World of Jazz 325

  1. Gregor Huebner – Equinox – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores (Zoho) 00:00
  2. Alexandra Grimal – Meltemi – Naga (Ovni Records) 06:38
  3. Eave – Denver Bob – Eave (Astral Spirits) 18:10
  4. Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble – Fractured – Polygon (Inner Circle Music) 22:43
  5. Evan Parker, Paul G.Smyth – Baffled, Standing In The Air – Calenture and Light Leaks (Weekertoft) 30:02
  6. Gregor Huebner – Zapata Apretao – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores (Zoho) 38:48
  7. Anna Webber – Sleeping Is Giving In – Percussive Mechanics (Pirouet Records) 45:53
  8. Anna Webber – Washington – Simple (Skirl) 53:48
  9. Anna Webber’s Simple Trio – Rectangles 3b – Binary (Skirl) 1:01:50
  10. Anna Webber – Kore II – Clockwise (Pi) 1:04:00
  11. Atomic – Pet Variations : Pet Sound – Pet Variations (Odin) 1:08:55
  12. Jeremy Pelt – The Rodin Suite Pt 1. L’Appel Aux Armes – Jeremy Pelt The Artist (High Note) 1:18:10
  13. Ken Thomson – Ice Breaker – Sextet (New Focus Recordings) 1:25:58
  14. Kirk Knuffke – Elephant Boat – Little Cross (SteepleChase) 1:33:53
  15. Matt Mitchell – Brim – A Pouting Grimace (Pi) 1:39:24
  16. Alexandra Grimal – Perseus – Naga (Ovni Records) 1:47:05
  17. Gregor Huebner – Tu, Mi Delirio – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores (Zoho) 1:54:53

SHOW NOTES

Gregor Huebner – Equinox – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores

  • Gregor Huebner – electric and acoustic violin, octave Violin, vocals,
  • Yumarya – voice,
  • Klaus Mueller – piano,
  • John Benitez – bass,
  • Louie Bauzo – congas, bongos, quinto and caja,
  • Jerome Goldschmidt – congas, bata, cachimbo and vocals,
  • Ludwig Alfonso – drums,

Every now and then, a project comes around that makes you contemplate not just the music but the world in which we live. Gregor Huebner’s El Violin Latino Volume 3 – Los Soñadores (“The Dreamers”) is one of these productions. If it were evaluated only on the musical merits, it would be considered a high mark, one of the most virtuosic and approachable latin jazz albums of recent years. Paired with its forward-thinking message on immigration, Huebner has crafted a meditation that explores not just harmonic changes – but changing our political conversation so that we find more harmony with each other.

Huebner thought carefully about the repertoire for the project and how to give this cause a musical voice. His album begins with Equinox, which is a through-and-through groove tune, arranged in a Cuban style, the famous John Coltrane number. It’s an opening salvo for how we can listen and learn from each other. The piece quickly opens into a solo section in which Huebner’s violin does the proverbial talking, cascading colorful lines and double-stopped notes into the more enigmatic piano feature performed by Klaus Mueller.
Alexandra Grimal – Meltemi – Naga

  • Alexandra Grimal tenor, soprano, sopranino saxophone, voice, text
  • Lynn Cassiers voice, live electronics, texts
  • Marc Ducret electric, soprano guitar, voice
  • Nelson Veras guitar
  • Jozef Dumoulin fender rhodes and live electronics
  • Benoît Delbecq piano
  • Stéphane Galland drums

2019 Ovni Records

Eave – Denver Bob – Eave

Anna Webber tenor saxophone
Erik Hove alto saxophone
Vicky Mettler guitar
Evan Tighe drums

2018 Astral Spirits AS061

Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble – Fractured – Polygon

Erik Hove alto sax, clarinet, flute, electronics
Anna Webber flute, alto flute
Krisjana Thorsteinson oboe
Krista Martynes clarinet, bass clarinet
Andy King trumpet
Kate Bevan-Baker violin
Jean René viola
Jane Chan cello
Rémi-Jean Leblanc bass
Evan Tighe drums

2017 Inner Circle Music

Evan Parker, Paul G.Smyth – Baffled, Standing In The Air – Calenture and Light Leaks

Recorded March 26, 2015 Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

Evan Parker tenor saxophone
Paul G. Smyth piano

2019 Weekertoft 10

Gregor Huebner – Zapata Apretao – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores

  • Karen Joseph – flute
  • Ruben Rodriguez – bass
  • Johnny Almendra – timbales

Zapato Apretao (“The shoe is tight”) i a mirthful tune – Karen Joseph’s lively flute solo over rolling timbales and crash cymbals. A   fine arrangement weaving the music of Cuba with modern jazz touches. This piece harks back to Huebner’s performances with Johnny Almendra and Los Jovenes Del Barrio in the late 1990s at Gonzales y Gonzalez, a Mexican restaurant featuring live music in Lower Manhattan, where they performed songs in the Cuban charanga tradition

Anna Webber – Sleeping Is Giving In – Percussive Mechanics

Recorded February 2012 at Greve Studios, Berlin (Germany)

Anna Webber flute, tenor sax
James Wylie clarinet, alto sax
Elias Stemeseder piano, wurlitzer
Julius Heise vibraphone, marimba, whistling
Igor Spallati double bass
Max Andrzejewski drum set, glockenspiel, percussion, whistling
Martin Kruemmling drum set, percussion

2013 Pirouet Records PIT3069

Anna Webber – Washington – Simple

Recorded in August 2013 at the Loove, Brooklyn

Anna Webber flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell piano, prepared piano
John Hollenbeck drums, percussion

2014 Skirl Records SKIRL 027
Anna Webber’s Simple Trio – Rectangles 3b – Binary

released October 25, 2016

Anna Webber – flute, tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano
John Hollenbeck – drums

Recorded in May 30/31, 2016 at the Studio P4 in Berlin, Germany

Skirl
Anna Webber – Kore II – Clockwise

Anna Webber tenor saxophone, flutes
Jeremy Viner tenor saxophone, clarinet
Jacob Garchik trombone
Christopher Hoffman cello
Matt Mitchell piano
Chris Tordini bass
Ches Smith drums, vibraphone, timpani

2019 Pi Recordings 79

An homage to some of her favourite 20th Century composers as seen through the lens of their works for percussion. For the project, Webber researched and analyzed various percussion compositions by Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Edgard Varése, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Milton Babbitt, and John Cage, isolating particular moments that could be extracted and developed into new works. The music explores notions of density and indeterminacy, using timbre as an organizing principle, continuing Webber’s ongoing exploration of the interstice between creative improvisation and tightly-prescribed compositions.
Webber has been an active performer and bandleader on the New York scene for the last decade, playing with the likes of John Hollenbeck, Dave Douglas, Matt Mitchell, and Jen Shyu. Her own projects, which are clear expressions of her knotty compositional sense, have been hailed by The New York Times as “bracing, argumentative and engineered to show the range of the group members: fulminous, intense collective improvisation; rapid, chromatic steeplechases; research into long tones and textures.

Atomic – Pet Variations : Pet Sound – Pet Variations

Fredrik Ljungkvist saxophone, clarinet
Magnus Broo trumpet
Håvard Wiik piano
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten bass
Hans Hulbækmo drums

2018 Odin Records ODINCD9568

With Pet Variations, the quintet has changed directions a bit. Where their previous recordings presented all original material, here they perform eight covers. But not just any eight. Besides Brian Wilson’s “Pet Sounds,” the music includes French composers Olivier Messiaen (“Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus”) and Edgard Varèse (“Un Grand Sommeil Noir”), Steve Lacy (“Art”), Alexander von Schlippenbach (“Inri”), Jimmy Giuffre (“Cry Want”), Carla Bley (“Walking Woman”), and Jan Garbarek (“Karin’s Mode”).

Jeremy Pelt – The Rodin Suite Pt 1. L’Appel Aux Armes – Jeremy Pelt The Artist

Recorded at Bunker Studios, Brooklyn NY on Sep 13-14, 2018

Jeremy Pelt trumpet,
Victor Gould piano   Fender Rhodes
Vicente Archer bass
Allan Mednard drums
Ismel Wignall percussion (
Chien Chien Lu vibraphone, marimba
Alex Wintz guitar

2019 HighNote HCD7325
Ken Thomson – Ice Breaker – Sextet

Recorded on January 11-12, 2017 at Flux Studios, NYC

Ken Thomson alto saxophone
Anna Webber tenor saxophone
Russ Johnson trumpet
Alan Ferber trombone
Adam Armstrong bass
Daniel Dor drums

2018 New Focus Recordings

Kirk Knuffke – Elephant Boat – Little Cross

Recorded December 4, 2014

Kirk Knuffke cornet
Jamie Saft organ hammond B3
Hamid Drake drums

2015 SteepleChase SCCD 31799

Matt Mitchell – Brim – A Pouting Grimace

Matt Mitchell piano, electronics
Kim Cass upright bass
Kate Gentile drums, gongs, percussion
Ches Smith vibraphone, glockenspiel, bongos, timpani, gongs, percussion
Dan Weiss tabla
Patricia Brennan vibraphone, marimba
Katie Andrews harp
Anna Webber flute, alto flute, bass flute
Jon Irabagon sopranino, soprano saxophone
Ben Kono oboe, English horn
Sara Schoenbeck bassoon
Scott Robinson bass saxophone, contrabass clarinet
Tyshawn Sorey conductor

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Alexandra Grimal – Perseus – Naga

Gregor Huebner – Tu, Mi Delirio – El Violin Latino Vol.3 : Los Soñadores

With mysterious-sounding cymbal washes and violin harmonics, Tu, Mi Delirio, (“You, My Happiness”) written by Tito Rodriguez, somehow connotes the journey, the long winding journey, on which Dreamers find themselves. Those long, slurred, yet hopeful pitches are musical motives informed by real-life events. In 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) went to affect, giving Dreamers temporary status, so they could apply for driver’s licenses and social security numbers. But the program was disbanded by executive order by President Trump in 2017, and the future of these Americans is uncertain. The up-and-down passage has been both harrowing and ceaseless.

 

 

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