Wednesday, February 09, 2005

More odds and ends

There's an article in the Seattle Times about Herbie Hancock back out on the road with the Directions in Music ensemble including Michael Brecker and Ray Hargrove:

Directions in Music, which debuted in 2001 at Toronto's Massey Hall as a nod to John Coltrane and Miles Davis and won two Grammys in 2002, could have been just another yawner tribute band. But in fact, it is a taut, scintillating ensemble in the white-heat modal style of the late '60s. In concert, especially, it brings out the best in Hargrove.

The new issue of Downbeat is actually quite interesting, featuring a lead article about the collaboration between Pharoah Sanders and Kenny Garrett as well as a collaboration between organists Jimmy Smith and Joey DeFrancesco. Also, there are some pretty well written reviews of Jason Moran's Same Mother and I Have the Room Above Her by Paul Motian, Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell including a rare 4 1/2 star nod from DB arch-curmudgeon John McDonough.

Finally, saxophonist and composer Brain Patenaude has scheduled the CD release party for his new disc Distance at the WAMC concert space in Albany, NY on March 19th:

Distance CD Release Party Saturday 3/19 @ WAMC Performing Arts Studio's Linda Norris Auditorium (8pm) 339 Central Ave., Albany, NY - (518) 465-5233 Ext. 4 featuring: George Muscatello (g), Ryan Lukas (b), Danny Whelchel (d) w/s/g Dave Payette (p & fr)

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