Sunday, February 14, 2021
An the wake of Chick Corea’s passing, Quincy Jones’ Qwest TV has curated a playlist to showcase and honor his contributions to jazz and genres as far-reaching as rock, classical, bossa nova, Latin, and many more.
Among the videos in this playlist are the incredible 2011 documentary Chick Corea: The Musician, and a range of concerts Corea gave across many of the world’s most important stages, both solo and in partnership with artists such as Miles Davis, the great McCoy Tyner (who also recently passed away), Friedrich Gulda, Steve Kujala, Moondog, Nicolas Economou, Gary Burton and more. In addition, Qwest TV had the honor of having Chick Corea as the February 2019 “Guest of the Month,” for which Corea chose a special selection of his favorite concerts, including a Coleman Hawkins concert from 1962, a Thelonious Monk show from 1963, and a live performance by Wayne Shorter, his long-time collaborator, from the 1987 Estival Jazz festival.
Saxophonist Vincent Herring
Battles Back From Bout with Coronavirus and
Career-Threatening Side Effects with Optimistic New Album
Preaching to the Choir, Due Out April 30, 2021
via Smoke Sessions Records
Album Finds Hope in Face of Pandemics and Politics
with Swinging Help from Cyrus Chestnut,
Yasushi Nakamura and Johnathan Blake
Liner notes by Samo Salamon:
During the lockdown period in 2020 due to the Covid-19 virus I started investigating other forms of cooperation with other musicians. One such form was the idea of long-distance improvisation. The first musician to come to my mind was Francois Houle. We have never played together, although we played with many musicians in common. I've been a fan of Francois for a really long time - he has been one of my favorite improvisers and composers ever since I heard his two fantastic albums Cryptology and In the Vernacular. I contacted Francois if he wants to do it and he was really enthusiastic about it… the process was so smooth and seemed like we were actually playing live and with each other since there was such a connection immediately. I first recorded six improvisations on acoustic guitar, and then Francois did his improvisations on me. The second part was that Francois first recorded six improvisations and then I did the improvisations on him… Francois did an amazing job also mixing and mastering the album. Furthermore, we both decided to search for the titles in the poetry of the great US poet Mary Oliver. Oliver’s emotional poetry reflects the current situation and also the situation which the musicians are facing and have to deal with in these times. But out of every bad comes something good. Can't wait to do this live on stages everywhere!!!! Here we come!!! I hope! ;)
1. Secret Pools 04:41
2. Roots and Seeds 04:04
3. Common Sense Mutters 04:38
4. Cradles 04:37
5. Garden of Dust 05:49
6. Island of Shade 06:24
7. Hum and Sway 04:40
8. Jug of Breath 05:37
9. Unobservable Mysteries 04:18
10. The Wanderings of Water 05:33
11. Longing Leaving Staying 03:52
Francois Houle - clarinet
Samo Salamon - 6 and 12-string guitar
Recorded individually by Samo Salamon (Maribor, Slovenia) and François Houle (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Editing, Mixing & Mastering: François Houle December 2020
During the first lockdown in spring 2020 my creative fire was still burning. All concerts were cancelled, but I still wanted to play and improvise. That's were the idea for long-distance improvisation came up.
I'm really happy that some of the best improvisers in Europe were happy to participate in this project. All tracks are completely improvised or could be even described as structured improvisation. So much thanks goes to all the amazing players for their creativity, kindness and amazing playing.
The title of the album and all the compositions are based on a poem by the great US poet E.E. Cummings, while Kristijan Robič contributed beautiful artwork for the design of the album.
1. love is more 04:48
2. thicker than forget 03:48
3. more thinner 09:14
4. than recall 05:18
5. more seldom 05:06
6. than a wave is wet 04:26
7. more frequent 07:48
8. than to fail 04:52
9. it is most mad 06:44
10. and moonly 15:12
NEW FREEQUESTRA (Italy / Portugal / Slovenia / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland):
Emanuele Marsico – trumpet (7,8,9)
Alberto Mandarini - trumpet (1,7,9)
Mirko Cisilino – trumpet (3)
Luis Vicente – trumpet (3,5,8,9)
Emanuele Parrini – violin (3,5,6,9)
Marco Colonna – baritone and sopranino sax (2,3,9)
Achille Succi – alto sax and bass clarinet (2,3,5,6,7,9,10)
Albert Cirera – sax (3,8,9,10)
Fredrik Ljungkvist – sax (7,9)
Christoph Irniger – sax (6,7)
Alberto Pinton – sax (2)
Beppe Scardino – sax (2)
Martin Küchen – sax (10)
Samo Salamon – guitar (4,5,7,9,10)
Marcelo dos Reis – guitar (3,5,9)
Silvia Bolognesi – bass (4,7)
Vasco Trilla – drums (7)
Mixed, mastered and produced by Samo Salamon.
Beautiful artwork by Kristijan Robič.
I’m thrilled to be releasing this new album of music, with these world-class musicians! I’ve known guitarist Nir Felder since 2004, and I always knew I wanted to work and record with him. Since moving back to Toronto from NYC, we fell out of touch as our lives kept us busy in our respective cities, but I was thrilled to reconnect with him and have him join us for this album. I’ve been playing with Luis Deniz and Rich Brown since 2014, and I knew from the beginning that the connection was strong. We have a blast playing music together, and I’m so happy we’ve finally captured this, with the help of our wonderful producer, and my dear friend, Dan Fortin.
The music on this album is a collection of original compositions and covers, curated and/or composed especially for this group. This collection of music brings out the strengths of each musician and provides a wonderful backdrop for us to explore and improvise.
The Sneaky Two was written for a slow-moving #2 train in NYC, and Boo Radley is for the wonderful character from “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Stro was written in dedication to former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, Marcus Stroman. I’m so happy to finally be recording Angelicus, by Vince Mendoza. I discovered this song in my first year of university, and I’ve been playing it in various groups for the past 20 years!
I had an absolute blast recording this music with these incredible musicians, and I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
1. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise 04:45
2. Forward Motion 06:58
3. Angelicus 05:51
4. Boo Radley 05:19
5. Stro 07:09
6. Summit Song 05:03
7. Wandering 04:23
8. The Sneaky Two 08:1
Luiz Deniz - Alto Saxophone
Nir Felder - Guitar
Rich Brown - Bass
Ernesto Cervini - Drums