John Hébert To Weekend At Cornelia Street Cafe

September 24, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

Bassist/composer John Hébert will celebrate his long-awaited debut release as a leader, Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12 Records), with a two-night stand at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe starting tomorrow night.

Hébert’s sextet, also called Byzantine Monkey, will feature saxophonists Michaël Attias and Tony Malaby, multi-instrumentalist Adam Kolker, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and drummer Michael Sarin (sitting in for Nasheet Waits for these two dates).

Known as “an indispensable presence on the local scene” (Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York) and “a bassist of deep intuition and extensive experience as a sideman” (Nate Chinen, New York Times), Hébert is one of the busiest bassists in New York and a regular in the Rising Star Acoustic Bass category of DownBeat’s annual Critics Poll for the past three years.

“On his first album as a leader he displays a sonic vision that’s all his own,” writes DownBeat‘s Peter Margasak, “even while sticking mostly to a support role. The leader has written nine lovely themes, some ebullient, some sorrowful, some fragile, and he directs his cohorts to elucidate and dance around the melodies with a mix of freedom and communicativeness. In particular, the intertwining lines of Tony Malaby, brawny and fat, and Michaël Attias, lithe and stinging, provide an exuberant dance on contrast.”

The Hartford Courant‘s Richard Kamins adds, “Byzantine Monkey takes the listener out of the everyday world into a landscape of mature melodies, splendid musicianship and highly creative interplay. It’s an aural landscape one can return to time and again, uncovering new paths to follow.”

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DownBeat: John Hébert’s Byzantine Monkey

September 14, 2009


Bassist/composer John Hébert continues to gather accolades for his long-awaited debut release, Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12 Records). The latest is a four-star review by Peter Margasak in the October issue of DownBeat.

“On his first album as a leader he displays a sonic vision that’s all his own,” Margasak writes, “even while sticking mostly to a support role. The leader has written nine lovely themes, some ebullient, some sorrowful, some fragile, and he directs his cohorts to elucidate and dance around the melodies with a mix of freedom and communicativeness.”

“In particular,” he adds, “the intertwining lines of Tony Malaby, brawny and fat, and Michaël Attias, lithe and stinging, provide an exuberant dance on contrast.”

Hébert and his sextet, also called Byzantine Monkey, will celebrate this release at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe on September 25th and 26th.


Exclaim!: John Hébert’s Byzantine Monkey + Carl Maguire’s Sided Silver Solid

August 6, 2009


David Ryshpan reviews Firehouse 12 Records‘ latest releases in the new issue of Exclaim!

He calls bassist/composer John Hébert‘s Byzantine Monkey “a strong debut of a new band of old colleagues.” The group, which is also called Byzantine Monkey, features saxophonists Tony Malaby and Michaël Attias, flautist/clarinetist Adam Kolker, drummer Nasheet Waits and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.

In his review of Sided Silver Solid, the second release from keyboardist/composer Carl Maguire’s longstanding group Floriculture, he writes, “the new, expanded version of the group provides him with a vast range of colours at his disposal, and Maguire dispatches the various combinations effectively.”

He adds, “The front line of violist Stephanie Griffin, with her background in contemporary classical music, and Oscar Noriega’s alto sax and clarinets blend in novel ways with Maguire’s piano, bolstered by the rock solid rhythm section of bassist John Hébert and drummer Dan Weiss. The tunes are marked by angular yet captivating melodies.”


New CDs From Maguire And Hébert Out Today On Firehouse 12 Records

June 16, 2009

Firehouse 12 Records is proud to announce the June 16th release of its first two recordings of 2009.

Sided Silver Solid (FH12-04-01-009) is the second recording by keyboardist/composer Carl Maguire’s longstanding group Floriculture and its first as a quintet with new members Stephanie Griffin (viola) and Oscar Noriega (clarinets). The group, which has performed Maguire’s sophisticated compositions around New York since 2001, also features John Hébert (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums).

Hébert makes his long-awaited debut as a bandleader on Byzantine Monkey (FH12-04-01-010) after nearly a decade as one of New York’s most in-demand sidemen. The record documents his sextet of the same name featuring frequent collaborators Michaël Attias (alto and baritone saxophones), Tony Malaby (tenor and soprano saxophones), Adam Kolker (flutes and bass clarinet), Nasheet Waits (drums) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion).

Carl Maguire’s Floriculture will mark the release of Sided Silver Solid a week from tonight on June 23rd at Monkey Town in Brooklyn.

The CD release party for Byzantine Monkey will be a two-night affair at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe on September 25th and 26th.


John Hébert’s Debut CD Reviewed In Hartford Courant Blog

June 13, 2009

Byzantine Monkey

Richard Kamins reviewed bassist/composer John Hébert‘s forthcoming debut, Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12 Records), this past week in his Hartford Courant blog, See! Hear!

The disc, which features Hébert’s band of the same name featuring Michaël Attias (alto and baritone saxophones), Tony Malaby (tenor and soprano saxophones), Adam Kolker (flutes and bass clarinet), Nasheet Waits (drums) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion), officially hits the streets on June 16th.

“First and foremost,” Kamins writes, “Hébert has his own sound, not an easy accomplishment for a bassist.  Big, rich tones and a penchant for melodic lines (even in the most frenetic pieces) makes his playing stand out. Byzantine Monkey takes the listener out of the everyday world into a landscape of mature melodies, splendid musicianship and highly creative interplay. It’s an aural landscape one can return to time and again, uncovering new paths to follow.”


TONY’s The Volume Spotlights Upcoming Hébert CD

May 28, 2009

Byzantine Monkey

In a new post from this morning, Time Out New York‘s music blog, The Volume, shines a light on bassist/composer John Hébert’s forthcoming debut, Byzantine Monkey, on Firehouse 12 Records.

Also included is a streaming version of the second track on the record, “Acrid Landscape”.

The disc officially hits the streets on June 16th.


Firehouse 12 To Present The Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits Duo May 8th

April 8, 2009

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On Friday, May 8th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the duo of legendary German multi-instrumentalist Peter Brötzmann and acclaimed New York-based drummer Nasheet Waits.  Part of Brötzmann’s 12-stop spring tour of America, this two-set performance will feature all spontaneously improvised music blending the artists’ diverse backgrounds and musical points of view.

Brötzmann is a self-taught musician and co-founder of the groundbreaking FMP label whose early work in the mid-1960’s helped build the foundation of the European free jazz scene.  He has since performed in various formats with a seemingly endless list of the genre’s most respected performers, including membership in such all-star ensembles as the Globe Unity Orchestra, the ICP Orchestra, Last Exit and his own Die Like A Dog Quartet and Chicago Tentet.  His discography features nearly 200 recordings, including more than 65 as a leader/co-leader.

The son of noted Motown and modern jazz drummer Freddie Waits, Nasheet Waits has carved out a name for himself over the past 15 years as the drummer of choice for such acclaimed leaders as Orrin Evans, Antonio Hart, Fred Hersch, Andrew Hill and Jason Moran.  He is also a former member of Max Roach’s renowned percussion ensemble, M’Boom.  His impressive résumé features a discography of more than 45 recordings, tours and performances all over the globe and endorsement deals with Pro-Mark drumsticks, Remo drum heads and Zildjian cymbals.  He will also appear on John Hébert’s June release, Byzantine Monkey, on Firehouse 12 Records.

2009 Spring Jazz Series schedule:

03/20: Julian Lage Group
03/27: Jimmy Greene Quartet
04/03: Pete Robbins/Mario Pavone/Tyshawn Sorey
04/10: George Colligan Trio
04/17: Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Resonance
04/24: Noah Preminger Quartet
05/01: Michaël Attias Quintet
05/08: Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits
05/15: James Carney Group
05/22: Michael Musillami Trio + 3
05/29: Ben Allison & Man Size Safe
06/05: Carl Maguire’s Floriculture
06/12: Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher

Tickets and more information available at:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp