WADADA LEO SMITH - THE GREAT LAKES SUITES
New release from composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is The Great Lakes Suites. Joining Smith are three extraordinary musicians - saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill, drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist John Lindberg - all of whom were born or spent their youths in cities near the Great Lakes. Smith himself lived in Chicago for several personally crucial years in the late 1960s and played with Threadgill and DeJohnette during the early days of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Lindberg has been a frequent collaborator in various ensembles particularly in the past decade. "My inspiration for composing the music on The Great Lakes Suites is centered around the idea of the Great Lakes being located in the uppermost part of the Northern hemisphere and the fact that it took a long time for them to develop and form as a large body of water. My score reflects the idea of the flatness of the lakes´ surfaces. The lakes´ flatness does not, however, imply for me stasis or inactivity. What I wish to express compositionally is the simultaneous notions of the lakes being flat and their volatility as the fundamental characteristics of the Great Lakes. Restrained, yet explosive," says Wadada Leo Smith. "The other quality I wanted to express in the compositions was multiple sectional forms, ideally, thinking of each composition as being a suite or set of multiple pieces."
KALLE KALIMIA & K-18 - BUNUEL DE JOUR
On their third release, Kalle Kalima & K-18 continue on in the world of cinema. While the group's previous two albums featured compositions by guitarist Kalima that had been inspired by the films of Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch, Buñuel de Jour features his impressions of certain key works by the legendary Spanish director Luis Buñuel, such as Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Tristana and Un Chien Andalou.
The CD features Kalima on electric guitars, Mikko Innanen on alto saxophone, xaphoon, whistles, hornpipe, Veli Kujala on quarter-tone accordion, and Teppo Hauta-aho on double bass and percussion.
JIM PEMBROKE - IF THE RAIN COMES
The long-awaited If The Rain Comes represents the return as a solo artist of Jim Pembroke, who first became more broadly known as the frontman of the highly influential Finnish progressive rock group Wigwam. It is his first new release after more than three decades since his last solo album and almost ten years since Wigwam's last recording. The album includes 11 new tracks, all with music and lyrics written by Jim Pembroke, which reflect both today's world and Pembroke's roots in Wigwam, a founding member of which he was 45 years ago.
Born in London, Pembroke now lives in Kansas City in the United States. For the band on the new record he chose both old and new acquaintances. The former include keyboardist Pedro Hietanen, a bandmate in Wigwam since the 1970s, and guitarist Jukka Orma from Pembroke’s Jimbo group in the 1980s. New acquaintances to Pembroke include two of Finland's leading jazz musicians, bassist Ulf Krokfors and drummer Mika Kallio. The recording also features guest artists, such as saxophonist Manuel Dunkel and organist Jukka Gustavson. If The Rain Comes is dedicated to its producer, the trumpeter, composer and producer Henrik Otto Donner, who already worked with Pembroke on the only recording of Blues Section in 1967 and the earliest recordings of Wigwam as well as on several of his solo recordings. As Donner passed away when the record was being finalized for release in June 2013, it also became the last production of his long career. Donner was also responsible for the string and wind arrangements on the record. The album was mainly recorded at the LA-Audio Studios in Olathe, Kansas. Trackslisting: If The Rain Comes; Gone With The Song; Columbus In India; Love Is Easier; Forever Kinda; The DNA Club; A Former Army; Doo-Wah; My Time Again; The Birds Of Summer; and Midnight In Abbey Road.