Sunday, April 11, 2021

Unearthed Harold Land | "Westward Bound!" | Available June 12 via Reel to Real

Hard-Hitting Previously Unreleased
Live Performances by Bop Tenor Master
Harold Land Due from Reel to Real Recordings
Westward Bound! Features High-Voltage
1962-65 Dates Captured at Seattle’s Penthouse with
Trumpeter Carmell Jones, Pianist Hampton Hawes,
and Drummer Philly Joe Jones

Available June 12 in Celebration of ‘Record Store Day’
as a 33-1/3 RPM Two-LP Set on 180-gram Vinyl;
Available via on CD on June 18 and Digitally on August 6

Deluxe Package Features New Interviews with
Tenor Giants Sonny Rollins and Joe Lovano and Essays by
Jazz Authority Michael Cuscuna and Pianist Eric Reed
Continuing its mission to unearth important, previously unreleased jazz performances, Reel to Reel Recordings returns in June with Westward Bound!, a crucial collection of forceful quartet and quintet performances by the masterful tenor saxophonist Harold Land.

Crisply recorded at the Seattle jazz club the Penthouse in 1962-65 by engineer Jim Wilke and originally aired as part of a weekly broadcast from the venue on KING-FM, the new collection will be issued on June 12 in celebration of ‘Record Store Day’ as a 33-1/3 rpm two-LP set on 180-gram vinyl mastered by Kevin Gray of Coherent Audio and pressed by Standard Vinyl in Toronto. The album will then be available on CD on June 18 and digitally on August 6.

Reel to Reel – a partnership between Vancouver-based jazz impresario and saxophonist Cory Weeds and Resonance Records co-president and award-winning “Jazz Detective” Zev Feldman – was launched in 2018 with a pair of releases that included its initial title drawn from the Penthouse’s audio trove, Cannonball Adderley’s Swingin’ in Seattle. The label has since issued Ow!, featuring 1962 Penthouse dates by tenor men Johnny Griffin and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis; previous Resonance titles from the Penthouse archives have included sets by West Montgomery (Smokin’ in Seattle) and the Three Sounds featuring Gene Harris (Groovin’ Hard).

In his notes to the new album, Feldman writes, ‘I feel that these recordings of Harold Land are special and need to be heard. Land was one of the purveyors of West Coast jazz whom I feel is an under-recognized genius who doesn’t get discussed enough….Land was on top of his game during this important part of his career in the mid-1960s.” Comparing the new release to In Baltimore, Reel to Reel’s 2020 live collection by George Coleman, Weeds adds, “Westward Bound! finds us celebrating another unsung hero of the tenor saxophone.”

Born in Houston and raised in San Diego, Harold Land established himself as a jazz star with four EmArcy albums in the tenor chair of trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach’s celebrated ‘50s quintet. Based in Los Angeles from the mid-‘50s on, he worked fruitfully as a leader, recorded regularly with big band leader-arranger Gerald Wilson, and played behind such giants as Dinah Washington, Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, Les McCann, and Hampton Hawes. In later years he forged fruitful alliances with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and the Timeless All Stars.
Sonny Rollins – who replaced Land in the Brown-Roach combo – says in a new interview with Feldman, “Harold Land was one of the premier saxophonists of the time. He was one of the best….He was a great player, one of my favorites.” Contemporary tenor titan Joe Lovano tells Feldman, “Harold had his own sweet way of playing and his own flowing language….He was equal to Coltrane and Sonny.”

The earliest of the Penthouse dates heard on Westward Bound! pairs Land with a similarly underestimated player, the gifted Kansas City trumpeter Carmell Jones; the two musicians worked together regularly on sessions for Pacific Jazz Records. In his overview essay, jazz historian and producer Michael Cuscuna notes, “He and Land made a like-minded team; each would play every note with purpose and articulation.” The band on the Dec. 12, 1962 performance also included Wes Montgomery’s brothers Buddy (piano) and Monk (bass) and drummer Jimmy Lovelace.

During Penthouse gigs on Sept. 10 and 17, 1964, Land was joined by another prominent artist he had worked with before: pianist Hampton Hawes, who had led the storied 1958 quartet date For Real!, which also featured the saxophonist. In an essay about the keyboardists heard with Land on the new album, pianist Eric Reed says, “Although it is not widely acknowledged (or even known), Hamp was largely responsible for blending the language of the Blues, Jazz, and Gospel music in such a way as to influence many that came after him.”

Westward Bound! climaxes with an Aug. 5, 1965, date featuring Monk Montgomery, pianist John Houston, and another jazz legend, the explosive drummer Philly Joe Jones. The rhythm turbine of Miles Davis’ magnificent ‘50s quintet, Jones relocated in the ‘60s to L.A., where he played regularly with Land. Cuscuna writes, “This is a high-octane quartet, thanks in large part to Philly Joe’s ability to swing hard and keep a tight rein on the music with the loosest feel.”

In his own introductory note to the album, Charlie Puzzo, Jr., son of the Seattle club’s owner and operator, says, “I hope the release of this album will allow you to experience the magic of Harold Land’s performances at the Penthouse and also to feel the excitement of actually being in the audience. As a collector myself, I know how important it is that the packaging and esign live up to the source material, and I believe this album does just that.”

Harold Land · Westward Bound!
Reel to Real · Release Date: June 12, 2021

sneaky jesus - For Joseph Riddle (May 28, 2021 Shapes of Rhythm)

Early feedback:
"Always excited to hear new jazz from Poland. The bar has been set incredibly high over recent years by the like of EABS, Wojtek Mazolewski, Piotr Damasiewicz, Bloto and now Sneaky Jesus who have maintained that level. “For Joseph Riddle” stays true to the traditions of polish jazz (You can feel the spirit of Polish greats such as Wroblewski, Komeda and Stanko) whilst combining some of that fresh energy associated with the current UK sound. Nice tight arrangements, with deep melancholic lines, backed up by fierce determined solos - stellar release for Shapes Of Rhythm!" – Oli Reeves, 22a Music

“The freshest new jazz to make it to my ears from Poland. Just the right amount of skronk and funk to make repeat listens a must.” Oli Brunetti, Olindo/Colectivo Futuro/Soho Radio

“One of my favourite forward-thinking bands on the Polish map” Łukasz Wojciechowski, Astigmatic Records

Shapes of Rhythm is thrilled to present a brand new signing with a 50-minute debut LP from young, exciting Jazz quartet sneaky jesus, based in Poland. For Joseph Riddle merges concepts of contemporary Polish Jazz and breakbeat oriented styles of UK and US Jazz with ideas derived from punk and funk.

Matylda Gerber on Tenor and Baritone Sax and Maciej Forreiter on Guitar flow seamlessly between melancholic lines and free jazz expression. Beniamin Łasiewicki on Bass with Filip Baczyński on Drums anchor the improvisations and take unexpected dynamic turns. The quartet was joined in the studio by wonderful musicians and friends Michał Szczepaniec on Percussion, Wiktor Maternik on Trumpet and Mariano De Ona Martinez, who supports the harmony on Electric Piano and Synths and helped with the final arrangements.
The sound spectrum is vast. The opener Bugs relies heavily on steady breakbeat rhythms and hard bop-ish horn lines and features a Spanish-sounding Trumpet solo from guest Wiktor Maternik. Józek Zagadka is spacious, melancholic and minor despite frenetic and mutating drumming from Baczyński and Forreiter’s vamping distorted guitar textures. Battledance is confrontational and features Gerber’s primal Baritone rallying cries, whilst Łasiewicki’s bassline works nimbly around the elements. You can just picture the stand-off.

Minneapolis - Police Game highlights the group’s musical standpoint on widespread police brutality and is For Joseph Riddle’s standout. At around 25 minutes long, it’s so long it had to be split across the LP vinyl edition. A story in three parts and featuring by Baczyński’s frenetic drum solo, the composition started as a reaction to protests happening in USA after the murder of George Floyd, but in time gained new meaning to became a reflection of women’s marches still happening in Poland.

With today’s young Jazz landscape dominated by spiritual, soul and fusion, sneaky jesus don’t take the obvious turn or jump on the bandwagon. They bring the skronk and go for themselves. For Joseph Riddle is raw, discordant in parts and the group aren’t afraid to hit a wrong note every once in a while. A brave LP for such a young group. Michał Szczepaniec who guests on the LP and is one half of electronic group Gaijin Blues remarks ‘sneaky jesus are the next EABS.’ 

1. Bugs 07:02
2. Józek Zagadka 08:21
3. Battledance 03:34
4. Minneapolis – Police Game 27:03

Shamek Farrah & Folks - La Dee La La (May 28, 2021 Jazz Room Records)

Another top notch Funky Spiritual Jazz release from Paul Murphy's Jazz Room Records. Featuring Strata-East stalwart Shamek Farrah on Saxes and an all star cast including Trumpet Legend Malachi Thompson.

The music is a Funky Spiritual Afro-Latin Soul mix with the Miriam Makeba influenced Cape Township Party title track and the Jazz Soul grooves of "Waiting For Marvin" both highlights..

Get down to the Worldwide Sound with the Latin Jazz grooves of "The White Lady" featuring Sonelius Smith on Piano and "Along Came Ron Rahsaan" with Vivian Chandler singing a wordless Spiritual Jazz Headspace Lullaby.

Totally obscure and his recordings fetching exhorbitant prices (a re-issue Japanese CD is 3 figures) Shamek Farrah ranks with the great unrecorded. Two releases on Strata East in the '70s, a couple for RA, a release in '95. The reissue of this 1978 recording for RA by Jazz Room Records reintroduces a roomful of rarely heard musicians, along with a young Malachi Thompson soon to become an Internationally renowned Jazz Heavyweight.

1. La Dee La La Song
2. Waiting For Marvin
3. The White Lady
4. Along Came Ron Rahsaan

Erik Fratzke's Fáke Accent - Four Serious Allegations (May 14, 2021 Skirl Records)

Erik Fratzke is renowned for his work as a bassist in Happy Apple and guitarist in Dave King's Trucking Co, as well as his group Zebulon Pike. Fake Accent brings his many musical interests and talents together in his own vision. Fratzke will be on guitar, joined by Nathan Hanson on saxophone and clarinet, Cooper Doten on bass, and Cory Healey on drums.

1. Fake Accent (Theme)
2. Health House
3. City Science
4. Secular Exorcist

Erik Fratzke - guitar
Nathan Hanson - tenor saxophone and clarinet
Cooper Doten - bass
Cory Healey - drums/percussion/guitar/bass

Engineered by Rob Oesterlin at the Terrarium in Minneapolis Sep/2018
Mixed by Brett Bullion
Mastered by Huntley Miller 
Original Artwork and design by Dave King

All compositions by Erik Fratzke

Lukas Akintaya - Hues (May 28, 2021 Skirl Records)

Hues is a project reflecting on the experience of moving to a new place. Arriving in New York, going through the process of re-orientating, absorbing and recalibrating, searching for a connecting line between the dots. It illuminates the journey of growing deeper roots and taking in new perspectives; a stream of thoughts at a given moment in time.

1. From Far
2. Terrace Place
3. Unicorn on Carroll Street
4. Interlude
5. Certain Uncertainties
6. Todah
7. Todah II
8. Patience, Growth

Jeremy Viner – tenor saxophone
Keisuke Matsuno – electric guitar
Simon Jermyn – electric bass
Elias Stemeseder – synthesizer, electronics (1,2,3,5,8)
Billy Drewes – soprano saxophone (2,8)
Lukas Akintaya – drums, percussions, keys & compositions

All compositions by Lukas Akintaya
Recorded by Joseph Branciforte at Dolan Studio, NYC in May 2019
Edited and mixed by Joseph Branciforte at Greyfade Studio, Brooklyn
Additional synthesizer recording by Bertram Burkert, Berlin
Digital & vinyl mastering by Philip Gosselin at LeLab Studios, Montréal, Canada
Photos, artwork & design by Odelia Toder
LC by Gartenmusik
Produced by Lukas Akintaya

Aver & Move 78 - The Algorithm Smiles Upon You (April 2021 Village Live Records)

Village Live Records is proud to present “The Algorithm Smiles Upon You”, the debut EP by Aver & Move 78.

The Berlin-based band consists of Doron Segal on keyboards, Nir Sabag on drums, Hal Strewe on bass and Aver on sampler and production.

The eight tracks of their EP are crafted from hours of studio improvisations, that have then been chopped-up, rearranged, and layered with additional strings, flute and horns. This many-layered approach has helped create the band’s signature sound: a balance between free flowing jazz and automated, programmed hip-hop.

“The Algorithm Smiles Upon You” is available to pre-order now on Limited edition transparent vinyl (100) & Black vinyl (200) (Shipping Begins Monday, April 19th)

All copies of the record will come with a hand numbered OBI strip, printed inner sleeve and gloss detail finish.

Please note, all transparent vinyl will be available exclusively via our website

1. Faye 04:10
2. Middling 04:32
3. Housecat 04:13
4. Daisies 03:59
5. Live From The Village 03:56
6. Pearls Before Swine 03:42
7. Sanctuary 04:34
8. Normal Jazz 03:43

Amara - Amara (June 30, 2021 Sola Terra)

Responding to their environment, Amara’s sound is greatly influenced by the cold and dark months of autumn and winter in Glasgow, a city which can be unrelenting in its greyness. It is a product of that. After sifting through hundreds, perhaps thousands, of hours of recordings, a narrative slowly formed and Amara began to revisit some ideas. It is these ideas that make up this album. The album is the narrative.

Amara was formed from a jam, and the music in this album came from many months of improvisation. At gigs, at rehearsals, out and about on the streets, Amara would freely improvise with one another, weaving themselves and their spirits together so that, no longer individuals, the musicians became one.

1. Intro 02:55
2. Blue 08:56
3. Ruby 07:02
4. Spirits 10:15
5. Psychedelic Potato 04:00
6. Rotations 06:17
7. Street Lamp 04:10

+ All compositions by Amara
+ Tracked & mixed by Luigi Pasquini
+ Mastered by Mark Dobson
+ Artwork by Rebecca Ashton
+ Design & Layout by C.O.Turner
+ Sola Terra STR005

Adiela - Live Improvisations 01 (April 2021)

1. Hernandez JAM 2020-01-15 01:30
2. complacent, platitudes JAM 2020-01-15 10:17
3. Eldart street 02 JAM 2020-08-02 05:47
4. Popcorn JAM 2020-01-15 10:25
5. Nazareth JAM 2020-01-04 05:19
6. Peruse JAM 2020-01-04 06:22

Freddy Caro - Drums
Alex Quintero - Bass
Christian Diaz - Guitar
Jahi Williams - Keys, synth
Michael Hernandez - Keys, woodwinds, brass
Kajren Adielman - Vocals, FX