The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle (International Anthem, 2019) ****

Albert Beger & Co.

Wadada Leo Smith with Pheeroan akLaff | Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi

Philipp Gropper’s Philm – Consequences (Why Play Jazz, 2019) ****

Tyshawn Sorey & Marilyn Crispell – The Adornment of Time (Pi Recordings, 2019) *****

Whit Dickey/The Tao Quartets – Box of Light & Peace Planet (AUM Fidelity, 2019) ****1⁄2

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Source: ISSUE Project Room.

SUZANNE FIOL: MOTHERS OF CREATION – KATHY BREW, MICHELLE HANDELMAN, KIMIKO HAHN / MV CARBON
Thu 10 Oct, 2019, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
ISSUE is honored to present an evening in celebration of the organization’s beloved late founder Suzanne Fiol. The event is a showcase of the exhibition Suzanne Fiol: Ten Years Alive, a conversation with Suzanne’s close friends: artists Kathy Brew, Michelle Handelman & Kimiko Hahn + a performance from MV Carbon.

ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY / LEA BERTUCCI & AMIRTHA KIDAMBI
Tue 22 Oct, 2019, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Esteemed Japanese band Asa-Chang & Junray draw on material from the project’s entire discography on their first visit to the U.S. Lea Bertucci & Amirtha Kidambi also perform in a recently formed duo, featuring improvisations for voice processed through idiosyncratic misuse of tape machines.

NE(X)TWORKS: THEN ➤ NOW ➤ NEXT? A FAREWELL CONCERT
Thu 24 Oct, 2019, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
New York’s long-running creative music ensemble Ne(x)tworks presents its final performance. The career-spanning program nods in many of the directions explored since the group’s first concert in June 2003, showcasing graphic and hybrid scores that expose the conceptual root elements of the Ne(x)tworks project.

LEILA BORDREUIL & LEE RANALDO WITH STEPHAN MOORE / ASHA SHESHADRI / THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF COCKSUCKING
Fri 01 Nov, 2019, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
ISSUE presents an expansive gathering of NYC artists working across disciplines. Leila Bordreuil and Lee Ranaldo debut an improvised duet, and are then joined by Stephan Moore. Asha Sheshadri stages a new iteration of her essayistic performance practice and The New York Review of Cocksucking also perform.

Seattle Scene: October 10-26, 2019

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

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.

Don’t Move
Thu. Oct. 10, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Seattle-based piano trio Don’t Move splatters sonic colors against rippling rhythmic canvases; they overlay uniquely shaped melodies and flashes of bursting energy to form a one-of-a-kind puzzle of song that hangs framed in your mind above the mantle. Pianist Eric Bob Warren Ainley, bassist Ray Clemens, and drummer Jeff DeRoshia showcase their love for thoughtful, angular compositions.

Amy Denio: Truth Is Up For Grabs
Fri. Oct. 11, 8 PM; $5 – $25 online/at door

Composer Amy Denio presents her newly expanded chamber suite for 21 instruments (strings, brass, woodwinds, and two percussionists – from Kurdistan and Mexico), conducted by Mike Jauregui, with projected video by James Drage. This rich and lively musical suite is inspired by current events, the political economy of war, and poems by Pablo Neruda. Presented by Seattle Composers Alliance.

Amy Denio: Truth Is Up For Grabs
Sat. Oct. 12, 8 PM; $5 – $25 online at door

Composer Amy Denio presents her newly expanded chamber suite for 21 instruments (strings, brass, woodwinds, and two percussionists – from Kurdistan and Mexico), conducted by Mike Jauregui, with projected video by James Drage. This rich and lively musical suite is inspired by current events, the political economy of war, and poems by Pablo Neruda. Presented by Seattle Composers Alliance.

Earshot: Darius Jones
Mon. Oct. 14, 7:30 PM; $10 – $18 advance

Alto saxophonist Darius Jones pulls uncompromisingly from every corner of his self in search of more pure and absolute ways to communicate and be understood. He is able to call on the rich melodic histories of soulful blues and church traditions and then seamlessly transition to powerful split-tones reminiscent of Pharoah Sanders or Roscoe Mitchell. Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.

Fri. 10/18 – Nonsequitur & Earshot Jazz Festival present Brazilian composer/pianist/vocalist Clarice Assad, playing solo and ensemble works with locals Heather Bentley (viola), Taina Karr (oboe), Michael Jinsoo Lim (violin), Alina To (violin), Brandon Vance (violin), and Gretchen Yanover (cello)

Mon. 10/21 – Earshot Jazz Festival presents saxophonist Briggan Krauss

Tue. 10/22 – East German piano/cello duo CEEYS + California composer Christopher Sky + Portland composer/pianist Goldmund present an evening of beautiful, abstract post-classical compositions

Wed. 10/23 – Earshot Jazz Festival presents solo bassist Larry Grenadier + EarthToneSkyTone (Kelsey Mines, bass + Carlos Snaider, guita & udu)

Thu. 10/24 – Argentinian composer/guitar virtuoso Hernán Reinaudo performs original compositions – a personal journey from contemporary tango to folk fusion and Afro-Latin influence, with local musician Mirta Wymerszberg on flute, bandoneon and vocals, plus special guests.

Fri. 10/25 – pianist Jesse Myers performs Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories

Sat. 10/26 – Earshot Jazz Festival presents Dreamstruck, with Marilyn Crispell (piano), Joe Fonda (bass), and Harvey Sorgen (drums)

Ginger Baker’s Hidden Gems

Source: Variety. Collaborations with Fela Kuti, Hawkwind, and PiL.

When Ginger Baker died Sunday at the age of 80 after years of ill health, the rock era lost its first real superstar drummer.

Mind you, Baker would’ve absolutely hated having his name tied to anything rock — in death and he did in life — despite having made his notoriety, initially, with the genre’s first power trio and supergroup, Cream, in 1966, followed by Blind Faith in 1969.

Like jazz drummers Louie Bellson and Rufus Jones long before him, Baker was a proponent of the double-bass drum sound, and turned the jazz tradition of rolling, raging thunderous solos, a la Max Roach and Art Blakey, into a heavy rock staple. Baker was known for everything from Dixieland to blues, fusion, Afrobeat, free jazz, post-punk and more. Focus on rock while dealing with him, and you could get a caning such as the one that the drummer famously gave film director/acolyte Jay Bulger during his 2012 documentary “Beware of Mr. Baker.”