February 16, 2018

The Monk: Live At Bimhuis / Miho Hazama & The Metropole Orkest Big Band

The pianist would never have thought that his works were performed by the Netherlands orchestra under the baton by Japan's artist in the year when he turned one hundred.

Japanese jazz composer Miho Hazama and the big band from prestigious Dutch orchestra The Metropole Orkest played Thelonious Monk's songs in four cities in the Netherlands in October 2017.

Refer to The Metropole Orkest's webpage
Refer to The Metropole Orkest's webpage

Their album "The Monk: Live At Bimhuis" includes seven pieces that were live recorded at Bimhuis, a concert hall in Amsterdam, during the tour. They were all arranged by Hazama.

The Monk: Live At Bimhuis

- Miho Hazama & The Metropole Orkest Big Band

1. Thelonious
2. Ruby My Dear
3. Friday The 13th
4. Hackensack
5. 'Round Midnight
6. Epistrophy
7. Crepuscule With Nellie

Released: February 14th, 2018
Label: Universal Music

In addition to the CD production, she accomplished some outstanding achievements in 2017: she created and performed a ballet suite for La Folle Journée au Japon 2017, assumed the Composer-in-Residence of Siena Wind Orchestra she conducted to play the suite, arranged the five tunes included in Herbie Hancock's album "Maiden Voyage" to make up a suite and premiere at Jazz Auditoria 2017 and so on.

She also regularly orchestrates Japanese enka songs for charity concerts hosted by Japan's public broadcaster NHK.

All such experiences must have contributed to the successful collaboration for symphonic Monk.

In 2017 many musicians covered Monk's music in celebration of the centennial. The ensemble woven into "The Monk: Live At Bimhuis" brings you another view of the jazz legend's world.

Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan

posted by Jazz Up Japan at 23:41 on February 16, 2018 JST | review | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

February 10, 2018

Gidon Nunes Vaz and The Hard Bob Study Group played Dolce Artists Salon in Osaka on Feb 6th, 2018

The American trumpeter would have felt terribly honored and proud to receive tribute from the later-generation musicians like this.

Gidon Nunes Vaz and The Hard Bob Study Group played a Kenny Dorham homage concert at the tidy venue in Osaka on the freezing evening.

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Gidon Nunes Vaz (trumpet, fluegelhorn)

The Hard Bob Study Group
- Manami Shimizu (piano)
- Shojiro Yokoo (trumpet)
- Minoru Satomura (tenor saxophone)
- Yusuke Imanishi (trombone, interpreter)
- Naoki Mitsuoka (double bass)
- Kiyoshi Tsurumaki (drums)

at Dolce Artists Salon Osaka in Osaka, Japan on February 6th, 2018

Set list for the show
1. None Shall Wander
2. Afrodisia
3. Lotus Flower
4. Windmill
5. Scandia Skies
6. Lazy Afternoon
7. Night Train Nostalgia / Gidon Nunes Vaz
8. No End
Lotus Blossom

The Netherlands trumpeter Gidon Nunes Vaz carried out researches on Kenny Dorham's life and career during the master's program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

As there is little documentary material left about the legendary trumpeter, Gidon talked enthusiastically with Dorham's former students and fellow musicians to complete the thesis.

Inspired by his music in the process of the writing, Gidon released his album "Tribute to KD" in 2015 when he graduated from the master's degree course.

The songs the jazz cats played on the night were all Dorham's composition, but for the one created by Gidon: "Night Train Nostalgia" included in the album "Carry It On!".

He got the idea when he saw the full moon over the snowfield on the long-distance train.

Most touching on the set list was the piece before the encore, or Dorham's last work "No End".

Gidon said that two days before Dorham passed away he had given the score of "No End" to American saxophonist Jimmy Heath.

"Dorham's life came to the end then. But his music will live on forever: No End."

Gidon arranged it for the night's tribute gig.

Gidon Nunes Vaz and The Hard Bob Study Group showed exactly what a performance that pays respect to a great artist should be.

Finally, I am really grateful to Yusuke Imanishi, the trombonist who also served as an interpreter. Translating as well as playing an instrument on the stage must be a considerably hard job. The audience kept up with what was going on in the show thanks to him.

[left to right] Naoki Mitsuoka (double bass), Minoru Satomura (tenor saxophone), Manami Shimizu (piano), Gidon Nunes Vaz (trumpet, fluegelhorn), Shojiro Yokoo (trumpet), Yusuke Imanishi (trombone, interpreter) and Kiyoshi Tsurumaki (drums)

Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan

posted by Jazz Up Japan at 00:30 on February 10, 2018 JST | show report | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

February 08, 2018

"I Called Him Morgan"

"I Killed Lee Morgan"

When more literally translated,

"Lee Morgan I Killed".

The Japanese title "私が殺したリー・モーガン" may sound more impressive to Japanese people than the original one.

The joint Swedish-American movie "I Called Him Morgan" depicts how the trumpeter came to let his wife commit homicide.

The motive of the crime was really common in the world.

What struck me is her son's talk. Lee was almost as old as he.

In addition to the main subject, a lot of precious photos and footage fascinate the viewers, in which some legendary jazz musicians are performing and speaking.

You will probably not end up thinking women are scary.

Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan

posted by Jazz Up Japan at 11:51 on February 08, 2018 JST | review | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする