David S. Ware Profiled

Source: Downbeat.

From his time hitting New York clubs as a kid to his brief stint at Berklee and years spent leading his own bands, David S. Ware pursued a path of unfettered expression, sopping up sounds and emotions as he went along.

The late saxophonist, who would have turned 70 today, recorded Birth Of A Being, a collaborative album with Apogee, in 1977. For Ware, the disc (which was released in ’79) marked the beginning of a decade’s long search for the sublime that included brushes with fame, a major-label deal and even the occasional gig with rock acts.

Philip Glass Profiled

From: The New York Times.

On a recent Monday evening, Philip Glass sat at a piano placed between the painting and a few dozen potential donors to the Days and Nights Festival, his annual works-in-progress showcase south of Palo Alto. Mr. Glass, the master of musical Minimalism, is known for the precision of his endlessly undulating arpeggios. When he plays his own pieces, though, they tend to blur and smear, like Mitchell’s brush strokes. Rhythms that in other hands are almost clinical in their regularity begin to smudge, the music newly volatile and feeling.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

MADE TO BREAK – “F4 Fake” (trost records, 2019)

Radical Empathy Trio – “Reality and Other Imaginary Places” (ESP Disk, 2019)

TONED + Jack Wright – “Four on The Top Floor” (2019)

Entr’acte – “Soigne Ta Droite” (Catalytic Sound, 2019)

Matana Roberts – “Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis” (Constelation Records, 2019)

BENEDICT TAYLOR & ANTON MOBIN – “CLOSE ⎢ QUARTERS” (new wave of jazz, 2019)

John Dikeman, Alexander Hawkins, Roger Turner, Luís Vicente, Hugo Antunes – “Corda Bamba” (JACC Records, 2019)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1206

Source: Vital Weekly.

PHIL DURRANT & BILL THOMPSON – INTRASPECT (CD by Burning Harpsichord Records) *
CRISTIAN ALVEAR & SANTIAGO ASTABURUAGA – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR (CD by Caduc) *
LEO OKAGAWA – SOMETHING VEILED (CD by Unfathomless) *
FISH & STEEL (CD by PNL Records) *
JOE MCPHEE & PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE – SONG FOR THE BIG CHIEF (CD by PNL Records) *
HELGA MYHR – NATTEN VELLER SEG UT (CD by Motvind Records) *
MERIHEINI LUOTO – METSÄNPEITTO 2 (CD by Meriheini Luoto) *
BRUNO DUPLANT – ETENDUES SILENCIEUSES (CD by Inexhuastible Editions) *
MONOPIECE & JAAP BLONK (CD by Clean Feed) *
LUIS LOPES – LOVE SONG: POST-RUINS (CD by Clean Feed) *
FLIN VAN HEMMEN – CASTING SPELLS & THE COVES (2CD by Neither/Nor) *
OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE – FROM SOMEWHERE INVISIBLE (CD by Sub Rosa) *
TORBA – MUSIQUE INCONCRETE (LP by Fragment Factory) *
MME DUO – AWHOLERUNBOOM (2LP by Makiphon)
ELLENDE – ODYSSEY, A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY (double 10″ by Smeerlap) *
ALEX MCKECHNIE – DESGRESS OF LATITUDE (CDR, private) *
ELIZABETH JOAN KELLY – FAREWELL, DOOMED PLANET (CDR, private) *
THE CLYDE PARKER PROJECT (2CDR compilation by Eilean Records)
FOETAL ZULU – TRACTS (3″CDR by Rural Colours) *
YAN JUN – POSTCARDS (cassette by Crustaces Tapes)
AARON NICHOLAS WEST – HE WORE TWO DIFFERENT SHOES BECAUSE HE’S A PARTY BOY
(cassette, private)
AARON WEST – NEXT YEAR MAYBE, WHEN I SEE YOU AGAIN (cassette, private)
SOCIOLOGICAL LIVER PILLS (cassette by Obsolete Staircases)
THE DULCET SOUND OF FICTION (7″ by Humanhood Recordings)

Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Thur, Fri. & Sat. November 7, 8 & 9 : Doug Hammond Special
A native of Tampa and ex-Detroiter who first gained notice on Tribe Records, Doug Hammond returns from Linz, Austria in a rare US appearance.
Featuring …
Doug Hammond (Austria) – percussion and vocals
Dwight Adams – trumpet
Marcus Elliott- sax
Rocco Popielarski – double-bass
Best know as a free-funk/avant-garde jazz drummer, Hammond began his recording career with the auspicious release “Reflections in the Sea of Nurnen” on Detroit’s influential Tribe Records. Featuring funky jazz instrumentals and soulful vocals by Hammond alongside solo modular-synthesizer freakouts and other musical curveballs, the album is both highly creative and full of socially conscious lyrics. Even before this first release as a leader, Hammond had begun collaborating with some of the greatest artists in jazz, An outstanding songwriter, no less than Charles Mingus made Hammond’s tune “Moves” the showcase of his record Mingus Moves, and bassist Dave Holland has covered Hammond’s music on multiple records. Artists of the stature of Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Sam Rivers, James Blood Ulmer, Donald Byrd and Kirk Lightsey have enlisted Hammond’s talents for their projects.

Saturday, Nov. 16: Thollem and special Detroit guests plus the debut of Lumino (Sonia Lee- violin, Lisa Raschiatore- clarinet and John Etsell- piano)
What can we say about Thollem that we haven’t said before? Maybe that this amazing virtuoso pianist and improviser has a new record out with the also amazing heavyweights Nels Cline and Michael Wimberly? Or that this current Detroit residency is featuring a multitude of various collaborators and projects connected to this city? There will be various iterations happening all week, but it all culminates with Saturday night New Music super show! You can checkout the multitude of Thollem’s collaborations with people from other parts of the world (from Pauline Oliveros to Mike Watt to William Parker to Jad Fair to Nate Wooley. Also on the bill is the debut of Detroit’s newest contemporary chamber music ensemble, Lumino. Clarinetist Lisa Raschiatore and violinist Sonia Lee have made names for themselves in classical and New Music circles in Detroit and beyond. They recently met playing my chamber music and decided to start an ensemble together- adding young up-and-comer John Etsell at the piano. Ranging from 20th-century modernism to contemporary music, Lumino is just the sort of high-execution, high-ambition ensemble that Detroit’s chamber music world so desperately needs. Doors at 8 pm; $12.

COMING SOON
11/22 Exhibition opening for “HOLD”
12/13: Ben Miller’s Sensorium Chamber Orchestra
12/15: Xylouris White

Sonny Rollins in the ’70s: Part 2 

Source: burning ambulance.

Sonny Rollins might be the greatest tenor saxophonist who ever lived. But in the 21st century, his reputation mostly rests on the albums he made in the 1950s and 1960s, on the Blue Note, Riverside, Prestige, RCA, and Impulse! labels. His 1970s and ’80s albums are often overlooked or forgotten these days. Well, in this series, we’re going to remedy that, and dig into every one of Rollins’ albums from the ’70s, eleven in all, nine of them for the Milestone label, where he was signed from 1972 to 2001. This string of releases includes some of his most pop-friendly material, but it also includes some truly uncompromising work, as well as some unexpected sounds — Rollins can be heard playing the soprano on several of these records.

Orenda Records Upcoming Artist Performances

Source: Orenda Records.

Nov 7: Andrew Conrad at the Jazz 360 Series at Los Angeles City College (Los Angeles)
Nov 11: Christine Tavolacci at Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles)
Nov 12: Trevor Anderies Quintet at bluewhale (Los Angeles)
Nov 20: Walt Weiskopf at Free Brown Bag Concert Series (Worcester, MA)
Nov 23: Derrick Spiva Jr. at Sounds Unknown: The Black Violin (Pasadena, CA)
Nov 23: Derrick Spiva Jr. at Sounds Unknown: The Black Violin (Santa Monica, CA)
Every Monday Night: Matthew Yeakley at The Falls Lounge (Los Angeles)