AMN Picks of the Week: Flamingo / Alvaro Domene / John Coltrane / Jack O’ The Clock / Reid, Kitamura, Bynum, & Morris

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.

Flamingo – Loud (2018)
Alvaro Domene – The Compass (2018)
John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (1963)
Jack O’ The Clock – Repetitions of the Old City – II (2018)
Reid / Kitamura / Bynum / Morris – Geometry of Caves (2018)


Missy Mazzoli Named the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence

Source: CSO Sounds & Stories.

Missy Mazzoli, whose acclaimed works, including three operas, have propelled her to the forefront of contemporary music, will be the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s next Mead Composer-in-Residence.

Her two-year appointment, by Music Director Riccardo Muti, begins July 1 and runs through June 30, 2020. In her new post, Mazzoli will curate MusicNOW, the CSO’s contemporary music series, and will provide artistic guidance for contemporary music commissions and programming, special events and artistic collaborations. She also will receive a commission to write a new work for the CSO in the 2019-20 season, as well as a commission for a new work for MusicNOW. In addition, she will collaborate with the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the CSO’s training ensemble.

Newsbits: Giannouli, Thorne, and Garden New Album / Alan Braufman / Moondog in Philly / More Big Ears Artists

Tania Giannouli, Rob Thorne, and Steve Garden have a new album out called REWA.

Tinymixtapes reviews the reissue of Alan Braufman’s 1975 album.

There will be a performance of the music of Moondog in Philadelphia this Saturday.

More Big Ears 2019 artists have been announced, including Kayhan Kalhor with Brooklyn Rider, Jlin, Matt Wilson’s Honey & Salt, Clarice Jenson’s with Jonathan Turner, Rafiq Bhatia’s Breaking English, and Coupler.

The Saxophone’s Unlikely Journey Out of Meme Hell 

Source: Noisey.

In the three years since his sprawling 3-hour debut album The Epic, jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington has achieved a level of crossover and mainstream appeal that straight-ahead jazz artists of the last generation can only dream of. While the largest platform other jazz artists have might be the Newport Jazz Festival, Washington shares a stage with the biggest music acts in the world at festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. His tours don’t book a string of aging tiny jazz clubs filled with Baby Boomers. Instead, Kamasi plays the same venues that host pop artists, metal bands, and rappers.

DownBeat Announces Winners of the 2018 Int’l Critics Poll

Source: DownBeat.

Pianist Vijay Iyer, singer-songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant, flutist Nicole Mitchell, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, orchestra leader Maria Schneider and hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar are among the talented performers who topped multiple categories in the 66th Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll.

Some notable winners:

Jazz Artist: Vijay Iyer

Historical Album: Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)

Jazz Group: Vijay Iyer Sextet

Trumpet: Ambrose Akinmusire

Alto Saxophone: Rudresh Mahanthappa

Flute: Nicole Mitchell

Guitar: Mary Halvorson

Bass: Christian McBride

Electric Bass: Steve Swallow

Drums: Jack DeJohnette

Percussion: Hamid Drake

Composer: Muhal Richard Abrams (1930–2017)

Record Label: ECM

Rising Star–Jazz Artist (TIE): Kris Davis and Julian Lage

Rising Star–Jazz Group: Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble

Rising Star–Trumpet: Amir ElSaffar

Rising Star–Trombone: Jacob Garchik

Rising Star–Tenor Saxophone: Ingrid Laubrock

Rising Star–Clarinet: Matana Roberts

Rising Star–Piano: Orrin Evans

Rising Star–Guitar: Jakob Bro

Rising Star–Percussion: Satoshi Takeishi

Rising Star–Miscellaneous Instrument: Tomeka Reid (cello)

Rising Star–Composer: Tyshawn Sorey

Rising Star–Arranger: Amir ElSaffar

AMN Picks of the Week: Matthew Lux / The End / Tunnels of Ah / Dark Ages / Vinny Golia

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.

Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet – Contra/Fact (2018)
The End – Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen (2018)
Tunnels of Ah – Charnel Transmissions (2018)
Dark Ages – Dark Ages (2018)
Vinny Golia – Trajectory (2018)