When AUM Fidelity head Steven Joerg told the Voice that "Giants walk among us and you got to fucking pay attention," it was absolute that avant-garde jazz pianist Matthew Shipp was in his canon. Alongside the likes of William Parker, David S. Ware, Daniel Carter, Roy Campbell, Joe Morris, and Sabir ... More >>
While working in organist Jack McDuff's band in 1979, guitarist Marc Ribot learned not to "hit the obvious note," a guideline he's followed ever since. As a sideman, he's strummed for the likes of Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, the Lounge Lizards, and John Zorn; on his own, he moves from solo guitar to ... More >>
In an interview with the Voice last year, AUM Fidelity head Steven Joerg made his mantra crystal clear: "Giants walk among us now, and you've got to fucking pay attention." For the last fifteen years, the proprietor and sole employee of the Brooklyn-based jazz and avant-soul label has been documenti ... More >>
If ever there was a dude who exudes the air of spiritual illumination while being a total badass, saxophonist figurehead Darius Jones is it. In conversation, the burly alto overlord fuses his devout Southern rearing with New York City crud and attitude, as well as impassioned and bleeding respect fo ... 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 >>
Bernie Worrell and SociaLybrium doing "Super Stupid" a few days back
(Le) Poisson Rouge/Kenny's Castaways/Sullivan Hall
Saturday, June 12
Just as the Vision Festival furthers its avant brand with smaller annual productions, the Winter Jazzfest braintrust expanded its reach this pa ... More >>
Summit EntertainmentWatch out: Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla on the cheerfully combative Midwest noise-pop of Wussy.
Ira Kantor follows the thread from deceased cult-folkie Laura Nyro all the way to her gritty rapper son, Gil-T.
Larry B ... More >>