sábado, 14 de julio de 2018

Jared Gold “Reemergence” CD Release Shows

Jared Gold – organ 
Dave Stryker - guitar
Billy Hart - drums
Joel Frahm - tenor sax


Friday & Saturday August 24-25
Smalls

83 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014
www.smallslive.com

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Jared Gold “Reemergence”
(Strikezone Records 8817) 

Jared Gold - Hammond B3 organ, Dave Stryker-guitar, Billy Hart - drums, Jeremy Pelt - trumpet, flugelhorn  


DownBeat Magazine Editor's Pick

Bobby Reed
Most jazz fans have encountered the unfortunate scenario of being thrilled by the names on an album cover but then being disappointed by the music. That is definitely not the case with the new leader project from Jared Gold, which showcases the versatile organist and his all-star band: guitarist Dave Stryker, drummer Billy Hart and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Stryker, who also produced the album, has a 14-year history with Gold, and his simpatico rapport with the organist spices up the proceedings, as each musician frequently adds clever coloration when the other is unleashing a sturdy solo. Hart—whose subtle brushwork is just as mesmerizing as his powerful stick-work in this program—demonstrates the mastery that has made him a legend. Pelt, who adds potent brass to three tracks, elevates this disc: Without him, these sessions might have yielded a memorable trio disc, but with him on board, the result is one of the strongest straightahead discs of the year thus far.

This band certainly can burn, as evidenced by the title track (which was penned by the leader), but a poignant reading of The Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home” reflects Gold’s ability to tug at the listener’s heartstrings with a melancholy mood. Gold has curated a wonderful, eclectic program that features two Gershwin tunes (“It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “How Long Has This Been Going On”), Ornette Coleman’s “Blues Connotation,” Stevie Wonder’s “Lookin’ For Another Pure Love” (from 1972’s Talking Book) and “One For John A,” a swinging, original tribute to the late guitar icon John Abercrombie, with whom the organist worked for years. Gold and Stryker can ignite fireworks at will, but on this rendition of “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” both musicians coax a vocal timbre out of their respective axes. Nicely done, gentlemen.

Jeff Know-Audiophile Audition

...this is a CD that will be loved by Hammond fans, and highlights Gold’s talents as both a creative organist as well as arranger. His talents have matured and hopefully we’ll see more exploratory efforts from Jared well into the future.

Dick Metcalf  contemporaryfusionreviews.com
Jared Gold hoppin’ Hammond B3 jazz Jared Gold – REEMERGENCE:  Without doubt, Jared is one of THE best Hammond B3 jazz players .

Dee Dee McNeil LA Jazz Musical Memoirs
Billy Hart, on drums, fuels the first and title tune, “Reemergence” composed by the featured artist, Jared Gold. Gold is a fresh, jazz -organ, recording artist making waves on the East Coast. This is his eighth recording, and he’s surrounded himself with a group of excellent musicians to support his musical concepts. Dave Stryker is not only a proficient guitarist, but a record producer with his own label, a composer and a very busy New York musician. Drummer, Billy Hart, is legendary and was once the drummer of choice with the great Jimmy Smith. Trumpeter, Jeremy Pelt, is a refreshing addition to the organ trio. The first thing that stands out about Jared Gold is his ability to take familiar songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Lookin’ For Another Pure Love’ or the Lennon/McCartney standard, “She’s Leaving Home” and turn them into harmonically fresh works of art. Gold’s creativity with harmonics is formidable. Gold started out as a piano player, but quickly found his expressive niche on the organ. He was born in Englewood, New Jersey February 27, 1980 and has worked extensively with Oliver Lake and John Abercrombie. This ninth album as a leader solidifies his unique approach to his instrument and his excursions into arrangements that are unique, like the title tune that roots itself in an unusual fourteen-bar blues pattern. On the tune, “Sweet Sweet Spirit” he takes us to church. Songs like “Ornette Coleman’s Blues Connotations” show the listener that he can groove with the best of them and also gives Hart an opportunity to break free and exuberantly solo on the drums. Jared Gold comes into sight and prominence once more, just like the title of this CD proclaims.

Jonathan Widran JWVIBE
Recently voted the Top Rising Star on organ in an annual Downbeat poll, NYC based B-3 visionary Jared Gold fashions a dynamic through line to the generation of jazz organ that inhabits his muse by including, on his Strikezone debut Reemergence, legendary drummer Billy Hart, who got his start in the 60s with Jimmy Smith.

Ensembling again with guitarist Dave Stryker (who also produced), and adding trumpeter Jeremy Pelt to the fold, Gold creates an explosive melodic and rhythmic master class on the organ’s wide-ranging possibilities. He re-imagines Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Gershwin, an Ornette Coleman blues classic and a renowned church song – but saves his most imaginative expressions for his easy swinging tribute to John Abercrombie (who he played with for a few years) and Stryker’s adventurous closer “Nomad.”  

Jared Gold Notes:

Organist Jared Gold's emergence as one of the  New York area's most in-demand  musicians  comes from years  of dedication and respect to his instrument.  With  such notable     influ-ences as Larry Young , Jack McDuff, and Don Patterson to draw upon as a foundation, the emphasis on finding  his own voice has now clearly taken precedence and  required Gold to construct his own unique philosophy based on extending harmony and solidifying the groove. 
Gold's latest release, titled Metropolitan Rhythm (2015, Posi-Tone), features his working trio of veteran guitarist Dave     Stryker and up-and-coming drummer Kush Abadey.  Gold ties together big cities from New York to Sao Paulo with three new compositions and some wonderful remakes of familiar  songs by a broad spectrum of composers including Paul McCartney, Thelonious Monk, Filó Machado, and Joe  Henderson. 
Following the successes of his previous seven releases, all on Posi-Tone, Jared has accu-mulated  many accolades, including  winning the 2013 Rising Star  on Organ critics  poll in DownBeat Magazine. 
His first seven releases are Solids & Stripes (2008), Supersonic (2009), Out Of Line (2010), All
Wrapped Up (2011), Golden Child (2012), Intuition (2013), and
JG 3+3 (2014). 
With the powerful combination of his obvious talent, the blessings of an affable personality and his  unbelievable versatility and musicianship on the bandstand, Gold has  been pro-vided with the opportunity to work with  many established veterans and can be seen performing regularly  with his  own group and appearing steadily alongside in the working groups and recordings of John Abercrombie, Dave Stryker, Oliver Lake, Ralph Bowen and David Gibson. 
Gold, a New Jersey native and graduate of William Patterson




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jueves, 12 de julio de 2018

Bassist Oytun Ersan and his band of jazz fusion all-stars shine on his dynamic new release, Fusiolicious

Funk and progressive jazz
fuse in a brilliant second album from
Turkish Cypriot bassist Oytun Ersan

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On his brand-new sophomore release, Fusiolicious, Turkish Cypriot bassist Oytun Ersan has an all-star band on hand to present seven cooking original tunes. The music is expertly executed on an intriguing blend of electric and acoustic instruments, featuring giants of jazz fusion, including drummer Dave Weckl, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, and keyboardists Gerry Etkins and Gary Husband. 

 “Versatile” doesn’t begin to describe the prodigiously talented bassist, composer and educator Oytun Ersan. Since his mid-teens he has been a valued member of the International Nicosia Municipality Orchestra, the largest band in his home town in Northern Cyprus. The ensemble performs a varied repertoire including classical, regional and seasonal works composed by the masters of the genres. But when left to his own devices, Oytun Ersan is a master composer in his own right, as evidenced by the top-flight funk and progressive jazz presented on his aptly named second album, Fusiolicious.

 Besides conducting workshops and appearing at festivals around the globe, Oytun has performed and recorded with a range of acclaimed artists including trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeter Rex Richardson, Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabule, and many others.

Joining bassist Oytun Ersan on Fusioliciousare drummer Dave Weckl (Modern Drummer Hall of Fame; Mike Stern, Jeff Lorber, Chick Corea), saxophonist Eric Marienthal (Dave Grusin, George Duke, Yellowjackets), keyboardists Gary Husband (Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham) and Gerry Etkins (Billy Cobham, Kevin Eubanks, Dean Brown), guitarists Dean Brown (Marcus Miller, Brecker Brothers, Dave Sanborn), Mike Miller (Chick Corea, Quincy Jones, Yellowjackets), Brett Garsed (John Farnham, Nelson), and Okan Ersan (Al di Meola, Chick Corea, Robben Ford);trombonist Gökay Gökşen, trumpeter Utku Akyol, violinist Karen Briggs (David Grusin, Chaka Khan, Yanni), and vocalists Simge Akdoğu andAytunç Akdoğu.
Highlights from Fusioliciousinclude:

“Oh, That Butterfly,” floats like the winged beauty it’s named for, but also stings like a bee, with a contagious energy that defies the listener to sit still. Inspired by the butterfly logo on his Fodera guitar,  Oytun dedicates the tune to the maker of his beloved instrument.

“Rise Up” is a shape-shifter of a song. It’s tender violin opening has a folkloric delicacy, but soon the entire band joins in with an anthemic intensity.

The soloists shine on “Rooms,” in particular the brilliant sax soaring over an ominously funky bass line. Heartfelt vocals and a spare solo piano are spotlighted in the soulful “Sacred Solace,” a compelling standout in its simplicity and beauty.

With his exciting new release, Oytun Ersan once again proves himself a jazz fusion force to be reckoned with. Any fans of progressive jazz, fusion and funk who aren’t familiar with this bassist and composer owe it to themselves to give Fusioliciousa listen.

 
Oytun Ersan (Bass), Dave Weckl (Drums), Eric Marienthal (Saxophone), Gary Husband (Keys) ,Gerry Etkins (Keys), Dean Brown (Guitar), Mike Miller (Guitar), Brett Garsed (Guitar), Okan Ersan (Guitar), Gökay Gökşen (Trombone), Utku Akyol (Trumpet), Karen Briggs (Violin), Simge Akdoğu (Vocals), Aytunç Akdoğu (Vocals) 





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martes, 10 de julio de 2018

For 4x DownBeat Top Ten Vocalist and Composer Judi Silvano, a Life Lived Brings “Lessons Learned”

New Release Due Out July 13, 2018 on Unit Records

Featuring The Zephyr Band

“Judi's compositions are like her paintings--Magical!”
-Sheila Jordan, NEA Jazz Master
Unit Records is proud to announce the Friday, July 13th release of vocalist and composer Judi Silvano’s new album Lessons Learned. Produced by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer Joe LovanoLessons Learned features the members of Silvano’s Zephyr Band with an unusual lineup for a jazz singer: two electric guitars.  These are wielded by Kenny Wessel and Bruce Arnold who together provide orchestral settings for the songs. The band is rounded out with Adam Kolker on bass clarinet, soprano and tenor sax, Ratzo B. Harris on bass, Bob Meyer on drums and Todd Isleron percussion. Joe Lovano lends his signature sound on tenor sax to two tracks. Lessons Learned began as a mature musical compilation of personal observations on life and love, but has since developed into a statement that aims to evoke a feeling of universal understanding and respect for others amongst its listeners.

“This is one of the most inspired and fun recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of; it’s full of beautiful, joyous music!” - Joe Lovano

Parallel to Lovano’s adventurous arrangements, Judi’s writing varies from tender and spiritual to raucous and whimsical. On Lessons Learned, the vocalist - who is also credited for the painting that graces the album cover - is not afraid to bare her heart and sing of intimacy and she tackles the realities of aging with hilarious candor. There comes a point in anyone’s life that is a place of reflection; a review of a lifetime’s worth of choices and decisions. For Silvano, this point in her life marked the creation of Lessons Learned. This 10 track opus of original songs is a collection of stories from the singer’s life that have accumulated and resulted in lessons she has personally learned. By reflecting upon her own individual experiences, Silvano has been observing the consciousness of society as a whole and hopes her perspective will encourage empathy in others towards their communities.

The album opens with “Round and Round”, which is Judi’s statement of appreciation and wonder at her own life.  The song’s canonic structure parallels the cycles of life. While “You Will Know” speaks to the interpersonal connections that can have an impact on how we feel about ourselves with encouragement to remember we are not alone, “Dark Things” is about self-doubt, and how even the most confident people periodically question and re-evaluate their paths. “Acknowledging our vulnerability is key to being able to adapt and grow,” says Judi. “Dust” finds Judi in shamanic mode, singing about the earth, our dependence on it for food and how rhythmic feels connect us all over the globe. Some other stand-out tracks from the album include “Hand and Heart” - a beautiful ballad about a very particular relationship - and “After Love” which, simply put, is a classic love song. The album closes with “The Music’s in My Body”, which demonstrates that Judi’s sense of rhythm and space from her years as a dancer, are always a part of her songs.

“Judi Silvano is an amazing vocalist and improviser who has been a mainstay on the New York Jazz scene for decades! Her communication with guitarists Bruce Arnold and Kenny Wessel on “Lessons Learned” is telepathic and the music they create is fresh and inspiring!”
-Vic Juris, Guitarist and Educator


Judi Silvano Notes:Judi Silvano has been an active presence in the New York Jazz scene since 1976, when she arrived in New York City from Philadelphia with a degree in music and dance from Temple University. Since then the roster of musicians with whom she has collaborated includes Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, George Garzone,  Mike Formanek, Gerry Hemingway, Michael Abene, Rufus Reid, Ingrid Jensen, Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Manny Albam, Gunther Schuller and Wynton Marsalis. She’s performed at a multitude of festivals and concert houses around the globe including the Montreal, Paris, London, Verona, Perugia, Istanbul, Langnau Switzerland and North Sea Jazz Festivals as well as numerous clubs and concert halls in NYC. Silvano has been writing music and poetry her whole life alongside putting her visions on canvas - one of her paintings is the album cover of Lessons Learned and she has a series of paintings of Jazz Musicians in addition to other subjects.



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sábado, 7 de julio de 2018

Award winning composer, producer ad engineer release CD "Rainbow Gravity" August 1, 2018

Scott Petito
With Jack DeJohnettePeter Erskine, Rachel Z, Omar Hakim and more!
Planet Arts Records
Planet Arts Records is proud to announce the August 1 release of Rainbow Gravity, the new album from bassist, composer, producer and engineer Scott Petito. After taking part in nearly a thousand recordings, Petito shines on his second endeavor as a leader, which brings together a true melting pot of world class musicians including saxophonist Bob Mintzer, trumpeter Chris Pasin, guitarist David Spinozza, keyboardists Rachel ZDavid Sancious and Warren Bernhardt, drummers Jack DeJohnettePeter ErskineSimon Phillips and Omar Hakim, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and percussionist Bashiri Johnson. With this group of players in mind, the gifted multi-instrumentalist has written and arranged a collection of nine original compositions in a genre bending melange of modern jazzR&Bfunk and South American styles, alongside a stirring rendition of Carla Bley’s “Lawns”.
On Rainbow Gravity, an exemplary ensemble of friends and colleagues join together to perform new electric jazz. Collectively, they have contributed to the execution and vision of this album in a way that, as Petito enthuses, displays “a true collaboration of spirit and skill”. Much of the music heard on this ten-track collection is reminiscent of that of the late 60’s and early 70’s: the electric experiments of Miles Davis on “In a Silent Way” and “Bitches Brew”, the energy and rhythmic complexity of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Weather Report and so many more innovators who produced new sounds and techniques and so, influenced a generation of musicians to follow.
"Scott has assembled some of the finest creative musicians  in the world to participate in this tour de force musical journey. Not only did Scott perform, record and produce this music but he also composed most of the songs. Check out his fine piccolo bass solos. This project is bursting with creativity." -  Mark Egan
The project takes its title from the rainbow gravity theory; a concept in quantum physics that contradicts the Big Bang Theory and instead, proposes that time stretches back infinitely and continues on endlessly. As a musician and composer, Petito actively tries to create a sense of timelessness in his music- he strives to capture a moment or a feeling that might continue on forever. As Petito explains, “the experience of playing and listening to music can suspend us and yet at the same time sweep us away to new places with infinite possibilities. That relationship between music and our very essence of being, always struck me as the most human of experiences.”
"Scott’s compositions are perfect musical short stories with ingenious narratives that propel and animate his own virtuosity and that of his stellar companions.”
Michael Franks

Notes Scott Petito:
Scott Petito is an award winning composer, producer and engineer. He is a gifted bassist and multi-instrumentalist who has performed on hundreds of recordings in many musical styles. Scott has become particularly well known for his work in the folk and jazz genres, working with such musicians as; James Taylor, Pete Seeger, The Band, Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Roy Haynes, John Scofield and hundreds of other leading musicians in jazz and popular music. Scott studied composition and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has scored films for the BBC, Robert Redford and PBS. His productions have charted in Billboard Magazine and have received gold record honors. Scott composed the theme song for the NPR program “With Good Reason”. He is a member of the seminal political/poetic rock group The Fugs. For many years he toured and recorded with partner, Leslie Ritter. During this period of time, their recordings received worldwide acclaim. Scott’s ambient solo bass record, “Sbass Music” debuted at the top of the NAV Charts and has been played on over 450 radio stations in the US and abroad.

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