20 Greatest Saxophonists of All Time 

Albert Ayler

Source: L.A. Weekly. Sure, these lists are kind of silly, but still…

It’s considered by many to be music’s sexiest instrument. Its versatile sound, so like a great singer’s voice — sweetly seductive one moment, growling and blustery the next — has become virtually synonymous with the entire genre of jazz. Yet less than a century ago, the saxophone was considered a supporting player in orchestras and jazz bands — too awkwardly pitched halfway between brass and woodwinds to stand on its own but useful for blending the two


Tom Steenland on Forty Years in New Music

Source: NewMusicBox.

Having produced new music recordings for 40 years, I’ve seen some tectonic shifts in both the welcome expansion of the stylistic landscape of the music itself, as well as huge transformations in how new music is delivered to listeners.

Newsbits: Arnold Dreyblatt / Craig Taborn / Ornette Coleman / Mary Halvorson / Jim O’Rourke and Jassel Jaeger

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Arnold Dreyblatt’s upcoming visit to Houston is previewed.

Craig Taborn‘s new album, Daylight Ghosts, is reviewed.

The massive Celebrate Ornette 5 CD/DVD release (celebrating Ornette Coleman, of course) is reviewed.

Jazz Right Now reviews Meltframe from Mary Halvorson.

The new Jim O’Rourke and Jassel Jaeger album is reviewed.

AMN Picks of the Week: Thinking Plague / Microscopic Septet / Evan Caminiti / Grey Frequency / APUH! / Foudre!

English: Mike Johnson with Thinking Plague 2009

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.

Thinking Plague – Hoping Against Hope (2017)
The Microscopic Septet – Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me (2017)
Evan Caminiti – Toxic City Music (2017)
Grey Frequency – Exhibition (2017)
APUH! – Freedom of Peach (2017)
Foudre! – Earth (2017)

AMN Picks of the Week: Bowditch / Corsano, Courvoisier, & Wooley / Owczarek Caicedo Ponsa Trio / simakDialog / Nelson, Dahl, & Podgurski / Juan Antonio Nieto / Gustafsson & Kurzmann

English: Mats Gustafsson, moers festival

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.

Bowditch – Southend Objectified (2017)
Corsano / Courvoisier / Wooley – Salt Task (2017)
Owczarek Caicedo Ponsa Trio – Owczarek Caicedo Ponsa (2016)
simakDialog – The 6th Story (2013)
Nelson / Dahl / Podgurski – GRID (2017)
Juan Antonio Nieto – Imperfect (2017)
Mats Gustafsson / Christof Kurzmann – Falling and 5 other Failings (2016)

RIP Bill Horvitz

Source: San Antonio Express-News. We’re a little late on this one, as Mr. Horvitz passed away on January 15.

His collaborators included a brilliant and disparate cast of emerging luminaries. Among them were Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Phillip Johnston, Myra Melford, Bill Laswell, Eugene Chadbourne, Frank London and Wayne Horvitz, his brother. Many of these connections went undocumented, like his work in the influential new wave band the Public Servants.

Edgetone Records Winter Releases

Source: Edgetone Records.

Running From Bears – Maul of America

Running From Bears is an adventurous Phoenix-based jazz sextet. Formed in 2007, the group is committed to the composition and performance of original works, along with the occasional reworking of popular songs. Each player/composer has a different composition and improvisation voice, yielding a forward-thinking and diverse group sound.
Eric Rasmussen – alto saxophone
Adam Roberts – tenor and soprano saxophones
Keith Kelly – tenor and baritone saxophones
Jeff Libman – guitar
Ben Hedquist – bass
Ryan Anthony – drums

The Harold Trio

After meeting as part of the Washington Women in Jazz and Women in Jazz Sweden exchange, Amy K Bormet (piano/wurlitzer/voice), Biggi Vinkeloe (alto saxophone/flute), and Tina Raymond (drumset) came together in Los Angeles in May 2016 to record their first album of both live and studio performances. All three women are international performers, working in places as diverse as India, Brazil, Uganda, and Sweden. Their music, which is truly spontaneous, defies categorization and draws from the trio’s knowledge of western art music, avant-garde jazz, and Indian classical music. What makes the Harold Trio compelling is the ease with which Amy, Biggi, and Tina merge their deep individual experiences, exhilarating musical personas, and sensitive improvised ensemble work.
Biggi Vinkeloe – alto saxophone, flute
Amy K Bormet – piano, voice
Tina Raymond – drumset

Voco – The Walcott Sessions

Voco strives to push the edges of music and the conventional expectations of the power trio. Drawing on an extensive wealth of musical and thematic influences stretching deep into the past, and far into the imagined future, VOCO puts forth 10 original compositions that contort conventional riff-based instrumental rock as they shift genre, tempo, time signature, and dynamics. Listeners will find themselves entrapped in Zappa-esqe guitar solos, beaten by Norwegian Black Metal influenced blast beats, and stimulated with sounds spanning from delicate soft passages to atmospheric re-entry.
Alex Yeung – guitar
Tim Sullivan – drums
Josh Martin- bass
Chris U – analog synthesizer
Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone

Jim Ryan, Jordan Glenn – Mindless Thing

Mindless Thing is a collaboration between drummer/composer Jordan Glenn and iconoclast saxophonist/band leader/poet/artist/sage Jim Ryan. The music, composed and conducted by Glenn, takes malleable material and filters it through a unique ensemble of strings and percussion. The result is used to create a backdrop for Ryan’s surreal and haunting poetry. Poet, writer, philosopher and musician, Jim Ryan is an original member of the exploratory family of artists of the 20th century. His powerful playing style and truly original voice permeates with vibrant spirit.
Jim Ryan – voice/flute
Jordan Glenn – conducting/percussion
Michael Coleman- piano/percussion
Karl Evangelista – guitar
Damon Waitkus – hammered dulcimer
Robert Lopez – vibraphone / marimba / percussion