The JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017 features songs released in 2017 by independent jazz and world music artists from all over the world.
If you are an unsigned or independently signed artist who released an album in 2017 you’d like to send a track for inclusion in “The JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2017” please go to this section
CD: Boomerang (LaBorie Jazz )
Florian Hoefner-The Great Auk
CD: Coldwater Stories (Origin Records)
Following three critically-acclaimed studio recordings with his touring quartet, pianist Florian Hoefner presents a live solo set of new works, recorded at the acoustically sublime Sendesaal in Bremen, Germany. Inspired by the maritime landscape around the island of Newfoundland, his recently adopted home, Coldwater Stories explores the intersection between composition and improvisation, allowing Hoefner the freedom to improvise entire harmonic progressions or to reinvent the form of a piece during performances. Many of the works consist of one or more composed “islands,” surrounded by a sea of open space that is left to be filled with improvisation. Ultimately the two become indistinguishable, blending together to tell a unified story.
Antoine Fafard-Empty World
CD: Proto Mundi
Antoine Fafard: bass & all guitars
Simon Phillips: drums
Jerry Goodman: violin
Gary Husband: lead keyboard
Four outstanding musicians reunited as a jazz-rock supergroup on a conceptual album signed by Antoine Fafard. Blazing solos blended with subtle soundscapes create an exciting atmosphere of mystery and magic yet nothing is overdue. The arrangements bring closer all instruments with the utmost clarity, the listener can appreciate the ensemble and the individual voices with the same ease and pleasure. Antoine Fafard as the leading role shines on all levels while maintaining an enjoyable sonic fluidity throughout the album. The choice of musicians is remarkable, the three jazz rock legends intertwine with pathos and energy leaving no room for dull moments. A fascinating album to delight jazz rock fans of all ages.
The Steven McGill Project
CD: We Dance at Midnight
From 2014 till 2016, composer/guitarist António Silva had the opportunity to live abroad from Portugal in three different countries: Finland, Sweden and Denmark. There he met different cultures and musical traditions and played with musicians that came from all over the world.
This experience resulted in the creation of ten original compositions and the collaboration with Irish saxophonist Carolyn Goodwin to create the group António Silva Quartet.
Together they record the album “Up Lift” in 2016 with Danish musicians Frederik Hagner and Tobias Andreassen and two international renown guests: Aaron Goldberg from USA and Jesper Bodilsen from Denmark.
In 2017, to promote the release of “Up Lift”, António and Carolyn (the core of the group) play in Ethno-Jazz Festival in Moldova with bass player Johnny Åman and the drummer Anders Vestergård both from Sweden.
This is the first work that António Silva releases in his own name after his group Ararur have won the “13th Independent Music Awards” in the category of Best Jazz with Vocals Album
António Silva Quartet-Bamse in the Coconut Island
Hayley Lam – Being Alive
“Being Alive” is Hayley Lam’s latest single featuring Marko Djordjevic (hailed as a world class drummer by Modern Drummer magazine) and Akos Forgacs on the bass. Her track is also produced by the world renowned Steve Hunt (keyboardist for Allan Holdsworth).
Igor Willcox 4tet – Lifetime
Igor Willcox, drummer and composer, will present the songs of his first solo album, titled # 1.With elements of jazz, funky and fusion, the album shows the composer side of the artist, exploring all his musicality, spontaneity as a drummer and interaction with the musicians.The CD features the special guests Bocato, Carlos Tomati, Vini Morales, Clayton Sousa, Glecio Nascimento, Rubem Farias, Bruno Alves, Erik Escobar, Jj Frannco, Fernando Rosa and Marcus Cesar.
Daniel Chia- Cali Style
CD: In The Moment
Marcin Malinowski-B ON A 3
CD: Boogie Napastak
New window to the meaning of fusion
Sweet Lu-You’ll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine)
CD: Meet Me At The Crossroads
Dig how Lu re-harmonizes the timeless Gamble & Huff line “You’ll Never Find,” bringing that chestnut into the realm of jazz interpretation.
This is a redo of Lou Rawls’ classic tune