Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOK UP (Saturday) Mr. Fujiwara’s alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape. Here he presents his own open-ended compositions for a band with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Danton Boller on bass. At 9 p.m., Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn, myspace.com/295douglass; $10. (Chinen)20090226

KIDD JORDAN, WILLIAM PARKER, HAMID DRAKE (Friday) Mr. Jordan, a venerable New Orleans saxophonist, has a history of boisterous free improvisation with Mr. Parker, a stalwart bassist, and Mr. Drake, a responsive and powerful drummer: a few years ago they made an excellent album together, “Palm of Soul” (AUM Fidelity), and more recently they have made occasional appearances like this one. At 7:30 and 9 p.m., SEA Theater at Clemente Soto Vélez, 107 Suffolk Street, near Rivington Street, Lower East Side, (212) 254-5420, rucma.org; $15 per set, $25 for both sets, $10 per set for students. (Chinen)20090226

DONNY MCCASLIN TRIO (Friday) The tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin has recorded a handful of rewarding albums with chamberlike ensembles, but on his excellent most recent release, “Recommended Tools” (Greenleaf), he tacks in the other direction, leading this muscular trio with the bassist Hans Glawischnig and the drummer Johnathan Blake. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; cover, $15, $10 for members. (Chinen)20090226

DOM MINASI STRING QUARTET (Saturday) A few years ago the guitarist Dom Minasi tapped a boisterous vein with an album called “The Vampire’s Revenge” (CDM). Here he enlists three adventurous musicians heard on the album: the violinist Jason Kao Hwang, the cellist Tomas Ulrich and the bassist Ken Filiano. At 8 p.m., 5C Jazz Cafe, 68 Avenue C, at East Fifth Street, East Village, (212) 254-1142, 5ccc.com; cover, $10, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)20090226

ODE (Friday) Ode is a free-ranging collective that relies on the longstanding rapport between three powerful improvisers: the saxophonist Larry Ochs, the bassist Lisle Ellis and the bassist Trevor Dunn. For this appearance the group welcomes a guest percussionist, Michael Sarin. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15 at the door; $10 for members and students. (Chinen)20090226

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Saxophonist Donny McCaslin And Friends Heat Up The Night

A recent Donny McCaslin performance is reviewed.

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin instantly eradicated the December chill Friday by igniting the air with “Fast Brazil” at New Haven’s Firehouse 12. The tenor man’s lively opening tune elicited sultry Amazonian images as his trio swung ferociously over dancing South American rhythms.

The contributions of bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Jonathan Blake proved integral to the evening’s success. McCaslin’s colleagues reveled in the shifting directions of his compositions and rose to the challenge of each improvisation.

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Firehouse 12 To Present The Donny McCaslin Trio This Friday

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, December 12th, Firehouse 12’s 2008 Fall Jazz Series will conclude with a two-set performance by acclaimed tenor saxophonist/composer Donny McCaslin and his trio featuring bassist Hans Glawischnig (Ray Barretto, Stefon Harris, Miguel Zenon) and drummer Johnathan Blake (Tom Harrell, Russell Malone, Jaleel Shaw). The group will be celebrating its debut release, Recommended Tools, McCaslin’s seventh recording as a leader and his first on frequent collaborator Dave Douglas’ label, Greenleaf Music. The disc features nine original McCaslin compositions inspired by influences ranging from Bill Frisell to Hermeto Pascoal to Igor Stravinsky.

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Firehouse 12 to Present the Donny McCaslin Trio December 12th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, December 12th, Firehouse 12’s 2008 Fall Jazz Series will conclude with a two-set performance by acclaimed tenor saxophonist/composer Donny McCaslin and his trio featuring bassist Hans Glawischnig (Ray Barretto, Stefon Harris, Miguel Zenon) and drummer Johnathan Blake (Tom Harrell, Russell Malone, Jaleel Shaw). The group will be celebrating its debut release, Recommended Tools, McCaslin’s seventh recording as a leader and his first on frequent collaborator Dave Douglas’ label, Greenleaf Music. The disc features nine original McCaslin compositions inspired by influences ranging from Bill Frisell to Hermeto Pascoal to Igor Stravinsky.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

Daniel Zamir
I Believe (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Warren Allen

11-Nov-08 Joe Fonda / Carlo Morena / George Schuller
A Drop Of Water (Konnex Records)
Reviewed by Robert Iannapollo

11-Nov-08 Donny McCaslin
Recommended Tools (Greenleaf Music)
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

10-Nov-08 Mary Halvorson Trio
Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

09-Nov-08 Louis Moholo-Moholo
Duets With Marilyn Crispell (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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The Donny McCaslin Trio at the Jazz Standard, NYC

Donny McCaslin
Image by mpix46 via Flickr

This recent performance is reviewed.

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin took the stage this night with his trio, bassist Ricky Rodriguez and drummer Ted Poor, and proceeded to blow up a mighty storm of great music in a format that is heard all too rarely.

The tunes came from his latest release Recommended Tools (Greenleaf, 2008), which has garnered much praise from many corners. McCaslin’s partners on the album are bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Johnathan Blake, and part of the point this performance was clearly the strong interplay among all three players and the resulting group sound—in addition to the virtuosity, deep well of ideas and sheer stamina of McCaslin.

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

Dave Douglas at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007.
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In the Times:

DAVID ORNETTE CHERRY (Friday) Mr. Cherry, son of the incisive trumpeter Don Cherry, pursues a cooler-tempered version of the avant-garde aesthetic that would seem to be his chief inheritance. Playing piano and contributing compositions here, he leads the Ensemble for Improvisers, with Roy Campbell Jr. on trumpet, Tony Falanga on bass and Willie Jones III on drums. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 620-5000, Ext. 344, rmanyc.org; $20. (Chinen)

CLAUDIA QUINTET (Friday and Saturday) This improvising chamber ensemble pursues texturally oriented and often contrapuntal exploration; Mr. Hollenbeck’s drumming is one color on a palette that also includes Chris Speed’s clarinet and tenor saxophone, Ted Reichman’s accordion, Ted Reichman’s accordion, John Hebert’s bass and Matt Moran’s vibraphone. Friday at 8 and 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10. Saturday at 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC (Friday through Sunday) The sixth edition of this eclectic affair culminates in tributes to Woody Shaw. On Friday three strikingly different trumpeters — Brian Lynch, Terell Stafford and Paolo Fresu — explore the Afro-Caribbean dimension of Shaw’s music. Saturday will feature a repertory ensemble led by one of his former sidemen, the drummer Victor Lewis. And on Sunday the festival’s founder, Dave Douglas, teams up with his fellow trumpeters Randy Brecker and Josh Evans. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; cover, $30. (Chinen)

DONNY MCCASLIN TRIO (Tuesday) The tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin has recorded a handful of rewarding albums with chamberlike ensembles, but on his excellent new release, “Recommended Tools” (Greenleaf), he tacks in the other direction, leading a muscular trio with bass and drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; cover, $20.

MYRA MELFORD/HENRY THREADGILL (Thursday) Each of these composers specializes in manipulations of timbre, and in a cross-disciplinary approach established in the post-1960s avant-garde. Appearing on the Interpretations concert series, they each present new works: “Happy Whistlings,” with Ms. Melford on piano, Matana Roberts on alto saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Harris Eisenstadt on percussion; and “Fate Cues,” with Mr. Threadgill on saxophones and flute, leading both his regular ensemble Zooid and the Talujon Percussion Quartet. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, near Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15; $10 for students.

SEX MOB (Saturday) Two years ago this rambunctious band released “Sexotica” (Thirsty Ear), a mostly tongue-in-cheek tribute to the lounge music of Martin Denny. Revisiting the premise here, the group — which still features Steven Bernstein on slide trumpet, Briggan Krauss on alto saxophone, Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums — recruits a reliable sonic fabulist, D.J. Olive. At 8 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, (212) 598-0400, henrystreet.org/arts; $12. (Chinen)

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