Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
What's Happenin', Jive Turkey?
Yes, Virginia, there are bars that are open Thanksgiving night. Skip to the Music Calendar for Alibi-verified entertainment. Whether you're out to toast your relatives or escape them is your call.
My Brightest Diamond
Separating earth and sky
By Simon Mccormack
It’s hard for artists to explain where their music comes from or what they hope it achieves. Shara Worden does both with ease.
Colourmusic F, Monday, Orange, February, Venus, Lunatic, 1 or 13 · The Killers Day & Age · Donny McCaslin Trio Recommended Tools
There’s nowhere to hide in a saxophone trio, and tenorist Donny McCaslin, with able assistance from bassist Han Glawischnig and drummer Jonathan Blake, never tries. In Recommended Tools, McCaslin exposes a stunning musicality and emotional buoyancy, blowing his heart out on nine originals and Billy Strayhorn’s “Isfahan.” He falters on only one cut, the ballad “Margins of Solitude,” where he does not take the singing freedom he’s earned. He earns every singing moment on every other track, though. On “The Champion,” bass and drums lay out for a while, but you may not realize it for a moment—McCaslin’s playing is just that riveting. (MM)
Flyer on the Wall
Spend Saturday, Nov. 29, with Our Years with Light, Dude Party, Dan Clucas Quartet, Milton Melvin Croissant III and dugoutcanoe at The Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice (SE corner of Harvard and Silver). All-ages, $6. Get there by 8:30 p.m. or you’ll be a turkey. (LM)
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Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret • piano, jazz, composer
By August March
Pianist Myra Melford, a Guggenheim fellow who specializes in cross-genre, postmodern musical deconstruction, performs with her ensemble Snowy Egret at Outpost Performance Space on Friday, Oct. 16. Basing her work in a plethora of quintessential artistic experiences that encompasses everyone and everything from Rumi to Japanese Butoh and Meso-American Indigenous traditions, Melford brings a deft touch to her dream-like musical explorations. She’ll be in the company of instrumentalists Ron Miles on trumpet, guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Together they’ll perform work both translucent and opaque as they transport listeners to a world without sonic boundaries. Tickets range from $15-20 for this transcendent trip.
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