Friday, August 26, 2016

Jordi Gaspar - Gemini (2016)

Gemini es la nueva entrega del bajista catalán Jordi Gaspar, uno de los instrumentistas más consolidados de la escena del jazz y las músicas improvisadas. Para este proyecto, Gaspar cuenta con la complicidad del guitarrista Jordi Bonell, juntos centran las composiciones y la sonoridad en la combinatoria de la guitarra baja acústica de Gaspar y la guitarra de Bonell. Lo hacen acompañados de músicos de incuestionable altura: Roger Blàvia a las percusiones y como invitados especiales Ferran Savall (voz) y Raynald Colom (trompeta). Juntos dan forma a un elenco de instrumentistas más que adecuado para llevar este proyecto a buen puerto. Gemini nos propone con amabilidad una inmersión en un universo musical donde reinan las sonoridades acústicas, una estética sonora en la que el jazz y los timbres mediterráneos se dan la mano para caminar juntos en una actitud abierta que no deja de lado ni el atrevimiento ni la arte resultante del buen trabajo de estos músicos con mayúscula. Se trata pues de un disco sin fisuras, el homogéneo concepto fluye desde la música de mejor calidad con un sonido excepcional, cautivador y envolvente.

1. Passatje Klein 2:57
2. Gemini 5:42
3. Fels 4:20
4. 6x6 5:11
5. 1xNR 6:48
6. Chiqui 5:21
7. Fe Cega 5:04
8. Oliveta 4:05
9. Secreto 5:03

Jordi Gaspar, bass
Jordi Bonell, guitar
Roger Blavia, percussion
Raynald Colom, trumpet
Ferran Savall, vocals


Mary Halvorson & Noël Akchoté - Mary Halvorson & Noël Akchoté (2016)

By Scott Yanow 
Throughout his career, Noël Akchoté has been a consistently inventive and innovative guitarist. While often associated with the avant-garde, he has a well-rounded style that is an extension of the earlier jazz guitar greats. 
His newest recording is simply called Noël Akchoté & Mary Halvorson. It is a set of duets with the brilliant guitarist Mary Halvorson, a major innovator ever since she emerged on the scene in 2002. While he had been familiar with her playing for several years, Noël did not have direct contact with Mary until 2015 when she recorded “Cheshire Hotel” (from his Lust Corner album) on her Meltframe CD for the Firehouse 12 label. “I invited her to participate on my performance of ‘Gesualdo Madrigals for Five Guitars.’ We spent three days together before we played a show in Nantes, France. A little later on, we recorded our duet album. I can recognize her playing immediately. In many ways playing music isn't just about what you play but how you are and who you are in life. Performing with Mary challenges me a lot. She pushes me into some much different areas than usual.” 
Noël Akchoté and Mary Halvorson went to Les Ateliers Claus, a recording studio in Brussels, creating their joint CD in two hours with no real rehearsals. “I love the very first moments in music and I did not want to spoil them by having too much preparation.” The first ten selections on this set are all Noël’s originals which he modestly describes as “nothing too complicated, mostly lyrical lines with open changes.” 

Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. After three years of study with visionary composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, she became an active member of several of his bands (and appears on six of his recordings). She also performed alongside iconic guitarist Marc Ribot (Sun Ship and The Young Philadelphians), and over the past decade she has worked with such diverse bandleaders as Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey and Mike Reed. 

Noël Akchoté, born in Paris in 1968, he started guitar at the age of 8. Soon meeting and studying with artists such as Tal Farlow, Barney Wilen, Chet Baker, Philip Catherine or Jacques Thollot. During the early 90's, he started to explore beyond jazz, also playing more experimental and improvised musics, playing in the groups of Henri Texier, Louis Sclavis, Daniel Humair, Sam Rivers as well as with Derek Bailey, Marc Ribot, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Tim Berne or George Lewis. He collaborated since with David Grubbs, Luc Ferrari, Rolf Lislevand, David Sylvian, Roedelius and Jim G. Thirlwell. He signed many soundtracks and runs since 2010 a “digital only” label with over 600 references (from early music, to any type of re-readings or fusions).

Released August 26, 2016 

Mary Halvorson & Noël Akchoté – MHNA-001 
(Noël Akchoté Downloads, Album, MP3, Believe Digital, 2016). 

Mary Halvorson : Electric Guitar 
Noël Akchoté : Electric Guitar 

Recorded by Christophe Albertijn at “Les Ateliers Claus”, Brussels (BE), 23 February 2016. Mixed & Mastered by Christophe Albertijn. Artwork by Noël Akchoté. Produced by Noël Akchoté – MHNA-001 © Noël Akchoté Downloads (All Rights Reserved). 

Liner Notes By Scott Yanow

1. Can I V? 03:36
2. Barnum 04:24
3. May 20th 03:01
4. Icare Easter 04:15
5. Flowers (for Mary) 02:34
6. Pline 05:03
7. Gerfrais 04:08
8. Aber-Lied 03:01
9. Dunja 01:58
10. Vuiper Trout 02:54
11. All the Things You Are 05:39
12. Him & Her 04:09
13. Weer Is Een Dag Voorbij 06:17
14. Entre Java et Bali 04:15
15. Strange Meeting 05:08
16. Hune Lune 03:22
17. The Bat 04:58
18. L'Herbe Tendre 04:30
19. Foufou 00:45
20. Oh Lord, Put That Gun Off Me! 00:58