Rolling Jazz Thread 2020

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The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 17:46 (three weeks ago) link

I went to see Pharoah Sanders at Iridium this past weekend, with Benito Gonzalez on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. They played three pieces, each one 15-20 minutes long, and honestly, for a lot of it it was the Benito Gonzalez Trio featuring special guest Pharoah Sanders. But when Pharoah was actually playing, he was on. Not doing the whole T. Rex-roaring thing but digging deep into hard bop language, like Coltrane in 1958. On the last number, his son Tomoki came out, also playing tenor, and took a decent solo that was more in a '60s Fire Music vein. I hadn't seen Sanders live in about 25 years, and/but I'm glad I went.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 17:49 (three weeks ago) link

It's inevitable that this would be the case. Still, I missed him when he was in the bay area and regret it.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 18:46 (three weeks ago) link

thanks for sharing, phil. really hoping i can catch him in the very near future

budo jeru, Friday, 3 January 2020 06:57 (three weeks ago) link

also, bringing this over from last year's thread:

haven't seen it mentioned anywhere else, so posting here as it may be of interest: earlier this year austrian label black-monk reissued franz koglmann's "flaps" and "opium for franz" on both vinyl and CD.

i've found it incredibly difficult to track down even an mp3 rip of "opium for franz" (to say nothing to say of an original LP), so this is most welcome !

looks like some of the european distributors still have copies, but americans might have better luck sending an email directly to the label.

― budo jeru, Tuesday, December 31, 2019 3:23 PM (three days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Opium/For Franz was reissued on CD in ‘99 or 2000, but it was a needledrop. Curious if this new reissue (the vinyl, particularly) is mastered from a different source.

― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, December 31, 2019 4:10 PM (three days ago) bookmarkflaglink

looked into this, i think what happened is the so-called "opium" CD (from 2001 it turns out) was composed of bits from both "flaps" and "opium" tho neither record was reissued in its entirety. so here is a chance to have both. as for the sound quality, i can report back when i receive the "opium" LP

budo jeru, Friday, 3 January 2020 07:01 (three weeks ago) link

Ah, interesting. I mainly purchased the '01 CD for the Bill Dixon collaboration; the Lacy stuff was a nice bonus.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 3 January 2020 14:53 (three weeks ago) link

Just finished listening to all of Ben Monder's Day After Day from last year. Was pretty surprised to hear a disc of easygoing tuneful interpretations of 70s pop tunes after a disc of knotty solo jams. Very nice, as usual.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Friday, 3 January 2020 15:33 (three weeks ago) link

I've decided to dig into Johnny Hodges' albums with organist Wild Bill Davis from the mid '60s. They've just been given the cheapo Euro reissue treatment, so I bought four CDs (one of them is a 2CD set) that include between them the albums Blue Hodge, Sandy's Gone, Mess of Blues, Blue Rabbit, Con-Soul & Sax, Wings & Things, Blue Pyramid, In Atlantic City, Blue Notes and Stride Right, all for about $30 including shipping from Spain (I think).

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 3 January 2020 17:21 (three weeks ago) link

I love Johnny Hodges- for me the smaller the group, the better

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 3 January 2020 17:30 (three weeks ago) link

Tortoise’s Jeff Parker and his ensemble the New Breed have announced a new record. Suite for Max Brown features a version of John Coltrane’s “After the Rain” and an interpretation of Joe Henderson’s “Black Narcissus.” The album comes out on January 24 via International Anthem/Nonesuch. Check out Jeff Parker & The New Breed’s new track “Go Away,” along with the Suite for Max Brown artwork and their European tour dates, below.

Excited for this. Was a big fan of 'The New Breed' album.

millmeister, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

Same, very excited

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

It's pretty good. A lot of it is more D'Angelo-esque bedroom-R&B (as in "music made by a dude in his bedroom" not "soundtrack to bedroom activities") than jazz, but definitely worth hearing.

Looking forward to Winter Jazzfest this weekend. Here's a list of what I recommend, if you're gonna be there:

6:00 – Nasheet Waits by Sea @ Zinc Bar
7:00 – Run into Webster Hall, throw a water balloon full of piss at Joey
Alexander, run away
7:15 – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ SOBs
8:15 – Ambrose Akinmusire @ Webster Hall
8:30 – Kokoroko @ SOBs
9:30 – Makaya McCraven @ Webster Hall
10:00 – Ted Poor/Cuong Vu/Kris Davis @ Zürcher Gallery
10:45 – Igmar Thomas’ Revive Big Band @ Webster Hall
12:15 – Jaimie Branch @ The Dance
1:30 – Simona Premazzi @ Zinc Bar

6:30 – Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn @ Zinc Bar
7:00 – Brandee Younger @ Webster Hall
7:30 – Tia Fuller @ SOBs OR The Cookers @ Subculture
8:30 – Nduduzo Makhathini @ Zürcher Gallery
9:15 – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ Mercury Lounge
9:45 – Susan Alcorn Quintet @ The Dance
10:30 – Kassa Overall @ Mercury Lounge
11:45 – Theo Croker @ Mercury Lounge
12:15 – Anna Webber @ The Dance
12:30 - Gregg August @ Subculture
1:00 – Heroes Are Gang Leaders @ Mercury Lounge

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:56 (two weeks ago) link

Love the two advance tracks.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 21:12 (two weeks ago) link

Thank god for Bandcamp credits, that's Makaya on drums on 'Go Away'

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

The 20 best jazz albums of the 2010s, according to Stereogum/me.

20 Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE, 2017)
19 Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Real Enemies (New Amsterdam, 2016)
18 Branford Marsalis Quartet – Four MFs Playin’ Tunes (Marsalis Music, 2012)
17 Orrin Evans – Flip The Script (Posi-Tone, 2012)
16 Cécile McLorin Salvant – Dreams And Daggers (Mack Avenue, 2017)
15 Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now (Motéma, 2016)
14 Linda May Han Oh – Aventurine (Biophilia, 2019)
13 Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society (Heads Up, 2012)
12 Ambrose Akinmusire – The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint (Blue Note, 2014)
11 William Parker – Wood Flute Songs (AUM Fidelity, 2013)
10 Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile (Constellation, 2013)
9 Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse!, 2018)
8 Irreversible Entanglements – Irreversible Entanglements (International Anthem, 2017)
7 Tyshawn Sorey – The Inner Spectrum Of Variables (Pi, 2016)
6 Nduduzo Makhathini – Ikhambi (Universal Music, 2017)
5 Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Brainfeeder, 2015)
4 Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You (Firehouse 12, 2016)
3 Henry Threadgill 14 Or 15 Kestra: Agg – Dirt… And More Dirt (Pi, 2018)
2 Jaimie Branch – Fly Or Die (International Anthem, 2017)
1 Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – The Centennial Trilogy (Ropeadope, 2017)

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 9 January 2020 14:17 (two weeks ago) link

There's probably little reason to dedicate a thread to International Anthem that isn't covered by this one, but good lord have they put out an amazing pile of records--I haven't even gotten to the first Fly Or Die or the Irreversible Entanglements albums yet (nor the Jeff Parker or Angel Bat Dawid ones).

rob, Thursday, 9 January 2020 15:58 (two weeks ago) link

V cool list. 2, 3, 5, and 10 are albums I own and have listened to a lot. 9 and 20 I listened to a decent amount but never bought. Halvorson, Spalding, Parker, and Argue have other albums I've liked or loved but I somehow didn't get around to these ones. The Makaya McCraven from 2018 didn't make it?

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:34 (two weeks ago) link

I thought a lot about McCraven. I think this is my favorite of his albums:

Everything he does has some brilliant stuff and some filler, but that one's the most front-to-back satisfying for me as a listener.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:52 (two weeks ago) link

I've just picked an album off that list that I've never heard of to listen to on Spotify, moreorless at random, bcs the name sounded interesting: William Parker – Wood Flute Songs (AUM Fidelity, 2013). It's got 44 tracks and is 9 and a quarter hours long. This is why I'll only ever be a jazz dilettante.

fetter, Thursday, 9 January 2020 21:10 (two weeks ago) link

Parker plays on half of Walt Dickey's very good Tao Quartets - Peace Planet Box Of Light album from this year. A much more bite sized project - only 2 hours long!

calzino, Thursday, 9 January 2020 21:18 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, Wood Flute Songs is a box set of live recordings. If you just want to get an idea of what that band sounds like, try their regular albums: O'Neal's Porch or Sound Unity or Petit Oiseau.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 9 January 2020 21:43 (two weeks ago) link

Parker also plays in the Sonoluminescence Trio, who are v good imo. Pretty free/out.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Thursday, 9 January 2020 22:03 (two weeks ago) link

Anybody else at Winter Jazzfest? I’m about to see Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at SOBs.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 11 January 2020 00:03 (two weeks ago) link

always have a conversation about this with various friends but I am afraid my metabolism and schedule don’t really allow for it

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 11 January 2020 00:59 (two weeks ago) link

Saw Hypnotic, who were preceded - and briefly joined - by a Chicago footwork troupe. Now I’m at Webster Hall for Ambrose Akinmusire and then Makaya McCraven. I was gonna have to run out and come back, but Kokoroko didn’t get visas, so this is where my night ends.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 11 January 2020 01:29 (two weeks ago) link

Too bad Kokoroko didn't get visas. Alas, that's happening more and more under current administration.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 January 2020 04:31 (two weeks ago) link

Are there any 20-something Latin Jazz musicians? Any Latin jazz musicians who listen to reggaeton or Latin pop as well as old stuff and jazz?

Was looking at some guy's list of his top 2019 Latin Jazz albums and those questions came to mind (in addition to why doesn't he like Eddie Palmieri)--

1-Carlos Henriquez- Dizzy Con Clave

2-Siguarajazz- De Pelicula

3-John Rodriguez- Brutal

4-Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet- The Rhythm Of Invention

5-Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre- Love The Moment

6-Poncho Sanchez- Trane’s Delight

7-Chucho Valdes- Bata Jazz 2

8-Bill O’Connell and The Afro Caribbean Ensemble- Wind Off The Hudson

9-Steve Khan- Patchwork

10-Gunter Brock- Entre Amigos

11-Machito Jr. & Cubology- For My Grandsons

12-GC and The Cuban Cowboys

13-Michel Camilo- Essence

14-Joe Gonzalez- 62nd & 10th

15-Carlos Sarduy- Luz

16-El Comite- So What?

17-Andy Williams & Alabama All Stars- De La Habana A Alabama

18-Patricio Bonilla- Volando Bajito

19-Classico Latino- Havana Classico

20-Samuel Torres- Alegria

21-Humberto Ramirez- 8 Doors

22-Trombeatz- A Caribbean Thing

23-Ryan Timoffe Timba Jazz- Cuban Safari

24-Cuban Jazz Report

25-Juan Alamo & Marijazz-

26-Enrique Lazaga

27-Chemi Nakai- Ascendent

28-The Cuban Latin Jazz- Juntos Por Siempre

29-Owen Watt & Bobby Carcasses- Carlito’s Tune

30-Sr. Ortegon- The Latin Experience

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 January 2020 04:46 (two weeks ago) link

lol, unperson: you and i had much the same itinerary! I did Theo Bleckmann/Hypnotic/Ambrose/Gretchen Parlato/Todd Sickafoose. I wish i had the gumption for Jaimie Branch but I have tickets to see her in March and I'm doing this again tomorrow and then globalfest on Sunday.... like 18 hours of festival in three days!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 11 January 2020 06:45 (two weeks ago) link

also pissed i missed McCraven AGAIN but i'm definitely seeing his Gil Scott Heron show tomorrow come hell or high water

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 11 January 2020 06:46 (two weeks ago) link

this probably doesn't answer your questions in the right direction but do you know this album curmudgeon?

j., Saturday, 11 January 2020 07:15 (two weeks ago) link

Driving home the back roads from Louisville, caught this show on the radio tonight.

The stuff about the Stax school is really cool but I really liked Paul McKinney's music too.

Got curious to look Paul McKinney online and his profile is so small, considering how talented he is as a musician and educator. He has shockingly little at all out there. One might think there would be at least phone videos or something, but I could not find much at all. Which considering how much odd and terrible music out there is kinda wild, considering this guys obvious high level of skills.

earlnash, Saturday, 11 January 2020 08:20 (two weeks ago) link

I bugged out early so missed McCraven last night, but apparently it was an incredible band: Marquis Hill on trumpet, Greg Ward on alto sax, I'm not sure who on tenor sax, Brandee Younger on harp, Joel Ross on vibes, Junius Paul on bass...

I'm trying for Steve Lehman + Craig Taborn, Brandee Younger, the Cookers, and Nduduzo Makhathini tonight.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 11 January 2020 14:12 (two weeks ago) link

X-post to J, I do know iLe, from Calle 13, and her musical interests seem broad.

I did find a Miguel Zenon Instagram post from Christmas morning where he posted a photo of albums - Bad Bunny x100pre and Fran Sinatra- Only the Lonely and said eclectic Christmas list this year and then described them as #1 albums 61 years apart both killers

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 January 2020 15:40 (two weeks ago) link

Unperson: waiting out front at Brandee now!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 11 January 2020 23:52 (two weeks ago) link

Couldn’t get into Webster Hall because of something I forgot I had in my bag, so I’m at Subculture for The Cookers and so I don’t miss Nduduzo Makhathini down the block in an hour.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Sunday, 12 January 2020 00:06 (two weeks ago) link

Ndusuzo is dope

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 12 January 2020 03:12 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, his set was fantastic. The Cookers were really good too - they had Ralph Peterson on drums instead of Billy Hart, and he was hitting hard.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Sunday, 12 January 2020 04:30 (two weeks ago) link

Saw Uri Caine and a vocal choir do this at Zurcher; it was shockingly good... learned a lot too!

Caught Kat Edmonson doing her thing, which included a lovely, lilting samba-d out cover of 'just like heaven'

Theo Croker's set was very enjoyable but I think i like his band better when he's not playing!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 12 January 2020 06:21 (two weeks ago) link

The late Jimmy Heath featured on WKCR-FM all day today.

We Jam von Economo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 January 2020 14:23 (one week ago) link

Okay, not quite. Only during the jazz shows

We Jam von Economo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 January 2020 14:36 (one week ago) link

NPR Jazz Critics poll by voter

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 January 2020 16:12 (one week ago) link

Jimmy Heath, age 21

Paris Jazz Festival, May 1948

— Sonny Rollins Bridge (@RollinsBridge) January 19, 2020

he looks so young and suave in this pic from '48. RIP

calzino, Monday, 20 January 2020 20:53 (one week ago) link

Webber/Morris Big Band album is really good (I know Webber has some big fans on this board)
like a distilled, crystalline mingus

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 17:16 (six days ago) link

Oh hey there was a Comet Is Coming Tiny Desk --

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:07 (five days ago) link


Vijay Iyer's going to be at the Jazz Standard next week, with Linda Oh on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums, and on Saturday 2/1, Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet. The trio has an album coming out later this year and will be premiering the new music.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:14 (five days ago) link

This is a really good piece.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 14:38 (five hours ago) link


TS: Kirk/Spock vs. Marat/Sade (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 15:14 (five hours ago) link

Think about that kind of thing all the time.

TS: Kirk/Spock vs. Marat/Sade (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 15:27 (five hours ago) link

i really hated it but i'll only say that i really didn't appreciate the snide dismissals of george shearing and buddy rich

budo jeru, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 15:34 (five hours ago) link

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