Fay Victor Ensemble Tonight At Roulette (NYC) + Sunday At The Rotunda (Philly)

October 1, 2009

Vocalist/composer Fay Victor and her longstanding quartet, The Fay Victor Ensemble, will celebrate their new release, The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music), tonight at Roulette in New York.

A second CD release show will follow at The Rotunda in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Critical praise for the disc, and Ms. Victor’s innovative approach to creative improvised music, continues to roll in.

“Fay Victor’s second recording of original material, The FreeSong Suite, peers into the NYC-based vocalist’s challenging and rewarding world of captivating vocal work and stirring spontaneity,” explains PopMatters.com’s Andrew Zender, “further augmenting [her] status as a musician and composer who is rewriting the rules of vocal jazz.”

“Each piece on The FreeSong Suite gradually unfolds, emerging from a tapestry of improvisation to reveal precisely executed transitions, grooves and ensemble passages,” writes AllAboutJazz-New York‘s Wilbur MacKenzie. “Victor scats, vocalizes, chips, mumbles and sings bluesy chromatics or angular displays of dexterity, delivering the unexpected with beauty, depth and innovation.”

The Jazz Session‘s Jason Crane adds, “Vocalist Fay Victor will amaze you. Her voice is strong and expressive, and her musical conception is unlike anything I’ve heard recently. Or maybe ever. From free improv to the blues to alt-rock and back again, The FreeSong Suite is easily one of my top 10 records of 2009.”

Learn more at http://fayvictor.wordpress.com

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AUM Fidelity To Present NYC Label Showcase October 15th

August 13, 2009

AUM Fidelity

On Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m., AUM Fidelity will present a label showcase at New York’s Abrons Arts Center featuring notable performances by three of its artists on one bill. The event will celebrate the release of alto saxophonist Darius Jones‘ debut recording as a bandleader, eminent saxophonist David S. Ware‘s triumphant return to performing after a highly publicized kidney transplant in May, and the first performance of bassist William Parker‘s acclaimed Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra in more than four years.

Jones, the label’s most recent signing, will be performing in support of his October 13th release, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM057). Ware, who unveiled his latest all-star quartet on January’s Shakti (AUM052), before being temporarily sidelined by an urgent and successful search for a kidney donor, will mark his 50th anniversary playing saxophone with a special solo performance. Parker’s Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, last heard in New York at Vision Festival X in 2005, will present the world premiere of a new composition, “Subsequent Illumination Inscriptions/Light Cottage”, dedicated to George Russell.

AUM Fidelity has documented artists working at the vanguard of the jazz and improvised music scene in New York and beyond since 1997. Guided by its founder, producer and designer Steven Joerg, the label has built a highly regarded catalog of nearly 50 releases, presenting premier works by Rob Brown, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Whit Dickey, Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, Mat Maneri, Joe Morris, Roy Nathanson, William Parker and David S. Ware, as well as such all-star groups as In Order To Survive, The Nommonsemble, Other Dimensions in Music, Test and Triptych Myth. It is also a partner in the CaseQuarter label, which is devoted to sacred and spiritual music of the southern U.S. Learn more at http://www.aumfidelity.com

The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Tickets are available for $20 in advance at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/679665 and for $25 at the door. Advance tickets may also be purchased by phone through Theatermania at (212) 352-3101. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.


AccuJazz.com Launches Avant-Garde Jazz Channel

March 2, 2009

From the AccuJazz Blog:

The channel features a wide swath of Avant-Garde styles (i.e. not just free jazz). Sure, you’ll hear plenty of Coltrane, Ayler, and Peter Brötzmann blowing with fire and passion, but you’ll also hear Avant-Garde jazz/rock (Miles Davis, Jim Black, Mary Halvorson, MMW), jazz/classical experiments (Bill Dixon, Evan Parker, Michael Mantler), and other non-free Avant-Garde composers (Andrew Hill, Eric Dolphy, John Hollenbeck, Tim Berne, Nels Cline, I could go on and on…)

Click here to tune in.


Ancestors And Shakti Reviewed In March DownBeat

February 4, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet’s Ancestors (Playscape Recordings) and David S. Ware’s Shakti (AUM Fidelity) each receive four-star reviews in the current issue of DownBeat.

In his review of Ancestors, Bill Shoemaker notes the “smart, well-hooked compositions and a sterling rhythm section rounded out by Peter Madsen and Gerald Cleaver.”  He adds, “Like its predecessors, the album has a rallying spirit and a progressive bead on traditional practice.  It is what jazz needs from its eminent leaders.”

Michael Jackson writes, “As with Sonny Rollins, although Ware is an entirely different player, there is an uncompromising individuality to Ware’s approach.”  He also singles out William Parker’s “deep-pawed bass”, Joe Morris’ “bulbous, bell-like sound” and Warren Smith’s “surround-sound polyrhythmic forest of splashes and rumbling toms”.


Dragon’s Head Reviewed At Bagatellen

February 2, 2009

Clifford Allen’s review of the Mary Halvorson Trio’s acclaimed debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), is now posted at Bagatellen.

Allen writes, “Halvorson’s approach to writing this music draws as much—if not more—from contemporary left-field rock as it does free improvisation or jazz, and it just might happen that Dragon’s Head is the best indie-rock record to have come down the pike in quite a while.”


Mary Halvorson Featured In The Wire

January 21, 2009

wire_feb09Hot on the heels of being profiled earlier this week at Dusted as one of 10 artists to watch in 2009 (and in DownBeat, Jazz Review, JazzTimes, New York Times and Time Out New York in the ’08), guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson is featured in the February 2009 issue of The Wire.

The article, written by Philip Clark, explores Mary’s relationship with the guitar, as well as her musical personality and the differences between her work as a bandleader on 2008’s Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records) vs. her collaborations with violist Jessica Pavone and drummer Kevin Shea.

You can also find a series of exclusive tidbits from Mary on The Wire‘s Web site.


David S. Ware’s Shakti Reviewed At AllAboutJazz.com

January 20, 2009

Troy Collins’ review of eminent saxophonist/composer David S. Ware’s latest recording, Shakti (AUM Fidelity), is now posted at AllAboutJazz.com 

Collins writes, “A refreshingly lyrical and emotionally committed performance by masterful improvisers, Shakti ebbs with soulful intensity and inspired interplay, making this one of the most compelling, yet accessible, recordings of Ware’s career.”