Archive for January 12th, 2010

Mathias Claus, Bob Albanese, Ayako Shirasaki – Best of 1st International Jazz Solo Piano Festival 2009

Jan Matthies Records releases a live recording from the 1st International Jazz Solo Piano Festival at Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany. The event took place on 28th March 2009 on a Steinway & Sons Concert Grand – Model D.

The 12-page booklet contains Liner Notes by Howard Mandel, President of The Jazz Journalists Association and senior contributor Downbeat Magazine:

“Best of 1st International Jazz Solo Piano Festival 2009 institutes a high standard for international solo jazz piano”

“Mathias Claus, Bob Albanese and Ayako Shirasaki are devoted, virtuosic, daring and expressive pianists, who together assured that personal, spontaneous interpretation of classic repertoire was the focus of the 1st International Jazz Solo Piano Festival. …”

Enjoy 3 swinging takes from each of the participating pianists:

1. “Hymn for the lost Souls” – Mathias Claus

2. “Old Folks” – Mathias Claus

3. “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” – Mathias Claus

4. “Manhattan” – Bob Albanese

5. “Time remembered” – Bob Albanese

6. “Morning Nocturne” – Bob Albanese

7. “Con Alma” – Ayako Shirasaki

8. “Someday my Prince will come” – Ayako Shirasaki

9. “Lennies Pennies” – Ayako Shirasaki

Listen to audio samples available now on iTunes, CD Universe, amazon, cdbaby etc. Radio add date: 11. January 2010.

More info on the festival website

Source: Jan Matthies Music Management

Michael Lington – Collector’s Pack

Born in Denmark Michael Lington realized at an early age musical life is better in the U.S., where he soon hooked up with Mark Schulman. Mark produced Michael’s self-titled debut album (1997). His next albums were Vivid (2002), Everything Must Change (2002), Stay With Me (2004) and A Song For You (2006). In March 2008 he became a US citizen and released his album Heat on NuGroove Records.

Lington will be featured in two shows next month on the Gentlemen of the Night tour also starring fellow saxophonists Marion Meadows and Paul Taylor.

For those, who are not familiar with this artist and for his die-hard fans,  here are good news. NuGroove Records will release on February 2, 2010 Michael Lington – Collector’s Pack, a collection of three CDs containing his albums Heat, Michael Lington and Vivid. The songs will also be offered as mp3. The collection will be available for a reasonable prize.