AUM Fidelity To Present NYC Label Showcase October 15th

From Improvised Communications:

On Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m., AUM Fidelity will present a label showcase at New York’s Abrons Arts Center featuring notable performances by three of its artists on one bill. The event will celebrate the release of alto saxophonist Darius Jones‘ debut recording as a bandleader, eminent saxophonist David S. Ware’s triumphant return to performing after a highly publicized kidney transplant in May, and the first performance of bassist William Parker’s acclaimed Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra in more than four years.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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JOE MORRIS’S WILDLIFE (Monday) “Wildlife” (Aum Fidelity), an engagingly prickly new album by the guitarist-turned-bassist Joe Morris, features a working free-jazz trio with the expressive saxophonist Petr Cancura and the responsive drummer Luther Gray. The group plays the early set here, at 7:30 p.m.; a later set, at 9, will feature Four for Time, a similarly experimental confab consisting of two guitarists, Brad Farberman and Marco Cappelli, and two saxophonists, Ras Moshe and Darius Jones. Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 228-9874,; $10 per set; $7 for students. (Chinen)20090806

MATANA ROBERTS (Sunday) Ms. Roberts, a saxophonist and composer with a keen sense of dramatic impact, leads a promising trio with two equally resourceful improvisers: the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the drummer Ches Smith. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)20090806

TYSHAWN SOREY’S ‘OBLIQUE’ (Sunday) The restlessly creative drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey was responsible for this month’s bookings at the Stone, and he took a few opportunities to feature his own work. In an 8 p.m. set here, he leads Oblique, a chamberlike ensemble that includes Pete Robbins on saxophone, John Escreet on piano, Todd Neufeld on guitar and Thomas Morgan on bass. At 10 he presents Mushin, a group with two bassists (Mr. Morgan and Chris Tordini) and two drummers (himself and John McLellan). The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10 per set. (Chinen)20090806

? TRIO 3 WITH GERI ALLEN (Friday and Saturday) Never mind the redundancy in the title, or the fact that this avant-garde collective actually works here as a quartet. The alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are battle-ready teammates; they stand only to gain from the addition of the pianist Geri Allen, as they recently proved on an album called “At This Time” (Intakt). At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080,; $30 for general admission; $40 for premium seating; and a $10 minimum.20090806

VANDERMARK 5 (Sunday) The Chicago-based multireedist Ken Vandermark applies a go-anywhere ethos to his signature ensemble, along with a dash of punk-rock cohesion. His co-conspirators are the saxophonist Dave Rempis, the cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, the bassist Kent Kessler and the drummer Tim Daisy; their set list here should include some material from “Annular Gift” (Not Two), an album due out next month. At 8 and 10 p.m., Union Hall, 702 Union Street, at Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 638-4400,; $10. (Chinen)20090806

DAN WEISS TRIO/CRAIG TABORN (Thursday) In the 10 p.m. slot here, Dan Weiss, a drummer well versed in Indian classical music, along with rock and modern jazz, leads his working trio with the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Thomas Morgan. An earlier set, at 8, will feature Mr. Taborn, an acutely texture-aware pianist, in solo performance. The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10 per set. (Chinen)

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Sunday, August 2, 2009
Steve Lehman Octet – Travail, Transformation, And Flow (Pi Recordings, 2009) ***½

Saturday, August 1, 2009
Mêlée + Joe Morris – Cloud Atlas Quartet (Brokenresearch, 2009) ****½

Friday, July 31, 2009
Torben Snekkestad – Conic Folded (Ilk, 2009) ****

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Nick Howell & Collin Thomas – Floor Fifty (Self Published, 2009) ***½

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Julian F. Thayer – The Door Is Open (KSJazz, 2009) ****½

Monday, July 27, 2009
Joe Morris – Wildlife (AUM Fidelity, 2009) ****

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times


A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS (Sunday) This metaphysically named series, held every other Sunday in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, reflects the rugged ideals of its organizer, the drummer Mike Pride. In the later sets here, at roughly 10 p.m., he leads a quartet called From Bacteria to Boys; an earlier set, at 9, features a quartet led by the incisive trumpeter Kirk Knuffke. Coco66, 66 Greenpoint Avenue, between Franklin and West Streets, Greenpoint, Brooklyn , (718) 389-7392,; cover, $6. (Chinen)20090716

ANDREW D’ANGELO GAY DISCO TRIO (Friday) Strenuous, polymorphous improvisation is the mandate of this working band with Andrew D’Angelo, an alto saxophonist and bass clarinetist; Trevor Dunn, a focused bassist; and Jim Black, a feverishly inventive drummer. (The name is a red herring, but a tasty one.) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090716

DIGITAL PRIMITIVES (Sunday) The multireedist Assif Tsahar, the multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore and the percussionist Chad Taylor make up this experimental ensemble, which released an album of the same title a few years ago. For this engagement they welcome a sturdy interloper, Charlie Burnham, on violin. At 8 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , (718) 218-6934,; no cover. (Chinen)20090716

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOK UP (Wednesday) Mr. Fujiwara’s alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape. Here he presents his own open-ended compositions for a band with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Danton Boller on bass. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; $10. (Chinen)20090716

JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY (Saturday) This freewheeling jam band recently expanded from trio to quartet form: its full lineup now includes the pianist Brian Haas, the lap steel guitarist Chris Combs, the bassist Matt Hayes and the drummer Josh Raymer. The group has a new album, “Winterwood,” available for free download at; this one-night stand should strike a similar mood of swirling whimsy. At 11:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village , (212) 598-7100,; $12 in advance; $15 at the door. (Chinen)20090716

JOE MORRIS’S WILDLIFE (Friday) “Wildlife” (Aum Fidelity), an engagingly prickly new album by the guitarist-turned-bassist Joe Morris, features a working free-jazz trio with the expressive saxophonist Petr Cancura and the responsive drummer Luther Gray. It’s a small but potent effort, and it probably only hints at what’s possible in performance. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090716

TRIO 3 (Monday) This avant-garde supergroup, with Oliver Lake on alto saxophone, Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums, has been working on and off together for 20 years. Capable of tenderness as well as of turbulence, it’s a collective entity that explores every available option in the course of a performance — even, one hopes, a free performance in a bookstore. At 6 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway, at 66th Street , (212) 595-6859; free. (Chinen)

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New on Aum Fidelity

A new release from the combination of Morris, Cancura, and Gray is available.

Joe Morris: bass
Petr Cancura: tenor and alto saxophone
Luther Gray: drums

Wildlife is the debut recording of a new group concept from Jazz Master nonpareil Joe Morris. Within this trio anything is possible. Joe Morris is here featured on bass. Petr Cancura, a remarkably gifted young musician (featured here on tenor and alto sax, and as recording engineer!), is a Czech Republic native who now resides in Brooklyn (by way of Ottawa, then Boston). Petr’s name was new to us at AUM Fidelity when Joe first spoke of his great musical gifts, which are on gorgeous display here. Drummer Luther Gray developed from kicking it in punk rock bands in Washington DC in the late 80s to being a jazz drummer of great finesse and technique in the modern day. He has been working with Joe Morris since 2002.

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: White Hills
Album: Heads on Fire
Label: Thrill Jockey
Review date: Jul. 14, 2009

Artist: Joe Morris / Petr Cancura / Luther Gray
Album: Wildlife
Label: AUM Fidelity
Review date: Jul. 13, 2009

Artist: Isis
Album: Wavering Radiant
Label: Ipecac
Review date: Jul. 10, 2009

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Performances Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter July 10th, 2009

From DMG:

Lake/Workman/Cyrille Geri Allen! Gary Lucas Najma Akhtar! Joe Morris! Foetus Archive CD/DVD/Book package! Scott Fields! Koch/Leimgruber/Ziegele! James Falzone! Throbbing Gristle classics! Carolyn Hester! ..

Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

This Sunday, July 12th at 6pm:

Sunday, July 19th at 6pm:
STEW CUTLER Solo Guitar!

Sunday, July 26th at 6pm:
Ace Violinist & Tremendous Trombonist!

Sunday, August 2nd at 6pm:
International Electric Bass / Saxes / Guitar Trio!

Sunday, August 9th at 6pm:
CD Release Celebration from Legendary Loft Jazz Trumpet Hero!

Sunday, August 16th at 6pm:

Sunday, August 23rd at 6pm:
Amazing Alto Sax & Contrabass Duo!

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Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter June 26th, 2009

From DMG:

Engine Records: Fred Anderson Trio, Warren Smith’s Composers Workshop & Tom Abbs’ Frequency Response! Two Classic Reissues from Nessa: Bobby Bradford Spontaneous Music Ensemble & Roscoe Mitchell‘s Congliptious! Billy Bang & Shoji Hano! Joe Morris / Simon H Fell / Alex Ward! Peter Kowald & Vinny Golia! Zimology Quartet!

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Flow Trio & Ray Anderson Trio @ The Local 269!

From New York’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

Start: 06/29/2009 – 7:30pm
End: 06/29/2009 – 10:30pm
Timezone: Etc/GMT-4

Louie Belogenis, tenor sax
Joe Morris, bass
Charles Downs, drums

Ray Anderson, trombone and tuba
Marty Ehrlich, reeds
Gerald Cleaver, drums

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Go Left Fest Coming to Yoshis san Francisco

Yoshis San Francisco location is hosting a festival featuring free-jazz luminaries. This is the work of their new music director.

“Go Left Fest” Featuring Marshall Allen, Ishmael Reed, Roswell Rudd, Matthew Shipp and more
8pm shows: $40 or buy the $65 two-day package!

celebrating with
Sun Ra Arkestra Leader MARSHALL ALLEN –
Distinguished Author ISHMAEL REED –
BETH CUSTER and more

Yoshi’s Inaugural “Go Left Fest: Where Creative Arts Collide” is intended to showcase some of the most creative and adventurous improvisors, authors and composers “out there.” The festival will feature performances by, among others: legendary 85 year-old Sun Ra Arkestra leader and saxophonist Marshall Allen, noted author Ishmael Reed, pianist Matthew Shipp, trombonist Roswell Rudd, drummer Sunny Murray, pianist Myra Melford-Mark Dresser duo, bassist Joe Morris, clarinetist/saxophonist Beth Custer, saxophonist Oluyemi Thomas and more.

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