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Tangria Jazz Group

by Tangria Jazz Group

melodic, soulful, modern jazz with West African, funk, blues and Latin influences played by "brilliant players" in "a piano trio with a lot of sparkle"
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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1. Nature Boy
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2. Israel
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3. Impressions
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4. Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere
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5. Isotope
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6. Bamako Love Walk
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7. Black Nile
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Check out the 12/12/08 entry at http://blog.myspace.com/tangriajazzgroup for details on a special December 2008 sale!

Tangria Jazz Group is becoming a fixture in the Bay Area jazz scene while sharing its music with the world. This group’s blend of intensity and sensitivity sets them apart. Formed in 1997, Tangria has a rich, captivating approach to straight-ahead jazz and provocative soundscapes mixing jazz and world music with soul, groove and acid-jazz influences.

Tangria Jazz Group is Tangria’s self-titled third CD. The multifaceted CD’s seven tunes, including originals and uniquely arranged standards, capture each player’s individual style and impressive talent as well as Tangria’s dynamic sound. Their influences range from Ellington to Jobim, from Miles Davis to Joe Henderson. The introduction to "Nature Boy," which moves from a Latin beat to a ballad, and solos in tunes such as "Isotope" showcase Simon Rochester on Rhodes piano. Simon draws upon the intricate, soulful and lush contributions of Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans. The intensity and explosiveness of Tony Williams and the delicateness of Billy Higgins are apparent in drummer Sheryl Mebane’s playing, especially in her swinging and grooving on "Black Nile." "Bamako Love Walk," an original by Sheryl that features African percussion performances by Simon and Sheryl, exemplifies the CD’s journey, which unites styles from across the globe under one sonic umbrella. The melodic and soulful contributions of bass players Ray Brown and Rufus Reid are brought forth in Justin Hellman’s playing, which beams through the backbeat on "Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere," Sheryl’s original. As well as their influences, you’ll also hear personal expression and a fresh group identity in "Impressions," "Israel" and throughout the entire CD.

The CD showcases global jazz themes. The originals, written by Sheryl, are the West African-influenced jazz waltz "Bamako Love Walk" and a bluesy version of "Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere." The five uniquely arranged standards, "Nature Boy," "Israel," "Impressions," "Isotope," and "Black Nile," cover a range of jazz styles and tempos and include tinges of funk and Latin Jazz. The CD is packaged in an eco-wallet format to cut down on waste. 

Tangria's latest, full reviews are available at http://karionpresskits.com/sherylmebane/sherylmebane.html.

The reviews below are of Tangria's self-titled CD.

"The Tangria Jazz Group is a piano trio led by composer/drummer Sheryl Mebane that has become a fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area since being formed in 1997. This self-titled release is the band’s third album, containing a blend of straight-ahead jazz with a mild touch of fusion. A follow-up to the group’s well-received Mebanes Eleven: Tunes for Two, (Self Published, 2006), this effort presents five uniquely arranged standards and two Mebane originals.
Pianist Simon Rochester leads the music with a command performance, also playing Fender Rhodes on Joe Henderson’s Isotope and the opening/oft heard Eden Ahbez standard, Nature Boy. The sound produced by this trio is quite good and the skillful play from bassist Justin Hellman is the glue that holds the combo together.
Of the five standards on this disc, it is Coltrane's fiery Impressions that leaves perhaps the best impression here, with a swinging performance from everyone including crisp solos from Hellman and Mebane. Wayne Shorter's familiar Black Nile gets a fresh new read with some dark tones added for a distinctly different rendition.
Mebane revisits Mebane's Eleven's Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere with a new arrangement, and includes a percussive new score with the West African-influenced Bamako Love Walk, featuring the drummer and Rochester on African percussion.
There are so many light combos in the jazz world today that it becomes increasingly difficult to work up a measure of excitement when you get a new recording from yet another trio. Then there are albums like the Tangria Jazz Group that make one appreciate that fact that such groups do, indeed, abound. Whether playing new originals or interpreting old standards, Sheryl Mebane makes you forget you're listening to another one of those trios by producing a special session of music that turns out to be quite appealing.”

--Edward Blanco, All About Jazz

"Tangria Jazz Group is what happens when the academy gets bored in the classroom and decides to go blow in the studio. The trio’s first recording, Songs From Lady Bird was inspired by drummer/percussionist/physical chemist Sheryl Mebane’s jazz novel Lady Bird (Pearl Street, 2003). Mebane’s Eleven: Tunes for Two (Blastfamous, 2007) featured an abundance of original material and sidemen. The eponymous Tangria Jazz Group brags an abundance of standards with a couple of originals that shows the group maturing.
The group kicks off its third offering with a schizophrenic “Nature Boy.” The piece begins as an airy piano solo that organizes itself (at the command of Mebane’s informed drumming) into a samba. Justin Hellman plays the acoustic bass, giving the piece a humid and organic sound. Simon Rochester delivers a beautifully conservative piano solo. A mainstream reading of John Carisi’s “Israel” follows, sporting an obtuse solo from Hellman.
John Coltrane’s “Impressions” is given a tasteful treatment by the trio, played slightly upbeat and with an abandon that would have made Trane proud. Joe Henderson’s “Isotope” offers a not-often-selected standard for the band to play. Rochester gives an inspired improvisation, as does Hellman. Mebane’s drumming is always graceful and never overpowering. She possesses a very sensitive ear for herself and her band mates that helps make the Tangria Jazz Group one of the most viable and important trios performing today.”

--C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

"For their third outing, you can tell leader Sheryl Mebane is getting more and more in touch with her inner Tony Williams, not such a bad thing as classic fusion is bubbling back and Williams was just under rated enough to be a good front for things to flow from without seeming like you’re ripping something off. An organic set that has a nice flow, this is a smart crew that doesn’t lock into one particular groove but makes a good name for themselves in the name of jazz.”

--Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher of Midwest Record

"The beautiful piano intro from Simon Rochester
will probably make you think "Oh no, another "piano jazz" diatribe. Well, I kind of got caught in that mode until the purely brilliant percussion from Sheryl Mebane (leader) & slinky yet vibrant bass from Justin Hellman kicked in on "Nature Boy". The keyword for this whole album is ENERGY - talent not in the least condescending literally shines through! When track 3, "Impressions" (my favorite on the album, by the way) kicks in, you'll know
beyond the shadow of doubt that you've been fortunate enough to come across one of the most able jazz groups of the day... this IS today's music, unfettered & free, but still traditional enough to leave you with a pleasant
glow each time you listen to the CD. This turns out to be one of the most spirited trio albums I've heard yet this year! The album clearly merits our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating - we're hoping to hear each & every one of their new releases, I can tell you! This one goes in the car player, which (whether they know it or not) is a place of honor! GET this one! More information is available at www.tangria.net”

-- Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

"Hello Sheryl,
The trio sounds good. I'm impressed by the fluid groove here. Drums, bass & perc. work really well together particularly during the breakdown section. Nice going there with the idiomatic W. African character. The djembe licks sound good over the bass ostinato.
The piano lines are nicely dispatched as well, but I think the piece could open with a strong thematic statement before heading off into solo territory. The piano articulates lines & harmonic voicings at the outset that certainly seem as if they have the potential for being developed into hooky thematic statements.
The recording is broadcast quality in my opinion; you're in good shape on that score. Keep up the good work & all the best to you."

--TAXI A&R (review of tune "Bamako Love Walk")

tangria jazz group’s 2008 tour

Jan. 24: Burlingame, CA
Feb. 2: Columbia, SC; Sumter, SC; Pittsboro, NC
Feb. 3: Wilmington, NC
Feb. 4, N. Wilkesboro, NC
Feb. 5: Hickory, NC
Feb. 6: Monroe, NC, Polkton, NC
Feb. 7: Knoxville, TN
Feb. 8: Atlanta, GA; Columbia, SC
Feb. 9: Rocky Mount, NC; Bynum, NC
Feb. 11: Kenansville, NC
Feb. 12: Berkeley, CA
Feb. 16: Indianapolis, IN
Feb, 17: Cincinnati, OH
Feb. 19: Austin, TX
Feb. 20: Washington, DC
Feb. 21: Asheboro, NC
Mar. 16: Benicia, CA
Mar. 19: Saratoga, CA
Mar. 22: Friday Harbor, WA
Mar. 24: Talent, OR




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