Tuesday, January 1, 2019

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2018


Uziel Colon-Intersections
Album:  Intersection

Darryl Yokley-Ubuntu
Album:  Pictures at an African Exhibition
Label: Truth Revolution Recording Collective

Molly Tigre-Couscous Timbutu
Album:  Molly Tigre

César Cardoso – Interchange
Album:  Interchange

Alexandra Jackson: Sonho Meu
Album: Legacy & Alchemy
(Legacy & Alchemy)

Allan Licht-Snap!
Album: Snap!
(ABL Records)

Los Rumberos de la Bahia-Oye Mi Omele
(Eguin Eje Records)

The Syrinx Effect – The Bankrobber Song
Album: A Sky You Could Strike A Match On

Maria Schafer – Body and Soul
Album: To Know Love…

Robin Menuett Trio – Basil Street Station
Album: Speakeasy 1941

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

USA/BRAZIL: Dona Ivone Lara's last recording

Dona Ivone Lara recorded her last two recordings in collaboration with the American singer Alexandra Jackson, on the album “Alexandra Jackson: Legacy & Alchemy” which pays homage to the great Brazilian music’s legacy and perpetuates Dona Ivone Lara’s biggest compositions in the songs “Sonho Meu” and “Força da Imaginação”.

The singers (Dona Ivone and Alexandra) are accompanied by the most prominent names of the Brazilian and American music such as Pretinho da Serrinha, Arthur Maia, Ricardo Silveira, Max Viana, Marcelo Camargo Mariano, Chris Walker, Darryl Tookes, and Curtis King. The songs were mixed in Los Angeles by GRAMMY Award winning engineer Ed Cherney. An EP was released in 2017; the full length drops May 25, 2018

Robert Hebert, President of Legacy and Alchemy issues this statement: “We are saddened by the loss of Dona Ivone Lara. She was a light onto the world and, a great treasure of Brazilian music. We have been motivated for 3 years to tell her great story to the world. We have felt a great responsibility to do that. We will not let her down.”

Alexandra Jackson issues this statement: “I am incredibly saddened to hear of the loss of our Queen of Samba, Dona Ivone Lara. She was a legend, an inspiration, a pioneer, and a fighter. Even fighting to reach her 97th birthday, just a few days ago. I am humbled and honored that she gave her voice to Legacy & Alchemy, singing with me; and I will forever remember her dearly. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to her loved ones, and everyone who was
touched by her spirit, just as I was.”

The vocals of Dona Ivone Lara were recorded in Rio de Janeiro in December 2015. “Sonho Meu” is a classic Dona Ivone Lara song that Max Viana suggested. Max Viana and Robert Hebert produced the song in Rio de Janeiro. Backing Vocals by Alexandra Jackson, Chris Walker, Darryl Tookes and Curtis King were recorded in New Jersey in January 2016. Alexandra’s Lead Vocals were recorded in Rio de Janeiro in February 2016. 

“Força da Imaginação” is a Dona Ivone Lara-Caetano Veloso song that Robert Hebert and Max Viana also produced and arranged for the álbum. Dona Ivone’s appearance of course signal the
“LEGACY” of this music. Also, it is noteworthy that the appearance of Pretinho da Serrinha (considered part of the next generation of Samba) presents the “ALCHEMY” of our musical

GERMANY: Michael Sagmeister - Power of Resistance(2018)

Just in time for the fortieth anniversary of his stage debut, guitar icon Michael Sagmeister has released this album that really does justice to the occasion. On “Power of Resistance”, this jazz and fusion guitarist not only shines because of his technical perfection. Above all, he demonstrates his musical maturity, his deep feeling for sonority, and his lyrical powers.
There are a total of fifteen cuts, eleven of which are his own compositions, and they reveal jazz guitar-playing of the first water. Sagmeister juxtaposes scales and harmonic sequences in a manner that is both virtuosic and incredibly relaxed. He creates themes, improvises around and with them, ultimately returning to their source. This album, which was recorded on a jazz guitar with some cuts on a Spanish guitar, delivers perfect, balanced and solid sounds.
Along for the recording are some of Sagmeister's musical companions and partners in rhythm, like Michael Küttner on drums and Thomas Heidepriem on bass. Their grooves and fills provide support for the master's line and emit a feeling of musical intimacy that becomes more audible bar after bar. And when singer Antonella Dorio joins the trio for vocals in two of the cuts, then Sagmeister steps back and gets in line to give her right-of-way and accompany her voice in the truest sense of the word. It is really hard to resist “Power Of Resistance”.

Michael Sagmeister: guitars
Michael Küttner: drums, percussion
Thomas Heidepriem: bass
Antonella Dorio: vocals

FRANCE: Rémi Dumoulin-The Intimate World of Remi DuMoulouane(2018)

Monday, April 23, 2018

SWEDEN/AUSTRIA : ZU & Mats Gustafsson-How to raise an ox( trost records 2018)

Luca Tommaso Mai - baritone saxophone
Mats Gustafsson - baritone saxophone
Massimo Pupillo - bass
Jacopo Battaglia - drums

USA: Marc Smason-Earthlings (2018)

Marc Smason | Earthlings

Marc Smason has performed instrumental and vocal jazz and latin music throughout the Pacific NW and around the planet and his new CD is hot off the presses!

“Smason sounds like the kind of horn player who could walk into any date and acquit himself with distinction. That mastery goes beyond the surface; he seems to have a feel for many styles…”
David Dupont, Cadence

“Smason's vocals...are at once dry and emotional, lending a fresh, believable quality...” Mike Dennis, Earshot

"And you can hear Smason's Sinatra-like crooning…" Roberta Penn, The Rocket

"...musical guts. Really a creative soul and artistically brave to create and experiment on the spot. There are many qualities he has I wish I had more of, mostly his vision and sense of musical composition and knowledge of what the music should sound like." Dan McKinnon

"The man plays for the community, to effect a sensation, a kind of euphoria to parallel the din of life." Schraepfer Harvey, Earshot

"Smason sounds like the kind of horn player who could walk into any date and acquit himself with distinction. That mastery goes beyond the surface; he seems to have a feel for many styles…"
David Dupont, Cadence

"Smason's vocals...are at once dry and emotional, lending a fresh, believable quality..." Mike Dennis, Earshot

Sunday, April 22, 2018

USA: Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland: Crosscurrents May 4-5 Jazz at Lincoln Center

Tickets & Info
Crosscurrents is an international super-group led by 2017 NEA Jazz Master bassist Dave Holland and the world's foremost tabla virtuoso, Zakir Hussain. Holland is a famously versatile bassist who has led numerous Grammy Award-winning bands and anchored groundbreaking groups led by Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, and Jack DeJohnette. Hussain is a living master of the 3,000-year-old tabla percussion tradition and "one of the architects of modern world music." (NPR) Since the 1960s, he has been a global music ambassador who has formed significant cross-cultural projects and worked with George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Shakti (with John McLaughlin), Béla Fleck, Pharoah Sanders, and Sangam (with Charles Lloyd).

Crosscurrents' extraordinary lineup also features American saxophonist Chris Potter, called "the most compelling saxophonist of his generation" (Detroit Free Press), plus four of India's most progressive musicians: guitarist Sanjay Divecha, pianist Louiz Banks, drummer Gino Banks, and the globally-celebrated vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. This super-group is the latest representation of the long and vibrant relationship between jazz and Indian classical music, both of which have improvisation as a core tenet.

Through distinctive original compositions, Western jazz standards, 12-bar blues numbers, and Indian classical pieces, you will witness a cutting-edge development in this cross-cultural continuum. This is their first-ever New York City performance, and it will be a one-of-a-kind cultural experience that unifies two of the world's most influential genres.

Free pre-concert discussion nightly at 7pm.

This program is presented as part of the Ertegun Jazz Concert Series.