Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bob Dylan at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Wax Tailor and Bokanté join the program, additional concerts for Pink Martini and Jesse Cook!

Drummer Billy Jones “3’s A Crowd” East Coast CD Release Show Thursday, April 6th 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Collingswood Community Center

Drummer Billy Jones
“3’s A Crowd”
East Coast
CD Release Show 
Thursday, April 6th
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Collingswood Community Center
30 W. Collings Ave.
Collingswood, NJ 08108

Title: 3’S A CROWD
Label: AC Recording AC-49
Produced by: John Vanore
Release Date: MARCH 24, 2017

Track listing:
1. 3’s A Crowd 6:34 George Young
2. Song for Meg 6:27 Tony Micelli
3. The Call 4:27 John Vanore
4. John Cage Scared My Dog 6:55 Mick Rossi/Billy Jones*
5.ForJohnandElvin 4:52GaryMeek/BillyJones*
6. Just Above The Clouds 5:48 Kenny Stahl/Billy Jones*
7. GoneNow 6:34 TyroneBrown
8. A Monotony of Hazards 6:40 Stu Reynolds
9. Chant of the Soul 8:58 Scotty Wright/Billy Jones*
10.Ellie’sDream 6:33GeorgeGenna
* denotes totally improvised 

George Young, alto sax
John Vanore, trumpet
Mick Rossi, piano
Tony Micelli, vibraphone
George Genna, piano
Tyrone Brown, bass

Scotty Wright, vocal
Kenny Stahl, ute
TStu Reynolds, bass clarinet
Gary Meek, tenor sax

The concept of a duo recording is not a new one. This project, that I have been conceptualizing for years, places the drums in constant dialogue with one other instrumentalist. The challenge now—to raise the drums from its traditional role of accompaniment, to that of partner to that other voice.

Excitement through spontaneity... and with the freedom of this environment comes the responsibility to shape the form of the composition. Communication and empathy create the thread from track to track that is the essence of the project. Empathy supported by the presence of longtime friends and musical colleagues... now collaborators. —Billy Jones, 2017 

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Jason Miles Will Release Kind of New 2: Blue is Paris on May 12

Follow Up to 2015's Kind of New Features Ten Arrangements of Producer/Keyboardist's New Composition Written in Reaction to 2015 Paris Terror Attacks

"Jason Miles has raised the level of excellence for the musicians who have had the good fortune of working with him, myself included. The work he did with my friends Miles Davis and Marcus Miller have helped to define the modern face of jazz music."- Roberta Flack

Legendary producer, keyboardist and composer Jason Miles' Kind of New 2: Blue is Paris, featuring ten interpretations of the titular piece which he composed after visiting Paris in the weeks immediately following the 2015 terror attacks, will be released on May 12 on Lightyear Entertainment, distributed worldwide through Caroline/Universal Music Group.

The album's inspiration can be tracked back to 2015, when Jason found himself in Paris doing promotion for his critically acclaimed release Kind of New (Whaling City Sound), a collaboration with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. He was so moved by the spirit of the city in the face of the horror and tragedy of the attacks, a spirit which he describes as "incredibly resilient," that when he returned home with the intent of working on music for a second Kind of New album, the first track that emerged was "Blue is Paris."

As he pondered over how to integrate the track into a second Kind of New album, a surprising idea presented itself: why not recruit an assortment of other musicians and allow them to offer up varied arrangements of the track? The concept for the album hearkens back to Jason's childhood. "In the late 1950's my father bought an album, Lullaby of Birdland, which was that same George Shearing song done twelve times by twelve different musicians and arrangers.

I found the album in my vinyl collection that he left to me, and I thought, 'Wow, this could work if I did the same thing.'" Jason found additional inspiration from his years working with Miles Davis. "I then thought about Miles, who said to never stay in the same place and always explore and try new things."

On that debut Kind of New album, Jason chose to work with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen because her playing was very much in the spirit of Miles. "I chose to emphasize the trumpet because of how iconic it is when it comes to representing everything that Miles stood for," says Jason. On Kind of New 2: Blue is Paris, he's expanded that concept to work with four impressive trumpet players - Russell Gunn, Theo Croker, Patches Stewart and Jukka Eskola - who have all been influenced by Miles but  who each plays in his own powerful style.

"Miles affected a paradigm change by continuing to reinvent 'jazz' time after time," explains Jason. "I'm trying to reinvent the possibilities that exist within a single composition, by allowing different feature soloists to each create his own impression. And that is exactly what Miles stood for...great possibilities."

In addition to Jason's version of "Blue is Paris" and the interpretations of the track by the above trumpeters, the album features performances by guitarist Ricardo Silveira; saxophonist Jeff Coffin; vocalist Maya Azucena; and Ricky Kej on various Indian instruments, including tabla, high tabla, santoor and dumbek. Joining Jason on the album is a core band comprised of Gene Lake on drums, Reggie Washington and Adam Dorn on bass, Jay Rodrigues on tenor sax and bass clarinet and Vinnie Zummo on guitar.

The collection of artists that Jason tapped for the project speaks in a large sense to the spirit of unity through diversity that speaks through Kind of New 2: Blue is Paris. Grammy-winning Indian composer Ricky Kej notes that, "The Paris attacks left me horrified, and I felt a need to express myself through music. The romanticism, beauty and resilience of Paris can be interpreted well by improvisational Hindustani classical music, which I did though the bansuri, santoor and tablas."  Finnish trumpeter Jukka Eskola continued in the same vein. "Even though the inspiration for this track comes from a tragedy, the song, with its loose and relaxed groove has a positive feeling to it and reminds us that life goes on." Guitarist Ricardo Silveira, who has collaborated with Jason since he released Cozmopolitan in 1979, brings his decades as a prime purveyor of Brazilian jazz to the mix.

"What makes each track different is the concept of what melodic content these very different artists each came up with, what they each heard in order to bring their own musical personalities into their tracks," says Jason. "Once they sent me their performances, I got very inspired to create a musical environment for each track that was true to the song but still distinctive in its own right."

About Jason Miles

With over 130 albums to his credit as a performer, programmer and a producer and 15 as a leader, Jason Miles' career is as storied in its own right as are the careers of the best known artists with whom he's collaborated: Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, David Sanborn, and Grover Washington, Jr., to name just a few.

He's been nominated for an Emmy award, a Latin Grammy award, and three Grammy awards, taking home a Grammy as the producer of A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins, which featured Sting's Best Male Pop Vocal award winner "She Walks This Earth." Jason also won the Billboard Latin Jazz Album of the Year award in 2002 for Gato Barbieri's Shadow of the Cat.

Although he's best known in jazz circles, Jason's work has also extended beyond the boundaries of contemporary jazz. He ventured into country with his production of Suzy Bogguss' Sweet Danger (2006/Loyal Dutchess Records). His three recordings with Global Noize, a musical partnership with DJ Logic (2008's eponymous release, A Prayer for the Planet in 2011 and 2013's Sly Reimagined), represent a transcendent blending of genres, bringing together artist from across the spectrum: John Poppper, Me'Shell Ndgeocello, Cyro Baptista, Roberta Flack, and Nona Hendryx among them.

This is the 7th album project produced by Jason for Lightyear Entertainment.  He's also made musical contributions to film scores, a made-for-television movie (VH1's A Diva's Christmas Carol starring Vanessa Williams) and national commercials, including a five year national American Express campaign.  For a full bio and discography, visit his website.

Organic Flowers - Botanic Mood (LE POP CLUB RECORDS 2017)

La musique d'Organic Flowers est un mélange subtil de grooves que l’on peut trouver dans la soul music, le jazz et le rock des années 60/70. Formation “à l’ancienne”, cet organ-trio a développé une musique puissante et rythmée, influencée par les maîtres Jimmy Smith, John Patton et Grant Green, entre autres.

Ils sortent un premier album en 2014 ("From the Ground Up") et s’en suivent de nombreux concerts en Suisse romande et France voisine. Ils créent ensuite plusieurs projets, dont le plus connu est "Soul Connection", avec les chanteurs Yael Miller (Orioxy) et Ernie Odoom (Le bocal, NK), avec qui ils jouent au Cully Jazz Festival en 2015.

Le trio trouve vraiment sa voie suite à un hommage à Jimmy Smith, pour un concert “Jazz this town”. En revisitant la musique de l’icône de l’orgue hammond, ils affinent leur son, puissant et contagieux, et développent un groove et une énergie débordante.

Leur deuxième album “Botanic Mood” est le résultat d’une subtile synthèse entre ces influences et leur propre personnalité. Avec ce nouvel opus, Organic Flowers propose une musique à la fois irrésistiblement dansante et profondément spirituelle. C’est un retour à l’essentiel, une communion magique du corps et de l’esprit, portés par un son et une complicité unique.

L'album CD sort le 12 novembre, et un album vinyle s’en suivra le 5 mai 2017 avec Le Pop Club Records.

Organic Flower's music is an original blend of grooves found in soul, jazz, and rock from the 60,70's.As an "old school" organ-trio, the three musicians developped a powerful and upbeat music, tainted with influences such as Jimmy Smith, John Patton and Grant Green.They released their first album "From the Ground Up" in 2014, followed by a tour throughout Switzerland and France.Out of all their various projects, the most famous one is "Soul Connection" featuring the vocalists Yael Miller (Orioxy) and Ernie Odoom (Le bocal, NK), with whom they performed at the Cully Jazz Festival in 2016.

After a concert dedicated to Jimmy Smith during the event "Jazz this Town" in Geneva, the trio finally hit its musical path: revisiting the repertoire of the master of the Hammond Organ, they refined their sound, powerful and contagious, and developped a groove with an overflowing energy. 

Their second album "Botanic Mood", is the result of this subtle combination between these influences and their own personality.With this new opus, Organic Flower offers an irresistibly dancing music, as well as profoundly spiritual. Driven by a unique sound and complicity between them, they go down to what is essential, creating a magic link between the soul and the body.

The CD album is to be released on the 12th of November, and a Vinyl will follow may 5th 2017 with Le Pop Club Records.

1. Travelin (Trad.)
2. Down Here On The Ground (G. Garnett, L. Schifrin)
3. Cheval De Troie (D. Robin)
4. L’Esprit Des Plantes (D. Robin)
5. Go To Hell (M. Bailey Jr)
6. The Rock (C. Schaerer)
7. Cotton’s Dance (C. Schaerer)
8. Moon River (H. Mancini, J. Mercer)
9. Jeannine (D. Pearson)
10. Gondon (D. Robin)
11. Noé’s Blues (C. Schaerer)
12. The Turnaround (H. Mobley)
13. I Beeped When I Should Have Bopped (P. Brenner, B. Wayne)

Stafford Hunter - Continuum (2017)

"Continuum" is an attempt to continue the tradition set by the masters of all musics. Embracing the past while stretching the limits. This is the 4th CD of Stafford Hunter as a leader. Each one demonstrating the growth of Stafford's compositions. But, it's the excellent musicians that make this a must have CD.

1. Continuum / Stafford Hunter 08:06
2. The Outside Looking In / Stafford Hunter 06:21
3. Lament / Stafford Hunter 08:50
4. Giant Steps / Stafford Hunter 06:18
5. A Walk In Bari / Stafford Hunter 06:55
6. Ector's Vector / Stafford Hunter 09:06
7. New Beginning / Stafford Hunter 07:44
8. Line In The Sand / Stafford Hunter 06:03

Todd Bashore: Alto/Sop Saxes
Victor Gould: Piano
Luques Curtis: Bass
Vince Ector: Drums

Luca Mannutza Quintet - The Remembering (2017)

Luca Mannutza is among the finest Italian jazz players today, who even released two albums on the legendary Blue Note with the High Five Quintet. “The Remembering” is pure American-rooted jazz, rich in experimentation by a rhythmic point of view, which fully reflects the personality of its composer in its elegance and refinement, never over the top or self-indulgent. Apparently simple and immediate, despite its inherent complexity, it will satisfy much more than just a set of jazz music listeners.

1. Blake Runner (Luca Mannutza)
2. Dedalo (Luca Mannutza)
3. I'll Remember April (Gene De Paul, Don Raye)
4. Silent Prayer (Luca Mannutza)
5. Circles (Luca Mannutza)
6. The Remembering (Luca Mannutza)
7. Solar (Miles Davis)
8. Vortex (Luca Mannutza)
9. Will You Still Be Mine (Thomas M. Adair, Matt Dennis)
10. Gira Mondo Gira (Luca Mannutza)

Paolo Recchia (as)
Enrico Bracco (g)
Luca Bulgarelli (b)
Nicola Angelucci (ds)

Manteca Blue & the Latin Corner. ¡sí Suena! (2017)

El colectivo colombiano Manteca Blue debuta con la grabación Si Suena!, produccion discográfica que incluye números ineditos en su totalidad. Con invitados como el pianista Edy Martinez, el saxofonista Jacobo Velez (El Callegüeso) o William Angulo (Herencia de Timbiqui), Si Suena! presenta un discurso musical con la clave como protagonista personal. Conformados en Cali por el pianista Daniel Gutierrez, inicialmente como una iniciativa de Diego Pombo para el festival Ajazzgo, Manteca Blue reúne a una pléyade de músicos de primer nivel que se foguean en los mejores escenarios del mundo.

Manteca Blue, un latin-jazz explosivo composicion de Jacobo Velez, destaca a Javier Ocampo en el saxofón, asi como a Felipe Medina y Julián Carvajal en el bajo y batería, respectivamente. Escuchame, un cha cha cha compuesto por Daniel Gutierrez que se transforma de manera sorpresiva en un mambo, presenta al mismo Daniel Gutierrez en un solo al piano, así como a Roger Torres en la trompeta. Son Funkyao, como su nombre lo indica es una conversación intima entre la música afro-americana y la cubana, un afro-cuban jazz con la intervención mágica de Gutierrez en el teclado, antes de darle entrada a un solo explosivo de Ibargüen en la tumbadora. Blurrulao tiende puentes entre la musical folclórica colombiana, en este caso el currulao, y el blues. Si Suena ? presenta al invitado especial Edy Martinez en el solo de teclado y el explosivo cierre de Carvajal en la bateria. Vamo´ a Hablar, un numero escrito por Xiomara Suescun, es vocalizado por Jacobo Velez (El Callegüeso y La Mambanegra). Esta salsa progresiva posee un golpe que hara brincar al mas cojo. Guajira Para Eva, una composicion de Felipe Medina, destaca los solos de Roger Torres en la trompeta y de Felipe Medina en el contrabajo. En Mc Coy Congo, en palabras del propio director Daniel Gutierrez: “es un homenaje musical a la obra de Mccoy Tyner, como referencia pianística y musical”, esta composicion de Jaboco Velez con arreglo del mismo Daniel, condensa la esencia de Manteca Blue, un septeto que se mueve con soltura por diferentes aguas.

Manteca Blue
Son Funkyao
Así Suena Feat Eddy Martinez
Vamo´a Hablar Feat Jacobo Velez "El Callegüeso"
Guajira Para Eva
Mc Coy Congo
Pa´Que No Muera La Ilusión

Eddy Martinez - Piano
Jacobo Velez  " El Callegüeso"
William Angulo ( Herencia De Timbiqui)

Bill Brovold & Jamie Saft - Serenity Knolls (RareNoiseRecords 2017)

Jamie Saft has been a significant presence on RareNoiseRecords since the label’s inception: as band leader on New Zion w. Cyro’s ‘Sunshine Seas’ (on piano, analogue keyboards, bass and guitar with percussionist Cyro Baptista) and on The New Standard (on piano and organ with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bobby Previte), on celebrated quartet collaborations with Wadada Leo Smith (Red Hill, on piano) and Roswell Rudd (Strength&Power, on piano), as well as on a number of deep free music collaborations involving Joe Morris (Slobber Pup, Plymouth, The Spanish Donkey, on organ and analogue keyboards).Now, on Serenity Knolls, he stakes out some completely different territory. An intimate duo project with guitarist Bill Brovold, a former member of such New York no-wave bands as the Rhys Chatham Ensemble, the East Village Orchestra and the Zen Vikings, it features Saft alternating between playing dobro and lap steel on a set of 12 ambient type tunes with a distinctive heartland undercurrent to them.An accomplished keyboardist-composer who has been widely acknowledged for his work with various John Zorn projects, including The Dreamers, Electric Masada and Moonchild, the Queens native and current resident of Kingston in upstate New York has nonetheless has maintained a longstanding relationship with the guitar.As he explains, “I've played guitar since I was a youth as well as bass guitar, so this isn't something new for me at all.

In fact, my guitar playing is featured on many of my albums such as Breadcrumb Sins (Tzadik), Sunshine Seas (RareNoise) and Black Shabbis (Tzadik) as well as being prominently featured in my original score for the Oscar nominated film Murderball."On Serenity Knolls, Saft is paired with the legendary improviser, woodworker, instrument builder and leader of Larval, an influential Detroit improvising post-rock ensemble. “I met Bill in upstate New York where we both currently live in the Hudson Valley,” says Jamie. “Bill is a beautiful and diverse friend and it's a pleasure to improvise music with him.” 

On spacious tracks like “Sweet Grass,” “Saddle Horn,” “The Great American Bison” and the title track, Saft creates that high and lonesome feel with his expressive slide guitar playing. He switches to lap steel on the droning “Bemidji,” “No Horse Seen” and the minor key “Greybull.”

“I've been fascinated by slide guitar styles for many years,” he says. “Initially I was exposed to these sounds through Bob Dylan's music, which quickly led me to the universes of country and bluegrass music. I wouldn't say I have specific role models for slide guitar — for me it is a means to produce sustained events from a guitar. I take a more orchestral approach to the instrument. I'm far from a great technician on these instruments. I’d never profess to be in the same league in any way as the legends of pedal steel and dobro. But to me, they are sonic tools to achieve a particular goal.”
Recorded at Potterville International Sound in Kingston, New York and mixed there by Saft and his colleague Christian Castagno (the same engineer who co-produced and mixed 2016’s Sunshine Seas), Serenity Knolls carries a compelling vibe created by Brovold’s atmospheric guitar in combination with Saft’s melodic gems on dobro and lap steel.

“This concept came from improvisations Bill and I were doing at house parties,” Saft explains. “Combining the ambient feeling of Bill's unprocessed big hollow body Guild guitar through a Silverface Fender Vibrolux amplifier and the liquid sound of the dobro and lap steel guitar through a 1950's Alamo Amplifier with subtle tape echo enhancements was the intent. We sought to capture something inspired by the American landscape — the Great American Bison, endless highways, Plains drifting — filtered through a distinctly psychedelic lens. It began with the idea of making music that was ‘Country Ambient’ and arrived at something of an alternative state of consciousness.

“Serenity Knolls is both an ideal state of mind as well as the name of the rehab center where Jerry Garcia died.” 

Sweet Grass
Saddle Horn
The Great American Bison
No Horse Seen
Splintering Wind
Serenity Knolls
Silent Midpoint

Bill Brovold: electric guitar
Jamie Saft: dobro, lap steel guitar

Francois Couturier Tarkovsky Quartet - Nuit Blanche (ECM 2017)