Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ithamara Koorax's CDs in Korea

Five Ithamara Koorax albums produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro - "Autumn in New York", "Serenade in Blue", "Cry Me A River", "Someday" and "The Best of Ithamara Koorax" - remain among the best-selling jazz CDs in Korea.
Korean fans can order them on Bugs CD Mall through this link:

"Summer in the City" @;jsessionid=90820C894C832D6AB18747B8FF25EFAF.ps1110

Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City", produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, is available at 2007, Bigband, Jazz MuziekSummer In The City (Jazz Club) Quincy Jones. september 2007. 1. Killer Joe, 2. I Never Told You, 3. Walkin, 4. Brown Ballad, 5. Cast Your Fate To The Wind ...

R.I.P.: Mike Terry

Mike Terry (baritone saxophone)
(born July 1940;
died Oct. 30, 2008)

Obituary: The Guardian.

R.I.P.: Bob Green

Bob Green (saxophone)
(born Nov. 25, 1930;
died Nov. 27, 2008)

obituary: Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Vinyl of the Day - "O Brasil Canta Com Stellinha Egg"

Vinyl of the Day
Stellinha Egg: "O Brasil Canta Com Stellinha Egg" (Polydor) 1957

Produced, Arranged & Conducted by Maestro Gaya (Lindolpho Gaya)
Featuring: Dom Um Romão, Luiz Marinho, Luciano Perrone, Copinha, Coral de Carlos Monteiro de Souza, Coro Infantil do Asilo Santa Izabel et al.

"Brazilian Butterfly" on Nova Planet Radio Show

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Yes DJ Nova from Rodon FM95 has produced another find Balearic mix for you to get .... ithamara koorax butterfly (irma) nicola conte karma flower (schema) ...
Ithamara Koorax's "Brazilian Butterfly": produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro

"Opus Samba" on Levis Music
Fabio Fonseca Trio's "Opus Samba", produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"Opus Samba" - Jazz en Ligne,187.html

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"O Passarinho" on Yahoo Shopping

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"O Passarinho", co-produced, co-arranged & co-written by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, can be ordered by Japanese customers on Yahoo Shopping / HMV through this link:

Phil Ramone & Arnaldo DeSouteiro on "Zune" Music - Phil RamoneArnaldo DeSouteiro · Joel Dorn · Orrin Keepnews · Tommy LiPuma. charts. This week All time. Be the first to listen to this artist this week! ...

"Disk-Tum-Derrei" on MSN Music

Disk-Tum-Derrei (Chorando E Sambando) by Thiago de Mello on MSN MusicDisk-Tum-Derrei (Chorando E Sambando):. Songs. #. Song Title. Time. User Rating. 1. Interlude (Disk-Tum-Derrei). 0:33. 2. Everything Has Its Time. 4:34 ...
"Disk-Tum-Derrei", co-produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro

Dexter Payne on "Reverb Nation"

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Dexter is celebrating the release of his third CD: Disk Tum Derrei, his second co-release with Brazilian composer Thiago de Mello. Loading... Loading. ...
Thiago de Mello/Dexter Payne's "Disk-Tum-Derrei" was co-produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for JSR

"Disk-Tum-Derrei" available @ CD Baby

CD Baby: Instrumental and Jazz: Latin JazzTHIAGO DE MELLO/DEXTER PAYNE: Disk-tum-derrei - Chorando E Sambando. An imitation of the sound of the famous Brazilian big drum called surdo, played in the ...

Released in the USA, Thiago de Mello/Dexter Payne's "Disk-Tum-Derrei", co-produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for JSR, can be purchased at CD Baby:

"Brazilian Butterfly" available @ HMV-Japan

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Ithamara Koorax's "Brazilian Butterfly", produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, can be purchased in Japan on HMV through the following link:

Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Ithamara Koorax on NME-TV

Ithamara Koorax e José Roberto Bertrami - Korea - NMETV Latest ......
Jose Roberto Bertrami Bass: Jorge Pescara Drums: Haroldo Jobim
Musical Director: Arnaldo Desouteiro
Song: TOQUE DE CUICA: Jose Roberto Bertrami/Alex Malheiros

Arnaldo DeSouteiro on "Zune"

Free Download of High-Definition Gibson Guitar Album

Gibson Guitar, the world's premier musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology, has partnered with to offer free, downloadable, high-definition music - a first of its kind collaboration for an instrument manufacturer. The exclusive offering to fans of Gibson Guitar, titled "Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High-Definition", is a diverse collection of music performed by the world's best guitarists and will be available as a FREE download at for a limited time.

"Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High-Definition" features exclusive tracks from legendary performers Johnny A, Michael Burks, Billy Burnette, Chris Cain, Nick Colionne, Tinsley Ellis, Eric Johnson, Peter Karp, Big Bill Morganfield, Kenny Neal, Arlen Roth with Sonny Landreth, Neal Schon and Johnny Winter plus a never-before-heard instrumental track featuring father and son team Abraham Laboriel Sr. and Jr performing with Slash. Guests at can read about the brilliant musical performances and download the entire album in HIGH DEFINITION for free now through

On December 6, 2008, the first of a kind album will no longer be available with no plans to redistribute it in any format. Listen while you can!
The high-definition format of Gibson Presents:

Hot Tones in High-Definition guarantees a listening experience never available before for consumers. The resolution of the audio does matter! They will also have the option of choosing the format in which to download it. Fans who download the album are automatically entered to win an exclusive Gibson Robot Les Paul guitar and other prizes from Creative Labs. Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High-Definition is a non-DRM, high-definition download available in AIFF, FLAC, and 320kpbs MP3 formats. The download is available for 60 days in the U.S. and worldwide.

Consumers will have the chance to hear some of the world's greatest masters of guitar tone on a single disc. The project represents an enormous amount of passion for and dedication to creating the best possible high-definition experience for the Gibson consumer with no financial return to the company. It is a pioneering union of musical excellence and technical achievement for the 21st century.

The free distribution of a high-definition guitar album is possible now because of the massive access of today's Internet users to high-speed DSL and cable services. Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz and David Chesky, co-founder of audiophile label Chesky Records are two technologists who, over a recent lunch in New York, combined their ideas and efforts to create the inaugural offering from and

"Gibson is committed to providing its customers with the most innovative and exciting musical experiences in the world," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High Definition will afford our customers the opportunity to download something in the highest of quality and is the first offering of its kind from any music company. This will be one of many such opportunities as we continue to partner with HDtracks on this pioneering effort."

"I've never been a fan of MP3s and I wanted to have a website that delivered the same quality music as you'd get in a record store. When Henry and I met we discussed nine million things. He thinks outside the box, and we decided that giving the public an opportunity to download something truly different and in such high quality was not only an offer of convenience but the genesis of Gibson Guitar's next step into technology," said David Chesky, co-founder of, the partner on this project with Gibson.

All the files from Gibson Guitar and HDtracks will be offered in a choice of formats – AIFF, FLAC or 320kbs MP3 – depending on the consumer's needs. Both AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format) and FLAC (Free lossless audion Codec) are uncompressed formats in which the audio data is not altered or compromised to reduce its file size during transfers. The audible difference of Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High-Definition is amazingly clear and crisp. It presents more precise definition and depth and creates an experience consistent with original recordings for the listener.

The exclusive offering is very different from a typical online offering. It is better than CD quality audio with complete liner notes and a description of what the players did and how to accomplish the Hot Tones. The multiple formats allow music that is playable on any device without any DRM (digital rights management) limitations. Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High-Definition is meant to be cranked up loud and for people who want to really LISTEN to the music.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hendrik Meurkens live in NY

Hendrik Meurkens New York Samba Jazz Quartet
Saturday, December 5, 8:00 PM
Tickets: $20 / $16 Members / $10 Students

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German-born but now based in New York, Hendrik Meurkens, who plays both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, will be appearing at Flushing Town Hall next week.

A two-mallet player in the tradition of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson, Hendrik Meurkens was en-route to being an instantly recognizable vibraphonist when he heard Toots Thielemans. Inspired by the sound of Thielemans' harmonica, he taught himself the difficult-to-master instrument. He seems also very influenced by Brazilian harmonica master Mauricio Einhorn.

Hendrik Meurkens' other life-changing musical experience was his introduction to samba and bossa nova. He was so moved by Brazilian music that after perfecting his unique musical voice at Berklee, as a vibraphone major, he moved to Rio in the early 80s to totally immerse himself in music and culture of Brazil.

A regular Monday night gig at the popular Rio club, Club 21, soon demonstrated his acceptance by Brazilian musicians. Meurkens' poignant, emotionally affecting harmonica proved to be a sound that Brazilians strongly embraced, and during his Rio days, he met many musicians who later became collaborators in both Europe and New York.

Back in Germany by '83, he became a respected studio musician, recording with European Radio Orchestras and leading his own groups, as well as accompanying visiting legends like Harry 'Sweets' Edison and Buddy Tate.

Within ten years, he had established himself as the "new jazz harmonica voice," and moved to New York, thanks to an exclusive contract with the prestigious label, Concord Records. He has since recorded fifteen albums, and continues to perform as both a guest artist, and with his own groups, both in festivals and clubs globally.

Hendrik Meurkens' profound involvement in both jazz and Brazilian music resulted in a very personal and instantly recognizable version of samba-jazz. This music, a cross-cultural amalgam guaranteed to touch the heart, features his harmonica and vibes along with piano, bass and drums, playing his stirring originals and arrangements. The group has been documented on a number of CDs, such as "October Colors". Many Brazilian musicians have recorded with him: Cesar Machado, Jacaré, Claudio Roditi and Duduka da Fonseca, among others. He also covered tunes by the great NY-based Brazilian maestro Gaudencio Thiago de Mello.

As a featured artist, he has recorded with Charlie Byrd, Jimmy Cobb, Ivan Lins, Monty Alexander, Manfredo Fest and Mundell Lowe, as well as backing such leading artists as Astrud Gilberto and Olivia Newton John and touring with the Ray Brown Trio, Paquito D'Rivera, Oscar Castro Neves, Herb Ellis, Herbie Mann, Charlie Byrd, and James Moody among many others. Also a successful composer (his compositions have been recorded by other artists and featured in the Hollywood movie, "Dolores Claiborne,") Hendrik Meurkens remains equally at home playing jazz or Brazilian music. "My mission is simple," he explains. "I want to create music of great beauty."

CD of the Day - "Boris Savoldelli: Insanology"

CD of the Day
Boris Savoldelli: "Insanology" (Mousemen/BTF) 2008

It's not Parker's "Anthropology" nor "Ornithology". It's Boris' "Insanology", one of the most intriguing vocal projects to come along in years. In this very challenging & adventurous album, the Italian singer performs alone in most of the songs - except for the title track and "Mindjoke", on which guitarist Marc Ribot guests. Like Mark Murphy, his teacher and adored idol, writes in the back cover: "Boris is one of the great undiscoverd preponents of simply superb singing and this CD proves it..." But Boris doesn't imitate Mark. He is his own man.

Through the use of electronic devices, Savoldelli is able to overdub his voice many times, creating stunning effects. Better: he sings with himself and creates his own choirs, reminding me of some of the best work by Urszula Dudziak in the 70s.
According to Boris' own words: "My CD is an experimental vocal project recorded using only a looper machine and no musical instruments, except for 2 tracks played by Marc Ribot on guitars.
The work starts from a mantric vision of each song, where overlapped loops of small harmonic and rhythmic patterns create the songs in an exquisite and complex balance."

Boris also wrote almost all songs, except Jimi Hendrix's classic "Crosstown Traffic" (one of Gil Evans' favorite tunes) and "In the Seventh Year" (Mark Murphy & Uli Rennert), my personal favorite track on "Insanology"; I swear I came to this conclusion at the first listening, before reading on the liner cover that my dear friend Mark was the composer.
"An arresting mix of painstakingly overdubbed vocals, human beatbox effects, African-inspired choral music, plus the odd visit to the world of Jimi Hendrix," says Chris Parker (on the Vortex website) about "Insanology", one of the best vocal albums of the year.
Tonight, November 25, and also this coming Saturday, November 29, the Boris Savoldelli Trio with Nik Mazzucconi (bass) and Joe La Viola (sax) appears at Circolo Culturale Masetti, Bolzano.

Daniele Silvestri live @ Jazz Café, London

Mean Fiddler presents
Daniele Silvestri
Jazz Café Sat 9 Feb (7pm) Tickets £15adv
Prolific Italian maestro with a gift for telling stories of criminality, injustice, poverty and rebellion with a magic taste of happiness.
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Vinyl of the Day - Freddie Hubbard: "Skagly"

Vinyl of the Day
Freddie Hubbard: "Skagly" (Columbia) 1980

Featuring: Billy Childs, Larry Klein, Carl Burnett, Hadley Caliman, George Duke, Paulinho da Costa, Jeff Baxter, Philip Ranelin, Steve Madaio, Chuck Findley.
Includes an interesting version of Michel Legrand's "Theme from Summer of '42", plus originals like "Cascais", "Rustic Celebration", "Happiness Is Now" and the title track.
Not yet reissued on CD, not even in Asia.

"Do It Again" available @ Fnac France

"Do It Again: The Fantastic Jazz Funk of Eumir Deodato," produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for the Verve Music Group, is now available at FNAC. To order your copy, please click on the link below.
Date de parution (release date in France): January 2008

GAMH & Slim's new shows - San Francisco

Socialibrium featuring Bernie Worrell, Blackbyrd McKnight, Brain & TM Stevens - Wed. Dec. 17 (on sale now!)
Fall Out Boy - Sun. Dec. 21

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band / Vermillion Lies (co-headlining) - Thurs. Jan. 22
Over the Rhine - Thurs. Dec. 4
(Show moved from The Fillmore! Original tickets honored) - On Sale Now!

Ska is Dead IV's Super Bowl of Ska: The Toasters / Voodoo Glow Skulls (co-headlining) / Deal's Gone Bad / Monkey - Sun. Feb. 1

Destruction / Krisium / Mantic Ritual - Mon. Mar. 23

*Please note - Enslaved on May 11 has been cancelled. Refunds at place of purchase.*

6th Annual "Tango Meets Jazz Festival"

12/5 – 12/7 Tango Meets Jazz Festival with The Pablo Ziegler Quartet
With special guests James Carter (12/5 & 12/6) & Joe Locke (12/7)

Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta

Pablo Ziegler – piano
Claudio Ragazzi – guitar
Héctor del Curto – bandoneon
Pedro Giraudo – bass

Jazz Standard presents the sixth annual “Tango Meets Jazz” Festival featuring and directed by Pablo Ziegler. The pianist is an acclaimed master of this unique musical form and the creator (with Quique Sinesi and Walter Castro) of Buenos Aires Report, nominated for Best Tango Album in the ninth annual Latin Grammy Awards. “Ziegler plays straight from the beating, bleeding heart of nuevo tango, with its Argentinian mix of swagger and sweetness,” says The Guardian. “His tunes stay firmly within the tradition, with an urgent, finely tuned control of tension and release…” Special guests for this year’s “Tango Meet Jazz” Festival will be saxophone titan James Carter (12/5–12/6) and vibraphonist Joe Locke (12/7).

Music charge: $30
Jazz Standard is located at 116 E. 27th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues in Manhattan

Monday, November 24, 2008

Alexa Weber Morales: free concert tomorrow in Oakland

This is it! Tomorrow night it's Alexa Weber Morales' *first time headlining* at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland's lovely Jack London Square. She has almost sold out the 8 pm show, and guess what, folks -- "we had our fans in mind when we decided to make this FREE show rather than $16 per ticket," Alexa says. Yoshi's has done a few of these in the last few months, but they want
you to know that this will be the *last* free show for a long while. Please don't take this amazing place for granted!

Alexa: "I am so honored to be playing a club that just hosted a run of McCoy Tyner shows last week! I promise you, if you come down (and bring kids, they are more than welcome), you will leave our concert with an enjoyable lightness of being, a desire to be more color-coordinated
and a new fondness for fish! You will want to clap more frequently and laugh louder than anyone else. You will invest in dance lessons promptly, if only to ensure you do not dance like I do! And one week later, your significance in the universe will be revealed in a fortune cookie accidentally delivered to your table by a spastic waiter with Tourette's."

It's all connected, and so are we. Don't miss AWB tomorrow night!

Plays Yoshi's Jack London Square
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008, 8 and 10 PM shows
510 Embarcadero West between Washington and Clay Streets
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 238-9200
Price: FREE!!! ($3 service charge applies)

Oakland singer-songwriter Alexa Weber Morales performs at Yoshi's Jack London Square with a crack team of musicians Tuesday, November 25 at 8 and 10 PM. The Alexa Weber Morales Band has enjoyed success throughout this year, starting with a three-night run at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco and continuing through the San Jose Jazz Festival. At recent shows, the exuberant performer has emphasized the Brazilian segment of her repertoire, including selections from her Wayne Wallace-produced albums "Vagabundeo" ("Wanderings") and "Jazzmérica," the latter being my personal favorite; songs by Edu Lobo ("Ave Rara"), Caetano Veloso ("Luz do Sol"), and her own originals, most of them filled with smoking grooves like "The Goddess of War" and "I Did It, I Live It." Hope she will also sing her amazing versions of Stevie Wonder's "Smile Please", Clare Fischer's "Morning," and Miles Davis' "All Blues" (in 6/8).

With her trademark spectrum of world music including salsa, Brazilian, Caribbean and funk, Alexa Weber Morales brings a refreshing authenticity to the stage. "I find her command of Latin idioms completely convincing, entrancing even," writes Village Voice critic Tom Hull, while the San Francisco Chronicle predicts, "With a voice sweet, pure and strong, Alexa Weber Morales is poised to ride the Bay Area Latin jazz scene to national recognition."

The Alexa Weber Morales Band includes Murray Low, piano; Omar Ledezma, percussion and vocals; David Belove, bass; Zareen, vocals; and Deszon X. Claiborne, drums. Both Murray and
David are veteran studio musicians who can be heard on Alexa's two solo recordings.

These two shows are free of charge as a special "Audience Appreciation Night" at the peerless jazz club. Reserve your tickets online today ($3 service fee applies)!

Jack Prybylski: a perennial winner at Buffalo Music Awards

Jack Prybylski Wins Saxophonist of the Year at Buffalo Music Awards for 10th Time

At the 2008 Buffalo Music Awards, Jack Prybylski was declared the Saxophonist of the Year for the tenth time (four years consecutively from 2004-2008). "It's flattering and rewarding to be recognized by peers and fans. I appreciate that people continue to find enjoyment in my musical craft," said Prybylski.

In 2006, Prybylski released "Window Shopping" to rave reviews and a top ten listing in the Smooth Jazz News. “It doesn’t take long to realize why Prybylski has been awarded top honors for his sax work so many times," said Susan Lozinak of the Jazz Review. Currently, Prybylski is finalizing plans for his upcoming 2009 CD release. "The music will be a more urban direction with elements of dance and chill," he said.

Jack Prybylski is endorsed by Yamaha, Applied Microphone Technologies and Theo Wanne Mouthpieces.

Arnaldo DeSouteiro's compilations in France

Livres, DVD, CD de Nara Leao Bossa Nova Singers, Compilation. Editeur : Universal Jazz - Collection : Jazzclub - Date : 28/01/2008. Acheter Neuf 6,84 €. Musique ...
"Bossa Nova Singers" (featuring Nara Leão and João Gilberto), "Do It Again: The Fantastic Jazz Funk of Eumir Deodato" and "Summer in the City: The Soul Jazz Grooves of Quincy Jones" - three compilations produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for the Verve Music Group in 2007 - were released in France in January 2008 by Universal Jazz and are now available also through
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"Rio Vermelho" on MSN Music

Rio Vermelho by Ithamara Koorax on MSN MusicArranger, Keyboards. Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Arranger, Producer. Ithamara Koorax. Arranger, Vocals, Main Performer, Executive Producer ...

Ithamara Koorax's "Rio Vermelho" was produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro

Vinyl of the Day - "Stellinha Egg: Brasil, Suas Raízes Musicais"

Vinyl of the Day
Stellinha Egg: "Brasil, Suas Raízes Musicais" (RCA Camden) 1974

Arranged & Conducted by Maestro Gaya (Lindolpho Gaya)
Coordination: Osmar Zandomenigui & Henrique Gastaldello
Engineered by Pedro Cruz (editing) & Walter Lima (remix)
Liner Notes by Elmo Barros
Featuring: Gaya, Dom Um Romão, Luciano Perrone, Sebastião Marinho et al.

"Verve Originals," part two

Artigo escrito por Arnaldo DeSouteiro para o jornal "Tribuna da Imprensa" e publicado em 24 de Novembro de 2008

Fusões e confusões na “Verve Originals”
Coleção traz CDs de Benson, Crusaders e Stanley Clarke
Arnaldo DeSouteiro

Como prometido, comentamos hoje a segunda fornada da série de maior êxito no mercado jazzístico em 2008. Vale frisar que, apesar de todos os CDs da “Originals” trazerem a logomarca Verve na contracapa e no rótulo, os títulos escolhidos são pescados também de vários outros selos como Polydor, A&M, Chisa, Motown, Horizon, MGM, Argo, Cadet e Blue Thumb – todos eles hoje pertencentes ao imenso acervo do conglomerado Universal Music Group. Os produtores Harry Weinger, Andy McKaie e Bill Levenson supervisionam a maioria dos relançamentos, enquanto os engenheiros Kevin Reeves, Erick Labson e Ellen Fitton cuidam das remasterizações. As capas, em formato digipack, reproduzem as artes gráficas originais, mantendo os textos e as fotos utilizadas nas prensagens anteriores em vinil. Infelizmente não há bonus-tracks.
Baixo em alta

Stanley Clarke era um garotão de 21 anos, considerado o maior fenômeno em matéria de baixo no início da cena fusion, quando gravou, em apenas dois dias – 26 e 27 de dezembro de 1972 – seu disco de estréia como líder, “Children of forever” (47m59s). Produzido por Chick Corea em NY, saiu pelo selo Polydor, cujo cast também incluía o Return to Forever, liderado por Corea e no qual Clarke despontara na formação original do grupo, ao lado de Airto, Flora Purim e Joe Farrell. Procurando evitar que a sonoridade de “Children” ficasse muito parecida com a do RTF, Chick convocou outra turma: Pat Martino (guitarra e violão de 12 cordas), Art Webb (flauta), Lenny White (baterista que, pouco depois, viria a ingressar no RTF) e os cantores Andy Bey e Dee Dee Bridgewater. Mas a estética permaneceu similar, até porque o tecladista tocou em todas as faixas, fez os arranjos para quatro delas e ainda assinou a autoria da épica “Sea journey”, viajante longo tema de encerramento, com dezesseis minutos.

As outras faixas foram compostas por Clarke, apenas uma sendo instrumental: “Bass folk song”, que ele havia gravado um mês antes para o LP “Moon germs” (CTI) de Joe Farrell, com Herbie Hancock e Jack DeJohnette. As demais traziam letras de Neville Potter (parceiro de Chick na cientologia e nos primeiros hinos da fusion, como “500 miles high” e “Sometime ago”), exceto a faixa-título, “Children of forever”, meloso tema meio infantilizado letrado pelo próprio Clarke, cujo nome apareceu grafado como “Stan Clarke” na capa – o disco seguinte, feito para o selo Nemperor, chamou-se “Stanley Clarke”. A instigante balada “Butterfly dreams” seria regravada um ano depois como faixa-título do primeiro álbum de Flora Purim. Mas aqui foi interpretada pelo excelente Andy Bey, que até hoje não obteve o merecido sucesso, permanecendo um cult-singer.

Não menos notável, a cantora Dee Dee Bridgewater – então com 22 anos, casada com o trompetista Cecil Bridgewater e atuando na Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – divide os vocais com Bey em várias faixas, brilhando especialmente em “Unexpected days”. Chick estampa sua marca incomparável em matéria de piano elétrico Fender Rhodes, às vezes adicionando um Hohner clavinet, e optando pelo piano acústico somente para realçar o lirismo de “Butterfly dreams”. Curiosamente, entretanto, Clarke toca contrabaixo em todas as faixas (mostrando que já era um incontestável virtuose, inclusive no bárbaro solo com arco na espanholada “Sea journey”), somando baixo elétrico somente em “Bass folk song”, enquanto Lenny White adiciona pandeirola para reforçar o tempero rítmico.

Dose tripla

George Benson tem três discos relançados na série. Todos produzidos por Creed Taylor, no estúdio de Rudy Van Gelder em New Jersey, na época em que o selo CTI funcionava como a divisão jazzística da A&M. “Shape of things to come” (33m24s), gravado entre agosto e outubro de 1968, primeiro fruto da associação Benson-Taylor e também com o maestro Don Sebesky (colaboração que atingiria o ápice no “White rabbit” de 71), é um trabalho de transição na carreira do guitarrista – ainda mantendo a base r&b movida a órgão Hammond, nas mãos de Charles Covington, mas incorporando as classudas orquestrações de Sebesky. Aliás, na parte interna da capa desta nova reedição em CD, há vários erros nos créditos, inclusive com os flautistas/saxofonistas George Marge, Romeo Penque e Stan Webb citados como violoncelistas!

O timaço inclui também Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, Richard Davis e o superbatera Leo Morris (Idris Muhammad antes da conversão ao Islamismo) soltando a franga em apetitosas versões de “Footin’ it” (parceria de Benson & Sebesky), “Face it boy, it’s over” (hit de Nancy Wilson), “Don’t let me lose this dream” (Sebesky coloca os metais em brasa no delicioso groove de Aretha Franklin), “Chattanooga choo choo” (com a gaita de Buddy Lucas dando novo sabor ao sucesso de Glenn Miller, e Benson citando “Tonk”, de Ray Bryant), o tema straight-ahead “Shape of things that are and were” (um tributo a Charlie Christian & Wes Montgomery) e a faixa-título, da trilha do filme “Wild in the streets”, com a guitarra envenenada pelo Varitone, gerando peculiar sonoridade. Tudo isso embalado pela arte de Pete Turner e analisado pelo texto de Ira Gitler.

“Tell it like it is” (33m03s) nasceu em abril & maio de 1969, mais pop e latinizado através dos arranjos de Marty Sheller, famoso pela longa associação com Mongo Santamaria. A banda conta com Rodgers Grant, Richard Tee, Bob Bushnell, Jerry Jemmott (grafado Gerry), Leo Morris, Angel Allende, Johnny Pacheco, Joe Farrell, Sonny Fortune, Bob Porcelli (solo de sax-alto na faixa de abertura, “Soul limbo”), Hubert Laws, Lew Soloff, Jerry Dodgion e Jerome Richradson. O repertório vai de Fats Domino (“Land of 1000 dances”) a Eumir Deodato (“Jackie, All”, dedicada à cantora Jackie Cain), passando por Stevie Wonder (“My cherie amour”). Em “My woman’s good to me”, “Out in the cold again” e na faixa-título, sucesso “soul” de Aaron Neville, Benson solta a voz que alguns anos depois lhe traria milhões de dólares via “This masquerade”.

“I got a woman and some blues” (30m03s) é um disco de “out-takes”. Em bom português: um disco de sobras, uma colcha de retalhos. Faixas registradas entre abril & setembro de 1969, algumas delas cogitadas para “Tell it like it is” mas que acabaram não aproveitadas em projeto algum. Permaneceram inéditas até 1984, quando a A&M decidiu faturar uma grana extra, capitalizando o crescimento da popularidade de Benson, e lançou o LP. Não se deram ao trabalho de pesquisar os nomes dos músicos (telefonemas para George e Creed Taylor seriam suficientes para permitir uma detalhada ficha técnica), que continuam omitidos neste relançamento em CD. O único citado é Luiz Bonfá, ídolo de Benson, que aplica os bordados de seu violão ao duo com o grande amigo em “Out of the blue”. Em “I got a woman”, de Ray Charles, parece ter sido usada uma mixagem provisória, tal a deficiência da qualidade de som, contrastando com o ótimo resultado de “Durham’s turn”. E em “Without her”, de Harry Nilsson, Benson nunca chegou a gravar o vocal definitivo; problema algum para a A&M, que na cara dura usou a voz-guia. Indicado apenas para os mais fissurados colecionadores de GB.

Bluesy & funky

Generosas doses de blues, funk, rhythm & blues, pop e soul-music fundem-se a elementos jazzísticos também em “Pass the plate” (42m18s), álbum conceitual do Crusaders. O grupo, originário do Texas, e que havia começado como The Night Hawks, comemorava dez anos de carreira em Los Angeles rebatizado The Jazz Crusaders e aproveitava para limar a palavra jazz do nome, passando a chamar-se somente The Crusaders. Produzido por Stewart Levine para o selo Chisa (fundado por Hugh Masekela e distribuído pela Motown), traz o trombonista Wayne Henderson, o saxofonista/baixista Wilton Felder, o pianista Joe Sample e o batera Stix Hooper recebendo a ajuda do guitarrista Arthur Adams. A faixa-título é na verdade uma suíte meio confusa, em cinco partes, totalizando 15 minutos e terminando em fade-out, sucedida pelo hard-bop “Young rabbits 71-72”, que depois se transforma em r&b após pirotécnico solo de Hooper.

Os melhores momentos ficam por conta das composições de Sample, especialmente “Goin’ down south”, o gospel-filosófico “Love can’t grow where the rain won’t fall” e a buliçosa “Listen and you’ll see”, marcada pelo saltitante toque no piano elétrico Wurlitzer. Dezessete anos depois, Sample embarcou em outro projeto mal alinhavado: “Swing Street Café” (35m22s), tocando apenas piano acústico e dividindo a liderança com o guitarrista David T. Walker. Captado em 29 & 30 de novembro de 1978, ficou na gaveta até ser lançado pela MCA em 1981, contando com a co-produção de Hooper e Felder, que não participaram como músicos. James Jamerson Sr. assumiu o baixo elétrico. Earl C. Palmer, a bateria. Nada de percussão, Rhodes nem sintetizadores. Somente um naipe de quatro sopros como complemento. No repertório, clássicos do blues e do r&b tipo “Hallelujah, I love her so”, “C.C. Rider”, “Honest I do” e “Honky tonk”, em arranjos desinteressantes e previsíveis. Diet grooves.

Fusão original

Em compensação, o sul-africano Hugh Masekela, que foi casado com Miriam Makeba, quebra tudo em “Home is where the music is” (76m39s), originalmente lançado em 1972 como álbum-duplo pelo selo Blue Thumb. Dez longas e instigantes faixas que fogem de qualquer padronagem fusion pré-estabelecida, com o uso de eletrônica limitando-se ao Rhodes empregado por Larry Willis em algumas faixas, embora o pianista atinge seu ponto máximo de expressividade em números acústicos como a balada “Minawa”, na qual o batera Makhaya Ntshoko emprega baquetas de feltro. Co-produzido por Stewart Levine e pelo compositor Caiphus Semenya, autor de cinco ótimos temas, conta ainda com irretocáveis desempenhos de Eddie Gomez (contrabaixo) e Dudu Phukwana (sax alto). Sem falar de Masekela, infalível no uso exclusivo do flugelhorn. Vale destacar também a vibrante “Maseru”, do próprio Hugh, e a pungente “Uhomé”, da recém-falecida Makeba. Caso raro de fusão livre de clichês. O jazz, às vezes, consegue ser original.

Capa do BIS – capa do CD de Stanley Clarke
“Children of forever”, disco de estréia-solo do virtuose Stanley Clarke aos 21 anos, reaparece em CD
Página interna – capa do CD de George Benson
“Álbum que, há 40 anos, marcou o início da associação de George Benson com Creed Taylor e Don Sebesky, reune um time de all-stars”

Box Set of the Month: "Gulda/Bach"

Box Set of the Month
Friedrich Gulda: "J.S. Bach - Der Wohltemperierte Klavier" (MPS) 2007

From mundane dancefloor sounds to a divine masterwork.
A genius playing a heavenly masterpiece created by another genius.
This 4-CD box set, produced by Oliver Wazola, includes the complete Gulda recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Well-Tempered Klavier", cut in April 1972 (Book 1) and May 1973 (Book 2) at Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer's MPS Studio, in Villingen.

The 16-page booklet keeps Gulda's own liner notes. A small quote: "... that is therefore superfluous to give too much consideration to the question of wheter the modern piano is suitable for the interpretation of The Well-Tempered Clavier. After all, the piano is a keyboard instrument - exactly what was originally understood by "clavier". Of course, I have attemped where necessary to bring out harpsichord, clavichord or organ characteristics by means of touch and pedalling. On the other hand I was glad to have an instrument whose tone is neutral and which therefore makes it more possible than the original keyboard instruments to do justice to Bach's concept of abstract music (this at least is what I have tried to do)"
Das Genie und sein Erbe
Auf Diskussionen um das Für und Wieder der Authentizität wollte sich Friedrich Gulda gar nicht erst einlassen. Ihm ging es um die Kunst an sich, die in einem Werk wie dem "Wohltemperierten Klavier" kulminierte und die letztlich sich durch jedes Instrument ausdrücken kann, Hauptsache der Interpret nimmt sie ernst.
So stellte er seiner Einspielung des Zyklus' einige grundlegende Gedanken voran, die unter anderem anmerkten, "dass Bach selbst in fast jedem Fall die Grenzen des jeweiligen Instruments als beengend empfand und daher entweder, dem Geist seiner Zeit entsprechend, die Wahl der Intelligenz und 'Diskretion' des Spieler überließ oder aber (und dies erscheint mir die wichtigere, dem Genie Bachs gemäße Konsequenz zu sein) von Vornherein auf die Angabe des gewünschten 'Claviers' verzichtete, weil er zu der Ansicht neigte, das kein von Menschenhand gefertigter, mit Saiten oder Pfeifen bestückter Kasten jemals der göttlichen Seele der Musik ganz Genüge tun könne".
Im Umkehrschluss bedeutete dass aber, dass auch Friedrich Gulda bestenfalls am Unerklärlichen teilhaben konnte. Aber das gelang ihm mit aller Finesse.

EP of the Day - "Les McCann: Just The Way You Are"

12" EP of the Day

Les McCann: "Just The Way You Are" (A&M) 1978

A disco-version of Billy Joel's hit by jazz keyboard wiz Les McCann.
Arranged by Les & Paul Riser, who also orchestrated, conducted & produced. A&M's boss Herb Alpert served as executive producer.
The original track appeared on "McCann - The Man" LP.

"Funky House Vol. 26" is being released today

"Funky House Vol. 26" is coming out today, November 24, in Europe, by the Void UK label. An intoxicating 2-CD set mixed/compiled by Andy Kleeko & DJ Shaunee.
To order, please go to

Sunday, November 23, 2008

"Bossa Nova Singers" on Power Tracker

PowerTracker • VA - Bossa Nova Singers (Verve Jazz Club) (2007 ...PowerTracker - Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro
украинский BitTorrent трекер, открытый как для Украины (UA-IX), так и для всего мира.

Mica Paris live @ Jazz Café

Mean Fiddler presents
Mica Paris
Jazz Café Fri 20 & Sat 21 Feb 2009 (7pm) Tickets £20adv

Since 1988's smash sensation 'You Are My One Temptation' Mica has kept busy! More albums and hit singles followed including a collaboration with Dave Gilmore and Jools Holland on Screamin' Jay Hawkins' classic track, 'I Put A Spell On You''. We are delighted to welcome her back to the Jazz Café.
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Arnaldo DeSouteiro on "WhyFame"

Arnaldo DeSouteiro Biography, Photos, PicturesIn Brazilian jazz circles, Arnaldo DeSouteiro commands the sort of respect ... The list of Brazilian stars DeSouteiro has produced includes João Gilberto, ...

Arnaldo DeSouteiri is featured on the "Why Fame? Because there is no Business like Show Business".
To read the bio, please click here:

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lili Haydn on "Californication" tomorrow!

Singer/violinist/composer Lili Haydn will make a special television appearance on the hit Showtime show “Californication.” In the episode airing this Sunday, November 23 at 10:00 pm ET/PT, Haydn will perform her song “Saddest Sunset” during a key scene at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. “Californication is hilariously raw and fun, and the show had enough sense of irony to use me singing one of my most contemplative, intense songs right before a big scandalous sex scene,” Lili said about her experience for the TV show.

EP of the Day - "Lily Haydn: Goodbye Stranger"

EP of the Day
Lily Haydn: "Goodbye Stranger" (Nettwerk) 2007

Alela Diane's upcoming concerts

Mean Fiddler and The Local presents
Alela Diane
The Deaf Institute Fri 27 Mar (7.30pm) Tickets £11adv
St Giles Church Mon 30 Mar (7.30pm) Tickets £14adv
Described as 'The crossroads between time and eternity', St Giles Church in the heart of the West End provides the perfect space to worship at the feet of the quite wonderful Alela Diane. For added 'brilliant venue' ammunition, she also plays the Deaf Institute in Manchester!
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DVD of the Day - "Al Jarreau: In Concert"

DVD of the Day
Al Jarreau: "In Concert" (Rhino) 2008

At long last, the DVD release of Al Jarreau's stunning performance, in 1994, at the "Ohne Filter Musik Pur" German TV show. Since 1983, this series has served to showcase countless music legends, and some concerts - by Tania Maria, David Sanborn, The Crusaders, Airto & Flora Purim, Jose Feliciano, James Taylor, Richie Havens, John Mayall and the Shakatak group, among others - were issued, on Image Entertainment's "Purely Music" collection, on the LaserDisc format I loved so much. Most recently, Bill Wyman's performance in 2000 came out on DVD through the German In-Akustik label.

Jarreau's astonishing concert, filmed in front of a ecstatic live audience at the SWR TV Studios in Baden-Baden, opens with a fantastic reading of Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada", which, along with Gershwin's "Summertime", Elton John's "Your Song" and Jarreau's own "You Don't See Me", had been recorded one year earlier for Al's "Tenderness" project (yet to be reissued on DVD). There are also killer versions of Paul Desmond's "Take Five" (allowing Jarreau to showcase his incomparable ability to mimic an entire band, vocalizing congas and drums solos like no one else can do) and "Says," the lush theme a la Michel Colombier co-written by Al and Philippe Saisse in 1986 for the "L Is For Lover" album. By the way, "Take Five" became Al's signature tour-de-force after its success on the 2-LP set "Look To The Rainbow", partially recorded live in... Germany!

The top-class band features superdrummer Steve Gadd, keyboardists Neil Larsen and Larry Williams (the former Seawind member who doubles on tenor sax), and guitar ace Charles "Icarus" Johnson, whom I first met in California in the late 70s, playing with Airto (on the "I'm Fine, How Are You?" sessions and subsequent tour) and Raul de Souza (going to Brazil with him to perform at the 1978 Sao Paulo/Montreux Jazz Festival, aka "The First São Paulo International Jazz Festival"). The program also includes the pop-oriented hits "Roof Garden" and "We're In This Love Together" (mistitled "We're All In Love Together" on the DVD credits), plus the blues anthem "C C Rider", sung as the encore.

CD of the Day - "Norma Winstone: Distances"

CD of the Day
Norma Winstone, Glauco Venier & Klaus Gesing: "Distances" (ECM) 2008

British jazz vocalist Norma Winstone, Italian pianist Glauco Venier and German reedman Klaus Gesing (on soprano sax & bass clarinet) create a spare sonic landscape that paints shades of color around Winstone's evocative singing. The mood is quiet, reflective, and seductive, yet one is always aware of the skill behind the taut, telepathic sound-painting created by Winstone and her guests. A truly beautiful effort (one that belongs firmly in the ECM legacy) "Distances" should please chamber-jazz fans and vocal-jazz lovers alike.

Winstone's first ECM release in a decade (it came out on May 27, 2008) was cut in April 2007 at the Artesuono Recording Studio, Udine, Italy, by engineer Stefano Amerio, as a follow-up to "Chamber Music", released in 2003 for the Austrian division of the EmArcy label.
Produced by Manfred Eicher, includes a 28-page booklet with all lyrics, many pics (all b&w) and liner notes by Steve Lake.
The cover photo reproduces a still from Jean-Luc Godard's "Eloge d'amour".

Cole Porter's "Ebery Time We Say Goodbye", completely re-harmonized, is the only standard in the program. And that "change for Major to Minor" never sounded so strange. Even more adventurous are the journeys into Peter Gabriel's "Here Comes The Flood" (dedicated to Mars), "Giant's Gentle Stride" (inspired by John Coltrane's "Giant Steps", but in a very slow tempo), and "Remembering The Start of a Never Ending Story", a challenging tune by German pianist Hubert Nuss to which Norma added lyrics. Glauco's "Gorizia" (named for the Italian Alpine town on the border with Slovenia) features Norma's wordless vocals, recalling her days with John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler on Azimuth (not to be confused with the Brazilian fusion group).

The chamber-jazz trio even sits a poem by Pier Paolo Pasolini, "Ciant da li Campanis" ("Song of the Bells") on top of Glauco's loose adaptation of Erik Satie's "Petite Ouverture à Danser". The last of several suprises comes in the closing tune, a humorous free calypso created by Norma, Glauco & Klaus based on a poem by the Panama-born to Jamaican parents writer Andrew Salkey.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Diana Krall's upcoming concerts in Canada

Two Diana Krall ticket pre-sales...

Starting Friday, November 21, 2008 at 10am Eastern Time, tickets for the following Montreal shows will be available via pre-sale.
May 6, 2009 - Place Des Arts-Salle Wilfrid Pelletier (Montreal, AB)
May 7, 2009 - Place Des Arts-Salle Wilfrid Pelletier (Montreal, AB)

Starting Monday, November 24, 2008 at 10am Eastern Time, tickets for the following Ottawa shows will be available via pre-sale.
May 2, 2009 - National Arts Centre, Southam Hall (Ottawa, ON)May 3, 2009 - National Arts Centre, Southam Hall (Ottawa, ON)

The ticketing link for both shows is as follows:

Stay tuned for upcoming tour announcements in your area and for information about Diana's new album with Claus Ogerman, tentatively titled "Quiet Nights", coming out March 2009! The "Live in Rio" DVD is now scheduled for June 2009.

Right now, Diana is in Los Angeles recording some songs with Johnny Mandel for a new Barbara Streisand project. She will be here in LA till November 26.

CD of the Day - "Norma Winstone: Chamber Music"

CD of the Day
Norma Winstone, Glauco Venier & Klaus Gesing: "Chamber Music" (EmArcy Austria) 2003

Recorded in Italy in 2002, the first self-produced album by this European chamber-jazz acoustic trio sounds even more reflexive, introspective, somber and full of melancholy than the recent "Distances." The title track is built upon a James Joyce text published in 1908, mixed with the melody of Lowell Mason/Sarah Adams' "Nearer My God To Thee." Then comes the album highlight, Vince Mendonza's "Panis Angelicus." There's a re-construction of Tom Waits' "San Diego Serenade" (from Waits' 1978 LP "The Ghosts of Saturday Night"), and a Klaus Gesing tune, "Remember," based on a poem by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894).

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rare jazz magazines

Rare Jazz Magazines - all are approximately 5 ½ x 8 ½ with articles by well-known jazz writers, rare photos and some art. The condition of almost all is very good to excellent

1. Jazz Record - 2/47 - 50 pages
2. Jazzfinder - 5/48 - 20 pages
3. Jazz Magazine - (no date indicated). Muggsy Spanier on cover. 35 pages
4. Jazz Magazine - 8/42. Sidney DeParis on cover. 33 pages
5. Jazz Record - 6/43 - Max Kaminsky on cover - only first 8 pages
6. Jazz Record - 4/44, 9/44, 11/44; 1/45, 2/45, 3/45, 4/45, 5/45, 8/45, 9/45, 10/45, 11/45, 12/45; 1/46, 2/46, 3/46, 4/46, 5/46, 6/46, 7/46, 8/46, 9/46, 10/46, 11/46; 1/47, 2/47, 3/47, 4/47, 5/47, 6/47, 8/47, 9/47, 10/47, 11/47.

Total - 39 magazines

Minimum bid is $200. Bidding ends on December 1, 2008. All bidders will be notified of the highest bid on December 2nd and can make one more bid by December 5th. All bidders will then be notified of the winning bid. Send bids to with "Bids-Jazz Magazines" in Subject heading and with full identification and contact information. No anonymous bids. Shipping will be additional. NYC pickup available.

Info. 212-579-0689 (M-F 9am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm)

Other Jazz Magazines for Sale
1. International Musician (Date, cover, condition-(VG) = pages intact; (VG-) = some pages separated; some edges slightly frayed. Most have all pages.
a. Dec. 1957. Saxophone. VG-. $5
b. Nov. 1960. Count Basie. VG-. Label. $5
c. July 1961. Stan Kenton. VG. Label. $6
d. January 1964. Modern Jazz Quartet. Special Jazz Issue.VG-. Label. $8
e. April 1960. Gene Krupa. VG. $7
2. Downbeat. 4/6/51(ex. cond.); 10/21/53(ex. cond.); 11/3/54(ex. cond.); 4/18/57(ex. cond.); 5/30/68(ex. cond.); 12/25/69(ex. cond.). $13 each
3. Jazz Review. July, 1960. Ex. cond. $8
4. Jazz Forum (European Jazz Federation). #15(1971); #16(3-4/72); #19(10/72); #20(12/72). Almost 100 pages each. VG cond. $8 each
5. Esquire's 1947 Jazz Book. Year Book of the Jazz Scene." 9 1/2 x 13. 92 pages. Rare photographs, articles, fabulous drawings, etc. Slight edges fraying at bottom of cover, otherwise excellent condition. $19
6. Joslin's Jazz Journal. 8/85. VG cond. $5

Shipping extra.
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Also see -
(1) Jazz Expose: The New York Jazz Museum and the Power Struggle That Destroyed It (

"Grooves in the Temple" on MSN Music

Grooves in the Temple by Jorge Pescara on MSN Music
Jorge Pescara. Arranger, Bass (Electric), Keyboards, Stick, Vocals, Executive Producer, Piccolo Bass, Bass (Upright), Fretless Flute, Mixing Engineer ...Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Producer

CD of the Day - "Alex Maguire: Brewed in Belgium"

CD of the Day
Alex Maguire Sextet: "Brewed in Belgium" (MoonJune) 2008

Recorded live on October 27, 2007 at De Singer in Rijkevorsel, Belgium by Henk Weltevreden for the Dutch National Radio (VPRO) on November 7, 2007.
Featuring: Alex Maguire (acoustic piano, synth), Michel Delville (synth guitar), Robin Verheyen (tenor & soprano sax), Jean-Paul Estiévenart (trumpet & flugelhorn), Damien Polard (electric bass) & Laurent Delchambre (drums).
Graphics by Leonardo Pavkovic.

British born jazz and jaz-rock-fusion pianist/keyboardist/composer Alex Maguire, has studied with John Cage and Howard Riley, and has performed extensively around the globe. Among others, he has worked with Michael Moore, Elton Dean in several projects (including Newsense, Headless, EDQ etc), Pip Pyle's Bash, and was keyboardist of reformed Canterbury scene legends Hatfield & The North (2004-2006, with Phil Miller, Richard Sinclair and Pip Pyle). He is also founding member of newborn InCaHat with Phil Miller, Fred Baker and Mark Fletcher (a band performing the music of In Cahoots, Hatfield & The North and National Health).

Alex Maguire and the fine fleur of Belgian jazz and jazz-rock musicians team up to launch a repertoire ranging from lyrical to groovy tunes, haunting melodies, free improvisation and high-energy interaction. In this record, Maguire’s Belgian sextet includes Jean-Paul Estiévenart on trumpet, Michel Delville on guitar and guitar-synth, Damien Polard on bass and Laurent Delchambre on drums (four members of notable Belgian rock-jazz band and another exclusive MoonJune recording artist The Wrong Object) as well as Flemish saxophonist, now based in New York City, Robin Verheyen (who has just released his first solo opus with American pianist Bill Carrothers).

The quality of this recording, which was captured live by VPRO (the Dutch National Radio) in October 2007, confirms Maguire’s status as a vital presence on the international jazz scene, one which is capable of lacing the most intense lyricism with a juicy experimentalism that is reminiscent of Cecil Taylor’s best work and results in what is perhaps best described as a paradoxical and delightfully unstable form of “lyric experimentalism”.

Maguire’s talents as a pianist and a keyboard player are so diverse, his “touch” so personal (Maguire belongs to that class of musicians who have succeeded in developing their own, immediately recognizable sound), his telepathic conversations with the other musicians in the band so explosive and brilliantly unpredictable that the line that divides the written parts from the collective improvisations is often impossible to draw. It is a tribute to the sextet’s improvisational skills that the mixture remains coherent and fascinating throughout despite the wide range of styles that characterizes this highly unusual record. These, of course bear the mark of Canterbury School prog-jazz, but hey also contain swinging upbeat tunes such as “John’s Fragment”, poignant, meditative and mournful hymns such as “Psychic Warrior” (Maguire’s compositions dedicated to late Softmachinist and British saxophone jazz legend Elton Dean) as well as faster-than-light melodic improvisations like “Pumpkin Soup” that flow in and out of funky syncopated cadences and English pastoral flavors.
Liner Notes:
"Water, hops, malt and barley – all fine ingredients in their own right, I’m sure you will agree, but it’s only really when they are lovingly brought together by the masterbrewer that they leapfrog up the culinary ladder and assume regal status. His skill and experience conspire to transform the ordinary into the divine – it’s no coincidence that some of the finest brews are the creation of monastic communities! In Belgium, this art is taken to unprecedented heights and becomes the art of liquid cooking and I absolutely love to cook; to take a bunch of disparate elements and inveigle them into an entirely new unity. Individual flavours give up their unique identities in the interest of the whole ensemble; thus it was with this project.I first met Michel Delville at the Spirit of 66 in Verviers, Belgium, when I was playing there with Pip Pyle’s BASH! We made an immediate connection and there and then planned a future “cook-in”. The intervening years up to October 2007 saw us formulating separate yet related recipes; Michel got busy cooking with his band The Wrong Object and with Elton Dean (the result of which can be heard on the great “The Unbelievable Truth” cd) whilst I continued my sous-chef training with Pip and the newly-reformed Hatfield and The North.After the untimely departures of our head-chefs, it seemed apposite to take some of their recipes (how I miss Pip’s divine pork with cherries and Elton’s ‘secret’ chicken satay!) and see if we could add a few ingredients of our own.This is the final dish, and for us, it’s a new “fusion-food”, rooted in tradition yet bristling with some previously undiscovered herbs and spices. Taste it for yourself and let your ears savour it!Needless to say, we weren’t alone in the kitchen and none of this would have been possible without our esteemed musico-cookery comrades, Robin, Jean-Paul, Damien and Laurent – we salute you chefs! Additionally, the food would never have made from the kitchen to the table without the invaluable assistance of Henk Weltevreden (insistent attention to taste and freshness of ingredients) and Danny Mathys and his family – people who put the pump back into pumpkin soup. The last round must inevitably be bought for the New York chef master Leonardo Pavkovic, without whom this particular brew would never have made it fromhop farm to table top – cheers, alla salute, prost, chin-chin, à saúde, nazdravlje and santé to you.Enjoy with something “Brewed in Belgium!” Bon appétit." - Alex Maguire

Win tickets to Kassin + 2 @ Nu Blue, NY

Kassin + 2, which incidentally counts Moreno Veloso (son of Caetano Veloso) as one of its members, are playing in the States for the first time since 2005, in support of their new Luaka Bop release, "Futurismo."
The album is the final chapter of a trilogy from the trio of Veloso, Alexandre Kassin and Domenico Lancelott (the previous installments, Music Typewriter and Sincerely Hot, were credited to Moreno + 2 and Domenico + 2, respectively) and a fresh, modern take on Brazilian music, effortlessly fusing elements of garage rock and electronica with samba and bossa sounds. Other Music has two pairs of tickets up for grabs for their December 2nd show at Nu Blu. To enter, email They'll be picking the two winners on Monday, November 24th.
NU BLU: 62 Avenue C NYC

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"Jacofest" - A Tribute to Pastorius @ Iridium, NY, Nov 20-23

Jacofest - A Tribute to Jaco Pastorius at Iridium November 20 - 23

The late great bassist-composer Jaco Pastorius, an undeniable force on contemporary jazz during the ‘70s as well as a towering influence on two generations of musicians, will be feted at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York from November 20 - 23. Included in this all-star gala, produced by impresario Charles Carlini, are Pastorius colleagues and former bandmates like trumpeters Randy Brecker, Miles Evans and Lew Soloff, saxophonists Alex Foster and Butch Thomas, trombonist David Bargeron, keyboardist Delmar Brown, guitarist David Gilmore and drummer Kenwood Dennard. Featured bass players are T.M Stephens, Matt Garrison, and Jaco's son, Felix Pastorius. For reservations, please call the box office at (212) 582-2121 or visit

Crafted by Musical Director, Kenwood Dennard, this, not-to-be-missed, event, is a heartfelt devotion to his friend and fellow musician Jaco Pastorius, whom Dennard accompanied for many years. It is also an early celebration of what would have been Jaco’s Birthday (on December 1, 1951).

Although Jaco Pastorius passed away over 21 years ago (on September 21, 1987), his musical legacy remains as strong today as ever. Jazz artists around the world continue to cover his compositions or offer up personal tributes to the man on their recordings, all attesting to the indelible mark that Jaco made in his relatively short career. Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on December 1, 1951, Pastorius grew up in Fort Lauderdale and as a teenager began playing around the South Florida music scene .

Originally a drummer, he switched to electric bass at age 16 after injuring his wrist in a football game and adapted remarkably well to his new instrument. Within a year, it was clear to everyone on the scene that he possessed special gifts as a bassist. Growing by leaps and bounds, Jaco would quickly develop a wholly new and unprecedented vocabulary on the instrument. After performing in a series of local Florida bands, Pastorius was “discovered” by Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer Bobby Columby, who produced Jaco’s landmark self-titled debut for Epic Records in late 1975.

Jaco joined Weather Report, the premier fusion band of the ‘70s, in April of 1976 and appeared on the band’s groundbreaking 1977 Columbia album, "Heavy Weather." He remained with Weather Report for six years, appearing on a string of acclaimed recordings including 1978’s "Mr. Gone," 1979’s Grammy Award-winning "8:30," and 1980’s "Night Passage." Pastorius’ second recording as a leader, 1981’s "Word of Mouth" on Warner Bros., introduced such ambitious Jaco compositions as “Liberty City,” “John and Mary” and the adventurous title track along with a full big band arrangement of his most famous composition, “Three Views of a Secret.” Jaco’s 1983 album, "Invitation," documented his Word of Mouth Big Band on tour in Japan. He subequently toured in a scaled-down sextet version of Word of Mouth and with the PDB trio-featuring guitarist late Hiram Bullock and drummer Kenwood Dennard.

April Hall to appear @ Scullers Jazz Club

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:00 PM
New CD Just Released: "Fun Out Of Life"

“The effulgent Hall has a rich commanding voice and
the stage presence of an old soul of jazz” -Boston Globe

“Hall’s vocals soar . . . her range of vocal ability goes from
soft and understated to powerful and heartfelt.” -

Bee Boy Records has just released jazz singer April Hall’s "Fun Out Of Life." In sync with the new disc, Hall is booked for a special engagement on Wednesday, January 7 at 8:00 p.m. at Scullers Jazz Club in the DoubleTree Guest Suites-Boston [400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston]. Tickets at $20.00 can be purchased on line at or by calling: 617-562-4111. For full information, call: 617-562-4111. Scullers is wheelchair accessible.

Hall’s crackerjack band at Scullers will feature Tim Ray on piano, Kenny Hadley on drums, Mark Poniatowski on bass, Jon Damian on guitar, Tom Hall on tenor and baritone sax and Amadee Castenell on tenor sax and flute. April Hall is set to take Scullers and Boston by storm!

Singer April Hall is a Florida native who grew up on a cattle ranch! She has roots steeped in southern tradition, music and culture. Her deep heritage in gospel and blues combine with urban soulfulness, jazz and sophistication to create music that’s pure, gutsy, and unmistakably authentic.

Her new CD, "Fun Out of Life" features such jazz standards as “I’ve Got The World On A String,” which is sung as a ballad, "This Can't Be Love" and Michel Legrand's “You Must Believe In Spring.” "Fun Out of Life" is a follow-up to her 2000 release "Something Like That," which received rave reviews for her bluesy, gutsy, folksy style.

R.I.P.: Tony Reedus

Tony Reedus
(b: 1959, Memphis/TN;
d: Nov. 16, 2008, New York/NY)

Tony Reedus died November 16th of pulmonary embolism en route to the hospital. The 49 year old drummer had collapsed at JFK airport after returning from a concert in Bologna, Italy. Reedus picked up the drums at the age of 13 and joined Woody Shaw's band at 20. He also played and recorded with Milt Jackson, Benny Golson and Freddie Hubbard. In recent years he had worked with guitarist Dave Stryker's band as well as with organist and pianist Mike LeDonne, with whom he had also played the Bologna concert.

More details on his website:

The obituary (by Zan Stewart) published in the Star-Ledger follows:

Tony Reedus, 49, top jazz drummer
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Star-Ledger Staff

A man with a big heart and a big beat, drummer Tony Reedus cared for other people the way he cared about making a band swing.

"He was true blue, he'd do anything for you," said pianist Mulgrew Miller, who knew Mr. Reedus as a youth in Memphis, where the drummer was born, and later employed him in his trio in the late 1980s and early 1990s. "He was supersensitive," said his wife, violinist Jenise Grice-Reedus. "He'd see a person who was sad and would go talk to that person, and would have another friend for life."

"He was a funny guy," said organist and pianist Mike LeDonne, with whom Mr. Reedus regularly performed. "Just a sweetheart, that's what Tony Reedus was, and great to work with."

Mr. Reedus died Sunday of a pulmonary embolism en route by ambulance to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. He had collapsed at John F. Kennedy International Airport after getting off an American Airlines flight from Bologna, Italy, where he had been performing with LeDonne. He was 49. Mr. Reedus lived in Irvington with his wife and their 5-year-old daughter, Cameron. He had been troubled with undetermined gastrointestinal issues since August.

A superb musician, Mr. Reedus picked up the drums when he was 13 and broke into the upper echelon of jazz just seven years later, performing and recording with innovative trumpeter Woody Shaw. In a story in The Star-Ledger in 2006, he likened joining Shaw to a baseball player "going from single-A to the Show." "It was music on such a high level," said Mr. Reedus.

He played on Shaw's albums "United" (Columbia) and "Master of the Art" (Elektra/Musician). Mr. Reedus also played and recorded with such masters as trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, saxophonist Benny Golson, and guitarist Dave Stryker. Mr. Reedus also was a leader who made three solo albums.

Mr. Reedus was noted for his all-around drum kit acumen -- in particular, his ride cymbal beat. "He had a real wide beat, and his feel on the cymbal was unique," said Stryker, whose organ trio included Mr. Reedus for several years. "He felt great to play with, just really swinging, dancing."

Of the importance of that beat, Mr. Reedus said in 2006, "It's a heavy feeling that makes people want to pat their feet, sway back and forth. When people come to see you play, they want to escape, they want to feel good. Music is a celebration of life that comes from the heart."

Mr. Reedus returned to college in the middle of his career, earning a B.A. in music from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2005. "The day he graduated was one of the happiest days of his life," said Grice-Reedus, who plays with the Garden State Philharmonic and the Plainfield Symphony and leads the Ebony String Quartet.

Another was the birth of his daughter. "He loved being a father, being married," said Stryker.

Linda Grice, Mr. Reedus' mother-in-law, said: "He loved his family; he took good care of my daughter and my granddaughter." Mr. Reedus' survivors include his brothers Chris and Keith, both of Memphis.

A visitation will be held Sunday at 2 p.m., with services at 4 p.m., at the Prospect Presbyterian Church, 646 Prospect St., Maplewood. More information is available by calling (973) 763-8955 or visiting the church's website (

Zan Stewart is the Star-Ledger's jazz writer.

CD of the Day - "DFA.: Kaleidoscope"

CD of the Day
D.F.A.: "Kaleidoscope" (MoonJune) 2007

Digitally remastered first two albums “Lavori In Corso” (1996) and “Duty Free Area” (1999) with three live bonus tracks. Double cd box set.
Featuring: Alberto Bonomi (Hammond organ, analog & digital synthesizers, mellotron, el. piano, flute, back vocals), Alberto De Grandis (drums, lead vocals), Silvio Minella (guitar), Luca Baldassari (electric bass) with guests Alberto Piras & Giorgia Gallo (vocals)
Liner notes by Glenn Astarita (rock and jazz journalist; contributor to DownBeat Magazine,,, and RadioDirectX)
With two critically-acclaimed albums - now reissued as one double-CD package with bonus live material - under their belts, DFA (Duty Free Area) have proven themselves one of Italy's leading lights in the new generation of progressive rock bands that appeared in the wake of the genre's 1990s revival. With fifteen years of experience and live appearances across the globe, they are now ready to confirm their status with their highly anticipated third studio effort.

Formed in Verona during 1991 around Alberto De Grandis, drummer, occasional vocalist and main composer, and bassist Luca Baldassari, DFA was initially an instrumental keyboard-led trio, a formula that evolved over the years, first with the arrival of guitarist Silvio Minella in 1993, and two years later with the introduction of vocal parts in the compositions, following the release of a demo tape entitled Trip On Metro.

Later in 1995, Alberto Bonomi replaced the original keyboard player and DFA found its definitive shape. Bonomi was soon to become an essential creative force in the band alongside De Grandis, co-writing most of the material with him. The new quartet made its live debut in January 1996, and soon afterwards embarked on the recording of their first proper album.

Alberto Piras, the frontman of fellow Italian proggers Deus Ex Machina, had heard the demo tape, and offered to produce the album for his own label, Scolopendra. By 1996 Lavori In Corso ("works in progress") was ready, and was soon greeted by many favourable reviews. A staff writer for the respected US new music publication Exposé called the album "an absolute masterpiece of complex progressive rock". The high level of musicianship and the attention to detail in the compositions and arrangements - which drew comparisons with luminaries such as Gentle Giant, National Health, Gong, Banco or Weather Report - helped to make Lavori In Corso a natural candidate for a lot of "Best Of '97" lists among fans of the genre.

During the following months, DFA's profile as a live band increased, supporting the likes of Italian veterans Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso and Le Orme. Meanwhile, work started on new material, and by June 1999 the quartet was finally back in the studio to record the eagerly-awaited follow-up to Lavori In Corso, which saw the light of day the following October on Italian Mellow Records - its title, Duty Free Area, finally revealing what the three letters stood for. "We liked the idea of an area free from all constraints", explained Bonomi, "where we can play what we feel".

With their second work, DFA broadened their musical palette with new sounds, especially in the keyboard department (occasionally bringing to mind Ozric Tentacles), and further perfected their craftmanship, both as composers and players. Critics unanimously acclaimed Duty Free Area as a major progression from the already excellent Lavori In Corso, particularly in terms of melodic accessibility and overall coherence of the often fiendishly complex epic compositions masterminded by De Grandis and Bonomi.

Another significant improvement on Lavori In Corso was to be found in the vocals, arguably not DFA's forte. A larger percentage of the music was instrumental (showcasing the breathtaking interplay between Minella's guitar and Bonomi's keyboards), the one track sung by De Grandis (with backing by Bonomi) was ideally suited to his range, and the other two pieces with vocals used guests - Alberto Piras and female singer Giorgia Gallo. All in all, Duty Free Area could be called a success in all departments : little could be improved upon.

DFA's watershed appearance at NEARfest in June 2000 was documented on a best-selling live CD, brining together the best of both albums and proving that the band was able to "pull it off" on stage like the best of them ! Invitations to other foreign festivals and venues duly followed, in France, Mexico, Belgium and Italy. Meanwhile, DFA started work on their next album, aiming at breaking away from existing musical categories (such as progrock, jazz-rock, etc.) and further establishing the unique DFA identity. This long process is now over, and the band is about to start recording with a view to releasing the album in January 2007, following it up with festival appearances and concerts worldwide.

Bishop Allen ticket give away

Bishop Allen will be performing two shows this weekend at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, a homecoming of sorts for the Brooklyn band who've been touring across the States for a better part of the past month.
We're willing to bet that they'll be previewing a lot new material off of their forthcoming album, set for release on Dead Oceans early next year. Regardless of the set list, the group's live shows are always energetic, soaring, and not to be missed.
Send an email to, to put your name in the hat for a pair of tickets to Sunday's show. They'll be picking two winners this Friday morning.
MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG: 66 North Sixth Street Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Monday, November 17, 2008

"Jazz Rock" @ Dusty Groove

"Jazz Rock," the brand-new CD compilation produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for the Verve Music Group, is now available at Dusty Groove.

That's what they say:
"Funk fusion galore -- a brilliant batch of electric jazz numbers, mostly from the 70s, including work recorded on both sides of the Atlantic! Some of these tunes have a heavy-jamming Euro fusion approach -- while others are spacier, and a bit more soulful -- and together, the package packs plenty of punch -- from heavy drums, to soaring keyboards, choppy reeds, and frenetic guitar bits that really cook up the tunes nicely! Titles include "Aorta" by Didier Lockwood, "Vulcan Worlds" by Return To Forever, "Bed Stories" by Joachim Kuhn, "The Word" by Don Sebesky, "Black Dog" by Deodato, "Emergency" by Tony Williams Lifetime, "Old Slippers" by George Duke, "Nightmare" by Alphonse Mouzon, "Song For Barry" by The Brecker Brothers, and "Ant Steps On An Elephant's Toe" by Albert Mangelsdorff with Jaco Pastorius and Alphonse Mouzon."