Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Debut album from trumpeter Jonathan Bauer and Quintet "Walk, Don't Run"...a plane of bliss and emotion

Upcoming release is the exciting debut album from Canadian-born, New Orleans resident, trumpeter Jonathan Bauer entitled Walk, Don't Run.  

Multi-talented trumpeter and composer Jonathan Bauer, most notably of the Grammy award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, bursts onto the scene with his highly anticipated debut album, Walk Don’t Run. An internationally recognized and touring artist, Jonathan is widely acclaimed for his dark and dynamic sound. While earning his Master’s at the University of New Orleans, Jonathan quickly became a rising talent in one of the world’s most important musical communities, earning him the opportunity to study and perform with living legends Nicholas Payton, Robert Glasper, Jeremy Davenport, Adonis Rose and Ashlin Parker among others. A versatile musician, Jonathan regularly crosses genres performing with R&B titans, such as Sheila E., Ledisi, and Eric Benét.

Walk Don’t Run celebrates the past while looking to the future; showcasing the range of musical influences, from Art Blakey to Roy Hargrove, that have shaped Jonathan’s world view. It fulfills a desire for the satisfyingly familiar, while keeping the listener enthralled by its fresh perspective. Inspired to create by the vibrant community in New Orleans, Jonathan’s compositions are about learning to slow down on life’s journey, striving to be more grateful, and paying dues to those who came before him.  

The Jonathan Bauer Project comprised of saxophonist Alexander Geddes, pianist Ryan Hanseler, bassist Alex Dyring, and drummer Gerald Watkins, Jr., showcases some of New Orleans’ hungriest young lions. Individually, the artists all stand on their own merit, with credits ranging from Ellis Marsalis to Slum Village. As a collective, the quintet builds on Jonathan’s compositions, using them as a vehicle for expression and creation in its purest form.

Born and raised in Northern Alberta, Canada, Jonathan is proud to be an ambassador for Divitt Trumpets.  

Walk, Don't Run will be officially released worldwide on Friday, April 5th, 2019. The album is available from Slammin Media and distributed worldwide by Believe Distribution.

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Marty's review: This impressive debut sees the accomplished trumpeter Jonathan Bauer and his very talented quintet come together on an album that is stylishly rich in composition and skillful in its delivery and presentation. The melodies seep into your brain and the assured and cohesive musicianship will transport the listener to a plane of bliss and emotion. From start to finish this is sheer joy and more than worthy of repeated plays.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Modern jazz trio Scolari/Cavalca/Scolar release third album Natural Impulse..focused, clever and bold


Natural Impulse is the third album release by the modern jazz trio Scolari/Cavalca/Scolari. The project comes back with a new musical journey where experimentation finds no limits in a unique blend of acoustic and electronic sounds.

Claudio Scolari: drum set 1, percussion, synth programming
Daniele Cavalca: live synths, rhodes, piano, vibraphone, bass,
drum set 2 (on Unknown Destination, Chasing Inspiration, Uptown Night Trip, Insomnia)
Simone Scolari: trumpet


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Marty's review: Natural Impulse is an adventurous and unique production in that in combines contemporary jazz themes with electronic programming to create a soundscape that is instantly recognizable as modern jazz yet it takes the listener further into a realm of discovery. The multiple talents of all players involved build structures of music that may sound complex at first but actually ebb and flow together in a cohesiveness that is focused, clever and bold. It's an album that one could "get lost in" and indulge in its richness and dynamism.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Acclaimed flutist Bill McBirnie with pianist Bernie Senensky album release The Silent Wish..well crafted and creative

Bill McBirnie's latest Extreme Flute release, The Silent Wish, features the acclaimed flutist along with his superb accompanist, pianist Bernie Senensky, delivering a diverse repertoire that is integrated by a consistently charming “minor theme”, brimming with pristine, acoustic clarity.

Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues. Bill’s extraordinary level of skill as a flutist led to a personal solicitation from no less than Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James' official website.

Although Bill is known for his outstanding technique, he is also recognized as an exceptional improviser (notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms) as demonstrated by his numerous recordings as a sideman with the likes of Junior Mance, Irakere, Memo Acevedo and Emilie-Claire Barlow. Needless to say, Bill has performed and recorded extensively with Toronto's finest musicians, including being a charter member of Bernie Senensky's, Moe Koffman Tribute Band.

Marty's review: With the skillful and sculptural flute mastery of Bill McBirnie and the seductive and solid keyboard wizardry of Bernie Senensky, The Silent Wish is exhilarating and sophisticated contemporary jazz that is listenable and accessible to not only jazz enthusiasts but to anyone who appreciates well crafted and creative music. The talents of both musicians are a sheer joy to listen to and there is not an "average" moment on the whole album. The collaboration works well and the choice of material suits their playing style and is delivered with polish and style.

...and on a side note, which is correct flutist or flautist?

The Oxford English Dictionary states that the word flutist (1603) is a much older established word than flautist (1860). Since the English term flute is related to the modern French flûte, it follows therefore that the player of that instrument would be a flutist.

Here are some reactions to Bill McBirnie and Bernie Senensky’s work to date:

SIR JAMES GALWAY—"I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your latest, and greatest, CD.  I’ve listened to it several times and it’s a really terrific record.  You are my favourite jazz flutist…This album is a real knock-out!…"

DOWNBEAT—"…Toronto’s deep pool of local talent was on display at dozens of events…Opening for Eliane Elias, flutist Bill McBirnie proved a passionate and eloquent improviser with sure-footed support from pianist Bernie Senensky. Their set included...a show-stopping finale penned by Senensky...inspired by Hermeto Pascoal and Charlie Parker.” (Allen Morrison)

JAZZTIMES—"Best Opening Act [at the TD Jazz Festival] – Eliane Elias delivered a solid, opening-weekend show at the Old Mill Inn, focusing squarely on selections from her recent Chet Baker tribute, I Thought About You. But it was the dynamic opening duo of pianist and composer, Bernie Senensky, and flutist, Bill McBirnie, that...truly set the expansive dining room aflame and, ironically, provided far more satisfying dips into the Brazilian songbook...For the uninitiated, check out their 2005 pairing on Paco Paco.” (Christopher Loudon)

JAZZIZ—"...An effervescent, joyous quality pervades The Bill McBirnie Trio's Find Your Place [which] showcases a wide range of grooves, from bop and bossa to gospel and swing…Those new to McBirnie will be amazed at his imagination and originality on this engaging album." (Mark Holston)

Friday, March 8, 2019

Jazz bassist Dave Young new album release Lotus Blossom (featuring Renee Rosnes)...sheer brilliance

Recently released is the incredibly swinging new album from Canadian jazz legend and member of the Order of Canada, bassist Dave Young, entitled Lotus Blossom

Fresh off the heels of his 2018 JUNO-nominated album, “One Way Up” (Modica Music), Dr. Dave Young, C.M. returns with a collection of diverse jazz tunes, with an all-star selection of Canadian musicians. Recorded in Toronto on the second day of the 2016 “One Way Up” sessions at the suggestion of producer, Roberto Occhipinti, a majority of the songs on “Lotus Blossom” were selected in passing during recording breaks. 

The title track was a joint favourite of Rosnes and Young and the first to be laid down. An on-the-spot arrangement for Modinha was put together in-between takes, and that marked the first time that long-time friends Rosnes and Schwager recorded together. Both Red Cross and Fried Bananas are tunes you can often hear Dave perform live in his tributes to Charlie Parker and Dexter Gordon, but this is the first time these songs have been recorded with his long-time collaborators. Cedar Walton’s Bolivia welcomes the addition of Bernie Senensky on piano and that leads to the trio of Young, Senensky, and Clarke laying down a swinging version of Jimmy Van Heusen’s classic, I Thought About You. “Lotus Blossom” ends with the unmistakable tones of Kevin Turcotte and Perry White on another jazz classic, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

Dave Young - Acoustic Bass
Renee Rosnes - Piano
Reg Schwager - Guitar
Terry Clarke - Drums
Bernie Senensky - Piano
Kevin Turcotte - Trumpet

Perry White - Tenor Saxophone

Order of Canada recipient, Dr. Dave Young, is one of Canada’s most celebrated and valued bassists, composers, arrangers, and educators. Originally from Winnipeg, Dave has made his name known on both the Canadian and international stages in both jazz and classical music for the last five decades, and along the way has worked with some of the world’s top artists in various fields. Known for his elegant tone, impeccable time, and immense knowledge of musical history, Dave has been a first-call bassist for the likes of Oscar Peterson, Lenny Breau, Oliver Jones, Cedar Walton, and countless others.

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Marty's review: Dave Young's "Lotus Blossom" is classic jazz played with finesse and the expertise you would expect from someone with his caliber. Surrounding himself with musicians of equal style and proficiency, Dave has produced an album that is rich in emotions and subtle in its complexity, yet also a work of tranquility that encourages the listener to enjoy the experience by simply allowing the melodies to seep into the brain and float around with ease. The choice of compositions blend together with fluidity and each musician delivers their talents with brilliance and sophistication.