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Must-See Three – Jazz In NYC This Week

Michael Formanek’s Drome Trio w/ guest Angelica Sanchez   Roulette   Tuesday, January 24

“My intention was to write down my musical ideas and consciously bend them back around to where they started,” says Michael Formanek about his latest book of tunes. “This psychological trick that I played on myself was to try and keep me from thinking only in a strictly linear way.” The resourceful bassist’s band is inspired by the equilibrium of palindromes – the group likes to split things evenly, fore and aft. So really, when Formanek, drummer Vinnie Sperrazza and saxophonist Chet Doxas burrow into a piece, it’s all about P-L-I-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y and the smarts needed to keep symmetry at the top of the agenda. Ideas can seem elastic in these kind of gambits. Last summer at Downtown Music Gallery, Team Drome reminded how flexible a trio can be, with the leader pulling explosive taffy from his instrument, the horn player surveying the value of every phrase he concocted, and the percussionist handling all aspects of interrogation and ignition. It was magnificent. Let’s see how a sizable stage and an inventive new ally on piano amends their balance.


John Hebért Quartet    The Django  Thursday, January 25

When virtuosity is delivered through a judicious filter, its impact expands. The esteemed bassist is one of those improvisers whose playing makes everything around him blossom further than expected. Onstage, Hebért constantly applies his impressive skills – weighty like Mingus but slippery like Peacock – in ways that enhance the ensemble action, and the mates he’s chosen for this Django hit are all fellow travelers who have worked together in various subsets, sharing an aesthetic slant when it comes to nurturing a seasoned outcat eloquence. Check Hebért’s balanced lyricism on Lossing’s Folks record from last summer. Check saxophonist Adam Kolker’s interplay with Hebért on “In Or Out” from the horn player’s Flag Day. Check the eerie uplift from drummer Billy Mintz when all four of them exhale together on “Song Along The Way” from Kolker’s Reflections. The bandleader – who’s augmented ensembles led by heroes such as Andrew Hill and Paul Bley – knows how to cull from the tradition to choose a setlist that will tickle an audience. This is a kind of a go-anywhere, do-anything outfit, as entertaining as they are arty.

George Garzone + Ari Hoenig    Bar Bayeux       Friday, January 27

The feisty tenor saxophonist is one of those cats who wows a room, especially a cozy club like Bayeux. Last time he blew in from Boston, where his rep as a performer is iconic and his shadow as an academic is long, he was ready to roll, riding every splash, thud and paradiddle that drummer Jeff Watts threw his way. It’s a persuasive sound that comes from Garzone’s horn, as often filled with romance as it is bluster. With his longstanding freeprov unit The Fringe, he’s built a rep on being equally comfortable waxing sentimental or defiant. I’m recalling an “I Remember You” from a few years ago that managed to blend both emotions in one performance. I’m also recalling an ancient Providence gig where he was blowing so hard we thought the nails would come out of the walls. Now 72, Garzone is as ardent as ever; he doesn’t get to NYC as often as his local fans would like, but lately he has been hitting town with more frequency than previous. This time he shares the stage with the remarkably agile drummer Ari Hoenig. Be wise and swing by Prospect Lefferts Gardens to catch a dude who can make informed speculation scan as regal proclamation



Tim Berne/Gregg Belisle-Chi/Tom Rainey  Lowlands  January, Thursday 26

Joel Ross     Seeds      Wednesday, January 25-28

Jeff Davis, Eivind Opsvik, Jonathan Goldberger     MAIN DRAG       Wednesday, January 25

Free Birds    Jazz Gallery    Wednesday, January 25   

Sam Newsome / William Parker, Ellen Christi, Patricia Nicholson   Art For Arts show at Five Myles  Saturday, Jan 28

Brad Mehldau Village Vanguard Tuesday, January 23-29

Bill Charlap Trio Smoke January 26-29

Aaron Parks, Vincente Archer, Nasheet Waits Mezzrow Saturday, January 28

Jacob Garchik’s Clear Line iBeam Friday, January 27

Brandon Ross’ “Glyph/Sonic” Roulette Friday, January 27

Akiko Pavolka Trio Barbès Wednesday, January 25

Devin Gray/Chris Lightcap/Ralph Alessi      Endless Life Brewing     Saturday, January 28

Thulani Davis + Wadada Leo Smith     Harlem Stage    Friday, January 27  

Miles Okazaki residency       The Stone (at the New School)    January 25-28

Joel Harrison Roulette Thursday, January 26

Harish Raghavan LunÀtico Sunday, January 29

Oscar Noriega’s Crooked Quartet Barbès Friday, January 27

King Kozy (Michael Blake, Ed Cherry, Tony Scherr, Allan Mednard) LunÀtico Monday, January 30

Peter Evans + Elias Stemeseder     Record Shop, Red Hook     Friday, January 27 

Tim Berne’s Bat Channel Barbès Saturday, January 28

Mike McGinnis + 9 Road*Trip Band    Barbès  Tuesday, January 31   

Amir ElSaffar /  Michael Sarian  double bill   The Owl Music Parlor    Sunday, January 29  

Carmen Staaf/Caleb Wheeler Curtis/Jeremy Stratton/Keyon Gordon    Bar Bayeux  Thursday, Jan 26

Bookworms / Charmaine Lee / Nate Wooley’s Mutual Aid Music /  Piotr Orlov aka Dada Strain    Sisters    Wednesday, January 25








Butch Morris hits NYC (thx for heisted image – write me and i’ll add the credit)


He And His Outfit Are Connected Enough To Make Each Of Their Gambits Feel Genuinely Momentous

He And His Outfit Are Connected Enough To Make Each Of Their Gambits Feel Genuinely Momentous

Forget 10, Here’s 20 (Best Jazz Albums of 2012)


1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Ode  (Nonesuch)

2. John Abercrombie –  Within A Song   (ECM)

3. Kris Davis – Aeriol Piano   (Clean Feed)

4. Ravi Coltrane – Spirit Fiction     (Blue Note)

5. Luciana Souza  – Duo III   (Sunnyside)

6. Paradoxical Frog – Union   (Clean Feed)

7. Ahmad Jamal  –  Blue Moon     (Jazz Village)

8. Billy Hart – All Our Reasons   (ECM)

9. Tim Berne – Snakeoil    (ECM)

10. Orrin Evans – Flip The Script     (Posi-Tone)

11. Ryan Truesdell – Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans  (ArtistShare)

12. David Virelles – Continuum  (Pi) 

13. Vijay Iyer Trio – Accelerando (ACT)

14. Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing  (Smalltown Supersound)

15. Mary Halvorson – Bending Bridges   (Firehouse 12) 

16. Masabumi Kikuchi – Sunrise  (ECM)

17. Jon Irabagon’s Outright!  – Unhinged  (Irabbagast)

18. Darius Jones Quartet – Book of Mae’Bull  (AUM Fidelity)

19. Steve Lehman Trio – Dialect Florescent (Pi)

20. Frank Kimbrough Trio – Live At Kitano (Palmetto)

Don’t go thinking this list in any hierarchical order – Brad’s not top and Frank’s not bottom. 





The Newport Jazz Festival takes over Fort Adams (and the Tennis HOF) this weekend.

Here are 10 Shows Not To Miss

Above is the Spotify Soundtrack.


Of Monsters and Men hit VEVO


Esta Mundo Complex, No question about it.



Was just listening to Pat Metheny’s spin on “Walk, Don’t Run” and it reminded me of Bill Frisell’s redesign of “Juliet of the Spirits.”