Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Michael Bisio, George Muscatello, Dean Sharp – Collar City Createology ****

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Bengt Berger & Kjell Westling – Spelar, Live In Stockholm 1977 (Country & Eastern, 1977, re-issue 2008) ***½

Monday, February 2, 2009
Matthew Shipp – Harmonic Disorder (Thirsty Ear, 2009) ****

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

From the Times:

MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO + 3 (Saturday) Michael Musillami, a guitarist firmly entrenched in the contemporary avant-garde, unveils material from a forthcoming release, featuring not only his working trio but also the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich and the vibraphonist Matt Moran. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum.

SEAN NOONAN (Monday) Mr. Noonan, a drummer and composer drawn to global fusions, celebrates the release of his new album, “Boxing Dreams” (Songlines), with some help from the guitarist Aram Bajakian and the bassist Tim Dahl. At 9:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 539-8778,; cover, $12 in advance; $15 at the door, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

EIVIND OPSVIK OVERSEAS (Sunday) Eivind Opsvik is a bassist with an experimental streak but also a deep connection to melody, as he demonstrates with this working band, which includes Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Jacob Sacks on keyboards and Kenny Wollesen on drums. At 9:30 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

PETE ROBBINS (Sunday and Thursday) Mr. Robbins, an alto saxophonist, works with two different groups in the coming week, each an outlet for his progressive whims. On Sunday he leads Silent Z, an electro-acoustic band that includes Jesse Neuman on trumpet and electronics, Mike Gamble on guitar, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. Then on Thursday he teams up with Mr. Sorey and the bassist Mario Pavone for a more freeform trio exchange. Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. Thursday at 8 p.m., Dakar Café, 285 Grand Street, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, (718) 398-8900,; suggested donation, $5. (Chinen)

MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO (Tuesday) “Harmonic Disorder” (Thirsty Ear), an intriguing new album by Matthew Shipp, puts his shape-shifting pianism in contact with a rhythm section consisting of Joe Morris on bass and Whit Dickey on drums. They’re regrouping here to celebrate the album’s release. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; cover, $20.

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

27-Jan-09 Henry Grimes / Rashied Ali
Going To The Ritual (Porter Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

27-Jan-09 Jon Hassell
Jon Hassell: Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street (ECM Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

27-Jan-09 Lars Horntveth
Kaleidoscopic (Smalltown Supersound)
Reviewed by John Kelman

27-Jan-09 Matthew Shipp
Harmonic Disorder (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

26-Jan-09 Dave Douglas
Dave Douglas’ Fetish Busting Greenleaf Digital Music Experience (Greenleaf Music)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

26-Jan-09 Flatlands Collective
Maatjes (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

25-Jan-09 Jurg Wickihalder/ Henriette Groth
Saxophone and Piano Duets: A Feeling For Someone and Du Fugl
Reviewed by John Sharpe

25-Jan-09 Ingrid Laubrock
Sleepthief (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

24-Jan-09 Darren Johnston
The Edge of the Forest (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

23-Jan-09 Matthew Shipp Trio
Harmonic Disorder (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

23-Jan-09 Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um (Legacy Recordings)
Reviewed by Matthew Miller

22-Jan-09 Ran Blake
Driftwoods (Tompkins Square)
Reviewed by Henry Smith

22-Jan-09 Mark O’Leary / Kenny Wollensen / Jamie Saft
The Synth Show (Leo Records)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

22-Jan-09 Millenial Territory Orchestra
We Are MTO (MOWO! Inc.)
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

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All About Jazz Reviews

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Lots of great stuff from All About Jazz today:

21-Jan-09 John Coltrane
John Coltrane: The Impulse! Albums – Volume Three (Impulse!)
Reviewed by Chris May

21-Jan-09 Matthew Shipp Trio
Harmonic Disorder (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

21-Jan-09 David S. Ware
Shakti (AUM Fidelity Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

21-Jan-09 Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Gunther Schuller: Journey Into Jazz (BMOP/sound)
Reviewed by Ted Gordon

20-Jan-09 Joe McPhee
Tomorrow Came Today (Smalltown Supersound)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

20-Jan-09 Gratkowski/Brown/Winant
Wake (Red Toucan Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

20-Jan-09 Angelica Sanchez
Life Between (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Robert Iannapollo

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New Matthew Shipp Coming Out on Thirsty Ear

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From Thirsty Ear Recordings:

Release Date: January 27th, 2009 CD

Matthew Shipp has reached the Holy Grail of jazz, in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument, and he’s one of the few that can claim such an achievement.

He has returned with his Piano Vortex trio (respectively, Whit Dickey on Drums, and Joe Morris on Bass), to deliver HARMONIC DISORDER- a new set of tracks, including two standards : There Will Never Be Another You” and “Someday My Prince Will Come”. The Disc hits shelves January 27, 2009.

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

22-Nov-08 Shakers N’ Bakers
YFZ (Yearning For Zion) (Little (i) Music)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

22-Nov-08 Globe Unity Orchestra
Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity – 40 Years (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

22-Nov-08 Pete M. Wyer
Stories from the City at Night (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

22-Nov-08 Eivind Opsvik
Eivind Opsvik: Overseas III; Koptor & This That
Reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

22-Nov-08 Mark Dresser
Mark Dresser: The Beautiful Enabler & Point of Contact
Reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

22-Nov-08 Paul Motian
Paul Motian: Voices and Portrait in Jazz
Reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

21-Nov-08 Charles Gayle Trio
Forgiveness (Not Two Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

20-Nov-08 Michael Dessen Trio
Between Shadow and Space (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Greg Camphire

20-Nov-08 Daniel Levin Trio
Fuhuffah (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

20-Nov-08 Paul Bley Quintet
Barrage (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

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Ten Questions with Jessica Pavone

From Glowing Realm:

Jessica Pavone is a Brooklyn based composer/string instrumentalist that has been constantly busy since 2000 writing and performing in a wide variety of projects. Whether in her duo with Mary Halvorson, in The Thirteenth Assembly, in any number of Anthony Braxton’s tone combinations, or leading her soul group The Pavones, Jessica always brings a strong and individual approach to composition and improvisation. She has several new albums in the works, including a new one with Mary on Thirsty Ear, The Thirteenth Assembly debut on Important Records, and the first Pavones album. She is also busy composing new string quartet music for an upcoming April performance at The Kitchen in NYC.

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