Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Sunday, October 18, 2009
Vandermark 5 – Annular Gift (Not Two, 2009) ****
Resonance Ensemble – 10 CD Box (Not Two, 2009) ****
Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love – Chicago Volume (Smalltown Superjazzz, 2009) ****
Ken Vandermark – Fox Fire (Maya, 2009) ****
Frame Quartet – 35mm (Okka Disk, 2009) ****

Saturday, October 17, 2009
Charles Rumback – Two Kinds Of Art Thieves (Clean Feed, 2009) ****

Friday, October 16, 2009
Mats Gustafsson – The Vilnius Implosion (NoBusiness, 2009) *****

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet – Things Have Got To Change (Clean Feed, 2009) ****½
Calling Signals 08 – From Café Oto (Loose Torque, 2009) ****

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

Harris Eisenstadt
Canada Day (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Harvey Sorgen / Steve Rust / Michael Jefry Stevens Trio
A Scent in Motion (Konnex Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Sainkho Namchylak / Dickson Dee
Tea Opera (Leo Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Josh Berman / Aram Shelton / Weasel Walter
Last Distractions (Singlespeed Music)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Ken Vandermark / Barry Guy / Mark Sanders
Fox Fire (Maya)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Paul Motian
On Broadway Vol. 5 (Winter & Winter)
Reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Luigi Archetti / Bo Wiget
Low Tide Digitals III (Rune Grammofon)
Reviewed by David McLean

The Fonda/Stevens Group
Memphis (Playscape Recordings)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

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Ken Vandermark in the Belly of the Beast

The Chicago Reader discusses Ken Vandermark‘s increased nationwide prominence.

“In North America the only thing that’s happened with festivals have been in Canada—Vancouver, Victoriaville,” he told me. “I’m invisible in the mainstream jazz world in the U.S. I’m generally never covered in mainstream American publications devoted to jazz.” While Vandermark has worked with American musicians who don’t live in Chicago—Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, and Adam Lane among them—they exist in the same sort of odd parallel world that he does, away from New York and criminally relegated to the margins. Of course, Vandermark has done just fine without the imprimatur of the establishment.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Kent Kessler
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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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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

03-Aug-09 In The Country
Whiteout (Rune Grammofon)
Reviewed by John Kelman

03-Aug-09 Ken Vandermark
Ken Vandermark: Collected Fiction (Improvised Bass & Reed Duos) & Fire Room: Broken Music
Reviewed by Marc Medwin

03-Aug-09 Warren Smith
Old News Borrowed Blues (Engine Studios)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

02-Aug-09 Tony Malaby
Tony Malaby: Paloma Recio & Ancient and Future Airs
Reviewed by David Adler

02-Aug-09 Jim Black
Jim Black: One Great Night…Live; Houseplant & Kyrill
Reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

02-Aug-09 Multiple Artists
Oh Canada: Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Jean-Jacques Avenel; Gordon Grdina & NOW Orchestra
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

02-Aug-09 Tim Daisy
Tim Daisy: Tea Music, The Disappointment of Parsley & Staying in the Game
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

30-Jul-09 National Health
National Health: National Health / Of Queues and Cures
Reviewed by John Kelman

29-Jul-09 John Surman
Brewster’s Rooster (ECM Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

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Umbrella Music Through July 29

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

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

Wednesday, 22 July 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Entente
James Falzone – clarinet
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Anton Hatwich – bass
11:00PM | Jackson/Rosaly
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Frank Rosaly – drums
Record Release Concert for “Word Made Fresh/Real Absence” (MOLK Records)
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Eric Leibundguth spins Rock and/or Roll

Thursday, 23 July 2009
10:00PM | Dave McDonnell Group
Andra Kulans – violin
Evan Spacht – trombone
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Jeff Kowalkowski – piano
Kate Bradfield – piano
David McDonnell – sine wave organ
11:00PM | The Hats
Dave McDonnell – alto saxophone
Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Anton Hatwich – bass
Dylan Ryan – drums

Tuesday, 28 July 2009
9:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 29 July 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Vox Arcana
Tim Daisy – drums, marimba, compositions
James Falzone – clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
11:00PM | Halvorson/Pavone
Mary Halvorson – guitar, vocals
Jessica Pavone – viola, vocals
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: John Corbett spins Radio Dada, Side B

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