Monday, December 11, 2017

LE MYSTERE DES VOIX BULGARES


The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices (better known as Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares of The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir),
recorded at the Utrechtse Domkerk (church) at the 2017 edition of the "Le Guess Who?" festival.


MARK WINGFIELD - CINEMA OBSCURA



Mark Wingfield's "Cinema Obscura" album, from 2012, has been made available on Bandcamp by MoonJune Records.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

AKA MOON - NOW

"Now" has Aka Moon performing as a trio again:
  • fabrizio cassol: alto saxophone
  • michel hatzigeorgiou: fender bass
  • stéphane galland: drums
Contemporary, modern jazz. With a twist.
I saw the band in concert earlier this week at the 'Rataplan' jazz club and I loved it.
I still don't understand how they do it.
It's not 'just' playing polyrhythms. It's using the melody as the rhythm, even during improvisations.

Highly recommended !!


Catch them promoting "Now" at De Casino in Sint Niklaas BE on December 21,
or at Paradox Tilburg NL on May 4, 2018.



GREG LAKE

From Glass Onyon PR :

“Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD and Vinyl!

Manticore Italy Records is proud to announce the release of “Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD and Vinyl! Recorded in sound-demonstration quality this is the documentary of Greg Lake's last tour, recorded on November 28, 2012 in a sold out Teatro Municipale in Piacenza. It was a very special, magical evening, as Greg remembered in his outstanding autobiography, Lucky Man. The audience was so warm and he gave such a passionate performance. The Mayor of Piacenza and all the municipality attended the concert and went on stage thanking Mr. Lake for opening the “Musiche Nuove in Piacenza” festival. The concert was a triumph and eventually on January 9, 2016 the trustees of Conservatorio Nicolini of Piacenza gave Greg Lake the first honorary degree ever given by a Conservatorio.

This is a wonderful record, bringing the “Songs Of A Lifetime” project to its highest point. Exclusively for this concert, Greg performed with 3 special guests: Le Orme's leader Aldo Tagliapietra, ex PFM and Acqua Fragile's great vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti and the young talented Annie Barbazza, making the Piacenza show even more special and rare. It was Greg's wish that a precious, audiophile limited edition would re-launch his Manticore Label.



ZAPPANALE NEWSFLASH


July 21, 2018, at Zappanale,
Terry Bozzio, Patrick O'Hearn and Warren Cuccurullo will be performing the music of Frank Zappa !!

That's Saturday at the next Zappanale in Bad Doberan, Germany.

http://zappanale.de/en/


DWEEZIL ZAPPA - LIVE IN THE MOMENT II

Those of you (of us) who took part in Dweezil campaign to support his new album, "Live In The Moment II", received a digital copy of the album last week.

A beautiful selection of live guitar tracks.
This is an excellent release.

As Dweezil says in the liner notes:
“Live In The Moment” series of records is my homage to my father’s “Shut Up And Play Yer Guitar” album. On that pivotal album he compiled his favorite solos from his concert tours and sandwiched them together between assorted palette cleansing interludes in a way that can only be described as Zappa. The main focus of the record was his idiosyncratic guitar playing. He had an extraordinary ability to spontaneously compose with his guitar. His vast rhythmic and harmonic vocabulary allowed him to react to the music and create what he called “Air Sculptures.” I am grateful that he captured those stunning works of art and I am still mesmerized by them all these years later. Some of you reading this actually got to see those guitar performances live! Those excerpted solos took on a life of their own and stand alone as unique compositions. His ingenious playing coupled with his highly evolved guitar tones was the ideal delivery system to tantalize our senses. Both the playing and the tones from that record remain a huge daily inspiration to me.

"Live In The Moment II" includes four compositions by Frank Zappa. All the other compositions are by Dweezil.
Beautiful.
This is what making Air Sculptures is all about.


GIZMODROME

A couple of weeks ago, the Gizmodrome album (feat. Stewart Copeland, Mark King, Vittorio Cosma and Adrian Belew) was only available as an import for us Yuripean folks.
Fortunately, this has changed, and you can find the album all over the world by now.
For your info, the Japanese edition is a 2CD set and totals 20 tracks.


HAWAIIAN UH HILO JAZZ ORCHESTRA PERFORMED WITH DWEEZIL ZAPPA


UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra Meets Dweezil Zappa;

Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9, 2017, Dweezil Zappa performed with the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra.
The Hilo Jazz Orchestra has been doing Zappa annual Zappa tributes for a number of years. For this latest one, they were able to get Dweezil to perform with them.

http://artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu/dweezil-zappa



UGLY RADIO REBELLION IN CONCERT WITH IKE WILLIS


Ugly Radio Rebellion's Zappa Birthday Party with Ike Willis

Tuesday, December 12,
at 'Reggies' in Chicago.


AKA MOON - CONSTELLATIONS BOX

The Outhere Music record label has just released the brand-new "Now" album by Belgian jazz trio Aka Moon.
And as if that wasn't enough reason to be (extremely) happy, Outhere has also issued a 20 (twenty !!) CD Box to celebrate 25 years of Aka Moon.
"Constellations" presents 19 previously released Aka Moon albums (= their complete output, except for the "Live At The Kaai" album from 1999), plus one disc with an unreleased album from the late ninetees: "Light Ship Trio".

What a beautiful way to celebrate 25 years of Aka Moon.
One word : Wow !!

Here's how they celebrated their 20th anniversary at the Jazz Station in Brussels :