Posts Tagged ‘drums’

Melissa Aldana Is “Back Home” – Rising Tenor Sax Star Releases Second Trio Album & Fourth Album Overall

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Acclaimed tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana follows up her 2014 Concord release Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio with the explorative and deeply swinging Back Home, this time released on the Wommusic label. Pablo Menares, Aldana’s fellow native of Santiago, Chile, is again on bass. On drums is the in-demand Jochen Rueckert, 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.

The title Back Home might seem to evoke Chile, where Aldana left in 2007 to pursue jazz at ever higher levels in the U.S. In fact, Aldana reveals, Back Home “is not really related to Chile itself. It’s related to the first time I picked up the tenor and I heard Sonny Rollins.” The closing title track carries strong echoes of Rollins’ playful spirit, and reveals much about Aldana’s evolution from a 6-year-old alto player to “a bold new talent” (NPR), one of the most compelling and prodigious tenor saxophonists of her time. In fact she wrote “Back Home” specifically for Rollins, she recalls: “He was one of the first reasons I started playing trio, because the freedom that you have within the music, the interaction, the opportunity you have to express yourself and communicate with the other musicians.”

As a child Aldana studied with her renowned saxophonist father Marcos Aldana (son of saxophonist Enrique Aldana, whose Selmer Mark VI tenor Melissa performs with to this day). She began on alto but after hearing the landmark Sonny Rollins + 4 she switched to tenor and never looked back. Other important influences she cites range from Don Byas, Gene Ammons and Lucky Thompson to Chris Potter and Mark Turner.

In 2007 Aldana moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee, coming under the mentorship of tenor great George Garzone. Pianist Danilo Pérez and saxophonist Patricia Zarate provided Aldana with crucial support and guidance as well. In 2009 she took the plunge to New York and began apprenticing with greats such as Greg Osby and George Coleman, among others. In 2013 she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the Thelonious Monk Competition. She is also a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s highly prestigious national arts prize. In 2014 after two quartet releases for Osby’s Inner Circle label (Free Fall and Second Cycle), she turned her attention to the chordless trio, a jazz aesthetic Sonny Rollins did so much to pioneer. With Back Home she deepens her trio investigations while looking back on her roots, drawing as well from the original compositions of Menares and Rueckert.  (more…)

Three Magical Nights Of Dave King March 7th-9th at ShapeShifter Lab

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Search & Restore Presents


March 7th-9th at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab

New York City non-profit Search and Restore presents three nights of Minneapolis- based drummer Dave King at Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab, with five various projects—featuring Tim Berne, Reid Anderson, Chris Speed and Matt Mitchell.

March 7th
Tim Berne / Dave King / Ryan Ferreira + Dave King Trucking Company

March 8th
Dave King Trucking Company & The Gang Font (feat. Greg Norton of Husker Du)

March 9th
Dave King / Matt Mitchell Duo + Golden Valley Is Now (King / Reid Anderson)

Drummer-composer Dave King, a member of the world-renowned trio The Bad Plus, will play three consecutive nights at Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab, presented by the improvised music non-profit Search & Restore. During his residency, King will bring five groups, all of which variously accent different aspects of his musical life.

On March 7th, King will play with the legendary alto saxophonist Tim Berne—also a member of another one of King’s projects, Buffalo Collision—and the guitarist Ryan Ferreira. “Tim Berne was a very important musician for me and many others in my generation who wanted to compose original music for dedicated ensembles with an iconoclastic approach; for people that didn’t make choices with the music based on anything other than personal beliefs,” says King. “I have been fortunate to play with Tim in a number of settings over the years. Ryan, Tim and I have gotten together a few times in the last year and it has felt great, so I thought that this residency was a great opportunity to debut a new thing! Ryan is such a unique voice as well as a beautiful spirit. I immediately felt comfortable playing with him.”

On the 7th, King will also present the first of two nights with his band The Trucking Company, whose two releases 2011’s Good Old Light and 2013’s Adopted Highway (Sunnyside) were met with much acclaim. Consisting mainly of King’s Minneapolis colleagues—guitarist Erik Fratzke, tenor saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, bassist Adam Linz—along with New York based tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, the Trucking Company is meant to highlight midwestern aspects in King’s music; the band’s name and the name of their records, likewise, evoke that spirit. Of The Trucking Company, King says: “I put this band together almost four years ago and we have two records out on the Sunnyside label. This group focuses on original music mostly of my own with a sound that criss-crosses between old country blues/midwest themes and the avant-garde with a little jazz thrown in!”

The following evening, along with a set by The Trucking Company, King will play with The Gang Font, with Greg Norton of the band Husker Du. King says: “The Gang Font is a project that I put together with Erik Fratzke when we became associated with the bass player Greg Norton, formerly of the seminal punk band Husker Du. Greg was a fan of The Bad Plus and we became friends. I’ve always thought that Husker Du was one of the great bands of the genre, so we decided to join forces under the guise of Greg’s love for the avant garde, a punky spirit and our collective love of mathy improv!”

On the 9th, King will play duo with the pianist Matt Mitchell, a pianist who plays in groups led by Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, and John Hollenbeck. “Matt Mitchell is one of the great pianists of his generation and also one of the most unique.” says King, “His dedication to the music is unparalleled in my eyes and his great energy and open ears are a valuable asset on the scene. He is also funny and humble! At ShapeShifter Lab, we will be playing the music from my duet record which we have only performed live twice before!”

For the second set of that evening, King will play with the trio Golden Valley Is Now, which is group comprised of two of his longest-standing musical relationships with fellow Minnesota natives pianist Craig Taborn and bassist—and Bad Plus cohort—Reid Anderson. Golden Valley Is Now originally came together for a residency of King’s at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which was the subject of a documentary entitled King For Two Days. Of the trio, King says: “Reid and I grew up together in Golden Valley, Minnesota with Craig Taborn, who cannot make the shows, so Reid and I will be debuting the world premier of the duet version of the band! Live electronics, drums, original songs and improvisation!”


About Dave King

King is a founding member of The Bad Plus, who The New York Times says, “had an arresting, unmistakable sound almost from the start, wily and pugnacious and emotionally direct”. King also co-founded the collective trio Happy Apple with tenor saxophonist Michael Lewis and bassist Erik Fratzke. King’s 2012 trio record I’ve Been Ringing You (Sunnyside) with Bill Carrothers and Billy Peterson, was called a “seductive, moody, poetic album” by Jazztimes. In Addition, King has played with the likes of Bill Frisell, Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman, Jeff Beck, Hank Roberts, Django Bates, Mat Maneri, Joe Lovano, David Torn, Jason Moran and The Bandwagon, Kurt Rosenwinkel.

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215

$15 each night, $12 student ID, $30 3 night pass

Scott Amendola/Charlie Hunter Tour West Coast

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Scott Amendola/Charlie Hunter Tour West Coast In Support of Their Second Duo LP, PUCKER, Composed of All New Music by Scott Amendola

Just about a year ago Charlie and Scott released “Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead”, a collection of songs by Charlie.  This October 15th the duo will release a follow-up called PUCKER, which features music written by Scott, except for one song written FOR Scott by his grandfather, the acclaimed guitarist Tony Gottuso.  Tony was a guitar player who lived in and around New York from birth until his passing in 1995. He was featured on The Tonight Show when it was broadcast in NY with Steve Allen as the host. Tony also appears on the legendary record “The Pioneers Of the Jazz Guitar” on Yazoo, as well as playing banjo on the original recording of “Hello Dolly” by Louis Armstrong, and countless other recordings. Tony wrote this song for Scott in the early 90s and this it makes its debut on PUCKER. (more…)

The Dickens Campaign Releases Debut Album “Oh Lovely Appearance”

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Music That Has Its Eyes on The Far Horizon and Its Feet on the Front Porch of America.

Featuring Drummer Deric Dickens, Cornetist Kirk Knuffke, and Guitarist Jesse Lewis 

CD-release show at Barbes
January 29, 2014


Deric Dickens is a New-York-based drummer who hails from south Georgia, and those Georgia roots run deep under the earth of this music. He’s chosen as bandmates two people who share his respect for tradition and his willingness to push beyond it. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke is one of the New York’s busiest players, both as a leader and a sideman, particularly in the quartet of celebrated drummer Matt Wilson, who is Dickens’ primary mentor. Guitarist Jesse Lewiscut his musical teeth in New Orleans and spends much of his time these days exploring the intersection of country, pop and jazz as one of New York’s in- demand guitar players. (more…)

Xiu Xiu Announce Nina Simone Covers Album, NINA

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
artworks_000057694733_9njfmh_t500x500To Be Released Dec 3 via Graveface RecordsAll Arrangements by Longtime Xiu Xiu-Collaborator, Ches Smith

Backing Band Is Smith’s THESE ARCHES:
Tim Berne, alto sax
Tony Malaby, tenor sax
Mary Halvorson, guitar
Andrea Parkins, electric accordion
Ches Smith, drumsPlus Xiu Xiu Founder Jamie Stewart, vocals

Stream First Single “Don’t Smoke in Bed” via Pitchfork

With an artist as wide-ranging and prolific as Xiu Xiu‘s Jamie Stewart, it can be hard to put into words what, exactly, his music sounds like. But when it comes to Stewart’s forthcoming NINA, he certainly doesn’t sound like himself.

NINA is a thank-you note, a love letter and a kind of musical fan-fic for the late icon Nina Simone. This being Xiu Xiu, of course, Stewart’s tribute album is far from a collection of straight covers. Rather, he and long-time collaborator Ches Smith — “the only person I know who could understand this in his heart and also handle the technical side of fearlessly reorienting such wonderful music” — bring Simone into focus through their own avant-dark lens.


The Claudia Quintet Fall US Tour Dates For ‘September’ on Cuneiform Records

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The Claudia Quintet Releases September,
It’s Seventh Album
h Early October U.S. Tour 

East Coast & West Coast Dates

Oct 2 Bucknell University – Lewisburg, PA
Oct 3 Le Poisson Rouge – NYC, NY
Oct 4 Firehouse 12 – New Haven, CT
Oct 5 Lewis & Clark College – Portland, OR
Oct 6 Cornish College – Seattle, WA
Oct 7 Willamette University – Salem, OR
Oct 8 Arcata Playhouse – Arcata, CA
Oct 9 Bows & Arrows – Sacramento, CA
Oct 10 Kuumbwaa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 11 Red Cat (Angel City Jazz Fest) –  Los Angeles, CA

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 11.00.39 AMLed by Acclaimed Drummer-Composer John Hollenbeck,The Group Offers Brilliant New Pieces Written During & Inspired By The Month of September

Drummer-percussionist and three-time Grammy nominee John Hollenbeck, one of the most distinctive and respected composers in jazz and new music, has created an estimable body of work since the late ’90s with his Claudia Quintet. Hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Timesfor their “clockwork intricacy and crisp premeditation … [striking an] accord between the factions of progressive jazz, classical Minimalism and low-glare experimental rock,” the Claudia Quintet tackles Hollenbeck’s highly demanding works with a wry improvising spirit and a backbone of surging, mesmerizing rhythm.

Following up earlier celebrated releases including What Is The Beautiful?,Royal Toast, FOR, Semi-Formal, and I, Claudia the Claudia Quintet returns with September. In the lineup are two newer players: accordionist Red Wierenga, like Hollenbeck an alum of the Eastman School of Music; and (on four tracks) bassist Chris Tordini, a frequent sub for Claudia’s original bassist Drew Gress. Hugely in-demand as a sideman and an inspired bandleader in his own right, Gress appears on six of the 10 tracks that make up September.


Composer-Drummer Harris Eisenstadt Releases His Fifteenth Record As A Leader Since 2001 Golden State On Songlines October 15th, 2013

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Golden_choosen_finalA Bi-Coastal Quartet, Featuring:
Mark Dresser/ Nicole Mitchell/ Sara Schoenbeck

“[Eisenstadt]’s perpetually building new ensembles to suit the variety of music he hears in his head…”
– Jim Macnie, Village Voice

Toronto-born, New York based drummer Harris Eisenstadt adds a different flavor to his impressive list of active projects with this in- triguing bi-coastal quartet, his fifteenth record as leader since 2001. As Harris tells it, “Golden State continues a career-long interest in writing for orchestral instruments in chamber and improvising contexts that began with Fight or Flight, continued through Ahimsa Orchestra, The All-Seeing Eye + Octets, and Woodblock Prints. But unlike those records this is a batch of short compositions rather than one or two long-form pieces over an entire record.

As to the group’s genesis, I was offered a short residency at CalArts fall 2012 by Leo Smith and my old mallet teacher David Johnson…I was thinking about sounds and textures that interest me, and musical personalities that interest me. Of course the combination of flute and bassoon timbres is fantastic…I’d wanted to put Sara (Schoenbeck) and Nicole (Mitchell) together in a small group for years – I’d heard them together in the Braxton 12tet and loved how they interacted. I got to know Nicole when we had orchestra pieces read on the same program in 2010-11.


Guitarist Gilad Hekselman Releases Fourth Album, THIS JUST IN (Jazz Village)

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

A Rapid Fire & Globally Relevant Endeavor,
Guitarist/Composer Gilad Hekselman Makes Commentary on Present Day Society’s 24/7 Information Glut,
On This Just In,
Featuring Hekselman’s Core Quartet: Saxophonist Mark Turner,
Bassist Joe Martin & 
Drummer Marcus Gilmore

Out APRIL 9, 2013 (Jazz Village / Harmonia Mundi)
(Updated Global Release Date)

In the age of 24-hour cable news stations, the internet, smartphones and social media, the news cycle moves at an ever-quickening pace. On his scintillating fourth album, This Just In (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi), guitarist Gilad Hekselman takes a cue from that rapid-fire information stream and files his latest report from the front lines of modern jazz. (more…)

Joe Fiedler Trio’s Sacred Chrome Orb Out Now; NYC & East Coast Tour Dates

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Versatile Trombonist JOE FIEDLER Releases SACRED CHROME ORB, March 29 on Yellow Sound Records

Tour Dates Around NYC & East Coast Following CD Release

Anyone who’s ever puzzled over the oddly altar-like mirrored globes that serve as the centerpiece of many a suburban garden will instantly be in on the joke that provided the title for trombonist Joe Fiedler’s Sacred Chrome Orb (Yellow Sound Records, release date March 29). While Fiedler attaches no particular significance to the name, it does represent a delight in the incongruous, a refreshingly skewed perspective, and an off-kilter sense of humor, all qualities that pervade the music of his unique, intensely expressive trio.


Steven Lugerner Releases Double Album, Plays Brooklyn & Bay Area Shows

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Lugerner Joined By Myra Melford, Darren Johnston & Matt Wilson
On These Are The Words, Based on Kabbalist Numerical System

Lugerner’s Septet With His New York Peers Featured on Narratives

A Bay Area transplant to the NYC scene, multi-reedist Steven Lugerner releases two albums that display the full spectrum of his compositional abilities. A student of such luminaries as Fred Hersch, Ralph Alessi, Jamie Baum, Jane Ira Bloom and fellow multi-instrumentalist Charles Pillow, Narratives features Lugerner’s working septet, while on These Are The Words he is joined by trumpeter Darren Johnston, pianist Myra Melford, and drummer Matt Wilson.


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