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DMG Newsletter October 23rd, 2009

From DMG:

John Zorn‘s Femina! Fujii & Kihlstedt! Jessica Pavone! Lester Bowie: The Entire 1967 ‘Numbers’ sessions! David Simons! Bob Downes/Barry Guy Open Music! Amiri Baraka & Rob Brown DVD! Chad Taylor! Mike Reed! Leo Smith’s Spirit Catcher!

Matthew Welch! Radu Malfatti/Klaus Filip! Anders Nilsson! Keith Lowe/Toshimaru Nakamura! Phill NIblock! OOIOO! European Jazz Ensemble! Espers! Christopher Hobbs! Kai Fagaschinski/Burhard Stangl! Brian Groder & Burton Greene! Dom Minasi String Qt!

Historic Recordings from Disconforme: Lots of Ornette Coleman! Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry! John Lewis! Bob Brookmeyer! ..Mosaic 3CD Sets from John Handy & Denny Zeitlin!..and Rare DIW Out-Of-Print CDs!

..and much more!


Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Friday, November 6th at 7pm –
Toronto Jazz Guitar Great meets Downtown’s Best Bassist!

Sunday, November 15th at 6pm:
Downtown Drum Wiz Engages Lithuanian Saxist!

Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm:
ANDERS NILSSON – Guitar Wiz Will Blow Your Mind!

Sunday, November 29th at 6pm: NONOKO YOSHIDA & DAVE SCANLON! Wonderful New Sax & Guitar Duo!

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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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Bolage is a new label based out of Norway that has released a number of innovative jazz recordings.

For Bolage´s ninth release, guitar player Håvard Stubø has put together his dream band,
featuring some of Scandinavia´s strongest players. Stubø has composed a brand new
reportoire for the band, and this debut album was recorded while they were touring in
Norway in March 2009. The result: groovy acoustic jazz, inspired by Eddie Harris, Wayne
, John Scofield and Jim Hall, but also with clear references to newer Nordic/
European jazz. The album also features two beautiful originals by Torbjörn Zetterberg.

IPA: Lorena (BLGCD008)
Records like Lorena is the reason we started Bolage. We feel really priviliged to be able
to release this album; great music performed by great musicians. Atle, Ingebrigt and
Håkon, the guys behind Play Complete Communion (BLGCD005), have joined forces with
the fantastic Swedish trumpetplayer Magnus Broo and formed IPA. This debut album
consists of six exciting new compositions, all written by the bandmembers themselves.
Lorena is fresh, sparkling jazz of the highest quality.

CHROME HILL: Earthlings (BLGCD007)
We’re very excited about this one. Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby and Torstein Lofthus
on sax and drums play 9 disturbingly beautiful songs by guitarplayer Asbjørn Lerheim
with Roger Arntzen (Ballrogg, In the Country) on bass. Release November 17th.
Releaseparty at Victoria, Oslo Saturday November 15th.

Håvard Stubø (Jupiter) on guitar and the omnipresent Håkon M. Johansen on
drums team up with bass player extraordinaire Daniel Franck to play music
by jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery.
Catchy stuff indeed.

Atle Nymo (Motif) on saxophone, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Atomic) on bass,
and Håkon M. Johansen (Motif, Maryland) on drums take on Don Cherry‘s
classic 1965 suite, and the result is simply exhilarating.

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Upcoming Detroit Shows

From the Bohemian in Exile folks:

Saturday, August 15th: Kenneth Green/Dushun Mosley Duo, Jeff Marx Detroit Quartet @ Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID)

A member of of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement Musicians, Dushun Mosley is a percussionist extraordinaire. In addition to work with other AACM artists and other greats like Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Davis and Don Cherry, Dushun is a member of Eight Bold Souls, The AACM Big Band and co-leads The Vizitors with Detroit pianist Kenny Green. Kenny also has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart and a host of Detroit favorites like Faruq Z. Bey, Michael Carey and Skeeter Shelton. This is duo is reputably a full-tilt powerhouse.

A native of southeastern Michigan, saxophonist Jeff Marx now makes his home in Chicago. His work stradles the fence of post-bop and freer playing, delivered with a big tone and confident approach. His Detroit quartet will consist of Joel Peterson (double bass) and Marko Novachcoff (reeds) with a drummer TBA.

Doors at 8 pm; sliding scale donation, $5-10. CAID is located at 5141 Rosa Parks, just a couple blocks N. of Warren Ave.

Thursday, August 27th: Sun Ra Tribute by Planet D Nonet, featuring Kenny Millions at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID).
Planet D Nonet, the new big band spearheaded by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O’ Donnell, presents a tribute night to Sun Ra. Afficianados of innovative arrangements of Ellingtonia and Fletcher Henderson (who was one of Ra’s first employers), Planet D has always alluded to the edgier stylings of the Arkestra, but this night they’re really going for it. Ex-Detroiter Kenny Millions will be in town to lead the winds through the obstacle course of Ra’s charts, much as he has navigated through the avant compositions of ensembles like the Dutch super-group The Instant Composers Pool.

The evening will also feature a 20 minute film of Ra and Lyman Woodard, Detroit’s recently passed organ legend. Doors at 8 pm; $5-10 sliding scale donation. CAID is located at 5141 Rosa Parks, just a couple blocks N. of Warren Ave.

9/28 Huun Huur Tu

10/2 Digital Primitives

10/22 Jason Stein

11/20 Mike Tamburo and Ben Reynolds

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RIP George Russell

From Jazzwise Magazine:

The composer George Russell, best known for his 1953 music theory The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization died yesterday aged 86. He had been unwell for some time and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. His ideas were at the time seen as some of the first major contributions by a jazz musician in the field of music theory.

In the 1960s he moved to Scandinavia and taught in Sweden and in Denmark and thanks to Swedish radio was able to record his compositions and undertake new commissions. He worked with Don Cherry and a young Jan Garbarek and then on his return to the States joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Later in the 1980s and 90s he formed and toured his Anglo-American group the Living Time Orchestra which featured Andy Sheppard among the soloists. His albums include the classic 1961 Riverside album Ezz-Thetics.

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

In the Times:

IN THE SPIRIT OF DON CHERRY (Friday) Don Cherry, who died in 1995, was one of the most broadminded trumpeters in jazz, an early champion of both free improvisation and the commingling of global folk forms. In this tribute the spark of his compositions falls to an ensemble that includes the cornetist Graham Haynes, the tuba player Bob Stewart, the multireedist Peter Apfelbaum and the bassist Mark Helias; some of the works will receive vocal performances, with lyrics by Ingrid Sertso. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $30; $25 for students and children; $20 for members. (Chinen)

GERALD CLEAVER, WILLIAM PARKER, CRAIG TABORN (Friday) On their deeply restrained new album — “Farmers By Nature” (Aum Fidelity), recorded live at the Stone last year — these three musicians interrogate one another with patience and poise. Mr. Cleaver, a drummer, and Mr. Parker, a bassist, both resist the easy pull of tempo; Mr. Taborn, on piano, filters every melodic urge through a fractured prism. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

FREESTYLE MUSIC SERIES (Wednesday) This avant-garde concert series, which has cycled through a few locations in recent years, settles for the moment at Cake Shop, one Wednesday night a month. Its first new installment includes the Hanuman Sextet, which includes the saxophonist Andy Haas (at 9 p.m.); the bumptious electro-acoustic bands Sediment Club (at 9:45) and Brown Wing Overdrive (at 10:30); and Mostly Others Do the Killing, a crackling free-bop quartet led by the bassist Moppa Elliott (at 11). At Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, near Stanton Street, Lower East Side, (212) 253-0036,; $8. (Chinen)

VIJAY IYER TRIO (Sunday) A pianist-composer given to restive energies and rhythmic conundrums, Mr. Iyer leads his responsively supple trio, with Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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KFJC On-Line Reviews

From KFJC:

Liles, Andrew & Peron, Jean-Herve, “Fini!”, Dirter Productions, CD

Faust’s Jean-Herve Peron collaborates with Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound) on this playful romp of an album. This release is a fitting sister album to the Faust and Nurse With Wound collaboration Disconnected. It sounds like the two are having fun, there is an element of humor here. 14 tracks, ranging from 40 seconds to 8 minutes. Weird lyrics in French, English and German. A couple of tracks stand out as my favorites, most notably “The Drummer Is On Valium” which runs a little over 8 minutes. The final track “Fini” is instructions on how to make bread.

I Heart Lung – “Interoceans ” – [Asthmatic Kitty Records]

Organic collages with an occasional ambient free-jazz bent, from this duo comprised of guitarist Chris Schlarb and percussionist Tom Steck. Acoustic guitars and drums figure prominently throughout these medium-length tracks, with a nice assortment of other sounds (electric guitars including pedal steel, sitar, acoustic bass, trumpet, flugelhorn, clarinets, and electronic effects) swelling and receding in drifting layers, appropriate for these ocean-themed pieces. Aaron Ximm’s subtle field recordings fit the mood perfectly. Other notable guests include Nels Cline, Kris Tiner, and Lynn Johnston. This is carefully-assembled music with quiet, meditative passages and louder moments of extreme density as well. An outstanding effort.

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New From Asthmatic Kitty Records

Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet
Image by soundfromwayout via Flickr

Asthmatic Kitty releases some cool noise:

On Interoceans, I Heart Lung blends first-take methods with Oblique Strategies: carefully composed, meticulously recorded pieces rooted in improvisation, revised and augmented over time. The results are a compelling vision of chaos and beauty as Chris Schlarb’s electric guitar drones and Tom Steck’s free-jazz drumming hold and flutter with shimmering acoustic guitars, soaring pedal steel and beautifully captured field recordings. When Kris Tiner’s trumpet follows Nels Cline‘s electric sitar three minutes into “Interoceans II,” it’s like Don Cherry‘s loving spirit doting on universal music drones.

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