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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six months ago) link

So anyone read that Dexter Gordon book yet?

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

Thought Phil did

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

Rest in peace, Alvin Fielder.

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

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

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

def very highly arranged

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

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

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

Chamber-jazz/Indian carnatic music hybrid

Sold.

pomenitul, Friday, 21 June 2019 13:03 (four weeks ago) link

Rez Abbasi's Unfiltered Universe and Avataar's Petal are also recommended if you're looking for Indo-jazz hybrids from the last few years and don't know them.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 21 June 2019 13:07 (four weeks ago) link

I most definitely am. Thanks!

pomenitul, Friday, 21 June 2019 13:20 (four weeks ago) link

Dennis Gonzalez's Ataraxia - Ts'iibil Chaaltun is another good 'un.

calzino, Friday, 21 June 2019 13:20 (four weeks ago) link

forgot to mention Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition as well!

calzino, Friday, 21 June 2019 13:40 (four weeks ago) link

one of my alltime fave older ones is the marvelous joe harriott indo jazz suite, tho. fucking love that one.

calzino, Friday, 21 June 2019 13:57 (four weeks ago) link

I had bought a decent old copy of Oscar Peterson Trio's Affinity from a friends record sale a while back....I don't know if it's a particularly significant record and don't really know much about OP but I can listen to this over and over and over again and never get sick of it

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 21 June 2019 14:03 (four weeks ago) link

that means it is significant then :) some of my fave OP is his album with the legendary Ben Webster.

calzino, Friday, 21 June 2019 14:15 (four weeks ago) link

it just kind of takes me to that place when you first start listening to jazz and you almost imagine you are a different, more sophisticated person that lives in new york and sips coffee and reads the times then goes for a walk in central park

the band on this is Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 21 June 2019 14:19 (four weeks ago) link

ray brown is so classic!

calzino, Friday, 21 June 2019 14:19 (four weeks ago) link

just one of the most swingingest of bass players ever to breath oxygen!

calzino, Friday, 21 June 2019 14:21 (four weeks ago) link

Love that Joe Harriott album. The album he did with Amancio D'Silva, Hum Dono, is magnificent, as is D'Silva's solo album Integration.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Friday, 21 June 2019 14:22 (four weeks ago) link

Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Philip Bailey has a new album, Love Will Find a Way, out today on Verve. Kamasi Washington's on it, along with Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, Chick Corea, and Steve Gadd, and he does a couple of Curtis Mayfield songs. I'm listening to it now and so far it's really good.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 21 June 2019 14:52 (four weeks ago) link

Tbh you should try sipping your coffee Matt, it's a good way to drink coffee

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 21 June 2019 15:19 (four weeks ago) link

https://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/five-times-surprise

good is this.

calzino, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 09:57 (three weeks ago) link

Jakob Bro/Thomas Morgan/Joey Baron were magical last night! Sounded beautiful. Joelle Léandre/Lori Freedman were v cool too, if that counts as jazz. Really strong sense of dialogue and humour.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:04 (three weeks ago) link

I had bought a decent old copy of Oscar Peterson Trio's Affinity from a friends record sale a while back....I don't know if it's a particularly significant record and don't really know much about OP but I can listen to this over and over and over again and never get sick of it.

Ha, I just got a nice copy of Night Train for cheap this weekend. I had it on CD but hadn’t listened to it in years. It sucked me in when I put it on last night.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:12 (three weeks ago) link

title track is classic!

calzino, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:19 (three weeks ago) link

Journeying out to Brooklyn tonight to see JD Allen's new trio at some bar. His new album Barracoon is typically excellent, but twitchier/jumpier than his stuff with his previous rhythm section - the two new guys are roughly half his age, and you can hear it in the music.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:37 (three weeks ago) link

he'll do well to replace Liberty Ellman with someone as good, he's so versatile and talented.

calzino, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:42 (three weeks ago) link

Would've loved to be at that concert, Sund4r. All involved are amazing.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:44 (three weeks ago) link

Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Philip Bailey has a new album, Love Will Find a Way, out today on Verve. Kamasi Washington's on it, along with Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, Chick Corea, and Steve Gadd, and he does a couple of Curtis Mayfield songs. I'm listening to it now and so far it's really good.
― shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, June 21, 2019 2:52 PM

Thanks for the heads up on this; it's a good find!

JD Allen just got a nice piece in the NYT from Gio Russonello: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/24/arts/music/j-d-allen-barracoon.html

Interesting lineup for Roulette's "end of year" back to back shows in NYC: https://roulette.org/event/roulettes-40th-season-closing-party-1/

Saturday, July 20
Ikue Mori and Craig Taborn
Matana Roberts
Nels Cline with Zeena Parkins
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio (with Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen)

Sunday, July 21
John Zorn’s Simulacrum (John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski)
JG Thirlwell
John Medeski
Val Jeanty and Fay Victor

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 18:20 (three weeks ago) link

https://soundcloud.com/musicismysanctuary/exclusive-premiere-ethinic-heritage-ensemble-pharoah

just been blasting out latest Ethnic Heritage Ensemble album - it's good afro-jazz stuff.

calzino, Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:32 (three weeks ago) link

bluesy afro-jazz i should said.

calzino, Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:36 (three weeks ago) link

The JD Allen Trio show at Bar Bayeux (where fellow saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh is putting on shows in August, September, and October; someone else is booking July) was really good. His new drummer, Nic Cacioppo, is much more aggressive than Rudy Royston; he took a solo that was somewhere between Buddy Rich and Billy Cobham, while dressed like a member of the Fania All-Stars.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D-CJpOOXkAA1dmw.jpg

Apparently, Nubya Garcia was in town last night, too, at Nublu - I'm sorry I missed that show.

News for anyone who's got a spare hundred bucks lying around - Triple Point Records has just released Duets 1992, a 2LP of previously unreleased studio material by Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor, recorded in Italy. $94 plus shipping. The music's incredible, of course, I just wish it was within a normal person's price range.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:47 (three weeks ago) link

bluesy afro-jazz i should said.

On the Isle of Lucy?

If I were a POLL I’d be Zinging (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:48 (three weeks ago) link

heh!

calzino, Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:53 (three weeks ago) link

Would've loved to be at that concert, Sund4r. All involved are amazing.

So lovely! I had to miss Brad Mehldau and Mary Halvorson (in Illegal Crowns) last night.:(

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 28 June 2019 00:33 (three weeks ago) link

Dizzy Gillespie playing tennis in his pants while smoking a cigar. This level of not giving a shit is definitely something to aspire to. pic.twitter.com/AYjcs1SQSw

— Andymack (@Andymack) June 29, 2019

calzino, Sunday, 30 June 2019 15:17 (two weeks ago) link

um he appears to NOT be wearing pants there...

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 1 July 2019 15:24 (two weeks ago) link

those are pants if you're in the UK

I saw Makaya McCraven last night at the Montreal Jazz Festival. He was amazing--probably a banal thing to say, but he is an astonishingly good drummer. The whole band was great, not that I caught their names (all Chicago locals, no ringers; I couldn't catch Nubya Garcia earlier in the day and I'm missing Theon Cross tonight, so I was a little bummed he mentioned both of them), and the pianist was especially good. When it ended, I was disappointed it was only like 45 minutes...turns out it was 90.

rob, Monday, 1 July 2019 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

i'm double booked for his brooklyn show and sweating it

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 1 July 2019 15:34 (two weeks ago) link

I feel like I already posted this here, but I was peeved the festival managed to book Garcia, McCraven, Christian Scott, and Theon Cross in four shows on two nights of a 10-day festival. Seeing Scott tonight though

rob, Monday, 1 July 2019 15:39 (two weeks ago) link

RIP clever pozar

some nice words from adam lore:

Cleve Pozar, brilliant percussionist, inventor/builder/fixer, scholar, teacher, jokester, & dear friend to many of us, has passed. Born Robert Frank Pozar on August 8, 1941, Cleve had a long & vibrant life in music, from playing western swing behind chicken wire in rowdy Arizona honky-tonks as a teenager, to playing works of avant-garde classical composers at the ONCE Festivals in Ann Arbor, being key to Bob James’ early (far out) trio & Bill Dixon’s seminal Intents & Purposes, crafting his visionary Cleve Solo Percussion album, playing Latin & funk on electronic drum kits that he built to his exacting standards, executing the bata / oru (usually played by 3 percussionists) as a soloist, to finally revisiting the "cartoon music" of his youth. & that's the short version.

I learned of Cleve via his friend & collaborator Cooper-Moore, who spoke highly of his musicianship, ingenuity, & resourcefulness. Somehow Cleve’s Tata found out I was looking for him, vetted me, & put us in touch. We first met so I could trade him a copy of his Good Golly Miss Nancy album on Savoy for his self-released Cleve Solo Percussion LP. I am so thankful that it was the first of many hangs, which were invariably fun & headspinning trips for me. He was always enthused by something he was working on or learning about, eager to describe it in way-over-my-head detail. He was intense, focused, cantankerous, & hilarious. Once Cleve mentioned how people often told him, "Oh, you worked so hard and came up with your own unique sound..."; he looked at me incredulously & declared, "That's the deal, man!" He knew no other way.

In his last years he had many physical struggles, but his spirit was resolute. Many times he spoke of his dream to present a concert where he played all the different styles of percussion that he had learned over the course of his life. Perhaps inevitably, the time was never right for this; there was always a new challenge he had to meet. The last time I spoke with him a few months ago, he said that it seemed like he wasn't going to be able to live that dream. Ever looking forward, he then said, "That just means I have to find a new dream." Amen, my friend.

Deepest thanks, Cleve; I'll be seeing you.

more on cleve here: http://www.furious.com/perfect/clevepozar.html

i've posted this before, i'm posting it again:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO-hBKHuLJ0

budo jeru, Monday, 1 July 2019 17:49 (two weeks ago) link

like the new Jamie Saft Quartet album (w/D Liebman/H Drake). It's his 2nd good album of the year.

calzino, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 09:46 (two weeks ago) link

I really like that too, thanks. Also it sounds great (which I think is typical of Jamie Saft and atypical for jazz records).

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 14:58 (two weeks ago) link

he seems on a bit of a roll as well as far i've noticed .. can think of 4 good albums in 2 years now.

calzino, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:13 (two weeks ago) link

"Also it sounds great (which I think is typical of Jamie Saft and atypical for jazz records)"

yeah lol, this as well!

calzino, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 15:21 (two weeks ago) link

so happy to see jamie saft getting love here he's been a favorite for years and years now ever since breadcrumb sins (2002!)

digging this SEED Ensemble album which is a few months old but i didn't see it mentioned here - from the "London scene"

Mordy, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 01:38 (two weeks ago) link

wow, Bob James in the early 60's was quite different from the stuff I know him from

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 09:25 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah just ‘Blue Dream’ by Jamie Saft quartet...sounds great...will definitely check the new one...also the new Douglas/Caine/Cyrille is on my list

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 10:05 (two weeks ago) link

they are both A+ imo.

calzino, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 10:23 (two weeks ago) link

Francis of Anthony off the new Dave Douglas one is so moving and I can't get the melody out of my head.

calzino, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 10:31 (two weeks ago) link

Very much enjoying Mobilisation Generale, a compilation of 70's spiritual and free jazz from France, mostly played by members of communes, anarchist collectives, etc. Almost every track features some spoken word declamation on top of it and I'm sure many of them must be super cringey but while I speak ok French I can easily tune them out.

― Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:52 AM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

boy, you weren't kidding about the vocals on this thing. Ruins the entire comp for me, sadly

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:46 (two weeks ago) link

does anybody own (or has anybody ever had a look at) the 92-page book that comes with this ESP anthology ?

https://img.discogs.com/Lpl9mZeaJDwESlenVIJdzUX6tKo=/fit-in/442x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-4432875-1365695849-4227.jpeg.jpg

who is wu ming 1 ? i wouldn't be ordering this for the CD, so i'm just curious if there is good / exclusive info in that book

budo jeru, Saturday, 6 July 2019 19:28 (one week ago) link

Daniel_Rf at 4:25 3 Jul 19

wow, Bob James in the early 60's was quite different from the stuff I know him from

haha I love this phenomenon, I have some John Klemmer stuff that's kinda free-ish...the jazz equivalent of how every new wave UK haircut band member used to be in some low level punk band

The liner notes to that box are on Wu Ming's website.

Wu Ming 1's real name is Roberto Bui; he's part of the Wu Ming Foundation, an artistic collective.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 6 July 2019 20:05 (one week ago) link

thanks !

budo jeru, Saturday, 6 July 2019 21:48 (one week ago) link

This is good, Chicago violin/bass/drums trio (Brock/Ulery/Dietmyer) -
https://mattulerywoolgathering.bandcamp.com/album/wonderment

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 15:40 (two days ago) link

ezra collective tour announced!

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


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