BRANDON WILLIAMS - XII
A hell of a record from keyboardist and producer Brandon Williams – an artist who may well be the Larry Mizell of the 21st Century! Like Mizell, Brandon's a hell of a musician at the core – really strong and soulful on his work here – but also like Larry, Williams really has a great way of reaching out and working with others – a quality that's already gotten his music exposure on records by some other big artists, and which also opens the door here to include guest contributions from Jesse Boykins III, Robert Glasper, Frank McComb, Don Blackman, Bernard Wright, Pharoahe Monch, Nicholas Payton, Choklate, Deborah Bond, and others! That lineup should really give you an idea of the depth of this record – as Brandon finds a way to make all these great talents come together, while still letting all the individuals shine during their time in the spotlight – no egos ever taking things over, not even Brandon's own – as the album rolls along with a majestic blend of jazz and soul. Titles include "Intimidation", "Pinball Number Count", "Godsend", "Everything", "Now I Know", "Feel Free", "Yasmin", "Velas Icadas", and "Make Believe". ~ Dusty Groove
SUFIANO - MIAMI HEAT
Here is a new release from artist Sufiano: "Miami Heat" , who writes music with a very strong emphasis on melody and harmony. Miami Heat is a number that reminds one of some of the Stevie Wonder songs of the 70´s with a strong brasilian flavor. Sufiano is a new star on the music scene, when it comes to songwriting. He is originally from Mozambique but since his teen years he has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark. This number is produced in old style with ALL LIVE musicians and the line-up is as follows:
produced and arranged by Michael Millfield in Denmark; Michael Milfield: trumpet, flugelhorn, tenortrombone, keyboard & programmering; Erik Haüsler: baritone saxophone; Lars DK Nielsen: Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ & backing vocal, Sebastian Lilja: guitar; Kaspar Vadsholt: bass; Dean James: drums; Eliel Lazo: percussion; Helder Sufiano: lead vocal; Jean Paul Espinosa: lead vocal, Susanne Ørum: lead vocal & backing vocal.
KRUGLOV, NADZHAROV, SHUSHKOV, TALALAY - 1607
In the summer of 2014 in the Moscow park “Museon” on the stage of the summer cinema a series of evenings under the title «Silent movie – live music» took place. Sergey Krasin offered our quartet to take part in scoring of the film “Zvenigora” by Alexander Dovzhenko. The idea seemed so appealing to us, that we started working on it right away. It was decided to choose the path of electro-acoustic, noise, improvised and authorial directions using “straight” rhythms, where certain metro-rhythmic elements would serve only as a starting point for further transformation. The idea was for these elements to be influenced by the melodic basis and structure without being an idea-forming kernel. As a result, July 16, 2014, we gathered at the Vladimir Osinsky Studio and started to work.