Kind greetings once again & in hopes this finds you well,
We are very pleased indeed to announce the imminent release (available direct from AUM now) of two wonderful new albums!
Also herein: notice of highly recommended (very soon!) coming events in NYC, Spain, Italy, Paris, Tufts University. Read and click on!
WHIT DICKEY–MAT MANERI–MATTHEW SHIPP
Vessel in Orbit
(AUM101) CD digipak
Click album cover to Listen & Order;
special combo offers are also available.
Whit Dickey: drums
Mat Maneri: viola
Matthew Shipp: piano
Vessel in Orbit presents the first new group music in over a decade from singular drummer-composer Whit Dickey. And a most welcome return it is! This is astonishing sonic architecture. A richly melodic and deeply focused album, with structural integrity and emotional resonance at its core. It was created together with the equally impeccable improvisers Mat Maneri on viola and pianist Matthew Shipp; each of these men has a lifetime commitment to creative music, and they share a musical relationship with one another that dates back decades. Dickey’s wonderfully inviting compositional structures provide fertile platforms for his esteemed colleagues and, par for his work as a leader, he cedes the spotlight to the collective as a whole. Wide-open listening and fluid expression abound here. This is a very special release, folks.
(((Listen))) to album lead-off track "Spaceship 9"
WILLIAM PARKER & STEFANO SCODANIBBIO
(CENT1013) CD 6-panel digipak
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William Parker: bass, composition
Stefano Scodanibbio: bass, composition
Bass Duo presents the historic and only performance meeting of these two renowned and innovative bass masters, each representing distinct musical traditions; both fully committed to the summit at hand. It was recorded during the Udin&Jazz 2008 Festival in Udine, Italy at Teatro San Giorgio.
William Parker (Bronx, NY, January 10, 1952) ought be well familiar to all recipients of this email, but a quick recap.. William was heralded some time ago by the Village Voice as “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time”. He has been a key figure in the New York and European creative music scenes since the 1970s, and has appeared on well over 150 albums to date. He has also been perpetually presenting his own far-ranging and highly acclaimed work as a leader since the mid-90s.
Stefano Scodanibbio (Macerata, Italy, June 18, 1956 / Cuernavaca, Mexico, January 8, 2012). During his too short lifetime Scodanibbio was renowned as an interpreter and collaborator with many of the major composers writing for the contrabass (Bussotti, Donatoni, Estrada, Ferneyhough, Frith, Globokar, Xenakis), and he performed dozens of works written especially for him in major festivals throughout the world. The Los Angeles Times acclaimed his “dazzling, disciplined virtuosity,” stating that “he lifted the instrument into new realms.”
This concert recording was produced for release by William Parker on his own Centering Records imprint, and is pressed in a special edition of 1,000 copies. Packaged in a deluxe 6-panel digipak, it features liner notes by fellow bassist-composer Mark Dresser, and Parker himself.
Upcoming & Highly Recommended Events
(some are Tomorrow!)
Cooper-Moore / The Under_Line Salon !
The great Cooper-Moore performs solo & shares stories
with William Parker as part of this crucial salon series.
NYC - David Gage String Instruments
Eri Yamamoto in Spain !
Eri Yamamoto bring her beautiful music and essence to Spain this month!
Valencia - Solo at Espai de la Música Mestre Vila
Miranda de Ebro - Trio at Mira Jazz
Bilbao - Trio at Bilbao Jazz
Valencia - Solo at Cafe Mercedes in Valencia
And Then Yo La Tengo Turned Itself Inside Out !
One of my all-time favorite bands decided to schedule this utterly compelling event on a day that I'll be out of town (daarg!). The great Daniel Carter and Chad Taylor and 7 additional outstanding improvisers will join Yo La Tengo in re-interpolating works from their tremendous oevre. There are still a few tickets available..
NYC - Town Hall
William Parker Organ Quartet in Italy & France !
William Parker: bass / Hamid Drake: drums
Cooper-Moore: organ / James Brandon Lewis: tenor sax
Tremendous combo! The first tour! An Organ Quartet album was made in 2010 (with Gerald Cleaver on drums & Darryl Foster on sax). Some copies of that CD are still available!
Lugano, Italy - RSI Studio 2
Bergamo, Italy - Teatro Donizetti
San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy - Auditorium Comunale
Paris, France - Banlieus Bleues
William Parker–Daniel Carter-Matthew Shipp !
Symposium & Performance: Art, Race, and Politics in America
Medford, MA - Tufts University
Thank you - as ever - for reading, and continuing to support the work of these great artists & the great work we do with them.
Many cheers; may we all forward with compassion and fortitude,
Steven / AUM