Today is the official street date for The Whole Tree Gone, pianist/composer Myra Melford’s Firehouse 12 Records debut.
Her first recording as a bandleader since 2006, and second with her longstanding ensemble, Be Bread, The Whole Tree Gone documents the latest evolution of eight original compositions she has been performing with this and other groups for the past five years.
“Melford’s compositions for an obviously inspired sextet comprising trumpet (Cuong Vu), clarinet (Ben Goldberg), guitar (Brandon Ross), acoustic bass guitar (Stomu Takeishi) and drums (Matt Wilson) are works of fine art,” writes saxophonist and jazz critic, Chris Kelsey, “and her piano playing gains more depth with every passing year. Wonderful music.”
From New York’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:
Start: 08/31/2009 – 7:30pm
End: 08/31/2009 – 10:00pm
MONDAY, AUGUST 31
7:30PM – Rob Brown/Gerald Cleaver: Rob Brown (alto sax), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
9PM – Ned Rothenberg Group: Ned Rothenberg (alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, shakuhachi), Ibrahim Maalouf (trumpet), Brahim Fribgane (oud), Stomu Takeishi (percussion)
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Cryptogramophone artists will be featured at Cryptonights in Oakland and LA.
March 27-28 at REDCAT in L.A., CA
Fri March 27 – 8:30 PM:
Alex Cline Continuation Quintet
Myra Melford and Be Bread
Sat March 28 – 8:30 PM:
The Jeff Gauthier Goatette
The Nels Cline Singers
Cryptogramophone Records presents four evenings of creative jazz featuring guitarist Nels Cline, violinist Jeff Gauthier, pianist Myra Melford, and drummer-percussionist Alex Cline, each leading their own ensembles.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 25 & FRIDAY MARCH 27
Drummer/percussionist Alex Cline celebrates the release of his new CD “Continuation” with his Continuation Quintet featuring Myra Melford on piano, Jeff Gauthier on violin, Maggie Parkins on cello, and Scott Walton on bass. Cline’s music combines subtle and breathtaking shifts in timbre, texture and mood to create compositions of transcendental beauty.
Myra Melford presents her band Be Bread, featuring trumpeter Cuong Vu, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, bassist Stomu Takeishi, and drummer Matt Wilson. Melford is one of the most influential women in jazz, and her colorful music reflects both years on the Downtown Scene, as well as extensive study in India.
THURSDAY MARCH 26 & SATURDAY MARCH 28
The evening opens with violinist Jeff Gauthier’s Goatette with Nels Cline on guitar, Alex Cline on drums, David Witham on piano, and Joel Hamilton on bass. BBCi says “Gauthier and his group show how it should be done, rooting themselves solidly in the jazz tradition while at the same time extending and revitalizing it.”
Guitarist Nels Cline who has worked with everyone from Charlie Haden and Thurston Moore to his current gig with Wilco, presents The Nels Cline Singers featuring Devin Hoff on bass and Scott Amendola on drums. Nels will be celebrating the release of his new solo CD “Coward.”
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October 02, 2008
Concert Introduction, Roulette
Muhal Richard Abrams
Henry Threadgill‘s Zooid Talujon Percussion Quartet, Roulette
Jose Davila, Dominic Donato, Liberty Ellman, Elliot Humberto Kavee, Michael Lipsey, Stomu Takeishi, Henry Threadgill, Matt Ward
Myra Melford Quartet, Roulette
Harris Eisenstadt, Mary Halvorson, Myra Melford, Matana Roberts