Seattle-based Herb Kloss‘ gorgeous flute sound is united with the vast transcultural percussion pallet of Tom Cabrera and Jack DeSalvo‘s mandola, cello and guitar for a genre-transcending recording rooted in jazz, classical and folk. The result is extraordinary music.
Category: UNSEEN RAIN Releases
In early January 2013 I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to record with an individual who has impacted my musical journey tremendously. The music within was captured in one brief afternoon session, and is the culmination of a relationship with my very gifted and dear friend, Jack DeSalvo. – Joel Shapira
This stellar set of duos, that includes music by Wayne Shorter, Ralph Towner, Jack DeSalvo as well as Just Friends and two open pieces, sheds light on the rather lofty state of jazz guitar these days.
A voice simultaneously gifted with elegance, swing and more than a hint of blues roots, JULIE LYON debuts her New York Quintet on UNSEEN RAIN with her new album JULIE. Long time collaborator, UR artist and drummer TOM CABRERA joins trumpeter and alto clarinetist MATT LAVELLE, guitarist JACK DeSALVO and double-bassist BOBBY BRENNAN on this magnificent recording.
New Release: A SMALL DREAM IN RED – NORA McCARTHY and JORGE SYLVESTER – IN THE LANGUAGE OF DREAMS (foUR7992)
“In the Language of Dreams is an explosion of imagination, a dazzling display of music and words, as well as philosophy. A Small Dream in Red has the courage to set itself high goals, and it has the talent and ingenuity to attain them. And because McCarthy and Sylvester are so inspired by creativity, they likewise inspire creativity, and thus the cycle of artistic endeavor goes forward.” – Florence Wetzel, All About Jazz
In The Language of Dreams is a tribute to Ornette Coleman and Wassily Kandinsky. The music includes original compositions that include interpretations of five Kandinsky paintings, two Ornette compositions, pieces Nora, Jorge, Cat Stevens and Vernon Duke.
“Saxophonist Chris Kelsey and his co-conspirators on The Electric Miles Project (guitarists Rolf Sturm and Jack DeSalvo; bassist Joe Gallant; drummer Dean Sharp) are some kind of brave and crazy. They have tackled some of the most wild-assed work of Miles Davis’ career in a manner that comes across as being both respectful and fearless – and the end result is an album that feels more like the next chapter for these tunes rather than a look-back-over-the-shoulder tribute.” – Brian Robbins, jambands.com
Time Remembered Trailer: Here’s a video peek into trombonist PAT HALL’s TIME REMEMBERED, a soon-to-be available addition to his UR catalog. Along with an extraordinary band – Greg “Organ Monk” Lewis on Hammond organ, Marvin Sewell on guitar and drummer Mike Campenni and produced by UR artist Chris Kelsey – Pat takes a parallax view into the ouvre of Bill Evans.
Watch video HERE.
Master alto saxophonist Jorge Sylvester is joined by his ensemble Ace Collective – Nora McCarthy – voice, lyrics, poetry, Waldron Mahdi Ricks – trumpet, Pablo Vergara – piano, Donald Nicks – electric bass and Kenny Grohowski – drums – on this example of high-level 21st century jazz.
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The Jorge Sylvester ACE Collective is “an all-star jazz band that knows how to swing, to improvise with spontaneity and poise, and to respond to one another with telepathic immediacy and profound respect. Their new double CD release Spirit Driven, on foUR Records TM, is the result of a lifetime of spirit driven preparation by each musician – Jorge Sylvester: brilliant composer and arranger, virtuoso alto saxophonist; Nora McCarthy: daringly original, versatile, and fearlessly honest singer, composer, and poet. Waldron Mahdi Ricks: impeccably artful trumpet player, a jazz master in his own right; Pablo Vergara: astoundingly imaginative pianist, musically fluent on an encyclopedic, global scale; Donald Nicks: journeyman artisan of the bass, unfailingly, and always tastefully, providing the musical foundation; Kenny Grohowski: uncannily precise and inventive drummer and percussionist.” Spirit Driven, the group’s first recording, is a highly rhythmic and spiritually motivated compositional journey through the various cultures that make up the Caribbean Islands encompassing their significance and contribution to the present day advanced musical concepts in jazz and avant-garde/free music. It uses the “word” in the form of poetry and lyrics to convey each song’s spiritual and historical message. “The music continuously flows and develops with a lithe bodily grace and expressive range, transfiguring its structural complexity and technical virtuosity into an intimate and honest gesture of oneness with each listener, only possible by virtue of consummate musicianship.” – Ramsey Ameen
“Lewis Porter and co. have put together a wonderful recording full of inspired trio excursions and beautiful solo explorations….It’s full of surprises from tune to tune that captured me completely…Bravo !!!” – Joe Lovano
Renowned in a variety of disciplines (author of THE Coltrane biography and founder of the world’s first jazz history program at Rutgers), virtuoso pianist LEWIS PORTER steps out of his much in-demand sideman roles and offers an album of his own trio and solo performances. The trio, with double-bassist JORIS TEEPE and drummer RUDY ROYSTON, perform with power and grace while Porter’s intimate piano solos range from lyrical to pointillistic in this, his auspicious debut for UNSEEN RAIN.
“It would be too much to say, thinking of the Monk tune naming the city of this title, that Cohn’s piano was an extension of the monastic aesthetic. Yet in this series of spare, thoughtful duos with the resourceful drummer Bennington, there’s something of the quirky, self-contained approach to improvisation that we might loosely trace back to the master. But I hear more Tristano via Herbie Nichols in Cohn, to tell the truth; that and a jabbing quality that is halfway between Cecil and Mengelberg too. Together, the pair deal out an awful lot of interesting crossing rhythmic patterns with occasional bombs dropped or rhapsodies heard. One great place to study Cohn’s fragmentary, space heavy approach is in the Zeitlin and Mancini tunes. But his lengthy intro to “What Bob Wants to Hear” (for Bob Rusch) is quizzical and unexpected in wondrous ways, too. I’m not quite so sold on Cohn’s vocalisms which are especially pronounced the rattling mutant swing of “The Presidents Club.” They take a furtive, probing turn on “Steven” and the first take on the title tune, but they manage to keep things spacious while still cultivating a sense of urgency and forward momentum. After some nice sequences where Bennington impresses with his finely tuned drums, the album closes out satisfyingly, with highlights in the heart-on-sleeve “Quiet Now” and a playful, spindly reading of ‘The Days of Wine and Roses.'” – Jason Bivens, Cadence
Chris Kelsey on straight alto saxophone, Lewis Porter, on Kimball electric combo organ and Crumar Roadrunner electric piano Jack DeSalvo, electric guitar; Joe Gallant, six-string electric bass; Alan Lerner, drums are some of the most versatile and passionate musicians on the New York City creative music scene…1UP1DOWN’s music reflects the inclusive nature of the jazz we all grew up loving – a music that ruled everything in and nothing out, whilst maintaining the rhythmic thread connecting the music from Armstrong to Ornette. It’s all good. It’s all jazz.
This happy marriage of new music rooted in contemporary classical and free improvisation springing from jazz indeed provides intricate adventures for the listener who joins Steve Cohn – piano, shakuhachi, traditional instruments, Guillermo Gregorio – clarinet, Masahiko Kono – trombone, Bruce Ditmas – drums, on their journeys through each chapter of The Novel.
The brilliant, singular guitar voice of Rob Reich is heard far and wide, but here it shines a light on his own music. Here renowned double-bassist Gandharva Earl Sauls also contributes tanbura, and drummer Jerrold Kavanagh, whose percussion setup contains many surprises including zither, unite in a sensitive yet driving session that reaches both the heart and mind.
Like predecessor recordings My Goals Beyond by John McLaughlin and Bill Connors Theme To The Guardian on ECM, Jack DeSalvo gives his music a most personal rendering utilizing only six and 12-string acoustic guitars and includes perhaps his most well-known piece, Pramantha.
The third release in UNSEEN RAIN’s specially priced Bootleg Series – complete, unedited, authorized live sets featuring UNSEEN RAIN’s artists – features the exuberant SEND OUT SIGNALS quartet – Matt Lavelle – trumpet, flugelhorn and alto clarinet/Ras Moshe – tenor and soprano saxophones, flute/ Tom Zlabinger – double-bass/ Tom DeSteno – drums – in a powerful set recorded live at Tobacco Road in New York City, recorded direct-to-two-track on April 26, 2012.
In the lineage of the great piano trios (one thinks of Evans and Jarrett), yet transcending 20th Century notions, even of extended interplay, these three interwoven virtuosi provide a canvas of new jazz that has roots in intuitive playing yet is compositionally whole. Pianist Bob Rodriguez, bassist Lee Marvin, and drummer Bruce Ditmas play music that, for all its tunefulness, is truly forward looking.
Clarinetist/alto saxophonist Blaise Siwula’s contribution to the improvised music scene is incalculable. Here on his first recording for UNSEEN RAIN Blaise enlists the brilliance of double bassist Dmitry Ishenko and drummer Dave Miller. Subtle exchanges and variegated soundscapes run rampant on When Rivers Run Free.
Multi-instrumentalist Steve Cohn, this time playing solo piano, creates a set of intimate miniatures and longer pieces that are completely improvised in this equivalent of a 2-CD set .
On their second album for UNSEEN RAIN, Tom Cabrera and Jack DeSalvo provide a global environment for their virtuosic, improvised renderings of deep, passionate music featuring an amazing collection of instruments, including frame drums, mandola, riq, cello, tombak, guitar and darbuka. The result is crystalline beauty, as rare as a Libra Moon.
Fearless multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet) unites with saxophone powerhouse Ras Moshe (tenor sax, flutes), impeccable double-bassist Tom Zlabinger and legendary drummer Tom DeSteno, sending out signals of of passionate, extemporaneous music on their UNSEEN RAIN debut as a band.
Watch video from recording session HERE
ARTCRIME features the late pioneering touch-style player Frank Jolliffe, who developed his technique first on the Chapman stick and then on the Warr Guitar. John Korchock’s baritone sax, wind synthesizer and keyboards lend unique voices to the proceedings. Add experimental electronic drummer Steve Orbach and the piano, circuit-bent synth and kalimba of Bob Siebert and you have a free-jazz-meets-art-rock extravaganza.
Masterful trombonist Pat Hall, known for his limitless jazz and Latin excursions, conceived of a group where he could incorporate a sheen of electronica into open electric jazz mayhem. Bassist Joe Gallant and drummer/producer Bruce Ditmas provide futuristic sound canvases, sometimes wild, sometimes gentle, for Pat’s trombone, reborn via live laptop treatments and Jack DeSalvo’s electric guitar odysseys into and beyond distant galaxies.
A unique duo performing deep, trans-cultural music that truly travels from ancient traditions to the most contemporary improvisation. Tom Cabrera, frame drums and various percussion and Jack DeSalvo, guitars and mandolin, tell Tales of Coming Home.
Jack DeSalvo performs completely improvised pieces on classical guitar. “I was determined to search for a process that would necessitate moving myself out of the way and allowing music that clearly already exists in some other world, some other dimension, some parallel universe beyond myself, to flow through my instrument, the guitar. Whether or not I have been utterly successful in finding such a lofty process, what we are offering here is completely spontaneous music that is representative of the search.” – Jack DeSalvo
Artwork by Michele Jenkins
Like predecessor recordings My Goals Beyond by John McLaughlin and Bill Connors’ Theme To The Guardian on ECM, Jack DeSalvo gives his music a most personal rendering utilizing only six and 12-string acoustic guitars and includes perhaps his most well-known piece, Pramantha.
The juxtaposition of compositional clarity and improvisational abandon is realized here in the music of Jack DeSalvo, whose remarkable guitar playing is aided by a stellar group featuring Austrian double-bass master Peter Herbert, UR artist Chris Kelsey on soprano sax and master drummer Bruce Ditmas.
Guitarist Jack DeSalvo, along with D3 cohorts double-bassist Tony DeCicco and drummer Bruce Ditmas, create an atmosphere of intimacy with harmonic and rhythmic nuance and power in this, their foray into the jazz cannon.
“[T]his foursome is channeling a Coleman-centric spirit, at once free and vibrant.” – Downbeat
Saxophonist Chris Kelsey, trombonist Pat Hall, bassist Joe Gallant and drummer Dean Sharp take a fresh look at the paradigm-altering music from Ornette Coleman’s early period, creating an extraordinaryalbum of open, nearly telepathic swing.
Drummer and multi-percussionist Jon Berger, with old friends Lee Marvin (double bass) and Jack DeSalvo (guitars, alto guitar, mandola) along with multi-reed wizard Dan Willis navigate compositions with roots in jazz, new music and folk and ethnic music with astounding freedom and aplomb.
“There are hundreds of free improv groups issuing recordings every year, but few of them have as much to say as this group.” – Cadence
Legendary reed master Sam Morrison has joined forced with D3 – bassist Tony DeCicco, guitarist Jack DeSalvo and drummer Bruce Ditmas to record OVER THE EDGE, an album of compositional beauty achieved through improvisation and intensive, deep listening.
Chris Kelsey teams with tabla player and drummer/percussionist Tom Tedesco and multi-instrumentalist Jack DeSalvo on banjo, mandolin and various guitars on Stutches, music filled with inventive humor and virtuosic intensity.
On We, STEVE COHN, piano shakuhachi, hichiriki, shofar, khaen, percussion, WILLIAM PARKER, double-bass, tuba, percussion and TOM TEDESCO, drums, percussion unite to create layers of crystalline sound with piano, bass and drums and shakuhachi, tuba and percussion. We are listening.
Traversing the borderlands of the jazz tradition from a modernist perspective, the Tom DeSteno Trio offers their new recording, Coriolis Sky, the first release on mEyeFi Media’s UNSEEN RAIN label. Music by Ornette Coleman, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Jack DeSalvo and others is presented as a unified statement featuring powerful performances by Tom DeSteno on drums, guitarist Jack DeSalvo and Mark Hagan on double-bass.