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Monthly Archives: March 2011

 

 

2011 release, the fourth album from the reunited German Alt-Rock band and their first studio album in eight years.

 

 

 

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He plays guitar like a demon, wears natty threads, sings catchy tunes and mutters to himself. The idiosyncratic c.w. stoneking is a true entertainer who relies on musicianship stagecraft and performance to invoke the spirit of the 1920′s deep south blues in his original hokum style. Set in an imaginary old-time southern town populated with singing dodo birds, sinister handymen, broken-hearted street singers and old testament field hollerers, the album also features c.w.’s backing band the primitive horn orchestra on a number of tunes. Produced by j. Walker (machine translations) and containing 11 of c.w.’s original numbers, the album is a unique blend of old time blues and jazz that sounds like it was recorded in the 1920′s. This is one of the most acclaimed australian albums of the last few years.best blues & roots album (air awards) and album of the year (abc radio national breakfast show 2006)! Cw is such a singular talent that his audience has expanded beyond blues and jazz listeners into mainstream and alternative audiences who have simply never heard anything like him.

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The Cowboy Junkies’ Michael Timmins is a most literary songwriter. On the Toronto quartet’s Pale Sun Crescent Moon, Timmins imbeds lines from William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom into the song “First Recollection” and a line from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “The General in His Labyrinth” in the song “Seven Years” without it seeming the least bit awkward. He has found the perfect literary voice for his writing in his sister Margo Timmins, whose alto is all smoke and suggestion. Songs are not poems, however, and never was that distinction more obvious than it is here. The album’s so-called songs float in atmospheric harmonies, unshaped by melody or meter. This droning music may seem haunting on first encounter, but by the third song the melodic monotony encourages dozing.

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The Vox, the new album from Eric Legnini, navigates between afrobeat, jazz, soul and folk pop. This disc is an undeniable turning point in the career of the one we knew the protean talents, both pianist arranger, composer producer.This time, Eric Legnini, who emerged as the most gifted jazz pianists in France, covers the four roles in a single leap, signing ten of the eleven themes in a directory “fairly happy, but with some peaks of melancholy” , A set of formats, including climate and the great diversity does not mask the profound unity with red wire, the sumptuous voice Krystle Warren.

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Warren Haynes continues to be one of the most lauded straight-ahead rock lead guitarists performing today. But with his latest album his superior vocals are also at the forefront. Haynes’ bold and emotive delivery, shimmering with his smoky vibrato is not to be missed. The album features Ivan Neville on organ and background vocals, Ian McLagan on piano, Ruthie Foster on background vocals, George Porter Jr. on bass and Ron Holloway on saxophone. The album was recorded live in studio to capture all of the emotion, passion and spontaneity at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studios on two-inch tape with vintage tube microphones.

 

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Live in Marciac consists of two cds , altogether over 100 minutes of music. Remarkably, across its length the virtuosity and excitement levels never dip. After repeated hearings, the music sounds as fresh as ever. Typically for Mehldau, the repertoire is a mix of original compositions and an eclectic selection of songs.Alongside standards by Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein are songs by Mehldau favourites Radiohead, Nick Drake and The Beatles. More surprising is the inclusion of James Shelton’s Lilac Wine – popularised by Jeff Buckley – and Nirvana’s Lithium. Although classically trained, Mehldau clearly listens widely, and is a magpie for a catchy melody.

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Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and record producer Raphael Saadiq is back with his 5th studio album Stone Rollin. Featuring ten new tracks, Stone Rollin is the follow up to Saadiq s 2008 solo album The Way I See It which boasted four Billboard R&B chart singles and was nominated for three GRAMMY Awards…Opening with the stomping Heart Attack, the album s other standout cuts include the stunning Go To Hell, featuring his studio squad of musicians who are melodically complimented by an angelic choir, the evocative Dixieland number Day Dreams, featuring Robert Randolph who plays steel guitar on the track, and Just Don’t, which includes a guest appearance from one of Saadiq s indie rock favorites  singer Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon).

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Once in a while the stars align and something magical happens…as on the night Jazz at Lincoln Center presented a salute to the late, great bluesman, Ray Charles. Two musical iconoclasts, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, along with the stunning songstress Norah Jones, collectively brought their unique musical perspective to the legendary artist’s hits such as “Hallelujah I Love Her So”, “Hit the Road Jack,” and “Unchain My Heart.” Country music legend Willie Nelson and Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz artist and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis share more in common than their multiple GRAMMY awards.They also share great respect and admiration for the late musical pioneer Ray Charles.

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A nascent modern day guitar hero, Jonathan Kreisberg’s sixth solo effort, Shadowless, glistens with multihued rays of light amid memorable material and technical brilliance. With his band generating solicitous support and soling mechanisms, the proceedings soar into the jazz cosmos on the sizzling “Twenty One.” Kreisberg’s broad chordal vernacular is heartily emphasized, as he trades fours and spars with saxophonist Will Vinson. Featuring buoyant and odd-metered unison runs, Kreisberg weaves in between the rhythm section’s fluid underpinnings, contrasted by his dynamic and tension-building licks. The guitarist remains busy, but it’s all purposeful. He tears apart the primary melody with reverse-engineering processes, and cleanly articulates the storyline via mind-bending single-note leads.

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What a voice! Great singing songwriting, same league as for example Gillian Welch,Lucinda Williams, however with a totally different (lighter) feel and a more expressive voice.If you’ve heard her sing, you know that description won’t do it justice. Moore has the voice to make devils want to be good, even though they really, really can’t.There are moments when Katie Moore sings that make it easy to understand what it must have been like to accidentally stumble in on Joni Mitchell in some dive bar.

 

 

 

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21 Spices takes big-band music into both the jazz-rock fusion realm and the world jazz realm. This 2011 release is a collaboration between Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu, drummer Simon Phillips, and Germany’s NDR Big Band. And with this lineup in place, the result is a fusion album that has a strong world music influence and sounds a bit Weather Report-ish in spots, only with the muscular horn section that the NDR Big Band brings to the table. Naturally, Gurtu’s mastery of Indian percussion and the wordless, Indian-style scat vocals that the Mumbai native provides gives 21 Spices (which contains both live and studio performances) some Indian appeal at times, but Indian music is hardly the only world music influence that asserts itself on this 55-minute CD.

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First gypsy trio of bills rather classical training organized around Toulouse Swing 39 Thierry Di Filippo (guitar), Mick Deaf (guitar) and Steve Denoy (bass) has been extended to the original quartet in 2006 by hosting the vibraphonist Marc Lawrence. It is now ten years since the band performed on stages throughout the south of France, and between two towers is their third album after Gypsy Vibration and Black Cat. Suffice to say that our four Toulouse have already acquired quite a musical background that is confirmed to play the disc. The rhythmic variety and light stands up, and the two soloists combine technical virtuosity and imagination. And frankly, a vibraphone in a gypsy jazz quartet .

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With the mighty new From Africa With Fury: RiseSeun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his renowned father. The album follows Kuti’s critically praised debut, 2008′s Many Things, which was unanimously hailed for continuing Fela‘s musical legacy. From Africa With Fury: Rise sees Kuti finding his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and band leader, its songs and sonic approach marked by provocative edge and mature self-assurance. …With Kuti’s booming vocal stylings at the forefront, songs like African Soldier and Mr. Big Thief are fueled by call-and-response hooks, breakneck tempos, and combative, topical lyricism which firmly sets the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era.

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Since the late ’80s, pianist Matthew Shipp has been rigorously investigating what it means to be an improvising musician by creating a musical language that is as expansive as it is intuitive emotionally, cerebrally, and emotionally following his own path…  Art of the Improviser is a double-CD package containing two 2010 concert performances. Disc 1 places Shipp in a trio setting with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey in Troy, NY, and the second disc is a solo recital from (Le Poisson) Rouge in New York City two months later. On the trio disc, Shipp reveals his strengths as both a bandleader and collaborator. …Art of the Improviser serves as a testament to Shipp’s achievements, yet it is also a continuation of the discovery in his developmental musical language.

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Named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Robbie Robertson sets to release, How To Become Clairvoyant, his fifth solo album and his first record in more than 10 years. Guitar virtuosos Eric Clapton (who co-wrote three tracks with Robertson), Tom Morello and Robert Randolph guest on the album, which Robertson co-produced with Marius de Vries. How To Become Clairvoyant also features Steve Winwood and Trent Reznor as well as vocalists Angela McCluskey, Rocco Deluca, Dana Glover and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes. Bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Ian Thomas lay down the groove throughout.

 

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Six years after the much-praised Northbound – described by All About Jazz as “lovely, articulate, river-deep music” – comes a new album of emotionally-powerful ballads from outstanding composer-pianist-harpist Iro Haarla and her remarkable Finnish-Norwegian ensemble. The line-up is unchanged and includes trumpeter Mathias Eick, saxophonist Trygve Seim and drummer Jon Christensen. Vespers extends a tradition of music, and a scope of feeling, that Iro helped to establish in the Far North in her years as arranger and orchestrator for Edward Vesala’s bands.Haarla herself takes plenty of solo space with thoughtful piano playing and evocative harp, a combination that can certainly attract admirers of Paul Bley or Alice Coltrane.

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This female quartet from Vantaa may have started off with sympathetic garage rock, but on their third album, Tough Pint, Cute Pint, Crazy Pint and Dumb Pint have gone in a surprising direction. Although fast-paced buzzing guitars still prevail, there are added hints of electro (King Of All The Animals), doo wop (Candy) and art pop (Supernatural). Above all, Pintandwefall’s music is so full of pop sensibility and catchy hooks that it can grab even people who aren’t fans of trashy rock.

 

 

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The first new Trio Mediaeval album in four years (since Folk Songs), and the first since Stella Maris (2005) to feature medieval sacred music, A Worcester Ladymass presents a reconstruction of a 13th century votive Mass to the Virgin Mary, based on manuscripts and fragments originating in a Benedictine Abbey in the English Midlands. Inserted amid the medieval music are a Credo and Benedicamus Domino specially written for this programme by Gavin Bryars, one of several leading contemporary composers who have championed the Trio.The old and the new, literally and conceptually, intermingle in the work of this vocal ensemble. “We feel that performing mediaeval music today gives us the freedom to let our imagination and ideas flow, as though we are creating contemporary music”, says Anna Maria Friman. In this spirit the group explores the polyphonic movements of the Mass, the intricately interweaving voices of motets and the declamatory tone of the Conductus.

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In March 2011, Paul Motian celebrated his 80th birthday, and on this occasion Winter & Winter releases its new album “The Windmills Of Your Mind” with Bill Frisell (guitar), Thomas Morgan (bass) and Petra Haden (vocals, and daughter Charlie Haden), an original group. Paul Motian presents tubes Broadway as “Let’s Face the Music and Dance “, or “I Love You Porgy” and original compositions. Stefan Winter recorded the concert in September 2010 without any digital manipulation, performing a special two-track analog output and true high-definition. The album was also pressed in limited release as 24-bit and 180 grams vinyl collector.

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Until now his name has been mainly associated with Trio Töykeät, one of the wildest, funniest and most visionary piano trios in the international jazz scene. Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala explored all possibilities of this classic line up – sometimes the ferocious player with boundless energy, other times the sensitive romantic or burlesque joker. His playing exceeded stylistic boundaries and was as uncompromising as it was entertaining, yet was always held Together by the combination of limitless technique, a sense of humour and unmistakable good taste – qualities which Rantala preserved even after he dissolved Trio Töykeät in 2006. “My goodness! We’ve been doing this for 18 years now and given thousands of concerts.

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