Rolling Jazz Thread 2021

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New year, new decade, new sounds!

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 15:46 (three weeks ago) link

The latest volume in the Spiritual Jazz series is split across two volumes and is devoted to new(ish) releases.

Part 1:
1. Benjamin Herman - Lizard Waltz
2. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - An Angel Fell
3. Nat Birchall - The Black Ark
4. Chip Wickham - Shamal Wind
5. Jimi Tenor And Kabukabu - Suite Meets
6. Black Flower - Winter
7. Darryl Yokley - Echoes of Ancient Sahara
8. Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble - Sounds Like Now
9. Oiro Pena - Nimeton
10. Cat Toren - Soul
11. Shabaka & the Ancestors - Nguni
12. Makaya McCraven - Gnawa

Part 2:
1. The Cosmic Range - Palms to Heaven
2. Vibration Black Finger - Empty Streets
3. Abeeku - Slow Sweet Burn
4. Wildflower - Flute Song
5. The Pyramids - Memory Ritual
6. Steve Reid - For Coltrane
7. Carla Marciano - Trane's Groove
8. Angel Bat Dawid - What do I tell my children who are black (Dr. Margaret Burroughs)
9. Menagerie - Nova
10. Teemu Akerblom - Avo's Tune
11. The Jamie Saft Quartet - Vessels
12. Jonas Kullhammar - Paris

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 15:52 (three weeks ago) link

This could be cross-posted to an electronic music thread, but it's fantastic:

Duets with Tim Daisy on marimba and drums x Ikue Morie on electronics.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 16:20 (three weeks ago) link

That Parker box is quite a thing. I'm going to be reviewing it in depth on Burning Ambulance at the end of the month (two discs per day for five days).

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 16:29 (three weeks ago) link

The subscription to 2021 releases for Astral Spirits is $15/month, so I just said fuck it and went in, mostly because I listened to this:

Pere Legume (the table is the table), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 17:57 (three weeks ago) link

You also get a majority of the back catalogue as part of that deal, too.

Pere Legume (the table is the table), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 17:58 (three weeks ago) link

wow this is fucking good

budo jeru, Thursday, 7 January 2021 07:07 (two weeks ago) link

haha i just said fuck it on the astral spirits bandcamp too, let the amirtha kidambi/lea bertucci manipulated vocal sound record rearrange some brain cells last night

the big astral spirits hit for me last year was the luke stewart quintet album, some seriously heavy sounds there.

adam, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 14:39 (two weeks ago) link

Just got a promo of a piano trio album led by a dude named LUIGI SALAMI. (Okay, Pier Luigi Salami - the group is called the PLS Trio - but still.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:47 (two weeks ago) link

seeing as calendar years are a made-up social construct I thought I'd mention this blistering album from 2020 that features the only good Kier, that is Irreversible Entanglements' Keir Neuringer.

calzino, Thursday, 14 January 2021 10:40 (one week ago) link

new Alexander Hawkins album is out today.

calzino, Friday, 15 January 2021 11:40 (one week ago) link

free on-demand livestream show with Brandee Younger and Dezron Douglas

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 16 January 2021 02:07 (one week ago) link

RIP Gino Moratti of Kitano Jazz.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 02:34 (one week ago) link

Aka another NYC jazz institution seems to fall by the wayside.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 02:51 (one week ago) link

Iris Ornig wrote a nice thing about Gino M on FB which is publicly visible.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 16:48 (one week ago) link

My latest Stereogum column is up. Here's the first paragraph:

William Parker deserves a Pulitzer Prize, or at least a MacArthur Fellowship. His body of work is nearly 50 years deep at this point, and encompasses vocal and instrumental music (his own original compositions, and brilliant reinterpretations of others’ work), poetry, criticism, and journalism. His long-running bands the William Parker Quartet and its expanded incarnation Raining On The Moon; In Order To Survive; and the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra are balanced by short-lived or one-off ensembles that may only appear for a single album or concert. In addition to work under his own name, he’s been a key member of groups led by Cecil Taylor, Peter Brötzmann, Bill Dixon, David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, and others. Although his work hinges on a deeply individual voice, he is a community builder at heart. He and his wife, Patricia Nicholson, have run the annual Vision Festival in New York for over 20 years, and that single annual event has grown to encompass multiple performance series running all year long, many of them outdoors and free, an invitation to the public to experience high-level out jazz as just one more form of art, as physically as it is aesthetically accessible.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:04 (one week ago) link

Cool, will check it out.

I started reading that Monk biography by Robin Kelly (found a cheap ebook version), it's good so far.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:26 (one week ago) link

(after someone mentioned it on a thread, probably the cymbal-tapping one)

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:26 (one week ago) link

I had to read that Monk book twice; the first time, when it was new, it didn't click with me, but when I went back to it years later I loved it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:29 (one week ago) link

Thanks for that, unperson. Aside from the Parker, I'm most intrigued by the Formanek and Perelman.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:10 (one week ago) link

I've had a few opportunities to listen to the latest Alexander Hawkins project now and it is really really good. Just had a brief run through and I think that rushed out Jason Moran album had me intrigued the most, it makes a nice change to read about a pianist who acknowledges DJ Screw as an influence and I liked the sound of that sample.

calzino, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 23:40 (one week ago) link

New World Records is putting out an incredible looking 7CD box of previously unreleased material by Julius Hemphill next Friday. Most of it is from the '70s and '80s, but there's some later stuff as well. Info here. Includes several CDs' worth of small group performances with trios and quartets, plus a whole disc of duos with cellist Abdul me, this is a treasure trove the equivalent of the Albert Ayler Holy Ghost box. I've requested a review copy, but if they don't send me a download I'm just gonna have to buy it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 22 January 2021 00:51 (five days ago) link

kwhitehead covers Some Kind of Tomorrow, new Jane Ira Bloom x Mark Helias duo alb, recorded via Zoom, so had to find, set up camp in the right tempo zone to avoid lag, but they did---excerpts sounding goooood:

dow, Friday, 22 January 2021 02:02 (five days ago) link

xp hemphill box looks wonderful, thanks for the tip

budo jeru, Friday, 22 January 2021 02:47 (five days ago) link

Listening to replay of Fresh Air interview w Howard Johnson, recently RIP. Like it says in the transcript:
In the 1960s and '70s, he played on jazz recordings by Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Carla Bley and Charlie Haden. He was, for the most part, self-taught. And though tuba was his main instrument, Johnson also learned to play bass, clarinet, baritone sax, flugelhorn and electric bass. He led his own ensembles, most notably the band Gravity, which consisted of six tubas and a rhythm section and released several albums.


BIANCULLI: Johnson wrote arrangements for and was featured on rock albums by The Band, John Lennon, Taj Mahal and Maria Muldaur. And he helped form and then played in the original "Saturday Night Live" house band and even appeared in some of the show's musical sketches.

dow, Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:48 (four days ago) link

...So when they ask me things like that, they really - what they really want is for me to take them and show them how, you know. And I really think - I mean, see there wasn't any jazz education when I came up, you know. If you lived in Ohio, you know, and were 14 or something like that, you weren't going to any Berklee. And I wasn't going to just do nothing until such time as I could get some instruction.

Well, what did the people before any of that was happening do? They listened to the music. They learned it. They found a way to learn it. I mean, you know, who gave Sonny Stitt lessons? When I was trying to understand intervals in music well enough to learn to improvise by ear, I mean, everything was an interval to me. You know, I'd hear the - a car horn or a doorbell. You know, I'd say bing-bong - ope (ph) - minor third. There we go.

dow, Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:53 (four days ago) link

Sorry, can't resist continuing that a little further (this is all right at the end, after adventures with Mingus etc. etc.)
There was nothing on the radio, maybe two hours a week of jazz on the radio. I didn't have a record collection or a record player. I just kind of had to slide around to wherever the records were and listen to little stuff that I could take off the radio and try to learn. So I had to really absorb myself into it in a way that people don't tend to do if they have - you know, if they can just go to Berklee.

dow, Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:55 (four days ago) link

(Although of course you'd have to know some stuff, some way, to get into Berklee.)

dow, Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:57 (four days ago) link

I pretty much hang on that guy’s every word, so no problem.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 January 2021 02:17 (four days ago) link

damn i know howard johnson really well from the taj mahal stuff

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 23 January 2021 04:43 (four days ago) link

Howard Johnson plays on Gato Barbieri's Alive in New York, but it's got to be one of the worst-sounding records I've ever heard. Somehow every instrument except the sax is buried, the electric guitar is almost inaudible (except when he takes a barely-detectable solo), and there's some sort of phasing going on that makes it sound like they're playing on the beach.

I knew Johnson mostly for his contributions to some early Carla Bley records, where he even gets to sing a little.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 23 January 2021 04:59 (four days ago) link

Ok jazz sleuths, please help me with a quest -- I'm looking for a version of 'Epistrophy' that I downloaded off Audiogalaxy in the early '00s. It has a backbeat, and it's a banger. Very sparsely arranged groove, with the piano doubling the bass on very low notes, a bassline using mostly the root & minor 2nd while someone else (probably a sax) plays the melody.

It really seems like it would be a Leon Parker version, but his version of that is different (but awesome as, and I remember it well upon hearing it again). Or Matthew Shipp in the Thirsty Ear era, but I'm not seeing that he recorded it.

I used to listen to this mp3 all the time and it's driving me a little crazy.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 23 January 2021 21:04 (four days ago) link

How great is this (mostly) cymbal solo though:

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 23 January 2021 21:10 (four days ago) link

Nate Chinen on Twitter:
A few weeks ago I bought Mose Allison’s ‘Wild Man on the Loose’ on LP. An album I’ve loved for ages — but when I put it on the turntable, I felt like I was hearing Motian more clearly in the mix than ever. Puzzle piece!

Then he quoted Evan Iverson:

Nobody in this Jarrett trio is
condescending to Dylan or the Byrds.
Charlie Haden began as hillbilly
countrY musician, he always liked
simple songs. Paul Motian had already
recorded in this kind of genre with
Mose Allison,and a year after this date
he joined Arlo Guthrie at Woodstock.

Jarrett talks about hearing Motian with
both Lowell Davidson and Mose
Allison. Of course, Motian played with
Bill Evans and Paul BleY as well. This
bears restating: Jarrett heard Motian
with four pianists, Bill Evans, Paul Bley,
Mose Allison and Lowell Davidson.
That's a pretty big puzzle piece,for one
can hear all four of those pianists in
Jarrett's final conception.


dow, Sunday, 24 January 2021 21:54 (three days ago) link

Thanks for that. I've got a couple Jarrett records and like him pretty well, but never listened to these specifically and I am loving Birth by that quartet from 1971.

Smokahontas and John Spliff (PBKR), Monday, 25 January 2021 23:34 (two days ago) link

I've only heard the Impulse! albums (and wrote about them myself a while ago); now I want to check them out. There's a trio disc on ECM, recorded live in 1972, that Iverson doesn't cover because it wasn't released until a couple of years ago. I've heard that; it's good.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 25 January 2021 23:45 (two days ago) link

One approach was taken by Keith Jarrett in consort with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, and Dewey Redman.

i don't mean to be a pedant, but doesn't iverson mean "concert" here? or have i been getting that wrong all this time

budo jeru, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:01 (yesterday) link


Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:02 (yesterday) link

That paste had some garble ("for a better transcription click here"--wish I had): I corrected most of it, but missed one capital Y ending, and may have missed "consort" when the original was "concert" dunno tweets can be hard to look up, but see the whole essay in the link sorry. Speaking of Twitter:

Franklin Bruno
Schoenberg's harmony textbook isn't quite what I was expecting: "Let the pupil know that every living thing has within it that which changes, develops, and destroys it. Life and death are both equally present in the embryo. In between is time."

dow, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 03:37 (six hours ago) link

"Consort" is in the original, okay by me. (The Paul Winter Consort etc.)

dow, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 03:39 (six hours ago) link

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