Sunday, February 25, 2018

Uffe Steen Trio & Vestbo Trio - Doppler Effect (March 23, 2018)


Danish guitar ace Uffe Steen and his band have joined forces with Vestbo Trio. The result is the live album DOPPLER EFFECT which will be released on March 23rd.

This is a powerful live album where you get to hear both trios playing separately, and also together on stage with 2 drum kits, 2 upright basses and 2 guitars. The energy is up, and the playing level is high.

As usual, exceptional packaging by Paul Wilson! Take your pick between the transparent blue LP in gatefold cover or the digipack CD with a 12-page booklet.


Cast in Stone
A Call From The Sixties
Badger
Whitewall Tires
A Silent Moment in Corone
Building Snowmen
Time Machine
It's Simple in a Good Way
Ballroom
Moonglow
Lady Sunshine

Uffe Steen Trio
Uffe Steen (guitar)
Thomas Sejthen (bass)
Jesper Bo Knudsen (drums)

&

Vestbo Trio
Michael Vestbo (guitar)
Jesper Smalbro (bass)
Eddi Jarl (drums)

ALBUM RELEASE TOUR APRIL 2018 - see tour dates below:
15 april Klank Efterskole


Clover Trio - Harvest (GREEN NOSE PRODUCTIONS 2018)

The Clover Trio draws its inspiration from Jazz, Pop and Rock. Harvest, their first album, invites us to discover a music that unceasingly pushes further its point of balance, sometimes featuring hypnotic grooves. Emerging from the encounter between these singular personalities, their original compositions and the re-interpretation of pop standards like Isn’t She Lovely or Imagine, a contemplative, elegant and intense world is born. Damien Argentieri (organ) is known for his collaboration with, amongst others, Lionel Loueke, Jean-Jacques Milteau or Didier Lockwood. His powerful and sophisticated touch merges with the subtle performance of Sébastien Lanson (guitar). His music is imbued with the spirit of the west coast of the united states where he spent ten years, notably with Louie Bellson’s orchestra, Jon Faddis but also John Worley Jr. Over this complicit dialogue, Benoist Raffin’s (Drums) natural groove hovers, making of his art an unusual adventure, refined along with Steve Potts, Bobby Few or Jean-Loup Longnon.

” I like the integrity and the beautiful interaction of the Clover trio. The chemistry between the three musicians really brought the magic out. Harvest is a beautiful album. ” Lionel Loueke


1 Isle of Mulobo Berry 00:06:32
2 Isn't She Lovely 00:06:32
3 Softly as in a Morning Sunrise 00:07:12
4 Played Twice 00:04:43
5 Imagine 00:06:52
6 Lamirémi 00:08:06
7 Gaby's 00:03:40
8 Blues for Jim 00:04:30
9 Joe 00:06:27
10 Taxi 00:05:06
11 Prayer to the Unfamiliar 00:05:55

Damien Argentiéri, organ
Benoist Raffin, drums
Sébastien Lanson, guitar


Soulive - Cinematics Vol. 1 (2018)


Today, Soulive released their first collection of new music in six years with their long-awaited EP Cinematics, Vol. 1. The EP takes its name from its five tracks’ cinematic quality, and the band’s press release even offers some thoughts on the types of films that might be complemented each song (“Kings March”, for instance, could work with a vintage spy thriller).

“A cinematic piece of music creates a mood. Film composers like Jerry Goldsmith, David Axelrod, Ennio Morricone and Melvin Van Peebles were all influential in the concept for ‘Cinematics,’” Krasno says. “The idea is to use soundscape and melodic interplay to enhance the feeling and sentiment of a visual and to amplify the emotion that it’s relating.”

Recorded late last year at Alan Evans’ Iron Wax studio in Western Massachusetts, Cinematics, Vol. 1 is the first release of a planned series of “Cinematics” EPs. That means fans can expect plenty of new music from Soulive in the foreseeable future.

“One of the advantages of putting out music in 2018 is that we can do it quickly and on our own schedule,” Krasno says. “We made this record top to bottom in two days and put it out about a month later, while it’s still fresh from being created.”

“We didn’t have to talk about anything,” Alan says. “It all unfolded as we were working on it; one song influences the direction of the next, and soon you find yourself going down this path. We want this music to take people on a little journey.”

Despite the forthcoming release, Soulive hasn’t announced any new tour dates. As of press time, the band is scheduled to perform at the Ardmore Music Hall outside of Philadelphia on March 2nd and 3rd before heading to London for a show at The Jazz Cafe on March 6th.

1 Kings March 3:53
2 Bluebird 4:11
3 Sidekick 3:30
4 Millers Last Stand 3:09
5 Waves 3:28

ALAN EVANS drums  /  ERIC KRASNO guitar  /  NEAL EVANS keys


Diego Imbert - Tribute To Charlie Haden (2018)


Charlie Haden est, selon moi, un musicien atypique, mais fondamental dans la musique d’aujourd’hui. Son sens de la mélodie et son lyrisme font de Charlie une voix essentielle à une époque où tout doit aller vite. La recherche de la beauté, la profondeur, l’intériorité, c’est que m’a toujours fait ressentir la musique et le jeu de Charlie, depuis le quartet d’Ornette Coleman au début des années soixante jusqu’à son ultime duo avec Keith Jarrett.

Sa disparition a laissé un vide et un silence qui m’ont poussé à entreprendre ce projet. Enrico Pieranunzi a enregistré quatre albums avec Charlie Haden et ce projet n’aurait pas vu le jour sans son implication et son enthousiasme. Le trio que nous formons avec André Ceccarelli depuis « Ménage à trois » était idéal. Enfin, Pierre Bertrand avait réalisé les arrangements pour orchestre dans le disque d’André Ceccarelli « Ultimo » et il était celui qui pouvait donner un écrin à notre trio. Notre travail est une réussite et je pense avoir atteint mon objectif : rendre hommage à Charlie avec un disque qui, j’en suis sûr, lui aurait plu. Diego Imbert

1 First Song 6:15
2 Charlie’s Waltz 4:54
3 Charlie Haden 5:31
4 Liberation Suite, Pt. 1 3:54
5 Liberation Suite, Pt. 2 3:39
6 Liberation Suite, Pt. 3 2:56
7 Nightfall 5:17
8 Last Dance in Paris 3:42
9 Lennie's Pennies 3:08
10 Faith of the Bass 7:24
11 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning 6:28
12 Silence 4:42

Enrico Pieranunzi (piano)
Johann Renard et Caroline Bugala (violon)
Paul Colomb et Gregoire Korniluk (violoncelle)
Stéphane Chausse (clarinette)
Nora Cismondi (hautbois)
Anne-Cécile Cuniot (flûte)
André Ceccarelli (batterie)
Pierre Bertrand (arrangements)


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Emanuele Passerini - Pacho (DODICILUNE / IRD February 26, 2018)


Prodotto dall'etichetta pugliese Dodicilune, lunedì 26 febbraio esce in Italia e all’estero distribuito da Ird e nei migliori store digitali, "Our World", inedito progetto discografico del duo composto dal sassofonista Emanuele Passerini e dal percussionista Alessandro "Pacho" Rossi. Dieci brani originali, frutto di un serrato dialogo improvvisativo in studio di registrazione, per un album diviso in due "side": The Light Side ("Dawn Over A New Good World", "We Go East!", "Sayang", "The Flute Man", "Kill The Funk", "Dance To The Stars") e The Dark Side ("The Universe Is Our Home", "Free Spirits", "Stream Of Consc iousness"). "Our World" si chiude con il brano "Praises To The Masters" dedicato dai due musicisti a Nana Vasconcelos, Rashied Ali e John Coltrane.

«Ho incontrato Pacho per la prima volta nel febbraio 2016, durante una sessione di registrazione in studio per il nostro amico e musicista Tiziano Tononi», sottolinea Passerini. «Sono rimasto impressionato dal suo modo di suonare, dal suo approccio spontaneo e disinvolto, dal suo senso del ritmo. Sentivo che eravamo sintonizzati su lunghezze d'onda simili. Così, poche settimane dopo, l'idea di registrare qualcosa con lui mi è venuta in mente in modo molto naturale», prosegue. «Per qualche tempo abbiamo solo scambiato idee e pensieri al telefono e poi ci siamo incontrati direttamente in studio per una sessione meravigliosa e molto coinvolgente. Prima non avevamo scritto nulla, avevamo solo sensazioni, intenzioni e giocavamo in totale libertà, seguendo l'un l'altro o seguendo le piccole idee abbozzate che avevamo deciso prima». Il risultato finale è un disco di improvvisazioni, alcune delle quali registrate direttamente e altre completate con sovraincisioni e aggiunte altri strumenti. «Ci siamo resi conto che durante quei giorni e attraverso le nostre anime uniche abbiamo "dipinto il mondo", abbiamo realizzato un "affresco musicale" che rappresenta i diversi lati e colori del nostro mondo, la luce e l'oscurità, la libertà e i molti contrasti, i suoni e il silenzio. E allo stesso tempo, mentre parlavamo gli uni con gli altri con i nostri strumenti e i nostri cuori, abbiamo elogiato i nostri Maestri la loro presenza e guida infinita e continua, da qui sulla Terra e dall'alto».


Emanuele Passerini, classe 1971, si approccia allo studio del sassofono da autodidatta. La disinvoltura degli inizi gli regala un grande entusiasmo nel suonare e nel frequentare formazioni jazz, rock, blues, soul e acid. Studia con Daniele Cavallanti e Tiziano Tononi presso il CEMM di Bussero, per poi perfezionarsi con Tiziana Ghiglioni, Giovanni Tommaso, Walter Donatiello e Dave Liebman. Nel 2008 avvia il progetto New Standard Jazz Duo, oggi Painting Jazz Duo, con Galag Massimiliano Bruno Belloni che ha all'attivo, per Dodicilune, i cd "Talk and fly" (2013), "The well – Tempered Duo: Bach Project" (2014) e "Peace" (2017). 

Alex "Pacho" Rossi nasce a Milano nel 1970. Studia batteria e percussioni con Enrico Lucchini, Candelo Cabezas, Naco, Tiziano Tononi. Ha suonato con i maggiori artisti pop, rock e jazz italiani tra cui Rossana Casale, Karma, Ladri di Biciclette, Enzo Jannacci, Elio e le Storie Tese, Morgan, ed artisti internazionali come Jaimoe Johanson, James Taylor, Jenny Sheinman, Nels Cline, Ike Willis. Ha lavorato in televisione per la RAI italiana e molto altro. Insegna percussioni in NAM Bovisa a Milano.

L’etichetta Dodicilune è attiva dal 1996. Dispone di un catalogo di oltre 220 produzioni di artisti italiani e stranieri ed è distribuita in Itali a e all'estero da IRD in circa 400 punti vendita tra negozi di dischi e store. I dischi Dodicilune possono essere acquistati anche online, ascoltati e scaricati su una cinquantina tra le maggiori piattaforme del mondo.


Nello Mallardo - La Bellezza dell'Essenziale (DODICILUNE / IRD 2018)


Prodotto dall'etichetta Dodicilune, martedì 20 febbraio esce in Italia e all’estero distribuito da Ird e nei migliori store digitali, "La Bellezza dell'Essenziale", nuovo progetto in piano solo di Nello Mallardo. Forte di un background classico e jazz e non alieno neppure alle sperimentazioni di linguaggi meno "aulici", ma di non minore interesse musicologico come il pop e il funk, il pianista e compositore napoletano propone nove composizioni originali che alternano il rigore contrappuntistico della musica classica agli effetti luministici della tradizione afro-americana.

"In particolare, dalla pulsazione ritmica all'impiego di armonie pandiatoniche per quarte e di tessiture modali, ho ibridizzato il linguaggio di Debussy con altre mie esperienze, cercando sempre di esprimere me stesso", sottolinea Mallardo. "Nei brani infatti, ho parlato un linguaggio che reputo mio, la lingua più semplice con la quale esprimermi, attraverso una koinè in cui espressionismo e melodia potessero portare l’ascoltatore verso atmosfere intime e p rofonde. Il piano solo ha una forte dimensione intimistica, introspettiva, che crea un pathos incantevole. Tutti i brani, anche se appartenenti a periodi diversi, sono stati scritti per immortalare delle emozioni o dei momenti fondamentali della mia vita".

Nello Mallardo (all'anagrafe Aniello Mallardo Chianese) è nato a Napoli nel 1983, inizia gli studi musicali all'età di sette anni, si diploma in pianoforte col massimo dei voti e la lode e si perfeziona sotto la guida dei Maestri Massimo Bertucci, Franco Scala e Boris Petrushanscky, in composizione con Patrizio Marrone e studia inoltre pianoforte jazz col il maestro Francesco Nastro. È vincitore di numerosi concorsi  pianistici nazionali. Dal 2007 ad oggi è pianista e Maestro collaboratore del corpo di ballo del Teatro San Carlo, partecipando regolarmente all’attività concertistica e alle tournée del teatro in Italia e all’estero. Ha collaborato e collabora tutt'oggi con Maitres de ballet ed insegnanti di  fama internazionale.

Nel 2012, in occasione del bicentenario della nascita della scuola di ballo, si esibisce al Teatro San Carlo, eseguendo il pezzo per pianoforte di Claude Debussy  “Clair de Lune ” con il ballerino Domenico Luciani, su una coreografia di Domenic Walsh. Dal 2015 collabora con il pianista Francesco Nastro in un un progetto che prevede l'arrangiamento in chiave jazzistica per due pianoforti delle “danza di Brahms”, del “Sogno d'amore di Liszt” e della corrente in Gm di Bach e si sono esibiti in alcune manifestazioni importanti ,quali Ravello Festival, Napoli Piano City (main concert) ed altre associazioni musicali. Nel 2017 in occasione del Galà stelle del San Carlo compone un brano dal titolo "Senza di te" in prima mondiale commissionato ed eseguito dell'etòile di fama internazionale Giuseppe Picone tenutosi presso il Teatro Verdi di Padova.

L’etichetta Dodicilune è attiva dal 1996. Dispone di un catalogo di oltre 220 produzioni di artisti italiani e stranieri ed è distribuita in Itali a e all'estero da IRD in circa 400 punti vendita tra negozi di dischi e store. I dischi Dodicilune possono essere acquistati anche online, ascoltati e scaricati su una cinquantina tra le maggiori piattaforme del mondo.

1 - Something Gray in the Sky
2 - Dreaming in Autunm
3 - Musima
4 - Ostinato
5 - La Bellezza dell'Essenziale
6 - Girandoci Intorno
7 - Un pò Sentimentale un pò Nobile
8 - Restless
9 - Ransie

Nello Mallardo, piano


Hailu Mergia - Lala Belu (AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA 2018)


The “obscure outsider artist from beyond the west” has become a familiar trope for old music excavated in far-flung places, thanks in part to the eagle-eyed tape rummaging of intrepid label owners such as Brian Shimkovitz.

Under his Awesome Tapes from Africa banner, Shimkovitz has released countless “lost” records by musicians who probably never thought they’d find recognition again, including Ghanaian synthpop dude Ata Kak, who Shimkovitz spent years tracking down after he discovered one of his dusty cassettes in a street market (and who has toured extensively since it was reissued).

Another artist he found this way is Hailu Mergia. He was active during the “swinging period” of the 1960s and 70s in Addis Ababa, when western soul, jazz and funk was hot-wired to the pentatonic modes of centuries-old folk and called “ethio-jazz”. Often those scales sound as if they’ve been scooped up from a Middle Eastern souk, full of harmonic twists that require lighting a joss stick and lying down on a bed of cushions. Indeed, Mergia’s wiggy organ and accordion, as on new track Gum Gum, feels like it could noodle open the door to your third eye.

Off the back of three successful reissues under Shimkovitz and touring with indie-folk band Beirut, Lala Belu is Mergia’s first record in 15 years.

Perhaps it was unsurprising that he would eventually lay down new music: he keeps his battery-powered keyboard in the boot of the taxi he drives around Washington DC, his hometown since the 80s. This combination of ethio-jazz and rudimentary synthesiser creates the kind of kookiness that will enthral his new audience, and sounds like little else. Anchihoye Lene feels delightfully cartoonish and unhinged, like a Bedouin farce in the desert.

The title track does lo-fi funk with a shoutable “hey” refrain for festivals; Addis Nat has an almost post-punk edge to its bass-and-drums; and the delicate piano instrumental suggests sophistication comes just as easily. It’s not a life-changing body of work, but the biggest achievement of all is that, all these years later, Mergia is still a true original.


1. ትዝታ Tizita
2. አዲስ ናት Addis Nat
3. ጉም ጉም Gum Gum
4. አንቺሆየው ለኔ Anchihoye Lene
5. ላላ በሉ Lala Belu
6. የፍቅር እንጉርጉሮ Yefkir Engurguro 

Hailu Mergia — Keyboards, Accordion, Melodica
Mike Majkowski — Upright Bass
Tony Buck — Drums

Produced by Hailu Mergia
Recorded at EMS4, London, UK 
Additional recording by Javon Gant, Cue Recording Studios, Falls Church, VA
Cover image drawn live on iPad by Jenny Soep, Stockholm 2013
Back cover image photo by Piotr Gruchala


Nostalgia 77 - Fifteen (TRU THOUGHTS RECORDINGS 2018)

Handpicked by Nostalgia 77 and Tru Thoughts, this retrospective showcases the best recordings and remixes from the respected producer, composer, songwriter and guitarist, spanning a range of projects. Featured on this fantastic anniversary release, are classics like Prince Fatty’s “Medicine Chest Dub” and the second to none take of “Seven Nation Army” featuring the phenomenal vocals from the ever-soulful Alice Russell. Also included on the retrospective, the beautiful tripped out hip hop take on “Sleepwalker” from fellow Brightonian producer Ambassadeurs, and a track from Lamdin’s country soul project with acclaimed songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols.

“My music making has gone through a few big changes,” says Lamdin, reflecting on his extensive body of work, “going from working with lots of samples on the computer to meeting a lot of jazz musicians and starting to record live and with tape machines. Now I feel I’m in a place where on future records I can start to tie all of these strands together in new work that really marries these different crafts”.

The double LP is housed in a gatefold sleeve, printed on reverse board, with notes from Ben Lamdin - it also includes a download card with additional tracks.


Ben Lamdin AKA Nostalgia 77 is a UK based Jazz producer who's been releasing music on Tru Thoughts for over 10 years, whilst also running his own Jazz label, Impossible Ark.


1. Quiet Dawn feat. Beth Rowley 05:54
2. The Voices Of Time - Solstice 04:49
3. Beautiful Lie 04:06
4. Nostalgia 77 And The Monster - Measures 04:17
5. Lotus Tree 09:04
6. Freedom 05:17
7. Wildflower 04:13
8. Skeletons - Positive Force 03:06
9. Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77 - Medicine Chest Dub 04:11
10. Seven Nation Army feat. Alice Russell 04:22
11. Rain Walk 04:26
12. Quiet Dawn (Bonobo Remix) 07:04
13. Sleepwalker (Ambassadeurs Remix) 04:35
14. The Nostalgia 77 Octet - Stars 06:16
15. Jeb Loy Nichols - Strange Faith And Practice 04:36
16. Nostalgia 77 Sessions feat. Keith and Julie Tippett - You Don't Just Dream When You Sleep 06:09
17. The Nostalgia 77 Octet - Desert Fairy Princess 10:42
18. Little Steps 04:58
19. Hush 08:46

2LP

A1. Nostalgia 77 - Quiet Dawn feat. Beth Rowley
A2. The Voices Of Time - Solstice
A3. Nostalgia 77 - Beautiful Lie
A4. Nostalgia 77 And The Monster - Measures

B1. Nostalgia 77 - Wildflower
B2. Skeletons - Positive Force
B3. Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77 - Medicine Chest Dub
B4. Nostalgia 77 - Seven Nation Army feat. Alice Russell

C1. Nostalgia 77 - Rain Walk
C2. Nostalgia 77 - Sleepwalker (Ambassadeurs Remix)
C3. Jeb Loy Nichols - Strange Faith and Practice
C4. The Nostalgia 77 Octet - Stars

D1. Nostalgia 77 Sessions feat. Keith and Julie Tippett - You Don’t Just Dream When You Sleep
D2. The Nostalgia 77 Octet - Desert Fairy Princess

Nostalgia 77 to join Roy Ayers for a very special performance at Barbican Centre


On 3rd March, Ayers takes to the stage in the Barbican alongside some very special guests including Tru Thoughts own Nostalgia 77.

Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Roy Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the 60’s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B band leader in the 70’s/80’s.

Nostalgia 77, aka Ben Lamdin, emerged in 2002 as a collector and sampler of jazz records before going on to expand his concept group to form a live band, The Nostalgia 77 Octet. Their debut album ‘Sevens and Eights’ was recorded in 2006, boasting album tracks like “Freedom” and went on to win the ‘Jazz Album of The Year’ at Gilles Peterson’s 2006 Worldwide Awards. Alongside his work with the Nostalgia 77 live band, Lamdin has collaborated with a wide-ranging selection of musicians including famed singer songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols and British improvisational jazz legends Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts.

Collaborating with Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi to illuminate the shared roots and spirit of rebellion at the heart of dub and jazz, 2014’s renowned ‘In The Kingdom of Dub’ was born. With tastemaker support including reviews from The Wire, Clash, Q, DJ Mag and Blues & Soul, official playlisting on BBC 6Music and support from Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), this energetic and transporting listen celebrated and built upon the cultural beauty of Lamdin’s diverse, decade-spanning repertoire. Since releasing his last album ‘Measures’,the title track of which Guy Garvey (BBC 6 Music) called “a fantastic record”, Lamdin has been writing, recording and producing records for artists including Jamie Cullum, Jerry David DeCicca, The Last Poets and for his side project Game Show withTim Giles (drums) and Matthew Bourne (piano).

Vincent Herring / David Kikoski / Essiet Essiet / Joris Dudli - Soul Chemistry (ALESSA RECORDS 2018)


For many years the teams Herring / Kikoski and Essiet / Dudli have a special chemistry when they play each other. Their new collaboration brings forth swinging and always extremely soulful jazz of today. Vincent is a saxophone virtuoso with a unique and intense sound. In the early 80s he toured Europe and the United States with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and began shortly after a 9 year commitment with Nat Adderley. Subsequently he worked with Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, The Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson and Dr. Billy Taylor. As a guest soloist he has played with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and John Faddis with the Carnegie Hall Big Band.

During the 90s in New York Dave's career rose rapidly. Both as a sideman and as a leader he established himself alongside jazz greats such as John Scofield, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Mike Stern, Chick Corea, Bill Stewart, Tom Harrell, Marcus Miller, Michael Brecker, Jack Dejohnette and many others. 2001 Roy Haynes invited him with Dave Holland, Roy Hargrove and Kenny Garrett in his all-star band. For this project, "Birds of a Feather" appeared also Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton with and the album. "Caribbean Jazz Project" was nominated for a Grammy of 2004.

As Vincent Herring was also bassist Essiet Essiet many years a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Essiet is originally from Nigeria and was moved to the West Coast first, but then mid-1980 to New York. On the international jazz scene, his name has become indispensable. He played for many years with Abdullah Ibrahim- Dollar Brand, Bobby Watson's Horizon, with Billy Cobham, Bobby Hutcherson, Danilo Perez, Kenny Barron and va

Joris Dudli could distinguish complex musical particularly during his nearly 10-year stay in New York. Previously, he was already in recent years, first in Austopop and later established with the Vienna Art Orchestra and the Art Farmer Quintet. This is followed by many more countless concerts with international musicians such as Benny Golson, Chicco Freeman, Johnny Griffin, Joe Henderson - 2002 it was with the Joe Zawinul Syndicate.



Jay Rodriguez - Your Sound (Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola) WHALING CITY SOUND 2018


You might hear Jay Rodriguez and wonder, "Is there anything you can't do?" The fact is, it might be tough to track down something along Jay's musical continuum that he hasn't done. In fact, he may be one of the busiest men in jazz, and one of the few playing most all the reeds as a leader and sideman with a wildly diverse cadre of musicians, synthesizing these experiences within his own projects.

Rodriguez's original work is daring, groovy, breathtaking and soulful, sometimes all at once. Your Sound: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, captures all of that exhilarating rawness in real time. It is loose and lovely, with both rough and smooth edges and flourishes that reflect his ample international experience. Songs like the opener, "Ghost Dancer, " kick off forcefully, with a propulsive bass and a frisky tropical feel, while on the flip side, Rodriguez lays into romance, with a flute tour de force on "When the Stars Fell." The record closes with a bold cover of "Kiss and Say Goodbye."

Accompanied by Billy Harper on tenor sax, Larry Willis on piano, Eric Wheeler (also on Greg Murphy's Summer Breeze) on bass, JT Lewis on drums, and percussionist Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin & Wood), Rodriguez frees himself up to showcase his work on saxes, flutes, and bass clarinet. The result is magical. Over his career, Rodriguez has tackled composition, arranging, accompanying, and leading. It is high time for the world to hear all the wonderful things Jay Rodriguez—musician, personality, iconoclast, and innovator—has to offer.

A versatile bandleader, with flute, clarinet and saxophone chops, the Colombia-born, New York City-bred musician is profoundly talented and incredibly prolific. He graduated with the highest honors from New York City's renowned High School for the Performing Arts and continued his studies at Manhattan School of Music and The New School's School of Jazz.

Since then he has had musical adventures in salsa with Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Paquito D'Rivera, pop/hip-hop with Prince, Guru, the Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Premier and Groove Collective, straight-ahead with Doc Cheatham, Mingus Big Band, Chucho Valdes, David Murray, Craig Harris, Jason Miles and Miles Davis. He has played alongside Joe Lovano, Gil Evans, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Bernie Worrell and Joan Osborne, to name a few. Awards follow that kind of pedigree, and so should your attention. Rodriguez is quite simply a giant talent and Your Sound is just the beginning of his story.


Prolific. Prodigal. Profound. That is Jay Rodriguez. Sometimes the sound is explosive, wild and full of fury, other times his music aches with a passion that’s painful and bare. Always modest and reverent, Rodriguez harnesses the unbridled audacity of youth and melds it with the uncanny discipline of a hardened New York jazz veteran. Married to the song while sleeping with the groove, his sound sings of commitment to an ideal—it is spontaneity, culturally untethered and unpretentious, the excitement of far flung love at all costs. It is perfectionism kissed by chaos. 
– THE NEW YORKER

He could be breathy and insinuating on a ballad, brawny and extroverted in an uptempo… 
– THE NEW YORK TIMES

Fleet-fingered saxophonist Jay Rodriguez has played it all in New York: salsa with Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, hip-hop with DJ Premier and Groove Collective, straight-ahead with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Barron and Doc Cheatham. His new band, SEVEN, pays homage to a recent discovery: the free jazz of saxophonist Ornette Coleman. “I felt like one of those folks who just learned the earth is round,” he says. Rodriguez took a deep dive into Coleman’s repertoire and came up with a brass and string ensemble inspired by the legend’s 1960s double quartets performING Coleman-inspired originals like “Your Sound,” as well as Coleman classics like “Lonely Woman,” at Winter Jazzfest. 
– NPR

Mr. Rodriguez is more than a musician. He is a visionary. Jay Rodriguez is the Latin American Answer to James Carter and a true light to hear and see. 
– Arnie Lawrence, Founder of THE NEW SCHOOL for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Havana International Jazz Festival Reedman / Saxophonist Jay Rodriguez, down from New Y0rk for the festival says, ‘I have admiration for the people and the culture and the way they persevere and are educated, in general culturally and musically. They are supportive of their own musicians, and the young musicians are skilled and well trained.’ 
– JAZZTIMES

His work is defined with versatility, humor and heart. His jazz playing is full of blues and soul. It is one of those voices that are hard to describe with words, and that is much closer to the spirit.
– EL HERALDO, Colombia

01. Ghost Dancer
02. Golden Earring
03. Clouds
04. Silk Stockings: All of You: All of You
05. Your Sound
06. When the Stars Fell
07. Spirits
08. Inolvidable
09. Love me Tonight: Lover: Lover
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