Archive for 2009

my top 15 iPhone apps

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

A couple people I know have recently acquired iPhones and I’ve been asked a couple times which applications (aka apps from the App Store) I like/use the most. Here’s a list:

I could definitely not live without Twitterific Premium ($3.99), Yelp (free), Facebook for iPhone (free) and NetNewsWire (my RSS reader). This app hooks up with a desktop version which you have to download online at for free).

Most banks have Mobile software so you can check your balance by logging in from the iPhone. I have Chase Mobile.

PayPal has a good iPhone app that is useful for sending money quickly without having to use a web form.


Pianist/Keyboardist Erik Deutsch Releases Hush Money Nov. 10th

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Erik Deutsch – Hush Money

With layers of keyboards, guitars and woodwinds, Erik Deutsch’s Hush Money is not your usual jazz album. The keyboardist and composer, a co-founder of Fat Mama and known for his work alongside trumpeter Ron Miles, singer Erin McKeown and guitarist Charlie Hunter among others, brought together collaborators from his time in Colorado and New York, headed up by guitarist and co-producer Jonathan Goldberger.


Tyshawn Sorey Announces Fall Tour Dates

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

October 16th, Jazz Gallery {New York, NY} 9 and 10:30
FOR KATHY CHANGE (in two parts)
Ben Gerstein (trombone) Terrence McManus (classical guitar) Okkyung Lee (cello) Tyshawn Sorey (piano, drums, composition)

November 6 & 7, Earshot Festival {Seattle, WA}
SOREY-DAVIS-LAUBROCK (a collaborative project)
Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Kris Davis (piano, compositions) Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone, compositions)

November 13, Community Church of New York {New York, NY} 8 p.m.
Aaron Stewart (woodwinds) Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) John Escreet (piano) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, composition)

November 19, University of Massachusetts at Amherst – Bowker Auditorium {Amherst, MA} 8 p.m.
Tyshawn Sorey (piano, drums, trombone)

Fall 2009 Release Schedule (Revised)

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Note revised release dates for pianist James Weidman’s Three Worlds (Inner Circle Music), saxophonist Jon Irabagon’s The Observer (Concord Jazz), and Chicago-based bass clarinetist Jason Stein‘s two new projects on Clean Feed and Leo Records and a new project from The Erik Deutsch Band.

Also please note that this website is evolving to include individual artist pages for each release.  Please bear with us as we improve our site.

Finally, please be on the lookout for tour dates and record release parties from Digital Primitives, Linda Oh, Moodswing Orchestra, Ben Allison, Matt Wilson, Jason Stein, Ahleuchatistas, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Tyshawn Sorey, Erik Deutsch and more.


Producer/Drummer Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra Releases Self-Titled Debut On El Destructo Records, Tours

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Drummer for Joan As Police Woman, Elysian Fields, 101 Crustaceans, Sex Mob, Uri Caine Trio & ‘Baby Loves Jazz’ Releases a Collage of Sounds Reflecting His Diverse Career

Album Features Guest Appearances by Joan Wasser, Miho Hatori, Bebel Gilberto, Elysian Fields & More

Release Date: September 29, 2009

Upcoming Tour Dates:

  • September 30: Coco 66, Brooklyn, NY w/DJ Olive
  • October 9: Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY w/JFJO
  • October 22: The Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA w/Club D’Elf

More information…


NY Times Fall Arts Preview

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Two Fully Altered clients made it into this year’s Fall Arts Preview: pianist/composer Vijay Iyer and bassist/composer Ben Allison. Oddly enough both have albums coming out October 13th.

See what the Times critics had to say about their work:


Bassist Linda Oh Releases Debut CD ENTRY with a Compelling, Innovative Trio

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Chinese-Malay-Aussie Bassist Claims Her Place on the NY Scene with a Set of Cerebrally Edgy Dialogues feat. Ambrose Akinmusire and Obed Calvaire

Release Date: October 6, 2009

Linda Oh Band

The title of Linda Oh‘s debut CD, Entry, describes not only her emergence as a leader, but her arrival amongst the ranks of bassists who step out of the sidelines into the spotlight with a strong, cohesive vision. Alongside Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet and drummer Obed Calvaire, Oh offers a compelling three-way conversation in which she serves as both equal voice and steely anchor.


Ben Allison — Think Free: In stores and on-line October 13

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Ben Allison

Bassist/composer Ben Allison‘s ninth album, Think Free, is part of a paradigm shift that began with his 2005 Palmetto Records release, Cowboy Justice. “I wanted a band that rocked,” says Allison of his changing sound. “I was moving away from the chamber-jazz elements of Medicine Wheel and Peace Pipe and trying to incorporate other sounds into my music. I continue to try to get to something personal. Cowboy JusticeLittle Things Run the World (Palmetto, 2008), and now Think Free are all one continuous train of thought.”


The WAITIKI 7 Announce Fall Tour to Support ADVENTURES IN PARADISE — Sept. 20-24

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Adventures in Paradise


Release Date: August 18, 2009
(In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Hawai’i’s Statehood)

Adventures in Paradise, the debut album by The WAITIKI 7, is a contemporary re-imagining of the classic Exotica sound introduced on the islands in 1959 the year of Hawaii’s statehood. Martin Denny, a transplanted mainland pianist who tapped into the tropical zeitgeist, stirred together several disparate elements, and created a whole new sound in the process.“Exotica floats in the zone between soundscapes and an early world music hybrid,” Randy Wong, the bassist, music director and co-founder of The WAITIKI 7, rxplains.


Fully Altered Media Client Release Schedule **Summer & Fall 2009**

Sunday, July 26th, 2009


Ben Perowsky Quartet – Esopus Opus (Skirl) – August 11
w/ Perowsky (drums), Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet), Drew Gress (bass), Ted Reichman (accordion, keyboards)

The Waitiki 7 – Adventures in Paradise (Pass Out Records) – August 18
w/ Zaccai Curtis (piano), Tim Mayer (saxes, flutes), Randy Wong (bass), Lopaka Colón (birdcalls, percussion), Jim Benoit (vibes), Helen Liu (violin), Abe Lagrimas, Jr. (drums, vibes, percussion) + special guest Mike Dease (trombone)

Stefon Harris & Blackout – Urbanus (Concord Jazz) – August 25
w/ Harris (vibraphone, marimba), Marc Cary (keyboards, piano, effects), Ben Willams (bass), Casey Benjamin (alto sax, vocoder), Terreon Gully (drums)

Rez Abbasi – Things to Come (Sunnyside) – August 25
w/ Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto sax), Vijay Iyer (piano), Dan Weiss (drums), Johannes Weidenmuller (bass) + Kiran Ahluwalia (Hindustani vocals), Mike Block (cello)


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