Firehouse 12 To Present Mauger October 2nd

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, October 2nd, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the third event in its ongoing fifth anniversary Fall Jazz Series, a two-set performance by the all-star trio, Mauger. The group brings together acclaimed saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the “Rising Star Jazz Artist” category in this year’s DownBeat Critics’ Poll, with veteran master musicians, and former Anthony Braxton Quartet members, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Gerry Hemingway. Mauger will be performing music from its 2008 debut, The Beautiful Enabler (Clean Feed).

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Bagatellen Reviews

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From Bagatellen:

Aki Takase & Rudi Mahall – Evergreen

In its formative years, free jazz was, in part, an oppositional movement away from canonized jazz standards. The same tradition-bucking largely holds true today with many players avoiding embrace of the so-called Great American Songbook altogether in favor of other building blocks. The upshot is the recurring accusation that they couldn’t play them […]

Rudresh Mahanthappa – Kinsmen

Rubbing collaborative elbows with one’s influences can be a transformative experience for any artist. Sonny Rollins seized just such opportunity in his friendly donnybrook with Coleman Hawkins for RCA. Mingus almost botched his with Ellington on the sow’s-ear-into-silk-purse Money Jungle session. Flash forward to present day and it’s altoist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s turn […]

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: A Passage to India

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Mahanthappa is profiled in the New Yorker.

Jazz musicians have two fundamental goals: creating music that keeps listeners wondering what’s next, and finding a novel context within which to explore old truths. (There are no new truths.) Whenever a musician achieves this synthesis, usually after years of apprenticeship and exploration, a rumble echoes through the jazz world. Such a rumble was heard last fall, when the thirty-seven-year-old alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa released an astonishing album, “Kinsmen,” on a small New York-based label (Pi), quickly followed by another no less astonishing, “Apti,” on a small Minnesota-based label (Innova). The breakthrough had been a long time coming, and, curiously enough, it justifies ethnic assumptions that Mahanthappa had for much of his career been working to escape.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Flow Trio – Rejuvenation (ESP, 2009) ****

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
David S. Ware – Shakti (AUM Fidelity, 2009) ****½

Monday, January 19, 2009
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Apti (Innova, 2008) ****

Sunday, January 18, 2009
Erik Truffaz – Benares (EMI, 2008) ****

Saturday, January 17, 2009
Dennis González & Faruk Z. Bey – Hymn For Tomasz Stanko (Qbico, 2009) *****

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AMN Picks of the Week

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.

Joseph Jarman / Don Moye – Earth Passage – Density (1981, free jazz)
Saft – Thirteen (2008, experimental)
George Lewis – Shadowgraph (1979, experimental)
Revolutionary Ensemble – 164 = 11TC, etc. (Recorded Live at Moosham Castle) (1977, free jazz)
Lester Bowie – The 5th Power (1978, free jazz)
George Cartwright – Send Help (2008, modern jazz / blues)
Eve Risser / Rafel Mazur – Elan Vital (2008, improv)
Joan Jeanrenaud – Metamorphosis (2002, modern classical)
The Guayaveras – The Guayaveras (2004, experimental)
Rudresh Mahanthappa / Indo-Pak Coalition – Apti (2009, jazz / world)
Chas Smith – Nakadai (2009, electronic)
Frank Lowe – Black Beings (1973, free jazz)
Bar Kokhba – Lucifer: Book of Angels, Volume 10 (2008, jazz / world)

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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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