miércoles, 8 de octubre de 2014

David Murray - Antiquated Love (1995)

Antiquated Love_Front (Custom)

01 - Antiquated Love
02 - Ancient Dancer
03 - Intuitively
04 - En Guzel Deniz
05 - Without Rhyme Or Reason
06 - I See Your Face Before Me
07 - I Thought About You (For Tom)
08 - Peaceful Heart / Gently Spint
09 - Istanblue

Line Up:
Ozay - vocals *
David Murray - saxophones
Chico Freeman - saxophones
Kirk Lightsey - piano
D.D. Jackson - piano
Calvin Jones - bass
Pheeroan AkLaff - drums
Billy Bang - violin

 *Ozay Fecht (born 1953) is a Turkish-German actress and jazz singer.


Simon Toldam Trio - Kig Op 14 (2014)

"Kig Op 14" is the first album of a duology recorded by Simon Toldam Trio in a feverish two-day session in Copenhagen, Denmark.

It consists of a dozen Toldam compositions tracked live in the studio to analog tape. Each piece relates to what you might see when taking a moment to simply stop and look up ... trees, sky, church towers, clouds, nothingness, endlessness, birds, ether ... everyday things we often forget in our everyday lives.

The music distills to pure essence the playful atmosphere of the ST3 debut album "Sunshine Sunshine or Green as Grass". Twelve explorations of various moods and rhythms take the trio from minimalistic acoustic soundscapes to folkish piano hymns to tuneful swings and ballads. The effect is much like bearing witness to the random blue world above us.

Drummer Knut Finsrud and bass player Nils Davidsen once again complete this versatile and vibrant trio. Whether it’s swinging, mooding, noising or silencing, the interplay between these three shows their stunningly ability to breathe and blow as one musical organism.

The two sessions were overseen by New York poet-producer Neill Furio, who encouraged a spontaneous in-studio intensity to distill and document the thunderous storms, prayerful reverence, and haiku-like quietude of the trio.

In April of 2015, the second half of the trio's sonic duology, "Kig Op 15" will be released. It will continue ST3's aural essay into the ups and downs of looking up.

Simon Toldam is one of Scandinavia’s most exciting and acclaimed musicians. He has received four Danish Jazz Grammys, is a member of the remarkable Danish jazz/avant-garde label ILK and has released ten CDs as leader/co-leader.

Aside from Simon Toldam Trio and STORK, he’s a member of Dutch drum legend Han Bennink’s trio, which released two celebrated albums on ILK. Additionally, Toldam has collaborated with Evan Parker, Peter Brötzmann, Misha Mengelberg, Tristan Honsinger, Chris Speed, Dave Douglas, Eivind Aarset, Nils-Petter Molvær, Marilyn Mazur and Eggs Laid By Tigers

Simon Toldam: piano
Nils Bo Davidsen: bass
Knut Finsrud: drums, percussion

01. Step
02. Glasperle på Himmelbjerget
03. Op, Ned, Sol, Måne
04. Propel
05. Se, en fugle kigger ned
06. Luftkaligrafi
07. Den evige gren
08. N. S. Ø. V.
09. Kan skyerne spoles frem?
10. Kirkespir & Minaret
11. Røgsignal
12. Flying V over Appenæs

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Simon Toldam Trio - LUFTKALLIGRAFI (Official) from Simon Toldam on Vimeo.

Quadraceratops - Quadraceratops (2014)

Source: allaboutjazz
Label: Efpi Records

It's a question that's puzzled and divided jazz fans and critics alike, since before Louis Armstrong left New Orleans. There's been no sign of resolution and the dissent continues as the jazz world wrestles with this thorniest of debates. Just what is the best-est dinosaur ever? The music on this self-titled debut provides the answer—it's the Quadraceratops.

This particular Quadraceratops is a London-based septet led by alto saxophonist and composer Cath Roberts, who brought the band together in 2011. As befits a band named after a dinosaur (albeit an imaginary one), the full-on Quadraceratops can rattle the rafters with the best of them. Imagine Woody Herman's Thundering Herd if it was a herd of four-horned monsters. It has its softer moments, too: tunes often begin relatively sedately, just one or two instruments, before the band opens up.

"Dinner With Patrick" opens quietly, Dave O'Brien 's Rhodes and a couple of bars from the horns suggesting that something akin to Miles Davis' Birth Of The Cool might be on its way. Once the rhythm section kicks in—Olly Blackman's piledriving drum beat at its heart—things get stranger and louder. There's a cheeky sense of humor at work here, as well as a keen sense of dynamics. If it sounds like the dinner is not going too well, that may be because the titular Patrick is Patrick Bateman, anti-hero of Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho.

Quadraceratops doesn't just do loud or strange. It's quite capable of laying down a hypnotic groove ("Song For The Worker Bee," the insinuating riff of "Chair-O-Planes"), crafting a gentle ballad ("Spiderling," featuring O'Brien on piano) or mixing quiet, almost introspective, ensemble passages with Henry Spencer's free-blowing trumpet ("Calico," the name of Roberts' cat). Roberts' compositions give plenty of space for solos—the prog-inspired "Flying South" serves as a foundation for a range of solos including those of bassist Jason Simpson and trombonist Magnus Dearness .

There's a lovely "home-made" feel to the album's rather tactile cover—a simple black print on rough grey card, produced by Roberts herself—which shows the Quadraceratops to be a cheerful, friendly beast. It's a musically adventurous one as well, with the power and talent to realize that adventurous streak.
Track Listing: Dinner With Patrick; Song For The Worker Bee; Chair-O-Planes; Open Sandwich; Spiderling; Calico; Flying South.
Personnel: Cath Roberts: alto saxophone; Tom Ward: tenor saxophone; Henry Spencer: trumpet; Magnus Dearness: trombone; Dave O'Brien: Fender Rhodes, piano; Jason Simpson: double bass; Olly Blackman: drums.  - Bruce Lindsay -

1. Dinner With Patrick 06:48
2. Song For The Worker Bee 07:29
3. Chair-o-planes 09:17
4. Open Sandwich 05:21
5. Spiderling 03:56
6. Calico 06:46
7. Flying South 11:14
Cath Roberts : alto saxophone
Tom Ward : tenor saxophone
Magnus Dearness : trombone
Henry Spencer : trumpet
Dave O'Brien : Fender Rhodes, piano
Jason Simpson : double bass
Olly Blackman : drums

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


Steve Barry - Puzzles (2014)

Source: Steve Barry

The stimulus for this recording was the prize I received at the National Jazz Awards in 2013, a part of which was a generous donation from Niko Schauble for day in his studio in Melbourne. The resulting album is a sort of mosaic of music - some written two years ago and some written in the weeks before the session - yet the pieces somehow come together as a unified, albeit kaleidoscopic puzzle.


This piece evolved entirely from the opening chord of "Paradox of Choice" (a major 7 with a flattened ninth) into a sort of stand alone prelude.

Paradox of Choice

Sometimes having a lot of choice makes it harder to choose.


A 16 bar cycle of chords based on stacked triads.


Written for things left unsaid.

Heraclitus’ Riverbed

I wrote this after reading Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, particularly in response to a part where Kundera discusses the idea that various objects or people in our lives carry different meanings at different times. The melody of the song evolves through a series of fairly different chord changes, while still retaining its initial essence.


I wrote this melody sitting on a wall of the Fortezza Medicea in Siena, Italy at sunset looking out at the Tuscan fields during a couple of months traveling through Europe.


Again, this tune is derived from an initial melodic idea which appears in different forms and contexts throughout the piece.


One morning I just finished a new tune before a rehearsal and quickly sketched it out for the rest of the band. It was so badly done that one of the guys commented the notation looked like Japanese characters…and named the tune in the process.


This is a fragment from a longer tune that seemed to fit nicely as a short feature for Tim.

Cosmic Love Child

I’ve always loved playing standards. Cosmic is inspired by Lennie Tristano and the school of musicians that developed around him in New York during the 1950s and subsequently over future generations. It brings together two of my favourite standards, East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) and (very vaguely) George Shearing’s Conception. Here Dave and I close the album playing duo, sneaking around the changes before playing the melody out.

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


Carmen Lundy - Soul to Soul (2014)

Source: Carmen Lundy

Album Features A Myriad Of Special Guests Including Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Simphiwe Dana, Bennie Maupin, Carol Robbins, Patrice Rushen, Warren Wolf And More

Los Angeles, California.  “Soul To Soul,” a passionate new song cycle from vocalist, songwriter, producer and musician Carmen Lundy, is set for release September 23rd, 2014 via Afrasia Productions.  “Soul To Soul”, Lundy’s 14th album, is the next chapter in her critically-acclaimed career as both a musical artist and a visual artist; a return to her roots but also an exploration of these roots -- and the journey that those roots can take you on.  The release of “Soul To Soul” will be accompanied by tour dates both in the U.S. and overseas.

Carmen Lundy began working on “Soul To Soul” well over a year ago in a very hands-on manner – literally composing, co-composing and arranging eleven of the thirteen tracks and then playing and recording all the instruments - including bass, drums, piano, guitar and percussion - in her home studio to get a working “feel” for how the music might sound. She then “sweetened” the songs by adding string sounds and other software instruments to elaborate and experiment with the aural mood of each track, interpreting and identifying with each track’s sound individually as well as part of the overall song sequence.  On the final CD, Lundy plays guitar on all tracks, piano and Rhodes on many tracks, and drums on two.

“I wrote the music with specific players in mind for each respective instrument,” says Lundy.  “My producer and label co-owner Elisabeth Oei encouraged me to reach out to those musicians whose music I have loved and have been inspired by; some of whom I had worked with but never recorded with. I consider these artists specialists on their instruments.  These are players who bring a distinctive sound to everything they play andadd another layer of individuality to my original music.”

Patrice Rushen, for example, is featured on nearly every track on “Soul To Soul” because of the deep musical connection Carmen felt with her.  “I could hear her sound in my music,” says Lundy, “Patrice creates these beautiful sonic palettes from which I could soar freely through the music.  This project would not be as special to me if it were not for her incredible contribution.”

Featuring the stellar talents of guest artists Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Mayra Casales, Simphiwe Dana, Bennie Maupin, Carol Robbins, Ada Rovatti, and Warren Wolf along with Carmen’s core rhythm section members Darryl Hall and Jamison Ross , “Soul To Soul” invites the listener on an intriguing journey. Whether the source of inspiration comes from time spent in Sardinia, Italy (“Soul To Soul” and “Sardegna”) or from her hometown of Miami in the songs “Kindred Spirits” and “Grateful” – “It’s important to acknowledge and remember where you come from and all those who provide unwavering moral support” says Lundy; from the beauty of Mary Lou Williams’ “What’s Your Story, Morning Glory” - “Geri Allen and I have spent many years performing the works of this great pianist,” Lundy remarks, “I could not miss the chance to have yet another of the great pianists/composers of our time be a part of this musical journey”; to the sexy bossa nova beat of “Everything I Need”, the moods and moments of  “Soul To Soul” are genre-bending and traverse many borders, both literally and figuratively.

Of special note is the story of the track “Grace,” the result of a meeting with South African vocalist  Simphiwe Dana.  At the time of the meeting – which coincided with tour dates Lundy and Dana had in Johannesburg and Los Angeles – Lundy was in the process of writing the song on guitar and had been haunted by it for months.  She then played the track for Dana who immediately began to sing the melody in her native tongue, and whose contribution to the track on the CD adds yet another dimension to the journey of “Soul To Soul.”

Added Lundy, “It is an honor to have these players joining in this majestic musical adventure.  I hope listeners – both new and established - enjoy the voyage.”

Carmen Lundy is also a celebrated mixed media artist and painter, and her works have been exhibited in New York at The Jazz Gallery in Soho, at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, and at a month-long exhibition at the Madrid Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  For additional information and media requests, please contact Alisse Kingsley at Muse Media, 323-467-8508; e:  AlissetheMuse@aol.com.

Carmen Lundy (vocals, guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, programming)
Simphiwe Dana (vocals)
Carol Robbins (harp)
Bennie Maupin (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone)
Ada Rovatti (tenor saxophone)
Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Patrice Rushen (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards)
Geri Allen (piano, Fender Rhodes piano)
Warren Wolf (vibraphone)
Darryl Hall (acoustic bass, electric bass)
Jamison Ross (drums, percussion)
Mayra Casales (congas, percussion)

01. Kindred Spirits
02. Life is a Song In Me
03. Soul To Soul
04. When Will They Learn
05. Daybreak
06. Between Darkness and Dawn
07. Grace
08. Grateful, Pt. 1
09. Grateful, Pt. 2
10. Everything I Need
11. Don't You Know How I Feel
12. Sardegna
13. What's Your Story, Morning Glory

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins