Tuesday, January 1, 2019

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2018


Darryl Yokley(USA), Molly Tigre(USA), César Cardoso(Portugal), Los Rumberos de la Bahia(USA), The Syrinx Effect(USA), Maria Schafer(USA), Robin Menuett Trio(USA), Alexandra Jackson(USA), Allan Licht(USA), Iñaki Arakistain Band(Spain), Uziel Colon(Puerto Rico), Beverley Beirne(UK, Dan Pugach Nonet(USA), Evan Mustard Trio(USA), Devin Gray(USA), Duende Libre(USA), Adam Hawley(USA), Ricardo Bacelar(Brazil), Under The Lake(USA)

Monday, May 21, 2018

USA: Mark McGrain-Love Time and Divination(2018)

Jazz originals and standards performed by New Orleanians Mark McGrain (trombone), John Boutté (voice), Matt Lemmler (piano), and James Singleton (bass).

Mark McGrain (founder and leader of the group PLUNGE) pilots a group of New Orleans modern jazz virtuosi through a collection of new compositions presented along-side selections from the American songbook and a soulful reworking of a Pink Floyd classic. Lauded “Voice of Treme,” singer John Boutté joins McGrain’s lyrical trombone along with the, at times lush and at other times striding saloon piano accompaniment of Matt Lemmler and the adventurous, driving contrabass of James Singleton. Love, Time, and Divination marks a change of course for McGrain (at least temporarily) toward song form, melody, and harmonically relevant improvisations—it is an album of unabashedly beautiful music performed by consummate jazz artists; all tracks were recorded on August 14, 2017 at Esplanade Studios in New Orleans by legendary engineers Misha Kachkachishvili and John Fishbach (mastering).

The 11 tracks on Love, Time, and Divination cover a wide range of musical styles from New Orleans stride piano and trombone duets to modern, rhythmically stirring swing, bossa nova, gospel, and even salsa melodies—at once memorable, smart, and very soulful at every turn. 

Vocalist John Boutté, who Nate Chinen in the NY Times said “[exudes] New Orleans feeling: the bonhomie and pride along with the heartache,” and Larry Blumenfeld, in the Village Voice referred to as “New Orleans’ best-kept secret, and possibly its strongest voice,” joins the trio on the McGrain original “It All Comes Down To Love,” a swinging version of the Van Heusen/Mercer standard “I Thought About You,” and a soulful rendition of David Gilmour’s Pink Floyd classic “On The Turning Away.” Pianist Matt Lemmler spent time performing nightly and touring with legendary clarinetist Pete Fountain. The great jazz composer and pianist Dave Frishberg called Matt “a pianist of rare originality and a point of view about standard songs that’s always surprising and often quirky.” Matt and Mark both work together regularly in John Boutté’s band. Bassist James Singleton has been a key contributor to McGrain’s quartet and Plunge efforts over the past twenty years. He has also performed with countless jazz artists including John Scofield, John Medeski, Eddie Harris, Lionel Hampton and many others. Mark McGrain, leader of the critically acclaimed contemporary jazz group PLUNGE www.plunge.com, has been called “soulful, vivacious. A daring trombonist” by DownBeat Magazine and “[one of] the most forward-leaning musicians in New Orleans” by Tom Jacobsen, (www.NewOrleansNotes.com). Journalist Scott Yanow wrote in JAZZIZ, “McGrain proves that jazz trombone, while still owing a debt to J.J. Johnson, has traveled far during the past 70 years.”

What the critics say about Mark McGrain's "Love, Time, and Divination":
"Besides the stellar quality of Mark McGrain's playing (as ever, warmly engaging and technically bombproof), Matt Lemmler, James Singleton provide accompaniments in a special class. The beautiful, slow-dragging of Mr. Singleton's bass on "I Thought About You" as Mr McGrain -- mute firmly in the bell -- glides on, and the deeply meditative "I Ca't Get Started", a masterful duet highlighting Mr. Lemmler's marvelous pianism are delivered throughout -- as is everything else -- with spell binding loveliness. An album to absolutely die for." --Raul da Gama, www.jazzdagama.com

PERU: Fabricio Robles-Dónde (2018)

released January 31, 2018

Música, arreglos y letra por Fabricio Robles.
Producido por Tomás Pojaghi.
Co-producido por Fabricio Robles.
Masterizado por Andrés Landavere.

Guitarras, teclados, bajo, percusión y voz - Fabricio Robles
Voces secundarias - Rosario Pilar
Bajo - Fernando Ávila
Saxo y clarinete - Christian Rojas
Trompeta - Camila Castillo
Violín - Karlo Mananí
Violoncello - Ghislaine Valdivia
Flauta traversa - Alessandra Blengeri
Batería - Matías Moar
Cajón, bombo y percusión - Joaquin Bonazzola
Congas - Dino Pérez

Sunday, May 20, 2018

SLOVENIA: Nesesari Kakalulu-Nesesari Kakalulu(2018)

Nesesari Kakalulu members:


Andrej Thompson - saxophone
Matjaž Kafol - trombone

Ana Cotič
Ema Hrabrić
Iva Jedrlinič Peloz
Neli Lukežič
Polona Podbersič
Rebeka Pregelj
Kaja Stegovec
Ita Weber
released January 29, 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018

FRANCE; David Tixier -Universal Citizen(Neuklang 2018)

To purchase the album: www.davidtixier.com/store

David Tixier - piano/celesta/compositions Rafael Jerjen - double bass Lada Obradovic - drums Special guests: Mike Moreno - guitar Sachal Vasandani - voice


the upcoming album
(Karkia Mistika Records) (karmi-095)
out May 5th 2018

1. Blues For Allah pt I (Jerry Garcia-Robert Hunter) 6'20
2. Generator 1 (Arttu Tolonen) 8'54
3. Conference Of The Birds (Dave Holland) 14'39
4. Blues For Allah pt II (Jerry Garcia-Robert Hunter) 9'34
5. Generator 2 (Arttu Tolonen) 7'54
6. Exit Only (Hepa Halme) 13'05

Hepa Halme: woodwinds
Matti Riikonen: trumpet
Esa Onttonen: guitar
Arttu Tolonen: modular synth, guitar
Tapani Varis: bass, mouth organ, willow flute
Alf Forsman: drums

Pekko Käppi: bowed lyre
Noel Saizonou: percussion

Rec: Eka Vekara @ Studio 24/7, Hepa Halme, Arttu Tolonen
Mix & master: Pentti Dassum @ Arkisto

Matkis, Ilkka Emu, Philip, Carolus, Heikki Y

Record release shows:
5.5. Pori; Validi Karkia
9.5. Helsinki; Juttutupa/Rytmihäiriö
24.5. Tampere; Vastavirta
26.5. Salo; Bar Bizarre
30.5. Hämeenlinna/Suistoklubi
Kiertueella erikoisvierailee Pekko Käppi.


Hepa Halme

Karkia Mistika Records/Jyrki Laiho

Friday, May 18, 2018

USA: Metuchen Jazz Fest 2018 - Free Event - June 2

Metuchen, New Jersey The GRAMMY Award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra led by Arturo O’Farrill headlines the Metuchen Jazz Fest on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 6 PM in the Metuchen High School Auditorium. Easily accessible from NJ Turnpike/Exit 10, Garden State Parkway Exit 132 and NJ Transit NE Corridor train to Metuchen. Metuchen Taxi  is across from train station. The event is FREE and All are Welcome.  Mike Neer Steelonious Band (Quintet) performs jazz classics with unconventional musical instruments and the award-winning Metuchen High School Jazz Band also performs.