Tuesday, January 1, 2019

JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2018


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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

JAPAN: Toshio Matsuura Group-LOVEPLAYDANCE (2018)


1. Change
2. High Noon
3. L.M. II
4. I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
5. Kitty Bey
6. Brown Paper Bag
7. Do The Astral Plane
8. At Les

On ‘LOVEPLAYDANCE’, legendary Tokyo DJ and producer Toshio Matsuura charts a new direction. Casting musical cornerstones in a fresh light, the TOSHIO MATSUURA GROUP features Tom Skinner (drummer for Sons of Kemet and Owiny Sigoma Band amongst others) as its musical director, as well as some of the UK’s most exciting jazz-influenced musicians. Drawing on years of surveying and curating different corners of music, Matsuura deftly combines this talented pool of players into one singular, wide-ranging album.

A co-founder of Japan’s United Future Organisation (aka U.F.O.), this new record sees Matsuura reconnect with longstanding friend and collaborator Gilles Peterson. Releasing the album via Brownswood Recordings in the UK, it’s a continuation of a relationship which started as a bridge between London’s then-blossoming jazz scene and Tokyo’s new musical vanguard of the early ‘90s. This album continues that two-way dialogue between Japan and the UK.

Includes digital pre-order of LOVEPLAYDANCE - 8 Scenes from The Floor. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released

USA: Vinny Raniolo's Album Release Party Friday, April 27th 7pm-11pm The Reckson Center Museums at Mitchel - Cradle of Aviation Garden City, NY

Acclaimed classic jazz guitarist Vinny Raniolo celebrates the release of his new CD, Air Guitar, with April 27 concert at
Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum With Air Guitar, his long-awaited debut album as a leader, stellar guitarist Vinny Raniolo displays his passion for early jazz and flying Friday, April 27th 7pm-11pmThe Reckson Center Museumsat Mitchel - Cradle of AviationGarden City, NYVirtuoso guitarist Vinny Raniolo has built a widespread global fan base, thanks to his engaging approach to early jazz, his regular appearances on PBS specials, and his collaborations with six-string giants including Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Tommy Emmanuel.
Vinny’s love of flying is just about on par with his devotion to music, and with the release of his brand-new CD, Air Guitar, the 6-string wizard and pilot has found a way to connect his two passions.
Air Guitar, Raniolo’s much-anticipated debut recording as a leader, features a cache of 15 classic tunes related to flying and the wild blue yonder, by composers ranging from Benny Goodman to John Denver. The selections travel from the birth of aviation (the 1910 rarity “Come Josephine in My Flying Machine”), through gypsy jazz (into the clouds with Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages”) to the easy swing of Jimmy Van Heusen (“Come Fly With Me”). Raniolo also delves into the Great American Songbook with classic tunes by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, and more.
Though Air Guitar is Vinny’s first album as a leader, he’s far from a newcomer to jazz. The Nassau County guitarist got interested in jazz at age 16 after a teacher introduced him to to records by masters of jazz guitar such as Joe Pass, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Herb Ellis and others. Vinny fell in love with the music immediately and realized, “That’s what I want to do.” He began gigging as a teen, and his career really took off when he paired up with fellow guitarist Frank Vignola at age 22.
Since then, Vinny Raniolo has garnered widespread attention and praise from critics and fans alike for his playing with Four Generations of Guitar, Rhythm Future Quartet and other ensembles. He maintains a busy international touring schedule, and appears on numerous albums, including duos with Vignola, and as a sideman and a sought-out accompanist for singers. Vinny is also recognized as an educator and is the author of several instruction books.
As for his other obsession, Vinny grew up around pilots, flight instructors and planes, but the flying bug didn’t bite till recently. He was hooked from his first lesson, about three years ago; now the brilliant guitarist is also an instrument-rated pilot, currently working toward obtaining a commercial license.
The flying guitarist’s passions are more closely connected than they might seem. “My background in music definitely helps with my overall understanding. It’s learning another language, and there are a lot of crossover skills such as coordination and math,” Vinny points out. “ I think that in life we are always playing jazz: You are alert to the environment around you and quickly improvise based on your knowledge of the situation. Just like music, aviation is a lifelong study and takes a lot of dedication.” 
The choice of concert venue is as special and as personal as the music: Audience members will have a chance to view a full exhibition of aviation history during a pre-concert cocktail hour, with hors d’œuvres, plus a cash bar.  
Bassist Elias Bailey, an in-demand player who has performed and studied with many of the top names in jazz, joins Vinny on Air Guitar, and onstage at the Reckson Center at the Cradle of Aviation Museum concert, as they celebrate the release of the new CD.
This special event takes place at the Reckson Center at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Long Island, April 27, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Vinny Raniolo "Air Guitar" (Self Produced) Street Date: April 27, 2018
Vinny Raniolo - Guitar, Elias Bailey - Bass
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Vinny Raniolo - Guitar, Elias Bailey - Bass

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

NETHERLANDS: Agnes Gosling-Caçador(2018)

Caçador is the new album by singer Agnes Gosling, who made her debut with Cais, an Edison-nominated CD dedicated to the Brazilian songs of Milton Nascimento and Elis Regina. On Caçador, Gosling explores new avenues. The album is made up from a mixture of Brazilian popular music, jazz, pop and electronic music and contains almost exclusively original compositions full of suspense, harmonically braver and more mysterious.

In close collaboration with studio magician Vincent Helbers and the renowned drummer Richard Spaven, these arrangements rouse emotions with an acute expression of the enchantment, rapture and despair of love. As in real life, there is light and shadow. Gosling has matured as a composer and arranger and is not afraid to show her vulnerability. The track “Aber ich liebe dich” (But I love you) shows deep feeling, something we all experience, but only few can immediately express that way. Elsewhere she and her band refine standards like “Bianca” (Egberto Gismonti) and “Trem Azul” (Lô Borges), the latter with Richard Spaven’s inimitable drumming and Vincent Helbers on synths modulating Bob James. Finest and demanding guitar, harmony singing, hard rhythms, orchestral passages – this album has it all. Expect a fascinating mix of contrasts, a Portisheadesque bridge between the acoustic and the electronic spheres.
Challenge Records

GERMANY: HEARTBEAT-Ins Weite(Unit Records 2018)

Ins Weite

Florian King - upright- and electric basses, electronics
Herbert Walser - trumpet, fluegelhorn, frenchhorn, electronics
Andreas Krennerich - sopranino, soprano/baritone saxophones
Helge Andreas Norbakken - percussion

The first piece: against an insane tribal groove with deep basses, two Balkan brass virtouosos blow their hearts out. In the next piece, a cool Nordic vastness looms: electronic soundscapes meet microtonal improvisations and develop over 12 minutes into a furious, swelling showdown. Next scene: a delicate, fragile love song, the horn melodies deeply touching. HEARTBEAT is a cosmos of improvised music, difficult to put into one genre, and therefore even more authentic and affecting. Florian King, Helge Norbakken, Andreas Krennerich and Herbert Walser devote themselves to their music without vanity and razzle-dazzle. They focus on the necessary and the essential , with a big repertoire of colours and a tremendous scope of styles.

links: www.florianking.de
Unit Records

TURKEY: Erkan Zeki Ar-Kontrast(2018)

Erkan Zeki Ar | Kontrast

Erkan Zeki Ar started playing guitar during his high school years and performed at various festivals. His interest in jazz started during college. He studied music while still being a student at Marmara University Sociology Department. He worked with musicians like Nezih Yeşilnil and Dave Allen. Upon his graduation he started performing professionally. Being a regular performer since 2017, his band Erkan Zeki Ar Trio released their debut album ”Kontrast” in February 2018.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

USA: The Jack Novotny Trio-Trio Theophany (feat. Ronzo Smith & Jordan McBride)(2018)

The Jack Novotny Trio | Trio Theophany (feat. Ronzo Smith & Jordan McBride)

Trio Theophany displayed the impromptu improvisation of three musicians totally in sync with the interpretation of each original composition.
Trio Theophany was recorded on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 836 Hoover Place in Cleveland, OH. All eight compositions are original writings of Jack Novotny. The Trio is composed of bassist Jordan McBride, drummer Ronzo Smith and tenor/soprano saxophonist Jack Novotny. The Trio setting provides each artist with unbridled liberty to interpret sounds, feelings, shapes, etc... Trio Theophany was the culmination of 45 years of friendship, worship, and brotherhood between Ronzo Smith and Jack Novotny.