Marilyn Crispell: Uncompromising Power and Grace

An interview from All About Jazz:

Her notes crash like waves at sea on a stormy winter’s night; they gently float and slowly fall like early morning mist; yet it’s the silence—the silence between the notes—which provides the haunting poetic beauty that is the music of pianist Marilyn Crispell.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

09-Mar-09 Rabih Abou-Khalil
Em Portugues (Enja Records)
Reviewed by Ian Patterson

09-Mar-09 Sergey Kuryokhin
Sergey Kuryokhin: Absolutely Great! (Leo Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

09-Mar-09 Planeta Imaginario
Biomasa (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

08-Mar-09 Olaf Rupp
Whiteout (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

08-Mar-09 Marilyn Crispell
Marilyn Crispell: Sibanye (We Are One), Phases of the Night & Geggie Project
Reviewed by David Adler

08-Mar-09 Albert Mangelsdorff
Albert Mangelsdorff: Originals, Vol. 1 & 2
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

08-Mar-09 Multiple Artists
Globe Unity: Rolf Kuhn, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky & PAPAJO
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

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Marilyn Crispell Interview

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Pianist Crispell is interviewed.

Marilyn Crispell is widely considered one of the leading contemporary jazz pianists and composers. Her reach is tremendous. She can coax extraordinary beauty out of standards such as “You Don’t Know What Love Is” or Coltrane’s “Dear Lord” by often locating pockets and eddies in the tune that allow for tremendous elaboration while still staying true to the tune. On her own compositions, Crispell has often been much more explosive, playing pounding rhythmic counterpoint opposite cascades of runs up and down the keyboard. Since 1996, on her recordings for ECM, she has explored a more contemplative side, one that emphasizes space, interiority, and quietness. During the 80’s Crispell was a member of Anthony Braxton‘s quartet. She has also played with such major jazz luminaries as Irene Schweizer, Barry Guy, Evan Parker, Reggie Workman, Noelle Leandre and many, many others.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Monday, December 29, 2008
Darren Johnston – The Edge Of The Forest (Clean Feed, 2008) ****

Sunday, December 28, 2008
Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly – The Speed Of Change (482 Music, 2008) ***

Saturday, December 27, 2008
Louis Moholo-Moholo & Marilyn Crispell – Sibanye (We Are One) (Intakt, 2008) ****½
Carolyn Hume – Gravity And Grace (Leo Records, 2008) ****

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

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From the Squid:

Fennesz – Black Sea
– Max Schaefer

Fred Anderson / Hamid Drake / “Kidd” Jordan / William Parker Fred Anderson / Hamid Drake / “Kidd” Jordan / William Parker – 2 Days in April
– Paul Serralheiro

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog – Party Intellectuals
(PI Recordings)
– Paul Serralheiro

Matthew Shipp (with Rob Brown and William Parker) Matthew Shipp (with Rob Brown and William Parker) – Magnetism
(Bleu Regard)
– Paul Serralheiro

Barre Phillips and Joelle Leandre Barre Phillips and Joelle Leandre – A L’improviste
(Kadima Collective Recordings)
– Paul Serralheiro

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno – Pink Lady Lemonade You’re From Outer Space
(Riot Season)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno – Journey Into the Cosmic Inferno
(Very Friendly)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Marilyn Crispell and Louis Moholo-Moholo Marilyn Crispell and Louis Moholo-Moholo – Sibanye (we Are One): Duets
– Lloyd Peterson

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

02-Dec-08 Satoko Fujii Orchestra Nagoya
Sanrei (Bakamo Records)
Reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

02-Dec-08 Massimo
The Visionary (Net Dot Music, Inc.)
Reviewed by Douglas Payne

02-Dec-08 Jeff Barone
Open Up (Jazzed Media)
Reviewed by John Barron

02-Dec-08 Vandermark / Kessler / McBride / Joode / Flaten
Collected Fiction (Okka Disk)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

01-Dec-08 Louis Moholo-Moholo Duets With Marilyn Crispell
Sibanya (We Are One) (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Lloyd Peterson

01-Dec-08 Reptet
Chicken or Beef? (Monktail Records)
Reviewed by Henry Smith

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

28-Nov-08 Louis Moholo-Moholo
Louis Moholo: with the Chris McGregor Trio and Marilyn Crispell
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

28-Nov-08 Pete M. Wyer
Stories From The City At Night (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

26-Nov-08 Taylor Ho Bynum
Taylor Ho Bynum: A Trickster Sensibility (Hatology)
Reviewed by Chris May

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European Free Improvisation home

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European Free Improvisation home has been updated.

* A definite focus on the Blue Notes in this update, based around the wonderful 5CD box from Ogun Blue Notes: the Ogun collection which includes re-issues with additional music of Legacy: Live in South Afrika; Blue Notes for Mongezi (2CD); Blue Notes in concert; and Blue Notes for Johnny. In addition, there’s the great, just issued, duo of Louis Moholo-Moholo with Marilyn Crispell on Intakt – Sibanye – and what looks like the final McGregor/Brotherhood of Breath CD on the Fledg’ling label: Our prayer by the Chris McGregor Trio featuring Barre Phillips and Louis Moholo.

* Barre Phillips also turns up on the excellent duo with Jöelle Léandre on Kadima Collectvie Recordings – A l’improviste – and Jöelle has another brand new CD, on Leo, with Akosh S. on reeds: KOR. Also on Leo is Anthony Braxton’s Quartet (Moscow) 2008 recorded barely four months ago. And the second of Intakt’s new CDs is The salmon by Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky and Michael Griener.

* Three new PSI CDs came out right at the end of October: Alexander Von Schlippenbach with Friulian sketches; Ray Warleigh in duo with Tony Marsh on Rue victor massé; and John Edwards solo bass, Volume; and a recent release on Mutable is a DVD and CD offering from Jérôme Bourdellon, Thomas Buckner, Dalila Khatir and Roscoe Mitchell: Kirili et Les Nymphéas. Other recent Mutable releases included are: Thomas Buckner’s New music for baritone & chamber ensemble; “Blue” Gene Tyranny with The somewhere songs/The invention of memory; and Nils Bultmann, with Roscoe Mitchell on four tracks: Terminally unique

* A large number of ESP-Disk CDs have been added, the releases from June and September: Giuseppi Logan Quartet; Lowell Davidson Trio; Milford Graves Percussion Ensemble; Henry Grimes Trio with The call; the Gunter Hampel Group with Music from Europe; The Holy Modal Rounders Indian war whoop; Karel Velebny with SHQ; Yuganaut’s This musicship; The Holy Modal Rounders Live in 1965; Totem> with Solar forge; and Jugendstil by Chris Speed/Chris Cheek/Stephane Furic Leibovici.

* CDs on my must get around to sometime (but now finally have) list include the Journey into the valley DVD with bonus CD from Faruq Z. Bey and Northwoods Improvisers on Entropy Stereo and, on MusicNow, Consciously from Cornelius Cardew, solemn songs of sound political intent including, on one track a great soprano contribution from Evan Parker, and Liquid metal dreaming by Robert Evans and Laurie Scott Baker.

* A new label from Lithuania is No Business Records with The Vilnius explosion by Mats Gustafsson. On DUNS Limited Edition, there’s Bionic beings’ beginnings from Paul Dunmall/Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg/Philip Gibbs/Peter Brandt and Spirits past and future from Paul Dunmall and Tony Bianco; four more Dunmalls on FMR: in duo with Paul Rogers on Regeneration; with Barry Edwards/Mark Sanders on Mind out; with Trevor Taylor and Evelyn Chang on Crossing; and with Philip Gibbs added on Atmospheres without oxygen; on Loosetorque the trio of Jon Corbett, Nick Stephens and Roger Turner going under the name of Dangerous Musics In ’91; SLAM has the self-titled Aida Severo and the fascinating D.A.T.A. disc Compressed; the new Potlatch CD is Shortcut from Trio Sowari; on 2:13 Music there’s A schlep from Strathbungo, a duo by John Bisset and Ivor Kallin; on Al Maslakh there’s Shortwave from Christine Sehnaoui/Michel Waisvisz, and Much remains to be heard by Stéphane Rives; and on Red Note there’s RegenOrchester XII (Franz Hautzinger/Christian Fennesz/Otomo/Luc Ex/Tony Buck with Town down.

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Insubordinations Releases

The Insubordinations netlabel has released a handful of new material.

[insubcdr04] EVE RISSER & RAFAL MAZUR élan vital
:piano/bass contemporary improvisation duet:
One more great collaboration to enjoy by our friend Rafal Mazur. 23 minutes of complexe mutant structures and magical interaction between bass and piano exploration.
Edited as 50 3”cdr with hand-made cover, but free to be downloaded as usual.

[insub27] MAZUR & DYMNY Extension
:bass/guitare contemporary jazz duet:
floods and waves, surge of notes, extension of the language and internal navigation.

[insub26] PHAT La Grande Peste
:powerfull freejazz trio:
Riot. Riot. Riot. Freedom should not be asken for, It sould be taken, now and without doubt.

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Upcoming Portland Eye and Ear Control Shows

Update on 10/15/08: Do to a conflict at Worksound, the Paul Lytton, Nate Wooley (w/ Pete Swanson), Creative Music Guild show has been moved to October 24th. All other details are the same.

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

10/25: Wooley, Lytton w/ Swanson
SATURDAY, October 25th 8pm

at Worksound
820 SE Alder

$10 general / $8 members and students

Lytton/Wooley Duo
Paul Lytton drums, percussion, electronics – legendary London improviser
Nate Wooley trumpet – Oregon born, and now an established NYC improviser

The duo will be joined in the second set with local guest Pete Swanson electronics/tape – of Portland s acclaimed Yellows Swans

about the Duo:

Two musicians of different backgrounds share passion for improvisation and redefining their instruments.

Genres are meant to be bent. That s what legendary British percussionist, Paul Lytton and New York trumpeter Nate Wooley believe. The two musicians, from seemingly different backgrounds and musical circles met up in 2006 to record their eponymous debut LP for Detroit s Broken Research Records.

Paul Lytton, known primarily in the US as the drummer for the ground breaking Evan Parker Trio, has been forging new ground as a free jazz percussionist, electronicist, and maker of instruments for example, the lyttonophone for almost 40 years. Along with Paul Lovens, Tony Oxley, and John Stevens, he is firmly entrenched in the British tradition of experimental improvisers who have gone beyond the jazz tradition to deal with a new way of improvising. Over the years, he has played with such improvising luminaries as Parker, Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, and Ken Vandermark.

Nate Wooley is a relative newcomer to improvised music circles, breaking into that public s consciousness with his solo recording, wrong shape to be a storyteller Creative Sources Recordings two years ago. Growing up in a small fishing town in Oregon, Nate got a solid jazz education from his father in a northwest coast dance band, but eschewed the tradition of jazz trumpet to concentrate on extreme sound, touring and recording with such hard noise and rock groups as Melee, Graveyards, and Akron/Family. He is currently working in New York with everyone from Drag City s David Grubbs to new music composer/bagpiper Matthew Welch.

The two met at a birthday concert for experimental jazz tubist, Carl Ludwig Huebsch in Cologne, Germany last year. Wooley remembers, The whole group was playing very quietly, lots of silence. I love that kind of playing, but really prefer a wide dynamic range. Out of the blue, there was this huge crash in the corner. I think Paul had thrown all his percussion on the ground, just to shake things up. I went nuts. I thought, this is a real improviser.

10/10: Cooper-Moore!
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, storyteller, instrument-builder and educator Cooper-Moore comes to Portland for a solo show at Gallery Homeland, October 10th at 8PM.

This is perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a founding member of the American jazz avant-garde in Portland.

Date: October 10, 2008
Time: 8PM
Location: Gallery Homeland
2505 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
503 819-9656
Price: $10 $8 for students & members – 2 sets Contact: The Creative Music Guild: 503-867-0942

10/8: Portland New Music Society Show
Then, Wednesday 10/8 at Jace Gace,

2045 se belmont

Jeremy Martin: electro-acoustic music
Ben Kates and Reed Wallsmith play Following game, a new song by Adam Reese
and a new piece by Brandon Conway performed by Jonathan Sielaff, Tyler
Wilcox, Ben Kates and Brandon Conway with recitation by John Niekrasz.

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