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27 March 2023

Erik Truffaz - Rollin'

It all started one evening at a festival in Angoulême. It was asked to Erik Truffaz to decompose film music. Film scores are a delicate business for a musician. They are the movies’ skin, their flickering souls ; they can also, in the worst instances, be no more than a backdrop for feelings, just meant to strengthen the narration. Truffaz delved into his memories as a cinephile, enthusiast and child to create this jazz tribute to the images it enhances.

 He chooses an iconic piece as an opening. A melody by Nino Rota which is in no way a simple ornament - it is the dark and beating heart of La Strada. When Zampano, in his old and dishevelled suit, collapses on a night-scented beach, he takes one last look at the sky as the music melts away - a tragic circus song that Erik Truffaz turns it into a lullaby. The strings are tensed with infinite tenderness and the theme caressed by the flugelhorn, a prayer for love to last forever.

From the first track, it is patent. For Rollin’, Truffaz and his almost lifelong acolyte Marcelo Giuliani (who is co-producing the album, so they are essentially making it together) first put into writing their ideal lineup. One of the things that stands out in Truffaz’ career is his sense of casting and never sparing on supporting roles. Each one of his albums boasts a constellation of stars worthy of a Marvel film, a group of superheroes of textures and aesthetic collisions. For this one, Giuliani’s acoustic bass is joined by Raphaël Chassin’s percussions, Alexis Anérile’s keyboards and Mathis Pascaud’s Monk style guitar.

It is this gang that goes to town and bangs up a collection of photogenic tunes. 

It does not stop there. We did not come here simply to butter sandwiches! Erik Truffaz attacks Monsieur Gangster, with a taste for composer Michel Magne’s riffs, cleaned up here by the Fender piano. It squeaks, it burns, it’s not as fun as venom. It all ends up scattered puzzle-style.

 Little by little, this album’s intrigue imposes itself. Erik Truffaz inserts himself in all the films of his life. If you have seen him on stage before, you will understand that he is a film noir actor, with his felt hat and slender figure - we do not know if he is the good guy or bad guy, but he adds drama everywhere he plays.

 His trumpet is Robert Mitchum leaving the games table to gaze at Marilyn Monroe in a red corset and black feathers. She sings One Silver Dollar, and it is our own Marilyn, Camélia Jordana, with the same nonchalance, the same bearing, who plays her role. Truffaz’s trumpet is in turn Louis de Funès, Jean Marais, facing a green-masked Fantômas who plots global destruction from a crypt with pipe organs.

 The brass instrument jumps from one character to the next, it is the primary voice - the trumpetist has never sung so well than through these fictional avatars.

 Then, Erik Truffaz’s trumpet dares to put on the ultimate costume, that of Miles Davis in Elevator to the Gallows, when the American musician improvised whilst watching Jeanne Moreau on the silver screen. This cover is a lesson of all things, a Himalaya of swing and cinema, done with the humility of big ascensions.

 Rollin’ is also a children’s game, played at the end of the afternoon while you watch your heroes on the TV. They cover Danny Wilde, Brett Sinclair, the nostalgic afterschool theme tune, rewritten in a baroque seven-beat bar. It is an album which does not exclude B movies and bad movies and jumps from film d’auteur, Claude Sautet with Sandrine Bonnaire’s voice added here for good measure, to the improbable story of emeralds stolen by Belmondo and saved in extremis by the melodic genius of Ennio Morricone.

This catalogue of music is less of a cinema lesson and more of a feast of composers: Nino Rota, Michel Magne, Ennio Morricone, Alain Romans for Jacques Tati, Philippe Sarde, all the music-loving screenwriters, the superego geniuses whose scores moulded our imaginations. Rollin’ is almost a liberation guerilla: wherever Erik Truffaz’s band goes, it frees songs from their original functions. They are no longer scores subject to images, but miniature films bursting with stories and unheard of adventures.

Erik's website here
24 March 2023

Brandee Younger - Brand New Life

Brandee Younger will release her second album on Impulse! Records, ‘Brand New Life’. Younger is quite often noted for standing on the shoulders of the very women who ushered in the harp as a clear and distinct voice in jazz: Dorothy Ashby. This record is an amalgamation of original pieces from Brandee and select reinterpretations of Ashby’s work. Brandee Younger represents a generation of contemporary improvisational musicians who came of age in an era when hip hop commanded a strong presence in American popular culture and emerged as leaders of a new school. In ‘Brand New Life’, she brings progressive explorations of harmony, rhythm, and melody infused with styles from hip hop, rock and pop music.

Brandee's website here
21 March 2023

Meshell Ndegeocello Blue Note Records debut!

Meshell Ndegeocello heeft er een indrukwekkende carrière opzitten. Zo werkte ze samen met popsterren als Madonna, Chaka Khan, evenals Robert Glasper, Roy Hargrove en Guru - de helden die de brug sloegen tussen jazz, r&b en hiphop. Nu staat de singer-songwriter en bassist voor haar debuut op Blue Note. Eentje waarop ze de betekenis van de naam Ndegeocello in Swahili, ‘zo vrij als een vogel’, eer aan zal doen. Luister maar naar de kolossale eerste single ‘Virgo’ waar ze met behulp van o.a. harpiste Brandee Younger, toetsenist Julius Rodriguez en drummer Deantoni Parks in 8 minuten laat zien waar ze allemaal toe in staat is: gelijke delen jazz, soul, rock en electronica

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20 March 2023

Abstract Orchestra - Madvillain Remixes

Abstract Orchestra's composer, leader, arranger and producer Rob Mitchell has now added remixing to his already notable list of credits, in this case turning his hand to Abstract's MADVILLAIN project. Rob has worked with many artists during his busy career; The Haggis Horns, Rag 'n' Bone Man, Sharon Jones and the Dap–Kings, Brand New Heavies, and Slum Village, alongside many others but it was the orchestra's work he wanted to revisit. Seeing the pandemic as an opportunity to spend more time in the studio, Rob spent several months polishing his production skills before embarking on this remix project, he wanted to make sure he did it justice. Working under the moniker Ghostlife, a nod to the fabled anonymity of rapper MF DOOM, Rob has reworked the big band orchestration of Abstract, creating a beat led affair with greater dance floor appeal.

For Abstract Orchestra MADVILLAIN REMIXES, Ghostlife cherry picked ten tracks from Abstract's two-album project and plays with a higher BPM count within the hip hop aesthetic of the original. The tracks include "Raid", "Fancy Clown", "Curls", and "Figaro" and in this case Ghostlife has forgone the big arrangements Abstract is known for, rather he has coaxed out hooks and samples from their tracks and produced something he hope will appeal to a different crowd. There is dancefloor potential in "Eye","Accordian" and bass heavy "Borrowed Time" while the reworks of 'Fancy Clown" and "Curls" would fit well into any radio show.

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17 March 2023

Scrimshire - Paroxysm

Paroxysm: any sudden, uncontrollable outburst; a fit of emotion or action:
paroxysms of rage;
a paroxysm of laughter;
a paroxysm of coughing;
The war unleashed a paroxysm of violence.

In the last few weeks of October 2022, Scrimshire wrote a new collection of songs with the descriptive working title "Scream". A direct response to the absurdity of the breakdown in the UK government, the horror of the treatment of refugees arriving on our shores and the callous disregard for the trauma being caused to low income people or anyone considered "other". While self-preserving Conservative MPs fought for their jobs, record profits were announced by energy companies as crippling amounts of money were gouged from people's pockets. The anger, sadness, mourning, and frustration was poured into these recordings.

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16 March 2023

Awanto 3 - Party Volume 1

Awanto3 (Rednose Distrikt) returns to Rush Hour with "Party". Featuring Jos De Haas (New Cool Collective) on percussion and Stefan Schmid (Zuco 103) on the keys. Comes packed in an PVC outersleeve with insert.

Party was born in a small village located in Wallonia during a period of house-sitting for a family on holiday.  Initially my mother was asked to take care of the chickens, goat, dog and donkey but eventually I decided to take care of them to relieve my mother. This week turned out to be a small nightmare, because I think the house was being possessed by a spirit that I had to deal with night and day. The vibe of the house was so grimy, due to the fact that there were calendars with all kinds of weapons and dark oak furniture, interspersed with a huge flatscreen and blinds at the ready to be rolled out when the sun started to go down (by request of the paranoid owner). This setting affected my sketches; a dark side that was looking for contra light weight. After I took care of the animals, I had an energy to escape to my MPC to make the basis for  a possible new album. When I got back in Amsterdam, I started to work out some of the sketches I’ve made in the ghost house together with Stefan and Jos in Studio K at Sloterdijk. 

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15 March 2023

As​-​Shams Archive Vol. 1: South African Jazz, Funk & Soul 1975​-​1982

AS-SHAMS ARCHIVE VOL. 1 introduces the core catalogue of As-Shams/The Sun, the independent record label that documented some of the most exciting developments in jazz, funk and soul from South Africa in the 1970s. With 10 tracks from 10 iconic albums featuring 10 different artists and 10 original compositions, this compilation delivers 85 minutes of South African music history.

Including essential tracks by the likes of Dick Khoza, Black Disco and Harari, remastered from the original analog tapes, As-Shams Archive Vol. 1 is an unbeatable introduction to South African rare groove for new listeners as well as a long-awaited first anthology for the label’s many devoted followers.

As-Shams Archive is home to the catalogues of As-Shams/The Sun, its predecessor Soultown Records and the reissue imprint MANDLA. The archive holds original master tapes, unreleased recordings, photographs, artwork and ephemera documenting the story of South African jazz in the 1970s. Explore each of the albums featured on As-Shams Archive Vol. 1 as well as the story of the label and its artists at AS-SHAMS.ORG.

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14 March 2023

Hidden Waters: Strange and Sublime Sounds of Rio de Janeiro

The popularity of Brazilian music from the 60s, 70s and 80s has experienced quite the renaissance; artists such as Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Joyce et al, have become household names to an international audience passionate about global sounds. However, even for die-hard fans and collectors of Brazilian music of the past, discovering contemporary Brazilian artists is not always easy, nor accessible. But, if you know where to look, you will see that there is a resurgence well underway that can be epitomised by an exciting new wave of Brazilian artists beginning to break through and gather momentum overseas. It’s with thanks to Sound and Colours, a website devoted to promoting Latin American music and culture, that we can help shine a light on one particular collective, bursting with creativity and camaraderie.

‘Hidden Waters: Strange and Sublime Sounds of Rio de Janeiro’ is compiled by Joe Osborne (founder of specialist Brazilian music platform Brazilian Wax) and Russ Slater (editor at large of Sounds and Colours). Focusing solely on the 'Rio Scene', rather than taking on the mammoth task of tackling Brazil as a whole, this collection presents 20-plus ground-breaking artists selected from Rio’s resurgent music scene. By presenting a snapshot into the pulse of the city and the vibrant musicians that live in it, ‘Hidden Waters’ collates tracks from a wide spectrum of musical genres from the avant-garde edge to bossa nova, samba, Candomblé, lo-fi rock, jazz and funk.

‘Hidden Waters’ showcases musicians such as iconic Rio mainstays Negro Leo & Ava Rocha, Brazilian jazz upstart Antônio Neves, critically lauded Avant-pop trailblazer Thiago Nassif, breakthrough artists Ana Frango Elétrico and Letrux, lo-fi psych rocker Lê Almeida, plus the Latin Grammy-winning Bala Desejo who are set to explode onto the world stage.

The music featured on ‘Hidden Waters’ is unequivocally Brazilian, swelling with samba, bossa nova, funk, and jazz. But it’s within the album's blend; from sunny psychedelia to dusky synth-pop via experimental electronics, that marks the compilation as the sound of modern, multicultural Rio. Fans of Brazil’s fertile 60s and 70s will spot the antecedents in Tropicália. Not only in the experimentation but also through the similar political context: back in the late 60s there was Brazil’s military dictatorship, and up until the end of 2022 it was Bolsonaro’s censorious premiership. Here are a group of musicians writing and reflecting on another colourful chapter within Brazil’s musical history.

This comprehensive compilation comes with album artwork designed by Rio music’s leading album artwork designer, Caio Paiva. It features essays by professor and music critic Bernardo Oliveira and music journalist Leonardo Lichote, plus extensive notes on each track by the artists themselves. 

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13 March 2023

Prof. James Benson - The Gow​-​Dow Experience


Following my recent phone call with Prof. Benson, I left him to continue his 92nd birthday celebrations with his family. We’d talked about his life, his music, his achievements. Throughout our conversation it struck me what a kind, humble and pleasant man he was. I felt that I was in the presence of greatness – not the egotistical greatness that emanates so often from high achievers, but that of someone who had simply won at life.

“I was a music teacher. I wasn’t trying to make a record to compete, I was trying to make a record so the students would have something to remember the experience that we had... I was doing it for the kids.”

It was 1973 that Prof. James Benson had self-funded his private press LP for the benefit of the teenage musicians he tutored at Cal Poly, California. The album was a momentous achievement for him and his young protegees, something they were all proud of, and rightly so. Taking inspiration from their recent trip to Africa and blended with the radical jazz associated with the young minds of early '70s black America, the Gow-Dow Experience is a unique foray into the enthusiastic mindset of up-and-coming jazz musicians, as encouraged by their mentor Prof. Benson.

We present the album as it was released in 1973 with a heavyweight tip-on jacket and 180g vinyl. We also include an insert with liner notes and photos provided courtesy of Prof Benson. The LP comes with 4 additional tracks taken from the recording session. Until now these tracks have never been heard since the day they were recorded - believe me, they're worth the wait!

Made with love from Jazzman - because we love to dig deeper! 

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12 March 2023

cktrl - felt / yield

New stuff by cktrl. Check it out!

DL here

It’s show time!

Our recommended list of upcoming concerts, events and festivals you don't want to miss... Enjoy!

31 March 2023  |  De Kring, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Maestro at De Kring

Maestro all night long!

De Kring website here
1 April 2023  |  Utrecht, the Netherlands

Maestro at Transition festival

Festival with the best in contemporary jazz with artists like Nubya Garcia, Alfa Mist, Yuri Honing, Mammal Hands, Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet, Tineke Postma, Melissa Aldana and much more! Get your tickets in the link below.

Tickets here
14 April 2023  |  Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Maestro at De Kring

Maestro all night long!

De Kring website here
21 April 2023  |  Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Maestro at A'

Pretty private, but a little guest list is possible.

Vinyl only! 

Link to the club
26 April 2023  |  Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Maestro at Van Leeuwem

Kingsnight! Party!

Website here
5 May 2023  |  Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Maestro at De Kring

Maestro all night long!

De Kring website here
20 May 2023  |  Breda, the Netherlands

Maestro at Zeezicht - Breda Jazz Festival

Maestro vinyl set

Zeezicht website here
8 June 2023  |  Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands

Maestro at Proef Mei

Proef Mei

Website here
9 June 2023  |  Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Maestro at De Kring

Maestro all night long

De Kring website here
10 June 2023  |  Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands

Maestro at Proef Mei

Proef Mei

Website here
18 June 2023  |  Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Maestro at Spuistraatfeest

The yearly party at Spui Amsterdam with Café Hoppe. 

Spuistraatfeest at FB here
14 July 2023  |  Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Maestro at de Industrieële Groote Club

Maestro solo

IGC website here

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