This has the feel and touch of a Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays collaboration back in the day, a world away from the crash bang wallop of heavy groove and instead more a journey into dreamy soundscapes, delicate harmonies, and pastoral imaginings.
There is clear empathy from Foran and McCallum, each finishing the other’s sentences where necessary.
Recorded some five years ago this has been maturing in the vaults for a while and is released next month.
Boosted at strategic points by the drums of John Parker and bass of Sam Vicary above all this is an intimate journey, full of harmonic pleasures, the musicianship has a real quality to it and what is more the compositional flow goes somewhere and the melodies linger long. SG
I like the look, and sound, of The Change, new from alto sax genius Zhenya Strigalev and guitarist Federico Dannemann, returning from Blues for Maggie, with a great bass and drums team in Luques Curtis and Obed Calvaire. Recorded in a studio in Russia you can listen to the funky ‘Speed Up’ above... the album is to be released in June via a Russian label called Rainy Days.
The Kino trio is led by the pianist Bruno Heinen, himself no stranger to the label, with bassist Michele Tacchi and drummer Riccardo Chiaberta completing the trio. Founded four years ago playing original compositions that sound like standards this is a deft blend. Heinen has an impressionistic touch, his bright delvings into the sound world of Bill Evans blossom here with fine backing from Tacchi and Chiaberta. A must for piano trio fans.
From Sanctuary out on the Sunnyside label later this month. Consolation Prize, is a reharmonised contrafact of Irving Berlin’s The Best Thing For You.
Concord have announced details of a new Chick Corea album this summer, the title of which is confirmed as Antidote by Chick’s nascent Spanish Heart Band, the great pianist revisiting songs from his albums My Spanish Heart and Touchstone with a multi-cultural octet, plus new compositions and guest appearances by vocalists Rubén Blades, his wife Gayle Moran Corea, and Maria Bianca.
“My genetics are Italian,” Corea says in quotes provided by the label, “but my heart is Spanish. I grew up with that music. This new band is a mix of all the wonderful and various aspects of my love and lifetime experience with these rhythms that have been such a big part of my musical heritage.”
The band is Flamenco guitarist Niño Josele and saxophonist/flutist Jorge Pardo who both hail from Spain and have both worked with the late flamenco master Paco de Lucía. Bassist Carlitos Del Puerto was born in Havana, Cuba and played on Chinese Butterfly, Corea’s 2017 collaboration with legendary drummer Steve Gadd – as did Venezuelan percussionist Luisito Quintero with Trumpeter Michael Rodriguez and trombonist Steve Davis plus Marcus Gilmore who follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, the great Roy Haynes, as a master drummer (and close collaborator with Corea). The band is augmented by flamenco dancer Nino de los Reyes.
Look for the album in late-June. Chick and the Spanish Heart Band are playing the Love Supreme festival this summer.