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It's easy, from the outside, to think of the musician's life as one of glamour. But spend five minutes talking to one and you'll learn why playing jazz is as real a job as you can have. Our Big Three features this month all demonstrate the effort involved in this career choice. Trumpeter Charles Tolliver (On The Cover) is a legend to those in the know but still not a household name despite decades of performing and recording; he is among those musicians who spearheaded the artist-owned record label model so common today. Tolliver is at Smoke for a weekend engagement. Guitarist David Fiuczynski (Interview) probably made more work for himself by devoting his time as a performer and educator at Berklee College of Music to exploring micro-tonality. You can see the results when he performs this month as part of the Alternative Guitar Summit. And Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love (Artist Feature), who relentlessly tours and records all over the world, takes on the musical and logistical challenge of leading a big band, appearing in a rare stateside visit at Pioneer Works.

We also take the time to celebrate the life's work of the recently departed piano master Cecil Taylor with a two-page In Memoriam spread full of remembrances from his colleagues.

On the Cover: CHARLES TOLLIVER

By Thomas Conrad; photos by Jimmy Katz

Charles Tolliver is the last man standing from the great trumpet generation that produced Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Blue Mitchell, Carmell Jones and Woody Shaw. He is also a groundbreaking composer, arranger and big band leader. This story is about why Tolliver should be more famous. It is also about why he is not. Tolliver's New Music Inc. is at Smoke Jun. 29th-Jul. 1st.

Interview: DAVID FIUCZYNSKI

By George Grella; photo by Simon Wu

Guitarist David Fiuczynski has been pushing at the margins where jazz meets funk, rock and punk for decades, both as a sideman with the likes of Bernie Worrell, John Medeski and Ronald Shannon Jackson and as the leader of Screaming Headless Torsos and KiF. A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, he is also one of the minuscule number of musicians who have moved away from equal temperament in jazz and popular music—in Fiuczynski's case, playing microtonal jazz, funk and rock across a recent series of albums and teaching the Microtonal Grooves Lab at Berklee College of Music, where he is on the faculty of the guitar department. Fiuczynski is at Nublu 151 Jun. 22nd as part of Alternative Guitar Summit.

Artist Feature: PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE

By John Sharpe; photo by Peter Gannushkin

Paal Nilssen-Love has drums in his blood. He's on the record as saying that he played drums before he could walk. Is that true? He laughs, "I was going to say before I was born! They say that when you are in the mother's womb you hear sounds and my dad played drums before me and he did for quite a few years after I was born." Nilssen-Love's Large Unit is at Pioneer Works Jun. 18th.

Encore: PETER KUHN

By ROBERT BUSH

In the late '70s, woodwind virtuoso Peter Kuhn's career was in clear ascendance...In The Big Apple, Kuhn quickly established important associations...Like many of his generation, Kuhn's track derailed from drug abuse and he dropped off the scene entirely, ultimately regaining his life for good in 1985, although he didn't feel the tug of music for almost 25 years.

Lest We Forget: JOHANNES BAUER

By Mark Keresman

In the history of jazz there have been numerous siblings who made an impact. One such set were the German Bauer brothers: Konrad "Conny" (born 1943) and Johannes (July 1954-May 2016). Conny ventured first into jazz and then the trombone and, like many younger siblings, Johannes followed. A tribute to Johannes Bauer with fellow trombonists Jim Staley, Steve Swell and Masahiko Kono is at The Stone at The New School Jun. 28th.

Record Label Spotlight: DOUBLE MOON

By Marilyn Lester

For anyone looking for an example of what jazz is all about, the German Double Moon label is a good place to start. In its history is contained the essence of the collaborative nature of jazz and dedication of musicians and jazz lovers who work to keep the genre alive. Double Moon is also a case in point that jazz is more prized in Europe than in its birth country. Artists performing this month include Lee Konitz at Jazz at Kitano Jun. 1st-2nd.

In Memoriam: CECIL TAYLOR

Remembrances of the late pianist from Pheeroan akLaff, Albey Balgochian, Thurman Barker, Dave Burrell, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Charles Downs, Jackson Krall, Elliott Levin, Tony Oxley, William Parker, Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp and Alan Silva.

CD Reviews

(this month's performance venues in parentheses):

  1. Marty Ehrlich -- Trio Exaltation Clean Feed (The Stone at The New School; Greenwich House Music School; Soup & Sound)
  2. Craig Brann -- Lineage SteepleChase (Tomi Jazz; Bar Next Door)
  3. Gregory Porter -- Nat "King" Cole & Me Blue Note (Blue Note Jazz Festival)
  4. Stacey Kent -- I Know I Dream (The Orchestral Sessions) OKeh-Sony (Birdland)
  5. Joey Alexander -- Eclipse Motéma (Jazz Standard)
  6. Grant Green -- Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) Resonance
  7. Grant Green -- Slick! (Live at Oil Can Harry's) Resonance
  8. Henrik Pultz Melbye -- Frogs/Toads Insula Jazz
  9. Kang Tae Hwan -- Live at Café Amores NoBusiness
  10. Urs Leimgruber -- Broken Silence Creative Works
  11. Alex Sipiagin -- Relativity (Music of Dave Lisik) Skydeck (Dizzy's Club)
  12. Sharel Cassity -- Evolve Relsha Music (Dizzy's Club)
  13. Misha Piatigorsky -- Stained Glass and Technicolor Grooves Natural Drummer (Smoke)
  14. Gerry Hemingway/ Samuel Blaser -- OOSTUM NoBusiness (Zürcher Gallery; Roulette)
  15. Samuel Blaser -- Taktlos Zürich 2017 hatOLOGY (Zürcher Gallery; Roulette)
  16. Joe McPhee -- The Willisau Concert hatHUT-Corbett vs. Dempsey (Issue Project Room; The Stone)
  17. Joe McPhee/James Keepnews/David Berger -- Plan B: From Outer Space Roaratorio (Issue Project Room; The Stone)
  18. Clifford Thornton Memorial Quartet -- Sweet Oranges Not Two
  19. Tiffany Austin -- Unbroken Con Alma (Birdland)
  20. Tuomo Uusitalo/Olavi Louhivuori/Myles Sloniker -- Northbound (featuring Seamus Blake) CAM Jazz (Scandinavia House; Shrine)
  21. Wynton Marsalis -- United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas Blue Engine (Rose Theater)
  22. Buster Williams -- Audacity Smoke Sessions (Smoke)
  23. Kjetil Møster/Jeff Parker/Joshua Abrams/John Herndon -- Ran Do Clean Feed (National Sawdust)
  24. Third Coast Ensemble -- Wrecks Rogue Art
  25. Jon Irabagon -- Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics Irrabagast (Bushwick Public House; Bar Next Door; Dizzy's Club; Ibeam Brooklyn; National Sawdust)
  26. Jon Irabagon/Joe Fiedler/Todd Neufeld -- In Formation Network Nuscope (Bushwick Public House; Bar Next Door; Dizzy's Club; Ibeam Brooklyn; National Sawdust)
  27. Benito Gonzalez/Gerry Gibbs/Essiet Okon Essiet -- Passion Reverence Transcendence: The Music of McCoy Tyner Whaling City Sound
  28. Danny Green Trio Plus Strings -- One Day It Will OA2 (Rockwood Music Hall)
  29. Terence Blanchard (featuring The E Collective) -- Live Blue Note (Jazz Standard)
  30. Sylvie Courvoisier -- D'Agala Intakt (Ibeam Brooklyn)
  31. David Murray (feat. Saul Williams) -- Blues for Memo Motéma (VIllage Vanguard)
  32. Pete Levin -- Möbius IYOUWE (Iridium)
  33. Tobias Meinhart -- Silent Dreamer Enja/Yellowbird
  34. Misha Mengelberg -- Pech Onderweg BVHaast-ICP
  35. Globe Unity Orchestra -- Globe Unity: 50 Years Intakt
  36. Rudi Mahall/Alexander von Schlippenbach -- So Far Relative Pitch
  37. Alexander von Schlippenbach/Dag Magnus Narvesen -- Interweaving Not Two
  38. John Zorn -- The Urmuz Epigrams Tzadik (The Stone at The New School)
  39. Mika Pontecorvo/G.Calvin Weston (with Cartoon Justice) -- Terra Lingua (Sketches) s/r (Muchmore's; Bushwick Public House; Trans Pecos; Downtown Music Gallery)
  40. Andrea Brachfeld -- If Not Now, When? Jazzheads (Triad)
  41. Nick Finzer -- No Arrival Posi-Tone (Smalls)
  42. Django Bates' Belovèd -- The Study of Touch ECM (Jazz Standard)
  43. The Manhattan Transfer -- The Junction BMG-Ghost Note (Blue Note Jazz Festival)
  44. Gordon Grdina/François Houle/Kenton Loewen/Benoît Delbecq -- Ghost Lights Songlines (Happylucky no.1; Greenwich House Music School; Bushwick Public House)
  45. Gordon Grdina -- Inroads Songlines (Happylucky no.1; Greenwich House Music School; Bushwick Public House)
  46. Ivo Perelman -- Octagon Leo
  47. Brandon Lopez/Matt Nelson/Andria Nicodemou/Gerald Cleaver -- The Industry of Entropy Relative Pitch (Roulette)
  48. Pedro Giraudo & The WDR Big Band -- An Argentinian In New York ZoHo (Joe's Pub)
  49. Pedro Giraudo -- Vigor Tanguero ZoHo (Joe's Pub)
  50. Thomas Strønen/Time Is A Blind Guide -- Lucus ECM (Scandinavia House)
  51. Shamie Royston -- Beautiful Liar Sunnyside (Dizzy's Club)
  52. Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew Shipp -- Seraphic Light (Live at Tufts University) AUM Fidelity (The Stone at The New School)
  53. Antonio Sanchez -- Channels of Energy CAM Jazz (The Jazz Gallery)
  54. Tubby Hayes -- Modes and Blues (8th February 1964): Live at Ronnie Scott's Gearbox
  55. Dafnis Prieto Big Band -- Back to the Sunset DPBB (Jazz Standard)
  56. Vic Juris -- Eye Contact SteepleChase (North Square Lounge; Zinc Bar)
  57. Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Sound Prints -- Scandal Greenleaf Music (VIllage Vanguard)
  58. Maciej Obara -- Unloved ECM (Dizzy's Club)
  59. Kamasi Washington -- Heaven and Earth Young Turks (Forest Hills Stadium)
  60. Itiberê Zwarg & UMO (feat. Hermeto Pascoal) -- Universal Music Orchestra Sarapui
  61. Jeremy Pelt -- Noir En Rouge (Live in Paris) HighNote (Highlights in Jazz)
  62. Bill Evans -- Another Time (The Hilversum Concert) Resonance
  63. Amy Cervini -- No One Ever Tells You Anzic (SubCulture)
  64. Kristjan Randalu -- Absence ECM

...and Plenty More!

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Andrey and Laurence