Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Montreal Hard Bop 5 - Case No5 (2016) THE 270 SESSIONS


MTL HB5 propose un renouveau du son hard bop à Montréal, par des compositions minutieuses, enlevantes et fignolées au Québec : le quintette vous fait vivre un retour dans le jazz façon 2016.

Le band est né en 2011, à l’occasion du Festival de jazz de Montréal, le temps d’un spectacle au Pub Quartier Latin. Les cinq comparses s’étaient alors réunis afin de célébrer cette grande musique qu’est le hard bop. Gagnés par le plaisir de cette première collaboration et par l’accueil du public, les membres s’enthousiasment; des projets de spectacles se dessinent et se concrétisent.

Puis, en 2012, un album promotionnel est lancé, offrant à un public amateur charmé quelques grands classiques des maîtres hard bop (tels Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley) aux coté de quelques pièces originales. Le son et la qualité des morceaux sont louangés. La scène, qui reconnaît la musicalité et le talent du groupe, espère d’eux qu’ils élargissent leur répertoire original. C’est ce qu’il font avec cet album uniquement garni de pièces originales. Neuf compositions soigneusement choisies parmi le répertoire créatif des membres Cameron Wallis et Jonathan Cayer, ainsi que celui du saxophoniste émérite Montréalais Dave Turner.

Frédéric Grenier – Contrebasse
David Carbonneau – Trompette
Jonathan Cayer – Piano
Alain Bourgeois – Batterie
Cameron Wallis – Saxophones

1. Search Warrant
2. Mr. Hitchens
3. Case No5
4. EST
5. Dual Dimension
6. Ballad in Shenzhen
7. L'espion
8. Expy 40 (Drum song)
9. Maxed Out


David DeJesus - Drive (2016)

Label: Self Released
Source: David DeJesus
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
GAB's Rating: ★★★★★

Saxophonist David DeJesus has been on the New York City Jazz scene since the late 90’s and has established himself as a key player in numerous bands in various genres. In Jazz, David has performed with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, and Jimmy Heath’s Big Band along with many others. In Latin Jazz and Salsa, David has shared the stage with Ruben Blades, Larry Harlow, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Tito Rodriguez Jr. Currently, David is a member of the Grammy Award winning Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria Big Band, and the Legendary Ron Carter’s Great Big Band. On top of his busy performing career, David has long been involved in education and is currently a proud professor at Purchase College just outside of the city.

DRIVE is the debut album by NYC saxophonist David DeJesus featuring the stellar band of Donald Vega on piano, Luques Curtis on bass, E.J. Strickland on drums, and Tristen Napoli on trumpet.

1. Drive
2. The Search Goes On
3. Emergence
4. The Knife Test
5. Home
6. Endgame

David DeJesus - saxophone
Donald Vega - piano
Luques Curtis - bass
E.J. Strickland - drums
Tristen Napoli - trumpet 




Doug Webb - Bright Side (2016)

Source & Label:http://www.posi-tone.com/brightside/brightside.html
 Genre: Hard-bop
GAB's Rating: ★★★★★

The sky is the limit when tenor saxophone virtuoso Doug Webb turns his attention toward the "Bright Side" on his seventh release for Posi-Tone. Everything swings steadily as Webb plays with remarkable technical precision and a manifest knowledge of his materials. His tone is robust and extraordinarily well-centered, his articulation sharp, and his command of the tenor saxophone complete. Nevertheless, he is more than a mere technician, for his artistry is also considerable and this album is a crowning achievement for an artist who is as substantial a musician as jazz has ever produced. Along with the able assistance of an all-star group of label mates -- who are of course all leaders in their own right -- including organist Brian Charette, guitarist Ed Cherry, drummer Steve Fidyk, and special guest trumpet sensation Joe Magnarelli, Webb has fashioned a shining diadem of melodic jewels across a wide spectrum of styles and sounds! Critical listeners and casual fanatics everywhere will shine with intense delight as Webb soars onward and upward to new heights with "Bright Side."  





Mimi Jones - Feet In The Mud (2016)

Source: Cdbaby
Genre: Crossover Jazz
GAB's Rating: ★★★★☆

Powerful, yet sensitive fusion of jazz, soul and alternative that will undoubtably touch your heart. This glorious collection of original material and well thought out arrangements on popular songs pays homage to some of our greatest contributors.

For the more than two decades she’s been on the scene, bassist/vocalist/producer/label owner and now filmmaker Mimi Jones has reigned supreme, as a side woman to an impressive coterie of musicians and as a leader with three CDs on her own label, (Hot Tone Music) featuring the Mimi Jones Band.
Her newest release for the label, Feet in the Mud, is her most powerful, recording to date. “Feet in the Mud refers to being true to one’s own self despite your race, age, gender, size etcetera,” Jones says.
Jones is supported by an engaging and ingenious collection of musicians including pianist Jon Cowherd, drummer Jonathan Barber, and saxophonist Samir Zarif.
Born in New York City of parents from Barbados, and raised in the Bronx,
Jones is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory and she has studied with Lisle Atkinson, Ron Carter, Linda McKnight, Milton Hinton and others.
She has toured extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean Islands and is recognized as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador. Her vast work as a side woman includes gigs with Kenny Barron, Frank Ocean, Beyonce, Dianne Reeves, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marc Cary, Toshi Reagon, Rachel Z, Sean Jones, Ravi Coltrane, Tia Fuller, Joshua Redman and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy Award winning Mosaic Project.
Jones also serves as co-director with ArcoIris Sandoval of The D.O.M.E. Experience, a multimedia project created to inspire its audience to become aware of environmental and social issues, within the community and globally through choreography, composition and cinematography.

1. Mr Poo Poo
2. American
3. Elevate
4. The-Min-or Way
5. Fall
6. Lyman Place
7. Applause
8. One 4JB
9. The Grinder
10. Happy
11. Feet in the Mud
12. Blackbird

Mimi Jones - bass
Jon Cowherd - piano
Jonathan Barber - drums
Samir Zarif - saxophone 



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