October 19, 2012 |
Fans of jazz and improvised music are mourning with the unexpected loss of saxophonist David S. Ware, who died Thursday night as a result of complications from a 2009 kidney transplant. He was 62 years old. A free-blowing, modern-day titan of the saxophone, Ware was not the kind of player who could've been heard at a mainstream event like the Playboy Jazz Festival. In fact it's difficult to find just about any record of the New York-based artist playing L.A. apart from a couple of '70s dates as part of Cecil Taylor's band -- and perhaps Ware's health contributed to Taylor's recent decision to cancel an upcoming L.A. performance . But Ware was a favorite among music fans of all kinds looking for an heir to the explorations of late-period John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Albert Ayler.
April 26, 1993 |
The six-piece ensemble that Roscoe Mitchell brought to the CalArts Modular Theatre on Friday was called the Note Factory. It's hard to imagine a more accurate label. Saxophonist-composer Mitchell led the group through seven works in which the players rigorously labored at the production of their instruments' total sonic potential.
November 11, 2001 |
* * * * CRAIG TABORN TRIO, "Light Made Lighter," Thirsty Ear In music, there's nothing more exciting than hearing an artist making a breakthrough, which is precisely what pianist Taborn achieves on this profound trio recording. Although best known for his work with reedist James Carter and saxophonist-composer Tim Berne, Taborn comes into his own on every track of this disc, his sound galvanic and virtuosic at one moment, serene and deep into the keys the next.
September 21, 1998 |
Grazing was the order of the day Friday and Saturday at the 41st annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Grazing for food in the festival's multitude of eating places, and grazing for music among the programs taking place simultaneously in six different venues. Toward that end, the colorful food court area was positioned in a long pathway connecting the principal performance arena, the Jimmy Lyons Stage, with the smaller concert locations.
November 1, 2002 |
When Wynton Marsalis' epic suite "All Rise" (****, Sony) had its world premiere in New York, in 1999, the sprawling work proved somewhat episodic, its cast of symphonic musicians, jazz instrumentalists and gospel choir only sporadically functioning in tandem.