Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Releases - Sylvie Courvoisier - Double Windsor; Sax Appeal - Funkerdeen; Janette Mason - D'Ranged


Sylvie Courvoisier, Drew Gress, Kenny Wollesen. Double Windsor * The Charlier Cut * Downward Dog * Pendulum * La Cigale * Inscordatura * Corto * Hedgehog in the Fog * The Beauty and the Beast Sylvie Courvoisier steps out with her long awaited first recording for piano trio! One of the most creative pianists in the downtown scene, and a long time collaborator of Mark Feldman, Ikue Mori and many others, Sylvie combines a brilliant technique with a wild imagination that straddles classical, jazz, improvisation and more. Featuring the dynamic rhythm section of Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress, the music combines the best of improvisation and composition in the classic piano trio format. Three years in the making this is an essential project that highlights an exciting new musical world. ~ Amazon


'Funkerdeen' features a totally original set of compositions and arrangements from leader Derek Nash, he is accompanied on the front line by leading UK sax players support by a steller rhythm section. Special guests include the multi-award winning saxophonist Alan Barnes and global superstar Jools Holland on piano.Sax Appeal was formed by Derek Nash over thirty years ago and, with its unique five sax front line, has recorded six albums, travelled the world and garnered numerous awards, confirming their place in the top rank of British Jazz bands. As always, the band's repertoire on this album encompasses driving swing, groovin' funk, heartfelt blues, vibrant Latin and soulful ballads, and is the first Sax Appeal CD to feature entirely the composing and arranging pen of Derek. The band has always featured the elite of British saxophonists and a world-class rhythm section. This album is no exception. Ronnie Scott's regular, Brandon Allen, and Simon Allen, sideman to the late Stan Tracey, both flex their muscles for the first time with the band. ~ Amazon


'D'Ranged' is the third studio album from the supremely talented pianist, arranger and composer, Janette Mason and includes guest vocalists David McAlmont, Claire Martin OBE, Gwyneth Herbert and Vula Malinga. A departure from her previous two, critically acclaimed, albums, which took a clear jazz path, the concept behind 'D'Ranged' was to take classic soul, jazz and pop tunes and inject them with a brand new jazz-inflected sensibility. To this end, Janette assembled an outstanding group of singers and musicians, who may not normally cross paths, to record nine new arrangements of songs by David Bowie, Burt Bacharach, the Bee Gees, Alison Moyet, Rodgers and Hart and more. The results are simply stunning. A mainstay of the British jazz scene for over a decade, Janette Mason has toured throughout the world and has made her mark as a successful recording artist, pianist, composer and arranger. She has enjoyed an incredibly varied career and has worked with many popular acts, including Pulp, Oasis, Seal, k.d. Lang and Suzanne Vega, as well as writing music for film and TV, including Sex and the City, and Come Dine With Me. She gained a strong reputation as an arranger through her association with the singer Ian Shaw, contributing five arrangements to his Joni Mitchell album, 'Drawn to All Things'. ~ Amazon

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