martes, 21 de octubre de 2014

Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces - Red (2014)

“If you haven’t checked out his work yet, you have some catch-up ball to play.” – Jazz Now

“Wright’s compositions retain the hot and soulful feel of hard bop, while sometimes drawing on elements of third stream and/or fusion. Almost a fused tradition with unique and unexplored realms of jazz; keeping one foot in tradition, while the other foot is stepping into the future.” – Jazz Sensibilities

“Here we have a rare intersection of very accessible and very original jazz. Melodic, a bit funky, often beautiful.” – KFJC 89.7 FM

“A plethora of instruments are channeled through song structures allowing the improvisation and musicianship to flat knock you out.” – Music Morsels

“Collectively, the band isn’t afraid to take huge risks in realizing Rik’s musical vision.” – Still Water Times

“This album should serve as a wake-up call to anyone who thinks Seattle music is all about post-grunge punk or gloomy singer/songwriters, or who thinks nothing new or interesting is going on in jazz.” – Tone and Groove

“Rik Wright takes classic jazz and heaps on piles of influences from across the musical spectrum, helping to perk up ears of those tired of the same old swing.” – The Oregonian

A graph of Rik Wright’s influences would read like a wave, running a gamut from jazz to rock and back again. As a guitarist he has taken on influences—often subconsciously—as varied as Andy Summers of The Police and John Abercrombie. Compositionally speaking, Wright hangs with a different crowd altogether, mingling instead with the spirits of Mingus, Monk, and Miles. Of this alliterative trio, Miles has been a decidedly conscious influence in terms of process. And in fact, as becomes obvious once you acclimate to its flow, Wright’s improvising strikes more of an affinity with horn players than guitarists. As a relatively intervallic, melodic player he prefers his wheat brewed, not shredded.

Growing up with Jeff Beck on one shoulder and Jim Hall on the other, Wright bears the mark of a generation that burned bridges between genres. His latest album builds new bridges in their place. It marks the first time in a decades-long career that he has made music purely for its own sake. And for good reason. Several years ago, Wright suffered an injury that stopped him from gigging altogether. He realized that if he were ever going to get back into the game, then it would have to be on his terms and his alone. He was inspired to write fearlessly. In that interim, the seed of what would grow into this recording was germinated, and with it the evolution of Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces.

Fundamental Forces has become the primary stage for its leader’s compositions, taking his sound to a deeper and, yes, more fundamental level. Fundamental, too, are the tunes themselves. Blending forward thinking arrangements with a core groove that listeners can tap their toe to, the album allures at every turn. With this release, Wright has stepped outside of himself. He has gotten out of his own way to let the music speak for itself.

1. (She's So) Fragmented
2. Yearning
3. Subtle Energy
4. Single Angularity
5. Synesthesia

Rik Wright (guitar)
James DeJoie (alto & baritone sax, clarinet, flute)
Geoff Harper (bass)
Greg Campbell (drums, percussion)



Frank Windemuller Group - Meteorite (2014)

The music of Frank Windemuller is known for its expressiveness, authenticity and intelligence. He has a unique voice, a beautiful tone and he knows how to establish a deep musical connection with his audience.

With the Frank Windemuller Quartet he plays his own compositions, pieces in which he explores form and free improvisation, rhythm and melody on different levels. His compositions as well as his playing are a kaleidoscopic landscape of all the music he feels connected to, be it jazz, classical, free improvised or rock music. The concerts are about experiencing the moment, about constant flow and magic.
In September 2013 the Frank Windemuller Group played for a week in the Portugese 'Harmos Plural' Festival, in and around Porto.

In May 2014 the Frank Windemuller Group played in the semi finals of the Dutch Jazz Competition in the 'Bimhuis' (Amsterdam). Unfortunately they didn't reach the finals.

In May 2014 the Frank Windemuller Group released their first CD: 'METEORITE'. It was recorded in the Fattoria Musica Studios (Osnabrück, Germany) by Stephan van Wylick.

1.Children's Song 10:51
2.Meteorite 09:57
3.Mountain Song 07:34
4.The Birds 07:58
5.Like You Didn't Know 06:52
6.Chique 04:38
7.Emma 10:03
8.The Birds (Reprise) 02:09

Frank Windemuller (piano)
David Romanello (altsax)
Tom Nieuwenhuijse (drums)
Joost Verbakel (contrabas) 

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


Clifford Adams - The Master Power (1998)

In perusing the liner notes to this CD, one learns that Clifford Adams has been the longtime trombonist for Kool and the Gang and that he is quite religious (which one can also surmise from his song titles). However, both facts are actually quite irrelevant when evaluating this music, for Adams is a strong, no-nonsense improviser. His sound and style are influenced most by J.J. Johnson, and the music is primarily straight-ahead and bop-oriented. While some of his originals use familiar chord changes (for example, "Master Power" is a burning run-through on "Summertime," and "Graceful Feeling" is partly reminiscent of "My Favorite Things"), the overall results are not overly predictable. Adams is a fluent and fluid player with a warm tone, and is able to sound relaxed no matter what the tempo. Pianist Kenny Barron and the rhythm section (bassist Ray Drummond, Lewis Nash and sometimes Neil Clark on percussion) are in typically fine form, while Antonio Hart (heard on alto or soprano during four of the ten selections) is a major asset, particularly on "Darshan's Love" and "Master Power." For a change of pace, Adams sings and yodels a la Leon Thomas on "Suite Elixir of Life." All in all, this is a strong debut as a leader for Clifford Adams, a trombonist who deserves to be much better known.

Clifford Adams: Trombone
Antonio Hart: Alto and Soprano Saxophones
Kenny Barron: Piano
Ray Drummond: Bass
Lewis Nash: Drums
Neil Clark: Percussion

01. Darshan's Love
02. I Can't Get Started
03. Graceful Feeling
04. Renatyah
05. The Lord Is Always With Them (For Ravi And Farid)
06. With His Grace
07. Walkin'
08. Suite Elixir Of LIfe
09. Precious Jewel
10. Master Power

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins