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18 avril 2010 7 18 /04 /avril /2010 10:30

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Sortie : 2004

Style : Jazz

Tracklist :

1. My Man       
2. Tango       
3. Cold In My Bed       
4. Lullaby       
5. Dream A Little Dream Of Me       
6. Her Tears Break My Heart       
7. So Cruel       
8. Ain't Misbehavin       
9. Body And Soul       
10. Sweet Salvation       
11. Strange Fruit

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Bernadette Seacrest est devenue une voix sur la scène musicale d'Albuquerque depuis 2001. Après avoir joué au sein du groupe de rockabilly/country The Long Goners avec Pat Bova, elle s'est dirigée vers un registre plus jazz en travaillant avec le fameux bassiste David Parlato.

Avec son groupe, Her yes men, composé de Michael Grimes (contrebasse), Jason Aspeslet (batterie), Jonathan Grimes (saxophone) et Paul Bossert (trombone), elle vient de sortir son premier album No more music by the suckers qui comprend des reprises de grands standards et des compositions originales de Pat Bova et Michael Grimes.

Son registre ainsi qu'elle le définit elle-même c'est le "torch/swing/vintage jazz", torch song étant le nom donné aux chansons d'amour triste qui connurent un très grand succès populaire aux Etats Unis dans les années 30 et 40 et dont Billie Holliday fut une des plus grandes interprètes.

Bernadette Seacrest revisite avec bonheur les standards de la chanson comme "My man", du blues avec "Body and soul", l'un des plus parfaits exemples de torch song qui fut chantée par Billie Holliday, du jazz avec "Ain't misbehaving" de Fats Waller interprété par Louis Armstrong ou "Dream a little dream of me" qui figurait au répertoire d'Ella Fitzgerald.

Ainsi, elle se mesure aux plus grands et elle relève fort bien le défi. Dotée d'une voix à la fois claire et ouatée, elle se promène dans les graves comme dans les aigus avec la même aisance.

Mais elle se forge également un répertoire personnel avec les morceaux sur mesure que lui a composé Michael Grimes. Ainsi "So cruel" ou "Sweet salvation" lui permettent de faire valoir ses qualités d'interprétation.

L'ensemble crée climat propice aux errances nocturnes à l'instar de celles de Jeanne Moreau et Maurice Ronet sur les Champs-Élysées dans le mythique "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud" de Louis Malle

L'album s'ouvre sur une reprise de l'intemporel "My man" qui démarre a cappella puis s'accompagne par les seuls trémolos de la contrebasse pour finir plus jazzy et se clôt avec une superbe reprise d'une des premières "protest song" américaine, sur la discrimination raciale, "Strange fruit", chanté par Billie Holliday, presque a cappella sur quelques notes de contrebasse.

Qui croirait qu'on puisse encore émouvoir de cette façon après Piaf et Billie Holliday?

by MM

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9 avril 2010 5 09 /04 /avril /2010 12:00

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http://www.paolofresu.it

Sortie : 2009

Style : Jazz

Tracklist :

01 - Wistful Thinking (Ralph Towner) 04:19
02 - Punta Giara (Ralph Towner) 06:21
03 - Chiaroscuro (Ralph Towner) 06:31
04 - Sacred Place (Ralph Towner) 04:13
05 - Blue In Green (Miles Davis) 05:45
06 - Doubled Up (Ralph Towner) 04:56
07 - Zephyr (Ralph Towner) 07:29
08 - Sacred Place (reprise) (Ralph Towner) 01:59
09 - Two Miniatures (Ralph Towner, Paolo Fresu) 02:38
10 - Postlude (Ralph Towner, Paolo Fresu) 02:31

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Ralph Towner est né en 1940 à Chehalis, dans l'état de Washington. Ralph Towner a grandi dans l'état de l'Oregon, élevé par des parents musiciens (sa mère était professeur de piano). Il a étudié la composition classique à l'université de l'Oregon et en sort diplômé en 1963. Il part ensuite un an en Autriche étudier la guitare classique et revient à l'université de l'Oregon étudier la composition. Il s'installe en 1968 à New York en tant que guitariste/compositeur pour y faire carrière.
En 1970 il participe à la création du groupe Oregon avec Paul McCandless, Glen Moore, and Collin Walcott. Original par l'instrumentation, le groupe se démarque aussi par son mélange de la musique traditionnelle indienne avec le jazz avant-garde, et enregistre des albums qui auront beaucoup d'influence et une certaine popularité. Les années 70 marquent aussi le début de sa collaboration avec le label ECM, chez qui il a enregistré la quasi-totalité de ses disques en tant que leader.
Ralph Towner n'utilise jamais d'amplification, utilisant seulement la guitare classique 6 cordes (nylon) et de façon très régulière une guitare 12 cordes (métal). De fait ses groupes sont constitués généralement d'un petit nombre de musiciens acoustiques, mettant l'accent sur la dynamique et l'interaction entre les musiciens plutôt que sur le volume sonore.
Il se consacre aussi beaucoup à la composition, œuvres pour orchestre principalement mais aussi sonate pour piano ou musiques de film.

Depuis qu’il est sorti diplômé du conservatoire de Cagliari en 1984, Paolo Fresu (né en 1961) a joué sur plus de 300 albums. Ses albums en leader ont obtenu de nombreuses récompenses internationales — comme par exemple en France le « Django d’or » de meilleur musicien européen en 1996. Il a collaboré avec un grand nombre de musiciens italiens et internationaux parmi lesquels Enrico Rava, Antonello Salis, Enrico Pieranunzi, Giorgio Gaslini, Gianluigi Trovesi, ,John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen, Gerry Mulligan, David Liebman, Dave Holland, Richard Beirach, John Zorn, John Abercrombie, Helen Merril, Richard Galliano, Michel Portal, Trilok Gurtu, Jeanne Lee, Gunther Schüller, Paul McCandless, Jim Hall, Lew Soloff, Uri Caine, Gil Evans, Toots Thielemans... Il est par ailleurs régulièrement invité comme soliste par de grandes formations comme le Grande Orchestra Italiana, l’ONJ, le NDR Big Band et l’Instabile Orchestra.

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8 avril 2010 4 08 /04 /avril /2010 11:30

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http://www.myspace.com/rigmorgustafsson

Sortie : 2007

Style : Jazz

Tracklist :

01.Rigmor Gustafsson - In My World
02.Voodo Skills
03.Still
04.Special Effects
05.Joy To Me
06.You Don't Have To Worry
07.Will Our Love Be There
08.Nothing's Better Than Love
09.Medan Du Vantar
10.Don't Do It In Here
11.It's All There
12.On Higher Ground
13.Alone With You

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Not every singer who is relevant to vocal jazz is a rigid purist who completely rejects the influence of R&B, pop, and folk. There are some jazz-friendly singers who stray outside of jazz, which is what Swedish singer/songwriter Rigmor Gustafsson often does on Alone with You. Parts of this CD offer straight-ahead post-bop, while other parts are more pop-minded and/or R&B-ish and draw on influences ranging from Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro to Stevie Wonder. And the good news is that whether Alone with You veers in a post-bop direction or more of a pop/R&B direction, this is one of Gustafsson's more consistent albums. Some of Gustafsson's releases have a reputation for being uneven, but this 2007 recording does a better job of staying on track creatively -- and that may have to do with the fact that it is a very hands-on project for her. Every melody on Alone with You was composed by Gustafsson herself, ranging from the straight-ahead post-bop of "On Higher Ground" to the jazzy pop/R&B of "Special Effects" and "Voodoo Skills" to the folkish moves of "Medan du Väntar" (which is the only Swedish-language offering on an album that is performed primary in English). Gustafsson didn't write all of the lyrics; five of the 13 tracks use the talents of other lyricists, including Swedish jazz singer Lina Nyberg on "Special Effects." But Gustafsson wrote most of the lyrics, and she definitely wrote all of the melodies on a solid effort that isn't recommended to jazz purists but is among the more memorable discs in her catalog. ~ Alex Henderson

Composer: Rigmor Gustafsson.

Personnel: Rigmor Gustafsson (vocals, background vocals); Max Schultz (guitar); Jonas Ostholm (piano, organ); Lars Danielsson (acoustic bass); Eric Harland (drums, percussion).JazzTimes (pp.72-73) - "[I]t is the closing title track, a dreamy dissection of an ideal romantic evening that turns out to be pure fantasy, that best exemplifies the strength of Gustafsson's writing, and performing, skills."

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2 avril 2010 5 02 /04 /avril /2010 13:30

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http://www.laika.net

http://www.myspace.com/laikajazz

 

Sortie : 2008

Style : Jazz

 

Tracklist :

1 Strange Fruit 5:12
2 Lady's Back In Town 4:15
3 Don't Explain 3:07
4 You Can't Lose A Broken Heart 3:18
5 What's New 2:07
6 All Of You 3:39
7 How Deep Is The Ocean 4:39
8 Lover Come Back To Me 4:39
9 Misery 4:38
10 You Turned The Tables On Me 4:55
11 Gloomy Sunday 5:12
12 Left Alone 5:21

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tribute to Billie Holiday - in memory of Thomas Shipp and Abraham Smith.

La chanteuse et comédienne Laïka Fatiendébute sa carrière de leader en 2004 avec la sortie de son premier album Look at Me Now… Encensé par les médias et plébiscité par le public dès sa parution, Look at Me Now annonce une carrière très prometteuse… C´était sans compter sur la discrétion de cette chanteuse qui aime mûrir les choses et prendre son temps… Résultat, il nous aura fallu attendre quatre ans et cette année 2008 afin de pouvoir redécouvrir cette magnifique voix, et ce grâce à la sortie de son nouvel album intitulé Misery, hommage à la légendaire Billie Holiday.
Enregistré en février 2008 à Paris, Miserybénéficie d´un lineup de musiciens exceptionnels liant tradition et modernité afin de porter ce très beau projet. Outre une sélection très personnelle de chansons et des arrangements très originaux,la voix de Laïka nous envoûte par sa sensualité, son ampleur,son sens du texte et de la musique.
Avec Misery, C´est une artiste confirmée qui nous revient, une artiste dont le succès ne fait plus aucun doute. Confirmation !

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Sortie :1958
Style : Jazz

Tracklist :
1. I Love You - 6:08
2. Melba's Mood - 5:35
3. Just Friends - 7:03
4. You're Mine, You - 5:18
5. Bennie Plays The Blues - 8:25
6. Green Street - 5:09

LINEUP: Bennie Green (trombone), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Joe Knight (piano), George Tucker (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)

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It's evident from the opening pair of Latin-flavored performances that Back on the Scene is one of Bennie Green's most diverse efforts. Green's warm, supple tone and fondness for swinging, bop-influenced mainstream jazz and jump blues hasn't disappeared; he's just found new facets in his style. The infectious Latin rhythms on Cole Porter's "I Love You" and "Melba's Mood" are welcome, as is "You're Mine You," which showcases Green's sensitive ballad style. Reviving the standard "Just Friends" emphasizes the trombonist's ties to big band and bop, particularly through tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse's strong solos. The jumping "Bennie Plays the Blues" and "Green Street" are also terrific, finding Green, Rouse and pianist Joe Knight trading full-bodied solos. Even with this vast array of styles, Back on the Scene retains all the good-natured spirit and humor of his earlier Prestige albums.
~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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John Josephus Hicks, Jr. (December 21, 1941, Atlanta, Georgia – May 10, 2006) was an American jazz pianist and composer, active in the New York and the international jazz scene from the mid-1960s.

Biography
 Hicks studied music at Lincoln University in Missouri and Berklee School of Music in Boston before moving to New York in 1963.He was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1964-1965) and occasionally in the 1970s, worked with Betty Carter (1966-1968, 1975-1980), and was in one of Woody Herman's groups (1968-1970). From the early 1980s until his death he performed solo and led his own groups including The Keystone Trio. Hicks played and recorded with jazz artists such as David Murray, Joe Lovano, David "Fathead" Newman, George Mraz, Arthur Blythe, Kenny Barron and many others. The pianist recorded the seventh instalment of the "Live at Maybeck Recital Hall" series of solo concerts, which were recorded for Concord Records.

DISCOGRAPHY :
  • Hell's Bells (1978) - Strata-East Records, with Clint Houston, Cliff Barbaro
  • After the Morning (1979) with [[Walter Booker]Bass], [Clifford Barbaro - Drums] West 54 Records
  • Some Other Time (1981)
  • John Hicks (1984)
  • Luminous (1988)
  • Two of a Kind (1989)
  • Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 7 (1991)
  • In Concert (1993)
  • Beyond Expectations (1994)
  • Piece for My Peace (1996)
  • After the Morning (1997)
  • Something to Live For: A Billy Strayhorn Songbook (1998)
  • Hicks Time: Solo Piano (1999)
  • Nightwind: An Erroll Garner Songbook (1999)
  • Impressions of Mary Lou (2000)
  • Music in the Key of Clark: Remembering Sonny Clark (2002)
  • Fatha's Day: An Earl Hines Songbook (2003)
  • Sweet Love of Mine (2006)
  • On the Wings of an Eagle (2007)
  • I Remember You"' (2009)
  • Passion Flower (2009)
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Tracklist :
Naima's Love Song
Peanut Butter
Hicks' Time
April Eyes
Redd's Blues
Reminds Me
Jest a Little
Two Heartbeats
Heart to Heart
Steadfast
After the Morning
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Russian bassist/composer Dmitri Kolesnik was born in Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg.  Graduating with a music degree in 1985 from the Mussorgsky College of Music he moved first to Germany and then, in 1991, to New York where he studied with Ron Carter and earned a Masters Degree in Music from the City College of New York.  His note for note transcription of 19 Ron Carter solos is published by Hal Leonard.  Among the artists Kolesnik has worked with include Dave Brubeck, Billy Taylor, Jon Faddis and Pat Methany.

Five Corners is the current state of a musical union started six years ago.  It began when Kolesnik invited tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, pianist Andrei Kondakov and drummer Lenny White to record his music.  The recording of that work, Blues For Dad, was released on the Russian Boheme record label.  Since then the group has worked regularly in New York as well internationally, such as their 2005 appearance at the Peter-and-Paul International Jazz Festival in Russia.  On this recording they’ve added trumpeter Jim Rotondi in place of Sipiagin on eight of the ten tunes.

This wonderful recording of ten straight-ahead original compositions, eight by Kolesnik and two by Kondakov, is a delight.  Each of the tunes has a different vibe and, as a collection, strongly demonstrates how much these musicians enjoy playing with each other.  The glue that makes the disc work is the exceptional percussion/drum set work of Lenny White.  While perhaps more known for his more commercial work at the end of the 20th century, this strong musician drives the group when they need propelling and fills the quiet holes as well as any drummer working today.  His tight cymbal work and fleet hands on “Monk’s Mood” is without peer.  His notes don’t just impel the ensemble forward, he has the ability to make his fellow co-patriots glide on a cushion of rhythmic air.  Similarly, on the ballad “Long Nights Without You,” his crystalline strokes of beauty help to make this tune a shimmering stylish affair full of empathetic sadness and exquisite emotion.

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, long known for his beauty and meticulous attention to traditional jazz skillfulness and ability, plays with conviction and a gorgeous tone throughout.  Whether the trumpeter/flugelhornist is Jim Rotondi or talent deserving wider recognition Alex Sipiagin, they both handle the brass chair with panache and wit.  Pianist Andrei Kondakov has a knack for finding just the right voicings at just the right time.  His effortless waltz through the 5/4 time of “Aniuta” is a delight.  His touch is so smooth you don’t realize the tune is in five until you dissect the composition.

Kolesnik distinguishes himself with a full and round tone.  His inventive walking lines work to embellish the soloist’s ideas; as seen with his adroit upper tessitura ostinato work behind Rotondi’s sweet solo on “Goodbye.”  As a composer he is capable of writing music of great emotional content; from full out swingers to light and clever mid-tempo masterpieces and lush ballads, Kolesnik is obviously a musician who has spent great time in study of music of the masters.  His ability to then filter that knowledge through his own prism to create wonderful masterpieces of form and harmony results in a truly enjoyable CD.  You will find yourself listening to this disc again and again.

Reviewed by: Thomas R. Erdmann

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LINEUP:
Dmitri Kolesnik - bass
Eric Alexander - tenor sax
Jim Rotondi - trumpet and flugelhorn
Alex Sipiagin - trumpet and flugelhorn
Andrei Kondakov - piano
Lenny White - drums

TRACKLIST:
1. Five Corners
 2. In Monk's Mood
 3. Bitter Chocolate
 4. Blues For Dad
 5. Masha's Lullaby
 6. Long Nights Without You
 7. Song For Kenny
 8. Aniuta
 9. Goodbye
 10. Russian Caravan
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Grand amateur de jazz, Matthew Herbert avait déjà prouver ses talents de compositeurs hors pairs avec son premier album en big band ("Goodbye Swingtime" en 2003). L'audace aspirationnelle (l'idée d'une fusion artistique entre prise de position politique et éthique musicale) dont il faisait preuve ne perdait rien de sa superbe à l'écoute du disque, même s'il était jugé parfois un peu difficile d'accès. Le voici donc de retour avec une seconde proposition. Toujours conscient et très politisé, ce nouvel effort est tout aussi alambiqué à l'écoute, même s'il emprunte la plupart du temps le chemin de la torch song grand orchestre, classieuse et chantée. La voix de l'interprète black Eska Mtungwazi, particulièrement convaincante, fait d'ailleurs des merveilles, brillant de ses éclats soul sur des compositions aux cuivres omniprésents et rutilants. "There's me and there's you" donne également dans une improvisation assez proche du free-jazz, notamment grâce aux apports électroniques conceptuels de notre bidouilleur génial et dans la liberté certaine qui émane de ces chansons. Ce huitième album de Matthew Herbert est une petite merveille de composition et de production, même si certains titres restent plutôt difficiles et semblent s'adresser surtout aux amateurs d'un jazz un peu intello.
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4 novembre 2009 3 04 /11 /novembre /2009 18:30

Brad Mehldau Live
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2009 marks the seventieth anniversary of the most famous jazz label in the world, and to mark the occasion Blue Note/EMI Japan invited one of the leading lights of the current Japanese club jazz movement, quasimode, to record an album of interpretations of classic tracks from the label's back catalogue. For this album, only three of the band members are featured, as drummer Takashi Okutsu was absent from this recording, so for this outing his place was filled by Sohnosuke Imaizumi. The album opens with the title track, Mode of Blue, which is the only original on the album, and it's a typical quasimode tune that seems naggingly familiar even on first listen. From then on the band plunder the Blue Note archives and tackle songs originally recorded by the likes of Donald Byrd, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner and Wayne Shorter. The sound is unmistakably quasimode throughout and they do a good job of adapting the tunes to their style. Afrodisia, Congalegre and Sayonara Blues are firmly in a Latin jazz style and will undoubtedly go down well live and get the crowd moving. Other standout tracks for me at this stage are a nicely arranged version of Little B's Poem, featuring Valerie Etienne on vocals, and Ghana. Another strong album from a band clearly enjoying their current success, and the reaction from the fans has been positive too as the album currently tops the jazz charts in Tower, HMV, Amazon Japan and on iTunes Japan. As with their previous releases, it's taken me a couple of listens to get into it, but it will be on the playlist for some time to come.
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