Umbrella Music Through March 15

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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 1 March 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Weasel Walter and Friends I
Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Weasel Walter – drums
11:00PM | 10:00PM | Weasel Walter and Friends II
Mike Forbes – tenor saxophone
Andrew Scott Young – bass
Weasel Walter – drums

Wednesday, 4 March 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
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Eric Leibundguth presents The Civil War

Thursday, 5 March 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | blink.
Greg Ward – alto saxophone
Dave Miller – guitar
Jeff Greene – bass
Quin Kirchner – drums
two sets

Sunday, 8 March 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | blink.
Jeff Greene – bass
Greg Ward – alto saxophone
Dave Miller – guitar
Quin Kirchner – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 11 March 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Jeb Bishop Trio
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jason Roebke – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Omeka-tay spins String Inspired Tunes

Sunday, 15 March 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Nick Mazzarella Trio
Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Nate Lepine Trio
Lineup TBA

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Jazz Prospecting From Tom Hull

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The latest from Tom Hull:

Buffalo: Collision (Duck) (2008, Screwgun): Another of alto saxophonist Tim Berne‘s groups: two thirds of the Bad Plus — pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King — with the bassist replaced by cellist Hank Roberts, a change that trades in any real capacity for swing or groove for an arty sheen on top of the free jazz drama. Iverson plays in dense blocks, and Berne works his way around the wreckage, in one spot piling up into a brutish piece of avant-ugly, but mostly working through intelligently and inventively. B+(***)

The Flatlands Collective: Maatjes (2008, Clean Feed): Dutch alto saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra is the effective leader of this group of mostly Chicago-based musicians: James Falzone (clarinet), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, electronics), Jason Roebke (bass), Frank Rosaly (drums). Best when the three horns are all cooking, each on its own track, with Bishop’s trombone buoying everyone else. Stretches of cello and electronics — Dijkstra also plays lyricon and analog synth — are scratchy abstract. The Dutch avant scene has always been noted for whimsy, while the Chicagoans are known to occasionally suspend their creativity fetish and just rock out. B+(**)

Darren Johnston: The Edge of the Forest (2007-08 [2008], Clean Feed): Trumpet player, from Canada, based in San Francisco, first album as leader, although his name shows up on another album I have in the queue, plus he has a couple of side credits. Seems like someone I should have recognized — in fact, he appeared on a former Pick Hit here, Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra’s New Magical Kingdom. Pianoless quintet here — like one of those quartets but with a third horn, the range of colors and timbres spread wide by Ben Goldberg’s clarinet and Sheldon Brown’s tenor sax (or narrowed with bass clarinet), but they tend to cycle against each other rather than fly apart. Devin Hoff plays bass, Smith Dobson V drums, and Rob Reich appears on accordion on one track. Brown is a strong soloist — another guy I’ve run across a couple of times, but should remember from now on. The rhythm section keeps things moving, and Goldberg is superb as the guy who ties it all together. A-

Steve Adams Trio: Surface Tension (2000 [2008], Clean Feed): Googling Steve Adams, we find: “a cutting edge progressive rock guitarist and composer, formerly with ex-Camel keyboardist Peter Bardens and Mirage”; “bass player for ALO, Brett Dennen, Sara Bareilles, Tea Leaf Green, Forest Sun”; “gospel acappella music like you have never heard before”; and a bunch of non-musicians, including a Unix/Oracle guru, a Cincinnati criminal defense lawyer, the CEO of Sabrix, and some guy running for president. More promising is the Steve Adams who shows up on websites for Nine Winds (Vinny Golia) and ROVA — he would be the ‘A’ there. Plays four weights of saxophone, listing sopranino first, as well as bass flute. The trio adds two guys I don’t need to look up: Ken Filiano and Scott Amendola. Actually, I’ve heard Adams before in Filiano’s company, and (of course) in Rova; also with Composers in Red Sneakers, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and Your Neighborhood Sax Quartet — maybe with Golia too — Adams dedicates a song to Golia and notes that they met in 1982 — although I’m way, way behind there. Three observations: one is that Adams has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, but only the sopranino doesn’t remind me of something else I’ve heard before; second is that Filiano, as dependable as any bassist working today, has rarely played with this much intensity; third is that Clean Feed has made a habit of picking up old tapes by unknowns, releasing them presumably just because they like them. B+(**)

John O’Gallagher Trio: Dirty Hands (2007 [2008], Clean Feed): After some sleuthing, I found an announcement that this batch of Clean Feeds was officially released on Nov. 28, making them 2008 releases. Until then I was guessing that the the Darren Johnston, Steve Adams, and John O’Gallagher CDs must be 2009 releases, given that they don’t seem to be available anywhere (DMG offers pre-orders). So it turns out that Clean Feed does have some concept of street dates, even though they may not correspond to reality — another bookkeeping headache. As for this record, any group that manages to play 6 straight nights in Braga, Portugal is likely to show up on the label. O’Gallagher plays alto sax. I think of him as a postbop player, but he leans free, and he usually makes a strong impression, as he does here. The others are Masa Kamaguchi on bass and Jeff Williams on drums. Seems like an average set, dilligently working against the grain, exploiting the higher range of the instrument, with the rhythmic complexity de rigeur these days. B+(**)

The Skein: Andrea Parkins and Jessica Constable: Cities and Eyes (2004 [2009], Henceforth): Parkins plays accordion and piano, most notably in Ellery Eskelin’s trio, and dabbles in electronics. She also gets a voice credit here, but presumably the lead vocals here belong to Constable, a British composer-singer who also has ties to Eskelin — she’s on his Quiet Music — and who also gets a credit here for electronics. I started playing this a couple of times, quickly deciding I wasn’t up for it. The vocal parts, which cover damn near the whole record, are massively irritating. The electronics also tends to irritate, but not always, and here and there can be quite intriguing. C+

Joe McPhee/Paal Nilssen-Love: Tomorrow Came Today (2007 [2008], Smalltown Superjazz): McPhee strikes me as the most doggedly anti-commercial avant-gardist of the last three or four decades. It’s not so much that he’s inaccessible but that he’s so preoccupied with his own inner logic that he could care less what you think — a couple of meetings with Ken Vandermark, who idolizes McPhee, come to mind. Norwegian drummer Nilssen-Love, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have any notion that what he does shouldn’t be embraced by everyone. He came up in rock groups, plays free, and sometimes ties them all together. His Dual Pleasure duos with Vandermark were unusually lucid and engaging sax-drums duos, and here he does the same trick for McPhee. A-

Evan Parker/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: The Brewery Tap (2007 [2008], Smalltown Superjazz): Parker should be a household name by now, but isn’t anywhere close. B. 1944 in England, cut his first records c. 1971, and has released a couple hundred since, plus side credits in nearly every European avant-jazz context of interest — his career has roughly the same shape and trajectory as Anthony Braxton’s. Has his own label now, Psi, which I don’t get any service on, so I only pick up occasional scraps, and he remains a long-term project. Plays tenor and soprano sax. His soprano is utterly distinctive, shrill, with a lot of circular breathing — very impressive, but also discomforting. I usually prefer his tenor sax, which is featured here, a lot of poking and prodding, a little circular breathing. Håker Flaten’s bass makes for a nice foil, rounding him out where Paal Nilssen-Love’s drums might sharpen him up. Long improvs. Not clear how much weight to put on them, given the feeling that he could do this all day every day, but a very nice showcase. B+(***)

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Umbrella Music Through February 15

Territory Band-4
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 4 February 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Mayas/Caddy/Mallozzi/Zerang
Magda Mayas – inside piano
Anthea Caddy – cello
Lou Mallozzi – turntables & samples
Michael Zerang – percussion
11:00PM | The Necks
Chris Abrahams – piano
Lloyd Swanton – bass
Tony Buck – drums
$15 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Fred Lonberg-Holm spins Outside The Grooves

Thursday, 5 February 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Mayas/Caddy Duo
Magda Mayas – piano
Anthea Caddy – cello
11:00PM | Mayas/Caddy/Stein/McBride/Daisy
Magda Mayas – piano
Anthea Caddy – cello
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Sunday, 8 February 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Bishop/Ward/Abrams/Reed
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Greg Ward – alto saxophone
Josh Abrams – bass
Mike Reed – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 11 February 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Gray/Becker/Roebke
Darin Gray – bass
Jim Becker – fiddle
Jason Roebke – bass
11:00PM | James Falzone’s Allos Musica
James Falzone – clarinet
Cathy Kuna – cello
Adam Larrabee – guitar, mandolin
Tim Mulvenna – hand drums, percussion
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Dave Rempis spins The Randomizer

Thursday, 12 February 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Gray/Roebke Duo
Darin Gray – bass
Jason Roebke – bass
11:00PM | Kimmel/Labycz/Roebke
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
Brian Labycz – electronics
Jason Roebke – bass

Sunday, 15 February 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Mike Salter Group
Lineup TBA
11:00PM | Little Women
Darius Jones – alto saxophone
Travis Laplante – tenor saxophone
Ben Greenberg – bass
Jason Nazary – drums

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Umbrella Music Through January 28

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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | Vandermark 5
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Kent Kessler – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 21 January 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Rempis/Ward/McBride/Reed
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Greg Ward – alto sax
Nate McBride – bass
Mike Reed – drums
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Corbett vs Dempsey – Round II

Thursday, 22 January 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Branch/Riordan
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Marc Riordan – drums
11:00PM | Friction Brothers
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Michael Colligan – dry ice
Michael Zerang – percussion

Sunday, 25 January 2009
The Hungry Brain
9:30PM | Han Bennink Solo
Han Bennink – drums
10:00PM | Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Valentine Trio
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Jason Roebke – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Fast Citizens
Aram Shelton – alto sax
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax
Josh Berman – cornet
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | Vandermark 5
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Kent Kessler – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 28 January 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Sandell/Lonberg-Holm/Zerang
Sten Sandell – piano, electronics
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Michael Zerang – percussion
11:00PM | Bishop/Berthling/Nilssen-Love
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Johan Berthling – bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Corbett vs Abrams – Round II

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Umbrella Music Through January 18

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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 7 January 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Indigo Trio
Nicole Mitchell – flutes
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Corbett vs Abrams – Round I

Sunday, 11 January 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Vox Arcana
Tim Daisy – drums
James Falzone – clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
11:00PM | New Fracture Quartet
Tim Daisy – drums
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Dave Miller – guitar
Nate McBride – bass

Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | Vandermark 5
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Kent Kessler – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 14 January 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Bishop/Parker/Abrams/Drake
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jeff Parker – guitar
Josh Abrams – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
PLUS | microgig : Fred Lonberg-Holm/Asimina Chremos
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Asimina Chremos – dancer & sounder
The microgig will be performed during the intermission
in an unconventional location.
microgig is supported by the Crosscut Program, a partnership of
Experimental Sound Studio and Links Hall.
11:00PM | Bishop/Parker/Abrams/Drake, Second Set
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jeff Parker – guitar
Josh Abrams – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Corbett vs Dempsey – Round I

Thursday, 15 January 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Double Quartet Round Two : Williams/Baker/Sandstrom/Hunt vs Rempis/Bishop/Kessler/Zerang
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Mars Williams – saxophones
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Jim Baker – piano/electronics
Kent Kessler – bass
Brian Sandstrom – bass/guitar
Steve Hunt – drums
Michael Zerang – drums
two sets

Sunday, 18 January 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Nakatani/Baker/Abrams
Tatsuya Nakatani – drums
Jim Baker – ARP, piano
Josh Abrams – bass
11:00PM | Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly
Greg Ward – alto sax
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Tomeka Reid – cello
Josh Abrams – bass
Mike Reed – drums

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Umbrella Music Through January 14

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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 28 December 2008
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Rempis Percussion Quartet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Tim Daisy – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
Anton Hatwich – bass
two sets

Sunday, 4 January 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Josh Berman Quartet with Jason Adasiewicz
Josh Berman – cornet
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
with guest Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
11:00PM | Slow Cycle
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Josh Berman – cornet
Nate McBride – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Wednesday, 7 January 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Indigo Trio
Nicole Mitchell – flutes
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Corbett vs Abrams – Round I

Sunday, 11 January 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Vox Arcana
Tim Daisy – drums
James Falzone – clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
11:00PM | New Fracture Quartet
Tim Daisy – drums
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Dave Miller – guitar
Nate McBride – bass

Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | Vandermark 5
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Kent Kessler – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 14 January 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Bishop/Parker/Abrams/Drake
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jeff Parker – guitar
Josh Abrams – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
PLUS | microgig : Fred Lonberg-Holm/Asimina Chremos
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Asimina Chremos – dancer & sounder
The microgig will be performed during the intermission
in an unconventional location.
microgig is supported by the Crosscut Program, a partnership of
Experimental Sound Studio and Links Hall.
11:00PM | Bishop/Parker/Abrams/Drake, Second Set
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jeff Parker – guitar
Josh Abrams – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Corbett vs Dempsey – Round I

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Umbrella Music Through December 28

Fred Anderson in 2005; Photo by Seth Tisue
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 17 December 2008
The Hideout
10:00PM | DKV Trio
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
11:00PM | DKV Trio with Fred Anderson
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
with special guest
Fred Anderson – tenor saxophone
$12 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: DJ Wristless spins Humblecamp

Thursday, 18 December 2008
Elastic
10:00PM | Branch/Rempis/Kessler/Hunt
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Kent Kessler – bass
Steve Hunt – drums
two sets

Sunday, 21 December 2008
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | MacKay/Ward/Golombisky/Kirchner
Bill MacKay – guitar
Greg Ward – alto saxophone
Matt Golombisky – bass
Quin Kirchner – drums
11:00PM | TBA
TBA

Sunday, 28 December 2008
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Rempis Percussion Quartet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Tim Daisy – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
Anton Hatwich – bass
two sets

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Umbrella Music Through December 18

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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 10 December 2008
The Hideout
10:00PM | Rammel/Lonberg-Holm/Mallozzi/Zerang
Hal Rammel – invented instruments
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Lou Mallozzi – turntables, samples
Michael Zerang – percussion
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Cocanig vs. Jablonski: The Classic Rock Off

Thursday, 11 December 2008
Elastic
10:00PM | Nick Mazzarella Trio
Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Alex Wing Group
Nicole Mitchell – flutes
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Ben Boye – piano
Alex Wing – guitar, oud, moog
Junius Paul – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Sunday, 14 December 2008
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Toby Summerfield Group
Toby Summerfield – guitar
Matt Lux – guitar
Nick Broste – trombone
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Katie Wiegman – vibes
John Herndon – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 17 December 2008
The Hideout
10:00PM | DKV Trio
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
11:00PM | DKV Trio with Fred Anderson
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
with special guest
Fred Anderson – tenor saxophone
$12 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: DJ Wristless spins Humblecamp

Thursday, 18 December 2008
Elastic
10:00PM | Branch/Rempis/Kessler/Hunt
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Kent Kessler – bass
Steve Hunt – drums
two sets

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