Jason Rebello – Anything But Look ★★★★

Lyte Records

Jason Rebello (p, kys, v), Tim Garland (fl, b clt), Paul Stacey (g), Pino Palladino, Karl Rasheed-Abel (b), Troy Miller (d), Omar, Will Downing, Joy Rose, Xantoné Blacq, Jacob Collier, Sumudu Jayatilaka, Alicia Carroll and Aja Downing (v). Rec. April 3-4 2013

Anything But Look finds Rebello recording as a ‘solo’ artist after a hiatus of a dozen years. Not that he’s been off the radar: touring with Sting and Jeff Beck has only enriched his musical palette. After such a break, the man must have had a mountain of material to record that may have led to a mighty mess. But although the album is eclectic in styles, it’s a release of refreshing unity. It’s held together by Rebello’s personal, spiritual journey that reaches a happy resolution (of sorts), as noted by the closing titles ‘New Joy’ and ‘Lighten Up The Load’.

As often occurs, though, the devil gets the best tunes, notably ‘Dark’, with its swirling, neurotic theme, illuminated by a deliriously beautiful vocals from Alicia Carrol. Indeed, all the vocals are outstanding, each voice picked to fit a theme. So the soul stirrer ‘Is This How?’ is gorgeously rendered by Will Downing while the latin funk of ‘Know What You Need’ zips along beneath Omar’s vocals. But it’s those keys you come back to. Rebello’s fave influences remain: Kenny Kirkland chordings scaffold ‘Man On The Train’; Corea’s rhumba groove is never far away; while Jan Hammer’s spirit inhabits the synth work, notably when Rebello elegantly entwines with Stacey on ‘With Immediate Effect’. And of course Hancock’s clarity and open musical mind underwrites it all. Even as a teen prodigy, Rebello received praise for his maturity; but now in his forties, a family man and educator, as well as having that rich career to draw upon, he’s produced an album that’s singularly soulful. Like Kenny Garret (or indeed old boss Mr Sumner) Rebello reveals that pop, soul and complex, jazz textures are not polar opposites but joyful places on the spectrum that is simply great music.

– Andy Robson

Jazzwise October 2013 Issue Album Reviews List

All these albums are reviewed in the OCTOBER 2013 issue of Jazzwise which is out now – to read them all click here to subscribe here and get a FANTASTIC FREE CD

New Releases

Billy Bang Da Bang! TUM

Andy Bey The World According To Andy Bey High Note

Kenny Burrell Special Requests (and other Favorites) – Live at Catalina’s HighNote

Marc Cary Focus Trio Four Directions Motéma

Philip Clouts Quartet The Hour of Pearl Point Records

Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos Live In San Francisco Nonesuch

Chick Corea The Vigil Concord Jazz

Patrick Cornelius Infinite Blue Whirlwind Recordings

Jacqui Dankworth Live To Love Specific Jazz

Dan Berglund’s Tonbruket Nubium Swimtrip ACT

Tanja Feichtmair/Fredi Pröll/Uli Winter Trio Now! Leo

The Clive Fenner Quartet Get It! Jazzizit Records

Steve Gadd Band Gadditude BFM Jazz

Kenny Garrett Pushing the World Away Mack Avenue

Mike Gibbs + Twelve Play Gil Evans Whirlwind

Johanna Graham Quartet Don’t Let Me Be Lonely 33 Records

Hallam/Roberts Jazz Five The Sunny Side of the Street P.E.K

Dave Holland’s Prism Prism Dare2/OKeh

Ethan Iverson/Lee Konitz/Larry Grenadier/ Jorge Rossy Costumes are Mandatory High Note

Ahmad Jamal Saturday Morning: La Buissonne Studio Sessions Jazzbook Records

Stacey Kent The Changing Lights Parlophone

Kentyah Presents M1, Brian Jackson Evolutionary Minded: Furthering The Legacy Of Gil Scott-Heron Motema

Alexey Kruglov/Alexey Lapin/Jaak Sooäär/ Oleg Yudanov Military Space Leo

Joachim Kühn Trio Voodoo Sense ACT

René Marie I Wanna Be Evil (With Love To Eartha Kitt) Motéma Music

Mark Masters Ensemble Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen Capri

Phil Meadows Group Engines of Creation Boom Better Records Boom

Nicolas Meier Trio Kismet MGP

Ivo Perelman One Rare Noise

Jonathan Silk Big Band with Percy Pursglove Uncouth www.jonathansilk.co.uk

Alex Sipiagin From Reality and Back 5Passion Records

Ches Smith and These Arches Hammered Clean Feed

Gisle Torvik Tranquil Fjord Ozella

Ken Vandermark’s Topology Nonet featuring Joe McPhee Impressions of Po Music Okka

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble Outstairs ECM

Norman Watt-Roy Faith & Grace Cadiz Recording Company

David Weiss Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter Motema MTM

The Whammies Play The Music of Steve Lacy Vol. 2 Driff

Kenny Wheeler Six for Six Cam Jazz

Ben Wolfe From Here I See MaxJazz

Michael Wollny Wunderkammer XXL ACT

Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico Miel Music

Short Cuts/New Releases

Johannes Berauer The Vienna Chamber Diaries Material Records

Jeff Lorber Fusion Hacienda Heads up

Black Host Life in the Sugar Candle Mines NSPY

Sharp Gibbs Niggli Crossing the Waters Intakt

YolanDa Brown April Showers May Flowers Black Grape

Rufus Reid Quiet Pride Motéma

Bryan Corbett / Chris Dodd Green BCCD Records

Mara Rosenbloom Quartet Songs from the Ground FSNT

Bystrov Bledsoe Lapin Trioloque Leo

Nick Sanders Trio Nameless Neighbours Sunnyside

Joachim Gies Mnemosyne Leo

Ronny Graupe Spoom Pirouet

Mary Stallings But Beautiful HighNote

Iro Haarla Sextet Kolibri TUM

Marc Halbheer’s 5th Edition Confidence in Symmetry Texit

Brahja Waldmann’s Quartet Cosmic Brahjas/Closer to the Tones Howl!

Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr Running ACT

Kazumi Watanabe Tricoroll Cristal Records

Joel Harrison 19 Infinite Possibility Sunnyside

Earl Klugh Hand Picked Heads Up

Reissues/Archive

Curtis Amy Groovin’ Blue/Way Down/Tippin’ On Through Fresh Sounds

Albert Ayler Live On The Riviera ESP-DISK

Billy Cobham Compass Point Purple Pyramid

Ornette Coleman Friends And Neighbours BGP/Flying Dutchman

John Coltrane The Complete Paul Chambers Sessions Essential Jazz Classics

John Coltrane Complete 1961 Copenhagen Concert ‘In’ Crowd

Miles Davis Unissued Café Bohemia Broadcasts Domino

Miles Davis So What Nederlands Jazz Archief

Kenny Drew Four Classic Albums Introducing The Kenny Drew Trio/This Is New/ Talkin’ & Walkin’/Pal Joey Avid

Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra The Duke at Fargo 1940 Storyville

Joachim Kühn Cinemascope MPS

Maynard Ferguson MF Horn/MF Horn2/ MFHorn3 BGO Records

Tommy Flanagan Four Classic Albums Avid Jazz

Coleman Hawkins Alive! At The Village Gate 1962 Fresh Sounds

Roy Haynes Three Classic Albums: Plus We Three/Just Us/ Out Of The Afternoon/ Jazz Abroad Avid

Art Hodes I Remember Bessie Delmark

Paul Horn In India/Cosmic Consciousness – Paul Horn In Kashmir BGO Records

Roscoe Mitchell Quartet Live at ‘A Space’ 1975 Delmark/Sackville

Paul Motian On Broadway Vol.III Winter & Winter

Dizzy Reece The Complete Recordings 1954-62 Acrobat

Tom Scott Blow It Out/Intimate Strangers/Street Beat

Wayne Shorter Beginnings Proper Box

 

Short Cuts/ Reissues

Chet Baker Chet Baker and Crew Phoenix

Louis Bellson Big Band Jazz From The Summit / Small Band Unreleased Studio Session Fresh Sound

Acker Bilk The Radio Luxembourg Sessions, Vols 7, 8 and 9 Vocalion Francy Boland Playing with the Trio Schema

Bob Brookmeyer Traditionalism Revisited Phoenix

Don Carlos / Laurie Johnson Crazy Latin / A Brass Band Swinging Vocalion

Benny Carter / Bill Coleman / Henri Chaix The Three C’s Sackville

Duke Ellington Retrospection / The Piano Sessions Phoenix

Benny Goodman Complete Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert Phoenix

Lionel Hampton Three Classic Albums Plus Avid

Freddie Hubbard Bundle of Joy / Super Blue / Love Connection BGO

Chuck Mangione Love Notes / Disguise / Save Tonight For Me BGO

Esther Marrow Newport News, Virginia BGP

Buddy Rich No Funny Hats Scabeba

Various Artists Masters of Boogie Woogie Piano Avid

Sarah Vaughan No Count Sarah / After Hours at the London House MJR

Kenny Garrett – Pushing the World Away ★★★★

Mack Avenue MAC1078 Kenny Garrett (as, ss, chant, p), Benito Gonzalez (p), Corcoran Holt (b), Marcus Baylor (d), Rudy Bird (perc), Ravi Best (t), Vernell Brown (p, chant), McClenty Hunter (d, v), Mark Whitfield Jr (d), Jean Baylor (v), Carolin Pook (vln), Brian Sanders (clo), Jen Herman (vla). Rec. date not stated

Last year’s Seeds from the Underground CD was a Grammy magnet, collecting two nominations – for ‘solo’ and ‘best instrumental album’ – as well as winning a prestigious German equivalent, aka an ECHO Jazz award. Garrett’s very unlikely to top that with Pushing the World Away, even though this exhilarating new recording – his third for the Michigan-based Mack Avenue label – feels like a real step up. With a rotating line-up mixing youth and experience, the band have a ‘live’ dynamic that’s obviously benefitted from the extensive on-the-road workouts promoting the previous CD.

Unlike Seeds... though, this is not a ‘tribute’ album as such. But Garrett never stops remembering the legacy of his elders and mentors, and a homage to a close confidant and collaborator Mulgrew Miller who sadly passed away earlier this year is an explosive opener, featuring the effusive young McCoy Tyner-ish Venezuelan pianist Benito Gonzalez, the star on his previous CD. Garrett plays to the strengths of the personnel, with pianist Vernell Brown and the fiery drummer McClenty Hunter especially cooking up a storm. A couple of dedications might state the obvious – a Moorish-tinged ‘Hey Chick’ takes a bow to his Five Peace Band supergroup bandmate and the Guadeloupian ‘L’Ouvert’ is a love letter to Sonny Rollins – but the spirit and sheer enthusiasm of the recording is never compromised. And Garrett’s only non-original, a coolly odd-metered version of Burt Bacharach’s ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ feels surprisingly fresh. Garrett has hit another high in his recording career. This month’s dates in London at Ronnie Scott’s suddenly look all the more mouth watering.

Selwyn Harris

Tommaso Starace – Simply Marvellous! ★★★

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Tommaso Starace (as, ss), Fabrizio Bosso (t, flhn), Roger Beaujolais (vib), Michele Di Toro (p), Attilio Zanchi (b) and Tommy Bradascio (d). Rec. 4-5 August 2012

It might seem a bit perverse for a saxophonist to celebrate a force of nature pianist like the late Michel Petrucciani, who’s best remembered for his rollicking technique and open-hearted and generous musical spirit. But the pianist was also a prolific composer and it is Petrucciani’s compositional canon that saxophonist Starace celebrates here with his regular quartet, and guest trumpet and vibes.

Petrucciani certainly wrote good tunes. And like all gifted composers, his strong melodies, catchy lines and harmonic structures were all of a piece. Starace’s selection takes in the jolly and the austere – ‘Little Peace in C for You’ and ‘Even Mice Can Dance’ – as well as latin and township soul. And ‘My Bebop Tune’ is taken in unison at a fair old lick. If nothing else, this CD should make people more aware of the range of Petrucciani’s songwriting talent and look to his songbook for source material.

The execution, though, is a bit too straightforward to get at the Petrucciani essence. Starace is a solid alto saxophonist with some nice lines, and delivers the themes accurately and with feeling. Trumpet and vibes add variety and pianist Michele Di Toro gets in some neat two-handed stuff. But the CD needs more fire and flamboyance to truly celebrate the Petrucciani canon.

Mike Hobart

Jazzwise September 2013 Issue Album Reviews List

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New Releases

Pepper Adams Joy Road: Complete Works of Pepper Adams Motéma

Antonio Adolfo Finas Misturas (Fine Mixtures) AAM

Carol Saboya Belezas: Music of Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento AAM

ARC Archipelago Gateway Music

Mulatu Astatke Sketches Of Ethiopia Jazz Village

Barbacana Barbacana Babel

David Binney Lifted Land Criss Cross Criss

Terence Blanchard Magnetic Blue Note

Geri Allen Grand River Crossings Motéma

Ralph Alessi Baida ECM

Jim Blomfield Trio Wave Forms and Sea Changes Pig Records

Brainkiller Colourless Green Superheroes RareNoise Records

Uri Caine Ensemble George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue Winter & Winter

Francesco Cataldo Spaces Alfa Music AFM

The Buck Clayton Legacy Band Claytonia

Harry Connick Jr Every Man Should Know Sony Music

Geoff Eales, Ben Waghorn, Ashley John Long Free Flow 33 Xtreme

The Dowland Project/ John Potter Night Sessions ECM

Esa Helasvuo Stella Nova TUM TUM

The Impossible Gentlemen Internationally Recognised Aliens Basho Records

Bob James and David Sanborn Quartette Humaine Okeh

Peter Jones One Way Ticket To Palookaville Howlin’ Werewolf

Edgar Knecht Dance on Deep Waters Ozella

Dave Liebman/Michael Stephens Lineage Whaling City Sound

The Dave Liebman Trio Lieb Plays the Beatles Daybreak

Bobby McFerrrin Spirit You All Sony Masterworks

Mostly Other People Do the Killing Red Hot Hot Cup

Moz Trio Sparkling Water, Please Oh Yeah Records

Mark Murphy A Beautiful Friendship: Remembering Shirley Horn Gearbox

David Newton/Colin Oxley/Andrew Cleyndert Out Of This World Trio

John O’Gallagher The Anton Webern Project Whirlwind Recordings

Magnus Öström Searching for Jupiter ACT

OWL Trio Owl Trio Losen Records

Nicholas Payton #BAM: Live at Bohemian Caverns BMF

Luis Perdomo Links Criss Cross Jazz

Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit Blue Note

Maciek Pysz Trio Insight 33Jazz

Ravi Shankar The Living Room Sessions Part 2 East Meets West Music

Asaf Sirkis Trio Shepherd’s Stories

Wadada Leo Smith Occupy The World TUM

Sons Of Kemet Burn Naim

Ted & Gladys The Rhythm of Life Jazzizit Records

Three Fall Realise! ACT

Will Vinson Live at Smalls SmallsLive

Jack Walrath To Hellas and Back Steeplechase

Short Cuts New Releases

The Avengers On A Mission Gudari Records

Leo Blanco Pianoforte www.leoblanco.com

Sylvie Courvoisier-Mark Feldman Duo Live at Theatre Vidy-Lausanne Intakt

Jon Davis Trio Beauty and the Blues Venus Records

Harold Danko Quintet Oatts & Perry III Steeplechase

Kat Edmonson Way Down Low OKeh

Ghosts of the Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood Resonant Music

Girls in Airports Kaikoura Gateway Music

Dick Hyman Trio You’re My Everything Venus

Yoron Israel Visions – The Music of Stevie Wonder Ronja Music

Charlie Jones Love Form Stranger Records

John Martino’s Romantic Jazz Trio The Michael in Jazz /The Beatles in Jazz 2 Venus

Ron McClure Ready or Not Steeplechase

Patty Peterson The Very Thought of You Celebration

Andrew Rathbun Shadow Forms II Steeplechase

Sam Reed meets Roberto Magris Ready for Reed JMood

Reissues

Nat Adderley Quintet Workin’ Timeless Jazz Legacy

Bea Benjamin with Dollar Brand African Songbird Matsuli Music

The Dave Brubeck Quartet Jazz Impressions of the USA Phoenix Recordings

The Dave Brubeck Quartet Live at Juan-Les-Pins Domino Records

Miles Davis Quintet Amsterdam Concert In Crowd

Miles Davis Quintet & Sextet Essential Jazz Classics EJC

Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach Money Jungle Poll Winners

Bill Evans Trio with Chuck Israels and Paul Motian Complete Recordings Essential Jazz Classics

Louis Hayes and Company The Super Quartet Timeless Jazz Legacy

Allan Holdsworth Flat Tire: Music For A Non-existent Movie MoonJune Records

Keith Jarrett Mysteries/Shades BGO

The Jazz Messengers The Complete Jazz Messengers At The Café Bohemia Phoenix

Wynton Kelly Trio Complete Vee Jay Studio Recordings Phoenix

Roland Kirk/Roy Haynes Domino/Out Of The Afternoon American Jazz Classics

Henry Lowther Band Child Song Esoteric

Melodic Art-Tet Melodic Art-Tet NoBusiness

Les McCann Les McCann Sings/ Pretty Lady Fresh Sound Records

The Gospel Truth/Soul Hits/McCanna BGO Records

Thelonious Monk/John Coltrane Complete Live At The Five Spot Phoenix

Sonny Rollins & Co Complete 1962 Sessions Fresh Sound

Woody Shaw The Complete Muse Sessions Mosaic

Sonny Stitt Rearin’ Back American Jazz Classics

Short Cuts Reissues

Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters 4CD Deluxe Collection Mercury

Count Basie On My Way and Shoutin’ Again / Not Now, I’ll Tell You When American Jazz Classics

Count Basie The Count Basie Orchestra Play Neal Hefti Fresh Sound

Billy Bean/Hal Gaylor/Walter Norris The Trio Fresh Sound

Charles Bell Contemporary Jazz Quartet Fresh Sound

Milt Buckner Please Mr Organ Player / Send Me Softly Solar

Nat King Cole Canta en Espagnol Jackpot

Chris Connor Four Classic Albums Plus Avid

Barbara Dane Living With The Blues / On My Way Fresh Sound

Tal Farlow Three Classic Albums plus Avid

Frances Faye Frenzy / Swinging All The Way Fresh Sound

Thad Jones …And the Danish Radio Big Band / Eclipse Jazz Dynamics

Paul Kuhn Swing 85 – Limited Edition Birthday Box In and Out

George Lewis Jazz at the Ohio Union Upbeat

Junior Mance Three Classic Albums Plus Avid

Carmen McRae Something Wonderful Fresh Sound

Tito Puente El Rey Bravo / Tamba Malanga Music

Chuck Sagle and Neal Hefti Orchestras Splendor in the Brass / Jazz Pops Fresh Sound

Bud Shank Four Classic Albums Avid

What’s New in Vinyl

The New Gary Burton Quartet New Ground

The Christian McBride Big Band The Good Feeling

Stanley Jordan Friends

The Ronnie Scott Quintet featuring Alan Skidmore

Duke Ellington’s Spacemen The Cosmic Scene

The Gerry Mulligan Sextet at Stuttgart’s Liederhalle in November 1977

Lost in the Vaults

The Phill Musra Group Creator Spaces Intex 1974

Books & DVDs

Outside In Scott Shachter Star Beat Press

Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron Paul Combs University of Michigan Press

 

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