Monday, August 13, 2018

Donny McCaslin - Blow. (MOTEMA MUSIC October 5, 2018)

As the bandleader on David Bowie's final album Blackstar, saxophonist Donny McCaslin collaborated with the Starman to carry forward his penchant for reinvention. With his upcoming studio album — a daring fusion of vibrant electronica, and bombastic art-rock due this fall — McCaslin applied that mindset to his own work, pushing his music in a bold new direction. Propulsive and improvisational alternative music combines with a heady blend of vocals, saxophone and flute, pianos and Wurlitzer, electric bass and pummeling drums that captures McCaslin's core roots while also bringing in more recent influences such as Radiohead and Bon Iver.

Digital Album

1. What About the Body
2. Club Kidd
3. Break the Bond
4. New Kindness
5. Exactlyfourminutesofimprovisedmusic
6. Tiny Kingdom
7. Great Destroyer
8. The Opener (feat. Sun Kil Moon)
9. Beast
10. Tempest
11. Eye of the Beholder


10/5/18 Release Date - available now for preorder

Limited Edition Clear Vinyl version, (being released simultaneously with CD and Digital versions,) includes full lyrics plus a collectible art-poster featuring cover art designed by David Calderley of Graphic Therapy (Beck, Tall Heights, Imagine Dragons, V2 Music Group…)

Neyland | Attiche | Beeche - Neyland | Attiche | Beeche (August 13, 2018)

After moving from Berlin to Australia at the beginning of the year, guitarist Benjamin Attiche connected with Oscar Neyland on double bass and Jack Beeche on alto saxophone. It quickly evolved into a flourishing and inspiring group that aims to break stereotypical musical roles. 

With an emphasis on interaction and transparency, the three musicians switch fluidly and spontaneously between improvisation and accompaniment. 

The band awards a personal and modern approach to composers such as Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Wayne Shorter.

1. Isfahan 05:53
2. I Should Care 04:53
3. Chelsea Bridge 04:59
4. My Little Brown Book 05:10
5. When Sunny Gets Blue 06:05
6. Round Midnight 03:58

Recorded May 5th 2018 at Pughouse Studios,
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Niko Schauble
Artwork and design by Jenny Atwood

Oscar Neyland plays a Benedict G Puglisis "Da Salo" double bass
Benjamin Attiche plays a Frans Elferink "Tonemaster" guitar

Phronesis - We Are All (EDITION RECORDS September 14, 2018)



We Are All, the band’s eighth and newest studio album, offers plenty of emotional range and musical richness for committed Phronesis fans and new listeners alike. But in its title and scope, it also seeks to focus attention on an important message of togetherness and balance beyond the one the trio demonstrate on the bandstand.

Worldwide Release: 14th Sept 2018



- Limited Edition LP with Yellow Vinyl and double sided cover. 
- Two Collector Edition CDs with different covers. 
- Download & Streaming Album with three single releases all with different covers.

Each format - the LP, two CD versions, the digital album and 3 digital singles will be produced as part of a Collectors Edition with each edition having a different cover image that communicates a sense of unity on a shared planet and shines a light on the interconnectedness of all living species.

Please Note: The music is exactly the same on all formats, the only difference is the front cover image.

OUT.FEST 2018 - New Batch of Names Confirmed

15th edition

October 5 + 6 in Barreiro

Co-curated by OUT.RA - Associação Cultural and Filho Único - Associação Cultural

JIMI TENOR *Finish stalwart of ever inspiring multi axis configurations in rhythms & sounds whose new record “Order of Nothingness” is one of our year’s favorites so far*

CLOTHILDE *Alias of Sofia Mestre, Lisbon-based modular synthesis musician, still hot on the heels of her debut 'Twitcher’ published a couple of months ago on local label Labareda*

NÍDIA *A teenage phenomenon seemed like yesterday, is now a young woman who has indelibly shaped the landscape of contemporary electronic music; she has chosen OUT.FEST - as her beloved bairro Vale da Amoreira is part of Barreiro municipality - to present her first ever live show, following an artistic residency devoted to edify it*

RAFAEL TORAL SPACE COLLECTIVE 3 plays ‘MOON FIELD’ *Portuguese pioneer of exploratory music, amidst a wave of new work being published and reissues of iconic past records reissued on Drag City, is set to perform once again at OUT.FEST this time leading the band to play the record that Room 40 has brought forth internationally*

CÂNDIDO LIMA presents ‘OCEANOS’ *Born in 1939 in Viana do Castelo, Mr Lima is a composer who has broken ground in various fields in the Portuguese history of contemporary composition, though its appreciation may never quite met the merits of his feats. He will present his 1979 piece ‘Oceanos’, combining lighting, projections and sound spatialization.*

KEROX *Fundamental kid in the Xita Records family (collective of musicians, label, promoter), Kerox is a young producer of post-genre beatz in the ever expanding and cross-pollinating territory of the Greater Lisbon area*

Previous confirmed names:


Global passes now at 20€ available at TICKETS

BLUJAZZ New Releases - Joey Morant "Forever Sanctified", Ernest McCarty Jr and Theresa Davis "I Remember Love", Western Michigan Univ Jazz Orchestra "Turkish Delight", Two Quintets - Roger Neumann and Doug MacDonald

Joey Morant “Forever Sanctified”


Joey Morant, Horns & Congos/ Mike LeDonne, Organ/ Mark Whitfield, Guitar/ Amadeus Morant, Drums

“Where Have You Been All My Life”  Frank Foster

One of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the current New York City scene Joey Morant has worked at every major venue. Joey has had a regular spot at both the Blue Note and BB King’s Lucille’s with his packed house brunch gigs as well as being featured at the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Joey Morant works as a soloist, in duet and trio settings, and as a part of larger bands and orchestras. He electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous dialogue. His Louis Armstrong interpretations, both playing and singing, are perfect, and his admiration for Louis is deep and genuine.

Ernest McCarty Jr and Theresa Davis “I Remember Love”

Ernest McCarty, piano and composer & Theresa Davis, vocals

Ernest McCarty Jr has achieved excellence in the fields of writing, composing, orchestration, and producing. His experience includes performing as bassist with noted jazz pianist Erroll Garner (1970-75) appearing on Garner’s “Gemini” recording for London Records. He has recorded with Sonny Stitt, Dakota Staton, Eddie Harris, Oscar Brown Jr., and Richard Otto to name a few.  Ernest travelled extensively as music director Gloria Gaynor, Odetta, and Noel Harrison, and has written 10 musicals and many songs, including “It’s Been Raining” for Buddy Greco.  His score for the “Martin Luther King Suite” won NBC TV an Emmy.

Theresa Davis, “Tee” to all in the business – is a former member of the Emotions.  Her other recordings on Stax show her diversity of style, as does her last CD, “Love Take A Walk”, commercial jingles, and vocals on motion picture tracks. Tee sang the theme song of NBC-TV’s Chicago talk show Black Life.  It has been said Tee is the quintessential singer’s singer and a songwriter’s dream. Smooth and tender, Tee’s voice has been likened to “water, for its purity, clarity, and tranquilizing effect”.  Tee’s extensive performance experience includes touring the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan with Otis Clay, Ramsey Lewis, Percy Sledge, Dennis Edwards (Temptations).  She also toured Sue Conway and the famed gospel group, The Victory Singers.  Tee is also currently performing with the West Coast group “Tour de 4Force”.

Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra “Turkish Delight”

Western Michigan University’s award-winning  Jazz Orchestra is directed by Scott Cowan. This ensemble has received  international acclaim for its high performance standards and creative approach to big band jazz. Recognitions include four-time winners in the college big band category of the Down Beat Magazine annual DB student music awards, a heralded performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center-Allen Room, Midwest Clinic in Chicago, The Detroit International Jazz Festival, Over 30 Outstanding Band recognitions at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, featured performances for the International Association for Jazz Education Conferences in Los Angeles and Atlanta and the JEN Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

The ensemble’s CDs, Spritely Overdue, Disposable Income, Blue Miles, Sweet Tango, Cosmosis, Boogaloo Land, and Travel Notes have received rave reviews in DownBeat magazine, JazzTimes Magazine, the IAJE Journal, Cadence Magazine and numerous other noted publications. There recordings are found on Sea Breeze Vista Recordings and Blujazz Records and are available online and through the jazz studies program. The band has performed with Joe Lovano, Tim Hagans, New York Voices, Tom Harrell, Bob Brookmeyer,  Bob Berg,  Rob McConnell, Billy Hart, John Clayton, Randy Brecker, Kenny Werner, Conrad Herwig, Bob Mintzer, Miguel Zenon, Michael Philip Mossman, George Garzone, Billy Drewes, Peter Erskine, John Fedchock, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling and many others.

Jazz Marathon 3 - Two Quintets

The Roger Neumann Quintet and The Doug MacDonald Quintet

Produced by Doug MacDonald Co-Produced by Don Thompson

The “Jazz Marathon” is the concept of university professor, professor emeritus and jazz aficionado Don Thomson. A resident of Hawaii, he enjoyed hiring two rhythm sections and several horn players for performances that had continuous music for hours. In Los Angeles in 2014, Thomson asked guitarist Doug MacDonald to be the musical director for a recording (Just For Fun ) that would feature some of Southern California’s finest jazz musicians. The success of that double-CD led to a follow-up (Salute To The Jazz Composers – Jazz Marathon 2) and now the current package. 

Jazz Marathon 3 changes the concept a bit in that it puts the spotlight on two separate and equally exciting all-star groups that alternated sets at Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City.




September 6th • October 4th

one set @ 8 pm


82 W 3rd Street, NYC 10012

"AfroCuban master drummer Román Díaz and his nine piece ensemble perform the potent magic of the AfroCaribbean experience:  the ritual drumming, dance and call-and-response singing  handed down from generation to generation in secret societies in Cuba; a living repository of the Yoruba, Congo and Abakuá cultures." - Jazz at the Crossroads

"If you’ve never experienced real Cuban rumba, you’ve missed something that is singularly and at once both reverent and sensual, wild and yet deeply ordered, hard-hitting while also full of subtle cues and charms, and potent with the visceral sensations that can only come from repeated cycles of rhythms working as one." - Larry Blumenfeld, Blu Notes/Wall Street Journal

AfroCuban master drummer Román Díaz and Rumba Habanera celebrate their fifth year in residency at Zinc Bar with performances on September 6th and October 4th at 8 pm. 

Though Román Díaz came to fame as a member of the world-renown folkloric ensemble Yoruba Andabo, the Rumba he brings to Zinc Bar is a departure from the rehearsed, choreographed presentations of Cuba's official touring groups. His Rumba Habanera is the authentic, spontaneous Rumba of the back alleys and inner courtyards of the tenements of Havana. Often played on handmade instruments and wooden boxes, this Rumba, rarely seen by outsiders, is the Rumba of ambiente: an atmosphere building toward ecstatic fervor at the threshold of possession.

That seductive, mysterious ambiente might explain why the Rumba attracts visitors from la crème de la crème of musicians from every genre, from famous percussionists (Francisco Mela, Nicky Marrero, Mark Quinones and Samuel Torres)  to jazz pianists (George Burton,  Aruan Ortiz, David Virelles and Axel Laugart) and the celebrated New Orleans jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, who sits in - and fits in - on almost every trip he makes to New York. Sometimes a superstar of Latin pop will show up - Ruben Blades came by recently - and there are frequent visits from a Hollywood movie star (going under the radar in baseball cap & sweats).