вторник, 24 января 2012 г.

The Cool Runnings Orchestra - Tribute To Marley (2011)

The Cool Runnings Orchestra - Tribute To Marley (Budapest Music Center, 2011)

Personnel:
Carsten Daerr - piano, organ, fender rhodes, melodica
Hamid Drake - drums
Manu Codija - guitar
Christophe Monniot - alto, baritone and sopraniono saxophone
Michael Schiefel - voice, electronics
Matyas Szandai - double bass
Viktor Toth - alto saxophone

Tracklisting:
1. Is This Love (6:00)
2. Could You Be Loved (8:47)
3. No Woman No Cry (6:24)
4. Rastaman Frustration (4:30)
5. Jammin' (5:58)
6. Nap-nap (3:59)
7. Redemption Song (6:46)
8. Natural Mystic (6:34)
9. Is This Love (Unplugged) (4:19)


What has contemporary jazz got to do with Bob Marley? What sense is there in adding another to the long line of cover albums, when this concept, often an 'easy rider', has long been a hoary chestnut (for instance, the Twist of Marley CD)? Not to mention the fact that making a complete ‘homage’ album is far from being a risk-free enterprise, because comparison with the version everyone knows often gives rise to the verdict: well... not as good as the original.

Okay, so why do it?

In BMC circles the reggae idea was first floated in 2006 during a long car journey, when we were bringing Hamid Drake back from Austria to record in Budapest. After the improvised duo concert with the outstanding Swiss pianist Iréne Schweizer, somewhat to my surprise, he moved onto reggae for nearly three hours. It is little known that this 56-year-old American drummer, with dreadlocks down to his ankles, for many years played as a session musician with the greatest reggae stars before he became famous on the contemporary jazz scene.

Since then from time to time, amongst musicians associated with BMC Records I have raised the possibility of creating an unusual reggae project. It turned out that far more jazz musicians have reggae roots than I thought, and many of them get a buzz from the genre’s freaky approach. It also became obvious that the common denominator was clearly the music of the king of reggae, Bob Marley.*

Of the French pair on this recording 15 years ago the saxophonist Christophe Monniot played with his own reggae group as the warm-up band of the illustrious exponents of the genre, so it was no coincidence that reggae motifs also appear on his later jazz albums. On the latest CD by his old fellow musician Manu Codjia the style also gets a look-in, in the form of two Bob Marley arrangements.

Neither is the affinity for reggae of the two Berlin musicians a new fad: the pianist Carsten Daerr wrote his own memorial piece to Marely for an earlier trio album, and in a duo he plays dub versions and reggae-fied transcriptions of Bach and Gershwin with the singer Michael Schiefel.

The two Hungarian musicians are no strangers to the language of reggae either. Besides having two joint albums with Hamid Drake behind them, saxophonist Viktor Tóth has written several compositions in the genre, and thanks to his mother’s record collection bassist Mátyás Szandai’s also grew up on the music of Bob Marley.

The final push to create The Cool Runnings Orchestra was given by Jenő Hartyándi, director of the Mediawave festival, when he offered to act as a partner in continuing the earlier BMC-Mediawave joint projects. So the band first met in Szombathely, the new home for Mediawave, where after four-day recording process they gave their debut concert.

During a chat to Hamid Drake in the studio period, mention was made of the legendary On-U Sound label and workshop, which revived many genres and engaged in revolutionary experiments in what now seem utterly natural combinations of electronic sounds, effects, samples and differing styles. Folk for instance (African Headcharge), blues (Little Axe) and last but not least reggae (Dub Syndicate). We smiled at the fact that though a replica of this classic kind of On-U vibe could not be our aim, in terms of attitude, as a distant parallel it can nevertheless be said: this improvised reggae is also ‘a new’ (On-U) sound.

Then after the performance of The Cool Runnings Orchestra my old reggae biker brother said stirringly: ‘This was an experience, like the Dub Syndicate fifteen years ago.’ Then I was sure we were on the right track. [BUY IT HERE]

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вторник, 17 января 2012 г.

Black Motor - Hoojaa (2011)

Black Motor - Hoojaa (Kauriala Society, 2011)

Personnel:
Ville Rauhala: Double Bass
Simo Laihonen: Drums, Bells, Gong, Flute
Sami Sippola: Saxophone [Tenor], Saxophone [Mouthpiece]

Tracklisting:
01 - Lumikki
02 - Voodoojenkka
03 - Hotti
04 - Hoojaa
05 - Nyrkkikyllikkivalssi
06 - Yksin Kaukana
07 - Kansan Laulu

Beautiful "traditional" free-jazz from the hardest working band in Finland!

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четверг, 12 января 2012 г.

Piero Bittolo Bon Jümp The Shark - Codename: Ohmlaut (2011)

Piero Bittolo Bon Jümp The Shark - Codename: Ohmlaut (El Gallo Rojo, 2011)

Personnel:
Piero Bittolo Bon: alto saxophone, flute
Gerhard Gschloessl: sousaphone, trombone
Pasquale Mirra: vibes, glockenspiel
Domenico Caliri: electric and 12-string acoustic guitars
Danilo Gallo: double bass, rickenbacker bass
Federico Scettri: drums

Tracklisting:
01 - When Will The Bruce Lee
02 - Die Teuflische Quinlan
03 - Heiligesruder
04 - Samantha Fox aka Kawaii Oppai! Banzai!!
05 - Secret Life Of The Mullet People
06 - Survival Advantages Of Viscera Fat
07 - Kwisatz, Kwisatz, Kwisatz
08 - Outro

A brand new charachter abruptly crashes into the routine of your favourite quintet! The real essence Jump The Shark: will Gerhard, our nice uncle from Bavaria, succeed in helping the band ratings increase, following Scrappy Doo and Cousin Oliver's trail? Will a simple diaeresis be enough to bring back Sugoi Sentai! Gattai!!'s ancient glory? Slippery but abrasive sounds like shark skin, delicious as an resistor-würstel flavoured omelette. Piero Bittolo Bon. [buy it here]

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