Tiempo Libre's Jorge Gomez on 'Cuba Libre.' Musical which readies for U.S. debut this Fall / Fox News Latino
Posted: July 2, 2015 12:00 AM
WATCH INTERVIEW WITH Jorge Gomez on Fox News Latino Here's the transcript - Cumbia. Timba. Cha cha cha. Samba. Rock'n'roll. These are the sounds of the Cuban band Tiempo Libre, whose music will be the highlight of a new musical hitting the stage later this year. "Cuba Libre," which will premiere this fall in Portland, Oregon, is the story of Cubans in the mid-1990s, when food and jobs were particularly scarce, and the future was only for dreamers. "It's a story about how Cubans survived in one of the hard times. It's called Periodo Especial (Special Period)," said Tiempo Libre leader Jorge Gomez. "We don't have money. We don't have food. We don't have electricity. We don't have anything." It was a time when living meant surviving. The classically-trained pianist had fallen in love with American music while illegally listening to Miami radio stations via a makeshift antenna he installed on his rooftop in Havana. "We tried to get anything from the United States," the musician recalled. "We even danced with the commercials. That was the beginning of Tiempo Libre - listening to Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder," he recalled. "That was a new door for us." It was those sounds that have inspired Tiempo Libre to three Grammy nominations and six albums, including their newest, "Panamericano," out in stores now. Gomez defected to Miami more than 15 years ago to pursue his dream of making music. "We live in Miami… You walk down the street and you find people from Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic. Those are my friends. This is my neighborhood," Gomez said. "And that's the album - including all those cultures into the music."
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman is KIOS Jazz CD Of The Month
Posted: July 2, 2015 12:00 AM
A band known for their fearless re-arrangements of pop classics into unpredictable jazz explorations, The Bad Plus have earned a reputation as iconoclasts. For listeners who might have hesitated listening to them in the past, the addition of a fourth member to the band is a revelation. Joshua Redman, tenor saxophone, joins the core trio-- Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, and David King on drums on a new recording, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman. And the band has never sounded better. Listen to "Silence Is The Question" and you will hear a nearly 15 minute long roof raising experience of music which recalls John Coltrane's most spirited flights in the 1960s. Joshua Redman's saxophone artistry adds immensely to the overall sound of the band, which has a well deserved reputation for musical fearlessness and bold leaps into the unknown. Standout tunes include "Beauty Has It Hard", "Dirty Blonde", "Faith Through Error", "Friend Or Foe" and the previously mentioned "Silence Is The Question". The Bad Plus is well known for their fearless demolitions of pop classics such as "Chariots of Fire" as well as reverential performances of numbers such as "New Year's Day". They have performed twice in Omaha to enthusiastic audiences. The band visited Omaha in 2013 with a concert that included a performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. With the addition of Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman reaches new heights of creativity, inspiration, and artistry. The Bad Plus fans will not be disappointed by this addition to the band's recorded works. The Bad Plus Joshua Redman is KIOS: Omaha NE Jazz CD Of The Month Listen to a 2013 interview with Reid Anderson of the Bad Plus
Twin Danger self-titled debut is ALLMUSIC 'Editor's Choice'
Posted: July 1, 2015 12:00 AM
Twin Danger's 2015 self-titled debut showcases the Brooklyn duo's smoky, neo-noirish jazz- and R&B-infused sound. Formed in 2013, Twin Danger is a collaboration between longtime Sade guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman and vocalist/guitarist Vanessa Bley. The daughter of jazz pianist Paul Bley, Vanessa Bley has a yearning yet cherubic vocal style that's matched with subtle precision by Matthewman's sophisticated horn arrangements and nuanced instrumental accents. In some ways, their languid, stylish aesthetic does bring to mind the distinctive pop Matthewman helped craft with Sade in the '80s and '90s. However, Twin Danger also have eclectic, wide-ranging tastes that -- while certainly steeped in the moody, midtempo, brushes-on-snare-drum swing of jazz -- can surprise, as on their torchy, theatrical reworking of Queens of the Stone Age's "No One Knows." Elsewhere, on cuts like "Pointless Satisfaction," "Coldest Kind of Heart," and "When It Counts," you can also hear the influence of legendary cool jazz trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker and idiosyncratic singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. In fact, backing Twin Danger on most of the tracks is longtime Baker associate bassist Larry Grenadier. Also joining Twin Danger at various times are such virtuosic jazz and crossover pop sidemen as pianist Gil Goldstein (Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Sting), trumpeter Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Jens Lekman, Rufus Wainwright), drummer Joe Bonadio (Sting, Grover Washington, Jr., Chris Botti), and others. While Twin Danger are by no means a straight-ahead jazz group, the inclusion of such experienced jazz musicians proves how much care Matthewman and Bley have taken in shaping an album that works as much more than a genre-bending conceit. Ultimately, with Bley cooing at you through a half-lidded smile, and Matthewman blowing smoke rings around her with his saxophone, Twin Danger have crafted a jazz album perfect for the boozy, late-night afterglow of a rock club, a sound so besotted with heartache, you'll want to close your eyes in reverie. SEE THE ALLMUSIC PAGE
Nareh Arghamanyan joins Des Moines Symphony for Iowa Public Radio Symphonies
Posted: July 1, 2015 12:00 AM
Iowa Public Radio's Symphonies of Iowa gives you one more chance to catch all of the fabulous concerts from Iowa's 2014-2015 symphony season in its encore series. The series begins Monday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m. with the Des Moines Symphony's "Masterworks 1: Season Debut-The Firebird" concert. Maestro Joseph Giunta begins the program with Rimsky-Korsakov's stately and majestic Procession of the Nobles. Guest Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan takes the stage with the orchestra for Khachaturian's bold and expressive Piano Concerto. The concert concludes with Prokofiev's "Classical"Symphony No. 1 and Stravinsky's colorful suite from The Firebird. Featuring: Maestro Joseph Giunta, Nareh Arghamanyan, piano. Program Includes:
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV - Procession of the Nobles
KHACHATURIAN - Piano Concerto
PROKOFIEV - Symphony No. 1 "Classical"
STRAVINSKY - Suite from The Firebird (1919) SEE THE FULL IPR PAGE
Somi's 'Ginger Me Slowly' makes NPR's 'Heavy Rotation' - 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing
Posted: June 30, 2015 12:00 AM
Somi is a study in cosmopolitanism. Born in Illinois to Rwandan and Ugandan parents, she spent a few years in New York before moving to Nigeria to record The Lagos Music Salon. The standout single from that album, "Ginger Me Slowly," gained traction after it was featured on the BET network melodrama Being Mary Jane. The song beautifully fuses organic soul with jazz undertones; its title is an East African expression that means, "to spice someone up and make them feel good." "Ginger Me Slowly" accomplishes that objective and more, as it wraps a sublimely structured melody around Somi's beautiful, elegant voice - a reaffirmation of music's power to uplift, captivate and inspire. Somi's 'Ginger Me Slowly' makes NPR's 'Heavy Rotation' - 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing