lunes, 21 de julio de 2014

Rafael Rosa - Portrait (2014)

Rafael Rosa is a Puerto Rico-born, New York residing guitarist who has been making a name for himself since arriving in NYC in 2011. His debut album “Portrait” consists entirely of original material and was produced by Rosa along with legendary bassist John Benítez. His line-up of musicians includes a nucleus of Rosa, Edmar Colón, Dan Martínez, Joel Mateo and Carlos Homs with special guests John Benítez, Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc, Michael Rodríguez, Melanie Lozano, Carlos Maldonado and Milton Barreto. In regards to performance and penmanship, Rosa delivers beautifully with “Portrait”... READ MORE

Rafael Rosa: guitar
Carlos Homs: piano (1-4, 6, 8)
Edmar Colon: saxophones: (1-5, 7-8)
Joel Mateo: drums (1-4, 6-9)
John Benitez: bass (1-4)
Carlos Maldonado: barril (1)
Melanie Lozano: vocals (3-4)
Michael Rodriguez: trumpet (6)
Dan Martinez: bass (6-9)
Jean Michel Pilc: piano (7)
Kenny Werner: piano (9)
Milton Barreto: saxophone (9)

1. Bomba Oscura
2. Sky Floor
3. Portrait: Wandering Magic
4. Portrait: Of a Woman
5. Portrait: Among the Clouds
6. New Recruit
7. Pensando en Agua
8. Devotion
9. Looking For

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Kristian Borring - Urban Novel (2014)

Danish guitarist Kristian Borring has been described as a musician that has “a hyper-cool approach to jazz guitar” and hyper-cool is what this new album is… For his debut album on Jellymould Kristian has written a collection of eight compositions inspired by the cityscape. Urban Novel is a personal homage to life in the metropolis – from the cool swinging opener of Hipster to the laid back feel of Arcade Coffee Shop to the intense, frantic vibe of Hiden Corners the album has a strong sense of melody throughout, set in a contemporary ‘soundscape’. To realise these compositions Borring has assembled some of the UK’s most exciting jazz musicians. Jim Hart is fast gaining a reputation as one of the finest exponents of jazz vibraphone in the world with three of his own albums, projects with Stan Sulzmann, Alan Barnes, Paul Clarvis and Ivo Neame... READ MORE

Kristian Borring: guitar
Arthur Lea: piano
Mick Coady: bass
Jon Scott: drums
Jim Hart: vibes (1, 3, 6, 8)

1. Hipster
2. Equilibrium
3. (Kasper) In Darkness
4. Arcade Coffee Shop
5. Urban Novel
6. Number Junky
7. Hidden Corners
8. Weltall

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Yaron Herman - Alter Ego (2012)

Recommended album :-)

01. Atlas and Axis 04:08
02. Mojo 05:26
03. Heart Break Through 04:12
04. Your Eyes 02:59
05. La confusion sexuelle des papillons 05:57
06. Ukol?bavka/ Wiegenlied 02:57
07. From Afar 02:13
08. Sunbath 02:09
09. Homemade 05:19
10. Hatikva 03:40
11. Mechanical Brothers 01:31
12. Madeleine 08:15
13. Kaos 02:13

Yaron Herman - piano
Emile Parisien - tenor & soprano saxophone
Logan Richardson - alto saxophone
Stephane Kerecki - bass
Ziv Ravitz - drums

There is a new wave of musicians in the jazz world right now who are really taking the art-form to new levels, a deep statement considering how much territory has been searched and embedded into stone in the genre’s medium. Among the most exciting and forward thinking is Israeli born pianist and composer Yaron Herman. Born in Tel Aviv, his reputation has grown considerably since his studies at the prestigious Berklee School of Music. When I first heard what Yaron Herman was doing with jazz, I couldn’t help but think of Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner and the phrasing, voice and technique the two become so well respected for. You really hear how delicate or forceful the lyrical style of Yaron is and how much it resonates long after each note is played.
Many of his compositions take on a slight sense of exploration, grabbing a hold of other traditions of sound and infusing them into his European approach to jazz in a way that gives him that soulful touch that is missing from a lot of jazz today. This year marks the release of Yaron Herman’s latest album and his most accomplished outing Alter Ego on the German based label ACT Music + Vision. Where past records of Yaron’s included pop covers and songs of that nature, it’s a beautiful reality to see Yaron and his quartet dive head first into some deeper and more spiritual states of the jazz idiom.
Alter Ego shows the technical prowess and accomplished song writing ability of Yaron Herman in a light never realized before. The piano becomes a center of weight and emotional vibrancy as the rhythm section and brass instrumentation add an array of color and dynamics around him. Yaron commands each piano stroke as if it was his last and it was probably surreal to see these songs were captured in the studio by the five piece that created Alter Ego. 13 tracks and 50 minutes in length, Alter Ego is a deep experience that brings jazz back to its original conception, design and purpose. The best jazz record this year. 


I’ve reviewed two Yaron Herman albums previously, both of them trio discs, and enjoyed both. But this one really leaps from the speakers with an increased confidence and passion, so maybe Herman’s alter ego is his livelier side.
It’s certainly his more expansive side with the band increased to a quartet. The saxophonist is either Emile Parisien on tenor and soprano or Logan Richardson on alto, while Stephane Kerecki is on bass and Ziv Ravitz is the drummer.
The intro to the opener, Atlas And Axis, may be a delicately phrased solo piano one, but soon Parisien’s tenor is expressing the head, and bass and drums are roaming behind to settle into a slow and steady build as the band grows more intense with each passing bar. The solos are short and thrown back and forth between piano and saxophone, and both have rich harmonic material in which to luxuriate.
Herman says this album is an attempt to get back to the foundations of his music and back into what is in his heart. And there is a lot of heart in this music. It brings a passion to the often exacting, almost mathematical nature of some of the constructions.
Some tracks, like Mojo and Homemade, have a fervent lyricism allied to great drive that reminds me of another musician who started out in Israel, Avishai Cohen, and that signifies a great thumbs up in this jazz kitchen. Your Eyes might be a more formal and quieter composition but it has as similar melodic delight in its yearning theme.
La Confusion Sexuelle Des Papillons is a prime example of how Herman blends both that melodic heart and the exacting head in a most successful synthesis. With the bass pulse strong, Ravitz throwing all kinds of different rhythmic accents the cymbals’ way, and Herman rising to a sing-along climax in his solo, there is great momentum here, and an absolutely exquisite reining in by Parisien on soprano leading to a perfect, quiet last few piano notes.
Most of the tunes are originals but when Herman chooses covers they are beauties. Like the pair of pieces by the Czech classical composers Gideon Klein, who, Wikipedia informs me, organised the cultural life in the Theresieenstadt concentration camp, and Hatikva, by the Moldavian who went on to compose the Israeli national anthem, Samuel Cohen.
Many of the tracks are quite short and richly varied in mood, so, as I have written of a previous Herman CD, the time seems to fly – that’s what happens when both band and listener are enjoying themselves.
A fine album indeed, and a great leap forward by an increasingly important pianist and composer. 


Fred Hersch Trio - Floating (2014)

01 You and the Night and the Music
02 Floating
03 West Virginia Rose
04 Home Fried
05 Far Away
06 Arcata
07 Speech to the Sea
08 Autumn Haze
09 If Ever I Would Leave You
10 Lets Cool One

Fred Hersch ׀ piano
John Hebert ׀ bass
Eric McPherson ׀ drums

Released July 8 , 2014 

THANKS TO Nicolobo :-)
also to AGABEN for the previous version :-)