Rob Mazurek's Sao Paulo Underground has announced the details of their upcoming European tour, set to begin in Vicenza, Italy on May 16. The band will be supporting their 2013 Cuneiform Records release Beija Flors Velho E Sujo, which Icon called "a mix of electric jazz, minimalism, and Brazilian samba, bossa nova, and street sounds."
Full list of dates:
May 16, 2014 - Vincenza, ItalyVilla Ghislanzoni Curti - Via S. Cristoforo 73 (loc. Bertesina) - Vicenza, Italy
May 17, 2014 - Forli, ItalyArea Sismica - Via le Ravaldino in Monte Selve, 23, 47121 Forlì Forlì-Cesena, Italy
May 18, 2014 - Foligno, ItalyYoung Jazz Festival 2014 - Zut! Ex Cinema Vittoria
May 20, 2014 - Schwaz, AustriaEremitage - Innsbrucker Str 14, 6130 Schwaz, Austria
May 22, 2014 - Bergen, NorwayNattjazz Festival - Georgernes Verft 12, 5011, Bergen, Norway
May 24, 2014 - Cerkno, Slovenia19th Jazz Cerkno 2014 - Trg Prekomorskih Brigad 1
May 25, 2014 - Wels, AustriaAlter Schl8hof Wels - Dragonerstraße 22 4600 Wels, Austria
Photo of Sao Paulo Underground by Jason Marck
Concord Music will re-release A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the set of Vince Guaraldi tunes that that preceded his iconic A Charlie Brown Christmas set released in 1964. There's an interesting back story behind the record. Read about it here and recall the joy of hanging with the Peanuts gang.
Album cover courtesy of Concord Music.
Universal Music Group has announced the rebirth of their legendary impulse! imprint with the forthcoming release of Viper's Drag, a "retro-modern opus" from Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9. Scheduled for a July 15 release in the U.S., Viper's Drag is described as "the happy collision of two perfectly matched musical sensibilities--that of the New Orleans singer/pianist Henry Butler and trumpeter/arranger Steven Bernstein--two students of early jazz with decidedly modern voices." More specifically, the record pairs the New Orleans stylings of Butler -- who's work suggests the legends of Professor Longhair and James Booker -- with the New York Downtown style of Bernstein.
The new version impulse! is part of Universal Music France headquartered in Paris. Among the artists scheduled for releases on impulse!: Randy Weston, Kenny Barron, Jacky Terrasson, Ran Blake, Rodney Kendrick, Sullivan Fortner, Jean-Luc Ponty/Stanley Clarke/Biréli Lagrène and Madeleine Peyroux. The original impulse! label was founded in 1960 by Creed Taylor and later run by Bob Thiele. It became the home of "The New Wave In Jazz" with landmark recordings from John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra and many more.
Photo of Henry Butler and Steve Bernstein courtesy of impulse!
Mingo Fishtrap is a band that blows a mix of soul, jazz and R&B, straight from the heart of Texas and the mind of New Orleans. Read our review.