"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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) Permalink

Linked FROM other thread

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_aapLbNpbM

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 3 January 2017 19:59 (seven 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 (seven 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FC7-NWlTp8

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

no apology necessary :)

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

You may call me Galileo.

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

thank you shari lewis

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

Lol

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

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

scott seward, Thursday, 5 January 2017 15:33 (seven 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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC6ERO815Bg

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

first and best, if my memory serves me well

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

BTW, today was 50 years of Trane's passing. I understand Ravi's half-sister Michelle was in the audience at The Jazz Standard this weekend for Conrad Herwig's Latin Side Of Coltrane tribute.

Under Heaviside Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 18 July 2017 03:52 (one month ago) Permalink

********ALERT!******
On Monday stumbled across this excellent new vocalese record called The Passion of Charlie Parker. More later

Under Heaviside Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Wow, will have to check that. So---what are the best albums issued this year? Incl. reissues, but I'm really wanting to turn over a new leaf, and find some new new never-before issues---I feel so guilty for neglecting those--- though so far am avidly digging Fly or Die by Jaimie Branch, thanks to this thread.

dow, Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:29 (one month ago) Permalink

My picks:

Matthew Shipp Trio, Piano Song
Camilla George Quartet, Isang
Christopher Zuar Orchestra, Musings
Craig Taborn, Daylight Ghosts
Harriet Tubman, Araminta
Ken Fowser, Now Hear This!
Christian Scott, Ruler Rebel and Diaspora
Matthew Stevens, Preverbal
Hermon Mehari, Bleu
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, So It Is
Dayna Stephens, Gratitude
Jaimie Branch, Fly Or Die
Nick Mazzarella/Tomeka Reid, Signaling
Yazz Ahmed, La Saboteuse
Ambrose Akinmusire, A Rift in Decorum
JD Allen, Radio Flyer
Jeremy Pelt, Make Noise!
Nicole Johanntgen, Henry
Binker & Moses, Journey to the Mountain of Forever
Zem Audu, Spirits
OK:KO, Land E
Chris Potter, The Dreamer is the Dream

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 20 July 2017 01:43 (one month ago) Permalink

thanks for that

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Sweet, thanks! Great to know there's a new Harriet Tubman---they were my fave at Very Very Threadgill. Will also check Ambrose, Jeremy Pelt, and all the rest, I hope (ditto that album of Bird-inspired vocalese),

dow, Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Pay special attention to the Camilla George and Zem Audu albums - African immigrants (to London and NYC, respectively) making the music their own. The Yazz Ahmed is amazing, too.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:14 (one month ago) Permalink

always nice to have some more food for thought, unperson.

I have been belatedly honouring the Trane 50th deathiversary with mainly A Love Supreme, Ascension and his Duke Ellington album today B-)

calzino, Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Two Ornette Coleman albums that have never been on CD before, not even in Japan, are being released in September. Crisis and Ornette At 12 are coming out as a 2-for-1 from Real Gone Music. Fully remastered, new liner notes, artwork nicely reproduced, etc., etc.

Pre-order link.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Haven't heard Ornette At 12 but Crisis was the first OC that I can remember for grabbing and holding me all the way through on first listen---maybe because it was live, in that moment, in that weird year, and via the acoustics of that venue---NYU? Uh, OK! With Dad's grinding yet unfettered violin, Denardo's drums clattering like a music stand falling over, but in the right place): But if it’s a puzzle that Ornette at 12 has not been previously reissued, it’s a downright mystery why 1972’s Crisis also hasn’t come out; recorded live in 1969 at N.Y.U. with a killer band of Redman, Haden, Denardo, and Don Cherry on flute and trumpet, it takes its place with Broken Shadows and Science Fiction as one of Ornette’s great small group recordings of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The version of Haden’s “Song for Che” is one of the best on record, the rendition of “Broken Shadows” here is simply beautiful...and the addition of Don Cherry—fresh from his own experiments in Indian and African music—spices up what is already a pretty heady brew. True--it went well with Lebanese Blonde hash.

dow, Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks for that list. I'll try to keep up!

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 21 July 2017 14:39 (one month ago) Permalink

My latest Stereogum column is up.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 21 July 2017 17:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Night Lights radio schools me again: personifying the swing-to-bop persuasion and keeping it young and lean into the late 20th Century, guitarist Mary Osborne was mentored by Charlie Christian, def assimilated him and Django, but developed her own spare, lyrical intensity---the unaccompanied "Sophisticated Lady" here makes me think of Art Pepper--NL catches her situations with Coleman Hawkins, Clark Terry, Tyree Glenn, Mary Lou Williams, but her basic thing is more like the King Cole Trio turned around, when there's a piano at all (bass is electric on last track here), but she doesn't need much--here's the posted show and set list:
http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/mary-osborne-queen-jazz-guitar/

dow, Monday, 24 July 2017 04:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Postwar Jazz: An Arbitrary Roadmap---motorvated by Gary Giddens' '02 two-part article of the same title (still on villagevoice.com), somebody compiled a listening companion, which now seems most readily available as a series of videos (though a few have been removed)---quite a range of highs and deeps, no lows that I've found so far:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIyXZgKyp_k9tyxjEevBD9TiE04D9jAGP

dow, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 01:40 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I saw the Stretch Orchestra on the weekend. From what I knew of Brubeck and Stewart, and from the fact that this was part of a chamber music festival, I was expecting some out improv on acoustic instruments, but it was a really fun set of energetic rocking fusion, with Brubeck playing electric cello with a bunch of pedals, and Breit on electric guitar and mandolin with a tonne of effects as well. (It still definitely went out harmonically and timbrally but there was always a groove and a hook.) I bought the 2012 CD, which seems to have won a Juno for best instrumental recording. It's pretty enjoyable; even gets a bit folky at times.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:06 (four weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.thenation.com/article/mal-waldrons-ecstatic-minimalism/

There is a beautiful and evocative Adam Shatz essay on Mal Waldron in The Nation, here.

calzino, Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:16 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I just thought it was worth pointing out that although he mentions Waldron's Satie influences, he neglects to add that his Plays Satie album from '83 is sublime.

calzino, Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:12 (four weeks ago) Permalink

That's a great article. That live recording of Seagulls is really quite something.

I don't suppose anyone has the Travellin in Soul Time record? The CD is currently going for eye-watering amounts.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:18 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Xpost thanks, reminds me of this excellent excursion: http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/soul-eyes-early-mal-waldron-songbook/

dow, Friday, 28 July 2017 00:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I cannot stop listening to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuCbQCnoIzI

in twelve parts (lamonti), Saturday, 29 July 2017 08:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have been on a bit of a Mingus tip recently, Mingus At Antibes (also w/ Dolphy + Bud Powell on board!) is the one I've been blasting.

calzino, Saturday, 29 July 2017 08:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That clip is great!

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 29 July 2017 13:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I interviewed Jason Moran for Bandcamp.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 18:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The newish Joshua Abrams/Natural Information Society album (Simultonality)is very pretty, probably their best yet imo.

calzino, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 10:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's a good record. And in related news, Abrams' label, Eremite, has started putting its awesome back catalog up on Bandcamp.

http://eremiterecords.bandcamp.com

Jemeel Moondoc's New World Pygmies and Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys are must-own, IMO. Noah Howard's Patterns/Message to South Africa is also great, and that Peter Brötzmann double disc, Never Too Late But Always Too Early, is a blast.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 13:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Love the group Town & Country that Abrams played in, especially their second alb It All Has to Do With It

Bernie Lugg (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 13:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

oh wow! Just been listening to Denys Baptiste's The Late Trane for the 2nd time. Wasn't really feeling it the other day, but fuck! definitely am feeling it today!

calzino, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 15:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That Mal Waldron article got me listening to the excellent album <i>Meditations</i> on Youtube. Is there any way to get a digital version of this? Or even something cheaper than the expensive import? It's not even on Spotify.

Pataphysician, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Slsk or t0rrentz probably your next best bet, as far as I know. His legacy doesn't seem to have been too well served so far.

calzino, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 17:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Somehow I typed "Spotify" instead of "Soulseek". I couldn't find it on Soulseek.

Pataphysician, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it might be worth trying again, it is definitely on there.

calzino, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Oh, I should update about seeing Ambrose Akinmusire: fantastic! It was all stuff from the live album. The only weakness really is the piano player, which also struck me with the live album. He certainly fits well at times, but his soloing and accompaniment often didn't seem to gel or just seemed a little like he's fresh out of music school. Everyone else was great. Akinmusire is a really sensitive player, for lack of a better description.

Pataphysician, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 19:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Posted this in the Afro-jazz thread by mistake:

Drummer Eric Harland is leading a really hot band for two nights at the Jazz Standard next week - Walter Smith III on tenor sax, Taylor Eigsti on piano, Harish Raghavan on bass. (Both Smith and Raghavan also play in Ambrose Akinmusire's band.) I'm hoping to catch one of their sets.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 19:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I love the short but joyous dub reggae segment at the end of Dusk Dawn on the Denys Baptiste' Trane album. And it isn't even near the best track. It's a reet fucking album!

calzino, Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This is not from 2017 but worth mentioning (I didn't see it come up in a search): the 2014 album Spiral Mercury of the Chicago/São Paulo Underground (one of Rob Mazurek's groups) featuring Pharoah Sanders is pretty good! Basically sort of what you'd expect if you're familiar with the Chicago Underground, Pharoah's playing, and mixing that with a Brazilian influence. I haven't heard the other album they did called Primative Jupiter.

Pataphysician, Saturday, 5 August 2017 00:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've heard the one that's available on CD, but not the one that's vinyl-only.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 August 2017 00:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Looks like the vinyl-only one is not available digitally at all. But it also seems that half of it might be on the CD album, since 2/4 tracks share song titles with the CD.

Pataphysician, Saturday, 5 August 2017 00:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh man, spiral mercury is great

Max-Headroom-drops-a-deuce-while-shredding (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 5 August 2017 21:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

say, has anyone seen the current Sun Ra Arkestra? They're playing this weekend in SF... am I an idiot if I don't go or is it just a bit of fun?

Max-Headroom-drops-a-deuce-while-shredding (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 5 August 2017 21:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

well I went to see the Arkestra and they were a blast. Just 2 solid hours of great music and a warm, generous vibe. Singer was very good - her rapport with Allen was a great anchor for the show. I feel like Ra would be happy and proud to see his band continue some 25 years since his passing.

Max-Headroom-drops-a-deuce-while-shredding (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 7 August 2017 17:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

2nd jazz/dub reggae track in a week I've heard is Roots Music's cover of Threadgill's Bermuda Blues. it is ok, but you simply can't fuck with the original!

calzino, Monday, 7 August 2017 21:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Right now digging the current Steve Coleman: https://stevecoleman.bandcamp.com/album/morphogenesis
Before that, Harriet Tubman x Wadada Leo Smith (just ordered the CD):
http://sunnysidezone.com/album/araminta
Might order Miles Okazaki's Trickster
https://milesokazaki.bandcamp.com/releases
Though the live versions and studio excerpts are grabbing me more than those full-length studio tracks
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJq-zBbCa8jNjbCisRZbYYlMXSzwX6Av3

Thanks to Phil's Stereogum column for these last two (and he prob. mentioned Coleman as well)

dow, Friday, 18 August 2017 03:04 (six days ago) Permalink

The headline of this article is so bad but it's actually a really good article, lots to delve into here:

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/forget-old-europe-15-european-jazz-musicians-you-need-to-know-about-reinier-baas-by-enrico-bettinello.php

heaven parker (anagram), Friday, 18 August 2017 07:31 (six days ago) Permalink

I didn't write about Coleman for Stereogum (I'm not much of a fan) but I did review it for The Wire. Among other things, I said:

Coleman invites it, but comparing the music on Morphogenesis to boxing does him no favors. There’s plenty of dazzling footwork on display, but very few punches being thrown. He’s a razor-sharp player and composer who can be heard thinking about every note, and this is very beautiful music, but it lacks the unhinged, reckless, swinging side that boxing and the best jazz share. Which only proves that inspiration is just a starting point: it’s what you do with it that matters.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 18 August 2017 13:58 (six days ago) Permalink

Oh huh, I went to college with the percussionist on that Steve Coleman record.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 18 August 2017 14:02 (six days ago) Permalink

New Stereogum column up. I talk about Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Burnt Sugar, Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, Enrico Rava, and a bunch of other folks.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 18 August 2017 19:33 (six days ago) Permalink

Thanks for the heads-up on a new Matt Wilson.

I assume Morgan Guerin is Roland Guerin's son?

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 18 August 2017 19:53 (six days ago) Permalink

Seems like a safe bet. I'm not familiar with Roland Guerin's work, though.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 18 August 2017 21:48 (six days ago) Permalink

I liked Sorey's good humour towards that lot: Thx Pitchfork. Next time I'll try to do at least 1.4 better.

calzino, Friday, 18 August 2017 22:30 (six days ago) Permalink

He's probably my favorite New Orleans bassist, mostly from seeing him play with Shannon Powell. He's also on various Marsalis things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV8yJa6Rk90

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 19 August 2017 14:50 (five days ago) Permalink


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