viernes, 29 de agosto de 2014

Eddy Palermo Samba Jazz Trio + Convidados - Meu Samba Jazz (2013)


Virtuoso della chitarra, Eddy Palermo è il capostipite indiscusso del jazz samba in Italia, da più di vent’anni il suo nome è sinonimo di qualità. Nella sua musica si alternano sonorità afroamericane a ritmi brasiliani, e il risultato che ne deriva è eleganza ed energia allo stato puro.

Eddy Palermo : guitar
Daniele Basirico : bass
Alessandro Marzi : drums

01. Maracangalha
02. Você (feat. Wanda Sa)
03. Meditação (feat Jin Porto)
04. Cançao de Menina
05. Ivan Medley: Començar de Novo - Velas Içadas
06. Ceu e Mar
07. Caminhos Cruzados (feat. Pery Ribeiro)
08. Samba de Uma Nota Só
09. Sambolero
10. Body and Soul (bonus track)

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jueves, 28 de agosto de 2014

Ronnie Burrage & Band Burrage - Heal (2014)


Label: MiMikAlana Records
Source: Cdbaby 

Album Notes: Ronnie Burrage is considered one of the best jazz musicians on the world scene today. His latest release “Heal” with his “Band Burrage” is innovatively formed, rooted in jazz tradition, and evokes good vibes, with a sound quality of a multitude of creative influences.
(PRWEB) February 18, 2014
Ronnie’s latest recording “Heal” with ‘Band Burrage’ blends fusion, hard bop, rock and pop elements in a diverse, contemporary fashion. There are sections featuring unison playing and Afro-Latin rhythms, then periods with free, skittering passages as drummer/keyboardist Ronnie Burrage, EWI/saxophonist Rick Tate, guitarist Eric Slaughter, bassist Nimrod Speaks and vocalist Shenel Johns take turns offering frenetic, exuberant solos. Influenced by groups like Wayne Shorter, U.K., Milton Nascimento, Weather Report, Mile Davis, Radio Head, Yes, Tribe Called Quest, Funkadelics, Sly & The Family Stone, Alan Holdsworth, Stevie Wonder to name a few.
“I'm looking to reach as many people as possible from agents, to concert bookings, CD sales, most importantly international and national music festivals. This band live is super hot and needs to be touring all the time like it did in my younger days” says Ronnie.
Burrage is considered to be a virtuoso, exceptionally skilled and regarded as one of the best in the business at his craft. He has toured all four continents from Siberia to South Africa to Japan. Ronnie is a well respected educator who’s biography is vibrant and dynamically diverse. He has graced stages with the who’s who of jazz such as Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Morgan, Wallace Roney, Jackie & Rene McLean, James Moody, Gary Bartz, Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Joe Zawinul, Cedar Walton, Wood Shaw, McCoy Tyner, and Pepper Adams. Throughout his illustrious career he has been featured on over 100 recordings . Read more...

01 Martinique 04:56
02 In Nebular / Nexus (feat. Henry Grimes) 05:31
03 Flight Endless 05:24
04 Movement 02:41
05 A Time in Amerikkka 05:54
06 Baptism 08:05
07 Lily Xia 05:09
08 Ashes, a Love That Could Have Been Had She Looked Within 04:10
09 G.O. Heal 03:21
10 You Can Call 06:15
11 Mr. Drums 12:01


Ronnie Burrage, drums/keyboards
Rick Tate, EWI/saxophone
Eric Slaughter, guitar
Nimrod Speaks, bass
Shenel Johns, vocals

  
"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington -
 
GAB

Harrell, Giammarco, Zeppetella, Deidda & Sferra - The Auditorium Sessions (2008)


The Auditorium Session testimonia l’incontro straordinario tra quattro noti jazzisti italiani e il talento leggendario di Tom Harrell avvenuto nella primavera del 2005 all’Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Le melodie meravigliose e intricate che Harrell costruisce e il colore del suo suono scuro e caldo lo hanno fatto eleggere come il migliore trombettista  della sua generazione. Nel disco Tom Harrell mette a disposizione la sua vena creativa per interpretare brani originali composti dal chitarrista Fabio Zeppetella (Across The City, Sei in Sei, Walking on The Beach, Little Girl) e dal sassofonista Maurizio Giammarco (Remembering Mingus at Music Inn), uno standard (Autumn in New York) e due brani di sua composizione (The Sun, The Moon and You; Fountain). Insieme a loro una sezione ritmica d’eccezione: Dario Deidda al basso e Fabrizio Sferra alla batteria.

“Quando, nell’aprile del 2005 (il 12, per precisione), si prospettò la possibilità di esibirsi in concerto all’Auditorium Parco Della Musica di Roma insieme al leggendario trombettista Tom Harrell, uno dei grandi poeti del jazz ancora in circolazione, l’entusiasmo generale fu tale da generare, automaticamente, il desiderio di documentare quell’incontro. Un incontro fortemente voluto e pianificato dall’amico chitarrista Fabio Zeppetella, e al quale parteciparono Dario Deidda al basso, Fabrizio Sferra alla batteria (i tre anche conosciuti come Audio Slang Trio) e l’autore di queste righe, Maurizio Giammarco ai sassofoni.

Come spesso accade in ambito jazzistico, la musica contenuta in questo cd fu dunque registrata di getto, in un’unica seduta, e nell’unico giorno possibile per farlo, ovvero il giorno successivo al concerto: il 13 aprile 2005. Sarà stata la dolce aria primaverile, o forse i due brani “sognanti” portati da Tom, o l’amicizia e la conoscenza di lunga data fra noi musicisti italiani, o il clima di tranquilla e sana collaborazione e di grande e reciproco rispetto instauratosi nel corso del lavoro; sta di fatto che questi, e altri misteriosi e come sempre inesplicabili ingredienti, contribuirono a creare una miscela musicale affatto particolare: intensa, magica e serafica al tempo stesso. L’atmosfera di quell’incontro ci è rimasta molto cara e ben salda nella memoria: speriamo vivamente che la musica di questo cd sia in grado di restituirla all’ascoltatore”. Maurizio Giammarco

Source: auditorium


Tom Harrell, trumpet & flughelhorn
Maurizio Giammarco, tenor & soprano saxophones
Fabio Zeppetella, electric guitar
Dario Deidda, electric bass
Fabrizio Sferra, drums

1. I Nodi E il Pettine
2. Accross the City
3. Sei in Sei
4. The Sun, The Moon and You
5. Remembering Mingus at Music Inn
6. Autumn in New York
7. Fountain
8. Walking on the Beach
9. Little Girl

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SHAULI EINAV - A TRUTH ABOUT ME (2013)


Source: Taklit
Label: Cristal Records

« A Truth About Me », Shauli Einav’s 3rd album as a leader is a pivotal milestone in his career. After being trained in NYC’s Jazz scene for many years, releasing a highly acclaimed debut album (Opus One / Plus Loin Music 2011), Einav landed in Paris last July and he is now out on  a journey of self-exploration. 

In this album Einav compiled ten vigorous compositions, which take listeners on a voyage into the artist’s mind-vessels. These compositions are sophisticated, high-spirited and confident while at the same time thoughtful, intimate and sometimes even somber. Einav is a 3 times ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award recipient. This album features long time band member NYC trombonist, Andy Hunter, Paul Lay on piano, Louis Moutin on drums, French bassist Florent Nisse and the up and coming Antonin Tri Hoang on alto saxophone and bass clarinet.


                                               01. Embarcadère 5:14
                                               02. Circa 1988 6:36
                                               03. Copenhague 7:52
                                               04. The Traveler 5:47
                                               05. Nomads 10:02
                                               06. Eleven Fifty Two 1:20
                                               07. One For Alex 6:47
                                               08. Le Musketeer 7:23
                                               09. Ultramarine 5:30
                                               10. A Truth About Me 6:08

                                               

                                                Shauli EINAV Sax soprano & ténor
                                                Andy HUNTER Trombone
                                                Antonin TRI HOANG Sax alto & clarinette basse
                                                Paul LAY Piano
                                                Florent NISSE Contrebasse
                                                Louis MOUTIN Batterie 

 

  

"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington -



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Marc Seales - American Songs, Volume 2: Blues...and Jazz (2014)


Source & Label: Origin Records

Whether performing with the heaviest jazz luminaries or with his own bands, pianist Marc Seales' deeply lyrical and blues-based approach to modern jazz has defined the sound of Seattle's dynamic jazz scene for several decades. For his fourth recording, Seales brings together his longtime compatriots--guitarist Fred Hamilton, drummer Gary Hobbs, and bassists, Jeff Johnson and Dave Captein--for a set of original blues compositions and reworked jazz standards such as "Giant Steps" and "ESP." Included also is a new version of Seales' "Highway Blues." Originally recorded by his group New Stories with Ernie Watts, it's known to many for its use as a music file in Windows XP, and has been one of the most listened to jazz performances in the digital world. 


TRACKS:
1 HIGHWAY BLUES 8:08
2 THE OPEN ROAD 4:23
3 SUNSET BLUES 6:28
4 BLUE 9:31
5 BLUES FOR YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW 13:09
6 GIANT STEPS 8:08
7 ESP 6:54

 PERFORMERS:
MARC SEALES - piano & keyboards
FRED HAMILTON - guitar
JEFF JOHNSON - bass (1,2,4,5)
DAVE CAPTEIN - electric bass (3,6,7)
GARY HOBBS - drums


"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington -



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J.A.T.P. All Stars Jazz at the Philarmonic; Frankfurt 1952 (1997)

J.A.T.P. All Stars  Jazz at the Philarmonic; Frankfurt 1952

Tracks: 
01 Introduction by Norman Granz
02 How High the Moon
03 Undecided
04 Deep Purple - Rockin' Chair - This Is Always - I Cover the Waterfront
05 Dre's Blues

Personnel:
Lester Young, Flip Phillips (Tenor Saxophone), 
Roy Eldridge (Trumpet), 
Hank Jones (Piano), 
Ray Brown (Bass), 
Max Roach (Drums). 

Recorded: November 20, 1952 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Label: Pablo [025218530521] CD 1997

Review
This is a previously unreleased concert performance catching the J.A.T.P. troupe (this time featuring Lester Young, Flip Phillips, Roy Eldridge, 
Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Max Roach and an uncredited Irving Ashby on guitar) on the last night of their European tour of 1952. After Norman 
Granz' introductions to an enthusiastic Frankfurt audience, the group kicks off with a swinging version of "How High the Moon" that goes on for 
some 11 minutes. This is followed by "Undecided," taken at an even faster pace but still clocking in at almost 12 minutes and featuring an 
extraordinary solos by Eldridge and Young. A "Ballad Medley" is next, spotlighting four selections interpreted as solo turns. Flip Phillips starts 
thing off with a nice reading of "Deep Purple," segueing into Roy Eldridge's take on "Rockin' Chair." Next up is Hank Jones' nice, understated 
version of "This Is Always," which sets the stage for Lester Young's stunning "I Cover the Waterfront." The concert closes with an uptempo 
"Dre's Blues," which speeds up to an almost impossible tempo after Max Roach's drum solo. All in all, another classic entry in this long-standing 
series that languished in the vaults for far too long.  by Cub Koda (AMG)

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# Although all contributors are excellent, Lester Young (the one and only President) on tenor sax and Roy Eldridge on trumpet steal the honours 
on heated jams of "How high the moon", "Undecided" and "Dre's Blues", but on the ballad medley Flip Phillips scores an unexpected point with 
his passionate tenor sax interpretation of "Deep Purple".
Of course, this is not to say that Eldridge's stint on Carmichael's good old "Rockin' chair" is a throwaway... It is anything but, and the same goes 
for Young's brilliant analysis of "I cover the waterfront" or Hank Jones' subtle take on "This is Always". Recording technology was not optimally 
used considering the era, but the musicians still come across very strong, although the rhythm section could have been a bit more clearly 
recorded (incidentally, Norman Granz announces Irving Ashby on guitar, but his name is omitted from the data on the CD's sleeve). In the end, 
after an amazing drummin' romp by Max Roach, Little Jazz joins in with some of the most sensitive type of hot trumpet playing, leading to the 
jubilant and spectacular ensemble conclusion of "Dre's Blues", a marathon jam jointly devised by the musicians of this group.... BTW; The 
pleasure of listening The Pres once again makes me think - his approach to tunes, compared to Charlie Parker's is like Robert Bresson's approach 
to film narration compared to that of Jean-Luc Godard... Young's honks and repetitive notes, for instance on "Undecided" break every rule and still 
swing madly...
# Amazingly good concert, everybody is in high spirits', this concert being the last by this troupe in Europe 1952. Remarkably fiery solos by Lester 
Young and Flip Phillips, Lester is not to be defeated despite Phillips' hot playing, and his version of "I cover the waterfront" is a little gem! 
Everybody is relaxing and injecting a lot of musical humour during the proceedings. A concert which should not be missed by everyone interested 
in JATP and the great stars participating! 

Thank to Oldhippierick


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David Hazeltine - For All We Know (2014)


David Hazeltine é conhecido por sua sofisticação harmônica e pianismo elegante, traços que também eram características de jogo de Cedar Walton. Quando Hazeltine inicialmente estabelecido fazer o que se tornaria seu Sessões de fumaça de lançamento, pelo que sabemos, fazer um disco tributo era a coisa mais distante de sua mente e deve ser salientado que, pelo que sabemos não é, definitivamente, um registro tributo. No entanto, é difícil ignorar a importância do legado de Cedar Walton a ele. Hazeltine é um dos herdeiros importantes para a tradição do piano de Walton, por isso é natural que a sua gratidão e afeto seria temas dominantes nesta gravação. É também um registro especial porque documenta o que é essencialmente a primeira colaboração entre Hazeltine e saxofonista tenor Seamus Blake. Foi uma parceria que ambos apreciamos imensamente e que funcionou muito bem com o resto do quarteto, o baixista David "Happy" Williams eo baterista Joe Farnsworth. O álbum abre com um dos originais inventivas do Hazeltine, "Et Cedra", que é também aquele que foi abertamente escrito com Walton em mente. Em sua torce melódicas e mais voltas e é harmonias sutis ainda inesperados, é rapidamente aparente porque Hazeltine tem um forte apoio tal. Outros destaques incluem Kurt Weill "My Ship" e turbulento "Eddie Harris" do Hazeltine que dá Blake a oportunidade de pagar alguns aspectos de sua autoria, desta vez para o mestre saxofone descolados. Quando For All We Know conclui com "AD Bossa," a realização em conjuntos que, apesar de jazz perdeu alguns de seus maiores talentos, há uma outra geração que é dedicado a manter a forma de arte vital e vivo.

Pianist David Hazeltine, a musician’s musician known for his harmonic sophistication and elegant pianism, delivers a thoroughly beautiful recording with his latest For All We Know. His rich sound and comping is often reminiscent of the late, great Cedar Walton and Hazeltine honors the piano master with several original compositions including “Et Cedra,” “Lord Walton,” and “Pooh,” as well as Kurt Weill’s “My Ship.” For All We Know also captures the first meeting between tenor saxophone sensation Seamus Blake and Hazeltine. 

It is abundantly clear on tracks like Charlie Parker’s “Cheryl” and Hazeltine’s “Eddie Harris,” that this collaboration is one worth returning to again and again. For All We Knowis available for purchase as a 8-panel CD-Deluxe Album complete with liner notes, interview and additional photos or as a high resolution download mastered for iTunes.


David Hazeltine: piano
Seamus Blake: tenor sax
David Williams: bass
Joe Farnsworth: drums

1. Et Cedra 6:12
2. My Ship 8:58
3. Pooh 8:21
4. Lord Walton 6:58
5. For All We Know 11:45
6. Eddie Harris 7:29
7. Cheryl 9:39
8. Imagination 7:10
9. A.D. Bossa 5:53

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Bossa Nova - Romance (2013)



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miércoles, 27 de agosto de 2014

Frank Harrison Trio - First Light (2006)



Harrison is most familiar as Gilad Atzmon's pianist, and the 2006 Atzmon group's diversion toward keyboard electronics might suggest a hint of that on Harrison's personal debut. But this is an acoustic-trio set in Brad Mehldau territory, and the scalding pace and motivic zigzagging of What Is This Thing Called Love? is a reminder both of how much spark remains in this familiar jazz-ensemble format, and how many good examples of it there are in the UK.

Harrison is accompanied by the bassist they call Scotland's Dave Holland - Aidan O'Donnell - and by that sensitive small-group drummer Stephen Keogh. The pianist's quiet, rippling originals take five tracks; there are three standards, and a brooding account of the Spartacus theme with O'Donnell in conversational support. Harrison's swaying ballad Jinni is the most openly songlike of his own pieces (Bill Evans-like in its accelerating development), but - as with Mehldau - the most elliptical, preoccupied overtures develop unexpected fireworks. A promising start.

Frank Harrison, piano
Aidan O'Donnell, bass
Stephen Keogh, drums

1. You Can't Go Home Again 4:57
2. What Is This Thing Called Love 7:07
3. Afternoon In Tromso 5:58
4. First Light 5:38
5. Jinni 5:10
6. Nature Boy 2:52
7. Love Theme From Spartacus 5:29
8. Maria's Planet Song 4:21
9. Falling 3:59

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ÉTIENNE MBAPPÉ - PATER NOSTER (2013)


Source: Abstractlogix


The brilliant new album from Musician and Bassist Etienne Mbappe. Cameroonian Born Etienne who has been touring the world with Guitar Legend John McLaughlin as one of the member of the 4th Dimension started his international career with Joe Zawinul, Salif Keita among others. Very Recently he was asked to be the member of The Ringers , which features Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau and Gary Novak.
On this solo album Etienne has crafted some really amazing music, influence heavily by his African Roots. Featured with a great band that includes drummer Nicolas Viccaro, Pater Noster is one of the standout albums in this genre. It is refreshing to hear an accomplished technical player who at the same time writes great compositions.


    Wélisané
    Esua
    Nyuwé
    Wondja (Di Témi)
    Pater Noster
    O Séya Siséya
    Lambé Toyi (Senga Doyi)
    Yé Bobé
    God Bless Cameroon
    Es’ Eyayé
    Dimbéa Pimbéa
    Wé Mba Tiki
    O Dini Longué
    Gao Mali


Étienne MBAPPÉ : Lead & backing vocals,
Basses - Electric, Acoustic, Fretless
& soprano Guitars - Cavaquiño.
Cate “Éndalè” PETIT : Backing vocals.
Clément JANINET : Violin.
Cédric BAUD : Electric, acoustic,
soprano and bottle neck Guitars.
Nicolas VICCARO : Drums

"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington -

GAB 

Caio Fernando - Berê (2013)


“Caio, para de tocar um pouco” - disse Berenice ao avistar o noivo novamente ao piano. Para não deixa-la chateada, ele disse que faria uma música para ela. E fez um disco.

Berê é o segundo trabalho de Caio Fernando, também conhecido como Caio do Baixo. O músico, que lançou Fabergé no ano passado, é referência do instrumento no Estado e figura constantemente em apresentações de John Mueller, Mareike Valentin e Mazin Silva, além das bandas Marvins e Supreme Lounge.

O novo disco foi gravado em junho no RVB Estúdio com pitadas de música brasileira em meio a uma concepção norteada pelo soul e pelo jazz. A produção musical é assinada por Caio e Raul Misturada, a capa foi feita por Bernardo Tomsons e você pode conferir o resultado abaixo.

O time responsável pelo projeto foi a campo com Jackson Carlos na guitarra, Junior Marques no piano, Helio Reichert no sax e JP na bateria. O amigo de longa data Mazin Silva participou da faixa “Santiago” e as oito músicas presentes no álbum refletem a qualidade do atual momento da nossa música.

“Elas foram inspiradas em meu momento de vida atual. "Free" e "Hand" foram compostas no momento da gravação, sem nenhum preparo de ideias, deixando fluir o momento. Na verdade essas músicas são uma só, por isso o nome Free Hand, ou seja, foi tocado de maneira totalmente livre. Depois decidimos dividir ela em duas partes”, revela Caio.

Jota Fortinho, que agora encabeça a Muse Brasil Tribute, não poupa elogios. “O instrumental sempre foi a área dele. Conheci o Caio quando ele tinha 14 anos, tocamos juntos em vários projetos, ele manda muito. O novo disco traz um som muito inspirador”.

Para concordar com Jota, clique nos players abaixo e confira o novo trabalho de Caio. Para adquirir um CD, é só mandar um e-mail para este endereço. O meu já está encomendado. Viva o som. Escrito por Dane Souza


Caio Fernando: baixo
Helio Reichert: sax
Jackson Carlos: guitarra
Junior Marques: piano
JP: bateria

1) Berê 04:58
2) Break in the pipe 04:41
3) Free 01:58
4) Freud Groove 04:19
5) Hand 01:55
6) Regozijo 05:24
7) Santiago 08:56
8) Reflexões 05:24

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Enrico Rava – Live In Casa Del Jazz, Rome (2006)

Cover

TRACKLIST:
1) Hitchcock At The Beach 10:40
2) Algir Dalbughi 9:07
3) More 7:50
4) Happiness Is To Win A Big Prize 7:43
5) Certi Angoli Segreti 9:16
6) Suzie Wong 2:54
7) Cumpari 8:51
8) F. Express 8:44



LINEUP:
Enrico Rava (tp),
Mauro Negri (tenor sax, clarinet), 
Giovanni Guidi (p),
Francesco Ponticelli (bass), 
Emanuele Maniscalco (drums).


Recorded Live at Casa del Jazz,
Rome 2006, February 20

http://www.enricorava.com/biography/

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Eddy Palermo & Roberto Menescal - Bossa Jam Session (2013)


O instrumentista, compositor e arranjador carioca Roberto Menescal traz ao palco do SESC Vila Mariana, em São Paulo, o músico italiano Eddy Palermo para o lançamento do CD “Bossa Jam Session”. Os músicos, acompanhados por um trio, apresentam canções do álbum lançado no ano passado que traz clássicos do estilo como “O Barquinho”, “Agarradinhos”, “Eu Sei Que Vou te Amar” e “Bye Bye Brasil”.

Eddy Palermo é um guitarrista sempre citado como referência do Jazz italiano. Palermo é um grande admirador da música brasileira e já tocou com grandes nomes como Nico Assumpção e Toninho Horta, além do prórpio Roberto Menescal.


01. O Barquinho 3:55 Roberto Menescal - Ronaldo Bôscol
02. Batida Diferente 3:45 Duruval Ferreira - Mauricio Einhorn
03. Só Danço Samba 3:15 Tom Jobim - Vinicius de Moraes
04. Agarradinhos 4:33 Roberto Menescal - Rosalia de Souza
05. P'ruzé 4:17 Roberto Menescal
06. Samba da Creuza 4:27 Eddy Palermo
07. Preciso Aprender a Ser Só 4:36 Marcos Valle - Paulo Sergio Valle
08. Vagamente 4:55 Roberto Menescal - Ronaldo Bôscol
09. Samba de Verão 4:34 Marcos Valle - Paulo Sergio Valle
10. Eu Sei Que Vou te Amar 4:25 Tom Jobim - Vinicius de Moraes
11. Wave 3:54 Tom Jobim
12. A Rã 3:47 João Donato - Caetano Veloso
13. Bye Bye Brasil 3:17 Roberto Menescal - Chico Buarque

Eddy Palermo - Guitar
Roberto Menescal - Violão
Adriano Souza - Piano
Adriano Giffoni - Bass
João Cortez - Drums

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martes, 26 de agosto de 2014

Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen in quartet and duo - Questioned Answer (2014)


Source: Band Camp

This intergenerational collaboration between Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch and new piano star on the modern jazz horizon Emmet Cohen combines new school excitement and exuberant swing. In the quartet setting, joined by legendary drummer Billy Hart and master bassist Boris Kozlov, Lynch and Cohen present a program of their own searching and often epic original music, bridging traditional and contemporary sounds with virtuosity, passion and swinging aplomb. And as a duo, they essay and recast jazz classics and standards (both classic and contemporary) with warmth, intelligence and lack of cliche, often journeying into uncharted territory only bound by their searching imagination and desire to swing.

The musical lock between Lynch and Cohen has roots that go beyond the work they've put in towards crafting a distinctive sound in both quartet and duo formats. Their common ground in committing to grounded, yet contemporary and uncliched playing and composing, coupled with the mixture of Lynch's magisterial command and Cohen's poised beyond his years musicality, has resulted in a original and compelling new group sound tailored for today's listener.


Quartet and Duo:

1. Cambios 07:39
2. Dark Passenger 07:33
3. How Deep Is The Ocean 08:25
4. Buddy 09:08
5. Distant Hallow 08:33
6. I Wish I Knew 07:20
7. Petty Theft 11:21
8. Just In Time 06:06
9. Questioned Answer 07:43
10.Blues By Four (bonus track) 05:50

Brian Lynch trumpet and flugelhorn
Emmet Cohen piano
Boris Kozlov bass
Billy Hart drums 

 
Duo:

1. Cup Bearers 06:41
2. It Might As Well Be Spring 07:07
3. I Wish I Knew (alternate version) 06:43
4. Asiatic Raes 04:09
5. My Ideal 06:10
6. Steeplechase 05:52
7. Yardbird Suite 01:54

Brian Lynch trumpet and flugelhorn
Emmet Cohen piano 

 
"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
      is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington -

 

GAB



Nate Najar Trio - Aquarela do Brasil (2014)



Source: candidrecords

The music of Brazil has captured the hearts and imagination of musicians and music lovers alike since the mainstream introduction of Bossa Nova in the second half of the twentieth century.

The "arrival" of Bossa Nova is generally associated with the landmark 1962 recording "Jazz Samba" from Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz. Other jazz artists, however, had already begun experimenting with the music, most notably Laurindo Almeida and Bud Shank, and even Dizzy Gillespie had a recording of Desafinado that predates "Jazz Samba." But it was the Byrd/Getz record that entranced the public imagination and launched the Bossa Nova Craze. Pretty soon record labels and promoters would put the name Bossa Nova on anything they could to make a sale. The latter half of the 1960's saw rock and roll take over much of the general populace and the Bossa Nova craze was over. Still, jazz artists had adopted the beautiful melodies, lush harmony and enthralling rhythm as fertile ground for improvisation. At the same time, the great Bossa Nova composers and practitioners continued to display their artistry for years to come.

The compositions on this recording represent a wide cross section of Brazilian musical influence, a Watercolor of Brazil if you will. Four of the selections come from one Bossa Nova's originators (and one of the finest composers of the twentieth century) Antonio Carlos Jobim, and yet all four are very much post Bossa Nova. The rest of the selections either predate Bossa Nova or are jazz tunes with a Brazilian influence. Jobim's Ligia came to me from João Gilberto and Fotografia from the wonderful record Elis and Tom featuring Elis Regina. Amparo and Chovendo Na Roseira came from an ultimately forgettable film called "The Adventurers" for which Jobim composed the score. The score, however, is most certainly unforgettable and Jobim would record these pieces a few more times over the rest of his career.

Aquarela Do Brasil is of course that gorgeous, soaring 1939 melody from Ary Barroso known throughout much of the world simply as "Brazil." Walt Disney introduced it to the wider population in 1942 and it has endured. Carinhoso is such a beautiful, pure melody and I fell in love the first time I heard it. 

Written by the wonderful Brazilian composer Pixinguinha, it came to me first via one of my favorite guitar players, Charlie Byrd. Charlie himself is represented with his own composition written for his daughter, Charlotte's Fancy.

Speaking of Charlie Byrd, one of his largest supporters, admirers and great friends was the WMAL DJ Felix Grant in Washington, DC. Felix was instrumental in helping to popularize Bossa Nova in DC and was a great supporter of all things jazz. Our bass player, Tommy Cecil, knew Felix quite well and wrote Samba For Felix in his honor. I thought it a terrific tune and asked Tommy if we could include it on the session. Chuck Redd and Tommy Cecil are two of the finest musicians I could ever hope to work with and I feel very fortunate to get to record and perform with them as often as I do. The fact that Chuck is equally strong on both drums and vibes is a tremendous benefit to the musical possibilities presented.


Nate Najar (unamplified guitar)
Tommy Cecil (bass)
Chuck Redd (drums and vibraphone)
Harry Allen (tenor saxophone)
Duduka Da Fonseca (drums)

01 Canto De Ossanha
02 Carinhoso
03 Ligia
04 Aquarela do Brasil (Brazil)
05 Amparo (Olha Maria)
06 Chovendo No Roseira (Double Rainbow)
07 Fotografia
08 Samba For Felix
09 Charlotte’s Fancy
10 Canto De Ossanha (extended version)

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Domi

Marbin - The Third Set (2014)


Source: Band Camp

What does a band that has performed almost 1000 shows all over the USA over the last three and a half years do for an encore? Recording a scorching, balls-to-the-wall, three-alarm live album feels like a natural progression! Without question, one of the hardest-working, most motivated and driven independent bands in the world today, Marbin's The Third Set is a testimony to both that synonymous work ethic, as well as to the depth of musical diction, styles and textures these young gentlemen have achieved. Beyond that, it's a bone-crushing, no-holds-barred, sonic feeding frenzy!! "The two Danny's" (Dani Rabi on guitar and Danny Markovitch on sax) take a sizzling set of their best material to new heights and an unparalleled intensity: capturing facets of their style, sound and group interaction as only a smokin' live performance possibly could! 


Ever the musical chameleons, Marbin continues to expand their horizons -- pushing their music to the absolute limit, while keeping the accelerator pressed firmly to the floor! Both founders, Rabin and Markovitch, show more-than-ample evidence of the fire that burns in them both. Rabin's chops have never been more hard-hitting, emotional and convincing; with blazing legatos lines alternately punctuating proceedings with Beck-like melodic phrasings and sweet chord comp work, Dani's many hours of off-stage preparation and sustained musical growth are clearly in evidence. Markovitch plays with more fervor than ever before, with his perfectly-interspersed and -articulated lines weaving their magic throughout. The band never sounded tighter or more on top of their game. (... who said "playing with fire" was a bad thing?) The Third Set is the next step forward in the evolution of Marbin, as today's prodigies transform into tomorrow's progressive luminaries. Fasten your seat belts!!


1. Special Olympics 05:12   
2. The Depot 06:33
3. Crystal Bells 06:46
4. Redline 08:28
5. Culture 07:05
6. Vanthrax 05:40
7. Rabak 08:21
8. Splaw 06:08
9. Northern Odyssey 03:11
10.Volta 08:05
________

DANNY MARKOVITCH: saxophones
DANI RABIN: guitar
JUSTYN LAWRENCE: drums
JAE GENTILE: bass


"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
      is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington -



GAB


David Pedrick - Time Remembered (2014)


Source: musemuse

Guitarist David Pedrick has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for his work in a wide variety of styles. His performance credits run the gamut from jazz clubs to concert halls and he has been invited to perform for guitar societies, concert series, musical theater productions and music festivals throughout the U.S. Recent highlights include performances at The Strand-Capitol Arts Center, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Fulton Opera House, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Wilmington Grand Opera House. His latest release Time Remembered was released in 2014.

The CD gently takes to flight with “Bill’s Vane” a methodical yet eccentric intro piece that flows and ebbs its way through to musical fruition. This first piece serves up impressive Nylon String Jazz guitar ambience served up against a dynamic rhythm section, and intoxicating vibe. The CD makes a great first impression and literally grabs your attention with its infectious musical personality. Track 2 “Van Libels” shifts gears a bit and keeps things moving in the same direction with more full tilt guitar melodies meshed against dynamic rhythm and hooky bass lines and melodic Saxophone accents. Track 3 “Lab Snivel” is a slamming ditty that serves up dynamic musical movement eventually lending itself to flowing rhythm, against a mesmerizing funked out vibe. The CD makes a great first impression, providing 3 solid gold standard Jazz musical experiences in a row. Musical textures reminiscent of classic Pat Matheny, Charlie Hayden, Jim Hill, John Abercrombie. Despite this it’s quite amazing how original Pedrick’s signature is and it something that goes beyond traditional pigeonholing. As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice most of the songs are very dynamic and passionate in nature, with crystal clear high end clarity and solid low end feel. The music itself goes down smooth and just fills the sonic space with what I would describe as exuberant musical meandering with all the progressive excitement of classic modern-day jazz. The musicianship though extremely conservative provides a lot of musical variety and s not to be underestimated. The dynamic musical syncopation is world class. All in all the CD has some truly impressive moments, showcasing impressive chops, dynamic grooves rich in melody and texture. What’s even more impressive is how well the guitar and piano share the sonic space equally. I was entertained the entire time and I can say this is the most unique jazz projects I’ve heard in a while. Drummer Dave Young pushes the natural accents and odd time signatures extremely well, Saxophonist Ryan Kauffman adds melodic fuel to the fire with his infectious melodies. Bassist Steve Meashey lays down the bottom end groove with several impressive bass solos to boot. Finally David Pedrick’s guitar virtuoso just makes the whole thing work as he provides the perfect balance between strong melodic delivery and sizzling jazz guitar chops. Pedrick is a master musician showcasing his amazing solo guitar skills and displays an expensive chord vocabulary. All the while displaying the A-Typical Gold Standard playing you would come to expect from a CD of this magnitude. From hypnotic "Vin’s a Bell” to jumpy “Navel’s Lib” to dynamic “Slab Niven” and “Ball Vines” to smooth as silk “Vain Bell’s” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with ”I’ll Be Van’s” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.


The song names are to say the least – odd, cryptic and mysterious to me. I’m not so sure how all of this ties into the CD title and concept. After spending some time with David Pedrick it's hard to find any solid weaknesses worth mentioning. Instead as Time Remembered progressed I became more and more impressed with it as a whole. Make no bones about it these cats can play. What I like most about the CD is it has all the aspects of old world meets new world contemporary Jazz. Most people will agree live performances pack a powerful punch are quite dynamic. Time remembered by David Pedrick gives off that kind of spontaneous feel and is an impressive musical production from start to finish. There’s not really a weak song on this entire catalog period! The musicianship is first rate and the songs are very dynamic and passionate. Each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Lastly - the playing and writing abilities of David Pedrick and his group are both amazing and brilliant.

David Pedrick, guitar
Ryan Kauffman, soprano saxophone
Steve Meashey, bass
Dave Young, drums

1. Bill's Vane 05:24
2. Van Libels 04:26
3. Lab Snivel 04:14
4. Vin's a Bell 04:18
5. Navel's Lib 04:18
6. Slab Liven 03:53
7. Vain Bells 04:55
8. Ball Vines 05:48
9. I'll Be Van's 02:31

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Domi

Cannonball Adderley - Jump For Joy (1958)

Cannonball Adderley  Jump For Joy 1958

Tracks: 
01 I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
02 Two Left Feet
03 Just Squeeze Me
04 Nothin'
05 Bli Blip
06 Jump For Joy
07 Chocolate Shake
08 If Life Were All Peaches and Cream
09 Brownskin Gal In Calico Town
10 The Tune Of The Hickory Stick


Personnel: 
Arranged By: Bill Russo and Richard Hayman
Cannonball Adderley, Alto Sax;
Emmett Berry, Trumpet;
Bill Evans, Piano;
George Ricci, Cello;
Dave Schwartz, Viola;
Gene Orloff, Leo Kruczek, Violin;
Barry Galbraith, Guitar;
Milt Hinton, Bass;
Jimmy Cobb, Drums.



Recorded: in NYC Aug. 20th, 21st 1958
Label: Mercury [SR 80017] LP 1958; Sears [SPS460] Vinyl, LP (RE) US 1958
Genre: Jazz, Bop

Previously released on Mercury records. Track order differs from original release, but track durations are the same. Cannonball's interpretation of Duke's musical, this lp is often paired with the "with strings" lp but that seems a bit of a lazy combination to me. And it gets dissed far too much. Yeah some of the tracks seem bloated at first but they end up balancing out nicely with the more sparse cuts. All around I think is a pretty good lp and a nice tribute to Duke. My copy is some weird release for Sears with this cartoon cover.... I love it. And the lp is great as well. The band is an all star bunch.


RAZ

Tingvall Trio - In Concert (2013)


Swedish pianist Martin Tingvall lives in Hamburg and the South of Sweden. The Tingvall Trio albums “Vattensaga (No.21) and “Vägen” (No.1) reached the German Jazz Charts, “Vägen also charted at the German Pop Charts (No 91). Martin Tingvall released his first solo – album “en ny dag” in 2012, it entered Top 5 of German Jazzcharts. He is also composing songs for various singer in pop/blues and writes score music for tv productions.


A1 Hjälten (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 6:26
A2 Nu djävlar (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 5:54
A3 Avsked (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 4:30
A4 Vägen (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 5:31
B1 Mustach (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 5:44
B2 Movie (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 5:04
B3 Hajskraj Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 5:33
B4 Utsikt (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 5:18
C1 Valsang (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 5:24
C2 Mjau (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 5:55
C3 Efter livet (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 7:22
D1 Alma (Vinyl Bonus Track) (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 4:09
D2 Trolldans – Monster (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 9:44
D2 Vaggvisa – Morgon (Vinyl Bonus Track) (Martin Tingvall / Tingvall Trio) 7:52

Martin Tingvall: piano
Omar Rodriguez Calvo: double bass
Jürgen Spiegel: drums & percussion

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


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