viernes, 3 de marzo de 2017

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE: A tribute to Piaf, Les Vikings, DJ Stefie Shock and Coleman Hell for the Nuit blanche!

Antonio Faraò: “News From…” is out now! (WARNER MUSIC GROUP)

“NEWS FROM…” featuring SNOOP DOGG & WALTER RICCI is the first single from EKLEKTIK  the new album of Antonio Faraò to be released in March 2017 with WARNER MUSIC.

The album EKLEKTIK contains 12 compositions and arrangements of Antonio Farao’ and features an incredible cast of musicians : Marcus Miller, Snoop Dogg, Krayzie Bone (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), Manu Katché, Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock/Headhunters) Didier Lockwood, Bireli Lagrene…
Antonio Faraò is a pianist of uncommon skill. With a career that extends over 30 years, he has realized his potential and established himself as one of the most respected jazz pianists in the International scene.
Antonio Faraò has collaborated and/or performed live with a number of great jazz musicians: Joe Lovano, Jack Dejohnette, Bireli Lagrène, Al Jarreau, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller Franco Ambrosetti, Daniel Humair, Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Steve Grossman, Christian Mc Bride, Chico Freeman, Miroslav Vitous, John Abercrombie, Richard Galliano, Toots Thielemans, Dave Liebman, Didier Lockwood, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, George Garzone, Cecil Mc Bee…and with the famous Italian pop singer Mina.

"In our lifetime, there are only a small few instances where ones talent is so rife it copiously spreads across the entire creative landscape of that existing talent, touching any and everything possible in its phenomenal existence.
The name Antonio Farao emerges here as one who has vigorously, ambitiously, and significantly pursued jazz as one of its progenitors, moving it ahead in blinding incremental revelations. Being rife with talent and unusual ability, he has now exposed another genre of music as if by another unusually talented person. Make no mistake, genius can accomplish that phenomenon.
From jazz he has now touched the music of Hip-Hop/Funk. This is something that’s highly unusual for one to accomplish. An artist is usually planted in one style or the other, but not both. However, Antonio is able to embrace the two as if he has duel personalities. But it’s not personalities to be considered here, it’s superlative talent and superior ability. For a certainty, that makes him a rare phenomenon.
This new CD then, Eklektik , graphically reveals his ability to aggressively invade the realm of that which would never be expected by a superior, and well-established jazz artist. On this CD you will listen with rapt attention and disbelief as your ears absorb the sounds one after another. The music is unusual, of course, but the man is even more unusual. Welcome into the inner world of Antonio Farao."  BENNY GOLSON

Nick Finzer - Hear & Now (Outside in Music February 17, 2017) & TOUR DATES

Trombonist/Composer Nick Finzer captures the mood of the moment
on his politically-charged third album

Hear & Now offers a bold call to action with Finzer's sextet featuring Lucas Pino,
Alex Wintz, Glenn Zaleski, Dave Baron and Jimmy Macbride

" [Finzer's] compositions are like stained-glass windows: lovely on the surface, but more impressive for how they imbue what's behind them with color." - Brian Zimmerman, DownBeat

"Nick Finzer [is] a new voice to the pantheon of upcoming trombone greats in the making."  - Wycliffe Gordon

Trombonist/composer Nick Finzer captures the uneasy mood of a turbulent time on his third album, Hear & Now. Though the title - which the album shares with the gifted and expressive sextet that Finzer has led since his debut release in 2013 - suggests an alertness to the present time and place, Finzer's music also evokes a need and hope for change, a defiant optimism that pits love against the forces of oppression.

Hear & Now, due out February 17 on Outside in Music, arrives at a moment of deep uncertainty and divisiveness in the country and around the world. The album's nine tracks (eight originals along with a Duke Ellington classic) depict a range of viable reactions, from the intense energy of protest to a more meditative, reflective mood. Finzer's compositions are brought to vigorous, full-bodied life by Hear & Now, a sextet with the power and wide-ranging palette of a big band but the supple energy of a small ensemble. It's the trombonist's third outing with the band, which includes tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist Lucas Pino, guitarist Alex Wintz, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Dave Baron, and drummer Jimmy Macbride.

"I wanted to capture feelings I was having about our country's social framework," Finzer says. "I started out trying to write about the emotional feeling of living in New York in 2016, but as the presidential election went on I realized that the stances I was taking were more politically oriented. Throughout the process of making the record I saw that this project was becoming more and more relevant to our reality."

Finzer doesn't name names or point fingers; nothing on Hear & Now takes a side or aligns with one party against another. It is instead a plea for a more united populace, a sonic argument for equality, tolerance and empathy. The album begins with "We The People," a reminder that togetherness is embodied in the country's founding documents. "I wasn't thinking of a particular person or a particular side," Finzer says. "I was trying to capture the intense energy of a large group of people trying to express their opinions and how important that is. When you get together with a lot of people and coalesce to fight against something, it creates this strong, base human emotion, so I was trying to capture that energy with the music."

The brooding, introspective "The Silent One" follows. The piece was inspired by Finzer's frustrations over a tendency to resort to heated emotions rather than logic and subtlety in reacting to issues and problems. The music deftly illustrates the feelings of frustration and isolation one can feel in the face of the mounting volume of TV pundits and internet trolls. Directly related is "Again and Again," whose cyclical rhythms depict the history that we're doomed to repeat. And repeat.

The frenetic, harried pace of "Race to the Bottom," Finzer explains, is a reaction to "the inevitable conclusion of cutthroat capitalism. You either need to be the cheapest or the best because people don't really pay attention to the middle. So you're either in a race to the bottom or you're trying to create something meaningful. To me it's about the value of creating something unique and special because there's no way you're going to win that other battle."

The mood of the album begins to rise with "New Beginnings," with its feelings of dawning hope and tenuous optimism. "Lullaby for an Old Friend," written for a friend of Finzer's who passed away, laces its melancholy with the bittersweet good cheer that time and distance allows, mingling happy memories with the inevitable sense of loss. The up-tempo "Dance of Persistence" is a swinging call to action, but also offers a relief from tension. "That one is about not giving up," he explains, "but also goes back to the thing that I love most, the thing that got me into playing jazz... when I need something to settle me I just want to play something swinging; it just makes me feel better."

The album closes with the tender "Love Wins," which Finzer wrote on the day that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. More broadly it's a strong tenet of belief that ultimately the forces of love will overcome ignorance, oppression and prejudice.

The album's one non-original is Duke Ellington's "Single Petal of a Rose," which Finzer arranged for three trombones and two bass clarinets. He chose the piece for its sense of hushed and intimate joy, but also to pay homage to one of his key influences. "Duke Ellington was the first artist that I started checking out when I began listening to and learning to play jazz," he says. "I loved the way his compositional style could embrace a theme, particular stories or ideas or characters. I also always thought it was really interesting how Ellington could use the big band and get so many interesting sounds out of it."

Finzer takes a similar approach to his own sextet, for this recording working closely with producer Ryan Truesdell, leader of the renowned Gil Evans Project and Producer for Maria Schneider - giving him some profound insights into inventive arranging. "Asking Ryan to co-produce the album ended up being probably the best decision in the process of making my records," Finzer says. "He was able to bring out extra nuances and had a great ear for making sure that we didn't miss the chance to create a magical musical moment."

A native of Rochester, New York, Finzer studied at the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard, where he was mentored by trombone legend Steve Turre. In 2011 he won the Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Jazz Trombone Competition and won an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Award in 2013 & 2015. He's released two previous albums with his Hear & Now sextet: Exposition (2013) and The Chase (2015). Aside from his own projects he's performed with the YouTube sensation, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, as well as Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Lucas Pino's No Net Nonet, Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project, and Anat Cohen's new Tentet.

Lucas Pino, tenor sax & bass clarinet
Alex Wintz, guitar
Glenn Zaleski, piano
Dave Baron, bass
Jimmy Macbride, drums


Fri. March 3, 8 p.m. - Nick Finzer's Hear & Now at Nashville Jazz Workshop, Nashville, TN
Sat. March 4, 8 p.m. - Nick Finzer's Hear & Now at Velvet Note, Atlanta, GA
Sun. March 5, 5-7 p.m. - Nick Finzer's Hear & Now at B-Sharpe's Jazz, Tallahassee, FL
Mon. March 6 - Finzer gives Entrepreneurship Lecture at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Wed. March 8, 7 - 10:30 p.m. - Nick Finzer's Hear & Now at The Barrel Room, Ft. Myers, FL
Thurs. March 9 - Finzer is guest artist at University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Fri. March 10 - Finzer is guest artist at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Wed. March 22, 10:30 -1 - Nick Finzer's Hear & Now Official NYC CD Release Show at Small's Jazz Club

Newvelle Records' First Album of Season Two is Shipping Now!

Newvelle Records is excited to be sharing the first record of their Second Season with members now.  Irmãos de Fé featuring John Patitucci, Yotam Silberstein and Rogério Boccato is a truly beautiful and unique recording of all Brazillian music

Rogério Boccato, John Patitucci and Yotam Silberstein © Jordan Kleinman
What if it's about the song?

There is a paradox in the regional specificity of these songs and their overwhelming universal truth. Music that speaks not just across languages but through a deeper medium. These songs are not conveyances for improvisational flights of fancy. John, Yotam and Rogerio bring their considerable gifts and unique voices to express the song, and the song alone, and perhaps that is the higher calling. 

– excerpted from the liner notes by Elan Mehler

The second release of Season Two features Lionel Loueke and Kevin Hays showing some super-human telepathy on an album of all original material.  Check out a sample on the In The Studio page.

Our third release of Season Two is a band led by Jon Cowherd, featuring Brian Blade, Tony Scherr and Steve Cardenas.  Check out a sample on the In The Studio page.

John Patitucci Trio Featuring Yotam Silberstein and Rogerio Boccato

Kevin Hays and Lionel Loueke Duo

Jon Cowherd Quartet featuring Steve Cardenas, Tony Scherr and Brian Blade

Chris Tordini Trio featuring Becca Stevens and Greg Ruggerio

Aruán Ortiz revisiting the music of the great Cuban classical composers

Rufus Reid Trio with Steve Allee and Duduka Da Fonseca and featuring the Sirius Quartet

 All of Newvelle's covert and interior photographs for Season Two come from the French Collective Tendance Floue.
Newvelle's Recording Engineer on all six records is the multi-Grammy winning Marc Urselli.
Mastering engineer is by Alex Deturk.  
Jim Hoppin and Sarah Enid Hagey shot video at these sessions.  
All video editing is by the award-winning Ben Chace.  
Jordan Kleinman shoots all studio photos.
The web team is run by Aymeric Auberger.
Social Media management by Jessye Mehler.
Newvelle is run by:  Elan Mehler and Jean-Christophe Morisseau.