Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Peter Brötzmann at "Sonore" concert,...
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From Free Jazz:

Peter Brötzmann, Marino Pliakas, Michael Wertmüller – Full Blast/Black Hole (Atavistic, 2009)
Peter Brötzmann, Peeter Uuskyla, Peter Friis Nielsen – Noise Of Wings (Jazzwerkstatt, 2009)
Eddy Prévost – Invenio Ergo/Sum (Matchless, 2009)
Massimo Magee, Amos Manne, Lee Noyes – Sax, Bass, Drums (Array, 2009)
Zé Eduardo Unit – Live In Capuchos (Clean Feed, 2009)
JD Allen – Shine (Sunnyside, 2009)
Charles Gayle Trio – Our Souls (NoBusiness, 2009) ***½

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Samuel Blaser Quartet – Pieces Of Old Sky (Clean Feed, 2009) ****½

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Lucien Dubuis Trio & Marc Ribot – Ultime Cosmos (Enja Records, 2009) ****

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December 01, 2009
Ryan Blotnick Band, Korzo
Ryan Blotnick, Simon Jermyn, Jeff Williams, Perry Wortman
These Arches, Korzo
Mary Halvorson, Tony Malaby, Andrea Parkins, Ches Smith
Decoupage, The Stone
Mary Halvorson, Curtis Hasselbring, Matt Moran, Satoshi Takeishi

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Bohemian in Exile Shows

From Detroit’s Bohemian folks:

Monday Sept 28th: Evan Parker/Ned Rothenberg Duo at 2739 Edwin
A leader of the American avant garde joins a leader of the European avant garde in a duo for winds that features free improvised music with a startling level of interplay.

British saxophonist Evan Parker is a pivotal figure in the development of European improvised music. Along with his early collaborator, guitarist Derek Bailey, he pioneered a new approach to free playing that moved away from a jazz based vocabulary. Their work in the mid-sixties was intended to be non-idiomatic, but both musicians had such distinct musical voices that they couldn’t help becoming an idiom unto themselves! Parker has worked with Cecil Taylor, Peter Brotzmann, Tony Oxley, Anthony Braxton et al., as well as more pop related performers like Spitirtualized, Spring Heel Jack and Robert Wyatt.

New Yorker Ned Rothenberg plays a variety of wind instruments, including alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and Shakuhachi. Involved with the ‘downtown scene’- performing with folks like John Zorn, Tom Cora and Marc Ribot– Rothenberg is also internationally-minded in his collaborations, which have included Tuvan throat singers and South Korean musicians.

Doors at 8 pm, music at 8:20. Located at 2739 Edwin, just off Jos Campau in Hamtramck. $10 suggested minimum donation. Please note, there is free parking behind 2739 Edwin, accessed by the alley along side the building. Please park there (if possible) to lower the impact on the neighbors. Thanks

Coming Soon:
10/2 Digital Primitives (Cooper Moore, Assif Tsahar, Chad Taylor) at 2739 Edwin
10/22 Jason Stein
11/4 Plastic Crime Wave, Kat Hernandez Duo

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Performances Reviews

Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship

Marc Ribot‘s take on Coltrane is reviewed.

The dauntless, combustible energies of jazz’s 1960s avant-garde have long held a deep attraction for the guitarist Marc Ribot. His public profile may involve a great deal of tact and concision — he works widely as a gun for hire, often infusing low-gloss pop albums with a proper hint of twang — but as a bandleader he tends to reach for a messier, more transcendent ideal. In recent years he has expressed that impulse best through his band Spiritual Unity, inspired by the free-jazz firebrand Albert Ayler.

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Mary Halvorson On Tour

From Improvised Communications:

Mary Halvorson Trio
Tuesday, August 4th @ Yoshi’s (Oakland, CA)
Thursday, August 6th @ The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA)

Matana Roberts
Sunday, August 9th @ The Stone (New York, NY)

Tom Rainey
Friday, August 21st @ The Stone (New York, NY)

Positive Catastrophe
Tuesday, August 25th @ Freddy’s Bar & Backroom (Brooklyn, NY)

Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship
Wednesday, August 26th @ Rose (Brooklyn, NY)
Sunday, August 30th @ Jazz in Willisau (Willisau, Switzerland)

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Coming up at the ISSUE Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

July 17
C. Spencer Yeh John Wiese

July 21
Marc Ribot

July 22
Ha Yang Kim

July 23
Thomas Ankersmit Tony Conrad

July 24

July 25
Michael Gira Wooden Wand

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DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET || photo gallery
May 16, 2009
Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint, Le Poisson Rouge
Eszter Balint, Shahzad Ismaily, Marc Ribot, Ches Smith
Young Philadelphians, Le Poisson Rouge
Anthony Coleman, Mary Halvorson, Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Calvin Weston

May 14, 2009
Fernandez-Guy-Lopez, Jazz Standard
Agusti Fernandez, Barry Guy, Ramon Lopez
Marc Ribot & Marco Cappelli play Franz Casseus, The Stone
Marco Cappelli, Marc Ribot
Sun Ship, The Stone
Jason Ajemian, Mary Halvorson, Marc Ribot, Chad Taylor

May 13, 2009
Anthony Coleman plays Marc Ribot, The Stone
Anthony Coleman
Eyal Maoz Trio plays Marc Ribot, The Stone
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Shahar Haziza, Eyal Maoz
Grey Gersten & Billy Martin play Marc Ribot, The Stone
Grey Gersten, Billy Martin
Marco Cappelli plays Marc Ribot, The Stone
Marco Cappelli
Rashanim plays Marc Ribot, The Stone
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Mathias Kunzli, Jon Madof, Rich Stein
Roger Kleier‘s El Pocho Loco Project play Marc Ribot, The Stone
Trevor Dunn, Annie Gosfield, Roger Kleier, Ches Smith

May 12, 2009
Rootless Cosmopolitans & Shrek, The Stone
Christine Bard, Sim Cain, Shahzad Ismaily, Mat Maneri, Roy Nathanson, Jim Pugliese, Marc Ribot, Sebastian Steinberg
Solo, The Stone
Marc Ribot

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May 06, 2009
Whoopie Pie with Marc Ribot, Zebulon
Bill McHenry, Mike Pride, Marc Ribot, Jamie Saft

May 04, 2009
A Mown Lawn, Douglass Street Music Collective
Judith Berkson, Curtis Hasselbring, Josh Sinton, Jacob Wick, Katherine A Young
Jack Wright Quartet, Douglass Street Music Collective
Alberto Braida, Reuben Radding, Fabrizio Spera, Jack Wright
Skasm, Douglass Street Music Collective
Guro Skumsnes Moe, Havard Skaset

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In Praise of Marc Ribot…

From The Village Voice:

You’d figure a guy like Ribot gets a lot of 1099s. Later in the week, he’ll give a duo concert with avant-garde bassist Henry Grimes at the Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea, before whisking himself downtown to play an acoustic set at Tribeca’s City Winery with veteran pop icon Marianne Faithfull the same night. Both shows will sell out. (A few days later, he’ll join Faithfull again on the Late Show With David Letterman, offering a stirringly lyrical eight-bar solo on a cover of the Decemberists’ “The Crane Wife 3.”) He’s kept up this lifestyle for several decades now, cementing a reputation as the hardest-working sideman on the downtown scene, in addition to spearheading countless pioneering jazz groups, cutting almost 20 albums as a leader, and lending his mercurial guitar sound to everyone from Tom Waits to John Zorn to Allen Ginsberg to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Oftentimes, the only connection between the various artists he’s played with is . . . him.

And now, to celebrate his 55th birthday, Ribot is bringing together many of those eclectic collaborators for a week-long career retrospective. From May 9 through 16, he’ll spend almost every night in a different downtown venue with a different group: the ethereal Scelsi Morning, Latin-jazz provocateurs Los Cubanos Postizos, gut-busting jazz-punk powerhouse Shrek (no relation), avant-noise genre-benders Rootless Cosmopolitans, Albert Ayler tribute band Spiritual Unity, “post-everything” electro-funk trio Ceramic Dog (to which Ribot also contributes vocals), and the debut of Sun Ship, his latest foray into the ever-expanding world of free jazz, named after the John Coltrane album.

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At the Stone in May

From New York’s Stone:

5/1 Friday (DS)
8 pm
Loren Conners
Loren Conners (guitar)
Connors’ singular adaptation of the blues is a distinct personal vision combining the Delta bottleneck sound and the ancestral blues voice (appearing as distortion, baying hounds or multi-tracked guitar), with hauntingly unexpected sounds.

10 pm
Shahzad Ismaily
Shahzad Ismaily (instruments)

5/2 Saturday (TD)
8 pm
Grey Gersten and Shahzad Ismaily
Grey Gersten (guitar, electronics) Shahzad Ismaily (bass, drums, synth)

10 pm
Jolie Holland
Jolie Holland (violin)

5/3 Sunday (MB)
8 pm

10 pm
Frederic Jacques

5/5 Tuesday (MP)
8 pm
Marina Rosenfeld and Anthony Coleman
Marina Rosenfeld (electronics) Anthony Coleman (keyboards)

10 pm
Jeremiah Cymerman Solo
Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics)

5/6 Wednesday
8 and 10 pm
JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia
Elena Moon Park, Olivia De Prato (violin) Miranda Sielaff (viola) Isabel Castellvi (cello) Peter Wise (percussion) Dave Broome (piano) JG Thirlwell (laptop, compositions)

5/7 Thursday (NYYT)
8 pm
Joe McPhee-Jay Rosen Duo
Joe McPhee(tenor sax) Jay Rosen (drums)
Premiere of a new duo. Five dollars.

10 pm
The Demian Richardson Quartet with John Blum and Daniel Carter
Demian Richardson (trumpet) David Schnug (sax) John Blum (piano) David Moss (bass) David Miller (drums) Daniel Carter ( alto and tenor saxophones, flute, trumpet, clarinet)

5/8 Friday (BS)
8 pm
Cooper-Moore’s Second Spring Acoustic-Electric Trio
Willie Applewhite (trombone) Jason Kao Hwang (violin) Cooper-Moore (handcrafted instruments)

10 pm
The Cooper-Moore Trio
Cooper-Moore (piano) Tom Abbs (bass) Michael Wimberly (drums)

5/9 Saturday (BS)
8 pm
Lucky Dragons with special guests Ches Smith and Grey Gersten
Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara (instruments) Ches Smith (drums) Grey Gersten (guitar)
Lucky Dragons are about the birthing of new and temporary creatures—equal-power situations in which audience members cooperate amongst themselves. “make a baby” is the name for an ongoing series of performances in which sounds are generated by touching on the skin—at the heart of it is playing together, re-engaging the wonder and impossibility of technology.

10 pm
Pauline Oliveros
Pauline Oliveros (accordion)
Pauline has been playing the accordion since she was nine years old. Her work is legendary. Each performance is unique, drawing on the energies of audience and environment.

5/10 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
Karl Blau
Karl Blau (guitar, vocals)

10 pm
Nels Cline
Nels Cline (guitar)

Part of a week-long celebration taking place in venues around the city, the three days at the Stone presents some of Marc’s most beloved and cutting edge projects.

5/12 Tuesday (MB)
8 pm
Marc Ribot Solo
Marc Ribot (guitar)
Ribot plays new solo works from his recent European tour and selections from his three previously released solo albums.

10 pm
Rootless Cosmopolitans/Shrek
Marc Ribot (guitar) Christine Bard (percussion) Sim Cain (drums) Sebastian Steinberg (bass) Special guests

Marco Capelli, Anthony Coleman, Grey Gersten, Jon Madof, Eyal Maoz, Roger Kleier
Six colleagues, fans and cohorts of Marc Ribot pay tribute to the master in this special night of musical madness. Three performances per set feature music from several of Ribot’s most beloved projects.

5/13 Wednesday (JM)
8 pm
Marco Capelli/Anthony Coleman/Grey Gersten play MARC RIBOT
Marco Capelli, Grey Gersten (guitar) Anthony Coleman (piano) Billy Martin (drums)
Marco Capelli will play material from Ribot’s eclectic solo repertoire. Anthony Coleman will perform a variety of Ribot originals, and Grey Gersten will present “Dying Cowboy” and “Etude #4 Bombasto” in duo with Billy Martin.

10 pm
John Madof and Rashanim/Eyal Maoz/Roger Kleier’s El Pocho Loco Project play MARC RIBOT
Jon Madof, Eyal Maoz, Roger Kleier (guitar) Shanir Blumenkranz, Trevor Dunn (bass) Mathias Kuntzli, Ches Smith (drums) Annie Gosfield (keyboards) Rich Stein (percussion)
Three exciting young guitarists pay tribute to the master—performing material from Yo I Killed Your God, Cubanos Postizos and more.

5/14 Thursday
8 pm
Marc Ribot plays the works of Frantz Casseus with guitarist Marco Cappelli
Marc Ribot (guitar) Marco Cappelli (guitar)
The recordings of the works of Haiti’s greatest composer for the classical guitar is Ribot’s tribute to his late friend and guitar teacher, Frantz Casseus. Although the Villa Lobos and Haitian folk influenced style differs from that of his own compositions, Ribot’s rendition remains true to the spirit of these beautiful, rhythmically delicate pieces.

10 pm
Sun Ship
Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson (guitars) Chad Taylor (drums) Jason Ajemian (bass)
The premiere of Ribot’s newest quartet named after the John Coltrane album.

5/15 Friday (CW)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn IMPROV NIGHT—a STONE benefit
John Zorn (sax) Grey Gersten (guitar) and many special guests

5/16 Saturday
8 pm
Metal Mountains
Helen Rush (vocals, guitar) Samara Lubelski (violin, bass) Pat Gublar (guitar)
Metal Mountains—If you collected the 500 calmest, most beautiful, starkest, most minimalist records of the past century, you would have a seed which under the most fortuitous of circumstances might blossom into Metal Mountains. Back before the New Weird America was new, or weird (or even American) Helen Rush, Pat Gubler, Samara Lubelski, were turning on freakniks at Soho lofts and the Cooler (R.I.P.) to the tear-inducing gorgeousness of their haunted stylings in bands like The Tower Recordings and Hall of Fame. Listening to Metal Mountains is like staring at the stars on a cloudless night with Carl Sagan whispering in your ear. If you are not overwhelmed by a sense of the mystery and grandeur of the Universe, have your doctor lower your dosage. Five dollars.

10 pm
Steel City Boogie
Henry Flynt (guitar)
Henry Flynt, who has about twenty albums out of archived performances, returned to live performance in 2008 after a twenty-five year absence. For several performances in 2008, Henry Flynt appeared with his niece Libby Flynt. In the last 2008 performance in London, Henry appeared solo. When Henry and Libby began, the composition was entitled “Rockin’ Midnight”. The set is a long rock instrumental in which Flynt plays lead guitar against a tonic pedal-point rhythm track, mixing and matching styles. It ends with a coda alluding to Henry’s earliest duet work with La Monte Young. Henry has updated his sound, using more effects than in his guitar work of the last century. It’s all “raga rock,” a hard-rock adaptation of the country selection “Lonesome Train Dreams” on his album “Graduation”. At the Stone, Henry will appear solo. As the composition continues to evolve. Flynt is steering in the direction of funky country, and has changed the title accordingly “Steel City Boogie”. Fifteen dollars.

5/17 Sunday (JM)
8 pm
Good for Cows
Devin Hoff (bass) Ches Smith (drums)
Good for Cows continue their exploration of modular forms, aural cues and electronics.

10 pm
Michael Schumacher (analog synthesizer) Ed Tomney (analog synthesizer) Kato Hideki (analog synthesizer) James Fei (analog synthesizer) Sergei Tcherepnin (analog synthesizer) David Galbraith (analog synthesizer) Kabir Carter (analog synthesizer) Stefan Tcherepnin (analog synthesizer)
Performances and informal discussions centered on “vintage” and other analog synthesizers. This is their first performance outside of Diapason Gallery

5/19 Tuesday (MB)
8 pm
Abdoulaye Alhassane
Abdoulaye Alhassane (guitar, gurmi, vocals) Moussa Mahaman (guitar, bass) Kali Fastaeu (nai flute, soprano sax) Idrissa Kone (tama, gasu)
Original Music of the Niger River and Sahara from Mali and Niger led by Abdoulaye Alhassane.

10 pm
Neel Murgai Ensemble
Neel Murgai (sitar, daf, vocals) Mat Maneri (viola) Sameer Gupta (tabla) Greg Heffernan (cello)
The NME performs new music that straddles cultures, continents and eras: the ancient future traditional. Neel has assembled this talented ensemble after years of experimentation with different groups and instrumentations. Best described as Indo-chamber jazz, their sound ranges from an overtone singing, droning minimalism to intricate arrangements of raga based melodies and mathematical rhythmic structures, with healthy doses of improvisation throughout.

5/20 Wednesday
8 pm
LA OTRACINA Presents “Purple Whales Of The Sun, Who Dareth To Swim Shall Drown In Thy Bliss”
Adam Kriney (drums, vocals) Evan Sobel (bass IV) Philippe Ortanez (electric guitar)
They is The Crystal Wizards Of The Cosmic Weird. An swirling epic ocean of progressive psychedelia swarming with pirates of proto-metal glory ravaged by sea-hag tunes of the eternal sludge doom and ascend upon thee, oh, brothers and sisters do not fear, a siren song of acidic jazz-rock will mellow out yer yellow. Five dollars.

10 pm
Matta Llama
Arik (bass) George (guitar) Phil (keys) Spencer (drums, vocals)
New York dwellers Matta Llama have been churning their potion for the past eight (or is it nine?) years, bubbling up sounds of instantaneous psych blurbs, false jazz intrusions and the freeing of forgotten spirits. Consisting of yer basic rock formation, guitar, bass, keys and drums, Matta Llama posit a challenge to modernity without guilt or sympathy toward the common ironics present in the shit-storm known as the aughts. A carrying, rolling sound that resounds in the round, yer mind. Five dollars.

5/21 Thursday
8 pm
Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Reuben Radding (bass)

10 pm
Taketo Shimada (tanpura, voice) Tres Warren (synthesizer, ukelin,
bowed guitar)
Lonesome Noh death, cosmic Hindustani meditation, structured improv heterodyne drone. Five dollars.

5/22 Friday (JC)
8 pm
Grey Gersten, G. Lucas Crane, Ryan Sawyer
Grey Gersten (guitar) G. Lucas Crane (tapes, broken equipment) Ryan Sawyer (drums)

10 pm
Bill Nace
Bill Nace (guitar) Greg Kelley (trumpet) Jake Meginsky (percussion)

5/23 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Roses and Riots
Martha Colburn (films, light improvisations) Laura Ortman (violin) Nathan Whipple (keyboards) Martha Colby (cello) Mike Evans (foley effects) Matthew Varvil (flute) Haleh Abghari
This evening of sounds/music, accompanied by the animated films and hand-fashioned colorful multi-projections. A special shadow play and surprise guests. The evening plays with drug enforcement/witch hunts/religion/power.

10 pm
A Cantankerous Agility by The Hat City Intuitive
The Many Spaceships (guitar, saxes) Nix Pickler (drums) Sax Blabbeth (bass, agony pipes) The Heckler (keys) Gene Moore (guitar) Special Guest Kato Hideki (bass, electronics)
Chaotic entropy. Group Therapy. Nineteen years of abusive behaviour. Ten dollars.

5/24 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
The Jungle
Stephanie Barber
Sound, video, words, my body. My mouth. Many soft colorful fabric snakes. An unreliable narrator in a self imposed exile in the jungle—the sheer terror of thousands of square miles of rapid life and death, the superfluousness of this metaphor for existence—a questionable lecture on plant socio-emotionality—a symphony for this flora—a radio show which provides the courage and fortification of a direct god line to the jungle floor.

10 pm
J. Gräf Sheppard
Jenny Graf (voice)
J. Graf Sheppard has been an active participant in the international avante garde music scene since 1996. Building vivid, compelling soundworlds using the Tranoe (a Peter B. instrument in the ambrazier family), guitar and voice, her music as one half of Metalux and Harrius as well as her solo project J.Graf has bent the ears and minds of those who venture into her world.

5/26 Tuesday (MB)
8 pm
Nate Wooley
Nate Wooley (trumpet) Josh Sinton (bass clarinet) Matt Moran (vibraphone)
John Hebert (bass) Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
A new group from Wooley exploring aleatoric counterpoint, jazz tradition and timbral exploration.

10 pm
Dennis D Anderton
Dennis D Anderton (erhu, oscillator)
2008’s Spirit Numbers is stripped down to its essential feeling and practice. Anderton reveals the skeleton of his compositional technique in songs about peace, faith, dance and doubt.

5/27 Wednesday
8 pm
Lary Seven
Lary Seven (electronics)
The analogue society’s minister of audiology and star of the avant garde showcase.

10 pm
Nonhorse: Non-Amoral Confusion/Drone
G. Lucas Crane (tapes, broken equipment)
Several sound performance pieces utilizing and about degraded samples, analogue tape, handmade broken equipment, source confusion and media fear.

5/28 Thursday
8 pm
Nowhere You! Everywhere The Electric!
Ursula Scherrer (projections) Alan Licht, Grey Gersten (guitars) Kato Hideki (bass)
A continuing series curated by Grey Gersten that brings together contemporary experimental film-makers and musicians for unique collaborative performances.

10 pm
Russian Tslarag
Hypnotic death rock music mixed with physical force. Plastic bags, romantic green fingernails and top notch show-menship. Five dollars.

5/29 Friday
8 pm
Fursaxa and Mary Lattimore
Tara Burke (vocals, keyboards, flutes, bells) Mary Lattimore (harp)
Music inspired by the rhythms of plants and their individual songs, healing sound patterns to listen to in waking/dreaming states when ordinary speech no longer suffices.

10 pm
Paul Metzger
Paul Metzger (banjo)
Improvisations on modified banjo.

5/30 Saturday (GG)
8 pm
Tristan Dahn
Tristan Dahn (guitar, saxophone, clarinet, guzheng, percussion, tapes, electronics)
Combining preconceived forms and improvisational methods, Tristan Dahn seeks to create lush narrative soundscapes, using a variety of instruments played with both traditional and extended techniques. Five dollars.

10 pm
Chris (guitars, keys, vocals) Brendan (guitars, keys, vocals) Janane (guitars, keys, vocals)
Visitations is a Portland, Maine-based group of free-form minimal psych-folk purveyors. Five dollars.

5/31 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
Rafi Bookstabber and Paul Grimes
Rafi Bookstabber (analog synth, guitar, sarangi, drums, voice, tape, flute) Paul Grimes (analog synth, guitar, sarangi, drums, voice, tape, flute)
New project from underground tape duo Death Chants is seriously zoned folk drone raga trance bliss-outs that stretch the death chants sound further into the realm of angus maclise damaged ecstasy. Five dollars.

10 pm
Aki Onda
Aki Onda (cassettes, electronics)
Aki Onda plays field-recordings collected by himself by cassette. Walkman over a span of two decades.

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