AMN Reviews: Polyorchard – Ink [Out & Gone]

Ink is a generous, two-CD set of improvisations from trombonist Jeb Bishop and double bassist David Menestres, playing under the name of Polyorchard, Menestres’ ongoing group project with fluid membership. The music is all live, having been recorded during a 2019 tour that saw Bishop and Menestres in Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio.

Over the course of the album’s seven tracks and more than 90 minutes Bishop and Menestres tease out an ever-changing but cohesive set of sounds crafted from sophisticated musical vocabularies. Menestres draws equally on both conventional improvisational bass practices—setting out supporting ostinatoes and walking lines, playing rapid counterpoint, bowing fluid melodies—and on extended techniques and the use of preparations for creating music of timbral variety and salience. As he’s demonstrated on previous recordings, he’s fluent in both languages of performance and moves freely between them, to all appearances guided only by the musical relevance of any given technique at any given time. Bishop is a good match for Menestres; his sound is rooted in a sensibility aware of the full history of the trombone from its beginnings in blues and early jazz to its use in more reductive, contemporary contexts. He plays melodies informed by swing or march rhythms, alludes to the classic big band brass sections with his use of wah wah effects—and then pivots to the cutting edge contemporary sounds of air notes, microtones, drones, multiphonics and more.

A fine set of music from two exciting and thoughtful instrumentalists.

Daniel Barbiero

Umbrella Music Through October 11

Kent Kessler, Jeb Bishop
Image by cattoo via Flickr

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 30 September 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Frank Rosaly‘s Milkwork
Frank Rosaly – solo drums
Record Release Concert For Self-Titled Debut on Contraphonic/Molk
11:00PM | Oxbow
Frank Rosaly – drums
James Falzone – Bb clarinet
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax, contrabass clarinet
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Jason Roebke – bass
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Joshua Abrams spins Music For Feh Thu Les Byp Eds, Part II

Thursday, 1 October 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Stein/Kessler
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Kent Kessler – bass
11:00PM | Baker/Kimmel/Labycz
Jim Baker – piano, electronics
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
Brian Labycz – electronics
$7 suggested donation

Sunday, 4 October 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Mackay/Boye/Golombisky/Rumback
Bill Mackay – guitar
Ben Boye – keys
Matthew Golombisky – bass
Charles Rumback – drums
11:00PM | Stein/Baker/Abrams
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jim Baker – piano, electronics
Josh Abrams – bass

Wednesday, 7 October 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Gjerstad/Lonberg-Holm/Zerang
Frode Gjerstad – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Michael Zerang – drums
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Quin Kirchner spins Drums I Like

Thursday, 8 October 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Frode Gjerstad Group
Frode Gjerstad – reeds
Josh Berman – cornet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jim Baker – piano
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Jason Roebke – bass
Charles Rumback – drums
two sets

Sunday, 11 October 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Dikeman/Bishop/Roebke/Reed
John Dikeman – tenor saxophone
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jason Roebke – bass
Mike Reed – drums
two sets

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Umbrella Music Through September 10

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 30 August 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | James Falzone’s KLANG : the Goodman Project
James Falzone – clarinet
Jason Adaseiwicz – vibes
David Miller – guitar
Jason Roebke – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
Jazz Fest Preview
two sets

Wednesday, 2 September 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Gordon Grdina Trio
Gordon Grdina – guitar, oud
Tommy Babin – bass
Kenton Loewen – drums
11:00PM | Gordon Grdina Trio with Jeb Bishop
Gordon Grdina – guitar, oud
Tommy Babin – bass
Kenton Loewen – drums
Jeb Bishop – trombone
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Joshua Abrams spins Music For Feh Thu Les Byp Eds, Part I

Thursday, 3 September 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Bishop/Rempis/Kessler/Zerang
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Kent Kessler – bass
Michael Zerang – drums
two sets

Sunday, 6 September 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Lucky 7s
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jeff Albert – trombone, tuba
Josh Berman – cornet
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax, bass clarinet
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Matthew Golombisky – bass
Quin Kirchner – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 9 September 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Baker/Labycz
Jim Baker – keyboards
Brian Labycz – electronics
11:00PM | Shelton/Jackson/Hatwich/Riordan
Aram Shelton – alto saxophone, clarinet
Keefe Jackson – tenor saxophone, contrabass clarinet
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Andrea Jablonski spins Sad Songs For Suckers

Thursday, 10 September 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Cylinder Ad Hoc
Aram Shelton – alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Keefe Jackson – tenor saxophone
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Lisa Mezzacappa – bass
Kjell Nordeson – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets

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Umbrella Music Through August 23

Kent Kessler, Jeb Bishop
Image by cattoo via Flickr

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 9 August 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Johnston/Roebke/McBride
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Jason Roebke – bass
Nate McBride – bass
11:00PM | Mind vs Target
Shane Perlowin – guitar
Joe Burkett – bass
Michael Libramento – drums

Wednesday, 12 August 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Darren Johnston Quintet
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Nate McBride – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Nate McBride spins Tropics
Music from Hot Cities, Villages & Lands

Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | Greg Ward’S Fitted Shards
Greg Ward – saxophone
Rob Clearfield – keyboard
Jeff Greene – bass
Quin Kirchner – drums
Jazz Festival Preview Night
two sets

Wednesday, 19 August 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Double Quartet, Round Two!
Jim Baker – keyboards
Mars Williams – saxophones
Brian Sandstrom – bass & guitar
Steve Hunt – drums
vs.
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Kent Kessler – bass
Michael Zerang – drums
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Mitch Cocanig Gets Erratic

Thursday, 20 August 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Rempis/Rosaly
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Frank Rosaly – drums

Sunday, 23 August 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Nick Broste Group
Lineup TBA
11:00PM | Michael Zerang and Chicago Favorites
Lineup TBA

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Umbrella Music Through August 18

Tatsu Aoki
Image via Wikipedia

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 2 August 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Slow Cycle
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Josh Berman – cornet
Nate McBride – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 5 August 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things
Greg Ward – alto sax
Tim Haldeman – tenor sax
Jason Roebke – bass
Mike Reed – drums
CD Preview Event for “About Us” on 482 Music
All attendees will receive a complimentary advance copy of the album with their paid admission.
PLUS | DJ Sets: Matt Lux spins Chicago Related
two sets
$12 cover

Thursday, 6 August 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Wilkerson/Aoki/Zerang
Ed Wilkerson – reeds
Tatsu Aoki – bass
Michael Zerang – percussion
two sets

Sunday, 9 August 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Johnston/Roebke/McBride
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Jason Roebke – bass
Nate McBride – bass
11:00PM | Mind vs Target
Shane Perlowin – guitar
Joe Burkett – bass
Michael Libramento – drums

Wednesday, 12 August 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Darren Johnston Quintet
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Nate McBride – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Nate McBride spins Tropics
Music from Hot Cities, Villages & Lands

Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | Greg Ward’S Fitted Shards
Greg Ward – saxophone
Rob Clearfield – keyboard
Jeff Greene – bass
Quin Kirchner – drums
Jazz Festival Preview Night
two sets

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Umbrella Music Through July 21

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 12 July 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Herculaneum
Nick Broste – trombone
Greg Danek – bass
David McDonnell – alto saxophone, clarinet
Patrick Newbery – trumpet
Dylan Ryan – drums, vibraphone
two sets

Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 15 July 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | DKV Trio
Hamid Drake – drums
Kent Kessler – bass
Ken Vandermark – reeds
two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: John Corbett vs. Bruno Johnson – The Soul Battle Extraordinaire

Thursday, 16 July 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Frankenstein
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Irabagon/Pride
Jon Irabagon – alto saxophone
Mike Pride – drums

Sunday, 19 July 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Daisy/Levin/Bishop
Daniel Levin – cello
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

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Umbrella Music Through June 28

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 24 June 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Vandermark/Bishop/Holmlander/Strid
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Per-Åke Holmlander – tuba
Raymond Strid – drums
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Per-Åke Holmlander spins
Rare Scandinavian Avant-Rock & Free Jazz from the 60s & 70s

Thursday, 25 June 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Rempis/Branch/Kessler/Hunt
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Kest Kessler – bass
Steve Hunt – drums
two sets

Sunday, 28 June 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Sabir Mateen‘s Omni-Sound
Sabir Mateen – reeds, flute, piccolo
Matt Lavelle – trumpet, flugelhorn, bass clarinet
Jane Wang – bass, cello
Michael Wimberly – drums, percussion
two sets

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Umbrella Music Through June 25th

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 14 June 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Jeff Albert Quartet
Jeff Albert – trombone
Ray Moore – alto saxophone
Tom Sciple – bass
Dave Cappello – drums
11:00PM | The Engines
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Wednesday, 17 June 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Broo/Bishop/McBride/Rosaly
Magnus Broo – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Nate McBride – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Håvard Wiik plays Old Music with New Technology

Thursday, 18 June 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Bishop/Wiik/de Joode
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Haavard Wiik – piano
Wilbert de Joode – bass
11:00PM | Brahm/de Joode/Vatcher Broo
Michiel Braam – piano
Wilbert De Joode – bass
Michael Vatcher – drums
special guest
Magnus Broo – trumpet

Sunday, 21 June 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | David Boykin Expanse
Nicole Mitchell – flutes
Alex Wing – bass
Jim Baker – piano
Marcus Evans – drums
David Boykin – saxophone and vocals
Natalie Butler – clarinet
Saalik Ziyad – vocals
David Young – trumpet
Solstice Concert : Tribute to Sun Ra
two sets

Wednesday, 24 June 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Vandermark/Bishop/Holmlander/Strid
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Per-Åke Holmlander – tuba
Raymond Strid – drums
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Per-Åke Holmlander spins
Rare Scandinavian Avant-Rock & Free Jazz from the 60s & 70s

Thursday, 25 June 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Rempis/Branch/Kessler/Hunt
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Kest Kessler – bass
Steve Hunt – drums
two sets

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Umbrella Music Through June 18

Image of Jeff Albert from Facebook
Image of Jeff Albert

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 10 June 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Rempis/Zerang
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Michael Zerang – drums
11:00PM | Spacer
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Nate McBride – bass
Mike Reed – drums
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Tomeka Reid spins String Inspired Tunes, Part II

Thursday, 11 June 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Hood
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
Matt Schneider – guitar
Marc Riordan – piano

Sunday, 14 June 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Jeff Albert Quartet
Jeff Albert – trombone
Ray Moore – alto saxophone
Tom Sciple – bass
Dave Cappello – drums
11:00PM | The Engines
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Wednesday, 17 June 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Broo/Bishop/McBride/Rosaly
Magnus Broo – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Nate McBride – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Håvard Wiik plays Old Music with New Technology

Thursday, 18 June 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Bishop/Wiik/de Joode
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Haavard Wiik – piano
Wilbert de Joode – bass
11:00PM | Brahm/de Joode/Vatcher Broo
Michiel Braam – piano
Wilbert De Joode – bass
Michael Vatcher – drums
special guest
Magnus Broo – trumpet

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Umbrella Music Through May 31

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 27 May 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Urs Leimgruber Solo
Urs Leimgruber – saxophone
11:00PM | Leimgruber/Roebke/Hunt
Urs Leimgruber – saxophones
Jason Roebke – bass
Steve Hunt – drums
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Jeff Kimmel spins Clarinets and Other Favorites

Thursday, 28 May 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Leimgruber/Hunt
Urs Leimgruber – reeds
Steve Hunt – percussion
11:00PM | Leimgruber/Giallorenzo/Malozzi/Zerang
Urs Leimgruber – reeds
Paul Giallorenzo – piano/electronics
Lou Malozzi – turntables
Steve Hunt – percussion

Sunday, 31 May 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Keefe Jackson Solo
Keefe Jackson – reeds
11:00PM | Adasiewicz/McBride/Reed
Jason Adasiewicz vibe
Nate McBride bass
Mike Reed drums

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