lunes, 4 de mayo de 2015

Yonathan Avishai - Modern Times Trio (2015)



Nouvel album en trio paru en Mars 2015
Label : Jazz&People / Distribution : Harmonia Mundi

Yonathan Avishai - piano
Yoni Zelnik - contrebasse
Donald Kontomanou - batterie


Le pianiste franco-israélien Yonathan Avishai, , est sans conteste l’un des principaux visages de la nouvelle scène jazz émergeante. Découvert auprès du contrebassiste Omer Avital, il présente le premier volet en trio de son nouveau projet Modern Times. Plus qu’un groupe ou un spectacle  Modern Times  est un espace de création et d’expérimentation. Le résultat de cette recherche est un univers, un son unique.  Avishai possède un style original qui réactive les éléments principaux du jazz - le swing, le blues , l'improvisation - de manière très personnelle. Inspiré par des artistes tels que Louis Armstrong, John Lewis, Art ensemble of Chicago ou encore Mark Rothko, Yonathan crée un univers poétique, riche en émotions et en couleurs.

Il cherche à donner à la musique plus de relief et de profondeur, à charger les notes et à rendre le son théâtral. C’est à travers une épuration des moyens et une réflexion sur les cycles, que cette musique prend forme. C’est un travail d’exploration de l’espace musical et de l’espace scénique également, avec tout ce qu’il comprend : mouvement, voix, lumière, couleur, forme.

Yonathan Avishai, vrai passionné par l'histoire du jazz, nourrit sa création contemporaine de traditions. Ses compositions, sobres et subtiles sont marquées par une grande finesse. Une musique dans laquelle le minimalisme est un moyen d’observer le mouvement et d'aller à l’essentiel, à la poésie.

« Toutes les grandes promesses sont tenues dans ce disque absolument sublime » Djam

« Le jeu de Yonathan est parfaitement maîtrisé et toujours inspiré. La gaité du tout laisse une impression de liberté retrouvée » Couleurs Jazz

« Et si c’était cela la virtuosité ? Ne jouer que le minimum pour laisser s’épanouir chaque touche de couleurs » Culture Jazz

« ...tous trois nous offrent un moment de magie comme on en vit rarement avec une musique très libre, portée par une évidente joie de jouer, pleine de surprises, de subtilité et de finesse tout en restant d’une grande simplicité » Citizen Jazz



01 Woodblock 00:00:28
02 Water (Prologue) 00:04:21
03 Time (4/4 Meditation) 00:04:06
04 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) 00:04:08
05 Dancing Child 00:04:28
06 Etude I (Bass) 00:03:25
07 Night in Zvulun 00:05:04
08 Sketch of Barcelona 00:05:20
09 Time (in B Flat) 00:01:51
10 Modern Times Blues 00:04:41
11 Etude I (Trio) 00:03:43
12 The Letter 00:06:04
13 Later That Day 00:03:32 
14 Cornet Chop Suey 00:05:39 
15 Woodblock II 00:00:27 
16 Water (Epilogue)

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Domi

Ron Thomas Trio - Impatience (Reissue) 2014



There is something elemental about the jazz piano trio. It is classically called the "Rhythm Section," that practical subset of a larger ensemble that produces the pulse that propels the band and compositions the band plays. It is also the most enduring of jazz performance formats that has included the giants of jazz. Whether it is the cathedral of Oscar Peterson, the interior world of Bill Evans or the durable consistency of Red Garland and Gene Harris, the jazz piano trio remains the bottomless loam of musical creativity.

It is fortunate when a pianist emerges with a collective of the above influences that manifest in a singular voice. Pianist Ron Thomas is just such a musician. Thomas has released several previous recordings, including, The House of Counted Days (Vectordisk, 2003), Music in Three Parts (Art of Life Records, 2006), and Doloroso (Art of Life Records, 2006) and these are just a start.

On Impatience, Thomas, in the company of bassist Steve Meashey and drummer Chris Loser, spins out eight geometrical musical studies: five originals and three standards. "The Red Carpet" is a carefully crafted original that shows the curves and edges of Thomas' musical thought. "You Must Believe in Spring" is played as a fragrant pastoral with all of the ballad stops employed. Thomas' "rhythm section" of bass and drums provides an ample and responsive foundation.

"Things You Were" is Thomas' reworking of "All the Things You Are" that features a clever coda. The quiet centerpiece is a sensitive reading of the Back-Gounod "Ave Maria," which is played with a creative reverence that honors the original intent and improvised outcome of the performance. Chris Loser's "Makers of Fine" is an urbane jazz-funk piece that is almost too delicate to be called that. Bill Evan's "Time Remembered" and Thomas' title piece sum up the accomplished pianism of the entire disc.

Ron Thomas has been gaining more and more recognition with every release. He is a pianist and composer with much to say. The liner notes were provided by All About Jazz colleague Dan McClenaghan, whose deep interest in Thomas and his music is informative and inspiring.

Ron Thomas - Piano
Steve Meashey - Bass
Chris Loser - Drums

1. The Red Carpet
2. You Must Believe in Spring
3. Things You Are
4. Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod)
5. Makers of Fine
6. Time Remembered
7. Impatience
8. Week 42

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Domi

Peter Schlamb - Tinks (2014)


Source: Plastic Sax
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆


The vibraphonist's participation in hip-hop themed concerts, collaborations withNew York based musicians and his increasingly impressive mainstream jazz perfomances have been documented at Plastic Sax. 

None of that prepared me for his new album TINKS.   A compact set of nine original compositions, Tinks includes contributions from trumpeter Hermon Mehari, saxophonist Ben van Gelder, bassist Karl McComas-Reichl and drummer Sean Mullins.  Yet because of an unusual array of production effects, it's often difficult to identify the instrumentation on the terrifically entertaining album.

I have no idea which musician is featured on "Launch," but the trickery is very compelling.  The propulsive "Falling" opens with metallic riffing that may or may emanate from a vibraphone.  The instrumentation on the fusion-like "Lunacy" is similarly perplexing.  "Stacy Hill" and "Theme Song" are more conventional but no less interesting.

No selection is longer than five minutes and most of the beats are remarkably fresh.  As a result, the altogether vital Tinks is as immediately engaging as a pop album.


1. REL        
    2. Launch        
    3. Falling        
    4. Stacy Hill (feat. Hermon Mehari & Ben van Gelder)        
    5. Lunacy (feat. Ben van Gelder)        
    6. West Side Bécane (feat. Ben van Gelder)        
    7. Tatra        
    8. AAB        
    9. Theme Song        
   

   Peter Schlamb (vibes + keys)
Sean Mullins (drums + beats)
Karl McComas-Reichl (bass)
Hermon Mehari (trumpet)
Ben van Gelder (saxophone)



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



Vinnie Sperrazza, Jacob Sacks, Masa Kamaguchi - Play Johnny Mandel (2015)


Very excited to announce a new release of the collective trio of Vinnie Sperrazza - Jacob Sacks - Masa Kamaguchi from Fresh Sound Records.

01. Black Nightgown 4:11
02. Emily (Mandel-Mercer) 2:16
03. Tommyhawk (Mandel) 4:10
04. A Time For Love (Mandel-Francis) 2:55 
05. I Want To Live (Mandel) 7:51
06. Low Life (Mandel) 5:41
07. Shadow Of Your Smile (Mandel-Francis) 4:02
08. Not Really The Blues (Mandel) 1:33
09. Close Enough For Love (Mandel-Williams) 4:58
10. Straight Life (Mandel) 9:57
11. M.A.S.H. Theme (Mandel) 4:41
12. Hershey Bar (Mandel) 2:16

Vinnie Sperrazza (drums)
Jacob Sacks (piano)
Masa Kamaguchi (bass)

Recorded at Acoustic Recording Studio, Brooklyn, New York, on January 3rd, 2014

Recording engineer: Michael Brorby
Mastered by Jon Rosenberg

Design: Jacob Sacks

Producers: The Trio

Executive Producer: Jordi Pujol


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