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THIS JUST IN - premiera 9 kwietnia
Israeli NYC-Based Guitarist Gilad Hekselman
Releases Fourth Album, THIS JUST IN,
A Rapid Fire & Globally Relevant Endeavor
Featuring His Core Quartet of
Saxophonist Mark Turner, Bassist Joe Martin &
Drummer Marcus Gilmore
Out APRIL 9, 2013 (Jazz Village / Harmonia Mundi)
(Updated Global Release Date)
In the age of 24-hour cable news stations, the internet, smartphones and social media, the news cycle moves at an ever-quickening pace. On his scintillating fourth album, This Just In (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi), guitarist Gilad Hekselman takes a cue from that rapid-fire information stream and files his latest report from the front lines of modern jazz.
Leading his powerful trio with bassist Joe Martin, drummer Marcus Gilmore and featuring guest saxophonist Mark Turner on three cuts, This Just In is Hekselman’s most exciting and visceral outing to date. The album, to be released April 9th via Harmonia Mundi’s Jazz Village imprint, borrows its structure from a news broadcast, with headlining stories from across the globe represented by Hekselman’s wide-ranging compositions, influenced by jazz, rock, folk, and Africa, Israeli and North Indian music. These pieces alternate with a series of brief improvisations that function as late-breaking newsflashes.
“Each one of these pieces has a totally different mood to it,” Hekselman explains, “like they’re telling stories from different places in the world.”
Hekselman didn’t set out to depict specific current events in his compositions; there’s no tune about the latest war-torn region or scandal-plagued politician here. Instead, he wanted to evoke the urgent pace and
sudden tonal shifts of a news broadcast; in the guitarist’s compositions can be found the curiosity of the roving reporter, scanning the globe for inspiration and bringing it home in his own singular voice.
The New York Times critic Ben Ratliff has compared that voice to such estimable guitar greats as Pat Metheny and Kurt Rosenwinkel, praising Hekselman as possessing a “warm and clean guitar tone, clear articulation, crazily extended improvisational ideas, speed when he needs it, an advanced understanding of harmony, and the flexibility to go wherever his bands want.”
The album’s concept was inspired by the title tune, which opens with a bracing bass line that suggests the theme music from a particularly forward-thinking evening news show. The exhilaration of a breaking story comes urgently through on Hekselman’s blistering, rock-inflected solo, while more melancholy news is delivered through the elegiac beauty of “March of the Sad Ones.”
The human interest comes in the form of a nostalgic look back, as on Hekselman’s spacious rearrangement of Don Grolnick’s “Nothing Personal,” best known from Michael Brecker’s rendition, which the guitarist used to play in his high school jazz ensemble. Or in the inspiring tale of two aspiring artists looking toward a promising future, which Hekselman recalls through the wistfully lyrical “Dreamers.” As he recalls, “A friend was visiting me from Israel and told me she didn’t know how to write a tune. So I asked her to sing me a melody and I developed it through different changes and variations. I completed it later and called it ‘Dreamers’ because that’s what it felt like we were doing at that moment.”
The omniscience of the news camera is suggested by “The Eye in the Sky,” a mercurial arrangement of the Alan Parsons Project song from 1982. Another take on the all-seeing comes via the lush, free-floating “Above,” which shifts from cloud-like airiness to wiry speed through Hekselman’s fleet fingers. “Ghost of the North” offers a profile of one of the composer’s inspirations, Frédéric Chopin, and “This Just Out” recapitulates the title track with a darker, edgier tone, apprehensive about what the next day’s headlines may bring.
The five short “Newsflash” pieces were improvised in the studio by Hekselman and Gilmore, with the guitarist adding synth parts to their most successful efforts. All of the pieces were recorded with the band together in the studio, without even the separation of booths or headphones, which Hekselman says adds to the album’s vital immediacy.
“It’s similar to how we would play in real life,” he says. “We’re used to playing on stage, next to other people, hearing them directly from their instruments. There’s something very unnatural about being in a studio, so the more I record, the more I realize how important it is for me to really feel the energy of the other musicians. It makes a big difference in the way that I’m able to connect with the music.”
That deep connection is evident throughout This Just In, which is the result of Hekselman’s long history with his sidemen. Martin has played on all of Hekselman’s records, and their relationship dates back to the guitarist’s arrival in New York from his native Israel in 2004. Gilmore joined for Hekselman’s second release, Words Unspoken, in 2008, and Turner contributed his immediately recognizable voice to Hearts Wide Open.
In the relatively short span of time since he’s arrived in the States, Hekselman has established himself as one of the leading new voices of the jazz guitar. In 2005, he won the Gibson Montreux International Guitar Competition, which he followed with performances on such stages as The Blue Note, Jazz Standard, The Jazz Gallery, Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and The Montreux Jazz Festival, where he opened for the legendary Paco de Lucia. He has traveled the world, including touring France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Scotland, Canada, Norway, Hungary, Japan as well as his native Israel.
He has played with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Ari Hoenig, Anat Cohen, Chris Potter and Jeff “Tain” Watts, landing on every major stage in New York and at festivals around the world, from Montreux to Montreal. His rendition of “Belle,” from Beauty and the Beast, was included on the Disney jazz tribute album Everybody Wants To Be a Cat (Disney Records), alongside names such as Dave Brubeck, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman and The Bad Plus.
This Just In follows 2010’s stellar Hearts Wide Open (Le Chant Du Monde), which cemented Hekselman’s place among the pantheon of rising jazz stars. JazzTimes wrote that the album “establishes Hekselman as a writer fluent in a diverse, enthralling jazz vocabulary.” Additionally, Ratliff wrote of Hearts Wide Open, "He's on a good road, and he's still moving." Fellow Times critic Nate Chinen listed the album in his number 7 spot on his Top 10 albums of 2011. Hearts also achieved a feat no other artist under 30 (at the time) and not on a major label achieved: placement in both the top albums as voted by the 2012 Down Beat International Critics Poll and the 2012 Down Beat Readers Poll.
April 3-4 - Los Angeles - The Blue Whale
May 6-18 - EUROPEAN TOUR (check website for details)
June 11-12 - New York City - Jazz Standard
wtorek, 02 kwietnia 2013, jazz-gazeta