Monday, July 14, 2014

New Releases: David Binney - Anacapa; Renaud Garcia-Fons - Beyond The Double Bass; Mario Pavone - Street Songs


David Binney's seventh recording, Anacapa, is his fourth for the Criss Cross label. It is entirely comprised of original music, and is the first on which he frames his distinctive alto and tenor saxophone concept with electric instruments and a global array of beats. Propelling the flow of the 8 groove-oriented compositions is an ace rhythm section of John Escreet on piano and Fender Rhodes, Matt Brewer on electric bass and either Obed Calvaire or Dan Weiss on drums; all but one of the tracks feature the two-guitar tandem of Wayne Krantz and Adam Rogers. ~


Beyond the Double Bass gives great insight into the phenomenon of Renaud García-Fons. Focussing on essential tracks of his ten CD releases, personally selected and commented. The DVD of this CD+DVD package documents the creative process of García-Fons. Film maker Nicolas Dattilesi has followed Renaud for many years, he won the ECHO Award for his Marcevol DVD. Renaud Garcá-Fons has become the best selling artist on the prestigious ENJA Records label. His career has grown into a global phenomenon in recent years. He tours regularly in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the USA, Canada and Australia. Extensive interviews and smashing concert excerpts between Paris and Istanbul on the DVD point out his unique artistry, his grasp on Mediterranean music developed out of Flamenco, the jazz tradition and classical music. ~


Playscape Recordings is proud to release Street Songs , lead by veteran bassist and composer Mario Pavone, along with trumpeter Dave Ballou, pianist Peter Madsen, Steve Johns on drums and newcomers Carl Testa on bass and Adam Matlock on accordion. Following Pavone's last CD, Arc Trio, recorded live at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City, Pavone goes back into the studio with Street Songs, recorded at Firehouse 12 Recording Studio in nearby New Haven, Connecticut. Pavone, inspired by his early memories of -stoop music- while growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Waterbury, Connecticut, pays tribute to the street-level music that influenced him in his early years. Street Songs features two bassists - a first for Pavone - and satisfies his long-standing desire to add accordion to the mix...I've always wanted to do something with accordion, a reflection of my growing up in post-WWII industrial Waterbury, Connecticut, writes Pavone. - I can still recall the sound of those Italian, Portuguese and Polish accordions--that front stoop music. Street Songs includes five new compositions by Pavone and four additional arrangements by trumpeter Dave Ballou as well as past collaborator/trumpeter Steven Bernstein. ~

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