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).
Chicago Now announces free (in both senses of the word) jazz shows from Rudresh Mahanthappa (tonight) and Fred Anderson (August 20), among others, in Chicago.
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.
Rudresh Mahanthappa write a guest post on Destination Out about Indian Music.
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)