sábado, 27 de mayo de 2017

Paul Brody's Sadawi - Vanishing Night (YELLOWBIRD RECORDS 2017)

For both klezmer and jazz fans Paul Brody's Sadiwi is one of the most exciting new groups in today's music scene. A healthy mix of traditional klezmer and fantasyful improvisations by some of the best klezmer-jazz muscians out of New York and Berlin.

The sound of the group is unmistakably unique: a bass clarinet jamming with a banjo on a blues hora, a growling Ellingtonish trumpet battling through tribal bulgar beats, a hasidic folk song woven around impressionistic trance beats and prayer loops squeezed though the the sondboard of a guitar. Paul Brody's Sadiwi is full of suprises for both traditionalist and modernists.

The musicians in Sadiwi have played for years in other klezmer cross-over bands and have a solid foundation in both modern jazz and in traditional klezmer. This type of player is unique in this gerneration of musicians. They have experience in such jazz and jewish music groups as Steve Bernstien's Sex Mob, The Klezmer Concervatory Band, Aufwind, The Marty Erlich Group, Ahava Rava, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Bang , The Anthony Braxton Band, Nafturle's Dream, Shirim.
"Paul Brody is a remarkable trumpet player, composer, arranger based in Berlin. ...he brought together some of the best players from both the U.S. and Germany to create a new Jewish supergroup. The music combines exciting arrangements, catchy tunes, and compelling solos into another classic of the new Jewish Renaisance....Brody is forging a new Jewish jazz for the 21st Century..."

John Zorn

01. Gathering Light 04:33
02. Mighty Max 05:22
03. Two Self Portraits 06:20
04. Thankfulness 02:04
05. Grimace 06:48
06. Night Bloom 03:08
07. Lacrimosa 06:13
08. One Charming Night 05:04
09. Die Nacht 02:14
10. Prelude XII 02:59
11. Vanishing Night 03:28

Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte with Iggy Pop - Loneliness Road (RareNoise Records 2017)

Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte first joined together in 2012, producing “The New Standard” (also on RareNoise), an album of first takes with ‘classic’ songwriting and jazz trio roots. On “Loneliness Road” they return for another disc’s worth plus a little extra: vocals by Iggy Pop on three of the tracks.

Now, however well-established and respected RareNoise is – and it is – this is undoubtedly going to result in a new level of media attention, all under the banner of ‘Iggy Sings Jazz’ but… beyond the surface novelty, does it work?

Yes. Oh yes.

For a start, the combination of vocal and instrumental tracks is well-balanced. If Iggy had featured on all of them, it would likely have been too much, losing the precious rarity value of the half-sung words (that said, I could have enjoyed one or two extra songs… who was it said, always leave ‘em wanting more?) As it is, attention alternates between his naked and well-worn voice and Saft, Swallow & Previte’s effortless invocations of time past through a present lens.

On the three vocal tracks – Everyday, Don’t Lose Yourself, and Loneliness Road – Iggy Pop’s voice is heard probably more up close and personal than ever before. You can hear the breath vibrating in his throat in these simple, evocative songs of love, loss and strength with lyrics that are sentimental but not sugary; a sparse, stripped-back charm.

Yet lest the vocalist pull all the focus… the music (either with words or without) is exquisite, unhampered by cliché, timeless with a myriad of fresh and uncluttered detail. There’s no sentimental nostalgia or re-hashed forms here, just new compositions that draw on a deep well. Take Henbane as an exemplar. From a mellow start, Saft’s piano tickles you into the tune, spells out the melody, and then soars with dramatic sweep. Listen beyond the keys and Swallow and Previte lay down a marvellous locked-but-loose rhythm, with a short, bubbling solo from Swallow. Henbane is not unusual.  

And don’t forget, like the first disc, “Loneliness Road” is all first takes, from all four musicians.

New Standard is no misnomer – instantly ‘familiar’ piano trio jazz tunes with a rolling fluidity; each threatening to embed themselves in the wrong drawer of your memory; the illusion of long existence.

Late night introspective fare, with more than a few surprises, pour yourself a glass of good red or a smoky malt and let it carry you away.

Ten Nights
Little Harbor
Don't Lose Yourself
Henbane; Pinkus
The Barrier
Loneliness Road
Unclouded Moon

Jamie Saft: piano
Steve Swallow: bass
Bobby Previte: drums
Iggy Pop: vocals (4, 9, 12)

Louis Hayes - Serenade for Horace (BLUE NOTE 2017)

Legendary drummer Louis Hayes will make his Blue Note debut with the May 26 release of Serenade for Horace, a loving tribute to his mentor and friend, the great pianist, composer and bandleader Horace Silver. Hayes was 19 years old when he moved to New York City in 1956 and joined Silver’s Quintet, putting his stamp on timeless Blue Note recordings like “Señor Blues,” “Sister Sadie,” and “Blowin’ the Blues Away.”

“I wanted to do this recording for Horace Silver because I wanted jazz fans to hear his music and I wanted to honor his memory,” writes Hayes in the album’s liner notes. “Horace and I always stayed in touch ever since I first worked with him. When he got to the point where he wasn’t feeling too well, I went to see him and one day he said to me ‘Louis, you’re a part of my history.’ I thought about what that meant and I began thinking about how to take Horace’s music and his legacy into the future.”

The pre-order for Serenade for Horace launched today along with the release of the album’s lead track “Song for My Father” featuring GRAMMY-winning vocalist Gregory Porter. Hayes will celebrate his 80th birthday next month with album release shows at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center from May 29-31.

Co-produced by Blue Note Records President Don Was and bassist Dezron Douglas with the eminent Maxine Gordon acting as executive producer, the album presents Hayes leading an ensemble that includes Douglas, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist David Bryant, tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, and trumpeter Josh Evans. The band revisits 10 Silver classics in addition to Hayes’ new original “Hastings Street,” a dedication to his hometown of Detroit.

Nils Landgren & Friends - New Eyes on Martin Luther (ACT MUSIC 2017)

Many have tried to combine jazz and classical music. Few have succeeded.

In “New Eyes on Martin Luther” the ensembles have focused on the similarities instead of the differences, and have scrupulously avoided attempts at parody or postmodern extravagance.

Everyone is just doing what they’re best at, and with the open tonality of the renaissance music, they have found the perfect meeting place and playground for it. Swedish soprano Jeanette Köhn together with a small ensemble (Johan Norberg guitar, Magnus Lindgren, flute and clarinet, Eva Kruse, bass) fronted by Nils Landgren, recorded their album “New Eyes On Baroque” with Swedish Radio Choir under the baton of Gustaf Sjökvist (2013) released on ACT: “… how well the timbres of soprano saxophone, trombone and guitar suit the original melodies. The effect in Handel's ’Gia nel seno’ and Purcell's ’When I Am Laid in Earth’ is gorgeous” (The Observer, GB). ”A strong direct quality about the music which is distinctly Nordic in character…a superb piece of music making on the part of all involved” (Euan Dixon, Jazzviews).

Jeanette Köhn is one of Sweden's most versatile sopranos. She has been an established concert- and oratorio- singer for a long time with engagements all over the world. Jeanette Köhn was soloist at the Royal Wedding of H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria with Mr Daniel Westling on the 19th of June in Stockholm. She is also a member of Nils Landgren's highly coveted and successful touring ensemble "Christmas With My Friends”.

Nils Landgren has one of the leading profiles on the European jazz scene, easy recognizable with his red trombone and tasteful tenor voice. With “Funk Unit”, the Swede gives full rein to his grooving side, whereas the highly sentimental Nils Landgren can be seen during Advent with his ensemble “Christmas With My Friends”. When looking for a new challenge he decided to see if it was possible to combine baroque music with Swedish traditional music and jazz.

After the success of the first album “New eyes on Baroque” it was an easy choice to dig even deeper into the history of classical music. In 2016 there was an opportunity to perform a concert with the Capella de la Torre and Knabenchor Hannover conducted by Jörg Breiding at the 500th anniversary of the reformation, an event at NDR's Funkhaus in Hannover.

Capella de la Torre have specialized in historical performance practice with a repertoire of mediaeval and renaissance music. Their instruments are similarly old, from shawms, slide trumpets and sackbut to lute, cow horn and percussion. In 2016 their critically acclaimed album “Water Music – Tales of Nymphs and Sirens” won an ECHO Klassik award in the best recording ensemble/orchestra category.

Jörg Breiding took over as conductor of the Knabenchor Hannover in 2002. Together they have made several recordings and in 2003 released a new CD with Georg Friedrich Handel’s “Messiah” with “Barockorchester L’Arco”. In 2006 the Knabenchor Hannover was awarded “ECHO Klassik” in the category “Choral Work Recording of the Year”

”New Eyes on Martin Luther” is an experiment based on Nils Landgren's relentless conviction that “music is music” and “nothing is impossible”. With those words serving as a motto, the three ensembles just dived into the music without pre-conceptions. The traditional German folksong “Die Gedanken sind frei” is here performed with a percussive flute solo, and Landgren’s smooth voice on top of a funky rhythm. Sometimes he joins Capella de la Torre with a trombone solo and when all musicians play together it sounds as if the music was originally written with this in mind. It moves seamlessly between genres and what you can hear is the sound of really skilled musicians together - and just having fun.

viernes, 26 de mayo de 2017

6ª feira - The Whole Time // Domingo - Vitor Pereira Quinteto

Por motivos alheios à Porta-Jazz o concerto deste sábado foi cancelado.
Estaremos de volta nos dias 2 e 4 de junho!

Sala Porta-Jazz 

6ª feira, 2 jun - The Whole Time
concerto: 8 eur / 5 eur membros *

domingo, 4 jun - Vitor Pereira Quinteto feat. Alam Nathoo
concerto: 5 eur / 3 eur membros *


Sofia Ribeiro (Portugal) - voz
Rizumik (Portugal) - voz, beatbox
Nick Demeris (E.U.A.) - voz

The Whole Time é um coletivo dedicado à arte da improvisação vocal, sediado em Nova Iorque, que apresenta concertos a cappella inteiramente improvisados. Criam temas espontâneos, combinando beatboxing, humor, movimento e rapping em múltiplos idiomas (inglês, espanhol, português e dialetos inventados). Em cada concerto são criadas dinâmicas distintas e imprevisíveis, onde a magia do momento se revela, havendo uma frequente interação com o público.

Rizumik, vencedor do campeonato americano de beatbox de 2012, que ensina ao lado de Bobby McFerrin no Instituto Omega; Nick Demeris, orador TEDx e artista residente no Carnegie Hall; e Sofia Ribeiro, com nove discos editados e vencedora de vários prémios internacionais de jazz vocal, convidam-nos para uma viagem única de paisagens sonoras e criações surpreendentes.


Alam Nathoo - Saxofone
João Mortágua - Saxofone
Vitor Pereira - Guitarra
António Quintino - Contrabaixo
Joel Silva - Bateria - Trompete

Esta inovadora banda liderada pelo guitarrista Portuense radicado em Londres está na linha da frente do Jazz contemporâneo Europeu.

Com dois discos lançados pela editora Inglesa “F-IRE records” este quinteto tem causado sensação por toda a Europa atraindo excelentes críticas da comunidade jazzística mundial.

Distinguindo-se pelo som único e energético a sua música revela um vasto leque de influências desde riff’s de rock até ao toque minimalista da música clássica contemporânea.

A força das composições e o talento de alguns dos músicos mais proeminentes do jazz Português e Inglês combinam-se aqui num som sedutor e original capaz de captar a atenção do ouvinte mais relutante.

"intriguing and innovative" 
All About Jazz

“'New World' brims with vigour, imagination and staying power”
London Jazz

“Highly impressive"
The Jazz Mann

“the music is contemporary, it’s for today … the musical manifesto is superb”
Bebop Spoken Here

"an intriguing group with a strong line-up and well-delivered compositions" 
Jazz Breakfast

"Experimental modern jazz from this heavyweight band led by Portuguese guitarist Pereira"
Timeout London

“hard-hitting contemporary jazz-rock flavour in line with Pereira’s fine politically motivated compositions" 



9 junho, 22:00 - Sala Porta-Jazz
João Pedro Brandão Quinteto
João Pedro Brandão - Sax e Flauta
Ricardo Formoso - Trompete
Hugo Raro - Piano
José Carlos Barbosa - Contrabaixo
José Marrucho - Bateria

10 junho, 19:00 + 22:00 - Sala Porta-Jazz
Demian Cabaud Quarteto feat. Jeff Williams
Gonçalo Marques - trompete
André Fernandes - guitarra
Demian Cabaud - contrabaixo
Jeff Williams - bateria

10 junho, 21:30 - Conservatório de Música do Porto
- entrada livre - 
Ricardo Formoso Quarteto + Conferência José Duarte + Jam Session
Ricardo Formoso - Trompete
Carlos Azevedo - Piano
José Carlos Barbosa - Contrabaixo
Marcos Cavaleiro - Bateria

11 junho, 19:00 - Conservatório de Música do Porto
- entrada livre - 
Espécie de Trio
Hugo Raro - piano
Filipe Teixeira - contrabaixo
António Torres Pinto - bateria

11 junho, 22:00 - Sala Porta-Jazz
Matyas Gayer Trio feat. Ricardo Toscano
Ricardo Toscano - saxofone alto
Matyas Gayer - piano
Matyas Hofecker - contrabaixo
Nemanja Delic - bateria

17 junho, 19:00 + 22:00 - Sala Porta-Jazz
Wako (Noruega)
Martin Myhre Olsen - saxofone
Kjetil André Mulelid - piano
Bárður Reinert Poulsen - contrabaixo
Simon O. Albertsen - bateria

Auditório da FEUP
- entrada livre - 

19 junho, 21:30
João Mortágua "AXES"
+ "Mirros" - projecto Guimarães-Jazz / Porta-Jazz #3

João Mortágua - saxofone alto e soprano
José Soares - saxofone alto
Hugo Ciríaco - saxofone tenor 
Rui Teixeira - saxofone barítono e clarinete baixo
Pedro Vasconcelos - bateria e percussões
Alex Lázaro - bateria e percussões

Centro Cultural de Vila das Aves
- entrada livre -

16 junho, 21:30 - AP Quarteto
AP - guitarra
Carlos Azevedo - piano
Filipe Teixeira - contrabaixo
Acácio Salero - bateria

1 julho, 21:30 - Rui Filipe Freitas Sexteto
Rui Filipe Freitas - vibrafone
José Pedro Coelho - saxofone tenor e clarinete-baixo  
João Mortágua - saxofone alto e saxofone soprano
Mané Fernandes - guitarra
Filipe Teixeira - contrabaixo
João Martins - bateria

Christoph Beck Quartet - Reflections (DOUBLE MOON RECORDS 2017)

Things remain exciting. Whenever a smart aleck again verbosely proclaims the downfall of jazz, complains that current protagonists cannot think of anything else than quote the past and their heroes and the music as such is no longer relevant, then some young guy comes along at the same time and brazenly thumbs his nose at the spirit of the times. You can marvel at such not the least in the Jazz thing Next Generation series, which also proves in its 67th release that precisely jazz is an entertaining, individual, modern and relevant art form in every respect in the waning first decades of the 21st century.

This time, the personalized enlivenment comes under the name of Christoph Beck, who comes from the Swabian region of Germany, studied in Stuttgart (with distinction summa cum laude), Vienna and Würzburg, and has played in the Baden-Württemberg Youth Jazz Orchestra and the German Youth Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO). He is a highly talented tenor saxophonist who was awarded the "Young Lions Jazz Award Stuttgart" and received a scholarship from the Baden-Württemberg Foundation. He has played in the Tobias Becker Big Band, the Hot Damn Horns, the Slavko Benic Orkestr, the Südsax saxophone quartet, Antizyklon, the SWR4 and SWR1 bands and in his own ensembles such as "Das letzte Känguru" and numerous big bands (Eberhard Budziat Bigband Project, Stuttgart Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Factory Orchestra, among others). In addition, the young musician has collaborated in various theater and musical productions (West Side Story, Chicago, Rocky, Line1, Faust, Twelfth Night and Happy End) and teaches at the Leonberg Youth Music School. This is proof that well-trained jazz musicians do not have to spend the night under a bridge to get the necessary experience and expertise.

Christoph Beck’s first album under his own name, "Reflections”, together with Andreas Feith (piano), Sebastian Schuster (bass) and Thomas Wörle (drums) has the radiance of a beacon in an increasingly vast German jazz scene. It contains his own compositions without exception and with unconventional titles such as "Grellgruen”, “Nutzlos”, “Unveraenderlich” and “Unbekannte Schatten" that sketch the exploring personality of Beck, who deliberately chose a conventional cast for the recording. Both in ballads as well as up-tempo pieces, the native of Stuttgart goes his own way, which is certain to single him out as a distinctive voice with a unique style. Music like a signature: playful melancholy meets skeptical optimism. Simply too big for commercial pigeonholing.

Beck’s former teacher Rainer Tempel (composition/arrangement) commented that it is always a nice feeling when former students prove with a CD that they stay focused, rehearse, play and record. "Painters paint, actors play and musicians simply make music, regardless of whether anyone else likes it in the beginning. However, someone else definitely likes it in the case of Christoph Beck.” Others will certainly agree with Temple’s opinion soon. "Christoph Beck can play. He and the other musicians of this quartet stand for the 2010 generation of the Stuttgart scene and contribute to keeping it alive here, as something moving and changing. This in turn inspires others.”

Perhaps this is genuine art, which a young jazz musician such as this one has to dominate these days: to compose intelligently and control the melody at the same time, compose intricate harmonies and stay "catchy” at all times. Christoph Beck and his quartet manage to achieve this closing of the circle masterly.

1 Grellgruen  07:20
2 Castellezgasse  06:40
3 Nutzlos  06:48
4 Space Invader  06:36
5 Unveraenderlich  06:52
6 Dolor  08:10
7 Sykpe  04:38
8 Unbekannte Schatten  07:11

Bass – Sebastian Schuster
Composed By – Christoph Beck (2)
Design – Juan Carlos Villarroel
Drums – Thomas Wörle
Mastered By – Christoph Stickel
Photography By – Sven Götz
Piano – Andreas Feith
Producer – Christoph Beck, Volker Dueck
Recorded By – Christian Heck
Saxophone – Christoph Beck (2)

Intakt Records Spring 2017

Check out our photo gallery of the Intakt Records Festival at the Vortex Jazz Club in London with photos from all concerts.

A good CD release captures rare moments of musical performance. Intakt Records do just that. The Intakt catalogue does not deal with common categories like jazz, classical or rock. Those borders are long blurred. Intakt focuses on the musicians and their music. Your subscription helps this label’s work and also contributes to the wider contemporary music scene.

A subscription means that you automatically receive new releases of Intakt Records (6 CDs every year) at a discount rate of 25 SFr. / 14.50 Euro (including shipping & packaging) and you can even order from the back-catalogue at the same discount price. The subscription can be cancelled at any time in writing.

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Aruán Ortiz: Piano
Release date: June 18, 2017

Silke Eberhard: Saxophone
Jan Roder: Bass
Kay Lübke: Dums
Release date: June 18, 2017

Christian Lillinger: Drums
Petter Eldh: Bass
Wanja Slavin: Saxophone
Peter Evans: Trumpet

Elliott Sharp: Guitar
Mary Halvorson: Guitar
Marc Ribot: Guitar

Fred Frith: electric guitar, various small objects
Hans Koch: bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones, spit

Jürg Wickihalder: Soprano, Alto And Tenor Saxophone
Barry Guy: Bass
Lucas Niggli: Drums

Dominic Landolt: Guitar, Effects
Ramon Landolt: Synth, Samples, Piano
Mario Hänni: Drums, Effects

Andrew Cyrille: Drums
Reggie Workman: Bass
Oliver Lake: Saxophone

Stephan Crump: Acoustic Bass
Ingrid Laubrock: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Cory Smythe: Piano

Aki Takase: Piano
David Murray: Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

Óskar Guðjónsson: tenor sax
Elias Stemeseder: keyboards
Chris Tordini: electric bass
Jim Black: drums and sampler

Ellery Eskelin: Tenor Saxophone
Christian Weber: Bass
Michael Griener: Drums

Ingrid Laubrock: Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Glockenspiel · Peter Evans: Piccolo Trumpet, Trumpet · Miya Masaoka: Koto · Craig Taborn: Piano · Sam Pluta: Electronics · Dan Peck: Tuba · Tyshawn Sorey: Drums