jueves, 12 de marzo de 2015

Ernesto Cervini - Turboprop (2015)

Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆    

It has been an eventful month for multi-talented jazz bandleader/composer/drummer Ernesto Cervini. The trio he plays in, Myriad3, just scored a deserved JUNO nomination, and now he's releasing Turboprop, the fourth album out under his name. Previous records were very well-received, with jazz bible Downbeat giving his Little Black Bird disc a four-star review. Already grabbing rave reviews here and in the States, Turboprop features his new sextet (also named Turboprop), comprising noted American saxophonist Joel Frahm and ace T.O. players Adrean Farrugia, Dan Loomis, Tara Davidson and William Carn. The record mixes originals and covers (including Charlie Parker and Keith Jarrett compositions), and cuts a wide stylistic swathe, from Debussy to hard bop to a sweet ballad, "Cheer Up Charlie". An album and an artist ready for takeoff.
Turboprop have already toured Canada to enthusiastic response. They launch the album at Toronto's Jazz Bistro, Feb. 19-21, followed by a tour of Western Canada. - Kerry Doole -

Unnecessary Mountain - 07:29
Red Cross - 07:23
Fear of Flying - 07:23
The Engulfed Cathedral - 08:05
Three Angels - 12:10
De Molen - 06:08
Cheer Up Charlie - 05:34
Bindi Bop - 02:40
Marion Theresa - 06:25
The Windup - 04:47

Tara Davidson - alto and soprano saxophone
Joel Frahm - tenor saxophone
William Carn - trombone
Adrean Farrugia - piano
Dan Loomis - bass
Ernesto Cervini - drums 

"Master your instrument, master the music 
& then forget all that & just play."
 - Charlie Parker -


The Willie Jones III Sextet - Plays the Max Roach Songbook (Live At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola) 2013

In order to do right by an icon of attack like Max Roach, authority needs to top your agenda. There are numerous repertory outfits that line their endeavors with precision and grace while leaving the ardor at home. That’s not the case here.

Jones is one of the most animated drummers on the New York scene, and the vehemence his band brings to hoppedup classics such as “Libra” and “Freedom Day” is front and center. Long story short, when they set up shop at Columbus Circle last January, they owned this stuff.

Roach’s work with mid-sized groups often felt explosive. A simple press roll or cymbal crash could jump-start a series of actions that raised the roof. Jones strives to reignite that dynamic. George Russell’s “Ezz-Thetic” kicks off the action with a fierce tempo that sets the pace for the entire program.

From saxophonist Stacy Dillard’s hard-bop squall to the boss’ splashy rampage, it’s all about verve. The theme of “Libra” has a permanent case of the jitters. When trumpeter Jeremy Pelt smears some long notes over the track’s stormy rhythmic exchange, it underscores just how hard the band is hitting.

Things calm down on “Equipoise,” but even the ballads sizzle on this date. Dillard’s known for his lyricism as well as his bluster, and the track’s soprano solo has almost as much romance and edge as the original (from Roach’s underappreciated Members Don’t Git Weary).

Perhaps the zenith of creative agitation comes from Eric Reed, who uses his solo on “Freedom Day” to stack line upon line like he’s speed-shuffling a deck of cards. With bassist Dezron Douglas sprinting along, the pianist starts his romp by granting his phrases plenty of room, only to careen towards a spot that gives the term “jumble” a good name—a whirlwind of counterpoint that must have had the audience on the edge of their seats. It’s an apt exemplar of this band’s essence: They pounce on every idea that the music presents, and bring these vibrant pieces to life again. — Jim Macnie

1. Ezz-Thetic (Live) 10:47
2. Libra (Live) 11:32
3. Equipoise (Live) 11:01
4. Freedom Day (Live) 12:02
5. Mr. X (Live) 7:37
6. To Lady (Live) 8:39
7. I Get a Kick Out of You / Shirley (Live) 8:56

Willie Jones III, drums
Stacy Dillard, tenor, soprano (3) saxophones
Eric Reed, piano
Jeremy Pelt, trumpet
Steve Davis, trombone
Dezron Douglas, bass

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Pericopes + 1 - These Human Beings (2015)

Having captured the favorable attention of saxophonist Dave Liebman and fellow Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava, Pericopes + 1 enters the American market with These Human Beings with the "+1" representing the addition of New York based drummer Nick Wight. The varied program, musical interactions and progressive thinking behind it are likely to generate interest on this side of the Atlantic. 

In 2013, saxophonist Emillano Vernizzi, a Professor of jazz saxophone at the Conservatory of Music of Parma, Italy won first prize of Umbria Jazz Contest with a project called "Pericopes." The other half of the original duo pianist Alessandro Sgobbio—has won multiple awards in Italy and France and led a Paris-based trio. The pre-Wight Pericopes earned a nomination in Musica Jazz Magazine's "Top Jazz" poll for "Best New Italian Jazz Talent" (2012), and "Best Italian Jazz Group" (2013). Pennsylvania native and now New York based drummer Wight joined the duoon their 2012 Paris concert tour and helped to reshape their musical direction.

Throughout the first three pieces on These Human Beings Vernizzi and Sgobbio keep up an engaging dialog; not necessarily in complete agreement but like two story-tellers with unique perspectives on the same narrative. The last of those three numbers "Jersey Zombies" is where the trio collaboration really kicks in. 

With slightly discordant drums leading in, Vernizzi and Sgobbio delay their entry but then take the piece in a nicely off-kilter direction. Wight's intricate layers and varied timing add a rich and complex texture.

The lyrical "Lo Viatge" features pleasant modulating deviations contrasting with "First Minute of Inception (To Roberto Bonati)" where Vernizzi and Sgobbio direct a more tentative discourse with Wight pushing a somewhat argumentative tone, his aggressiveness countered by the platonic piano and sax relationship. On "Path Man" Sgobbio's classically influenced introduction bleeds into Vernizzi's leisurely paced build up to a more forceful attack.

There's a good deal of variety on These Human Beings from the old world dance theme that lurks just below the surface of "Insunity" to Wight's cymbals washing over the set-up to a spoken word segment on "Changing World." The Greek definition of pericope is a set of verses that forms one coherent unit or thought. Vernizzi, Sgobbio and Wight fit that definition perfectly and These Human Beings is an impressive outing.

Emiliano Vernizzi: saxophone
Alessandro Sgobbio: piano
Nick Wight: drums

01. Through Piat
02. Baldwin
03. Jersey Zombies
04. Lo Viatge
05. First Minute of Inception (To Roberto Bonati)
06. Adunata
07. Path Man
08. Insunity
09. Melan, Pt.1
10. Changing World