Monday, February 21, 2022

Tigran Hamasyan - StandArt (April 29, 2022 Nonesuch Records)

Nonesuch Records releases pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan’s StandArt —his first album of American standards— on April 29, 2022. StandArt includes songs from the 1920s through the 1950s, by Richard Rodgers, Charlie Parker, Jerome Kern, David Raksin, and others; it also includes a piece Hamasyan improvised with his bandmates —bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Justin Brown —and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who is featured on two of the album’s tracks. Other special guests include saxophonist and label-mate Joshua Redman on Charlie Parker’s “Big Foot,” as well as saxophonist Mark Turner on Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s “All the Things You Are.” Produced by Hamasyan and recorded last spring in Los Angeles, StandArt is Hamasyan’s first release of American music, having previously only released original compositions and traditional Armenian music.

1. De-Dah
2. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
3. Tigran Hamasyan, Mark Turner - All the Things You Are (feat. Mark Turner)
4. Tigran Hamasyan, Joshua Redman - Big Foot (feat. Joshua Redman)
5. When a Woman Loves a Man
6. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
7. Tigran Hamasyan, Ambrose Akinmusire - I Should Care (feat. Ambrose Akinmusire)
8. Tigran Hamasyan, Ambrose Akinmusire - Invasion During an Operetta (feat. Ambrose Akinmusire)
9. Laura

Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few - Lift Every Voice (February 22, 2022 DIVISION 81 RECORDS)

The power of song has connected many people since the dawn of
human existence. The world is full of challenges and the battles for
peace and unity are constant.

This song reflects still the desire of our ancestors.
A desire to unite all people in understanding. This recording was
crafted with the purpose to connect all people through sound. In the
setting of the legendary Van Gelder Studio bringing the sound Jazz
Standards and Spiritual Anthems together with one request, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.

-Sonny Daze

We decided to go into the Studios of Rudy Van Gelders for a couple of reasons. That's because we were enduring another struggle in black culture/America and "Lift Every Voice" serves as an Ode to our survival. Our never yielding faith and also as a requiem for every person who was Black America and was slain unjustly. Persecuted, prosecuted, and even strip of dignities being seen as men, women, and children. "Lift Every Voice" reminds us to weather the storm and remember that the sun always comes shining through. "God of Our weary years, God of our silent tears" It's a song that speaks to everyone who faces adversity on a daily basis. Our hearts sing with determination and resolve. We will continue forward and beyond until victory is won.

-Isaiah Collier

1. Lift Every Voice 13:07
2. Guidance (Yoruba Soul Mix)

Isaiah Collier - Soprano Sax
Michael Shekwoaga Ode - Drums
Jeremiah Hunt - Bass
Mike King - Piano

Remix by Osunlade of Yoruba Records.

Quiet Quiet Loud - Quiet Quiet Loud EP (February 2022)

Informed by a series of improvisational exercises to generate creativity

1. The One 04:44
2. Blips 02:48
3. Unheard Of 04:24
4. Breath Cycles 04:46

Gabe Sarnoff - Guitar
Shaantam Chawla - Drums
Hanji Xu - Bass
A.J. Schumann - Piano

Del Robles & James Hegarty - 3 Days + 2 Cities Live Jam Day 1 (February 2022)

Del in Washington DC. Hegarty in St. Louis. Distance improvisations over Zoom, recorded locally in high def on Jan. 29, 2021. These tracks are from day 1 of the three-day project.

1. Day 1 Track 1 08:26
2. Day 1 Track 2 11:24
3. Day 1 Track 3 15:36
4. Day 1 Track 4 12:55
5. Day 1 Track 5 22:51

Yamaha G3 piano 1964
Moog Voyager
Moog Mother 32 - Doepfer Theremin controller
Eurorack with Kilpatrick, Dave Smith, Doepfer, and Industrial Music Electronics modules
Keystep sequencer/keyboard
Handmade flute, AT4040 microphone
Lexicon MPX1
Electrix Mo-FX
Mackie 1602VLZ4

Del Robles, percussion
James Hegarty, piano and electronics