Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tommy Scott - Going For It (May 11, 2021)

20 years ago, British pianist Tommy Scott emerged onto the jazz scene as a teenage prodigy, championed by the likes of Joey Calderazzo and Danilo Perez and described as “astonishing” by Jazz Review.

Heavily influenced by the style and energy of Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner & Kenny Kirkland, he returns with a brand new trio project, featuring double bassist Yuri Goloubev and drummer Asaf Sirkis.

1. Pushing the boundaries 06:55
2. Perfect limitations 07:37
3. Goodbye treadmill 03:59
4. Close connection 07:22
5. Opportune moment 05:13
6. New page 05:35
7. Change of pace 07:37
8. Into the unknown 03:26
9. Avenues of discovery 06:51
10. First of a kind 06:24
11. Reinvention 06:0

Tommy Scott - Piano
Yuri Goloubev - Bass
Asaf Sirkis - Drums

Recorded, mixed and master by Andrew Lawson
Fieldgate Studios, Penarth, June 2018
Design by Edward N Swarbrick

Claudio Angeleri - Music from the castle of crossed destinies (May 11, 2021 Dodicilune / Ird)

The idea of a new project around the literature of Italo Calvino originated from an invitation by Maestro Enrico Intra and Maurizio Franco to the MIT Jazz Festival at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in November 2019. This is, however, not my first encounter with Calvino, as in 2004 I had already composed the music for a performance inspired by “Le città invisibili", one of the cult books of 20th century literature. Actually, my relationship with Calvino has much deeper and far-reaching roots, shared during the 70s with many 'young people' belonging to my generation. This was the period when the writer published “Il Castello dei destini incrociati” (The Castle of the Crossed Destinies), the book of short stories that inspired this new work of mine. 

A period characterized by its many contradictions, but also an extremely creative, fertile and transformative one from a social, political and cultural point of view. In books and music, one can find immediate, multifarious, succinct and, at the same time, profound answers. In his stories, Calvino expresses a methodological and philosophical attitude that strips away the non-essential, leaving only its fundamental dimensions: mind, space and time. It is the literary transposition of the widely shared concepts of the 70s: in particular, Mies van der Rohe's "less is more" in architecture, and, in my opinion, the aesthetics of several jazz representatives, first and foremost Thelonious Monk and Duke.

Calvino is all this and so much more. He does it with lightness, irony, rigour and a somewhat “classical” mastery of writing. It is the period of combinatorial writing, a new way of “doing” literature, through technicalities that are openly stated and disclosed to readers, who become active players in the feat of literary composition.  In “Il Castello dei destini incrociati”, Calvino's first work written entirely using this literary technique, the stories of the different characters who happen to meet in a castle after a series of ordeals, are constructed according to the combination of 15th-century miniature tarot cards (tarocchi). The cards are the same but the stories they tell are all different.

In this way, Calvino tells of Orlando, driven insane by love, or of Astolfo, who goes to the moon to regain Orlando's wits, and again of alchemists, lovers and ramshackle knights. Characters apparently connected by a common medieval-renaissance setting, and yet, on closer analysis, estranged from time and space and, for this reason, extremely contemporary.

Within this ambitious methodological research, I discovered a connection with the language of music. Music is, in fact, the art of combining sounds with silence. This combinatory practice is applied through written, oral or 'audio-tactile' norms and processes. The history and musicological studies of Western and non-Western music have introduced us to many of them: from modality to tonality, from seriality to polytonality, and so on, including techniques adopted by other continents.
"Jazz is not a what, jazz is a how”, as the great pianist Bill Evans used to say when asked to define jazz. Using just a few words, Evans sums up its essence, that is, the way in which this music is able to be pluralistic and unique at the same time, embracing a multiplicity of cultural influences and processing them through its own aesthetics. Composition is undoubtedly one of the distinctive traits of jazz, meant both in "slow" terms in which the composer can rethink, modify and rewrite the music, and in terms of "fast," real-time composition: in other words, improvisation. These reflections provided me with further common ground with Calvino's work and techniques.  Moreover, in the concluding notes of “Il Castello dei destini incrociati”, the writer reveals the open-ended and evolving nature of the book, which remains, in some ways, poised and unfinished. In fact, the text was to contain a third contemporary part based on the same narrative structure.

The idea was therefore to take up the challenge of devising new stories through the language of sounds and to accomplish that unfinished third part through musical storytelling.  The characters and places portrayed by Calvino are transformed here by the combination of the twelve sounds both in the written part as well as in the one improvised by the seven musicians involved - eight with Gabriele Comeglio featuring on one track. In addition to the sixteen stories that make up “Il Castello dei destini incrociati”, eight for each part, I composed another eight following an entirely subjective criterion, leaving space to the creative stimuli contained in the book. As Calvino states: "I concentrated primarily on observing the tarot cards attentively, with the eye of he who does not know what they are, and on drawing suggestions and associations from them, interpreting them according to an imaginary iconology".

I therefore composed a counterpoint, assigning it to the different instruments representing, for their sonorous features, specific characters: the violin, the flute, the (distorted) electric guitar, the voice, the piano, the (electric) bass, the percussion.

The specularity of the story is rendered instead by two twelve-tone series. I was however not completely satisfied with the outcome. It was too intellectual and not communicative enough. I therefore worked on the inner harmonisation of the voices to bring tensions and dissonances into yet another territory, halfway between the affirmation and the denial of the key. Was this again the duality suggested by Calvino?

There was then the rhythmic and timbral aspect that brought the music elsewhere, beyond the variables of improvisation and the action-reaction of the musicians with respect to the written stimuli. It was a pretty creative mishmash where creativity and intricacy were growing hand in hand. Enjoy listening. Claudio Angeleri

1. The knight
2. The castle
3. Wood
4. Improvisation # 4
5. Lovers
6. Twelve
7. Palomar
8. Two or three stories
9. Round about midnight

All compositions by Claudio Angeleri
except 9 by Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams

Claudio Angeleri - piano, keyboards, composition
Giulio Visibelli - soprano sax, flute
Paola Milzani - vocal
Virginia Sutera - violin
Michele Gentilini - electric guitar
Marco Esposito - electric bass
Luca Bongiovanni - drums, percussion
Gabriele Comeglio - alto sax (8)

Produced by Claudio Angeleri
and Maurizio Bizzochetti, Gabriele Rampino, Dodicilune, Italy
Label manager Maurizio Bizzochetti, (www.dodicilune.it)
Recorded July 2020 at CDpM recording studio, Bergamo, Italy
Mixed and mastered January 2021 at CDpM recording studio, Bergamo, Italy
Sound engineer Massimiliano Capellini  Editing Marco Esposito
Cover art Tommaso Angeleri  Photos by Dario Guerini, Ugo Bacci
Contact: www.claudioangeleri.com, info@cdpm.it

Gaëtan Nicot Quartet - Rhapsodie (May 2021)

1. Rhapsodie 08:22
2. Koo-Cool 06:43
3. Chiarezza 05:25
4. Ma Plus Belle Histoire d'Amour 04:19
5. Maia 08:19
6. Les Yeux de L'Abeille 06:42
7. Transports Urbains 06:52
8. Moon Dreams 04:53

Gaetan Nicot : piano, compositions
Pierrick Menuau : saxophone ténor
Sebastien Boisseau : Contrebasse
Arnault Lechântre : batterie
Invité, Geoffroy Tamisier : trompette (piste 2)
Son, mixage :Jonathan Marcoz ( Péninsule Studio )

Jooklo Duo & Lao Dan - 啫啫银河 ZE ZE THE MILKY WAY (2021 Old Heaven Books)

1. Dragon Tongue 11:37
2. Bamboo Secret 03:33
3. Drunk Funk 06:19
4. Dalla Cina Con Furore 15:06
5. Tofu Blues 06:05

Recorded live on October 12th, 2018 at Old Heaven Books
8th OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival

笛子 Flutes/ 中音萨克斯 Alto sax/唢呐 Suona: 老丹 Lao Dan
键盘 Keyboard/ 笛子 Flutes/调音笛 Pitch pipe/ 次中音萨克斯 Tenor sax: Virginia Genta
鼓 Drums/打击乐 Percussion: David Vanzan

录音 Recording:罗绿野 Luo Lvye
母带制作 Mastering: 刘英 Liu Ying
制作 Produce: 涂飞 Tu Fei
封面木刻 Woodcut: 刘庆元 Liu Qingyuan
摄影 Photography: 陈鸿 Chen Hong @DAFA
封面设计 Design: 陈铁梅 Chen Tiemei

Watanabe Norio and Ono Ryoko DUO (NEWDUO series 024) May 2021

Watanabe Norio is a jazz guitarist based in Nagoya Japan. His high skill of playing music makes it more colorful and affect impress vibrate. He seldom play improvised music, but today we play quite beautiful improvised music together.

1. NR1 06:32
2. NR2 09:11
3. NR3 04:01
4. NR4 03:57

Watanabe Norio (Guitar)
Ono Ryoko (Alto Saxophone)
Mixing and Mastering by Ono Ryoko

Marc Cary - Taylors Wailers Live in NYC (May 2021 The Harlem Sessions)

1. Bird lives/Ooh Shooby Doobie 03:30
2. Little Melonae 20:16
3. Ahmad's Blues 09:57
4. CTA 10:46
5. Hi Fly 05:09

Arthur Taylor
Marc Cary
Tyler Mitchell
Abraham Burton
Willie Williams

Marc Cary - Trillium Live in NYC 2000 (May 2021 The Harlem Sessions)

1. Minor League 13:41
2. Voice of Ascension 02:56
3. King Tut's Strut 12:30
4. Titi Boom 11:28
5. Introductions 01:35
6. Pinnochio 05:47
7. Pinnochio 04:28
8. Melancholia 09:32
9. Minor League part 2 05:22

Performed by Marc Cary, Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits
Recorded live at Makor on the UWS NYC

Marc Cary - Listen Live at Sweet Basils (2021 The Harlem Sessions)

Recorded in 1996 at the week long residency at Sweet Basils celebrating the release of Marc Cary's Listen. Also celebrating the birthdays of Dion Parson and Dwayne Burno

1. Ready or Not 12:14
2. The Music Is The Magic 03:06
3. So Gracefully 13:39
4. Band introduction and greeting 00:55
5. Suite Basils Sweet pt. 1 07:25
6. Suite Basils Sweet pt. 2 03:15
7. Suite Basils Sweet pt. 3 09:49
8. Melancholia 09:28
9. Leaving Home 15:59
10. Gentle Wind 14:01

Billy Johnson- bass
Dion Parson - drums
Daniel Moreno - percussion
Yarborough Charles Laws - flute
Terrell Stafford - trumpet

Marc Cary Focus Trio - Well Travelled (2021 The Harlem Sessions)

This is possibly my favorite live set from all my travels with The Focus Trio. Recorded in Europe in 2013 at Mariannes Jazz Room

1. Chundracones 09:02
2. Appointment in Ghana 11:39
3. 12 stories 07:27
4. Single Petal of a Rose 06:08
5. Minor March 09:16
6. My Love Is You 04:24
7. Proceedings 01:55
8. Trance 05:15
9. Bhoup 10:41
10. Audience Outro 01:50
11. Just in Time 06:55

Featuring Marc Cary, Sameer Gupta and Rashaan Carter

Bird´s Free Funk - Connecting Colours (May 2021)

Wieviel ist möglich mit nur drei Musikern? Wie wenig? Ruhe und Melodie gefolgt von Groove und Beats in Eigenkompositionen spielt das Trio „Bird´s Free Funk“, sodass in minimaler Besetzung sich eine neue Welt auftut. Intensiv und packend, mit der Suche nach Schönheit von Klängen, bei der jeder Musiker maximale Verantwortung trägt, spielt sich das Trio von Swing über Latin Jazz zu modernen Kompositionen. So versuchen die drei Musiker/innen aus Hannover und Berlin, dem Jazz eine eigene Note zu geben, weg von dem Zuviel hin zu dem Nötigsten, Musikalischsten, Schönstem.

1. Bird´s legacy 08:34
2. Back to the beginning 04:30
3. Two sides 06:36
4. Punkt 12 06:50
5. Epiphanie 07:43
6. Partido 14 03:34
7. Godot 10:06

Charlotte Joerges - Saxophon, Komposition
Till Schomburg - Ebass, Komposition
Johannes Metzger - Schlagzeug, Komposition