Time Out New York Previews Darius Jones’ Debut On AUM Fidelity

August 31, 2009
Photo by Carrie Villines

Photo by Carrie Villines

Time Out New York‘s Hank Shteamer previews the Darius Jones Trio’s forthcoming debut in a post today on the publication’s music blog, The Volume.

“Each time we’ve seen Jones play, we’ve been seriously impressed with the sheer gut-level intensity he projects, whether he’s blasting out a furiously minimal riff or digging into a deep blues groove,” Shteamer writes. “So it pleases us greatly to report that Jones has hooked up with AUM Fidelity, a local label that knows plenty about the horn man’s brand of gritty free jazz, for his debut as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), due out October 13.”

The post offers a streaming track from the record and discusses the trio’s forthcoming performance at AUM Fidelity’s showcase event at Abrons Arts Center on October 15th, which will also feature tenor saxophonist David S. Ware’s triumphant return to performing and the first performance of bassist William Parker’s acclaimed Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra in more than four years.

NY Times: KLANG’s Tea Music

August 30, 2009

The Chicago-based quartet KLANG, led by clarinetist/composer James Falzone, continues to collect accolades for its studio debut, Tea Music (Allos Documents), released earlier this week.

In today’s New York Times, Ben Ratliff writes, “the band plays music that’s controlled on the surface and wriggling inside: tight, cruising arrangements of thoughtful and stylish music, with vibraphone shimmers and Mr. Falzone’s handsome tone over bass and drums that rumble freely, without fixed rhythm, but that never make a big deal out of it. (Once in a while, in an allotted area, Mr. Falzone really stretches out, playing hard, gestural solos, getting almost wild in small spaces.)”

He adds, “The band is having everything at once, of course: structure and freedom, tunes and the open imagination.”

KLANG, which also features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, will perform in Chicago tonight at The Hungry Brain and tomorrow night at Skylark as a preview of its upcoming concert commemorating the Benny Goodman centennial at the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th.

The official release concert for Tea Music will happen at The Hideout on September 23rd, followed by a week-long tour of the Midwest in November.

New Darcy James Argue Downloads Available

August 29, 2009
Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

The complete July 15th performance by Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge is now available for free download from the band’s Web site.

This concert, the group’s first in its native New York since the release of its acclaimed debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), featured the American premiere of “Hard Up on the Down Low”, a commissioned piece Argue unveiled at Canada’s National Jazz Awards in May.

JazzTimes: Garrison Fewell + Michael Musillami

August 28, 2009

The resurgent JazzTimes shows two of our guitarists, Garrison Fewell and Michael Musillami, some love in the newly arrived August/September issue, making its return to active publishing status that much sweeter.

Variable Density Sound Orchestra should be on jazz education syllabi worldwide,” declares Michael J. West in his review of Fewell’s latest release on Boston’s Creative Nation Music. “It demonstrates how even free improvisation depends on musicians listening closely to each other. Guitarist Garrison Fewell’s septet uses some compositional structures, but the real backbone comes from developing and responding to each other’s spontaneous ideas. The products of that chemistry are gorgeous.”

In his review of the Michael Musillami Trio +3’s From Seeds (Playscape Recordings), Chris Kelsey writes, “Vibist Matt Moran, alto saxophonist Marty Ehrlich, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller join guitarist Musillami in performing his creative, forward-thinking compositions. The music is exceptional in all respects, from the fiery but respectful readings of Musillami’s tortuous compositions to the inspired solo work by one and all…Musillami is at his best when exploiting his nuanced quasi-acoustic sound, as he lays down long, unpredicatable freeboppish lines. Alessi and Moran are excellent, and Ehrlich is brilliant—his playing here is fresh and impassioned.”

Exclaim: KLANG’s Tea Music + Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day

August 27, 2009

This week, Exclaim.ca, the Web site for the Canadian monthly music magazine, Exclaim!, posted new reviews of both KLANG’s Tea Music (Allos Documents) and Harris Eisenstadt‘s Canada Day (Clean Feed).

Glen Hall writes, “Chicago clarinettist James Falzone’s quartet, KLANG, comes on strong, with bold playing, smart compositions and empathetic group interactions. What makes for such pleasing listening is the beautiful blending of the warm clarinet and the glistening sheen of the vibes—a really cool combination.”

“His quintet features some great young talent that attack his challenging compositions with passion,” explains David Dacks in his early review of Canada Day. “Eisenstadt’s songs deftly balance complex arrangements with subtle, elastic grooves. There are elements of post-rock, ’60s Blue Note sounds (à la Bobby Hutcherson) and West African styles—another Eisenstadt specialty.”

Tea Music was released this week and Canada Day hits the streets on October 6th. Both bands will be on tour this fall. Click here for details.

Firehouse 12 To Present The Matt Wilson Quartet September 25th

August 26, 2009

Matt Wilson Quartet

On Friday, September 25th, Firehouse 12 will present New York-based drummer/composer Matt Wilson and his longstanding quartet as part of the venue’s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series. Wilson’s band has played at prominent venues and jazz festivals all over the world and currently features Andrew D’Angelo (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), Jeff Lederer (clarinets and saxophones) and Chris Lightcap (acoustic and electric bass). This performance is part of the group’s September tour in support of its latest release, That’s Gonna Leave A Mark (Palmetto).

“There’s a deep sense of play in Matt Wilson’s quartet,” writes the New York Times‘ Ben Ratliff. “It’s full of feints, slang, sentimentality and a peaceful lack of inhibition; its loose ensemble feeling has a grace born of practice…there’s a specific kind of gentle humor in this band, as there has been since its beginning, 13 years ago. The performance spills over with personality.” About.com’s Jacob Teichroew adds, “For fans of avant-garde jazz, That’s Gonna Leave A Mark is a must-own. But the album’s appeal isn’t limited to those with experience with the genre. One of Matt Wilson’s strengths is making easily relatable music that doesn’t sacrifice its integrity.”

In a career that spans two decades and over 100 releases, Wilson has earned a reputation as one of the most respected and prolific drummers in jazz today. He has performed and recorded with such notable figures as Paul Bley, Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, Cecil McBee, Mario Pavone and Dewey Redman among many others, as well as long list of his contemporaries. His current projects include collaborations with Ray Anderson, Dena DeRose, Mark Dresser, Frank Kimbrough and Myra Melford. Wilson has toured and recorded as a leader since 1996, primarily with the Matt Wilson Quartet and Arts & Crafts. That’s Gonna Leave A Mark is his eighth recording for the Palmetto Records label. Learn more at http://mattwilsonjazz.com

2009 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/18 :: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty
09/25 :: Matt Wilson Quartet
10/02 :: Mauger: Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway
10/09 :: Steve Lehman Trio
10/16 :: Gretchen Parlato Band
10/23 :: Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre
10/30 :: Taylor Eigsti Trio
11/06 :: ODE: Larry Ochs/Trevor Dunn/Lisle Ellis/Michael Sarin
11/13 :: The Peter Evans Quartet
11/20 :: Darius Jones Trio
12/04 :: Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/11 :: Amy Cervini Quartet
12/18 :: Daniel Levin Trio

Tickets and more information available at:

KLANG’s Tea Music Released Today

August 25, 2009

Today is the official street date for Tea Music (Allos Documents), the debut studio recording from the Chicago-based quartet, KLANG.

“While it has some of the hip lightness associated with many genre-busting acts hailing from that city,” writes Dusted‘s Marc Medwin, “coolness of approach is tempered by deep compositional concerns. The musicianship itself is first-rate, the group able to stop on a dime throughout. The players’ performances blend to give the band a unique voice, one rooted in swing and cool but cognizant of all events transpiring since.”

The three year-old group, featuring clarinetist James Falzone, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, picks up the swing era thread of pairing clarinet and vibes, while also exploring its collective interest in the innovative sounds of Jimmy Giuffre‘s early small groups of the mid-1950’s.

“The music, written by different players, is sly and smart, centered on composition and cleverly precise,” declares AllAboutJazz.com’s Mark Corroto. “Their collective approach to improvisation is passionate and sharp; Falzone’s orderly clarinet and Adasiewicz’s crisp vibraphone travel to another plane. It’s an extraordinary recording from an outstanding quartet.”

KLANG has a busy fall schedule of performances in Chicago and beyond.

Before officially celebrating its new record at The Hideout on September 23rd, the group will help celebrate the Benny Goodman centennial at the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th, as well as at preview events around the city in late August.

In November, the band will embark on a Midwest tour culminating in a hometown performance at The Hungry Brain on November 22nd.

Check out the band’s complete itinerary here.