- Martin Frieberg “Barrilette” from Il Montano Libre (Club Del Disco) 00:00
- Pino Palladino, Blake Mills “Just Wrong” from Notes With Attachments (New Deal/Impulse!) 06:08
- The Offering of Curtis Andrews “Tight Rope, Short Walk” from Speaking Hands (Self Released) 11:35
- Dennis González Ataraxia Trio “Sita” from Nights Enter (Ayler Records) 19:24
- François Bourassa “Small Head” from L’Impact Du Silence (Effendi Records) 28:47
- Echoes of Zoo “Breakout” from Breakout (W.E.R.F. Records) 34:56
- Gerald Cleaver “Cooper Moore” from Griots (Positive Elevation/577 Records) 39:30
- Martin Frieberg “Entre Dos Ojos” from Il Montano Libre (Club Del Disco) 45:58
- Schapiro17 “Count Me Out” from Human Qualities (Summit Records) 51:48
- The Offering of Curtis Andrews “The Speaking Hands” from Speaking Hands (Self Released) 01:00:58
- Dennis González Ataraxia Trio “Approaching Dawn” from Nights Enter (Ayler Records) 01:10:55
- François Bourassa “Musique Pour Film” from L’Impact Du Silence (Effendi Records) 01:13:45
- Paul Dunmall and Mark Sanders “The Quiet Mind” from Unity (577 Records) 01:22:53
- Tom Rainey Obbligato “If I Should Lose You” from Obbligato : Untucked In Hannover (Intakt) 01:30:58
- Pino Palladino, Blake Mills “Djurkel” from Notes With Attachments (New Deal/Impulse!) 01:36:52
- Schapiro17 “Hallelujah” from Human Qualities (Summit Records) 01:42:24
- Martin Frieberg “Agerero” from Il Montano Libre (Club Del Disco) 01:54:44
Drummer Martín Freiberg debuts as leader with this collection of compositions and original arrangements.
The group comprises Patricio Bottcher on soprano saxophone, Tomás Fares on piano and Sebastián de Urquiza on double bass. Sebastian Greschuk and Lucas Goicoechea participated as guests in flugelhorn and alto sax
Pino Palladino, Blake Mills
Recorded in stages over two and a half years, Notes With Attachments brings together a preeminent group of musicians from the worlds of jazz, R&B, pop, and beyond: the drummer Chris Dave (D’Angelo, Anderson .Paak); the innovative saxophonists Sam Gendel, Marcus Strickland, and Jacques Schwartz-Bart; the keyboardist Larry Goldings (James Taylor, John Scofield); and others. Notes With Attachments, the new album from renowned bassist Pino Palladino and celebrated multi-instrumentalist and producer Blake Mills, released March 12 via New Deal / Impulse!
The Offering of Curtis Andrews
Curtis Andrews – Drumset, Percussion (1-10)
Meredith Bates – Violin (3, 5, 6, 8, 9)
Jared Burrows – Electric Guitar (1-10)
Neelamjit Dhillon – Alto Saxophone (3), Bansuri (2)
Mark Duggan – Vibraphone (1-3)
Drum Ensemble from Dzogadze – Kof Avi; Clemens, Abomazu, Seth and
Evans Agudzeamegah; Worlasi Agbavitor; Eugene Amegayibor (8)
Sandile Jwaai – Electric Bass (3)
John Korsrud – Trumpet (1)
Robin Layne – Vibraphone (4-10)
Colin Maskell – Baritone and Tenor Saxophones (1)
Kristian Naso – Trumpet (5, 6, 8, 9)
Shantaleela Rao Andrews – In-Utero Heartbeat (5)
Kaushik Sivaramakrishnan – Violin (2, 4, 7, 10)
David Spidel – Electric Bass (1, 3-10)
Feat. Special Guest:
Sri Trichy Sankaran – Mridangam (4, 7, 10) & Kanjira (2)
Speaking Hands is the sophomore release by the globe-trotting percussionist/composer Curtis Andrews. Released more than 10 years since his award-winning eponymous debut, Speaking Hands features his Vancouver-based ensemble The Offering of Curtis Andrews, and guests from across Canada (via South India), down to California, over to urban South Africa, and up to rural Ghana. Andrews once claimed he didn’t see the point of recording music anymore, but the inspiration for new compositions became too strong to ignore, and the results were too interesting not to share. The resultant album is rich in rhythmic exploration, modal and raga-based melodies, and some truly virtuosic performances.
Dennis González Ataraxia Trio
The music on Ataraxia Trio’s second offering “Nights Enter” (after their first “Ts’íibil Cháaltun” from 2016) is unlike anything else in Dennis González’ substantial discography. The confluence of organic and electronic elements is seamless, and the swirling blend of textures has a dreamlike quality. Derek Rogers’ shimmering electronic beds contrast with the earthiness of Jagath Lakpriya’s percussion and the muscularity of Drew Phelps’ deep song. Jess Garland’s harp adds dazzling points of light, and Dennis proves himself once again to be a master of melody – a trait he shares with the greatest jazz musicians. On “Nights Enter”, Ataraxia and friends provide a healing balm for troubled times. (from Ken Shimamoto’s liner notes).
Dennis González – Treated C trumpet, percussion, conch shell
Drew Phelps – Electric & acoustic bass
Jagath Lakpriya – Tabla & djembe
Derek Rogers – Moog
Jess Garland – Harp
Oscillating between raucous and introspective, François Bourassa’s latest collection of piano pieces is a musical adventure that combines jazz, improvisation, lyricism, and abstraction with integrity and emotion as the central themes.
L’impact du Silence released worldwide on Friday, April 9th on Effendi Records/NAXOS Distribution.
Echoes of Zoo
Echoes of Zoo (based in Brussels / Ghent, Belgium) is a band with a unique sound, under the high tension of Middle Eastern rock music with the striking complexity of West African percussion and a few Dub flavours, all in the service of psychedelic jazz played with a punk attitude. For this project, Nathan Daems (sax) is accompanied by Bart Vervaeck (electric guitar), Lieven Van Pée (electric bass) & Falk Schrauwen (drums), musicians you probably know from other projects they are part of such as Black Flower, De Beren Gieren, Sylvie Kreusch or Compro Oro.
”The song, Cooper-Moore, is inspired by getting to hang, laugh and play with the man on a regular basis. This song is particularly about his diddly-bow and flute playing. It has an anthemic quality because he is an unstoppable force of nature.” – Gerald Cleaver
Expanding on 2020’s Signs, his electronic debut, Griots sees Cleaver diving further into the spider’s web of modular electronics, further exploring the electronic history of his Detroit roots. Combining his unique talent for composition with a curious ear for the unpredictable, Cleaver delivers another outstandingly dense and sprawling LP for a split release by Brooklyn-based Positive Elevation and Belgium’s Meakusma. Griots will be out on Digital, CD, LP (available in standard black and a limited edition color vinyl of 100 copies) June 4, 2021 and is available for preorder via 577 Records.
Musicians: trumpets: Bryan Davis, Andy Gravish, Eddie Allen, Noyes Bartholomew; trombones: Alex Jeun, Deborah Weisz, Nick Grinder, Walter Harris;
saxophones: Rob Wilkerson, Candace DeBartolo, Paul Carlon, Rob Middleton, Matt Hong; piano: Roberta Piket; guitar: Sebastian Noelle; bass: Evan Gregor;
drums: Jon Wikan
Composer-arranger Jon Schapiro’s latest Summit recording with his 17-piece big band features seven colorful and swinging originals plus his transformation of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”
Paul Dunmall and Mark Sanders
After decades of collaboration and friendship, UK-based saxophonist Paul Dunmall and UK-based drummer Mark Sanders realized they had not made an album as a pair, featuring their respective instruments. On Unity (2021), they improvise uncomplicated, poetic and uplifting avant jazz melodies. This natural musical chemistry is exemplified on their track, ‘The Quiet Mind’ where Dunmall’s tenor saxophone paints a cohesive melody over Sanders’s percussive abstractions. This project is one of 28 that the pair has collaborated on over the span of their careers, and one of many that Sanders has made with 577 Records; it marks Dunmall’s second release with 577 Records, following Onosante (April 2021). Their full album, Unity, will be available on CD on May 14, 2021.
Tom Rainey Obbligato
With Untucked in Hannover, Tom Rainey’s top-notch quintet Obbligato presents a third album of a collection of jazz standards – with Jacob Sacks on piano replacing regular pianist Kris Davis for this live recording. Wonderful jazz tunes like Stella by Starlight or I Fall in Love Too Easily are interpreted in an open dialogue with stunning joy of playing and improvisation. And though standards are the modus operandi of Obbligato, their approach is intended to be less conventional, less reverential and certainly less solo-centric than many other bands that tackles with Standards. Obbligato sometimes plays with the essences of famous jazz standards in an implied way, sometimes in a teasing and mysterious way, but always in a tantalizing way.
“Close your eyes, imagine sitting in the front row of your favorite jazz club, sit back and enjoy Obbligato playing pieces from the Great American Songbook in a way you’ve never heard them before: and by one of the most inventive and inspiring live bands of the last decade,” writes Laurence Donohue-Greene in the liner notes.
releases April 16, 2021
Ralph Alessi: Trumpet
Ingrid Laubrock: Saxophones
Jacob Sacks: Piano
Drew Gress: Bass
Tom Rainey: drums
Recorded October 15th, 2018 by NDR, Jens Kunze, at Jazz Club Hannover.