In Memoriam. RIP Mr Duval. New Yorker Dominic Duval is one of the finest and most prolific bassists on the contemporary scene, having played and recorded with some of the greatest names in jazz and new music. Duval's continuing tenure with pianist Cecil Taylor's trio has cemented his reputation as one of contemporary music's more important figures. Duval is comfortable and can be seen performing in any number of genres, including modern classical, jazz or music which defies classification.
The story of Simple Acoustic Trio goes back to the beginning of ‘90s. Still being students of the Music High School S.A.Trio. made their debut in 1991. They won the third prize at the Polish jazz contest-Jazz Juniors ’91. In the same year, a sixteen-year old band leader - Marcin Wasilewski won the fourth prize at the International Jazz Pianist festival in Kalisz, Poland. Two years later the band won the first prize at the 7th International Festival of Jazz Bands “Chorus ‘93” during Jazzin’ Sorgues Festival in France. In 1996 the band participated in two jazz competitions. In Getxo, Spain, the band won the first prize and Marcin Wasilewski was chosen the best soloist of the festival. In the same year the band became a prizewinner of the Leverkusen Jazz Festival, and again Marcin Wasilewski was considered the best soloist.
After a long career with much hard work and much beautiful music, Marcus seems to have reached another level. With the help of the clarinet, he is coming into his mature voice, full of confidence and ease. And at the risk of making any kind of statement about the "current state of jazz," it seems that Marcus is part of the happy marriage emerging between the traditionalists and the avant-garde. There are two magnificent streams within this music, and the combination of their strengths is an exciting prospect. For Yes! is a step forward that leaves no one behind, and it's also one of the most thoroughly enjoyable albums in recent memory.
This duo recording with fellow-countryman and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, was recorded a year ago at Klub Gromka in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Both musicians had already toured before this performance and that can be heard. the interaction is quite fun to listen to, rapid, telepathic even at moments, which is even clearer in an environment where everything is left to in-the-moment decisions.
John McLaughlin & Paco de Lucia: Paco and John - Live at Montreux 1987 it's truly a shame that, all too often, artists with diverse careers become pigeon-holed, defined by the primary genre in which they first achieved notoriety. Take guitarist John McLaughlin, for instance. Ask most jazz fans about him and what will first come out of most of their mouths will include either the words "fusion," "jazz-rock" and/or Miles Davis, in any permutation/combination (not that there's anything wrong with that). Those a little further in the know might also be aware of his longstanding investigation into the nexus of eastern and western music with his Indo-collaboration, Shakti.
Escapist, lush synth-pop with nods ‘70s California. For their third album, Empire of the Sun tapped a dream team of legendary musicians to lend their talents: Henry Hey and Tim Lefebvre from David Bowie’s Blackstar band, Prince bandmate Wendy Melvoin, and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham. The latter helped write “To Her Door,” which is as warm and wistful as Fleetwood’s “Gypsy” or Empire’s own “Walking on a Dream.”