Si o Si Quartet
Trio: Latin American Songbook
Afinidad & Imani Winds: House of Numbers
Live score for Buster Keaton’s silent classic The General (formal announcement forthcoming.)
Language of Dreams (multi-media)
Circuit Rider w/Bill Frisell & Brian Blade
Ancestral Memories Quartet w/Baptiste Trotignon
Afro-Cuban Roots “Ye-Dé-Gbé”
The great jazz drummer Paul Motian (1931-2011) composed and recorded music that is uniquely suited to improvisation and exploration. For the first time, his written music has become available in a book, featuring 64 of his compositions in his own handwriting. The Compositions of Paul Motian, Vol. 1 (1973-1989) makes a beautiful gift for any musician, professional and hobbyist alike, and is available by mail order at www.paulmotianarchive.com.
Dafnis Prieto’s recently published A World of Rhythmic Possibilities has been mentioned here before, but I want to recommend it again because it also makes a great holiday gift. Accompanied by over 300 audio and 33 video clips, available as downloads with the book purchase, Prieto explains in great detail a multitude of rhythmic concepts and patterns, many of them reflecting the rich Afro-Cuban drumming traditions of his native country, and demonstrates their integration into a modern jazz language and other musical styles.