Performances Reviews

Henry Grimes, Paul Dunmall & Andrew Cyrille: The Profound Sound Trio at the Vortex, London

A review from All About Jazz:

A buzz of anticipation gripped a full house at the Vortex for the London debut of the Profound Sound Trio—a collective of British reedman Paul Dunmall and a heavyweight rhythm section of Andrew Cyrille on drums and Henry Grimes on bass. Their genesis as a trio came in 2006 when Grimes traveled to England and linked up with Dunmall on the recommendation of sometime AAJ writer, Marc Medwin. Upon recognising kindred spirits, they extended their collaboration, adding Cyrille for an appearance at New York City’s prestigious Vision Festival in 2008. Such was the success of that occasion that it spawned the release of the concert recording as Opus de Life (Porter Records, 2008) and a subsequent appearance later that year at the Cheltenham Festival. In recognition that further exploration of the fertile possibilities inherent in the collective was merited, Birmingham Jazz organized a UK tour of which this was the third night of seven.

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Vision Festival 2009 Review

William Parker
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All About Jazz is publishing a seven-part review of the festival.

New York City’s annual Vision Festival is a unique showcase for avant jazz in such profusion and diversity that it attracts a returning audience from across the US and indeed the globe. At a time when other outlets for the music are closing or moving out of Manhattan, the Vision Festival has cemented its place in the calendar as a reliable must-see event for hometown fans too, with some 37 performances concentrated into seven nights.

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Perspective on Vision Festival XIV

Vision Festival
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Lyn Horton reviews the recent Vision Festival.

Response to the Vision Festival, held in NYC for the past fourteen years, resists prosaic declarations and superlatives. Rather the Festival inspires poetry because the senses are stimulated beyond simple sentences; it is a cultural event that includes visual art, dance and music. In the words of William Parker: “There is nothing not to enjoy.”

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June 19, 2009
Alex Chechile Solo, IBeam
Alex Chechile
Cymerman-Sinton-Bauder Clarinet Trio, IBeam
Matt Bauder, Jeremiah Cymerman, Josh Sinton
Harris Eisenstadt & Ellery Eskellin Duo, IBeam
Harris Eisenstadt, Ellery Eskelin

June 18, 2009
Kris Davis Trio, Tea Lounge
Kris Davis, Mary Halvorson, Ches Smith

June 16, 2009
Arve Henriksen with Jan Bang, Le Poisson Rouge
Jan Bang, Arve Henriksen
Nils Petter Molvaer Trio with Audun Kleive & Eivind Aarset, Le Poisson Rouge
Eivind Aarset, Audun Kleive, Nils Petter Molvaer

June 14, 2009
At the Vision Festival 14, Abrons Art Center
Fred Anderson, Lewis Barnes, Jacques Bisceglia, Peter Brotzmann, Rob Brown, Steve Dalachinsky, Stefania Errore, Daniel Levin, Joe McPhee, Patricia Nicholson, William Parker, Marino Pliakas, Steve Swell, Michael Wertmueller
Fred Anderson Trio, Abrons Art Center
Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, William Parker
Full Blast, Abrons Art Center
Peter Brotzmann, Marino Pliakas, Michael Wertmueller
Michele Rosewoman and Quintessence plus Guests, Abrons Art Center
Vincent Gardner, Brad Jones, Richard Padron, Michele Rosewoman, Tyshawn Sorey, Loren Stillman, Jacob Yoffee
Planet Dream, Abrons Art Center
Rob Brown, Daniel Levin, Steve Swell
Yamamoto-Dickey-Carter, Abrons Art Center
Daniel Carter, Whit Dickey, Eri Yamamoto

June 12, 2009
The Second Approach Trio with Roswell Rudd, IBeam
Igor Ivanushkin, Tatiana Komova, Andrei Razin, Roswell Rudd

June 11, 2009
Urs Leimgruber with Peter Evans & Okkyung Lee, Roulette
Peter Evans, Okkyung Lee, Urs Leimgruber

June 10, 2009
Wibutee, Nublu
Rune Brondbo, Wetle Holte, Hakon Kornstad
Burning Genitals, The Stone
Bobby Previte, Mike Pride, Jamie Saft

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Marshall Allen: A Universe of Achievement

Marshall Allen
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Marshall Allen writes about his recent honors.

It feels good to be receiving this Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vision Festival this month. Whenever somebody achieves something worthy, it’s great to be recognized for it. The musicians who have received this award in the past include people that I have performed with, know and respect. I have received things like this before, like the Bluebird Award in Germany and some honorary mentions, but this award means a lot.

The years have gone by so fast. It seems like yesterday when I first joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958. It is amazing that 51 years have passed. When I stop and think about it, it is like… Damn!

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Vision Festival Reviews

Reviews keep rolling in for the ongoing Vision Festival, including new ones from Time Out NY and the NY Times.

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Brotzmann / Pliakas / Wertmuller on Tour

From Marino Pliakas:

Peter Brotzmann (GER), Reeds
Marino Pliakas (CH), E-Bass
Michael Wertmueller (CH), Drums

June 9 – Pittsburgh, PA : New Hazlett Theater,
June 10 – Baltimore, MD: The Windup Space,
June 11 – Washington, DC: Velvet Lounge,
June 12 – St.Louis, MO: LEMP Arts Center,
June 13 – Chicago, IL: Empty Bottle,
June 14 – New York, NYC: Vision Festival, Abrons Art Center – 466 Grand Street,

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Sunday, April 5, 2009
Cécile Broché & Etienne Bouyer Duo (Igloo, 2008) ***½

Saturday, April 4, 2009
AlasNoAxis – Houseplant (Winter & Winter, 2009) ****

Friday, April 3, 2009
Michael Bisio Quartet – Live At The Vision Festival XII (Not Two, 2009) ****

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Vector Trio – Nomina (CDBaby, 2008) ****

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Vision Festival 2009

Marshall Allen
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This year’s Vision Festival is announced!

Vision Festival XIV !



Featuring performances by
Marshall Allen & the Sun Ra Arkestra ·
Fred Anderson · Billy Bang · Rob Brown · Roy Campbell · Ernest Dawkins · Douglas Ewart · Charles Gayle · Milford Graves · William Hooker · Jason Kao Hwang · Kidd Jordan · Joe McPhee · Butch Morris conduction · Joe Morris · Ras Moshe · Sunny Murray · Zim Nggawana · William Parker · Michelle Rosewoman · Matthew Shipp · Lisa Sokolov · David S Ware

Vision Festival XIV will present more than 50 events, including music and dance performances, poetry readings, film screenings, visual art projections and a beautiful site-specific installation by Jorgo Schäfer, all on two stages. Arts For Art will be hosting three panel discussions, open to the public, which will serve to engage dialogue on pertinent issues in today’s music industry and community.

This year’s festival will honor the lifetime achievement of Philadelphia jazz legend, Marshall Allen, leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, with a full night of performances on Wednesday, June 10th.

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2008 Vision Festival Photos From Lyn Horton

Our friend, Lyn Horton provides pics from last year’s Vision Festival.

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