hour: Fay Victor Ensemble’s The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music)

November 20, 2009

Mike Chamberlain reviews the Fay Victor Ensemble‘s new release, The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music), in this week’s issue of Montreal’s arts weekly, hour.

“What you hear on this album is raw and quirky and powerful and full of feeling and surprise and particularities that reflect universal human truths,” he writes. “One of the unique listening experiences of this or any other year.”

Ms. Victor will be performing with multiple ensembles at this weekend’s Vision Festival fundraiser, 28 Hours of Innovative Art, and on Monday at The 55 Bar with her group, Fay Victor’s Jazz Vault.

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AAJ-NY Reviews The Thirteenth Assembly’s (Un)sentimenal

June 29, 2009

Sean Fitzell reviews The Thirteenth Assembly‘s debut CD, (un)sentimental (Important Records), in the July issue of AllAboutJazz-New York.

“Guitarist Mary Halvorson, violist Jessica Pavone, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Tomas Fujiwara have longstanding duo and trio permutations and to end their concerts, they convene as a quartet and have forged a distinct identity from the subgroups within,” he explains.

“With committed performances drawn from intertwined histories and diverse stylistic influences, The Thirteenth Assembly exemplifies how a practical strategy can reveal a novel creative opportunity.”


AUM Fidelity To Release New Cleaver/Parker/Taborn CD In February

December 4, 2008

 

aum053_cvr_webOn February 10th, AUM Fidelity will release Farmers by Nature (AUM053), the recorded debut of the year-old collective trio of drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn.  This live and entirely improvised recording documents the all-star ensemble’s most recent performance at The Stone in New York on June 19th, 2008.  The group will return to The Stone on January 16th.

Conceived by Cleaver, this communion of notable improvisers was founded to create a distinctive brand of music based on spontaneously sowing seeds of sound and bringing them to full blossom.  Its first two performances took place in late 2007, laying the groundwork for a highly anticipated return to the stage the following summer.  Each concert is a unique experience as the musicians adapt the group’s continually evolving sound to the demands of the moment at hand.

Most recently heard together on record as three-quarters of the Rob Brown Ensemble on that group’s 2008 release, Crown Trunk Root Funk (AUM044), these acclaimed New York-based musicians have worked together in a variety of settings.  The musical relationship between Cleaver and Taborn stretches back to their college days, working together in the early 1990’s as part of Detroit’s storied jazz scene.  Parker and Cleaver first recorded together in groups led by pianist Matthew Shipp, and Cleaver appears on Parker’s 2008 orchestral release, Double Sunrise Over Neptune (AUM047).  AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins recently noted these three frequent collaborators “demonstrate their affable interplay with fluid invention.”

AUM Fidelity’s 2009 release schedule, which kicks off January 27th with legendary saxophonist/composer David S. Ware‘s Shakti (AUM052), will continue with new releases by the Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Joe Morris Trio and a second Ware project celebrating his 50th anniversary playing the saxophone.  Details about each are forthcoming.  Learn more about the label and its releases at http://www.aumfidelity.com/home.htm