Thursday, May 23, 2019

New Music Releases: Joyce, Nana Vasconcelos & Mauricio Maestro - Visions of Dawn; Aberdeen - Downpour; Doug Carn And His West Coast Band - Free For All

Joyce, Nana Vasconcelos & Mauricio Maestro - Visions of Dawn

Recorded in Paris, in 1976, Visions of Dawn is the stunning ‘lost’ Brazilian acid-folk album by Joyce, Nana Vasconcelos and Mauricio Maestro. First uncovered and released in 2009, the record transfixed Brazilian music lovers and fans of otherworldly psych-folk alike. Led by the sharp lyrics and gorgeous voice of a young Joyce Moreno, the trio is completed by the late great Brazilian percussion legend Nana Vasconcelos, and master arranger, producer and bassist Mauricio Maestro. Having been out of print for years, Visions of Dawn is getting a much deserved vinyl repress. When the album was repressed a few years ago, it sold out immediately. So be sure to grab one from the Far Out Shop | Bandcamp to avoid missing out this time.

Aberdeen - Downpour

With its massive, one-of-a-kind sound, Aberdeen is proud to announce the release of its debut album Downpour. It is Aberdeen’s brand of jazz with pop inflections that contributed to their selection in the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program — in this case a tour to Central Asia — where Aberdeen will perform and teach. Downpour features GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Bob Reynolds (John Mayer, Snarky Puppy) and bassist Adam Neely, who hosts a 650,000+ subscriber music channel on YouTube. 
Aberdeen features a brass section with jazz elements, paired with production and songwriting influences of the from pop music of today. Downpour is produced by Aberdeen’s alto saxophonist Brian Plautz. The band's sold-out album release performance at the renowned Rockwood Music Hall in New York City featured 20 musicians spilling off of the stage into the audience — and a similarly large ensemble is featured on the album. Aberdeen’s music is about community; a large collective of musicians with the hope of sharing its music to audiences throughout the world.

Doug Carn And His West Coast Band - Free For All

Fantastic work from jazz organ genius Doug Carn – a player who's been off most folks' radar for a few decades, but has continued to make some really wonderful music of his own! This set's got Doug in tighter, sharper formation than on his 70s classics for the Black Jazz label – working with a quartet that features really searing work on tenor from Howard Riley and Teodross Avery – paired up and soaring to the skies with the bold, modal lines that flow from Carn's fingers with effortless ease! There's no bass at all on the record – Doug handles all of that with the foot pedals – and drummer Deszon Claiborne really gets the groove right, with a mix of complexity and swing that really echoes Doug's best impulses on the Hammond. Titles include "Bad Attitude", "Search For Peace", "Beyond All Limits", "Free For All", "Spiritual Sunrise Spiritual Sunset", and a great version of "Little B's Poem" – different than the style Doug used on the tune in the 70s. ~ Dusty Groove

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