Archive for September, 2017

Chet Doxas New Album, Rich in Symbols, Out September 1st in Canada and September 8th in the US –

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

An Exploration of NYC Art World 1975-1985,
Doxas Would Compose Pieces In Front of
Works by Mapplethorpe, Basquiat, Haring

Featuring All-Star Cast of NYC Musicians –
Matthew Stevens (guitar), Zack Doob (drums) and special guests, John Escreet on piano, multi-award winning trumpeter, Dave Douglas
and guitarist Dave Nugent
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Tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas releases new album inspired by NYC visual artists of the 1980s: Rich in Symbols represents the culmination of years of experience in the intensely varied and dynamic career of saxophonist and composer, Chet Doxas. Based on his love of the visual arts, Rich in Symbols is inspired by the art movement of New York City’s Lower East Side between the years 1975-85.

The music that Doxas has composed for this recording and live show was written by ear while standing in front of his favorite paintings in various museums throughout New York City. During the live performance the paintings are projected in HD behind the ensemble as the band performs the corresponding “soundtrack.”
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VIJAY IYER’S LATEST ECM RECORD, FAR FROM OVER, OUT AUGUST 25TH

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

 Featuring Iyer’s Sextet With Mark Shim,
Steve Lehman (saxophones), Graham Haynes (Cornet, Flugelhorn, Electronics), Stefan Crump (Bass), Tyshawn Sorey (drums), with Iyer on piano
“Rambunctious, furiously funky…. [Iyer’s sextet offers] the sort of head-bobbing drive and invention that has landed Iyer on multiple best-of lists over the years” — Los Angeles Times, June 2017

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Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014 – Far From Over, featuring his dynamically commanding sextet – finds Iyer reaching a new peak, furthering an artistry that led him to be voted DownBeat Artist of the Year in 2012, 2015 and 2016 and for The Guardian to dub his work the “dizzying pinnacle of contemporary jazz multitasking.” Far From Over features this sextet of virtuoso improvisers – with horn players Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim alongside rhythm partners Stephan Crump and Tyshawn Sorey – leveraging a wealth of jazz history even as the group pushes boldly forward. The music ranges from the thrillingly explosive (“Down to the Wire,” “Good on the Ground”) to the cathartically elegiac (“For Amiri Baraka,” “Threnody”), with melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit all part of the allure. “This group has a lot of fire in it, but also a lot of earth, because the tones are so deep, the timbres and textures,” Iyer says. “There’s also air and water – the music moves.”

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NICOLE MITCHELL AND HAKI MADHUBUTI RELEASE FIRST ALBUM OF THEIR COLLABORATION LIBERATION NARRATIVES out Sept 29th, 2017 on Third World Press –

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

In 2014, Mitchell was commissioned by the Jazz Institute of Chicago to write music inspired by the poetry of Haki Madhbuti. Liberation Narratives, the latest release by composer, flautist and conceptualist Nicole Mitchell, will be released by the notable African-American publisher, Third World Press. The founder and director of Third World Press is named Haiki R. Madhubuti. The album features Madhubuti reading his own poetry spanning his entire career from the 1960s to the present. Known formerly as Don L. Lee, he was a protege of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American poet to receive the Pulitzer Prize.

Mitchell and Madhubuti have a deep connection which spans a number of years, starting when Mitchell first moved to Chicago, and sought employment at Madhubuti’s Third World Press. She explains: “When moved to Chicago in 1990, I looked up Third World Press in the phone book and went down to this little storefront off of 75th and Cottage Grove. Here it was — a bookstore, a publishing company and a school all squeezed up in the same building.  The vibe was exciting and I immediately asked to meet the owner, Haki Madhubuti.  I told him I wanted to work there because I believed in what he was doing — he was making a real difference in the community.  He looked at me — I was totally unprofessional and had no degree and no real skills, but he said “OK.”  First I started typing manuscripts and eventually I did the graphic design and book layouts.  I stayed TWP for thirteen years, at the center of one of Chicago’s cultural institutions, and with great mentorship from Haki. This time was core to my development.”
In 2014, Mitchell was commissioned by the Jazz Institute of Chicago to write music inspired by her relationship with Madhubuti which would ultimately form the basis of this album. “Liberation Narratives” was first performed by Mitchell and her Black Earth Ensemble, alongside Madhubuti at La Follette Park in Chicago in April 2014 to

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