Connie Crothers, a jazz pianist who carried the mantle of her famous mentor, Lennie Tristano, but built her own identity as an inventive composer, improviser and instructor, died on Aug. 13 in Manhattan. She was 75.
Source: Hammer Museum.
Trumpeter, composer and musical visionary Wadada Leo Smith has received the Hammer Museum 2016 Mohn Award for Career Achievement “honoring brilliance and resilience.” The $25,000 Award was announced August 16 by the museum and presented in conjunction with the exhibition Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, through, only, organized by Hammer curator Adam Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, director of education and associate curator, Renaissance Society. Dancer and choreographer Adam Linder also received a Mohn Award for artistic excellence and Kenzi Shiokava received the Public Recognition Award.
Smith, who turns 75 in December 2016, recently received a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award and received an honorary doctorate from CalArts, where he was honored as Faculty Emeritus. He maintains an active touring and recording schedule. His latest epic recording America’s National Parks will be released October 14, 2016 on Cuneiform Records. A six-movement suite inspired by the scenic splendor, historic legacy, and political controversies of the country’s public landscapes the recording features Smith with pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg, drummer Pheeroan akLaff and cellist Ashley Walters. Later this year TUM Records will release Wadada Leo Smith: Nagwa featuring Smith with guitarists Michael Gregory Jackson, Henry Kaiser, Brandon Ross and Lamar Smith, plus Bill Laswell on electric bass, Pheeroan akLaff on drums and Adam Rudolph on percussion. Coming on TUM in early 2017 will be Alone: Reflections and Meditations on Monk, a solo recording.
Newsbits: Andrew Drury / Carolina Eyck and ACME / Velvet Underground / Miles Davis / London Underground
Jazz Right Now reviews Andrew Drury’s Content Provider.
A new Miles Davis boxed set focuses on his late 60’s quintet.
A sound map of London’s Underground is profiled.
AMN Picks of the Week: Reconnaissance Fly / Cyanotype / Lesley Flanigan / Bent Knee / Bafus & Brewer / BC Grimm
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.
Reconnaissance Fly – Off By One (2016)
Cyanotype – Two Silent Schnauzers (2016)
Lesley Flanigan – Hedera (2016)
Bent Knee – Shiny Eyed Babies (2014)
Jon Bafus / Jed Brewer – Tangled Tones (2016)
BC Grimm – Orbis Obscura (2016)
A Philippe Besombes 4CD reissue set is available.
Jazz Right Now reviews two recent Peter Kuhn albums.
Source: Creative Music Studio.
Composer/educator Pauline Oliveros, pianist/composer Fabian Almazan and Creative Music Studio Associate Artistic Director/trumpeter Steven Bernstein join CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso for the CMS Fall Workshop at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, September 19 – 23, 2016. Percussionist Hamid Drake, bassist Ken Filiano, guitarist Omar Tamez and pianist Angelica Sanchez, along with others to be named at a later date, will also be at the workshop. Milford Graves, previously named as a Guiding Artist for this workshop, has to travel abroad.
Source: KQED Arts, Bobby Hutcherson passed away at age 75 after a long battle with emphysema.
Introduced to the Blue Note fold by veteran alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, Hutcherson quickly joined a loose confederation of creatively ambitious New York musicians inspired by the rhythmic and harmonic innovations of free jazz patriarch Ornette Coleman but dedicated to experimenting with compositional form. With his thick, ringing four-mallet chords and exquisitely chiseled melodic lines, he played a defining role on several dozen era-defining albums, such as Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch, Lee Morgan’s The Procrastinator, McCoy Tyner’s Time For Tyner, Joe Henderson’s Mode For Joe, Tony Williams’ Life Time, Gracham Moncur III’s Evolution, and McLean’s One Step Beyond.