Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Rachel Caswell "We’re All in The Dance" CD Release Jazz at Kitano: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Rachel Caswell
CD Release Concert
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Set Times: 8pm & 10pm
Jazz at Kitano
66 Park Ave. @ E. 38th St.,
New York, NY 10016
Reservations (212) 885-7119

Rachel Caswell - vocals
Sara Caswell - violin
Dave Stryker - guitar
Glenn Zaleski - piano
Matt Aronoff - bass
Johnathan Blake - drums

There’s no mistaking the message of “We’re All in The Dance,” the title track of singer Rachel Caswell’s latest album. It’s a lovely waltz that pairs the dance of life with the dance of music and somehow, through her purity of tone, intelligent phrasing, and flowing time feel, Caswell—cosigned by an ascendant solo by her younger sister, Grammy-nominated violinist Sara Caswell—navigates an alternate, bespoke pathway through a song whose simplicity and elegance pose a challenge to a singer steeped in the complexities of jazz expression.

She addresses the subject of love head-on throughout the proceedings, comprising ten songs culled from a long timeline and a panoply of stylistic genres. Caswell tells each story with equivalent levels of individualism and interpretive mojo, imparting a continuity and identity from the first track (an inflamed, incantatory reading of Sting’s “Fragile”) to the last (a mesmerizing meditation on Jon Hendricks’ bittersweet-yet-optimistic lyric to Thelonious Monk’s “Reflections”).

Along the way, Caswell puts deep blues inflections on “Drown in My Own Tears,” the Ray Charles classic, followed by a soulful guitar declamation by master blues practitioner—and album producer—Dave Stryker. She channels her inner Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan on “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening,” eschewing a balladic approach for a well-wrought, lightly swinging delivery of the lyric. She renders the late Bob Dorough’s “Devil May Care” with apropos vertiginous flair, developing her rhythmic ideas on an instrument-like improvisation. She applies a spacious Latin feel to Henry Mancini’s “Two for The Road,” and showcases her broad registral range and deep pocket in conveying Tom Lellis’ evocative lyrics to Herbie Hancock’s “Tell Me A Bedtime Story.” Dave Stryker’s arrangement of Rodgers & Hart’s American Songbook classic “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” plays on the title, shifting odd meters with finger-popping swing. And Rachel scats the melody of Charlie Parker’s “Dexterity” with an idiomatic bebop feel, giving her A-list partners full autonomy to play it in their manner and responding to their postulations with a pithy scat.

Another of the record’s great pleasures is an opportunity to hear how deftly each world-class member of the kinetic rhythm section locks into their task of reimagining and reconfiguring “standards.” Hopefully, Stryker’s imprimatur and this cutting-edge band will induce gatekeepers from radio and the press to listen closely to this superb album. If they do, and respond accordingly, Caswell may be moving to another level of visibility in the not so distant future.

Edited from liner notes by Ted Panken

“Rachel Caswell is that rara avis who is truly a jazz vocalist. Her intonation is impeccable, her diction precise, her jazz sensibilities above reproach, and she swings like mad!... Few improvisers – vocal or instrumental – have better ears than she possesses and she has an exceptional instrument that is immediately identifiable among a sea of other vocalists.”
David Baker, NEA Jazz Master & jazz education pioneer

1. Fragile – Sting – 7:05
2. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening – Harold Adamson/Jimmy McHugh – 5:16
3. We’re All in The Dance – Will Jennings/Christophe Monthieux – 5:11
4. Devil May Care – Bob Dorough/Terrell P. Kirk Jr. – 6:46
5. Two for The Road – Leslie Bricusse/Henry Mancini – 5:42
6. Drown in My Own Tears – Henry Glover – 4:58
7. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was – Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers – 6:06
8. Tell Me A Bedtime Story – Tom Lellis/Herbie Hancock – 6:05
9. Dexterity – Charlie Parker – 6:01
10. Reflections (Looking Back) – Jon Hendricks/Thelonious Monk – 5:16

Sara Caswell, violin
Dave Stryker, guitar
Fabian Almazan, piano & fender rhodes
Linda May Han Oh, bass
Johnathan Blake, drums

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Porta-Jazz ao Relento | pLoo - 4 de Agosto - 22:00 - Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Em Agosto a Porta-Jazz volta aos jardins do Palácio de Cristal com mais um  Porta-Jazz ao Relento, apresentado em parceria com a Porto Lazer.

O Porta-Jazz ao Relento é uma oportunidade para ouvir ao vivo alguns dos projectos editados com Carimbo da Porta-Jazz.

Concertos sempre aos Sábados às 22:00, com entrada livre.


Sábado 4 de Agosto   22:00 
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

PELE DE PAPEL, o segundo disco dos pLoo pretende uma convivência multicultural dentro do mesmo espaço, um local onde o jazz, a música do mundo, a música improvisada livremente e a música contemporânea possam coabitar.

Daniel Dias - Trombone
José Soares - Sax
Eurico Costa - Guitarra
Diogo Diniz - Contrabaixo
Paulo Costa - Bateria

Rebecca Angel - What We Had (TIMELESS GROOVES RECORDS August 3 2018) + SHOWS

September 8, 2018
@ 80 Washington Ave, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706
Purchase tickets here

September 26, 2018
@ Eastchester
680 White Plains Rd
Scarsdale NY 1058

Rebecca Angel's voice makes the difference. With her refined charm, she gives the songs on What We Had the overwhelming splendor.
- Hans-Bernd Hülsmann

Jason Miles' work playing, producing, arranging, and guiding some terrific musicians in support of this must-hear chanteuse brings a real sense of warmth to the work. WHAT WE HAD is a real treat, and Rebecca Angel's voice and writing are superb evidence of an artist with a very bright future ahead of them.
- Chris Gibson Broadway World

Talented young singer Rebecca Angel has released her first EP the memorable “What We Had”, an innovative set of fresh and heartfelt music.

The 22 year-old vocalist has an appealing and captivating voice. Using jazz as her base to explore different grooves, she collaborated with Grammy-winning Jason Miles, who produced recordings of celebrity artists including Miles Davis, Grover Washington Jr., Luther Vandross, etc. Jason is producer and arranger of “What We Had”, her debut EP, Miles and other top-notch musicians accompany her with a variety of backgrounds that showcase her soothing and distinctive voice at its very best.

In addition to Miles’ keyboards, the six selections (plus two remixed performances) utilize such fine musicians as soprano-saxophonist Hailey Niswanger, guitarists Ricardo Silveira, Jonah Miles Prendergast and Christian Ver Halen, bassists James Genus, Reggie Washington and Adam Dorn, drummer Brian Dunne, percussionists Mino Cinelu and Cyro Baptista, cellist Sebastian Stoger, flugelhornist Dennis Angel and flutist Gottfred Stoger. Rebecca excels at singing heartfelt lyrics and showcases her innovative scatting.

Rebecca’s version of the rarely performed Hoagy Carmichael gem “Winter Moon” features interplay between the singer and Niswanger on saxophone, catchy Latin rhythms and a haunting melody.  

Rebecca co-wrote the minor-toned and nostalgic “What We Had” with her father Dennis Angel and guitarist Prendergast, a celebratory look at the past. 

The Brazilian vocalese “Agora Sim” puts the focus on her instrumental ability in unison with Jonah’s guitar.

“Feel Alive”, which was also co-written by Rebecca, is a superior pop tune that is both funky and infectious.

Leiber and Stoller’s “Stand By Me”, heard in both radio and electro mixes, has a tight bass-drum rhythm, dynamic keyboards, a bluesy vocal by Rebecca and some natural and creative scat-singing.

The program closes with the first-ever vocal recording of Marcos Valle’s 2005 instrumental hit “Jet Samba” which is given both a radio and an electronic Ipanema mix.

Rebecca Angel has loved music all of her life. She remembers her father introducing her to the recordings of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Elvis and the Beatles, Astrud Gilberto and Sade, all of whom became inspirations in her eclectic style.  She graduated with a degree in Vocal Jazz Studies from Ithaca College and has performed at the Iridium, The Metropolitan Room and CaféNoctambulo in New York.

Rebecca Angel creates consistently memorable musical statements throughout “What We Had”, with her substantial talents, a very impressive debut.

1 Winter Moon
2 What We Had
3 Agora Sim
4 Feel Alive
5 Stand By Me - Radio Mix
6 Jet Samba - Radio Mix
7 Stand By Me - Electro Mix
8 Jet Samba - Ipanema Remix

Jason Miles keyboards, Fender Rhodes, Moog bass, pads, and percussion
Dennis Angel flugelhorn
Gottfried Stoger flute
Hailey Niswanger soprano saxophone
Sebastian Stoger cello
Jonah Miles Prendergast guitar
Christian Ver Halen guitar
Ricardo Silveira acoustic rhythm guitar
James Genus acoustic bass
Reggie Washington bass
Adam Dorn bass
Mino Cinelu percussion,
Cyro Baptista percussion
Brian Dunne drums

Media Contact
Jim Eigo
Jazz Promo Services
272 State Route 94 South #1
Warwick, NY 10990-3363
Ph: 845-986-1677 
e mail:
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Jack Davies - Colossus (2018)

A mixture of Prog-rock, jazz fusion, electronic, and ambient, Colossus is an immersive, reverberated, descent into the soundscapes painted into each track.

1. Overture 01:27
2. Dying Dance / Dissension 09:45
3. Linear Monarch Valley 03:06
4. Blossom (Live) 04:38
5. Interlude 00:53
6. Temenos 10:02
7. Paradigm Shift 02:07

Jack Davies - Bass, keys, drum programming, guitars, vocals, harmonica, synths, production
Joe Narducci - Guitar (Track 4)
Daniel Clemenzi - Drums (Track 4)

Jack Davies - Live Trios (2018)

1. Footprints (Live at SAC, 2018) 05:35
2. Greensleeves / My Favorite Things (Live at RTH, 2017) 03:46
3. Summertime (Live at SAC, 2018) 03:52
4. Delightful Children Setlist (Demo, 2016) 31:24

Tracks 1, 2, & 3:
Jack Davies - Bass
David Kyle - Piano
John Richardson - Drums

Track 4:
Jack Davies - Bass
Joe Narducci - Guitar
Daniel Clemenzi - Drums

John Dikeman / George Hadow / Dirk Serries / Martina Verhoeven / Luis Vicente - Ideal Principle (RAW TONK RECORDS August 13, 2018)

1. Ideal 15:50
2. Infinite 02:41
3. Motion 15:59
4. Principle 08:01
5. Substance 05:50

John Dikeman: tenor & alto saxophone
George Hadow: drums
Dirk Serries: electric guitar
Martina Verhoeven: double bass
Luis Vicente: trumpet

Performed, recorded and mixed at Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium) on February 20th 2016.
Mastered by Dirk Serries.

XOL: XOL plays X​.​EN (CHANT RECORDS August 13, 2018)

XOL is a quartet of veteran improvisers on the vibrant European free music scene, with Guy Bettini on cornet, trumpet and fluegelhorn, Harri Sjöström on soprano sax, Luca Pissavini on bass and Francesco Miccolis on drums and percussion. Going beyond traditional structures and tonalities and composing collectively in the moment, they take the listener on a sonic journey to the outer reaches of the universe. XOL has toured extensively with the legendary Peter Brötzmann, and members have worked with other luminaries including Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Gerry Hemingway and Tiger Okoshi.

1. still water has no mind
2. to receive the image
3. of the migrating geese
4. the whole moon
5. and the entire sky
6. are reflected in one
7. dewdrop on the grass

Guy Bettini: cornet, trumpet, fluegelhorn
Harri Sjöström: soprano sax
Luca Pissavini: double bass
Francesco Miccolis: drums, percussion

Recording, mix and master by Eliyah Reichen - Beyond Groove Studio – Switzerland 
Photo and graphic by guy bettini 
Playing Band Photo by marx@photomusix 
Produced by guy bettini CircoRu, 
Label: New York City


1. Makaya McCraven, Joe Armon-Jones, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia - Halls 03:49
2. LeFtO (feat. Soweto Kinch) - McCraven On The Mic 03:09
3. Makaya McCraven, Joe Armon-Jones, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia - Ox Tales 06:22
4. Don Leisure (Darkhouse Family) - Suite For Artis Gilmore 03:02
5. Earl Jeffers (Darkhouse Family) - Jupiter Jawn 03:15
6. Makaya McCraven, Joe Armon-Jones, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Kamaal Williams - The Oracle 03:18
7. Makaya McCraven, Joe Armon-Jones, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia - The Bounce! 02:53
8. Ben LaMar Gay - King Drive, '86 Cutlass, No Plates 03:38
9. Makaya McCraven, Joe Armon-Jones, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia - Run 'Dem 07:27
10. Emma-Jean Thackray - Too Shy 03:02
11. Quiet Dawn - Drums&Bruk&FeelTheVibe 03:03
12. Makaya McCraven, Joe Armon-Jones, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia - Birthday Solo 01:21
13. Lexus Blondin - TRC Thank You Outro 00:43
14. Makaya McCraven, Soweto Kinch, Kamaal Williams - Where We Come From 01:11

Recorded live at Total Refreshment Centre 18 & 19 October 2017 (CHICAGOxLONDON).

Live recordings mixed at Total Refreshment Studios 20 & 21 October 2017.

Remixed live at Total Refreshment Centre 22 October 2017 (FRESH ROASTED: Live Beat-Making & Battle).

Performed by Makaya McCraven - drums; Soweto Kinch - saxophone, voice; Theon Cross - tuba; Joe Armon-Jones - Rhodes piano; Nubya Garcia - saxophone; Kamaal Williams - keys.

Remix Production & Additional Overdubs by LeFtO; Don Leisure & Earl Jeffers (Darkhouse Family); Ben LaMar Gay; Emma-Jean Thackray; Quiet Dawn; Lexus Blondin.

Mixtape Production by Makaya McCraven
Recorded & Mixed by Dave Vettraino & David Allen
Recording Assisted by Matteo Musetti
Edited by Makaya McCraven
Mastered by David Allen
Photography by Fabrice Bourgelle
Design by Raimund Wong
Associate Production by Alejandro Ayala, Tina Edwards & Lexus Blondin
Executive Production by Scott McNiece

Special Thanks: Will Savery, Steven King, Garrett Shelton, Lauren Kasper, Mark Pallman, David Burkhart, Lori Mendoza, Angel Bat Dawid, Ken Okuda, Simbad, Stella Kun, Emma Warren, Lexy Morvaridi, Oran Maneti, Will Shanahan, Kim Alpert, Junius Paul, Jaimie Branch, Tomeka Reid, Alexander Hawkins, Tina Richard, Aly Gillani, Kristian 'Capitol K' Robinson, and Gus.