Archive for March, 2013

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman Releases Fourth Album, THIS JUST IN (Jazz Village)

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

A Rapid Fire & Globally Relevant Endeavor,
Guitarist/Composer Gilad Hekselman Makes Commentary on Present Day Society’s 24/7 Information Glut,
On This Just In,
Featuring Hekselman’s Core Quartet: Saxophonist Mark Turner,
Bassist Joe Martin & 
Drummer Marcus Gilmore

Out APRIL 9, 2013 (Jazz Village / Harmonia Mundi)
(Updated Global Release Date)

In the age of 24-hour cable news stations, the internet, smartphones and social media, the news cycle moves at an ever-quickening pace. On his scintillating fourth album, This Just In (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi), guitarist Gilad Hekselman takes a cue from that rapid-fire information stream and files his latest report from the front lines of modern jazz. (more…)

THE ADORABLES by Zeena Parkins and The Adorables: out today!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Featuring Zeena Parkins, Shayna Dunkelman &
Preshish Moments
OUT TODAY – MARCH 19, 2013
On Cryptogramophone Records


Zeena Parkins and THE ADORABLES is the latest band led by Zeena Parkins, famed electric harpist with Bjork, and stalwart of the downtown New York scene.  THE ADORABLES mixes lush acoustic orchestration with live electronics, beats, and unusual instruments, visceral, unearthly, exquisitely rich sounds with drones, crafted sound processing, feedback and the guts of harp strings.  The members of THE ADORABLES include percussionist Shayna Dunkelman and electronic music guru Preshish Moments. Dunkelman has worked with John Zorn, Ikue Mori, and William Winant, and is a member of the bands Xiu Xiu and Phantom Orchard OrchestraPreshish Moments has performed at Lincoln Center, the Barbican, the Southbank Centre, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Walker Arts Center, the Festival International de Musique Actuelle Victoriaville, among many other places. (more…)

Eric Hofbauer to Release Solo Guitar Recording, ‘American Grace’, via Boston-based Creative Nation Music

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013



On March 12, Creative Nation Music will release American Grace, guitarist Eric Hofbauer‘s third solo recording, completing the trilogy begun in 2004 with American Vanity and followed by American Fear in 2010. Throughout all three American Trilogy recordings, Hofbauer comments on varied aspects of American society and culture, covering a wide range of styles from ’80’s pop tunes, jazz standards, bebop and free jazz to country and blues.

Reflecting on his journey of exploration through three solo recordings, Hofbauer explains, “The trilogy is about process, coming of age, or coming to terms with the internal and external world. It’s autobiographical and I hope in some ways, universal. Grace is the final step… acceptance of who we are, regardless of what the universe has dished out. Vanity and Fearportrayed the more green side of that process, while Grace is the arrival of awareness, of embracing the duality inherent in life and humanity.” The nineteen tracks on American Grace cover a vast stylistic territory, connected together through Hofbauer’s unique deconstructionist sense of melodic interpretation, polyrhythm and bi-tonality. Original compositions sit side by side with startling interpretations of folk hymns, free jazz, 80’s pop classics, stride guitar, bebop and the blues.

Hofbauer’s two previously acclaimed solo guitar releases,American Vanity andAmerican Fear, dissect and examine American culture through spontaneous original compositions and stripped-down interpretations of musical touchstones that span country, jazz and rock. These stark, personal statements showcase not only Hofbauer’s undeniable skills as a musician, but also his trademark intelligence and humor, as he deftly puts his own affable, sometimes jaw-dropping spin on the music of everyone from Johnny Cash and Hank Williams to Andrew Hill and Charlie Parker to Nirvana and Van Halen.

“No other guitarist in jazz has developed a solo approach as rigorous, evocative, and thoughtful as Hofbauer,” writes Andrew Gilbert of The Boston Globe. In his review of American Fear, AllAboutJazz-New York’sTom Greenland adds, “For all its variety, drawing on recognizable elements of jazz and other musical traditions, Hofbauer’s voice emerges here unique and distinct, blending the comedic with the tragic—and having some serious fun.”

While best known for his innovative work as a solo artist, Hofbauer has been an integral member of Boston’s jazz scene as a musician, bandleader, organizer and educator for the past fifteen years. Hofbauer has performed and recorded alongside such notable collaborators as Han Bennink, Roy Campbell, Jr., John Tchicai, Garrison Fewell, Cecil McBee, Steve Swell and Matt Wilson. Hofbauer has earned critical acclaim for his work in a variety of musical projects, including recordings with the Garrison Fewell/Eric Hofbauer Duo, Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Sound Orchestra and The Blueprint Project with Han Bennink.  In 2007, he founded his own group, Eric Hofbauer & The Infrared Band, which released its debut Myth Understanding in 2008 and followed up with LEVEL in 2011. Most recently, he has been performing with BOLT, an electro-acoustic improvising quartet featuring the notable Dutch free jazz player, Jorrit Dijkstra, and the new Eric Hofbauer Quartet, a modern jazz project featuring Hofbauer compositions.

Hofbauer teaches jazz composition, guitar, and jazz history at Emerson College and the University of Rhode Island. In 2009, he was honored with the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Music Composition, which included a grant he used to mix and master American Fear.

About Creative Nation Music

Founded in early 2004, Creative Nation Music is a respected outlet for new releases from the Boston jazz scene’s most distinctive musical personalities. CNM has released 22 albums to date and recently celebrated its 9th year in production, and is a respected outlet for independent creative improvised music.  True to its original principles, it remains focused on documenting and promoting the work of musicians living and working in the Boston area, with a special emphasis on jazz artists with distinctive musical personalities.



E. Normus Trio’s LOVE AND BARBITURATES out March 19 on Little King Records

Thursday, March 7th, 2013


ASHEVILLE, NC– Consisting of an alto clarinet, N/S Stick and drums, this unique trio produces a truly leviathan sound that effortlessly blends jazz, rock and ambiance into something altogether new while simultaneously paying homage to the innovators of the past.

The E.Normus Trio has been a project of Jay Sanders and Steve Alford since 2007. At the heart of the group’s huge sound is Sanders’ use of the N/S Stick, an 8-string multi-mode instrument allowing him to play both bass and guitar. To this add Michael W. Davis on drums, who brings incredible jazz sensitivity coupled with tremendous power and superhuman control of time. Finally, atop this cacophony screams Alford’s primeval lead “voice”, six octaves of sweeping clarinet range. The E.Normus Trio creates a sonic palette hitherto unknown. (more…)

New Ches Smith & These Arches Record Out Today (!) on Clean Feed

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Ches Smith & These Arches
HAMMERED (Clean Feed)

Featuring Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Mary Halvorson, and Andrea Parkins

CHES-HAMMERED-BIGThough drummer Ches Smith has a penchant for christening his compositions with playfully oblique names, the name he chose for the title track of the second album by his band These Arches couldn’t be more straightforward. “Hammered” is relentless, pounding, fueled by a driving, recursive pulse that goads tense, urgent playing from Smith’s quintet of master improvisers.

The piece is a vivid illustration of the precarious balance that Smith strikes between the worlds of avant-garde jazz and experimental rock. He’s in demand as the drummer for such forward-thinking jazz artists as Tim Berne, Darius Jones, Mary Halvorson and Trevor Dunn; and at the same time he’s provided the backbone for adventurous rock acts like Xiu Xiu and Secret Chiefs 3, not to mention uncategorizable hybrids between the two like Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and Smith’s own Good For Cows. (more…)

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