AMN Reviews: William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio – Bass Duo [Centering CENT1013]

There’s a subtle, but still substantial, challenge involved in improvising a duet in which both instruments are the same. The potential for redundancy and a monochromatic sound is an ever-present specter hovering nearby, which can only be avoided with discretion, technical mastery, and a sensitive touch. Fortunately—and by no means unexpectedly—all three qualities are abundant on this set of double bass duets featuring William Parker and the late Stefano Scodanibbio.

The five untitled pieces—which seem to have been separated from a continuous performance recorded in June 2008 in Udine, Italy—show the mostly parallel motion of two powerful and articulate voices, each complete in its own sphere but whose instances of convergence create moments of collaborative brilliance. The image that comes to mind is of two speakers of mutually comprehensible dialects of the same language, each of which is distinguished by differences of pronunciation and prosody. Some of these differences can be ascribed to differences in background. Scodanibbio was part of the modern classical tradition and played works by major avant-garde and modernist composers, some of which were written for him. Parker was and remains a vital figure in creative music, having played with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves and others in New York and elsewhere. But common to both is a language consisting in an expansive palette of timbres, which Parker and Scodanibbio have developed and structured in their own ways. Parker plays with an exuberance and coiled energy that find expression in denser textures and the explicit rhythms of several vamps and grooves he sets out—not least on the second piece, which moves in an eddy of sophisticated cross-rhythms. Scodanibbio generally favors a more dispersed, episodic sound based on harmonics, multiphonics and bow articulation, but he too spells out rhythms, often by bouncing the bow on the strings or by tapping complex patterns on the body of the bass. Both bassists are masters of sonic nuance and tonal shading; it’s a true pleasure to hear them as they converge and diverge in an elaborate timbral counterpoint.

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Daniel Barbiero

DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos

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From DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET:

October 10, 2009
Evan Parker Trio with William Parker & Matthew Shipp, The Stone
Steve Dalachinsky, Evan Parker, William Parker, Matthew Shipp

October 06, 2009
Evan Parker Duos & Trios with Sylvie Courvoisier & Ikue Mori, The Stone
Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori, Evan Parker

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

DJ Spooky
The Secret Song (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Peter Evans
Nature/Culture (Psi)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Acoustic Ladyland
Living With A Tiger (Strong And Wrong)
Reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Darius Jones
Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Eugene Lee
equilibrium (Pure Potentiality Records)
Reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Evan Parker
Evan Parker Solo 1975 & 1989
Reviewed by Martin Longley

New Jazz Composers Octet
The Turning Gate (Motema Music)
Reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Fred Frith
Fred Frith: To Sail, To Sail, Pas de Deux & The Big Picture/Still Urban
Reviewed by Marc Medwin

Harris Eisenstadt
Canada Day (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Eyal Maoz / Asaf Sirkis
Elementary Dialogues (Ayler Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Oliver Lake
Makin’ It (Passin’ Thru Records)
Reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Splinters
Split the Difference (Reel Recordings)
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

William Parker
William Parker: Live at the Sunset, In Transition, Live at Dunois, Double Sunrise over Neptune
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Gerry Hemingway
Gerry Hemingway Twofer: Less is More & Demon Chaser
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Multiple Artists
Globe Unity: Denmark
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

The Fonda/Stevens Group
Memphis (Playscape Recordings)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Upsilon Acrux
Radian Futura (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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Mat Maneri in Brooklyn

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.
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Mat Maneri has an upcoming show at Brooklyn’s Barbes:

October 8th

MAT MANERI & Friends. Mat Maneri is a violin and viola player, specifically derivatives such as the five-string viola, the electric six-string violin, and the baritone violin. He is the son of the saxophonist Joe Maneri. He has performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, Tim Berne, Mark Dresser, William Parker. He has released a number of albums of his trio and quartet on ECM. He will be joined by some of his friends.

8:00pm – MAT MANERI & RANDY PETERSON –
10:00pm – MAT MANERI QUARTET with with Randy Peterson – drums; Garth Stevenson – Bass and Craig Taborn – keyboard.

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Aum Fidelity Show in NY

From Aum Fidelity:

AUM Fidelity presents two world-renowned jazz masters and our extraordinarily gifted latest signing in a one-night-only showcase at the Abrons Arts Center main performance space – a beautiful, intimate and mighty comfortable 300+ seat theater in the heart of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We are very excited about this rare AUM live production and aim to sell the house out; we hope that you will be able to join us for this night of sure-to-be profoundly beautiful and transformative music.

8:00pm.. ….
DAVID S. WARE
Eminent saxophonist David S. Ware makes his triumphant return to the stage following his very successful kidney transplant in May. His latest studio recording, Shakti, was released to great acclaim in January. This year of 2009 also marks Ware’s 50th year of playing saxophone, having begun his remarkable journey into music very early on. He will be marking this doubly auspicious occasion by presenting a very special solo performance on tenor and two less well known members of the saxophone family: the saxello and the stritch. He will have a lot .to say though his horns on this night, people!

9:00pm……
DARIUS JONES TRIO
Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted young alto saxophonist & composer who has made great beauty of his time since arriving in NYC in 2005 from his native Virginia, playing with musicians from a wide variety of disciplines, and adding gravitas to all groups concerned. On this night, he will be celebrating the October 13 release of his debut album as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing). The performance will feature Darius Jones: alto sax, Cooper-Moore: piano & diddley-bo & Jason Nazary: drums.

10:00pm…
WILLIAM PARKER & THE LITTLE HUEY CREATIVE MUSIC ORCHESTRA
Bassist William Parker and his acclaimed Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, who make their first appearance in more than four years, will present the world premiere of a new Parker composition entitled, “Subsequent Illumination Inscriptions / Light Cottage” (for George Russell). The last Little Huey recording released on AUM Fidelity was Mayor of Punkville in 2000; a new release is scheduled for 2010. The full personnel of The L.H.C.M.O. 2009 for this performance is:
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Dave Sewelson: baritone sax
Dave Hofstra: tuba
Roy Campbell: trumpet
Lewis Barnes: trumpet
Willie Applewhite: trombone
Masahiko Kono: trombone
Jason Kao Hwang: violin
Sabir Mateen: tenor sax, alto sax, flute, clarinet, piccolo
Rob Brown: alto sax
Greg Ward: alto sax
Tony Malaby: tenor sax, soprano sax
Gerald Cleaver: drums
William Parker: bass
with special guest from South Africa, Zim Ngqawana: saxophones

Thursday, October 15, 2009
doors open 7:30pm / performances begin 8:00pm

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street, NYC 10002 directions

$20 in advance / $25 at the door
Advance Tickets Now Available:
exclusively from Theatermania / OvationTix
online here and by phone..212.352.3101. or. 866.811.4111

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Upcoming Shows at Ars Nova

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Friday, September 11, 8pm
MARY HALVORSON QUINTET
with Mary Halvorson, el. guitar; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Jon Irabagon, alto saxophone; Trevor Dunn, bass; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
$12 General Admission

A veteran of esteemed composer Anthony Braxton’s ensembles and “probably the most original jazz guitarist to emerge this decade” (Chicago Reader), guitarist Mary Halvorson returns with her new quintet. For this special performance she is joined by bassist Trevor Dunn (John Zorn’s Electric Masada, Fantomas), saxophonist Jon Irabagon, winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition and member of MOPDTK, and rising stars Tomas Fujiwara and Jonathan Finlayson (Steve Lehman, Steve Coleman). In addition to her acclaimed trio and quintet, she co-leads a chamber music duo with violist Jessica Pavone and the avant-rock band, People, with drummer Kevin Shea, as well as performs in groups led by Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jason Moran and John Tchicai. Not to be missed.

Thursday, September 24, 8pm
DIGITAL PRIMITIVES
with Cooper-Moore, diddly-bo/banjo; Assif Tsahar, reeds; and Chad Taylor, drums

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 100
$12 General Admission

Cooper-Moore has been a major catalyst in the world of creative music for over 30 years. His first fully-committed jazz group was formed in 1970 – the collective trio Apogee with David S. Ware and drummer Marc Edwards – which opened up for Sonny Rollins at the Village Vanguard in 1973. Following a trying European tour with Ware, Beaver Harris and Brian Smith in 1981, Cooper-Moore returned home and destroyed his piano – with sledgehammer and fire – in his backyard. It was not until the early 90s, when William Parker asked him to join his ensemble, In Order To Survive, that Cooper-Moore’s gifts were again regularly featured in a jazz context. For this rare appearance, he performs with Digital Primitives featuring Israeli reedsman Assif Tsahar, known for his work with Rashied Ali, Peter Kowald and Hamid Drake, and drummer Chad Taylor, a member of the Chicago Underground Duo, Iron and Wine, and a major contributor to Chicago’s post-rock scene where he has recorded with Tortoise, Isotope 217, Stereolab and Sam Prekop.

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Darius Jones Trio summons bluesy avant-jazz thunder

From Time Out New York:

It pleases us greatly to report that Jones has hooked up with Aum Fidelity, a local label that knows plenty about the horn man’s brand of gritty free jazz, for his debut as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), due out October 13. The disc teams Jones with two heavyweight improv elders, drummer Rakalam Bob Moses (Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Pat Metheny) and multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore. Check out a preview track below and hear the band live October 15 at Abrons Arts Center at an Aum-sponsored showcase that also features saxist David S. Ware and William Parker’s mammoth Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra.

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