miércoles, 3 de septiembre de 2014

Brooklyn Jazz Underground - Seven By Seven (2014)


Source & Label: Brooklyn Jazz Underground


From its inception the BJU, a highly influential group that inspired the formation of other artist collectives around the world, including The Paris Jazz Underground, The Queens Jazz Overground and The LA Jazz Collective, has always placed a premium on original composition. The band's much-anticipated second recording, 7 x 7, offers a collection of seven compelling works conceived by each member of the septet, featuring David Smith (trumpet), Adam Kolker (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Anne Mette Iversen (bass), Rob Garcia (drums), and also featuring the addition of vocalist Tammy Scheffer, who plays a shifting role here as a vocalist and as a third "horn", pianist David Cook & drummer Owen Howard, empowering the ensemble alongside Rob Garcia with a dual drummer thrust.
While each piece exemplifies the character of the individual composer, the ensemble devised a cohesive element to lend unity to the entire recording: "The Shorty," a brief composition derived from each of the seven original works. The creative twist was that these variations were to be composed by a fellow BJU artist. "We literally drew names from a hat to pick which composition was to be our 'assignment.' Whether inspired by a melodic phrase, a harmonic structure or simply the vibe of the initial work, each 'Shorty' in turn, found its own character," explained Owen Howard (from the liner notes).

1. Burned Out (Owen Howard) 01:53
2. Our Last Hora (Tammy Scheffer) 05:14
3. Now What? (Anne Mette Iversen) 01:17
4. Someone's Blues (Adam Kolker) 06:51
5. Circular (David Cook) 02:24
6. Ex-communication (David Smith) 05:59
7. Ultralinear (David Smith) 01:06
8. Along the Lines (Anne Mette Iversen) 06:29   
9. The Green Pastures of Brooklyn, NY (Tammy Scheffer) 01:03
10.Cowboys and Indians (Owen Howard) 10:37
11.Reds and Yellows Too (David Smith) 01:29
12.Fort Pierce (David Cook) 07:23
13.Y (Rob Garcia) 04:54
14.This Is Why (Adam Kolker) 01:34 


Tammy Scheffer - voice
David Smith - trumpet
Adam Kolker - tenor sax & bass clarinet
David Cook - piano
Anne Mette Iversen - bass
Rob Garcia - drums
Owen Howard - drums

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



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John Tropea - Gotcha Rhythm Right Here (2014)


Source: CdBaby
Label: Stp Records


John Tropea is one of the most admired and highly regarded guitar players of his generation. His playing shows a vast knowledge and respect for the tradition of the instrument as well as an original style that continues to define how the guitar best serves a wide variety of musical styles. He is a musician’s musician who attracts the finest players for his own projects.
Tropea has written for and played with major recording artists from around the world. In his long career, his contributions to other artist’s successes have been numerous, including his solo work with Deodato, (2001 theme), projects with Laura Nyro, Harry Chapin (Cat’s in the Cradle), Paul Simon (Fifty Ways), Alice Cooper (Goes to Hell), Eric Clapton (Journey Man), Dr. John, and many others. He is also a composer, arranger, and producer whose vital work is ably demonstrated by his personal projects. Tropea has a deserved worldwide reputation as an artist of quality among both audiences and other musicians. 
Tropea began guitar studies at the age of 12. His musical education continued at Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz guitar, harmony, composition, and big band arranging. Immediately after arriving in Boston, Tropea began playing live R & B and jazz gigs with many different bands in the area, including The Three Degrees. Influenced by Wes Montgomery, Johnny Smith, Louis Bonfa, Pat Martino, and George Benson, it was at this time that Tropea began to absorb those influences into an original style of his own. Also among his mentors at the time were the great B3 organ players Jack McDuff and Jimmy Smith.  Read more...


1. Gotcha Rhythm Right Here, Part 1
(J. Tropea & C. Palmaro)
John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3, piano, bass and drums

2. Black Eyed G’s
(Composed and Arranged by Leon Pendarvis)
John Tropea-guitars, Leon Pendarvis-piano, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3
Shawn Pelton-drums, Neil Jason-bass, Bob Millikan-trumpet, Lou Marini-alto sax,
Dave Mann-tenor sax, Larry Farrell-trombone, Roger Rosenberg-bari sax

3. Soul Surfin’
(S. Pelton, J. Tropea & C. Palmaro)
Shawn Pelton-drums, John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3,
Neil Jason-bass, Glenn Drews-trumpet, Bob Millikan-trumpet, Larry Farrell-trombone,
Lou Marini-alto sax, Dave Mann-tenor sax, Roger Rosenberg-bari sax,
Scott Robinson-bass sax (and fills)

4. 7th Avenue South
(J. Tropea & C. Palmaro)
Clint de Ganon-drums, John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3 and piano,
Neil Jason-bass, Roger Squitero-percussion, Glenn Drews-trumpet, Lew Soloff-trumpet,
Larry Farrell-trombone, Lou Marini-alto sax, Dave Mann-tenor sax, Dave Riekenberg-bari sax


5. Chili Wa Man
(J. Tropea,C. Palmaro & S Pelton)
Shawn Pelton-drums, John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3 and rhodes,
Neil Jason-bass, Don Harris-trumpet , Bob Malach-tenor sax, Bill Harris-alto sax


6. Always in my Heart
(J. Tropea & C. Palmaro)
Clint de Ganon-drums, John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3, piano, rhodes and strings, Will Lee-bass, Lou Marini-flutes

7. Side by Two
(J. Tropea & C. Palmaro)
Hanan Rubinstein-guest guitarist (on right and 1st solo), Lee Finkelstein-drums,
John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3, Eric Udel-bass, Glenn Drews-trumpet,
Dave Mann-tenor sax, Larry Farrell-trombone, Roger Rosenberg-bari sax

8. Bikini Beach
(J. Tropea & C. Palmaro)
Cliff Almond-drums, John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3, piano and strings,
Neil Jason-bass, Dave Mann-tenor sax solo, Roger Squitero-percussion, Randy Brecker-trumpet,
Glenn Drews-trumpet, Larry Farrell-trombone, Lou Marini-alto sax, Bill Harris-tenor sax, Roger Rosenberg-bari sax

9. Les is Moe’
(J. Tropea & C. Palmaro)
Cliff Almond-drums, John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3 and piano,
Zev Katz-bass, Lou Marini-flute, Lew Soloff-flugelhorn, Larry Farrell-trombone

10. NYC Direct 2014
(J. Tropea)
Cliff Almond-drums, John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3 and piano, Neil Jason-bass,
Randy Brecker-trumpet and solo, ­Glenn Drews-trumpet, Larry Farrell-trombone, Lou Marini-alto sax,
Bill Harris-tenor sax, Roger Rosenberg-bari sax

11. Hip To The Hips
(J. Tropea & C. Palmaro)
Steve Gadd-drums, John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3,
Neil Jason-bass, Duke Gadd-percussion, Lou Marini-tenor saxes, Scott Robinson-bass sax


12. Gotcha Rhythm Right Here, Part 2 6:47
(J. Tropea & C. Palmaro)
Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3, piano, rhodes, strings, percussion and drums, John Tropea-guitars,
Neil Jason-bass, Glenn Drews-trumpet, Don Harris-trumpet, Larry Farrell-trombone,
Lou Marin-alto sax, Bill Harris-tenor sax, Roger Rosenberg-bari saxes, James "D-Train" Williams-vocals

13. Boulevard Strut (Bonus Track) 5:58
(J. Tropea & C. Palmaro)
Keith Karlock-drums, John Tropea-guitars, Chris Palmaro-Hammond B3 and percussion,
Will Lee-bass, Tommy McDonnell-percussion, Don Harris-trumpet, Lou Marini-tenor sax,
Larry Farrell-trombone, Bill Harris-bari sax, Rallybop-vocals

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


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Roscoe Mitchell Quartet - Live At 'A Space' 1975



Only the most modern of listeners will be able to get with this 38-year-old music. Its barriers to entry are extreme. It comes from two nights in 1975 at A Space, an artist-run gallery in downtown Toronto which, in 2013, is still open for business. Four of the eight tracks were released on the Canadian Sackville label, on LP in 1976 and on CD in 2002; four tracks are previously unissued. The band is Roscoe Mitchell (reeds); George Lewis, a 23-year-old in his debut recording (trombone); Muhal Richard Abrams (piano) and Spencer Barefield (guitar).

In 1975, Mitchell’s primary affiliation was the Art Ensemble of Chicago. The quartet at A Space has more in common with the European and American classical avant-garde. READ MORE... Lewis’ blats in the right channel sound entirely disassociated from Mitchell’s chirps in the left. It is startling when seemingly random utterances coincide and the two arrive at rough unisons. Barefield does not “play” the guitar but occasionally inserts motivational strums or vivid configurations of color. Abrams is the voice of reason, picking his spots, spilling beautiful, comprehensible effusions between and around Mitchell and Lewis.

In these stark sonic landscapes, there are almost no melodic or harmonic or rhythmic plotting points. Most of the whirring and murmuring on “Tnoona” cannot even be identified by instrument. Yet there are moments of epiphany, when irrational gestures, emerging from silence, gain access to previously inaccessible regions of the subconscious. Some of the experiments fail: “Olobo” simply lays there, inert, an interminable 10-minute trombone solo.

The first two tracks, new to the world, are valuable discoveries. “Prelude to Naima” contains fragments of Coltrane’s song, dramatically slowed to an episodic nine-minute contemplation, outside time. It dawns like breaking light when it becomes, for three minutes, the actual “Naima,” rapt and obsessed.

Roscoe Mitchell: saxophones
Muhal Richard Abrams: piano
George Lewis: trombone
Spencer Barefield: guitar

1. Prelude to Naima
2. Naima
3. Tnoona
4. Music for Trombone & B Flat Soprano
5. Cards
6. Olobo
7. Dastura
8. Nonaah

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


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Roscoe Mitchell - Four Compositions (1987)


ROSCOE MITCHELL, through his participation in the establishment of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and as a founding member of the world-renowned Art Ensemble of Chicago, was instrumental in creating the body of musical literature that ushered in the post-Coltrane period. Mr. Mitchell  has received numerous awards and grants including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB), Vilas Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a research grant from Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustic Musique (IRCAM) in Paris, France. He founded the “Creative Arts Collective” (CAC) of East Lansing, Michigan and he is the founder/leader of the Sound Ensemble and a co-founder of the trio, Space.

Roscoe Mitchell’s innovations as a solo performer, his role in the resurrection of long-neglected woodwind instruments of extreme register, and his reassertion of the composer into what has traditionally been an improvisational form, have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music for over twenty years.

GLENN BOWEN earned a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, and has played principal clarinet with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Arkansas State Orchestra and the Ballet Theater Orchestra. Now a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he has also performed with the New York Woodwind Quintet and taught at North Dakota State University, Concordia University, Northwestern University and Lawrence University.

TOM BUCKNER has performed with Roscoe Mitchell throughout the United States and Europe since 1979 as a member of the trio Space. He founded the 22-piece Arch Ensemble for experimental music in Berkeley, CA in 1975, performing and recording works of established twentieth-century masters such as Luigi Dallapiccola and premiering many works of American composers, including Roscoe Mitchell, Robert Ericson and Robert Ashley. Most recently he has been touring with Ashley’s Atalanta (Acts of God), performing as guest soloist with new music ensembles in New York and at music festivals around the country, and giving solo recitals. His singing of both early music and twentieth-century music has been recorded on the 1750 Arch, Musical Heritage, Black Saint and Lovely Music labels.

ROBERT COLE, flutist, was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet and the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet, with whom he recorded extensively (Columbia Records), and toured throughout the USA and Europe. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with William Kincaid. Cole is also widely respected as teacher, clinician, and flute collector/historian. He is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

KAREN GIFFORD received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music from Northwestern University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has performed as a member of the USC Woodwind Quartet as well as the USC Symphony and Opera Orchestra.

RICHARD LOTTRIDGE played for seven years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and earned an Artist’s Diploma from the Curtis Institute, a Bachelor of Music from Yale University and a Master of Music from the American Conservatory in Chicago. Currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he has been awarded two fellowships to the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood and can be heard in a solo recital on Golden Crest Records.

VARTAN MANOOGIAN, soloist, ensemble musician, and concert master, has performed on five continents. In New York and at  the Library of congress in Washington DC, he has premiered the works of such living composers as Milton Babbitt and Christobal Halffer. He graduated from the Paris conservatory and the Juilliard School. After Juilliard, his career took him to Switzerland, where he was the Associate Concert Master of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and later became concert master of the famed Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Ernest Ansermet and Paul Kaletzky, with which he toured Japan. In addition, he has recorded for Vox and Musical Heritage. Recently, as conductor and violinist, he videotaped the “Guide to Orchestral Bowing through Musical Styles.” Mr. Manoogian is a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

GERALD OSHITA was born in Waverly, Iowa and now resides in San Francisco. He is an accomplished player of woodwind instruments including the Conn-o-sax and the contrabass sarrusophone, for which he is composing an ongoing cycle of pieces called New Compositions for Extinct Woodwinds. He has performed with Roscoe Mitchell throughout the United States and Europe since 1979 as a member of the trio Space. Mr. Oshita has collaborated with visual artists, dancers and poets, most notably a tour with Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton. He has composed, performed and recorded with pianist Yosuke Yamashita and with the Diarakuda Kan Dance Company of Tokyo. Through his study of shakuhachi with Kodo Araki V, Mr. Oshita developed a series of solo forms for woodwind instruments. His composition Cycle Textures for Chamber Orchestra was performed by the Arch Ensemble for Experimental Music in New York City and Berkeley, CA. He continues his work in the fields of sound engineering, textural/timbral experimentation and multiphonics.

BRIAN W. SMITH, composer/multi-bassist, was born in Chicago, IL. Initially self-taught, Brian studied extensively with Joseph Guastefest (principal bassist with the Chicago Symphony) while a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Later, as the first recipient of the prestigious Charles Clark Memorial Scholarship, Mr. Smith continued his studies and became a member of the Florida Symphony Orchestra’s bass section. He then studied composition and conducting under Ralph Shapey at the University of Chicago.

While in Chicago, Smith performed with Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, and the legendary Von Freeman. Arriving in New York City in 1976, Brian performed with many musicians including Philly Joe Jones, Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Dewey Redman and Lionel Hampton. Additionally, he composes for and performs in his own ensembles. In 1979, he founded and became musical director of the World Bass Violin Ensemble. The WBVE has performed in Canada, the United States and is planning a European tour.

JOAN WILDMAN, performer and composer, is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who teaches Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation, and synthesizer performance. A native of Nebraska, she received her DMA from the University of Oregon in 1977 and has taught at Central Michigan University and the University of Maine. Both as a solo pianist and with her trio, she performs throughout the mid-west and the east coast. In 1987, she received the chancellor’s creative arts award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in recognition of her work in performance and composition.


1. Nonaah 11:58
Bassoon – Richard Lottridge
Flute – Robert Cole
Piano – Joan Wildman

2. Duet For Wind & String 7:17
Alto Saxophone – Roscoe Mitchell
Violin – Vartan Manoogian

3. Cutouts 9:34
Bassoon – Richard Lottridge
Clarinet – Glen Bowen
Ensemble – Wingra Woodwind Quintet
Flute – Karen Gifford
Horn – Douglas Hill
Oboe – Marc Fink

4. Prelude 10:08
Bass Saxophone – Roscoe Mitchell
Contrabass [Contrabass Sarrusophone] – Gerald Oshita
Contrabass [Triple Contrabass Viol] – Brian Smith (3)
Recorded By – Dean Roumanis
Voice – Tom Buckner

Produced for 1750 Arch, Inc. 
Tracks 1 to 3 recorded at Mills Hall, the University of Wisconsin, Madison on the Mark Levinson Recording System. 
Track 4 was recorded at the Center for Education and Arts, New Haven, Connecticut, on the Mark Levinson Recording System. 
Partial funding for the recording of track 4 was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


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Roscoe Mitchell - Roscoe Mitchell and The Sound and Space Ensembles (1984)


Wherein composer/multi-instrumentalist Mitchell mixes and matches two of his regular working groups of the early '80s, the free-flowing and often funky Sound Ensemble and the more academic Space Ensemble. The first track, with the latter group, is Mitchell at his most arid and sterile, with vocalist Tom Buckner portentously intoning words that presumably roll off the tongue nicely, while two horns offer scattered background. Contrast that with the ensuing "You Wastin' My Time," a raucous, quasi-rap number (with Mitchell on vocals!) which is messy, all over the place, a little bit silly, but brimming with life. The Sound Ensemble, with Mike Mossman replacing original member Hugh Ragin, wends its way through two delicate improvisations and also launches into the grooving "Linefine Lyon Seven" with rich, funky lead lines, fine collective improv, and jaunty soloing. Unfortunately, the album ends with another lengthy track similar to the first, where preciousness overwhelms sensitivity, with the result being more a dry exercise than an organic whole. For serious Mitchell fans, this is worth having for the highlights; newcomers might find an easier "in" with the slightly earlier and utterly wonderful Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin' Shoes on Nessa. allmusic.com

1. Words 11:15
Saxophone [Alto] – Roscoe Mitchell
Saxophone [Baritone] – Gerald Oshita
Voice [Tenor] – Tom Buckner

2. You Wastin' My Tyme 4:02
Lead Vocals, Saxophone [Alto, Bass] – Roscoe Mitchell
Saxophone [Baritone, Tenor], Wind [Contrabass Sarrusophone] – Gerald Oshita
Trumpet, Trumpet [Piccolo], Percussion – Mike Mossman*
Vocals, Bass [Electric], Percussion – Jaribu Shahid
Vocals, Drums, Bongos – Tani Tabbal
Vocals, Guitar, Percussion – Spencer Barefield

3. Views A, B And C 4:28
Bass – Jaribu Shahid
Drums – Tani Tabbal
Guitar – Spencer Barefield
Saxophone [Soprano] – Roscoe Mitchell
Trumpet – Mike Mossman

4. Linefine Lyon Seven 8:00
Bass – Jaribu Shahid
Drums – Tani Tabbal
Guitar – Spencer Barefield
Saxophone [Alto] – Roscoe Mitchell
Saxophone [Baritone] – Gerald Oshita
Trumpet – Mike Mossman

5. View D 2:10
Bass – Jaribu Shahid
Drums – Tani Tabbal
Guitar – Spencer Barefield
Saxophone [Soprano] – Roscoe Mitchell
Trumpet – Mike Mossman

6. Variations On Sketches From Bamboo 12:10
Bass – Jaribu Shahid
Drums – Tani Tabbal
Flugelhorn – Mike Mossman
Guitar – Spencer Barefield
Saxophone [Tenor] – Roscoe Mitchell
Voice [Tenor] – Tom Buckner
Wind [Mezzosoprano Conn-o-saxophone] – Gerald Oshita

Recorded 2, 3 June 1983 at Barigozzi Studios, Milano, Italy

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


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