Thursday, April 5, 2018

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017

The JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017 features songs from albums released in 2017 by independent jazz and world music artists from all over the world: Matija Dedic(Croatia), Roberto Magris Sextet(Italy/USA), Sinouj(Spain), Randy McGill(USA), Diego Figueiredo(Brazil), Florin Raducanu(Romania), Stefano Travaglini(Italy), Itamar Borochov(Israel), Florian Hoefner(Canada), Antoine Fafard(UK), The Steven McGill Project(USA), Bill Mentz(USA), Leon Neal(USA), António Silva Quartet(Portugal), Hayley Lam(USA), Igor Willcox 4tet(Brazil), Daniel Chia(Singapore), Marcin Malinowski(Poland), Sweet Lu(USA), Luis Alas & La Calle Ocho Funk(USA), The Besser Three(New Zealand)

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

USA/ISRAEL Noa Fort-: No World Between Us (2018)

Israeli born, Brooklyn based vocalist, pianist, songwriter, improviser, painter of sounds Noa Fort was recently regarded as “one of New York’s more interesting and original artists” (New York Music Daily). She draws inspiration from different musical worlds, integrating her background of classical and jazz piano, jazz singing, and free improvisation into her original music.
No World Between Us' is Noa Fort's first release as a bandleader. It is a portrait of one woman's personal journey, painted with sounds.


released January 23, 2018

All songs by Noa Fort except The Guest House (lyrics by Rumi and translation by Coleman Barks).

Noa Fort - voice, piano
Zack Lober - bass, voice (track 10)
Ronen Itzik - drums, voice (track 10)
Josh Deutsch - trumpet (track 8, 9, 10)
Tal Gur - voice (track 10)

Friday, February 23, 2018

USA: Quin Kirchner-The Other Side of Time(2018)

Quin Kirchner - drums, percussion, kalimba, sampler, wurlitzer
Nick Broste - trombone
Nate Lepine - tenor saxophone, flute
Jason Stein - bass clarinet
Matt Ulery - bass
Ben Boye - piano on Together...

USA: Harriet Tubman - Araminta (Sunnyside 2017)

The anthroponym Araminta means “lofty” and “protective.” Araminta was also the given name of one of the most important figures in US and world history, abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer J.T. Lewis have proudly worn Harriet Tubman’s chosen name as their eponym for nearly 20 years, reaching for the heights of musical expression while preserving elements of their musical path.

Harriet Tubman’s new recording Araminta is about becoming. It is also about evolution and collaboration. Just as Araminta Ross adopted the name Harriet on her path to legend, Harriet Tubman the band has taken the monumental name for their own partnership and sonic growth. The group’s lengthy association has allowed for an instinctive musical relationship among the members, who have affiliations with music and musicians spanning genres and the globe. Together, their music is a cumulative repository of their musical influences, a sort of transcendental blues.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

GERMANY: VIDEO: DON & RAY rockin´in rhythm - Tipitina

DON & RAY rockin´in rhythm - Tipitina

Tipitina ist ein New Orleans Music Standard, der u.a. auch von Dr. John und Hugh Laurie aufgenommen worden ist. Er wurde von dem Pianisten Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd, besser bekannt als Professor Longhair komponiert. 2011 erhielt Byrd den Grammy Hall of Fame Award für diesen Titel.
Tipitina is a New Orleans Music Standard, performed by many jazz musicians, among them dr. John and Hugh Laurie.
It was composed by pianist Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair. In 2011, Byrd received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for this title.

USA/ITALY: Lello Molinari - Volume 2 (2018)

This past spring I was fortunate to be selected as the recipient of the Hearstudios Recording Residency by Berklee Faculty Development. We spent a week in this fantastic space, recording volume 2 of "Lello's Italian Job" The CD will be released on Friday March 9th

Musica Productions Presents : Lello’s Italian Job ‘Volume 2’ CD release party

Bassist/Bandleader Lello Molinari returns to his Italian roots, reimagines classic repertoire in stunning modern Jazz settings. Lello's Italian Job, Volume 2 features Italian and Italian-American musicians transforming folk and popular songs and classical arias from throughout Italy's rich musical history.

It's often been said that "you can't go home again" - but with his Italian Job project, Lello Molinari proves that old cliché wrong. The acclaimed bassist has not only returned to his Italian roots, but brought with him three decades of experience as a bandleader, an educator, and a virtuosic bassist with his fingers on the pulse of modern jazz. Now he views the unparalleled musical traditions of his homeland through the lens of a lifetime's worth of accumulated musical knowledge, creating something that's both Old World and New, deeply personal while reflecting a profound tradition.

This is Lello Molinari's 5th Cd as a Leader. "Lello's Italian Job" Volume 2. The second installment on a project that started in 2014 when they released this project's first Cd. "Lello's Italian Job" is an exploration of open improvisation and the arranging of Italian music, ranging from traditional folk music, to classical arias, to popular songs through Jazz interpretation. On this Cd there is music from Mascagni, Respighi, Pino Daniele, Renato Carosone and more. Lello plays both Acoustic & Electric Bass, sometime with loops, Dino Govoni plays Tenor & Soprano Saxes, Flute, Clarinet & EWI, Sal DiFusco plays Acoustic & Electric Guitars and Mandolin, Marcello Pellitteri plays Drums and Percussions. Some of the tunes are completely acoustic and some are electric, some are classical pieces, some are straight ahead Jazz tracks, some have a New Orleans feel to it, some are completely improvised and some are through-composed. It will constantly surprise and delight the listener with turns at every corner, and yet there is a homogenous feel to the CD and a specific direction to this project. Lello returns to the RegattaBar, to celebrate the release of his latest CD, where he has appeared many times before and where he recorded his second Cd live "On a Boston Night" released on Accurate Records in 1995.
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USA: Tony Dagradi-Oneness (2017)

For over three decades Tony Dagradi has made his home in New Orleans, performing on tenor and soprano sax with many of the Crescent City's most celebrated artists, including Ellis Marsalis, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, The Meters, Dr. John, James Black, Johnny Adams and Gatemouth Brown. An internationally recognized performer, composer, author, artist and educator, he's often called upon to augment the woodwind section of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. His performing past includes five years as a member of the internationally acclaimed Carla Bley band and appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Mose Allison and Nat Adderly.

Dagradi is most well known for his work with Astral Project, an adventurous quartet made up of top New Orleans players dedicated to playing cutting-edge improvisational music. Over the years the band has performed throughout the world, garnering universal praise as one of the most innovative, compelling jazz bands anywhere.


“Tony Dagradi is the optimal front man. His singing tenor and soprano saxophone style is a compendium of jazz history, blending the verbose blues of CannonballAdderley with more current “outside” trends.”
- James Rozzi, Jazziz

"Tony Dagradi runs harmonic mazes with aplomb. (On tenor, Dagradi is virile and fleet, on soprano he's a pastoral piper - take your pick)."
- Chris Waddington,

“A fiercely compelling improviser (and) an accomplished composer.”
- Bill Milkowski, Downbeat

“…spiritually intense tenor.” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

"Dagradi wrings each note for all its is worth, striving for simplicity as he makes each solo a song unto itself." – Gene Kalbacher, New Jersey Notes

“Dagradi plays with exuberance and power.” – Cadence

“Dagradi’s technique on soprano and especially tenor is evocative and exultant. Like so many tenor players, Dagradi speaks of a period when he was ‘totally immersed in Trane.’ To his credit, the…saxophonist manages to capture the spiritual strength Coltrane so elegantly epitomized.”
- Norman Provizer, Jazziz

“One gets the impression, when listening to Dagradi, of being in the presence of a great storyteller and the music asserts that feeling. More than anything else Dagradi gives the essence of freedom and fire without a feeling of too much looseness. Also, it is important to mention Dagradi’s strong feel for rhythm. He makes it his own, including a great control of dynamics…a highly gifted and uncompromising saxophonist.”
- Tim Price, Saxophone Journal