Source: DownBeat. Highlights include:
Historical Album: John Coltrane, Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
Flute: Nicole Mitchell
Guitar: Mary Halvorson
Electric Bass: Steve Swallow
Drums: Brian Blade
Percussion: Hamid Drake
Miscellaneous Instrument: Tomeka Reid (cello)
Record Label: ECM
Rising Star–Alto Saxophone: Darius Jones
Rising Star–Drums: Allison Miller
Rising Star–Female Vocalist: Sara Serpa
Rising Star–Composer: Kamasi Washington
Rising Star–Arranger: Kamasi Washington
Rising Star–Producer: Ambrose Akinmusire
Source: The Free Jazz Collective.
Johs Lund and Henrik Pultz Melbye – Play Baritone Saxophones (Svala Records / Aether Productions, 2018) ***½
Heart of the Ghost – s/t cassette (Pidgeon, 2018) ****
Gerrit Hatcher – Parables for the Tenor (Astral Spirits, 2018) ****
Steve Baczkowski/Brandon Lopez/Chris Corsano – Old Smoke (Relative Pitch, 2019) ****
Recent Releases from Ayler Records
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – Be Known – Ancient Future Music (Spirit Muse, 2019) ****
Flamingo – Loud (Relative Pitch, 2018) ****
Albatre – The Fall Of The Damned (Sshpuma, 2018)
Source: Touching Extremes.
AUSTIN ROCKMAN – Plum God
CHEMIEFASERWERK – New Nacht Pop
MARK WINGFIELD & GARY HUSBAND – Tor & Vale
RANTER’S GROOVE – 俳句 (“Haiku”)
Source: I Care If You Listen.
On June 11, 12, and 14, 2019, the Los Angeles Philharmonic closed their 2018-2019 centennial season with Meredith Monk’s groundbreaking work, ATLAS: an opera in three parts, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. It was the first time 1991 that the opera has been produced.
ATLAS’ narrative isn’t uncommon: it parallels Homer’s Odyssey, or Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, and closely follows Joseph Campell’s stages of the monomyth. By contrast, the unfamiliar and quite radical aspects of the work are found in how Monk’s compositional aesthetic and methodologies advance the fully-realized narrative.