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I feel like interest is growing, so let's have an easy-to-remember title this year.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 1 January 2018 18:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

First promo to land in my inbox this year: trombonist Michael Dease's latest, Reaching Out, coming out on Posi-Tone 1/26. A good band: Ralph Bowen on tenor sax, Walt Weiskopf on alto and tenor saxes, Behn Gillece on vibes, Luther Allison on piano, Peter Brendler on bass, Zach Adleman on drums. Includes a version of "Live and Let Die," though.

Also, there's a brand-new Henry Threadgill album, Dirt...And More Dirt, recorded with a 15-piece band; it's being made available on Pi Recordings' Bandcamp page for a day or two, then it'll disappear again until the official release in late spring (April, I think). He's actually gonna put out two albums simultaneously at that point. It's really good, so buy it while you can.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 1 January 2018 18:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

HT album is great, thanks for the tip!

budo jeru, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 01:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's really good. He was supposed to premiere that piece at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, I forget which, back in September - I was all set to go, but the show got cancelled because he was suffering from exhaustion or something. Hope they reschedule for the spring.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 01:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

nice piece on the late roswell rudd by the npr people:

budo jeru, Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

going to go listen to the BA interview now!

budo jeru, Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

jason moran is coming to the walker in april. an acquaintance of mine is one of the curators and what she's told has me real stoked.

The exhibition will highlight Moran’s mixed-media “set” installations STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1 and STAGED: Three Deuces (both 2015), sculptural vignettes based on storied music venues from past eras that were his acclaimed contributions to the 2015 Venice Biennale. The exhibition will also premiere a new sculptural commission as part of this series. The presentation also features a selection of Moran’s most recent charcoal drawings and time-based media works from his long-standing collaborations, or sets, with visual artists including Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon, and Theaster Gates. In-gallery performances and a new commission for the stage will be orchestrated during the run of the show to complement the gallery presentation.

and then there's this "sonic universe project" feat. wadada leo smith and roscoe mitchell

An all-star lineup of master jazz innovators spanning three cities (Minneapolis, New York, and Chicago) and two generations creates a new sextet for an exclusive Walker engagement. The ensemble includes visionary trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith, a transformative figure in jazz; powerhouse saxophonist/composer Roscoe Mitchell, a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago; Hamid Drake, one of the great drummers working in jazz and global music today; Oliver Lake, longtime member of the World Saxophone Quartet; bassist Anthony Cox, one of Minnesota’s most in-demand musicians for years; and composer/flutist/saxophonist Douglas Ewart, who helped bring these master musicians together.

90 minutes

World Premiere

budo jeru, Sunday, 7 January 2018 22:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

jazzfest marathon suggestions for tonight?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity, Jaimie Branch's Fly Or Die (unfortunately they're playing opposite each other), Donny McCaslin's quartet.

I'm hoping to see the Harriet Tubman-plays-Free Jazz show tomorrow night.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

i had mccaslin and branch boldfaced too
other potential hits: Ches Smith, Sons of Kemet, ONYX collective, MAST, Blaque Dynamite
the only thing i'm really hyped to see is the 11pm Nicole Mitchell piece with Jason Moran, may need to get there early

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

I interviewed Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia and Yazz Ahmed yesterday for the next Burning Ambulance podcast - it'll be going live in a week, on 1/19.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

JM: Honestly, I have an extremely antagonistic relationship with hip-hop.

Think he said that just to keep his dad off his back?

Here's a link to my interview with Hutchings (who's on the cover of the new issue of The Wire, btw), Garcia and Ahmed.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 19 January 2018 15:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Coming soon: Preemo's Club Henny at Lincoln Center

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 19 January 2018 16:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

NPR are streaming the new Sunwatchers album

Dinsdale, Thursday, 25 January 2018 22:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

(as well as Julian Lage's)

Dinsdale, Thursday, 25 January 2018 22:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

Oh, thanks. I was a little underwhelmed by the advance JL single "Roger the Dodger" but I'm definitely interested in listening to this.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 26 January 2018 04:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

This is just what I want tonight, actually.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 26 January 2018 04:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

My latest podcast is up - I interviewed Orrin Evans, who is now the pianist in The Bad Plus.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 2 February 2018 16:01 (seven months ago) Permalink


change display name (Jordan), Friday, 2 February 2018 16:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

Finally, this is legit and remastered from original: live in '65 Paris, Wes is into Trane, shadowed by Harold Mabern, and later Johnny Griffin shows up, intriguingly enough (astute excerpts and comments by Kevin Whitehead)

dow, Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's a great album.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 3 February 2018 13:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

A bit of a row in Germany over the Echo Jazz awards ceremony – best newcomer winner Anna-Lena Schnabel wasn't allowed to perform any of her own music. The producers rejected her piece "Plop" :-) and four other suggestions, and they asked her to do her version of Horace Silver's "Peace" instead. The show was televised on NDR, a non-commercial broadcaster, which denies censorship and says it wanted "the young generation" included on the show... just not playing anything written after 1959.

German public media are usually open-minded about new jazz afaik – they filmed Schnabel's full concert below, and public media told her side of the story first in a documentary where they accused themselves of censorship. It's a good system. Enjoy!

Anna-Lena Schnabel @ JazzBaltica: online til 20 Oct 2018

sbahnhof, Sunday, 4 February 2018 06:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

I had no idea that a new Bad Plus album w/Orrin Evans came out weeks ago, hadn't heard a single thing about it until listening to your podcast. The three tracks on soundcloud are cool, if maybe not quite as distinctive-sounding? Don't love how the drums were recorded/mixed on this one.

Listening to some Orrin Evans stuff on Spotify today, the trio with Christian McBride and Karriem Riggins is nice.

I heard the clips of that Wes Montgomery record on NPR and it sounds burning, never heard it before I don't think.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 16:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

Pretty sure I'd only heard OE as a sideperson before, like on Ralph Peterson records.

Also, while I'm sure it wouldn't be ideal in some ways, I'd love to hear a version of the Bad Plus with Eric Lewis on piano.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'm still getting my head around the Bad Plus continuing with the same name without Iverson. I'll listen, though.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 18:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

my local public radio jazz station is usually pretty trad but has one show on a weeknight that does more "adventurous" stuff

they played a band called The Comet is Coming? British, and sort of electronic, jazz, R&B hybrid...wouldn't be out of place on an old Thirsty Ear comp

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, The Comet Is Coming is one of Shabaka Hutchings' projects.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

ah i'm really enjoying it

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

Just got the promo of the next Sons of Kemet album, their debut for Impulse!. The cover art is wild.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 18:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

Anyone have any thoughts on Badbadnotgood? I randomly watched a What's in My Bag video with them and liked their taste and what they had to say. Where is a good place to start with them?

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

their album with ghostface is great! no idea about their regular stuff

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 February 2018 03:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I haven't checked them out yet either. I may get to see them this summer, though - I'm hoping to get press access to the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, and they're playing.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 12 February 2018 13:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

they seem to skirt the line between jazz and Budos Band type stuff

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 February 2018 13:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

I was a hater when they first blew up, because they were goofy college kids who made a video doing jammy covers of Odd Future beats and sent it to Tyler, then they were playing festivals doing jammy covers of EDM tracks.

But I've got to give it up, they matured and learned some restraint, and that 'IV' album is pretty cool. Nice '70s-style production, the collabs with Colin Stetson and Samuel Herring work, lots of attention to sound and texture. Good for them!

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 12 February 2018 19:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

Gurls: Norwegian trio at the poppier end of the spectrum I guess, though pretty understated with sax + bass + vox only; opened here for a-ha (!) a few days ago; album just released. Quite enjoying this in the middle of the night.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 16 February 2018 02:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

The lineup for this year's Vision Festival is out, and it's amazing. I would go every night if I could, but it's in Brooklyn so I'm almost certainly gonna miss the whole damn thing. Get there if you can.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

Is this the first Vision fest to not feature a William Parker-led band? I see he's joining a few groups but his relative absence seems a bit conspicuous given his involvement in previous festivals

Might make the trip once day passes are announced. Ambrose Akinmusire has become one of my favorite trumpeters. He and Mehldau are both incredible here:

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

Definitely enjoyed that

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 23 February 2018 10:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

yup, that was great

niels, Friday, 23 February 2018 11:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

My latest Stereogum column is up. I talk about the Bad Plus, GoGo Penguin, and a bunch of other stuff, including a book on 1970s jazz that kinda disappointed me.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 23 February 2018 14:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

Re Parker and Vision Fest, doesn't seem so odd, especially as many of his regular bandmates are presenting their own projects. He's maybe taking a backseat from leader projects atm? Or perhaps he's cooking something big up. He has an album coming out soon with his wife Patricia Nicholson on his own Centering records.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:00 (six months ago) Permalink

Electronic Press Kit for new David Murray/Saul Williams alb, out 2/16, anybody heard the whole thing?

dow, Sunday, 25 February 2018 20:30 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah (I was trying to get Murray on my podcast, but the publicist totally dropped the ball). It's pretty good. I wrote about it in this month's Stereogum column (linked above):

Saxophonist David Murray met poet Saul Williams at Amiri Baraka’s memorial service in 2014. The day after hearing Williams read, Murray knew he wanted to make an album with him. Four years later, here it is, billed as a tribute to Mehmet “Memo” Uluğ, a major figure on the Turkish jazz scene. The core band includes Orrin Evans on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums, with additional contributions from Jason Moran (on Fender Rhodes), Murray’s son Mingus on guitar, Craig Harris on trombone, and Aytac Dogan on kanun, a zither-like Turkish instrument. Williams discourses on a variety of subjects, some political, others more celebratory of life. On “A Mirror Of Youth,” Williams’ impassioned delivery — and his vocal timbre — remind me of Black Thought, while the band behind him goes just as hard, without ever abandoning melody. Murray, like Archie Shepp, has always been a living bridge between avant-garde jazz and its roots in blues and swing; he can scream like Albert Ayler, or sing low like Coleman Hawkins, and here he’s in a hard bop mode, spinning out passionate lines that always keep one foot on the ground.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:20 (six months ago) Permalink

"This group is smoking, but wouldn't it be even better if they had someone sorta-rapping-but-not-really-rapping on top? Like slam poetry, you know?" - no jazz fan ever

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:50 (six months ago) Permalink

I interviewed Tony Allen for Down Beat.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:49 (six months ago) Permalink

The new issue of The Wire is out today; I wrote the cover story on Mary Halvorson, reviewed Anthony Braxton's new 11CD box set (first line, which I can't believe they kept: "Anthony Braxton has developed gigantism") and the new Sons of Kemet album, and profiled French avant-metal band Chaos Echoes, who have an album coming out that's a collaboration with Mats Gustafsson.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 16:49 (six months ago) Permalink

Wow, I've really liked a lot of what I know from Halvorson and am curious about the Braxton. (Marking some midterms with essays about Braxton rn, actually!)

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:31 (six months ago) Permalink

anyone recommend a good 2018 spotify list to follow?

this one has lots of good stuff, but it's mostly Danish

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 13:57 (six months ago) Permalink

Nels Cline 4 jam concisely on song from new album, info and live-in-studio vid link here:
Mainly of interest to me for the Cline solo, also like the way its momentum lifts the full group at end (but mainly his solo).

dow, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:59 (six months ago) Permalink

Just recorded an interview with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt for the podcast. It started out rough - he answered my first three or four questions with single sentences - but then we clicked into gear and the stories started flowing. It's gonna be a good one.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 9 July 2018 19:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Will check that one. And speaking of Harold, leave us not forget this 'un with Wes:

Finally, this is legit and remastered from original: live in '65 Paris, Wes is into Trane, shadowed by Harold Mabern, and later Johnny Griffin shows up, intriguingly enough (astute excerpts and comments by Kevin Whitehead)

― dow, Friday, February 2, 2018

Yeah, that's a great album.

― grawlix (unperson), Saturday, February 3, 2018

dow, Monday, 9 July 2018 20:45 (two months ago) Permalink

this new Binker and Moses, alive in the east album is so good.

calzino, Sunday, 22 July 2018 18:22 (two months ago) Permalink

the drummer is an absolute star.

calzino, Sunday, 22 July 2018 18:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Just got wind of a new bio written by Maxine Gordon about Dexter that is coming out at the end of this year which seems likes it’s going to be really good.

Isora Clubland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 July 2018 23:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Wow, that ought to be really good indeed. I've just requested a review copy from the publisher. I had no idea about the whole Woody Shaw - Maxine - Dexter thing, or that she was the mother of Woody's son.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 22 July 2018 23:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I never knew that either.

Isora Clubland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 July 2018 23:51 (two months ago) Permalink

been on a bit of a Dave Liebman tip recently, of his more recent stuff his Fire album w/ DeJohnette/Holland/Werner is well worth checking out.

calzino, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 09:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Wayne Shorter is putting out a 3CD set, Emanon ("no name" backwards), on August 24. It's one studio CD with his quartet + an orchestra, and two live CDs by the quartet. Plus it comes with an 84-page comic book written by Shorter. Pre-orders are up. The standard edition is $75; the deluxe edition (the 3 CDs, the comic, and the same music on 3 LPs, plus it's signed) is $175.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 14:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Whoa. Most interested in the comic tbh.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:00 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm so happy to find this high-quality video of Elvin Jones' band with Eric Lewis, which remains one of the most transcendent shows of my life:

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Whoa. Most interested in the comic tbh.

Ha! I couldn't be less interested in the comic. In fact, I'm almost certain to buy the music as a download rather than a physical object.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Now I'm listening to Eric Lewis' (aka ELEW) trio record with Reginald Veal & 'Tain' Watts from 2016, and it's excellent. Glad he made this after the solo stuff, he's so fun to listen to in a group. Such a powerhouse.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 26 July 2018 21:23 (one month ago) Permalink


From Gearbox Records:

Clear vinyl 180 gram 33rpm LP (Street date: 28th September 2018)
- Strictly limited edition, only 500 available*
- Individually hand-numbered
- Heavy-weight tip-on sleeve
- Signature-embossed Val Wilmer photographic print (limited to 500)
- AAA release

Hot on the heels of Impulse’s recent unearthed Coltrane number one hit album comes another beauty from Jazz’s ‘holy trinity’. This is a previously unreleased, precious lost treasure from Monk’s most critically acclaimed line-up; Charlie Rouse on saxophone, John Orr on double bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. Without a widely agreed must-have Monk release, could this fill the void as the Monk everyone should own? Recorded live in Copenhagen in 1963 at the peak of Monk’s career. A year later he was to feature on the cover of TIME magazine, one of only for 4 Jazz artists ever to do so.

Cut in-house with Gearbox’s 1967 Haeco Scully lathe, the exact same lathe set-up as Blue Note used back in the day.

Thelonious Monk - piano
Charlie Rouse - tenor saxophone
John Orr - double bass
Frankie Dunlop - drums

Track Listing:
A1 Bye-Ya A2 Nutty B1 Bye-Ya B2 Body and Soul B3 Monk's Dream

More info: *There's also a "standard black LP" option, according to Vinyl Factory, may not be limited ed., or as limited. Don't see that on the Gearbox site, though. Maybe it'll be available later, after they sell out the ltd.

dow, Friday, 27 July 2018 16:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Apparently not a boot, given the Wilmer connection, unless that's booted too.

dow, Friday, 27 July 2018 16:32 (one month ago) Permalink

The Tohru Aizawa Quartet's Tachibana was reissued today by BBE, the label that put out that excellent J-Jazz compilation earlier this year. It's heavy post-Coltrane/Tyner blare from 1975. Not life-changing or anything, but worth a listen.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 27 July 2018 16:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening to the promo of that new Wayne Shorter album. It's pretty short(er) - the first disc (new studio material with his quartet and an orchestra) is 51 minutes; the live material with just the quartet adds 76 more minutes, but it's split across two CDs for some weird reason. Anyway, the orchestral stuff is amazing so far.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 28 July 2018 18:56 (one month ago) Permalink

talking of him - I've been listening to an obscure Shorter tribute album from '83 - Shorter by Two - by piano duo Kirk Lightsey & Harold Danko, it's very good imo - the version of marie antoinette even had my eyes tapping their feet!

calzino, Saturday, 28 July 2018 19:07 (one month ago) Permalink

That sounds cool.

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 July 2018 20:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko has died. His 2017 album December Avenue with David Virelles on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums is fantastic.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 29 July 2018 15:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Don Cherry
Home Boy, Sister Out
**Features the classic disco-not-disco tune, 'I Walk'!**

Don Cherry's downtown Paris funk masterwork produced in 1985 by Ramuntcho Matta and originally released by Barclay in France only, finally gets a worldwide reissue on Wewantsounds. Featuring French post-punk muse Elli Medeiros, avant garde poet Brion Gysin and cult Senegalese drummer Abdoulaye Prosper Niang (Xalam), this is a unique soundbite of Paris in the early 80s at its coolest when funk, jazz and new wave were mingling with sounds from Africa, Jamaica and Latin America. Newly Remastered, the album is augmented by a second LP worth of bonus tracks!
More info, audio:

dow, Thursday, 2 August 2018 01:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Don Cherry
Music, Wisdom, Love

Reaching a near-mythical status amongst fans of free jazz’s most worldly intrepid explorer, these seldom heard Paris soundtrack sessions known as ‘Music, Wisdom, Love’ have evaded collectors’ grasps and confused historians for exactly 50 years. Instigated in Paris in 1967 and filmed during Don’s downtime on a visit to the Chat qui Pêche nightclub in March 1967 (where he played with Karl Berger, Henri Texier and Jacques Thollot), the bulk of this cinematic portrait was filmed on the streets of Paris under the direction of creative all-rounders Jean-Noël Delamarre and Nathalie Perrey who, as their careers bloomed, would become pivotal figures in underground French cinema - straddling La Nouvelle Vague, adult entertainment and cinema fantastique in what can only be described as speedball cinema.

Available for the first time ever and licensed from producer and director Jean-Noel Delamarre himself.

More info, audio:

dow, Thursday, 2 August 2018 02:03 (one month ago) Permalink

They've also got Brown Rice and Mu Part I.

dow, Thursday, 2 August 2018 02:04 (one month ago) Permalink

So it turns out that all of those and a lot more DC are on Spotify, but I'd never heard of HBSO orMWL.

dow, Thursday, 2 August 2018 02:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw Tony Allen last night at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. He had the band from The Source and was playing all that music. Harpist Brandee Younger opened the show, doing duos with a bassist whose name escapes me. Great show.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 2 August 2018 14:28 (one month ago) Permalink

In which Robert Glasper (whose music I don't even like that much, FTR) eats Lauryn Hill alive and spits out the bones:

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:04 (one month ago) Permalink

That was good. Even I've heard some stories from people who have played in her band.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 16:46 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't know much about Kip Hanrahan but back in the 80s I bought two remarkable albums released on his American Clave label, Astor Piazzolla's Tango Zero Hour and Conjure, settings for x delivery of Ishmael Reed's words, with David Murray, Allen Toussaint, Taj Mahal, Billy Hart, Steve Swallow(one of my favorites, incl. singing, is "The Wardrobe Master of Paradise," which always seemed like a working man's portrait of Sun Ra).
Haven't heard about KH in a long time, but wondering about this new album, Crescent Moon Waning---from his comments in press release:
This record is informed by the music that preceded it, and it is critical of it (otherwise there'd be no reason to make it), but it is in itself, of course, a new music. As far as a "culmination" or "completion", on any second (or ninth) thought you realize that there never really is one, we all have so much more music waiting to be made. Oh, and parenthetically, I guess, we only make records and music when there are records and music demanding to be made. I hope that makes sense.

There is, though, a particular tone, instantly recognizable as ours, that's clear and remains constant, remains audible, through the records and years. It's something many of the players pointed out at different times, independent of each other. This tonal continuity is a little amusing in a way, as "Crescent Moon Waning" was recorded with the instruments and voices tuned to 432 rather than the expected 440. The change in tuning was our playing with different possible human scales (pun intended). It's funny, but it seems to most of us on the record that the 432 tuning makes everything seem a little slower and more relaxed, regardless of how fast and busy the music is.

Crescent Moon Waning was recorded between August 2015 and December 2016 in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The last track on the album is live and was recorded October 1984 in Nancy, France.

A list of the players on "Crescent Moon Waning" in order of appearance: Kip Hanrahan; Michael Chambers, Dick Kondas; Brandon Ross; Luisito Quintero; Robby Ameen; Yunior Terry; Charles Neville; Lucia Ameen; Milton Cardona; Anthony Carrillo; Richie Flores; Andy Gonzalez; Steve Swallow; Xiomara Laugart; Fernando Saunders; Josh Sinton; Alfredo Triff; J.D. Allen; Miss Jennifer Hernandez; Roberto Poveda; David Rodriguez; Craig Handy; Lucy Penabaz; Giacomo Merega; Grayson Hugh; Senti Toy; Ignacio Berroa; Giovanni Hidalgo; Steve Berrios; Jack Bruce; Chico Freeman; Mario Rivera

It was produced by Kip Hanrahan and Michael Chambers with Leijia Hanrahan as executive producer and Dick Kondas and Robby Ameen as co-producers.

A breakdown of the players on each song is available upon request, as is a few pages of additional information about each of the players.

One particular note about one of the players: Charles Neville is a constant presence on this record, a kind of Greek chorus throughout, constantly offering alternative melodies to that of the singer, of the words, as well as a constant musical commentary on what was going on in the rest of the song. He was a central figure in our group of musicians, sharing and contributing to the music, frustrations angers and the ultimate celebrations, of our musical "project" for 35 years. He passed away last week, and we already miss him. His deep presence on this record changes the way I now hear some of the music on it.

dow, Thursday, 16 August 2018 17:13 (one month ago) Permalink

xp also on Conjure: Carla Bley, Olu Dara, Milton Cardona, quite a few more. Haven't yet heard the follow-ups, Cab Calloway Stands In For The Moon (Bobby Womack joins Murray Toussaint & Co), and Bad Mouth(ditto Billy Bang, Alvin Youngblood Hart etc), but I will---all three are on Spotify, for inst.

dow, Thursday, 16 August 2018 20:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Last night, dithering around like a dizzy bizzy bee---and Sundays are always kinda weird at best---I found my attention and pleasure principle repeatedly pulled into a performance-and-interview episode of Jazz Night In America:, feat. drummer-composer Allison Miller and her group Boom Tic Boom (think it's usually spelled "Tic" not "Tick," which I dig), incl. " Miller alongside violinist Jenny Scheinman, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, clarinetist Jeff Lederer, pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Tony Scherr." Jazz, no question, but/and I get how she credits Prince as inspiration (reminding me, though don't think she mentioned it, that P. hired Clare Fischer to arrange and conduct). The "melodic drumming" thing demonstrated here---in a spotlight studio segment, as well as all through the BTB set---she traces to Africa, and shows how she has no prob w melody as written, then responds to vocal interpretation/
So here's all that, 56:08's worth, just posted, I think:

Also, from a couple of years ago, when her most recent album was released, here she is on WBGO, with Myra Melford and Todd Sickafoose instead of Staaf and Scherr---also got Ben Goldberg on clarinet:

dow, Monday, 20 August 2018 16:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Goldberg in stead of Lederer, not along with, though I'd like to hear that too.

dow, Monday, 20 August 2018 16:05 (one month ago) Permalink

I cannot help but think this album cover is going to rebound really badly on Mr. Deutsch. Especially since the record comes out November 2. I really hope he reconsiders between now and then.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 20 August 2018 20:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Was worried that was going to be about Josh Deutsch

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 August 2018 20:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Ouch @ that cover

The inexorable rise of identity condiments (Sund4r), Thursday, 23 August 2018 11:31 (one month ago) Permalink

digging this complete set of every monk composition played by miles okazaki on guitar:

j., Sunday, 2 September 2018 02:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Poll! I'm liking this as well tbh, he doesn't just play the notes, there is a strong essence of Monk in these interpretations.

calzino, Sunday, 2 September 2018 10:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

he has to realise now he must do the complete works of Bud Powell!

calzino, Sunday, 2 September 2018 10:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Young Mothers - Morose
(Self Sabotage Records)

Got the CD direct from Super Secret Records. Mothers of Invention meets Mother's Finest at an indie hip-hop show? Regardless, they're bad mothers alright - free Jazz from Austin with more than enough skronk for the hesher that I am.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 16:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They don't usually bother to vocalize, but when they do, they can---good comments on the opener, and the closer is even a mellow skronkfest ballad, not at all too long at five minutes and change (though most cuts are far shorter, without ever skimping). And the Funkadelic, Sharrock traces are well-digested---good shit, thanks!
(PS: currently finding that Spotify, despite its stingy payments, servers the artists pretty well soundwise, though that hasn't always been the case.)

dow, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 18:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There's a pretty amazing Mingus box set coming out in November from BBE (the label that did that J-Jazz compilation and the Tohru Aizawa Quartet album). It's a live recording from Detroit 1973, with Joe Gardner on trumpet, John Stubblefield on sax, Don Pullen on piano, and Roy Brooks on drums. It's about four hours of music spread across five CDs (it was a radio broadcast, so there's also a 40-minute track that includes an interview with Brooks and listener phone calls). Since it was recorded for radio (on a 16-track unit owned by the venue), it sounds great. Highly recommended.

CD 1
1. Pithecanthropus Erectus (Long Version)
2. The Man Who Never Sleeps
3. Peggy's Blue Skylight

CD 2
1. Introduction by Bud Spangler/Celia
2. Bud Spangler Interview with Roy Brooks and Commentary

CD 3
1. C Jam Blues
2. Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk
3. Dizzy Profile

CD 4
1. Noddin' Ya Head Blues
2. Celia (Alternate Take)

CD 5
1. Dizzy Profile (Alternate Take)
2. Strata Gallery Announcement by Bud Spangler / Radio Broadcast WDET FM

Digital-only bonus track:
1. Pithecanthropus Erectus (Alternate Take)

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 7 September 2018 13:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks! Reminds me---since I can't find the J-Jazz thread, will post this here:
BBE Music is proud to present the next instalment in the J Jazz Masterclass Series: ‘East Plants’ by Takeo Moriyama, one of Japan’s finest jazz drummers.
A genuine ‘under the radar’ album known only to a handful of Japanese jazz collectors, ‘East Plants’ is now available once more, reissued for the first time as a double 180g LP, with exact reproductions of the original artwork, obi strip and insert. It also comes with the original notes fully translated. ‘East Plants’ is also available as CD and digital formats. This reissue is fully endorsed by Takeo Moriyama himself.
Originally released in 1983 on the Japanese VAP label, ‘East Plants’ is an essential album in the J Jazz canon. It’s an album that distills several key characteristics of Moriyama’s music: clearly articulated and inventive rhythms, open yet orderly arrangements, and an accessible groove balanced with a graceful control.

PS: heard an amazing "It Might As Well Be Spring" on the radio last night---turned out to be Woody Shaw, shoulda known. Think the too-cool DJ mumbled that it was from a comp called Winter Jazz.

dow, Friday, 7 September 2018 20:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Randomly Spotify-surfed onto a 2007 album with Bruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, and Jack DeJohnette playing acoustic jazz over distorted, high-passed drum loops. And it's kinda great?

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 21 September 2018 18:02 (two days ago) Permalink

Pretty sure this is not the first time I've "discovered" this record, my memory can be so bad.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 21 September 2018 18:30 (two days ago) Permalink

My new Stereogum column is up.

Also, I just taped a podcast interview with Ethan Iverson and Mark Turner that'll be out next week, and it's a fucking blast.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 21 September 2018 19:00 (two days ago) Permalink

Lots of intriguing descriptions there, thanks---speaking of Alice Coltrane reissues, Amazon's also got Carnegie Hall '71, listed as a May 2018 release.

dow, Friday, 21 September 2018 23:19 (two days ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's a bootleg of a WQXR radio broadcast that's been in circulation forever. Probably mastered from an MP3.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 21 September 2018 23:42 (two days ago) Permalink

is it good?

dow, Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:31 (yesterday) Permalink

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