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2014.7.14 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library

2014.7.14 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: July 14, 2014
New Jazz Music being added to the Jazz 88 Music Library the week of July 14, 2014 includes several past and future Jazz Live San Diego artists (Henry Butler 4/2011, Matt Falker 6/24/14, Barbara Jazz Live 7/22/14...hear the preview!) plus the latest from San Diego band Pocket and an Los Angeles-based Jazz guitarist that will be featured on The New Jazz Thing on 8/8/14 and performing in San Diego on 8/1, Andy Waddell. Oh...and new music from the great Cyrus Chestnut too!! 

You can check out their debut on The New Jazz Thing @Jazz88, Monday, July 14, 2014 between 6 and 8 PM PT! The full list, with additional annotations, links to and quotes from reviews and releases, and your chance to comment on this week's New, is after the split...

ROY ASSAF TRIO – “SECOND ROW BEHIND THE PAINTER” (Pianist, leading a trio, performing straight-ahead, mostly originals).

  • London Jazz News (Andy Boeckstaens): "played with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, the Mingus Big Band and David Sanborn." "a trio that worked together for around a year before going into the studio last September. " 

AL BASILE – “SWING n’ STRINGS (Male vocalist/cornetist, backed by a quartet, doing straight-ahead standards).

  • Jazz News: "produced by guitarist Duke Robillard" "recorded at the same time and with the same producer, Duke Robillard, as a 2nd CD of Memphis Soul, Gospel, R&B"

HENRY BUTLER-STEVEN BERNSTEIN AND THE HOT 9 – “VIPER’S DRAG” (Pianist and trumpeter, groovin’ New Orleans style).

  • Bluenote Relaunches impluse! with Viper's Drag
    • "reactivating the legendary jazz label impulse! with the release of Viper’s Drag, a retro-modern opus from Henry Butler-Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9",
    • Founded in 1960 by Creed Taylor who was succeeded by Bob Thiele, impulse! quickly became the home of “The New Wave In Jazz” with landmark recordings from John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, and many more
    • "“Their collaboration is both historically aware and fully prepared to cut loose,” remarked The New York Times in an enthusiastic review of their recent New Year’s Eve performance at the Jazz Standard."
    • "The two first worked together in 1998 in the Kansas City All Stars, a touring big band led by Bernstein that came out of the Robert Altman film Kansas City."

CYRUS CHESTNUT – “MIDNIGHT MELODIES” (Pianist, leading a trio, in a straight-ahead session recorded live at Smoke).

  • Critical Jazz: "Cyrus Chestnut simply nails his first ever live recording!"
    • This is the soundtrack of a city that never sleeps!
    • This is not a pianist with two afterthoughts. This is an improvisational ensemble that understands the chain is only as strong as the weakest link. No weak links here!

MATT FALKER – “PLAYPEN” (Vocalist/pianist, performing straight-ahead old and new standards. Peter Sprague plays on the disc).

BARBARA MORRISON – “I LOVE YOU, YES I DO” (Female vocalist, with her usual straight-ahead mix of standards and blues).

POCKET – “THE STICK BAG” (Locals, with their contemporary sounds).

  • They call it (on CDBaby) "a return to simple and funky tunes".

ANDY WADDELL – “ALIVE” (Guitarist, leading a quintet, performing straight-ahead originals).

  • Featured interview on The New Jazz Thing @Jazz88 with Vince Outlaw, Monday, July 28 2014. Subscribe to TNJT Calendar!
  • Playing CD Release at Dizzy's San Diego, Friday, August 1, 2014
  • From Blue Whale CD Release Party Announcement
    • Sunset to 7, Andy’s debut album released in June 2013, has enjoyed world-wide success, and has been praised by a variety of jazz critics.
    • Improvijazzation Nation magazine described Sunset to 7 as, “Nothing short of SUPERB . . . seamless jazz with a cutting edge all the way through.” 
    • Midwest Record wrote, “A very creative, wide ranging release”, and 
    • Radio described the CD as, “remarkably polished and boldly self-confident.” 
    • Andy’s music is, “Fresh and well played,” according to Leo Ramirez, CITR Vancouver, Canada, while 
    • Graham Barclay of Soundwave FM said of Sunset to 7, “Great guitar work and this has to be truly “a watch out for” in the future. Awesome co-ordination.”

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