viernes, 12 de septiembre de 2014

Nathan Davis - Happy Girl 1965 (2006)


Nathan Davis spent some time living and working in Europe in the mid-'60s before returning to the United States to serve in jazz education. On this date for MPS he is joined by trumpeter Woody Shaw, Larry Young (on piano rather than organ), bassist Jimmy Woode and drummer Billy Brooks. His happy "The Flute in the Blues" showcases his lighthearted flute playing, accompanied only by bass and drums. His big tone on tenor sax in the standard ballad "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" is somewhat suggestive of John Coltrane, but with a stronger vibrato. His original "Evolution" has an exotic sound like the kind of post-bop material that was recorded by various Blue Note artists a year or two later. Shaw contributed the fascinating "Theme From Zoltan," which showcases Brooks' inventive polyrhythms and Woodes adventurous bass, backing strong solos by the trumpeter and the leader (on tenor sax). The jaunty, angular blues "Along Came Byrd" finds Davis holding his own on soprano sax. Ken Dryden, All Music Guide.

1. The Flute In The Blues
2. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
3. Happy Girl
4. Evolution
5. Theme From Zoltan
6. Along Came Byrd
7. Mister E.

Bass – Jimmy Woode
Drums – Billy Brooks 
Piano – Larry Young 
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Nathan Davis
Trumpet – Woody Shaw

About this release
SABA – SB 15025 ST (Germany)

Recorded – January 31, 1965, Saba Tonstudio, Villingen/Schwarzwald


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THE AUCTION PROJECT - SLINK (2014)


Source: WBGO
Label: Music Bix


The Auction Project's album Slink stakes out uncommon musical territory, a place where Celtic reels merge with gospel and funk, as if it were the most natural thing on earth.
In these hands, this combination does sound perfectly natural, and at times transcendent - with Dave Bixler on alto sax, Heather Martin Bixler on violin, Arturo O'Farrill on piano, Carlo De Rosa on bass and Vince Cherico on drums, with a guest appearance by Mike Stern on electric guitar.
"Marquis of Huntley" is one track that demonstrates the unlikely chemistry between these two genres: Heather Martin Bixler takes the Scottish Strathspey dance rhythm and folds it into Cherico's funky groove.
"Richie Dwyer's Reel" takes an Irish tune down a different path, into straight-ahead swing. On "Heron's Egg," O'Farrill and De Rosa find inspiration in the syncopated pattern of an Irish jig to take flight into a Cuban fantasy.
Heather Martin Bixler's violin offers several of the album's most revelatory moments: she takes "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," a nineteenth-century ballad of Irish rebellion, and turns it into a quiet duet with O'Farrill, which sets an evocative scene with just the right measures of jazz improvisation and Irish ornamentation. 
Her hymn-like composition "Workmanship" closes the album, with high lonesome touches on guitar added by Stern. As elsewhere of this album, no one overplays, which only adds to the flavor.
"The trust and absence of unnecessary ego result in moments of trapeze-like abandonment," says O'Farrill, "where it feels like flying."   - Tim Wilkins -


Bear Island Reel
Cleveland
Slink
Richie Dwyer's Reel
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Heron's Egg
Marquis of Huntley
Angry White Man
Workmanshi

Arturo O'Farrill (piano)
Carlo De Rosa (bass)
Vince Cherico (drums)
Heather Martin Bixler(violin)
David Bixler (saxes)

Special Guest:
Mike Stern (guitar) #3, #9


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



GAB
 

Enrico Pieranunzi e Ada Montellanico - Danza di una Ninfa (Storie di Tenco) 2005


Source: Jazzitalia
Era la notte di un freddo inverno, quella del 27 gennaio 1967. Un colpo di pistola squarcia il silenzio e la camera 219 della dependance del Savoy si riempie di morte: Luigi Tenco, genio incompreso, si toglie la vita. Tronca la sua breve, ma intensa esistenza, non prima di aver lasciato un messaggio di protesta: "Io ho voluto molto bene al pubblico italiano – scrisse quel figlio di contadino - e gli ho dedicato, inutilmente, cinque anni della mia vita. Faccio questo, non perché stanco della vita (tutt'altro), ma come atto di protesta contro un pubblico che manda 'Io tu e le rose' in finale e ad una commissione che seleziona 'La rivoluzione'. Spero che serva a chiarire le idee a qualcuno. Ciao. Luigi". Che il suo gesto abbia chiarito le idee a chi sta nella "stanza dei bottoni" al Festival di Sanremo, non è certo assodato. Ma una cosa è certa, e Danza di una ninfa né è la conferma, Luigi Tenco ha lasciato un messaggio di sé fortissimo. Indelebile! READ MORE...


01. Mi sono innamorato di te
02. Da quando
03. Mia cara amica
04. Quasi sera
05. Danza di una ninfa sul lago
06. Che cos’è?
07. Ho capito che ti amo
08. Il tempo passò
09. In qualche parte del mondo
10. O me

Ada Montellanico - voce
Enrico Pieranunzi - pianoforte, arrangiamenti
Paul McCandless - sax soprano, oboe, corno inglese, clarinetto basso, flauto
Bebo Ferra - chitarra
Piero Salvatori - violoncello
Luca Bulgarelli - contrabbasso
Michele Rabbia - batteria, percussioni
Arkè String Quartet


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