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Francisco Mela is a favorite amongst jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson and McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer. Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. He moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and, quickly thereafter, the faculty recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela rapidly made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally’s Café Jazz Club

Triangulate the Landscape

Label: Irazú Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: We Begin in the Center; Graveled Air; Follow the Leader; Scattered Moments; White Screen; Fragile Movement; Hideously Serene; Premonition; Pa’l Monte; Pettish Tears; We Finish In Between.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Goldberg, Jason Robinson, Orchestre National De Jazz and More

Read "Ben Goldberg, Jason Robinson, Orchestre National De Jazz and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode is a little “reed" heavy with debuts of new recordings by Jason Robinson and his quartet, Ben Goldberg and Kenny Wollesen's Music for an Avant-Garde Massage Parlor, Portugal's José Lencastre, Rachel Musson from England, and I.P.A. from Scandinavia, plus several other saxophonically inclined folks. The Orchestre National De Jazz from France tackles the music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Drew Wesely/Kenneth Jimenez/Francisco Mela: Triangulate the Landscape

Read "Triangulate the Landscape" reviewed by Troy Dostert

An interesting trio comprised of a well-established veteran percussionist, Francisco Mela, and two relative newcomers, bassist Kenneth Jimenez and guitarist Drew Wesely, the musicians behind Triangulate the Landscape are engaged in that age-old challenge of free improvisation: how to create a substantial musical conversation that combines separate, independently-determined voices into a larger whole. While the three ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass

Read "Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

My first encounter with Panagiotis Andreou was while covering a bass workshop that included him along with the likes of Richard Bona (Zawinul Syndicate, Mike Stern), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Dwayne “Mono Neon" Thomas (Prince, Ghost Note) and Wes Stephenson (The Funky Knuckles). All of these players seemed humbled by each other's presence during the opening ...

Ancestros

Label: Newvelle Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Side A: Black Movie; Duende; Vino; Ornette; Side B: It’s Good to be Free; Not So; Mumbo Jumbo; Ancestros; It’s Good to be Free.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Francisco Mela: Ancestros

Read "Ancestros" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

One of the many fine musicians coming out of Cuba, Francisco Mela is an accomplished drummer/percussionist and composer. On Ancestros, his debut on the vinyl-only subscription label Newvelle, he has contributed seven original compositions to a collection that includes covers from Andrew Hill and Paul Motian. The album name--and its title track--are appropriated from Mela's prior ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Uri Gurvich: Kinship

Read "Kinship" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Nel cursus discografico di Uri Gurvich c'è qualcosa di prezioso come un progetto non estemporaneo, ma protratto sul lungo periodo. È questa ricerca di coerenza che ha portato il sassofonista israeliano ha registrare i suoi dischi insieme a un quartetto rimasto immutato negli anni: questo Kinship, uscito per Jazz Family, fa seguito ai due precedenti lavori ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Uri Gurvich: Kinship

Read "Kinship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's all about fellowship, culture, and concordance of spirit and sound. Put simply, saxophonist Uri Gurvich's Kinship is diversity and unity in league.Gurvich's third release, following The Storyteller (Tzadik, 2009) and BabEL (Tzadik 2013), keys in on many of the same aspects as his earlier work. The music is a multicultural amalgam that speaks ...

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