jueves, 1 de enero de 2015

The Mike Bono Group - From Where You Are (2013)

Source: Cdbaby
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆    

Guitarist Mike Bono, now twenty one years old, began his musical career at the age of 5, by making his debut performance in his kindergarten class playing “Yellow Submarine”, by The Beatles. Mike was greatly encouraged by his family, and motivated personally to pursue the guitar because of his natural abilities at such a young age. While in high school he was performing regularly in pit orchestras, restaurants, and several jazz clubs throughout New Jersey. Among his many performances at that time, perhaps the most exhilarating was opening for jazz guitar virtuoso Martin Taylor in his senior year of high school, and then again in 2011. Mike auditioned for Berklee College of Music and was the first guitarist of the school’s renowned history to be awarded a Presidential Scholarship. Since being at Berklee, Mike has had opportunities to play in several different groups, as well as leading his own band called "The Mike Bono Group" that plays all of his original music. The group recently toured in France as part of the Nancy Jazz Festival. They perform regularly in Boston, and New York at venues such as Ryles, The Bar Next Door, and The Middle East. The Mike Bono group will be releasing their debut album in the fall of 2013. In the summer of 2012, Mike went on tour with the Matthew Halpin Quintet, which played at notable venues in Ireland such as The Hawkswell Theater and JJ Smiths. Also on the tour, the group taught workshops at New Park College, and at the Sligo Jazz Festival. Mike was also selected as one of 7 young adults to the Stanford Jazz Workshop "mentor fellowship", where he was teaching with faculty such as Victor Wooten, Tootie Heath, Julian Lage, and Taylor Eigsti to name a few. Mike also plays with inspirational artist Duane Mclaughlin several times a year at venues such as The Greensboro Colluseum, and The American Airlines Arena.

1. The Sound Of Falling 08:12
2. Statue Chess 07:35
3. Asylum (Feat. Julian Lage) 03:43
4. The First Dance 06:45
5. For The Lonely 02:51
6. Anthem 05:33
7. Before You Know 09:23
8. Uncle Anthony 04:22
9. Now You Know 07:13
10.The Visionary/Eternal Walker 04:06
11.Closure 05:56   
12.Goodbye Lullaby 02:45

Mike Bono-Guitar/Compositions
Matthew Halpin- Tenor Saxophone
Christian Li-Piano
Jared Henderson- Upright Bass
Naseem Alatrash- Cello
Roberto Giaquinto- Drums
Special Guest- Guitarist Julian Lage 

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


Monoglot - Monoglot (2014)

Source: Wemakeit
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   

Monoglot is a young band from Basel led by Icelandic guitarist and composer Kristinn Smári Kristinsson. The quintet has developed a truly modern bandsound with compositions embarking on a very specific journey, yet with a diverse spectrum of influences, ranging from Scandinavian melancholy and classical polyphony to alternative rock. Monoglot puts a heavy focus on the compositions and the group collaboration rather then the individuals. Still there is plenty of space for pushing the creative improvised envelope. 

1. Out 07:57
2. Þunnur 05:28
3. 78 05:55
4. Jón Leifs 04:27
5. Grandpa's Song 06:03
6. Song For 05:39
7. Brennivín 03:57

Fabian Willmann (ts, ss)
Sebastian Von Keler (ts, ss)
Kristinn Smári Kristinsson (g)
Samuel Sole (eb)
Luca Glausen (dr)

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


António Quintino - Prólogo (2014)

Source: Bandcamp
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆    

"Prólogo" (Prologue) is, as its name indicates, the introduction to a story. This introduction, however, already contains a narrative, abandoning the simple nature of "preview note" and representing the beginning of a story that will continue and that aspires to be great. It is through this perspective, this early expectation, that one can hear this debut album of Antonio Quintino. An introduction to his music, that already contains elements that define him as a bassist as well as a composer.
In 2011, influenced by the likes of Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, André Fernandes and others, Quintino began to write some of the tunes that make up this album, during his passage by the National Superior Conservatory of Paris, bringing most of this repertoire to Lisbon. Then, he joined in musicians with whom he had been working frequently - André Santos and Joel Silva, adding Gianni Gagliardi, a saxophonist met in Paris and with whom he immediately identified. They worked on his music together, in embryo, which evolved and took the shape that one can hear in "Prólogo".
So, "Prólogo" is a short story within a large, important history for being the first and leaving contextualized everything that is to come.

1. Boda's Groove 05:51
2. On Miyagi's Side 06:05
3. Tout n'est pas blanc et noir 08:50
4. Querido Major 06:17
5. Urso Bipolar 11:04
6. Prólogo 09:31
7. Down Home (Fred Hersch) 06:38
8. Ouro Preto (S. Godinho & M. Nascimento) 02:59

Gianni Gagliardi - tenor saxophone
André Santos - guitar
Joel Silva - drums
António Quintino - bass and compositions 

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


Ben Flocks - Battle Mountain (2014)

Source: Allaboutjazz
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

California native, saxophonist Ben Flocks' compositions parallel an imaginary cross-country trek via the diverse climates he conjures with these alluring compositions. Spanning intermittent similarities to guitarist Bill Frisell's sojourns into Americana along with frothy New Orleans second line fare, spacey jazz rock, and a few quirky little ditties intermingled along the way, his debut is an impressive one, meriting considerable attention. Few artists launch their solo careers with a big bang. The album is gushing with memorable melodic content and feisty improvisational segments that outline a synchronous brew, modeled with solid musicianship, pungent grooves, and cunning arrangements.

Flocks settles the band down a few notches on the down-home slow blues, "Tennessee Waltz." Here, guitarist Ari Chersky's tremolo- induced chord voicings, dappled with a minor sting, exercise a gently sweeping undertow for the leader's deep soul blues lines, tinted with gravelly choruses. And pianist Sam Reider's twinkling piano voicings impart a sweet spot atop the mannerly pulse. Framed with a succinct storyline, drummer Evan Hughes drags the brushes across the snare drum along with a metronomic tap to reinforce the laid-back aura. Ultimately, Folds' executes a little soul-searching and gets his point across without leaving any guesswork for the listener. Nonetheless, he should be proud of his accomplishments on Battle Mountain.  - Glenn Astarita -

1. Battle Mountain 05:31
2. Shenandoah 03:39
3. Don't Think Twice It's Alright 07:57
4. Eagle Rock 05:39
5. Murmullo 04:11
6. Silver City Bound 05:23
7. Polkadots and Moonbeams 04:51
8. Boardwalk Boogaloo 03:59
9. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You 05:00
10.Tennessee Waltz 03:55
11.Return to Battle Mountain 05:57

Ben Flocks - Saxophone
Ari Chersky - Guitar
Sam Reider - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Accordion
Garret Lang - Bass
Evan Hughes - Drums

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