AMN Picks of the Week: Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet / Fujii & Yoshida / Forrest Fang / Kevin Sun

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.

Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet – Blue Shots from Chicago (2019)
Satoko Fujii / Tatsuya Yoshida – Baikamo (2019)
Forrest Fang – Ancient Machines (2019)
Kevin Sun – The Sustain of Memory (2019)

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Emily Cook & Dana Ma – “Cook​/​Ma” (Crucible, 2019)

Ken Vandermark ‎– “Unexpected Alchemy” (Not Two Records, 2019)

Satoko Fuji/Tatsuya Yoshida – “Baikamo” (Libra Records, 2019)

Ahmed – “Super Majnoon [East Meets West]” (Otoroku, 2019)

Onceim / Peter Ablinger – “NOTES & BLOC​-​NOTES” (Remote Resonator, 2019)

OLSSON​/​RUBIN – “OLSSON/RUBIN” (Barefoot Records, 2019)

Acre – “Different Constellation” (Aut Records, 2019)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1210

Source: Vital Weekly.

THE STONE TAPES – REVOLUTIONS IN THE HEAD (CD by Attentuation Circuit) *
ADRIAN KNIGHT – FLY BY NIGHT (2CD by Thanatosis Produktion) *
ALEX ZETHSON – POLE IN INACCESSIBILITY (2CD by Thanatosis Produktion) *
CANTOS DEUS – INTERWEAVING (CD by Z6 Records) *
ROGER TURNER & SATOH MASAHIKO & OTOMO YOSHIHIDE – SEA (CD by Relative Pitch Reocrds)
MICHEL DONEDA/LE QUAN NINH – THIRTY WAYS TO AVOID TALKING (CD by Relative Pitch Records)
YONG YANDSEN & CHRISTIAN MEAAS SVENDSEN & PAAL NILSSEN LOVE – HUNGRY GHOSTS (CD by Nakama Records) *
JOSHUA GEROWITZ – DARK FOREST THEORY (CD by PfMentum) *
PAWEL DISKOCZ & VASCO TRILLA – HAJSTRA (CD by Antenna Non Grata) *
PIOTR MELECH & WOJTEK KUREK – SPLIT HERE (CD by Antenna Non Grata) *
JIM HAYNES – ELECTRICAL INJURIES (LP by Aussenraum Records) *
MP HOPKINS – G.R/S.S (LP by Aussenraum Records) *
GÜNTER SCHLIENZ – LISSAJOUS (LP by Cosmic Winnetou) *
TRIKORDER 23 – MUCH TIME NO HORSE (LP by Cosmic Winnetou) *
GUNTHER VALENTINE – ADVICE FROM THE ROAD (CDR by Anathema Archive) *
ON CORROSION (10 cassette boxset by Helen Scarsdale)

Library Experimental Series Performance in Chicago

Source: pan y rosas discos.

Library Experimental is an ongoing series focusing on Chicago’s experimental musicians. It is happening at the Chicago Public Library in Jefferson Park on Saturday, December 21 from 2-4pm. Early! Free! Kid friendly! If the kids are patient! The first show after a long hiatus features William Riley Leitch; and Our Lisbon Office (Tricia Park, Mark Booth, Nathanael Jones). Jefferson Park library is located at 5363 W Lawrence. Convenient to both bus and blue line. https://www.chipublib.org/locations/38/

William Riley Leitch is a Chicago area trombonist. Riley has performed at the Nief Norf Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy where he studied with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ensemble Modern. Riley has premiered over 20 new works for solo trombone, chamber ensemble, and orchestra at events and venues such as Ear Taxi Festival and Red Note New Music Festival.

Our Lisbon Office is an improvisational ensemble comprised of Tricia Park (violin), Mark Booth (electronics), and Nathanael Jones (electronics/keyboard). For Library Experimental at the Jefferson Park Library the trio will perform improvisations initiated by a selection of abstract prose instructions.

Roscoe Mitchell and Shabaka Hutchings Interviewed

Source: Clash Magazine.

The Art Ensemble Of Chicago is a powerful force in avant garde music. Emerging from a coterie of jazz musicians in Chicago, the astonishing force of their live performances helped break left field music out of the boxes others tried to place it in. Building a lengthy, inspired catalogue, the Ensemble’s work has formed a unique aural universe, one it can confidently claim as its own. Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, the Art Ensemble Of Chicago toasted this milestone with phenomenal new album ‘We Are On The Edge’. Breaking free of their history, it finds the group locating 21st century kindred spirits, with guests ranging from Moor Mother to Jean Cook and Nicole Mitchell. Touching down in London for a rare live set as part of EFG London Jazz Festival, the Art Ensemble Of Chicago played a blistering, exuberant, riotous set at the Barbican. Guests on the night included Mercury nominee Shabaka Hutchings, with Clash sneaking in to witness an extraordinary, illuminating soundcheck. After this, we sat down with Art Ensemble Of Chicago founder Roscoe Mitchell and Shabaka Hutchings for a full conversation.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

ECM 50 years – Catalog Favorites (part II of III)

ECM 50 years – A Calm Sea with the Occasional Storm (Part I of III)

Cristián Alvear / Klaus Filip – 6 Chords (Ftarri, 2019) ****

Eve Risser – Après Uns Rêve (Clean Feed, 2019) ****½

Albert Ayler Quartets 1964 ‎- Spirits To Ghosts Revisited (ezz-thetics, 2019) ****(*)

Leo Svirsky – River Without Banks (Unseen Worlds, 2019) ****½