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Winter & Spring 2014 – Fully Altered Release Schedule

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by admin

Winter & Spring 2014 Fully Altered Release Schedule

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Edward Simon & Ensemble Venezuela
Venezuelan Suite (Sunnyside)
Out January 21, 2014

Edward Simon‘s Venezuelan Suite (Sunnyside) represents the pianist and composer’s first full-fledged foray combining his love for jazz composition, contemporary classical composition and rhythms and textures of his native Venezuela. Known for years as a journeyman pianist for the likes of Bobby Watson’s Horizon, Terence Blanchard, Herbie Mann, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Hutcherson, Paquito D’Rivera and as a member of theSF Jazz Collective and Ninety Miles Band. Simon’s Ensemble Venezuela is a chamber music group; a mixture of Venezuelan players such as cuatro player Jorge Glem, bassist Roberto Koch, flutist Marco Granados and New York jazz musicians such as saxophonist Mark Turner and bass clarinetist John Ellis, harpist Edmar Castañeda, as well as drummer Adam Cruz.

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Steve Treseler Group feat. Ingrid Jensen
Center Song (self-released)
Out January 21, 2014

The Steve Treseler Group featuring Ingrid Jensen releases Center Song today. Steve is a Seattle-based saxophonist and educator who recently self-published a book on jazz improvisation and harmony entitled, The Living Jazz Tradition (which has been used in jazz improvisation classes at Berklee College of Music, The University of Idaho, and Central Washington University) and is a regular at Seattle’s Royal Room, where he debuted this music live at the 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival.  Steve just began a masters program at University of Washington, where he is graduate student assistant to trumpeter-composer Cuong Vu, head of Jazz Studies. Steve is currently studying with Vu, guitarist Bill Frisell and Visiting Artist Ted Poor, among others.

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Doug Wieselman
From Water (88 Records)
Out January 21, 2014

Doug Wieselman is a New York institution, though perhaps a soft-spoken and too often behind-the-scenes one. Active in the New York music scene since 1987, Wieselman has seamlessly infiltrated the singer-songwriter, rock, jazz, experimental, theater and even television music worlds forging long-term relationships with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Antony & The Johnsons, Jolie Holland, Cibo Matto, Marianne Faithfull, Hal Willner, Marc Ribot, Guy Klucevsek, Anthony Coleman and playwrights Robert Wilson and Athol Fugard, among countless others. Wieselman co-wrote all the music to Nickelodeon’s The Backyardigans (TM) with former Lounge Lizard Evan Lurie. From Water is a solo clarinet record with electronic loops showcasing the sounds Wieselman has heard or been inspired by, when listening to bodies of water. Following two NYC solo shows, he will tour the West Coast in March.

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Nils Wogram & Root 70
Riomar (NWOG)
Out January 28, 2014

There aren’t all too many bands today in jazz that have worked consistently over many years. Root 70 is, however, such a group. From album to album, one can follow how trombonist Nils Wogram, saxophonist Hayden Chisholm, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jochen Rückert have not only founded a dynamic group identity and diligently merged into a unit over many years. One can also hear how these musicians have set new focal points in their work together, again and again, far beyond the sum of their individual parts. On Riomar, they transcend the quartet context for the first time and expand their structure by three string instruments.

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Pete Robbins
Pyramid (Hate Laugh Music)
Out January 28, 2014

With Pyramid, saxophonist Pete Robbins explores a different sort of standard – classic rock and pop tracks that were formative for him as a youth: Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine,” Nirvana’s “Lithium,” Stevie Wonder’s “Too High,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by way of Jeff Buckley, even Glenn Campbell’s Jimmy Webb-penned hit “Wichita Lineman.” The Brooklyn-based Robbins turns these tunes inside out with a quartet featuring some of New York’s most abundantly talented musicians: pianist Vijay Iyer, double-bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Robbins and company not only re-invent classic songs in an utterly individual and jazz-wise way; they dig into a batch of the saxophonist’s originals, playing with the pithy, catchy spirit of the covers in mind. Pyramid is the saxophonist’s seventh album as a leader.

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Zara McFarlane
If You Knew Her 
(Brownswood Recordings)
Out Feb. 11, 2014

It’s a tough task for music critics to write about a singer that genuinely knocks their socks off.  Zara McFarlane is the London based singer, who, in 2011 released Until Tomorrow, a debut album that had many critics in a spin.  Praise came thick and fast. They spoke of a voice of sparkling clarity, a voice that was warm and powerful, and of a singer who sang with equal parts childlike innocence and womanly assertiveness.  But perhaps what critics missed amongst the hail of praise, is something altogether different – the arrival of an original songwriter and performer of true stature. For McFarlane, it’s about her point of difference.  What sets her apart isn’t her voice, distinctive as it is, but what she has to say as, and how she says it.

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Ben Flocks
Battle Mountain (self-released)
Out February 11, 2014

Melody-driven, distinctively reflective, and one of the most eclectic jazz outings of the new year, Battle Mountain stands as New York-based saxophonist Ben Flocks’ auspicious debut. In a quintet setting, Flocks traverses over a wide musical terrain with an 11-song collection of lyrical and deep-grooved originals, time-honored standards rendered in fresh arrangements, a twist on the Bob Dylan “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” pop gem, a re-imagined, romantic version of the Buena Vista Social Club tune “Murmullo,” and sublime and true-to-the-melody renderings of two tunes from the country/folk repertoire: “Shenandoah” and “Tennessee Waltz.” Firmly grounded in the jazz tradition, Flocks also infuses his music with touches of Americana, country and blues. As such, Battle Mountain—which he says is “dedicated to the wonder and mystery of California”—promises surprises around every bend.

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Vijay Iyer
Mutations (ECM)
Out March 4, 2014

Mutations is Vijay Iyer’s first album as a leader for ECM Records, and a recording that will widen perceptions of the pianist-composer’s work. Through thematic interactivity, the interweaving of acoustic and electronic sound-textures, and some decisive improvisational interventions in notated music, Vijay Iyer has created a multi-faceted suite whose very subject is change.

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Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar Multiplicity
Leave The Door Open (Whirlwind)
Out March 11, 2014

Leave the Door Open is the debut album from Multiplicity, a multi-cultural, genre-defying collaboration between Guggenheim Fellow and world-renowned American guitarist Joel Harrison and North Indian-native, virtuoso classical sarodist and composer Anupam Shobhakar. The album beams with an amalgamation of styles influenced from the worlds of Indian Classical, jazz, blues and roots music, featuring a stellar cast of some of the finest contemporary creative musicians in the world: Gary Versace (piano, B-3 organ, accordion), Dan Weiss (drums and tables), Hans Glawischnig (acoustic & electric bass), as well as special guests David Binney (alto saxophone), Todd Isler (percussion), Bonnie Chakraborty and Chandrashekar Vase (vocals).

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In Memory of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed Records)
Out March 25, 2014

For bassist Eric Revis, differentiations between what is considered “mainstream” and “avant-garde” in jazz means next to nothing. With his new and astonishing CD, In Memory of Things Yet Seen, Revis puts into practice his own wider vision of jazz. The title “In Memory of Things Yet Seen” suggests from the start that the tradition and the invention of the future aren’t mutually exclusive. Joining Revis, in his third release on Clean Feed Records, are like-minded musicians who keep looking back to see more clearly what is in front of them. Namely Darius Jones, the alto sax player who understood that hip-hop, funk, soul and rock are parts of the same tree in which jazz blossoms; Bill McHenry, the saxophonist molded in Paul Motian’s projects who crossed ways with Jamie Saft, keyboardist in John Zorn’s schizophrenic world; and Chad Taylor, a fundamental part of the Chicago Underground ensembles, always trying to invent new grammars with already established ones.

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Scott Feiner and Pandeiro Jazz
A View From Below (Self-released)
Out March 25, 2014

A View From Below, Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz‘s fourth album, marks an exciting turning point for Feiner, as it’s the first recording solely featuring his engaging original compositions. It’s also a stylistic departure due to the unique format featuring the Brazilian pandeiro, guitar and keyboards – a surprising new take on the concept of a “power trio.” Feiner is joined by two Brazilian musicians on A View From Below: pianist Rafael Vernet (Joyce, Hermeto Pascoal, Toniñho Horta) on vintage Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer keyboards, and former New York-based guitarist Guilherme Monteiro (Ron Carter, Anat Cohen, Eliane Elias, Forró in the Dark). Feiner’s compositions tend to have simple, memorable melodies, and strong rhythmic statements that result in a sort of “signature sound.” But for sure, certain influences can be heard, such as touches of Steely Dan, elements of Charles Mingus and Weather Report and on certain tunes the trio has been likened to Medeski, Martin & Wood and John Scofield’s Überjam.

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Rachel Eckroth
Let Go (Virgo Sun Records)
Out April 15, 2014

Sometimes it takes a change of scenery to give an artist a fresh perspective. Rachel Eckroth moved from New York back home to Phoenix, Arizona in 2008 as an experienced piano player who had played in New York for years but hadn’t sung since she was 18. She emerges five years later as a mature singer/songwriter whose new album, Let Go, is a powerful look at love and relationships. Eckroth moved back to Brooklyn in 2013 and worked on the album with pianist and composer Jesse Fischer. Fischer produced and engineered most of Let Go, and also co­wrote two of the songs, “A Million Dreams” and “More Beautiful Than That.” The album comes out April 15, 2014, on Virgo Sun Records.

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Shadow Theater (Sunnyside)
Out April 15, 2014

Ever since the very beginning, Tigran has seemed possessed by the idea of making the spectrum of his music as broad as possible. With Shadow Theater, the pianist has continued to pursue his enterprise of massive construction. After exploring the universe of Armenia’s fables, he’s turned to another tradition for inspiration, this time more visual than oral. His personal Shadow Theater, which gives the record its name, should be seen as an invitation to pass over to the other side of the mirror, into an imaginary, dreamlike world which owes as much to Tim Burton as it does to real shadow theatre: an art that it simple in appearance, and where silhouettes come to life.   Shadow Theater brims over with dozens of the figurines which inhabit the pianist’s head, from Madlib to Sigur Rós to Steve Reich. With this record, the young Armenian is still exploring new trails, both sonic and electronic; and it also asserts his claim as a hair-raising songwriter/singer whose voice has the timbre of fragility.

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Riverside (Dave Douglas, Chet Doxas, Steve Swallow, Jim Doxas)
Riverside (Greenleaf Music)
Out April, 15 2014

The quartet, co-led by Dave Douglas, on trumpet, and Chet Doxas, on clarinet and tenor saxophone, has a rhythm section comprised of Steve Swallow on electric bass and Jim Doxas (Chet’s brother and frequent collaborator) on drums. Riverside blends a love for improvised music, bluegrass, sacred hymns and Appalachian music to create an aesthetic rooted in both Americana and jazz. The quartet aims to show their appreciation and respect for the late reedsman and composer, but rather than being just a tribute band and simply performing Jimmy Giuffre‘s repertoire, Douglas and Doxas have composed new music that highlights their inspiration. The piano-less configuration allows for harmonic freedom and gives the group the ability to emphasize the original compositions as well.

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Nels Cline Singers
Macroscope (Mack Avenue Records)
Out April 29, 2014

MACROSCOPE, the fifth album and Mack Avenue debut by Wilco lead guitarist Nels Cline‘s adventurous trio, Nels Cline Singers, provides a measure of the group’s staggering range. Captivating and continually surprising, the album finds the instrumental trio veering in one off-kilter direction only to suddenly be overwhelmed by another drastic stylistic shift, often within the space of a single tune. Serrated psychedelia becomes consumed by soulful Brasiliana, blissed-out electronica overwhelmed by garage-rock skronk. A howling Hendrix-inspired solo suddenly erupts in the middle of a slick lounge-jazz number, unleashing Cline’s inner George Benson. With the Singers, Cline has assembled a vehicle that he can steer in any and all of these deviating directions. Cline and founding Singers drummer Scott Amendola are joined by new bassist Trevor Dunn.  The trio also expands with special guests: keyboardist Yuka C. Honda (Cibo Matto, Yoko Ono), percussionists Cyro Baptista (John Zorn, Trey Anastasio) and Josh Jones (Tupac, Don Cherry), and harpist Zeena Parkins (Bjork, Fred Frith).

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Bobby Avey Quintet
Authority Melts From Me (Whirlwind Recordings)
Out May 6, 2014

Authority Melts from Me is the fascinating new album and immense artistic statement from Bobby Avey, praised by the New Yorker magazine as “A young pianist of invention and refinement.” Winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition for Composition, Avey also received the 2011 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Grant, which enabled Avey to travel to Haiti to record a Vodou Ceremony in the small village of Soukri and subsequently create an hour-long suite grounded in rhythms found in Haitian Vodou drumming. This compelling suite of new music, entitled Authority Melts From Me, pays homage to the Haitian Revolution and features the immense talents of Miguel Zenón, Ben Monder, Thomson Kneeland, and Jordan Perlson.

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Ideal Bread
Beating The Teens (Cuneiform Records)
Out May 13, 2014

For the first time in almost four years, the erstwhile Steve Lacy repertory band, Ideal Bread, has a new book of tunes ready to be released (again on Cuneiform Records), Beating the Teens.  This book of compositions is a departure from Ideal Bread’s typical approach of faithful adaptation of the works of Lacy. It represents a series of “recompositions.” Leader and baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton specifically chose the music that lacy recorded for the French Saravah label from 1971-1977, which was reissued as the box set entitled Scratching the Seventies/Dreams. In this large and expansive take on the tradition of small-ensemble creative music, Sinton has written arrangements that take their cues from the worlds of Anthony Braxton, Wynton Marsalis, John Cage, Iggy Pop and Mos Def, among others.

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The Westerlies
Wish The Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz (Songlines)
Out May 13, 2014

The Westerlies are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four friends from Seattle, Washington. Avid explorers of cross-genre territory, the Westerlies are a collectively run ensemble dedicated to the cultivation of a new brass quartet repertoire that exists in the ever-narrowing gap between American folk music, jazz, classical, and indie rock. The Westerlies have premiered over 40 original works for brass quartet since their inception in 2012, and have collaborated with Wayne Horvitz, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Juilliard Dance, and Mason Jar Music to present chamber music as an organic and dynamic means of artistic expression in the 21st Century. Members of The Westerlies currently study at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.

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Erik Friedlander’s Bonebridge
Nighthawks (Skipstone)
Out May 20, 2014

The title Nighthawks comes from one of Edward Hopper’s most famous paintings depicting four people in a diner late at night. A lot of what Hopper evoked: the mystery and solitude, was familiar to cellist Erik Friedlander. This is the second release for Friedlander’s Bonebridge band and he continues to be fueled by the unlikely cello/slide-guitar combination. In September of 2012 New York City, and much of the Eastern US, was hit by Hurricane Sandy. It quickly became quite serious. Downtown Manhattan was plunged into darkness and without power for several days. Friedlander had set aside the time to work on Nighthawks and he quickly got used to life without power. Following the sun, he was up early and when the sun set, he worked by candlelight. “My neighborhood was eerie and dark, and there were no streetlights, traffic signals or any stores or restaurants open. About every 10 or 15 minutes or so a police car would make an appearance, driving through the black with its emergency lights spinning, but no siren. It was in this odd environment of quiet and solitude that I wrote Nighthawks.” Nighthawks featured Doug Wamble on slide guitar, Trevor Dunn on double bass and Michael Sarin on drums.

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Andy Biskin’s IBID
Act Necessary (Strudelmedia)
Out May 20, 2014

Clarinetist-composer Andy Biskin is up to his old tricks again on Act Necessary (strudelmedia), the debut release by his new quartet, Ibid. Mashing up everything from polkas and New Orleans jazz to funk and Tin Pan Alley, Biskin shoehorns sophisticated compositional elements into epic miniature tunes. His all-star quartet, featuring cornetist Kirk Knuffke, trombonist Brian Drye, and drummer Jeff Davis, handles each musical hairpin turn with infectious enthusiasm and deep insight into the music’s many subtleties.

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Joel Harrison
Mother Stump (Cuneiform Records)
Out May 27, 2014

For a long time guitarist Joel Harrison claimed he had no roots. He grew up in Washington D.C., a place whose identity and values are always in drift, a place where there is an endless mortgage to what is real. Harrison was convinced he had to go out into the world with a shovel and plant something of his own. D.C. was more of a blue-collar town when he was growing up. On any given night there might be a redneck band from Southern Maryland, a hillbilly band from nearby West Virginia, or an infusion of urban blues and Philly soul. For Harrison, it all began and ended with Danny Gatton. “If I ever had an idol, it was he. I remember driving out to his repair shop in Southern Maryland for the first time with my friend. He had a pet raccoon crawling around on his shoulder, and the shop was part mad-scientist laboratory, part boys’ club. They would sit there in the basement drinking cans of beer and drilling holes in ’50s Telecasters all day long!” Unlike most of Harrison’s CDs, the focus here is on his playing and not his writing and arranging. It’s a mixture of Luther Vandross, Buddy Miller, George Russell, a traditional spiritual, Paul Motian, Leonard Cohen, and a couple of my pieces, a nod to those formative years, with six old guitars and two old amps. “It’s a lot of history that I’m trying to make new.” Mother Stump features Glenn Patscha on keyboards, Michael Bates on double bass, Jeremy “Bean” Clemons on drums.

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Ty Citerman
Bop Kabbalah
 (Tzadik)
Out May 27, 2014

Bop Kab­balah fea­tures Adam D Gold (drums), Ben Holmes (trum­pet), Ken Thom­son (bass clar­inet) and Ty Citerman (gui­tars). This quar­tet is Citerman’s take on Jewish-themed composition-meets–impro­vi­sa­tion. The band plays rhyth­mic, dynamic and lyri­cal music takes some of the lan­guage of klezmer, modal Hebrew nig­gu­nim (chants), jazz, and 21st cen­tury con­cert music and then twists and recon­tex­tu­al­izes it. It’s not really what you’d hear in most syn­a­gogues or Jewish wed­dings, but of course, those aren’t the only places to hear Jew­ish music! The group does how­ever draw on Citerman’s Jew­ish life and his years of expe­ri­ence playing sec­u­lar and reli­gious music. Citerman’s long-overdue debut record­ing is due in late May 2014 on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records (Rad­i­cal Jew­ish Cul­ture Series).

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Alon Nechushtan
Venture Bound (Enja)
Out June 10, 2014

The pianist/composer assembles an an international, all-star band for his sixth release as a leader. Donny McCaslin, John Ellis, Duane Eubanks, Chris Lightcap, Adam Cruz, Rogério Boccato, and Brahim Fribgane contribute to making Nechushtan’s farthest-reaching record to date. Alon brings his various interests under one roof on Venture Bound. Born in Tel Aviv with familial roots in Russia, Hungary, Transylvania and Uzbekistan, he employs the pluralism of jazz to bring together a wealth of musical heritage.

 

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Darren Barrett
Energy in Motion: The Music of the Bee Gees (dB Productions)
Out June 17, 2014

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Darren Barrett & dB Quintet
Live And Direct 2014 (dB  Productions)
Out June 17, 2014

Multiplicity: A Collaborative Band of Guitarist Joel Harrison & Sarodist Anupam Shobhakar Release Debut Entitled “Leave the Door Open” OUT NOW

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by Matt

Multiplicity: A Collaborative Band of
Guitarist Joel Harrison & Sarodist Anupam Shobhakar Release Genre-Bending Debut Entitled
Leave the Door Open (Whirlwind Records),
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Featuring A Mixture of Harrison & Shobhakar Collaborators,
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(alto saxophone), Gary Versace (piano, Hammond B3 organ, accordion), Hans Glawischnig  (double bass), Dan Weiss (drums, tabla), Todd Isler (percussion), Bonnie Chakraborty and Chandrashekar Vase (vocals)

Watch YouTube Video About Multiplicity

With Leave The Door Open (Whirlwind Recordings), guitarist Joel Harrison teams up with sarod player Anupam Shobhakar and the product is a wholly idiosyncratic synthesis of Indian and American musics and more particularly, the lives and interests of these two musicians.

Harrison and Shobhakar met as a result of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship when Harrison set out to compose a piece for classical percussion, jazz quintet, and sarod. Harrison says that he and Shobhakar “spent a lot of time together figuring out how our different backgrounds could blend and cohere. ‘He taught me and I taught him. He’s an incredibly virtuosic, well-educated performer.’ I had had a lifelong interest in sarod, but working with Anupam allowed me to grow exponentially in my understanding of his tradition.”

Rather than have Shobhakar act as a “special guest” in the context of a chamber ensemble of Harrison’s regular peers, the guitarist says that Shobhakar embraced the challenge to step outside the bounds of traditional Indian music – to collaborate wholeheartedly in the spirit of a multiplicity of approaches.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Westerlies Release Debut Album Featuring The Music of Wayne Horvitz

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by admin

The Westerlies

Wish the Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz

Genre: chamber jazz

Riley Mulherkar, Zubin Hensler, trumpets Andy Clausen, Willem de Koch, trombones + Wayne Horvitz, keyboards and electronics

Four young Seattle brass players, all relocated to New York City to study at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music, decided to form a quartet in late 2011. Through much experimentation they discovered a colorful collective sound that drew from American folk music, indie rock, jazz, and classical music. For the next two years they performed constantly in both cities, creating and developing a large repertoire of original compositions. In early 2013 The Westerlies were approached by their Seattle-based teacher, friend, and mentor, Wayne Horvitz, to create a record of his music. They wholeheartedly agreed; all four of them were already very familiar with his body of work and had played in a number of his ensembles. After exploring his prolific output of the past thirty years, they selected a range of jazz tunes, film music, and classical chamber pieces, and chose to record them on location during their annual summer residency in the San Juan Islands of Washington.

 The collaborative process between Horvitz and The Westerlies proved to be challenging and fruitful. On the process of arranging Horvitz’s music, Willem de Koch explains that “the unorthodox instrumentation both forced and allowed us to find our own approach to the music, simply because we can’t follow many of the conventional idioms of traditional jazz.” Riley Mulherkar adds, “The process of arranging varied from tune to tune – some are deconstructed and abstracted from their original context, while others are played nearly verbatim to the sheet music. Improvisation is woven into the fabric of everything we play, so whether in an exposed solo or hidden as a texture behind a melody, we are constantly finding new ways to interpret the music in the moment.” Horvitz’s unique sensibilities shine through in every track; he’s clearly con- cerned with the sources of contemporary American music, such as blues, jazz, and old-time folk, and his music explores them with a nostalgia not immune to disruption and risk. The Westerlies’ vibrant interpretations of Horvitz’s music makes this album an evocative view of one of America’s most engaging genre-bending artists.

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Three Magical Nights Of Dave King March 7th-9th at ShapeShifter Lab

Posted on February 7th, 2014 by admin

Search & Restore Presents

THREE MAGICAL NIGHTS OF DAVE KING

March 7th-9th at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab

New York City non-profit Search and Restore presents three nights of Minneapolis- based drummer Dave King at Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab, with five various projects—featuring Tim Berne, Reid Anderson, Chris Speed and Matt Mitchell.

March 7th
Tim Berne / Dave King / Ryan Ferreira + Dave King Trucking Company

March 8th
Dave King Trucking Company & The Gang Font (feat. Greg Norton of Husker Du)

March 9th
Dave King / Matt Mitchell Duo + Golden Valley Is Now (King / Reid Anderson)

Drummer-composer Dave King, a member of the world-renowned trio The Bad Plus, will play three consecutive nights at Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab, presented by the improvised music non-profit Search & Restore. During his residency, King will bring five groups, all of which variously accent different aspects of his musical life.

On March 7th, King will play with the legendary alto saxophonist Tim Berne—also a member of another one of King’s projects, Buffalo Collision—and the guitarist Ryan Ferreira. “Tim Berne was a very important musician for me and many others in my generation who wanted to compose original music for dedicated ensembles with an iconoclastic approach; for people that didn’t make choices with the music based on anything other than personal beliefs,” says King. “I have been fortunate to play with Tim in a number of settings over the years. Ryan, Tim and I have gotten together a few times in the last year and it has felt great, so I thought that this residency was a great opportunity to debut a new thing! Ryan is such a unique voice as well as a beautiful spirit. I immediately felt comfortable playing with him.”

On the 7th, King will also present the first of two nights with his band The Trucking Company, whose two releases 2011’s Good Old Light and 2013’s Adopted Highway (Sunnyside) were met with much acclaim. Consisting mainly of King’s Minneapolis colleagues—guitarist Erik Fratzke, tenor saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, bassist Adam Linz—along with New York based tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, the Trucking Company is meant to highlight midwestern aspects in King’s music; the band’s name and the name of their records, likewise, evoke that spirit. Of The Trucking Company, King says: “I put this band together almost four years ago and we have two records out on the Sunnyside label. This group focuses on original music mostly of my own with a sound that criss-crosses between old country blues/midwest themes and the avant-garde with a little jazz thrown in!”

The following evening, along with a set by The Trucking Company, King will play with The Gang Font, with Greg Norton of the band Husker Du. King says: “The Gang Font is a project that I put together with Erik Fratzke when we became associated with the bass player Greg Norton, formerly of the seminal punk band Husker Du. Greg was a fan of The Bad Plus and we became friends. I’ve always thought that Husker Du was one of the great bands of the genre, so we decided to join forces under the guise of Greg’s love for the avant garde, a punky spirit and our collective love of mathy improv!”

On the 9th, King will play duo with the pianist Matt Mitchell, a pianist who plays in groups led by Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, and John Hollenbeck. “Matt Mitchell is one of the great pianists of his generation and also one of the most unique.” says King, “His dedication to the music is unparalleled in my eyes and his great energy and open ears are a valuable asset on the scene. He is also funny and humble! At ShapeShifter Lab, we will be playing the music from my duet record which we have only performed live twice before!”

For the second set of that evening, King will play with the trio Golden Valley Is Now, which is group comprised of two of his longest-standing musical relationships with fellow Minnesota natives pianist Craig Taborn and bassist—and Bad Plus cohort—Reid Anderson. Golden Valley Is Now originally came together for a residency of King’s at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which was the subject of a documentary entitled King For Two Days. Of the trio, King says: “Reid and I grew up together in Golden Valley, Minnesota with Craig Taborn, who cannot make the shows, so Reid and I will be debuting the world premier of the duet version of the band! Live electronics, drums, original songs and improvisation!”

 

About Dave King

King is a founding member of The Bad Plus, who The New York Times says, “had an arresting, unmistakable sound almost from the start, wily and pugnacious and emotionally direct”. King also co-founded the collective trio Happy Apple with tenor saxophonist Michael Lewis and bassist Erik Fratzke. King’s 2012 trio record I’ve Been Ringing You (Sunnyside) with Bill Carrothers and Billy Peterson, was called a “seductive, moody, poetic album” by Jazztimes. In Addition, King has played with the likes of Bill Frisell, Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman, Jeff Beck, Hank Roberts, Django Bates, Mat Maneri, Joe Lovano, David Torn, Jason Moran and The Bandwagon, Kurt Rosenwinkel.

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215

$15 each night, $12 student ID, $30 3 night pass

Brian Charette Has Quite the Story for You About L.A.

Posted on January 20th, 2014 by Matt
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I love Los Angeles. I do wear holes in my shoes everytime I come. But the weather is so perfect.  When people ask me what I think about LA…I tell them it’s the only city I’ve been punched in the face by a girl.It was a Mon night jam session at a place right across the street from Montmarte on Sunset…Can’t remember the name…funk jamm session…very thin plastic cubs for rum and cokes…

A really drunk girl comes up to me…..”rrrssss shhhrrr tttttt”. I’m like “What”? She grabs me and starts telling me the whole story. I’m not super into her and she starts to get a little frisky…scratching….going nuts. I’m very gently trying to push her off and extricate myself when she socks me right in the mouth.

don’t worry no blood or broken teeth. just the end of our date.

Wed Jan 29, at Catalina Jazz Club I’ve assembled a very unusual trio with two of my very good friends.

I met Rez Abbasi in Canada when we both were crossing paths on two different tours. We had heard of each other and thought It would be a great idea to play together. I later learned that Rez had studied with one of my favorite Tabla Artist, Ustad Alla Raka. I usually say I’ve had 3 mindblowing experiences listening to music 1.) in my friend Jason’s room in 6th grade hearing Led Zeppelin 4 (while buying a butterfly knife from him)
2.) listening to a bad cassette of Jaco Pastorious’ solo album…and
3.) hearing Memorable Tabla Duet with Zakir Hussein and his father, Ustad Alla Raka.

Once I started to play with Rez in NY I was intrigued by how he moved so easily from one genre of music to the next. One second he would be shreading, the next he could be playing burnink bebop lines, the next Mellismatic Hindustanimelodies. When thinking of who to get on guitar for this gig, I remembered that Rez grew up in So Cal…..Would he be there?….Could I catch him by chance coming in for NAMM or visiting family?……Yup.

Andy Sanesi and I met on a Trio gig in NYC. We became fast friends and started to play a lot together. Andy was really into latin music and played in a Salsa Group that had a steady gig on the lower east side at a place called the Parkside Longe. Andy asked me to play in the group, and for the first time I got on the right side of the clave. We also started to work together a lot in LA when I was thereAndy, like Rez has an amazing understanding of the manipulation of time in music. He was the first one to really open my eyes to the possibilities of rhythm.

I’m very excited to play Wed Jan 29 at Catalina Jazz Club with this group. I hope you’ll come and join us! We will have a real B3 and will play compositions from all of us. 

British Soul-Jazz Chanteuse Zara McFarlane’s Second LP, If You Knew Her, To Be Released via Gilles Peterson-Backed Brownswood Recordings on January 28th, 2014

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by Matt

It’s a tough task for music critics to write about a singer that genuinely knocks their socks off. Zara McFarlane is the London based singer, who, in 2011 released Until Tomorrow, a debut album that had many critics in a spin. Sure, praise came thick and fast. They spoke of a voice of sparkling clarity, a voice that was warm and powerful, and of a singer who sang with equal parts childlike innocence and womanly assertiveness. But perhaps what critics missed amongst the hail of praise, is something altogether different – the arrival of an original songwriter and performer of true stature. For McFarlane, it’s about her point of difference. What sets her apart isn’t her voice, distinctive as it is, but what she has to say as, and how she says it.

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4th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit, Part of City-Wide New York Guitar Festival SMASHES BORDERS OF GENRE AND STYLE JANUARY 17-19 at SubCulture: Arts Underground

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by Matt

4th ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE GUITAR SUMMIT,
Part of City-Wide NEW YORK GUITAR FESTIVAL
JANUARY 17-19 at SubCulture: Arts Underground

OPENING NIGHT: EVOLVING CONCEPTS OF RHYTHM:
MILES OKAZAKI, WILL BERNARD, LIBERTY ELLMAN, DAVID GILMORE

RARE NYC APPEARANCE BY DAVID TRONZO +
FIRST EVER DUO MEETING OF FRED FRITH & NELS CLINE

FINAL NIGHT – THE MUSIC OF PAUL MOTIAN
featuring Duo Performances By
STEVE CARDENAS, BEN MONDER,
GILAD HEKSELMAN, BRANDON ROSS, VIC JURIS,
MARY HALVORSON, JULIAN LAGE &
FESTIVAL FOUNDER JOEL HARRISON 

The Alternative Guitar Summit, founded in 2010 by guitarist Joel Harrison, is an annual gathering of daring, inventive players who explore new and unusual approaches to the guitar. The music presented during AGS always seeks to celebrate the instrument’s enormous range of possibilities, beyond style or genre.

“If you love spontaneous improvisation, beautiful melodies, nasty funk, surreal soundscapes, wild abandon, righteous distortion, elliptical chords, dreamy sound clouds, and the joy of surprise, this festival is for you,” says Harrison. “It’s an incredible experience to see so many six-string wizards at work in one place over such a concentrated period of time. Ecstatic moments are in abundance all weekend long.”

Nels Cline, Appearing in Duos with Fred Frith & Julian Lage

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Scott Amendola/Charlie Hunter Tour West Coast

Posted on November 11th, 2013 by Matt

Scott Amendola/Charlie Hunter Tour West Coast In Support of Their Second Duo LP, PUCKER, Composed of All New Music by Scott Amendola

Just about a year ago Charlie and Scott released “Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead”, a collection of songs by Charlie.  This October 15th the duo will release a follow-up called PUCKER, which features music written by Scott, except for one song written FOR Scott by his grandfather, the acclaimed guitarist Tony Gottuso.  Tony was a guitar player who lived in and around New York from birth until his passing in 1995. He was featured on The Tonight Show when it was broadcast in NY with Steve Allen as the host. Tony also appears on the legendary record “The Pioneers Of the Jazz Guitar” on Yazoo, as well as playing banjo on the original recording of “Hello Dolly” by Louis Armstrong, and countless other recordings. Tony wrote this song for Scott in the early 90s and this it makes its debut on PUCKER. Read the rest of this entry »

Dylan Ryan Sand West Coast Tour

Posted on November 7th, 2013 by Matt

Cuneiform Records
Dylan Ryan’s Sand  West Coast Tour,
with Dates in Seattle, Portland, and The Bay Area

Tour Dates

Dec 4, 2013 The Royal Room, Seattle, WA
Dec 5, 2013  The Good Foot, Portland, OR
Dec 6, 2013 Duende, Oakland, CA

Photo Credit: MAGDA WOSINKA

Featuring his volatile trio SandSky Bleached is Dylan Ryan’s debut album under his own name, but the insistently exploratory drummer isn’t making a first impression. A bandstand veteran who’s spent the past decade collaborating with an array of galvanizing musicians across a wide array of creative scenes, he’s probably best known as the catalyst behind the pugnacious prog-jazz sextet Herculaneum. That’s seems likely to change withCuneiform’s release of Sky Bleached. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dickens Campaign Releases Debut Album “Oh Lovely Appearance”

Posted on November 5th, 2013 by Matt

Music That Has Its Eyes on The Far Horizon and Its Feet on the Front Porch of America.

Featuring Drummer Deric Dickens, Cornetist Kirk Knuffke, and Guitarist Jesse Lewis 

CD-release show at Barbes
January 29, 2014

 

Deric Dickens is a New-York-based drummer who hails from south Georgia, and those Georgia roots run deep under the earth of this music. He’s chosen as bandmates two people who share his respect for tradition and his willingness to push beyond it. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke is one of the New York’s busiest players, both as a leader and a sideman, particularly in the quartet of celebrated drummer Matt Wilson, who is Dickens’ primary mentor. Guitarist Jesse Lewiscut his musical teeth in New Orleans and spends much of his time these days exploring the intersection of country, pop and jazz as one of New York’s in- demand guitar players. Read the rest of this entry »

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