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 months 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 months ago) link

This could be cross-posted to an electronic music thread, but it's fantastic:
https://timdaisyrelayrecords.bandcamp.com/album/tim-daisy-ikue-mori-light-and-shade-relay-030

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

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 16:20 (three months 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 months 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: https://astralahmed.bandcamp.com/

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

wow this is fucking good

budo jeru, Thursday, 7 January 2021 07:07 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

https://relativepitchrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dromedaries-ii

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 (three months ago) link

https://intaktrec.bandcamp.com/album/togetherness-music

new Alexander Hawkins album is out today.

calzino, Friday, 15 January 2021 11:40 (three months ago) link

free on-demand livestream show with Brandee Younger and Dezron Douglas
https://www.millertheatre.com/events/brandee-younger-dezron-douglas-live-from-columbia

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

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

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:26 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 Wadud...to 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 (two months 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:
https://www.npr.org/2021/01/21/959199306/with-some-kind-of-tomorrow-2-jazz-musicians-improvise-together-over-zoom

dow, Friday, 22 January 2021 02:02 (two months ago) link

xp hemphill box looks wonderful, thanks for the tip

budo jeru, Friday, 22 January 2021 02:47 (two months 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.

(SOUNDBITE OF HOWARD JOHNSON AND GRAVITY'S "BE NO EVIL")

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.
Stream/download: https://www.npr.org/2021/01/22/959579707/remembering-jazz-tuba-player-howard-johnson

dow, Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:48 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

How great is this (mostly) cymbal solo though:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubQ8UOIeIPw

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 23 January 2021 21:10 (two months 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.

from https://ethaniverson.com/shades-of-jazz-keith-jarrett-charlie-haden-paul-motian-dewey-redman/

dow, Sunday, 24 January 2021 21:54 (two months 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 months 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 months 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 (two months ago) link

Um,...

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:02 (two months ago) 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
@humanfranklin
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 (two months ago) link

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

dow, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 03:39 (two months ago) link

Duly noting Junior Mance's passing here, as well as that of two jazz vocalists, Janet Lawson and Carol Fredette, both of whom had been living at The Actor's Home in New Jersey.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 13:45 (two months ago) link

New Joshua Abrams album on Rogue Art, Cloud Script, sounding excellent this morning - and what a band! Gerald Cleaver, Ari Brown, and Jeff Parker. Decidedly more traditional approach than the recent Natural Information Society material (ie there are heads and solos, including a drum solo) but just as captivating as those great records. Parker in particular sounds fantastic - check out his gnarly solo on "Collapsing Novelty." Pity the LP appears to be sold out everywhere already.

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 14:07 (two months ago) link

^ I wish Rogue Art had a digital download presence on Bandcamp and weren't CD only (as far as I recall).

This is my kind of actual modern fusion, in terms of where soul/funk and jazz and open-minded pop/rock meets--lots of great players on this in add'n to the co-billed, incl. Sam Gendel and Rob Moose; very excited to hear the whole thing in mid-March, and this lead single sounds awesome, with nice touches incl. electric sitar as featured on D'Angelo's Black Messiah:

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

Co-pay Segundo (Craig D.), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 20:34 (two months ago) link

Haven't even listened to this yet and I'm very excited based on the lineup, dang.

I've been having a good time today listening to Junior Mance records, and related ones from that Mickey Roker interview that James linked in the other thread (Shirley Scott, Walt Dickerson).

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 20:44 (two months ago) link

Ok that's a little more, idk, tasteful and ECM-ish than I was expecting? It's nice though, still curious to hear the album. But there's only about 10 secs of Chris Dave sounding like Chris Dave. Although I guess that's why he's Chris Dave, because he's a tasteful musician and doesn't always have to sound like Chris Dave.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 20:54 (two months ago) link

Charles Lloyd, who mostly leaves me cold, has a new album coming out March 12. The first single is a version of Ornette Coleman's "Ramblin'," one of my favorite OC tunes because Change of the Century was the first album of his I heard and it cracked my head wide open. And this version, with Bill Frisell on guitar, is surprisingly hot. So now I think I might have to hear the whole record.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGVIrck0pNI

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 29 January 2021 19:05 (two months ago) link

Cool, I'll check out in due course. Last year's 8: Kindred Spirits was solid, albeit overlong.

pomenitul, Friday, 29 January 2021 19:15 (two months ago) link

As I say, I'm not a big fan, but his Blue Note albums have generally been better than his ECM albums were.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 29 January 2021 19:19 (two months ago) link

That just leads to the older Times feature on him

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Thursday, 1 April 2021 15:53 (two weeks ago) link

Stunning new operatic piece from Tyshawn Sorey. Only up for 24 hours so set aside 20 minutes and dive in. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/magazine/tyshawn-sorey.html🕸


Were you referring to “Death” that’s on the LA Opera website? That’s the only one I know at this time.

Really pissed I missed the violin concerto from the Detroit Symphony last year.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 1 April 2021 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

Prestige Records is now on Bandcamp. They're puttng their catalog up in chunks and it's kinda piecemeal right now, but there's some good stuff there.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 1 April 2021 19:58 (two weeks ago) link

This was officially released last Friday, but I'm listening to it this afternoon, and it's destroying my mind. Really great.

https://astralahmed.bandcamp.com/album/nights-on-saturn-communication

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:09 (two weeks ago) link

probably the best place for this. been really loving the new Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt https://billorcutt.bandcamp.com/album/made-out-of-sound

gman59, Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:16 (two weeks ago) link

x-post - ah sorry, I posted the wrong link! It's still up, but you have to pay now. https://www.operaphila.tv/2020-2021/videos/save-the-boys?fbclid=IwAR19E2erZKhE2dTqLfm4AVJzKTlv4I0GAF8zzmYOqF4V6avgbL5LTRvEh9I

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:59 (two weeks ago) link

Jason Moran
@morethan88
6:30 PM · Apr 1, 2021
Graves/Moran live at @BigEarsFestival
2018 releases at midnight. Features another performance from @ICAPhiladelphia
/ @ArsNovaWorkshop
. Mind-Body.

https://jasonmoran.bandcamp.com/album/graves-moran-live-at-big-ears

dow, Friday, 2 April 2021 17:01 (one week ago) link

On the UK Soul Jazz label, which has a lot of releases on Amazon US etc.---I used to see this in the cooler stores, somehow never bought it:

https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/img/UVJkSEJESHJYTkRnN3FQMzEvdkF6Zz09/sjr-lp442-steve-reid-nova-sleeve-copy.jpg

Steve Reid
Nova (1976)
Soul Jazz Records

LP * Download Code
CD
MP3

As a radical jazz artist, Steve Reid played with an extraordinary group of artists – including Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Dionne Warwick, Archie Shepp, Chief Bey, Olatunji, Arthur Blythe, , Dextor Gordon, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sam Rivers, Leon Thomas, Lonnie Smith and Horace Silver!

Reid was born in the South Bronx, and grew up in Queens, New York. He played in the house band at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, accompanying James Brown, as well as playing in Sun Ra's Arkestra. He lived next to John Coltrane, worked in a department store with Ornette Coleman, had a son who played drums with NWA. He began his career as a teenager in the 1960s as a drummer at Motown when he played on Martha and The Vandellas "Heatwave" (aged 14).

At the end of the 1960s Reid was sentenced to four years in jail as a conscientious objector of the Vietnam war. On his release from prison in 1974, he formed the Legendary Master Brotherhood and started the independent record label, Mustevic Sound, to release his debut LP Nova in 1976. This album is released in its entirety and with full original cover art here. Nova was the first in a series of stunning independent records he released in the 1970s.

At the start of the 21st century, his career took a new twist when Steve Reid began a successful collaboration with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet). Hebden referred to Reid as his ‘musical soul mate’, resulting in a number of joint albums.

Steve Reid died in New York in 2010. Subsequently the Steve Reid Foundation was set up in his name, to help aspiring musicians and artists
More info, excerpts of all tracks:
https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/sjr/product/steve-reid-nova

dow, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 21:59 (one week ago) link

Love that album!

rob, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 22:17 (one week ago) link

On today's Fresh Air:
The late Philadelphia pianist and composer Hasaan Ibn Ali recorded only two albums. The first was a celebrated 1964 session titled "The Max Roach Trio Featuring The Legendary Hasaan." The following year, he recorded a quartet date that went unreleased and was long believed lost. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says its rediscovery is cause for renewed celebration.
Good excerpts! https://www.npr.org/2021/04/06/984703269/newly-unearthed-1965-album-represents-hasaan-ibn-alis-posthumous-vindication

dow, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 00:30 (one week ago) link

I pre-ordered that about six months ago, as soon as it was announced. I expect to be surprised when it lands in my PO box.

I'm being sent a copy of Mosaic's new Louis Armstrong box, The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-66. Gonna write about it for Stereogum for sure.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 01:16 (one week ago) link

Also from Soul Jazz storefront, Sounds of the Universe, incl. Sunny Murray:

https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/img/UnRJeVBPMWJnYkx4cUZLUVhvTnhndz09/infinity-khan-jamal.jpg
Khan Jamal
Infinity
Jazz Room Records
LP
Expected April 16

**Reissue of this sought-after, self-released jazz album from 1984, featuring the classic 'The Known Unknown'!**

Vibes maestro Khan Jamal's 'Infinity' features a stellar line up, a drums and percussion-rich sextet that features altoist Byard Lancaster and a Philadelphia-based rhythm section, Clifton Burton on harmonica and the legendary free drummer Sunny Murray.
More info, audio:
https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/khan-jamal-infinity

dow, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 21:17 (one week ago) link

Interesting piece on the history of the Real Book: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-real-book/

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Thursday, 8 April 2021 18:06 (one week ago) link

Yeah, good stuff, thanks.

It Is Dangerous to Meme Inside (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 9 April 2021 03:03 (six days ago) link

alls I'm going to listen to today is that new Vijay Iyer with Linda May Han Oh & Tyshawn Sorey

calzino, Friday, 9 April 2021 11:04 (six days ago) link

Three new releases on Relative Pitch Records' Bandcamp page, including one with Susan Alcorn.

EvR, Friday, 9 April 2021 11:58 (six days ago) link

OK have listened to the new Vijay Iyer about a dozen times now, it's in turns exhilarating, elegant and quite beautiful.

calzino, Saturday, 10 April 2021 01:45 (five days ago) link

freakin love the vijay iyer record

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 12 April 2021 15:20 (three days ago) link

yep!

calzino, Monday, 12 April 2021 15:40 (three days ago) link

This seems like it could be of interest to people who like Bill Evans more than I do.

CRAFT RECORDINGS CELEBRATES THE LEGACY OF BILL EVANS WITH FIRST-EVER CAREER-SPANNING COLLECTION, EVERYBODY STILL DIGS BILL EVANS: A CAREER RETROSPECTIVE (1956–1980)

5-CD deluxe set (also available digitally) spotlights legendary jazz pianist’s work as a leader and co-leader, with over 60 choice cuts including an entire
previously unreleased live concert

Breakout title ‘On a Friday Evening’ offers newly discovered concert from 1975 in Vancouver, B.C. as a standalone live album (available in 2-LP, CD, and digital formats)

Both titles due out June 25th

Craft Recordings proudly honors the pioneering jazz artist Bill Evans and his enduring musical contributions, with two new titles. The first—a deluxe, five-CD box set and digital album, titled Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980)—marks the first-ever career-spanning collection of music from the pianist, featuring over 60 tracks that spotlight Evans’ exceptional work as a leader and co-leader. The expansive set also includes a previously unreleased live performance from 1975, captured at Oil Can Harry’s in Vancouver, B.C. This recently unearthed concert recording will also be issued as a standalone album, titled On a Friday Evening, which will be available on 2-LP, CD and digital formats, including hi-res 192/24 and 96/24. Both titles will be released June 25th and are available for pre-order today, with the previously unheard live track “Up with the Lark” available for immediate download as an instant grat. single (listen and pre-save here). Special bundles featuring a new Bill Evans T-shirt and mug are also available exclusively at the Craft Recordings online store.

Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980) spans the pianist’s Riverside, Milestone, Fantasy, Verve, Warner Bros., and Elektra/Musician catalogs, and features such collective personnel as Tony Bennett, Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Burrell, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Eddie Gomez, Shelly Manne, and Lee Konitz, among many others. Produced by Nick Phillips, the five-CD collection comes housed in a fabric-wrapped, hard-cover book, containing 48 pages of photos and ephemera, as well as new liner notes from the GRAMMY® Award-winning writer, radio host, and music journalist, Neil Tesser, who offers insight into the life and career of Evans through recent and archival interviews with a variety of subjects, as well as a deep survey of the box set’s tracks. Also available across digital and streaming platforms, Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans includes newly remastered audio by GRAMMY®-winning engineer, Paul Blakemore.

The majority of the box set’s musical selections are culled from Evans’ trios, with whom he released over 40 albums. Discs one and two offer highlights from those recordings, with the first disc spotlighting his Riverside sessions and spanning Evans’ earliest days working with Philly Joe Jones, Teddy Kotick, Paul Chambers, and Sam Jones, to solidifying a group with drummer Paul Motian and bassist Scott LaFaro, who died tragically in 1961, to the post-LaFaro trios featuring Motian, Chuck Israels, and Larry Bunker. The second disc focuses on Evans’ trio recordings from the mid-’60s onwards, collaborating with sidemen like Eddie Gomez, Marty Morell, Eliot Zigmund, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette, Joe LaBarbera, and Marc Johnson.

Evans’ many solo recordings were also an important aspect of his career, garnering him two of his seven GRAMMY® Awards (for 1963’s Conversations with Myself and 1968’s Alone). Disc three of the collection spotlights the pianist’s performances unaccompanied by others (some are truly “solo” while others feature Evans accompanying himself by way of overdubbing), including some of his seminal works like “Peace Piece” and “N.Y.C.'s No Lark,” as well as his musical composition to his son, “Letter to Evan,” and the Miles Davis-penned “Nardis,” which, in a lengthy and abstract solo piano exposition, Evans made wholly his own.

Disc four, meanwhile, focuses on Evans’ non-trio collaborations—of which there were many. Highlights include his famous duet partnerships with legendary vocalist Tony Bennett and lyrical guitarist Jim Hall, and a rare pairing with fellow pianist and interviewer Marian McPartland, excerpted from her long-running NPR show. Evans’ work within quartet and quintet settings is also highlighted on this disc, with such esteemed musicians as Cannonball Adderley, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Toots Thielemans, Zoot Sims, and Lee Konitz.

For the final disc of Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans, fans will enjoy a newly discovered live performance by the Bill Evans Trio, featuring Eddie Gomez on bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums. Available in its entirety, the previously unreleased concert took place on June 20, 1975, at Oil Can Harry’s—an intimate club that operated until 1977 in Vancouver, BC. The show was captured for Canadian radio host Gary Barclay, who served as the evening’s announcer, and later aired the set on his popular CHQM jazz show. Then, for nearly half a century, the tapes lay forgotten—until now. Thanks to audio restoration by Plangent Processes and meticulous mastering by Blakemore, the intimate recording sounds just as fresh today as it did more than 45 years ago.

The concert will also be released as a standalone album, On a Friday Evening, and will be available on two 180-gram vinyl LPs, CD, and across digital and streaming platforms. The nine-track outing includes an adaptation of original liner notes from Tesser, who incorporates new interviews with trio members Eddie Gomez and Eliot Zigmund, along with meticulous, track-by-track details on the evening’s program—which included both original compositions and standards.

On a Friday Evening also offers listeners the rare chance to hear Evans and his bandmates settling into a new reconfiguration of the trio, which Zigmund had joined just months before. Tesser explains that this live recording “merits attention, and much of that comes from hearing Zigmund, in an intimate setting away from the concert hall, finding his place in the lineage of the most important piano trio of its era—a trio that for 15 years had exploded the established piano-plus-accompanists model and replaced it with a true trialogue among instruments.”

Indeed, Zigmund knew he was on a different plane entirely, playing alongside Evans. In the notes for Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans, Tesser proclaims, “In the history of 20th-century piano, the music of Bill Evans constitutes an inflection point…. There have been only a handful of pianists…whose innovations so strongly altered the prevailing aesthetic that the timeline breaks down into ‘before’ and ‘after.’”

One of the most influential artists in the history of jazz, Bill Evans (1929–1980), was known for his conversational interplay within his trios, his lyrical compositions, and his matchless approach to the piano. In less than three decades, the prolific artist released over 50 albums as a leader, garnering seven GRAMMY® Awards, 31 GRAMMY®-nominations and two inductions into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was honored posthumously with the GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award. Cited as an influence by everyone from Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea to Eliane Elias and Robert Glasper, Bill Evans’ work continues to inspire new generations of musicians today.

Tracklist - Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980):

Disc One: Trialogues, Vol. 1
1. Five
2. Woody'N You [take 2]
3. Young and Foolish
4. Autumn Leaves
5. How Deep Is the Ocean
6. Sweet and Lovely
7. Blue in Green
8. How My Heart Sings
9. Re: Person I Knew
10. My Foolish Heart (live)
11. Waltz for Debby (live)
12. Gloria's Step (live)
13. My Man's Gone Now (live)
14. Swedish Pastry (live)

Disc Two: Trialogues, Vol. 2
1. Israel
2. The Peacocks
3. I Believe in You
4. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
5. I Will Say Goodbye
6. Turn Out the Stars (live)
7. Walkin' Up (live)
8. Very Early (live)
9. Minha (All Mine) (live)
10. My Romance (live)
11. Days of Wine and Roses (live)
12. The Touch of Your Lips (live)
13. Someday My Prince Will Come (live)

Disc Three: Monologues
1. Peace Piece
2. Danny Boy
3. Make Someone Happy
4. A Time for Love
5. Waltz for Debby
6. The Bad and the Beautiful
7. N.Y.C.'s No Lark
8. Emily
9. Remembering the Rain
10. I Loves You Porgy (live)
11. Letter to Evan (live)
12. Nardis (live)

Disc Four: Dialogues & Confluences
1. My Funny Valentine
2. A Face Without a Name
3. The Touch of Your Lips (Vocal Version)
4. I Love You
5. Up with the Lark (live)
6. Funkallero (live)
7. Who Cares?
8. Body and Soul
9. You and the Night and the Music
10. Time Remembered
11. Night and Day
12. A Child is Born
13. Peri's Scope

Disc Five: Epilogue
1. Sareen Jurer (live)
2. Sugar Plum (live)
3. The Two Lonely People (live)
4. T. T. T. (Twelve Tone Tune) (live)
5. Quiet Now (live)
6. Up with the Lark (live)
7. How Deep Is the Ocean (live)
8. Blue Serge (live)
9. Nardis (live)


Tracklist - On a Friday Evening (LP-edition):

Side A
1. Sareen Jurer (live)
2. Sugar Plum (live)

Side B
1. The Two Lonely People (live)
2. T. T. T. (Twelve Tone Tune) (live)
3. Quiet Now (live)

Side C
1. Up with the Lark (live)
2. How Deep Is the Ocean (live)

Side D
1. Blue Serge (live)
2. Nardis (live)

* Tracklist for CD and digital editions mirror vinyl.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 12 April 2021 15:45 (three days ago) link

Not necessary for me, but I'm interested in the live concert!

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Monday, 12 April 2021 16:23 (three days ago) link

XXXXXXXXXXXpost Vijay the stomping kicking hairline clarity centering xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxpost Burnt Sugar's The Rites too.

Welp unperson just now jumped for this ("Yes Please!") on Twitter:

Disc 1: WADADA LEO SMITH & MILFORD GRAVES
01-03 Nyoto 1-3 / 04 Baby Dodds In Congo Square / 05 Celebration Rhythms / 06 Poetic Sonics / 07 The Poet: Play Ebony, Play Ivory (For Henry Dumas)

Disc 2: WADADA LEO SMITH & BILL LASWELL
01 Ascending the Sacred Waterfall - A Ceremonial Practice / 02 Prince - The Blue Diamond Spirit / 03 Donald Ayler´s Rainbow Summit / 04 Tony Williams / 05 Mysterious Night / 06 Earth - A Morning Song / 07 Minnie Riperton - The Chicago Bronzeville Master Blaster

Disc 3: WADADA LEO SMITH, BILL LASWELL & MILFORD GRAVES
01 Social Justice - A Fire for Reimagining the World / 02.Myths of Civilizations and Revolutions / 03 Truth in Expansion / 04 The Healer´s Direct Energy / 05 Waves of Elevated Horizontal Forces / 06 An Epic Journey Inside the Center of Color / 07 Ruby Red Largo - A Sonnet

Wadada Leo Smith Trumpet
Bill Laswell Basses
Milford Graves Drums and percussion
International release:

May 21, 2021

Sacred Ceremonies brings together three distinct and highly influential movements in contemporary creative music, convening in a once-in-a-lifetime meeting of wholly singular minds...
http://tumrecords.com/box-003-sacred-ceremonies

dow, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 01:23 (two days ago) link

... as well as a second 3cd box with solo work

EvR, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 09:34 (two days ago) link

Thanks! Also, now I see this, from 2019:
Wadada Leo Smith
PURE LOVE. AN ORATORIO OF SEVEN SONGS
This new major work is composed for the iconic civil rights hero Rosa Parks (1913-2005) and performed by three vocalists, a double-quartet and a drummer with electronics. The album is released in February 2019 to celebrate Rosa Parks´ birthday on February 4.
Texts by Wadada Leo Smith, except text for "No Fear" by Rosa Parks

http://tumrecords.com/057-rosa-parks

dow, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 16:17 (two days ago) link

Is the Hasaan ibn ali going on streaming ?

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 16:21 (two days ago) link

Maybe it will--release is April 23 (not seeing digital btw).

dow, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 16:27 (two days ago) link

That label (Omnivore) puts a fair amount of their stuff on Spotify.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 16:33 (two days ago) link

As discussed on the International Anthem thread, the Damon Locks/Angel Bat Dawid/etc. album is really really good.

Checking out the Iyer/Sorey/Oh album now, seems promising.

Do these labels really not release digitally? That Smith/Laswell/Graves thing is exactly up my alley, but in order to play CDs, I would have to drag out an old computer, import the CDs, put them on my external HD, then move them to my current computer.

CDs are literal garbage, it's absurd that any label would still be relying on them in this day and age.

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 18:25 (two days ago) link

I still buy cds and prefer them to both overpriced, shoddy quality vinyl and streaming

should always be an option to purchase digitally though, I agree

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 20:56 (two days ago) link

Checking back, can confirm that the Iyer trio is a.) a jam, and b.) my jam. Great conversational back and forth between all three, lots of energy.

Listening to the Vijay Iyer record, hating the drum sound (bc it's the same anemic close mic'ed sound as 98% of modern jazz records)

xp lol

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:07 (two days ago) link

Oh right, forgot it's on ECM :)

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:22 (two days ago) link

I like the drums! What don't you like?

Too much skitter, not enough thump?

Tum and RogueArt are two labels I can think of offhand that do not do downloads or streaming. No idea why. Even the anti-streaming classical labels have make FLAC downloads available.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:35 (two days ago) link

Listening to the Vijay Iyer record, hating the drum sound (bc it's the same anemic close mic'ed sound as 98% of modern jazz records)

Having seen this trio live, I agree about the drums. Sorey's been ECM-ized. Live with this band, he sounds like a cross between Billy Cobham and Gene Hoglan.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:37 (two days ago) link

Close-mic'ed, no room sound, super-separated, compressed either not enough or in a very bland way.

I compared against Now He Sings, Now He Sobs and it was like night and day, but that's not fair. So I pulled up a few more recent jazz records with drum sounds that I like, and all of them sound much more like a whole drum kit and are much more exciting to hear:

-Joshua Redman record from last year w/Brian Blade
-Mark Turner 'Dharma Days' w/Nasheet Waits
-Christian McBride 'A Family Affair' w/Gregory Hutchinson
-Nicholas Payton 'Relaxin' with Nick' w/Kenny Washington

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:40 (two days ago) link

I hear what you mean, tho I wouldn't say there's no room sound. I think there's a fair amount of space in the mix, his cymbals have a lot of shimmer. I feel like it's a good companion to Iyer's kind of precise, staccato playing. It's a bit of a mathematical vibe, but that's his thing.

No prob w drums x perc sound on xpost Damon Locks - Black Monument Ensemble's NOW---although, as tends to happen in my bandcamp streaming experiences, I have to turn it up more than elsewhere to get what I want, but once I do that yeah this is good---that link one more time: https://intlanthem.bandcamp.com/album/now (Should spring for the flac no doubt).

dow, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 01:12 (yesterday) link

Oh and was startled by bold drums & percussion (& everything else) of Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Axiom last year---also on bandcamp, but no need to turn that one up: https://christianscott.bandcamp.com/

dow, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 01:18 (yesterday) link

Axiom is excellent, yeah.

I guess I didn't notice Sorey's playing much, which is not something I would have expected.

I might personally write Tum and tell them that they will continue to be irrelevant past a certain demographic unless they begin to offer digital downloads.

(Just a note that I do not use any streaming services...if it's available digitally or on vinyl, I try to buy it... If not, well, slsk it is...that this happens more with jazz releases says something IMHO. It's like how Underground Resistance could be making bank on an mp3 site, but...alas, none is emerging, it seems).

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 11:07 (yesterday) link

Really don't get this CD hate. They're a perfectly good format and often better for lengthy jazz sets. And they're cheap, especially when it comes to reissues. If you've got a hi-fi set up for vinyl, then adding in a CD player isn't a big deal - you can get good ones pretty cheap these days.

Rogue Art's old school approach is admirable in certain respects, but they are missing a trick by not offering DLs. Their stuff is beautifully curated and produced - deserves to be heard more widely.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 11:20 (yesterday) link

Rogue Art goes one step further by (as far as I know) not having a publicist, either. Matt Shipp and I have had rueful conversations about this in the past. They seem to have zero interest in the issue of whether anyone hears their records or not.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 11:31 (yesterday) link

They sent me their stuff for a while, which was lovely, but lately I've tended to have their stuff sent directly by the artists.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 11:39 (yesterday) link

x-post Tend to agree about the Iyer. Strong music, but the ECM tastefulness comes into the composition/performance as well as the production. Would love to hear this band live and hear the difference. Saw Iyer's Sextet a couple of years ago and while it wasn't exactly ragged fire music, it had more bite than on record.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 11:39 (yesterday) link

CDs are a good high-quality format, wtf.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 12:13 (yesterday) link

In some defense, Tum releases are beautifully packaged, but I definitely need fewer physical “things” and I still want to support the artists/label.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 13:11 (yesterday) link

That's fair - my romantic attachment to physical media has taken a hit after moving house recently. I love having a good collection in the flat, but limited space means it needs regular pruning. Now we're coming out of UK lockdown, I'll be taking a fair bit of stuff to my local record store and charity shops. The jazz ain't going nowhere though.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 15:04 (yesterday) link


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