Friday, January 28, 2011

What We're Playing Tonight




Bojan Z[ulfikarpašić], Transpacifik (Label Bleu ’03), “Set It Up” [1] (6:33)

Bobby Previte, Pan Atlantic (Palmetto ’09), “The Eternity” [3] (8:11)

Vijay Iyer, Historicity (ACT ’09), “Somewhere” [2] (6:57)

Paul Motian and the Electric Bebop Band (Verve ’93), “Darn that Dream” [4] (3:53)

Patricia Barber, The Cole Porter Mix (Blue Note ’08), “In the Still of the Night” [10] (5:25)

Alice Coltrane, Translinear Light (Impulse ’04), “Crescent” [8] (6:22)

David Binney, Aliso (Criss Cross ’10), “Africa” [9] (13:58)


Vijay Iyer, Solo (Pi ’10), “One for Blount” [11] (3:03)

Sun Ra, Somewhere Else (Rounder ’93), “Priest” [1] (4:01)

Guillermo Klein, Domador de Huellas (Sunnyside ’10), “Zamba de Lozano” [6] (4:24)

Enrico Rava/Dino Saluzzi Quintet, Volver (ECM ’88), “Tiempos de Ausencias” [4] (7:56)

Eddie Palmieri, Listen Here! (Concord ’05), “EP Blues” [10] (8:18)

Steve Turre, Rainbow People (High Note), “Forward Vision” [2] (5:59)

John Abercrombie, The Third Quartet (ECM ’07), “Wishing Bell” [4] (8:17)

Mary Stallings, Dream (High Note ’10), “Dream Dancing” [7] (3:13)

Nasheet Waits, Equality (Fresh Sounds ’08), “Tough Love” [1] (6:44)

Vijay Iyer Almost Here

Sunday, February 6 is Super Sunday! And by that, of course we mean
it's the day of the Vijay Iyer Trio concert in HSU's Fulkerson Recital
Hall. We understand there's also a football game of some sort that
day, but the game should be over by the time the Iyer Trio hits at 8
p.m. (If it's not, hey, that's what DVRs are for…)

The trio's most recent CD, "Historicity," was the consensus jazz album
of the year in 2009 and is up for a Grammy at next month's ceremony.
Iyer was also named 2010's "Jazz Musician of the Year" by the Jazz
Journalists Association. You can read more about Vijay and his
terrific band and check out videos and streaming audio at

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors and
can be purchased at the Works in Eureka, Peoples Records and Wildwood
Music in Arcata, online at
and at the door.

The Vijay Iyer Trio will also present a free workshop the day after
the concert, Monday, February 7 at 10 a.m. in HSU's Studio Theater and
Iyer will present a piano workshop at 3 p.m. that day in the Studio

We'll see you on the 6th!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Peter Gannushkin

It's quite possible that Peter Gannushkin is the best thing going in jazz photography at the moment.

I am "re-FaceBooking" his latest FB post here, so you can see what he's up to:

Added my tiny Vision Exehibition 2010 to Flickr: and Facebook: More stuff is on the way.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Jazz Beyond Awesome

Howard Mandel's "Jazz beyond Jazz" is a phrase that grows on you. At first I thought it was just a cute name for his blog, but he refers to it a lot, as he might be expected to do, and it deepens. Beyond jazz is .... jazz...

It's like second wave feminism's main point: the problem with sexism in the language is that it goes "all the way down." With Mandel, the jazz thing goes all the way up. Get over jazz? All you get is more jazz....

Anyway...jazz beyond awesome is my term for this.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Individual "Best of Lists"

This year Sister Loralei undertook a giant job of quantifying our membership's tastes for the best in the year's jazz. She used a spread sheet and here are the results.

Individually, the brothers and sisters of the RJA have come up with lists that refine their own preferences. Here is Brother Quam's list:

Favorite Jazz CDs of 2011

SF Jazz Collective, “Live 2010” (SF Jazz)

Randy Weston, “The Storyteller” (Motéma)

Benoit Delbecq Trio, “The Sixth Jump” (Songlines)

Jason Moran, “Ten” (Blue Note)

Lucian Ban, “Enesco Re-Imagined” (Sunnyside)

Marc Cary Focus Trio, “Live 2009” (Motéma)

Omar Sosa, “Ceremony” (Otá)

Tom Harrell, “Roman Nights” (High Note)

Bill Carrothers, “Joy Spring” (Pirouet)

Mary Stallings, “Dream” (High Note)

Myra Melford’s Be Bread, “The Whole Tree Gone” (Firehouse 12)

Dave Holland Octet, “Pathways” (Dare 2)

“Gerry Allen & Timeline Live” (Motéma)

Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green, “Apex” (Pi)

Dave Liebman Big Band, “Live: As Always” (MAMA)