2010年10月08日

Hey,Claudio...You are the man!

YouTube見てたら、クラウディオが居ました。



やっぱ、上手いですね。
クラウディオ!!って感じです。

もうあれから、約15年になるのですね...

クラウディオとは、ニューアークのスタジオで初めて会いました。
「Nova Bossa Nova」のレコーディングの時です...

一緒だったギレーン(ギレルミフランコ)が、「クラウディオが、あっちゃんのピアノ良いねって言ってたよ!!」と、自分の事にように嬉しそうに教えてくれました。
いい人です!!

ギレーンは、かつてキースジャレットやマッコイタイナーなど錚々たるバンドで活躍したパーカッショニストです。
ホントにホントに...ギレーンはもの凄い演奏します!!
レコーディングの他にも、ニューヨークとサンフランシスコで何回か一緒にライブやりましたが、ピアノを弾くのを忘れて見とれてました...

最近ブラジルに帰って、向こうの大学で教えてるそうです。
ギレーンの面白い話は色々ありますが、それはまたの機会にでも...

それはさておき...

クラウディオのタイム感は、独特です。
一拍の隅から隅までとても大きくノって来ます。
発音のタイミングがとても「前」ですが、後ろへの引っぱりがあるので、走っていく事がありません...

それにあわせようと、必ずコケます。
お陰でレコーディングで、コケまくりました...ははは...

達人は、皆さん一拍が大きく、また一拍のどの位置からでも音出せますね。
伸びたり、縮んだり...だけど、ちゃんと辻褄があってます。

来年秋、ニューヨークでまた会えると良いですね...

今度はコケません!!

多分...
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2008年02月09日

久々に..

かつてレコーディングした「NOVA BOSSA NOVA」のCDを聴く機会がありました。

12年程前にレコーディングしたものですが、Bob Mintzer、Cloudio Roditi、Joe Ford、Guiherme Franco、Eddie Monteiro、Albert Beserra...改めて聴くと、やはりメンバー全員、達人ですね。

「ジャズの本質とは何か?」「音楽の歓びとは何か?」を、知り尽くしたメンバーだからこそ...
とりたてて宣伝をした訳でもないのに、世界中で評判となった、という理由が分かります。

たった2〜3日のレコーディングではありましたが、彼等との共演がその後の僕の人生を大きく変えるきっかけとなった事は言うまでもありません。

本当に多くの事を学ぶ事が出来ました。

ひたすら多謝...

実は...ジャズの世界から一旦離れてしました自分を、無理矢理?引き戻してくれたのが、このレコーディングだったのです。
しかしながら、その後の10年程は再びジャズから離れた毎日を送っていました。
そのような自分を再度ジャズの世界に引き戻してくれたのが、現在のスクールです。

離れたくても、離れられない関係なのかも知れませんね。
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2007年06月17日

消えてしまう前に(2)

REVIEWS OF NOVA BOSSA NOVA
What critics say about Jazz Influence:


"A Top 10 Critics’ pick of 1997"
--Mark Holston, Jazziz

"Arkadia Records makes a resounding splash with one of its very first releases, a buoyant and industrious blend of contemporary American jazz and hard-core Brazilian rhythms performed with dexterity and passion by Nova Bossa Nova…"
--Jack Bowers, Rapport

"Jazz Influence, the debut album by Nova Bossa Nova is a great collection of standards and original compositions from a very talented group. It faithfully imparts a sense of nostalgia and sentiment, while retaining a fresh voice for its decidedly jazzy style. Be-Bop or straight ahead, ballad or jazz-samba, Jazz Influence has it all."
--The Brazilian Music Review

"Led by drummer Guilherme Franco and bassist Alberto Beserra who propel their band with catchy rhythms, Nova Bossa Nova builds on the fusion of cool jazz and various Brazilian rhythms.. Capturing the bossa’s laid-back essence, NBN sprinkles their inventions with hard-swinging modern tinges, with fine solo moments from Japanese pianist Achan Inoue and accordionist Eddie Monteiro (whose accompanying vocalese adds flair to the session). Nine tunes, mostly written by the co-leaders, are inspired by commonplace situations. While everyone shines, the stars are the incomparable hard-bop front line featuring tenor saxist Bob Mintzer (of Yellowjackets fame), trumpeter Claudio Roditi (Brazilian native who has performed and recorded with numerous groups including Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra), alto/soprano saxophonist Joe Ford (veteran player with bands of McCoy Tyner and Jerry Gonzales Fort Apache Band). With its distinctive 1990s edge and fine solo work, Jazz Influence is a carnival - a buoyant intoxicating session that invites repeated listening."
--Nancy Ann Lee, JazzTimes

"This is juicy work that makes you dance and sway and sing along."
--Walter White, Victory Review

"Nova Bossa Nova uses the accordion playing of Eddie Monteiro to good advantage to set a happy tone for the jazzy Latin tunes. Throughout the recording, the playing is upbeat and lighthearted, and the accordion adds an infectious rhythm to the swinging tempos."
--Frank Rubolino, Cadence

"Compelling and passionate…a winner!"
--Jack Burke, Waxworks - Post-Searchlight

"There is a pleasant surprise here: the remarkable accordion playing/skat singing of Eddie Monteiro. The musicianship is solid throughout, a tight Brazilian rhythm section providing the carpet for solos by boppers Bob Mintzer, Joe Ford and Claudio Roditi."
--Richard Simon, Bird

"…a vibrant and compelling session. The innovation here - if one can reasonably use the word - is the fusion of Brazilian rhythms with traditional hard-core Jazz as expressed by trumpeter Claudio Roditi, tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer and alto/soprano Joe Ford. The tunes are typically bright and saucy with vigorous Latin rhythms underpinning the venturesome forays.. An impressive showcase that deftly blends the music of two divergent cultures."
--Jack Bowers, Jazz News

http://www.view.com/novabossa-reviews.html

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消えてしまう前に(1)...長文ですが...

ABOUT NOVA BOSSA NOVA

A man goes half way round the world… is about as far from home as he can get… and who does he happen to meet? Well, if it isn't the guy from down the block! He may have seen this person once before, and he thinks he's heard his name. Beyond that, he doesn't know anything about this compatriot. Moved, however, by the coincidence and perhaps by a little pang of homesickness, he strikes up a conversation with the stranger. It turns out they have a lot in common. They both, for instance, like a lot of the same music. What's more, they are both very good professional musicians. So they sit down to jam a little. They discover they sound great together. They make a vow right then and there that one day they will form a band. 20 years later, with a little help from their friends, they do. That, in brief, is the story of Nova Bossa Nova, a collection of accomplished instrumentalists, whose music seamlessly fuses the rhythms and styles of American jazz into the flow of its Brazilian cousin―bossa nova, blending the traditional Brazilian rhythm section with a hard-core jazz front-line.

The founding members of the group―percussionist Guilherme Franco and bassist Alberto Beserra, both natives of Brazil, met in Japan in 1975. On the advice of a friend, Beserra , who was living (and still lives) in Japan, went to see Franco who was a member of the touring McCoy Tyner band. After the show, roles were reversed, i.e., spectator became performer and performer turned spectator, as the entire band repaired to the club where Beserra was the featured artist. By the end of the night, the two were stationed side by side, grooving at their particular instruments. They became fast friends and have, since that night, taken advantage of every opportunity they've had to play together. Finally, in 1996, they formed Nova Bossa Nova, and signed an exclusive recording contract with New York's Arkadia Jazz. Jazz Influence is the band's first recording project.

Guilherme Franco (drums) was born in San Paulo, Brazil in 1946. He had begun dabbling with the piano when, as a 13 year old, his father took him to a party during Carnival. There, presiding over the festivities, was a drummer whose performance so impressed the young Franco that he resolved on the spot to become a drummer himself, and to learn the art from the man who had so entranced him. Within a few years, Franco was a mainstay of the San Paulo music scene. Practicing fourteen hours a day, he managed to squeeze in time for club dates, television performances, studio recordings, and periodic appearances with the national symphony orchestra. Happy and busy though he was, the young man had heard that to really play with the best, one had to go to New York. So, in 1971, answering an invitation from some musician friends, he headed north. Within a week, he had been asked to join Keith Jarrett's ensemble. After a year with Jarrett, he began a seven year affiliation with the McCoy Tyner, during which time he came to be recognized as a pioneering percussionist who introduced a new musical element to the American jazz world. The book "From Jazz to Rock," written by Jochen Berendt, documents Franco's contribution to this musical innovation with several admiring, quotable references. In 1978, Guilherme Franco was acclaimed by both the Down Beat Magazine Reader's and Critic's polls as the Number two jazz percussionist in the world. And in 1979, the "New York Jazz Award" also acclaimed him as the "Best Jazz Percussionist" in the tri-state area.

Having mastered, and perhaps grown a little tired of, the American jazz idiom, Franco turned his thoughts back to his native country, and in 1981 he formed a band called Pe De Boi, a Portuguese term whose literal translation is "foot of an ox," but which really means, at least when applied to music, someone who has an uncanny sense of rhythm, who doesn't rush, nor fall behind, but is swinging always with the beat. Composed of 7 drummers and 2 dancers, Pe De Boi became a fixture on the New York scene. It was the featured band at the opening night in 1982 of the wildly successful club, S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil). At its peak level in 1989, the band recorded a CD, which is currently being mastered and reissued on the Arkadia Jazz label.

Born in the north of Brazil, Alberto Beserra (6-string bass) moved to Rio at the age of ten. Memories of the north and its different musical traditions still, he says, find their way into his music. The son of an amateur saxophonist and guitar-player, Beserra began his musical education with the clarinet. Then, one day, unable to resist the temptation to fiddle with his father's guitar―it was strictly off-limits ―the eleven-year-old Beserra made his father very angry by "stealing" the instrument and attempting to make music with it. After getting over his initial anger, the elder Beserra agreed that maybe his son was on to something, and agreed to teach the naughty child how to play the guitar for real. And so, Beserra exchanged his clarinet for a guitar. As a teenager, Beserra came to the bass by accident, when he filled in for a fellow band-member who failed to show up. At seventeen, he began to play professionally in clubs around Rio and to make a name for himself in the local music scene. In 1969, with his bass firmly in tow, Beserra toured Portugal and Spain. A year and half later he was on his way to South Africa, where he played for five years. The money was good there, but the social climate―Apartheid was still firmly entrenched―something less than attractive. Returning to Brazil in 1975, Beserra was again faced with an unpleasant reality―this time in the form of a military dictatorship which had taken control of his native country. Resolving to get away, he accepted an invitation to go to Japan. By then he had switched to a six-string bass, after a brief fling with a five-stringer. The greater range afforded by the extra two strings allows Beserra to give his playing a guitar-like quality. Planning to stay in Japan for six months, he has remained there to this day, having established himself as one of the elite members of the kinetic Japanese music scene.

As might be expected of two such well-traveled musicians, Beserra and Franco have managed to pick up a lot of new things along the way. The most significant of their acquisitions is American jazz. Playing with Jarrett and McCoy Tyner, Franco spent nearly a decade assimilating jazz rhythms and manners, adding, of course, his own unique spin. Beserra too, has more often than not found himself listening to and playing with jazz musicians, from around the world. Still, no matter how far they wander, neither has lost contact with his roots. In founding Pe De Boi, Franco had sought to create a band in the image of the great Brazilian percussion tradition, specifically the practice of incorporating as many as 100 drums into one massive rhythmic orchestra. Beserra, who spent some of his years in Japan playing with a band called Rio, clearly maintains a love for the bossa nova style made popular during the 50s and 60s in Brazil. The songs on Jazz Influence, many of which were written by Beserra, are almost all grounded in bossa nova time.

In the same way that Franco and Beserra have found their backgrounds serving as a net with which they have been able to collect influence and inspiration, their band, Nova Bossa Nova, incorporates a hardcore be-bop style front-line into the framework provided by a traditional Brazilian rhythm section. The musicians that have been enlisted to join the band sport distinct and varied sounds. Claudio Rodito (trumpet), another Brazilian living in the United States, combines technical excellence and a distinctive jazz style, with a thorough knowledge of Brazilian syncopation. Eddie Monteiro (accordion/vocalese) plays in a style inspired by the famous Brazilian master Sivuca, which features vocal improvisations that blend with improvisations on the accordion itself. Then there is Bob Mintzer (tenor sax), a renowned musician, a great orchestrator, the leader of his own big band, and a member of the Yellowjackets. His is a very modern jazz style. There is also Joe Ford, (flute and alto/soprano sax), who played with Franco when both were members of the McCoy Tyner band. Atsushi Inoue, an accomplished Japanese pianist who has frequently collaborated with Beserra brings his own take on things to the group.

Diverse and eclectic as nova bossa Nova may be, the most remarkable thing about the group is not its variety, but its unity. They are a band of irregulars who march together and in step. Anchored by Franco's drums and Beserra's bass, the ensemble members are, in the best traditions of bossa nova and jazz, locked in with each other. That the two should be combined so effectively is no surprise to co-leader Franco. "They both come from the same place; jazz and bossa nova both have their roots in Africa. They are like cousins. It's only natural that they get along."

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2006年11月17日

NOVA BOSSA NOVAの思い出(3)

最近とんと物覚えが悪くなった事もあり、記憶が無くなる前に...と思い立ち、NOVA BOSSA NOVAの思い出の続きを...


...さて、何とか単身ニューヨークに辿り着き、ギレーン氏とベトさんにピックアックしてもらい、ギレーン氏のアパートに到着です。

翌日の午後からレコーディングという事もあり、また長旅の疲れもあり、そのまま気絶しながらの就寝...

翌朝、いきなりギレーン氏が「レコーディングの前に、ちょっとリハーサルやろ!」という事で、彼のアパートのリビングで、いきなりリハに突入する羽目に...
リビングには、何とドラムセットとローズピアノが...ベトさんを交え、3人で軽く音を出す事になりました。

しかし、日本では普通のアパートで、楽器をガンガン演奏するなど到底考えられない事...そこはアメリカのおおらかさ、とでも言うべきか(汗

幸い?!何ら苦情もなく、そそくさとリハを終えてスタジオに向かう事に...

ギレーン氏のアパートから、車で10分程でスタジオに到着。
何でも、一般の住宅の地下に本格的なスタジオがあるらしい...オーナーは、かつてCTIレーベルでかのクリードテイラーの下で、エンジニアとして活躍した人との事!

ちょっとヤバいなぁ、と心配でしたが...ただの「変なおっさん」でした(笑

スタジオ内をウロウロしていると、ペットのクラウディオ・ロディティ氏とアコーディオンのエディ・モンテロ氏が到着、紹介もそこそこに一曲目のテイクに...

ベトさんから譜面が渡され、簡単な曲の説明、そしてソロのオーダーを決めて行きます。
ボブ・ミュンツァーとジョー・フォードの両氏は、スケジュールの都合で後日オーバーダブする為、彼等のソロの部分はカラオケにしておく事に...

勿論、全員一発録りの為、一人でもミスすれば録り直しになってしまいます...これは、結構緊張感あります(汗
簡単に譜面チェックを終えたら、早速テイク1に突入!
本当に仕事が早い!

...ガ〜ン!!頭の一発目の音から、ノックアウトされた感じです!!

ベトさんとは、それまでにも何度か一緒にやっていたので「独特のシンコペの突っ込みと、グルーブ感」は、ある程度把握していたつもりでした。

が...いやはや、正直参りました。
全く異次元の体験でした(滝汗

クラウディオ氏は、もの凄い早いポイントで音を出して来ますが、全く走って行きません!
後で聴くと、もの凄くゆったりと自由に吹いているように聴こえる、しかし一緒に演奏しているとその早いポイントにつられて、こっちがコケそうになってしまいます。
つまり、一拍がとてつもなく長いのです...

ギレーン氏とエディ氏は、いつも一緒に演奏しているらしく、両者のコンビネーションはばっちりで、更にベトさんと3人が一丸となって、後ろからドッカンドッカン煽って来る...

おまけに、エディ氏は変幻自在なバッキングで責めて来る為、リズムやハーモニーがバッティングしないように、逆に上手く織り重なるようにするには、相当の汗が...

しかし...彼等と一緒に音を出しているうちに、汗まみれの中、とても重要な事に気が付いたのでした。

それは次回に...




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2005年09月15日

NOVA BOSSA NOVAの思い出(2)

という事で、単身ニューヨークに...

名古屋からの直通便が無いため、一旦ポートランドまで行き、そこでニューヨーク行きにトランジットする事に...

先にニューヨークに居るベトさんに「じゃあケネディ空港で!!」などと、軽い気持ちで日本を発ったのだったが...

何とかケネディ空港に夜便で到着するも、ベトさんとの待ち合わせ場所を決めていなかった事に気が付く...さてどうしたものか?

いや、まずは預けたスーツケースを取りに行かなければ...
ところが、うろうろしている間に他の乗客とはぐれ、気が付くと一人ぼっちに...

やっとの思いで案内板を探し、引き取り場所を探していると、親切なエアポートのクリーンスタッフが場所を教えてくれた。
しかし、その場所が異常に遠い...ホントに大丈夫か!!

階段を上がって下がって、右に回って左に回って...遂に到着!!何とかスーツケースを確保した。
やれやれ...

んっ?
しかしベトさんは一体どこに?!

スーツケースを引き取った場所のすぐ近くに出口があり、一旦外に出ると戻れない...
しかし外に出ない事には多分彼には会えない...さあどうする?!

迷った挙げ句、外に出てひたすら待つ事に...
「最悪どこかのホテルに一泊し、翌朝電話しよう...」と覚悟を決めて...

始めてのケネディ空港、それも夜の...今考えるとかなり危険な行動だが、今のように携帯電話がある訳でもなく、ひたすら彼を信じるしかない。

待つ事、30分程...ようやく、ギレーン氏と一緒のベトさんに会う事が!!
いやいや、とりあえず一安心でした。

一路ニューヨークに向かい、ロシアンレストランで軽く食事した後、ギレーン氏のアパートのあるニューアークに...

明日の午後はいよいよスタジオ入り、待望のレコーディングに...(滝汗


*NOVA BOSSA NOVA
http://www.view.com/ar71241.html

(9月5日ミクシィ日記より転載)


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NOVA BOSSA NOVAの思い出(1)

今回は、私がアメリカでCDデビューしたNOVA BOSSA NOVAの思い出などを...


多少大袈裟ですが、自分の人生の一つの転機となったのがNOVA BOSSA NOVAへの参加。

旧知の仲であったアルベルトベゼイラ氏(以下、ベト)の発案で、彼の盟友ギレルミフランコ氏(以下、ギレーン)との3名のプロジェクトとしてスタートしたのが、NOVA BOSSA NOVAの前身。
と書くともっともらしいですが、要はベトの書き貯めた曲を「プライベートで録音したい!」という、彼のわがままだった訳で...

たまたまロスアンゼルスのラジオ局出演等の為、私とベトが渡米する事となり、ベトが「じゃあ、ついでにニューヨークでレコーディングしよう」という事に。
「メンバーは自分が集めるから」という事で、最初は軽い気持ちで聞き流していたのが...

集まったメンバーは、クラウディオロディティ(tp)ボブミュンツァー(ts)ジョーフォード(as)エディモンテロ(ac)アルベルトベゼイラ(bs)ギレルミフランコ(ds)そして私がピアノ?!
どうみても自分には釣り合わない豪華なメンバー...

当初はランディーブレッカーにも頼もう、という話もあったとか...「でもトランペットが二人いてもね〜」なんて事で断ったらしい。(個人的にはとても残念!!)

いずれにしても、とんでもない事に...

う〜ん、一体これは?


*NOVA BOSSA NOVA
http://www.view.com/ar71241.html

(2005年8月19日ミクシィ日記より転載)

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