David S. Ware Update

The Chicago Reader discusses Ware’s recent release as well as his kidney operation.

In January powerhouse saxophonist David S. Ware released Shakti (Aum Fidelity), his 23rd album as a bandleader, recorded in May 2008 following a European tour. It was his first new studio disc since 2003, and on it he debuted a superb group with guitarist Joe Morris, drummer Warren Smith, and longtime bassist William Parker. Though Ware’s muscular tone and rigorous style of post-Sonny Rollins motific exploration remained intact, the band as a whole sounded markedly different than the quartet he’d led for the previous 17 years.

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Upcoming Detroit Area Shows

From the Bohemian National Home in Exile:

Sat. March 14th: Jeff Marx Quartet at 2739 Edwin
Detroit native Jeff Marx was inspired to dedicate himself to the saxophone after seeing fellow Detroiter Sonny Stitt as a child. He paid some dues here before relocating to the Bay Area, New York and most recently Chicago. Jeff excells in both traditional and contemporary approaches to his playing, always with a deep tenor sounds that is reminiscent of greats like Sonny Rollins and Gene Ammons. The rest if this quartet consists of Detroit musicians: Marko Novachcoff- winds, Kurt Prisbe- drums, Joel Peterson- doublebass. Doors at 8 pm; $5-10.

Mon. March 16: Frank Gratkowski at 2739 Edwin
Born in Hamburg, Frank Gratkowski is an alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute player who is one of the most noted members of Europe’s improvising avant garde. He has highly developed extended technique that defies the limitations traditionally accepted on his instruments. He has worked with many of Europe and America’s most important musicians, including Fred von Hove, Hamid Drake, Wolter Wierbos, Mal Waldron, Peter Brotzmann, John Lindberg, Muhal Abrams, Greg Osby, Ken Vandermark and many others. It’s been a few years since he’s been in town and we’re excited to be presenting Frank.

4/10 Taylor Ho Bynum/Thomas Fujiwara Duo

5/5 Peter Brotzmann Duo
5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex, Massimo Pupillo of ZU and Paal Nilssen Love)
5/17 BoxDeserter Trio (Thollem McDonas, Skeeter Shelton, Joel Peterson) at DIA
5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh

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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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Bagatellen Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith
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From Bagatellen:

Joe Maneri/Peter Dolger – Peace Concert
Duets between saxophonists and drummers are an important part of recorded improvisation, a distillation of action to breath and rhythm. The list is long, beginning in recorded jazz with the Sonny Rollins and Philly Jones duo reading of “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” for Blue Note and carrying on through such […]

Wadada Leo Smith – Procession of the Great Ancestry
Trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith’s second of two dates for Nessa Records is a true embodiment of the AACM Great Black Music aesthetic.Procession of the Great Ancestry is a very mature record, Smith’s concept of rhythm-units clearly defined, ripening aesthetically yet tied to a sense of history. By the early 1980s, Smith was resident in […]

Jana Winderen – Heated: Live in Japan
Many inventions have reflected an atavistic need to aid man in his destruction of the planet, which have then developed benign, civilian applications: Radar, Nuclear Power, perhaps even Jerry Springer. And this is certainly true of a beloved device of professional field recorders everywhere: The Hydrophone.
First used in […]

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Upcoming Detroit Area Shows

From the Bohemian Home in Exile Folks:

Tues., March 3rd: Gino Robair with Marko Novachcoff, Joel Peterson, Piotr Michalowski, Mike Khoury and James Cornish at Kerrytown Concert House
Percussionist Gino Robair is a founding member of Splatter Trio and Pink Mountain. His work spans several genres, including collaborations with Anthony Braxton, Tom Waits, Eugene Chadbourne, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, John Zorn, LaDonna Smith and John Butcher. Check out this combination of musical personalities in the intimate listening room of Kerrytown Concert House.

Sat. March 14th: Jeff Marx Quartet at 2739 Edwin
Detroit native Jeff Marx was inspired to dedicate himself to the saxophone after seeing fellow Detroiter Sonny Stitt as a child. He paid some dues here before relocating to the Bay Area, New York and most recently Chicago. Jeff excells in both traditional and contemporary approaches to his playing, always with a deep tenor sounds that is reminiscent of greats like Sonny Rollins and Gene Ammons. The rest if this quartet consists of Detroit musicians: Marko Novachcoff- winds, Kurt Prisbe- drums, Joel Peterson- doublebass. Doors at 8 pm; $5-10.

Mon. March 16: Frank Gratkowski
Born in Hamburg, Frank Gratkowski is an alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute player who is one of the most noted members of Europe’s improvising avant garde. He has highly developed extended technique that defies the limitations traditionally accepted on his instruments. He has worked with many of Europe and America’s most important musicians, including Fred von Hove, Hamid Drake, Wolter Wierbos, Mal Waldron, Peter Brotzmann, John Lindberg, Muhal Abrams, Greg Osby, Ken Vandermark and many others. It’s been a few years since he’s been in town and we’re excited to be presenting Frank.

Tues. March 31: Pilia-Alexander-Belfi Trio
This trio of two Italians and one American mix elements of primitivism and modernism, with the hypnotic power of drones as the common denominator. The group features Stefano Pilia (Bologna, Italy) on guitar, electronics; Jeffrey Alexander (Pittsburgh, USA) on guitar, tambura and electronics; and Andrea Belfi (Milano, Italy) on drums, percussion and electronics.

Pilia is a member of 3/4 Had Been Eliminated, Medves and SPQ; he’s also collaborated with Black Forest/Black Sea, Giuseppe Ielasi, Renato Rinaldi. Alexander is a member of Black Forest/Black Sea, the Iditarod and SPQ. He runs Secret Eye Records, an exciting label that grew from it’s predesessor, Magic Eye Records. Belfi performs as a soloist and with the group Medves.

NEW DATE: 5/5 Peter Brotzmann Duo
5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex, Massimo Pupillo of ZU and Paal Nilssen Love)
5/17 BoxDeserter Trio (Thollem McDonas, Skeeter Shelton, Joel Peterson) at DIA
5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh

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Coming to the Bohemian National Home

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From Detroit’s Bohemian National Home:

Friday Jan 23rd at 2739 Edwin Gallery: Han Bennink and Mary Oliver! plus Traum (hall/buetow/riggs)
Han Bennink returns to one of his favorite cities with his partner and Instant Composers Pool collaborator Mary Oliver on violin and viola. Two of the outstanding musicians of our time, Han and Mary can careen from swinging chamber jazz to the furthest reaches of free improv.

Han first came to notice as the young Dutch drummer of choice for Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and Eric Dolphy. Since the early 60’s, he has been a leading figure of the European avant garde, forming ICP with pianist Misha Mengelberg and performing with Peter Brotzmann, Fred Van Hove and Alexander von Schlippenbach. Over the last several decades, his amazing virtuosity has graced work by Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, Derek Bailey and Eugene Chadbourne.

Mary Oliver is a California native who attend Mills College. In addition to working with ICP and improvising greats like Evan Parker, George Lewis and Phil Minton, Mary has an impressive Classical/New Music career that has seen her debut works by Morton Feldman, John Cage and Iannis Xenakis.

Opening the night will be a set from chamber improvisers Traum: Ben Hall, Hans Buetow and Chris Riggs Come see these great musicians in one of the friendliest places in town. Loft music in Hamtramck!

2739 Edwin is located at 2739 Edwin! Doors at 8 pm; $10-20 suggested donation.

Coming soon:

In Feb: Jeff Marx Quartet

5/4 Peter Brotzmann Trio

5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex and Paal Nilssen Love)

DATE CORRECTION: 5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh

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2008 Village Voice Jazz Poll Winners

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The annual Village Voice poll is a great way to catch up on the year’s recommended listening. The top 25 are listen below.

1. Sonny Rollins Road Shows, Vol. 1 (Doxy/Emarcy) 208.5 points (29 ballots)

2. Rudresh Mahanthappa Kinsmen (Pi) 118.5 (16)

3. Charles Lloyd Rabo de Nube (ECM) 115 (18)

4. Vijay Iyer Tragicomic (Sunnyside) 68 (11)

5. Wadada Leo Smith Tabligh (Cuneiform) 67 (13)

6. Cassandra Wilson Loverly (Blue Note) 64.5 (12)

7. Joe Lovano Symphonica (Blue Note) 63 (10)

8. Donny McCaslin Recommended Tools (Greenleaf) 59.5 (9)

9. Bill Frisell History, Mystery (Nonesuch) 57.5 (9)

10. Guillermo Klein Filtros (Sunnyside) 56 (10)

11. Martial Solal Longitude (Cam Jazz) 54 (10)

12. Lionel Loueke Karibu (Blue Note) 54 (9)

13. James Moody & Hank Jones Our Delight (IPO) 54 (8)

14. David Murray & Mal Waldron Silence (Justin Time) 52.5 (7)

15. Bennie Maupin Early Reflections (Cryptogramophone) 50 (7)

16. William Parker Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity) 49 (10)

17. Dave Holland Pass It On (Dare2/Emarcy) 49 (9)

18. James Carter Present Tense (Emarcy) 48 (9)

19. McCoy Tyner Guitars (Half Note/McCoy Tyner Music) 46.5 (10)

20. Brian Blade Season of Changes (Verve) 45 (8)

21. Mary Halvorson Dragon’s Head< (Firehouse 12) 44 (8)

22. Dafnis Prieto Taking the Soul for a Walk (Dafnison) 44 (7)

23. Anat Cohen Notes From the Village (Anzic) 43 (7)

24. Mario Pavone Trio Arc (Playscape) 37 (5)

25. Carla Bley Appearing Nightly (WATT/ECM) 36.5 (7)

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

Tony Malaby Cello Trio
Warblepeck (Songlines Recordings)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

30-Oct-08 Vyacheslav Guyvoronsky
Caprichos (Leo Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

29-Oct-08 London Improvisers Orchestra
London Improvisers Orchestra and Angeli / Parker / Rothenberg: Hard times, fine music
Reviewed by John Eyles

29-Oct-08 Sonny Rollins
Road Shows Vol.1 (Doxy)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

29-Oct-08 Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet
Ancestors (Playscape Recordings)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

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