George Schuller’s Circle Wide On Tour

February 3, 2009

Drummer/composer George Schuller and his longstanding quintet, Circle Wide, will perform at Brooklyn’s Douglass Street Music Collective on Wednesday, February 4th before heading abroad for its European tour.  

The group is on the road supporting its latest release, 2008’s Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape Recordings), which pays tribute to the music of Keith Jarrett’s American Quartet.

European Tour Dates:

02/06 – Kulturzentrum Gems (Singen, Germany)
02/07 – Spielboden (Dornbirn, Austria)
02/08 – Moods (Zurich, Switzerland)
02/10 – Jazzclub Cavete (Marburg, Germany) 
02/12 – Kuenstlerwerkstatt (Pfaffenhofen, Germany) 
02/13 – Jazzclub (Bayreuth, Germany) 
02/14 – Cave 61 (Heilbronn, Germany)


New Reviews In The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings

January 12, 2009

As we announced here a month ago, the ninth and most recent edition of The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings was released in early December. 

After an exhaustive search of all 1545 pages of reviews, we bring you a list of the titles we’ve represented that received new reviews in this edition (below).

Many others were also included in this edition, but the content remained unchanged from the previous edition, released in November 2006.

Anthony Braxton 12+1tet, 9 Compositions (2006) (Firehouse 12 Records)
Charles Gayle, Time Zones (Tompkins Square)
Dave Rempis Quartet, Out of Season (482 Music)
Fewell/Hofbauer Duo, The Lady of Khartoum (Creative Nation Music)
Garrison Fewell, Red Door Number 11 (Splas(h) Records)
George Schuller, Hellbent (Playscape Recordings)
George Schuller Quintet, Round ‘Bout Now (Playscape)
George Schuller’s Circle Wide, Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape)
Greg Burk, Ivy Trio (482 Music)
Greg Burk, Nothing, Knowing (482 Music)
Greg Burk, The Way In (482 Music)
Greg Burk Quartet, Carpe Momentum (Soul Note)
Greg Burk Trio, Checking In (Soul Note)
Harris Eisenstadt, The Soul and Gone (482 Music)
JD Parran & Mark Deutsch, OMEGATHORP: Living City (Y’All of New York)
Mario Pavone Quartet, Boom (Playscape)
Mario Pavone Sextet, Deez to Blues (Playscape)
Matt Bauder, Weary Already of the Way (482 Music)
Michael Musillami Trio with Mark Feldman, The Treatment (Playscape)
Michel Lambert, Out Twice (482 Music)
Mike Reed, In The Context Of (482 Music)
Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly, Last Year’s Ghost (482 Music)
Peter Evans Quartet, The Peter Evans Quartet (Firehouse 12 Records)
Principle Hope, Principle Hope (Sublingual)
Rob Reddy’s Gift Horse, A Hundred Jumping Devils (Reddy Music)
Rob Reddy’s Small Town, The Book of the Storm (Reddy Music)
Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara, True Events (482 Music)
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet, The Middle Picture (Firehouse 12 Records)
Tchicai/Fewell/Tracanna, Big Chief Dreaming (Soul Note)
The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Rip Tear Crunch (482 Music)
The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Hunter-Gatherers (482 Music)
Thomas Chapin Trio, Ride (Playscape )
Tom Abbs, The Animated Adventures of Knox (482 Music)


Hartford Courant: George Schuller’s Latest Among 2008’s Top 10

January 1, 2009

Drummer/composer George Schuller’s latest release, Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape Recordings) has been called one of 2008’s ten best by Hartford Courant jazz reviewer, and WWUH Jazz Director, Chuck Obuchowski.

He writes, “Schuller reimagines the music of Keith Jarrett’s 1970s American quartet, with surprising, exciting results. Schuller’s drumming approximates Paul Motian’s elastic rhythms on the original recordings, but his ensemble pursues its own routes around Jarrett’s structures. Guitarist Brad Shepik offers strident counterpoint, and Tom Beckham does an outstanding job translating Jarrett’s ideas for vibraphone.”


AAJ-NY’s Best Of 2008

December 30, 2008

We’re pleased to report that several of our clients are honored in AllAboutJazz-New York‘s Best of 2008 feature in the January 2009 issue. Please find the details below.

The complete issue, also featuring a cover story on William Parker, is available free in venues and jazz-related sites all over New York and downloadable as a PDF by clicking here.

Congratulations to all the musicians, labels and organizations named among the year’s best.

Record Labels of the Year:
AUM Fidelity

Performances of the Year:
Billy Bang/Kidd Jordan/William Parker/Hamid Drake @ Vision Festival XIII
William Parker’s Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield @ Vision Festival XIII

Albums of the Year:
Mario Pavone, Trio Arc (Playscape Recordings)

Vocal Releases of the Year:
Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks, Imagination: The Music of Joe Raposo (Yeah Yeah Records) 

Tribute Recordings of the Year:
Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks, Imagination: The Music of Joe Raposo (Yeah Yeah Records) 

Debut Albums of the Year:
Mary Halvorson Trio, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records) 

Honorable Mention:
Bill Dixon, 17 Musicians In Search Of A Sound: Darfur (Arts for Art/AUM Fidelity) 
Garrison Fewell/Eric Hofbauer, The Lady of Khartoum (Creative Nation Music)
Nicole Mitchell, Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute To Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12 Records)
William Parker, Double Sunrise Over Neptune (Arts for Art/AUM Fidelity)
William Parker Quartet, Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity)
George Schuller’s Circle Wide, Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape Recordings)


George Schuller And Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks In Jazz.com’s Top 50 of 2008

December 15, 2008

Veteran drummer/composer George Schuller’s Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape Recordings), and the Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks Duo’s Imagination: The Music of Joe Raposo (Yeah Yeah Records), have each been named one of Jazz.com’s 50 Best Jazz CDs of 2008.

Schuller’s disc, his second with his longstanding group Circle Wide, pays tribute to the music of Keith Jarrett’s so-called American Quartet of the 1970’s, reinventing such notable tracks as “Common Mama” and “The Survivors’ Suite”, which was a Jazz.com Song of the Day this past June.

Jazz.com’s editor, Ted Gioia, discussed the record and its relationship to the legacy of Jarrett’s group on the site’s blog, writing that Schuller and his bandmates “get past the notes on the page, and into something deeper, an elusive transcendence that defies even this glib critic.”

Imagination is the second release from the New York-based duo of vocalist Yoon Sun Choi and pianist Jacob Sacks, and an innovative tribute to the music of prolific theater, film and television composer, Joe Raposo (1937-1989), whose timeless and instantly familiar songs such as “Bein’ Green” and “Sing” are used here as launching pads for experiments in texture, form and improvisation.

In his original review of the track, “Somebody Come and Play”, Gioia wrote, “I wish more singers would take chances like this, or bring along a pianist who, like Sacks, is such a daring accompanist. These two really go at it. I can’t recall the last time I heard a vocal recording in which the pianist challenged the singer so aggressively — and with such felicitous results. This is one of the best jazz vocal CDs of the year.”


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