Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What Others Say About Wayne Horvitz

As we continue to go in-depth on the guests on the new King Sunny Ade album, we realize we could tell you all kinds of things, but one of the most telling ways to show you how great these guests are is to show you what others say about them!


 Joe Hill, 16 Actions for Orchestra, Voice and Soloist

“Joe Hill” is, in fact, a ravishingly beautiful work…

Paul de Barros  Seattle Times


Somehow, always, they resist the postmodern temptation to be too smart and too cute: they're not trying to impress you with how much they can reference.  These 14 pieces - including a few free improvisations, a traditional, a standard, and a Wayne Shorter tune - are mostly contemplative originals; one is particular, Ms. Holcomb's long form piece, " Before the Comet Comes," is staggeringly beautiful.
Ben Ratliff, New York Times

One of my favorite discs of 2004, Solos (Songlines), teems with solo piano pieces by Horvitz and Robin Holcomb that breathtakingly fuse the hermetic, astringent squiggles of Schoenberg's piano music with the lonesome sound of Shaker hymns.
Chris DeLaurenti, The Stranger (Seattle)

they play like composers, giving every stroke a clear intent, informed by the tension and release of subtle harmonic and dynamic shifts.
Jazziz like "Tired," with its' bittersweet and subtly melancholic feeling, are particularly compelling because one can feel Holcomb's more skewed approach subtly infect Horvitz's playing, while its clearer roots in the blues distinguish it as a Horvitz piece.
John Kelman, All About

Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb - the legendary husband-and-wife team that has had such an impact on extemporaneous music since the early '80s - take turns improvising on this hour-long solo piano recording.... The music is generally sparse and contemplative, but not *too* sparse and contemplative.  It's a relaxed listen that touches on free jazz, polytonal hymnsong, traditional jazz (there's a nice version of "Stars Fell On Alabama",) and postmodern classicism, without really being any of those.
Carl Lumma, Keyboard Magazine

Simplicity of means doesn’t mean simple-minded.  Married pianists/composers Robin Holcomb and Wayne Horvitz shared a solo-piano album, Solos (Songlines), alternating tracks, mixing covers and originals, spontaneous improvisations and through-composed pieces, Holcomb favoring ambiguous tonalities and chord-cluster rumblings and Horvitz leaning toward blues and Wayne Shorter.  The complementary styles make for overall unity and perfect sequencing.
Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix, December 24, 2004


It's easy to tell how the pieces on Mylab (Terminus) began: as vamps and loops for jamming in the studio.  Yet it's impossible to guess where they’ll end up.   Mylab's core duo, the keyboardist Wayne Horvitz and the drummer Tucker Martine, refuse to settle into their own grooves; they add unlikely overdubs, dissolve the track's foundations and flesh out musical connotations from country fiddle to big-band saxophones.  Every free association yields a new treat.
Jon Pareles, New York Times 4/4/04

This is a brilliantly conceived and superbly produced debut album that indicates Martine and Horvitz’s musical future will be a major thrill.
PVV, Billboard Magazine 2/7/04

Talk about a sonic experiment gone horribly right, check out this supernatural melding of genres from Mylab.  All I know is that their debut album is the most imaginative collage of groove, melody, harmony, and texture I’ve heard in a long time.
Jude Gold, Guitar Player 2/04

... a dazzling sonic playground full of some wild rides.  Mylab stretches the art of sound collage into new frontiers.
Ned Wharton, NPR Weekend Edition Editor’s Picks 2/04

My big pick for next week is Seattle’s Mylab and their self-titled debut, a fantastic landscape of haunted pop-instrumentals from the duo of pianist Wayne Horvitz and producer Tucker Martine.  Like Morphine meets the Latin Playboys side-project of Los Lobos, this Terminus Records release is mastercraft sound architecture and worth searching out.
Positively Yeah Yeah Yeah (Ohio)

Filling a niche nobody (but them) knew existed, Tucker Martine and Wayne Horvitz have made a trippy instrumental album conversant with rock, jazz, bluegrass and the intangible music known as "ambient".  Sounds messy, right?  It is, but in a wonderful kind of way.  They’ve done a remarkable job pulling together disparate genres, creating a sound collage that makes sense.
Nick Marino, Atlanta Journal Constitution 2/17/04

They’ve concocted a thouroughly mind-bending, genre-obliterating disc just about equally emphasizing groove, melody, and pure sound.  But Mylab does not sound like a de-constructionist take on old-time music (a la Moby)... it is extremely intoxicating.
Eric Snider, Tampa Weekly Planet 2/04

Sweeter Than the Day

".... a great showcase for Horvitz's beautiful compositions, his really strange angular chord progressions."

Ned Wharton,  NPR's Weekend Edition

On piano, Horvitz is economical yet lyrical, never venturing far from the strong melodic hooks which characterize his compositions, but constantly working small suprises. An irresistible antidote to gray days.

The Wire UK

Horvitz' understanding of country, blues, folk and even singer-songwriter-type music is made quite plain on this CD. None of these elements are represented in an obvious way, and that's perhaps the main reason why this disc appeal so strongly. The strength of the music lies in Horvitz' beautifully crafted compositions. Like Monk and Herbie Nichols, Horvitz is able to create memorable and distinctive melody lines from seemingly disparate, even mundane, motifs and phrases.

Dave Wayne,  Jazz Weekly

 (Four stars) ****   ... this set probably subverts most UK-audience assumptions about Horvitz ... its' offbeat lyricism and trancelike guitar-blues atmosphere.  A real surprise.
John Fordham, The Guardian (London)

Elegant and subtle, these lovely compositions uncoil slowly enough that they’ll likely repay a lifetime of listening.
Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight (Vancouver BC)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Wayne Horvitz

The upcoming King Sunny Ade album has many great collaborators, and to relly appreciate that we want to introduce you to them all! So it is our pleasure to introduce musician/speaker/producer Wayne Horvitz. Mr. Horvitz worked with the keyboards on the recording as a producer.

Wayne Horvitz Short Biography

Wayne Horvitz is a composer, pianist, and electronic musician. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He has performed and collaborated withBill FrisellButch MorrisJohn ZornRobin HolcombFred FrithJulian PriesterPhilip WilsonMichael ShrieveBobby PreviteMarty EhrlichSkerikWilliam ParkerRon MilesSara SchoenbeckPeggy LeeSteven BernsteinBriggan Krauss, and Dylan van der Schyff among others. He has been commissioned by the NEAMeet The Composer,Kronos String QuartetSeattle Chamber PlayersMary Flagler Cary TrustPGAFFBAMand others. Collaborators include Paul TaylorLiz Lerman Dance ExchangeGus Van Sandt and Gordon Edelstein. He has produced CDs for Eddie PalmieriFontella Bass,Robin Holcomb and Bill Frisell among others. He is the 2001 recipient of the Seattle Artist Trust Fellowship, 2003 and 2006 recipient of the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture fellowship, 2002 recipient of the Rockefeller Map Grant for JOE HILL, 16 Actions for Chamber Orchestra, Voices and Improviser, and the 2008 NEA American Masterpieces grant forThese Hills of Glory for string quartet and improviser. Ensembles include The President,PigpenZony MashThe HMP TrioThe New York Composers OrchestraThe 4 Plus 1 EnsembleSweeter Than the Day and The Gravitas Quartet.

For more on Wayne Horvitz, visit

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Joe Doria

Monday we introduced you to Hammond Organist, Joe Doria, and as you know Mr. Doria will be performing as a guest artist on our upcoming King Sunny Ade release. So today we thought we would show you a little bit of what Joe can do. So, enjoy this video and get excited for the part he will play on this album!

Monday, March 22, 2010

King Sunny Ade Guest Artist Joe Doria

As we told you on Friday, the new King Sunny Ade album that we will be releasing here on Mesa/Bluemoon will feature many guest artists, so we want to introduce you to them here on the Mesa/Bluemoon blog!

First up is Joe Doria, Hammond organist.

"Raised in the Northwest, Hammond organist Joe Doria has been making big waves on the music scene and is the most sought after organist in the area.

Featured in numerous bands and CD's, Audiences are dazed with his ability to comp both the bass lines and the chordal structure of a song, while at the same time adding depth and dimension to every song he performs.
Joe learned from the Hammond greats of past and present with emphasis on his favorite - Jimmy Smith. It's clear to see that these studies are paying off. Crowds whoop and hollar along with the incredibly tasty grooves he lays down. People watch in amazement at his finger and pedal work. He is obviously at home and in touch with the Hammond, knowing the instrument and it's history so well as to make it sing in any situation.

Never limiting himself to one style and constantly working with new projects, Joe can be heard on many cd's and playing live in projects such as: Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet (on both Ropeadope and Hyena records), Arisawkadoria, DOS(e) with John Wicks, Skip Heller (Hyena Records), Chewy , The Drunken Masters, Jeff "Tain" Watts clinic, Swampdweller, The Living Daylights, Atma, The Stone Crazy Blues Band, American Idol winner "Blake Lewis", Michael Shrieve's "Spellbinder", with Farko Dosumov and Dave Carter in "Last Mile, and many more.

For more information on Joe Doria, visit his website at

Friday, March 19, 2010

New King Sunny Ade Album

Today we just want to announce that we are going to be releasing a new album with King Sunny Ade. This is going to be a very, very exciting release filled with many guest artists! In the coming weeks we will be introducing you to those featured on this album. We hope this will help you to get excited about the release. Though excitement shouldn't be too difficult as this album will be two CDs, with seven songs including a remix, consisting of almost 110 minutes of music in long jams the real way Juju music should be heard. This is new, never before heard or recorded material!

In the meantime make sure you have our last King Sunny Ade release, Seven Degrees North!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We know that Scotland and Ireland are not the same, but for St. Patrick's Day, Scottish band Logan is about as close as we can get. So, for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations, enjoy this video of Logan:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Antonia Bennett

This February we introduced you to our new artist Antonia Bennett with whom we are releasing a new album with very soon. So today we wanted to share a little taste of her voice with a video we found with her and Tom Wopat performing “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” This track is included on Tom Wopat's album The Still of the Night. In a review by All About Jazz, Dan Nathan says this:
A fun cut is Wopat and Antonia Bennett's delivery of that masterful song of seduction "Baby It's Cold Outside". His strong, masculine baritone contrasts with the innocent sounding voice of Bennett.

So please enjoy this video:

So make sure you're keeping up with the latest developments from Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Logan - Grounded live video

In our last post we shared a video of Logan's hit song "When I Get Down." But when we were really investigating the band closely, what really sold us was their live show and the presence they had. Though it's very difficult to recreate that via video, we thought we would share a live video we found to at least prove that they sound as good off the record as on.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Logan - When I Get Down

Last month I told you about my trip to see the rock band Logan in Glasgow and how impressed legendary producer, Keith Olsen and I were watching them live. The crowd went crazy on about every song they performed, but especially during their encore "When I Get Down." So today I thought I would share a music video of "When I Get Down."

Make sure to check out the Official Logan Website.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Steven Santoro Compilation Video

The amazing talents of Steven Santoro are showcased in edited pieces on this YouTube clip. His diversity ranging from R&B, Jazz and Pop sensibilities is exactly why we have chosen to work with this fine artist. We are currently working on a new set of song material to record in May 2010 for a September 2010 release which we believe will capture and merge his true talent — writing great songs and singing from the heart.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

More on Cliff Sarde

Today we're going to tell you more about artist Cliff Sarde who will be working with us for his "Smoke 'N Function" project.

Cliff Sarde was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Native American Music Album. The album was "Reconnections" and featured Native American flutist, R. Carlos Nakai who has earned two Gold Records and received four New Age Grammy nominations.

Also, Cliff Sarde has had his music featured on many television programs such as:

The Sopranos
Bad Girls Club
Making The Band
Cake Boss
The Rachel Zoe Project
Fox Sports
Parental Control
Dress My Nest
48 Hours
True Hollywood Story
Biography Channel

And that's only a partial listing! You've probably heard Cliff Sarde's music and don't even know it. So get excited about Smoke 'N Function — we know we are!