lunes, 30 de noviembre de 2015

Marc Ducret Trio + 3 - Métanonal (Ayler 2015)

Label: Ayler Records
Source: Orkhestra

Cet enregistrement live revisite à la fois des classiques du trio (Dialectes et 64), accouche d'un morceau beaucoup pratiqué sur scène mais qui n'était jusqu'ici toujours pas documenté (Porteurs de lanternes) ainsi que de nouvelles œuvres créées spécialement pour l'occasion (Inflammable et Kumiho). 



Jesper Lundgaard Trio - 60 Out of Shape (Live at Montmartre) 2015

Enrico Pieranunzi, Jesper Lundgaard and Alex Riel met at club Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen one evening in June 2014 to join forces. The expectations were high as they all three are well known in European jazz and the atmosphere was good and enhanced by the celebration of Lundgaard’s 60th birthday. This trio’s performance resulted in a masterpiece of improvisation of songs from the Great American Songbook and is now released for everyone to enjoy.

Jesper Lundgaard, bass
Enrico Pieranunzi, piano
Alex Riel, drums

Autumn Leaves
All the Things You Are
I Can't Get Started
My Funny Valentine
Medley: What Is This Thing Called Love-Everything I Love-Round Midnight


Bill Stewart - Space Squid (2015)

Source: Jazziz
Label: Pirouet

The celebrated jazz drummer and composer Bill Stewart is set to release his new album Space Squid on Pirouet Records on Feb 5, 2016.
With this record, Stewart has said to have aimed to reach for the sky and plumb to the depths. It will feature ten Stewart originals and one jazz standard, to run the gamut from irreverence to revelation.
Bill Stewart is highly regarded for his distinguished way of playing the drums, which is characterized by a melodic focus, and its polythithmic, or layered identity.
The melodies, harmonies, phrase lengths and measure lengths of his compositions are often altered, so as not to conform too closely to the traditional jazz language. This puts him in the postmodernist category, and reflects his concept of forward-looking, and his desire of not wanting to repeat what others have alread accomplished.
On Space Squid, he is joined by a group of like-minded musicians – Seamus Blake on saxophone, Bill Carrothers on piano and Ben Street on bass.
For them, playfulness, musical pranks and the sheer joy of playing is serious business, and have dedicated their life to express their thoughts and feelings as well as their concept of beauty with all its intimate idiosyncracies and vagaries, and put it out in the open for all to hear.
Speaking of the title of the album, Space Squid, Bill Stewart said “I like the sound of the title and I am slighly fascinated with squid and octopus. They can also be delicious.”  Matt Micucci


Paris Lope
End of Earth
Happy Walk
Drop of Dusk
Dead Ringer
Blue Sway
If Anyone Asks You
Space Squid
Dancing in the Dark

Bill Stewart drums
Seamus Blake tenor and soprano saxophone
Bill Carrothers piano
Ben Street bass



Matthias Bublath - Eight Cylinder (2015)

Label: Mb Note

Matthias Bublath is a pianist, organist and composer/arranger.

He has performed around the globe on festivals and events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Kora Awards Johannesburg (South Africa) and The Kennedy Center Of The Performing Arts (Washington DC) to name a few. He has toured extensively in the US, Europe and Japan playing piano, organ and keys with his own group and a lot of different bands.

Being a versatile keyboardist he is also in full command of the Hammond B3 organ and performs regularly with his organ trio and a bassless funk quartet.

He has performed with Lenny Picket, Mike Clark Lionel Loueke, Bobby Sanabria, Frank Lacy, Candido Camero, Reuben Wilson and others.

Besides his Jazz, R&B, Gospel and Funk influences Matthias is also a specialist for brazilian and afro-cuban piano styles and always searching for new ways to play.

He has released eight CD’s as a leader so far.

 1. Eight Cylinder
2. Abdullah
3. Ganic
4. Boje Latin
5. Adolescense
6. Texas
7. 65w13th
8. Funky Rhodes
9. Bingen
10. Walk Til You Die!

Matthias Bublath - Piano, b3 organ
Patrick Scales - Bass
Tim Collins - Vibes
Takuya Kuroda - Trumpet
Gabor Bolla - Saxophone
Christian Lettner - Drums



Adam Scone - I Scream Scone! (2015)

Label: Rondette Jazz

Organist Adam Scone has played many styles of music throughout his career, from funk, rock, blues, other styles to yes, jazz and in 2013 after performing as a sideman on a saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith recording, decided to consider documenting his first twenty-years playing jazz and ballads and to this end, I Scream Scone! was conceived and born. Inspired by the great Jack McDuff and his arrangements for organ-led quartets that featured a sax, guitar and drums, Scone records here with a quartet on each track using saxophonist Hendrickson-Smith on all tunes while employing various players to share the guitar and drum duties.

A Hammond B3 specialist based in New York City, Scone had accustomed himself to playing originals and pushing the edge of the genres but on this album, Scone decided to do something a bit different in documenting his jazz side and so included five jazz standards on the eight-piece repertoire delivering each one with a unique approach providing interesting twists to old favorites. Though this is supposedly a jazz-tinged album, the music starts with a funk-infused original titled "What People Do" that immediately highlights some of Scone's appreciable chops on the instrument as well as featuring a delicious solos from the sax man and guitarist Johnny "Hammond" Smith. Read more...

01.What People Do 4:20
02.Everything Happens To Me 3:40
03.Stairway To The Stars 4:46
04.I Scream Scone 4:06
05.In A Sentimental Mood 4:55
06.Red Top 4:29
07.Willow Weep For Me 5:34
08.The Last One 5:03

ADAM SCONE: Hammond B-3 organ
IAN HENDRICKSON-SMITH: tenor saxophone
JOHN H. SMITH: guitar (1, 3, 7 & 8)
COLBY INZER: drums (1, 3, 6, 7 & 8)
MATT CHERTKOFF: guitar (2, 4, & 5)
AARON THURSTON: drums (2, 4, & 5)
DAN MUNIZ: guitar (6)




Javier Ortí - Intrology (2015)

Label: Blue Asteroid
Source: Assejazz

El saxofonista Javier Ortí nos presenta su primer disco como líder rodeado de grandes músicos con los que interpretan un repertorio de temas propios en los que se pueden escuchar influencias tanto del jazz tradicional, como del hard bop, el flamenco y la música clásica, todo ello teniendo como base de unión la creatividad y expresividad de cada uno de sus componentes, lo que hacen de este proyecto un interesante lugar para la experimentación y la improvisación como conexión e interacción entre todos sus participantes.

Javier Ortí. Comienza a estudiar música a los 7 años en la banda de música de Isla Cristina (Huelva), ampliando sus estudios en los conservatorios de Huelva, Sevilla y posteriormente en Madrid con el saxofonista Andrés Gomis. A muy temprana edad se interesa por el jazz y recibirá clases de grandes jazzman como Jerry Bergonzi, Arturo Serra, Bill McHenry, Jorge Pardo, George Garzone y Dave Santoro.

Tanto como líder o como integrante de diversas formaciones, ha participado en festivales de jazz a nivel nacional, como el FestJazz de Cádiz, “Qurtuba Jazz”, Festival Haizetara (Amorebieta), “Certamen de bandas de Valencia”, “Festival de blues Antequera” y a nivel internacional destacan el “Frankfurt Musik Festival” (Alemania) y el Festival Internacional de música de Macao (China), incluyendo giras de conciertos por toda la geografía portuguesa, Francia, el norte de Marruecos y Reino Unido, compartiendo escenario con grandes artistas como Perico Sambeat, Bob Sands, Ze Eduardo, Dulce Pontes, María Joao, Ennio Morricone, Daniel Barenboim, Miguel Martins, Juan Galiardo, Arturo Serra, Ernesto Aurignac, Antonio Mesa o Pedro Cortejosa. Como músico colabora con la Andalucía Big Band, “Monk Experience”, “Actual Proof”, “Carlos Bermudo Sexteto” y el quinteto liderado por el contrabajista Ze Actualmente es profesor de saxofón del C.P.M “Francisco Guerrero” de Sevilla donde además dirige la Big Band del Conservatorio.

1. Camino 07:28
2. Aborigen 09:31
3. Elipsis 05:08
4. Lo que quise ser 03:33
5. Magrib 11:20
6. Rios de tinta 01:47
7. As time goes bye 06:06
8. Deep Blue 06:07
9. Dhiana 02:48

Julián Sánchez (tpta)
Javier Ortí (Sx)
Angel Andrés Muñoz (Pno)
Javier Delgado (Cb)
Nacho Megina (B)


John Blevins - Mattherhorn (2015)

Source: John Blevins
Label: pfMENTUM Records

Born in Michigan, raised in Indiana, and now at home in New York City, trumpeter and composer John Blevins has performed and/or recorded with the Festival of New Trumpet Music, Noah & the MegaFauna on WNYC's Soundcheck, Morningsiders, Spirit Animal, Atomic Funk Project, Aly Tadros, Actionplay, Prospect Theater Company, Ali Grieb, iconiQ: The Soundtrack Orchestra, Trumpet City, Out of Your Head Brooklyn, the Wing Walker Orchestra, Drew Williams Nonet, Cerebral People Project, Brooks Frederickson, Royal Caribbean Cruises, the Fort Wayne Civic Theater, and Line of Sight among others.

John's latest original project, MATTERHORN, will release its debut album on pfMENTUM records in November 2015. Line of Sight's 2012 album Observant Bystander features nine of John's original compositions for jazz quintet. John is also a producer for Wing Walker Music and curates the Music for Wing Walker concert series.

After earning Bachelor of Music degrees from Indiana University in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Studies in 2009, John moved to Brooklyn, New York. John earned his Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance at New York University in 2013, where he taught as an adjunct guitar and trumpet instructor and interned at Saturday Night Live under music director Lenny Pickett. While at NYU John studied and performed with Alan Ferber, Ralph Alessi, Kenny Werner, and Brad Shepik among others. John has studied trumpet with Laurie Frink, Joey Tartell, Akira Murotani, Kevin Christenson, and Tony Strebig.
MATTERHORN is a unique confluence of jazz, rock, and the avant-garde. Co-produced by Shane Endsley of the acclaimed post-rock/jazz outfit Kneebody, MATTERHORN will be released on pfMENTUM records in November 2015.



The SPIKE Orchestra - Cerberus, the Book of Angels Volume 26 (2015)

Label: Tzadik

John Zorn has always been a fascinating and polarizing character. I’ve been a fan since many years ago when I saw him do a solo set at the old Knitting Factory in New York. Since when I’ve loved his Masada groups and hated his improve sessions with Lou Reed. As a composer he is bizarrely prolific across jazz, films, klezmer, rock and several other genres.

He wrote his first Masada book of 200 tunes during the 1990s. All the tracks were named after angels; and the themes included a lot of references exploring Zorn’s Jewish heritage. There were 10 albums all performed by his own very fine Masada band.

The second Masada book contained 300 tunes and was written in a single year. The first 25 volumes of those compositions have all been performed by other artists. Which brings us to Cerberus, Book of Angels Volume 26 performed here by London’s Spike Orchestra. They are in exalted company with earlier volumes having been recorded by, amongst others, Uri Caine, Pat Metheny, and Medeski, Martin and Wood.

It should be said that Zorn’s compositions can range from cheesy sounding film themes to klezmer to avant-garde jazz to rock. What they seem to have in common is the ability to bring out the best in arrangers and improvisers.

The Spike Orchestra is the brainchild of composers Sam Eastmond and Nikki Franklin, and it’s a large 18-piece band featuring a host of talented improvisers. Their previous album Ghetto introduced the band, and featured smaller groups as well. Clearly it’s combination of musicality and subject matter was enough to persuade John Zorn to give them this unique chance to record a big-band version of Masada.

So - this is The Spike Orchestra’s version – John Zorn from a full on big-band with some delicious arrangements of ten tunes – named after ten angels.

The arrangements are characterised by very crisp riffs, sometimes in broken rhythms, and strong pulsing bass lines including some nice use of baritone sax and tuba. It’s very melodic and accessible music. A few tracks are overtly klezmer in style, others more reminiscent of classic modern big-bands – think Carla Bley with a hint of Loose Tubes. The arrangements give lots of scope to the excellent soloists but there are too many to single out.

In the end the stars here aren’t the soloists, good though they are. This is an ensemble piece with the musicians, the arrangements and the tunes all in sync.

I do hope we are going to have an opportunity to this performed live fairly soon – meanwhile the CD, which is available from the Spike Orchestra website, has gone straight into my “Best of the Year” selection. 

1 Gehegial
2 Hakha
3 Hananiel
4 Lahal
5 Armasa
6 Thronus
7 Shinial
8 Donel
9 Raguel
10 Pahadron




Enzo Zirilli's Zirobop - Zirobop (2015)

Source: Cdbaby
Label: Ur Records

Drummer/Percussionist Enzo Zirilli moved to London in 2004, from his native Turin. Over the last decade he has become one of the most sought after drummers on the London scene and beyond, working with the likes of Jim Mullen, Stan Sulzmann, John Etheridge, Tom Harrell and Jason Rebello, to name but a few. In 2014 he formed the band "ZiroBop" with Italian guitar maestro Alessandro Chiappetta and two English rising stars; guitarist Rob Luft, who has toured with Dave Holland's Youth Big Band, and bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, who has recently won the Kenny Wheeler prize for composition and arrangement. This is the band's debut album. First off, I have to say that the slightly unusual pairing of two guitarists with bass and drums works exceptionally well. This is partly due to the mature writing, but also the boldness of the band in not being afraid to perform such subtle, carefully crafted music. With two guitarists it could have been easy to overdo things, but not here; what we have is a recording of thoughtful, mindful and beautifully performed tunes.
4 out of 5 stars.  Mike Gates

1. Royal Corridor Noise   
2. Straight No Seven
3. Cancion Brasilena
4. Wu-Wey
5. Thank You Very Monk : I Mean You / Bye Ya
6. Olha Maria
7. Vostok 9
8. Personised
9. Zio Masi
10. Maggio Se Ne Va (Whistle Intro)
11. Maggio Se Ne Va
12. One Way Hotel
Enzo Zirilli - Drum and Percussions
Rob Luft - Guitar
Misha Mullov Abbado - Upright bass, French Horn
Alessandro Chiappetta - Guitar



Christian Sands, Thomas Fonnesbæk & Alex Riel - Take One (Live at Montmartre) 2015 (2 CD)

To begin a CD with an unaccompanied intro to a ballad indicates some confidence from the main soloist on this excellent double CD with the young talented American pianist Christian Sands in the company of the two Danes bass player Thomas Fonnesbæk who is said to be the next NHØP and a Montmartre legend the drummer Alex Riel. The music is recorded live in Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen in October 2014. The three musicians had never met before, but already on the first evening they found their common beat and developed it through the next two concerts, which naturally led to the best takes being collected for this double CD.

Christian Sands, piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk, bass
Alex Riel, drums


Stella By Starlight
Lonesome Lover
So What
In A Sentimental Mood


Body And Soul
Sand Dune
Someday My Prince Will Come