"Music doesn't go seasonable to me." Rolling Jazz Dm7♭5 Thread 2017

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Lol @ thread title

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:05 (two months ago) Permalink

I am still afraid the flat sign will break someone's browser, or even zing.

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Actually it did seem to kill zing when I linked to other thread.

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Finally, keep wanting to follow it with a G7b9.

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:30 (two months ago) Permalink

I'll let you resolve to the (minor) tonic.

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Linked FROM other thread

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:46 (two months ago) Permalink

First BA review of the year, up tomorrow, will be of the Anna Högberg Attack album, which I totally missed in 2016. (Came out in April.) An all-female Swedish sextet led by a saxophonist who guested on the most recent album by The Thing, and is also a member of Fire! Orchestra.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 1 January 2017 21:42 (two months ago) Permalink

I like it, although I'd totally forgotten about it until recently when quite a few people on blogs I read were voting it no.1 on their eoy lists.

calzino, Sunday, 1 January 2017 22:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Anna Högberg Attack review. Short version: It's not paradigm-shifting or anything, but it's enjoyable if you like '60s style free jazz.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Monday, 2 January 2017 13:21 (two months ago) Permalink

been working with a sax & woodwinds guy for two years now and as we've worked closer together, my jazz listening has been rekindled (I grew up on jazz, my dad played in combos all through my youth). ran across this yesterday via the Fuckin' Record Reviews Tumblr, it was on their giant year-end list of links -- to my ears, it's really good, really just jamming but...I like me some jams

https://gospelofmars.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-trans-pecos

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 2 January 2017 13:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Steve Swell trombone | Gebhard Ullmann tenor saxophone and bass clarinet | Fred Lonberg-Holm cello and electronics | Michael Zerang drums

^^
this band aka The Chicago Plan have a killer album on Clean Feed. Good review of it here.
http://jazzandblues.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/the-chicago-plan-self-titled-clean-feed.html

calzino, Monday, 2 January 2017 14:35 (two months ago) Permalink

gospel of mars is awesome! that fuckin record reviews list is a treasure every year

adam, Monday, 2 January 2017 15:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Who else is doing Winter JazzFest this weekend in NYC? I'm planning out Friday and it's packed. Saturday less so.
http://www.winterjazzfest.com/marathon1/
http://www.winterjazzfest.com/marathon2/

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Monday, 2 January 2017 16:26 (two months ago) Permalink

I never do it, can't really stay out that late, but I know many musicians love to go see as many of the other acts as they can.

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 January 2017 16:41 (two months ago) Permalink

my current plan on the 6th (and I'll likely miss a lot of these but i'll try) is Dayme Arocena, Dave Douglas/Shigeto, Andrew Cyrille, DeeDee Bridgwater/Theo Bleckmann/Jason Moran does Monk, Jim Black's Malamute, Battle Trance

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Monday, 2 January 2017 16:51 (two months ago) Permalink

There are some groups I'd really like to see, like Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Donny McCaslin's quartet, the Andrew Cyrille/Bill McHenry duo (I've seen them together before, as part of McHenry's quartet with Orrin Evans and Eric Revis), and Melissa Aldana's trio, but I don't think I'm gonna make it. Winter Jazzfest is just too manic for me.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Monday, 2 January 2017 18:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I would go to all of those as well but yeah too much too soon.

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 January 2017 18:52 (two months ago) Permalink

there's a gazillion shows and tons of stuff (especially on Friday) that's counter-programmed against other things i wanna see. I think i'm just gonna walk around on Saturday and try things i don't know anything about.

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Monday, 2 January 2017 18:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Here's an incredible clip I've never seen before: Archie Shepp guesting with the Duke Ellington band in 1969.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 3 January 2017 19:59 (two months ago) Permalink

They would have made a great duo or trio for def, in fact some of my fave Shepp stuff recently is his duo records with Mal Waldron.

calzino, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 11:36 (two months ago) Permalink

i was looking something else up and this was on youtube and someone mentioned them here so i started to watch it but its really terrible. but maybe they are better now. or maybe it's one of those brian eno kinda things where it's an orchestra of amateurs and people who can't play. but why are there like 30 of them? are they indie rock people? i was gonna make a godspeed you black emperor joke but someone already did two years ago in the comments. i always think people should practice more before they play live but i'm old-fashioned.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 13:43 (two months ago) Permalink

There's a pretty good article about Winter Jazzfest in the Voice. (In related news, the Voice is starting to get good again. Yes, Christgau and SFJ are writing for them again, but I mean in spite of that.)

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 14:52 (two months ago) Permalink

wow, don, that youtube channel is a goldmine. that footage of victoria spivey performing black snake blues... just completely amazing! what a lady! and then there's a whole concert by capt. john handy... subscribed!

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 16:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Wait did don post recently? Oh you mean "Don"?

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 16:12 (two months ago) Permalink


Oh, Don!

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 17:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Wait did don post recently? Oh you mean "Don"?

― The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs)

you know i never figured out how to tell the difference between display names and real names, mr. blecchs.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Sorry, that was more about my own thought process than about you.

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 18:04 (two months ago) Permalink

no apology necessary :)

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 18:09 (two months ago) Permalink

You may call me Galileo.

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 18:18 (two months ago) Permalink

king of night vision, king of insight

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 18:54 (two months ago) Permalink

thank you shari lewis

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 21:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Lol

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 January 2017 00:35 (two months ago) Permalink

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 January 2017 00:35 (two months ago) Permalink

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 January 2017 00:37 (two months ago) Permalink

hey scott, here's an overview of the Fire! lineup

Fire! Orchestra (since 2012)

Mats Gustafsson – baritone and slide sax, conduction
Johan Berthling – el bas
Andreas Werliin – drums
Mariam Wallentin – voice
Sofia Jernberg – voice
Anna Högberg – alto sax
Mette Rasmussen – alto sax
Lotte Anker – soprano and tenor sax
Jonas Kullhammar – braithophone, slide and bass sax
Goran Kajfes – cornet and slide trumpet
Niklas Barnö – trumpet
Mats Äleklint – trombone
Per-Åke Holmlander – tuba
Hild Sofie Tafjord – french horn
Andreas Berthling – electronics
Finn Loxbo – guitar
Julien Desprez – guitar
Martin Hederos – keyboards and violin
Mads Forsby – drums and electronics
Mikael Werliin – sound

not your average amateurs

how do you like this https://youtu.be/VE-w9kPIhg8 ?

niels, Thursday, 5 January 2017 11:15 (two months ago) Permalink

i was actually looking up a mats gustafsson thing when i found that. i have heard stuff of his that i liked. but that live clip is terrible. it really is. so sloppy. the singers are sad. they need to lock themselves in a room for a decade and just play or something. it just sounds like a sad approximation of another time. surprised they don't have a sleigh bell virtuoso. i can't believe that they can listen to audio of that and think that they sound good. if it were just some ramshackle punk d.i.y. approach to "fire music" done as a lark it would be one thing, but it sounds like they have "ideas".

scott seward, Thursday, 5 January 2017 14:42 (two months ago) Permalink

The Fire! Orchestra isn't for me either tbh, but I did like the Fire! trio album they recorded last year though. I'm not against big bands either, just not Them type ones.

calzino, Thursday, 5 January 2017 15:05 (two months ago) Permalink

that Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family release from last year is more like the modern type of big band I can get into.

calzino, Thursday, 5 January 2017 15:09 (two months ago) Permalink

i was looking something else up and this was on youtube and someone mentioned them here so i started to watch it but its really terrible. but maybe they are better now. or maybe it's one of those brian eno kinda things where it's an orchestra of amateurs and people who can't play. but why are there like 30 of them? are they indie rock people? i was gonna make a godspeed you black emperor joke but someone already did two years ago in the comments. i always think people should practice more before they play live but i'm old-fashioned.

This reminds me of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra's late '80s/early '90s stuff: "We need a JAZZ section! We need a COMPOSED section (some midtempo unison lines will do the trick)! We need a FREE IMPROV section! Or multiple FREE IMPROV sections! Different small groupings doing FREE IMPROV broken up by the COMPOSED unison lines!" To be fair, the LJCO stuff is pretty decent (and you might like them, Scott -- their much better rehearsed than Fire! Orchestra), but this is a chronic problem in this music, composers/bandleaders trying to desperately shoehorn as many of their "influences" as possible into long/large-scale works to the extent that it ends up as a clumsy collage of half-assed pseudo-homages.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 5 January 2017 15:25 (two months ago) Permalink

when the one singer busts out a bad yoko impression i had to laugh a little. it was just lacking some yoko at that point.

scott seward, Thursday, 5 January 2017 15:29 (two months ago) Permalink

maybe it just bugs me when i get the impression that people think it's EASY to do something like that. i mean it's hard to be a quartet and be in sync with the people you are playing with. or a trio! but 30 people....

scott seward, Thursday, 5 January 2017 15:32 (two months ago) Permalink

i could definitely see them opening for someone like radiohead though. blowing minds.

scott seward, Thursday, 5 January 2017 15:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Mention of the LJCO semi-reminded me of Gil Evans' The London Orchestra, actually The British Orchestra, who took it on the road in '83---this might be best suited for later tonight, but don't sleep on it---if don't show, they're doing "Little Wing", without trying to beat Hendrix at his own game, performance-wise anyway (they catch the vibe and pass it right along: no bogarting, despite the length). With John Surman and Ray Russell soloing, Mo Foster on bass, drums uncredited on my LP of 'em and here, other horns are into it without horning in:

dow, Friday, 6 January 2017 01:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Here's the album I have---think performances of all these songs, from this set or other gigs, are currently on the 'Tube:

https://www.discogs.com/Gil-Evans-The-British-Orchestra/release/1650253

dow, Friday, 6 January 2017 01:47 (two months ago) Permalink

And speaking of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, NPR's still got several of his Newport sets, starting with this one from 2010, my first DJASS experience: http://www.npr.org/2010/08/07/128982169/darcy-james-argues-secret-society-in-concert-newport-jazz-festival-2010

dow, Friday, 6 January 2017 02:11 (two months ago) Permalink

first and best, if my memory serves me well

dow, Friday, 6 January 2017 02:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Hard to imagine something less appealing to me than a big band arrangement of a song from Hendrix's worst studio album.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 6 January 2017 02:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Have you heard the jazz tribute to The Shaggs?

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 6 January 2017 02:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Ha, I have a copy of the whole Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix album. I remember liking it well enough.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 6 January 2017 02:50 (two months ago) Permalink

That Stretch Music album by Christian Scott was fucking ace, so I'm fair glad he has committed to 3 new albums this year.

calzino, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 22:35 (one month ago) Permalink

I enjoyed both Angles 9 and the Count's Rock Album.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 02:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Got a 2CD Donald Byrd compilation in today's mail: Love Has Come Around - The Elektra Records Anthology 1978-1982. I like Byrd's 1970s albums with the Mizell Brothers a lot; in fact, they're my favorite things in his catalog. But this stuff is straight-up disco, with the occasional short trumpet solo. I don't know if I can make it through two and a half hours of it.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:45 (one month ago) Permalink

This Salon article about the damage being done to NYC's jazz scene by the Times basically giving up on covering it is worth a read.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 24 February 2017 03:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Will read later but I can well believe it

Disco Blecch and His Exo-Planettes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 February 2017 05:02 (one month ago) Permalink

My February column for Stereogum is up. It's a special Black History Month edition, kinda.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 24 February 2017 16:56 (one month ago) Permalink

If you like the Count's Rock Band debut, also check Steve Marcus's Tomorrow Never Knows--back cover's messed up on my ancient yard sale LP, but guitarist sounds like Coryell. Also check yard sales for those early Eleventh House records (Coryell's gaudy fusion band), his early solo albums of course, and a live Free Spirits album that finally surfaced just a few years ago (not the suits-fucked-with Free Spirits studio album, which they disowned). Also Herbie Mann's Memphis Underground, with Coryell and Sharrock.

dow, Saturday, 25 February 2017 00:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh, I'm definitely a fan of that last one!

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Saturday, 25 February 2017 01:23 (one month ago) Permalink

http://www.everycontactleavesatrace.net/2016/09/06/the-process-marvin-tate-joseph-clayton-mills/

more of an audio collage, but oh boy

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Sunday, 26 February 2017 05:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Good BBC WS Arts Hour on New Orleans here featuring the impressive Christian Scott. If it doesn't work in the US then the beeb will have to stop calling it World Service ffs!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04tbvlc

calzino, Sunday, 26 February 2017 16:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Christian Scott shares a fairly shocking personal anecdote about police harassment and there is a discussion about aggressive gentrification in NO, as well as music and stuff about the Mardis Gras. It is good stuff.

calzino, Sunday, 26 February 2017 16:24 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm working on setting up an interview with him for Burning Ambulance soon.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 26 February 2017 17:23 (one month ago) Permalink

He comes across like someone with a shitload of good stories/opinions, so should be a good interviewee. He said something on that WS program about how he had inherited his grandad's position on the Mardis Gras parade, which is something I don't know much about - but it sounds way impressive.

calzino, Sunday, 26 February 2017 22:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Got all five Throttle Elevator Music CDs in the mail today. TEM is a studio-based project led by Gregory Howe, owner of the Wide Hive label. The two main bandmembers are Matt Montgomery (bass and piano) and Kamasi Washington (saxophone), with other folks cycling in and out depending on the album. The music is a mix of free jazz, dub, funk, and garage rock - kind of like The Thing, if they had keyboards and were into dub. The latest album, Retrorespective, is the last one, I think. It includes Ava Mendoza on guitar.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Monday, 27 February 2017 16:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm enjoying the new David Weiss/Point of Departure album. I don't think it would be overpraise to say a lot of it scratches my Miles 2nd Quintet itches.

calzino, Friday, 3 March 2017 14:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Went to the Jazz Standard last night to see George Coleman, with Charles McPherson as special guest. Jeb Patton on piano, David Wong on bass, George Coleman Jr. on drums. I also interviewed Coleman on Tuesday; that'll be up on Burning Ambulance next week. The set was all standards - McPherson opened it up with "What Is This Thing Called Love," then Coleman Sr. joined and they played a Latin-ish tune written by Lee Morgan (I didn't catch the title), "Crazeology," a ballad I think was called "Dedicated," and finally "A Night in Tunisia." They might have played one more tune, but that was when I left - I had a train to catch. It was a fun set. McPherson and Coleman have known each other for something like sixty years, and they played together pretty well, especially on the fast bebop stuff. But I think the ballad might have been my favorite piece of the night. The version of "Tunisia" wasn't great; Coleman Jr. didn't really have a grip on the rhythm (although he was really good on other tunes - he's a powerful, bomb-dropping player).

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Saturday, 4 March 2017 12:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Cool, thanks

Nesta Leaps In (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 5 March 2017 01:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This Salon article about the damage being done to NYC's jazz scene by the Times basically giving up on covering it is worth a read.

― Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱)

fuck, i scrolled too far and accidentally hit the comments. :(

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Monday, 6 March 2017 15:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

2CD Jaco Pastorius live album coming in April/May. It's a previously unreleased 1982 big band performance, 2 CDs or 3 LPs. I'm not a Jaco fan, but I'm sure lots of folks will be really excited about this.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Monday, 6 March 2017 21:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock shred:

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Monday, 6 March 2017 21:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Just been blasting out that DEK trio album w/ K Vandermark on it, really blistering and delicate and quite extraordinarily good imo.

calzino, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 09:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

anyone get a chance to hear the (last?) arthur doyle record, which was released late last year? recordings are from 2012, doyle died in '14 i think. it's still blowing my mind, still my favorite buy of the last six months:

https://soundcloud.com/amishrecords/arthur-doyle-with-his-new-quiet-screamers-call-out

label hype:

On what would have been his 72nd birthday, Amish is very proud to announce 'First House' (AMI 048), the final recordings from free jazz legend and Birmingham, Alabama native, Arthur Doyle.

Recorded live at the Stone July 11, 2012, these six pieces are backed by His New Quiet Screamers, a Brooklyn-based ensemble adding muscle and movement to Doyle’s always already free, non-linear saxophone, flute and vocal lines.

budo jeru, Thursday, 9 March 2017 05:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ben Ratliff has a really good write-up on Monk's Music on Pitchfork today.

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22961-monks-music/

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 12 March 2017 15:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thats the one that starts with a short + beautiful Abide With Me, It's an absolute personal fave is that album. Possibly a rare click for P4k coming from me.

calzino, Sunday, 12 March 2017 15:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

He barely reviews the album, but it is an excellent read on Monk.

calzino, Sunday, 12 March 2017 15:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks, Phil. Do you know where the thread title quote comes from?

Got Your Money Changes Everything (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Of this thread, to be clear

Got Your Money Changes Everything (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my rushed post - whilst cooking and drinking - probably sounds a bit uncharitable. FTR I thought that was a really great piece that took me right down a'57 wormhole and made me forget it was an album review was what I meant to say.

calzino, Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, exactly. Found it in the Robin Kelley Monk bio.

Got Your Money Changes Everything (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

really appreciating the stereogum column, 誤訳侮辱. i used to keep up with jazz new releases via seth colter walls's semi-regular roundup on rhapsody, but that seems to be now defunct. glad pitchfork is reviewing jazz now, too.

Wozniak on Kimye's Baby (jaymc), Sunday, 12 March 2017 17:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Arthur Doyle clip on Soundcloud was great!

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Just received this link to Art Ensemble taking Ayler's "Ghosts" for a ride and vice-versa: they do their own thing without obliterating thee original, if that's even possible. Wish they'd done a whole album of Ayler. With Lester Bowie etc, 22 minutes:

dow, Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Just bought two more of those Complete Remastered Albums on Black Saint & Soul Note box sets: a third volume of David Murray and a second of Max Roach. (I have the first two Murray boxes, but don't have the first Roach box.)

The Murray includes Interboogieology, Live at Sweet Basil Vol. 1 and 2, Children, Southern Bells, and The Healers; the Roach has Pictures in a Frame, In the Light, Live at Vielharmonie Munich, Scott Free, Easy Winners, and It's Christmas Again.

Also picked up Cannonball Adderley's Complete Live in Tokyo 1963, a 2CD set with the band that included Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks for the Monk link - excellent stuff. I always think of Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful whenever I read about Monk. For all the dubiety I have about that book, this passage on Monk is magnificent.

"You had to see Monk to hear his music properly. The most important instrument in the group - whatever the format - was his body. He didn't play the piano really. His body was his instrument and the piano was just a means of getting the sound out of his body at the rate and in the quantities he wanted. If you blotted out everything except his body you would think he was playing the drums, foot going up and down on the hi-hat, arms reaching over each other, His body fills in the gaps in the music; without seeing him it always sounds like something's missing but when you see him even piano solos acquire a sound as full as a quartets. The eye hears what the ear misses...

Part of jazz is the illusion of spontaneity and Monk played the piano as though he'd never seen one before. Came at it from all angles, using his elbows, taking chops at it, rippling through the keys like they were a deck of cards, fingers jabbing at them like they were hot to the touch or tottering around them like a woman in heels - playing it all wrong as far as classical piano went. Everything came out crooked, at an angle, not as you expected...Played with his fingers splayed, flattened out over the keys, fingertips almost looking like they were pointed upward when they should have been arched.

He played each note as if astonished by the previous one, as though every touch of his fingers on the keyboard was correcting an error and this touch in turn became an error to be corrected and so the tune never quite ended up the way it was meant to. Sometimes the song seemed to have turned itself inside out or to have been entirely constructed from mistakes...

If Monk had built a bridge he'd have taken away the bits that considered essential until all that was left were the decorative parts - but somehow he would have made the ornamentation absorb the strength of the supporting spars so it was like everything was built around what wasn't there. It shouldn't have held together but it did and the excitement came from the way that it looked like it might collapse at any moment..."

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 12 March 2017 22:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

angelica sanchez,michael formanek,tyshawn sorey - float the edge

^^
on first spin this is sounding rather good.

calzino, Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:57 (one week ago) Permalink

I've downloaded it, but haven't listened to it yet.

In other news, I interviewed Paal Nilssen-Love (with bonus quotes from Mats Gustafsson) for Bandcamp.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Late last night on the radio, a couple of tracks by Jeremy Pelt feat. Ron Carter woke me up. Attractive description of the album here, I'll have to check out the whole thing:
http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2016/02/26/trumpeter-jeremy-pelt-collaborates-with-bass-great-ron-carter

dow, Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Recently reviewed on Fresh Air, this is proving worthwhile:
Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble, Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares

Brad C., Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:42 (one week ago) Permalink

https://f-a-t-a-k-a.bandcamp.com/album/a-field-perpetually-at-the-edge-of-disorder

interesting context for John Tilbury

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:16 (one week ago) Permalink

http://dcist.com/2017/03/local_jazz_legend_buck_hill_dead_at.php

Buck Hill could have been a jazz big name playing in NY and touring, but he instead stayed in DC working as a Postal Service letter carrier by day, sax blower by night

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 03:55 (five days ago) Permalink

There's a 2LP/2CD set of previously unreleased Thelonious Monk music - his soundtrack to Roger Vadim's 1960 movie Les Liaisons Dangereuses - coming out 4/22 on vinyl (for Record Store Day), and digitally on 5/19. I'm listening to it now, and it's fantastic. The band includes both Charlie Rouse and Barney Wilen on tenor sax, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums; it might be the swinging-est Monk music of that era, and the two-saxophone thing is totally unique, I think. The songs aren't that surprising: "Rhythm-a-Ning," "Crepuscule with Nellie," "Well, You Needn't," "Pannonica" (in both solo and quartet versions), "Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-are," and "Light Blue," but there's also a blues improvisation called "Six in One" and a solo version of "We'll Understand It Better By and By." And the recording quality is beautiful. This is pretty much a must-own.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 18:02 (four days ago) Permalink

My latest Stereogum column is live. Includes my thoughts on the whole Robert Glasper/Ethan Iverson thing, plus track premieres from Christian Scott and his former guitarist Matthew Stevens (and trombonist Joe Fiedler), and lots of other good stuff.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 24 March 2017 14:25 (two days ago) Permalink

Hmmmm I wish I liked that Christian Scott track better, the last record had a nice sense of an active rhythm section w/one of the drummers playing samples. This is more static and reminds me of some of those old Graham Haynes records. It's also in that uncanny valley zone where it's so close to beat-based music that it really has to sound amazing. Still curious to hear the rest of the record though.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 24 March 2017 15:39 (two days ago) Permalink

This album is definitely a programmed-rhythms mood piece, but eventually it seeps into your brain and takes over. It's his Tutu, in a way.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 24 March 2017 15:42 (two days ago) Permalink

Get thee to Mezzrow, where still-back-from-the-dead Tootie Heath is playing tonight and tomorrow.

Also came to post that Cannonball Adderley's Fiddler On The Roof, which I heard on WKCR while waiting to pick up my daughter at band practice, is my new jam.

And Run Into It And Blecch It (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 March 2017 16:14 (two days ago) Permalink

A good piece on that Monk soundtrack - http://wbgo.org/post/new-thelonious-monk-album-emerges-soundtrack-classic-french-film#stream/0

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 26 March 2017 14:56 (four hours ago) Permalink


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