Source: Taylor Ho Bynum.
I’m extremely excited to announce the forthcoming release of a new album – The Ambiguity Manifesto – along with some upcoming gigs this summer/fall. The 9-tette featured on the recording includes some of my favorite musicians on the planet: Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba), Ingrid Laubrock (soprano & tenor saxophone), Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone), Ken Filiano (acoustic bass, electronics), Mary Halvorson (electric guitar), Stomu Takeishi (electric bass guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), and Tomeka Reid (cello). Everyone made some incredible individual and collective choices, and I think we ended up with some very cool music.
The whole band will be playing in NYC at The Jazz Gallery, Friday August 16 (sets at 7:30 & 9:30). Then we’ll be scaling down to my long-running Sextet (Bill, Jim, Mary, Ken, Tomas) for a couple more gigs later in the fall: in my old stomping grounds of Jamaica Plain with Mandorla Music at Hope Church, Saturday September 21 (8pm), and my New Haven home at Firehouse 12, Friday November 8 (sets at 8pm & 9:30). Please come out if you can! The album is officially released on Sept 20, but we’ll have copies for sale at all the gigs. In the meantime – here are a couple videos, a “behind the scenes” mini-doc, and the live studio performance of the album’s hit single “neither when nor where”.
Illegal Crowns is a collective quartet with the wonderful musicians Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), and Benoît Delbecq (piano) – our latest album, with compositions by all four of us, has just been released on vinyl by the Rogue Art label. I love this group – and keep your eyes open, we’ll be making our long-delayed US tour debut next spring. Check it out!
And Firehouse 12 Records just released a recording from 2014 – Anthony Braxton assembled a one-time-only quartet with some bad-ass noise makers, Greg Saunier (drums) and Nels Cline (guitar). Not to be reductive (I’m much more expansive in the liner notes ;-) – but it’s kinda Braxton’s rock album, and it’s as much fun as that sounds. Rolling Stone liked it, you will too. Available here!