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★ My Favorite Album (368)
By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review
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。
1. Angry Chair
2. Sour Girl
3. Det Tar Tid
4. I Will Possess Your Heart
6. When You Were Young
7. In Your Room
8. Bizarre Love Triangle
9. There Is A Light
10. King Of Pain
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★ The Trio of Oz
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The Trio Of Oz - When You Were Young
Omar Hakim & Rachel Z(Trio of Oz) - Live at Porgy & Bess 2010 - 06. Lost
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, it’s 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. Hakim’s sticks skitter across the skins on Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Possess Your Heart’’ while Nicolazzo states the plaintive melody and then improvises off the chord changes. New Order’s “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 Mode’s “In Your Room’’ — a dark electronic number — as a framework for brainy ruminations. Familiar songs heard in fascinating new contexts — that’s 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.