Monday, February 27, 2017

R.I.P.: Horace Parlan (1931-2017)

RIP: Horace Parlan
(born January 19, 1931, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;
died February 24, 2017, Korsør, Denmark)

A soulful hard bop pianist & Charles Mingus collaborator who passed away in Denmark at age 86. Parlan recorded 7 Blue Note sessions as a leader between 1960-63 including "Movin' & Groovin'" "Us Three" & "Speakin' My Piece," and appeared on Mingus classics like "Blues & Roots" & "Mingus Ah Um."

He also played with Dexter Gordon, Thad Jones, Booker Erwin, Lou Donaldson, Dave Bailey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Slide Hampton, and many more. However, the first time I heard him was on Stanley Turrentine's "Salt Song" for CTI. Explore Parlan's Blue Note catalog with the complete Mosaic set on Apple Music.
I treasure this LD because it allows me to watch Horace Parlan playing in top form with Archie Shepp, Wayne Dockery and Marvin Smith. "The Stuttgart Jazz Summit" (Pioneer) also features Sun Ra, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Sonny Fortune, Glen Moore, Steps Ahead with Mike Mainieri, Samul Nori & Red Sun, Jorg Reiter, Charlie Mariano, Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Dennis Chambers, John Zorn Naked City etc.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Composer/bandleader Jihye Lee Turns Tragedy into Lavish, Heart-Wrenching Inspiration on Debut Orchestral Album

Composer/bandleader Jihye Lee releases her sumptuous and heart-rending debut recording titled "April" tomorrow, February 24. The album features a 20-piece orchestra culled from Berklee faculty and Boston-area musicians, with Sean Jones as special guest. Inspired by the Sewol ferry disaster of 2014 in South Korea, Lee's original six-song suite explores the myriad conflicting emotions that a tragedy can engender, vividly embodied by an orchestra that can navigate fluidly from visceral force to impressionistic beauty.

On the morning of April 16, 2014, tragedy struck South Korea when the ferry Sewol capsized and sank, killing more than 300 passengers. Half a world away, composer and native Korean Jihye Lee watched on in horror from Boston, where she was studying at Berklee College of Music. As the hours, days, weeks and now years have passed, reactions to the disaster have mingled grief and anger, sorrow and outrage, protest and sympathy as human tragedy collided with political controversy.

Not long before the wreck of the Sewol, Lee had written two pieces that came to prove eerily prophetic: "April Wind," which gradually builds from gentle and tender to majestic and powerful; and "Deep Blue Sea," through which Lee's soaring voice wends an emotional, wordless lament before being overwhelmed by swelling tides of sound. "Destiny is a big word," Lee admits, "but maybe I was meant to make this album."

Lee expanded upon those two compositions in the wake of the Sewol disaster, creating the heartfelt six-song suite that comprises her new album, "April." Performed by a 20-piece orchestra culled from Berklee faculty and Boston-area musicians, the album (due out tomorrow, February 24) explores the myriad conflicting emotions that a tragedy like the ferry crash can engender, vividly embodied by an orchestra that can navigate fluidly from visceral force to impressionistic beauty. Lee composes from a wide palette, at one moment lush watercolors, the next bold splashes of action painting.

Being so far away from home as events unfolded, Lee says that the worst feeling was being unable to contribute to rescue and relief efforts. "If I were in Korea I would have done something," she says. "But in Boston there was nothing to do. My mind was so chaotic, I couldn't help but write this music."

"April Wind" opens the album, the calm before the storm that sets the scene for the events of the day to unfold. Alain Mallet's piano solo rides the orchestra's cresting waves, while Shannon LeClaire's alto and Allan Chase's soprano usher in the rising tide. It's followed by "Sewol Ho," named for the ferry itself, which begins with John Lockwood's churning, ominous bass, soon joined by frantic, cross-talking horn lines which build in tension and urgency. "Deep Blue Sea" is an oasis of serenity, seemingly peaceful but perhaps suggesting the stunned silence following unimaginable horror. Rick DiMuzio's tenor offers a soulful elegy.

The brisk, manic rhythms of "Whirlwind" capture the chaos of the sinking's aftermath: the frenzied worry of victim's families, the unanswered questions and political turmoil that persist nearly three years later. "Guilty" is aimed squarely at those whose neglect, greed and politicking led to the tragedy and its staggering death toll, the composer's seething contempt for the deceit and disregard for human life mutedly expressed in the tug of war between Bruce Bartlett's guitar and Rick DiMuzio's soprano. Finally, "You Are Here (Every Time I Think of You)" is Lee's outpouring of sympathy for those lost and those left behind, highlighted by the aching, sweepingly gorgeous flugelhorn of guest soloist Sean Jones.

The band was assembled and the album co-produced by trumpeter and longtime Berklee professor Greg Hopkins. "Greg really believed in me and my music," Lee says. "When I shared my vision he was really supportive." Hopkins also helped Lee set up the Kickstarter campaign that funded the album's recording.

Given the singular vision of Lee's writing for big band, which calls to mind the bold narratives and colors of the Maria Schneider Orchestra along with the intricate arrangements of Jim McNeely, with whom she's now studying at the Manhattan School of Music, it's surprising to learn that Lee arrived in Boston with no intention of leading an orchestra and very little knowledge of jazz in general. She'd worked primarily as a folk and R&B-influenced pop singer-songwriter in Korea but came to Berklee hoping to expand her musical horizons.

"I wanted to see something that I didn't see when I was in Korea," she recalls. "I really loved complexity in harmony and rhythm, but I didn't know what genre I could find it in. I just followed my gut, and my gut said you have to go to Berklee. I got to see a lot of concert jazz orchestra music there, and I was overwhelmed. I was enchanted by the energy and complexity, the richness and diversity that we can mix and use in different ways. That's how I got into jazz big band writing."

One of the most striking elements of Lee's pieces throughout April is the way she interweaves her own voice into the orchestral palette. She doesn't write lyrics, uncomfortable with penning words in English, but doesn't see the lack of them as inhibitive of communicating her messages. "Lyrics are too specific to convey some images or emotions that I cannot really express with words," she says.
The use of voice, though, came naturally from her background as a singer. "It was only natural. I think people are very drawn to the human voice because we're all human, and there's some things that only voice can express."

While she doesn't draw on explicit influences from her native country, Lee says that her essential Korean-ness comes through in every note that she writes. "Korean people are very emotional, very expressive," she explains. She mentions a Korean expression, han, that connotes a sense of deep, restrained emotion rooted in the country's long history of war and colonization, similar to the melancholic/nostalgic Brazilian term saudade but in an earthier, more inward form. The stoicism they display on the surface means that their sadness comes through in art as a howl of sadness. "I think it naturally comes through in my melodies: dramatic, lyrical, very sad, that kind of emotional statement."

The title "April" ties into her adopted home of Boston as well, given that the Boston Marathon bombing took place one year almost to the day prior to the Sewol. Lee hopes that her music offers a path to healing from both incidents. "April is a beautiful month, the beginning of spring when everything is new and beautiful and blooming," she says. "I want to make April bloom again."

The Anna Mjöll Sextet @ Baked Porato, tomorrow

Tomorrow, Feb 24!!!
With Anna Mjöll (vocals), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Brandon Fields (sax), Clayton Cameron (drums), Willard Peterson (bass) and Joe Elliott (guitar).
Two shows 9:30 and 11:30.
This event will sell out FAST (!!) - for tickets call (818) 980-1615.

R.I.P.: Leon Ware (1940-2017)

R.I.P.: Leon Ware
(born on February 16, 1940, Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, USA;
died on February 23, 2017, Marina del Rey, California, USA)

The fabulous North American singer & songwriter, recorded many great albums, but this self-titled r&b gem is my favorite. Recorded in 1982 for Elektra, arranged by Marty Paich & Jerry Hey, featuring Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Laudir de Oliveira, Gato Barbieri, Janis Siegel, Nathan East, Chuck Rainey, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Rita Coolidge, Steve Lukather etc. There are two beautiful songs co-written with Marcos Valle: the haunting ballad Deeper Than Love (Mais Que Amor) and the infectious samba-funk Somewhere (later recorded by Emilio Santiago as Dentro de Você.)

Leon Ware's tunes were recorded by Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Minnie Ripperton, Donny Hathaway, Isaac Hayes and many others, being sampled by Ice Cub, Tupac, Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest etc. Rest in Power.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Jazz Station Gallery: Hector Costita, Joseval Paes, Bebeto Castilho & Arnaldo DeSouteiro @ Bottle's Bar - Beco das Garrafas, Rio de Janeiro

 (Hector Costita, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Bebeto Castilho, Joseval Paes)
                             (Hector Costita & Arnaldo DeSouteiro)
 (Hector Costita, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Bebeto Castilho & Joseval Paes)
 (Hector Costita, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Bebeto Castilho & Joseval Paes)
                                    (Hector Costita & Arnaldo DeSouteiro)
                                                    (Hector Costita)
  (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Tamba Trio's bassist/flutist Bebeto Castilho)
                                  (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Bebeto Castilho)
                                 (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Bebeto Castilho)
                                   (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Bebeto Castilho)
                                   (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Bebeto Castilho)
                                 (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Bebeto Castilho)
                                   (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Bebeto Castilho)
(Hector Costita at Bottle's Bar, Beco das Garrafas, February 18, 2017)

R.I.P.: Larry Coryell (1943-2017)

R.I.P.: Larry Coryell, at age 73.
(born Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III on April 2, 1943, Galveston, Texas, USA;
died February 19, 2017, New York City, New York, USA)

Terrible news. Another idol & friend is gone, another jazz master. Had the honor to work with him during his CTI years ("Fallen Angel" was a best-selling on the Billboard jazz charts) and when I produced the album "Almost In Love / Ithamara Koorax Sings The Luiz Bonfá Songbook," recorded in 1996, on which he guested. The first time I saw him live was in 1978 in a brilliant duo concert with Philipe Catherine at the Sao Paulo Jazz Festival, during the "Twin House Tour." And the first Coryell album I got, as a gift from my aunt Elge Agricola, was "Introducing The Eleventh House" in 1974. It means I have been "connected" to his artistry for 43 years... Photo by Celso Brando (P. Mallagutti, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Larry Coryell, Ithamara Koorax)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Al Di Meola's Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Tour 2017

Al Di Meola celebrates the 40th Anniversary of "Elegant Gypsy" 
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 7:00 pm 
Released in 1977, "Elegant Gypsy" was the follow-up album to Di Meola's debut release.  The distinctive music on the album is a fusion of jazz and rock, with Di Meola's lightning-fast guitar riffs intermixed with lyrical acoustical passages.  The album was named Best Guitar Album in Guitar Player magazine and is generally regarded as a masterpiece in the rock-jazz fusion music genre.

A bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as a virtuoso of the highest order. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, Jean-Luc Ponty and more.

And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among hordes of frettboard aficionados who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola's writing and compositions along with the soulfulness of his guitar expressions have won him legions of fans worldwide.

Meet and Greet Tickets Available!

Al Di Meola's "40th Anniversary Meet & Greet Package" includes:
Admission to sound check
20 Minute Q & A session delivered by Al Di Meola from onstage
Meet and Greet
Autographed 40th Anniversary Poster

Contact Box Office for details!

Paramount Hudson Valley is operated by Red House Entertainment LLC
Box Office Hours: Tues - Fri & Sunday: 1pm - 6pm - Saturday 12pm - 6pm
Address: 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill NY 10566 - For general inquiries phone: 914 739 0039

TBT: Grady Tate & Arnaldo DeSouteiro

 (legendary drummer/singer Grady Tate & Arnaldo DeSouteiro, 1979)
Photos by Delza Agricola DeSouteiro

R.I.P.: Helio Matheus (1940-2017)

R.I.P.: Helio Matheus (1940-2017),
(born on July 5, 1940; died on February 09, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ)

Brazilian singer, composer and guitarist. Besides this debut solo album recorded in 1975 for RCA with an all-star cast, Helio had his songs covered by such acts as Elis Regina, Azymuth, Zimbo Trio, Meirelles, Wanderléa, Doris Monteiro, Banda Black Rio etc. My favorite ones are the recordings of "Kriola" by Meirelles and "Que É Que Você Vai Fazer Nesse Carnaval" by Azymuth, which I've included in the volume 3 of the compilation series "A Trip To Brazil" that I produced for Verve. Rest in Power.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Anna Mjoll to appear @ Baked Potato, Feb 24

One of our favorite singers, Anna Mjoll will be performing with her sextet at the Baked Potato, next February 24.
For infos and reservations, please call (818) 980-1615.

R.I.P.: Orlandivo (1937-2017)

(born Orlandivo Honório de Souza on August 5, 1937 in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil;
died on February 8, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

Brazilian singer, composer and percussionist aka Orlann Divo. Recorded several albums as a leader, being recognized as one of the fathers of the "Sambalanço" style derived from bossa nova. He started his career as crooner of organist Ed Lincoln's band and co-wrote many songs with guitarist Durval Ferreira.

However, his biggest international hit, "Samba Blim" (aka "Tamanco No Sambo"), recorded by Cal Tjader and Tamba 4 among others, was co-written with Helton Menezes. Orlandivo also recorded as a percussionist on Deodato's "Os Catedráticos 73" albums, later retitled "Skyscrapers."

As a solo artist, his most famous album was released in 1977 by the Copacabana label and shamelessly bootlegged in UK during the Acid Jazz heyday. That album was arranged by keyboardist João Donato, also featuring Azymuth's members Alex Malheiros (bass) and Mamão (drums) plus Zé Menezes, Sivuca, Copinha, Durval Ferreira, Helcio Milito, Chico Batera, Ariovaldo, Papão, Hermes Contesini, Airton Barbosa, Geraldo Bongô and many others. Rest in Groove.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

R.I.P.: Svend Asmussen (1916-2017)

(born on February 28, 1916, in Copenhagen, Denmark;
died on February 7, 2017, Dronningmølle, Denmark)

R.I.P. Svend Asmussen (1916-2017), one of the best violin players in jazz history, and an institution in Danish jazz. He passed away (today) a few days before his 101th Birthday! This is my favorite Svend album, recorded in 1972 with Toots Thielemans plus Red Mitchell, Ed Thigpen, Kjell Ohman and Stefan Brolund. A lovely bossa nova titled "Denise," written by Thigpen, used to receive a lot of airplay at JB-AM radio station in my native Brazil, at the time of the album release in 1973. The repertoire also includes great tunes by Toots, Milt Jackson and Duke Ellington. Besides the violin, Svend plays viola and cello. His career spanned eight decades, with over 80 albums as a leader or co-leader. Rest in Heaven.

Entrevista de Arnaldo DeSouteiro ao portal Coisas da Música - Parte 2

Confira o depoimento de Arnaldo DeSouteiro ao portal Coisas da Música, agora na íntegra, em sete partes.
Arnaldo DeSouteiro começa sua coleção de discos aos 4 anos de idade. O primeiro título foi presente da tia, Elge Agrícola: "Dominique", de Poly, brasileiro especializado em guitarra havaiana. Confira na segunda parte da entrevista ao Coisas da Música.

Entrevista realizada por Bernardo Costa em 11/07/2016.
Imagem e edição: Bernardo Costa

O material foi publicado em duas reportagens no portal Coisas da Música. Veja nos links abaixo:

As memórias de Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Parte I

As memórias de Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Parte II

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"A Sunday Kind of Love" - A Valentine's Dance Party w/ Matty B & Amanda Carr

Who doesn't love a dance party at the beach?

Celebrate the start of Valentine's Week and dance to your favorites with Matty and Amanda. Join everyone on Sunday afternoon at the historic C-Note club on Nantasket Beach. $10 at door. BYO-Food. and Cash Bar.

Sunday, February 12, 3pm-7pm

What's not to love? More info at

The C Note Hull
159 Nantasket Ave, Hull, Massachusetts 02045

Padre Severino Severens (1862-1925) - Bio & Reminiscences

(Pe. Severino Franciscus Severens, C.Ss.R.)

Padre Severino Severens celebrou o casamento de meus avós (Ernani Agricola & Aurea Agricola) e batizou minha tia & madrinha Elge Agricola em 24 de Maio de 1923, em Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Ele a chamava carinhosamente de "Rosa Maxixa" e pedia que Aurea a levasse até a estação de trem quando ele passava por BH. Elge o considerava seu "Anjo da Guarda". Até os últimos dias de sua vida, rezava tendo em mãos um Terço dado por ele, que me deixou como preciosa herança de fé, caridade, bondade e generosidade.

Dois anos depois do batismo, Padre Severino faleceu em 08 de Janeiro de 1925, às 22:30hs, no Convento de Santo Afonso, em consequencia de uma ensolação, levando a "Vice-Província Holãndico-Brasileira" a emitir uma nota comunicando a "grande perda". A nota, além de relatar a brilhante vida devotada a Deus, ao Cristianismo e aos fiéis, comentava "o caracter alegre na juventude, um brincalhão que gostava de alegrar os confrades".

Nascido Franciscus Severens a 04 de Maio de 1862 em Maastricht, Holanda, entrou para o Juvenato em Roermond, em 1874.

No dia 07 de Setembro de 1880 entrou no Noviciado e recebeu o hábito Redentorista a 15 de Outubro daquele mesmo ano. Emitiu os votos na Igreja de Wittem no dia 27 de Dezembro de 1881.

Foi ordenado Sacerdote a 08 de Outubro de 1886. Inicialmente foi nomeado Professor e depois Missionário. Granjeou renome de fenomenal pregador.

Nomeado para o Brasil, sacrificou tudo isso, e chegou a cidade mineira de Juiz de Fora no dia 06 de Maio de 1899. [No Brasil, os Redentoristas iniciaram suas atividades em 1893, através da Província holandesa].

Segundo o historiador Sergio Augusto Moreira Bastos, em 1907 chegaram a Montes Claros "os sacerdotes Severino Severens, Afonso Mathysen, Bernardo Willems, Theodoro Roosmalen, Sebastião Dorresteyn e Clemente Wildt, que aqui vêm pregar as Santas Missões. Reúnem-se nessa ocasião, na sede da Paróquia, 6 redentoristas holandesas, 5 sacerdotes premonstratenses e 2 padres brasileiros. Após 15 dias de pregações na cidade, partiram em grupos de três pregadores a fim de levar a palavra de Cristo às 9 Capelas existentes na Paróquia".

Trabalhador incansável, em seus quase 26 anos de Brasil, Padre Severino pregou 32 "Santas Missões", 63 Retiros Para Clero de várias dioceses. e mais 53 outros "exercícios". Ganhava a simpatia de todos, pois era considerado "um santo de simplicidade".

Em Belo Horizonte, o padre redentorista (pertencente à Congregação do Santíssimo Redentor, popularmente chamada de Congregação Redentorista), ficou conhecido como "O Catequista". Muito procurado como confessor, entre seus penitentes contaram-se os "Presidentes de Minas Gerais" Arthur Bernardes e Francisco Sales, com suas respectivas esposas.

Na cidade de Curvelo (então trabalhando na "Parochia de Santo Antonio de Curvello"), onde nasceu meu saudoso amigo Luiz Claudio de Castro, cantor e compositor da mais alta estirpe musical, fundou a revista "O Santuário de São Geraldo" que subsistiu por mais de 78 anos.

Segundo minha tia, um processo de beatificação foi iniciado alguns anos após sua morte, mas não sabia me dizer mais detalhes sobre o lento andamento. Procurei muito na internet e nada encontrei. Na verdade não existia, até agora, nenhuma biografia do Padre Severino na web. Agora há.

E agradeço a ele por toda a fé que transmitiu a várias gerações da minha família, inclusive a pessoas que não chegaram a conhece-lo, como minha mãe Delza Agricola, mas que o adotou em suas orações. Minhas tias-avós Aurette Palermo e Aurora Palermo, que conviveram com o Padre Severino, também o adoravam. À ele devo principalmente o milagre de ter conservado minha tia Elge Agricola em excelente estado de saúde física e mental durante 93 anos, preservando-a lúcida até três dias antes da morte, sem nunca ter sofrido uma fratura, um assalto, absolutamente nenhum mal grave; milagre do qual dou testemunho público em sinal de Fé, me colocando à disposição para manifestar-me no processo de beatificação. Certamente estaremos todos juntos no Dia da Ressurreição. Com a graça de Deus, Amém.
(O holândes P.e Severino Severens, padre redentorista)

R.I.P.: Elge Agricola (1923-2017)

(born on April 23, 1923 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil;
died on February 06, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

Brazilian classical pianist Elge Agricola just passed away. Also a piano teacher, painter, writer, decorator, photographer, illustrator.
My adored aunt, godmother and assistant/secretary.
All my eternal love, respect & gratitude.