miércoles, 20 de agosto de 2014

John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension - The Boston Record (2014)

Not everybody goes for the note-spraying intensity of guitar star John McLaughlin's brand of electric jazz, but it's hard to deny the still-blazing virtuosity of the 72-year-old after half a century on the road, or indeed the vigour of his compositions (new pieces and old Mahavishnu Orchestra classics rub shoulders here) and the collective clout of the 4th Dimension quartet. The audience at this Boston gig, recorded last June, sounds euphoric as the band barrel their way through the fierce, fuzz-toned twister Raju, the raw blues of Little Miss Valley, the funkily riffing Hijacked, and plenty of episodes in which keyboardist Gary Husband's responsiveness mirrors and enhances the musings of his boss. Percussionist Ranjit Barot's "love and understanding" soul-vocal chant on Abbaji doesn't really go anywhere except toward the cheesy, and – as always with McLaughlin – it's rare for anything low-key to stay that way for long. But there is some evocative violin-like long-tone playing on the graceful Maharina, and the cheer that erupts when the band closes on the Mahavishnu fusion anthem You Know You Know endorses the dramatic force of the theme, and the devotion that still greets this guitar giant's work.

1. Raju 8:35
2. Little Miss Valley 9:21
3. Abbaji 6:53
4. Echos from Then 8:15
5. Senor C.S. 2:49
6. Call & Answer 9:17
7. Hijacked 4:56
8. Maharina 6:45
9. You Know You Know 6:10

John McLaughlin: guitar
Gary Husband: keyboards, drums
Etienne Mbappe: bass
Ranjit Barot: drums

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Jimmy Ponder All Things Beautiful (1978)

01 A Clue
02 Turn
03 Love Will Find A Way
04 Chasing That Face
05 Love Me Right
06 Sometimes When We Touch (Urbie Green solo)
07 A Trip To The Stars

Arranged By, Conductor – Brad Baker
Backing Vocals – Diva Gray (tracks: A1, A2), Gordon Grody (tracks: A1, A2), Gwen Guthrie (tracks: A1, A2), Jocelyn Brown (tracks: A1, A2)
Bass – Neil Jason
Drums – Jimmy Young, Richard Crooks
Engineer – Bob Clearmountain, Don Berman
Engineer [Assistant] – Ray Willard
Guitar – Bob Rose, Jeff Mironov
Guitar [Solo] – Jimmy Ponder
Guitar, Other [Musical Supervisor] – Lance Quinn
Keyboards – Pat Rebillot, Rob Mounsey
Percussion – Jimmy Maelen
Producer – Sonny Lester
Saxophone – David Tofani, Eddie Daniels
Trombone – Barry Rogers
Trumpet – Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm

Label: Lester Recording Catalog [LRC 9322] Vinyl, LP, Album 1978

Issues: a-g on LRC 9322
Singles: a & c on TK 905 [45], LRC (E) 905 [45].
Samplers: b also on LaserLight 17 160 [CD] titled BIRTH OF THE COOL FUNK: VINTAGE JAMS AND SERIOUS GROOVES VOLUME 2. b & e also on LaserLight 55 607 [3-CD] titled BIRTH OF THE COOL FUNK: VINTAGE JAMS AND SERIOUS GROOVES. e also on LaserLight 17 159 [CD] titled BIRTH OF THE COOL FUNK: VINTAGE JAMS AND SERIOUS GROOVES VOLUME 1. 

Ponder started playing guitar at age 14, and was heavily influenced by Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell. He began playing with Charles Earland at 17, and in the following years played with Lou Donaldson, Houston Person, Donald Byrd, Stanley Turrentine, and Jimmy McGriff. He moved to Philadelphia and later New York City in the 1970s, and recorded extensively as a leader for a number of jazz labels. Since the late 1980's Jimmy has frequently returned to his hometown to perform with his popular trio alongside two of Pittsburgh's other Jazz greats; Roger Humphries and Gene Ludwig.


Erico Pieranunzi - Live At Casa Del Jazz (2006)

01--Ein Li Milin.mp3
03--Armida's Garden.mp3
05--As never before.mp3
06--Autumn Song.mp3
07--Non posso sognarti come sei.mp3
08--Fellini's Waltz.mp3
09--Il tempo pass?.mp3
10--Se sapessi come fai.mp3
11--Winter Moon.mp3

Enrico Pieranunzi (p), 
Luca Bulgarelli (bass), Walter Paoli (drums),
Pietro Ciancaglini (bass on #1,2,5,7), 
Fabrizio Bosso (tp. flgh), 
Rosario Giuliani (contralto, soprano sax),
Ada Montellanico (voice). 

Enrico Pieranunzi (born December 5, 1949) is an Italian jazz pianist. He fuses classical technique with jazz. He has performed with, among others, Frank Rosolino, Sal Nistico, Kenny Clarke, Johnny Griffin, Chet Baker, Joey Baron, Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Charlie Haden, Mads Vinding, and Billy Higgins. He issued his first LP in 1975. He has performed widely with his own group at European and American jazz festivals. He has also composed several film scores. In 2006 he started the trans alpine jazz project.



Wil Blades - Field Notes (2014)

If you can judge a person by the company he keeps, then you have to believe it when Dr. Lonnie Smith calls former protégé and fellow Hammond B3 ace Wil Blades “the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the (B3) organ.” Blades has worked with some of the best drummers in the business, such as the late Idris Muhammad, Scott Amendola, Stanton Moore and Billy Martin, even making a record with the Medeski, Martin & Wood elite beat maker. He’s also worked with some pretty darn good guitarists, too, in Will Bernard, Charlie Hunter and Melvin Sparks. READ MORE... BY S. VICTOR AARON / somethingelsereviews.

1. Miller’s Time
2. (I Can’t Stand) The Whole Lott of You
3. Chrome
4. Dewey
5. Addis
6. Park N’ Wreck
7. Forgetful
8. Red Lanterns Are Blue
9. I Get The Blues When It Rains

Wil Blades: Hammond B3 organ, clavinet
Jeff Parker: guitar
Simon Lott: drums

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Michael Carvin Experience - Flash Forward (2014)

Source: Allaboutjazz
Label: Motema

In 2006, oft-unsung drummer Michael Carvin broke a decade-long silence as a leader on record, releasing one of the strongest dates of his career through Marsalis Music's Honor Series. Fast-forward eight years and you have Flash Forward, another quartet-based album that stands as a testament to Carvin's skills as drummer, bandleader, and musical catalyst.
Flash Forward is a fresh musical start for Carvin. It's his first release for the Motema Music imprint and the first album to feature a feisty quartet dubbed The Michael Carvin Experience. And while that appellation puts Carvin on a pedestal, rightly marking him as the man who brings it all together, it doesn't place him above or beyond his colleagues in a musical sense. He's quick to point out that the divide between leader and side man doesn't exist here; the music confirms that fact. Read more...

So What
Sayonara Blues
In Walked Bud
Same Shame
Night In Tunisia
You Go To My Head
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Autumn Leaves

Michael Carvin, drums
Jansen Cinco: bass
Yayoi Ikawa: piano
Keith Loftis: saxophone


Fo/Mo/Deep - The Groovy Goodness (2014)


Fresh from the fusion triumph of A Beautiful Bang, Columbus, Ohio’s fo/mo/deep is poised to take listeners on another funky ride through the fun side of jazz. The Groovy Goodness -on sale June 3, 2014- does a good job maintaining that good vibe fostered... READ MORE

The Collective Fo/Mo/Deep
Ron "FatKat" Holmes: Basses
Dr. Keith Newton: Saxophones
Andre Scott: Drums
Joshua Boyd: Keyboards

Kevin Jones: Keyboards (1974 & Groidology)
N. Michael Goecke: Trombone (Groidology)
Ron Hope: Percussion (1974, Groidology, & The Price of Sugar)

01. 1974
02. Block Party
03. Groidology
04. Peach Cobbler
05. If We, Can Be? (Piano Intro)
06. As She Walked Away
07. That Song (This Love)
08. You Can Love Me Twice the Next Time
09. The Price of Suga'
10. Chamsa (a Tribute to Shimrit Shoshan)

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Lili Araujo - Arribação (2008)

After consolidating her career in Europe, the young Rio de Janeiro born and bred singer and songwriter Lili Araujo came back to Brazil in 2008 and launched her debut album, “Arribação”. Composed by eleven unique tracks, her work is a mix of choro and samba – rythms that were part of her childhood in the outskirts of Rio. To that were added the jazz conception, elements and instruments. At only 26, Lili came on the scene, blending references as she created her own musical identity.

The artist, graduated in canto popular at Escola de Música Villa Lobos, in Rio, emmigrated to Viena, Austria, in 2006 and it was in Europe that her career took off with important appeareances and presentations in jazz clubs, festivals and european theatres such as Tunnel Live Jazz (Viena), Theater am Spittelberg (Viena), Reigen (Viena), Birdland (Viena), Porg & Bess (Viena) and Blue Note (Paris). In 2008 the singer wanted more and launched her debut album “Arribação” with austrian record label Oficina Records. She came back to Brazil in the middle of that year, where she performed launching shows from this album at Modern Sound, Sala Baden Powell, Cinematéque, Sala FUNARTE São Paulo and Estrela da Lapa. She also had wonderful appraisals from the specialized press. In the middle of 2009, sponsored by the austrian company SKE/AKM, she went on a little tour of Europe with the concert, passing through Viena, Schwaz (Tyrol), London, Lausanne, Lisbon and Stockholm.

More than 40 musicians took part on the making of this first CD, including well known instrumentalists such as harmonica player Gabriel Grossi, multi-instrumentalist Dirceu Leite and drummer Marcio Bahia. It also featured young talented instrumentalists such as Guto Wirtti (bass), Joana Queiroz (clarinet), Gabriel Gestzi (piano), Rodrigo Villa (bass), Rafael Barata (drums), Marcelo Caldi (accordion), Vitor Gonçalves (piano), Bernardo Ramos (electric and acoustic guitar) amongst others.

01.Tapete Azul
02.Lendas Do Mar
03.Coisas Demais Por Fazer
04.Todas Aquelas Coisas
06.Luz Da Lua
10.Tem Palmeira
11.Na Gafieira

Lili Araujo (vocals)
Guto Wirtti (bass)
Joana Queiroz (clarinet)
Gabriel Gestzi (piano)
Rodrigo Villa (bass)
Rafael Barata (drums)
Marcelo Caldi (accordion)
Vitor Gonçalves (piano)
Bernardo Ramos (electric and acoustic guitar)

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins