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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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: The Red Krayola with Art & Language
Album: Five American Portraits
Label: Drag City
Review date: Jan. 20, 2010

Artist: Pan Sonic & Keiji Haino
Album: Shall I Download a Blackhole and Offer it to You
Label: Blast First Petite
Review date: Jan. 15, 2010

Artist: Ambarchi / Fennesz / Pimmon / Rehberg / Rowe
Album: Afternoon Tea
Label: Black Truffle
Review date: Jan. 14, 2010

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Fred Anderson – 21st Century Chase (Delmark, 2009) ****

Bengt Berger – Beches Brew (Country & Eastern, 2009) ** or ****

Splatter – Music For Misanthropes (Self Published, 2009) ****

Han Bennink & Frode Gjerstad – Han & Frode (CJR, 2009) ****½

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

Multiple Artists
Alone, Again (Naturally): Peter Brotzmann, Olaf Rupp, Henry Kaiser, John Butcher, Woody Sullender and Frank Rosaly
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Ned Rothenberg / Catherine Jauniaux / Barre Phillips
While You Were Out (Kadima Collective)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Tom Hamilton / Bruce Eisenbeil
Shadow Machine (Pogus)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Forty Fort (Hot Cup Records)
Reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Multitude, Solitude (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Evan Parker
set: For Lynn Margulis (Psi)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

Nicolas Masson Parallels
Thirty Six Ghosts (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

After the Air Raid (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Dave Rempis / Frank Rosaly
Cyrillic (482 Music)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Joe McPhee
Alto (Roaratorio Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Essex Foam Party (Psi)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Sun Ra
Sun Ra Quartet in Italy, 1978 (Art Yard)
Reviewed by Robert Dugan

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Colin McLean / Andy Moor
Album: Everything but the Beginning
Label: Unsounds
Review date: Jan. 5, 2010

Artist: Bill Dixon
Album: Tapestries for Small Orchestra
Label: Firehouse 12
Review date: Jan. 4, 2010

Artist: Pontiak
Album: Sea Voids
Label: Thrill Jockey
Review date: Jan. 4, 2010

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