Thursday, March 27, 2008

Paul Renz - ReBop


Paul Renz guitar
Anders Bostrom Flutes
Nathan Fryett drums
Eric Graham bass
Brian Ziemniak hammond organ & piano

are playing

1. ReBop 5:05 Paul Renz
2. Un Poco Loco 8:29 Bud Powell, arranged by Paul Renz
3. Sloppy Joe 8:37 Paul Renz
4. Sambatude 6:02 Paul Renz
5. Farewell HP 9:06 Paul Renz
6. Ayo’s Hat 6:41 Paul Renz
7. Dish It Up 4:20 Paul Renz

And it will take you back. To a simpler, pre-internet time when guys like me first met jazz like this (well, almost) via the Charlie Brown specials on TV. Something about the way the flute grafts onto the guitar, and the intensely positive nature of the release, which makes you hungry for more of the sound and feeling. I'm reminded of riding my bike on a dirt road. Now it's paved. ReBop evokes the emotions of the past while serving them in a modern context and bright, undated production.

Tho it's Paul's CD, ReBop is certainly a group effort, with no one seeming to take lead. The 9-minute mood piece "Farewell HP" is a blue feeling that stands out because that positive theme has leaped out the 34th floor window. But good for night time for the happy person. He's the one who can take it.

Recommended music, with solid long tracks you can fall into and become attached to, like an interesting short story that travels to a land you might not expect to find yourself in.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Paul McCartney - Ecce Cor Meum


Paul McCartney is an institution, and one of courage. Any Beatle who dares to write classical musical – or neo or whatever you Want to call it – is taking a chance. It's like remaking Psycho, isn't it? Certain things just shouldn't be done, right? Well, Paul is the prince of pop music. His hits, with and without Lennon, are countless, so undoubtedly the man knows something about pop, i.e. how to please the crowd. So what's wrong with a bit of that in the classical medium? How many new works are being commissioned these days anyway? True, if he wasn't PM this new recording wouldn't be on the EMI label. It'd probably be self-released and you'd have to wade thru cdbaby.com to find it. Regardless of its authorship, any epic new work is rare and worth a listen.

Ecce Cor Meum is the new concert CD from Sir Paul, with a running time of 67 minutes, and a documentary of 47 minutes. It's a visual rep of his 4th classical album which was released last year (2006), this performance being shot during its sold out world premiere in London's Royal Albert Hall.

As you might expect, the spectacle is stunning and the presentation of music is gorgeous. It's an energetic showcase that I hope bridges a bit more gap between the Mozart mind and the Britney wannabe.