AMN Picks of the Week: Khost / Reid Karris / Gaudi / Quinsin Nachoff / Peregrine Falls / nordBeck

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.

Khost – Governance (2017)
Reid Karris – Arbor Philosophica (2017)
Gaudi – Magnetic (2017)
Quinsin Nachoff – Ethereal Trio (2017)
Peregrine Falls – Peregrine Falls (2017)
nordBeck – Blenterop 1491 (2017)

Jazz Pioneer Roscoe Mitchell Marked for Dismissal at Mills College 

saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell at the Pomigliano ...

Source: KQED Arts. Well, this is not good. Academia is one of the few steady gigs for accomplished creative musicians.

Roscoe Mitchell, the influential saxophonist known for groundbreaking work in jazz and orchestral music, is in danger of losing his job at Mills College due to the Oakland-based university’s financial problems.

A founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago who was once described as “one of the most important musicians in jazz” by the New York Times, Mitchell is one of 11 faculty members expected to lose his position, according to Chris Brown, the co-director at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music.

AMN Picks of the Week: George Christian / Mario Pavone / Shelter / Thet Liturgiske Owäsende / Hanging Hearts / STAUB Quartet

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.

George Christian – Exílios 1 (2017)
Mario Pavone – Vertical (2017)
Shelter (Vandermark / Wooley / Heather / Stadhouders) – Shelter (2017)
Thet Liturgiske Owäsende – Wisconsin Mining State (2017)
Hanging Hearts – Into a Myth (2017)
STAUB Quartet – House Full of Colors (2017)

AMN Picks of the Week: Bubblemath / Kenoma / Gavin Prior / Chamber 4 / Olivia Block

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.

Bubblemath – Edit Peptide (2017)
Kenoma – The Tides Will Prevail (2017)
Gavin Prior – Always Summer Somewhere (2016)
Chamber 4 – City of Light (2017)
Olivia Block – Karren (2013)

RIP Bern Nix 

Source: Wikipedia. Sad news that has still not hit the main news sites. Bern Nix passed away yesterday.

Nix led the Bern Nix trio from 1985 to his death in 2017. In 1993, the band released the album Alarms and Excursions.[2] The album made many critics’ top ten lists.[1] Nix released a solo recording entitled Low Barometer (Tompkins Square Records) which became available online in September 2006. Another recent Nix composition, “Les is More”, appears on Art and Money, an album released by 1687, Inc. in 2006. In 2013, the Bern Nix Quartet released an album entitled Negative Capability.[3]

Nix also performed with James Chance and the Contortions and appears on their 1981 Live in New York recording. He has also appeared with Jayne Cortez, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Jemeel Moondoc, Ronald Shannon Jackson, James Chance, and Kip Hanrahan.

Newsbits: Maneri, Parker, and Ban / Carla Bley / Brian Marsella / Susan Alcorn / Magma / Jaimie Branch

English: Susan Alcorn

The latest from Mat Maneri, Evan Parker, and Lucian Ban is reviewed.

Carla Bley is interviewed and profiled.

The Chicago Reader covers Brian Marsella’s treatment of John Zorn.

Susan Alcorn was recently awarded $40,000.

Seventh Records is releasing a new version of Magma’s Wurdah Itah with 25 minutes of new takes.

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die is reviewed by Bandcamp and the Village Voice.