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I feel like interest is growing, so let's have an easy-to-remember title this year.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 1 January 2018 18:21 (five months ago) Permalink

First promo to land in my inbox this year: trombonist Michael Dease's latest, Reaching Out, coming out on Posi-Tone 1/26. A good band: Ralph Bowen on tenor sax, Walt Weiskopf on alto and tenor saxes, Behn Gillece on vibes, Luther Allison on piano, Peter Brendler on bass, Zach Adleman on drums. Includes a version of "Live and Let Die," though.

Also, there's a brand-new Henry Threadgill album, Dirt...And More Dirt, recorded with a 15-piece band; it's being made available on Pi Recordings' Bandcamp page for a day or two, then it'll disappear again until the official release in late spring (April, I think). He's actually gonna put out two albums simultaneously at that point. It's really good, so buy it while you can.

https://henrythreadgill.bandcamp.com/album/dirt-and-more-dirt

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 1 January 2018 18:25 (five months ago) Permalink

HT album is great, thanks for the tip!

budo jeru, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 01:09 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's really good. He was supposed to premiere that piece at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, I forget which, back in September - I was all set to go, but the show got cancelled because he was suffering from exhaustion or something. Hope they reschedule for the spring.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 01:25 (five months ago) Permalink

nice piece on the late roswell rudd by the npr people:

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/05/575930368/remembering-roswell-rudd-a-jazz-musician-with-an-ebullient-sound

budo jeru, Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:49 (five months ago) Permalink

going to go listen to the BA interview now!

budo jeru, Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:49 (five months ago) Permalink

jason moran is coming to the walker in april. an acquaintance of mine is one of the curators and what she's told has me real stoked.

The exhibition will highlight Moran’s mixed-media “set” installations STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1 and STAGED: Three Deuces (both 2015), sculptural vignettes based on storied music venues from past eras that were his acclaimed contributions to the 2015 Venice Biennale. The exhibition will also premiere a new sculptural commission as part of this series. The presentation also features a selection of Moran’s most recent charcoal drawings and time-based media works from his long-standing collaborations, or sets, with visual artists including Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon, and Theaster Gates. In-gallery performances and a new commission for the stage will be orchestrated during the run of the show to complement the gallery presentation.

https://walkerart.org/calendar/2018/jason-moran

and then there's this "sonic universe project" feat. wadada leo smith and roscoe mitchell

An all-star lineup of master jazz innovators spanning three cities (Minneapolis, New York, and Chicago) and two generations creates a new sextet for an exclusive Walker engagement. The ensemble includes visionary trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith, a transformative figure in jazz; powerhouse saxophonist/composer Roscoe Mitchell, a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago; Hamid Drake, one of the great drummers working in jazz and global music today; Oliver Lake, longtime member of the World Saxophone Quartet; bassist Anthony Cox, one of Minnesota’s most in-demand musicians for years; and composer/flutist/saxophonist Douglas Ewart, who helped bring these master musicians together.

90 minutes

World Premiere

https://walkerart.org/calendar/2018/sonic-universe-project-douglas-ewartwadada-leo-smithroscoe-mitchelloliver-lakeanthony-coxhamid-drake

budo jeru, Sunday, 7 January 2018 22:08 (five months ago) Permalink

jazzfest marathon suggestions for tonight?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:01 (five months ago) Permalink

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity, Jaimie Branch's Fly Or Die (unfortunately they're playing opposite each other), Donny McCaslin's quartet.

I'm hoping to see the Harriet Tubman-plays-Free Jazz show tomorrow night.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:28 (five months ago) Permalink

i had mccaslin and branch boldfaced too
other potential hits: Ches Smith, Sons of Kemet, ONYX collective, MAST, Blaque Dynamite
the only thing i'm really hyped to see is the 11pm Nicole Mitchell piece with Jason Moran, may need to get there early
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/arts/music/nicole-mitchell-black-earth-ensemble-mandorla-awakening.html

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:39 (five months ago) Permalink

I interviewed Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia and Yazz Ahmed yesterday for the next Burning Ambulance podcast - it'll be going live in a week, on 1/19.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:41 (five months ago) Permalink

JM: Honestly, I have an extremely antagonistic relationship with hip-hop.

Think he said that just to keep his dad off his back?

Here's a link to my interview with Hutchings (who's on the cover of the new issue of The Wire, btw), Garcia and Ahmed.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 19 January 2018 15:56 (five months ago) Permalink

Coming soon: Preemo's Club Henny at Lincoln Center

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 19 January 2018 16:46 (five months ago) Permalink

NPR are streaming the new Sunwatchers album

Dinsdale, Thursday, 25 January 2018 22:25 (four months ago) Permalink

(as well as Julian Lage's)

Dinsdale, Thursday, 25 January 2018 22:32 (four months ago) Permalink

Oh, thanks. I was a little underwhelmed by the advance JL single "Roger the Dodger" but I'm definitely interested in listening to this.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 26 January 2018 04:22 (four months ago) Permalink

This is just what I want tonight, actually.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 26 January 2018 04:44 (four months ago) Permalink

My latest podcast is up - I interviewed Orrin Evans, who is now the pianist in The Bad Plus.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 2 February 2018 16:01 (four months ago) Permalink

nice

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 2 February 2018 16:24 (four months ago) Permalink

Finally, this is legit and remastered from original: live in '65 Paris, Wes is into Trane, shadowed by Harold Mabern, and later Johnny Griffin shows up, intriguingly enough (astute excerpts and comments by Kevin Whitehead)https://www.npr.org/2018/01/31/582118519/in-paris-recording-guitarist-wes-montgomery-shows-his-head-for-melody

dow, Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:29 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's a great album.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 3 February 2018 13:28 (four months ago) Permalink

A bit of a row in Germany over the Echo Jazz awards ceremony – best newcomer winner Anna-Lena Schnabel wasn't allowed to perform any of her own music. The producers rejected her piece "Plop" :-) and four other suggestions, and they asked her to do her version of Horace Silver's "Peace" instead. The show was televised on NDR, a non-commercial broadcaster, which denies censorship and says it wanted "the young generation" included on the show... just not playing anything written after 1959.

German public media are usually open-minded about new jazz afaik – they filmed Schnabel's full concert below, and public media told her side of the story first in a documentary where they accused themselves of censorship. It's a good system. Enjoy!

- http://www.3sat.de/mediathek/?mode=play&obj=69772
Anna-Lena Schnabel @ JazzBaltica: online til 20 Oct 2018

sbahnhof, Sunday, 4 February 2018 06:45 (four months ago) Permalink

I had no idea that a new Bad Plus album w/Orrin Evans came out weeks ago, hadn't heard a single thing about it until listening to your podcast. The three tracks on soundcloud are cool, if maybe not quite as distinctive-sounding? Don't love how the drums were recorded/mixed on this one.

Listening to some Orrin Evans stuff on Spotify today, the trio with Christian McBride and Karriem Riggins is nice.

I heard the clips of that Wes Montgomery record on NPR and it sounds burning, never heard it before I don't think.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 16:26 (four months ago) Permalink

Pretty sure I'd only heard OE as a sideperson before, like on Ralph Peterson records.

Also, while I'm sure it wouldn't be ideal in some ways, I'd love to hear a version of the Bad Plus with Eric Lewis on piano.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:17 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm still getting my head around the Bad Plus continuing with the same name without Iverson. I'll listen, though.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 18:38 (four months ago) Permalink

my local public radio jazz station is usually pretty trad but has one show on a weeknight that does more "adventurous" stuff

they played a band called The Comet is Coming? British, and sort of electronic, jazz, R&B hybrid...wouldn't be out of place on an old Thirsty Ear comp

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:20 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, The Comet Is Coming is one of Shabaka Hutchings' projects.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:31 (four months ago) Permalink

ah i'm really enjoying it

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:36 (four months ago) Permalink

Just got the promo of the next Sons of Kemet album, their debut for Impulse!. The cover art is wild.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DVc_N_3VoAASHZj.jpg

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 18:35 (four months ago) Permalink

Anyone have any thoughts on Badbadnotgood? I randomly watched a What's in My Bag video with them and liked their taste and what they had to say. Where is a good place to start with them?

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:09 (four months ago) Permalink

their album with ghostface is great! no idea about their regular stuff

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 February 2018 03:39 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I haven't checked them out yet either. I may get to see them this summer, though - I'm hoping to get press access to the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, and they're playing.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 12 February 2018 13:30 (four months ago) Permalink

they seem to skirt the line between jazz and Budos Band type stuff

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 February 2018 13:42 (four months ago) Permalink

I was a hater when they first blew up, because they were goofy college kids who made a video doing jammy covers of Odd Future beats and sent it to Tyler, then they were playing festivals doing jammy covers of EDM tracks.

But I've got to give it up, they matured and learned some restraint, and that 'IV' album is pretty cool. Nice '70s-style production, the collabs with Colin Stetson and Samuel Herring work, lots of attention to sound and texture. Good for them!

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 12 February 2018 19:55 (four months ago) Permalink

Gurls: Norwegian trio at the poppier end of the spectrum I guess, though pretty understated with sax + bass + vox only; opened here for a-ha (!) a few days ago; album just released. Quite enjoying this in the middle of the night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDqBG1jrR9Y

anatol_merklich, Friday, 16 February 2018 02:33 (four months ago) Permalink

The lineup for this year's Vision Festival is out, and it's amazing. I would go every night if I could, but it's in Brooklyn so I'm almost certainly gonna miss the whole damn thing. Get there if you can.

https://www.artsforart.org/vf23lineup.html

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:22 (four months ago) Permalink

Is this the first Vision fest to not feature a William Parker-led band? I see he's joining a few groups but his relative absence seems a bit conspicuous given his involvement in previous festivals

Might make the trip once day passes are announced. Ambrose Akinmusire has become one of my favorite trumpeters. He and Mehldau are both incredible here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BKVfbwI3X4

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:37 (four months ago) Permalink

Definitely enjoyed that

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 23 February 2018 10:57 (three months ago) Permalink

yup, that was great

niels, Friday, 23 February 2018 11:10 (three months ago) Permalink

My latest Stereogum column is up. I talk about the Bad Plus, GoGo Penguin, and a bunch of other stuff, including a book on 1970s jazz that kinda disappointed me.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 23 February 2018 14:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Re Parker and Vision Fest, doesn't seem so odd, especially as many of his regular bandmates are presenting their own projects. He's maybe taking a backseat from leader projects atm? Or perhaps he's cooking something big up. He has an album coming out soon with his wife Patricia Nicholson on his own Centering records.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Electronic Press Kit for new David Murray/Saul Williams alb, out 2/16, anybody heard the whole thing?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbgAmvDz6fQ

dow, Sunday, 25 February 2018 20:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah (I was trying to get Murray on my podcast, but the publicist totally dropped the ball). It's pretty good. I wrote about it in this month's Stereogum column (linked above):

Saxophonist David Murray met poet Saul Williams at Amiri Baraka’s memorial service in 2014. The day after hearing Williams read, Murray knew he wanted to make an album with him. Four years later, here it is, billed as a tribute to Mehmet “Memo” Uluğ, a major figure on the Turkish jazz scene. The core band includes Orrin Evans on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums, with additional contributions from Jason Moran (on Fender Rhodes), Murray’s son Mingus on guitar, Craig Harris on trombone, and Aytac Dogan on kanun, a zither-like Turkish instrument. Williams discourses on a variety of subjects, some political, others more celebratory of life. On “A Mirror Of Youth,” Williams’ impassioned delivery — and his vocal timbre — remind me of Black Thought, while the band behind him goes just as hard, without ever abandoning melody. Murray, like Archie Shepp, has always been a living bridge between avant-garde jazz and its roots in blues and swing; he can scream like Albert Ayler, or sing low like Coleman Hawkins, and here he’s in a hard bop mode, spinning out passionate lines that always keep one foot on the ground.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:20 (three months ago) Permalink

"This group is smoking, but wouldn't it be even better if they had someone sorta-rapping-but-not-really-rapping on top? Like slam poetry, you know?" - no jazz fan ever

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:50 (three months ago) Permalink

I interviewed Tony Allen for Down Beat.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:49 (three months ago) Permalink

The new issue of The Wire is out today; I wrote the cover story on Mary Halvorson, reviewed Anthony Braxton's new 11CD box set (first line, which I can't believe they kept: "Anthony Braxton has developed gigantism") and the new Sons of Kemet album, and profiled French avant-metal band Chaos Echoes, who have an album coming out that's a collaboration with Mats Gustafsson.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 16:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Wow, I've really liked a lot of what I know from Halvorson and am curious about the Braxton. (Marking some midterms with essays about Braxton rn, actually!)

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:31 (three months ago) Permalink

anyone recommend a good 2018 spotify list to follow?

this one has lots of good stuff, but it's mostly Danish https://open.spotify.com/user/jazzyniels/playlist/1KpooeZNb18FltdeWgWlSy

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Nels Cline 4 jam concisely on song from new album, info and live-in-studio vid link here:
https://www.stereogum.com/1986225/the-nels-cline-4-imperfect-10/music/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral
Mainly of interest to me for the Cline solo, also like the way its momentum lifts the full group at end (but mainly his solo).

dow, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh wow, I'll listen. First, though, that reminded me that I never actually listened to In for a Penny, In for a Pound, the album that won the Pulitzer. Addressing that now.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:27 (one month ago) Permalink

I always want him to make another Too Much Sugar for a dime or Spirit of Nuff ... Nuff or whatever masterpiece from the 90's/00's of his, but he is Henry Threadgill and sometimes it might take you a couple of years to catch up with where he is at now!

calzino, Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, Too Much Sugar and Makin' a Move are the ones I listened to. I actually really liked the preview tracks from the new one, though, maybe more than the preview tracks from In for a Penny.... Latter point is definitely fair.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 10 May 2018 13:26 (one month ago) Permalink

I listened to Dirt...And More Dirt front to back the other day while traveling in and out of NYC. Haven't gotten through the other one yet, but I will next week as I'm writing them both up for Stereogum.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 10 May 2018 13:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh, that's the one I previewed, not the Double Up one!

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 10 May 2018 14:00 (one month ago) Permalink

"Game Is Up" is bending my brain.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 10 May 2018 14:15 (one month ago) Permalink

I liked the live duet I saw the other night of Cuban pianists Aldo López-Gavilán and Jorge Luis Pacheco at the opening of the Artes de Cuba fest at the Kennedy Center in DC. Straight-ahead stuff mostly.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:07 (one month ago) Permalink

I really love the Duduka Da Fonseca Trio Plays Dom Salvador lp at the moment. Never heard of the samba legend it is honouring but it's fab stuff!

calzino, Friday, 11 May 2018 09:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Interesting. Who else plays on that?

The Great Atomic Cat Power (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 May 2018 09:36 (one month ago) Permalink

David Feldman: piano; Guto Wirrti: bass; Jacques Morelenbaum: cello.

calzino, Friday, 11 May 2018 09:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Joe Armon-Jones' new lp is a great snapshot of the current London scene. Echoes of Sun Ra's "Languidity", dub, afrobeat, jazz-funk, Leon Thomas vocals, MCs. Moses Boyd is on there, Oscar Jerome - all very Gilles Peterson-y.

mahb, Friday, 11 May 2018 09:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Here's a link to my latest podcast, which is an interview with bassist Dave Holland. I talked to him about Miles Davis (obviously), as well as his time with Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Chick Corea, playing with John McLaughlin and Jimi Hendrix, his own quintets, Evan Parker, and a million other things.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 11 May 2018 13:33 (one month ago) Permalink

That sounds interesting. Is there any way to download an mp3 without itunes?

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 11 May 2018 20:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, you can grab it here.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 11 May 2018 20:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks! I'll probably listen to it on my way to work on Monday.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 11 May 2018 20:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Andre 3000 - not a bad saxophonist?

https://soundcloud.com/therealandre3000benjamin/look-ma-no-hands

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 14 May 2018 17:37 (one month ago) Permalink

https://studsterkel.wfmt.com/programs/henry-threadgill-conversation-studs-terkel

this won't play for me, possibly some global copyright issue, if it works in the US I might have to VPN up.

calzino, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 08:17 (one month ago) Permalink

MICHAEL MANTLER With LARRY CORYELL / CARLA BLEY / STEVE SWALLOW / TONY WILLIAMS - Movies (Watt 7; USA) Last sealed copy = $20

MICHAEL MANTLER with PHILIP CATHERINE / GARY WINDO / CARLA BLEY / STEVE SWALLOW/D SHARPE - More Movies (Watt 10; USA) Last couple of sealed copies / covers slilghtly worn = $20
Spotify has these as a twofer: both splendid, though if anything the sequel seems even more consistently engaging on first listen, even getting into kind of an art-metal groove thing at times (not xp "fusion funk")---when was the last time I thought of Philip Catherine!? And I didn't know Bley played tenor sax.

dow, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Mantler's 1968 The Jazz Composer's Orchestra is proving surprisingly hard to get through, so far: the initial excitement of hearing these avant stars together----Pharoah Saunders, Don Cherry,Roswell Rudd, Gato Barbieri, Larry Coryell, with Cecil Taylor to come, in front of an Orchestra incl. Charlie Haden, Bob Northern/Brother Ah, Steve Swallow, Julius Watkins, Andrew Cyrille, and many more---gets pulled into the inertia of Mantler's long, lugubrious lines, like the worst of Gil Evans and his imitators. When Mantler the composer's thinking more like Mantler the trumpet player, as on Movies and More Movies, that's what I'm talkin' about. Think I'm going to jump ahead to his albums incl. Robert Wyatt, Kevin Coyne, Marianne Faithful.

Meanwhile, Carla Bley's 1976 Dinner Music seats her and Mantler and Rudd and Carlos Ward with funky-smooth session aces Eric Gale, Richard Tee, Cornell Dupree, Steve Gadd, Gordon Edwards---tuba player Bob Stewart is kind of the hinge--for results that can be sneaky-acerbic in the mellow pocket, keeping or bringing it all back to the foreground, forebrain: "Ad Infinitum" def. keeps it, from the beginning, and Rudd soon takes a hold of the closer. "A New Hymn," after the near-generic chit-chat/inconsequential refinements of "Ida Lupino" and "Funnybird Song"--but "Dreams So Real" seems as sincere and even urgent as highbrow, and "Song Sung Long" is urban romantic intrigue, and "Dining Alone" is urban anxiety unifying furtive imagery (via Bley's sung-spoken thoughts)---the pressure of that Manhattan candlelight!

dow, Thursday, 17 May 2018 18:58 (one month ago) Permalink

The opener, "Sing Me Softly of the Blues," starts well but turns into something like more nerf-funk chatter, music for the pilot of a pre-PBS afterschool series, but the good tracks here are really up my alley.

dow, Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:05 (one month ago) Permalink

I always like Sanders' appearance on that album - it's got nothing to do with anything else happening in the piece; it's like someone pushed a button labeled "Pharaoh Sanders" and he did his thing for a couple of minutes and then they pressed the button again to shut him off.

Last night I went to see Broken Shadows, a new quartet featuring Tim Berne on alto sax, Chris Speed on tenor sax, Reid Anderson on bass, and Dave King on drums, playing the music of Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Julius Hemphill, and Charlie Haden. Most of the tunes were by Ornette ("C.O.D.", "Ecars," "Humpty Dumpty" and two more), though they also did "Walls-Bridges" by Redman, Haden's "Song for Che," and Hemphill's "Body." It was a blast, and I learned something - I always thought Julius Hemphill's last name was pronounced "hemp-hill," but it's pronounced "hem-fill."

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Looking forward to seeing that band here later this summer

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I like the new Nolatet album because it's a lovable pop album with New Orleans influences, like the last one, I will have probs forgotten about it in a couple of months - but it is still ace.

calzino, Thursday, 17 May 2018 21:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Michael Mantler:
The Hapless Child
Watt/4
words by Edward Gorey
(from 'Amphigorey')

Robert Wyatt (voice)
Terje Rypdal (guitar)
Carla Bley (piano, clavinet, synthesizer)
Steve Swallow (bass)
Jack DeJohnette (drums)

recorded July 1975 through January 1976
Willow, NY, and England

A whirlwind right out of the gate, and I knew from later all-instrumental versions how strong some of these frameworks would be---did not expect the excellent and unusual studio effects on some of Wyatt's vocal turns---but eventually, when the words are more upfront, can seem overly emphatic---Gorey's dank little narratives work better with his spare, black white & grey drawings or etchings or whatever they be. Also, c'mon, it's Gorey---think I'll go on to the settings of Beckett and Pinter.

dow, Friday, 18 May 2018 02:18 (one month ago) Permalink

That is, the *overall* effect, the ensemble onslaught, not primarily Wyatt's vocals, can seem overly emphatic here.

dow, Friday, 18 May 2018 02:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Mantler again: Silence(1976)---the overemphasis here is confined to some of MM's heavier handling of Pinter's words, and Chris Spedding's often repeated use of sustain etc., drawing a note out and curving it around 'til it's a needle in my earphones ---but it can hurt so good, and the voices are strong and distinctive, Carla Bley holding her on with Kevin Coyne and Robert Wyatt---and sometimes everybody follows Wyatt's dustdevil percussion, without ever missing their cues (it's a play with a small cast/combo, compressed, maybe condensed, into a single LP's worth of songs).

dow, Friday, 18 May 2018 23:10 (one month ago) Permalink

The text itself may grow on me, but so far doesn't seem up to several Pinter plays I'm more familiar with, though Mantler can highlight the weak spots in his literary sources, maybe by blurring some of the plot points.

dow, Friday, 18 May 2018 23:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Jazz at Lincoln Center is gonna be livestreaming their tribute to Ornette tonight at 8 PM EST. I saw a little clip from the rehearsals on Twitter; arranging Ornette's melodies for a big band turns them into...well, big band melodies, basically. But I'll check it out anyway, and compare it to the Broken Shadows show I described upthread, for my Stereogum column.

https://www.jazz.org/media/live-webcasts/

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 18 May 2018 23:29 (one month ago) Permalink

I know I'm a year late on this, but I just got into Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Centennial Trilogy and it's pretty awesome. They were playing all of it on WWOZ last night, and I had it on in the background and it was one of those things where at a certain point I was just like, "What IS this?"

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:57 (four weeks ago) Permalink

been listening to the sprawling Dave Holland/Evan Parker/Taborn/Ches Smith - Uncharted Territories LP and the new Mehldau today, glad they both exist!

calzino, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:02 (four weeks ago) Permalink

NYC based Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto's Big Band album Back to the Sunset has some nice material. Guests on it include Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman. While I like Eddie Palmieri's album from last year better, maybe they shouldn't even be compared.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:51 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Always want to hear Latin x post-out or whatever it's called now, will check that thanks.

@JustinFarrar 14 hrs ago
Of course, the highlight of #tripmetalfest3 was getting to see the #artensembleofchicago. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen. They played HARD, with #roscoemitchell setting the tone early.

dow, Monday, 28 May 2018 03:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

@residentmusic
Fasinating collaboration incoming from Charles Lloyd & The Marvels (@CharlesLloydSax) + Lucinda Williams (@HappyWoman9)

'Vanished Gardens' out via @bluenoterecords 29.06.18

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DeDmQkQXUAA7tzZ.jpg:large

dow, Monday, 28 May 2018 03:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Wow speaking of and with Dave Burrell, re unperson's excellent podcast upthread---next dig this: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/25/arts/music/dave-burrell-archie-shepp-vision-festival.html

dow, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 18:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Open Land - Meeting John Abercrombie TRAILER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U3UQFY9_II

More details here

EvR, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 19:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

My latest podcast is up - I interviewed David Murray.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 8 June 2018 12:15 (one week ago) Permalink

new JD Allen album of ballads is really lovely and chill. I got lost in my thoughts and became convinced I was listening to Sonny Rollins about half way through it.

calzino, Friday, 8 June 2018 15:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, he's very Rollins-esque at times. A big, big tone. I've interviewed him a couple of times before, and I'm hoping to have him on the podcast this summer.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 8 June 2018 15:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Lost 1963 Coltrane album discovered

EvR, Friday, 8 June 2018 16:07 (one week ago) Permalink

xp
The JD Allen album - Love Stone, is deffo my fave of his yet, although I've only listened to a few, but this current band he has is A+.

calzino, Monday, 11 June 2018 18:46 (one week ago) Permalink

xp More on the Trane album (Both Directions at Once) in Search & Destroy: John Coltrane

sbahnhof, Saturday, 16 June 2018 19:59 (five days ago) Permalink

I finally bought Starebaby and I love it. I'm planning to go see that group at this year's jazz festival, maybe Herbie Hancock and Angles 7 too.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 16 June 2018 20:42 (five days ago) Permalink

Saw Kamasi Washington last night (he was opening for Alt-J at Forest Hills Stadium; the rest of his US tour is club dates, I think). Two songs from Heaven & Earth, one from Harmony Of Difference, one from The Epic. I hadn't seen him live since 2015, when The Epic was just out. Really good show, and the overwhelmingly young, indie-rock crowd was really into it (I think having their skulls crushed by the double drummers helped a lot).

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 16 June 2018 20:54 (five days ago) Permalink

A bassist I've done some playing with put out his debut as a leader, don't know what I expected but it's really lovely:
https://shiftingparadigmrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dear-friend-2

Has some folk elements that remind me of the Fellowship.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 19:05 (two days ago) Permalink

x-post- Kamasi Washington is also on new Florence and the Machine album coming out June 29, and doing some shows opening for her/them

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:22 (two days ago) Permalink

Silkheart is putting their catalog up on Bandcamp.

https://silkheart.bandcamp.com/

Tons of crucial early titles by Charles Gayle (they were the first label to record him), David S. Ware, Other Dimensions in Music, Matthew Shipp, and a ton more. All for just $7 each.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 19:02 (yesterday) Permalink

So I'll be in NYC (staying in the Village) June 23-July 1, and I'm hoping to use the opportunity to hear some jazz. There's quite a bit going on, e.g., William Parker, David Murray, Ravi Coltrane, and JD Scott afterhours at Smalls (not to mention a lot of other stuff). As I've never been to NYC for jazz, any must-see things or places?

Pataphysician, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 19:41 (yesterday) Permalink

Wow

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 21 June 2018 15:28 (seven hours ago) Permalink

If any band can give shredding a worthy context...

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 21 June 2018 15:38 (seven hours ago) Permalink


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