Thursday, April 5, 2018

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017

The JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017 features songs released in 2017 by independent jazz and world music artists from all over the world: Matija Dedic(Croatia), Roberto Magris Sextet(Italy/USA), Sinouj(Spain), Randy McGill(USA), Diego Figueiredo(Brazil), Florin Raducanu(Romania), Stefano Travaglini(Italy), Itamar Borochov(Israel), Florian Hoefner(Canada), Antoine Fafard(UK), The Steven McGill Project(USA), Bill Mentz(USA), Leon Neal(USA), António Silva Quartet(Portugal), Hayley Lam(USA), Igor Willcox 4tet(Brazil), Daniel Chia(Singapore), Marcin Malinowski(Poland), Sweet Lu(USA)

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

USA: Urban-jazz bassist Darryl Williams shows he's got staying power on new single

Urban-jazz bassist Darryl Williams shows he’s got staying power on new single

“Do You Remember,” featuring saxophonist Michael Lington, follows the Billboard top 10 “Here to Stay.”  

TEMECULA (11 January 2018): It took ten years for urban-jazz bass player Darryl Williams to write, record and release “Here to Stay,” his Billboard top 10 single and the title track to his second album. This week’s release of the follow-up single, “Do You Remember,” proves that he doesn’t plan to go away anytime soon. Plucking rubbery basslines on piccolo and electric basses on the slick jazz-funk energizer that he wrote and produced, Williams is joined on the dancefloor filler by chart-toppers Michael Lington (saxophone) and Adam Hawley (guitarist).   

Williams’ return to center stage as a frontman with the “Here to Stay” set resulted in a 2017 Best
New Artist nomination from the Smooth Jazz Network. The first-call bassman calls the collection that he produced with sax powerhouse Euge Groove “a labor of love,” featuring eight of his hand-penned originals along with a pair of remakes that have personal meaning to the San Diego native who currently resides in Temecula. A stellar list of his regular employers were quick to return the favor by making guest appearances on “Here to Stay,” including Groove, who ignites a pair of tunes including the title cut, two-time Grammy-winning guitarist and producer Paul Brown, jazz-funk keyboard pioneer Jeff Lorber, saxmen Marcus Anderson and Elan Trotman, and keyboardists Jonathan FritzenGreg Manning and Scott Wilkie. The disc’s lone vocal number, a faithful rendering of The Emotions’ “Don’t Ask My Neighbors,” is soul kissed by R&B crooner Ashling Cole. Williams remembers his late mentor, Carl Evans Jr., by revamping the former Fattburger leader’s sweetly redolent “The Doctor,” which is graced by Michael Paolo’s caressing soprano sax.

“While to some people, ‘labor of love’ is an overused cliché, it certainly applies to ‘Here to Stay.’ I began writing songs for the collection in 2007 before moving my family to Temecula from Las Vegas. The compositions were inspired by different experiences we went through in our journey throughout that period. It was an important and formative time in my career as well. That’s when I first started playing in Euge’s (Groove) band and did a tour with Jeff (Lorber) a couple years later. In between is when my very good friend and mentor Carl (Evans Jr.) passed, which was devastating. ‘Do You Remember’ was one of the last songs I wrote for the record and it was inspired by reflecting on how far I’ve come from growing up as a kid in Los Angeles and San Diego to playing in a funk band with my brother as a teenager. It took me ten years to finish this album and while it takes me back in time, the reaction from fans, radio and reviewers has me looking forward with excitement. I couldn’t be more proud of this album,” said Williams.        

Williams was a teenager when he opened for R&B acts Lakeside and Al Green along with gospel legend Shirley Caesar. After studying jazz at San Diego State University, Williams went from regular gigs backing many of San Diego’s most prominent homegrown talent to the neon lights of the Las Vegas strip where he accompanied such nationally-renowned headliners as Clint HolmesAngela BofillTevin CampbellHoward Hewett and Keith Washington, and did a road stint with Chaka Khan. After moving back to California in 2008, Williams dropped his debut album, “That Was Then,” garnering praise fromJazzTimes and national airplay on SiriusXM. He has become a fixture on the smooth/contemporary jazz scene where he has shared the stage with the genre’s heavy hitters: Richard ElliotPeter WhiteGerald AlbrightMindi AbairBrenda RussellDarren RahnJessy JEverette Harp and Jeff Kashiwa. He has also recorded with Jackiem JoynerBlake AaronNils JiptnerU-Nam and Kay-Ta Matsuno.        

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USA: What's Going On Inside A Musicians Brain

What's Going On Inside A Musicians Brain

Musican/Neuroscientist Dave Soldier and Composer/Computer-Musician Brad Garton
Have An Idea On Their New CD

Dave Soldier and Brad Garton at
Red Bull Music Academy

 talk about their Brainwave Music Project, and try our hand at making music with our brainwaves.

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Label: Mulatta 038
Release Date: JANUARY 5, 2018
UPC Code: 19192489586
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Featured Artists
Margaret Lancaster
Dan Trueman
Terry Pender
William Hooker

1 Bible School Vacation (feat. Margaret Lancaster, flute & EEG)
2 Taco Tuesday (feat. Margaret Lancaster, flute & EEG)
3 Harajuku Hiccup (feat. Margaret Lancaster, flute & EEG)
4 Serotonin (feat. Dan Trueman, Hardanger fiddle & EEG
5 Adrenaline (feat. Dan Trueman, Hardanger fiddle & EEG)
6 Dopamine (feat. Dan Trueman, Hardanger fiddle & EEG)
7 Histamine (feat. Dan Trueman, Hardanger fiddle & EEG)
8 Amygdala (feat. Terry Pender, mandolin & EEG)
9 Insula (feat. Terry Pender, mandolin & EEG)
10 Cerebellum (feat. Terry Pender, mandolin & EEG)
11 The Wheels (feat. William Hooker, drums & EEG)
12 Initiates (feat. William Hooker, drums & EEG)
13 Rational Entities (feat. William Hooker, drums & EEG)
14 The Wild (feat. William Hooker, drums & EEG)

In 2008, musican/neuroscientist Dave Soldier approached composer/computer-musician Brad Garton with an idea.  Dave had become aware of fairly inexpensive EEG (electroencephalograph) sensors that could measure the electrical output of the brain ("brainwaves").  Working with these sensors over the past ten years, Brad and Dave developed a set of software tools that could generate music using this brainwave data.

As they worked out the system, they have played concerts at rock festivals (Red Bull Festival), radio stations (WFMU), the New York City Opera, colleges (City College, Cornell University), museums (the Guggenheim and Rubin Museums) and even an hour long PBS TV special produced by WHYY. In addition to concerts at City College and Cornell University, they are probably the only avant garde music act to be invited to perform at the National Institutes of Health, where they were invited by the graduate students.

In shows, typically Dave gives a lecture with slides on the brain’s cortical activity and how it senses and produces rhythm, and Brad explains how the waves recorded from the cortex are translated to music. Then they use their own brainwaves or those of guest musicians to “compose” in real time, generally with the musicians improvising on their instruments. An interesting question is if the music is “composed” if it is not done intentionally: the brain always controls music making, but in this case it can create music even when asleep or unconcious.

The latest version of these tools were used to produce this CD and the software used will soon be freely avaialable. This uses a process of "data sonification”, or the translation of a stream of numbers into musical production
and control.  The raw data is used to trigger and modify synthetic digital musical instruments.

The EEG signal is made by the neural activity detected by the sensors, but does not reveal any high-level concepts or ideas that are being *thought* (although the brain activity responds to sensory inputs like the touch of the drumhead and sound and activates movements, and is modulated by mental states).  Dave and Brad decided to exploit this feature by creating a feedback loop of sorts, with musicians being invited to play along 'with themselves',
generating music with brainwaves resulting from the process of generating that music.

For this first complete recording of “The Brainwave Music Project”, four soloists were invited to take part in the sessions. Each plays a solo instrument, and the instruments themselves each come laden with a rich musical tradition.  The hardanger fiddle (Dan Trueman), the solo flute (Margaret Lancaster), the mandolin (Terry Pender) and the trap drums (William Hooker) all represent long social and cultural histories.  This awareness, as well as the awareness of what and how the musicians are playing, is certainly a part of the brainwave data used to build the synthetic accompaniment for each piece.

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The Saoulis Ensemble

Yannis, Görkem and some fellow musicians formed in 2012 a music group called
The Saoulis Ensemble, based in Thessaloniki, Greece. They felt the need to start
such a music group in order to express themselves in a less anticipated and
conventional way. The mix of music styles, instruments, and sound colors is inviting
or even challenging the audience to listen to the music they perform and record
within a different context. It is about the music having its roots in places behind two
horizons i.e EAST and WEST.

The colors:
Vocals-male, female (representing the Anatolian tradition, Rebetika, Greek Tradition,
contemporary artistic Greek music, western music)
Kanun, Ud, Bouzouki, Violin, Upright Bass, Guitar, Percussion (Symphonic orchestra
Percussion, Drums, Vibes and more).

Traditional song from the Black sea reagion, Anatolia. Vocals: Görkem Saoulis. Kemence/Pontiaki lyra: Alexis Stefanidis. Produced and arranged by Yannis Saoulis ©2017 EasternGate

Saturday, January 20, 2018

USA: New Release: WM Project From a Familiar Place

WM Project Releases Debut 
From a Familiar Place
Jeremy Pelt, Marshall Gilkes and Rafal Sarnecki 

On November 30, 2017, WM Project released their debut album
From a Familiar Place on WM Records. 

While WM Project is a brand-new constellation, the musical masterminds behind it, pianist Andrzej Winnicki and tenor saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, go back a long way. In the 90's, they have played together in the fusion group Electric Breakwater ("In the Bush" CD with Mark Egan on bass and Rodney Holmes on drums), and have furthered appreciation of Polish composer and pianist Krzysztof Komeda through their widely acclaimed Komeda Project. KP's "Requiem", featuring bassist Scott Colley, drummer Nasheet Waits and trumpeter Russ Johnson, made the list of Top New Albums in The Village Voice Critics Poll: 2009

Now the time is ripe for another beginning. Their new album From a Familiar Place is a personal project for Winnicki and Medyna whose surnames are ingrained in the name: WM Project. The music sums up a long life lived with jazz, but also looks forward to the future. Winnicki’s own son, Michael Winnicki, is a highly talented drummer and brings youthful energy to original compositions and classics like Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” and Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”. In fact, rhythm is the essence of the group, as Medyna explains: "The only thing I care about is groove which we have in both re-worked tunes. We need to stay in tune with the African-American roots of jazz". 

These roots of rhythm also include hip-hop that provided inspiration for the grooves used on the tunes. As Winnicki says: “Arrangements for both ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ and ‘Take Five’ started with a groove. Just a drum groove to be exact. I don't actively listen to hip-hop music at all, but it's hard not to be aware of its impact on the culture of today. So consciously or subconsciously I was drawn into the hip-hop beats when looking for the fresh sounding grooves I could use to build my arrangements upon.” 

Another influence is the inclusion of five-time Downbeat & Jazz Journalists AssociationRising Star Award winner trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and 2016 double Grammy nominated trombonist Marshall Gilkes. As Winnicki explains: “Krzysztof, Michael and I all played gigs with Jeremy and Marshall before so we were very comfortable with how they played and some of the arrangements I wrote were done with them in mind (because of their musical personalities). Jeremy is so deeply rooted in the tradition of this great American art form and plays in such a soulful way. Marshall's command of his instrument is just amazing (no wonder he was awarded a name of Rising Star in the latest DownBeat Magazine Poll). I knew no matter how hard the arrangement he would execute it flawlessly and play some great solos to boot.”
The group also includes the melodic dexterity of guitarist Rafal Sarnecki while bassist Jeff Dingler and Michael Winnicki form the rhythm section. Elaborating on their connection, Andrzej Winnicki says: “Jeff and Michael have been playing in different projects together since their time at the Mason Gross School of Arts. They understand and complement each other musically really well so the choice of the rhythm section was easy to make.” 

The most striking proof of their ability to communicate together is “Praeludium” whose complex tapestry of odd rhythm and a catchy theme sounds tightly rehearsed, but is in fact unfolding live for the first time in the studio with Gilkes and Sarneckidelivering glistering solo flights. From a Familiar Place was recorded in Tom Tedesco’s Tedesco Studios and there is a feeling of warmth and spontaneity to the recording like a classic Blue Note-recording, which is supported by the intimacy of the studio and very little separation between the musicians. 

It all adds up to a family of musicians playing modern jazz with strong ties to tradition. A tune like “On Sunday after Church” has subtle shades of Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island” with Pelt shaping the melody with his lucid lines, but Medyna and Winnicki also engage with their own catalog, performing reimagined versions of Electric Breakwater compositions “Blind Warriors” and “Looking Ahead”. 

Looking ahead while also looking back is exactly what the album is about. The familiar place of the title is not a comfort zone of nostalgia, but a challenging source of creativity, as Medyna says: “All of us have a kind of ‘familiar place’ in our memories, desires or places left on the path of our lives. To me this title must stimulate the listener's individual imagination and the music shall take the listener to such familiar place." 

With this album, WM Project shows the boundless possibilities of a deep understanding of jazz tradition resulting in memorable grooves and melodies. 

The group will be touring in support of the album.

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WM project at Trumpets in Montclair, NJ on January 19th

USA: jaimie branch-Fly or Die (2017)

A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene and an active recent addition to the New York scene, Jaimie Branch is an avant-garde trumpeter known for her “ghostly sounds," says The New York Times, and for "sucker punching" crowds straight from the jump off, says Time Out. Her classical training and “unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part” (Jazz Right Now) has contributed to a wide range of projects not only in jazz but also punk, noise, indie rock, electronic and hip-hop. Branch’s work as a composer and a producer, as well as a sideman for the likes of William Parker, Matana Roberts, TV on the Radio and Spoon, is all on display in her debut record Fly or Die – a dynamic 35-minute ride that dares listeners to open their minds to music that knows no genre, no gender, no limits.

“It’s a true joy to listen to Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die. Jaimie’s masterful trumpet playing sits at the helm of this gorgeous record, richly supported by a stellar cast of musicians, and upheld by strong and provocative composition.” – Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire)

"Super out tunes that continually open new doors to strange, sweet, and psychedelic grooves. Band is constantly cracking some ancient alien code here. Seamless and effortless compositions from Branch. An absolute “must jam” for anyone interested in the... more
released May 5, 2017

Fly or Die is:
jaimie branch - trumpet
Tomeka Reid - cello
Jason Ajemian - bass
Chad Taylor - drums.

Cameos by:
Matt Schneider – guitar
Ben Lamar Gay – cornet
Josh Berman – cornet

Friday, January 19, 2018

USA: Jazz guitarist Chris Standring basks in the positive glow of joyous "Sunlight"

Jazz guitarist Chris Standring basks in the positive glow of joyous “Sunlight”

The March 23 album release, featuring appearances by Bob James and Mica Paris, will be preceded by the rousing radio single, “Love Street.”

STUDIO CITY (18 January 2018): Much like a prism refracts light into a colorful spectrum, guitarist Chris Standring’s “Sunlight” reflects rays of multihued jazz into a vibrant sonic palette of joy and positivity. The Los Angeles-based, native Brit will drop his twelfth album on March 23 on the Ultimate Vibe Recordings label, marking the twentieth anniversary since the release of his debut disc (“Velvet”). Paving the way for the new collection penned and produced by Standring is the jaunty “Love Street,” set to cast an alluring spell as the first radio single.    

Diverse strains of jazz reign on “Sunlight” with Standring’s clean electric jazz guitar shining brightly throughout the ten tracker plus a reprise that closes the session. The prevailing sounds and engaging textures create warm, organic backdrops for his nimble fretwork forays that traverse lush rhythms and grooves. Wave after wave of Fender Rhodes keyboards and Hammond B3 organ wash over the taut beats serving as the rhythmic spine. Vintage elements offer a compelling contrast to the imaginative electronic nuances, deftly making the recordings feel retro, futuristic, experimental and visionary all at the same time while Standring’s cool-toned guitar slices through to the fore cranking out nifty licks, precision fills and impassioned melodic sojourns.        

Helping flush out his vision for “Sunlight,” Standring shares the spotlight with contemporary jazz forefather Bob James (piano) on the stratospheric exploration “The Revisit” and UK soul-pop chanteuse Mica Paris on the lusty R&B, jazz and electronic hybrid “No Explanation,” the latter a tune he wrote with seven-time Grammy nominee Lauren Christy. Also lending their artistry to the platter are noted saxmen Pete Christlieb and Brandon Fields, keyboardists John NovelloMitchel Forman and longtime collaborator Rodney Lee; bassists Jimmy HaslipAndre Berry and Roberto Vally; and drummers Chris Coleman and Dave Karasony.

“For the first time, I feel a huge degree of comfort stylistically. ‘Sunlight’ seems to be a much more refined version of who I am. Musically, I can't shake off who I am. It just is. It's a fusion of my traditional be-bop background with infectious soul and funk grooves, and a sense of arranging and orchestration that comes very easily now. My influences are not from my contemporaries. They come from orchestral music, traditional jazz and European chill, lounge and progressive club music plus a good dose of R&B. It's a weird mix, but I guess that's what results in everything sounding like me when it all comes together,” said Standring who purposely infused the set with uplifting notes of hope and glee.

Perhaps a commentary on our times or just a thoughtful embrace of a longtime personal favorite, Standring reimagines Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows” as a serene guitar meditation.  

“The album is upbeat and joyful for the most part. Perhaps it is somewhat reactionary to these challenging times we are presently living through, but I am inherently a positive soul who tends to see the bright side of things, albeit with a touch of British cynicism. Sunlight represents positivity and joy to me, hence the title.”

Standring celebrated three No. 1 singles in 2017: his solo hit “Like This, Like That,” and duet collaborations with trumpeter Cindy Bradley (“Category A”) and two-time Grammy-winning producer-guitarist Paul Brown (“Piccadilly Circus”). The classically-trained guitarist’s ambitious catalogue of instrumental R&B, soul jazz and electronica includes his hit debut single, “Cool Shades”; the No. 1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Track of the Year in 2010, “Bossa Blue”; and a 2014 Billboard No. 1 single, “Sneakin’ Out the Front Door.” Coming to the U.S. after a lengthy and prosperous run at the BBC and on London’s West End in theatrical orchestras, Standring was a session ace who recorded with Jody Watley and Bebe & Cece Winans among many others. He partnered with Lee to form the acid jazz outfit SolarSystem before touring extensively backing trumpeter Rick Braun. Standring issued “Velvet” soon after, launching his solo mission that continues to climb in trajectory and scope.          
“Sunlight” contains the following songs:

“Static In The Attic”
“Love Street”
“The Revisit” featuring Bob James
“No Explanation” featuring Mica Paris
“God Only Knows” featuring John Novello
“Like Paradise”
“Moon Child”
“Do Not Adjust Your Set”
“The Principle Of Pleasure”
“Static In The Attic (Reprise)”

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