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New Release - "After Carnival"

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A fresh, contemporary sound, mixing jazz, ambient, and world music. All original material by vibraphonist Richard Sprince features an international group playing rich harmonies and hot solos over diverse rhythms including Tango, Bossa Nova, Samba and Flamenco.

FEATURED CD ON "EVENING JAZZ", WLRN-FM

In rotation on FM radio throughout the United States, Australia and Europe.

 

!!!EXTRA!!! THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

Here's what the critics are saying:

"Exotic and refreshing... a brilliant debut."
All About Jazz

"Five Stars! Infectiously alive and vibrant."
Amazon CD Review

"a rock solid performance."
Critical Jazz

"complex and interesting with repeated listening."
Seattle Post Intelligencer

"smooth jazz with an edge."
Miami Art Guide

 

 

New World Beat Mixes a Sonic Cocktail of World and Jazz Influences
in “After Carnival” (CDM 1001)

Street Date April 3, 2012

Musicians are like mixologists trying to come up with the ultimate cocktail. Some strive to pour the perfect martini, while others experiment with their own innovative blend of ingredients.  On “After Carnival”, the debut release of Miami-based New World Beat, the group has invented an original sonic cocktail, artfully combining memorable melodies and introspective harmonies with the sensibility of Brazilian jazz and world rhythms. Guest artists on the date include Jorge Pardo, Spain’s leading jazz instrumentalist and Chick Corea alumnus.  Jazz fusion pioneer Othello Molineaux calls the release “exciting and refreshing…deep and passionate music.”

New World Beat is led by vibraphonist/composer Richard Sprince, who served as producer, composer and arranger for this release. A Boston native, Richard has been immersed in world music, rhythms and culture since early on in his career, when he played everything from Salsa and Brazilian to African music and Jazz Flamenco while on the road for years in Europe and South America. He has shared the stage with world class Latin Jazz and Fusion innovators including Ray Gomez, Jorge Pardo, Sammy Figueroa, Nestor Torres and Othello Molineaux.

With “After Carnival”, Sprince and his international crew of sidemen serve up nine original compositions along with two innovative Pat Metheny covers (including the hit “Last Train Home”). Throughout the release, one can discern elements of the Metheny sound, along with Brazilian flavors reminiscent of Milton Nascimiento, Airto and others. “I like to imagine the project as if it were the adoptive love child of Pat, Milton and Airto, maybe getting a little love from Return to Forever, too”, Sprince muses.

On the session, up-and-coming saxophonist Matt Vashlishan shines on soprano and alto saxes, as well as the EWI sax synthesizer, playing grooving, polytonal solos. Guitarist Tom Lippincott creates intricate backing textures as well as soaring improvisations, offering a counterpoint to Sprince’s percussive comping and lyrical solos on the vibraphone.  Vocalists Tony Cruz and Terezinha Valois double melodies in an evocative Brazilian style, while bassist Diogo Brown, drummer Goran Rista and guitarist Cezar Santana lay down authentic world grooves. Percussionist Dwili Dewongy adds rhythmic flavor and ambient effects, with a variety of percussion toys, bird whistles and shakers.

 

Personnel
Richard Sprince - vibraphone;  Matt Vashlishan – soprano & alto saxophones, EWI; Tom Lippincott - 8 String guitar; Diogo Brown – fretless bass; Goran Rista – drums; Tony Cruz, Terezinha Valois – vocals; Cezar Santana - nylon string guitar;  Dwili Dewongy –percussion; Gary Damanti – guitar solo, “The Dance Has Just Begun”; Jorge Pardo – flute solo, “Song For Brazil”;  Alejandro Pino-Sprince – tag vocal, “Last Train Home”.

Artist Website
www.newworldbeat.com; www.facebook.com/newworldbeat

Media Contact
Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services, 269 State Route 94 South Warwick, NY 10990
Ph: 845-986-1677; Fax: 845-986-1699; Cell / text: 917-755-8960; Skype: jazzpromo
jim@jazzpromoservices.com, www.jazzpromoservices.com

 

Richard Sprince
Composer, vibraphone

A Boston native, Richard has been immersed in world music, rhythms and culture since early on in his career, when he played everything from Salsa and Brazilian to African music and Jazz Flamenco while on the road for years in Europe and South America. He has shared the stage with world class Latin Jazz and Fusion innovators including Ray Gomez, Jorge Pardo, Sammy Figueroa, Nestor Torres and Othello Molineaux.

Much of Richard’s early experience was during a span of years living in Spain and Brazil. He was attracted to Latin rhythms for as long as he can remember. During those years abroad he got to perform with people from all over. “Spain has been a kind of cultural crossroads throughout history, and it certainly was when I was there”, Richard says. “There were Latin American guys playing salsa, Spaniards playing Flamenco Jazz, there was a couple African bands, and a lot of Brazilians and their bands. It seemed like I got to play in just about all of them.”

Matt Vashlishan
Soprano & alto sax, EWI

Upcoming jazz phenom, Matt has shared the stage with musicians such as Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, Ian Froman, Bill Goodwin, John Hart, Marko Marcinko, Steve Miller, Bruce Hornsby, Chuck Bergeron, Gary Campbell and many others. The Pennsylvania native is a protege of Dave Liebman, growing up just down the road from the modern jazz icon and educator. Transcribing Liebman solos, a daunting task for any musician, has been Matt's bread and butter, when Lieb hired him to transcribe solos for a book project.

Matt has played in international festivals as the featured soloist of the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. He literally wrote the book on the EWI sax synthesizer, doing his doctoral thesis on the care and feeding of this instrument. Featured on EWI over several tracks on After Carnival, Matt burns it up with hot solos that bring back the spirit of 1970s jazz fusion.

Whether on acoustic sax or the EWI, Vashlishan solos shine. Building on Liebman concepts as a foundation, Matt really takes it to another level while making it his own.

Tom Lippincott
Electric guitar

8 and 6 string guitarist and composer Tom Lippincott grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a masters degree in jazz performance from the University of Miami and also studied with noted jazz guitarist and educator Mick Goodrick. Tom has performed throughout the world as a sideman, with his own groups, and as a solo performer. He currently leads the Tom Lippincott Trio, and co-leads the group Jazz Nexus with percussionist/pianist David Schanzer. He has performed extensively as a session player, and his playing and/or compositions are featured on his 2000 CD "Painting the Slow Train Brown" as well as with the group Active Ingredient's 1990 CD, "Extra Strength," and the Chassidic Jazz Project's "Live At the Broward Center For the Performing Arts," among others. Tom teaches jazz guitar at Florida International University, at Miami Dade College, and at the New World High School of the Arts in Miami.

Ettiene Fuentes
Drums

Highly regarded as one of the most sought out drummers in South Florida, Ettienne Fuentes Jr. was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has performed, recorded and/or toured with artists such as Chuck Mangione, Nestor Torres, Letha Galloway, Arturo Sandoval, Dom Um Rumao, Debbie Spring and Ira Sullivan. Around 1990, he co-founded Outcast, a unique rock band that captured the Miami rock scene. From 1996 to 2006, Ettiene worked with international Latin sensation Chayanne. Ettiene is also the co-founder of YERBA BLUE , a mix of bluegrass, rock and Latin. In between his busy touring schedule he teaches and does clinics.

Agustin Conti
Electric bass

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Agustin is an active performer and one of the most in-demand bassists in the Southeast, playing styles from Jazz and Fusion to Latin Jazz, Brazilian and South American rhythms.

Agustin Conti has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Sammy Figueroa, Gloria Gaynor, Gary Campbell, Jim Snidero, Michael Gerber, Victor Mendoza, Fernando Brandao, Teresa Ines, Negronis Trio, Michael Orta, Luisa Maria Guell, Duffy Jackson, Rayito, Los Terricolas, Guillermo Klein, Tony Perez, Erika Ender, Mambo Magic Orchestra, Edwin Pavon, Arturo Xicay, FIU Big Band, Jesse Jones, Randy Singer, The Temprees, The Osmonds and with other countless high-profile music acts.

"AFTER CARNIVAL" - NEW WORLD BEAT (CDM 1001)

TRACK LIST
1. Beyond The Clouds - 5:31
2. On My Way - 7:09
3. The Dance Has Just Begun - 6:47
4. After Carnival - 8:08
5. Partido Alto - 7:25
6. Song For Brazil - 6:25
7. Last Train Home* - 5:08
8. Adios, Buenos Aires - 7:24
9. Fantasia de Carnival - 6:18
10. It’s Not Far - 5:17
11. Sueño Con Mexico** - 7:17

Compositions by Richard Sprince, Pat Metheny*

“After Carnival” is intended to stand as a whole, developing a story and ambience from track to track. This structure is paralleled by the through-composed nature of each number. The album opens with Beyond The Clouds, an upbeat major key tune inspired by silver linings and chasing rainbows.  On My Way, a track about journeys, sets a moodier tone. A lyrical opening melody leads to a transition followed by an edgy ensemble groove. Matt Vashlishan plays a burning featured solo on the EWI sax synthesizer.

The direction of the release becomes clear with The Dance Has Just Begun, one of the featured singles. A heroic opening melody over an active bass line and back beat on the drums leads to a Brazilian Afoxé rhythm and a memorable vocalized melody, followed by an interlude-like transitional section. A thoughtful, bluesy solo by guest guitarist Gary Damanti is followed by a soulful soprano sax improvisation by Matt Vashlishan, who channels Wayne Shorter over a Brazilian groove. After the final interlude, the track breaks out in an infectiously uplifting samba beat, with a memorable vocal melody and grooving vibes improvisation by Richard Sprince to take it out.

Another featured single is the title track After Carnival. While Carnival in Brazilian is famously upbeat and intense, this track is about the aftermath. (see act three of “Black Orpheus”, the Brazilian film classic.) Starting with a plaintive melody over a samba-funk rhythm, it transitions to a nostalgic theme over a straight ahead samba feel. An improvised interplay between the vibes and guitar leads to a soaring solo by Tom Lippincott. Matt Vashlishan’s solo on soprano sax takes it to another level. He sets things up with long tones and polytonal licks inspired by his mentor, Dave Liebman. Matt’s cascading pyrotechnics climax over the band’s ensemble figures. 

Partido Alto is an exploration of the Brazilian rhythm of the same name and a Miles-inspired bass line. A double-time samba over some Steely Dan harmonies provide the turnaround into inspired improvisations on guitar and sax. Song For Brazil is a nostalgic ballad over a bolero-tinged rhythm. Inspired by the end of a romance, the composition transitions into a hopeful 3/4 waltz, then a plaintive 6/4 vocal melody over some dark harmonies, leading back to the opening theme. The track features guest artist Jorge Pardo on flute in a soulful and acrobatic improvisation, a touch of Hubert Laws mixed with Pardo’s characteristic Spanish Flamenco flourishes.

Last Train Home, another featured single, is a novel arrangement of the Pat Metheny hit. Slowed down and with Matt providing synthy flourishes on the EWI, the result is a fusion ballad in the spirit of Weather Report’s A Remark You Made. After a lyrical Metheny-inspired vibes solo by Richard Sprince, the interlude breaks out in a slow samba with vocals doubling the melody. The last head leads to a samba outro with evocative Brazilian lyrics sung by Tony Cruz and Terezinha Valois. The track ends with an acapella tag vocal sung by three year old Alejandro Pino-Sprince.

Adios, Bueno Aires is a jazz tango inspired by a midnight ferry trip from Montevideo to Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata. The unusual form passes through a variety of sections and tonalities. Fantasia de Carnaval is about the build up to Carnival. A free jazz intro leads to an upbeat bossa rock melody. The track features a burning solo by Matt Vashlishan on alto sax. After the last head, a free group improv trails off into the reverie of each musician’s fantasy.

It’s Not Far tells an epic travel tale, going from a pastoral opening melody to a bossa groove to double time samba bridge. Short but inspired solos over dark harmonies (Diogo Brown, bass, Tom Lippincott, guitar) take the traveler off the beaten path. Richard Sprince’s extended solo on vibraphone started with sustained notes, then builds up to a climatic release and evocative samba vocal melody coda.

The album closes out with Sueno Con Mexico, an arrangement of an early Metheny solo guitar vehicle. The tune has been re-invented with an African groove, backed by talking drum and atmospheric bird whistles, bells and shakers. A rhythmic melody is played on vibes and alto sax over an ostinato guitar pattern. Kicking it into fifth gear, the bridge comes in over a 12/8 shuffle rhythm, with Teri Valois’ vocals doubling a heroic, prototypical Metheny melody. A lyrical vibes solo climaxes with a quote of Minnie Ripperton’s “Lovin’ You”. Vashlishan’s grooving, Sanborn-tinged solo on alto sax brings the track full circle.

 

"Beyond The Clouds"
by Richard Sprince

(Richard Sprince, vibes; Matt Vashlishan sax, EWI; Tom Lippincott, guitar; Agustin Conti, bass; Ray, drums.)

 

"Partido Alto"
by Richard Sprince

 

REVIEWS OF "After Carnival"

 

Amazon CD Review

"Five Stars! A zesty premiere recording! AFTER CARNIVAL is a debut release of the Miami-based New World beat and this recording introduces a fresh combination of Brazilian jazz and rhythms and themes of music from around the world. The lead is Richard Sprince, vibraphonist and composer, an authority from experience with music ranging from Salsa and Brazilian to African and Jazz Flamenco. The resulting compositions that fill this collection are infectiously alive and vibrant. New World Beat has a mellow sound mixed with spices!"

Read the full review here.

 

Music Zoom

"A special disc...full of feeling that brings together jazz, ambient, world music, acoustic and electric, fusion and rock, Pat Metheny and South America ..."

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Critical Jazz

"A deceptively organic spin on playful melodies, infectious harmonic development all wrapped around the Brazilian jazz sensibilities and world rhythms of vibraphonist/composer Richard Sprince. In addition to a rock solid performance, Sprince pulls off the jazz hat trick of producer, composer and arranger with flawless precision. Nine original compositions and two well executed Pat Metheny covers work in a most cohesive fashion to reinforce a release built around texture and groove..."

Read the full review here.

 

All About Jazz

"The music of Brazil, a slice of the smooth style, a heavy dose of world rhythms and a pinch of jazz fusion provide the ingredients for the exotic and refreshing new sound captured on After Carnival, the brilliant debut from the Miami-based New World Beat. Led by vibraphonist Richard Sprince, a veteran of world music and an explorer of the Spanish Flamenco and African rhythms he has garnered over his years spent touring Europe and the globe, this group of international players delivers these diverse musical elements in a manner fitting with their vast experience."

Read the full review here.

 

Seattle Post Intelligencer

After Carnival, the debut album of New World Beat, a world-music jazz-fusion ensemble out of Miami, is the kind of music that seems deceptively simple on first hearing but grows increasingly complex and interesting with repeated listening. Led by the vibraphone of composer Richard Sprince, New World Beat runs through a set of exotic melodies played over a torrent of Latin American rhythms that serves as a template for some innovative solo improvisation. This is not the kind of music that makes for easy listening regardless of first impressions; this is music that rewards continued revisiting.

Read the full review here.

This is Book's Music

"The performances are incredible but never over the edge or chaotic, bringing in a wide range of influences both musical and cultural...It’s the kind of music that can do no wrong...When the band turn up the heat and begins to get into fusion mode, just step back because these guys do it well from beginning to end...these guys don’t let up. A very enjoyable listen."

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Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

"Eleven very tuneful extended World compositions...This is rich, exotic, fusiony, infectious music. I can't decide whether to get up and samba across the floor or pour a glass of ambrosia and watch the sunset."

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Radio Airplay

"After Carnival" is in rotation at:

CHMR St. John's NF Canada

KQAL Winona, MN

KWLC Decorah, IA

WMPR Jackson MS

KALX Berkeley, CA

WBLZ Birmingham, AL

WCLK Atlanta, GA

CJAM Windsor, Ontario

KOTO Telluride, CO

WMBR Cambridge, MA

KZMU Moab, Utah

WTEB Greenville, NC

CJSW Calgary Alberta

KSJD Mancos, CO

WTJU Charlottesville, VA

CSCR Scarborough, ON Canada

WJAB Huntsville, AL

KCHO Chico, CA

WDNA Miami, FL

M3Radio.com

WSHA Raleigh, NC

WWOZ New Orleans, LA

KSER Everett, WA

KBUT Crested Butte, CO

KTEP El Paso, TX

WWUH Hartford, CT

KUNV Las Vegas

WQLN Erie PA KUNV Las Vegas

WQLN Erie PA

WGXC Hudson, NY

KIOS Omaha NE

WFWM Frostburg, Maryland

WDIY-FM, Bethlehem, PA

KASU Arkansas State University Radio

WUWF Pensacola FL

KAFM Grand Junction, CO

WMXM Chicago, IL - "Top Ten" jazz playlist

Radioio.com Jazz and Smooth Jazz Channels

KVLU Beaumont, Texas

KHNS Haines, AK

WFNP New Paltz, NY

WERU East Orland, ME

KDNK Carbondale, CO

Jazz & Blues Tour Radio - The Netherlands

KHSU Arcata, CA

WRTC Hartford, CT

"The Jazz Spectrum" WKPS 90.7 FM

WERU East Orland, ME

KTSU Houston, TX

WESM Princess Anne, MD

WCUW Worcester, MA - "Thats Jazz" with Tyra Penn

KJLU Jefferson City, MO

WAER Syracuse, NY

KTUH Honolulu

KVNF Paonia, CO

WICN Worcester, MA

WECS Williamantic CT