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 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three months ago) link

Same, very excited

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

Love the two advance tracks.

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

Unperson: waiting out front at Brandee now!

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

Ndusuzo is dope

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

NPR Jazz Critics poll by voter

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

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

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

This is a really good piece.

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


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

American Masters, starting Tues.:
Discover the man behind the legend. With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos and new interviews.

dow, Sunday, 23 February 2020 03:00 (one month ago) link

I caught Billy Harper’s quintet last night in SF. I’d hoped to get a chance to see him for years and he did not disappoint. He sounded fresh and full of energy, with a good band behind him. Very lucky happenstance.

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 28 February 2020 03:47 (one month ago) link

This Moses Boyd album is hot hot hot. Love this stuff. London is a happening place right now.

yep it's a brilliant album. Boyd on where he was at when he was making it:

As its title suggests, though, Dark Matter is concerned with more than just movement and sound. “I was reflecting on what had been going on at the time of writing, and it was Brexit madness and the Windrush scandal,” Boyd says. “There was a constant cloud around me. I was thinking, ‘Am I even British if they can deport people like my [West Indian] grandparents? Do we even matter if Grenfell can burn with people in it, and then get covered up institutionally?’

calzino, Friday, 28 February 2020 11:14 (one month ago) link

This Afropunk interview with him is good:

Now UK jazz is having a sustained spell of creativity y'all should check out pianist Alexander Hawkins. He's recently been touring with Braxton and their band has been getting rave reviews and I think some of his albums are underrated, like his trio one, step wide, step deep and his solo from last year.

calzino, Friday, 28 February 2020 14:07 (one month ago) link

Speaking of UK Jazz, went to see Yazz Ahmed at Church of Sound last Friday and that was a stellar show, moving away a bit from her more abrasive earlier stuff into spiritual jazz w/ copious middle eastern influences. Warning: there are certain bits of the new album that sound a bit like Zappa, if that's an immediate turn-off.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 2 March 2020 14:05 (one month ago) link

trigger warning: Zappa influence

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 2 March 2020 16:22 (one month ago) link

Just discovered an album I didn't know about from last year - the self-titled debut by Tenor Triage, a group featuring Michael Eaton, James Brandon Lewis, and Sean Sonderegger on tenor saxes, Brad Jones on bass and Calvin Weston on drums. It came out in September on Ropeadope. It's pretty good, raucous (as you might expect) semi-harmolodic jazz-funk. Bern Nix was in the group too, but died before they could record this album.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 2 March 2020 16:28 (one month ago) link

new jeremy cunningham album is great ft jeff parker makaya mccraven and others

Mordy, Monday, 2 March 2020 17:06 (one month ago) link

I've been meaning to check that one out.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 2 March 2020 17:46 (one month ago) link

Yeah, damn; there's some heavy shit on that album

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 2 March 2020 18:19 (one month ago) link

Great chordless trio in my neighborhood tonight.

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 March 2020 03:20 (one month ago) link

John Ellis, Ricky Rodriguez and Jimmy Macbride.

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 March 2020 03:22 (one month ago) link

that Yazz Ahmed album from last year is indeed splendid

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 7 March 2020 04:26 (one month ago) link

Ok, help me because I can't remember the name of this tune. Thinking it's a hard bop classic, I can hear the original with trumpet, but it's driving me crazy. 32 bars with a bluesy A section.

I feel a little shameful because I was hate-watching Stanton Moore, but it's ok because David Torkanowsky is one of my very favorite piano players. Here's the tune:

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 18:38 (four weeks ago) link

I prefer the Stan Moore who played in Zakary Thaks.

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 18:42 (four weeks ago) link

Name that tune though

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 19:30 (four weeks ago) link

totally loving The Complete Blue Note Recordings of the Tina Brooks Quintets at the moment, which I think is something that has been out of print for a while. He was obviously a huge talent whose career was sadly pissed away because of his heroin addiction and rep for unreliability, so my awareness of him wasn't so good before hearing this collection.

calzino, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 19:41 (four weeks ago) link

I need to check that set out; I don't know Brooks' work very well.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:06 (four weeks ago) link

it features some star studded quintets including Sonny Clark, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Paul Chambers, Lee Morgan.. poor guy was such a mess and apparently a bit awkward and shy as well that he only managed to have one album released in his lifetime.

calzino, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:16 (four weeks ago) link

Name that tune though

Will have to get back to you in a bit

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:45 (four weeks ago) link

Ah ok, figured it out -- Herbie Hancock's Driftin'.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 21:30 (four weeks ago) link

Off his very first record as a leader. I was thinking it would be a horn player's record or maybe Art Blakey, because I could hear the trumpet & sax in my head, and was looking up Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan tunes (and it is Freddie Hubbard & Dexter Gordon in front).

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 21:33 (four weeks ago) link

this label is on fire rn!

calzino, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 22:45 (four weeks ago) link

The music of "To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1" contains naturally elegant orchestration wrapped around something visceral and primordial. Swirled inside the 11 pieces are shades of Japanese Min’yo folk, Celtic folk, the Ethio-jazz of saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya and hints of the pan-human ‘ancient music’ that sat underneath Arthur Russell’s melodies on First Thought, Best Thought. The music is filled with space, inspired, he says, by computer games and Japanese animation, particularly Joe Hisaishi’s.

this is exquisite

calzino, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 23:26 (four weeks ago) link

nice! was just going to ask about that one--it hasn't crossed my radar at all, but Mekurya, Arthur Russell, and Castle in the Sky are all among my favorite things and I didn't expect to ever see them grouped in a music blurb

btw, I don't care where we talk about IA, but there is this thread if you missed it: International Anthem: S/D

rob, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 23:33 (four weeks ago) link

bookmark added

calzino, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 23:43 (four weeks ago) link

Listening to this Alabaster DePlume now. Excellent and heavy as hell. I can totally hear the Ethio influence.

Also, why wasn't I named Alabaster DePlume, ffs?

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 12 March 2020 09:59 (four weeks ago) link

yeah Whiskey Story Time is Ethio-folk as fuck. Very nice.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 March 2020 16:59 (four weeks ago) link

Supposed to go see Christian Scott at the Blue Note in NYC tomorrow night. No news of a cancellation yet...

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 12 March 2020 18:42 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah this is great, IA strikes again. Interesting that they're signing London records now.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 12 March 2020 18:43 (four weeks ago) link

Was supposed to see Jamie Branch tonight, weighing out if I should go out or not. May be the last chance to see live music for months. I'm honestly kind of shook and don't know how to process at the moment.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:14 (four weeks ago) link

If it's easy to get to, absolutely go. My qualms w/r/t the Scott show is that it'll require two trains (NJ Transit, followed by the subway) in each direction. Also, NY's governor just said all gatherings over 500 are banned, and all gatherings of fewer than 500 (like a jazz club) must reduce admission by 50%. So they're only going to be letting like 60 people into the club and I don't know if guest list will get priority.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:18 (four weeks ago) link

new Raoul Björkenheim Trane themed guitar violin quartet is good.

calzino, Sunday, 15 March 2020 17:57 (three weeks ago) link

Hm, making me think a bit of Sonny Sharrock?

Sund4r, Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:20 (three weeks ago) link

I like Björkenheim generally, and that's an interesting concept. Might check that one out.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:21 (three weeks ago) link

yeah some fine Sonny Sharrock energy bubbling up on occasions!

calzino, Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:57 (three weeks ago) link

Mike Longo’s got the virus.

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 13:43 (three weeks ago) link

hi phil, got an “industry” (for lack of a better word) question for you: have you ever had any contact with william parker, or his people, or know anything about what that’s about ?

there’s an email address on his website, but i’m not sure how he’d react to me, a stranger, cold inquiring about releasing some tapes he has in his possession of some unreleased recordings with don cherry.

budo jeru, Sunday, 22 March 2020 07:33 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, I'm pretty close with William, actually. Drop a line to centeringmusic at earthlink dot net. He'll get back to you one way or the other.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 22 March 2020 11:44 (two weeks ago) link

thanks very much !

budo jeru, Sunday, 22 March 2020 16:05 (two weeks ago) link

Mike Longo’s got the virus.


Robbie Shakespeare’s Sister Lovers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 March 2020 13:14 (two weeks ago) link

Really great album, full of hooks & vamps. Rhythmically it's very rooted in rock, though jazz credentials are clearly in full effect.

(full disclosure, I'm friends with a couple of these guys, but really impressed with this in spite of that)

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 27 March 2020 21:29 (one week ago) link

Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, and Gerald Cleaver today announced the release of Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1, the quartet's first ever album released together despite playing together in different iterations over the last several decades.

The track "Scintillate" will be released on May15th, 2020 and the full album will be out on CD/LP/Digital on June 5th, (on) 577 Records...with volume two scheduled to be published in the near future.
Daniel Carter - Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Flute
Matthew Shipp - Piano
William Parker - Bass
Gerald Cleaver - Drums

1. Majestic Travel Agency
2. Scintillate
3. Ear-regularities


Press: Cody DeFalco cody at
Radio: Jeff Conklin radio at

dow, Monday, 30 March 2020 17:22 (one week ago) link

Did you all hear this? It's truly the vault-emptying era. Really picks up at the Lee Morgan solo.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 30 March 2020 17:30 (one week ago) link

The Blakey album is good. It's Art Blakey in 1959; how could it not be? Release date pushed back to June, I think.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 30 March 2020 17:53 (one week ago) link

RIP Wallace Roney

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 04:01 (one week ago) link

“heliopolis” (1970) by cairo free jazz ensemble with harmut geerken / salah ragab is finally being reissued. label says “high quality remaster from the original tapes” but i’m skeptical. even so, i’ve always wanted to hear it so will probably buy.

budo jeru, Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:06 (one week ago) link

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