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JAZZ JOURNALISM: Welcome To Us by Dennis González Band of Nordic Wizards

Old vintages are precious gifts for some ears, produced by Dennis Gonzáles and the amazing Polish jazz promoter and human being Marek Winiarski (with Zdzislaw Gogulski), Welcome To Us was released ten years ago and has become a timeless album to listen to.

Texan trumpeter and educator Dennis Gonzales saliently allays here soothing phrases and impeccable sounds along Sidsel Endrensen uttering on “Prologue”. Gonzales’s “Song for A Poet” encapsulates the colour of each regard and the hope that he gives off. The title track “Welcome To Us” is mood glowing. Gonzáles blows notes in roomy musings. On “Monkey Scratch Dance” Dennis takes off on a groovy line that brings about pleasant sounding textures with scrumptious detail, releasing bassist Terje Gewelt, drummer Pål Thowsen and trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer to a sustaining, unbridled book-ending smoothly the tune.

“Kraków Na Wiosne” captures us quite friendly with glorious horn solos pacing on and off Slavinian flurries, the melody being wound up by pianist Bugge Wesseltoft and Thowsen’s drums. “Song for A Singer” honors a touching vocal celebration, evolving in an assiduous replenished orchestration. Dennis González Band of Nordic Wizards attempts peculiar rakes and resonances. Their music is highly spirited and fluent on “Song For A Singer” and “Epilogue”.

Trumpeter Dennis Gonzáles blazes every space he uses with such elegance, poetry and pertinence (a trait which sets him apart from the swollen widespread denominator of snot-ridden trumpeters). It’s in the subtlety of his playing and generosity that Gonzáles is big-hearted and particularly on his acute attacks, sparkling voice, and upper substantiality that kicks off as casual. After a decade, Welcome To Us testifies the important place Dennis Gonzáles holds in the jazz escene.

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Artist / Group Name:Dennis González Band of Nordic Wizards
CD Title:Welcome To Us
Genre:Free Jazz / Avante Garde
Year Released:1996
Record Label:Govi Records
Tracks:Prologue, Warszawa, Song for a Poet, Welcome To Us, Monkey Scratch Dance, Kraków Na Wiosne, Song for a Singer, Rail, Epilogue
Musicians:Dennis Gonzáles (trumpet, flugelhorn, guitar, percussion, texts), Nils Petter Molvaer (trumpet, percussion), Bugge Wesseltoft (piano, synth), Terje Gewelt (bass), Pål Thowsen (drums), Sidsel Endresen (vocals)
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Rating:Five Stars



JAZZ JOURNALISM : Dead Men (are heavier than broken hearts) by Christopher Woitach and the Cathexis Orchestra


Oh! How lucky can one be in having Christopher Woitach’s latest release Dead Men (are heavier than broken hearts), written as a tribute to the crime and literature noir author Raymond Chandler.

The Chandleresque private eye style has marked a big influence in film noir. Chandler’s erudition reviews on pulp fiction, hardboiled styles, similes, parodies and pastiches, recalling crime and passion, fatality, decaying characters, blossomy settings, despair…. and the fated characteristics of film noir. What is essential to know is that all of Chandler’s novels have been adapted for film noir, most notably Howard Hawks The Big Sleep (who don’t remember the scenes of the incendiary couple Bogie/Baby?).

Besides, jazzy elements were introduced on film noir in the 40s, but factual jazz scores really appeared from the 50s. When jazz creation is blended with film-noir, the alchemy magically works in a right balance.

Woitach pays tribute to Chandler’s written moods on « Playback », « Openings1 «, « Marlowe’s Roscoe », The Simple Art of Murder”, “Dames”, “High Window”, “The Big Sleep”…. nine gems that prove how Chandler brings to mind an academic iconic and intriguing reference.

As the great composer, guitarist and man of learning Woitach can be, it took him ten years to concoct this project. These cooking substances have nothing to do with an assemblage of the worst clichés of jazz inspired by fiction/film noir. This is an out-standing release with the essential qualities required to introduce Chandler’s technical side.

Woitech inflects superstitious jazzy lyricisms blessed with the extensive ability that his band reveals through their instrumental and vocal hackings, particularly on “Playback” culminating in an arduous-gloomy and poly-measured consonance of “The Big Sleep”.

The success of Woitach’s inspired latest piece of art sojourns in his talent to mix up sounds and vocals which will gather many kinds of listeners. After all…. every life has a Chandleresque side and Woitach’s caught/crushed sound machineries on destiny will delight the jazz and film-noir passionate coterie for sure. Five stars!

Additional Info
Artist / Group Name:Christopher Woitach and the Cathexis Orchestra
CD Title:Dead Men (are heavier than broken hearts)
Genre:Free Jazz / Avante Garde
Year Released:2006
Record Label:Teal Creek Records
Tracks:Playback, Openings1, Marlowe’s Roscoe, The Simple Art of Murder, Dames, High Window, The Big Sleep
Musicians:Christopher Woitach (guitar, v-guitar), Greta Matassa and Stephanie Porter (vocals), Tom Bergeron (alto saxophone, vocals), Keller Coker (trombone, vocals), Tim Jensen (flute, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, vocals), Dan Schulte (bass), Julian Macdonough (drums)
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Rating:Five Stars