Jazz & World Music Albums released in 2018
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Duo Elevation – Slingin’
Album: Omar’s Lament
Label: Blue Canoe Records
Dynamic organist David Ellington teams up with powerhouse drummer Chris Burroughs to form Duo Elevation with the release of their debut album, “Omar’s Lament”. Featuring six originals and two covers (Prince & Alabama Shakes), this psychedelia hard-hitting album keeps the spirit of the 1970’s alive, fused with a modern-day funky edgy twist.
Label: Blue Canoe Records
Turkish vocalist and visionary MelBreeze’s album titled “Animazonia” is a collection of Brazilian flavored jazz composition’s produced by Jimmy Haslip (YellowJackets) and Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech/Joe Zawinul). MelBreeze delivers a breath of fresh air to the Brazilian songbook with her unique vocal stylings.
Featuring: Melbreeze (vocals), Jimmy Haslip, Hadrien Feraud, Selcuk Karaman (bass), Scott Kinsey (keys), Cyril Atef, Gergö Borlai, Gary Novak (drums), Larry Koonse, Jeff Richman (guitar), Brad Dutz (percussion), Bob Reynolds (sax), Uday Kumar Nari (Tabla), Knand Kumar (sitar), Selim Bolukbasi (Tulum), Artyom Manukyan (cello) and Scott Kinsey (mix/master).
MAqam ensemble celebrates 10th anniversary by releasing this double-album to share with you a decade of their unique musical journey.
Henry Cole(USA/Puerto Rico)-El Diablo
Drummer Henry Cole transforms the music scene one beat at a time. Described as “the future of drumming,” (Bongohead) Cole leads Villa Locura with wide musical range, grace and sheer power behind the drum kit. A Puerto Rico native and a current resident of New York, he has toured throughout the globe, performing in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Central America, Korea and Japan. He combines various musical influences – Puerto Rican folklore, funk and R&B, jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms – creating his own unique genre that bridges the traditional with the contemporary. Henry’s main goal is to see music as “One World,” a space beyond styles, reaching out to audiences of all kinds with a message of determination and unity. By the end, Henry Cole will “have made you smile, made you think, surprised you, and – most of all – made you want to dance” (JamBands).
Vly Jones(USA)-Deep Breaths
Album: Vly Jones
This 5 song project is an exploration of rhythm, improvisation, and natural musical error. Vly Jones left expectation out of the process in search of full musical freedom. Vly Jones isn’t for everyone, but it might be for you. Ask your doctor about Vly Jones.
Igor Willcox Quartet – (Igor Willcox, Clayton Sousa, Vini Morales, Glecio Nascimento)(Brazil)- The Scare
Album: Live It Up!
The first Live album of the Brazilian drummer Igor Willcox quartet, captures the spirit of a strongly welded band performing at a high voltage in the most impassioned and interactive way . It features seven originals along with three compositions belonging to jazz fusion legends such as Allan Holdsworth, Wayne Shorter and Lenny White.
Ten tracks of unexpected, creative interactions resulted from the combined strength of four virtuosi musicians, each of them contributing with their inventive skills to a perfect fusion of musicality and rhythms. Fans of jazz fusion will enjoy a high quality album delivered by a phenomenal band fueled by the natural energy of like minds playing as a singular voice.
Clark Ford(USA) – Live It Up!
Album: Live It Up!
Live it Up!” was written for “1961 the Musical” by Clark Ford (music and lyrics as a tribute to the Big Band (Frank Sinatra) era of postwar confidence, optimism, and celebration. The lyrics were inspired by well-known sayings of the Greatest Generation. Arranged and performed by Underground Treehouse Studio, Nashville.
Autotelic is a series of compositions in which Javier looks for places of encounter between contemporary improvisation, written music, the language of jazz and his Latin-American background.
After meeting João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Javier decided to focus the Autotelic compositions on the guitar and piano duo. Finally, this duo can become trio or quartet with the participation of invited musicians.
The central concept of this series of compositions, represented by the word autotelic, is music that has no other purpose but its own exploration and artistic achievement by the interaction between the musicians.
Javier Subatin – guitar and commposition
João Paulo Esteves da Silva – piano
Desidério Lázaro – tenor sax
André Rosinha – double bass
Diogo Alexandre – drums
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba(USA) – Alla L’a Ke
Label: Twelve | Eight Records
“Teeriyaa (Friendship)” Official Music Video
“Mbolo (Unity)” Official Music Video
Salsa Xalel: YouTube
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba’s music is steeped in ancient West African griot traditions, but propelled into the 21st century by the modernizing impulses of a rock band format. Agile basslines interweave with the melodic twins of kora and electric guitar, undergirded by an explosive rhythm section of traditional percussion and trapset drums. Irrepressible dance groove, serpentine guitar work, and dynamic original compositions draw the listener in. Cissokho’s electrifying voice and storytelling convey timeless themes of mythology, migration, justice, and universal love. Together, Kaira Ba’s trans-Atlantic music illuminates stories centuries-old, renewing their relevance in a globalized world. In 2014, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba received an award nomination for their album The Great Peace by the Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), the premier music award on the African continent.
Album: Double Vision
Label: Creatchy Records
This song incorporates Jazz, Latin, and Folkloric World elements from South America. The album contains many different original and cover songs done in a very fresh and contemporary manner. “Jazz – Outside The Box” is the first in a multi disc, multi genre project entitled “Outside The Box” from industry veteran, David Garfield, keyboardist, producer, arranger, and composer.
Ricardo Bacelar – Suco Verde / Partido Alto
Label: Bacelar Produções
The third solo album of the Brazilian pianist, composer and arranger Ricardo Bacelar, entitled “Sebastiana” is being released. Produced by Cesar Lemos (BMI and ASCAP awards in the USA), it was recorded and mixed in Miami, United States, at the legendary Hit Factory (Criteria) and Rebel 11 studios. Its concept gravitates around a Latin American rereading of a Brazilian music repertoire portion. “Sebastiana” was recorded by Brazilian, American, Cuban, Argentine, Venezuelan, Colombian and Peruvian musicians. By researching traditional rhythms, an arrangement laboratory was conceived to implement the fusion of Latin American and Brazilian music elements. It shows contemporary arrangements and a strong jazzy accent, with a subtle percussion that confirms South America ́s influence. The result is unusual and presents an important contribution to the Brazilian music scenario in the international context. It is an instrumental record, having four of its tracks sung. The album is being released in Latin America, Japan, Europe and in the United States, being promoted by several partners, available on digital platforms, CD and vinyl. The musician seeks to create a catalog with artistic quality, with no concern for the commercial market.
Evan Mustard Trio-Courtesy Hustle
Album: Evan Mustard Trio
Evan Mustard – Guitar
Cory Limuaco – Drums
RJ Reyes – Bass
Recorded live at Hallowed Halls, Portland, OR.
Recorded and mixed by Justin Phelps.
Mastered by Justin Weis.
Filmed by Derich Hartfeil.
Dan Pugach Nonet-Brooklyn Blues
Album: Plus One
Ingrid Jensen, David Smith – trumpet
Mike Fahie – trombone
Jen Hinkle – bass trombone
Andrew Gould – alto sax/flute
Jeremy Powell – tenor sax/clarinet
Andrew Gutauskas – baritone sax/bass clarinet
Nicole Zuraitis – voice
Carmen Staaf, Jorn Swart – piano
Tamir Shmerling – bass
Bernardo Aguiar – pandeiro
Dan Pugach – drums, composer & arranger
In this project, I wanted to present music that would reflect who I am; a fusion of different cultures and philosophies. Each song is composed for piano in a Latin Jazz style with hints of Classical techniques and forms. Presented to you, the listener, as a piano/percussion duo, this project is truly a testament that different things can work well together. While the piano is ever connected to my inspirations and life experiences, the percussion comes in strong, chimes in and challenges me to round out a perfect fusion of sounds and melodies.
Intersections – Rhythms from South America meet the sounds of Classical Rondo form; where the Candombe and Samba styles of rhythm meet Mozart.
Iñaki Arakistain Band – Barbarias de Toledo
Album: Another Road
Label: Malax Records
Iñaki Arakistain opens us to a musical concept unprecedented until now in Spain made by a saxophonist, in which Groove music coexists, with influences from Brazilian music, Latin Funk, as well as recently merging Flamenco with those styles, thus enriching its new projects united by the common language of jazz.
He has released his new album “ANOTHER ROAD”, his 4th studio ALBUM, made up of excellent musicians from the national and international scene, full of good “Groove Latin” that mixes exotic sounds with roots as deep as Flamenco, Brazilian music, Afro-Cuban folklore and music. African-American as the Funk. Elegantly constructed harmonies and new sounds that travel towards a new musical direction from the most disturbing heart of this experienced and experimental saxophonist.
Album: Pictures at an African Exhibition
Label: Truth Revolution Recording Collective
Molly Tigre-Couscous Timbutu
Album: Molly Tigre
Molly Tigre marries the rhythms and melodies of African music– especially the entrancing styles from Ethiopia and Mali- with a uniquely progressive and exploratory jazz sound. Featuring the compositions of saxophonist Mitch Marcus (Donovan, Dave Dreiwitz) and bassist Ezra Gale (Super Hi-Fi, Aphrodesia), the band also features saxophonist Chris Hiatt (Japonize Elephants), drummer Joe Abba (Dave Douglas, The Ramones, Donny McCaslin) and percussionist Ibrahima Kolipe Camara (National Dance Company of Guinea, Kakande). The New York City based-quintet has been stewing since 2015, but their wide-ranging sound hasn’t been captured on tape until now. Their debut album, recorded at Nine Lives Studio in Jersey City and at The Creamery in Brooklyn, features eight ear-popping tracks that range from the imaginary Bollywood-meets-West Africa mash-up “Hello Bolly” to the searing funk of “Lebanese Blond” to the outer space jazz of “Y Knot” to the winking homage to classic 70’s Ethiopian groove, “Ethiofreaks,” which even comes complete with guest vibraphone (from Tommy Mattioli) and Farfisa organ.Memorably described as “Ethiopian funk drinks a progressive jazz cocktail at Miles Davis’ 1970’s loft party,” Molly Tigre’s polyrhythmic stew is music for the body and mind.
César Cardoso – Interchange
Alexandra Jackson: Sonho Meu
Album: Legacy & Alchemy
Legacy & Alchemy
“We wanted to bring together Brazilian and American musicians and create something around the vocals, and to our pleasant surprise, it was an American vocalist who made this possible,” remarks Hebert. “We embraced the highest level of Brazilian music, with its great musicianship. The highest levels of Brazilian music and American jazz have always resonated.”
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Los Rumberos de la Bahia-Oye Mi Omele
Album: MABAGWE – A TRIBUTE TO “LOS MAYORES”
Eguin Eje Records
The Syrinx Effect – The Bankrobber Song
Album: A Sky You Could Strike A Match On
Syrinx Effect is an interstellar-folk-punk-jazz duo from Seattle combining improvised chamber music with electronics and composed sections for their adventurous new album, A Sky You Could Strike A Match On. Vinyl/Digital Release date: February 9, 2018
KATE OLSON – [saxophone/effects/composer/producer ]
NAOMI SIEGEL – [trombone/effects/composer/producer/recording Soaker]
Maria Schafer – Body and Soul
Album: To Know Love…
“A knockout debut (NYC Jazz Record)”, this beautifully crafted presentation from LA-based vocalist Maria Schafer features her modern arrangements of jazz standards and Brazilian tunes with a core guitar trio.
Robin Menuett Trio – Basil Street Station
Album: Speakeasy 1941
Award-winning jazz pianist JazzMond Robinson is known for his unique cutting edge style of bebop and swing. He provides a highly entertaining performance with a rich sound in present and past jazz. Innovative Pianist JazzMond Robinson weaves a rich tapestry of music, which includes some originals that will allow the listener to experience the personal expressions by the artist.
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Album: Meta Cache
Label: Rataplan Records
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