Monday, November 1, 2010

"DownBeat" - November 2010

Paul Motian -- Drummer Paul Motian is as much a sound painter as a keeper of pulses. For his latest recording as a leader on ECM, Motian convened a special trio at New York's Village Vanguard, his favorite jazz venue. He continues to excel in the free ballad genre he helped invent, often using his own compositions as vehicles for profound soloing and dynamic group interplay.

Art Blakey's Legacy -- DownBeat talks with generations of musicians influenced by Blakey the drummer, the bandleader, the teacher and the man, 20 years after his passing.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings -- Raw power, rhythmic swagger, brassy horns and supreme melodic command have made Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings a fixture in the canon of soul music since their humble beginnings nearly a decade ago.

The Bad Plus -- The progressive power trio has created its first CD of all original instrumental music, recalling the live-room feel and relaxed vibe of classic '50s and '60s jazz recordings. Their group sound embraces diversity as strength, ranging from the gentle and melodic to the fierce and abstract.

Willie Jones III (drums)
Allison Miller (drums)
Karen Lovely (voice)
Michael Formanek (bass)


· Wynton Marsalis plays with German symphony in virtual collaboration.
· Billy Martin (of MMW) releases Life On Drums instructional DVD.
· Willem Breuker obituary/appreciation
· Boston Big Bands Either/Orchestra and Jazz Composers' Orchestra anniversaries
· Vinyl Freak
· Caught: Molde Jazz Festival in Norway; National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta; Big Band Celebration at Hollywood Bowl

· Master Class: Drummer Denny Seiwell (LP percussion)
· Transcription: John Fedchock's trombone solo from "On The Edge" (Reservoir 1998)

· Vijay Iyer, Solo (ACT Music)
· Cassandra Wilson, Silver Pony (Blue Note)
· Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green, Apex (Pi Recordings)
· Warren Vache-John Allred Quintet, Top Shelf (Arbors)

CD Reviews
· Ivo Perelman/Gerry Hemingway, The Apple In The Dark (Leo)
· Ivo Perelman/Daniel Levin/Torbjorn Zetterberg, Soulstorm (Clean Feed)
· John Scofield/Vince Mendoza/Metropole Orkest, 54 (Emarcy)
· Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Harvesting Semblances And Affinities (Pi)
· Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Natural Selection (Sunnyside)
· Grant Stewart, Around The Corner (Sharp Nine)
· Dmitri Baevsky, Down With It (Sharp Nine)
· Curtis Fuller, I Will Tell Her (Capri)
· Tim Warfield, A Sentimental Journey (Criss Cross)
· Schlippenbach Trio, Bauhaus Dessau (Intakt)
· Albert Rivera, Inner Peace (Turnaround Records)
· Chie Imaizumi, A Time Of New Beginnings (Carpi)
· Steve Tibbets/Marc Anderson, Natural Causes (ECM)
· Manu Katche, Third Round (ECM)
· Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation, Varieties Of Religious Experiences Suite (Innova)
· Sid Selvidge, Should Be Blue (Archer Records)
· Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma (Warp)
· Steve Turre, Delicious And Delightful (High Note)
· Lisa Hilton, Nuance (Lisa Hilton Music)
· Steve Davis, Images (Posi-Tone)

· Owen Howard, Drum Lore (BJU Records)
· Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, Actionspeak (482 Music)
· Tyler Hornby, A Road To Remember (Chronograph)
· Steve Gadd and Friends, Live At Voce (self-release)
· Chip White, More Dedications (Dark Colors)
· Mike Clark, Carnival Of Soul (Owl)
· Chris Massey's Nue Jazz Project, Vibranium (self-release)

· Mitch Woods, Gumbo Blues (Vizz-Tone)
· Buckwheat Zydeco, Bayou Boogie (Music for Little People)
· Leroy Thomas, Jewel of the Bayou (Maison de Soul)
· Jeffrey Broussard, Keeping the Tradition Alive (Maison de Soul)
· Anders Osborne, American Patchwork (Alligator)
· Ann Savoy, Black Coffee (Memphis International)
· Tony Joe White, The Shine (Swamp)

· Various Artists, How Sweet It Was (Shanachie)
· Mahalia Jackson, A Gospel Calling [DVD] (Infinity)
· T.L. Barret, Like A Ship (Light In The Attic)
· Jasper Williams Jr., Landmark (Church Door)

· New York Art Quintet, Old Stuff (Cuneiform)
· Bobby Bradford/John Stevens, Spontaneous (Nessa)
· Archie Shepp NY Contemporary, Five (Delmark)
· Sun Ra, Complete Nothing Is (ESP)
· Sonny Simmons, Staying On The Watch (ESP)

Book Review
· Randy Weston, African Rhythms (Duke University Press)

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