AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended. Don’t take the categories too seriously.

Morris, Joe / Ken Vandermark / Luther Gray – Rebus (2007, free jazz)
Atrium Carceri – Souyan (2009, dark ambient)
Hobbs, Jim – The Story of Mankind (2008, jazz)
Halvorson, Mary / Weasel Walter – Opulence (2009, guitar/drum improv)
Flying Luttenbachers – The Void (2004, aggressive free jazz)
Vandermark / Nagl / Thomas / Reisinger – C.O.D.E (2008, jazz)
Dunmall, Paul – Exodus (2008, improv)

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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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New Release from Atavistic

Recently out on Atavistic Worldwide:

Chicago-based sound artist J.R. Robinson has been creating live, ambient tonefields in museums around the US and Europe over the past two years-including the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Pompidou Center in Paris, and The Art Center Berlin.

Robinson has injected these recordings into collaborations with some like-minded heavy hitters from the noise, post-rock and jazz worlds such as David Yow (Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid), Mark Shippy & Pat Samson (US Maple), Azita Youssefi, John Herndon & Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Keefe Jackson, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Ken Vandermark. The result (dubbed Wrekmeister Harmonies), is a distinctive hybrid of sound art and avant-garde musics, evoking the essences & influences of masterworks like Joe McPhee‘s Nation Time, Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music and the sound collages of Stockhausen.

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Magnus Broo in Chicago

From Post No Bills:

Broo is one of Sweden’s most skilled and flexible horn men, a guy rooted in the fundamentals of the American jazz tradition (he studied at the University of Texas during the 80s). His early work reveals a more straight-ahead sensibility, but since cofounding Atomic in 1999 and serving a stint in the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet–filling in for trombonist Bishop during the period he retired from music due to hearing issues–he’s opened up his playing and become much more daring. On Lorena–which features six original pieces, including three by Broo–his bold, blustery playing seethes with a muscular melodocism, ripping through tricky, rhythmically complex themes (which set up provocative platforms for improvisation), then busting out with endless streams of lyrical elaboration.

Broo will be busy over the next four nights. Tomorrow he’ll join excellent Dutch group Trio Braam de Joode Vatcher at Elastic and on Friday and Saturday he and pianist Wiik (who also plays in Atomic) will participate in the Vandermark 5 Special Edition at the Green Mill. Ken Vandermark has created new arrangements of some older V5 material and written some new pieces to accommodate these two excellent guests. The performances will be recorded for later release.

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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 May 21

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | The Engines
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 13 May 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Rabid Rabbit with Bruce Lamont
Mike Tsoulos – drums
Andrea Jablonski – electric bass
Arman Mabry – electric bass
Gregg Prickett – guitar
and guest Bruce Lamont – saxophones
11:00PM | OFFONOFF
Terrie Ex – guitar
Massimo Pupillo – electric bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Nate McBride vs The Eighties

Thursday, 14 May 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Wosko/Thatcher/Rosaly
Lilliana Wosko – cello
Dan Thatcher – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets

Sunday, 17 May 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Vandermark/Daisy
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 20 May 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Jason Adasiewicz Solo
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
11:00PM | Breakway
Paul Giallorenzo – synthesizer
Brian Labycz – electronics
Marc Riordan – percussion
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Jeff Thomas spins The Tritone

Thursday, 21 May 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Streifenjunko
Eivind Nordset Lønning – trumpet
Espen Reinertsen – tenor saxophone, flute
11:00PM | Robair/Branch
Gino Robair – drums
Jaimie Branch – trumpet

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The Thing & The Naked Future in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

The Creative Music Guild Presents
The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten)
The Naked Future (Arrington de Dionyso, John Niekrasz, Gregg Skloff, Ben Kates)

4/29/09
8PM
$9 general admin, $7 students and FREE to CMG members
Backspace 115 NW 5th

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Umbrella Music Through April 26

Territory Band-4
Image by Seth Tisue via Flickr

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | The Engines
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 22 April 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Zerang/Wilkerson/Lux/Baker/Herndon
Michael Zerang – drums
Ed Wilkerson Jr – reeds
Matt Lux – electric bass
Jim Baker – electronics
John Herndon – drums
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Kevin Drumm spins Electro-Acoustic Crud

Thursday, 23 April 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Keefe Jackson’s Project Project
Keefe Jackson – tenor saxophone, contrabass clarinet
Josh Berman – cornet
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Nick Broste – trombone
James Falzone – clarinet
Guillermo Gregorio – clarinet, alto saxophone
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Dave Rempis – alto, baritone saxophone
Jim Baker – piano
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets

Friday, 24 April 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Baars/Vandermark
Ab Baars – tenor saxophone, clarinet, shakuhachi
Ken Vandermark – reeds
11:00PM | Ab Baars Trio with Ken Vandermark
Ab Baars – tenor saxophone, clarinet, shakuhachi
Ken Vandermark – tenor saxophone, clarinet
Wilbert de Joode – bass
Martin van Duynhoven – drums
Doors Open at 9pm, First Set Starts at 10pm
$12 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets by Josh Berman

Saturday, 25 April 2009
The Hideout
9:00PM | Ab Baars Trio Plays the Music of John Carter
Ab Baars – tenor saxophone, clarinet, shakuhachi
Wilbert de Joode – bass
Martin van Duynhoven – drums
10:00PM | de Joode/Håker Flaten
Wilbert de Joode – bass
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
11:00PM | The Thing
Mats Gustafsson – saxophones
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
Doors Open at 8pm, First Set Starts at 9pm
$15 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets By John Corbett and PN-L

Sunday, 26 April 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | A Fox Can Be Hungry
Matt Schneider – guitar
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Anton Hatwich – bass
John Herndon – drums
two sets

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Earshot Jazz Preview

From the Seattle Times:

Its Spring Series 2009, which puts together prominent, avant-garde, European and American musicians, begins tonight with a performance at the Seattle Asian Art Museum by the Dutch saxophonist Ab Baars and his trio. Joining him will be Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark, known for his intricate compositions and multilayered improvisation.

The saxophone-dominated series continues Sunday night with a performance at the Triple Door by American alto saxophonist Steve Coleman and his group Five Elements (see accompanying story).

The final two concerts come at the end of the month: German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann and his trio will play April 28 with Americans Eric Revis (Branford Marsalis’ longtime bass player) and drummer Nasheet Waits. Then Norwegian saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and his trio The Thing will perform at Cornish College of the Arts on April 30.

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Ab Baars Trio with Ken Vandermark in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

Dutch reedist Ab Baars brings his trio (bassist Wilbert de Joode and drummer Martin van Duynhoven) to Portland with American great Ken Vandermark.

Date: April 4, 7PM (artist’s talk plus two sets)

Location: Community Music Center: 3350 SE Francis St Portland, OR 97202 (503) 823-3177
Price: $12 ($10 for students & members), tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Contact: The Creative Music Guild: 503-867-0942 http://www.creativemusicguild.org

The meeting of Dutch reedist Ab Baars and his American counterpart Ken Vandermark offers the uproar you’d expect when acknowledged tenor heavyweights join forces. But there’s plenty more to enjoy than displays of heroic strength. This band, with bassist Wilbert de Joode and drummer Martin van Duynhoven shows open forms, varied improvisational strategies, wacky use of juxtaposition, and an unwillingness to treat jazz—or any music—as a fixed art form. They play two sets preceded by an artist’s talk.

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