Although the Arctic Chill Has Just Begun
The Time is Right to Have Some Sonic Sound Fun
Check Out Some Music Live to Help Us to Survive!
Several Festivals are Going on Simultaneously:
The StoneFest! The Evolving Free Jazz Fest!
The Winter Jazz Fest! The Steve Gauci Monday & Wednesday Series!
Plus Great Gigs at Cornelia Street! Shapeshifter! I-Beam! Roulette!
And the Ongoing Free Music Series at DMG! Most are Listed Below!
So Please Get Out of the House and Support Live Music!
In the Meantime, Help Support Recorded Music from This Week’s list of Gems from:
Steve Swell Messiaen Project: Jason Kao Hwang / Rob Brown / Tom Ulrich..! Jon Irabagon / Joe Fieldler / Todd Neufeld! John McLaughlin & Fourth Dimension! New from Iluso: John Butcher / John Russell / Dominic Lash / SL Solberg! Alvaro Domene & Briggan Krauss!
Mike Caratti / Rachel Musson / Steve Beresford! Dominic Lash / Alex Ward Quartet! Alex Maguire & Nikolas Skorgas! IVO PERELMAN / MATTHEW SHIPP 7 CD Sale Set with William Parker! Bobby Kapp! Nate Wooley! Brandon Lopez! Gerald Cleaver..!
Plus 100 Years of Jazz 10 CD set! And Vinyl from Eyvind Kang! The Transcendence Orchestra! George Mukabi! Plus a Big TZADIK SPECTRUM SERIES Sale!
THE DMG 26TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:
Sunday, December 10th:
6pm: DISSIPATED FACE: DANIEL CARTER / KURT RALSKE / STEPHEN POPKIN /
MICHAEL LUBLIN / WILL DAHL / BILL MILKOWSKI
7pm: RAS MOSHE BURNETT /KYOKO KITAMURA / REUBEN RADDING / LEONID GALAGANOV
Sunday, December 17th:
6pm: ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE: CRAIG FLANAGIN & NORMANDY SHERWOOD: Guitar and Modular Electronics //
7pm: PRAIRIE MUFFIN: FUNG CHERN HWEI - Solo Violin!
Sunday, December 24th: Christmas Eve - No in-store
Sunday, December 31st: New Years Eve - No In-store
Sunday, January 7th, 2018:
6pm: BRANDON LOPEZ & NINA DANTE - ContraBass and Vocals!
7pm: STAN ZENKOFF and SEAN ALI - Bb Clarinet and ContraBass!
DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy
Starting off this week’s Goodies are:
STEVE SWELL With JASON KAO HWANG / ROB BROWN / TOMAS ULRICH / ROBERT BOSTON / JIM PUGLIESE - Music for Six Musicians: Hommage A’ Olivier Messiaen (Silkheart 161; EEC) Steve Swell presents an homage to composer Olivier Messiaen in a sextet with Rob Brown (saxophone), Jason Kao Hwang (violin & viola), Robert Boston (piano & organ), Tomas Ulrich (cello), and Jim Pugliese (drums & percussion) performed live at Metro Baptist Church in NYC, 2017, a presentation of encompassing and passionate free music that knows little boundary.
"What we have here is new music. Free music. Ellington and Armstrong were right in not wanting to call it anything else but Music. Why put it in a sub-category? This belongs with the best of any new music, period. And this new music is created (with the assistance of Swell's scores and direction) by an ensemble that knows how to both play and listen geometric and mystical constructions: some preconceived by the skillful pen of Steve Swell and some spontaneously shaped and formed. Lean in. Listen again. And swim upstream and down with the band - it's completely worth it." - Stephen Rush, Ann Arbor
JON IRABAON / JOE FIEDLER / TODD NEUFELD - In Formation Network (Nuscope 1031; USA) Featuring Jon Irabagon on alto & sopranino saxes, Joe Fiedler on trombone & mutes and Todd Neufeld on electric guitar & pedals. The instrumentation of sax/trombone/guitar goes all the way back to the late 1950’s (some 60 years) to the Jimmy Giuffre Trio (with Jim Hall & Bob Brookmeyer). Thirty years later, the same instrumentation was utilized by the News for Lulu Trio (with John Zorn, George Lewis & Bill Frissel). Now, some three decades since the initial records by New for Lulu, we have this trio which includes: Jon Irabagon (from Mostly Other People the Killing & Monk award winner)on saxes, Joe Fiedler (several CD’s on Clean Feed & his own Yellowsound label. Guitarist Todd Neufeld you should recognize from his with Tyshawn Sorey, Samuel Blaser and Alexandra Grimal.
Instead of the usual group improvs, each member contributed a couple of songs plus there are two versions of the same song by Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser and two covers: “Voodoo” by Sonny Clark (also done by the Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet with Mr. Zorn) and “Mayday Hymn” by Albert Mangelsdorff (legendary German trombone master). Starting with Mr. Neufeld’s “C.G.F.”, the trio has a thoughtful, chamber-jazz like sound, somewhere between the Giuffre and Lulu trios. Mr. Blaser’s “Pieces of Old Sky” is calm at the center and each member must take their time to stretch their notes and let them drift, bending them together most carefully. Mr. Fiedler’s “The Next Phase” is a lovely ballad with superb, sublime, bluesy solos from each member of the trio. Over the past few years, Mr. Irabagon has been concentrating on the sopranino sax, after having mastered alto & tenor saxes. He appears to keep digging deeper into some extended techniques, especially when playing solo. On his oddly titled piece, “Wai’ anapanapa”, both he and Neufeld’s guitar, bend their their notes into strange fragments while Mr. Fiedler’s stays more relaxed no matter how far out the other two go at times. Sonny Clark’s “Voodoo” was the title track for the the Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet, which was led by Wayne Horvitz. The version here is similar to the way News for Lulu would cover a version of a Sonny Clark song: Monkish and somewhat skewered. The Mangelsdorff cover is a delight, and played most reverentially, another warm, enticing vibe. The final piece is another version of the cover by Samuel Blaser and it is most haunting. Mr. Irabagon’s tone on alto and solo show him to be in a class of his own. Rather Rahsaan-like (tart yet ghost-like) and reminding me of “The Inflated Tear”. A perfect ending to a most spectacular disc. CD of the week! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
JOHN McLAUGHLIN & THE 4TH DIMENSION - Live at Ronnie Scott’s (Abstract Logix 058; USA) “Music has taken him and his guitar to some of the most exotic far reaches of the world, but Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club will always have a special place in John McLaughlin's heart. His mid-1960s time in the famous London venue's house band was a key early step in his musical life, and he idly wonders "where would I be without them?" five decades later. No doubt he would still be a legend today; such boundless curiosity and imagination would have led him to some adventurous path one way or another. Nonetheless, this homecoming show of sorts provides the perfect occasion to celebrate a scorching group at the top of their game.
That affection for the club contributes to this live set's special vibe, though of course there are many factors at work. Things are consistently taken to another level when McLaughlin can settle in and gel with one consistent band (as exciting as the studio constructions or occasional brief projects can also be). The Fourth Dimension makes his all-time longest-running ensemble (formed in 2007, with this lineup since 2011) and it's become the most expansive and versatile group the guitarist has ever had. More than any previous outfit, even the top-flight Five Peace Band of 2008-9, this quartet can handle his globe-spanning range with a virtuosity and interplay that are downright uncanny.
This was plenty in evidence on their previous live release The Boston Record (Abstract Logix, 2014), but the three years between leave them even more keenly in tune with each other on Ronnie Scott's. Admirers of the Mahavishnu Orchestra will be delighted with the return of a few chestnuts from that band's first two albums—the audacity of the compositions hasn't dulled with age, though their renditions here have the inevitable seasoning of maturity as well.
The players may hit McLaughlin's trademark blizzard pace fairly often, but they trade their brisk solos and dash off their complex dialogues without any gaudy grandstanding. Gary Husband's electric keys conduct a sprightly back-and-forth with Etienne M'Bappé's bass through Mahavishnu's "Miles Beyond," while an epic take on "Here Come the Jiis" positively sizzles thanks to Ranjit Barot's frisky drumming and use of konokol (a percussive vocalizing used in traditional Carnatic music). The piece takes him and Husband to heights of rhythmic joy in a most fitting dedication to Shakti's master mandolinist U. Srinivas.
Honoring departed friends sadly makes a recurring theme here, as "El Hombre Que Sabia" (The Man Who Knew) does the same for McLaughlin's guitar partner Paco De Lucia (Husband's angular keys conveying the subject's uniqueness admirably). Still, it's only right to mark such notes in a set that ranges throughout the guitarist's career, and the band does them justice with performances full of life. Those tribute pieces and the thoughtful-but-not-maudlin "Gaza City" are the newest ones here, taken from 2015's Black Light (Abstract Logix), and all eloquently stand alongside those classics from decades past. The time in between has made a long and winding journey, but the inner flame burns undimmed even fifty years on.” - Geno Thackara, AllAboutJazz
4 Great Discs from the New Iluso Label: The Iluso label is run by two musicians from different sides of the planet: Alvaro Domene (guitarist from South America currently living here) and Michael Caratti (drummer form Australia).
STRAY [JOHN BUTCHER / JOHN RUSSELL / DOMINIC LASH / STALE LIAVIK SOLBERG] - Into Darkness (Iluso 09; Australia/USA) Stray features John Butcher on tenor & soprano saxes, John Russell on electric guitar, Dominic Lash on contrabass and Stale Liavik Solberg on drums & percussion. This internationally mixed quartet was recorded live at Iklektik in London in December of 2015. Both John Butcher and John Russell are leading lights of the London Underground Free Music scene, stretching back to the 1970’s. Both played together in the Chris Burn Ensemble, a trio with Phil Durrant which turned into a quintet called News from the Shed. A generation younger is London bassist Dominic Lash who is on some two dozen recordings although still in his thirties and is a member of Convergence Quartet, working with Alex Ward and the Wandelweiser composers. Scandinavian percussionist, Stale Liavik Solberg has turned up on discs with Joe McPhee, Steve Beresford and Paal Nilssen-Love (Pan-Scan Ensemble).
This disc is especially well recorded so that each member of the quartet is integral to the overall sound. John Russell, a contemporary of Derek Bailey, is playing electric guitar, something he rarely plays as he prefers an acoustic guitar on many of his recordings. Russell sounds like he is using some pedals like a wah-wah and distortion at times. Is he rubbing the strings? Is the distortion going into overdrive?? Mr. Butcher is at his most Evan Parker-like, spewing out those intense fractured notes on tenor sax. Whoa! This disc bristles with intensity, showing a common ground between all four musicians” focused and forthright. Bowed strings? Rubbed cymbals or drums? Guitar or sax or something else? Keep guessing. This is edge-of-your-chair improv at its best! Quite extraordinary! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
DOMINIC LASH QUARTET With ALEX WARD / RICARDO TEJERO / JAVIER CARMONA - Extremophile (Iluso 06; Australia/USA) Featuring Ricardo Tejero on alto sax & clarinet, Alex Ward on electric guitar & clarinet, Dominic Lash on contrabass and Javier Carmona on drums. British bassist Dominic Lash seems to straddle several strands of the UK improv scene, playing with the Convergence Quartet (half British/half NY), from the intense improv (Tony Bevan) to the more subtle (Axel Dorner & Wandelweiser Collective). It makes perfect sense that Lash would choose fellow London extremist Alex Ward, who plays amazing clarinet (with Derek Bailey) and often brutal guitar. The other two members of this quartet are very familiar although Mr. Carmona has worked with Alexander Hawkins and Ingrid Laubrock.
Instead of the usual group improv date, Dominic Lash wrote four of the seven pieces, with a couple of select covers, like “Mixed, Mixed” by Cecil Taylor (from 1962) and “Fumeux Fume” by Solage (14th century French composer). Mr. Lash’s “Mr. S.B.” has some intricate arranging with strong interplay between the alto sax & guitar over an ever-expanding rhythm team which seems to speed up and slow down in a most organic fashion. What’s interesting is getting to hear Alex Ward stretching out on jazz/rock guitar, not drawing from his more noisy guitar side. Oddly enough, the song by Solage (mysterious composer of whom little is known) is done quaintly and probably not very different from the original. It was considered to be unusual for its time. “Palpito” erupts with some waves of furious strummed guitar and sax tightly interwoven and soaring over the rhythmic currents underneath. Each piece shows another side to this quartet which is consistently unpredictable. Alex Ward unleashes some powerful fractured note guitar on “Unbeknownst”, with equally splintered sax tightly interacting. Mr. Tejero performs a Zorn-like alto sax blast/solo on “Slailing” which has number sections showing off Mr. Lash’s diverse writing. Cecil Taylor’s “Mixed” first appeared on an Gil Evans’ ‘Into the Hot’ album and was performed by the Cecil Taylor Sextet, arranged by Mr. Evans. Cecil taylor was still composing in a somewhat more traditional way at this time before launching off into more freer terrain afterwards. The balance between free and occasionally charted or directed sections in blurred but still filled with surprising twists and turns. Another winner for the ever-evolving Iluso label. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
ALVARO DOMENE & BRIGGAN KRAUSS - Live at the Firehouse Space (Iluso 05; Australia/USA) Featuring Alvaro Domene on electric guitar and Briggan Krauss on alto sax. Mr. Domene is a Madrid born guitarist, currently living in New York, co-runs the Iluso label and has played here at DMG in the not too distant past. Saxist Briggan Krauss is a longtime member of the Downtown Scene, having worked with Wayne Horvitz at different times as well as being a member of Sex Mob, Babkas and several projects with Andrew Drury. Like most of the original members of the early Downtown Scene, Mr. Krauss had worked long at creating his own distinctive sound on his alto sax. His unique, ultra-careful bent note sound is what we first here when this disc begins. Both he and Mr. Domene play quietly at first, taking their time and weaving their notes around one another masterfully. Over time both players start stretching their notes in similar ways, weaving their bent notes into a dense, complex tapestry. Eventually things erupt into a mind-blowing crescendo. Things calms down after that with sublime, slower paced, dream-like duo improv or dialogue. Mr. Domene used several pedals to coax long, dark, sustained tones (rather like bowed strings) which work well with mutated tongue or lip-twisting notes that Mr. Krauss has long specialized in. Both of these musicians are well-seasoned and sound like they are coming from a common place of mature and thoughtfully crafted improv. Extraordinary! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
MICHAEL CARATTI / RACHEL MUSSON / STEVE BERESFORD - Hesitantly Pleasant (Iluso 07; Australia/USA) Featuring Steve Beresford on piano & electronics, Rachel Musson on saxes and Michael Caratti on drums. British keyboardist Steve Beresford is often the wild card in many situations/sessions since he is at home in so many different projects. Who else has worked with a cast like this: Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, John Zorn & Masada, the Melody Four, the Slits and Alerations. This set was recorded at the Vortex in Lonon in January of 2017 and features tow collaborators: Mike Caratti on drums (from Australia & co-runs this label) and Rachel Musson on saxes (CD with Federico Ughi, as well as with Olie Brice, John Edwards & Mark Sanders).
There is something special going on here, tight yet free-flowing, focused and inspired. Several spinning lines are coalescing. Beresford appears to be is working inside the piano, manipulating the strings with assorted objects. Things actually calm down to a spacious, sparse section on “Complex Footwork and Violent Movement” and then slowly build pup to another more frenzied part. Overall, much of this is more restrained with playful yet spirited interplay. A most organic and often hypnotic vibe pervades. Hard to believe that this was a first time meeting of this trio as they sound like old friends creating a stimulating dialogue. Mr. Beresford’s subtle electronics are not heard until around halfway through and are utilized most carefully, adding mysterious shades to the trio. The three musicians consistently shift between duo and trio improvs, weaving several lines around one another gracefully at times and rambunctiously at other times, listening closely and flowing together. There are a number of magical moments here when the complex tapestry transcends the combined sounds of all three players. Superb. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
ALEX MAGUIRE - NIKOLAS SKORDAS DUO - Ships and Shepherds (Slam 582; UK) Featuring: Alex Maguire on piano; Nicolas Skordas on soprano sax, tenor sax, gaida, bells, penny whistles; Plus on some tracks: Don Stavrinos, trumpet, flicker; Stathis Diamantidis : double bass. Recorded live in Athens, Greece, November 2016
“The music on the first of these 2 CDs is highly emotive, as is gathered from the album title. There is a romance, deeply expressed, though with sporadic steely edges. The music roils warmly. Both tracks 4 and 5 relax this, both less musically archaic and more contemporaneously abstract. The final track on CD1 reverts to its earlier character, thus setting the scene for the changes due in CD2.
Significantly, the tenor of the second CD is even more abstract, more incorporeal, the music ascending to a different plane of experimentation. Throughout CD1 there was an atmosphere of a close musical discourse between the two players and this even more remarkable in CD2. Whilst there are sometimes longer pieces of solo work, the return of the second instrument is always assured and the improvisation sweeping and confident.
‘Ships and Shepherds’ has emerged from a close liaison between musicians with a common wish to express something of the heart of ancient Greek music, but in the manner of today’s idioms and genres.” - Reviewed by Ken Cheetham
2 CD Set $16
Another IVO PERELMAN / MATTHEW SHIPP 7 CD Set Sale!!!
This looks to be the best batch of Ivo Perelman CDs from Leo that we’v e gotten in so far!
Here’s the deal, if you take all 7 CDs (1 2-CD Set 5 single CD’s) from this batch, you can have them for an even $100! We have 5 discounted sets on their way to us now, so pre-orders are accepted. You can order them individually as well if you choose. They should be in stock within a week and will ship soon thereafter.
IVO PERELMAN / MATTHEW SHIPP - Live In Brussels (Leo 804/805; UK) This concert is a tour de force apart from their wonderful studio albums. It expresses the extraordinary generosity, simplicity, and complicity between these two musicians. The inventive continuity of their travels, over the course of ninety minutes, is the fruit of a rare and unusual capacity to improvise the content of their lives on the spot. — Jean-Michel Van Shouwburg
2 CD Set $28
IVO PERELMAN / MATTHEW SHIPP / JEFF COSGROVE - Live In Baltimore (Leo 806; UK) Live In Baltimore constitutes one of the very few in-concert recordings in Perelman's huge catalog. Most of Ivo's CDs have been recorded in the studio. This set took place at An Die Musik, a small performance space for jazz, world-music, and classical concerts in an historic Baltimore townhouse. It has an excellent piano and has 75 armchairs for listeners - "velvet armchairs," Perelman points out. "And it was a Sunday afternoon. It was like playing in grandma's living room." And it was with a new drummer Jeff Cosgrove.
IVO PERELMAN / MATTHEW SHIPP / WILLIAM PARKER / BOBBY KAPP - Heptagon (Leo 807; UK) What does concept of "lyricism" have to do with spontaneously created music or free jazz? — No notated composition, no predetermined structure, no agreements on tempo, no solo order. The answers are on Heptagon. The instigator here is a new drummer Bobby Kapp who played on Gato Barbieri's debut album in 1967. Ivo says: "He's very sensitive to time and space. He is dancing at the drum kit... I feel like playing with giants here."
IVO PERELMAN / MATTHEW SHIPP / JOE HERTENSTEIN - Scalene (Leo 808; UK) First It was Jeff Cosgrove, then Bobby Kapp, and now it is yet another new drummer Joe Hertenstein. Says Ivo: "I'm opening up to every musician on earth. It's not that I have exhausted the musical potential with my favorite gang. But it's time to expand — and this will reflect a growth within my gang. If you socialize and talk with other people, it's good for your old friends too." With new friends like Hertenstein, no one's complaining.
IVO PERELMAN / MATTHEW SHIPP / NATE WOOLEY - Philosopher's Stone (Leo 809; UK) With this recording Ivo Perelman introduces a new member into his circle, the great trumpeter Nate Wooley. The original working title of this album was Alchemy. The revised title Philosopher's Stone refers to the mythic material sought by alchemists of the Middle Ages, who fervently believed that it could turn common metals into silver or gold — and, not incidentally, confer immortality. Here, the materials are anything but common. But the music — thanks to the science of recording, and the magic of these empathetic improvisers — will remain long after the moments in which it first took shape. — NEIL TESSER
IVO PERELMAN / NATE WOOLEY / BRANDON LOPEZ / GERALD CLEAVER - Octogon (Leo 810; UK) This quartet features a new visitor to Planet Ivo, bassist Brandon Lopez; his work illuminates the ensemble playing from within, and his spotlit solo in part 7 bristles with the lithe muscularity that animates Wooley's own quartet. Ivo says: "I wanted this album to be the classic tenor-trumpet quartet, and I was happy to have used Brandon, because he gives us even more fire, more stimulus. He gives a very special identity to this CD."
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WADADA LEO SMITH / NATSUKI TAMURA / SATOKO FUJII / IKUE MORI - Aspiration (Libra 204-043; Japan) Featuring Wadada Leo Smith & Naksuki Tamura on trumpets. Satoko Fujii on piano and Ikue Mori on electronics. This session was recorded at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT and has splendid sound. All four members of this quartet are master musicians, elder statesmen or women and multi- bandleaders. All are also quite prolific as far as recordings go. Both Mr. Smith and Ms. Mori and Ms. Fujii & Mr. Tamura have worked together previously on many discs, hence they have a bond which links their creative spirits. Ms. Fujii brought four compositions to this session. while Mr. Tamura brought one plus there is one group improv piece. It is pretty rare to hear Wadada play with another trumpet player, but all four members of this quartet are integral to the focused group sound. The opening piece, “Intent” is a suspense-filled chamber-like work. Although Mr. Smith’s trumpet is featured, stark, surreal and soaring, the other members play their parts majestically together. Even the one completely improvised piece has that sublime, cautious, chamber-like sound, perfectly balanced upon a spacious canvas. Ms. Mori, who records a great deal for the Tzadik label, is well-utilized here, adding sly, subtle electronic shades which weave their way like a golden thread through a nimble, hypnotic tapestry. The title track is an elegant, somber, thoughtful piece where each sound is well sculpted, a most organic vibe. There is section on “Evolution” where Wadada plays eerie, distant muted trumpet solo while Ms. Fujii selectively adds several fragmented lines, occasionally just laying out while Wadada’s trumpet flickers on top. The final piece, “Stillness”, is calming yet somehow quietly disoriented. As I read reports of Hurricane Harry, I worry about my friends in Texas. When will things get better and not worse..? Hmmmmmmm. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
RICH ROSENTHAL - Falling Up (MSK 301; USA) Featuring Rich Rosenthal on guitar, Joe Giardullo on soprano & sopranino saxes, Craig Nixon on bass and Matt Crane on drums. This is Rich Rosenthal's debut as a leader after a long tough journey through demons and wizards. He wrote all but two of the pieces here which also include two covers, one by Steve Lacy and one by Jimmy Lyons. His quartet includes upstate (NY) saxist Joe Giardullo who has worked with Joe McPhee, Michael Bisio & Carlos Zingaro and can be found on more than twenty discs. I had not heard of the bassist or drummer before this disc. It turns out that Mr. Rosenthal is both a fine guitarist as well as a strong composer and had organized a solid, spirited quartet. "Powder Hysteria" has a swell, sly Miles-like vibe with the soprano and the guitar swirling their lines tightly around on another with buoyant support from the able bass & drums. Mr. Giardullo has done a tribute to Steve Lacy in the past and is an appropriate choice for this quartet. They cover Mr. Lacy's "No Baby" and do a fine job with both the guitar and soprano playing well together. Rather than play completely free, the quartet deal more with spaciousness and mood on "Airing Out". Mr. Rosenthal almost sounds as if he is playing a mellotron with that eerie strings sound surrounding the somber, delicate soprano. Jimmy Lyons' "Wee Sneezawee" is an interesting choice and it has an enchanting, dark undertow. Both Rosenthal's guitar and Mr. Nixon's electric bass play their swirling lines around one another in furious interconnected orbits. Mr. Rosenthal sounds a bit like early John McLaughlin here playing those lightning speed fractured lines in a most impressive way. Even when the quartet lays back, like they do on "Falling Up", they play as one united force together. The final piece, "Eternal Meltdown" features some blistering fast guitar played effortlessly without going too far in the land of excess (or fusion). This piece sounds like Mahavishnu Orchestra in a more jazzy vein, the tone of Rosenthal's guitar even more McLaughlin-like. Giardullo's solo is splendid, free yet focused and on the verge of erupting. This is the best debut disc I've heard in recent memory so invest in this treat today! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
100 YEARS OF JAZZ - A Celebration Through Ten Masterpieces / Various Artists (Doxy 021-030; Russia) 2017 marks one of the greatest anniversaries in the history of music: 100 years from the first commercial jazz recording. 100 Years Of Jazz is an essential box set including ten essential masterpieces. Each CD includes a beautiful reproduction of the original and iconic album covers. Ten milestones in the history of western music, created and produced by some of the greatest American composers and performers ever. From the highly sophisticated music of Bill Evans, Chet Baker, and Dave Brubeck, through the great voices and personalities of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and heavyweights such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, and Charles Mingus. Bill Evans's Waltz For Debby (1961) captures the quintessential piano trio of Bill Evans, Scott La Faro, and Paul Motian live at the Village Vanguard in 1961 -- Wonderful music that would influence generations to come. Nina Simone's Forbidden Fruit (1961) is one of Nina's finest recordings; a strong and varied set of songs performed by the unique high priestess of soul. (Including three Oscar Brown's originals). Chet Baker's Jazz At Ann Arbor (1955) is a west coast, cool jazz manifesto, recorded live during Chet Baker's first national tour in 1954. Miles Davis's Relaxin' With (1958) features the first Miles Davis quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. Eric Dolphy's Out There (1961) sees the great jazz visionary create one of his best sound creations, featuring Ron Carter, George Duvivier, and Roy Haynes. John Coltrane's Blue Train (1957) was the first big step in Coltrane's discography. Here Coltrane heads up a powerful three-horn frontline, including the legendary Lee Morgan and Curtis Fuller. Charles Mingus's Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956) is one of the truly great modern jazz albums. It marks Mingus's breakthrough as a leader of a hard-driving combo with, among others, the great Jackie McLean and Mal Waldron. Dave Brubeck's Time Out (1959) features the magnificent alto sax voice of Paul Desmond and the outstanding drumming of Joe Morello and includes classic hits such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo A La Turk". Billie Holiday's Velvet Mood (1956) is a great mid-fifties recording. The great Lady Day is backed here by classic jazz luminaries such as Benny Carter and Henry "Sweet" Edison. Duke Ellington's Money Jungle (1962) features Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. It's the historical "one off" studio session of three jazz giants.
10 CD Set $40
JANO - The Place Between Things (Via Veneto Jazz 118; Italy) The third album has to be confirmed and Jano, widening the number of musicians involved, gives it. The Space Between Things resumes the electrophonic, rare fictional, and visionary sonorities of the previous two albums, but expands the musical proposal into enthralling and elegant melodies, entrusted mainly to the splendid voice of Alessia Martegiani. The arrangements clearly showcase the collective plot, they are innervated by soul, expanding in noir appeal, delighted in bushy, well-crafted textures, and interact effectively with inserts of words recited. The nature of concept-album sets each track as a stage in the search for unexplored spaces between things, but escapes the risk of rigidly limiting the evocative capacity of the sounds. Emiliano D'Auria (piano, Rhodes, electronics) is the composer and arranger of all the songs. In addition to Alessia Martegiani (voice), he has also collaborated with Gianluca Caporale (saxophone, clarinet, flute), Massimo Morganti (trombone), Alex Paolini (drums, electronics), Maurizio Rolli (electric bass), Giulio Spinozzi (trumpet, flicorno), and sound engineer Anthony Di Furia. The result is an album that can also open spaces between jazz and jazz styles to let you experience emotions and air of contemporary sound. "Hurry Up, With Pain, Henry" features Linda Valori.
OSWALDO LARES - Musica De Venezuela 1972-81 (Tal 006; Germany) "After a concert of Kenyan singer Ogoya Nengo in Berlin in 2015 in a pleasant conversation Guillermo Lares told me about his father, Oswaldo Lares, a studied architect who, parallel with his professional activity, began to make field recordings of the traditional and indigenous Venezuelan music from the early 1960s onwards up until today. His search and fascination for finding the musical roots of his country led Oswaldo Lares to visit the rural villages outside Caracas, investigating the many and varied musical cultures of the region and the complex relationship between Venezuelan folk music and its various origins, including the African (mu´sica afrodescendiente). The vast amount of music documents in the form of sound recordings, photographs, and videos accompanied by notes and studies reflect the scope of this entirely self-taught sound engineer's work and represent a passionate documentary, making his work today one of the most comprehensive and systematic that has ever been assembled by a single person in Venezuela. Oswaldo Lares as an ethnomusicologist remained an amateur in the most direct meaning of the word: amare. Whereas most studied ethnomusicologists travel around the world to explore far away continents and foreign cultures, Oswaldo began to devote much of his spare time to the generally overlooked folk traditions that existed right in his very neighborhood. Currently, Guillermo Lares has started to promote his father's work through the Achivolares Foundation, turning it into a living archive that preserves an essential part of Venezuelan musical memory. It is a pleasure and honor of our label TAL to support the invaluable work of Oswaldo and Guillermo Lares with this album." --Stefan Schneider CD version includes eight-page booklet.
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EYVIND KANG - Plainlight (Abduction 060; USA) A gorgeous set of new tracks by the brilliant composer and multi-instrumentalist Eyvind Kang. It took him a decade and a half to revisit the vibe concocted on his masterpiece from 2001, Live Low To The Earth In The Iron Age, but the wait was worth it. It features an array of spiritually intoxicating instrumentation: tamboura, electric guitar, organ, trumpet, oboe, trombone, and Korean traditional instruments. Eyvind Kang on Plainlight: "In 2002 I wanted to make a kind of sequel to my first solo record on Abduction, Live Low To The Earth In The Iron Age. I found that the 'weight' of sounds seemed to evaporate the compositions. The last thing I wanted to make was a traditional shoegaze recording. 15 years later, I had a strange dream: a voice said 'Because a plainlight has fallen in Heaven, heartbreak would cease.' This statement then became a kind of guiding image and method. Thus, with Korean traditional instruments playing the ostinato and drone, things fell into place. I would like to thank all the musicians, Randall Dunn, Alan Bishop, and each and every listener." Limited edition, one-time pressing; Edition of 400.
THE TRANSCENDENCE ORCHESTRA - Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals (Editions Mego 246; Austria) The title of the debut album from The Transcendence Orchestra outlines the modus operandi of this pairing of Anthony Child and Daniel Bean. Recorded in a remote English rural setting over a period of 24 hours, this is an apt location for a recording that eschews time and space in favor of methodological displacement and deep psychological navigation. Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals is an experiment in acoustic and synthetic symbiosis which is deeply influenced by the atmosphere and acoustics of the rural location of Cats Abbey resulting in a set of recordings which can aid to the transformation of consciousness. Deploying a range of ancient and modern instruments and effects, including Buchla Music Easel, harmonium, shruti box, bass guitar, hurdy gurdy, Electro Harmonix 45000, Strymon Blue Sky, and Roland RE 101 Space Echo, among others, Child and Bean conjure an audio experience which encapsulates elements of drone, trance, pulse, rhythm, and melody, subtly shifting all into a psychologically penetrating experience beyond the aesthetic and into the comforting unknown. Front cover image by Ali Wade; Back cover image by Cathrin Queins; Design by SOMA. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, 2017.
2 LP Set $30
GEORGE MUKABI - Furaha Wenye Gita (Mississippi Records 111; USA) "An almost mythical giant of African guitar, whose reinvention of acoustic fingerstyle quickly spread from western Kenya throughout East Africa, before his tragic death in 1963. Spellbinding guitar lines, sweet harmony vocals, every melody an instant classic, and a life story steeped in legend. 12 song LP comes packaged in a deluxe spot-color jacket, with a 12-page full color booklet featuring an oral history by Mukabi's family and peers, and lyrics in English and Swahili. Co-released by Raw Music International and Olvido Records."
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Don't Sleep: Omutibo From Rural Kenya (Mississippi Records 112; USA) "A compilation of uniquely Kenyan acoustic guitar songs, recorded in the homes and yards of Luhya musicians. In 2016, Cyrus Moussavi set out to learn the origins of Omutibo, a playing style invented by George Mukabi and adapted by his neighbors in a region that proved to be truly fertile for guitarists. These are the songs and stories of a golden era Kenya on the brink of independence, beautifully resurrected by the songwriters themselves over 50 years later. LP comes packaged in a deluxe metallic spot-color jacket, with an 8-page full color booklet featuring interviews, photographs, and lyrics in English and Luhya. Co-released by Raw Music International and Olvido Records."
Tzadik celebrates its third decade of activity with a new look and an even more open and eclectic policy. Music from all over the map by the very best composer/performers working today. - John Zorn
The Tzadik Spectrum Series Sale: 15 wonderful discs from Tzadik’s great Spectrum Series are now on sale. Here’s the deal:
Take 3 - 5 CD’s and get $1.00 off of each one
Take 6 or more and get $2.00 off of each one
There are short blurbs for each of these listed below the skeletal list…
BLUE BUDDHA [LOUIE BELOGENIS / DAVE DOUGLASS / BILL LASWELL /TYSHAWN SOREY] - Blue Buddha (Tzadik 4010; USA)
SYLVIE COURVOISIER With DREW GRESS/KENNY WOLLESEN - Double Windsor (Tzadik 4002; USA)
CRAIG TABORN and IKUE MORI - Highsmith (Tzadik 4017; USA)
DAVID SMITH / BILL LASWELL / JOHN ZORN - The Dream Membrane (Tzadik 4004; USA)
ROBERT DICK - Our Cells Know (Tzadik 4016; USA)
IKUE MORI - In Light Of Shadows (Tzadik 4007; USA)
IKUE MORI With SYLVIE COURVOISIER / OKKYUNG LEE / JIM BLACK - Obelisk (Tzadik 4018; USA)
LARRY OCHS With NATE WOOLEY / KEN FILIANO / PASCAL NIGGENKEMPER / HARRIS EISENSTADT (Tzadik 4012; USA)
SHANE PARISH - Undertaker Please Drive Slow (Tzadik 4016; USA)
PHANTOM ORCHARD ENSEMBLE [ZEENA PARKINS/IKUE MORI With MAJA S.K. RATKJE/SYLVIE COURVOISIER/SARA PARKINS/MAGGIE PARKINS] - Through The Looking-Glass (Tzadik 4003; USA)
DAVID ROSENBOOM - Naked Curvature (Tzadik 4009; USA)
JOHN SCHOTT With DAN SEAMANS / JOHN HANES - Actual Trio (Tzadik 4011; USA)
WADADA LEO SMITH / GEORGE LEWIS / JOHN ZORN - Sonic Rivers (Tzadik 4001; USA)
KENNY WOLLESEN / JONATHON HAFFNER / DALIUS NAUJO With DOUG WEISELMAN / TIM KIEPER / EIVIND OPSVIK / et al - Rasa Rasa (Tzadik 4005; USA)
DANNY ZAMIR - Redemption Songs (Tzadik 4013; USA)
BLUE BUDDHA [LOUIE BELOGENIS / DAVE DOUGLASS / BILL LASWELL /TYSHAWN SOREY] - Blue Buddha (Tzadik 4010; USA) Tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis plays with a luminous open heart, and a tone reminiscent of Albert Ayler. Cutting his teeth with masters such as Rashied Ali, Sunny Murray and Borah Bergman he has recorded several CDs under his own name, and now presents his most unique and adventurous group to date. Featuring an all-star ensemble of three of the most exciting musicians working today, this brilliant group performs as if part of a sacred ceremony, seamlessly weaving together diverse traditions. Uncompromising improvisational music that speaks to the spiritual.
SYLVIE COURVOISIER With DREW GRESS/KENNY WOLLESEN - Double Windsor (Tzadik 4002; USA) “Sylvie Courvoisier steps out with her long awaited first recording for piano trio! One of the most creative pianists in the downtown scene, and a long time collaborator of Mark Feldman, Ikue Mori and many others, Sylvie combines a brilliant technique with a wild imagination that straddles classical, jazz, improvisation and more. Featuring the dynamic rhythm section of Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress, the music combines the best of improvisation and composition in the classic piano trio format. Three years in the making this is an essential project that highlights an exciting new musical world.”
CRAIG TABORN and IKUE MORI - Highsmith (Tzadik 4017; USA) Two of the most creative, elusive and modest musicians in the Downtown scene in an intimate and free wheeling duo session. Mutual admirers for well over a decade, Ikue and Craig first performed as a duo at the Village Vanguard in December 2016 and now step into the recording studio for an astonishing session of duo improvisations. Inspiring and dynamic music for piano and electronics that explode every expectation. Essential listening for all interested in music that defies ALL categorization.
DAVID SMITH / BILL LASWELL / JOHN ZORN - The Dream Membrane (Tzadik 4004; USA) This fabulous collaborative musical project features the legendary magus David Chaim Smith reading selections from his mystical text The Awakening Ground along with the magical creator of Dark Ambient music Bill Laswell on bass and drones, and John Zorn on shofar and alto saxophone. Evocative and meditative, this is a rare and unique project that synthesizes Kabbalah, Mysticism and the hypnotic swirls of Dark Ambient music.
ROBERT DICK - Our Cells Know (Tzadik 4016; USA) A true revolutionary, composer/performer/improviser Robert Dick has literally redefined the flute for our age. He has worked with a wide range of musicians from classical, jazz and improvised music backgrounds including Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, George Lewis and many others. Here he focuses in on the elusive contrabass flute, and uses a wide range of extended techniques including multiphonics, percussive effects, circular breathing and more! A unique and heartfelt CD of modern flute music unlike anything you have heard before!
IKUE MORI - In Light Of Shadows (Tzadik 4007; USA) A winner of electronic music awards in Europe and the United States, Ikue Mori is one of the most respected composers working in the growing field of laptop electronics. A dedicated and passionate perfectionist, she has created a completely unique and original sound world unlike any other electronic composer around. Her newest CD adds a beautiful melodic twist to her moody, detailed and unique soundscapes and is her most stunning creation to date. Essential listening for anyone interested in electronic music.
IKUE MORI With SYLVIE COURVOISIER / OKKYUNG LEE / JIM BLACK - Obelisk (Tzadik 4018; USA) Universally acclaimed as a pioneer in live laptop electronics, Ikue’s signature style is still uniquely her own and has influenced two generations of laptop performers. Her new band project Obelisk is a super-band featuring three of the most acclaimed and original players in the Downtown scene: Sylvie Courvoisier, Okkyung Lee and Jim Black. Ikue’s startling compositions blend gorgeous melodies with hypnotic rhythms and evocative soundscapes. Strange and beautiful music from a legendary master of laptop improvisation!
LARRY OCHS With NATE WOOLEY / KEN FILIANO / PASCAL NIGGENKEMPER / HARRIS EISENSTADT (Tzadik 4012; USA) Founding member of the Rova Sax Quartet, Larry Ochs has worked with many of the greatest musicians in Creative Music-Steve Lacy, Fred Frith, Wadada Leo Smith, Terry Riley, George Lewis, John Zorn, Derek Bailey and countless others. His newest ensemble is an update on the classic New York Contemporary Five and features Larry's Shepp-tinged tenor sax along with some of the best young players out of New York's Downtown scene. Ochs is particularly excited by both the ensemble sound and the music here, a set of pieces he considers to be among his strongest and most successful blendings of composition and improvisation. Fabulous and soulful, The Fictive Five is a tremendous achievement by this West Coast master of surprise! Spectrum series
SHANE PARISH - Undertaker Please Drive Slow (Tzadik 4016; USA) A long time resident of the Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina, Shane Parish is the mastermind behind the cutting edge rock band Ahleuchatistas. Here he steps out with a remarkable and soulful acoustic solo project that digs deep into Appalachian roots. Taking classic old times folk songs, Shane has abstracted them in utterly fascinating ways evoking the haunting and brooding world of the American South. At times reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, boiling them down to their very essence.
PHANTOM ORCHARD ENSEMBLE [ZEENA PARKINS/IKUE MORI With MAJA S.K. RATKJE/SYLVIE COURVOISIER/SARA PARKINS/MAGGIE PARKINS] - Through The Looking-Glass (Tzadik 4003; USA) Expanding their duo into a sextet with the addition of strings, piano and voice, Ikue and Zeena have created a compelling and varied soundscape inspired by fairy stories the world over. Combining plucked and bowed strings, sinuous vocals, driving percussion and Ikue Mori's trademark electronics into a balanced and unified whole, Through the Looking Glass is a kaleidoscope of exotic and beautiful sonorties filled with drama, mystery and a modern orchestral sweep. Three years in the making, Through the Looking-glass is Phantom Orchard's most ambitious and accomplished production yet.
DAVID ROSENBOOM - Naked Curvature (Tzadik 4009; USA) Active since the 1960s, composer/performer/educator/instrument builder and improviser, David Rosenboom, has been at the cutting edge of contemporary music, scoring for orchestra, opera, solo performance, chamber ensembles, improvisers, electronics, dance and more. This exciting release presents his whispered chamber opera/concerto grosso for six instrumentalists, whispering voices, electronics and interactive computer software. Written in modular open form sections allowing each performance to be unique, the recording was produced and conducted under the composer's direction and features the virtuosic CalArts Chamber Ensemble. A unique masterwork from this legendary composer.
JOHN SCHOTT With DAN SEAMANS / JOHN HANES - Actual Trio (Tzadik 4011; USA) A veteran of Junk Genius with Ben Goldberg, T.J. Kirk with Charlie Hunter as well as varied projects with Tom Waits, John Zorn and many others, John Schott is one of the most dynamic guitarists out of the Bay Area. For his third CD on Tzadik he presents an exciting guitar trio with two of his closest musical associates. Beautiful compositions, spare and lean and fabulous telepathic improvising makes this one of John's best CDs to date.
WADADA LEO SMITH / GEORGE LEWIS / JOHN ZORN - Sonic Rivers (Tzadik 4001; USA) Tzadik introduces its new SPECTRUM series with a very special and exciting new group featuring three of the most creative wind players in new music. Friends and colleagues since the '70s, these three musicians share a vision of improvisation and composition that is unique, virtuosic and cooperative. Performing compositions and collective improvisations, they sculpt sound and silence with masterly assurance. Surprising yet completely inevitable, this is an essential document of improvisational music in the 21st century by three contemporary masters.
KENNY WOLLESEN / JONATHON HAFFNER / DALIUS NAUJO With DOUG WEISELMAN / TIM KIEPER / EIVIND OPSVIK / et al - Rasa Rasa (Tzadik 4005; USA) For their first Tzadik release Rasa Rasa members Kenny Wollesen, Dalius Naujokaitis, Jonathon Haffner and Sean Francis Conway have arranged the ancient polyphonic vocal music of Lithuania using a variety of ensembles and the result is an entirely new musical world. Charming, infective grooves, imaginative arrangements and ancient vocal rounds featuring six Lithuanian singers, brand new Wollesonic instruments and Neapolitian poet Giuseppe Zevola blend together in this fabulous new project
DANNY ZAMIR - Redemption Songs (Tzadik 4013; USA) Returning to Tzadik with a powerful Israeli quartet, super star Daniel Zamir plays his brilliant blend of Jewish Jazz with a deep spiritual power. Performing on alto and soprano saxophone, his solos burn with a white hot intensity. Joined here by some of his strongest musical associates, including Mark Guiliana and Shai Maestro, this is far and away his best CD to date. Scorching and fluid saxophone fireworks over brilliant harmonies and odd time signatures from one of the guiding lights of the Israeli Jazz scene.
Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for December of 2017:
THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
PETER EVANS - FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS DECEMBER 8-9 AT 830PM
FRIDAY DECEMBER 8—Peter Evans Ensemble: Peter Evans (trumpets) Mazz Swift (violin, vocals) Sam Pluta (live electronics) Ron Stabinsky (piano, synths) Shayna Dunkelman (percussion, electronics) Levy Lorenzo (percussion)
SATURDAY DECEMBER 9—Being & Becoming: Peter Evans (trumpets) Joel Ross (vibraphone) Max Jaffe (drums, electronics)
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - NED ROTHENBERG - DEC 5–10
8:30 pm - Ned Rothenberg and John Zorn—SOLOS AND DUOS
Ned Rothenberg, John Zorn (saxes) - Two unique mavericks of the saxophone—and friends for close to 40 years—get together for an evening of improvisation.
8:30 pm - Ned Rothenberg “Quintet with Pairs” - Ned Rothenberg, Marty Ehrlich (saxes) Erik Friedlander, Tomeka Reid (cellos) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)
8:30 pm - Ned Rothenberg (clarinet, sax) Mark Feldman (violin) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES DOUBLE BILL MONDAY DEC 11 AT 8PM
8 pm - EISENSTADT TRIO and HOLLENBERG-MILLEVOI QUARTET play ZORN BAGATELLES
HARRIS EISENSTADT TRIO—Chris Dingman (vibes) Trevor Dunn (bass) Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
HOLLENBERG-MILLEVOI QUARTET Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Nick Millevoi (guitar) Johnny DeBlase (bass) Kenny Grohowski (drums)
SPECIAL NOTE! THIS SHOW BEGINS AT 8 PM—TWENTY DOLLARS FOR THE DOUBLE BILL!
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - MARK FELDMAN - DEC 12–17
8:30 pm - Mark Feldman (violin) Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Tom Rainey (drums)
8:30 pm - Joe Morris-Mark Feldman Duo - Mark Feldman (violin) Joe Morris
8:30 pm - TRIO - Mark Feldman (violin) Chris Hoffman (cello) Tom Rainey
THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
IKUE MORI - FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS DECEMBER 15–16 AT 8:30PM
FRIDAY DEC 15—Christian Wolff (instruments) Joey Baron, Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion) Ikue Mori (electronics)
SATURDAY DEC 16—Ikue Mori (electronics) Craig Taborn (piano) and a very special guest guitarist
8:30 pm - Sylvie Courvoisier-Mark Feldman Duo
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Mark Feldman (violin)
8:30 pm - Mark Feldman-Mario Forte Duo (violins) Premiere of a new work by Feldman and Bartok Duos for Violins reworked with improvisation.
8:30 pm - Mark Feldman (violin) Joe Morris (guitar) Ned Rothenberg (clarinet) Tom Rainey (drums)
All Sets at the Old Stone start at 8:30pm Tickets: $20
There are no refreshments or merchandise at The Stone.
Only music. All ages are welcome.
Cash Only at the door. There is no phone.
There is no food or beverage served or allowed
just a serious listening environment.
The Stone is booked purely on a curatorial basis
Three Day StoneFest @ the New School - December 17th - 19th, 2017
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 at 7pm
7pm - JAY CAMPBELL SOLO cello
8pm - MARY HALVORSON QUARTET
Mary Halvorson, guitar
Miles Okazaki, guitar
Drew Gress, bass
Tomas Fujiwara, drums
9pm - CRAIG TABORN - piano
10pm - SHARDIK
Matt Hollenberg, guitar
Nick Shellenberger, bass
Matt Buckley, drums
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 at 7pm
7pm - JACK QUARTET
Chris Otto, violin
Austin Wulliman, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Jay Campbell, cello
8pm - SPECIAL GUEST SOLO GUITARIST
surprise super-star guitarist
9pm - KRIS DAVIS TRIO
Kris Davis, piano
Eric Revis, bass
Johnathan Blake, drums
10pm - COBRA
Ches Smith, vibes
Ikue Mori, electronics
Eyal Maoz, guitar
Craig Taborn, piano
Taylor Levine, guitar
Kenny Grohowski, drums
Simon Hanes, bass
Matt Hollenberg, guitar
Brian Marsella, keyboards
Tim Keiper, drums
Jay Campbell, cello
Michael Nicolas, cello
John Zorn, prompter
TUESDAY DECEMBER 19 at 7pm
7pm - VICKY CHOW - piano
8pm - MILFORD GRAVES with BILL LASWELL and JOHN ZORN
Milford Graves, drums
Bill Laswell, bass
John Zorn, sax
9pm - PETER EVANS - trumpet
10pm - UNNATURAL WAYS featuring Ava Mendoza
Ava Mendoza guitar, voice
Tim Dahl, bass
Sam Ospovat, drums
Tishman Auditorium - 63 5th Avenue - NY, NY
Admission (for each night): $25 advanced online sales (via Eventbrite);
$30 at the door (credit card only, no cash). All sales are final.
The CORNELIA STREET CAFE - 212-989-9319
29 Cornelia St in the heart of the West Greenwich Village, NYC
Friday Dec 08
8:35PM COLIN STRANAHAN’S PACEMAKER - Colin Stranahan, drums, comp.; Ben Monder, guitar; Eden Ladin, piano; Or Bareket, bass
Saturday Dec 09
8:35PM SCOTT LEE, CLONING AMERICANA - Scott Lee, bass, compositions; Billy Drewes, reeds, compositions; Gary Versace, piano; Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Sunday Dec 10
8:00PM ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: NOA FORT QUARTET - Noa Fort, voice; Dan Loomis, bass; Ronen Itzek, drums
9:30PM ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: IDAN MORIM QUINTET - Idan Morim, guitar; Adam O'Farill , trumpet; Micha Gilad, piano; Almog Sharvit, bass; Colin Stranahan, drums
Tues Dec 12:
8:01PM CARMEN STAAF'S "DAY DREAM" ALBUM RELEASE PARTY - Carmen Staaf, piano, comp.; Nicole Zuraitis, voice; Dave Ballou, trumpet, flugelhorn; Kris Allen, alto sax; Jon Michel, bass; George Schuller, drums
Wed, Dec 13th:
8:01PM NEW YORK BOJAIRA PROJECT - Alfonso Cid, flamenco vocals, flute; Jesús Hernández, piano; Tim Ferguson, bass; Mark Holen, drums
Thursday Dec 14
8:00PM NITZAN GAVRIELI TRIO - Nitzan Gavrieli, piano; Rick Rosato, bass; Francisco Mela, drums
9:30PM ZYGMON - Glenn Zaleski, piano; Pablo Menares, bass; Felix Lecaros, drums; Seth Trachy, tenor sax
Friday Dec 15
8:35PM SARA SERPA & CITY FRAGMENTS - Sara Serpa, voice; Sofía Rei, voice; Aubrey Johnson, voice; André Matos, guitar; Erik Friedlander, cello; Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Saturday Dec 16
6:00PM EDITH LETTNER & JED DISTLER DUO - Edith Lettner, saxes & duduk; Jed Distler, piano
8:35PM DAN WEISS TRIO - Dan Weiss, drums; Jacob Sacks, piano; Thomas Morgan, bass
Sunday Dec 17
8:01PM NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: LIZ ROSA - voice; Helio Alves, piano; Eduardo Belo, bass
Evolving Free Jazz Festival Justice is Compassion / Action is Power
Abrazo Gallery, Clemente Soto Velez, 107 Suffolk St, NYC 10002
www.artsforart.org/evolving $20 1-2 sets / $25 all sets // $15 student/senior
7pm: Art Opening 8pm: Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet / Kris Davis - piano 9pm: Fay Victor - voice / Luke Stewart - bass / Michael Vatcher – drums
Friday 12/08 7pm: Kirk Knuffke Trio - Kirk Knuffke - cornet / Bill Goodwin - drums / Stomu Takeishi - bass guitar
8pm: Common Sense Gun Legislation - Steve Swell - trombone / William Parker - bass / TA Thompson - drums
9pm: Daniel Levin - cello / Joe Morris – guitar
Saturday 12/09 7pm: Sean Conly Trio - Sean Conly - bass / Darius Jones - alto sax / Mike Pride - drums
8pm: Joe Morris - guitar / Mark Feldman - violin 9pm: Rob Brown - alto sax / Juan Pablo Carletti – drums
Monday 12/11 7pm: Marty Ehrlich Trio Exaltation - Marty Ehrlich - reeds / John Hebert - bass / Nasheet Waits - drums 8pm: Richard Keene Group - Richard Keene - reeds / Larry Roland - bass / Charles Downs - drums / Leonid Galaganov - drums / Billy Stein - guitar 9pm: Sam Newsome Trio - Sam Newsome - soprano sax / Hilliard Greene - bass / Reggie Nicholson – drums
Tuesday 12/12 7pm crosscut metagroovia - Patrick Brennan - alto sax / Hill Greene - bass / TA Thompson - drums / Brian Groder - trumpet 8pm: Leila Bordreuil - cello / Charmaine Lee - voice 9pm: Jon Irabagon - sax & Dan Weiss – drums
Wednesday 12/13 7pm: Angelica Sanchez Trio - Angelica Sanchez - piano / Michael Formanek - bass / Kenny Wollesen - drums
8pm: Andrew Drury’s ContenTrio - Andrew Drury - drums / Briggan Krauss - alto sax / Brandon Seabrook - guitar
9pm: Jaimie Branch Trio - Jaimie Branch - trumpet / Luke Stewart - bass / Mike Pride – drums
Thursday 12/14 7pm: Steve Dalachinsky / Billy Cancel / Jane Omerod - poetry 8pm: Human Rites Trio - Jason Kao Hwang - violin/ Andrew Drury - drums / Ken Filiano - bass 9pm: Yoni Kretzmer 5 - Yoni Kretzmer - sax / Steve Swell - trombone / Thomas Heberer - trumpet / Max Johnson - bass / Thomas Fujiwara – drums
Friday 12/15 7pm: Singchronicities - Goussy Celestin - dance, music / Onome - voice 8pm: Mara Rosenbloom - piano / Henry Grimes - bass / Sean Conly - bass
9pm: Darius Jones Trio - Darius Jones - sax / Charlie Looker - guitar / Michael Vatcher – drums
Saturday 12/16 7pm: AfroHorn Super Special - Francisco Mora Catlett - drums / Ahmed Abdullah - trumpet / Bob Stewart - tuba / Aruan Ortiz - piano / Rashaan Carter - bass / Roman Diaz -percussion / Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Alex Harding - bari sax 8pm: Newman Taylor Washboard XT- Newman Taylor Baker - washboard / Bill Salter - bass / Ryoju Fukushiro - tenor sax
9pm: Cooper-Moore - instruments / Brian Price – reeds
December at Shapeshifter:
Friday December 8th
8pm - Daniel Carter, Patrick Holmes, Matthew Putman, Hilliard Greene, Federico Ughi
Telepathic Alliances album release party
Daniel Carter - Winds
Patrick Holmes - Clarinet
Matthew Putman - Piano
Hilliard Greene - Bass
Federico Ughi - Drums
9pm - Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II
Silenced album release party
Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II - Drums
Micah Gaugh - Saxophone, Voice
Greg Lewis - Organ
10pm - L’Rain
Taja Cheek - Voice, Guitar with her band
7p - Jared Saltiel - vocals, guitar
Dawn Cantwell - vocals
Katie Steinberg - vocals
Katie Rose Summerfield - vocals
Max Moston - violin
Emily Hope Price - cello
Yuval Semo - keyboard
Justin Goldner - bass, mandolin
Jake Robinson - drums
7p - Cory Lee Jacobs - Guitar
Isaac Friedman - Bass Guitar
Phil Lherisson - Drums
8:15p - Wind and Stone
Ned Rothenberg / Satoshi Takeishi
7pm: The Jazz Gallery's Mentoring Series Concert (with Yovany Terry)
Yosvany Terry – saxophone/ chekere
Daryl Johns – bass
Rest of the band – tba
9:30p - WATER TONES: Music by Milos Raickovich & Teodora Stepancic
featuring Margaret Leng Tan ("The queen of the toy piano" - NY Times) and
HANDS IN MOTION (pianos and mallet instruments, 24 hands)
5:45p- Urban Children's Choir Winter Performance - The Urban Children's Choir welcome you to join them for their final performance of 2017. With a brand new set of pop, rock, musical theatre and world songs -we are excited to share what we have been working on this fall. Come along and get into celebration mode with our fun, feel good winter performance!
8:15p - Gaia Wilmer Octet release concert
Yulia Musayelyan - flute
Song Yi Jeon - voice
Gustavo D’Amico - saxophones
Gaia Wilmer - saxophones and compositions
Leandro Pellegrino - guitar
Vitor Gonçalves - piano and accordion
Mayo Pamplona - bass
Richie Barshay - drums
Frank Carlberg - piano, special guest
Shapeshifter is located at
18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn, NY
R train to Union stop
Saturday, December 9th
Oscar Noriega Quartet at 8:30 pm
Oscar Noriega- drums
Eva Novoa- piano
Simon Willson- bass
Tim Berne- alto sax
Sperrazza / Drye / Roberts / Doxas Quartet at 9:30 pm
Brian Drye – Trombone
Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums
Hank Roberts – Cello
Chet Doxas – Saxophone
Tuesday, December 12th 7:30 PM
Schlegelmilch/Udden/Kobrinsky – 3 short solo sets
Jeremy Udden: C melody saxophone, Lyricon
Aryeh Kobrinsky: acoustic bass
JP Schlegelmilch: keyboards
Thomas Morgan solo / Emi Makabe Quartet
Thursday, December 14th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8:30pm - Thomas Morgan solo (double bass, computer, compositions)
9:30pm - Emi Makabe Quartet
Ches Smith (drums)
Thomas Morgan (double bass)
Vitor Gonçalves( Piano/Accordion)
Emi Makabe (voice/shamisen/compositions)
I-Beam is located at 168 7th Street in Brooklyn, NY 11215 - Directions: SUBWAY: Take the F or R trains to 4th Ave & 9th Street. Walk down 4th ave to 7th street. Make a left on 7th and walk past 3rd ave. We are located on the ground floor, the grey doors to the right of the stairs of #168.
Steve Gauci Music presents:
Big Fat Music Wednesdays @ happylucky no.1
Wednesday December 13th
8pm: Ken Filiano || Quantum Entanglements - Ken Filiano - bass, compositions / Ingrid Laubrock - saxophones / Anders Nilsson - guitar / Michael T.A. Thompson - drums
9:15pm: Michael Bisio Trio - Michael Bisio - bass, compositions / Avram Fefer - woodwinds / Art Bailey - accordion
All Ages Welcome!
@ happylucky no.1
734 Nostrand Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11216
BILL LASWELL & LARAAJI - AMBIENT CHURCH
December 16th, 2017 at 8pm
Bushwick United Methodist Church
1139 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn - 718-574-6610
TICKETS@ambient.church - $25 - discounts for members