JazzTimes Reviews

Source: JazzTimes.

Fay Victor’s SoundNoiseFunk: Wet Robots (ESP-Disk’)

No Fast Food: Settings for Three (CornerStore Jazz)

Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet: Contra/Fact (Astral Spirits)

Michael Musillami Trio +2: Life Anthem (Playscape)

Miles Okazaki: Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk, Volumes 1-6 (Miles Okazaki)

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Jazz Right Now Reviews

Source: Jazz Right Now.

Review: Weasel Walter, Sam Weinberg, Carlo Quebrada Live at Wonders of Nature, Sep 5, 2018

Review: Blacks’ Myths, Live at Fridman Gallery, Sep 7, 2018

Review: James Brandon Lewis Solo, Live at the Fridman Gallery, Sep 7, 2018

Review: Charmaine Lee Solo at Wonders of Nature, Sep 5, 2018

Review: Lucas Brode and Kevin Shea Live at the Troost, August 22

Review and Exclusive Full Album Stream: Brandon Lopez – Quoniam Facta Sum Vilis

Review: Brian Chase and Zeena Parkins Live at San Damiano Church, Brooklyn

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Brian Marsella Trio Play the Legendary Hassan! Two on Intakt: Fred Frith Trio & Ken Vandermark / Sylvie Courvoisier / Nate Wooley / Tom Rainey! 3rd from Endangered Blood: Chris Speed / Oscar Noreiga / Trevor Dunn / Jim Black! Marilyn Crispell / Joe Fonda / Harvey Sorgen! Travis LaPlante & Gerald Cleaver! Arve Henriksen! 3 from Rez Abbasi!

577 Records: Donny McKenzie Duos: Elliott Sharp/Bill Laswell/Vernon Reid & Listening Group w/ Daniel Carter! Historic Discs from John Coltrane Meets Other Tenor Titans! Stella Chiweshe! Masonna! Herman Nitsch! Konstruktivist! Sonic’s Rendezvous Band! Os Mutantes! Philip Jeck! And the Fabulous Fred Frith CD Sale Continues..!

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

Sunday, September 23rd:
6pm: TEAM PLAYERS QUARTET: BRAD LINDE / BILLY WOLFE / AARON QUINN /
DERIC DICKENS – Two Saxes / Guitar / Drums
7pm: DEVIN BRAHJA WALDMAN and DEVIN GRAY – Sax and Drums

Sunday, September 30th:
6pm: HANS TAMMEN and CHRISTOPH IRMER – Buchla Synth and Violin
7pm: LIOR MILLIGER / HILLIARD GREENE / JOE HERTENSTEIN – Sax / Bass / Drums

Sunday, October 7th:
6pm: SHANE PARISH & FRANK MEADOWS – Guitar & ContraBass
7pm: JESSE DULMAN QT: RAS MOSHE / DAVE SEWELSON / LEONID GALAGANOV

Sunday, October 14th:
6pm: SEAN ALI / MICHAEL FOSTER / DEVIN GRAY – ContraBass / Saxes / Drums
7pm: LEONOR FALCON / SANA NAGANO – String Duo
8pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO and FRIENDS

Sunday, October 21st:
6pm: HANNA SCHöRKEN – Solo Experimental Vocalist from Cologne!
7pm: DAVE SEWELSON QUARTET – FMR CD Release Set!

Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Mahakaruna Quartet
Inventum

AAMM
Unholy Elisabeth

John Tilbury/Keith Rowe/Kjell Bjørgensen
Sissel

Yoni Kretzmer’s New Dilemma
Month, Weeks and Days

Ramon Lopez/Percy Pursglove/Rafal Mazur
Threefold

François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur
Beyond Dimensions

Roots Magic
Last Kind Words

Beaver Harris-Don Pullen 360° Experience
A Well Kept Secret

Dirk Serries/Colin Webster
Gargoyles

Martina Verhoeven & Dirk Serries
Innocent as Virgin Wood

Clément Janinet
O.U.R.S.

Bruit 4
Bruit 4

2018 Chicago Jazz Festival Reviewed

Source: JazzTimes.

Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds, which her Black Earth Ensemble performed at the Pritzker Pavilion on the first day of the 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival, is a visionary Afrofuturistic fable of new beauty arising from old—“merging,” as Mitchell has said, “the chalice with the blade, the urban with the earth-focused, the electronic/electric with the acoustic, the female with the male.” And, she might have added, the past and present with the future. The Ensemble’s instrumentation made this clear; the ancient sounds of traditional Asian percussion, wind, and string instruments (taiko, shamisen, shakuhachi)melded seamlessly with the outer-space ululations of a theremin alongside more ostensibly conventional “jazz” and “classical” voices. Musical stylings ranged from ensemble blends rooted in the Western canon through funk, fusion, art rock, and post-Sun-Ra free-form harmonic cosmology, all the way back home to deep-roots soul/gospel testifying.