Steve Reynolds

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  • Birthday 04/25/1960

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Wayne, NJ
  • Interests music of all sorts that gets my heart pumping, live improvisational music, Car auctions on TV, Red Sox & Patriots

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  1. How do you define genius , as it pertains to jazz?

    “Useful & enjoyable” to whom? Plus are all the jazz geniuses dead?
  2. How do you define genius , as it pertains to jazz?

    Quite arbitrary in my view. Since I'm not versed in classical I cannot comment but it's interesting that John Butcher was listed above. I'm an admirer and some of what I've heard from him is of the first order of modern saxophonists but I'd certainly believe just from a saxophone perspective that Joe Maneri, Evan Parker, Mats Gustaffson, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Lacy, Tony Malaby, Anthony Braxton, or even Urs Leimgruber or Martin Kuchen would also then have to be considered. I think Dave Rempis is as talented and brilliant a player and thinker as almost anyone playing today. But he's not well known at all and will probably never be so is he never considered for approval as a member into some sort of pantheon. Kind of Kennedy center honors - what a tucking bore that scene is...but Rempis is kinda like Peter Kowald - well there is a genius right there - as is Barry Guy but neither of them make the grade either. and of course others I don't know or prefer, etc. who is to say that it's just Miles or Monk or Duke? Keith Rowe for me is just as brilliant as anyone to my ears. whether they influenced or are well known to us are really not much of a consideration, in my view. I certainly believe Joe Maneri was a improvisational genius of the highest order and I think the same of his son. Whether anyone here agrees here or anywhere is of no concern to me. I've got ears and I know how to listen. enough out of me - resume.... Let The Horse Go
  3. Wynton Marsalis

    That one is on my list:)
  4. How do you define genius , as it pertains to jazz?

    I like Clifford's approach I will add Joe Maneri and his son Mat plus Agusti Fernandez & Paul Bley for two amazing pianists new potential younger voices like Nate Wooley, Mary Halvorsen & Ches Smith I hear it in them and others but we all hear differently or some don't hear it or listen at all.....
  5. Wynton Marsalis

    Glad you are into two of my favorites You would be well served to get Tensegrity - a 4 CD box of Barry Guy's Blue Shroud band in small formations. Evans is prominently featured and his spots are spectacular. of course Mats is all over the 2 previous small formations boxes of Guy's New Orchestra - Mad Dogs (5CDs) & Mad Dogs on the Loose (4CDs). These feature more well known mostly veterans of the scene (Evan Parker, Trevor Watts, Paul Lytton, Johannes Bauer, etc.) both ensembles include the great pianist Agusti Fernandez and his work with Gustaffson is priceless. There is a set with Parker-Guy-Lytton with Agusti added that is amazing. Both earlier boxes have great Tarfala sets - Mats with Guy & Raymond Strid at the kit. For my $$$ this is Gustaffson's sweet spot and the set on the earlier box is my favorite set I've ever heard him play. all 3 boxes on Not Two records - for me they are the best free improvisation releases of the past 10 years. Best sounding, best editing and the musicians are clearly focused and relaxed. Plus look at who is playing on the first two - and the younger players on the later discs that I was unfamiliar with are wonderful. There are a couple of saxophonists and multi-instrumentalists that stunned me with their abilities. I think Mad Dogs on The Loose is available for decent $$ as is Tensegrity. The first box looks to have become a bit pricey. An aside from before about "rudiments" Or and idea that free jazz dudes don't know even the rudiments was laughable 25 years ago, today writing that is a parody of some sort. One wonders if some have ever even listened to what some of these people are doing/playing. I attended the Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio shows a few weeks back. Rudiments indeed!!!
  6. Wynton Marsalis

    I've been listening to the Ware trio shows from October 2010 with Parker & Warren Smith. As has been said above, the influence from Ayler et al is obviously unmistakable yet his sound is almost timeless if you contrast it with Birth of a Being from 76/77 (an astounding trio with Cooper-Moore & Marc Edwards). However he is really more out of Rollins than Ayler and certainly the Coltrane influence is less than many/most of his contemporaries. the alternate downtown thread with people like Berne, Malaby and now Rainey, Maneri's, Kris Davis, Darius Jones, Ches Smith, Mary Halvorsen and many more is many moons apart from the late 60's free scene. In addition the wide range of music being made by these people and others is astonishing and mostly wildly creative and surprising. I'll say the same for the musicians from Chicago I've heard like Tameka Reid, Jamie Branch, Mike Reed, Jason Stein and many others. I think Vandermark's large ensemble music of the past 20 years is thoroughly undervalued and underheard. The Territory Band and Resonance Ensemble recordings are in most cases spectacular or close to it. as far as the Euros, I tend to enjoy the free and abstract music that has existed and continues to thrive even more than the vibrant creative music being played here. next Friday Tony Malaby with Daniel Levin & RANDY PETERSON in New Haven, CT
  7. Favorite Records by Living Pianists Since 2000

    Not going to list recordings but here are some of the living pianists that have piqued my interest (bedsides the well known names I like/love like Cecil Taylor) Cooper-Moore Kris Davis David Virelles Alexander Hawkins John Escreet Lucien Ban Craig Taborn
  8. Tim Berne's Snakeoil US Tour Dates

    I see this sort of Jazz often but Berne's Snakeoil is unique. Ches is one of a kind and Berne's compositions are challenging. I just saw them 10 days ago. I brought a good friend who had never seen a jazz show, let alone a somewhat 'out' band like this. He loved it, bought the CD and is going to see them again on 12/1 in New Haven. He is also going with me to see Tony Malaby, Daniel Levin & RANDY PETERSON. If he loves THAT band, his life will change forever. Berne was also hilarious and did a 30 minute sit down talk/Q&A and he told some cool funny stories.
  9. NYC Winter Jazzfest 2018

    I hope this is the case next year. No reason to muck up the greatest music in the world with the "resistance" movement. I did attend a show earlier this year sponsored by similar movement/people and I chose to leave while the "poet" booked in between 2 great bands spewed some vile cop killing nonsense. Plus even if I agreed with him, he wasn't any good. A whole slew of other "poets" were booked throughout the weeks long event and I'm sure the content was similar.
  10. NYC Winter Jazzfest 2018

    Ugh nothing like politicizing the music/festival to take all the spirit out of it
  11. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    I'll be there by 7:15 or so. Show starts at 8:00. I hope that's early enough.
  12. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    I've never noticed. I'll be checking tonight.
  13. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    Tim Berne's Snakeoil At Atlas Studios in Newburgh, NY bringing a good friend who has never seen or heard this sort of music.
  14. Tim Berne's Snakeoil US Tour Dates

    I think I'm going to the Newburgh NY show on 9/14. Only ~40 miles and a nice change from NYC:)
  15. Yo La Tengo

    Thanks to this thread being updated, I put on the year 2000 recording, "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out". Although not as strong as it's awesome predecessor, "I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One". Much better than the more recent 2006 & 2013 releases which fell very flat to these ears.