วันนี้ เริ่มด้วย Laula Fygi สุดยอดแห่ง smoothjazz
ด้วยความ Entertainer ของเธอทำให้ บรรยากาศงานเริ่มด้วยความสนุก
และความอ่อนหวาน บวก สนุกสนาน ของเธอนั้น
ต่อจากนั้นก็ต่อด้วงคณะDave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project
ที่นำโดย Dave ที่ใช้ Sylophoen หรือระนาดไฟฟ้า
ต่อจากนั้น คณะที่รอคอยมานาน Bloodsweet and tears
เป็นวงที่ยืนยงคงกระพันมานานหลายปี ที่ยังอยู่แยงคงแนวรูปแบบ Rock Jazz ได้อย่างดีมาจนปัจจุบัน
ทั้งนักร้องนำที่ได้เสียงแบบ Blue ลีลาของการใช้ลูกคอที่สุดยอด
การตบเบสแบบFunk การโซโล่กีต้า แบบ Rock
การใช้เครื่องเป่าแบบ Jazz และสอดประสานทุกอย่างด้วยเสียงกลอง
วงสุดท้ายในวันนี้ คือNils Landgren เขาผู้นี้เคยร่วมวงกับ ABBA มาแล้ว
ความหวาน เร่าร้อน ดุดัน ความเก๋า พวกกับความโรแมนติก ผสานไว้ได้อย่างดี
|Laura Fygi |
| Laura Fygi (b. August 27, 1955 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch singer.|
For the first eight years of her life, she lived with her parents in South America. She is the daughter of a Dutch father (a manager at Philips) and an Egyptian mother.
Between 1987 and 1991, Laura Fygi was a member of one of the most popular Dutch girl-bands, Centerfold. During performances, the ladies dressed themselves in sexy lingerie. They had hits in the Netherlands and all over Europe. In Japan, they were considered famous.
In 1991, the ladies of Centerfold stopped performing and Laura (together with Rowan Moore) started a band called The Backlot. After one performance in Dutch theatre Paradiso, an album was expected, but Mercury Records had already asked Laura to make a solo album. This first album of hers was called Introducing (album), produced by Ruud Jacobs. On this album, she was accompanied by famous Belgian musician Jean 'Toots' Thielemans. Most of the songs on the album are jazz.
|Edit Solo albums|
- Introducing 1991
- Bewitched 1992
- The Lady Wants To Know 1994
- Turn Out The Lamplight 1995
- Watch What Happens 1997
- Live 1998
- The Latin Touch 2000
- Change 2001
- Live at Ronnie Scott's 2003
- The very best time of Year 2004
| Laura Fygi - who celebrated her 15th anniversary as a solo singer last year - returns to her French roots on her new CD Rendez-Vous. Fygi was raised bilingual: her mother spoke French to her and her father Dutch. On her 11th album, she combines her love of the Great American Songbook with the beautiful sounds of her mother tongue. "I just selected my favourite classics and sang them in the most poetic language I know. It's a combination of recognition and emotion."|
| The collection of songs on Rendez-vous is inspired by the famous Hot Club de France-era, of which Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli are well-known exponents. Hot Club de France was a famous jazz club in Paris in the 1930's, established to protect and promote jazz music. As a result, major international jazz musicians were able to perform in France and many American and European musicians owe their success to the activities of this French organisation. As it was forbidden to sing in English during the war, well-known songs of American composers were |
|translated into French at the time. So, with the exception of 'Caravane', the tracks on Rendez-Vous are all French classics. Fygi asked Philippe Elan, a Frenchman living in the Netherlands, to translate the lyrics of 'Caravane' in French.|
| The world-famous tracks from Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Glenn Miller and George Gershwin and others were adapted by Laura's own band. "We started in the summer of 2006 by selecting the repertoire, the rhythms and the soloists we would like to invite. My pianist Hans Vroomans laid the foundation for all the new arrangements after which the rest of my band perfected them. Their involvement is significant for this album; it's the reason why this record is so special," says Laura. Rendez-vous is produced by Ruud Jacobs. Similar to Live At Ronnie Scott's, this album has a truly intimate club vibe. Laura: "I just love that intimacy; the idea that the songs are performed just for you, as if you are the one in front of the stage."|
| The album features guest performances by David Kweksilber on clarinet, Gert Wantenaar on accordion, Tim Kliphuis on violin and Bert Boeren on trombone. Another remarkable guest is French superstar Dave (born in the Netherlands) with whom Laura performs a stunning version of 'Dansez Maintenant'. "He has been living in France for the last 40 years, so he didn't know who I was. But he said that if Michel Legrand thought I was good enough, he certainly couldn't refuse the offer!" Guitarist Stochelo |
|Rosenberg from the famous Rosenberg Trio contributed his gypsy-sounding guitar solos to 'Nuages' and 'Caravane'.|
| Rendez-Vous is a wonderful CD of jazzy evergreens sung in French. The album will see a worldwide release on 27 April. Laura Fygi will be touring in Asia , where she has been a true superstar for many years. In the spring of 2008, she will embark on a theatre tour in the Netherlands.|
|Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project |
| For a special concert at the Central Park Zoo in 1993, vibraphonist Dave Samuels (who doubles on marimba) put together the Caribbean Jazz Project for the first time. |
Teaming Samuels with the brilliant (and pioneering) jazz steel drummer Andy Narell and saxophonist Paquito d'Rivera (who alternates between alto, clarinet, and soprano), and eventually joined by pianist Dario Eskenazi, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, and drummer Mark Walker, the group quickly developed a unique and highly appealing sound.
Describing their goal as "a musical tour of the Caribbean," the band also ventures musically to several South American countries and Dizzy Gillespie-era New York.
The Caribbean Jazz Project has toured on a part-time basis (recording a couple of fine sets for Heads Up) ever since. The band released its first live album, Here and Now, on Concord Jazz in 2005. The studio album Mosaic followed a year later, also on Concord.
|The Caribbean Jazz Project|
| The group, Caribbean Jazz Project, combines a unique blend of jazz, salsa and all else that originates from south of the border. |
What sets this group apart is their charming appeal, which can range all the way from the casual listener to the jazz aficionado.
This group, it seems to me, is on the doorstep of opening up a new idiom with regards to the Latin American fusion into the jazz media.
| There is an abundance of talent with regards to the musicians who have collaborated to form this project. |
Paquito D'Riviera was a child prodigy in Havana and grew into a clarinet and saxophone sensation with the group, Irakere.
A group which blended jazz, rock, classical and traditional Afro-Cuban music and started a fire, which today, is far from being kindled.
Later after defecting into the United States, Paquito linked up with Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations's orchestra and began to make a further imprint on the shrinking world of musical styles all coming together from different cultures of this beleaguered planet.
If you're not that familiar with Paquito's work and you want to come away with a good sampling, I would highly recommend listening to the# CD#, "Dizzy Gillespie and the United Nation Orchestra, Live at Royal Festival Hall."
To truly get a good taste of Paquito, pay attention to his solo on "Tin Tin Deo."
| Dave Samuels' career in a lot of ways reminds me of master vibraphonist Milt Jackson. In that Jackson, although brilliant and very much a viable part of the MJQ, was always kind of muzzled in his playing - this appraisal is not original though by yours truly, it has been reflected in the past by more notable critics of jazz - A lot of folks in the jazz community thought that Jackson's playing was restrained; And, in fact, there is a lot of truth to that notion. |
Only listen to some of the recordings Milt Jackson made while away from the MJQ to appreciate this.
Dave Samuels has long been a mainstay with the fusion group, Spyro Gyra. Although, that group is a good distance from the MJQ in musical merit, still the analogy can be made for Dave Samuels.
I learned a couple of years ago what a marvelous musician Samuels was when hearing him perform at a small club in Cold Spring New York in the Mid Hudson Valley, where Dave hails from.
Seeing him perform at that club I first realized that this was a many dimensioned musician that had a lot more to tell than that which came forth from Spyro Gyra's group. Samuels, with the CJP is a natural choice.
Not since Cal Tjader has there been a non Latin, mallet player completely at home and in command of the artistry and styles of Latino music. Dave really gets in some fine and exciting solo work especially on the marimba, an instrument usually thought to be more romantic, bolero type, and restrained.
However, when the mallets are in Dave's hands there is smoke coming from his instrument.
| Who among us does not like or lilt to the sounds of the steel drums? Unless we are completely devoid of human emotion, I would have to say there are very few of us.|
Andy Narell has taken the steel pans five steps further.
Never in the history of music has there been anyone that could take these pans to play and improvise jazz upon them.
Andy has commented about his own work that, "there wasn't anyone doing jazz on this instrument when I started - no one to model and say 'that's how it's done.'" Aside from his wondrous improvisations, Andy is a fine composer in the Jazz, calypso and Afro-Caribbean genre, if you will.
The Rest of the group
Keep your ears and eyes open for Argentinean pianist, Dario Eskenazi. In one of my back issues of the Jazz Zine I did a profile of some brilliantly up and coming Latin Jazz Pianists.
This was before I heard Mr. Eskenazi. He is certain to make his mark with the CJP and eventually go off on his own to establish his original voice and add to this ever changing bi -cultural music that jazz is becoming.
Oscar Stagnaro is the electric bassist from Lima Peru. His foundations are solid and is deep beneath the group.
There is a lot of Andy Gonzalez in his playing and when he solos there is a breath of originality that is just beginning to flower.
Drummer Mark Walker rounds out the Project.
In listening to this group perform at the Paramount Center for the Performing Arts in Peekskill New York on a Saturday evening in October, I could have sworn I heard more than one drummer on stage. Mr. Walker gives the impression that we are hearing a full complement of Latin drummers.
He is the spark plug that ignites this highly charged creative bunch of musicians.
The audience does get off on this group. My feelings are that they'll have a wide appeal from all types of listeners. However, make no mistake, in no way, shape or form does the CJP sacrifice originality, creativity, style and taste for wide general appeal. It just happens!
One final thought: I was wondering to myself if there were one further element to this group it would start a fireworks display that would rival that of Macy's Fourth of July.
I'm thinking to myself; what if a Latin Percussionist with the blaze of Giovanni Hidalgo were added? Any way, I don't believe that any theater in the world could withstand this kind of seething without blowing itself up in excitement. But, you never know.
Blood, Sweat & Tears 1968-2007
A musical institution, Blood Sweat & Tears has left an indelible mark on the American music scene since 1968. One of the greatest horn bands in the history of popular music, BS&Ts alumni roster reads like a Whos Who of the worlds greatest jazz and rock musicians.
As BS&T has evolved through the years, it has maintained its commitment to high standards by including in its current roster the most talented musicians available.
Starting out in Greenwich Village in New York, the band won world-wide acclaim, becoming the first in many categories: first band to tour behind the Iron Curtain, first band to have 3 hit singles from the same record, first band to combine rock with jazz, etc.
Racking up sales in the millions, BS&T earned multiple gold albumsthere were no platinum plaques at that timeand Grammy Awards, including the most prestigious of them all, Album of the Year.
A band with a social conscience, At selected concerts BS&T awards the Elsie Monica Colomby music scholarship award to deserving students to help pay for lessons or to the music departments of schools to help buy instruments, as they did after the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 when BS&T had the entire high school marching band join them on stage for a jam sessiona night those kids and some very proud parents will never forget.
Through theres been many changes in the bands line up over the years BS&T continues its tradition of finding and showcasing the brightest talent around the world. Whether playing their greatest hits, or new arrangements of classic songs, The band provides a night you will never forget.
At all the bands performances, the musicians are available to answer any questions, to sign autographs, and to talk to young people about the joy and importance of having found music in their lives.
As BS&Ts longstanding audiences bring their children to the bands performances, a new generation joins an existing wide demographic of loyal fans.
2006 has brought record attendance and sold out shows. Blood Sweat & Tears has once again proven that great musicians produce great music, The main reason the band is in such high demand. The horn section has recorded with Jazz great Jeff Lorber for his 2007 album. 2007 also Brings the bands first World Tour in many years.
Past BS&T Alumni:
Chris Albert, Don Alias, Dave Bargeron, Randy Bersen, Randy Brecker, Forrest Buchtel, Bruce Cassidy, Bobby Colomby, Jim Fielder, Barry Finnerty, Vern Dorhge, Bobby Economou, Joe Giorgianni, Dick Halligan, Jerry Hyman, Steve Katz, Steve Khan, Tony Klatka, Fred Lipsius, Tom Malone, Lou Marini jr, Richard Martinez, Ron McClure, Jaco Pastorius, David Piltch, Robert Piltch, Earl Seymour, Mike Stern, Neil Stubbenhous, Lew Soloff, Bill Tillman, Georg Wadenius, Jerry Weiss, Larry Willis, Chuck Winfield, David Clayton-Thomas, Al Cooper, Jerry Fisher, Jerry LaCroix
Plus many more great musicians
|Nils Landgren |
Nils Landgren isn a name only to be found among the top rank of European jazz trombonists (Der Spiegel). He is also one of the wide-ranging set of artists to be found on the European Jazz scene today. A musical omnivore ( Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ) and a marvel of flexibility ( Jazzthetik), whose interests and output cover many bases ; whether the man with the red trombone is performing one of his frenetic concerts to enthusiastic fans with his grooving Funk Unit, singing with hypnotic charm (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ), devoting himself, in collaboration with Esbjom Svensson, to the reworking of Swedish folk songs, or celebrating kitschy chamber music or big band jazz all reflect the many sides of the same person.
After a two-year self-imposed rest from performing funk, during which Nils Landgren has been busy producing and singing ballads on Sentimental Journey (ACT 9409-2) and on Rigmor Gustafssons album I Will Wait For You ( Act 9418-2) , Mr. Red Horn Is now devoting his time once again to his Funk Unit, which ranks, quite undeniably, as the best European funk band (Stereo Magazine )
Now , exactly 30 years after ABBAs international breakthrough at the Eurovision song Contest , he has undertaken a highly personal tribute to one of the greatest pop bands ever, working together with his grooving band, which drives young people into a frenzy and yet also is taken seriously by the snobbish jazz lovers ( Spiegel )
The new album is called FUNKY ABBA and Nils can call it that with much justification, through his long standing friendship with Benny Andersson. Twenty-five years ago, on the strength of his special trombone sound, Benny asked the fresh-faced Nils to join him in the studio to play on the BBA song Voulez-Vous. This time it was the other way round ; Benny couldnt wait to take part on at least one track of FUNKY ABBA.
Well leave the rest to Nils Landgren to describe in his own words ;
When I first asked Benny Andersson for his blessing to make an album titled FUNKY ABBA he just said ;
- Is that possible ?
- I think yes, I replied
- PL. d pot ! Benny said with a smile and so ahead I went
We booked the scene of the crime for this recording . The great Polar Studio A where all the ABBA songs were recorded to get the right vibe from that old tribe.
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