On this weeks show fantastic new music from Daniel Carter with Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver. There are also great new releases from George Freeman, Manel Fortià, Tremid Spark, Michael Sarian and the Adema Manoukas Octet.
- Show Intro 00:00
- Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver “Wordwide” from Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 (577 Records) 00:54
- George Freeman feat. Alejo Poveda & Ruben Alvarez “Peak” from Everybody Say Yeah! (Southport Records) 12:29
- Manel Fortià “Dormir” from Despertar (Segell Microscopi) 17:38
- Tremid Spark “Your Free Trial Has Expired” from I See You And You See Us (Self Released) 22:19
- Michael Sarian “Paper Cranes” from After The Rain (Self Released) 29:04
- Adema Manoukas Octet “Tour De Force” from New Roots (Self Released) 35:10
- George Freeman featuring Tatsu Aoki “Low Funk” from Everybody Say Yeah! (Southport Records) 44:55
- Manel Fortià “Circular” from Despertar (Segell Microscopi) 50:58
- Tremid Spark “Eat This Music” from I See You And You See Us (Self Released) 1:00:00
- Michael Sarian “Coney Island Bound” from After The Rain (Self Released) 1:04:46
- Adema Manoukas Octet “‘Round Midnight” from New Roots (Self Released) 1:10:39
- George Freeman featuring Von Freeman “Vonski” from Everybody Say Yeah! (Southport Records) 1:19:04
- Manel Fortià “Despertar” from Despertar (Segell Microscopi) 1:24:00
- Tremid Spark “I See You And You See Us” from I See You And You See Us (Self Released) 1:31:53
- Michael Sarian “Most New Yorkers” from After The Rain (Self Released) 1:38:38
- Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver “Da Rest Is Story” from Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 (577 Records) 1:45:25
- Adema Manoukas Octet “New Roots” from New Roots (Self Released) 1:56:06
Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver
How do you welcome adventure? Longtime comrades, legendary Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, and Gerald Cleaver investigated this in their first album, Welcome Adventure, Vol. 1, resulting in 577 Records’ best-selling release in the 20 years we’ve been operating. Now, the group is trying the question again with their second astonishing volume, taken from the same historical recording session. Daniel Carter (Saxophone, Clarinet) has been collaborating with William Parker (Bass) since the early 70s and with Matthew Shipp (Piano) beginning in the mid-80s. This trio had previously played together on other occasions but sought to add a percussive element to their sound, adding stellar Gerald Cleaver (Drums) to their mix. From the warm opening song, “Sunverified” to the richly layered closer, “Da Rest Is Story,” the all-star, 5-track project is an exploratory delight. Welcome Adventure, Vol. 2 will be available in digital, CD, and vinyl editions (black LPs and limited edition color vinyl) on June 3, 2022.
Guitarist George Freeman is jazz history. The vibrant and iconoclastic guitar legend looks forward to his 95th birthday on April 10, 2022 and a new CD documenting his recordings from Southport Records that span twenty-six years of music from our “Real Jazz Made In Chicago” catalog. Eleven of the fourteen songs are Freeman’s originals. His memories burn bright, from a childhood surrounded by jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller that would stop by his Chicago home for a visit and to play the piano. His life in music has taken him around the world, but home and family in Chicago is where his heart is. Growing up with his eldest brother and drummer Eldridge (known as Bruz) and Von on the tenor saxophone, George was destined to forge his own unique sound on the guitar. George Freeman recorded a date with Charlie Parker “An Evening In Chicago” (Savoy 1950.) He remembers a time when Bird wouldn’t go onstage without him. As a spirited side man, Freeman has worked with a roster of jazz greats, from Gene Ammons and Richard “Groove” Holmes to Johnny Griffin and Dinah Washington.
Barcelona-born bassist Manel Fortià bridges his Mediterranean and Spanish roots with the sounds of modern New York jazz on his trio album Despertar, available May 12, 2022 via Segell Microscopi/Altafonte Distribution. Meticulously composed and produced by Fortià, Despertar presents a musical self-portrait based on a selection of spirited originals, all inspired by his experiences while living in New York City between 2016 and 2020. The composer creates a mellow and personal music which touches on influences as varied as Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett, Maurice Ravel and Paco de Lucía, among others. Fortià’s extraordinary trio features two of the most prolific European jazz personalities of the new generation. Multi-award winning Spanish pianist Marco Mezquida (Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Bill McHenry, Chicuelo, Noa), understands Fortià’s music deeply and performs with elegance and dynamism. The connection between these two artists and their ability to listen deeply was showcased on their critically acclaimed 2015 duo album My Old Flame. Rounding out the trio is the revelatory French drummer Raphaël Pannier (Miguel Zenón, Aaron Goldberg, François Moutin) with whom Manel recorded the 2018 album Bulería Brooklyniana mixing Brooklyn jazz underground with flamenco.
Conceptual improvisation, the use of composed source material to inspire longer improvised pieces of music, is at the heart of new trio Tremid Spark’s first recording. Born from a jazz perspective, the trio melds free readings of Rex Shepherd’s compositions with inspired improvisations, moving on to fully improvised pieces creating musical textures layered with varied instrumental approaches including bowed and prepared guitar and the application of found objects to the instruments. After several recordings with David Pate, former member of Sam Rivers’ Rivbea Orchestra and Bill Folwell, former touring bassist for Albert Ayler, guitarist Rex Shepherd has formed this new trio with trumpeter Kyle Quass and bassist Jesse Whitman with the goal of exploring and testing the infinite possibilities of what can be accomplished with a written melody and occasional suggestive harmony. Influenced by Ornette Coleman’s harmolodic approach, Tremid Spark’s music ranges from a close reading of a tune containing a central free improvisation, moving to a “player’s choice” of which phrases to implement, all the way to pure momentary sound creation. “I See You, and You See Us” finds a home in both the worlds of improvised and composed music.
As New York City was reawakening after a year of lockdown, spring was in full bloom, and a sense of renewal was in the air. Familiar sounds, which had remained distant for so long, were again within ear’s reach and working their way back to day-to-day life, ever so cautiously. Trumpeter/composer Michael Sarian explains, “throughout 2020 and well into 2021, making music in our homes became a daily ritual, new habits and routines had been built, and with those, new musical ideas came to life within the City’s silence. And so, combining these new practices with sounds that inspired hope birthed this new album, After the Rain: Impressions on Daily Sounds and Field Recordings During a Moment of Rebirth and Awakening. After the Rain is comprised of seven tracks of freely improvised trumpet, flugelhorn, FX and Fender Rhodes over familiar yet unexpectedly new sounds created entirely by Michael Sarian: traveling once again on the NYC Subway system, conversations at a local bar, grilling with family and friends, playing trumpet duets with a student, splashing in the waves at the waterfront, the sound of a light rain in the morning. The music on After the Rain offers us, the listener, an unfiltered gaze into Sarian’s life, his humanity, and his consciousness. He paints abstract images of being a working artist in NYC through sound. A sound that beckons, at once powerful and fragile, but always compelling. He is able, as a trumpeter, to tell the story of the human condition, and through flesh, metal, breath and spit we can hear everything from the quotidian to the miraculous; we can hear his declaration as an artist who has something compelling and beautiful to add to the world.
Adema Manoukas Octet
Coming on the heels of his first full-length album demiLAN, trombonist Nick Adema teamed up with saxophonist Alex Manoukas for a new recording project with their newly formed band the Adema Manoukas Octet. These eight young Toronto allstars have been performing together in various combinations for years, providing an alternative perspective on the Canadian jazz sound. Together, they offer a glimpse of a new music full of blistering solos, thought-provoking melodies, and world-class ensemble playing.
Evan Dalling – Trumpet ; Brenon Parmar – Alto Saxophone ; David Hodgson – Tenor & Soprano Saxophones ; Nick Adema – Trombone ; Alex Manoukas – Baritone Saxophone; Josh Smiley – Piano; Leighton Harrell – Bass ; Keith Barstow – Drums