World of Jazz 441

  1. The NJE “Spirit of Indo” from Nought to 60 (Cargo Records) 00:00
  2. Ray Gallon “Make Your Move” from Make Your Move (Cellar Live) 11:41
  3. René Lussier “Burletta” from Complètement Marteau (circum-disc) 18:10
  4. Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock “Bird Meets Wire” from Bird Meets Wire (Relative Pitch) 25:09
  5. Alchemy Sound Project “The Fountain” from Afrika Love (Artists Recording Collective) 30:51
  6. Mårten Landström “Ghazals” Alan Hovhaness Folkish Piano Works (Jivvär) 38:13
  7. Madre Vaca “Fire” from The Elements (Madre Vaca Records) 44:25
  8. Ray Gallon “I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance” from Make Your Move (Cellar Live) 1:00:00
  9. René Lussier “Burlette les assiettes” from Complètement Marteau (circum-disc) 1:05:11
  10. Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock “Is It Not” from Bird Meets Wire (Relative Pitch) 1:10:46
  11. Alchemy Sound Project “Afrika Love” from Afrika Love (Artists Recording Collective) 1:18:57
  12. Sound Prints “Sound Exploration” from Other Worlds (Greenleaf) 1:29:01
  13. Ray Gallon “Kitty Paws” from Make Your Move (Cellar Live) 1:38:58
  14. René Lussier “BanQ” from Complètement Marteau (circum-disc) 1:43:59
  15. Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock “The Fourth Wall” from Bird Meets Wire (Relative Pitch) 1:49:00
  16. The NJE “Tizita” from Nought to 60 (Cargo Records) 1:57:18

  • The NJE – This mini-album by The Near Jazz Experience highlights the band’s hypnotic improv grooves, salutes a pop hero and explores new ground in the shape of electronic beats and live sound manipulation. But never mind all that. It sounds great – just what you’d expect from Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Mike Garson), Mark Bedford (Madness, BUtterfield 8) and Simon Charterton (The Higsons, Alex Harvey).
  • Ray Gallon – Ray Gallon – Piano/Compositions, David Wong – Bass, Kenny Washington – Drums. Available on Cellar Live – May 21, 2021. Pianist Ray Gallon’s debut recording, Make Your Move, certified, approved and endorsed by the legendary Ron Carter, who contributed the liner notes, comes to us after more than three decades of Gallon plying his trade on stages and in studios around the world with the crème-de-la-creme of jazz. The NYC native (born in 1958), and longtime professor (currently a full-time faculty member of the BFA Jazz Program at The City College of New York), finally leaps into the fray as a bandleader with a stellar debut.
  • René Lussier – RENÉ LUSSIER : GUITAR, PODORYTHMIE, VOICE, INVENTED PERCUSSIONS, DAXOPHONE, HUGO BLOUIN : DOUBLE-BASS (ON LE CLOU) – Born in Montreal in 1957, guitarist René Lussier is one of the leading figures in innovative Quebec music. He divides his practice between composition, improvisation, soundtrack, songwriting, directing and producing
  • Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock – This is the first recording by pedal steel prodigy Susan Alcorn, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and noise cellist Leila Bordreuil although they have worked together for many years in various combinations. The result is described an unexpected mix of freely improvised Americana. I’m not so sure that does it justice. There are clear elements of ambient laminal improvisation with each instrument/performer giving space for the others to breathe. Laubrock takes the lead on some tracks when Alcorn adds unique textures and Bordreuil lays down a bed over which her two collaborators can explore. On others Alcorn is the leader when the others create unique sounds and spaces in which she pushes sonic boundaries . A truly unique album. It is released by Relative Pitch Records(US) and was recorded by Colin Marston at The Thousand Caves, April 1 2018.
  • Alchemy Sound Project – Alchemy Sound Project, a collective in which five esteemed composers and bandleaders — pianist Sumi Tonooka, woodwind players Salim Washington and Erica Lindsay, trumpeter Samantha Boshnack, and bassist David Arend — form a potent ensemble greater than the sum of its parts. A synergy that seems almost supernatural, especially given the far- flung home bases from which these artists converge, is evident throughout Afrika Love, the band’s third album, due May 14, 2021 via Artists Recording Collective.
  • Mårten Landström – 20 years ago, producer Manne von Ahn Öberg signed the pianist Mårten Landström to Warner Music / Atrium, his label for prestigious cross-over artists. Under mysterious circumstances, their paths crossed again after many years. As both of them were immersed with Hovhannes’s piano works, the recordings have resulted in two full-length albums. The first one Alan Hovhaness Folkish Piano Works will be released on June 4 and the second Visionary Landscapes on September 3, 2021.
  • Madre Vaca – The latest project by the stimulating modern jazz quartet Madre Vaca is no less than the musical depiction of the four elements of the world. Guitarist Jarrett Carter, pianist Jonah Pierre, bassist Thomas Milovac, and drummer Benjamin Shorstein each contributed one extended piece to a memorable jazz symphony that represents Fire, Water, Earth and Wind. Shorstein’s “Fire” depicts both the good and bad of fire. Guitarist Carter takes the lead at first with the other musicians contributing stimulating accompaniment, pianist Pierre builds on the wondrous mood, bassist Milovac adds to the atmosphere, and drummer Shorstein takes a fiery solo before the four musicians improvise together at a rapid tempo, leading to the inevitable explosive conclusion.
  • Sound Prints – The third full length album by Sound Prints, co-led by Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, includes ten new compositions by the co-leaders and features Lawrence Fields, Linda May Han Oh and Joey Baron.

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