Saturday, November 6, 2021

ADVANCE: Cecile McLorin Salvant - Ghost Song (March 4, 2022 Nonesuch Records)

1. Wuthering Heights
2. Optimistic Voices / No Love Dying
3. Ghost Song
4. Obligation
5. Until
6. I Lost My Mind
7. Moon Song
8. Trail Mix
9. The World Is Mean
10. Dead Poplar
11. Thunderclouds
12. Unquiet Grave

Nadav Berkovits - Waking the Heart (December 10, 2021 Ubuntu Music)

In his Debut Album 'Waking the Heart’, Nadav is exposing a variety of influences from Straight Ahead Jazz to North African Rhythms, and Afro Cuban music, influenced by his musical journey to Cuba. The album features some of the best Israeli Jazz musicians including Itamar Borochov on Trumpet, Yuval Drabkin on Tenor Sax, Omri Bar Giora on Guitar, Oz Yehiely on Bass, Shai Yuval on Drums and Nadav Berkovits on Piano.

Nadav on the album: "For me ‘Waking the Heart’ was a spiritual journey started back in 2018 when I traveled to Cuba where I was exposed to a new world of culture and music. This experience led me to an inner search and compose my own music. Some of the tunes were written in Havana and some of them in India, Sinai (Egypt), and Jerusalem. In 2020 when covid-19 started and everything stopped I had the opportunity to get in the studio with some of my best friends and best musicians around.

I really hope it will inspire you.

Yours Truly, Nadav"

1. The Dream
2. Ras (feat. Itamar Borochov)
3. España
4. Song for Avi
5. Eurydice
6. Ensof
7. Lament

Nadav Berkovits - Piano
Itamar Borochov - Trumpet (Tracks 1,2)
Yuval Drabkin - Tenor Saxophone (Tracks 1,5,7)
Omri Bar Giora - Guitar (Tracks 1, 4)
Oz Yehiely - Bass
Shai Yuval - Drums

All compositions by Nadav Berkovits

Recorded at Yellow Submarine
Sound Engineer - Shalom Benizri
Mix - Yaron Mohar
Master - Helik Hadar

Track 4 'Song for Avi' is dedicated to two of my biggest teachers in life- Avi Feiler and Avi Adrian

Album cover art - Nadav Berkovits
Graphic Design - Noy Elitzur, Talia Hamburg

Produced by Nadav Berkovits
Executive Producer: Martin Hummel
Ubuntu Music

MC4 - Music In Unusual Spaces (December 10, 2021)

Music In Unusual Spaces” documents the strange feeling of coming out of lockdown, of spaces opening up, gigs back on (and then off), the joy of getting out, being allowed out, a record of the city waking up…

Matt Clark’s previous releases have evoked a sense of space, of moving through a city, written and recorded with a feeling of wanting to escape during lockdown.

With this new quartet, the urban theme is continued with an exploration of music recorded in unconventional spaces; field recordings, jams recorded using unconventional methods; free improvisation, developing themes without rehearsing to retain an air of immediacy, spontaneity.

Matt and James were recorded live at The Bees Mouth in Hove on 17th September 2021. The performance took place in the bar by the front windows, which were left open a little and a mic placed in the gap. This way, both the music and the ambient sounds of the street during the performance were recorded.

Ozzy was recorded on Trafalgar Street, Brighton, in the tunnel under the station concourse. The mic was placed close to the bass, but with a wide pan to capture passersby and moving traffic.

Charlotte was recorded by the canal at Camden Lock, London. The acoustics were fantastic - reflecting off the water and the apartment block opposite, creating a natural delay. The mic was wide panned, but held facing the building opposite, to maximise the capture of reflected sounds from nearby.
Matt Clark

1. Holmes' Return
2. Inhibition Vanishes
3. End Of The Beginning

Matt Clark - guitar
Charlotte Keeffe - trumpet
Ozzy Moysey - double bass
James Edmunds - drums

All compositions/arrangements by Matt Clark 2021

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Nick Endacott-Gibb at Wizard Audio, Hove

Shay Hazan - Reclusive Rituals (December 10, 2021 Batov Records)

The multi-talented Shay Hazan fuses rubbery North African Gnawa grooves, with haunting jazz horns and hip hop inflected beats on ‘Reclusive Rituals’. His first project for international groove artisans, Batov Records.

Tel-Aviv based musician Shay Hazan is a composer, producer, bassist & bandleader. His versatile bass is frequently heard on national radio, providing the hits of tomorrow with a foundation in the groove. Hazan’s presence has been felt on major international stages having toured with popular hip hop ensemble, Lucille Crew, and Batov fans will have heard his bass lines propelling the grooves of Sandman Project’s breakthrough EP, ‘Royal Family’. Moreover, Hazan’s straight jazz project, the Shay Hazan Quintet has been heavily playlisted across Spotify editorial playlists and recently released a fast-selling 7” on Jazzman Records.

Having commenced producing the album during the first Covid lockdown, this process of creating the album was a marked departure from previous projects. Whereas he would normally call and gather his band together to record his new compositions live, Hazan would come up with a groove first before sending the recording parts to a drummer in Berlin or a saxophonist in Tel Aviv to add a complementary rhythm or melody, and then finally editing the results himself. As Hazan puts it, “So technically I had the role of the composer and the producer as well as the Guimbri player.”

“I made this album In order to satisfy the inner urge for simple grooves and the search for a different and new sound that draws inspiration from ancient places with great tradition but still corresponds with the world and the period in which I live and the way I express myself.”

Having already mastered the double and electric bass, Hazan learned how to play the three-stringed Guimbri: a camel-skin-covered bass plucked lute used by the Gnawa people of North Africa, as heard on their hypnotic music. Hazan repurposes the unique qualities of the instrument with a jazz approach, no doubt inspired somewhat by his introduction to the instrument: “The truth is that my first acquaintance with the Gimbri was by bassist William Parker, who is not a traditional Gnawan player, but an American musician, identified with jazz and improvised music. that I have been following for years. Once I saw him play with this thing in a show and my mind exploded, I started researching where it came from and listening to music from Morocco and North Africa”.
The title, ‘Reclusive Rituals’, is inspired by a Jean-Michel Basquiat interview from 1985 where he discusses his reclusiveness and the public demand for gossip on well-known figures. In particular, how advantageous it can be to stay out of the limelight, as the crowd’s very nature is to eventually turn on their idols. Hazan interpreted this to imply that personal behavioral patterns are significantly affected by the fear of negative responses, often leading them to non-action: “Basquiat's words have been resonating in my head for a long time. I see around me a lot of people who for fear of receiving negative criticism, do not initiate or create anything.

And in a certain place, I'm a little scared to be in this place myself and feel the need to keep searching and creating all the time without being influenced by criticism, for better or worse.”

The guimbri’s natural inclination to groove is instantly felt on the Gnawa-meets-Afrobeat first single, “Afrobeatz”, which is destined to play a large role in DJs record bags as dancefloors reopen. But the laidback, beat-driven foundation opener “Deloop” and “Pink Collar” reveal Hazan’s affinity for hip hop and RnB, in particular the UK label Village Life, whose cutting edge blend of underground jazz and hip hop was a lockdown favourite.

‘Reclusive Rituals’ is an exciting new chapter in Shay Hazan’s career. His most personal, hands-on album to date, fusing his love of jazz, hip hop, and Gnawan music. As open-minded purveyors of the finest grooves, Batov Records is its perfect home. 

1. Deloop
2. Pink Collar
3. 123 Birds
4. Basquiat
5. Guimbri Retreat
6. Bob Dealer
7. Afrobeatz
8. Remove the Talk

Shay Hazan - Guimbri, bass, guitar

Tal Avraham - Trumpet (on tracks #2 #3 #4 #6)
Eyal Netzer - Saxophone (on track #7)
Doron Segal - Noise, programming, editing and keyboards (on tracks #4 #8)
Milton Michaeli - Keyboards (on track #6)
Nir Tom Sabag - Drums and percussions (on tracks #4 #6 #7 #8)

Mix and Mastered by Asaf Shay, Halal Studio.
Album art by Omer Porat.

Recorded at all participants' home studios (2020)

Joëlle Léandre - At Souillac en Jazz (November 30, 2021 Ayler Records)

This solo by Joëlle Léandre concentrates an energy coming out of the depths of the earth, right from the first strokes of the bow. The huge sound, instantly gripping the body, is overwhelming far beyond the music, an experience so strong that tears flow when it comes to the sung parts. From the depths of the ages, evocative of a Native American medicine woman, an Inuit shaman, voodoo priestess or even blues woman, extracting with bare hands her strings rooted in clay, transcending the sound of her double bass, she awakens a thousand-year-old buried 'collective unconscious' with her voice of trance, inviting ancestral spirits to a form of resistance to fight all the injustices of the world, piercing with sound and love the hearts of both aficionados dreaming of impossible musical utopias and of novices stunned by her visceral “duende”.
(from Christian Pouget's liner notes)

1. Calès I
2. Calès II
3. Calès III
4. Calès IV
5. Calès V
6. Calès VI
7. Calès VII
8. Calès VIII 

Joëlle Léandre - double bass, voice

Recorded live by Christian Pouget on July 18th, 2021 in the Saint-Jacques church of Calès, Lot, France. Tracks #7 & 8 were recorded during a private after-set, once the audience had left.
Mixed and mastered by Maïkôl Seminatore.
All comprovisations by Joëlle Léandre.
Cover artwork by Bénédicte Gallois & Stéphane Berland.

Bryan Murray & Jon Lundbom - Beats by Balto! Vol. 2 (November 17, 2021 Chant Records)

Jon Lundbom (Big Five Chord) and Bryan Murray, a.k.a. Balto Exclamationpoint (Bryan and the Haggards) are back for their second Chant Records release. Joined by an all-star roster of accomplices, Lundbom and Murray blend hip-hop-style beat construction with avant-jazz and much more in a collage of sounds from various corners of the musical universe. Beats by Balto! Vol. 2 features performances from Jon Irabagon, Moppa Elliott, Nick Millevoi, and many more. A funky, wild, and adventurous collection of music with virtuosic improvisation and revelous glee, Beats by Balto! Vol. 2 is sure to please adventurous music lovers throughout Planet Earth and beyond. All artists' proceeds to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America's COVID-19 Relief Fund:

1. Battalions
2. Beat Like This
3. Big P. (Interlude)
4. Tears and Fists
5. Ex Machina
6. Cap'n Crunch (Interlude)
7. Truck Gun
8. Enter!
9. Weak Sauce (Interlude)
10. Hot Shit

Bryan Murray - soprano, alto, c-melody, and tenor saxophones
Jon Irabagon - sopranino, soprano, mezzo-soprano, balto!, and tenor saxophones; alto clarinet
Jon Lundbom - guitar
Matt Kanelos - keyboard
Moppa Elliott - bass
Nick Millevoi - guitar
Richard Mikel - bass
Sam Kulik - trombone
Beats by Balto Exclamationpoint

Battalions - Jon Lundbom
Beat Like This - Jon Lundbom
Big P. - Bryan Murray
Ex Machina - Jon Lundbom
Tears and Fists - Jon Lundbom
Cap'n Crunch - Bryan Murray
Truck Gun - Jon Lundbom
Enter! - Jon Lundbom
Weak Sauce - Bryan Murray
Hot Shit - Jon Lundbom

All songs composed to beats constructed by Balto! Exclamationpoint
Recorded across the country, assembled in quarantine at Balto! World Headquarters
Mastered by Louie Lino at Resonate Music
Produced by Bryan Murray and Jon Lundbom

Akira Sakata & Giovanni Di Domenico - And Life Also Same (November 2021)

Music can be learned on the road. And life also same.

A mind-blowing collaborative artefact from the long-standing, prolific partnership between the seminal Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata and the Italian pianist and composer Giovanni Di Domenico.

Born in 1945 and trained as a marine biologist, for decades Akira Sakata has stood at the forefront of Japanese jazz and improvisation, first emerging during the early '70s as a member of the Yamashita Yosuke Trio, before venturing out as a solo performer, recording widely and collaborating with a vast number of distinguished players from the global scene.

Giovanni Di Domenico, currently based in Brussels, over the last two decades has emerged as a definitive voice, bridging improvised music and advanced forms of electroacoustic music, producing a discography of critically heralded solo efforts, and intimate collaborations with Jim O'Rourke, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Arve Henriksen, Alexandra Grimal, Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, and others. His collaboration with Sakata began during the 2010s and has since produced nine releases with numerous configurations and line-ups.

While most of Di Domenico’s recent releases have veered toward the electronic and electroacoustic realm, "And Life Also Same" - stretching across a full LP and a 7" - refreshingly encounters him returning to his roots as an absolutely brilliant pianist. Recorded in May of 2018 at Studio 107, Radio France, both players are in top form, firing out complex arrangements and clusters of tonal interventions that collide in a stunning display of conversant artistry, ranging from restrained passages within which Sakata delivers beautiful primal vocalizations backed by the patterns of Di Domenico’s notes, to full on hard blow free jazz fire. 

1. And Life Also Same 生活是即人生 08:03
2. Mahmah まあまあ 07:57
3. As Usual いつも通り 06:06
4. Gionsyoja / Hondo No Hunauta 祇園精舎 / 音戸の舟唄 09:31
5. Forest Fire 03:47
6. Go To Sleep 04:27

All music by Akira Sakata & Giovanni Di Domenico

Akira Sakata: alto sax, clarinet, vocals
Giovanni Di Domenico: piano

LP tracks recorded in May 2018 in Studio 107, Radio France

Mixed and mastered by Giovanni Di Domenico

Marc Jufer - Both (November 2021)

« Both » was born from the need to remain active in the creation and sharing of music during these difficult times that we are currently going through.

Playing with other people is essential for the creative process and vital for my own balance. A composition is meaningless before being played. Musicians brings it to life under their fingers, in their breath and above all, in their mind.

« Both » is 16 duet pieces, recorded between February and May 2021, composed specifically for each of the people who made me happy by accepting my invitation. Some are long time friends, some are people I had never played with before. There were even some first meetings in front of the microphones.

I learned a lot and thank all these wonderful people who, in one way or another, participated in the realization of this album. I’m grateful and so lucky to have lived these intimate moments shared with so much sincerity and generosity.

Finally, I would like to say that « Both » would not be what it is without the woman who has shared my life for so long, who gave me three wonderful daughters and who sublimated this album into a true work of art.
Marc Jufer sax and compositions
Marylène Jufer, Painting

Stefan Aeby, piano
Denis Corboz, fluegelhorn
Jésus Gomez, guitar
Loïc Grobéty, complemented double bass
Pierre Kuthan, double bass
Louis Matute, guitar
Martin Perret, drums
Cyril Regamey, drums
Julien Revilloud, guitar
Marcol Savoy, drums, fx & drum machine
Jean-Pierre Schaller, bass
Anne-Florence Schneider, vocal
Matthieu Trovato, piano
Marco von Orelli, cornet
Christian Weber, double bass
Yukari, flute

All compositions by Marc Jufer except C1 by Marc Jufer & Martin Perret
Painting / Marylène Jufer

Recording between Februray 30th and May 17th by Marc Jufer except A1 by Matthieu Trovato / A4 with Pierre Kuthan / A2, C1 & D3 by Marcol Savoy at « La Cave. » D1 by Massimo Bonomo / D2 by Christian Weber.

Mixing at « studio carte postale » by Massimo Bonomo and Marc Jufer except D3 at « La Cave. » by Marcol Savoy

Mastering at « studio carte postale » by Massimo Bonomo

Simon Nabatov - Loves (November 2021)

A suite for a large ensemble of 2 singers and 9 instrumentalists, based on excerpts from letter exchanges between famous couples of the art world - Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, among others.

1. Georgia 08:36
2. Amour Fou 05:21
3. Anaïs 08:51
4. Sylvia 04:21
5. Ella 09:24
6. Clara 10:34
7. Lili 06:01
8. Frida - Platotudes 06:01

Rebekka Ziegler - voice
Tobias Christl - voice
Udo Moll - trumpet
Janning Trumann - trombone
Leonhard Huhn - alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet
Sebastian Gille - tenor saxophone
Axel Porath - viola
Nathan Bontrager - cello
Stefan Schönegg - bass
Dominik Mahnig - drums
Simon Nabatov - piano, composition

all music by Simon Nabatov (GEMA)
published by Alissa Publishing/PRS
recorded in LOFT Cologne May 20 2021
recorded, mixed and mastered by Stefan Deistler
liner note by Stuart Broomer
photo by Stefan Deistler, cover design by Erich Teneta
produced by Simon Nabatov & Leo Feigin