Conversation with Brian Eno and Jon Hassell in Minneapolis

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will host Eno and Hassell next month.

Legendary musician/composer/producer Brian Eno (Roxy Music, Talking Heads, U2, David Bowie, Devo) and renowned trumpeter/composer Jon Hassell (La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Peter Gabriel) continue a 30-year free-ranging dialogue—“making the world safe for pleasure/control and surrender/kinds of abstraction sickness/transcendence and intoxication: what sex, art, religion, music, and drugs have in common”—a discourse and collaboration, a lively conversation between two friends, between two brilliant minds.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

04-May-09 The Naked Future
Gigantomachia (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

04-May-09 Jon Hassell
Jon Hassell: Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street (ECM Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

03-May-09 John Hollenbeck
Rainbow Jimmies (GPE Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

02-May-09 Tomas Ulrich
Tomas Ulrich’s Cargo Cult (Cadence)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

01-May-09 Anthony Braxton
Seven Compositions (Trio) 1989 (Hatology)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

01-May-09 Roswell Rudd
Trombone Tribe (Sunnyside Records)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

01-May-09 Ellery Eskelin/ Sylvie Courvoisier
Every So Often (Prime Source)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

30-Apr-09 Alexandre Pierrepont / Mike Ladd
Maison Hantee (Rogue Art)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

Lots going on in New York this week.

RASHIED ALI QUINTET (Sunday) Rashied Ali has had a substantial career in the jazz avant-garde, beginning with his role in the late-period bands of John Coltrane. But hard bop is the foundation for this quintet, with a front line of the trumpeter Josh Evans and the tenor saxophonist Lawrence Clark. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; cover, $25.

GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA (Monday) This meditative large ensemble, scheduled to perform at Roulette for the next three Monday nights, is a project of the open-minded percussionist, composer and conductor Adam Rudolph. Drawing inspiration from earthy and elemental sources, it features changeable layers of woodwinds, strings, percussion and guitars. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242,; $15; $10 for students, 60+ and those 30 and younger. (Chinen)

JON HASSELL AND THE MAARIFA STREET BAND (Tuesday) On his first United States tour in more than 20 years, the trumpeter-composer Jon Hassell recreates the meditative glow of his new album, “Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes in the Street” (ECM). To help conjure his various fusions onstage, he enlists his Maarifa Street Band, with Kheir-Eddine M’Kachiche on violin, Jan Bang and J. A. Deane on electronics, and Peter Freeman on bass and programming. At 8:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800,; $35 to $45. (Chinen)

L’IMAGE (Thursday) This all but forgotten funk-fusion group of the 1970s recently reunited in the studio, bringing a lot more collective experience to the table. Its lineup consists of the vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, the keyboardist Warren Bernhardt, the guitarist David Spinozza, the bassist Tony Levin and the drummer Steve Gadd. (Through Feb. 15.) At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121,; cover, $35, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

PAUL MOTIAN TRIO 3 IN 1 (Tuesday through Thursday) Paul Motian is drawn to melody as a drummer, composer and bandleader, but he also harbors a fondness for indeterminacy. In this configuration he features an instinctive melodist, the saxophonist Chris Potter, and an incorrigible abstractionist, the pianist Jason Moran. Because he has recent history with each of them, and because everyone involved is an active listener, the results should suggest something other than an earnest collision. (Through Feb. 15.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

NED ROTHENBERG AND INNER DIASPORA (Friday) Ned Rothenberg is a saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist and composer with a penchant for insistent frictions. He draws here from a recent texture-rich album called “Inner Diaspora” (Tzadik), with vital help from Mark Feldman on violin, Erik Friedlander on cello, Samir Chatterjee on tabla, and Jerome Harris on acoustic guitars. At 8:30 p.m., Union Temple, 17 Eastern Parkway, near Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, (718) 638-7600,; free. (Chinen)

CHRIS SCHLARB (Saturday) Mr. Schlarb, a guitarist best recognized (in some parts, anyway) as half of the drone-crazy duo I Heart Lung, has an atmospheric new solo effort called “Twilight & Ghost Stories” (Asthmatic Kitty), organized as a suite and featuring more than two dozen improvisers. Each of these two sets will span the entire work, with contributions from Tom Abbs on bass and didgeridoo, Katherine Young on bassoon and accordion, and Mick Rossi on piano, among others. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10 per set. (Chinen)

SEARCH AND RESTORE (Friday and Saturday) The promoters behind this left-leaning concert series are unveiling their new Web site,, with all appropriate fanfare: on Friday they present Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, a postmodern big band, and on Saturday they feature Now vs. Now, a rhythmically assertive trio led by the pianist Jason Lindner. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; cover, $15; $10 for members.

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February at Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Sunday, February 8 | 7:30pm
Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street
Jon Hassell, trumpet/keyboard
Peter Freeman, bass/laptop
Dino J.A. Deane, sampler/live sampling
Jan Bang, sampler/live sampling
Kheir-Eddine M’Kachiche, violin

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street

Event Description:
25 years after his last ECM recording, the highly-influential Power Spot (recorded in 1983/84), Jon Hassell returns to the label with a new album – issued to coincide with the trumpeter’s first US performances in two decades.

The striking, almost surreally-vivid image (in Coleman Barks’ contemporary translation) seems to speak to Hassell’s aural re-imaginings. His own ‘singing’ opens up new angles of vision, as his very vocal trumpet lines are reframed in works that contrast, combine, or melt together aspects of ancient and hypermodern idioms in a musical meta-language which can embrace sounds from all the compass points, sounds of the city, sounds of the natural world. In the past Hassell’s termed his personal genre Fourth World: by any name inspirational, its implications have registered with pop and rap and jazz artists as well as classical chamber musicians and filmmakers… And purely as an instrumentalist, Hassell’s influence has been widely felt, too. Nils Petter Molvaer, Arve Henriksen and Paolo Fresu are but three ECM-associated trumpeters who acknowledge a debt to the liquid tone and weightless, floating quality of Jon Hassell’s trumpet improvisations, and to his pioneering use of electronics in tandem with his horn.

Thursday, February 12 | 8pm
The Chance Trio performs Jimmy Giuffre’s Western Suite
Bart Miltenberger, trumpet/flugelhorn
Matt Davis, guitar
Michael Taylor, double-bass

This event will also feature a public discussion with University of Pennsylvania professor and composer Jay Reise, who began his composition studies with Jimmy Giuffre.

Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th Street

Event Description:
“An unusual and striking trio” (Philadelphia Inquirer), The Chance Trio is a one-of-a-kind Philadelphia-based, drummerless, chamber-jazz trio. Founded in 2001 by Bart Miltenberger, Matt Davis and Michael Taylor, The Chance Trio has performed their adventurous, passionate, and humorous original compositions all over the Philadelphia area including concerts at the Kimmel Center, the Painted Bride, World Cafe Live, Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, Tritone, and energizing showcases at the 3rd and 4th Collective Voices Festivals, and a long-standing residency at The Highwire Gallery. Influenced by jazz, blues, folk, rock, and avant-garde, The Chance Trio was a featured performer at the 2006 Festival of New Trumpet Music, curated by Dave Douglas.

Monday, February 16 | 8pm
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
35th Anniversary Performance
Kahil El’Zabar, percussion
Corey Wilkes, trumpet/flugelhorn
Ernest Dawkins, alto & tenor saxophone

International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street

Event Description:
Please join Ars Nova Workshop for the 35th anniversary celebration of Chicago’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble.

Founded by Kahil El’Zabar and Edward Wilkerson, Jr., the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble fuses contemporary Afro-American music with traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. Now featuring the remarkable Corey Wilkes, member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Ernest Dawkins of the New Horizons Ensemble, the trio’s “harmonically provocative and rhythmically seductive” (Chicago Tribune) performances impart an ancestral wisdom that conjures an energy rarely encountered in contemporary music.

Kahil El’Zabar is one of Chicago’s jazz treasures. A member of the AACM, El’Zabar has performed alongside a myriad of jazz greats and was a member of the bands of Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone (who he also designed clothes for). He was also chosen to do the arranging for the stage performances of The Lion King. Rising star Corey Wilkes has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Soulive, James Moody, Meshell Ndegeocello, Von Freeman, Fred Anderson and Will Calhoun.

Thursday, February 19 | 8pm
Laubrock / Halvorson / Rainey Trio
Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones
Mary Halvorson, guitar
Tom Rainey, drums

The Rotunda
4012 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Event Description:
“Halvorson’s sound is immediately distinctive, viscerally powerful and, yes, intriguingly ‘anti-guitar’”. -Brian Morton, Jazz Review

“Tom Rainey is a player who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility, and when he plays, the smell of invention is in the air.” -Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times

“German-born, London-based reedist Ingrid Laubrock is a fearless composer-bandleader who relishes formidably knotty rhythms, unsettling electroacoustic episodes and bold injections of poignant melody.” -Time Out/New York

Thursday, February 26 | 7:30pm
Composer Portrait: Julius Hemphill

Warriors of the Wonderful Sound featuring Marty Ehrlich
Marty Ehrlich, alto saxophone
Bobby Zankel, alto saxophone
Elliott Levin, tenor saxophone
Dan Peterson, reeds
Dan Scofield, alto saxophone
Bryan Rogers, tenor saxophone
Bart Miltenberger, trumpet
Adam Hershberger, trumpet
Patrick Hughes, trumpet
Tom Madeja, trumpet
Larry Toft, trombone
Dan Blacksberg, trombone
George Barnett, French horn
Adam Lesnick, French horn
Matt Davis, el. guitar
Tom Lawton, piano
Dylan Taylor, double-bass
Craig McIver, drums

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street

Event Description:
Please join Ars Nova Workshop for part two in celebrating Julius Hemphill’s unique body of work – music for big band and saxophone sextet.

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