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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Avant-garde Edgefest draws national names

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The Detroit Free Press previews this weekend’s Edgefest.

Leading the way is the 13th annual Edgefest, the Ann Arbor-based festival of avant-garde jazz produced by the Kerrytown Concert House. With about 20 performances spread over four days and a lineup deep with national figures, Edgefest is one of the country’s premier showcases of left-of-center improvised music and an indispensible gift of local musical life.

The 2009 theme, “Reeds of Change,” promises a heavy dose of saxophonists and other reed players. Highlights include:

• Gravitas Quartet: An intriguing group with pianist Wayne Horvitz, trumpeter Ron Miles, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and cellist Peggy Lee. 8 p.m. Friday.

• 4 Altos: A saxophone quartet with four compelling improvisers — Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg, Michael Attias and Andrew Laster. 10 p.m. Friday.

• Yuganaut with Roscoe Mitchell: A collectivist trio welcomes Mitchell, a titanic figure in the history of free jazz and a poet of sound and silence. 4 p.m. Saturday.

• Brad Shepik’s “Human Activity Suite”: The drummer and composer presents a new extended composition responding to climate change. With Ralph Alessi, Gary Versace, Drew Gress and Tom Rainey. 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Umbrella Music Through June 11

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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 3 June 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Josh Berman‘s Old Idea
Josh Berman – cornet
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums
two sets
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : James Falzone spins The Good of Goodman

Thursday, 4 June 2009
10:00PM | Angelica Sanchez Quintet
Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone
Angelica Sanchez – piano
Marc Ducret – guitar
Drew Gress – bass
Tom Rainey – drums

Sunday, 7 June 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Josh Berman’s Old Idea
Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Adasiewicz – vibe
Keefe Jackson – tenor saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums
Record release of “Old Idea” on Delmark
two sets

Wednesday, 10 June 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Rempis/Zerang
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Michael Zerang – drums
11:00PM | Spacer
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Nate McBride – bass
Mike Reed – drums
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Tomeka Reid spins String Inspired Tunes, Part II

Thursday, 11 June 2009
10:00PM | Hood
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
Matt Schneider – guitar
Marc Riordan – piano

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Erik Friedlander Will Tour with Broken Arm Trio

From Jazz News:

Joining Erik on The Broken Arm are drummer Mike Sarin and bassist Trevor Dunn, both first-call players on the New York scene. Trevor is a co-founder of the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle, plays with Electric Masada, and leads his own jazz-inspired Trio-Convulsant. Mike is one of the most inventive drummers on the scene, making his name first with the Thomas Chapin Trio and then with Ben Allison, David Krakauer Myra Melford, Drew Gress and many others.

The Broken Arm Tour

March 26
Ars Nova, Philadelphia,PA

March 27
Cafe Barbes, Brooklyn, NY

March 28
The Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA

April 3
An Die Muzik Live, Baltimore, MD

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AMN Picks General

AMN Picks of the Week

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Lots of listening this week, especially to the Black Saint / Soul Note material just released in digital format.

William Parker – In Order To Survive (1995, free jazz)
Paul Motian – The Story of Maryam (1984, free jazz)
Jemeel Moondoc – Nostalgia in Times Square (1986, free jazz)
Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core – The Neon Truth (2002, free jazz)
Rova – Favorite Street – Rova plays Lacy (1984, free jazz)
Rova – From the Bureau of Both (1993, free jazz)
Rova – The Works Volume 2 (1996, free jazz)
Rova – Beat Kennel (1987, free jazz)
Rova – The Works Volume 3 (1999, free jazz)
William Parker – Mass for the Healing World (2003, free jazz)
Leroy Jenkins – Mixed Quintet (1983, free jazz)
Drew Gress – Heyday (1998, free jazz)
Air – Live Air (1980, free jazz)
Air – Air Mail (1981, free jazz)
Roscoe Mitchell – The Flow of Things (1987, free jazz)
Ellery Eskelin – The Sun Died (1996, free jazz)
Art Moulu – Art Moulu (1990, avant-rock)
Jason Dumars / Joseph Janiga / Pere Soto – A Tragedy in 2 Acts (2007, avant-rock / improv)
Todd Sickafoose – Tiny Resistors (2008, modern avant improv)
Rob Price – I Really Do Not See the Signal (2008, modern avant improv)

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Michael Bates’ Clockwise Reviewed

From Blogcritics:

Bates is not exactly a newcomer; Clockwise, just released, is his third record and he’s appeared on more than a dozen others. Hailing from Canada, Bates has developed a reputation in avant garde circles as an advanced bassist and composer. It’s been my experience as a listener that good bassists and composers seem to go hand in hand. Charles Mingus set the mold several decades ago. Drew Gress and Anne Mette Iversen are just a couple of recent examples that come to mind.

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