Where Pat Metheny and Nachtmystium Overlap

Tomas Haake warming up before a Meshuggah gig ...
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From, a comparison of the similarities of jazz and metal.

Jazz stages and metal stages are places where a certain kind of experimentation happens: brainy and cabalistic, with a hint of a smile. Both increasingly depend on educated virtuosos. In both genres you can develop curious harmonic worlds, warp the tempos, brush against folkloric or conservatory music, play many notes very speedily and engage sturdy American grooves or a more studied system of fitting odd-number beats into even-number meters. Pat Metheny, jazz guitarist, meet Paul Masvidal of Cynic; Jeff (Tain) Watts, jazz drummer, meet Tomas Haake of Meshuggah. Both forms seem to have a neatly divided audience: maybe two-thirds respectfully fixated on the music’s past, one-third concerned about building paradigms for the future.

Both have become increasingly local and international at the same time; they depend on the scenes of certain communities — whether Brooklyn; Chicago; or Savannah, Ga. — but their audiences are everywhere. As of the late ’00s both have been the subject of serious academic conferences. And aside from a few tanklike, old-favorite examples — Metallica and Keith Jarrett, say — if you want to keep up with either, you have to listen to cuts on MySpace pages and go to gigs.

Jazz and metal are both diversifying at a fantastic rate, feeding on their old modes and languages, combining them and breaking them down. (In both, the fans have become more suspicious of genre heresy than the musicians.) An album by a typically ambitious ’00s metal group — like Baroness, Isis, Krallice or Nachtmystium — might put a dozen kinds of metal in a supercollider, as well as kinds that lie outside the genre, spewing them all out in complicated, episodic song structures. So too with some of the better current jazz groups, including Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life, Stefon Harris’s Blackout, Mostly Other People Do the Killing and the similarly named groups Bad Touch and the Bad Plus.

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Coming up at Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Saturday, October 3, 8pm
Steve Lehman, alto saxophone; Matt Brewer, bass; and Damion Reid, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

Named a Rising Star on the alto saxophone by the Downbeat Magazine International Critics Poll, Steve Lehman’s work resides on the frontiers of contemporary music. He has been recognized as one of today’s truly original creative voices by The Wire, The New York Times, National Public Radio and The BBC. A former student of both Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton, he has performed and recorded throughout the world with his own ensembles, and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Dave Burrell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Oliver Lake, and High Priest of Anti-Pop Consortium. For his only Philadelphia appearance in 2009, Lehman will present a set of his cutting-edge trio music, including selected compositions from his critically acclaimed Pi Recordings octet record, “Travail, Transformation & Flow”, meticulously re-arranged for the acoustic trio format.

Saturday, October 10, 8pm
Cuong Vu, trumpet; Stomu Takeishi, bass; and Ted Poor, drums

Yanni Papadopoulos, dg-20 Casio digital guitar; and Charles Cohen, Buchla
Music Easel

Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$10 General Admission

Vietnamese trumpeter Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing talents to a wide range of artists including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, SunnO))) and Cibo Matto. Since 1994, Cuong has been actively leading various groups, most notably his trio with Stomu Takeishi (Don Cherry, Henry Threadgill, Paul Motian) and Ted Poor (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jerseyband, Aaron Parks), which has toured extensively throughout the world. His most recent recordings as a leader include “It’s Mostly Residual” featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and “Vu-Tet” featuring Chris Speed. Each record displays how he has carved out a distinctive sonic territory on the trumpet while blurring all stylistic borders. This evening will also feature a rare appearance from Planet-Y – Buchla Music Easel master Charles Cohen and Stinking Lizaveta’s Yanni Papadopoulos, best described as “Subotnick meets Sun Ra meets Schnitzler.”

Tuesday, October 13, 8pm
Han Bennink, drums; Michael Moore, reeds; and Will Holshouser, accordion

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 100
$12 General Admission

Since the demise of the legendary and critically-acclaimed Trio Clusone – featuring Han Bennink, Michael Moore and Ernst Reijseger – in 1998, the jazz community has been anxiously awaiting a vehicle for composer Moore and the raucous Bennink to carry on with their peculiar melodic, harmonic and rambunctious work. Following a near decade-long search, Bennink and Moore,
both members of Misha Mengelberg’s Instant Composers Pool, found the ideal “third man” in Brooklyn-based accordionist Will Holshouser. Holshouser, a student of Anthony Braxton, has collaborated with Antony and the Johnsons, David Krakauer & Klezmer Madness, Maria Schneider and Regina Carter.

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Releases Reviews

Darius Jones Trio summons bluesy avant-jazz thunder

From Time Out New York:

It pleases us greatly to report that Jones has hooked up with Aum Fidelity, a local label that knows plenty about the horn man’s brand of gritty free jazz, for his debut as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), due out October 13. The disc teams Jones with two heavyweight improv elders, drummer Rakalam Bob Moses (Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Pat Metheny) and multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore. Check out a preview track below and hear the band live October 15 at Abrons Arts Center at an Aum-sponsored showcase that also features saxist David S. Ware and William Parker’s mammoth Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

25-May-09 Gary Burton / Pat Metheny / Steve Swallow / Antonio Sanchez
Quartet Live (Concord Music Group)
Reviewed by John Kelman

24-May-09 Corey Wilkes & Abstrakt Pulse
Cries From Tha Ghetto (Pi Recordings)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

23-May-09 Darcy James Argue
Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

23-May-09 Avram Fefer Trio
Ritual (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

Fight the Big Bull
Dying Will Be Easy (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

03-Nov-08 RIDD Quartet
Fiction Avalanche (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

03-Nov-08 Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky / Michael Griener
The Salmon (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

03-Nov-08 Harris Eisenstadt
Guewel (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

02-Nov-08 Pat Metheny & Anna Maria Jopek
Upojenie (Nonesuch Records)
Reviewed by Chris May

02-Nov-08 Pat Metheny w/ Dave Holland & Roy Haynes
Question and Answer (Nonesuch Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

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3rd Annual Umbrella Music Festival

Alexander von Schlippenbach, German jazz pianistImage via Wikipedia Coming soon to Chicago, the 3rd Annual Umbrella Music Festival:

Wednesday, November 5th at The Chicago Cultural Center

6:00 PM : Christian Weber Quartet Switzerland
6:45 PM : Elisabeth Harnik Group Austria
7:30 PM : Mikolaj Trzaska Trio Poland
8:15 PM : Schlippenbach/Lovens Duo Germany
9:00 PM : ZU Italy
10:00 PM : Braam/de Joode/Vatcher The Netherlands

Thursday, November 6th at The Velvet Lounge
9:00 PM : Rempis/Kessler/Vatcher
10:00 PM : Josh Berman Quintet
11:00 PM : Alexander von Schlippenbach Solo

Friday, November 7th at Elastic
9:00 PM : Harnik/Bauder/Roebke
10:00 PM : John Tchicai Solo
11:00 PM : Bik-Bent-Braam Chicago Version

Saturday, November 8th at The Hideout
9:00 PM : Trzaska/O Reilly/Weber/Fujiwara
10:00 PM : Tchicai/Drake Duo
11:00 PM : Douglas Ewart And Inventions

Sunday, November 9th at The Hungry Brain
9:00 PM : Baker/Williams/Sandstrom/Hunt
10:00 PM : Taylor Ho Bynum Quintet
11:00 PM : John Tchicai Septet

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