JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2021: Ramiro Pinheiro(Spain/Brazil)-Limão

 Ramiro Pinheiro(Spain/Brazil)-Limão
Composer: Djavan
Album: Limão
Label: Brasounds Productions
“Limão” is a song written by the great Djavan. It is the opening track for his album “Novena”, announcing the fresh upbeat spirit of that album. This version is an homage to him by these exponents of the new Brazilian Jazz: Ramiro Pinheiro, Rodrigo Balduino, Pedrinho Augusto. Special guest Nahor Gomes is the first trumpeter in SP Jazz Symphony Orchestra, member of Banda Mantiqueira, and has worked with João Donato, Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, to name a few.
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JazzWorldQuest World Music Mix: Corciolli(Brazil)- Album: No Time But Eternity

Corciolli(Brazil)- Yerazel /  No Time But Eternity
Album: No Time But Eternity
Label: Azul Music (2021)

What we do now echoes in eternity.”
Marcus Aurelius

It is our main responsibility to preserve the planet for generations to come. It is also expected of each individual, awareness and effective attitudes, cooperating and participating with all sectors of society in this necessary and urgent duty. The Earth is suffering and we are the cause.

Brazilian composer and instrumentalist Corciolli, brings here music with an exquisite arrangement for piano, synthesizers, horns and string quartet. In this video, the musicians´ performances are interlwined with extraordinary drone footages in the Pantanal, located in south-central Brazil and considered the largest tropical wetland area and flooded grassland in the world.

Music from album NO TIME BUT ETERNITY.
Music composed, arranged and produced by Corciolli

Corciolli: Piano, synthesizers
Claudio Cruz: 1st violin
Renan Gonçalves: 2nd violin
Gabriel Marin: Viola
Raïff Dantas Barreto: Cello
André Ficarelli: French Horn

Strings and horns recorded by Adonias Souza Jr.
Mixed by Alan Meyerson
Mastered by Carlos Freitas, Classic Master USA

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WorldMusicMix: Scott Kinsey, Mer Sal-Adjustments

Scott Kinsey, Mer Sal - Adjustments

Adjustments, their forthcoming album, is a vocal recording within a fusion instrumental soundtrack. Says Kinsey, “After working for years with lots of guitarists and saxophonists, I’ve come to realize that the voice is in many ways the most expressive instrument of all.”


He once again achieves his signature vibe, aided and abetted by an amazing roster of musicians. But Sal channels this energy into a more thematic direction, with provocative statements about the transition from darker phases into positive change. The album offers a collection of timely originals, while the duo also reimagines rock classics like “Feel Flows”
(The Beach Boys), “Time Out of Mind” (Steely Dan) and “Down to You” (Joni Mitchell), as well as “Jungle Book,” an iconic Weather Report track penned by Joe Zawinul.

Join Scott Kinsey on the next leg of a three- decade musical journey, at once rooted in electric jazz history and blazing a new path with visionary singer-songwriter Mer Sal.

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JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2021: Family Plan

Family Plan
Futuristic Collective “Family Plan” Revamps Piano Trio Concept Family Plan

Out September 24, 2021 on Endectomorph Music, Family Plan recasts the classic jazz piano trio with intricate counterpoint, 21st century beats, and electronic production.
CD Release Concert: Thursday, September 30, 2021

CD Release Concert:
Thursday, September 30, 2021
6:30 – 9 PM, free admission / open to public

Green Oasis Garden
376 E 8th St, New York, NY 10009

“We needed a phone plan,” recalls bassist Simón Willson of Family Plan, and thus a band was born.

“Oh, right—well, so then that was it,” says pianist Andrew Boudreau. “T-Mobile was offering good deals on family plans.”

“I would always see cell phone ads on the subway,” adds drummer Vicente Hansen, “so I might have brought it up, and then it became the three of us on the plan.”

Family Plan began as a workshop for three like-minded improvising composers, who began playing in 2018 with a bent toward insouciant experimentation and formal rigor. The band is a direct descendant of jazz-informed collectives like The Bad Plus and The Necks, and the program on their first album showcases their undeniable chemistry. 

Having come of age in a digital era, Family Plan also felt strongly that they should avail themselves of post-production techniques embraced in most contemporary musical genres, which show up in the form of overdubs, electronic distortion, and sonic refinements.

“I’m just personally kind of tired of listening to jazz records that sound like a band in a room,” says Hansen, who, in addition to drumming, also mixed the album. “I used the opportunity to try to enhance some of the artistic and musical qualities for each piece.”

Each member of Family Plan has their own well-defined angle on making compelling, fresh-sounding music in a time of musical excess, with aesthetic positions drawn clearly in the sand. Of the three, Willson gets the most calls to play straight-ahead and modern jazz around New York, and his songs both reflect and comment on his position in the scene.

“As a bass player that plays a lot of bands, sometimes it feels like there’s an over-complication,” says Willson, “so I was trying to write a pretty skeletal kind of music so that we play more expressively.” 

Willson’s stripped-down approach is featured on songs like “Who’s Your Copilot,” a catchy but off-kilter melodic hook with toy piano on the out chorus, and “Seemingly OK,” which begins with an umbrous chorale before morphing into its explosive, rock-influenced conclusion. Other songs bridge the jazz tradition like “Scam Likely,” a riddle on the Thelonious Monk-Herbie Nichols axis that alludes to T-Mobile’s Scam ID service and the band’s moniker, as well as “What’s Your Fee,” a self-consciously modern jazz tune replete with a guest spot by saxophonist Kevin Sun.

Willson’s laconic songs stand in contrast to the more expansive pieces of Hansen, a DMA candidate at Columbia University whose work has been performed by new music ensembles like Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire, Jack Quartet, and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

“I was trying to write something like advanced children’s music, like ‘children’s music for adults’ kind of thing,” says Hansen, who realizes his musical vision by mixing the elemental with the complex: convoluted counterpoint and contrapuntal forms combined with basic musical building blocks like triads. 

Pieces like “Celebratory” and “Reptilian” show the band at its hardest-hitting and most virtuosic, dancing to relentlessly knotty rhythms without giving an inch in terms of ferocity and risk-taking. Hansen also brings the band to other extremes with “Touch,” an ethereal loop that draws on the power of repetition much like Wayne Shorter’s famous “Nerfertiti” with the Miles Davis Quintet.

The band’s pianist and lone Canadian, Andrew Boudreau, embraces his role as the intermediary between Willson and Hansen, opting for the cordial middle ground.

“I’m aiming for balance between complexity slash seriousness and humor slash rambunctiousness,” says Boudreau. “Even though they’re from different places, the songs [on the album] all face the same thing, like guests talking at a dinner party.” 

Combining tunefulness with pianistic verve, Boudreau’s “Groundhog Day” is a light-hearted romp that pays homage to Shubenacadie Sam, the resident predictive groundhog of the pianist’s native Nova Scotia. A darker palette comes to the fore on “Little River,” a dodecaphonic composition disguised as a waltz, and “Life is Good” satirizes the platitudes of small talk with a haunting and unforgettable melody.

Everyone in the band gets their moments to shine throughout the album, but Family Plan is arguably at its finest in its extended episodes of just playing music as a band. Willson’s “El Mono” is a fitting closer to the album, a through-composed slow-build with no solos, just unadulterated ensemble magic. 

“For me this band was never about making the next great jazz piano trio in the tradition, you know,” says Willson. “It was more about crafting our musical identity, whatever that might be or become.”

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Family Plan

Immaculately conceived in 2018 in Brooklyn, Family Plan is an aesthetically diverse three-person extraction. The collective trio consists of the Canadian pianist Andrew Boudreau and two Chileans, Vicente Hansen and Simón Willson, on drums and bass, respectively. Family Plan has performed at venues such as Scholes Street Studio (NYC), Dièse Onze (Montreal), and the LilyPad (Cambridge), among others. Descendants in equal parts to sensibilities related to the high- and low-brows of music, Family Plan will release their debut album on Endectomorph Music in September 2021.

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WorldMusicMix: Al-jiçç (Portugal) Album: Chants (2021)


Al-jiçç (Portugal)-Zadar
Composer: Al-jiçç
Album: Chants (2021)
Label: Al-jiçç
‘Chants’ is Al-jiçç’s fifth album and represents an aesthetic evolution of the band. It was composed and produced during the pandemic, with the musicians individually recording their parts.
The music started with six little themes composed on a electric piano, which served as a harmonic basis for the improvisations. These improvisations were edited and manipulated, with the mixing and post-production playing a fundamental role in the construction of the record.
Keeping the Mediterranean-inspired melodies as a brand, in ‘Chants’ these were fused in a universe influenced by Miles Davis’ electric phase (in ‘Route’), by Dub (in ‘Zadar’) or the more ambient electronics ( in ‘Lost Sign’).
This record represents a new direction for Al-Jiçç, using the melodic side as a starting point for more electronic and contemporary universes.

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World Music Mix: Guy Buttery(South Africa)-One Morning in Gurgaon

Guy Buttery(South Africa)-December Poems
Composer: Guy Buttery
Album: One Morning in Gurgaon
Label: Riverboat Records (2021)
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 A beautifully spontaneous collaboration between acclaimed South African guitarist Guy Buttery and Indian master musicians Mohd. Amjad Khan (tabla) & Mudassir Khan (sarangi), One Morning In Gurgaon was inspired by the trio’s shared appreciation of the musical wonders and landscapes of the subcontinent.
Guy Buttery is a “National treasure” according to South Africa’s leading newspaper The Mercury. As an internationally recognised guitar innovator, he enjoys invitations to play sell-out performances all over the globe. The USA, UK, Australia, France, Brazil, and Italy have all welcomed him back year after year. Guy Buttery has evolved into an ambassador of South African music, inspiring people across the world with his homegrown style at the very heart of his talent and tenacity.

It was whilst Guy was embarking on his 2019 tour of India, as part of a trio with the highly acclaimed Indian classical musicians Mohd. Amjad Khan and Mudassir Khan, that the seed was sown for One Morning In Gurgaon. Remarkably, all three musicians had never met before, let alone made any music together, and before their first concert they had only “practised” via voice recordings and exchanged texts somewhere between Hindi and English to break down the various parts of the set. Ultimately it was this unrehearsed approach combined with the inauspicious and eleventh-hour nature of their first meeting which provided the stardust for this collaboration as Guy explains, “Due to Delhi traffic, our intended dry run was shaved right down to a single 60 minutes giving us just enough time to shake hands, share a chai and tune our instruments. As a result, we went in totally blind to that first concert yet what unfolded on stage over the next hour left me in complete awe. So much so that after our performance I immediately set about asking anyone who would listen, how we could track down a local studio to capture our newly formed trio. As luck would have it, the very place where we had performed that first night had a basic recording set-up and we somehow managed to secure a single morning to record.”

Guy’s fascination and love for India’s musical wonders and myriad landscapes are deep rooted and go back to his first brush with the subcontinent when he was just twenty-one. Talking about the synchronicities of his first encounter with Amjad and Mudassir and the unexpected studio session that followed to create this album, Guy explains the importance of that first trip, “I don’t believe any of my prior or subsequent travels have impacted and shaped me as much as that trip did. I came back a vegetarian, 10 kgs lighter, with a severe case of lockjaw and a deep love for a land, its people and its intoxicating music.”

Both Mohd. Amjad Khan and Mudassir Khan are renowned masters of their respective instruments, steeped in the Indian classical traditions from a young age. Although guardians of their musical heritage, One Morning In Gurgaon highlights their willingness to push the envelope of their instruments, expertly highlighted by Amjad whose tabla playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity. Likewise, Mudassir has harnessed the improvisational potential of the rare and notoriously difficult sarangi (Indian box cello), an instrument whose sound most resembles that of the human voice, and an instrument which Guy confesses to, “Being overly obsessed with.” The combined experience of Guy’s acoustic guitar wizardry with these two Indian master musicians culminates in an album which is as pure and uninhibited an example of empathetic collaboration as you’ll find anywhere: a musical conversation between musicians exchanging each other’s ideas on the spur of the moment and feeling out the areas of crossover with a depth that goes far beyond pure mimicry. The album also highlights Guy’s mbira (thumb piano) playing on the beautiful ‘I Know This Place’, providing a sublime and hypnotic melody which seamlessly blends with the tabla and sarangi accompaniment.

It seems impossibly fortuitous that the celestials and traffic gods aligned to allow One Morning In Gurgaon to be. All the music you hear contained within is the result of singular takes, as time didn’t allow for more. Everything had to be spontaneous as Guy describes, “Amjad chose what songs we would play. Our rendition of “Raag Yaman” presented here was the first and only time we ever played it together. Mudassir gave me a skeleton idea of the raga in spoken word and what unfolded is what you hear here. Everything else was almost certainly telepathic. I was well aware of the intuition and openness in the room that consequential morning in Gurgaon. I feel incredibly humbled to have shared in sound with these two masters and am forever grateful to them both for their profound musicianship, their warm hearts and their spontaneous spirits.”

Ric DelNero & Chris Cummings(USA) Album: After All

Ric DelNero-After All

Ric DelNero & Chris Cummings(USA)-Nero
Composer: Ric DelNero & Chris Cummings
Album: After All
Label: Orenled Music
After All is a collaboration between composer/guitarist Ric DelNero and drummer Chris Cummings. The music featured on this recording is an instrumental fusion of Jazz and Rock in a power trio setting.
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JazzWorldQuest Showcase 2021: Utopia(USA/Japan)-Imaginably

Imaginably is the 2nd album of Utopia, NY based duo project formed by Japanese musicians Yuto Mitomi (sax) and Yuto Kanazawa (guitar) who share the same first name.

The first track Karatachi no Hana is written by Japanese composer Kosaku Yamada in 1925, Mitomi originally arranged this piece for his octet and later he started to play together with Kanazawa. Title track Imaginably is the original composition by Yuto Mitomi, other tracks are a collection of jazz standards and pop covers.

First two tracks are played in a similar aesthetic, free improvisation based on the melody and form. It is a similar approach to their influence, the music of Paul Motian trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano. Mitomi and Kanazawa focused on listening to the momentum of each other’s performance and improvised freely along with the flow of the melody.

In contrast to the first two tracks, I Want You Back, Black Bird, Dralice and Isn’t She Lovely have steady rhythms with the styles of Funk, Latin, Country and Brazilian Music. Mitomi and Kanazawa express their respect and love for jazz with Thelonious Monk’s Ugly Beauty and Cliff Burwell’s jazz standard Sweet Lorraine that was written in 1928.

Their unique repertoire was formed while performing gigs in NYC and touring in Japan where they play music for audiences who love all genres of music. Utopia’s intention on this album was to introduce jazz and improvisation to a broader audience with the familiar melodies and cultural music. Mitomi plays tenor and soprano sax and Kanazawa plays Brazilian 7 string guitar on this album.

Their mutual friend pianist Noah MacNeil gave notes to the album inner cover; For both standards and cover songs, there is no limit to what one could imaginably play.

Album Release Date: 3/12/21 on major streaming websites.
Pre-release available at Bandcamp on 3/5/21. 

Yuto Mitomi (Tenor & Soprano Saxophone)
yutomitomi.bandcamp.com

Yuto Kanazawa (Brazilian 7 string guitar )
yutokanazawa.bandcamp.com

Recorded by Jason Borisoff
at Conveyor Recording Studio in Brooklyn NY, on January 21st, 2020

Mixed & Mastered by Yuto Kanazawa
Art designed by Yuto Kanazawa,

Special thanks to Noah MacNeil,
noahmacneil.bandcamp.com

Funk Elastic(Croatia/Slovenia)-Funk Habit

Funk Elastic(Croatia/Slovenia)-Funk Habit
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Funk Habit (Single)Funk Habit by Funk Elastic, this is a jazz-funk and jazz-fusion groove, featuring electric guitar and tenor saxophone solos. This tune features Damir Šomen, one of the best Croatian session drummers and Jernej Bervar, a guitar player from Slovenia, currently residing in New York. Funk Habit jazz-funk by Funk Elastic is available for streaming and download at the online services, check out the most popular at Zivaldo Music.

Funk Elastic(Croatia/Slovenia)-Funk Habit

Zdenko Ivanušić – flute, tenor saxophone & electric piano
Krunoslav Zver – trumpet
Ivan Mučić – trombone
Jernej Bervar – electric guitar
Damir Šomen – drums
Robert Lajić – electric bass, sound engineering & production
composed by Zdenko Ivanušić
released June 14, 2021
Funk Elastic – Official Artist Channel @ Youtube