Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ithamara Koorax at Ipatinga Live Jazz Festival, Joyce Cooling in Fayetteville

Live at the Ipatinga Live Jazz Festival
Friday, September 28, 2007
9:3o PM
LOCATION: Teatro do Centro Cultural Usiminas

Featuring: Ithamara Koorax (vocals, percussion, piano), José Roberto Bertrami (keyboards), Jorge Pescara (bass), Haroldo Jobim (drums) and Dino Rangel (electric guitar)
Musical Direction and Arrangements: Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Executive Producer: Marcos Ozzellin
Assistant Producers: Aline Dantas, Marcia Soares
Festival Producer: Valéria Altoé

The repertoire will include "My Favorite Things", "I Fall in Love Too Easily", "Toque de Cuica", "Broadway Bossa Nova", "Autumn in New York", "Morning Star", "Fica Mal Com Deus", "Mas Que Nada", "Butterfly", "Disritmia" and Weather Report's "Young and Fine" in tribute to Joe Zawinul.

WFSS Jazz on the RIver
Fayetteville State University

Join Joyce and the Band for a wonderful evening of music!

Saturday, September 29, 2007
5 - 11 PM; Joyce and the Band hits @ 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Campbellton Landing
1122 Person St.
Fayetteville, NC 28312

For tickets,
click here.

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Jon Lucien Memorial, Sept 30, NYC

We hope you will join us for "Joy and Love"
A celebration in music and words for Jon Lucien
Sunday Sept 30, 2007 - 7:30pm
St. Peter's Church
619 Lexington Ave at 53rd St
New York, NY 10022
212 935-2200

Bill O'Connell, Kim Plainfield, Dan Carillo, Gregory Jones,
Roland Guerrero, Mayra Casales, Cliff Korman, Roy Ayers
and other special guests

In Loving Celebration of Jon Marcus Lucien
January 8, 1942 - August 18, 2007

Renee Rosnes at Dizzy`s Club, NYC, Sept 26-30

September 26-30
7:30 & 9:30pm with an additional set at 11:30pm on Fri/Sat

Renee Rosnes, piano; Chris Potter, tenor saxophone; Peter Washington, bass; and Lewis Nash, drums.

"This young Canadian may well be the Muhammed Ali of modern jazz piano -- floating, stinging and floating again, with a touch that's tender as a kiss and just as dangerous." - The Independent Weekly

I first became aware of Renee Rosnes, who recently married Bill Charlap, through
her eponymous Blue Note debut album in 1990, which included guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Ron Carter and Don Alias, and a dreamy rendition of Diana, Wayne Shorter`s ballad dedicated to the daughter of Flora Purim & Airto Moreira - nowadays known as Diana Booker, or simply db, after her marriage to rapper Krishna Booker (a member of Sergio Mendes` current touring band) and their duo project Eyedentity, that released some excellent recordings on the now-defunct B&W label.

Around the same time, Eliane Elias gave me a copy of the LaserDisc New Stars on Blue Note, on which Renee was a member of the OTB band, comprised of young artists then recently signed by Bruce Lundvall to the BN label. Filmed in 1989, it included an excellent version of Blue Monk. Curiously, two months ago I attended Renee`s concert with the SF Jazz Collective supergroup at the Funchal Jazz Festival (Portugal) and their set included several of Thelonious` gems.

Ms. Rosnes' latest CD is "A Time For Love" (VideoArts Music), a trio outing with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash. Other recent releases featuring Ms. Rosnes are Bobby Hutcherson: "For Sentimental Reasons", the San Francisco Jazz Collective: Live 2007, and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra "In My Time."

"Rosnes rubs balm in jaded ears. She offers exquisite balances of delicacy and power, witty and weighted ideas, assertiveness and deference." - Down Beat

"If you looked closely, you would have sworn you saw steam rising from the piano at the Vanguard." - The New York Sun


(no reservations necessary)
September 26-29

Tonight, The Recording Academy Honors...

My night at the Grammys on CBS

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Awards, CBS and The Academy will present "My Night at the GRAMMYs," a new entertainment special set to air on Friday, November 30, 8  10 p.m. ET/PT.

This two-hour telecast will highlight GRAMMY Awards show history as artists tell their personal stories of what it means to perform on the show that has become Music's Biggest Night. Additionally, it will raise awareness of The Academy's and the GRAMMY Awards' anniversary milestones and further engage music fans by providing an interactive element.

From now through October 7, viewers and members have the chance to be part of this historical special by voting for their favorite GRAMMY moments at Fifty great GRAMMY moments from past telecasts, selected by The Academy, are posted on the site and feature some of the unique pairings the GRAMMYs have come to be renowned for, including performances by Prince and Beyonci, Eminem and Elton John, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, and the Simon & Garfunkel reunion, among many others. Clips of each of these memorable moments are available in a Flash "Video Wall" on, and users can click on each clip to view on demand. Once clips have been viewed, users can vote for up to five of their favorite moments. (Voting is restricted to five votes per IP address per day.)

The 25 performances that receive the most votes will be seen on "My Night at the GRAMMYs," culminating with the most popular performance as voted on by music fans. The deadline to vote for favorite GRAMMY moments is midnight ET on Sunday, October 7, 2007, so be sure to log on and vote soon for your favorite GRAMMY moments!!

This TV special is just one of the many commemorative activities The Academy and the GRAMMYs have planned as part of the 50th Celebration.

Michel Camilo added to lineup of all-star benefit concert, Sept 28

“A Celebration of Jazz & Joyce”

Friday, September 28 at Boston Symphony Hall, 7:30 pm

Noted jazz impresario George Wein, who is directing the massive all-star benefit concert at Boston Symphony Hall [300 Mass. Avenue, Boston] on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 pm has just added piano wiz Michel Camilo (pictured above with his wife & manager Sandra - hello Sandrine! - and producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro) to the lineup, and noted radio personality Ron Della Chiesa has been tagged to host the mammoth jazz event. The concert, which is a part of the Beantown Jazz Festival, will also feature Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Branford Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Joe Lovano, Lizz Wright, Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin, Kenny Werner, Howard Alden, Jimmy Cobb and Ray Drummond.

Kicking off this year’s Beantown Jazz Festival, “A Celebration of Jazz and Joyce - A Concert to Establish the Joyce Alexander Wein Scholarship Fund” promises to be not only the crown jewel of this year’s festival, but also one of the great jazz concerts in Boston history.

The concert takes place at Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100, $70, $55, and $40 and are on sale now at, or by calling 888-266-1200. The Symphony Hall box office [300 Mass. Avenue, Boston] opens on September 4.

Berklee College of Music’s lineup for the 7th Annual BeanTown Jazz Festival, September 27 – 29 takes place at various locations around Boston. In its second year of producing the festival, Berklee will bring Grammy-winning, internationally renowned superstars and cornerstones of the Boston jazz scene together on a number of stages in free and ticketed offerings that last year drew upwards of 50,000 people. Visit for complete details.

XM Announces Expanded Jazz Programming Lineup

New Season of XM’s Original Jazz Series, “In the Swing Seat with Wynton Marsalis” Premieres September 28

XM, the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than 8.2 million subscribers, announced today that it will expand jazz music programming with two new shows set to premiere this October. “Live from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola” and “Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center” will feature live performances from a who’s who of jazz musicians recorded direct from Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) and XM’s New York broadcast studios. In advance of these new shows, JALC Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis will kick off a new season of his critically-acclaimed original XM series “In the Swing Seat with Wynton Marsalis” on September 28.

“Live from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola” will provide listeners with VIP access to concerts recorded live from the famed New York jazz club Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, located in Frederick P. Rose Hall. Artistic Manager of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Todd Barkan, will serve as host for this weekly series, broadcasting a variety of musical performances from the club Tony Bennett called “the best jazz room in this city.”

The premiere episode of “Live from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola” will debut Friday, October 19 at 8 pm ET on XM’s traditional jazz channel, “Real Jazz” (XM 70), featuring a performance by jazz pianist Cedar Walton. Future episodes will include performances from Trio Da Paz, Tom Harrell and Charles McPherson and Eric Alexander, among others.

“Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center” also will make its XM debut in October. The weekly series takes listeners into the “House of Swing” with Wynton Marsalis leading the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), now in its 21st concert season.

“Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center” will premiere Saturday, October 20 at 8 pm ET on XM 70, kicking off the “Benny Carter Centennial,” on what would have been his 100th birthday, as the JLCO performs music and arrangements by the legendary trumpeter/saxophonist. Future performances of the 2007-2008 Jazz at Lincoln Center season on XM will feature Monty Alexander, Dave Brubeck, Paquito D’Rivera, The Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir with Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III; Freddy Cole, Carla Cook, Chano Dominguez, Kurt Elling, Frank Foster, Wycliffe Gordon, Scott Hamilton, Allan Harris, Edwin Hawkins, Ivan Lins, Russell Malone, Branford Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Lewis Nash, Rosa Passos, Eric Reed, Marcus Roberts, Marlena Shaw and many more.

To kick off the new slate of jazz programming on XM, Wynton Marsalis, America's jazz ambassador, returns with new episodes of his exclusive XM series, “In the Swing Seat with Wynton Marsalis.” The hour-long, monthly series takes listeners on a journey through the world of jazz while exploring the genius of artists like John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk. Marsalis provides instruction on how to identify artists by their playing styles, discusses the connection between jazz and other art forms, and welcomes other jazz artists who stop by the studio to play and discuss their music.

“In the Swing Seat with Wynton Marsalis” premieres Friday, September 28 at 2 p.m. ET on XM 70. In addition, the season premiere episode will also be available all day Friday on XM’s new original series channel, XMX (XM 2).

More programming information, including encore broadcast times, is available online at
About XM

XM (NASDAQ: XMSR) is America's number one satellite radio company with more than 8.2 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2007 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: commercial-free music, premier sports, news, talk radio, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota, is available in 140 different vehicle models for 2007. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit

"Huks Music Sampler 2001"

"Huks Music Sampler 2001"
(Huks Music CD 02
Released in June 2001
Includes two tracks produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro and performed by Ithamara Koorax: "No Other Love" and "Dio Come Ti Amo"

1 La Vida Como Es - Jimena Diaz
2 Armenian Song - Kheops
3 So Far the Way East - Kheops
4 Tears - Daydream
5 Celtic Song - Ten Strings Group
6 Vocalise - Kay Linch
7 No Other Love - Ithamara Koorax
8 Dio Come Ti Amo - Ithamara Koorax
9 Peace of Wild Things - Paul Reister, Bobby Read
10 Life Is Just That Way - Aine Fuery
11 Le Souffle de la Forêt - Tim MacBrian
12 La Forêt D'émeraude - Tim MacBrian

Maurício Carrilho - Guitar (Acoustic)
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Producer
Jimena Diaz - Vocals
Daniel Garcia - Sax (Soprano)
Andy Kim - Compilation Producer
Ithamara Koorax - Vocals
Kay Linch - Vocals
Paulo Malaguti - Arranger, Keyboards, Programming
Rogerio Meanda - Guitar (Electric)
Sidinho Moreira - Percussion
Jonas Silva - Executive Producer
Ary Sperling - Arranger, Keyboards, Programming

Also coming out today: Arthur Verocai

"Arthur Verocai is a genius, one of the finest" - Quantic
"I could listen to (the Arthur Verocai) album everyday for the rest of my life" - Madlib

The first time I read Arthur Verocai's name in an album cover was on Som Imaginario's masterpiece, A Matança do Porco (Odeon) in 1973, when I was 10 years old. Verocai, Gaya and Paulo Moura were the orchestra conductors on that superb album.
Later on, I became astonished with his great arrangements for Ivan Lins' "Modo Livre" LP in 1974, on which he also played acoustic & electric guitars. I could never dream that, 27 years later, I would be able to produce the CD reissue of "Modo Livre on that acclaimed "RCA 100 Years of Music series~, distributed all over the world by BMG. Nor that I would record some sessions on Verocai`s old studio in Copacabana, back in 1995, for the album Almost In Love - Ithamara Koorax Sings Luiz Bonfa.

Now, the man is back on the block. His new studio album, Encore, recorded 2 years ago in Rio, is being released today (in Europe) by the Far Out label. In England`s dancefloor jazz scene, Verocai is regarded by many as Brazil's answer to David Axelrod & Charles Stepney. Featuring 11 new originals with guest musicians including Azymuth (Dona das Meninas, Eu Quero Paz), Ivan Lins (Filhos) and a nine-piece string section, with orchestral help from Azymuth`s Bertrami, 'Encore' is the highly anticipated follow up to Arthur's eponymous debut solo album from 1972, reissued on CD some years ago.

"Humming Bird" released today in Japan, including "O Passarinho"

"Humming Bird: melodies for forest café" is being released today, September 26, 2007, in Japan, distributed by Rambling Records, a company that already issued some JSR albums (such as Palmyra & Levita/João Donato's "Lucy in the Sky with Bossa Diamonds" and Mario Castro-Neves & Samba S.A.'s "On a Clear Bossa Day") in the Japanese market.

The opening track is "O Passarinho", the song co-written by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Ithamara Koorax and Gazzara which became a radio and dancefloor hit in this European summer. Now, it's destined to achieve similar success in Japan and other Asian countries.

Compiled by Takashi Fjiwara (Afternoon Tea Music)
Artwork by Naomi Katagiri
Textile designed by Echino (Etsuko Furuya)
Rambling Records RBCP-2345

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Amanda Carr, beauty & talent praised by Nat Hentoff

Still speaking about this very special combination of beauty and musical talent: there have always been jazz musicians who were well known in the region they lived and worked in but never made it on a national level, as Nat Hentoff reports in The Wall Street Journal . One of such musicians is the singer and pianist Amanda Carr who in her new album "Soon" is finally acknowledged outside New England. Music was part of her family tradition: her grand mother had played stride piano; her mother had sing; and her father had played the trumpet in the bands of Glenn Miller and Woody Herman. In 1996 she recorded her first album; in 1998 she performed for the first time at a European jazz festival (Turin, Italy). She sang with several ghost bands who try to revive the swing era. On her new album she is accompanied by guitarist John Wilkins, drummer Kenny Hadley, saxophonist Arnie Krakowsky and bassist Bronek Suchanek.

Trumpeter, composer and jazz entertainer Saskia Laroo, a dear friend of mine, is currently touring China!
After a sold-out concert on September 23 at the Shangai University Auditorium, here is the list of her upcoming performances:
Tu 25 Liuzhou, China Saskia Laroo Band
Thu 27 Jiangbei Meeting Centre, Huizhou, China Saskia Laroo Band
Fri 28 Huizhou, China Saskia Laroo Band
Sat 29 Foshan Movie Theatre, Foshan, China Saskia Laroo Band.
Keep groovin'!

Sonny Rollins on Vanity Fair

Sonny Rollins answers the Marcel Proust Questionnaire for Vanity Fair . He thinks perfect happiness is never to be too happy and too sad. The living person he admires most is his plumber. He only lies if he's absolutely forced to by one of life's stupid entanglements. He doesn't need another talent from the one he already has. He lost so much on 9/11 that be doesn't consider possessions so important. His heroes in real life are those who give more than take.

Django Reinhardt NY Festival at Birdland, Nov 6-11

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Charlie Mariano to be awarded by WDR

The WDR Jazzpreis 2007 will be awarded to the composer Jesse Milliner for compositions which he wrote during the five years he spent in the USA and in which, as the jury explains, he shows a "remarkably mature talent" with an enormous knowledge of the American tradition; as well as to the pianist Sebastian Sternal whose fluent improvisations stay free from the usual cliché phrases. A life achievement award is given to the saxophonist Charlie Mariano; and a young talent award goes to the big band of the Clara Schumann Musikschule in Düsseldorf. The WDR Jazzpreis comes with 5.000 Euro (Mariano, Big Band) and 10.000 Euro (Milliner, Sternal) in cash. The awards will be presented during the festival "WDR 3" on October 26th.

CD of the Day - "Kathy McCord"

CD of the Day
"Kathy McCord" (CTI VSCD 728)
Original LP: 1969 - CD reissue: 2000
Produced by Creed Taylor
Arranged by Don Sebesky, featuring Hubert Laws, Harvey Brooks (who played on Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew"!), John Hall (not Jim), Paul Harris, Willis Kelly, Ed Shaughnessy.

Anouar Brahem

The Tunisian oud virtuoso Anouar Brahem performed together with the pianist Francois Couturier and the accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier at Beirut's Music Hall on two consecutive evenings, as Kaelen Wilson-Goldie reports in The Daily Star . They played the suite "Le Voyage de Sahar" from an album which Brahem had released last year. There is no purity in music any more, Brahem says, because in the modern world you can hear and sea so many things. That is the reason why in the arts it is most important to be yourself. He composes by developing short themes out of his improvisations. When composing, the oud is his pen.

Single of the Day: "Deodato - Zarathustra/Spirit of Summer"

Single of the Day
Deodato: "Also Sprach Zarathustra/Spirit of Summer" (CTI Japan HIT 2092) 1973
Produced by Creed Taylor
Featuring Ron Carter, Jay Berliner, John Tropea, Billy Cobham, Airto, Hubert Laws, Stanley Clarke, Ray Barretto et al.

"Celebridade" Soundtrack (2-CD Set)

"Celebridade" (CD-duplo Nacional e Internacional; 2-CD set)
Som Livre 0019-2
Released on October 24, 2003 by Som Livre in Brazil
Includes the track "Absolute Lee", performed by Ithamara Koorax and produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro.
Trilha sonora da novela da Rede Globo, escrita por Gilberto Braga, estrelada por Malu Mader e Marcos Palmeira.
Ano: 2003
Gênero: Novelas e Seriados
Procedência: Nacional Som Livre
ASIN: 7891430001926
Disco 1
1. Nossa Canção - Vanessa Da Mata
2. Amor E Sexo - Rita Lee
3. Tempo De Don Don - Dudu Nobre
4. O Que Tinha De Ser - Maria Bethânia
5. Encostar Na Tua - Ana Carolina
6. Always - Caetano Veloso
7. Brisa Do Mar - Chico Buarque
8. Nossos Momentos - Gal Costa
9. Com Que Roupa - Gilberto Gil
10. Fama - Beth Lamas
11. Enquanto Houver Sol - Titãs
12. Rio De Janeiro (Isto É O Meu Brasil) - João Bosco
13. Doce Castigo - Nana Caymmi
14. A Vizinha Do Lado - Roberta Sá
15. Olha Não Me Olha - Lulu Joppert
16. Só Samba - Pérola Black
Disco 2
1. Just The Way You Are - Diana Krall
2. You´ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Michael
3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Michael Mcdon
4. Bigger Than My Body - John Mayer
5. You Make Me Feel Brand New - Simply Red
6. Offer - Alanis Morissette
7. Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Band
8. The Closer I Get To You - Luther Vandross, Beyoncé
9. Superwoman - Happening Vs Fabio Almeida
10. Ruby - Ray Charles
11. Como Han Pasado Los Años - Julio Iglesias
12. Bring It On - T.J.
13. Regalame La Silla Donde Te Espere - Alejandro Sanz
14. Non Mi Innamoro Più (I´ll Never Fall In Love Again) - Ornella Vanoni
15. All I Really Want Is Love - Henri Salvador feat. Lisa Ekdahl
16. Absolute Lee - Ithamara Koorax
17. Born To Try - Delta Goodrem
18. Love´s Theme - The Love Unlimited Orchestra
19. Diavolo In Me - Tedd Rusticini
Sergio Barroso - Bass
Maria Bethânia - Vocals
Beyoncé - Vocals
João Bosco - Guitar, Vocals
Gilberto Braga - Liner Notes, Supervisor
Chico Buarque - Vocals
Julio Carneiro - Mastering, Mastering Engineer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Producer
Tommy LiPuma - Producer
Marilia Carneiro - Stylist
Ana Carolina - Guitar, Vocals
Dennis Carvalho - Supervisor
Marciso "Pena" Carvalho - Graphic Design, Art Direction, Graphic Production
Nana Caymmi - Vocals
Ray Charles - Piano, Vocals
Gal Costa - Vocals
Vanessa da Mata - Vocals
Lisa Ekdahl - Vocals
Gilberto Gil - Guitar, Vocals
Delta Goodrem - Vocals
Julio Iglesias - Vocals
Lulu Joppert - Vocals
Ithamara Koorax - Vocals
Diana Krall - Vocals
Beth Lamas - Vocals
Rita Lee - Guitar, Vocals
Love Unlimited Orchestra - Performer
Cesar Machado - Drums
John Mayer - Vocals
Michael McDonald - Vocals
Nana Moraes - Photography
Alanis Morissette - Guitar, Vocals
Dudu Nobre - Vocals
Aureliano Antonio Ribeiro - Photography
Mariozinho Rocha - Musical Director, Selection
Andre Rola - Graphic Design
Roberta Sá - Vocals
Henri Salvador - Guitar, Vocals
Alejandro Sanz - Vocals
Sergio Saraceni - Producer, Musical Producer
Sergio Seabra - Mastering
Simply Red - Performer
Titãs - Performer
Luther Vandross - Vocals
Ornella Vanoni - Vocals
Caetano Veloso - Guitar, Vocals
André Werneck - Musical Director, Selection

Malene Mortensen

If she goes without singing for five days, she becomes a bit cranky, the very beautiful Danish jazz singer & songwriter Malene Mortensen tells Signe Damkjaer in ScandAsia . Danes know the singer mostly because she won the Danish Eurovision song contest in 2002; among jazz fans she is also known for having worked with the likes of Nils Lan Doky, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Alex Riel. Her father had played the trumpet, her mother was a drummer, and her boy friend is the pianist in her band. Perhaps she cannot save the world through her music, but if she succeeds that people feel good through her music, that's a good start.

"Huks Music Sampler 2000"

"Huks Music Sampler 2000 Vol.1"
(Huks Music CD 2000/01)
Released in June 2000
Includes two tracks produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro and performed by Ithamara Koorax: "Un Homme et Une Femme" and "Moon River"

1 Balkans - Kheops 4:06
2 Gipsy Power - Kheops 4:12
3 Sweetest Summer Rain - Aine Furey 3:25
4 Life Is Just That Way - Aine Furey 3:38
5 Un Homme et Une Femme - Ithamara Koorax 4:58
6 Moon River - Ithamara Koorax 4:06
7 Le Chant du Roseau - Tim MacBrian 5:02
8 Les Secrets de la Nature - Tim MacBrian 6:53

José Roberto Bertrami -Keyboards
Cristina Braga - Harp
Sylvia Cheyenne - Vocals
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Percussion, Arranger, Producer
Fabio Fonseca - Arranger, Keyboards, Programming
Áine Furey - Vocals
Martin Furey - Producer
Kheops - Performer
Andy Kim - Compilation Producer
Ithamara Koorax - Arranger, Vocals
Aril Laury - Producer
Tim Mac Brian - Producer

Vinyl of the Day - "Jazz Is Alive and Well on CTI and Kudu"

Vinyl of the Day
"Jazz is Alive and Well on CTI and Kudu" (CTI 8924) 1973
Produced by Creed Taylor
Featuring Hank Crawford, Deodato, Hubert Laws, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Esther Phillips, Johnny Hammond, George Benson and Grover Washington, Jr.

EP of the Day: "The Pussy Gourmets - Love Is What You Need"

EP of the Day
The Pussy Gourmets: "Love Is What You Need" (TTM 002) 2007
Featuring Darryl Pandy, and including both original and "Popmuschi" remix
Released on September 24, 2007 in Europe

More about Roy Haynes, a true living legend

Calvin Wilson asks the drummer Roy Haynes about the famous photo showing Haynes together with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus in the year 1953 ( Saint Louis Today ). The band was together just for that one engagement at New York's club Open Door, Haynes remembers. He had always been interested in percussion; as a child he used to beat on everything in the house. Wilson asks why he plays current numbers among the standards in his repertoire, and Haynes responds, "I'm old school - with a hip attitude." He had already checked out Pat Metheny when Pat was still studying in Boston, but was surprised to find that Metheny had checked him out as well. It feels pretty good to be able to play at his age and to know at the same time that he is probably one of the few living musicians who used to perform with Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan.

Roy Haynes, Eric Reed, Andy Bey and IGWE to perform on Sept 29, in Washington, DC



This event is part of The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's
37th Annual Legislative Conference

Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, will host his 23rd Jazz Forum and Concert during the upcoming Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, September 26-29, at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

The Jazz Issue Forum and Concert will take place on Thursday, September 27th, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Ballroom C of the Washington Convention Center. The Jazz Forum and Concert are both open to the public.

The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) will serve
as the title sponsor of this year’s Jazz Forum and Concert. The
Bridgestone–Firestone Trust Fund, DTE Energy and Microsoft are also sponsors.

The reigning dean of jazz drummers, Roy Haynes will be this year’s honoree and a featured performing artist. Haynes is a veteran who has performed with the likes of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk and Eric Dolphy. His work as a leader includes collaborations with Paul Chambers, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Kenny Garrett.
Haynes has been named a “Jazz Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts. He he is also a recipient of many Downbeat Awards in both the Critics and Readers Polls. Haynes latest band, called Fountain of Youth, features some great young players with whom he has produced Grammy nominated recordings. Scheduled for October release is a four disc boxed set entitled A Life in Time – The Roy Haynes Story. It includes a number of history-making recordings that highlight his prolific career.

This year’s jazz concert will also feature performances by three ASCAP
members: Andy Bey, Eric Reed and Igwe.

Vocalist Andy Bey is making a return visit to Conyers’ CBCF event. Bey is a virtuoso singer and an elegant pianist who appeared at the famed Apollo Theater at the age of 12. He has worked with many acclaimed artists including Horace Silver, Max Roach and Gary Bartz. The Jazz Journalists Association has named Andy Bey its “Best Male Jazz Vocalist” for three consecutive years. His most recent album, American Song, was nominated for a Grammy in 2004.

Another artist making a return visit is vocalist IGWE. A native of Detroit, MI, like Conyers, IGWE (which means “In Honor of God) began his career as a background singer in that music rich city. He came to this area to enrich his skills by studying musical theory, instrumentation and drama at Morgan State University. IGWE launched his singing career in this area at the now departed Van Ness Station, and has performed since then at the Islander, Twins Lounge, Buddy’s Jazz Pub and the East Coast Jazz Festival.

Eric Reed, a talented pianist, whose trio will accompany both Andy Bey and IGWE, is well known within the jazz genre for his hard-driving swing, daring expression, formidable technique and thunderous sound. At age 18, Reed began touring the world with his own ensembles and recording both as a leader and sideman. During the early 1990s he worked with Wynton Marsalis’
Septet and later spent two years as a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He has also worked with bands led by the legendary Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson. In 2005, Reed formed a quartet and vigorously hit the performing circuit. His latest recording entitled Here was released last year on the MaxJazz label.

The final artist taking the stage will be bassist Corcoran Holt, performing with his dynamic quintet. Holt is a locally developed talent who is a product of both the DC Youth Orchestra and the Duke Ellington School for
the Arts. He went on to receive degrees in jazz studies from the
Shenandoah Conservatory in 2004 and Queens College in 2006. Already during his young career, Holt has had the pleasure of working with such jazz greats at Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Delfeyo Marsalis, Billy Hart and many others. He has toured and performed at music festivals around the world.

The concert will be preceded at 7:00 p.m. by the Jazz Forum entitled “House Concurrent Resolution 57: The Next Twenty Years, Unleashing Our Power.”
The Forum will be moderated by Dr. Larry Ridley, President of the African American Jazz Caucus of the International Association for Jazz Education.
Serving as panelists are Jackie Harris, director of the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp in New Orleans; Bobby Hill, Program Director of WPFW-FM Radio; Antonio Puesan, Founder and Director of the HR 57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues; and Dr. Will Smith, Assistant Professor and Director of the American University Jazz Ensemble. The discussion will focus on the continuing impact of H. Con. Res. 57 and how, over the next 20 years, the concepts of the legislation can be applied within the African American community. The Forum will be broadcast live on WPFW (89.3 FM).

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 300,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 music rights organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

"Jazz and the Global Imagination" on Sept 29

Jazz Journalists Association annoucement:
The day-long symposium "Jazz and the Global Imagination," produced by the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia U next Saturday (Sept. 29) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. puts about 30 of our colleagues -- including two dozen from outside the U.S. - onstage to talk in panel discussions. But it offers ***all*** members of the JJA and curious jazz journalists everywhere the opportunity to get involved in this first international gathering of our profession in the U.S.

First there's the JJA's welcome reception for our visitors, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, free for all members (plus ones ok -- by rsvp, please, to at the Lenox Lounge, 288 Lenox Ave (between 124th and 125th St.) Food (thanks to Boosey & Hawkes music publisher), cocktails and music by pianist Roberto Rodriguez's trio (courtesty ASCAP). Afterwards, a large party of us will go to hear Steve Coleman and a heralded South African saxophonist at Museo del Barrio, also in Harlem.

Saturday are the panels -- starting at 9 pm., five of them (with some meal breaks) lasting until 6 p.m., then a final blowout discussion revisiting topics of the day from 7:30 - 9:30 -- panelists for that one include the NY lineup of Gary Giddins, Ben Ratliff, Stanley Crouch, Francis Davis, Greg Tate, with Gwen Ansell (South Africa), Seda Binbasgil (Turkey), Christian Broecking (Germany), Alain Derbez (Mexico), Alex Dutilh (France), and Kazue Yokoi (Japan).

And then there's Sunday -- Jazz at Lincoln Center throwing a grand brunch for the JJA at Dizzy's Club, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Very good menu, includes mimosas, and music by Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca's quartet with saxophonist Ralph Bowen, bassist Carlo DeRosa, and drummer Henry Cole.

The previously advertised walking tour of Harlem is in some doubt, but we're hoping to find a tour guide -- details on success of that will follow, too.

Mike Longo's NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble live, tonight, at Gillespie Auditorium, NYC

You'll groove on some exciting new compositions and arrangements with straight ahead, burnin', foot stompin' jazz when Mike Longo's swingin' 18-piece Big Band, the NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble with vocalist Miss Hilary Gardner, returns to "Jazz Tuesdays" tonight, September 25 in the Gillespie Auditorium at the New York Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). There will be 2 shows at 8:00 and 9:30.

This is the big band that thrilled a sold-out house this past October at Dizzy Gillespie's birthday celebration and was voted "Band of the Year" in the 2004 Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Brazilian Jazz Poll published on Rio daily newspaper Tribuna da Imprensa. Actually, I've been a big fan of Mike since his early days with Dizzy Gillespie, and I treasure his lovely performance of "Con Alma" on Gillespie's LaserDisc "An All-Star Tribute to the Jazz Master", filmed live on June 6, 1987, at Wolf Trap, the National Park for the Performing Arts, just outside of Washington, D.C. and since then we became friends.

You will be delighted by the NYSAJE's repertoire from their latest CD "Oasis", that topped the charts at # 7 in December 2004 and remained in the top 20 for an unprecedented 16 weeks. And you won't want to miss Hilary Gardner’s renditions of some jazz classics as well as some new compositions and arrangements.

Mike Longo has performed with a list of jazz legends that include saxophone great Cannonball Adderley, Henry Red Allen, Coleman Hawkins, George Wettling, Gene Krupa, Nancy Wilson, Gloria Lynn, Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Williams, Jimmy Rushing, James Moody and many others. It was in the mid-60s when Longo’s trio was playing at the Embers West, that Roy Eldridge told Dizzy Gillespie about this new pianist he had heard. Dizzy came to hear him play and soon asked him to become his pianist. This started a life-long musical relationship and friendship. From 1966 through 1975, Longo worked exclusively as Dizzy’s pianist and musical director. Mike left the Gillespie group officially in 1975 to venture out on his own, but continued to work for Gillespie on a part-time basis until his death in 1993. Since that time Mike has recorded numerous albums and CDs on various labels with some 45 recordings with artists such as Gillespie, James Moody, etc. At present he has over 20 solo albums to his credit. He is sought after as a music instructor and is in demand for jazz clinics and concerts at universities and music schools throughout the world, and has appeared regularly at the Lincoln Center’s new jazz room “Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.” Longo is founder and President of Consolidated Artists Productions (CAP), an independent recording label, dedicated to allowing artists to pursue the types of projects that are in line with their career objectives. All of the artists represented by CAP (over 70) are extraordinarily talented, both as composers and performers. Longo’s latest venture, Jazz Tuesdays, is dedicated to allowing artists to retain creative control of their work and providing students and the general public with an opportunity to hear “world class jazz at affordable prices.”

Admission is 15.00, 10.00 for students.

Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.

Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

Arturo Sandoval

The Bösendorfer grand piano In his studio once had belonged to Oscar Peterson, Jordan Levin reports about the trumpeter Arturo Sandoval ( The Malaysia Star ). He had defected Cuba in 1990 and since has become a very successful musician in the USA with 15 recordings under his own name, four Grammies and a busy touring schedule. He also teaches at the music department of Florida International University and in his many educational activities tries to give back what he had learned himself. Sandoval, the son of a car mechanic, had studied classical trumpet at the Cuban National School of the Arts, and became fascinated in jazz when he heard recordings by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. In 1973 he belonged to the founding members of the fusion band Irakere. In 1978 he met Dizzy Gillespie who performed in Havana and who later helped him with his career start in the USA. If God would play the trumpet, he would have to practice,. Sandoval explains to his students, but otherwise encourages them to see jazz not so much as a business than as a chance to give satisfaction to their listeners as well as to themselves.

Cassandra Wilson live at Jazz Cafe, London, Sept 25-27

Live at the Jazz Cafe
Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th September

doors 7pm
£40 advance**
** ticket offer £20 advance

With a bluesy, sultry, rich voice, and a broad expressive range, Wilson is one of the most acclaimed singers of the contemporary jazz scene. Her albums range from the pop-inflected to all-out jazz.

Uplifting party soul, new school tribal soul and anthems from 70s to present day

0207 534 6955 - Restaurant Bookings
0870 060 3777 (24 hours)

Swing University: Fall 2007


Famed jazz historian Phil Schaap along with other world-class jazz experts, Dick Katz, Vincent Gardner and Ed Berger share their insight, expertise and tall tales in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University offerings this Fall.

· Jazz 101 with Phil Schaap: (Tuesdays, Sept 25-Nov 13, 2007; 6:30-8:30 p.m.): An intro to the music for enriched enjoyment with the walking encyclopedia of jazz, Phil Schaap.
· Jazz Piano Panorama with Dick Katz (Tuesdays, Sept 25-Nov 13, 2007; 6:30-8:30 p.m.): History and innovations of the great piano pioneers of our time with two-time GRAMMY® nominee and celebrated pianist, Dick Katz.
· Louis Armstrong with Phil Schaap (Wednesdays, Sept 26-Nov 14, 2007; 6:30-8:30 p.m.): Learn more about the most influential musician of the 20th century.
· Bebop! with Vincent Gardner (Wednesdays, Oct 10-Nov 14, 2007; 6:30-8:30 p.m.): Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner takes a closer look at how Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie paved the way for other masters of this innovative sound.
· Benny Carter with Ed Berger (Mondays, Oct 22-Nov 12, 2007; 6:30-8:30 p.m.): A once in a lifetime chance to celebrate the Benny Carter Centennial by learning more about this American original from premier Carter scholar and former road manager, Ed Berger.

WHERE: Irene Diamond Education Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.

HOW: Courses are from $125-250. To enroll contact subscription services at 212-258-9999.

For more information please visit:

Register Now to Attend Jazz Improv Live! Convention & Festival

Register Now to Attend Jazz Improv LIVE! 2007 Convention & Festival
* 100 Performances, 80 Panels & Workshops *
Exclusive USA Appearance of McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke & Jack DeJohnette

If you've been hearing the buzz about the First Annual Jazz Improv LIVE! 2007 Convention & Festival, October 25-28, 2007, taking place at The Manhattan Center and New Yorker Hotel, 34th Street and 8th Avenue, you're already aware that this is a must-attend event - one of the most significant jazz events in years to hit New York City. This historic and landmark four-day event is the one international convention for jazz fans - with emphasis on the fans. Features include a star-studded lineup of 100 performances by legendary icons and emerging artists, on multiple stages, all day and evening and covering the widest array of styles under the jazz banner. Leading the bill is the exclusive USA appearance and live recording at Jazz Improv LIVE! by the McCoy Tyner All Star Trio with Stanley Clarke and Jack DeJohnette. Adding to this bounty harvest of jazz sounds, are an array of jazz luminaries and experts who will be speaking at the 80 panels and workshops covering everything from Jelly Roll Morton to the Sun Ra Arkestra, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and much more. For a complete lineup and schedule, information and to Register for a Full Conference Pass click here or call 1-888-472-0670

In addition to McCoy Tyner, the lineup includes the Stanley Clarke Trio, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Wallace Roney Quintet, Eddie Gomez and Mark Kramer, Geri Allen Trio, Roy Haynes Quartet, Pat Martino Quartet, Sonny Fortune Quartet, Jimmy Bruno Trio, Dave Burrell interpreting Jelly Roll Morton, Barry Harris performance workshop, and many more. The location right across from Penn Station, New York City provides easy access for attendees up and down the East Coast.

Panels and Workshops:
As if the array of performances were not enough to satisfy the fans hungry for jazz 24/7, there is also a 15,000 square foot music expo area - a veritable shopping mall for jazz fans. The 80 panels and workshops lead by the foremost authorities and players - who will be sharing their wealth of knowledge, ideas, and perspectives. Among those are Dave Liebman, Jimmy Heath, Billy Taylor, Frank Wess, Jimmy Owens, Cecil Bridgewater, Billy Harper, Paquito D'Rivera; Ray Mantilla, Benny Powell, Chico Hamilton, Charli Persip, Dizzy Reece, Valery Ponomarev; Dave Schnitter; Javon Jackson, Bob Belden, Mike Longo, Barry Harris, Onaje Alan Gumbs, Avery Sharpe, T.K. Blue, Bobby Sanabria, Don Braden, Ira Gitler, Stanley Crouch, Dan Morgenstern, George Avakian, David Berger, Ashley Kahn, Todd Barkan, Gary Walker (WBGO) and many others.

There are three fascinating tracks of events and you're free to choose from among them no matter what your affiliation or interest.
1. Fan-Listener-oriented panels featuring interviews, personalities, recordings and history of the music.
2. Business panels for students, educators and musicians … ideas about getting gigs, making recordings, marketing and more.
3. "How-To" educational workshops for musicians, educators and students: on improvisation, composing, arranging, and more.

Attendance Fee:
For as little as $195 for a Full Conference Pass (advance registration), or $125 for a single day pass, you'll be able to experience scores of fabulous performances and events over four days, by leading and emerging artists on multiple stages and panels and workshops - all day and night.

If you've been to New York, you know you can spend that same amount of money for only one act at a club with drinks and/or food for two.

If you are planning to attend you are encouraged to act now to guarantee being able to obtain a full conference pass - so that you have a ticket in case of a sellout.

Advance registration will also ensure that attendees may obtain proper badges and credentials to ensure entry to the Thursday evening October 25 opening event of Jazz Improv LIVE! 2007 - a kickoff party at Virgin Megastores Times Square Store ( ) featuring an exclusive performance by a headliner (to be announced).

TO REGISTER to ATTEND Jazz Improv LIVE! Convention & Festival 2007
Call 1-888-472-0670, or use the secure automated registration form online at . Jazz Improv Convention Corporation, Murray Hill Station, P.O. Box 1813, New York, NY 10156.

Below is the most current itinerary for First Annual Jazz Improv LIVE! 2007 Convention & Festival - The One International Convention for Jazz Fans, taking place October 25-28 at The New Yorker Hotel & Manhattan Center. The biggest problem conference attendees will have will be the tough time choosing what to attend. The veritable bounty harvest of jazz performances and discussions about the music, personalities, history and recordings will take place on multiple stages and conference rooms simultaneously - and the choices will cover the gamut of styles and music embodied under the jazz banner. (Click here for list of events:

Partial Preliminary Schedule:

Thursday, October 25
Kickoff party/performance exclusively for Jazz Improv attendees in-store at Virgin MegaStores, Times Square location, NY with Robert Glasper Trio and Rondi Charleston

Friday, October 26
McCoy Tyner - Stanley Clarke - Jack DeJohnette All Star Trio (evening)
Pat Martino Quartet (evening)
Jimmy Heath Big Band (evening)
Geri Allen Trio (evening)
Sun Ra Arkestra (afternoon)
Eddie Gomez & Mark Kramer
Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra w/Dave Liebman perf. Gil Evans' Porgy & Bess (afternoon)
Bobby Sanabria (afternoon)
Mark Sherman with Joe Magnarelli, Allen Farnham, Tim Horner, Dean Johnson (afternoon)
Plus scores of other performances on stages throughout the event

Saturday, October 27
Stanley Clarke Trio
Wallace Roney Group
Jazz Improv All Star Big Band & Guests
Sonny Fortune Quartet
Roy Haynes Quartet
Pat Martino Guitar Workshop/Clinic
Stanley Clarke Bass Workshop/Clinic
Barry Harris Workshop/Performance
Plus scores of other performances on stages throughout the event

Sunday, October 28
Sunday Brunch at Virgin MegaStores, Union Square
Features Motema Records Presents
Rufus Reid Quartet
Roni Ben-Hur Trio

80 Panels & Workshops Announced for Jazz Improv LIVE! 2007 Convention & Festival
(Note: Dates and times to be announced shortly along with additional panels / workshops)

FOR FANS (alphabetical listing below)
Panels about the music, personalities, recordings, history

A Journey in the Groove: The Thought, Magic and Soul of a Jazz Performance - Don Braden
Buddy Rich: 50 Years With The Worlds Greatest Drummer - Freddie Gruber; Stanley Kay; Steve Peck
Cannonball Adderley - His Life & Music - Louis Hayes; Vincent Herring; others to be named
Charlie Parker - Genius - His Life & Music - Stanley Crouch; Ira Gitler; Jimmy Heath
Clifford Jordan - His Life & Music - Charles Davis; Dizzy Reece; Sandy Jordan
Cuban Music, 30 Years Later - Paquito D'Rivera; Ray Mantilla; Arnold J. Smith, moderator
Dave Burrell Interprets Jelly Roll Morton - Dave Burrell
Downtown Scene - New York, Spike Wilner, pianist; others to be named
Drummers Talk - Stix Hooper, drummer, President, Universal Guild For Jazz & Progressive Music; Lewis Nash (Zildjian)
Duke Ellington & The Jimmy Blanton-Ben Webster Edition - Dan Morgenstern, Ira Gitler
Duke Ellington - The Columbia Years 1950s-60s - George Avakian, David Berger, Arnold J. Smith, moderator
Eyes Of The Masters (Presented by The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Studies) - Benny Powell, Chico Hamilton
Frank Wess - In Person interview
Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz - 35 Years - Jack Kleinsinger
Jazz Artists As TV Studio Musicians - Mark Pender (Conan O'Brien), Ron Blake (Saturday Night Live), Sonare Winds Artist
Jazz Biographies: What Works & What Doesn't - Ashley Kahn, author (moderator); Dan Morgenstern; Nate Chinen; Matthew Shipp, pianist
Jazzmobile - A Beacon for Jazz Past, Present & Future - Robin Bell Stevens, Exec. Dir.
John Coltrane: The Way In - Ashley Kahn, author (moderator), Dave Liebman, Michael Cuscuna, others
George Wein - Keynote Speaker
Miles Davis: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis - Gregory Davis, son of Miles Davis, co-author of Dark Magus
Miles Davis: Miles Davis mid 1960s Quintet & Columbia Reissues - Bob Belden, arranger, saxophonist, Producer Miles Davis' Columbia reissues; Todd Coolman, bassist, Director Jazz Studies, Purchase College
New Orleans: The Nurturing Environment, Mentors & Attitudes, Before & After Katrina - Jackie Harris, others to be named
Sonny [Rollins] & Me - Mark Soskin
Thad Jones Retrospective (Presented by New School of Music) - Bill Kirchner (moderator), Jimmy Owens, Cecil Bridgewater, Billy Harper
The Art of Blakey - Valery Ponomarev; Dave Schnitter; Javon Jackson
The Genius Of Louis Armstrong - Lecture & Slide Show - Michael Cogswell, Director, Louis Armstrong House & Museum
The Influence of Sun Ra - Marshall Allen, saxophonist, Arkestra leader; Danny Thompson, John Szwed
Thelonious Monk - His Life & Music - Ira Gitler; Robin D.G. Kelly (author, forthcoming book on Monk)
What Is or Isn't Jazz - Ira Gitler, Will Friedwald, others
Working With Dizzy Gillespie - Mike Longo, Charli Persip
Working With Elvin Jones, Max Roach & Other Drummers - Avery Sharpe (bass)
Interview with Todd Barkan (Dizzy's Club, Keystone Corner, Record Producer)
Jaco Pastorius - Life & Music - Bill Milkowski, and others

MAKING MUSIC (alphabetical listing below)
(for musicians, hobbyists, students, educators)
Anatomy of a Tune - Be-bop Style - Roni Ben-Hur, guitar, Motema Recording Artist
Barry Harris Workshop - Barry Harris
Big Band Drumming & My Association With Mel Lewis - Tim Horner
Brass Workshop - (artists to be named)
Build and create your own vocabulary based on classic jazz solos, patterns & clichés (Presented by Juilliard School of Music) Carl Allen, Director, Juilliard School, Jazz Studies; Mack Avenue Recording Artist
Can You Make A Living In Jazz? Yes! (Presented by Manhattan School of Music), Manhattan School of Music Faculty
Charlie Parker: Style, Analysis, Ideas for Improvisation - Steve Wilson, Vandoren Artist
Clave - The Key: A Rhythmic Journey from Africa to the New World - Bobby Sanabria (Manhattan School of Music Faculty)
Get More Out of Your Tunes: Transform Your Songs Into Full-Fledged Compositions - Michael Weiss, pianist
How to Swing and Groove (Presented by Manhattan School of Music) - Justin DiCioccio, Chair Jazz Dept, Manhattan School of Music
ii-V-I, turnarounds, cycle of fourths—Practical Applications (Vandoren artist to be named)
Improv Soup: Reconnecting with the Essence of Improvisation - Laura Dreyer
Improvising on "Giant Steps", "Cherokee", "I Got Rhythm" changes & more - Dave Glasser
Jazz Lyric Writing - Randy Klein, CEO Jazzheads Records
Jimmy Bruno Guitar Master Class - Jimmy Bruno
Joe's Strokes: The Brush Patterns of Philly Joe Jones - Bruce Jackson
John Coltrane: Style, Analysis, Ideas for Improvisation - Andrew White, composer, arranger, foremost transcriber of Coltrane solos.
Jumping Into Jazz: ABRSM Makes It Happen - "Sweet" Sue Terry
Ken Peplowski - Sax/Clarinet Master Class (Buffet Crampon Artist) - Ken Peplowski (Buffet Crampon Artist)
Listen Up! How to Become a Better Listener - Jeff Coffin (Vandoren & Yamaha Artist)
Live Online Interactive Jazz Master Classes - Mike Gellar
Oscar Peterson - Style & Analysis - Mike Longo
Pat Martino Guitar Master Class - Pat Martino
Piano & Bass Master Class - Eddie Gomez, Mark Kramer
Re-harmonizing Melodies - Mark Sherman (Vibraphone, Piano, Composer)
Rhythmic Approach of Improvisation - Marc Mommaas, sax; Tony Moreno, bass; Nate Radley, guitar
Sax and the Solo Singer - Don Braden; Ellen Johnson
Singers vs. Musicians: Is There a Difference? - Veronica Nunn; Travis Shook
Stanley Clarke Bass Master Class - Stanley Clarke
Talking Shop: A Panel Discussion on the Tools of the Trade- Bob Ackerman, sax
The Art of "Takin' It Out" - Dom Minasi, Ken Filiano
The Language of Jazz - Learning To "Speak" - Russ Nolan
What's The Purpose: The Aesthetics of Music Performance & Composition- Onaje Alan Gumbs, Avery Sharpe (others to be added)
Lewis Nash - Drum Master Class
Ron Blake - sax clinic (Sonare Winds & Keilwerth Saxophones Artist)
Sax & Drums - Frank Catalano (Yamaha Artist); Rick Drumm
Bass Clinic - Harvie S

MUSIC BUSINESS (alphabetical listing below)
ASCAP - Music Licensing, Royalties - (speakers to be announced)
Business Of Running A Jazz Club - Gino Moratti (Kitano); Ron Sturm (Iridium); Seth Abramson (Jazz Standard); Cecil Brooks (Cecil's)
Choosing Recordings For Broadcast - Eric Jackson, (WBGH, Boston); Chuy Varela, (KCSM, San Francisco); Mark Elf, (Jenbay Jazz); Gary Walker, (WBGO, NJ)
Everyone's Opinion Counts (1) - Derrick Lucas, (WGMC, Rochester, NY); Michael Valentine, (WDNA, Miami, FL); Tom Reney, (WFCR, Amherst, MA); Aaron Prado, (KRTU, San Antonio, TX)
Everyone's Opinion Counts (2) - Shaunna Morrison Machosky, (WDUQ, Pgh); Brad Stone, (KSJS, San Jose); Tom Mallison, (WTEB, North Carolina), Ed Trefzger (Publisher, JazzWeek)
Future of Jazz Publishing - Marc Ostrow, GM, Boosey & Hawkes, Adina Williams, Boosey & Hawkes, plus Special Guest Composer
How To Get Ahead In This Jazz Business - Sheila Anderson, author, WBGO On-air Host
Justice For Jazz Artists: How You Can Access Union Health and Pension Funds - Bill Dennison, Vice President, AFM, Local 802; Jimmy Owens, Bob Cranshaw, 802 Jazz Advisory Committee
Keeping Jazz Radio Thriving - Steve Schwartz, (WGBH); Elizabeth Farriss, (KEWU, Spokane); Kim Lindsay, (KUNV, Las Vegas); Blaise Lantana, (KJZZ, Phoenix).
Marketing Music In Schools: Jazz as Arts-In-Education - Napoleon Revels-Bey
Promote Yourself - How To Get Exposure For Your Music/Career - Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services
Publicity: Who You Know Versus What You Know - Chris DiGirolamo (Two For The Show Media); Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz); Jason Byrne (Red Cat Publicity); Leah Grammatica; Kim Smith.
The Independent Jazz Label 2008 - Randy Klein (Jazzheads); Barney Fields (High Note/Savant)
The Real World - Todd Coolman, Bill Charlap, Terrel Stafford, Brian Camelio (ArtistShare)

Jazz Improv LIVE! is the ONE international convention for jazz lovers - uniquely designed for jazz fans - consumers - the segment that represents the largest group of customers for jazz records, products, and live performances. Unlike other events that require membership fees, and exorbitant attendance prices, jazz fans can experience four fabulous days of jazz at a very reasonable rate.

TO REGISTER to ATTEND Jazz Improv LIVE! Convention & Festival 2007 and to take advantage of the early-bird discount including a free bonus issue of Jazz Improv Magazine & CD, call 1-888-472-0670, or use the secure automated registration form online at . Jazz Improv Convention Corporation, Murray Hill Station, P.O. Box 1813, New York, NY 10156.
We look forward to seeing you in New York at Jazz Improv® LIVE!

Monday, September 24, 2007

45,000 people attended the Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival Presented By Verizon Shatters Attendance Records
45,000 Fans Attended The Event, September 21-23, 2007

3-Day Sellout Is A Festival First
Friday Rains Enhances Weekend’s Activities On Fairgrounds

Weekend Highlights:
Terence Blanchard’s “Requiem for Katrina” an emotional high point of the Festival
Los Lobos rock the Arena
Issac Delgado’s performance tames the wet weather
Dave Holland, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chris Potter and Eric Harland play two mesmerizing sets
Gerald Wilson’s “Monterey Moods” commission a success
James Hunter and Otis Taylor wow blues crowds
DJ Logic and Vinnie Esparza launch Lyons Lounge
Dumpstaphunk and Bonerama play to standing room only crowds
Dave Brubeck Quartet with Jim Hall plays a sublime performance
Joey DeFrancesco and Atsuko Hashimoto blow out the Night Club
Ornette Coleman plays exuberant set
Nnenna Freelon and the MJF 50th Anniversary All-Stars are huge hit
Sonny Rollins closes Festival with a rollicking set
Record number of visitors enjoy the Festival
“Family Day” draws new and younger audiences

Pictures from Festival now online at

Next month, Branford celebrates Gil at The Allen Room, NYC

Branford Marsalis
Performing Works of Gil Evans

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Branford Marsalis celebrates the music of legendary jazz innovator, arranger, composer, bandleader and pianist, Gil Evans (1912-1988). Led by Branford Marsalis (tenor/soprano), the group includes Terell Stafford (trumpet), Delfeayo Marsalis (trombone), Jason Marshall (baritone sax), Joey Calderazzo (piano), Anthony Brown (bass) and Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums).

October 26 & 27, 2007, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of
Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th St., New York City.

Tickets at $60 are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office on Broadway at 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via

CD of the Day - Jim Beard: "Song of the Sun"

CD of the Day
Jim Beard: "Song of the Sun" (CTI POCM 1049)
A fusion masterpiece of the 90s, featuring Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Jon Herington, Toots Thielemans, Dennis Chambers et al.
Stunning cover photo by one of my heroes, Pete Turner.

DownBeat September 2007 issue

September 2007

Special Insert: Pianos & Keyboards
Back To School Issue
Bonus Distribution: 10,000 high school jazz musicians
4,000 End of Summer Festival goers
(Chicago and Monterey Jazz Festivals)

Cover Story - Phil Woods:
One of the great lions of jazz, the legendary alto saxophonist pulls no punches in his interview with Ted Panken, discussing his health, race in jazz, nurturing a band, the ills of substance abuse as well as the music and meaning behind his new album American Songbook II.

When Gunther Schuller agreed to re-create the great Mingus masterpiece, the project loomed immense. His task included incorporating lost sections of the music that were recently discovered. Geoffrey Himes delivers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the history, challenges and joy of presenting the infamous opus.

One of the greatest jazz pianists on earth does a GUITAR album? It’s true! Tyner delivers the unexpected with an album of collaborations with some of the world’s best guitarists (as well as a live album documenting on his annual Yoshi’s stand) on his new record imprint, McCoy Tyner Music. Dan Ouellette gets the scoop.

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck
Former DownBeat editor John Ephland catches up with the two virtuosos as they tour and perform music from The Enchantment, a stunning duo project!

Bruce Hornsby
The thinking man’s pop star turns to jazz. He’s enlisted the help of Christian McBride and Jack DeJohnette to produce an interesting trio date called Camp Meeting. Ken Micallef gets the story.

A Master Class by Gilchrest on incorporating hip-hop rhythms with jazz chops.


Sonny Fortune (Saxophone) Ted Hogarth (Baritone Sax)
James Andrews (Trumpet) David Oswald (Tuba)
• Arturo Sandoval Miami club anniversary
• Carnegie Hall Oscar Peterson tribute
• Big Jay McNeeley returns to Chicago for Blues Fest
• Vinyl Freak; The Question
• Backstage With ... Joshua Redman
• Caught: Lee Konitz 80th birthday celebration at JVC festival; Playboy Jazz Fest; Guillermo Klein Big Band at the Village Vanguard

Hot Box
David Murray Black Saint Quartet: Sacred Ground (Justin Time)
Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Vortex (Thirsty Ear)
Paquito D’Rivera Quintet?: Funk Tango (Paquito Records/Sunnyside)
Tord Gustavsen Trio: Being There (ECM)

Recording Reviews
Jeff “Tain” Watts: Folk’s Songs (Dark Key)
Trio Of Doom: John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius, Tony Williams (Columbia/Legacy)
Marco Benevento: Live At Tonic (Ropeadope)
Nublu Orchestra Conducted By Butch Morris (Nublu)
Spyro Gyra: Good To Go-Go (Heads Up)
Waverly Seven: Yo! Bobby (Anzic)
Michael Bublé: Call Me Irresponsible (143/Reprise)
Stefano Battaglia: Re:Pasolini (ECM)
Steve Kahn: Borrowed Time (Tone Center)
Rufus Reid Quintet: Live At The Kennedy Center (Motéma)
Sam Yahel Trio: Truth And Beauty (Origin)
Niño Josele: Paz (Calle 54)
Carole Sloane: Dearest Duke (Arbors)
Exploding Customer: At Your Service (Ayler)
Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble: Fujin Raijin (Victo)
Abbey Lincoln: Abbey Sings Abbey (Verve)
Andrew Bishop: Hank Williams Project (Envoi)
Rob Wagner Trio: Featuring Hamid Drake & Nobu Ozaki (Valid)
Ella Fitzgerald: Love Letters From Ella (Concord)
Various Artists: We All Love Ella (Universal)
Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra: Basically Baker (GM)
Bill Holman Band: Hommage (JazzedMedia)
Weather Report: Live At Montreux 1976 (Eagle Rock, DVD)
Kenny Davern/Ken Peplowski: Dialogues (Arbors)
Judi Silvano: Women’s Work (JSL)
Maynard Ferguson: The One And Only (Maynard Ferguson)
Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights: If Dreams Come True (Memphis International)

George Colligan: Blood Pressure (Ultimatum)
Gilad Barkan: Live Sessions (New Step Music)
Darrell Grant: Truth And Reconcilliation (Origin)
Mark Soskin: One Hopeful Day (Kind Of Blue)
Bruce Hornsby, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette, Camp Meeting (Columbia)
Kálmán Oláh Trio: Always (Merless)

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones: My Life, My Friends, My Music (Severn)
Joan Armatrading: Into The Blues (429)
Papa Mali: Do Your Thing (Fog City)
Laurie Morvan: Cures What Ails You (Screaming Lizard)
Ed Gerhard: Sunnyland (Solid Air)
John Platania: Blues, Waltzes And Badland Borders (Train Wreck)

James Brown: Singles 1960–’63 (Hip-O)
Jerry Butler: The Ice Man Cometh/Ice On Ice ( Collector’s Choice)
Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different (Light in the Attic)
Fats Domino: Sentimental Journey—Live At University Of New Orleans (SPV)
Marvin Gaye: Midnight Love (Legacy)

Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy: Cornell 1964 (Blue Note)
Charles Mingus: In Paris—The Complete America Sessions (Sunnyside)
Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods (Columbia/Legacy)

Book Review
Iain Anderson, This Is Our Music (University of Pennyslvania Press)

EP of the Day: "Ibiza Club 21"

EP of the Day
"Ibiza Club 21" (Ibiza Records)
A 12'' picture disc (!) released yesterday, September 24, 2007
Includes an extended mix of the dancefloor hit "Are You Ready/Don't Go".

Vinyl of the Day - George Benson: "Stereo Laboratory"

Vinyl of the Day
"Stereo Laboratory Vol. 37: George Benson" (CTI GXP 6009) 1978
Produced by Creed Taylor
Featuring Wayne Dockery, Will Lee, Marvin Chapell, Ronnie Foster, Steve Gadd, Hubert Laws, David Matthews, Ray Armando, Johnny Griggs, Andy Newmark et al.

Diane Hubka tonight at Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica

Diane Hubka will be singing with the wonderful Stuart Elster Trio at this beautiful location, right on the beach! No music charge, and a fabulous view. In the repertoire, the wonderful songs from her new CD, "Diane Hubka Goes to the Movies", by far one of the best albums released this year (take a look in the archives for the review).

Hotel Casa Del Mar - Monday, Sept. 24
8:30 - 10:30 PM
1910 Ocean Way - Santa Monica, CA
Reservations: 310-581-5533

Diane Hubka - vocalist / Stuart Elster - piano / Luther Hughes - bass / Kendall Kay - drums

Diane Hubka Goes to the Moves is available in stores (and online outlets) including Borders, Amazon, itunes, and directly from the label: 18th & Vine Records.

Brice Miller, the successful survivor

The trumpeter Brice Miller was seen as one of the most promising young musicians in New Orleans, reports Erika Celeste for the Voice of America . Then Hurricane Katrina struck. He and his family escaped to Mississippi where he developed a school program about jazz and blues. In the first year this program was underwritten by the National Jazz Foundation of America, and could be offered for free to the schools in the state of Mississippi. Together with musicians from New Orleans and Mississippi Miller shows the kids how jazz and blues relate to the music they like to listen to such as hip-hop, rap and pop. In the last year the program reached about 8.000 to 10.000 children and employed nearly three dozen musicians.

CTI Memorabilia: Esther Philips ad on "Billboard"

Full-page advertisement published on Billboard by CTI/Kudu Records, celebrating the big radio and dancefloor hit of Esther Phillips' "What a Diff'rence A Day Makes", the New York disco breakout in the Summer of 1975.

Christian Scott's new CD

Trumpeter Christian Scott's new CD is dedicated to his hometown New Orleans, which was so heavily wrecked by Hurricane Katrina, as Christian Broecking reports in the Berliner Zeitung . When he moves around New Orleans today he would gladly see his national government in the dock, because it carries on a war about oil while international relief organizations have to come to the aid of the people in his own country. When he moved to New York six years ago, he realized that New Orleans always had been a problematic city, even before the catastrophe. He can understand that people decide not to return. New Orleans always was more dangerous than other American cities; Katrina only made this more apparent.

Single of the Day- "Astrud Gilberto: Schicksals-Melodie"

Single of the Day
Astrud Gilberto: "Schicksals-Melodie" (CTI 61.001) 1971
A mega-rare item. Astrud sings Francis Lai's "Love Story" in German!
Side B is Burt Bacharah/Hal David's "Where There's A Heartache". Arranged by Deodato.

Rondi Charleston tonight at Dizzy's Club, NYC

Monday, September 24


Rondi Charleston, vocals; Bruce Barth, piano; Rufus Reed, bass; Clarence Penn, drums, Hadar Noiber, flute; Adam Rogers, guitar; Joel Frahm, tenor saxophone.

With her clear and smoky voice, her wide range of musical influences - from classical to jazz to folk, as well as her poetic imagination and brave use of space and sonic atmosphere in her arrangements, Rondi Charleston creates musical magic, drawing her audience in with her quiet intensity and considerable presence.

As caixas de Miles (Miles Davis' box sets)

Texto escrito por Arnaldo DeSouteiro em 29 de Setembro de 2004 e publicado originalmente no jornal "Tribuna da Imprensa".

As caixas de Miles
Arnaldo DeSouteiro

Um certo Miles Dewey Davis, que teria completado 76 anos no último 25 de maio, tem algumas das melhores fases de sua multi-facetada carreira – a mais dinâmica, revolucionária e obsessivamente criativa na história do jazz - revisitadas através de valiosas caixas. Cobrindo seu longo período (1955-1984) de associação com o selo Columbia, da antiga CBS, atual Sony, começaram a ser lançadas em 2000, em tiragens limitadas que rapidamente se esgotaram. Agora, alguns desses tesouros reaparecem “comme il faut” pelo selo Legacy, sob a supervisão de Seth Rothstein, Kevin Gore & Steve Berkowitz, mantendo o mesmo padrão técnico e a mesma embalagem das primeiras edições. Graças à riqueza de detalhes informativos e ao grande número de faixas extras, tornam-se indispensáveis até para os fãs que possuem os discos originais.

Davis & Coltrane

Começando pelo começo, a caixa intitulada “Miles Davis & John Coltrane – The complete Columbia Recordings” abriga seis CDs, contendo 58 faixas (18 delas inéditas, totalizando 90 minutos de revelações sonoras estonteantes) dos cinco primeiros anos – e cinco primeiros álbuns – de Miles na Columbia, depois da fase na Prestige, então dirigida por Bob Weinstock. Na verdade, as primeiras sessões do trompetista na nova companhia foram feitas quando ele ainda estava sob contrato com a antiga gravadora, graças a um acordo habilmente costurado por George Avakian, narrado de forma minuciosa pelo próprio produtor em seu texto para o livreto de modestas 115 páginas.

Outros experts em Miles – Bob Blumenthal, Michael Cuscuna e o baterista Jimmy Cobb, participante de várias dessas gravações – também contribuem com linhas fartamente explicativas. Sem contar as dezenas de fotos, uma discografia irrepreensível e, claro, o mais importante: a música! Tudo remixado e remasterizado pelo Grammyado engenheiro Mark Wilder, com quem tive a honra de trabalhar na primeira reedição em CD do antológico “Stone Flower”, de Tom Jobim, nos idos de 1989. Graças a Mark, inúmeros “alternate takes”, e até mesmo trechos de versões abortadas logo no início, foram recuperadas de modo a fornecer o mais amplo painel possível.

A ficha técnica chega ao requinte de informar o horário do início e do término de cada sessão, sabendo-se que às 15:30hs do dia 26 de outubro de 1955, uma quarta-feira, Miles fez sua primeira gravação (curiosamente, um take de “Two bass hit” até então inédito) para a Columbia. Ao seu lado, o quinteto completado por um ainda pouco conhecido Coltrane (tenor), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (baixo) e Philly Joe Jones (bateria). Grupo atuante também em todas as faixas dos LPs “’Round about midnight” e “Milestones”, este último já com o reforço de Cannonball Adderley no sax alto. Depois viriam o histórico “Kind of blue”, lançado em 59 - com a atuação impactante de Bill Evans nas faixas “So what”, “Blue in green”, “Flamenco sketches”, “All blues” - e “Someday my prince will come”, do qual Coltrane participou apenas do tema-título, com Wynton Kelly ao piano, em março de 61.

Sempre em ordem cronológica, entremeadas portanto às sessões de estúdio, aparecem registros usados em compilações ou outros projetos (como o didático “What is jazz”, de Leonard Bernstein, ouvido em rápido diálogo com Miles), além de várias faixas ao vivo – inclusive com Bill Evans no Newport Jazz Festival, em 58, cuja truncada edição no LP “Miles and Monk at Newport”, lançado quatro anos depois, creditava Wynton Kelly no lugar de Evans. Outro erro crasso atribuia ao batera Philly Joe Jones, ao invés de Jimmy Cobb, a participação nas quatro faixas (“If I were a bell”, “Oleo”, “My funny valentine” e “Straight, no chaser”) captadas para o álbum “Jazz at the Plaza”. Agora, todas as informações estão corrigidas.

Miles & Gil

Precioso documento de uma das mais importantes colaborações na história da música, a caixa batizada “Miles Davis & Gil Evans: the complete Columbia studio recordings” reune, em seis CDs, 116 faixas, totalizando mais de seis horas de música. No cardápio, os históricos álbuns “Miles ahead”, “Porgy and Bess” e “Sketches of Spain” na íntegra, acrescido de dezenas de takes inéditos captados entre 1957 e 60, incluindo trechos de ensaios e “alternate versions” do Adágio do “Concierto de Aranjuez”. Uma delas sem Miles, apenas com Gil testando a combinação de timbres na magnífica parte orquestral. Aparecem ainda os encontros dos gênios nos temas que gravaram juntos para o controvertido LP “Quiet Nights”, aquele da linda performance de “Aos Pés da Cruz” (samba composto em 1942 por Marino Pinto & Zé da Zilda, depois imortalizado por João Gilberto).

Apaixonados pelo cantar de João, Miles & Gil começaram a preparar um arranjo para “Corcovado”, jamais concluido. Mas que a Columbia lançou assim mesmo, sem consultar os artistas, pegando 1m18s originários de um ensaio e fazendo uma abrupta emenda com a “tag” de uma “alternate version” de “Aos Pés da Cruz”. Montagem mais bandeirosa, impossível. Ainda assim, é emocionante ouvir Miles refazendo a melodia de Tom, assim como na descarada apropriação indébita da canção folclórica “Prenda Minha”, batizada “Song No.2”, de autoria atribuida a Miles & Gil. Erro que se perpetua a cada reedição, já que ninguém toma providência alguma, e nenhum dos experts convocados para escrever as 198 páginas do livreto – Quincy Jones, George Avakian, Bill Kirchner, Bob Belden & Phil Schaap – jamais ouviu falar em “Prenda Minha”...

Os colecionadores poderão se deliciar ainda com três misteriosas faixas para um projeto nunca terminado com o pianista/cantor/compositor Bob Dorough (“Blue Xmas”, “Nothing Like You” e “Devil May care”, esta sem a participação de Bob!), aproveitadas em discos diferentes, sem a menor justificativa aparente. Aparecem também duas desconhecidas suites: “The time of the barracudas” (63) e “Falling Water” (68). A primeira, encomendada como trilha para a peça homônima de Peter Barnes, encenada na Califórnia, ninguém sabe dizer se foi de fato algum dia usada. A segunda, em atmosfera psicodélica, incorporando piano elétrico Wurlitzer (Hancock), marimba (Warren Smith), guitarra havaiana (tocada pelo baixista Herb Bushler), mandolim (Lawrence Lucie) e guitarra normal (Joe Beck), antecipa as viagens futuras de “In a silent way’, “Bitches brew” etc.

Quinteto infernal

Outra jóia imprescindível, “The Complete Miles Davis Quintet” junta todas as pauleiras gravadas (em estúdio) por Miles ao lado de Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams e Wayne Shorter entre janeiro de 65 e junho de 68. Treze faixas inéditas, correspondendo a noventa minutos de música irrotulável, somam-se às interpretações fantásticas originalmente destinadas aos discos “ESP”, “Miles Smiles”, “Sorcerer”, “Nefertiti”, “Miles in the sky” e “Filles de Killimanjaro”. Com 116 páginas, o livreto é o melhor dentre os preparados para esta coleção de caixas, com preciosos textos de Todd Coolman, Michael Cuscuna e Bob Belden, que dissecam a trajetória do grupo. Belden analisa faixa por faixa, chamando a atenção do leitor para detalhes importantes, ao mesmo tempo em que corrige informações erradas que até então prevaleciam.

O repertório documenta não só a evolução individual dos músicos, como também o aprimoramento do conjunto, que atinge níveis de inacreditável interação telepática em faixas tipo “Gingerbread boy” (de Jimmy Heath), “Footprints”, “Masqualero”, “Nefertiti” e “Pinocchio” – essas quatro não por acaso frutos da mente conturbada de Wayne Shorter, em sua fase áurea como compositor e principal fornecedor de material temático para Miles. Além das faixas dos LPs “oficiais”, há farto material posteriormente compilado para os álbuns “Water babies”, “Circle in the round” (incluindo a longuíssima faixa-título de mais de 33 minutos, pela primeira vez apresentada na íntegra) e “Directions”.

São exemplos já da fase de desintegração do quinteto, não raro contando com as adições de guitarristas (Joe Beck, George Benson, Bucky Pizzarelli), sempre com resultados pífios, a despeito da qualidade de tais músicos. A partir de dezembro de 67, quando Miles iniciou uma nova fase de experiências, volta e meia Hancock surge pilotando protótipos de piano elétricos Wurlitzer e Fender Rhodes, celesta e até um cravo elétrico (!), enquanto Ron Carter troca o baixo acústico pelo Fender que depois abominaria. Rolam climas legais (“Black comedy”, “Stuff”, “Petits Machins”), mas nada comparável à excelência dos registros feitos em 66 e 67. Petardos suficientes para classificar tal instituição como o melhor quinteto da história do jazz. Revogadas todas as disposições em contrário.

Koorax interview, "Revista Diário" (Portugal)

Interview with Ithamara Koorax published in the August 5-11, 2007, issue of "Revista Diário", published by Portugal's top newspaper, Diário de Notícias. Includes a kind reference to producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro.