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Billy Prim: Thalassa

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Today’s album comes from Greek drummer Billy Prim and is called “Thalassa” which is the Greek word for sea. Billy lives and works in Budapest and he recorded this album with some great musicians from Hungary. The line-up is:

  • Attila Blaho – Piano
  • Andor Horváth – Double Bass
  • Júlia Csillag – Voice
  • Áron Turcsányi – Electric Bass
  • Billy Prim – Drums

Billy explained to me the creation-process of this album:  “The whole album is a first take, we did not record any song a second time. At that given moment in my life I had the chance to realize and see the collateral beauty of effortlessness. Each song is not perfectly rehearsed, I wanted to give to every song a real feeling of pure energy and pleasure in our playing.”

The album starts with “Enlightenment” a very impressionistic song with the piano playing steady arpeggios and the drums producing the sound of waves and little stones at the beach.

“Waves of Emotion” is the next song and it stays initially in this impressionistic and melancholic mood, Andor Horváth on double bass enjoys a lot of freedom in his playing. The band increases the intensity and the dynamics at around 5 minutes and reduces volume for a very special bass solo.

Billy produced a nice video for this song:

“Keep the Child Alive in You” picks up much faster after the piano introduction before it switches to a very slow ballad. Áron Turcsányi on electric bass caters for the distinct sound in this song. This song is my personal highlight on the album, it shows perfectly the dynamic range which this band is able to master and you can feel the energy and the pleasure in the playing, which Billy explained.

“Én Felkelék” features singer Júlia Csillag. The melody she sings is a traditional Christian folk-song accompanied by drums and electronic keyboard, a complete different sound and mood but also very atmospheric, not in contrast but in addition to the other songs on the album.

The album closes with “Midnight Sea” returning to the classical piano trio line-up with Andor Horváth on double bass. He is also featured in his song. Piano and some soft drumming prepare the layer on which Andor Horváth improvises rather freely.

Billy Prim with the great support from an outstanding Attila Blaho on piano created a beautiful album that shows all the elements of contemporary European jazz music where a line is drawn from traditional and classical music into improvisational music. Especially Hungary seems to be the place where all those elements are easily accessible and where jazz musicians take advantage of them.

The reaction on the live performances are according to Billy Prim all very positive, even excited. So when being asked if the album shows the same level of spontaneity as the concert it is easy for him to answer with a simple “Yes” because the circumstances of the recording and the live situation during a concert are not really different. Congratulations on this album.

For more information about Billy Prim check out his website:

http://www.billyprim.com/

And here is the complete album on Spotify:

New Releases Fall 2019

Much more great music has been released in the last few months. Here is a list of some albums which I can really recommend.


The DIVA Jazz Orchestra – DIVA + the Boys

https://divajazz.com/

“DIVA + THE BOYS” is a live recording of The Diva Jazz Orchestra – an ensemble of 15 incredibly talented musicians – who happen to be women – with some of today’s most exciting soloists. The band performed on the MCG Jazz stage in Pittsburgh with Ken Peplowski, Jay Ashby, Claudio Roditi, and MCG Jazz Executive Producer Marty Ashby. Excellent arrangements, a heavy swinging big band and some outstanding clarinet playing are the characteristics of this album.

Diva & The Boys


John Dalton’s Spheres of Influence – Indigo Skyline

https://johndaltonspheresofinfluence.com/home

Drummer John Dalton presents his trio “Spheres of Influence” featuring Sean Farias on bass and Jim Robitaille on guitar. The album contains original material only and shows a nice and well-balanced trio with enough space and freedom for each musician to express themselves.

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DLG 3 – Grease Trap

https://www.facebook.com/dlgthree/

DLG is a B3 organ trio based out of NYC with John Lynch on guitar, Mike DeConzo on drums and “Organ Monk” Greg Lewis and William Gorman on the Hammond B3 organ. Their album “Grease Trap” was released in the beginning of November and contains funky instrumental interpretations of classic soul & RNB tunes and originals as well. Great choice of songs, very entertaining and very well played.

Grease Trap


Roger Kellaway – The Many Open Minds Of Roger Kellaway

http://rogerkellaway.com/

Recorded live at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, “The Many Open Minds Of Roger Kellaway” teams the pianist with guitarist Bruce Forman (a superb bebop player and a Sonntag guitar player http://www.sonntag-guitars.com/english/Artists/Bruce-Forman.html) and bassist Dan Lutz. They perform seven familiar jazz standards but their performance is anything but conventional and predictable. Outstanding playing by all three musicians and perfect understanding between each other make great fun and entertainment when listening.

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Finally a complete playlist with all songs from the four albums: