All About Jazz Reviews

Cover of "Edom"
Cover of Edom

From All About Jazz:

Eyal Maoz’s Edom
Hope and Destruction (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Paul Giallorenzo
Get In To Go Out (482 Music)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Marty Ehrlich
Things Have Got To Change (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

The MacroQuarktet
Each Part a Whole: Live at the Stone (Ruby Flower Records)
Reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Joe Morris
Today On Earth (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Wu Fei
Yuan (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Cyro Baptista‘s Banquet of the Spirits
Infinito (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Joel Roberts

Jim Black / Alas No Axis
Houseplant (Winter & Winter)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Vijay Iyer Trio
Historicity (ACT Music)
Reviewed by Chris May

Positive Catastrophe
Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

John Surman
Brewster’s Rooster (ECM Records)
Reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Taylor Ho Bynum & Spidermonkey Strings
Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by Ivana Ng

The Frame Quartet
35mm (Okka Disk)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

The Ed Palermo Big Band
Eddy Loves Frank (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Joelle Leandre / George Lewis
Transatlantic Visions (Rogueart Records)
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

DJ Spooky
The Secret Song (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Peter Evans
Nature/Culture (Psi)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Acoustic Ladyland
Living With A Tiger (Strong And Wrong)
Reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Darius Jones
Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Eugene Lee
equilibrium (Pure Potentiality Records)
Reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Evan Parker
Evan Parker Solo 1975 & 1989
Reviewed by Martin Longley

New Jazz Composers Octet
The Turning Gate (Motema Music)
Reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Fred Frith
Fred Frith: To Sail, To Sail, Pas de Deux & The Big Picture/Still Urban
Reviewed by Marc Medwin

Harris Eisenstadt
Canada Day (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Eyal Maoz / Asaf Sirkis
Elementary Dialogues (Ayler Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Oliver Lake
Makin’ It (Passin’ Thru Records)
Reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Split the Difference (Reel Recordings)
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

William Parker
William Parker: Live at the Sunset, In Transition, Live at Dunois, Double Sunrise over Neptune
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Gerry Hemingway
Gerry Hemingway Twofer: Less is More & Demon Chaser
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Multiple Artists
Globe Unity: Denmark
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

The Fonda/Stevens Group
Memphis (Playscape Recordings)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Upsilon Acrux
Radian Futura (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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Led Bib Nominated For Mercury Prize

From Jazzwise:

Ornette Coleman influenced post-punk jazz group Led Bib led by US-born drummer Mark Holub have been nominated for the Mercury Prize just announced today for their Cuneiform records album Sensible Shoes. The Bib comprises Holub with a front line saxophone attack of Pete Grogan and Chris Williams, keys player Toby McLaren and bassist Liran Donin. The band performed recently at Meltdown curated by Ornette Coleman himself. Mark Holub told Jazzwise that he felt “elation and surprise” at the news. “We were so excited to get it. It means so much in terms of exposure and getting the music across. I studied populism and the avant garde at Leeds, John Zorn and all that, and we’re staying true to the vision and reaching people. It’s not a really-out record but it’s not a pop record, is it? Getting the call for Meltdown was pretty much as good as it gets. Ornette is a very early hero and I went to hear him on the Sunday as well. Oh wow, we were part of that.”

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

29-Apr-09 Fred Frith
Fred Frith and Arte Quartett: Still Urban / The Big Picture (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

29-Apr-09 Joe McPhee
Angels, Devils & Haints (CJR)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

28-Apr-09 Alexander von Schlippenbach
Piano Solo ’77 (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

28-Apr-09 Tony Malaby
Paloma Recio (New World Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

28-Apr-09 Steve Jansen
Slope (Samadhi Sound)
Reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

27-Apr-09 Univers Zero
Relaps – Archives 1984-86 (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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Upcoming Washington DC Shows

From Black Plastic Bag:

* Thursday, April 16: Composer/arranger Ed Palermo will be conducting the U.S. Army Blues ensemble in a program comprised entirely of the music of Frank Zappa. (What.) This takes place at 7:30pm in Brueker Hall at Fort Myer – 400 McNair Road, Fort Myer, VA.

* Friday, April 17: Cuneiform Records artist Beat Circus (Myspace), a rock ensemble whose current lineup includes all kinds of strings and horns (including a tuba), will be at Orion Sound Studios south of Baltimore. Opening is Fern Knight, with whom I’m not familiar but who are described as a mix of “Krautrock, UK folk, and early baroque and renaissance music.” Cool. Orion is at 2903 Whittington Ave., Baltimore, MD. Show at 8pm.

* Saturday, April 18: The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet (Myspace), plus drummer, performing at Orion. This sax quartet has a diverse, fun repertoire that “ranges from New Orleans ’second-line’ to jazz, Afro-Cuban to Balkan, klezmer and beyond.” Show at 8pm.

* Sunday, April 19: Japan’s psychedelic rockers Acid Mothers Temple (Myspace) hit DC9. AMT seems to be constantly on tour, and their shows are semi-legendary for their stoned-out, hazy heaviness. Also, Japanese psych-rock is pretty much just reliably crazy. Show is at 9pm, Sonic Suicide Squad are opening.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

08-Apr-09 Bushman’s Revenge
You Lost Me at Hello (Rune Grammofon)
Reviewed by John Kelman

06-Apr-09 Microscopic Septet
Lobster Leaps In (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Joel Roberts

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KFJC Reviews

From KFJC:

Fast ‘n’ Bulbous – “Waxed Oop” – [Cuneiform Records]

The second album of compositions by Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) as played by this NY ensemble, led by saxophonist Phillip Johnston and guitarist Gary Lucas. The bluesy bounce and surreal swagger of the original versions are recreated here with reverent arrangements heavy on horns. Everyone plays great, especially Lucas –a member of Beefheart’s Magic Band in one of its later incarnations— and his mean slide guitar. I have to say that the songs, as great as they are, sound to me like they’re missing something in these versions because Van Vliet’s vocals aren’t around. The compositions don’t have a lot of inherent melody, and the instruments playing the vocal lines here don’t have a whole lot to do. But honestly, I applaud any effort to get Beefheart’s music out where people can hear it, and these guys do a good job with it.

Land of Kush – “Against The Day” – [Constellation]

Sam Shalabi is a Montreal musician (oud, Middle Eastern lute) who assembled this large ensemble for this 2009 release. His liner notes call it an homage to Thomas Pynchon who wrote a novel of the same name (Against the Day) that is sometimes described as literary free jazz. Like Pynchon’s work, this is all over the place and often with a lot happening just below the surface.

Sun RA – “Live At The Horseshoe Tavern” – [Transparency]

Jazz: These are the live recordings of three concerts during 1978 at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, and Disc 10 is a 20-minute 1968 radio interview of Sun Ra with several guys at WBAI. Sun Ra sounds anything but humble in this interview in which he explains that he speaks to the world, and has since elementary school, where he taught and led students. The concert discs are truly the eclectic jazz mix that characterizes Sun Ra’s compositions, with Discs 3, 6, and 9 containing more vocalized “sermons” and almost sounding like revival meetings. “Look to the sky…the best things in life are free…sing with the birds…” This is vintage Sun Ra.

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Positive Catastrophe CD Release Concerts At Jazz Gallery May 8th and 9th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th, Positive Catastrophe will celebrate the release of its debut recording, Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records), with a two-night stand at New York’s Jazz Gallery.

The brainchild of cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum and multi-instrumentalist/composer Abraham Gomez-Delgado, this self-described trans-idiomatic ten-piece little big band connects the musical dots between intergalactic jazz legend Sun Ra and iconic Latin Jazz innovator Eddie Palmieri.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

09-Mar-09 Rabih Abou-Khalil
Em Portugues (Enja Records)
Reviewed by Ian Patterson

09-Mar-09 Sergey Kuryokhin
Sergey Kuryokhin: Absolutely Great! (Leo Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

09-Mar-09 Planeta Imaginario
Biomasa (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

08-Mar-09 Olaf Rupp
Whiteout (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

08-Mar-09 Marilyn Crispell
Marilyn Crispell: Sibanye (We Are One), Phases of the Night & Geggie Project
Reviewed by David Adler

08-Mar-09 Albert Mangelsdorff
Albert Mangelsdorff: Originals, Vol. 1 & 2
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

08-Mar-09 Multiple Artists
Globe Unity: Rolf Kuhn, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky & PAPAJO
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

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Record company defies conventional labels

Cuneiform Records gets a much deserved profile.

When Steve Feigenbaum started Cuneiform Records out of his parents’ Wheaton home in 1984, he wasn’t discouraged when it lost money its first year. Or the year after that. Or the next 11 years.

“I had miserable experiences of people taking advantage of me and ripping me off,” Feigenbaum said last week from Cuneiform’s small office in downtown Silver Spring. “It was difficult and slow, but because I was young I just kept doing it.”

Twenty-five years later, despite massive change in the record industry and massive changes in Silver Spring, Feigenbaum doesn’t seemed surprised his small label of experimental music now makes him an honest living.

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