Alon & Joca with NDR BIGBAND – Dança Das Águas

Alon & Joca with NDR BIGBAND – Dança Das Águas

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With roots in Latin America, Africa, Israel and the Middle East, the virtuoso duo of Alon Yavnai (voice, piano) and Joca Perpignan (voice, percussion) are joined by Germany’s acclaimed NDR Bigband on Dança Das Águas. One of the most acclaimed big bands in Europe and the official jazz orchestra of German public radio in Hamburg, NDR Bigband has performed with a who’s who of jazz including Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Don Cherry, McCoy Turner, Lionel Hampton, Carla Bley and Wayne Shorter.

Tracks:

  1. Jogo do Viver
  2. De Partir Chegar
  3. Arrancada
  4. Ondas Di Sangui
  5. Axé
  6. Rosas Amarelas
  7. Céu De Aruanda

Personnel:

All arrangements by Alon Yavnai
Conductor Jörg Achim Keller
Vocals + Percussion Joca Perpignan
Piano + Vocals Alon Yavnai
Guitar Marc Kakon
Drums Kiko Freitas

NDR Bigband:
Trumpets
Thorsten Benkenstein
Ingolf Burkhardt
Claus Stötter
Reiner Winterschladen

Saxophones
Fiete Felsch Alto
Peter Bolte Alto
Christof Lauer Tenor
Lutz Büchner Tenor
Frank Delle Baritone

Trombones
Dan Gottshall
Klaus Heidenreich
Stefan Lottermann
Ingo Lahme Bass Trombone/Tuba

Bass Ingmar Heller

Percussion Marcio Doctor

Recording Date: 21.–25.9.2015
Recording Venue: NDR Studio 1, Hamburg
Recording Producer: Oliver Bergner
Recording Engineer: Sven Kohlwage
Mixed by Oliver Bergner
(except Track 4 – Ondas di Sangui – mixed by David Feldman)
Mastered by David Feldman
Producers for NDR: Axel Dürr & Stefan Gerdes

Midwood – Out of the Narrows

Midwood – Out of the Narrows

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Led by violinist Jake Shulman-Ment, Midwood is an experimental klezmer/rock/avant garde celebration of freedom and the Jewish tradition of wandering and migration. This new supergroup, featuring some of the most exciting young performers on the international world music stage, seamlessly traverses borders through original compositions, expansive improvisations on traditional melodies, and heart-wrenching re-imaginings of Yiddish folk songs. Their debut album, Out of the Narrows, draws from deep Eastern European Jewish roots to explore the power of love, movement, and wilderness to transform the human mind and heart.

Midwood:
Jake Shulman-Ment, violin
Yoshie Fruchter, guitar
Richie Barshay, drums, percussion
Eléonore Weill, vocals

Tracks:

  1. Isaac
  2. Ansky
  3. Ahava Raba
  4. Dortn
  5. Bughici Nign
  6. Bughici Khusidl
  7. Waltz
  8. Az in Droysn
  9. Gute Nakht

Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt – Illusion Machine

Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt – Illusion Machine

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Picking up from where the band left off with their 2015 debut CD on Tzadik Records, Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt digs deeper, refining a collaborative sound which draws upon film score, desert-blues, psychedelia, Balkan, and Central and South American music. On their sophomore recording Illusion Machine, the usual line-up adds sixth man of the year, virtuoso Columbian percussionist Juan Carlos Medrano to the fold, elevating the overall sound into a darker and more orchestral version of itself. The music on Illusion Machine is overflowing with exciting rhythms, searing guitar work and beautiful melodies, performed by an incredible group.

Bret Higgins – Double Bass
Aleksandar Gajic – Violin
Robbie Grunwald – Electric Piano and Organ
Tom Juhas – Electric Guitar
Juan Carlos Medrano – Percussion
Joshua Van Tassel – Drums

Recorded and Edited by Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Music Company, Toronto
Additional Editing by David Hermiston at Woodbine Studio, Toronto
Mixed by Justin Phelps at Hallowed Halls, Portland, Oregon
Mastered by David Travers-Smith
Artwork and Design by Asli Alin – aslialin.com
Produced by Bret Higgins
All music composed by Bret Higgins

Tracks:

  1. Shadowboxing
  2. Hunter
  3. Last Man Standing
  4. Euculipsa
  5. Astral Soul Shake
  6. Sun Gazers
  7. Stero
  8. Illusion Machine
  9. Zebop
  10. Moon Catchers

Curha – I

Curha – I

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Curtis Hasselbring is a New York-based trombonist, guitarist and composer. Since moving to NYC in the 90s he has been a fixture in the jazz and experimental music scenes, working with Slavic Soul Party, Golem, Frank London, Anthony Coleman, Bobby Previte, Matt Wilson, Chris Lightcap, Medeski Martin and Wood and many more. Curha is Hasselbring’s alter-ego and the name of his musical project involving a combination of his multi-instrumentalist skills and love of electronic music. His first release on Chant Records, “I”, integrates elements of electronica, tropicalia, surf and a wide variety of other influences to create a body of work that he describes as “groove music representing various stages of human evolution.”

All music composed, performed and produced by Curtis Hasselbring

Tracks:

  1. Scissors
  2. Egon
  3. Respect the Pedestrian
  4. Mystery Guest
  5. Madgit
  6. Sir Fish
  7. ’68
  8. Alpaca Lunch
  9. Party Platter People
  10. Fish Coda
  11. Ana-lo

Matt Mottel – Slid City

Matt Mottel – Slid City

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Matt Mottel is an internationally recognized multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who has co-led (with drummer Kevin Shea) the dadaist duo Talibam! since 2003 and has worked with Karole Armitage, Rhys Chatham, Cooper-Moore, Yasuano Tone and many others. Talibam!’s album Endgame of the Anthropocene was described by Bandcamp as a “spiked Slurpee party at the end of the world” when featured as Album of the Day in 2017. Mottel goes solo on his Chant Records debut ‘Slid City,’ combining lo-fi drum machines with electronic synth sounds of all stripes, trash-rock guitar and laser sounds. For fans diverse artists including Suicide, Royal Trux, Omar Souleyman and Carla Bley, ‘Slid City’ is a layered and experimental sound world whose aural landscape simultaneously grooves, enlivens and stings your senses.

All music composed, performed and produced by Matt Mottel

Tracks:

  1. Clunk Rok
  2. Uniq Rok
  3. Untal Cloc
  4. Slide Ways
  5. Hiegh Weis
  6. Schizno Res
  7. Resona Moan
  8. Bo Dome

Welf Dorr Unit – Blood

Welf Dorr Unit – Blood

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The Welf Dorr Unit (WDU) combines free jazz spontaneity with the urgency of funk and rock. The fiery quartet takes inspiration from the motto “Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher,” taken from the title of a song by James ‘Blood’ Ulmer (who also inspired the WDU’s album title).

WDU features Welf Dorr on alto sax and bass clarinet, Dave Ross on guitar, Dmitry Ishenko on bass and Joe Hertenstein on drums. The quartet was originally formed in 2012 for a performance at the Evolving Music Series curated by Arts for Art, presenters of the renowned Vision Festival in NYC. Dorr’s other main project is Underground Horns, a 6-piece brass band called “an unapologetic party band with brains…with tonal inflections from the Big Easy, central Africa, the Maghreb and the Baltic states” by the New York Jazz Record. Dorr has performed at venues and festivals throughout the world (including concerts in Egypt, Tudo é Jazz in Brazil, Willisau in Switzerland and Jazz at Lincoln Center) and has shared the stage with musicians including Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and B.B. King. Besides leading his own projects, Dorr is a member of Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra, Kenny Wollesen’s Himalayas, On Ka’a Davis and the Famous Original Djuke Players and the Nublu Orchestra conducted by the late Butch Morris. He has also played and recorded with Frank Lacy, Sonny Simmons, Sabir Mateen, Kim Clark, Ronnie Drayton, Graham Haynes, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jeffrey Shurdut, Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Lukas Ligeti, Vernon Reid, Juini Booth, Jojo Kuo and the Goldsparkle Brass Band.

Tracks:
1. Sympathicus
2. Blood
3. Dixie
4. Two Down (One To Go)
5. Outcry
6. Big Tree
7. Left Alone

Sonata Islands Kommandoh – Zeuhl Jazz

Sonata Islands Kommandoh – Zeuhl Jazz

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Sonata Islands is an ensemble founded by Italian instrumentalist and composer Emilio Galante in 1998. Filled out by a rotating cast of some of Italy’s most exciting and genre-bending musicians, the band hosts an annual festival in Trento, Italy featuring an acclaimed mix of jazz and new music. Their previous projects include a multimedia project with Markus Stockhausen, a jazz rewriting of Gustav Mahler’s music, and a tribute to Japanese avant-rock of the 80s and 90s.

‘Zeuhl Jazz’ features Galante on flute and electronics along with William Nicastro on bass, Sergio Quagliarella on drums, Giovanni Venosta on keyboards and voice and Alberto N.A. Turra on guitar (Turra’s album ‘It Is Preferable Not To Travel With A Dead Man’ was released in 2017 on Chant Records). The album is dedicated to the spirit of Magma, the groundbreaking French band under the direction of Christian Vander. Starting in 1970, Magma offered the listener a uniquely ‘celestial’ (‘zeuhl’ in Kobaïan language) music, even though those skies may have been crystal clear or ominously dark. Each track on ‘Zeuhl Jazz’ reflects an aspect of Magma’s approach, along with references to prog and avant-garde ­rock, modal jazz, R&B and Eastern folk music.

Tracks:
1 Offering Vander
2 Love And Rage… Supreme
3. Terza Lamentazione
4 Sohia
5 Prima Lamentazione
6 No More Zombies

Meg Okura, Sam Newsome, Jean-Michel Pilc – NPO Trio Live At The Stone

Meg Okura, Sam Newsome, Jean-Michel Pilc – NPO Trio Live At The Stone

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NPO is made up of up soprano saxophone master Sam Newsome, pianist/composer and Guggenheim fellow Jean-Michel Pilc and violinist/composer Meg Okura. The musically telepathic trio seamlessly explores the world of improvisational music while drawing on influences including Romantic and atonal classical music, the searching, spirited jazz of John Coltrane, blues and traditional Yiddish and Japanese folk melodies.

Tracks:
1. A Four Forty
2. Bells, Whistles and Sirens
3. Oyfn Pripetchik-ish
4. Travels
5. Exodus and Emancipation
6. Pleading
7. Unkind Gestures
8. Yiddish Mama No Tsuki

John Lee – Chu Bubaloo

John Lee – Chu Bubaloo

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“[L]ike Frank Zappa doing a piece with Hawkwind and even a touch of Radiohead on the side.”
(Kaj Roth, Roth and Roll)

Chu Bubaloo is the third album from guitarist and composer John Lee. Recorded in September 2013, this album captures a dark transitional period in Lee’s life. In the thick of depression and a recent separation, Chu Bubabloo is an intriguing memoir about failure, success, and possibility of purpose. Lee features musicians Graham Doby on drums, TJ Turqman on electric bass, and Matt Rippetoe on saxophone. Elements of afrobeat, folk, indie, jazz, and surf rock tie together Chu Bubabloo into an epic searing guitar story.

Tracks:
1. Intro Song
2. Diarrhea Puke
3. The Glib
4. Fish Out of Water
5. Baby Lulu
6. The Earth Demon
7. Life in the Dark

Koby Israelite – The Rest of Now

Koby Israelite – The Rest of Now

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The author of the old joke that asks, ‘what’s the difference between an onion and an accordion’, clearly had never heard the much-maligned instrument in the hands of Koby Israelite.

In his latest studio album, The Rest of Now, Koby Israelite combines his natural talent in accordion playing and sets it alongside a parley of other instruments under his masterful control.

The punchline to the joke of course is that, ‘people only cry when they chop up onions’. This somewhat cheap gag is turned on its head by the eye watering musical dexterity apparent throughout this new and enthralling album. Each track is made up of intricate layers that form a synthesis between Orient and Occident styles. Eastern European roots are combined with flavourings of jazz, heavy rock, and electronica, and this mixing of tradition with modernity results in a fascinating and dynamic sound, as well as revealing a personal humour and spirited emotion that won’t be heard elsewhere. The result is an album that delivers an adrenaline shot to the heart and a cerebral pulse to the soul. Put simply, The Rest of Now, is truly a feast for any listener who is not afraid to peel back the musical skin of invention and consume its fresh flavours of style and form. (Jim Faircloth)

Tracks:
1. Riqqoud
2. Milf Cake
3. Music for Lovers
4. The Chase
5. Booy Booy Booy
6. Night and Day
7. Handful of Nothing
8. La Foule
9. Ajde Jano
10. Why Did I Kill Aleksandra Andrejewna
11. Kurczak
12. Just About Managing
13. Lullaby
14. The Rest of Now