Review: Charmaine Lee Solo at Wonders of Nature, Sep 5, 2018

Vocalist Charmaine Lee opened a three-set bill at Wonders of Nature on Wednesday, September 5. Using an amplifier and distortion effects, Lee created explosions of ecstatic, attacking sound with vibrations like abrasions, collisions, and disruptions which she occasionally disrupted with vocalized words or phrases. She performed the entire 10-minute set with her back to the

Playlist for the Week of September 10, 2018

Charles Tyler Ensemble – Voyage from Jericho (Ak-Ba Records, 1975) [vinyl] Andrew Raffo Dewar – Reflejo (pfMentum, 2018) Lucas Brode’s Spying – self-titled (Self-released, 2018) Kuzu – Hiljaisuus (Astral Spirits, 2018) [vinyl] Choi Sun Bae Quartet – Arirang Fantasy (No Business, 2018) Kaoru Abe/Sabu Toyozumi – Mannyoka (No Business, 2018) Carol Liebowitz & Birgitta Flick – Malita-Malika (Leo, 2018) Devin Gray

Review: Lucas Brode and Kevin Shea Live at the Troost, August 22

Electric guitarist Lucas Brode and drummer Kevin Shea met for an ambient duo performance at the Troost on Wednesday, August 22. What I heard defied all expectations that I had about these two musicians and represented a new dimension of their work (for me anyway). Shea opened with light shimmering cymbal work to which Brode

Review: Brian Chase and Zeena Parkins Live at San Damiano Church, Brooklyn

On Monday, August 20, drummer Brian Chase and harpist Zeena Parkins played a series of groundbreaking pieces at San Damiano Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was one of those electric New York evenings. When I arrived at the venue, there was a line outside of pensive audience members ready to experience something new and unexpected.

Review: Jeremiah Cymerman – Decay of the Angel

Before I sat down to listen to Jeremiah Cymerman’s Decay of the Angel, I studied the album art and noticed the note at the end of the Bandcamp description, “For maximum experience, listening with headphones or on loud speakers is strongly encouraged. – The composer”. Immediately, it is apparent that Cymerman intends not only to engage,

Solidarity with New York Musicians

At Jazz Right Now, we have been positively overwhelmed by the response to our recent post about challenges faced by members of the musicians’ community. The post went viral on social media and drew many vocal supporters. In consultation with the musicians involved, we have elected to remove the post to avoid any possible backlash

Solidarity with New York Musicians [Updated Post]

At Jazz Right Now, we have been positively overwhelmed by the response to our recent post about challenges faced by members of the musicians’ community. The post went viral on social media and drew many vocal supporters. In consultation with the musicians involved, we have elected to remove the post to avoid any possible backlash

Playlist for the Week of August 20, 2018

Unconscious Collective – Pleistocene Moon (Tofu Carnage, 2014) [vinyl] Mahobin – Live at Big Apple in Kobe (Libra, 2018) Leroy Jenkins & The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra – For Players Only (JCOA, 1975) [vinyl] Alexander von Schlippenbach & Aki Takase – Live at Cafe Amores (No Business, 2018) Cuong Vu 4-tet – Change in the Air (Rare Noise, 2018) Dave Rempis,

Artist Feature: Guitarist Jessica Ackerley

Jessica Ackerley is a leading guitarist in her generation of improvisers and experimentalists in Brooklyn today. Originally from Alberta, and having trained at Grant MacEwan and Rutgers, she has played with many contemporary figures since arriving in New York City in 2013. Her debut record as a leader, Coalesce, was one of the underground surprises of

Review: Luke Stewart – Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier

This week I had the great pleasure of viewing Yo-Yo Ma’s Tiny Desk Concert on NPR’s website. I’ve been a fan of his playing for years, especially his rendition(s) of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites (of which I was introduced to through the legendary cellist Pablo Casals[1]). Like most of the series, the worldly performer