The Davis-Taborn duo will play two sets, with the first starting at 8:30 p.m., the second at 10 p.m. For ticket information, go to firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468. To find out more about Ms. Davis and her musical endeavors, go to krisdavis.net.
Kris Davis and producer David Breskin also filmed the proceedings which is included in the CD package. Watching the musicians obviously gives you a better feel for their interactions and it's educational to observe the creative process. "Duopoly" is an aural adventure for the mind that gives one fresh insights into the ever-expanding imagination of its creator and her compatriots.
For more information, go to krisdavis.net.
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Foreign Affair takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. and will play two sets. For more information, go to thesidedoorjazz.com. To learn more about Mr. Martignon, go to hectormartignon.wordpress.com.
Mr. Pelt's new band includes the splendid bassist Vicente Archer, the fine young pianist Victor Gould, percussionist Jacqueline Acevedo, and Hartford-born drummer Jonathan Barber. One should expect that the uptempo pieces will crackle with excitement while the ballads will be emotionally strong. For ticket information and reservations, call 860-434-0886. To learn more about the trumpet player, go to jeremypelt.net.
clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt recorded as "25 Etudes for Solo Clarinet, Book 1." Issued on the reed player's Bandcamp page, the short pieces were created for advanced musicians. (He has since produced two additional books of compositions for clarinet.)
Sadigursky, who is a member of numerous groups but most notably Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, has just issued (for download only) "Five Movements for Solo Clarinet" - this time, the composer plays his music and the five track/20-minute adventure moves from the Easter European flavored "Diasporas" with its combination of long and short tones, playful phrases mixed with series of "stops-and-goes" to the classically flavored "Short Stories" and its circular lines to the Baroque-feel of "Dance On" and its alluring melody. There are also two pieces under 1:25. "Express Train" is a rush of melody as is the rollicking "Jazz Hands", the latter being as close to "jump classical" (if that's a viable term) as one could get.
Sam Sadigursky may be best known for his various "Words Projects" plus his delightful 2015 "Follow The Stick" album but he's been seriously working on his composing for clarinet. "Five Movements for Solo Clarinet" won't cost you very much money - go to samsadigurskyclarinetetudes.bandcamp.com/album/5-movements-for-solo-clarinet to make your purchase. Let the music play all the way through and then listen again. There is much music, plenty of ideas and impressive melodies, in this 20-minute adventure. This is not just for clarinet aficionados (though they should enjoy the sounds) but also for people who savor music that is bold, thoughtful, and, at times, charming.
To find out more, go to samsadigursky.com.
His new recording, "Absurdist Theater", is his third collaboration with vocalist and librettist Thana Alexa and second with Clarence Penn on the drums. Rounding out the rhythm section is pianist Manuel Valera and bassist Yasushi Nakamura. Ms. Alexa is an excellent foil for the guitar not just for her lyrics to his original composition (this album has eight) but also for her wordless vocals that wend their way through several songs. Valera's rich solos and strong chordal backgrounds on tracks such as "Kunai" and "Out of the Ashes" really fill the sound spectrum yet leave room for Ess's flowing guitar solos. The pianist's bell-like electric piano tones introduce "Torii" which drops into a Santana-like romp with the guitarist and vocalist on the main melody. Both Ms. Alexa and the leader deliver powerful solos over the rampaging drums and thick electric bass lines. (see the video below). "Dejala Que Pasa" is a fascinating ballad, powerful drumming over rippling piano, synthesizer swells (played by Ess), and Ms. Alexa's lovely vocal which, despite the title, is all in English.
"Absurdist Theater" is a fascinating recording, a continuation of the journey that Gene Ess, his guitar, and his ensembles have been taking since he set out on his own. It's grit, melody, swing, power, and the fine voice of Thana Alexa. The album is a journey adventurous audiences should enjoy.
For more information, go to www.jazzgenemusic.com.