Darius Jones Trio’s Man’ish Boy One Of The Boston Globe’s Top 10 Jazz Albums For 2009

December 21, 2009

The Boston Globe‘s Living Editor, and resident jazz reviewer, Steve Greenlee chose the Darius Jones Trio’s Man’ish Boy (AUM Fidelity) as one of his Top 10 Jazz Albums for 2009 in Sunday’s paper.

“The young saxophonist plays both raucously and sweetly,” Greenlee noted, “and he puts every genre at his disposal, from blues to swing to free improvisation.”

Daniel Levin Trio At Firehouse 12 Tonight

December 18, 2009

Photo by Rossetti©Phocus

Tonight, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will conclude its fifth anniversary Fall Jazz Series with a two-set performance by the Daniel Levin Trio.

Led by cellist/composer Daniel Levin, a veteran of the New Haven music scene making his sixth appearance at Firehouse 12, the two year-old group features Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Chicago-based drummer Frank Rosaly, who replaced Gerald Cleaver following the band’s 2008 debut recording, Fuhuffah (Clean Feed).

This performance, which will be recorded for possible future release, will be the fourth and final event in the band’s December tour.

Learn more in this feature in yesterday’s Hartford Courant.

David S. Ware + Cleaver/Parker/Taborn Make Two Of AllMusic.com’s Favorite Jazz Albums Of 2009

December 18, 2009

The editors and staff at AllMusic.com have named David S. Ware’s Shakti and Gerald Cleaver/William Parker/Craig Taborn’s Farmers By Nature, both on AUM Fidelity, two of their Favorite Jazz Albums of 2009.

Darius Jones Trio At Firehouse 12 Tonight

November 20, 2009

Tonight, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 presents a two-set celebration of New York-based alto saxophonist/composer Darius Jones‘ long-awaited debut CD, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity).

Described by Jones as “a sonic tone poem about me and my life growing up in the South,” the record draws on such early influences as his Jamaican father’s love of reggae, the revelatory vocal music of the church and countless hours of listening to everything from classical to rock on the radio.

Heralded as “a new voice poised to receive widespread acclaim” (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com), Jones brings this diverse and passionate music to life with his mentors, the eminent master musicians Cooper-Moore (piano and diddley-bo) and Rakalam Bob Moses (drums).

“On Man’ish Boy,” writes PointofDeparture.org’s Ed Hazell, “alto saxophonist Darius Jones delivers one of the most impressive debuts in recent memory, displaying a remarkably well-developed concept and individual sound. Jones has a big, fleshy, lived-in tone, with a vibrato that owes as much to Johnny Hodges as it does to Albert Ayler. It’s defiant, vulnerable, proud, and weary; there is laughter and sobbing in it.”

Jason Crane, host of The Jazz Session and columnist at PopDose.com, adds, “For his debut statement, 31-year-old Jones wanted to tell his story. To talk about what it means to be poor and black and struggling and intelligent in this day and age. Jones has fit all that and more into an incredible recording that will make you sing, make you weep and make you marvel.”

Neil Tesser On KLANG

November 19, 2009

Veteran author, jazz critic and broadcaster Neil Tesser writes about clarinetist/composer James Falzone‘s quartet KLANG, its recent release, Tea Music (Allos Documents), and its current Midwest CD release tour, in a new post for his Chicago-themed column at Examiner.com.

“The album is on my short list of top Chicago jazz discs for 2009,” he declares. “Like Goodman and Hampton before them, Falzone and [Jason] Adasiewicz exploit the shared sonorities of their instruments, but to wildly different ends, with a gauntlet of post-modern strategies and tonal extremes. It’s a captivating disc from start to finish…the quartet improvises with invention, authority, and elegance. And with [Jason] Roebke and [Tim] Daisy (two of the most versatile new-music artists in the Midwest) on hand, the rhythm section pulses with brains as well as the appropriate brawn.”

KLANG’s tour continues this week, with dates in Ohio and Wisconsin, concluding on Sunday with a hometown gig at The Hungry Brain.

Mary Halvorson In November

November 13, 2009

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Fresh off a successful European duo tour with Jessica Pavone that ended earlier in the month, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson is only playing a few gigs in November with Crackleknob, Ellery Eskelin and Lisa Mezzacappa.

Next month things heat up again when she will play two gigs with her quintet, record the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), and head back to Europe for a week-long tour with her longstanding trio featuring John Hébert and Ches Smith.

11/15 :: Douglass Street Music Collective (Brooklyn, NY)

Ellery Eskelin
11/21 :: Cornelia Street Cafe (New York, NY)

Lisa Mezzacappa
11/22 :: Zebulon (Brooklyn, NY)

ODE With Michael Sarin At Firehouse 12 Tonight

November 6, 2009
ODE with Michael Sarin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Firehouse 12‘s fifth annual Fall Jazz Series reaches its midpoint tonight with a rare two-set performance by the electro-acoustic collective, ODE.

Founded in 2006, this trio of frequent collaborators, featuring saxophonist Larry Ochs, acoustic bassist Trevor Dunn and electric bassist/electronic sound manipulator Lisle Ellis, will be making its Connecticut debut.

The group will be joined for this occasion by special guest drummer Michael Sarin, best known to jazz fans for his long-term associations with Thomas Chapin, Dave Douglas and Mario Pavone among many others.