Billy Childs – Rebirth (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:30 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Mack Avenue Records
The Grammy-winning American pianist and composer Billy Childs is a contemporary-classical composer as much as a jazz artist, but “Rebirth” means exactly what it says. Much of this scintillating set is a return to the snaking quickfire hard-bop Childs played in the 70s, albeit infused with all the musics he has visited so intelligently since, and his partners here include alto saxist Steve Wilson, Charles Lloyd drummer Eric Harland, and Chilean singer Claudia Acuña. The snappy, twisting Backwards Bop never lets up, whether in Childs’ cannily paced and sleekly phrased piano improv against Harland’s whipcrack accents, or Wilson’s swerving, Art Pepper-ish alto solo. “Rebith” won the 2018 Grammy Award for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album”.
Four-time Grammy Award-winner Billy Childs has released his debut recording for Mack Avenue Records and it’s a keeper. The diverse compositions on Rebirth feature such notable artists as Claudia Acuna who co-wrote the title track with Billy Childs, vocalist Alicia Olatuja on “Stay” and who sang on Childs’ Laura Nyro project, his bandmates Steve Wilson on alto & soprano saxophones, Hans Glawischnig on acoustic bass and Eric Harland on drums. Ido Meshulam and Rogerio Boccato play trombone and percussion respectively on “Rebirth.” Billy plays piano and produced the recording as well as composed and arranged all 8 songs.
On Rebirth, Billy Childs reaches back to the nexus of his varied musical experiences. “Tightrope,” with its insistent pulse and melodic introduction features his classical influences while three songs from his Windham Hill (record label) days – “Stay,” “Backwards Bop,” and “Starry Night” are recast to reflect his artistic growth. The percussive electricity of “Backwards Bop” and “Dance of Shiva” harken back to his days with J.J. Johnson and Freddie Hubbard while the well-placed coloring in his comps to Alicia Olatuja’s vocals on “Stay” are styled from his days with Freddie.
Standout soloing by Billy Childs and Steve Wilson on the beautiful “Rebirth” is worth more than several listens. This song is absolutely beautiful with Claudia Acuna’s stellar vocalese and the band’s excellent accompaniment. Overall, this project is another winner for Billy Childs and deserves to be in your record collection.
01 – Backwards Bop
02 – Rebirth
03 – Stay
04 – Dance of Shiva
05 – Tightrope
06 – The Starry Night
07 – The Windmills of Your Mind
08 – Peace
Produced by Billy Childs & Al Pryor.
Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Rich Breen.
Recorded on December 2-4, 2015 at Avatar Studios ‘C’, NYC.
Mixed and Mastered at Dogmatic Studios, Burbank, CA.
Billy Childs – piano
Steve Wilson – alto & soprano saxophone
Hans Glawischnig – acoustic bass
Eric Harland – drums
Claudia Acuña – vocals on “2”
Alicia Olatuja – vocals on “3”
Ido Meshulam – trombone on “2”
Rogerio Boccato – percussion on “2”