AMN Picks of the Week

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.

Some really hot stuff in today’s list. I highly recommend the Anker / Tabron / Cleaver release as one of the best coming from these three gentlemen. Blast and Thee Maximalists are also great as usual. Mion and Verin are two of my recent discoveries on the GRM label, and both are wonderful modern electroacoustic. Enjoy.

Lotte Anker / Craig Taborn / Gerald Cleaver – Floating Islands (2009)
Synflict – Prismatine (2009)
Blast 4tet – Sift (2009)
Thee Maximalists – Crosstalk (2009)
Magee, Massimo / Amos Manne / Lee Noyes – Sax, Bass and Drums (2009)
Philippe Mion – Si c’était du jour (2002)
Nicolas Verin – Quatre pièces pour solistes et sons fixés (2005)

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Taylor Ho Bynum’s Fall Schedule

From THB’s SpiderMonkey Stories:

Saturday, October 17, 9pm
New Music by Laura Andel
@ The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune), NYC
THB (cornet), Carl Maguire (Fender Rhodes), Shoko Nagai (piano),
Thomas Buckner (baritone), and the ensemble Gamelan Son of Lion
(Barbara Benary, Lisa Karrer, Skip LaPlante, Denman Maroney, and David
Simons)

Tuesday, October 20, 8pm
Enescu Re-Imagined by Lucian Ban & John Hebert
@ Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, NYC
Mat Maneri (viola), Joyce Hammann (violin), Tony Malaby (tenor sax),
THB (cornet) Badal Roy (tablas), Lucian Ban (piano, orchestrations),
John Hebert (double bass, orchestrations), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
* discount tix available, contact me if you’re interested.

Sunday, October 25, 3pm
Taylor Ho Bynum Quintet
@ Hammond Performing Arts Series at Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston, MA
THB (cornet), Bill Lowe (bass trombone), Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone), John Hebert (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

Monday, October 26, 7:30pm
Bynum – Hebert – Cleaver Trio
@ RUCMA/Vision performance series at Local 269, 269 Houston St, NYC
THB (cornet), John Hebert (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

Friday, October 30
Anthony Braxton Trio
@ Deutsches Jazzfestival, Frankfurt, Germany
AB (reeds, electronics), THB (brass), Mary Halvorson (guitar)

Saturday, October 31, 6:30pm
Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone with guest THB
@ Botticino Jazz Festival, Botticino, Italy
MH (guitar), JP (viola), THB (cornet)

Monday, November 2, 8pm
Bynum – Hebert – Cleaver Trio
@ Ars Nova Workshop at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
THB (cornet), John Hebert (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

Saturday, November 7, 8:30pm
Bynum – Morris – Schoenbeck Trio
@ IBeam, 168 7th Street, Brooklyn NY
THB (cornet), Joe Morris (guitar), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon)
with Never Saw This Coming (Rich Johnson, Kirk Knuffke, Brian Drye, Curtis Hasselbring)

Friday, November 13, 8pm
Tyshawn Sorey Quartet
@ AACM at the Community Church, 40 E. 35th St, NYC
TS (drums), THB (cornet), Aaron Stewart (saxophone), John Escreet (piano)
with Amina Claudine Myers’ Ensemble

Monday, November 30, 7:30pm
Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge
@ RUCMA/Vision performance series at Local 269, 269 Houston St, NYC
JKH (violin), THB (cornet), Ken Filiano (bass), Andrew Drury (drums)

Monday, December 21, 7pm
PosCat 3
@ Barbes, 376 9th St, Brooklyn, NY
THB (cornet), Abraham Gomez-Delgado (percussion), Reut Regev (trombone)

Coming up at RUCMA

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.
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From New York’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

MONDAY
September 21
3 SETS !!!
7:30 PM
Francois Grillot’s French Contraband
Francois Grillot – Bass
Others – TBA

9:00 PM
Present Personic
Patrick Brennan – alto sax
Bern Nix – guitar
Lisle Ellis – bass

10:30 PM
Special Guests From Japan
Sachi Hayasaka – saxes
Shiro Sadamura – violin
Toshiki Nagata – bass
Pheeroan akLaff – drums

TUESDAY
EVOLVING VOICE
September 22
6:30 PM
Leena Conquest Songs
Leena Conquest – Voice
Jared Botty – guitar
Calvin Jones – drums

8:00 PM
Lisa Sokolov Solo Voice

MONDAY
September 28
NORWAY AND GERMANY COLLIDE IN NYC!
7:30 PM
OLE MATHISEN’S ZERO SUM
Ole Mathisen – tenor sax
TBA – others

9:00 PM
GUNTHER HAMPEL EUROPEAN TRIO + BASS
Gunther Hampel – vibes, bass, clarinet, flute
Johannes Schleiermacher – tenor sax
Andreas Lang – bass
Bernd Oezsevim – drums

TUESDAY
September 29
EVOLVING VOICE
6:30 PM
ELLEN CHRISTIE
Ellen Christie – Voice
Juan Quinones – Guitar
Tom Bruno – Drums

8:00 PM
YOON SUN CHOI
Yoon Sun Choi – voice
Jacob Sacks – keyboard
Thomas Morgan – bass
Vinnie Sperezza – drums

MONDAY
October 5
3 SETS!!!
7:30 PM
Jonathan Golberger – guitar
Trevor Dunn – bass
Harris Eisenstadt – drums

9:00 PM
JAMES CARNEY GROUP
James Carney – keys & composition
TBA – Others

10:30 PM
Garth Stevenson – bass
Mat Maneri – violin/viola
Randy Peterson – drums

TUESDAY
October 6
EVOLVING VOICE
6:30 PM
JEAN CARLA RODEA GROUP
Jean Carla Rodea – voice
Oscar Noriega – clarinet & alto sax
Joe Morris – guitar & banjo
Javier Moreno – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums

8:00 PM
IKAMA / KITAMURA DUO
Yayoi Ikama – piano
Kyoko Kitamura – voice

MONDAY
October 12
7:30 PM
Ken Wessel – guitar
Ken Filiano – bass
Lou Grassi – drums

9:00 PM
AVRAM FEVER GROUP
Avram Fever – reeds
Roy Campbell – trumpet
TBA – others

TUESDAY
October 13
6:30
GOLDA SOLOMON – JAZZHAG TOUR
Golda Solomon – voice
Christopher Dean Sullivan – bass
Michael TA Thompson – drums
Joe Giardullo – reeds
Fay Victor – vocals

8:00PM
JEN SHYU
Lineup TBA

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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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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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tony Malaby – Paloma Recio (New World Records, 2009) ****½

Monday, April 20, 2009
Alexandra Grimal Trio – Shape (Futura Marge, 2009) ****½

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Wednesday,

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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From the Times:

AB BAARS TRIO WITH KEN VANDERMARK (Sunday) Ab Baars, a saxophonist and clarinetist prominent on the robust Dutch jazz scene, has a new album, “Goofy June Bug” (Wig 15), featuring this trio — with Wilbert de Joode on bass and Martin van Duynhoven on drums — along with Mr. Vandermark, a Chicago multireedist. The same coterie arrives here after more than two weeks on the road, which ensures only the most cohesive brand of mayhem. At 7 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 598-7100, joespub.com; cover, $20, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

ESP-DISK LIVE (Tuesday) ESP-Disk, an important avant-garde label of the 1960s, recently resumed production, selling its visionary catalog through retailers and online at espdisk.com. This showcase begins with a set by the percussionist Paul Thornton (at 10 p.m.), and continues with a performance by the Ras Ensemble, a chamberlike group led by the saxophonist Ras Moshe (at 11). Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery Street, near Bleecker Street, East Village, (212) 614-0505, bowerypoetry.com; $10. (Chinen)

PAUL MOTIAN OCTET + 1 (Friday through Sunday) A luminous and mysterious post-bop ensemble that consists of two contrasting pairs of improvisers (the saxophonists Chris Cheek and Bill McHenry, and the guitarists Steve Cardenas and Tim Miller); a couple of welcome stabilizers (Jerome Harris and Thomas Morgan, both bassists); a pair of wild cards (the violist Mat Maneri and the pianist Jacob Sacks); and a wily mastermind (Mr. Motian, on drums). At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village. (Chinen)

OPSVIK & JENNINGS (Tuesday) The bassist Eivind Opsvik and the guitarist Aaron Jennings have maintained this intelligent electro-acoustic duo collaboration for a handful of years, releasing two strong albums on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. Their live chemistry relies partly on the terse contributions of the trombonist and keyboardist Brian Drye, the trumpeter Rich Johnson and the drummer Dave Christian. From 9 to 11 p.m., Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village, nublu.net; free before 10 p.m.; $5 after. (Chinen)

THE THING (Thursday) This rugged Scandinavian collective — with Mats Gustafsson on reeds, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums — specializes in convulsive improvisation, drawing about equally from the protocols of free jazz and punk rock. Here the band shares billing with Sparks, a duo made up of the trumpeter Peter Evans and the bassist Tom Blancarte; and Little Women, a noise-jazz Brooklyn quartet. At 9 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934, myspace.com/zebuloncafeconcert; no cover.

YEAH YEAH RECORDS AND FRIENDS FESTIVAL (Friday) This series, running every Friday through the month’s end, features artists affiliated with the ruggedly independent Yeah Yeah label. Among them are the guitarist Khabu Doug Young, who performs here at 8 p.m.; a duo featuring the pianist Jesse Stacken and the trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, at 9; and at 10, a trio with the saxophonist Andrew Bishop, the drummer Gerald Cleaver and the bassist Tim Flood. I-Beam Music, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com; $10. (Chinen)

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature
(Aum Fidelity)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Thurston Moore – Sensitive/Lethal
(No Fun Productions)
– Jeph Jerman

Arg – Animali
(Creative Sources)
– Max Schaefer

Traum – Tanto impresos como sistemas
(Bug Incision)
– Wyman Brantley

Cheer-Accident – Fear Draws Misfortune
(Cuneiform)
– Wyman Brantley

Schurer / Steinbrüchel –
(NVO)
– Darren Bergstein

Tomas Phillips – Drink_Deep
(NVO)
– Darren Bergstein

Oren Ambarchi – Persona
(Black Truffle)
– Brian Olewnick

Arditti Quartet – Thirty Pieces/komposition für streichquartett 2
(hr2 kultur)
– Brian Olewnick

Don Cherry – Live At Cafe Montmartre Volume Three
(ESP-Disk)
– Brian Olewnick

Evan Parker/ Ingebrigt Haker Flaten – The Brewery Tap
(Smalltown Super Jazz)
– Dave Madden

Toshimaru Nakamura & Mark Trayle – Stationary
(Creative Sources)
– Max Schaefer

Will Montgomery (Heribert Friedl) – Non-Collaboration
(NVO)
– Darren Bergstein

Joe McPhee/ Paal Nilssen-Love – Tomorrow Came Today
(Smalltown Superjazz)
– Dave Madden

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

BISHOP-CLEAVER-FLOOD (Tuesday) As on a recent album, “Time and Imaginary Time” (Envoi), the saxophonist Andrew Bishop engages in an equal exchange with the drummer Gerald Cleaver and the bassist Tim Flood, expanding compositional frames and exploring open space. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)20090409

SYLVIE COURVOISIER AND MARK FELDMAN (Wednesday) Ms. Courvoisier, a pianist and composer, pursues intricacy; Mr. Feldman, a violinist, favors intensity. They have recorded together as a duo, which will be their format for the early set here, at 8 p.m. For the later set, at 10, they will enlist the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Gerry Hemingway. The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10 per set. (Chinen)20090409

MARK HELIAS QUARTET (Saturday) Mark Helias is a bassist of adventurous temperament and great rhythmic assurance, as he demonstrates in a band with two longtime associates, the trombonist Ray Anderson and the tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, and a dynamic younger colleague, the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)20090409

INGEBRIGT HAKER FLATEN (Friday, Sunday and Monday) Ingebrigt Haker Flaten is a Norwegian bassist, and one of the bigger fish in the pool of European free-improvised music. He’s staging a small-scale New York takeover this week, playing in two different places on Friday: first at Monkeytown (with the saxophonist Hakon Kornstad) and then at the 5C Café (with the cellist Daniel Levin). On Sunday he will appear in Double Heart, a group led by the saxophonist Tony Malaby; on Monday he will work in yet another duo, with the trumpeter Jawwaad Taylor. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Monkeytown, 58 North Third Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 384-1369; monkeytownhq.com; cover, $8, with a $10 minimum. Friday at 10 p.m., 5C Cafe, 68 Avenue C, at Fifth Street, East Village, (212) 477-5993, 5ccc.com; no cover, with a $5 minimum. Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. Monday at 9 p.m., the Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, rucma.org; $10; $7 for students. (Chinen)20090409

PAUL MOTIAN OCTET + 1 (Tuesday through Thursday) A luminous and mysterious post-bop ensemble that consists of two contrasting pairs of improvisers (the saxophonists Chris Cheek and Bill McHenry, and the guitarists Steve Cardenas and Tim Miller); a couple of welcome stabilizers (Jerome Harris and Thomas Morgan, both bassists); a pair of wild cards (the violist Mat Maneri and the pianist Jacob Sacks); and a wily mastermind (Mr. Motian, on drums). (Through April 19.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20090409

? SKIRL PARTY V (Saturday) Skirl, a Brooklyn-based label with a ruggedly experimental streak, celebrates its fifth anniversary with four bands from its roster: H-Alpha, an electro-acoustic trio with a new album called “Red Sphere”; the avant-folkish duo composed of the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the violist Jessica Pavone; the New Mellow Edwards, led by the trombonist Curtis Hasselbring; and Andrew D’Angelo’s Gay Disco Trio, led by Mr. D’Angelo, a strenuously upbeat multireedist. At 7:30 p.m., the Bell House, 149 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, (718) 643-6510, thebellhouseny.com; $12. 20090409

KEVIN TKACZ’S LETHAL OBJECTION (Tuesday) The bassist Kevin Tkacz (pronounced tax) features his own compositions in this adventurous and boisterous ensemble, with the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the pianist Angelica Sanchez and, in his first outing with the group, the drummer Gerry Hemingway. At 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)20090409

TWICE TOLD TALES (Thursday) This expressive quartet, conversing mainly in terms of free improvisation, consists of the tenor and soprano saxophonists Tony Malaby and Louis Belogenis; the perceptive bassist John Hébert; and the ever-ebullient drummer Joey Baron. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10 per set. (Chinen)

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AMN Picks of the Week

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.

JT Bruce – Universica (2008, progressive rock)
Henry Cow – Beginnings: 40th Anniversary Box Set, Vol. 1 (1971-1973) (1973, avant-garde)
Henry Cow – Trondheim: 40th Anniversary Box Set, Vol. 4-5 (1976, avant-garde)
Henry Cow – Late: 40th Anniversary Box Set, Vol. 9 (1978, avant-garde)
Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature (2009, free jazz)
Lotte Anker / Craig Taborn / Gerald Cleaver – Live at the Loft (2009, free jazz)
Contemporary Noise Quartet – Theatre Play Music (2008, free jazz)
Contemporary Noise Quintet – Pig Inside the Gentleman (2006, free jazz)
Contemporary Noise Sextet – Unaffected Thought Flow (2009, free jazz)
Arditti Quartet – Harvey: Complete String Quartets and Trio (2009, classical)
Indigo Trio – Live in Montreal (2007, free / composed jazz)
Michael Bates Outside Sources – Clockwise (2008, free jazz)
Michael Bates Outside Sources – Live in New York (2009, free jazz)
Pete Namlook – Namlook XVII: New Organic Life II (2003, electronic)
Locrian – Drenched Lands (2009, ambient metal)

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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.

E.R.A. – Introducing…the E.R.A. (2008, free jazz)
Reut Regev – This is R Time (2009, creative jazz)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar – Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo (2007, avant-rock)
Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature (2009, free jazz)
Bertram Turetzky / Damon Smith – Thoughtbeetle (2009, free jazz)
Alex Cline – Continuation (2009, jazz)
David S. Ware – Shakti (2009, free jazz)
Rick Helzer / Vinny Golia (Fancy Meeting You Here (2005, free jazz)
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Live @ Largo (2009, jazz)
Squadra Omega – Tenebroso (2008, free form jam)
Squadra Omega – Rennesle Chateau (2008, free form jam)
Michael Riessler – Mirage (2009, modern composed classical / jazz)

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