Posts Tagged ‘ World Music ’

The Pan – Peligro Andante

Calgary, Canada based bass guitarist Pan Sciore is The Pan. Pan plays all sorts of bass (electric 4, 5, 6 string, fretted, fretless, and upright acoustic), along with a little guitar, accordion, piano, and a variety of percussion instruments. A classical multi-instrumentalist.

His new album is entitled Peligro Andante (2016). The Pan explains: “The meaning behind is more that the danger (‘peligro’) you will encounter is yours, you have nothing to fear, so keep on going along (‘andante’).”

Pan describes his music as an inter-mix of instrumental world, flamenco, light jazz, easy listening and a bit of funk. Pan recorded this album with Miles Jackson as recording engineer, who also contributed keyboards and percussion on selected tracks.

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Artur Bayramgalin – Let’s Talk

Russian guitarist Artur Bayramgalin has already created some gems of smooth jazz. To mention are Interro Island (2009), Electric Breezz (2010), Perfect Day (2014), and My Seasons (2015). His new album Let’s Talk (2017) is just released on the freshly founded German Lemongrassmusic sub-label Lemon Jazz Records.

Artur is supported on his new album by Artur Gimaev (trumpet), Anton Buzz (sax), Leysan Saripova and Elvina Mustafina (vocals), and Rustem Karimov (percussion). The album lifts off with Let’s Talk, an intimate conversation between Artur and the trumpeter Artur Gimaev, breathing the melancholy of a summer afternoon.

Embedded in a Latin-inspired rhythm Artur celebrates the sound of his guitar on Intero featuring Anton Buzz on sax. Bayramgalin’s inner relaxed attitude gets its expression in his smooth-running guitar performance. With a swaying Samba beat he approaches the Tangerine Coast. The tangerine is an orange-colored citrus fruit that is closely related to, or possibly a type of, mandarin orange. The sweet fruitiness morphs into a rich harmonic declaration of lyrical independence.

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Reza Khan – Wind Dance

Bangladesh born Jazz guitarist Reza Khan has already released the albums Painted Diaries (2008), A Simple Plan (2011) and The Dreamwalker (2013). His new project is entitled Wind Dance (2016).

His new album features saxophonist Andy Snitzer, trumpeter Rick Braun, bassists Mark Egan and Gary Granger, guitarists Miles Gilderdale and Marc Antoine, saxophonist/flutist Nelson Rangell, drummer Greg Granger and keyboardist Philippe Saisse. In addition perform members of his longtime live band, bassist Ray Dienneman, saxophonist Nigel Innes, drummer Bill Donnelly and guitarist Brian Taylor. Furthermore drummers Graham Hawthorn and Sean Dixon, bassist Paul Frazier, and percussionist Davi Vieira.

The album starts with the smoky Ride inspired by the rock fusion sound of the Rippingtons. The song lives by Andy Snitzer’s sonic heartbeat and Reza’s emotionally charged and furious guitar play.

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Jesse Cook – One World

Paris-born, Toronto-raised guitarist Jesse Cook is known for his special mixture of flamenco and jazz flavored with special world music. This musician takes the term world music literally.

For his previous album The Rumba Foundation (2009) he flew down to Colombia and worked with a group called Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto. His new album One World (2015) is focused on Constantinople, the ancient name of the modern Turkish city Istanbul.

With Jesse perform Chris Church (all sort of strings), Chendy Leon (percussion), Anwar Kurshid (sitar), Amy Laing (cello), Drew Jureka and Rebekah Wolkstein (violins, violas).

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Jesse Cook – One World

OneWorldConstantinople, the ancient melting pot mecca intersecting Europe, India, Middle East and Africa, serves as the inspiration for the adventurous sonic explorations of One World, the ninth studio album from world music guitarist Jesse Cook. Joining primal instrumentation from all over the globe with rhythmic loops, textured audioscapes and technological experimentation, Cook’s eOne Music release, which debuted at No. 1 on the jazz and world music charts in the Canadian’s homeland, will receive it’s official U.S. release on October 2 tied to the launch of the first leg of the American “One World” concert tour, scheduled to play 18 cities this fall beginning October 7 in Tucson, Arizona. Riding off to radio stations early next month is the exotic call-and-response frolic “Taxi Brazil.”

Juno Award winner and 11-time nominee Cook composed and produced “One World,” an aural journey showcasing the Paris-born, Toronto-reared artist’s cultured cornucopia of rumba, flamenco, jazz, gypsy, pop and classical guitar parlance, rife with runs and riffs demonstrating dazzlingly dexterity. Strumming and plucking mystic melodies, evocative harmonies and contemplative meditations, Cook places his guitar on “One World” amidst carefully-crafted instrumental beds that just may be the most experimental of his career. He incorporated more modern technology to create interesting beats and inventive sounds, placing them side by side with traditional instruments that have been around for centuries.

“One could imagine musicians from all over the world meeting in a marketplace in Constantinople and the mad, beautiful music that would have ensued. What would that have sounded like?” Cook pondered. “I didn’t want my crossroads to be limited to only traditional instruments; I wanted music from different time periods represented as well. Now you have ancient instruments like the Armenian duduk or the Arabic oud (the ancestor to the guitar), meeting record scratching, industrial textures, sample and loop technology. That is the world I wanted my guitar to venture through. I’ve always been interested in music technology, but on this record I gave it a wider scope.” Continue reading

Juan Carlos Mendoza – Mediterranova

Spanish bassist Juan Carlos Mendoza gained my attention through his CD Thanks To Life, an album with many musical surprises. His debut album from 2005 is entitled Mediterranova and shows the origins of this remarkable artist.

Originally from Chile he continued his musical life in Barcelona (Spain) and further on the Canary Islands, where he played with various jazz-rock groups. Then he arrived at Majorca and joined countless bands with local musicians. Further he traveled to Madrid and participated as a member of several groups. After 10 years both in the studio and live with the band Hevia he recorded his first album.

The recordings are supported by guitarists Juan Calleja, Nando Concalez, Jayme Marquez, Toni Jimeno, keyboardists Gherardo Catanzaro, Marco Rasa, Alexis Hernandez, drummers Minin Figuerola, Christian Costantini, David Hyam and many more. Although no artists from the known orbit of smooth jazz are involved, this is however an interesting work.

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Juan Carlos Mendoza – Thanks To Life

What could be more exciting than to discover a previous unknown musician and his music? In the case of Spanish guitarist Juan Carlos Mendoza and his album Thanks To Life the whole is an adventure.

Unbound by genre thinking Juan puts on his album the music that is close to his heart. Some of the best musicians of Spain are joining this project such as Norbert Fimpel and Inaki Arakistain (sax), Cristina del Valle and Ivana Manzotti (vocals), Gherardo Catanzaro, Javier Mora (keyboards), Javier Barral (guitars), and a lot more.

Limoncello Break is launching a massive deluge of Funk. Inspired by an Italian liqueur the musicians let it hang out with a zesty groove. On top the outstanding Norbert Fimpel on sax, who defines Funk in a new way.

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