AMN Reviews: theBABAorchestra – Marigold (2019; Thirsty Owl Records / Slow & Steady Records)

Lauren Elizabeth Baba is a composer and conductor of theBABAorchestra, a 17-piece big band that compellingly blends together jazz, rock, and avant-garde with an experimental flair. Not unlike several other creative music big bands of the last decade (the Eco-Music Big Band, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Brian Krock’s Big Heart Machine, John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra, and those of Nathan Hubbard, Dan Weiss, Ben Stapp, and others) Baba and company nail it.

With five saxophonists (most doubling on flute), four trumpeters, four trombonists, guitar, bass, piano, and drums, theBABAorchestra generates a thick, dense, multi-directional sound of remarkable depth and complexity. All members stay busy, each playing for most of the album. Consisting of a single 41-minute piece roughly organized into four movements, Marigold offers a non-stop, information-rich exploration of textures and overlapping melodies.

The first eight minutes serve as an intro of quiet and loosely improvised piano, flute, bass, guitar, and drum explorations with occasional themes contributed by a subset of the horns. This evolves into droning walls of horns supporting sax soloing. A few minutes later is a free improv blowout grounded by series of chord pairs navigated by the horns. After this point, the horns break up into subgroups and set forth arrays of layered melodies and staccato blasts interspersed with angular guitar, blistering sax solos, and aggressive bass and drumming.

Around the 26-minute mark, however, is where Marigold begins to take off. Piano and horn chording slowly builds in volume, density, and tension. Toward the climactic crescendo, the horns take on rapid-fire Middle-Eastern themes supported by wild drumming and simultaneous soloing. The result is nothing short of breathless.

Plenty of credit goes to Baba and friends for producing an offering of unusual intensity and style. If there is any justice in the world, Marigold will show up on many best-of-year lists. Bravo.

Gianni Lenoci, RIP

Pianist/composer Gianni Lenoci died at age 56 on Monday evening, 30 September 2019. The conservatory-trained Lenoci, who obtained degrees in performance and electronic music, taught performance, composition and improvisation at the Conservatorio “Nino Rota” in Monopoli, Apulia, Italy. He was active in improvised music, having studied with Mal Waldron and Paul Bley, and played with many leading figures in jazz and European improvisation among whom were Gianni Mimmo, Markus Stockhausen, John Tchicai, Enrico Rava, Roscoe Mitchell, and Steve Lacy. As a performer of modern and contemporary music he specialized in the work of the New York School composers, particularly Morton Feldman, whose “For Bunita Marcus” he recorded for Amirani Records, and Earle Brown, a selection of whose compositions for piano he also recorded for Amirani. Lenoci’s own 2003 electronic composition “Notturno frattale” won the International Prize of the Società Italiana di Informatica Musicale.

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Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Mazen Kerbaj – “Trumpet Solo, Vol 2.1 & Trumpet Solos, Vol 2.2” (Discrepant, 2019)

Daniel Carter, Patrick Holmes, Matthew Putman, Hilliard Greene, Federico Ughi – “Electric Telepathy Vol. 1” (577 Records, 2019)

Kodian Trio – “III” (Trost Records, 2019)

Percy Pursglove, Paul Dunmall, Mark Sanders, John Etheridge ‎– “Deps” (FMR, 2019)

Sam Weinberg / Henry Fraser / Tyler Damon – “FOMENT” (Amalgam, 2019)

Ben Melsky / Ensemble Dal Niente – “Ben Melsky” (New Focus Recordings, 2019)

Evan Parker & Joe Morris – “The Village” (Fundacja Sluchaj, 2019)

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Year By Year: Five Essential Albums of 1983 

Source: JAZZIZ Magazine.

Jazz may not have an official yearbook, but it does have a vast and well-documented discography. ‘Year by Year’ is our attempt to bring you the most noteworthy albums of each year, complete with audio samples and fascinating backstories. We hope you join us as we travel through the music’s endlessly fascinating history, stopping every 12 months along the jazz timeline.

Kris Davis Profiled

Source: The New York Times.

Since moving to New York in the early 2000s, the pianist Kris Davis has released close to an album a year under her own name, rarely with the same group twice, while also becoming one of the most trusted side musicians in avant-garde jazz. Her signature style, based in miniature gestures, has a peculiar appeal: Rarely does such serrated, asymmetrical music — often diced up into odd time signatures, or improvised freely — feel this fun to listen to.

The Best New Ambient on Bandcamp: September 2019

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

A quick browse through the Bandcamp ambient tag will reveal any number of ambient works from composers unified in their artistry through atmosphere, but with wildly differing approaches to how they achieve their goals. From the intimate and warm to the unsettling and tense, ambient is a diverse and endlessly thought-provoking genre. Every month, Ari Delaney walks through the best recent releases you can find right here on Bandcamp. In this edition, we’re highlighting albums released from August 15 through September 15, including a quirky Canadian dream-pop record and a 28-track compilation to aid hurricane relief.

Extended Techniques NYC Calendar October 2019

Source: extended techniques.

THURSDAY, October 3
8:30 pm Marsella, Mori, Wollesen
Brian Marsella (synths) Ikue Mori (electronics) Kenny Wollesen (drums)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

FRIDAY, October 4
8PM Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones | Angelica Sanchez, piano | Sara Serpa, voice
VENUE: happyluckyno1
ADMISSION: $20

FRIDAY, October 4
8PM Rhys Chatham: The Sun Too Close to the Earth / Jonathan Kane & Zeena Parkins: On, Suzanne
On, Suzanne
Harp: Zeena Parkins
Drums: Jonathan Kane
Le Possédé
Bass flute: Rhys Chatham
The Sun Too Close to the Earth
Electric guitars: Karen Haglof, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sarah Register
Electric bass: Ernie Brooks
Drums: Jonathan Kane
Electric keyboard: Anthony Coleman
Trumpet: Jaimie Branch
Trombones: Jen Baker, Reut Regev
Conductor: Rhys Chatham
https://issueprojectroom.org/event/rhys-chatham-sun-too-close-earth-jonathan-kane-zeena-parkins-suzanne
VENUE: Issue Project Room
ADMISSION: $20

FRIDAY, October 4
8:30 pm Brian Marsella, Erik Friedlander
Brian Marsella (piano) Erik Friedlander (cello)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

FRIDAY, October 4
Mat Maneri
7.30pm Mat Maneri Dust Quartet
Mat Maneri -viola
Lucian Ban -piano
Brad Jones -bass
Randy Peterson -drums
9.30pm Maneri and Friends
Mat Maneri -viola
Craig Taborn -piano
Tony Malaby -tenor saxophone
Joe Morris -guitar
Tanya Kalmanovitch -viola
Matt Shipp -piano
VENUE: The Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $10 -$35

SATURDAY, October 5
8PM Rhys Chatham: The Sun Too Close to the Earth /
Jonathan Kane & Zeena Parkins: On, Suzanne
On, Suzanne
Harp: Zeena Parkins
Drums: Jonathan Kane
Le Possédé
Bass flute: Rhys Chatham
The Sun Too Close to the Earth
Electric guitars: Karen Haglof, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sarah Register
Electric bass: Ernie Brooks
Drums: Jonathan Kane
Electric keyboard: Anthony Coleman
Trumpet: Jaimie Branch
Trombones: Jen Baker, Reut Regev
Conductor: Rhys Chatham
https://issueprojectroom.org/event/rhys-chatham-sun-too-close-earth-jonathan-kane-zeena-parkins-suzanne
VENUE: Issue Project Room
ADMISSION: $20

SATURDAY, October 5
8:30 pm These are the Songs
Cyro Baptista (percussion) Brian Marsella (piano, keys)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

SUNDAY, October 6
3 PM Laurie Anderson—John Zorn Duo and John Zorn’s Cobra
Laurie Anderson • John Zorn • Uri Caine • Kenny Wollesen • Brian Chase • Brian Marsella • Matt Hollenberg Wendy Eisenberg • Taylor Levine • Sae Hashimoto • Kenny Grohowski • Nick Shellenberg • Brandon Lopez • Simon Hanes
https://events.newschool.edu/event/laurie_andersonjohn_zorn_duo_and_john_zorns_cobra
VENUE: The New School
ADMISSION: Free

TUESDAY, October 8
9 pm Tim Berne/Nasheet Waits;
Tim Berne’s Reflex with Reid Anderson, Nasheet Waits
VENUE: The Sultan Room (234 Starr St, Brooklyn)
ADMISSION: $15

WEDNESDAY, October 9
6:30pm Okkyung Lee
https://www.jamescohan.com/news/blank-forms-presents-okkyung-lee
VENUE: James Cohan Gallery (48 Walker Street)
ADMISSION: TBD

TUESDAY, October 15
7:30pm Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Program to include the New York Premiere of John Zorn’s Jumalatteret performed with the pianist Stephen Gosling
http://armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/recital_series_barbara_hannigan_2019
VENUE: Park Avenue Armory
ADMISSION: $75

TUESDAY, October 15
8PM CP Unit, C Spencer Yeh & Sandy Ewen, Tamio Shiraishi & Gyna Bootleg
https://www.facebook.com/events/2387008074890424/
VENUE: Rubulad
ADMISSION: TBD

TUESDAY, October 15
7:30PM Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians
Ensemble Signal
John Schaefer in conversation with Steve Reich
https://www.facebook.com/events/732522493878278/
VENUE: Brookfield Place
ADMISSION: Free

WEDNESDAY, October 16
7:30PM Steve Reich – Piano Phase, My Name is, Four Organs, and New York Counterpoint
Ensemble Signal
https://www.facebook.com/events/732522493878278/
VENUE: Brookfield Place
ADMISSION: Free

SATURDAY, October 19
8:30 pm Improvisations
Will Bernard (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Brian Chase (drums) Charlie Burnham (violin) Kirk Knufke (trumpet) Mike McGinnis (clarinet, sax)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

WEDNESDAY, October 23
8:30 pm Trio
Assif Tsahar (sax) Mat Maneri (viola) Ches Smith (drums)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

FRIDAY, October 25
8PM Erik Friedlander, cello, Stomu Takeishi, bass, Ches Smith, drums
VENUE: happyluckyno1
ADMISSION: $20

SATURDAY, October 26
7:30 pm Ecstatic Music: Nathalie Joachim & Spektral Quartet – “Fanm d’Ayiti”
https://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/ecstatic-music-nathalie-joachim-spektral-quartet-fanm-dayiti/
VENUE: Merkin Hall (Kaufman Music Center)
ADMISSION: $25

TUESDAY, October 29
8:30pm Trio Convulsant
Trevor Dunn, Mary Halvorson, Ches Smith
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

TUESDAY, October 29
6pm counter)induction
Music Of Jessica Meyer
Performers
Miranda Cuckson violin
Jessica Meyer viola
Caleb van der Swaagh cello
Benjamin Fingland clarinet
Ning Yu piano
Repertoire
I Only Speak of the Sun (2018)
Sagrada Familia (2017)
Only a Beginning (2015)
But Not Until (2014)
https://www.millertheatre.com/events/2019/10/29
VENUE: Miller Theatre
ADMISSION: Free