Jazz Listings From the New York Times

Cover of "On the Corner"
Cover of On the Corner


MILES DAVIS’S ON THE CORNER (Monday) Released in 1972, “On the Corner” was Miles Davis’s attempt to reconnect with a young African-American fan base. This tribute includes the saxophonist Dave Liebman, an alumnus of the original sessions, as well as a crew seemingly inclined to emphasize the album’s avant-garde undercurrents, including the pianist Karl Berger and the trumpeter Graham Haynes. At 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330,; $30; $20 for members. (Chinen)

ANGEL OV DEATH (Wednesday) If the name suggests a hardcore band rather than a jazz trio, relax; that’s precisely what its members want you to think. In fact, the group dynamic of the multireedist Andrew D’Angelo, the keyboardist Jamie Saft and the drummer Mike Pride is informed as much by post-bop protocols as by post-punk dynamics. At 9 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Third Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934,; no cover. (Nate Chinen)20090521

CONLY/ATTIAS/MCPHERSON (Monday) This exploratory trio features the collective efforts of the stalwart bassist Sean Conly, the inquisitive alto and baritone saxophonist Michaël Attias and the deftly propulsive drummer Eric McPherson. At 9:30 p.m., Royale, 506 Fifth Avenue, between 12th and 13th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 840-0089,; $5 suggested donation, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090521

KRIS DAVIS TRIO (Wednesday) In her piano playing as well as in her composing, Kris Davis favors a sparkling restlessness, often skirting chaos but rarely succumbing to it. This trio relies on her rapport with the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Tom Rainey. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, near Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762,; $5 suggested donation. (Chinen)20090521

MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO +3 (Sunday) Michael Musillami, a guitarist firmly entrenched in the contemporary avant-garde, celebrates the release of “From Seeds” (Playscape), an album featuring not only his working trio but also the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the multireedist Marty Ehrlich and the vibraphonist Matt Moran, who all regroup here. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090521

WADADA LEO SMITH/GRAHAM HAYNES (Saturday) Mr. Smith, a trumpeter, and Mr. Haynes, a cornetist, hail from different generations but share a fondness for textural tensions. In this double bill Mr. Smith leads his excellent Golden Quartet, with the pianist Vijay Iyer, the bassist John Lindberg and the drummer Pheeroan akLaff; Mr. Haynes works with Hardedge, an electronic sound designer. At 8:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $25 in advance; $30 day of show; $20 for members. (Chinen)20090521

JESSE STACKEN TRIO (Friday) On “That That” (Fresh Sound New Talent), a recent album, the pianist Jesse Stacken presents a program of original pieces showcasing his slippery rapport with the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Jeff Davis, who rejoin him here. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a $7 minimum. (Chinen)20090521

CECIL TAYLOR (Thursday) At 80, Mr. Taylor is an elder statesman by any measure, and his music has continued to bedazzle, growing more luminous but no less rigorous in recent years. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 475-8592,; $35 at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)20090521

NATE WOOLEY (Tuesday) Nate Wooley is a trumpeter who favors restlessness and tension; he works here with a smart ensemble featuring Josh Sinton on bass clarinet, Matt Moran on vibraphone, John Hebert on bass and Harris Eisenstadt on drums. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10.

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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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Performances Releases

Cuneiform Artist News: Part VI

Roswell Rudd at Jazzfestival Frankfurt
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From Cuneiform Records:

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Revolutionary News – September 2008


Revolutionary Snake Ensemble’s 2nd CD Forked Tongue was released in May to resounding critical and radio acclaim. The disc was on the CMJ North American jazz top 20 chart for 2 months, peaking at #11, and has enjoyed a remarkable run of great reviews. In addition to extensive Canadian and American press and radio, the CD has been the subject of reviews, feature articles, and interviews so far in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, and elsewhere.

Recent performances have included the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), the Providence Sound Session, and the Sterling Stage Last Daze of Summer festival near Syracuse.


Sunday, October 26, 2008 (3pm):
Brooklyn Botanic Garden annual Halloween bash
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, October 26, 2008 (7-9pm):
Barbes, 376 9th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, October 11, 2009
Roswell Museum & Art Center annual outdoor party
Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell Rudd

Roswell Rudd’as TROMBONE TRIBE will perform at the Lake George Jazz Festival on Sept. 13th

Roswell Rudd’s QUARTET will perform at the Princeton Arts Council on October 30th and at the Korean Cultural Center in NYC on Ocgtober 31st

Roswell Rudd’s TROMBONE TRIBE will perform at the Berlin Jazz Festival on November 8th and at the Bin Huis on November 9th

Upsilon Acrux

As of today we are in the midst of recording our latest for Cuneiform, it’s tentatively called “Radian Futura” and will feature a song that’s very close to 30 minutes long among other things. That has already been recorded and sounds really fucking good to me. Better at this stage than any other recordings we’ve done. This recording is being done at Infrasonic in Alhambra, CA like the last one but this time Pete is engineering it. This album should be out in May ’09.

We have one more show before we take a long hiatus… Oct 4th, Eagle Rock Music Festival, it’s free and there are a lot of good bands playing, I think we go on at 7:30pm so if there are any of those Cuneiform people in LA, I’ve not met any? Strange??

We are definitely coming to Europe in 2009, most likely May so anyone w/ a festival that needs something different and will pay, we are available. Bands in Europe that want to do shows together or tour a country together, get in touch!!!!


1) We made a very nice and positive tour last April in Eastern Europe (11 concerts in Czech Republic, Slovakia, but also Austria and Italy).

2) The group just decided some days ago to work on a new “composed” program (after our improvised tour of April 2008)

3) Our upcoming concerts will be in France :

-February 22nd “Festival de Chabeuil” (Chabeuil/Drôme).

-May 31st Festival “Sons Dessus Dessous” (Vaucluse)

Some more concerts are on the point to be fixed this coming season (like 1 in Rennes for the 20th anniversary of the french label In-Poly-Sons).

4) Volapük is seriously thinking to record a new album. It should be done in the nex year, we hope…

5) Volapük will appear soon on a compilation realised in Eindhoven (The “Stichting Jazz Power” of Eindhoven is doing this compilation for its 30th anniversary).The piece who will appear on this compilation was recorded in 1999 at the Wilhelmina Café in Eindhoven, called “Rondo” and never edited before.


The band hopes to be able to release (at last) its last recording : “Machines” before 2009. If not, it will be released for sure in 2009. For any inquiry about this release, and about booking and upcoming concert or simply for saying that you love them, please contact the band via its Myspace or Youtube (the band is currently looking for dates anywhere in Europe from March), there is a new live performance video there.

Frédéric L’Epée is founding a new band in Paris. The line up is 2 guitars, 1 saz (turkish lute), accordion, percussions, and maybe a brass instrument.
He has completed the composition of a new piece for electric guitar and accordion : “The end of the dream ( 3rd duo)”, ordered by the duo Jörgen Brilling and Uwe Mahnken. The musicians begin rehearsals now. The first performance is planned for April 2009.

Laurent James is currently rehearsing with the new line up of Lord of Mushrooms (prog-metal), preparing a China tour in October.

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