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New Orleans Jazz Fest Box on the Way

The five-disc set, commemorating 50 years of the festival, is out May 10

Jazz Fest

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In honor of the milestone, Smithsonian Folkways will release a five-disc box set of archival live recordings from the festival, Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, including performances by Trombone Shorty, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The set doesn’t just feature recordings; essays, recollections of the Jazz Fest, photographs, and detailed liner notes are all included.

The box set was created by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, which used material from its archive with assistance from radio station WWOZ. The Helis Foundation also provided support.

Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be available starting May 10. This year’s festival kicks off on Apr. 25 and ends on May 5.

Pre-order the album here.

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Resonance Records to Release Archival Recordings by Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans

Vinyl records will be available starting on April 13

Wes Montgomerys &quot;In the Beginning&quot; album on Resonance Records image 2

Wes Montgomery's "In the Beginning" album on Resonance Records. The company will release archival recordings in April.

Resonance Records will put out two newly discovered recordings, one each by guitarist Wes Montgomery and pianist Bill Evans, next month.

Resonance has previously issued archival recordings by both Evans and Montgomery. The new release from Evans, who died in 1980, is called Evans in England, featuring his trio in a live performance from 1969.

The recording from Montgomery, who died in 1968, is Back on Indiana Avenue: The Carroll DeCamp Recordings, featuring recordings from the late 1950s.

The recordings will be released on limited-edition vinyl on Record Store Day on April 13 and on CD on April 19.

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Brad Mehldau finds Gabriel on Biblical new album

Revered US pianist Brad Mehldau is set to release his new album, Finding Gabriel, on 17 May via the Nonesuch imprint. Following in quick succession from his two 2018 releases, Seymour Reads the Constitution! and After Bach, the pianist throws something of a conceptual curve-ball with this new nine-song suite inspired by his in-depth reading of The Bible.

Featuring Mehldau on piano, synthesizers, percussion, Fender Rhodes and vocals, the experimental mix of acoustic piano, synths, choral sections and free-flowing contemporary jazz and electronica is reminiscent of his 2014 Mehliana album, Taming The Dragon, with drummer Mark Guiliana (who also appears here), but stretches the stylistic palette far wider. This is also thanks to the numerous high-calibre guest musicians appearing on the record, including Ambrose AkinmusireSara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel FrahmChris Cheek and Becca Stevens, among others, on what is the pianist’s most wide-ranging collaboration to date.

Mehldau explains the roots of his religious inspirations in the album’s extensive press notes: “The Bible felt like a corollary and perhaps a guide to the present day – one long nightmare or a signpost leading to potential gnosis, depending on how you read it.”

– Mike Flynn

– Photo by Michael Wilson

For more info visit www.bradmehldau.com

 

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Vinyl Me, Please Announces New Anthology Box Set Focused on Legendary Jazz Label Blue Note Records  

The first in a new series was co-curated by legendary producer and label president Don Was.

Denver-based record-of-the-month club Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) is digging deep into the history of jazz with a forthcoming box set based around the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records. 

The new collection -- which will serve as the inaugural release in a brand-new series entitled VMP Anthology -- is a limited edition six album seven-LP box set to be delivered in three bi-weekly shipments over a six-week period. Titled VMP Anthology: The Story of Blue Note Records, the set will tell the history of the label through the artists and albums that helped shape it, with each installment focusing on a different era of jazz: bebop, hard bop, soul jazz, post-bop, fusion and the jazz of today.

"It's very akin to a music documentary," says VMP head of product Amy Maherabout VMP Anthology. "We're just trying to tell those stories through the music itself, and through the people who created that music."

To curate the Blue Note box set, which falls on the label's 80th anniversary, VMP turned to Blue Note president Don Was, who helped narrow the collection down to 12 of the label's classic -- albeit lesser-known -- albums. 

"We knew that they had a really rich catalog that we were excited to dig into and one thing that was very important to us is that in telling the story, we didn't just want to go back to some of the most popular albums that had a lot of reissues or had a lot of attention," said VMP's head of music Cameron Schaefer. "We really wanted to try and go a layer deeper into their catalog and find some great albums that maybe hadn't gotten as much attention in the past."

Schaefer continues, "In terms of the history, it was a real light-bulb moment for us that not only could we tell the story, but we could do it in a very methodical way where not only were we just telling the story of the label but we were telling the history of jazz in the process."

Those who purchase the Blue Note box set, which is limited to 1,000 copies, will receive a booklet of liner notes written by former New York Times jazz critic Ben Ratliffe. Additionally, buyers will have access to a wealth of exclusive materials, including a private fan community, surprise bonus content and a four-part podcast featuring Was and VMP editorial director Andrew Winistorfer

For the podcast, which was recorded at the landmark Capitol Records building in Hollywood, Was not only offered in-depth insight on Blue Note's history but took the conversation in a more intimate direction by relating some of his personal experiences as a young music fan.

"When he was a kid, he used to talk about driving across town literally just to hold a Blue Note record in his hands," says Schaefer. "He didn't have [money] to buy them.... And it was actually incredibly inspiring for everyone that was sitting there. He really gave one of the best treatises on why someone should listen to jazz that I've ever heard. So I think that was cool for us as well."

The Story of Blue Note Records boasts premium sound quality engineered for discerning audiophiles: Each album comes on 180 gram virgin black vinyl, was remastered from the original tapes by Cohearent Audio's Kevin Gray and pressed at Record Technology, Inc. in Camarillo, California.

The Blue Note box set officially goes on sale Tuesday and retails for $280, but customers who signed up during a special "teaser window" will have the opportunity to purchase it on Monday (April 8) at a discounted rate of $230. The series kicks off with Horace Silver's Horace Silver Trio and Dexter Gordon's Dexter Calling, which will be accompanied by the final box set packaging.

"We all recognize that we live in a really amazing time where access to music has never been easier," says Maher, explaining the thinking behind the Anthology series. "And we all are exposed to and have access to really whatever music we want at all times. But what we have found, both for ourselves and for our members, is that what we end up missing is the depth. We kind of go surface-level on lots of different types of music and never really go deep enough to truly appreciate the story behind the music. And so that's what we're trying to do here by slowing down and really kind of building in time to digest and absorb and appreciate each individual album."

Schaefer notes that future VMP Anthology box sets -- of which he says several are already "on the docket" -- will focus on a variety of different scenes, labels and even individual artists with long track records.

"A lot of the artists who we've already talked to about it, they're very excited about the opportunity," said Schaefer. "Because I think artists tend to -- while they appreciate individual album reissues -- I don't think any artists feels comfortable being defined by a single album. And so the anthology format, where you're going through multiple albums and a discography, gives them a lot better opportunity to tell their stories as artists."

Maher adds that the Anthology concept has been tailored for music fans who might be wary of the long-term subscription model that so far the company has been based on.

"Part of the beauty of this new product is that you kind of get the depth and community elements that you would get from our subscription record of the month club," she says, "without the commitment involved." 

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Major unreleased Tubby Hayes Fontana album to be issued on Universal Records  

Christmas comes early for fans of the late, great Brit-jazz tenorist Tubby Hayes as Universal have announced the arrival of an unreleased 1969 studio album, entitled Grits, Beans and Greens: The Lost Fontana Sessions, which is to be released on 26 July, 50 years after its recording.

The tapes were in perfect condition and had never been played since the recording, with reports suggesting the music ranks as highly as Hayes’ classic albums 100% Proof and Mexican Green. Alongside this the label also possesses all of the original tapes for Hayes’ 11 Fontana albums, plus lots of out-takes and never before issued material, all of which will be remastered and reissued in one mighty Tubby Hayes on Fontana box set.

And, in a further move to ensure maximum collectability, all of the albums have been remastered by Gearbox Records, with the LPs being cut to the lacquers directly from the tapes, the resulting pure analogue sound potentially better than the original LPs. Hayes expert Simon Spillett has contributed liner notes to the set which will also features dozens of rare or unseen photos of Tubby in his heyday. “It's hard to believe that this music has lain unheard for fifty years, it's so fresh” says Spillett. “There's no doubt in my mind that had they been issued at the time, these recordings would have been seen as Tubby's last great album”.

See the July issue of Jazzwise for an in-depth feature on this newly discovered album from one of Britain’s most celebrated jazz musicians.

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Chick Corea Announces New Album: Chick Corea has announced he will release a new album with his Spanish Heart Band. Titled Antidote, the new album will be released on June 28 via Concord Jazz and include reinterpretations of songs from the keyboard legend’s classic albums My Spanish Heart (1976) and Touchstone (1982), plus new compositions and guest appearances by vocalists Rubén Blades, Gayle Moran Corea and Maria Bianca. Watch a short behind-the-scenes clip of the making of Antidote via the player below.

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90-year-old drum legend Jimmy Cobb will release his new album, This I Dig of You, on August 16 via Smoke Sessions Records. The new LP features Cobb with a band of his longtime collaborators – pianist Harold Mabern, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and bassist John Webber. Together, they perform new version of songs from the repertoire of Cobb’s first working band, Cobb’s Mob, including “My Old Flame,” originally written by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow in 1934.

 
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Hiromi Uehara to release her first Solo Piano Album in 10 Years

Well-known jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara has announced that she will be releasing a new record titled “Spectrum” on September 18th. This marks her first new album since 2016’s “SPARK” (with her Trio Project) and the first solo release under her ‘Hiromi’ moniker since 2009’s “Place to Be”.

“Spectrum” will focus on Hiromi’s newer compositions, including her “Shin Bi no Kyojintachi” opening and ending themes “Kaleidoscope” and “Once In a Blue Moon”. In advance of the album’s release, its title track has been made available for digital download.

Read on below to find not only the cover and track list for “Spectrum”, but also the official audio for its lead song.



track list:

  1. Kaleidoscope
  2. Whiteout
  3. Yellow Wurlitzer Blues
  4. Spectrum
  5. Blackbird
  6. Mr. C.C.
  7. Once In a Blue Moon
  8. Rhapsody In Various Shades of Blue (Medley)
  9. Sepia Effect
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Bill Frisell signs with Blue Note

Grammy-nominated guitarist Bill Frisell has signed on the dotted line with Blue Note Records. 

Though his association with the imprint dates back nearly three decades, to his appearance on John Scofield’s Grace Under Pressure (1992), Frisell’s first album under his own name, Harmony, will be issued via the legendary label on 4 October.



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Harry Connick Jr. has signed to Verve Records and announced a new album in the autumn celebrating Cole Porter. The Grammy and Tony-winning New Orleans singer and actor says he was attracted to Porter’s witty lyrics and the fact he always took risks as a composer. Connick has assembled and conducted a full orchestra for the project, which will be titled ‘True Love’ and launched on Broadway in October with a live show. In the meantime, the first single ‘Just One of Those Things’ is out today.

He tell us “This is the first time I’ve taken a deep dive into another artist’s repertoire, and Cole Porter was my No.1 choice for the project”

TRACKLIST:

01.    Anything Goes
02.    I Love Paris
03.    I Concentrate On You
04.    All Of You
05.    Mind If I Make Love To You
06.    Just One Of Those Things
07.    In The Still Of The Night
08.    Why Can’t You Behave
09.    Begin The Beguine
10.    You’d Be So Nice
11.    True Love
12.    You’re Sensational
13.    You Do Something To Me

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Hear John Coltrane’s Previously Unreleased ‘Blue World’ From 1964 Soundtrack Session

Music the saxophonist recorded with his classic quartet for a Canadian film drama will see release next month as ‘Blue World’


Next month, John Coltrane’s label, Impulse!/Ume, will release Blue World, a new album by the legendary saxophonist. Recorded in 1964 and largely unreleased until now, the 37-minute session was intended as a soundtrack for Le chat dans le sac (“The Cat in the Bag”), a film by the Quebecois director Gilles Groulx. Only 10 minutes’ worth of the music actually appeared in the film, and none of it has appeared on any prior album.

Like Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, an unearthed mid-Sixties Coltrane LP released for the first time in 2018, Blue World features the saxophonist helming his so-called classic quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. The album was recorded in June 1964, in between two celebrated Coltrane masterworks: Crescent and A Love Supreme, tracked in April and December of that year, respectively.

The session stands out among those and many other Coltrane Impluse! dates: Typically the saxophonist used his studio visits to document new pieces, but Blue World consists of new takes of pieces he’d recorded before, including the classic ballad “Naima,” which debuted on 1960’s Giant Steps; “Village Blues” and “Like Sonny,” from 1961’s Coltrane Jazz; and “Traneing In” from 1958’s John Coltrane With the Red Garland Trio. The title track employs the chord changes from “Out of This World,” a Harold Arlen song that Coltrane had recorded for 1962’s Coltrane. A midtempo six-minute piece on which the saxophonist solos with slow-burning intensity over a hypnotic waltz-time vamp, it’s available to hear above.

Set in Montreal in 1964, the French New Wave–influenced Le chat dans le sac charts the relationship of two lovers. In the liner notes for Blue World, renowned jazz scholar Ashley Kahn traces how Coltrane’s music ended up in the film, via an interview with actress Barbara Ulrich, who played the female lead in the film (also named Barbara), and had a relationship with the filmmaker.

“I met Gilles when I did the screen test for Le chat and it turned out we were both jazz fans,” she tells Khan. “When we moved in together, it turned out we had many of the same albums — jazz was holiness to Gilles and he had every Coltrane album that ever came out. Coltrane to him was an absolute master.”

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Late show star Jon Batiste releases new live jazz trio album



Louisiana-born pianist Jon Batiste is releasing a new live album recorded at the famous Village Vanguard nightclub in Manhattan. In recent years, Batiste has become a TV star in the States as the house band leader for Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on CBS every night, recorded in New York City.

Batiste says this album was a chance to go back to his jazz routes and channel some of the great players like Monk, Coltrane and trumpeter Roy Hargrove - his friend who passed away just days before the recording sessions last year. It features his trio with drummer Joe Saylor and bassist Phil Kuehn along with guest vocalist Racheal Price on one track.

The recording has no edits or retakes because he says it’s a “snapshot of live art” - he says “I made these songs as vehicles for exploration, to be dissected and put back together, live in action, never to be played the same way twice. With ‘mistakes’ and all.”

Already the album, titled ‘Anatomy of Angels’ is at number one on the US iTunes Jazz charts. Download and streaming link HERE.

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Terri Lyne Carrington Preps New Double Album, ‘Waiting Game’

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Acclaimed drummer, bandleader and educator Terri Lyne Carrington is set to release an ambitious double album, Waiting Game, which was recorded with her ensemble Social Science.

Set for a Nov. 8 release on Motéma Music, Waiting Game features vocal contributions by actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner and hip-hop artist Rapsody, as well as audio samples of Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu Jamal, plus a four-song suite of improvised instrumentals.

“In previous projects I’ve hinted at my concerns for the society and the community that I live in,” Carrington said in a press release while discussing the politically charged recording. “But everything has been pointing in this direction. At some point you have to figure out your purpose in life. There are a lot of drummers deemed ‘great.’ For me, that’s not as important as the legacy you leave behind.”

For more information about the upcoming release, visit the Motéma website. DB



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89 year-old piano legend Ahmad Jamal announces first solo album

Legendary US jazz musician Ahmad Jamal has announced a solo album - something he’s never done before. The pianist who just turned 89 says this project, titled ‘Ballades’ is a French-inspired love letter to his past, as he reflects on his “transcendent journey”. It includes three original compositions and three duets with his longtime bassist and friend James Cammack. There’s a nod to Bill Evans with his composition ‘Your Story’ and the album finishes with Johnny Mandel and Johnny Mercer’s ‘Emily’. ‘Ballades’ is released on Harcourt Records September 13th.

Ahmad Jamal was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jazz FM Awards in 2013.

Tracklist:
 1. Marseille
 2. Because I Love You
 3. I Should Care
 4. Poincina
 5. Land of dreams
 6. What s New
 7. So Rare
 8. Whisperings
 9. Spring Is Here
10. Emily

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Strut to Release Definitive Remastered Version of Miriam Makeba Classic LP: Strut Records will release the definitive remastered edition of Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata on September 2. The album will be available in mono and stereo for the first time on 2xLP, CD, streaming and digital as part of Strut’s Original Masters series. This classic of South African music marked Makeba’s international breakthrough, driven by the success of its title track. Audio for this edition of Pata Pata has been mastered by The Carvery from the original reel to reel tapes.

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New Guillermo Klein y Los Gauchos Album Out Soon: Argentine pianist/composer Guillermo Klein is set to return with a new album featuring Los Gauchos, the group that has been his favored vehicle for his unique compositional and arranging style for nearly 25 years. Cristal is made up of sounds, influences and songs both new and referring to the music Klein grew up with, kicking off with a reinvention of Gardel and La Pera’s “Melodía De Arraba.” Cristal is out on September 20 via Sunnyside.


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Arbors Records to Celebrate Lerner & Loewe with Two Albums

by Sep. 10, 2019 

ARBORS RECORDS will celebrate the music of iconic composer Frederick Loewe this fall with two new albums of songs from the legendary musicals of Lerner & Loewe performed by an astonishing array of jazz heavyweights. Counterpoint Lerner & Loewe features Dick Hyman on piano andKen Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax. Adrian Cunningham & His Friends Play Lerner & Loewe features bandleader and saxophonist/clarinetist/flautist Adrian Cunningham with Fred Hersch on piano, John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums, with guest stars Randy Brecker on trumpet and Wycliffe Gordon on trombone. Both albums will be available on streaming platforms, download and CD wherever music is sold on Friday, October 11.

When My Fair Lady was enjoying its hit run on Broadway after opening in 1956, Shelley Manne & His Friends' seminal album, Modern Jazz Performances of My Fair Lady, became a cultural touchstone as the then best-selling jazz album of all time. Since then, such jazz luminaries as Quincy Jones, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Billy Taylor, among many others, have presented their unique takes on the Lerner & Loewe catalogue - all the way through Dick Hyman and Ruby Braff's collection in 1989.

Thirty years later, in that same grand tradition, these two new collections present pioneering interpretations of songs not only from household-name shows like My Fair Lady, Camelot and Brigadoon, but also from less frequently heard Lerner & Loewe properties like The Day Before Spring.

Hyman and Peplowski's Counterpoint Lerner & Loewe displays the incomparable improvisational connection between these two world-renowned artists in addition to a ground-breaking contrapuntal style - presenting well-loved melodies in unexpected and exhilarating ways. For instance, according to Ken, giving "a classical kind of setting with these ominous chords underneath the melody" to My Fair Lady's famously ardent "On the Street Where You Live," the song takes on an almost solemn sound instead of its customary love-at-first-sight ebullience. Camelot's usually haunting "Follow Me" gets a rhythmic bounce. Its lush romantic ballad "If Ever I Would Leave You" becomes stunningly simple. And the sweet, gentle melody of "Waitin' for My Dearie" from Brigadoon is, instead, jaunty with a modern syncopation.

Hyman says of his musical relationship with Peplowski: "We've been working on contrapuntal playing for some years now. Getting to unexpected territory is one of the pleasures of our collaboration: we listen to each other and we trust each other. Loewe's music is very melodic, but it is our jazzman's tradition to fill up the harmony, and to make the whole thing a little more adventurous. Sometimes we go off on strange tangents and kind of dare the other fellow to understand what we're doing or create something in contrast, just to make something come out in ways we didn't expect."

Adrian Cunningham & His Friends Play Lerner & Loewe boasts the best possible mixture of written charts and improvisation, demonstrating a variety of approaches to harmony, tempo and time signature. Cunningham started the process with research. He explained: "I watched all the movies, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon and Paint Your Wagon. It was helpful to put the numbers in context, having the music come from a real story, more than just notes on paper. I loved trawling through the characters, asking 'What do they mean when they're singing this melody?' I knew the songs in the basic repertoire, but I wanted to go deeper, do some detective work, present songs that perhaps hadn't been widely known. I am happy to create something fresh with vintage material. So much great American music can continue to be reborn and reshaped into something new."

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Merzbow Joins Forces With Haino and Pandi on Blisteringly Intense Improv 'Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer' on RareNoiseRecords
(Published: September 07, 2019)

A certain magic floods the room when free improvisers of the highest order get together to make music. And when said improvisers are also kindred spirits who know and can anticipate each other's moves, a kind of wonderful telepathy takes over. Such was the case when enigmatic Japanese noise legend Merzbow (Masami Akita) got together in the studio with fellow countryman Keiji Haino and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi for Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer. For their second encounter for RareNoiseRecords, following 2016's An Untroublesome Defencelessnes, the three intrepid improvisers explore a threshold of sound so blisteringly intense, that it passes into a zone of divine cacophony.

Comprised of four lengthy, uninterrupted suites, each containing dense, sometimes harsh sonic onslaughts, Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer is fueled by Merzbow's cathartic sheets of electronic sound and guitar, Haino's slashing guitar, bass and vocal work and Pandi's pummeling intensity on the kit. And as Pandi explains, "It was 100% improvised, nothing added in post-production, just like every time we record together. No limitations, no concepts, nothing. Just listening, and playing."

Merzbow has found a true kindred spirit in Pandi, who has also become a kind of ‘house drummer' for RareNoise. "The chemistry between us was there right from the very beginning," says Pandi, who began collaborating with Merzbow in 2009. "My way of playing fits his music perfectly, as I play both improvised music that is changing shape all the time and heavy amplified music. We don't have things anchored, we just have a continuously expanding vocabulary and we pay attention to each other and find immediate hooks in each other's playing."

The third member of this formidable triumvirate, singer-songwriter-guitarist Keiji Haino, had previously worked with Merzbow under the moniker Kikuri. "Keiji is like an infinite well of ideas," says Pandi. "It's incredible how he can push music and sounds into new directions. Sounds coming from him have way more qualities than the ones coming from most musicians, as he uses every possible way to alternate sounds and give them extra qualities that people just don't know about."

For Pandi, this latest is also the fifth recently RareNoise release involving both him and Merzbow, following 2013's Cuts (a trio with Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson), 2015's Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (a quartet with Gustafson and skronk guitar hero and Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore), 2018's live Cuts Up, Cuts Out (a quartet again with Gustafsson, and Moore) and 2016's An Untroublesome Defencelessnes (as aforementioned, with Haino). And for the powerhouse drummer, the thrill is definitely not gone. "It's been almost 10 years since I first played together with Masami as a duo," he says. "That was a string of four shows, and even on that tour there was a difference between the first and the last gig. So its obvious that we continue to do different things, and our relationship on a human and an artistic level also strengthened throughout the years. For obvious reasons we can't play too many shows. In a busy year, we have about a handful of shows, but it's always exciting to play and we always discover new things within our music. Masami never uses the same setup twice, and I always do my best to have something new to drop on him every time we play together."

As far as the particularly intense nature of this latest invocation in the studio with Merzbow and Haino, the drummer says, "All we do is listen and play. Wherever we go with the music, the moment takes us there. Even if we make a plan, we just go with whatever we feel like doing. Haino-san decided on the spot to use the bass guitar, an instrument he never played on previously on recordings, if ever. Also Masami plugged in a guitar he found in the studio, so for a part of this recording we were a rock trio. The only thing we talked about the night before was to do five to seven-minute takes, but then the first take we actually did was over one hour."

While Masami and Haino strike such a seamless blend with their electronic onslaughts, Pandi fuels the proceedings with his signature skills, drawing on the power of grindcore and death metal while also listening intently and reacting in the moment. "I just play whatever feels good to play," he says. "It's funny that even though I try to not play in tempo anymore and approach drumming more as coloring to give the music another texture, this one turned out more like a classic rock record. And at some parts I am even playing a backbeat kind of thing. So it's definitely more straight-forward drumming than what I usually play these days."

"I basically grew up with playing and being surrounded by all kinds of music.", continues Pandi, "Back then it was Morricone scores, Verdi, Bill Haley & The Comets. One day I would play Dead Kennedy songs with my high school punk band, the next morning I would play "Slavonic Dance No. 8" by Dvorak on tympani. And still today, I have varied music tastes. So whether I'm playing with Merzbow, Obake or Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, it's all music to me."

Like the music itself, the titles of Pandi's latest outing with Merzbow and Haino - "Become the discovered, not the discoverer" and "I want to learn how to feel everything in each single breath" - are intriguing. "The titles came from Haino-san and are inspired by the music," the drummer explains. "The titles, just like the music doesn't need to be understood, or doesn't need a strict interpretation."

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RareNoiseRecords Presents 'It's Morning' by LED BIB
(Published: September 07, 2019)

From the Homeric invocation of ethereal opener "Atom Story," it becomes stunningly clear that It's Morning, the latest album from the uncategorizable UK ensemble Led Bib, is meant to take the listener on a journey. The wide-ranging and evocative set is also a testament to the distance the band has travelled on its own evolutionary path. If not the endpoint, it at least sits at a far-flung guidepost along a transformative odyssey undertaken by the eclectic ensemble.

Led Bib has long been renowned for its skronky, livewire fusion of exploratory jazz improvisation with the brute force of heavy rock and the labyrinthine architecture of prog. It's Morning retains an identifiable sense of adventure and virtuosity while marking a vast departure from previous recordings, veering into the realm of elusive, poetic narrative and lysergic beauty.

"Led Bib has developed an identifiable improvisation language over the last 15 years," explains drummer and bandleader Mark Holub. "After all that time we started to wonder what it might be like to take that language into a whole new area."

The most immediately apparent change from past Led Bib outings is the addition of vocals, folding the band's boundary-stretching vocabulary into gorgeous if complex song forms. The band's core line-up - Holub, bassist Liran Donin, saxophonists Chris Williams and Pete Grogan, and new keyboardist Elliot Galvin - are joined by a pair of gifted vocalists: Sharron Fortnam, a co-founder of the North Sea Radio Orchestra whose intoxicating mezzo soprano has also graced recordings by the noted British prog-punk band Cardiacs; and Jack Hues, best known as frontman for the 80s new wave band Wang Chung.

Bookended by a pair of atmospheric miniatures that frame the album as an imaginative Odyssey, It's Morning embarks on an immersive quest over psychedelic seas. That sense will only be amplified in live performances, when the music will be supplemented by a concert length film created by filmmaker Dylan Pecora. Pecora has made a film which explores and expands upon the album and in live performances it will be manipulated by VJ Oli Chilton. "I want our shows to feel like [author Ken Kesey's] Acid Tests," Holub declares. "I'm hoping people are transported somewhere else. The experience of just sitting down and being quiet and engrossed in something for an hour is a meaningful thing."

In a very real sense, It's Morning is a reaction to the turbulence of the modern day, from the cautious optimism of its title to the otherworldly sensation of its music. Holub tentatively refers to the set as "protest music" - not that there's a single lyric that directly addresses the politics of the day, but in the sense, which has always characterized Led Bib's output, that the band is swimming against the currents of the mainstream.

In retrospect, Holub finds the roots of It's Morning in his formative listening to bands like Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead. The influence isn't literal; there's nothing on the album that directly echoes the work of Jerry Garcia or Syd Barrett. What Holub learned from those bands is a sense of what he reluctantly terms authenticity, the idea of following one's own instincts however far afield they may lead.

As unified and flowing as the end results may sound, It's Morning was created with as much spontaneity and in-the-moment invention as any of Led Bib's music. While they were intent on a new direction, the sound of the new album arose organically in the studio from the raw materials that had been shared between the bulk of the band in England and Holub in his adopted home of Vienna. Add to that the addition of Galvin, who stepped in when regular Led Bib pianist Toby McLaren was forced to withdraw from the sessions.

The mystical "Atom Story" leads into the distorted urban groove of "Stratford East," with Hues' lyric conjuring past civilizations paved over by concrete slabs, wistfully recalled as the violin of Irene Kepl leads the band into a combination of Afrobeat funk and quirky angular melodies reminiscent of Deerhoof and its ilk. Modern life intrudes in the brief interlude of the title track, with Fortnam's lament over the ubiquitous digital screen accompanied by the moaning bass clarinet of Susanna Gartmayer.

By far the album's most sprawling piece, the 11-minute "Fold" implores listeners to "Change the storyline" following a cosmic group improvisation redolent with the interstellar questing of the Floyd's most outré excursions. The pulsating minimalism of "Cutting Room Floor" accompanies Hues' instructions to "Let the film run backwards," giving perspective a 180-degree twist. Sense itself becomes lost as the two vocalists mutter simultaneously in stereo, a device recalling the Velvet Underground's brain-splitting classic "The Murder Mystery."

The intimacy of a cloud-shrouded cityscape is summoned in Fortnam's introspective lyric for "To Dry in the Rain," which builds from hushed contemplation to explosive intensity before fading back into Galvin's elegiac solo, which segues into the vox humana throb of "O." The abstract clamour of "Flood Warning" finally gives way to the closing moments of "Set Sail," which casts its gaze to future wanderings on the far horizon.

While a definite departure for the band, It's Morning is more the exception than the rule in being an unexpected turn for the always unpredictable Led Bib. The band was originally formed by the New Jersey-born Holub in 2003 for a masters project at Middlesex University. The five-piece played its first gig in front of ten people in the backroom of a North London pub; five years later they were performing on primetime TV to millions, having been nominated for a Mercury Prize.

In 2011 the group released Bring Your Own, followed by two releases to celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2014: the studio album The People in Your Neighbourhood and the limited-edition live vinyl The Good Egg, both hailed as modern classics and their best yet. In 2017 the band made its debut on genre-defying London label RareNoiseRecords with Umbrella Weather, followed by a digital only live recording

TRACKS
1. Atom Story, 2:47
2. Stratford East, 5:32 *
3. It's Morning, 0:39 *
4. Fold, 11:08
5. Cutting Room Floor, 3:54 **
6. To Dry In The Rain, 6:43
7. O, 4:40
8. Flood Warning, 3:30
9. Set Sail, 1:28 *

Sharron Fortnam - vocals
Chris Williams - alto saxophone
Pete Grogan - alto and tenor saxophone
Elliot Galvin - keyboards and piano
Liran Donin - bass, backing vocals on track 2
Mark Holub - drums

Also featuring:
Jack Hues - vocals
Susanna Gartmayer - bass clarinet
Irene Kepl - violin
Noid - cello


VIDEO TEASER (FOR THE FILM BY DYLAN PECORA)
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All music by Led Bib.
All lyrics by Sharron Fortnam except * by Jack Hues and ** by Jack Hues and Sharron Fortnam.
Recorded by Giles Barrett at Soup Studios, London on 10th - 12th July 2018.
Additional recording by - Jim Barr at J & J Studio, Bristol on 9th August, 2018.
Mixed by Chris Janka at Janka Industries Studios, Vienna on 8th - 12th December 2018.
Mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering on February 11th 2019.
Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords: Giacomo Bruzzo.
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Scott Kinsey releases fiery tribute to Joe Zawinul – exclusive track preview

US keyboardist recaptures the spirit and energy of the revered Austrian keys king and his band Weather Report on a striking new album 

Renowned Tribal Tech keyboardist Scott Kinsey pays passionate tribute to the music of legendary Weather Report founder Joe Zawinul, on his new album, We Speak Luniwaz, which is released on 25 October on Whirlwind Recordings.

Mixing originals inspired by the iconic keyboardist’s unique soundworld, alongside much-loved WR classics, such as ‘Black Market’, ‘Fast City’ and ‘Port Of Entry’, the band features virtuosic French bass guitarist Hadrien Feraud, fiery Hungarian drummer Gergo Borlai and top LA-based flautist/saxophonist Katisse Buckingham. The album also includes guest appearances by some stellar international names such as Jimmy Haslip (on two tracks), Bobby Thomas Jr., Arto Tunçboyaciyan and Steve Tavaglione among others.

Speaking about the album, Kinsey commented: "Zawinul's music has been near and dear to me ever since the moment I first heard it. My objective was to try to do justice to this material, more than anything as a little thank-you note to someone who certainly changed my life. And someone who gave us all so much through his uncompromising and impossibly high musical standards. What Joe did was create his own personal language that was always in the moment and totally fresh! So with time, I also learned to speak Luniwaz, perhaps using my own personal dialect... I'm pretty sure he would have loved this record." 

For more info visit www.whirlwindrecordings.com

Listen to an exclusive preview of ‘Cucumber Slumber/World Citizen’ below


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