Following on from last week’s story that Concord have announced details of a new Chick Corea album this summer, here is the lead off pre-release track the flamenco flavoured ‘The Yellow Nimbus, Part 2’ from 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, Chick’s wife Gayle Moran Corea, and Maria Bianca.
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.
What a lot the veteran Japanese pianist Aki Takase has packed in here: turntable culture somehow; rolling, boisterous sax-led themes; the anarchy of free form jazz; and the wild abandon of the player leader herself who if you can imagine Yoko Ono as a jazzer you would be only half-way there.
The group, her Japanic, bristles with some fine players chiefly Daniel Erdmann on sax in one of his best sideman appearances I’ve heard and her tunes have an epic, spirited, grandeur to them able interpreted by the ingenious ensemble. Tremendous.
Loredana is a new project by the vocalist Emilia Mårtensson featuring guitarist Luca Boscagin, percussionist Adriano Adewale, trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta and bassist Sam Lasserson.
The album, to be released on the Babel label, “explores the adversity and the wilderness of the term mother, celebrating the infinite observations about the ‘mother – child relationship’, and how this can shape us throughout our lives. Initially inspired through four specific questions that Emilia asked her audience about their relationship to their mothers, her boundary pushing and original music crosses borders between Scandinavian folk, jazz and art.pop.”
From trumpeter Tom Syson’s upcoming album Different Coloured Days (Syson with Tom Barford saxophone, David Ferris piano, Pete Hutchison double bass and Jonathan Silk drums). Syson will be touring from 12 May with the album launched at the Vortex in London on the 15th.
Cracking lead-off track here from Ariwo on their new album Quasi (Manana Records). The band bring together Iranian electronic composer Pouya Ehsaei, percussionist Hammadi Valdes; Oreste Noda; jazz trumpeter Jay Phelps and special guest saxophonist Camilla George.
Dates coming up:
22 May BRIGHTON, Brighton Festival 24 May NORWICH, Norwich & Norfolk Festival 25 May LONDON, Giant Steps 30 May, COVENTRY, The Tin 31 May, NEWCASTLE, Cobalt Studios 2 June, BRISTOL, Fleece
Issuing label Intakt have had a great run of releases oh for ages and this sparkling piano-violin duo recording is the latest in line, Time Gone Out is released next week. Crossing all sorts of boundaries between improvised music and what could to some sound just as easily “contemporary classical” ‘Éclats for Ornette’ one of the two tracks available pre-release fizzes with energy and daring while ‘Homesick for Another World’ harnesses a raw elegiac sense to its great advantage.
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.