Friday, December 28, 2018

WorldJazz Top 10 - 2018

By WorldJazz:

- Adrian Iaies Trio/ La Vida Elige
- Sarah McKenzie/ Paris In The Rain
- Fred Hersch Trio/ Live In Europe
- Joey Alexander/ Eclipse
- Joey Alexander/ Joey.Monk.Live!
Bobo Stenson Trio/ Contra La Indecisíon
- The Doug Johnson Trio/ Live At Royal Garden
- Enrico Pieranunzi,Mads Vinding,Alex Riel/ Yesterdays
- Dado Moroni,Eddie Gomez,Joe La Barbera/ Kind Of Bill
- Brad Mehldau Trio/ Seymour Reads The Constitution

Friday, December 14, 2018

Nancy Wilson ( 1937 - 2018 )

By Jim Farber at NYTimes 
Nancy Wilson, whose skilled and flexible approach to singing provided a key bridge between the sophisticated jazz-pop vocalists of the 1950s and the powerhouse pop-soul singers of the 1960s and ’70s, died on Thursday at her home in Pioneertown, Calif. She was 81.
Her death was confirmed by her manager, Devra Hall Levy, who said Ms. Wilson had been ill for some time; she gave no other details.
In a long and celebrated career, Ms. Wilson performed American standards, jazz ballads, Broadway show tunes, R&B torch songs and middle-of-the-road pop pieces, all delivered with a heightened sense of a song’s narrative.
“I have a gift for telling stories, making them seem larger than life,” she told The Los Angeles Times in 1993. “I love the vignette, the plays within the song.”
Some of Ms. Wilson’s best-known recordings told tales of heartbreak, with attitude. A forerunner of the modern female empowerment singer, with the brassy inflections and biting inflections to fuel it, Ms. Wilson could infuse even the saddest song with a sense of strength.
In her canny signature piece from 1960, “Guess Who I Saw Today”(written by Murray Grand and Elisse Boyd), a woman baits her husband by dryly telling him a story in which he turns out to be the central villain. In her 1968 hit, “Face It Girl, It’s Over” (by Francis Stanton and Andy Badale), Ms. Wilson first seems to throw cold water in the face of a deluded woman who fails to notice that her lover has lost interest in her. Only later does she reveal that she is the benighted woman scorned.
“Face It Girl,” an epic soul blowout, became one of Ms. Wilson’s biggest chart scores, making the Top 30 of Billboard’s pop chart and Top 15 on its R&B list.
Her biggest hit came in 1964, when “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” (Jimmy Williams and Larry Harrison), a rapturous R&B ballad delivered with panache, reached No. 11 on Billboard’s pop chart.
Three years later she became one of the few African-Americans of her day to host a TV program, the Emmy-winning “Nancy Wilson Show,” on NBC.
A hardworking and highly efficient singer, Ms. Wilson released more than 70 albums in a five-decade recording career. She won three Grammy Awards, one for best rhythm and blues recording for the 1964 album “How Glad I Am,” and two for best jazz vocal album, in 2005 and 2007. In 2004, she was honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.
For her lifelong work as an advocate of civil rights, which included participating in a Selma to Montgomery, Ala., protest march in 1965, she received an award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta in 1993 and an N.A.A.C.P. Hall of Fame Image Award in 1998.
In 2005, she was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, also in Atlanta.
“As an artist then, taking such a political stand came with professional risks,” she told the blog Jazz Wax in 2010. “But it had to be done.”
Nancy Sue Wilson was born on Feb. 20, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio, the first of six children of Olden Wilson, a supervisor at an iron foundry, and Lillian (Ryan) Wilson, a maid. Her father introduced her to records by mainly male artists, like Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine and Jimmy Scott, when he sang with Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. “Much of my phrasing is so similar to Jimmy Scott’s,” Ms. Wilson told the The Los Angeles Times.
She sang avidly from the age of 4, and by the time she was 10 she was the lead singer in the local choir. She had no formal training. “It’s all natural,” she told Jazz Wax.
As a teenager, Ms. Wilson became entranced by the female singers she heard on a local jukebox, especially Dinah Washington, whose ear for irony and keen sense of drama affected her deeply.
“The general humor is a lot of Dinah,” Ms. Wilson said of her style in an interview for the National Endowment for the Arts’ website in 2004. As the inspiration for her glamorous presentation, she cited Lena Horne.
At 15, while she was still a student at West High School in Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Wilson entered a talent contest held by the local television station WTVN; it led to regular appearances twice a week on its show “Skyline Melodies.” Until her graduation, she sang at nightclubs, sometimes with Sir Raleigh Randolph and His Sultans of Swing, an 18-piece band.
Ms. Wilson spent one year at Central State College in Ohio before dropping out to pursue music full time. She honed her skills by touring continuously in the Midwest and Canada with Rusty Bryant’s Carolyn Club Big Band, with which she cut her first recordings, for Dot Records. Seven years passed before she felt ready to move to New York, in 1959.
Ms. Wilson arrived in New York with three goals: to be signed by the influential jazz manager John Levy, who worked with the saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and the British pianist George Shearing; to be signed by Capitol Records, the home of singers like Nat King Cole and Peggy Lee; and to record her first album with the producer David Cavanaugh, who worked with those singers.
Within five months she fulfilled all three goals, even while holding down a day job as a secretary at the New York Institute of Technology. A high-profile gig at the Blue Morocco club led to the contract with Mr. Levy, who got her the label deal, which connected her with Mr. Cavanaugh to produce her debut album in 1960, “Like in Love,” with splashy arrangements by Billy May.
Another early album, the collaboration “Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley,” became a jazz touchstone.
Ms. Wilson’s style impressed the critics. Writing in Downbeat in 1965, Leonard Feather hailed her performance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles as an “extraordinary demonstration of the attainment, by a splendid singer, of an almost unprecedented mixture of commercial appeal, physical and music charm, and artistic integrity.”
Live performances, particularly in intimate nightclubs, where audiences could see her gestures, became a hallmark. “Audiences want to see a song as well as hear it,” Ms. Wilson told Jazz Wax. “Part of what I do is in my body language, my hands, my arms. You miss a lot by just hearing my voice.”
Nancy Wilson in 2010. She performed American standards, jazz ballads and a variety of other numbers with a heightened sense of a song’s narrative.CreditChad Batka for The New York Times
At the same time, Ms. Wilson worked tirelessly in the studio, releasing three albums in a single year during her prime. She also made many guest appearances on television, singing on variety shows like “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show,” and acting in hit series (“I Spy” and “Room 222”).
She used her prominence to break down racial stereotypes. “That’s what I loved about doing ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ ” she said. “I didn’t have to play ‘black characters.’ I could just do comedy, which I loved.”
Ms. Wilson’s music moved with the times. She cut songs written by the Beatles and Stevie Wonder on her 1966 album “A Touch of Today,” and later incorporated disco and R&B styles before moving back to jazz on her later albums, culminating in “Turned to Blue” in 2006.
Ms. Wilson’s marriage in 1960 to the drummer Kenny Dennis ended in divorce a decade later. In 1973, she married Wiley Burton, a Presbyterian minister, and remained with him until his death in 2008.
She is survived by her three children, Kacy Dennis, Sheryl Burton and Samantha Burton; two sisters, Karen Davis and Brenda Vann; and five grandchildren.
Ms. Wilson remained proud of her holistic approach to music, preferring to call herself a “song stylist” rather than a follower of any genre. “I don’t put labels on it, I just sing,” she told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s all in the ear of the listener. Let them decide.”

Sunday, December 02, 2018

2 Sem 2019 - Part Nine

Joachim Kühn New Trio
Love & Peace

By Karl Ackermann
The German ACT label achieved global recognition when they issued the Esbjorn Svensson Trio album Viaticum (2005) and they warrant broader discovery by U.S. jazz fans. Though their country's best known label casts a global shadow over its competition, the ACT catalog has included Richie Beirach, Lars Danielsson, Vijay Iyer, Manu Katche, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bugge Wesseltoft, Tore Brunborg and a host of other well-known artists. Among those talents is one the finest—but under-recognized—jazz pianists of the past half-century. Joachim Kühn has had a presence on the label for more than twenty years and returns with his "New Trio" on Love & Peace.
The trio—no longer exactly "new"—has been together since 2015 and had previously released Beauty & Truth (ACT, 2017). Bassist Chris Jennings and drummer Eric Schaefer, two musicians half Kühn's age, lend a vitality to the music that drives the pianist as well. The eleven tracks on Love & Peace are compact and crisp with straight-forward melodies, six of those written by Kühn. Jennings and Schaefer each contribute a composition and two others are from the very different worlds of The Doors and Modest Mussorgsky. The diversity of inspirations doesn't mar the overall theme.
The very brief title track sets the tone leading into Mussorgsky's "La Vieux Chateau," putting Kühn at home with his early classical training. The Doors "The Crystal Ship" is not the first time Kühn has covered the Morrison catalog; "The End" had appeared on Beauty & Truth. "Barcelona—Wien" is lighter fare, conceived in-flight between those two cities. Eric Schaeter's "Lied ohne Worte No. 2" is the most melancholy piece on the album while Jennings' piece is a pastoral and vacillating "Casbah Radio."
Ornette Coleman has long been a jazz hero for Kühn, the two recording the duo album Colors: Live from Leipzig(Harmolodic/Verve, 1997). "Night Plans"—which first appeared on that album—gets an abbreviated treatment here and one that has a more concentrated focus on the basic melody. Yet, as he does with each of the pieces here, Kühn demonstrates his unique skill at maintaining a harmonious core within his unusual musical inventions. In an interview with the Steinway piano company, Kühn said "I like to improvise life, piano, and painting. Really improvise—not knowing what you're going to do. Do it by doing." There's no question that the New Trio does just that on Love & Peace.
Track Listing: 
Love and Peace; La Vieux Chateau; The Crystal Ship; Mustang; Barcelona – Wien; But Strokes Of Folk; Lied Ohne Worte No.2; Casbah Radio; Night Plans; New Pharoah; Phrasen.
Joachim Kühn: piano; Chris Jennings: bass; Eric Schaefer: drums.

Bill Cunliffe

By Jack Bowers 
As the title denotes, pianist Bill Cunliffe and his ensemble take a swing (literally) at the great Johann Sebastian on BACHanalia, pivoting as well toward the music of C.P.E. Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Manuel de Falla, Cole Porter, Oscar Levant and Cunliffe himself. In spite of its classical veneer, this is at its core a jazz session, and as such embodies the essential elements one would expect from such an enterprise. To phrase it another way, Cunliffe transports these masters of the classical genre into the twenty-first century, giving their timeless music a new vantage point from which to entice the contemporary listener.
J.S. Bach is refurbished on the melodious "Sleepers Awake" and Cunliffe's well-designed "Goldberg Contraption," C.P.E. Bach on the light-hearted "Solfeggietto." Denise Donatelli's wordless vocal is used to good effect here, as it is on "Sleepers Awake" (she croons the lyrics on Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin," underlining a brisk solo by tenor saxophonist Rob Lockart). The first movement of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 is an agile and panoramic rendition that runs for more than seventeen minutes and encloses forceful statements by Cunliffe (who reminds everyone what a marvelous player he is), Lockart, trombonist Andy Martin, guitarist Larry Koonse and drummer Joe La Barbera whose sharp and perceptive timekeeping is decisive on every number.
Guest trumpeter Terell Stafford shines on Levant's "Blame It on My Youth," as does soprano Bob Sheppard on Cunliffe's "Afluencia," a fast waltz written years ago for his Latin band, Imaginacion. Trombonist Bob McChesney solos earnestly alongside Cunliffe on "Sleepers Awake," and with Cunliffe and Koonse on "Goldberg Contraption." The snappy "Three-Cornered Hat" enfolds brief but emotive solos by La Barbera, trumpeter Jon Papenbrook, trombonist Ido Meshulam and tenor Jeff Ellwood. High marks to Cunliffe and his teammates not only for braving music that is normally outside their comfort zone but doing so with proficiency and panache, all the while making sure it swings in the best big-band tradition.
Track Listing:
Sleepers Wake; Afluencia; Piano Concerto No. 3, 1st Movement; Solfeggietto; Blame It on My Youth; Goldberg Contraption; The Three-Cornered Hat; I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
Bill Cunliffe: leader, composer, arranger, piano, background vocal (7); Wayne Bergeron: trumpet (2, 3); John Daversa: trumpet (5); Dan Fornero: trumpet (5); Jamie Hovorka: trumpet (1, 6, 8); Kyle Martinez: trumpet (7); Kye Palmer: trumpet (1-3, 5-8); Jon Papenbrook: trumpet (1, 6-8); Terell Stafford: trumpet (2, 3, 5); Bob Summers: trumpet (1-3, 5-8); Jeff Driskill: alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute (5); Nathan King: alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute (7); Brian Scanlon: alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute (1-3, 5, 6, 8); Bob Sheppard: (1-3, 6-8); Jeff Ellwood: tenor sax, clarinet, flute (1-3, 5-8); Rob Lockart: tenor sax, clarinet, flute (1-3, 5-8); Tom Peterson: baritone sax, bass clarinet (7); Adam Schroeder: baritone sax, bass clarinet (1-3, 5, 6-8); John Chiodini: guitar (7); Larry Koonse: guitar (1-3, 5, 6-8); Alex Frank: bass (4, 7); Jonathan Richards: bass (1-3, 5, 6, 8); Joe La Barbera: drums; Denise Donatelli: vocals (1, 4, 7, 8).

Arthur Dutra & Zé Nogueira

By Somlivre
O produtor, arranjador e saxofonista Zé Nogueira se junta ao multi-instrumentista Arthur Dutra para explorar novas sonoridades através de temas nacionais de Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim, Milton Nascimento e Jacob do Bandolim. No lançamento “Encontros”, destacam-se do repertório de 11 faixas, as músicas “Nuvens Douradas” de Tom Jobim e “Carne de Sol e Flor de Lótus” de autoria do próprio músico Arthur Dutra.

Adrian Iaies Trio
La Vida Elige

Todos los temas compuestos por Adrián Iaies.
Recto no Cazador
Para siempre
Efecto Cortina
Paul Bley
La Vida elige a quien la Ama (a Ettore Scola)
Sheldon’s Face
Tukish Lentil’s Blues
Waiting for Mora
Grabado el 28 de febrero y el 11 de mayo en Estudios Doctor F.
Grabación, mezcla y mastering: Florencio Justo
Arte de tapa: Javo y Caro
Técnico de piano: Roberto Rovira