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.”


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.


John Hébert Featured In AllAboutJazz-New York

September 11, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

Andrey Henkin’s feature on bassist/composer John Hébert in the September issue of AllAboutJazz-New York is now available online.

In this article, Hébert discusses his influential experiences working with the legendary Andrew Hill and its impact on his own work as a leader. His debut recording, Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12 Records), was released in June.

Hébert and the band from that record, also called Byzantine Monkey, will celebrate the release with back-to-back nights at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe starting September 25th.

These performances will feature saxophonists Michaël Attias and Tony Malaby, flautist/clarinetist Adam Kolker, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and drummer Michael Sarin.


Reminder: Mario Pavone Quartet Arc In NYC This Weekend

August 21, 2009
Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Bassist/composer Mario Pavone will unveil his latest ensemble, Quartet Arc, this weekend at back-to-back gigs in New York.

The first concert will be Saturday at The Stone followed by a Sunday night gig at Cornelia Street Cafe.

This new configuration of frequent Pavone collaborators will perform new material, as well as new arrangements of older music from Pavone’s vast catalog.

Quartet Arc features tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, trumpeter Dave Ballou and drummers Tyshawn Sorey (Saturday only) and Tom Rainey (Sunday only).


Mario Pavone’s Quartet Arc In NYC Aug. 22-23

August 7, 2009
Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Eminent bassist/composer Mario Pavone will unveil his latest ensemble, Quartet Arc, at back-to-back gigs in New York later this month.

The band will perform on Saturday, August 22nd at The Stone and on Sunday, August 23rd at Cornelia Street Cafe (PLEASE NOTE: this is a rescheduling of the previously announced/postponed date at The Local 269).

Quartet Arc, a collection of frequent Pavone collaborators in a new configuration, features tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, trumpeter Dave Ballou and drummers Tyshawn Sorey (August 22nd only) and Tom Rainey (August 23rd only).


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.”


Schedule Change For Mario Pavone’s Quartet Arc Dates In August

July 22, 2009
Photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez

Photo by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

UPDATE: The August 23rd date has been rescheduled for Cornelia Street Cafe.

Earlier this month we announced forthcoming back-to-back NYC dates in August by eminent bassist/composer Mario Pavone‘s new band, Quartet Arc.

The group features tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, trumpeter Dave Ballou and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.

Unfortunately, we’ve just been informed that while the first date, one month from tonight at The Stone, will happen as planned, the August 23rd concert at The Local 269 has been indefinitely postponed.

The venue has decided to move the Freestyle Music Series to a different night of the week starting immediately.

Please adjust your calendar as appropriate.