Friday, June 2, 2017

New Tepfer, Kolker & Franzetti on Sunnyside!

Three Great Releases Out Now on Sunnyside!

Dan Tepfer's Eleven Cages (6/2)!
Ft. Thomas Morgan & Nate Wood!

Stream: "Roadrunner"

Dan Tepfer — whom New York magazine dubbed “one of the moment’s most adventurous and relevant musicians” — has criss-crossed the globe over the past several years.

The broad success of the pianist’s 2011 album Goldberg Variations / Variations — an improvisational exploration of J.S. Bach’s masterpiece — led to packed concerts from London’s Wigmore Hall, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and SF Jazz in San Francisco to events in Berlin, Prague, Tokyo, Vancouver and Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge, with The New York Times declaring the latter performance “riveting and inspiring.” Tepfer followed that with Small Constructions, a studio-savvy 2013 album with reed player Ben Wendel, as well as his ongoing collaboration with sax icon Lee Konitz.

Then there was Tepfer’s composing of fractal music for classical groups and his fascinating algorithmic music project, Acoustic Informatics. Now — kicking off what will be one of his most productive years yet — Tepfer presents Eleven Cages, a trio album with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Nate Wood to be released by Sunnyside Records on June 2, 2017.

The seemingly telepathic trio performs a sequence of hook-heavy Tepfer originals, two free-improv pieces and irresistible interpretations of a classic ballad (Gershwin’s “I Loves You, Porgy”) and an iconic pop hit (Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”).

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Adam Kolker's Beckon (6/2)!
Ft. Steve Cardenas & Billy Mintz!

Stream: "Beckon"

For the past couple of years, woodwind master and composer Adam Kolker has led a dynamic and wide-ranging trio featuring Billy Mintz, an outstanding drummer and composer with whom Kolker has played with regularly for years, and the brilliant guitarist Steve Cardenas. The empathetic interaction between the three musicians makes for fascinating, moving music. For his latest recording, Beckon, Kolker presents the trio along with a number of pieces featuring a woodwind ensemble.

Kolker’s overdubbing of woodwinds has been an important element of his recorded output. With this new project Kolker wanted to more fully integrate the wind ensemble with the trio, and he assembled a fantastic group  of professional woodwind players, namely flautist Lawrence Feldman, clarinetist David Gould, and bassoonist Jackie Henderson.

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Carlos Franzetti & Allison Brewster Franzetti - Luminosa (5/26)!
Ft. City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra!

Stream: "Luminosa"

Argentinean composer/arranger Carlos Franzetti is well known for his devotion in bridging the gaps between jazz, classical and Argentinean folkloric music, especially tango. His efforts have led to fruitful collaborations with many important musicians and ensembles. None has been more important than the work he has done with his wife, the concert pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti, and his regular orchestra, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

For their new recording, Luminosa, Franzetti and Brewster Franzetti join the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra once again to record a collection of pieces by Franzetti and a handful of celebrated Argentinean composers. Franzetti conducts the pianist and the orchestra through pieces that blend the rhythms of Argentina, jazz harmonies and popular classical sensibilities into attractive and highly listenable pieces that hark back to popular instrumental music of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Upcoming Sunnyside Releases:

June 9 - Dominique Eade & Ran Blake - Town & Country
June 30 - Oregon - Lantern (CAMJazz)
July 14 - Steps Ahead - Steppin' Out
July 14 - Laszlo Gardony - Serious Play

Ricardo Izquierdo / Mauro Gargano / Fabrice Moreau - Ants (2017)

The band and its music come together in the love, respect, and open mindedness they have for all kinds of music from all over the globe and from all epochs. There are no borders which dictate their sound except their own desires and taste. Each musician brings his own cultural roots to the music they play whether it be a personal composition, song from the American song book, or an Cuban or Italian folk melody. 

What they play is defined and flavored with the distinction imparted by each of their countries’ heritage, but what is played is contemporary and relevant because the music is within the currents of these times we now live in.

Cuban saxophonist Ricardo Izquierdo, Italian bass player Mauro Gargano, and French drums player Fabrice Moreau, play with different rhythmic grooves with complicity and confidence.

01. Coaltar 07:43
02. Meliès 05:37
03. Esperanza Introduction 01:06
04. Esperanza 07:32
05. Valentia 04:59
06. Ninna Nanna per Paolo 06:05
07. Pensierosa Introduction 01:33
08. Pensierosa 06:05
09. Invention pour Piano - Opus 87 N°10 03:55
10. Carbono 05:02
11. Salida 05:01

Trombone Shorty - Parking Lot Symphony (BLUE NOTE 2017)

Trombone Shorty will release his Blue Note debut Parking Lot Symphony. The album is a 12-track tour de force produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Andra Day) featuring 10 new original songs along with covers of Allen Toussaint (“Here Come The Girls”) and The Meters (“It Ain’t No Use”). True to its title, the album contains multitudes of sound—from brass band blare and deep-groove funk to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger—and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as he says, “Music brings unity.”

Laveau Dirge no. 1
It Ain't No Use
Parking Lot Symphony
Dirty Water
Here Come the Girls
Tripped Out Slim
No Good Time
Where It At?
Like a Dog
Laveau Dirge Finale

Personnel: Troy Andrews: trombone, trumpet, tuba, vocals, guitar, piano, Rhodes, Wurtlizer, Hammond B-3, drums, percussion, snare, tom-toms, glockenspiel, vibraphone; Dan Oestereicher: baritone saxophone; BK Jackson: tenor saxophone; Pete Murano: electric guitar; Tony Hall: bass; Joey Peebles: drums; Chris Seefried: glockenspiel, mellotron, sitar; Leo Nocentelli: acoustic guitar; Ramon Islas: conga, tambourine; Paul Cartwright: viola, violin; Ivan Neville: piano; Juan Covarraubias: synthesizer; Glenn Hall: Wurlitzer; Tracci Lee, Ashley Doucett, Sabrina Hayes, India Favorite, Faith Mack, Chrishira Perrier, Remonda Davis, Raion Ramsey, Ashley Watson, Lonel Simmons: choir.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – 2017 Tour Dates:

June 2 – Dominion Arts Center – Richmond, VA

June 3 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC

June 4 – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre – Wilmington, NC

June 6 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT

June 9 – Ocean City Music Pier – Ocean City, NJ

June 10 – Boarding House Park – Lowell, MA

June 11 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT

June 15 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA

June 16 – Westbury Theater – Westbury, NY

June 17 – Aura – Portland, ME

July 2 – ESSENCE Festival – New Orleans, LA

August 4 – Newport Jazz Festival – Newport, RI

August 14 – Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT

August 16 – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO

August 19 – Edgefield – Troutdale, OR **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 20 – Woodland Park Zoo – Seattle, WA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 22 – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 24 – Green Music Center – Rohnert Park, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 25 – Avila Beach Amphitheater – Avila Beach, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 26 – The Chelsea – Las Vegas, NV **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 27 – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 30 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

Eric Ineke Meets The Tenor Players - Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter (CHALLENGE RECORDS 2017)

As the title of the book that Eric and I co-authored The Ultimate Sideman demonstrates, Eric is the epitome of what a total rhythm section player should demonstrate. That is recognizing exactly what is musically needed to make any soloist comfortable and relaxed so they can concentrate on sounding at the top of their game. This historic album provides total proof of how Eric accomplishes this challenging task. The instrumental focus is specially on tenor players featuring some of the all-time greats. With Eddie Davis, Johnny Griffin, Clifford Jordan, George Coleman, Dexter Gordon, Grant Stewart, Lucky Thompson, John Ruocco and I am honored to say myself, each track clearly highlights Eric's sympathetic and on some of the tunes very intense playing. In fact the Dexter track might be one of Dex ́s most intense and adventurous live outings recorded....a fantastic take on one of the great tunes from the jazz repertoire, Benny Golson ́s “Stablemates.”

All of us who have toured with Eric know how generous his spirit is, with a great sense of humor and grace not only on the bandstand but on a day to day basis as he organizes all the many levels of logistics required to bring these gigs off. This is an historical recording that I am sure took a lot of work to put together traversing decades from 1968 to 2014. The music clearly shows the way it used to be and in some cases still exists.... a soloist joins a rhythm section for a few sets playing standards, communicating non-verbally and if it is Eric Ineke on drums, for sure, SWINGING!! Happy 70th my friend.

- David Liebman. Stroudsburg, PA USA.

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