Florian Hoefner Group – Luminosity (Origin Records) – Jan 15
Hoefner’s new album is a very strong addition to the lineage of the piano trio plus sax recording with Seamus Blake (sax), Sam Anning (bass) Peter Kronreif (drums). Florian lived in New York for about seven years, including the time he was in Manhattan School of Music. Before composing the music on this record, he moved to St. John’s Newfoundland following his wife’s appointment as a professor at the University there. The quiet and calm there allowed him to write this book of music. The quartet plays have at Cornelia St Cafe on Feb 23 and Jazz Gallery in March.
Ben Goldberg/Myra Melford – Dialogue (BAG Production) – Jan 15
Melford & Goldberg have had this duo project of about four years. This will be their first record, with tour dates in Europe later next year. They will perform at the Jazz Gallery on January 16 which will coincide with Winter Jazz Fest but not part of it.
ROVA Channeling Coltrane – Electric Ascension (RogueArt; distributed by MVD in North America) CD/DVD/Bluray all-in-one – Jan 15
At the 2012 Guelph Jazz Fest, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet (Bruce Ackley – soprano saxophone, Steve Adams – alto saxophone, Larry Ochs – tenor saxophone, Jon Raskin – baritone saxophone) performed an arrangement of John Coltrane’s seminal Ascension album. For this performance, Rova was joined by eight extraordinary musicians: Nels Cline (electric guitar), Fred Frith (electric bass), Carla Kihlstedt (violin and electronics) and Jenny Scheinman (violins), Chris Brown (electronics) and Ikue Mori (laptop electronics), Rob Mazurek (cornet and electronics) and Hamid Drake (drums). The result is a dual-packaged CD/DVD collection of music, concert footage, and interviews in the documentary Cleaning The Mirror . They will bring this project to Winter Jazz Fest.
John Rogers, who made Cleaning The Mirror plus the concert film at Guelph is not the NYC based photographer, but a documentarian from the Bay Area.
Bobby Avey Trio + John O’Gallagher – title tba (new label run by Marc Copland) – late Feb
Avey has been quietly making a serious name for himself, both as a leader with his last record Authority Melts From Me, and as a sideman with Dave Liebman’s Expansions & has a 15+ year association with Dave since he was a teenager; he is also the normal sub for Matt Mitchell for both Dave Douglas Quintet, & Rudresh’s Bird Calls quintet & Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society when Adam Birnbaum can’t make it. This new record showcases Avey’s normal trio with Jordan Pearlson & Thomson Kneeland with NYC alto-master John O’Gallagher.
Vijay Iyer + Wadada Leo Smith duo (ECM) – title tba – March
This release will coincide with Vijay’s artist in residency at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in March. Vijay is a former member of Smith’s The Golden Quartet which makes for additional simpatico.
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis – Azul Infinito (Greenleaf Music) – March 4
Following up on Keberle’s latest release Into The Zone, this record has liner notes by Arturo O’Farrill and is intended as an exploration of Ryan’s South American connections in New York dating back to his early days here is a student at Manhattan School of Music to playing with Sebastian Cruz, Pedro Giraudo and countless other Latin bandleaders. They have extensive US & European touring to follow.
Melissa Aldana- Back Home (Wommmusic) – March 11
Follow-up to Aldana’s 2014 Concord release, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio. On bass once again is Pablo Menares, Aldana’s fellow native of Santiago, Chile. The in-demand Jochen Rueckert, is on drums bringing a supple and unpredictable rhythmic élan to the session. These three musicians turn on a dime and project an uncommonly full orchestral sound, rich in spiritual intensity, all in the absence of a harmony instrument. Back Home was recorded at Sear Sound by James Farber and mastered by Greg Calbi. The trio played together in the same room, and the clarity and expanse of the sound is exceptional. The panning is also markedly different and more realistic, with saxophone on left (stage right), bass in center and drums on right (stage left).
Jeff Lederer & The Brooklyn Blowhards – March/April tbd
The spirit of Albert Ayler filtered through the lens of sea shanties.