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The villager. (New York [N.Y.]) 1933-current, June 08, 1994, Image 16

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Something for everyone in ‘What Is Jazz Festival’ By Robert Hicks The Knitting Factory’s sixth annual What Is Jazz? festival speaks to open-mindedness about the myriad expressions that make up the 49 bands appearing during the 11 nights of this year’s event from Sun. June 12-Wed. June 22. “ It gives people an alternative and an opportunity to enjoy the kind of avant-garde music that goes on here on a regular basis.\ says manager Dave Brennen. It’s not about worn out tribute concerts, nor revivalism, so often found at the JVC festival uptown. In part Knitting Factory owner and co-founder, Michael Dorf. started his downtown festivities as an alternative to George Wein’s big budget extravaganza. Tradition does get a nod or two even at the Knitting Factory, but it’s usually more in terms of the legacy of John Coltrane or Albert Ayler than rehashed bebop. This year Prima Materia, with special guest drummer Andrew Cyrille, will do the music of Coltrane to open VilllSkr Music the festival on Sun. June 12 at4 P.M. The Bern Nix Trio works from the harmolodic tradition of .saxisi Ornette Coleman while doingju.stice to Jazz guitari.sts Charlie Christian and Grant Green. “ It’s vei 7 difficult to get people to try .something new, to spend money with the potential of not liking .something they hear,\ adds Brenner. It’s not about oven intcllcciualism concerning how to define a genre of music, though poiniedheads may surface occasionally and some genre-bending may come into play. Trumpeter Dave Douglas’s Tiny Bell Trio conjures up Kurt Weill as easily as it does Stravinsky. Hungarian folk tunes and Douglas’ own originals. Trumpeter Roy Campbell’s Trio gathers together the legends of Booker Little and Spanish music. There’s a lot of wry humor. You’ll find it in slide guitarist David Tronzo’s Spanish Fly and in the vaudeville gusto of drummer Joey Baron’s Baron Down. There’s bursts of energy from saxist Thomas Chapin’s Quartet’ s rambunctiouscircus peals and from the frenetic wailings of David S. Ware’s Quartet. There'sexciting billings of groups you’d never imagine playing together on the same night anywhere el.se in town. On Sun. June 19. Tracie Morris Words & Music share a bill with Dave Burrell’s.solo piano. Kurt Hoffman’s Band of Weeds and violinist Jim Nolet’sTrio. There’ ll be bands you’ve likely never heard of before. Andy Caster’s Hydra. Lily While & Entropy. London & Wall’s “ Jews With Horns,\ Amosaya, The Steve Weisberg Orchestra. The Cybernetic Sax Quartet, Graham Conah Band. “There’s a lot of things we don’t get here often. I’m quiteexcitedabout it.\ Brenner. Humor is p a rt ofM o tian’s music By Robert Hicks As the .self-conscious narrators in Samuel Beckett’s novels recount their steps to the reader, so drummer Paul Motian inventively jumbles time on hisnewCD,“Trioism\ (JMT). with longtime cohorLs saxist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Fri.sell, and guest saxist Dewey Redman on “ In Remembrance of Things Pa.st.\ There’s savory memory whetted by tangent a.s.sociative experiences a la Marcel Proust too from the 63-year-old timekeeper whose work with pianist Bill Evans launched his fa.scination with trios. Since .signing with JMT in I9SS. Motian has recorded a .series of intere.sting “ concept\ albums which pre.sented the idiosyncratic drummer’s personal twist on B ill Evans. Brt)adway lunes, Thelonious Monk and bebop standards. For “ Trioism,\ Motian decided to compo.se ten original tunes. “ I ’ ve been doing that for quite a while. The first record I did was all my music. That was a policy I followed until the .so-called “concept\ albums came about.’’ says Motian. Just off a European tour. Motian’s trio swings into the Village Vanguard June 7-12. At once quirky and sinuous, prompted by Motian’s delicate textures on brushes and cymbals. “ T rioism \ exudes an ethereal, otherworldly quality from Frisell’ s guitar. Lovano’ s sax is alternately robust and meditative. While Lovano provides an occasional Middle Eastern feel, Fri-sell's just as likely to embellish things with aC&W lick. That’s part of the humor and .surpri.se of Motian’s tunes. Motian says that in his forthcoming recording session at New York’s Power Station studios, electric bebop will be the theme again in suit with his 1993 JMT relea.se, but this time the personnel’s different. Motian’s working title is \Now's The Time,\ from the Charlie Parker tune. With two tenors. Chris Potter and Chris Cheek, two guitars. Kurt Ro.senwinkel and Wolfgang Muthspiel, bassist Steve Swallow, percu.ssioni.st Don Alias and Moiian on drums, this new outing promi.ses new arrangements of “ O rnithology.\ “ Milestones.\ “ Round Midnight.\ and tunes by Bird. Diz, Monk and John Lewis. Motian’s no foreigner to bebop, having worked with O.scar Petiiford. Lennie Tri.stano and Monk in the ’ .SOs. What marks Motian us a distinctive drummer though is his .sense of melody.coloralionandtexture. Those qualities first emerged in his stints with John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett. Paul Bley. Charles Lloyd and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. The minor melodies and chords of Turkish music figure into his compositions too. Both his parents were born in Malatya. Turkey, but they didn’t know each other until an arranged marriage brought them together in Havana. Cuba. Growing up in Providence. R.I.. Motian heard a lot of Middle Eastern music. A neighbor who taught him drums introduced Motian to a There'll be Knitting Factory Staples; Charles Gayle Trio, New Klezmer Trio. Tom Varner Quintet. Marty Ehrlich Quartet, Matt Shipp Trio, Myra Melford Quintet, Marilyn Crispell Trio. Some well-known acts get lo.st to the bucks at JVC, but tenor great Joe Lovano wends his way into the Knitting Factory with his sextet on Sat. June 18 at 10 P.M. and the Dewey Redman Quartet rolls in on Wed. June 22 at II P.M. to close the festival. “ We’ re a growing, evolving .scene.\ says Brenner. “ Certain people were interested in playing here, but couldn’t because of the JVC Jazz Festival. Obviously, anyone who has the opportunity to play in a ljuge. corporate festival is going to make a smart pocketbook decision, hut that doesn't mean we’re lshortchanged|.\ Knitting Factory's What Is Jazz? Festival, at 47 E. Houston St.; Sun., June 12-Wed., June 22; 2t9-3055. Gene Krupa record. Moiian recalls these past events in fragments as he begins work on an autobiography, entitled “ We Couldn't Find Philadelphia.\ which refers to a rather humorous attempt that Motian and Hal Galper made to reach the City of Brotherly Love. Motian was born in Philadelphia on March 25.1931 into a family of Armenian immigrants from Turkey. Three years later, his family moved to Providence, R.l. Moiian found him.sdf wearing a lux in a local band by age 14. After high .school, he toured with New England territory big bands. A stint in the Navy band during the Korean War eventually landed him in Brooklyn. “ 1 got assigned to New York, where I wanted lo be. where the music was. During that year. man. living off the ba.se. I was everywhere. 1 was trying lo play every .second, taking my drums all over the place.\ recalls Moiian. Later. Motian worked with clarinetist Tony Scott in Bill Evans’ group in the '50s. One night Scott called Moiian. asking him to do a gig at the Dorn club in the Village. When theyarrived. the opening group was still on the bandstand, featuring a remarkable young piani.st. Motian turned to Scott and asked. “ Who’s this young cat on piano?\ Scott said, “ That’s Keith Jarrett.\ Well, the two musicians hit it off and years later, Motian became Jarrett’s drummer. Paul Motian working first in a trio with bassisi Charlie Haden, then as a quartet with .saxist Redman beginning at Slug's on the Bowery in 1972. Until 1992. 16 years had pa.s.sed since Jarrett and Motian shared a .stage in the .same band. The setting was an inn in the Poconos caught on the newly issued recording. “ At The Deer Head Inn’ (ECM). Paul Motian Trio, at Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave, S.; June 7-12. 255-4037. 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