World of Jazz 364

  1. Local Talent “Higienópolis” from Higienópolis (Self Released) 00:00
  2. Saxophone Summit “Street Talk” from Street Talk (Enja Yellowbird) 07:39
  3. Sonic Openings Under Pressure “Tilting Curvaceous” from Mauhheankuntuk (Clean Feed) 15:59
  4. Telepathic Band “Flesh Dialect” from Electric Telepathy Vol. 1 (577 Records) 22:04
  5. Endless Roar “Facades” from Rush Hush (Jersika Records) 41:46
  6. Rob Brown Quartet “Anticipation” From Here to Hear (RogueArt) 46:15
  7. Local Talent “Tundra” from Higienópolis (Self Released) 54:07
  8. Saxophone Summit “Loudly” from Street Talk (Enja Yellowbird) 1:00:37
  9. Chasing Penguins “Inhale” from Chasing Penguins (Rat Records) 1:08:06
  10. João Lencastre “Departure” from Parallel Realities (FMR Records) 1:19:40
  11. PBB’s Bread & Fox “Spice Girls From Arrakis II (Mel B Mel C = Melange)” from This Is Sour Music (Trouble In The East) 1:30:26
  12. Arthurs, Khroustaliov, Sartorious “Moumou” from Hangkerum (Clean Feed) 1:40:37
  13. Saxophone Summit “Tolli’s Dance” from Street Talk (Enja Yellowbird) 1:47:47
  14. Local Talent “Blue Rainbow” from Higienópolis (Self Released) 1:56:53

On this show there is a focus on two recent albums by Local Talent and Saxophone Summit.

LOCAL TALENT combines 3 of Canada’s most eminent instrumentalists performing together on record for the first time. The group is lead by composer and keyboardist James Hill, a rising star of the Toronto scene, known best for his work with international jazz and hip hop sensations BADBADNOTGOOD and Autobahn Trio. Accompanying him are electric bassist Rich Brown (Rinse The Algorithm, Dapp Theory, Steve Lehman, Rudresh Mahanthappa) and drummer Ian Wright (one of Hill’s Autobahn Trio bandmates, and one of his earliest collaborators.)

Saxophone Summit is a unit for which the description “super group” is an understatement. Street Talk it’s the band’s fourth album since sax giants Michael Brecker, David Liebman and Joe Lovano first joined forces in 1999 to celebrate John Coltrane’s epochal late-career musical production. This is the first Saxophone Summit album that includes alto saxophone icon Greg Osby, who replaced Ravi Coltrane in 2017

Between those two albums there is a selection of new and recent releases.

  • Local Talent “Higienópolis” from Higienópolis (Self Released)
    • The concept for this project came to Hill while he was travelling in Brazil: the majority of the works were composed during a stay in the Higienópolis neighbourhood of São Paulo. Moved by the world’s ongoing issues of economic disparity, and completely enthralled with Brazil’s abundance of artistic and musical talent, Hill was inspired to explore new musical directions. Higienópolis’ musical themes present a tableau of stark contrasts, ranging from dark, melancholic motifs to bright, yet eerily apprehensive anthems
  • Saxophone Summit “Street Talk” from Street Talk (Enja Yellowbird)
    • Joe Lovano tenor saxophone
      Greg Osby alto saxophone
      Dave Liebman soprano saxophone
      Phil Markowitz piano
      Cecil McBee bass
      Billy Hart drums2019 ENJA Yellowbird”The Coltrane influence is alive in Saxophone Summit,” says Liebman of the new album, “but we’ve steered away from it as a representation of the group. We keep that spirit, and play tunes with that vibe or feel, but it’s our own music.”  Consciously or unconsciously, Street Talk also has a recurring Duke Ellington vibe, apparent in the saxophone arrangements.  Markowitz, McBee and Hart are crucial to the album’s success throughout, delicate or ferocious as appropriate and, after two decades together in the boiler room, moving as one
  • Sonic Openings Under Pressure “Tilting Curvaceous” from Mauhheankuntuk (Clean Feed)
    • Recorded June 13, 2006 at the Park West Studios Brooklyn, NY
    • Patrick Brennan alto saxophone
      Hilliard Greene bass
      David Pleasant percussion, harmonica, voice (densemetriX)2007 Clean Feed CF081CD
  • Telepathic Band “Flesh Dialect” from Electric Telepathy Vol. 1 (577 Records)
    • Recorded September 15th, 2018 in New York CityDaniel Carter saxophones, clarinet, trumpet
      Patrick Holmes clarinet
      Matthew Putman keyboard
      Hilliard Greene bass
      Federico Ughi drums2019 577 Records 5821-1Electric Telepathy Vol. 1 is the third work by legendary music master Daniel Carter together with Patrick Holmes, Matthew Putman, Hilliard Greene & Federico Ughi a.k.a. Telepathic Band. This new LP follows their previous albums Telepathic Alliances and Telepatia Liquida. The band used material from a recording session in which they improvised, then took the tapes back to the studio and with the help of producer, guitarist and composer Stelios Mihas the album, divided into two volumes, was created. Volume two will be released in the future.
  • Endless Roar “Facades” from Rush Hush (Jersika Records)
    • Endless Roar is an electroacoustic free-improvisation group who use audio-reactive technology to drive visuals through layered video projections. Saxophones, drums, double-bass and electronic effects oscillate between dense rhythmic energy and free-floating spaciousness. Video projection on multiple surfaces react to the music, and are specially created for each program and performance space. It has been n active experimental music group since 2014, and released their first vinyl “RUSH HUSH” with Jersika Records on October 25 2019.Arvydas Kazlauskas, one of Latvia’s foremost saxophonists uses a combination of electronic devices which allows him to transform and loop the sounds of his 3 saxophones in surprising and creative ways.Jachin Pousson, composer, visual artist and drummer, plays drums and a variety of electronics while controlling visuals.Stanislav Yudin is a prominent double bassist appearing on multiple notable recordings, and is equally well-versed in orchestral, jazz, metal, and free improvisation. He similarly uses a variety of electronic devices to loop and transform his sound.
  • Rob Brown Quartet “Anticipation” From Here to Hear (RogueArt)
    •  Recorded on June 6, 2018 at Park West Studio, Brooklyn, NYRob Brown alto saxophone
      Steve Swell trombone
      Chris Lightcap double bass
      Chad Taylor drumsAll music by Rob Brown2019 RogueArt ROG-0090
  • Local Talent “Tundra” from Higienópolis (Self Released)
    • This album is a debut of sorts for Hill: it’s his first full length release as a group’s sole composer and director. Aesthetically, Hill’s ensemble is grounded in the improvisational realm of jazz music, though sonically, their reach is expansive, with elements that bring to mind ambient music, Classical, Brazilian pop, and fusion. The tongue in cheek name LOCAL TALENT serves as a reminder to audiences that wherever you are in the world, the odds are you’re surrounded by a wealth of artistic ability. With this album, Hill shines a light on the rich local talents of his adopted home town of Toronto, Canada.
      The album will be released worldwide on Friday, December 20th, 2019 and the release will be celebrated with a performance at The Burdock Music Hall in Toronto on Saturday, February 8th, 2020
  • Saxophone Summit “Loudly” from Street Talk (Enja Yellowbird)
  • Chasing Penguins “Inhale” from Chasing Penguins (Rat Records)
    • Teun Verbruggen drums
      André Fernandes guitar
      Steven Delannoye saxophone
      Bram De Looze piano
      Nathan Wouters bass2019 RAT Records RAT041
    • ‘In his never ending search for new collaborations, this time Teun Verbruggen is working with Portuguese guitarist Andre Fernandes who was a member of the Lee Konitz Nonet for a while . The Verbruggen/Fernandes Quintet can – with the addition of saxophonist Steven Dellanoye, pianist Bram Delooze, and with bassist Nathan Wouters – certainly count on a dreamed of line-up.’
  • João Lencastre “Departure” from Parallel Realities (FMR Records)
    • Recorded at Timbuktu Studio on December 10, 2018, by Andre’ FernandesJoão Lencastre drums
      Albert Cirera tenor, soprano saxophone
      Rodrigo Pinheiro piano
      Pedro Branco guitar
      João Hasselberg bass, double bass, electronics2019 FMR Records FMRCD535-0519Parallel Realities is the new group led by drummer/composer João Lencastre, featuring some of the most creative musicians from the Portuguese Avant Garde scene, with whom Lencastre has been playing in many different occasions over the years live and in studio.

      “I love to hear dramatic contrasts in music”, Lencastre says, “so, for this record, I wanted to explore that, but in a different way…The basic idea was to have groups within groups(…)different things happening at the same time, creating that by each of those groups having a different role…It’s like having different musical worlds playing at the same, but all togheter create a whole. That’s what I mean by Parallel Realities” released June 10, 2019

  • PBB’s Bread & Fox “Spice Girls From Arrakis II (Mel B Mel C = Melange)” from This Is Sour Music (Trouble In The East)
    • Recorded by Tito Knapp @ Zentri.Fuge, Berlin, on Nov 16, 2018Piero Bittolo Bon alto saxophone,
      Filippo Vignato trombone
      Glauco Benedetti tuba
      Alfonso Santimone piano
      Andrea Grillini drums2019 Trouble in the East
  • Arthurs, Khroustaliov, Sartorious “Moumou” from Hangkerum (Clean Feed)
    • An album of alien soundscape and un-anticipatable rhythm with seductive brass sonority floating above, from the Swiss trio of trumpeter Tom Arthurs, Isambard Khroustaliov on electronics, and Julian Sartorious on drums & percussion, contrasting complex and strangely aberrant sonic and rhythmic environments with lyrically virtuosic trumpet work.Recorded at Studio Zatter, Bern, 9th December 20182019 Clean Feed CF539CD
  • Saxophone Summit “Tolli’s Dance” from Street Talk (Enja Yellowbird)
  • Local Talent “Blue Rainbow” from Higienópolis (Self Released)

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