Sunday, May 20, 2018

BARDO

Bardo is a Belgian jazz / improvised music quintet.
They just released an album on the RatRecords label.
http://www.ratrecords.biz/

Gilles Vandecaveye-Pinoy: keyboards, vocals and spoken word
Cesar De Sutter-Pinoy: guitar, vocals
Elias Devoldere: drums
Lieven Van Pee: electric bass, double bass
Rob Banken: alto sax, bass clarinet



Bardo is the graduation project of Gilles Vandecaveye-Pinoy at School Of Arts/ Conservatory Gent, Belgium. He received the PlayRight price at the graduation ceremony. All members are currently very active in the contemporary rock and Jazz/impro scene of Belgium with bands like Nordmann, Steiger, Peenoise, De Beren Gieren, HAST and many more.


DEREK SMALLS - SMALLS CHANGE

Derek Smalls, bass player for Spinal Tap, has released a solo album that features an impressive list of guest artists.
Next to the Hungarian Studio Orchestra (an essential asset if you want the 'symphonic' aspect), there's JC Vanston, Jim Keltner, Chad Smith, Donald Fagen, Larry Carlton, David Crosby, Toss Panos, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Lukather,...
And if that's not enough, 'MRI' features Dweezil Zappa, 'Gummin' The Gash' has a guitar solo by Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani plays the lead guitar on 'When Men Did Rock'.

Bombastic, pastiche,... I love it.
Available on CD and on LP !



Saturday, May 19, 2018

NEW DIALETO ALBUM

Dialeto
"Live With David Cross"



Brazilian band DIALETO is releasing its fifth CD, a live album with the guest participation of violinist David CROSS, ex-King Crimson. The album, entitled simply “Live with David Cross”, was recorded in 2017 at São Paulo, Brazil, on the second of a pair of concerts held to promote the band’s then new album, “Bartók in Rock”.

As such, the material of this album includes some live versions for the Béla Bartók pieces that were adapted by DIALETO, as well as renditions of a few Crimson classics and one track by the David Cross Band.

A DEEP JOURNEY INTO THE MUSIC AND POETRY OF GREG LAKE


from Glass Onyon PR

A Deep Journey Into the Music and Poetry of Greg Lake - Annie Barbazza & Max Repetti's MOONCHILD

Produced by Greg Lake! Limited edition 1000 papersleeve CD and 500 gatefold coloured audiophile vinyl!

Italy - Much to the excitement of Greg Lake and ELP fans worldwide, Annie Barbazza and Max Repetti are releasing MOONCHILD - A deep journey into the music and poetry of Greg Lake! To be issued as Limited edition 1000 papersleeve CD (MAN002) and 500 gatefold coloured audiophile vinyl (MANLP002) on Manticore Records on May 18, 2018, this album marks Greg Lake's final production before his passing on December 7, 2016.

“Amongst the many projects Greg Lake and I planned for Manticore was the re-arranging of his favourite songs in a black and white, contemporary way. A sort of back to the bone, vocals and guitar setting, as simple as that. I remember Greg became an advocate of the new 'less is more' concept and he often reminded us that 'simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.'

“As we went further into the project, we soon discovered that an acoustic guitar could be fine for some tunes, but not suitable for others; so Greg decided we should go for piano and vocals and asked me to look for a talented piano player. I knew Max Repetti who I considered to be the perfect pianist for Greg. Apart from the fact that he had the entire ELP songbook in his repertoire, he is a very able musician. The audition lasted just a few minutes in a countryside restaurant on an upright piano which had seen better days, slightly out of tune, where Repetti dared to propose a medley of 'The Stones Of Years,' from 'Tarkus,' and 'Take a Pebble.' Greg was so delighted that he immediately asked Max to arrange for him a list of tunes he intended to put on the album that we called 'Moonchild,' after one of our favourite early songs.

“Sadly, in early 2014 Greg called me with the very worst news. Shortly after that, he decided to ask his young friend and talented singer and musician Annie Barbazza to take his place and carry on his legacy with this album. He patiently trained Annie using all the available technology to keep him up to date with our progress, while continuing to work with Max Repetti and me on the arrangements and production. We all spoke on Skype several times a week to ensure this project matched his standard of perfectionism and musical integrity.

“When Greg was awarded with an honorary degree for lyrics and music composition by Conservatorio Nicolini in January 2016, he was already too ill to attend the ceremony in person. I decided to surprise him by having Annie and Max perform his music on his behalf in front of the dignitaries. Greg was attending via Skype and you may listen to his encouraging comments on Greg Lake's Official Channel on Youtube. He was so happy with the results that he pushed even harder for Annie to improve her skills as a singer. Annie Barbazza and Max Repetti performed Moonchild again at a sold out concert for Greg's last birthday on November 10, 2016. As Greg wanted, we will keep the flame alive by playing his music. So this is for you, Grande Gregorio wherever you are. May your music resound forever in our hearts.” - Max Marchini

“Annie and Max recorded such a wonderful and touching tribute to the music I have made during my lifetime. Max's arrangements are absolutely superb! What a magical touch he has and Annie's vocals are at the same time beautiful, brave and heartfelt. It is a very moving experience for me to hear them perform these songs so passionately.” - Greg Lake, 2016

Tracks
01. In The Court of the Crimson King - 21st Century
Schizoid Man
02. Trilogy - The Endless Enigma part II
03. Moonchild
04. The Stones Of Years - Take A Pebble
05. C’est La Vie
06. Battlefield including Epitaph
07. Karn Evil 9 1st impression, part 2
08. Memories Of An Officer And A Gentleman
09. In The Wake Of Poseidon
10. Lucky Man
11. The Sage / The Great Gates Of Kiev






Friday, May 18, 2018

JOSH HADEN'S SPAIN

Josh Haden with the Haden Triplets (his three sisters).
The Haden Triplets have an album out (country & traditional) that was produced by Ry Cooder.


Next September, Spain (Josh Haden's band) will do a concert in Belgium (De Warande, Turnhout), together with Belgian band Flying Horseman.
Should be fun.



GEORGE DUKE AT THE JAVA JAZZ FESTIVAL IN 2010


April 6, 2010



BUSSONNET, COLLIGNON, GODIN, VAILLANT - WAX'IN

Looking for the latest Mörglbl release (with guitar wizard Christophe Godin), I came across "Wax'in", a project by Magma bass player Philippe Bussonnet, world music percussionist and drummer Franck Vaillant, jazz trumpet player Médéric Collignon and the aforementioned Christophe Godin.

All four musicians regularly take the stage at Le Triton, a club in Les Lilas in Paris, performing as a leader or frontman of their trio or quartet.
September 2016 was the first time they performed in the same band, as a quartet. At Le Triton. The result got recorded and released by the Le Triton record label.

Coming from different musical corners, this band offers an amazing mix of progressive rock and jazz. "Wax'in" will make you hold your breath.


Mental note to myself: next time in Paris, visit Le Triton.


BEAT LOVE ORACLE

Beat Love Oracle is
  • Frank Nuyts : marimba
  • Frank Debruyne: sax
  • Stijn Deldaele: e-bass
  • Ronald Dhaene: drums
The ensemble will be performing at the Lakenmeterhuis during the Gentse Feesten festival, on July 14, 15, 16 and 17.


BEEFHEART JR. - TEMPORARILY IMMORTAL

Beefheart Jr. (???) is none other than Robert Arthur Williams, drummer for Captain Beefheart's Magic Band on "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" and "Doc At The Radar Station".

After releasing a 12" in 1981 and his first solo album, "Late One Night" in 1982, Williams only released two other albums: "Date With The Devil's Daughter" in 1998, and more recently "Temporarily Immortal".
Mike Miller guests on a couple of tracks.

Read the Robert Arthur Williams interview by Ed Turner:
http://www.furious.com/perfect/robertwilliams.html

Here's 'Beautiful Sunday', as a sample :
Psychedlic Beatles with some eastern licks thrown in. Nice.



SUN RA - ASTRO BLACK

Sun Ra's "Astro Black" album arrived last week. This is one great album.
Fine melodies (June Tyson on vocals) interspersed with freaky and free improvisations. Beautiful.

Originally issued on the Impulse label in 1973, and more recently (2014) made available through iTunes, "Astro Black" finally got a proper re-release on CD on the recent Record Store Day.