relyles

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  1. Mars Williams presents an Ayler xmas

    It's part of the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares series which presents a lot of concerts in Western, MA. I may catch the Holyoke or Newburgh show.
  2. vinnie golia quartet

    Just pre-ordered a copy.
  3. Corbett v Dempsey

    According to the email sent regarding the McPhee: Asked which of his out-of-print records he’d like to see available again, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee’s response was immediate: The Willisau Concert! Recorded at the Swiss festival that gave it its name in 1975, it appeared a year later as Hat Hut B, the second of the new label’s great letter series. It came packaged gorgeously in a double-gatefold with artist Klaus Baumgärtner’s stunning pen-and-ink work on the inside and out and a little hand-colored Swiss flag on the interior of each copy. Returning to the music, it’s easy to hear why McPhee holds it so dear. He’s in absolute top form on tenor and soprano saxophones, ranging from the relaxed and confident Afro-conscious feel of Nation Time to areas of more diffuse and textural investigation. John Snyder’s analog synthesizer is brilliant and hyperbolic, a surprisingly hand-in-glove match for McPhee, not dissimilar to their collaboration on the CjR release Pieces of Light. South African drummer Makaya Ntshoko is the surprise element, a guest whose sensitivity and warmth are everywhere evident, even when he kicks the energy up a notch. Along with McPhee originals, this reissue includes a never-released bonus, their take on the classic “God Bless the Child,” a total heartbreaker. The CD has been designed as a facsimile cover of the LP, respecting the beautiful and original graphic work on this classic record. Never before available in any digital form, remastered from the original tapes, The Willisau Concert is restored to its place as one of McPhee’s masterpieces. The email announcement also states a couple of the other releases are also remastered from the original tapes.
  4. The Side Door is a very nice spot to listen to music.
  5. I caught them last night in Northampton, MA. Possibly for a couple of reasons external to the performance, I was not able to get fully engaged with the music. Thinking about possibly hitting Firehouse 12 tonight to give it another shot. Otherwise, other possibles for the weekend included Buster Williams Something More with Bruce Williams, George Colligan and Lenny White at the SideDoor Jazz Club in Old Lyme, CT, or Burton Greene Quartet in Newburgh, NY.
  6. Wynton Marsalis

  7. Bartz/Willis/Williams/Foster : Heads of State

    Both of those albums are mainstays in my rotation. Enjoy both very much.
  8. Mark Turner

    For fans of Turner, there is a very good profile in the current issue of Music & Literature. Music & Literature No. 8 "Finally, in a first for Music & Literature—one proving that the M&L aesthetic is as at home in jazz as in classical music—we are excited to offer a portfolio exploring the career of American saxophonist Mark Turner, one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Here, an extensive conversation with Ben Ratliff is complemented by a series of reflections on Turner’s life, work, and utterly unique sound by longtime collaborators, students, and friends. Transcriptions and facsimiles of his musical notebooks offer further insight into an artist of exceptional depth and creative vision." I found the Turner interview and the essay by his wife especially revealing as to his motivations in his approach to the saxophone.
  9. I have that one also. It requires a tad bit more deep listening to fully appreciate than I have been able to devote so far.
  10. From a quick scan of my spreadsheet, these stood out as particularly memorable listening experiences limiting myself to one recording per pianist (which was especially difficult with Matthew Shipp): Geri Allen | Flying Toward The Sound | Motema Music Kenny Barron | Book Of Intuition | Impulse! Bill Carrothers | Joy Spring | Pirouet Records Marc Cary | For The Love Of Abbey | Motema Music Orrin Evans | Faith In Action | Posi-Tone Records Lafayette Gilchrist | Insideout | Creative Differences Alexander Hawkins | Song Singular | Babel Label Vijay Iyer | Historicity | ACT Music Myra Melford | Life Carries Me This Way | Firehouse 12 Records Aruán Ortiz | Hidden Voices | Intakt Records Matthew Shipp | The Conduct Of Jazz | Thirsty Ear Craig Taborn | Chants | ECM
  11. Happy birthday relyles!

    Thank you!
  12. Get there early to get your preferred seating. I have been there twice and both times they had a nice turnout. I thought about taking that drive, but I am more likely to head up to Goshen, MA to catch Tom Rainey Trio tonight - if I go anywhere.
  13. I'm debating whether to take the drive.
  14. Kris Allen Quartet Joanne Brackeen Trio
  15. It was good seeing Steve and Clifford Allen again. Fantastic music!