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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 (eleven 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.

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

HT album is great, thanks for the tip!

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

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

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

going to go listen to the BA interview now!

budo jeru, Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:49 (eleven 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.

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

budo jeru, Sunday, 7 January 2018 22:08 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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

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

Coming soon: Preemo's Club Henny at Lincoln Center

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

NPR are streaming the new Sunwatchers album

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

(as well as Julian Lage's)

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

This is just what I want tonight, actually.

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


change display name (Jordan), Friday, 2 February 2018 16:24 (ten 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)

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

Yeah, that's a great album.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 3 February 2018 13:28 (ten 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!

Anna-Lena Schnabel @ JazzBaltica: online til 20 Oct 2018

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

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

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

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

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 18:35 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 16 February 2018 02:33 (ten 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.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:22 (nine 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:

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

Definitely enjoyed that

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

yup, that was great

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

Electronic Press Kit for new David Murray/Saul Williams alb, out 2/16, anybody heard the whole thing?

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

I interviewed Tony Allen for Down Beat.

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

anyone recommend a good 2018 spotify list to follow?

this one has lots of good stuff, but it's mostly Danish

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

Nels Cline 4 jam concisely on song from new album, info and live-in-studio vid link here:
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 (nine months ago) Permalink

I saw him in an interesting context, at the Jazz Vespers at St. Peter's. Would be good to see him properly in a club.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 November 2018 21:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Yes, their name was what drew me in, but the Austrian trio Cowboys From Hell - sax, electric bass, drums, and loads of electronics - are pretty good. Jazz, rock, dub, and synthwave all swirled into one big roar that's kind of like a cross between The Thing and Shining (the Norwegian industrial-jazz-metal act), with a dash of crazed fusion and the occasional burst of funk bass. Their new album Running Man came out on Friday; I'm listening to it on Spotify.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 5 November 2018 13:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Brad Mehldau Trio's record from this year (Seymour Reads the Constitution!) is really great. Feels effortlessly so, they're all so good.

Side note I was listening to 'Great Day', which I now know is a Paul McCartney song, but had to check because that melody really sounds like Cruisin' (Smokey Robinson).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 5 November 2018 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

New Szun Waves live album is v enjoyable:

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Friday, 9 November 2018 04:31 (one month ago) Permalink

heck yeah

budo jeru, Friday, 9 November 2018 05:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Cool, thanks

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 9 November 2018 15:07 (one month ago) Permalink

This is from 2014 but I'd never seen it before and it made me laugh.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 12 November 2018 22:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Gagg, those Jarrett sounds! "aaawww aaaawwww yaaaaawwwwwww" etc

Tompkins Square's 2017 2LP reissue sold out in a flash. Today, we released a 2CD version featuring six additional previously unreleased false starts and alternate takes, plus numerous previously unseen photographs.


Praise for Sonny Clark Trio : The 1960 Time Sessions :

"Top Ten Jazz Reissue of the Year"
-- NPR Jazz Critics Poll

"Here he states his own themes and commands his own space, letting the light of his major harmonies vie with the darkness of his blues."
-- The New York Times, 12/1/17

"The remastering has given the sound an intimate new presence."
-- Downbeat - 4.5 / 5 stars

"Tompkins Square has certainly done right by Clark's legacy, with new liner notes and a high quality pressing." - Clifford Allen (NYC Jazz Record)

"Top Five Jazz Reissue of the Year"
-- NYC Jazz Record

"You'll like the sound . . . Easily and highly recommended !"
-- Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

"Now you can hear the real thing again, hipper than ever."
-- PopMatters (8/10)

"This is the way jazz re-releases should be done."
-- All About Jazz

Sonny Clark's reputation as one of the finest jazz pianists of his era has grown in recent years, with many folks rediscovering his classic Blue Note recordings like 'Cool Struttin', 'Dial 'S' for Sonny', 'Leapin' and Lopin', as well as session work with Lee Morgan, Grant Green and others. Cut down by heroin addiction at age 31 in 1961, Clark's legacy continues to expand.

The Time sessions were produced by the late Bob Shad, owner of Time and Mainstream Records. The reissue includes the original Time album re-mastered from the original tapes by Dave Donnelly, plus an extra disc of 12 alternate takes. Nat Hentoff wrote the original liner notes, included in the reissue package, and former New York Times critic Ben Ratliff contributes a new 3500-word essay. The set was produced for reissue by Mia Apatow (Time Records) and Josh Rosenthal (Tompkins Square).

dow, Monday, 12 November 2018 23:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Sorry about some of those blurbs, in retrospect. Good album tho.

dow, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Haven't heard the added false starts and alt takes, however.

dow, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw JD Allen’s new trio tonight at the Jazz Gallery. The bassist and drummer were both about 19 or 20, and he guided them a little - clapping to give the drummer the tempo, nodding or verbally confirming when solos shouldbegin or end - but it was a good, high-energy set full of bluesy tunes that swung hard (some of which I recognized from his albums) and a couple of ballads. He took a longish unaccompanied solo that was really nice. They reprised the first tune to end the set, which was cool. And no sheet music on the bandstand! That might have been a first in Jazz Gallery history.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 18 November 2018 03:31 (one month ago) Permalink

On the radio, just now listened to a rerun of this: Iyer is or was the music director of the festival, presenting a good range,reportedly, though this show spotlights his own compositions---so far, Tyshawn Sorey's drums are what grabbed my attention and kept me listening for more, as so often happens with drummers, And if I never get past the drums, at least I got them.
Oh yeah, this page also eventually provides a link to this event(kind of burying the lede):
...pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and trombonist/electronic artist George Lewis, all elder statesmen in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians — performed an hourlong concert free of any premeditated impulse, let alone a written score.

dow, Monday, 19 November 2018 03:50 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Recently read a long featured review of the new movie Green Book, based on the real-life adventures of Don Shirley---somebody I used to read about in Downbeat eons ago, but don't think I've ever heard him--reviewer seemed very impressed by his music; are any of y'all familiar with it??

dow, Monday, 19 November 2018 03:54 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Dave Douglas recorded a four-night stand at the Jazz Standard in 2015, and released all eight sets digitally on Bandcamp. Now they've been packed into an 8CD box, which is available for $50, the same price as the digital set:

I'm seriously considering buying it. It's a really hot band: Jon Irabagon on sax, Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 19 November 2018 17:57 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Always see her billed as Linda May Han Oh these days.

Recnac and my 📛 is Yrral (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 November 2018 19:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Just got two Arthur Blythe multi-album reissues in the mail: the first has 1982's Elaborations, 1983's Light Blue: Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk and 1985's Put Sunshine In It, and the second has 1986's Da-Da and 1988's Basic Blythe. The same label (BGO) reissued his first four (1979's Lenox Avenue Breakdown, 1980's In The Tradition and Illusions, and 1981's Blythe Spirit) as a two-CD set in 2016, so his entire Columbia catalog is now remastered and back in print, which is awesome.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 18:11 (four weeks ago) Permalink

"Lenox Avenue Breakdown, 1980's In The Tradition and Illusions"

fucking brilliant trio of albums there!

calzino, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 18:56 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I love Arthur Blythe so much, Illusions & Lenox are all timers for me

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 19:34 (four weeks ago) Permalink

O hell yes---just for one example, great to hear Blood Ulmer in full bloom *and* as a sideman/valuable team player (tempted to say "most valuable," but been a while since I've heard Illusions, and Blythe always knew how to put together a team).
Reminds me, I should play my ancient, still-sealed CD reissue of John Patton's Accent on the Blues, which also incl. Ulmer, but it's maybe more of a conventional organ-guitar-drums trio? Should be good of its kind though.

dow, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 22:31 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i saw him play solo recently and his set was 110 minutes long! easily the longest single set i have ever seen at this particular venue.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 22:33 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Oh wow! I'm jealous

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Got to see Billy Harper recently at Church Of Sound. His London supporting band included Moses Boyd on drums! Church Of Sound is a really great monthly date for any London ILX Jazz fans.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 22 November 2018 11:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I bet that was amazing. I’ve only seen him with the Cookers, never as a leader.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 22 November 2018 12:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hi ilxors,

Where do I see jazz in New York?

bamcquern, Sunday, 25 November 2018 18:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

recently was hipped to robert (AKA cleve AKA frank) pozar's 1974 lp "solo percussion" -- amazing stuff. guy at 50 miles of elbow room is selling new old stock copies of that record for $60 if anybody is interested. i'd heard pozar's record on savoy from '67 (produced by bill dixon) but had forgotten he played in the early '60s with bob james. here's a cool video from that era:

budo jeru, Sunday, 25 November 2018 23:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

A young saxophonist named Xhosa Cole has won the BBC Young Jazz Musician award for 2018. He doesn't seem to have any records out - nothing on Spotify, nothing on Bandcamp - but here's a short video clip. I hope this isn't him at his best, cause it's just OK.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 26 November 2018 14:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks for posting that Bob James clip, budo jeru! My dad used to see them in Ann Arbor in the early '60s. The bassist (not identified in the youtube description) is Ron Brooks, who is apparently still active on the Ann Arbor scene.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 26 November 2018 15:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

O hell yes & he played on Explosions, BJ's ESP-DISK, as did Barre Phillips!
Yall what are the best jazz albums this year? Albums comprised of *new* jazz? I'm always
a magnet for reissues and prev. unreleased, so I don't mean those (well those too, okay).

dow, Tuesday, 27 November 2018 01:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

for me:

Bill Frisell - Music IS
Jakob Bro - Returnings
Sam Wilkes - WILKES

and if you find Hailu Mergia to be jazz then Lala Belu, too

niels, Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Apparently Verve released a new compilation called A Day in the Life: Impressions of Pepper last week for Record Store Day, and now the CD is coming out on Friday. It's a tribute to the motherfucking Beatles and motherfucking Sgt. Pepper's, but it's...not a fucking nightmare like I thought it would be. The cover's fucking hideous:

The track listing, though, is pretty damn impressive:

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band performed by Antonio Sanchez
2. With A Little Help From My Friends performed by Mary Halvorson
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds performed by Makaya McCraven
4. Getting Better performed by Wildflower
5. Fixing A Hole performed by Cameron Graves
6. She’s Leaving Home performed by Keyon Harrold
7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! performed by Brandee Younger
8. Within You Without You performed by Onyx Collective
9. When I’m Sixty Four performed by Sullivan Fortner
10. Lovely Rita performed by Miles Mosley
11. Good Morning Good Morning performed by Shabaka & The Ancestors
12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) performed by Antonio Sanchez
13. A Day In The Life performed by The JuJu Exchange

I'm about halfway through it and...I don't hate it. It kinda reminds me of Hal Willner's tributes to Mingus and Monk, with an all-jazz cast instead of rock ringers. I can actually...recommend this.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

weird how an album of the best music ever written by the beat band in history performed by a group of extraordinarily talented jazz musiicians could possibly be good! really makes ya think

budo jeru, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 01:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

jk :)

budo jeru, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 01:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A lot of times jazz guys doing rock material is kind of bad, for one thing because they don’t like to play non-swing rock time and sometimes end up playing some weak vaguely funky groove, say. Of course there have been plenty of exceptions over the years, but rule of thumb still holds.

Antonio Sanchez used to live right across the street from me but I believe I heard they finally moved. Think I only ever saw him once or twice since he tours a lot, but would see his fiancée Thana all the time.

Gottseidank, es ist Blecch Freitag (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 03:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I heard Atremis do a really noodley, diffuse-on-the-verses, going-vaguely-toward-fusion-lounge-on-the-chorus "Fool On The Hill," of all things, on this past weekend's Jazz Night In America. Might get to like it on record, but In The Moment na. Did get into some of xpost Allison Miller's drumming--drummers have to pull so much shit together, in every genre etc.
I suspect the only way to do this song right, is as ECM and/or Gil Evens zombie tread, super-slowly, from way across the fjord fog.
Would like to hear jazzers try "Blue Jay Way," "Dear Prudence," "I Am The Walrus," "She Said She Said."
Steve Marcus and Larry Coryell used to rip into "Tomorrow Never Knows" on occasion.
I did, this past summer, get experienced by "Eleanor Rigby," of all things, among several revelatory covers of songs I never gave a particular shit about, on Dennis Coffey'sOne Night At Morey's: 1968(the only track I don't like is "Cissy Strut," only because it's too close to the original, although that's quite an acheivement in itself, and if I were in the Motor City club audience when they played, with no NOLA or Meters handy, I'm sure I would have minded).
Otherwise, the expertise of guitar-organ-drums as orchestra is as resourceful as you please, in a no-nonsense way---the only per se jazz material is the closer, "Billie's Bounce," but they got the spirit and the focus:

dow, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 03:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

*Artemis*, that is---sorry!

dow, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 03:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Gil Evans not Evens yes

dow, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 03:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

uh yeah "achievement," "i before e" 50 times on the blackboard.

dow, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 03:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I saw Arun Ghosh a week ago and funnily enough he closed with a cover of "Tomorrow Never Knows" - mostly a showcase for the rhythm section tho, which is the least jazzy part of his combo. Still, hearing a horn section blare those verses was cool.

He was very great and high energy overall.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 November 2018 10:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

just listening to Gabriel Zucker's Weighting. A top notch piano/trumpet/sax quartet with the godlike T Sorey on drums, excellent stuff!

calzino, Friday, 30 November 2018 10:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, that’s a good one. I reviewed it twice, by mistake (had an assignment for Down Beat and then the NYC Jazz Record’s editor dropped it on me, too).

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 30 November 2018 12:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

dow, here are just some of the ones that have grabbed me this year:

tyshawn sorey - pillars
amaro freitas - rasif
cecile mclorin salvant - the window
dave holland, evan parker, craig taiborn & ches smith - uncharted territories
james brandon lewis, chad taylor - radiant imprints
jamie saft quartet - blue dream
lionel loueke - the journey
makaya mccraven - universal beings
halvorson / frisell - the girl with the flaxen hair
halvorson / lee - seed triangular
miles okazaki - work (i.e. the complete monk songbook)
salim washington - dogon revisited
steve coleman - live at the village vanguard
william parker - voices fall from the sky

but i feel like i'm not even close to doing enough listening yet.

halvorson has released a shitload under her name or groups this year, these are not even her major releases, i happened to like them more, though.

the james brandon lewis duo record is premised on a strategy of working later-career trane fragments into very songlike new music, so it definitely has a strain of familiarity to it but it feels remarkably vital. he's doing a lot of different things in recent records too.

some of these are literally huge - 2+ hours, 3 hours, 6 hours. i feel like the bandcamp era has really had an effect on artists w.r.t. freedom of release.

j., Friday, 30 November 2018 20:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"mystic beings" by baczkowski / nace / corsano just rips in exactly the right way for me right now. i think this might make it into my top 5 albums of the year

budo jeru, Sunday, 2 December 2018 19:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks, niels and j.! Esp. intrigued by mention of duo dub strategy.

dow, Sunday, 2 December 2018 19:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Of the list above, I like these a lot:

tyshawn sorey - pillars
amaro freitas - rasif
dave holland, evan parker, craig taiborn & ches smith - uncharted territories
james brandon lewis, chad taylor - radiant imprints
makaya mccraven - universal beings
salim washington - dogon revisited

Lewis has a fantastic new record coming out in February that features his working trio (bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Warren Trae Crudup III) plus Jaimie Branch on trumpet and Anthony Pirog on guitar. I'm hoping to interview him for The Wire with that as the hook.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 2 December 2018 21:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Just got a package from Dave Douglas's Greenleaf Music label. They sent me that 8CD live set by his quintet that I mentioned upthread, and Uplift: Twelve Pieces for Positive Action, which features Douglas on trumpet, Joe Lovano on saxes, Mary Halvorson and Julian Lage on guitars, Bill Laswell on bass, and Ian Chang on drums and electronics. The twelve tracks were originally released one a month exclusively to people who subscribed to Greenleaf via Bandcamp (which I don't), but now they've been compiled.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 7 December 2018 18:24 (one week ago) Permalink

The live Douglas box has me revisiting that band's three studio albums - Be Still from 2012, Time Travel from 2013, and Brazen Heart from 2015. That was a fantastic band.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 8 December 2018 01:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Watching this Nick Payton Tiny Desk (w/Jonathan Barber on drums, who I like a lot from Jeremy Pelt's stuff). I wondered how some of the stuff on his trio record with both trumpet and Rhodes was recorded (since he's playing both), like which one was played live with the group and which was overdubbed, but I guess it makes a lot more sense that he was playing both at the same time.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 14 December 2018 18:08 (four days ago) Permalink

Also, when you don't have brushes with you, just using your hands rather than sticks is an amazing choice.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 14 December 2018 18:15 (four days ago) Permalink

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