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Schlippenbach Trio: First Recordings [VINYL] (Trost Records)

These 1972 trio recordings of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Trio with Evan Parker on tenor & soprano sax, and Paul Lovens on drums recording at the Workshop Freie Musik at the Acadamy of the Arts, Berlin, were found in the FMP archives and are issued for the first time ever. ... Click to View


Christof Kurzmann : Then & Now [VINYL] (Trost Records)

Christof Kurzmann has been a part of Extended Versions, The Magic I.D., Made to Break, El Infierno, Trio x 3, &c; this double LP collects unreleased tracks from a diversity of projects with collaborators B. Fleischmann, Ken Vandermark, Robert Wyatt, Mats Gustafsson, Tony Buck, &c. &c. ... Click to View


David Sylvian (w/ Franz Wright / Christian Fennesz): There's a Light That Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight (Samadhi Sound)

David Sylvian's long form composition is a collaboration with American Pulitzer Prize winning poet Franz Wright, with music performed by Sylvian, Christian Fennesz and John Tilbury in a single long narrated work of insight and remarkable electroacoustic accompaniment. ... Click to View


Sun Ra: Discipline 27-II [VINYL] (Saturn)

The 2nd volume in Sun Ra's "Discipline" series was recorded during the same sessions as 1972's Impulse release "Space Is the Place", with Sun Ra on electronic keyboards and Moog, and a large band including Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Danny Davis, Akh Tal Ebah, June Tyson, &c. ... Click to View


Solidarity Unit, Inc: Red, Black and Green [VINYL] (Eremite)

Percussionist Charles "Bobo" Shaw produced this album, which documents what happened at the Black Artists Group Room in St. Louis, MO, on September 18, 1970, the day Jimi Hendrix died, performed in an ensemble with Oliver Lake on sax & flute and Joseph Bowie on trombone. ... Click to View


Evan Parker / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink: The Topography of the Lungs [VINYL] (Otoroku)

A much-needed vinyl reissue of the seminal London & European Free Improv trio release from 1970, an amazing release showing the relationships between established jazz forms and the emerging modern language. ... Click to View


Luigi Nono: Seguente [2 CDs] (Edition Rz)

Reissuing composer Luigi Nono's 1990 Edition Rz LP with the addition of 3 works, presenting 6 remarkable symphonic works combining live electronics and voice, intended to expandg the technical possibilities of sound and the perceptive faculties of the listener. ... Click to View


Ferdinand Kriwet : Hortexte Radio Texts Zwei [VINYL 2 LP Picture Discs] (Edition Rz)

A beautiful 2 picture disc LP and booklet of radio plays (Horspiele) from sound artist and poet Ferdinand Kriwet, presenting 6 works including Hortext (radiotext) I, and Rotoradios I & II. ... Click to View


Chris Forsyth / Nate Wooley: Third [VINYL] (Rekem Records)

The 3rd collaboration between guitarist Chris Forsyth and trumpeter Nate Wooley following "The Duchess of Oysterville" and "Chocolate Monk", here recording live in concert in Philadelphia for the two part "Evening Rage", creating rich sonic palettes of unexpected sound. ... Click to View


ROIL (Chris Abrahams / Mike Majkowski / James Waples): Raft Of The Meadows [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Free improvisation using the jazz idiom as a jumping off point from the trio of pianist Chris Abrahams (The Necks), bassist Mike Majkowski, and drummer James Waples, superb technical playing with a melodic intent and excellent pacing. ... Click to View


Barry Guy : Five Fizzles for Samuel Beckett [10-inch VINYL] (NoBusiness)

A limited 10-inch pressing from European Free Improvisation bassist Barry Guy, performing with the ambiance of St. Catherine's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania, using extended techniques and unusual approaches to the instrument that are both remarkable and satisfying. ... Click to View


Ted Daniel's Energy Module (feat. Oliver Lake and Daniel Carter): Innerconnection [VINYL 2 LPs] (NoBusiness)

Trumpeter Ted Daniel's Energy Module with Daniel Carter, Oliver Lake, Richard Pierce and Tatsuya Nakamura, a post-bop free improvising quintet from the mid-70s, here in an unreleased studio session showing raw power and superb playing. ... Click to View


Tony Malaby / Juan Pablo Carletti / Christopher Hoffman: Nino/Brujo [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Percussionist Juan Pablo Carletti leads a trio with Tony Malaby on sax and Christopher Hoffman on cello, beautifully unfolding jazz that balances light and dark, melodic and free approaches with textural percussive work. ... Click to View


Billy Bang / William Parker: Medicine Buddha (NoBusiness)

A 2009 concert at The Rubin Museum Of Art, New York, on the 8th May, 2009 from the duo of double bassist William Parker, also performing on shakuhashi, dousn gouni; and the late violinist Billy Bang, also performing on thumb piano; organic and deeply felt dialog. ... Click to View


Ted Daniel's Energy Module (feat. Oliver Lake and Daniel Carter): Innerconnection (NoBusiness)

Trumpeter Ted Daniel's Energy Module with Daniel Carter, Oliver Lake, Richard Pierce and Tatsuya Nakamura, a post-bop free improvising quintet from the mid-70s, here in an unreleased studio session showing raw power and superb playing. ... Click to View


Dave Burrell / Steve Swell: Turning Point (NoBusiness)

The 3rd in a series of 5 suites from pianist Dave Burrell commemorating the people and events of the Ainerican Civil War, a mature and passionate work performed in a duo with NY trombonist Steve Swell, performed live at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. ... Click to View


Gunter Sommer Baby: Whispering Eurasia (NEOS Music)

The 1st recording from the ensemble of Akira Ando (bass), Xu Fengxia (guzheng), Gunter Baby Sommer (percussion) and Gunda Gottschalk (violin), draws on the aesthetics of Chinese classical music, Japanese improvisation, American-style jazz, & European free improvisation. ... Click to View


Morton Feldman played by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas: Two Pianos And Other Pieces 1953-1969 [2 CDs] (Another Timbre)

"Two Pianos" is one of Morton Feldman's most experimental and radical works, performed here by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas; plus lesser known works including 'Piece for Four Pianos', 'Between Categories', 'False Relationships and the Extended Ending' and 'Two Pieces for Three Pianos'. ... Click to View


Ryoko Akama / Bruno Duplant / Dominic Lash: Next To Nothing (Another Timbre)

Four text scores composed by Ryoko Akama and performed by himself on VCS3 synthesizer with Bruno Duplant on percussion & tone generator and Dominic Lash on double bass, clarinet & laptop; four beautifully evolving and carefully paced works. ... Click to View


John Lely played by Anton Lukoszevieze: The Harmonics Of Real Strings (Another Timbre)

Four realisations of composer John Lely's simple but brilliant composition 'The Harmonics of Real Strings', a very slow glissando along the full length of one bowed string, performed by Anton Lukoszevieze; one realization for each string of the cello. ... Click to View


Jamie Drouin & Lance Austin Olsen: Sometimes We All Disappear (Another Timbre)

A restrained electronic improvisation from the duo of Jamie Drouin on suitcase modular & portable radio, and Lance Austin Olsen on amplified objects and audio cassettes, utlitizing space, isolated and connected events, and the listener's own environment. ... Click to View


Peter Zummo: Lateral Pass [VINYL] (Foom)

Originally written as the score for the Trisha Brown Dance Company production of the same name, Zummo's "Lateral Pass" features Arthur Russell on amplified cello and vocals, Bill Ruyle and Mustafa Ahmed on percussion, Guy Kluvecsek on accordion, and Zummon on trombone. ... Click to View


Scott Fields Ensemble: Music For The Radio Program This American Life (NEOS Music)

Music for the Chicago public radio program "This American Life", with guitarist Scott Fields leading the quartret of Sebastian Gramss on bass, Joao Lobo on percussion, and Scott Roller on cello for 5 extended improvisations. ... Click to View


Sir Bishop Richard / Bill Orcutt: Road Stories (Kali) [VINYL] (Unrock)

The fist release in Unrock Records' string wringer Saraswati Series is this limited edition LP, presenting one side each from guitarists Bill Orcutt on 4-string guitar for 5 acoustic instrumentals, and Sir Richard Bishop on electric guitar for one extended track. ... Click to View


Decimus: Decimus 4 [VINYL] (PLANAM)

Founding member of No Neck Blues Band Pat Murano's solo project of abrasive atmospheric aggressions, dark experimental work built from guitar and synth with a curious yet raging undertone. ... Click to View


Aaron Dilloway: Banned/Bent [CASSETTE] (Banned Productions)

Two sides of "Banned" and "Bent" from experimental sound artist Aaron Dilloway, using synthetic and sampled sounds to create a revolving audio excursion of bizarre sonic substance, thickly mysterious and satisfying. ... Click to View


Lindsay Cooper : Rarities Volumes 1 & 2 (Recommended Records)

An absolutely essential extension to the late Lindsay Cooper's discography, 2 CDs collecting rare works from projects and groups including recordings with Alfred Harth, Phil Minton, Robert Wyatt, David Thomas, Connie Bauer, Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, &c. &c. ... Click to View


Biota: Funnel To A Thread (Recommended Records)

The unique Biota collective continues with this beautiful album of layered and organized sound work, a beguiling mix of acoustic and electronic instrumentation that flows in unique and exquisite ways, belying the incredible detail to process and mixing. ... Click to View


Stevan Tickmayer Kovacs : Gaps, Absences (Recommended Records)

Multi-instrumentalist Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer presents a cycle of pieces combining complexity and precision with unfamiliar timbres, using pianos, harmonium, bass, violin, percussion, zither, citara bassa, harmonica, melodica, alt-calrinet, sampler, & field recordings. ... Click to View


Evan Parker / Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco: Extremes (Red Toucan)

Two saxes and drums, an unusual trio from three free improvising legends playing exultant and exemplary music that even they described as "extreme" as they recorded this session in Bianco's Garden Cottage studio, creating 3 superb examples of modern dialog in improvisation. ... Click to View


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Steve Dollar 
Jazz Guide to New York City  
(The Little Bookroom) 

review by Kurt Gottschalk
2004-04-27
Steve Dollar: Jazz Guide to New York City (The Little Bookroom)

Steve Dollar is asking for it. Compiling a Let's Go-style compendium of places to hear live jazz in New York City is the kind of task which will leave you as dogged by people combing for mistakes and omissions as it will thankful tourists looking to find what lies beyond The Blue Note and The Village Vanguard. Surely as soon as you've written one thing down, something else will have changed, a downtown gallery will suddenly crop up with an interesting series of programs or some old reliable will give in to the pressure of catering to beer-swigging rockers.

Fact is, however, Dollar has done an admirable job in mapping the city, and the omissions are more than outweighed by his thorough reporting and easy prose. The little black book rounds up nearly 100 Manhattan venues and tracks down a handful in Brooklyn and Queens as well. No doubt he missed something in the Bronx and Staten Island - if only the occasional perfomance at The Bronx Museum of the Arts or the Snug Harbor Cultural Center - but for tourists trekking the usual routes or newbies interested in more context than Time Out has to offer, it's an excellent resource.

Dollar approached the project as more than a reference book. His writing is natural and entertaining, and he peppers the listings with bits of New York jazz lore. He provides a peek into where bassists go for strings, relates the story of Sonny Rollins on the Williamsburg Bridge and waxes briefly about subway musicians. He also gives some undeserved praise to the sound system at Iridium, strangely claims that "you won't find a more enjoyable place to see - and hear - live music" than Joe's Pub, and corrects the German grammar for the Neues Kabarett concert series at the Brecht Forum. (I was a cofounder of that series, but no hard feelings.) He dishes some attitude ("Intrusive waitrons, ill-mannered diners smacking and slurping, the piercing jangle of cutlery - everything exists to distract you from the performers, who might as well return to their long-forsaken Holiday Inn gig," he writes, without pointing fingers, of the ever-present dinner club), but what Dollar achieved is no small feat; he went to dozens of dark rooms with a saxophonist on one side and a bar on the other and found what made each distinct. It's a valuable little handbook, even though it will be out of date before Cab Calloway's 100th birthday.





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