Thursday morning miscellany

– I’ve been listening to the all-star quartet led by Joanne Brackeen on her 1980 release Ancient Dynasty: Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnnette, and Joe Henderson. The title track has a little of everything – a theme with distantly related triadic harmonies; a small hint of fusion a la Return to Forever; some straight ahead passages shading into high-energy free blowing – but it all hangs together convincingly. It appears to not have been reissued on CD, or at least isn’t presently available – it really should be.

– Pat Spencer, flutist from the Da Capo Chamber Players, offers Stockhausen (U.S. premiere), Korde, Chen Yi, Georgescu and Musgrave in a March 2 concert at Merkin in NYC. The instrumentation includes tabla, piano, bass clarinet and there will be a “sound projectionist” presumably taking the role Stockhausen used to perform.