17 JUN 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Japan has produced an impressive assemblage of jazz pianists, from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Makoto Ozone to Junko Onishi. And now, well into the change of the 21st century, the pianist/composer Hiromi Uehara is the latest in that line of amazing musicians. Her ninth CD as a leader, Alive, heralds the return of Hiromi’s Trio Project, featuring contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Michel Camilo, The O’Jays and Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour and Jack Bruce). This terrific triad, which DownBeat magazine proclaimed as “one of the most exciting groups working in any genre today,” first formed in 2011 and recorded their first album Voice that year, followed by Move in 2013. On Alive, Phillips’ powerful, yet poetic percussion and Jackson’s flowing, glow-in-the-dark basslines beautifully buoy and support Hiromi’s ingenious and impassioned improvisations. Her evocative and expansive compositions evoke the myriad moods and mysteries of life and reveal the soulful, syncopated simpatico of her thrilling threesome.
“Alive has a double meaning for me,” Hiromi says. “I wanted to write songs that deal with things and emotions that we encounter in life. But the word Alive can also mean ‘played live.’ I’ve been performing with Simon and Anthony for four years. We’ve made three records together, and we’ve done so many live shows as a trio. We have a great time being adventurous, and I felt that we can make the record sound like a live recording in front of the audience.”
That’s the great thing about having a working trio: We understand how to make each other shine. Anthony is an amazing improviser. He composes incredible counter-lines when I solo, and he always plays something to make [the music] shine even more. And Simon has an amazing tone and a beautiful sound on the drums; he's like an orchestra. They can play anything, and they understand so many different genres of music. They have no boundaries. It’s been a great journey with this group.”
And the journey continues on Alive, featuring nine selections (all composed by Hiromi, beginning with the leadoff title track), which features a shimmering McCoy Tyner/Coltrane-like introduction that morphs into a torrid up-tempo pace. “I wanted the first track to sound like the beginning of life,” Hiromi says, “with every complicated and detailed combination of life’s creation.”
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11 JUN 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
We celebrate Black Music 24/7, 365 here at Concord Music Group, nonetheless June is a special month, so along with new releases from Al Jarreau, Harvey Mason, Dianne Reeves and Kris Bowers—and some classic catalog titles, we are proud to share with you a FREE copy of our annual Black Music Month Sampler:
Soul'd Out! Volume 4
There truly is some special music included on this year’s sampler, so whether it is Cannonball Adderley serenading all the “Gemini’s” or Kris Bowers “Waking the Neighbors,” we cover the spectrum of Black Music with sound, style and of course soul!
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28 MAY 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
2014 marks the 65th Anniversary of the legendary jazz imprint Prestige Records. To celebrate, we're presenting timeless recordings by five of the greatest artists in the history of jazz with vinyl reissues, high-resolution downloads, t-shirts and other goodies.
We begin with the incomparable John Coltrane. Click HERE for more details.
Over the next few months we'll roll out exciting offers from Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and Eric Dolphy. Stay tuned!
08 MAY 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Prestige Records is one most revered Jazz labels in the world, with countless all-time Jazz classics recorded on the imprint. Like several other prominent Jazz producers of the fifties, Prestige founder Bob Weinstock started out as a traditional Jazz fan but soon found himself standing at the cutting edge of “Modern Jazz.”
Weinstock launched his own label–originally called New Jazz, soon renamed Prestige–in 1949 and, during the next decade, recorded such giants as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, and the Modern Jazz Quartet, often in informal "blowing" sessions. By the late fifties, Prestige had become the leading purveyor of Soul Jazz (also known as Acid Jazz) with its recordings of Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Charles Earland, and others.
Prestige became part of the Fantasy group of labels in 1972, and, since Concord Music Group's acquisition of Fantasy in 2004, it has been a flagship label in their ongoing Jazz reissues program.
In early 2006, Concord launched the critically acclaimed Rudy Van Gelder Remasters series–a collection of reissues of some of the most iconic albums in the Prestige catalog, carefully remastered from the original analog master tapes with 24-bit digital technology by the legendary and original recording engineer, Rudy Van Gelder. This popular series has grown to more than 60 volumes, boasting the definitive editions of some of the most important recordings in the history of Jazz.
Commemorating the 65th anniversary of Prestige, Concord Music Group will reissue sixteen classic recordings on vinyl. Additionally, the entire Prestige Rudy Van Gelder Remasters series will be made available as high-resolution 24-bit digital releases and a Prestige boxed set experience timed around Rudy Van Gelder’s 90th birthday in the fall.
This global campaign will be anchored by a robust social media effort, online advertising, partnerships with key Jazz media outlets and Jazz music festivals, and special events timed around Rudy Van Gelder’s 90th birthday. Another highlight of the campaign is a series of video interviews entitled "Prestige Minutes," celebrating key recordings from the Rudy Van Gelder Remasters series on Prestige Records.
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