Friday, August 11, 2017

Ray Obiedo @ San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, tomorrow night!

Anna Mjöll @ Vibrato, this Sunday

If you are in the LA area, don't miss the LAST CHANCE (!!!) to see Anna Mjöll at VIBRATO till end of November!!! Show starts at 8 - call 310.474.9400 for reservations - hope to see you there ... 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Kate Baker/Vic Juris stellar quartet live @ The Deer Head Inn, Aug 11

The great singer Kate Baker and guitar master Vic Juris will be performing with legendary bassist Harvie S (aka Harvie Swartz) and one of Brazil's top drummers, Mauricio Zotterelli, at The Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvannia. This next Friday, Aug 11, from 7-11 pm. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Oaktown Funk @ Empress Theater, Aug 5

This next Saturday night, Aug 5th, don't miss Oaktown Funk with Linda Tillery, Mike Clark, Will Blades, Melecio Magdaluyo & Ray Obiedo appearing @ Vallejo's Empress Theatre at 8pm.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Historical CD of the Month - "Freddie Hubbard: The CTI Years 1970-1973"

Historical CD of the Month 
Freddie Hubbard: "The CTI Years 1970 - 1973" (Hi Hat HH2CD3066, 2-CD set)

When top jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard began recording for the CTI label in the early 1970s, he combined his mastery of bop with forays into fusion and imaginative interpretations of contemporary rock and soul hits, reaching his creative heyday. Something that led him to replace Miles Davis as #1 Trumpeter in the DownBeat polls!

This album looks like a compilation of his CTI studio recordings, but it is not. With more than two hours of music, this unofficial two-CD release showcases Hubbard at the head of several lineups at four different concerts recorded during the period he was signed to Creed Taylor's label. They were broadcasted on different radio stations, and feature Hubbard performing songs from his popular albums "Red Clay," "Street Life," "Polar AC" and the Grammy winning "First Light."

There are incredible performances at Rutgers University 1970, The Jazz Workshop 1972 & 73 and Ebbet’s Field 1973, from broadcasts on WRSU, WBCN and KCUV FM Radio. All tracks digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality. Essential for CTI and Hubbard fans.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (Spring 1970) WRSU-FM
1. Ugetsu (Fantasy in D)
2. Red Clay (Bass Solo)
3. Calypso Fred
The Jazz Workshop, Boston (26th September 1972) WBCN-FM
4. First Light
5. The Intrepid Fox (Drum Solo)

The Jazz Workshop, Boston (26th September 1972) WBCN-FM
1. Mr Clean
The Jazz Workshop, Boston (9th October 1973) WBCN-FM
2. Betcha By Golly Wow
Ebbet’s Field, Denver (30th October 1973) KCUV-FM
3. Spirits Of Trane (Drum Solo)
4. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

Brazilian Music CD of the Month - "Mario Adnet: Saudade Maravilhosa"

Brazilian Music CD of the Month
Mario Adnet: "Saudade Maravilhosa" (Selo SESC)

Produced by Mario Adnet & Antonia Adnet
Executive Producer: Mariza Adnet
Arranged by Mario Adnet
Assistant Music Director: Joana Adnet

Design: Gabriel Leite
Cover Painting: Guilherme Secchin
Photo of the painting: Milton Montenegro
Photos: Daryan Dornelles & Gabriel Pinheiro

Recorded & Mixed by Gabriel Pinheiro @ Biscoito Fino Studios
Mastered by Luiz Tornaghi
Liner Notes: Danilo Santos de Miranda
Featuring: Mario Adnet (acoustic guitar), Marcos Nimrichter (acoustic piano & Fender Rhodes electric piano), Jorge Helder (acoustic bass), Rafael Barata (drums), Leonardo Amuedo & Ricardo Silveira (electric guitars), Armando Marçal (percussion), Cristiano Alves (clarinet), Aquiles Moraes (trumpet & flugelhorn), Everson Moraes (trombone), Eduardo Neves (soprano sax, tenor sax & flute)

On Mario Adnet's hands, always able to update the Brazilian music traditions, the sounds become poetry in form of songs; no matter if instrumental tunes or with lyrics (like happens only once on this new album, on "Valsa do Baque Virado", co-written by João Cavalcanti, the Casuarina man.)

Nine haunting originals and an amazing rendition of Duke Ellington/Juan Tizol's "Caravan" comprise the repertoire. For those not yet familiar with Adnet's skills as arranger, "Caravan" provides a small taste of his fertile imagination, taking that famous jazz classic to the "deserts" of Pernambuco (in Northern Brazil), evoking the Moacir Santos style that he knows so well.

Dance CD of the Month - "The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra feat. Bertrami, Verocai & Malheiros"

Dance Album of the Month
"The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra Feat. José Roberto Bertrami, Arthur Verocai, Alex Malheiros & More" (Far Out FARO 181 DCD, 2-CD set)

Project Producer: Joe Davis
Assistant Producers: José Roberto Bertrami & Alex Malheiros
Arranged by Bertrami, Malheiros & Arthur Verocai
String & Horn Arrangements: Arthur Verocai
Recorded @ Cia. dos Técnicos Studio by Mario Jorge Bruno
Assistant Enginers: Daniel Maunick, David Brinkworth & Magrão
Sleeve Design: Swifty

Featuring: José Roberto Bertrami (piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, Mini Moog, Vocoder, synthesizers), Alex Malheiros (electric bass, electric guitar), Paulinho Black & Flavio Santos (drums), Rafael Rocha & Zero (percussion), Zé Carlos & Fabio Lima (electric guitars), Altair Martins & Jessé Sadoc (trumpet), Johnson de Almeida & Aldivas Ayres (trombone), Ricardo Pontes (alto sax), Zé Carlos Bigorna & Paulo Renato Franco (tenor sax), Paulo Guimarães (flute), DJ Kuku (scratching), Daniel Maunick (drum programming), Mia Mendes & Marcina Arnold (vocals) et al.

One of the most interesting albums on Far Out Recordings' catalog, features the late genius José Roberto Bertrami, Alex Malheiros and Arthur Verocai. This trio wrote most of the tunes, and recorded the basic tracks & the string section (8 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos) in Rio. Some overdubs and the vocals were later added in London.

I vividly remember Bertrami talking enthusiastically about the project ("it's going to be the Brazilian version of the MFSB Sound of Philadelphia!") and showing me some of his songs -- "Don't Cha Know He's Alright," "Freefall," "The Last Carnival" and "Keep Believing" -- when we were on the road back in 2009. Verocai also contributed some strong originals like "A Disco Supreme" (inspired by John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme") and "Mystery." And Malheiros' always perfect bass lines & unlimited sense of groove are the ice of the cake.

Disc 2 includes remixes exclusively, prepared by renowned dudes like Luca Trevise (better known as LTJ X-Perience), Theo Parrish, John Morales, Mark Pritchard, Marcellus Pittman, Jose Carretas and Mark E.

If you love lushly orchestrated disco music from the late 70s, this is for you.

Vocal CD of the Month - "Sabrina Malheiros: Dreaming"

Vocal CD of the Month
Sabrina Malheiros: "Dreaming" (Far Out FARO 161)

Produced, Engineered & Arranged by Daniel "Venom" Maunick for Viper Squad Productions
Co-Produced & Arranged by Sabrina Malheiros
Project Coordination: Alex Malheiros
Executive Producer: Joe Davis
Art Direction & Design: Tyler Askew

Featuring: Sabrina Malheiros (vocals, acoustic guitar), Alex Malheiros (electric bass, electric guitar & Fender Rhodes), Daniel Maunick (synths, scratching & programming), Alfredo Cardim (piano & Fender Rhodes), Flavio Santos (drums), Armando Marçal aka Marçalzinho (percussion), Robertinho Silva (percussion), Renato Franco (flutes), Jessé Sadoc (trumpet), Gilmar Ferreira (trombone), Marcelo Martins (sax & flute), Livia Malheiros, Joe Davis & Henrique Vilhena (backing vocals).

The fourth solo album (counting three studio sessions and a remix project) by the London-based/Niteroi-born nu-bossa star Sabrina Malheiros (the talented daughter of Azymuth's bassist and founding member Alex Malheiros) is a delightful trip through the galaxies of nu-jazz, electronic soul music, r&b, acid bossa and samba grooves. A flawless magical journey guided by Sabrina's creamy, soulful & sultry vocals.

The album starts well with "Bobeira" and keeps growing track by track, reaching its climax on the wonderful "Segredo" -- co-penned by Alex, Sabrina and her husband Daniel Maunick, son of Jean-Paul Bluey Maunick, the Incognito boss --, followed by my other personal favorite moments: an amazing version of Skip Scarborough's 1975 hit for Earth Wind & Fire "Can't Hide Love" (the only track sung in English!), the funkyfied "Primeira" and the glorious samba "Tem Dendê," that sounds better than any other samba recorded in the last decade and includes Sabrina's mother, Livia Malheiros, on the backing vocals. Pure pleasure.

PS: another Sabrina album, "Clareia," is coming out right now in Europe.

Monday, July 31, 2017

R.I.P.: Chuck Loeb (1955-2017)

(born Charles Samuel Loeb on December 07, 1955 in Nyack, New York, USA;
died on July 31st, 2017 in New York, NY, USA)

Completely devastated with the sad loss of my friend, guitarist extraordinaire Chuck Loeb, who died two hours ago after a long battle against cancer. 

Tom Jung (DMP founder) introduced us nearly 30 years ago, and since then I saw him developing a wonderful career. And what a fantastic discography - from Jim Hall to Larry Coryell, from Bob Mintzer to Michael Franks, from Stan Getz to Fourplay! Plus Donald Harrison, Till Brönner, Michel Camilo, Bob Dylan, Joe Farrell, the list goes on and on. 

My deepest condolences to Carmen and all his family. [He was married to singer Carmen Cuesta, father of Lizzy Loeb and Christina Loeb.]

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Jazz Station Gallery - "Cesar Camargo Mariano"

(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Cesar Camargo Mariano & Flavia R.A.C. Mariano)

Strings Attached @ Zinc Bar, tomorrow!

The great jazz impresario Charles Carlini presents the unbelievable reunion of guitar masters Joe Cohn, Vic Juris, Mark Whitfield and Jack Wilkins tomorrow night, July 31, at Zinc Bar (82 West 3rd Street, NYC). Two sets: 9 and 11pm. For reservations, please call: (212) 477-9462.

Filming with Chico Batera

(Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Chico Batera)

                               (Cesar Camargo Mariano & Silvio Cesar)

(Cesar Camargo Mariano, Silvio Cesar, Chico Batera & João Carlos Coutinho)

Filming with Cesar Camargo Mariano

(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Cesar Camargo Mariano and Flavia R.A.C. Mariano)
                        (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Cesar Camargo Mariano)
                          (Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Cesar Camargo Mariano)
(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Cesar Camargo Mariano & Flavia R.A.C. Mariano)
(Estúdio Célio Martins, in tribute to the great sound engineer)
                                            (Cesar Camargo Mariano)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Akiko Yano w/ Will Lee & Chris Parker live in NYC, tomorrow night, at Joe's Pub

If you are in the NY area, don't miss the terrific Japanese pianist/singer/composer Akiko Yano performing tomorrow, at Joe's Pub, with two living legends: bass hero Will Lee and master drummer Chris Parker! (Btw, I heard them playing together for the first time on Joe Beck's "Beck" album for the Kudu label.)

Filming today with Antonio Carlos & Jocafi

                                           (Jocafi & Antonio Carlos)
                                           (Jocafi & Antonio Carlos)
                                           (Antonio Carlos & Arnaldo DeSouteiro)
                                           (Antonio Carlos & Arnaldo DeSouteiro)
                           (Jocafi, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Antonio Carlos)
                            (Jocafi, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Antonio Carlos)
                          (Jocafi, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Antonio Carlos)