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The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore
CD AND DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE ON MAY 25, 2018
vocals, acoustic guitar
New York, April 26 2018 – The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore, the third album in a trilogy by singer-songwriter Kristo Rodzevski and his group of jazz progressives, will be released by Much Prefer Records on May 25, 2018.
Mixed by celebrated producer Bill Laswell, “The Rabbit…” represents the fulfillment of a musically adventurous idea: Assemble seven world-class improvisers in a studio, establish an environment for pure music-making, and capture all on tape. Such is the essence – and beauty – of “The Rabbit…”
By partnering with core collaborators Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Michael Blanco (bass), then inviting contributions from Kris Davis (piano), Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) and Brian Drye (trombone), Kristo fermented an intoxicating brew. The bubbling inventions are spontaneous performances without overdubs.
Once the group selected the best material, Laswell was called in to shape all. In a great sense, Laswell’s touch (and ears) provide the sonic and musical template for the album. He is celebrated as a lover of musical hybrids and cross-pollinations. His legendary work with Herbie Hancock, Iggy Pop, John Zorn and Motörhead, among others, attests to his wide-angle views.
“The Rabbit…” boasts a melding of seemingly disparate influences, all living together sweetly – Eastern European folk, free jazz, punk and song-form narrative. Heard, too, is Kristo’s affinity for the music of Tom Waits, Burt Bacharach and Jim O’Rourke. Critic Chris Brazier calls it “collision music.”
Thematically, the album continues themes established in Kristo’s earlier efforts, Batania (2015) and Bitter Almonds (2017). While those trilogy installments examined the deep feelings for his Macedonian grandmother and mother, “The Rabbit…” explores a transition – the fading significance of his past to his life in the USA.
Kristo’s songs resonate in that gray area between nostalgia and expectation. There is passion here, tapping the most human of emotions, desire and suffering. The cover design by Ikue Mori (DNA) provides a visual analog to this provocative music.
01) Polyester Suit
02) Bucharest, 1913
03) Your Name
06) Meet Me Online
07) Out Of Key
10) The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore
Lyrics and Music by Kristo Rodzevski (BMI)
Recorded February 27th & 28th, 2017 at The Bunker, Brooklyn, NY
Engineered by Aaron Nevezie and James Dellatacoma
Mixed by Bill Laswell at Orange Music Sound Studio, West Orange, NJ
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios, New York, NY
Produced by Kristo Rodzevski and Tomas Fujiwara
Kristo Rodzevski is Macedonian-born vocalist, guitarist, and composer, based in New York City since 1999. He began as a street musician in Europe in the early 1990s. He was a founding member of an influential group of Macedonian musicians who would go on to form the bands Foltin and Ljubojna and perform at festivals throughout Europe.
Kristo’s debut album, Batania, received positive reviews by the Wire, All About Jazz, Jazz Right Now, etc., and won plaudits as the best single of 2015, and was voted the second best album of that year by the Macedonian Kanal 103.
His second album, Bitter Almonds, features two songs soon to appear on Bikini Moon, a feature film by Academy-Award-nominated (director, writer, and visual artist Milcho Manchevski). [Video Here.]
Kristo has appeared on other film soundtracks, including Shadows (by Milcho Manchevski), To the Hilt (by Academy Award nominated director Stole Popov) and The War is Over (by Mitko Panov, a Palme d ‘Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival).
He has had solo performances at Joe’s Pub and Merkin Hall, and has performed as soloist with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet, New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Kristo’s singing style has been described as “effortless,” “velvety,” and with “a masterful control of vocal micro-dynamics and access to emotional depth.
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“Mary Halvorson is the most future-seeking guitarist working right now.” National Public Radio (NPR)
“The most critically acclaimed jazz guitarist to emerge in the last 12 years…an unflinching original who has revealed new possibilities within the music.”- New York Times
…Her sonic outbursts are tempered by compositions that are highly intelligent and harmonically sophisticated, full of nuance, beauty and the sound of surprise…” Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
“A freethinking, gifted pianist on the scene, Davis lives in each note that she plays. Her range is impeccable; she tackles prepared piano, minimalism, and jazz standards, all under one umbrella. I consider her an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor and a welcome addition to the fold.” Jason Moran – for the Art Forum
“Over the last couple of years in New York one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” New York Times
“The bussed-about pianist is expert at bringing beauty to abstraction.” Jim Macnie, Village Voice
“Ms. Laubrock is a saxophonist and composer with a taste for sonic provocation.” – Nate Chinen, New York Times
His debut as a leader, Bizingas was hailed as “one of the best introductions to a new band” by The New York Times.
“Michael Blanco is a resourceful young bassist with two albums to his name, and a reputation confirmed by the caliber of his partners.” Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“Bassist Michael Blanco understands the meaning of originality-tastefully rolling out your creative vision while keeping the customer satisfied.” Marc Meyers, Jazz Wax
“…A damn fine bassist” Fred Hersch
“…works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting…A conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in it’s scope.” Nate Chinen, The New York Times
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The Neal Morse Band To Release “The Similitude Of A Dream” Live in Tilburg, Netherlands 2017 2CD/2DVD Set
The Neal Morse Band’s triumphant double-album, “The Similitude Of A Dream,” is the most acclaimed release that Morse has helmed to date. The 2017 “Road Called Home” tour was their most extensive yet, including new continents for the band. At the 013 in Tilburg, Holland, the stars aligned for the most commanding performance of the run, captured for live release in stunning quality. Now the Neal Morse Band is releasing on June 15th “The Similitude Of A Dream” Live in Tilburg, Netherlands 2017 2CD/2DVD Set.
“An epic night on an epic tour” proclaims Neal. Released from Radiant/SONY/Metal Blade, it will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD/CD. Join Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer, and Randy George for over two hours of musical magic, as they play the album in its entirety, as well as a four song encore that will leave you breathless!
“This is the Neal Morse Band playing arguably our greatest album to date at one of the greatest venues we have ever played for one of the greatest audiences ever! It’s kind of the pinnacle of everything we have done thus far.” – Neal Morse
1. Long Day
3. The Dream
4. City of Destruction
5. We Have Got To Go
6. Makes No Sense
7. Draw the Line
8. The Slough
9. Back to the City
10. The Ways of a Fool
11. So Far Gone
12. Breath of Angels
0. Slave to Your Mind
1. Shortcut to Salvation
2. The Man in the Iron Cage
3. The Road Called Home
5. Freedom Song
6. I’m Running
7. The Mask
9. The Battle
10. Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)
12. Author of Confusion
14. The Call
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Guitarist Ramin Partovi To Release His Breakout Album Feat. Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern
Featuring all-star line-up!!!
Los Angeles – Aviator and Hollywood guitar player Ramin Partovi is about to release his breakout album “27 Faces Of A Broken Heart” with a completely new concept. The album features an all-star line-up with Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern and several others. The double CD is a unique idea where several well known musicians demonstate peak performances on the same song structure and all align to portrait a united message.
Ramin Partovi early on in his life gravitated towards his love for music, learning guitar and other instruments and founding/playing in several original bands. To meet means end be pursued a pilot career, collected over 10000 hours in the air on large jet aircraft, became a commercial Boeing 737 Captain and recently developed an interest and passion for aerobatic flying. His heart and real passion however was and will always be in music. He studied guitar and music business at Musicians Institute Hollywood and currently resides in Los Angeles.
“Ramin’s record is a concept album with an entirely new idea: twenty six guitarists playing on the same song progression. Each one provides a different approach and musical direction with a huge range of styles. Some heavy hitters for sure!” – Carl Verheyen
The music reflects several emotions, such as heartbreak and pain. Says Ramin, “The idea connecting to my musician friends and musical heroes was to having them connect to a time of broken heartedness (something most of us have been through) and now tell THEIR story in their unique musical way and showing the listeners ‘another face’ of a broken heart bringing the message home that one is not alone in these kind of times and that many people have been through this and eventually overcame it as time passed. We are all unique yet all connected at the same time in our journey. That’s why I wanted to show different faces and yet connect them and wrap them together in a unique way.
“In the song ’27’ I connect with and reflect on a time 2007 where I’ve been very heart broken. After 9 months of a very turbulent relationship it felt as if she ripped my beating heart out alive, stepped on it with long high heels and started twitching. I moved 1550 miles away and it took me 1 and a half years to digest this emotionally. The song reflects on the moods, my pain and struggle at this time, the emotional wounds and the overcoming of this demon over the following years. Have you ever been in front of an art painting and thought ‘yeh, its kind of nice but it doesn’t really speak to me’ and then someone explained you a few things about the artist, what he had in mind when he created the work and what he was trying to say with it, and suddenly the painting lit up and shone in a complete new light for you and you saw it with completely different eyes and loved it? I attempted to paint a picture like that with this song using music instead of a brush.”
Watch the promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2wNCUykQN4
Ramin recently received an endorsement by Little Walter Amps. Says Ramin, “I’m very humbled to have selected my dream amp and then having the CEO standing behind you like that.” Ramin is planning to work on new material by the end of the year. As usual it’s probably going to be something completely different. In the meanwhile Ramin will be flying commercial Airline Jets this summer and looking for musical inspiration while visiting several countries.
In closing Ramin has this to impart, “I called my friends and heroes, asked them to reconnect to a time when they found themselves in a similar situation and to tell their story with their instrument for you, on the same canvas. See what they have to say! My message for you is that no matter how hard it hits you in life, give it enough time and with a little help from your friends and inspiration from your heroes you will be fine. May this be a healing force for people going through a similar experience and remind them that they are not alone and that time will heal their wounds.”
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|A new update of shows in 2018.
As you know from my earlier update i am no longer at Stewart’s on Wed nights (no more live music that night)It looks like I will be playing there again on “SOME”Sunday nights TBA.The Good news HOWEVER as soon as that happened I got picked up for every other Wed night at Bubba’s Roadhouse in Sultan WA, “THATS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT FOLKS”.I also have some new dates for Twin River Brewing,Monroe/Bean & Vine,Everett/Puyallup Farmers Market,Puyallup.I am posted my upcoming show schedule below again but all my information can be found at:
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April 28th / 10am Bainbridge Island Farmers Market-Bainbridge
May 2nd / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse- Sultan
May 4th / 7pm Lazy Boy Brewery-Everett
May 12th / 7pm Private Party-Bothell
May 16th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse, Sultan
May 20th / 11am Time Out Sports Bar/Sky Valley Motorcycle Show-Snohomish
May 25th/ 7pm C&P Coffee Company-Seattle
May 26th / 7pm Decibel Brewing-Bothell
May 30th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
June 9th / 7pm Pub 282- Camano Island
June 13th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
June 14th / De-Vine Wines/Mill Creek Art Walk-Mill Creek
June 23rd / 7pm Twin Rivers Brewery-Monroe
June 27th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
July 7th / 10am Puyallup Farmers Market-Puyallup
July 11th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
July 19th / 5pm Corporate Event/ oneredmond.org -Redmond Marriott
July 21st / 7pm Roadtrip Taprooms-Monroe
July 22nd / 11am Time Out Sports Bar/Kla Ha Ya Day Festival /Car Show-Snohomish
July 25th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
July 28th / 7pm Decibel Brewing-Bothell
Aug 2nd / 3pm Bow Little Market- Bow
Aug 4th / 10am Anacortes Farmers Market-Anacortes
Aug 8th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
Aug 14th / 3:30 Carnation Farmers Market-Carnation
Aug 17th / 7:30 Bean & Vine – Everett
Aug 22nd / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
Aug 25th / 10am Puyallup Farmers Market-Puyallup
Sep 5th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
Sep 19th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
Sep 29th / 7pm Decibel Brewing-Bothell
Oct 3rd / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
Oct 6th / 10am Anacortes Farmers Market-Anacortes
Oct 17th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
Oct 31st / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
Nov 14th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
Nov 23rd/ 7pm C&P Coffee Company-Seattle
Nov 24th / 7pm Decibel Brewing-Bothell
Nov 28th / 6pm Bubba’s Roadhouse-Sultan
Dec 15th / 6:30pm Embassy Suites-Tukwila
Saturday, April 28 @ 10:00am
Bainbridge Island Farmers Market, Bainbridge Island, WA
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Wednesday, May 2 @ 6:00pm
Bubba’s Roadhouse, Sultan WA, Sultan, WA
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Friday, May 4 @ 7:00pm
Lazy Boy Brewing, Everett, WA
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2018 JJA Jazz Awards Nominees Announced
23rdAnnual Honors for Singers, Instrumentalists, Journalists
Benny Golson, Ahmad Jamal, Charles Lloyd
Vie for Lifetime Achievement
APRIL 23, NEW YORK CITY — Nominees for the 2018 Jazz Awards the 23rdannual honors produced by the Jazz Journalists Association were announced, posted on the website www.JJAJazzAwards.org. Excellence in music and music journalism is celebrated in the 39 Awards categories, topped by Benny Golson, Charles Lloyd and Ahmad Jamal for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, Will Friedwald, Ben Ratliff and Patricia Willard for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism.
All nominees are posted here: http://www.jjajazzawards.org/p/blog-page_21.html Please don’t cut-and-paste the list, but share the link.
Saxophonists Golson and Lloyd and pianist Jamal are revered for their compositions, improvisations and ensemble leadership as well as their instrumental works. Friedwald, an author and widely published journalist, is best known as an expert in American popular song; Ratliff, also an author, was jazz and pop critic for the New York Times for 20 years and continues freelancing articles; Willard, Duke Ellington’s editorial hand for 25 years, started publishing articles and liner notes in 1950 and has consulted with government agencies as well as serving as an oral historian.
Other notable details about the JJA’s 2018 finalists ballot:
- Women continue to be more acknowledged for their contributions to jazz, as all three nominees for “Up and Coming Musician of the Year” are female, and Patricia Willard is the first ever female nominee for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism;
- Three of four nominees for Historical Record of the Year were issued by Resonance Records;
- The two dominant American jazz magazines, DownBeat and JazzTimes, face-off as the sole nominees for the JJA Award for Print Periodical/Website of the Year.
Jazz Awards for journalism also include blogs, books, photos, original album art, writing of the year and career achievements in broadcasting and photography. Awards for music include Record of the Year, Record Label of the Year, and honors for composers, vocalists and instrumentalists.
The Jazz Journalists Association is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit association with an international membership of professional writers, broadcasters photographers, videographers and online content creators, plus their supporters. Sponsors of the JJA’s 23rd annual Jazz Awards include the Jazz= Foundation of America, Berklee College of Music, the New School Jazz Program, the Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Verve and Resonance Records as well as Concord Jazz, ECM Records, Motéma Music, Sunnyside Records, Blue Note Records, High Note-Savant Records and Thirsty Ear Records; the Jazz Education Network, ASCAP, BMI, Century Media Partners, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation and North Coast Brewing Company; the Tucson Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival; WDCB-FM; SFJazz, Jazz St. Louis, Jazz Bridge (Philadelphia), the Jazz Institute of Chicago, MCGJazz (PIttsburgh), Collective Eye Productions (Minneapolis-St. Paul); Braithwaite & Katz Communications, Scott Thompson Public Relations and Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services. These sponsors also support the JJA’s 2018 Jazz Heroes /www.jjajazzawards.org/p/2018-jazz-heroes.html> campaign heralding jazz “activists, altruists, advocates, aiders and abettors” in 20 U.S.
2018 Jazz Awards winners will be announced online at www.JJAJazzAwards on May 7; most will receive their engraved statuettes publicly at their summer performances across the U.S. A Jazz Awards party has been schedule for June 12, 2018, to be held at Arnold Hall of the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 W. 13thStreet, NYC. Details TBA.
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New Book By MC5’s Bassist Michael Davis “I Brought Down The MC5” Now Available!
Los Angeles – Famed bass player from MC5, Michael Davis, takes us on a rollercoaster ride of triumph and tragedy in his superb new 350-page memoir titled “I Brought Down The MC5”! The book includes rarely seen photos and original artwork by Davis!
“I basically wanted to be the MC5. The attack! They were really on! They were brilliant!” – Lemmy
MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred “Sonic” Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson. The MC5’s leftist political ties and anti-establishment lyrics and music positioned them as emerging innovators of the punk movement in the United States. Their loud, energetic style of back-to-basics rock and roll included elements of garage rock, hard rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock.
MC5 had a promising beginning which earned them a January 1969 cover appearance in Rolling Stone and a story written by Eric Ehrmann before their debut album was released. They developed a reputation for energetic live performances, one of which was recorded as their 1969 debut album Kick Out the Jams. In 1972, just three years after their debut record, the band came to an end. MC5 was often cited as one of the most important American hard rock groups of their era. Their three albums are regarded by many as classics, and their song “Kick Out the Jams” is widely covered.
“For me, Michael was the original cool guy… He belongs in the Hall Of Fame, along with his whole group, for their contributions to American music and its politics.” – Iggy Pop
Sandals And Needles
The Apple Bites Back
Like A Rolling Stone
Everybody Must Get Stoned
I Can Only Give You Everything
The New York Minute
The Promise Is Broken
Out Of The Frying Pan
Into The Fire
The Bridge To Nowhere
Delirious Alcoholic Megalosaurus
Play With Fire
The Mind Shifts
The Road With No Name
My Time After Awhile
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