Monday, June 27, 2016

GERMANY Sinikka Langeland , Trygve Seim, Arve Henriksen, Anders Jormin-The Magical Forest (ECM 2016)

The Magical ForestSinikka Langeland: kantele, vocals; Trygve Seim: soprano and tenor saxophones; Arve Henriksen: trumpet; Anders Jormin: double bass; Markku Ounaskari: drums, percussion
Anna Maria Frieman, Berit Opheim; Linn Andrea Fuglseth: vocals

The colors of The Magical Forest glow in this remarkable recording which brings together Sinikka Langelands Norwegian-Finnish-Swedish Starflowers quintet with the singers of the Trio Medi val.

Its an inspired concept: the Trio Medi val, with their affinity for folk music and their unique vocal blend, adapt themselves ideally to Sinikkas sound-world, which is at once archaic, timeless and contemporary.

The quintet members, all bandleaders in their own right, are amongst the most characterful players in Scandinavia today, and Sinikka sets them free to improvise around her cycle of songs, built upon myths and legends of the world tree.

The Magical Forest was recorded at Oslos Rainbow Studio in February 2015, and produced by Manfred Eicher. 

USA New Release: Dida Pelled: A Missing Shade of Blue

New Release:
Dida Pelled: A Missing Shade of Blue

Artist/Title: Dida Pelled: A Missing Shade of Blue
Label/Catalog #: Red Records 123326
UPC: 027312332629
Release date: June 17, 2016
Genre: Jazz

Track Listing:
01. Sundown (Wes Montgomery) 5:39
02. I Don't Need No Doctor (Jo Armstead, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson) 5:07
03. When I Grow Too Old to Dream (Oscar Hammerstein, Sigmund Romberg) 4:17
04. Take These Chains off My Heart (Fred Rose, Hy Heath) 4:43
05. Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash) 4:00
06. It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (Billy Mayhew) 4:04
07. Glide On (Jack Wilson) 4:24
08. A Little Walk on Jane Street (Dida Pelled) 4:10
09. A Missing Shade of Blue (Dida Pelled, Tal Ronen) 6:12
10. Blue Moon (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) 4:25
11. Five Hundred Miles (Hedy West) 5:24
12. Ultramarine (Fabio Morgera) 3:27
13. I'll See You in My Dreams (Gus Kahn, Isham Jones) 1:53

Dida Pelled, guitar (vocal on 6, 13)
Luke Carlos O'Reilly, Hammond B3 organ
Rodney Green, drums
Fabio Morgera, trumpet on 3, 6, 8, 12
Itai Kriss, flute on 3, 6, 12

On New York-based Israeli singer/guitarist Dida Pelled's third album (second on Red), she emphasizes her instrumental virtuosity more than before. Not only does she sing on a mere two tracks this time out, she includes pieces penned by a few jazz guitar icons, Wes Montgomery's "Sundown" and Jack Wilson's "Glide On." On two other tracks, she uses microtonal inflections and slides to evoke Hawaiian slack-key guitar, which is part of how she looks back at the blues (Hawaiian players were a big influence on early blues slide guitarists). Though the focus is on the blues, the repertoire comes from many styles: R&B, country, soul-jazz, standards.

Further in keeping with the blues theme of the album, Pelled works in the gritty format of the organ trio with two American collaborators. Luke Carlos O'Reilly studied with Mulgrew Miller and Bruce Barth at Temple University and has since recorded and toured with Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Fred Wesley, Steve Turre, Musiq Soulchild, and many others. At the age of 19, drummer Rodney Green joined Diana Krall's band for two years; among the many other highlights on his gig résumé are Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Ravi Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, and Abbey Lincoln. Special guest Fabio Morgera, the great Italian trumpeter, adds his talents to four tracks.

Pelled will celebrate the album's release at her concert at Fat Cat Jazz Club, 75 Christopher Street, New York on Friday, June 17 at 6pm.

Press Quotes:

"...her guitar playing, which is built on her round sound, strong comping skills and soulful single note solo lines, places her in a category all her own."
- All About Jazz

"Pelled is one of the brightest new stars on the jazz horizon. Hot stuff."
- Midwest Record

"...her one of kind sound—steeped in tradition while residing deep in a dream—mark her as an artist deserving greater attention."
- All About Jazz, Dan Bilawsky​ 

USA Will Calhoun | "Celebrating Elvin Jones" | Available August 19 on Motéma Music

Drummer Will Calhoun Pays Tribute to a
Profound Influence on Celebrating Elvin Jones -
Available August 19 on Motéma Music

Album Features Christian McBride,
Antoine Roney, Keyon Harrold, and Special Guests
Jan Hammer and Doudou N'Diaye Rose

Although he's best known as the hard-driving, groove-oriented drummer for the pioneering rock group Living Colour, Will Calhoun has played in a staggering variety of styles and traditions over the course of his eclectic career. Straight-ahead jazz, fusion, traditional African percussion, funk, hip-hop, and of course hard rock -- Calhoun has explored them all, and he traces the roots of all of them to one man: legendary drummer Elvin Jones.

On his second album for Motéma Music, Celebrating Elvin Jones (due out August 19), Calhoun pays tribute to his earliest and most profound influence with a stellar band of musicians, all of whom were impacted by Jones through their personal growth as a musician or their past working with him directly: bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Antoine Roney, pianist/keyboardist Carlos McKinney, and trumpeter Keyon Harrold. The great keyboardist Jan Hammer, a member of Jones' trio for On the Mountain (1975), joins the band for a reprise of that album's Gene Perla-penned track "Destiny;" and Senegalese percussionist Doudou N'Diaye Rose joins with a group of drummers for the traditional Japanese folk song "Doll of the Bride."

"Elvin connected my worlds," Calhoun says. "Although I saw him playing jazz, I felt rock and roll, I felt fusion, I felt African music. It sounds electric, it sounds acoustic, it sounds very African, it sounds very Latin, there are all these elements in there."

Calhoun first became acquainted with Jones' playing as a young child hearing the drummer's recordings with the classic John Coltrane Quartet -- a band that he now considers part of a Holy Trinity with the second great Miles Davis Quintet and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. At the age of 14, Calhoun witnessed Elvin playing for the first time at the Village Vanguard and had the opportunity to meet and speak with the drum legend on various occasions throughout the years prior to Jones' passing in 2004.

"Listening to Coltrane's band in my youth reminded me of some kind of an incredible explosion," Calhoun says. "The music was beyond jazz. There were a few records in those days where you put the needle down and you didn't make it back to the couch. The Coltrane records were some of those albums where I just stood there staring at the needle and listening, and Elvin was driving that train -- no pun intended -- by shoving a lot of coals into the fire. He had a profound effect on me."

Photo Credit: Andre Betts
Jones also had a profound effect on all of the members of the band that Calhoun assembled for the occasion. McBride only played with the drummer on a few special occasions, including saxophonist Javon Jackson's debut album, Me and Mr. Jones. Both Roney and McKinney can boast of more extensive experience under Jones' leadership, with both appearing on the drummer's final release, The Truth: Heard Live at the Half Note. While Harrold did not have the opportunity to ever perform with Jones, the drummer has long influenced him. Calhoun drew on all of their experiences as he developed the music for Celebrating Elvin Jones.

"Hearing those guys telling stories about when they were on the road with Elvin was helpful," he says. "I chose according to what music would best represent my vision. I also wanted to put my own vibe into the music."

The songs that Calhoun selected for Celebrating Elvin Jones span the late drummer's career, though they also reflect a distinctly individual approach to that catalogue. Calhoun devised the repertoire based on purely musical instincts, not just skimming the drummer's most recognizable tunes. There's nothing on the album from the Coltrane Quartet, and "Three Card Molly," perhaps Jones' best-known composition, is missing from the track listing -- in part because Calhoun recorded a memorable version for his 2006 release Native Lands in the immediate aftermath of Jones' death.

The rousing opener "EJ Blues" was a staple of the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine's live performances in the 1980s, while Wilbur Little's stabbing modal tune "Whew" dates back to the drummer's 1969 album Poly-Currents. John Coltrane's "Harmonique" predates Jones' tenure in the saxophonist's band, but the drummer recorded it on his 1984 tribute, Brother John. Jones recorded Wayne Shorter's "Mahjong" on the composer's 1964 release JuJu, while his wife Keiko contributed "Shinjitsu," which was recorded on 1985's Live at Pit Inn. The meditative "Sarmastah" is Calhoun's sole original composition on the album, featuring the drummer playing blissful 12-string acoustic guitar to conjure a transcendent mood in conjunction with Roney's soprano and McKinney's electric piano.

Two very special guest appearances close out the album. Hammer, as mentioned above, originally recorded "Destiny" with Jones in 1975, so Calhoun was honored to have the influential Czech keyboardist contribute to the album. Hammer, who came to prominence as a member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and whose breakthrough success on Miami Vice coincided with Living Colour's biggest hits, is instantly recognizable as his lazing, soaring synths pair off with Calhoun's raucous drumming.

Finally, Calhoun opens the traditional Japanese folk song "Doll of the Bride" with a recording of the late Senegalese percussion master Doudou N'Diaye Rose with a group of drummers. Calhoun treasures his memories of meeting Rose, visiting his house in Senegal and having the opportunity to ask questions of the master. The experience brought back memories of a visit the drummer made to saxophonist Roney's home for rehearsal, where he noticed a photograph of Jones in Africa surrounded by hand drummers, making an explicit connection that he'd always heard intuitively.

"Elvin and Doudou reminded me of each other," he says. "They have a lot in common in how they speak about rhythm and music in a very respectful, classy, educated and freeform way. I don't know if they ever met, but I wanted to recognize the energy and spiritual camaraderie between those two gentlemen."

In recording Jones' music, Calhoun didn't want to imitate the drummer, but simply -- as is only appropriate for such a restlessly inventive and forward-thinking artist -- to absorb his influence and explore his music in a uniquely personal and progressive style. "I wasn't trying to nail Elvin's playing or sound," he explains. "I love Elvin and all of his contributions. He's inspired me in so many ways, even playing with Living Colour, so this piece, to me, is celebratory. It's a thank you and a respectful homage to this wonderful musician."

Will Calhoun · Celebrating Elvin Jones
Motéma Music · Release Date: August 19, 2016

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

FRANCE: Valérie Graschaire Trio ‎– Once Upon A Town (Anteprima 2016)

Once Upon a Town, Valerie Graschaire Trio
1 London Skies

2 Tokyo Blues
3 Departure For Djakarta
4 Maybe Tomorrow In Paris
5 Stranger In Moscow

6 Je Revierndrai A Montreal
7 New York State Of Mind

8 Syracuse
9 Farewell Buenos Aires
10 Toulouse

11 San Francisco

SPAIN: Diego Ramos- Ikiru (2016)


USA Phil Woods Tribute Concert Thursday, September 8th 8pm Stroudsburg, PA

Saturday, June 25, 2016

USA: New music: David Gibson "Inner Agent"-POSITONE 2016

New music:
David Gibson "Inner Agent"

"Gibson delivers a winning program that references his influences, speaks to his love of diversity, and allows for the unexpected to enter into the equation. He comes off as an intrepid and indomitable spirit, but he's not afraid to also let his emotions show. Whether engaging his core group in dialogue, working with or against his guests or ceding the spotlight entirely, Gibson personifies leadership and puts the focus on the music. This is jazz with nothing to hide, made by a band with a hell of a lot to say." - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Trombonist David Gibson is clearly a man on a mission with "Inner Agent,” his fourth album for Posi-Tone.  Gibson searches the voices within himself to discover his bliss and shows a renewed sense of purpose.  The album features a diverse cornucopia of supporting talent: Freddie Hendrix, Theo Hill, Alexander Claffy, Kush Abadey, Doug Webb, and Caleb Curtis.  While the session showcases an exciting program of new compositions and arrangements as a swinging affair firmly grounded in the tradition, Gibson continues to reach ever higher for the blue skies of a brighter tomorrow.  Serious enthusiasts and casual listeners will certainly agree that David Gibson's new album succeeds in delivering a compelling and engaging message that speaks directly to everyone’s own "Inner Agent."
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