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Guitarist NELS CLINE & Painter NORTON WISDOM Reprise Ongoing Collaboration, Captured on 2010 DVD, STAINED RADIANCE, To Be Reissued on Cline’s Own Alstro Imprint, Performing at Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN (March 28-29) & Wilco Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA (June 26-28)

Posted on March 12th, 2015 by admin


Stained Radiance Available For Pre-Order

Guitarist Nels Cline and Los Angeles-based painter Norton Wisdom–both masters of their medium and long partners in improvisation, joined together in 2009 for an afternoon of sonic and visual improvisation caught on film by Aught Nign. Armed with his guitar and effects, Cline constructs lush soundscapes brought about by Wisdom’s brush-stroke spontaneity. Wisdom in turn follows Cline’s auditory twists creating and recreating the same canvas.

Two mesmerizing performances were included on an out-of-print DVD released in 2010, now being reissued on Cline’s brand new label, The Alstro Imprint, with special features like the Norton Headcam, and a behind-the-scenes look into the sessions.

They have since reprised this collaboration several times, notably as a headliner at the 2011 Winter JazzFest in New York City, about which which The New York Times wrote: ”Mr. Cline set up digital loops of electric guitar — edgeless and sludgy chords, spiky and screaming single notes — and Mr. Wisdom worked with brushes and paint on a large back-lighted screen…It was obvious why the collaboration worked: the applications and wiping, the running colors, the constant development — that was what Mr. Cline was doing too. Sound equaled paint.” Read the rest of this entry »

Saxophonist/Clarinetist Andrew Bishop Releases Sophomore Record, De Profundis, With Drummer Gerald Cleaver and Bassist Tim Flood, Seeking Inspiration From Renaissance Composer, Josquin Des Prez

Posted on March 10th, 2015 by admin

Stream Tracks From De Profundis on Soundcloud 


The trio of Andrew Bishop, Gerald Cleaver and Tim Flood have been creating a unique improvisational language for the better part of two decades. Ostensibly helmed by tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Bishop, the trio made their recording debut with 2005′s Time and Imaginary Time and in the intervening ten years, their group sound has continued to develop, resulting in their sophomore record De Profundis.

 

The album features 11 original compositions and improvisations bound into two alternating extended works. The first, “De Profundis”, re-imagines the music of renaissance composer Josquin Des Prez (c. 1440-1521) and places it within the otherwise disparate context of the saxophone trio.

 

Originally inspired by the low tessitura and the dark and mysterious vocal quality of the motet “De Profundis Clamavi”, the compositions rework a two-voice passage of the Benedictus in Missa “Pange lingua”. The other compositions on De Profundis, while still thematically related, are independent of the Josquin Des Prez inspiration, and take full advantage of the trio’s idiomatic and inventive jazz mastery. Read the rest of this entry »

Pianist-Composer Kris Davis Releases Save Your Breath, a Potent Showcase for Her Octet Infrasound, via Clean Feed on May 19th Infrasound – “a living, breathing animal” – features Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Andrew Bishop & Joachim Badenhorst on bass clarinets, plus a rhythm section of Davis, Nate Radley, Gary Versace & Jim Black

Posted on March 9th, 2015 by admin

Stream Two Tracks From Save Your Breath on Soundcloud

“Over the past couple of years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down pianist Kris Davis.” —
The New York Times

The latest album by pianist-composer Kris Davis – one of the most progressive, prolific figures on New York City’s creative jazz scene – is a showcase for her new octet Infrasound and its mix of jazz intricacy and rock impact. To be released on May 7, 2015, via Clean FeedSave Your Breath is the sound of “a living, breathing wild animal,” as the composer says.  Read the rest of this entry »

Resonance Records To Release 3 Limited Edition LPs For Record Store Day 2015 – April 18, 2015 Never-Before-Released Recordings From Stan Getz & João Gilberto, Wes Montgomery and Larry Young Discovered in Jazz Archives – Keystone Korner In San Francisco, the Indianapolis Jazz Club of Indiana and INA’s Archives of The Office of Radio and Television in France

Posted on March 9th, 2015 by admin

Limited Edition Pressings for Record Store Day Only!

“Selections from Getz/Gilberto ’76”
“Wes Montgomery One Night In Indy
(featuring The Eddie Higgins Trio)”
“Selections from Larry Young In Paris – The ORTF Recordings”

 

On April 18th for Record Store Day 2015, Resonance Records will release three exclusive, limited edition LPs: Selections from Getz/Gilberto ’76Wes Montgomery One Night In Indy (featuring The Eddie Higgins Trio) and Selections from Larry Young In Paris – The ORTF Recordings.

Resonance Records, once again, has unearthed and brought to the surface unreleased musical gems, this time found in archival vaults in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Paris. You’ll find solace that these dangling carrots are sneak peeks of upcoming full length albums to be released by Resonance in the upcoming years. Read the rest of this entry »

Norwegian Guitarist Bjørn Solli Releases New Album, Aglow: The Lyngør Project Vol. 1 (Lyngør Records), Out May 4th, 2015 Composed on a small island in Southern Norway, Recorded with an All-Star Band in New York

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 by admin

 

It all started in 2007 when Bjørn Solli went to visit a friend on an island in the south of Norway. The group of islands is known as Lyngør and the place had a profound effect on the Norwegian guitarist/composer.  Initially it was the sheer beauty of the place that struck him, but he was soon equally enamored with the people.  Solli quickly made many friends on the archipelago and started having annual concerts there, bringing with him musicians from New York, Shanghai and Rome to play on the pier every August.  Out of this grew the Lyngør Jazz Club and in 2012 they commisioned Solli to compose music inspired by Lyngør and to record an album. Over the next 15 months, Solli spent frequent retreats on the island and was given an opportunity to assemble a band of amazing musicians.

He had been touring and recording with several of the band members for years and was very familiar with each musician’s sound. Knowing each band member’s unique approach and strengths, allowed Solli to compose specifically for each musician.  By giving the band freedom to interpret the music as they wished everyone brought a fresh perspective to the material and made wonderful contributions to the shaping of the tunes.  This album is a perfect representation of Bjørn Solli – the musician and the composer – and is his most personal effort to date. It has great variety and offers plenty of swing, contemplative ballads, singable waltzes, South American rhythms, gritty blues and more; all held together by Solli’s acute sense of melody, evocative harmony and passion for groove. Read the rest of this entry »

Athens, GA-Based KENOSHA KID Premiere Video For “Zombie Party” at PopMatters Today; Album Inside Voices Out on March 3rd; Tour of Southern United States Begins March 19

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 by admin

“The kind of music that the Athens, Georgia instrumental outfit Kenosha Kid purveys in is one of those things that is nearly impossible to describe with clarity that nonetheless makes sense by the time it’s all said and done.” - PopMatters

 

 

In Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow, the Kenosha Kid is a maddeningly ambiguous figure: it might be a cowboy, or a dance, or a Sodium Amytal-induced hallucination (or all of the above). Guitarist and composer Dan Nettles (who, by the way, has never been to Kenosha, WI) conceived his namesake band with similarly uncategorizable intentions. This Kenosha Kid might be an indie rock band, could be a modernist jazz ensemble, can probably be considered a jam band, and most definitely is all of the above.

 

All of those different identities emerge at different times (and, very often, several at once) on Kenosha Kid’s new album, Inside Voices, due out March 3rd. The album is the first of two planned releases (the second, Outside Choices, will follow in 2016) to result from a week of intensive exploration in Nettles’ native Athens, Georgia.

“We’re kind of a family band,” Nettles says. “I tell everybody, ‘Do your thing and we’re going to showcase that.’ It’s always a joy to be with these guys, and it always knocks me out that they want to come play.”

Gathering his core triomates, bassist Robby Handley and drummer Marlon Patton, and a trio of horn players who he met through the Banff Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music– Mexico City trumpeter Jacob Wick, Berlin-based alto saxophonist Peter Van Huffel, and Seattle tenor/baritone saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi – Nettles arranged for a six-night residency at Hendershot’s Coffee that allowed the band to gig by night and record by day. The arrangement allowed Kenosha Kid to enjoy the best of both worlds – stretching out with lengthy improvisations and experiments each evening, boiling the results down to concise, focused statements the next afternoon. The former are evident in a number of live recordings available on Nettles’ website, while the latter make up Inside Voices and its upcoming companion piece. Read the rest of this entry »

Composer BEN GOLDBERG Draws Lyrical Inspiration From College Professor’s Writings, For His Most Ambitious Project To Date in 25+ Year Career, ORPHIC MACHINE, Out MARCH 24, 2015 on ROYAL POTATO FAMILY/BAG PRODUCTION RECORDS

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by admin

Album Brings Together All-Star Group From Throughout Different Periods of Goldberg’s Musical Life:
NELS CLINE, CARLA KIHLSTEDT, RON MILES,
ROB SUDDUTH, MYRA MELFORD, KENNY WOLLESON, GREG COHEN & CHES SMITH

Early Praise For Orphic Machine and
Extensive March Tour Dates

Goldberg To Curate The Stone April 28th – May 3rd


STREAM EXCLUSIVE TRACKS FROM ORPHIC MACHINE ON THE FULLY ALTERED SOUNDCLOUD PAGE

           


Beauty can often be found in unexpected places. On his new album, Orphic Machine, clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg creates his most beautiful and lyrical music to date. Interestingly, though the lyrics are by poet Allen Grossman, they come not from his poems, but from a book on “speculative poetics.” Grossman’s Summa Lyrica, a collection of blunt, interwoven statements illuminating the place of poetry in human thought, provided Goldberg with the texts around which he wrapped his beautiful melodies and compelling grooves.
Goldberg needed to gather an ensemble of artists able to realize such simultaneously heady and passionate compositions; fortunately, he’s been surrounded with such gifted artists throughout much of his musical life. Orphic Machine features the talents of vocalist and violinist Carla Kihlstedt, his bandmate in the unclassifiable group Tin Hat; Wilco’s resident guitar daredevil Nels Cline, also a member ofGoldberg’s quintet Unfold Ordinary Mind; trumpeter Ron Miles, a bandmate ofGoldberg’s in the quartet Go Home; tenor saxophonist Rob Sudduth and drummer Ches Smith, both members of Goldberg’s quintet as well as Unfold Ordinary Mind; pianist Myra Melford, with whom Goldberg works in her sextet, Be Bread, and in the duo project Dialogue; bassist Greg Cohen, an early musical hero and now member of the Ben Goldberg Trio; and vibraphonist Kenny Wollesen, a member of Goldberg’s ground-breaking New Klezmer Trio. Read the rest of this entry »

Petros Klampanis Melds Jazz, Classical, Folk, and World Music Into Expressive Fusion On Minor Dispute The Greek-born Bassist/Composer’s Second CD, out April 14, 2015 via Inner Circle Music, Which Pairs Gifted Jazz Band (Jean-Michel Pilc, Gilad Hekselman, John Hadfield) with Lush String Quartet

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by admin

 

Described by JazzTimes as a “formidable bassist and composer,”
Petros Klampanis grew up in Greece, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. He went on to study classical music in Athens, Amsterdam and New York City before emerging on the NYC jazz scene, where he’s performed alongside some of the city’s renowned jazz musicians, including saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and drummers Antonio Sanchez and Ari Hoenig.

 

All of those influences converge in prismatic and unexpected ways on Minor Dispute, the bassist’s second release for Osby’s Inner Circle Music label. Klampanis’ innovative arrangements swathe his bold compositions for jazz quartet in lush but vital string quartet writing, accented by world music rhythms and folk melodies. The result is a truly multi-cultural fusion of influences that speak together with a surprisingly singular voice. Read the rest of this entry »

Rova Channeling Coltrane, Two Films About The Rova Saxophone Quartet’s Inventive Re-Imagining of John Coltrane’s Seminal Record Ascension, To Be Screened At Yerba Buena Center For Arts, San Francisco, March 13th

Posted on February 24th, 2015 by admin

 

 

“This is Ascension’s long-waited apotheosis and a masterpiece of the truest kind.”
- Brian Morton, The Wire

“The film of the 2012 Guelph performance is a major event in the documentation of free improvisation….We may hear Ascension more clearly, both as a work of art and as a moment in the history of jazz- as a result of Rova’s efforts.”
- Stuart Broomer, Point of Departure

“Rova, with its inspired Orkestrova, engages Coltrane’s uncompromising compositional attitude and boundaries, pushing with its own sense of informed and masterful improvisation. This marrying of great minds and souls is what makes Electric Ascension such a great triumph.”  AllAboutjazz.com

 

 

John Coltrane’s Ascension was called, “…the most powerful human sound ever recorded,” by Bill Mathieu in DownBeat in 1965, and  ”the most vexatious work in jazz history,” by jazz critic Gary Giddins; astonishing claims for a piece of music that was only performed twice. Ascension still causes arguments, like much of Coltrane’s post- Love Supreme music.  All the more reason to rejoice in Electric Ascension, reincarnated for the 21st century in live performances by the large, all star ensemble Orkestrova.  Rova Saxophone Quartet arrangers Larry Ochs and Jon Raskin have cast their Electric Ascension with improvisers weaned on Coltrane and the sonic experiments of the decade that followed his passing.  Over the last 12 years,  performances in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Lisbon, Paris, Saalfelden, Toronto, and Velz, Austria, have been a revelation; and met with standing ovations and critical acclaim.

Rova Channeling Coltrane, is a duet of films on the Rova Saxophone Quartet’s reincarnation of John Coltrane’s, Ascension. 
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OUT TODAY: Two Veteran Musicians, Pianist MICHAEL WOLFF & Drummer MIKE CLARK Extend a 45+ Year Musical Friendship on Wolff & Clark Expedition 2, on RANDOM ACT RECORDS

Posted on February 24th, 2015 by admin

Early Acclaim For Wolff & Clark Expedition: 
4 1/2 Star Downbeat Review, WBGO Radar Stream

Exclusive Stream of Expedition 2 Tracks on Fully Altered Soundcloud Page 

 

With the release of Wolff and Clark Expedition 2, on Random Act Records, pianist Michael Wolff and drummer Mike Clark offer the second document of their kinetic collaboration. As on their first Expedition, the masters play with the hunger and energy of musicians half their age, offering—as Jazz Times put it—a “groove-minded, harmonically savory” mix of straight-ahead, rockish, funky and Latin jazz, “inventively arranged, expertly performed and a lot of fun to listen to,” but addressing the repertoire with what Clark calls a “jazzier,” on-the-highwire orientation stemming from frequent bandstand interaction. Adding fuel to the combustible environment of exploration, chance-taking and musical conversation are bass giant Christian McBride, who performs on six selections (17-year-old virtuoso Daryl Johns plays on four); trumpet titan Wallace Roney, who uncorks two brilliant solos; and scintillating newcomer Hailey Niswanger on soprano and alto saxophone.
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