Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ligne Sud Trio - Lendemains Prometteurs (2016)

Après de brillantes études au Conservatoire de Marseille, Christian Gaubert cultive très tôt son éclectisme en montant un trio et un big band de jazz puis en mettant ses qualités de compositeur, arrangeur, chef d’orchestre au service des grands noms de la chanson (Aznavour, Bécaud, Mort Shuman, Croisille, etc...) et surtout en travaillant pour le 7ème art (plus de 140 partitions). Au cours de sa carrière il fait appel à de nombreux musiciens (Marc Chantereau, Pierre Alain Dahan, Richard Galliano, Daniel Humair, Jean-Jacques Milteau, Guy Pedersen, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jean Schulteis). D’une affinité particulière avec André Ceccarelli et Jannick Top est né le  premier album « Ligne Sud Trio » avec pour invité Thomas Savy.
Pour ce nouvel album, Christian Gaubert a orienté sa composition vers une forme rythmique inspirée de traditions éthniques (bulgares, turques ou arméniennes), l’univers harmonique demeurant contemporain. Le trio a fait appel aux deux solistes exceptionnels, aguerris à cette forme d’éclectisme dans le jazz, que sont Thomas Savy aux saxophones et Christophe Leloil à la trompette. 


Will Bernard - Out & About (2016)

Tune in to the tasteful stylings of guitarist Will Bernard on his latest effort "Out & About." Employing a wide palette of genres and sounds, this gifted instrumentalist makes a bold statement of purpose with both his stunning musicianship and his new program of original compositions. Bernard's melodicism shines throughout the session with able assistance of some of the heaviest cats on the scene today, including the collective genius of bassist Ben Allison, organist Brian Charette, drummer Allison Miller, and tenor saxophone sensation John Ellis. While the session is definitely straight ahead and features some hard swinging highlights, the music is also elegantly lyrical and brilliantly evocative of a more modern jazz sensibility. 


Joan Chamorro presenta Joan Mar Sauqué (2016)

“Joan Mar Sauqué is a solid trumpeter, able to lead with solvency a big band trumpets section, and he is also a soloist always with fresh ideas, with a great capacity for melodic creation,  a blend of tradition and modernity, based on listening to the big ones like Tom Harrell, Kenny Dorham or Freddie Hubbard. And the best of all is that his progression is rising and unstoppable.”

“We can hear his evolution in his contributions as a soloist in the last CDs of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, among which are its beautiful solo on the theme Moody’s Mood for Love, on Jazzing 5, or his several solos in the new Jazzing 6, which has seen the light this year, 2016.”   Joan Chamorro

1. Con Alma 05:08
2. Ocells de Cendra 03:22
3. Sail Away 08:30
4. Lotus Blossom 04:01
5. Tenderly 05:51
6. Motel 04:56
7. Polka Dots and Moonbeams 05:30
8. A Felicidade 04:54
9. Sometime Ago 02:57
10.Bossa Nova Ova 04:27
11.If I Should Lose You 04:40
12.Boperation 06:03
13.Blues Op.1 03:04

Joel Frahm
Luigi Grasso
Perico Sambeat
Tono Belenguer
Ignasi Terraza
Josep Traver
Esteve Pi
Magalí Datzira
Rita Payés
Marc Martín
Andrea Motis
Sant Andreu Jazz Band  


Empirical - Connection (2016)

While Empirical’s moniker implies cool detachment and disinterested observation, the quartet has become one of Europe’s top jazz ensembles by creating a bracing sound rife with roiling emotion. The band builds on the extroverted improvisational ethos of the 1960s New Thing, embracing oblique harmonies, translucent textures and jagged, quick shifting rhythms. Featuring Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Shaney Forbes (drums), Lewis Wright (vibraphone) and Tom Farmer (bass), Connection is the fifth Empirical album. The band’s first release on the American label Cuneiform, it captures the ensemble at its most pure and potent. 

"The coolest of Britain's young jazz bands."  – Daily Telegraph 

"...they’re still evolving, pushing boundaries and moving jazz forward."  – Mojo

Empirical has become one of Europe’s top jazz ensembles by creating a bracing sound rife with roiling emotion. The quartet builds on the extroverted improvisational ethos of the 1960s New Thing, embracing oblique harmonies, translucent textures and jagged, quick shifting rhythms. Featuring Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Shaney Forbes (drums), Lewis Wright (vibraphone) and Tom Farmer (bass), Connection is the fifth Empirical album, the first to feature only the quartet with no guests, and the first released outside of their home base of England. It captures the ensemble at its most pure and potent. 

“Each of our previous albums was an experiment, where we included various guests from a string quartet to a pianist to bass clarinet,” Farmer says. “This time we went into a great sounding studio with just the four of us. It’s an accurate representation of what we’re doing now, what our gigs sound like. This is our expression.” 

Following the release of its eponymous debut album in 2007, Empirical quickly established itself as a creatively charged crew unafraid to explore jazz’s wild and wooly left field. They threw down the gauntlet with their acclaimed second album, 2009’s Out ‘n’ In, which offered a highly personal salute to Eric Dolphy. 

“We were working really well, taking it really seriously,” Farmer, who joined at that time along with Wright, says. “I’d never met guys who took it so seriously. The process of studying together is really what brought us together, and we just carried on doing it.” 

In many ways Connection is a similarly bold statement, a program of original music that unfolds with the kind of intuitive narrative momentum generated by a great set. 

The band’s interactive group approach is built on Farmer and Forbes highly kinetic rhythm section tandem, while Facey possesses an instantly recognizable alto tone. But in many ways Wright’s vibes define the group’s sound. From the moment he joined the band, he catalyzed a new way of writing and arranging material. “We all loved the transparency,” Farmer says. “You can hear exactly what everyone’s playing. Lewis is quite a unique player. He gets this warmth on an instrument that can sound quite harsh and metallic. I love having all this room on the bottom, without having to think about a pianist’s left hand.” 

After the release of the band’s third album Elements of Truth, Empirical won the inaugural Golubovich Jazz Scholars fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The residency at the prestigious conservatory led to the band’s collaboration with the all-women string ensemble Benyounes Quartet, who were featured on Empirical’s fourth album Tabula Rasa. The ambitious, often spiritually-tinged project featured some of the band’s most beautiful and complex writing. Following that satisfying musical detour, it’s no surprise that Connection finds the quartet getting back to basics. Recorded after a week-long run at Foyles Bookshop London, the album captures the raw energy, brash ideas, and volatile group sound that Empirical has built upon the vast territory opened by jazz’s mid-1960s explorers.

01. Initiate the Initiations 03:50
02. Anxiety Society 04:08
03. Stay the Course 07:17
04. Driving Force 05:15 video
05. Lethe 07:06
06. The Maze 04:15
07. Card Clash 05:14
08. The Two-Edged Sword 02:32
09. Mind Over Mayhem 06:49
10. It's Out of Your Hands 05:49
11. Fluid Flow [Bonus Track] 04:50

Released February 5, 2016 

Nathaniel Facey - alto saxophone 
Lewis Wright - vibraphone 
Tom Farmer - double bass 
Shaney Forbes - drums 

Tracks #1, 2, 4, 6, 7 composed by Tom Farmer 
Tracks #3, 8, 11 composed by Nathaniel Facey 
Tracks #5, 9, 10 composed by Lewis Wright 

Recorded at RAK Studios, London, February 4–5, 2015. 
Recorded by Richard Woodcraft. 
Assisted by Manon Grandjean. 
Mixed by Alex Bonney. 
Mastered by Pete Beckmann at Technology Works Mastering. 
Additional production by Simon Hendry for Class 6 Productions. 

Produced by Empirical. 

All compositions published by Metropolis Music.


Cuneiform Records is an independent record label releasing adventurous, boundary-bursting music by artists from around the world. 

Founded in 1984.
Based in Washington D.C.