miércoles, 20 de septiembre de 2017

Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini – TRYPNOTYX (2017)

TRYPNOTYX, the new album from Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten is now available for pre-order only at vixmerch.com! Album will be available everywhere on September 8, 2017. Digital pre-order coming soon all digital services.

Produced by Wooten, TRYPNOTYX features legendary drummer Dennis Chambers (Bootsy Collins, Santana), veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini (Mike Stern, Paul Simon), and also features singer Varijashree Venugopal and comedian/voicetrumentalist Michael Winslow (Police Academy).

01 – Take Off
02 – Dc10
03 – Liz & Opie
04 – Cruising Altitude
05 – Funky D
06 – The 13th Floor
07 – A Little Rice and Beans
08 – A Soul Full of Ballad
09 – Caught in the Act
10 – One Hand
11 – Trypnotyx
12 – Final Approach
13 – Cupid
14 – Landing

martes, 19 de septiembre de 2017

Matt Mitchell - Matt Mitchel plays Tim Berne: Førage (SCREWGUN RECORDS 2017)

The compositions of iconic saxophonist/bandleader Tim Berne have earned renown for their intensely kinetic, dizzyingly intricate quality as performed around the world by his various groups over the past four decades. With the album førage – available digitally and on CD from Screwgun – listeners have the chance to experience Berne’s music as never before, in versions for solo piano. Virtuoso pianist Matt Mitchell, a member of Berne’s hit band Snakeoil, has explored the full range of the composer’s songbook. In fact, Berne says: “No one knows my music better than Matt.” On førage, Mitchell devises mash-ups of multiple compositions, improvises new angles off the music, and often slows it down to reveal heretofore hidden beauties – limpid harmonies and ruminative melodies, like dark pearls unspooled.

Studio maestro David Torn – a longtime sonic co-conspirator with Berne, as well as producer of Mitchell’s past two albums – helmed the recording of førage. The cover artwork and distinctive CD package is by Steven Byram, who has worked hand in glove with Berne for decades (including the recent Screwgun publication of their joint art book, Spare).

1. PÆNË 04:15
2. TRĀÇĘŚ 09:56
3. ÀÄŠ 13:26
4. RÄÅY 07:09
5. ŒRBS 05:07
6. CLØÙDĒ 13:08
7. SÎÏÑ 04:58


All tūnes tīm bernë pãrty musįc bmï 
Sonic föraging:davîd torñ 
Engineered by dāniel goødwin 
Assistant:Michael Santoli 
Stevę Bÿram/ærty rėnderings 
Fôtos:Tīm Bernę 
Matt's fingérs:Daniel Goodwin 
Recorded at systems two brooklyn

Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri - I (ECLIPSE MUSIC 2017)

1. Revelations 09:10
2. Ljubljana 08:25
3. Will O' The Wisp 04:27
4. Adventurous Plushies 03:53
5. Lonesome Dreamer's Dance 03:45
6. Village Fool 06:13
7. Dawn In The Backwoods 02:32
8. Triangulum 06:42

Pauli Lyytinen - sax 
Verneri Pohjola - trumpet 
Mika Kallio - drums 
Eero Tikkanen - bass 

Compositions by Pauli Lyytinen 

Recorded at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki

Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri - Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri (WE JAZZ RECORDS 2017)

On the fifth release on the Grotto Editions X We Jazz 10" EP series, sax man Pauli Lyytinen steps up with a strong 4-tracker featuring Verneri Pohjola on trumpet, Eero Tikkanen on bass, and Mika Kallio on drums. The leader of the Helsinki-based quartet is known from other projects such as Mikko Innanen 10+ (in which the entire quartet is featured), Raoul Björkenheim eCsTaCy, and Elifantree. "Artist of the Year" at the 2017 Pori Jazz Festival, Finland's premiere jazz event, Lyytinen displays his ability of writing melodic fire music with ever-evolving momentum. 

Each of the group members is currently in the middle of an active period in their respective careers, with Pohjola experiencing well-deserved acclaim for his latest LP "Pekka", Tikkanen working on the new album with the Mopo trio, and Kallio performing lauded shows experimenting with the duo of percussion and a dancer. 

On GROTTO005, the quartet pools together their creative resources, presenting four original compositions by Lyytinen. They rely on their individial soloistic strengths and get a lot of mileage out of the group's strong interplay. Their sound should appeal to fans of Art Ensemble of Chicago, Andrew Cyrille, Byard Lancaster, and the indie label avantgarde movement of the late 60's/1970's, to mention but a few directions on the musical compass. That being said, the quartet shines in creating personal music which has a strong footing in the now.

1. Ljubljana 08:25
2. Lonesome Dreamer's Dance 03:45
3. Triangulum 06:42
4. Village Fool 06:13

Pauli Lyytinen, tenor and soprano saxophones
Verneri Pohjola, trumpet
Eero Tikkanen, bass
Mika Kallio, drums

Andreas Pettersson - Lau Backar, Gotland on Guitar (DO MUSIC RECORDS 2017)

A renowned, respected and exciting performer, Swedish Gibson-sponsored guitarist Andreas Pettersson is today more or less a household jazz name who here explores an alternative facet of his creativity for his tenth album, by reverting to his roots: Gotland, a picturesque island outside Sweden's east coast, is Pettersson's birth place and serves as the foundation for his inspiration to an album that indulges in the various unique localities of the island, accentuated in the booklet by Pettersson's inclusion of photographer Roland Hejdström's inspiring Gotland-visuals.

Pettersson's super-group consists of pianist Daniel Tilling, bass player Josef Karnebäck and drummer Sebastian Ågren, whose musical togetherness provide the requisite lyricism, energy and sensitivity to elevate Pettersson's awe-inspiring improvisational art. By way of Gotland On Guitar, long-term fans of the great Andreas Pettersson will discover a fresh new aspect to his art. Highly recommended.

1. Lau Backar
2. Gotländsk Bröllopssamba
3. You And The Night And The Music
4. Mair Stain
5. Antapology
6. Taking A Chance On Love
7. If You Could See Me Now
8. Bernie
9. Bluesette

Daniel Tilling, piano
Josef Karnebäck, bass
Sebastian Ågren, drums

Richard Strauss: Echoes Through Space & Time

Claudia & Grégory Moulin

"Echoes through Space and Time is a way for us to dream that beyond all the differences that exist between human beings we can always find a path allows us to relate to each other."

Claudia & Grégory Moulin

Few composers have achieved the exquisite balance of Richard Strauss’s lieder: between the creamy melodic lyricism of his vocal lines and the intoxicating harmonies of his piano writing; between his sensual relish of earthly pleasures, and his profound insights into ageing and death. When soprano Claudia Galli first encountered Strauss, it was love at first sight (or, rather, sound). It soon became clear that Strauss should form the foundation of this recital programme, lovingly compiled by Claudia Galli and her duo partner, pianist Grégory Moulin. Together they have chosen music which combines Strauss’s lieder with those by composers who influenced him – whose traits can be heard as echoes in his music – and by composers whom Strauss influenced in turn.

Highlights of the disc include some of Strauss’s most ravishing and voluptuous songs, including Freundliche Vision, with its soaring vocal line and gorgeous harmonies; the ecstatic Cäcilie; the glorious Ich wollt’ ein Sträusslein binden; and, as part of a wedding present to his wife, the exquisite Ruhe, meine Seele! There is also the more rarely-heard Leise Lieder – a gem well worth discovering.

Amid this feast of Strauss songs is a handful of delectable lieder by Robert Schumann, Brahms, Berg and Korngold, each song chosen for its audible relationship with the sumptuous soundworld of Strauss.

Claudia Galli and Grégory Moulin met in 2007 at the Paris National Opera’s Atelier Lyrique and formed a duo soon afterwards, performing lieder around the globe at venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York and the Philharmonie in Luxembourg. They have recently toured the US performing the repertoire showcased on this, their first disc with Odradek.

Claudia & Gregory Moulin will perform the album programme on: 

23rd September: Luxembourg Classical Meeting/ Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg City.
25th of October: La Quinta de Mahler, Madrid.
9th of January 2018: Goethe Institut, Paris.
3rd of March 2018: neimënster, Luxembourg City.

lunes, 18 de septiembre de 2017

JUXTAPOSITION out on 22nd of September (NAKAMA RECORDS)

"a cruel and punishing work, which exploits the full sonic spectrum and every texture, from grainy abrasion to the razor-sharp (...) pretty f*cking intense."
– Christopher Nosnibor, Aural aggravation

Harsh noise, joyful screams and birdsong

Juxtaposition is a studio work of four Oslo based improvisers recorded in the spring of 2016. Various timbres of opposite extremes – as a result of each musicians' different approach and background – coexist without hierarchical restrictions. Having that in mind, the mixing process played a crucial role to deliver a concrete body of equalitarian sonic output. Without compromise, these moments of joy and pain, screams, feedback and bird sounds are layered on top of each other, creating a non-hierarchical, juxtaposed mesh of both organic, generated and pre-recorded sounds.

Agnes Hvizdalek - voice
Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard - electric bass, electronics, field recordings
Utku Tavil - snare drum, no-input mixer, sampler
Natali Abrahamsen Garner - voice, electronics

Benny Benack III - One of a Kind (2017)

At the age of 26, Pittsburgh-born, New York-based Jazz musician Benny Benack III has been hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as “a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer". As a dual-threat, he’s quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation. He first made his mark internationally through competitions, highlighted by winning the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Soloist Competition (2011), and being a Finalist for the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition (2014). After placing in a number of US vocal competitions as well (Gentleman Sing, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival), the stage was set for his bright career.

Delivering on that early promise, he became a frequent collaborator with musicians such as Ulysses Owens Jr., Michael Dease, and Chihiro Yamanaka - recording with the latter on the iconic Blue Note Records label. Sought after as a trumpet soloist, he's played in nearly every major big band, including the Christian McBride Big Band, Mingus Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, Jimmy Heath Big Band, and Bobby Sanabria's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. An international touring schedule includes frequent engagements in Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine and Italy.

Equally at ease in the Pop/Cabaret world, he has toured alongside Josh Groban as his trumpet soloist, played the famed Cafe Carlyle with fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, headlined the iconic Birdland Jazz Club alongside Anne Hampton Callaway honoring Ella & Louis, and was special guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra for a Tribute to Sinatra. When not on the road, he headlines at the finest venues in New York, with engagements at 54 Below, Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s “Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola", The Blue Note, Birdland, SMOKE, Minton’s, the Jazz Standard, Small’s, and has a monthly Saturday night residency at Mezzrow in the West Village.

He was recently featured as a vocalist during Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s 2016 Concert Series in the Appel Room, as a part of “Crooners" celebrating Bing Crosby, Mel Torme & Nat King Cole. He also made his television debut, featured live on-air in the House Band for NBC's variety show "Maya & Marty in Manhattan".

On September 15th, 2017 his first solo album “One of a Kind" will be released worldwide, signaling his arrival as a major international artist for years to come.

As an educator, Benack is highly sought after around the world as a clinician and masterclass presenter, known for his engaging and enthusiastic style with students. Throughout many schools, he leads The Benny Benack Band on behalf of Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s “Jazz For Young People" outreach program. He regularly leads educational concerts at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and for the NY Pops Education Outreach Program as a Teaching Artist.

He is a two-time graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, obtaining his Master of Music degree in 2015. He is endorsed by P. Mauriat Trumpets, Torpedo Bag cases, and Carol Brass Flugelhorns.

1 One of a Kind 00:05:22 
2 Kiss Me Slowly 00:04:59
3 I Found You 00:05:51
4 You Already Know 00:05:39
5 Looking for Love 00:04:46
6 Jumpstart 00:04:40
7 When Midnight Comes 00:07:08
8 Close to You 00:03:54 
9 I Only Have Eyes for You 00:06:24
10 LondonTowne 00:05:5
11 Guh Guh Guh 00:06:05
12 Benny's From Heaven 00:05:40

Joel Frahm: Tenor Sax (4,10,11)
Yotam Silberstein: Guitar (2,7,9)
Emmet Cohen: Piano
Alex Claffy: Bass
Ulysses Owens Jr: Drums

Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdés - Familia: Tribute to Bebo + Chico (2017) CD 1

Pianists Arturo O'Farrill and Chucho Valdés celebrate their rich musical family legacies on 2017's ambitious, gloriously realized Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico.

Although they grew up on separate shores, O'Farrill in New York (via Mexico) and Valdés in Cuba, they both came of age in musical households as the sons of legendary Cuban bandleaders Chico O'Farrill and Bebo Valdés. 

Along with icons like Chano Pozo, Machito, and Dizzy Gillespie, the elder O'Farrill and Valdés were giants of Afro-Cuban music. Similarly, just as their fathers helped further the dissemination and creative development of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, Arturo and Chucho are innovators in their own rights, with decades of experience playing both traditional Cuban music and ultra-modern jazz.

Impressively, they bring all that history to bear on Familia, a two-disc collection featuring songs composed by their fathers, as well as new compositions inspired by their lives growing up in such deeply artistic families. Joining them here are their equally talented children, including trumpeter Adam O'Farrill, drummer Zack O'Farrill, pianist Leyanis Valdés, and drummer Jessie Valdés. Also on board are the members of Arturo O'Farrill's own Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Disc one primarily features the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and finds O'Farrill and Valdés taking a more traditional, if still dazzling approach on cuts like the merengue-infused "BeboChicoChuchoTuro" and a lushly orchestrated reading of Bebo Valdés' "Ecuacion." Also compelling are the pianist's solo turns on Chico O'Farrill's "Pianitis" and O'Farrill's homage to his parents, "Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters," which features several sparkling cadenzas from pianist Leyanis Valdés.

Disc two showcases the smaller, post-bop-leaning Third Generations Ensemble, in which they explore the more progressive edges of Afro-Cuban jazz. Here, trumpeter (and third place finisher at the 2014 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition) Adam O'Farrill shines, revealing his knack for harmonically adventurous improvisation à la Woody Shaw on the kinetic and fractured "Run and Jump." Similarly, the trumpeter breathes new life into Chico O'Farrill's "Pura Emocion" framed by his father's taut, angular arrangement. Elsewhere, Zack O'Farrill contributes the expansive "Gonki Gonki" (his mother's way of describing the sound of rhythmic piano montunos) and Chucho offers the lushly virtuosic solo track "Para Chico." The sheer amount of virtuosity on display on Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico might well be overwhelming if the music itself weren't so warmly and beautifully rendered.

CD 1
1. BeboChicoChuchoTuro
2. Three Revolutions
3. Ecuación
4. Tema de Bebo
5. Pianitis
6. Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters

Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdés - Familia: Tribute to Bebo + Chico (2017) CD 2

1. Run and Jump
2. Recuerdo
3. Gonki Gonki
4. Pura Emoción
5. Para Chico
6. Con Poco Coco
7. Raja Ram

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis - Handful of Keys (2017)

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guests take you through 100 years of jazz piano on their new album, Handful of Keys. Star pianists Joey Alexander, Dick Hyman, Myra Melford, Helen Sung, Isaiah J. Thompson, and the JLCO’s own Dan Nimmer grab hold of all 88 keys and reveal the full extent of the piano’s evolution over the 20th century. This landmark live performance will be released on 9/15/17 by Blue Engine Records.

Recorded on opening night of the 2016-17 Jazz at Lincoln Center season, Handful of Keys showcases a band in full stride, burning through electric arrangements of beloved compositions from James P. Johnson, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, and more. With guests ranging in age from 13-year-old prodigy Alexander (recently featured on 60 Minutes) to 89-year-old American treasure Hyman, Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO survey jazz piano’s past and give the stage to several prodigies who are taking the instrument in bold new directions.

Laurent Coq - Kinship (JAZZ&PEOPLE 2017)

Pour son retour attendu au format emblématique du trio, le pianiste français s’entoure d’une rythmique de haut vol et signe une série de compositions originales dédiées à tous ceux qui forment sa famille (kinship) musicale. Un hommage vivant à tous ceux qui, à Paris comme à New York, font battre le jazz au XXIe siècle, par l’un des plus singuliers pianistes actuels.

1. Light 03:43
2. Momentum 05:06
3. Honest 06:43
4. Pleasure 03:04
5. Mystery 03:42
6. Life 04:11
7. Organized 03:21
8. Sincerely 05:14
9. Flow 04:36
10. Radiation 04:51
11. Trip 04:53

Laurent Coq : Piano 
Joshua Crumbly : Basse 
Johnathan Blake : Batterie 

Enregistré au Bunker Studio à Brooklyn (NYC) le 31 octobre et le 1er novembre 2016 par Katsuhiko Naito 
Mix et mastering au Bass Hit Recording Studio (NYC) le 4 novembre par Dave Darlington.