jueves, 28 de agosto de 2014

Ronnie Burrage & Band Burrage - Heal (2014)

Label: MiMikAlana Records
Source: Cdbaby 

Album Notes: Ronnie Burrage is considered one of the best jazz musicians on the world scene today. His latest release “Heal” with his “Band Burrage” is innovatively formed, rooted in jazz tradition, and evokes good vibes, with a sound quality of a multitude of creative influences.
(PRWEB) February 18, 2014
Ronnie’s latest recording “Heal” with ‘Band Burrage’ blends fusion, hard bop, rock and pop elements in a diverse, contemporary fashion. There are sections featuring unison playing and Afro-Latin rhythms, then periods with free, skittering passages as drummer/keyboardist Ronnie Burrage, EWI/saxophonist Rick Tate, guitarist Eric Slaughter, bassist Nimrod Speaks and vocalist Shenel Johns take turns offering frenetic, exuberant solos. Influenced by groups like Wayne Shorter, U.K., Milton Nascimento, Weather Report, Mile Davis, Radio Head, Yes, Tribe Called Quest, Funkadelics, Sly & The Family Stone, Alan Holdsworth, Stevie Wonder to name a few.
“I'm looking to reach as many people as possible from agents, to concert bookings, CD sales, most importantly international and national music festivals. This band live is super hot and needs to be touring all the time like it did in my younger days” says Ronnie.
Burrage is considered to be a virtuoso, exceptionally skilled and regarded as one of the best in the business at his craft. He has toured all four continents from Siberia to South Africa to Japan. Ronnie is a well respected educator who’s biography is vibrant and dynamically diverse. He has graced stages with the who’s who of jazz such as Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Morgan, Wallace Roney, Jackie & Rene McLean, James Moody, Gary Bartz, Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Joe Zawinul, Cedar Walton, Wood Shaw, McCoy Tyner, and Pepper Adams. Throughout his illustrious career he has been featured on over 100 recordings . Read more...

01 Martinique 04:56
02 In Nebular / Nexus (feat. Henry Grimes) 05:31
03 Flight Endless 05:24
04 Movement 02:41
05 A Time in Amerikkka 05:54
06 Baptism 08:05
07 Lily Xia 05:09
08 Ashes, a Love That Could Have Been Had She Looked Within 04:10
09 G.O. Heal 03:21
10 You Can Call 06:15
11 Mr. Drums 12:01

Ronnie Burrage, drums/keyboards
Rick Tate, EWI/saxophone
Eric Slaughter, guitar
Nimrod Speaks, bass
Shenel Johns, vocals

"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington -

Harrell, Giammarco, Zeppetella, Deidda & Sferra - The Auditorium Sessions (2008)

The Auditorium Session testimonia l’incontro straordinario tra quattro noti jazzisti italiani e il talento leggendario di Tom Harrell avvenuto nella primavera del 2005 all’Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Le melodie meravigliose e intricate che Harrell costruisce e il colore del suo suono scuro e caldo lo hanno fatto eleggere come il migliore trombettista  della sua generazione. Nel disco Tom Harrell mette a disposizione la sua vena creativa per interpretare brani originali composti dal chitarrista Fabio Zeppetella (Across The City, Sei in Sei, Walking on The Beach, Little Girl) e dal sassofonista Maurizio Giammarco (Remembering Mingus at Music Inn), uno standard (Autumn in New York) e due brani di sua composizione (The Sun, The Moon and You; Fountain). Insieme a loro una sezione ritmica d’eccezione: Dario Deidda al basso e Fabrizio Sferra alla batteria.

“Quando, nell’aprile del 2005 (il 12, per precisione), si prospettò la possibilità di esibirsi in concerto all’Auditorium Parco Della Musica di Roma insieme al leggendario trombettista Tom Harrell, uno dei grandi poeti del jazz ancora in circolazione, l’entusiasmo generale fu tale da generare, automaticamente, il desiderio di documentare quell’incontro. Un incontro fortemente voluto e pianificato dall’amico chitarrista Fabio Zeppetella, e al quale parteciparono Dario Deidda al basso, Fabrizio Sferra alla batteria (i tre anche conosciuti come Audio Slang Trio) e l’autore di queste righe, Maurizio Giammarco ai sassofoni.

Come spesso accade in ambito jazzistico, la musica contenuta in questo cd fu dunque registrata di getto, in un’unica seduta, e nell’unico giorno possibile per farlo, ovvero il giorno successivo al concerto: il 13 aprile 2005. Sarà stata la dolce aria primaverile, o forse i due brani “sognanti” portati da Tom, o l’amicizia e la conoscenza di lunga data fra noi musicisti italiani, o il clima di tranquilla e sana collaborazione e di grande e reciproco rispetto instauratosi nel corso del lavoro; sta di fatto che questi, e altri misteriosi e come sempre inesplicabili ingredienti, contribuirono a creare una miscela musicale affatto particolare: intensa, magica e serafica al tempo stesso. L’atmosfera di quell’incontro ci è rimasta molto cara e ben salda nella memoria: speriamo vivamente che la musica di questo cd sia in grado di restituirla all’ascoltatore”. Maurizio Giammarco

Source: auditorium

Tom Harrell, trumpet & flughelhorn
Maurizio Giammarco, tenor & soprano saxophones
Fabio Zeppetella, electric guitar
Dario Deidda, electric bass
Fabrizio Sferra, drums

1. I Nodi E il Pettine
2. Accross the City
3. Sei in Sei
4. The Sun, The Moon and You
5. Remembering Mingus at Music Inn
6. Autumn in New York
7. Fountain
8. Walking on the Beach
9. Little Girl

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins



Source: Taklit
Label: Cristal Records

« A Truth About Me », Shauli Einav’s 3rd album as a leader is a pivotal milestone in his career. After being trained in NYC’s Jazz scene for many years, releasing a highly acclaimed debut album (Opus One / Plus Loin Music 2011), Einav landed in Paris last July and he is now out on  a journey of self-exploration. 

In this album Einav compiled ten vigorous compositions, which take listeners on a voyage into the artist’s mind-vessels. These compositions are sophisticated, high-spirited and confident while at the same time thoughtful, intimate and sometimes even somber. Einav is a 3 times ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award recipient. This album features long time band member NYC trombonist, Andy Hunter, Paul Lay on piano, Louis Moutin on drums, French bassist Florent Nisse and the up and coming Antonin Tri Hoang on alto saxophone and bass clarinet.

                                               01. Embarcadère 5:14
                                               02. Circa 1988 6:36
                                               03. Copenhague 7:52
                                               04. The Traveler 5:47
                                               05. Nomads 10:02
                                               06. Eleven Fifty Two 1:20
                                               07. One For Alex 6:47
                                               08. Le Musketeer 7:23
                                               09. Ultramarine 5:30
                                               10. A Truth About Me 6:08


                                                Shauli EINAV Sax soprano & ténor
                                                Andy HUNTER Trombone
                                                Antonin TRI HOANG Sax alto & clarinette basse
                                                Paul LAY Piano
                                                Florent NISSE Contrebasse
                                                Louis MOUTIN Batterie 



"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington -


Marc Seales - American Songs, Volume 2: Blues...and Jazz (2014)

Source & Label: Origin Records

Whether performing with the heaviest jazz luminaries or with his own bands, pianist Marc Seales' deeply lyrical and blues-based approach to modern jazz has defined the sound of Seattle's dynamic jazz scene for several decades. For his fourth recording, Seales brings together his longtime compatriots--guitarist Fred Hamilton, drummer Gary Hobbs, and bassists, Jeff Johnson and Dave Captein--for a set of original blues compositions and reworked jazz standards such as "Giant Steps" and "ESP." Included also is a new version of Seales' "Highway Blues." Originally recorded by his group New Stories with Ernie Watts, it's known to many for its use as a music file in Windows XP, and has been one of the most listened to jazz performances in the digital world. 

4 BLUE 9:31
7 ESP 6:54

MARC SEALES - piano & keyboards
JEFF JOHNSON - bass (1,2,4,5)
DAVE CAPTEIN - electric bass (3,6,7)
GARY HOBBS - drums

"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington -


J.A.T.P. All Stars Jazz at the Philarmonic; Frankfurt 1952 (1997)

J.A.T.P. All Stars  Jazz at the Philarmonic; Frankfurt 1952

01 Introduction by Norman Granz
02 How High the Moon
03 Undecided
04 Deep Purple - Rockin' Chair - This Is Always - I Cover the Waterfront
05 Dre's Blues

Lester Young, Flip Phillips (Tenor Saxophone), 
Roy Eldridge (Trumpet), 
Hank Jones (Piano), 
Ray Brown (Bass), 
Max Roach (Drums). 

Recorded: November 20, 1952 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Label: Pablo [025218530521] CD 1997

This is a previously unreleased concert performance catching the J.A.T.P. troupe (this time featuring Lester Young, Flip Phillips, Roy Eldridge, 
Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Max Roach and an uncredited Irving Ashby on guitar) on the last night of their European tour of 1952. After Norman 
Granz' introductions to an enthusiastic Frankfurt audience, the group kicks off with a swinging version of "How High the Moon" that goes on for 
some 11 minutes. This is followed by "Undecided," taken at an even faster pace but still clocking in at almost 12 minutes and featuring an 
extraordinary solos by Eldridge and Young. A "Ballad Medley" is next, spotlighting four selections interpreted as solo turns. Flip Phillips starts 
thing off with a nice reading of "Deep Purple," segueing into Roy Eldridge's take on "Rockin' Chair." Next up is Hank Jones' nice, understated 
version of "This Is Always," which sets the stage for Lester Young's stunning "I Cover the Waterfront." The concert closes with an uptempo 
"Dre's Blues," which speeds up to an almost impossible tempo after Max Roach's drum solo. All in all, another classic entry in this long-standing 
series that languished in the vaults for far too long.  by Cub Koda (AMG)

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# Although all contributors are excellent, Lester Young (the one and only President) on tenor sax and Roy Eldridge on trumpet steal the honours 
on heated jams of "How high the moon", "Undecided" and "Dre's Blues", but on the ballad medley Flip Phillips scores an unexpected point with 
his passionate tenor sax interpretation of "Deep Purple".
Of course, this is not to say that Eldridge's stint on Carmichael's good old "Rockin' chair" is a throwaway... It is anything but, and the same goes 
for Young's brilliant analysis of "I cover the waterfront" or Hank Jones' subtle take on "This is Always". Recording technology was not optimally 
used considering the era, but the musicians still come across very strong, although the rhythm section could have been a bit more clearly 
recorded (incidentally, Norman Granz announces Irving Ashby on guitar, but his name is omitted from the data on the CD's sleeve). In the end, 
after an amazing drummin' romp by Max Roach, Little Jazz joins in with some of the most sensitive type of hot trumpet playing, leading to the 
jubilant and spectacular ensemble conclusion of "Dre's Blues", a marathon jam jointly devised by the musicians of this group.... BTW; The 
pleasure of listening The Pres once again makes me think - his approach to tunes, compared to Charlie Parker's is like Robert Bresson's approach 
to film narration compared to that of Jean-Luc Godard... Young's honks and repetitive notes, for instance on "Undecided" break every rule and still 
swing madly...
# Amazingly good concert, everybody is in high spirits', this concert being the last by this troupe in Europe 1952. Remarkably fiery solos by Lester 
Young and Flip Phillips, Lester is not to be defeated despite Phillips' hot playing, and his version of "I cover the waterfront" is a little gem! 
Everybody is relaxing and injecting a lot of musical humour during the proceedings. A concert which should not be missed by everyone interested 
in JATP and the great stars participating! 

Thank to Oldhippierick


David Hazeltine - For All We Know (2014)

David Hazeltine é conhecido por sua sofisticação harmônica e pianismo elegante, traços que também eram características de jogo de Cedar Walton. Quando Hazeltine inicialmente estabelecido fazer o que se tornaria seu Sessões de fumaça de lançamento, pelo que sabemos, fazer um disco tributo era a coisa mais distante de sua mente e deve ser salientado que, pelo que sabemos não é, definitivamente, um registro tributo. No entanto, é difícil ignorar a importância do legado de Cedar Walton a ele. Hazeltine é um dos herdeiros importantes para a tradição do piano de Walton, por isso é natural que a sua gratidão e afeto seria temas dominantes nesta gravação. É também um registro especial porque documenta o que é essencialmente a primeira colaboração entre Hazeltine e saxofonista tenor Seamus Blake. Foi uma parceria que ambos apreciamos imensamente e que funcionou muito bem com o resto do quarteto, o baixista David "Happy" Williams eo baterista Joe Farnsworth. O álbum abre com um dos originais inventivas do Hazeltine, "Et Cedra", que é também aquele que foi abertamente escrito com Walton em mente. Em sua torce melódicas e mais voltas e é harmonias sutis ainda inesperados, é rapidamente aparente porque Hazeltine tem um forte apoio tal. Outros destaques incluem Kurt Weill "My Ship" e turbulento "Eddie Harris" do Hazeltine que dá Blake a oportunidade de pagar alguns aspectos de sua autoria, desta vez para o mestre saxofone descolados. Quando For All We Know conclui com "AD Bossa," a realização em conjuntos que, apesar de jazz perdeu alguns de seus maiores talentos, há uma outra geração que é dedicado a manter a forma de arte vital e vivo.

Pianist David Hazeltine, a musician’s musician known for his harmonic sophistication and elegant pianism, delivers a thoroughly beautiful recording with his latest For All We Know. His rich sound and comping is often reminiscent of the late, great Cedar Walton and Hazeltine honors the piano master with several original compositions including “Et Cedra,” “Lord Walton,” and “Pooh,” as well as Kurt Weill’s “My Ship.” For All We Know also captures the first meeting between tenor saxophone sensation Seamus Blake and Hazeltine. 

It is abundantly clear on tracks like Charlie Parker’s “Cheryl” and Hazeltine’s “Eddie Harris,” that this collaboration is one worth returning to again and again. For All We Knowis available for purchase as a 8-panel CD-Deluxe Album complete with liner notes, interview and additional photos or as a high resolution download mastered for iTunes.

David Hazeltine: piano
Seamus Blake: tenor sax
David Williams: bass
Joe Farnsworth: drums

1. Et Cedra 6:12
2. My Ship 8:58
3. Pooh 8:21
4. Lord Walton 6:58
5. For All We Know 11:45
6. Eddie Harris 7:29
7. Cheryl 9:39
8. Imagination 7:10
9. A.D. Bossa 5:53

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Bossa Nova - Romance (2013)

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins