KFJC Reviews

Yet more from KFJC:

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – “Continuum, the” – [Delmark]

The following statement is not true, but what I heard when I first listen to this recording: The Art Ensemble of Chicago was on a world tour, stopped in deepest Africa. Somehow they lost a trombone & sax after the concert and the locals got hold of them – creating a new tradition – honk & squirt horns with roots talking drum and percussion.

Actually, the EHE has been around Chicago for a long time blending African music with jazz. In this current form the personnel has almost totally changed, but the spirit is still strong. There is a authentic, tropical, hot feel to this recording – very much in keeping with the tradition.

Mazurek, Robert & Chicago Und. – “Playground” – [Delmark]

Here is something a bit different in 90’s jazz – driving, inventive creation, semi-improv, with a lot of guts and fury, but no saxophones! Actually the feel of this group can shift dramatically from a low pulse to a brass explosion, but there is not any “Squonky” stuff here. Much better than dinner jazz – and a lot of fun with some goofy instruments and a mix of percussion.

Mazurek has recorded 3 albums in a more “bop” style, but here he is trying out a lot of new directions and flavors from all over the world.

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Seth Meicht Quartet at RUCMA

From New York’s RUCMA:

Start: 01/12/2009 – 7:30pm
End: 01/12/2009 – 10:00pm
Timezone: Etc/GMT-4

Seth Meicht Quartet
Monday, January 12 @ 7:30 pm
Yippie Café: 9 Bleecker Street, near Bowery
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors: $7
Jam Session @ 9pm: $5

Seth Meicht, saxophone
Aaron Meicht, trumpet
Adam Lane, bass
Mike Pride, drums

Seth Meicht was born in 1976 and grew up in the Philadelphia area. He studied saxophone at the University of the Arts and studied privately with Ron Kerber, David Murray, Odean Pope, and Ben Schachter.

Seth leads his own trio as well as being a founding member of The Meicht Group and The Sepia Trio. The Meicht Group garnered critical acclaim for the recordings Dig the Sound Live (2000) and Loud Like Hemlocks (2001) which were released on Scrapple Records. The Sepia Trio’s newest release is on Utech Records and is entitled cleft. The Seth Meicht Trio has just released its debut CD on Cadence Jazz Records (CJR1196) and, adding Matt Bauder, has released Illumine on C.I.M.P. (#350).

Seth has shared the stage with such luminaries as Michael Brecker, James Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Byard Lancaster, Prince Lasha, Joe Lavano, David Murray, Odean Pope, and Bobby Zankel. Seth is a member of the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir and also the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

27-Dec-08 New York Electric Piano
King Mystery (Buffalo Puppy)
Reviewed by Matt Marshall

27-Dec-08 Microscopic Septet
Lobster Leaps In (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

25-Dec-08 Medeski Martin and Wood
Zaebos: Book of Angels, Vol. 11 (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

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Releases from New World Records

Just out on New World Records:

The Stroke That Kills
Composer(s): Eve Beglarian, Alvin Curran, Michael Fiday, David Dramm, Gustavo Matamoros, Tom Johnson
Seth Josel, electric guitar, electric bass
Over the past twenty-plus years, Seth Josel has established himself as a leader in helping to shape the electric guitar’s burgeoning future as a “classical” instrument. This album is a statement not only of his artistry as a performer, but also as a curator of new music for the guitar. The six pieces on this recording demonstrate a variety of means and approaches spanning the reified electric flamenco of David Dramm to the sou…

Musica Elettronica Viva – MEV40
Composer(s): Allan Bryant, Alvin Curran, Carol Plantamura, Frederic Rzewski, Ivan Vandor, Karl Berger, Garrett List, Gregory Reeve, Richard Teitelbaum, Steve Lacy, George Lewis
Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) was begun one evening in the spring of 1966 by Allan Bryant, Alvin Curran, Jon Phetteplace, Carol Plantamura, Frederic Rzweski, Richard Teitelbaum and Ivan Vandor in a room in Rome overlooking the Pantheon. MEV’s music right from the start was also totally open, allowing all and everything to come in and seeking in every way to get out beyond the heartless conventions of contempora… more

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Upcoming Gigs from Terry McManus

From Terry McManus:

Born in Brooklyn, New York, guitarist Terrence McManus grew up in New Jersey and Connecticut. He has performed with Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, Ellery Eskelin, Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Anthoney Cox, Kermit Driscoll, Gene Bertoncini, Russ Lossing, Marty Eurlick, and Michael Sarin, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the New York Guitar Festival, Ellis Island, and the inaugural month at John Zorn’s The Stone. In November of 2004, Terrence was invited to perform in the first annual Minnesota Sur Seine jazz festival in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. An accomplished solo guitarist, Terrence performs his own compositions and arrangements, and has developed a unique style of improvisation, drawing on extended technique and prepared guitar. Terrence’s solo improvisations were featured in the New York City debut of the Fermin Cabal play Disappeared(Tejas Verdes). The play’s month long residency took place at the Richmond Shepard Theatre in September 2006. In 2006 Terrence formed Flattened Planet, a record label dedicated to the promotion of new, creative, and improvised music. In 2008 Terrence was featured in the book, State of the Axe: Guitar Master’s in Photographs and Words, by legendary photographer Ralph Gibson. The book, published on Yale University Press, was produced in conjunction with The Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston, TX, were the book’s images were on exhibition.


Sunday, December 14
40 E.20th St.
Terrence McManus-solo nylon string guitar

Tuesday, December 16
The Dream of the Ants
This will be this ensembles first performance and will be premiering a new multi-sectional, through-composed work entitled, The Machine 9pm
Stain Bar
766 Grand St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Terrence McManus-classical guitar
Ellery Eskelin-saxophone
Gerry Hemingway-percussion

Sunday, December 21
250 E.54th St.
Terrence McManus-solo nylon string guitar

Thursday, January 1
Transcendental Numbers
The Stone
corner ave. C and e.2nd st.
Terrence McManus-acoustic and electric guitars
Mark Helias-bass
Gerry Hemingway-drum set
A classic (un)guitar trio acting as a derivative of the micro and the macro, brought to a state of unity, but retaining the original three separate substances.

Saturday, January 31
Terrence McManus/Gerry Hemingway Duo
Small World Cafe
14 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ
Terrence McManus-acoustic and electric guitars
Gerry Hemingway-drum set

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