World of Jazz 316

  1. Dave Douglas – Showing Up – Engage (Greenleaf) 00:00
  2. Chicago Edge Ensemble – A Pontificators Tale – Insidious Anthem (Trost) 08:31
  3. Matana Roberts, Josh Abrams, Chad Taylor – Hannibul – Sticks and Stones (482 Music) 17:27
  4. Matana Roberts – Love Call – The Chicago Project (Central Control International) 24:50
  5. Matana Roberts – Pieces of We – Live In London (Central Control International) 36:26
  6. Matana Roberts, Sam Shalabi, Nicolas Caloia – Galena – Feldspar (Tour De Bras) 47:11
  7. Chicago Edge Ensemble – Caustic Premise – Insidious Anthem (Trost) 55:39
  8. Trinom3 – Peter Lorre – Just A Bit Further (Cellar Live) 1:07:51
  9. Daniel Carter – Seed – Unanimity (Unanimity) 1:13:47
  10. Alex Norris Organ Quartet – Extension Deadline – Extension Deadline (BJU Records) 1:23:20
  11. Chris Lightcap Bigmouth – Nine South – Epicenter (Clean Feed) 1:30:35
  12. Ben Haugland – When Day Met Night – A Million Dreams (Ben Haugland/Dazzle Records) 1:38:41
  13. Bob Sheppard – Close Your Eyes – Close Your Eyes (BFM Jazz) 1;46:50
  14. Chicago Edge Ensemble – Upstream Brotherhood – Insidious Anthem (Trost) 1:54:16


SHOW NOTES

The featured album is from Chicago Edge Ensemble

The featured artist is Matana Roberts

In between music new and recent releases with a few examples of the use of the organ in jazz….

Dave Douglas – Showing Up – Engage (Greenleaf)

ENGAGE is a direct descendant of UPLIFT, the 2018 set of compositions dedicated to positive action.

Personnel:
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Jeff Parker, guitar
Tomeka Reid, cello
Anna Webber, alto and bass flutes and tenor saxophone
Nick Dunston, bass
Kate Gentile, drums

Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at Recorded on December 3, 2018 at The Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY.

Chicago Edge Ensemble – A Pontificators Tale – Insidious Anthem

featured album – first of three tracks

“Fans of both traditional and more adventurous jazz will find much to like here. Indeed, the Chicago Edge Ensemble does manage to succeed in representing the city’s diverse musical roots, and in a highly enjoyable fashion to boot.” –Avant Music News

Dan Phillips guitar
Mars Williams saxophones, percussion
Jeb Bishop trombone
Krzysztof Pabian double bass
Hamid Drake drums

Trost 2018

Matana Roberts – Featured Artist – Chicago born New York based sound experimentalist, visual artist, jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, composer and improviser…has worked with a variety of jazz artists but also has collaborated in post-rock with God Speed You Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion and Tortoise. Featuring four tracks from her back catalogue

Matana Roberts,  Josh Abrams, Chad Taylor – Hannibul – Sticks and Stones

Matana Roberts saxophone
Josh Abrams double bass
Chad Taylor drums

2002 482 Music 482-1012

Matana Roberts – Love Call – The Chicago Project 

Recorded at Soma Studios, Chicago, Il.

A tribute to Matana Roberts’ hometown, features some of Chicago’s  finest players, including guitarist Jeff Parker, bassist Josh Abrams, drummer Frank Rosaly and a special guest appearance by veteran tenor saxophonist and fellow AACM member Fred Anderson although he is not on this track.   Coltrane a strong influence here I think.

2007 Central Control International

Matana Roberts – Pieces of We – Live In London

Recorded at The Vortex, Dalston, London, 2009

Matana Roberts saxophone
Robert Mitchell piano
Tom Mason bass
Chris Vatalaro drums

2011 Central Control International CCI014CD

Bridging avant garde and post-bop

Matana Roberts, Sam Shalabi, Nicolas Caloia – Galena – Feldspar

Recorded December 8, 2011 in Montreal Canada

Matana Roberts alto sax
Sam Shalabi electric guitar
Nicolas Caloia contrabass

Sam Shalabi (Land of kush, Shalabi Effect) et Nicolas Caloia (Ratchet Orchestra) working with Matana This unique trio collaboration was recorded in 2011 at Studio Hotel2Tango

2014 Tour de Bras

Chicago Edge Ensemble – Caustic Premise – Insidious Anthem

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Trinom3 – Peter Lorre – Just A Bit Further

featuring John Van Tongeren – organ & keyboards, Mike Clinco – guitars, Kendall Kay – drums & percussion

Released June, 2018

Recorded at Blue Room Studios in Studio City, California in the summer of 2017

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Daniel Carter – Seed – Unanimity

Recorded on September 12th, 2015 at Favela Worldwide, Brooklyn, NY.

Daniel Carter winds
Vasko Dukovski clarinets
Stelios Mihas guitar
Jeff Harshbarger bass
George Spanos drums

2018 Unanimity

Alex Norris Organ Quartet – Extension Deadline – Extension Deadline

Alex Norris trumpet, flugelhorn
Gary Thomas tenor saxophone
George Colliga Hammond A-100 organ
Rudy Royston drums

2015 BJU Records BJUR 052

Chris Lightcap Bigmouth – Nine South – Epicenter

Recorded on December 16th and 17th, 2013 at Brooklyn Recording New York

Chris Lightcap bass, guitar, organ
Chris Cheek tenor saxophone
Tony Malaby tenor saxophone
Craig Taborn piano, Wurlitzer, organ
Gerald Cleaver drums, percussion

2015 Clean Feed CF-315CD

Ben Haugland – When Day Met Night – A Million Dreams

Ben Haugland piano
Scott Wendholt trumpet
Stephen Jones tenor saxophone
Jay Anderson bass
Chris Smith drums

2015 Ben Haugland / Dazzle Recordings

Ben Haugland’s second recording as a leader

Bob Sheppard – Close Your Eyes – Close Your Eyes

Recorded June 1-2, 2009 at Umbrella Studios, Chatsworth, CA

Bob Sheppard tenor, soprano sax, clarinets, flutes
Alex Sipiagin trumpet, flugelhorn
Alan Pasqua piano, organ
John Beasley piano, organ
Larry Koonse guitar
Gabe Noel bass
Antonio Sanchez drums
Walter Rodriguez percussion

2010 BFM Jazz 302 062 404-2

 

Chicago Edge Ensemble – Upstream Brotherhood – Insidious Anthem

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World of Jazz 314

  1. Endangered Blood – Passion Fruit Birthday Cake – Don’t Freak Out (Skirl Records) 00:00
  2. Master Oogway – Eddapliks Pt.1 Kan vi flytte til Mars – The Concert Koan (Clean Feed) 04:29
  3. Der Lange Schatten – Serenata Maledetta – Concurrences (Trouble In The East) 13:00
  4. Eva Novoa Ditmas Quartet – Yela – Live at IBeam (Fresh Sound) 22:22
  5. Geir Sundstøl – Warsaw/Alabama – Brødløs (Hubro) 31:00
  6. Jacob Saks – The Opener – Fishes (Clean Feed) 38:20
  7. LFU – Praise 1 – Praise of our Folly (Clean Feed) 45:32
  8. Endangered Blood – Waiting for Mami – Don’t Freak Out (Skirl Records) 57:53
  9. Master Oogway – Eddapliks Pt.2 – The Concert Koan (Clean Feed) 1:03:24
  10. Mette Rasmussen, Chris Corsano – How Many Of These Things Do We Need Anyway – All The Ghosts At Once (Relative Pitch) 1:05:34
  11. Mette Rasmussen ,Tashi Dorji – Cattail Horse – Mette Rasmussen/Tashi Dorji (Feeding Tube) 1:11:27
  12. Mette Rasmussen, Chris Corsano – Folding In On Itself – A View of the Moon (Clean Feed) 1:17:05
  13. Quin Kirchner – Limbo/The Shoes of the Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers – The Other Side Of Time (Astral Spirits) 1:24:32
  14. Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano – The Primal Word – This Is Our Language (Not Two Records) 1:33:39
  15. Zak Clarke – Curtain – Mesophase (Clean Feed) 1:40:44
  16. Master Oogway – The Gum You Like – The Concert Koan (Clean Feed) 1:48:10
  17. Endangered Blood – Bella V – Don’t Freak Out (Skirl Records) 1:54:46

SHOW NOTES

Endangered Blood – Passion Fruit Birthday Cake – Don’t Freak Out

Recorded Dec 30, 2017

Jim Black drums
Trevor Dunn bass
Oscar Noriega alto saxophone
Chris Speed tenor saxophone

2018 Skirl Records

Master Oogway – Eddapliks Pt.1 Kan vi flytte til Mars – The Concert Koan

Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll saxophone | Håvard Nordberg Funderud guitar | Karl Erik E. Horndalsveen double bass | Martin Mellem drums

Norwegian front. Master Oogway is a band with a Miles Davis feeling (and particularly the one of his Sixties records), a saxophone style rooted in the heritage of Ornette Coleman and the great free jazz original soloists, applied by tenorist Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll, and that kind of energy and distorted sound you only find in rock, coming very specially from the hands of guitarist Håvard Nordberg Funderud. All this glued by a rhythm section (bassist Karl Erik Horndalsveen and drummer Martin Mellem) acting like a riff engine and a concept inspired in the mythology of the movie “Kung Fu Panda” – the character Oogway, an elderly tortoise, is the creator of kung fu and the keeper of the Dragon Warrior legend, who he finally meets before ascending to the Spirit Realm. The music grooves constantly, but not in a linear way: it’s full of sudden stops and changes of metrics and directions, combining composition and improvisation in such a way you can’t differentiate the written and the spontaneously created.

Clean Feed 2018

Der Lange Schatten – Serenata Maledetta – Concurrences

Recorded June 2016 at bau4, Switzerland

Håvard Wiik piano
Michael Thieke clarinet
Antonio Borghini bass

2018 Trouble In The East

When you listen to a trio that consists of clarinet, piano and bass you can’t avoid thinking of the legendary Jimmy Giuffre 3 with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow,    .

 

Eva Novoa Ditmas Quartet – Yela – Live at IBeam

Eva Novoa Ditmas Quartet
Live at Ibeam

Recorded at iBeam, Brooklyn, on July 29, 2016

Eva Novoa piano, chinese gongs
Michaël Attias alto, baritone saxophone
Max Johnson bass
Jeff Davis drums

2018 Fresh Sound FSNT-556

Geir Sundstøl – Warsaw/Alabama – Brødløs

Acoustic Bass  – Mats Eilertsen
Drums, Percussion – Erland Dahlen
Electric Bass [Fender VI], Synthesizer [Moog Minotaur] – Jo Berger Myhre
Guitars, Keyboards– Geir Sundstøl

Synthesizer – David Wallumrød
Tabla s – Sanskriti Sheresta*

Trumpet – Nils Petter Molvær – not on this track

Hubro 2018

Mash up of Eno, Bowie and Coltrane

Jacob Saks – The Opener – Fishes

Ellery Eskelin – tenor saxophone,
Tony Malaby – soprano & tenor saxophone
Michael Formanek – bass
Dan Weiss – drums
Jacob Sacks – piano

Clean Feed 2018

LFU – Praise 1 – Praise of our Folly

Without a leader, this 9 piece collective ensemble includes members of Red Trio (Rodrigo Pinheiro, Hernaani Faustino and Gabriel Ferrandini), Garden (Jose Bruno Parrinha, Ricardo Jacinto, Luis Lopes), the duo Eitr (Pedro Sousa and Pedro Lopes), 2/3 of the Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio (Amado, Ferrandini) and hafl of the Luis Lopes Humanization 4tet (Lopes and Amado).

Recorded on November 4th & 5th 2015 at Namouche Studio, Lisbon, Portugal

Luis Lopes electric guitar
Rodrigo Amado tenor saxophone
Bruno Parrinha soprano saxophone, clarinet
Pedro Sousa-tenor saxophone
Rodrigo Pinheiro piano, rhodes
Ricardo Jacinto cello
Hernani Faustino double bass
Pedro Lopes turntables, electronics
Gabriel Ferrandini drums, percussion

2018 Clean Feed CF480CD

Endangered Blood – Waiting for Mami – Don’t Freak Out

Master Oogway – Eddapliks Pt.2 – The Concert Koan

Mette Rasmussen, Chris Corsano – How Many Of These Things Do We Need Anyway – All The Ghosts At Once

Recorded at Ibeam, Brooklyn, NY, in October, 2013

Mette Rasmussen alto saxophone
Chris Corsano drums

2015 Relative Pitch RPR 1037

Mette Rasmussen ,Tashi Dorji – Cattail Horse – Mette Rasmussen/Tashi Dorji

Recorded in Montreal QC, June 17 2016 at The Hotel2Tango except track 5 recorded live at La Sala Rosa, Montreal QC

Mette Rasmussen saxophone
Tashi Dorji electric guitar

2018 Feeding Tube Records FTR403

Mette Rasmussen, Chris Corsano – Folding In On Itself – A View of the Moon

Following their Relative Pitch album “All the Ghosts at Once”, the free improvising duo of alto saxophonist Mette Rasmussen and drummer Chris Corsano, also on slide clarinet, release their 2nd album, a live concert at Cankarjev dom, in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2015, pushing the limits on both instruments through radical technique and inventive approaches to their playing.

Mette Rasmussen, Chris Corsano
A View Of The Moon (From The Sun)

Recorded at Cankarjev dom, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on July 4, 2015

Mette Rasmussen alto saxophone
Chris Corsano drums, slide clarinets

2018 Clean Feed CF493CD

Quin Kirchner – Limbo/The Shoes of the Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers – The Other Side Of Time

Recorded at Minbal & Future House in Chicago, IL

Quin Kirchner drums, percussion, kalimba, sampler, wurlitzer
Nick Broste trombone
Nate Lepine tenor saxophone, flute
Jason Stein bass clarinet
Matt Ulery bass
2018 Astral Spirits AS058

 

Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano – The Primal Word – This Is Our Language

Rodrigo Amado – tenor saxophone
Joe McPhee – pocket trumpet, alto saxophone
Kent Kessler – double bass
Chris Corsano – drums

All compositions by Amado / McPhee / Kessler / Corsano

Recorded by Joaquim Monte at Namouche Studios, Lisbon, December 2nd, 2012

Not Two Records 2015

Zak Clarke – Curtain – Mesophase 

Recorded April 25, 2017 at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Zack Clarke piano, electronics
Chris Irvine cello
Charlotte Greve flute, clarinet, saxophone
Nick Dunston bass
Leonid Galaganov percussion, waterphone, shakuhachi

2018 Clean Feed CF502CD

Clarke takes a bold and significant step forward with this record, as he expands his previous approach to electro-acoustic music through the incorporation of a score for an ensemble of musicians. Performed by some of New York City’s finest up-and-coming improvisors, the outcome is a vibrant palette of unique instrumentation and modern synthetic sound that delivers a powerful and thought-provoking listening experience

Master Oogway – The Gum You Like – The Concert Koan

Endangered Blood – Bella V – Don’t Freak Out

World of Jazz 311

  1. Kirk Knuffke – Witness – Witness (SteepleChase) 00:00
  2. Ryan Keberle & Catharthis – Canción Mandala – Azul Infinito (Greenleaf) 07:33
  3. Dave Douglas Quintet – Hawaiian Punch – Brazen Heart Live at Jazz Standard : Complete (Greenleaf) 14:19
  4. Ingrid Laubrock – Contemporary Chaos Practices : Part 3 – Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists (Intakt) 22:40
  5. Ingrid Laubrock – Hall of Mirrors – Ubatuba (Firehouse 12) 28:34
  6. Ingrid Laubrock Anti House – From Farm Girl to Fabulous, vol. II – Roulette of the Cradle (Intakt) 33:22
  7. Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey – Thunderbird – Bouyancy (Relative Pitch) 42:28
  8. Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey – Flutter – Utter (Relative Pitch) 48:51
  9. Kirk Knuffke – Aria Mustafa – Witness (SteepleChase) 57:13
  10. Jerry Bergonzi – Osiris – Convergence (Savant) 1:03:59
  11. Jerry Bergonzi – Lost in the Shuffle – Lost in the Shuffle (Double Time) 1:09:01
  12. Jerry Bergonzi – Bob Berg – Tenor of the Times (Savant) 1:18:00
  13. Antonio Adolfo – Partido Samba Funk – Encontros : Orquestra Atlantica (AAM Music) 1:26:58
  14. Chris Passin – Jayne – Ornettiquette (Planet Arts) 1:32:59
  15. New York Standards Quartet – Cheryl – Heaven Steps to Seven (Whirlwind) 1:42:50
  16. Ryan Kerberle & Catharis – Cheryl – Into The Zone (Greenleaf) 1:51:41
  17. Kirk Knuffke – A City Called Heaven – Witness (SteepleChase) 1:58:26

 

Kirk Knufkke – Witness – Witness

Kirk Knuffke cornet
Steven Herring baritone voice
Ben Goldberg contra alto clarinet, clarinet
Russ Lossing piano

Two extraordinary talents from the two totally independent discipline of art forms are meeting here to create a genuinely unique musical experience for us.

Kirk Knuffke one of the most prominent of jazz cornetist and New York’s up and coming operatic baritone singer Steven Herring present here, to quote the liner-note author Neil Tesser, “an album that juxtaposes conservatory and nightclub, improvisation and spoken word, the sacred and the secular, into one of the most unusual and inventive projects of Knuffke’s career”

018 SteepleChase SCCD 31859
Ryan Keberle & Catharthis – Canción Mandala – Azul Infinito

Azul Infinito, which features Ryan Keberle’s signature band, Catharsis, includes the vocals of Chilean singer Camila Meza, alongside a frontline of Keberle and GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, Peruvian-born bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Eric Doob.

For Keberle, American music’s emotional power, which stems from the blues, is reflected in similarly cathartic afrocentric musical elements found in South American music. Fittingly, Jorge Luis Borges, the noted Argentine writer, called the cathartic act of experiencing art an “evento estético” or “aesthetic event.” As on past records, Keberle’s goal is to allow the listener to feel something through his thoughtful compositions and songs. “I hope this record conveys the influence that South American music has played in my life, and allows listeners to experience their own aesthetic event,” says Keberle. “Each original song on this record is either dedicated to, or directly influenced by, a specific South American composer with whom I’ve had the pleasure to play.”
credits
released March 4, 2016
Dave Douglas Quintet – Hawaiian Punch – Brazen Heart Live at Jazz Standard : Complete

released November 24, 2015

Personnel:
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Jon Irabagon, saxophones
Matt Mitchell, piano
Linda May Han Oh, bass
Rudy Royston, drums

Recorded live at Jazz Standard NYC – November 19-22, 2015

Ingrid Laubrock – Contemporary Chaos Practices : Part 3 – Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists

Recorded December 15 and 16, 2017 at Power Station at Berklee NYC

Soloists:
Mary Halvorson Electric guitar
Kris Davis piano
Nate Wooley trumpet
Ingrid Laubrock soprano, tenor Saxophone

Conductor 1: Eric Wubbels
Conductor 2: Taylor Ho Bynum
2018 Intakt Record 314

Ingrid Laubrock – Hall of Mirrors – Ubatuba

Alto Saxophone – Tim Berne
Drums, Co-producer – Tom Rainey
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Ingrid Laubrock
Trombone – Ben Gerstein
Tuba – Dan Peck

Recorded September 13th & 14th, 2014 at Firehouse 12
Firehouse 12 2015

Ingrid Laubrock Anti House – From Farm Girl to Fabulous, vol. II – Roulette of the Cradle

Bass – John Hébert
Clarinet – Oscar Noriega
Drums – Tom Rainey
Guitar – Mary Halvorson
Piano – Kris Davis
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone,  – Ingrid Laubrock

Recorded on December 5, 2014, at Systems Two, Brooklyn

Intakt 252

Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey – Thunderbird – Bouyancy

Recorded live on June 3, 2014 at Audio for the Arts, Madison WI

Ingrid Laubrock soprano, tenor saxophone
Tom Rainey drums

2016 Relative Pitch Records RPR1048

Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey – Flutter – Utter

Recorded on April 10th, 2018 at Brooklyn Recording, in Brooklyn, NY

Ingrid Laubrock tenor, soprano saxophone
Tom Rainey drums

2018 Relative Pitch RPR 1076

“In 2016, Tom Rainey and I went on a second extended duo tour – this time all along the West Coast of the United States. As a duo, we had been playing improvised music up until then. For this tour we wanted to change the concept and also include composition, which (except for Chant II) we co-wrote and memorized. In our performances, we weave in and out of these pieces in whatever way we feel like – the composed material is triggered by small musical cues either of us can play at any given moment. This recording is a documentation of those tunes as well as a few improvisations.”-Ingrid Laubrock

 

Kirk Knufkke – Aria Mustafa – Witness
Jerry Bergonzi – Osiris – Convergence

Bass Guitar – Dave Santoro
Drums – Andrea Michelutti
Piano – Bruce Barth
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Producer, Arranged By – Jerry Bergonzi

Savant 2011
Jerry Bergonzi – Lost in the Shuffle – Lost in the Shuffle

Recorded At – Center For The Arts, Louisville, KY – live on Jan 16-17, 1998

Drums – Adam Nussbaum
Organ [Hammond] – Dan Wall
Tenor Saxophone – Jerry Bergonzi

Double Time 1998

Jerry Bergonzi – Bob Berg – Tenor of the Times

Bass – Dave Santoro
Drums – Andrea Michelutti
Piano – Renato Chicco
Tenor Saxophone – Jerry Bergonzi
Notes
Recorded at PBS Studio, Westwood, MA, May 23, 2006

Savant 2006

Antonio Adolfo – Partido Samba Funk – Encontros : Orquestra Atlantica

Antonio Adolfo – piano, Nelson Faria and Claudio Jorge – acoustic guitars, Leo Amuedo – electric guitar, Jorge Helder – bass, Rafael Barata – drums Dada Costa – percussion, Jesse Sadoc – trumpet & flugelhorn, Danilo Sinna, alto sax & flute, Marcelo Martins – tenor sax & flute, Serginho Trombone – valve trombone Marcos Nimrichter – accordion, Ze Renato – vocals, plus other members of Orquestra Atlantica Throughout the past 40 years, Antonio Adolfo has had a very busy career as a pianist, composer and arranger. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, his teachers included Eumir Deodato and Nadia Boulanger (in Paris). A jazz pianist since the mid-1960s in Brazil, Adolfo worked with such major singers as Leny Andrade, Flora Purim, Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento and has recorded more than 25 albums as a leader. A major name for decades, his music combines together Brazilian rhythmic styles with jazz. His previous recording, Antonio Adolfo “HYBRIDO – From Rio to Wayne Shorter,” was a 2018 Grammy finalist. As a bandleader, Antonio Adolfo has mostly been featured with small groups that showcase his music and his solo abilities. However he has long considered it a major goal to someday record an album with a larger ensemble, a big band that had a full understanding of both Brazilian music and jazz. Encontros – Orquestra Atlantica is the realization of that dream. After having seen a performance in Rio de Janeiro by Orquestra Atlantica, a Brazilian jazz orchestra founded in 2012, Antonio Adolfo was so impressed that he invited the group to be a major part of his new recording. With up to seven horns and several guests, Adolfo had many new tone colors at his disposal along with the powerful sound of a big band. The result is an exciting set comprised of nine of Adolfo’s compositions plus Miles Davis’ “Milestones.” The inventive arrangements of Jesse Sadoc and Marcelo Martins mix together the sound of big band jazz with such Brazilian styles as the Samba, Bossa Nova, Baiao, Frevo, and the Afoxe to create memorable and infectious music. It is very rare for Brazilian jazz to be performed by a big band, particularly one of this quality. Hearing Antonio Adolfo’s music played by a top-notch orchestra casts new light on his writing abilities. Whether one loves Brazilian music, big bands or modern jazz, Encontros – Orquestra Atlantica makes for a memorable and stimulating listening experience.

AAM Music 2018

Chris Passin – Jayne – Ornettiquette

Chris Pasin: trumpet • Karl Berger: vibraphone, piano • Ingrid Sertso: vocals Harvey Sorgen: drums • Michael Bisio: bass • Adam Siegel: alto saxophone

Recorded March 13, 2018, at Area 52 Studio, Saugerties, NY

Planet Arts 2018

New York Standards Quartet – Cheryl – Heaven Steps to Seven

Tim Armacost – tenor & soprano saxophones
David Berkman – piano
Ugonna Okegwo – double bass
Gene Jackson – drums

Recorded January 11, 2017 by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Whirlwind 2018

Ryan Kerberle & Catharis – Cheryl – Into The Zone

Bass, Bass [Fx] – Jorge Roeder
Drums – Eric Doob
Trombone, Melodica – Ryan Keberle
Tenor Saxophone – Scott Robinson (2)
Trumpet – Mike Rodriguez*

Greenleaf 2014

Kirk Knufkke – A City Called Heaven – Witness

 

World of Jazz 310

  1. Rudy Royston – Soul Train – Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf) 00:00
  2. Valerio Pontrandolfo & Harold Mabern Trio – Twenty – Are You Sirius? (Associazione In Jazz We Trust) 10:46
  3. Jon Irabagon – Quintessential Kitten – It Takes All Kinds (Jazzwerkstatt) 15:09
  4. Nicole Mitchell Indigo Trio – Thankfulness – Indigo Trio : Live in Montreal (Greenleaf) 26:14
  5. Jachna, Mazurkiewicz, Buhl – Ya Yeti – Dzwieki Ukryte (Instant Classic) 32:56
  6. Wojciech Jachna, Jacek Buhl – Dabi Sajko – Sythomatic (Requiem) 39:23
  7. Wojciech Jachna, Pawel Urowski, Jacek Cichocki, Mateusz Krawczyk – Indians – The Right Moment (Requiem) 45:50
  8. Rudy Royston – Bobblehead – Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf) 50:08
  9. Valerio Pontrandolfo & Harold Mabern Trio- Recado Bossa Nova – Are You Sirius? (Associazione In Jazz We Trust) 55:57
  10. Opus 5 – Equilibrium – Tickle (Criss Cross Jazz) 1:00:28
  11. Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet – Transit – System of 5 (Hatology) 1:10:26
  12. Torbjörn Zetterberg – Do DoDo Do Do Do – Och Den Stora Frågan (Moserobie) 1:18:58
  13. The Resonance Ensemble – Rope (For Don Ellis) – Kafka in Flight (Not Two) 1:25:32
  14. Pandelis Karayorgis, Mat Maneri – Three Plus Three – Disambiguation (Leo Records) 1:44:10
  15. Valerio Pontrandolfo & Harold Mabern Trio – Are You Sirius? – Are You Sirius? (Associazione In Jazz We Trust) 1:54:46
  16. Rudy Royston – I Guess It’s Time To Go – Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf) 2:00:36

 

Rudy Royston – Soul Train – Flatbed Buggy

Greenleaf (2015)

The third album from drummer Rudy Royston features a new chamber-like quintet playing music inspired by Royston’s upbringing in Texas. The album was released on October 26.

Right away the instrumentation is a striking departure: Royston leads a compact, almost chamber-like quintet featuring Gary Versace (accordion), John Ellis (bass clarinet/saxophones), Hank Roberts (cello) and Joe Martin (bass). “I was going for something that was more about melodies,” Royston declares. “I wanted to illustrate a story.” And indeed, the melodies flow forth on Flatbed Buggy, with rich harmony and surpassingly subtle orchestration and interplay occurring at every step as well.
Valerio Pontrandolfo – Twenty – Are You Sirius?

Associazione In Jazz We Trust ‎– IJWT001 (2015)

His first album as leader that features Harold Mabern on piano, John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums.

Recorded September 11, 2014 at Marco Ferri Studio – Vignola, BO (Italy)
This album was partially financed by a crowdfunding campaign that helped to cover all the costs needed for mastering, printing and the artwork for the cd.

Jon Irabagon – Quintessential Kitten – It Takes All Kinds

Recorded June 08, 2013 at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz Festival, Germany

Jon Irabagon tenor saxophone
Mark Helias bass
Barry Altschul drums

2014 Jazzwerkstatt JW139

Nicole Mitchell Indigo Trio – Thankfulness – Indigo Trio : Live in Montreal

Greenleaf 2006

Acoustic Bass, Vocals – Harrison Bankhead
Drums,  Hand Drums – Hamid Drake
Flute, Wood Flute Vocals – Nicole Mitchell

Recorded at Casa Del Popolo, Montreal, Quebec.

Jachna, Mazurkiewicz, Buhl – Ya Yeti – Dzwieki Ukryte

Recorded on September 4, 2015 in the Bydgoszcz-Fordon Synagogue

Wojtek Jachna trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics
Jacek Mazurkiewicz contrabass, electronics
Jacek Buhl drums, percussion

2016 Instant Classic 044CD

Wojciech Jachna, Jacek Buhl – Dabi Sajko – Sythomatic

Wojciech Jachna trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics
Jacek Buhl drums, percussion
guest: DJ Yaki

2015 Requiem 87
Wojciech Jachna, Pawel Urowski, Jacek Cichocki, Mateusz Krawczyk – Indians – The Right Moment

Wojciech Jachna trumpet, flugelhorn
Jacek Cichocki piano
Pawel Urowski double bass
Mateusz Krawczyk drums

2015 Requiem 99

Rudy Royston – Bobblehead – Flatbed Buggy
Valerio Pontrandolfo – Recado Bossa Nova – Are You Sirius?
Opus 5 – Equilibrium – Tickle

Recorded August 15, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY

Seamus Blake tenor saxophone
Alex Sipiagin trumpet, flugelhorn
David Kikoski piano, fender rhodes
Boris Kozlov bass
Donald Edwards drums

2015 Criss Cross Jazz 1383 CD

Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet – Transit – System of 5

Recorded on June 10, 2008 at Firehouse 12, New Haven

Pandelis Karayorgis piano
Matt Langley soprano, tenor saxophone
Jeff Galindo trombone
Jef Charland double bass
Luther Gray drums

2011 hatOLOGY 682

The swing and bop elements are represented in various flavors as the leader cranks out a Monk-ish groove, followed by soul-stirring solos from saxophonist Matt Langley and trombonist Jeff Galindo on the opener, “Transit.”
Torbjörn Zetterberg – Do DoDo Do Do Do – Och Den Stora Frågan

Torbjörn Zetterberg bass
Susana Santos Silva trumpet, flugelhorn
Mats Äleklint trombone
Jonas Kullhammar tenor, baritone sax, clarinet, flute
Alberto Pinton baritone sax, clarinet, flute, piccolo flute
Jon Fält drums

2014 Moserobie MMPCD 091
The Resonance Ensemble – Rope (For Don Ellis) – Kafka in Flight

Recorded in concert at the Philharmonic Hall, Gdansk, Poland, on October 31, 2009

Ken Vandermark tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet
Dave Rempis alto, tenor saxophone
Mikolaj Trzaska alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Waclaw Zimpel Bb & bass clarinet, tarogato
Magnus Broo trumpet
Steve Swell trombone
Per-Âke Holmlander tuba
Mark Tokar bass
Michael Zerang drums
Tim Daisy drums

2011 Not Two MW 860-2

The Resonance Ensemble’s music has advanced Vandermark’s composing methods for large groups, work that started with the early music of Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet, and then continued with his Territory Bands. Much of the new material combines his interest in “suite forms” (perhaps most influenced by Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus) and a collaging approach to improvising structures that he began with the Territory Band. The project provided Vandermark with the first opportunity in his career to do nothing but compose for a week. In September of 2009, he began a new approach to writing for the project, a series of “modular pieces,” which can be reassembled for each performance, giving added spontaneity to both the improvising and the compositional structure. The results of these new compositional strategies, coupled with a 10 day European tour, has resulted in this album by the band, “Kafka In Flight,” which was recorded live in Gdansk, Poland, and is also part of the Not Two catalog.

Pandelis Karayorgis, Mat Maneri – Three Plus Three – Disambiguation

Recorded on June 2001 at Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, New York

Pandelis Karayorgis piano
Mat Maneri violin
Tony Malaby tenor saxophone
Michael Formanek bass
Randy Peterson drums

2002 Leo Records CD LR 334

Valerio Pontrandolfo – Are You Sirius? – Are You Sirius?
Rudy Royston – I Guess It’s Time To Go – Flatbed Buggy

World of Jazz 308

  1. Anais Drago  – Phialella Zappa 1 – Anais Drago & The Jellyfish (Another Music) 00:00
  2. LeBocal – Oh No! – Oh No!…Just Another Frank Zappa Memorial Barbecue! (Le Chant Du Monde) 08:20
  3. Frank Zappa – The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat – A Token Of His Extreme (Zappa Records) 16:36
  4. The Ed Palermo Big Band – The Uncle Meat Variations – Oh No! Not Jazz!! (Cuneiform Jazz) 21:10
  5. Ensemble Modern – Peaches En Regalia – Greggery Peccary and Other Persuasions: The Ensemble Modern Plays Frank Zappa (RCA) 27:17
  6. Harmonia Ensemble – Son of Mister Green Genes – Harmonia Meets Zappa (Materiali Sonori) 30:46
  7. Anais Drago  – Provence’s Bar – Anais Drago & The Jellyfish (Another Music) 39:39
  8. Frank Zappa – The Subcutaneous Peril – Finer Moments (Zappa) 45:03
  9. The Ed Palermo Big Band – What’s New In Baltimore – Eddy Loves Frank (Cuneiform Jazz) 1:04:13
  10. Ensemble Ambrosius – Zoot Allures – Ambrosius : The Zappa Album  (Musical Heritage (Society) 1:10:36
  11. The Ed Palermo Big Band – Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula – Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Cuneiform Jazz) 1:14:48
  12. Zappatistas – The Grand Wazoo – The Music Of Frank Zappa : Absolutely Live (Jazzprint) 1:21:10
  13. Anais Drago  – Zappa Changes – Anais Drago & The Jellyfish (Another Music) 1:44:41
  14. Frank Zappa – Black Napkins – Joe’s Camouflage (Zappa) 1:51:24

This week the featured album is from Italian Violinist Anais Drago whose debut album interprets and builds on the music of Frank Zappa. In between music from Frank himself and also jazz interpretations of his music.

Anais Drago  – Phialella Zappa 1 – Anais Drago & The Jellyfish (Another Music)

Official Release: 06 October 2018
From classical musical to Frank Zappa, by way of jazz “Anais Drago & The Jellyfish” is the debut album of violinist and composer Anais Drago. The record originated  following a lengthy period of research, transcription and rework of  Zappa music, and was published by Parisian label Another Music Records, with Believe Digital distributing it all around the world. This influenced the development of compositions based on short melodic and harmonic cells – which you can especially grasp in Zappa’s first ten albums -, which are used as thematic material or featured in some sections. Traditional jazz moods mix with  ‘70s acid funk, up to flashes of contemporary classical music and free jazz.

Anais Drago – violin, compositions
Giulio Giani – alto sax
Riccardo Sala – tenor sax
Gianpiero Malfatto – trombone
Gabriele Ferro – electric guitar
Viden Spassov – double bass
Andrea Beccaro – drums

All compositions and arrangements by Anais Drago
Recorded on June 18th-19th 2018 at Piergiorgio Miotto Studio
LeBocal – Oh No! – Oh No!…Just Another Frank Zappa Memorial Barbecue! (Le Chant Du Monde)

2003

Originally on Lumpy Gravy as part of “Lumpy Gravy – Part I” (“Oh No” and “Oh No Again” in the CD version), Weasels Ripped My Flesh and Roxy & Elsewhere as part of “Son Of Orange County”

Alto Saxophone   – Amaury Bach, Diego Fano
Baritone Saxophone  – Patrick Montessuit
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Claude Roux
Cymbal  – Christine Paris
Double Bass [Boublebass], Drum [Tam] – Luc Détraz
Drums – Pierre-Yves Desvignes
Electric Bass, Guitar – Cyril Moulas
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Eric Minen
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Piano – Thierry Girault
Guest, Piano – Rita Marcotulli
Guest, Trombone – Glenn Ferris
Guest, Violin [Electric] – Laurent Zeller
Soprano Saxophone [Soprano Sax], Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax] – Guillaume Perret
Soprano Saxophone [Soprano Sax], Vocals [Vocal] – Ernie Odoom
Timpani – Sébastien Cordier
Trombone – Jean-Philippe Deprez, Jérémie Creix, Stéphane Monnet, Vincent Camer
Trumpet – Guillaume Lavallard, Jean-François Baud, Loïc Burdin, Vincent Stephan
Frank Zappa – The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat – A Token Of His Extreme (Zappa Records)

a live album by   Frank Zappa, recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET, Los Angeles, California and posthumously released in November 2013 by the Zappa Family Trust on Zappa Records. It is a soundtrack to the concert film of the same name released five months earlier.

Frank Zappa – lead guitar, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock – tenor saxophone, vocals
George Duke – keyboards, vocals
Tom Fowler – bass
Chester Thompson – drums
Ruth Underwood – percussion
The Ed Palermo Big Band – The Uncle Meat Variations – Oh No! Not Jazz!! (Cuneiform Jazz)

2014
Ensemble Modern – Peaches En Regalia – Greggery Peccary and Other Persuasions: The Ensemble Modern Plays Frank Zappa (RCA)

2003

Hot Rats

Harmonia Ensemble – Son of Mister Green Genes – Harmonia Meets Zappa (Materiali Sonori)

1994

Hot Rats

Bassoon – Stefano Rocchi
Cello, Computer [Computer Programming], Arranged By, Performer – Damiano Puliti
Clarinet [Clarinets], Arranged By, Performer – Orio Odori
Flute – Marisa Rossi
Trombone – Luca Volpi
Trumpet – Andrea Nardone

Anais Drago  – Provence’s Bar – Anais Drago & The Jellyfish (Another Music)

Ben Levis – piccolo
Hellen Levis – choir
Michael Levis – choir
Frank Zappa – The Subcutaneous Peril – Finer Moments (Zappa)

2012

1971/10/11, New York, Carnegie Hall

Frank Zappa (conductor)
Jimmy Carl Black (drums)
Roy Estrada (bass, vocals)
Bunk Gardner (tenor sax)
Buzz Gardner (trumpet)
Lowell George (guitar)
Don Preston (keyboards)
Jim “Motorhead” Sherwood (baritone sax)
Arthur Tripp (drums, percussion)
Ian Underwood (clarinet)
CD 2: Track 6, 1971/10/11, New York, Carnegie Hallnk Zappa – guitar
Don Preston – keyboards, mini moog
Ian Underwood – keyboards
Jim Pons – bass
Aynsley Dunbar – drums

The Ed Palermo Big Band – What’s New In Baltimore – Eddy Loves Frank (Cuneiform Jazz)

2009

Bass Clarinet, Clarinet [E Flat], Baritone Saxophone – Barbara Cifelli
Bass Trombone – Matt Ingman
Clarinet, Alto Saxophone – Cliff Lyons
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Bill Straub
Drums – Ray Marchica
Electric Bass – Paul Adamy
Flute, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone – Ben Kono
Flute, Piccolo Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Phil Chester
Guitar – Bruce McDaniel
Leader – Ed Palermo
Piano – Bob Quaranta
Synthesizer [Kurzweil] – Ted Kooshian
Trombone – Charles Gordon, Joe Fiedler
Trumpet – John Hines (2), Ronnie Buttacavoli, Steve Jankowski
Ensemble Ambrosius – Zoot Allures – Ambrosius : The Zappa Album (Musical Heritage Society)

2001

Cello [Baroque] – Olli Virtaperko
Lute [Archlute] – Tuukka Terho
Melodica – Jonte Knif
Oboe d’Amore – Jasu Moisio
Organ – Ere Lievonen
The Ed Palermo Big Band – Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula – Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Cuneiform Jazz)

2006

Alto Saxophone, Clarinet – Cliff Lyons
Alto Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Phil Chester
Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet [E Flat] – Barbara Cifelli
Drums – Ray Marchica
Electric Bass – Paul Adamy
Percussion – Emedin Rivera (tracks: 2)
Piano – Bob Quaranta
Synthesizer [Kurzweil] – Ted Kooshian
Tenor Saxophone – Dave Riekenberg (tracks: 6)
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Bill Straub
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Ben Kono
Trombone – Charles Gordon, Joe Fiedler
Trombone [Bass], Tuba – Matt Ingman
Trumpet – John Hines (2), Ronnie Buttacavoli
Vocals, Guitar – Carl Restivo

Zappatistas – The Grand Wazoo – The Music Of Frank Zappa : Absolutely Live (Jazzprint)

2001

Bass – Rob Statham
Drums – Mike Bradley (2)
Guitar – John Etheridge
Keyboards – Steve Lodder
Percussion – Teena Lyle
Saxophone – Ben Castle
Trombone – Annie Whitehead
Trumpet – Paul Jayasinha
Notes
Recorded at the Wardrobe, Leeds, November 1999.

Anais Drago  – Zappa Changes – Anais Drago & The Jellyfish (Another Music)

Frank Zappa – Black Napkins – Joe’s Camouflage (Zappa)

Joe’s Camouflage is a compilation album by Frank Zappa, released posthumously in January 2014 by The Zappa Family Trust on Zappa Records. It represents the first official release of material by a band Zappa assembled for rehearsals in the summer of 1975 but which never toured or recorded material in the studio

Originally on Zoot Allures

Frank Zappa – lead guitar, vocals
Denny Walley – guitars, vocals
Robert “Frog” Camarena – vocals, guitar
Novi Novog – viola, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock – tenor saxophone, vocals
Roy Estrada – bass guitar, vocals
Terry Bozzio – drums

World of Jazz 307

  1. Ark Ovrutski – Second Line – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 00:00
  2. Lars Jansson Trio – The Masquerade Is Over – What’s New (Spice of Life) 05:22
  3. Pablo Held Trio – Birkenhain – Investigations (Edition) 12:53
  4. Perry Smith – Rise and Fall – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 19:37
  5. Alex Sipiagin – Tijuana Gift Shop – Mirrors (Criss Cross Jazz) 27:39
  6. Ark Ovrutski – Only For Toddlers – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 36:39
  7. Lars Jansson Trio – In Search Of Lost Time – In Search Of Lost Time (Spice of Life) 41:06
  8. Pablo Held Trio – Bernstein Fantasie – Investigations (Edition) 48:16
  9. Perry Smith – Monk’s World – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 55:40
  10. Thelonious Monk – Pannonica – Brilliant Corners (Riverside) 1:02:56
  11. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hanoi 6 – IC01 Hanoi (Jagjaguwar) 1:10:53
  12. Ark Ovrutski – Dolphin Dance – Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 1:19:16
  13. Pablo Held Trio – Mountain Horn Song from Romanian Folk Songs – Investigations (Edition) 1:26:03
  14. Perry Smith – Hope For Peace – New Angel (Smith Tone Records) 1:32:42
  15. Lars Jansson Trio – Waltz for Bill – Just This (Storyville) 1:34:52
  16. Bill Evans – Walkin’ Up – Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest (Resonance Records) 1:41:57
  17. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Au Privave – Long Ago and Far Away (Impulse!) 1:47:42

Ark Ovrutski – Second Line – Journey Moments

Ark Ovrutski bass
Myron Walden saxophone
Benito Gonzalez piano
McClenty Hunter bass

2018 Ark Ovrutski

Bassist/band-leader/composer Ark Ovrutski’s fourth release – a collection of five originals and four  covers  ….Walden channeling Eddie Harris….
Lars Jansson Trio – The Masquerade Is Over – Whats New

Recorded April and June 2010 at Nilento Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden

Lars Jansson piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk double bass
Paul Svanberg drums

2010 Spice Of Life SOL SV-0013

What’s New is the first (mostly) standards album by Jansson, who has so far been focused on playing his own music. And what a beautiful album it turned out to be! His beautiful touch, imagination, sophisticated sense of harmony and ability swing hard when necessary, all combine to make a very satisfying program of (mostly) standards.
Playing with him are younger bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek who has played with guitarist Ulf Wakenius and talented drummer Paul Svanberg who happens to be Jansson’s son.   One of the best piano trio releases of 2010! Very highly recommended!
Pablo Held Trio – Birkenhain – Investigations

Pablo Held piano
Robert Landfermann double bass
Jonas Burgwinkel drums
2018 Edition Records

Pablo Held’s releases his landmark 10th album ‘Investigations’ on his new home and international label Edition Records, marking the progression of a new, global trajectory for this supremely talented musician.

The beautiful music of the Pablo Held Trio is to me an important example of the evolution of the piano trio in jazz. They embody the poetry and depth of this tradition, while extending the harmonic and rhythmic possibilities of the tradition. The music of this trio brings me joy knowing that this great art form continues to grow and flourish.” Ralph Towner

released April 13, 2018

Recorded at Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne by Christian Heck from August 30th till September 2nd 2017
Perry Smith – Rise and Fall – New Angel

Recorded on February 5th, 2017 at the Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY

Perry Smith guitar
Jon Irabagon saxophone
Glenn Zaleski piano
Matt Aronoff bass
Allan Mednard drums

2018 Smith Tone Records

At the core of everything that guitarist/composer Perry Smith does is the desire to create personal and musical connections with the artistic community. That’s true of the community he’s built around his inclusive weekly series in Brooklyn, “The Nest Session;” it’s behind his decision to use social media as a means of reaching out, not cutting off. And it lies at the very heart of his third album as a leader, New Angel — both in the close relationships he shares with his bandmates and in his desire to make the sometimes heady concepts of modern jazz something accessible and deeply personal.

New Angel marks the debut of the gifted guitarist’s stellar new quintet, which features saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Matt Aronoff and drummer Allan Mednard. While they’ve all played together in a variety of contexts, Smith’s decision to bring together this particular group stems directly from their shared experiences at Nest Sessions jams, which he and Aronoff have co-led for more than three years.

The band’s thrilling chemistry is vividly apparent from the opening moments of “Rise and Fall,” whose title makes the tune’s shifting moods and tempos sound deceptively simple. The gentle, memorable melody is prime evidence of Smith’s gift for crafting compositions that embrace the listener while providing plenty of spark for improvisation.

Alex Sipiagin – Tijuana Gift Shop – Mirrors

Recorded June 2, 2002 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Bolleman

Alex Sipiagin trumpet, flugelhorn
Seamus Blake tenor saxophone
Adam Rogers guitar
David Kikoski piano
Boris Kozlov bass
Jonathan Blake drums
Donny McCaslin tenor, soprano saxophone
Josh Roseman trombone

2003 Criss Cross Jazz 1236 CD

Ark Ovrutski – Only For Toddlers – Journey Moments

welcome to the world of an oscar pettiford-ism melody, played with a lot of humor and wit. note the jokes exchanged between MW and AO…musical humor at its best. a thoroughly enjoyable joy ride..
Lars Jansson Trio – In Search Of Lost Time – In Search Of Lost Time

Lars Jansson piano
Christian Spering bass
Anders Kjellberg drums

2009 Spice Of Life SOL SV-0011

Pianist Lars Janssoncleared out the music room of his home in Gothenburg, on Sweden’s west coast, and in the process, found some old songs he’d written but forgotten. Inspired by Marcel Proust’s epic novel, A la recherche du temps perdu, he put them together with some new ones to create an album that sheds new and often surprising light on the familiar territory of piano jazz.

Pablo Held Trio – Bernstein Fantasie – Investigations
Perry Smith – Monk’s World – New Angel

The spikiness of “Monk’s World” immediately evokes the keen-edged genius and eyebrow-arched joy of the great Thelonious Monk. Smith wrote the piece on the chord changes of Monk’s classic “Epistrophy” as a way of paying homage to the legendary pianist’s outsized influence. “In my experience on the jazz scene in New York,” Smith says, “musicians are always more excited about playing Monk’s tunes than anybody else’s — more than even Coltrane or Wayne Shorter or Herbie. I think it has to do with the playful nature of his songs and the cool, creative melodies that he wrote, which open a lot of freedom in the landscape.”

Thelonious Monk – Pannonica – Brilliant Corners

It was his third album for Riverside Records,[ and the first, for this label, to include his own compositions.

Thelonious Monk – piano and celeste on “Pannonica”
Ernie Henry – alto saxophone
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Oscar Pettiford – double bass
Max Roach – drums

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hanoi 6 – IC01 Hanoi

IC-01 Hanoi is the fifth studio album by Portland Oregon based  New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, released on 26 October 2018 through Jagjaguwar. It is the group’s second album of 2018 after Sex & Food, released in April, and their first instrumental album.[ The album was recorded entirely in the city of Hanoi and originated from sessions for Sex & Food, with frontman Ruban Nielson’s father Chris Nielson also contributing instrumentation to the record.

Ruban Nielson – Guitar
Kody Nielson –
Jacob Portrait – Bass
Minh Nguyen – sáo trúc
Chris Nielson – flugelhorn, keyboards, saxophone

Ark Ovrutski – Dolphin Dance – Journey Moments

complexity of this arrangement…6/8 to 4/4 and a variety of
shifting rhythms in between…a real picture of a/this group playing

Pablo Held Trio – Mountain Horn Song from Romanian Folk Songs – Investigations
Perry Smith – Hope For Peace – New Angel
Lars Jansson Trio – Waltz for Bill – Just This

Lars Jansson piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk bass
Paul Svanberg drums

2018 Storyville 1014320

Just This, the latest album from Lars Jansson Trio  out October 19th, is an album of immense talent and musical excess from three of Scandinavia’s most renowned jazz musicians.
Bill Evans – Walkin’ Up – Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest

This Bill Evans trio session was recorded on June 20, 1968, nearly 10 years after the legendary Kind of Blue sessions with Miles Davis, and five days after the famous live performance at the 1968 Montreux Jazz Festival, which was released on Verve and won a Grammy. This is the only studio album recorded of this trio and features Evans in trio, duo and solo configurations with jazz greats bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette.

The album album was recorded by the renowned MPS Records producer and label owner, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, at his studio in Villingen, Germany (aka “the Black Forest”). Originally produced by HGBS. It’s only the second official Bill Evans release with Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette.
Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Au Privave – Long Ago and Far Away

“As a result we have a dazzling testament to the interaction between two genius musicians: piano and bass, their brilliance resounding through the hallowed space of an art nouveau cathedral, recorded on November 5, 2007. (…) Charlie is gone now, and this recording was made “long ago and far away”, yet the music remains immediate. The music is now.” – Ruth Cameron Haden, July 2018. After meeting for the first time back in 1993, Haden found a way to bring Mehldau out to LA to perform with himself and Lee Konitz at the Jazz Bakery in 1996. This led to a trio recording on Blue Note (1997) called Alone Together. In 2011, he and Brad recorded a live album with Lee Konitz and Paul Motian for ECM called Live at Birdland. Mehldau and Haden remained friends from the time of their first meeting – they had a special connection. In the early days, Haden, in a sense, mentored this young pianist in life lessons. He would later go on to pronounce Mehldau one of the most important musicians of his generation because of his unique voice, his depth of knowledge and facility on the instrument, and how he has moved the language of jazz forward.

World of Jazz 306

  1. Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Serpent Kane – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 00:00
  2. Christian McBride – Walkin’ Funny – Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Avenue Records) 06:59
  3. Bob Gluck – Spirit Unleashed – Infinite Spirit Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band (FMR Records) 10:38
  4. Pandelis Karayorgis – Outward On Pleasant Spheres – Matchbox (Driff Records) 21:28
  5. Noah Preminger – Where or When – Before The Rain (Palmetto) 27:04
  6. Noah Preminger – Where Seagulls Fly – Dry Bridge Road (Nowt Records) 29:52
  7. Noah Preminger – My Blues For You – Genuinity (Criss Cross Jazz) 38:45
  8. Pandelis Karayorgis – How Daisies Jiggle – Matchbox (Driff Records) 45:56
  9. Bob Gluck – Dolphin Dance – Something Quiet (FMR Records) 52:52
  10. Christian McBride – The Middle Man – Christian McBride’s New Jawn  (Mack Avenue Records) 1:02:14
  11. Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Mon Calpe – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 1:07:14
  12. Fredrik Nordström – Hometown Prophet – Needs (Clean Feed) 1:15:30
  13. Ada Rave Cuarteto – Baila Con Monk – La Continuidad (Pan Y Rosas Discos) 1:21:57
  14. Arild Andersen – Shimri – Shimri (ECM) 1:30:06
  15. Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva, Torbjorn Zetterberg – Find Nothing – Child of Illusion (Clean Feed) 1:36:26
  16. Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Wellenpeitschen – Headlands (Woolgathering Records) 1:49:35
  17. Christian McBride – John Day – Christian McBride’s New Jawn  (Mack Avenue Records) 1:56:24

Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Serpent Kane – Headlands

Russ Johnson trumpet
Rob Clearfield keyboards
Matt Ulery bass
Jon Deitemyer drums

2018 Woolgathering Records

Trumpeter and Composer Russ Johnson was commissioned to premiere a new band and set of compositions for the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago: the result is “Headlands,” a 12 movement Suite he composed for a collection of Chicago’s finest musicians, including Rob Clearfield on keyboards, Matt Uleryon bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.
Headlands is a through composed work that is intended to be listened to in its entirety. The Suite consists of six compositions connected by solo improvised passages by each member of the ensemble. A short theme serves as bookends to the proceedings. The music is designed to be structurally open/elastic to allow for (maximum) flexibility in live performance while still maintaining a strict overall from to give the work coherence. The Headlands Suite is music that traverses the areas between modern jazz and the avant-garde. The music covers a wide range of compositional and improvisational styles.

Christian McBride – Walkin’ Funny – Christian McBride’s New Jawn

Jawn [jän]: noun. A slang terminology from Philadelphia. All-purpose term for a person, place or thing

If there’s one thing the acclaimed bassist knows, it’s that when it comes to grit there’s no better resource to draw from than his own hometown, Philadelphia. So, McBride turned to one of the city’s most beloved colloquialisms to christen his latest project, Christian McBride’s New Jawn. On the band’s eponymous debut, these four stellar musicians ably walk the razor’s edge between thrilling virtuosity and gut-punch instinctiveness. The release   available on October 26 via Brother Mister Productions, McBride’s own newly launched imprint of his longtime label, Mack Avenue Records.

Marcus Strickland: saxophone; Josh Evans: trumpet; Christian McBride: bass; Nasheet Waits: drums.

Bob Gluck – Spirit Unleashed – Infinite Spirit Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band

Recorded June 25, 2015 at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ

Bob Gluck piano, electronics
Billy Hart drums
Eddie Henderson trumpet
Christopher Dean Sullivan bass

2016 FMR Records FMRCD398-0915

Pandelis Karayorgis – Outward On Pleasant Spheres – Matchbox

Recorded on July 19, 2014 at Wellspring Sound Studio, Acton, Massachusetts

Jorrit Dijkstra alto saxophone, lyricon, analog synth
Pandelis Karayorgis piano
Nate McBride bass
Curt Newton drums

2015 Driff Records 1501

Noah Preminger – Where or When – Before The Rain

Noah Preminger saxophone
Frank Kimbrough piano
John Hébert bass
Matt Wilson drums

2011 Palmetto 2145

For his Palmetto debut and his second CD as a leader, 24-year-old tenor saxophonist Preminger has defied expectations by releasing an album of mostly ballads—giving himself and collaborators Frank Kimbrough, John Hebert and Matt Wilson the opportunity to delve into highly nuanced solo and ensemble playing. Before The Rain is marked by the same sense of adventure and exploration as Preminger’s 2008 debut CD Dry Bridge Road, but with more compositional depth and group interplay. The tempos never rise above medium, but the creativity and passion remain extremely high.

Noah Preminger – Where Seagulls Fly – Dry Bridge Road

Recorded August 1-2, 2007 at Park West Studios in New York.

Noah Preminger saxophone
Russ Johnson trumpet
Ben Monder guitar
Frank Kimbrough piano
John Hebert bass
Ted Poor drums

2008 Noah Preminger / Nowt Records 002

Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raves about Preminger’s debut recording, Dry Bridge Road: “More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here’s a musician you feel you can trust… unusually graceful… [he] plays with care and dry precision, dividing his time among all registers, with even tone and projection in each.” Noah’s playing and his group’s concepts are influenced by genres ranging from classic to contemporary jazz, from hard rock to ambient music. It is Preminger’s uniqueness that sets him aside from other musicians: “He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice.” – Siddartha Mitter, Boston Globe.

Noah Preminger – My Blues For You – Genuinity

Recorded September 15, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY

Noah Preminger tenor saxophone
Jason Palmer trumpet
Kim Cass bass
Dan Weiss drums

2018 Criss Cross Jazz 1397 CD

Thirty-year-old tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger’s debut on Criss Cross in a pianoless context with trumpeter Jason Palmer and bassist Kim Cass, who record here with the brilliant drummer Dan Weiss for the first time on this occasion.
The hour-long program consists of nine Preminger originals. Each evokes a different mood and ambiance with strong melodies and percolating grooves that provoke unfailingly cohesive, thematic improvisations by Preminger and Palmer.
Genuinity is consistently compelling, and repays repeated hearings.

Pandelis Karayorgis – How Daisies Jiggle – Matchbox

Bob Gluck – Dolphin Dance – Something Quiet

Bob Gluck piano
Joe Giardullo soprano saxophone
Christopher Dean Sullivan bass

2011 FMR Records FMR 294-0810

Christian McBride – The Middle Man – Christian McBride’s New Jawn
Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Mon Calpe – Headlands

Fredrik Nordström – Hometown Prophet – Needs

Recorded March 23, 2018 at BAS, Bandhagen Sweden

Left channel:
Fredrik Nordström tenor, baritone saxophone
Mats Äleklint trombone
Filip Augustson double bass
Christopher Cantillo drums

Right channel:
Fredrik Ljungkvist clarinet, tenor saxophone
Niklas Barnö trumpet
Torbjörn Zetterberg double bass
Fredrik Rundqvist drums

2018 Clean Feed CF496CD

In his new album, saxophonist and composer Fredrik Nordström deals with a format that reminds of a double quartet of the same type as Ornette Coleman recorded in the early 1960’s. For someone always interested in exploring different possibilities of group interaction, the decision isn’t really a surprise in itself: what surprises us are the results. Instead of acting as a double quartet, Nordström and his fellow Swedish musicians sometimes acts as an octet or as a trio, a quintet, or, you name it! The (double) rhythm section shows off some groovy and hard swinging parts as one unit, but the freedom to contribute individually in this collective of great improvisers is fundamental.

Nordström’s writing and conduction of the improvisational developments are, as always, subtle and meticulous, like hidden geometrical forms in an (apparently) abstract canvas. And if the double quartet matrix is generally connoted with the free jazz subgenre, in “Needs” something else is in equation, coming from the bop and hard bop traditions (Nordström’s tenor style owes something to Dexter Gordon) adding adventurous compositions with dazzling improvisations and giving expression to what the leader of this one day session calls «progressive jazz with unquestionable influence of contemporary classical and rock music». A must. —CF

Ada Rave Cuarteto – Baila Con Monk – La Continuidad

Recorded July 02, 2011

Ada Rave soprano, alto, tenor saxophone
Wenchi Lazo guitars
Martín de Lassaletta double bass, keyboards [6]
Martín López Grande drums

2012 Pan Y Rosas Discos pyr042

Arild Andersen – Shimri – Shimri

Bass – Arild Andersen
Drums, Percussion – Pål Thowsen
Piano – Lars Jansson
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute [Flutes], Percussion – Juhani Aaltonen

Recorded October 1976 at Talent Studios, Oslo

ECM 1977

Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva, Torbjorn Zetterberg – Find Nothing – Child of Illusion

Recorded on December 22nd, 2017 at The House Of The Lord

Chris Pitsiokos alto saxophone
Susana Santos Silva trumpet
Torbjorn Zetterberg double bass

2018 Clean Feed CF498CD

“When the music we call jazz continues to reveal a number of new values with the surprising qualities of Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva and Torbjorn Zetterberg, you have the final confirmation: this musical genre is in very good health these present days. And when musicians like the ones reunited in Child of Illusion distinguish themselves on the scene, you can only hope to find them in the same band.

Here it is, for our common pleasure entirely. Pitsiokos, a New Yorker who is filling a new page of the book telling the history of the alto saxophone in jazz, justifies his fame as a super skilled player who is expanding the technical and lexical possibilities of his instrument, either with his own projects or in association with the greatest, from Tyshawn Sorey and Peter Evans to Lydia Lunch and Otomo Yoshihide.

Silva, a Portuguese now living in Stockholm, has a warm and acid trumpet sound which quickly positioned her in the Olympus of this music, in the company of mavericks of older generations like Fred Frith, Joe Morris, Mats Gustafsson, Joelle Leandre and Mat Maneri.

Zetterberg, one of the top double bassists in Sweden, turned to be an international reference, due to his work as the leader of Hot Five or in the company of like-minded musicians who are making a difference, from Jonas Kullhamar and Alberto Pinton to Mats Aleklint and Jon Falt. If you don’t know them yet, this is a magnificent opportunity for an update.”-Clean Feed

Russ Johnson, Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer – Wellenpeitschen – Headlands

Christian McBride – John Day – Christian McBride’s New Jawn