Over the last half decade, Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups-most notably, Sons of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming, and Shabaka & the Ancestors-and embracing influences from the sounds of London's diverse club culture, including house, grime, jungle, and dub. "The common theme in my career as a jazz musician has been wondering if what I'm doing is the thing that I should be doing," says Hutchings, who studied classical clarinet at college at London's prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama. "Me learning about jazz, how to play and interpret, was always a case of just trial and error. I think where I've come to recently is I've stopped trying to think ‘Is what I'm doing valid? or ‘Is what I'm doing part of the jazz tradition?' and just see myself as a musician."
Hutchings is featured on the cover of the May issue of Downbeat. SEE COVER IMAGE
JWVIBE's Jonathan Widran writes.....It may not be necessary to fully appreciate its majestic sweep, but those who find themselves seduced and culturally and spiritually uplifted from the get-go by Ain't Got Long, the Art of Time Ensemble's soulful and multi-faceted sixth album, should probably know a little something about the groups' nearly quarter century history as they engage in the pin drop perfection of the collection's exquisite and colorful arrangements of Great American Songbook and other classics and the gorgeous vocal showcases of jazz great Madeleine Peyroux (Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "What'll I Do") and renowned Canadian performers Gregory Hoskins ("Calling All Angels," "After Mardi Gras"), Jessica Mitchell (Radiohead's "Exit Music (For a Film)," Joni Mitchell's "River") and Sarah Slean ("Sad Song").
Playing on the name, this album is all about the art of timelessness.
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Skope's Sasha Lauryn writes....."A world in which people seek the uncertainties, and possibilities, of art" is the vision of one of the most innovative ensembles to be gracing the popular music landscape right now. With the recent release of their latest album, it's undeniable that Art Of Time Ensemble is bringing that vision to life. Led by the artistic direction and vision of Andrew Burashko together with arrangements by Jonathan Goldsmith who reinterpreted a wide array of songs that qualify as standards. Goldsmith stays faithful to the original melodies and form and then pushes the boundaries as far as possible in every conceivable way. After immersing myself in the deeply sensory sonic landscapes, mesmerizing motifs and hypnotic storytelling that their recent album ‘Ain't Got Long' boasts, I can say with certainty they do just that. The Canada based collective have been breaking archaic genre boundaries since 1998, as their eclectic mix of musicians has attracted captivated crowds on multiple tours. Honestly, I'm just waiting for them to announce their next road trip. This album features the phenomenal pipes of Madeleine Peyroux, Gregory Hoskins, Jessica Mitchell and Sarah Slean. Perhaps it's Andrew's perfect pairings of soundscape with singer or the astounding arrangements of the songs themselves that sets this album apart from anything I've experienced.
Whatever it is, I can't get enough.
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WRTI's SUSAN LEWIS writes......The Catalyst Quartet uncovers music and the stories of the people who wrote it in its new recording series UNCOVERED. The first volume focuses on music by late 19th-century English composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
The Catalyst Quartet, founded in 2010 by the Sphinx Organization, aims to "reimagine" the classical music experience. "Sometimes classical music is presented like a museum piece," says violist Paul Laraia. "We want to make sure everything we do has relevance to today," and so the ensemble's programs reach out to a diverse audience, with diverse repertoire.
This new project, Uncovered, featuring music of composers who have been overlooked because of race or gender, begins with an album of music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a Black English composer born in the late 19th century, the child of an English mother and an African father from Sierra Leone.
Ironically, Coleridge-Taylor, who was born in 1875 and died suddenly at the age of 37, was acclaimed during his short lifetime. Raised in England, he started violin at 5, joined the Royal College of Music at 15, and at 23, had a triumphant premiere of his cantata, Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, set to the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He toured the U.S., where he visited The White House at the invitation of President Teddy Roosevelt. He was so successful, the story goes, that New York musicians in the early 1900s began referring to him as "The Black Mahler;" others are said to have called him "The Black Dvorak."
And while Hiawatha's Wedding Feast remains familiar to many choral ensembles and you may recognize his melodies such as Deep River, much of his over 80 compositions, including operas, ballet music, songs, a symphony, violin concerto and chamber music are unknown today.
Volume 1: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor includes one quartet, and two quintets, one featuring pianist Stewart Goodyear, and one with clarinetist Anthony McGill.
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Acclaimed guitarist Todd Mosby joins me for the latest episode of Harmonious World. We all need perspective right now, and there's a lot of that in Todd's latest album - Aerial Views . Todd's comment about creating music that musicians will love to perform on is very apt and I finish with Aether, one of my favourite tracks of 2021. Harmonious World Podcast gives many thanks to Todd for allowing me to feature clips from Aerial Views alongside our conversation.
'SOMETHING came from Baltimore's' Thom Gouker......Yeah! This was a big thrill for me. I was nervous interviewing one of my favorite artists of all time, Joe Lovano, so I decided to ask him 20 goofy questions to see how he handled them. He easily accepted the challenge and spun junk questions into gold. It's very impressive and that it why I suggest that you check out the Youtube interview, we chatted for 1 1/2 and must of it make it to tape.
"Garden of Expression" is the sent album with the trio Lovano/Crispell/Castaldi, the first was the 2018 release "Seeds of Change"
Do we have to explain who Joe Lovano is????? This is copied from Wiki. Joseph Salvatore Lovano (born December 29, 1952) is an American jazz saxophonist, alto clarinetist, flautist, and drummer. He has earned a Grammy Award and several mentions on Down Beat magazine's critics' and readers' polls. He is married to jazz singer Judi Silvano with whom he records and performs. Lovano was a longtime member of a trio led by drummer Paul Motian.
LIMELIGHT Magazine's Clive Paget writes......Superlative soloists and compelling chamber music from a quartet on a mission.
One of the revolutions set in progress by last year's Black Lives Matter protests has been the refocusing of the classical music industry's attention of composers of colour, many of them historical figures formerly the preserve of the curious collector and rarely programmed live.
New York-based Catalyst Quartet was founded in 2010 by the Sphinx Organization, an outstanding Detroit-based social justice organisation dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. The ensemble (Karla Donehew Perez, violin; Abi Fayette, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; and Karlos Rodriguez, cello) build programs and projects accordingly and this excellent release of music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is the first in a projected series of "Uncovered" CDs focussing on composers overlooked because of race and/or gender (others releases will include music by Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, William Grant Still, Florence B. Price, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and George Walker).
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Icelandic pianist and post-classical composer Eydís Evensen has confirmed details of her debut album, BYLUR, which will be released on 23rd April, 2021 by XXIM Records, Sony's new imprint for innovative, post-genre instrumental music.
On 26 March 2021 the ambitiously multifaceted musician/composer Clark presents his chillingly affecting ninth studio album Playground In A Lake, on which he broadens horizons and tries new things, with profound results.
Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated pianist Joey Alexander follows his major-label debut album, WARNA (Verve Records), with three new singles "SALT" (March 19: LINK), "Under the Sun" (April 23), and "Summer Rising" (May 28) set for global release on Verve.
Nelsons used this juxtaposition - Bruckner's symphonies and orchestral works by Richard Wagner in the first album, which was released in 2017. No doubt that it was possible given the ideational links between these types of music.
Taking into account the version of 2021, the series reached volume 5 - the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th symphonies were also published.
As expected,no one can't help but be impressed by the speech of the wind instruments from the Brucknerian repertoire; especially when it is performed by a good orchestra. The wind instruments, especially the brass ones were impressive, even if there could be a little more precision. Maybe the musical vision in general should have been conceived as cerebral, rather than emotional - but, at the same time, I think it's just as important that this music still speaks to today's people, so I fully understand Andris Nelsons' approach. A true philosopher of music, Anton Bruckner - for the people of the 21st century; the show being performed by a German orchestra with a history of hundreds of years, conducted by a visionary and very talented conductor.
This brand-new recording marks the continuation of Leipzig's Bruckner Cycle with Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester
Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig continue their award-winning Bruckner cycle.
This time the Symphonies are coupled with Wagner's Meistersinger Prelude. The Orchestra and the Latvian Maestro recently announced the extension of their acclaimed partnership until 2027.
The Gewandhausorchester and Andris Nelsons's acclaimed series of Bruckner – Wagner albums continues. "Everything in this symphony has been formulated with the utmost clarity," the Gewandhaus Orchestra's Kapellmeister, Andris Nelsons, reflects on Bruckner's Second Symphony. "The wonderful themes are clearly separated from one another by means of rests in the full orchestra, and yet there is still the sense of a single coherent whole. It is astonishing that this work is so rarely performed – it is actually an ideal point of entry for anyone wanting to explore the world of Bruckner's symphonies." The theme of the misunderstood artist is also central to the comic opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Wagner – a composer whom Bruckner revered as the "master of all masters".
Grammy-winning conductor Andris Nelsons and his "superb" (The Guardian) Gewandhausorchester Leipzig continue their acclaimed couplings of Bruckner symphonies and Wagner masterpieces with Symphony No. 6 and Symphony No. 9. The symphonies are accompanied by the Wagner's Prelude to his last complete opera, Parsifal, and the Siegfried Idyll.
Known stateside for his Grammy-winning recordings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for DG's first complete Shostakovich cycle, Andris Nelsons releases the third installment in his Bruckner cycle with the Gewandhausorchester. Recorded during the concerts celebrating the orchestra's 275th birthday and Nelsons' inauguration as the new Gewandhauskapellmeister, this album pairs Bruckner's Symphony No.7 with Wagner's Siegfried's Funeral March.
Known stateside for his Grammy-winning recordings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for DG's first complete Shostakovich cycle, Andris Nelsons releases the second installment in his Bruckner cycle with the Gewandhausorchester. Released in time for the orchestra's 275th birthday and Nelsons' inauguration as the new Gewandhauskapellmeister, this album pairs Bruckner's Symphony No.4 (Romantic) with Wagner's Lohengrin Prelude.
Andris Nelsons and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig release first installment of Complete Bruckner Cycle Bruckner Symphony No. 3 and Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser, May 5 on DG. Grammy award winning conductor Andris Nelsons conducts the legendary Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in the first installment of their series of the complete symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Bruckner Symphony No. 3 and Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture are included on this album, set for release on May 5 on DG.
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