Music and More Reviews

From Music and More:

Dave Rempis and Frank Roasly – Cyrillic (482 Music, 2010)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Forty Fort (Hot Cup, 2010)

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New on Tigerasylum Records

From Tigerasylum Records:

Mothguts with Herb Robertson – 08854 CDR
Jersey-style punk meets full-force free jazz. Featuring the legendary trumpeter Herb Robertson weaving through the 1, 2 punch of hard-core struts sewn together by Anthony Ware (alto sax), Ben Ross (drums), Mike Noordzy (bass), and Chris Welcome (guitar). Think Z’s, Ornette, Last Exit, the Minutemen or Sabbath.

The ballad of lester sample – By leroi da moor is ra washington CDR
Straight out of Cleveland, birth site of Albert Ayler, Rafeeq Washington is laying down his version of todays blues – an insight to what the revolution sounds like in disc form. Avant guard samples and rhythms mixed with low-fi bliss make this hard-hitting and soul searching excursion into spoken truth its own slice of magic. Give your brain a twist and pop this in. Remember, Ayler’s ghost is watching…

A SHRED-festival of unashamed force. At once cerebral, playing architectural mind games, a moment never goes by that doesn’t twist back into some jaw-dropping, fist-clenching visceral explosion. An ensemble cast featuring fifteen of Brooklyn and Philadelphia’s finest will leave you breathless, shouting (no, screaming!!!) for more. Featuring the compositions of Nick Millevoi (Many Arms, Joe Lally).

Personnel: Nick Millevoi: conductor, guitar | Adam Caine: guitar* | Drew Cecatto: EVI, tenor saxophone | David Fishkin: acoustic and electric tenor saxophone | Dan Scofield: alto saxophone | Daniel Blacksberg: trombone | Larry Toft: trombone | Alison Conard: keyboard* | John DeBlase: electric bass* | Matt Engle: upright bass | Robert Ludington: drums* | Pete Angevine: drums* | Eric Slick: drums | Eli Littwin: drums | Special guest: George Korein: performance art*

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All About Jazz Reviews

Dave Douglas at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007.
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From All About Jazz:

Positive Catastrophe
Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

Dave Douglas Tiny Bell Trio
Constellations (Hatology)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Forty Fort (Hot Cup Records)
Reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Wadada Leo Smith
Spiritual Dimensions (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

Barry Guy / London Jazz Composers Orchestra / Irene Schweizer
Radio Rondo (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

Grosse Abfahrt
Vanity (Emanem)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

Larry Och’s Sax & Drumming Core
Stone Shift (Rogue Art)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Chicago Underground Duo
Boca Negra (Thrill Jockey)
Reviewed by Chris May

Greg Burk
Many Worlds (482 Music)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Myra Melford’s Be Bread
The Whole Tree Gone (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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The Avant Garde Alive and Kicking with Callithumpians

From The Boston Musical Intelligencer:

The Callithumpian Consort, under the skillful direction of pianist and conductor Stephen Drury, presented a concert entitled, “Hot Butterknife Knight” to a young and packed audience in the Gardner Museum’s series, “Avant Gardner,” on Thursday, January 21. The concert title itself has no particular meaning that I could determine, but rather seems to be a handle to signify the collaboration of three young composers, Lei Liang, Adam Roberts, and Nicholas Vines, all of whom have recent Ph.D. degrees in composition from Harvard University. Indeed the second work on the program, “Triplex mobilis” (2009) was written by all three at the suggestion of Drury, and first performed on this occasion. 

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Is that jazz? Explore improvisation, composition and more at Seattle festival

From the Seattle Times Newspaper:

Formal composition vs. spontaneous creativity is the prevailing theme at a series of experimental jazz performances called Is That Jazz? Seattle’s Avant Jazz Music Festival.

The festival convenes Friday night with two performances at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford by the Sunship quintet and the Sun Ra Tribute Band, named for the jazz composer, pianist and philosopher who helped pioneer free jazz in the 1950s and ’60s. The event continues Saturday night with performances by esteemed clarinetist Bill Smith’s trio and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes’ big band, called Threat of Beauty.

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Innova Recordings Profiled

From All About Jazz:

Minnesota’s Innova Records is one of the more prolific and longer-standing independent labels working in the US. An extension of the St. Paul-based American Composers Forum, Innova has been issuing a healthy number of discs in a surprising array of styles since 1982. Formal and quirky composed works sit alongside extended improv and teenager radio dramas in the label’s catalogue of over 700 titles. But as with any healthy eclecticism, it isn’t the point but a byproduct of people following their instincts.

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Kyle Gann
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Free Albums Galore profiles some free MP3 releases from Kyle Gann.

The Earshot Jazz Fest has an online ballot in which all can vote for achievers in Seattle’s jazz scene.

Jazz Continuum has a blog post questioning how albums get chosen for all those “year end” lists.

David S. Ware‘s kidney transplant recovery is featured.

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

In the Times:

EVOLVING MUSIC/EVOLVING VOICE (Monday) This weekly series features a diverse array of improvised music from the experimental side of the tracks. The Inbetweens, a dynamic guitar-bass-drums trio, kick things off at 7 p.m., followed at 8 by the vocalist Maryanne DeProphetis, with smart accompaniment. At 9 the violinist and violist Mat Maneri teams up with the poet Steve Dalachinsky; the closing set, at 10, will be held by Four Limones, which features the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, the trombonist Rick Parker, the keyboardist Mark Aanderud and the drummer Hernan Hecht. The Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 254-5420,; $20. (Chinen)

DARIUS JONES (Monday through Wednesday) Darius Jones has the capacity for a proud, rafters-raising tone on alto saxophone, and as an improviser, he’s fearless but disciplined. A few months ago he released “Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing)” (AUM Fidelity), a serious debut featuring his pianoless trio, which he leads here on Monday. Mr. Jones changes things up a bit on Tuesday, leading a quartet with the pianist Angelica Sanchez; and on Wednesday, he presents what he calls the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, with the singer Fay Victor, among others. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242,; $15; $10 for students and under 30. (Chinen)

KONCEPTIONS AT KORZO (Tuesday) In the first set of this weekly series, at 9:30 p.m., the trumpeter Ralph Alessi teams up in a texture-minded trio with the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Nasheet Waits. A later set, at 11, will feature a lyrical quartet led by the drummer Rob Garcia, with Mr. Gress, Noah Preminger on tenor saxophone, and Dan Tepfer on piano. Korzo Restaurant, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 285-9425,; cover, $7. (Chinen)

THE NECKS (Wednesday and Thursday) “Silverwater” (ReR) is the murky, throbbing, ominous new release from this Australian trio, made up of the pianist Chris Abrahams, the bassist Lloyd Swanton and the drummer Tony Buck. It’s an uninterrupted hourlong investigation, often formless but always intriguing, and a good advertisement for rare Stateside appearances like this one. At 8:30 p.m., Issue Project Room, 232 Third Street, third floor, Gowanus, Brooklyn , (718) 330-0313,; $20. (Chinen)

MATTHEW SHIPP (Thursday) Mr. Shipp’s pianism is often prickly but rarely off-putting, because even his free improvisations tend to follow a faintly linear path. He has a fine new solo album, “4D” (Thirsty Ear), whose release he celebrates here. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242,; $15; $10 for students and under 30. (Chinen)

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