viernes, 17 de noviembre de 2017

Danny Janklow - Elevation (2017)

25-year-old Danny Janklow is quickly gaining international recognition for his soulful and innovative musical voice. His heart-felt, passionate, and highly energetic music has reached and inspired thousands of listeners from Japan to Holland to Mexico. His live performances, often described as "emotionally charged" and "vibrant celebrations," leave his listeners always wanting more...  

Born in Tarzana, CA in 1989, Danny Janklow was handed the saxophone at the age of 11. His life would soon change as he was introduced to the remarkable sounds of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, and John Coltrane. Just 2 years later, it was obvious to all that the music had chosen him. During his time at Agoura High School, Danny was recognized by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as the first-ever triple instrument "Outstanding Soloist" on tenor saxophone, flute and clarinet.

In 2007, Danny was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Philadelphia's Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance where he was mentored by saxophone legend Dick Oatts and incredible trumpeter Terell Stafford. In 2010, Danny won 1st place in the North American Saxophone Alliance competition held in Athens, Georgia. While living on the east coast, he frequently played at the Village Vanguard with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Kimmel Center, the Apollo in Harlem, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York.

After graduating in 2011, Danny moved back to Los Angeles to take the scene by storm. He rapidly became one of LA's most in-demand saxophonists and bandleaders. In August 2012, he won 1st place at the Detroit Jazz Festival Saxophone Competition and headlined on that year's festival. He took part in a 2-year Mentor program teaching at Stanford Jazz Camp where he discovered his deep passion for teaching students of all ages. In 2013, he was selectively chosen as a semi-finalist to compete in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition in Washington D.C.

Danny has enjoyed the pleasure of sharing the stage and recording with the likes of Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Eric Reed, John Beasley, Ben Williams, Jason Moran, Savion Glover, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bill Holman Big Band, Gordon Goodwin, Barbara Morrison and Jimmy Heath.

The "Elevation"  album is a true celebration of passionate, soulful, and beautiful music. This is Danny's feature length album debut! Aside from a cover of Radiohead's "Creep," the album features Danny's original music written over the span of 6 years. Danny was honored to be joined by the most incredible musicians he knew to play on this remarkable studio session.The result was a complete masterful performance by everyone. Magic shined through on each note that was played. The  record's title "Elevation" is a reference to the remarkable process of lifting one's spirit and reaching new spiritual & emotional peaks.

Saxophonist & Multi-Instrumentalist DANNY JANKLOW
Releases Stunning Full-Length Debut, ELEVATION
Co-Produced by Pianist John Beasley

Album Features Janklow’s Mentors and Peers: Pianists Eric Reed and John Beasley, Keyboardist Sam Barsh, Vibraphonist Nick Mancini, Bassists Ben Williams and Benjamin Shepherd, and Drummer Jonathan Pinson

Featuring Guest Vocal Spots by Jesse Palter on “Hidden Treasure” and “Lolobai”
and Michael Mayo on Catchy Album Closer “Serene State of Love”

“When one considers the outstanding young jazz musicians in Los Angeles who are most likely to move the music forward, alto saxophonist Danny Janklow is in the front of the pack.” – Los Angeles Times

“Danny Janklow is one of the most amazing talents I’ve witnessed. His dedication and commitment to this music makes his music swing, groove and touch the hearts and souls of his listeners. Danny combines his harmonic prowess with his love for melody, rhythm and the blues to create passionate, energetic solos with depth and soulfulness!” – Terell Stafford

“Danny has proven to be one of the most reliable musicians with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing a bandstand. Regardless of the concept, tempo, key or time signature, he consistently applies himself to the moment, and handles his business. A remarkable musician.” – Eric Reed

1. Philafornia 05:42
2. Bad Reception 06:48
3. Hidden Treasure 04:58
4. Creep 06:04
5. Roastmaster 01:12
6. Gemini Vibe 04:01
7. Lolobai 04:36
8. Calor del Momento 04:52
9. All in the Name of You 06:14
10. Serene State of Love 05:01

Matt Mitchell - A Pouting Grimace (PI RECORDINGS 2017)

A regular member of Tim Berne’s Snakeoil and the Dave Douglas Quintet, pianist / keyboardist / composer Matt Mitchell has recently appeared on Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls (2015) and Jonathan Finlayson’s Moving Still (2016). Mitchell has worked with a broad array of top-name artists including Steve Coleman, John Hollenbeck and Mario Pavone. Mitchell is a chameleon, able to take on completely different musical personas across of fast array of situations. His own Vista Accumulation (2015) was one of the most highly regarded releases of that year. Frequently in demand, he has managed to produce ten albums as a leader or co-leader. The most recent, A Pouting Grimace, is an eclectic collection that defies categorization.

Mitchell’s previous albums have been elatively small formations -solo through quartet and so the twelve- person ensemble on a A Pouting Grimace is new territory for him, as a leader. In that company of players are exceptional names. Saxophonist Jon Irabagon (Mostly Other People Do the Killing), flautist Anna Webber and percussionists Ches Smith and Dan Weiss are on hand, and Tyshawn Sorey serves as conductor on two pieces.

The very brief “Bulb Terminus” is a bit of programmed reverie that leads to the loosely structured “Plate Shapes,” a multifaceted maelstrom of cadences and noises with an impulsive sense of movement. Irabagon and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck spend much of the time searching for their own alternate routes. “Brim” is the centerpiece of A Pouting Grimace as it provides a platform for the development of the surrounding compositions. At the core of “Brim” is a phantasmagorical, full-ensemble mélange that feels omnidirectional and free-flowing. The longest piece on the album, “Sick Fields” is an episodic anomaly that moves in fits and starts; it is as unstoppable as it is—at times—impenetrable. “Ooze Interim” concludes the album with a floating, solo electronics performance from Mitchell.

The free nature, density and complexity of A Pouting Grimace does not give way to blowout solos or overall chaos. The musicians wander a marauder’s map, at times, interacting with each other, or occasionally looking for their own opening. This is an album focused on detail; it can be identified in slight, contrasting hues and in unflinching statements. It is certainly a unique and challenging listen.

1. bulb terminus 01:10
2. plate shapes 08:12
3. mini alternate 05:32
4. brim 06:49
5. deal sweeteners 01:38
6. squalid ink 00:15
7. gluts 04:28
8. heft 04:16
9. sick fields 09:10
10. ooze interim 05:07

Produced by David Torn and Matt Mitchell 
Mixed and mastered by David Torn 

Matt Mitchell - piano, Prophet 6, electronics 
Kim Cass - upright bass 
Kate Gentile - drums, gongs, percussion 
Ches Smith - vibraphone, glockenspiel, bongos, timpani, gongs, Haitian tanbou, percussion 
Dan Weiss - tabla 
Patricia Brennan - vibraphone, marimba 
Katie Andrews - harp 
Anna Webber - flute, alto flute, bass flute 
Jon Irabagon - sopranino sax, soprano sax 
Ben Kono - oboe, English horn 
Sara Schoenbeck - bassoon 
Scott Robinson - bass sax, contrabass clarinet 
Tyshawn Sorey - conductor

Talibam! - Hard Vibe (2017)

HARD VIBE is a new cosmic-modular jazz quartet based in New York City featuring saxophonist Matt Nelson, pianist Ron Stabinsky, keyboardist Matthew Mottel, and drummer Kevin Shea. 

Inspired by Herbie Hancock's '70's space-music and long-form repetitive works like Miles Davis’ On The Corner, Hard Vibe has a trans-minimalist compositional impetus with an atypical array of structural obstructions. Specifically, Hard Vibe force-fuses a hard-boiled chordal pattern from rhythm changes into an all-inclusive oasis of contextual amelioration. This is pragmatically achieved by transforming a major-key cadence into a sadistic pre-determined grid of unremitting minor modulations…a task adroitly executed on B3 by Stabinsky. 

Simultaneously, the fantastical foundation of Mottel’s 80’s-jazz-era melodic phrase, paired with Shea’s strict 16th-note rhythmic concept, propels Nelson’s inexhaustible sax solo into a increasingly ecstatic state of tantric epiphany. Hard Vibe obediently maintains it’s infectious pulse throughout and ultimately culminates as a joyous synth-infused Prince tribute cum Keytar payoff à la Jan Hammer. 

Other influences for Hard Vibe include Charlie Parker's concrete melodic vision within Salt Peanuts, the NYC Avantgarde Minimalism of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca, Tenor Sax endurance soloists like Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler's funky New Grass, and the epic organ brutality of Larry Young.

HARD VIBE marks Talibam!’s return to the legendary ESP-Disk’ record label, a partnership begun in 2009 with the release of the highly acclaimed Boogie In The Breeze Blocks album. Also on September 8 2017, Talibam! is thrilled to announce ESP-Disk’ will also be releasing their new soundtrack Endgame Of The Anthropocene (Talibam!’s first cinematic album of through-composed ecogothic geosonics via hyperkinetic rhythm-based instrumental/electronic music). 

Matt Nelson (tenor/effects): Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Matt has been playing the saxophone since his days at El Carmelo Elementary School. He left the sunshine of California for the flurries and wintry mix of Northeastern Ohio, where he attended Oberlin College and Conservatory to study with Gary Bartz and Paul Cohen, among others. After graduating he moved back to the Bay Area and became an active member of the experimental/ jazz/noise scene in Oakland and San Francisco. It was in the Bay Area that he began playing with tUnE-yArDs. After recording on the acclaimed album WHOKILL, he spent a large portion of 2010-2012 on tour with the band. In 2010 Matt began to split his time between the Bay Area and Brooklyn, where he now resides full-time. Since relocating to New York he's begun playing regular solo shows, as well as in the band Battle Trance, released their debut record in August 2014 on New Amsterdam Records and NNA Tapes.. Over the past couple years he's had the pleasure of performing with amazing musicians like Ava Mendoza, Peter Evans, Nels Cline, Weasel Walter, Ben Goldberg, Dan Peck, Tom Rainey, Michael Coleman, Sam Ospovat, Bill McHenry, Tim Dahl, Nick Podgurski, and many others. His debut solo record, Lower Bottoms, was released in Fall of 2014. 

Ron Stabinsky (organ) recently released his debut album, Free for One, the culmination of more than a decade of evolving his improvised solo language. In addition to continuing to pursue his ongoing interest in solo piano improvisation, he enjoys working on music in a stylistically diverse array of situations throughout the United States and Europe with many other musicians and ensembles, including free- improvising saxophonist Jack Wright, bass trombone virtuoso David Taylor, Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood, and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Recent festival appearances include Newport Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Moers Festival (Germany), Jazzfestival Saalfelden (Austria), Outreach Festival (Austria), and Jazz and More Festival Sibiu (Romania). He is currently a regular member of the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the new music ensemble Relâche, the Charles Evans Quartet, and the Peter Evans Ensemble, a new expanded conception of the critically acclaimed Peter Evans Quintet. 

Matthew Mottel (Rhodes/Keytar), is an artist and performer who has worked extensively in the International Arts Community since 1999. He co-founded his performance duo Talibam! with Kevin Shea in 2003. They have released 26 albums and completed over 20 international tours. He has also performed in collective ensembles; CSC Funk Band, Alien Whale, Nymph, and is a band-leader in his own unit Platinum Vision. He has collaborated with his father, photographer Syeus Mottel, choreographer Karole Armitage, Fluxist artist Yasunao Tone, Instrument inventor Cooper-Moore, Visual Artist Peter Coffin and many others. He was an Artist In Residence At Issue Project Room in 2010, an LMCC Swing Space Recipient in 2011 and continues to expand his practice searching for both unique opportunities and collaborations. He has performed at such acclaimed venues as MoMa, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Victoria & Albert Museum London, The Kitchen NYC, All Tomorrow's Parties Festival and more. 

Kevin Shea (drums) is a true original. Few other drummers of his generation are as recognizable and idiosyncratic. Shea has always imbued his playing with a humor and flexibility that few in the jazz world have been able to match. His highly considered approach to the drum set is rooted in virtuosic technique, deliberate rawness, and obsessive inquiry. The global experimental community first took notice of Shea back in 1997 with cult free-rock trio Storm & Stress, alongside Battles/Don Caballero’s Ian Williams. Since then, Shea has been featured on 160 albums and has performed in 45 countries. He maintains a relentlessly prolific and polarizing presence with Talibam! (with Matt Mottel), Mostly Other People Do The Killing (with Ron Stabinsky and Moppa Elliott), People (with Mary Halvorson), Rhys Chatham, David Taylor, and countless other projects in the Avant-Garde, Jazz, Contemporary Music, and less superlative genres. 

Talibam!, a 14-year working unit based in New York City, can be described in various ways -- as a classic keyboards/drums expanded-jazz duo, as Dadaist provocateurs with an innate love for the history of music, as a Fluxus-informed theater troupe, as an electronic ensemble inspired by Stockhausen, or as a rhythm section at the cross hair of agility, speed, punctuation, and intention. Since their inception in 2003, Talibam!’s ultimate goal has been to wed disparate ideologies through proficiency, controversy, inquiry, and compassion. Matt Mottel (keys) and Kevin Shea (drums) have remained devoted to their belief that the application of diversity in sound is paramount to the appreciation of diversity among fellow beings. 

Talibam! delights in creating music that cannot be pinned down within the safe-spaces of existing genres. With each new album, Talibam! reinvents their methodological palette in order to bolster a fresh clarity of joyous auditory surprise, something their fans have come to depend on. Talibam! has worked hard to proselytize their process. To date, Talibam! has released over 30 albums, traveled to over 40 countries, and completed more than 30 international tours … with performances at ATP Festival curated by TV On The Radio, Sant'Anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall’s Dance Umbrella Festival, Lincoln Center’s Sound and Vision Festival, MoMA’s “Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde” exhibition, Nickelsdorf Jazz Festival, Tarcento Jazz Festival, Milano Dance Festival, Acéfalo Festival in Chile, Suoni Festival in Montreal, Issue Project Room’s Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain Fest, Forthwith Festival in Winnipeg, Whartscape Fest in Baltimore, and ZXZW Festival in Tilburg, to name a few. Talibam! has collaborated across genre with the likes of Yasunao Tone, Cooper-Moore, Tamio Shiraishi, David Watson, Ingrid Laubrock, Shelley Hirsch, Daniel Carter, Alan Wilkinson, id m theft able, Leila Bordreuil, Briggan Krauss, Ravish Momin, Ron Stabinsky, Rick Parker, Lary Seven, Sam Kulik, Micah Gaugh, Jeremy Wilms, Mick Barr, Peter Evans, Ed Bear, Moppa Elliott, Lukas Ligeti, Robbie Lee, Nate Wooley, Kyle Forester, Tim Dahl, Fritz Welch, Danielle Kuhlmann, Chris Pitsiokos, Jon Irabagon, Anders Nilsson, Mike Pride, Chris Forsyth, Sarah Lipstate, Kyp Malone, Weasel Walter, Tom Blancarte, Michael Evans, Jaime Fennelly, Matt Nelson, Tom Smith, Steve Gunn, David Earl Buddin, and Karole Armitage’s Armitage Gone! Dance company. In addition, Talibam! was awarded residencies at IRT Theater, Incubator Arts Project, and at Swing Space by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Rostislav Fraš Quartet (feat. Antonio Faraò & Jeff "Tain" Watts) - Use the Moment (ANIMAL MUSIC 2017)

Rostislav Fraš, the first-class Czech jazz saxophonist and composer, has invited two giants of the world jazz scene to record his new album with him – Italian pianist Antonio Faraò and the legendary American drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts. The fourth in the band is the bassist Josef Fečo.

 The album has been recorded at the end of the short tour of this line-up and it brings a collection of Fraš's and Faraò's own compositions performed with fantastic and driving delivery.

1. Use the Moment (Rostislav Fraš)
2. N.W. (Rostislav Fraš)
3. Black Inside (Antonio Faraò)
4. Blues After Showers (Rostislav Fraš)
5. Arabesco (Antonio Faraò)
6. Silent Yearning (Rostislav Fraš)
7. Dark Side (Rostislav Fraš)

Rostislav Fraš – tenor saxophone
Antonio Faraò – piano
Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums
Josef Fečo – acoustic bass

jueves, 16 de noviembre de 2017

Pianist Ryan Slatko Releases Debut Album “First Impressions” (2017)

Ryan Slatko Releases Debut Album “First Impressions” That Features Original Works And Line-Up Of Leading Artists

Florida pianist, composer, and arranger Ryan Slatko recently released his debut album entitled First Impressions backed by a notable line-up of prominent musicians including Daniel Dickinson (alto/soprano saxophone); Linda Oh (acoustic bass); Ulysses Owens, Jr. (drums); Joel Ross (vibraphone); and Samir Zarif (tenor saxophone). The independent recording was recorded in New York City in 2016 and produced by recognized drummer and producer Ulysses Owens, Jr.

First Impressions is a culmination of Slatko’s musical experiences thus far. Through thoughtfully written compositions and personalized arrangements of select jazz standards, Slatko establishes a marked sense of confidence and maturity for a young artist. Apparent throughout the recording, is the piano player’s adept improvisation and command of the keyboard, which can be attributed to his dedication to the instrument and guidance he has received over the years from distinguished instructors such as Don Friedman, Alan Broadbent, Ari Hoenig, Gil Goldstein, Taylor Eigsti, and Kenny Werner. 

Slatko began his journey into jazz as a drummer and was introduced to diverse styles of music by his father who was an amateur guitarist, before being introduced to the piano at thirteen years of age. Following high school, he attended University of North Florida and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2015. It was during his years in Florida that he received several impressive achievements, placing third in the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in 2014, as well as reaching the semifinals of the American Jazz Pianist Competition for two consecutive years.

A relative newcomer to New York, Slatko completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies at New York University in 2017 while immersing himself in the city’s unparalleled music scene. He has shared the stage and recorded with an impressive cadre of artists including Randy Brecker, Ari Hoenig, Linda Oh, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Tom Scott, and Alex Sipiagin, among others. Slatko is currently performing in support of First Impressions and planning upcoming concerts to showcase the album; he is also serving as the musical director for the new musical Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole in Pennsylvania

First Impressions was recorded by Chris Allen at Sear Sound Studio and mixed by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studio. The album is currently available on iTunes and other leading digital music platforms. For more information visit

Ross Blake Releases 'Night Song'


Released November 24th via Horsearm Records

Enter the surreal world of UK Polymath Ross Blake. The London based musician has dropped the latest single from his forthcoming album – the  eerie, dreamlike ‘Night Song’

Fearlessly charting a journey into a world of mystery, Ross Blake's delirious original soundtrack to Pretty en Rose conjures up the glamorous milieu of its parent film, yet goes beyond to inhabit its own peculiar and poetic realm of the imagination.

Pretty en Rose was directed by underground auteur Angélique Bosio, and documents the career of cult Parisian fashion icon Fifi Chachnil. Blake and Bosio have been acquainted for some time following Blake’s discovery of her earlier film Lilk Your Idols, which documented ‘The Cinema of Transgression’ in 80’s-90’s New York. Having then been similarly impressed by Blake's theatrical soundtracks and the experimental output of his former bands Buttonhead and Poino, she summarily enlisted him to provide a simpatico score to her film; a documentary that transcends Fifi Chachnil's diva persona, and looks behind the exotic veil of her idealised Parisian glamour-puss image to investigate the personality within.

Taking French musical themes and interweaving them with a plethora of influences ranging from Ennio Morricone to Angelo Badalementi, and Joe Meek to Angela Morley's Watership Down soundtrack, Blake creates a finely-wrought tapestry that exists on a plateau beyond kitsch and exotica, drifting effortlessly through realms of fantasy and hallucination. Nonetheless, the strains of luminaries such as Broadcast, The Advisory Circle and Basil Kirchin might make fitting comparisons for the elegant arrangements and golden filigree herein.

A modern-day polymath, Ross Blake is given to extend his work in a variety of directions, incorporating and reconciling visual art and music. He has recently provided his customary skewed film-magic for a variety of musical artists and has already created a selection of videos to exist in tandem with this soundtrack release, exploring a trademark visual language that merges Lego vomit, double-taking dogs and Crush Fetish content amongst many other unusual delights. Furthermore, an eclectic group of notable visual artists have been commissioned to provide accompanying music videos for a selection of tracks, not to mention the coup de grâce album cover photograph of Fifi Chachnil provided by none other than superstar art-duo Pierre et Gilles.

Yet for now, feast on this sonically elegant and seductive blend of the melodically rich, atmospherically uncanny, and magically haunting work that is pure Ross Blake. Above and beyond the cinematic themes of beauty and artifice its parent film explores, he has created an album that is an overwhelming and abundant audial banquet as a peerless chronicle of the chic.

1. Ages
2. Karen Black 04:49
3. Silk Trout
4. Golden Spherics
5. Night Song
6. Old Water
7. House of Miracles 03:03
8. New Water

All music composed and produced by Ross Blake
All music recorded by Ross Blake and Gaverick de Vis
All music mixed and mastered by Prizum -

Ross Blake: Backing Vocals (1), Bass (1, 4, 6), Clarinet (7), Guitar (1, 6, 8), Organ (2, 4, 6), Piano (3–7), Programming ( 1–2), Synths ( 1–4, 6–8), Taisho Koto (1, 3), Ukulele (5), Vibraphone (4, 8). Daniel John Boyle: Percussion (3). Kelly Everett: Backing Vocals (3). Eloise Goulder: Harp ( 1, 5), Viola (3–5), Violin (3–5). Karen Gwyer: Guest Vocals (2). Lillias Kinsman-Blake: Flute (3, 4, 7). Valentina Magaletti: Percussion (3). Dearbhla Minogue: Vocals (1, 8). Luca Nasciuti: Cello (3, 4). Dwight Scruntz: Drums and Percussion (4–6). Natalie Sharp: Vocals (1, 7). Tobias Warwick Jones: Guitar (3)

Etnolab is an exciting new ensemble on the Danish music scene mixing stylistic features of folk music from Bulgaria and Turkey with the language of jazz and improvisation. The music is rich in odd meter rhythms, funky grooves, awesome tunes, and moods ranging from heartfelt melancholic valleys to exuberant euphoric mountain peaks. There are new fresh compositions in this jazz folk intersection as well as old folk songs that have been through the pipes and flasks of the ethno laboratory. Etnolab features a special guest, Orhan Özgür, a great talent in Turkish folk music with his bağlama and his beautiful vocal.

1 7-8 minutes rachenitsa #1 feat 8:36
2 Uşşak neşesi 6:35
3 Makya dava Yana 3:08
4 Bağa girdim bağ budanmış 4:57
5 Krivo pazardzhishko 6:35
6 Glava li ta boli 4:36
7 Nordic kopanitsa 6:09
8 Prituri se planinata 5:36
9 Rufinka bolna legnala 5:25
10 Zhivot i zdrave 4:55
11 7-8 minutes rachenitsa #2 feat 6:17

Featured artists:
Diyana Vasileva, vocal
Borislav Galabov, gadulka, vocal
Orhan Özgür, bağlama, vocal

Aki Rissanen – Another North (EDITION RECORDS 2017)

Another North is the flamboyant and rhythmically intense new album from Finnish pianist Aki Rissanen. Demonstrating massive progression the music shines very brightly and not only confirms the trio’s promise and right to command international attention but does so with style, grace and elegance. Following the acclaimed release in 2016 of ‘Amorandom’ which collected many 5 star accolades and the prestigious and sought after Emma Prize, The Finnish Grammy, for the best jazz album of the year the group, featuring an all star Finnish line-up, has now distinguished itself as a trio with real vision and a drive to explore new directions. This is Another North.

The trio set out to avoid complacency and not just produce another high quality album. They early on expressed the intention of following their own route with a project that marks them firmly down as a trio rooted in the wider European tradition. Aki Rissanen and his band of roving Finns have avoided the clichés of the ‘Nordic’ piano trio. Instead of focusing on creating space and minimalist touch the trio relish a new world of rhythmic intensity, pulsating grooves, hypnotic loops brought together in an intuitive desire to explore. This record commands your attention.

As Aki Rissanen explains: “With Amorandom, we briefly explored a more energetic world in our approach to our music with compositions such as ‘Bird Vision’.  As we toured and developed that music over the last 18 months, our desire to delve deeper in this direction became stronger. As a trio we wanted to collectively discover a greater intensity and energy, to stand out as a trio from the North. This music is the sum of that exploration”.

Opening with the vibrant ‘Blind Desert’, their direction is immediately clear and captivating, and there’s no letting up. With its brave arrangement of Gyorgy Ligeti’s piano etude, the trio reimagines the classical masterpiece – which was, of course influenced by Bill Evans’ music – fusing it seamlessly with jazz rhythm and sensibility; a happy happenstance as Evans is a massive inspiration and classical repertoire in general a big stylistic influence. This is a trio with something to say and these three are intent on saying it loud and with some attitude.

As one of the leading ensembles on the vibrant Finnish scene the Aki Rissanen Trio has reset its compass and is heading into new territories that will inevitably lead to greater international attention. It is reconceptualising what is possibly for the piano trio, what is possible for jazz from the Nordic countries, what is possible for European music. This is the Aki Rissanen Trio. This is their Another North.

1. Blind Desert 06:47
2. John's Sons 06:04
3. New Life And Other Beginnings 03:55
4. Etude 5 - Arc en CIel Reimagined 05:01
5. Nature of the Beast 07:40
6. Before The Aftermath 06:28
7. Hubble Bubble 07:08


miércoles, 15 de noviembre de 2017

Mondo Jazz: A New Radio Program hosted by Ludovico Granvassu

Mondo Jazz, a new radio program hosted by Italian-turned-New-Yorker Ludovico Granvassu (Founder and Editor-in-Chief of All About Jazz Italia), has a mission of showcasing international jazz that's not readily available on the US airwaves.

Starting on November 15, 2017, the show will broadcast on Wednesdays from 10 p.m. to midnight via Radio Free Brooklyn.  (See below for additional links to the archives, playlists, Facebook page.  Radio Free Brooklyn is also available through the App Store or via the “Tune-In Radio" app, which can be subscribed to on iTunes.)

“When I first moved to the United States I was surprised that, in the country where the customer has unlimited choices, I could go to a supermarket and find 80 different brands of cereal, but in a record store the selection of jazz albums was much narrower than in record stores in Oslo, Tokyo, Brussels, London, Rome, Paris, etc. It was therefore not surprising that the playlists of the major radio stations was equally narrow," says host Granvassu. “How could it be that, in the land which gave birth to this music, jazz fans had fewer options than jazz fans from anywhere else in the world? I quickly realized that whereas record stores and radio stations abroad naturally featured albums from the US, since jazz was born in the US, they also featured albums by international jazz musicians since there are thriving jazz scenes everywhere, which produce excellent artists. These foreign artists were virtually unknown in the US and absent from American airwaves.

“My mission with Mondo Jazz is to share some of my favorite international artists with US jazz fans to widen their listening options,” adds host Granvassu. “Needless to say there will be plenty of US jazz on my program, in an attempt to show the continuity that exists between the US and the international jazz scenes. Mondo Jazz is dedicated to the proposition that jazz is a language that originated in the US but is now spoken all over the world in various, at times very strong, accents and dialects, which make it a rich resource for rewarding sonic explorations. In the end, I hope to give a small contribution towards making barriers (across music-genres and nationalities) meaningless, and show that all that matters is people, the beauty of their music and the emotions it can generate."

Schedule and themes of next episodes

November 15th: Episode 1: First Steps... Jazz Walking
November 22nd: Episode 2: Jazz Travelling
November 29th: Episode 3: Film Noir Jazz Soundtracks

Mondo Jazz
Ludovico Granvassu – Mondo Jazz (for playlists)
Radio Free Brooklyn
Podomatic archive (archived streaming and download)
Mixcloud archive (archived streaming)

CONCERTOS PORTA-JAZZ: Sábado 18 Nov - Jacob Sacks Trio + Programação Festival Porta Jazz


Jacob Sacks - piano
Demian Cabaud - contrabaixo
Vinnie Sperrazza - bateria

Jacob Sacks é um pianista em destaque no panorama nova-iorquino actual. Liderou o projecto Two Miles a Day, com Eivind Opsvik, Mat Maneri e Paul Motian.

Tocou com músicos como Clark Terry, Charles Gayle, Christian McBride, Brian Blade, Joe Maneri, Ben Monder, Chris Potter, Tony Malaby e Okkyung Lee.

Os seus mais recentes projectos têm sido aclamados pela crítica internacional.

(Sessões iniciam às 19:00h e às 22:00h)




O Festival Porta-Jazz está de regresso com a sua maior edição de sempre!

Concertos, lançamentos de discos, oficinas e jam sessions.

Os bilhetes para os concertos da 8.ª edição do Festival Porta-Jazz estão à venda nas respectivas salas e custam 5€ (preço por sessão única ou dupla).

A ENTRADA é LIVRE para os membros da associação*.

De 2 a 9 de Dezembro, o Porto vai receber 70 músicos profissionais, 20 dos quais estrangeiros, numa programação composta por 17 concertos entre estreias e parcerias artísticas. O Rivoli, a Casa da Música, a FEUP (Faculdade de Engenharia da Univ. do Porto), o Passos Manuel e a Sala Porta-Jazz – sede da associação – vão ser os palcos da 8.ª edição do festival. Haverá ainda oficinas na ESMAE (Escola Superior de música, Artes e Espectáculo) e um encontro de escolas de jazz no Conservatório de Música do Porto.

2 Dez.
18h00 Sala Porta-Jazz :: Gysler-Perez-Nick Trio (CH) - AMR
19h00 Sala Porta-Jazz :: The Nada (PT)
22h00 Sala Porta-Jazz :: Controvento (CH) - AMR

3 Dez.
21h30 Casa da Música :: Coreto, lançamento de "Analog" (PT)
22h30 Casa da Música :: In Love With de Sylvain Darrifourcq (FR)

5 Dez
21h30 Passos Manuel :: Mirrors (Guimarães Jazz / Porta-Jazz #3) (PT, ES)
22:30 ESMAE :: Jam Session

6 Dez.
21h30 FEUP :: Ariel Bringuez Quarteto present "Jazzing the Classics" (CU, AG)

7 Dez.
21:30 Rivoli, Ricardo Toscano Quarteto (PT)
22h30 Rivoli :: Grande Auditório :: Eduardo Cardinho Group (PT, NL)
23h30 Rivoli, Café :: Gomes/Rosado/Monteiro (PT) + Jam session

8 Dez.
18h00 Rivoli, Pequeno Auditório :: AP Quarteto (PT)
19h00 Rivoli, Pequeno Auditório :: LAMA (PT, CA)
21h30 Rivoli, Grande Auditório :: Porto-Barcelona Connection feat. Marco Mezquida
22h30 Rivoli, Grande Auditório :: AXES (PT)
23h30 Rivoli, Café :: ESMAE Ensemble + Jam Session

9 Dez.
19h00 Sala Porta-Jazz :: Bode Wilson, lançamento de "Lascas" (PT, AR)
22h00 Sala Porta-Jazz :: Ricardo Formoso, lançamento de "Origens" (PT, ES)

Actividades escolas

5 dez 14h00, ESMAE :: Oficina com Virxilio da Silva
3 dez 11h00, Conservatório de Música do Porto :: Encontro Escolas (Oficinas)
3 dez 14h30, Conservatório de Música do Porto :: Encontro Escolas (concertos combos)

*Poderá tornar-se Membro Porta-Jazz à entrada de cada concerto do Festival e também nos concertos da Sala-Porta  Jazz.

* - cotas válidas por 1 ano: Membro amigo 40 euros; Membro músico/estudante 25 euros.

Nuno Guedes Campos Trio - Sensations... Illusions... (SINTOMA RECORDS 2017)

Anticipation... Dejà-vu... Elements... Contours... Palindrome... Walking... Going up... Going down... Progressive... Transition... Reasons... Sensations... Illusions... Line... Repeat... Unconscious... Contemplation... Unexpected... Environment... Unifying... Somewhere... Memory... Emotion... Recurring... Reflection... Reaction... Effect... Print... Image... Wire... Driver... Insert... Energetic... Intimist... Idea... Elsewhere... Obsessive... Surrounding... Containment... Direction... Improvisation... Satisfaction... Timing...

1. Intervalo em Ponte de Sôr 06:23
2. Walking Down the Stairs 06:15
3. O Estranho Caminhante 05:35
4. À Volta de Um Instante 05:05
5. Um Sambinha Moderno 06:18
6. Sensations...Illusions... 04:20
7. Horizon's Look 05:01

Nelson Cascais (contrabaixo | double bass) 
Bruno Pedroso (bateria | drums)