Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Sunday, October 4, 2009
Max Nagl Trio – Boulazac (Rude Noises, 2009) ***½
Brian Groder & Burton Greene – Groder & Greene (Latham, 2009) ****½

Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thollem Mcdonas & Nicola Guazzaloca – Noble Art (Amirami, 2009) ****
Andy Milne & Benoît Delbecq – Where Is Pannonica? (Songlines, 2009) ****
Aki Takase & Alexander Von Schlippenbach – Iron Wedding (Intakt Records, 2008) ****

Friday, October 2, 2009
Han Bennink Trio – Parken (ILK, 2009) ****

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Aida Severo (Slam, 2008) ****½

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith – Abbey Road Quartet (Treader, 2009) ***½

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Suoni Per Il Popolo 2009

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This year’s Suoni Per Il Popolo takes place in Montreal during June. Some artists scheduled to appear include: Dave Burrell Trio with William Parker & Nasheet Waits, Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Valentine Trio, John Oswald with Germaine Liu and Scott Thomson, Nicole Mitchell’s Truth or Dare with Shirazette Tinnin and Renee Baker, Instant Coffee with Lisle Ellis, Monk’s Casino (Alexander von Schlippenbach, Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall, Jan Roder, Uli Jennessen), Timeless Pulse (Thomas Buckner, voice; George Marsh, percussion; Pauline Oliveros, accordion; David Wessel, live-electronics; Jennifer Wilsey, percussion), Jean Derome/Nicolas Caloia/Isaiah Ceccarelli, Six Organs of Admittance and many others.

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Give The Cellist Some: Okkyung Lee / Daniel Levin / Peggy Lee / Alexander von Schlippenbach

Reviews of cello-based albums at All About Jazz:

The cello has become somewhat like the bass clarinet in jazz—there are a significant number of practitioners on the instrument, yet it still wears the flag of rarity quite proudly. Even if it hasn’t been prominent, the instrument still has a long history in jazz, most notably beginning with Oscar Pettiford and Calo Scott in the Fifties and continuing with players like Joel Freedman, Abdul Wadud, Muneer Al Fatah, and Alan Silva in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. Four recent discs each display absolutely different approaches to the instrument in this music: transplanted New Yorkers Okkyung Lee and Daniel Levin; Vancouverite Peggy Lee’s highly composed octet; and New Hampshire native Tristan Honsinger, a stalwart of European free improvisation since the 1970s, in chamber trio with longtime associate, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach.

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Jazz Cerkno Event in Slovenia

From Jazz Cerkno:

This year’s Jazz Cerkno festival program is boasting with quite some names that were seminal in forming the European and global free jazz. On the very first festival day (Thu., 14. May) we will listen to the legendary Schlippenbach Trio (Alexander von Schlippenbach, piano, Evan Parker, saxophone, Paul Lovens, drums). On the same day there are also concerts by Powertrio from Portugal, and Slovenian/international Jure Pukl High Interaction Group.

Friday (15. May) wll bring the first festival meeting with the famous French double bass player Joëlle Léandre (she will also play at the Saurday afternoon solo concert at the Music School); on the Friday concert she will be accompanied by Carlos Zingaro (violin) and Sebi Tramontana (trombone). The festival covered arena at the Old Square will continue to be well shaken by Peter Brötzmann free-jazz-core trio Full Blast and Slovenian trio Lolita. The last festival day wil bring (apart from Léandre’s solo concert) four more bands, none of which ever played in Slovenia before: Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly (USA), Tiziano Tononi Quartet (ITA), ESS (S) and Push The Triangle (F). There will also be two workshops: photographing musicians (Žiga Koritnik) and „wild food“ (Dario Cortese), at the City Museum Cerkno will be also photograph exhibition „Jazz in Cerkno“ (Photo Club Cerkno).

Quite soon, there will be more information at our 14 th Jazz Cerkno festival website, where we will prepare files with musicians’ biographies and press quality photographs. All these and more will soon be available at our address jazzcerkno.si. You are invited to visit it now, so you can check up what other events did we prepare apart from our main event / fourteenth festival Jazz Cerkno.

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Alexander von Schlippenbach, German jazz pianist
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From the Squid’s Ear:

Alfred 23 Harth / Hans Joachim Irmler / Günter Müller – Taste Tribes
(For4Ears)
– Darren Bergstein

Alexander von Schlippenbach Alexander von Schlippenbach – Friulian Sketches
(psi)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Michel F. Côté / Isaiah Ceccarelli Michel F. Côté / Isaiah Ceccarelli – Vulgarités
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
– Dave Madden

Peter Brotzmann / Fred Lonberg-Holm Peter Brotzmann / Fred Lonberg-Holm – The Brain of the Dog in Section
(Atavistic)
– Kurt Gottschalk

AMM AMM – Trinity
(Matchless Recordings)
– Jeph Jerman

Keith Rowe Keith Rowe – ErstLive 007
(Erstwhile)
– Jeph Jerman

Gerry Hemingway/Thomas Lehn (Tom & Gerry) Gerry Hemingway/Thomas Lehn (Tom & Gerry) – Kinetics
(Auricle Records)
– Jeph Jerman

DIS.PLAYCE DIS.PLAYCE – Habitat
(Creative Sources)
– Darren Bergstein

Joelle Leandre Joelle Leandre – Live in Israel
(Kadima Collective)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Keith Rowe / Taku Unami Keith Rowe / Taku Unami – ErstLive 006
(Erstwhile)
– Darren Bergstein

John Butcher / Gerry Hemingway John Butcher / Gerry Hemingway – Buffalo Pearl
(Auricle)
– Darren Bergstein

Philip Jeck Philip Jeck – Suite: Live in Liverpool
(Touch)
– Max Schaefer

Novi_Sad Novi_Sad – Jailbirds
(Sedimental)
– Max Schaefer

Gutbucket Gutbucket – A Modest Proposal
(Cuneiform)
– Jeph Jerman

Imai Kazuo Trio Imai Kazuo Trio – Blood
(Doubtmusic)
– Jeph Jerman

Zeitkratzer & Carsten Nicolai Zeitkratzer & Carsten Nicolai – Electronics
(Zeitkratzer Records)
– Max Schaefer

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

17-Jan-09 Ray Warleigh
Rue Victor Masse (Psi)
Reviewed by J. Eyles

17-Jan-09 Noah Howard
The Black Ark (Bo’Weavil)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

16-Jan-09 Giulia Valle Group
Danza Imprevista (Fresh Sound New Talent)
Reviewed by Farrell Lowe

16-Jan-09 The Flatlands Collective
Maatjes (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

16-Jan-09 Basement Research
Don’t Touch My Music (Not Two Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

15-Jan-09 Colter Frazier Quartet
Colter Frazier Quartet (pfMentum)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

15-Jan-09 Aki Takase / Alexander Von Schlippenbach
Iron Wedding (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

15-Jan-09 Colter Frazier Quartet
Colter Frazier Quartet (pfMentum)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

15-Jan-09 Aki Takase / Alexander Von Schlippenbach
Iron Wedding (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

14-Jan-09 Jurg Wickihalder Overseas Quartet
Furioso (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

14-Jan-09 The Antripodean Collective
Funcall (Extreme (Australia))
Reviewed by Henry Smith

14-Jan-09 Jim Hall / Bill Frisell
Hemispheres (ArtistShare)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

14-Jan-09 Burkhard Beins / Lucio Caprece / Rhodri Davies / Toshimaru Nakamura
SLW (Formed Records)
Reviewed by John Eyles

14-Jan-09 Joao Lencastre
Communion One! (Fresh Sound New Talent)
Reviewed by Farrell Lowe

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

Cecil Taylor / William Parker / Masashi Harada
CT: The Dance Project (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Henry Smith
07-Jan-09 Gianluigi Trovesi All’Opera
Profumo Di Violetta (ECM Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

06-Jan-09 CODONA
The CODONA Trilogy (ECM Records)
Reviewed by Marcus O’Dair

06-Jan-09 Alexander von Schlippenbach
Alexander von Schlippenbach’s 70th Birthday Year
Reviewed by John Eyles

06-Jan-09 Arve Henriksen
Cartography (ECM Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

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Umbrella Music Through November 8

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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 2 November 2008
The Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave
773.276.3600
emptybottle.com
9:00PM | ZÜ, Rempis Percussion Quartet, Yakuza
Luca Mai – baritone saxophone
Massimo Pupillo – electric bass
Jacopo Battaglia – drums
with the Rempis Percussion Quartet and Yakuza
$7 cover

Monday, 3 November 2008
Elastic
10:00PM | ZÜ with Rempis/Parker/Lonberg-Holm
Luca Mai – baritone saxophone
Massimo Pupillo – electric bass
Jacopo Battaglia – drums
With special guests Jeff Parker,
Fred Lonberg-Holm, Dave Rempis.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
312.744.6630
chicagoculturalcenter.org
all concerts are
FREE to the public
2008 Umbrella Festival kicks off with:
EUROPEAN JAZZ MEETS CHICAGO
Produced in partnership with The Austrian Consulate General, The Goethe Institut Chicago, The Friends of Goethe, The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, The Consulate General of The Netherlands, The Polish Cultural Institute (NYC), The Consulate General of Poland, The Consulate General of Switzerland, and The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
Claudia Cassidy Theater
6:00PM | Christian Weber Quartet (Switzerland)
Caroline Davis – alto saxophone
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Christian Weber – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
Preston Bradley Hall
6:45PM | Elisabeth Harnik Group (Austria)
Elisabeth Harnik – piano
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet
Jeff Parker – guitar
Claudia Cassidy Theater
7:30PM | Mikolaj Trzaska Trio (Poland)
Mikolaj Trzaska – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Michael Zerang – drums
Preston Bradley Hall
8:15PM | von Schlippenbach/Lovens (Germany)
Alexander Von Schlippenbach – piano
Paul Lovens – drums
Claudia Cassidy Theater
9:00PM | ZU (Italy)
Luca Mai – baritone saxophone
Massimo Pupillo – electric bass
Jacopo Battaglia – drums
Randolph Café
10:00PM | Braam/de Joode/Vatcher (The Netherlands)
Michiel Braam – piano
Wilbert De Joode – bass
Michael Vatcher – drums

Thursday, 6 November 2008
The Velvet Lounge
67 E Cermak Rd
312.791.9050
velvetlounge.net
$15 cover
2008 UMBRELLA FESTIVAL NIGHT 2
9:00PM | Rempis/Kessler/Vatcher
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Kent Kessler – bass
Michael Vatcher – drums
10:00PM | Josh Berman Quintet
Josh Berman – cornet
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Jason Roebke – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Alexander von Schlippenbach
Alexander von Schlippenbach – solo piano

Friday, 7 November 2008
Elastic
2830 N Milwaukee Ave
773.772.3616
elasticarts.org
$15 requested donation
2008 UMBRELLA FESTIVAL NIGHT 3
9:00PM | Harnik/Bauder/Roebke
Elisabeth Harnik – piano
Matt Bauder – reeds
Jason Roebke – bass
10:00PM | 2008 Featured Artist Pt 1 : John Tchicai Solo
John Tchicai – reeds
11:00PM | Bik-Bent-Braam : Chicago Version
Michiel Braam – piano
Wilbert de Joode – bass
Michael Vatcher – drums
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
James Davis – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Nick Broste – trombone
James Falzone – clarinet
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Dave McDonnell – alto saxophone
Keefe Jackson – tenor saxophone
Tim Haldeman – tenor saxophone
Dave Rempis – tenor/baritone saxophone

Saturday, 8 November 2008
The Hideout
1354 W Wabansia Ave
773.227.4433
hideoutchicago.com
$15 cover
2008 UMBRELLA FESTIVAL NIGHT 4
9:00PM | Trzaska/O’Reilly/Weber/Fujiwara
Mikolaj Trzaska – reeds
Evan O’Reilly – guitar
Christian Weber – bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums
10:00PM | 2008 Featured Artist Pt 2 : Tchicai/Drake Duo
John Tchicai – reeds
Hamid Drake – drums
11:00PM | Douglas Ewart And Inventions
Douglas Ewart – reeds
Mwata Bowden – reeds
Jeff Parker – guitar
Darius Savage – bass
Dushun Mosley – drums
Dee Alexander – vocals

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