viernes, 5 de febrero de 2016

Herlin Riley - New Direction (2016)

Label: Mack Avenue
Source: Proper Music

Herlin Riley's 'New Direction', sees the New Orleans drummer with a fierce musical intelligence and prodigious skills, lead a fine group of outstanding young musicians, including players from Haiti and Jamaica. Veteran guitarist Mark Whitfield and Cuba's Pedrito Martinez on percussion are Herlin's special guests.

New Orleans ambassador of drumming, Herlin Riley has recorded with many of the bayou's favourite sons including Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, Marcus Roberts and toured in Wynton Marsalis' band for more than six years. For 'New Direction' - his first leader date in many years - Herlin chose originals and local favorites resulting in an eclectic and heady mix. Herlin speaks of his process: "I have a radio in my head that plays melodies and tunes, then I sit down at the piano and work it out. Once you start writing and engaging in the music it takes you to different places?" hence, New Direction. Magnificent, N'awlins dipped neo-bop, funk jazz. Where will it take you?

1. New Direction     06:53
2. A Spring Fantasy     06:01
3. The Crossbar     06:44
4. The Big Banana     06:15
5. Shake Off The Dust     05:55
6. Connection To Congo Square     05:32
7. Herlin's Hurdle     07:04
8. Hiccup Smooth     07:20
9. Harlem Shuffle     07:23
10.Toottie Ma     04:35

Herlin Riley - drums
Bruce Harris - trumpet
Godwin Louis - saxophone
Emmet Cohen - piano
Russell Hall - bass
Mark Whitfield - guitar
Pedrito Martinez - congas



Joost Zoeteman Quartet - Live in Almere (2016)

Label: Self Released
Source: Cdbaby

Joost Zoetman keeps the great tradition of modern jazz guitar alive and well. His playing keeps up with the high standards of the greats, and at the same time brings a fresh sound and approach to this rich history. His new recording with the swinging quartet, featuring Hans Kwakkernaat, Wim de Vries and Bas Rietmeijer, is a powerful statement about the strength and durability of the art form called Jazz. This CD shows that it is in very good hands.
Can't wait to hear what's next from Joost!    - Roni Ben Hur -

1. Yardbird Suite
2. Triste
3. April in Paris
4. Godchild
5. Corcovado
6. C Jam Blues
7. Nuages
8. Cotton Tail

Joost Zoeteman - guitar
Hans Kwakkernaat - piano
Bas Rietmeijer - doublebass
Wim de Vries - drums 



José Dias Quartet - The Seven Deadly Sins (2016)

Label: Sintoma Records
Source: José Dias


José Dias is part of the emerging new generation in Portuguese contemporary jazz.
He has worked with numerous jazz, world music and pop musicians and performs now mainly with his quartet and trio.
Dias performed with David Murray in Lisbon in July 2012. In 2013 he released two albums: "360" and "Magenta" [Sintoma Records].
In 2015 he recorded his third album in Edinburgh: "What Could Have Been" [Sintoma Records | 2016].

As composer, Dias has scored music for several plays, contemporary dance performances and animation films. 
His music is strongly inspired by the visual arts and literature. His projects deviate from the traditional language of jazz,
and explore the dialogue between various contemporary sound universes, where experimentation is assumed as a central element.

José Dias is an associate researcher at Institute of Ethnomusicology INET-md, Universidade Nova de Lisboa,
where he has developed research on jazz education in Portugal and on European jazz networks.
He conducted his PhD exploring the relationships between jazz practices, cultural identity and cultural policies in Europe.
From his research experience, Dias has been appointed delegate for the 12 Points jazz festival. 
He has presented papers in international conferences and published articles in international peer-reviewed journals.



Hans Ottsen Trio - Navigation (2015)

Label: Deepdig Records
Source: Cdbaby

West Coast guitarist Hans Ottsen delves into the jazz trio setting with New York cohorts Drew Gress and Don Peretz. Navigation (ddr-105) pilots through creative standard formats such as Olive Stings You Arm, based on All The Things You Are, to original and cover material based on modern popular song form with progressive improvisation. Navigation pushes the context boundaries of the modern jazz guitar trio.

1. Jonathan Cooper 06:52
2. You Choose Blues 05:10
3. Navigation 07:15
4. All I Have To Do Is Dream 06:03
5. Squealar 05:35   
6. Shea's Dream 03:45
7. Olive Stings You Arm 05:20
8. Message In A Bottle 05:48
9. Sesquialtera 05:20
10.Zoë's Lullaby 04:51

Hans Ottsen- guitar
Drew Gress- acoustic bass
Don Peretz- drums & cymbals 



Tord Gustavsen - What Was Said (2016)

What was said brings new colours to Tord Gustavsen’s musical palette. His latest trio project builds upon the subtle understanding of his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad, introduces German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and explores the tradition of Norwegian church music in untraditional ways: “For the repertoire of the new project, Simin and I have been working with Afghan poet B. Hamsaaya, translating and shaping a selection of hymns that I grew up with in Norway into Pashto,” Gustavsen explains. 

“This process has been challenging and really fruitful. We have gone quite far in interpreting the lyrics in a more ‘integral’ manner, reaching into a space where I feel that Sufism and Christianity actually meet.” Simin Tander also sings, in English, verse of Persian mystic Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-73) and US proto-Beat poet Kenneth Rexroth (1905-82). As a pure play of sounds, too, the combination of Tander’s voice and Gustavsen’s piano and discreet electronics has an emotional persuasiveness of its own, outside the limits of language. The trio takes its programme of “hymns and visions” to the concert halls and clubs of Europe in the first months of 2016.

What was said was recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in April 2015 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Tord Gustavsen: piano, electronics
Simin Tander: voice
Jarle Vespestad: drums

01. Your Grief (02:45)
02. I See You (05:09)
03. Imagine the Fog Disappearing (06:23)
04. A Castle In Heaven (04:46)
05. Journey of Life (07:26)
06. I Refuse (05:42)
07. What Was Said To the Rose / O Sacred Head (05:35)
08. The Way You Play My Heart (03:03)
09. Rull (03:08)
10. The Source of Now (04:25)
11. Sweet Melting (03:23)
12. Longing To Praise Thee (04:26)
13. Afterglow / Sweet Melting (03:39) 


Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas - Sound Prints (Live At Monterey Jazz Festival) 2015

Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have announced an April 7 release date for Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, the debut recording from their co-led quintet Sound Prints featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Joey Baron. The album features the debut of two new compositions written for the band by the band’s primary inspiration: Wayne Shorter. Sound Prints will be performing at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York City on May 15 & 16 in The Appel Room as part of their Wayne Shorter Festival. Further tour dates will be announced shortly.

For almost twenty years, Lovano and Douglas have been prime moving forces in the jazz scene, their paths crossing often on stage and occasionally on record. Douglas appears on Lovano's 2001 Blue Note album Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination Edition Two and they overlapped as members of the SFJAZZ Collective for three seasons during which the band performed the repertoire of Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, and their mutual touchstone: saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.

Sound Prints takes their inspiration from the music of Shorter – the band's name is a nod to his classic "Footprints" – however the quintet’s focus is on new original compositions by Lovano and Douglas, as well as new Shorter compositions in direct collaboration with the composer himself. The band is fueled by a desire to push the boundaries of their music as far as they can stretch, similar to the expansive role Shorter has played in jazz since his debut with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1959.

In the album’s liner notes Shorter exclaims: “Onward! Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron!  It’s not often when a combination of musicians such as the aforementioned elect to immerse themselves in an explorative adventure without hesitation or reservation. May they continue forging ahead on the trail less trodden. Onward!”

"The defining trait of Sound Prints," wrote Nate Chinen in The New York Times in a 2012 review of their engagement at the Village Vanguard, "is the tangled crosstalk of its front line: an urbane, on-the-fly counterpoint brimming with crooked urgency, like a choice bit of dialogue in a David Mamet play.”

In the summer of 2011 Sound Prints opened for Shorter's Quartet on a European tour. They weren't performing any of his tunes yet but time spent with the legend and his band made a big impact on the group. When Sound Prints appeared on the bill with Shorter at New York's Town Hall in June 2013 he presented them with the new scores of "Destination Unknown" and “To Sail Beyond The Sunset," two pieces commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival. "The music came handwritten - very detailed, very precise," says Douglas.

Sound Prints' debut album was recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 21, 2013.  Lovano and Douglas contributed two songs apiece to the set and the Shorter compositions were given their public debut that day. "The recordings are the very first performances of the newly commissioned tunes," said Douglas. "We all were at a heightened state of paying attention. Shorter took a lot of risks exploring elements of change. It was such a high to play it for him.” “The music moves from today into tomorrow," adds Lovano. "Wayne told us the melody was just a suggestion – tell your own story with it."

The tracklisting for Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints Live at Monterey Jazz Festival is as follows:

1. Sound Prints (Joe Lovano)

2. Sprints (Dave Douglas)

3. Destination Unknown (Wayne Shorter)

4. To Sail Beyond The Sunset (Shorter)

5. Weatherman (Lovano)

6. Power Ranger (Douglas)

Recorded At – Monterey Jazz Festival
Mixed At – Sear Sound
Mastered At – Battery Mastering Studios

A&R – Don Was
A&R [A&R Administration] – Steve Cook (12)
Art Direction, Design – Hayden Miller
Bass – Linda Oh
Drums – Joey Baron
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Recording)] – Amanda Davis (2), Eli Robbins, Michael Orsow, Rob MacKinnon
Engineer [Assistant Mix Engineer] – Ted Tuthill
Engineer [Engineered By (Recording)] – Ron Davis (2)
Liner Notes – Dave*, Joe*, Wayne Shorter
Mastered By – Mark Wilder
Mixed By – James Farber
Photography By [Cover Photo By, Individual Photos By] – Craig Lovell
Photography By [Group Photo By] – Cole Thompson
Piano – Lawrence Fields
Producer – Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano
Recorded By – Monterey Jazz Festival Audio Recording Crew
Tenor Saxophone – Joe Lovano
Trumpet – Dave Douglas

Recorded live at Monterey Jazz Festival on September 21, 2013 
Mixed at Sear Sound, New York, NY on December 18, 2013 
Mastered at Battery Studios, New York, NY


Terrence Brewer - The TB3 (2016)

Recently proclaimed by long-time music scribe, David Becker (SF Examiner/, as the San Francisco Bay areas #1 Jazz Guitarist, Multiple-Award winning guitarist Terrence Brewer is a first-call and in-demand bandleader, record producer, concert performer, studio musician, and one of the San Francisco Bay area’s foremost and sought after music educators.

Brewer brings his all-star Trio to Cafe Pink House in celebration of releasing his 10th album as a bandleader, “THE TB 3”.  “THE TB 3” is an amazing collection of jazz standards by Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, George Gershwin, and others. Showcasing his versatility as a bandleader, arranger, and improviser, Brewer, once again, delivers an amazing tribute to the jazz legends who have come before him.

Combined with being an in-demand record producer for himself and others, Brewer has lead his various groups in nearly 2500 performances in the last 8 years (over 225 in 2014); performing to sold-out crowds at the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the world famous Yoshi’s at Jack London Square, Yoshi’s San Francisco, SFJAZZ Jazz Festival, and countless other venues.  When Brewer is not touring regionally and nationally, he finds time to instruct/facilitate master classes, clinics, workshops, and lectures for the likes of Stanford Jazz Workshop, SFJAZZ, The Jazz School, Jazz Camp West, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, CMEA (California Music Educators Association), and presenting at colleges, high schools, middles schools, and public libraries throughout California including Los Medanos College, Chabot College, Santa Rosa Jr College, San Francisco University High School, Edna Brewer Middle School, the Nueva School, and many others.

*Winner – SF Weekly “Best Jazz Artist” Award

*Winner – Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce “Artist of the Year” Award
*Winner – Bay Area Blues Society “Best Jazz Group” Award

“…guitar wizard Terrence Brewer…[an] amazingly articulate and energetic player has gone on to forge a distinctly personal voice. A remarkably busy presence on the Bay Area club scene…~ David Becker (SF Examiner /

“(Brewer’s) guitar work is fluent, and his feel for the groove is unerring…” ~ Philip Van Vleck, Billboard

“(Brewer) is one of the reasons the Bay area jazz scene looks promising” ~ Dan King, San Francisco Chronicle

Terrence Brewer – Guitar
Brandon Essex – Acoustic Bass
Micah McClain – Drums

1. I Love You / Tangerine
2. Cool Blues
3. Hackensack
4. Yardbird Suite
5. But Not for Me
6. No Moe
7. Alone Together


Terrence Brewer - Friends of Mine (2015)

Recently proclaimed by long-time music scribe, David Becker (SF Examiner/, as the San Francisco Bay areas #1 Jazz Guitarist, Multiple-Award winning guitarist Terrence Brewer is a first-call and in-demand bandleader, record producer, concert performer, studio musician, and one of the San Francisco Bay area’s foremost and sought after music educators.

Brewer returns with his quartet, releasing his 9th album as a bandleader, "Friends Of Mine". "Friends Of Mine" is an amazing collection of jazz standards by Horace Silver, John Scofield, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter, and others. Showcasing his versatility as a bandleader, arranger, and improviser, Brewer, once again, delivers an amazing tribute to the jazz legends who have come before him.

Brewer has produced and released 8 nationally acclaimed albums (including two released in February 2014, ‘Mi Historia (My Story) The Calling: Volume 4’ and ‘Mosaic – Setting The Standard: Volume 2’) on the record label (Strong Brew Music) he started in 2006. ‘Mi Historia’ and ‘Mosaic’ are albums #7 and #8 for Brewer as a bandleader. Brewer’s last four albums, ‘Citizen Rhythm: “Of, By, For The People” (2012), ‘Setting The Standard: Vol 1’ (2011), ‘Groovin Wes’ (2009), and ‘QuintEssential’ (2008), combined to spend over 100 weeks on the National JazzWeek Radio charts weekly top 50. Three of those albums made their way into the top 15 on the national JazzWeek radio charts (‘Groovin’ Wes’ #9, ‘Setting The Standard: Vol 1’ #12, and ‘QuintEssential’ #15). 

Combined with being an in-demand record producer for himself and others, Brewer has lead his various groups in nearly 2500 performances in the last 8 years (over 200 in 2014); performing to sold-out crowds at the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the world famous Yoshi’s at Jack London Square, Yoshi’s San Francisco, SFJAZZ Jazz Festival, and countless other venues. In addition to headlining his own shows, Brewer has shared the stage with vocalist/pianist Diana Krall, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers), Gerald Albright, has worked with Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Darlene Love, Taylor Eigsti, Jay Lane, Dr. Anthony Brown, Pete Escovedo, and has studied with the likes of Charlie Hunter, Duck Baker, Tom Patitucci, Mark Levine. When Brewer is not touring regionally and nationally, he finds time to instruct/facilitate master classes, clinics, workshops, and lectures for the likes of Stanford Jazz Workshop, SFJAZZ, The Jazz School, Jazz Camp West, Blue Bear School of Music, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, CMEA (California Music Educators Association), and presenting at colleges, high schools, middles schools, and public libraries throughout California including Los Medanos College, Chabot College, Santa Rosa Jr College, San Francisco University High School, Edna Brewer Middle School, the Nueva School, and many others.

Terrence Brewer, guitar
Tim Campbell, keyboard
DouEbert, acoustic bass
Greg German, drums

1. Israel (feat. Tim Campbell)
2. Big J (feat. Greg German)
3. Deluge (feat. Doug Ebert)
4. Beatrice (feat. Tim Campbell)
5. Very Early (feat. Tim Campbell)
6. Straight No Chaser (feat. Greg German)
7. The Real Guitarist (feat. Doug Ebert)
8. Juicy Lucy (feat. Tim Campbell)


Joe Magnarelli - Three On Two (2015)

Last year trumpet ace Joe Magnarelli put forth his first album under the Posi-Tone flag, but this was hardly the first time around the block for this respected veteran sideman and bandleader. Three On Two, out earlier this month, is his second for the label and also marks twenty years of leading his own dates.

As the title suggests, it’s a three horn/two-part rhythm section setup, but a little bit different than what you might think it’d be. Once again, the eminent Steve Davis is by Magnarelli’s side on trombone and Mike DiRubbo joins the two on alto sax. Rudy Royston is on drums and instead of bass, Brian Charette completes the quintet on organ. His handling of both the keyboard and the bottom (via bass pedals) chores effectively expands the ensemble to a sextet and few are better qualified to simultaneously lock down the low end and mix it up with a large front line of crackerjack horn players than Charette.

And in spite of this being a straight-ahead blowing affair in the finest Posi-Tone tradition, there’s quite of bit of mixing it up, starting with the title tune, with shifty rhythms and maximal, articulate trumpet playing by the leader. DiRubbo keeps the good vibe going and Charette put a soul-leaden cap on the solos run. Straightforward swingers abound on this collection, too, like the crisp, uptempo Coltrane number “26-2,” which features DiRubbo’s lively sax and some seriously sizzling outpouring of notes from Magnarelli. The guys show they can play it cool, too, on another Trane tune, “Central Park West,” where Magnarelli lays his soul bare and delivers a pretty solo on flugelhorn.

There’s even some fresh funk on this record: Magnarelli’s “NYC-J-Funk” gets down with a sly mixture of contemporary, almost hip-hop beats (led by Royston) and the soulful genius of Art Blakey’s Messengers; here, Charette syncopates his organ and bass pedal lines with easy equanimity.

The way Joe Magnarelli’s band members are pitted against — and with — each other through a solid blend of originals and covers makes Three On Two a gratifying way to experience mainstream jazz. Just like Magnarelli’s last release.

01. Three On Two
02. Easy
03. The Step Up
04. NYC-J-Funk
05. 26-2
06. Clockwise
07. Paris
08. Central Park West
09. Outlet Pass
10. My Reverie

Joe Magnarelli: trumpet
Steve Davis: trombone
Mike DiRubbo: alto saxophone
Brian Charette: organ
Rudy Royston: drums


Michael Dease - Decisions (2015)

I’ve might have said this before: Michael Dease is the rightful heir to the trombone legacy of Curtis Fuller, and even Fuller himself might agree. Rare is the trombonist who can match the technical proficiency, inventive phrasing and genuine feel that seems to come easily to Dease.

After making a triumphant foray into big band for his Posi-Tone debut Relentless, Dease gets back to small ensemble business for Decisions (August 28, 2015). Heading a five-piece band with Tim Green on alto sax, Glenn Zaleski on piano, Rodney Whitaker on bass and Ulysses Owens behind the drum kit, Dease makes good use of the talent he’s assembled using mostly his own compositions with a couple of standards tossed in for good measure.

Dease serves up prime post-bop in all sorts of flavors. “Grove’s Groove” has a nice shuffling groove courtesy of Owens’ precise drumming, but Zaleski’s spry solo is the high point of a series of fine solos by nearly everyone. The rhythm section forges a crisp, contemporary groove for “Jason’s Gonna Get Ya” that the horns nimbly syncopate around, but Dease composed a complexity to the song that goes well beyond being just a riff. He does the same for “Right Place Wrong Time,” a track where Green’s expressive alto steals the show. Whitaker’s taut bass work anchors a lilting swing for “Decisions,” again a highlight for Zaleski. And Owens gets to show off on the blues based “The Big D.”

Take those stellar individual performances away and you can still be blown be dazzled by Dease’s trombone. He makes it sing on “Gorgeous Gwen” and on ballads like “Everything Must Change” he knows just how much emotion to invest in his trombone to make it believable.

A model of consistency, style and grace, Michael Dease stays at the head of the class among jazz trombonists with his seventh album, Decisions.

01. Grove's Groove
02. Jason's Gonna Get Ya
03. Trayvon
04. Gorgeous Gwen
05. Decisions
06. Right Place Wrong Time
07. Everything Must Change
08. Three And One
09. You're My Everything
10. The Big D

Michael Dease: trombone
Tim Green: saxophone
Glenn Zaleski: piano
Rodney Whitaker: bass
Ulysses Owens Jr.: drums


jueves, 4 de febrero de 2016

Steve Kuhn Trio - At This Time (2016)

Source & Label: Sunnyside Records

Any chance that one has to hear a master musician in his or her preferred setting is a gift. For all the one-offs and ensemble by committee type of gigs that spring up, it is the reunion with familiar collaborators for a stint of a few nights that really becomes integral for the best performances.

On his new recording, At This Time, pianist Steve Kuhn found himself just in the right time and place to record a trio record that feels timeless and truly inspired. The ensemble, which features legendary bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Joey Baron, was happy to find itself in an extended engagement at Birdland Jazz Club in New York in September 2015 and found time to get into the recording studio before heading to Europe on tour.

Of course, Kuhn has been one of jazz’s foremost pianists for over half a century. He has been fortunate to accompany some of the most important voices of his generation, including John Coltrane, Sheila Jordan and Kenny Dorham, but it is his work in the trio setting that has been where he has made his name.

Kuhn’s current trio features a contemporary, and an important innovator of a later generation. Steve Swallow has been at the forefront of contemporary music for decades. Whether performing alongside Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley or Carla Bley, Swallow has been one of the most important figures on both the acoustic and electric bass. Though twenty years younger than Kuhn and Swallow, drummer Joey Baron has cemented himself as one of the most well rounded musicians, at home in the most classic of jazz ensembles and in the most raucous of the avant-garde.

The material for the recording came from the recent set lists from Birdland. The songs comprise a good mix of standards and a couple of Kuhn penned originals.

The recording begins with an exuberant rendition of the Arlen and Mercer classic “My Shining Hour,” which is followed by Al Cohn’s “Ah Moore,” tastefully done by the trio. Quincy Jones’s “The Pawnbroker” is a perfect example of nuance in performance, as is Kuhn’s “All The Rest Is The Same,” which also accelerates in a mid tempo Latin bounce. The pianist’s “The Feeling Within” is a rich and brilliant solo piece.

The trio’s take on Duncan Lamont’s “Carousel” is leisurely paced and has a great solo feature for Swallow. Bernstein’s “Lonely Town” is subtle yet poignant, while the Weill chestnut “This Is New” is an upbeat swinger. The program closes with Gil Fuller’s “I Waited For You,” a lush and mellow ballad performed with great beauty.

Fortunately for the jazz world, Steve Kuhn and his fantastic assemblage found the time to record At This Time, a testament to the importance of dynamics within an ensemble and tasteful performance.

01.My Shining Hour   6:28
02.Ah Moore   9:19
03.The Pawnbroker   6:10
04.All The Rest Is The Same   7:33
05.The Feeling Within   5:47
06.Carousel   5:51
07.Lonely Town   5:46
08.This Is New   5:44
09.I Waited For You   6:07




Eric Platz - Life After Life (2016)

Label: Allos Documents
Source: Cdbaby
Genre: Modern Creative Jazz 

Like maps, all music has a scale. Not just a set of pitches but a spatial corollary. The amount of time one gives a note, or puts between two of them, correlates directly with the scope of the landscape imagined by the listener. A drone becomes a vista, the edges of the sound like the measureless horizon. More frenetic arrangements evoke something closer to the pace at which we experience our lives, a musical expression of our inability to hold on to any one moment before it is subsumed by the next, gone as quickly as an unsustained note.

On his adventurous and cinematic debut, Life After Life, drummer and composer Eric Platz moves seamlessly between these imagined scales, juxtaposing them against one another like some cartographic impossibility. This movement becomes a sort of narrative device, the start of a chapter, or its end, and the tension and drama in the shifting perspective begins to tell a story of its own.

Platz composed the music on Life After Life for its three principal players: Chicago-based clarinetist James Falzone (KLANG, Allos Musica, The Renga Ensemble); cellist Leanne Zacharias (Music for Spaces, Correction Line Ensemble); and himself. A veteran improviser, Platz is a drummer and percussionist of incredible nuance, a skill he honed over several decades as a sideman, touring with acts in and outside the jazz world. If the music on Life After Life is a descendant of the Third Stream and contemporary improvisation, it is also a natural culmination of Platz’s prismatic interests, refracted through his affinities for jazz, classical, folk, and world musics.

He began playing drums at age 10, shortly after his family moved to Wilmington, Delaware. Despite his age, he began studying with a percussionist from the Philadelphia Orchestra, who turned him on to Tony Williams. He fell in love with Miles Davis’s The Complete Concert 1964: My Funny Valentine + Four and More. “I remember listening to the drumming, and it was so musical,” Platz says. “It was this continuous narrative. That’s what I wanted to do.”   Read More...

1. Life After Life One 02:26
2. Seeds of Doubt 07:54
3. Redwood Vesper 05:36
4. Life After Life Two 02:39
5. Blood Meridian 21:39
6. Life After Life Three 01:33
7. Marrakesh High Line 11:35

Eric Platz: drums, percussion, mbira
James Falzone: clarinet, shruti box
Leanne Zacharias: cello
Don Benedictson: electric bass


Peter Horvath - Absolute Reality (2016)

Label: Foreign Matter
Source: Smooth Jazz
Genre: Jazz-Fusion, Smooth-Jazz

Hungarian-born pianist and keyboardist Peter Horvath performs with the who­is­who of jazz such as Victor Bailey, Lenny White, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Marcus Miller, and many more. While he is a in demand recording musician on numerous albums his solo career has only seen two albums yet. His debut album Foreign Matter (1995) and his sophomore album Absolute Reality.
Peter has assembled for the recordings of his new album a great amount of luminaries Victor Bailey, Marc Van Wageningen and Larry Kimpel (bass), Ricky Lawson and Lenny White (drums), Dean Brown and Ray Orbiedo (guitar), Norbert Stachel (sax), Randy Brecker (trumpet) among many others.
Peter Horvath has composed all tracks, some in collaboration with Norbert Stachel. The album shows up with Absolute Reality. A funky horn arrangement in the style of Tower of Power or East Bay Soul is the launching platform for Peters' rocket like journey over the keys of his grand piano.
Carla comes smoothly like silk with Horvath's intimate Rhodes piano and Bob Mintzer on tenor saxophone. Escape From Oakland is without any doubt a tour de par force. All musicians perform with great speed without neglecting melody, arrangement and improvising.
On Nassau Nights Peter reveals his affinity for smooth jazz and the influence of Fourplay on his work. Elegant performance on Rhodes piano, a harmonic horn arrangement and Kenny Washington on vocals are clear pluses. Waltz For Ella fosters in the contemporary jazz realm, while Latin rhythm elements and Marc Van Wageningen on bass give this fast paced piece some pepper. The tune is dedicated to his daughter Ella Nicole Horvath.
When Victor Bailey on bass, Ricky Lawson on drums, Ray Obiedo on guitar meet Peter Horvath on Rhodes then Fake Out gets a big dose of funk. Norbert Stachel on various brass and flute delivers a fine garnish. Miss You walks the line between jazz and melody, a musical journey with a deep expression of sadness and missing, dedicated to his mom, Matrai Zsuzsa, a great Hungarian singer.
Sardegna is an ode to the Italian island. Elegant Rhodes improvisation and a brass arrangement in the style of EWF are the highlight of this tune.
Foreign Matter dives into the bebop roots and when Peter begins to improvise, it can get a fast and wild ride. Final tune is a solo piano piece entitled Braden's Song and dedicated to his son Braden Michael Horvath.
With Absolute Reality Peter Horvath has put his whole personality and passion into this work. An eclectic album of the deserving wider recognition category. 

1  Absolute Reality
2  Carla
3  Escape from Oakland
4  Nassau Nights
5  Waltz for Ella
6  Fake Out
7  Miss You
8  Sardegna
9  Foreign Matter
10 Braden's Song

Peter Horvath - piano,keys,organ
Victor Bailey - bass
Lenny White - drums
Randy Brecker - trumpet
Bob Mintzer - sax
Dean Brown - guitar
Ray Orbiedo - guitar
Norbert Stachel - sax
Ricky Lawson - drums
Larry Kimpel - bass
Marc Van Wageningen - bass
Karl Perazzo - percussion
Walfredo Reyes Jr - drums



Collado.García.Benito - Suite II (2016)

Label: Self Released
Source: Bogui Jazz

Marcos Collado (guitarra), Ander Garcia (bajo eléctrico) y Miguel Benito (batería) son tres músicos de referencia en el jazz contemporáneo realizado en el país.
Habituales colaboradores en un gran número de proyectos y estilos diversos, muestran en esta ocasión la música en directo de su segundo disco, “Suite II”, ofreciendo un cuidado concepto de trío, de gran originalidad y frescura, donde la interacción, la energía y la experimentación confluyen de manera equilibrada.
Afincados en Madrid, estos tres músicos son habituales en la escena de la ciudad, colaborando con los proyectos más representativos de estilos como el blues, el jazz, el latin y el funk. Cada uno goza de una extensa lista de colaboraciones musicales con los principales músicos de jazz, en la que se incluyen Perico Sambeat, Bob Sands, Chris Kase, Patax y festivales de jazz como el Jazzaldia, el Festival de Jazz de Madrid, y un largo etcétera.
El trío Collado • Garcia • Benito ha tocado la música de su anterior disco “Suite” en el festival Asejazz de Sevilla, en el ciclo de la Asociación Alamisa de Salamanca, el Ciclo Raqueros del Jazz de Santander, el Bogui Jazz de Madrid y el Jimmy Glass de Valencia, entre otros lugares.
En esta formación se suman la amplia experiencia y una química innegable, fruto de muchos años de camino juntos experimentando musicalmente. El concierto ofrecido por el trío está concebido de la misma manera que el disco predecesor, “Suite I”, como una obra completa a modo de suite moderna, que bebe del rock y del jazz a partes iguales, y que se desarrolla en completo equilibrio entre la interacción, la energía y la experimentación sonora.

“All sound beautiful, really nice composing and playing. I especially like the solo guitar section in the middle of the suite, very nice.”  Steve Cardenas

1. Pan y Boli 04:21
2. Mov.1 06:02
3. Síncope 03:18
4. Flores 03:24
5. Tiza 01:09
6. ba-ha-ma-nas 03:28
7. Cruzando el Mississippi 03:22
8. Flash 03:52
9. Looper 03:55
10.Cachirulo 04:03   
11.Si y No 02:34
12.I + D 04:52

Marcos Collado (guitarra)
Ander Garcia (bajo eléctrico)
Miguel Benito (batería)



Scot Ray, Steuart Liebig, Alex Cline - Time Estimation Error (2016)

Label: Self Released
Source: Cdbaby

I have long wanted to take the lap steel guitar into these territories, and wrote the pieces with Steuart and Alex in mind, as a kind of poem to the planet.  Scot Ray

1. Parable Of Dreams 03:46
2. Memory Drawings 05:45
3. Sculpting In Time 06:00
4. Bloviate 03:18
5. Ring Of Bone 06:38
6. Night Has No Outlines 05:37
7. Bloviate Some More 04:36

Scot Ray - lap steel guitar, compositions
Steuart Liebig - fretted and fretless bass
Alex Cline - drumset  



Beledo - Dreamland Mechanism (2016)

Label: Moonjune
Source: Beledo
Genre: Jazz-Fusion

New York guitarist, pianist, and composer, Beledo was born in Montevideo Uruguay. He began formal music and piano study at age six. As the British Invasion began to take hold of airwaves around the world, influenced by the Beatles and other emerging pop rock bands, he gravitated towards and discovered a natural proficiency for guitar.

Beledo gained guitar-hero status in his teens, playing every theatre in his hometown of Montevideo, and captivating audiences in Uruguay and Argentina.

After a brief tenure with Uruguayan rock and blues super-group, Dias de Blues, Beledo pioneered the jazz-rock band, Maytreya, and later on, the mythical Siddhartha, inspired by the burgeoning jazz-fusion movement (Chick Corea, Weather Report, Soft Machine & etc.). His fusion efforts of the early 80’s in South America, during which he appeared at top venues and recorded with Pedro Aznar (formerly with Pat Metheny Group), Ruben Rada, and the legendary band, Opa, attracted media attention in the U.S., where he gained recognition as an upcoming talent in GUITAR PLAYER and JAZZIZ magazines.

Formal music studies continued throughout his college career. He performed classical music recitals on National Public Radio and in numerous theaters. While attending the University School of Music in Uruguay, he was a founding member of The University Conservatory Jazz Quartet, the university’s first jazz ensemble, sponsored by the school in an effort to integrate jazz into the traditional curriculum.

Beledo is the guitar player on the album, FORWARD MOTION, by the South African Jazz band, Ojoyo, featuring saxophonist and band leader, Morris Goldberg; drummer, Anton Fig and bassist Bakithi Kumalo.

In 1996 Beledo toured Europe and the Caribbean with the TROPICAL TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, featuring Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Cheo Feliciano, and an all-star line up of Latin artists.

In 2007, Beledo released MONTEVIDEO JAZZ DREAMS (Gudari Records), featuring Stefon Harris, Randy Brecker, Manolo Badrena, Mark Walker, Andy Middleton, David Finck, Jorge Camiruaga and Chris Komer.

Beledo's latest project, ON A MISSION, with his band, The Avengers, won critical acclaim on tour in South America through Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, gaining excellent reviews and strong CD sales in Japan, the U.K., France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Australia and more. The Avengers are Beledo on guitar, Adam Holzman on keyboards, Lincoln Goines on bass, and Kim Plainfield on drums.   The band toured Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay and played in Racife Porto Alegre, Montevideo Jazz Festival, Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, Cordoba Jazz Festival, Neuquén.  They finished with an unforgettable concert at the Teatro Lavalleja in Minas, Uruguay, Beledo's hometown.

Beledo signed with Moonjune Records – NYC in 2013, and traveled to Canada to record with Romanian keyboardist, Gia Ionesco, alongside guitarist Alex Machacek, drummer Virgil Donatti and bassist Anthony Crawford. A subsequent Ionesco session was scheduled in New York, which included Mauro Pagani on violin, Jimmy Haslip on bass, Asaf Sirkis on drums, Johnny Johnson on sax, and Mino Cinelu on percussion.

Additional outstanding Moonjune Records collaborations included work with the extraordinary Indonesian World Jazz Fusion band, Simak Dialog, with pianist Riza Arshad and guitarist Tohpati at Orion Studio, Baltimore, MD (09/07/13). Beledo also performed in a duo with Indonesian superstar guitarist, Dewa Budjana in Princeton and Burlington in a Southern New Jersey mini-tour on Dewa's last visit to the States, and recorded with Indonesia's premiere pianist, composer/ arranger/ conductor/ producer, Dwiki Dharmawan.

Versed in classical theory, composition and technique, adept in the traditional styles of his birthplace, drawing inspiration from vast and diverse modern musical forms, Beledo has earned his place among the most sophisticated, versatile, and gifted artists of our time.  

1. Mechanism
Beledo - electric guitar, violin, keyboards.
Lincoln Goines - electric bass
Gary Husband - drums

2. Bye Bye Blues
Beledo - electric guitar, fender rhodes, mini moog solo
Lincoln Goines - electric bass
Gary Husband - drums

3. Marilyn's Escapade
Beledo - acoustic piano, violin, accordion, electric guitar, keyboards.
Lincoln Goines - electric bass
Gary Husband - drums

4. Lucila
Beledo - Spanish guitar, fretless bass, electric guitar
Endang Ramdan - Sundanese kendang percussion
Cucu Kurnia - Sundanese kendang and metal percussion

5. Sudden Voyage
Beledo - electric guitar, archtop electric guitar
Tony Steele - electric bass
Doron Lev - drums

6. Big Brother Calling
Beledo - electric guitar
Lincoln Goines - electric bass
Gary Husband - drums

7. Mercury In Retrograde
Beledo - electric guitar
Lincoln Goines - electric bass
Gary Husband - drums

8. Silent Assessment
Beledo - electric guitar, archtop electric guitar
Lincoln Goines - electric bass
Gary Husband - drums

9. Budjanaji
Beledo - acoustic guitar, voice, fretless bass melody, archtop electric guitar, 1st electric guitar solo, keyboards
Dewa Budjana - 2nd electric guitar solo, background electric guitar
Rudy Zulkarnaen - electric bass
Endang Ramdan - Sundanese kendang percussion
Cucu Kurnia - Sundanese kendang and metal percussion

10. Front Porch Pine
Beledo - electric guitar
Tony Steele - electric bass
Doron Lev - drums