Saturday, June 23, 2018

Alex Lefaivre Quartet - YUL (Friday August 3, 2018)

New release from Montreal: Alex Lefaivre Quartet - YUL


Drawing his inspiration from Montreal’s distinct urban energy, bass player Alex Lefaivre presents a series of modern jazz compositions written for some of his home town’s most original musicians, notably Erik Hove on alto saxophone, Nicolas Ferron on guitar as well as Mark Nelson on drums. The lyrical, song-like melodies develop over interesting forms that leave a lot of room for the group to interact and showcase their conversational improvisations.  

Taking its name from Montreal's airport code, YUL takes the listener on a cinematic trip through the city, where dreamy, hazy summer vibes are intertwined with a gritty, metropolitan edge. A highlight of this set is a surprising cover of John Carpenter's theme to his cult-classic 1978 horror movie, Halloween.  

Alex Lefaivre is a founding member of Montreal's Parc X Trio, one of Canada’s premier jazz groups. Parc X Trio have released 7 recordings, the latest of which, Dream, is released through Challenge Records International. They have toured across Canada, Mexico, the USA and Europe. Alex is also a founding member of Multiple Chord Music (MCM), an independent jazz  label that currently holds 19 artists on its roster and has released over 30 recordings.  

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Puisant son inspiration dans l’énergie urbaine distincte de Montréal, le bassiste Alex Lefaivre présente une série de compositions jazz mettant en vedette certains des musiciens les plus originaux de sa ville natale, notamment Erik Hove au saxophone alto, Nicolas Ferron à la guitare et Mark Nelson à la batterie. Les thèmes mélodiques et chantants se développent sur des formes atypiques qui laissent énormément de place pour l’interaction musicale du groupe durant leurs improvisations. 

Tirant son nom du code de l'aéroport de Montréal, YUL nous amène sur un voyage cinématographique à travers la ville où l'atmosphère rêveuse des chaudes  nuits d'été se mélange à l'attitude explosive de la métropole. Parmi les huit pièces de l'album se trouve une reprise surprenante du theme de Halloween (1978), le film d'horreur culte de John Carpenter.  

Alex Lefaivre est membre fondateur du Parc X trio, un des groupes de jazz Québécois les plus reconnus de leur génération. À ce jour, Parc X Trio a lancé 7 albums, dont le dernier, Dream, est distribué par le label néerlandais Challenge Records International. Ils ont tourné au Canada, au Mexique, aux États- Unis et en Europe. Ils ont également remporté plusieurs prix et distinctions dont le Grand Prix de Jazz TD au Festival International de Jazz de Montréal en 2010 et l’album Jazz de l’année 2017 au GAMIQ.  

Alex Lefaivre est également membre fondateur de la maison de disques jazz Multiple Chord Music (MCM), qui compte plus de 30 sorties avec une vingtaine d’artistes dont Benjamin Deschamps, Rachel Therrien, François Jalbert & Jérôme Beaulieu, Frédéric Alarie et Rémi-Jean LeBlanc.  

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1 - The Righteous (7:00)
2 - Halloween (7:48)
3 - Estelle (6:23)
4 - The Juggernaut (7:47)
5 - Nostalgia (6:28)
6 - Skyline (6:53)
7 - Cascade (7:09)
8 - YUL (8:23)

Erik Hove: Alto Saxophone
Nicolas Ferron: Guitar
Mark Nelson: Drums

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder - This World Of Dew (Human Resource Records July 20, 2018)

This World of Dew is Aaron Shragge’s third release with Ben Monder

The duo project, an exploratory, meditative collaboration, has been praised as  “…lyrical and heartwarming…” (Jazz Times) and “thoroughly modern with a definitive sound...” (The Birmingham Times). 

The album features guitarist Ben Monder’s otherworldly harmonic virtuosity in expansive sonic textures that highlight Shragge’s subtle and distinctive lyrical voice on the shakuhachi and dragon mouth trumpet (a custom microtonal instrument).   

The fourteen new compositions by Shragge are inspired by the writings of both ancient and modern poets: Kobayashi Issa, Matsuo Bashō, Li Po, Nishiyama Sōin and Charles Bukowski.

Tracks 2-7 make up “This World of Dew Suite” which follows the emotional arc of poet Kobahashi Issa’s grief as he mourned the loss of his young daughter. What ties all these compositions together is how they explore themes of loneliness, perseverance and impermanence. 

This World of Dew will be released worldwide on Friday, July 20th 2018 on Human Resource Records (NYC. )  

There will be a CD release celebration on July 20th at the Jazz Gallery in New York City and on July 21st at La Vitrola in Montreal, Canada. 

Track Listing
1. Companion  5:34
This World of Dew Suite
2. By Rain and Mud  0:49
3. A Tiny Boat  7:01
4. This World of Dew  1:43
5. There is Always One You Follow  4:19
6. Stink Worm  2:40
7. Pretending Wisdom  2:27
8. Roll The Dice  4:14
9. Nothing In The Cry  3:24
10. It’s Ours  3:01
11. Old Dust 5:24
12. Settling  1:44
13. Blue Bird  5:52
14. Sun Coming Down  3:50

Ben Monder - Guitar

Alain Mallet - Mutt Slang (ETrain Records 2018)


“Mutt Slang came from the idea that so much of our music is the product of a unique mix of seemingly unconnected influences, when, in reality, they emanate from that untethered spiritual expanse that we all tap into” --Alain Mallet 

ALAIN MALLET has enjoyed a very successful career as a pianist and composer. He’s been a sideman for such high-profile acts as Madeleine Peyroux, Phil Woods, and Paul Simon, and his compositions have been recorded by jazz greats like Gary Burton, Dave Samuels, and Paquito D’Rivera, among many others. But until now, he’s never recorded his own CD as a leader. MUTT SLANG is a genre-bending, eclectic project suffused with the diverse cultural influences that have shaped Mallet’s musically adventurous spirit. 

Mallet was born in Andernos, a small French village not too far from Bordeaux. He was born with a birth defect that left him paralyzed on his left side for the first year of his life. Fortunately, the paralysis wasn’t permanent, but it did take a great deal of effort for him to gain complete mobility in his left arm. His father was an amateur pianist who loved jazz, and his parents started him on music lessons as a form of physical therapy. Despite the difficulty of playing the piano, he persevered, hoping someday to emulate his heroes Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner. By the time he was 16 years old, his disability was far behind him, and he had become a serious musician, playing in a band. He left France in 1983 to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and remained in the country to pursue a career in music. 

The music on MUTT SLANG reflects Mallet’s deep philosophical views on art and culture. “MUTT SLANG came from the idea that so much of our music is the product of a unique mix of seemingly unconnected influences, when, in reality, they emanate from that untethered spiritual expanse that we all tap into,” says Mallet. “It’s like an alternate consciousness which seems to supersede all other moral, racial, religious and political prejudices, as well as geographical boundaries. To be a musician means to unravel the mystery of a language spoken by only a handful, but seemingly understood by everyone. There is something incredibly powerful about that idea because it challenges the very concept of cultural purity, which is a myth. At the core of MUTT SLANG there’s a desire to rise above individual agendas to let the common consciousness prevail. It’s a multi-cultural transcendence of sorts.” 

Mallet says music on this project was influenced by Miles Davis’ 1958 sessions, Jacques Brel, the Globe Unity Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Elis Regina, Keith Jarrett’s American quartet, Stevie Wonder, Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto, and Salif Keita, to name just a few. Indeed, from the opening tune “Till I Dance (In Your Arms Again),” which is written in 5/4 but still manages to have a tango feel, to “Road Signs,” an Israeli pop hit from the 70s and sung here in the original Hebrew, to “Salif,” a largely improvised tune that honors Salif Keita, an afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali, Mallet takes the listener on a musical excursion that crosses geographical and cultural borders, revealing imaginative and unexpected landscapes of sound. 

The rhythm section on MUTT SLANG comprises some of the top players on the scene today, including veteran percussionist JAMEY HADDAD (Dave Liebman, Simon Shaheen, Paul Simon), bassist PETER SLAVOV (Joe Lovano), and drummer ABRAHAM ROUNDS (Meshell Ndegeocello, Seal). 

After touring with various artists for many years, Mallet had enough of being on the road and decided to return to teaching. As a professor in the ensemble and piano departments at Berklee, his alma mater, he interacts daily with the rising stars of jazz and decided to add their talents to this project. LAYTH SIDIQ, a violinist originally from Jordan, is featured on “Adama,” a song written by TALI RUBINSTEIN, who sings on this number and plays recorder on other tunes. She also wrote the tune “Alone.” SONG YI JEON, a singer and composer who hails from South Korea, wrote and sings on “Spring.” Also of note are VERONICA MORSCHER, an Austrian native who sings in Hebrew on “Alone,” SAMUEL BATISTA on alto sax, DANIEL ROTEM on tenor sax, JACOB MATHEUS on acoustic and electric guitars, LEANDRO PELLEGRINO who also plays electric guitar, NÊGAH, who is an incredible hand percussionist born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and GONZALO GRAU, a multi-instrumentalist from Caracas, Venezuela. 

MUTT SLANG is a two-CD set. The first CD is a standard, high quality, stereo recording. The second CD was engineered with additional audio channels for surround sound by ELLIOT SCHEINER, the music producer, mixer and engineer who has received 25 Grammy Award nominations, 8 of which he won, as well as several Emmy Awards, among other awards. According to Mallet, “Elliot had the idea to make a surround sound version of the music, and if someone of Elliot Scheiner’s stature has a suggestion, it probably behooves you to go along with it.” 

It has taken over 25 years as a busy musician for Mallet to finally decide it was time to put out his own CD and formulate a vision that would truly capture his own, unique voice and outlook. MUTT SLANG is a project that seemingly embraces the whole world, yet it’s articulated with a decidedly American jazz accent by a masterful pianist joined by a coterie of veteran and up-and-coming jazz luminaries.

1. Till I Dance (In Your Arms Again) (10:44)
2. Blessed Be The Empty Soul (8:47)
3. Road Signs (6:20)
4. Alone (1:52)
5. The Long Walk Home (Salif Prelude) (2:08)
6. Salif (8:16)
7. Adama (5:58)
8. Spring (8:53)
9. Elis (5:09)
10. BAtukAdA (1:12)
11. This Is When I Think About You (8:11)

PETER SLAVOV acoustic bass, solo (bonus track)
JAMEY HADDAD percussion, kanjira solo (3)
LAYTH SIDIQ violin, solo (7)
TALI RUBINSTEIN recorders, solo (2), lead vocal (7), vox (3)
SONG YI JEON lead vocals, voice solo (8)
VERONICA MORSCHER trans-oceanic lead vocal (3)
SAMUEL BATISTA alto sax, solo (1)
DANIEL ROTEM  tenor sax, solos (6)(11)
JACOB MATHEUS  acoustic guitar (1), electric guitar (2,3,7,8,10)
LEANDRO PELLEGRINO electric  guitar (1,6,9) solos (1,6)
NÊGAH pandeiro (1) congas (5)
GONZALO GRAU  xekere (6)

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Eskorzo da la bienvenida al verano con "Zona Caliente"

Le guste o no a la gente esto es Zona Caliente...

Le ha costado llegar, pero el verano ya está aquí, oficiosa y oficialmente. Y con las alertas por altas temperaturas vuelven a la carga los Eskorzo, con la quinta entrega de "Alerta Caníbal" bajo el brazo, "Zona Caliente".

¡Dentro vídeo!

Rodado en Taganga y Bogotá (Colombia), Sierra Nevada (Granada) y Mónsul (Cabo de Gata), el video, al igual que sus predecesores "Los Besos Que Me Dabas" y "Cumbia Caníbal", ha sido realizado por Mariquilla Cuevas. Hace apenas unas semanas "Cumbia Caníbal" le valía el primer premio en el V Concurso Nacional de Videoclips Granajoven, donde competía frente a más de mil piezas presentadas.

Tras terminar la gira de salas de la "Alerta Caníbal Tour", donde el cartel de "Sold Out" ha sido una tónica constante, los granadinos se embarcan ahora en la gira de festivales, que les llevará por algunas de las principales citas estivales de la península, y también a Bélgica y Holanda, donde les esperan los espectaculares Polé Polé y Zwarte Cross.

30/06/18 Higuera de la Sierra (Huelva) - Senderos de Música
07/07/18 Torre del Mar (Málaga) - Weekend Beach Festival
09/07/18 Teruel - Peña El Ajo
11/07/18 Pamplona - Herri Sanferminak
13/07/18 Villafranca del Bierzo (León) - Fiestizaje
14/07/18 Gante (Bélgica) - Polé Polé Festival
15/07/18 Lievelde (Holanda) - Zwarte Cross Festival
27/07/18 Escañuela (Jaén) - Festival Víncula Rock
28/07/18 Tavernes de la Valldigna (Valencia) - Iboga Summer Festival
11/08/18 Rota (Cádiz) - Brota Música
16/08/18 Villena (Alicante) - Rabolagartija
07/09/18 Boimorto (A Coruña) - Festival de la Luz
08/09/18 Granada - Zaidín Rock
29/09/18 Beniaján (Murcia) - Cordillera Sur Murcia Fest
04/10/18 Sevilla - Caravan Sur
05/10/18 Córdoba - Sala M100
06/10/18 Madrid - TBC
27/10/18 La Laguna (Tenerife) - Aguere Cultural

La postal

Cada canción de "Alerta Caníbal" va acompañada de una ilustración exclusiva de Luis Toledo (Prisamata Studio), todas ellas incluidas en una exclusiva edición lenticular del disco. Aquí tienes la Zona Caliente.

De Rooleros: Info Junio

Presentamos Reflex!

Nuestro tercer disco de estudio


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Sábado 30 de junio 21 hs puntual
Francisco Acuña de Figueroa 1030

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