Content by tag "Gene Ess"

ARTICLE: NEW & NOTEWORTHY

Nuove vocalist all’orizzonte

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Nuove vocalist crescono. Da qualche anno, sia nel jazz che nella black popular music, sono emerse vocalist di talento, prossime a imporsi negli anni a venire. In questa fase storica di globalizzazione spinta anche il canto jazz è entrato in una dimensione globale. Aumentano le possibilità per tutti di apprendere le forme espressive delle musiche afroamericane ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gene Ess: Apotheosis

Read "Apotheosis" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The inspiration for Apotheosis, Japanese-American guitarist Gene Ess's fourth album, is taken from mythologist James Campbell's book “The Hero with a Thousand Faces," first published in 1949. In this Campbell describes apotheosis as “the expansion of consciousness a hero experiences when defeating his foe."

His theories concerning fictional heroes have been used as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater

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On this CD guitarist Gene Ess and his group Fractal Attraction have put together an intelligent fusion of jazz, folk and rock concepts led by the glassy clarity of Ess' guitar and the calm beauty of Thana Alexa's voice. Alexa's rising and falling wordless tones are the first thing heard on the disc and they lead ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Thana Alexa: Ode to Heroes

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Che abbia talento è evidente. Con Ode to Heroes Thana Alexa impone la sua presenza nel panorama internazionale del canto jazz, presentando un album significativo per livello di partner coinvolti e qualità artistica. Non accade tutti i giorni che una giovane vocalist proveniente dall'Europa (la Croazia in questo caso) debutti con un lavoro presentato da Joe ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gene Ess: Eternal Monomyth

Read "Eternal Monomyth" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Award winning guitarist, Gene Ess, draws upon a diverse background to form his unique style of playing and writing. Eternal Monomyth is a companion piece to Ess' last album, Fractal Attraction. Ess explains, “the music should be heard in that regard. In a transparent sense, it is a continuation of my exploration with the combined timbre ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument

Read "Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Music started tugging at the sleeve at the age of three for Thana Alexa, a New York based singer who began making music there as a violinist, moved to Croatia where she discovered jazz, and returned as a singer poised to sweep into a successful career.

It started with the piano--kind of. Her tinkering ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

7th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival Taking Place June 8 & 15 In The Urban Meadow - Red Hook, Brooklyn

7th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival Taking Place June 8 & 15 In The Urban Meadow - Red Hook, Brooklyn

The 7th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will take place once again in Brooklyn's Urban Meadow on two consecutive Sundays, June 8 and 15, 2014 from 1-6 PM. As part of its continuing grassroots tradition, the RHJF is a 100% volunteer-run event that receives no major corporate sponsorship beyond in-kind donations from local businesses, nor any major grants this year. ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Gene Ess: Blending Passionate and Pensive

Read "Gene Ess: Blending Passionate and Pensive" reviewed by Jud Branam

Fresh off the release of Fractal Attraction (Simp, 2013), which blends traditional combo jazz lineups and approaches with a unique take on vocal jazz, Gene Ess is a man with a lot on his mind as it pertains to career, place--and music in general.

Ess is enthusiastic about his love of jazz, classical and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gene Ess: Fractal Attraction

Read "Fractal Attraction" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Using the voice as a melodic and harmonic instrument above and beyond scat singing or vocalese is increasing in popularity, as evidenced in recordings like Beata Pater's Red (B&B Records, 2013) and Lola Danza's The Island (Evolver, 2012). Vocalist Thana Alexa joins guitarist Gene Ess for an expansion of Ess' genre-breaking jazz philosophy, using the human ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gene Ess: A Thousand Summers

Read "A Thousand Summers" reviewed by Edward Blanco

In a rare departure for Gene Ess, who has always favored original music and instrumentals, the veteran jazz guitarist has partnered with acclaimed vocalist and bassist Nicki Parrott for A Thousand Summers, a refined album of familiar jazz standards and love songs. When Ess began developing the project, he naturally focused on new material. One day ...