Former New York No Wave-hero Mark Cunningham's brings his plasma-powered post-jazz rockers, the Barcelona-based Blood Quintet, to the UK's shores for a couple of shows next month on the back of their debut album release, Deep Red, issued late last year on both Hang The DJ! and Feeding Tube Records.
If the sound of collaged Sonic Youth outtakes bolstered by a generous dollop of Arve Henriksen seems appealing (and why the hell shouldn't it?) then get down to either the Exchange, Bristol (13 April) or IKLECTIK (15 April) for a noise to curdle your crimson liquids.
Reenergised UK quintet Led Bib (coming cover stars of Jazzwise's February issue) seek out a cessation to current hostilities with a fresh vid clip for 'Ceasefire', a propulsive cut from their forthcoming long-player, the heavy-hitting Umbrella Weather, which is released on 20th January by RareNoiseRecords. Check it here:
Catch Led Bib touring in support of the new album at the following venues: Dempsey's, Cardiff (15 Feb); The Hothouse, Morecambe (16 Feb); Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (17 Feb); Kings Place, Hall 2, London (18 Feb); The Bell, Bath (20 Feb); The Canteen, Bristol (21 Feb); Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstaple (22 Feb); Hidden Rooms, Cambridge (23 Feb); Vortex Jazz Club, London (3-4 May); Red Lion Pub, Birmingham (5 May); Fuse Arts Space, Bradford (6 May) and The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle (7 May).
EST-influenced Australian three-piece Trichotomy return to the UK with their distinctive jazz sounds for an eight-date tour to support their new album Known-Unknown. Comprised of pianist Sean Foran, drummer John Parker and bassist Samuel Vincent they'll be showcasing new material that features their affecting blend of propulsive riffs and emotive improvisation spiked with subtle real-time electronics.
Dates are: Stratford Jazz, Stratford Upon Avon (25 Jan); Black Cygnet new music @ The White Swan, Leeds (31 Jan) The Vortex, London (1 Feb); SoundCellar @ The Blue Boar, Poole (2 Feb); Southport Jazz Festival, Southport (3 Feb); Zeffirellis, Ambleside (4 Feb); The Stables, Milton Keynes (7 Feb); The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (8 Feb) and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff (10 Feb).
Nat Hentoff seemed like a constant in US jazz commentary, ever-present, tough-minded yet passionate, always the music's true champion. In a long life, he wrote books, some 35 of them, including novels and memoirs, hosted a radio show, worked for Down Beat magazine, co-founded The Jazz Review, spotted Monk early and befriended Mingus, oversaw significant sessions for the Candid label, created a torrent of articles and sleeve-note essays and quite simply never let up.
His death on 7 January in Manhattan at the age of 91 has stilled not only one of the great voices in jazz writing but removed a force for libertarian activism and free speech, this embodied in his 50-year association with the Village Voice, New York's counterculture weekly. Calling himself a 'troublemaker', Hentoff was asked what prompted him to concentrate on sometimes unpopular causes. "Rage," he replied.
From his earliest days in Boston, Hentoff strove to get close to the musicians who made the music, citing drummer Jo Jones' assertion that this was essential for truth and understanding, collecting their stories in 'Hear Me Talkin' To Ya' the seminal oral history he compiled with Nat Shapiro in 1955 and keeping them uppermost in his books and articles.
When Marc Myers asked how he might like his writing to be remembered, Hentoff suggested something like, "You could hear the voices of the musicians in just about everything he wrote." The first non-musician to be made an NEA Jazz Master, Hentoff who was of Russian Jewish origin and three times married, is survived by his third wife Margot and four children.
Enlightened adventurers of note and tone LUME have recently announced the launch of their very own creative lab, a forum enabling participating artists to provide a unique insight into their creative capers through entries on a bespoke blog.
The series, which begins on 8 February with a performance from riotous riff-rousers Word Of Moth (featuring LUME founders Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts), affords a forum for musicians to develop new work and hone their improvisational chops while offering audiences a portal through which to consider sonic systems and wisdoms. So, don your safety specs, pick up your test tubes and pop down to London's IKLECTIK for some serious scientific sermonising from the following leading authorities: saxophonist Julie Kjær (16 March), audio reconstructualist/Shatner's Bassoon operative Craig Scott (19 April) and guitarist/composer Anton Hunter (24 May).