AMN Reviews: Frode Gjerstad / Johnny Mbizo Dyani / John Stevens – Day Two (2019; NoBusiness Records)

This is a slab of studio free jazz recorded in 1982 and – to the best of my knowledge – unreleased until now. The lineup is an incarnation of Gjerstad and Stevens’ Detail Trio, which featured a revolving member on bass. Here, the monstrous South African Johnny Dyani takes on that role to complement the Norwegian Gjerstad on tenor and soprano sax and the British Stevens on drums.

Day Two consists of two 20 minute improvisations that, if anything, showcase Dyani’s singular talent. While Gjerstad and Stevens share a comfortable rapport (they do not play “together” but instead complement each other quite suitably), Dyani is a different animal. At times he goes along with the trio’s flow, and at others he is doing something else entirely. When not providing a few sweeping slides, Dyani’s rapid fingerwork throughout the first track is sharply juxtaposed over Gjerstad’s soloing. This rapid-fire, prickly approach gets a supporting role of sorts from Stevens, though not in a homogenized fashion. Dyani’s ability to generate tension in this setting – sharing the bill with two outstanding improvisers in their prime – is a testament to his abilities. Nonetheless, the recording leaves plenty of room for soloing and expression from all three members.

Not overtly outside, Day Two remains an unconventional statement from an underappreciated trio. Thus, this release is much more than just a curious piece of history.

Itaca Touring Canada this Week


26, June 2019 / 6:45 pm ITACA Toronto Jazz Festival, OLG Stage on Hazleton Ave
27, June 2019 / 8 pm ITACA Ottawa Jazz Festival, NAC Fourth Stage
29, June 2019 / 6 pm ITACA Vancouver Jazz Festival, Roundhouse – Exhibition Hall

François Houle (clarinet)
Nicola Fazzini (alto sax)
Alessandro Fedrigo (bass guitar)
Nick Fraser (drums)

ITACA is a trans-atlantic collaboration between eminent Italian and Canadian musicians in the field of avant-jazz and improvised music. Their music is dynamic, rhythmic and rich with improvisatory possibilities. This project came about after François Houle traveled to Italy to perform at the SILE Jazz Festival in 2016 at the invitation of its artistic director, Alessandro Fedrigo. This first meeting led to François assisting Alessandro and saxophonist Nicola Fazzini to perform in Canada in 2017. The two of them collaborated with drummer Nick Fraser at the Toronto Jazz Festival, and with François Houle at the Vancouver Jazz Festival.

Seattle Scene: June 28 – July 11, 2019

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

LovePunk + Christian Swenson
Fri. June 28, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Mama Amelia Love Clearheart (aka Indigo LovePunk) channels and freestyles poetry and voice, afloat astounding innovations, extending from the creative Spirits of Carol J. Levin (harp), Carlos Snaider (guitar), Kelsey Mines (bass), Heather Bentley (violin), Leanna Keith (flute), and Don Berman (percussion). A shaman of delight, Christian Swenson employs a wholly original mode of performing in which his body shapes his voice and his voice shapes his body.

Sound of Late: Let the Light Enter
Sat. June 29, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Sound of Late presents a program exploring poetics and music through the lens of voices crossing generations and cultures. The concert features the world premiere of Anthony R. Green’s Collide-oscope V, Shawn E. Okpebholo’s On a Poem By Miho Nonaka: Harvard Square, Evan Williams’ the waters wrecked the sky for solo clarinet, Eve Belgarian’s mystical solo for horn and electronics, Einhorn, and Tina Davidson’s joyous Never Love a Wild Thing.

Wed. 7/10 – 26 Minutes = One Day – presented by film maker Nady Kadrevis & pianist David Haney with Nathan Breedlove and Blake DeGraw

Thu. 7/11 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: The 2nd Century, a juried series featuring local artists redefining jazz; artists TBA



June 22, 2019
Tortoise: TNT, Prospect Park Bandshell
Dan Bitney Jaimie Branch James Elkington John Herndon Lester St. Louis Doug McCombs John McEntire Chris McIntyre Jeff Parker Jessica Pavone

June 22, 2019
Emily Wells with Metropolis Ensemble, Prospect Park Bandshell
Emily Brandenburg Lauren Cauley Andrew Cyr Rachel Drehmann Shayna Dunkelman Jennifer Liu Topu Lyo Mariel Roberts Evan Runyon Emily Wells

June 19, 2019
Jaimie Branch Trio, Public Records
Jaimie Branch Thomas Sayers Ellis Mike Pride Luke Stewart

June 18, 2019
The Brandon Lopez Trio, Fridman Gallery
Steve Baczkowski Gerald Cleaver Brandon Lopez

5049 Records Podcast Episode 212 – Joe Tomino

Source: 5049 Records.

Before moving back to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio in 2014 drummer Joe Tomino was a crucial force in the world of New York underground music. He is one third of the long-running group Dub Trio, with whom he has performed in the bands of Mike Patton, Matisyahu, Fugees and many more. Dub Trio seamlessly blends aggressive rock, reggae, metal and dub studio logic into am utterly unique and thrilling musical aggregate. They’ve just released their fifth album and ahead of embarking on a tour opening for Incubus, Joe stopped by to talk shop. Joe is one of the best guys around and it was a joy to be able to spend some time with him.