Gerardo Nunez, Ulf Wakenius – Jazzpana Live (2015)
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Connecting the unexpected, flamenco meets jazz on Jazzpaña live in a special multicultural statement. Flamenco nuevo guitarist Gerardo Núñez and Swedish jazz guitarist Ulf Wakenius are joined by the Ramón Valle Trio, pianist Chano Domínguez and other musicians for these performances, recorded live in concert at the Berlin Philharmonie in October 2014 and at the WDR 3 Jazzfest in Dortmund in January 2015.
Music for people with open ears and open minds. Far removed from a predefined style. Without any fear of mixing genres.” In 1992, this was the understanding of jazz that producer Siggi Loch based the launch of his ACT adventure on. The label’s very first recording, Jazzpaña, was to become a milestone and synonym for ACT’s philosophy, and became a double Grammy nominee in the process.
Jazzpaña brought the stars of the “Nuevo Flamenco” from Spain together with US jazz greats such as Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine and Al Di Meola, backed by the sound of the WDR Big Band. The arrangements came from Vince Mendoza, though a little- known artist at the time, he is now one of the most versatile and prolific composer-arranger-conductors of the last two decades, a multi-Grammy Award winner who has written arrangements for everyone from Joni Mitchell, Sting, Elvis Costello and Bjork to Joe Zawinul, John Scofield and Charlie Haden. 12-time Grammy winner and star producer Arif Mardin, who throughout the course of his career worked with greats such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Norah Jones, completed the set with a suite of his own. Jazzpaña sought to connect the unexpected, in this case Flamenco and Jazz, and one album became two in 2000 with a smaller, but no less prominent line-up. Jazzpaña II was led by Gerardo Núñez and Chano Domínguez and peppered with soloists like Jorge Pardo, Perico Sambeat and again Michael Brecker. Once again, it was a huge success: “Grandiose Musik” proclaimed Germany’s esteemed magazine Der Spiegel.
Now, 15 years on from Jazzpaña II, and over two decades since the original idea was conceived, ACT presents Jazzpaña live. This latest chapter in the Jazzpaña story was recorded live from both the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal and WDR 3 Jazzfest in Dortmund. For this concert, once again both Jazz and Flamenco combine through Spanish Guitarist Gerardo Núñez, considered the heir apparent to the great Paco de Lucía, and Swedish guitar virtuoso Ulf Wakenius, however this time a third element, Cuba, is added courtesy of Cuban pianist Ramón Valle.
01 – Calima
02 – Alma de Mujer
03 – Para Chick
04 – Siboney
05 – Blues for Pablo
06 – El vito
07 – Calima (Encore)
Recorded live in concert at the Berlin Philharmonie (KMS), October 21, 2014.
Recorded and mixed by Klaus Scheuermann.
And at the WDR 3 Jazzfest 2015, Domicil Dortmund, January 31, 2015.
WDR 3 Jazzfest concert producer: Dr. Bernd Hoffmann.
Sound engineer: Rolf Lingenberg. Audio technician: Reiner Kühl.
Mastered by Christian Schmitt. Recording producer: Christoph Terbuyken.
Album mastering by Klaus Scheuermann.
Gerardo Núñez – flamenco guitar
Ulf Wakenius – jazz guitar
Chano Domínguez – piano
Ramón Valle – piano
Omar Rodriguez Calvo – bass
Liber Torriente – drums
Christof Lauer – saxophone
Cepillo – percussion