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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All About Jazz Reviews

Andre Hayward, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Migue...
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From All About Jazz:

Empty Cage Quartet
Gravity (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Mike Keneally
Scambot 1 (Exowax)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Uwe Oberg / Christof Thewes / Michael Griener
Lacy Pool (Hatology)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Peter Brotzmann
Peter Brotzmann: Die Like A Dog
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Tony Malaby‘s Apparitions
Voladores (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Lucien Dubuis Trio with Marc Ribot
Ultime Cosmos (Enja Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Dave Douglas‘ Tiny Bell Trio
Constellations (Hat Hut Records)
Reviewed by Chris May

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times


CAINE-SPEED-ALESSI-FELDER-LEFEBVRE-SMITH (Wednesday) Turbocharged jazz-funk is the likely purview of this awkwardly named assemblage, made up of the keyboardist Uri Caine, the multireedist Chris Speed, the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the guitarist Nir Felder, the bassist Tim LeFebvre and the drummer Nate Smith. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

CLAUDIA QUINTET (Sunday) This improvising chamber ensemble pursues texturally oriented and often contrapuntal exploration; John Hollenbeck’s drumming is one color on a palette that also includes Chris Speed’s clarinet and tenor saxophone, Ted Reichman’s accordion, Drew Gress’s bass and Matt Moran’s vibraphone. For this performance, the product of a Chamber Music America commission, the group becomes a sextet with the addition of Gary Versace on piano. At 9 p.m., Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn ,; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)

DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET (Friday through Sunday) The trumpeter Dave Douglas has led a handful of bands in recent years, but this one — with Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone, Uri Caine on piano, James Genus on bass and Clarence Penn on drums — may be the closest to his core. The group, last documented on a live recording in 2006, seems predisposed to make its Village Vanguard return into an event. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037,; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

DANIEL LEVIN TRIO / TEENAGE BURNOUT / MICHAËL ATTIAS (Tuesday) Mr. Attias, a saxophonist, opens this adventurous triple bill with an unaccompanied solo performance, at 8 p.m. Next up, at 9, is a trio led by the cellist Daniel Levin, with Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass and Frank Rosaly on drums. Finally, at 10, there’s Teenage Burnout, an intriguingly named project of the baritone saxophonist (and bass clarinetist) Josh Sinton, the guitarist Owen Stewart-Robertson and the drummer Tony Falco. At Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn ,; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)

? TONY MALABY (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Malaby is a tenor and soprano saxophonist equally capable of focused tension and wild abandon. He covers that range with three unconventionally shaped bands this weekend: Double Heart, a group with two intuitive Norwegian bassists, and the drummer Tom Rainey (on Friday); Apparitions, featuring Mr. Rainey alongside another drummer, John Hollenbeck, and the bassist Drew Gress (on Saturday); and Malaby-Sanchez-Rainey, a collective trio with Mr. Rainey and the keyboardist Angelica Sanchez (Sunday). Friday and Saturday at 9 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP (Tuesday and Wednesday) “Declaration” (Sunnyside) is the thoughtful new release from the tenor and soprano saxophonist Donny McCaslin: an arranger’s album, featuring challenging music for nonet. Drawing on that music here, Mr. McCaslin re-enlists most of the same musicians, including Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Marcus Rojas on tuba and Ben Monder on guitar. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212) 576-2232,; cover, $20. (Chinen)

MICROSCOPIC SEPTET (Friday) A few years ago the complete output of this high-spirited outfit was reissued by Cuneiform, thwarting any notion that jazz in the 1980s was strictly a conservative affair. Here the group draws partly from “Lobster Leaps In” (Cuneiform), a new release stocked with music by two diabolical resident composers, the pianist Joel Forrester and the soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times


BASSDRUMBONE (Sunday) Nearly 30 years ago the bassist Mark Helias, the drummer Gerry Hemingway and the trombonist Ray Anderson first began knocking about together as BassDrumBone. A few years ago they released a taut update, “The Line Up” (Clean Feed), that affirmed the haleness of their rapport. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)20091204

JAMES CARNEY GROUP (Tuesday) “Ways & Means” (Songlines) is the artfully layered new album by the keyboardist and composer James Carney, who reunites with several of its contributors here: the trombonist Josh Roseman, the bassist Chris Lightcap and the drummer Mark Ferber. At 9:30 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883,; $10. (Chinen)20091204

DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET (Tuesday through Thursday) The trumpeter Dave Douglas has led a handful of different bands in recent years, but this one — with Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone, Uri Caine on piano, James Genus on bass and Clarence Penn on drums — may be the closest to his core. The group, last documented on a live recording made in 2006, seems predisposed to make its Village Vanguard return into an event. (Through Dec. 13.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037,; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20091204

ERGO (Sunday) The trombonist Brett Sroka, the keyboardist Carl Maguire and the drummer Shawn Baltazor make up this atmospheric collective, which takes full advantage of electronic programming and cross-genre appropriation. The band performs in celebration of its intentionally spooky new album, “Multitude, Solitude” (Cuneiform). At 6 p.m., Downtown Music Gallery, 13 Monroe Street, between Catherine and Market Streets, Chinatown , (212) 473-0043,; free. (Chinen)20091204

GERRY HEMINGWAY QUINTET (Friday) Texture is often more of a priority than tempo in Gerry Hemingway’s drumming, and his compositions reveal a fruitful fascination with polytonality. In this quintet he plays with a longtime collaborator, the tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, as well as the multireedist Oscar Noriega, the guitarist Terrence McManus and the bassist Kermit Driscoll. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; $10, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)20091204

? MICROSCOPIC SEPTET (Saturday) A few years ago the complete output of this high-spirited outfit was reissued by Cuneiform, thwarting any notion that jazz in the 1980s was strictly a conservative affair. Here the group draws partly from “Lobster Leaps In” (Cuneiform), a new release stocked with music by two diabolical resident composers, the pianist Joel Forrester and the soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston. At 10 p.m., 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street, at Canal Street , (212) 601-1000,; $18 in advance; $20 at the door. (Chinen)20091204

? MATTHEW SHIPP AND WILLIAM PARKER (Monday) Mr. Shipp, a pianist of restless and ruminative energies, has an excellent solo album, “4D” (Thirsty Ear), due out next month. He draws on some of the same strategies here, but the presence of Mr. Parker — a powerfully dynamic bass player, and a longtime rhythm-section partner — should provide some rich additional context. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 475-8592,; cover, $15 at tables, $10 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)20091204

JEN SHYU (Friday and Saturday) Ms. Shyu, a vocalist well accustomed to experimental tensions, presents a new commission, “Raging Waters, Red Sands,” for an ensemble that includes Ivan Barenboim on clarinet, Mat Maneri on viola and Chris Dingman on vibraphone. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063,; $15; $10 for members. (Chinen)

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FONT Music To Present Four-Night Event At Abrons Arts Center In January

Dave Douglas, SFJAZZ Collective
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From Improvised Communications:

The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) will present Forward Flight, the third and final event of its 7th annual performance season, from Wednesday, January 13th through Saturday, January 16th at New York’s Abrons Arts Center.

This four-night celebration of the eclecticism of the trumpet in contemporary music, curated by Dave Douglas and Taylor Ho Bynum, will feature events on two stages, including performances by a diverse range of ensembles, three free FONT Music Workshop Series events and an opening night tribute to unheralded veteran trumpet player, Wilmer Wise.

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Roulette in December

From NY’s Roulette:

Mon Dec 7 – 8:30 PM
Hans Tammen creates music that has been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. Using Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, thoroughly composed and purely improvised at the same time. He gets his thrill out of exploring the world of sounds, and by superimposing or phasing of multiple rhythms. His new work ANAGENESIS draws from a single repertoire of around 100 pre-conceived musical units. The conductor uses the orchestra as an instrument, while each performer shapes the music through virtuosic improvisation and the individual stylization of musical performance. “Everything about Third Eye Orchestra… indicates mastery and control”

Shaking Ray and Shelley
Tue Dec 8 – 8:30 PM
“Ole’ Timey Avant-Garde” ensemble The Shaking Ray Levis team up with eccentric vocalist Shelley Hirsch for an explosive evening of improvisation. The Shaking Ray Levis were conceived by Dennis Palmer and Bob Stagner in 1986, and have since been the first American group be be released on Derek Bailey’s Incus Records. Using synthesizers (analog & digital), MoogerFoogers, samplers, vocals and percussion they achieve an incredibly unique blend of experimental sound with an Ole’ Timey feel.

Jim Staley w/ Ikue Mori & Kyoko Kitamura
Wed Dec 9 – 8:30 PM
Trombonist, composer, and founder of Roulette Jim Staley has been shaking up the downtown scene for over 30 years. Working primarily with improvisation, crossing genres freely between post-modern classical music and avant-garde jazz, Staley has collaborated for many years with other highly experienced improvisers, both dancers and musicians. Tonight, Staley is joined by laptop virtuoso and longtime collaborator Ikue Mori and multilingual, electronics enhanced vocalist Kyoko Kitamura.

INTERPRETATIONS: FLUX Quartet performs David First / Dom Minasi String Quartet
Thu Dec 10 – 8:00 PM
An evening of music by two guitarist/composers, both writing for chamber string ensemble – FLUX, comprised of many of New York’s premiere instrumentalists. “Guitarist and electronic composer David First’s subtle way with drones and other extended tones reveals a musician who successfully controls the barely controllable” (K. Leander Williams, Time Out NY). Tonight, the eclectic composer and punk-era innovator premiers new music for string quartet, performed by the fearlessly dynamic new music ensemble, the FLUX Quartet. Guitarist/composer Dom Minasi offers his own unique take on the concept of a string quartet, fashioning an ensemble that is equal parts chamber music and jazz. Comprised of players with whom Minasi has worked for many years, the music was not simply composed with a specific instrumentation in mind, but each unique player’s personality was embedded into the writing. Minasi’s group will perform music from their recent CD Dissonance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder, featuring Dom Minasi on nylon string guitar, with violinist Jason Hwang, cellist Tomas Ulrich, and bassist Ken Filiano.

Susie Ibarra “Drum Sketches”
Fri Dec 11 – 8:30 PM
Percussionist/Composer Susie Ibarra performs a rare evening of new solos and compositions featured on her solo cd, Drum Sketches on Innova Records. Drum Sketches are mixed with folkloric and contemporary percussive sounds and field recordings which “translate her interpretations of Filipino ambiance” in non traditional ways . “In the past decade, her willingness to step out from behind the kit and embrace non jazz forms- opera, poetry experimental sound, dance-has taken her from that initial buzz from below Houston Street to international reknown as a composer, performer and proponent of folkloric music.” New York Times.

Sat Dec 12 – 8:00 PM
All-Star quintet Joey Baron, Robert Black, Larry Polansky, Robyn Schulkowsky, and Christian Wolff present the music of Christian Wolff both old and new – including a premiere of new long form piece written specifically for this quintet. Christian Wolff studied piano with Grete Sultan and composition, briefly, with John Cage. Though mostly self-taught as a composer, the work of John Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor and Earle Brown have been important to him, as well as long associations with Cornelius Cardew and Frederic Rzewski. Tonight marks the filming of the next episode of Roulette TV

Sun Dec 13 – 8:00 PM
Avant-garde jazz drummer Joey Baron has worked with an impressive list of musicians, including everyone from Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, and Tony Bennett to John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Fred Frith, and Tim Berne. His own groups he has led include the “Down Home Group”, Barondown, and Killer Joey and was a member of “Naked City” (with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith and Wayne Horvitz) and of Zorn’s group Masada (Dave Douglas and Greg Cohen). Tonight Joey Baron presents an evening of solo percussion music for this installment of Roulette TV.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

Vandermark 5
Annular Gift (Not Two Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Dave Douglas
A Single Sky (Greenleaf Music)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Avanti! (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Stellari String Quartet
Gocce Stellari (Emanem)
Reviewed by John Eyles

Carla Bley
Carla’s Christmas Carols (Watt/ECM)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Gary Peacock / Marc Copland
Insight (Pirouet Records)
Reviewed by Martin Gladu

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Coming to Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Presented by Ars Nova Workshop

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to commence our season-long celebration of the work and life of multi-instrumentalist and composer Don Cherry (1936-1995). This week’s concert features the Philadelphia debut of trumpeter Dave Douglas‘s Bass Ecstasy. Other upcoming performances include Steven Bernstein‘s Millennial Territory Orchestra revisiting “Relativity Suite”, a new large ensemble led by MacArthur Fellow Ken Vandermark, and Karl Berger‘s In the Spirit of Don Cherry, featuring a stellar cast of former Cherry collaborators. Please join us for this rare look into the body of work of one of the most influential figures in jazz.


Thursday, October 22, 8pm
Dave Douglas, trumpet; Vincent Chancey, French horn; Luis Bonilla, trombone; Matt Perrine, sousaphone; and Jakubu Griffin, drums

A key figure in modern jazz, Dave Douglas will present his latest ensemble Brass Ecstasy in a rare exploration of Don Cherry’s dynamic body of work.

Two-time Grammy-nominated jazz musician Dave Douglas is arguably the most prolific and original trumpeter of his generation. From his New York base, where he’s lived since the mid-1980s, Douglas has continued to earn lavish national and international acclaim. His solo recording career began in 1993 with Soul Note’s “Parallel Worlds” and he has since released over 28 recordings. In 2005, after seven critically-acclaimed albums for Bluebird/RCA, Douglas launched his own record label, Greenleaf Music. The same year, he was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship. Douglas is currently the artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Center and the co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which will celebrate its 7th year in 2009. In addition to leading his own groups, Douglas has important ongoing musical relationship as a member of John Zorn‘s Masada and with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Don Byron, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Uri Caine, Bill Frisell, Cibo Matto and Misha Mengelberg.

Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy was funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.

Advance tickets available at

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Coming up at Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Saturday, October 3, 8pm
Steve Lehman, alto saxophone; Matt Brewer, bass; and Damion Reid, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

Named a Rising Star on the alto saxophone by the Downbeat Magazine International Critics Poll, Steve Lehman’s work resides on the frontiers of contemporary music. He has been recognized as one of today’s truly original creative voices by The Wire, The New York Times, National Public Radio and The BBC. A former student of both Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton, he has performed and recorded throughout the world with his own ensembles, and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Dave Burrell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Oliver Lake, and High Priest of Anti-Pop Consortium. For his only Philadelphia appearance in 2009, Lehman will present a set of his cutting-edge trio music, including selected compositions from his critically acclaimed Pi Recordings octet record, “Travail, Transformation & Flow”, meticulously re-arranged for the acoustic trio format.

Saturday, October 10, 8pm
Cuong Vu, trumpet; Stomu Takeishi, bass; and Ted Poor, drums

Yanni Papadopoulos, dg-20 Casio digital guitar; and Charles Cohen, Buchla
Music Easel

Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$10 General Admission

Vietnamese trumpeter Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing talents to a wide range of artists including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, SunnO))) and Cibo Matto. Since 1994, Cuong has been actively leading various groups, most notably his trio with Stomu Takeishi (Don Cherry, Henry Threadgill, Paul Motian) and Ted Poor (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jerseyband, Aaron Parks), which has toured extensively throughout the world. His most recent recordings as a leader include “It’s Mostly Residual” featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and “Vu-Tet” featuring Chris Speed. Each record displays how he has carved out a distinctive sonic territory on the trumpet while blurring all stylistic borders. This evening will also feature a rare appearance from Planet-Y – Buchla Music Easel master Charles Cohen and Stinking Lizaveta’s Yanni Papadopoulos, best described as “Subotnick meets Sun Ra meets Schnitzler.”

Tuesday, October 13, 8pm
Han Bennink, drums; Michael Moore, reeds; and Will Holshouser, accordion

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 100
$12 General Admission

Since the demise of the legendary and critically-acclaimed Trio Clusone – featuring Han Bennink, Michael Moore and Ernst Reijseger – in 1998, the jazz community has been anxiously awaiting a vehicle for composer Moore and the raucous Bennink to carry on with their peculiar melodic, harmonic and rambunctious work. Following a near decade-long search, Bennink and Moore,
both members of Misha Mengelberg’s Instant Composers Pool, found the ideal “third man” in Brooklyn-based accordionist Will Holshouser. Holshouser, a student of Anthony Braxton, has collaborated with Antony and the Johnsons, David Krakauer & Klezmer Madness, Maria Schneider and Regina Carter.

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Carrying the Avant-Jazz Torch

The California Chronicle provides a brief interview of Erik Friedlander.

In its heyday, the adventurous downtown scene served as a stage for everything from free improvisation to high-decibel rock. Its leaders, saxophonist and composer John Zorn and, later on, trumpeter Dave Douglas, had a penchant for unconventional instrumentation (string ensembles, bird calls, and so on), and repertoire (Bjork‘s songs, and Balkan and Jewish music, among others). This vibrant music scene nurtured such other avant-jazz string players as violinists Jenny Scheinman, Carla Kihlstedt, Jeff Gauthier, and Laura Seaton, as well as cellist Mark Dresser and bassist Devin Hoff.

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