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

Same, very excited

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

Love the two advance tracks.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 21:12 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

Unperson: waiting out front at Brandee now!

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

Ndusuzo is dope

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 12 January 2020 03:12 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

NPR Jazz Critics poll by voter

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 January 2020 16:12 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

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

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

This is a really good piece.

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


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

Yeah that wasn't good imo. Sounds like his main beef is with hacky writers of tv & movies. He should try watching some movies about painters and see if the level of understanding gets any better or less cliched.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 03:11 (five months ago) link

ilx alum Andy Beta:
In 2017, I was invited to Robert Northern’s home in Takoma Park to chat about the music collected in Divine Music. With news of his passing today, I’m posting the full interview from this box set. I think often about his story about playing music for the wild animals in the Ngorongoro crater:

dow, Wednesday, 3 June 2020 01:34 (one month ago) link

When that set came out I interviewed Brother Ah for The Wire. An awesome guy.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 01:53 (one month ago) link

Firehouse 12 Records is donating 100% of proceeds Friday June 5th

Purchases on Bandcamp today will be donated to LEAP in New Haven

LEAP was founded in 1992 by leading educators, students and community activists in New Haven to provide highly vulnerable youth of color with educational and enrichment opportunities that are often inaccessible due to financial and social barriers. From the beginning, LEAP has used a multi-tiered mentoring model that focuses on young people of color as the solution, rather than the problem.

budo jeru, Friday, 5 June 2020 14:10 (one month ago) link

Jamael Dean's "Oblivion" EP is really nice. I noticed his piano playing more here than on Black Space Tapes, which I quite like too but this is a lot more cogent. RIYL stuff like Hannibal Peterson's "Children of the Fire"

dip to dup (rob), Saturday, 6 June 2020 13:25 (one month ago) link

I don't normally gravitate to ballads, but I've been listening to Jeremy Pelt's all-ballad album from earlier this year a lot. Trumpet, piano, bass. It's nice to go all in on that, since it's a very soothing and consistent vibe all the way through, and he's a master.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 15:44 (one month ago) link

i posted about wanting to get this. now i have it. it's very good.

Holiday Records present the first ever authorized reissue Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble's Heliopolis, originally released in 1970. Released under license from the artist. One of the great projects in Egyptian jazz, the Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble was formed by Salah Ragab and Hartmut Geerken as an avant-garde offshoot of The Cairo Jazz Band, the first jazz big band in the country.

budo jeru, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:04 (one month ago) link

I've heard of that! Thanks for the news on release.
Just listened to about 24 minutes-worth of bandcamp sample tracks from Chad Taylor Trio's The Daily Biological: lyrical, sometimes witty, no-BS drums, tenor, piano.The absence of a bass means all three players sometimes step into the low-end role. A musical problem to be solved “we all approached it differently,” Taylor says. “All of our tunes explore different ways to utilize a trio without a bass. You need to be really strong in your playing.” They're well-anchored, secure in their bassless space, no need to fill it all up, no busywork, no waste either. Brian Settles starts "Swamp" all alone up there in the humid open air---tenor keeps a sense of fullness, at whatever elevation---then drums x bass come rumbling, ready for work, a truck under the trees. Fave so far is "Untethered": a waltz comes calling, kicking, sometimes crashing, keeps coming around---kinda reminds me of some of the writing, not nec. the playing, of the George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet. Anyway:
Chad Taylor: Drums
Brian Settles: Tenor Saxophone
Neil Podgurski: Piano

eleased April 24, 2020

Tracks 5, 8, and 9 written by Chad Taylor: ctorb@ascap

Tracks 1 and 3 written by Brian Settles: The Poets House Publishing@BMI Tracks 2, 4, 6 and 7 written by Neil Podgurski: NeilPodgurski@ascap

dow, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 18:37 (one month ago) link

Ha, drums x *piano*, obv., but the bass function is in there for sure.

dow, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 18:40 (one month ago) link

That's a good record. I included it in my most recent Stereogum column.

Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire's got a new one coming out on Friday with his longtime quartet of pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Justin Brown. I realize now that I heard him premiere the music at Winter Jazzfest back in January. It's good stuff, abstract and squiggly but with the blues pulsing at the center of it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 18:47 (one month ago) link

oh that's good news. I was really looking forward to see him in Montreal this summer (cancelled now of course)

dip to dup (rob), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 19:43 (one month ago) link

The Chad Taylor tracks that are streaming are great. Even though there is little to no jazz happening at the moment, it's been a really good year for jazz records so far.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 20:58 (one month ago) link

You gotta like drums and percussion to dig this, but it's not (just) a show of chops, they build a soundscape in what might be a pyramid and/or train station---nice bit of cool sax, Cecilish piano, sunburst trumpet, other horns contribute just enough, for inst to the 3rd quarter stampede, and make pleasant whistling sounds occasionally---also instances of near-silence here and there, they're not afraid of that---one mic for 20 instruments? dunno, but it works, I think:

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 22:25 (four weeks ago) link

If it doesn't show up, it's Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble, "Free Together" on youtube.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 22:26 (four weeks ago) link

Their parent or previous name meets Sun Ra:

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 22:51 (four weeks ago) link

Speaking of Chicago guys in the thrill jockey orbit who have albums on bandcamp, I've been enjoying Matt Lux's Communication Arts. That groove on the first track is an instant classic:

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 12 June 2020 15:26 (four weeks ago) link

got excited by what i thought was a new muriel grossman release, but i can't tell if these are new recordings of previously released compositions, or just a mash up:

This Jazzman set draws a selection from her 2016 album Natural Time ('Your Pace', 'Peace For All') and from 2017's Momentum ('Elevation', 'Chant' and 'Rising'). Featuring her regular quartet of Radomir Milojkovic (guitar) Uros Stamenkovic (drums) and Gina Schwarz (bass), the music on Elevation is pure sound, soul and spirit!

anyway, that has me revisiting "reverence" from late last year, which got a brief mention on last year's rolling thread and was also written up in unperson's stereogum column in january. i have really mixed feelings about the explicit "we are paying homage to AFRICA" in the music and especially the liner notes. does anybody want to talk about that ?

here's a nice video of the quartet playing live:

budo jeru, Saturday, 13 June 2020 16:56 (three weeks ago) link

That just sounds like they licensed tracks from two of her (self-released) albums for an LP-only compilation to draw in suckers vinyl enthusiasts.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 13 June 2020 17:17 (three weeks ago) link

Speaking of Chicago guys in the thrill jockey orbit who have albums on bandcamp, I've been enjoying Matt Lux's Communication Arts. Thanks man alive, I'm fixing to check that out! Here's something a bit different from my usual (especially Chicago) listening, but it fits, and has grown on me since this post on the post-Fahey thread, stylistically better suited for Rolling Jazz:

Tim Stine Trio, Fresh Demons: acoustic guitar (TS), upright bass (Anton Hatwich), drum kit(Frank Rosaly), all tending to lower-range, earthy, perky sounds, very well recorded, reminding me of McLaughlin's Extrapolation minus the sax, which isn't missed. Well, maybe they could use a little more instigation: I started out indifferent to the soon-predictable approach--then got hooked midway, as details seemed to open up more, climbing and rolling, moment to moment. I think, especially now that I know this set gets better, that the prelims will grow on me. 37 minuted, 37 seconds seems right: it's tight.
Excerpts from press sheet:
"Frank Rosaly...functions like a third melodic voice throughout the album, and takes every opportunity to add sounds and surprises to each track. Anton Hatwich works with and against Stine throughout the album, and adds to the overall feel of a chamber trio with each one improvising their own parts in real time.

Fresh Demons follows Knots (2019, Clean Feed) which enlisted Windy City peers Nick Mazzarella, Matt Ulery, and Quin Kirchner. In addition to leading his Trio and Quartet, Stine has played as a leader and sideman in the groups Loris, Stine/Roebke/Reed Trio, Jarod Bufe Quartet and Nick Mazzarella Quintet.

Out on Astral Spirits May 15." For more info, check with cody at clandestinelabelservices dot com.

― dow, Wednesday, 29 April 2020 21:40 (one month ago) link

xpost Stine *might* be using a pick-up, unobtrusively. As I said, it's all very well-recorded, anyway.

― dow, Wednesday, 29 April 2020

dow, Saturday, 13 June 2020 19:46 (three weeks ago) link

In non-current jazz, I've been digging this a lot lately, had not previously really spent much time checking out Steve Grossman, who is pretty sick in this vid, although at times it feels a little like a random grab bag of Coltrane licks.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 13 June 2020 20:41 (three weeks ago) link

Special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa tonight, 8:30PM at Virtual Birdland with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Soft Mutation Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 14 June 2020 17:57 (three weeks ago) link

50 miles of elbow room has put together a collection of essays / interviews / photos / ephemera centered around the late great free jazz pioneer earl freeman:

Even within the underground free jazz world, where there is no shortage of distinct individuals, Earl Freeman (March 11, 1931 - July 25, 1994) stands out. An artist of wide-ranging interests, his means of expression included music, poetry, the visual arts (especially drawing), & fashion. While he presented himself in bold, eye-catching military garb (often with an aviator helmet & goggles, sometimes accentuated by a whip, & another time a parachute), his art was often more cryptic & elusive, feeling akin to a peek into a largely private world/view.

budo jeru, Thursday, 18 June 2020 23:21 (three weeks ago) link

Not exactly sure which thread this should go in but I've been getting into the new album by bassist Michael Olatunjo, featuring everyone from Angelique Kidjo to Lionel Loueke to Joe Lovano. He describes it as "cinematic Afrobeat", and it took a little while for me to adjust to the pop elements, but there's some really good playing and good upbeat grooves:

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 14:52 (two weeks ago) link

Sara Serpa's brilliant wordless vocals led soundtrack to an experimental doc about Portuguese colonial history in Africa.

calzino, Thursday, 25 June 2020 09:45 (two weeks ago) link

That new Moses Boyd album is great. I really love how the more modern (hip-hop influenced?) rhythms work with everything else.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Thursday, 25 June 2020 13:15 (two weeks ago) link

(Note to self: catch up on recent links.)
Hi PBKR, you might dig this thread:
the shape of acid jazz to come: MOSES BOYD's Dark Matter

dow, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 18:55 (one week ago) link

I have been completely obsessed with the Milestones at the beginning of this set

The "Lost Quintet" period is interesting and sort of uneven, but this has to be one of their best sets I've heard. The way the pulse starts to break down during the end of the Shorter solo and then completely disintegrates during Chick Corea's solo blows my mind every time -- I'm pretty sure they are internally keeping time throughout but it's impressively hard to follow. Dave is an absolute beast on this.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:43 (one week ago) link

I just ordered a copy of the CD The Lost Quintet, which claims to be the final show by that band, from Rotterdam - apparently it includes a 25-minute version of "Sanctuary." It's fascinating the way Davis would just let them go as far as they wanted, and then reel them back in when he returned to the stage.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:20 (one week ago) link

ooh, nice

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:22 (one week ago) link

I've also been checking out a few other sets from the same quintet -- it's interesting, too, how even in July of 69 at Antibes you hear a lot more ties to the williams-hancock-shorter-carter-davis quintet, but within a few months they've moved much further away from it

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:23 (one week ago) link

Yeah, it's an incredibly stark difference from the summer shows where they're playing "Round Midnight" and "I Fall In Love Too Easily" to the fall shows where they're introducing "Bitches Brew" to the set and just going out into space.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:37 (one week ago) link

Thanks for that man alive, what a great document. I'm super into that zone of slipping between straight time/metric modulation/free time. Obviously the previous quintet dealt with that at times, but that concert is so liquid, and I remember the later live recordings being much more in that intense free mode. I wish that musical phase was longer and better documented for sure. Also, topless DeJohnette!

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 16:00 (one week ago) link

actually, on second thought I'm not sure it's really a temporal thing in 1969 assuming the dates are correct -- at Newport the same month (July 69) they *rock out* a lot more

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 16:11 (one week ago) link

Thinking about starting a Miles Lost Quintet listening/discussion thread -- would there be interest in that? I've been

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 2 July 2020 14:22 (one week ago) link

I'm down

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 2 July 2020 14:52 (one week ago) link

*raises hand*

Two Spocks Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:21 (one week ago) link

Good enough for me. I guess next step is I need to compile a chronology of lost quintet sets available for listening/viewing somewhere on the free internet. Thinking about going chronologically.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:24 (one week ago) link

i'm in

budo jeru, Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:37 (one week ago) link

T/S: the lost quintet (Wayne Shorter/Chick Corea/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette) vs the 1971 European tour sextet (Gary Bartz/Keith Jarrett/Leon "Ndugu" Chancler/Don Alias/Mtume)

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:38 (one week ago) link

I find Gary Bartz's playing to be very uninspired tbh -- it works well sonically for the stew Miles was creating as a time, but I find very little interesting about him as a player

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:39 (one week ago) link

I'll also take Chick over Keith any day. But I think Miles was going for something different after the Lost Quintet - more of a unit, less of an assembly of *artists*.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:40 (one week ago) link

Wayne > Steve Grossman > Gary Bartz

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:41 (one week ago) link

more of a unit, less of an assembly of *artists*

Exactly; the main reason I love that band is Henderson, Chancler and the two percussionists. At times they drove the funk even harder than the 1973-75 band.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:45 (one week ago) link

fab new album by inspired noise-jazz merchant Brandon Seabrook is out. Featuring Gerald Cleaver on drums and diddley bow player Cooper-Moore (i'll cop to not knowing wtf one of them is).

calzino, Friday, 3 July 2020 10:33 (one week ago) link

That's a really good album. I reviewed it here.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 3 July 2020 11:20 (one week ago) link

I first heard Seabrook as a part of the CP Unit and always thought he was the best thing about the CP Unit! Brilliant guitarist.

calzino, Friday, 3 July 2020 11:30 (one week ago) link

new mulatu astatke w/ black jesus experience today! had no idea this was coming out even.

Mordy, Friday, 3 July 2020 15:02 (one week ago) link

Thinking about starting a Miles Lost Quintet listening/discussion thread -- would there be interest in that?


pomenitul, Friday, 3 July 2020 15:08 (one week ago) link

Late to the party but the Anna Högberg Attack LP is excellent indeed.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 July 2020 21:40 (four days ago) link

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