Friday, 16 February 2018

Laila Biali All You Need to Know



Laila Biali would like to reintroduce herself.

The raven-haired musician has won awards (SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards) and played the world’s most prestigious venues (North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Carnegie Hall). She’s toured with GRAMMY award winners (Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega) and recorded with an international icon (Sting). In short: She’s established herself as one of Canadian jazz’s brightest young stars. And now, almost two decades into a successful career, she’s ready for a change.



“It’s been a long time coming,” Laila says of her upcoming self-titled album. “I’ve been playing music professionally for years but this album feels, in a way, like a new beginning.”


Led by the funky single, “Got to Love,” LAILA BIALI is the culmination of everything the acclaimed singer-songwriter has achieved thus far. “Writing this album, I felt like a kid in a candy store, wanting to try everything,” Laila explains. “It took some time for me to find my voice as a songwriter, and I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself into any one particular genre.”

The end result is an eclectic-but-focused album that Laila describes as “fully representative.” “There are elements of improvisation, so the jazz is there,” she says. “There’s also an edgier songwriting persona that I think has always been there but took some time to hone in on.”




Catchy, sophisticated, and unlike anything currently on the radio, it’s pop music, but not the kind that can be neatly tagged by an algorithm. Melodies take thrilling left turns and pre-choruses give way to instrumental interludes. One minute Biali is soaring over a bluesy storm of handclaps and hard-charging keyboard riffs (“Got to Love”), the next she is pouring out her soul on an impassioned, slow-burning plea for empathy (“Refugee.”) It’s pop music, but the experimental, distinctly human variety popularized by Regina Spektor, Rachael Yamagata, and Sara Bareilles.

Balancing the competing impulses was a challenge, but the final outcome was worth it. “I’m more excited about this record than any other project of mine to date,” Laila declares. Fans should be too.




Track Listings for The Crazeology Radio Show 10th February 2018


Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland Show dated 10th February 2018. A link to the show can be found here:

The Crazeology Radio Show -17/02/2018
Django Bates   The Study of Touch
John Surman   Autumn Nocturne
Kit Downes   Kings
Janne Mark   Pilgrim
Andreas Schaerer  Dive
John Surman   Pitangan Pitomba
Django Bates   Little Petherick
Kit Downes   Last Leviathan
Walter Smith III    About 360
Walter Smith III Interview   Part 1
Walter Smith III    Kaleidoscope
Walter Smith III Interview   Part 2
Walter Smith III    Processional
Walter Smith III Interview   Part 3
Walter Smith III    Something New
Walter Smith III Interview   Part 4
Walter Smith III   Foretold You
Walter Smith III Interview   Part 5
Walter Smith III    Fing Fast
Jazzmix  17022018
Boney James   On The Prowl

Track Listings for The Boogie Wonderland Show 8th February 2018

Below is the tBelow is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland Show dated 8th February 2018. A link to the show can be found here:



The Boogie Wonderland Show - 15/02/2018 Playlist
DALINDEO   ONE MORE DEVIL
Disco Dub Band   For The Love Of Money
Don Laka   I Wanna Be Myself
Imagination ft Leee John  Fantasia Nelio Mmix 1
James Day   Who Can Tell the Heart feat Tony Terry (Groove LTD Mix)
Lyman Woodard Orgnaisation   Saturday Night Special
McCrei   SHOW ME [Special K MIX)
Syleena Johnson   I'd Rather Go Blind
Cloud 1   Patty Duke
Advance   Take Me To The Top
Terry Ronald   What The Child Needs DSG Album [Nigel Lowis FULLY RE
Walter Smith III    About 360
Walter Smith III Interview   Part 1
Walter Smith III    Kaleidoscope
Walter Smith III Interview   Part 2
Walter Smith III    Processional
Walter Smith III Interview   Part 3
Walter Smith III    Something New
Walter Smith III Interview   Part 4
Walter Smith III   Foretold You
Walter Smith III Interview   Part 5
Walter Smith III    Fing Fast
Jazzmix  17022018
Boney James   On The Prowl

Friday, 9 February 2018

Aki Rissanen All You Need To Know


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Pianist Aki Rissanen has been quickly rising among the few top forces of Finnish jazz. Over the last years, he has also made a name for himself in the international jazz scene especially as a leader of his own trio. Although originally classically trained, he has always had a heart for improvised music and jazz.

His debut album Amorandom (Edition Records, 2016) with Aki Rissanen Trio was critically acclaimed all around the world and he gained a fast growing reputation on the European scene. The album received praises at home and abroad on prestigious newspapers like the Guardian and jazz magazines like Jazzwise. Finnish main newspaper Helsingin Sanomat selected the album as “The Best Jazz Album of the Year”. The album also won the Finnish Grammy, the Emma Award for the Best Jazz Album in 2016.

Aki Rissanen Trio released their second album Another North in November 2017 on Edition Records. It is an ambitious and rhythmically intense album that raises Aki Rissanen Trio undeniably into the front of the whole European jazz field.





Aki Rissanen studied classical piano for 12 years in Finland and jazz and improvised music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, France. He took private lessons in New York, USA and Cologne, Germany in 2005-2008. In 2009, he graduated with a Master’s degree from the Sibelius Academy Jazz Department in Finland after studing jazz piano and composition for 7 years.

His teachers have included Jarmo Savolainen, Jukkis Uotila, Kirmo Lintinen, John Taylor, Jim Beard, Anders Jormin, Hervé Sellin, Markku Hyvärinen, Jouni Kuronen, Seppo Kantonen and Frank Carlberg, to name a few.

In addition to his high merits in the Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival and La Defense competition in France, Rissanen has been best known for his works with saxophonist Dave Liebman on German Ozella Music and trumpeter Verneri Pohjola on British Edition Records and on ACT Music in Germany.



He has shared the stage with UMO Jazz Orchestra, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Dave Liebman, Rick Margitza, Randy Brecker, Sten Sandell, Tim Hagans, Emil Strandberg and Robert Ikiz among others. He has performed in most of the European countries, USA, Japan, China and North Africa.

Besides his trio, he leads a quartet entitled Sininen Syksy featuring classical soprano Mari Palo, guitarist Teemu Viinikainen and drummer Joonas Riippa which performs the music of the Finnish composer Leevi Madetoja. He co-leads the trio entitled Aleatoric with Robin Verheyen (sax) and Markku Ounaskari (drums) and the quartet featuring the sax legend Dave Liebman. Other groups include Verneri Pohjola Quartet, Mikko Hassinen Elektro GT and Lauri Porra Flyover. He has released 10 albums as a leader or co-leader in UK, USA, France, Sweden and Finland.



Track Listings for The Crazeology Radio Show 3rd February 2018


Below is the track listing for the Crazeology Radio show dated 3rd February 2018.  A link to the show can be found here: 



The Crazeology Radio Show - 03/02/2018
Gordon Grdina Quartet
 Casper
Mammal Hands
 Black Sails
Jimmy Chamberlin Complex
 Horus And The Pharaoh
Kid Kasino
 Mink Schmink
Squirrel Nut Zippers
 Put a Lid On It
Swing Republic
 Dont You Make Me High
Swingrowers
 Via Con Me
Tom Rainey Obbligato
There is no Greater Love
Benny Bailey and his Orchestra
 Hassan Effendi
Charles Rumback
 Ash Wednesday
Noya Rao
 Azimuth
Aki Rissanen
Etude 5 Arc en ciel Reimagined
Aki Rissanen Interview
 Part 1
Aki Rissanen
John's Sons
Aki Rissanen
Before The Aftermath
Aki Rissanen Interview
 Part 2
Aki Rissanen
New Life And Other Beginnings
Aki Rissanen Interview
 Part 3
Aki Rissanen
Blind Desert
Aki Rissanen Interview
 Part 4
Aki Rissanen
Nature Of The Beast
Jazzmix
10218
Walter Beasley
 Come On Over

Track Listings for The Boogie Wonderland Show 1st February 2018


Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland Show dated 1st February 2018. A link to the show can be found here:




The Boogie Wonderland Show - 01/02/2018 Playlist
T J Fowler
 Tastie – Part 1
The Amranim
 Shedemati
The Flying Stars of Brookly NY
 My God Has A Telephone Master
The Jones Girls
 My Own Special Way
TNT
 Whip Your Loving On Me
Tsvia Abarbanel
 Im Nin'Alu
Yehezkel Matari
 Halachti Layam
David Dor
 Sapri Tama
Wilson Pickett & The Falcons
 I Don't Want No Part Time Love
Fork in the Road
 I Cant Turn Around
Martha High
 Mama's Got a Bag of Her Own
Ed Robinson
 Hey Black Man
EmKayBe Ft. Ann Nesby
Jam
Louise Golbey
 Love It Or Leave It  I Have Never
Mathew Bennett
 If Your Love Is Real
Louie Vega ft Josh Milan
 The World Is A Family (Louie Vega Roots Nyc Mix)
Aki Rissanen
Etude 5 Arc en ciel Reimagined
Aki Rissanen Interview
 Part 1
Aki Rissanen
John's Sons
Aki Rissanen
Before The Aftermath
Aki Rissanen Interview
 Part 2
Aki Rissanen
New Life And Other Beginnings
Aki Rissanen Interview
 Part 3
Aki Rissanen
Blind Desert
Aki Rissanen Interview
 Part 4
Aki Rissanen
Nature Of The Beast
Jazzmix
10218
Walter Beasley
 Come On Over