Double bassist and composer Carlos Bica's Azul with guitarist Frank Mobus and drummer Jim Black in their 5th album, bringing jazz and elements of rock together into a lyrical and alluring set of recordings.
Bica, Carlos & Azul
Label: Clean Feed
Released in: Portugal
"The fifth album by Carlos Bica's Azul, the double bassist and composer's trio with the colourful guitarist Frank Möbus and the drummer extraordinaire Jim Black, is a brilliant new step of a singular project started in 1996. And singular because of the unusual mix of elements that, once more, we find in "Things About": indie jazz fed by the energy and the unquiet pulse of rock, with song formats coming from pop and the lyrical, melancholic emotionality typical of the Portuguese folk music. This combination of ingredients explain the global success of this formula, and the new opus shows us that the project Azul has more to offer 15 years after their record debut. In each edition the band seems to reborn, and after "Believer", from 2006, here are Bica, Möbus and Black again, with fresh ideas, a renovated drive and a deeper poetic feeling. Bravo!"-Clean Feed Records
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Jim Black is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians bringing jazz into the 21st century. In addition to being one of the most influential drummers of our time, he is also the leader of one of the world's most forward-thinking bands, AlasNoAxis, featuring his longtime collaborators Chris Speed, Hilmar Jensson and Skúli Sverrisson. Based on the foundation of his virtuosic but highly personal approach to jazz drumming, Black's aesthetic has expanded to include Balkan rhythms, rock songcraft and laptop soundscapes. Though he is revered worldwide for his limitless technique and futuristic concepts, what many listeners treasure in most Jim Black's work is the relentless feeling of joy and invention he brings to his performances. Jim Black's smiling, kinetic, unpredictable presence has enthralled and inspired audiences worldwide for over twenty-five years.
Since the mid-90's, Black has played a major role in the incorporation of new sounds and techniques into the jazz/creative music context. As a member of the collective group Pachora (with Speed, Sverrisson, and guitarist Brad Shepik) Black was one of the leaders in the study and adaptation of Balkan music into jazz-based music. His advanced techniques abstracted the odd time signatures of the Balkans into a new polyrhythmic language equally informed by modern jazz, drum&bass and the dumbeks of the Balkans. Black has also been an innovator in the use of electronics in improvisation, bridging the gap between electro-acoustic improv and more jazz-based traditions. Today, Black's performances are just as likely to feature his laptop-based electronic textures as his drumming.
Born in 1967, Jim Black grew up in Seattle alongside future colleagues Chris Speed, Andrew D'Angelo and Cuong Vu. After cementing their personal and artistic relationships in Seattle's various youth jazz ensembles, in 1985 they moved to Boston, where Black entered the Berklee School of Music. In Boston, Black, Speed and D'Angelo formed Human Feel with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, which rapidly attracted the attention of the jazz cognoscenti in Boston, New York and beyond.
By 1991, Black and the other members of Human Feel had moved to New York City, where they electrified the Downtown music scene then centered around the Knitting Factory and rapidly became among the city's busiest sidemen. Black's early years in New York saw him take featured roles in some of the most critically acclaimed bands of the time, like Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Ellery Eskelin's trio, and Dave Douglas's Tiny Bell Trio. Thus began fifteen years of near-constant touring and recording, with the above bands as well as artists like Uri Caine, Dave Liebman, Nels Cline, Steve Coleman, Tomasz Stanko, and Laurie Anderson.-Jim Black Website (http://www.jimblack.com/Jim_Black_dotcom/BIO.html)
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 239
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Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded at P4 Studios, Berlin, by Andreas Stoffels and Jean Boris Szymczak July 15th-17th, 2011.
Carlos Bica-double bass
Frank Mobus-electric guitar
Jim Black-drums, percussion
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2. Things About 6:30
3. Elle M'a Dit 6:30
4. Horses 5:16
5. Canção Vazia 4:13
6. Vale 8:11
7. Since Felling Is First 3:23
8. 2011 6:49
9. Flow 1:39
10. Deixa Pra Lá 2:07
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