Wednesday, October 31, 2018

USA: The Hot Club of San Francisco-Clair de Lune (2018)

Clair de Lune
Recorded live at Filoli Gardens in Woodside, CA on August 20, 2000, this CD contains a dynamic performance by the Hot Club of San Francisco. With a mission to preserve the memory & music of Django Reinhardt's legendary group the Quintette du Hot Club de France, the Hot Club of S.F. has been delighting audiences since 1995. After several personnel changes, the group now consists of founder guitarist/vocalist Paul Mehling, violinist Evan Price, string bassist Joe Kyle, and rhythm guitarists Dave Ricketts & Michael Groh.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

FRANCE: Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Laurent David, Stéphane Galland, Malcolm Braff- Shijin( Music Box Publishing 2018)

New Neighborhood
ENGLISH Shijin is an oriental symbol representing the guardians of the four cardinal points. Each guardian is also related to an animal, a season, a color, an element, a virtue. This quartet is the meeting point and the alliance of four powerful musical entities, each bringing their experience, style and culture of origin. The telluric bass of Laurent David, the Phoenix-like piano style of Malcolm Braff, the cosmic saxophone of Jacques Schwarz-Bart and the niagaresquedrumming of Stephane Galland are the magic ingredients involved in this musical and spiritual exploration. The recording was made through a layering process. Bass and drums were created initially in Paris. Keyboards were added in Chamonix, and eventually the sax parts were created and recorded in Boston. The result displayed a level of strength, coherence and a collective aesthetic that seemed orchestrated by fate. A true band is born, where the whole is greater than the sum of all parts. FRANCAIS Shijin est une symbolique orientale représentant les gardiens des quatre points Cardinaux. À chacun correspond un animal, une saison, une couleur, un élément, une vertu. Ce quartet est le point de rencontre et l’alliance de quatre entités musicales fortes, chacune apportant sonexpérience, son style et son origine culturelle. La basse tellurique de Laurent David, le piano phoenixien de Malcolm Braff, le saxophone atmosphérique de Jacques Schwarz-Bart et la batterie niagaresque de Stéphane Galland sont les ingrédients magiques composant cette exploration musicale et spirituelle. L’album a été construit par couches successives : les lignes de basse et de batterie ont d’abord été créées à Paris, les claviers ont été ajoutés à Chamonix et enfin les parties de saxophone ont été inventées et enregistrées à Boston. Le résultat révèle un niveau de force, de cohérence et une esthétique collective qui semblent avoir été orchestrés par le destin. Un vrai groupe est né, dans lequel le tout est plus grand que la somme des parties.

Monday, October 29, 2018

ITALY: Monica Demuru / Natalio Mangalavite-Madera Balza (Tǔk Voice)(2018)

Madera Balza

The deep and intense essence of a duo: voice and piano, that's all.

From Brazil to Italy and original tunes,  from Violeta Parra to Vinicius De Moraes, Astor Piazzolla and Victor Jara, among the others.
A poignant dive into melodies, rhythms, pathos and emotions. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

USA: TD James Moody Jazz Festival starts NOVEMBER 4-18 at NJPAC

Hear the best in jazz, presented with that extra-special touch of sophistication in NJPAC's elegant Prudential Hall - it's all part of the prestigious TD James Moody Jazz Festival, celebrating its seventh year from November 4-18!

Here are just a few of the many highlights:

Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter, two of the greatest voices in jazz today in one unforgettable night ...

Congas y Canto: An Evening of Latin Jazz, featuring  superstars Sheila E.,Eddie PalmieriTito Rojas and the Christian McBride Big Band ...

Marcus Miller with special guest David Sanborn and the extraordinary vocals of Lalah Hathaway.

NJPAC's Victoria Theater offers an intimate setting for the big sound of theCount Basie Orchestra, with the talents of Kurt EllingJon FaddisStefon Harris and Catherine Russell. Also at "The Vic," drummer Antonio Sánchez, composer of the score to Birdman, provides the live accompaniment for a unique screening of that Oscar-winning film.

Click below for information about this year's TD James Moody Jazz Festival.
view the full schedule
Sponsored by TD Bank
Single-performance tickets are available online at, 1-888-GO-NJPAC (466-5722) or theNJPAC Box Office , One Center St., Newark. All tickets are subject to a per-ticket handling fee, which varies by performance and method of purchase. The fee for telephone and online orders is always the same. Fees paid at the box office are always the lowest available fee for a performance.

Box Office hours are here.

For groups of 9 or more, find Group Sales here or call (973) 353-7561, Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

USA: Tony Adamo: Was Out Jazz Zone Mad Reviewed By Jazz Weekly

Tony Adamo: Was Out Jazz Zone Mad Reviewed By Jazz Weekly
October 30th, 2018

"Was Out Jazz Zone Mad"


"Groovin With Big G"

(Criss Cross)

"Venetian Blinds"

"The Very Thought Of You"
(Smoke Sessions)

"Sonic Creed"

"Lab 2018"
(North Texas Jazz)


"Sonic Paragon"
(Jazz Hang)

SWEDEN: Lalle Larsson Trio- Ashen Lights (Reingold Records 2018)

Ashen Lights

Lalle Larsson Trio- Ashen Lights Ashen Lights is the new trio release from Swedish keyboard player Lalle Larsson. After the critically acclaimed projects Seven Deadly Pieces, Until Never and The Weaveworld Trilogy - Lalle is back with another strong release on Reingold Records. This time as the soloist in a more intimate trio setting. Taking influences from all kinds of different music, most notably John Coltrane, Allan Holdsworth and Eric Dolphy who he mentions as his biggest inspiration, Larsson is home to many musical worlds. On this album he is focusing on creating moods and soundscapes, expressing himself through improvisation, often over long forms of moving chords and textures. To me music is all about expression. Harmonically I would say that I am more influenced by contemporary classical music than from, let´s say, bebop, but the compositions are definitely sketches made for improvisation and that makes it some sort of jazz I suppose, I've been composing and practising for this album every since I started to play 35 years ago On this recording Larsson teams up with renowned bassist Jonas Reingold (Steve Hackett, The Flower Kings, The Sea Within) and drummer Walle Wahlgren (Cam, Agents of Mercy) who both add a great organic feel and an elegant touch to the music. On 'Ashen Lights' Lalle unfolds his own blend of jazz, contemporary classical music, and 70´s fusion. Fans of Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul and Allan Holdsworth should not miss out on this hot electric jazz release!

Friday, October 26, 2018

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2018 Update: Sven Erik Golden(Netherlands) / LeeMann Bassey(USA)

Sven Erik Golden(Netherlands)-Georgia On My Mind

Album: Golden Evergreens

LeeMann Bassey(USA)-Summertime
LeeMann Bassey(USA)-Lovin You
Album: Lee & Free
WebsiteLee & Free is a 2 track single by smooth Jazz singer LeeMann Bassey. Both tracks on the single touch on love & nature, which are LeeMann’s biggest passion. The 2 track single title refers to the freedom LeeMann feels when he is in and around nature.

UK: Moses Boyd-Displaced Diaspora (Exodus Records 2018)

Displaced Diaspora
2018 release. Moses Boyd is at the forefront of the new British jazz scene having worked and recorded with like of Giles Peterson, Four Tet, Sons Of Kemet, Zara McFarlane and more. With two MOBO Awards to his name and Multiple Releases via his Label Exodus Records, Moses has established himself as one of the leaders in bringing the worlds of Jazz and Electronic music together. Displaced Diaspora is a collection of music from Moses Boyd recorded in 2015 that features some of the now leaders of the New British Jazz Scene Such as Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia and Nathaniel Cross. As well as the Iconic British Soul Vocalist Terri Walker, Saxophonist and Bata Player Kevin Haynes and his group, Grupo Eleggua and Rapper Louis VI.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

USA: Ben Sidran -Ben There, Done That: Live Around The World 1975-2015(Sunset Blvd Records 2018)

Ben There, Done That: Live Around The World 1975-2015
Sunset Blvd Records is Proud to Present BEN SIDRAN BEN THERE, DONE THAT: BEN SIDRAN LIVE AROUND THE WORLD (1975-2015) 27 Tracks of Previously Unissued Live Performances from Pianist, Vocalist, Producer, Label Owner and Journalist Ben Sidran Spanning 40 Years and 6 Countries Includes an Extensive 24-page Book with Essays by Former NPR Producer Becca Pulliam and Co-producers Zev Feldman and Ben Sidran, plus Sirius XM s Mark Ruffin Interviews Sidran, with Reflections by Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer) and Georgie Fame (Van Morrison) Limited Edition Deluxe 3-CD Set Available on November 9, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

USA:Keith Jarrett- La Fenice ((ecm 2018)

La Fenice [2 CD]

This recording of Keith Jarrett's extraordinary 2006 solo performance at Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice finds Jarrett entering one of Italy s most famous classical venues and channeling the flow of inspiration to shape something new. In this case, a suite of eight spontaneously created pieces referencing everything from the blues to atonality to heart-rending ballads. From the first flurry of notes, it is a consistently captivating journey. Release of La Fenice is timely: The 62nd International Festival of Contemporary Music of the Biennale di Venezia has honored Keith Jarrett with its Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. It's the first time that a jazz musician has received this award, which has previously been given to contemporary composers including, in recent decades, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Sofia Gubaidulina and Steve Reich.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

USA:Andrew Cyrille/Wadada Leo Smith/Bill Frisell - Lebroba (ECM 2018)


Andrew Cyrilles title Lebroba is a contraction of Leland, Brooklyn and Baltimore, birthplaces of the protagonists of an album bringing together three of creative musics independent thinkers. Each of them made his first ECM appearance long ago: drummer Andrew Cyrille on Marion Browns Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (1970), trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith on his own classic Divine Love (1978), and guitarist Bill Frisell on Eberhard Webers Fluid Rustle (1979); these are, of course, players of enduring influence. Frisell contributed to Cyrille s previous ECM disc The Declaration of Musical Independence, but Lebroba marks a first-time meeting for the guitarist and Wadada Leo Smith. A generous leader, Cyrille gives plenty of room to his cohorts, and all three musicians bring in compositions, with Turiya, Wadadas elegant dedication to Alice Coltrane, unfurling slowly over its 17-minute duration. In his own pieces, including the title track and the closing Pretty Beauty, Cyrille rarely puts the focus on the drums, preferring to play melodically and interactively, sensitive to pitch and to space. There are references to West African music and the blues as well as the history of jazz drumming, but Cyrilles priority today is an elliptical style in which meter is implied rather than stated.

Monday, October 22, 2018

USA: Alto Saxophonist Richie Cole Pays Tribute to a Lifelong Hero on "Cannonball," Out Oct. 26

Bebop Alto Saxophonist Richie Cole
Pays Tribute to a Lifelong Hero on
"Cannonball," Set for Oct. 26 Release
On Richie Cole Presents
Recording Features 12 Adderley Staples,
One Cole Original
Performed by the Pittsburgh Alto Madness Orchestra
Featuring Trombonist Reggie Watkins

October 2, 2018
Richie Cole CannonballThe alto madness of Richie Cole celebrates one of its chief inspirations with the October 26 release of Cannonball (Richie Cole Presents). An inveterate bebop stalwart, Cole leads the Pittsburgh Alto Madness Orchestra and several special guests in paying tribute to his hero, the legendary alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. The album comprises a dozen tunes closely associated with Adderley (including his own "Sack o' Woe"), as well as a brand-new Cole original ("Bell of the Ball").
While Cole often uses ideas from Adderley's arrangements to formulate his own, no one could mistake either of the altoists for the other -- nor would the stubbornly individual Cole want them to. "I didn't try to play like Cannonball, I focused on how he tells a story," says Cole. "You have to tell stories if you're going to connect with an audience and there was no one better at that than him."
Richie Cole Reggie WatkinsThe eight-piece ensemble, too, drawn from Cole's home base of Pittsburgh, is very different from Adderley's famous quintets. Cole's frontline partner on Cannonball is trombonist Reggie Watkins (pictured at left with Cole) -- a surrogate for cornetist Nat Adderley, his brother's longtime brass foil. Two more horns, tenor saxophonistRick Matt and trumpeter J.D. Chaisson, join in for four of the album's 13 tracks. Guitarist Eric Susoeff, keyboardistKevin Moore, bassist/producer Mark Perna, and drummer Vince Taglieri fill out the rhythm section.
In taking on Adderley's repertoire, Cole finds ways to evoke his hero, though often with a twist. Where Nancy Wilson traditionally joined Adderley on "Save Your Love for Me," Cole brings in the vocalist Kenia, who sings his bossa nova arrangement in Portuguese. The altoist recreates Adderley's 1961 solo on "Toy," but not before letting Watkins have his uproarious way with the song. Meanwhile, a rendition of "Dat Dere" closely resembling the version on Adderley's 1960 album Them Dirty Blues is subverted with a newly devised arrangement for all four horns. "It's like where did this big band come from?" Cole says with a laugh.
Cole keeps it tight on Cannonball; most of the tunes stay close to the five-minute mark. "I could stretch out and play my ass off," Cole says. "But then you lose the thread of the story, and the audience. . . . I want to play melodies that regular people, working people, can enjoy."
Mark Perna Richie Cole Reggie Watkins
L. to r.: Mark Perna, Richie Cole, Reggie Watkins. 
Richie Cole was born in 1948 in Trenton, New Jersey. His father, a big band enthusiast, ran a local jazz joint called the Harlem Club. Young Richie met any number of great jazz performers there, including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, and Freddie Hubbard, and at 10 took up alto saxophone on a horn someone had left at the club.
He played in various school bands and, at 16, attended a music camp directed by alto legendPhil Woods (with whom he would record the 1980 fan favorite, Side by Side). He went on to study at Boston's Berklee School of Music, then continued his jazz education in the big bands of Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, and Doc Severinsen before forming his own bebop quintet.
Unswayed by jazz-rock trends, Cole in the early '70s began a long association with the great vocalist Eddie Jefferson, with whom he worked until the vocalese innovator's 1979 death, recording among others the popular album Alto Madness. Cole thrived on '80s encounters with Sonny Stitt and Art Pepper and spread his alto madness with pianist Bobby Enriquez and saxophonist Boots Randolph. He turned out a flurry of albums through the '90s with his seven-man Alto Madness Orchestra.
For years, Cole lived the life of a wanderer. Following a romantic breakup, he was talked into moving to Pittsburgh by his daughter Annie. "She had to drag me there kicking and screaming," he says. But as his song "I Have a Home in Pittsburgh" tells you, things have worked out well for him in the Iron City.
"Pittsburgh is like an oasis, an island," Cole says. "There are fantastic musicians here." One of them -- bassist Mark Perna -- helped him create his own label, Richie Cole Presents, on whichCannonball is the sixth release.
Cole and his musical partners will be celebrating the release of the new CD at Wallace's Whiskey Room and Kitchen in Pittsburgh, 7-9 pm on Friday 10/26.  
Photography: Aaron Jackendoff 
Richie Cole
Richie Cole "Cannonball" - Album Trailer
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Sunday, October 21, 2018


SUPPORT DEJA VU album on INDIGOGO ``I Remember Her`` music by Christos Anestopoulos Christos Anestopoulos - guitar David Lynch - sax Vasilis Stefanopoulos - double bass Vasilis Podaras - drums video - Grigoris Argiropoulos recording assistance - Dionisis Sambaziotis recoded live at Theatre Agora (Patras) more info

USA: Ta-Nehisi Coates and We Have Voice Collective to Keynote Chamber Music America’s 2019 National Conference

Ta-Nehisi Coates and We Have Voice Collective to Keynote Chamber Music America’s 2019 National Conference
For Immediate Release

New York, NY (October 15, 2018)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network of ensemble music professionals, announced today that author Ta-Nehisi Coates and the We Have Voice Collective will keynote at CMA’s 2019 National Conference, Building Equitable Communities.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful StruggleWe Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. Ta-Nehisi is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is also the current author of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America.

We Have Voice is a collective of 14 musicians, performers, scholars, and thinkers working to bring awareness to issues of inequity in the field. The collective released its Code of Conduct to Promote SAFE(R) Workplaces in the Performing Arts earlier this year.

The We Have Voice Collective is comprised of Fay Victor, Ganavya Doraiswamy, Imani Uzuri, Jen Shyu, Kavita Shah, Linda May Han Oh, María Grand, Nicole Mitchell, Okkyung Lee, Rajna Swaminathan, Sara Serpa, Tamar Sella, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Tia Fuller.

Both of these sessions will underline CMA’s 2019 conference theme, Building Equitable Communities. “We are privileged to be hosting a revolutionary voice in journalism in Ta-Nehisi Coates and a powerful and unique coalition of advocates in We Have Voice,” commented Margaret M. Lioi, Chief Executive Officer of Chamber Music America. “The perspectives of Ta-Nehisi Coates and We Have Voice are both necessary and significant in the national dialogue of inclusion and equitable practices within and beyond the field of small ensemble music.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates will speak on Friday, January 18. The We Have Voice Collective will appear on Saturday, January 19.

CMA’s 2019 National Conference, Building Equitable Communities, will take place January 17-20, 2019 at the Westin New York at Times Square. Conference Registration is now open.

Chamber Music America, the national network for ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, support, and strengthen the chamber music field. With a membership of nearly 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. CMA provides its members with grant programs, consulting services, a national conference, professional development seminars, access to instrument and other insurances, and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine; the weekly Accent e-newsletter; and a member-driven website,

For more information on CMA’s 2019 National Conference, visit

Saturday, October 20, 2018


Benji Kaplan

- Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
- Best Instrumental Composition: ("At The Vanguard")
- Best Arrangement for ("The Wind")
- Best Music Video ("The Wind") by Rita Figueiredo

Listen to the album here:
Chorando Sete Cores
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- Music Video "THE WIND" -
The wind - (Benji Kaplan) Official Music Video