Saturday, August 18, 2012

Anna Mjoll live @ Vibrato, tonight

Iceland's First Lady of Jazz, Miss ANNA MJÖLL, a "Vibrato favorite" returns to Herb Alpert's hip & classy club in Bel Air, California, August 18th, 2012 for a "one night only" show.

This event is a near-guaranteed sellout, timely reservations are strongly recommended. Miss Mjöll, accompanied by the amazing Pat Senatore Trio, will be singing songs made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gilberto, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe and more... Call 310-474-9400 for reservations.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Diana Krall's "Glad Rag Doll" on pre-order

Diana Krall's forthcoming album on Verve "Glad Rag Doll," scheduled for release next October, is already available for pre-order.
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The first single, "There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth The Salt Of My Tears," is available for mp3 download.

R.I.P.: Altamiro Carrilho

(born Altamiro Aquino Carrilho on December 21, 1924, in Santo Antonio de Padua, RJ, Brazil; died on August 15, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Brazil's greatest flute player ever. And one of the four best flutists in the history of music, alongside Hubert Laws, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Don Burrows. Besides hundreds of compositions and dozens of albums, he contributed as a producer and musician to such legendary sessions as "A Turma da Gafieira" (featuring Sivuca, Edson Machado, Raul de Souza and Baden Powell, amongst others), "Nova Geração em Ritmo de Samba" (feat. Eumir Deodato, Claudette Soares, Paulo Silvino) and also recorded a not yet released CD/DVD with Raul de Souza in 2011. Rest in Peace.

R.I.P.: Fritz Pauer

(born on October 14, 1943 in Vienna, Austria;
died on July 1sr, 2012 in Vienna, Austria)

The world lost the top Austrian jazzman ever, a great musician I began to admire through his 20-year plus association with another dear late friend, Art Farmer. Besides the many albums listed below, Fritz Pauer also recorded on Farmer's "From Vienna with Art" and appeared on Kristin Korb's "Live in Vienna" DVD. To Art Farmer's "Crawl Space" album, he composed-arranged "Siddhartha" and also scored "Petite Belle." To Farmer/Yusef Lateef collaboration on "Something You Got," he composed "Saudhade" (sic). Among his sessions as a leader, the most famous one remains "Blues Inside Out" (MPS, 1979).

From his official website:

Fritz Pauer (Piano, Teacher, Arranger, Composer)
Born in Vienna on 14th of October 1943 in Vienna. Started to take private piano lessons when he was 5 years old. Studied violin, guitar and clarinet, but decided to be a professional jazz pianist at the age of 16. Playing in Fatty Georges All Star Band from 1960 to 1962 gave him the possibility to be able to play different styles.

1963-64 recordings and concerts with Hans Koller, Miriam & Oscar Klein.
1964-68 he moved to Berlin/Germany and played at Dug’s Night Club & Jazzgalery as a accompanist for Herb Geller, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, Booker Erwin, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Leo Wright, Carmell Jones, Pony Poindexter & the Berlin Allstars.
1968-1982 Pianoteacher at the Jazzdepartment, Vienna Conservatory. Arranger & Composer, Member of the ORF-RadioBand (Vienna ) & the Erich Kleinschuster Sextet. Projects & Recordins with Friedrich Gulda.
Fritz Pauer Trio since 1970.
Art Farmer Quartet, Quintet & Duo from 1970 until 2000.
1982-1984 Leader & Piano teacher at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern/Switzerland.
1984-1989 freelance Artist Since
1989 Teacher at the KUG University/Jazzdepartement in Graz/Austria(Interpretation, Begleiten & Korrepetition)

Recent Projects (Recordings & Concerts) Bass Encounters, Ed Neumeister Quartet, Fritz Pauer Solo & Trio, Sheila Cooper/Fritz Pauer Duo, Simone Kopmajer Quartet, Lucia Luzinska "All Time Jazz" Fritz Pauer Trio/Chico Freeman Quartet

Recordings under own leadership:
Fritz Pauer Trio/Beat the Beat-Inmus
Fritz Pauer Trio/The Rambler-Inmus
FP 3 Live at the Berlin Jazzgalerie/MPS-Universal
FP 3 Power by Pauer /MPS-BASF
FP3 Heidelberger Jazztage/MPS-BASF Waterplants/Ego
Fritz Pauer&Band/Animals Talk/Inmus
FP 3 Blues Inside Out/MPS Rolltreppe/RST
FP Trio/Live at The Jazzspelunke Vienna, Vol.1&2/RST
Moods from Wonderland/Jive Music
Fritz Pauer Trio & Apollon String Quartet/Klangburg Concertino/Jive Music Ridin’across the milky way/ORF Polyphone X-Lightsignals/T&F Musik der Juden im Burgenland/Musik der Zigeuner im Burgenland/Der weiße Wolf--KIBU

Recordings as Sideman:
Multiple Koller/MPS
Cosy Jazz/Oskar Klein Quartet/Amadeo-RST
Fatty George/Villion/Preiser
Morning Song/Don Menza Septet/MPS-Universal
Fatty George/Neuss Testament/Preiser
Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter & Berlin All Stars MPS/Universal
Intrnationaler Wettbewerb für Modern Jazz/Preisträger-Amadeo
Erich Kleinschuster Septet (Art Worker)/Moon
Johannes Fehring BigBand/Preiser
Friedrich Gulda Trio/Fata Morgana/Universal
Klaus Weiss Quartet/Mythologie/BASF
Klaus Weiss Sextet/Sunbirds/BASF
Klaus Weiss Orchestra/I just want to celebrate/BASF
Art Farmer/Gentle Eyes/Mainstream
Klaus Weiss Sextett/Zagara
Friedrich Gulda’s Reunion Band/MPS-BASF
Erich Kleinschuster Sextet-Live/Fade Out-Ariola
Piano Conclave-George Gruntz/Atlantic
Erich Kleinschuster Group/Columbia
Leo Wright/Live Jazz bei Freddy-Wunderteam
Rolf Ericson-Johhny Griffin Quintet-
Sincerely ours/Four Leaf Clover Peter Herbolzheimer All Star Big Band-Jazz Gala Concert 79/Rare Bid BID
Hans Koller Trio/Continued Talks/
Sandra Hans Koller&the Int. BrassComp./L+R Koller-Bauer-Artmann-Pauer/Hirn mit Ei
Art Farmer Quintet/Foolish Memories/Bellaphone
Klaus Weiss Quintet/Salt Peanuts/Jeton
Art Farmer & Fritz Pauer/Azure/Soul Note
Jenny Evans/Easy/Koala
Karlheinz Miklin Quartet / Next Page / SOS
Karl Ratzer/Gumbo Dive/RST
Waltz for Ann/L+R
Charly Antolini-Charly Augschöll Quartet-On the Beat/Jeton
Art Farmer Quartet/Jazzette
Karlheinz Miklin Quartet/SOS-Desicions /SOS:Last Waltz/Acoustic Music
Cornelia Giese/Rainsong/Lembrança/PG Records
Art Farmer Quintet/Live at Jazzland/Koch
Jazz Jazz Big Band Graz/Here & there/Mons
JBBG plays the music of Bob Brookmeyer/Mons
Wayne Darling presents the art of bass,Vol.2
Tales of Love&Longing/Candid
Lucia Luzinska/(un)covered/Pavian

Compositions: (See also Recordings/FP 3&Solo/Art Farmer/Johnny Griffin/Kh.Miklin/Erich Kleinschuster etc.)
Balletmusik: Der Clown/Voyage Klavier:Three
Poems/Meditaionen/Doblinger-Figaro Mit Nachhall/Rhythmische Studie/Variation-Kleine Sonate(Takacs)/3Klavierstücke Mit Phrygischer Secunde Concerto für SYO/BIG BAND&COMBO Fritz Pauer/Laurie Antonioli Songbook
Arrangements: The Music of Abdullah Imbrahim(ENJA)

Publications: Modale Suite,Saxofon Duette/Quartette-Advance Music Modal Forces Vol I+II/Domicile
1966 International Competition for Modern Jazz. 1st Price for Jazzpiano. 2003 Goldenes Verdienstzeichen der Republik Österreich
2004/2005 Nomination for the Hans Koller Price.
2008 Staatspreis (Würdigungspreis) für Musik

Fritz Pauer passed away on the first of july 2012. He leaves a gap which will never be filled. We will miss him forever

Friday, August 10, 2012

Anna Mjoll returns to Vitello's, tonight!

Anna Mjöll Live @ Vitello's, TONIGHT!!
Friday, Aug 10, 8pm, only a few seats left!
Anna Mjöll (vocals), Lew Soloff (trumpet), Steve Hass (drums), Edwin Livingston (bass) & Dennis Hamm (piano)
call 818-769-0905 for res.

Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club
4349 Tujunga Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604

Thursday, August 9, 2012

CD/DVD Set of the Month - "Return To Forever: The Mothership Returns"

CD/DVD Set of the Month
Return To Forever: "The Mothership Returns" (Eagle Records) 2012

Producer: Lenny White
Co-Producers: Chick Corea & Stanley Clarke
Executive Producers: Terry Shand & Geoff Kempin

Featuring: Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Jean-Luc Ponty & Frank Gambale

DVD of the Month - "Down The Rhodes / The Fender Rhodes Story"

DVD of the Month
"Down The Rhodes - The Fender Rhodes Story" (Triads Music) 2012

Featuring: Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Bob James, David Paich, Eumir Deodato, George Duke, Dave Grusin, Greg Phillinganes, Les McCann, Ramsey Lewis, Larry Dunn, Ronnie Foster, Quincy Jones, Donald Fagen, Rodney Franklin, Jeff Lorber, Ray Manzarek, Jerry Peters, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample et al.

CD Reissue of the Month - "Allan Holdsworth: None Too Soon"

CD Reissue of the Month
Allan Holdworth: "None Too Soon" (MoonJune) 1996/2012

Produced by Allan Holdsworth
Reissue Executive Producer: Leonardo Pavkovic
Digitally Remastered by Chris Bellman @ Bernie Grudman Mastering
Liner Notes: Barry Cleveland
Photos: Rick Gould, Glen LaFerman, David Coralnick & Dave Flores

Featuring: Allan Holdsworth, Gordon Beck, Gary Willis & Kirk Covington

CD Compilation of the Month - "Amapondo: Raw and Undiluted"

CD Compilation of the Month
Amapondo: "Raw and Undiluted" (MZA) 2012

Compiled & Annotated by Robert Trunz
Digitally Remastered by Chris Lewis
Sleeve Design, Colouring & Retouching: Nicholas Swabile Hauser

Featuring: Changuito, Airto Moreira, Brice Wassy, Jessica Lauren, Byron Wallen, Duke Norman

Vocal CD of the Month - "Cristina Morrison: I Love"

Vocal CD of the Month
Cristina Morrison: "I Love" (Baronesa Records) 2012

Vocals & Lyrics: Cristina Morrison
Arrangements & alto sax: Christian Hidrobo
Trumpet: Walter Szymanski
Piano: Steve Einerson
Drums: Wiilard Dyson
Acoustic bass: Marcus Mc.Laurine
Electric bass: Alex Alvear
Guitar: Vinny Valentino
Harmonica: Gregoire Maret
Percussion: Sammy Torres
Baritone sax: Alex Harding
Requinto: Nadijio Cevallos
Back up vocals: Nanda Proano
Recorded & Mixed by Alessandro Perrotta @ Bennett Studios- Englewood, NJ
Recording of "requinto" & back up vocals by Pierre Marocco @ Ozland Studios - Quito, Ecuador

This is music inspired by the cross winds, crashing waves and birdsongs of Galapagos where Cristina resides part of the year in her waterfront home-and idyllic spot in Isabela Island, her previous home for 6 years before moving to America.
The result is an exotically honest sound that strikes pure chords which then lackadaisically mellow out. Akin to the high and low energies of a stroll along a beach in Galapagos or to the dawn or dusk sounds of nature.

Never has a jazz artist been able to draw inspiration from the raw nature of Galapagos and inject it with such ease and gusto into her ballads.
Cristina Morrison was born in Miami, Florida. She's a multi- cultural woman not only because of her background that is a mix between Latin America and the United States but also from her "gypsy" life experiences. She has lived in Quito, Miami, Rome, Los Angeles, the Galapagos Islands and currently, New York City.
Cristina's first love was the piano and then she soon grew up to discover performing arts were her passion. Her acting debut onstage was at the age of sixteen and started singing in cover bands, as well. Cristina, for many years, lived between Miami and Quito and after finishing high school moved with her mother to Rome where she attended drama school at "La Scaletta". Here she learned fluent Italian and had her first encounter with playwrights like Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Anton Chekhov and fell in love with the theatre. Meanwhile, she also started listening to jazz: to musicians like Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and standard tunes, that her father listened to from the American Song Book.
In the early 90's she auditioned and was accepted into the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she moved to Los Angeles and graduated a few years later. Since then Morrison has worked mainly as a lead actress in many television films and series based on Ecuadorian literature, she has opened a performing arts theatre that ran until 2003, has played characters of written works by Beckett, Brecht, Fassbinder, Shepard and Bashevis Singer among others. She has also worked as an assistant director for TV and written articles on entertainment.
Musically, Cristina was the lead vocalist of her jazz-blues band called "The Baroness and her Lovers". Her latest work in New York is the recording at Bennett Studios of her first original jazz solo album titled, "I Love". Here she showcases her talent as a singer-songwriter and is accompanied by some great jazz musicians.

Currently, in repertoire, she's portraying five different women roles throughout three generations in the staging of "The Aging of the Plum" written by the Argentine Aristides Vargas. The play has been invited to various theatre festivals to countries like Mexico and Brazil among others to be announced. Cristina also holds under her sleeve a future film production project based on a journalistic chronicle which she bought the rights for.

The press has defined Morrison as an analytical, charismatic, creative, and a free spirited woman and as a chameleonic and versatile actress who works her characters at depth being able to reach her audience.

Instrumental CD of the Month - "Chris Brubeck's Triple Play: Live at Arthur Zankel Music Center"

Instrumental CD of the Month
Chris Brubeck's Triple Play: "Live at Arthur Zankel Music Center" (Blue Forest Records) 2012

Over the past decade, Chris Brubeck (on bass, trombone, and piano), guitarist Joel Brown, and multi-instrumentalist Peter Madcat Ruth have honed a vast and vivid repertoire encompassing Delta blues, Tin Pan Alley standards, New Orleans grooves, jazz gems, and incisive originals. With all three contributing vocals, Triple Play delivers an epic sojourn through American music unlike any other band on the scene.

Their new CD, "Live at Arthur Zankel Music Center," features two Triple Play patriarchs as special guests: piano legend Dave Brubeck and gifted jazz player Frank Brown on clarinet. Recorded in June 2011 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, the disc is coming out on Blue Forest Records.
Triple Play grew out of Crofut & Brubeck, an ensemble formed with the innovative banjo player Bill Crofut and Joel Brown on guitar. They produced a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Albany (Unsquare Dance); Telarc (Across Your Dreams, featuring Frederica von Stade); and Koch (Bach to Brubeck, a collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra that included Chris's symphonic arrangements and compositions).

Following Crofut's 1999 death, Madcat Ruth (whose relationship with Brubeck dates back to their teenage years in the late 1960s) joined Brubeck and Brown to form Triple Play. The group's first Blue Forest CD, 2000's Triple Play Live, documents their roof-raising energy while the second, Watching the World, captures the trio's freewheeling humor, dazzling musicianship, and unpretentious spirit. After seeing the group at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Seattle Times critic Paul de Barros noted, "Triple Play is what jazz always was and always should be about: good-time rhythm, unbridled joy and the sweet release but bittersweet aftertaste of the blues."

As a player, Brubeck divides his time between fretless electric bass, piano, and bass trombone. His desire to increase the horn's visibility led to his first major orchestral composition, "Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra," which he recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the LSO for Bach to Brubeck. The piece has been performed by many orchestras throughout the world including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony,and a televised performance by the Boston Pops. (Chris will appear as soloist when the Orchestre de Bretagne in Brittany, France, performs the Concerto in October 2012.)
The concerto's success led to a steady stream of classical commissions, such as "Interplay for 3 Violins and Orchestra," his Boston Pops commission for Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Eileen Ivers, and Regina Carter, which earned him an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for best composition for television broadcast; and Chris's second trombone work, "The Prague Concerto," recorded by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and released on the Koch CD, Convergence.
In recent years he's probably spent more time working in orchestral settings than jazz clubs. In a major collaboration with Dave Brubeck, they wrote the score for "Ansel Adams: America," a multimedia composition featuring 100 Adams photos projected above the orchestra. Other recent commissions include "Quiet Heroes: A Symphonic Salute to the Flagraisers at Iwo Jima," narrated by Wilford Brimley; and "Travels in Time For Three" for orchestra and the ensemble Time For Three (two violinists and a double bassist), who will perform "Travels" at Carnegie Hall 3/8 with the Boston Pops.
A new Brubeck Brothers CD will be out soon, and the next Triple Play disc, recorded live in Singapore with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, is set for late 2012 release.
"I think there's no way to end the confusion or to define what I do," Brubeck says. "I just feel really grateful I have different areas to play in and work in and compose in. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Triple Play, and my composing career all complement each other. Triple Play brings me back to my blues,jazz, and rock roots." A recent Los Angeles concert prompted L.A. Times reviewer Mark Swed to observe that the trio "stole the show with its flair and virtuosity" and its "rollicking good fun." "We have a blast," Brubeck admits, "and audiences love the joy we share playing together." That is plain to hear in the exhilarating performances -- and delighted audience response -- heard on the Zankel Music Center CD.