Jazz Listings From The NY Times


GRAY-ESKELIN-BALLOU-FORMANEK (Saturday) In the early set of this left-of-center performance, at 8 p.m., the pianist Frank Carlberg engages with the rhythm section of Michael Formanek on bass and Devin Gray on drums. Then at 9, the same rhythm section backs a front line consisting of the saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and the trumpeter Dave Ballou. Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn ,; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)20090730

? ETHAN IVERSON, REID ANDERSON, PAUL MOTIAN (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Iverson, an acutely contemporary pianist, and Mr. Anderson, a warmly decisive bassist, make up two-thirds of the Bad Plus. Their output here — with the master drummer Paul Motian, a slippery influence on both — should suggest a similar full-tilt musical engagement, but perhaps with less steely certainty and more unanswerable questions. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037,; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20090730

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, in a free lunchtime concert, with expert help: the guitarist Lage Lund, the bassist Hans Glawischnig and the drummer Adam Cruz. From 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Plaza at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Lexington Avenue at 54th Street , (212) 935-2200,; free. (Chinen)20090730

? MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING (Sunday) Led by the bassist Moppa Elliott, this prankishly named free-bop quartet has a fairly serious recent record called “This Is Our Moosic” (Hot Cup), featuring impressive contributions from the trumpeter Peter Evans and the alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon. The group appears here as part of the Freestyle Music Series; its 8:30 p.m. set arrives sandwiched between an equally boisterous free-jazz collective (at 7) and a band called Attention Screen (at 10). Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 228-9874,; $5. (Chinen)20090730

? NED ROTHENBERG’S SYNC/HARRIS EISENSTADT’S WOODBLOCK PRINTS (Friday) Ned Rothenberg is a saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist and composer with a penchant for insistent frictions. He appears here with Sync, his East-Asian-inspired ensemble with Jerome Harris on acoustic bass guitar and Samir Chatterjee on hand percussion. Sharing the bill is a chamberlike group called Woodblock Prints, a nonet led by the drummer Harris Eisenstadt that also includes Mr. Rothenberg and Mr. Harris. At 8 p.m., Drom, 85 Avenue A, at Fifth Street, East Village , (212) 777-1157,; $10 in advance; $12 at the door. (Chinen)20090730

? JENNY SCHEINMAN’S MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM (Tuesday) Ms. Scheinman often goes for rustic charm as a violinist, but she never ceases to be an adventurous improviser. Her partners in this enticingly named band, first formed a couple of years ago, are the engagingly prickly guitarist Nels Cline, the stalwart bassist Matt Penman and the polymorphically propulsive drummer Jim Black. At 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474,; $15 in advance; $17 at the door. (Chinen)20090730

SIM FACULTY CONCERT (Wednesday) The School for Improvised Music is a nonprofit enterprise in which the instructors are adventurous and communicative musicians. Among them are this concert’s featured guests: the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the pianist Andy Milne, the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063,; $15; $10 for members and students. (Chinen)20090730

SKM TRIO (Friday) With an acronym derived from the first names of its members, this collective features smart musicians comfortable with free improvisation: the saxophonist Stephen Gauci, the pianist Kris Davis and the bassist Michael Bisio. At 8 p.m., 5C Cultural Center, 68 Avenue C, at East Fifth Street, East Village , (212) 477-5993,; cover, $10, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)20090730

? TRIO 3 WITH GERI ALLEN (Wednesday and Thursday) Never mind the redundancy in the title, or the fact that this avant-garde collective actually works here as a quartet. The alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are battle-ready teammates; they stand only to gain from the addition of the pianist Geri Allen, as they recently proved on an album called “At This Time” (Intakt). (Through Aug. 8.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080,; $30 for general admission; $40 for premium seating; and a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

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Performances Reviews

Tweaking the Familiar and the Unfamiliar at Village Vanguard

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From, a review of Iverson / Anderson / Motian.

The pianist Ethan Iverson and the bassist Reid Anderson make up two-thirds of the Bad Plus, which resembles a jazz piano trio but functions, broadly and stubbornly, as a band. There is no substitution clause in the group’s playbook: take away one member, and it isn’t the Bad Plus. Such is the case this week at the Village Vanguard, where Mr. Iverson and Mr. Anderson are working without their steadfast partner, the drummer David King.

Intriguingly, the third name on the bill instead is Paul Motian, a master colorist whose influence on the Bad Plus runs quiet but deep. He’s a different animal than Mr. King: less eruptive but more enigmatic, with a truer fondness for ungainliness. At the same time, he represents an ideal of willful abstraction that Mr. King, as much as his bandmates, has taken fully to heart. Before this week, he had played separately with Mr. Iverson and Mr. Anderson, but never both together, so their first set on Tuesday had an air of inquiry.

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

22-Nov-08 Shakers N’ Bakers
YFZ (Yearning For Zion) (Little (i) Music)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

22-Nov-08 Globe Unity Orchestra
Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity – 40 Years (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

22-Nov-08 Pete M. Wyer
Stories from the City at Night (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

22-Nov-08 Eivind Opsvik
Eivind Opsvik: Overseas III; Koptor & This That
Reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

22-Nov-08 Mark Dresser
Mark Dresser: The Beautiful Enabler & Point of Contact
Reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

22-Nov-08 Paul Motian
Paul Motian: Voices and Portrait in Jazz
Reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

21-Nov-08 Charles Gayle Trio
Forgiveness (Not Two Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

20-Nov-08 Michael Dessen Trio
Between Shadow and Space (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Greg Camphire

20-Nov-08 Daniel Levin Trio
Fuhuffah (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

20-Nov-08 Paul Bley Quintet
Barrage (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

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