AMN Reviews: Simon Nabatov, Barry Guy, Gerry Hemingway – Luminous [No Business Records NBCD 112]

Collective improvisation can take several forms: abstract and textural; linear and polyphonic; dynamic and expressive. None these forms necessarily excludes any others, and much of the most engaging and satisfying collective improvisation will contain all of them, often in unexpected ways. This is true of Luminous, a particularly gratifying set of collective improvisations produced by three of improvised music’s most accomplished and well-rounded players.

The trio on Luminous was put together in 2015 by pianist Simon Nabatov, a Russian émigré who settled in Cologne by way of New York. The other two members are percussionist Gerry Hemingway, an American now resident in Switzerland, and British bassist Barry Guy. All three have extensive backgrounds in contemporary and, in Guy’s case, early, composed music as well as in a broad gamut of improvised musics, all of which tells in the music on this recording.

The twelve tracks range from the driving, percussive sounds of Slip Away, the galvanizing opening piece; through the brooding introspection of Forty Days; and to the timeless, long tones of the title track. Nabatov’s contributions can be forcefully fragmented and dissonant, gently melodic, or skittishly urgent. Hemingway here, as in all his work, shows himself to be a consummate colorist with a refined sense of space. On some of the pieces, he plays tuned percussion, which brings in a fascinating set of pitch and timbre contrasts and resemblances to Nabatov’s piano. Guy’s bass, played conventionally and with extended techniques, rounds out the collective sound with a muscular, often rough-hewn beauty.

http://nobusinessrecords.com

Daniel Barbiero

Emanem & Psi Releases

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From Emanem & Psi:

Latest Emanem releases – available now:
5001 Veryan Weston ‘Allusions’ (2002) solo piano
5002 Okkyung Lee / Peter Evans / Steve Beresford ‘Check For Monsters’ (2008)
5003 Milo Fine ‘Ananke’ (2006/7)
5004 Sophie Agnel ‘Capsizing Moments’ (2008) solo piano
5005 ARC ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ (2008) Gus Garside, Sylvia Hallett & Danny Kingshill
5006 Stellari String Quartet ‘Gocce Stellari’ (2006/7)
5201 People Band ’69/70′ previously unissued
5202 Paul Rutherford ‘Tetralogy’ (1978-82) solo, trio & brass quartet previously unissued

Next Emanem release – available late October or early November:
5007 Grosse Abfahrt ‘Vanity’ (2008)
Matthieu Werchowski, David Chiesa, Theresa Wong, John Shiurba, Matt Ingalls, Tom Djll, Tim Perkis, Gino Robair

Latest psi releases – available now:
09.01 Evan Parker ‘Saxophone Solos’ (1975) reissue
09.02 Per Anders Nilsson / Sten Sandell / Raymond Strid ‘Beam Stone’ (2007)
09.03 Lawrence Casserley & Adam Linson ‘Integument’ (2007)
09.04 Agustí Fernández ‘Un llamp que no s’acaba mai’ (2007) with John Edwards & Mark Sanders
09.05/6 Peter Evans ‘Nature/Culture’ (2008) solo trumpet
09.07 Grutronic ‘Essex Foam Party’ (2006-8)
09.08 FURT ‘Sense’ (2008/9) Richard Barrett & Paul Obermayer

Next psi releases – available late October or early November:
09.09 Evan Parker ‘Whitstable Solo’ (2008)
09.10 Richard Barrett ‘Adrift’ 3 compositions 2007/8
09.11 Evan Parker ‘Set’ (2003)
with Barry Guy, Paul Lytton, Richard Barrett, Paul Obermayer, Lawrence Casserley, Walter Prati & Marco Vecchi

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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Jon Mueller – Physical Changes

Percussionist and composer Jon Mueller’s discerning creativity does not rule out a willingness to put the listener’s ears through the ordeals. His music is often bewilderingly violent, yet retains a pumping nucleus connecting it with all that matters in life, good or bad: bodily functions, natural phenomena, ecologic disasters, contagious enthusiasm. The […]

Barry Guy & Mats Gustafsson – Sinners, Rather than Saints

Sinners, rather than Saints is only the fourth meeting on record of English bassist-composer Barry Guy and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson over almost two decades, and for that alone this vinyl-only release on Lithuanian imprint No Business should be more than a curio. The duo format is an interesting one, which […]

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Evan Parker Sat. 9th May, Manchester

From Modisti:

An Evening of Improvised Music…
with –
Evan Parker – saxophones
Stephen Grew – piano
Phillip Marks – percussion

An all too rare appearance in Manchester by one of the great masters of the saxophone…

Evan Parker has been at the forefront of improvised and experimental music for over forty years, with a unique and innovative approach to his instrument that has been hugely influential. A master of extended techniques like circular breathing and multiphonics, he’s made over 200 albums with artists like Kenny Wheeler, Derek Bailey, Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, Spring Heel Jack, Michael Nyman, Spiritualized, Cecil Taylor, Dave Holland, John Stevens’ Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Gavin Bryars, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, John Surman, Paul Lytton, Dudu Pukwana, Barre Phillips, Louis Moholo, Peter Brotzmann, Willem Breuker, Keith Rowe, Peter Kowald, Han Bennink, Tony Oxley, Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Globe Unity Orchestra, Stan Tracey, Chris Corsano, John Edwards, Jah Wobble, Joe McPhee, John Tilbury, Eddie Prevost, Sainkho Namtchylak, Steve Beresford, Vic Reeves, Frank Perry, Manfred Schoof, Berlin Contemporary
Jazz Orchestra
, Thurston Moore, Lawrence Casserley, Walter Prati etc etc.

He is joined by Stephen Grew on piano and Phillip Marks on percussion who together and in their own bands Grutronic and Bark! have been making their own contributions to the world of adventurous improvisation for over 20 years. Those of you who saw them at last years Manchester Jazz Festival will know just how good they are…

Saturday May 9th
8:00 pm
£8/£6
Cross Street Chapel
Cross Street
Manchester M2 1NL
(not far from Albert Square)
http://cross-street-chapel.org.uk/find-us
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evan_Parker
http://www.myspace.com/stephengrew
http://www.myspace.com/barkcontraption

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Marilyn Crispell Interview

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Pianist Crispell is interviewed.

Marilyn Crispell is widely considered one of the leading contemporary jazz pianists and composers. Her reach is tremendous. She can coax extraordinary beauty out of standards such as “You Don’t Know What Love Is” or Coltrane’s “Dear Lord” by often locating pockets and eddies in the tune that allow for tremendous elaboration while still staying true to the tune. On her own compositions, Crispell has often been much more explosive, playing pounding rhythmic counterpoint opposite cascades of runs up and down the keyboard. Since 1996, on her recordings for ECM, she has explored a more contemplative side, one that emphasizes space, interiority, and quietness. During the 80’s Crispell was a member of Anthony Braxton‘s quartet. She has also played with such major jazz luminaries as Irene Schweizer, Barry Guy, Evan Parker, Reggie Workman, Noelle Leandre and many, many others.

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Upcoming Portland Eye and Ear Control Shows

Update on 10/15/08: Do to a conflict at Worksound, the Paul Lytton, Nate Wooley (w/ Pete Swanson), Creative Music Guild show has been moved to October 24th. All other details are the same.

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

10/25: Wooley, Lytton w/ Swanson
SATURDAY, October 25th 8pm

at Worksound
820 SE Alder
http://www.worksoundpdx.com/

$10 general / $8 members and students

Lytton/Wooley Duo
Paul Lytton drums, percussion, electronics – legendary London improviser
Nate Wooley trumpet – Oregon born, and now an established NYC improviser http://www.natewooley.com/

The duo will be joined in the second set with local guest Pete Swanson electronics/tape – of Portland s acclaimed Yellows Swans http://www.jyrk.com/yellowswans/media.htm

about the Duo:

Two musicians of different backgrounds share passion for improvisation and redefining their instruments.

Genres are meant to be bent. That s what legendary British percussionist, Paul Lytton and New York trumpeter Nate Wooley believe. The two musicians, from seemingly different backgrounds and musical circles met up in 2006 to record their eponymous debut LP for Detroit s Broken Research Records.

Paul Lytton, known primarily in the US as the drummer for the ground breaking Evan Parker Trio, has been forging new ground as a free jazz percussionist, electronicist, and maker of instruments for example, the lyttonophone for almost 40 years. Along with Paul Lovens, Tony Oxley, and John Stevens, he is firmly entrenched in the British tradition of experimental improvisers who have gone beyond the jazz tradition to deal with a new way of improvising. Over the years, he has played with such improvising luminaries as Parker, Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, and Ken Vandermark.

Nate Wooley is a relative newcomer to improvised music circles, breaking into that public s consciousness with his solo recording, wrong shape to be a storyteller Creative Sources Recordings two years ago. Growing up in a small fishing town in Oregon, Nate got a solid jazz education from his father in a northwest coast dance band, but eschewed the tradition of jazz trumpet to concentrate on extreme sound, touring and recording with such hard noise and rock groups as Melee, Graveyards, and Akron/Family. He is currently working in New York with everyone from Drag City s David Grubbs to new music composer/bagpiper Matthew Welch.

The two met at a birthday concert for experimental jazz tubist, Carl Ludwig Huebsch in Cologne, Germany last year. Wooley remembers, The whole group was playing very quietly, lots of silence. I love that kind of playing, but really prefer a wide dynamic range. Out of the blue, there was this huge crash in the corner. I think Paul had thrown all his percussion on the ground, just to shake things up. I went nuts. I thought, this is a real improviser.

10/10: Cooper-Moore!
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, storyteller, instrument-builder and educator Cooper-Moore comes to Portland for a solo show at Gallery Homeland, October 10th at 8PM.

This is perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a founding member of the American jazz avant-garde in Portland.

Date: October 10, 2008
Time: 8PM
Location: Gallery Homeland
2505 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
503 819-9656
Price: $10 $8 for students & members – 2 sets Contact: The Creative Music Guild: 503-867-0942
http://www.creativemusicguild.org

10/8: Portland New Music Society Show
Then, Wednesday 10/8 at Jace Gace,

2045 se belmont
8pm
free

Jeremy Martin: electro-acoustic music
Ben Kates and Reed Wallsmith play Following game, a new song by Adam Reese
and a new piece by Brandon Conway performed by Jonathan Sielaff, Tyler
Wilcox, Ben Kates and Brandon Conway with recitation by John Niekrasz.

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Paul Lytton and Nate Wooley in Portland

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From Work Sound:

SATURDAY, October 25th 8pm

at Worksound
820 SE Alder
http://www.worksoundpdx.com/

$10 general / $8 members and students

Lytton/Wooley Duo
Paul Lytton (drums, percussion, electronics) – legendary London improviser
Nate Wooley (trumpet) – Oregon born, and now an established NYC improviser http://www.natewooley.com/

The duo will be joined in the second set with local guest Pete Swanson (electronics/tape) – of Portland’s acclaimed Yellows Swans http://www.jyrk.com/yellowswans/media.htm

about the Duo:

Two musicians of different backgrounds share passion for improvisation and redefining their instruments.

Genres are meant to be bent. That’s what legendary British percussionist, Paul Lytton and New York trumpeter Nate Wooley believe. The two musicians, from seemingly different backgrounds and musical circles met up in 2006 to record their eponymous debut LP for Detroit’s Broken Research Records.

Paul Lytton, known primarily in the US as the drummer for the ground breaking Evan Parker Trio, has been forging new ground as a free jazz percussionist, electronicist, and maker of instruments (for example, the lyttonophone) for almost 40 years. Along with Paul Lovens, Tony Oxley, and John Stevens, he is firmly entrenched in the British tradition of experimental improvisers who have gone beyond the jazz tradition to deal with a new way of improvising. Over the years, he has played with such improvising luminaries as Parker, Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, and Ken Vandermark.

Nate Wooley is a relative newcomer to improvised music circles, breaking into that public’s consciousness with his solo recording, “wrong shape to be a storyteller” (Creative Sources Recordings) two years ago. Growing up in a small fishing town in Oregon, Nate got a solid jazz education from his father in a northwest coast dance band, but eschewed the tradition of jazz trumpet to concentrate on extreme sound, touring and recording with such hard noise and rock groups as Melee, Graveyards, and Akron/Family. He is currently working in New York with everyone from Drag City’s David Grubbs to new music composer/bagpiper Matthew Welch.

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