Friday, May 25, 2018


MAY 29 – JUNE 2
With Special Guests          

This magical collaboration of MARCOS VALLE and PAULA & JAQUES MORELENBAUM , direct from Rio in Brazil, hold up the tradition of the era of Bossa Nova and Samba, bringing melodic genius and fabulous infectious swinging Brazilian rhythms . PAULA was a vocalist with the JOBIM band for years before going out on her own to great acclaim.  Her husband, JAQUES is a renowned  cellist who graces the Birdland stage for the first time along with the other great artists in the Band , talented Vocalist Patricia Alves,  top Brazilian bassist Itaiguara Brandao on bass,  exciting Trumpeter Jesse Sadoc and famed Drummer Renato Masssa  from Brazil plus talented jazz guitarist
Roni Ben-Hur.
MARCOS VALLE – The charismatic Composer, Keyboardist, Singer, has had a 50-year career, following in the footsteps of the Jobim/Lyra generation with over 500 songs to his credit composed and recorded by the greats Sarah Vaughan, Chicago, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans,  Jay Z, Kanye West and so many more .  Some of his hits include “Summer Samba”, “The Face I Love’, and “Batucada” known around the world .

Valle is also an exciting composer/singer and keyboardost who has toured the world  many times with his Band to sold-out audiences bringing his special brand of music combining Bossa Nova, Pop , and other Brazilian rhythms, including  London’s Barbican Hall, The Blue Note in Japan, Cirque D’Hiver in Paris.  His “Songbook” consisting of 26 hits has recordings by top artists, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, Chico Barque, Eumir Deodato, and more. 

Paula Morelenbaum and husband Jaques, cellist, (arranger/producer) are connoisseurs of Bossa Nova having worked ten years with Antonio Carlos Jobim in his brillianat ‘Nova Banda’ band after which they went and followed their own careers.

 Paula has recorded many CD’s of acclaim including “Telecoteco” which was nominated fora ‘Brazilian Music Award” and a  Latin Grammy.  She recorded several times with fames Pianist/Composer  Ryuichi Sakamoto“…also “Samba Preludio” with pianist Ralf Schmid and trumpeter Joo Kraus bridging German and Brazilian cultures with beautiful melodies. 

 Together with Jaques she has recorded many important projects .
Recently , they recorded  “Paula e Jaques Morelenbaum Live in Italia Ommagio a Jobim” . They have performed at major venues around the world, most importantly, Carnegie Hall where the New York Times wrote  “…delivered Jobim’s songs with a sense of almost holy rapture.”

Jaques has also collaborated as cellist, arranger, producer with Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Egberto Gismonti, Gal Costa Ryuichi Sakamoto, Omar Sosa, Henri Sslavador, Sting, among others. 

Pat Philips- Stratta maintains great interest in the this music of Brasil which she and Ettore Stratta , her partner and husband presented for many years.  Philips continues on this path.

BOSSABRASIL at BIRDLAND will be a special collaboration of some of Brazil’s most important artists.

Birdland, 315 W. 44thStreet, NYC 
Reservations: 212 581 3080 or
Full Dinner Menu and Parking nearby

ITALY: 7 Virtual Jazz Club’s Contest – 3rd Edition

7 Virtual Jazz Club’s Contest – 3rd Edition
2018 Applications Are Open.
Special Prizes to The Winner of The Under 25 Student Category. Entry Deadline: October 15th

Milan, Italy, May 16th, 2018
The 7 Virtual Jazz Club continues its worldwide search for emerging and under recognized creative musicians of all ages and backgrounds.
The winner will receive € 2,000 while the best student participant who is under 25 years of age will receive € 700 and a prize offered by Taklit Publishing & Production: an opportunity to meet with Taklit, present a personal project for consideration, and benefit from professional guidance for future career development. Lastly the participant who’s entry tallies he most popular votes by the web community will receive € 500.

How to enroll
To enter the contest, soloists and groups pay a small registration fee and submit a video (maximum seven minutes) of their performance. Entries will be judged by a panel of international jazz experts comprised of some of the most respected journalists, musicians and educators in the field. 

October 15th, 2018

«I am honored to be involved with the 7 Virtual Jazz Club’s Global Competition,» says Marcela Breton (Jazz Journalist Association). «a platform for talented musicians from around the world – veterans & newcomers, women & men, young & old – performing on stage, in the studio, in coffeehouses, bookstores, and libraries, expanding the boundaries of jazz, reinvigorating its traditions, and exploring new directions and connections. The videos submitted to the contest by these diverse musicians, and made available over the web to a universal audience, are sophisticated, original, daring, and inventive; they demonstrate the global reach of jazz, and are helping to shape the future of the music in rich and unexpected ways».

Dubi Lenz (Artistic Director “The Red Sea Jazz Festival”) says: «It’s great to be a jury member on this competition - what a great opportunity to listen to musicians you won’t have otherwise a chance to listen to, play them in my radio show, considering inviting them to the Red Sea Winter Jazz Festival».

Hrayr Attarian (All about jazz) says: «…an innovative competition».

About the 7 Virtual Jazz Club
The 7 Virtual Jazz Club is a non-profit all volunteers’ association dedicated to support jazz music in all its forms. The 7 Virtual Jazz Club website hosts the first fully global online jazz competition in history. The contest welcomes musicians of all ages. Musicians may be amateurs, professionals and students under the age of 25. Our aim is to unearth hidden musical talent focusing on the new trends that have emerged in jazz and creative music.

Winners of the 2017 contest
Jury prize to Gilad Hekselman (USA)
Web community prize to Reveries (ITA)

Valerio Pappi, creator & artistic director

USA: Sony presents Blue Note Jazz Festival Announces European Sounds Series Lineup

Sony presents Blue Note Jazz Festival
With supporting partnersEuropean Union Delegation to the United Nations
& Nine EU Member States
Announce the Inaugural European Sounds Series
Featured artists include:
Luba Mason, Petros Klampanis, Yacine Boularès: AJOYO,
Nikolett Pankovits Band, Michel Reis, Alexis Cuadrado Trio
Asen Doykin Band, Manuel Schmiedel Quartet, and Jorn Swart
Weekend Brunch Shows throughout June
at the Blue Note Jazz Club, New York
New York, NY - May 21, 2018 - Sony presents Blue Note Jazz Festival, in partnership with the European Union Delegation to the United Nations and nine EU Member States, has announcedthe inaugural European Sounds Seriesto showcase European culture and jazz within the United States. The series, which kicks off June 2nd, will take place during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays throughout June at the Blue Note Jazz Club.

The European Sounds Series is curated by Blue Note, the European Union Delegation to the United Nations, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Consulate General of Luxembourg, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Consulate General of Greece in New York and Onassis Foundation USA, Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center New York, Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, Consulate General of Slovakia, and Consulate General of Spain New York. Each country is represented by a performer who embodies the sound and spirit of his/her respective country. Performers include: Luba Mason (Slovakia), Petros Klampanis (Greece), Yacine Boularès: AJOYO(France), Nikolett Pankovits Band (Hungary), Michel Reis (Luxembourg), Alexis Cuadrado Trio(Spain), Asen Doykin Band (Bulgaria), Manuel Schmiedel Quartet (Germany), and Jorn Swart(Netherlands). Full schedule below. Ticket information and a current schedule of events are available on the club's website,

This partnership coincides with the European Year of Cultural Heritage, an EU initiative to encourage people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. For more information, visit
"It is an honor to work with the European Union Delegation to the United Nations and nine European Union Member States and organizations for this year's festival," says Jordy Freed, Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Business Development at Blue Note Entertainment Group. "Our hope with this new series is to explore different European cultures through the lens of music. The lineup for these brunches is comprised of some of Europe's most talented musicians and we couldn't be more excited to showcase their performances at the Blue Note."  

With over 100 events in five venues throughout New York City, the 2018 Sony presents Blue Note Jazz Festival will take place June 1-30, 2018. This year's festival lineup will feature performances by some of the industry's biggest icons including Chris Botti, Art Garfunkel, Gregory Porter, Al Di Meola and many more. The festival will also expand its city-wide takeover with the addition of a new venue, Sony Hall. Located in the heart of New York's Theatre District (235 W. 46th St at the Paramount Hotel), the venue is a result of a landmark sponsorship agreement between Sony Corporation and Blue Note Entertainment GroupSony Corporation is the festival's Official Title Sponsor and INGLOT Cosmetics of Poland is the Presenting Sponsor.

Established in 2011, the Blue Note Jazz Festival was initially formed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Greenwich Village's iconic Blue Note Jazz Club. Presented by Blue Note Entertainment Group - which owns and operates the diverse venue lineup of Blue NoteSony Hall, and Highline Ballroom - the festival has quickly grown into an annual 30-day event, emerging as the city's largest jazz festival, with each venue offering its own unique cultural contribution to the New York City musical landscape. Additional venues and partners include The Town Hall, Central Park SummerStage, and Jill Newman Productions. Past festival headliners include Aretha Franklin, The Roots, Wyclef Jean, Natalie Cole, Brian Wilson, and more.

Please visit for the most current public lineup and schedule. 
About Blue Note Entertainment Group:
Founded in 1981 by Danny Bensusan, Blue Note Entertainment Group is a multi-faceted entertainment company that owns, operates, licenses and/or programs Blue Note Jazz Clubs worldwide, including New York, NY; Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan; Milan, Italy; Waikiki, Hawaii; Beijing, China; Napa, California; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The company also owns and operates Sony Hall and Highline Ballroom. Additionally, the company programs the Regattabar Jazz Club (Cambridge, MA) and Blue Note branded concerts throughout Italy. Blue Note Entertainment Group presents shows outside of its club network. The annual Sony presents Blue Note Jazz Festival was established in 2011and has since grown to become the largest jazz festival in New York City each June. Subsidiaries of Blue Note Entertainment Group include the GRAMMY®-nominated record label Half Note Records, whose catalogue includes over fifty titles recorded live at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club, as well as Blue Note Travel and Management Group.

For more information, please contact:
Julia Ryan
Publicist/Marketing Manager
Blue Note Entertainment Group 

USA: Keyboardist David Garfield is joined by George Benson and David Sanborn on the next single previewing his "Jammin' Outside the Box" album

“Jammin’” with legends

Keyboardist David Garfield is joined by George Benson and David Sanborn on the next single previewing his “Jammin’ Outside the Box” album. “Stay” features the Rufus hit’s co-writer, Moon Calhoun, on lead vocals. 

LOS ANGELES (23 May 2018): When asked how he got Grammy-winning legends George Benson and David Sanborn to perform on his new single, “Stay,” keyboardist David Garfield responds dryly with a gleeful grin, “You ask them.” The third single from Garfield’s forthcoming “Jammin’ Outside the Box” album is a remake of the Rufus classic featuring the vintage R&B-funk band’s former drummer Moon Calhoun singing lead on the song he wrote with Chaka Khan. “Stay” goes for radio adds on June 11 and drops digitally from Creatchy Records on June 15.    
As Garfield was gathering material for his multi-disc, multi-genre “Outside the Box” series, he decided to give his long-time friend, Calhoun, the chance to sing the first song he ever wrote, which appeared on Rufus’s “Street Player” (1978). Calhoun was paralyzed in a bike accident 25 years ago and although he can no longer play drums, he can still sing. After inviting Benson and Sanborn to participate, Garfield let Calhoun cast the rest of the track’s musicians, which includes original Rufus guitarist Tony Maiden, along with Maiden’s daughter, Amanda Maiden, on backing vocals. Among the prominent players is a powerhouse sax section comprised of Sanborn on alto, Eric Marienthal on tenor and Tower of Power’s Doc Kupka on baritone; Paul Jackson Jr. (rhythm guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Freddie Washington(bass) and Lenny Castro (percussion). Sanborn and Benson take turns in the spotlight soloing.

“Both George and David were very gracious. It was great to put them together. They compliment each other,” said Garfield, who is Benson’s long-serving music director and has collaborated with Sanborn on numerous occasions. “Initially George was only going to play the solo, but when he heard the guitar tracks, he added some rhythm guitar as well. This track really embodies the idea of musical community, where everyone works hand in hand, gifting each other with their talents. All I think about when I hear the finished song now is, ‘Moon finally got to sing his song!’”  

Scheduled to street on July 20, “Jammin’ Outside the Box” is the second volume of the star-studded “Outside the Box” collection. Released in late March, Garfield’s first ever straight-ahead jazz date, “Jazz Outside the Box,” continues to gather radio spins and receive accolades. “Jammin’ Outside the Box” mixes it up in the smooth/contemporary jazz sandbox showcasing luminaries Benson, Sanborn, Smokey RobinsonMichael McDonald, Ray Parker Jr.Oleta AdamsPhil PerryMarcus MillerKirk WhalumRick Braun and many more. The outing’s first single, “Go Home,” hit No. 2 on the Billboard chart, while the follow up, “Jamming,” rose to No. 8.

Garfield will perform music from “Outside the Box” on May 31at Cleveland’s Night Town and celebrate “Jazz Outside the Box” on June 12 in Hollywood at the Catalina Jazz Club featuring special guests.       
For more information, please visit

Contact: Rick Scott 310.306.0375

USA: The Wyoming Jazz Ensemble, Uw Jazz Faculty, Ben Markley, Director & Terell Stafford-Winds of the Snowys(2018)

The University of Wyoming Jazz Studies Area's premiere group the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble offers their debut album "Winds of the Snowys." This album features world renowned trumpeter Terell Stafford and UW Jazz Faculty, Ben Markley, Scott Turpen, Ryan Fourt, and Ed Breazeale. The album features a variety of music including jazz standards, vocal pieces, and original compositions. Pianist Ben Markley serves as the director for the UW Jazz Studies area and contributed 4 originals and all of the arrangements to the date. All proceeds from this recording go to support the UW Jazz Studies Area.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

USA: Kris Davis & Craig Taborn-Octopus(2018)

On her 2016 album Duopoly, pianist Kris Davis highlighted her deeply attuned artistry as never before. Conceived as set of rotating duo performances, Duopoly found Davis in the company of Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, Don Byron, Julian Lage, Marcus Gilmore and other musical giants. Of all these fascinating encounters, it was the pairing of Davis and fellow piano great Craig Taborn that sparked further extensive collaboration. Soon the two pianists would embark on a 12-city tour of the U.S., with new music for the occasion. Octopus, a magisterial live album drawn from three of those concerts, is the result.

Recalling the Duopoly session with Taborn, Davis writes in her liner notes: “From the moment we started playing I felt instantly transported and free within the music, and had the sense we could go anywhere.” Taborn responded similarly: “It was remarkable how effortless and inspired it felt. It was immediately apparent that it was easy to make music happen in this pairing and that we were well matched in terms of both aesthetics and approach.”

With the support of producer David Breskin and the Shifting Foundation, Davis and Taborn set out to translate their in-studio rapport to the concert stage, which resulted in the Octopus tour: from Brooklyn’s Roulette to Seattle’s Earshot Festival, from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio and beyond. Ron Saint Germain, engineer on the Duopoly duo sessions, came along on the road with a recording rig designed to capture two grand pianos in a variety of spaces.

“The pieces on Octopus are the pieces we played every night on the tour,” Davis explains. “Each concert was different, in some cases radically so. We often left out large sections of the compositions in favor of developing new, wholly improvised sections which became more and more expansive.” Along with their new original works, the duo included absorbing interpretations of Carla Bley’s “Sing Me Softly of the Blues” and Sun Ra’s “Love in Outer Space.”

Of Davis’s two contributions, “Ossining” is the more contemplative and restrained, inspired by the composer’s recent move to the Hudson Valley with her husband, the guitarist Nate Radley, and their son, Benjamin. The move took place while Davis was on the Octopus tour. “Moving is always stressful and I wanted to be there with my family,” she says. “My son was walking me through the new house on the phone while we were traveling to each city, telling me all about his new room and the backyard, which we didn’t have in Brooklyn. I was missing out on those first impressions, but I was happy to have a little piece of the experience with him on the phone.”

Davis’s subtle prepared piano on “Ossining” serves not only to differentiate the piano sounds but to heighten their rhythmic interplay: “When I wrote the piece, I was listening to some West African music and looking into how some of it is constructed. I began studying this music with Abraham Adzenyah at Banff 20 years ago, and I’ve continued to be fascinated by it.”
There’s a very specific, conversational quality to this West African percussion music — trance-like repetition, variation and contrapuntal pulse. Davis was drawn to this, as it placed her and Taborn on an equal plane from the piece’s onset. She elaborates: “In performance, Craig and I intertwine a series of improvised repetitive rhythms, with the idea being that the whole supersedes the sum of the parts.”

The high dissonance and denser, more urgent rhythmic attack of Davis’s “Chatterbox” creates a striking contrast: brilliantly articulated masses of notes and harmonic ideas unfurl; Taborn ultimately grounds the piece in a more defined bass motion and Davis perceptively responds.

Taborn’s “Interruptions” transpire as three distinctly different pieces. “The ‘Interruptions’ were conceived as just that,” he reveals, “small composed pieces or objects that could be used within a larger improvisation to redirect or recondition the musical environment. They could be selected and dropped in at some point as a composed statement that interrupts another texture. They seemed to stand on their own enough as compositions, but I intended them almost as interstitial material. So there’s no through-line between them. I intended each one to change the musical space in different ways.”

The choice of Sun Ra’s elegant “Love in Outer Space” was Taborn’s: “I always liked it and thought it would work well in the two-piano context because of its interlocking groove.” It is here that the contrast between piano voices is most immediately apparent: Taborn plays the intro and the initial bass line, then Davis enters with the main melody. Davis brought in Carla Bley’s “Sing Me Softly of the Blues” (famously played by Art Farmer with Steve Kuhn in the mid-’60s), a 14-bar blues with a slowly unfolding, lopsided feel that morphs imperceptibly into Taborn’s third and final “Interruption.”

Whether leading her Capricorn Climber quintet or her four-bass-clarinet-octet Infrasound; working with the great Andrew Cyrille as a member of Eric Revis’s trio; or lifting up recent music by John Zorn, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tom Rainey, Michael Formanek, Ingrid Laubrock and more, Davis is one of the groundbreaking artists of our time, hailed by Jason Moran as “a freethinking, gifted pianist [who] lives in each note that she plays.”

Taborn’s recent ECM releases Chants, Daylight Ghosts and Avenging Angel, along with his work in Farmers By Nature, Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth and many others, have earned him distinction as “one of the greatest living pianists,” in the words of his colleague Vijay Iyer. Together, Davis and Taborn have a way of merging into “one sort of shape-shifting organism,” as Davis ventures in her liner notes. Octopus, evoking limitless limbs and rapid, graceful, unpredictable movements, is the Davis-Taborn sensibility incarnate.

OCTOPUS will be released January 28, 2018. For more information, contact: Matt Merewitz at Fully Altered Media - 914-556-6368 or

USA: Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band-Tramontana(2018)

One listen to the majestic and richly textured pieces that make up Tramontana and it’s obvious why Ospina felt so compelled to pursue the daunting task of assembling a big band to record his music.“ Shaun Brady
Album Notes
“Powerful yet invisible, momentarily ferocious yet leaving behind idyllic, crystal clear skies; the Tramontana is a true force of nature, a gale force wind that lashes Spain’s Catalan coastline. It serves as an apt inspiration for composer and bandleader Juan Andrés Ospina, who has experienced its strength and beauty firsthand and has translated the wind’s stirring and awe-invoking qualities into music for Tramontana, the debut release by his phenomenal big band. Soul-stirring and vigorous, a family affair as well as a multinational congregation, the Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band embodies the contradictory essence of this formidable natural phenomenon.
Due out April 20, 2018 Tramontana is the extraordinary fulfillment of nearly a decade of dreaming and a lifetime’s immersion in music. Born into a musical and artistic family in Bogotá, Colombia, Ospina chanced into his gift for big band composing and arranging while a student at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The album’s realization follows a successful, inventive Kickstarter campaign and the enthusiastic encouragement of renowned bandleaders Paquito D’Rivera and Maria Schneider. It brings together a gifted ensemble of artists of ten different nationalities, performing Ospina’s striking originals, one radically transformed standard, and a passionate song by Colombian singer Lucia Pulido.”
-Shaun Brady

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NETHERLANDS: Martien Oster Quartet-Handshake (feat. Harold Mabern)(2018)

It is one of the miracles, and at the same time essentials, of jazz: guitarplayer Martien Oster’s text accompanying his new album ‘Handshake’ tells how he found out two American musicians he admired were in Holland and how he just asked them to join him on an album. No rehearsals, no deeply thought-over arrangements, just the joy, fun and drive of the music and of playing for the first time together. Now, that’s jazz.
Osters guests are stellar jazzmusicians: Joe Farnsworth and Harold Mabern. Oster remembered pianist Mabern from quite a while ago when Mabern accompanied the great Wes Montgomery in Europe. Mabern is the living connection between jazz and blues, listen here to his own ‘Rakin’ and scrapin’, (once title piece of an album he made with George Coleman and Blue Mitchell). When the New York jazzclub Smoke decided to issue its own series of cd’s, the first musician they asked was Mabern. Together with Joe Farnsworth, probably the busiest drummer in New York. And here they are, in the Netherlands, with Oster and Canadian –Dutch bassplayer Steven Willem Zwanink. The handshake they exchange is a warm and solid one. From Wes Montgomery’s ‘Road song’, to Charlie Parker-vehicle ‘Relaxing at Camarillo’s’, or the slowrocking swing of ‘Gee Baby, ain’t I good to You’ and the beauty of ‘My ideal’ and Kurt Weills ‘Speak Low’. A history of pure jazz, told by a unique one-time international quintet. You’ll want to join them.
Martien Oster - Guitar
Harold Mabern - Piano
Joe Farnsworth - Drums
Steven Willem Zwanink - Double Bass

USA/CUBA: Jorge Chicoy Quintet-Havana Subway(2018)

To musicians around the world, Jorge Chicoy is known as one of the greatest living Latin Jazz guitarists, but until now his artistry has been largely unknown to listeners in the U.S.. Having recently relocated to the U.S. from his home city of Havana, Chicoy records his first CD as the leader of his own quintet. As legendary saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera is quoted saying of this music, "it's eclectic and versatile, with a rich harmonic palette on top of a strong sense of rhythm." This is classic Latin Jazz with an Afro Cuban flavor. Chicoy sets the pace with his brilliant guitar solos, and on piano Mike Eckroth adds his own virtuoso technique. The Jorge Chicoy Quintet may just be the most exciting thing to hit the Latin Jazz since since the days of Chucho Valdes and Cachao.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

FRANCE: Guillaume Barraud Quartet-Arcana: The Indo-Jazz Sessions (2018)

New Album: Released 9th February 2018 'Arcana: The Indo-Jazz Sessions' Guillaume Barraud Quartet © World Music Network/Riverboat Records (UK)

BUY NOW ! 'Kalavati' Live (video excerpt), le triton (Les Lilas, FR) Vidéo by Gersende Godart EN/ 'Arcana: The Indo-Jazz Sessions' reflects the spirit of India through the prism of jazz.

After many years studying with the legendary Indian flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia, Guillaume Barraud explores the sound of the bansuri (Indian flute) with his contemporary jazz quartet. FR / 'Arcana: The Indo-Jazz Sessions' reflète l'esprit de l'Inde à travers le prisme du jazz. Après de nombreuses années d'étude avec le flûtiste indien légendaire Hariprasad Chaurasia, Guillaume Barraud explore le son du bansuri (flûte indienne) avec son quartet de jazz contemporain. Guillaume Barraud: bansuri flutes, compositions Tam de Villiers: electric guitar Johann Berby: bass guitar (ref: Trilok Gurtu Group) Xavier Rogé: drums (ref: Ibrahim Maalouf Quintet) Official website:

Arcana: The Indo-Jazz Sessions reflects the spirit of India through the prism of jazz. After many years studying with the legendary Indian flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia, Guillaume Barraud explores the sound of the bansuri (Indian flute) with his contemporary jazz quartet.

Inspired to push the boundaries of the bansuri (Indian flute) and take in it in a completely new direction, Guillaume Barraud seamlessly combines different musical concepts borrowed from both Western and Indian traditions. Imbued with the sacred colours of India, Arcana: The Indo-Jazz Sessions is a real milestone in his musical career as he elegantly integrates the bansuri and its heritage into the context of contemporary jazz.
The Guillaume Barraud Quartet was formed in 2015 and includes British guitarist Tam De Villiers, bassist Johann Berby from Reunion Island and Belgian drummer Xavier Rogé. The album was recorded live in just two days at the former Vogue Studios in Paris and was mixed and mastered by the renowned sound engineers Philippe Tessier Du Cros and Raphael Jonin.
Named after the Indian raga ‘Kalavati’, the opening piece comprises various sequences that gradually unveil the artist's unique and eclectic musical approach. Next up is a tribute to Miles Davis, with the frenetic ‘Giant Leap’ displaying the true universal nature of the Indian bamboo flute.
‘Hari’ is another name for the Indian God Vishnu of whom Krishna, the ‘celestial flautist’, is an incarnation. This composition pays a warm tribute to Hariprasad Chaurasia, known himself as ‘Hari ji’, as well as the iconic Mahavishnu Orchestra. It is written in three different time signatures: 11/8, 5/4 and 6/4, and rhythmically influenced by percussion maestro Misirli Ahmet, whom Guillaume toured with in Turkey back in 2005.
Based on the early evening raga ‘Marwa’, ‘Ascent’ is composed as an alap – a section of classical Indian music used to subtly introduce the next piece. ‘Mumbai On My Mind’ begins with a stunning guitar riff. Written in 9/8, this track reflects the sort of managed chaos experienced in the gigantic city.
Written in 7/4 and based on the scale of raga ‘Puriya Dhanashree’, ‘Dusk’ sets a dark and mysterious mood reflecting yet another musical dimension. The nostalgic ballad ‘Esquisse’ highlights the delicacy and sensuality of the Indian bamboo flute, while ‘Wandering Spirit’ lies at the heart of the album’s concept. Initially developed as a guitar arpeggio based on raga ‘Gujari Todi’, this haunting piece displays a unique and complex rhythm cycle of 27 beats subdivided as three bars of 7/8 and one bar of 6/8.
The closing track ‘Reunion’ is a nod to Guillaume and Johann's first collaboration in Bombay and is another seamless re-interpretation of a classic raga by the ground-breaking jazz quartet.

RUSSIA: Konstantin Samolovov & Alexey Sysoev-Varietas (Intonema 2018)

This disc is the third Intonema release with a duo of percussionist and electronic musician. This time it will be Konstantin Samolovov from Saint Petersburg and Alexey Sysoev from Moscow, who recorded the album Varietas in June 2017 in the DOM Cultural Center. The rhythmically saturated free improvisation, which in itself is unusual, adjoins with delicate electroacoustics; micro-events included in the macro form do not get bored; unconscious next to the meaningful.

Konstantin Samolovov: selected drums, objects, radio, voice recorder
Alexey Sysoev: no input mixing board, max/msp, ableton live

Produced by Ilia Belorukov & Mikhail Ershov, Konstantin Samolovov & Alexey Sysoev

Monday, May 21, 2018

USA: Mark McGrain-Love Time and Divination(2018)

Jazz originals and standards performed by New Orleanians Mark McGrain (trombone), John Boutté (voice), Matt Lemmler (piano), and James Singleton (bass).

Mark McGrain (founder and leader of the group PLUNGE) pilots a group of New Orleans modern jazz virtuosi through a collection of new compositions presented along-side selections from the American songbook and a soulful reworking of a Pink Floyd classic. Lauded “Voice of Treme,” singer John Boutté joins McGrain’s lyrical trombone along with the, at times lush and at other times striding saloon piano accompaniment of Matt Lemmler and the adventurous, driving contrabass of James Singleton. Love, Time, and Divination marks a change of course for McGrain (at least temporarily) toward song form, melody, and harmonically relevant improvisations—it is an album of unabashedly beautiful music performed by consummate jazz artists; all tracks were recorded on August 14, 2017 at Esplanade Studios in New Orleans by legendary engineers Misha Kachkachishvili and John Fishbach (mastering).

The 11 tracks on Love, Time, and Divination cover a wide range of musical styles from New Orleans stride piano and trombone duets to modern, rhythmically stirring swing, bossa nova, gospel, and even salsa melodies—at once memorable, smart, and very soulful at every turn. 

Vocalist John Boutté, who Nate Chinen in the NY Times said “[exudes] New Orleans feeling: the bonhomie and pride along with the heartache,” and Larry Blumenfeld, in the Village Voice referred to as “New Orleans’ best-kept secret, and possibly its strongest voice,” joins the trio on the McGrain original “It All Comes Down To Love,” a swinging version of the Van Heusen/Mercer standard “I Thought About You,” and a soulful rendition of David Gilmour’s Pink Floyd classic “On The Turning Away.” Pianist Matt Lemmler spent time performing nightly and touring with legendary clarinetist Pete Fountain. The great jazz composer and pianist Dave Frishberg called Matt “a pianist of rare originality and a point of view about standard songs that’s always surprising and often quirky.” Matt and Mark both work together regularly in John Boutté’s band. Bassist James Singleton has been a key contributor to McGrain’s quartet and Plunge efforts over the past twenty years. He has also performed with countless jazz artists including John Scofield, John Medeski, Eddie Harris, Lionel Hampton and many others. Mark McGrain, leader of the critically acclaimed contemporary jazz group PLUNGE, has been called “soulful, vivacious. A daring trombonist” by DownBeat Magazine and “[one of] the most forward-leaning musicians in New Orleans” by Tom Jacobsen, ( Journalist Scott Yanow wrote in JAZZIZ, “McGrain proves that jazz trombone, while still owing a debt to J.J. Johnson, has traveled far during the past 70 years.”

What the critics say about Mark McGrain's "Love, Time, and Divination":
"Besides the stellar quality of Mark McGrain's playing (as ever, warmly engaging and technically bombproof), Matt Lemmler, James Singleton provide accompaniments in a special class. The beautiful, slow-dragging of Mr. Singleton's bass on "I Thought About You" as Mr McGrain -- mute firmly in the bell -- glides on, and the deeply meditative "I Ca't Get Started", a masterful duet highlighting Mr. Lemmler's marvelous pianism are delivered throughout -- as is everything else -- with spell binding loveliness. An album to absolutely die for." --Raul da Gama,

PERU: Fabricio Robles-Dónde (2018)

released January 31, 2018

Música, arreglos y letra por Fabricio Robles.
Producido por Tomás Pojaghi.
Co-producido por Fabricio Robles.
Masterizado por Andrés Landavere.

Guitarras, teclados, bajo, percusión y voz - Fabricio Robles
Voces secundarias - Rosario Pilar
Bajo - Fernando Ávila
Saxo y clarinete - Christian Rojas
Trompeta - Camila Castillo
Violín - Karlo Mananí
Violoncello - Ghislaine Valdivia
Flauta traversa - Alessandra Blengeri
Batería - Matías Moar
Cajón, bombo y percusión - Joaquin Bonazzola
Congas - Dino Pérez

Sunday, May 20, 2018

SLOVENIA: Nesesari Kakalulu-Nesesari Kakalulu(2018)

Nesesari Kakalulu members:


Andrej Thompson - saxophone
Matjaž Kafol - trombone

Ana Cotič
Ema Hrabrić
Iva Jedrlinič Peloz
Neli Lukežič
Polona Podbersič
Rebeka Pregelj
Kaja Stegovec
Ita Weber
released January 29, 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018

FRANCE; David Tixier -Universal Citizen(Neuklang 2018)
To purchase the album:

David Tixier - piano/celesta/compositions Rafael Jerjen - double bass Lada Obradovic - drums Special guests: Mike Moreno - guitar Sachal Vasandani - voice


the upcoming album
(Karkia Mistika Records) (karmi-095)
out May 5th 2018

1. Blues For Allah pt I (Jerry Garcia-Robert Hunter) 6'20
2. Generator 1 (Arttu Tolonen) 8'54
3. Conference Of The Birds (Dave Holland) 14'39
4. Blues For Allah pt II (Jerry Garcia-Robert Hunter) 9'34
5. Generator 2 (Arttu Tolonen) 7'54
6. Exit Only (Hepa Halme) 13'05

Hepa Halme: woodwinds
Matti Riikonen: trumpet
Esa Onttonen: guitar
Arttu Tolonen: modular synth, guitar
Tapani Varis: bass, mouth organ, willow flute
Alf Forsman: drums

Pekko Käppi: bowed lyre
Noel Saizonou: percussion

Rec: Eka Vekara @ Studio 24/7, Hepa Halme, Arttu Tolonen
Mix & master: Pentti Dassum @ Arkisto

Matkis, Ilkka Emu, Philip, Carolus, Heikki Y

Record release shows:
5.5. Pori; Validi Karkia
9.5. Helsinki; Juttutupa/Rytmihäiriö
24.5. Tampere; Vastavirta
26.5. Salo; Bar Bizarre
30.5. Hämeenlinna/Suistoklubi
Kiertueella erikoisvierailee Pekko Käppi.…&


Hepa Halme

Karkia Mistika Records/Jyrki Laiho

Friday, May 18, 2018

USA: Metuchen Jazz Fest 2018 - Free Event - June 2

Metuchen, New Jersey The GRAMMY Award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra led by Arturo O’Farrill headlines the Metuchen Jazz Fest on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 6 PM in the Metuchen High School Auditorium. Easily accessible from NJ Turnpike/Exit 10, Garden State Parkway Exit 132 and NJ Transit NE Corridor train to Metuchen. Metuchen Taxi  is across from train station. The event is FREE and All are Welcome.  Mike Neer Steelonious Band (Quintet) performs jazz classics with unconventional musical instruments and the award-winning Metuchen High School Jazz Band also performs.

USA: D' Laurent Smith-Time + Space (2018)

Darrell Smith, one of the top keyboardists on the touring and recording circuit will release his debut album TIME + SPACE on April 15, 2018. With a list of credits that includes working with a diverse group of artists such as Stevie Nicks, Jay-Z, Elton John, Cher, k.d. Lang, Vanessa Carlton, Dave Stewart, Anita Baker, Lady Antebelum and Darlene Love (amongst many others), the album is sure to spark interest with fans and musicians alike. 

Time + Space showcases Smith’s love for Jazz, Pop and Classical music and was recorded, mastered and engineered by Grammy winning engineer Phil Tan in Atlanta. The album is comprised of eleven songs and includes performances from a number of musical luminaries such as Grammy nominated saxophone player Boney James ( “Hand In Hand”), Nigerian singer Ola Onabule (“Mr. & Mrs. Smith”), Singers Romeo Johnson and Tanyell Thomas (“I Believe”) and musician, singer and songwriter Donnell Spencer(Come On) Adds Boney James, “Darrell has been a valued friend and collaborator for over 25 years. Many of my favorite tracks on my own records were co-written and played on by him. He always brings a unique approach to the music.”