JWQ Showcase 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

USA: Saxophonist Justin Young pours his heart and Detroit soul into "Blue Soul"

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Saxophonist Justin Young pours his heart and Detroit soul into “Blue Soul”

The single, “High Definition,” from the album released on Friday gains ground at radio amidst positive reviews.

SEATTLE (17 November 2017): Several years in the making plus nearly a full year of paving the way for a successful release by issuing a trio of infectious singles throughout 2017, saxophonist Justin Young finally dropped his fourth album, “Blue Soul,” on Friday. The JustnTime Records platter packs a two-fisted punch of potent pop, jazz and R&B hooks along with the heart and soul of Young’s Detroit upbringing. The vibrant new single, “High Definition,” is presently impacting playlists nationally, adding powerful Billboard-reporting radio stations weekly. Enhancing the buzz are favorable record reviews and the announcement of a December 10 album release concert celebration at Columbia Winery near Seattle (Woodinville), Young’s adopted hometown.         
                    
A hardworking hustler and a charismatic contender deservedly on the cusp of a major breakthrough in the smooth/contemporary jazz realm, Young grew up in Hitsville USA, the son of a musician father. Spending his formative years in close proximity to Motown became a major influence on how he makes music. He recorded “Blue Soul” live in the studio, collaborating with a talented team of first-call players and accomplished musicians, songwriters, producers and mix engineers, including fellow sax players and Billboard chart-toppers Jackiem Joyner and Darren Rahn, former Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist-vocalist Sheldon Reynolds, noted bassists Alex Al and Hussain Jiffry, and the late drummer to the stars, Ricky Lawson. Young plies his soprano, alto and tenor sax to a songbook that spans ebullient instrumental pop, deep R&B grooves with a sniff of Detroit funk, and unfettered jazz soloing.

The dozen tracks on “Blue Soul” – originals with all but one co-written by Young - are slickly produced and thoughtfully textured, presenting readily-accessible melodies and lush harmonies. Bubbling with enthusiasm and positive energy, the saxman climbed the charts during the first quarter of the year with the undeniable “Always There.” He cruised through summer by dropping “Jazz Along the 101.” Radio outlets were recently serviced “High Definition” and the chart ascension has begun. The strength of the material on “Blue Soul” bodes to continue Young’s momentum and magnify his growth well into the New Year.

Below are excerpts from some of the initial album reviews:

“Saxophonist Justin Young’s new album, Blue Soul, is a neat package… beautifully highlights the warmth and delicacy that comes flooding through…One of the neat things about Young’s playing is the way he will toss time around. Playing on the offbeat in little staccato phrases one minute then effortlessly running a continuous smooth refrain over that same backbeat the next… Quality work from a quality artist.” – The Smooth Jazz Ride

“One of my top 3 albums of this year.” – Exclusive Magazine

“The great attention to the smallest detail coupled with highest musicianship and the passion for quality…This album is a fresh approach to how smooth jazz has to sound nowadays.” – Smooth Jazz Daily

“Catchy, memorable…delivered with the slickness that the best smooth jazz is noted for.” – Soul and Jazz and Funk

“The smoking young sax man rounds the edges off his Detroit soul/jazz past and delivers a solid entertainment disc that serves up old school smooth jazz.” – Midwest Record  

“A fine smooth jazz album, and recommended for saxophone fans.” - Keys & Chords

“Soulful smooth jazz.” – Jazz Weekly


For additional information, please visit www.JustinYoungSax.com.

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CANADA: PJ Perry Quartet- Alto Gusto (2017)

Alto Gusto

A veteran of the Boss Brass Orchestra and an Order of Canada recipient for music, PJ Perry is Canada's reigning king of the alto saxophone. With a seemingly endless supply of ideas, Ease It is Perry in full flight. A blistering live set, Perry is matched by a trio that includes Steve Wallace on bass, pianist Jon Mayer, and Quincy Davis on drums. Live bebop at its swinging, fiery best!

USA: Video - Antonio Sanchez's ‘Momentum’ from BAD HOMBRE album


From his BAD HOMBRE album
Antonio Sanchez performs
"Momentum"

 
Momentum - Bad Hombre - Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez
(drums, keyboards, electronics, voice)



A drum solo by Antonio Sanchez, one of the most sought after drummers of his generation. The four-time Grammy award winning artist describes the experience an "...experimental project in the sense that it is a complete departure from anything I've ever done in the past as a drummer, composer, producer and engineer. Art is a reflection of life so I took a look at what had been happening in the world, realized that a surprising level of anger, frustration and awareness had been growing in me due to the political situation in the United States. I also wanted to have something that represented my Mexican heritage in a very emphatic way at some point in the album. Taking all these feelings and putting them into the creative process is always very cathartic and playing drums has always been a very meditative and healing ritual for me, so I wanted to develop this project starting with the instrument that has been with me since I can remember. The drum set. I found this project to be one of the most liberating endeavors I've ever set myself to do. Almost like having an alter ego. The Bad Hombre."

 
 

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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USA: Chris Thile -Thanks for Listening(2017)

Thanks for Listening

Thanks for Listening is a collection of new studio recordings, produced by Thomas Bartlett, of ten songs originally written as Songs of the Week on A Prairie Home Companion. Thile manned almost all of the stringed instruments on the album and is joined by guest singers Sarah Jarosz, Gaby Moreno, and Aoife O'Donovan. "Right now, with how easy it is to be the talker on social media, how hard it is to maintain focus or give something enough attention to appreciate it, we're in a place where listening is a precious commodity," says Thile. "Thanks for Listening is a celebration of people who haven't switched off, despite being given every reason to do so."


USA: Pablo Ziegler & Lara St. John: Piazzolla’s Central Park Concert Tuesday, November 21st 7:00PM (Le) Poisson Rouge

Pablo Ziegler & Lara St. John:

Piazzolla’s Central Park Concert
featuring the
Pablo Ziegler Quartet for New Tango

with Hector del Curto, bandoneon; Claudio Ragazzi, guitar; Andrew Roitstein, bass

Tuesday, November 21st 7:00pm
(Le) Poisson Rouge

 58 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
 (212) 505-FISH (3474)
Tickets & Info

On September 6, 1987, tango grand-maestro Astor Piazzolla gave a concert at the peak of his career in New York City’s Central Park, resulting in what many critics consider to be the definitive live recording of Piazzolla with his ensemble. That ensemble included Pablo Ziegler, the Argentine pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango. Now Ziegler and acclaimed violinist Lara St. John offer a special concert program that celebrates Piazzolla’s famous Central Park Concert.

The program recreates most of the original Central Park program, which includes many of the late Argentine composer’s most beloved works, as well as exquisite compositions by Ziegler. The line-up features the same instrumentation as Piazzolla’s iconic New Tango Quintet, including Ziegler, who played in Piazzolla’s quintet for more than a decade.

Ziegler and St. John debuted this program at Central Park’s Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s Central Park Concert. The 2012 concert drew the largest crowd in the series’ 107 years. Ziegler and St. John have since toured the program to the University of Georgia in Athens, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale.  Writes New York Music Daily about the Naumburg concert: “They dug deeply into the material right from the start, with a brightly glimmering, hard-hitting version of ‘Michaelangelo’, then played up the jazz and ragtime aspects of ‘Muerte Del Angel’, then brought the lights down with the dirge ‘Introduccion Del Angel’, bandoneon and violin sailing over the murk below. […] The audience responded thunderously.”

 



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Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

USA: For Your Consideration 60th Grammys DAVID LOPATO "GENDHING FOR A SPIRIT RISING"

For Your Consideration
60th Grammys

DAVID LOPATO
"GENDHING FOR A SPIRIT RISING"

BEST WORLD MUSIC RECORD OF THE YEAR
BEST ALBUM NOTES

Gendhing for a Spirit Rising is a landmark 2-CD recording, 25 years in the making, that incorporates Indonesian gamelan and other Eastern musics with Western improvisation in a way that has not been done before. It features a line-up of brilliant musicians, including the world's foremost master of Javanese rebab and two of America's foremost performers of Indonesian gamelan.

“A two-CD set, Gendhing for a Spirit Rising” is unlike anything you are likely to hear this year (or any year). Unlike many experiments with musical fusion, Lopato’s music is the genuine article.” 4 ½ stars
John Ephland, Downbeat Magazine

“A diversely talented and musically omnivorous pianist, David Lopato is an artist who defies easy categorization. Having forged an intensely unique and personal sound in his pianistic touch, David has absorbed not only the jazz piano canon, but also the musical worlds of Indonesian gamelan traditions, West African drumming practices and electro-acoustic compositions. Indeed, on his latest release, Gendhing for a Spirit Rising, David leads a mixed ensemble of talents through a dizzying tour of musical languages from around the world.”
Seton Hawkins, Hot House Magazine





CUBA: Arturo O'Farrill Chucho Valdés-Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico ( MOTEMA MUSIC 2017)

Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico


Friday, November 17, 2017

USA: World Music Star GERARD EDERY releases his critically acclaimed double album “Best of Gerard Edery” in America.

World Music Star GERARD EDERY releases his critically acclaimed double album “Best of Gerard Edery” in America.

The “Best of Gerard Edery” features one of the world’s most renowned musical polyculturalists’ music. He uncovers the synergistic and haunting dimensions of a broad repertoire of traditional music imaginatively arranged for contemporary audiences.
By weaving folk songs, chants, and prayers from across centuries and across Europe and the Middle East, he shows that the human need for a spiritual dimension defies all boundaries of time and place. This ecumenical program uncovers the surprising synergies between Eastern-European (Jewish and Christian) and Middle Eastern (Jewish and Arabic) musical faiths. Join him for a unifying experience as his voice blend in devotional and secular songs from the far-reaching Sephardic Diaspora and Eastern Europe.

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GERARD EDERY (Vocals/Guitar) has at his command a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles and traditions. He regularly uncovers and preserves songs, stories and melodies from Europe and the Middle East, and energizes these repertoires by interpreting them for contemporary audiences. One of the world’s foremost experts in the wide-ranging music of the Sephardic Diaspora, he is a recipient of the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award and a Meet the Composer grant for his original songs. A performer in great demand throughout the US, Canada and Europe, he has performed at prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world. In addition to his busy concert schedule, he has released 17 CDs on the Sefarad Records label as well as a much-acclaimed Sephardic Songbook. www.gerardedery.com

REVIEWS:
"An ecumenical celebration that honours both Christianity and Judaism!" The editors, MANN ABOUT TOWN

"'Two Faiths, One Voice' just might be the most culturally eclectic item in Edery's already diverse catalog."  Alexander Gelfand, THE FORWARD

"A very exciting recording… remarkable material!" Irene Backalenick, ALL ABOUT JEWISH THEATRE, JEWISH POST & OPINION

"With the great Lithuanian ethnomusicologist, Edery embarked on a global series of concerts.  (…) If audience reaction is any indicator, the musical collaborators have succeeded in this endeavor, with huge ovations after every song." George Robinson, JEWISH WEEK 



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USA: Pablo Ziegler & Lara St. John: Piazzolla’s Central Park Concert Tuesday, November 21st 7:00PM (Le) Poisson Rouge

 
Pablo Ziegler & Lara St. John:

Piazzolla’s Central Park Concert
featuring the
Pablo Ziegler Quartet for New Tango
with Hector del Curto, bandoneon; Claudio Ragazzi, guitar; Andrew Roitstein, bass
Tuesday, November 21st 7:00pm
(Le) Poisson Rouge

 58 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
 (212) 505-FISH (3474)
Tickets & Info


On September 6, 1987, tango grand-maestro Astor Piazzolla gave a concert at the peak of his career in New York City’s Central Park, resulting in what many critics consider to be the definitive live recording of Piazzolla with his ensemble. That ensemble included Pablo Ziegler, the Argentine pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango. Now Ziegler and acclaimed violinist Lara St. John offer a special concert program that celebrates Piazzolla’s famous Central Park Concert.

The program recreates most of the original Central Park program, which includes many of the late Argentine composer’s most beloved works, as well as exquisite compositions by Ziegler. The line-up features the same instrumentation as Piazzolla’s iconic New Tango Quintet, including Ziegler, who played in Piazzolla’s quintet for more than a decade.

Ziegler and St. John debuted this program at Central Park’s Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s Central Park Concert. The 2012 concert drew the largest crowd in the series’ 107 years. Ziegler and St. John have since toured the program to the University of Georgia in Athens, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale.  Writes New York Music Daily about the Naumburg concert: “They dug deeply into the material right from the start, with a brightly glimmering, hard-hitting version of ‘Michaelangelo’, then played up the jazz and ragtime aspects of ‘Muerte Del Angel’, then brought the lights down with the dirge ‘Introduccion Del Angel’, bandoneon and violin sailing over the murk below. […] The audience responded thunderously.”

 

 



Contact
Bernstein Artists, Inc.
282 Flatbush Avenue,
Suite 101
Brooklyn, NY 11217
ph 718.623.1214 

www.bernsarts.com