With the passing of avant-garde visionary behemoth David S. Ware this past October at 62 years too young, a monumental crater was forever ingrained in the jazz lexicon. Ware, in supreme alliance with fellow trailblazers like pianist colossus Matthew Shipp and bassist/composer extraordinaire William ... More >>
Bill Orcutt is an American noise music and experimental icon. For a too-brief but essential period in the '90s, Orcutt, with drummer and then-partner Adris Hoyos, terrorized audiences in the Miami-based Harry Pussy, a devastatingly atonal and confrontational noise animal that melted free jazz's spir ... More >>
Trio 3 featuring Jason Moran
Thursday, July 19
Better than: Bidness as usual.
In theory, last night's gig by a piano-augmented version of Trio 3 had its share of conventions. For starters, Oliver Lake stood out front on the bandstand at Birdland with an alto saxophone, the presumptive le ... More >>
A Spotify playlist of Sam Rivers' work is here.
Jazz composer, multi-instrumentalist, and organizer Sam Rivers died of pneumonia on December 26. Rivers' importance to the American jazz avant-garde extended beyond his recordings and performances. In his demonstration of artistic self-reliance and co ... More >>