Tuesday, January 31, 2017

USA: Sweet Lu Olutosin- You'll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine)

The first single from Sweet Lu Olutosin's "Meet Me At The Crossroads" project is "You'll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine)". This cover of the Lou Rawls' hit takes the audience on a aural hayride ride through the ups and downs of relationship termination. Lu's vocal work on the tune clearly shows influences of Gospel and Blues as he give the song a Jazz infused groove. Check it out and Meet Sweet Lu at the Crossroads on April 21st!

Sweet Lu is an artist whose debut release afforded him placement on the CMJ Top 40 (American Chart) Jazz Chart in 2011, in addition to glowing reviews in industry standard publications like Jazz Times, All About Jazz, Cadence Magazine, including airplay on XM/Sirius.

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USA: Brad Myers & Michael Sharfe Upcoming CD Release Shows for "Sanguinaria"

Upcoming CD Release Shows
Wed. March 1st
Blu Jazz + - Akron, OH 7-10pm $10
Brad Myers Trio w/Michael Sharfe (b) & Shane Willis (d)

Thurs. March 2nd
Bop Stop - Cleveland, OH 8-11pm $10
Brad Myers & Michael Sharfe Duo

Sat. March 4th
Washington Platform - Cincinnati, OH 9-12 $10
Brad Myers Quartet w/ Dan Karlsburg (p), Mike Sharfe (b) & Shane Willis (d)

Fri. March 17th
Spinoza's - Dayton, OH 7-10pm
Brad Myers Trio w/Michael Sharfe (b) & Shane Willis (d)

Wed. April 19th
Brothers Drake - Columbus, OH 8-11pm
Brad Myers Trio w/Michael Sharfe (b) & Shane Willis (d)

Fri. May 19th
Weasel Boy Brewing Co. - Zanesville, OH 8-11pm
Brad Myers Trio w/Michael Sharfe (b) & Shane Willis (d)

Brad Myers & Michael Sharfe Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs) Street Date: March 3, 2017
(Colloquy Records 13214)

The elements of interplay and synergy are fundamental to the essence of the finest jazz expression. With Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs) the brilliant tandem of guitarist Brad Myers and bassist Michael Sharfe embrace these elements to perfection. What began as a musical conversation a few years ago when they began playing together in their hometown Cincinnati has flowered into full bloom with this stunning collaboration.  And the blossoming metaphor is fully appropriate.

In addition to our shared roots, for both of us, music was – has always been – in our blood. The bloodroot plant, whose delicate white flowers bloom in spring, is a metaphor for our collaboration. That the plant sometimes produces a rare double flower seemed symbolic of our duo format. When the plant’s root is pierced or broken, it bleeds a reddish sap, which also accounts for its Latin name Sanguinaria.

Even more to the point, sanguine means hopeful and optimistic, and aria means an expressive melody or song – which brings us to the core of this beautifully expressive and compelling album. Twelve captivating songs – six by iconic jazz composers; four by Myers; and two provided by respected colleagues –receive enchanting interpretations, focused on beauty, joy and a powerful sense of hopeful inspiration. The mutual feelings of loving expressiveness and emotional warmth embodied by Brad and Mike through this music are palpable and uplifting – further enhanced by the remarkable virtuosity that is fully at their command.

I think of the collaboration between Mike and me as a conversation and a dance. The essence of it, for me, is very yin and yang, but instead of one of us being yin to the other’s yang, each of us possesses both yin and yang.

While there are four additional musicians participating in various places on the album – drummer/percussionists Dan Dorff Jr., Tom Buckley and Marc Wolfley on two or three pieces each, and Dan Karlsberg playing melodica on one – this is truly a pas de deux of aural motion with Myers on acoustic and electric guitars as well as guitar bongos; and Sharfe on double bass, fretless electric bass and percussion.  That Brad has some experience as an electric bassist and Mike studied classical guitar adds another layer of understanding and sharing to the music. The way they stimulate and feed off each other is breathtaking, making it impossible to really tell what is arranged and what is essentially telepathic.

Categories are pointless – ballads that aren’t just ballads; blues that aren’t simply blues; drivers that aren’t always drivers; and swing that isn’t only swing – as pieces shift and morph and transform from moment to moment without contrivance or disruption of the journey undertaken. Each song must be taken entirely on its own terms without any preconception.  Outside of one splendid solo bass excursion and the consummate, ultra-sensitive supporting contributions of the guests, the listener should also dismiss standard notions of soloing and accompanying between Brad and Mike as they shift in and out of those modes as the moment and the story being told demands.
Imagine a sumptuous Japanese meal, with a dozen dishes, each perfectly prepared to be all that it can be, but also crafted to complement and enhance each of the other dishes to both stand alone and in harmony – and that pretty well captures the heart and soul of this album. It makes one wish that there was some new form of technology that would allow you to shift back and forth between elements of each song the way one would sample different delights from each dish at will during the meal.

The repertoire was selected with that same sense of harmony, imaginatively arranged by the two men either individually or together. The six pieces by the eminent jazz composers are conceived in an inspired original fashion while fully maintaining the integrity of the composers’ intent – Gerry Mulligan’s Line for Lyons in a walking groove; Steve Swallow’s Falling Grace alternating between unison and call-and-response; Jim Hall’s Waltz New as a vivid homage to his own many duo endeavors; Mike’s inspired double bass solo on Keith Jarrett’s Country; a Latin-ish 6/8 treatment of Vince Guaraldi’s Great Pumpkin Waltz; and a spirited jaunt in straightforward fashion on Dave Brubeck’s In Your Own Sweet Way that closes out the album.

Two songs that were offered to Mike by their composers after performing together are Steve Cardenas’ New Moon, a beautiful balled that begins like a gentle rain and brews into a bit of a storm; and A Feeling Inspired by Maria, a deeply beauteous paean by Paul Bollenback that is recorded here for the very first time.

Myers’ four compositions include the title tune that opens the album in rubato before taking a decidedly Brazilian turn with touches of Bach and Stevie Wonder in tow; the light and playful bounce on In from Somewhere that re-imagines Out of Nowhere; the deliciously suspended and rapid fire line of Norm’s Ridge inspired by Myers’ major influence, Pat Metheny; and the grooving Bentley’s Blues reprised from Myers’ acclaimed previous album, the outstanding Prime Numbers.

At a time in our world where hope is a most precious and needed substance, the extraordinary Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs) is a marvelous way to obtain some.

Brad Myers & Michael Sharfe Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs)
 (Colloquy Records 13214) Street Date: March 3, 2017
Brad Myers - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Bongos (Sanguinaria)
Michael Sharfe - Double Bass, Fretless Electric Bass (Norm’s Ridge),
Percussion (Sanguinaria,
Great Pumpkin Waltz, and Maria)
with special guests
Dan Dorff, Jr. - Drums and Cymbals (Norm’s Ridge, In From Somewhere, and
Falling Grace)
Tom Buckley - Drums and Cymbals (New Moon, Maria, and In Your Own Sweet Way)
Marc Wolfley - Percussion (Great Pumpkin Waltz and Maria)
Dan Karlsburg - Melodica (Sanguinaria)

For more information, visit www.MusicByBrad.com

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UK: Joe Stilgoe-Songs On Film @ Turner Sims Southampton

Joe Stilgoe-Songs On Film FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY - 8:00 PM

Joe Stilgoe piano
Tom Farmer double bass
Ben Reynolds drums
After two sell-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe finally takes his smash hit show on tour. SONGS ON FILM pays tribute to much-loved movies, as self-confessed film buff Joe raids his own collection and adds his own original and stylish orchestrations to some of the most memorable moments in cinematic history. From Hollywood’s golden age to the classic films of the 80’s, to the work of Tarantino, Tati, Paramount and Pixar, Joe and his remarkable band perform songs written for and inspired by some of the greatest films of the last century.

Monday, January 30, 2017

USA: Jazz Stories with Bernard Purdie & David Haney February 4th @ Joe's Pub

Jazz Stories
with Bernard Purdie & David Haney
February 4th
Joe's Pub
Tickets Now On Sale!

Doors at 6PM
Show at 7:30PM

The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

General Info: 212.539.8500
Tickets: 212.967.7555
Jazz Stories combines the swinging exciting music with legend Bernard Purdie and company plus some great stories retold by David Haney.  Haney talked to each of these artists and had them to recount the following stories for Cadence Magazine: Sonny Rollins, The Bridge Story; John McLaughlin's story about recording with Miles Davis; Gunter Hampel remembers Thelonious Monk; Steve Swallow recalls his trip to Jamaica with Herbie Nichols; Dominic Duval on Charles Mingus; and of course Bernard Purdie breaks down the Purdie Shuffle.
Bernard Purdie, drums
David Haney, piano and narration
Adam Lane, bass
Steve Swell, trombone
Nora McCarthy, vocals
Kat Modiano, flute
& special guests

BERNARD PURDIE the world’s most recorded drummer, was born June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. Purdie moved to New York in 1960 after finishing high school and played with (among others), Lon-nie Youngblood before landing his first hit with King Curtis. This led to his engagement with Aretha Franklin in 1970 - the beginning of an unparalleled career. Since then, Purdie has been a regular guest in the studios of the stars of Jazz, Soul, and Rock, working together with Paul Butterfield as well as Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren and Cat Stevens, as well as regularly producing his own solo albums under his own name.

Pianist DAVID HANEY studied composition with Czech American composer Tomas Svoboda and piano with jazz pianist Eddie Wied. As music editor for Cadence Magazine, David interviewed over 60 jazz artists for the Jazz Stories project. The following artists have worked and recorded with David: Roswell Rudd, Julian Priester, John Tchicai, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Bud Shank, Wolter Weirbos, Han Bennink, Andrew Cyrille, Bernard Purdie, Marvin Bugulu Smith, Ger-ry Hemingway, Dylan Van de Schiff, Buell Neidlinger, Dominic Duval, Adam Lane, Michael Bisio, Paul Blaney, Perry Robinson, Johannes Bauer. As a leader, Haney has over 20 albums on CIMP-USA, Cadence-USA, SLAM-UK, NoSe-So-Argentina, La Gorda-Argentina, Canada Jazz Studio-Canada.

By combining a disparate set of influences into a unique improvisational voice, Adam Lane has become recognized as one of the most original creative voices in contemporary jazz. His 2006 recording New Magical Kingdom, was recent-ly featured in the Penguin Jazz Guide 1001 Best Records Ever Made, and his most recent recording, Ashcan Ranting received a myriad of critical praise including four stars in Downbeat.
“Lane’s music is genuine, accessible, fun. The music is deeply in touch with the essential pleasures of earwig-worthy tunes, fat bluesy grooves, and sheer tonal beauty.” (Downbeat Jan 2011)
"Haney and Purdie fit together like interlocking parts of a jigsaw puzzle... These two makes a really strong and fascinating team." Cadence Magazine

"I’m very happy to have worked with Dave Haney. That’s number one. Dave did a thing for me. He actually brought me back to creativity. Just doing things wild – I mean all of the unexpected stuff that you can possibly think of. And it got me thinking: wow, I haven’t done this in 30-35 years!” - Interview with Bernard Purdie, Oregon Music News

"Haney tells these tales with the dramatic flair of a Garrison Keillor.."   Cadence Magazine

LATVIA:International Jazz Artist Contest Riga Jazz Stage 2017

International Jazz Artist Contest Riga Jazz Stage 2017 will be held from April 6 to April 8 in Riga, Latvia. This year more than 50 young jazz artists from 19 countries have applied to the contest!
Riga Jazz Stage is an annual event held in Riga bringing together Latvian and foreign rising jazz stars and allowing the audience to empathize for creative competition and simply enjoy yet unheard jazz interpretations. It is a great opportunity for young jazz talents to obtain recognition, discover their own talents and present themselves on the international level.
Special guests: Kurt Rosenwinkel (USA), Robinson Khoury (France), Michael Valeanu (France) and Latvian Radio Big Band.

USA: David Binney-The Time Verses(Criss Cross Jazz 2017)

The Time Verses

For his eighth date for Criss Cross as a leader or co-leader, alto saxophonist-composer David Binney documents the quartet with which he most frequently works in New York City (pianist Jacob Sacks, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and drummer Dan Weiss) for the first time since the 2009 recording Aliso (Criss 1322 CD).

It's an episodic, thematically cohesive, 65-minute suite on which Binney and his upper-echelon bandmates solo through the shifting moods and environments -- tracking his responses to the diurnal cycle -- with characteristic inspiration and derring-do.

1. Dawn (David Binney) 0:26
2. Walk (David Binney) 10:55
3. Arc (David Binney) 5:10
4. Morning Tide (David Binney) 0:24
5. Strange Animal (David Binney) 8:55
6. Seen (David Binney) 7:25
7. Noon Tide (David Binney) 0:25
8. The Reason To Return (David Binney) 6:08
9. Time Takes It's Time (David Binney) 6:12
10. Evening Tide (David Binney) 0:18
11. Where Worlds Collide (David Binney) 11:24
12. Fifty Five (David Binney) 6:15
13. Arc Reprise (David Binney) 1:14
14. Dusk (David Binney) 0:27

David Binney (As / Vc / Electronics)
Jacob Sacks (P)
Eivind Opsvik (B)
Dan Weiss (D)
Jen Shyu (Vc) [6]
Shai Gola


Sunday, January 29, 2017

USA: MONTY ALEXANDER "LOOKING BACK" @ The Jazz Standard Jan. 31-Feb. 4th


Jan 31-Feb 4
@ The Jazz Standard
Set Times 7:30 & 9:30 pm

A very special appearance by jazz maestro Monty Alexander.

“Looking Back,” will be a retrospective of his celebrated career with his dynamic Trio,the Harlem–Kingston Express and many special guests too.

January 31- February 1
Revisiting "That's the Way it is” 1969
Remembering Milt Jackson / Ray Brown Quintet w/ Monty Alexander 

Warren Wolf - vibraphone
Ron Blake - tenor sax
Hassan Shakur -bass
Jason Brown -drums

February 2
Revisiting Montreux '77 (Jazz at the Philharmonic)
Remembering Dizzy Gillespie / Milt Jackson / Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis w/ Monty Alexander

Dominick Farinacci - trumpet
Andrae Murchison - trombone
Warren Wolf-vibraphone
Ron Blake -tenor sax
Hassan Shakur -bass
Jason Brown -drums

February 3 
Monty Alexander - Harlem Kingston Express
Revisiting Jamaica's Studio 1

Andrae Murchison - trombone
Ron Blake -tenor sax
Dominick Farinacci - trumpet
Karl Wright - drums / percussion
Andy Bassford -guitar
JoshuaThomas - el. bass
Hassan Shakur - bass
Jason Brown - drums

February 4
Monty Alexander - Harlem Kingston Express
Revisiting Jamaica's Studio 1

Andrae Murchison - trombone
Wayne Escoffery -tenor sax
Karl Wright - drums / percussion
Andy Bassford - guitar
JoshuaThomas - el. bass
Hassan Shakur - bass
Jason Brown - drums

USA: Walt Weiskopf New Album & Tour Dates

New Album & Tour Dates

Last fall, I recorded a new quintet album with my incredibly talented musical contemporaries Behn Gillece (vibes), Peter Zak (piano), Mike Karn (bass) and Steve Fidyk (drums). Working with Posi-Tone Records once again, I am excited to release this CD to the public this Summer, so be on the lookout.

Meanwhile, perhaps you'll catch some of my upcoming gigs with my quartet. Starting next month and through June, we will be performing at the following locations:
  • February 4-10: European Tour
  • June 9: Depot Square, Montclair, NJ
  • June 29: Rochester, NY
New dates are always being added, so check my Website often!

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SERBIA: EYOT's First Single 'Veer' Announces Their New Album "Innate"

EYOT has recorded three albums since 2008—all critically acclaimed and commercially well received. Over the last eight years EYOT as tour extensively covering 20 countries. Their fourth album Innate was recorded by legendary sound engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies, Mogwai etc..) who also mixed it at Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago.

For the official announcement, EYOT has released a video for their first single “Veer."

“Veer"—to change direction; shift, turn, or change from one course, position, inclination; one can hear melody moving and rhythm changing in the tune. When read in the band’s native language, Serbian, “Veer" is pronounced the same, but it becomes “Vir-whirl." This is of paramount importance, for this composition is dedicated to the famous archaeological site in Serbia, LEPENSKI VIR, one of the oldest traces of human settlements in the world.

Innate will be released on February 20, 2017 from independent New York label—Ninety and Nine Records.

Praise for EYOT

“This highly original quartet unites jazz, classical, folk and rock elements in an intoxicating mix that is at once meditative and invigorating.”—Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

“The proud representative of a new generation of European musicians, this Serbian quartet breaks all temporal, geographical and cultural boundaries of Balkan Jazz, explosively blending classical music, art-rock and traditional melodies. In its quest for new creative sound combinations, Eyot restlessly explores the limits between tradition and innovation and leads European Jazz off the beaten track. Known as the “Nirvana of Jazz", the four musicians light up the stage with outstandingly fresh and electrifying sounds. The quartet brings to life a music of unique creativity which strikes a pleasant balance between simplicity and sophistication, and is both coarse yet delicate."—Cully Jazz Festival

“This is just simply quite stunning."—Mike Chadwick, SoulandJazz.com

“Electro jazz rock fusion- you name it they play it- full of energy and invention—a top class act.” —Tim Dickeson, Jazzwise