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Billy Hart & the WDR Big Band – The Broader Picture – Yellowbird/Enja

A tribute from the heart to Billy Hart. Billy Hart & the WDR Big Band – The Broader Picture – Yellowbird/Enja ENJA 97452, 79:14 [9/30/16] ****: (Billy Hart – drums; Christophe Schweizer – arranger, conductor; Johan Hörlen – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto flute, clarinet; Karolina Strassmayer – alto saxophone, flute, piccolo, clarinet; Paul Heller – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Olivier Peters – tenor saxophone, clarinet, soprano saxophone; Jens Neufang – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet; Wim Both, Rob Bruynen, Andy Haderer, Ruud Breuls,  & John Marshall – trumpet, Flugelhorn; Ludwig Nuss, Andy Hunter & Raphael Klemm – trombone; Matthis Cederberg – bass trombone, tuba; Frank Chastenier – piano; Paul Shigihara – guitar; John Goldsby – bass) Drummer Billy Hart probably doesn’t get the dues he deserves. He was an important member of Herbie Hancock’s sextet (1969-73), performed with McCoy Tyner (1973-74) and Stan Getz (1974-77), and was part of the group Quest in the 1980s. Since the early ‘90s he’s spent considerable time teaching younger jazz students. Along the way, he’s also done about a dozen solo projects. One of Hart’s gifted pupils was Christophe Schweizer, who arranged, conducted and put together The Broader Picture, which is nearly […]

Marc Ribot – The Young Philadelphians, Live in Tokyo – Yellowbird/Enja

Marc Ribot – The Young Philadelphians, Live in Tokyo – Yellowbird/Enja

Get a whole lot funkier and have some fun with Marc Ribot. Marc Ribot – The Young Philadelphians, Live in Tokyo [TrackList follows] – Yellowbird/Enja yeb-7760, 53:55 [7/29/16] ****: (Marc Ribot – guitar; Jamaaladeen Tacuma – bass; G. Calvin Weston – drums; Mary Halvorson – guitar; Takako Siba – viola; Yoshie Kajiwara – violin; China Azuma – cello) Guitarist Marc Ribot has had some brash ideas for his music projects. His latest release may be one of his boldest. It’s certainly one of the funkiest. The 54-minute Young Philadelphians Live in Tokyo marries two seemingly incompatible musical legacies: Ornette Coleman’s harmolodic theory (specifically the material he wrote for his first Prime Time band) and the 1970s Philadelphia soul and disco scene. To render this concept a reality, Ribot enlisted fellow guitarist Mary Halvorson (who has recorded or toured with Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith); bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma (who has worked with James Blood Ulmer and many others); and drummer G. Calvin Weston (whose résumé includes Ulmer as well as John Lurie). Both Tacuma and Weston were important to Ribot’s quartet, because both were in Coleman’s Prime Time group. To make things even more interesting, Ribot […]

Sax to Tango – Julio Botti, sop. & tenor sax – Zoho Desperate Dance – Pablo Ziegler Trio – Enja

Sax to Tango – Julio Botti, sop. & tenor sax – Zoho
Desperate Dance – Pablo Ziegler Trio – Enja

Two terrific CDs taking us into the world of the tango. “Sax to Tango” – Julio Botti, sop. & tenor sax/Pablo Ziegler, producer/U. of S. Denmark Sym. Orch./ Saul Zaks – Zoho ZM 2011607 [6/3/16] ****: “Desperate Dance” – Pablo Ziegler & Quique Sinesi & Walter Castro (piano/guitar/bandoneon) – Enja Yellow Bird YEB 7755 [9/4/15] ****: The 13 tracks of the first CD cover some of the famous tango works by such as Astor Piazzolla, Ziegler and a couple others. Julio Botti has a brilliant way of performing on his two saxes, and the rich orchestral canvas behind him is the creation of Latin Grammy-winner Pablo Ziegler. He is also heard on piano as a terrific performer of his own and the music of Piazzolla. Of course both Oblivion and Libertango of Piazzolla are here, but so are a dozen other tangos of various sorts. This is he second collaboration of Botti, Ziegler and the Danish Symphony. Their earlier double-CD set was titled “Tango Nostalgias.” TrackList: 1. PRIMAVERA PORTEÑO 5.12 2. INVIERNO PORTEÑO 6.13 3. NIEBLAS DEL RIACHELO 4.01 4. AÑOS DE SOLEDAD 3.40 5. FUGA Y MISTERIO 5.05 6. OBLIVION 4.03 7. ROJOTANGO 4.47 8. FLOR DE LINO 3.52 […]