Upcoming Detroit Area Shows

From the Bohemian Home in Exile Folks:

Tues., March 3rd: Gino Robair with Marko Novachcoff, Joel Peterson, Piotr Michalowski, Mike Khoury and James Cornish at Kerrytown Concert House
Percussionist Gino Robair is a founding member of Splatter Trio and Pink Mountain. His work spans several genres, including collaborations with Anthony Braxton, Tom Waits, Eugene Chadbourne, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, John Zorn, LaDonna Smith and John Butcher. Check out this combination of musical personalities in the intimate listening room of Kerrytown Concert House.

Sat. March 14th: Jeff Marx Quartet at 2739 Edwin
Detroit native Jeff Marx was inspired to dedicate himself to the saxophone after seeing fellow Detroiter Sonny Stitt as a child. He paid some dues here before relocating to the Bay Area, New York and most recently Chicago. Jeff excells in both traditional and contemporary approaches to his playing, always with a deep tenor sounds that is reminiscent of greats like Sonny Rollins and Gene Ammons. The rest if this quartet consists of Detroit musicians: Marko Novachcoff- winds, Kurt Prisbe- drums, Joel Peterson- doublebass. Doors at 8 pm; $5-10.

Mon. March 16: Frank Gratkowski
Born in Hamburg, Frank Gratkowski is an alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute player who is one of the most noted members of Europe’s improvising avant garde. He has highly developed extended technique that defies the limitations traditionally accepted on his instruments. He has worked with many of Europe and America’s most important musicians, including Fred von Hove, Hamid Drake, Wolter Wierbos, Mal Waldron, Peter Brotzmann, John Lindberg, Muhal Abrams, Greg Osby, Ken Vandermark and many others. It’s been a few years since he’s been in town and we’re excited to be presenting Frank.

Tues. March 31: Pilia-Alexander-Belfi Trio
This trio of two Italians and one American mix elements of primitivism and modernism, with the hypnotic power of drones as the common denominator. The group features Stefano Pilia (Bologna, Italy) on guitar, electronics; Jeffrey Alexander (Pittsburgh, USA) on guitar, tambura and electronics; and Andrea Belfi (Milano, Italy) on drums, percussion and electronics.

Pilia is a member of 3/4 Had Been Eliminated, Medves and SPQ; he’s also collaborated with Black Forest/Black Sea, Giuseppe Ielasi, Renato Rinaldi. Alexander is a member of Black Forest/Black Sea, the Iditarod and SPQ. He runs Secret Eye Records, an exciting label that grew from it’s predesessor, Magic Eye Records. Belfi performs as a soloist and with the group Medves.

NEW DATE: 5/5 Peter Brotzmann Duo
5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex, Massimo Pupillo of ZU and Paal Nilssen Love)
5/17 BoxDeserter Trio (Thollem McDonas, Skeeter Shelton, Joel Peterson) at DIA
5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh

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DMG Newsletter February 13th, 2009

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From DMG:

Ken Vandermark Duets! Paal Nilssen-Love Duos: Peter Brotzmann & Joe McPhee! The Flow Trio (Belogenis/Morris/Downs)! Don Cherry Montmartre Live V3! Matt Lavelle!

Daniel Kelly! Alan Wilkinson/John Edwards/Steve Noble! Source Records Box Set! Boghossian/Tilbury/Wastell! John Cage! Peter Ablinger! Merzbow!

Sub Rosa DVD’s from David Toop and Henri Pousseur! 2 More from Toshi Ichiyanagi! More Secret Museum of Mankind Series! Rare Enja label Last Copies!

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Jazz Prospecting From Tom Hull

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The latest from Tom Hull:

Buffalo: Collision (Duck) (2008, Screwgun): Another of alto saxophonist Tim Berne‘s groups: two thirds of the Bad Plus — pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King — with the bassist replaced by cellist Hank Roberts, a change that trades in any real capacity for swing or groove for an arty sheen on top of the free jazz drama. Iverson plays in dense blocks, and Berne works his way around the wreckage, in one spot piling up into a brutish piece of avant-ugly, but mostly working through intelligently and inventively. B+(***)

The Flatlands Collective: Maatjes (2008, Clean Feed): Dutch alto saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra is the effective leader of this group of mostly Chicago-based musicians: James Falzone (clarinet), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, electronics), Jason Roebke (bass), Frank Rosaly (drums). Best when the three horns are all cooking, each on its own track, with Bishop’s trombone buoying everyone else. Stretches of cello and electronics — Dijkstra also plays lyricon and analog synth — are scratchy abstract. The Dutch avant scene has always been noted for whimsy, while the Chicagoans are known to occasionally suspend their creativity fetish and just rock out. B+(**)

Darren Johnston: The Edge of the Forest (2007-08 [2008], Clean Feed): Trumpet player, from Canada, based in San Francisco, first album as leader, although his name shows up on another album I have in the queue, plus he has a couple of side credits. Seems like someone I should have recognized — in fact, he appeared on a former Pick Hit here, Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra’s New Magical Kingdom. Pianoless quintet here — like one of those quartets but with a third horn, the range of colors and timbres spread wide by Ben Goldberg’s clarinet and Sheldon Brown’s tenor sax (or narrowed with bass clarinet), but they tend to cycle against each other rather than fly apart. Devin Hoff plays bass, Smith Dobson V drums, and Rob Reich appears on accordion on one track. Brown is a strong soloist — another guy I’ve run across a couple of times, but should remember from now on. The rhythm section keeps things moving, and Goldberg is superb as the guy who ties it all together. A-

Steve Adams Trio: Surface Tension (2000 [2008], Clean Feed): Googling Steve Adams, we find: “a cutting edge progressive rock guitarist and composer, formerly with ex-Camel keyboardist Peter Bardens and Mirage”; “bass player for ALO, Brett Dennen, Sara Bareilles, Tea Leaf Green, Forest Sun”; “gospel acappella music like you have never heard before”; and a bunch of non-musicians, including a Unix/Oracle guru, a Cincinnati criminal defense lawyer, the CEO of Sabrix, and some guy running for president. More promising is the Steve Adams who shows up on websites for Nine Winds (Vinny Golia) and ROVA — he would be the ‘A’ there. Plays four weights of saxophone, listing sopranino first, as well as bass flute. The trio adds two guys I don’t need to look up: Ken Filiano and Scott Amendola. Actually, I’ve heard Adams before in Filiano’s company, and (of course) in Rova; also with Composers in Red Sneakers, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and Your Neighborhood Sax Quartet — maybe with Golia too — Adams dedicates a song to Golia and notes that they met in 1982 — although I’m way, way behind there. Three observations: one is that Adams has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, but only the sopranino doesn’t remind me of something else I’ve heard before; second is that Filiano, as dependable as any bassist working today, has rarely played with this much intensity; third is that Clean Feed has made a habit of picking up old tapes by unknowns, releasing them presumably just because they like them. B+(**)

John O’Gallagher Trio: Dirty Hands (2007 [2008], Clean Feed): After some sleuthing, I found an announcement that this batch of Clean Feeds was officially released on Nov. 28, making them 2008 releases. Until then I was guessing that the the Darren Johnston, Steve Adams, and John O’Gallagher CDs must be 2009 releases, given that they don’t seem to be available anywhere (DMG offers pre-orders). So it turns out that Clean Feed does have some concept of street dates, even though they may not correspond to reality — another bookkeeping headache. As for this record, any group that manages to play 6 straight nights in Braga, Portugal is likely to show up on the label. O’Gallagher plays alto sax. I think of him as a postbop player, but he leans free, and he usually makes a strong impression, as he does here. The others are Masa Kamaguchi on bass and Jeff Williams on drums. Seems like an average set, dilligently working against the grain, exploiting the higher range of the instrument, with the rhythmic complexity de rigeur these days. B+(**)

The Skein: Andrea Parkins and Jessica Constable: Cities and Eyes (2004 [2009], Henceforth): Parkins plays accordion and piano, most notably in Ellery Eskelin’s trio, and dabbles in electronics. She also gets a voice credit here, but presumably the lead vocals here belong to Constable, a British composer-singer who also has ties to Eskelin — she’s on his Quiet Music — and who also gets a credit here for electronics. I started playing this a couple of times, quickly deciding I wasn’t up for it. The vocal parts, which cover damn near the whole record, are massively irritating. The electronics also tends to irritate, but not always, and here and there can be quite intriguing. C+

Joe McPhee/Paal Nilssen-Love: Tomorrow Came Today (2007 [2008], Smalltown Superjazz): McPhee strikes me as the most doggedly anti-commercial avant-gardist of the last three or four decades. It’s not so much that he’s inaccessible but that he’s so preoccupied with his own inner logic that he could care less what you think — a couple of meetings with Ken Vandermark, who idolizes McPhee, come to mind. Norwegian drummer Nilssen-Love, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have any notion that what he does shouldn’t be embraced by everyone. He came up in rock groups, plays free, and sometimes ties them all together. His Dual Pleasure duos with Vandermark were unusually lucid and engaging sax-drums duos, and here he does the same trick for McPhee. A-

Evan Parker/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: The Brewery Tap (2007 [2008], Smalltown Superjazz): Parker should be a household name by now, but isn’t anywhere close. B. 1944 in England, cut his first records c. 1971, and has released a couple hundred since, plus side credits in nearly every European avant-jazz context of interest — his career has roughly the same shape and trajectory as Anthony Braxton’s. Has his own label now, Psi, which I don’t get any service on, so I only pick up occasional scraps, and he remains a long-term project. Plays tenor and soprano sax. His soprano is utterly distinctive, shrill, with a lot of circular breathing — very impressive, but also discomforting. I usually prefer his tenor sax, which is featured here, a lot of poking and prodding, a little circular breathing. Håker Flaten’s bass makes for a nice foil, rounding him out where Paal Nilssen-Love’s drums might sharpen him up. Long improvs. Not clear how much weight to put on them, given the feeling that he could do this all day every day, but a very nice showcase. B+(***)

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Umbrella Music Through January 28

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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Tuesday, 20 January 2009
9:00PM | Vandermark 5
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Kent Kessler – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 21 January 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Rempis/Ward/McBride/Reed
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Greg Ward – alto sax
Nate McBride – bass
Mike Reed – drums
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Corbett vs Dempsey – Round II

Thursday, 22 January 2009
10:00PM | Branch/Riordan
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Marc Riordan – drums
11:00PM | Friction Brothers
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Michael Colligan – dry ice
Michael Zerang – percussion

Sunday, 25 January 2009
The Hungry Brain
9:30PM | Han Bennink Solo
Han Bennink – drums
10:00PM | Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Valentine Trio
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Jason Roebke – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Fast Citizens
Aram Shelton – alto sax
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax
Josh Berman – cornet
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Tuesday, 27 January 2009
9:00PM | Vandermark 5
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Kent Kessler – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 28 January 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Sandell/Lonberg-Holm/Zerang
Sten Sandell – piano, electronics
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Michael Zerang – percussion
11:00PM | Bishop/Berthling/Nilssen-Love
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Johan Berthling – bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Corbett vs Abrams – Round II

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Coming to the Bohemian National Home

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From Detroit’s Bohemian National Home:

Friday Jan 23rd at 2739 Edwin Gallery: Han Bennink and Mary Oliver! plus Traum (hall/buetow/riggs)
Han Bennink returns to one of his favorite cities with his partner and Instant Composers Pool collaborator Mary Oliver on violin and viola. Two of the outstanding musicians of our time, Han and Mary can careen from swinging chamber jazz to the furthest reaches of free improv.

Han first came to notice as the young Dutch drummer of choice for Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and Eric Dolphy. Since the early 60’s, he has been a leading figure of the European avant garde, forming ICP with pianist Misha Mengelberg and performing with Peter Brotzmann, Fred Van Hove and Alexander von Schlippenbach. Over the last several decades, his amazing virtuosity has graced work by Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, Derek Bailey and Eugene Chadbourne.

Mary Oliver is a California native who attend Mills College. In addition to working with ICP and improvising greats like Evan Parker, George Lewis and Phil Minton, Mary has an impressive Classical/New Music career that has seen her debut works by Morton Feldman, John Cage and Iannis Xenakis.

Opening the night will be a set from chamber improvisers Traum: Ben Hall, Hans Buetow and Chris Riggs Come see these great musicians in one of the friendliest places in town. Loft music in Hamtramck!

2739 Edwin is located at 2739 Edwin! Doors at 8 pm; $10-20 suggested donation.

Coming soon:

In Feb: Jeff Marx Quartet

5/4 Peter Brotzmann Trio

5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex and Paal Nilssen Love)

DATE CORRECTION: 5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh

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AMN Picks of the Week

Fred Anderson in 2005; Photo by Seth Tisue
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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.

Hamiet Bluiett & Concept – Live at Carlos 1 (1986, free jazz)
Paul Bley – Live at Sweet Basil (1991, free jazz)
Roy Campbell / Pyramid Trio – Ethnic Stew and Brew (2001, free jazz)
Joe Morris – You Be Me (1996, free jazz)
Terminal Function – Measuring the Abstract (2008, avant-metal)
Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Mostly Other People Do The Killing (2005, free jazz)
Paal Nilssen-Love – Townorchestrahouse (2005, free jazz)
Mingus Dynasty – Sounds of Love (1988, jazz)
Russian Circles – Station (2008, instrumental post rock)
Trio Hurricane – Suite of Winds (1986, free jazz)
John Zorn – The Crucible (2008, avant-garde)
Ellery Eskelin – Figure Of Speech (1993, free jazz)
Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound Ensemble – 3 x 4 Eye (1981, free jazz)
Fred Anderson / Hamid Drake – Back Together Again (2004, free jazz)
Meshuggah – ObZen (2008, avant-metal)
Jimmy Lyons / Andrew Cyrille – Burnt Offering (1991, free jazz)
Paul Rogers – Time of Brightness (2006, free jazz)

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Fizzle Tonight in Birmingham UK

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From the Birmingham Post:

The free jazz fans that run Fizzle have come up with one of their best line-ups yet tomorrow evening with legendary soprano saxophonist Lol Coxhill, alto man Frode Gerstad, bassist Nick Stephens and one of the most creative drummers around, Paal Nilssen-Love.

Nilssen-Love can make amazing rhythms from a suitcase full of junk and he once showed me how if a cymbal gets damaged in the fray, he just cuts it into a smaller one. He has some very small cymbals.

These players are at The Lamp Tavern, Barford Street, Birmingham. It starts at 9pm and there is more information on http://myspace.com/improvisationbirmingham

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November 09, 2008
All By Myshelf, Kornspeicher, Wels
Alan Purves
Brotzmann-Yagi-Nilssen-Love, Schl8hof, Wels
Peter Brotzmann, Paal Nilssen-Love, Michiyo Yagi
Mary Oliver & Rozemarie Heggen, Schl8hof, Wels
Rozemarie Heggen, Mary Oliver
Sol6, Schl8hof, Wels
Tony Buck, Mandy Drummond, Luc Ex, Ingrid Laubrock, Hannah Marshall, Veryan Weston
Tommy Meier Root Down, Schl8hof, Wels
Trixa Arnold, Fredi Flukiger, Chris Jager, Marco Kappeli, Herbert Kramis, Peter Landis, Andi Marti, Tommy Meier, Marco von Orelli, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Peter Scharli, Jan Schlegel, Irene Schweitzer, Co Streiff, Stephan Thelen
Wilbert de Joode & Christine Sehnaoui & Le Quan Ninh, Stadtgalerie, Wels
Wilbert de Joode, Le Quan Ninh, Christine Sehnaoui

November 08, 2008
Susanna Gartmayer & Christine Sehnaoui, Im Pavillon, Wels
Susanna Gartmayer, Christine Sehnaoui
Fire Room, Schl8hof, Wels
Lasse Marhaug, Paal Nilssen-Love, Ken Vandermark
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests, Schl8hof, Wels
Melaku Belay, Joost Buis, Xavier Charles, Andy Ex, Jos Ex, Katherina Ex, Terrie Ex, Colin Maclean, Getatchew Mekuria, Brodie West
Gross-Charles-Hautzinger-Marchetti, Schl8hof, Wels
Xavier Charles, Jean-Philippe Gross, Franz Hautzinger, Lionel Marchetti
High Birds, Schl8hof, Wels
Paul Dunmall, Rozemarie Heggen, Hilary Jeffery, Alan Purves
Kackala, Schl8hof, Wels
Hilary Binder, Eva Kubesova, Katerina Kubesova, Stacey Rubin, Lexa Walsh
Volcanic Arcs, Stadtgaler, Wels
Lasse Marhaug

November 07, 2008
El Infierno Infernal, Schl8hof, Wels
Martin Brandlmayr, Christof Kurzmann, Eva Reiter, Clayton Thomas, Ken Vandermark
Etenesh Wassie & Le Tigre De Platanes, Schl8hof, Wels
Marc Demereau, Fabien Duscombs, Piero Pepin, Mathieu Sourisseau, Etenesh Wassie
Subshrubs, Schl8hof, Wels
Angelica Castello, Katharina Klement, Maja Osojnik, Billy Roisz
Tribute To Albert Ayler, Schl8hof, Wels
Roy Campbell, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Warren Smith

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