Rolling Jazz Thread 2019

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I hear it's gonna expand beyond London this year.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 4 January 2019 17:55 (eight months ago) link

Tuba player Theon Cross (of Sons of Kemet) has a solo album, Fyah, coming out February 15. On 6 of 8 tracks it's just him, Nubya Garcia on sax, and Moses Boyd on drums; on the other two they add another saxophonist, electric guitar, trombone, and percussion. Really good stuff.

https://theoncross.bandcamp.com/album/fyah

Great album cover, too:

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0979737946_10.jpg

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 4 January 2019 18:02 (eight months ago) link

The NPR Jazz Critics' Poll results are out: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/05/682193795/the-2018-npr-music-jazz-critics-poll

My ballot:

NEW RELEASES
Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
We Out Here (Brownswood)
Camilla George, The People Could Fly (Ubuntu)
Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)
Ingrid Laubrock, Contemporary Chaos Practices (Intakt)
Nicole Mitchell, Maroon Cloud (FPE)
Maisha, There Is a Place (Brownswood)
Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL
J-Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan, 1969-1984 (BBE)
Wes Montgomery, In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording (Resonance)
Milford Graves, Bäbi (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

VOCAL
No choice.

DEBUT
Maisha, There Is a Place (Brownswood)

LATIN
No choice.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 January 2019 15:16 (eight months ago) link

good vocal one is D Virelles Singer's Grove album that he recorded with a load of Cuban talent.

calzino, Saturday, 5 January 2019 15:28 (eight months ago) link

So anyone read that Dexter Gordon book yet?

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 5 January 2019 15:30 (eight months ago) link

Thought Phil did

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:19 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, it's good - lots of inside-the-industry stuff and discussion of aspects of Gordon's life not made known to jazz journalists at the time ('cause Gordon didn't want to talk about them). One omission I found interesting - she talks about his post-prison comeback album Daddy Plays the Horn, but entirely omits Dexter Blows Hot and Cool, which came out the same year (1955) and is one of my favorite of his records. Oh, well.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:26 (eight months ago) link

Is there much about their time in Cuernavaca?

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:31 (eight months ago) link

Some, yeah. A lot about his time in Scandinavia, too. One thing I thought was really interesting was how they created the whole "Dexter Returns to America!" myth in the mid '70s - in fact, he'd been coming back for gigs about once a year the whole time he was living in Europe, but she somehow sold it as his "return from exile" or whatever. It's a really great look at how legends are created.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:36 (eight months ago) link

lucas gillan's re-imagining of the third herbie nichols record was a nice recent find for me

https://lucasgillan.bandcamp.com/album/chit-chatting-with-herbie

errang (rushomancy), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:41 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, I'm gonna be talking about that one on Stereogum later this month.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 January 2019 17:51 (eight months ago) link

Copying and pasting this here from my Facebook page:

Wayne Shorter topping the NPR jazz critics' poll (I didn't vote for it) is one of the starkest "what critics like vs. what the public likes" splits in a while, I think, because the music was totally inaccessible unless you were willing to drop at least $55 (Amazon's price for the 3CD version). Which is fine, whatever. Critics gonna critic. (I don't know if they mailed physical copies to bigger-name writers, but *I* only got MP3s and a PDF.)

It's more interesting to me that Blue Note, a label that's really good about getting most of its catalog out there digitally - they regularly tweet that some obscure catalog title or another has been added to Spotify and iTunes - decided Wayne Shorter was strictly for the luxury market. I mean, it's not like you NEED the comic. It's not connected to the music in any way.

Would the album have done as well with reviewers if it hadn't been packaged as this grand objay dart? Was this the jazz equivalent of Kanye West flying pop journalists to Wyoming to hear 20 minutes of music in the company of celebrities?

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 5 January 2019 20:35 (eight months ago) link

Cool, thanks unperson. Might read that one on vacation.

I probably said this on last year's thread but I talked to that tuba player at his gig a few months ago. Super nice dude, and as I was watching him I was like "I bet this dude loves Nat (my friend from Youngblood Brass Band)", and he was like yup, he's the whole reason I started playing.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 5 January 2019 23:30 (eight months ago) link

Wayne Shorter topping the NPR jazz critics' poll (I didn't vote for it) is one of the starkest "what critics like vs. what the public likes" splits in a while, I think, because the music was totally inaccessible unless you were willing to drop at least $55 (Amazon's price for the 3CD version). Which is fine, whatever. Critics gonna critic. (I don't know if they mailed physical copies to bigger-name writers, but *I* only got MP3s and a PDF.)

― grawlix (unperson)

i mean that really seems like an npr thing. i remember a couple years ago when they went all-in talking about how great the savory collection was. it's streaming - if you have apple music. otherwise, forget it - i don't think anybody's even bothered to pirate that shit, which makes it serious long-tail stuff.

rym has the shorter at 26 ratings and one review, which starts off by calling it "generally disappointing". (for comparison, "kids see ghosts" has 12,522 ratings, and "your queen is a reptile" has 2,552.) on the other hand, it at least appears to have been pirated.

errang (rushomancy), Sunday, 6 January 2019 03:23 (eight months ago) link

this also, by the way, makes the wayne shorter album both less heard on rym and lower rated than the new squirrel nut zippers album. did you know the squirrel nut zippers had a new album? 44 people on rym did!

errang (rushomancy), Sunday, 6 January 2019 03:30 (eight months ago) link

been listening to the trygve seim album from last year, helsinki songs, lately. i know he's well established but i hadn't known him, it's nice to hear a solid ECMy album every now and again.

dude's got hella beard and flowing tresses

j., Sunday, 6 January 2019 04:27 (eight months ago) link

Listening to the new Resonance Records Eric Dolphy set, Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions. It's the albums Conversations and Iron Man, plus an additional 85 minutes of previously unreleased alternate takes. One of the best things about it, to my ear, is that the old albums have been remastered in mono, and sound incredibly vivid.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 6 January 2019 14:54 (eight months ago) link

Phil, you need to bring up this question of critics with Harold Mabern when you interview him, I’m sure he will have a lot to say. Ask him about Calvin Newborn as well.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 15:18 (eight months ago) link

Rest in peace, Alvin Fielder.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 6 January 2019 15:29 (eight months ago) link

RIP.

Speaking of Dexter, this morning Michael Bourne is playing some stuff he recorded with Eddie Jefferson that I hadn't known about before.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 15:34 (eight months ago) link

Such as "Lester's Trip to the Moon."

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 15:35 (eight months ago) link

First night of the winter jazzfest marathon last night mostly spent at Subculture, where I caught Ghost Train Orchestra playing Moondog (remarkably good; can't wait for the album!), Joel Ross (noteworthy vibraphone player; technically strong band that didn't click for me), Theo Bleckmann and The Westerlies (doing a social justice project, utterly beautiful)

Will likely go to the Medeski Martin and Wood/Alarm Will Sound show at Brooklyn Steel later this week; album didn't leave much of a mark but figure it's worth the trip

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 6 January 2019 17:36 (eight months ago) link

Love Ghost Train Orchestra; don't care much for Bleckmann but it's part of my larger antipathy to jazz vocals.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 6 January 2019 17:38 (eight months ago) link

oh i've been a bleckmann fan for almost twenty years now; that guy can do no wrong by me.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 6 January 2019 18:15 (eight months ago) link

i can co-sign Camila, both Sashas, Jaimie Branch and Chris Beck.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:20 (eight months ago) link

I like this video I just found on Veronica Swift
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l69lHOONHCM

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:31 (eight months ago) link

Have been aware of Camila for the better part of a decade so don't really think of her as a New Artist.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:33 (eight months ago) link

Branch is great, Connie Han is OK, and I like Barber and Beck. I don't care about any of the singers, obviously.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:38 (eight months ago) link

Then perhaps you will ignore me saying I just enjoyed seeing Gabrielle Stravelli perform her new Willie Nelson tribute album at Birdland, where I sat next to fellow Bob Dorough enthusiast Daryl Sherman. Wish I could have stayed for the second set and then gone upstairs to see Kurt Elling, although I did peek through the window of that show for a bit on my way in and out.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:45 (eight months ago) link

Oh yeah, Will Friedwald was apparently there too.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:45 (eight months ago) link

Maybe I should post about on semi-dormant Jazz Vocalist thread or even Rolling Country, but I can't run fast enough to jump on that boxcar.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:05 (eight months ago) link

Thanks for the jazz vocalists posts. I am fine with them whichever thread you use.

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 January 2019 02:41 (eight months ago) link

Thanks. I did a double take for a second, because even though I am completely clear on who you two posters are, your screennames are sufficiently similar that I have to read carefully otherwise I might misattribute.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 January 2019 03:03 (eight months ago) link

Anyway, even though I didn’t have to time to go see Kurt Elling other than lingering in the lobby for a second, I will say that I am finally warming up to him after keeping him at a distance for quite a while because his voice sounded too good, too rich. I like the Mark Murphy element of his singing, for one thing.

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 January 2019 03:36 (eight months ago) link

albatre - the fall of the damned

^^^
been enjoying this one today. Late '18 release on Clean Feed and it is an earbleeding noise metal trio that you might like if Ground Zero was a thing to you.

calzino, Monday, 7 January 2019 16:04 (eight months ago) link

when I say noise metal I meant an Ornette influenced jazz metal thing!

calzino, Monday, 7 January 2019 16:05 (eight months ago) link

Thanx unperson for citing We Out Here on Pazz & Jop thread: bandcamp page proved quite refreshing in itself and as gateway. Speaking of Nubya Garcia, "Source" ended up making my own P&J Singles:
https://nubyagarcia.bandcamp.com/track/source And your Sons of Kemet album pick provided another Single, "My Queen is Anna Julia Cooper":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HapYxFBF_Lk

dow, Monday, 7 January 2019 17:04 (eight months ago) link

Got around to watching/listening to the LP/DVD combo for this https://hypnoticbrassfilm.com/ - film is a good overview of their background and approach, album is about what you would expect based on the film. It does differ from other releases I've heard of theirs in that there's a fair amount of rapping on it, and it's clear these guys are hip hop generation through and through, in the rhythms and riffs they tend to lean on. Oddly, it seems like there's very little improvisation in their output, no one ever really takes solos nor do they go in for any collective free-blowing, so not sure how jazzy I would say this is really. Maybe that's just a function of being a brass band idk.

Οὖτις, Monday, 7 January 2019 18:18 (eight months ago) link

I think it's just a function of Hypnotic. I like them alright if I remember to not think of it in relation to New Orleans brass bands in any way. They're just very specific (highly arranged, not very loud or high energy, etc).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 7 January 2019 18:39 (eight months ago) link

def very highly arranged

Οὖτις, Monday, 7 January 2019 18:41 (eight months ago) link

Are Bill Charlap and Danny Huston the same person?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwVh0HUUwAAGVfE.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwVh0HXUwAAT399.jpg

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 7 January 2019 20:51 (eight months ago) link

That sounds really interesting, calzino. Ground Zero was a thing for me. I'll look for it.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 15:20 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, thanks for the tip. James B, please feel free to post about the Willie Nelson (or whatever) on RC 2019 (or wherever). Nelson's recent Sinatra trib has jazz-related appeal. Bluesy version of "What Is This Thing Called Love" keeps prowling my head, with Norah Jones slipping along there too. She's proved an effective duet partner-around-the-edges over the years, in the Willie Zone, where she's not Snorah, just cool.

dow, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:19 (eight months ago) link

I wanna give some love to the excellent new release by Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas album. Been a regular feature on my commutes this past month - love the textural feel of it, the precise layered groove construction on the tracks around the Jarrett-esque noodles and vamps on the keys. Very fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJvNrjN2d90

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 09:06 (eight months ago) link

^^^this was very nice to listen to driving through the desert at night

gbx, Thursday, 10 January 2019 02:15 (eight months ago) link

i am digging this guy Kassa Overall's new album, Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz; decent hip hop/jazz fusion, fun and easy to enjoy
https://www.kassaoverall.com
https://open.spotify.com/album/6tSHSLgLy19DgFpzKHrrJv?si=lIUlmcSXQKCdlGBAl4XJXQ

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:53 (eight months ago) link

He's doing a show with Jason Moran at the Jazz Gallery next week; I'm planning to go.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 13 January 2019 22:23 (eight months ago) link

So what about this young French lady who sings “Giant Steps” and “Frevo” who was at Winter Jazzfest, Camille Bertault?

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 13 January 2019 23:03 (eight months ago) link

Recently discovered this:
https://img.discogs.com/fTncE1EcrY_WFJxu39TnvPboVY4=/fit-in/600x596/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-9094566-1486511406-4176.jpeg.jpg

Great relatively unknown singer--sort of a female chet baker with a few Ella-like touches. I skip Body and Soul and Stormy Weather--never want to hear those songs again--but otherwise really nice stuff. Great, great guitar work by Barney Kessel dominating the accompaniment.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 January 2019 16:54 (eight months ago) link

ezra collective tour announced!

Mordy, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 16:56 (two months ago) link

Went to the Dave Douglas ‘Engage’ gig at the Jazz Cafe tonight...really nice...interesting line-up...reminded me at times of Henry Cow...love his playing...

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Monday, 22 July 2019 01:06 (one month ago) link

Just listened to Rhonda Hamilton's farewell party on WBGO and feeling a little stirred up. Stumbled upon Cat Russell performing live on the Dizzy's feed which is taking the edge off.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 29 July 2019 00:14 (one month ago) link

Her band is up to the task.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 29 July 2019 00:29 (one month ago) link

Guitar player is great for this stuff, Matt Munisteri. Hope they stream the next set.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 29 July 2019 00:43 (one month ago) link

https://jamesbrandonlewis.bandcamp.com/releases

missed that there was a new james brandon lewis record earlier this year

j., Monday, 29 July 2019 04:50 (one month ago) link

Just learned about Danish guitarist Henrik Andersen recently. His new Soundcloud release WTF Variations consists of pretty interesting and intricate knotty solo acoustic guitar jams. 12 tracks here, not organized into a playlist: https://soundcloud.com/henrik-andersen-612974251

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:42 (one month ago) link

Ten more strings but one less neck than Metheny's Pikasso (by the same luthier I believe): http://www.oddmusic.com/gallery/pikasso1.jpg

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:53 (one month ago) link

Turns out the new album is completely notated, which makes sense.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:53 (one month ago) link

Tbh, I wasn't sure if it belonged more here or in the acoustic fingerpicking thread but dude seems to mostly be considered a jazz player.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:54 (one month ago) link

NPR filmed Sons of Kemet's performance at this year's Big Ears festival:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a4fgVKpMiw

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:02 (one month ago) link

I'm kind of amazed to be saying this, but the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is putting out some really good records lately. Swing Symphony, which came out a month ago or so, and Jazz and Art, which came out today, are both really interesting and worth hearing.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 2 August 2019 18:14 (one month ago) link

loving this new Nérija album

Mordy, Friday, 2 August 2019 19:08 (one month ago) link

I interviewed guitarist Shirley Tetteh, who's in Nérija, Maisha, and the SEED Ensemble, for Bandcamp.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 9 August 2019 15:41 (one month ago) link

for those that don't know nubya garcia is also in nerija

Mordy, Friday, 9 August 2019 15:57 (one month ago) link

unperson have u heard this yet? https://thevinylfactory.com/product/untitled/ looks good - i wanted to see if nubya + shabaka had collaborated on anything and this came up but i don't think they actually play together on the album. have they actually played together on anything that u know of?

Mordy, Friday, 9 August 2019 16:00 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I reviewed that for The Wire an issue or two back.

Garcia guests on one track on the last Sons of Kemet album; I forget which one. And they played together on the Maisha track that opens the We Out Here compilation - Hutchings is on bass clarinet.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 9 August 2019 16:11 (one month ago) link

sons of kemet live are a trip

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 9 August 2019 18:50 (one month ago) link

best show i've seen this year was comet is coming

Mordy, Friday, 9 August 2019 19:00 (one month ago) link

i love the theon cross too - nubya garcia is on the opener of that ("activate" w/ moses boyd too)

Mordy, Friday, 9 August 2019 19:02 (one month ago) link

Likewise xp

Heez, Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:38 (one month ago) link

These guys really need to tour my hemisphere. Australia would be good but i’d Gladly sell a limb to get to japan if they got there.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 10 August 2019 02:09 (one month ago) link

from Omnivore (who should have also mentioned that he's playing with Hank Jones, Billy Higgins, Charlie Haden, Al Foster, and George Cables on these albums):

Art Pepper
Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings

Release date: September 13, 2019

Pre-Order 5-CD Boxed Set $55.98

Digital Available Sept. 13
Description
The Complete Art Pepper Artists House Sessions.

“Art Pepper had had a brilliant career as a jazz soloist and band leader until the mid-1950s when he started using heroin. After that, incarcerations and treatments in prisons and hospitals, kept him off the stages and out of the studios. He was only able to record sporadically until he got (relatively) sober in Synanon in 1972, and married Laurie—me. Then, in the last ten years of his life, he composed, recorded, and toured more ambitiously than ever before, focused on securing his place among the true jazz greats—where he knew he belonged.”

—from the liner notes by Laurie Pepper

Producer John Snyder had always wanted to record Pepper and booked him into a week at the Village Vanguard in New York. At the time, Pepper was under contract to Contemporary Records and label head, Les Koenig, decided he would record the gigs, quashing any notion Snyder had of doing the same. However, Art promised Snyder that he’d record an album for Snyder’s label, Artists House, at some point down the road. Together they wound up making four.

Here for the first time are the complete Artists House sessions including 21 previously unissued takes. The original albums drawn from these sessions, So In Love, Artworks, New York Album, and Stardust, have been remastered and expanded with additional takes, some having appeared previously on releases such as The Complete Galaxy Recordings and Artists House—Complete (download only), while some appear here for the first time.

Laurie Pepper has provided liner notes and photographs she took at the sessions. Altogether, this is the most comprehensive window into the Artists House sessions ever likely to be.

“John and Art both kept their promises. John brought Art into the wider world; he put him on the road. Just as he said he would, he brought him to New York and to the Village Vanguard, got his picture in the papers, got him on the radio. From Art, John got his dearest wish. He made these 32 recordings.”

—from the liner notes by Laurie Pepper

5-CD / Digital Track List:

Disc 1 – So In Love:

Straight No Chaser (Take 3)
Blues For Blanche
So In Love
Diane
Stardust

Bonus Tracks:

Yesterdays (Take 2)
Landscape
Straight No Chaser (Take 4)*

Disc 2 – Artworks:

Body And Soul
Anthropology (Take 2)
Desafinado (Take 2)
Donna Lee
You Go To My Head
Blues For Blanche (Alternate A)

Bonus Tracks:

Desafinado (Take 1)*
Anthropology (Take 1)*
Donna Lee (Alternate A)
Blues For Blanche (Alternate B)
You Go To My Head (Alternate A)

Disc 3 – New York Album:

A Night In Tunisia (Take 2)
Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)
Straight, No Chaser (Take 2)
Duo Blues
My Friend John

Bonus Tracks:

Johnny’s Blues
A Night In Tunisia (Take 1)*
Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) (Clarinet)
Straight, No Chaser (Take 1)*
My Friend John (Alternate B)

Disc 4 – Stardust:

My Friend John (Alternate A)
Tin Tin Deo
Stardust (Alternate A)
In A Mellow Tone (Take 2)

Bonus Tracks:

Art’s Sweet Blues
But Beautiful (Take 1)
You Go To My Head (Alternate B)*
Yesterdays (Take 3)*
Stardust (Alternate B)*
In A Mellow Tone (Take 1)*

Disc 5 – Sessions:

Blues For Blanche (Alternate C)*
Yesterdays (Take 1)
My Friend John (Take 1 – Long False Start)*
My Friend John (Take 2 – False Start)*
Blues For Blanche (Alternate D)*
Stardust (Long False Start)*
Donna Lee (Alternate B)
But Beautiful (Take 2)
A Night In Tunisia (Take 3)
Blues For Blanche (Alternate E)
Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) (Alternate Sax Take)*

* Previously unissued.

dow, Monday, 12 August 2019 01:21 (one month ago) link

Cool. Learned in recent years that Laurie Pepper played a major part in the writing of Straight Life, which is a big part of why it is so good.

Another Fule Clickin’ In Your POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 12 August 2019 01:32 (one month ago) link

Art Pepper is one of those dudes I wish I liked better than I do.

I just interviewed George Cables for an upcoming podcast. We talked about Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, and Dexter Gordon...but not Art Pepper.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 12 August 2019 01:36 (one month ago) link

(can't resist posting this, sorry) Cables played with him quite a bit, always well, far as I've ever heard. Here there are with one of my faves from the forthcoming, a remarkably justified 11'40" of "So In Love":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_4jLzxD_Xw

dow, Monday, 12 August 2019 02:26 (one month ago) link

(Haden and Higgins are on there too.)

dow, Monday, 12 August 2019 02:27 (one month ago) link

Yeah, the Nérija album is great, as was their EP from a few years ago. I love Shirley Tetteh's guitar playing. There's something about them that remonds me of bands like Rip Rig & Panic - I can imagine a young Neneh Cherry bouncing around with them at a GLC festival in the early 80s.

fetter, Friday, 16 August 2019 10:38 (one month ago) link

Going to the Jazz Gallery tonight to see Taylor Ho Bynum's 9-Tette:

Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet, compositions
Jim Hobbs - alto saxophone
Ingrid Laubrock - tenor & soprano saxophones
Bill Lowe – bass trombone, tuba
Mary Halvorson - electric guitar
Tomeka Reid - cello
Ken Filiano - acoustic bass
Stomu Takeishi - electric bass
Tomas Fujiwara - drums

They've got an album coming out next month that's really good, so I'm looking forward to hearing the music live.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 16 August 2019 16:31 (one month ago) link

show all messages, ctrl + f, 'ill considered', not found.

A shame, as vol. 6 is pretty damn good.

pomenitul, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:22 (four weeks ago) link

I might have talked about them in last year's thread - I've been a fan for a while. I wrote about them here. They've got a new one coming pretty soon.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 19 August 2019 15:16 (four weeks ago) link

Good stuff, thanks.

Bits of vol. 6 reminded me of Jan Garbarek's halcyon days ca. Afric Pepperbird. I'm a sucker for that sound.

pomenitul, Monday, 19 August 2019 15:19 (four weeks ago) link

Encouraging take on Coltrane's soundtrack of re-recordings,Blue World out Sept. 27:
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/16/751516859/a-lost-album-from-john-coltrane-is-found-with-thanks-to-a-french-canadian-direct

dow, Monday, 19 August 2019 16:59 (four weeks ago) link

Also encouraging: most of the excerpts from Abdullah Ibrahim's The Balance, out now--stream /read about it here:
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/06/748739170/the-balance-abdullah-ibrahim-is-deeply-rooted-yet-sounds-like-no-one-else

dow, Monday, 19 August 2019 17:10 (four weeks ago) link

I thought about going to see Ibrahim at the Jazz Standard. The album's good, if a little low-key.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 19 August 2019 17:24 (four weeks ago) link

I'm no Lettuce fan but this Adam Deitch record is really enjoyable, in a classic soul jazz vein. It sounds amazing too.

https://open.spotify.com/album/4zIoDg3T014z7nstlEliQ8?si=kIn9FI9lRDGIOj14rOa8VQ

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:53 (two weeks ago) link

A lot of nice stuff on the new Kevin Hays/Lionel Loueke album Hope: https://kevinhays-lionelloueke.bandcamp.com/album/hope . A good mix of uptempo material that might suggest West African rhythmic influences (?) like "Violeta" and "Aziza"; slower, delicate instrumental material; and vocal songs.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 12:45 (two weeks ago) link

show all messages, ctrl + f, 'ill considered', not found.

A shame, as vol. 6 is pretty damn good.

― pomenitul, maandag 19 augustus 2019 16:22 (two weeks ago)


Not really within the scope of this thread musically, but they've released an album as madmadmad (Poper Music) that is fantastic.

willem, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 13:10 (two weeks ago) link

The earliest known film of Miles Davis performing, on French TV in 1957, has recently been unearthed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdrjmm46YgY

That's Barney Wilen on tenor sax, René Urtreger on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 5 September 2019 11:35 (one week ago) link

Love those last two

The Fearless Thread Killers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 September 2019 11:43 (one week ago) link

In other Miles news, I reviewed the "lost" 80s album Rubberband for Stereogum. Short version: If you like '80s Miles, it's pretty good, just skip over all the tracks with vocalists.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:10 (one week ago) link

Yeah, been wondering about that.

I bought the Art Ensemble of Chicago's We Are On The Edge mostly because of the instrumentation, as much or more than the players, as listed by grawlix way upthread---on headphones, especially, you will hear all of this (call it chamber jazz and para-jazz, maybe most of it through-composed, though it's a vast chamber...
Roscoe Mitchell – sopranino, soprano and alto saxophones
Famoudou Don Moye – drums, congas, djembe, dundun, gongs, Congo bells, bendir, triangles, Thai bells, shakers
Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa) – voice, poetry (Disc One #3, 4, 10)
Rodolfo Cordova-Lebron – voice (Disc One #1, 6, 9)
Hugh Ragin – trumpets, flugelhorn, Thai bells
Fred Berry – trumpet, flugelhorn
Nicole Mitchell – piccolo, flute, bass flute
Christina Wheeler – voice, Array mbira, autoharp, Q-Chord, Moog Theremini, sampler, electronics
Jean Cook – violin
Edward Yoon Kwon – viola
Tomeka Reid – cello
Silvia Bolognesi – bass
Jaribu Shahid – bass, tuned brass bowls
Junius Paul – bass
Dudù Kouaté – djembe, tama/talking drum, calabashes, kanjira, whistles, chimes, bells and small percussions (Disc One only)
Enoch Williamson – bongos, congas, djembe, kenkeni, okonkolo, Congo bells, chekeré, shakers, tama/talking drum
Titos Sompa – vocals, congas, mbira, Congo bells, cuica, shakers
Stephen Rush – conductor

... a canopied chamber: you want the forests of the lost homeland, of Earth, here's just some of what that could feel like, in terms of levels and degrees of light, like that album title, incl shade, shading, shades, nuances growing and standing this way and that, with apprehension and awe and alertness require d at all times.

The first 25 minutes or so seemed way too slow the first time I listened, but then the boombox immediately started replaying Disc I--during which I had grabbed a coffee and pumped up the volume---and this time I was immediately grabbed by the forest floor momentum, which goes to big bustling "Chi-Congo 50," def recalling the history of Chicago and the Congo, and Congo Square gets mentioned by Moor Mother, who is invaluable here.

Her exhortation of the title track takes some acerbic turns, like yeah we went forth into bold idealistic adventures, quests---and then "back to the projects," where yeah gotta organize, share what we've learned, but still here we are back in the projects (which might be grant-writing etc. art projects as well as housing projects). Immediately followed, about half-an-hour in, by "I Greet You With Open Arms," also with a somewhat disconcerting Octavia E. Butler, Toni Morrison vibe or zone: she puts the moor in mother alright, but not mad at ya, just that Mama's got some rules, (is the way I take her sound as much as words).

She might be a disciplinary influence on the slightly hushed, so-far-orderly anticipation of travelers swarming into "Oasis at Dusk"---also those who greet them---and I still haven't gotten to Disc 2, the live performance, with some of these titles and more.

Several tracks are here:
[https://artensembleofchicago.bandcamp.com/album/we-are-on-the-edge-a-50th-anniversary-celebration

dow, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:14 (one week ago) link

Moor Mother is fantastic, but seriously intimidating. Have you heard her group Irreversible Entanglements? It's more Ayler-esque free jazz and her going full-on revolutionary up front.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:19 (one week ago) link

That's some great Kenny Clarke footage

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:26 (one week ago) link

xpost Thanks! OMG here's Irreversible Entanglements on International Anthem's bandcamp, along with Jaimie Branch and Makaya McCraven and several performers also on We Are On The Edge:

https://intlanthem.bandcamp.com/ I'll brace myself...

dow, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:35 (one week ago) link

I was contacted today by someone I respect in the music field, who is trying to figure out why labels aren't interested in a jazz session he produced. I tried to give some frank advice, and pass it on here in case it might be of interest to others in a similar situation. pic.twitter.com/0N3FChqBy2

— Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) September 5, 2019

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 6 September 2019 01:54 (one week ago) link

The sample track from the new Rez Abbasi is p cool. He's still mining the same intricate South Asian-jazz fusion territory and gets good results. Mrdangam/ghatam/kanjira as well as drum kit : https://rezabbasi.bandcamp.com/album/a-throw-of-dice

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 6 September 2019 01:58 (one week ago) link

He’s not wrong.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 6 September 2019 01:58 (one week ago) link

Really love this one from Samuel Prather.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PJmCT0Ykio

Heez, Thursday, 12 September 2019 02:19 (five days ago) link


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