Fred Anderson was a monster on the tenor sax.
Fred Anderson was one of the founders of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
, and his "home court," the Velvet Lounge
, remains a place for Chicago creative musicians to find welcoming audience. Fred died June 24 in Chicago. A wake will take place
from 5 to 6 PM this Tuesday (June 29) at Leak and Sons Funeral Chapel, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, followed immediately by Anderson’s Going Home service. [more inside]
. At the end of a farewell performance, Marc Ribot
and Rebecca Moore
refused to leave the stage. They were arrested
for trespassing, and hope to bring attention to New York's dwindling number of performance spaces for independent music. Previous discussions
Anthony Braxton and the Tri-Centric Foundation | Wesleyan University
recently hosted a semester-long 60th birthday celebration for visionary composer and musician Anthony Braxton
. Learn about Braxton's foundation
for musical exploration, and his peculiar system
; read a few of his dense
research papers on many subjects
(full contents here
); peruse a remarkably comprehensive discography
of his works; read a brief and interesting interview
with him, and if that doesn't feed your curiosity, dive head-first into an absolutely gargantuan interview
with this important composer; listen to interviews with Braxton from 1971
; and, finally, give a listen to Composition No. 186
, part of Braxton's "Ghost-Trance" series.
All Hail the New Jazz!
Getting slightly bored with pop and looking to expand your horizons? Can't believe the musty Burns/Marsalis version
is all there is to jazz? Try the "avant jazz" tradition whose central figures are the amazing bassist William Parker
(so big and strong I've seen him pick up a bass and play it like a fiddle), David S. Ware
(to my mind the greatest tenorman since Trane
—see him live and you'll never forget it), and pianist Matthew Shipp
(a frequent collaborator of both). Want a convenient guide to their recordings, with brief descriptions and (tacky but useful) letter grades? Here ya go
—Tom Hull has great taste, and if he gives a record an A you can be sure it's worth hearing (and he gives you fair warning about somebody like Peter Brötzmann, who "sounds more like late Coltrane run through a blender by Einstürzende Neubauten: great heaps of noise unleavened by conventional musical signposts").