The group's current album Def Trance Beat documents the groups latest efforts in this arena. Following upon the success of the Five Elements' last release The Tao of Mad Phat, Def Trance Beat's musical form progresses with an intuitive flow while displaying insight into an ancient science, all within definitive creative musical structures. This particular way of expressing music and musical improvisation comes from the combination of individual and collective experiences and the general way the musicians vibrate spiritually in their environment.
The compositions on the album are the result of the "collective meditations" approach that the group has explored on its last two releases. This recording represents the final phase in that cycle. At the time of this recording the concept of the group was already heading in a new direction, that of realizing in musical form, some of the developments of ancient Kam (Egypt). Some of the compositions on Def Trance Beat lead the way in this development (Dogon, Multiplicity Of Approaches, The Khu and The Mantra). The primary focus of the album is what Steve calls "Modalities of Rhythm", an attempt to rediscover the science of psychic energy and knowledge of the Ancients through specific rhythmic processes. The improvisations are then built through the musician's understanding of their common experiences, a documentation of the living process organically expressed through music.
"Flint is from the movie Our Man Flint and is simply a melody that I liked and rearranged in our own peculiar style. In its own way it provides a bridge for the audience to enter into the more serious music to follow.Verifiable Pedagogy is a combination of drummer Gene Lake's imagination and saxophone great Charlie Parker's composition Confirmation, again with the Five Element stylistic stamp of approval! Dogon is named for a Sudanese people (in the Upper Niger region in present-day Mali) called by the name Dogon who possess an extraordinary cosmology. Multiplicity Of Approaches (The Afrikan Way Of knowing) is a composition which through music describes the cyclic approach towards knowledge demonstrated in ancient Africa. The Khu is the Universal Divine Will which in ancient Kamitic traditions initiates the manifestation of all things. Pad Thai is a noodle dish, the shape and quality of the lead melody reminded me of this dish. In Jeannine's Sizzling a composition called Jeannine (something I've heard performed by saxophonist Cannonball Adderly) is merged with a Five Elements' song called Fire Revisited. Patterns Of Force is a composition by our pianist Andy Milne. The Mantra is an Intonation Of Power drawing on the strength of the combined focus of the musicians. Salt Peanutsagain is a Five Elements' arrangement of a Dizzy Gillespie & Kenny Clarke composition"
The musicians included in this session are Five Elements members Steve Coleman (alto saxophone), Andy Milne (piano/keyboards), Reggie Washington (bass), and Gene Lake (drums). Special guests for this project are Ravi Coltrane and Craig Handy (tenor saxes), Michael Wimberly, Jalal Sharriff, Kwe Yao Agyapan and Ronnie Roc (percussion) and Matthew Garrison (bass). Joe Marciano (recording and mix engineer). Recorded June 14-17, 1994 in Brooklyn, NY
Aziza Mustafa Zadeh - Always
This album is being digitally re-mastered by Zhamkochyan studio.First of all, names on this album make this album what it is. Of course it is one of Aziza's albums ( for us, it is one and only the best ) At drums:Dave Weckl, Bass :John Patitucci , Compositons-piano and vocals:Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. This album,ALWAYS,is the most powerfull trio album of hers to show out her mysterious world in her brain and heart of course.She has extremely sensitive and also energetic piano style and it is felt more in this album.Without doubt, Always is the locomotive song of this album, as a name father.As completely baroque, you can feel her first studies of Bach inside really.So many passion brings you emotions that has no describe that i can either write down here or you can say after hearing and feeling that song.The unison bass and piano sounds a real love out of this world.As I believe real love is a utopia, this song just lite another hope till you hear the last note.I can say that the darkest song of the album is Insult.It is a attractive combination of jazz and azerbajian modes.This is her way to be ethnic.Marriage Suit is a hard piece to play as being cornered construction, but it has everything to sound like a wedding song.The taste of this album is covering melodies and motives by a master.
Artists Featured on This Album:
Aziza Mustafa Zadeh - Grand piano and vocals
John Patitucci - acoustic bass and 6-string electric bass
Dave Weckl - Drums
Aziza Mustafa Zadeh - Dance Of Fire
Aziza Mustafa Zadeh's Dance of Fire This lovely lady plays and sing for us accompanied by creme de la creme All Di Meola (guitar) Bill Evans (sax) Stanley Clark(bass), Omar Hakim (drums). A well-produced album of not-too-easy-to-listen-to rather serious music. Compositions (thanks to her classical education) are such that it was only logical to call for All Di Meola whose technique and precision are legendary. Also Stanley Clark fits perfectly into Zadeh's formula. Yes, I must agree it's very well played music, played with unusual easiness and fundamental craftsmanship. First sung number "Bana bana gel" reminds me of old "Return to forever" (Chick Corea's jazz-rock band). I like the oriental feel in her singing and dig Evans's sax solo, not to mention Omar Hakim's exploding drums. A lovely "Shadow? composition follows, although emotional, it is almost a celestial soulful piece. "Carnival", the sixth number, has again an RTF feel to it and Zadeh proves yet again that she is practicing a lot, her piano solo is very well played. The ninth composition is packed with extraordinary energy, perfect job! The weakest spot is when the "To be Continued" theme is played with certain unsureness, until the solo, then it goes like a rocket! This final composition is in sort of sentimental mood. All in all this is an album you can't listen to all the time, but when you find the right time it will pay off! And you will enjoy it a lot I'm sure.
Artists Featured on This Album: Aziza Mustafa Zadeh - Grand piano and vocals Al Di Meola - Acoustic guitar Bill Evans - Soprano and tenor sax Stanley Clarke - Acoustic and electric basses Kai E. Karpeh De Camargo - 5-string electric basses Omar Hakim - Drums
Steve Coleman And The Invention Of New Languages
April 27, 2012The saxophonist is known for his unique compositions, which are equal parts advanced music theory, esoteric myth and Charlie Parker. In a dark corner of the Newport Jazz Festival, he and his band gave us a little demonstration of how this musical dialect is forged.
Check out ALAIN CARON QUARTET at Pescara Jazz Festival THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 http://www.pescarajazz.com/frontend/index/programma_detail/2012-07-12
Ghost Note Records Artist Alain Caron
To date, Alain Caron has released over 20 discs, either as a solo or group UZEB, in addition to working with some 25 albums by artists operating in both the jazz and world music as pop and the song. Recipient of numerous awards, including ten Felix, a Gemini and the Oscar Peterson Award, Alan Caron was voted best bassist eight consecutive years by the Jazz Report Magazine.
Newest Ghost Note Records Artist Steve Coleman's new Album Released!
Steve Coleman & Five Elements album Now is available to purchase