RIP Ginger Baker

Source: The Guardian.

Ginger Baker, one of the most brilliant, versatile and turbulent drummers in the history of British music, has died aged 80. His family had previously made it public that he was critically ill and asked fans to “please keep him in your prayers”. His Facebook page said he “passed away peacefully” on Sunday morning.

AMN Picks of the Week: Alcorn, McPhee & Vandermark / theBABAorchestra / Renaud Bajeux / Rob Mazurek / Snek Trio

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Susan Alcorn / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark – Invitation to a Dream (2019)
theBABAorchestra – Marigold (2019)
Renaud Bajeux – Magnetic Voices From The Unseen (2019)
Rob Mazurek – Desert Encrypts Vol. 1 (2019)
Snek Trio – Battement Développé (2019)

Scott Amendola Upcoming Tour Dates

Source: Scott Amendola.

Fri, OCT 11
Trevor Dunn/Phillip Greenlief/Scott Amendola Trio @ Mitchell Park Community Center w/ special guest Motoko Honda (solo piano – opening)
Palo Alto, CA

Sat, OCT 12
Phillip Greenlief / Trevor Dunn / Scott Amendola @ The Blue Whale – Angel City Jazz Festival
Los Angeles, CA

Sun, OCT 13
Trevor Dunn/Phillip Greenlief/Scott Amendola Trio @ The Uptown!
Oakland, CA

Tue, OCT 29
Amendola vs. Blades w/ Skerik, Cyro Baptista, and Jeff Parker celebrating the release of the new album “Everybody Wins”
Los Angeles, CA

Wed, OCT 30
Amendola vs. Blades w/ Skerik, Cyro Baptista, and Jeff Parker celebrating the release of the new album “Everybody Wins”
Los Angeles, CA

Thu, OCT 31
AMENDOLA VS. BLADES VS. SKERIK VS. BAPTISTA VS. PARKER @ SF JAZZ – Joe Henderson Lab Residency!
San Francisco, CA

Thu, OCT 31
AMENDOLA VS. BLADES VS. SKERIK VS. BAPTISTA VS. PARKER @ SF JAZZ – Joe Henderson Lab Residency!
San Francisco, CA

Fri, NOV 1
AMENDOLA VS. BLADES VS. SKERIK VS. BAPTISTA VS. PARKER Celebrating the release of our new record coming out October 2019!
San Francisco, CA

Fri, NOV 1
AMENDOLA VS. BLADES VS. SKERIK VS. BAPTISTA VS. PARKER @ SF JAZZ – Joe Henderson Lab Residency!
San Francisco, CA

Sat, NOV 2
AMENDOLA VS. BLADES VS. SKERIK VS. BAPTISTA VS. PARKER @ SF JAZZ – Joe Henderson Lab Residency!
San Francisco, CA

Sat, NOV 2
AMENDOLA VS. BLADES VS. SKERIK VS. BAPTISTA VS. PARKER @ SF JAZZ – Joe Henderson Lab Residency!
San Francisco, CA

Sun, NOV 3
AMENDOLA VS. BLADES VS. SKERIK VS. BAPTISTA VS. PARKER @ SF JAZZ – Joe Henderson Lab Residency!
San Francisco, CA

Sun, NOV 3
AMENDOLA VS. BLADES VS. SKERIK VS. BAPTISTA VS. PARKER @ SF JAZZ – Joe Henderson Lab Residency!
San Francisco, CA

Mon, NOV 4
Blades w/ Jeff Parker, Skerik, and Cyro Baptista! @ The Arcata Playhouse – Celebrating the release of their new album “EveryboAmendola vsdy Wins”
Arcata, CA

Wed, NOV 6
Amendola vs. Blades, with Skerik, Jeff Parker, and Cyro Baptista Celebrating the release of their new album “Everybody Wins”! @ The Tripe Door – Earshot Jazz Festival

Parma Recordings New Releases

Source: Parma Recordings.

DREAMERS
Jeffrey Jacob
Very few things are as cross-culturally understood as music. Concert pianist Jeffrey Jacob knows and feels this profoundly. At the heart of his album DREAMERS stands Jacob’s Symphony No. 5, chronicling the emotions of undocumented children growing up in the United States.

PLAYING ON THE EDGE
Sirius Quartet
NYC-based Sirius Quartet deftly navigates the peaks and valleys of Navona Records’ PLAYING ON THE EDGE, featuring the genius of contemporary composers Ian Erickson, Marga Richter, Jennifer Castellano, Brian Field, and Mari Tamaki.

SOMEWHERE
Andrea Cheeseman
The clarinet and computer might seem like unlikely partners in a musical endeavor. On Ravello Records’ SOMEWHERE, clarinetist Andrea Cheeseman suggests otherwise. With sometimes rhythm-driven and sometimes atmospheric performances, Cheeseman asserts that these two instruments not only can work in harmony, but that they should.