Friday, February 23, 2018

Toshio Matsuura Group: LOVEPLAYDANCE - 8 Scenes from The Floor (BROWNSWOOD RECORDINGS 2018)



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

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

The project is focused on covers, putting classic or influential tracks in a new context, spanning a cross-section of Matsuura’s taste. On ‘Black Gold of the Sun’, Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena fronts a new take on the Rotary Connection classic, along with a band – guided by Tom Skinner – that features her prodigious Havana-based players. Elsewhere, Byron Morris and Unity’s ‘Kitty Bey’, a Dingwalls classic, is knocked into a tight, high energy new shape (by a band that includes Yussef Dayes, Yazz Ahmed and Nubya Garcia.) 

The scope of the music reflects the breadth of Matsuura’s interests. It ranges from Bugges Wesseltoft’s Detroit-influenced, dancefloor-minded jazz, stretched out into a more meditative contemplation, to Flying Lotus’ LA-rooted, Brainfeeder beatmaking, translated from laptop-to-live, given a new, equally idiosyncratic lease of life. Elsewhere, Carl Craig’s iconic ‘At Les’ is taken in a looser direction, the overtones of euphoria cast in a different hue. 

They’re touchpoints which hint at interests in the different, diffuse corners of electronic music, and how they connect to jazz and improvisation. Coming to this project from the perspective of a DJ, producer and curator, it’s an album that shows his grasp of the bigger picture. This album shows him finding the threads which connect those different scenes together, exploring a to-and-fro – between live, played instruments, and the possibilities found in laptops and samplers – which has long been a backdrop to music aimed at dancefloors.

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

Toshio Matsuura Group - I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (BROWNSWOOD RECORDINGS 2018)


This new Toshio Matsuura Group project single sees the return of the legendary, Tokyo-based curator, DJ and producer. One of the co-founders of Japan’s United Future Organisation, it sees him reconnect with Gilles Peterson to release this record via Brownswood Recordings in the UK. It features the likes of Nubya Garcia and Yussef Dayes, some of the most exciting players making waves with jazz-influenced music in the UK. 

1. I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun 05:01
2. Kitty Bey 06:31

Drums - Tom Skinner
Bass Guitar - Tom Herbert
Piano - Danalogue
Guitar - Mansur Brown
Percussion - Crispin 'Spry' Robinson
Vocals - Daymé Arocena
Piano - Jorge Luis Lagarza Perez
Bass - Rafael Aldama
Drums - Raul Herrera Martinez

Steve Cardenas' Charlie and Paul shipping now from Newvelle Records


Steve Cardenas' "Charlie and Paul" is a deeply personal statement about his long standing band mates Charlie Haden and Paul Motian.  Featuring other stellar alumni of Charlie and Paul's bands...  Loren Stillman on Sax, Thomas Morgan on Bass and Matt Wilson on Drums.  We are honored to have this stunning album kick off our Third Season.



"Charlie and Paul"

All Charlie and Paul tunes, a couple of which have never been recorded. These musicians came together to create something truly unique and also a testament to the genius and legacy of two towering artists.  Featuring Artwork from Maciej Markowicz and original text from Ingrid Astier.

©Anna Yatskevich

Chicagoan Andrew Zimmerman leads a stellar quartet featuring Dave Douglas on Trumpet, Kevin Hays on Piano and Matt Penman on Bass for our second record of the season.

The great Lionel Loueke returns leading a trio of Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland on his first album of standards for our third release of the season.

"If I’m beginning to sound like a broken record with my praise for the by-subscription releases from Newvelle Records, blame the people responsible for these LPs, which consistently rise to the top in terms of music and sound."
--Guy Lemcoe, The Audio Beat


· Steve Cardenas is releasing a record dedicated to greats Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. Recording, with a quartet built of long-time collaborators of both titans Loren Stillman on sax, Thomas Morgan on bass and Matt Wilson on drums, all Charlie and Paul tunes, a couple of which have never been recorded. (February 2018)

· The Chicagoan composer and saxophonist Andrew Zimmerman (previously featured on our first release, Frank Kimbrough’s “Meantime”) has put together a drumless quartet featuring pianist Kevin Hays (recording here on the same 9 foot Fazioli that Jack DeJohnette used), the bassist Matt Penman and the great Dave Douglas on trumpet. (April 2018)

· Lionel Loueke is releasing his first ever album of standards featuring extraordinary accomplices Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums. (June 2018)

· Skúli Sverrisson and Bill Frisell are releasing their first collaboration. All original music from Skúlli, much of it written for Bill. If you are familiar with Skúlli and Bill's music, you'll know what you're getting into, a record of uncommon depth and beauty. (August 2018)

· Incredible Cuban drummer Francisco Mela (McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield) is releasing an album of all original material with his working band featuring Kris Davis, Gerald Cannon and Hery Paz. (October 2018)

· Boston based trumpeter Jason Palmer put together a band of his long time New York collaborators for a session of originals and original takes on standards with pianist Leo Genovese (previously featured on his own record on Newvelle), bassist Joe Martin and drummer Kendrick Scott. (December 2018)

All of our cover and interior photographs for Season three come fare by Maciej Markowicz .  Original text by Ingrid Astier,  Our Recording Engineer on all six records is the incomparable multi-Grammy winning Marc Urselli.  Mastering engineer is the brilliant Alex Deturk .  Jim Hoppin and Sarah Enid Hagey shot lovely video for us at these sessions.  All video editing is by the award-winning Ben Chace.  Anna Yatskevich shoots all our studio photos.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sameer Gupta - A Circle Has No Beginning (2018)


The energy we create is not only a connection on stage. It is a circle that connects the musicians on-stage to the audience as well. That energy returns after being processed by the audience back to the stage, for the musicians to take in and and build upon, then returning back to the listeners, creating a elevated focused cyclical energy around the creative musical moment we share.” (Pianist, Marc Cary) 

Our communities outside of musical experience today are also extensions of circles, connected by moments and influences that inspire us. Their sources offer to quench our thirst for knowledge. We are drawn to the source of these influences; they call to us from within ourselves. These influences and their sources, ultimately, help define us. 

We are in a place now where we often forget to acknowledge, or are indifferent to these influences. But if we reflect on and convey our history, and our influences on each other, we can get closer to these sources and learn how they have evolved us as a connected people. We can find and follow the circle’s path.


A circle’s path must return to where it once was, and when we return and recreate the familiar, we ideally have learned something; elevating ourselves, and working towards what we hope to create in the future. The result of this evolving positive focused energy is what helps hope, peace and compassion bloom. 

The goals and results of this focused cyclical energy can, unfortunately, also be terrifying in their potential for hatred and destruction. The Cree Indian activist-poet-musician Buffy Saint-Marie sings, “Blame the angels, blame the fates, blame the Jews or your sister Kate. Teach your children who to hate, and the big wheel turns around and around.” (Little Wheel Spin and Spin). If we can accept that this moment does not exist in a vacuum, then we realize that our place today is built on the connections to our past. For good or bad, the history and the connections are written, and now we must evolve from this point forward. 

To truly appreciate ourselves we must learn our history, so we can positively affect and contribute towards our collective evolution. Today we often lose sight of these connections and our own history, but as creative minds, we must acknowledge our sources and help the circle of evolution circle back with an elevated and enlightened perspective. Or else, we are giving less than the best of ourselves.

1. Little Wheel Spin and Spin 05:17
2. Taiwa 05:33
3. Innocence in Harlem 06:48
4. Come Take Everything (Intro) 03:37
5. Come Take Everything 06:44
6. Two Faces of the Moon 06:25
7. Tyagaraja Dreams in Brooklyn 07:07
8. With Blessings 08:44
9. Crows at Sunset (Intro) 02:19
10. Crows at Sunset 06:16
11. Run For the Red Fort 03:41
12. Prog-Raag Bhimpalasi 11:21

Marc Cary - Wurlitzer, Synthesizer, FX
Jay Gandhi - Bansuri Flute
Arun Ramamurthy - Violin
Marika Hughes - Cello
Trina Basu - Violin
Rashaan Carter - Bass, FX

Guest:
Neel Murgai - Sitar (Tracks 5, 7, 11, 12)
Brandee Younger - Harp (Tracks 1, 2)
Pawan Benjamin - (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12)
Morley Kamen - Vocal (Track 1)

Eyal Talmudi Quintet - Even If (2018)


One of Israel’s busiest reed players and band leaders in the world/jazz/indie scene, Eyal Talmudi has been touring with Balkan Beat Box, Kutiman Orchestra and Oy Division for the past decade and working with other projects including Malox and Time Groove. Influenced by music including folk, punk and jazz, Talmudi brings his creativity and groove to everything he plays. 

The album recorded in one amazing and creative session at Kichastudios Israel by "MOMO" Uri Barak. Let the music take you to a trip between psychedelic and spiritual jazz to African groove. 

The debut single from the Eyal Talmudi Quintet's debut album 'Even If' is an Afrobeat tune that is both influenced by and dedicated to Fela Kuti, not only one of the most dedicated fighters in the civil rights movement but also a musician who brought the Afrobeat genre to the forefront of world music. 'Fela on My Mind' was written by Eyal Talmudi and Sefi Zisling in the studio along with the rest of the band.


1. Ayalon Zafon 05:48
2. Fela on My Mind 05:36
3. For Smoking 05:31
4. Gili and the Jets 06:16
5. Stam Lo 02:46
6. Even If 03:59
7. If Even 04:16
8. When I Was 17 03:37
9. Lo Stam 10:08

Eyal Talmudi - tenor saxophone
Sefi Zisling - trumpet
Uzi Feinerman - guitar
Gilad Abro - double bass
Aviv Cohen - drums

Nathan Blehar & Tony Falco - February (2018)


1. February - Part 1 06:28
2. February - Part 2 10:40
3. February - Part 3 10:35

Nathan Blehar - soprano saxophone 
Tony Falco - drums 

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tony Falco 
Recorded on February 18, 2018 in Greenfield, MA

Nathan Blehar & Tony Falco - January (2018)


1. January - Part 1 08:45
2. January - Part 2 05:16
3. January - Part 3 07:44
4. January - Part 4 11:04
5. January - Part 5 05:42

Nathan Blehar - soprano saxophone
Tony Falco - drums

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tony Falco 
Recorded on January 15, 2018 in Greenfield, MA

Peter Bruun's All Too Human - Vernacular Avant​-​garde (AYLER RECORDS March 10, 2018)


‘Less is more’ is a well-known saying. It’s an oxymoron because of its paradoxical nature. Paradoxes take us beyond ingrained patterns of perception, reasoning and action. That’s what is in the expression as coined by the old Greek. 

This newly formed unit’s music is simple without being simple. It sounds vaguely familiar and strange at the same time. It resembles a lot known and nothing known. It has a fairy tale quality and as we know, in fairy tales lots of wondrous things can happen.

Drummer Peter Bruun from Copenhagen has been aware through his musical career of the creative potential and power lurking in paradoxical manoeuvres. In this new unit he has gathered three like-minded musical fellows under the 'All Too Human' flag.

Through the years he undertook a lot of terra incognita expeditions with pianist Simon Toldam, guitarist Marc Ducret and trumpeter Kasper Tranberg. It connected and connects them on deeper levels in their musical interaction.

1. Follow Me 05:45
2. All Too Human
3. Vernacular Avant-garde 07:37
4. Sunshine Superman
5. Extended Mind
6. Is That So Sir Names? 07:20

Kasper Tranberg, trumpet, cornet 
Marc Ducret, guitars (6 & 12-stringed) 
Simon Toldam, moog, juno 60, philicorda 

Recorded in Copenhagen at The Village Studio, April 2017.
All compositions written and produced by Peter Bruun,
except #6 by Peter Bruun and Petter Eldh.
Cover artwork by Stéphane Berland.


Patrick Haesler - The Poetry in a Moment (2018)


This latest album of mine is a collection of works written and recorded over the course of 2017 and early 2018. It shows, quite prominently, my love for both jazz fusion and hip-hop, combining them in various ways to create what I consider to be a benchmark for myself going forward. 

I would like to give a big thank you to my two guests on this album; my dear friends Sophia and Lily on vocals and flute respectively, both are talented musicians who I am grateful to have had lend their talents to this project. Without them, I would not have been able to realise the compositions of which they were a part. I would also like to thank a third friend, Kai Clark (@ayhdorkc on Instagram), for his beautiful album cover. 

Excluding the contributions of my guests, everything you hear on the album was created solely by me; composition, production, all the parts, the works. I don't usually like to brag, but once in a while, it's earned. So much of what I have accomplished on this album wouldn't have been possible even 6 months ago. As much as it is a piece of artistic expression, this album is a testament to my growth as a musician, producer and composer. Here's to whatever comes next.


1. Love Tester 04:26
2. In Life, We Have This 02:51
3. Awaken (feat. Lily Bryant) 04:08
4. The Mahjong Conspiracy 04:37
5. Wanting Love 02:21
6. Life's Changing (Without You) (feat. Sophia Mellink) 04:09
7. Anything You Want 02:37
8. Kirinari Street 03:15
9. Retrospect 04:01
10. Accütamandra 03:39
11. Jedi Mind Meld (2nd Term) 04:13
12. A Night Walk 03:28

Patrick Haesler: Composition, Production, Trumpet, Bass, Keyboards, EWI, Vocoder, Vocals, Percussion and Guitar
Lily Bryant: Flute (Tracks 3 & 12)
Sophia Mellink: Vocals (Track 6)
Kai Clark: Album Cover

Vibraphonist Steve Hobbs Upcoming Live Appearances


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The Bamboos Unleash New Track 'Lit Up'



ANNOUNCE EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM ‘NIGHT TIME PEOPLE’ 

COMING JUNE 8TH VIA PACIFIC THEATRE / BMG

“One mans vision of Soul music's evolving potential” ROLLING STONE

Melbourne nine-piece funk-soul powerhouse The Bamboos return with ‘Lit Up’, the new single taken from their forthcoming album ‘Night Time People’.

Having previously collaborated with the likes of Aloe Blacc and Alice Russell, their latest offering brings to mind the likes of Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones, combining the raw drive of their earliest LPs with their more recent subtly progressive experimentations in the studio. It’s a fresh approach that finds the band wholly reenergised.


‘Lit Up’ is built upon an insanely catchy piano riff and the best use of cowbell since ‘Honky Tonk Women’. In contrast to that, Bamboos vocalist Kylie Auldist sings of trying to hide away from her pain: “When the sun goes down, feel my heart fill up with regret” Accompanied by a stylish high contrast black and white video, the end result is a song with a unique balance of irresistible groove and raw emotion.

The Bamboos are one of the highest profile soul / funk acts in Australia, and have been recognised worldwide as masters of reinventing the genre with modern song writing within classic arrangements & production for over 15 years.


Millions of listeners globally are already familiar with the winning combination of The Bamboo’s guitarist / leader Lance Ferguson and Auldist, thanks to “This Girl” by Kung Vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners. One of 2016’s biggest hits was a remix of a 2009 track co-written by Ferguson (including that infectious guitar riff) and went on to hit #2 in the UK, #1 in France and Germany, and made the top 30 in 35 countries. It's edging close to half a billion Spotify plays, 300 million Youtube hits, and is the 12th most Shazamed song of all time. All of which proved beyond a doubt that the world was craving pop music with genuine soul.

“Lit Up” was mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain, whose studio credits include ‘Born In The U.S.A' and Bowie’s ‘Let's Dance’ to The Cure and The Rolling Stones.

The Bamboos eighth studio album ‘Night Time People’ will be released on June 8th, and is shaping to be the record that capitalises on the runaway success of "This Girl" and brings their infectious and modern take on a timeless sound to a whole new world of listeners.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Da sab 24 feb a lun 7 maggio - Rudiae International Music Festival diretto da Alessandro Quarta a Lecce


dal 24 febbraio al 7 maggio - ore 21
Teatro Apollo - Via Salvatore Trinchese, Lecce
Ingresso da 18 a 40 euro (+dp)
Abbonamenti quattro concerti da 80 a 100 euro (+dp)
Prevendite on line e punti vendita circuito BookingShow 
Info 3385966934 - www.clubdelleidee.it


La MAXIMAorchestra e gli artisti internazionali Sarah Jane Morris e Mario Rosini, Mike Stern, James Taylor Quartet e Dee Dee Bridgewater saranno i protagonisti della prima edizione del Festival organizzato e prodotto dall’Associazione Culturale CLUB delle iDEE con la direzione artistica e musicale del violinista e compositore salentino Alessandro Quarta

Proseguono nel circuito Bookingshow le prevendite di biglietti e abbonamenti della prima edizione del Rudiae International Music Festival che dal 24 febbraio al 7 maggio proporrà quattro inediti concerti al Teatro Apollo di Lecce. Il Festival, frutto dell'incontro artistico della MAXIMAorchestra con il violinista e compositore salentino Alessandro Quarta, ospiterà la cantante inglese Sarah Jane Morris, il pianista e cantante Mario Rosini e il chitarrista Tony Remy (sabato 24 febbraio),  il chitarrista e compositore statunitense Mike Stern (sabato 17 marzo), James Taylor Quartet, uno dei gruppi che ha definito il genere acid jazz (domenica 15 aprile) e la cantante statunitense Dee Dee Bridgewater, considerata una delle poche eredi delle grandi voci femminili del jazz (lunedì 7 maggio). Il RIMF 2018, con questo intenso programma, darà vita a quattro serate da non perdere che vedranno fondersi il repertorio dell’Orchestra con quello degli artisti ospiti, con la direzione artistica e musicale di Alessandro Quarta.


Il M° Alessandro Quarta ha studiato con Salvatore Accardo, Abraham Stern, Zinaida Gilels e Pavel Vernikov, ereditando dai suoi maestri la più grande tradizione violinistica classica. È poi maturato alla luce delle sue molte incursioni in territorio blues, soul e pop, fino a diventare il musicista non convenzionale che conosciamo oggi. Numerose le sue collaborazioni (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Jamiroquai, James Brown, Carlos Santana, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Lenny Kravitz, Jovanotti, Lucio Dalla per citarne alcune) e le sue esibizioni in Italia e all’estero. Il progetto che lo porta in giro per il mondo è sicuramente quello che ha arrangiato e interpretato su “Astor Piazzolla”. Il “musical genius”, come lo ha definito la tv statunitense Cnn, da pochi mesi dirige la MAXIMAorchestra, eclettica formazione composta da 30 musicisti pugliesi, che vanta numerose esibizioni in prestigiosi Teatri nazionali con eccellenti musicisti e con una formula innovativa e originale che, con i propri arrangiamenti inediti, hanno sempre entusiasmato il pubblico trasferendo emozioni e coinvolgimento. Il RIMF 2018 è organizzato e prodotto dall’Associazione Club delle Idee, con la sovraintendenza di Paolo Tittozzi, in collaborazione con Regione Puglia (Assessorato al Mediterraneo, Cultura e Turismo), Comune di Lecce (Assessorato Cultura, Turismo e Spettacolo) e con il sostegno di numerosi partner privati.



Sabato 24 febbraio (ore 21 - ingresso dai 18 ai 30 euro) il Festival prenderà il via con la cantante inglese Sarah Jane Morris, il pianista e cantante Mario Rosini, il chitarrista Tony Remy e la MAXIMAorchestra.


Classe 1959, la Morris inizia la sua carriera nei primi anni '80, frequentando anche gli ambienti musicali italiani. Nel 1986 duetta con Jimmy Somerville nel brano "Don't Leave Me This Way" dell'album d'esordio dei Communards. Come solista ha registrato numerosi album e si è esibita in giro per il mondo. Nel 1991 ha collaborato all'opera rock The Fall of the House of Usher di Peter Hammill (musica) e Judge Smith (libretto). Vanta varie partecipazioni al Festival di Sanremo in coppia con Riccardo Fogli, Riccardo Cocciante (vincitrice con "Se stiamo insieme") e Simona Bencini (Dirotta Su Cuba). 

Mario Rosini, pugliese, è un cantante, pianista, compositore molto duttile. Nel 2004 ha conquistato il secondo posto a Sanremo ma il suo repertorio spazia tra pop, funk, hip Hop, jazz, new age e musica sacra. Nel corso degli anni ha collaborato, tra gli altri, con Rossana Casale, Mick Goodrick, Anna Oxa, Grazia Di Michele, Mia Martini, Edoardo De Crescenzo, Gino Vannelli, Irene Grandi, Alex Britti, Dirotta Su Cuba e Tosca. Dal 2008 ricopre la carica di Presidente della Commissione artistica dell’ambito Premio Mia Martini. Attualmente è docente della cattedra di Canto Jazz al Conservatorio "Egidio Romualdo Duni" di Matera.

Sabato 17 marzo  (ore 21 - ingresso dai 18 ai 30 euro) ospite della serata il chitarrista e compositore statunitense Mike Stern, con la MAXIMAorchestra. Classe 1953, cresciuto a Washington, ha studiato al Berklee College of Music di Boston, dove conosce Pat Metheny e Mick Goodrick. Nel corso della sua lunga carriera ha collaborato, tra gli altri, con Blood Sweet & Tear, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, Bob Berg, Dave Weckl, David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, Chris Minh Doky, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Lenny White, Teymur Phell incidendo numerosi lavori discografici, esibendosi in giro per il mondo e guadagnano varie nomination ai Grammy Award. Nel 2008 ha fondato la Mike Stern Band con Randy Brecker, Dave Weckl & Chris Minh Doky.


Domenica 15 aprile  (ore 21 - ingresso dai 18 ai 30 euro) sul palco del Teatro Apollo approderà, insieme alla MAXIMAorchestra il James Taylor Quartet che, con oltre 30 anni di attività alle spalle, è considerato uno dei gruppi che ha definito il genere acid jazz. La loro proposta è una miscela esplosiva di Soul, Funk, Jazz, Spy Movies, R'n'B, il tutto capitanato dallo splendido suono dell'organo Hammond di Taylor. Negli anni ottanta, in particolar modo, la band si è fatta conoscere grazie alla versione di “The Theme from Starsy and Hutch” che l’ha portata a collezionare le più svariate partecipazioni ai dischi di artisti del calibro di U2, Pogues, Manic Street Preachers,Tom Jones e Tina Turner fino ad arrivare alla colonna sonora del film Austin Powers.


Lunedì 7 maggio (ore 21 - ingresso da 25 a 40 euro) la prima edizione del Festival si concluderà con la cantante statunitense Dee Dee Bridgewater, considerata una delle poche eredi delle grandi voci femminili del jazz, insieme alla MAXIMAorchestra. Classe 1950, mei primi anni ’70 collabora con l’orchestra di Thad Jones/Mel Lewis e con grandi artisti come Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach e Sonny Rollins. Negli stessi anni la Bridgewater è nel cast del musical “The Wiz”. Dopo essersi trasferita in Francia all’inizio degli anni ’80, le viene riconosciuto grande talento sia da parte del pubblico che della critica. Una delle sue canzoni più famose è “Till The Next Somewhere (Precious Thing), interpretata in duetto con Ray Charles. Nel 1990 la cantante vince il Festival di Sanremo dove si esibisce con “Angel Of The Night” (versione inglese di “Uomini soli” dei Pooh). Nel 1991 propone - fuori gara - "Just Tell Me Why", versione in inglese del brano "Perché lo fai", che vale il terzo posto a Marco Masini. Dopo cinque anni lontana dagli studi di registrazione la vocalist torna con un nuovo album "Feathers" che vuole ricordare il decimo anniversario della devastazione di New Orleans a causa dell’uragano Katrina.



Marion Meadows - Soul City (2018)


'Soul City', Marion's most intimate and heartfelt album to date, is a star-studded event that takes the listener on a sensuous journey through a soundscape of brilliant original compositions and masterful improvisations. The album is co-produced by Marion's long time hit-making collaborators, Chris "Big Dog" Davis (Will Downing, Gerald Albright, Maysa), Rahni Song (Najee, Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson) and Dave Love. With special guests: Will Downing, Norman Brown, Peter White, Peabo Bryson, Maysa and more!!

Another great recording from one of the finest saxophonists around. Mr. Meadows consistently delivers smooth and funky jazz and his latest offering is no exception. He teams up with smooth jazz titan, Mr. Chris "Big Dog" Davis (and other special guests) and the results are true pleasure for the ears. If you are a fan of smooth jazz, you need to grab this and add it to your collection! Patrick Houlihan


1. Soul City
2. Consequences
3. You
4. Playa
5. Merry Go Round
6. Be With You
7. No Wind No Rain
8. Time After Time
9. Dreamin'
10. Only


Marques Carroll & Trumpet Summit - In Stride We Keep Steppin' (Live at Andy's Jazz Club) 2018




The Trumpet Summit is led by Trumpeter Marques Carroll who helped birth the ensemble four years ago with trumpeters Marquis Hill and Shaun Johnson. Since then, the ensemble has gone through many changes as it has settled into its groove and voice to the music. The current lineup that includes Victor Garcia, Quentin Coaxum, Ryan Nyther (alternate), Amr Fahmy (piano), Andrew Vogt (bass) and Isaiah Spencer (drums) have dedicated the group to paying tribute to the great trumpeters of the Jazz idiom also known as BAM (Black American Music). The group has adapted original works from trumpeters Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Lee Morgan, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard and others into their songbook through each member arranging for the ensemble while also presenting original works from each member as well. You can hear this ensemble on their latest work and debut album, In Stride We Keep Steppin’. The ensemble is in their fourth year residency at Andy's Jazz Club and will spend the majority of the year presenting original works from each artist in the group while dedicating one night a month to a particular trumpet player and other artists. 

1. The Mountaings (Live) 10:13
2. Oriental Folk Song (Live) 15:41
3. Egad (Live) 11:31
4. The Bell Ringer (Live) 12:52
5. Peyote (Live) 7:31
6. In the Zone (Live) 12:40
7. Absolutions (Live) 16:27
8. Izzy's Lullaby (Live) 7:46
9. Speak No Evil (Live) 12:27
10. Silver's Serenade (Live) 9:56
11. The Double Up (Live) 8:24

Bill Frisell - Music IS (OKEH RECORDS / SONY MUSIC March 16, 2018)


Almost every day, Bill Frisell gets up in the morning, has some coffee, and writes music. At this point, there are piles and piles and piles of single pages of staff paper filled with his graceful script. “I don’t know where the melodies come from,” says Frisell. “I try not to judge anything and just let them be.”

Frisell’s mantra, or motto so to speak, is, “Music is Good” – a statement said to him by his dear friend and great banjo player Danny Barnes. “That is something that I can say is always true. It’s so perfect. Everything I need to know is that phrase, ‘Music is Good.’ I almost called the album that, but then I thought that might be too literal. It’s good to leave it open.”

Music IS – to be released March 16 on OKeh/Sony Music Masterworks – marks the first solo album from the master of his craft since the release of Ghost Town, released on Nonesuch 18 years ago.


“Playing solo is always a challenge,” Frisell says. “For me, music has all along been so much about playing with other people. Having a conversation. Call and response. Playing all by myself is a trip. I really have to change the way I think. In preparation for this recording I played for a week at The Stone in New York. Each night I attempted new music that I’d never played before. I was purposely trying to keep myself a little off balance. Uncomfortable. Unsure. I didn’t want to fall back on things that I knew were safe. My hope was to continue this process right on into the studio. I didn’t want to have things be all planned out beforehand.”

Watch Frisell jam out on his new, alternate version of “Rambler” below. Click here to receive “Rambler” as an instant download when you preorder the album.