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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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Bluefat January Issue

From Bluefat:

Matthew Shipp: A Crack in the Jazz Egg
Well yeah, go ahead and call Matthew Shipp a jazz pianist, because that in a way is precisely what he is. But, good god, he strides far outside whatever done-to-death images that expression is going to conjur, and clearly, clearly it’s time to do a little probing on that score. The NYC-based musician, who’s also worked in several decidedly non-trad jazz collaborative contexts (David S. Ware, El-P, DJ Spooky, the Maneri Ensemble, Spring Heel Jack, Roscoe Mitchell‘s Note Factory, the William Parker Quartet, among numerous varied others), now comes with the latest in a lengthy series of tightrope walks high above craggy chasms… (Read more)

Like a Rainbow in Curved Air: Terry Riley
Along with his former Berkeley classmate La Monte Young, Terry Riley is the big daddy of the school of composing formerly known as Minimalist, and best known for groundbreaking works such as In C (1968), A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969), Persian Surgery Dervishes (1971) and Cadenza on the Night Plain (2006). Riley’s curious path has led him from the outer reaches of modern jazz to Euro serialism/musique concrète/electronics, and has found him drawing deeply as well on “West Coast” ideas of indeterminacy via John Cage and the alternative-tonality worlds of Harry Partch and Lou Harrison. (Read more)

New Moods for Moderns
A conversation with David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington is a native of Portland, Oregon, who grew up in Seattle and founded his ensemble there in 1973. For him, that time and place were crucial in setting the open-eared course of his globe-trotting Kronos, who have carved a unique niche for themselves as the most broad-minded and modernist string quartet in the entire world; their thrillingly eclectic endeavors have found them interpreting works by a vast and disparate range of composers and musicians including Anton Webern, Taraf de Haidouks, Tom Waits, Café Tacuba, John Zorn, Osvaldo Golijov, Harry Partch, Terry Riley and Henryk Gorecki. (Read more)

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AUM Fidelity To Release David S. Ware’s Saturnian March 9th

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From Improvised Communications:

AUM Fidelity is proud to announce the March 9th release of Saturnian (AUM060), the first in a planned series of limited edition solo recordings by eminent saxophonist/composer David S. Ware. Recorded live at New York’s Abrons Arts Center, this release documents Ware’s triumphant return to the stage in October following a successful kidney transplant. Each of the three extended pieces is performed on a different instrument: saxello, stritch, and tenor saxophone.

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Is Avant-Jazz Pianist Matthew Shipp His Own Worst Enemy?

Spinner some of Shipp’s more controversial moments.

The flip side of this confrontational approach is that Matthew Shipp is one of the most talented players of this era. Closing in on 50, he has released a string of dazzling solo and small-group recordings that range sonically from acoustic to electronic remix. His mix of complex improvisation and melody gets easy comparisons to avant-garde pianist Cecil Taylor, but, really, the two don’t have a whole lot in common. He also participated in (for 16 years) and subsequently broke up the David S. Ware Quartet, which has been hailed many times as one of the great quartets of our time. Shipp has also mentored younger or less-known artists by releasing their albums through his Blue Series on Thirsty Ear records and provided a home for other established artists who need to put out records.

Additionally, he was also interviewed recently.

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All About Jazz Reviews

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Recent reviews from All About Jazz:

Anthony Coleman
Freakish (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Warren Allen

Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown
Varmint (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

David S. Ware
David S. Ware Quartet: Live in Vilnius
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Jon Irabagon
The Observer (Concord Music Group)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Whit Dickey / Daniel Carter / Eri Yamamoto
Emergence (Not Two Records)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Josh Berman
Old Idea (Delmark Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Fred Anderson
21st Century Chase (Delmark Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

David S. Ware
Shakti (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by Russ Musto

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

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Aum Fidelity Show in NY

From Aum Fidelity:

AUM Fidelity presents two world-renowned jazz masters and our extraordinarily gifted latest signing in a one-night-only showcase at the Abrons Arts Center main performance space – a beautiful, intimate and mighty comfortable 300+ seat theater in the heart of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We are very excited about this rare AUM live production and aim to sell the house out; we hope that you will be able to join us for this night of sure-to-be profoundly beautiful and transformative music.

8:00pm.. ….
DAVID S. WARE
Eminent saxophonist David S. Ware makes his triumphant return to the stage following his very successful kidney transplant in May. His latest studio recording, Shakti, was released to great acclaim in January. This year of 2009 also marks Ware’s 50th year of playing saxophone, having begun his remarkable journey into music very early on. He will be marking this doubly auspicious occasion by presenting a very special solo performance on tenor and two less well known members of the saxophone family: the saxello and the stritch. He will have a lot .to say though his horns on this night, people!

9:00pm……
DARIUS JONES TRIO
Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted young alto saxophonist & composer who has made great beauty of his time since arriving in NYC in 2005 from his native Virginia, playing with musicians from a wide variety of disciplines, and adding gravitas to all groups concerned. On this night, he will be celebrating the October 13 release of his debut album as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing). The performance will feature Darius Jones: alto sax, Cooper-Moore: piano & diddley-bo & Jason Nazary: drums.

10:00pm…
WILLIAM PARKER & THE LITTLE HUEY CREATIVE MUSIC ORCHESTRA
Bassist William Parker and his acclaimed Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, who make their first appearance in more than four years, will present the world premiere of a new Parker composition entitled, “Subsequent Illumination Inscriptions / Light Cottage” (for George Russell). The last Little Huey recording released on AUM Fidelity was Mayor of Punkville in 2000; a new release is scheduled for 2010. The full personnel of The L.H.C.M.O. 2009 for this performance is:
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Dave Sewelson: baritone sax
Dave Hofstra: tuba
Roy Campbell: trumpet
Lewis Barnes: trumpet
Willie Applewhite: trombone
Masahiko Kono: trombone
Jason Kao Hwang: violin
Sabir Mateen: tenor sax, alto sax, flute, clarinet, piccolo
Rob Brown: alto sax
Greg Ward: alto sax
Tony Malaby: tenor sax, soprano sax
Gerald Cleaver: drums
William Parker: bass
with special guest from South Africa, Zim Ngqawana: saxophones

Thursday, October 15, 2009
doors open 7:30pm / performances begin 8:00pm

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street, NYC 10002 directions

$20 in advance / $25 at the door
Advance Tickets Now Available:
exclusively from Theatermania / OvationTix
online here and by phone..212.352.3101. or. 866.811.4111

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Darius Jones Trio summons bluesy avant-jazz thunder

From Time Out New York:

It pleases us greatly to report that Jones has hooked up with Aum Fidelity, a local label that knows plenty about the horn man’s brand of gritty free jazz, for his debut as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), due out October 13. The disc teams Jones with two heavyweight improv elders, drummer Rakalam Bob Moses (Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Pat Metheny) and multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore. Check out a preview track below and hear the band live October 15 at Abrons Arts Center at an Aum-sponsored showcase that also features saxist David S. Ware and William Parker’s mammoth Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra.

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AUM Fidelity To Present NYC Label Showcase October 15th

From Improvised Communications:

On Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m., AUM Fidelity will present a label showcase at New York’s Abrons Arts Center featuring notable performances by three of its artists on one bill. The event will celebrate the release of alto saxophonist Darius Jones‘ debut recording as a bandleader, eminent saxophonist David S. Ware’s triumphant return to performing after a highly publicized kidney transplant in May, and the first performance of bassist William Parker’s acclaimed Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra in more than four years.

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Aum Fidelity Releases Morris / Cancura / Gray

Out today on Aum Fidelity:

Joe Morris: bass
Petr Cancura: tenor and alto saxophone
Luther Gray: drums

Wildlife is the debut recording of a new group concept from Jazz Master nonpareil Joe Morris. Within this trio anything is possible. Joe Morris is here featured on bass. Petr Cancura, a remarkably gifted young musician (featured here on tenor and alto sax, and as recording engineer!), is a Czech Republic native who now resides in Brooklyn (by way of Ottawa, then Boston). Petr’s name was new to us at AUM Fidelity when Joe first spoke of his great musical gifts, which are on gorgeous display here. Drummer Luther Gray developed from kicking it in punk rock bands in Washington DC in the late 80s to being a jazz drummer of great finesse and technique in the modern day. He has been working with Joe Morris since 2002.

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David S. Ware Update

The Chicago Reader discusses Ware’s recent release as well as his kidney operation.

In January powerhouse saxophonist David S. Ware released Shakti (Aum Fidelity), his 23rd album as a bandleader, recorded in May 2008 following a European tour. It was his first new studio disc since 2003, and on it he debuted a superb group with guitarist Joe Morris, drummer Warren Smith, and longtime bassist William Parker. Though Ware’s muscular tone and rigorous style of post-Sonny Rollins motific exploration remained intact, the band as a whole sounded markedly different than the quartet he’d led for the previous 17 years.

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