Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sam Crockatt Quartet - Mells Bells (2016)

Source & Label: Whirlwind Records

British tenorist Sam Crockatt brings the energy and immediacy of his quartet to Whirlwind on Mells Bells,​ an album of peppy live-feel studio performances which illuminate and elaborate on the leader’s eight original compositions. Crockatt (a member of London-based Loop Collective) collaborates with many of today’s increasingly successful contemporary jazz and improvisational artists, particularly revelling in the focus of this empathetic working quartet with colleagues Kit Downes (piano), Oli Hayhurst (double bass) and James Maddren (drums). Recorded over a single day off the back of a couple of successful concerts, newly-birthed concepts merge with older themes-in-waiting to create a distinct and exciting spontaneity.

Title track Mells Bells offers a glimpse into the saxophonist’s creative process. The initially cacophonic

and then swirling beauty of church bell peals, witnessed from a vantage point above his Somerset home village, provided the inspiration for an outing which highlights this ensemble’s creative vibrancy and free spirit; clanging and chiming with both celebratory and audacious ebullience, it loudly proclaims the heartiness of the current British jazz scene.

Sam Crockatt’s robust and characterful tenor voice – stemming from an appreciation of the sound worlds of (amongst others) Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson and Lee Konitz – is authoritative yet synergetic, his writing frequently inviting the freedom for musical diversions to flourish. Brightly swinging opener "Canon" illustrates well the openness of the improvisational landscape, with

Crockatt readily passing the baton to pianist Downes who mesmerises with a chameleonic, broad-sweeping presence across the keyboard; yet the whole is upheld by the saxophonist’s solid, memorable melodic hook and the rhythmic assuredness of Hayhurst and Maddren.

That same confidence pervades the entire album – as in "I Found You In The Jam", where bassist and drummer converse intimately before opening the discussion to all, engineering the most fabulously bold yet romantic of interactions; and James Maddren’s constant percussive diversity is a delight. Crockatt’s elongated, Shorter-like phrases in "Breath", supported by the Debussyian wonder of Downes’ piano, reveal shimmering watercolor hues; and purposeful "A Stroll On The Knoll" combines the buoyant accessibility of a classic compositional Herbie Hancock riff with the scintillating, gruff tenor abandon of Sonny Rollins.

With this recording project, the satisfaction for Sam Crockatt has been the ability of his personnel to build on initial (sometimes sparse) compositional threads to weave together an album which coruscates with improvisational clarity and which melds so incisively: “I like to think as texturally as I can – hearing various melodies over and over in my head – to achieve as many combinations of sound as I can. And I know these guys will take my ideas off into new areas.” It’s clearly that musical trust, and the collective ingenuity, which ignites the magic of this quartet.

1. Canon
2. The Masterplan
3. I Found You ​I​n ​T​he Jam
4. Mells Bells
5. Breath
6. A Stroll ​O​n ​T​he Knoll
7. Tiny Steps, Top ​O​f ​T​he Mountain
8. The Land ​T​hat Time Forgot

Sam Crockatt – tenor saxophone
Kit Downes – piano
Oli Hayhurst – double bass
James Maddren – drums  


Eduardo Cardinho Quinteto - Black Hole (2016)

Label: Self Released

O Comissariado Cultural da Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP) e a Porta-Jazz convidam toda a comunidade a assistir ao concerto de apresentação do CD “Black Hole” de Eduardo Cardinho Quinteto, que irá acontecer no próximo dia 4 de abril (segunda-feira), às 21h30, no Auditório da FEUP.
O quinteto vencedor do Prémio Jovens Músicos 2013, liderado pelo vibrafonista Eduardo Cardinho, é um dos grupos promissores do jazz português, segundo Mário Laginha: “Há relativamente pouco tempo fiz parte do Júri da 27.ª edição do Prémio Jovens Músicos e fui surpreendido pela performance do Quinteto de Eduardo Cardinho. Arranjos elaborados e muito bem feitos, bem como uma evidente procura de uma linguagem própria, numa faixa etária a rondar os vinte anos, levam-me a pensar – e dizer – que devem ser seguidos com muita atenção!”.
Para além do vibrafonista Eduardo Cardinho,  o quinteto é composto por José Soares (saxofone), Mané Fernandes (guitarra), Filipe Louro (contrabaixo) e Pedro Almiro (bateria).
Os cinco estarão em palco para a apresentação do CD “Black Hole”, editado pela Carimbo-PortaJazz. Cinco jovens reunidos e movidos pela questão: “todas as coisas que poderias ser por esta altura se a tua mãe fosse a mulher do Sigmund Freud”, que daí partem e, através dos seus instrumentos, inocência e garra, se dedicam à ousadia de fazer boa música, numa reunião íntima com o público de profunda reflexão e energia faiscante e com um repertório de música original.

1. And Then it Begins 08:57
2. O Mar 08:50
3. Black Hole 09:45
4. Song for Ana 08:45
5. Lua 10:10
6. Canção 07:18
7. Bipolar H. 14:54

Eduardo Cardinho - Vibraphone & composition
Mané Fernandes - Guitar
José Soares - Alto Sax
Filipe Louro - Bass
Pedro Almiro - Drums




Colin Cannon - Intermission (Farewell) 2016

Label: Self Released

Reading the spare (and tongue-in-cheek) liner notes of guitarist/composer Colin Cannon's Intermission (Farewell), one could easily get the idea that Cannon wrote, arranged and produced the album for a relatively small inner circle of friends, family and associates. Referring to that cohort, he writes, ..."and besides you people, I don't particular care who else listens to this—it wasn't made for them." As with Mel Brooks' "The Producers," Cannon has failed to marginalize his wider audience by turning out one of the most charismatic releases in recent years.

Cannon has been leading a solid quartet for the past seven years, putting out two releases, In Summary (Self Produced, 2009) and Glenville (Self Produced, 2012). The 'Farewell' portion of the title refers to a departure from that format but that is only partially the case. Bassist Zak Croxall, drummer Tom Hartman and Manami Morita on all keys, are the same musicians appearing on the quartet albums, though Hartman shared drumming credits with Devin Collins on the latter of the two.

Japanese native, Morita, like a number of well-known jazz players from that country, began with classical piano before making the change to jazz. She later received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and went on to win a number of competitive awards. Also a Berklee alum, Hartman studied with drummer/vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington, saxophonist George Garzone, and trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. Rounding out the all-Berklee quartet are Croxall and Cannon who at the age of sixteen was opening for the likes of Grammy-nominees Karrin Allyson and Brian Auger. He later studied with the same instructor who had tutored Pat Metheny and John Scofield. Working in tandem with the quartet is an ensemble that includes four vocalists, strings, brass and woodwind and vibraphone.

The hook is in from the opening of Part I, "Your Everyday Prelude," with Cannon's gentle picking merging with lush strings and overlaying spoken-word narratives from 1950s field recordings, moving in and out of focus. Carkner's haunting trumpet guides the transition to "Everyday" which wraps up with a swirl of soaring guitar, vocals and the sound of giggling children. Buoyant vocalese opens "La Da" but the piece ends more choir-like as anxious narratives continue to run in the background. "Mofo" begins with Morita's elegiac piano but morphs into a hard rock guitar piece. The "Intermission" half of the title track features "Let's All Go to the Lobby," the audio portion of a 1953 animated musical short that played as a trailer in cinemas, urging audiences to visit the concession stand. That piece transitions to an ethereal musical request to "check your phone; sip your drink."

By the time we get to Part II, it has become clear that the music on Intermission (Farewell) deserves not to be categorized. Themes may draw on jazz, rock or European chamber but the balance is intentionally open-ended, moving from minimal to orchestral; from simple and sweet to complex and jagged. Yet, with all these moving parts, there is a sense with each of these pieces that they are natural and undeviating from Cannon's vision. When "Reflections 3" closes the album it feels like a rich, satisfying and original musical experience has been realized.

Cannon moves listeners away from preconceived notions with Intermission (Farewell). He works multiple genres, traditions and styles to create an organic and opulent tapestry. The performances here are flawless; there are no wasted measures in this intoxicating combination of melody and surprising developments. It's early in the year but Intermission (Farewell) deserves to be on some lists when the year wraps up.
(Part 1) Your Everyday Prelude
La Da
“My Time to Shine” –MM
(Part 2) Still Thinking
Still Breathing
Collin Goes To Church
Bugs and Stuff
(P.S.) Recollections 1
Recollections 2
Recollections 3

 Zak Croxall: electric and upright bass
Tom Hartman: drums
Manami Morita: piano, fender Rhodes, melodica
Colin Cannon: guitars, ukulele, synthesizer, vocals
Devin Dunne Cannon: vocals
Brik Olson: vocals
Madison Straton: vocals
Alex Mitchell: vocals
Tomako Omura: violins
Allyson Claire: viola
Kristine Kruta: cello
David Carkner: trumpet
Sly Onyejiaka: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Yuhan Su: vibraphone

Cedric Napoleon - Yesterday Today (2016)

Label: Separate Entity Music
Genre: Jazz Soul

Cedric Napoleon is one of the Founding Members of Pieces of a Dream. Lead Vocalist/Bassist/Song Writer.

Cedric currently travels, and performs as a featured artist and has recently formed his own band known as Cedric A. Napoleon and Friends. Cedric has played with several prominent artists in his career. Grover Washington, Jr., Phylis Hyman, Gerald Veasley, Barbara Walker, Hezekiah Walker, Kurt Carr, Sharon Baptist Church, St. Thomas African Episcopal Church, and Kingdom Restoration. Cedric can be seen in performances in Philadelphia, and the Tri-State area! He has traveled from Washington, DC to Virginia Beach, and Philadelphia to Boston. Look forward to his new CD coming soon! Cedric is currently teaching Bass, Vocals, and The History of Jazz at the Philadelphia Clef Club!

1. Intro
2. Yesterday
3. Rock Steady
4. Golden Lady
5. Ordinary People
6. Stella by Starlight
7. My One and Only
8. Happy
9. Bridge Over Troubled Waters
10. Just the Two of Us
11. Cedric's Groove


 Cedric Napoleon - acoustic & electric bass
Line-up unknown




Diego Pinera Trio - My Picture (2016)

Label: Octason Records
Source: Cdbaby

All good things come in threes.

The triangle is the most stable geometric construction. A three legged stool may be crooked, but it does not wobble. A square is only stable, if it is split it into two or more triangles and even a circle consists basically of infinitely equilateral triangles that run at an acute angle towards the joint center. But the natural law, which applies one hundred percent to geometry and structural analysis, is abrogated, in almost all cases, in Jazz. Usually trios are solo projects with a fixed star and two satellites. If it turns out to be different, it is godsend.

The Diego Pinera Trio is such a blessing. Saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Ben Street and drummer Diego Pinera create a stable triangle, where the page length is not defined by the vertex but by the common enclosed area. This is all the more surprising as the fractions of the three protagonists and the intensity of the trio are variable, not only from tune to tune, but also within the tunes. Without that, the established coordinates of solo and accompaniment within the trio would manifest themselves - all three musicians play with the same passion, the creative fractions are and remain evenly distributed - constantly shifting the center of gravity and the communicative moment.

The three emanates a magic, which is used by religions, fairy tales, myths and literary figures. The Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, the Three Wise Men from the East are just three examples of Christian mythology. The three theological virtues are faith, love, and hope. Three times black cat, three wishes, the three feathers, the three Musketeers, the three from the gas station, it is always three times in the one, a holistic approach resulting in a three-way split.

This one or singularity as three is what is so impressive about the trio of Diego Pinera. It is not about what different contexts Mark Turner invents, nor the long list of musicians with whom Ben Street has played with. In this particular Trinity it is only about what happens in this, and in no other moment. That is amazing, exciting, and unpredictable. The three musicians are free to use all of their imagination because they can completely trust in the stable constellation. Because each of them combines holistically what is currently played and what is expected by the two other collaborators. There are three individual musicians who bring in their whole backgrounds, but there is also the association of three intentions to a Meta impulse that is completely detached from its origins.

It is an expression of the creative force of Pinera, Street and Turner that by all spiritual poetry of their trio context they stay present and earthbound. All three are constantly transmitting and receiving between each other, but they transmit together. All this is based on the grounds of jazz and using elements of jazz. But this music embodies much more than what the categorical shortening of a genre can do. It is the uniqueness of a special and distinctively playful moment which you can only hear from this and no other context. To be a part of this moment is everything. To be a part of the fundament, the architecture of the execution, and the spirit of the continuation - a further division by three.

Wolf Kampmann
(translated by Wolfgang Frister & Eric Holland)

1. Open Window
2. Cuidado
3. New Hope
4. Evidence
5. Today
6. Bart
7. My Picture
8. The New One
9. The Song Is You

Diego Pinera - drums
Mark Turner - saxophone
Ben Street - double bass 


Brian Bromberg - Full Circle (2016)

Label: Mack Avenue

World-renowned acoustic and electric bassist Brian Bromberg hasn’t released an album in the U.S. since 2012, a fact that might not have been cause for concern if you know that at one point he released three albums in one year. Every man deserves a break. However, once you realize that this chameleon with over 20 projects in his catalog recently had reason to believe that he might never play music again, you understand the gravity of his latest acoustic jazz project, Full Circle – one he says may well be “the most important record of my career.”
Like all of his work, Bromberg’s latest features a stellar cast that includes trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, saxophonists Bob Sheppard, Kirk Whalum and Doug Webb, pianists Randy Waldman, Mitch Forman and Otmaro Ruiz, and percussionist Alex Acuña. The project also finds ‘the man that refuses to sit still’ mixing styles from New Orleans funk and a legit jazz cover of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop `Til You Get Enough” to Cubop – with a sizzling relentless swing throughout. But the aspects that make this project resonate deeper than anything Bromberg’s done prior boils down to a series of life changing events, career firsts and the magic of today’s technology meeting mediums of old.
A freak accident that Bromberg had at his home a couple years ago resulted in him breaking his back in two places with severe trauma. The fall nearly debilitated him requiring extensive rehabilitation to stand and walk, let alone cradle an upright bass properly or strap an electric bass on his back. Through sheer intestinal fortitude, exhaustive work, and the love and support of the woman in his life, Bromberg made an amazing recovery. When he did, a familial spirit guided him to make an album that returned him to his roots in acoustic jazz. That spirit is that of his father, Howard Bromberg, a once-busy drummer in Tucson, Arizona (where Bromberg was born) who inspired both his sons to play drums as well.
Full Circle opens and closes with the tunes “Jazz Me Blues” and “Washington & Lee Swing” that were originally recorded by the senior Bromberg with a band of friends onto a one off acetate. Spiritually moved by a desire to play with his late father – something he never got to do when he was alive due to a stroke he suffered just when Bromberg became proficient on bass – he copied the platter with a USB turntable, had the file cleaned up at Oasis Mastering then overdubbed himself in his home studio playing bass in his dad’s old quintet.
“A few really amazing things happened to me when I was recording those tracks with my father; those tracks originally were recorded before I was born, so it was such a trip playing with my Dad before I was even on this planet! When I was playing with him I realized at that moment where I got my time feel and swing from, it was effortless to play with him, mind blowing actually. I guess the experience that inspired the whole concept of this album was feeling his time feel and swing inspired me to start playing drums again, because it felt so good.”
That sentimental journey inspired Full Circle. Bromberg seamlessly laid down rhythm tracks for bass, drums and “guitar” (the latter facilitated by playing melodies and solos on the higher pitched piccolo bass) on every song. As a bassist, Bromberg playing the piccolo bass with his fingers affords him a unique sound (much like guitarist Stanley Jordan ) from the majority of guitarists that play using picks.
“That’s where the ‘Full Circle’ concept came around. I didn’t know if I was ready to do it but, spiritually, I felt that my father wanted me to do it and to do it now.”
Brian Bromberg
Photo Credit: Raj Naik

Breaking down his methodology, Bromberg shares, “When I wrote the tunes, I made demos with swinging drum samples that I programmed just to hold down time, and then I played reference piccolo bass parts and regular bass parts to make a musical foundation. Then I had the piano players come over and I’d play drums live with them for interaction. The point is, by the time I played drums to it, I had good swinging bass parts to lock my drum parts to or vice versa. I added all my piccolo bass (and the horn players’ solos) last. I’m proud that I don’t sound like ‘a good drummer for a bass player.’ It doesn’t sound overdubbed and the feel of the pocket is righteous. Because I don’t have the facility of a drummer that’s played for 45 years, there’s more space than a normal drummer would leave which gives it a unique sound.”
“This album is just a swinging, in your face traditional jazz album with simple tunes that are easy to sing along with and remember, but have a foundation in hardcore “real” jazz.” Bromberg concludes. “I hope people enjoy this album for what it is and what it means to me vs. judging it for what it’s not.”

1  Jazz Me Blues
2  Full Circle    
3  Sneaky Pete    
4  Saturday Night in the Village
5  Boomerang    
6  Havana Nights (aka Havana Nagila)
7  Bernie's Bop    
8  Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
9  Naw'lins!
10 Susumu's Blues
11 Washington and Lee Swing

Brian Brombergg: acoustic & electric bass, piccolo bass, drums
Arturo Sandoval: trumpet
Bob Sheppard, Kirk Whalum and Doug Webb: saxophone
Randy Waldman, Mitch Forman and Otmaro Ruiz: piano
Alex Acuña: percussions

Ari Erev - Flow (2016)

Label: Self Released

In Flow, pianist-composer Ari Erev and his players pour fresh energies into the pool of sounds that nourish our world. They do so in accord with the hallmarks of personal expression, collaborative interplay and creative sophistication that characterizes jazz in all its glorious styles and forms.

This third album by the Tel Aviv-based Erev introduces a new set of original songs that expand on his taste for lyricism with a Hispanic accent. Inspired at first by virtuosic Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, who he heard on bassist Charlie Haden's bolero-tinged records Nocturno and Land of the Sun, Erev has made a study of keyboardists drawing upon Spanish, Caribbean, Mexican and South American musical legacies. He joins them in underscoring melodic themes with the rhythms of Africa adapted across the Atlantic Ocean as early as the 18th century, and 200 years later embraced all around the world.

This strategy requires skilled instrumentalists and in return spotlights their talents, so Erev has gathered accomplished compatriots to the task. Veteran bassist Eli Magen grounds the album's aura with his subtle yet substantive sound; drummer Ron Almog, best known for his prominent role in the Avi Lebovich Orchestra, and percussionist Gilad Dobrecky (on four tunes) deftly collude in support. Soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen (of The Three Cohens, featuring his brother, trumpeter Avishai and sister, reedist Anat) richly enhances five tracks of Flow's tracks. The result of everyone's well-attuned efforts is more than an hour of music that soothes and stimulates in balanced measure.

"I prefer to leave these songs mostly unexplained," Erev says, "so that the listeners will come up with meanings and interpretations." But it will not hamper audiences' speculations to reveal that Flow's opener "Jump into the Water" was the last piece of this book written by the pianist. It came to him quickly one evening as a melody conveying the concept of taking a bold move "from which there is no way back. Once you jump, you can't regret it. . . "

"Flow" itself was the first song Erev penned for this project, a waltz that rises and dips during his piano solo as if buoyed by waves. On "Playful Moments" Cohen's voice-like horn floats upon a samba beat, a hint of "saudade," the Brazilian mood of nostalgic sadness, glistening through the song.

"July, Again" is Erev's tribute to his deceased friend and bassist Udi Kazmirski, who first gigged together on a July day; Kazmirski died in July 2012, hence the title. "Treasures in Havana" is Erev's allusion to spiritual, rather than material, assets, sparked by transcendent experiences, especially with music, he recalls from a family visit to Cuba.

Bassist Magen's line, says Erev, is the pivotal one of two meshing in "Inner Story." "What the Heart Sees" is Erev's evocation of the statement "What is essential is invisible to the eye," from Antoine de St.-Exupery's fable The Little Prince. Might what's essential be clearer to the ear? It seems so, as Erev, Cohen, Magen and Almog avoid mere embellishment while sketching soulfulness at a luxuriously moderate pace. And so Flow continues, with "Continuance" emphasizing the power of carrying on; the lyrical "Domingo," by Brazilian pianist-composer Debora Gurgel; the self-explanatory "Latin Currents," and American pianist-composer Fred Hersch's "Endless Stars."

It's true these tracks need little explanation. Your own attentions and reactions to the musicians' intimate interplay and sensitivity will tell you all you need to know. The music gives the impression that it's being created in the moment, just for us. As Ari Erev says, "Flow is the state of mind during which one is immersed in a continuous act of doing something, usually with great enjoyment and complete focus, without even noticing the passage of time. A listener can easily enter such a state. Simply sit down, relax and go with this Flow. – Howard Mandel


For me Flow has two meanings:

One is a stream of water that is directional and repetitive.
However, the repetitiveness is not even and comprises a wide variety of
large and small streams, colliding, converging and splitting again.
I see resemblance between Flow and Music. Similarly to a flow,
music consists of numerous different streams that have the same
general direction and – especially with improvisation
– never exactly repeat themselves.

Another meaning is a state of mind during which one is immersed in a
continuous act of doing something, such as learning or creating, usually with great
enjoyment and complete focus, without even noticing the passage of time.
It is as if the time becomes suspended and the perception of reality is blurred
by the unconscious. Some people may regard this as the embodiment of
Happiness itself...

I feel extremely fortunate to have experienced such emotions
while composing and arranging some of the tunes for this album.
. . . .

I hope you let my music flow into your hearts and minds.

Ari Erev
January 2016

 1. Jump Into the Water
2. Flow
3. Playful Moments
4. July, Again (For Udi Kazmirski)
5. Treasures in Havana
6. Inner Story
7. What the Heart Sees
8. Continuance
9. Domingo
10. Latin Currents
11. Gan Ha-Shikmim (The Sycamore Garden)
12. Endless Stars    

Ari Erev - piano
Eli Magen - bass
Ron Almog - drums
Gilad Dobrecky - percussions
Yuval Cohen - soprano sax


Leroy Jones - I'm Talkin' Bout New Orleans (2016)

New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones is recording his sixth independent album

The past few months have been busy for Leroy Jones; composing, arranging, and planning all take place long before the musicians step into the studio. His upcoming release, under the working title "I’m Talkin’ Bout New Orleans" will be recorded in January 2016 but planning for the album has been well under way for some time now. The final, welcomed push came from the Threadhead Cultural Foundation who supported the project in their fall grant cycle of 2014.

The total budget for the album is of course far greater than the Threadhead grant but the grant will cover a sizeable portion of the musicians' compensation. "Although I am producing the recording on my own, one of my priorities is to pay the musicians well for their time. This is what they do for a living, and you can't take favors and discounted rates to the bank," says Jones.

Consisting of original compositions, Jones' fans are surely waiting for the new album as it will be his first full length release since the 2009 "Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze." A single, "Go To The Mardi Gras" was recorded and released in 2012. The upcoming project "I’m Talkin’ Bout New Orleans" will feature 10 songs, performed by different ensembles ranging from quartet to a sextet with strings. The personnel will include some of New Orleans' most sought after musicians and the studio team will be Jones' trusted duo of Tim Stambaugh and David Farrell. Most of the songs have never been recorded and all arrangements are tailored for this release.

Excited to be heading back into the studio, Jones says that he is "delighted to be able to create a recording with only original compositions, thus adding to the New Orleans canon. It is wonderful that cultural foundations like the Threadheads are supporting artistic projects that perpetuate the true essence of New Orleans music."

Preproduction should be finished by December 2015 and if recording goes as scheduled, the fans will be able to purchase their copies of the brand new album in late March. As with Jones' previous projects, graphic design and photography will be done in-house, by Katja Toivola. This will allow the album's visual look to continue Jones' sophisticated trademark style.

I’m Talkin’ Bout New Orleans
The Aftermath Blues
Armstrong Parade
Time Is Always On Your Side
Rosey’s Theme
More Five Four
La Vella
Carnival Is In The Air
Two Five One
Wonderful Christmas

All songs and lyrics written and arranged by Leroy Jones, except "Two Five One," with lyrics by Paul Sanchez and music by John Rankin and Leroy Jones.

Leroy Jones - trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals (tambourine/cowbell on track 9)
Alonzo Bowens - tenor sax
Wessell "Warm Daddy" Anderson - alto sax (track 7)
David Harris - trombone (tracks 1, 4, 9, 10)
Terrance Taplin - trombone (tracks 3, 5, 7)
Katja Toivola - trombone (track 2)
Helen Gillet - cello (track 5)
Todd Duke - guitar
Larry Sieberth - piano/Rhodes/organ
Jason Stewart - contra bass
Shannon Powell - drums (tambourine on track 8)

Recorded and mixed at Word of Mouth Studio by Tim Stambaugh, January 12th, 14th-16th & 20th, 2016
Mastered at Sonic Studio by David Farrell, January 28th, 2016



Mikel Andueza 5 Segundoro - Cada 5 Segundos (2015)

Label: Errabal Jazz
Source: Tomajazz

El navarro Mikel Andueza es una garantía de calidad en cada proyecto que acomete. Su técnica depurada al saxo alto, sus buenas composiciones y su acierto en la elección de los músicos llenan de valor sus discos. Cada 5 segundos, su último trabajo, lo viene a confirmar una vez más.
El disco lo conforman nueve temas, ocho compuestos por el propio Andueza y otro popular navarro, interpretados por un sexteto de lujo en el que están Iñaki Salvador, Dani Pérez, Chris Kase, Gonzalo Tejada y Gonzalo del Val, todos magníficos en su participación.
El motivo del disco es el tiempo y la muerte de los niños en África. Una llamada de atención ante una de las masacres más silenciosas y olvidadas de este planeta. A esos niños está dedicado Cada 5 segundos.
El disco tiene un cierto carácter melódico en el comienzo de las piezas. Sus temas son reflexiones armónicas que se desarrollan a través de improvisaciones de Andueza con un estilo sencillo, pero impecable en cuanto a su ejecución. Escuchar este disco es plenamente reconfortante. La complicidad establecida entre los músicos desde que empieza con el tema que da título al disco hasta que acaba con “Jan Steps” da una sensación de historias muy bien contadas, con unos personajes-músicos que encajan a la perfección y unos ritmos dirigidos por Andueza, dignos de admiración. Buena culpa de ello la tiene la capacidad compositiva de este músico. Lo mismo encontramos temas intensos como “Underground”, que preciosos solos de Chris Kase a la trompeta y otro de Iñaki Salvador al piano en “Axuri Beltza”, o exposiciones de Mikel Andueza y Dani Pérez a la guitarra en “Ponle letra” o “Mr M.B.”. En realidad ningún tema tiene desperdicio.
El disco es jazz plenamente contemporáneo, con unos temas dotados de una fuerza que les hace siempre salir airosos, sin fisuras y con un desarrollo redondo. Un nuevo acierto de Mikel Andueza.
© Carlos Lara, 2016

Cada 5 Segundos
Zortziko para Mauro
Axuri Beltza
Mr M.B.
Ponle Letra
 Jan Steps

Miguel Andueza (saxo alto)
Dani Pérez (guitarra)
Chris Kase (trompeta)
Iñaki Salvador (piano y órgano)
Gonzalo Tejada (contrabajo)
Gonzalo del Val (batería)


Victor Goines - A Dance At The Mardi Gras Ball (2016)

Source: offbeat

As the director of jazz studies for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University since 2008, New Orleans native Victor Goines has had the opportunity to hang in nearby Chicago. And it shows! The saxophonist and clarinetist, who is best recognized for his work with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, grabs his tenor for some hard blowing on “Stoit,” the post-bop opener of A Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball. Known as a mild-mannered gentlemen, Goines really lets go and takes it out, enabled by a loaded rhythm section made up of excellent Chicago-based musicians. They include drummer Gregory Artry, Jr., pianist Ron Perrillo and bassist Dennis Carroll. The latter two are also fellow educators who teach at Chicago’s DePaul School of Music.

Naturally, Goines also reveals his romantic side, and for ballads such as “Her Eyes Smile,” the soprano sax is often his instrument of choice. It’s a quiet, lovely tune, the mood lightly accented by Perrillo’s fluttering piano notes and the occasional splash of cymbals.

The music starts swinging on the blues-laden “Mississippi Mud Shuffle,” on which Goines starts honkin’ in a rougher, more swaggering style than many would consider his norm. Think of him blowing in a small, old-school Chicago jazz and rhythm and blues club.

Victor Goines—who wrote all of these varied compositions—lives jazz, and his knowledge and ability to perform the music’s full spectrum are proven again on A Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball.

A Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball
Her Eyes Smile
Mississippi Mud Shuffle
The Princess and the Troll
The Swaggerer (Calypso Version)
Blues for the Cedarhurst
You and Me
The Swaggerer (Swinging Version)

Victor Goines – Soprano and Tenor Saxophone
Ron Perrillo – Piano
Dennis Carroll – Bass
Gregory Artry Jr – Drums