Saturday, July 30, 2016

FINLAND: The World seen from Finland: Orient Express – Kokko Quartet’s new album out on Aug 19th

Kokko Quartet will release their second album Orient Express in August 2016.

The album continues on the road paved by their first album Like A River (2013) - the sound of the Scandinavian jazz landscape combined elegantly with global ingredients. With a diverse range of musical influences and instruments, Orient Express tells many stories from the past and present reaching out to the orient. It also dives deep into the legends and myths of the Finnish national epic Kalevala (as the band’s name Kokko suggests). Closing your eyes you will find yourself in a world where camels amble through the desert yet suddenly the orient express honks its two-voiced horn in the dark tropical night. You can also hear the Kalevala characters ’smith’ Ilmarinen hammering and ’water spirit’ Vellamo working on her magic – just like in mythical times.

Kokko Quartet

Kaisa Siirala, saxophones and flutes
Johanna Pitkänen, piano and keys
Timo Tuppurainen, bass
Risto Takala, drums
Established in 2010 and based in Helsinki, the group plays recognizably Scandinavian jazz but draws influences from Indian and Arabic music as well as Cuban rhythms, thus creating a distinctive overall sound. Kokko Quartet performs songs written by pianist Johanna Pitkänen, saxophone player Kaisa Siirala and bass player Timo Tuppurainen. Together with drummer Risto Takala, these four musicians share an interest in free expression, jazz and world music. Intuitively, they move through the music with a spirit of great freedom in their interplay. The group’s debut album Like a River was released in March 2013. It was well received by both the national and the international press. Kokko Quartet was invited to play a showcase in Jazzahead! 2013 and since then they have played at major jazz festivals including Bohemia Jazz in The Czech Republic and Pori Jazz in Finland. In December 2015 they played a major tour of Australia.
“…The music flows gently and smoothly, breaking boundaries between different musical genres. In a sensuous and subtle way, elements of jazz unite the Scandinavian well as Indian, Arabic and Cuban atmosphere…”
- Osku Rajala/Jazzrytmit, a Finnish Jazz Magazine

”The World seen from Finland”
-Eric Pozza/Canberra Jazz Blog
14.8.2016 Flow Festival, Helsinki
17.8.2016 Juttutupa, Rytmihäiriöklubi, Helsinki
16.9.2016 Ravintola Kairo, Kotka
20.9.2016 JazzAnti, Ravintola Laulumiehet, Helsinki
15.12.2016 Ylioppilasteatteri, Tampere


Review copies:
Tapio Ylinen / Eclipse Music

Physical Distribution (Finland):
Supersounds Music

USA Peter Eldridge-Disappearing Day (2016)

Disappearing Day 
Grammy-winning singer, pianist, songwriter and educator, Peter Eldridge is poised to release his fifth and most diverse studio album, Disappearing Day on distinctive independent label, Sunnyside Records. Set for release on July 22, 2016, Peter merges an eclectic mix of styles ranging from jazz to alternative to country, showcasing his inexhaustible musical fluency. The album is comprised of seven original tunes written or co-written by Eldridge and five song arrangements from some of his favorite artists, including Paul McCartney, Leonard Bernstein, Luciana Souza, The Magnetic Fields and Frank Sinatra. Disappearing Day draws listeners into Peter s artistic sphere through a variety of musical settings and textures.

The album features a song written by Stephin Merritt of the indie-pop band the Magnetic Fields, I Wish I Had an Evil Twin. Peter s take on the track was inspired by Nickel Creek s cover of the Mother Mother pop song Hayloft from their recent A Dotted Line album. Eldridge listened to Nickel Creek s version of that song about 1,000 times and decided he needed to have his own Hayloft on the album. He loves Stephin Merritt s songwriting - so wry and so sweet at the same time, and thought this would be the perfect tune to go a little crazy with.

It also features Wish You With Me , a track that was left out of a documentary film he scored with composer/conductor, Adam Wate. Peter wrote this theme for the movie and was initially crushed when it got rejected, but subsequently thrilled in the long run that he got to keep the song for himself. Cliff Goldmacher helped him with the simple, every word counts lyric. Becca Stevens was the first person he sang it with as a duet and from that moment on, he knew he wanted to record it with her.

Forever Blue was written in email co-writing sessions with Marco Brito - keyboardist for the legendary Brazilian composer, Ivan Lins. It started out as a last minute addition in the studio when he, Ben Wittman, and Matt Aronoff were recording basic tracks, and turned into one of the most produced projects on the album, with Sergio Mendes-esque vocals provided by Janis Siegel and Lauren Kinhan (from the Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices), strings, and wonderful Anat Cohen on clarinet.

When reflecting on the project, Peter says, I am so excited to share Disappearing Day what I believe is my best offer to date. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with many of my favorite people and musicians on the project. The album features a mix of original songs and covers spanning a variety of styles. The diversity in the material and personnel on this album has provided a platform for me to offer my take on the culmination of music I have been influenced by as well as the product of that influence.

Disappearing Day highlights collaborations with fellow friends and notable musicians including, Matt Aronoff, Ben Wittman, Becca Stevens,Alan Hampton, Jo Lawry, Laila Biali, Janis Siegel, Lauren Kinhan, Anat Cohen, Marc Shulman, Jesse Lewis, Caleb Burhans, and Mariel Roberts.

UK: Jazz Journal Magazine July 2016

Billy Cobham The less charitable (or tin-eared) might want to draw unfavourable parallels between the Cobham’s martial beginnings and the firm beat of fusion but jazz subtleties have informed the drummer’s richly detailed playing since the 1960s, as David West finds out

Profiles Trumpeter Gabriel Garrick and reedman James Evans are set on fire by New Orleans; singer Barb Jungr settles for Dylan, Simone and Bowie

You couldn't make it up Monk on Riverside, or jazz is where you find it, or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the avant-garde, by Simon Spillett

Dave Schildkraut Gordon Jack traces a potentially stellar career marked by what seem to be deliberately ignored possibilities

Book & DVD Reviews Book: Whisper Not DVDs: George Shearing // Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise // Punkt – Three Films By Guillaume Dero

Alan Broadbent My Instruments – the pianist tells Bruce Lindsay of a touring life at the mercy of petulant pianos

Obituaries Eddie Cook; Buster Cooper; Doug Raney; Jeremy Steig; Joe Temperley

JazzWorldQuest Web Player New Addition: CANADA/UK: Antoine Fafard - Reminiscence(Sphere 2016)

 An absolute pleasure for jazz-fusion fans who shouldn't miss the opportunity to hear another remarkable piece of work from a high talented composer and bass player here at his peak force.

Sphere is bass player and composer Antoine Fafard's fourth album, featuring Gary Husband on drums, lead synth and piano, and Jerry de Villiers Jr on lead guitar. The album follows Ad Perpetuum, a collection that was well received by fans and critics on it's release in 2014, described by DownBeat Magazine as "a powerful example of jazz-fusion at it's hardest." Canadian-born and UK-based Antoine has been releasing original instrumental music for more than 15 years. He actualises his musical vision with harmonic and melodic elements that are mostly composed on the classical and electric guitar, while special attention is always given to the rhythm. Antoine's first three albums feature world-class musicians including Vinnie Colaiuta, Jerry Goodman, Scott Henderson and Dave Weckl, who all bring their unique qualities to compositions aimed at audiences seeking instrumental music that emphasises improvisation and innovation. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

UK: Herts Jazz Festival September 16-18 2016


September 16-18 2016

Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn

Garden City

Friday evening 16th

8.30-11.00 Tim Garland Quartet - £25/£20 Herts Jazz members/£10 students

11.00-12.30 Late night set – Bryan Spring Trio - FREE!

Saturday 17th

11.30-12.30 Herts Youth Jazz Ensemble - FREE!

1.00-2.00 The Printmakers - £15/£12/£5

2.00-3.00 In the foyer - Neil Angilley Trio - FREE!

3.15-4.30 Dunmall/Tippett/McCredie/Tracey - £15/£12/£5

5.00-6.15 Ernie Wilkins’ “Top Brass” Revisited - £15/£12/£5

6.15-7.30 In the foyer - Dave Newton/Andy Cleyndert Duo - FREE!

7.45-10.15 Gilad with Strings - £25/£20/£10

10.30-12.00 Late night set - Introducing Sean Payne - FREE!

Sunday 18th

11.30-12.30 Derek Nash’s Picante - £15/£12/£5

1.00-2.00 Gerd Dudek - £15/£12/£5 -

2.00-3.00 In the foyer - Nigel Price Organ Trio - FREE!

3.15-4.30 Laurie Cottle Quintet - £15/£12/£5

5.00-6.15 Julian Joseph Trio - £15/£12/£5

6.15-7.30 In the foyer - Daniel Casimir Trio - FREE!

7.45-10.15 Mingus/Monk Big Band tribute - £25/£20/£10

USA: Elisabeth Lohninger & Walter Fischbacher Duo Zinc Bar Monday, August 29th 7pm + New CD

Elisabeth Lohninger & Walter Fischbacher Duo
Monday, August 29th
7pm (2 sets)
Zinc Bar
 82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012
(212) 477-9462
Cover: $10

For more than 20 years Elisabeth Lohninger and Walter Fischbacher have been making music together. Living in New York. Touring in Europe, Japan, the Middle East. A plethora of projects and albums lie between their first duo album, "Austrian LiedGood", and their latest release, also a duo CD with the title "Ballads in Blue". In between the two of them explored diverse musical avenues, wrote music for other projects, came into their own as artists. Now they step out again as a duo, a suitcase filled with a wide variety of musical influences and revelations in tow. This is the backdrop for an atmospheric, intimate and colorful arc that tells the story of two people who went out into the world to find themselves and each other. Poetry, passion and groove.

webpage: Lohninger & Fischbacher Duo

New CD
Lohninger "Eleven Promises"


(Jazzsick 5097 JS )
Street Date: Sept 23, 2016

"Lohninger shapes an adventurous but accessible session that ideally showcases her voice. Dark and dense as blackberries yet lustrous as pearls, it is a stunning instrument that deserves smart, sympathetic support."
- Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
“…a powerful performer and a highly-skilled improviser and composer.”
—New York Times


In a career that has taken her from the slopes of the Austrian alps, where she sang folk songs as a young girl, to jazz clubs, concert halls and the stages of international jazz festivals, vocalist Elisabeth Lohninger has proven herself to be a powerful and elusive talent. On her latest CD, Eleven Promises (September 23rd, 2016, JazzSick Records), she teams up with pianist husband Walter Fischbacher to create a luscious meditation on love and commitment. Joining her is an international cast of jazz talents that includes drummer Ulf Stricker and bassist Goran Vujic, along with special guests Gary Schreiner (chromatic harmonica), Ben Butler (guitar), and Pete McCann (guitar). Drawing on her love of pop music, as well as jazz and her own originals, she has crafted an album that tells the story of two people who went out into the world to find themselves and each other. Poetry, passion and groove.

"This album is our first co-written release in almost two decades," Lohninger says. "It feels like coming home after exploring the world, learning, studying and experiencing different textures of music making. In a way it's an album about our marriage. The title reflects our promise to each other to always return to one another, no matter what. We just happen to make this promise eleven times, and in 11/16," she says, alluding to the title track of the album.

The album opener, "When We Were Young", delves into family and connectedness. Lohninger's clear, warm alto takes us on a trip down memory lane, to glimpse moments of levity - warm summer rain, carefree children at play, unbridled imagination - and to use these moments in times of darkness and hopelessness as a reminder that happiness often lies in the tiniest flashes of joy. The only cover song on the album "The Girl from Ipanema" receives a cool chill-out make-over, while "Take My Picture While I'm Smiling" has Lohninger channel a moment of intimacy on a hot summer night. The tinge of disappointment in "Birthday Girl" gets as much an authentic reading as budding love does in "Mellow Moon Moaning". "Each Time You Leave" speaks to the hardship of separation, wrapped in cool electronica and subtle strings, while "Hold On" urges us to follow through on our dreams and aspirations and not let inside or outside "dark voices" derail our path. Lohninger calls "Merry Go Round" her anti-war song, and it is one of those tunes that sneak up on the listener in their simplicity - in this case disguised as a children's ditty - only to express the frustration of endless repetition in a gut wrenching howl. "Circles" alludes to Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" before moving into a circular motion in the chorus. Lohninger handles the subject matter, the sway of false prophets, with her trademark straight forward singing style, inviting the listener to step into their own journey and realize that nobody has all the right answers. Finally, "Ya Mi Corazon", based on Tirso Duarte's "Cuenta con los Santos", is a lark of a song, an expression of an 'amour fou', a fling, a celebration of spontaneity that invites the listener to break into a breathy Rumba.

Throughout the album Lohninger is buffered by a subtle, tasteful production that wraps itself around her voice, the lyrics, the emotions without being overbearing. Walter Fischbacher's piano and rhodes solos bring a muscular yet agile brilliance to the recording, while Stricker and Vujic supply an inspired, solid foundation. Ben Butler brings a Blues flavor to the otherwise lushly orchestrated "Birthday Girl", while Gary Schreiner's velvet smooth sound on chromatic harmonica slinks through "Mellow Moon Moaning", adding a tasteful layer of yearning.

Growing up in a small Austrian mountain village (population 25), Lohninger started singing in school and church choirs.  At the age of six, she joined her two sisters in what would become a nationally renowned vocal group specializing in the songs of her homeland. Driven by her musical curiosity, she soon ventured in other directions and studied classical music and jazz, finishing her studies with a Masters degree in music and English Language and Literature. In 1994, Lohninger relocated to New York and has released eleven albums since then. Teaming up with pianist Walter Fischbacher to co-found the duo Perfect Roommates, she released Austrian LiedGood, a fusion of Austrian folk music and jazz. Her pop-soul album Alien Lovers, released in 2000 under the alias Tera, provides additional evidence of her stylistic versatility. In 2003, she and Fischbacher also recorded IF, an album of electronica chill-out tracks, which were featured extensively in the daytime drama One Life to Live. Her 2004 release Beneath Your Surface (Lofish Music) with Fischbacher, Steve Doyle and Hari Ganglberger consisted mainly of her jazz originals as did the 2006 release The Only Way Out Is Up (Lofish), with her working trio of Fischbacher, bassist Chris Tarry, and drummer Jordan Perlson. In 2008 Lohninger joined tap dancer Max Pollak and vibraphonist Tim Collins to record Trionada, a highly inventive album that took the trio's experimenting powers to exceptional heights. Songs of Love and Destruction (2010), one of Lohninger’s most ambitious albums, saw her team up with jazz greats such as Donny McCaslin, Bruce Barth, Ingrid Jensen, and Christian Howes. Lohninger's only Christmas album to date, Christmas in July, was a collaboration between her, Walter Fischbacher and German guitarist Axel Fischbacher (not related), that saw Lohninger sing in nine different languages. Her live album, aptly titled LIVE (2012) was named "one of the best vocal albums of 2013" by C. Michael Bailey of All About Jazz. Finally, in 2015, Lohninger commemorated the closing of her long-running recording studio Lofish Studios with the release of a duo album titled Ballads in Blue. Here she is accompanied by Walter Fischbacher on piano. This album marks the most intimate outing of the vocalist to date, consisting entirely of ballads such as "Never Let Me Go" and "You Don't Know What Love Is".

With Eleven Promises Elisabeth Lohninger paints a gratifying and deeply moving portrait of the human experience.

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USA: Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Anguis Oleum (2016)

Anguis Oleum, Tim Berne's Snakeoil

01 Deadbeat Beyonce 21:24
02 Spare Parts 18:55
03 Lame 3 08:34
04 Oc - Dc 24:31