Thursday, September 04, 2014

New Releases - AQUARIUM ORCHESTRA - Le ciel au dessus de...; SENA EHRHARDT - Live My Life; JEFF GAETH - Portrait


Aquarium Orchestra is an improvisational jazz band formed in 2008. They are a six-piece group consisting of musicians Fanny Ménégoz (flutes/vocals); Léo Jeannet (trumpet); Pierre Horckmans (clarinets and bass); Romain Baret (guitar); Romain Nassini (piano and keyboards); and Corentin Quemener (drums). Aquarium Orchestra pairs the 6 musicians with photographer Youri Picart, who is a full-fledged member of the group. The musicians, all composers, each pose their eyes on the images to write pieces - tables. Here the photographs play an integral part with the orchestra and plunge the viewer into a cinematic atmosphere, poetic and mesmerizing. This digipack contains a 20-page booklet with photographs by Yuri Picart.Tracks include Wings on the market, Objets lumineux, Compagnues inconnues, N.O.R., La revanche d’un home mort, plus others for a total of 8 songs.


Sena Ehrhardt has emerged as one of the freshest and most dynamic young voices on the blues scene today. As the buzz about her incendiary performances at clubs and festivals spreads, heavyweight acts have begun to take notice. She s been invited to open concerts for B.B. King, ZZ Top, Robert Cray, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter and Gregg Allman. Her latest release, Live My Life, further confirms Sena s ascendance to blues elite status.  'Working in the studio with producer David Z. at the helm was a dream come true. His catalog of work has been, in some ways, a soundtrack of my life - ranging from Prince to Jonny Lang. In the studio he brought inspired and emotional performances out of myself, my band and the guest musicians on my album. It was truly an honor to work with a creative and contemporary living legend in music. The carefully selected covers are songs that I have held dear to my heart for years, with my own spin on their classic stories and appeal. The process of writing the original compositions for this album, along with my guitarist, Cole Allen, was incredibly rewarding...”


'Portrait' features an incredible list of performers featuring the tasty guitars of Joe Calderon and Ryan Teanio from Los Angeles, and Trever Veilleux from Hawaii. Additionally, the project also features Hawaii Bassist Gonzo and Percussionist Bill Heideman. Since mid 2013, Jeff has been busy writing and recording the music for the upcoming release. "It has been a wonderful process and the band has grown tighter through that process." Jeff's third CD "Shoestrings" enjoyed wonderful success both in the US and abroad earning a Hawaii Na Hoku Hanohano nomination in 2012. Critics and listeners alike agreed that there was something very unique about that project. "Portrait" picks up right where "Shoestrings" left off. "Portrait is a reflection of the influences and changes that I've experienced recently in my life."The collaboration of talent on this project is really a big coming of age for Jeff. The inter-twining of artists from different genres has resulted in an album that is like no other.  "My music is the true essence of what I am about...I sincerely hope the listener will be moved".  "Portrait" was recorded and produced n both CD & Vinyl) of the music they loved listening to when they were kids - the 'cool jazz' of the 1950s. Tony's cello and bass share the lead voice with Pete's organ and piano, and they're joined by notable players on drums (Steve Gadd - 2 tracks, Jeff Siegel), guitar (David Spinozza) and sax (Erik Lawrence). Don't expect abstruse songs or long-winded solos - this album is all about great, melodic songs with high level performances by all the players. ~ Amazon

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