Friday, January 31, 2020

USA: Lawson Rollins-True North' (2020)

True North

On his latest album 'True North' Lawson Rollins offers 12 new original compositions that showcase the guitarist at the peak of his compositional skills with his melodic and daring improvisational flair on full display. From the electronic infused intensity of 'With the Wind' to the plaintive bossa nova sway of the first single 'Bluewave Bossanova' to the delicate pulse of 'Yearning to Know' the album spans the range of emotions and moods that have come to characterize the expansive and unexpected musical journey Lawson has offered fans throughout his career.

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2019 Streaming of tracks from albums released in 2019 Jazz and World

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2019
Streaming of tracks from albums released in 2019
Jazz and World

 AFJP(Canada), Joel August (USA), The Leihmann`s Broadcast(Kazakhstan), Raquel Cepeda(Venezuela/USA), Francesco Schina(Italy), Yapunto(France),
Igor Willcox Quartet(Brazil), Manuel Anoyvega Mora(Cuba/France), 

The Villalobos Brothers(USA/Mexico), NoJazz(France), , Randy Hoexter(USA), Céline Bonacina(France) , Samy Thiébault(France), Roberto Magris Sextet(Italy/USA), NoJazz(France), Alex Cuba(Cuba), Randy Napoleon(USA), 
Fer Carranza Jazz(Argentina), Antoine Fafard(Canada/UK), Thomas Grimmonprez(France), Kerry Politzer(USA), 
Hiroe Sekine (USA/JAPAN), Lawrence Clark(USA), Rodney Whitaker(USA),
Nikolas Skordas-George Haslam(Greece)Chiara Izzi & Kevin Hays(USA),
The Soul Jazz Rebels(France), Mavis Pan(Taiwan/USA), Emmanuel Losio Group(Italy), Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo(USA/Brazil) , Örjan Hultén Orion(Sweden), Dave Rudolph Quintet(USA), Trey Wright(USA),  Ernesto Cortazar Lara Group(Switzerland/Mexico),  Johno(Greece), Cody Carpenter(USA), Godwin Louis (Haiti/USA), EJ Hughes(USA), Haftor Medbøe(Norway/Scotland)-Jacob Karlzon(Sweden), Guy Mintus(Israel/USA)


Thursday, January 30, 2020

USA Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Anniversary Concert Tuesday February 4th Sets at 8PM & 9:30PM New York City Bahá'i Center

Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Anniversary Concert
Celebrating 23 years
of presenting new music for big band!
Tuesday February 4th
Sets at 8PM & 9:30PM
$15 General $10 for students
w/ID WBGO members $10
New York City Bahá'i Center
53 East 11th Street New York, NY 10003

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UK: Elliot Galvin-Live In Paris, At Fondation Louis Vuitton (Edition Records 2020)

 ELLIOT GALVIN - solo piano Live in Paris, At Fondation Louis Vuitton is a bold statement by the pianist Elliot Galvin. Solo, entirely improvised, each piece is freely extemporised on the spot, distilling Elliot’s superb pianism and compositional brilliance in the moment. Described by BBC Radio 3, as a ‘vital and significant part of our contemporary and jazz scenes’, Elliot Galvin is a unique and visionary artist; a supremely talented pianist, improvisor and composer.

 His bold approach has seen him build a reputation as one of the rising stars of European jazz and improvised music, solo and in trio, in his role as a key member of Mercury Music Prize nominated band Dinosaur, and in the free jazz duo with saxophonist Binker Golding. For four albums Elliot’s critically acclaimed trio with bassist Tom McCredie and sticksman Corrie Dick has been the main focus, with The Influencing Machine being named in both Downbeat’s and Jazzwise’s best of 2018 list. His last album, the brilliant Modern Times (a BBC 6 Music Album of the Day), continued this trajectory, but Live in Paris, At Fondation Louis Vuitton, strips back his extensive arsenal of electronic and extended acoustic sounds, placing the brilliance of his pianism, musicianship and storytelling front and centre stage

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

USA: The Dave Wilson Quartet-One Night at Chris' (2020)

The Dave Wilson Quartet | One Night at Chris'

 The recording is a document of one evening of music recorded live, no overdubs, no second takes and with all the nuances, surprises and magic known as Jazz. One Night at Chris’ bristles with a kind of visceral energy and sheer burn from one magic night!

Liner Notes from One Night At Chris':

As brawny-toned tenorman Dave Wilson said, in reflecting back on this inspired set, “It was a good night!” That’s an understatement. One Night at Chris’ bristles with a kind of visceral energy and sheer burn that lit up the crowd at the famed Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia in March of 2018 and makes for invigorating listening now. Wilson’s fifth recording as a leader and first live outing captures his quartet’s simpatico on an exceptionally good night. 
“There was just a real good interaction in the rhythm section,” noted the saxophonist, saluting his stellar crew of pianist Kirk Reese, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Dan Monaghan. Together they deliver the goods on four Wilson originals along with savvy adaptations of familiar pop tunes, filtered through a distinctly jazzy prism. 
A student of the great tenor saxophonist and educator Bill Barron, whom he studied with at Wesleyan University during the mid ‘70s, Wilson is a dedicated jazzman with one foot in bebop and the other striding into the New Thing, following a path pioneered by one of his biggest influences, iconic tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. “Trane got me into playing the saxophone when I was 15 years old,” says the Bronxville, New York native and longtime resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “I was a clarinet player and then listening to him on Live at the Village Vanguard and My Favorite Things around 1970-71 really got me involved in playing the tenor.”
While immersing himself in Trane and later Dexter Gordon, Wilson also came under the spell of rock’s original jam band. “During the late ‘70’s to early ‘80s, I saw the Grateful Dead many a time and it turned my head around,” he recalled. Wilson would later put his jazzy stamp on the Dead’s “Cassidy” on his 2015 release, There Never Was. Here he tackles “Friend of the Devil” in a brisk, Latin flavored reading that has him soaring in lyrical fashion on soprano sax.
Along with covering the Dead, Wilson’s quartet also interprets other pop tunes — The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” Creed’s “My Own Prison,” Ambrosia’s 1980 hit single, “Biggest Part of Me,” and the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” “There are certain pop tunes that I feel like I have a personal relationship with,” he explained. “They just reach out and grab me.”
The set kicks off with Wilson’s earthy original, “Ocean Blue,” a funk-tinged boogaloo that previously appeared on the saxophonist’s 2010 studio album, Spiral. His bold tenor playing in both the low register and altissimo range of his horn resonates with old school authority here as he swaggers and double-times with impunity on his solo. Pianist Reese floats nimbly here, pushing the harmonic fabric of the tune while showcasing incendiary chops and a couple of Herbie Hancock-isms along the way. “We’ve been playing together for a long time, so we know each other pretty well,” said Wilson of his piano partner. “He’s got strong roots in this area and he stayed in this area. I’m lucky to have him.”
Wilson has equally high praise for Monaghan, whose intuitive swing factor fuels this session. “For me, a lot of what’s happening in the music comes from the drums, and Dan is one of the top drummers in Philly right now. He’s more from the bebop tradition and he plays with (Philly tenor sax legend) Larry McKenna, so he’s regarded as more of a swinging type of cat.”
Reese’s deft keyboard work comes to the fore on the quartet’s brisk romp through “Friend of the Devil” and underscores a mellow, lightly swinging take on “Norwegian Wood,” which has Wilson delivering sumptuous tones and flowing lines around the familiar theme and also features a probing bass solo from longtime Dave Liebman sideman Marino, a key contributor on this live date. “For at least every concert type of gig I do, I’ll call Tony first,” said the bandleader, “because he brings out the best in me and the music and also provides a comfort level non-paralleled.”
The quartet next delves into a rollicking rendition of “My Own Prison,” an anthemic tune from the ‘90s post-grunge band from Tallahassee, Creed, before settling into a smooth take on Ambrosia’s 1980 hit single, “Biggest Part Of Me.” Midway through this subdued but hypnotic take, Wilson unleashes some urgent tenor blowing spurred on by Monaghan’s whirlwind approach to the kit.
Wilson delivers full-bodied tenor tones and sinuous lines on his potent Afro-Cuban flavored original, “Movin’ On,” a surging 12/8 vehicle that also has Reese contributing a cascading piano solo. Wilson’s take on his namesake’s “God Only Knows” (the Brian Wilson tune from the Beach Boys’ 1966 classic album, Pet Sounds) is underscored by Monaghan’s loosely swinging pulse and showcases the saxophonist’s soprano work in deep exploratory mode.
Sparks fly on “Untitled Modal Tune,” a kinetic burner that has Reese channeling his inner McCoy Tyner and Wilson wailing with abandon. Previously recorded on the saxophonist’s 2002, album, Through the Times, this live version is the perfect uptempo blowing vehicle to show off both Reese’s and Wilson’s strengths. Monaghan propels this cooker, pushing the soloists to some ecstatic heights before engaging in some fiery exchanges of eights with them. Their rhythmically-charged, Afro-Cuban take on the Gershwin classic, “Summertime,” launches into some exploratory free blowing midway through and also showcases a riveting unaccompanied drum solo from Monaghan.
The set concludes with Wilson’s “Spiral” (also the title track of his 2010 release). A pulsating piece that opens up to some heady excursions by the group, it culminates in some heated exchanges between saxophonist and pianist. 
The crackling intensity of One Night at Chris’ is a testament to what can happen on the bandstand on any given night. And this was a particularly good night indeed. — Bill Milkowski

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

USA: NEW RELEASE: Albare Plays Jobim "A TRIBUTE TO Antônio Carlos Jobim"

Albare Plays Jobim
"A TRIBUTE TO Antônio Carlos Jobim"


"Albare Plays Jobim" byAlbare
Title: Albare Plays Jobim (A Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim)

Label: ALFi Records
Catalogue#: ALFl122019
UPC Code: 932469017 4041
Release Date: December 20, 2019 


Guitarist and composer, Albare was born in Morocco and grew up in Israel and France. Although he joined at age 8 the MusicConservatory in his hometown in Israel for 2 years, his musical developmentwas completely self-taught. These days, as Albare has lost his central vision faculties due to an genetic illness,his playing is completely by ear.

In 1972 Albare discovered the sound of Jobim while watching Marcel Camus's cult film, Orpheus Negro. The haunting melodies and unique compositions left a profound impression on the young guitarist and inspired Albare to study and play the melodic style for whichhe is now known for. 1993 Albare launched his first album, Acid Love which was a smas hit #1 on the JJJ radio play list.

Albare Plays Jobim is his 6th collaboration with Phil Turcio, 5th with Joe Chindamo. It is his second collaboration with Antonio Sanchez andfirst with Ricardo Rodriguez.

Albare plays Jobim is his 12th album and of his romantic exploration of Jobim's enchanting melodies.

Albare says: "As Jobim was such an influence in my playing, I feel this album is overdueand I am now ready to express the intense beauty ofthese melodies to my own satisfaction."

Track Listings

  1. One Note Samba 3:44
  2. Corcovado 4:59
  3. Chega De Saudade 3:28
  4. Orfeu Negro 4:52
  5. Desafinado 5:06
  6. Agua de Beber 4:54
  7. Double Rainbow 3:41
  8. Aguas de Margo 3:47
  9. Wave 5:19
  10. Brazil 3:56

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Monday, January 27, 2020

USA/ROMANIA: 2020 Grammys: Recording with Romanian conductor wins Classical Instrumental Solo award

The recording of Wynton Marsalis' Violin Concerto and Fiddle Dance Suit, with violinist Nicola Benedetti and Romanian Cristian Măcelaru, conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, has won the 2020 Grammy award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. The album was also nominated in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition section.

USA/GHANA: Saxophonist-Composer Benjamin Boone Collaborates with Accra-Based Ghana Jazz Collective on New Origin Album "Joy," Due March 20

Saxophonist-Composer Benjamin Boone
Collaborates with Accra-Based
Ghana Jazz Collective
On New Album "Joy,"
Documenting a Relationship Cemented
During His Year as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar
Boone Follows Inclusion in
DownBeat's "Best Albums of 2018"
With Music-as-Diplomacy on "Joy,"
To Be Released March 20 by Origin Records

January 9, 2020

Benjamin Boone JoySaxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone's The Poetry of Jazz, a visionary collaboration with U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, was praised in leading musical and literary publications, featured on NPR's All Things Considered, and voted the #3 Best Album of 2018 in DownBeat's 83rd annual Readers Poll. Boone documents an equally compelling collaboration, this time from his year as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Ghana, on his newest project Joy, set for a March 20th release on Origin Records.  
This album, the fifth under his own name, places Boone alongside an Accra-based cohort of Ghanaian jazz musicians known as the Ghana Jazz Collective. Tenor saxophonist Bernard Ayisa, pianist Victor Dey Jr., bassist Bright Osei, and drummer Frank Kissi join Boone (with further assistance on some tracks from vocalist Sandra Huson) on four of his originals, a reimagining of the classic "Maiden Voyage," and intriguing covers of two lesser-known jazz compositions.
Benjamin Boone and Ghana Jazz Collective
L. to r.: Victor Dey Jr., Frank Kissi, Bright Osei, Benjamin Boone, Bernard Ayisa. 
Though created in a country some five thousand miles away, Joy is not out of the realm of a traditional jazz album. The polyrhythms that underpin the music are West African in origin, but nonetheless recognizable to fans of funk, R&B, and postmodern jazz. Nobody was more surprised than Boone, who had come to Ghana to study its musical traditions, when he was invited to sit in with the band at Accra's +233 Jazz Bar & Grill. "I was expecting to hear something like Ethiojazz or Hugh Masekela," he recalls, "but these guys know American jazz inside and out, and play the heck out of it -- but with a definite Ghanaian twist."
Accra Ghana
A school seen from the window of the Accra studio where "Joy" was recorded. 
More to the point, all of the musicians speak the international language of groove. It's as potent on Boone's slithery head-bobber "The 233 Jazz Bar" as it is on his aggressive, shapeshifting "The Intricacies of Alice," or his Hiromi Uehara-inspired "Slam," or his punchy arrangement (with Dey) of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage." Even the longing ballad "Without You," a feature for Huson, offers the entrancing and danceable beat of an R&B slow jam. "Music and dance are inseparable in Ghana," says Boone. "In traditional music, if you don't know the dance, it is almost impossible to play the music. The grooves are incredibly tight."
Nevertheless, distinctly African influences do make themselves known. For example, while the title track "Joy" was written by the late American saxophonist/flutist Gerry Niewood, Boone and Dey's arrangement addresses the melody with West African cadences and emphasizes the interlocking rhythms within its basic waltz pulse. With "Curtain of Light," the band reaches across the continent toward the Ethiopian musical context of composer Jonovan Cooper (who teaches jazz at Addis Ababa University, where Boone was also in residence). Based on an ancient Ethiopian mode, "Curtain of Light" reaches several almost religiously ecstatic climaxes.
Where the spirit of Ghana truly manifests, however, is in the camaraderie of its musicians and the palpable joy that fulfills the promise of the album's title. "In Ghana, music is participatory, egoless, and woven into the very fabric of existence," says Boone. "People live with joy and make music with joy."
Benjamin BooneBenjamin Boone has garnered 18 national/international awards and honors for his music, which appears on 28 albums and has been performed in 36 countries at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. As a Professor at California State University Fresno, he has won the campus's highest awards for teaching, service, and creative activity. In addition to serving as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ghana, Boone served as a U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialist to the Republic of Moldova in 2005.
The U.S. Fulbright program seeks to build bridges to peoples across the globe. Taking this role seriously, Boone instigated the "First Annual Ghana National Jazz Workshop Tour," where he and the Ghana Jazz Collective performed and led workshops on improvisation and how jazz is an embodiment of the historic link between the peoples of the U.S. and Ghana. "I saw firsthand the power of music as diplomacy," says Boone. "I hope Joy shines a positive light on Ghana, its historic connection to the U.S., and to the tremendous jazz musicians there. Ghanaians have a love of life, a love of peace, and a culture of welcoming. What a joyous way to live and to make music." 

JOY Album Trailer | Benjamin Boone with the Ghana Jazz Collective | Origin Records 82800
JOY Album Trailer |
Benjamin Boone with the Ghana Jazz Collective |
Origin Records 82800
Photography: Yoofi TV/Fotography (band); Benjamin Boone (school); Tamela Ryatt (Boone).
Cover art: "Unending Journeys III" by Ghanaian artist Wiz Kudowor.  
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Sunday, January 26, 2020

JAZZ PUBLICATIONS/UK: Jazz in Britain: interviews with modern and contemporary jazz musicians, composers and improvisers-George McKay


 I undertook these interviews in 2002-2003 as part of the research project I was working on, Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain. The primary outcome of the project was a book of the same title (published by Duke University Press in 2005). This was an extension into more recent music practice of the interviews I’d undertaken regarding the trad boom of the 1950s. Both sets of interviews were for research funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board, and I am extremely grateful for the board’s support.

 Interviews (in order of appearance): • Trevor Watts • Eddie Prévost • Mike Westbrook • Keith Tippett • Maggie Nicols • Steve Beresford • Kate Westbrook • Tony Haynes • Gary Crosby • Ben Crow • Deirdre Cartwright.

George McKay


Saturday, January 25, 2020

USA: Kit Downes-Dreamlife of Debris (ECM 2019)

Dreamlife of Debris 
Dreamlife of Debris carries forward the story begun on Kit Downes's Obsidian, extending and developing its processes and core ideas. But where Obsidian was (almost exclusively) a solo church organ album, part of Kit's plan for Dreamlife was to put the organ in a broader context, and also to bring the piano into the larger compositional picture. Musicians in the project are primarily players with whom Downes has had long associations.

Friday, January 24, 2020

AUSTRALIA: Michael Gordon - Michael Gordon Nonet (2019)

01. Savage Garden
02. I'm Coming Virginia
03. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
04. Grifters With The Griffin
05. Luminous Monolith
06. Central Park West
07. Gingerbread Boy
08. Flèche d’Or

Michael Griffin - Alto Saxophone Soloist
Michael Avgenicos - Alto Saxophone
Michael Gordon - Tenor Saxophone Soloist, Flute
Louis Gordon - Tenor Saxophone
Chris O'Dea - Baritone Saxophone
Arthur Washington - Guitar Soloist
Leo Larratt - Rhythm Guitar
Matt Lamb - Double Bass
Tim Geldens - Drums
Kate Wadey - Guest Vocals

Thursday, January 23, 2020

USA: Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio-Outliers (2019)

This is the fourth album by Rosetta Trio, after "Rosetta" (2006), "Reclamation" (2010), "Thwirl" (2013). I never thought the band would still be growing after all these years, but it continues to, so I'm not going to fight it. I brought us together back in 2004 just to check out the first body of work that led to "Rosetta." I wasn't thinking into the future, at all, just needing to deal with what was going on at that time. But we've kept playing, touring, working, and the organism keeps developing. Plus, there are more things I've wanted to try in the compositions for the group as well as in its functioning. So, here it is...enjoy.

“Best Jazz of 2019” - Rolling Stone 

“it’s great to have them back” - Downbeat **** 

“careful attention reveals the intricacies of its repertory and 
the calm intensity of its rapport” - The New York Times 

“modest, deep music” - JazzTimes 

“offers glittery collective lyricism, prismatic improvisations, and a courageous unconventionality through complex yet deeply engaging structures” - JazzTrail 

“Dec 5... a ballad that moves like a dawning realization“ - WBGO 

“The approachable beauty of Outliers makes it one of the most immediately accessible Crump projects” - Nextbop 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Returns with a World-Class Lineup

The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Returns with a World-Class Lineup

We're pleased to announce the return of the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival produced in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center. 
The festival, to be held in Saint Lucia on Thursday, May 7 through Saturday, May 9, 2020, will feature the finest names in modern jazz performing in venues throughout Saint Lucia’s beautiful Caribbean landscape including The Ramp and Gros Islet Park.  
To date, the diverse lineup includes artists spanning the Caribbean, the U.K., and the U.S. including 
• Patti LaBelle
• Chick Corea’s Vigilette with Carlitos Del Puerto, Marcus Gilmore and special guest
• Roy Hargrove Celebration with Willie Jones III feat. Renée Neufville and special guests
• Alphonso Horne and The Gotham Kings
• Ruben Fox’s London Brass featuring Theon Cross and Mark Kavuma
• Maher Beauroy presents WASHA!
• And more to be announced 
In addition to world-class performances, the 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will feature “Artists In Education” initiatives including masterclasses, professional development, and live performance collaborations with Saint Lucia School of Music students and local jazz artists.
We hope to see you in Saint Lucia this May!


NORWAY/POLAND/GERMANY: Maciej Obara Quartet - Three Crowns(ECM 2019)

Maciej Obara Quartet - Three Crowns The album is available here: Maciej Obara: alto saxophone Dominik Wania: piano Ole Morten Vågan: double bass Gard Nilssen: drums ECM 2662 Release: October 25, 2019 The half-Polish, half-Norwegian quartet led by fiery alto saxophonist Maciej Obara is gaining ground as one of the most exciting groups on the contemporary jazz scene. Both the band and its ECM debut Unloved were awarded the Fryderyk Prize in Poland in 2018, and early in 2019 the Obara Quartet also took first place at the BMW Jazz Awards in Munich. Now comes the quartet’s second ECM album Three Crowns (named for the Trzy Korony mountains in Southern Poland). Its programme is comprised of six new pieces by Maciej and two free arrangements of compositions by Henryk Górecki (1933-2010). The Obara Quartet launches the album with a major concert at the NOSPR Concert Hall in Górecki’s hometown Katowice, and follows up with a tour with dates in Poland, France, Austria and Germany. Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

USA: The Helio Alves Quartet Appearing at The Kitano Fri & Sat Jan 24-25 Sets 8 & 10PM

The Helio Alves Quartet
Appearing at
The Kitano
Fri & Sat Jan 24-25
66 Park Ave, East 38th St
New York, NY 10016

Sets at 8 and 10pm
Reservations: 212-885-7119
Tickets & Info

Helio Alves: Piano
Steve Wilson: Sax and Flute
Peter Washington: Bass
Duduka Da Fonseca: Drums

"Alves is a pianist whose instincts are lush and romantic and expansive-and driven by an inner pulse.”
Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

“Alves has sublety, musicality and a extraordinary facility for improvisation…” “…exceptional melodic improviser…”
-Roberti L. Doerschuk, DownBeat Magazine

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03 FEB 2020
United Kingdom Manchester
The Whiskey Jar
8:00pm 14 Tarriff Street

08 FEB 2020
United Kingdom Bradford on Avon
Wiltshire Music Centre
with Empirical
7:30pm Ashley Road 01225 860100

15 FEB 2020
United Kingdom London, London Pizza Express Jazz Club
with Joe Locke and Tim Garland
7:00pm 10 Dean Street

15 FEB 2020
United Kingdom London, London Pizza Express Jazz Club
with Joe Locke and Tim Garland
10:00pm 10 Dean Street

02 MAR 2020

04 MAR 2020
Perth Riverside Theatre

06 MAR 2020
St Kilda
Palais Theatre

07 MAR 2020
Sydney State Theatre

10 MAR 2020
New Zealand
Aukland Town Hall
8:00pm Box office: 0800 111 999.
301 – 317 Queen Street 09 309 2677

13 MAR 2020
Buenos Aires
Teatro Gran Rex


Monday, January 20, 2020

USA: Jeff Fuller & Friends – Round & Round (2020)

Jeff Fuller | Round & Round

On their 4th CD, Jeff Fuller & Friends again provide thoughtful and engaging original jazz compositions in an intimate piano trio setting. "Round & Round" features Fuller's virtuosic bass playing, pianist Darren Litzie's inventive improvisations, and drummer Ben Bilello's great soloing and accompaniment. Beautifully recorded by Norman Johnson, the trio explores new territory on such compositions as "Round & Round," "Rest, Dear," "Sambeleza, and the classically oriented "Never So Long," which features Fuller's bowed upright bass. This is music made for listening, so settle back and enjoy the journey!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

USA: Paul English, James Metcalfe, Ed Calle, David Liebman - Girl in Green (Big Round Records 2020)

New from Big Round Records comes jazz composer and pianist Paul English’s GIRL IN GREEN. The album features never-before-heard renditions of immortal classics as well as English’s original works. Listen as English and his cadre of masterful soloists carve a place for themselves in jazz history.

GIRL IN GREEN is an album that was almost lost forever. Paul English recalls performing at the Texas Jazz Festival in 2000 with an extraordinary lineup of musicians accompanying him on stage. The magic was there, and the group booked two last-minute recording sessions at a nearby studio to capture it. Shortly afterward, the small record label English was signed with folded, and the recordings were locked away for nearly two decades – until now. GIRL IN GREEN features the best takes from these recordings. English leads his players through legendary jazz tunes like Equinox by John Coltrane and Solar by Miles Davis. The album also features English’s original works, including the title track, Girl in Green. English demonstrates his virtuosity and knowing mastery of the jazz canon throughout the album; his tasteful piano work is grounded in tradition yet bears his unique signature.

Paul English’s GIRL IN GREEN captures the electric thrill of seven expert jazz cats collaborating in real time. Listeners of all ages and backgrounds will find themselves wrapped up in the rich humanity of these performances. Don’t miss the chance to revel in these rescued treasures.

David Liebman, soprano & tenor saxophones
Ed Calle, soprano & tenor saxophones
Dennis Dotson, trumpet
Paul English, piano
Brennen Nase, bass
Mike Drake, drums
James Metcalfe, percussion

Saturday, January 18, 2020

RESEARCH PAPER: The Controversial Identity of Flamenco Jazz: A New Historical and Analytical Approach/Pamies Rodriguez, Sergio May 2016.

There are certain recordings by important artists such as Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Pedro Iturralde, Chick Corea, and Paco de Lucía, among others, that have been associated with the label flamenco jazz. This label is entering jazz discourse, and it needs to be better understood in order to clarify its history, its identity, and its impact on recent developments in flamenco that are labeled nuevo flamenco.

There is a lack of agreement in the existing literature on flamenco jazz on the evaluation of these recordings and these artists’ achievements and contributions to this field. These writings encompass authors from different backgrounds: journalists, critics, and musicologists, who have approached their analysis of the recordings from different perspectives.

The differences in professional backgrounds, approaches, and purpose of the writings of these authors has resulted in controversy about this label. Therefore, the flamenco jazz scholarly conversation needs more objective writings from an analytical point of view. This historiographical study presents a more comprehensive evaluation of flamenco jazz by discussing selected recordings using analytical tools from jazz studies.

These analytical arguments clarify the aesthetics of flamenco jazz and the artistic processes that these artists went through when combining musical elements from flamenco and jazz, which in some cases are described as creative misreading.

In this century of cultural globalization, where jazz has become a diverse expression of world music because of its capacity to absorb traits from other musical practices, this study can be a resource for international jazz musicians who are seeking to combine jazz with their musical cultural heritage.

Sergio Pamies


GERMANY: Nils Landgren- Kristallen (2020)

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Duo - it's the most reduced way of making music together. At the same time it can open a whole musical world without borders. Two musicians acting as one and in a dialogue at the same time. Call and response - it's jazz in its purest form. Sometimes less is more…The sound world of “Kristallen” relishes the moment when the surfaces and edges of crystals shimmer and cast off unexpected colours. There is a certain stillness, and also room for the imagination to unfold. Magic with fragility. Nils Landgren and Jan Lundgren have a consistent vision of lyrical chamber jazz which flows gently and naturally. Rather than clamouring for our attention, this is music which reveals its true beauty the more attentively one listens.The tone of the album is set from the opening track, “Blekinge”, a reminiscence of the tranquil part of Sweden from which... line up Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals Jan Lundgren / piano

Friday, January 17, 2020

FRANCE: Ozma-Hyperlapse(Cristal Records 2020)

Nouvel album Hyperlapse
Sortie le 7 février 2020 chez Cristal Records
En concert le 07 mars 2020 au  Café de la Danse
Après trois années de tournée en Europe, Afrique, Asie et Amérique du Sud, le quintet de jazz explosif Ozma est de retour avec son septième album Hyperlapse annoncé pour le 7 février 2020 chez Cristal Records. Hyperlapse peut être vu comme un carnet de route envoutant et jubilatoire dédié à dix villes traversées par le groupe lors d’une incroyable tournée 2018 qui a valu à Ozma de monter sur le podium du Bureau Export des groupes français les plus exportés dans le monde avec Youn Sun Nah et Tigran Hamasyan (« Succès Export 2018 »).
Ozma sera à Paris pour un concert exceptionnel au Café de la Danse le 07 mars 2020. Inspiré de villes croisées à travers le monde, leur nouvel album Hyperlapse est un carnet de voyage envoutant, une fresque sonore magnétique composée par l’impétueux batteur Stéphane Scharlé.
Imaginez John Coltrane improviser avec Rage Against The Machine, Ravi Shankar jammer avec Pink Floyd, ou Amon Tobin s’acoquiner avec les fanfares de la Nouvelle Orléans…

Pour regarder et diffuser la vidéo d'Hyperlapse :

56 concerts dans 13 pays, d’Europe, d’Afrique et d’Asie, une année en forme de tour du monde, bouleversante pour le compositeur Stéphane Scharlé, qui lui a inspiré cette fresque sonore magnétique en dix escales.
Hyperlapse est un album frotté au réel, imprégné des rencontres humaines et des chocs culturels auxquels les cinq acolytes se sont confrontés pendant cette année hors du commun.
Pour ce nouvel opus, Stéphane Scharlé s’est entouré de son line-up idéal déjà réuni pour Welcome Home le précédent album du quintet : Julien Soro au saxophone et aux claviers (qui intègre l’ONJ en 2019), Tam de Villiers à la guitare, Guillaume Nuss au trombone et son compagnon de toujours, Édouard Séro-Guillaume à la basse et aux claviers.
En trois ans de tournées (et plus de 100 concerts) depuis la sortie de Welcome Home, les cinq musiciens d’Ozma ont affirmé leur son de groupe. Sous l’impulsion de son compositeur, le quintet a muté en orchestre sidéral, ajoutant à sa palette sonore originelle, deux claviers et des effets au trombone.
 « Dust City » ouvre l’album et donne le ton avec un ambiance dystopique à la “Blade Runner“. Une nouvelle dimension sonique que l’on retrouve dans le morceau éponyme,« Hyperlapse », hommage à la frénésie électronique de Hambourg, « Die Gilde »pour l’Hanséatique Lübeck, mais également dans l’espiègle et technoïde « One Night in Bulawayo », souvenir d’une incroyable nuit vécue sur fond de coup d’état au Zimbabwe…
Ozma ne renie pas ses amours rock pour autant, et l’on n’est pas surpris d’apprendre que son compositeur vient du métal quand on embarque à bord de « Tuk-Tuk Madness » une course folle à travers la jungle urbaine de Mumbai. Troisième facette musicale d’Hyperlapse, caractéristique d’un ensemble qui a créé de nombreux spectacles à l’image : une maitrise du son acoustique et de l’épure si propice à la musique de film.
Stéphane Scharlé exprime avec « Infinite Sadness » la profonde mélancolie que lui a inspiré Jakarta, la ville-monde en sursis. « Entre Chien et Loup » est la bande-son souvenir d’un train filant à travers les rizières d’un crépuscule Indonésien suspendu.
Hyperlapse promet de belles surprises pour les aficionados du quintet qui retrouveront son énergie jubilatoire et découvriront de nouvelles textures sonores mais également des ballades acoustiques et lumineuses. Un album profond, personnel et fascinant, interprété par cinq fantastiques musiciens soudés par un périple extraordinaire.

En concert le 07 mars 2020 au Café de la Danse et en tournée

Thursday, January 16, 2020

UK: Through Walls-Golden Mean(2020)

Golden Mean is the brand new band formed by Tom Driessler of Yussef Kamaal and Luke Wynter of Nubiyan Twist... add to that killer synths from Lyle Barton and beats from Noya Rao's Matt Davies and you have 5 tracks that will keep you coming back for more.

The band take their name from the mysterious calculation that has consistently cropped up throughout the study of Music, Nature, History and Math; Also known as the Golden Ratio. Expect trippy beats, synths, catchy hooks, solos, and uptempo grooves.
releases January 11, 2020 

Luke Wynter - guitar, 
Tom Driessler - bass, 
Lyle Barton - keys, 
Matt Davies - drums 

International Jazz Day- Cape Town, South Africa 2020 T shirt

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

GERMANY: Julia Hülsmann Quartet - Not Far From Here(ecm 2019)

Uli Kempendorff: tenor saxophone
Julia Hülsmann: piano
Marc Muellbauer: double bass
Heinrich Köbberling: drums

Not Far From Here introduces award-winning pianist Julia Hülsmann’s new group in which her long-time working trio with Marc Muellbauer and Heinrich Köbberling (together now for 17 years) is expanded to a quartet with the addition of Berlin-based saxophonist Uli Kempendorff. In Kempendorff’s playing “both suppleness and unruliness are in ample supply”, Jazzthetik has noted, and he brings a fresh energy to the Hülsmann group concept. Each member of the quartet brings in original compositions, with Julia herself contributing five pieces for the album.  Repertoire is augmented by a timely cover of “This Is Not America”, David Bowie’s 1980s hit single (co-composed by Bowie, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays), which appears here in a quartet version and a solo piano variation.  The album, recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in March 2019 is issued as the Hülsmann Quartet embarks on an extensive European tour. Dates include ECM50 events at the London Jazz Festival and Le Flagey, Brussels.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

UK: Renowned Jazz singer/songwriter from Nottingham in England voted Best Newcomer at the Marlborough Jazz Festival.

Renowned Jazz singer/songwriter from Nottingham in England voted Best Newcomer at the Marlborough Jazz Festival.

From the album ‘Moments of Clarity’. OUT NOW.

Jeanie has rapidly built up a highly respectable reputation from within the Jazz quarters and has an array of highly credible performance credits having supported the likes of icon Georgie Fame, sung BVs for Luddy Samms (The Drifters) and performed for British legends Shirley Bassey and Pierce Brosnan. Her performances have taken her all over the world with her song showcased at the Cannes International Film Festival and a cruise on the Seine in Paris. Over the years Jeanie has become a favourite in reputable venues such as The Jazz Cafe, The 606 club, Ronnie Scott’s and even made an appearance in the highly prestigious National Theatre.

“Jeanie’s vocals are a touch of class with a sound that is both stylish and personal and characterized by a refreshingly English delivery…”  John O’Neill, former Jazz critic of The Sunday Times

As well as her performance at the Pheasantry, 2020 also sees Jeanie celebrating her penned release; ‘SOON’, an emotive song about the coming of Spring and the hope that brings. It is the first cut and lead track taken from Jeanie’s latest album entitled ‘Moments of Clarity’; this third album is an electro-orchestral feast, featuring Jeanie on vocals and keys alongside the much heralded Simon Paterson (Professor of Music Technology at Nottingham University) on bass, synths, percussion and production.  This album also features colossus Tony Kofi on alto sax and Scott Philbrick Jazz Prize Winner Hugh Pascall on trumpet.

"Really powerful…  Just divine!" Dean Jackson at BBC Introducing.

Live Show           
The Pheasantry – 26th January
152/154 King's Rd, London SW3 4UT