As you know, since the inception of the Internet music lovers’ have the opportunity to listen, discover and search for a multitude of recordings custom fit for one’s particular taste and possibly recharge our spoiled yet stagnant imagination. As a result, this is what makes the presence of web even more significant for music aficionados than previously imagined!
Consider this, without the redemptive spirit of unique voice’s emerging from the body of the global landscape the mainstream music populous, would simply be missing an essential ingredient which would ultimately give aspiring artist’s ample opportunity to be heard on a larger platform. With that said, I eagerly welcome the prospects of a musical revival which would potentially broaden the soundscape and vision for music enthusiasts, artists, composer’s and producers alike fill a much-needed void.
Formed in 2012 at the 5th Estate sessions in Brooklyn, NYC, Beekman is a collective endeavor by saxophonist Kyle Nasser, pianist Yago Vazquez, bassist PabloMenares, and drummer Rodrigo Recabarren.
The chemistry within this quartet facilitates a unique sound, coupling eclectic original compositions with dynamic group interplay.
Beekman recently celebrated the release of their first record (Vol.1, Discos Pendiente) with a 10-day tour of Chile, a tour of New England, and several gigs around NYC, playing several festivals and clubs. Their new album, Vol.2, will be released in fall 2016. Stay tuned! ~Beekmanmusic.com/ Listen on Spotify
Since the year 2001, the RGG trio has been more and more often identified with the European taste of improvised music, performed by the piano trio. In 2013 after 12 years od RGG’s existence the pianist Przemysław Raminiak was replaced by Łukasz Ojdana, a young talented artist, who made the trio breathe deeper.
The name RGG is no longer a short of the musicians‘ surnames, but it became a mark, thanks to the equal engagement of the artists in the musical creation. We are sure, that the RGG’s audience will never be disappointed.
The seventh album in the trio’s discography is also a publishing debut on the international stage. Thus, the trio joined the exclusive team of Polish jazz artists, whose work has been recognized internationally.
“RGG provide their feelings to the listeners, in a a clean, pristine. They can be thrifty and for a moment later incredibly expressive, but each time returning to the soothing silence.” – jazzarium.pl
Łukasz Ojdana – piano
Maciej Garbowski – double-bass
Krzysztof Gradziuk – drums
Leading a quintet that combines zestful and pungent playing with relaxed yet controlled authority, saxophonist Miguel Fernandez here delivers a fresh, sparkling album of solid and original material. Throughout an impressively attractive program, he consistently applies his creative melodic intelligence to the needs of the music and the group with a deftly persuasive craft.
And on tenor saxophone his own performance is a thoughtful synthesis of the work of bop and post-bop saxophonists, its flowing, luminous qualities enhanced by his purity of tone and a rolling, naturally propulsive sense of continuity. The intensity of the music here gradually ranges from more haunting moments into powerful but smooth, brilliantly constructed transitions to melodic statements. The solo work is excellent. ~Fresh Sound Records
Long considered one of the brightest young trumpet talents on the New York scene, Keyon Harrold blows fire and brimstone on his Criss Cross debut on a suite of six original tunes, a spiritual, and Horace Silver’s iconic ballad Peace.
Joining Harrold for the ride are several best-and-brightest members of his peer group, including tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, his brother E.J. Strickland on drums, pianist Danny Grissett, and bassist Dezron Douglas, as well as Harrold’s one-time teacher, the legendary trumpeter Charles Tolliver. ~Editorial Review | Amazon
Morten Christian is an active composer, teacher, and bass player. He has played with an impressive amount of danish and international jazz musicians: Jonathan Kreisberg, Ari Hoenig, Lage Lund, Seamus Blake, John Escreet, Dick Oats, Nikolaj Hess, Claus Waidtløw, Jesper Løvdal, Søren Møller, Mads La Cour, Jakob Høyer, Anders Mogensen, Carl Winther, Niclas Campagnol, Thomas Maintz, Jan Harbeck, Petter Wettre, Bob Rockwell (and alot of other lovely musicians – too many to mention).
Morten Christian recorded his debut record at “systems two studios” in New York, with the famed jazzmusicians: JONATHAN KREISBERG and ARI HOENIG. The record was released February 12, 2013 by the danish label: Storyville.
Second Album: “Quintessence of Dust” was released on LongLife Records September 24th 2014. Again the album features Kreisberg and Hoenig, and furthermore danish jazz-champ Nikolaj. ~ Bio | mortenchristian.dk
As a young emerging saxophonist, Braxton Cook has already garnered several honors and accolades. While in high school, he had been honored to be one of 30 other high school musicians selected from a nationwide competition to participate in the 2009 Grammy Jazz ensemble, held during the same week as the Grammy Awards. Braxton had also been accepted into the Vail Jazz Workshop, a select group of musicians nationwide, where he studied with Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Terrell Stafford and Lewis Nash. Shortly thereafter, he won a Gold medal in the 2009 National ACT-SO competition sponsored by the NAACP. During his freshman year at Georgetown University, Braxton was selected as NFAA’s 2010 YoungARTS Finalist and participated in a fully-paid expense week in Miami, Florida with 150 other Finalists. While there, he received the Silver Medal and was selected to participate in another YoungARTS week in New York with other Silver and Gold Medalists. ~Biography | AllAboutJazz.com
Carl Hudson is a session keyboardist and second official signing to UK label Digisoul. Carl is resident keys player for The Digisoul Band (Put together by producer Soulpersona) and has played alongside soul icons including Jocelyn Brown, Jean Carne, Leon Ware, Omar, The Valentine Brothers and has played numerous studio sessions with Soulpersona, Nick van Gelder (Jamiroquai) Princess Freesia and Katie Leone (The Digisoul band/Incognito/Reel People) when not performing super, “soulful jazz funk” grooves Carl is resident keys player for Professor Green on all his live tours. His forthcoming instrumental concept album “Zoology For Martians” is set for a Spring 2013 release on Digisoul. A raregroove, jazz funk, soul cocktail of lush and goosebumpy grooves put together with the slick skills of Nick van Gelder (drums) Andy Tolman (bass) Terry Lewis (guitar) Neil Waters (trumpet) and Bob Dowell (trombone) ~Bio-Facebook
Based in London, Kristian’s second album as a bandleader “Urban Novel” (released June 2014) draws inspiration from the cityscape and is a personal homage to life in a metropolis. The album, released on Jellymould Jazz, features his working quartet of, Arthur Lea (p), Mick Coady (b) and Jon Scott (d). Vibraphonist Jim Hart was also invited to join in the creation of a rich sound palette consisting of guitar, piano and vibes. The music on “Urban Novel” with its strong sense of melody set in a contemporary ‘sound-scape’, has been described as being “clean, cool, precise and contemporary” – (The Scotsman). Jazzwise reviewer Selwyn Harris said, “Borring’s set of originals are engaging and their subtle rhythmic and harmonic twists add to the interest“. Commenting on Kristian’s continuous ability as strong melodic player, All About Jazz ‘s Bruce Lindsey described Kristian’s playing as a “warm, open tone – a welcoming sound that draws and holds the attention“. Lance Liddle from Bebop Spoken Here added “one of the finest, most tasteful and accomplished guitarists on the scene, with Jim Hart – one of the world’s great vibraphonists – in the mix, the result is another triumph for the Danish guitarist and his team.” ~Biography | kristianborring.com
“Crowe is a class act both as composer and pianist.” Chris Parker, The Vortex.
Through composition and an individual approach to improvising, Sam is constantly striving for a modern voice in music, at the heart of which is a deep love for many styles of music and a desire to find and express a deeper universal truth that resides in all of us and with which we can all connect.
Sam graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2006. Since then he has worked with some of the most acclaimed young artists in Jazz and popular music.
As a performer, Sam has performed and recorded with some of the most highly regarded jazz musicians in the UK and US including Will Vinson, Mark Guiliana, Alan Hampton, Adam Waldmann, Jasper Hoiby, Jonathon Kreisberg, Gretchen Parlato, Julian Siegal, Phil Robson and Phil Donkin to name a few.
He has also toured the world performing at venues such as Sydney Opera House, Coachella, Glastonbury and many others with artists including The Cinematic Orchestra, Matthew Herbert and Valerie June.
As a band leader, he has been widely recognized as an exciting new arrival on the UK jazz scene with his critically acclaimed debut album, Synaesthesia (F-IRE 2010), garnering extremely high praise from the press and public alike.
Towards the Centre of Everything is his second solo album (and debut WWR release), featuring a set of original compositions by the leader and a true genre-mash of styles, epic colours and moods with improvisation as it’s focus, boasting a line up of literally some of the most exciting and cutting edge young improvisers in the world. Recorded in two days at the famed Systems Two Studios in NYC, the album features Crowe on Piano, Fender Rhodes & Keyboards, NYC-based Will Vinson on Alto Saxophone, the Award winning London-based Adam Waldmann on Soprano Saxophone, rising star British guitarist Will Davies, the uber-creative Alan Hampton on both double & electric bass, one of the most in-demand drummers on the planet in Mark Guiliana and special guest Emilia Martensson on vocals. ~Sam Crowe’s Biography
Extremely influenced by diverse styles of music, her admiration for divas such as Sarah Vaughn, Nina Simone, Etta James, Carmen McCrae, Ella Fitzgerald and her all time favorite, Phyllis Hyman, have influenced her to create a personal style respectfully appreciated and admired by her audience.Welcome To My World presents a remarkable union between one of
Welcome To My World presents a remarkable union between one of Milan’s more sophisticated and appreciated voices amongst the Italian public and Finlands most celebrated saxophonist, Timo Lassy. ~Editorial Review – Amazon