Tuesday, January 1, 2019

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2018


Vly Jones(USA), Igor Willcox Quartet(Brazil), Javier Subatin(Portugal), 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)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

RUSSIA: Sasha Mashin-Outsidethebox (2018)

One Russian equivalent of “outside the box” (вне коробки [vne korobki]), as 41-year-old Moscow-based drummer Alexander “Sasha” Mashin titles his debut leader recording, is the phrase мыслить нетрадиционно (myslit' netraditsionno-“think unconventionally”). Both the literal and metaphorical usages apply to Mashin’s intentions on this kinetic date, on which he and his pianist and bassist of choice propel the flow for separate sets of original music by two of Russia’s most distinguished jazz exports — New York-based trumpeter Alexander Sipiagin and London-based alto saxophonist Evegeny “Zhenya” Strigalev. Call it global jazz with a Russian attitude.

Mashin’s path began in St. Petersburg, where he trained early on as a classical percussionist. He taught himself to play the drumset, studying and internalizing the languages of Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Tony Williams and Elvin Jones in the samizdat manner, from multiple-generation cassettes of their recordings. He was already much-employed on several St. Petersburg scenes by 1995, when Igor Butman — himself a St. Petersburg native — returned to Russia from an eight-year stay in Boston and New York, and hired him for his quartet. In 1997, when Butman opened his first club in Moscow, Mashin followed, and remained, becoming an integral figure in upper echelon... more
released April 20, 2018

Sasha Mashin - drums
Alex Sipiagin - trumpet (1-4)
Zhenya Strigalev - alto sax (5-9)
Makar Novikov - double bass (1-5), bass guitar (7-9)
Alexey Ivannikov - piano (1,2,9), wurlitzer (5-8)

Rosario Giuliani - alto sax (1,3,4)
Hiske Oosterwijk - vocals and lyrics (1,2,4)
Andrey Krasilnikov - soprano sax, alto sax (2,3,4)
Odei Al-Magut - trombone (3,4)
Vladimir Nesterenko - flute (2)
Evgeny Pobozhiy - guitar (3,8)
Anton Davidyants - bass guitar (6)
Alexey Bekker - rhodes (4)
Daria Chernakova - double bass (9)
Kirill Danchenko - percussion (9)
Fidel Alejandro - congas (9)

USA: Queens Jazz Orchestra 10th Year Anniversary!

Queens Jazz Orchestra 10th Year Anniversary!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

USA: Ed Laub Trio Presents The Kenny Rankin Project Wed., June 27th Shanghai Jazz 7-9 PM

The Ed Laub Trio
Presents The Kenny Rankin Project
Wednesday, June 27th 7-9 pm
Shanghai Jazz
A tribute to the late Kenny Rankin

With featured artists:

Ed Laub - Guitar & Vocals

Martin Pizzarelli – Bass

Bill O’Connell – Piano

For more details go to: ed laub

For Reservations:
Call: 973.822.2899
Online: http://www.shanghaijazz.com/index.html
24 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940

To download the track "This Happy Madness (Estrada Branca)" for free, go to https://edlaub.com/dl and enter the code 892f-dy19

USA: Urban-jazz guitarist dee Brown remembers his late fiancée with songs of love and joy

Urban-jazz guitarist dee Brown remembers his
late fiancée with songs of love and joy

His fourth album is a celebration of life chronicling their time together with fun and spirited songs such as the new chart-bound single, “Pop the Question.”

SOUTHFIELD (22 June 2018): Two years ago, soul-jazz guitarist dee Brown was preparing for a summer wedding to his fiancée, gospel singer Shaunia Edwards. When her young life was tragically cut short by an unexpected illness, he was devastated, leaning on his strong faith to endure. Shifting his mindset from a mourning period during which he sought meaning by asking “Why?” to a perspective of positivity, Brown turned to writing, honoring the sweet, lasting memories of Edwards and their romance by composing lively, intimate and playful stories of love, laughter and hope. He shares his fond remembrances via the ten new songs that constitute his fourth album, “Remembering You,” his second release for Innervision Records.

Determined to make “Remembering You” a joy-filled affair, Brown imparts his charming recollections by setting his lyrically expressive, loose and improvisational cool jazz fretwork amidst ebullient pop nuances, pulsating dance beats and sensual R&B grooves. He picks, plays and scats soulfully throughout, inspired to celebrate his season with Edwards by deriving meaning from her lingering place in his heart, not in the loss of her physical presence.   

“Shaunia was the reality of my dreams, a woman heaven sent to make me whole. ‘Remembering You’ celebrates her life and our life together. It’s purposely an upbeat celebration, not a mourning. The meaning that I derived from this experience and a message I think everyone can relate to is that we should exalt those in our lives as well as remember those who are no longer in our lives for whatever reason. Tomorrow is coming, but not necessarily for you. Share our love with those with us in the here and now because tomorrow is not guaranteed,” said Brown, who coproduced nine of the album’s tracks.

A loving, encouraging greeting from Edwards opens “Hey Baby,” the sweeping, feel-good first single illuminated by fervent guitar and alto sax banter on the cut that presaged the set’s arrival. Brown’s frequent writing and producing partner, pianist-keyboardist-programmer Valdez Brantley (Usher’s former music director), uses the vocoder to tantalize and tease on “Pop the Question,” the current chart-bound single that appears on the record in both album and d-Funk remix versions. Other noteworthy contributions are made by keyboardist Bob Baldwin, who also produced and cowrote the sleek and sophisticated “I Will”; Althea Rene, who adds fanciful flute flourishes to the vibrant escapade “Our Summer”; and keyboardist Nate Harasim, cowriter and producer of the sultry reflection “Beauty Within.”        

A Detroit born and based guitar man who got his start in music as a vocalist, Brown launched his solo career in 2007 with “No Time To Waste.” Teaming with Valdez and Kern Brantley (Lady Gaga’s former music director and bassist who plays on “Remembering You’s” opener, “I Want You Too”) two years later for his sophomore outing, “A Little Elbowroom,” proved formative to his sound and style. Brown dropped his first recording for Innervision Records in 2014, “Brown Sugar Honey-Coated Love,” spawning the Top 15 Groove Jazz Music chart single, “Natural Love.”       
Brown performs regularly on the Motor City music scene backed by Valdez Brantley, saxophonist Dezie McCullers Jr. and drummer Ron Otis, his core band that appears on the new album. Brown is looking forward to performing cuts from “Remembering You” in a big setting at the River Raisin Jazz Festival on August 11held in nearby Monroe, Michigan. One week later, his summer wedding will finally take place when he takes marriage vows with “a beautiful child of God.”     

Brown’s “Remembering You” album contains the following songs:

“I Want You Too”
“Hey Baby”
“Pop the Question”
“Our Summer”
“I Will”
“Follow You”
“So Much”
“Pop the Question” (d-Funk remix)
“Beauty Within”
“Remembering You”

For more information, please visit http://deebrownmusic.com.

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USA; Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra -Flyin' Through Florida (2018)

Flyin' Through Florida

The oldies include Artistry Jumps, with the original arrangement; two arrangements that Dave Barduhn did back in the 1970s, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, and Through the Eyes of Love; and finally what they now call El Manisero, La Ultima Vez. Wait until you hear what the rhythm section does with this piece - completely different than any recordings before. The new music is very exciting. As usual the writers have come up with a bunch of winners! Joel Kaye has given us a new arrangement of the Johnny Richards original that was recorded by Frank Sinatra Young at Heart, an original called Psyche, and an Al Cohn tune for the Saxophone section, Shazam. Scott Whitfield has arranged the Puccini aria O Mio Babbino Caro as a solo for Mike Vax, and Jennifer Leitham's original The Trashman Commeth, as well as a great double bill so to speak, of How High the Moon and Ornithology, for he and Ginger to sing. There is a wonderful arrangement of After You've Gone by Dennis Noday's good friend Lee Harris. Finally. And last but certainly not least is Charlie Ferguson's stirring arrangement of Someday, a pop tune done for sure in the Kenton Style. SAXOPHONES: Kim Richmond, Phil Hilger, Rick Condit, Joel Kaye, Tami Davidsson, Bill Prince TROMBONES: Scott Whitfield, Dale Devoe, Dave Keim, Kenny Shroyer, Rich Bullock TRUMPETS: Mike Vax, Dennis Noday, John Harner, Jim Oatts, Greg McLean PIANO: Charlie Ferguson BASS: Jennifer Leithan DRUMS: C.E. Askew VOCALS: Scott Whitfield,Ginger Berglund MIKE VAX, a Kenton Alum, has devoted much of his professional life keeping the legacy of big band music, most notably that of Stan Kenton, alive and vibrant. In addition to Kenton's musical legacy, Vax has carried on the Kenton dedication to education, an area where Kenton was one of the early leaders. One result of Vax's efforts is the existence of THE STAN KENTON LEGACY ORCHESTRA, a big band that Vax has fronted through a few name changes for 25 years

Friday, June 22, 2018

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2018 Update: Vly Jones - "Deep Breaths"(Album: Vly Jones)

Vly Jones-Deep Breaths
Album: Vly Jones
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This 5 song project is an exploration of rhythm, improvisation, and natural musical error. Vly Jones left expectation out of the process in search of full musical freedom. Vly Jones isn’t for everyone, but it might be for you. Ask your doctor about Vly Jones.

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2018