viernes, 8 de mayo de 2015

Riccardo Zegna -2015- Five and Six

Riccardo Zegna, piano
Gabrielle Evangelista, bass
Billy Hart, drums
Marco Alloco, cello

1 Five and Six 00:07:52
2 Reflection's in "D" 00:07:35
3 D.Ellington Sound of Love 00:04:01
4 Raindrops in Summer 00:05:35
5 It Could Happen to You 00:05:58
6 Light Blue 00:04:34
7 Be Bop 00:05:14
8 Reminising Duke 00:04:50
9 A Latin Farewell 00:06:41

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins



Antonio Marangolo Terzetto - Muerte por Chocolate (2015)

Antonio Marangolo, tenor sax, piano
Dino Cerruti, bass
Rodolfo Cervetto, drums

01 La mia bussola una rosa 00:01:16
02 Muerte por Chocolate 00:04:31
03 Vincent Rest Land 00:05:25
04 Donna Lee 00:05:20
05 Che schifo 00:05:19
06 Scarlatti sonata 00:02:36
07 Los Estudiantes 00:03:57
08 Aftermonk 00:04:48
09 Pratblues 00:06:23
10 La mia bussola una rosa (Reprise) 00:01:28

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins



Alessandro Collina / Marc Peillon / Rodolfo Cervetto - 5 A.M. (2015)

1 5 A.M. 00:05:58
2 Sans sucre 00:06:51
3 Midnight Whistle 00:08:17
4 Hangin' at PDR 00:06:48
5 Bridges 00:07:47
6 Petite fleur 00:06:31
7 Petits pas 00:02:59
8 Voyage 00:04:53

Alessandro Collina, piano
Marc Peillon, bass
Rodolfo Cervetto, drums

Featured Artist: Andy Gravish, trumpet
Featured Artist: Michael Campagna, sax

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Noah Howard - Noah Howard at Judson Hall 1966 (2013)

1. This Place Called Earth
2. Hommage To Coltrane

Bass – Norris Jones
Cello – Cathrine Norris
Design [Cover] – Judy Parker
Engineer [Recording] – George Klabin
Liner Notes – Lionel H. Mitchell
Percussion – Robert Kapp
Photography By [Cover] – Michael Soldan
Piano – Dave Burrell
Saxophone, Bells, Composed By – Noah Howard
Trumpet – Ric Colbeck

Recorded at Judson Hall, October, 1966

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Babelfish - Chasing Rainbows (2015)

Lightness. Lightness of touch, of voice, of mood. That's the defining characteristic of Chasing Rainbows, the second album by UK quartet Babelfish.

The line-up is the same as that on debut album Babelfish (Moletone Records, 2012). Vocalist Brigitte Beraha and pianist Barry Green are the band's writers. Bassist Chris Laurence and drummer Paul Clarvis go well beyond the standard rhythm section role, bringing their own distinctive instrumental voices to the tunes.

Beraha must be one of the UK's most intriguing and imaginative vocalists. She has impressive technique and range, a command of vocalese and seemingly endless ideas about phrasing. Above all, her light, almost ethereal, quality stands out whether she's joyous ("You, Me And The Rest Of The World") or melancholy ("Heart, We Will Forget Him).

Many of these songs are wordless, Beraha transmitting emotions, moods, with no need for a lyric—given that the band shares its name with a small aquatic creature which, when placed in the ear, will translate all known languages in the universe, such a talent seems perfectly appropriate. On "Sushi Hero" she soars and swoops joyously, often doubled by Green's piano—the mood is infectious, transferred from Clarvis and Laurence's bouncy rhythm. The interplay between Green's spacious piano and Beraha's featherlight vocal tells a much sadder tale on "A Story Ends." 

The choice of cover versions is unusual—Beraha and Green's duet on Aaron Copeland's "Heart, We Will Forget Him" segues into "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" and there's also a sweetly bucolic take on Benjamin Britten's musical setting of William Butler Yeats' poem "Salley Gardens."

Green provides five confusions, one for each musician plus an ensemble confusion to end the set. They're brief, fun, pieces based around a five note phrase, treated light-heartedly. He's relatively kind to Clarvis—"Paul's Confusion" only lasts for 25 seconds as his brushes skip and skitter across the drums—but "Chris' Confusion" gives the bassist a full 129 seconds of angst, channelled into a dynamic, spiky, arco solo that ends with a triumphant bass growl. Beraha overcomes her own apparent uncertainties with just a few seconds remaining of "Brigitte's Confusion," a quiet "That's it" signalling her success—if anyone ever wants to make a musical version of Samuel Beckett's "Not I" Beraha's performance here makes her a shoe-in for the lead.

The press release that accompanied this copy of Chasing Rainbows included a brief, hand-written, note—"Be Charmed!" Instruction or prediction? If it was an instruction, there was no need. If it was a prediction—bang on the money.

Brigitte Beraha: vocals
Barry Green: piano
Chris Laurence: double bass
Paul Clarvis: percussion

01. You, Me And The Rest Of The World
02. Michelangelo Antonioni
03. Your Turn To Ask
04. Barry's Confusion
05. Sushi Hero
06. Chris' Confusion
07. Nuit Blanche
08. Paul's Confusion
09. Heart, We Will Forget Him/I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
10. Brigitte's Confusion
11. Salley Gardens
12. A Story Ends
13. Knocked Knees
14. Stubble Rash
15. Unspoken
16. Confusion


Skydive Trio - Sun Moee (2015)

On the album Sun Moee we encounter guitarist Thomas T. Dahl for the first time as the leader and driving force of a band. The Skydive Trio is a good, old-fashioned guitar trio that is solidly rooted in a melodious landscape, and is nourished by rich harmonies and the sonorous guitar wizardry of Thomas T. Dahl. His playing surfs on the rhythmic waves made by Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori (Oddarang, Tomasz Stanko) and Norwegian bass player extraordinaire Mats Eilertsen (Tord Gustavsen).

Dahl himself composed several of the pieces on the album, including “Slow Turn”, “Talbot” and the title tune “Sun Moee”, while Eilertsen and Louhivuori also contributed their own compositions. We are also treated to a fascinating cover version of the Portishead song “Sour Times”.

Thomas T. Dahl studied in the Jazz Programme at the University of Trondheim, and had his breakthrough as a member of the prize-winning band Krøyt featuring vocalist Kristin Asbjørnsen. His musical capacity is impressive, and he feels equally at home in a variety of styles and genres. On Sun Moee he paints a cinematic landscape where pop and rock elements, along with subtle electronic manipulation, intersect with the sound of strings. Dahl has previously released albums with the bands BMX, together with Per Jørgensen, and Dingobats, together with Eirik Hegdal, and has collaborated with Erlend Skomsvoll, Jon Balke, Hilmar Jensson, Nils-Olav Johansen, Ole Hamre, John Inderberg, Highasakite and Ephemera.

The members of the SkyDive Trio have worked together as part of a larger band for a number of years, and it shows. All three play on Mats Eilertsen’s Radio Yonder (2009) and SkyDive (2011), as well as in Eilertsen’s major work “Rubicon”, which had its world premiere at the Vossa Jazz Festival in 2014.

Mats Eilertsen has released four albums under his own name on the HUBRO label so far. He is known for his warm and lyrical bass style. He is a steady and solid player, but at the same time experimental. He is firmly in control, but is also receptive to fresh ideas and always searching for new sounds. A very active and productive musician and composer, he has played on albums with Tord Gustavsen, The Source, the Wolfert Brederode Quartet, Parish, the Håkon Kornstad Trio, Food with Iain Ballamy, Jacob Young, Solveig Slettahjell’s Slow Motion Orchestra and the Håvard Wiik Trio.

Olavi Louhivuori is a strikingly talented young Finnish drummer and percussionist with a high energy level and a buoyant performance style. He challenges and encourages his fellow musicians to stretch themselves both creatively and musically. Louhivuori studied drums and composition at the Sibelius Academy. Three of the bands he has played in have earned the distinction “Young Nordic Jazz Group”: the Joon Toivanen Trio, the Ilmilekki Quartet and the Sun Trio. Olavi has toured and recorded with the legendary Polish trumpet player Tomasz Stanko, and has also played together with Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell, Susanne Abbuehl and Kenny Wheeler. He has released several albums with his own band and as a solo artist, and was awarded an Emma Prize (Finnish Grammy) with the band Oddarang in 2007.

Sun Moee was recorded at Village Recording Studios in Copenhagen, and was produced by the band members themselves. This is an inspired jazz album from a rock-solid trio.

Thomas Dahl, guitar
Mats Eilertsen, double bass
Olavi Louhivuori, drums

1. Bravo
2. Talbot
3. Slow Turn
4. Sour Time
5. Signs
6. Sun Moee
7. Becks Back
8. Four Words