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.”
Troy Collins’ review of The Thirteenth Assembly‘s debut release, (un)sentimental (Important Records), was posted today at AllAboutJazz.com. 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
“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 AllAboutJazz.com 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.