Piano Festival at the Cornelia Street Cafe

From New York’s The Cornelia Street Cafe:


August 14, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm

9pm – Jacob Sacks/Yoon Sun Choi
10pm – Russ Lossing/Mat Maneri
11pm – Hankus Netsky / Marty Ehrlich

Cornelia Street Café presents a night of Piano Duos August 14th, 9pm – 11pm as part of it’s Piano Festival.

Tickets will be $10 for each set. Cornelia Street café is located at 29 Cornelia Street. A/C/B/D/F/V to West 4.

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Aum Fidelity Releases Morris / Cancura / Gray

Out today on Aum Fidelity:

Joe Morris: bass
Petr Cancura: tenor and alto saxophone
Luther Gray: drums

Wildlife is the debut recording of a new group concept from Jazz Master nonpareil Joe Morris. Within this trio anything is possible. Joe Morris is here featured on bass. Petr Cancura, a remarkably gifted young musician (featured here on tenor and alto sax, and as recording engineer!), is a Czech Republic native who now resides in Brooklyn (by way of Ottawa, then Boston). Petr’s name was new to us at AUM Fidelity when Joe first spoke of his great musical gifts, which are on gorgeous display here. Drummer Luther Gray developed from kicking it in punk rock bands in Washington DC in the late 80s to being a jazz drummer of great finesse and technique in the modern day. He has been working with Joe Morris since 2002.

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Image of Nate Wooley from Facebook
Image of Nate Wooley


May 21, 2009
MAP, The Stone
Mary Halvorson, Tatsuya Nakatani, Reuben Radding

May 24, 2009
Crackleknob, Issue Project Room
Mary Halvorson, Reuben Radding, Nate Wooley

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David S. Ware Update

The Chicago Reader discusses Ware’s recent release as well as his kidney operation.

In January powerhouse saxophonist David S. Ware released Shakti (Aum Fidelity), his 23rd album as a bandleader, recorded in May 2008 following a European tour. It was his first new studio disc since 2003, and on it he debuted a superb group with guitarist Joe Morris, drummer Warren Smith, and longtime bassist William Parker. Though Ware’s muscular tone and rigorous style of post-Sonny Rollins motific exploration remained intact, the band as a whole sounded markedly different than the quartet he’d led for the previous 17 years.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Trumpeter Peter Evans
Image via Wikipedia

From Free Jazz:

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Profound Sound Trio – Opus De Life (Porter, 2009) ***½

Friday, May 8, 2009
Peter Evans – Nature/Culture (PSI, 2009) *****

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Kirk Knuffke, Federico Ughi, Chris Welcome – Garden Of Gifts (577 Records, 2009) ****½

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Sun Ra – Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold
Pat Thomas – Plays the music of Derek Bailey and Thelonious Monk
Okkyung Lee, Peter Evans, Steve Beresford – Check for Monsters
David S. Ware – Shakti
Jamie Saft – Black Shabbis

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Moon June Records to Release Archival Soft Machine

6 Soft Machine CDs (2)
Image by svennevenn via Flickr

From Moon June Records:

This CD documents an often overlooked phase in the long and complex history of Soft Machine – Australian drummer Phil Howard‘s five-month interim behind the drum stool between Robert Wyatt‘s departure and his eventual long-term replacement John Marshall. It did last long enough to record half of the studio album “Fifth” (1972) and a couple of BBC radio sessions, but until now no official document of that line-up in its preferred environment – the stage. Howard was brought into Soft Machine by saxophonist Elton Dean, both being members of Elton’s side project Just Us, and under their combined influence the band became freer and wilder than ever before (or after) in its existence, pushing longtime leaders Mike Ratledge and Hugh Hopper into unchartered areas of electric madness. Before long they’d decided this wasn’t the way to go, but meanwhile the line-up had antagonised audiences throughout extensive tours of the UK and Europe. This CD documents the German leg of the tour and, as veteran music journalist Steve Lake notes in his detailed liner notes, is a revelation – a glimpse of a highly exciting alternative route Soft Machine decided not to explore further.

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