Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SARAJEVO JAZZ FEST 31st October- 2nd November

JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT - A Benefit For The Stone;  the documentary by Mathieu Amalric;  talk with The Man Himself and more!
John Zorn  Julian Lage  Gyan Riley  Trevor Dunn  Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz  John Medeski  Brian Marsella  Kenny Wollesen  Joey Baron  Tyshawn Sorey  Ikue Mori  Chris Otto  Jay Campbell  Steve Gosling  Al Lipowski  Austin Wulliman  Erik Friedlander  Jane Sheldon  Elizabeth Bates  Sarah Brailey  Mellissa Hughes  Rachel Calloway  Kirsten Sollek  Matt Hollenberg  Kenny Grohowski


Nov 4th, 7:00PM
National Sawdust
"Brazil Afora" with Alex Kautz Trio and special guests
John Ellis & Magos Herrera
Located at 80 N 6th st, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Monday, October 30, 2017

USA: Jazz Promo Services New Releases Coming In 2018

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Brad Garton & Dave Soldier – “The Brainwave Music Project”

(Mulatta 038)
MUSICIANS: musican/neuroscientist (Dave Soldier composer/computer-musician (Brad Garton)  hardanger fiddle (Dan Trueman), the solo flute (Margaret Lancaster), the mandolin (Terry Pender) and the trap drums (William Hooker)  http://davesoldier.com , http://mulatta.orghttp://sites.music.columbia.edu/brad/
→Street Date: 01/05/2018

Corina Bartra – “Takunde”

MUSICIANS: Corina Bartra-vocals, Steve Sandberg-piano; Victor Murillo-bass; Jay Rodriguez-sax; Seth Johnson-guitar; Vince Cherico-drums; Perico Diaz-cajon
→Street Date: 01/05/2018

Michael Moss The Accidental Orchestra – “HELIX”

MUSICIANS: Jason Kao Hwang, Rosi Hertlein, Fung Churn Hwei (violins), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Lenny Mims and Carol Buck (cellos), Steve Swell (trombone), Vincent Chancey (French horn), and Waldron Mahdi Ricks (trumpet), Richard Keene (oboe), Elliott Levin (flute, tenor saxophone), Ras Moshe (soprano and tenor saxophones), Michael Lytle (bass clarinet), and myself, Michael Moss (Bb clarinet), Steve Cohn (piano), Billy Stein (guitar), Rick Iannacone (ambient guitar), Larry Roland (string bass), Warren Smith (percussion, vibraphones), Badal Roy (tabla), Chuck Fertal (drums), and Michael Wimberly (djembe, African bells and percussion).
→Street Date: 01/05/2018

Steve Hobbs – “Tribute To Bobby”

MUSICIANS: Steve Hobbs-Marimba, vibes,   Adam Kolker-soprano and tenor saxes,  Bill O'Connell-piano, Peter Washington-bass, John Riley-drums, Carol Ingbretsen, Maurice Myers and Marvin Thorne-vocals
→Street Date: 01/05/2018

Steve Slagle – “Dedication”

(Panorama Records 007)
MUSICIANS: Steve Slagle-alto & soprano sax, Lawrence Fields-piano, Scott Colley-bass, Roman Diaz-percussion, Bill Stewart-drums, Special Guest Dave Stryker-guitar
→Street Date: 01/05/2018

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UK: Elaine Harris- Wish you were here (2017)

Elaine Harris is a singer songwriter and 'Wish you were here' is her first E.P.
released October 20, 2017

Singer songwriter - Elaine Harris
Andrzej Baranek - Piano
Frank Grimes - Double Bass
Eryl Roberts - Drums - On 'Deep desires', 'Funny The Way' and 'The Way I do'
Hugh Lawrence - Drums - 'I wish you were here'
Ted - Trumpet, 'I wish you were here'

ITALY: Stefano Battaglia-Pelagos (2017)

Stefano Battaglia plays both piano and prepared piano (sometimes simultaneously) in a highly attractive double-album program that includes his own compositions and spontaneous improvisations as well as two versions of the Arabic traditional song Lamma Bada Yatathanna. The melodic and texturally-inventive pieces, some of almost hypnotic allure, were recorded both in concert and in closed doors sessions at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile, Italy, in May 2016, and subsequently arranged into what Battaglia describes as a wonderful new shape with a completely new dramaturgy by producer Manfred Eicher.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

USA; The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra Appearing at The Blue Note Sunday, Dec. 10th Sets 11:30am & 1:30pm

The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra
Appearing at The Blue Note
Sunday, Dec. 10th
Sets 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

The Blue Note
131 W. 3rd St
New York, NY 10012
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Pete McGuinness: Leader, composer-arranger, trombone, vocals
Saxes: Dave Pietro, Marc Phaneuf, Tom Christensen, 
Dan Pratt, Dave Reikenberg
Trumpets: Tony Kadlek, Jon Owens, Bill Mobley, Chris Rogers
Trombones: Bruce Eidem, Mark Patterson, Matt Haviland, Jeff Nelson
Rhythm: Mike Holober-piano, Andy Eulau-bass, Scott Neumann-drums

On the NYC jazz scene since 2006, The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra is a group filled with some of the area¹s most experienced and exciting big band musicians. A collect resume of the where these musicians have been would include the bands of Maria Schneider, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Fedchock, and and The Westchester Jazz Orchestra (to name only a few).

Pete himself has a long history in the jazz world as a trombonist, award-winning jazz vocalist, and is a three-time GRAMMY nominated big band arranger. He also in a member of a new jazz vocal group known as ³The Royal Bopsters². Pete is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. The orchestra has released two CDs, its most-recent being "Strength In Numbers" (2014, Summit Records) to rave reviews ("4 and 1/2 stars" - Downbeat Magazine) and much radio-play nation-wide. This is the band¹s fifth appearance at The Blue Note.

USA: Tommy Emmanuel , David Grisman - Pickin' (2017)

2017 release. An exuberant meeting of the musical minds and souls, Pickin', with 10 Dawg compositions (five of which are newly written) is just the beginning of what promises to be an important, long-awaited and historic musical friendship. Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman had admired each other's music for years but their paths had never crossed. That changed in January, 2014 when their mutual friend, the brilliant Scottish guitarist Martin Taylor, invited David to sit in at his concert with the world-renowned, Tommy Emmanuel. Going forward to 2016, Tommy invited David to participate in a recording project of his in Nashville, whereupon he asked him to teach him some "Dawg" tunes. Within the hour, they had recorded five of David's tunes and the seeds of this recording were sown. An exuberant meeting of the musical minds and souls, Pickin', with 10 Dawg compositions is just the beginning of what promises to be an important, longawaited and historic musical friendship.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

USA: Wadada Leo Smith- Najwa (2017)

Four new compositions by Wadada Leo Smith in tribute to past masters of creative music, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Ronald Shannon Jackson and Billie Holiday, as well as the title composition 'Najwa' in remembrance of a love lost. Wadada Leo Smith performs with a highly-charged electric ensemble, including Michael Gregory Jackson, Henry Kaiser, Brandon Ross and Lamar Smith on guitars, Bill Laswell on electric bass, Pheeroan akLaff on drums and Adam Rudolph on percussion.

USA: Saxophonist Rahsaan Barber's 3rd CD, "The Music in the Night," Due Nov. 3

Nashville Jazz Crusader Rahsaan Barber's
Third CD as a Leader,
"The Music in the Night,"
Set for November 3 Release
On His Jazz Music City Records
New CD Focuses on Standards
After Two Recordings of Mostly Original Material

October 17, 2017
Rahsaan Barber The Music in the Night Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Rahsaan Barber's years of activity as a performer, producer, presenter, educator, and most recently DJ in his native Nashville have established him as an integral part of the city's vibrant jazz scene. In fact, Barber named his record label and concert production company Jazz Music City to make the point that there's more to America's "Music City" than the Grand Ole Opry.
With the release on November 3 of The Music in the Night, he also reveals there's more to Rahsaan Barber than his reputation as composer of the cutting-edge modern jazz works that were the primary focus of his two previous albums, 2005's Trio Soul and 2011's Everyday Magic. Only glimpsed there were his gentle side and his skills as a gifted interpreter of standards that, in his hands, are transformed in fresh and highly original ways.
Barber writes in his liner notes that recording an album of standards was his mother Stella's idea. She told him "how much she missed hearing my approach to standards, and how much she felt my ability to interpret familiar songs sets me apart from my peers." He also followed the advice of his grandmother, the late Zepher Selby, who told him to "play pretty" and "make sure you put a blues in every set."
Every track on The Music in the Night is notable, ranging from the swinging opener "Isn't She Lovely" to the gorgeous treatment of the Michael Jackson hit "She's Out of My Life"; from a reggae-tinged rendition of Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" to the Ray Charles classic "Georgia on My Mind" treated as a slow blues with a backbeat. Then there are versions of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer's "Skylark," the lyrics of which inspired the album title, and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "The Girl from Ipanema."
While it never achieved the popularity to qualify as a standard, "The Backbone" (composed by bassist Butch Warren for a 1964 Dexter Gordon album) is a tour de force showcasing the chops of Barber's rhythm section: pianist Matt Endahl, drummer Derrek Phillips, and 20-year-old bassist Jack Aylor.
Family played a huge role in Rahsaan Barber's musical development. Stella and Robert Barber Sr. named their twin sons, Rahsaan and Roland, born in Nashville on April 2, 1980, after the late multi-reed master Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Rahsaan Barber  
The twins grew up listening to hymns at Nashville's St. Luke CME Church, which their great-great uncles and aunts had helped to found in 1915 and where their grandmother later served as pianist and choir director. At home, they heard records by Luther Vandross, Stephanie Mills, and other soul singers favored by their mother, a singer herself. Their father, a blues fan originally from Memphis, began taking saxophonist Rahsaan and trombonist Roland to sit in at blues clubs when they were as young as 14. And his grandmother introduced Rahsaan to the music of such early tenor saxophone giants as Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, and Don Byas.
After graduating high school, the brothers enrolled at Indiana University (IU) and studied with onetime George Russell trombonist David Baker, who, Rahsaan says, "redefined what jazz education could look like and sound like. He was a trailblazer culturally." Barber also credits Tom Walsh, his saxophone teacher at IU, "with the grand majority of what I can do with the saxophone. He was a godsend-the right person at the right time at the right place."
The twins spent five years at IU, both receiving bachelor's degrees and Artist Diplomas in jazz and instrumental studies. After recording Twinnovation, their only album together, in 2001, they spent two years at the Manhattan School of Music, earning master's degrees in jazz performance in 2005. Roland today teaches at Vanderbilt University, where his parents had met years earlier. Rahsaan taught at Belmont College for six years and at Tennessee State University for two and a half years before recently retiring from academia.
Barber presently performs with several of his own groups: his quartet and quintet, as well as the septet El Movimiento, which blends jazz, Latin, and world music with hip-hop and rock; The Megaphones, which combines New Orleans brass band music and hip-hop; and the 12-piece Nashville Salsa Machine. He has produced CDs by trumpeter Imer Santiago, vocalist Stephanie Ablington, and El Movimiento. His extensive recording and/or performing credits include work with such diverse artists as Big Smo, Kelly Clarkson, Gladys Knight, Delfeayo Marsalis, Kirk Franklin, Hunter Hayes, Kid Rock, Martina McBride, Idina Menzel, Lionel Richie, and Darius Rucker. He serves as vice president of the Tennessee Blues and Jazz Society, where he designs live re-creations of classic jazz and blues albums and hosts the weekly one-hour radio show "Generations of Jazz" Mondays at 7 p.m. on KFSK-FM at Fisk University.  
Photography: Rusty Russell 
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Friday, October 27, 2017

USA: Read The Latest Issue of Bossa Magazine Now



Dear friends,

I am proud  to share with you the 4th edition of the "BOSSA MAGAZINE", the first and only Brazilian Art and Music online magazine in New York City. The magazine has been captivating hundreds of thousands of people in New York City and surrounding areas since its launching in July 2017. 

October's edition will be dedicated to the 3rd "International Choro Festival".
The Festival will be presented by Brazilian Music Foundation and Asuos Productions from November 8th - 12th in the City of New York.

The festival will also officially open the "Latin American Cultural Week" in New York City (LACW) with a concert at Baruch Performing Arts Center on November 10th at 8 PM.

You will find all the information about the festival at this magazine's edition or online at  www.bmf-usa.org.

I hope you enjoy this magazine's edition and support Brazilian Music Foundation’s mission, which is to promote, educate and advance Brazilian Art and Music in the Americas.

Join us at the Choro Festival!

Brazilian Music Foundation
Founder & Chief Executive Director
Bossa Magazine: Creator & Editor In Chief


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Pedrito was a founding member of the highly successful Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band Yerba Buena. He has received the Thelonius Monk Award, Sphinx Award for Excellence and been named “Percussionist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association every year from 2014-2017.
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USA: Fred Hersch -Open Book(SONY 2017)

Fred Hersch has long been acclaimed as an exploratory artist, an outspoken activist, an influential educator and a uniquely revelatory and lyrical pianist. As one of the most expressive voices in modern jazz, Hersch has never been shy about letting listeners glimpse his most intimate thoughts and emotions. In September, however, Hersch's fans will be treated to even deeper, more revealing insights into the story of the renowned pianist when he publishes his much-anticipated memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz. As a companion piece, Hersch decided to present an equally direct and vulnerable glimpse into his private musical thoughts with his 11th solo release, Open Book.

The seven pieces on Open Book (out September 8 on Palmetto Records) offer some of the finest, most unguardedly emotional solo music that Hersch has created in a career unique for its profound poignancy and passion. Recorded in a South Korean concert hall on a superb Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, the album captures the vital essence of the revelatory adventurousness and intense beauty that have made Hersch one of the most important solo artists in jazz. With more than 40 albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch remarkably continues to discover new areas of inspiration and depths of feeling.

For the last two and a half decades I've been pretty open about who I am, what I like and what I m dealing with at times, Hersch says. But I've always got to dig deeper, and I thought this might be a chance to make an album that s a window into the kinds of things that I play at home or don t play in public all that much.

The album arrives during a momentous month for Hersch. On September 12, the esteemed publishers Crown Archetype (Penguin Random House) will release Good Things Happen Slowly, Hersch's bravely confessional memoir. The book covers the pianist s meteoric rise in jazz from his sideman days alongside masters like Art Farmer and Joe Henderson to his gradual recognition as one of the most individualistic and innovative artists of his generation, a ten-time Grammy Award nominee and winner of countless accolades including being named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist as well as the same year s Jazz Journalists Association Pianist of the Year. But it also frankly reveals his story as the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz musician, tracing his path through hedonistic post-Stonewall New York City to the dramatic two-month medically induced coma in 2007 from which he emerged to make some of the most stunning and captivating music of his career.

Later that month Hersch will reprise his ambitious Leaves of Grass full-evening piece at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room, the first time the song cycle has been performed in New York City since 2005. Vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry will reprise their roles from the original project, which sets the verse of American bard Walt Whitman. The legendary poet s timeless ode to the miracle of nature and openhearted love of all beings seems especially vital in our present socio-political moment.

The centerpiece of Open Book, and the spark that ignited the album, is the nearly 20-minute improvisation Through the Forest. Unique in Hersch's extensive discography, the stream-of-consciousness gem is a miniature masterpiece of narrative development, a compelling journey through an abstract, glimmering landscape, revealing that in his early 60s Hersch continues to take creative risks and daunting inventive leaps.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

USA/GERMANY: FYC Dial & Oatts-Rich DeRosa & The WDR Big Band “Rediscovered Ellington” New Takes on Duke's Rare and Unheard Music

For Your Consideration


Dial & Oatts
Rich DeRosa
The WDR Big Band
Rediscovered Ellington”
New Takes on Duke's Rare and Unheard Music

Zoho ZM201707) Street Date: August 18, 2017

WDR Big Band feat. Garry Dial & Dick Oatts Ellington Unheard - Part 1

Ms Mercedes Ellington
 215 W. 92nd St.
New York, NY 10025

 Dear Jazz Fan,

  I'd like to tell you about an album, "Rediscovered Ellington", that I think you will enjoy as much as I have.
  I met Garry Dial at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine’s Gala for Music Therapy a few years back . Garry has a music therapy fund in his name for the Center at Mount Sinai West in New York City as well as being a performer at the annual Gala.

Last year he brought to my attention his new cd  “Re-Discovered Ellington”.  To quote a recent review of the cd in the jazz journal“All about Jazz”:

"After sitting on his archival collection of rare Duke Ellington music for close to forty years, pianist Garry Dial decided it was time the music was heard. Connecting with his musical partner and prominent reedman Dick Oatts, the Rediscovered Ellington project was launched. Illustrating the mystical relationship that Dial and Oatts have with Ellington and Hodges, "I Must Be Mad" is performed in hushed tones as a fitting farewell to the music, and in honor of their enduring contribution to Jazz history. The Duke would certainly approve."

   I am thrilled that Garry ,Dick and Richard have rediscovered my grandfather Duke Ellington’s rare and unheard music after all this time .They have recorded a beautiful project with respect, elegance and dignity. Our family is very proud . 

Stephen James
 9630 E. Bay Harbor Drive
Bay Harbor Island, Fl 33154

Dear Jazz Lover,

I am writing to share "Re-Discovered Ellington" with you. I'm very excited about this release because it is personal for me.
In the late 1970’s my mother Ruth Ellington and I hired pianist Garry Dial to record for the family’s archives the vast catalogue of music my uncle Duke Ellington left behind.  

It's  brought me  great pleasure that after 38 years Garry has teamed up with saxophonist Dick Oatts and Richard DeRosa, arranger and conductor of the WDR Big Band, to record their arrangements of my uncle’s rare and unheard music. Their arrangements and performances have captured the essence of Duke Ellington while giving the music a personal and modern twist .

Dial & Oatts
Rich DeRosa
The WDR Big Band
Rediscovered Ellington”
New Takes on Duke's Rare and Unheard Music

It’s no secret that jazz composers have been profoundly influenced by classical composers and vice versa. Duke’s version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is a fine example. Duke embraced the classical composer’s music with love and respect but transformed it in his own beautifully sincere way – the way it worked most naturally for his band and himself. Miles Davis and Gil Evans fell in love with Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez which became part of their project Sketches of Spain.

Rediscovered Ellington is presented in the same respectful manner. To continue Ellington’s legacy, we resurrected these compositions with our perspective through personalized arrangements. Although a few of them suggest a “tip of the hat” to Duke’s sound, most of these renditions showcase how quality music may be transformed into something new and refreshing while respecting the original essence of its composer. We hope you enjoy these compositions in this context.

Garry Dial, Dick Oatts, and Rich DeRosa.

In 1979, my mother, Ruth Ellington, and I wanted to record and archive all of the Tempo Music catalogue. This included compositions by my uncle, Duke Ellington, and many of his musical associates. We hired Garry Dial to do this job. I am thrilled, that after 38 years, Garry has revisited the more obscure tunes of Duke Ellington. Rediscovered Ellington will bring this beautiful, rarely heard music to the public eye. Garry Dial, Dick Oatts and Rich DeRosa, along with the WDR Big Band, have managed to capture the essence of Ellington. I am proud of their swinging contribution and I know my mother and uncle would be smiling. 

Stephen James
Nephew of Duke Ellington

Here’s the story of how a poodle named Bravo inadvertently became responsible for this collection of rarely heard gems by the great Duke Ellington.
In the late 1970's I had the honor of working with Duke Ellington's sister Ruth and her son Stephen James. They hired me to record in alphabetical order the entire Tempo Music catalogue of Duke's music and his associates for their family archive. Entering Ruth's apartment was quite an experience. There stood Duke's famous white piano with his original painting of Satin Doll hanging on the wall. I was speechless and somewhat daunted. Ruth and Stephen were most gracious and warm to me, putting me at ease.

They described the job and when I saw how incredibly prolific Duke had been, I said, “You probably need ten pianists to complete this project!” I suggested Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron and Dick Hyman among others. “Do you want this job or not?” said Ruth. I gulped and said, “Yessssssss!”

I went to Ruth's apartment for about three months, five days a week. The music was in various forms: a sketch, a score, and even a published lead sheet. I was a kid in a candy store. As I played through the tunes, Stephen and his brother Michael would stop over and give me the eye if I wasn't getting the feel right. A wink meant I nailed it. In this way their wisdom guided me.

When it was time to record, the little poodle Bravo began singing along. It became evident he was not to be silenced. Therefore I suggested to Ruth that I should copy the pages, take them to my apartment and record them there without the barking. That's why 38 years later I am in the unique position of having these scores of Duke's music in my filing cabinets.

Rich DeRosa, Dick Oatts and I have collaborated on many projects together over the years. In 2015, Rich was chief conductor and arranger for the WDR Big Band. He contacted me about doing a Dial & Oatts project with the band. I thought of the trove of Duke Ellington treasures I had on file. Why not resurrect these rare, obscure tunes and present them for a new audience as well as diehard Ellington fans?

We selected nine tunes and got to work arranging them in our own style for the big band. We traveled to Cologne, Germany, where we performed the arrangements with the band at the Philharmonic halls in Cologne and Essen. During the day we recorded this CD in the studio. What a thrill to play our versions of Duke's tunes with these great musicians!

It's always an honor to work with my musical brothers, Dick Oatts and Rich DeRosa. Both Dick and Richie's fathers were great musicians in the era of Ellington. Oatts' dad, Jack, played alto in the style of Johnny Hodges. Richie's dad, Clem, was a drummer and arranger who led many famous bands including the Glen Miller Big Band. These dads would be so proud of their sons and this project!

A few months after we made the recording, I ran into Duke's granddaughter Mercedes at an event. I told her about our "Rediscovered Ellington" project and she gave us her blessing. Thank you, Mercedes!

I called Stephen, now president of Tempo Music, to tell him about the work. It was like old home week. We reminisced about the days I came to the apartment to help archive Duke's music. I thank him for his support, love of life and belief in our project. Much appreciated, Stephen. Bravo! 

Garry Dial

During the summer of 1961, my father took my brother Jim and me to a joint concert of Duke Ellington and Count Basie at the Des Moines Art Center. My father was a musician and huge fan of both bands. They were all legends in the Oatts house and, at 8 years old, my dream was to get an autograph of Duke and Johnny Hodges. During the short break, I had my pad and pencil ready for anyone in a tuxedo to sign their name. I was very shy but went up to two gentlemen who were standing together near the outside bar. I waited until they were done with their conversation and they saw me standing there wide-eyed.

They asked if they could help me so I asked for their autographs. They were extremely patient and nice and when they gave them back, I was shocked to read the names Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges. All I could stutter was a "thank you". Then my father came over to translate my surprise and ultimate gratitude. To this day, it was probably the most inspiring musical memory from my childhood.

As I watched all those great musicians get on the bus after the concert, my dream to play great music as a career began. Mom threw out our baseball cards twenty years later and the autographs probably went with them…. 

Dick Oatts

Duke Ellington showed jazz composers and arrangers the concept of writing not only for instruments but, more importantly, for the people who would play them. In my role as arranger/orchestrator for the WDR Big Band, Duke’s model has been a great influence for me. My choices of soloists, written and improvised, were always made for specific members of the band. Consequently, the unique personality of each player is naturally connected to the context of each arrangement.

Rich DeRosa

Rediscovered Ellington is a rarity that comes along once every few decades, a trove of mostly unheard music by a music legend fashioned into a glimmering yet meditative production. The great Duke Ellington, for whom this album is a tribute, once observed that “there are two kinds of music”, the kind that connects to the audience with sincerity and the kind that doesn’t. Judging by the response of listeners worldwide, Ellington’s music is of the first kind: beautiful, cultivated, resonant, and timeless. 

But for there to be any audience connection at all, the music must first be heard. And that’s what is special about this stunner. Maestros in their own right, Garry Dial, Dick Oatts, and Rich DeRosa, unearthed these compositions from obscurity. They turned musical amnesia into memorable and vivid works that bring Ellington’s life and music into sharper focus not only for the seasoned Ellington diaspora but those new to his sizable repertoire. Dial, Oatts, and DeRosa shaped these compositions with colorful and immaculate arrangements, rendering Ellington afresh and anew.

Prior to this recording, few of these works had a brief public life. Most were unknown to the general public. While a few of the arrangements suggest an homage to Ellington’s sound, most of the works showcase how music may be given new and refreshing life while respecting the composer’s essence. 

The album opens with Hey Baby, a mid-tempo swing number recorded in 1946 and released on RCA Victor. It’s also a well-known tune from Blue Rose, the 1956 Rosemary Clooney album. It brings the virtuosity of soloists Oatts (soprano sax), Paul Heller (tenor sax), Dial (piano) and Johan Hörlen (alto sax) to the forefront, and showcases the big band’s mighty brass section in multicolored shout sections. Let The Zoomers Drool, an Ellington/Johnny Hodges tune, was originally released as a live album in 1945 on the Jazz Society label. It opens with a ruminating stride piano riff, enveloped by a slower swing feel, rich with a bluesy call-and-response between the piano and ensemble.

I Like Singing is a gorgeous ballad from Saturday Laughter, a musical Ellington wrote with the still-living lyricist Herbert Martin – and it draws upon Ellington’s classical influence: opening without drums, the sections take on an orchestral quality that features reedy doubles and a plush piano solo by Dial. The drums and bass enter, and the tune transforms into an engaging yet pensive ballad.

Just A Gentle Word From You Will Do is vintage Ellington with a straight-ahead melody recast across the horn and reed sections. This work was composed mostly by Onzy Matthews, a pianist and arranger who worked with Ellington in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was undoubtedly performed live, but there is no previously-known recording. And to wit, this is some debut rendition, with Oatts on flute and Ludwig Nuss on trombone!

Introspection has no known recording, and is anything but introspective. The up-tempo swing sets up the WDR to showcase its legendary tightness of sound and precision of phrases. Similarly, Kiki also has no known recording. On this track, the big band is fully portrayed with a full, plush, even lavish aesthetic, which makes this album required listening for those looking to learn or merely just enjoy the craft of large jazz ensemble performance. For example, the trumpet section commands the lead line with alacrity, and John Marshall’s blazing trumpet solo stands out with achingly beautiful timbre.

Love Came was recorded in 1965 and released on the Red Baron label. The melancholy and longing melodic line is presented by trumpeter Andy Haderer, and the tune opens into a jazz ballad, allowing for one of the quieter and more introspective spaces on the album.

The penultimate tune of this album, KCOR (rock spelled backward), is thought to have been written late in Ellington’s life. But very little information exists on its origins: this long-form piece diverges so sharply in style from Ellington’s body of work that it probably did not receive much attention through his life.

The final track, I Must Be Mad, was written by Ellington and Patricia Petremont. She was a lyricist for several of Ellington’s more obscure works such as My Lonely Love, When You’ve Had It All, and This Is Where I Get Off – all from the late 1960s. The searching ballad begins with an alto sax and piano duet that illustrates the uncanny parallel relationship that Dial and Oatts have to Ellington and Hodges. Both Dial and Ellington have a way of orchestrating at the piano that enhances a melody. Although Oatts’ sound is different from Hodges’, both embrace a melody with warmth and soulfulness. Here it is Dial and Oatts who give the album a loving, thoughtful send-off. 

Rediscovered Ellington is a through-and-through treasure, and music lovers should reserve their deepest gratitude for Dial, Oatts, DeRosa, and the WDR Big Band who have given the world the album of the year whose musical genesis spans many decades.

Kabir Sehgal

Primary Artists

Garry Dial - piano, arranger, Dick Oatts - soprano sax, alto sax, flute, arranger, Rich DeRosa - conductor, arranger, big band orchestrations,  The WDR Big Band:  Johan Hörlen - alto sax, flute, and clarinet. Karolina Strassmeyer - alto sax and flute. Olivier Peters, Paul Heller - tenor sax and clarinet. Jens Neufang - baritone sax, bass sax, and bass clarinet. Andy Haderer (lead), Wim Both (alt lead), Rob Bruynen, Ruud Breuls, John Marshall, trumpet Ludwig Nuss (lead), Shannon Barnett, Andy Hunter, trombone Mattis Cederberg, bass trombone and tuba John Goldsby, bass Hans Dekker, drums

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GERMANY: Magic Moments 10 "In the Spirit of Jazz" (ACT 2017)

Magic Moments 10 "In the Spirit of Jazz"

“Times may change, but one thing doesn't: music has a unique power to affect people. ACT’s commitment has been, is, and will remain to release recordings which appeal to the heart, engage the mind and awaken the soul.”

Siggi Loch

25 years ago in 1992, music manager and producer Siggi Loch founded ACT. The label has discovered and promoted previously unknown talent on a huge scale, “in the spirit of jazz” and is one of the most important and best-loved jazz labels in the world.

What drives ACT forward is the search to bring magic musical moments to listeners with receptive ears. Jazz is at the epicentre, but there is an openness – and in all directions. No fears, then, when it comes to letting different genres rub up against each other. It is in lockstep with the ethos of now, but also looks forward. ACT surprises listeners again and again with the way it connects the unexpected.

Having released more than 500 albums, the label has written part of the continuing story of jazz. The ACT label aims to bring its listeners huge variety, new discoveries and constant surprises.

Magic Moments 10 presents 14 tunes and 67 minutes of best jazz-infotainment through the recent ACT programme, with ACT stars, newcomers and new arrivals.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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USA: Dave Bass on the road with John Stein and Carlos McCoy

Dave Bass is “a picture of a confident and versatile pianist-composer.  Bass can shoulder the weight of a song, deliver a rhapsodic introduction before fading into the fabric of the music, support and assist singers as they cast their spells, run with the baton when the solo spots arrive, and be a team player when the music calls for it.”       – Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz

Internationally renowned jazz guitarist and composer John Stein has released many wonderful albums under his own name and performs internationally as well as maintaining a faculty position at Berklee College of Music.  John has performed and recorded with some of the world’s finest jazz artists including David "Fathead" Newman, Larry Goldings, Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Bill Pierce.

The Dave Bass Trio and John will join forces for three California concerts this fall where they will perform favorite standards and their own compositions.  You’ll hear Be-bop, blues, bossa-nova, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, ballads and, of course, straight-ahead JAZZ!  You’ll hear many of Dave’s compositions essayed by a fabulous guitarist!

Dave and John are excited to be stablemates and and label-mates on wailing Whaling City Sounds!
(click link for ticket and venue info)

10/28:  Bird and Beckett (San Francisco, CA)
The Dave Bass Trio includes Dave (piano), Ben Kopf (bass), Jack Stanfill (drums).
 7-10:30 PM!

10/30:  Antiquite Maison Privee (Sacramento, CA)
The trio includes Dave (piano), Ben Kopf (bass), and Jack Stanfill (drums).  Presented by the Sacramento Jazz Coop.
2 sets, 7 & 8:30 PM!
11/4:  Jazz At the Sequoia Room (Fort Bragg, CA)
The trio includes Dave (piano), Ben Kopf (bass), and Jack Stanfill (drums). 
2 sets, 6 & 8:30 PM!

11/6:  Antiquite Maison Privee (Sacramento, CA)
Sponsored by Sacramento Jazz Coop
7-9 PM

11/15:  Mondavi Center (Davis, CA)
Join Dave as part of Carlos McCoy’s High Octane Latin Jazz Group when they open for the legendary Eddie Palmieri!
6:30 - 7:30 PM

COMPLETE GIG LISTING AT www.davebassmusic.com

Thanks to The Piano Store in Rocklin for  providing a 9 ft. handmade Shiguru grand piano for the Antiquite Maison Privee performances.