World of Jazz 448

  1. Matías Formica and Jonatan Schenone “Narcisa” from Aislados (Numeral) 00:00
  2. Ernesto Jodos, Barry Altschul, Mark Helias “Waltz For Thursday Face” from Confluence (ears&eyes) 06:30
  3. Fifth Element “Days Of Wine and Roses” from Fifth Element (Self Released) 11:39
  4. Optimystik Visionaries “Pulsar” from Return (Bandcamp) 16:11
  5. Rodrigo Domínguez “Jodido” from Borocotopo (ears&eyes) 22:54
  6. Will Bernard “Boo Boo’s Birthday” from Ancient Grains (Posi-tone) 29:31
  7. Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner, Djibril Toure, Federico Ughi “The Grind” from New York United, Volume 2 (577 Records) 34:26
  8. Matías Formica and Jonatan Schenone “Ludus” from Aislados (Numeral) 39:05
  9. Ernesto Jodos, Barry Altschul, Mark Helias “24 Module” from Confluence (ears&eyes) 45:29
  10. Fifth Element “The Look Of Love” from Fifth Element (Self Released) 49:53
  11. Optimystik Visionaries “Stay With Me” from Return (Bandcamp) 53:22
  12. Rodrigo Domínguez “(mucho mejor que esta) Pocilga” from Borocotopo (ears&eyes) 1:00:00
  13. Will Bernard “Dry Land Tourist” from Ancient Grains (Posi-tone) 1:08:09
  14. Jessica Ackerley and Daniel Carter “Welcome, Our Friends” from Friendship: Lucid Shared Dreams and Time Travel (577 Records) 1:12:55
  15. Matías Formica and Jonatan Schenone “Big Finish” from Aislados (Numeral) 1:18:23
  16. Ernesto Jodos, Barry Altschul, Mark Helias “24 Module” from Confluence (ears&eyes) 1:25:05
  17. Fifth Element “September In The Rain/On A Misty Night” from Fifth Element (Self Released) 1:31:30
  18. Optimystik Visionaries “Tomb of Nefertiti” from Return (Bandcamp) 1:36:24
  19. Rodrigo Domínguez “Bill” from Borocotopo (ears&eyes) 1:40:51
  20. Will Bernard “Wake Up Call” from Ancient Grains (Posi-tone) 1:49:23
  21. Miles Davis “Miles Runs The Voodoo Down” from Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 (2015) 1:55:27

NOTES

  • This week Jazz from Argentina with Matías Formica & Jonatan Schenone, Ernesto Jodos Barry Altschul & Mark Helias, and Rodrigo Domínguez. Also the welcome return of UK fusion specialists Optimystik Visionaries, familiar tunes with a fresh perspective from Fifth Element, and the new one from guitarist Will Bernard. There’s also two preview tracks from new releases on 577 Records from New York United and Jessica Ackerley and Daniel Carter, and, to finish some classic Miles Davis from the 1970s.
  • HOUR ONE
  • Matías Formica and Jonatan Schenone “Narcisa” from Aislados (Numeral)
    • This new album from Matías Formica (tenor and alto sax, flute and alto flute) and Jonatan Schenone (double bass) reflects a period of creative process during 2020. This project arose as “an excuse to travel+ the global pandemic in a creative way” according to the liner notes. Following eight months of introspection, a lot of study, many compositions and no space to test them, Formica proposed to Schenone that they prepare a duet album with his compositions plus some improvised pieces. The result is a superb album capturing two musicians working together to create evocative and entertaining music. The title Aislados translates as Isolated and there is a sense of melancholy in the music which reflects the peculiar circumstances the pandemic brought about. However there is also the joy and release of two musicians combining to create great music It was recorded on 27th of February and 13th of March, 2021 in La Plata, Buenos Aires.
  • Ernesto Jodos, Barry Altschul, Mark Helias “Waltz For Thursday Face” from Confluence (ears&eyes)
    • The album is based on the 15-year relationship between Ernesto Jodos and Barry Altschul. They met in Buenos Aires through a mutual friend and did several concerts together in 2005. Altschul returned several times to Argentina, and on each trip, there were more concerts, tours, and even a quintet recording (still unreleased). In 2017, after a series of concerts in Buenos Aires, they decided that it would be very good to do a piano trio recording. The bass player had to be found, to which Altschul responds: “We can have any bass player we want.” A year later, a series of concerts with Mark Helias, triggered an email: “Dear B: I found the bass player.” Almost as a joke, since Altschul and Helias have a musical relationship that exceeds 40 years….
  • Fifth Element “Days Of Wine and Roses” from Fifth Element (Self Released)
    • Founded by Dave Coules, this jazz quintet has been working steadily since its first performance in 2016. Now, with its self-titled first album, and Dave’s thoughtful and unique arrangements, these five musicians show their strengths and talents individually and as a collective. The listener hears the tunes, some perhaps familiar, with fresh musical perspective: seldom heard verses, tempo and style changes, moments that, with subtlety, hold one’s attention, and surprises around many a corner.
    • Dave Coules – Tenor Saxophone ; Dale Scaife – Piano ; Glenn Anderson – Drums ; Nina Richmond – Vocals ; Ron Johnston – Bass
  • Optimystik Visionaries “Pulsar” from Return (Bandcamp)
    • The Optimystik Visionaries was born from the idea of Greg Morgan and Nick Steed back in 2012. They were joined by good friends John Sandham and Nick Waddecar, writing and performing music in the ‘jazz-fusion’ style of which they are big fans with influences from all the great fusion musicians of the 1970s and 80s. The band’s debut album, ‘Optimistic Vision’ received great feedback and various gigs and supports ensued, but with commitments from other projects the band decided to take a break from performing.
    • Fast forward to 2020 and the unprecedented time of Covid. This gave Greg and Nick the opportunity to write new material and gather together a host of great musician friends and special guests to add to the tight sound that they produce. The result is this 12 track original album‘Return’. Sadly due to wrist injury their regular guitarist Nick Waddecar was only unable to work on a few tracks so the main guitar job was given to good friend Nick Mellor with also guest appearances from Peter Mason & Mete Ege.
    • The band expanded the whole sound with Saxophonist Kim Nishikawara whom also plays with ick Steed in the new lineup of jazz rock band ‘Colosseum’. Nick & Greg were overjoyed to have Legendary percussionist Lenny Castro(Toto, George Duke, Al Jarreau) offer to perform on 4 tracks on the album, also joining the lineup was original bassist John Sandham and bassist from the band ‘Dare’ Nigel Clutterbuck. Greg also performed some bass on a few tracks when John and Nigel were unavailable. Vocals were also introduced on two tracks with Nick and blues singer Amanda Jane Heywood
  • Rodrigo Domínguez “Jodido” from Borocotopo (ears&eyes)
    • BOROCOTOPO is: Rodrigo Domínguez – alto sax/compositions; Mariano Otero – electric bass ; Sergio Verdinelli – drums with Special guests: Ernesto Jodos – Fender Rhodes on “Pocilga” and “Enamorada del muro” Sergio Wagner – cornet on “Miyazaki” and “Bill”
  • Will Bernard “Boo Boo’s Birthday” from Ancient Grains (Posi-tone)
    • Will Bernard offers up a hearty meal of tastes and styles from his own harvest of ”Ancient Grains” on his third release for Posi-Tone. With a modern jazz sensibility and elegantly lyrical compositional focus, the crux of this brilliantly evocative musical program remains focused upon the fingers and strings of the expressive guitarist himself. Meanwhile the masterful contributions of B-3 organist extraordinaire Sam Yahel and the explosive metrics of drummer Donald Edwards provide several melodic highlights in addition to the rhythmic support necessary to keep the session deeply in the pocket. Some of our fans may already be familiar with his earlier work, but we think now is definitely the time for a new generation to discover the bold guitar mastery of Will Bernard!
  • Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner, Djibril Toure, Federico Ughi “The Grind” from New York United, Volume 2 (577 Records)
    • Single released on August 5th – The Grind – New York United is located at the intersection of avant-garde jazz scene and electronic music, combining improvisational performance and bold electronic post-production editing to develop a characteristically unique sound. “The Grind,” the second track off their forthcoming album, combines a relentless crescendo of brass with an oscillating electronic beat to build a captivating wall of sound. The track is dedicated to the hustle needed to keep up in New York, the grind that’s contributed to New York’s own mythology, and therein a relatable feeling between New Yorkers all attempting to navigate the city. The “grind” generates competing feelings of invincibility and invisibility, embodied in the track’s continuous tension-building, and final climactic release.
  • Matías Formica and Jonatan Schenone “Ludus” from Aislados (Numeral)
  • Ernesto Jodos, Barry Altschul, Mark Helias “24 Module” from Confluence (ears&eyes)
  • Fifth Element “The Look Of Love” from Fifth Element (Self Released)
  • Optimystik Visionaries “Tomb of Nefertiti” from Return (Bandcamp)
  • HOUR TWO
  • Rodrigo Domínguez “(mucho mejor que esta) Pocilga” from Borocotopo (ears&eyes)
  • Will Bernard “Dry Land Tourist” from Ancient Grains (Posi-tone)
  • Jessica Ackerley and Daniel Carter “Welcome, Our Friends” from Friendship: Lucid Shared Dreams and Time Travel (577 Records)
    • Friendship: Lucid Shared Dreams and Time Travel documents a fresh collaboration between multi-instrumentalist, Daniel Carter, and guitarist, Jessica Ackerley. Both musicians are active improvisers on the New York free jazz scene, but rather than collaborating on a formal stage, their musical relationship developed over a few casual outdoor sessions during the summer of 2020. This release captures the joyful ease of their collaboration, as each musical interaction creates a warm transcendence, inspired by the dream-like, meditative effect improvised music is known for. Rippling guitar strums cascade under the sustained swells of various horns and reeds, allowing passages of space and minimalist tendencies in the music to ebb and flow like breathing. The use of acoustical instruments lends itself to the stylings of primitive guitar music and nods to baroque cadences without compromising each musicians’ free jazz and experimentalist foundations. The 8-track album documents a precious encounter between two friends, inviting the listener to glimpse into their tranquil inner world. This marks Jessica Ackerley’s debut on 577 Records, anticipating future releases scheduled on the 577 catalog later in 2022. Friendship: Lucid Shared Dreams and Time Travel will be available in September 2021 on CD/digital editions.
  • Matías Formica and Jonatan Schenone “Big Finish” from Aislados (Numeral)
  • Ernesto Jodos, Barry Altschul, Mark Helias “24 Module” from Confluence (ears&eyes)
  • Fifth Element “September In The Rain/On A Misty Night” from Fifth Element (Self Released)
  • Optimystik Visionaries “Stay With Me” from Return (Bandcamp)
  • Rodrigo Domínguez “Bill” from Borocotopo (ears&eyes)
  • Will Bernard “Wake Up Call” from Ancient Grains (Posi-tone)
  • Miles Davis “Miles Runs The Voodoo Down” from Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 (2015)

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