Music and More Reviews

From Music and More:

Friday, September 18, 2009
John Abercrombie – Wait Till You See Her (ECM, 2009)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble – Eternal Interlude (Sunnyside, 2009)

Monday, September 14, 2009
Henry Threadgill – This Brings Us To, Vol. 1 (Pi Recordings, 2009)

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Sunday, August 2, 2009
Steve Lehman Octet – Travail, Transformation, And Flow (Pi Recordings, 2009) ***½

Saturday, August 1, 2009
Mêlée + Joe Morris – Cloud Atlas Quartet (Brokenresearch, 2009) ****½

Friday, July 31, 2009
Torben Snekkestad – Conic Folded (Ilk, 2009) ****

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Nick Howell & Collin Thomas – Floor Fifty (Self Published, 2009) ***½

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Julian F. Thayer – The Door Is Open (KSJazz, 2009) ****½

Monday, July 27, 2009
Joe Morris – Wildlife (AUM Fidelity, 2009) ****

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

10-Jun-09 Sun Ra
Sun Ra (featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold) (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

10-Jun-09 Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy
Spirit Moves (Greenleaf Music)
Reviewed by Martin Longley

09-Jun-09 Steve Lehman Octet
Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi Recordings)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

08-Jun-09 Tyft
Smell The Difference (Skirl Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

07-Jun-09 Joelle Leandre / William Parker
Live At Dunois (Leo Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

06-Jun-09 Rashied Ali
Rashied Ali: Meditations, Live in Europe and Art-Work
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

06-Jun-09 Multiple Artists
Solo Septuagenarian/Octogenerian Piano: Abdullah Ibrahim, Ran Blake, Paul Bley & Martial Solal
Reviewed by Ken Dryden

06-Jun-09 Sun Ra
Sun Ra
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

06-Jun-09 Steve Swell
Steve Swell: Magical Listening Hour & Planet Dream
Reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

06-Jun-09 Peter Brötzmann
Peter Brötzmann – Sweet Sweat & The Brain of the Dog in Section
Reviewed by Ted Gordon

06-Jun-09 Multiple Artists
Bass Clarinetists: Rudi Mahall, Matt Lavelle & Jacques Foschia
Reviewed by Fred Bouchard

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KFJC Reviews

From KFJC:

Mazurek, Rob Quintet – “Sound Is” – [Delmark]

The album “Sound Is” is aptly named because the tracks are not so much tunes but more a wash of sound. Cornet player, keyboardist, and composer Rob Mazurek now lives in Brazil, but was in his native Chicago to record with these excellent musician friends. I was especially impressed by Jason Adasiewicz’s vibraphone – he strikes me as a most interesting contemporary player of this instrument.

Wilkes, Corey & Abstrakt Pulse – “Cries From Tha Ghetto” – [Pi Recordings]

Wide variety of sounds from the exceptional young jazz trumpeter Corey Wilkes. This CD features new and original takes for everything from hard bop to straight ahead. Four very short tracks called Abstrakt feature members of the ensemble in free improvisation. Particularly fine work from guitarist Scott Hesse and Kevin Nabors on tenor sax.

Akritas – “First Drop of My Life, The/Pan” – [Anazitisi Records]

Bundled with the “Akritas” 12? comes this one and only 7? 1973 single of “The First Drop of My Life’ and “Pan” from Greek band Akritas. Stavros Logarides does vocals, guitar, and bass, Giorgos Tsoupakis is on drums, and Aris Tasoulis is on organ for “First Drop” and piano for “Pan.” After a mellow and somewhat mournful beginning, “First Drop” picks up with a chorus and jazzy outro. “Pan” is my preferred track, with its quick-tempo piano and chorus at the beginning, and Logarides’ distinctive voice and guitar closing out the song. The lyrics may be in Greek, but the progressive rock on this offering has a universal appeal.

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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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Vijay Iyer News

Vijay Iyer
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The latest from Vijay Iyer:

JazzMix Festival presents Fieldwork
Nov 24 at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., NYC, 7:30pm

The collective trio FIELDWORK (Vijay Iyer, piano/compositions; Steve Lehman, alto saxophone/compositions; Tyshawn Sorey, drums/compositions) makes its first NYC appearance since June, as part of the ongoing JazzMix Festival. The performance is at the new-ish, large-ish venue Le Poisson Rouge, a lovely spot in the former home of the legendary Village Gate (158 Bleecker btwn Thompson & Sullivan, NYC; ONE SET ONLY at 7:30pm sharp). The concert will be filmed for broadcast by the European music television channel, MEZZO. We’ll be playing material from our CD Door, released last spring on Pi Recordings. Come join us and get on TV!
http://fieldworktheband.com
http://lepoissonrouge.com
http://jazzmix.org

* I was interviewed by Ted Panken for Jazz.com about my favorite Andrew Hill recordings:
http://forums.jazz.com/forums/18/topics/417

* Paper magazine asked me what books I’m reading:
http://www.papermag.com/blogs/2008/11/whos_reading_what_david_wain_d.php#more

* Time Out New York asked Talib Kweli, Santogold, Danny Hoch, Judith Jamison, myself, and several others some vague questions about diversity, or lack thereof (in response to this issue and its aftereffects).
http://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/essential-nyc/68619/new-york-is-all-about-diversity-right/

* We recently recorded two discs: one with Tirtha [see http://myspace.com/tirthatheband ], and another featuring the new quintet and the ongoing trio. Watch for both releases in 2009.

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