JWQ Showcase 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

ITALY/USA: Northbound Trio featuring Seamus Blake-Northbound /Tom Hewson-Essence (CAM JAZZ 2017)

Coming this Autumn...


Northbound Northbound Trio featuring Seamus Blake
Essence Tom Hewson

 

 

NORTHBOUND 


"Northbound seems the perfect title for this set of recordings. What they share is a sense of rugged adventure, a radical simplicity of means that delivers disproportionate results. Good climbers on northern hills take lots of gear. Great climbers take the minimum required... Spare, bold, hard, muscular again, but gifted with a kind of manly grace that is rare today." (Brian Morton)
 

ESSENCE

“These are intensely involving pieces, even though there isn’t a gusher among them. Feeling is presented in a disciplined and orderly way, each turn examined with affection and respect. It’s hard to step away from this album without feeling... lifted.” (Brian Morton)
 

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SWITZERLAND/FRANCE/GERMANY: Andreas Schaerer-Out Of Land(ACT 2017)

https://www.actmusic.com/en/Artists/Andreas-Schaerer/Out-Of-Land/Out-Of-Land-CD
For once, here’s a band for which the word 'supergroup' is completely apposite. Swiss vocalist Andreas Schaerer, German pianist Michael Wollny, French accordionist Vincent Peirani and his saxophonist compatriot Emile Parisien are four of the brightest and most charismatic stars in European jazz, and they have now formed themselves into a quartet. Their new live recording “Out of Land” demonstrates why they are at the very pinnacle of jazz musicians of their generation.

SWEDEN: Lars Danielsson- Liberetto III (act 2017)

https://www.actmusic.com/en/Artists/Lars-Danielsson

The Swedish cellist and bassist Lars Danielsson (born 1958) has an inimitable sound, which comes both from his background and from his classical education. Danielsson is one of the most in-demand bass players in the world and has played with a virtually endless phalanx of international stars like Michael and Randy Brecker, John Scofield and Charles Lloyd. His singing, warm, melodic and highly cultivated sound is recognisable in an instant. His music as leader is characterised by his unparalleled talent for simple and catchy melodies, by his feel for sounds and arrangements, and by his flair for putting together very special groups of musicians – with major stars the likes of Leszek Mozdzer, Tigran, Magnus Öström, Arve Henriksen, Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, Eric Harland and many more, appearing on Danielsson's albums time and time again.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

UK: Rob Luft- Riser (2017)



ROB LUFT guitar
JOE WRIGHT tenor saxophone
JOE WEBB hammond organ, piano and harmonium
TOM McCREDIE bass
CORRIE DICK drums

1. Night Songs 5.20 // 2. Riser 6.15 // 3. Beware 4.44 // 4. Slow Potion 2.33 // 5. Different Colours Of Silence 3.40 // 6. Dust Settles 5.04 // 7. Shorty 3.53 // 8. Blue, White and Dreaming 3.41 9. St. Brian I 5.57 // 10. We Are All Slowly Leaving 8.15

All music by Rob Luft except ‘Shorty’ by Rob Luft, Tom McCredie and Corrie Dick

ABOUT
Riser is the new album from London-born award-winning guitarist Rob Luft. A musician of incredible talent, depth and maturity, Rob Luft is set to become a name to remember. At only 23 years of age his proficiency as a guitarist and composer embodies a level of musicianship and vision well beyond his years. A winner of the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Music Prize as well as placing second in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, Rob is already garnering praise from critics across Europe. The UK’s Jazzwise Magazine has highlighted his “obvious star quality” and Riser is an album that stands up to scrutiny as one of the finest debut records in many years in the burgeoning creative current UK Jazz scene.

“Riser marks the first occasion on which I’ve released a selection of my original songs. I have always considered myself as being primarily a performer and secondly a composer” says Rob “and feel more at home standing on the kind of “Riser” that can be found in London’s jazz clubs rather than sitting at home writing music.”

USA: Dave Keyes Band Sunday Blues/ Gospel Brunch Live@The Falcon Sunday, July 23rd 10:30am

DAVE KEYES BAND
 Frank Pagano/drums
Sue Williams/ bass
Chris Eminizer/ saxophone
Sunday, July 23rd 10:30am
Sunday Blues/ Gospel Brunch Live@The Falcon

1348 US-9W, Marlboro, NY 12542
(845) 236-7970
Tickets & Info


New York City native keyboardist, singer and songwriter Dave Keyes is a 30 year veteran of the Blues, Roots and Americana music scene. He has released five highly acclaimed albums under his own name, has been named the “Best Unsigned Artist” by Keyboard magazine, and also has been nominated by the Blues Foundation for the annual Pinetop Perkins best piano player award. His sixth album titled “The Healing” featuring Popa Chubby and many other special guests is slated for release in May.

Dave has played with some of the most important figures of blues, roots and folk music, having had long musical relationships with Odetta, David Johansen, Bo Diddley, rockabilly legend Sleepy LaBeef and gospel great Marie Knight among many others. In addition to his own solo gigs and gigs with the Dave Keyes Band, he currently can be found playing with Popa Chubby, Rock and Roll Queen Ronnie Spector, and gospel/blues innovator Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound.

Dave’s music finds its roots in deep blues, soul and rock and roll. These roots are the foundation of his recent albums and vibrant live shows. His recent albums have received 3 ½ stars from Downbeat magazine and are rambunctious sets of mostly original material that range from New Orleans second line funk to slow sensual blues, swaggering shuffles and boisterous rocking boogie woogie.

Dave ‘s live work both with his own band and with others, have earned him many kudos including the Dave Keyes Band winning the Blues Foundations International Blues Competition. His festival appearances under his own name include King Biscuit, Mississippi Valley, 3 appearances at France’s prestigious Cognac Blues Festival and annual appearances at Lugano, Switzerland’s Blues to Bop festival among many others. The last several years, Dave has also toured Europe extensively with both Popa Chubby and Ronnie Spector often doing double duty opening the shows as a solo artist.

In addition to those mentioned previously Dave has also worked as a sideman for a who’s who of roots music masters such as Eddy Clearwater, Big Jay McNeely, Tracy Nelson, Gladys Knight, Pam Tillis, Darlene Love, and the late great Ruth Brown, Lou Rawls and Levon Helm.

Over the last 20 years, Dave has worked in many roles as a band leader and conductor for both Broadway shows and TV, most notably conducting over 600 performances during the 6 year Grammy winning Broadway smash run of Smokey Joe’s Café. Dave also served as the musical director and band leader for the nationally syndicated NBC TV morning show “the Ainsley Harriott show”. Since then, he's conducted and performed in the orchestras of Broadway musicals Lennon, Urban Cowboy and the Earth Wind & Fire inspired Hot Feet.

Dave also writes music for televison and the media. With saxophonist Chris Eminizer, their company Crave Music creates underscoring and songs that have appeared in numerous TV and films.Their work runs the gamut from emotional underscore, to vintage R&R, to contemporary Alternative and Indie Rock.
 

USA: Danny Kamins / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder / Joe Hertenstein-After Effects (2017)


Danny Kamins- baritone sax
Damon Smith- double bass
Alvin Fielder- drums, percussion
Joe Hertenstein- drums, percussion

Friday, July 21, 2017

USA: Please vote for ALLAN HOLDSWORTH and MOONJUNE in 82nd Annual DownBeat Readers Poll

PLEASE VOTE FOR
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH
and 
MOONJUNE
in 82nd Annual DownBeat Readers Poll
If this link somehow doesn't work, please go to https://www.downbeat.com
 
 
 
 
 
New York, July 18, 2017

Dear Friends in Music

This is a Friendly Invitation to vote in the 82nd Annual DownBeat Readers Poll for ALLAN HOLDSWORTH in DOWNBEAT HALL OF FAME category, and  for MOONJUNE in RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR category. Voting is officially open now, and jazz and beyond jazz fans can vote in 34 different categories:

Hall Of Fame • Jazz Artist • Jazz Group • Big Band
Jazz Album (Released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017)
Historical Album (Released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017)
Trumpet • Trombone • Soprano Saxophone • Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone • Baritone Saxophone • Clarinet • Flute
Piano • Keyboard • Organ • Guitar • Bass • Electric Bass • Violin
Drums • Vibraphone • Percussion • Miscellaneous Instrument
Male Vocalist • Female Vocalist • Composer • Arranger • Record Label
Blues Artist  • Blues Album  (Released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017)
Beyond Artist Or Group • Beyond Album  (Released bet. June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017)

If this link somehow doesn't work, please go to https://www.downbeat.com

Please vote at Your earliest convenience. The poll will close in the end of Summer and results will be published in the December issue of DownBeat Magazine which will hit newsstands and reach subscribers from the end of October 2017.

Last year (2016), MoonJune Records - a truly and brutally independent one-man-operated New York City based record label with focus on progressive music exploring and expanding boundaries of Jazz, Rock, Avant, Ethno, the Unknown and Anything in Between and beyond - arrived at the 7th place among much bigger and much more established record companies with larger marketing budget, and whose staff overwhelmingly outnumbers my stuff, composed solely by Me, Myself and I. MoonJune records is largely a labor of love, I do what I like, I like what I do, and all artists on my label are also my friends. We are an extended family of similarly minded people. We enjoy what we do. Besides some household jazz-rock-fusion and prog-rock names, MoonJune Records promotes many talented musicians that probably You have not heard of before, or have heard but haven't tasted their music, extraordinary artists from Indonesia, Spain, Serbia, Italy, Belgium, Israel, UK, Uruguay, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Germany, USA. This year, I humbly invite You again to vote for MoonJune Records at the 82nd annual DownBeat Readers Poll 2017. And of course You can vote for any other great jazz and beyond album, artist and more, or other label. Your vote counts.

But this time I also have a very special request. Earlier this year, on April 15, my long time friend with whom I had a more than special personal and professional relation for over 15 years, the legendary Allan Holdsworth, passed away at his home in Vista, CA. There is no greater measure of a life well lived than the amount of people he had impacted, and by that measure the artist Allan Holdsworth lived a very good life. This man took a plank of wood, a few strings, and some wires and transformed people's lives in a way that few others have. The ultimate genius of the rarest kind. One of THE greatest musicians ever lived. Allan Holdsworth is above all, the ultimate Jazz musician. My very special request is to vote for ALLAN HOLDSWORTH in the HALL OF FAME category at the 82nd Annual DownBeat Readers Poll. For whatever unknown reasons, his name wasn't listed by DownBeat stuff among so many great jazz and beyond jazz artists, but at the end of the list, there is a little box where Youc an make Your own choice, and I am kindly asking You, to include the great name of ALLAN HOLDSWORTH in that box. He truly deserves this.

If this link somehow doesn't work, please go to https://www.downbeat.com

Besides voting for ALLAN HOLDSWORTH in the HALL OF FAME category and MOONJUNE in the RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR category, I suggest the following MoonJune Records & MoonJune Music (booking/management) albums and artists (plus special guests appearing on MoonJune related releases) whose albums were released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.

Jazz Artist category suggestions:
DWIKI DHARMAWAN
DEWA BUDJANA
NICOLAS MEIER

• Jazz Group category suggestions:
WINGFIELD REUTER STAVI SIRKIS
TOHPATI ETHNOMISSION

• Jazz Album (Released bet. June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017) category suggestions:
DWIKI DHARMAWAN, Pasar Klewer (MoonJune)
DEWA BUDJANA, Zentuary (Favored Nations)
NICOLAS MEIER, Infinity (Favored Nations)
TOHPATI ETHNOMISSION, Mata Hati (MoonJune)
 
Soprano Saxophone category:
GILAD ATZMON (plays on Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer album)
DANNY MARKOVITCH (plays on Dewa Budjana's Zentuary album)

Tenor Saxophone category:
TIM GARLAND (plays on Dewa Budjana's Zentuary album)

Clarinet category:
GILAD ATZMON (plays on Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer album)

Flute category:
SAAT SYAH (plays on Dewa Budjana's Zentuary album)
DIKI SUWARJIKI (plays on Tohpati Ethnomission's Mata Hati album)

Piano category:
DWIKI DHARMAWAN (Pasar Klewer album)
GARY HUSBAND (plays on Dewa Budjana's Zentuary album)

Keyboard category:
GARY HUSBAND (plays on Dewa Budjana's Zentuary album)

Guitar category:
MARK WINGFIELD (plays on Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer album, and Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis' The Stone House album)
DEWA BUDJANA (Zentuary album)
TOHPATI (Mata Hati album)
NICOLAS MEIER (plays on Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer album; and Infinity album)

Bass category:
TONY LEVIN (plays upright bass on Dewa Budjana's Zentuary album)
YARON STAVI (plays on Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer album)

Electric Bass category:
YARON STAVI (plays on Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis' The Stone House album)
JIMMY HASLIP (plays on Nicolas Meier's Infinity album)
INDRO HARDJODIKORO (plays on Tohpati Ethynomission's Mata hati album)

Violin category:
DAVID CROSS (plays of Stick Men's Midori album)
ARIS DARYONO (plays on Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer album)
RICHARD JONES (plays on Nicolas Meier's Infinity album)

Drums category:
ASAF SIRKIS (plays on Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer album, and Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis' The Stone House album)
GARY HUSBAND (plays on Dewa Budjana's Zentuary album)
JACK DEJOHNETTE (plays on Dewa Budjana's Zentuary album)
VINNIE COLAIUTA (plays on Nicolas Meier's Infinity album)
DEMAS NARAWANGSA (plays on Tohpati Ethnomission's Mata Hati album)
PAT MASTELOTTO (plays on Stick Men's Midori and Prog Noir albums)

• Percussion category:
ARIS DARYONO (plays on Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer album)

• Miscellaneous Instruments category:
MARKUS REUTER (touch guitar) (plays on Stick Men's Midori and Prog Noir albums and Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis' The Stone House album)

Male Vocalist category:
BORIS SAVOLDELLI (sings on Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer album)
TONY LEVIN (sings on Stick Men's Midori and Prog Noir albums)

• Female Vocalist category:
UBIET (sings on Dewa Budjana's Zentuary album)
RISA SARASWATI (sings on Dewa Budjana's Zentuary album)
PENI CANDRA RINI (sings on Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer album)

• Composer category:
DEWA BUDJANA
DWIKI DHARMAWAN
MARKUS REUTER
NICOLAS MEIER
TOHPATI
TONY LEVIN

• Arranger category:
DEWA BUDJANA
DWIKI DHARMAWAN
MARKUS REUTER
NICOLAS MEIER
TOHPATI

• Record Label category;
MOONJUNE

• Beyond Artist Or Group category:
WINGFIELD REUTER STAVI SIRKIS
DEWA BUDJANA
STICK MEN
TOHPATI ETHNOMISSION

• Beyond Album (Released bet. June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017) category:
WINGFIELD REUTER STAVI SIRKIS, The Stone House (MoonJune)
STICK MEN, Prog Noir (Iapetus/MoonJune)
STICK MEN, Midori (Iapetus/MoonJune)
DEWA BUDJANA, Zentuary (Favored Nations)
TOHPATI ETHNOMISSION, Mata Hati (MoonJune)

If this link somehow doesn't work, please go to https://www.downbeat.com