【The Trio of OZ (Rachel Z/Omar Hakim - The Trio of OZ】(2010) ★★★★☆

(English follows Japanese)

 

★ My Favorite Album (368)

 

By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review

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オールラウンドな超絶技巧ドラマー:オマー・ハキム(1959)と、進歩派の人気女性ピアニスト:レイチェルZ(1965)、の2人は、先頃日本盤で出たレイチェル名義のトリオ作品「I Will Possess Your Heart(M&I)でも冴えたコンビネーションを発揮していたが、これはそのM&I盤と同じ顔ぶれの双頭名義トリオによる、レパートリーも大半が重なる(#1,2,3,5,7,)、即ち現代ロックの名曲群をメインとした一編。

 

ガッチリ密に連繋したドラム&ベースが、ビート・グルーヴ感も強い変則機動型のダイナミックな基底サウンドを形成し、鋭く突き上げ攻勢を仕掛けてくるような中、硬質堅固にして潤い豊かなクリアー・タッチ・ピアノの、伝統と新感覚の間を自在に行き来する独自のリリカル・グルーヴィー・プレイ、がフレッシュ・スリリングかつ味わい深い映えを見せた快投内容。

 

哀愁漂う極めてメロディアスなリリカル・アクション・タイプの熱演!、が歯切れよく展開してゆき、ハキムの、フェイント・トラップ的な仕掛けを随所に細かく盛り込みつつ、それでいてバウンド跳躍様に安定してポンポン弾み続けるようでもある、実にスカッとした抜けのいい多層多角的スウィンギン轟鳴、が全編を通じて頼もしくも爽やかな旨口オーラを放つ一方で、レイチェルの、何げに小回りを利かせた縦横無尽の立ち働きが、キラリと鮮烈に瞬くような華やかな見せ場を形作ってゆく。モード系バップ・ピアノの正統ワザや、ポップ&フォーキーな現代感覚をフル発揮した耽美的リリシズム表現、更には、アンビエント〜ニューエイジ系に接近したトリッキーで妖しい音響演出、などが絶妙に連鎖して、親しみやすくも清新な驚きあるストーリーラインを軽々と創出。見事。

 

(Personnel)

Rachel Z(p)

Maeve Royce(b)

Omar Hakim(ds)

 

(Track List)

1. Angry Chair

2. Sour Girl

3. Det Tar Tid

4. I Will Possess Your Heart

5. Lost

6. When You Were Young

7. In Your Room

8. Bizarre Love Triangle

9. There Is A Light

10. King Of Pain

 

Rachel Z - Website

 

Offcial Website

http://rachelz.com/default.aspx

 

Facebook

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Z/104030946301526

 

The Trio of Oz

http://thetrioofoz.com/

 

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Preview

 

https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/the-trio-of-oz/id396772694

 

Buy CD

 

http://www.amazon.co.jp/THE-TRIO-OF-%E7%9B%B4%E8%BC%B8%E5%85%A5%E7%9B%A4-%E5%B8%AF%E3%83%A9%E3%82%A4%E3%83%8A%E3%83%BC%E4%BB%98%E5%9B%BD%E5%86%85%E4%BB%95%E6%A7%98/dp/B004UKBP4Q/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1363847894&sr=1-1-catcorr

 

Video & Audio

 

The Trio Of Oz - When You Were Young

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrE50jNuXQ8

 

Omar Hakim & Rachel Z(Trio of Oz) - Live at Porgy & Bess 2010 - 06. Lost

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33chzUAZNt0

 

 

Review

It is no longer shocking when a jazz piano trio covers rock songs. The Bad Plus has been doing that for a decade, and many have followed. Still, its not the norm, and when a trio does it with as much gusto as this one, it qualifies as an event. Omar Hakim who has drummed with Miles Davis, Sting, and Weather Report has paired up with modern-minded pianist Rachel Nicolazzo (Rachel Z) for the cheekily titled The Trio of OZ.’’ With the help of bassist Maeve Royce, they put their own stamp on songs by the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Coldplay, and the Killers. Hakims sticks skitter across the skins on Death Cab for Cuties I Will Possess Your Heart’’ while Nicolazzo states the plaintive melody and then improvises off the chord changes. New Orders Bizarre Love Triangle’’ becomes a languid ballad in these six hands, with Royce bowing the melody. The trio uses the Smiths There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’’ as a vehicle for speedy post-bop and Depeche Modes In Your Room’’ a dark electronic number as a framework for brainy ruminations. Familiar songs heard in fascinating new contexts thats what jazz does best.

- The Boston Globe

 

 

Rachel Z , born Rachel Nicolazzo (Calabrian father and mother French-Italian), began only sixteen years playing with the legendary group Steps Ahead led by Mike Mainieri continuing this adventure until 1996. He later collaborated with the great saxophonist Wayne Shorter with whom he also recorded a record work rewarded with a Grammy Award.

has also collaborated with musicians such as Al Di Meola, Miroslav Vitous, Bob Moses, George Garzone, Special Efx, Stanley Clarke, Omar Hakim, Victor Bailey, Pino Daniele .

's versatility has meant that Peter Gabriel willed as the keyboard player in his band.

Says Rachel. "I've always loved the concept of Good and Evil, which reflects all that we see these days not only in the political sphere but also in the musical world, where projects are often terrible acclaimed and overexposed while others are very strange indeed great. "

Omar Hakim was born in NYC from a family of musicians, Omar Hakim began playing drums the age of 5 and 10 was performing in public with her father, Hakim Hasan, a veteran of the trombone, a member of the historical band of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. During this time Omar has developed all the traditional techniques and jazz improvisation on drums and has consolidated its unique style. Thanks to his friendship with his father John Coltrane, the young Omar came to know Elvin Jones and Art Blakely. At age 11 he began studying with Clyde Lucas , at the time drummer and master of the technique of Count Basie big band. This experience led the field in the jazz tradition Mike Maineri to invite further studies in the Music and Art HS and Marcus Miller to call in the band Steps Ahead in 1980.

Always attentive to broaden their horizons and faithful to the theory of Ellington that " there are only two kinds of music: good the other evil, "Omar devoted himself successfully to other types of music and has developed an eclectic career and turned to many different styles, like no other drummer before and after him .

In 1980, the same Manieri (then producer of Carly Simon) called him on tour with his band. Since then, he participated in the recording and tour of the Gil Evans Big Band, David Sanborn, Patti Labelle and many others. Shortly after he began his long association with the famous group Weather Report , with whom he played until the dissolution of the band in 1985. In addition to the three albums recorded with them, he also had the chance to play with David Bowie when, in 1983, he returned to the U.S. charts with Let's dance.

At the end of the eighties Omar could already include collaborations with artists such as Miles Davis (Tutu, Music from Siesta), Dire Straits (Brother in Arms, Money for Nothing) and Sting (Dream of the Blue Turtles, and the very popular "Rockumentary" Bring on the Night). His solo the track I burn for you, Sting in the film, is considered one of the greatest solo ever documented in the film. Furthermore, a powerful and virtuosic exploits of jazz drums in the middle of a concert tour with a rock band surprised fans and saw them jump up excited every step of the tour.

constructing these successes, in 1989 he also found the time to produce and release his new album, Rhythm Deep , which led him to first Grammy nomination. In the nineties, he toured with Lionel Ritchie and Madonna for eight years. It was also co-founder of the Jazz Super Band "Urban Knights" with Ramsey Lewis, Grover Washington Jr. and bassist, the band has revealed his gifts as a composer and singer.

Omar is also a pioneer in the electronics and battery technologies applied to percussion. He was so excited about the developments achieved by Roland Musical Instruments Co. development with the "V-Drums" which became the first testimonial. High demand for his versatility, his eclectic interests involved in the experience pop, jazz, rock, fusion and R & B.

- Drumsportal.com