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Genovese, Leo: Ritual (577 Records)

Essentially a piano trio, Portuguese pianist and composer Leo Genovese leads his trio with Demian Cabaud on bass and renowned drummer Jeff Williams (Lookout Farm, Dave Liebman), also joined by Argentinian vocalist Nadia Larcheron for four pieces, Genovese's compositions using interesting structures that balance warmly lyrical and experimental approaches to modern jazz.

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UPC: 755491220771

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-577R-5905-1
Squidco Product Code: 31341

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in Porto, Portugal.


Leo Genovese-piano

Demian Cabaud-bass

Jeff Williams-drums

Nadia Larcher-voice

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"Leonardo Genovese was born in Venado Tuerto, Argentina in 1979. After some years of studying classical piano at the National University of Rosario as well as private lessons in contemporary music, he moved to Boston in 2001. He started his career at Berklee College of Music where he studied with Danilo Perez, Joanne Brackeen and Frank Carlberg, among others. Leo graduated as a Professional Music Major in 2003 and has been constantly performing and recording with talented musicians such us Hal Crook, Darren Barrett, George Garzone, Francisco Mela, Joe Lovano, Bob Gulloti, Phil Grenadier, Dave Santoro, Chris Cheek, Michael Janisch and Ben Monder. In 2004, he released his first solo album entitled Haikus II signed by Spanish label Fresh Sound Records. He also performs regularly with the Esperanza Spalding Group, the Mike Tucker Quartet, Planet Safety (w/Bob Gullotti and Dave Zinno), Wayne Shorter Group and Jack Dejohnette.

When he's not touring with Spalding, Genovese - who is currently based in New York - also plays with a loosely assembled group called the Chromatic Gauchos, whose core membership includes Bob Gulloti, Dan Blake and John Lockwood. This threesome, along with Spalding and percussionist Sergio Miranda, appears prominently on Seeds. While Genovese is still early on his career arc, he hopes that his music could eventually be more than just a source of entertainment, but also a force for change in a world that is troubled by economic, social and political challenges. "I would like it to go somewhere positive, somewhere helpful," he says. "I would like for people to really gain something worthwhile from it. There are so many people around the word in need. Most of us never realize it, because most of us have the basic necessities and much more. But some people - many people - have very little."

He adds: "I want to make people more aware of the many different circumstances - and sometimes difficult circumstances - that other people face every day. A lot of it has to do with having the right intention. Music is a lot like people in that way. If it comes from a good place, it's more likely to bear good fruit." "

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"Demian Cabaud was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1977 into a non-musical family. He discovered music by himself at age 11 and started going deep into it, later fell in love with the sound of the Double bass and started studying with Hernan Merlo, Miguel Angel Villarroel and for the last 12 years with Alejandro Erlich Oliva.

In 2001 moved to Boston, Massachusetts, after receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in may 2003.

In Boston had contact and learned from great masters and stared performing with many talented musicians and a tour brought him to Portugal, in 2004 he moved to Lisbon and after 7 years moved to Porto, where he lives with his family.

Demian is a very active artist having played and recorded with Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Bill Mchenry, Rich Perry, Rick Margitza, Seamus Blake, Ohad Talmor, Miguel Zenon,Perico Sanbeat, David Schnitter, Maria Schneider, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gilad Hekselman, Phil Grenadier, Darren Barret, Russ Johnson, Jason Palmer, Jason Moran, Bill Carrothers, Leo Genovese, Bernardo Sasseti, Albert Sanz, Mario Laginha, Maria Rita, Maria Joao, Theo Bleckman, Sheila Jordan, Ra Kalam Bob Moses, Jeff Williams, John Riley, Jorge Rossy, Gerald Cleavert, Francisco Mela, Dan Weiss, Ari hoenig Ferenc Nemeth, John Hollenbeck, among many others.

He teaches at Porto Conservatory (Esmae), Portugal, and in Siena Jazz master program, in Italy.

Demian is a regular member of the prestigious Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos OJM for the last 16 years.

Has played on more than 70 records and as a leader released "Naranja" TOAP Records in 2008,"Ruínas" TOAP Records in 2010 and "How about you?" TOAP Records in 2011, "En febrero" Fresh sound New Talent records 2013, "Off the ground " Robalo records 2016, "Astah" Carimbo Portajazz 2018, "A terra é de quem a trabalha" Carimbo Portajazz 2018 and "Aparición" Carimbo Portajazz 2019, "Otro cielo" Carimbo Portajazz 2021."

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"Jeff Williams drums. Born July 6, 1950 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Jeff Williams grew up in the small college town of Oberlin and began playing in area jazz clubs at age 14. Moving to Boston in 1968, Jeff attended the Berklee College of Music where he studied with Alan Dawson. In 1971 Jeff began his professional career in New York, a year later joining the Stan Getz Quartet ('72 -'74) in an edition that included Dave Holland and Richie Beirach or Albert Daily. (Jeff toured again with Getz for much of 1988, with Kenny Barron and Anthony Cox). Along with Beirach, Dave Liebman, and Frank Tusa, Jeff formed the group Lookout Farm, touring internationally from 1973-76. The band's recordings include Lookout Farm and Drum Ode (ECM) and Sweet Hands (A&M/Horizon).

In succeeding years Jeff has accompanied a wide variety of musicians. A partial list includes: John Abercrombie, Paul Bley, Randy Brecker, George Coleman, Marc Copland, Art Farmer, Joe Farrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Jordan, Cecil McBee, George Mraz, Gary Peacock, Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield, Miroslav Vitous, and Cedar Walton."

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Nadia Larcher is an Argentinian vocalist and songwriter. She was born in Andalgalá, provincia de Catamarca

-Squidco 8/10/2022

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track listing:

1. Fiesta Time 3:33

2. Tinajitas 3:19

3. Howaria 6:27

4. Cyclic Requim 4:19

5. Angel of Oblivion 6:20

6. De Tanto Llorar 2:23

7. Un Nuevo Sol 4:10

8. The Law of Positivity 3:25

9. Burn the Waltz 4:54

10. Vidala Para Elpidio Herrera 3:49

11. Dark Stage 2:45
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"For multi-instrumentalist Leo Genovese, all of life represents a ceremony. In this project, he poses a particular assembly of rituals to honor that celebratory feeling: offerings, dances, chants and acts, inspired by cultures and tribes from around the world.

Leo Genovese is joined by his longtime collaborator Demian Cabaud (Bass) and legendary drummer Jeff Williams, to form a trio-and on four tracks, by Catamarca's singer Nadia Larcher. Larcher's voice is particularly affecting, soaring over the rhythmic beats and experimental jazz from the trio, to build rich, layered sounds.

Ritual presents an album of celebration, convening in a post-pandemic world to again play music together. This marks Leo Genovese's second album on 577 Records following Ritmos De Agua (2021)."-577 Records

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