This Week’s Best Albums from ALARM Magazine

In ALARM Magazine:

Bob Log III: My Shit is Perfect (Birdman)

For 15 years, Bob Log III has knocked out fucked-up, floor-stomping rhythms for adventurous show-goers, performing in full-body cannonball suits with a telephone-receiver mic fastened to a motorcycle helmet. His one-man-band MO consists of crazy blues riffs, drum-machine beats, solo kick-drum rhythms, and steel-stringed slide guitar. True to form, My Shit is Perfect is quintessential Bob Log with elements of stop-start timing, lighting-fast picking, and mostly incomprehensible lyrics.

Gouseion: More Friends for the Fire EP (Run Riot)

Electronic producer Cassidy DeMarco returns with another release as Gouseion, purveyor of buzz-saw synthesizers and big beats. For this EP, DeMarco stresses backing harmonies and scales back the power of his drum samples, resulting in a dancier mix whose appeal reaches beyond raves. Released less than six months after his last full album, Nijikon, this EP is a digital-only release.

Bushman’s Revenge: You Lost Me at Hello (Rune Grammofon)

Led by the down-tuned riffs of Even Helte Hermansen, the guitarist for the outstanding Norwegian prog-jazz group Shining, Bushman’s Revenge filters a heavy rock trio through the lens of an improvisational jazz outfit. The group cites inspiration as much from Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix as Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler, and You Lost Me at Hello oddly sounds a bit like all of it, even if it leans on the first two. Boundless free jazz meets structured rock and roll on the album, which comes recommended for fans of both styles.

Pulling Teeth: Paradise Illusions / Paranoid Delusions (Deathwish Inc.)

Punching in at five songs and 23 minutes, this doubly themed release takes hardcore group Pulling Teeth in a crushing and despairing direction. The group’s full-throttle tempos, speed picking, push beats, and wailing solos are still present, but the final product is a more-complete, ominous concoction that adds a few melodic breakdowns.

Rahim AlHaj: Ancient Sounds (UR Music)

Iraqi political refugee Rahim AlHaj found asylum in the USA in 2000, finally free of the torture and imprisonment that he suffered at the hands of Saddam Hussein for aligning himself with anti-Hussein groups. A master of the oud, AlHaj now lives in New Mexico, where he was able to vote last November for the first time in his entire life. His beautiful Arabic style, full of microtones and complex rhythms, has taken small elements of Western structure over the years, although this duet recording with sarod master Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is rather traditional.

Stinking Lizaveta: Sacrifice and Bliss (At a Loss)

Splashing together prog rock, math rock, stoner/psych rock, and bits of Eastern flavor, Stinking Lizaveta accomplishes quite a bit for having a semi-standard rock-trio lineup. Guitarist Yanni Papadopoulos shines with his technical and diverse creations, and he adds keyboards and theremin as sonic supplements. Sacrifice and Bliss comes strongly recommended for instrumental-tech-rock geeks.

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April at the Stone

From New York’s Stone:

April 2009 at the Stone curated by Louie Belogenis

4/1 Wednesday (MP)
8 pm
Trevor Dunn’s PROOFReaders
Trevor Dunn (bass) Darius Jones (alto) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Ryan Sawyer (drums)
The PROOFReaders play the music of Ornette Coleman.

10 pm
Brown Wing Overdrive
Chuck Bettis (electronics, vocals) Mikey IQ Jones (electronics, vocals, jews harps, percussion, objects) Derek Morton (electronis, banjo)

4/2 Thursday (NYYT)
8 and 10 pm
Unbroken
Louie Belogenis (tenor saxophone) Greg Cohen (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

4/3 Friday
8 pm
Joe Morris Ensemble
Joe Morris (guitar) Steve Lantner (piano) Luther Gray (drums)

10 pm
Harris Eisenstadt

4/4 Saturday
8 pm
Jennifer Choi
Jennifer Choi (solo violin)
New works for solo violin: Eugene Ysaye -‘Ballade’/ John Zorn – Goetia for solo violin / Mario Davidovsky- Synchronism No. 9 / Juan Felipe Waller – Le Jaque, Sal, Gala y Luna / Jacob Ter Veldhuis- Capriccio

10 pm
Momenta String Quartet
Erik Carlson (violin) Joanne Lin (cello) Stephanie Griffin (viola) Annaliesa Place (violin)

4/5 Sunday (MP)
8 and 10 pm
Old Dog
Louie Belogenis (tenor saxophone) Karl Berger (piano, vibes) Michael Bisio (bass) Warren Smith (drums)
Anticipating the release of their CD “By Any Other Name” on Porter Records.

4/7 Tuesday (MB)
8 and 10 pm
Tamarindo
Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone) William Parker (bass) Nasheet Waits (drums)

4/8 Wednesday (GG)
8 pm
Marco Cappelli and Anthony Coleman duo
Marco Cappelli (guitar) Anthony Coleman (piano)

10 pm
Anthony Coleman
Anthony Coleman (piano)

4/9 Thursday
8 pm
Borah Bergman Solo
Borah Bergman (solo piano)

10 pm
Borah Bergman and friends
Borah Bergman (piano) Louie Belogenis (soprano saxophone) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Michael Wimberly (drums)

4/10 Friday (MB)
8 and 10 pm
Joey Baron, Robyn Schulkowsky, William Parker, and Scott Robinson
Joey Baron (drums) Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion) William Parker (bass) Scott Robinson (reeds)
FIFTEEN DOLLARS

4/11 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Okkyung Lee
Okkyung Lee (cello)

10 pm
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass)

4/12 Sunday (MB)
8 and 10 pm
Charles Gayle trio
Charles Gayle (sax, piano) and rhythm section

10 pm
Gerald Cleaver Trio
Andrew Bishop (saxophone) Tim Flood (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums)

4/14 Tuesday (MB)
8 pm
Rob Brown Trio
Rob Brown (sax)

10 pm
Gerald Cleaver Trio
Andrew Bishop (saxophone) Tim Flood (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums)

4/15 Wednesday (JC)
8 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman Duo
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Mark Feldman (violin)

10 pm
Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier and Gerry Hemingway
Mark Feldman (violin) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Gerry Hemingway (drums)

4/16 Thursday
8 and 10 pm
Twice Told Tales
Louie Belogenis (tenor and soprano saxophones) Tony Malaby (tenor and soprano saxophones) John Hebert (bass) Joey Baron (drums)

4/17 Friday (NYYT)
8 pm
Ikue Mori
Ikue Mori (laptop)

10 pm
John O’Gallagher
John O’Gallagher (alto saxophone) Russ Lossing (piano) Johannes Weidenmueller (bass) Russ Johnson (trumpet) Nate Radley (guitar) Jeff Hirshfield (drums)

4/18 Saturday
8 pm
Allan Chase Trio
Allan Chase (alto, baritone, and soprano saxophones), Joe Morris (bass), Luther Gray (drums)
Boston saxophonist Allan Chase, a former member of Prima Materia with Rashied Ali, returns to New York after a 3-year absence for a set of improvisations. The three musicians play together regularly in the Steve Lantner Quartet and on Joe Morris’s recent Bass Quartet CD “High Definition,” but this is their first trio performance.

10 pm
the macroquarktet
Herb Robertson and Dave Ballou (trumpets, etc.) Drew Gress (bass)

4/19 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
ANIMA
Beth Anne Hatton (voice) Vita Wallace (Baroque violin) Christa Patton (harp) Motomi Igarashi (viola da gamba, lirone)
Musical daring and improvisation were alive and well in the Seventeenth Century. Anima will refashion laments and love stories from 1640s Rome in this concert.

10 pm
Russ Lossing Density Trio
Russ Lossing (piano) John Hebert (bass) Eric McPhearson (drums)

4/21 Tuesday (MB)
8 pm
Renku
Michaël Attias (alto saxophone) John Hebert (bass) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)

10 pm
ABYSM (a tale of the floating world)
Shoko Nagai (piano, moog, auto harp) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion, electronics)
Experimental Piano/Percs, electronics duo has been incorporating free improvisation, composition, electronics, found objects and visual elements into performances to create a unique path into the world of contemporary music. Their performances are based on stories and they create sound textures almost visible to the listener. In this performance, they will perform new compositions based on a tale of the “floating world,” a world where illusion is sustained by multiple shifting elements.

4/22 Wednesday
8 pm
Lou Grassi, Adam Lane and Mark Whitecage
Mark Whitecage (alto saxophone) Adam Lane (bass) Lou Grassi (drums)

10 pm
Tom Blancarte’s Liquid Surprise
Tom Blancarte (bass, compositions) Andrew Drury (drums) Brian Osborne (drums) Kevin Shea (drums)
Bassist Tom Blancarte (Sparks, Totem) leads an unprecedented ensemble of three drummers and upright bass through his compositions that throw humor, hyperkinetic improvisation and spirituality all into one pot.

4/23 Thursday (DS)
8 and 10 pm
An evening with Andrew D’Angelo
Andrew D’Angelo (alto saxophone) and special guests

4/24 Friday (CW)
8 and 10 pm
Flow Trio
Louie Belogenis (tenor saxophone) Joe Morris (bass) Charles Downs (drums)
Celebrating the release of their new ESP release “Rejuvenation”.

4/25 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn IMPROV NIGHT—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (alto saxophone) Louie Belogenis (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone) and many special guests.
COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE STONE! TWENTY DOLLARS.

4/26 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
Adam Kolker Trio
Adam Kolker (saxophone)

10 pm
Bob Feldman Trio
Bob Feldman (saxophone)

4/28 Tuesday (MB)
8 pm
Uri Gurvich Quartet
Uri Gurvich (saxophones) Leo Genovses (piano) Peter Slavov (bass) Francisco Mela (drums)
Uri and his quartet will perform music from their recent debut, “The Storyteller” on Tzadik.

10 pm
Louise’s Miniature Spaced Out Ensemble
Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen (saxophone) Dan Blake (saxophone) Drew Pitcher (saxophone) Sam Oatts (trumpet) Kevin Shea (drums) Tom Blancarte (bass)
Danish saxophonist Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen leads an ensemble performing her idiosyncratic and sensitive compositions arranged for winds and trumpet accompanied by hyperactive free-improv rhythm section.

4/29 Wednesday
8 pm
Radio I-Ching
Andy Haas (saxophone, fife and electronics) Don Fiorino (guitar and other strings) Dee Pop (drums and percussion)

10 pm
Ehran Elisha Ensemble featuring Haim Elisha
Haim Elisha (piano) David Bindman (tenor saxophone) Sam Bardfeld (violin) Ken Filiano (bass) Ehran Elisha (drums)

4/30 Thursday (DS)
8 and 10 pm
Magical Listening Hour
Nate Wooley (trumpet) Michaël Attias (alto saxophone) Louie Belogenis (tenor saxophone) Steve Swell (trombone)
alphabet city meets lower case.

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Oliver Lake at Twins Reviewed

A recent Oliver Lake performace gets reviewed.

Lake, dressed elegantly if singularly in a purple shirt and black vest, and the trio began almost on schedule (a rarity at Twins) with Eric Dolphy’s wonderfully angular “Gazzelloni.” Lake and Gold were in playful, almost sloppy communion on the tune, Lake letting loose with fiery melody and Jared Gold doing a weird twist on the Hammond’s churchy soul sound. Gold’s unique blend of sanctified riffs and atonal flights of fancy echoed of free jazz, generally and specifically: his phrases resembled the written bridge in Ornette Coleman’s titular 1960 album. As for Walker, he might have been the most experimental player, intent on exploring the range of colors in his kit (particularly the hi-hat and cymbals); he was also the loudest, but without overwhelming Lake and Gold.

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John Zorn’s wild imagination takes root at Yoshi’s

John Zorn (cropped version)
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Zorn’s upcoming residency at Yoshi’s in Oakland is previewed.

Avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn has been the object of ecstatic praise and furious outrage, much like his iconoclastic forebears Igor Stravinsky and Ornette Coleman. With his omnivorous approach to music — drawing on everything from classical, free jazz, and film soundtracks to lounge exotica, experimental noise, and hardcore punk — the New Yorker embraces a radical aesthetic that renders listener indifference nearly impossible.

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Fractured Free Jazz Informed by a Hard-boiled Vanguard

Andrew D’Angelo’s Gay Disco Trio is reviewed.

Andrew D’Angelo’s new band is called Gay Disco Trio, which sounds funny and is at first misleading. It makes lean, rickety explosions for saxophone, bass and drums: not exactly dance music. Sometimes, in its gig on Wednesday night at the Tea Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn, it sounded a little like a scaled-down version of Prime Time, Ornette Coleman’s band from the 1980s, but with more aggression and tension and repetition.

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Richardson / Carter / Jordan / Davis / Gruner / Letman-Burtinovic at RUCMA

From New York’s RUCMA (with a slightly updated lineup):

Start: 2/18/09 – 9:30pm
End: 2/18/09 – 11:00pm
Timezone: Etc/GMT-4

Richardson / Carter / Jordan / Davis / Gruner / Letman-Burtinovic
Wednesday, February 18 @ 9 30PM
Yippie Café: 9 Bleecker Street, near Bowery
General Admission: $10

Demian Richardson (trumpet)
Daniel Carter (reeds)
Andrew Jordan (reeds and percussion) – http://www.maprajna.com
Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass)
Gunter Gruner (drums)
Floyd Davis (poetry)

Over the past three decades Daniel Carter has performed with such musical luminaries as Sun Ra, William Parker, Thurston Moore, MMW (Medeski, Martin, & Wood), Vernon Reid, Sam Rivers, Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware, D.J. Logic, Butch Morris, TEST, One World Ensemble, Saturnalia String Trio, and many others. As a staunch advocate of musical democracy he has been an inspiration for many young musicians. Of his musical collaborations, Carter states, “Most of the groups I’m in are collectives. Sometimes they’ve started out otherwise, and I’ve fought for them to be under a collective name, because that name… some name that would be inspirational or aspirational for the whole group.”

Drummer and composer Gunter Gruner has studied music at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany, the City College of New York and privately with drumming legend, Andrew Cyrille. Since moving to New York in 2005, he has performed with William Parker, Emilio Teubal, Matt Lavelle, Christoph Auer, Shanir Blumenkranz, Andrew Jordan, Daniel Carter, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, David Moss, Joerg Hochapfel, Salim Washington, Bato the Gypsy, Yusuke Yamamoto, Rodney Gardiner, Lakecia Benjamin, Kirk Knuffke, Tom Zlabinger, Floyd Davis, Ras Moshe and others. His project “The Invisible Landscape” connects Jazz, free improvisation, contemporary composition and various traditional music from around the world. He received a Mark Brunswick Award for composition in 2005 and was nominated for a Van Lier Fellowship for composition in 2007.
Percussionist and reedman Andrew Jordan has studied and performed in China, Ghana, and Egypt, and brings traditions from each to his music. His studies of world music have led him to the dynamic music of New York free improvisationists, who artfully mix any and all sprititual influences. “This language is one of immense importance to me, and I just try and get to it’s many meanings by keeping these people, and these sounds in my body as long as possible, then letting them seep out into the basement venues to which I’ve been partitioned.”

Demian Richardson is a dynamic trumpeter, the likes of which will blow you out of this place. Calling on all sectors of imagination and tradition, jazz evaporates and only Demian remains. He has performed with Daniel Carter, Federico Ughi, Chris Welcome, Ed Schuller, John Blum, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Allen Ginsberg.

Nicolas LETMAN-BURTINOVIC attended Paris Beaux Arts until 1994 and work as a professional artist in Europe, when he switched to studying bass for 6 month at the classical conservatory in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. In 1998, Nicolas moved to New York. During the same time, he started traveling to parts of New England and Philadelphia to play with such musicians as legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp, drummers Jay Alan Jackson, Philadelphia-based drummer Bill Roye, Philadelphia-based saxophonist Odean Pope, drummer Alan Nelson and bassist Avery Sharpe. In 2004 he recorded with drummer Matt Wilson on NBJ’s CD. Nicolas’s original compositions, performed by Bomb X and Haleoscene are based on the odd meter and polymeter system developed by Jymie Merritt. The band is a strong trio, bringing in guests which vary the band’s sound and energy. In 2005 he was musical director and bass player for Knewness, a double quintet recording including Archie Shepp, Avery Sharp, Spaceman, Colmore Duncan, Butch Campbel… He is curently active with the New York creative music scene.

http://www.myspace.com/guntergruner
http://www.myspace.com/demianrichardson
http://www.myspace.com/musicartscienceliterature
http://www.myspace.com/davidmossbass
http://www.maprajna.com/music

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Nodding to Jazz Tradition While Pursuing the Ideal

The Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet at the Iridium is reviewed.

Mario Pavone’s jazz can possibly be heard two different ways. His gig at Iridium on Wednesday night had two traditions running through it: the rhythmic and harmonic grids of bebop and all that descends from it, and the cathartic tracing-in-air of free jazz.

But that’s a pretty brain-first, ears-second way to put it. The mixture proposed by Mr. Pavone — his third way — represents its own tradition. And it’s a pretty old one, encompassing music made in the 1960s by Ornette Coleman, Andrew Hill, Jackie McLean, Paul Bley and many others.

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John Zorn at Yoshi’s

Concert of
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Zorn will be spending some time at Yoshi’s in San Francisco this March.

Sometimes a club is more than a club; it becomes an incubator. From March 11 through 15, Yoshi’s in San Francisco is bringing in saxophonist-composer John Zorn, still a radical at age 55, a man whose music ranges from roll-the-dice free improvisation to elastic, Ornette Coleman jazz, earsplitting punk-jazz, loungey surf-jazz, intimate chamber music and the Ennio Morricone songbook.

Each night at Yoshi’s, Zorn, who leads or composes for umpteen groups, will present a different band, including the Dreamers; Bar Kokhba; Masada String Trio; Electric Masada; and his Masada quartet, a fabulous band. It draws on Coleman and (like much of Zorn’s music) the yearning of Jewish folk forms; it features Zorn on alto saxophone, Dave Douglas on trumpet, Greg Cohen on bass and Joey Baron on drums. Other New York downtowners flying in to perform with one band or another include Marc Ribot, Kenny Wollesen, Erik Friedlander, Cyro Baptista, Mark Feldman, Jamie Saft and Ikue Mori. Tickets on sale soon: http://www.yoshis.com. or (415) 655-5600.

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Richardson / Carter / Jordan / Moss / Gruner at RUCMA

Coming up at New York’s RUCMA:

Start: 12/29/2008 – 9:00pm
End: 12/29/2008 – 10:30pm
Timezone: Etc/GMT-4

Richardson / Carter / Jordan / Moss / Gruner
Monday, December 29 @ 9 PM
Yippie Café: 9 Bleecker Street, near Bowery
General Admission: $10

Demian Richardson (trumpet)
Daniel Carter (reeds)
Andrew Jordan (reeds and percussion)
David Moss (bass)
Gunter Gruner (drums)

David Moss has been a bass player in New York City for nearly six years. Prior to moving to New York City from Oakland, CA, he had studied and performed with Damon Smith and Wolfgang Fuchs at concerts put on by the Bay Area Improviser’s Organization. In New York City, he studied with William Parker and Mark Dresser. David has continued to perform over the last few years with William Parker, Roy Cambell Jr., Lakesia Benjamen, Daniel Carter, and the band “Search.” In April 2007, “Search” recorded an album at Al Macdowell Studios, which was primarily inspired by several sessions spent with Ornette Coleman. At present, David mainly devotes his time to composing and improvising with the RUCMA/Vision Series communities, Mahout Ensemble, and “Search.”

Over the past three decades Daniel Carter has performed with such musical luminaries as Sun Ra, William Parker, Thurston Moore, MMW (Medeski, Martin, & Wood), Vernon Reid, Sam Rivers, Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware, D.J. Logic, Butch Morris, TEST, One World Ensemble, Saturnalia String Trio, and many others. As a staunch advocate of musical democracy he has been an inspiration for many young musicians. Of his musical collaborations, Carter states, “Most of the groups I’m in are collectives. Sometimes they’ve started out otherwise, and I’ve fought for them to be under a collective name, because that name… some name that would be inspirational or aspirational for the whole group.”

Drummer and composer Gunter Gruner has studied music at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany, the City College of New York and privately with drumming legend, Andrew Cyrille. Since moving to New York in 2005, he has performed with William Parker, Emilio Teubal, Matt Lavelle, Christoph Auer, Shanir Blumenkranz, Andrew Jordan, Daniel Carter, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, David Moss, Joerg Hochapfel, Salim Washington, Bato the Gypsy, Yusuke Yamamoto, Rodney Gardiner, Lakecia Benjamin, Kirk Knuffke, Tom Zlabinger, Floyd Davis, Ras Moshe and others. His project “The Invisible Landscape” connects Jazz, free improvisation, contemporary composition and various traditional music from around the world. He received a Mark Brunswick Award for composition in 2005 and was nominated for a Van Lier Fellowship for composition in 2007.

http://www.myspace.com/guntergruner
http://www.myspace.com/demianrichardson
http://www.myspace.com/musicartscienceliterature
http://www.myspace.com/davidmossbass

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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Lowell Davidson – Trio
By clifford ? November 25, 2008 ? 3 comments

ESP 1012
Though he was not often thought of as a “talent scout,” Ornette Coleman recommended two of ESP-Disk’s most enigmatic jazz figures to Bernard Stollman in 1965. Paul Byron Allen, an alto saxophonist who recorded in his trio on ESP 1005 was one, and Boston pianist Lowell Davidson was the other. Though surface similarities […]
Alan Sondheim – Ritual-All-7-70
By clifford ? November 24, 2008 ? 2 comments

ESP 1048
Ritual 7-70 were a loose cooperative of musicians and artists working with then-Providence-based multi-instrumentalist, poet, video artist and composer, Alan Sondheim. The 1967 record given the inauspicious catalog number of ESP 1048 was actually the second LP of Sondheim and Co and the first of two for Stollman’s label. Predating the ESPs was […]

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