New York Times: Darius Jones Trio’s Man’ish Boy (AUM Fidelity)

December 28, 2009

Nate Chinen reviews alto saxophonist/composer Darius Jones’ debut, Man’ish Boy (AUM Fidelity) featuring Cooper-Moore (piano and diddley-bow) and Rakalam Bob Moses (drums), in today’s New York Times.

“Darius Jones has the capacity for a proud, rafters-raising tone on alto saxophone,” he writes, “and as an improviser he’s fearless but disciplined. He’s fond of the sustained, piercing cry, often pinching his intonation for dramatic effect. And rhythmically he rolls in waves, an approach that brilliantly complements Mr. Moses, whose contribution throughout this album is masterly. Together with the adaptability of Cooper-Moore—who plays piano as well as diddley bow, a single-stringed instrument of African origin and Southern blues connotation—it adds up to a powerfully soulful blend.”

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Darcy James Argue’s Infernal Machines Makes Nate Chinen’s Top 10 Of 2009

December 19, 2009

Darcy James Argue‘s Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) is number eight on Nate Chinen’s multi-genre top 10 list in Sunday’s New York Times.

“A wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism,” Chinen writes, “this impressive debut radiates self-assurance, and an almost chilling steadiness of conviction.”


Jazz.com: The Brooklyn Big Band Bonanza

October 28, 2009
Photo by Chad Batka for The New York Times

Photo by Chad Batka for The New York Times

Tim Wilkins’ wrap-up of last week’s Brooklyn Big Band Bonanza is now posted at Jazz.com.

The event, presented by SearchandRestore.com and hosted by Darcy James Argue, took place at The Bell House on October 19th and featured Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, Andrew Durkin’s Industrial Jazz Group and Argue’s Secret Society.

Wilkins’ in-depth analysis includes interviews with SearchandRestore.com’s Adam Schatz and each of the bandleaders, as well as reviews of all three performances and the event’s impromptu finale.

“The evening had many surprises,” he writes, “foremost of which was the level of enthusiasm and imagination in a genre which has always been precarious for financial reasons, even in the best of times.”

In case you missed it, here‘s Nate Chinen’s New York Times review from October 21st.


NY Times: The Brooklyn Big Band Bonanza

October 21, 2009
Photo by Chad Batka for The New York Times

Photo by Chad Batka for The New York Times

Nate Chinen reviews Monday night’s Brooklyn Big Band Bonanza at The Bell House in today’s New York Times.

The performances of all three ensembles are recounted, including the headliners, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, which Chinen writes, “played a bracing final set” featuring “an array of backbeats, breakbeats and Latin American polyrhythm, with the flow largely dictated by Mr. Argue, who conducted with brisk, acute gestures.”

If you missed them on Monday, you can catch Argue and the band at tonight’s New Amsterdam Records/Cantaloupe Music CMJ Showcase at Le Poisson Rouge and on November 25th at Iridium Jazz Club.


Firehouse 12’s 2009 Fall Jazz Series Begins Tonight

September 18, 2009
Photo by Kazuki Takami

Photo by Kazuki Takami

New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will launch its fifth annual Fall Jazz Series tonight with a two set performance by guitarist/composer Brandon Ross and his group, Blazing Beauty, featuring longtime collaborators Stomu Takeishi (bass) and JT Lewis (drums).

Jazz columnist Owen McNally previews the event in yesterday’s Hartford Courant.

Concerts will continue every Friday night (with a one-week break for Thanksgiving on November 27th) through December 18th when the series concludes with the final performance of the Daniel Levin Trio‘s American tour.

Firehouse 12 is an award-winning bar, state-of-the-art recording studio and unusually intimate music venue located at 45 Crown Street in New Haven’s historic Ninth Square District. For its semi-annual jazz concert series, the acoustically engineered studio space transforms into an incomparable 80-seat venue Nate Chinen called “the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region” in his March 2009 feature for the New York Times.

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:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp


Firehouse 12 To Present The Steve Lehman Trio October 9th

September 9, 2009
Photo by Dominik Huber

Photo by Dominik Huber

On Friday, October 9th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present innovative saxophonist/composer Steve Lehman‘s only area performance this year as part its fifth annual Fall Jazz Series. Lehman, who grew up in Hartford before earning two degrees at Wesleyan University during studies with Anthony Braxton and Jackie McLean, will be performing selections from his latest release, Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi Recordings). Originally composed for his octet, the music, which daringly integrates elements of spectral harmony into jazz, has been meticulously arranged for this acoustic trio featuring bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Damion Reid.

“With Travail, Transformation, and Flow,” writes the Washington City Paper‘s Michael J. West, “alto saxophonist Steve Lehman makes a rare offering to the jazz world: a thoroughly alternative principle of improvisation. Lehman’s deeply compelling harmonies and textures sound noticeably different from anything before it, but the music doesn’t have the threat-to-everything-we-know-and-love trappings of prior upheavals. The mysterious and open-ended tensions on Travail are a powerful lure into an advanced and challenging set of music that firmly establishes Lehman as a major force in jazz’s avant-garde without taking the music too far out for comfort.”

Critics have called him “an inspired talent” (John Fordham, The Guardian) and “one of the rising stars in modern creative jazz” (Michael G. Nastos, AllMusic.com), noting that “Steve Lehman is thinking about jazz in a new way” (Will Layman, PopMatters.com) by opening “his own corridor of exploration” (Nate Chinen, New York Times). L.A. Weekly‘s Chris Barton adds, “Lehman’s heady excursions remain unique and engaging to the listener whatever your knowledge of musical theory.” In addition to leading his own bands, Lehman is a member of such prominent creative music ensembles as the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet and Fieldwork. He is also an instructor and departmental fellow at Columbia University, where he is a doctoral candidate in music composition. Learn more at http://www.stevelehman.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:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp


Firehouse 12 Announces Its Fifth Annual Fall Jazz Series

August 12, 2009

New Haven’s Firehouse 12 is proud to announce the schedule for its 5th annual Fall Jazz Series, the acclaimed venue’s 13-week program of two-set performances by some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative music today.

The series will begin on Friday, September 18th with a visit from New York-based guitarist/composer Brandon Ross and his group, Blazing Beauty, and continue every Friday thereafter (with a one-week break for Thanksgiving on November 27th) through December 18th when the series will conclude with the final performance of the Daniel Levin Trio‘s American tour.

Each concert will feature sets at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. Tickets for all events are $15 for the opening set and $10 for the second set. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7:00 p.m. the night of the show (subject to availability). A season pass for both sets of every show is available for $150 through September 18th.

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

Firehouse 12 is an award-winning bar, state-of-the-art recording studio and unusually intimate music venue located at 45 Crown Street in New Haven’s historic Ninth Square District. For its semi-annual jazz concert series, the acoustically engineered studio space transforms into an incomparable 80-seat venue the New York Times‘ Nate Chinen called “the pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region” in a March 2009 feature.

Learn more at http://firehouse12.com