miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2016

New Standard Jazz Orchestra - Waltz About Nothing (2016)

Genre: Modern Big Band
GAB's Rating: ★★★★★

“... NSJO sets new standards of excellence in contemporary big band music.” Ed Enright, DownBeat

Since its inception in 2013, the New Standard Jazz Orchestra has emerged as a serious musical force in Chicago, one with a voice all its own. Co-led by saxophonist Ken Partyka and trombonist Andy Baker, the band is filled with some of Chicago's finest musicians, composers and arrangers, several who provide the majority of the band's repertoire. Through their monthly residency at the famed Jazz Showcase, NSJO's arrangers mine the ensemble for subtle textures and colors, starting out simply and building in complexity, drawing on musical devices that range beyond the typical as they establish rich backdrops for solos by world-class improvisers such as John Wojciecowski, Marquis Hill, Mark Colby and Tom Garling.

 01. Metamorphosis 6:39
02. Spring and Fall 7:13
03. Waltz About Nothing 5:48
04. This One's For Sturm 7:33
05. Star Crossed Lovers 7:25
06. Samba for Someone 4:48
07. Lexicon 5:22
08. Bu's Groove 4:16
09. Close to You 5:48
10. Sedentary Motion 9:07
11. Milestones 7:30

Ken Partyka - alto & soprano sax, flute
Chris Madsen - alto sax, flute
Mark Colby - tenor sax, clarinet
John Wojciechowski - tenor sax, clarinet
Mark Hiebert - baritone sax, bass clarinet
Steve Leinheiser - additional woodwinds
Andy Baker - Trombone
Tom Garling - Trombone
Tim Coffman - Trombone
John Blane - Bass Trombone
Roger Ingram - Lead Trumpet
Chuck Parrish - Trumpet (split lead)
B.J. Cord - Trumpet
Marquis Hill - Trumpet
Dan Murphy - piano
Tim Fox - bass
Todd Howell - drums





Nich Mueller - Culture in Flames (2016)

Label: Self Released
Source: Anthem Review
Genre: Modern Jazz Creative
GAB's Rating: ★★★★☆

Originally hailing from Kalamazoo, Nich Mueller has been developing original music and a strong following in the Michigan area since his Downbeat Award winning debut album ‘All in A Day’ surfaced in 2011.
Nich received a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, and during his formal education he studied under or interacted with great jazz musicians and esteemed educators including Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, Ed Simon, Darmon Meader, and Peter Eldridge, as well as the highly esteemed faculty at WMU.
Throughout his career, he has been privileged enough to have performed alongside greats such as Donny McCaslin, Bob Mintzer, Kurt Elling, Roger Treece, Matt Hughes, Keith Hall, and Phil Palombi; as well to have performed in venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, the Allen Room in Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and Jazz Educators Network. Nich Mueller currently resides in New York City.
‘Culture in Flames’ is Nich’s upcoming album set to be released on May 14th this year. It is the personalised musical statement of Nich and his band on the various thrills and issues we face living in the 21st century. Themes include digital age confusion, the experience of living in corporate controlled America, travel and self-discovery, the evolution of religion and spirituality, and personal trifles resulting from an increasingly distracting culture. 
1. I.D.I.C.
2. Top of a Tree
3. Somnambularmy
4. If Only
5. Continuity for the Clarification Crisis
6. Nature Boy
7. The Ultimatum
8. Beauty, Shakes Itself
9. Universe to View
10. Something to Take with You

Nich Mueller - Piano
Dominic Carioti - Sax
Brittney Harris - Cello
Adrian Moring - Bass
Marco Frey - Drums

Wójciński Szmańda Quartet - Delusions (2016) SLUCHAJ FUNDACJA


Thus, an entirely new chapter opened in our artistic careers, and it is no exaggeration to say that inviting Krzysztof Szmańda to collabotrate with us turned out to be its key element. Complete with his talent, we became a new band, which from now on we want to call Wójciński/Szmańda Q-tet. 
When we first entered the recording studio, our intention was simple and modest. We wanted to have a keepsake from our first musical tête-à-tête, whatever it was going to be like. It never even crossed our minds that this recording would soon become our debut album. 

Should we, therefore, abandon ourselves to chance, trust our fate or the -unrelenting and often impossible to see straight away- higher consequence of events? Sometimes when people meet to play together for the first time, something more is created than an even very sophisticated arrangement of sounds. Sometimes he magic of discovering music together again emerges from behind the notes, and a simple meeting becomes something impossible to describe because it only happens once. We believe that we had just such a moment, and would like to share it with you.

Released April 14, 2016

01. Flood 10:24
02. Saga of Dr Paranoid 07:26
03. Fatal Desire 13:13
04. Morning Craving 06:39
05. Face your Fate 10:47
06. No Context 06:27
07. Voice of Nature 09:25
08. Final Destination 05:47

Szymon Wójciński - piano 
Krzysztof Szmańda - drums 
Maurycy Wójciński - trumpet 
Ksawery Wójciński - bass 

Recorded In "Quality" Studio, December 2014 in Warszawie ul. Konwiktorska 7 
Recorded by Maurycy Wójciński 
Mix and Master - Maurycy Wójciński


Allison Burik Quartet - Mythos (2016)

Label: Self Released
Source: Allison Burik
Genre: Modern Creative Jazz
GAB's Rating: ★★★★☆  

Allison Burik grew up in the Kansas City jazz scene, where the tradition of jazz is so deeply rooted that it can be heard in the musicians playing there today. She has performed there as the headliner in her own ensemble, the Allison Burik Quintet, and also in a myriad of other ensembles including the New Jazz Order Big Band and the Black House Collective Composers Ensemble. She has performed as a featured artist at venues such as the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and Take Five Coffee+Bar. In October of 2015, Burik went on tour with the Vid Jamnik 5tet in the Lorraine region of France and also performed in the Nancy Jazz Pulsations Jazz Fest. Burik released her first album, Lakeside, fall of 2014 and recently released a duo album entitled Umbrella Pine with guitarist Magdalena Abrego in September 2015. Over the years Allison has studied with notable instructors including George Garzone, Frank Tiberi, Bobby Watson, Shannon LeClaire, Tia Fuller and Dan Thomas. Today she is pursuing her degree in performance at Berklee College of Music under a full scholarship, while living and gigging in Boston.

1. Antlers 04:53
2. Wendigo 07:35
3. Kitsune 06:22
4. The House of the North Wind 08:43
5. Hugin and Munin* 04:12
6. Dragon Song 04:42
7. Out of Arcady 04:59

Allison Burik - Saxophone, vocals, compositions
Magdalena Abrego - Guitar
Seulgi Hwang - Bass
Willis Edmundson - Drums

*Special Guest George Garzone - Tenor Sax 




Marcin Olak Quartet - Bessarabian Journey (2016) SLUCHAJ FUNDACJA


Marcin would like to thank: Miron Zajfert - for telling me about Bessarabia and introducing me to this wonderful music, Tomasz Kaliński - for helping us get into NInA for the recording session, Michał Kupicz - for the great sound of the record, and extremely fast work - WOW!, Patryk Zakrocki, Maciej Szczyciński, Krzyś Szmańda - you are great musicians, friends and wonderful people, it's an honour to play with you. If you have managed to get as far as here, the hidden track is called ‘Gone’. Hope you have enjoyed finding it. 
The "Bessarabian Journey" was created especially for the New Jewish Music Festival, inspired by its director Miron Zajfert. 
This album is dedicated to my Wife, Agnieszka.

Released April 14, 2016

01. Doina (trad./M. Olak) 06:54
02. Dem Zeydns Tantz (trad./M. Olak) 03:51
03. Mazltov (trad./M. Olak) 05:09
04. Missing Landscape (P. Zakrocki/M. Olak) 02:33
05. Shabes Nign I (trad./M. Olak) 05:11
06. Shabes Nign II (trad./M. Olak) 05:34
07. Shabes Nign III (trad./M. Olak) 05:20
08. Karliner (trad./M. Olak) 06:01
09. Bessarabian Journey (M. Olak) 04:32
10. Gone 02:19

Marcin Olak - electric and acoustic guitars 
Patryk Zakrocki - viola 
Maciej Szczyciński - double bass 
Krzysztof Szmańda - drums 

Recording and mix - Michał Kupicz 

Recorded live @ Narodowy Instytut Audiowizualny, Concert Hall “Ziemia Obiecana”, 3. March, 2016.


Lafayette Harris - Hangin' With The Big Boys (2016) JAZZ PROMO SERVICES


Lafayette Harris
"Hangin' With The Big Boys”
CD Release Show

Lafayette Harris  "Hangin' With The Big Boys” 
(Airmen Records AAM3581) Street Date: May 6, 2016

Lafayette Harris Jr. piano
Houston Person tenor sax (on no’s 1,2, 7, 8, 10)
Antoine Drye trumpet
George Delancey bass
Will Terrill drums
Caleb Curtis alto and soprano sax
Jazzmeia Horn vocal
Noel Simone Wippler vocal

This CD was recorded live in front of an invited audience. Except for very small edits, what you hear is what we played.

1. Blue Skies 3:18    
I wanted to interpret this great Irving Berlin standard with the swinging Mr. Houston Person, and I thought the two young vocalists could have fun with it. 

2. In A Sentimental Mood  6:15
This has always been one of my favorite Duke pieces, and Houston Person, who recorded it on his like-titled CD, proves again that he’s the ballad master!

3. Hangin' With The Big Boys 3:33    
I composed the title track back in the 1990s when I had my group with Cindy Blackman, Terell Stafford, and Don Braden. I still think fondly of them when I play it.

4. We In The House 7:25
Another tune from that time. Cindy Blackman put that “Sister Cheryl” beat to it way back then, when I got to do it as a member of her band. We used it as a tribute to Tony Williams when he passed away so suddenly.

5. Don't Worry About It 0:55
This is actually my first composition, written when I was in high school at Baltimore Polytechnic. It stayed in my head all this time and I finally gave it a title and started playing it only a few years ago. Here, I use it as an interlude—sans piano.

6. The Zombie Blues 6:54
In 2011 I was working with the choreographer Candice Franklin. She liked my tune "Blues On The Edge" and asked me to write something similar for her company. I used a piano riff by Duke Ellington as the basis of the composition, along with the free jazz influences I picked up playing with Max Roach and with Roswell Rudd. I wanted a real expression of freedom from the bass and drums. It was a challenge to get the musicians to really go free. Then I mentioned Sonny Murray and it was like I gave them permission to go nuts! 

7. Little Kevin's Embrace 6:31
This tune from my very first CD also appears on my solo CD. I wanted to do it again, adding the human voice. And since it’s very much rooted in the blues, I let Houston Person work his soulful magic.

8. Drinking Wine Blues  5:42
I wrote this blues at the Station Café in Brooklyn, while I was—what else? Drinking wine! After we recorded a couple of takes Jazz Judy, an old friend who’d come to the session, suggested that I not play the melody while Ms. Horn delivers it. So that’s what we did.

9. The Wheelhouse 3:24    
Caleb’s writing is unique, and different from my style. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to interpret his tune in my own voice.

10. The Very Thought Of You 7:40
I’m in awe of Ray Noble’s compositions—they vary so much and are always such fun to play. Houston Person blows this tune up!

11. They All Laughed 5:12
I’d been playing this Barry Harris–influenced arrangement for a while, and then one night at Trumpets, Houston asked me to play a solo piece. The great bassist Ray Drummond joined in, figuring out my arrangement wonderfully as he went along. Houston dug it so much he used it on his CD The Melody Lingers On. Here, Antoine lays out until it’s time for him to solo.


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martes, 24 de mayo de 2016

Playlist for Tom Ossana / Dane Brewer – The Thin Edge – May 25, 2016 MST 7:00 to 9:00p.m.

www.kzmu.org/listen.m3u ~ Use this link to access the show online.

Three new releases, each from a different global region, will keep us interested during the show's first half-hour. Mexico's, that right, Mexico's Tank Trio gets us started with its First Flight. Federico Hülsz - Tenor Saxophone, Alonso López Valdés - Bass, Pablo Aguirre - Drums get the ball rolling with Hülsz's "Chilopa". Spain's Ximo Tébar follows with an ensemble treatment of Miles' "Nardis" from his Warner Music Spain recording, Soleo, featuring Ximo ~ guitar, Orrin Evans ~ piano,  John Benitez ~ bass, Donald Edwards ~ drums, and Ramón Cardo ~ saxophone. The final outing comes from Argentina's Sebastián Mazzalupo's El Gran Escultor  released by Kuai Music this year. Mazzalupo's finely crafted "Bonito" highlights his sax, Miguel Marengo: piano, Juan Bayón: bass and Carto Brandán: drums

Borrowing thoughts about Cowboys & Frenchmen - Rodeo (Outside In Music/KARI-ON Productions 2015) from All About Jazz's Geannine Reid, "Today's jazz is a mix of culture and music; with a fresh mixing of the American song book along with American folk, R&B and pop music with the ever evolving canon of post-bop jazz," we get to this international quintet covering alto saxophonist Owen Broder's "King Barry". Florida born trumpeter Theo Croker is next performing his penned "This Could Be" from his 2016 Okey records Escape Velocity, an outing touted by Charles Waring from soulandjazzandfunk.com as, "undoubtedly one of the best new jazz albums of the year so far. Whatever you do, don't let it escape you." Newcomer guitarist Ermis Michail Quintet's 2016 Minor Change follows playing the title track featuring Thomas Lumley on tenor and Andreas Panteli's piano. Ermis hails from Rotterdam, a major port city in the Netherlands' province of South Holland. We come home finally with Shorty Rogers and his West Coast sounds performing "Coop de Graas" from the 1956 RCA Victor recording The Big Shorty Rogers Express. The contrapuntal melody is Shorty's featuring Bob Cooper and Jimmy Giuffre on tenor and John Graas on French horn.

New Yorker Jeremy Manasia and his trio kick off the third half with a cover of Dizzy Gillespie's "Wheatleigh Hall" from his 2016 Rondette Records Metamorphosis featuring Peter Bernstein. Peter plays the guitar with the leader's piano, Barak Mori on bass and Charles Ruggiero on the drums. French pianist Manuel Rocheman follows with his 2016 Bonsaï Productions misTeRio performing the title track with trio mates Mathias Allamane (b) and Matthieu Chazarenc (d). Bop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie is next with probably his most famous composition, "Con Alma", from the 1956 Columbia/Verve release Afro. The Diz gets help from Alejandro Hernandez's piano and Rafael Miranda's congas. From Narragansett, Rhode Island, pianist Julian Shore concludes this half covering Dizzy's tune from his new Tone Rogue Records Which Way Now featuring, among others, Dayna Stephens on tenor.

At the request of LA's Tim Withee, Boz Skaggs gets us cuddling with his treatment of De Oliveria, Gilbert and Jobim's "Dindi" from his 2008 Decca Speak Low with some romantic tenor from Bob Sheppard. One of my favorite Jazz Crusaders' efforts from the 60s is the group's take on Carole King's "Hey Girl" from their 1966 Pacific Jazz Talk That Talk. Also from Tim, we'll hear Ernestine Anderson tackle "Sack Full of Dreams" (Gary McFarland - Louis Savary) from her 1986 Concord Be Mine Tonight. Old timers Benny Carter (alto) and Ray Brown's bass brighten the scene.

Next we get into the chaos that typically factors in romantic entanglements. Japanese pianist Megumi Yonezawa's A Result of the Colors (Fresh Sound New Talent 2016) embodies this turmoil with her penned "Epilogue" with help from locals John Hebert (b) and Eric McPherson (d). Gregory Porter either warns or titillates the love question with his composition, "Consequences of Love" from the new Blue Note Take Me to the Alley. Chip Crawford's piano and Tivon Pennicott's tenor enhance the ensemble.

From Mike Newell's Four Weddings and a Funeral we'll listen to Elton John massage Gershwin's "But Not for Me". It's not "Come Back in Time" by Elton and Bernie, but the sentiment sizzles. Carol Saboya leaves us holding hands with her cover of Sting's "Fragile" from her new AAM Music's Carolina, a title having nothing to do with the transgender problems facing North Carolina.

Let's have some fun!


A special thanks to KZMU's Music Director, Serah Mead and the troops @ RoJ for their help putting the show together: Agenor (BRA), Chris do Brasil (BRA), Domi & Victor (SPA), GAB (BEL), JR (SPA), Javi (SPA), Jazzzz61 (SPA), Lira (BRA), Luisa, Menos Que un Perro (ARG), Marcos (BRA), Melokan (VEN), Raz (ISR) and Sonia (SPA). Also friend, Raul Boeira, the Brazilian based in Passo Fundo and Spain's Javier Carrete.

Gerardo Núñez & Ulf Wakenius - Logos (2016)

Genre: Flamenco-Jazz
GAB's Rating: ★★★★☆

Unfamiliar combinations in music can lead to surprising, captivating results. At the “Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic” concert in October 2014, series curator Siggi Loch presented Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius in a new and unexpected role: as second guitarist alongside the undisputed master of flamenco nuevo, Gerardo Núñez. The combination of Wakenius and Núñez has succeeded in sending the Jazzpaña project off into a wholly new direction. The Tagesspiegel described the occasion as a “mighty fiesta.” Sparks definitely flew, Núñez had an appetite for more of the same, and he invited his Swedish colleague straight back to Madrid for the re-match.

This is the meeting of two superbly gifted virtuosi and absolute masters of their instrument:

Gerardo Núñez, originally from Jerez de la Frontera, has been called the crown prince of the flamenco guitar. Núñez is the natural and obvious successor to Paco de Lucía who passed away in 2014. He has not just renewed the centuries-old Spanish art form of flamenco, he has opened its doors, and let the winds of jazz, pop music and classical music blow in. For Núñez, co-operations which can lead to new inspiration have become something of a trademark. He has worked with operatic tenor Placido Domingo, with pop music idol Julio Iglesias and with John Patitucci, the star bassist from the world of jazz.

Now, in Ulf Wakenius, he has found his ideal partner, because the Swedish guitarist is a musician unusually receptive to new contacts and new ideas. Wakenius’ playing has always not just been inspired by the American jazz tradition but also by world music. Wakenius can play in just about any style he chooses, and always in a wholly individual way. His openness and versatility are the hallmarks of a quite remarkable career.

Wakenius has played alongside two bass icons Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Ray Brown, and for many years was a member of the legendary Oscar Peterson Quartet. He has also made his mark accompanying of singers such as Youn Sun Nah and Viktoria Tolstoy, and given free rein to his vagabond side in a duo with that unstoppable rising star of the accordion, Vincent Peirani.

Núñez has explained the name of the album. “Logos”, he says “describes the mystery of our meeting.” The word beckons the listener into the world the two have created through their intense conversation. They combine their musical vocabularies and create rhetoric, dialogue, narrative, discussion, definition and meaning.

“Logos” is also the meeting of two of the major guitarists of our time, two very different characters with both respect and curiosity for the other's music. They work so well together because each musician symbiotically extends the ideas of the other, and creates context and validity in the moment.

“Logos” might be unexpected, but it has developed its own logic, and that logic is irresistible.




Anthony Braxton & Bernie Worrell - New England Conservatory Honorary Degree Recipients

In photo, from left to right: Anthony Braxton and Bernie Worrell. Photo by Miro Vintoniv.


New England Conservatory bestowed honorary Doctor of Music (hon. D.M.) degrees on composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton and Parliament/Funkadelic co-founder Bernie Worrell and three others at its 145th annual Commencement Exercises, Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3 p.m. in NEC's Jordan Hall.

Other NEC 2016 Honorary Degree recipients included conductor Leonard Slatkin, soprano Martina Arroyo, and composer Malcolm Peyton.

Henning Sieverts - Double Quartet (2016)

Genre: Contemporary Classical Jazz
GAB's Rating: ★★★★☆

Double Quartet, Sievert’s fourth album for PIROUET, is an offshoot of the bassist/composer’s musical vision for the 2014 edition of the yearly Tonspuren Festival at the Irsee Monastery in lower Bavaria.
While researching over 600 years of this former Benedictine Abbey’s history, Sieverts unearthed a Mass composed in 1614 specifically for the Abbey’s festival of St. Benedict.
Sieverts chose two elements from this festive Mass, a cantus firmus, an archaic leitmotif in the Pro Offertorio movement of the mass, and a hexachord, a symmetric six note scale composed of four whole tones with a half tone dividing the scale between the 3rd and 4th note. Sieverts incorporated these elements as leitmotifs in his own compositions. Henning emphasizes that “They permeate my Irsee music in every creative form possible.” The music at the monastery spanned three days; on two of these days a string chamber orchestra was integrated into the double quartet. A Saturday evening “lounge” concert featured the double quartet by itself. All three were inspired by the music composed and sung by the Irsee Monks. The day after the concerts the double quartet traveled to Munich and PIROUET’s Kyberg Studioto record this impressive work.  Read more...

Bass Twins
Cantus Five
Hexa Countdown
Drum Twins
Vipia Twins
Firm Chant
Cantus Seven
Sax Twins
Hexa Circle
Hexa Twelve
Hidden Hexa
Bass Twins (Reprise)

Henning Sieverts bass, cello
Loren Stillman alto & soprano saxophone
Silvain Rifflet tenor saxophone, clarinet
Florian Weber piano
Pascal Schumacher vibraphone
Françoise Thuillier tuba
Jochen Rueckert drums
John Hollenbeck drums