Monday, September 15, 2008

Clean Feed Fest NY III + No Songs of the Week 37/08?

This coming weekend, the Portugal-based jazz label Clean Feed will host a festival to showcase some of their artists at The Living Theatre in Manhattan, New York.

Clean Feed is fast becoming one of the most intersting jazz labels to my mind, releasing records by artists, both young and old, who explore the various posibilities in modern jazz. The company has released records by among others Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Steve Lehman, Tony Malaby w/William Parker, Joe Morris, Ken Vandermark, and notably Adam Lane, one of my favoite up-and-coming "young" jazz composers/artists. Full catalogue here (by year).

The festival runs from this Friday (Sept. 19th) through to the following Wednesday (Sept. 24th). The program can be found here. I would recommend the double bill of Adam Lane w/ Mark Whitecage and Lou Grassi, and Michael Dessen Trio (w/ the talented Tyshawn Sorey on drums) on Friday, as well as Tony Malaby's Tamarindo (w/ William Parker and Nasheet Waits) on Monday the 22nd. But I'm sure it will be worth seeing all gigs if you have the time and the money.

No Songs of the Week as for some reason I've only been listening to two records this past week; Jeffrey Lewis' quirky, politically charged and often spot-on 12 Crass Songs (Rough Trade), which I admittedly arrived at a bit later than others, and Beyond Quantum (Tzadic) by Anthony Braxton, Milford Graves and William Parker. Both are very good records, and I could easily have picked five songs off each (B.Y. has just five "songs") and presented them as SotW, but I'm not going to.

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