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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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.

http://www.blackmonk.at/blog

― 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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.

https://pitchfork.com/news/tortoises-jeff-parker-announces-new-album-suite-for-max-brown/

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

millmeister, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:52 (eight months ago) link

Same, very excited

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:53 (eight 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:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10
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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
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 (eight months ago) link

Love the two advance tracks.

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

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

https://intlanthem.bandcamp.com/album/where-we-come-from-chicagoxlondon-mixtape

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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

https://whitdickey.bandcamp.com/album/peace-planet-box-of-light

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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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

https://latinosunidosonline.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/el-condado-de-la-salsa-y-jazz-latino-the-best-latin-jazz-cds-of-2019-by-nelson-rodriguez/

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 January 2020 04:46 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

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

https://www.thenation.com/article/ile-almadura-album-review/

j., Saturday, 11 January 2020 07:15 (eight months ago) link

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

https://www.bealestreetcaravan.com/weekly-show/bsc2414/

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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

Unperson: waiting out front at Brandee now!

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

Ndusuzo is dope

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

Saw Uri Caine and a vocal choir do this at Zurcher; it was shockingly good... learned a lot too!
http://downbeat.com/news/detail/uri-caine-pays-tribute-to-octavius-catto

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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

http://hullworks.net/jazzpoll/19/

NPR Jazz Critics poll by voter

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

Jimmy Heath, age 21

Paris Jazz Festival, May 1948 pic.twitter.com/IvCnVhvKUY

— 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

Oh hey there was a Comet Is Coming Tiny Desk --
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpfpYTmohAk

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

Nice!

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 (eight months ago) link

This is a really good piece.

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

Wow

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

Wow

Isinglass Ponys (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 August 2020 01:48 (one month ago) link

Just now exclaimed over Nubya Garcia's brand-new Source over on Moses Boyd thread---wasn't getting first two tracks, but now I am, and rest of it swept me away immediately.

dow, Friday, 21 August 2020 23:58 (one month ago) link

Pigeon Jazz 🎶 pic.twitter.com/YBSIQRCPFX

— Pablo Rochat (@PabloRochat) August 19, 2020

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 26 August 2020 15:23 (one month ago) link

Branford Marsalis turned 60 yesterday. I've spent a surprising (to me) amount of time with his catalog the last few years, and while the majority of his albums are at least good, there are a few real killers: Random Abstract, Trio Jeepy, and Crazy People Music from the early years (when I interviewed him, he said CPM was a breakthrough album in his mind), and from the 21st century, Contemporary Jazz, Braggtown, Four MFs Playin' Tunes and The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul are all great. I'll stick up for the Mo' Better Blues soundtrack, too. But not Buckshot LeFonque.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 27 August 2020 12:59 (four weeks ago) link

Christian Scott has a live album, Axiom, out tomorrow. It was recorded in March at the Blue Note in NYC. I was supposed to go to one of those shows, but the word was coming down about corona - the city reduced nightclubs to 50% capacity the night I was supposed to go, and I told the publicist to pull my name off the guest list. I don't regret my decision, but I'm very excited to hear what I missed. There's a 1CD version with 9 tracks, running 74 minutes, and a digital version that's 14 tracks and runs 2 hours 19 minutes.

http://christianscott.bandcamp.com/album/axiom

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 28 August 2020 01:37 (four weeks ago) link

Excellent Chicago drummer Quin Kirchner released his first album a few months ago, listening now and it's pretty varied and cool:
https://quinkirchner.bandcamp.com/album/the-shadows-and-the-light

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 18:05 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/03/arts/music/jazz-protest-academia.html

Of the more than 500 students who graduate from American universities with jazz degrees each year, less than 10 percent are Black, according to Department of Education statistics compiled by DataUSA. In 2017, the last year with data available, precisely 1 percent of jazz-degree grads were Black women

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 September 2020 15:20 (three weeks ago) link

Just now exclaimed over Nubya Garcia's brand-new Source over on Moses Boyd thread---wasn't getting first two tracks, but now I am, and rest of it swept me away immediately.

I got this yesterday, wasn't super impressed by her debut, even though it was nice enough, but this on a whole different level! I'd say it's best new album I've heard this year in any genre.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 09:27 (two weeks ago) link

I love Georgia Anne Muldrow aka Jyoti and the -Mama, You Can Bet!- album is exactly hitting the spot for me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSi8Gcioh-o

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 14:20 (two weeks ago) link

GAM has never really clicked for me, which is odd since I used to be a big Stones Throw fuxxor, but I'm curious about that one; the review I read ticked all the right influence boxes.

Has anyone mentioned the new Greg Foat album Symphonie Pacifique yet? It might be too smooth for some tastes, but I really enjoyed it (the smooth is balanced with some good drumming, including by Moses Boyd). It reminds me a bit of the Resavoir album on International Anthem that I adore.

The new Garcia is very good, but I think I agree with dow about the opening tracks--the title track is really something though.

rob, Thursday, 10 September 2020 13:45 (two weeks ago) link

what is it?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:33 (two weeks ago) link

The link is black

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 September 2020 19:58 (two weeks ago) link

I saw it yesterday, I think it was a woman doing carnatic scatting along with the studio version of Giant Steps?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1ek4siKqn4

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 12 September 2020 22:05 (two weeks ago) link

That's fascinating and sent me down a rabbithole to learn more about carnatic theory!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 13 September 2020 02:01 (one week ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/03/arts/music/jazz-protest-academia.html

Of the more than 500 students who graduate from American universities with jazz degrees each year, less than 10 percent are Black, according to Department of Education statistics compiled by DataUSA. In 2017, the last year with data available, precisely 1 percent of jazz-degree grads were Black women

This reminded me of a song my friend's punk band had back in the late 90s: "All the Kids Who Listen to Ska Get Good Grades And Are in Lots of After-School Activities." One might as well have replaced "ska" with "jazz." Even though I loved jazz then and still love it now, obv, the snarky song title rang true: at least in the US, from my observation and from my time in a music conservatory, much jazz music education is given to white, suburban kids. It's a ridiculous shame.

I do remember that Don Byrd was actively trying to recruit more Black students for the program at my alma mater, though don't know how his efforts went.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 13 September 2020 14:44 (one week ago) link

I was just talking about the issue of jazz education with bassist Luke Stewart (from Irreversible Entanglements, James Brandon Lewis's group, Heart of the Ghost, and other acts). He got his undergrad and master's degrees in international relations, started out playing electric bass in punk bands (which was where he met Moor Mother), and eventually switched to upright and started playing jazz, but that DIY/punk mindset is all over his sound and style. And frankly I wish there were more players like him, because he demonstrates that you can just...start playing jazz, without having to get a goddamn master's degree or win the Thelonious Monk competition first. It's an attitude I see coming out of the London scene as well; even the players there that have gone through school (Shabaka Hutchings has all kinds of classical clarinet training) are able to shrug off the straitjacket of tradition and play music that means something to them. I'm sure Nubya Garcia could play the hell out of "Giant Steps" if she felt like it, but could your average New School or New England Conservatory jazz student throw down over a dub rhythm or a cumbia groove the way she can?

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 13 September 2020 14:56 (one week ago) link

That makes sense to me, unperson. I minored in music comp at the conservatory, coming in late, but my major (and my pursuit in life at this point) was Creative Writing, with an emphasis on poetry. My music composition mentor took a shine to me mostly because I approached composition from the perspective of someone who wasn't the most trained or studied, but someone who really cared about sound, and whose interests were and continue to be all over the place. Not that I'm an exceptional musician— far from it!— but the specialization that happens in the conservatory model is limiting when it should be expansive.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 13 September 2020 15:31 (one week ago) link

Here's some video I've never seen before, of the Lounge Lizards live in 1982. This is one of their straighter lineups - post Arto Lindsay but pre Marc Ribot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBD9j9pcla4

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 14 September 2020 02:11 (one week ago) link

always good to hear a new Eric Revis album with his some of his usual partners in crime including Kris Davis and the new one (Slipknots Through a Looking Glass) sounds excellent on my first listen.

calzino, Monday, 14 September 2020 20:42 (one week ago) link

Nice, bold choice to do jazz arrangements of all Slipknot and Philip Glass pieces

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 14 September 2020 20:46 (one week ago) link

i think it is a lovely title but a bit misleading I'm afraid!

calzino, Monday, 14 September 2020 20:49 (one week ago) link

Ha! You're going to have to wait for the followup, Iowasquaatsi
(That Revis album had already caught my ear--already bought the advance single, but am prob going to buy a few of the unstreamable tracks blind right now, which can be fun)

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Monday, 14 September 2020 20:53 (one week ago) link

It's on Spotify and it's really nice & unexpected (but still buy it if you can, obv)

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 14 September 2020 20:58 (one week ago) link

RIP Stanley Crouch

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:30 (one week ago) link

Unfortunately, the decimation of public school instrumental music programs plus the conservatory-ization of jazz favors privileged kids, who are disproportionately going to be white.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:36 (one week ago) link

Listening to Reid Anderson's album from last year with Dave King and Craig Taborn. It's not 'jazz', no improvising and all synths & electric bass. All melodies and odd times. So, I guess this is a prog rock album?

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:30 (one week ago) link

I mean, I've always thought of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever as prog, so...sure, absolutely. I like that record. Here's the BC link for anyone who wants to check it out:

https://goldenvalleyisnow-intakt.bandcamp.com/album/golden-valley-is-now

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:41 (one week ago) link

It's really good. 'Solar Barges' is my cut, with that slightly distorted Rhodes.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:55 (one week ago) link

I read Considering Genius a few years ago and couldn't even bother to finish, I was so put off by his complete dismissals of stuff like all of Miles' electric era output and latter Coltrane. Not to mention his refusal to call Amiri Baraka by his preferred name. I think I finally gave up completely when he disparaged Public Enemy as a "racist rap group". I get that the cranky contrarian was his whole deal, and I can accept that, but I need some insight somewhere that I can buy into.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:08 (one week ago) link

Has anybody read the first volume of Crouch's Charlie Parker bio? I have not yet but am glad to see the second volume is listed as coming out in January.

Brad C., Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:14 (one week ago) link

I haven't (I don't care that much for/about Parker) but like you, I'm glad it's coming out.

I just read this Jazz Times essay on "mainstream jazz" and there's a lot of wisdom there. Plus, it's got me listening to Duke Ellington's "Controversial Suite" (it's on the album Ellington Uptown, and on Spotify the two halves are only listed by their subtitles, "Before My Time" and "Later"), which rules.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:23 (one week ago) link

His Parker bio is tremendous. It’s meticulously researched, and I haven’t read anything else nearly as vivid about Parker’s Kansas City years. That said, because he’s Stanley Crouch, he arbitrarily shoehorns in swipes at stuff he hates, e.g., “Parker realized then and there that he had to embark on an arduous practice regimen. You know who doesn’t practice? Those so-called hip-hop ‘artists.’”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:27 (one week ago) link

Mahavishnu is improvisatory yet something about it just doesn't *feel like jazz* and it's hard to put a finger on why.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:29 (one week ago) link

You can't? Really?

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 21:02 (one week ago) link

Village Voice once published a letter of mine on Public Enemy somewhat in the Crouchian vein

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 22:46 (one week ago) link

New album by the group from Dan Weiss's jazz-metal Starebaby (Mitchell/Monder/Taborn/Dunn): https://danweiss.bandcamp.com/album/natural-selection?utm_campaign=danweiss%20album%20natural-selection&utm_content=fanpub_fnb_pr&utm_source=album_release&utm_medium=email

I'm listening to the sample tracks now. The last album was my aoty of that year and they were phenomenally tight live.

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Friday, 18 September 2020 03:20 (one week ago) link

Both sample tracks (which are about 15 minutes each) are great.

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Friday, 18 September 2020 03:43 (one week ago) link

yep I loved that last album as well, this band rules

calzino, Friday, 18 September 2020 08:01 (one week ago) link

some nice late-morning acoustic / drone / cosmic vibes

https://nakataniparishrowden.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-static-age-records

Tatsuya Nakatani - percussion
Shane Parish - nylon string guitar
Zach Rowden - double bass

budo jeru, Friday, 18 September 2020 17:35 (one week ago) link

adam wrote this on thread Rolling Jazz Thread 2018 on board I Love Music on Jan 25, 2020

astral spirits is such a sick label start the thread

yes !! and what i just posted is only one of a handful of things they released today:

https://astralspirits.bandcamp.com/

budo jeru, Friday, 18 September 2020 17:46 (one week ago) link

Can recommend that Quin Kirchner record (I think I just posted about it upthread). Also one of the few album covers that deviates from their '70s paperback design aesthetic.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 18 September 2020 18:09 (one week ago) link

Was just thinking about how frustrated I've so far found the guitar-dominated tracks in first half of the new Starebaby, although some of may be sound quality of the mp3 promo--I enjoy some other jazz w big hairy guitar, most recently Harriet Tubman, also the first Ceramic Dog album (more recent one had odd sound too), Sharrock, Cosey---for the metal-tending, Yakuza---should prob try Liturgy again---anyway, I do enjoy the new Starebaby very much when guitarist is more of a team player, responding to others, texturing and maybe
metal-appropriately infusing-polluting the fluid music, which I imagine as a lake. Will listen more, of course, maybe the big stuff will grow on me too.

dow, Friday, 18 September 2020 19:41 (one week ago) link

The track I'm including in my Stereogum column is "Acinna," which reminds me of King Crimson.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 18 September 2020 20:20 (one week ago) link

And here's the column. I talked about Gary Peacock, Stanley Crouch, the Thelonious Monk live album that's finally out, and a bunch of new releases, including Artemis, Starebaby, the Blue Note re:imagined compilation, and more.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 21 September 2020 18:03 (five days ago) link

^ enjoyed that, thanks

budo jeru, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 19:54 (three days ago) link

here's an interesting one i came across via the horace tapscott thread: mekala session, current drummer w/ PAPA and son of saxophonist michael session, with two other folks doing sprawling, funky synth jazz

https://humanerrorclub.bandcamp.com/

DIEGO GAETA - CASIO CZ-1, CASIOTONE 301, KURZWEILL V2000
JESSE JUSTICE - FENDER RHODES, ROLAND HS-60
MEKALA SESSION - DRUMS

budo jeru, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 19:56 (three days ago) link

^ enjoyed that, thanks

Yeah, good stuff

ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 22:51 (three days ago) link

Yeah, and speaking of Joe Armon-Jones (real good on prev Young London gateway comp We Out Here and this year's ditto Kaleidoscope), he and his usual combo served as *excellent* house band for most of the following, which I mentioned on the Moses Boyd thread---first part is pasted from bandcamp, then my comments and youtube link, which sounds better to me though bandcamp is are the good guys:

Gilles Peterson Presents MV4
Taken from a day of live sessions in London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios - studio MV4 to be exact, it was originally intended just for Peterson’s BBC radio show broadcast on 20th October 2018. Struck by what a special moment the sessions captured, Peterson has decided to mark the results with a release proper on his Brownswood imprint.

A limited special double vinyl release(download also, from bandcamp & elsewhere) it features a diverse, all-star cast of some of the acts celebrated by Peterson in recent years, in a series of freewheeling and off-the-cuff recordings, several of the tracks backed by the group of Brownswood signee, Joe Armon-Jones. Featuring Dylan Jones, James Mollison, Mutale Chashi, and Marijus Aleksa as well as guest turns from Fatima, Asheber, Nubya Garcia, Hak Baker, and Oscar Jerome, plus a double track special from Bristol based collective, Ishmael Ensemble.
Think all of this is thread-relevant, esp, tracks w guest vcx: right off, the strong yet never overselling lungs of Asheber on "New Day," likewise plus driving rhythm-guitar-as soloing-instrument of xpost Oscar Jerome on "Do You Really", hope and urgency of Fatima on "Only."
Then Hak Baker's phrasing combines dancehall, maybe hip-hop, improvised-seeming exchanges with the rhythm section in a way I've never heard, though I'm not from around here. That's "Thirsty Thursday," more romantic than you might think re title.
Whole thing is morning coffee for basking & grooving.
Will spare you the cover "art," but here's where I listened
https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjo10l5gjTM&list=RDAMVMhTQ8IgAXwp0

― dow, Wednesday, August 19, 2020

dow, Thursday, 24 September 2020 04:21 (two days ago) link

Think it was here I posted while listening to Monk, Rouse etc. at Newport, def ready for their Palo Alto, thanks for the reminder.

dow, Thursday, 24 September 2020 04:24 (two days ago) link


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