domingo, 20 de diciembre de 2015

JOÃO MONTEIRO - UNFINISHED (2015)


Label: Sintoma Records
Source: Cdbaby


"Unfinished " is the title of the first album of bassist and composer João Monteiro. The album title aims to challenge the concept of conclusion and all the gradual building process leading to that stage. The album consists of original music composed by Joao Monteiro, resulting in various influences which highlights a clear merger between improvised music and elements of progressive rock. The Bassist comes in a quintet format and with the participation of top notch musicians.


1. Heavy Damage
2. Time Lapse
3. Nested Dreams
4. Black Lotus
5. Nebuchadnezzar
6. There's No Path to Follow 

João Monteiro (baixo elétrico e composição | bass and compositions)
Irina Brazhnik (piano | piano)
João Capinha (saxofone | saxophone)
André Fernandes (guitarra | guitar)
Luís Candeias (bateria | drums)


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Avi Darash - Impermanence (2015)


Source: Avi Darash

Avishai Darash (December 28, 1986), better known as Avi Darash, is an Israeli/French jazz pianist and composer. Avi Darash’s style is derived from various influences, namely Western classical music, American jazz, North African traditional music and Jewish music. Avi Darash has toured around Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Canada and France, at places such as Beit Avichai Concert Hall (Jerusalem), Shablul Jazz Club (Tel Aviv), Bimhuis (The Netherlands), the South East Jazz Festival (The Netherlands) and the Concert Hall of Montreal (Montreal). This year will mark Avi Darash’s second album release, which combines his solo work with that of a string quartet and jazz trio.

The music in Avi Darash’s upcoming album is largely influenced by North African music, film music, contemporary improvised music, and nature more broadly speaking. He has been working on the solo part of the album for the past three years, while the ensemble compositions are currently being composed. The album will feature some of the most prominent musicians in the international jazz scene, as well as a string quartet, thus breaking from the jazz tradition by combining it with classical music. Avi Darash says of his music that it is a reflection of his life experiences: “the music is dark and elegant, with a touch of humour in it”.

Avi Darash first became involved with music at the age of 11, having been inspired by his cousin Tal ben-ari (better known as Tribul Tul) – a world acclaimed electronic music producer – who encouraged him to develop his natural talent. At the age of 16, Avi Darash attended his first jazz concert and was deeply moved by the experience. The acoustic, classical aspects of the live music appealed to Avi Darash, and he began taking piano lessons under the guidance of composer/pianist Ittai Rosenbaum – ultimately leading him to the realisation that music was not simply a passion of his, but something that he wants to dedicate his career to.

Avi Darash was granted a scholarship to attend the regional music program of “The Yellow Submarine” in Jerusalem, from which he graduated with honours. In 2010, Avi Darash completed a Bachelor degree at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance under the guidance of Refael Kadishzon, Erez Barnoy and Ilan Mochiach. During his studies, Avi Darash travelled to New York City (2008-2009) in order to expand his international experience, where he studied with the likes of George Cables, Bob Cranshaw, Larry Willis and Sam Yahel. Upon his return to Israel, Avi Darash created the “Helix Kweentet”, a contemporary jazz ensemble comprised of various up-and-coming Israeli musicians (Daniel Dor,Shachar Elnatan, Avri Borochov). The ensemble gained recognition as a new sound in the Israeli jazz landscape, and in July of 2010 they released their first album independently.  Read more...






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Jeff Jenkins Organization - The Arrival (2015)



Source & Label: OA2


“Jenkins never seems to run out of melodic ideas! "The Organization" follows his lead into new musical realms, while never losing touch with the rich history of the Hammond B3 in jazz.”  Dazzle Jazz, Denver

Based in the tradition of Larry Young, Jimmy Smith, and Jack McDuff, and pulsing to the heartbeat of current musical trends, Denver's Jeff Jenkins Organization is one of the great regional groups keeping the classic B3 Organ Trio format relevant and alive. Consisting of Jenkins on B3, Dave Corbus on Guitar, and drummer Alwyn Robinson, this is a real BAND, performing weekly for many years, with an extensive book of originals, standards, and rollicking versions of 60's popular music. Over several decades as a composer, pianist and organist, Jeff Jenkins has worked with many jazz legends including Freddie Hubbard, David Fathead Newman, Eddie Harris, Dakota Staton, Benny Golson, John Abercrombie, and Clark Terry.

"Jenkins gives us a soulful, gospel strut that is undeniably positive in its outlook. Amen!" Berman Music Review.



1. Heavy Eddie 4:35
2. Happy Together 6:01
3. Fly By 1:18
4. Earth Dance 4:46
5. Blues for EJ 4:49
6. Khalid 5:53
7. Goodbye Little J 6:53
8. Braking Bad 4:23
9. The Arrival 4:20
10. For The Kidz 5:04
11. Sideways 5:16


 Jeff Jenkins - B3 Organ
Dave Corbus - Guitar
Alwyn Robinson - Drums 


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Jessika Smith Big Band - Tricks Of Light (2015)


Source and Label: PJCE


PJCE Records is proud to introduce the Portland jazz audience to Jessika Smith's compositional prowess. Tricks of Light is her debut album as a leader/composer/saxophonist and will be released on December 18th, 2015. This album should do plenty to ensconce her status as a top-flight jazz composer in Oregon and beyond. Smith is a Spokane nativeand University of Oregon alum and this will be the first artist to release a big band album on the PJCE Records label. Smith compiled a band of top-notch instrumentalists from all over the Pacific Northwest to record this CD, but the sound and artistic vision of the record are all her own.
Last October Smith decided to plan, write, and record her debut album after being inspired during a tour of Europe with the University of Oregon Jazz Ensemble. She did not share a common language with the audiences, yet Smith noticed that her music was being received with excitement. The large and enthusiastic audiences met the music with an appreciation and understanding for the lyric-less, pseudo-traditional big band music; the collection of danceable rhythms, and imaginative harmonies and melodies found in few other modern musics. She took that spirit with her into the period of creativity
In March 2015, Smith called upon twenty-one of her favorite musicians and former teachers to record the big band album at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Tricks of Light is a collection of new work from Smith that displays her careful attention to melody, ability to construct mood, and impressive compositional skills. The writing features subtle nuances in phrase length, angular (yet singable) melodies, and gives room for the high-flying soloists to tell their own story. While the music sits comfortably in the straight-ahead jazz realm there are flashes of experimentation with Latin flavors and explorations of darker, rock-influenced moods.


1. Swang 07:33
2. Cyan Thread 05:44
3. Lights 06:13
4. If I Loved You 06:26
5. The Viper 03:25
6. Song for Ellen 04:15
7. Danza Del Alma 06:30
8. Gray Monster 07:20
9. Buddy's Blues 04:19
  

JESSIKA SMITH: COMPOSER, PRODUCER, ALTO/SOPRANO SAXOPHONE
MARK TAYLOR: ALTO/SOPRANO SAXOPHONE
IDIT SHNER: ALTO SAXOPHONE/FLUTE
STEVE TRESELER: TENOR SAXOPHONE/CLARINET
JOSHUA HETTWER: TENOR SAXOPHONE
VANESSA SIELERT: BARITONE SAXOPHONE
JUSTIN WOODWARD: LEAD TRUMPET
VERN SIELERT: TRUMPET
PAUL KRUEGER: TRUMPET
TONY GLAUSI: TRUMPET
STEVE SHARP: TRUMPET/CONDUCTOR
DAVE GLENN: TROMBONE
JENNY KELLOGG: TROMBONE
JOE FREUEN: TROMBONE
BILL FOSTER: BASS TROMBONE
TORREY NEWHART: PIANO/ELECTRIC KEYBOARD/MELODICA
KYLE SMITH: GUITAR
DUSTY CARLSON: BASS (TRACKS 1, 2, 3, 8)
SEAN PETERSON: BASS (TRACKS 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
KEN MASTROGIOVANNI: DRUM SET
ADAM CARLSON: AUXILIARY PERCUSSION 


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