May 2018

Thu03May20:3022:30JIM BLACK’S MALAMUTEÓskar Guðjónsson tenor saxophone, Elias Stemeseder keyboards, Chris Tordini bass, Jim Black drums/sampler20:30 - 22:30 Bimhuis, Piet Heinkade 3 Entry : €18 / €15 (CJP/Stadspas/Student)

Event Details

New electric band led by New York drummer Jim Black. ‘Grizzly EFX ride above Black’s forceful attack, tempered by whispery sax articulations’ (All About Jazz).

Restless, agile, but with a steady course: that is how one could describe the malamute, the Alaskan sledge dog, and it’s also appropriate for the eponymous New York band. The four musicians cannot be pinned down on one genre. Together they create a unique style with seemingly incompatible elements: warm-blooded tenor sax, jumpy keyboards and propulsive bass and drum grooves.

Drummer Jim Black keeps the shifting boundaries of jazz and rock and he played in very diverse bands such as Human Feel (featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel), Bloodcount (with Tim Berne) and Tiny Bell Trio (with Dave Douglas). He founded Malamute to be able to collaborate with the Icelandic jazz saxophonist Óskar Guðjónsson. Elias Stemeseder plays keyboards and Chris Tordini electric bass.

‘On Malamute, Black leads a multinational acoustic-electric quartet that gels to off-kilter frameworks, centered in odd-metered phrasings; scalding rock grooves, progressive rock type blitzes and budding thematic developments. Here, saxophonist Óskar Guðjónsson’s cozy and somewhat humble passages offer thought-provoking contrasts to pieces also devised with spooky electronics implementations, jostling cadences and mysterious sojourns. Keyboardist Elias Stemeseder’s grizzly EFX and noise-shaping treatments ride above Black’s forceful attack, tempered by the saxophonist’s whispery, low-key sax articulations’ (All About Jazz).


Thursday 3 May @ 20:30 - Thursday 3 May @ 22:30



Piet Heinkade 3



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