Venus Records All-Stars – IsolaJazz [Japan] (2018)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:16 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,58 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,26 GB
From its earliest editions, the Isola Jazz festival, first held in 2005, has hosted innumerable exponents of international jazz, including the great drummer Bobby Durham, to whom the festival has been dedicated since 2009. This beautiful live performance — recorded in Italy, but by a group of musicians who record for Japan’s Venus Records label — easily one of the classiest jazz imprints of the past decade or two! And as a further twist, a number of the artists here are American — which makes the whole thing a great trans-national performance, handled with energy to match.
Yet even without all of that pedigree, the music is wonderful in and of itself – long tracks that seem to bring even more of an edge to the usual Venus presentation – especially in the rhythmic department, which can sometimes be a bit more subtle on the label’s studio recordings. The group features lots of heavy work on the bottom – bassists Aldo Zunino and Nicola Barbon, drummers Roberto Facchinetti and Byron Landham, and percussionist Ernesttico – and strong solos are by Jerry Weldon on tenor and Massimo Farao on piano. There’s also a few vocal moments – with singers who include Daria Toffali, Joyce Yuille, and Denise King – and titles include “Estrada Branca”, “Theme From Mash”, “Get Up”, “September Song”, “Sunny”, “Triste”, “O Amor Em Paz”, and “Teach Me Tonight”.
02. Canadian Sunset
03. Theme From Mash
04. Estrada Branca
05. Teach Me Tonight
07. September Song
Daria Toffali – vocals
Joyce E. Yuille – vocals
Denise King – vocals
Massimo Farao’ – piano
Jerry Weldon – tenor sax
Aldo Zunino – bass
Nicola Barbon – bass
Roberto “Bobo” Facchinetti – drums
Byron “Wookie” Landham – drums
Ernesttico – percussions
Produced by Tetsuo Hara & Massimo Farao’. Engineered by Alessandro Taricco.
Recorded on June 27 – July 1, 2017 at Isola Jazz Festival in Italy. Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-285.