RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
LARRY NEWCOMB QUARTET “LIVE INTENTIONALLY!”
Artist: LARRY NEWCOMB QUARTET Title: LIVE INTENTIONALLY!
Label: Essential Messenger EM12015
UPC Code: 700261424200
1. BE MY LOVE 4:42 (Nicolas Brodsky and Sammy Cahn)
2. ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE 4:26 (Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II)
3. THANKS JACK! 4:44 (Larry Newcomb)
4. SURE THING 4:53 (Larry Newcomb)
5. INSTANT WATER 5:10 (Larry Newcomb)
6. OLHOS DE GATO 4:52 (Carla Bley)
7. AU PRIVAVE 4:06 (Charlie Parker)
8. STARDUST 6:16 (Hoagy Carmichael)
9. HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES? 5:38 (Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart)
Arrangements: Larry Newcomb
Recorded By: Tom Tedesco, Tom Tedesco Studios, Paramus, New Jersey Mastered By: Luis Guell, Digital Bouldevard Audio, Fairview, New Jersey
Musicians: Guitar: Larry Newcomb, Piano: Eric Olsen, Bass: Dmitri Kolesnik, Drums: Jimmy Madison
LIVE INTENTIONALLY! was recorded live. I wanted to capture the spontaneous intensity and energy of playing jazz without a safety net. I also wanted to test my own performance and improvisatory skills in real time. I wanted to “walk the walk” without relying on overdubbing solos later or “fixes-in-the-mix.” Pianist Eric Olsen, bassist Dmitri Kolesnik, drummer Jimmy Madison and I set up together at Tom Tedesco Studios. I counted off my three originals and six standards and the result is this recording.
The message of the title is the same whether LIVE INTENTIONALLY! strikes you as “intentionally recorded live!” or “live your life with intentionality!” This is our genuine, spontaneous playing, reaching for all the joy and beauty we could capture in each moment. I’d like to express my gratitude for the brilliant contribu- ions of Jack Wilkins, Bucky Pizzarrelli, Tom Tedesco, Luis Guell and my outstanding collaborators Eric Olsen, Dmitri Kolesnik and Jimmy Madison. I sincerely hope you enjoy it. Larry Newcomb PhD Guitarist Larry Newcomb performs classic and original jazz and blues both as a soloist and in duo, trio and quartet ensembles. Larry has contributed a wealth of electric and acoustic guitar stylings in performances and on recordings with Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins, Seleno Clarke, Billy Kaye, Jon Weiss, Mike Camoia, Larry Newcomb Trio, his duo Jonaitis & Newcomb, the band Wolfgang’s Revenge and with Babs Winn & the Kickin’ Boogie Band.
Newcomb has studied with guitar masters Bucky Pizzarelli, Mark Elf, Pat Martino, Howard Roberts and Randy Johnston. His affable performing style is informed by a PhD in Music History and a seasoned master’s understanding of the jazz idiom.
The path to jazz mastery is long, challenging, rewarding and never-ending. I started out transcribing then quoting great blues guitarists including B. B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. In my early 20s, I heard Jim Hall, George Benson, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis and Kenny Burrell. My direction was established. I slowly developed a repertoire of standard tunes; and, by transposing the work of the masters, I learned to address each harmonic element of a tune in its own rite--especially the creation and resolution of tension from each dominant chord to the temporary or permanent tonic. Throughout my musical journey, I’ve strived to play what I hear, and to make each note ring with colorful, clear and heartfelt beauty.
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“Green River Sessions”
@ the Jazz Bistro
Tuesday, October 6th 8:00 pm
Hannah Burgé (voice)
Robi Botos (piano)
Paco Luviano (bass)
Mark Kelso (drums)
Tony Zorzi (guitar)
Luisito Orbegoso (percussion)
+ special guest
The Jazz Bistro
251 Victoria Street, near Yonge/Dundas
Toronto ON M5B 1T8 Canada
416 363 5299
|Genre classification simply will not pigeonhole the remarkable Canadian vocalist Hannah Burgé, as clearly demonstrated in her extraordinary debut album Green River Sessions on Music Village Records. Her Masters Degree in ethnomusicology is no mere academic qualification as her deep knowledge of World Music is woven into every track of the album, deeply intertwined with her personal musical vision. African, Brazilian and Indian vocal traditions are blended seamlessly into her vocal style, fully immersed in the classic jazz expression of Annie Ross, Eddie Jefferson, Kurt Elling and Diane Reeves – all beautifully projected through her lovely, emotive and compelling voice.|
The music is fully integrated with these traditions, with the core trio – Robi Botos on acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 and Nord synthesizer; Mark Kelso on drums and percussion and Paco Luviano on acoustic and electric bass – impeccably mastering every aspect of the music. Far more than a supporting trio, they possess a consummate synergy that makes the quartet a band in the most explicit sense of the word, with each member vitally versed in all of the styles contained within the music. Despite the variety of influences contained here, this is no potpourri, but rather a vividly realized musical context, with a totally cohesive structure – all welded together under the enthralling expressiveness of Hannah Burgé.
The brilliant arrangements are all done by Hannah and Paco, either together or separately, and the overall concept of the album was forged in their profound partnership, with Paco serving as the band director and the album’s producer. His inspired bass playing provides the central nervous system of the music. Botos handles most of the soloing with exhilarating imagination, thoroughly within the spirit of the music, and his sensitivity and tastefulness in support are exemplary. Kelso is stunning, his flawless rhythms and riveting energy make the music crackle, yet splendidly subtle in his coloration and drive. Guest artists are also brought into the brew for ingeniously effective contributions, including the world renowned harmonica master Hendrik Muerkens on two tracks.
The repertoire is outstanding – four Burgé originals, a popular Venezuelan song ('Onda Nueva'), two versions of a megahit pop song, and a pair of fine renditions of a Songbook standard and a jazz classic.
The four originals – all arranged by Hannah – strikingly showcase her highly impressive songwriting talents. Forged from the broad scope of her World Music sensibilities, coupled with the inspiration drawn from the natural setting of Lake Simcoe and the forests of her hometown of Orillia, Ontario, expressing the majesty of nature through her music is a key part of her artistic quest. Performing with Cuban, African and Brazilian bands in Toronto has also directly influenced her writing.
Inspired by water and the music of Cuba, Art of Living opens the album in a radiant manner, structured on a traditional Yoruba song grouping with a dynamic call and response between her vocal and the coro (comprised of herself and guest artist Luisito Orbegoso). South Indian Carnatic music provides a core inspiration for I’m In, with shimmering descending and ascending patterns providing a delectable tension, all dramatically enhanced by glowing tenor sax coloring from Kelly Jefferson. Serenity, a paean to the forests of her childhood, is a filigreed ballad of exquisite beauty and delicacy – evocative, mesmerizing and touching – and sung with an artistry of enormous depth and spirit.
Sunshine Samba is a driving piece, with Hannah’s vocal languorously suspended over the butterfly dance of the rhythm section, ramping it up into bass-stoked, fire-breathing intensity under Meurkens sizzling solo and Hannah’s scat-ish vocal. Hendrik also lends his prodigious talents to a uniquely conceived take on the Nicholas Brodsky/Sammy Cahn standard Be My Love, with the Hannah/Paco arrangement transforming what is usually an operatic interpretation into an infectious samba. Meurkens lively solo and obbligato caressing Hannah’s sprightly vocal add to the joy of the piece.
Throughout the album, Paco’s luminous talents and the rich World Music experience that he has culled from years of playing with so many fine international artists add a special luster to the music. His arranging skills are showcased on a pair of pieces. The legendary Spanish born Venezuelan composer Aldemaro Romero’s De Repente is an exciting, driving piece spurred by bass and drums and features Botos soloing on Rhodes and synthesizer. Hannah’s buoyant Spanish-language vocal is a delight. The Horace Silver classic Nica’s Dream, evoking Coltrane’s Giant Steps in its intro, is a rollicking Latin-style smoker, richly syncopated and exuberant, with the burning rhythm section further stoked by the incandescent congas of Jalidan Ruiz. Hannah handles Horace’s delightful lyrics with a scintillating vocalese flair that would make Eddie Jefferson holler his approval.
Hannah aptly demonstrates her mastery of pop music with two cover versions (including a radio edit) of Canadian superstar Allanah Myles’ megahit Black Velvet (by Christopher Ward and David Tyson). This sensational arrangement by Hannah and Paco features Tony Zorzi on guitar, whose scorching, rock-ish solo is a highlight. Over a deeply grooving rhythm section of funky bass, cascading Rhodes, wah-wah guitar and fractured back-beat drums, Hannah soars and wails, with tastefully subtle overdubs, in a most captivating rendition of the popular song.
With a full-bodied and warm voice, Hannah’s sinuous lyricism coils around the melodies and chord structures, her alluring phrasing and sumptuous musicality painting intriguing pictures and offering fascinating tales. The delightful Green River Sessions contains just the first of many to come.
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"Frankye Kelly is today one of the sweetest voices and presences on the scene
Jazz". Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Global Beat
San Francisco based vocalist Frankye Kelly is set to release Swingin Blue on LifeForceJazz Records! Her first release since her highly acclaimed 2008 CD Frankye Kelly's Tribute To Shirley Horn.
With her early years spent singing in church, with acapella groups and choirs, and listening to the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Sarah Vaughan as well as Fats Domino and Little Richard it has all helped lay the foundation, inspire and ignite the fire for the young Frankye Kelly to sing!!
Later living in Detroit Frankye sang R&B and she led her own group, Flyght, which matched her voice with that of four male singers, no doubt helping her with her great harmony, phrasing and fill for the melody thats all so present in her voice and through out Swingin Blue!.
With Swingin Blue Frankye Kelly delivers magnificently in both of her musical worlds of jazz and blues. Swingin Blue, which leads off with a sizzling Never Make Your Move to Soon and you'll know right away the lady can sing, and swing the blues!!
Equally as exhilarating is Next Time You See Me Things Won't Be The Same the other blues tune on the Swingin Blue CD. Added to Frankye Kelly's more gutsy and whaling vocal performance here are great solo's from the rhythm section of Will Blades organ, Don Nick guitar and Ron E. Beck on drums and together they rock the blues here!! “I couldn't have imagined just how much fun I would have making music with these cats, along with the fabulous saxophonist Danny Hull” Frankye says.
Regarding her jazz side Frankye says “I wanted to sing jazz because of its freedom and because that way I could express myself the way I wanted” and on the tracks Sophisticated Lady, Autumn Leaves and A night In Tunisa that seems to be exactly what happens! Her voice is tender, emotional and articulate!.
On tracks 1-7 the rhythm section of Harold Acey, drums and Spencer Allen, organ is superb and Frankye adds “I had a really swinging time working with Harold Acey and Spencer Allen who are such superb musicians and really added to Swinging' Blue in the studio”.
Guitarist Calvin Keys who is well known from his own recordings and as one of jazz music's great soloist, but also his accompaniment here to Frankye Kelly is stellar, and she continues “I especially thank the great Calvin Keys for adding his famous guitar work on "Swinging' Blue”.
And still more highlights from Swingin Blue are Frankye's really rich and natural vocals on Song For My Father and Secret Love with incredible solo's on both from the aforementioned Will Blades and Danny Hull of Doobie Brothers fame on saxophone!
On "Swingin' Blue" Frankye Kelly sings, swings, scats, and screams, and wraps it all into one sensational CD!!!