Pete Robbins On WHUS 91.7 FM Tonight At 6:00 PM (EST)

March 31, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

Saxophonist Pete Robbins will talk about this Friday’s concert at Firehouse 12 with bassist Mario Pavone and drummer Tyshawn Sorey tonight at 6:00 p.m. on WHUS 91.7 FM in Storrs, Connecticut.

Farmers By Nature Reviewed In April Issues Of AAJ-NY And Jazzwise

March 30, 2009

Farmers By Nature
(AUM Fidelity), the debut recording by the collective trio of Gerald Cleaver, William Parker and Craig Taborn, is reviewed in the April issues of AllAboutJazz-New York and Jazzwise.

AAJ-NY’s Sean Fitzell writes, “Parker and Taborn often explore the lower registers, while Cleaver uses his hands and mallets for more resonant, warmer tones, imparting the earthiness suggested by the title. The interaction is not hyper: each idea offered is worked through to resolution before the next is suggested.”

In his review for Jazzwise, Kevin Le Gendre called the disc an “absorbing live performance from three premier improvisers.”

He adds, “Farmers By Nature has occasional passages of creative stasis but it is nonetheless marked by a sense of a constant searching for newness in expression.  It thus stays true to the risk that is a key element of improvisation in the truest sense, reaching moments of electrically charged exchanges which stand proud in a tradition of collective thinking in jazz, one where all players are created equal.”

The Thirteenth Assembly’s New CD Reviewed At

March 30, 2009
Photo by Hilary McHone

Photo by Hilary McHone

Troy Collins’ review of The Thirteenth Assembly‘s debut release, (un)sentimental (Important Records), was posted today at  The group features cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, violist Jessica Pavone, guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara.

He writes, “The unified ensemble sound of The Thirteenth Assembly is centered around empathetic communication and a willingness to subvert ego for the good of the group; there is no grandstanding here, only four longstanding friends conspiring to make adventurous yet accessible music. A stunning achievement, (un)sentimental demonstrates the endless possibilities of contemporary music by players at the top of their game.”

Firehouse 12 Featured In The New York Times

March 27, 2009
Photo by Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

© Christopher Capozziello/The New York Times

Nate Chinen documents his recent visit to New Haven’s Firehouse 12 in a feature article in today’s New York Times entitled, “One-Stop Hub for Avant-Garde Jazz”.

He writes, “since opening four years ago, Firehouse 12, a stylishly repurposed 1905 firehouse in the Ninth Square neighborhood here, has earned a reputation as the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region. It has also won acclaim as a state-of-the-art recording studio and for housing a record label…On the whole the operation, which includes a separate bar downstairs, suggests a model of sustainable activity for a field as transparently noncommercial as avant-garde jazz.”

The online version of this article also includes various images and samples of tracks from Firehouse 12 Records releases by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Nicole Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey. 

There’s also a sidebar highlighting the label’s catalog, as well as events in Firehouse 12’s 2009 Spring Jazz Series running every Friday through June 12th.

Creative Nation Music Festival This Weekend

March 27, 2009
Quartet of Happiness

Quartet of Happiness

On Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th, Boston’s Creative Nation Music will present the first Creative Nation Music Festival at the Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The official local celebration of the label’s fifth anniversary, and the culmination of its four-state package tour of New England, the festival will feature seven bands over the course of two nights. 

Saturday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Ronald Reagan
Quartet of Happiness
Mostly Other People Do The Killing

Sunday, March 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Garrison Fewell/Eric Hofbauer Duo
Eric Hofbauer & The Infrared Band
The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra with special guest George Garzone

The Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre is located at 820 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square.  Tickets will be available at the door for $15 per night ($10 with student ID) and $22 for a festival pass ($15 with student ID) that includes a free CD.

Harris Eisenstadt’s Residency At Ibeam Concludes This Saturday

March 27, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt’s March residency at Brooklyn’s Ibeam Music Studio concludes this Saturday, March 28th at 9:00 p.m.

This is the fourth in a series of Saturday night concerts by his new nonet, Woodblock Prints.

The line-up will feature:

Mike McGinnis, clarinet
Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
Mark Taylor, French horn
Brian Drye, trombone
Jay Rozen, tuba
Jonathan Goldberger, electric guitar
Stuart Popejoy, acoustic bass guitar
Harris Eisenstadt, drums

Thin Air Reviewed At

March 27, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

“The music of guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone is immediately galvanizing but comfortable, unpredictable yet composed, powerful yet subtle, vulnerable and courageous,” writes contributor Farrell Lowe in his review of the duo’s third release, Thin Air (Thirsty Ear), posted today. 

“With each listen there is more depth, subtlety, complexity, and harmonic hues to ponder and enjoy. This is an eminent document by two powerful new voices of the 21st century.” 

Troy Collins was equally enthusiastic in his review, posted March 17th.