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Monday, September 22, 2008

New 'Riffs' 4 U




MONDAY: Two distinctive singers, Bob Mover and Bob Stewart, prove that great music talent, still awaits discovery.

TUESDAY: THE RH FACTOR. Trumpeter, Roy Hargrove, in his hip-hop zone, brings some jazz to the groove. Neo-Soul’s, Rafael Saadiq, reminds us that classic soul is timeless.

WEDNESDAY: Cuban drummer, Francisco Mela, who has electrified New York’s jazz scene, leads a news album, dedicated to his father-‘Cirio, with Jason Moran, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and Lionel Loueke.

THURSDAY: Two pianists of distinctly different styles, Lafayette Harris,jr, and Alan Broadbent, interpret some “straight ahead” classics.

FRIDAY: “GARIFUNA SOUL”, by Aurelia Martinez, a champion of the Paranda music, from the Garifuna community of Honduras. Martinez blends both traditional and modern, in a way that modernizes the music, without any loss of its original “fire”.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Who is Pastor Jazz?

you know, we're always pushing the envelope, searching for new ways to make the music matter to mroe people.
An interesting collaboration is about to open up between yours truly and Live mUsic Nation. Watch this space.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Back with Riffin'

Man, I long to be in NYC - although withthe music I had at Temple Hall on Sunday, I'm not missing much

But still.....



MONDAY: Two brilliant exponents of a capella singing, TAKE 6, whose genius lies in its vocal arrangements, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo of South Africa, who rely on the interplay between its lead vocalist and the rest of the choir.

TUESDAY: The Wee Trio, from Brooklyn, New York, might indeed be tiny-vibes, bass and drums, but their size never deters them from swinging ferociously. The big tenor sax of Frank Catalano.

WEDNESDAY: An aspiring jazz singer, Judy Wexler, takes us through the exercise with a big voice, crisp musical backing, and a smart choice of songs. The Horace Silver Quintet, at the Newport Festival of 1958, with stellar trumpeter, Louis Smith.

THURSDAY: Kenny Garrett, “Live At The Iridium” demonstrates once again, how he combines mastery of his horn with deep spirituality. Pharoh Sanders, his guest, is rock solid.

FRIDAY: Bahia’s Raimundo Sodre, a master of “samba chula”, the roots music of central Bahia. Midnite Liontribe’s reggae lyric, is a stream of consciousness without parallel in reggae.

Butler Trio @ Red Bones

Composer and keyboard player " par excellence" HAROLD BUTLER TRIO will perform on Friday September 19th, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. at Red Bones Blues Café with Maurice Gordon and Deleon "Jubba" White.

Pianist, composer, arranger and producer, Harold Butler is one of Jamaica’s finest musical talents whom throughout his career has performed, composed, arranged and produced some of Jamaica’s most popular music. As pianist, Buther has recorded, worked and toured with a long list of musicians including Bunny Wailer and Jimmy Cliff to name a few.

" The Butler " has recorded, co-produced and produced with and for some of Jamaica’s best musicians and singers. Hits for singers include Pam and Woody (Book of Life), Beresford Hammond (One Step Ahead), Cynthia Schloss (Love me Forever) and Ernest Wilson (Let True Love Be). His solo albums which include and feature both vocal and instrumental tracks are : The Butler did it, My Life : part 1, Meditation Heights, African on my mind, and the soundtrack for the movie The children of Babylon.

Guitarist, composer and promoter Maurice Gordon will be playing his second instrument bass guitar for this performance. In the drum chair will be the very versatile Deleon White.


Percussionist Larry McDonald came home to Jmaica on this particular occasion to bury a brother. But after a high-sprited free-flowing jam session at Temple Hall Estate on Sunday night (of a type that the property is definitely becoming known for - even if among a few), he reunited with some musical brothers, and even made a few new ones.

The crew, assembled on short notice, noentheless comprised some of the very best instrumentalists working today, cutting across generations, with younger players like drummer Akil 'Red Bull' Karram (who's cutting his musical teeth with Lloyd Parkes among others) and bassist - and Nigerian transplant Mfonobasi easily mixing with established players like Maurice Gordon and trumpeter Vivian Scott as well as veterans like tenor saxist Leslie Samuels (whose effortlessly rich yet subtle tone reminds this writer of Joe Henderson)

With the pictures of jazz greats lining the walls all around, the band tore through ska and jazz standards alike, each player tapping into a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration as brilliant solo followed brilliant solo. It may already be hackneyed to tie in such obvious expositions of greatness to the recent Olympic triumph, but it bears repeating: we are world beaters in every chosen field. If only more of us could be privy to transcendent exercises like the Sunday set at Temple Hall. Maybe then eyes would open - in officialdom as well as the often complacent professional class - and thingswould really begin to flower.Links

Sunday, September 14, 2008

'The Larry Mac Attack' @ the Blue Monk

The only things taht will really be attacked are instruments and - more importantly - the notion that quality live music is dead in the Corproate Area. Thnaks to Herbie, Dennis et al for these great opportunities. Don't miss if you can.

Blue Monk Jazz Gallery at the Temple Hall Estate, Temple Hall will be the venue for a Sunday Afternoon Jam Session. Guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith, drummer Dessi Jones, Bassist Professor Larry Silvera, Barry Bailey and Nambo on trombones , Ibo on keyboard and Leslie Samuels on Tenorsaxophone, will join master percussionist Larry McDonald for an afternoon of spontaneous music.
There is no cover but a contribution to instrumental rental is encouraged.

Yes, I can hear you. There he goes again with those short and sudden notices. But let us look at it this way. We have been able, at short notice, to see and hear some of Jamaica’s best international musicians since, at short notice we had Bammy Rose, Taddy Mowatt, Karl McLeod and Orville Hammond in February. We later had Lester Sterling, and just last week, Lloyd Knibb, Cedric Brooks, Leslie Samuels and, again, Lester Sterling. These are Jamaican musicians with international reputations who were visiting, mostly for personal family reasons, and on a suggestion decided to play. In the case of recently deceased trumpeter Johnny Moore ––though he lived here he played mostly for friends in private or abroad where he was much appreciated–– the one tune he performed in February with Bammy Rose was the last time we saw and heard him play.

With musicians we seize the moment because they are unpredictable. They turn up unexpectedly. They depart unexpectedly. The most adventurous among them are always ready to play. Larry McDonald is such a musician. On Friday I received a call from him that said: “I am in the Miami airport coming home for my brother’s funeral. I will be there for the weekend. Is there a way to set up a musical situation?” Well, here it is. At short notice we have an opportunity to see and hear Jamaica’s own percussionist extraordinaire, Larry McDonald.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Stayin' Alive

Between the assault of Gustav and other persoanl issues, I've missed so much - most recently the memorial for Johnny 'Dizzy' Moore and the Skavoovie concert. Caught a greta show last week at Red Bones with Rupert Bent Sr (his new, as yet unreleased CD is pretty good also)
Till I sort out above-referenced issues, posting will be limited, but I took this time to say a big thanks to faithful readers and supporters of this blog, and continue to hold strain - "I shall return" in full soon