lunes, 24 de noviembre de 2014

Vic Juris - A Second Look (2005)

What has Vic Juris learned from a career that's put him in the professional company of the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Phil Woods? Besides the skills and flexibility of a virtuoso guitarist, he's seemingly gained a sense of humility that leads him to disregard any impulse for the flashy stuff he could surely coax out of his ax. Even his tone-effected subtly with a haze of reverb and chorus-renders his melodies as mirages of sound, dreamy and never clamoring for attention.

On A Second Look, Juris is his usual, laidback self, and a fitting foil to the more outgoing Dave Liebman, who adds his tenor and soprano Coltrane-isms sporadically throughout. Occasionally, as in a sleepy "All the Things You Are," Juris plays his thoughtful lines on a nylon-string guitar instead of his usual electric.

Juris wrote half the tunes, and though he doesn't often strike a catchy melody of his own, his composing still intrigues because lines don't resolve as expected. He and his bandmates, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Tim Horner, never fail to find ways to play in the crevices and imbue the music with a sense of mystery and wonder, keeping it far from the redundancy of average, head-solos-head fare.

Vic Juris, guitar
Jay Anderson, bass
Tim Horner, drums
Dave Liebman, saxophone (1, 4, 9)
Kate Baker, vocals (8)

01. A Second Look
02. Barney K.
03. So In Love
04. All the Things You Are
05. Shades of Jazz
06. Very Early
07. Little Brian
08. Table for One
09. Dizzy, Trane and You
10. Indian Summer


Vic Juris - Blue Horizont (2004)

With a program of his own compositions, guitarist Vic Juris maintains a smooth concept for this dreamy project. A cool and calm sense of serenity pervades, highlighted by the blend of vibraphone and guitar timbres. Spanish classical guitar has left a significant impression as the composer paints pictures of various pastoral themes.

"889," the session's only up-tempo romp, emphasizes the leader's masterful technique and his powerful sense of swing. With Joe Locke, he lights fires along the road to straight-ahead bliss.

The remainder of the session deals with dreamier passions. Languorous in most aspects, the guitarist's smooth approach provides his audience with an overabundance of melody and harmony, while oftentimes placing rhythm in the background. Juris provides musical therapy for the soul. It's a session that can slow your heartbeat and calm your nerves.

"Labyrinth," well named for its woven melodic pattern, takes the listener on a dreamscape tour. "Kling On" drives moderately with an underlying, foot-tapping pattern, while guitar and marimba rise and fall with spontaneity. It's the album's high point. Here, both Juris and Locke have found a relaxed atmosphere that allows them to release their creative thoughts unencumbered. "Sunset on Vega" returns to a smooth, dreamy format that emphasizes the guitar's classical history, while "Uphill" churns forward to a walking bass pattern with a contemporary melodic style.

Juris, a veteran who's paid his dues many times over, has shown that his concept of modern jazz covers a lot of territory. The freedom that he has given himself here brings delight to the listener.

Vic Juris, guitars
Joe Locke, vibraphone, marimba
Jay Anderson, bass
Adam Nussbaum, drums
Jamey Haddad, percussion
Kate Baker, vocal on "Dancing Shadows"

01. Dancing Shadows
02. Soft Spoken
03. Labyrinth
04. Kling On
05. Uphill
06. Gojo Duo
07. Sunset on Vega
08. Domo Duo
09. The Spanish Horse
10. 889
11. Vjay Duo
12. Blue Horizon
13. I've Heard That Song Before


Juanma Barroso - Nairi (2012)

Source: Zona de Jazz
Label: Big Music Ediciones
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   

La portada, una foto de Juanma y su batería, nos dice explícitamente lo que vamos a encontrar dentro del disco: música, y de la buena.
Sin más artificios. Barroso, con ese look bohemio, mueve los brazos alrededor de su instrumento, como si fuera un druida del siglo XXI realizando su mejor pócima en un caldero. Los ingredientes para la receta druídica, el álbum, tienen que ver mucho con el título del mismo, NAIRI, una palabra formada con el nombre de sus dos hijas: Naima (NA-ima) e Íride(IRI-de). Naima es un nombre de origen musulmán que significa felicidad, de la que encontramos a borbotones en este trabajo y que transmite al oyente en la primera escucha.

En cambio Íride, nombre muy utilizado en Italia pero con raíz griega, lo traduciríamos como color, también muy bien reflejado en el disco con los distintos ritmos que podemos encontrar en él. Felicidad y color. Color y felicdad. Los dos puntales con los que Juanma Barroso construye este trabajo, que estilísticamente lo catalogaríamos como una revisión sobre el jazz de los años 60, aspecto éste que hará
las delicias del aficionado veterano al jazz, pero también con un empaque moderno, que lo hace
bastante escuchable y asimilable por cualquier profano al mundo jazzístico.

Para la ocasión, Juanma se ha rodeado de viejos amigos: Logan Ridcharson al saxo soprano y alto, Ariel Bringuez al saxo tenor y voz en el corte no 2, Jorge Vistel a la trompeta, Germán Kucich al piano y al piano eléctrico ( 5 y 8 ) , y para terminar Paco Charlín al contrabajo. Estos dos últimos junto a Barroso, formarían el magnífico trio que grabó “This is new”. Como artistas invitados tenemos a Yuviney Aguilar a las batás y prestará su voz en el tema no 2, y a Cristina Mora, voz al tema nº 5.

En cuanto a los cortes del disco podemos decir que son composiciones originales realizadas tanto por Juanma Barroso como por Paco Charlín:

– CORUXO (Paco Charlín): Encontraremos muy sugestivo este tema debido a su sonido tradicional y moderno en partes iguales. Por momentos se puede escuchar a Miles en la trompeta de Jorge Vistel y la influencia de Ornette Coleman al saxo.

– NAIRI (Juanma Barroso): Sonidos afrocubanos para este segundo corte que dá titulo al álbum. Las batás de Yuviney Aguilar estarán presentes en todo el tema, para finalizar con unos coros de él mismo junto con Ariel Bringuez.

– VINCENT (Juanma Barroso): Es una pequeña joya perdida dentro de un joyero. Un escueto sólo de batería que nos regala Juanma y que nos sirve de introducción para el siguiente corte.

– IT’S COMING (Juanma Barroso): Para mí, la mejor pieza del álbum. Un tema muy bop en el que Vistel, Kucich y Barroso hacen un magnífico trabajo.

– BLLAD (Paco Charlín): Canto de sirenas homérico compuesto por Charlín. Por momentos vemos la influencia del “Maiden Voyage” de Hancock y del “Return to Forever” de Corea. Cristina Mora a la voz y Germán Kucich al piano eléctrico se compaginan a la perfección. Otro de los temas sobresalientes.

– TALES FROM TAJUÑA (Juanma Barroso): Batería y contrabajo impecables en este cuento de Tajuña.

– REXOB (Paco Charlín): Un iluminado Logan Ridcharson al soprano cabalga a lomos de una batería perfecta y un contrabajo atrevido. Pero sobre todo destacar la gran clase de Kucich al piano. Se nota que estos chicos saben lo que hacen. Otro de los cortes destacables.

– FELLOW (Juanma Barroso): Ridcharson, al tenor esta vez, describe un sonido ondulante a través del fenomenal fender de Kucich que realiza un sólo de matrícula de honor. Concluyendo, un disco muy esperado que no defraudará a propios ni extraños. Músicos de gran nivel y a gran nivel, que es lo
importante, con un líder, Juanma Barroso, que modera el grupo sin aspavientos ni estridencias y de una manera muy solidaria, como sólo los grades saben hacerlo.

Si tuviera que ponerle nota, le pondría un notable alto, rozando el 9. Magnífico Juanma, tan sólo me queda una pregunta, ¿para cuándo el siguiente disco? .

01 Coruxo
02 Nairi
03 Vincent
04 It’s Coming
05 Bllad
06 Tales From Tajuña
07 Rexob
08 Fellow 

Juanma Barroso – Batería
Logan Richardson – Saxos (Alto, Soprano)
Ariel Bringuez – Saxo Tenor, Coros (02)
Jorge Vistel – Trompeta
Germán Kucich – Piano, Piano eléctrico (05,08)
Paco Charlín – Doble Bajo .
Yuviney Aguilar – Batás, Coros (02)
Cristina Mora – Voz (05)

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


Hironori Momoi - Liquid Knots (2013)

Label: Onaka Cube Music
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   

Hironori Momoi was born in Tokyo, Japan on August 29, 1984. His father always played music at home, so he grew up with music. He picked up the guitar as his first instrument at age 13. At age 15, he began to play drums and also piano. Growing up playing rock until at age 18, music had been the main thing of his life, but he realized that something was missing.
After he entered Sophia University, he discovered that missing piece, jazz. It brought him to a new world. He switched playing rock to jazz, and started dedicating himself to it. Since then, he had been performing in Japan, but as an aspiring jazz musician, he naturally decided to move to NYC to know jazz deeper.
In August 2007, Hironori moved to New York and started studying jazz at The City College of New York. He studied jazz/classical theory, playing in ensembles, composing and arranging with great musicians at CCNY, such as John Patitucci and Mike Holober. While a student, he won The Ervin Drake Scholarship and The Edward Rensin Memorial Award. In May 2010, he attained BFA degree in jazz drum performance from CCNY as summa cum laude.
His passion for jazz brought him to study in MA at Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College from fall 2010. Graduated in May 2012 and studied with great musicians such as Billy Hart, Michael Mossman,David Berkman and Antonio Hart. Hironori has been selected among the students to perform on the radio,WBGO and his composition "Showers" was featured. He has also performed at Lincoln Center for Champions of Jazz Benefit 2011.
In September 2013, he released his first album as a leader, titled “Liquid Knots” featuring Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on tenor saxophone, Nir Felder on guitar, Julian Shore on piano and Sam Minaie on bass.
Since 2014, Hironori has moved back to Japan and he is currently based in Tokyo. While he was in NYC, Hironori has performed at many renown venues such as Lincoln Center, ShapeShifter Lab, Canal Room, Bar Next Door, Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall and many more.
In February 2014, Hironori had a 3-week tour in Europe as a drummer of Kari Antila New York Trio. He also played at the biggest jazz festival in Finland, Pori Jazz Festival with Kari Antila quintet in July 2014.
Hironori also has performed with many international acclaimed musicians such as Chihiro Yamanaka, Gilad Hekselman, Nir Felder, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Joe Sanders, Sam Minaie, Alexi Tuomarila and more.

1. Impending Launch
2. Showers
3. Defining You
4. Twice
5. Waiting
6. Not Lemonade
7. Wormhole
8. This Magnet
9. Strangers

Hironori Momoi (ds)
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown (ts)
Nir Felder (g)
Julian Shore (pf)
Sam Minaie (b)
Alexa Barchini (vo)

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