Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sebastián Mazzalupo Quarteto - Soles (KUAI MUSIC May 1, 2018)

1. Dance
2. Viaje Infinito
3. Soles
4. Ruta
5. La Hiena
6. Freeman
7. Blush
8. Lamento

All compositions by Sebastián Mazzalupo
Produced by Sebastián Mazzalupo

Sebastián Mazzalupo: sax
Miguel Marengo: piano
Juan Bayón: bass
Carto Brandán: drums

Recorded on December 15th 2017 at Doctor F, Buenos Aires
Recording Engineer: Florencio Justo
Mixed and mastered by Florencio Justo at Doctor F, Buenos Aires
Cover art: Emmanuel Panza
Logo design: Lorena Portillo

Ensamble Kuai - Soledades Permanentes (KUAI MUSIC 2018)

This record pays tribute to the great composer Jorge López Ruíz and is based on his album “Bronca Buenos Aires” (1969). Jazmín Prodan, Andrés Elstein, Damien Poots and Juan Bayón have written it collaboratively. Each movement of “Soledades Permanentes” is a very intimate reinterpretation of López Ruíz’s pieces, and though these four young composers pay respect to the mood of its original release, the sound and spirit of Kuai Music is still there. Produced and coordinated by Juan Bayón.

1. Introducción: Un Sueño Casual 03:54
2. Parte I: Rumor de Muerte 05:45
3. Parte II: Relatar el Mundo 12:40
4. Parte III: Los Silencios 13:16
5. Parte IV: Murmullos/Bronca Buenos Aires 11:18

"Introduction: Un sueño casual"/"Part I: Rumor de Muerte" composed by Jazmín Prodan. Tenor sax solo: Pablo Moser 
"Part II: Relatar el Mundo" by Andrés Elstein. Soprano sax solo: Emmanuel Famin; Trumpet solo: Sebastián Greschuk 
"Part III: Los Silencios" composed by Damien Poots. Flute solo: Emmanuel Famin; tenor sax solo: Pablo Moser 
"Part IV: Murmullos/Bronca Buenos Aires" composed by Juan Bayón & Jorge Lopez Ruíz, arranged by Juan Bayón. Alto sax solo: Lucas Goicoechea; tenor sax solo: Juani Méndez; drums & percussion solo: Andrés Elstein & Fran Cossavella

Jazmín Prodan: vocals
Sebastián Greschuk: trumpet
Lucas Goicoechea: alto sax
Emmanuel Famin: alto & soprano sax, flute
Juani Méndez: tenor sax
Pablo Moser: tenor sax
Sebastián Mazzalupo: baritone sax
Nataniel Edelman: piano
Damien Poots: guitar
Juan Bayón: bass
Andrés Elstein: drums
Fran Cossavella: percussion

Recorded on July 31th 2017 at Doctor F, Buenos Aires
Recording Engineer: Florencio Justo & Agustín Silberleib
Mixed and mastered by Florencio Justo at Doctor F
Thank you Florencio and Agustín from all the Kuai staff for your commitment and support during this process
Cover art: Nicolás Gaggero

Hans Teuber & Jeff Johnson - Deuce (ORIGIN RECORDS 2018)

"Jeff Johnson plays with a mystique that takes the music out of the ordinary with his inventive improvised lines..."

Saxophonist Hans Teuber and bassist Jeff Johnson began their musical association in 1990 when their paths intersected in Seattle. Both had recently arrived and they soon discovered the chemistry between them was substantial and uncanny. Performing together on all five of Johnson's recordings on Origin Records and on hundreds of performances, recordings and concerts over the last 25 years, their musical collaboration is highly intuitive and empathetic. Both diligently mentored in their teens by veteran jazz musicians, while simultaneously playing in a wide variety of musical situations, they each bring a rich palette of influences to their performances. From free improvisations to jazz standards, it's all touched upon here somewhere, in the moment, completely natural, conversational and without pretension.

1. WHEN I'M IN THE SKY 3:33 (Teuber, Johnson)
2. BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY 5:48 (Jimmy Reed)
3. LET'S PRETEND 3:39 (Teuber, Johnson)
4. WHAT'S NEW ? 2:59 (Bob Haggard)
6. HOT ROD 2:15 (Teuber, Johnson)
7. HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN 5;42 (Irving Berlin)
8. HOPI DREAM 4:06 (Teuber, Johnson)
9. HUMMINGBIRDS 2:00 (Teuber, Johnson)
10. YOU'VE CHANGED 7:27 (Carl Fischer)

Hans Teuber - Tenor & Alto saxophones, Alto Flute
Jeff Johnson - Bass

Recorded by Eric Eagle at Skoor Sound, Seattle, WA
on January 21, 2015 & April 4, 2017
Mixed by Eric Eagle
Mastered by Ed Brooks, Resonant Mastering, Seattle
Photo of Hans by Kirk Nordenstrom; Jeff by Jim Levitt
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble - Atwood Suites (ORIGIN RECORDS 2018)

"Rathbun's lines dance and glide, reflecting both childlike wonder and well-honed artistry."

An ambitious, multi-faceted composer, saxophonist and bandleader, Andrew Rathbun had used poetry as an inspirational catalyst for several recordings over the last 20 years. Particularly enamored by the works of famed novelist Margaret Atwood, Rathbun composed three suites for large ensemble featuring her poems and the unique voices of trumpeter Tim Hagans, drummer Bill Stewart and vocalists Luciana Souza and Aubrey Johnson, who vividly capture the imagery and emotions of Atwood's poetry. Rathbun's rich, multi-textured compositions and his use of the large ensemble as his musical voice was largely influenced by collaborations with the late, and legendary, trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler in the early 2000s. Wheeler's supple, dark tones floating over the group and Luciano Souza's voice bringing to life Atwood's poetry inspired Rathbun to more deeply explore these concepts.

1. Two Islands I 12:31
2. Two Islands II 5:50
3. Two Islands III 9:57

4. Power Politics I 6:30
5. Power Politics II 13:38
6. Power Politics III 9:41

1. Fractured 10:14
2. V 6:12
3. I 7:43
4. II 11:31


Andrew Rathbun - composer, director 

John O'Gallagher - Soprano, Alto Saxophones
Ben Kono - Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Quinsin Nachoff - Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
Dan Pratt - Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Carl Maraghi - Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

Seneca Black - Trumpet
Matt Holman - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dave Smith - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Russ Johnson - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tim Hagans - Flugelhorn (1-6, soloist)

Alan Ferber - Trombone
Mike Fahie- Trombone
JC Sanford - Trombone
Chris Olness - Bass Trombone

Luciana Souza - Voice (Disc 1)
Aubrey Johnson - Voice (Disc 2)
Nate Radley - Guitar
Jeremy Siskind - Piano, Rhodes
David Ambrosio - Bass
Bill Stewart - Drums
Owen Howard - Drums (1,2 Disc 2)

Produced by George Schuller and Andrew Rathbun
Recorded by Michael Marciano, Systems II Recording, Brooklyn, NY January 2016
Mixed and Mastered by Michael Marciano, Aug./Sept./Nov. 2017
Additional editing by Garrett Gagnon Aug. 2017
Photos by David Korchin, photos of Andrew Rathbun, Daniel Gladstone
Cover design and layout by John Bishop