World of Jazz 478

On this weeks show we feature an eclectic variety of newly released music, exploring new sounds, from Javon Jackson, Tom Bourgeois & Fil Caporali, Vasco Trilla, Tony Karapetyan, Eric Dubois, Soheil Peyghambari, and Amanda Ekery

  • Javon Jackson “Night Song” from The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni (Solid Jackson) 00:00
  • Tom Bourgeois and Fil Caporali “Konvoy” from Moanin’ Birds (Hypnote) 08:43
  • Vasco Trilla “Acoustic Mask #1 (for aquaspring)” from Acoustic Masks (577 Records) 16:07
  • Tony Karapetyan Trio “East West” from Point of View (Jazzist) 21:32
  • Eric Dubois “Le 7 et le vide” from Eric Dubois Quartet (Circum-Disc) 29:18
  • Soheil Peyghambari “Le rêve des baleines mortes” from Dysphoria (Hevhetia) 35:11
  • Amanda Ekery “LCC #13 (Vision)” from Some (more) Short Songs (Self Released) 45:57
  • Vasco Trilla “Acoustic Mask #3 (for metronomes and blowing tube)” from Acoustic Masks (577 Records) 53:02
  • Wabjie “Perhaps/Maybe” from Lull (Urgence Records) 1:00:00
  • Mario Laginha “Speak” from Short Shore (Edition Records) 1:05:35
  • Amanda Ekery “LCC #18 (Up There)” from Some (more) Short Songs (Self Released) 1:11:36
  • Dave Douglas “Agnus Dei” from Secular Psalms (Greenleaf) 1:15:21
  • Eric Dubois “Dance de Plus” from Eric Dubois Quartet (Circum-Disc) 1:19:56
  • Javon Jackson “Wade In The Water” from The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni (Solid Jackson) 1:27:04
  • Soheil Peyghambari “Les souvenirs de demain” from Dysphoria (Hevhetia) 1:34:46
  • Tony Karapetyan Trio “Ani” from Point of View (Jazzist) 1:41:28
  • Vasco Trilla “Acoustic Mask #6 (for snare drum and clock chimes)” from Acoustic Masks (577 Records) 1:46:27
  • Amanda Ekery “LCC #21 (That Dog Won’t Hunt)” from Some (more) Short Songs (Self Released) 1:48:58
  • Tom Bourgeois and Fil Caporali “Last Minute” from Moanin’ Birds (Hypnote) 1:51:43
  • Javon Jackson “Didn’t My Lord Deliver?” from The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni (Solid Jackson) 1:55:41

Javon Jackson

Legendary poet, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni and internationally acclaimed saxophonist Javon Jackson, who came to international prominence during his tenure with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, teamed up to create The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni, out February 18, 2022 via the Solid Jackson label

Giovanni, one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends” and a Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2017, says she curated Jackson’s album of gospel hymns and spirituals because “These songs are so important. They comforted people through times of slavery, and during recent years we needed them to comfort us again. But a lot of the students today do not know about the history of these songs, and they should. So I’m out here putting water on the flowers, because they need a drink.”

The 78-year-old poet makes a rare vocal appearance on the tender ballad “Night Song,” singing a song identified with her close friend, the late civil rights activist and High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone. “Nina was a friend of mine, and I knew that one of her favorite songs was ‘Night Song’,” she explains. “And even though I’m not a singer, I told Javon I wanted to sing it because I just wanted Nina to be remembered.” Jackson, who flew to Nikki’s home in Roanoke, Virginia, to record her vocal track on the existing instrumental tracks, says, “I sat beside her when she sang it and by the time she finished that chorus, I was deeply moved. I just love the fragile nature of the way she treated it. It was very emotional.”.

Tom Bourgeois and Fil Caporali

TOM BOURGEOIS (COMPOSITION – TENOR SAXOPHONE – BASS CLARINET),
FIL CAPORALI (COMPOSITION – UPRIGHT BASS)
GUESTS : DORIAN DUMONT (PIANO), LIONEL BEUVENS (DRUMS)

Moanin’ Birds is an epic musical escapade, carried by two strange birds from firm earthy roots to fluttering elusiveness. From the calm, into the storm and back again through a whole rainbow of emotional variety. Tom Bourgeois (tenor saxophone and bass clarinet) and Fil Caporali (upright bass) use all of their melodic and rhythmic freedom to create a rich musical discussion with a wide range of sound textures, harmonic colour and counterpoint. The intimate connection of these two musicians and their Hitchcockian inspiration pervades this album, as its name suggests. We can make out, in Caporali’s groaning bow strokes and Bourgeois’s laments, hints of Bernard Hermann and Bela Bartok. A profound mastery of their craft and an adventurous spirit is displayed as they move between heavy tensions and weightless flurries on this brazen tandem ride of open and lavish musical expression through contemporary jazz, feeding off their Classical and Brazilian influences. An unconventional, raw and mesmerising duo

The Moaning’ Birds Duo brings together two very active musicians and composers of the Belgian jazz
scene. Tom Bourgeois, a talented saxophonist and clarinetist who has composed several soundtracks for
short movies and documentaries earning him the “Trio 2019” laureate, organised by “La Maison Du Film
Court” in Paris. As well as being an accomplished and demanded sideman (Aishinka, Odil, Margaux
Vranken Group, Jelle Van Giel Group…), he also leadsman acoustic quartet “Murmures” and his own solo
project awaited 2022.
As for Fil Caporali, his smooth and warm upright bass sound has brought him all around the world,
performing in Brazil, Europe and Asia and won him the Toots Thielmans Jazz awards in 2016. Aside from
leading his Quintet, he can be heard as a sideman in a number of other settings (Commander Spoon,
Marie Fikry Oriental Jazz Project, Synestet, Via Toledo Jazz Quartet…)
These two strong personalities collaborated in different settings and played in several bands together
(Vestige, Aishinka…) before deciding to form this duo.

Vasco Trilla

Inspired by Elias Canetti’s book The Torch In My Ear, Vasco Trilla centered this project around this passage, “every completely unknown language is a kind of acoustic mask; as soon as one learns it, it becomes a face, understandable and soon familiar.” Like many improvisations, the group posits that solo works may seem like masks at first: inscrutable fronts that conceal the “ferment of the as yet unclear and uncompleted metamorphoses” that are expressed beneath. But to sit with this music, to settle into its rhythms and learn its inflections, is to become familiar with what is unfamiliar, to decipher the language, to see the mask soften into a face. Vasco Trilla’s new solo album, Acoustic Masks, brings a set of 7 tracks, playing tuned flat bells, drumsets, prepared triangles, metronome, clock chimes and pendulums as well as different assorted percussion. This album is a sonic journey with a clear narrative vision has a slow pace, an act of “sculpting in time,” and follows Vasco’s Made of Mist (2021) released on 577 Records.

Tony Karapetyan Trio

The modern piano trio format is set by greats like Esbjorn Svensson and Tigran Hamasian. But although they demonstrated the new directions in music, they occupied these directions so tightly that there was not much freedom left for their followers. In that sense Tony Karapetyan, a piano player from the Russian provincial city of Nizhny Novgorod, is attractive exactly because his star is not still shining on the international level. His music is similar to the beach football in comparison with the «normal» football, much more advertised and funded: it turns out that there is still an area where you can play basically the same goal, but totally free of «industry regulations», for your own happiness and joy, fearing no great masters’ shade and no new ideas of yourself.

«Point Of View» is a long-waited step back from the modern conception of an ensemble; while all the musicians are individual entities, it’s not a constellation of three leaders but obviously a trio which belongs to a leader. Leaving his partners their freedom, Karapetyan still grabs the production and idea at his own hands and drives the music as exactly he needs it. This is a small wonder in today’s approach to music. Sparkling with ideas and assorted inspirations, Tony provides the set of music which is absolutely personal and whole. At the same time, his attitude to his partners is extremely plain and simple: yes I know you have a lot of ideas by yourself, but gentlemen, let’s make it plain and simple for this certain time. There is a piano, there is a bass, there are drums. No need for complex conceptions, no need to prove you can alter anything proposed, no need to demonstrate your high intelligence and thoughtful devotion. It’s just the music to play. So let’s play it, like children play their games

Eric Dubois

ÉRIC DUBOIS: GUITAR
BENOIT BAUD: SAXOPHONES
MATHIEU MILLET: DOUBLE-BASS
ÉRIC NAVET: VIBRAPHONE, DRUMS

Debut Album

Circum-Disc

, a succession of musical moments reflecting various influences; from jazz, to classic
rock to contemporary music. Each of these pieces has been reworked, reread, tested and explored
and this “collective chiseling” that this disc also claims to present.

Soheil Peyghambari

Soheil Peyghambari: Composer, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano
Saxophone, Electronics

Amanda Ekery

Amanda Ekery’s sequel to her popular debut “Some Short Songs” (self-released 2017) features her whimsical style on ten new original compositions funded by an inaugural Chamber Music America Performance Plus Award.

“Some (more) Short Songs” is Ekery’s third release and is produced by ECM recording artist Sylvie Courvoisier. The vocalist’s quintet rehearsed with Courvoisier who helped shape the drummerless band’s sound by workshopping the eccentric compositions and improvisatory structures.

Wabjie

Mixing haunting vocals and synths ith acoustic piano and drums, the debut album from Swiss group Wabjie intertwines jazz with touches of genrebending artists like Radiohead, Björk,
Erykah Badu and Fiona Apple.

By definition, Wabjie is the name given to those herbs or mosses that springup between paving stones, through wall cracks and in previously undiscovered gaps. In much the same way, the trio’s music twists and turns its way along, searching for the glimpses of sunshine in which to flower and bloom. Founded by Swiss improvisers Soraya Berent and Michel Wintsch, then completed by drummer Samuel Jakubec in 2019, their album Lull (Feb 25th, 2022) bursts at the seams with original riffs, twists, turns and organic sounds.

With experience between the three musicians ranging from avant-garde and straightahead jazz to soul, rock and electro, Wabjie (pronounced “Wab-gee”) presents an organism that grows from its jazz roots and takes on a life of its own. A colourful and groovy drum beat, a piano that doesn’t fear the blues, landscapes of synthesizers flirting with prog and a moving, dancing voice blend together to take flight, regardless of etiquette and genre.

Soraya Berent | vocals Michel Wintsch | piano, keys Samuel Jakubec | drums, percussion

Mario Laginha

A hidden gem of a pianist and composer, Portugal’s Laginha beautifully inhabits the space
between the European and the African, wrapped in playing of Chopin-like elegance. Jangada,
meaning raft, originates from the idea of ‘picking up pieces of driftwood and binding them
together to form a whole’ – a beautiful metaphor that describes the organic collation of
influences that are channelled into the music.

Bernardo Moreira (double bass) and Alexandre Frazão (drums)

Mario Laginha is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Having established himself as one of the most
celebrated musicians in Portugal, playing extensively with the likes of Maria João and Julian Argüelles, his new album Jangada on Edition Records is set to open his music to new and wider audiences internationally.

As a pianist of exceptional ability as well as composer of divinely beautiful and lyrical music, Mario
Laginha has worked extensively throughout Portugal with his long standing trio for more than 15
years, establishing himself as one of the most celebrated musicians in his homeland. His new album Jangada on Edition Records, released following his 61st birthday, is set to open his music to new and wider international acclaim..

Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas says

“Inspired by and dedicated to The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Jan and Hubert van Eyck – a polyptych originally painted for display in St. Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. Begun in the mid 1420s and completed by 1432.

Secular Psalms took shape over a medieval-seeming time span. The first messages from Wim date to July 10, 2018, when we began to formulate a plan to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Altarpiece with creation of new music. Research led to a few discoveries: elements of the polyptych were moved and/or stolen, then almost entirely recovered over the years. A restoration begun in 2012 discovered that the work had been mostly overpainted around 1550—removal of the overpaint revealed an almost entirely new contemporary vision of the piece.

The Van Eyck worked in the court of Philip The Good of Burgundy, speaking multiple languages. It’s likely they would have encountered composer Guillaume Dufay and writer Christine de Pisan in the same court. Bringing in elements of both these artists helped give me a connection to the atmosphere of those times. With a band and instrumentation in place, we were on our way.

Then all work came to a halt. Initially, like for so many of us, it was unclear how work would carry on. I kept writing. The meaning of the piece (and the title) took on a new scope as we dealt with the global crisis. Close communication with the assembled musicians, shut down in their own home countries, helped cement the message and the meaning of Secular Psalms: sacred songs for all of us as we are. We continued working. The first parts were recorded around May 2020. Over the course of a year and a half, my score came to life as I worked with each musician to create their performances. New techniques had to be invented to capture interactive improvisations. And new texts came in as I began to write them myself, in addition to the Latin Mass, Marvin Gaye, and Christine de Pisan”.

Releases April 1st

Dave Douglas, trumpet, voice
Berlinde Deman, serpent, tuba, voice
Marta Warelis, piano, prepared piano, pump organ
Frederik Leroux, guitars, lute, electronics
Tomeka Reid, cello
Lander Gyselinck, drums, electronics

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