Respect Sextet and Ethan Iverson coming to Le Poisson Rouge

From NY’s Le Poisson Rouge:

FORMED IN 2001, The Respect Sextet is a powerhouse ensemble dedicated to performing a wide variety of improvisational musics. Relying on their explosive energy, rare telepathy, outstanding musicianship, and a deep friendship, Respect pieces together free improvisations, original compositions, free jazz classics, television commercial jingles, text pieces, jazz standards, game pieces and more into “a whirling collage,” shouts Exclaim! Magazine, “that ransacks and reshapes the entire jazz tradition, from New Orleans march to Misha Mengelberg, Sun Ra to Charlie Parker.” Named “one of the best and most ambitious new ensembles in jazz” by Signal to Noise.

Respect returns to LPR’s stage on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 to present a set of exciting original music. Opening the show will be the innovative pianist Ethan Iverson (of The Bad Plus), playing a set of “cocktail music” on solo piano.

Tickets: $10 (Advance tickets available at http://lepoissonrouge.inticketing.com/events/62254)
Doors: 9:30pm Show time: 10:00pm
http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/795

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

In the NYTimes.com:

VIJAY IYER TRIO (Friday through Sunday) “Historicity” (ACT), likely to rank among this year’s most inventively purposeful jazz releases, finds the pianist and composer Vijay Iyer investigating the very premise of a repertory album, with restive versions of songs by (among others) M.I.A. and Andrew Hill. He celebrates the album’s release here, with the same bassist, Stephan Crump, and a worthy substitute drummer, Justin Brown. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $30; $25 on Sunday. (Chinen)20091105

NUBLU JAZZ FESTIVAL (Friday through Thursday) For the last seven years the East Village club Nublu has promulgated a downtown mix of jazz, club music and international groove. For much of this month a similar sound prevails at its first annual jazz festival, with artists like the Inbetweens, led by the bassist Noah Jarrett (Saturday); the Seamus Blake Trio, led by its namesake saxophonist (Sunday); the drummer Ben Perowsky and his Moodswing Orchestra (Monday); and the trumpeters Eddie Henderson and Kirk Knuffke (both Thursday). At 9 and 10:30 p.m. and midnight, Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village , nublu.net; cover, $10. (Chinen)20091105

JESSICA PAVONE/CURHA-CHESTRA/SCOPA TRIO (Thursday) Ms. Pavone, playing violin as well as viola, presents “wordless songs inspired by life’s cast of characters,” a project with the guitarist Brandon Seabrook, the bassist Jonti Siman and the drummer Harris Eisenstadt. Also on the bill are the Curha-chestra, a boisterous ensemble led by the trombonist Curtis Hasselbring; and Scopa Trio, an improvising group led by the trombonist Brian Drye. At 8:30 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , (718) 218-6934, myspace.com/zebuloncafeconcert; free. (Chinen)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

GO HOME (Friday through Sunday) This slinky, groove-minded ensemble features the collective contributions of the clarinetist Ben Goldberg, the trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, the guitarist Charlie Hunter and the drummer Scott Amendola. The group is on tour in support of its recently released self-titled debut. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $30, $25 on Sunday. (Chinen)20091029

THE MAHAVISHNU PROJECT (Tuesday) This single-minded repertory project, led by the drummer Gregg Bendian, pursues the visionary fusion of the Mahavishnu Orchestra with all appropriate fervor. Besides Mr. Bendian, it consists of the guitarist Chad McLoughlin, the violinist Zach Brock, the keyboardist Neil Alexander and the bassist Peter Brendler. At 9 p.m., Drom, 85 Avenue A, between Fifth and Sixth Streets, East Village , (212) 777-1157, dromnyc.com; $15. (Chinen)20091029

NUBLU JAZZ FESTIVAL (Thursday) For the last seven years the East Village club Nublu has promulgated a downtown mix of jazz, club music and international groove. For much of the coming month a similar sound will prevail at its first annual jazz festival, which begins on Thursday with a duet featuring the free-jazz saxophonist Charles Gayle and the Sun Ra Arkestra bassist Juini Booth; a trio led by the saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc; and the Mandingo Ambassadors, breezy specialists in a West African musical tradition. At 9 and 10:30 p.m. and midnight, Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village , nublu.net; cover, $10. (Chinen)20091029

TIMUCIN SAHIN GROUP (Wednesday) Timucin Sahin, a nimble guitarist and a scintillating composer from Turkey, celebrates the release of “Bafa” (Between the Lines), his new album, by reconvening two of its core contributors, the alto saxophonist John O’Gallagher and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The bassist, Drew Gress, should make a strong substitute for his younger colleague Thomas Morgan. 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. (Chinen)

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Music and More Reviews

From Music and More:

Monday, August 03, 2009
Frank Morgan – City Lights: Live at the Jazz Standard (Highnote, 2004)

Saturday, August 01, 2009
Buffalo Collision – (duck) (Screwgun, 2009)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Trespass Trio – …was there to illuminate the night sky… (Clean Feed, 2009)

Sunday, July 26, 2009
Darren Johnston – The Edge of the Forest (Clean Feed, 2008)

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Argue, Bynum, Eisenstadt And Halvorson Nominated For JJA Awards

From Improvised Communications:

We’re pleased to announce that four of our current clients are nominees for this year’s 2009 Jazz Journalist Association Awards.

Darcy James Argue:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Large Ensemble of the Year
Blog of the Year

Taylor Ho Bynum:
Trumpeter of the Year

Harris Eisenstadt:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year

Mary Halvorson:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Guitarist of the Year

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The award ceremony will be June 16th at The Jazz Standard in New York.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

22-Mar-09 David Binney
Third Occasion (Mythology Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

21-Mar-09 Borah Bergman Trio
Luminescence (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

21-Mar-09 Cecil Taylor
CT: The Dance Project (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Marc Medwin

20-Mar-09 Yximalloo
Unpop (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

20-Mar-09 Dave Douglas & Keystone
Live at Jazz Standard (Greenleaf Music)
Reviewed by Ted Gordon

20-Mar-09 Robert Dick / Steve Baczkowski / Ravi Padmanabha
Doh Tala (Epoch Music)
Reviewed by Marc Medwin

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The Donny McCaslin Trio at the Jazz Standard, NYC

Donny McCaslin
Image by mpix46 via Flickr

This recent performance is reviewed.

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin took the stage this night with his trio, bassist Ricky Rodriguez and drummer Ted Poor, and proceeded to blow up a mighty storm of great music in a format that is heard all too rarely.

The tunes came from his latest release Recommended Tools (Greenleaf, 2008), which has garnered much praise from many corners. McCaslin’s partners on the album are bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Johnathan Blake, and part of the point this performance was clearly the strong interplay among all three players and the resulting group sound—in addition to the virtuosity, deep well of ideas and sheer stamina of McCaslin.

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