Archive for January, 2015

Trumpeter/Composer John Raymond Takes a New Look At Jazz Tradition On Foreign Territory Raymond’s Second CD, out April 28 via Fresh Sound/New Talent, features pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Joe Martin, and legendary drummer Billy Hart

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Exclusively Stream Tracks From Foreign Territory On Our Soundcloud

 

Inspiration doesn’t have to come from reshaping the ground beneath one’s feet; the creative spark can also be ignited by exploring well-trod terrain with fresh eyes. On his sophomore CD, Brooklyn-based trumpeter/composer John Raymond ventures into Foreign Territory, taking a refreshing and exciting look at the jazz tradition with a set of original music that retains the music’s classic aspects while feeling entirely contemporary.

To realize his modern reimagining of traditional elements, Raymond assembled a stellar quartet that is uniquely qualified to seamlessly merge past and present. He called on two gifted peers – pianist Dan Tepfer, who has gone to further time-spanning extremes with his adaptation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and bassist Joe Martin, who has worked with innovators like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Brad Mehldau, and Chris Potter – and a legend who helped to define the very tradition that Raymond is reexamining, drummer Billy Hart. Overseeing the session was the great horn player John McNeil, whom Raymond refers to as a mentor and “undercover jazz trumpet guru.” (more…)

Athens, GA-Based Guitarist & Songwriter DAN NETTLES Leader of KENOSHA KID Offers His Take on Jazz As A Working Rock & Roll Musician; Has Carved His Own Path Without Pressure of Genre Gatekeepers

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Inside Voices, Out March 3rd, 2015, Reconciles His Connections To & Affinities For Jazz, Indie Rock & Pop, Recalling Recent Works By Todd Sickafoose, Blue Cranes & Bill Frisell

 

Exclusively Stream Two Tracks From Inside Voices On Fully Altered Media’s Soundcloud

 

 

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. (more…)

Elemental Music’s Archival, Previously Unissued, 2 CD/3 LP Release By Legendary Pianist Red Garland On An Exclusive December 1977 Engagement, Recordings at San Francisco’s Keystone Korner OUT TODAY, January 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Swingin’ on the Korner, A Rare Document In Underappreciated Pianist’s Career, Reunites Garland with Former Miles Davis Colleague,
Drummer Philly Joe Jones & Bassist Leroy Vinnegar

The release also includes unprecedented 44 page booklet with never-before-seen pictures & new words by Nat Hentoff, Ira Gitler, Don Schlitten, Kenny Washington & others

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Today, with the release of Swingin’ on the Korner, Elemental Music releases over 150 minutes of previously unheard live Red Garland performances on two CDs or 3 LPs, recorded in 1977 at San Francisco’s landmark Keystone Korner jazz club with a once-in-a-lifetime trio. None of this material has ever been released – officially or otherwise. (more…)

Acclaimed Scandinavian Collective Ensemble, ATOMIC, Set to Release Their Eleventh Record, Lucidity Out March 17th via Jazzland

Friday, January 16th, 2015


Atomic to Embark Upon An Extensive North American Tour In Support of The Record

Exclusive Stream of Tracks From Lucidity on 
Fully Altered Media Soundcloud

Through avenues of lights, accompanied loneliness, lonely accompaniments, musical exhortations and tremulous lulling, Atomic introduce their latest opus in typically defiant form. The album assembles the various Atomic components in a thoroughly recognizable yet surprising (and sometimes disconcerting) way, suggesting multiple time signatures, motifs and submotifs, musical tracery that seems to defy explanation in conventional terms.

They take moments of minimalist simplicity and contextualize them, by turns, in amorphous textures, angular musical structures, whimsical interplays and rushes of driving frenzy. A track might swing in on muscular arms from the highest reaches of the jungle canopy, bedecked in its finest groove, before shedding its ape suit to reveal something altogether more ethereal.

They seem to hurtle in freefall spirals, before raising merry hell with free improvisations, looping and diving amid each other’s vapour trails, and managing to recalibrate simultaneously their alignment and launch into the next composed passage without batting an eyelid. (more…)

Acclaimed Pianist/Composer Myra Melford Releases Long-Awaited LP By Snowy Egret, via enja/yellowbird Out March 10th

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Featuring Creative Heavyweights Ron Miles (cornet), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar), and Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

Melford To Hold Retrospective Week at The Stone NYC March 24-29th; Snowy Egret To Perform Two Sets on
March 28th

Stream Two Tracks From Snow Egret On The Fully Altered Soundcloud

On Snowy Egret (Yellowbird/Enja), the eminent pianist-composer-educator Myra Melford presents the debut of, as she puts it, “a killer band” that she assembled in 2012 to perform a suite of music inspired by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano’s epic Memory of Fire trilogy, a history of the Americas told through indigenous myths and the accounts of European colonizers. A year later, in November 2013, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, near Melford’s Berkeley home, the unit—Ron Miles on cornet, Liberty Ellman on guitar, Stomu Takeishi on bass, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums—performed the music in a multi-disciplinary performance titled Language of Dreams, with dancer/choreographer Oguri, video artist David Szlasa, and vocalist Sofia Rei reciting Galeano’s texts in English and Spanish. (more…)

Drummer & Composer Andrew Drury Releases Two Records, Showcasing His Musical Breadth: Content Provider, A Quartet Disc Featuring Ingrid Laubrock, Brandon Seabrook, and Briggan Krauss & The Drum, A Solo Floor-Tom Album, Taking Full Advantage of Extended Techniques

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Drury To Celebrate The Release of Both With Concert At Roulette, Brooklyn on February 17th 

Exclusive Stream of Tracks From Both Albums Available On Fully Altered Soundcloud


(photo by Reuben Radding)

The drums are not always celebrated for their versatility, but on a pair of eclectic and innovative new releases drummer/composer Andrew Drury showcases a staggering range of possibilities with equally staggering musicality. Encompassing complex polyrhythms, intricate compositions, folk references, polytonality, and sounds most mortals would never think could issue from a drum—not to mention a slow, boozy reimagining of Clifford Brown’s classic hard bop burner “Daahoud”–
Content Provider and The Drum make a case for Drury as a musical personality who has come into his own and who is making a serious contribution to (and beyond) the jazz idiom.

As David Yearsley of Counterpunch writes, “The drums must be the oldest musical instrument of human kind, and no one has ever confronted it with a more unbounded, yet skilled, creativity than has Drury.”

Content Provider spotlights Drury the composer/bandleader in a jazz context with a set of deliciously labyrinthine compositions written for a stellar quartet comprising saxophonists Briggan Krauss and Ingrid Laubrock, guitar shredder Brandon Seabrook, and Drury himself on drum set. The Drum, by contrast, spotlights Drury as a composer/soloist who commands the imagination and skill to render 53 minutes of solo floor tom music not as a tedious exercise in sado-narcissism, but rather as a mind opening and surprisingly appealing manifesto on acoustic experimentalism. And he does so without ever actually striking the drum, employing extended techniques he has developed that treat his drum as a wind instrument and acoustic filter for friction. (more…)

2015 Fully Altered Media APAP & Winter Jazz Fest Showcase Information

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

2015 Fully Altered Client APAP Showcases

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Fully Altered Media Client Showcase, Winter JazzFest

Friday, Jan 9th: Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures at SubCulture – 45 Bleccker St, 7:15 PM –
Linda Oh – Bass, Ben Wendel – saxophone, Matt Stevens – guitar, Rudy Royston – drumsFriday, Jan 9th: DaveDouglas Quintet at Judson Church

 – 55 Washington Sq Park South, 9:15 PM – Dave Douglas- trumpet, Troy Roberts – tenor saxophone, Matt Mitchell – piano, Linda Oh – bass, Rudy Royston – drums

Friday, Jan 9th: Kris Davis’ Infrasound at SubCulture – 45 Bleecker St, 11:00 PM – Kris Davis – Piano, Gary Vercase – organ, Nate Radley – guitar, Ches Smith – drums, Andrew Bishop, Ben Goldberg, Joachim Badenhorst and Oscar Noriega – bass clarinets

Friday, Jan 9: Anthony Pirog Trio at Carroll Place – 157 Bleecker St, 12:45 AM
(w/ Michael Formanek- Bass, Ches Smith – Drums)

Saturday, Jan 10th: The Cellar & Point at The Player’s Theater – 115 MacDougal St, 1:15 AM-
(w/ Joe Bergen – vibraphone, Christopher Otto -violin, Kevin McFarland – cello, Terrence McManus – electric guitar, Christopher Botta – acoustic guitar and banjo, Greg Chudzik – bass, Joseph Branciforte – drums
(Also performing , 1/10 at 1 PM, Apple Store, SoHo as part of iTunes Live:
103 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012)

Saturday, Jan 10th: Ryan Keberle & Catharsis at SubCulture – 45 Bleecker St, 6:00 PM-
Ryan Keberle – trombone, Mike Rodriguez – trumpet, Jorge Roeder – bass, Kenny Wolleson – drums, Camila Meza – voice

Saturday, Jan 10th: Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret at Zinc Bar – 82 W 3rd St, 6:30 PM-
Myra Melford – piano, Liberty Ellman – guitar, Stomu Takeishi – bass, Tyshawn Sorey – drums, Ben Goldberg – bass clarinet

Saturday, Jan 10th: Theo Bleckmann at Judson Church – 55 Washington Sq Park South, 6:45 PM
Theo Bleckmann – voice, composition, Gary Vercase – piano, Chris Tordini – bass, John Hollenbeck- drums, percussion, w/ special guest Ambrose Akinmusire

Also Appearing at WJF:
Aaron Parks’ Little/Big (Friday, 1/9, 1:30 AM at SubCulture)
Uri Caine/Han Bennink (Friday, 1/9, 12:15 AM at SubCulture)
John Raymond Roots Trio (Saturday, 1/9, 1:30 AM at SubCulture)

Also note:
JAZZ RESOLUTIONS AT GREENWICH HOUSE: FOUR GREAT BANDS,
Thursday Jan. 8, 6-10 PM
Ben Wendel Quartet, Jamie Baum & Short Stories, Michael Blake’s Tiddy Boom, Joel Harrison 4
46 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-4770 $10, free with APAP badge Or JazzConnect Registration

Jan 15-18, 2015 – Jazz Standard
Aaron Goldberg Trio at Jazz Standard – CD Release for “The Now” (Sunnyside Records)
(w/ Eric Harland – drums, Reuben Rogers- bass) – 116 E 27th St. New York, NY 10016

Blind Piano Prodigy Justin Kauflin–Star Of Documentary “Keep on Keepin’ On”–Releases “Dedication”; Announces LA & NYC Release Shows

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

PIANIST JUSTIN KAUFLIN RELEASES
MUCH ANTICIPATED ALBUM,
DEDICATION (Jazz Village),
PRODUCED BY QUINCY JONES,
on JANUARY 13, 2015

HIS FIRST ALBUM SINCE BEING SIGNED BY
QUINCY JONES AND
THE RELEASE OF THE ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY,
KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON, CHRONICLING HIS MENTORSHIP & FRIENDSHIP WITH JAZZ LEGEND CLARK TERRY

ANNOUNCES RELEASE SHOW CONCERTS AT
L.A.’s THE BLUE WHALE & NYC’s THE JAZZ STANDARD

DEDICATION STREAM FEATURED ON WBGO’S “RADAR”

 

“The most surreal moment was when I was at the table between Quincy and Clark, seeing their relationship after 70 years…[that] brought everything home to me. Quincy is one of those students! I’m one of those students!” – Justin Kauflin

“Tradition” is an overused word in jazz—tradition is important, but the continuum of jazz is far more important because it’s not just about where the music’s been but where it is going in the future. Two people that symbolize the continuum are pianist Justin Kauflin and his mentor, iconic trumpeter Clark Terry. Directed by Alan Hicks, the film Keep On Keepin’ On poignantly documents this relationship: Terry, who has wielded tremendous influence throughout jazz history, and Kauflin, an up-and-coming pianist with remarkable technique and highly sensitive ears, who harnesses the teaches of Terry with a wide swath of influences. Ultimately, Kauflin emerges from his trials as a veritable champion, symbolizing the aforementioned tradition of moving forward.  Keep On Keepin’ On is not just about Terry—it’s about two noteworthy individuals whose talent, warmth, and giving natures reinforce each other through life’s struggles as they make beautiful music together and separately. A.O. Scott, the film critic for The New York Times, quipped that the film was “a source of unending joy” while The Huffington Post called it “beautiful”, “poetic” and “brave”.

Pianist Aaron Goldberg Debuts “The Now” With His Trio at The Jazz Standard January 15th-18th

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Acclaimed Pianist Aaron Goldberg Debuts 
The Now (Sunnyside Records)
At The Jazz Standard on January 15th-18th, 2015
Featuring His Working Trio of The Last 16 Years,

Bassist Reuben Rogers, and Drummer Eric Harland

Exclusive Stream of Track From The Now
on Aaron Goldberg’s Soundcloud

Hailed by Down Beat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the-chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua RedmanWynton MarsalisKurt RosenwinkelGuillermo Klein and many more. On his new release The Now,Goldberg reunites with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, the virtuoso rhythm team going all the way back to his 1998 debut Turning Point. On their fifth outing together, the trio foregrounds a central truth about the art of playing jazz: that no two performances will be the same because the music is created, in Goldberg’s words, “in the dynamic plane of the present.”

“A jazz record is literally one moment in time,” Goldberg explains. “Each song captures those five minutes, and not more. This is especially counterintuitive when you think about iconic jazz recordings like Kind of Blue, where we can all sing every solo. That record would sound totally different, we’d all be singing different solos, if it’d been recorded five minutes later or even five seconds later. That aspect of jazz is what makes it magical for me. I think every time you make an album you contribute to this illusion that jazz operates like other forms of music, where you figure out the song, you practice it, you play it a million times, then you record the definitive version. Jazz doesn’t work like that, and I felt it was time to explicitly wrestle with this in some thematic way.”


(Exclusive Stream of Track From The Now Available on Aaron Goldberg’s Soundcloud)
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The Cellar & Point to Play NYC Winter Jazz Fest & iTunes Live, Apple Store SoHo 1/10; THE CELLAR AND POINT PRESENTS: An Eclectic Concert Series at Spectrum NYC, Four Nights Throughout January

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

After The Release of Their Acclaimed Debut Record,
Ambit (Cuneiform), Garage-Chamber Septet THE CELLARAND POINT 
To Be Featured In 2015 Winter Jazz Fest & 
at iTunes Live, Apple Store SoHo on Saturday 1/10 

THE CELLAR AND POINT To Curate A Four-Night  Residency at Spectrum NYC Throughout January, Paying Homage To Some Of Its Greatest Musical Inspirations Across A Variety Of Genres

After the successful October release of their debut record Ambit (Cuneiform), TheCellar & Point–the exciting, New York City based “garage chamber” ensemble–will be making two New York City appearances in the forthcoming days: on January 10th at 1PM, they will be playing at the Apple Store, SoHo as part of iTunes LIVE, and that evening at 1:15 AM, they will play at the Player’s Theater as part of the New York City Winter Jazz Fest

 

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