan Aklaff (drums) Lamar Smith (guitar)