Be Still by Dave Douglas
Featured in New York Times Arts Section
Mon. Sept. 24, 2012 – Pages C1 & C9
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Archive for September, 2012
Be Still by Dave Douglas
The New York Times‘ Nate Chinen talked about Abbasi’s upcoming release in the Fall Preview
REZ ABBASI This prepossessing guitarist has made a string of worthy albums in recent years, and on “Continuous Beat” he connects with an especially responsive rhythm team: the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Their rapport, and the choice of repertory, partly nods to the memory of Paul Motian, a master drummer and composer-bandleader with whom Mr. Abbasi had plans to collaborate, before Mr. Motian’s death last year. Oct. 9. Enja. (N. C.)
Nate Chinen previews Douglas’ upcoming release on Greenleaf Music for the NYTimes Fall Preview
DAVE DOUGLAS A poignant story lurks behind the Protestant hymns on “Be Still,” the new album by the trumpeter Dave Douglas: they were songs that his mother requested he play at her funeral. But there are stirrings of hope as well as loss on the album, which features the excellent folk singer Aiofe O’Donovan and a strong new working band that includes Linda Oh on bass and Jon Irabagon on saxophone. Sept. 25. Greenleaf. (N. C.)
Ben Ratliff highlights Vijay Iyer’s upcoming colloboration with rapper-poet Mike Ladd in the NYTimes Fall Preview
VIJAY IYER AND MIKE LADD The jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and the rapper-poet Mike Ladd have a history of collaborating on dense song cycles with social or political context; “Holding It Down” deals with minority veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan, incorporating bits of interviews with specific soldiers. Performing Sept. 19-22 at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse (a companion piece, “Sleep Song Chapter Two,” staged Nov. 30-Dec. 1, explores the viewpoint of Iraqi citizens through the war); harlemstage.org.
Check out New York Times writer Nate Chinen had to say about Weber’s new release Biosphere.
FLORIAN WEBER This German pianist has a background in classical music as well as modern jazz, and he favors an aesthetic of aerodynamic fluency. On “Biosphere” he plays acoustic and Fender Rhodes pianos, finessing a batch of complexly plotted tunes and placing his full trust in the West African guitarist Lionel Loueke and an American rhythm team of Thomas Morgan on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. Tuesday. Enja. (N. C.)
Check out what the New York Times’ Nate Chinen has to say about the Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, CA at various locations running Oct 5-7 and Oct 12-14.
ANGEL CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL Now in its fifth season, this Los Angeles festival has made a point of honoring elder stalwarts alongside up-and-comers, with performances in four different spaces over two weekends. A concert on Oct. 7 at the Ford Amphitheater will feature the Archie Shepp Quartet, the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, the Mark Dresser Quintet featuring Bobby Bradford, and the Peter Erskine Trio. The following weekend will include a collaboration between the guitarist Bill Frisell and the filmmaker Bill Morrison, along with concerts by the pianist-composers Myra Melford, Marilyn Crispell and Vijay Iyer. For more info, angelcityjazz.com. Oct. 5-7 and 12-14. (N. C.)
George Robertson was kind enough to include Roy Nathanson’s Stone Curation in his Fall Preview:
Roy Nathanson has always been fascinated by words. When he was an undergraduate at Columbia in the 1970s, he was studying theater. After dropping out he became immersed in the alternative theater scene in the East Village “when I wasn’t practicing saxophone a zillion hours a week,” he recalls. “I always felt I was a storyteller and I tried to work these things into my music — political issues, issues of identity — always a mixture of text and music.”
The co-founder of the Jazz Passengers, with trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, a stalwart of the Radical Jewish Culture circles, Nathanson started writing songs when the Passengers worked with producer Hal Willner in 1994. He also tried his hand at a short story about his father’s long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.