Abram Wilson | Life Paintings – [Dune Records, 2009]The incredible trumpeter and vocalist Abram Wilson was born in Arkansas and raised in Louisiana, where he attended the famed New Orleans Center for the Performing Arts, like Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr before him. After appearing with Roy Hargrove and blues legend Ruth Brown, Wilson moved to London in 2002, where he has since become an essential part of the Dune Records roster, alongside Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste and Jazz Jamaica. In April 2006, Wilson was judged (by Sonny Rollins and John Scofield, no less) the winner in the jazz category of the International Songwriting Competition. Continue reading
Indra | Indra – [Vamana, 2010]Warm and mellow vocal jazz performed by a trio with a spacious and intimate sound.
INDRA is a jazz trio based in Århus, Denmark. This debut album features the band’s unique take on a number of known standards as well as a couple of traditional American folk songs, and a pair of tunes in Italian and Spanish thrown in for good measure.
INDRA has an extensive and diverse repertoire drawn mainly from songs that Indra Rios-Moore has collected over her last 15 years of solo singing and international touring experience.
The cd features Rani Arbo of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem on fiddle and background vocals.
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Chick Corea | Return to Forever – [Polygram, 1972]Corea was at his peak with this ’70s release, which brought together his Latin-flavored compositions and writing for singer Flora Purim with his liquid electric piano, Airto’s varied gifts on percussion, and the late great Joe Farrell’s facility on flute and sax.
One of the approaches to jazz that has unfortunately seemed to pass by the boards is what I’ll call extended comp/improv, a blend of formal composition, passages for improvisation and sections that allow for free group interaction. Sonny Rollins and Max Roach were modernists who plowed early ground in this area, and they were followed by, among others, McCoy Tyner, John Handy, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Jack DeJonette, and of course, the master of the form, Charles Mingus. Corea makes a fine contribution to the informal canon with “Sometime Ago/La Fiesta,” a hypnotic 23-minute excursion. Continue reading