[JPL] BOPNDICKS 10 PICKS NOVEMBER 2011

Dick Crockett bopndick at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 30 15:10:47 EST 2011


BOPNDICKS
 10  PICKS     NOVEMBER 2011







MILES
ESPANOL      NEW  SKETCHES OF  SPAIN   Entertainment
One Music
With
20th
century Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo's “Concierto De Aranjuez,
Gil Evans  with Miles Davis adapted a remarkable  “Sketches Of
Spain” in 1959.

I recall that a lot of friends had the album. Even those
not that involved in  jazz music.
“Sketches
Of Spain” seem to transcend the jazz listener to a sophisticated
articulate listener.  Not that my friends were effete articulates.
What? Detroit was blue collar, salt of the earth in those days.   

“New
Sketches Of Spain” is a reversal of that original Gil Evans trend
to a more traditional Bob Belden idea to further bowie the
originality of the music. 


And, the array of prominent musicians adds to the
stunning impact of this new music.

Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez  may not be that well
known in the U.S.,  but is highly regarded as a spirited flamenco 
jazz pianist.  Others with prominent contributions are Gonzalo
Rubalcaba, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette Jerry Gonzalez
, Alexs Acuna, flutist, Jorge Pardo and guitarist Nino Joseles.

This group provides even more color to “New Sketches
Of Spain with dazzling arrangements and even new material to this 2CD
set.

Bob Belden's new “Miles Espanol” is one the of best
CD's this year!






BRAD
MEHLDAU / KEVIN HAYS      MODERN MUSIC by PATRICK ZIMMERLI     
Nonesuch Records

Composer and saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli writes “Modern
Music, ” full of bright colors, aerated structures with a force of
banal originality. 


Pianists Brad Mehldau, whose from the same high school
music program in Connecticut as Patrick Zimmerli. Kevin Hays, also
originally from Connecticut, plays in this duel piano setting with
Brad Mehldau with stunning bravura, voracity and dynamism. 


Some pieces, “Modern Music”  end in a lurch. Brash
indeed, but then followed by a romantic  positive interlude Kevin
Hayes, “Elegia.”  

“Modern
Music,” a collaboration by Pat Zimmerli, Brad Mehldau and Kevin
Hayes will do well to enhance your American interpretive musical
experience.



CHICK
COREA / STEFANO BOLLANI      
ORVIETO      ECM 

Orvieto
is an Italian wine region in Southwest Umbria, where pianists Chick
Corea and  


Stefano Bollani performed this live duet concert at
Umbria Jazz Winter, 2010. 


As Stefano Ballani says, “one piano player with four
hands.” That's how close connected  these two musicians are a
like-able to instantly pick up the other's mood and tempo.

Two piano players, who listen and respond to the other's
tempo and rhyme. 


And when you listen carefully at first to the cadence
and cognizance of this CD, how these two players interact, therein
lies the pleasure of everyday life, as it goes by, so quick and
sacrosanct to our dreams to capture everyday moments, as a butterfly
catcher with a moment, a poem and a notion




ROY
HAYNES       ROY – ALTY     
Dreyfus Jazz

What can I say, but this latest Roy Haynes CD is a hard
bop classic. 


Roy Haynes at 86, still  able to handle with confidence
to structure of the  music. 


I guess it really never leaves the psyche of the
innovators .

Roy Haynes and Chick Corea,  from Boston in those good
old, bad old redeeming days of hard bop, the kind that inspired
Horace Silver, that we have this new CD by Roy Haynes with confidence
and conviviality.

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove joins in with alto saxophonist
Jaleel Shaw on Sonny Rollins “Grand Street,” a straight ahead
reading by Shaw on the standard, “They Call The Wind Mariah.”
Nothing but nuts and bolts & blues.  Chick Corea jumps up in a
spirited version in Monk's 'Off Minor.” This is Corea's old
stomping ground. It's where he made his bones.

For Roy Haynes is surrounded with “the fellows.”
Those who know his style and technique.

McCoy Tyner's “Passion Dance” concludes with a
septet of all stars and it's a real jam with Roy Hargrove, Jaleel
Shaw and Marcus Strickland some wicked solos.

For there's lots of joy of note in this new Roy Haynes
CD, “Roy – alty.”







JERRY
 GONZALES     Y  EL  COMMANDO DE LA CLAVE     Sunnyside
Records

Former Fort Apache leader, Jerry Gonzalez moves to
Madrid. Why? To expand his musical conscious. 


No one but Jerry Gonzalez can say for certain. We
surmise that the depth of the Latin -afro Cuban spirit, so engrained,
a part of  full genetic pattern. The emotional depth of this CD, is
hard to fathom, especially if you're not into the subtle machinations
of  hard bop, especially if you're not laced into the Afro Cuban
thing. 


The counter is Gonzalez version of “Tenderly” with
pianist, Javier Masso on a sunny afternoon  in Madrid. It provides
amazing credibility to this CD.

Note: bassist Alain Perez provides another scope of
erudition. with colorful Latin flavors when  needed.

What can I say,  but Jerry Gonzalez  new CD, “Y
Commando De La Clave” is super abundo! Cause this Latino makes it
fresco!



TINEKE
 POSTMA      THE DAWN OF  LIGHT 
        CHALLANGE  Records INT.

Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma plays like a light from
the north star- surreal with glistening patterns, much like 
Norwegian Jan Garberek.

I'm so enthused by artists who can portray a real
soulful point of reference. In Postma's frame, “Before The Snow,”
is but a cool notion of things past, soft, cool with a wet, 
spontaneous remembrance,  as  it's own simplicity comes to ground. 

“Leave
Me A Place Underground” features Esperanza Spaulding soaring like a
Monarch butterfly in a scat,  darting to and fro on the Monterey
Peninsula  in September, near to the next jazz festival as there will
be many,

Of  course,  there are many of the  post bop
parenthetical.  A sign of future exponential. 


It's why I don't bother to peer above my bed covers,
over night.



CEDAR
 WALTON      THE  BOUNCER
       HIGH  NOTE  Records

Cedar Walton expresses over fifty years of hard to post
bop progression, from his association with Kenny Dorham, J.J Johnson,
with Coltrane and the Jazz Messengers, and his affiliation with the
Jazztet.
“The
Bouncer” is a carry on - an affiliation with the ever evolving
progression in jazz.

J J Johnson's “Lament” is poignant, as Cedar Walton
becomes especially sentimental.

You can hear his  thoughtful support on tunes with
Vincent Herring , whose clear, concise saxophone (hooray for bop)
lines on “Bell For Bags.” His candid feel for Herring's straight
ahead up lifting, solid  flute lines on “Halo.”

He lends support on another tribute to “Willies
Groove,” this time to his drummer, Willie Jones III, as bassist
David Williams takes the lead..
“The
Bouncer” is best listening, after hours, than during the day. 


Maybe night time listening has more shade, more focus.
Or maybe good hard bop,                                  conducted by
a maestro, Cedar Walton is especially nuanced by the night, when
truthfulness  as in good poetry, bleeds through the hyperbole.



SAM
YAHEL      FROM SUN  TO  SUN 
   Origin Records

Keyboardist Sam Yahel was born in  Atlanta, Ga., lived
in Europe, moved to NYC in 1990 and enrolled in the Jazz New School
as a pianist, took up the Hammond B – 3 in his sophomore year,  and
worked the clubs “Angels,” “Smoke,” and  around the city.

His B-3 work is what he's known for through various
CD's. 

“From
Sun To Sun” features more of his piano performance.
“2
Pilgrims”  is a departure from Yahel's  contemporary standard. It's
quiet, playful, almost surreal. Reminds me of Ahmad Jamal's 60's pop
hit, “Poinciana.
” Really!'”

Sam Yahel has a similar precocious playful stripe as
Ahmad Jamal in “So In Love.”     


From “ Sun To Sun,” Sam Yahel  has more nuance,
romance and surreal “manteca”  than his pop significant others.

You listen to all the tunes and feel Yahel's acoustics,
that highlight to “From Sun To Sun.” 


Sam Yahel and his rhythm section of  bassist Matt Penman
and drummer Jochen Rueckert don't miss a beat - so to speak - a
process of establishing himself as a prominent post modern jazz
pianist.



PONCHO
 SANCHEZ   and  TERENCE  BLANCHARD       CHANO  Y  DIZZY!

Concord Picante

Poncho Sanchez plays a perfect Chano Pozo and  trumpeter
Terence Blanchard resides in the same template as Dizzy Gillespie,
for Pozo and Gillespie made beautiful music together, as in the first
tune, “Chano Pozo Medley.” 

“Sibony”
is one of my favorites from the 50's. Poncho Sanchez vocalize,
Terence Blanchard's rich conflagration and time signatures add to the
rich vinaigrette  of the music. 

 For
“Chano y Dizzy” is prominent, especially with  Terence
Blanchard's incredible chops and Poncho Sanchez incredible dance
history. 

“Shake
it one time for  me!”




JOHN
 ESCREET      EXCEPTION  TO  THE  RULE 
    Criss Cross Jazz 


Pianist  John Escreet, born and raised in Doncaster,
Yorkshire, England is the last place you'll imagine this eclectic
music.

All original material, it survives and thrives with
voice. 


It's sometimes from a small burrough of life where this 
music thrives in  a contrapuntal and conjugal imaginary. 


Thus, “Exception To The Rule.” is under especial
care,  to watch, listen and achieve.

John Escreet has youthful energy,versatility and purpose
to achieve far beyond this venue with remarkable composition skills, 
way beyond my existence here on this plain.

Listening to “Wayne's World” is about rocking the
house!

Now listen to the rest of “Exception To The Rule”
with a little more perspective  to Escreet's sense of time, space,
place and motion.

Keep in mind this man is in his late twenties,

And if he keeps his health, mindset and perspective ,
this new CD with all  this explosive music (energy) is only the
beginning...

 

ONES
TO WATCH:



GREG
 REITAN         DAYBREAK      
Sunnyside Records

Pianist Greg Reitan has a remarkable feel for
contemporary piano and composition.

Originally from Seattle, participated in Bud Shank
summer music camps, Berklee School nominee, composer of various
independent film scores and winner of awards. This means the guy is
an, in demand, working musician,  writer, and his new CD, “Daybreak”
is a congruous factor in his overall success.

He reminds me of Andre Previn's influence in the
fifties, contemporary, yet studied in his sophistication, and amply
influenced  by Bill Evans.

Greg Reitan's back up, Jack Daro, bass and drummer Dean
Koda are important here too., for everyone knows anyone's moves.



FRED
 FRIED AND CORE        ENCORE      
Ballet Tree Jazz

Acoustic jazz guitarist Fred Fried is an 8 string
magician, bringing to mind all the magic Segovia and Reinhardt.
“The
Gathering Storm” is mindful of an European cobble street mintage. 

“Encore”
with Spanish, French , gypsy melodies in lush and lavish, in a
luminous jazz mindset.



MIKE
GARSON    THE BOWIE VARIATIONS 
  Reference Recordings

Pianist Mike Garson, who accompanied David Bowie on tour
and a musical appreciation of Ziggy Stardust writings, spanning four
decades. 


Garson offers up a new and different look at  Bowie's
songs in a stunning solo symphonic view, laced in boogie woogie
subtlety. 


Garson produces pure contemporary magic in “The Bowie
Variations.” 




SAMMY
FIGUEROA & HIS LATIN JAZZ EXPLOSION     URBAN  NATURE  


Senator  Entertainment

Born in the Bronx, of Puerto Rican decent, percussionist
Sammy Figueroa embraces all Latin styles and idioms. He's performed
with everyone from Miles Davis to Sonny Rollins to Chaka Khan and the
Brecker Brothers. He moved to South Florida in 2001 for the abounding
Afro Cuban music atmosphere. 


It was there when I was there in the mid seventies.

Formed the Latin Explosion band and hence the new CD,
“Urban Nature,” know for an intense driving rhythm.

Sammy Fiogueroa has a strong contemporary feel to his
music, 


Most of writing here is from pianist, Silvano
Monasterios and bassist Gabriel Vivas.
“Urban
Nature encompasses different Latin themes, some Brazilian, with
Hermeto-like spirituality. 





MAGOS
 HERRERA       MEXICO AZUL     
 Sunnyside  Records  


Mexican jazz vocalist Magos Herrera has a captivating
vocal  sound, a smooth alto, soft glow with impeccable phrasing. When
mixed with acoustic guitarist Adam Rogers stylings, pianist Luis
Perdomo's delicacy and John Patituccio's transcendence on
“Obsession,” with Tim Hagan's embellish trumpet  on “Tres
Palabras  and Perdomo's almost strident, statement on “Voz
Antiqua.”this is a CD, exhibiting Hererra's intrinsic quality as a
singer, song writer- a profound Latin jazz singer masterpiece.

-”Mexico Blue.”

Even if you don't recognize the language, listen to the
motion, the scent, the phrasing, of this singer, her enticing band
and the life of the spell, of the moment.




Dick Crockett
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