The inaugural album by the jazz super-group, Spirit Fingers, features 4 of the hottest young lions on the jazz scene today, led by Greg Spero. Having played to sold out audiences from New York to LA and having already attracted over 300,000 views on YouTube, the over-the-top energy and spectacular virtuosity of Spirit Fingers reaches across the spectrum, from the jazz aficionado to the jam band audience and beyond!
GREG SPERO – PIANIST/COMPOSER (winner of Best Jazz Entertainer at the Chicago Music Awards, music director for electropop superstar Halsey) HADRIEN FERAUD Parisian BASSIST (John McLaughlin, Kamasi Washington, Chick Corea) DARIO CHIAZZOLINO Italian GUITARIST (Dave Liebman, Buika, Taylor Eigsti) MIKE MITCHELL (AKA BLAQUE DYNAMITE) – Dallas prodigy DRUMS (Stanley Clark, Christian McBride, Chrisette Michelle)
It was a crisp, sunny March afternoon when I drove up to Woodstock to record with Karl in his home studio, which is named after his wife, Ingrid Sertso, a great vocalist. Having played in Karl’s Creative Music Orchestra, we were familiar with each other and understood that our music of that day would be spontaneous and unpredictable, as life is. Without written score or any predeterminations we opened ourselves to each other into the unified mystery and light conjured within each of these journeys for which I am grateful. – Jason Kao Hwang
I want to thank the moment and circumstance in time that got us together for this music. – Karl Berger
Karl Berger (composer/piano/vibraphone) is a six-time winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist. He is also the recipient of numerous composition awards, including commissions by the NEA, NYSCA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and many European radio and television stations. He has recorded and performed internationally with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ingrid Sertso, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Ray Anderson, Carlos Ward, Pharoah Sanders, James Blood Ulmer, Hozan Yamamoto, and many others. Founder and director of the Creative Music Foundation, Inc., and creative leader of the Creative Music Studio, Karl’s recordings and arrangements appear on many labels, including Atlantic, Axiom, Black Saint, Blue Note, Capitol, CBS, Columbia, and Double Moon
The music of Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) explores the vibrations and language of his existence through compositions of transformative journeys. He currently leads the octet Burning Bridge, quintet Sing House, and the Critical Response and Human Rites trios. In 2019, 2013 and 2012 the El Intruso Jazz Critics Poll voted him Violinist of the Year. The 2012 DownBeat Critics’ Poll voted Mr. Hwang as Rising Star for Violin. As composer, Mr. Hwang has received support from Chamber Music America, US Artists International, and the NEA. As violinist, he has worked with Tomeka Reid, William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, Oliver Lake, Henry Threadgill, Reggie Workman, Ivo Perelman, Patrick Brennan, and many others.
Whether performing with his large ensemble; with his evocative Ebony Brass Quintet, his stunning World-music influenced Rituals Ensemble, the Tuba Trio or in sparer solo, or duo contexts; sheer musicality, deeply-hewn emotion and jubilant innovation are always at the core of Joseph Daley’s most singular musical expression. Best known for playing the tuba, Joseph also plays euphonium, trombone and piano; but these days his growing reputation as a visionary composer is bringing him worldwide acclaim.
Born in New York City’s Harlem, Joseph began his musical studies in elementary school and received high honors and recognition throughout his school years (including the renowned High School of Music and Art), and was a member of the most prestigious ensembles in the New York City school system. During his high school years, he began performing on the Latin music scene – wellknown as one of the most powerful foundations of higher musical learning – performing alongside such fine musicians as Rene McLean, Monquito Santamaria, Andy Gonzalez, Jerry Gonzalez, Alex Blake and many others.
A scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music resulted in his Bachelor’s degree in Performance and a Master’s degree in Music Education and led to a career as an educator in the New York and New Jersey school systems from 1976 until his retirement in 2005. Heavily dedicated to the education of young people to the highest values in musical understanding and expression, Joseph balanced his extensive educational commitments with recording and performing in the ensembles of some of the most provocative musicians on the contemporary jazz scene. In addition to those mentioned above, Joseph contributed heavily to groups led by other major artists including Muhal Richard Abrams, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Jason Hwang and Dave Douglas, and is an original member of Howard Johnson’s groundbreaking tuba ensemble, Gravity. He also produced the latest Gravity CD: Testimony.
After nearly 50 years of recognition as one of the consummate sidemen on the adventurous music scene – with remarkable artists like Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Muhal Richard Abrams, Taj Mahal and so many more – Joseph Daley has emerged as one of Jazz’ and contemporary music’s most extraordinary composers and leaders. Stunning musicians and fans alike with his brilliant 2011 CD, The Seven Deadly Sins, featuring his Earth Tones Ensemble (a full Jazz orchestra augmented by six additional low-tone horns, and including a seven-member rhythm section and four special guests), this powerfully innovative music mines the same rich vein of musical expression as that of immortals like Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and George Russell, receiving rave reviews and making several Best of Year lists. In 2013 he followed up with The Seven Heavenly Virtues, then in 2014 Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love which includes the five-movement suite Wispercussion: Five Portraits of Warren Smith – both featuring string orchestras. In addition to his orchestral endeavors, Joseph developed a significant reputation as a leader of smaller ensembles. In 2015, The Tuba Trio Chronicles – dedicated to his long time friend and mentor Sam Rivers, in whose Tuba Trio he performed extensively in the U.S. and Europe during the ‘70s and ‘80s – was released to high acclaim, and when time allowed three years later the ensemble toured in more than 15 U.S. cities in the spring of 2018.
Drawing the attention of a number of prominent educators and university programs, since 2018 Joseph has become an in-demand and highly compelling educator, providing activities at various institutions in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, Washington, as well as a residency at Dartmouth College resulting in a performance of selections from The Seven Deadly Sins project. Plans for extended residencies are in motion for the future, including a week-long residency that will took place at Seattle Pacific University in January 2020, culminating in a full concert performance of The Seven Deadly Sins.
The Seven Heavenly Virtues (reissue) and The Seven Deadly Sins (remastered 2019) were released as a single disc compilation, just in time to be part of the celebration of his 70th birthday. Part recollection of his musical history, and part celebration and memory of his late wife Wanda Daley, and dedication to her.
JoDaMusic Records 005 Reissue/Remaster: May 2019
On the Virtues
Joseph Daley – Composer/Conductor
Curtis Stewart (Concertmaster),
Mazz Swift, Jason Hwang, and Skye Steele – Violin 1
Charles Burnham, Elektra Kurtis, Jessie Montgomery, and Sarah Bernstein – Violin 2
Nick Revel, Janina Norpoth, Trevor New, and Nora Krohn – Viola
Jed is Jed Stephens a multi instrumentalist with a passion for electronic music of all kinds, his music is a mix of electro, techno, D&B, house and ambient.
He has been a song writer, producer and performer for many years, previous bands include Bass Bandits and Exchange, he is currently in the North West UK based Synthpop covers band Elektrio.
Jed’s musical influences range from Sibelius and Bartok through to the Chemical Brothers and Orbital, via The Beatles, Kraftwerk, New Order, 808 State, Frankie Knuckles, Arthur Baker and Vince Clarke.
His debut solo album “Black Gold Texas Tea” melds the cinematic sounds of the likes of John Carpenter and Vangelis with hard edged techno workouts to create a collection of tunes with amazing breadth and depth. Having seen him play live last year I can attest to his ability to create a great sound using the best in cutting edge electronic instruments.
Memphis-based psychedelic blues rock veterans, The Heavy Eyes, release their long-awaited new full-length, Love Like Machines on March 27th via Kozmik Artifactz.
Their fourth full-length, and first new offering since 2015’s critically lauded He Dreams Of Lions, the group continues to deliver their fuzzed out, bluesy, hypnotic riffs, this time with the addition of long-time recording engineer, Matthew Qualls, as second guitarist. Adding a new layer of depth to their groove, Qualls — who’s worked side-by-side with them for many years and has performed with them live in the past — enabled the band to collaborate in a different way exploring new song structures, tones, and attaining a bigger sound overall without stripping any of the grittiness and love of ‘60s and ‘70s rock that has shaped their sound since inception.
Despite the positive reception of their first three albums, this new one almost never existed. In 2017, the band was put on pause, with each member living in a different state. Spread across the Southwest and Midwest, there were new jobs, new cities, a marriage, and even a kidney disease diagnosis. In short, there was every indication that the pause might become permanent. But by 2019, they had found a second wind and were actively working on new material, exchanging beats, licks, and lyrics long-distance. Five years in the making the album is now ripe for sharing.
The ten-track release was produced by Qualls in New Mexico and Memphis and comes with the kaleidoscopic cover art of Emil Orth. Love Like Machines will by released digitally by the band with Kozmik Artifactz handling the vinyl edition this spring.
Lovers of 70s blues rock will find lots to like here. Capturing the spirit of the likes of Rory Gallagher or The Groundhogs but with an added heavy blues sound which is nearly, but not quite, as dark as early Sabbath the band power through a dense jungle of riffs and heavy beats to create their own fresh sound.
THE HEAVY EYES:
Tripp Shumake – lead vocals, acoustic/electric guitar
Matthew Qualls – electric guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Wally Anderson – bass guitar
Eric Garcia – drums/percussion
Justin Toland – guitar tracking, solo (“God Damn Wolf Man”)
On the 8th of March Dyson, Stringer and Cloher played at a festival just outside of Launceston, Lutruwita (Tasmania) called Panama. About 1500 people gathered on the most beautiful Palawa Country, open air under the light of a full moon. A few days later the band found themselves in the unfamiliar territory of needing to cancel the remainder of their tour.
This release includes three songs from their set recorded and mixed by Matt Redlich. It is released as pay what you want and 15% of all sales will go to Support Act to assist artists, live engineers, booking agents and technical crew in crisis.
Released March 20, 2020
Mia Dyson – Guitar, Bass & Vocal Liz Stringer – Guitar, Bass & Vocal Jen Cloher – Guitar, Vocal
Freya is the seventh album from Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma. Her first since 2014, Freya is a come-back album as a leader. Following an acclaimed international career, including work with legends Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Tineke’s Freya represents a fresh start with a new label, reinvigorated energy and an exciting band that is collectively inspired by the experiences she has gathered throughout her career. Together with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist Matt Brewer, drummer Dan Weiss and featuring pianist Kris Davis, Tineke makes music that is adventurous, empowering and full of risk-taking.
The album artwork is by Chicago based artist Chad Kouri. Chad created this piece exclusively for Tineke, inspired by the music of this album.
The album was released on March 20, 2020
Tineke Postma – alto and soprano sax Ralph Alessi – trumpet Kris Davis – piano Matthew Brewer – double bass and electric bass Dan Weiss – drums
Produced by Tineke Postma Recorded at Oktaven Audio, LLC, 35 Grove St, Mt Vernon, NY 10550, USA December 22nd, 2018 Studio Engineer Ryan Streber Mixed by Dave Darlington Mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Recording, NY