JazzTimes: Darcy James Argue + Joe Morris/Petr Cancura/Luther Gray

September 28, 2009

The new October issue of JazzTimes features reviews of Darcy James Argue‘s Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) and Joe Morris/Petr Cancura/Luther Gray’s Wildlife (AUM Fidelity).

Infernal Machines is the future of the big band,” declares Michael J. West, “with leader Darcy James Argue presenting seven fiercely original and exciting compositions and arrangements for his 18-piece ensemble. His music is ambitious, experimental and complex, but in a sense far closer to indie rock with its immediacy and wide-ranging palette. With their haunting compositions and imaginative experiments, Argue’s Secret Society might do for jazz what Radiohead did for rock—and poach some of its audience, too.”

In his review of Wildlife, Mike Shanley writes, “Before too long, Joe Morris’ work as a bassist is going to eclipse his work as a guitarist—not that there’s anything wrong with that. Morris’ approach to the bull fiddle offers a solid focus to free-improvisation sessions, with some solos that take on percussive qualities when he really cuts loose. This album sounds loose but each track has a different mood that keeps things compelling for 56 minutes.”

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Harris Eisenstadt At Clean Feed Fest IV Tonight

September 16, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

The official street date for Harris Eisenstadt‘s latest release, Canada Day (Clean Feed), is still a few weeks away, but listeners can get a live preview tonight at Clean Feed Fest IV at New York’s Cornelia Connelly Center.

Eisenstadt will be performing with his primary working group, also called Canada Day, featuring Nate Wooley (trumpet), Ellery Eskelin (sitting in for Matt Bauder on tenor saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone) and Eivind Opsvik (bass).

“The cohesion of the ensemble, glued by the steady, steaming, streaming rhythms of Eisenstadt, keeps the listener focused and compelled to hear more,” writes AllMusic.com’s Michael G. Nastos. “This is a strong candidate for Top Ten status in the category of best jazz CDs of 2009.”

The group will hit the road in support of their new record, which comes out October 6th, in late October, stopping in Buffalo, NYC, Rochester and Toronto.

In the meantime, you can catch Eisenstadt in duos with Aaron Siegel (September 22nd at Death By Audio) and Sara Schoenbeck (September 26th at Vox Pop).


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.


Harris Eisenstadt & Canada Day On Tour In October

August 19, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

This October, Brooklyn-based drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt and his working quintet, Canada Day, will tour in support of their eponymous October 6th debut on Clean Feed Records.

This active ensemble, featuring Nate Wooley (trumpet), Matt Bauder (tenor saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone) and Eivind Opsvik (bass), has been Eisenstadt’s primary focus as a bandleader since returning to New York in 2005.

The tour will begin Saturday, October 24th, the first of two nights at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe, to be followed by stops in Buffalo, Rochester, and Eisenstadt’s native Toronto. A September 16th performance at New York’s Cornelia Connelly Center, as part of Clean Feed Fest IV, will serve as a preview.

Tour itinerary:

Saturday, October 24th at 9:00 and 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 25th at 8:10 and 10:00 p.m.

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street in New York, NY (Greenwich Village)
Admission is $10 per set
Reservations available at (212) 989-9319

Tuesday, October 27th at 12:30 p.m.
York University Music Department
Martin Family Lounge, 371D Accolade East Building
4700 Keele Street in Toronto, ON
Admission is free and open to the public

Tuesday, October 27th at 10:00 p.m.
Tranzac (Toronto Australia New Zealand Club)
292 Brunswick Avenue in Toronto, ON
Suggested donation at the door

Wednesday, October 28th at 8:00 p.m.
Ressurrection Music
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, NY
Admission is $8 members and students; $12 general public

Thursday, October 29th at 8:00 p.m.
BOP ARTS
The Bop Shop Atrium
274 N. Goodman Street (in the Village Gate) in Rochester, NY
$10 requested donation

Learn more at http://www.harriseisenstadt.com