Thursday, January 24, 2019

SKNAIL & YANNICK BARMAN - "Live In China" 中国现场 (2019)


Swiss glitch jazz act SKNAIL and trumpet player Yannick Barman played 3 concerts in China in Summer 2018. In January 2019, they present the “Live In China” album with recordings from Yuyintang in Shanghai, Wuqiong Club in Xi’an and Dusk Dawn Club in Beijing, released on Beijing indie label Ran Music.

Listen to "Live In China" album, download and streaming:

Morten Ramsbøl - True North (CHALLENGE RECORDS 2019)

True North - Morten Ramsbøl's latest release and debut album on Challenge Records

True North - Morten Ramsbøl's latest release and debut album on Challenge Records - showcase new compositions by Morten in a stellar lineup with some of the finest jazz musicians in Europe: “Several listenings to this music, only solidify the obvious, that Morten Ramsbøl is clearly his own musical spirit. Highly original, a payer of homage to the totality of jazz performance and the unique position that the bass occupies within it…one foot firmly placed in that history, the other constantly exploring new directions within the path less traveled”. 

Whether soloing, grooving, or painting colors, Morten consistently displays a staggering command of the instrument. He constantly responds immediately to his colleagues. Bassist Dave Holland said: “the greatest musicians were the greatest listeners”, a truism that is proved repeatedly throughout this recording.

Morten Ramsbøl 
Morten has a BA teaching degree from the Royal Academy Of Music in Aarhus and a Pedagogical Diploma degree.  He has since 1998 played, toured and recorded with stellar artists such as Sinne Eeg, Niels Lan Doky, The Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Claire Martin, Benny Golson, Kristian Leth, Kenneth Knudsen, Renato Chicco, Randy Brecker, Ulf Wakenius, Lars Jansson, and many more. Morten has composed music for television, commission work and numerous tours / projects. His first album “Short Stay feat. Joey Baron” (Music Mecca, 2002)  and secondly the first album with all original compositions “Same Story, Different Place” (Gateway Music, 2014) and thirdly “How Far Is The Moon” (Natango Music, 2016) have been praised in and outside of Denmark being called “a timeless masterpiece”. 

“I congratulate these musicians on such a splendid effort. I wholeheartedly endorse that effort with absolutely no hesitation. Morten Ramsbøl lends credence to that time spun adage of, “Talent deserving wider recognition”. Throughout this project, his magnificent talent, diligence in craft and scrutiny in selecting accompanying sidemen to enhance his aesthetic vision, he has subsequently raised the bar in musical achievership. 

Listen? Yes, definitely. But HEAR him!”

– Thomas Howard Curtis III

Morten Ramsbøl (double bass)
Julian Arguelles (saxophone)
Jacob Karlzon (piano)
Reini Schmolzer (drums)
Igmar Jenner (violin)
Andreas Semlitsch (violin)
Delphine Krenn-Viard (viola)
Katja Finsel (cello)

1 As Seen From Above  04:24
2 Marianne  01:29
3 Brothers  01:19
4 Keith  04:10
5 True North  07:22
6 Naymenhay  03:12
7 Le Grand  05:48
8 Signal Me  07:08
9 Brothers II  03:11
10 Surface  04:11

© 2019 - NewArts International / Challenge Records Int.

Peter Beets & Stochelo Rosenberg - Beets meets Rosenberg: Django Tribute (CHALLENGE RECORDS 2019)

Peter Beets meets Stochelo Rosenberg: true musical chemistry

There is true musical chemistry between these four artists, two leading figures from the world of gypsy jazz and two internationally recognized giants of mainstream jazz. The music on this album is the result of long-time friendships between all four of the players. It’s a fantastic encounter and amalgamation of two worlds, both characterized by improvisation, interaction, musical dedication, true feeling and pure joy!

Peter Beets
As one of the most sought-after jazz artists of our time, Peter Beets has attracted a devoted international audience, performing regularly at major jazz festivals and venues throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. He has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, “Toots” Thielemans, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson and Kurt Rosenwinkel. One of his earliest recordings, "First Date" (1996), featured the great Jeff Hamilton on drums. In 2001 the Criss Cross label invited Peter for a series of CDs with his "New York Trio", inviting artists like Willie Jones III, Larry Grenadier and Greg Hutchinson, earning him international acclaim.

"Straight ahead excellence. A world class jazz act." - Down Beat

"Outstanding compositions. Fantastic timing. Brilliant." - Jazzreview

Stochelo Rosenberg
Stochelo started playing guitar at the age of ten: quite late for a boy from a family of gypsy musicians. Stochelo developed from a talented but shy boy to a guitarist and world-class composer. He has written several beautiful pieces of music. Stochelo Rosenberg is considered one of the best guitarists, with his impeccable technique, great elegance and very personal vibrato, a combination of virtuosity and emotion. Like many of his contemporaries, Stochelo loves improvising, and like many of his predecessors, he is looking for new challenges. He likes to try out new ways of playing, but always with the solid foundation of his first love: the music of Django Reinhardt. 

Stochelo Rosenberg – guitar 
Peter Beets – piano
Martin Limberger – guitar 
Frans van Geest – double bass

1 Douce Ambiance  07:17
2 Tears  08:16
3 Django's Tiger  05:31
4 Nuages  06:13
5 You Look Good To Me  06:46
6 In A Sentimental Mood  07:08
7 Djangology  05:06
8 Minor Swing  06:33

9-2-2019 De Doelen Rotterdam 20:15
24-3-2019 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht 16:00

© 2019 - NewArts International / Challenge Records Int.

Beat The Winter Blues: Toots Thielemans European Quartet - 90 yrs (1CD 1DVD) CHALLENGE RECORDS 2019

“I feel best in that little space between a smile and a tear”

Last spring one of the world's famous jazz icons turned 90 years old!

His anniversary is honored in a very special manner: with the cd 90yrs and a special bonus DVD with a selection of unique material of his last concert in Japan

This live CD, 90 yrs, contains unique and previously never issued recordings.

The tracks are recorded during the his latest tours around the globe.

Pianist Karel Boehlee, drummer Hans van Oosterhout and double-bass player Hein Van de Geyn support Toots in the passion which is for him like breathing: making music!

To play music the audience is the only thing Toots Thielemans want in his life.

The cd 90 yrs. is a brilliant registration of how Toots still plays for his fans.

The albums opens with the track 'Waltz for Sonny', a bow to Sonny Rollins, is somehow a musical brother of Toots’ most famous tune: Bluesette.

Next track “The Dragon” was written by Toots for the Japanese movie Yasha (1985), a nice, open and mysterious tune. Together with Mitsuhiko Saito he wrote the original soundtrack for that movie.

'Sno' Peas' is originally written by Phil Markowitz and made famous by the legendary pianist Bill Evans. Toots has played and recorded with Bill Evans in the time that he lived in the USA. 'Sno' Peas' has been on Toots’ list of favorites for a long time. An intricate harmonic set of changes, always a challenge.

'One Note Samba' and 'Wave' composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim are great examples of very intelligent, yet accesible writing. Obvious and singable to the superficial ear, and full of hidden details for the specialist. No wonder Toots loves playing these songs, they leave so much space for creativity and personal interpretation, yet remain always very clear in their own identity at the same time.

'Dat Mistige Rooie Beest' (That Misty Red Animal) was composed by the famous conductor Rogier van Otterloo for the dutch movie Turks Fruit (Turkish Fruit).

For the original movie sound track, Toots played his harmonica with the clearly recognizable sound.

Dave Brubeck’s “In Your Own Sweet Way” often kicked off the concerts they played over the years. A wonderful vehicle for improvisation with the 8-bar interlude always opening doors to new interpretations. 

Toots often mentions his admiration for the greatest jazz musician ever: Louis Armstrong.

When the old harmonica player was just a young boy and heard the voice of Louis Armstrong he completely was infected by the jazz virus.

“What A Wonderful World” is in fact a dedication to this personification of jazz.

Another very challenging harmonic, yet such lovely melodic song was written by Brazilian Luiz Eça: “The Dolphin”. 

Toots not only worked with a lot of big jazz artists but also with pop musicians: In the seventies Toots was invited to join Paul Simon on a long tour. His feature was on the wonderful song, written by Paul: “I Do It For Your Love”. Toots kept it on his repertoire since then.

'Old Friend', the last song on this CD is a very special one. Toots wrote this when he was young; almost like an harmonic exercise, yet so full of feeling. With adding strings by the Shinozaki Strings from Tokio, this is a heartfelt rendition of this special composition that Toots dedicated to his father.

Toots Thielemans: harmonica
Karel Boehlee: piano, synthesizer
Hein Van de Geyn: double bass
Hans van Oosterhout: drums

1 Waltz for Sonny  05:28
2 The Dragon  04:32
3 Sno Peas  06:13
4 Wave  04:36
5 Dat Mistige Rooie Beest  05:08
6 In Your Own Sweet Way  06:08
7 What A Wonderful World  03:41
8 One Note Samba  04:04
9 The Dolphin  04:09
10 I Do It For Your Love  06:22
11 Old Friend  05:19
© 2019 - NewArts International / Challenge Records Int.