ReNew
Street Date: April 1, 2016
Release Concert: Symphony Space, April 1, 2016

SHUNZO OHNO - Trumpet
CYRO BABTISTA - Percussion
BILLY DRUMMOND - Drums
JEROME JENNINGS - Drums
PAUL BOLLENBACK - Guitar
GEORGE YAMAZAWA - Vocals
BUSTER WILLIAMS - Bass
ED HOWARD - Bass
CLIFFORD CARTER - Keys
RAY SPIEGEL - Tablas
IRA COLEMAN - Bass
SASHA ONO - Cello

Shunzo Ohno, one of the most versatile and influential trumpeters in modern jazz, presents ReNew, his 16th album as a leader. The spirited interplay of the musicians is captured on this live studio recording, and reveals the depth of skill and joy in spontaneity that is characteristic of Ohno's ensemble performances. One can hear the give and take of jazz dialog underneath the mercurial expanse of this recording.

With ‘recovery to discovery’ in mind, ReNew is a testament to those affected by natural disasters that have taken place throughout the world including the 2011 tsunami in Japan. ReNew injects elements of traditional jazz, hip hop, spoken word, and free jazz, creating a tapestry of modern jazz that is distinctly Shunzo Ohno. The album features nine tracks, including International Songwriting Competition award winners: “Musashi,” and “Lea’s Run”.

Shunzo Ohno’s experiences with Art Blakey, Gil Evans, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock cast an influence resulting with a force of anticipation and fresh vitality. ReNew embraces a diverse spectrum of generations, masterful interplay and interpretations of music. Each of the compositions, confront life’s uncharted circumstances both on global and personal conditions. This recording illuminates vigor, dignity, hope and freedom with a renewed spirit.

CHRIS SPECTOR
MIDWEST RECORD
Free jazz as filtered through smooth jazz, trumpeter Ohno leads his crew of first call jazzbos through a marvelous session that opens the ears and really let's you feel the emotions that gave rise to several of the compositions. Smart, modern jazz, this is a solid date the slightly adventurous listener will embrace mightily. Read here

TYRAN GRILLO
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Those looking for music that rides the line between the technical flourish of a Chris Botti and the bite of a Nils Petter Molvær need look no further, for this refresher course in reflection is, despite its brief lapse into cultural appropriation, proof positive that sometimes cause matters more than effect. Read here

 

JAMES NADAL
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
With an impressive discography of sixteen records as leader, extensive credentials of tenures with such luminaries as Art Blakey, Gil Evans, and Machito, and overcoming serious injuries and health issues, Shunzo Ohno certainly qualifies as a present day samurai. He embodies the Bushido Code, and his music is a reflection of this, he plays jazz as a way of life, with all its challenges and triumphs, he is never defeated. Full review here. 

ANGEL ROMERO
PROGRESSIVE ROCK CENTRAL
Another high spot is “First Step.” This is the classic jazz piece where practically every musicians gets his noteworthy solo. Ohno uses various trumpet techniques. The electronic processed trumpet is especially mesmerizing.. Full review here. 

RAUL DA GAMA
JAZZ DA GAMA
Clearly Shunzo Ohno is no ordinary man. A spectacular trumpeter and an even greater musician, he has still not been recognised for his extraordinary musicianship. Despite the fact that he has been accorded the respect that he deserves, it might take years before legions of jazz fans to catch up to his magnificent work. Read here. 

ARNALDO DESOUTEIRO
JAZZ STATION
A flawless album, already one of the best releases of this year. Read more here. 

TERREL HOLMES
NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
Renew will have something for everyone. All of the songs are on point and the energy and enthusiasm that Ohno and his fellow players bring to this project are palpable throughout. Read more. 

JUSTIN TEDALDI
EXAMINER
Shunzo Ohno, one of the most versatile and influential trumpeters in modern jazz, returns with ReNew, his 16th album as a leader. ReNew injects elements of traditional jazz, hip-hop, spoken word, and free jazz, creating a tapestry of modern jazz that is distinctly his own. Read here. 

RAUL DA GAMA
JAZZ DA GAMA
Shunzo Ohno is equally compelling in the solo realm. His whispering ethereal wail speaks wonderfully on ‘Tairyo Bushi’ as he transforms traditional Japanese music into a challenging and affecting web of ideas for the trumpet as he celebrates his country in many-splendoured tonal colours, evoking a range of soundscapes. Read here.