lunes, 17 de noviembre de 2014

João Lencastre's Communion - What Is This All About? (2014)

Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Joao Lencastre is a drummer/composer native from Lisbon. Started playing the drums at the age of 13 and he is now one of the most active and creative musicians on the Portuguese musical scene. He has played all different kinds of music, from avant garde Jazz to mainstream,Alternative Rock, Afro Beat, Reggae, Metal, World,Electronic/Dance, etc.

His interest in jazz started when he first joined the Hot Club Jazz School in 1995, where he studied with the drummer Bruno Pedroso.

Apart from Portugal, has also played in different venues around the world, including New York, Czech Republic, England, Poland, Spain and Panama.

Over the years, JL had extensive training and practice, in order to stay continuously up to date on new styles and improve his knowledge and skills, which included private lessons with some top drummers, either in England, with Mark Mondesir or in New York, with Ralph Peterson, Billy Kilson, Ari Hoenig and Dan Weiss.

Has played and/or recorded with David Binney, Bill Carrothers, Andre Fernandes, Mario Franco, Thomas Morgan,Jacob Sacks,Afonso Pais,Carlos Barreto, Phil Grenadier, Andre Matos, Demian Cabaud,Leo Genovese,Johannes Krieger, Peter Bernstein, Masa Kamaguchi, Benny Lackner, Nelson Cascais, Spill, Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva, Vojtech Porchaska, David Doruzka,Noah Preminger,Russ Johnson,Sean Conly,Randy Ingram, Demian Cabaud, Jeremy Stratton, Tiago Bettencourt & Mantha, Blasted Mechanism, Jacinta, Cacique 97, Philharmonic Weed, among many others.

Lencastre has put out four records as a leader with his group Communion,One! and B-Sides for Fresh Sound/New Talent and his latest Sound it Out for TOAP Records, all with great national and international reviews on some of the most prestigious magazines, Modern Drummer, Jazz Times, Ipslon, Jazz.PT, All About Jazz, NYC Jazz Record, just to name a few...
The fourth Communion record, featuring David Binney, Phil Grenadier, Jacob Sacks, Thomas Morgan, Andre Matos, plus guests Sara Serpa, Tiago Bettencourt, Ary and Benny Lackner, comes out in November 2014 on Auand Records.

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


Gaël Horellou Organ Trio - Roy (2014)

Source & Label: Petit Label
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Roy pour Roy Haynes, Dexter pour Dexter Gordon …? Le ton est donné dès les deux premiers titres de ce quatrième album en trio de Gaël Horellou sous ce label : ce sera acoustique et jazz, très jazz. Le leader y retrouve le batteur Antoine Paganotti plus en forme que jamais, et pour la première fois le pianiste Frédéric Nardin, ici à l’Hammond B3 pour un trio tout neuf mais qui fleure bon les années soixante et le Soul Brother Spirit. On y retrouve un Gaël Horellou très lyrique, que ce soit sur des standards ou des compositions personnelles, dont les ingrédients, patterns rythmiques et mélodies candides sont terriblement efficaces et ludiques pour ces trois experts en terrain de jeu. Mixé par Gaël Horellou en personne, cet enregistrement agit comme les premiers rayons d’un soleil printanier, comme la caresse d’un doux vent matinal, chargé des promesses d’une chaude et lumineuse journée. Chapeau l’altiste ! 

1 – Roy
2 – Dexter
3 – This is for Albert
4 – Eilleon
5 – Allegresse
6 – Two notes fast blues
7 – Etang salé
8 – Why do i love you
9 – Palace spécial

Antoine Paganotti - Batterie
 Frédéric Nardin - Orgue Hammond B3
 Gaël Horellou - Saxophone alto

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


Tevet Sela - Lying Sun (feat. Martin Auguste, Morgan Moore & John Roney) (2014)

Tevet Sela is a Montreal based saxophonist and composer. Over the last years, Tevet has been leading his own quartet, which exclusively performs his music. In his repertoire, Tevet weaves Jazz together with elements of Klezmer, African and Middle Eastern music.

Tevet started playing classical piano at the age of 7. When he was 12 he began playing the saxophone and his interest in Jazz started to grow. At the age of 16 he started to compose his own music and began his professional musical career. Tevet soon became a much sought after session player, playing at the house bands of the most popular Israeli television shows as well as contributing solos for soundtracks and artists releases both in Israel and abroad. Among other albums Tevet played on the multi platinum ‘Idan Raichel Project’ album.

Tevet, who is also a graduate of the prestigious Thelma Yelin School of Arts, has toured in France and the Netherlands as it's big band featured soloist. In addition, Tevet holds a Diploma in music education, and has over the years won several scholarships of the America-Israel cultural fund.

Tevet has enjoyed the Israeli Foreign Ministry's endorsement on several projects such as representing Israel in an international UNICEF benefit concert. This concert was broadcasted from the Netherlands to 35 countries throughout the world and featured international artists such as: David Bowie, Des'ree, Youssou N'doure, Al Jarreau, and more.

In the year 2000 Tevet established his own band and started to record and perform his original compositions. In the spring of 2003 Tevet's debut album 'Tevet Sela' was released and followed by a tour in international jazz festivals and venues, both in Israel and abroad. Tevet's live concerts generate interest and enthusiasm by both European and Israeli audience. His music is frequently played by radio stations around the world including the BBC Radio, and leading Jazz stations in the USA. The debut album was nominated for the 'jazz album of the year' and the 'jazz composition of the year' awards at the JPF Music Awards 2006.

Tevet released his second cd entitled ‘Coming True’ in 2007. The album was recorded in a quartet setting and continues the adventurous spirit of Tevet’s debut album but with a more jazz-funk flavor to it. It displays Tevet’s evolving writing, arranging and producing abilities. Again this album had gained a lot of exposure and Tevet’s quartet toured and performed in supporting of this album.

In January 2010 Tevet has brought to life yet another refreshing musical project in his third release ‘Jazz flute’. Soon after its release, the album became one of the best iTunes sellers in its category.

Tevet Sela – Alto & Soprano Saxophones
John Roney – Piano
Morgan Moore – Bass
Martin Auguste – Drums

01. Lying Sun
02. Nuit Blanche
03. Longing
04. Genie Is Out
05. Getting Younger
06. Field of Dreams
07. Morganic
08. Just a Thought
09. Hedge Maze