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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Craig Taborn Trio - Chants (ECM 2013)

Craig Taborn piano
Thomas Morgan double bass
Gerald Cleaver drums

Recently hailed by Down Beat as “one of the visionaries of the current wave”, Craig Taborn has a unique perspective on creative music-making. Just as Avenging Angel subverted expectations of solo improvised piano, so does “Chants” find its own response to the vast tradition of the piano trio. The pieces that Taborn has been writing for the band in the eight years of its existence are set up to generate a new group music by channelling the special skills of drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Thomas Morgan. “I knew that if I created a context and then deferred, fully, to Gerald’s and Thomas’s sensibilities it would inherently be stimulating and would also challenge the context. I wanted to invite that challenge: I’d much rather engage with the group, always, than have the format be ‘piano adventures with supporting cast’”. Morgan and Cleaver share the leader’s concern for compositional shape and multi-layered improvisational detail, as the music is pulled between the poles of density and spaciousness, to dramatic and thrilling effect. “Chants” was recorded in New York in June 2012, and produced by Manfred Eicher. Its release is accompanied by international touring with concerts in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and the US. 

Julia Hülsmann Quartet - In Full View (ECM 2013)

Julia Hülsmann piano
Tom Arthurs trumpet, flugelhorn
Marc Muellbauer double bass
Heinrich Köbberling drums

erman pianist Julia Hülsmann gave – for my taste – the best performance of her already enormously varied career. In trumpet player Tom Arthurs she has found a wonderful counterpart for her poetic ingenuity.
Ulrich Olshausen, reviewing the Julia Hülsmann Quartet at the Münster Festival

After two acclaimed trio albums pianist Julia Hülsmann proposes a different project for her third ECM release “In Full View”, motivated initially by a performance by Berlin-based, English trumpet player Tom Arthurs: “I found the music so beautiful that I asked him on the spot to collaborate...” After first rehearsals had established musical compatibility, Hülsmann called upon the services of her trusted rhythm section of Marc Muellbauer (double bass) and Heinrich Köbberling, but a vocalist was no longer needed. Thus the Julia Hülmann Trio became the Julia Hülsmann Quartet – with a prominent role for Tom Arthurs as strong new frontline voice that not only inspires Julia Hülsmann as player and arranger, but also had a stimulating effect on the composing activities within the quartet, with all members bringing compositions to the table. The programme is rounded off by the additions of “The Water” from Canadian singer-songwriter Feist, “Richtung Osten”, penned by Heinrich Köbberlings wife Fumi Udo, and Manuel de Falla’s “Nana” from the “Siete Canciones Populares Españolas” cycle of folk song arrangements.


Le Boeuf Brothers - Remixed!

Nineteen-Eight Records - www.nineteeneight.com
Nineteen-Eight Records
Le Boeuf Brothers - Remixed!
The Le Boeuf Brothers have returned with a daring new recording. 'Remixed' is a melding of acoustic and electronic textures. Composers, instrumentalists and electronic collagists, the Le Boeuf Brothers have reworked and recombined their music on this forward-thinking new release. Remixed fuses their New York jazz background with a fresh blend of electronica, trip-hop and drum 'n' bass. Featuring new remixes by Remy & Pascal Le Boeuf, David Binney, Tim Lefebvre, "Wolff Parkinson White" (AKA: Jochen Rueckert), Kissy Girls, Lucky Luke & Armand Hirsch.

"The ambition of Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf is a continuing source of amazement to those who have watched the Santa Cruz-­ born twin brothers rise from prodigies to professionals." - The Santa Cruz Sentinel

Check out the preview vidoes here: VIDEO 1
and here: VIDEO 2
Nineteen-Eight Records
Coming on May 28: Pascal's Triangle
Pascal's Triangle showcases pianist and composer Pascal Le Boeuf and
features bassist Linda Oh and drummer Justin Brown.

Be sure to attend the CD release celebration at NYC's own Jazz Galleryon May 9.

  "this group has an impressively self-assured new album, which reaches for the gleaming cosmopolitanism of our present era." - The New York Times

Actualités Jazz Francophones

Journée internationale : Le Jazz à l’honneur à la Maison de la Culture Douta Seck

Le Soleil
Le 30 avril de chaque année, le monde entier célèbre la journée internationale du jazz par des concerts, des événements et des activités. Istanbul sera la ville hôte officielle de l’édition 2013. Au Sénégal, la journée sera fêtée à la Maison de la Culture Douta Seck par une exposition, une table ronde et un concert.

Jazz à Liège, au Palais des Congrès les 3 et 4 mai
Parmi les têtes d'affiche de cette édition 2013, le band de Manu Katché, batteur d'origine franco-ivoirien qui a collaboré avec de grands noms comme le saxophoniste Jan Garbarek. A Liège, il est à la tête d’un quartet incluant le saxophoniste italien Raffaele Casarano.

Jazz Pourpre voit grand pour son 10e anniversaire
Sud Ouest
Il est des dates qui marquent. Pour le Jazz Pourpre Périgord Festival, 2013 est l'année des 10 ans. Alors, forcément, l'organisation a décidé de marquer le coup en concoctant une édition très riche, du 23 au 26 mai. Et, surtout, d'une ampleur encore ...

« Il existe une communauté universelle autour du jazz »
La Croix
La 2e  Journée internationale du jazz se déroule ce mardi 30 avril, avec un riche programme parisien. Relayé dans le monde entier, l’événement promeut la musique et les valeurs qui lui correspondent.

Du jazz belge
Sud Ouest

Le trio Éric Legnini sera de nouveau réuni, jeudi, pour présenter le nouvel album du pianiste, « Sing Twice ». Sorti en janvier dernier, ce dernier opus mêle étroitement des sonorités jazz, pop et africaines. Un album aux reflets multiples donc, sur lequel viennent s'imprimer trois voix . 

Bergerac : Jazz Pourpre voit grand pour son 10e anniversaire

Sud Ouest
En dix ans, les musiciens et chanteurs qui comptent sur les scènes nationales et internationales sont nombreux à s’être produits à Bergerac. Didier Lockwood et son violon, Bireli Lagrène à la guitare, Jacky Terrasson et Baptiste Trotignon au piano, ou encore la chanteuse Patricia Barber et Richard Galliano et son accordéon. Le festival a su trouver un équilibre en attirant des têtes d’affiche capables de satisfaire les fondus de jazz, mais aussi des personnes qui se décident à venir au concert parce que le nom de l’artiste ne leur est pas inconnu.

Jazz : une scène créative en région
Les 14 et 15 juin, deux journées de réflexion sur l’insertion professionnelle des jeunes musiciens de jazz auront lieu à Chalon-sur-Saône. 2 jours, 3 ateliers, 6 concerts, 1 thème : l’émergence.
Organisées les vendredi 14 et samedi 15 juin 2013à Chalon-sur-Saône par le Centre régional du jazz en Bourgogne, le Conservatoire à rayonnement régional du Grand Chalon, en collaboration avec L’Arrosoir Jazz-Club, ces rencontres professionnelles auront pour thème : « Jazz : une scène créative en région » et seront ponctuées de concerts, illustrations de la vitalité du jazz créatif d’aujourd’hui.

Jazz Music Producer Matthew Shell Collaborates with Pop Instrumental GRAMMY® Nominee Arun Shenoy on New Single, “GENESIS.”

Energetic new single "GENESIS" brings international group of musicians and producers together -- physically, digitally and philosophically -- from points across the globe.

Narked Records, in collaboration with MTS Music, is pleased to announce the release of “GENESIS” an exciting instrumental single forged out of the first ever collaboration between record producers Matthew Shell & Arun Shenoy.
The music on this track features guest musicians from around the world, including Ian Cameron of Canada on lead violin. “GENESIS” is the lead single for Shell's new album VICTORIOUS, releasing in Summer 2013; it can be heard at Soundcloud, and purchased at iTunesAmazon and CDBaby.
The producers describe the piece as “a glorious celebration of the beauty of unity” adding that “it brought our musical family from across the globe together again.” Music writer El Guero Unico, atGeneration Bass, echoed their sentiment writing “Victorious is more than just a incredibly beautiful album, it is proof of how musicians and artists from around the world can now connect to record amazing music together without the limitations of location.”
Shenoy is based in Singapore, and his production style weaves through the genres of rock n roll, world and jazz. His self-released world fusion debut titled"Rumbadoodle" (ASMP, 2012) featured some of the musicians heard on “GENESIS” and garnered a GRAMMY® nomination in Pop Instrumental at this year’s 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards.
Shell, a Washington DC based music producer & engineer, was recently featured on GRAMMY.com. He has produced and/or engineered records for a wide range of acclaimed artists over the years. His upcoming album release – Victorious -- will feature collaborators from around the world, including Kenny McNeil, G.P. Jackson, Taurus Soul, Rufus Fly, Markus Huber, Vahagn Stepanyan, and Shenoy, among others.
Director Jason Baustin, of Traveste Films, combined footage from the various recording sessions in Armenia, India, Germany, and the U.S. to create a music video that drives home the global nature of the collaboration and the powerful part played by technology. The single's cover art direction was provided by Robert Capria (Actuality Films) and Roshni Mohapatra, both of whom also art directed Rumbadoodle.
Jerome Promotions, Inc. is currently servicing “GENESIS” to Smooth Jazz radio, and The B Company handles publicity and media requests. For more information, images, music, videos, and reviews, please visit the producer's websites at arunshenoy.com and mtsmusic.net.
About MTS Music:
MTS Music is a new record label established in 2013 by Matthew Shell. The label is focused on creating an eclectic mix of high quality music that displays a passion for excellence and unparalleled musicianship.
About Narked Records:
Narked Records is a new record label established in 2013 by Arun Shenoy. The label is focused on high quality music services and releases worldwide. Narked Records discovers and develops recording artists, with promotion and distribution across traditional and online media, offering musical experiences in live and radio formats.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Caecilie Norby - SILENT WAYS (ACT 2013)

Guided only from her heart, the danish singer Caecilie Norby creates a powerful and thrilling album with her favourite songs and melodies.

Line Up: 
Cæcilie Norby / vocals
Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine
Leszek Możdżer / piano
Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics
Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion

Further Musicians: 
Special Guest:
Marius Neset / tenor & soprano sax

Now, with her second ACT album "Silent Ways" she goes back in the other direction to some extent. She selected a dozen of her favourite singer/songwriter melodies – including "Hymnen" by herself and her husband, and charged them up with classical and jazz influences. The almost chamber-musical, tranquil form hinted at by the album's name is classical, as is the emotional expressiveness of her interpretations – just listen to her meditative, almost spiritual versions of the Leonard-Cohen songs "Winter Lady" and "In My Secret Life". The jazzy approach lies in the singing technique, in the arrangement, and of course the hand-picked musicians in the band improvising magically together.

Lost Jazz Shrines "Latin Bird" - Friday, May 3rd at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Lost Jazz Shrines
Bird - A World's Eye View
at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
this May!

The Lost Jazz Shrines series is dedicated to bringing legendary NYC jazz clubs back into the consciousness of the world with a thorough remembrance and celebration. In celebration of the resonant history of Birdland, we will examine the musical and stylistic legacy of Charlie Parker through three completely different lenses and cultural perspectives. This will be achieved through the efforts of three exceptional alto saxophonists.

Artistic Director: Willard Jenkins.
"Latin Bird" - Friday, May 3
Concert at 8:30PM; $25 / students, seniors $15
T.K.Blue (Musical Director) - flute, soprano and alto sax
James Weidman - piano
Essiet Essiet - bass
Winard Harper - drums
Steve Turre – shells and trombone

Saxophonist/flutist-composer-educator TK Blue, who’s family heritage is from the Caribbean (Jamaica & Trinidad), explores the Latin influenced rhythms and melodies of the great Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. In the 40s & 50s Charlie Parker had a number of fruitful interactions with such Latin music legends as Machito, Mario Bauza, & Chano Pozo.

Birdland: Reminiscing In Tempo - Panel Discussion with NEA Jazz Masters Randy Weston and 
Dan Morgenstern. Moderated by Willard Jenkins at 7PM, FREE.
"Charlie Parker:Timeless Innovation" - Friday, May 17
Concert at 8:30PM; $25 / students, seniors $15

Rudresh Mahanthappa (Musical Director) - alto saxophone
Matt Mitchell - Piano
François Moutin - Acoustic Bass
Rudy Royston - Drums

Rudresh Mahanthappa will present recontextualizations of Charlie Parker’s work as well as new material based on extractions of Bird’s vocabulary as both composer and improviser. Mahanthappa’s celebrated groundbreaking approach of synthesizing the traditions of jazz with modern musical concepts exemplifies the spirit of Bird. With some of NYC’s finest instrumentalists as a rhythm section, this evening will highlight the relevancy of Parker as a contemporary and timeless icon of modern music.
Film screening: Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker at 7PM, FREE - A revealing look at an enigmatic yet endlessly appealing man. It includes a TV appearance with Dizzy Gillespie and rare footage with jazz greats including Thelonious Monk and Louis Armstrong among others.
"The Cartographies of Flight" - Friday, May 31
 Concert at 8:30PM; $25 / students, seniors $15

Marty Ehrlich - (Musical Director) woodwinds
James Zollar - trumpet
Marc Ribot - guitar
Michael Formanek - bass
Nasheet Waits - drums
Erica Hunt - poet and reader
Charles Bernstein - poet and reader

"Charlie Parker Place. That's my corner, just down from Bird's house, now a historic landmark in the East Village. At times I imagine hearing him practice as I go by, infusing each rhythmic step and melodic turn with his characteristic sense of exaltation. "Bluing a new cartography of flight" is how poet Arthur Brown put it. The May 31st concert will celebrate that Bird's music points us forward, combining music with the images and syntax that he and his compatriots inspired in poets, then and now." - Marty Ehrlich.
The Impact of Charlie Parker - Panel Discussion with TK Blue and Marty Ehrlich. Moderated by Willard Jenkins at 7PM, FREE.
Call (212) 220 - 1460 or visit Ticketing Services (12PM - 6PM, Tue. - Sat.). Order single tickets online at www.tribecapac.org
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of the Borough of Manhattan Community College. A valid photo ID is required when attending an event.Performers Subject to change. 

Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services
272 Ste Route 94 S #1  Warwick, NY 10990
T: 845-986-1677 / F: 845-986-1699
 Web Site: www.jazzpromoservices.com/

Watch the International Jazz Day All-Star Concert Tomorrow

Watch the International Jazz Day All-Star Concert Tomorrow 

 The second annual International Jazz Day is being celebrated tomorrow in every country around the world. Organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, each year on April 30 International Jazz Day highlights jazz's unique power for advancing intercultural dialogue and understanding across the world. 
Tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, view the International Jazz Day All-Star Celebration Concert being held in Istanbul, Turkey - this year's Host City. The concert will be streamed live at www.jazzday.com 

The concert is being co-presented by UNESCO, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Republic of Turkey. It will take place at Istanbul's historic Hagia Irene, the city's oldest church dating back to the 4th century. Dozens of world-renowned musicians from 15 countries around the world will participate.

Confirmed artists include: pianists Herbie Hancock, John Beasley (also the Musical Director),George DukeRobert GlasperRamsey LewisKeiko Matsui and Eddie Palmieri; vocalists Rubén BladesAl JarreauMilton NascimentoDianne Reeves and Joss Stone; trumpeters Terence BlanchardImer Demirer and Hugh Masekela; trombonist Alevtina Polyakova; bassists James GenusMarcus MillerEsperanza Spalding and Ben Williams; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Vinnie Colaiuta; guitarists Bilal KaramanJohn McLaughlinLee Ritenour and Joe Louis Walker; saxophonists Dale BarlowIgor ButmanBranford MarsalisWayne Shorter and Liu Yuan; clarinetists Anat Cohen andHusnu Senlendirici; violinist Jean-Luc Ponty; and percussionists Zakir Hussain and Pedro MartinezQuincy Jones and Martin Luther King III will serve as the concert's special guests.

 For more news, visit the Jazz Day web site and follow us on Twitter.
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

National Press Club's Fourth Estate Restaurant To Host Blues Alley Jazz Night, May 1

National Press Club's Fourth Estate Restaurant To Host Blues Alley Jazz Night, May 1 (via PR Newswire)
Download image WASHINGTON, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following news advisory is being released by the National Press Club: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO) Event:  Blues Alley Jazz Night at the Fourth Estate Restaurant When: Wednesday, May 1, 2013. …

Jazz Monsters -- Kenny Barron Returns to Soka Performing Arts Center on May 11, 2013

"One of the top jazz pianists in the world..." (Los Angeles Times) - The Kenny Barron Trio will be performing at Soka University in South Orange County, CA on May 11th at 8 pm.

Soka Performing Arts Center will welcome back Kenny Barron on May 11th at 8 pm. Nine-time GRAMMY award nominee Barron, described by the Los Angeles Times as "One of the top jazz pianists in the world", will bring The Kenny Barron Trio to the acoustically acclaimed 1,000-seat venue in South Orange County, CA. as part of the Center's Jazz Monsters series.
Barron is also a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association. Jazz Weekly has called him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.”
Tickets are available online at http://www.performingarts.soka.edu or by calling the Soka Performing Arts Center box office at 949-480-4278. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Map and directions: http://www.soka.edu/directions.
Soka University is a private, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres overlooking a wilderness park in Aliso Viejo, CA. The university is ranked in the Top 7 liberal arts colleges in California and Oregon in US News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2013, and in the Top 50 in the country. Soka University offers a 9:1 student/faculty ratio and study abroad for every undergraduate student. Founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 60% of Soka University's students come from across the US and 40% have come from more than 40 other countries. Admitted students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less may be eligible for Soka Opportunity Scholarships which cover full tuition. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for higher income levels. PRWEB

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jim Rotondi and The Loop-Hard Hittin' At The Bird's Eye (Sharp Nine 2013)

Sharp Nine Records is pleased to present the debut recording of a hot new organ quartet, The Loop, led by hard bop trumpet master Jim Rotondi and assisted on the front line by his longtime partner in jazz pyrotechnics, Eric Alexander. This live date was recorded at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club in Basel, Switzerland during the band's initial European tour in early 2012 and features the same hard-hitting, hard-swinging vibe jazz fans have come to expect from these two horn masters' domestic exploits. Ably assisted by Renato Chicco on organ and up-and-coming drummer Bernd Reiter, this CD is a 50/50 mix of great standards and originals. The tracks are long and the blowing is intense, so sit back and enjoy some heavy hittin' from across the pond.

Oliver Lake Big Band - Wheels (Passin' Thru Records 2013)

Lake's a big thinker with a taste for large ensembles that can showoff his meaty compositions and his sure sense of coloring. --The New Yorker

Few musicians in the history of jazz have wielded as wide and diverse a palette as Oliver Lake. This is classic Big Band performance with a decidedly modern sound. --Russ Musto, All About Jazz

The Oliver Lake Big Band is not your grandparents, or great grandparents, big band. Personnel: Alto Saxophone, Composer & Arranger - Oliver Lake; Baritone Saxophone - Jason Marshall; Alto Saxophone - Darius Jones; Alto Saxophone - Bruce Williams; Tenor Saxophone - Mike Lee; Tenor Saxophone - James Stewart; Trumpet - Waldron Ricks; Trumpet - Freddie Hendrix; Trumpet - Nabate Isles; Trumpet - E.J. Allen; Trombone - Aaron Johnson; Trombone - Stafford Hunter; Trombone - Alfred Patterson; Trombone - Terry Greene; Piano - Yoichi Uzeki; Piano Track 6 (Solo) - Marc Cary; Bass - Robert Sabin; Drums - Chris Beck. http://www.oliverlake.net/

NORWAY: Maijazz 2013 Stavanger 6.-11. May


Cornelis vs Riedel
Bobo Stenson Trio
Bjergsted Jazzensemble med Elin Rosseland & Fairplay
Pharaoh Sanders
Klikk her for spilleplan
Kari Bremnes og Ketil Bjørnestad
Kurt Elling - The Brill Building Project
Terje Rypdal Skywards

Program in English


KICKSTARTER: Austin and Kelsey need your LOVE to release their next album

Marlene Ver Planck "Ballads…mostly" CD Release Event Sunday, June 23rd 6:00-9:00pm @ Shanghai Jazz

Marlene Ver Planck
Come Celebrate her New CD!
Sunday, June 23rd
Two shows, 6:00pm and 7:30pm
@ Shanghai Jazz
24 Main Street
 Madison, NJ 07940

with Tedd Firth-piano and Jay Leonhart-bass

Parking in rear. No Cover Charge!  
Food outrageously good!

(Audiophile ACD-343)
Street Date April 22, 2013

Marlene VerPlanck-vocals 
With Special Guests Mike Renzi, Houston Person, Claudio Roditti, Jay Leonhart
MIKE RENZI, piano, 1,3,5,6,8,10,11,13;    HOUSTON PERSON, tenor, 1,3,5,13;  CLAUDIO RODITI, flugle horn, 2,4,9,11;  
JAY LEONHART, bass, 1,3,5,6,8,10,11,13;   TEDD FIRTH, piano, 2,4,7,9, 12,14,15;  BOOTS MALESON, bass, 2,4,7,9,12,14,15;  RON VINCENT, drums, all TRACKS
.she may be the most accomplished interpreter of popular material performing today"
....The New York Times

"A natiional treasure.  Marlene owns the American popular songbook"  
The Star Ledger, Newark, NJ
"Breathtaking..without a doubt, she is at the summit of her chosen idiom and still growing,"Crescendo Magazine, UK
Marlene VerPlanck is constantly recognized for her crystal clear voice, choice of material, and superb musicians.  This, her 22nd cd, is no exception. A former studio singer and the voice of hundreds of commercials, she has sung backup to everyone from Sinatra to Kiss.  Her solo cd's include, George Shearing, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland and many others.  She constantly works around the country and tours the UK every year the whole month of March. On, "Ballads...mostly", you will find her with a stellar group of instrumentalists.  Pianist, and three time emmy award recipient for his work on Sesame Street, Mike Renzi, shines on eight tracks doing what he does best, accompanying a singer. Houston Person, has  recorded seventy five of his own cd's, and one one of the most in demand tenor men in the business, joins Marlene on four gorgeous Harry Warren ballads. The warm, fluid sound combining post bop and Brazilian elements comes from the flugle horn of, grammy nominee, Claudio Roditi.  Tedd Firth, a bright new star on the New York scene, shows amazing skills on the keyboard of seven more tracks; Jay Leonhart and Boots Maleson share the bass lines, and Ron Vincent displays his sensitive drum work.
1. I WISH I KNEW,  3:45 (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
2. WITCHCRAFT,    3:40 (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
3. MY DREAM IS YOURS, 5:00 (Harry Warren, Harry Blaine)
4. LOVE DANCE, 5:45 (Ivan Linz, Paul Williams)
5. I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU, 4:45 (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
6. IT AMAZES ME, 4:30 (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
7. BABY DREAM YOUR DREAM, 2:50 (Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields)
8. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU, 4:32 (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
9. THE RULES OF THE ROAD  3:17 (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
10. I'M GONNA LAUGH YOU RIGHT OUR OF MY LIFE 4:30 (Cy Coleman, Joseph A. McCarthy)
11. I WALK A LITTLE FASTER, 4:38 (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
12. LISTEN TO THE PIANO MAN, 3:25 (Ronnie Whyte)
13. Why Try To Change Me Now, 4:33 (Cy Coleman, Joseph A. McCarthy)
14.YOU FASCINATE ME SO,   3:10 (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
15.WHY WAS I THINKING OF SPRINGTIME, 4:10 (. Billy VerPlanck, Leon Nock)
Arrangements:  J. Billy VerPlanck, Tracks 1,6,7,9,10,11,14

For Interviews and Promos Contact:
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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Scott Hamilton - Swedish Ballads & More ( Stunt 2013)

"Since long before the present flowering of native talent, Scandinavia has been a very jazz-friendly place. Miles Davis borrowed a Swedish folk song and called it Dear Old Stockholm. Quincy Jones wrote one of his first compositions, Stockholm Sweetnin', there in the 1950s. Both are among the seven numbers on this delectable set by the great American tenor saxophonist and a trio led by Jan Lundgren. Hamilton is famous for the consistent excellence of his playing but this time, sparked by Lundgren's inspired piano solos and crystal-clear accompaniment, he really surpasses himself. There may be a few more potential jazz standards here, too."  Dave Gelly / The Observer, Sunday 7 April 2013

Steve Coleman, Five Elements - Functional Arrhythmias (Pi Recordings 2013)

Functional Arrhythmias is the latest and most ambitious chapter in alto saxophonist Steve Coleman s ongoing study into patterns found in nature in this case the various rhythms found inside the human body and using them as the building blocks for his highly individual musical language. The new CD follows on the critically acclaimed Harvesting Semblances and Affinities and The Mancy of Sound, both released on Pi Recordings. To help realize his latest musical vision, Coleman has revamped his band Five Elements by reenlisting two veterans: Sean Rickman on drums and Anthony Tidd on bass. Together with long-time member Jonathan Finlayson one of the most acclaimed young trumpeters on the jazz scene and guitarist Miles Okazaki, they possess the combination of intuition and experience to capture Coleman s music in all its labyrinthine beauty.

Trilok Gurtu - Spellbound (Moosicus Records 2013)

'Spellbound' by the acclaimed Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu features an all-star lineup of trumpeters from around the globe - including Nils Petter Molvaer, Paolo Fresu and Ambrose Akinmusire - performing compositions by Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Don Cherry, seamlessly interwoven with Gurtu's own originals.
The stellar array of trumpeters includes Nils Petter Molvaer from Norway, Paolo Fresu from Italy, Ibrahim Maalouf from Lebanon, from America Matthias Schriefl and the classical trumpeter Matthias Höfs from Germany and Hasan Gözetlik from Turkey.

Well-known for his eclectic output it is unsurprising that Gurtu has now chosen to return to jazz and improvised music with such a veritable line up of talent. Throughout his career, he has always envisaged his work as 'music without borders' and he has never worried about stylistic boundaries. This is still very much in evidence on 'Spellbound' and is exemplified by the diverse choice of musicians. The choice of trumpet is also apposite as it was trumpeter Don Cherry who first gave him encouragement to pursue his dream when the young Trilok Gurtu arrived in Italy from his homeland of India in the early 1970s.

Arne Jansen - THE SLEEP OF REASON (ACT 2013)

"The thing that fascinates me about Goya is that throughout the course of his life he continually closes in on what he considers to be the essence of being human," Berlins most interesting guitarist Arne Jansen says about the spanish painter Francisco Goya, whose pictures inspired him to his ACT-debut ""The Sleep of Reason - Ode to Goya".

Arne Jansen / electric & acoustic guitars, upright piano on 10
Andreas Edelmann / bass
Eric Schaefer / drums
Friedrich Paravicini / Hammond organ, keys, cello, vibraphone

Further Musicians: 
Stephan Braun / cello on 01 & 03
Nils Wülker / flugelhorn on 07

If you've ever heard the Berlin guitarist Arne Jansen, you'll know how difficult it is to forget his special sound. That passionate rummaging around in the warm diversity of the electric guitar, where bashful understatement mixes with playful sensuality. The humaneness become sound that always searches for what is special in the commonplace, exudes serenity and yet never itself comes to rest because its quest never ceases.

Originally from Flensburg, Jansen moved to Berlin in 1996 to study jazz guitar at the University of the Arts until 2001. In workshops with Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Philip Catherine he honed his craft and was soon playing alongside stars like Gitte Haenning, Tim Fischer and Katja Riemann. In the bands Jazzanova and, since 2010, the Nils Wülker Group, Jansen also attracted a lot of attention, but the centre of his creative universe is his own trio, with which he has released two critically acclaimed albums.

New Release: Global Noize-Sly Reimagined The Music of Sly and The Family Stone + CD Release Event Wed., June 26th @ Joe's Pub 7:30PM

Global Noize-Sly Reimagined
The Music of Sly and The Family Stone
( Zoho Roots ZM201308)  
Street Date: June 11, 2013

CD Release Event
Wed., June 26th @ Joe's Pub 7:30PM
With Very Special Surprise Guest!
Joe's Pub
25 Lafayette St  New York, NY 10003  (212) 539-8778
            When Sly and The Family Stone hit the scene back in the late ‘60s, the world – socially, culturally and politically – was in a state of upheaval.  And their music perfectly evangelized the moment.  Today, we stand dangerously at the edge of a similar precipice – and that message of celebratory potential and jubilant clarity is sorely needed.  With that concept squarely implanted in his mind’s eye, visionary conceptualist, producer, arranger, composer and keyboard wizard Jason Miles has created the extraordinary Sly Reimagined on the Zoho Roots label.  With his groundbreaking, genre-defying borderless mothership Global Noize providing the vehicle, Miles takes on eight classic Sly Stone journeys into the wilds of a reality nearly half a century beyond their point of inception.

            Nobody is more capable or qualified to take on a project like this than the Grammy-winning Miles.  His groundbreaking synth programming for Miles Davis’ ‘80s masterpieces Tutu, Music from Siesta and Amandla; along with his contributions to a genre-crossing array of artists - including Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Ruben Blades, David Sanborn, Whitney Houston, Grover Washington Jr., The Crusaders, Chaka Khan and so many others - have led to a variety of legacy-based dedications to Marvin Gaye, Ivan Lins, Vandross, Grover…and now Sly.

           Reimagined is the ideal description as the music on this CD doesn’t simply pay homage, but also defines the timelessness of the music by translating it to the forefront of musical thinking here in 2013.  Global Noize – with its triumvirate of Miles, turntable master DJ Logic and vocalist Falu – is accompanied on this recording by an astonishing array of nearly two dozen musical powerhouses, including Nona Hendryx, Roberta Flack, Jay Rodriguez, Amanda Ruzza and the original Family Stone drummer Greg Errico.

            The nine vocalists and seventeen instrumentalists are woven masterfully into the musical context of each piece – no contrivance, no excess, no aural gymnastics, just extraordinary musicianship, impeccable tastefulness and a relentless sense of groove.  The musicians weave in and out, emerging at the always appropriate moment and then sinking back into the perfect mix.  There is a visceral sense of ensemble playing, as live and cohesive as the 1968 concert performance at the Fillmore East where Jason first experienced Sly and The Family Stone, becoming forever connected to its unique musical expression.  But while that group never could have existed without the foundation of James Brown, vocal groups from the Orioles through the Temptations, jubilant jazz of Louis Jordan through Mingus and Sun Ra, and all strains of Gospel and Blues, Sly Reimagined shows the influences of the post-Sly environment of P-Funk, Prince and the many explorers stimulated by Sly and The Family Stone.  All cross-bred with the borderless context of the here and now at its richest.

            Two songs are given dual treatments.  It’s a Family Affair – both with Roberta Flack on lead vocals – receives a Groove Vibe Version and the Falu Mumbai Mix.  The former a deeply grooved percussive blend with horns, voices, rhythm and DJ Logic all circling around in an infectious round-robin; the latter sparer, leaner, meaner and tinged with Eastern harmonic and rhythmic flavors that offer testimony to the sub-title.  Nona Hendryx sings lead on both versions of The Same Thing. The straight-up version is an extremely funky excursion with a dark gurgle of baritone sax (courtesy Jay Rodriguez) all swaggering, staggering and lurching forward like a super-hip drunk on a fervent mission for The Funk.  The Mulholland Drive Mix plows similar ground, but coupling a deep bass groove with a strong spicing of the classic tenor/organ combo tradition.

            The Big Horn tenor style – this time in the hands of Ron Holloway - is also featured on Fun with a raucous solo that evokes the irresistible sound of Gene Ammons and Arnett Cobb.  Surrounding it is a vividly syncopated groove kick, a passionately soulful vocal by Maya Azucena, DJ Logic’s turntable magic, a chanting chorus and lots of undiluted fun.

            Maya’s vocals also take the lead on two other pieces.  You Can Make It If You Try, a richly layered celebration with a distinct P-Funk feel, the funky trumpet of Ingrid Jensen, and Rodriguez updating Jr. Walker into the 21st Century.  On Stand, a proudly upright and emphatic take on the anthem, Maya soars over a chorus of vocalists chanting it out in Funkadelicized Gospel jubilation.  She also provides playful and expressive support for Nona Hendryx’s lead on In Time, an easy-grooved percussive jaunt stoked by rich synthesizer textures.

            Global Noize regular Falu is up front on the brilliant Thank You For Talking To Me Africa – with a side trip to India via her Carnatic vocal approach.  An ultra-thick body built on a saxophone choir (arrangement and all saxes by Jeff Coffin), sets a tantalizing groove that oozes like a lava flow and just keeps digging deeper and deeper and deeper into the darkest lustre of pure funk. Falu’s exotic, sinuous style is also ideal forDreams, an appropriately ethereal and evocative soundscape built upon a pastiche of electronica that closes out this remarkable album in a most palpably emotional manner.

            The presence of Jason Miles is at the core of every element of this truly remarkable album.  Not only does the concept flow stem from the heart and soul of his remarkable musical vision; but also the keyboards, synthesizer and programming that comprise his instruments of aural expression permeate every moment of this music, holding it together and binding all of the parts into a most singular sensibility.  Sly Reimagined is an album that can be experienced for its sheer joy, or dug into more deeply for in unlimited depth of artistic expression.

For more information about Jason Miles and this album, visit
http://www.jasonmilesmusic.com and http://www.zohomusic.com/

ZOHO ®  is distributed by Allegro Media Group, Portland, OR.

Jason Miles keyboards and programming, organ, synthesizers, synth bass
DJ Logic turntables on 2 -4, 9, 10
Nona Hendryx lead vocals on 1, 4, 9
Falu lead vocals on 7, 8, 10
Roberta Flack lead vocals on 2 & 8
Maya Azucena vocals on 3, 5, 6; background vocals on 1
Amy Hanaialii vocals and vocal adlibs on 7
Malika Zarra World vocals on 1
James D Train Williams vocals on 2, 5
Butterscotch Beat Box on 1; scratching, vocals on 5
Porter Carrol vocals on 6
Nick Moroch guitar on 1, 10;
Will Bernard guitar on 2, 6, 8, 9;
Dean Brown guitar on 5, 7;
Ingrid Jensen trumpet on 2, 5;
Barry Danielian trumpet on 3, 7;
Gottfried Stoger tenor sax on 1;
Jeff Coffin all saxes, horn arrangement on 7;
Ron Holloway tenor sax on 3;
Jay Rodriguez tenor sax on 2, 5, 8, 9 baritone sax on 4, flute and bass clarinet on 10;
Amanda Ruzza bass on 2, 6 – 9;
Greg Errico drums on 1, 5, 6,;
Mocean Worker (Adam Dorn) bass on 5, EFX and beats on 10;
Adrian Harpham drums on 2, 8;
Brian Dunne drums on 7, 9;
Bashiri Johnson percussion on 7

Track Listing:
  1. IN TIME 6:41  
  2. IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR Groove Vibe Version 4:52  
  3. FUN 5:08  
  4. THE SAME THING 5:06  
  6. STAND! 4:48  
  8. IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR Falu Mumbai Mix 5:00  
  9. THE SAME THING 67 Mulholland Drive Mix 4:53 
  10.  DREAMS 5:42

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Friday, April 26, 2013

[nu] (Circum-Disc 2013)

[nu], or “nous” in phonetics (meaning « we » in french), is a poetic and musical exploration of the author Thomas Suel, trumpet player Christian Pruvost and Jeremie Ternoy at the Fender Rhodes. [nu] is a poem concert that mirrors the individual and the collective, seeking interactions between meanings and sounds.

The poetry of Thomas Suel undress us, probing what gives us our humanity and uniting our solitudes. From sound poetry to classical verse, through accumulations or polysemy, his writing mixes lexicons, modes of versification and rhythmic constructions. His soundful and melodic language, powerful and sensitive, creates meaning games by shifting tones and inspires the listener very personal images.

With various playing modes, the musical language of Christian Pruvost and Jeremie Ternoy feeds with raw sound data, voice (including the words about “nous”, collected in residences) or instrumental materials, from white noise to frequencies more often reserved for electronic music. The musicians include continuous breath, prepared instruments and electronic treatment that bring the listener into a world of concrete music. They also introduce noisy elements, sound objects from everyday life and from our common environment, allowing to combine poetry and soundscapes. To combine materials and sounds with harmonic and rhythmic parts, they take to the minimalist and repetitive music by stretching the time, creating melodic, harmonic and rhythmic illusions.

On stage, [nu] is a “multiphonic” show. Listeners are surrounded by speakers with different sound color and put them in a situation of immersion.