Thursday, April 30, 2020

USA: Carolina Calvache-Vida Profunda (2020)

Pianist, Composer and Arranger Carolina Calvache is pleased to announce the release of her second album as a bandleader, Vida Profunda, o ut May 29th, 2020 on Sunnyside Records . On this dynamic new release, Calvache explores meaningful poetry by world-renowned poets, augmenting the text with her stunning compositions, lush instrumentation and striking vocal performances by Ruben Blades , Claudia Acuña , Haydee Milanes, Aubrey Johnson, Marta Gomez , Sofia Ribeiro, Luba Mason, Lara Bello, and Sara Serpa . 

The diverse list of instrumentalists on this release includes drummers Jonathan Blake and Keita Ogawa ; bassists Petros Klampanis , Ricky Rodriguez and Peter Slavov ; violinists Tomoko Omura , Leonor Falcon , Ben Russell , Annaliesa Place , and Adda Kridler ; violists Allysin Clare , Jocelin Pan ; cellists Brian Sanders and Diego Garcia ; flautist Hadar Noiberg ; oboist Katie Scheele; trombonist Achilles Liarmakopoulous ; bass clarinetist Paul Won Jin Cho ; bongo and djembe player Samuel Torres ; plus special guests: harmonica player Grégoire Maret and trumpeter Michael Rodriguez. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

USA: Drummer Brian Andres Debuts New Trio Latino Project on "Mayan Suite," Due for May 15 Release

Brian Andres Debuts
New Trio Latino Project
On "Mayan Suite,"
Set for May 15 Release by Bacalao Records
Bay Area Drummer Recalibrates Approach to
Latin Jazz Tradition with Five Covers,
Five Original Compositions
By Pianist Christian Tumalan & Bassist Aaron Germain

April 15, 2020

Brian Andres Trio Latino Mayan SuiteDrummer Brian Andres unleashes an electrifying new project with the May 15 release of Mayan Suite, the inaugural recording of his Trio Latino, on Bacalao Records. Though it finds Andres stepping back from his longtime leadership of the eight-piece Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, the new trio (featuring pianist Christian Tumalan and bassist Aaron Germain) shows itself to be every bit as musically rich as the larger ensemble. What's more, the album's striking originals and zesty interpretations find the band equaling that richness with audacity.
Indeed, Andres created the trio in the hope of finding just such an emboldened style. With fewer voices, he says, "There's much more space to explore, for creative expression, and with that freedom there's greater responsibilities for all three of us."
In fact, Tumalan and Germain fulfill both their freedom and their responsibility in supplying all of Mayan Suite's original compositions. The pianist brings three -- including the title track, a five-part series of hard-grooving miniatures that packs fully realized statements as well as satisfying improvisations into a remarkable seven-and-a-half-minute journey. Yet Tumalan shows no less ambition in the adrenaline rush of "Viento Solar" or the wistful tenderness of "Si Tu Vez." Germain, meanwhile, presents dazzling, dancing Latin syncopation on "Escucha" and a light-stepping aura of mystery on "Higashi Nakano."
Brian Andres Trio Latino
L. to r.: Aaron Germain, Brian Andres, Christian Tumalan. 
That is not, however, to understate the merit of the musicians' playing. Andres, Tumalan, and Germain balance their considerable chops with invention and eloquence, whether on the thrilling originals or the fiery renditions of Chick Corea's "Got a Match?" and the standard "On Green Dolphin Street." It's not happenstance that all three are rhythm players: Trio Latino's prowess on Mayan Suite, collectively and as soloists, comes in the service of irresistibly kinetic grooves drawn from the Afro-Latin jazz canon.
"Whether it's bomba or mambo, whether there's a hand drummer or not, those rhythms are represented," Andres says. "Aaron and Christian are steeped in those traditions. One of the things about this trio, I wanted us individually to have a voice of our own." Of that, Mayan Suiteleaves no doubt.
Brian AndresBrian Andres was born Nov. 7, 1968 in Cincinnati, Ohio to musical parents: His father played woodwinds, his mother piano and vocals. The younger Andres naturally followed their example, taking up the drums at the age of nine. He continued through high school and into the College-Conservatory of Music before beginning his most intensive education, playing the blues with Cincinnati Slim and the Headhunters. It was the first of many gigs, in many styles.
Yet it was while hearing someone else's band -- a salsa band -- that Andres's life was changed. The neck- and shoulder-twisting polyrhythms took him over completely; he immediately formed his own Latin jazz outfit and began consuming the grooves wherever and whenever he could. He was particularly drawn to the concentration of musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of whom, Paul van Wageningen, was so friendly and inspiring that Andres soon made the move to Northern California himself.
It was there that Andres found his groove, so to speak. He jelled with Latin musicians of all stripes, found work in multiple projects, and fronted his own Afro-Latin Jazz Cartel -- with whom he recorded his first album, Drummers Speak, in 2007.
He has continued at the head of the octet for over a decade: they have received critical acclaim, recorded two more albums (San Francisco, 2013; This Could Be That, 2016), and worked with the cream of the crop of Latin jazz talent in the Bay Area. The Cartel's rhythm section -- the nerve center of the band -- comprises Andres's Trio Latino. The smaller ensemble has taken on a life of its own, one which Andres has now documented with the recording of Mayan Suite.
"Covid-19 and the resulting Shelter in Place order has made life very difficult for everyone," says Andres. "Many musicians, myself included, feel a profound sadness during this time, because we are deprived of our most cherished activity -- performing for an audience. Thankfully we can still connect with our instrument alone, in study and practice, which keeps the spirits up, but there is no substitute for performing. Because of this, Trio Latino is looking to do a live online performance sometime soon. We are working out the details now to be able to provide the best presentation possible."    
Photography: Ben Torres (trio), Javier Cabanillas (Andres) 
Brian Andres Trio Latino Viento Solar 
Brian Andres Trio Latino: Viento Solar
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

FRANCE: Enzo Carniel & House of Echo : la vidéo de Wallsdown // nouvel album

Enzo Carniel & House of Echo
Nouvel album Wallsdown
Disponible chez Jazz&People

Après l'album Echoïdes sorti en 2017, le pianiste Enzo Carniel retrouve son groupe House of Echo pour un nouvel album chez Jazz&People. Ensemble, ils explorent jazz atmosphérique, musique minimaliste et électro abstraite. House of Echo propose un voyage onirique dans un monde de science-fiction aux rituels musicaux sacrés. On retrouve dans le groupe Enzo Carniel au piano, piano préparé, Fender Rhodes et à l'électronique, Marc Antoine Perrio à la guitare et à l'électronique, Simon Tailleu à la contrebasse, et Ariel Tessier à la batterie et aux percussions.
Pour marquer la sortie de l'album WallsdownEnzo Carniel a décidé de confier la vidéo à l’artiste plasticien Louis-Cyprien Rials. Celui-ci nous emmène dans l’intérieur des appartements abandonnés du complexe Al-Sawaber bâti en 1981 par l’architecte Arthur Erickson, et qui fut l’un des endroits les plus multiculturels du Koweït, mélangeant des habitants de toutes les confessions et origines lorsque le bâtiment fut abandonné après la guerre du Golfe.
"J’ai imaginé une relation entre les différents plans sonores de cette musique, allant de la Terre à l’Esprit (de la pierre à l’électronique) : comme une connexion intemporelle où la matérialité et la spiritualité se fondent l’une dans l’autre..."

Avec Wallsdown, House of Echo nous offre le plus beau des voyages. Le projet est pensé comme un parcours musical du début à la fin de l’album, où l’auditeur et les musiciens font s’effondrer les murs qui les entourent, murs autant physiques que psychologiques et mentaux. C’est une proposition d’ouverture dans tous les sens du terme, et un geste artistique engagé profondément dans le monde actuel.
Pour ce troisième album, Enzo Carniel s’est inspiré de toutes les musiques qui nourrissent l’artistes contemporain, partant du jazz, musique mère d’House of Echo, en allant vers les musiques électroniques, l’ambient, la musique répétitive et la musique contemporaine.
Un travail de field-recording vient illustrer cette musique, avec des sons de pierres enregistrés dans la nature, et utilisés pour symboliser ces murs. En ajoutant des phrases clés venant jalonner l’album comme des mantras, Enzo Carniel a voulu créer un univers complet musical, mêlant quartet acoustique de jazz, électronique, mais aussi textes et sons de la nature, pour donner la plus grande dimension à ce projet Wallsdown, une dimension holistique et sans frontières.
House of Echo :
- Enzo Carniel: Piano & Piano préparé, Synthétiseurs, Sound Design, Electronique, Fender Rhodes, Field Recording, Texte...
- Marc Antoine Perrio: Guitare, Electronique, Sound Design
- Ariel Tessier: Batterie, Percussions, Pierres
- Simon Tailleu: Contrebasse
- Bruce Sherfield: Voix et Spoken Words


Monday, April 27, 2020

NORWAY: Daniel Herskedal-Call For Winter (2020)

 DANIEL HERSKEDAL tuba and bass trumpet Call For Winter is an album with a sonorous beauty and majestic flow. The album builds on the territory mapped in Mistral Noir, the opening track of Herskedal’s first album, Slow Eastbound Train, erecting layers of solo tuba and bass trumpet into an imposing edifice of sound. Call For Winter was performed by Herskedal during two weeks alone in deepest Norway; a cinematic journey through 12 original compositions manifesting that crystalline landscape and fusing the spirit of jazz with the compositional craft of classical music Rarely do you hear a musician with such depth, emotive intensity and virtuosity shine whilst simultaneously pushing the boundaries of his instrument to the limit

Sunday, April 26, 2020

AUSTRALIA: The Necks-Three (2020)

Three, the 21st album from legendary Australian instrumental trio The Necks, is a winding, textural, and visceral musical exploration through three individual, contrasting tracks that each delve into separate tenets of their sound. Three’s variety of tones and structures offer a glimpse into the boundless, immersive sonic universe The Necks have been constructing, through recorded and live performance, for over 30 years: three musicians, three variable songs, highlighting three decades of groundbreaking experimental excellence.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

BELGIUM/USA: Noah Howard-Live In Europe Vol​.​1 (2020)

Noah Howard was born in 1943 in New Orleans, the heartland of Jazz. Growing up in a city vibrating with Gospel and Dixieland he lived music in all its forms and played music from his childhood in his church. Noah first learned to play the trumpet and later moving on to alto, tenor and soprano saxophone. Noah’s music evolved as he worked with different people in different places, working with Dewey Johnson in Los Angeles and later on in San Francisco, and playing with Sun Ra after moving to New York. As an innovator influenced by John Coltrane and Albert Ayler he became a driver of the early Free Jazz movement and quickly developed into one of the world’s most celebrated alt saxophonists. He recorded his first LP “Noah Howard Quartet” as a leader in 1965 and his second LP “Noah Howard at Judson Hall” in 1966 both for the groundbreaking ESP Records label. In 1969 he appeared on Frank Wright’s album “One For John” and on “Black Gipsy” with Archie Shepp. His third record, which he lead, working with Arthur Doyle was the internationally acclaimed “Black Ark”. With this, Noah entered the Jazz hall of fame as one of the most brilliant and innovative Free Jazz musicians. In 1971 he created his own record label AltSax and published most of his music under that label. In the same year he recorded Patterns in the Netherlands with Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink. Having honed his style and explored many eclectic sounds, he became disenchanted by the lack of appreciation for... more credits released April 10, 2020 45 years after its original release, Sconsolato is proud to annonce an official reissue of “Live In Europe Vol.1” limited to 300 remastered vinyl copies. Out April 10th. Noah Howard joue du sax. alto ; Takashi Kako du piano ; Kent Carter de la contrebasse ; Muhammad Ali de la batterie, sauf sur Olé où il est remplacé par Oliver Johnson. Les arrangements, excepté New Arrival, sont de Nat Dove. Muhammad Ali apparaît avec l'autorisation de Center Of The World Productions. La photo est due à Thierry Trombert. Le disque a été enregistré au cours de l'année 1975 sur différentes scènes européennes.

Friday, April 24, 2020

USA:Art Hirahara -"Balance Point" (Posi-Tone 2020)

The new Art Hirahara album "Balance Point" features Melissa Aldana, Joe Martin, and Rudy Royston.

USA: Mariea Antoinette’s “All My Strings’ pays tribute to the evolution and magic that strings contribute to music

Mariea Antoinette’s “All My Strings’ pays tribute to the evolution and magic that strings contribute to music

The urban-jazz harpist’s “Loving You” courts programmer’s ardor in advance of the release of her third album, dropping April 24.

SAN DIEGO (30 March 2020): Mariea Antoinette is upping the ante. Her previous albums have been designed to place the classical harp in surprising, unimagined contexts: R&B, jazz and hip hop. The motif expands on her third outing, “All My Strings,” which drops April 24 from Infinity/Maasai Productions. Teaming with producer Allan Phillips, who wrote four songs for the album, Antoinette’s focus is vibrational, celebrating the progress and unique contributions made by stringed instruments in music.   

“The idea was to create an organic sound where most of the instrumentation of the album is
propelled by vibrating strings - harp, violins, violas, cellos, guitars and bass guitar. ‘All My Strings’ is a tribute to the evolution and the magic that strings bring to music,” said Antoinette, a San Diego native. “I wanted the album to unfold as a beautiful, unexpected story.”
Antoinette began telling the story a couple years ago when she released the album opener, “Overture,” as a single, which went Top 5 on the Billboard chart and was named Best Jazz Single by the Black Women in Jazz & the Arts Association. With sweeping strings that build to a dramatic crescendo over funky beats, the track provided an exciting preview of what was to come on “All My Strings.” Last fall, Antoinette provided a second glimpse with the release of “That Thing (Doo Woop),” a reinvention of the Lauryn Hill hit. A third sampling came when “Loving You” began collecting airplay and playlist adds last week. The single earned Most Added status at Billboard. Antoinette tells the story behind why she elected to record the Minnie Riperton signature tune.     

“For years, Allan (Phillips) had the idea of recording a tribute to my first producer, the late Carl Evans, a founding member of the contemporary jazz group Fattburger. Carl had inspired countless musicians in Southern California and first introduced me and Allan. After years of searching, Allan suggested ‘Loving You.’ The original has a sublime effect that naturally seemed to work great with the harp. Then Allan gathered the surviving original members of Fattburger to record the song. We used a hallmark arrangement typical of Fattburger’s chart-topping style along with the string ensemble that appears throughout ‘All My Strings.’ The result is a fresh and exciting new version of a classic so dear to everyone’s heart. It also honors Carl who taught us to always spread love through our music - no matter what.”

Another compelling selection from the set is “Garden of Peace,” a soothing original spoken word number delivered by Antoinette over music by Lonnie Liston Smith.

“I believe in the healing power of music and spoken word where it drives all the tension from a room.
With spoken word, you can take people on an unforgettable journey through the power of words, something I do on all my projects. That was my intention with ‘Garden of Peace.’ Coupled with a pure harp solo, it creates a journey that is inspirational, creative and metaphysical. I love music that comes from an unknown place allowing you to simply close your eyes and listen.”

Antoinette wrote the album closer, “Gaia,” and spoke about its spontaneous origins.  

“I was taking a break in the studio after we recorded ‘Sekmet: Lioness Goddess.’ I began playing the harp, channeling what was in my heart. Allan walked into the room and asked what I was playing. He said we had to record it. It wasn’t planned at all. Totally impromptu. Suddenly, 'Gaia’ was born.”

After earning a master’s degree in harp performance, Antoinette debuted as a solo artist in 2003 on the Evan’s-produced “Sexy Paradise.” She began serving as principal harpist with the Los Angeles Southeast Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and later played a private event for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Antoinette also accompanied Ne-Yo during a BET Awards performance. Her 2015 “Straight From The Harp: Special Edition” album, produced by Phillips, went Top 5 on the Billboard chart. Antoinette’s honors include winning a 2018 Black Music Award and the Instrumentalist of the Year title from the San Diego Prestige Awards the same year. In addition to playing club, theater and festival dates with her own ensemble, Antoinette has toured with the female-powered supergroup Jazz in Pink.        

“All My Strings” contains the following songs:

“Yearning For Your Love”
“All My Strings”
“Loving You”
“Ain’t Playin’”
“That Thing”
“Sekmet: Lioness Goddess”
“Garden Of Peace”

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

AUSTRALIA: International Jazz Day from Australia Nationwide on PBS, April 24 at 10/9c

Don't miss
International Jazz Day from Australia
Nationwide on PBS, April 24 at 10/9c
Stay home, stay safe and enjoy this exciting new special featuring unforgettable performances and scenes from the biggest night in jazz.
Vocalist Ledisi joins an all-star band in a memorable performance from International Jazz Day from Australia (Photo by Steve Mundinger / Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz)
A new PBS special brings viewers an inside look at the 2019 All-Star Global Concert from Melbourne, Australia. Featuring incredible performances by jazz masters from nearly a dozen countries, including UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, Joey DeFrancesco, Kurt Elling, Ledisi, Jane Monheit, James Morrison, Antonio Sánchez, Somi, Ben Williams, Lizz Wright and many more, under the musical direction of John Beasley. Presented each year on PBS, this star-studded concert features more than two dozen world-renowned artists in an unforgettable evening of music at the Arts Centre Melbourne's Hamer Hall.

Declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and recognized on the official calendar of the United Nations, International Jazz Day is the one day each year on which jazz is celebrated worldwide, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities in more than 190 countries on all seven continents. At the heart of every celebration is the extraordinary All-Star Global Concert, which brings together renowned artists from all genres to pay tribute to this truly American music. Past years have seen artists from Stevie Wonder to Aretha Franklin to Esperanza Spalding join other legendary artists from around the world to showcase jazz and its ability to bring together people of all different cultures.
Watch PBS at 10/9c pm (check local listings) this Friday, April 24 to relive every swinging moment.

Can't make time on Friday? Stream the complete special online on sure to bookmark the website.
See you there!

USA: Grammy Award Winning Paul and Jacqui Brown FREE VIRTUAL SHOW

Grammy Award Winning Paul and Jacqui Brown
Friday April 24, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM PST/12:00 MST/1:00 PM CST/2:00 EST
Paul Brown, two-time Grammy winning producer, vocalist, and guitarist, has joined forces with his wife of 40 years, Jacqui Brown. Jacqui is an author, stand up comic, life coach and now debuts her singing and song writing talents as a recording artist.
Paul, after working for three decades with some of the most well known artist such as Luther Vandross, George Benson, Al Jarreau and Boney James has released nine solo CDs of his own, including his most recent, Uptown Blues. Paul is producer and co-writer with Jacqui on her first CD titled Love Love Love.
“It’s funny,” says Paul, “After being together all these years I never heard Jacqui sing until she wrote a song for our daughter called Somebody’s Child." The single Why Oh Why hit the radio in May of 2019, landing her in the top 100 on the smooth jazz chart, with nearly every other cut on the CD being played across the board on Blues, Americana and Country stations throughout the world.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

GREECE: Nikolas Skordas & Stephanos Chytiris(Greece)-Invisible War

Nikolas Skordas & Stephanos Chytiris(Greece)-Invisible War
Composers: Nikolas Skordas & Stephanos Chytiris
Album: Invisible War
Label: Slam Productions
Nikolas Skordas: soprano and tenor Saxophones Tarogato, traditional Flutes
Stephanos Chytiris: drums
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Monday, April 20, 2020

USA:Lindsey Webster- A Woman Like Me ( 2020)

A Woman Like Me

Lindsey Webster is the first vocalist to score 4 #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits in a row. She's been on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart for an amazing 120 weeks! A Woman Like Me, promises to be her breakout album. Highlights include the first single, "Feels Like Forever," the sensuous "Always Love Me," the soulful "The Unknown" and the spirited "One Step Forward," making A Woman Like Me must have album!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2020: Ramiro Pinheiro & Rafael Barata(Brazil)-Baião Cansado

Ramiro Pinheiro & Rafael Barata(Brazil)-Baião Cansado
Composer: Marco Pereira
Single: Baião Cansado
Label: La Cúpula Music
Baião is a Northeastern Brazilian music genre and dance style based on a syncopated duple meter rhythm, based around the pulse of the zabumba, a flat, double-headed bass drum played with a mallet in one hand and a stick in the other, each striking the opposite head of the drum for alternating high and low notes, frequently accompanied by an accordion and a triangle pattern. The baião rhythm is integral to the genres of forró, repente and coco (or embolada).
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NORWAY : Marius Neset | London Sinfonietta - Viaduct(act 2020)


The 34-year-old Bergen-born tenor/soprano saxophonist-composer Marius Neset presents his new recording Viaduct and makes his boldest, most restlessly diverse statement to date. On his fifth album for leading European label ACT, Neset organically integrates a wide-ranging, colourful kaleidoscope of influences with his compelling compositions/arrangements for a pair of extended suites. Originally commissioned for the opening concert of the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 2018, Viaduct offered Neset a fantastic opportunity to reunite his regular top-notch Brit-Scandi jazz quintet with world-class 19-piece London Sinfonietta, having initially performed together for his 2016 ACT release Snowmelt.
Challenge Records

Saturday, April 18, 2020

BRAZIL/SPAIN: Ramiro Pinheiro & Rafael Barata New single / videoclip out!

 Ramiro Pinheiro is a subtle and creative acoustic guitarist from Brazil who is also a talented songwriter. He was mostly self-taught at the beginning, learning the guitar by ear before attending the Conservatório Souza Lima in São Paulo. Pinheiro moved to Barcelona (Spain) 14 years ago and he has been an important part of the local music scene ever since, working with a wide variety of top jazz and Brazilian musicians.

Together with Rafael Barata on drums, they are releasing "Baiao Cansado" (Marco Pereira) this Friday April 17th on all digital platforms.

Baião is a Northeastern Brazilian music genre and dance style based on a syncopated duple meter rhythm, based around the pulse of the zabumba, a flat, double-headed bass drum played with a mallet in one hand and a stick in the other, each striking the opposite head of the drum for alternating high and low notes, frequently accompanied by an accordion and a triangle pattern. The baião rhythm is integral to the genres of forró, repente and coco (or embolada).

I'll leave you a couple links below so you can listen:


Friday, April 17, 2020

USA: OBITUARY: Leon Konitz (October 13, 1927 – April 15, 2020)

Leon Konitz died during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
 due to complications brought on by COVID-19.

USA: Lizz Wright & The Ella 100 All-Star Quartet -Ella 100: Live at The Apollo! (Concord Jazz 2020)

Lizz Wright & The Ella 100 All-Star Quartet performs The Nearness Of You. The song was recorded live from the Apollo Theatre in Harlem honoring the centennial birthday of legendary jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald.
Ella 100: Live at The Apollo! Available April 24th from Concord Jazz.
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Ella 100: Live at the Apollo! features the GRAMMY award winning vocalist Patti Austin with The Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, during their live tribute concert honoring Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. Joining them on the bandstand is co-host David Alan Grier along with a host of notable vocalists Andra Day (who appears on CD release only), Lizz Wright, Cassandra Wilson, Ledisi and Monica Mancini. The evening also features the Ella 100 All-Star Quartet with Shelly Berg, Nathan East, Gregg Field and Brian Nova.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

UK: Jazz Sabbath - Jazz Sabbath (2020)

Jazz Sabbath (1968) were considered to be at the forefront of the new English jazz movement. Their self-titled debut album would be released on 13 Feb 1970, but on Feb 12th founding member and pianist Milton Keanes was hospitalised with a massive heart attack; leaving him fighting for his life. The record company shelved the album and cancelled the scheduled release out of financial uncertainty of releasing a debut album from a band without its musical leader. When Milton was released from hospital in September 1970, he found out that a band from Birmingham, conveniently called ‘Black Sabbath’, had since released two albums containing so-called metal versions of his songs. His recalled albums had been destroyed in a warehouse fire in June 1970; leaving only a few bootleg tapes of Jazz Sabbath’s live performances as proof of existence. The master tapes, believed to be lost in the fire, were found last year. These songs will now finally be heard; proving that the heavy metal band worshipped by millions are in fact nothing more than musical charlatans, thieving the music from a bedridden, hospitalised genius.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

USA: Farnell Newton - Rippin' & Runnin' (Posi-Tone 2020)

""Rippin' & Runnin'" might not heal any diseases but chances are quite good you'll feel a lot better listening to this quartet having so much fun making music. Farnell Newton sounds great and his bandmates are top-drawer––all in all, get in the groove and move to this music!" - Step Tempest

"A tremendous trumpeter, set up here in his best format to date – a really heavy duty quartet that features tenor from Brandon Wright, drums from Rudy Royston, and Hammond from Brian Charette. The whole thing's great – a cut above for even the always-great Posi-Tone label." - Dusty Groove

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

FRANCE: Joy Ascension Macha Gharibian(2020)

Official Release on January 24th, 2020 Rue Bleue – Meredith Records / PIAS with Dré Pallemaerts : drums Chris Jennings : double bass Macha Gharibian : piano, vocals, fender rhodes, keyboards

Monday, April 13, 2020

FRANCE: Rachel Therrien ‎– Vena(2020)

Today is the digital release date of VENA the new album of Rachel Therrien. VENA evokes the flight of migratory birds in search of a better world. Let support Rachel and her fantastic musicians sharing this post to all your best friends. Thanks in advance. For your information the release date of the CD version has been postponed at end of June. BONSAI MUSIC

Sunday, April 12, 2020

USA: Jumaane Smith-When You're Smiling (2020)

When You're Smiling

Jazz trumpeter and singer Jumaane Smith trained at the Juilliard School of Music 2001-2005 with Wynton Marsalis as his primary teacher. Jumaane's credits include 5 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, performances at The White House, on the Grammy Awards with Stevie Wonder, on the Today Show, Tonight Show, Oprah Show, Good Morning America and American Idol.

 Albums featuring Jumaane have sold more than 40 million copies. Jumaane has also collaborated with Quincy Jones, and Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin and many others. Since 2005 Jumaane has toured and recorded extensively with Michael Bublé and currently performs with Harry Connick Jr.’s band on the syndicated daytime TV show "Harry". In 2013 Smith toured as guest soloist for Jackie Evancho’s, “Songs of the Silver Screen” world tour.

As a composer, Smith has scored music for the films, “Handsome Harry” and “Being In The World”. Jumaane released his critically acclaimed debut album, "I Only Have Eyes For You" in 2014, features special guests Michael Bublé, Jackie Evancho and Naturally 7. "Jumaane is a very special artist, a guy who is managing to be a unique and irresistibly creative voice at a time when most players are simply trying to imitate their favorite…” Don Heckman (LA Times, Downbeat Magazine)

Saturday, April 11, 2020

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2020: Calabó(USA)-Chromatic Dream(Album: One Day at a Time)

Calabó(USA)-Chromatic Dream
Composer:: Jandro Rivas
Album: One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time is an improvisational style music traveling around jazz, Latin jazz and world music genres. This album tries to musically describe a tropical day , from sunrise to the late night hours. The intention of the composer, Jandro Rivas, is to portray a mental picture of a typical Sunday on a tropical paradise. From Chromatic Dream, following the first hours of the morning and Salitre, where you can almost hear the waves as drum riffs, to Children of the Moon with long dreamy melodies.