Thursday, December 31, 2020

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2020 - Streaming


JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2020
Jazz & World Music Albums released in 2020
STREAMING

Heistheartist(USA), Krzysia Górniak(Poland), Örjan Hultén Orion(Sweden), Steve Fidyk(USA), Francesco Marziani(Italy), Nikolas Skordas & Stephanos Chytiris(Greece), Little Gorgeous(USA), Calabó(USA), Ramiro Pinheiro & Rafael Barata(Brazil) Mariea Antoinette(USA), Hailey Tuck(USA), Big Funk Brass(France), Vibes Alive(USA), Marie Mifsud(France), Guglielmo Santimone(Italy), The HeadShakers(France) Cody Carpenter(USA), Toku(Japan), Hot Club of Los Angeles(USA), Ozma(France), Nastazio Gkoumas(Cyprus), Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio(Canada), Robin McKelle(USA), Giuseppe Paradiso(USA/Italy),Tony Adamo(USA)


Friday, July 10, 2020

BELGIUM:David Linx-Skin in The Game(Cristal Records 2020)



David Linx
Nouvel album Skin in The Game
Sortie le 18/09/2020 chez Cristal Records
En concert le 12/10 au New Morning
David Linx qui a débuté la scène à 14 ans met « sa peau en jeu » pour ses 40 ans de carrière ! Le chanteur est de retour le 18 septembre avec son nouvel album Skin In The Game qui sort chez Cristal Records.
On peut affirmer que David Linx est l’inventeur du « chanteur de jazz européen », et c’est, bien au-delà de l’espace européen, l’un des plus formidables chanteurs de jazz que l’on puisse entendre.
Après plus d’une trentaine d’albums en leader ou en duo avec le pianiste Diederik Wissels, le chanteur David Linx, pour ce nouvel opus de compositions originales chantées en anglais, a réuni un combo de leaders avec Gregory Privat au piano, Chris Jennings à la contrebasse, Arnaud Dolmen à la batterie et en invité de luxe Manu Codjia à la guitare.
Entre ballades et titres plus rythmés, deux morceaux agrémentés de poèmes dits par Marlon Moore rajoutent une couleur de plus à l’album et rappellent le premier sublime album réalisé par David Linx avec l’écrivain James Baldwin en 1987. En premier extrait de Skin In The Game, voici Azadi à découvrir en clip.
 
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Bruxellois de culture mais parisien d'adoption, formé au contact de grands musiciens américains, David Linx est, sinon le plus grand (dixit Jazz Magazine), en tout cas l'un des plus formidables chanteurs de jazz que l'on puisse entendre, doublé d'un homme de scène au grand coeur !
Ses premiers succès discographiques sur le fameux Label bleu à la fin des années 90, en tandem avec le pianiste Diederik Wissels, ont définitivement renouvelé le jazz vocal et inspiré toute une génération de musiciens.
Il est de retour le 18 novembre avec l'album Skin In The Game, né d'une rencontre sensationnelle, un véritable coup de foudre sur la scène de l'Auditorium de Radio France (le 14 février 2018, jour de St Valentin, ça ne s'invente pas!) avec la formation composée Grégory Privat au piano, Chris Jennings à la basse et Arnaud Dolmen à la batterie.
David Linx est immédiatement séduit par l'entente musicale qui s'instaure entre lui et ces musiciens qu'ils n'hésite pas à décrire comme les plus accomplis qu'il ait rencontrés ces dernières années.
De là naît « Skin in the Game » où, fidèle à ses convictions et à sa démarche, David Linx décide de mettre en lumière mais surtout en paroles et en musiques la beauté et l'amour qu'il s'efforce de percevoir en ce monde. C'est le rôle qu'il s'assigne en véritable artiste : montrer comment nous sommes tous, comme à fleur de peau, partie prenante de notre époque.
 
Concerts :
12 Oct. 2020 / New Morning, Paris (75)
17 Oct. 2020 / La Rochelle Jazz Festival, La Rochelle (17)
18 Nov. 2020 / Théâtre Le Jardin de Verre, Cholet (49)
11 Déc. 2020 / Le Silex, Auxerre (89)




Thursday, July 9, 2020

USA: Ryan Cohan-ORIGINATIONS(Origin Records 2020)



Featuring a dynamic symbiosis of Middle Eastern and North African musical themes, Western classical music elements, modern jazz and impressionistic harmonic colors and improvisation, Originations blurs its diverse stylistic ingredients to create a vibrant sonic tapestry woven in Cohan’s distinctive voice. www.originations.ryancohan.com www.ryancohan.com www.originarts.com Ryan Cohan - piano, composer, producer John Wojciechowski - flute, alto flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone Geof Bradfield - bass clarinet, soprano saxophone Tito Carrillo - trumpet, flugelhorn James Cammack - acoustic bass Michael Raynor - drums Omar Musfi - riqq, frame drum, dumbek KAIA String Quartet: Victoria Moreira - violin Naomi Culp - violin Amanda Grimm - viola Hope DeCelle - cello

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

USA: Maude Caillat, Damani Butler, Billie Davis(USA)-Whadeva(2020)

"Whadeva"

It had not reached New Orleans yet, or so they thought.

They had been prepping these recordings since late December, early January. Damani Butler contacted Billie Davies and Maude Caillat asking them whether they would be interested in doing a project with him. He also mentioned he had contacted female artists for this project. Both Billie Davies, an american drummer from California, and Maude Caillat, a sax player from Switzerland, were currently working and residing in New Orleans. Damani had rented a house in the Lower Ninth Ward, which became Dangerous Art Studios, and was busy transforming it into the whole house and whatever sounds in it, showed in it and whomever entered it, being part of a work of art he was creating.

The project would be experimental, completely improvisational audio art. Intuitive, instinctive in nature Damani would be doing his electronic loops, beats and waves while Caillat and Davies played whatever they played. Billie decided to use her electronic drumset and Maude would bring her sax and flute to the project. Mike Davies would be recording the project, and be responsible for mixing and mastering the music that was recorded live on 02/13/2020 for a later unedited release of what was played that evening.

This was definitely so very much a Billie Davies project, always wanting to create, no preconceived ideas for the music, no notes written, no words written, no concept conceived but what you’re surrounded by, play what you feel at this moment, express your feelings as the now keeps moving forward in the now, whatever happens, a direct connection from the brain to the sound, whatever comes up, whatever makes you move in whatever direction. (CONTINUED)

Damani Butler – electronics/loops/waves/beats
Maude Caillat – woodwinds
Billie Davies – electronic drums
Mike Davies – recording, mixing


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

USA: Wade C. Long(USA)-Nostalgia(2020)


Just off the heels of the lead single Bulljivin, which has been receiving international airplay, vocalist-keyboardist Wade C. Long is now releasing his long awaited debut LP, Nostalgia. The debut LP is a long time coming for the Cleveland, Ohio native. Nostalgia’s 11 tracks range from Smooth Jazz to Soul, to Funk, Disco, and even a little bit of Rock mixed in. Long’s heart-warming vocals have been compared to the legendary Luther Vandross and his joyful keyboarding style has drawn comparisons to the great, late George Duke. Nostalgia is available today on platforms everywhere, now!

 Long is also available for interviews, by contacting Sealong Music Group at sealongentertainment@gmail.com or by connecting with him online @wadeclong.


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Monday, July 6, 2020

SWITZERLAND: WHO Trio-STRELL-THE MUSIC OF BILLY STRAYHORN & DUKE ELLINGTON(Clean Feed 2020)



The collective Who Trio commemorated 20 years of existence in 2018, by starting the project “Strell”, which only now has been committed to record. This was the time considered necessary for their members to achieve the maturity of a collective language necessary to embrace the ambitious enterprise of interpreting the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington in a (re)creative way. The goal was to infuse this rich musical heritage with today’s musical language, exploring the compositions of both historical figures like a mighty wave that allows the trio to surf to new horizons. In this new reading, we find the centrality of the blues, so essential to these two composers, combined with the open spirit of improvisation in the best way we could hope for. Contemporary jazz with deep roots in the Strayhorn/Ellington legacy, played by one of the most inspiring musical chemistries of our time, the remarkable collective interplay of Wintsch, Hemingway & Oester, the WHO trio.


WHO Trio
Michel Wintsch  piano | Gerry Hemingway  drums, voice | Bänz Oester  bass


Sunday, July 5, 2020

USA: “See the Music, Hear the Dance”: Duende Libre’s new album brings song, rhythm, and movement traditions from the Americas and West Africa into joyful conversation

“See the Music, Hear the Dance”: Duende Libre’s new album brings song, rhythm, and movement traditions from the Americas and West Africa into joyful conversation


There’s a moment of ecstasy that happens on the dance floor, when the music and the beat and the movement of bodies become one. That moment caused Alex Chadsey, trained in classical and jazz piano, to fall in love with salsa music years ago. Chadsey finally found words for that feeling when he began studying and playing West African rhythms. As Ghanaian dancer A.M. Opoku explained, when dance and music are closely connected one “can see the music and hear the dance.”

Boundary-crossing jazz ensemble Duende Libre’s third album, The Dance She Spoke (set for release 
July 17th, 2020., invites listeners to feel those connections deeply: between music and movement, and between the musical traditions of the Americas and West Africa. “This album is an expression of the many forms of connection that inspire Duende Libre, from intergenerational to cross-cultural,” bandleader Chadsey explains. “At a time when so much is going wrong, we wanted to celebrate the things that are actually working in the world. For us that includes the human connections and conversations we have with each other.”

The Dance She Spoke is the kind of cross-cultural conversation that could only happen in a wildly eclectic and inclusive musical scene like Seattle’s. Duende Libre has thrived in that diverse community, earning a reputation for bringing Latin, Afro-Caribbean, jazz, and many other traditions into life-affirming dialogue. On this new album, Duende Libre founding members Chadsey, drummer Jeff “Bongo” Busch, and bassist Farko Dosumov welcome Frank Anderson (vocals and percussion) and Chava Mirel (vocals) to the conversation. The band members share a long history thanks to the intertwining branches of Seattle’s vibrant musical community. Anderson and Mirel first joined the band onstage at the release show for Duende Libre's last album Drift. Everyone felt the energy crackle and the group never looked back. But the connections go back even further. One of Chadsey's first introductions to music from West Africa was in the form of a cassette tape he wore out as a child by Village Drum & Masquerade, a Seattle drum ensemble which Frank Anderson joined in the 80s. No one could have predicted that the two would wind up recording an album together decades later.

The passions these musicians share give tracks like “Fefo (Hamana)” a rich texture and an intoxicating energy. It’s one of six tracks based on rhythms that Anderson learned in the borderlands of Guinea and Mali, where he studied djembe with Famoudou Konate and dance with Nakani Kouyate, among many other influential teachers. It was Kouyate who insisted that Anderson make singing part of his practice. “In Maninka-speaking areas, every dance opens with a ‘call to dance,’ what we in the West would call a song,” Anderson explains. “Those songs, dances, and rhythms are all connected, you can’t have one without the other.”

Over a sizzling groove laid down by the band, Anderson and Mirel trade calls and responses with palpable joy in the exchange. The easy rapport between Anderson’s agile tenor and Mirel’s mellow alto is a testament not only to their talents but also to the years Mirel spent in Anderson’s West African dance classes moving to these same rhythms. Now that the group is unable to play together or shoot music videos under quarantine, they’re working with an editor in Los Angeles to use digital media to capture some of the joy and sense of communion they experience while performing live together.

The conversation takes an unexpected twist on “Echoes (Wassoulou),” an instrumental track written by Chadsey and set to a traditional rhythm from the Wassoulou region in eastern Guinea and western Mali. Chadsey first conceived the tune while experimenting with new approaches to the traditional twelve-bar blues progression. Chadsey recalls, "Around the same time I was working on 'Echoes’ we were jamming on a rhythm called soboninkun that Frank had taught us. When we tried combining the two, we discovered that the spaciousness of the harmony allowed the rhythm to speak in surprising new ways." Guest artist Thione Diop adds an urgent rhythmic counterpoint on the tama (Senegalese talking drum). The resulting interplay evokes a beautiful conversation between friends where each voice contributes to a dynamic whole.

The joy of playing and moving together is an electric current rippling through The Dance She Spoke. That shared energy is the unifying force which connects tracks rooted in West African rhythm and song, such as the powerhouse foot-stomper “N’gri (Wassoulou),” and others that bring American sounds to the fore, like the spitfire political commentary of “You Gotta Go” (featuring the deeply funky sounds of guest guitarist Jabrille “Jimmy James” Williams of the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio). 

“When I play with Frank and Thione, I can feel how the West African musical traditions which they have mastered continue to shape and influence the music I have played and studied over the years,” Chadsey muses. The Dance She Spoke is a celebration of connections between people playing and dancing together, connections that ripple out in concentric circles to the group’s eclectic musical community, to their diverse city shaped by generations of immigrants, to a transatlantic history marked by tragedy and beauty. Duende Libre invites listeners, wherever they may be, to move together and rejoice in the ecstasy of "seeing the music and hearing the dance."