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Lisa Mezzacappa: avantNOIR

Read "avantNOIR" reviewed by Nicola Negri

avantNOIR--an homage to the tradition of hard-boiled fiction and film noir? The imaginary soundtrack for an abstract crime novel? A reimagining of Fifties' jazz combos through the language of avant-garde? This new record by bassist Lisa Mezzacappa is all of the above and much, much more.

Equally inspired by the hard-boiled novels of ...

Lisa Mezzacappa: avantNOIR

Read "avantNOIR" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The underlying story for this album by West Coast bassist, composer and improviser, Lisa Mezzacappa emanates from her fascination with Paul Auster's New York Trilogy, Dashiell Hammett's crime stories and similar literary works. Hence, the program casts a visual of nighttime in an intimidating metropolis. Toss in several progressive jazz motifs that parallel an action-packed detective ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David James's GPS: Billionaire Blues

Read "Billionaire Blues" reviewed by Mark Werlin

A community of independent-minded creative musicians persists in Northern California in spite of skyrocketing rents, the collapse of the Fillmore Jazz District, and the flight of fellow artists to points south (L.A.), and East (New York, Europe). Most of the new jazz music written and performed in the Bay Area is not commercially recorded or marketed ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Aaron Bennett / Darren Johnston / Lisa Mezzacappa / Frank Rosaly: Shipwreck 4

Read "Shipwreck 4" reviewed by John Sharpe

Named after the Oakland studio where the disc was recorded, the Shipwreck 4 brings together three West Coast improvisers with Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly for a program of six collectively created selections. As apparent on Everybody's Somebody's Nobody (Clean Feed, 2016), his duet with guitarist Fred Frith, trumpeter Darren Johnston's work maintains a melodic core, albeit ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bay Area Meets Chicago For A New Quartet CD Release With Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa And Frank Rosaly - "Shipwreck 4"

Bay Area Meets Chicago For A New Quartet CD Release With Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa And Frank Rosaly - "Shipwreck 4"

Shipwreck 4 celebrates the first quartet meeting of jny: San Francisco Bay Area improvisers Darren Johnston, Aaron Bennett and Lisa Mezzacappa with jny: Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly. Johnston, a major figure in the Bay Area music scene, has nonetheless retained close ties to Chicago’s jazz community, and made the introductions here—the group assembled to play a ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

The New Frequencies Festival: February 4–7 At Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco

The New Frequencies Festival: February 4–7 At Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco

An adventurous underground music festival, New Frequencies Fest: Jazz@YBCA will present exclusive performances and one-time-only events from trans-generational and revolutionary artists, composers and trailblazer musicians whose work blends a variety of influences, genres, traditions, and styles. Jazz@YBCA is part of a two year artist’s residency featuring Myra Melford,the award-winning pianist, composer, Guggenheim Fellow and 2013 Doris Duke ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Touch and Go Sextet: Live at the Novara Jazz Festival

Read "Live at the Novara Jazz Festival" reviewed by Robert Bush

Drummer Vijay Anderson formed the Touch and Go Sextet in the Bay Area as a vehicle for performing and interpreting the works of visiting musicians, but his concurrent studies with alto sax legend Roscoe Mitchell gave him the confidence to steer this three-reed, one trumpet and double-bass ensemble into original compositions, the results of which are ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Moers Festival 2014

Read "Moers Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Moers Festival
Moers , Germany
June, 6-9, 2014

Moers is a small city of about 100,000 inhabitants at the periphery of the former mining and industrial Ruhrpott area in Germany, about 40 km from the Dutch border and near the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf. Moers Festival, a four-day annual event always ...

Lisa Mezzacappa Trio: X Marks The Question

Read "X Marks The Question" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

X Marks The Question is one of two concurrent September 2013 releases on separate record labels by burgeoning San Francisco Bay Area-based, bassist composer Lisa Mezzacappa. On Comeuppance (Not Two Records, 2013) she fronts a quartet featuring saxophonist Aaron Bennett but here, spearheads a power-packed progressive jazz trio, highlighting lead soloist, guitarist Chris Welcome. And as ...

Cory Wright Outfit: Apples + Oranges

Read "Apples + Oranges" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Sassofonista tenore e clarinettista attivo nell'area di San Francisco, Cory Wright ha collaborato con formazioni dirette da Anthony Braxton, Vinny Golia, Yusef Lateef. Nel suo lavoro è coinvolta spesso l'apprezzata contrabbassista Lisa Mezzacappa, presente in questa registrazione, come nel gruppo The Green Mitchell Trio, da lui diretto.

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