Archive for March, 2015

OUT TODAY: Pianist Joey Calderazzo’s Going Home (Sunnyside)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015


(Read Joey Calderazzo’s Player’s Story in Downbeat)

       

Pianist Joey Calderazzo–who is often noted for his illustrious career as a sideman to remarkable saxophonists, Michael Brecker and Branford Marsalisis set to release Going Home (Sunnyside), a trio record under his own name, with bassist Orlando le Fleming  and drummer Adam Cruz, on March 31st.
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Clarinetist/Composer BEN GOLDBERG’s Nine-Piece Opus, ORPHIC MACHINE, OUT NOW via Royal Potato Family & BAG Production Records

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Album Mastered For iTunes, On CD,
Plus Double 180-gram Vinyl LPs in Gatefold Packaging

Album Brings Together All Goldberg’s Favorite Musicians From 30-Year Career In Music:
NELS CLINE, CARLA KIHLSTEDT, RON MILES,
ROB SUDDUTH, MYRA MELFORD, KENNY WOLLESON, GREG COHEN & CHES SMITH

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Pianist/Composer Myra Melford Receives Widespread Critical Acclaim For Snowy Egret, OUT TODAY

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Both
Give Rave Reviews

Melford is In Residence at The Stone (NYC),
TONIGHT Through March 29th
Featuring Past & Present Collaborators: Dave Douglas, Allison Miller, Cuong Vu, Matt Wilson, Nicole Mitchell, Tyshawn Sorey, Mary Halvorson, Ben Goldberg, Chris Speed, Marty Ehrlich and Many More

Stream Two Tracks From Snow Egret 


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THE 37TH ANNUAL CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES TOP HEADLINERS

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

 

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Media Contact:Jamey Lundblad
Jamey.Lundblad@cityofchicago.org
312-744-2493
Jazz Institute of Chicago National Media Contacts:
Matt Merewitz
Stephen Buono

THE 37TH ANNUAL CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES TOP HEADLINERS

Festival to Take Place SEPTEMBER 3-6, 2015 At CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER & MILLENNIUM PARK

Festival Celebrates the AACM’s 50th Anniversary, Centenaries of Composer-Arranger Billy Strayhorn & Vocalist Billie Holiday, Plus 25th Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act
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Guitarist NELS CLINE & Painter NORTON WISDOM Reprise Ongoing Collaboration, Captured on 2010 DVD, STAINED RADIANCE, To Be Reissued on Cline’s Own Alstro Imprint, Performing at Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN (March 28-29) & Wilco Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA (June 26-28)

Thursday, March 12th, 2015


Stained Radiance Available For Pre-Order

Guitarist Nels Cline and Los Angeles-based painter Norton Wisdom–both masters of their medium and long partners in improvisation, joined together in 2009 for an afternoon of sonic and visual improvisation caught on film by Aught Nign. Armed with his guitar and effects, Cline constructs lush soundscapes brought about by Wisdom’s brush-stroke spontaneity. Wisdom in turn follows Cline’s auditory twists creating and recreating the same canvas.

Two mesmerizing performances were included on an out-of-print DVD released in 2010, now being reissued on Cline’s brand new label, The Alstro Imprint, with special features like the Norton Headcam, and a behind-the-scenes look into the sessions.

They have since reprised this collaboration several times, notably as a headliner at the 2011 Winter JazzFest in New York City, about which which The New York Times wrote: “Mr. Cline set up digital loops of electric guitar — edgeless and sludgy chords, spiky and screaming single notes — and Mr. Wisdom worked with brushes and paint on a large back-lighted screen…It was obvious why the collaboration worked: the applications and wiping, the running colors, the constant development — that was what Mr. Cline was doing too. Sound equaled paint.” (more…)

Saxophonist/Clarinetist Andrew Bishop Releases Sophomore Record, De Profundis, With Drummer Gerald Cleaver and Bassist Tim Flood, Seeking Inspiration From Renaissance Composer, Josquin Des Prez

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Stream Tracks From De Profundis on Soundcloud 


The trio of Andrew Bishop, Gerald Cleaver and Tim Flood have been creating a unique improvisational language for the better part of two decades. Ostensibly helmed by tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Bishop, the trio made their recording debut with 2005’s Time and Imaginary Time and in the intervening ten years, their group sound has continued to develop, resulting in their sophomore record De Profundis.

 

The album features 11 original compositions and improvisations bound into two alternating extended works. The first, “De Profundis”, re-imagines the music of renaissance composer Josquin Des Prez (c. 1440-1521) and places it within the otherwise disparate context of the saxophone trio.

 

Originally inspired by the low tessitura and the dark and mysterious vocal quality of the motet “De Profundis Clamavi”, the compositions rework a two-voice passage of the Benedictus in Missa “Pange lingua”. The other compositions on De Profundis, while still thematically related, are independent of the Josquin Des Prez inspiration, and take full advantage of the trio’s idiomatic and inventive jazz mastery. (more…)

Pianist-Composer Kris Davis Releases Save Your Breath, a Potent Showcase for Her Octet Infrasound, via Clean Feed on May 19th Infrasound – “a living, breathing animal” – features Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Andrew Bishop & Joachim Badenhorst on bass clarinets, plus a rhythm section of Davis, Nate Radley, Gary Versace & Jim Black

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Stream Two Tracks From Save Your Breath on Soundcloud

“Over the past couple of years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down pianist Kris Davis.” —
The New York Times

The latest album by pianist-composer Kris Davis – one of the most progressive, prolific figures on New York City’s creative jazz scene – is a showcase for her new octet Infrasound and its mix of jazz intricacy and rock impact. To be released on May 7, 2015, via Clean FeedSave Your Breath is the sound of “a living, breathing wild animal,” as the composer says.  (more…)

Resonance Records To Release 3 Limited Edition LPs For Record Store Day 2015 – April 18, 2015 Never-Before-Released Recordings From Stan Getz & João Gilberto, Wes Montgomery and Larry Young Discovered in Jazz Archives – Keystone Korner In San Francisco, the Indianapolis Jazz Club of Indiana and INA’s Archives of The Office of Radio and Television in France

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Limited Edition Pressings for Record Store Day Only!

“Selections from Getz/Gilberto ’76”
“Wes Montgomery One Night In Indy
(featuring The Eddie Higgins Trio)”
“Selections from Larry Young In Paris – The ORTF Recordings”

 

On April 18th for Record Store Day 2015, Resonance Records will release three exclusive, limited edition LPs: Selections from Getz/Gilberto ’76Wes Montgomery One Night In Indy (featuring The Eddie Higgins Trio) and Selections from Larry Young In Paris – The ORTF Recordings.

Resonance Records, once again, has unearthed and brought to the surface unreleased musical gems, this time found in archival vaults in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Paris. You’ll find solace that these dangling carrots are sneak peeks of upcoming full length albums to be released by Resonance in the upcoming years. (more…)

Norwegian Guitarist Bjørn Solli Releases New Album, Aglow: The Lyngør Project Vol. 1 (Lyngør Records), Out May 4th, 2015 Composed on a small island in Southern Norway, Recorded with an All-Star Band in New York

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

 

It all started in 2007 when Bjørn Solli went to visit a friend on an island in the south of Norway. The group of islands is known as Lyngør and the place had a profound effect on the Norwegian guitarist/composer.  Initially it was the sheer beauty of the place that struck him, but he was soon equally enamored with the people.  Solli quickly made many friends on the archipelago and started having annual concerts there, bringing with him musicians from New York, Shanghai and Rome to play on the pier every August.  Out of this grew the Lyngør Jazz Club and in 2012 they commisioned Solli to compose music inspired by Lyngør and to record an album. Over the next 15 months, Solli spent frequent retreats on the island and was given an opportunity to assemble a band of amazing musicians.

He had been touring and recording with several of the band members for years and was very familiar with each musician’s sound. Knowing each band member’s unique approach and strengths, allowed Solli to compose specifically for each musician.  By giving the band freedom to interpret the music as they wished everyone brought a fresh perspective to the material and made wonderful contributions to the shaping of the tunes.  This album is a perfect representation of Bjørn Solli – the musician and the composer – and is his most personal effort to date. It has great variety and offers plenty of swing, contemplative ballads, singable waltzes, South American rhythms, gritty blues and more; all held together by Solli’s acute sense of melody, evocative harmony and passion for groove. (more…)

Athens, GA-Based KENOSHA KID Premiere Video For “Zombie Party” at PopMatters Today; Album Inside Voices Out on March 3rd; Tour of Southern United States Begins March 19

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

“The kind of music that the Athens, Georgia instrumental outfit Kenosha Kid purveys in is one of those things that is nearly impossible to describe with clarity that nonetheless makes sense by the time it’s all said and done.” – PopMatters

 

 

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.

“We’re kind of a family band,” Nettles says. “I tell everybody, ‘Do your thing and we’re going to showcase that.’ It’s always a joy to be with these guys, and it always knocks me out that they want to come play.”

Gathering his core triomates, bassist Robby Handley and drummer Marlon Patton, and a trio of horn players who he met through the Banff Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music– Mexico City trumpeter Jacob Wick, Berlin-based alto saxophonist Peter Van Huffel, and Seattle tenor/baritone saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi – Nettles arranged for a six-night residency at Hendershot’s Coffee that allowed the band to gig by night and record by day. The arrangement allowed Kenosha Kid to enjoy the best of both worlds – stretching out with lengthy improvisations and experiments each evening, boiling the results down to concise, focused statements the next afternoon. The former are evident in a number of live recordings available on Nettles’ website, while the latter make up Inside Voices and its upcoming companion piece. (more…)

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