This Week at the Velvet Lounge.

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...
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From the Velvet Lounge:

Saturday, 12/26 — Umoja (Unity) with the Kahil El’ Zabar Quartet featuring Kevin Nabors, Justin Dillard, and Junius Paul;

Thursday, 12/31 — Kuumba (Creativity)/New Years Eve party with Nicole Mitchell & the Black Earth with special guest cameo appearance by Fred Anderson ($25 cover includes party favors, snacks & Champagne toast);

Friday, January 1 – Imani (Faith)/New Years party with the AACM Experimental Chamber Ensemble featuring Dee Alexander, Ann Ward, Taalib-din & Saalik Ziyad, Douglas Ewart, Mwata Bowden, Tomeka Reid, Art “Turk” Burton, Avreeayl Ra, and more tba;

Saturday, January 2 – Holiday weekend finale with James Sanders & Conjunto featuring Willy Garcia, Kevin O’ Connell, Brent Benteler, Roel Trevino, Jean-Christophe Leroy, with special guest cameo appearance by Fred Anderson.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2009
Chad Taylor – Circle Down (482 Music, 2009) ***
Vijay Iyer Trio – Historicity (ACT, 2009) ***½
Plaistow – Jack Bambi (Self Published, 2009) ****
Tony Malaby – Voladores (Clean Feed, 2009) *****

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009
Katherine Young – Further Secret Origins (Porter Records, 2009) ****

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2009
Marilyn Crispell – Collaborations 2004 and 2007 (Leo, 2009) ****

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DMG Newsletter December 17th, 2009

From DMG:

Agusti Fernandez & Barry Guy! Ab Baars/Ig Henneman/Misha Mengelberg! Elliott Sharp‘s Carbon! Roscoe Mitchell & David Wessel! Paul Rogers Solo! Tim Hodgkinson & Milo Fine! Eugene Chadbourne Volunteer Fire Dept!

Joe McPhee & Joe Morris LP’s! Laura Andel Orchestra! Dafna Naftali & Chuck Bettis! Tatsuya Yoshida DVD’s & CD’s! A Big Alan Lomax in Haiti 10CD+2Book Box Set! Bert Jansch LP/CD combo packs! El Gallo Rojo Catalogue Restocked!..

And, an Impressive HAT CD SALE! [Newsletter readers only – reduced prices NOT in database]

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

Sunday, December 20th at 6pm:
JUDITH INSELL & REUT REGEV!
Amazing New Viola & Trombone Duo!

Sundays, December 27th & January 3rd – nothing scheduled (Hey, we gotta relax, too!)

Sunday, January 10th at 6pm:
JEREMIAH CYMERMAN / CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN / HARRIS EISENSTADT!
Extraordinary New Clarinet / Cello / Percussion Trio!

Sunday, January 17th at 6pm:
ANDY HAAS & DEE POP!
Two Magical/Mystical Musicians Return to DMG for a Rare Duo Set!

Sunday, January 24th at 6pm:
RAS MOSHE Returns!

Sunday, January 31st at 6pm:
JESSE ELDER & LOGAN RICHARDSON!
Excellent Piano & Alto Sax Duo & CD Release Celebration!

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DMG Newsletter December 4th, 2009

From DMG:

Classic Soft Machine Qt from 1971! Frode Gjerstad’s Circulasione All-Star Orchestra 3 CD Set! Paul Rogers Freedom Orchestra! Dunmall & Rogers Duo & More from FMR!

Kazuhisa Uchihashi Solo! Two from Intakt: Omri Ziegele/Irene Schweizer Trio & Ulrich Gumpert/Baby Sommer Duo! Rothenberg/Jauniaux/Phillips Trio! Golia & Turetzky! Bill Dixon Trio LP! 3 Hatology Reissues! Robert Wyatt‘s Big Box-Set Sale!

Plus Historic Discs from Sonic Youth! More Moondog! Nurse with Wound! Bruce Gilbert! Cluster! Can! Kraftwerk! Judy Dyble! Iain Matthews! Steve Reid! Robert Crumb‘s Hot Women Comp! Michael Hurley! Plus Tons of Vinyl & Even More Goodies!

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

This Sunday, December 6th at 6pm:
ERGO! Cuneiform Recording Artists Featuring:
BRETT SROKA / SAM HARRIS / SHAWN BALTAZOR!
Celebrating the Release of their Fabulous New CD!

Sunday, December 13th at 6pm:
MIKKO INNANEN / JOE FONDA / LOU GRASSI!
Superb Reeds / Acoustic Bass / Drums Trio!

Tuesday, December 15th at 6pm:
DANIEL LEVIN / INGEBRIGT HAKER-FLATEN / FRANK ROSALY!
New Cello / Contrabass / drums Trio! Rare DMG Tuesday Gig!

Sunday, December 20th at 6pm:
JUDITH INSELL & REUT REGEV!
Amazing New Viola & Trombone Duo!

Sundays, December 27th & January 3rd – nothing scheduled

Sunday, January 10th at 6pm:
JEREMIAH CYMERMAN / CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN / HARRIS EISENSTADT!
Extraordinary New Clarinet / Cello / Percussion Trio!

Sunday, January 17th at 6pm:
ANDY HAAS & DEE POP!
Two Magical/Mystical Musicians Return to DMG for a Rare Duo Set!

Sunday, January 24th at 6pm:
RAS MOSHE Returns!

Sunday, January 31st at 6pm:
JESSE ELDER & LOGAN RICHARDSON!
Excellent Piano & Alto Sax Duo & CD Release Celebration!

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Ivo Perelman – Mind Games (Leo Records, 2009) ****

Monday, November 23, 2009
Frode Gjerstad, Nick Stephens, Louis Moholo-Moholo (Loose Torque, 2009) ****

Sunday, November 22, 2009
Trio Passeurs – Existences (Futura Marge, 2009) ****

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Five Spot – Poltva (SoLyd Records, 2009) ****

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Anti-Jazz Series at Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

In 1961, Down Beat magazine published a review of a John Coltrane performance referring to the music as “anarchistic” and as “a horrifying demonstration of what appears to be a growing anti-jazz trend.” This review documented one of the most controversial moments in the history of jazz: the advent of Free Jazz or “The New Thing.” Anti-Jazz: The New Thing Revisited, celebrates the 50-year trajectory of Free Jazz. The series, while bearing in mind landmark contributions such as Ornette Coleman‘s Free Jazz and John Coltrane’s Ascension, is a glimpse at the current state of the phenomenal Free Jazz continuum featuring many of the founding visionaries and iconoclasts – including the Sun Ra Arkestra, Bill Dixon, Bobby Bradford and the Art Ensemble of Chicago – along with an emerging generation of distinguished instrumentalists.

Saturday, October 31, 8pm
SUN RA ARKESTRA

Saturday, December 5, 8pm
BILL DIXON AND EXPLODING STAR ORCHESTRA

Saturday, January 30, 8pm
CIRCULASIONE TOTALE ORCHESTRA

Saturday, March 6, 8pm
ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO

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The State of Modern Classical Labels

NewMusicBox features an article (and this is part 2 of a 3 parter) about the economics and focus of indie classical labels in a post-CD world.

Given that thousands of new CD titles are produced every year across the span of musical genres, it’s not hard to surmise that most discs don’t earn back enough funds to recoup the costs of recording and manufacturing. In other words, it can’t be just classical and contemporary music projects that have modest sales.

It’s a given: money has to come from somewhere before discs get released. It’s just that the need for dough is more on the surface in all realms of the always-struggling little realm of contemporary American music.

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June Point of Departure

The latest Point of Departure magazine is out.

Issue 23 – June 2009

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

What’s New?: The PoD Roundtable

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks:
Workout: The Music of Hank Mobley by Derek Ansell &
The jazz composer: moving music off the paper by Graham Collier

Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton

Moment’s Notice: Recent CDs Briefly Reviewed

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Rhodri Davies

Future Shock: a column by Kevin Patton

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Samara Lubelski, Parallel Suns (The Social Registry)
Music with flowers in its hair. A new name to me, but according to her thick resumé Samara Lubelski has worked with (either as musician or engineer) Jackie-O Motherfucker, Thurston Moore, MV & EE, Hall of Fame, and fellow-German experimental collective Metabolismus. For this album, she laid… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:48, 18 May 2009

Anonymeye, Anonymeye Motel (Half/Theory)
Like an old vinyl album of country picking mysteriously infested with viruses from Oval´s skipping CDs and someone else´s radio frequencies. Half theory and half execution is key to appreciating what it is offering as it celebrates the resistence of roadside culture and mom-and-pop capitalism to… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:39, 18 May 2009

Tibetan Red, Ritual Breathing (Antahkarana Records)
An artistically and spiritually challenging record, of the air and instruments which depend on it for their voice, like the shakuhachi and didgeridoo. The opening, title track rumbles with the sound of God´s heavy breathing as he sleeps – always the Creator, he only exhales, long, drawn-out, and… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:30, 18 May 2009

Lena, The Uncertain Trail (Soundsaround)
Third album by Mathias Delplanque as Lena. He is otherwise most celebrated for his still-standing avant ambient recordings under his christian name. Compilation of unreleased tracks produced between 2004 and 2006. Trail referred to is the collection he has made of his transglobal travels, from… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:49, 15 May 2009

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New World Records Release

From New World Records:

David Rosenboom: How Much Better if Plymouth Rock had Landed on the Pilgrims

David Rosenboom (b. 1947) has been widely acclaimed as an innovator in American experimental music since the 1960s. Although much of his work has been collaborative, virtually none of his large-scale collaborative works has hitherto been documented on record. How Much Better If Plymouth Rock Had Landed on the Pilgrims (1969–71) is considered to be one of the most important, prompting the following Washington Post review after a 1970 performance: “If there were a device whereby one could plug into the deepest levels of human consciousness, and then translate this input ..

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