(English follows Japanese)
★My Favorite Album (383)
By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review
デンマーク出身で当地で活動するJazz Pianist, Thomas Walbum。バークリーで学んだガチガチのJazz Pianistです。こんな（↓）Piano Trio作品で彼の「硬派な」プレイが聴けます。
「TALES FROM THE BLUE」（2010）
で、何を思ったのか、彼が中心となってLatiun Albumを作っちゃった。「北欧人のLatin Album?どうしちゃったの？」って思いました。思いますよね？しかし、私FBを始めて北欧のJazz Musicianと友達になって初めて知りました。意外や意外、北欧ではBossa NovaとかBrazilianといったLatin音楽がとっても人気があるそうです。ちょっとイメージが違いますよね。寒いから熱帯に憧れるのかな？（笑）『北欧熱帯Jazz楽団』？（笑）
❑ Thomas Walbum(piano)
THOMAS WALBUM (piano) has toured the world extensively (Europe, Japan, Brazil, China, Australia, USA), searching for collaborations with musicians from cultures quite different to his own. He has toured Brazil four times playing with different groups; Walbum/Maintz Brazilian Quintet, Thomas Walbum Trio, Anissa Damali Bernasconi Quartet, ao. He also held clinics at Souza Lima Conservatory in São Paulo. He holds a Master’s Degree from Berklee/Boston Conservatory in Boston, USA, as well as a degree from The Rhythmic Conservatory of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark.
❑ Thomas Maintz
THOMAS MAINTZ (acoustic guitars) was nominated for a Danish Music Award 2010 ‘Jazz album of the year’. The Cadence Magazin (US) wrote: ‘This Danish guitarist has crafted a winner and will be another name to look out for in the future’. And Denmark’s leading national jazz magazine had this to say about the album: ‘…a generous gift to jazz aficionados everywhere, on both a national and international level’. Thomas Maintz holds a degree from ‘The Rhythmic Conservatory of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark.
❑ Sizão Machado
SIZÃO MACHADO (double bass) Creator of a unique musical language that goes far beyond the realm of his instrument, the bass Sizão Machado is internationally recognized for his performances alongside Chet Baker, Herbie Mann, Elis Regina, Jim Hall, Chico Buarque, Dori Caymmi, Djavan , Milton Nascimento, Dionne Warwick, Ivan Lins, Joyce, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Roberto Menescal, Night Illustrated, Jean Paul & Garfunkel, Family Jobim, Paulo César Pinheiro, Paul Winter, Hendrick Merkins and many others.
Sizão participated on recordings of more than one hundred albums with various national and international artists.
PIRULITO (percussion) has played with Alcione, Djavan, Ivan Lins, Dionne Warwick, Batacotô, Emilio Santiago, Beth Carvalho and many more… A percussionist highly respected in the world of samba, Luis Fernando Mattos de Oliveira has inscribed his name in the gallery of elite musicians. However, his baptismal name was only for documents. Still a boy he gained a nickname that became his stage name: Pirulito (lollipop). And simply because he liked the Lollipop Zorro and came to have ten in each pocket. Friends did not miss the chance and Luis Fernando turned Pirulito. Forever. The artist Pirulito.
❑ Carlos Ezequiel
CARLOS EZEQUIEL (drums) is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He holds a busy schedule and has been touring with various group around the Globe. He is a teacher at the
Souza Lima Conservatory in Brazil, and has been conducting clinics at many schools in Europe and Asia. Carlos has played in the United States, India, Europe, Argentina, Peru, and all over Brazil.
As a sideman he has performed with American artists Kurt Rosenwinkel and David Liebman, with European artists Ronan Guilfoyle, Pekka Pylkkanen, Greg Burk, and Thomas Fonnesbaek, and with
Brazilian artists, Nelson Faria, Rogério Souza, Daniel D’Alcântara, and Jurandir Santana.
3. Northern Hemisphere
4. Take Off
5. Time To Lose
6. Funky Monday
8. Times Gone By
Recorded on December 4 & 5, 2010 @ BRC Studio, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Walbum/Maintz Brazilian Quintet
Walbum/Maintz Brazilian Quintet
❑ EPK (Video & Audio)
It’s only been a month since I recommended the amazing debut album Rio en Vermelho e Azul from Morten Ankerfeldt. An album recorded in Brazil with local musicians. Like this album. Guitar payer Thomas Maintz and piano player Thomas Walbum travelled to Brazil to record with local musicians. Is it all the same, then? Well, when it comes to the recommendation from this blog, it is. Musicially it’s different. Maintz & Walbum is like a drink in the summer breeze while Ankerfeldt is more like a cup of coffee. In the 80ies some American guitar players like Pat Metheny and Lee Ritenour flirted with Braziliean music. They played acoustic jazz guitars like no one else and inspired a whole generation of guitar players. Including Thomas Maintz. Walbum & Maintz has the same light and spontaneous approach to Brazilian music as the one we heard in the 80ies. They stood on the shoulders of fusion jazz, swaying their hips in a joyous dance. The two Danes share the title as composer. In Brazil they found three experienced musician to take care of bass, percussion and drums. Bass player Sizao Machado has collaborated with both Chet Baker and Milton Nascimento. It’s the two Danes who are in the spotlight, though. But there is plenty of room left for the Brazilian musicians. When Maintz is playing his acoustic guitar it is a delightful pleasure. He is playing with confidence. Walbum’s sense of melody makes the music flow all naturally. Walbum & Maintz has made an album which should be the accompanying sound of the good days in life. Bonus info: They will be playing concerts during the summer where you will see them on festivals in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark.
Bonus info: They will be playing concerts during the summer where you will see them on festivals in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark.
Review: Niels Overgård, Scandinavian Jazz