AMN Picks of the Week: Ricardo Jiménez & Antonio Ramírez / Hidden Forces Trio & Alejandro Rojas-Marcos / Fionnlagh / Android Trio / Kenneth Jimenez & Stephen Gauci / SaaR

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.

Ricardo Jiménez & Antonio Ramírez – Génesis Negro (2021)
Hidden Forces Trio & Alejandro Rojas-Marcos – Velá (2021)
Fionnlagh – What Came Before (2021)
Android Trio – Other Worlds (2021)
Kenneth Jimenez & Stephen Gauci – Pandemic Duets (2021)
SaaR – Gods (2021)

Kris Davis Receives 2021 Doris Duke Artist Award

Source: DDCF.

Kris Davis, a 2021 Doris Duke Artist in the jazz category, is a critically acclaimed pianist and composer who was described by The New York Times as a beacon for “deciding where to hear jazz on a given night.”

Since 2003, Davis has released 23 recordings as a leader or co-leader and has collaborated with previous fellow Doris Duke Artists such as Terri Lyne Carrington and Craig Taborn along with other celebrated musicians. Davis began studying classical piano at age six, and in her early teens, she discovered her love of jazz through the music of Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, leading her to study jazz at the University of Toronto. She then completed a master’s degree in classical composition from the City College of New York a few years later.

Coming to San Francisco

Source: Bay Improviser.

Saturday, October 23
Sat 10/23 1:00 PM Brew Coffee and Beer House [555 Healdsburg Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA]
Eki’Shola / Erica Ambrin / Lee Vandeveer
Join us for a day of music to heal your soul and benefit North Bay Organizing Project. $10 suggested donation 

Sat 10/23 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Plays Monk – Ben Goldberg & Scott Amendola w/ special guest Nate Brenner. 

Sunday, October 24
Sun 10/24 4:00 PM The Dresher Ensemble Studio [West Oakland]
Ned Rothenberg with Paul Dresher and Jay Cloid

Sun 10/24 8:00 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Rova Saxophone Quartet

Sun 10/24 8:00 PM Berkeley Finnsh Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
Finnish Heritage Society Presents Koskinen/Romus’ Manala (CD release concert) featuring the Life’s Blood Ensemble 

Thursday, October 28
Thu 10/28 8:00 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Phillip Greenlief (sax) and Evelyn Davis (piano)

Saturday, October 30
Sat 10/30 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Ghost Call Quartet 

Sunday, October 31
Sun 10/31 2:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
A special screening of Larry Clark’s 1977 film PASSING THROUGH, followed by a conversation and Q&A with the filmmaker and critic, screenwriter and educator Josslyn Luckett Featuring the music of Eric Dolphy, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sun Ra and live performances by Horace Tapscott’s Pan African People’s Arkestra, Larry Clark’s PASSING THROUGH “theorizes that jazz is one of the purest expressions of African American culture, now hijacked by a white culture that brutally exploits musicians for profit. “An invaluable film-outcry” (Albert Johnson).

Sun 10/31 8:00 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) with Fred Frith (guitar)

AMN Picks of the Week: Ensemble Interactivo de La Habana / SPP / Taphephobia & IDFT / Maneri, Kalmanovitch, Jacobson & Osgood / Alphaxone

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.

Ensemble Interactivo de La Habana – Studio Session (2021)
SPP – L’albero Della Meduse (2009)
Taphephobia & IDFT – Kandu (2021)
Maneri / Kalmanovitch / Jacobson / Osgood – Variations On No Particular Theme – Part 1 (2021)
Alphaxone – Ghost Machine (2021)

ESP-Disk’ Listening Party in NY, October 22

Source: ESP-Disk’.

ESP-Disk’ release party/concert Friday, 10/22, 7-10 at Mama Tried, Third Ave & 27th St. in Brooklyn. Three bands, free admission (tip jar), outdoors (indoors if it rains).

Bridge of Flowers

ESP-Disk’s Drive To Revive Weird Rock continues with this Massachusetts quartet’s magnificent LP A Soft Day’s Night. Formed in 2016, BoF has an LP on the great Feeding Tube imprint and a handful of cassettes and CD-Rs. Velvet Underground influence with underground/outsider feel thanks to the unique vision of singer/lyricist Jeffrey Gallagher.

The Red Microphone

Radical poetry and jazz unite on this group’s 2021 ESP-Disk’ release And I Became of the Dark. Following up on their well-received 2017 ESP-Disk’ album backing poet Amina Baraka, The Red Microphone added guitarist Dave Ross to its roster and went into the studio with Ivan Julian (guitarist of punk icons Richard Hell & the Voidoids). A few other veterans of the downtown NYC jazz scene joined in to help accompany the provocative, political poetry of John Pietaro, who doubles on voice and drums.

Caterpillar Quartet

ESP artist Ken Kobayashi’s free-improv quartet with saxophonist Henry Raker, electric bassist Jochem van Dijk, and keyboardist Steve Holtje finally celebrates the release of their 2020 album Threads.

AMN Picks of the Week: Gabie Strong / Jonah Rosenberg / Uesaka & Crispell / Phillips & Drake / Courvoisier & Halvorson

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.

Gabie Strong – Wilding Sun (2021)
Jonah Rosenberg’s Fabulous Trio – The Bulbous and the Budding (2021)
Yuma Uesaka / Marilyn Crispell – Streams (2021)
Dan Phillips / Hamid Drake – L’avventura di Vivere (2021)
Sylvie Courvoisier / Mary Halvorson – Searching for the Disappeared Hour (2021)

Upcoming Cyclic Law Releases

Source: Cyclic Law.

ASHTORETH
“Rites III-IV” CD/LP (157th Cycle)

SIMULACRA / TRIANGULAR ASCENSION
“Ashes Of The World Empire” CD (168th Cycle)

SAÁADON
“мреть (наутро ночь)” CD/LP (180th Cycle)

and for those who missed our last newsletter, pre-orders are taken for
øjeRum
“Stigma” Book/CD (114th Cycle)

AMN Picks of the Week: Dickey, Parker & Shipp / Ashley Paul & Jeffrey Alexander / Lull / Maudits / Altus / Ager Sonus

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.

Whit Dickey / William Parker / Matthew Shipp – Village Mothership (2021)
Ashley Paul & Jeffrey Alexander – Ashley Paul & Jeffrey Alexander (2021)
Lull – Moments (1998)
Maudits – Angle Mort (2021)
Altus – Hypoxia (2021)
Ager Sonus – Niflheim (2021)

AMN Picks of the Week: Kloob / BlackWeald / Jacqueline Kerrod / Mars Williams & Vasco Trilla / Harry Partch Ensemble

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.

Kloob – Parallel States (2021)
BlackWeald – 90377 Sedna (2021)
Jacqueline Kerrod – 17 Days in December (2021)
Mars Williams / Vasco Trilla – Spiracle (2021)
Harry Partch Ensemble – The Bewitched (1980)