JWQ Showcase 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NORWAY: Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal (CD/2LP)

The ordinary 2LP edition includes a CD with all the tracks.

The very limited 3LP edition includes the 2LP edition as well as Vol. 2 (RLP2195), but with both on white vinyl. Also included is the original CD edition in its digipack sleeve, as well as the free CD that comes with RLP2195. You also get a 61 x 61cm poster with design by Kim Hiorthøy, exclusive to this box set. It all comes in a solid cardboard flap lid box, hand numbered in an edition of only 150 copies!
Needless to say, this is probably our most desirable and collectible edition ever.

Please note, we can only accept one 3LP edition for each customer.

Sky Music is a humble and heartfelt celebration of an inspirational artist and truly unique guitarist that hasn´t fully received the due credit and recognition he deserves for over 50 years of excellent music making. Initiated by the experimental US guitarist and lifelong Rypdal fan Henry Kaiser, we put together a Rune Grammofon allstar band including keyboardist and long time Rypdal side-kick Ståle Storløkken (Elephant9, Supersilent), bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Scorch Trio, The Thing), drummer Gard Nilssen (Bushman´s Revenge), guitarists Even Helte Hermansen (Bushman´s Revenge) and Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen, Finnish guitarist Raoul Björkenheim (Scorch Trio) and Swedish guitarist Reine Fiske (Dungen). Kaiser also played and produced while Hans Magnus Ryan (Motorpsycho) added bits and pieces and Jim O´Rourke beamed in his exquisite contributions to "Sunrise" from Tokyo. Bill Frisell, Nels Cline and David Torn delivered solo interpretations, Cline with the aid of cellist Erik Friedlander. Sky Music is their birthday present to Terje Rypdal at 70.

Guitarist and composer Terje Rypdal (1947) is probably as close as one gets to a living legend in Norwegian music. First making a name for himself as a teenager with pop-rock group The Vanguards, this was followed by the inevitable passage through psychedelia with The Dream, releasing their only album, Get Dreamy, in 1967. The following year Rypdal released the extraordinary Bleak House, the first album in his own name. Then followed the self-titled album from Min Bul - his trio with Bjørnar Andresen and Espen Rud - before a lifelong and fruitful relation with ECM would see the release of a large number of great albums, taking in jazz, rock oriented albums, symphonies, large ensemble works and various collaborations. The last few years he has also played live with Elephant9 on several occasions.

Liner notes by Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke.

1. Ørnen (5:53)
2. Over Birkerot/Silver Bird Heads For The Sun (14:51)
3. Chaser (6:17)
4. What Comes After (6:31)
5. Warning: Electric Guitars (5:18)
6. Though Enough/Rolling Stone/Tough Enough (19:15)
7. Avskjed (6:58)
8. Dream Song/Into The Wilderness/Out Of This World (6:05)
9. Sunrise (8:47)

rune grammofon

USA; The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Swings Into Gear Thursday, August 17th to Sunday, August 20th

The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival
Swings Into Gear
Thursday, August 17th to Sunday, August 20th

Broad reaching in it's geography and style. From traditional to gypsy jazz, modern, be-bop, acoustic and funky electric.

Featured show with  guitarist
 Jeff Ciampa of Warwick and  keyboardistPete Levin of Woodstock together with ex-Miles Davis and Return to Forever drummer Lenny White, saxophonist Alex Foster from Saturday Night live and Ira Coleman, formerly with Tony Williams on Saturday Aug 19, 8 PM at The Warwick Community Center.

But the continued thrust of this series is to highlight the great many Hudson Valley local artists who's talent in many cases is on par with these marque name jazz musicians. Warwick, Newburgh, Nyack, Greenwood Lake, Blooming Grove, Chester, Goshen, Peekskill and SugarLoaf all participate.
Shows take place in an outdoor courtyard, B&B, cafes, clubs, restaurants, community centers, organic farms, art workshop spaces and housing development performance rooms.

Most shows are free, those with a fee are modestly priced.

Full schedule posted here:
 2017 Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Program


The 2017, 8th Annual Hudson Valley Jazz Fest Schedule is…

Thursday Aug. 17    7 PM
The Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble, with John Arbo, Bob Rosen, Lydia Pidlusky, Mark Minchello, Gabe Valle, Steve Rubin  7- 10 PM The Village Courtyard Music Series Presented by Donahue & Associates, PC and  Hosted by Grappa Ristorante & The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival
22 Railroad Ave. Warwick

Pennings Farm & Market, Rt. 94 & Warwick Tpk. Warwick. 8 PM
The Stonehouse Jazz Project   with Michael Hickey, Rave Tesar and Mickey Kopchak
Friday Aug. 18
It Had To Be You , Gypsy Jazz Band    5 PM
Presented by MILKWEED, 2&3 Romer’s Ally, Sugar Loaf-  suggested donation.
Robert Kopec and “Hang ’em High”  8 PM 
with Eric Person, Jon Leonard, Neil Alexander & Dean Sharp .
The Green Onion, Chester        $5
Ray Blue Quartet8-10:30 p.m. $15
The BeanRunner Café
201 S. Division St.   Peekskill
Rob Scheps Core-tet  7 PM
Maureen’s Jazz Cellar
 2 N Broadway, Nyack
Saturday Aug. 19
The Bill Pernice Group  with Cameron Brown and Tony Jefferson 11 am to 2 PM
Blooming Hill Farm  1251 NY 208 Blooming Grove 


with Rick Savage, Eliot Zigmund, Joe Tranchina, JP Heston.   2  PM

The Tuscan Cafe, South St. Warwick   . 

Partly sponsored by Uncorked Wines,  and Harvest Moon Nat Food, both of W. Milford NJ

The Stage Coach Inn, 268 Main St. Goshen, NY Presents  The Billy Stein Trio – 5 PM

Billy Stein –  guitar,Joe Giardullo – saxophones,Pete Swanson – bass

Laura and Jeff Wurster Jazz Duo   6:30-8:30 p.m.
Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery   104 Ann Street Newburgh


The Brian Kasten Trio   7 PM

Presented by The Warwick Wine Garden & Piano Bar, 22 McEwen St. Warwick

 The Gabriele Tranchina Group – 7- 9:30 PM

with Willie Martinez, drums, Carlo DeRosa, bass, Eric Person, saxophone, Joe Vincent Tranchina, keyboards, Gabriele Tranchina, voice
Presented by The Village of Greenwood Lake
At the Lake,  Thomas Morahan Park  5-15 Windermere Ave. Greenwood Lake

The Jeff Ciampa- Pete Levin  Group with Lenny White, Alex Foster and Ira Coleman  8:15

The Warwick Valley Community Center
11 Hamilton Ave. Warwick ( life fare food available by Healthy Thymes Market)
Made possible by The Warwick Valley Community CenterHealthy Thymes Market, Vernon, NJ, The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, Seely Durland Ins.,  Vastu Heliosoul.org

Richie Goods &Nuclear Fusion, 2 shows, 7-8:30 and 9:30-11:00 pm, $20

The BeanRunner Cafe, Peekskill
Sunday Aug. 20

The Dave Smith Group

with Dave Smith, keyboards, Mike Antonelli, saxophone, Mark Hagan, bass, Steve Rubin, drums.
The Iron Forge Inn  noon- 3     38 Iron Forge Road, Warwick    845-986-3411 for reservations

#shineonTrio  noon- 3

Barry Scheinfeld, guitar, Michael Purcell, keyboards, Mike Cervone, drums, Larry Ravdin, saxophone
Dancing Cat Saloon, 2037 Route 17 B, Bethel 

Warwick Grove presents Russ Kassoff’s tribute to Sinatra  4 PM

Featuring Alexis Cole vocals,  Russ Kassoff, piano, Frank Tate – Bass,,Tony Tedesco – Drums
12 Cropsey St.  Warwick 

The Thunderhead Organ Trio 5-7 PM

with Neil Alexander, Joe Gill and Ian Carroll
BeanRunner Cafe, Peekskill

The Chris Persad Group  8 PM

Matt Vashlishan , Danny Walsh , Joe Tranchina, Robert Kopec, Scott Neuman, Antoinette Montague
159 Main St. Goshen   

USA; Kickstarter Campaign for: Nancy Kelly's Mark Murphy Tribute CD

Nancy Kelly's Mark Murphy Tribute CD

Nancy Kelly's 6th CD
Honoring Legendary Jazz Singer Mark Murphy

As a young jazz singer, I was blessed to be supported by a well-run indie label that helped build my career and established my presence on the national and international jazz scene. Over the ensuing decades, I’ve seen the music industry mutate. Today the challenges of the digital age can put tremendous stress on the recording artist, but it has also brought new opportunities, such as crowdfunding. Although no longer a source of significant income, even for many established popular artists, the need for releasing new recordings is still essential for staying alive in the business. It’s important to document one’s artistry, and it’s a hook for getting booked and staying in the game. It heightens awareness, it generates work, and emotionally speaking, making recordings is what keeps artists alive, this ability to share their art of spontaneous creation and love.

Why Mark Murphy: 
People often ask me who my favorite singer is, and my answer is always, without hesitating, Mark Murphy. I was heavily influenced by his work. He was “the real deal,” and he’s the reason I am a jazz singer. With Mark’s recent passing, I am moved to honor him musically with this recording. Mark and I were friends and we adored each other. I was very moved to learn recently that I was one of his favorite singers. 

The CD: 
I am collaborating with pianist John DiMartino on this project. He too is a huge Mark Murphy fan and we are very excited to see this endeavor take on its own life. You certainly won't need to be a Mark fan to be moved by the music I’ve chosen for this recording. Mark’s music went through many changes as he grew and matured. I'm going to record the songs that most affected me as an artist. These compositions nourished me and gave birth to my jazz soul. 
 With your financial support, I will honor my mentor, the great Mark Murphy, and will continue to aspire to achieve his authentic artistry, helping to keep jazz vital, relevant and alive.  

The recording date has been set for mid-October. We would like to see the CD released in early 2018.  John and I are rehearsing and developing the music. Once we get a feel for the vibe and direction of the music, we will then choose the players from the New York city jazz pool that will compliment the direction and sound.  

A personal note from Nancy

Dear Friends,

In the past few years I have teamed up with an international booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc www.lunchedrecords.com. We met just after my last recording, "B That Way," had run its course. So much is about timing in this business. As it happens, Jean-Pierre was Mark Murphy's last manager, and we both continue to feel a very strong personal connection to him. We feel confident that this project will not only be a worthy addition to my discography, but will also create a demand for concerts worldwide.
Not only will your support honor the great Mark Murphy and his formidable legacy, it will also create awareness for my artistry, to continue my quest to keep creating great music for you, and for all that enjoy this great art form.
To quote one of Mark's most fabulous albums, "Love Is What Stays."
Click here for link to the project  

Nancy Kelly: 

Artist representation and tour support:
Jean-Pierre Leduc 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

USA; Antonio Adolfo "HYBRIDO – From Rio to Wayne Shorter” CD release Concert

Antonio Adolfo
"HYBRIDO – From Rio to Wayne Shorter”
CD release Concert

Monday, August 28th • 8 PM

Piano – Antonio Adolfo
Bass - Jamie Ousley
Drums – Carlomagno Araya
Trumpet – Cisco Dimas
Soprano and tenor saxes – Aldo Salvent
Trombone – Miles Fielder
2325 Galiano Street
Coral Gables, FL 33134
“What if Wayne Shorter had been born in Rio? That’s the question that Antonio Adolfo poses–and answers–in most satisfying fashion on Hybrido–From Rio To Wayne Shorter.” – DownBeat, July 2017
For the esteemed Brazilian composer/arranger/pianist Antonio Adolfo, his life’s work has been to bring to the world the diverse richness of the Brazilian musical traditions – with a particular focus upon its parallel developments with the profound legacy of jazz. But of equal importance is making great music, to which his many highly acclaimed and Latin Grammy-nominated albums clearly testify. For his latest delightful excursion, the incomparable Wayne Shorter provides the essence of his focus with HYBRIDO, subtitled From Rio to Wayne Shorter.
“Mr. Wayne Shorter is one of my musical idols, both as instrumentalist and composer. His compositions have very rich harmonies and melodies, and in my opinion, they can fit very well with the Brazilian style.”

This wonderful album clearly supports that opinion.  In his masterful hands, eight iconic Wayne Shorter compositions – along with one outstanding and fully compatible Adolfo original – are brilliantly re-imagined, while remaining utterly respectful and confluent with the composers intent. Shorter’s richly lyrical and compelling compositions are ripe for interpretation and sophisticated in both harmony and rhythm to allow for adventurous exploration while holding to their essential musicality. They also provide the ideal springboard for Antonio’s multi-cultural approach to creativity, further clarifying the album’s title. “I love this hybridism of cultural and music styles, since new ideas and possibilities come from it.”

As with so many of the finest ensemble-focused artists – musicians, choreographers, filmmakers alike – a consistency of collaborators is so often a key ingredient of artistic achievement. Of his nine musicians here, only two are new to his circle – the excellent electric guitarist Lula Galvao and the fine vocalist Ze Renato (who performs on only one track). The core four, who bring their superb talents to all nine pieces, are Marcelo Martins on tenor/soprano sax and flute, double bassist Jorge Helder, Rafael Barata on drums & percussion, and Galvao. Andre Siqueira adds his percussion wizardry to five tracks, and the acoustic guitar of the masterful Claudio Spiewak graces one. Trumpeter Jessé Sadoc and trombonist Serginho Trombone round out the horn section into a powerful threesome on five tracks, with Adolfo’s marvelous arrangements making it sound even more sumptuous.

The consummate musicianship that one has come to expect from Antonio’s ensembles is in full bloom here as well. Sadoc’s hard-bop fluency clearly evokes the Lee Morgan/Freddie Hubbard accompaniment that Wayne called upon, and Serginho augments his raw roots-of-jazz-trombone sound with the fluidity of Curtis Fuller, while Martins muscular tenor and sinuously lyrical soprano stylings are ideal for this homage.  Galvao’s flawless buoyancy and imaginative solos sparkle, and Helder’s bass is always vitally rhythmic and deeply wooded in providing the heartbeat. Barata’s splendid creativity and ingenious subtlety is always in play as he consistently probes, colors, emphasizes and drives the music at all times. The seamless synchronicity he shares with Siqueira  is spectacular. And Antonio of course, continues to be a revelation of piano artistry while providing the substance that always ties all the music together within his own singular vision through his marvelous arrangements, spirited embellishment and energetically lyrical, inspired solos.

The compositions chosen by Adolfo are predominantly from the 1960s, with two notable and quite fitting exceptions – both coming from Shorter’s 1974 collaboration with the legendary Brazilian composer, musician and singer Milton Nascimento – and both truly beautiful compositions. For Beauty and the Beast Antonio employs what he calls a SamBossa, with a shifted groove during the exposition of the melodic line. Martins plays soprano and flute here, with a splendid solo on flute. Spiewak’s acoustic guitar accompaniment is captivating, as is Antonio’s solo. Ana Maria, Wayne’s exquisite Eastern-tinged paean to his wife is lovingly stated by piano and soprano – gently in front and more intensely going out. The straight Bossa approach is enhanced by Adolfo’s and Lula’s stimulating solos and Martins’ spiraling excursion.

There are two pieces whose initial incarnations came through Wayne’s participation in Miles Davis’ classic ‘60s quintet.  E.S.P. an adventurous item in its original version is taken even further here with a deliciously de-constructed approach by piano and then soprano.  The rubato exposition flows into a daringly staggering groove with a Baião flavor. Brilliant piano interplay with bass and rhythm, as well as a fine soprano and terrific chordal based guitar solo add to the mix. Prince of Darkness sizzles with an original intro in Baião style with colorful percussion, a few interesting new harmonic changes, soaring piano, lithely limber soprano and sparkling guitar solos.

The remaining five pieces feature the full three-horn ensemble. Footprints, while also initially heard through Miles’ quintet can comfortably be called Wayne’s best-known and most-played work. But Antonio’s take on it is thoroughly fresh, with a taste of Brazilian Central West Guarânia rhythms. Retaining the original 3/4 rhythm, the scintillating percussion and the alluring wordless vocalizing of the great Ze Renato provide new dimensions. Soulfully syncopated guitar, lush and vividly rhythmic piano, and a rousing trombone solo that is fully controlled but emotionally raw add to the transformation.

Deluge, which opens the album, is loyal to the straightforward concept of the JuJu album where it first appeared, but renewed in feeling by some syncopated rhythmic shifts on the head that significantly alter the context. Lyrical trumpet, virile tenor and effervescent piano (Rhodes for the only time on the album) are perfect for the fiery atmosphere. The powerful horn ensemble on its bridge helps Black Nile crackle with energy, further emphasized by blazing tenor, piano and guitar solos. Speak No Evil superbly captures the aura of controlled intensity and palpable tension of the original, holding to the adventurously modern harmonies, but spiced with Brazilian flavor through its rhythmic approach. Riveting trombone, rollicking tenor and subtly shaded piano all lead to a short but explosive drum solo that starts the drive home.

The Adolfo original Afosamba closes the album, with a blend of the ritualistic Afoxé style combined with the hugely popular Samba. A full-bodied theme sets the tone for robust trumpet and dynamic percussion interplay that introduces a delectable piano solo. It’s a perfect closure to this radiant album, providing a summary overview that places a clear perspective on the overall theme, demonstrating both Shorter’s influence upon Antonio, as well as the always ongoing continuity of inspiration and development that great artists have not only on each other, but on the entire art of music.

Given Wayne Shorter’s various forays into the world of Brazilian music, the question has arisen… what if Wayne Shorter had been born in Brazil? Antonio Adolfo’s extraordinary HYBRIDO provides a very appropriate answer.

Antonio Adolfo
HYBRIDO-From Rio to Wayne Shorter
(AAM 0711)
Street Date: April 7, 2017

ANTONIO ADOLFO (arrangements and piano) - electric piano on #1,
LULA GALVAO (electric guitar), JORGE HELDER (double bass),
RAFAEL BARATA (drums and percussion),

ANDRE SIQUEIRA (percussion), JESSÉ SADOC (trumpet),
MARCELO MARTINS (tenor and soprano saxes) - flute on #3,
SERGINHO TROMBONE (trombone), ZE RENATO (vocals on #2),

CLAUDIO SPIEWAK (acoustic guitar on #3).

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USA: Hans Glawischnig , Alex Collins, Gerry Gibbs -Weather or Not(2017)

Weather or Not 
It is unique and kind of madcap, the sign of a fertile artist plowing through all the ideas swirling around his brain. “Instead of creating one musical concept, I wanted it to sound like 16 trios, so that’s why the music was so eclectic.” Gerry Gibbs is the artist, and his new, two-disc set - one disc devoted to the blazing Weather Report, the second to his own diverse material - leads listeners through a fun house of styles. Disc One is devoted to Weather Report tribute, but it’s not nearly the lukewarm cover collection by aspiring fusioneers you might expect. (Because, perhaps, they might beat Zawinul and company at their own game) Instead, Gibbs opts to re-imagine the material from the POV of an acoustic piano-led trio, the featured instrument played by luminous new talent Alex Collins, with brilliant Austrian-born Hans Glawischnig on bass. The sparks sure do fly on familiar melodies: “Palladium,” “Teen Town,” “Birdland,” naturally, and “Black Market.” There’s lots to dig into here, and you certainly don’t have to be a Weather Report fan to dig it. Disc Two features Gibbs cranking up the creative juices on a set of originals, traversing from flamenco to pulse-quickening funk, calypso, gospel Latin jazz, R&B and plenty of all-out swing. While Gibbs has tackled myriad projects in the past, from 2006‘s Thrasher Big Band project Live at Luna’s to 2010‘s The Electric Thrasher Orchestra Plays The Music of Miles Davis (’67-’75) and 2013‘s Grammy-nominated Thrasher Dream Trio, his 11th release as a bandleader, is his most audacious and fully-realized project to date, an early crowning achievement from a restless spirit and a triumphant, indefatigable artist.

USA: Pete Malinverni Trio -Heaven(2017)


Heaven is pianist/composer Pete Malinverni's latest trio outing, featuring with Ben Allison, bass and Akira Tana, drums. Also featured on one guest selection each are Karrin Allyson (voice), Jon Faddis (trumpet) and Steve Wilson (alto saxophone). After the loss of his wife, singer Jody Sandhaus, and an (ultimately false) health scare of his own, Malinverni was inspired to make a recording of music originating from - and directed overtly to - the spirit. To that end, he's chosen some American Spirituals, some Ellington compositions, one by Curtis Mayfield, another by Hungarian-Jewish martyr Hannah Senesh and an original Malinverni take on Psalm 23. The music is contemplative but joyful, too. It expresses a wonder at the life we live and a realization that, for those who choose to see it that way, this, indeed is Heaven.

Monday, August 14, 2017

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USA: Steps Ahead-Steppin' Out(2017)

2016 album from the jazz fusion outfit. With Steppin' Out, the group's collaboration with the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Mainieri is able to realize some classic Steps Ahead compositions in new surroundings, courtesy of the WDR's Brooklyn-born conductor and arranger Michael Abene. Abene's musical contributions can be heard on the new intros and interludes along with the subtle reharmonizations, rich voicings and savvy bits of counterpoint he creates on classic Steps Ahead pieces like Don Grolnick's 'Pools' (from 1983's Steps Ahead), Mainieri's urgently swinging 'Steppish' (from 1992's Yin-Yang) and 'Blue Montreux' (title track of a live 1979 album by the Arista All-Stars featuring Mainieri recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival). But Abene's crowning achievement as arranger on Steppin' Out just might be his gorgeous writing for Mainieri's poignant and lyrical 'Self Portrait' (from 1983's Modern Times). The band of all-stars featured with Mainieri on this stellar encounter with the WDR Big Band includes tenor saxophonist and former Miles Davis sideman Bill Evans, drummer Steve Smith, guitarist Chuck Loeb and bassist Tom Kennedy.

Stanton Moore-With You In Mind(USA)

With You In Mind: The Songs Of Allen Toussaint, a new release from Galactic-drummer Stanton Moore with David Torkanowsky (keyboards) and James Singleton (bass) features an all-star cast: Cyril Neville, Jolynda Kiki Chapman, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Trombone Shorty, Maceo Parker, and Wendell Pierce. The musicians on With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint are present-generation masters of the unique musical style of the world-historic city of New Orleans. These singers and players felt the mission of the album, and delivered inspired, focused performances. Producers Torkanowsky and Moore sculpted it all into a great album that grows with every subsequent listen.

Louis Hayes-Serenade for Horace(2017 Blue Note)

Serenade for Horace
Legendary drummer Louis Hayes will make his Blue Note debut with the May 26 release of Serenade for Horace, a loving tribute to his mentor and friend, the great pianist, composer and bandleader Horace Silver. Hayes was 19 years old when he moved to New York City in 1956 and joined Silver’s Quintet, putting his stamp on timeless Blue Note recordings like “Señor Blues,” “Sister Sadie,” and “Blowin’ the Blues Away.”

“I wanted to do this recording for Horace Silver because I wanted jazz fans to hear his music and I wanted to honor his memory,” writes Hayes in the album’s liner notes. “Horace and I always stayed in touch ever since I first worked with him. When he got to the point where he wasn’t feeling too well, I went to see him and one day he said to me ‘Louis, you’re a part of my history.’ I thought about what that meant and I began thinking about how to take Horace’s music and his legacy into the future.”
Blue Note

Sunday, August 13, 2017

FRANCE: Philippe Lemoine-Travelling(2017)

Saxophoniste et compositeur, Philippe Lemoine expérimente en France avec Olivier Lété, Samuel Silvant, Philippe Deschepper, Guillaume Séguron, à Berlin avec Yorgos Dimitriadis, Emilio Gordoa, Klaus Kürvers, Hilary Jeffrey, Samuel Hall, Brianne Curran, Nicola Hein, Eric Wong, Rieko Okuda, Antti Virtaranta,et à Madrid avec «Via Lucis trio», impliquant Samuel Hall, J.G. Entonado et Luca Bembrilla.

USA: MJ Territo CD Release Party Thursday August 17th 7:30 pm @ Club Bonafide

MJ Territo CD Release Party 
Thursday August 17th  7:30 pm
@ Club Bonafide

MJ Territo, vocals
Linda Presgrave, piano
Iris Ornig, bass

Barbara Merjan-drums

Club Bonafide
212 E. 52nd St. NYC 
(646) 918-6189
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Performing Music From Her New CD

Welcome to Ladies Day!
Vocalist MJ Territo celebrates the compositions of classic and contemporary jazz women with her upcoming CD, Ladies Day

On her sparkling new debut album, singer MJ Territo shows off her range and versatility, lending her voice to blues, bebop, bossa and ballads

With her new CD, Ladies Day, singer/composer/lyricist MJ Territo shines a light on a rare collection of tunes by great writers who just happen to be women. Mary Lou Williams, Abbey Lincoln, Patricia Barber, Peggy Lee and Blossom Dearie are just some of the classic icons of jazz and cult favorites represented in this collection of lesser-known songs that definitely deserve to be heard more often.

MJ Territo didn’t set out to focus on women; while making a pre-gig set list, she noticed that several of the songs she chose were written by women. That motivated her to dig deeper in search of material by female composers, and MJ soon realized she could put together a whole evening’s worth of great music from her discoveries. The variety of themes was part of the attraction: Sure, there were love songs, but also tunes about “resilience, self-awareness, self-reliance, and a curiosity about the wider world.”

Territo found herself thinking: “Hmmm … how about getting together a group of women jazz musicians to play them? Wouldn't that be fun?” Pianist Linda Presgrave, who had released two CDs of compositions by women, immediately came to mind. “I knew Linda and I were on the same wavelength where women jazz composers were concerned,” MJ recalls. Impressed by bassist Iris Ornig’s album No Restrictions, the singer invited her on board. Rounding out the Ladies Day Quartet is drummer Barbara Merjan; MJ heard her at a club and recognized the sound she was looking for.

In picking the 14 tunes for Ladies Day, MJ’s debut album, the singer didn’t take an easy route: The CD is full of challenging material. But not only does MJ Territo prove she’s up to the challenge, she sounds like she’s having a ball while she’s at it.

Among the Ladies Day highlights are:

“No Time for Snoozin’,”  This Territo original features a piano intro that immediately engages the listener, as do the witty lyrics.

“Everything is Moving Too Fast,” Check out the excellent solos by Ornig and Merjan on this Peggy Lee tune,  along with the bluesy, bouncy vocal.

“Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado” shares a melody with “What a Difference a Day Makes.” Territo sings the Spanish lyric with deep feeling, and also demonstrates her chops in the universal language of vocalese.

The tight band is augmented by special guests on several tracks, including:

“Strange Fascination,” by Mary Lou Williams and Ada Moore, one of Territo’s favorites, which she found in the Mary Lou Williams Archives at Rutgers. Tenor saxophonist Virginia Mayhew, who has released a Williams tribute CD, guests on this tune.

Flutist Andrea Brachfeld is featured on Blossom Dearie’s piquantly amusing “I’m Shadowing You,” along with Territo’s flirty vocal.

Harpist Brandee Younger appears on “True,” by Lorraine Feather and Dave Grusin, taking a sensitive approach on this lovely harp/vocal duet.

The band’s repertoire has grown to more 50 songs by now, so with any luck, Ladies Day Volume 2 won’t be far behind! Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for an equally exciting follow up to this impressive debut recording.

MJ Territo Ladies Day (Jollie Mollie JMM 217) Street Date: August 4, 2017
MJ Territo, vocals, Linda Presgrave, piano, Iris Ornig, bass Barbara Merjan-drums
Brachfeld, flute (tracks 2, 11), Virginia Mayhew, tenor saxophone (track 6),
Brandee Younger, harp (track 10)

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USA; Dennis Gonzalez's Ataraxia- Ts'iibil Chaaltun (2017)

A beautiful double 12" vinyl edition of the recording Ts'iibil Chaaltun by the Eastern jazz trio Ataraxia. Pressed on black vinyl, the album art is superb, and the sound, mastered for vinyl is exquisite. Ataraxia is led by the renown trumpet player Dennis Gonzalez on horns and percussion, along with Drew Phelps on acoustic bass and Jagath Lakpriya on tabla.

After playing with his family jazz trio, Yells At Eels, Gonzalez decided to put together a quiet, calm trio to express the other side of his musical universe. Ataraxia is the result.

Dennis Gonzalez: trumpet, cornet, gongs, conch, bells, voice
Drew Phelps: Bass, ride cymbal, gong, tamboura app
Jagath Lakpriya: tabla, tambourine

Saturday, August 12, 2017

USA: Soul of a Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age

Powerful 13-track Soul Jazz compilation of conscious African-American music, spanning 1968 to 1979! Features Gil Scott-Heron, Don Cherry, Roy Ayers, Oneness Of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and others. ("SOUL OF A NATION : AFRO-CENTRIC VISIONS IN THE AGE OF BLACK POWER")

USA: Kamasi Washington- Harmony of Difference (2017)

Harmony of Difference
Earlier this year, avant-garde jazz titan Kamasi Washington premiered Harmony of Difference, an original six-movement suite, as part of this year’s Whitney Biennial. The EP is the first new music from Washington since his universally acclaimed 2015 debut album The Epic. Harmony of Difference explores the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as “counterpoint,” which Washington defines as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.” Washington’s suite includes visual elements married to the musical works and draws voraciously on jazz for its foundation. Each of the first five movements is its own unique composition. “Truth,” the sixth movement, fuses all five compositions into one simultaneous performance. Beyond the artistic impulse to expand the possibilities within counterpoint, Washington wanted to create something that opened people’s minds to the gift of diversity. In his own words, “my hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realize the beauty in our own differences.” “Against a backdrop of “fake news,” chemical warfare and presidential missteps, Washington’s 13-minute opus thrives with gospel-infused power, resting alongside his previous work while occupying new sonic space…. The huge scale makes his music feel like a sacred offering in bleak times” - Pitchfork Best New Track “a liberation theology for fearsome times” - New York Times “We can count on the man Kamasi Washington to deliver peace in the form of jazz” - The Fader “an expansive, winding new song...’Truth’ unfurls with breezy piano chords, soulful electric guitar counter-melodies, wordless choral chants and washes of the bandleader’s smoldering saxophone.” - Rolling Stone


Audio CD | Import, CD Single

PORTUGAL: José Lencastre Nau Quartet -Fragments of Always (2017)

José Lencastre - Alto Sax
Rodrigo Pinheiro - Piano
Hernâni Faustino - Bass
João Lencastre - Drums

FMR Records
Recorded by Luís Candeias at Timbuktu Studio, 18/12/2016
Artwork by João Pedro Lomelino

Friday, August 11, 2017

USA: Mike Stern-Trip(2017)

About a year ago Mike Stern, one of the highest regarded most successful jazz guitarists alive today, had a terrible accident. He broke both shoulders when he tripped running across a street in Manhattan. Trip, his upcoming 2017 release is his stunning return after multiple surgeries and a lot of gumption. More than just a comeback, this album is about Mike's career and his musical partnerships which Mike loving refers to 'as a trip'.

Feeling sufficiently fortified, Stern and his stellar crew of sidemen - many of whom go back with him to the '80s - went into Spin Studio in Long Island City between January and March of 2017 to record his 17th album as a leader. The guitarist's sly, self-deprecating sense of humor comes across in the title of the album, Trip, as well as on individual tracks like 'Screws' (he initially had 11 screws put into his arm following his first surgery) and 'Scotch Tape and Glue' (his current method for holding onto the pick).

A powerhouse outing, Trip, features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans, the latter a bandmate in Miles Davis' 'comeback band' of 1981, bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White. Produced by pianist-keyboardist Jim Beard, Stern's frequent producer going back to 1991's Odds or Evens, Trip is a brilliant showcase of what the acclaimed guitarist does best - riffing on post-Miles funk-fusion ('Trip,' 'Screws,' 'Watchacallit'), urgent swingers ('Half Crazy,' 'Scotch Tape and Glue,' 'B Train') and lyrical ballads ('Emilia,' 'I Believe You'). His wife Leni Stern guests on two tracks, playing the n'goni (a three-stringed African instrument) on the buoyant 'Emilia,' which also features Gio Moratti on backup vocals, and the uplifting ballad 'I Believe You.' Other performers on Trip include percussionists Arto Tuncboyaciyan and Elhadji Alioune Faye, Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun and bassists Teymur Phell and Edmond Gilmore, both of whom currently work with Stern on his regular Monday and Wednesday night residency at the 55 Bar in the heart of Greenwich Village.