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2010/12/27

Outstanding features this week include the first part of an exclusive in-depth interview with Afro-Latin jazz and jazz flute giant Mark Weinstein. The second part will follow next week. Because of its in-depth nature and great length this interview had to be split into two parts. It was a most congenial chat and we talked about Jazz Brasil, Brazilian music, jazz flute, Herbie Mann, important past and present collaborators like Nilson Matta, Kenny Barron, Pablo Aslan, Aruan Ortiz and others, ongoing and future projects, and more. Weinstein's latest album Jazz Brasil, to be released in January, was reviewed last week.

A second exclusive in-depth interview is with Sarah Gillespie, the giga volt electrifying Anglo American singer-songwriter. In what again proved a very congenial chat, we talked about the new album In The Current Climate, Gilad Atzmon, Sarah Gillespie's extraordinary lyrics, her inspirations, the forthcoming tour and more. In The Current Climate with jazz legend Gilad Atzmon, also featuring regulars Ben Bastin on bass and Enzo Zirilli on drums, was also reviewed last week and is also to be released in January.

 

Happy 2011!

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2010/12/20

Three brand spanking new and fabulous albums are reviewed this week, two of which are to be released in January, a third in March.

There's Afro-Latin and jazz flute legend Mark Weinstein's superlative Jazz Brasil, an album of Brazilian music from a jazz perspective and jazz from a Brazilian perspective, to be released in January 2011. The most mainstream of Weinstein's 'Brazilian' albums, there's something here for everybody. From Jobim and Barroso Brazilian classics to Monk and even a Mann funk groove! To go with the review and the new album, there's also an exclusive in-depth interview with Mark Weinstein in two parts, starting next week! We talked about Jazz Brasil, Brazilian music and Weinstein's love of it, jazz flute, Herbie Mann, future projects and lots more in what turned out to be a most congenial chat.

Not only that, we also have fabulous Anglo-American singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie's stunning In The Current Climate, with modern jazz legend Gilad Atzmon, also set for a January release with the album's launch taking place at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, on 20th January. The tour in support of the album starts 7th January at Komedia, Brighton - for details see Sarah Gillespie's web site. Her debut album, Stalking Juliet, was the mutt's nuts of singer-songwriter albums - but here, Ms. Gillespie goes one better still! This is insanely fab-u-lous. Painting with words and music - colours as you haven't heard them before. Again, to go with the review and the new album, there's an exclusive in-depth interview with Sarah Gillespie next week! We chatted about the new album, Gillespies' lyrics, Gilad Atzmon, and more.

And last but by no means least, there's the incredible Eclectica!'s Flight Of Fancy, slated for a March release. It's this wonderful jazz-string-quartet-with-a-difference's second outing on CD. How much more eclectic could you want your music? If music comes any more eclectic than Flight Of Fancy, even I have yet to hear it. This should appeal as much to the jazz fan as to the classical aficionado, and even to the world music fan and beyond.

 

Happy Holidays!

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2010/12/12

A review of the Philip Clouts Quartet's wonderfully accessible and delightful Sennen Cove, released earlier this year, to start things off this week. Clouts may be more familiar to many as pianist in long-running Afrobeat band Zubop/Gambia. This quartet album follows on from Clouts' earlier trio album. Good, solid jazz with world music leanings, inspired by the beautiful coastal countryside of England's South West where Philip Clouts made his home a few years ago.

Sad news this week is the passing away of jazz great, flautist and saxophonist, and above all wonderful human being James Moody from prostrate cancer this Thursday, 9th December, in San Diego, at the age of 85. Moody, as he was known to everybody who knew him, was more than just a great jazzman or a great influence on so many. Above all he was a warm, friendly man who was and will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew him. Always generous to a fault with help and advice to anybody, Moody will be sadly and severely missed by all. Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to his family. Rest in Peace, Moody.

If you missed drumming titan Asaf Sirkis' recent London Jazz Festival gig with his Asaf Sirkis Trio at the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre (which was broadcast live to Europe via the EBU), or last Sunday's broadcast of it as part of BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up show, you can catch up with the segment of their performance on Sirkis' web site - there is a link on the Home page. A fabulous performance featuring music from the Asaf Sirkis Trio's recently released new album, Letting Go. Patrick Bettison was standing in for regular bassist Yaron Stavi and absolved himself most excellently, by the way. (Pat also plays harmonica on one track on the album, and also plays regularly with Asaf Sirkis, as well as jazz giant Gilad Atzmon, in the Meier Group of ace guitarist Nicolas Meier.) Also keep in mind the Asaf Sirkis Trio's ongoing national tour to promote Letting Go - see their web site for details of a venue near you!

Don't forget you can now keep up with Rainlore's World of Music on Facebook. New releases and selected gigs all over the planet feature prominently.

A new feature will also see the light of day very shortly on Rainlore's World of Music. Planned for a long time, interviews with leading as well as new artists from all spheres will commence soon, with the first two exclusives in preparation. They're going to be sensational!

 

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2010/11/28

Astonishing, utterly amazing Anglo-American singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie's brand new album In The Current Climate is due for release early January (you can pre-order on Amazon UK). A review copy has already found its way here, but all I can say for now is that it's a real cracker. Look for a review here soon. Meanwhile, this is a good time to catch up with a belated review of her 2009 debut album, Stalking Juliet, to whet your appetites. And if this blows you away, catch Sarah Gillespie live also - she'll kill you! The UK tour to promote the new album starts 7th January, 2011. Highlight inclide the official album launch at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, and later in the tour also a date at the 606 Club in Chelsea. For more details of the tour please go to Sarah Gillespie's web site.

There's a long way to go in the campaign to save DJ Ritu's most excellent A World in London Saturday evening show on BBC London 94.9 from the axeman, David Robey, head of the station who remains adamant that the show will end from the New Year. Please join the campaign to save this fantastic world music show on Facebook, or on its new blog. Ideally, both! Please help fight this appalling travesty, and don't be put off by the form letter sent out in reply by Robey's PA - keep arguing the case! The situation may not look good, but don't give up the fight. Dropping AWIL would be a double blow to world music on the BBC as Mark Cole's World Service World of Music show will also be dropped from next March.

For more details, also see News for 2010/11/23.

Stand up for your rights as a licence payer and don't give up!

As we're getting very near the end of the year, this is as good a time as any to pick Rainlore's World of Music's albums of the year, book of the year, and a few really outstanding albums from the past decade. So here goes.

Albums of the Year:

(Joint) Jazz Album of the Year: Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble - The Tide Has Changed & Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen - For The Ghosts Within

Latin Jazz Album of the Year: Mark Weinstein - Timbasa

Jazz Trio Album of the Year: Nicolas Meier - Breeze

World Jazz Album of the Year: Meier Group - Journey

Jazz Fusion Album of the Year: Asaf Sirkis Trio - Letting Go

Newcomer Album of the Year: Pete Roth - Meridian

'Klez-Jazz' Album of The Year: Stewart Curtis' K-Groove - I Can't Hear U When U Shout


Outstanding Albums of the Past Decade:

Jazz Album of the Noughties: Gilad Atzmon - In Loving Memory Of America

Jazz Fusion Album of the Noughties: Asaf Sirkis Trio - The Monk

Latin Jazz Album of the Noughties: Mark Weinstein - Con Alma

(Joint) Piano Trio/Piano-led ensemble Album of the Noughties: Frank Harrison Trio - First Light & Louis Stewart with The Frank Harrison Trio - You've Changed

Classical/Jazz Album of the Noughties: Eclectica! - And This Is One Of Them

Singer-songwriter Album of the Noughties: Sarah Gillespie - Stalking Juliet


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2010/11/23

Special: BBC plans to axe DJ Ritu's A World in London Saturday evening world music show on BBC London 94.9FM

For a great many years now the schedule of the BBC's local London radio station, BBC London 94.9 FM, has included a Saturday early evening programme that, broadly speaking, covers the realm of world music. For many years, this was the late great Charlie Gillett's The Sound of the City show, and when Charlie became too ill he passed on the reins to DJ Ritu and her A World in London show. In the nearly two years (if memory serves) that A World in London has now been running, it and indeed its superb presenter DJ Ritu have become something of a unique national institution and even national treasure, being heard far beyond the London area via the internet.

No other programme so well reflects London's - and indeed Britain's - hugely diverse multicultural population musically as AWIL. It brings the music of diverse culture to its audience, something that cannot be found elsewhere on British airwaves, and moreover all this is presented most excellently and entertainingly. Beyond that, AWIL is also highly educational and most decidedly helps broaden its audience's musical and cultural horizons. As such, DJ Ritu and her AWIL show make an invaluable contribution to not only the general culture of this country but to its multicultural society and to greater tolerance and understanding.

Now, the BBC plans to axe this most excellent programme at the end of December! This would be singular, shameful act of cultural vandalism and is simply beyond comprehension and belief.

Please support DJ Ritu and help save the wonderful programme that is A World in London. You can do so in a number of ways:

You can keep up with what is happening with Save DJ Ritu's A World in London show on BBC London on Facebook.

Please send emails of support to DJ Ritu to: saveawil@gmail.com

You can show your support by writing a personal email to David.Robey@bbc.co.uk cc'd to the Director General Mark.Thompson@bbc.co.uk, also please cc to save AWIL@gmail.com just in case some messages get classed as spam and don't get through to the powers that be. Many thanks!

You can also lodge your complaints on the BBC Complaints - Homepage.

Emailing yourlondon@bbc.co.uk may also be useful.

Please help save A World in London! Unity is Power! Let's try to keep A World In London on the air and get this disgraceful decision overturned.


In other news:

If you missed tonight's Jamie Cullum show on BBC Radio 2 with jazz giant Gilad Atzmon you can catch it on BBC iPlayer for the next seven days, or download the podcast.

On Sunday 28th November you can also catch the BBC Radio 3 broadcast of the Asaf Sirkis Trio's London Jazz Festival performance at the Clore Ballroom, South Bank Centre of last Friday, 19th November, on the Jazz Line-Up show at 11.30pm.

 

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2010/11/21

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble celebrated their tenth anniversary in style with a three-set tour de force at London's Artsdepot last week, as part of the London Jazz Festival. It is of course reviewed here. Nobody who was there will forget this marathon extravaganza of the best jazz on the planet. This gig would have made for one hell of a live double album! But then, as Atzmon has been known to opine, maybe Atzmon live is just too intense for anybody to listen to at home. Although, I'd certainly be happy to risk it! Anyway, by way of consolation we could always look forward to Atzmon & The OHE's 20th Anniversary Celebration another decade hence.

At long last, there's a new album from Stewart Curtis' K-Groove. The review of I Can't Hear U When U Shout should have gone up last week, but alas a very peculiar computer problem resulted in files having been temporarily inaccessible and thus this review had to be held over for this week. Curtis continues with his happy blend of latin and klezmer grooves in a jazz context, and great grooves they certainly are!

Don't miss tonight's album launch gig for Pete Roth's superb Meridian album at the Guildford Jazz Club at the Rowbarge Pub, 7 Riverside, Guidford, Surrey, GU1 1LW. Doors open at 7:30pm. Entrance FREE!

A preview copy of legendary jazz flutist Mark Weinstein's forthcoming album, Jazz Brasil, to be released in the New Year, has meanwhile found its way here. Look for a review here towards the end of the year. In the meantime, what I can say is that this is another album that I can't stop playing. Well worth the wait, Jazz Brasil certainly won't disappoint aficionados of jazz flute, Mark Weinstein, or Brazilian jazz. Limited advance copies are available from Amazon.com and Amazon UK - in the case of the latter, be prepared for a very steep price tag.

Rainlore's World of Music is in the process of establishing a presence on Facebook, so you'll be able to keep up with all the latest from there as well soon. A presence on mySpace Music has also been planned for some time and should be implemented fairly soon.

Finally, as we are nearing the end of the year, another first for Rainlore's World of Music. For the first time, "Albums of the Year" will be selected in various categories and announced with the next update. (Only albums released during 2010 will qualify.) Also, some very special albums of the past decade (i.e., albums released during the "noughties").

 

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2010/10/30

A quick addendum of an item that accidentally got left out on 28th.

Don't miss the most exciting singer-songwriter since Janis Joplin, the fantastic, fabulous Sarah Gillespie tomorrow, 31st October, 8 pm at The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16 8JH. Website http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk - phone 020 7254 4097. To book tickets : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/93130.

Sarah Gillespie - guitar & vocals, Gilad Atzmon - accordion, clarinet & sax, Enzo Zirilli - drums, Ben Bastin - double bass.

 

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2010/10/28

New This Week in Jazz

...are two reviews of very different albums. One of the great pioneers of the electric bass guitar in jazz, Jeff Berlin, presents us with something a bit different from his more usual fusion fare and something a bit special with his High Standards - as the title might suggest, an album of great standards. And indeed, needless to say, very high standards. Oddly though, even for an album of this calibre, the CD is priced just a touch on the high side, while digital downloads are normally priced. Is there really any need for such high CD prices in this day and age, especially from as well-known an artist as Berlin? All the same I have to say that every single track is still worth the price of admission.

Mehran may be a name as yet unfamiliar, especially on this side of the big pond, but it is certainly one to look out for. His album Angels of Persepolis is an outstanding blend of flamenco guitar, Latin forms, and Persian melodies and an excellent representative of the world music genre, and with jazz ambitions. If memory serves, "mehran" derives from one of the classical Persian languages and the Zoroastrian deity of covenants, and in modern Farsi means kindness. A very poetic name for an artist producing such poetic music as this. While Iranian musicians have made sterling contributions with various kinds of fusion to world music, will Mehran succeed in pushing into serious jazz territory?

In other news, preview copies of jazz flute giant Mark Weinstein's forthcoming album Jazz Brasil are due to go out anytime now. (Can't wait!) Although eagerly anticipated, release now seems to have been put back to the New Year or thereabouts.

 

Some Gigs Not To Be Missed

Jazz legend Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's 10th Anniversary Extravaganza, comprising of no less than three full luxurious sets and featuring special guests Asaf Sirkis, Romano Viazzani, Guillermo Rozenthuler, Tali Atzmon, and Ros Stephen and the Sigamos String Quartet, takes place at the Artsdepot on Thursday, 18th November, 7.30 pm as part of the London Jazz Festival. The first set will feature material from early albums, while the second set consists of Atzmon's acclaimed and incomparable In Loving Memory Of America tribute to Charlie Parker as well as some material from the likewise acclaimed new collaboration album with Robert Wyatt and Ros Stephen, For The Ghosts Within. The concluding third set will feature music from the much lauded OHE's new 10th anniversary album, The Tide Has Changed. You really do not want to miss this very special Orient House Ensemble mini jazz festival! Be there or be square! As both Atzmon gigs and London Jazz Festival events such as this tend to sell out fast, early booking is advisable. The Artsdepot is at 5 Nether St., London N12 0GA, Phone 020 8369 5454 / Tickets £16 (£14 conc.) + bkg.

The following evening, traps and jazz fusion giant Asaf Sirkis' next London date with his Asaf Sirkis Trio, promoting their new album Letting Go, is at The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall on Friday, 19th November 9.30 pm, also as part of the London Jazz Festival. A great chance to catch Sirkis' stunning polyrhythmic drumming. Clore Ballroom / Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX, Phone 0844 875 0073 Tickets FREE! Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Broadcast Live To Europe by BBC Radio 3.

Also taking part in the London Jazz Festival is the incomparable genius of the ivories, legendary young pianist Frank Harrison (also of Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble). He can be seen with his Frank Harrison Trio and singer Tina May at The Pheasantry on Saturday, 20th November at 8.30 pm in a swinging programme of up-tempo standards and classic pop tunes. The Pheasantry is at 152 King's Rd., London SW3 4UT Phone 084 5602 7017, Tickets £20 + bkg.

 

Jazz Jews And Ghettoisation?

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Welcome To The Dark Side...

[This item has now been extracted into a separate article, titled Welcome To The Dark Side... or, The Jazza Festival, A New Hope, And The Rabbi And The Gentiles.]

 

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2010/10/17

A truly momentous week saw the massive two day Jazza Festival London 2010 on 12th and 13th October at the Scala in King's Cross, London. It is reviewed in full on two pages and thanks to the multi-talented Tali Atzmon who kindly supplied some of her excellent photographs it is even illustrated. (I am currently regrettably still unable to do photographs again.) This fabulous festival had something to offer for most tastes, from jazz to rap, singer-songwriter to folk, and more. And of course it was also all in a very good humanitarian cause, for the people of Gaza. Artists included hotter-than-the-sun singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble with Ros Stephen and the Sigamos String Quartet and the fabulous Cleveland Watkiss and Tali Atzmon as well as Palestinian hip hop/rap artists Shadia Mansour and Stormtrap (for the Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen album launch - see below), Palestinian singer and oud player Nizar Al-Issa, Northumbrian folk sensation The Unthanks, folk singer-songwriter and troubadour Rory McCloud, and the specially formed Jazza All-Stars which included legendary altoist Peter King, Gilad Atzmon, tuba and orenophone virtuoso Oren Marshall, Cleveland Watkiss, tenorist Alex Garnett, and drummer Seb Rochford.

Jazza also served as the launch pad for the superlative new Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen album For The Ghosts Within, which is also reviewed. Released on the Domino label on 11th October, this makes it the simply astounding Gilad Atzmon's second album release within just one week, following hot on the heels of his tenth anniversary album with his OHE, the equally superlative The Tide Has Changed. Of course, For The Ghosts Within is a collaboration with the equally legendary Robert Wyatt, one of the fathers of progressive rock, and violinist and leader of the Sigamos String Quartet, Ros Stephen. This is an album to die for!

 

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2010/10/11

A final reminder that tomorrow sees the start of the massive two day Jazza Festival at the Scala, London!

Also, don't miss tonight's Jazz on 3 show with Jez Nelson on BBC Radio 3 if you're in the UK, featuring the fabulous Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble album launch gig for The Tide Has Changed at Ronnie Scott's on 1st October. If you do miss it, it will be available in the UK only on BBC iPlayer for another week.

There is more good news regarding The Tide Has Changed. Amazon UK have dropped the price of the album to a mere £8.99! Already an astonishingly good seller, the album is currently already in the top 50 best sellers in Amazon's jazz category and in the top 1,500 Amazon best sellers overall in music when I last checked around 3pm today.

Meanwhile, Amazon, for reasons best known to themselves, oddly have decided to fit the Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen album For The Ghosts Within into the "rock" category. (The mind boggles. OTOH, what do categories/genres matter anyway?) Released today, the album is also selling like hot cakes. It is available in three different editions - Audio CD, Audio CD + DVD, and Vinyl Album, with the plain CD edition selling at a bargain £7.93.

Will we see either or both of these albums chart? Time will tell.

 

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2010/10/10

With only two days to go now until the start of the Jazza Festival of Music, be sure not to miss this fabulous event at the Scala in London on 12th & 13th October. In the last couple of days, an appearance by Palestinian hip-hop queen Shadia Mansour has also been confirmed for this. This also sees the launch of the fabulous new Robert Wyatt/Gilad Atzmon/RosStephen album, For The Ghosts Within, to be released tomorrow, 11th October. And don't forget, it's all in a very good cause, too.

Also there are updated profiles for Gilad Atzmon, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble, as well as Asaf Sirkis, and updated A/V Page for Mark Weinstein. The latter features a fine video of superb quality of a great live performance with the Jeff Kunkel Trio, with Weinstein on bass and alto flutes.

Meanwhile, Gilad Atzmon & The OHE's tour continues, and they can of course also be seen at the Jazza Festival with Cleveland Watkiss and the Sigamos Quartet as part of the launch of the Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen album launch For The Ghosts Within already mentioned. Their next London date after this will be their tenth anniversary celebration at the Artsdepot on 18th November as part of the London Jazz Festival. Gilad Atzmon & The OHE's sensational new album The Tide Has Changed as well as their launch gig at Ronnie Scott's are attracting wide critical acclaim, and the album looks set to become one of the biggest selling ones on the British jazz scene for a long while. Also, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's Ronnie Scott's album launch gig will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 tomorrow night, Monday 11th October, in the Jazz on 3 show with Jez Nelson at 11.15pm BST. It will be available on the BBC iPlayer for one week in the UK only.

This would also make for a fabulous live album - one of the "wish-list" albums one would dearly like to see from Atzmon. Great as their albums are, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble live are just something else - even more exciting, more dangerous. Of course, there are other "dream albums" one would love to see from the incomparable Atzmon. An album juxtaposing classic Astor Piazzolla pieces with Atzmon's own outstanding tango compositions in a full-on jazz context would be one, a straight-ahead album of standards another. Of course, such a list could go on and on. But who knows, in time Atzmon may yet surprise us. Again.

News from likewise incomparable jazz flautist Mark Weinstein is that his next album, Jazz Brasil, is on schedule for release around November. Any new release from Weinstein is always a thrill, so this is definitely something to very much look forward to and I can barely wait for my review copy.

 

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2010/10/03

Friday the 1st was the date for Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's tenth anniversary The Tide Has Changed album launch at Ronnie Scott's. This was an occasion not to be missed, and it is of course reviewed. This was a most extraordinary performance and was sold-out. However, if you missed it, don't kill yourself yet. It was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and Atzmon & The OHE are currently on an extensive UK and European tour to celebrate their tenth anniversary, likewise titled The Tide Has Changed. For dates and venues check Atzmon's web site.

This morning, Gilad Atzmon also was interviewed on the BBC London 94.9 FM Inspirit with Jumoke Fashola show. You can find the show on the BBC iPlayer for a limited time, and the interview itself on Atzmon's web site.

The next occasions you can catch Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble live in London are as part of the Jazza Festival at the Scala on 12th and 13th October, where they'll be supporting and performing with a number of other acts, and which you really shouldn't miss as not only is it a fantastic line-up and also the launch for Robert Wyatt/Gilad Atzmon/Ros Stephen's collaborative album For The Ghosts Within, but also it is in a very good cause for music and arts programs in Palestine. After that, the 18th November sees Atzmon & The OHE in a three-set marathon at The Artsdepot as part of the London Jazz Festival, with special guests including original OHE drummer and co-founder Asaf Sirkis, former extended OHE members Romano Viazzani and Guillermo Rozenthuler, and Tali Atzmon. This monster gig is bound to be a killer! For both these events, be sure to get tickets early.

Finally, another reminder that the world's premier drummer and fusion genius Asaf Sirkis is also doing an extensive tour with his Asaf Sirkis Trio in support of their new album, Letting Go. For dates and venues, please check Sirkis' web site. Another true super giant of jazz that you really need to see live!

 

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2010/09/28

The launch gig for their new Letting Go album saw the Asaf Sirkis Trio Live at The Spice of Life on Thursday the 23rd. Of course, a review of this outstanding event was inevitable! Any Asaf Sirkis gig is a unique experience, and this one proved to be something extra special. If you ever wondered why Sirkis is probably the most in-demand drummer of our time you would have discovered the answer here. If you missed this stupendously fabulous gig, there are plenty more opportunities to catch the Asaf Sirkis Trio's extensive tour, including several more gigs in London, well into the first half of next year. After all, one day you'll want to tell your grandchildren that you saw the world's foremost drummer of his time live! Sirkis, his trio, his unique brand of fusion and his phenomenal drumming are an experience you'll never forget.

Also, the launch gig for Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's forthcoming album The Tide Has Changed is approaching very fast now. Be sure not to miss this likewise unique experience at Ronnie Scott's this Friday the 1st October. There are two sessions, doors open 6pm for the first and 10.30pm for the second. More details for this and the whole tour can be found here.

 

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2010/09/19

Don't forget this week sees the incredible Asaf Sirkis Trio's exciting launch gig for their new Letting Go album at the Spice of Life in London on 23rd September. (Details.) Not to be missed!

Also, time's approaching fast for the one and only Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's main launch gig for their forthcoming 10th anniversary album, The Tide Has Changed, at Ronnie Scott's in London on 1st October. Don't forget the album itself will be available from 4th October (for pre-order deatails see the review), although one would hope that at least some advance copies would be available at this gig. The tour is already underway. Also, keep the Jazza Festival in mind - it's all happening on 12th and 13th October at the Scala in London.

 

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2010/09/12

At long last it's here - no, not the actual album, but the review of the legendary Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's tenth anniversary release, The Tide Has Changed. For the album itself, you'll have to wait till 4th October when it's officially released on World Village/Harmonia Mundi, but you can pre-order on Amazon UK and iTunes. There are a few tracks on Atzmon's mySpace page, and you can also watch a video about the album here. It's a mindblowing album, gorgeous and the perfect celebration.

Also celebrating the tenth anniversary of the OHE is the associated extensive UK and European tour, also named The Tide Has Changed. It started on 8th September in Luxemberg - full listings are available here. Highlights of the tour include Ronnie Scott's on 1st October and The OHE Ten Years Anniversary - London Jazz Festival at the Arts Depot, London on 18th November. The latter date is a special treat as it features a guest appearance by drum genius Asaf Sirkis, the OHE's original drummer until 2009. There are also special guest appearances by leading accordionist extraordinaire Romano Viazzani and the incomparable Argentinean singer, Guillermo Rozenthuler, both once regulars of an extended OHE. (All three of these ex-OHEers leader/solo albums have also been reviewed on this site.)

The tour is also taking in the Jazza Festival - Free Music for Free Gaza on 12th-13th October at Scala, Kings Cross, London. This will also feature the launch of the legendary prog-rock pioneer Robert Wyatt's latest album, a collaboration with Gilad Atzmon and Ros Stephen and produced by Atzmon. Altogether an exciting couple of evenings that will also feature the fabulous singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie, among others. More details of complete line-ups and more on the web site and in the release below.

Just before any of the above mentioned, it's now only 9 days to go till the fabulous Asaf Sirkis Trio's Letting Go album launch gig at the Spice of Life on 23rd September. For details, see the news entry for 2010/09/05. Be there for a unique and exciting experience!

Another review that might be of interest, even if only mild, is Rudy Smith, Annise Hadeed, Felix Roach & Friends' Pan-Jazz Improvisations. Not exactly thoroughbred jazz, but all the same...

Meanwhile, I've also recently come across a fabulous compilation album that among others features two titans of the jazz world regularly reviewed here, Gilad Atzmon, in the form of his "alter ego" Artie Fishel, and flutist Mark Weinstein, with a contribution from his Jewish jazz album Shifra Tanzt. The compilation is titled Klezmer Against The Wall and also features several prominent klezmer artists from both sides of the Atlantic and from Israel. Proceeds from this album will go to support music and arts programs in occupied Palestine, and the musicians represented are united in opposing, to paraphrase the album's web site, the 'discrimination, injustice, and brutality of Israeli apartheid...'

And coming back to Mark Weinstein, while his sensational album from earlier this year, Timbasa, is still selling very well, we can now look forward to the release of his next, Jazz Brasil, around early November. Expect a review here sometime soon. Weinstein's next project in line is a charanga-based album - probably to be called El Cumbanchero - with string quartet - this should likewise be something very special indeed to look forward to! However, not just yet. Although recording has now finished, mixing is still going to take some considerable time and my guess would be we won't see it released till at least six months after Jazz Brasil. Meanwhile, Weinstein's long awaited tango project Me Corazon has been more or less on hold. About half recorded with an outstanding selection of music, it should however be next in line after El Cumbanchero. I wouldn't expect a release this side of 2012 though, alas.

Finally but not least , the Jazza for Gaza Festival has issued a release reproduced here in full. It certainly promises to be one of the most exciting music events of the year, bringing together musicians from the jazz, folk, world music, singer-songwriter and hip hop arenas. Early booking is advisable - don't miss out on this unique spectakula!

Jazza Festival 2010

Artists for Gaza is Jazza

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Please circulate this message as far as you can. We want to pack the Scala with music lovers and people who care!!!

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“For the musicians who support for the long suffering people of Palestine, silence is simply not an option.” Robert Wyatt 2010

Jazza Music Festival 12th & 13th October 2010

@ The SCALA, 275 Pentonville Road London, N1 9NL 020 7833 2022

As a response to the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Palestine, a group of artists have for some months been planning a festival that will bring together luminaries from all areas of music to raise awareness, support and funds for the people of Gaza. As with the devastation that besets Palestine, the JAZZA Festival will not be a one off event but will travel to international venues. Only with the final liberation of the people of Gaza will the JAZZA Music festival stage it's final act, in Gaza itself. Please show your solidarity and solidarity by booking tickets for and spreading the word to friends and supporters.

Tickets £20 per night

TUES Oct 12th 7.30 *BOOK HERE*

WED Oct 13th 7.30 *BOOK HERE*

JAZZA Festival 2010 marks the official album launch of the much anticipated release of Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen’s albumFor The Ghosts Within’ (Domino Records). The concerts on both evenings will feature acclaimed vocalist - Cleveland Watkiss, Ros Stephen & the Sigamos String Quartet and the Orient House Ensemble. Also appearing Northumbrian folk stars The Unthank sisters, specially formed super-group the Jazza All-Stars featuring Seb Rochford, Peter King, Oren Marshall and Alex Garnett, virtuoso oud player Nizar Al-Issa, singer-songwriters Rory McCloud, Sarah Gillespie feat’ Gilad Atzmon & Palestinian hip hop artist Shathayah (Ramallah Underground)

JAZZA Music Festival is organized in association with the Free Palestine Movement, leading advocates for the humanitarian rights of Palestinians and the right of free access throughout Palestine.

 

Tuesday 12th October 2010

Nizar Al-Issa
Sarah Gillespie Quartet
The Unthanks Sisters
Robert Wyatt/Atmon/Stephen Album launch ‘For The Ghosts Within’ with the Orient House Ensembe , Sigamos Strings & Cleveland Watkiss - vocals.

Wednesday 13th October 2010

Shathayah (Ramallah Underground)
Rory McCloud
Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen Album launch ‘For The Ghosts Within’ with the Orient House Ensemble , Sigamos Strings & Cleveland Watkiss - vocals. Jazza All-Stars featuring Peter King, Seb Rochford, Alex Garnett, Oren Marshall & Gilad Atzmon

(Legal disclaimer: As always, views expressed in press releases and similar are those of the issuers and not necessarily those of this site.)

 

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2010/09/05

Due for release this November, up-and-coming guitar talent Pete Roth's very credible debut album Meridian is reviewed. Roth's co-conspirators on this quartet album include wizard fellow guitarist Nicolas Meier, who also produced. Another debut album reviewed is that of Eclectica! from 2009, the sensational And This Is One Of Them... Eclectica! are a kind of string quartet with a difference, the difference being that the second violin and viola have been replaced by two guitars. And they play jazz, informed by their very diverse backgrounds. Violinist and vocalist Lizzy Ball's ranges from classical through classically informed latin to pop, cellist Bernard Gregor-Smith's is classical, where he is a legend with a forty-year tenure with the world-renowned Lindsay String Quartet, while guitarists Pete Oxley's and the almost ubiquitous Nicolas Meier's are principally in jazz, with the latter's heavily influenced and informed by Turkish music and flamenco, among others. Needless to say, with a repertoire that's about as eclectic as can be, they could hardly have chosen a better name!

Both albums feature a fabulous sample track that should get your mouth watering.



Asaf Sirkis Trio



A taste of the Asaf Sirkis Trio - Live at Cafe Posk, London, July 2009


Tassos Spiliotopoulos Trio feat. Asaf Sirkis Live at The Others, London, July 2009

Don't forget the Asaf Sirkis Trio's launch gig for their latest album, Letting Go, at The Spice of Life on 23rd September, approaching fast now. Details are:
The Spice of Life,
6 Moor St, Cambridge Circus, London, W1D 5NA
Telephone: 020-7437-7013 Fax: 020-7437-7013 E-mail: info@spiceoflifesoho.com

Admission is a bargain £10, or £8 for MU members and students.

Don't miss!

It's bound to be an exciting and very special occasion, and if you go and buy the CD while you're there (and whip off the shrink wrap and bring along a permanent marker pen) and ask him nicely, I'm sure Asaf Sirkis will oblige and autograph your copy for you, time permitting - Asaf's really one of the nicest people you could possibly hope to ever meet, and so are Yaron and Tassos.

And Tassos Spiliotopoulos' own leader albums, Wait For Dusk and Archipelagos (with the same line-up) will also be available, and I'm sure the same will apply in re: autographs.

So come along for a great night out of some of the most exciting fusion around!

To tempt you further, at left are a couple of videos.

Also, we have a new A/V page for Nicolas Meier, saving you the hassle of chasing up videos on YouTube, and the A/V pages for the one and only Gilad Atzmon and Asaf Sirkis have been updated. Sirkis' page also now reflects his widening interest in carnatic music and the art of konnakol in particular, with an instructional video on the latter. (You may already have seen Sirkis playing the thavil on a video with Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio - exciting stuff indeed.)

Finally, the most eagerly anticipated album of the year is nearly upon us. The legendary Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's tenth anniversary album, The Tide Has Changed, will be released on 4th October, and a preview copy arrived here from Atzmon's new label World Village/Harmonia Mundi a few days ago. For those who can't wait, the album should be available for download from iTunes from Monday or you can pre-order from Amazon UK. The review will be up here within the next week. Suffice to say for now, The Tide Has Changed really is one hell of a cracker of an album. Hey, it's Atzmon, what do you expect? It's gorgeous, and it's also fun, and the guys certainly must have had a lot of fun making it. There's a new video with some of the music and Gilad Atzmon talking about the album and the OHE on the updated A/V page.

 

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2010/08/17

The Tide Has Changed

Just a quick update on the news item for 2010/08/08 on Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's 10th anniversary album and tour, The Tide Has Changed.

Official release date for the album is 4th October, and it certainly promises to be the OHE's best and most live album yet. Highlights of the tour so far include Ronnie Scott's on 1st October and The OHE Ten Years Anniversary - London Jazz Festival at the Arts Depot, London on 18th November. The latter date is a special treat as it features a guest appearance by drum genius Asaf Sirkis, the OHE's original drummer until 2009. For more dates, check Gilad Atzmon's web site.

Also, the Jazza Festival - Free Music for Free Gaza - is now slated for 12th-13th October at Scala, Kings Cross, London. This will also feature the launch of the legendary prog-rock pioneer Robert Wyatt's latest album, produced by Atzmon.

 

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2010/08/08

Although ready in all but html formatting, a review of guitar ace Tassos Spiliotopoulos' debut album with the Tassos Spiliotopoulos Quartet from 2006, Wait For Dusk, unfortunately didn't make the last update but is here now at last. As fine a debut album as one could hope for and definitely an album to be taken note of. A very tasty sample track accompanies the review.

Gilad Atzmon - The Tide Has Changed

Meanwhile, modern jazz titan Gilad Atzmon has just officially announced The Tide Has Changed, the 10th anniversary album and tour of Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble for this autumn. No firm dates yet, so watch this space. A review of the album will of course follow ASAP. It's certainly promising to be a real cracker!

The album and tour of course feature, apart from Atzmon himself on saxes and clarinets, ivories supremo Frank Harrison and master bassist Yaron Stavi, the "new kid on the block", drummer Eddie Hick, who has taken over at the traps since Asaf Sirkis' departure in 2009. Hick was originally 'discovered' by Atzmon while attending one of the latter's seminars. It can be taken as read that a musician of Atzmon's standing and calibre does not work with anything less than exceptional artists, and thus Hick seems to have settled just dandy into the OHE.

And guitar phenomenon Nicolas Meier is having the proper album launch for the Meier Group's Journey at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, London (0845 6027 017), on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th August. Personnel will be, in addition to Meier on acoustic guitars, glissentar and baglama, drum genius Asaf Sirkis, Pat Bettison on bass and his outstanding harmonica, Chris Jerome on piano and Mark Lockhart on soprano and tenor standing in for Gilad Atzmon. Exciting stuff and not to be missed!

For more dates and venues check out the Meier Group's MySpace page.

Also, watch out for more news from Nicolas Meier including new albums with his groups Eclectica! and metal band Seven7 soon. Also, a review of Seven7's 2009 debut album Try Something Different is coming soon.

M eier Group - Journey


NB - Regrettably, upload of the above news for 8th August, and the complete site update, was delayed till 17th August.

 

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2010/07/21

Having arrived here hot off the presses in the last couple of weeks from drum and jazz fusion titan Asaf Sirkis, the Asaf Sirkis Trio's long anticipated new album Letting Go, to be released on 23rd September, gets an early review. Advance copies are available now on Sirkis' web site and from Jazz CDs UK. Be sure not to miss the album's launch gig at The Spice of Life on 23rd September. Details are:
The Spice of Life, 6 Moor St, Cambridge Circus, London, W1D 5NA
Telephone: 020-7437-7013 Fax: 020-7437-7013 E-mail: info@spiceoflifesoho.com

Admission is a bargain £10, or £8 for MU members and students.

It's bound to be a very special occasion, and if you go and buy the CD (and whip off the shrink wrap and bring along a permanent marker pen) and ask him nicely, I'm sure Asaf Sirkis will oblige and autograph your copy for you, time permitting - Asaf's really one of the nicest people you could possibly hope to ever meet, and so are Yaron and Tassos. And Tassos Spiliotopoulos' own leader albums will also be available, and I'm sure the same will apply.

And staying with the same line-up, we also have a review of Tassos Spiliotopoulos' recently released trio album, Archipelagos. Two very special guest musicians feature on one track each, veteran trumpet maestro Kenny Wheeler and guitar maestro John Parricelli. (And for eagle-eyed fans of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, yes, that's Parricelli on lead in Dave Arch's fabulous house band.) Whether lead by Sirkis or Spiliotopoulos, the trio is one of the finest and tightest of its kind, and combines some of the finest talent anywhere in that Elvin Jones/Tony Williams/Jack DeJohnette rolled into one drum phenomenon, Asaf Sirkis, one of the finest young guitarists, Tassos Spiliotopoulos, and finest young bass master, Yaron Stavi. Every single track of either of these reviewed albums is worth the price of admission by itself.

Also up very shortly will be a review of Spiliotopoulos' earlier, 2006 Tassos Spiliotopoulos Quartet album, Wait For Dusk. The review is ready, but sadly there just wasn't enough time to prepare it in html to make the current site update.

 

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2010/07/04

Modern jazz giant Gilad Atzmon, with singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie and Free Gaza, is organising a massive music festival in support of Free Palestine following the tragic events surrounding the recent marine peace convoy trying to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza. The Jazza Festival for Free Gaza is slated for October in London, with other major artists already lined up.

Atzmon's tenth anniversary album with his Orient House Ensemble is also scheduled to be released this autumn.

Regrettably won't be fully up-and-running again for a while yet.

 

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2010/05/02

Of interest here on account of the jazz influences in the form of vocal improvisations are two reviews of outstanding albums by Latin singer (among others) extraordinaire Guillermo Rozenthuler - a kind of modern day João Gilberto and Carlos Gardel in one! If you haven't heard him before you've really been missing something extra special. The albums reviewed are Guillermo's The Blue Hour - Songs From Argentina (La Hora Azul), an outstanding collection of originals and traditional Argentine songs recorded in Buenos Aires and released in 2004 that will simply blow you away, and with his own band, formed ion 2003, Guillermo Rozenthuler & Rioplatenses' A Route To The Roots, their live debut album released in 2008, a superb collection of Argentine and Uruguayan songs (given the inimitable Rioplatenses treatment), a journey of exploration that takes the listener beyond the better known tango and milonga (although a few of these are also included, of course) and introduce him to a variety of less well known regional rhythms and styles. You really don't want to miss these fabulous albums and tanguero maravillosa Rozenthuler.

Of course, Rozenthuler is already familiar on this site and on the UK jazz scene through his association with Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble through a gig review (at the Pizza, Soho) and a review of outstanding album Musik. Rozenthuler also regularly appears with all the UK's (and beyond) leading tango ensembles, most recently including El Tango Ultimo and the London Tango Orchestra.

Meanwhile, the Asaf Sirkis Trio's forthcoming second album is now in the can and promises to be a real cracker. It will see its official launch on 23rd September at The Spice of Life in London. Be sure not to miss this one!

I expect to likely have to take a break from updating the site for about six to eight weeks due to surgery shortly, but more will follow ASAP.

 

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2010/03/07

At long last caught up with long overdue reviews of dazzling piano virtuoso Frank Harrison's first two leader albums. 2006 saw the debut album, the Frank Harrison Trio's First Light, and the following year, Louis Stewart and the Frank Harrison Trio's You've Changed. Absolute crackers both, they are accompanied by a mouthwatering sample track that ought to have you rushing to JazzCDs for your copy. We can really only hope that Harrison won't keep us waiting too much longer for a new trio album, and loads more to come! But give Harrison a chance, he's only just come away from the below.

The seminal Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's tenth anniversary album, slated for release late summer/early autumn, is "in the can" now. It's probably their most "live" album to date.

The 2008/09 version of this page has now been archived.

I may now be able (from about a week's time or so) to accept a limited number of new submissions for album reviews. Please check the Review form, accessible from the Contact page, in about 7-10 days' time.

Finally, it has come to our attention that there appear to be a few minor problems with our web forms, specifically with radio buttons and check boxes, with some browsers. This is continuing to be checked out, but as everything seems to work just fine in Internet Explorer, it seems likely that the problem lies with the other browsers in that they may not have fully implemented this aspect of forms. In which case there appears little that can be done about it other than to suggest you temporarily switch to Internet Explorer in order to use our forms, if you are affected. Flash based forms might be another option longer term.

 

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2010/02/28

Three reviews of truly thrilling albums to end the month. As announced last time, another sensational album from Nicholas Meier in his Modern Guitar Orchestra incarnation, 2004's Vivaldi - Four Seasons. An excursion into the world of classical/Baroque music, this album has to be heard to be believed! The fabulous sample track that goes with the review will give you some idea. Guitar genius Meier yet again demonstrates his incredible versatility and virtuosity with this most original arrangement of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The album encompasses all four concertos in full, preceded by a brief intro and a closing epilogue that also features special guest, veteran jazz guitar legend John Etheridge, all Meier originals. As fresh as the day it was released, this album is not to be missed!

Another treat for jazz guitar aficionados, and more from the near-ubiquitous modern icon of the traps Asaf Sirkis, comes in the form of last year's Eyal Maoz & Asaf Sirkis release, Elementary Dialogues. Maoz is perhaps better known on the other side of the Atlantic, where he has become a mainstay on the Downtown scene in NYC. A formidable guitar wizard, one would really wish to hear more of him over here, too. A cracking album this, and there's a tasty sample track with the review to tempt you.

Finally, though by no means least, there's Simcock-Goloubev-Sirkis, aka SGS Group, Inc., with their fabulous 2008 release, SGS Group, Inc. presents... It's almost impossible to avoid Asaf Sirkis these days. Over the past year, this most in-demand drumming genius has appeared on no less than nine albums so far. That's an incredible one album every five or so weeks - probably something of a modern-day record! His co-conspirators/joint-leaders here are the Italy-based Russian bassist Yuri Goloubev and rising young UK piano star Gwilym Simcock. An exciting album of 'new standards' from the previous generation of jazz masters such as Allan Holdsworth, Bobby Watson, John Taylor, Buster Williams and others, and there's a tasty sample track as well to tempt you.

More piano trio music soon when we'll at last catch up with some of Britain's brightest young piano star Frank Harrison's recent releases with his Frank Harrison Trio. Of which we really ought to hear much, much more, but it can't be easy finding time when he's always so busy with Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble and the Gilad Atzmon Quartet for starters...

Mark Weinstein's latest, hottest-ever album Timbasa, reviewed last time, seems to be creating quite a stirr not only on this site but all round! For a jazz album, it seems to have achieved unprecedented visibility everywhere in an incredibly short time. And it's even available from at least one of the big UK supermarket chains, Tesco, already, albeit at the moment in downloadable form only! Fantastic distribution for a small specialist jazz label like Jazzheads, so kudos to them.

 

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2010/02/15

A sad loss to not just the jazz but the whole music world is the death of altoist Sir John Dankworth on 6th February at the age of 82 following an illness of several months. The finest British jazzman of his era, Johnny Dankworth introduced bebop onto the British scene, having played with Bird. He also first brought one of the finest jazz singers of all time, later his wife, Dame Cleo Laine, to public attention. Sir John was often said to have selflessly held back on his own career in order to promote and support Dame Cleo's. They have two children following in their footsteps, bassist Alec Dankworth and singer Jacqui Dankworth. Sir John also formed The Dankworth Generation Band with son Alec in the 1990s. Not only a great musician but also a great human being, Sir John lives on in his music and in the legend that he became long ago.

At this sad time, our thoughts are with his wife and family.

Rest in piece, Sir John.

 

Three outstanding new jazz releases out this month are reviewed. Released on 9th February is jazz flute and Latin jazz / Afro-cuban jazz giant Mark Weinstein's sensational new album, Timbasa. His hottest yet, Timbasa will incinerate your stereo! This is Latin jazz / Afro-Cuban jazz at its very finest, with an incredible percussion ensemble led by the percussion warlock Pedrito Martinez, and a sensational new rising star of Latin jazz piano in Axel Tosca Laugart who has to be heard to be believed. Indeed, Weinstein's album Timbasa just has to be heard to be believed - it's incredible! To help you, there's a fabulous sample track with the review, the Miles Davis classic Milestones. A killer of an album!

Weinstein's one-time employer in his mambo and salsa band days, the great Larry Harlow, used to be called "El Judio Maravilloso" by his Latin music peers back in the 1960s. Perhaps Weinstein himself ought to acquire the nickname of "El Judio Fantástico", on account of the fantastical and near super-natural nature of his understanding of and insight into Afro-Cuban music?

Already, the next album from Mark Weinstein is scheduled for the autumn. Jazz Brazil will be a return to Brazilian jazz and will be most eagerly - impatiently! - awaited. Two more albums are in the pipeline already; originally planned as a combined album of Cuban danzones and Argentine tangos, it was felt necessary to give each a full album in the end. Hooray for that! Both should be absolutely sensational. The tangos are with Argentine bassist and leading jazz-tango exponent Pablo Aslan, with a provisional title of Todo Corazon. The selections for this - without wishing to give anything away - are stunning!

The other two albums reviewed are two eagerly awaited releases from jazz guitar wizard Nicolas Meier, also out this month. The Nicolas Meier Trios' Breeze features two trios, one acoustic, the other electric. Providing a superb showcase for Meier's guitars, this 'unplugged' album is almost outrageously thrilling and addictive. The Electric Trio in addition to Meier features drum genius Asaf Sirkis, who needs no introduction, and also bassist and harmonica player extraordinaire Pat Bettison, both also members of the Meier Group. The Acoustic Trio features the percussion of Spanish born Demi Garcia (of among others The Alec Dankworth Quintet) and from the world of soul, bassist Paolo Minervini. If you plan on buying only one jazz guitar album this year, Breeze should be the one! To help you decide, the title track provides a gobsmackin'ly delicious sample track on the review page.

The second Meier album is the Meier Group's Journey, a fantastical journey through a soundscape created by Nicolas Meier's very personal brand of Turkish-informed and flamenco and Latin influenced fusion, is likewise not to be missed. Meier as ever is bursting with ideas and his great strengths as writer and leader, in addition to player, shine. Meier Group co-conspirators are legendary reed supremo Gilad Atzmon, here on clarinet, soprano and alto sax, and supreme maestro of the traps Asaf Sirkis, along with Patrick Bettison on bass and his surperb harmonica and classsy Uruguyan pianist Jose Reinoso. A 'supergroup' indeed, with three leaders of such calibre as Meier, Atzmon and Sirkis coming together. Journey is a dream of an album full of strong, imaginative themes and inventive improvising. To make your mouth drool, there's a taster sample track in the form of the title track of Journey with the review.

Another review of a further sensational Nicolas Meier album will follow next time.

 

Modern jazz legend Gilad Atzmon has been experimenting with "enlargement pills" - on his clarinet! That's his story, anyway. You can hear him tell the whole sordid story on the Gilad Atzmon A/V Page. The results certainly are spectacular. (I've asked, but he wouldn't tell me exactly where he got those pills!)

Atzmon is also currently on a UK mini tour with his Orient House Ensemble, trying out some new material and some old, in preparation for the recording of their tenth anniversary album scheduled for around the end of February. Expected release date - probably late summer/early autumn, with a national tour to follow. Atzmon assures me that his new 'big beast' (speak bass clarinet) will feature prominently.

Last but by no means least, drum and fusion genius Asaf Sirkis is also due to start recording a new album with his Asaf Sirkis Trio in March, slated for release around end of September with a national (UK) tour also under preparation for October onwards. That's two more albums I can't wait for!

 

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Reviews


There is a full index of all reviews available on Rainlore's World of Music. Also, there is an index listing all CD reviews , which includes reviews of music from all genres, and another one listing all live music reviews.

Reviews added 2010/12/20:

Eclectica! :  Flight Of Fancy (2010/12/18)

Sarah Gillespie with Gilad Atzmon :  In The Current Climate (2010/11/29)

Mark Weinstein :  Jazz Brasil (2010/11/25)

 

Reviews added 2010/12/12:

Philip Clouts Quartet :  Sennen Cove (2010/12/07)

 

Reviews added 2010/11/28:

Sarah Gillespie :  Stalking Juliet (2010/11/26)

 

Reviews added 2010/11/21:

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble :  Live At The London Jazz Festival, Artsdepot, London, Thursday 18th November, 2010 (2010/11/21)

Stewart Curtis' K-Groove :  I Can't Hear U When U Shout (2010/11/12)

 

Reviews added 2010/10/28:

Jeff Berlin :  High Standards (2010/10/26)

Mehran :  Angels Of Persepolis (2010/10/27)

 

Reviews added 2010/10/17:

Jazza Music Festival London 2010 - Page 1/2, Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October, 2010 (2 pages - page 1/2) (2010/10/15)

Jazza Music Festival London 2010 - Page 2/2, Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October, 2010 (2010/10/15)

Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen :  For The Ghosts Within (2010/10/17)

 

Reviews added 2010/10/03:

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble :  Live At Ronnie Scott's, London, Friday 1st October, 2010 (2010/10/03)

 

Reviews added 2010/09/28:

Asaf Sirkis Trio :  Live At The Spice Of Life, London, Thursday 23rd September, 2010 (2010/09/27)

 

Reviews added 2010/09/12:

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble :  The Tide Has Changed (2010/09/02)

Rudy Smith, Annise Hadeed, Felix Roach & Friends :  Pan-Jazz Improvisations (2010/09/07)

 

Reviews added 2010/09/05:

Eclectica! :  And This Is One Of Them... (2010/09/01)

Pete Roth :  Meridian (2010/08/30)

 

Reviews added 2010/08/08:

Tassos Spiliotopoulos Quartet :  Wait For Dusk (2010/07/20)

 

Reviews added 2010/07/21:

Asaf Sirkis Trio :  Letting Go (2010/07/18)

Tassos Spiliotopoulos :  Archipelagos (2010/07/20)

 

Reviews added 2010/05/02:

Guillermo :  The Blue Hour - Songs From Argentina (La Hora Azul) (2010/04/29)

Guillermo Rozenthuler & Rioplatenses :  A Route To The Roots (2010/04/29)

 

Reviews added 2010/03/07:

Louis Stewart and the Frank Harrison Trio :  You've Changed (2010/03/07)

Frank Harrison Trio :  First Light (2010/03/07)

 

Reviews added 2010/02/28:

Eyal Maoz & Asaf Sirkis :  Elementary Dialogues (2010/02/28)

Nicolas Meier - Modern Guitar Orchestra :  Vivaldi - Four Seasons (2010/02/16)

Simcock-Goloubev-Sirkis - SGS Group, Inc. presents... (2010/02/28)

 

Reviews added 2010/02/15:

Nicolas Meier :  Journey (2010/02/14)

Nicolas Meier Trios :  Breeze (2010/02/14)

Mark Weinstein :  Timbasa (2010/02/14)

 

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Artists' Profiles

Artists' profiles consist of brief profiles, complete with discographies, contact/booking and other useful information, for some of the artists whose work has been featured on Rainlore's World of Music.
 

Profiles added 2011:

 

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Articles & Features

Both formal and informal articles, both on as well as off site, on all manner of topics relating to jazz. Titles are accompanied by brief descriptions of the content. A full index of all articles and features is also available.

Features/Articles added 2010/12/27:

The Rainlore Interview: Mark Weinstein (Part One) (2010/12/16)

The Rainlore Interview: Sarah Gillespie (2010/12/20)

 

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