lunes, 2 de mayo de 2016

Mac Gollehon - Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics (2016)




Artist: Mac Gollehon
CD Title: Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics
Add Date: May 2, 2016
Street Date: May 20, 2016


EARLY REVIEWS

Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics”, a fusion of EDM and Salsa, making for a unique and dramatic genre of musical energy, unlike any that I have heard thus far.  -Huffington Post

A cryptically electronic, drum and horn-laden party starter.  -MANsion Mens Magazine

Mac has a distinctive growl and airiness to many of his longer notes, a moniker if you like, which gives his a distinctive sound.  There is also a distinctive Davis quality about his high notes – you can tell his excellent schooling and yet he is also supremely original in his approach.  -JazzinEurope

A sultry Salsa flavour, whilst blending jazzy components along the way... exemplifies this experimental fusion more than ever. It’s bright, colourful and trippy beyond belief – imagine Ray Barretto and Miles Davis teamed up with Massive Attack for a jam after an all-nighter.  -Daily News Service UK

Mac Gollehon and the Hispanic Mechanics. Bright, blaring, buoyant, emotionally cathartic, ensemble establishes a stellar set of cross currents in what seems as astonishingly rapid conversations , calls and responses, points and counter points of percussion, piano, horns and a steadfast chorus of singers chiming through the dancing propulsive.  -Medium Magazine (Like it or Not Column)




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domingo, 1 de mayo de 2016

HYPER+ AMIR ELSAFFAR - SAADIF (2016) [NUSICA.ORG]




HYPER+ AMIR ELSAFFAR NEW CD "SAADIF" IS OUT NOW!

SAADIF means in arabic "meeting" and is the result of the collaboration between Amir ElSaffar, New York multiethnic scene’s rising star, and the Italian trio HYPER+.

An original album between tradition and innovation, where the "beyond-jazz" of Hyper+ is mixed with Iraqi maqam music.


Amir ElSaffar, trumpet & vocals
Nicola Fazzini, alto & soprano sax
Alessandro Fedrigo, acoustic bass guitar
Luca Colussi, drums


In these last years, physical and cultural borders sadly seems to be stronger than ever and cultural barriers keep on standing. Musical projects built upon the idea of make identity meet offer different ways of relationships and artistically innovative narratives in integration. 

In this perspective the collaboration between trumpeter Amir ElSaffar (New York multiethnic scene’s rising star) and the platform HYPER+, that allows to Nicola Fazzini, Alessandro Fedrigo and Luca Colussi trio to work with different guests, is a stunning, expressive, meeting. 

In this quartet, the original method of ElSaffar (musician who has collaborated with artists like Vijay Iyer, Don Byron, Cecil Taylor or Marc Ribot), using the microtones found in Iraqi maqam music to create an innovative approach to harmony and melody, stimulates fellow musicians (who work together in the renamed XY Quartet) to explore new acoustic and electric paths, between tradition and innovation. 

Born in Chicago to an American mother and an Iraqi father, Amir ElSaffar plays the trumpet, the santur and sings traditional Iraqi music. After undergoing classical training the focus of his work has been on jazz, collaborating with great names of contemporary jazz. 

After an italian tour in November 2015, the quartet has recorded (for nusica.org label) “Saadif” (“meeting”) at Casa della Musica in Trieste. Published in April 2016, the record contains original tunes, mostly composed by ElSaffar. “Saadif” carries the listener on an evocative journey, cunningly structured, rich of shades and colorful, a music where urban tensions and multicultural relationships are able to light sparkles of future sounds.



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sábado, 30 de abril de 2016

Organik Vibe Trio - Things We Did Last Summer (2016)


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Source: Ron Oswanski


A Trio of Swinging Maynard Ferguson Alumnus complete the Organik Vibe Trio’s second release entitled “Things We Did Last Summer”.
An all star Hammond B3 project featuring the trio of Ron Oswanski, Joel Frahm, and Marko Marcinko with special guests Dave Samuels and Vic Juris.
The Organik Vibe Trio features a unique array of sonic characteristics from a jazz trio and guests. The combination of a tenor saxophone in conjunction with the Hammond B3, drum set, and percussion create rich layers of endless possibilities. With a trio of creative players plus a vibraphone virtuoso, a jazz guitar giant and choice repertoire, you’ll be sure to enjoy!
“Things We Did Last Summer” returns the trio back to its original core roots of sax, organ and drums. With the addition of guests on vibraphone and guitar, the Organik Vibe Trio creates a fabulous new shape and sound. Please enjoy the musical journey this recording offers.


01 Ecaroh
02 On A Misty Night
03 Waltz For Dave
04 De Molen
05 Picture Frame
06 Take The Coltrane
07 First Song
08 Things We Did Last Summer
09 What Now
10 Minor Blues  


Ron Oswanksi - b3 organ
Joel Frahm - tenor saxophone
Marko Marcinko - drums
VIc Juris - guitar
Dave Samuels - vibraphone




 

viernes, 29 de abril de 2016

Succi Saiu Papetti - Three Branches (2016)


Label: El Gallo Rojo Records


Three Branches è un no-leader trio dall'organico inusuale, formato da tre affermati musicisti del nuovo jazz italiano.  “Three branches” (tre rami) è un piccolo gioco di parole che richiama i rami d'albero (tree branches) e al contempo suona come “free branches”, ovvero rami liberi di muoversi, rami sciolti. Anche la musica di questa formazione è una sorta di jeux-de-mots, tra contenuti e forme diverse, fondato su un repertorio di brani originali di tutti i componenti. Tre personalità molto diverse tra loro ma legate da radici comuni, qui in un continuo dialogo contrappuntistico, disegnano situazioni sonore imprevedibili e variegate. Come ramificazioni di un albero in lenta ma continua trasformazione, 
reminiscenze folk, improvvisazioni free jazz e insolite sonorità cameristiche si susseguono nel creare una musica che gioca con leggerezza colori diversi, dal pathos impressionista, all’ironia onirica, sino a divertenti ritmi tropicali.  

Allora: ci sono un modenese, un cagliaritano e un bresciano.

Anzichè comportarsi come in una tipica barzelletta, questi suonano e basta. Composizioni originali che possono anche far sorridere qua e là, ma non solo.

Suonano tre strumenti di legno, materiale al quale il suono del gruppo deve molto a livello acustico e energetico: l'odore di bosco, la legna che arde, la solida vitalità di un tronco.

Come ramificazioni di un albero in lenta ma continua trasformazione, reminiscenze folk, jazz libero, insolite sonorità cameristiche si susseguono nel creare una musica che gioca con leggerezza colori diversi, dal pathos romantico all’ironia onirica.


1.Brown 04:06
2.Fresh Flesh 05:28
3.Phrygia 05:33
4.Sacrofano 05:03
5.Gigiù Madama 04:16
6.Oslo 05:28
7.Fellini 05:06
8.Odore di Corriera 06:19
9.Reefing 04:25
10.Kolm 06:30
11.Satolly 05:47
    

Achille Succi - Bass Clarinet
Francesco Saiu - Electric Guitar
Giacomo Papetti – Double Bass 







 


 

ART the Band - Boost Unavailable (2016)


Label: Self Released
Source: ART The Band
Genre: Intellectual Groovecore


ART is the feeling of your truest lover stroking your neck. ART is the tightness in your throat when your dog died. ART is the 6 hours of pure joy you spent laying in the grass on your first mushroom trip. ART is Everything You've Ever Listened To. 
ART would like to thank Emily and Kieran for hooking it up big, Andrew Mullin for showing us the way, Placebo Space for setting a beautiful mood, Geoff Young for your constant mystification and suggestion, and Ronald Poon for believing in us.


1. Tokyo Sexwale 03:52
2. Connor Made Housecake 01:51
3. Boost Unavailable 09:32
4. Dinosaur Factor 01:01
5. Piri Piri Regrets 06:08
6. 1277 or 1791.4 or 1585.0 01:09
7. Rhythmic A.C. 04:40
8. Biosphere 04:01
   

Nick Marshall - Trombone
Stuart Brignell - Sax
David Maclean - Bass
Austin Gembora - Drums
Sean Clarey - Guitar 




 

Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa - Eros (2016)

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Mêlant leur origine italienne et cubaine, ces deux musiciens de renoms, inégalables dans leurs domaines, explorent de nouvelles frontières musicales et culturelles. Un résultat éblouissant.

"Le disque le plus original et le plus lyrique de ce début d’année" (Tendance jazz / France Info)

" Mélancoliques ou légères ces ballades servent des mélodies superbes; une musique poétique touchée par la grâce qui vous aspire, vous laisse rêveur" (FIP)

Le trompettiste sarde Paolo Fresu et le pianiste cubain Omar Sosa étaient fait pour se rencontrer, comme le prouve "Alma", l'album qu'ils viennent de publier.
Leur première rencontre remonte à 2006. Le pianiste cubain Omar Sosa invita alors le trompettiste sarde Paolo Fresu à le rejoindre le temps d’un concert à Hambourg. Vinrent ensuite un album live puis une tournée en Italie l’été 2009. Finalement en mai dernier, Omar Sosa et Paolo Fresu sont entrés en studio pour enregistrer Alma, chez Bonsaï Music le disque le plus original et le plus lyrique de ce début d’année. Les deux musiciens ont demandé au magnifique violoncelliste brésilien Jacques Morelenbaum, pour lequel ils partagent la même admiration, de les rejoindre sur quatre titres. Les morceaux en trio sont d’ailleurs parmi les plus beaux de cet album qui abolit toutes les références pour faire naître une succession d’univers sonores poétiques.

“ALMA” est la nouvelle collaboration entre le pianiste et compositeur cubain Omar Sosa (six fois nominé aux Grammy’s), et le non moins célèbre et talentueux trompettiste et joueur de bugle Paolo Fresu, avec la collaboration sur 4 titres du magnifique violoncelliste, arrangeur et réalisateur brésilien Jaques Morelenbaum.

L’album a été enregistré à Udine (Italie) en mai 2011 et produit par Paolo Fresu et Omar Sosa sur le tout nouveau label de Paolo Fresu : Tûk Music. Toutes les compositions sont signées par Paolo Fresu et/ou Omar Sosa à l’exception “Under African Skies” qui est une version d’un titre célèbre de Paul Simon.

Omar Sosa fut le premier à lancer à Paolo Fresu une invitation de collaboration lors d’un concert à NDR à Hambourg en 2006, qui donna lieu ensuite à la publication de album live “Promise”, publié en 2007. Read more...


01. Teardrop / Ya Habibi
02. Sensuousness
03. Zeus' Desire
04. Brezza del Verano
05. My Soul, My Spirit
06. La Llamada
07. What Is Inside / Himeros
08. Who Wu
09. Eros mediterraneo
10. Fradelo
11. What Lies Ahead
12. Why
13. Kypris 


Paolo Fresu
Omar Sosa

featuring:

Natacha Atlas
Jaques Morelenbaum
Quartetto Alborada
Piero Salvatori






 


 

Wayne Slater - Birds Of Play (2016)


Label: Self Released
Genre: Funk-jazz


After working in Perth for almost ten years as a sideman, bassist Wayne Slater is proud to present his first jazz ensemble project as bandleader.

Hailing from Geelong, Wayne moved to WA to study music and graduated from WAAPA in 2006. He has since worked as a freelance bassist in many different bands around Perth; playing everything from Rock and Country to Trad Jazz and Soul. Whilst he enjoys playing a wide variety of styles, his passion has always been jazz and he particularly values his work with the Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO).

Through working with MFO, Perth’s premier original big band, Wayne has developed a profound respect for the art of composing. Drawing inspiration from his musical journeys with MFO, he recently recorded an album of original music that reflects his diverse tastes; including Booker T & The MGs, Medeski Martin Scofield & Wood and Soulive to name a few.

Tonight’s performance will feature the music from Wayne’s album and a special guest support act. He will be joined on stage by Harry Winton on guitar, Gabriel Fatin on keyboard and Greg Brenton on drums.

 

1. The Waddler 05:12
2. Three's A Party! 05:20
3. Satan Rides Shotgun 03:43
4. 100 Dollar Riff 05:34
5. Too Easy 06:53
6. You're Kidding Me 05:56
7. A Most Furtive Offering 06:07
   

Wayne Slater - Bass
Gabriel Fatin - Keys
Greg Brenton - Drums
Harry Winton - Guitar




 
After working in Perth for almost ten years as a sideman, bassist Wayne Slater is proud to present his first jazz ensemble project as bandleader.
Hailing from Geelong, Wayne moved to WA to study music and graduated from WAAPA in 2006. He has since worked as a freelance bassist in many different bands around Perth; playing everything from Rock and Country to Trad Jazz and Soul. Whilst he enjoys playing a wide variety of styles, his passion has always been jazz and he particularly values his work with the Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO).
Through working with MFO, Perth’s premier original big band, Wayne has developed a profound respect for the art of composing. Drawing inspiration from his musical journeys with MFO, he recently recorded an album of original music that reflects his diverse tastes; including Booker T & The MGs, Medeski Martin Scofield & Wood and Soulive to name a few.
Tonight’s performance will feature the music from Wayne’s album and a special guest support act. He will be joined on stage by Harry Winton on guitar, Gabriel Fatin on keyboard and Greg Brenton on drums.
- See more at: http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/wayne-slater-birds-of-play-album-launch-with-special-guests/#sthash.7TRmEl6H.dpuf
After working in Perth for almost ten years as a sideman, bassist Wayne Slater is proud to present his first jazz ensemble project as bandleader.
Hailing from Geelong, Wayne moved to WA to study music and graduated from WAAPA in 2006. He has since worked as a freelance bassist in many different bands around Perth; playing everything from Rock and Country to Trad Jazz and Soul. Whilst he enjoys playing a wide variety of styles, his passion has always been jazz and he particularly values his work with the Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO).
Through working with MFO, Perth’s premier original big band, Wayne has developed a profound respect for the art of composing. Drawing inspiration from his musical journeys with MFO, he recently recorded an album of original music that reflects his diverse tastes; including Booker T & The MGs, Medeski Martin Scofield & Wood and Soulive to name a few.
Tonight’s performance will feature the music from Wayne’s album and a special guest support act. He will be joined on stage by Harry Winton on guitar, Gabriel Fatin on keyboard and Greg Brenton on drums.
- See more at: http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/wayne-slater-birds-of-play-album-launch-with-special-guests/#sthash.7TRmEl6H.dpuf

Dan Whieldon Trio - Positive Changes (2015)


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Pianist Dan Whieldon hails from Manchester and has been active in the North West of England's jazz scene for the last decade. Positive Changes is his debut release as leader, made not with fellow Mancunians but with players from Belgium—where he studied and where the album was made—and Holland. Bill Evans is an acknowledged inspiration and Whieldon displays a confident and strongly melodic writing style—a mix that creates a readily accessible first outing.

Whieldon's lyrical piano opens "E. P." and establishes a calming, melodic, mood that sets the tone for much that comes after. So the entry of Philippe Aerts' emphatic double bass comes as a bit of a shock (in a good way). Drummer Hans Van Oosterhout follows a heartbeat later and the bass/drum pairing adds its drive and power to the leader's more delicate phrasing. Guest trumpeter Jean-Paul Estiévenart adds tonal variety with a bright, extrovert style on tunes such as "7." "Waltz For Ronnie" might take inspiration for its title from Evans' "Waltz For Debby"—it certainly shares much of that tune's warmth and romance.

Most of these compositions are Whieldon's originals but there's a cluster of well-known covers ("On Green Dolphin Street," "Nardis," "Speak Low") all of which get fresh interpretations from the band—"On Green Dolphin Street" benefits from a rather louche rhythm, "Speak Low" is taken at a fast tempo and gets its muscle from Whieldon and Aerts' bass line. More unexpectedly, there's Whieldon's meditative arrangement of Hubert Parry's "Repton" (better-known, probably, as the music for the hymn "Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind").  


For E. P.
Marina's Song
Positive Changes
On Green Dolphin Street
7
Waltz For Ronnie
Speak Low
Herr Piece
Prelude
Nardis
Para Ti
Wild Dogs
Repton


Dan Whieldon: piano
Philippe Aerts: double bass
Hans van Oosterhout: drums
Jean-Paul Estiévenart: trumpet (3,5, 8, 12)




 

Jay Hoggard - Harlem Hieroglyphs (2016)


Label: JHVM Recordings


For vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, the content of composition is always fluid.
"It's a constant process of taking strands from this and that and putting them together for whatever you need them for," Hoggard says. "The name of something doesn't always mean that that's what it is."
Across decades of teaching and directing the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, Hoggard, 61, has remained a reliably innovative composer and recording artist, documenting his interests at every stage of his career: the music of vibraphone master Lionel Hampton (for whom Hoggard subbed in the 1990s), African-American spirituals and popular songs, excursions into various African diasporic rhythmic conceptions, even holiday music.
Few of Hoggard's earlier projects, however, approach the sweep of "Harlem Hieroglyphs," an expansive double album released March on his own JHVM Recordings label.
The recording pulls together strands from a previous suite, "Sonic Hieroglyphs from Wood, Metal and Skin," which premiered at Wesleyan in 2012, along with new original compositions, standards (by Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins and others), new gospel and R&B-leaning flights and lengthy post-bop workouts, some of which approach the 10-minute mark.
"It was four years of composition and thinking about it," Hoggard says. "You can go from track to track and evoke a particular scene or image or painting. That's mostly how I think of it: Painting with a tonal palette."
This month, Hoggard celebrates "Harlem Hieroglyphs" with two presentations at Wesleyan: "Storied Places" (April 15-16; CFA Theater), a multimedia work with choreography by Nicole Stanton, narrative text by Lois Brown and visuals by L'Merchie Frazier; and a concert by his Harlem Hieroglyphs Ensemble (April 30; Crowell Concert Hall), featuring saxophonist René McLean, pianist/organist James Weidman, bassist Belden Bullock and drummer Pheeroan akLaff. Read more...


1. If I Were a Bell 7:06
2. Harlem Jazzbirds Swingin' and Swayin' 7:57
3. Let Me Make It Clear 7:15
4. I Am Free 9:09
5. Everything Must Change 7:06
6. Piety and Redemption 8:11
7. A Walk Through the Colorful Forest 7:18
8. Sonic Hieroglyphics 5:38
9. I'm Gonna Show You That I Love You 6:23
10. On a Wing and a Prayer 3:40
11. Airegin 3:33
12. I Live Because I Breathe 7:35
13. Disposable Consumption, Pt. 1 5:21
14. Sunlight Thru Pine and Mahogany 2:12
15. Mystical Cycles of Skin, Wood, and Metal 3:29
16. My Love 6:38
17. Pleasant Memories 9:34
18. Disposable Consumption, Pt. 2 4:33

JAY HOGGARD - vibraphone
GARY BARTZ - soprano and alto saxophones
JAMES WEIDMAN - piano,organ
NAT ADDERLEY JR - piano,organ
BELDEN BULLOCK - bass
YORON ISRAEL - drums