New tunes and a Monk classic to feature on latest Diego Piñera album

Odd Wisdom by US players saxophonist Donny McCaslin, guitarist Ben Monder and bassist Scott Colley with Berlin-based Uruguayan drummer Diego Piñera as leader and main composer is to be a January release two years on from, featuring different band …

Published: 19 Nov 2020. Updated: 11 days.

Odd Wisdom by US players saxophonist Donny McCaslin, guitarist Ben Monder and bassist Scott Colley with Berlin-based Uruguayan drummer Diego Piñera as leader and main composer is to be a January release two years on from, featuring different band personnel, Despertando. What do we know so far besides the bare bones and all of the above? OK. Nearly all of the tunes are Piñera's. Thelonious Monk's 'Blue Monk' arranged by the Montevideo-born musician is the closer of what is a New Jersey-recorded studio affair to be released on ACT. Photo: Gregor Hohenberg.

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Sylvain Rifflet, Rebellion(s)

Have we got news for you this formidable quartet affair speaks of liberation, of protest and rebel songs, and has a lot of spirit that taps perfectly and directly to the beating heart of jazz that unless you live under a rock has never been a music …

Published: 19 Nov 2020. Updated: 11 days.

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Have we got news for you this formidable quartet affair speaks of liberation, of protest and rebel songs, and has a lot of spirit that taps perfectly and directly to the beating heart of jazz that unless you live under a rock has never been a music that accepts the status quo.

Greta Thunberg is a ''special guest'' among some other guest truth-sayer voices that combine to make the album exceptionally wise in quite a few ways. Reedists Sylvain Rifflet and Jon Irabagon, drummer Jim Black and double bassist Sébastien Boisseau are the players and gel head bobbingly.

Make a modernist sentence of the track titles: Jean Moulin Factory Girl Greta T. The Adults in the Room Olympe Paul Robeson America Daybreak. Irabagon is wonderful on 'Factory Girl' and his communicative work with Rifflet is intuitive. On 'Greta T' there is a scrabbling Zhenya Strigalev-like sense of flux that I enjoyed. The Paul Robeson track featuring the voice of the great singer and activist is cleverly harmonised and processed.

There is a lot on this bebop soaked album. A tour de force and highly recommendable. Out now on BMC.