All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

Tyshawn Sorey
Koan (482 Music)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Taylor Ho Bynum / Spider Monkey Strings
Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Gordon Grdina’s East Van Strings
The Breathing of Statues (Songlines Recordings)
Reviewed by Matt Marshall

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
Collective Creativity (3 Sixteen Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Han Bennink Trio
Han Bennink Trio: Parken (Ilk Music)
Reviewed by David McLean

Beep
You Are Special, You are a Special Friend (Self Produced)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

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Firehouse 12 To Present Mauger October 2nd

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, October 2nd, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the third event in its ongoing fifth anniversary Fall Jazz Series, a two-set performance by the all-star trio, Mauger. The group brings together acclaimed saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the “Rising Star Jazz Artist” category in this year’s DownBeat Critics’ Poll, with veteran master musicians, and former Anthony Braxton Quartet members, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Gerry Hemingway. Mauger will be performing music from its 2008 debut, The Beautiful Enabler (Clean Feed).

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Firehouse 12 To Present The Steve Lehman Trio October 9th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, October 9th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present innovative saxophonist / composer Steve Lehman’s only area performance this year as part its fifth annual Fall Jazz Series. Lehman, who grew up in Hartford before earning two degrees at Wesleyan University during studies with Anthony Braxton and Jackie McLean, will be performing selections from his latest release, Trevail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi Recordings). Originally composed for his octet, the music, which daringly integrates elements of spectral harmony into jazz, has been meticulously arranged for this acoustic trio featuring bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Damion Reed.

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Firehouse 12 Announces Its Fifth Annual Fall Jazz Series

From Improvised Communications:

New Haven’s Firehouse 12 is proud to announce the schedule for its 5th annual Fall Jazz Series, the acclaimed venue’s 13-week program of two-set performances by some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative music today.

09/18 :: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty
09/25 :: Matt Wilson Quartet
10/02 :: Mauger Trio: Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway
10/09 :: Steve Lehman Trio
10/16 :: Gretchen Parlato Band
10/23 :: Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre
10/30 :: Taylor Eigsti Trio
11/06 :: ODE: Larry Ochs/Trevor Dunn/Lisle Ellis/Michael Sarin
11/13 :: The Peter Evans Quartet
11/20 :: TBA
12/04 :: Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/11 :: Amy Cervini Quartet
12/18 :: Daniel Levin Trio

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Sunday, July 5, 2009
Peter Kowald & Vinny Golia – Mythology (Kadima, 2009) ****½

Saturday, July 4, 2009
Jon Balke – Siwan (ECM, 2009) ****

Friday, July 3, 2009
Rozanne Levine – Only Moment (Acoustics, 2009) ***½

Thursday, July 2, 2009
Robert Burger – City Of Strangers (Tzadik, 2009) ****½

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Demian Richardson – The Gowanus Recordings (577 Records, 2009) ****
John Hébert – Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12, 2009) ****

Monday, June 29, 2009
Barry Guy & Mats Gustafsson – Sinners, Rather Than Saints (NoBusiness, 2009) *****

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New CD From Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings Coming September 15th

From Improvised Communications:

On September 15th, Firehouse 12 Records will release Madeleine Dreams (FH12-04-01-011), the second recording from cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum’s improvising chamber ensemble, SpiderMonkey Strings. The seven year-old group features Kyoko Kitamura (voice), Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Jessica Pavone (viola), Tomas Ulrich (cello), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar), Joseph Daley (tuba) and Luther Gray (drums).

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Zed-U – Night Time On the Middle Passage (Babel, 2009) ***

Saturday, June 13, 2009
David S Ware Quartet – Live In Vilnius (No Business, 2009) *****

Friday, June 12, 2009
Rob Brown Trio – Live At The Firehouse (Not Two, 2009) ****

Thursday, June 11, 2009
Fully Celebrated – Drunk On The Blood Of The Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity, 2009) ***

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Ben Allison & Man Size Safe At Firehouse 12 Tonight

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 29th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present acclaimed bassist/composer, and New Haven native, Ben Allison, with his newest ensemble, Man Size Safe, as part of the venue’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series. The band, which takes its name from a secret storage vault in former Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, mixes joyous exuberance and good-humored irreverence with textured grooves and the occasional political jab. Allison will be joined for this two-set performance by Jenny Sheinman (violin), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Steve Cardenas (guitar) and Michael Sarin (drums).

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Firehouse 12 To Present Carl Maguire’s Floriculture June 5th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, June 5th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the penultimate event of its 2009 Spring Jazz Series, the CD release celebration for Sided Silver Solid (Firehouse 12 Records), the new recording by Carl Maguire’s Floriculture. The longstanding group, led by New York-based keyboardist/composer Carl Maguire, features violist Stephanie Griffin, multi-instrumentalist Oscar Noriega, bassist John Hébert and drummer Dan Weiss. Sided Silver Solid is the follow-up to band’s 2005 debut, Floriculture (Between the Lines).

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Firehouse 12 To Present Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher June 12th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, June 12th, Firehouse 12’s 2009 Spring Jazz Series will conclude with a two-set performance by Dutch jazz heavyweights, Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher. Led by pianist/composer Michiel Braam, and featuring bassist Wilbert de Joode and drummer Michael Vatcher, the group is touring North America in June and July, performing new compositions and welcoming a local improviser into the group at each stop. For this event, the trio’s late set will feature special guest cornetist, and Firehouse 12 Records co-founder, Taylor Ho Bynum.

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