jueves, 26 de marzo de 2015

Marc Cary - Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2

Label: Motema
Source: The Guardian
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆  

Though American keyboardist Marc Cary uses a thoroughly contemporary arsenal of hip-hop beats, Fender Rhodes and Hammond tones, repeating loops and hi-tech effects, the jazz roots of his music are always plain. As his recent work  has shown, the result is a bracing blend of old and newsteered by a strong musical character, despite the laidback cool of much of the delivery. This set expands Cary’s regular keys/bass/tabla trio into a bigger world-jazz lineup including a djembe hand drummer, and assorted percussion, brass, and strings. Harold Mabern’s bebop theme Beehive takes off from a thumping low-end Rhodes hook, and develops as a skimming groove that both Cary and trumpeter Igmar Thomas adroitly skip and skid over. 7th Avenue North has a trancelike quality in its repeating lefthand vamp answered by a thin, reedy-toned embellishment; Astral Flight features quick hip-hop drumming against grunting electric-bass prods; African Market mingles a brightly playful melody with the eerily strangled sound of a vocoder, Alan Palmer’s funk anthem You Can’t Stop Us Now languidly unfolds over the remorseless smack of Terreon Gully’s backbeat. Cary’s is an unusual music of spacey, ambient sounds, pumping urban heartbeats, world-music and orthodox jazz combined, and it’s a pretty engaging one.

1. Prelude to the Hit 00:37
2. Beehive 05:24
3. 7th Avenue North 04:13
4. Essaouira Walks 06:45
5. Astral Flight 17 06:45
6. A frican Market 06:14
7. For Hermeto 02:55
8. Spices and Mystics 05:50
9. Below the Equator 06:53
10.You Can't Stop Us Now 05:36
11.The Alchemist's Notes 06:34

Marc Cary
Terreon Gully
Tarus Mateen 

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

Eliane Elias - Made in Brazil (2015)

Label: Concord Music
Source: Bop-N-Jazz
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

 The music of Brazil extends far past the samba with a musical diversity as deep and rich as their citizens. Eliane Elias returned to her country of origin and recruited some of Brazil's finest musicians for a slightly more contemporary interpretation of this most influential music. While there is nothing lacking in authenticity, the sound is meticulously crafted and built around  improvisational music with an occasional classical flair. Six originals confirm her astounding compositional skill while her vocal style is beyond reproach.

This music with one foot in the past but with both eyes on the future with guests and band members including Mark Kibble from Take 6, daughter Amanda Brecker and Marcus Teixeira. Made In Brazil ignites a slow romantic burn with tunes such as "Incendiano" and "Driving Ambition" thanks to the stellar contributions from Kibble. Another incredible highlight includes Amanda Brecker's appearance on the buoyant "Some Enchanted Place."

Elias produces the release along with the help of critically acclaimed Steve Rodby and Marc Johnson. A true collaborative effort, it is the ability to nuance deceptively subtle sounds and textures that is the key to both the artistic brilliance of Elias and perhaps the best release of the year with Made In Brazil. Flawless.  Brent Black

Aquas de Marco
Some Enchanted Place
Este Seu Olhar / Promessas
Driving Ambition
A Sorte do Amor
No Tabuleiro de Baiana

Eliane Elias (piano)
Marc Johnson (bass)
Steve Rodby (bass)
Rubens de La Corte (guitare)
Rafael Barata (percussions)
Marl Kibble (vocals)
Amanda Becker (vocals)
Marcus Teixeira (vocals)

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

Errol Rackipov Group - Pictures from a train window (2015)

Label: First Orbit Sounds
Source: Allaboutjazz
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   

There's a lot going on here: all manner of different musical influences and moods. Errol Rackipov (vibes and marimba), hails originally from Bulgaria. In his sleeve note, he likens life to a train ride on which we glimpse reflections of our past, present and future out of the window.

The wistful, yet driving title song—probably Rackipov's best know composition to date—refers to this musically, a complex, Bulgarian emigré version of Jimmy Giuffre's classic "Train And The River."

Rackipov says, "The moods, feelings and emotions captured in this album started their journey a long time ago." He hopes the listener will enjoy the ride.

Rackipov studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston under—among others—Gary Burton. He is principal percussionist with the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

His group includes fellow Bulgarian ex-pats Hristo Vitchev (guitar) and Lubomir Gospodinov (reeds). All but one of the nine songs are Rackipov originals.

"Mad Djore" is reminiscent of some of the things McCoy Tyner did post-John Coltrane. Based on a percussive theme, with pianist Martin Bejerano to the fore, its moods change from busy to relaxed and back again.

"Far Away From Here, A Long Time Ago," is a meditation on childhood in Bulgaria; wistful and melancholic, featuring melodic piano.

"Jumble" has an Arabian feel. It starts with a kind of cacophonous fanfare, almost stops then gets going again with Bejerano in command until Rackipov takes over on vibes. He's followed by Gospodinov before the band bows out with another cacophonous fanfare.

There's that McCoy Tyner feel to the intro of "Dill Man." Things drift, albeit interestingly, before getting knitted together in the finale.

"Folk Dance" and "Wild River" are both great fun, mixing echoes of Bulgaria with Rackipov's take on America's wide open spaces. Bejerano gets quite low down and funky on occasion.

The journey ends with the lovely, Latin-tinged "Once A Mother Had A Child," featuring Gospodinov on clarinet, underpinned by the leader's vibes. Remember the name Dimitar Ianev. If there's any justice, he's written a song destined to become a standard.   Chris Mosey

Mad Djore
Far Away From Here, A Long Time Ago
Dill Man
Folk Dance
Wild River
Pictures From A Train Window
The Other (Wrong) Way
Once A Mother Had A Child

Errol Rackipov: vibraphone, marimba, tupan
Hristo Vitchev: guitar
Lubomir Gospodinov: reeds
Martin Bejerano: piano
Josh Allen: bass
Rodolfo Zuniga: drums

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