Thursday, August 2, 2018

Jesse Fischer - Flipped II (2018)

Flipped II is the next installment of the series that began with Flipped (2010) and continued with Vein Melter (2015), the Herbie Hancock/Head Hunters tribute collaboration with multi-instrumentalist/producer Sly5thAve. Picking up where Vein Melter left off, Flipped II is a love letter to the hard bop, soul jazz, and jazz fusion of the late 60’s/early 70’s, as seen thru the lens of golden era hip-hop beats and future jazz sounds of today. 

About Jesse Fischer: Jesse Fischer is a Brooklyn-based pianist, producer and engineer, known for his warm, soulful touch and emphasis on melody, groove, storytelling and emotion, along with his affinity for combining elements of jazz, hip-hop, electronic, and traditional Jewish, African, and American roots music. His previous album, Day Dreamer (2015) featured special guests Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Takuya Kuroda, Zach Brock, and Leon “Foster” Thomas. He is also one-half of the Vein Melter project with saxophonist/arranger Sly5thAve, and is known for his inventive remixes of artists like Gregory Porter, Emily King, Takuya Kuroda, and Hiatus Kaiyote. Previous supporters include tastemakers like Gilles Peterson, Anthony Valadez, and Soulection. As an engineer, he has worked on recent and upcoming releases from Justin Brown, Samora Pinderhughes, and Christian Scott. 

“Pianist/composer/producer Jesse Fischer is undoubtedly a man of many talents, but what truly makes him a standout musician is his uncanny ability to reinterpret some of our favorite songs.”
— SoulBounce 

“Jesse Fischer plays with astounding energy; creative ideas seem to issue forth from his hands to his instruments at a geyser-like rate.” 
— Downbeat

1. Intro 01:14
2. Punjab (feat. Billy Buss & Godwin Louis) 04:44
3. Creepin' (feat. Jaime Woods) 05:10
4. Fall (feat. Sly5thAve) 03:51
5. The Intrepid Fox 06:18
6. Naima 05:07
7. Alone and I 04:00

Jesse Fischer: piano, Rhodes, organ, Moog Little Phatty, Juno 106, Prophet REV2, DX7, glockenspiel, melodica, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, MPC 2000XL, drum programming, sound design 


Billy Buss: trumpet (2, 5) 
Godwin Louis: alto sax (2, 5) 
Jaime Woods: vocals (3) 
Sly5thAve: flute, tenor and bari sax, Bb and bass clarinet (4) 
Clynt Yerkes: trumpet and flugelhorn (4) 
Keita Ogawa: percussion (5) 
Mino Cinélu: percussion (3) 
Kenneth An: auxiliary percussion (6) 

"Intro" by Jesse Fischer (Soul Cycle Music, ASCAP). "Punjab" by Joe Henderson (EMI Unart Catalog Inc., BMI). "Creepin'" by Stevie Wonder (Jobete Music, Black Bull Music, ASCAP). "Fall" by Wayne Shorter (Miyako Music, BMI). "The Intrepid Fox" by Freddie Hubbard (Hubtones Music, BMI). "Naima" by John Coltrane (Jowcol Music, BMI). "Alone and I" by Herbie Hancock (Hancock Music, BMI). 

Produced and arranged by Jesse Fischer for Soul Cycle Music. 
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jesse Fischer at Electrik Indigo Sound, Brooklyn, NY. 
Acoustic piano recorded at Big Orange Sheep, Brooklyn, NY. 
Assistant engineers: Morgan Guerin, Kenneth An, Charlie Culbert 
Graphic design: Roland leFox

A.M.I.S. Quartet - For Frank Wright (CATALYTIC SOUND August 2, 2018)

Live recording at CCAM, Vandoeuvre - Lés - Nancy, on May 6, 1992

1. Untitled 10:59
2. Untitled 07:00
3. Untitled 14:02
4. Untitled 09:07
5. Untitled 03:39
6. Untitled 05:52
7. Untitled 09:11
8. Untitled 06:04
9. Untitled 05:06

Joe McPhee: Valve Trombone, Soprano Saxophone
Daunik Lazro: Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Andre Jaume: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Jerome Bourdellon: Bass Flute, Alto Flute, C Flute, Piccolo Flute, Bass Clarinet

Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler & Chris Corsano - A History of Nothing (CATALYTIC SOUND 2018)

"A History of Nothing, [Amado's] debut on the Austrian Trost Records, features five improv-centric tunes authored and sculpted by the same quartet that made This Is Our Language (Not Two Records, 2012) a reference in the genre. Namely, Joe McPhee on soprano saxophone and pocket trumpet, Kent Kessler on double bass, and Chris Corsano on drums. 

Amado’s quartet is in peak form, exerting another biting album that comprehends both volcanic and ruminative sonic layers. Just let the freedom touch you while enjoying this finely calibrated commotion." (Filipe Freitas)

Rodrigo Amado - tenor saxophone
Joe McPhee - pocket trumpet, soprano saxophone
Kent Kessler - double bass
Chris Corsano - drums

Ken Vandermark - Homework 1: (For Muhal Richard Abrams, Curtis Mayfield & Dinah Washington) CATALYTIC SOUND 2018

1. B Movie 23:05
2. Series B 13:45
3. Película B 14:24
4. B Eiga 19:18

Music performed and improvised by

Andrew Clinkman: guitar (left)
Steve Marquette: guitar (right)
Macie Stewart: keyboard and violin
Phil Sudderberg: drums
Ken Vandermark: reeds

As part of the special edition Marker live box set "Roadwork 1 / Roadwork 2 / Homework 1", we are happy to release Systems vs. Artifacts digital album of Homework 1.

Recorded by Dave Zuchowski at The Hungry Brain, Chicago on February 18, 2018. Mixed and mastered by Dave Zuchowski at One Room Studio.

Marker - Roadwork 1 / Roadwork 2 / Homework 1 (3CD Box Set) CATALYTIC SOUND 2018

On July 16th, Audiographic Records will officially release its first Special Edition: 140 copies of a 3 CD boxset by the band Marker, called "Roadwork 1 & 2/Homework 1." The material was recorded at three concerts during the group's tour of the Southeast, in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Chicago. Catalytic Sound is now taking advance orders for this $30 collection, which will also be on sale at the shows held on Marker's upcoming Midwest tour, from July 6th to 13th (see for listings).

These recordings will be made available through Audiographic's Systems vs. Artifacts imprint as digital download albums, also on July 16th. The ensemble's first album, "Wired For Sound," received 5 stars from the Free Jazz Collective, as well as other accolades. With this new collection from Marker listeners will be able to hear how far the band has come since that initial album was released."

Ken Vandermark

CD 1: ROADWORK New Orleans (for Ed Blackwell, Irma Thomas, and Allen Toussaint) 

Track listing: 

1. Accordéon (15:47) 

2. French Dress (20:51) 

Recorded by Danny Kadar and Joe Stolarick at The Mint during The Instigation Festival, New Orleans on January 25, 2018. Mixed and mastered by Dave Zuchowski at One Room Studio. 

CD 2: ROADWORK Atlanta (for James Brown, Marion Brown, and Mary Lou Williams) 

Track listing: 

1. Shunpike (15:50) 

2. Deguchi (21.04) 

3. Salida (19:39) 

4. Detour (15:58) 

Recorded by Andrew Wiggins at The Earl, Atlanta on January 31, 2018. Mastered by Dave Zuchowski at One Room Studio. 

CD 3: HOMEWORK Chicago (for Muhal Richard Abrams, Curtis Mayfield, and Dinah Washington) 

Track listing: 

1. B Movie (23:16) 

2. Series B (13.47) 

3. Película B (14:24) 

4. B Eiga (19:45) 

Recorded by Dave Zuchowski at The Hungry Brain, Chicago on February 18, 2018. Mixed and mastered by Dave Zuchowski at One Room Studio. 

Compositions by Ken Vandermark (Twenty First Mobile Music/ASCAP-Cien Fuegos)

Endangered Blood - Don't Freak Out (SKIRL RECORDS 2018)

1. Passion Fruit Birthday Cake 03:41
2. Koreana 04:12
3. Easy Blues 04:53
4. Varmints 07:59
5. Waiting For Marni 05:12
6. Complimenti 05:29
7. Diego Partido 05:53
8. Bella V 04:33

Mattson 2 Play "A Love Supreme" (SPIRITUAL PAJAMAS August 17, 2018)

Identical Twins Jared & Jonathan Mattson Create a Bold, Modern Reimagining of John Coltrane’s Revered Masterpiece A Love Supreme 

On Mattson 2 Play “A Love Supreme,” out August 17, 2018 via Spiritual Pajamas, the brothers translate the iconic saxophonist’s spiritual vision into a thrilling 21st-century electric exploration 

John Coltrane’s 1965 magnum opus A Love Supreme is one of the most revered and influential recordings in the history of jazz, widely regarded as the iconic saxophonist’s masterpiece. It might seem audacious at the very least to undertake a new recording of such a foundational album, but twin brothers Jared & Jonathan Mattson are nothing if not sonic risk-takers. 

With their new release Mattson 2 Play “A Love Supreme,” the duo reimagines Coltrane’s avant-garde epic through a 21st-century lens, creating a new interpretation that remains faithful to the questing spirit of the original while pushing the music into bold new territory – which itself is fully in keeping with the composer’s forward-looking vision. The album, due out August 17, 2018 via Spiritual Pajamas, translates the Coltrane Quartet’s acoustic jazz explorations into a modern language swathed in a haze of analog synths, ecstatic guitars, transcendent grooves and enveloping atmospherics. 

“The purpose of our reinterpretation of A Love Supreme was to lean into the spirit of exploration and transformation that’s embodied in jazz.” says Jonathan Mattson. “We don’t claim to be traditional jazz musicians, for us it’s about creatively adapting the art form, decontextualizing it, and exploring the genre in new ways. Jazz has been confined to such a narrow definition over the years and we want to make sure the genre continues to grow and evolve. It should be a living, breathing thing.” 

That mission certainly fits with Coltrane’s own intentions for the piece, which is less a set composition than a framework for spiritual communion through improvisation. The Mattson brothers have a particular advantage when it comes to achieving that level of communication: the unique telepathy that exists between identical twins, an unspoken empathy that they refer to as “twinchronicity.” In A Love Supreme, the Mattsons saw a way to channel that rare connection into expansive new horizons. 

The duo undertook an intensive study of the original composition, Coltrane’s notes, and every available recording by the Coltrane Quartet as well as later versions by the likes of John McLaughlin, Branford Marsalis and Alice Coltrane. They used that vocabulary to create their own take, which they honed through invaluable live performances before audiences largely unfamiliar with the original. “It was so incredible to see the way that a rock fans connected with the music,” Jonathan recalls. “There was yelling and crying, people getting really stoked and devouring every note we were playing. Seeing people’s minds getting blown by Coltrane’s music, was an inspiration for us.” 

Those visceral reactions attest to the continuing impact of Coltrane’s bold vision. Mattson 2 Play “A Love Supreme” channels that vision with both reverence and inventiveness, creating a vibrant and electrifying new interpretation that will resonate with new generations of open-minded listeners.

1. Acknowledgement
2. Resolution
3. Interlude
4. Pursuance
5. Psalm

Original compositions written by John Coltrane

Jonathan Mattson - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Jared Mattson - Electric Guitar, Loops, Electric Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals

Texas Singer-Songwriter VINCE BELL Reading & Performance w/ RATZO HARRIS and VINNY GOLIA Sunday, August 12th 7 PM

Please join us for a Rare Evening with Texas Singer-Songwriter VINCE BELL. He will be reading from his original show, One Man's Music, and performing songs from his recent, critically-acclaimed album, Ojo (Produced by Bob Neuwirth, Dave Soldier, Patrick Derivaz). Accompanying Vince Bell are beloved New York bassist RATZO B. HARRIS, who plays on Ojo, and VINNY GOLIA - an award-winning composer, bandleader and celebrated multi-woodwind performer.

Singer-Songwriter MASON SUMMIT, already with 4 records released by age 21, opens the evening. Also featuring a reading by Playwright/Poet/Essayist LEON MARTELL, widely produced + most recently, the author of the hit play ICE, a commission by LA's 24th Street Theatre. $10 Admission includes dessert. Free Parking. Tickets available NOW @

Library Girl is now in its 9th Year. Created, Produced + Curated by Susan Hayden. Managing Director: Mike Myers. Production Support: William T Ensley, Nicole Millar + Paul Denk. All proceeds will be donated to Ruskin Group Theatre.

About Vince Bell's album, T Bone Burnett writes: "Ojo is shamanism." Bell's songs have been performed and recorded by such diverse talents as Little Feat, Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, and both a ballet and musical have been set to his work. Along with five critically acclaimed CDs and a live performance DVD, he is the author of an autobiography, One Man’s Music: The Life and Times of Texas Songwriter Vince Bell and one-man performance piece, One Man’s Music: A Monologue with Song. "Vince is a poet," said the well-loved late Townes Van Zandt. Vince Bell has been a stalwart of the Texas singer-songwriter scene since he emerged in Houston in the early 1970s. A rising star, until a devastating car accident in 1982 which resulted in a serious brain injury and a 10 year-recovery. “His determined rehabilitation and subsequent comeback is a personal journey that ends triumphant in the here and now," from Joe Nick Patoski, author of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. 

L to R - Steven Soles, T Bone Burnett, Dave Mansfield, Tony Gilkyson, Bob Neuwirth, Bob Thiele, Jr. at McCabes.
July 15, 2018

In 1975 and 1976, T Bone Burnett toured with Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue; when the Revue ended, Burnett and two other members of Dylan's band, David Mansfield and Steven Soles, formed The Alpha Band, which released three albums: The Alpha Band (1976), Spark in the Dark (1977), and The Statue Makers of Hollywood(1978).