Mario Adnet & Phillippe Baden Powell | AfroSambaJazz – [Adventure Music, 2009]Truth is told: Had the great Billy Strayhorn been even mildly interested in courting recognition for his contribution to Duke Ellington’s music, he would have occupied a much more rarified place in the pantheon of composers and arrangers – and even pianists – in the modern history of music. His reticence, even diffidence, was all encompassing. Mario Adnet could very possibly be the same kind of personality. AfroSambaJazz (Adventure Music 2009) is just another example of this. Adnet has made a magnificent record musically honoring Tom Jobim, shepherded three spectacular projects in homage of the great Moacir Santos – not to mention a superb period piece, Samba Meets Boogie Woogie… Now he’s at the center of this highly polished revue of the music of legendary guitarist, Baden Powell. The fact that he is joined by Phillippe Baden Powell, son of the late master, who provides great insights into his father’s music and sensitive arrangements on many tracks and spectacular piano, when called for, puts the proverbial cherry on the cake. Continue reading
“Moment to Moment,” is absolutely stunning, adorable, captivating, expressive and soulful. These compelling classics are rejuvenated from the spirit of an extraordinary composer, arranger, producer and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. From the beginning, you’ll find yourself seduced by the impending transparency of Hargrove’s attractive tonality on these exquisite ballads and arrangements. These infinite treasures will envelope you with a stream of imminent melodies painting a picture of soncially challenging, stimulating, beautiful, and inspiring music. Simply amazing, this buoyant masterpiece is one to savor from this point to eternity! ~ The Urban Flux
Roy Hargrove | Moment to Moment – [Polygram Records, 2000]Since the 1950s, the album Clifford Brown with Strings has set the standard for playing ballads on the trumpet. In the 1980s, Wynton Marsalis’s “Hot House Flowers” was a welcome addition to that ballad tradition. With Moment to Moment, Roy Hargrove sets a soft tone for the 21st century. Backed by alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, pianist Larry Willis, bassist Gerald Cannon, and drummer Willie Jones III, Hargrove’s tender trumpet and flügelhorn beautifully combine the best of Freddie Hubbard’s power and Art Farmer’s phrasing. Draped with pillow-soft orchestrations by Hargrove, Willis, Cedar Walton, and Gil Goldstein, the leader sings through his horn with a longing and lyrical melodic touch. Chestnuts like “You Go to My Head,” Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “How Insensitive,” and the title track by Henry Mancini come alive with the same freshness found on Hargrove’s newer gems, including Pat Metheny’s tearful “Always and Forever” and the trumpeter’s own “Natural Wonders.” Simply put, this offering from Roy Hargrove is a splendid love letter for a new century. —Eugene Holley Jr.
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Antonio Valdetaro | Leticia – [Independent Artist, 2009]Born in the city of Niteroi near Rio De Janeiro, Valdetaro traveled to Europe to expand his knowledge and study music. In the meantime, he decided to hone his skills by gigging with Europe’s finest musicians extensively throughout the continent under the helm of his contemporaries Barney Kessell and Kurt Rosenwinkel before returning to his native land Brazil and soon settled Sao Paolo.
On this wonderful collection of nine originals, Antonio is accompanied by his talented cohorts in conversation with their interplay reveal with zeal Valdetaro’s rich and vibrant tone which embodies the true intimacy of these stylist, complex and sophisticated nuances that embraces the innermost details the compelling sounds of Bossa Nova. There are moments, his distinguished voice is reminiscent of another influential guitarist named Pat Metheny. Continue reading
We’re extremely excited about DL Media’s impeccable lineup of artists and their releases for the upcoming new year!
(nv) Fahir Atakoglu
Faces & Places
feat. Randy Brecker, John Patitucci, Wayne Krantz, Bob Mintzer, Romero Lubambo and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez
Far & Here, LLC
(jf) Antonio Ciacca
feat. Steve Grossman, Stacy Dillard, Kengo Nakamura, Ulysses Owens
(sb) Gene Harris
Another Night in London
(dl) Sofia Rei Koutsovitis
World Village/Harmonia Mundi
(jf) Joe Locke
For The Love Of You
feat. Kenny Washington, Geoffrey Keezer, George Mraz, and Clarence Penn
E1 Entertainment Continue reading