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.
Tabla player Sarathy Korwar releases his second studio album in July and you can listen to tracks from More Arriving, which will mark a switch from Gearbox Records to the Leaf Label, by clicking above.
Korwar’s website notes: “This is not necessarily a record of unity; it is an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in Britain, and as such is a leap forward from his previous releases, incorporating rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi, spoken word and his own Indian classical and jazz performances. More Arriving is a record born of confrontation; one for our confrontational times.”
Here’s the line-up and schedule for the upcoming London Catalan Festival to be held at Pizza Express Jazz Club.
Saturday 1st June, 1.30pm - Clara Peya ‘Estómac’ £15 Pianist and composer Clara Peya is considered one of the most original and unique musicians on the Catalan and Spanish scene. Peya will be presenting her latest album Estómac, which was awarded Best Album of 2018 by the venerated music magazine Enderrock (Catalonia). In an album where she combines sounds of jazz, rap, pop and electronic, Peya conveys a feminist message that tries to deconstruct the idea of ‘romantic love’. Line up: Clara Peya (piano), Magali Sare (vocals), Vic Moliner (bass).
Saturday 1st June 7pm - Pere Navarro Quintet £18 Pere Navarro, trumpet player, pianist, composer and producer, is one of the brightest young talents on the Catalan and Spanish jazz scene. He is visiting London with his quintet, with whom he has released two albums on ‘Fresh Sound Records’. They will be performing music from his latest release Pere Navarro Quintet Live in Madrid, recorded in one of the most important jazz clubs in the city.
Line up: Pere Navarro (trumpet & compositions), Ferran Borrell (guitar), Joan Solana (piano), Joseph Colls (electric bass), Joan Carles Marí (drums).
Saturday 1st June 10.30pm - Mel Gimard ‘Numen’ £15 Mélodie Gimard, above, is a French pianist, composer and arranger living and working in Barcelona. She will be presenting Numen, her debut album. Numen is an original project that blends flamenco with jazz and classical music. Gimard skilfully weaves together a wide range of influences from music, art and life: telling her own story whilst drawing from the flamenco tradition and its language seen from a new angle. Line up: Melodie Gimard (piano & compositions), Thais Hernandez (vocals), Agusti Espin (electric bass), Pablo Gómez (percussion), feat. special guest Yelfris Valdes (trumpet).
Sunday 2nd June 1.30pm - Rita Payés & Elisabeth Roma £15 The young Catalan trombonist and singer Rita Payés joins forces with her mother Elisabeth Roma, an exceptional classical guitarist, to shape their new project. Mother and daughter will be launching their debut album Imagina during the London Catalan Festival, giving their most personal view on the music that has accompanied them all their lives, from traditional Catalan lullabies to bossa nova, fado, boleros. For this particular performance, the duo will be joined on stage by bassist Magali Datzira (Sant Andreu Jazz Band) and percussionist Juan Berbín.
Sunday 2nd June 8.00pm - Marco Mezquida ‘Ravel’s Dreams’ £20 The versatile pianist, improviser and composer Marco Mezquida takes us on an oneiric journey through Maurice Ravel's musical and personal imagery. A dream about the vitality of his legacy and the eclecticism of the music he was seduced by: from the French classics to the romantic virtuosos; from the experimentation with popular music to the influences of his contemporaries and the effervescence of jazz.
Along with percussionist Aleix Tobias and cellist Martín Meléndez, Marco Mezquida delivers a personal, unique approach to Ravel's genius: he permeates it with groove, expands it through improvisation, and creates something entirely new and personal.
Line up: Marco Mezquida (piano), Aleix Tobias (percussion), Martín Meléndez (cello).
Also to appear are Julian Siegel, Matthew Bourne and Keith Tippett, Tori Freestone, Marcus Miller, Jason Singh, Tim Garland and Emilia Martensson (above). Dates are 23-27 May. WEBSITE https://manchesterjazz.com/
From the swinging new album, New York Notes (Savant) on which Alan Broadbent is accompanied by bassist Harvie S and drummer Billy Mintz.
Material featured includes Gigi Gryce’s Minority, Little Benny Harris’ Crazeology, Tadd Dameron’s On a Misty Night and Lennie Tristano’s 317 East 32nd Street. Clifford Notes, and Continuity and Waltz Prelude are Broadbent originals.
I do not think that I have played any record more this year so far than Esja.
There is something compelling about its bittersweet ostinati and the grand musical world Hania Rani conjures out of so little.
Another record that does not rely on genre at all, it is hardly a jazz record in the usual sense but again will appeal to jazz fans as it will anyone into minimalism or electronica even. Esja has an introverted feel to it and manages to tap melody out of rhythm and mood, often the three forces combining to mesmerising effect, say on ‘Eden’, and rather than sliding into a dreamy haze has an edge to it that draws you back again and over again.