50th Anniversary Art Ensemble of Chicago Recording on the Way

Source: Pulp. This has been confirmed by the label.

The Art Ensemble of Chicago is also recording new music at Big Sky Studios in Ann Arbor for New York’s consistently remarkable Pi Recordings label and will present a concert on Saturday, October 20 at Bethlehem United Church of Christ (423 S 4th Ave., Ann Arbor). Mitchell is also performing a concert on Wednesday, October 17 at Kerrytown Concert House with longtime friends from Detroit in honor of the Creative Arts Collective, an ACM-associated project he helped spur in Michigan in 1978.


New Releases From Skirl Records

Source: Skirl Records.

Endangered Blood – Don’t Freak Out avail now!

Jakob Buchanan – A Language Of My Own – Fall release

Simon Jermyn and David Crowell – Spirit Spout

Sean Moran – Sun Tiger Oct 5th release!

Jonathan Goldberger, JP Shlegelmilch and Jim Black – Visitors

Shawn Lovato – Cycles Of Animation

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

Sunday, October 14th:
6pm: SEAN ALI / MICHAEL FOSTER / DEVIN GRAY – ContraBass / Saxes / Drums
8pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / LEONOR FALCON – Clarinet & Violin – Solo & Duo

Sunday, October 21st:

Sunday, October 28h:
6pm: MAX KUTNER & GREGG BENDIAN – Guitarist from Evil Genius meets Drummer from Mahavishnu Project

November 4th, 2018:


Check Out New Music from:

Two from Intakt: Michael Formanek Elusion Qt: Tony Malaby / Kris Davis / Ches Smith! Don Byron & Aruan Ortiz! Eight from Clean Feed & Shhpuma: Jacob Sacks / Ellery Eskelin / Tony Malaby / M. Formanek / Dan Weiss! Chris Pitsiokos / Susana Santos Silva / Torbjorn Zetterberg! Peter McEarchern / Mario Pavone / Michael Sarin! Fredrik Nordstrom / Frederik Ljungvist! Friends & Neighbors!

Sean Moran / Hank Roberts / Vinnie Sperrazza! Lajos Dudas Rarity! Two from Accordi dei Contari! Plus Historic discs from Nina Simone! Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry! Bottleneck Guitar Compilation! Plus a No More Records CD sale: William Parker solo, Roy Campbell Pyramid Trio, Rob Brown Quartet, Mat Maneri & Randy Peterson! Two from Frank Lowe & Billy Bang! And even more vinyl!

New David S. Ware and William Parker Recordings Out Soon

Source: Aum Fidelity.

David S. Ware Trio
The Balance

David S. Ware: tenor saxophone, saxello
William Parker: bass
Warren Smith: drums, tympanis/percussion

The Balance is the fourth edition in AUM Fidelity’s DSW-ARC Series; it presents an outstanding and incendiary David S. Ware concert, in trio with William Parker and Warren Smith. A tenor sax–bass–drums excursion displaying full vitality from the first note, this suite of spontaneous form was created at NYC’s Vision Festival in 2010. Ware had been a perennial at this vital annual gathering since its beginning; this was his first time back since the revered Quartet bid farewell there in 2006, and it was an exhilarating return.

Also included here are four out-takes from the Onecept session – all of which had been completed & considered for inclusion at that time. The three releases together present the total work which this group created.

William Parker
Flower In a Stained-Glass Window -&- The Blinking of The Ear

Released on his own Centering Records imprint (dist. by AUM Fidelity), this special edition release is comprised of two brand new full-length albums, distinct in personnel & approach, yet complementary in ethos. William Parker is / has been on a profound and voluminous creative flow. Both of these albums were made in Summer 2018; they follow up and extend on his June 2018 release, the exemplary triple-album set Voices Fall From the Sky.

Flower in a Stained-Glass Window fully features vocalist Leena Conquest, a tremendous interpreter of Parker’s work in song. She can be heard to deep affect in his Raining On The Moon and Curtis Mayfield projects. This is her first work together with Parker since 2012, and it is a potent return to this creative orbit. She sings and speaks atop of and within a fresh ensemble featuring Parker’s bass together with long-time compatriots trombonist Steve Swell & saxophonist Dave Sewelson, South African drummer Kesivan Naidoo (in his first work with Parker), Parker’s son Isaiah on piano, as well as younger saxophonic talents Abraham Mennen and Nick Lyons. This work is dedicated to the inspiration of Martin Luther King, and the lyrical content pulls no punches delivering the truth as Parker sees it. The message is: social and political justice and equality for all human beings.

“Flower..” was slated for release on its own, and then William Parker had a summer residency at The Stone / New School in New York in which The Blinking of The Ear was presented in wholly extended form by an ensemble featuring Daniel Carter (witness the recently released Seraphic Light), Steve Swell, Eri Yamamoto on piano, William Parker and young Leonid Galaganov on drums, with mezzo soprano AnnMarie Sandy. This composition first appeared on the Voices Fall From The Sky set in a voice/piano/drums reading. Here, as Parker writes in the liner notes: “The dream was to combine written music with improvised music; slowly and seamlessly folding them together as one. This sextet live version wholly realized that dream; it was an extraordinary event in music called universal tonality.”

Anderson/Zitarelli & PAK Tour Europe, New PAK Album

European Tour 2018 Anderson/Zitarelli – PAK

Part one: R.Anderson/A. Zitarelli (Jazz Molecules in a Metal Pack) with Dark Rock Hallucinogène
Oct. 13 – Comala – Torino IT
Oct. 19 – UMBO – Zürich DE
Oct. 20 – Schieszhaus Zeulenroda – Zeulenroda DE (w/DRH)
Oct. 21 – Immerhin – Würzburg DE (w/DRH)
Oct. 22 – Kafe Kult – Munich DE (w/DRH)

Part two: PAK / Idiot Saint Crazy Orchestra
Oct 25 – TBA – Paris FR
Oct. 26 – Le 108 – Orléans FR
Oct 27 – aux Grouets – Blois FR
Oct 31 – Mix’Art Myris -Toulouse FR
Nov. 1 – L’Embobineuse – Marseille FR
Nov. 3 – Centre Culturel Libertaire – Lille FR (sans ISCO)

PAK “Bestial” 53 minutes of new music


“Ron Anderson is back on guitar with a more powerful heavier sound. New members Steve Blanco (Imperial Triumphant) on bass and Larry Kwartowitz (Cleric) on drums are helping in stretching the band’s previous boundaries pushing PAK to new sonic directions.”

Resonance Records to Release Dolphy Set with 85 Minutes of Previously Unheard Music

Source: Resonance Records.

First official release of previously-unissued ERIC DOLPHY studio recordings in over 30 years, including 85-minutes never before released.

Includes an exhaustive 100-page book with rare photos by Chuck Stewart, Jean-Pierre Leloir, Val Wilmer and others; essays by jazz author/scholar Robin D.G. Kelley, Douglas label manager Michael Lemesre, Japanese Dolphy scholar Masakazu Sato, and co-producers Zev Feldman and James Newton, Plus words by John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus.

Interviews with jazz icons Sonny Rollins, Sonny Simmons, Richard Davis, Henry Threadgill, Nicole Mitchell, Steve Coleman, David Murray, Bill Laswell, Oliver Lake, Han Bennink, Joe Chambers, Dave Liebman & Marty Ehrlich.

Deluxe 3CD & Digital Editions available January 25, 2019 Deluxe Limited-Edition, 180-gram 3LP gatefold set released exclusively for Record Store Day’s Black Friday Event on November 23, 2018.

Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions is being released in partnership with the Eric Dolphy Trust and the Alan Douglas Estate with remastered high-resolution monoaural audio transferred directly from the original tapes.

New Releases From Midira Records

Source: Midira Records.

N + [ B O L T ] come up with their third full length album. This time with a more dark attempt. They call it “black drone” and what you will hear on this album are very dark marching and swelling sounds. Maybe “heavy ambient” is also a good discription. Limited to 200 copies: 100 on black vinyl, 100 on red transparent vinyl.

Giulio Aldinucci & The Star Pillow teamed up as a north italian collaboration and the result is “Hidden”, a very intense and fragile album with a blend of ambient, electronic and field recordings. A floating and buzzing masterpiece.

SARRAM is the solo project of Valerio Marras, a sardinian guitarist, who recorded “Four Movements of a Shade”. This improvisational studio album features tracks, that move through massive drone soundwalls to fragile minimal sounds. A beautiful soundjourney, mastered by James Plotkin. Limited to 200 copies on CD with a dark artwork on a four panel digisleeve.