Jon Christensen (1943-2020)

ECM Records writes on Facebook: Jon Christensen, one of the great drummers of modern jazz and improvisation beyond jazz, has died aged 76.As a young self-taught player, Jon honed his craft working at Oslo’s clubs with a long list of visiting American stars, beginning with Bud Powell and including Don Ellis, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Kenny Dorham and Dexter Gordon. Dexter famously encouraged Jon to … Continue reading Jon Christensen (1943-2020)

Lyle Mays (1953 – 2020)

ECM Records Press Release Lyle Mays, the American pianist and composer best known for his work with Pat Metheny, has died, aged 66.After an early engagement in Woody Herman’s group the Wisconsin born musician met guitarist Metheny in 1974, with whom he later founded the Pat Metheny Group, for which he was effectively orchestrator and arranger as well as creative soloist, helping to define the … Continue reading Lyle Mays (1953 – 2020)

Dan Rosenboom – Absurd in the Anthropocene

In a time marked by unpredictability and absurd realities, music imbued with spontaneity and improvisation seems especially relevant. Internationally recognized trumpet player and composer-producer-entrepreneur Dan Rosenboom embraces the chaos and seeks to endow us with hope and joy along the way. ABSURD IN THE ANTHROPOCENE – out January 31, 2020 via Gearbox Records – is in line with his abstract musicianship and virtuous experimentalism but, … Continue reading Dan Rosenboom – Absurd in the Anthropocene

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John Tchicai Quartet – Live at the Stone

Released January 17, 2020. An artist needs to have complete control over their work. So releasing a posthumous work by one of the most substantial artists in the history of jazz makes me a bit uncomfortable. It’s not just Tchicai who has left us. Garrison is gone. And Steve, who I literally just shook hands with a moment ago at an Arts for Arts Garden … Continue reading John Tchicai Quartet – Live at the Stone

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Albert Ayler – New York Eye And Ear Control

Released January 1, 1965. It isn’t strictly an Albert Ayler album but a very interesting collaborative freely improvised soundtrack project for Michael Snow’s film of the same name. Recorded in July 1964 by Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray. Liner notes, photos and more… digitally remastered from the original tapes. Michael Snow, the Toronto based film maker and … Continue reading Albert Ayler – New York Eye And Ear Control