Friday, March 24, 2017

SF JAZZ Collective - Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions (Live: SF JAZZ Center 2016) 2017

This limited edition 2-disc set was recorded throughout the Collective’s four-night residency October 20-23, 2016 on the Robert N. Miner Auditorium stage at the SFJAZZ Center, documenting the Collective’s arrangements of the music of Miles Davis as well as their own fresh compositions.

Disc One – Music of Miles Davis
1. “So What” arranged by Sean Jones
2. “Nardis” arranged by Miguel Zenón
3. “Milestones” arranged by Matt Penman
4. “Tutu” arranged by Robin Eubanks
5. “Bitches Brew” arranged by Obed Calvaire
6. “All Blues” arranged by Edward Simon
7. “Joshua” arranged by Warren Wolf
8. “Teo” arranged by David Sánchez

Disc Two – SFJAZZ Collective Original Compositions
1. “Tribe” by Miguel Zenón
2. “Canto” by David Sánchez
3. “Your Turn” by Matt Penman
4. “111” by Obed Calvaire
5. “In the Heat of the Night” by Warren Wolf
6. “Shields Green” by Robin Eubanks
7. “Hutcherson Hug” by Sean Jones
8. “Feel The Groove” by Edward Simon

Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone)
David Sánchez (tenor saxophone)
ean Jones (trumpet)
Robin Eubanks (trombone)
Warren Wolf (vibraphone)
Edward Simon (piano)
Matt Penman (bass)
Obed Calvaire (drums)

March 28, Brooks Center, Clemson University, Clemson, GA
March 30, Rockport Music, Rockport, MA
April 1, Miller Theater, Columbia University, New York, NY
April 2, Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA
April 7-9, Blues Alley, Washington, DC
April 13, Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
April 15, Ferst Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA
April 21, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH
April 26-29, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, MO
May 4, St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids, MI
May 5, Symphony Center, Chicago, IL
May 6, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA

Yves Brouqui Trio - How Little We Know (GAYA MUSIC 2017)

From the first listen one is caught by this round sound, subtle, proper to the great jazz guitarists…

Magnificent subtleties, nuances in touch, excellent musicality is served by a return to the swing and the melody that surpasses the flawless virtuosity of the guitar leader. From album to album, here the 5th as leader, Yves Brouqui is in the line of Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell…

His 10 years stay in New York City, particularly at the Small’s where he met the top of the East Coast jazz scene, allowed him to assert his play and style. An album that all the lovers of the 6 strings must acquire and keep preciously on the “Best of” shelf. As for the rhythm that accompanies it … Extremely solid! ~ Christian Grimauld

01. How Little We Know
02. These Are Soulful Days
03. Between You And Me
04. Love Letters
05. Close Your Eyes
06. Lament
07. Street Of Dreams
08. Blues For Pm
09. Lazy Bird
10. Something Like Bags
11. This Is New

Kenji Rabeson - bass
Joe Strasser - drums

Ohad Talmor & Christoph Irniger - Subway Lines (Counterpoints) FRESH SOUND NEW TALENT 2017

01. Subway Line 3 (Talmor) 5:07
02. Lennie Grass (Irniger) 6:03
03. Two Fools Tears (Talmor) 6:47
04. By Heart (Irniger) 3:51
05. Subway Line 2 (Talmor) 6:36
06. Dance (Irniger) 5:02
07. Bounce (Talmor) 5:25
08. Subway Line 5 Head Only (Talmor) 0:42
09. Of Love and Satisfaction (Talmor) 6:17
10. Subway Line 5 (Talmor) 4:47

Ohad Talmor-Christoph Irniger "CounterpointS" are:
Ohad Talmor (tenor sax, left channel)
Christoph Irniger (tenor sax, right channel)
Baenz Oester (bass)
Vinnie Sperrazza (drums)

Recorded at Playground Studios, Zürich, Switzerland, November 14 & 15, 2015

Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Andy Neresheimer
Artwork: I&W Designs

Produced by CounterpointS
Executive Producer for Radio SRF 2 Kultur: Peter Bürli

Subway Line 3 is based on the chord progression of “I Remember You”
Lennie Grass is based on the chord progression of “I Got Rhythm”
Two Fools Tears is closely related to “Tea for Two”
Subway Line 2 is based on the chord progression of “My Romance”
Dance used chords to John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” as a departure point
Subway Line 5 is closely inspired by the chords of “Solar”

Hermon Mehari - Bleu (2017)

Hermon Mehari’s anticipated debut album as a leader, “Bleu”, marks a new era in his career. The music covers both the ground of his contemporaries and his own original music in such a way to illustrate his current musical path. “Bleu” includes ECM recording artist Aaron Parks on piano, Blue Note recording artist Logan Richardson on alto saxophone, Peter Schlamb on vibraphone, Ryan J. Lee on drums and Rick Rosato on bass. Mehari was the recent winner of the 2015 Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition and a semifinalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2014 he released the CD "Our Journey" with Diverse, his second with the group. Mehari maintains a touring schedule around the world with his own group and as a sideman. He was the headliner of the 2014 Jazz en Tête Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France and was featured on the world-renowned saxophonist Bobby Watson's 2013 release, "Check Cashing Day".

Mehari was also the winner of the 2008 National Trumpet Competition and placed 2nd in the International Trumpet Guild competition in Sydney, Australia. As a founding member of Diverse, whose eponymous debut album on Seattle-based Origin Records reached the Top 40 on the Jazzweek Radio Charts, he has performed professionally with noted saxophonists Jaleel Shaw, Logan Richardson, Bobby Watson, and Ben Van Gelder. He has also performed with Joe Sanders, Hubert Laws, Randy Brecker, Tony Tixier, Dave Pietro, Clay Jenkins and many other great musicians. The band Diverse notably shared a double bill with Roy Haynes' Birds of a Feather band as headliners of the 2008 Gene Harris Jazz Festival.

Hermon Mehari received his BM in Jazz Performance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2010. In addition to performing, he dedicates himself to being a serious educator and has participated in clinics and panels around the world.

1. Tatra 06:22
2. Eleven Thirteen Une Nuit Noire 07:42
3. Don't Ya Think Interlude 00:51
4. Moment's Notice 05:55
5. Awakening 04:42
6. Cold (feat. Kevin Johnson) 03:50
7. Sunset Park 05:31
8. Our Journey Revisited 04:28
9. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face 04:39
10. We Love 05:13

Aaron Parks, piano
Logan Richardson, saxophone alto
Peter Schlamb, vibraphone
Rick Rosato, double bass
Ryan J Lee, drums

Jasper Somsen Trio - A New Episode in Life Pt. I (CHALLENGE RECORDS 2017)

It’s no coincidence Jasper Somsen’s 3rd (and later this year 4th) Challenge Records album features an international piano trio line up. Recent years performing and/or recording in trio with a.o. Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, John Beasley, Jeff Ballard, Justin Faulkner and André Ceccarelli, he is much sought after by (especially) pianists. The former New York, now Montreal-based French master pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc and one of Jasper's all-time favorite French drummers André Ceccarelli joined him for this diptych.

At their first encounter ever, this trio with Jean-Michel Pilc - piano and André Ceccarelli - drums recorded A New Episode in Life Part I & A New Episode in Life Part II  in just two days!

The music is an intriguing and exciting exploration in the hearts and minds of these three wonderful musicians.

A New Episode in Life Part II will be released in autumn 2017

1 Beneath The Surface (for Enrico)  06:24
2 No News Is Good News Coming  06:58
3 Full Circles  04:55
4 Blue Lady  05:03
5 Parallel Reality  04:32
6 She Says, He Says  04:59
7 Corinaldo  05:25
8 When Hands Are Tied  06:59
9 Apparent Contrasts  05:29

Jean-Michel Pilc - Piano
André Ceccarelli - Drums

Laurent Marode Nonet - This Way Please (2017)

Sous influence des musiques qui l’on fait voyager, le pianiste ravit avec ce nouveau disque les amoureux du swing.

Avec son nouvel album This Way Please, ancré dans la tradition du jazz, Laurent Marode livre une fresque musicale aux arrangements raffinés, inspirée des musiques de films et des mélodies qui l’on fait voyager. Cette ode à un jazz populaire alterne compositions et reprises jouées par un nonet puissant et réjouissant.

« This Way Please ramène à la vie un jazz universalisant, exigeant et offre un vaste terrain de jeu dédié à l’hommage et à la création ».
Pour se faire, Laurent Marode s’est entouré de musiciens de haut vol qui donnent au swing ses lettres de noblesse : Fabien Mary à la trompette, Luigi Grasso au saxophone alto, David Sauzay au saxophone ténor, Frank Basile au saxophone baryton, Jerry Edwards au trombone, Laurent Marode au piano, Nicholas Thomas au vibraphone, Fabien Marcoz à la contrebasse et Mourad Benhammou à la batterie.

Particulièrement touché par le Hard Bop et la période des années 40 à 60, Laurent Marode a fondé un sextet avec lequel il enregistrait son premier disque en 2005, I mean. Sa passion pour le cinéma le mène à diriger des comédies musicales et des projets théâtre et musique (Bonheur en 2003, Novecento en 2005, Pygmalion, BB Initials en 2013 etc.). Il se produit aussi régulièrement en ciné-concerts.

This Way Please est un projet qui réunit des musiciens exceptionnels!

Cette configuration permet à Laurent Marode d’utiliser des techniques d’arrangement a priori éloignées l’une de l’autre : le Big Band mais également celles des grands quintets et sextets de l’histoire du jazz, ainsi que des techniques ayant trait à la musique classique.

Passionné de musiques de films et de belles mélodies, les compositions et morceaux choisis réveillent et réhabilitent un jazz oublié : populaire, onirique et fédérateur, loin des carcans élitistes des compositions complexes destinées aux oreilles averties ou du jazz déambulatoire de fanfare. Dans cet espace intermédiaire de création, This Way Please ramène à la vie un jazz universalisant, exigeant et offre un vaste terrain de jeu dédié à l’hommage et à la création.

This Way Please… est une ode à ce que le jazz a de plus précieux et singulier,  une évidence  intemporelle et voyageuse. Du Swing ! Du Bounce !

1 Sacha's Mood 04:53
2 Wives and Lovers 05:39
3 The Adventure on Kleber 452 05:07
4 Start Stop 03:29
5 The Reason Why I Love You 09:09
6 Penny Lane 03:55
7 Very Last Round 05:48
8 This Way Please 01:51