Concert Reviews

Review: James Brandon Lewis Stuns at the Cell Theatre

The James Brandon Lewis Trio had a performance for the ages last night at the Cell Theatre. Drawing from their new, aptly-titled record, No Filter, released on BNS Records in October, the band played a set of superb original works. Lewis, who in recent years has been steadily establishing himself as one of the most

Review: Guitarist Ava Mendoza’s Residency at the Stone

Guitarist Ava Mendoza has been part of the Brooklyn creative music scene since relocating east from the Bay Area in 2013, and rapidly became a vital part of a sub-category of musicians blurring the lines between rigorous composition, oddball rock and free music (think: drummers Weasel Walter and Nick Podgurski, bassist Tim Dahl, etc.). The

Review: Earth Tongues Live at Happy Lucky no. 1, October 13

Earth Tongues, a trio consisting of Joe Moffett (trumpet, other objects), Dan Peck (tuba, bells, tape), and Carlo Costa (percussion, other objects) released their second record, the double-disc Ohio, at the art gallery Happy Lucky no. 1, on Thursday night. All three members of the band displayed their sensitivity as listeners, their imaginative abilities as

Review: Taylor Ho Bynum’s Rank Sentimentalist at Pioneer Works, Oct 7, 2016

One of multi-instrumentalist and composer Taylor Ho Bynum‘s great talents is picking the right people to work together in an ensemble such as his long-standing sextet or his ambitious PlusTet. With Rank Sentimentalist, he has done it again–bringing cellist Marika Hughes, guitarist Evan Patrick (previously working under the name Evan O’Reilly, from Bynum’s first sextet

Concert Review: Fay Victor Live at 55Bar, July 28, 2016

Fay Victor’s monthly performance at 55Bar is one of the most happening things in New York City these days. Full of soulful energy and crisp with fresh ideas, Victor picks the audience up and carries them along on a delectable journey. On July 28, the voice artist led her band on a special night that

Two Sets of Matthew Shipp Live at the Stone Reviewed, July 16, 2016

On Saturday, July 16, as part of a week-long residency, Matthew Shipp led two fully improvised trios at the Stone. Each set went in a decisively different direction, showing the diverse capabilities of Shipp as an improviser. Shipp, one of the premier pianists of our time, emerged to prominence working the downtown scene in the

Concert Review: Human Hearts Trio + Special Guests at the Shrine, April 28

Lindsey Wilson headed up an eclectic night of music at the Shrine on Thursday night in Harlem. In a number of varied formations, Wilson (voice, guitar) led her group, Human Hearts Trio, with drummer Reggie Sylvester and bassist Michael Trotman. Wilson is a singer-songwriter whose lyrics offer biting commentary on many of the great issues

Concert Review: Yoni Kretzmer 2-Bass Quartet Live at the Zürcher Gallery, April 25

  Yoni Kretzmer has embraced a more lyrical voice on tenor saxophone over the past year. Evidence of his significant development in recent years as a musician, composer, and bandleader were on full display on Tuesday night at the Zürcher Gallery in Manhattan. The quartet played four pieces, many of which appear on their 2015

Concert Review: Sandra Weiss Quintet at 65Fen, April 18, 2016

I have never heard “environmental improvisation” used as a term, but it seems fitting to describe the music of the Sandra Weiss Quintet that I experienced at the 65Fen Series at Delroy’s Cafe and Wine Bar last night. The band is led by the Swiss reeds player (bassoon and alto saxophone) and is comprised of

Review of SHE: A Multimedia Suite on Sexual Violence, Sandra Bland, and Healing

SHE premiered to a sold-out crowd at New York Live Arts on Monday, April 11. Conceived of by dancer and choreographer Jinah Parker, the performance included a sweeping array of art forms including video, poetry, storytelling, voice, instrumental music, a DJ, and of course dance. The suite was born out of a Parker’s desire to