Archive for February, 2015

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

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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. (more…)

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

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

 

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. (more…)

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

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

 

 

“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

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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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Cellist Erik Friedlander Releases New Solo Album, ILLUMINATIONS On April 21, 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Brought About By A Commission From
The Jewish Museum in NYC, 
Illuminations
Explores Friedlander’s Fascination With The
Ancient Arabic, Latin, and Hebrew Texts
Hosted By The Museum

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An encounter with ancient books sparks the imagination of cellist Erik Friedlander in his latest solo release.

Illuminations, Friedlander’s latest solo album was originally commissioned by the Jewish Museum in New York City which hosted an exhibit of ancient books from Oxford University’s Bodleian Collection. The exhibit  brought together ancient illuminated texts in Arabic, Latin and Hebrew. (more…)

Pianist Joey Calderazzo Continues to Pursue A Trio Format on Going Home, His Second Sunnyside Records Release, Out March 31, 2015

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Finding opportunities for growth and development are important aspects in the process of evolving as a creative musician. Discovering and tackling new challenges helps to keep music making a fresh and worthwhile occupation for many, including pianist Joey Calderazzo, who found his next test in the form of the piano trio. (more…)

Acclaimed Pianist/Composer Myra Melford In Residence at The Stone NYC, March 24th-29th

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Featuring Collaboratorations With Matt Wilson, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Chris Speed, Ben Goldberg, Erik Friedlander, Allison Miller, and Others

Stream Two Tracks From Melford’s Newest Release,
Snow Egret , On The Fully Altered Soundcloud

On March 10th, Pianist Myra Melford is set to release her record
Snowy Egret (enja/yellowbird), with Ron Miles on cornet, Liberty Ellman on guitar, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. Melford describes this ensemble as “killer”. (more…)

OUT TODAY: FRESH CUT ORCHESTRA Releases Debut Album, From The Vine (Ropeadope Records), Represent Present & Future of Philadelphia’s Thriving Jazz Scene

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

In Months Leading Up To Release, From The Vine Receives Universal Acclaim

(Trumpeter Josh Lawrence, bassist Jason Fraticelli & drummer Anwar Marshall)

        

                

 

Philadelphia houses one of today’s most dynamic yet under-appreciated jazz scenes. Luckily the Fresh Cut Orchestra offers a remedy: For an introduction to the next generation of talent in a city that produced figures like John Coltrane, The Heath Brothers, The Brecker BrothersChristian McBride and the Eubanks family, tune into this burgeoning large ensemble. It’s led by three improvisers and composers on the rise—trumpeter Josh Lawrence, bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall—and all of its 10 members are local leaders.

The Fresh Cut Orchestra’s debut release, From the Vine, features all original music, and it has a far-reaching, panoptic quality. The album dips into various soundscapes and grooves, deftly migrating from ephemeral to slicing, which bespeaks the bandleaders’ range of experiences: Lawrence has performed with Erykah BaduBoyz II Men and Orrin Evans; Fraticelli with Matisyahu, Taylor McFerrin and Mark Guiliana; and Marshall with Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Dave Douglas.

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Guitarist Ross Hammond’s New Solo Acoustic Guitar Project, Flight (Prescott Recordings), Out April 14, 2015 Explores His Upbringing As a Spiritual & Personal Expression of Values

Monday, February 16th, 2015

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“I see these songs as a musical prayer.” That’s how Sacramento-based  guitarist Ross Hammond describes Flight, his new album of solo acoustic performances.

That’s how guitarist Ross Hammond describes Flight, his new album of solo acoustic performances. Hammond, a mainstay of the West Coast creative improvised music scene, is forthright about the inspiration for many of the song choices on the new record.

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Music Historian Ashley Kahn is 57th GRAMMY AWARD WINNER for “Best Album Notes” For His Essay on John Coltrane – Offering: Live at Temple University (Resonance Records/ Impulse!)

Friday, February 13th, 2015

A Long-Awaited Recording of An Historic 1966 Performance Features Coltrane
In High-Fidelity Audio Taken From Recently
Discovered Tapes
Ashley Kahn’s 24-page booklet Included with
2-CD/ 4-Panel Insert with 2-LP Edition

 

Resonance Records is proud to announce that the GRAMMY Award for
“Best Album Notes”
 was given to Ashley Kahn for his essay included on the John Coltrane album Offering: Live at Temple University, released by Resonance Records/Impulse!

Ashley Kahn is an author, noted jazz historian, educator and producer. He is the critically acclaimed author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album, as well as Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece and The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records. In 2004 and 2011, he received GRAMMY nominations as a writer in the Album Notes Category for Four Women: The Nina Simone Philips Recordings (Nina Simone) and John Coltrane – Side Steps (Prestige), respectively. This year is his first win. Kahn’s prolific liner notes have also garnered him with three ASCAP/Deems Taylor Awards, and two “Book of the Year” distinctions from the Jazz Journalists Association. As a journalist, Kahn’s contributions have appeared in the New York TimesDownBeatRolling Stone, among others, and his voice is often heard on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”. He is an adjunct professor at New York University.

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