Truth Revolution Recording Collective is proud to release this single by the Michael Eckroth Group, Superspreader. This new single is available on all platforms!!
By Dave Sumner
This collective incorporates the work of six producers, 12 arrangers, and 44 musicians giving their individual takes on 17 classical pieces, all recorded under the constraints of pandemic lockdown conditions. Even with that heady premise, what results is a wonderful recording that has some modern jazz, some old-school, some Latin jazz, and some chamber jazz, and shakes out with the kind of tasteful straight-ahead sound on which Truth Revolution Records has established their reputation.
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by Darryl Yokley
The sultry vocals that tells the most intimate stories is back in a new video release from here critically acclaimed album, Todas las voces. If you remember she released the song “Canción con todos” a few months back, and now she’s back with the poetic song, “Letters and picture and frames.” Luques Curtis is accompanying her on this venture as well laying down the bass. Be sure to check out this video as well as all the music from this album!
Written by Jan van Leersum for Rootstime
Santi Debriano (1955) geboren in Panama maar op 4-jarige leeftijd verhuisd naar de V.S. is een bassist/componist die sinds 1982 professioneel bezig is in Noord Amerika, Europa en het verre Oosten. Zijn vaardigheden als bassist, improvisator, arrangeur en componist hebben hem tot favoriet gemaakt van grootheden als Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, Oliver Lake e.v.a. Na zijn studie werkte hij 4 jaar met het Archie Shepp Quartet, hij verbleef 3 jaar in Europa waar hij regelmatig optrad met het Sam Rivers Trio. Hij maakte talloze albums als leider en sideman, momenteel leidt hij de groep Flash of the spirit, waarmee hij moderne jazz en latin jazz combineert.
Als student in de ethnomusicologie werd hij door zijn vriend trompettist Jerry Gonzalez geattendeerd op het boek ”Flash of the spirit” van Farris Thompson dat gaat over de Afrikaanse tradities en gewoontes die zich hebben gehandhaafd in de moderne zwarte cultuur in Amerika. Dat maakte een dusdanige indruk op Santi met zijn Panamese achtergrond dat hij de naam gebruikt voor zijn groep.
Als je luistert naar zijn basspel op dit album is het geen vraagteken waarom hij zo’n veel gevraagde bassist is, hij is duidelijk aanwezig, het vloeiende spel van een Charlie Haden gecombineerd met de heftige interrupties van Charles Mingus, kortom een fenomeen. Er passeren inmiddels zoveel jazz albums mijn oren dat er een soort gewenningspatroon ontstaat, maar waardoor een album dat er op de een of andere manier uitspringt, onmiddellijk opvalt, en dat is zeker het geval met dit album van Santi Debriano. Muziek van een fantastisch niveau met een grote diversiteit qua klank en genre met een bezetting van superieure muzikanten. Andrea Brachfeld op dwarsfluit, Justin Robinson op altsaxofoon, Bill O’Connell op piano, Tommy Campbell op drums en op enkele nummers Francisco Mela op drums, Valtinho Anastacio op percussie en Tim Porter op mandoline.
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On March 1st, 2021, the light shone a little less bright as the great legend, Ralph Peterson Jr. made his transition. Ralph was not only a consummate artist of the highest level but an amazing human being who was vibrant and full of life. His playing career spanned over 35 years, and the impact he made on education has been and continues to be monumental. There are no words to describe what his loss means to the world of jazz. For the musicians, fans, and students, he is simply irreplaceable. For his family, I know they mourn the loss of a father, husband, brother, cousin, and much more. Our thoughts are with them and will continue to be with them. Ralph knew his time on this earth was coming to a close, and I cannot imagine the thoughts that could have been going through his mind as he faced his fate head-on, but he was a person not to shy away from the truth and he expressed the totality of his truth in this final recording. I remember the first time hearing this music I was filled with mixed emotions, knowing it would be his last recording. It brought me joy, sorrow, gratitude, amazement, and a sense of reverence that he was able to create such magnificent work in his last days. Ralph left nothing in the tank… he gave EVERYTHING he had to the world, and for that, we should be eternally grateful. Anyone who knew him knew he was larger than life, and, while it might be cliche to say it, I believe he lives on through his music. Ralph, thank you for your wisdom and gift of music. I hope everyone will enjoy the final gift you left for us. Rest easy, maestro.
We still mourn the death of Ralph Peterson and, while the master drummer may have left us, he did leave us one final gem. ‘Raise Up Off Me’ is the opus magnum of what was an incredible career. Peterson combines forces with his Triangular Band, comprising the Curtis Brothers, Zaccai Curtis on piano, and Luques Curtis on bass, and the album featured special guests Jazzmeia Horn and Eguie Castrillo. Liner notes from his long-time collaborator Orrin Evans are the icing on the cake of the incredible work.
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by Darryl Yokley
I had the honor of sitting down and talking with renowned bassist Santi Debriano on the success of his album, Flash of the spirit. We talked about the past, the present, and the future. There was so much we unpacked that it is hard to put into words so rather than try to go into all the details, please check out the interview for Occhi Magazine and take a listen to this legend!!
Inescapable Progression: 10 Jazz Labels You Need To Know In 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic may have contorted jazz into an unrecognizable shape, but it was powerless to derail these ten brilliant labels from around the globe
It may take years to assess how much damage COVID-19 has done to jazz. Irreplaceable hangouts like D.C.’s Twins Jazz, New York’s Jazz Standard and L.A.’s Blue Whale are gone. When musicians did play live, they stood six feet apart, behind plexiglass walls or with their wind instruments in fabric sleeves(opens in a new tab). Others simply took it on the chin, sharpened their acting skills and slung their masterclasses on Instagram.
Miraculously, none of these hardships hamstrung the genre’s forward motion. Because if you survey the recorded work of practitioners like Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ambrose Akinmusire, Matthew Shipp, Miguel Zenón and the all-women septet Artemis—whether it was created before or during the outbreak—2020 was a terrific year for jazz. The recent output of Blue Note, ECM Records and other venerated labels is proof positive of this. Still, it’s not the whole story.
A handful of independent labels—some of them owned by musicians, others merely by zealous music fans—didn’t merely hang in there during the pandemic; they thrived during it. At least one popped up as the lockdown reached a fever pitch. And from TAO Forms’ emphasis on “out” sounds to Truth Revolution’s braiding of Latin and straight-ahead jazz to Whirlwind’s embrace of everything hip, these relatively young labels couldn’t be more stylistically diverse.
For Jazz Appreciation Month, let’s enjoy the music spilling forth from the Lincoln Center and other prestigious institutions. But let’s also lend our support to the small-scaled labels putting their noses to the stone during dangerous times. Here are ten jazz labels you need to know in 2021.
In March 2020, gigs screeched to a halt. That month, the drummer, improviser and composer Whit Dickey—who has been active in the downtown improvisational scene for decades—announced a new label with a distinct aesthetic and vision.
“TAO Forms is a new recording label which will be devoted to contemporary free jazz of an elevated & enlightened nature,” the label declared in their inaugural Facebook post.
Their first offering was Matthew Shipp’s solo piano album The Piano Equation, killing releases by tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, drummer Tani Tabbal and Dickey himself have followed.
If you’re curious about where the New York improv scene is going, keep an eye on Dickey and his co-conspirators. They weren’t only on the ground floor of this scene; they’re adding new pages to its story.
Biophilia is where nourishing music and planetary health are intertwined—even on the most mundane, granular levels.
“I will be cognizant of my own resource consumption and environmental impacts,” founder Fabian Almazan wrote on the label’s website, proceeding to pledge to eat less meat, turn off unused lights and separate his recycling. All of this is to operate Biophilia with the flow of nature, not against it.
The label is a collaboration between Almazan—a celebrated pianist in his own right—and Jessica Wu, an environmental specialist and sustainability consultant. Accordingly, the lively music within—which often gravitates toward the experimental and improvisatory spaces—seems to propagate and twist like vines.
For quintessential Biophilia, check out bassist/composer Linda May Han Oh’s Aventurine(opens in a new tab), singer/composer Lara Bello’s Sikame(opens in a new tab) and The Awakening Orchestra’s volume ii: to call her to a higher plane(opens in a new tab).
If Biophilia is unconventional in its environmental mission, Truth Revolution aims to change the game from an economic standpoint.
“This record label is unlike any other,” its founders Zaccai and Luques Curtis described(opens in a new tab). “It allows its artist to remain the owner of their music and focuses more on the partnership with their artists.” As they explain, his philosophy extends to every aspect of the record-making process, from recording to promotion.
Take a look at their roster, and you’ll notice it splits the difference between traditional fare—like singer and multi-instrumentalist Orice Jenkins’ tribute(opens in a new tab) to Nat King Cole—and Latin gems like Andy González’s Entre Colegas(opens in a new tab). If either of those is your lane, seek out Truth Revolution immediately.
Truth Revolution is plugged into tradition and elderhood, too. Check out Triangular III(opens in a new tab) by the revered Jazz Messengers drummer Ralph Peterson, Jr., a crucial mentor to the label’s founders who tragically left us this year.
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In his landmark 1983 book Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy, historian Robert Farris Thompson traces the aesthetic and spiritual influence that African traditions have had throughout the New World diaspora. Bassist Santi Debriano discovered the book while studying at Wesleyan University in the early 1990s, on the recommendation of frequent collaborator Jerry González.
“I was surprised because it wasn’t really a book about music,” Debriano recalled recently, on the phone from his home in Staten Island. “It was a book about art. But what it was trying to say was that African people kept some of their ideas about spirituality and imagery even when they came across in the Middle Passage and expressed them here in the Americas. Then those same ideas were handed down almost imperceptibly from generation to generation as the slaves became former slaves and moved from African religions to Christianity. I found it fascinating.”
Those connections, along with his graduate studies in ethnomusicology, would have a profound impact on the music Debriano, 65, made from that point forward. In 1997 he recorded the Latin-tinged Panamaniacs with saxophonist David Sánchez (the band was also founded with pianist Danilo Pérez), followed two years later by the acclaimed Circlechant, for which he enlisted Brazilian musicians like pianist Helio Alves and drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernández. His latest release, Flash of the Spirit, pays explicit homage to Thompson’s book on a wide-ranging set of tunes that weave together the varied strands of the bassist’s own eclectic career.
The global music traditions that Debriano delved into during his years at Wesleyan emerge throughout the album, from the Middle Eastern-inflected melody of “Funky New Dorp” to the Brazilian folk sound of the lullaby-like “Toujours Petits,” to the songo rhythms that Cuban-born drummer Francisco Mela applies to Kenny Barron’s “Voyage.” But the album also features the muscular hard bop of opener “Awesome Blues,” an entrancing take on the Kenny Dorham ballad “La Mesha,” and an excursion into freer territory via Ornette Coleman’s “Humpty Dumpty.”
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|What most people don’t know is that Ralph was the dominant factor in why we put so much effort into Truth Revolution Records. I called him and asked him about record label options (when I was talking with some really great labels) and he not only offered to help with resources but gave us strong encouragement to learn the business ourselves first and later even collaborated on a duel label project called “TriAngular III” We are more then blessed to have had guidance and a friend like him. Here at TRR Collective we are proud to say that Ralph Peterson’s spirit will live on through this business. |
“It was always one of the greatest honors to play with Ralph. He was a great musical father to us. My brother and I have come a long way from performing at the Cecil’s in 2005 to performing all over the world. We loved him dearly and he always took the time to show us how much he loved us. The world has been blessed by his great musical genius and I still can’t believe I was so close to it. This music is the pinnacle of what we’ve been striving for as a trio/ quartet. We are extensions of Ralph and his musical visions. This project means so much to us. Thank you Ralph, we have work to do! Onward and Upward!” – Zaccai Curtis
“Ralph put a tremendous amount of love and thought into this recording knowing very much that it could be his last. For those who knew him know how huge his heart was and I feel he put it all into this. I remember clearly how much fun he had planning it and his excitement throughout the recording process. I will always be grateful for the time I spent talking and learning from him on how to be a true Messenger of Music.” -Luques Curtis
Below is the remote video Ralph Peterson did with my brother Luques Curtis and I. He labeled it TriAngular 4 and I was so honored that he would consider us for 2 TriAngular albums. TriAngular was with Geri Allen and Essiet Essiet (Phil Bowler), TriAngular II was with David Kikoski and Gerald Cannon. Those are stellar recordings and have some of my favorite musicians on them.
This video was recorded about May 2020. Sadly, the TriAngular 4 record will never be made but you can hear the direction of Ralph was taking it. We ended up recording this track last minute with no rehearsal for the upcoming Ralph Peterson album, “Raise Up Off Me” and it it felt amazing… It breaths so much and is so honest. We didn’t do a video of the last recording but I’m so happy I found this video (that I had lost around June of 2020).
Thank you all for your support for this band because he did this for you! My apologies for the late release but look out for Ralph’s upcoming album “Raise Up Off Me” releasing on Onyx Productions.
Please be on the look out for the new upcoming release from Ralph,“Raise Up Off Me”on ONXY PRODUCTIONS!
Also… we will be streaming the album live and we want everyone to stop by for this listening party event! I will have more on that later but for now stay tuned because TRRcollective will be behind this project 100%.
We will be announcing all of our upcoming TRR Collective projects, events and endeavors this weekend! We love you Ralph and safe travels!
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