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The Austrian label PAO produces contemporary music, groove music, artistic music as well as multicultural crossover projects. The productions attempt to meet the highest possible musical and technical standards.
Feel the Soul of PAO!
Neue CDs von PAO Records sind sehr stark in den verschiedenen Vocaltraditionen verbunden: Mansur Scott ist eine direkte Weiterentwicklung von Billie Holiday, Mansur Scott's Mutter, eine großartige Sängerin, und Billie waren gute Freundinnen. Die Vocalistin Karen Francis ist eine Schülerin von Cecil Bridgewater. Linda Bsiri im Trio von Michel Godard verbindet alte europäische Musik mit virtuoser zeitgenössischer Musik. Diana Baroni geht den südamerikanischen Weg.
Aber alle haben eines gemeinsam: sie haben aus der Tradition Neues erschaffen, aufregende, grandiose Musik.
Martin Reiter mit The Flow und Nouvelle Cuisine begeistern mit Qualität und unverkennbarem Sound.
Great Voices of Harlem
Harlem is a mythical place, the birthplace of many African-American dreams, a cultural melting-pot, and fuel for the imagination from the “Cotton Club” or the “Apollo Theatre” all the way up to Sugarhill. Think of this neighborhood in Upper Manhattan and names like Billie Holiday, James Brown, or Jay-Z, films like “Across 110th Street” or “American Gangster”, plus Malcolm X, James Baldwin and Joe Louis will immediately come to mind. Fortunately, Harlem is not just a thing of the past, but more and more a cultural hotbed for things to come. One of the most important and popular artists to have risen to international fame from the clubs and bars in Harlem in recent years is Gregory Porter. The Grammy-winning gentleman, a giant not just of stature but of voice and soul, was discovered at St. Nick’s Pub on Nicholas Avenue – it is where he debuted hits like “1960 What?”, where he met the members of his live-band, and where he signed his first record deal with the Harlem based label Motéma records.
One of the first musicians to recognize Porter’s immense talent almost ten years ago was an Austrian farmer and trombone-player. His name is Paul Zauner, and when he does not raise pigs on his farm or organize the fantastic festival INNtöne, he travels to Harlem (now in his 25th year!) to participate in the lively spirit of music that this legendary place still lives and breathes. But Zauner, a charming enthusiast, does not freeze in admiration, but rather acts on his inspired impulses: for years he has been inviting the musicians he met on his trips to Harlem to perform with him and his wonderful band Blue Brass in Europe. This CD, recorded in Austria and mastered in New York, is the result of this intercontinental family affair, a truly beautiful and rather legendary album that brings together Paul Zauner’s world-class musicians with three incredible gentlemen who truly deserve the title “Great Voices of Harlem”.
Here is how one of their stories reads in the liner notes by a certain Michael Jackson (no relation): “While Porter, born in 1971, empathizes with Harlem’s history, his fellow vocalist Mansur Scott, lived it - from the ground up. Scott was raised a block from the birthplace of bebop, Minton’s Playhouse, and hit the streets at 15, hanging tough with Lee Morgan, jazz tubaist Ray Draper and Charles Mingus. (…) Scott himself chafed with authority early on. Heroin was abundant on the jazz scene, in fact Scott’s estranged mother copped with Lady Day. Though rebellious, Scott’s stories from his time in the slammer and assorted detention camps, reveal a fascination with life’s tapestry. Soul food en route to a North Carolina chain-gang can almost be tasted on his autobiographical “Doing Hard Time.”” The third great vocalist is Donald Smith, a singer who also worked with Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Art Blakey alongside Jymie Merritt and Don Byas, but is probably best known for his ground-breaking recordings with his brother Lonnie Liston Smith. Here Donald – a superb piano player as well as one of the most soulful falsettos around – reimagines, among other songs, his brothers greatest hit “Expansions” in a wonderful and inspired way. These three giants from very different backgrounds and generations, sing their soulful hearts out on classics like “Watermelon Man, “Moanin’”, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” or Horace Silver’s standards “Peace” and “Song For My Father”. One listen to them reveals a depth of spirit, that is unrivalled – they combine the tradition with a modern curiosity, that speaks volumes about where they come from and where we will go. In doing so, they might just incite a new “Harlem Renaissance” – the place is most certainly well worth rejuvenating.
So this album is also a documentary of its own in a series of concerts and further recordings to come, as the GREAT VOICES OF HARLEM continue to work, play, rehearse, cast and record the variety of elder-statesmen of true Harlem jazz together with the younger generation of most talented jazz vocalists the world deserves to discover. Watch out who’ll be the next after Gregory Porter to come ...!
01 moanin (6:59) by Bobby Timmons (Hal Leonard Corporation)
02 intro peace (1:19) by William Scott (PAO Music Publ.)
03 peace (7:23) by Harace Silver (Sher Music Co.)
04 expansions (7:56) by Lonnie Liston Smith (AllMusic)
05 somewhere over the rainbow (3:41) by Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg
06 doing hard time (3:41) M:Peter Massnik, L: William Scott (PAO Music Publ.)
07 stella by starlight (7:56) by Victor Young
08 watermelon man (4:37) by Herbie Hancock
09 my one and only love (7:12) by Guy Wood , Robert Mellin
10 days of wine and roses (4:11) by Henry Mancini
11 mona lisa (5:11) by Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
12 song for my father (6:05) by Harace Silver
Biographie Paul Zauner auf Chinesisch
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