Saturday, May 28, 2016

Santiago Leibson - Out of Order (2016) KUAI MUSIC


01. Hawaii 04:13
02. Oak Street 04:31
03. Situation 1 05:36
04. Hawaii II 05:04
05. Out of Orden 03:29
06. Situation II 04:31
07. Contrahecho 04:52
08. A los tumbos 04:30
09. Uniendo puntos distantes 06:15

Todos los temas pertenecen a Santiago Leibson. 
Producido por Santiago Leibson. 


All compositions by Santiago Leibson. 
Produced by Santiago Leibson.

Released May 27, 2016

Santiago Leibson: piano 
Drew Gress: bass 
Devin Gray: drums

Grabado el 9 de noviembre de 2015 en Dolan Studios, NY 
Ingeniero de grabación: Daniel Pasquel 
Mezclado y masterizado por Luis Bacqué en Southern Sound Studios, NY 
Arte de tapa: Laura Leibson 


Recorded on November 9th 2015 at Dolan Studios, NY 
Recording Engineer: Daniel Pasquel 
Mixed and mastered by Luis Bacqué at Southern Sound Studios, NY 
Cover art: Laura Leibson


Eduardo Elia - Solo (2016) BLUE ART RECORDS


Un disco a piano solo es, ante todo, un acto de desnudez tanto musical como emocional. En esta nueva producción, el pianista de Córdoba, Eduardo Elia, reafirma su camino de salir  al ruedo sin medias tintas, con dominio de standards y tres composiciones propias. El piano bascula entre el jazz y su profundo mundo interior, sin contaminar la escena con virtuosismo vacío. Once temas que son materia prima para la profundización, apuntando a un enfoque íntimo y oscilante; que se erige como una declaración detenida en el tiempo en un presente continuo. Aquí hay variados cielos que transmiten distintas proyecciones de luz. Una travesía musical rica en sorpresas, colores y contrastes.

Conductor de Impronta de Jazz

Eduardo Elia, piano

01. Circle (Miles Davis)
02. Round Trip (Ornette Coleman)
03. Speak No Evil (Wayne Shorter)
04. Una Idea (Eduardo Elia)
05. Giant Steps (John Coltrane)
06. Toy Tune (Wayne Shorter)
07. Evidence (Thelonious Monk)
08. Peace (Ornettte Coleman)
09. Wertic (Eduardo Elia)
10. Pasajero Frecuente (Eduardo Elia)
11. Virgo (Wayne Shorter)


Andy Brown Quartet - Direct Call (2016) DELMARK RECORDS


Andy Brown's previous album, Soloist (Delmark 5019), received outstanding reviews in JazzTimes, Jazziz, Vintage Guitar and in Down Beat where Scott Yanow described Andy as "a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene since 2003 ... a superior mainstream guitarist". Direct Call features a rarity in jazz today - a working band. Several years of performing weekly at Andy's Jazz Club has given this quartet a cohesive and tight-knit sound that can only be gained through countless gigs together. With Jeremy Kahn, piano, Joe Policastro, bass and Phil Gratteau, drums, the album features an eclectic mix of standards, Brazilian music and jazz compositions.

Andy Brown, Swing Master: "Appel Direct"

Theoretically, I should not be able to write that the Chicago-based guitarist Andy Brown is in fact a Swing Master. He is certainly too young and too healthy. He's been on a skateboard. He might even lack the maladjustments so common to Great Artists. But these things have not limited his creative magic.

There's more delightful evidence at hand, a new Delmark CD, DIRECT CALL, which I would gladly dub SWING MASTERPIECE OF 2016.

The three other masters here are Phil Gratteau, drums; Jeremy Kahn, piano; Joe Policastro, string bass. Like Andy, they know what and where it is.

The session was recorded in Chicago last September - beautiful sound thanks to my non-relative Scott Steinman: THE JEEP IS JUMPIN / PRISONER OF LOVE / EL CAJON / FUNK IN DEEP FREEZE / APPEL DIRECT / RELAXING / ONE MORNING IN MAY / CATCH ME / ELA E CARIOCA / FREAK OF THE WEEK.

In a crime novel whose name I forget, someone said, less politely, "Everybody can talk but not everyone has things to say." The art of swing improvisation is not something learned from the Real Book or from copying gestures to fool an audience. (Ending a performance of SHINY STOCKINGS with three Basie chords doesn't make it Basie.)

Compelling, light-hearted, authentic swing and melodic improvisations are a matter of years of study - usually on the job. The members of this quartet, although not Elders chronologically, are wise players whose art comes from playing, listening, thinking, feeling.

Some like their jazz to be startling, even abrupt. It has to be "innovative" and "adventurous." I wouldn't deny them such pleasures, but music that shouts BOO! in my ear is not for me. I warm to jazz that delicately balances the familiar and the surprising, with comfort the result, as if I were a passenger with a driver I wholly trusted. This comfort is felt immediately in the opening choruses of APPEL DIRECT. "These players know how to sustain feeling and build on it; they won't let me down or disappoint me."

Although the CD is in no way a repertory project, I could settle into the joy of experiencing and anticipating right from the start: the same way I feel when (let us say) I heard Teddy Wilson, Milt Hinton, and Jo Jones play an eight-bar introduction. Basie and Charlie Christian. Jimmie Rowles, Jim Hall, Leroy Vinnegar, Frank Butler. You can supply your own names. Mastery and ease.

I urge you to check out the CD, and, even better, share the music with others . . . or do that most radical thing, hear this quartet in a Chicago club or elsewhere. I believe that you will feel uplifted, rewarded - by the sweetness of PRISONER OF LOVE, the rare energy of CATCH ME and the other swinging tunes. It's a beautifully integrated quartet, with each player generously giving of himself to the band. And now I will play APPEL DIRECT again.

Andy Brown, guitar
Jeremy Kahn, piano
Joe Policastro, string bass
Phil Gratteau, drums

The Jeep Is Jumpin'
Prisoner of Love
El Cajon
Funk In Deep Freeze
Appel Direct (Direct Call)
One Morning in May
Catch Me
Ela É Carioca
Freak of the Week


Prisoner of Love