Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Saturday, May 16, 2009
Transit – Quadrologues (Clean Feed, 2009) *****

Thursday, May 14, 2009
Dennis González & João Paulo – Duo (Clean Feed, 2009) ****½

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Mary Halvorson, Reuben Radding, Nate Wooley – Crackleknob (Hatology, 2009) ****

Monday, May 11, 2009
Anthony Braxton & Kyle Brenders – Toronto (Duets) 2007 (Barnyard Records, 2009) ****

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Upcoming Detroit Area Shows

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From the Bohemian National Home in Exile:

Friday, April 10th: Taylor Ho Bynum/Thomas Fujiwara Duo, The Sure Shots, Jeff Marx Detroit Quartet
At Detroit Evolution Laboratory
Our first event at Detroit Evolution Laboratory in Eastern Market is a variety show like we haven’t seen in a while. Taylor Ho Bynum and Thomas Fujiwara are two leading improvisers of theor generation. Bynum has played cornet with the heaviest of the older generation, including Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor and Bill Dixon. He has also shined in groups with Jason Kao Hwang and Joe Morris. Fujiwara plays percussion in both Bynum’s trio and sextet; he also performs with another noted brasswind player, Nate Wooley, and spent some time touring with the off-Broadway hit Stomp.

Jeff Marx made a big impression on those only familiar with his inside playing at our recent 2739 Edwin performance. His agile phrasing and big sound on assorted saxophones was a real pleasure to hear in an unamplified settinG. We’ll have more of the same from his quartet of Marko Novachcoff, Kurt Prisbe and Joel Peterson.

Jennie and the Sure Shots just can’t stop playing everywhere all the time! We’ll be fresh out of the studio and rearing to go.

Detroit Evoltion Gallery is a new space in Eastern Market dedicated to healthy living through food, exercise and community events. They serve food, teach cooking classes, host yoga-and now they feature music and other events as well. 1434 Gratiot (at Russell St.). Doors at 8:30. $5-15 suggested.

Wednesday, April 15th: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Psychedelic Horsesh!t and TBA at Old Miami
The amazing Quintron and his puppet-wielding partner Miss Pussycat return to Detroit for the first time since their huge, just-after-Katrina show at the Bohemian. Swap rock organ, automate d drum buddies and Edgar Varese style percussion can all find their way into Quintron’s bag. But undeniably, this is dance music of a type unique to Quintron’s spell casting.
With Columbus’ Psychedlic Horsesh!t and another act TBA.
The Old Miami is at 3930 Cass Ave. Doors at 8:30; $8.

Friday, April 17th: BoxDeserter Trio at Detroit Institute of Arts
Our favorite pianist, Thollem McDonas, returns to his favorite American city to kick off a tour by BoxDeserter Trio, with Skeeter Shelton and Joel Peterson. Speaking of favorites, Diego Rivera’s mural in the DIA is another of Thollem’s, which he didn’t realize was in Detroit until I took him to the museum. Now he gets to perform surrounded by it!

BoxDeserter mixes new chamber music, free improvisation and the broad repertoire of its members to create innovative, yet highly accessible music. Thollem has a new record coming out on ESP Disk and another release featuring his recent concert on Debussy’s piano in France! Skeeter Shelton is one of the great unsung saxophonists in Free Jazz and has performed with Fred Anderson, James Blood Ulmer, Dushun Mosley, Hakim Jami, Faruq Z. Bey and others. This will be the kick-off to BoxDeserter Trio’s midwest and east coast tour, so join us in The Rivera Court for two amazing sets- it’s free, of course!

5/5 Peter Brotzmann Duo
5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex, Massimo Pupillo of ZU and Paal Nilssen Love)
5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh

Boxdeserter Trio tour dates:

Apr 17 2009 8:00P
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit
Apr 18 2009 8:00P
Kerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 19 2009 8:00P
Hungry Brain Chicago
Apr 20 2009 8:00P
Iron Post Urbana, Illinois
Apr 21 2009 7:30P
Charles and Limey’s Lounge (w/ End Times Trio) Springfield, Illinois
Apr 23 2009 8:00P
Schlafly Tap Room St Louis, Missouri
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
Schlafly Tap Room St. Louis, Missouri
Apr 28 2009 8:00P
Exile Long Island, New York

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From the Times:

A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS (Sunday) This metaphysically named series, held every other Sunday in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, reflects the rugged ideals of its organizer, the drummer Mike Pride. In the later sets here, at 10 and 11 p.m., he leads a quartet called From Bacteria to Boys; an earlier set, at 9, features a trio led by the guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, with Briggan Krauss on saxophones and Andrew Drury on drums. CoCo 66, 66 Greenpoint Avenue, (718) 389-7392,; cover, $6. (Chinen)20090402

TREVOR DUNN’S PROOF READERS (Thursday) Trevor Dunn, a bassist with one foot planted in experimental rock, takes a repertory approach with Proof Readers, his quartet with the trumpeter Nate Wooley, the saxophonist Darius Jones and the drummer Ryan Sawyer. The band takes a look at music by the free-jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman — with the closest of scrutiny, of course. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; cover, $10. 20090402

? JUXTAPOSITIONS IN JAZZ (Saturday) This promising double bill, presented in the name of juxtaposition, finds the flutist Jamie Baum leading her septet in a performance of “Ives’ Suite,” which she wrote under the influence of Charles Ives. The other half of the ticket features the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, working with a dynamic American rhythm section: Craig Taborn on keyboards, Thomas Morgan on bass and Jim Black on drums. At 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3340,; $30. (Chinen)20090402

DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP (Thursday) On his recent albums Donny McCaslin has applied his assertive tenor saxophone style to Latin American-inspired fusions. He does that here with expert help: the guitarist Ben Monder, the bassist Hans Glawischnig and the drummer Adam Cruz. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090402

JOE MORRIS ENSEMBLE (Friday) Joe Morris, a guitarist who applies the clear tone of Jim Hall to darker and pricklier purposes, has close history with both of his band mates here: the pianist Steve Lantner and the drummer Luther Gray. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10. (Chinen)20090402

EIVIND OPSVIK OVERSEAS (Monday) Eivind Opsvik is a bassist with an experimental streak but also a deep connection to melody, as he demonstrates with this working band, which includes Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Jacob Sacks on keyboards and Kenny Wollesen on drums. (The group will perform at Nublu every Monday in April.) From 9 to 11 p.m., Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village,; free before 10 p.m.; $5 after. (Chinen)20090402

? RHYTHM IN THE KITCHEN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Friday and Saturday) The fourth annual edition of this avant-garde festival, presented by the Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center, rolls along on Friday with sets by ok|ok, an improvising collective (at 8 p.m.); a quartet led by the pianist Connie Crothers (at 9); Duology, featuring Michael Marcus on reeds and Ted Daniel on trumpet (at 10); and Morcilla, led by the trumpeter Matt Lavelle (at 11). Among the highlights on Saturday’s lineup are the William Hooker Trio, with DJ Olive (at 10), and a trio with the pianist Angelica Sanchez, the saxophonist Tony Malaby and the drummer Tom Rainey (at 11). Church for All Nations, 417 West 57th Street, Clinton, (212) 333-5583,; $15; $35 for a full festival pass (Chinen)20090402

? OMAR SOSA/JENNY SCHEINMAN (Tuesday through Thursday) Mr. Sosa, a Cuban pianist, and Ms. Scheinman, a violinist from Northern California, suggest strikingly different varieties of jazz rusticity but share a commitment to clarity in their music. Mr. Sosa is celebrating the release of an ambitious concept album, “Across the Divide: A Tale of Rhythm & Ancestry” (Half Note), with a group that includes saxophone and banjo. Ms. Scheinman, playing and singing, leads a trio with two flinty guitarists, Nels Cline and Steve Cardenas. (Through April 12.) At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 475-8592,; cover, $30 at tables; $20 at the bar; with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)20090402

? TAMARINDO (Tuesday) Free improvisation, often strenuous and unbridled, is the chief methodology on “Tamarindo” (Clean Feed), a recent release by the tenor and soprano saxophonist Tony Malaby. The album features the same alert and inventive rhythm team that appears here: William Parker on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10. (Chinen)20090402

SACO YASUMA’S YOIN’ — UNIT OF SEVEN (Wednesday) Ms. Yasuma, a saxophonist and composer, combines the folk melodies of her native Japan with elements of African music and the protocols of avant-garde jazz. Her ensemble includes the violist Jason Kao Hwang, the trombonist Steve Swell and the bassist Ken Filiano, as well as the flutist and taiko drummer Kaoru Watanabe. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, between Canal and Grand Streets, SoHo, (212) 219-8242,; $15; $10 for students and under 30; free for members. (Chinen)

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March 07, 2009
Harris Eisenstadt’s Woodblock Prints, Ibeam
Jose Davila, Marty Ehrlich, Harris Eisenstadt, Jacob Garchik, Jonathan Goldberger, Jason Mears, Sara Schoenbeck, Garth Stevenson, Nate Wooley
Nate Wooley Trio, Ibeam
Harris Eisenstadt, Adam Linson, Nate Wooley

March 06, 2009

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Grey Gersten, Jeremiah Cymerman’s Graphic Scores, and Toby Driver Ensemble at Zebulon

Kayo Dot in Santa Cruz
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Coming up at Brooklyn’s Zebulon:

Tuesday, March 10th

258 Wythe Ave (between Metropolitan Ave and North 3rd St)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

9:00 Grey Gersten solo
Grey Gersten (guitar, effects)

10:00 Jeremiah Cymerman’s Graphic Scores
Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Christopher Hoffman (cello) Tom Blancarte (bass) Harris Eisenstadt (percussion)

11:00 Toby Driver Ensemble- Kayo Dot mastermind premieres a new piece AND a new ensemble!!!

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