Thursday, October 30, 2014

VIDEOCLIP: Romanian pianist and composer Florin Raducanu live at the Romanian Broadcasting Concert Hall - October 2014





Excerpt from the live show at the Romanian Broadcasting Concert Hall - October 2014
Florin Raducanu & Romanian Radio Big Band (conductor Ionel Tudor)

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Florin Raducanu & Friends – Jazz Standard Mood from Vienna 2014

Florin-Raducanu_2014_cover Florin Raducanu & Friends – Jazz Standard Mood from Vienna 2014
(Art Factory 2014)

LIVE FROM PORGY & BESS JAZZ CLUB, Vienna, Austria  2014
Tracks:
1.  Someday My Prince Will Come – comp. F. Churchill/arr. F. Răducanu  13:20
2. `Round About Midnight – comp. T. Monk/ arr.F. Răducanu  10:05
3.  Blues dedicated to Little Giant Petrucciani – comp. & arr. F. Răducanu  13:42
4.  Donna Lee – comp. J. Coltrane/ arr. F. Răducanu  07:02
5.  Georgia on My Mind – comp. H. Carmichael/ arr. F. Răducanu  11:14
6. Summer Twenty Twelve (Rhythm Changes) – comp. F. Răducanu  05:25
Total Time : 60: 48

Musicians:

Florin Răducanu – piano & composition/arrangements
Sebastian Mihai – tenor saxophone
Adrian Flautistu – double bass
Laurențiu Zmau – drums
Special guest : Dalila Cernătescu – panflute(track2)

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O.A.P. Records PRESENTS NEW RELEASE

Genzo Okabe  - Second Line -
Release date: 11 November 2014

 
 
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EAN-code: 8714835106302
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Second Line is the culmination of two years of research on early jazz by Genzo Okabe. By exploring the African-American music that flourished in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century, Genzo incorporated the essence of it's melodies, harmonies, and rhythm into his own compositions.

The first half of the album is a tribute to early jazz music, introducing stride piano, second line rhythm, and the funeral march which is deeply rooted in the traditions of New Orleans. Slowly the album begins to demonstrate Genzo's individual manner of reconstruction and integration of these source materials, fusing them more freely with his interpretation of contemporary polyrhythm and reharmonization. Composed as an homage to the origins of jazz music, the album shows the rediscovery of the richness, effectiveness, and modernity of the early jazz, as well as the fundamental affinity with contemporary jazz music. More about the release can be found at www.oaprecords.com.

 
 

The musicians (from left to right):
Steven Willem Zwanink - Doublebass
Francesco De Rubeis - Drums
Miguel Rodriguez - Piano
Genzo Okabe - Altosax
 
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"Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live": New CD Due Oct. 7

Pianist Mike Longo's
Consolidated Artists Productions
To Release New CD,
"The Mike Longo Trio
Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live,"
With Bassist Paul West & Drummer Ray Mosca,
October 7


September 15, 2014
 

Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live
Pianist Mike Longo had the distinct privilege of studying, for six intense months in 1961, with his idol Oscar Peterson in Toronto. Among several key principles imparted by Peterson to his pupil was the importance of "not playing like anyone but yourself," says Longo. "He told me that people who are trying to play like Art Tatum are making a big mistake in that they are trying to be Art Tatum instead of trying to be as good as Art Tatum. 'So don't make the mistake of trying to play like me, Mike.'"

Longo plays for Peterson on the terrific new The Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live, to be released October 7 by his CAP (Consolidated Artists Productions) label. Recorded on June 25, 2013, at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the New York City Baha'i Center with onetime Gillespie bassist Paul West and former Peterson drummer Ray Mosca, the disc finds Longo playing very much like himself in a well-chosen set of tunes the prolific Peterson had recorded over the years. Six were composed by jazzmen: Duke Ellington's "Love You Madly," Thad Jones's "A Child Is Born," Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose," Nat Adderley's "Work Song," Thelonious Monk's "52nd Street Theme," and Clifford Brown's "Daahoud." The remainder come from the Great American Songbook: "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Always," "Fascinatin' Rhythm," "Love for Sale," "Yesterdays," "Tenderly," and "I Remember You."

Mike Longo
Longo enjoyed a 27-year association with Dizzy Gillespie, one of Peterson's major musical influences and one of Longo's as well. He held down the piano chair in Gillespie's quintet from 1966 to 1973 (following Kenny Barron) and became Dizzy's music director, composer, arranger, and devoted blood brother, continuing to work with the man long after going out on his own.

By the time he'd joined Gillespie, Longo pretty much had the entire history of jazz and related idioms at his fingertips. Born in Cincinnati in 1939, he taught himself to play boogie-woogie at three. As a teenager in Fort Lauderdale, where the family had moved when he was in the third grade, he spent a year playing gospel piano at a black Baptist church. After earning a bachelor's degree in classical piano at Western Kentucky University, in 1959, Longo spent two years touring with the Salt City Six, the Dixieland group, and was hired at the Metropole Café in New York as one of the club's house pianists. In his two shifts a day, he backed Coleman Hawkins, Gene Krupa, and Henry "Red" Allen, among many others.

Gillespie, who first heard the young pianist at the Metropole, hired him in 1966. Longo went on to make nine albums with the trumpet legend, beginning with Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac in 1967, and has also recorded with Astrud Gilberto, Lee Konitz, Buddy Rich, and Moody, to name just a few. He cut the first album under his own name, A Jazz Portrait of Funny Girl, in 1962, and has since done two dozen more. The last 18 have appeared on CAP, a musicians' cooperative label managed by Longo and his wife. The catalog now boasts some 150 releases, with four volumes of Gillespie at Ronnie Scott's London club in 1973 due out shortly.

Mike Longo
Since January 6, 2004, the anniversary of Gillespie's death, Longo has presented concerts every Tuesday evening in the Gillespie Auditorium of the New York City Baha'i Center, where his new CD was recorded. He has booked such jazz greats as Charli Persip, Benny Powell, and Annie Ross and appears regularly with his own three groups: the Mike Longo Trio, the 17-piece New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble (with four CAP CDs to its credit and 160 of his own charts in the band book), and the six-member Mike Longo Funk Band (playing material from the pianist's three highly collectable fusion albums for the Mainstream, Groove Merchant, and Pablo labels in the '70s). He also has enjoyed a successful second career as an educator and creator of instructional books and videos.

"One of the most important things I've learned was discovering the place inside you where real music comes from," says Longo. "You don't really compose something, you uncover it. Dizzy used to say music is out there, waiting for someone to come get it."


 
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