Thursday, December 31, 2020

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2020 - Streaming

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2020
Jazz & World Music Albums released in 2020

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)

Monday, April 6, 2020

ITALY: Andrea Gomellini- The Gift ( A.MA Records 2020)

 Andrea Gomellini Quintet "The Gift" AMC020 A.MA Records To be released March, 20, 2020

Andrea Gomellini Guitar Danilo Blaiotta Piano Simone Alessandrini Alto Sax Jacopo Ferrazza Double Bass Valerio Vantaggio Drums Photo & Video Giorgio Palmera, Nina Bonizzato Editing by Luca Mattioli

Andrea Gomellini Quintet

Sunday, April 5, 2020

USA: OBITUARIES: Bucky Pizzarelli (1926 – 2020), Wallace Roney (1960-2020)

He died on April 1, 2020, from complications to Covid-19

Wallace Roney died at the age of 59 on March 31, 2020, at St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. The cause was complications arising from COVID-19

USA: Lakecia Benjamin -Pursuance: The Coltranes (2020)

On March 27, 2020, the dynamic young saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin delivers her masterwork, Pursuance: The Coltranes. A cohesive walk through the lineage of the jazz artform, Benjamin’s third full-length release as a leader pays homage to two of the greatest musical innovators of the 20th century, John and Alice Coltrane. As Abiodun Oyewole iterates as part of Benjamin’s rendition of Coltrane’s classic “Acknowledgment” off of the groundbreaking album ‘A Love Supreme’, “John Coltrane was a vessel, taking us to the house of god, he spoke to god in the language god knew, in the language of sound.” With this release, Benjamin opens herself up as such a vessel, speaking timeless truths through her horn over the medium of Coltrane’s classic compositions alongside elders of this artform who bore witness to the conception of this material. Under the tutelage of jazz luminary and co-producer Reggie Workman whose supple bass lines underscored countless Alice and John Coltrane’s recordings, Benjamin has assembled an astonishing cross-generational ensemble of over 40 jazz heavyweights that includes Ron Carter, Gary Bartz, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Meshell Ndgecello, Steve Wilson, Marc Cary, Keyon Harrold, Marcus Strickland, Brandee Younger and Jazzmeia Horn -- Three generations of musical titans gathered to celebrate and further the message of the great maestros of this improvisational artform, John and Alice Coltrane.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

UK: Kurt Elling ft. Danilo Pérez-Secrets Are The Best Stories (2020)

Secrets Are The Best Stories is the new album from acclaimed vocalist and Grammy-winning artist Kurt Elling featuring renowned pianist Danilo Pérez. Edition Records is delighted to provide the support and artistic freedom for Kurt to pursue his goals while placing artistry and integrity at the forefront. Secrets Are The Best Stories is set to be a career-defining album for Kurt, confirming his trajectory on a new and evolving path of artistic excellence, and further exploring the passion and the messages, political, personal, that inspire him. Here, Elling adds evocative new lyrics to compositions by greats like Pérez’s iconic collaborator Wayne Shorter, late fusion bass genius Jaco Pastorius, and visionary composer/arranger Vince Mendoza, and to pieces from Pérez’s own catalogue. Along with his own compelling narratives, Elling adapts the works of contemporary poets Franz Wright and Robert Bly, the 19th century abolitionist poet Frances E.W. Harper and Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison.

Friday, April 3, 2020

UK: Alice Zawadzki -Within You is a World of Spring(2020)

“The woods are still when I look in from the outside. The more I listen, the more I can hear them. My blood is spiked with emerald and I become green, glowing, sprouting new shoots from all over my body…” Diffracting through a greenwood canopy, the poetic words and music of vocalist/violinist/pianist Alice Zawadzki illuminate her unique artistry and the concept behind new album Within You is a World of Spring – the follow-up to acclaimed Whirlwind debut release China Lane. Zawadzki leads an inspiring band of musicians and improvisers in realising her extraordinary, often moving, occasionally droll, original songs: Fred Thomas (piano, drums, percussion, banjo, organ), Rob Luft (guitar), Misha Mullov-Abbado (double bass) and Hyelim Kim (taegum). Integral to the impressive, layered detailing is the Amika String Quartet of Simmy Singh, Laura Senior, Lucy Nolan and Peggy Nolan, and engineer Alex Killpartrick.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

UK: Shabaka and the Ancestors-We Are Sent Here By History( impulse! Records 2020

 We Are Sent Here By History
1.They Who Must Die 2. You’ve Been Called 3. Go My Heart, Go To Heaven 4. Behold, The Deceiver 5. Run, The Darkness Will Pass 6. The Coming Of The Strange Ones 7. Beasts Too Spoke of Suffering 8. We Will Work (On Redefining Manhood) 9. Til The Freedom Comes Home 10. Finally, The Man Cried 11. Teach me How To Be Vulnerable

" This second album from his alliance with assorted South African musicians is both calmer and more ominous than his work with the Comet Is Coming and Sons of Kemet. There are no synth squalls and fractured beats – instead, Hutchings’s tenor and clarinet are pitched against an acoustic ensemble driven by double bass and awash with Fender Rhodes piano, an approach that often echoes South Africa’s distinct jazz lineage."The Guardian