Friday, February 12, 2016

FRANCE: Xavier Jouvelet ‎– Blue Congo ( Mad Minute Music 2016)


1 Arabesque
2 Blue Congo
3 Ceuf En Clock
4 Exil A Cuba
5 Wandugu
6 Like A Swan
7 Hot Chose

ITALY: Fabrizio Savino ‎– Gemini (A.MA Edizioni 2016)

01 Opposing Thougths
02 Gemini
03 When Your Eyes Behold
04 Emptied
05 Everything Flows
06 Sighing
07 Leggero
08 The Inception And The End
09 Speaking Of Love
10 The Visionary Seer

Gemini, Fabrizio Savino’s new album, marks a significant step in his artistic career.
It is the final destination of a creative path that started with a quintet in his first recording, “Metropolitan Prints”, continued with a Quartet in the Album “Aram”, and finally to achieve 2016's “Gemini” where the choice of utilizing a guitar trio allowed Fabrizio to express his very authenticity; it reveals his deepest emotions through his unique technical equipment, together with his original skills as a composer.
'Gemini' is direct and intimate, and the listener can immediately feel Fabrizio’s complete devotion to his instrument that clearly states the distinctiveness of his music through a personal sound that is, at the same time, delicate and solid, gentle and deep.
The virtuosity of his instrument never clouds his melodic development and clarity of structure. The charm of his music cannot be denied and always unveils new surprises.
This is the reason why 'Gemini' marks a departure point in Fabrizio Savino’s career, in that his capability of describing intense personal emotions continues to seduce us, ever waiting for his next surprise.

GERMANY : Joe Haider Jazz Orchestra ‎– Keep It Dark (Double Moon Records 2015)


80. The number stands there as if chiseled in stone. A birthday with numbers as round as a slowly closing circle. A life lived. Joe Haider has filled a more than exciting chapter in the book of German jazz history, something that can be said with complete justification. The guy is certainly a milestone on the piano too. However, he is also one of the most overlooked and not listened to. Is he also an innovator? If you think that real innovation lies these days in resisting the oversized gripping arms of the spirit of the times uncompromisingly, then yes. And a role model? Musically in every respect. In other respects, however, the birthday boy even has doubts himself, at least in terms of his past. But one thing is certain: Joe Haider is without a doubt an original and a creator of a certain style. He is one of the most important German jazz musicians of the postwar period.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

USA: NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron to Release First Album with Longstanding Trio, Book of Intuition, Featuring Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Johnathan Blake

NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron to Release
First Album with Longstanding Trio, Book of Intuition,  
Featuring Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Johnathan Blake

Available March 4 on impulse! Records

Remarkably, while piano maestro Kenny Barron has recorded more than 40 albums as a leader and countless others as a valued sideman, he had never documented his impressive working trio of bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, with him for 20 years, and drummer Johnathan Blake, onboard for the past 10 years. That missing piece in Barron's lengthy discography has been sublimely addressed with his new recording, Book of Intuition, a refined, elegant, lyrical and swinging affair of new and reimagined originals and a triad of covers, including two obscure Thelonious Monk compositions. It's the second of a series of recordings Barron will be delivering for impulse! Records, remarkably revived in 2014 by veteran recording executive and producer Jean-Philippe Allard as a division of Universal Music France.

"Recording my trio had never come up," says the award-winning 72-year-old pianist, who's certainly one of jazz's finest composers and arguably one of the busiest musicians in the idiom. "I had been working on other recording projects, including a duo with Dave Holland as well as the Brazilian Knights band. Thankfully, the trio had been able to work consistently without the benefit of a recording, but then Jean-Philippe heard us play and he got excited. He then wanted to record us as he was very open to the idea. He doesn't dictate, though he may ask, 'how do you feel about doing this?'" (Barron's association with Allard dates back to when he was signed to Verve France in 1994 for his Wanton Spirit album in a trio setting with Charlie Haden and Roy Haynes that was executive produced by Allard.)
In the liner notes to Book of Intuition, writer John Murph proclaims the album as one of his best: "As Barron continues writing new compositions while simultaneously revamping his older material, history will certainly reveal Book of Intuition as a quintessential chapter in a fascinating, ever-unfolding oeuvre that exemplifies modern jazz at its finest."
The revisited pieces range from a song he had previously recorded under a different name to a work he pulled out of his playbook that he had recorded but never performed live. A couple of the pieces are tunes that the trio had never done. "It's funny that when you play with a group, you tend to stay with a certain repertoire," Barron says, "and you never go beyond that."
Barron's reimagining older pieces begin at the onset of Book of Intuition with the playfully swinging, rhythmically driven "Magic Dance"--a dance indeed-that originally appeared under the title of "J.J. Dream" in 2010 with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Lenny White as the Super Premium Band for the Japan-based East Wind label. It's also informed by his love for Brazilian music. Another revisit is the fiery "Bud-Like," first recorded by the pianist on his solo project in 1982, Kenny Barron at the Piano on the Xanadu imprint, and also played solo on his 1991 album Live at Maybeck Recital Hall Volume Ten. Here, in his homage to Bud Powell, Barron plays fast, with blurring single-note runs. He also takes a sweetly loving ride through the Latin-tinged "Cook's Bay," inspired by his wife when they were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in Tahiti and appearing on his 2000 Verve disc Spirit Song. Another reflection from the past comes on the upbeat "Lunacy," teeming with torrential rhythms and first being recorded in a quintet setting on 1988's Live at Fat Tuesday for Enja Records. As for the Brazilian-flavored balladic "Dreams," it dates back to the early '70s and was recorded by such artists as James Moody and Stan Getz. "This is song that I've always enjoyed playing, and the trio had never played it,' Barron says. "I had to dig it out of the vault for the session."
Barron's new compositions come courtesy of a soundtrack he wrote for the 2010 film Another Harvest Moon, directed by Greg Swartz. Of the 20 tunes for a variety of scenes he wrote for the film, he offers two here. The first, the quiet and drum-brushed "In the Slow Lane" appeared as the theme in the opening credits, and the reflective "Prayer" hit at the heart of the film's storyline about four elderly people at a nursing home, dealing with life and death by suicide. "It was the first opportunity for me to write for a film," Barron says. "I wrote sketches that Greg interspersed throughout the story. I still have a bunch of those tunes that at some point I hope to expand on and record."
Barron also rendered two Monk tunes that are not commonly covered. He takes "Shuffle Boil" for a stride piano-rooted ride and in the next track plays a stunning solo interpretation of "Light Blue," with Monk's dissonance in the mix. As for the former, Barron says: "For me, this is one of Monk's greatest tunes. I love playing it." And the latter: "It's another great one and the dissonance is tongue-in-cheek. I wanted to play it with a sense of humor."
The final tune on Book of Intuition is a meditation on Charlie Haden's "Nightfall"--somber and beautiful. "I played with Charlie often over the years," Barron says. "This song is so pretty, so quiet. This is Charlie."

Photo Credit: Philippe Levy-Stab

About Kenny Barron:
One of the most renowned, most lyrical pianists in jazz today, Barron was awarded the prestigious title of Jazz Master, in the class of 2010--an honor bestowed by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a multiple-Grammy® Award-nominee, was honored with induction into the American Jazz Hall of Fame (2005), and received the MAC Lifetime Achievement Award (2005) and the Mid Atlantic Arts Living Legacy Award (2009). In 2009, Barron was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an esteemed honorary society and center for independent policy research.
While relishing the accolades, Barron reflects on his career as a world renown-artist as a work in progress. "I don't think of myself necessarily as an innovator," he says. "But what I have contributed to jazz is keeping a commitment to the honesty of the music. I never do anything that's too slick, and I play what I feel. I believe in having fun, which took a long time to discover-to not take myself so seriously."
As a composer, arranger and bandleader, Barron has spent close to six decades at the forefront of the jazz piano aristocracy. As a co-founder of the seminal quartet Sphere--featuring Charlie Rouse, Buster Williams and Ben Riley--he focused on the music of Theolonious Monk and original compositions inspired by the late visionary. An in-demand sideman in his early days on the jazz scene, performing with Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, and his fruitful collaboration with Stan Getz, the Philadelphia native launched his solo career in 1973 with Sunset to Dawn, released by Muse Records. Not one to rest on his laurels, Barron continues to tour widely--and learning more as he goes.
Barron is already thinking of his next projects for Impulse. He notes that the sessions which bore fruit on Book of Intuition were recorded in a two-day span that yielded 20 pieces-more music for hopefully another album. He's also thinking of perhaps putting together a quintet for his next Impulse date. "I feel like I'm still evolving, trying to grow," he says. "As I get older, I find that I'm more willing to leave my comfort zone and take chances as an improviser."

Kenny Barron Trio's Upcoming Performances:

February 19 / Soka Performing Arts Center / Aliso Viejo, CA
February 20 / Biamp PDX Jazz Festival / Portland, OR
April 6 - 7 / Jazz Bistro / St. Louis, MO
April 15 / Athenaeum / La Jolla, CA
April 16 / Jazz Bakery / Los Angeles, CA
April 18 / Lobero Theater / Santa Barbar, CA
* April 20 - 24 / SF Jazz Center / San Francisco, CA
April 25 / Kuumbwa Jazz / Santa Crus, CA
April 26 / Boise State University / Boise, ID
** April 28 / Zeiteron's Stage Door / New Bedford, MA
April 29 - 30 / Regattabar / Cambridge, MA
May 1 / Gilmore International Keyboard Festival / Kalamazoo, MI
May 3 - 8 / Jazz Standard / New York, NY

* Performances include various formats, for more information please visit:

** Solo piano performance

 Kenny Barron Trio · Book of Intuition
Impulse! Records · Release Date: March 4, 2016
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ITALY: Tiziana Ghiglioni - Tiziano Tononi With Jay Clayton ‎– River Tales (Our Dreams Are Still Alive!)(Splasc(H) Records 2015)

1  Beginning: Clouds (Black Hills)
2  Drops In Motion (Chippewa) Beaver Creek
3  The Legend Of The River And The Woman Singing (Mandan - Hidatsa) Missouri River
4  Follow The Streams (Nez-Percés) Clearwater / Salmon
5  Swimmin' Into Your Water (Crow) Yellowstone River
6  Yellow Moon Lullaby (Cheyenne) Washita River
7  Drippin' Off The Drops (Arapaho) Platte River
8  Blue Waters / The Wood Song (Oglala) Powder River
9  Spirit Of The River (Minneconju) Rosebud River
10  Medicine Woman / Healing Waters (Hunkpapa-Teton) Tongue River
11  On The River Shore: Invocation For A Newborn Child (Santee) Rapid Creek
12  Echoes From The Washita: Our Dreams Are Still Alive (Brulè) Bad River
13  River Prayer (Shoshone) Medicine Bow River
14  The Rapids / Medicine Lake / Waterfalls (Blackfeet) Bighorn River
15  Deep River: Full Circle (Wallowa)

Drums, Bells, Whistle [Whistles], Rattle [Rattles], Shekere [Shekeres], Maracas, Wood Block [Woodblocks], Slit Drum [Log Drum], Crotales, Wind Chimes, Gong [Gongs], Frame Drum – Tiziano Tononi
Voice –  Tiziana Ghiglioni

CANADA: Flute News - February 2016 - Bill McBirnie

Hi, Folks:

Here is a short list of items (each of which is set out in more detail just below my signature): 


(2) - ARETHA!


As always, thanks very much…both for reading and listening!…


Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute
Phone:  (416) 652-1541
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.  In practice, there is."  (Yogi Berra)


I suppose this is an unlikely topic for a flute player but it’s the subject of an article I wrote which is now appearing in the Woodwinds column of the current issue (i.e., January/February 2016) of Canadian Musician magazine.

For those who are not subscribers to CM but who are interested nonetheless, just drop me a line (at and I can send along of the original draft.

You can also access the edited article here (on page 29):

(2) - ARETHA!

If ever there was an apt demonstration of the continuing majesty and magnitude of Aretha Franklin, then this is it!  Indeed, both Carole King and Barack Obama were profoundly moved…as was everyone else in the audience…by what was an genuinely powerful performance! (This clip is from the "Kennedy Centre Honours" concert that took place in December 2015 during which Aretha totally eclipsed everyone and it is about four-and-a-half minutes in length.)

I might add that Mark Helman was good enough to alert me to an Aretha Franklin recording that I didn’t know about (Rare & Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul, released on Atlantic Records in 2007)…It is a genuine revelation!…Here is an iTunes link to the album:


[NOTE:  The following gig listing is in DESCENDING order.  You can always find a current/updated listing at the following link:  Finally, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need or want any flute, alto flute or piccolo work…or flute/improvisation lessons or coaching!…]

Thurs., Fri. & Sat., May 5, 6 & 7, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Jazz Bistro
251 Victoria St.
Toronto, Ontario

Sun., Apr. 17, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation
15 Clairtrell Rd.
Toronto, Ontario
Jazz Vespers with the GEORGE MARTON Trio

Sat., Mar. 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Pearson Convention Centre - FPCBP Annual Gala
2683 Steeles Ave. E.
Brampton, Ontario

Fri., Mar. 11, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Hirut Retaurant
2050 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
With the DON NADURIAK Band

Wed., Mar. 2, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Mezzetta Cafe Restaurant
681 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Christie)
Toronto, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY - Brazilian Jazz!

Fri., Feb. 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Thurs., Feb. 11, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Hirut Retaurant
2050 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario

Sun., Feb. 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
147 Dunlop St. E.
Barrie, Ontario
With the JOE HURON Trio

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

USA: The ASCAP Foundation Announces 2016 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients

The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 13 to 30, and are selected through a juried national competition.
Commenting on the awards, ASCAP Foundation President, Paul Williams said, “We congratulate the recipients of our Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The incredible level of creativity and sophistication of the submitted works is a great sign for jazz. We commend our dedicated panel of ASCAP composers who selected the winners. We are honored to partner with the Herb Alpert Foundation in this significant ongoing endeavor.”
The 2016 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipients are listed with their age, current residence and place of origin: David Bernot, age 21 of Glendale, CO (Mesa, AZ); Paul Bloom, age 22 of New York, NY (Needham, MA); Mario Castro, age 27 of Brooklyn, NY (Humacao, Puerto Rico); Michael Conrad, age 27 of Greeley, CO (Arlington Heights, IL); Roxy Coss, age 29 of New York, NY (Seattle, WA); Natalie Dietz, age 29 of Boston, MA (Sydney, Australia); Lukas Gabric, age 28 of Brooklyn, NY (Villach, Austria); Joshua Green, age 28 of New York, NY (Philadelphia, PA); Dave Hassell, age 27 of Brooklyn, NY (Norwell, MA); Taylor Herron, age 24 of New York, NY (Fort Worth, TX); Gene Knific, age 23 of Chicago, IL (Kalamazoo, MI); Jodie Landau, age 23 of Sherman Oaks, CA (Los Angeles, CA) ; Remy Le Boeuf, age 29 of Brooklyn, NY (Santa Cruz, CA); Roos Plaatsman, age 28 of Long Island City, NY (Groningen, The Netherlands); Jonathan Saraga, age 28 of New York, NY; Jeremy Siskind, age 29 of Kalamazoo, MI (Santa Ana, CA); and Christopher Zuar, age 28 of New York, NY.
The youngest winners of The 2016 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards are listed with their age and state of residence: Emily Bear, age 14 of Illinois; and Esteban Castro, age 13 of Pennsylvania.
Composers receiving Honorable Mention this year are: Andrew Herring, age 19 of Winchester, VA (Harrisburg, PA); Andrew Karaboski, age 21 of New York, NY (Seattle, WA); Josh Shpak, age 22 of Boston, MA (Walnut Creek, CA); Alexander Weitz, age 24 of Tucson, AZ (Abington, PA) and Matthew Whitaker, age 14 of New Jersey.
The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2016 competition were:
Mark Feldman, Gregor Hubner, Oscar Perez, and Rufus Reid.
Additional funding for this program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.
About The Herb Alpert Foundation
The Herb Alpert Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation established in the early 1980's, makes significant annual contributions to a range of programs in the fields of Arts, Arts Education and Compassion and Well Being. Its funding is directed toward projects in which Herb and Lani Alpert and Foundation President Rona Sebastian play an active role. [The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.]
About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.