|Here is the new music in the Jazz 88 Music Library that you will hear sampled on The New Jazz Thing on Monday, April 25, 2011 and added to regular rotation on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Thanks to Jazz 88 Music Director Joe Kocherhans for the great new music and comments to help us get this music to you!|
“BONES & TONES” (World sounds, all originals by band members).
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): "...it's
safe to say that these four musicians have seen it all, and this
breadth and depth of experience helps bring new life to the
under-explored jazz-world music percussion ensemble format utilized to
great effect on Bones & Tones."
DJANGIROV – “THREE STORIES” (Solo recording, showing off his
considerable chops on standards, classical tunes and originals).
AllAboutJazz.com (Matt Marshall): The
three stories—classical, standards (or popular music—he also covers a
Dave Matthews tune) and originals—are told with a consistent voice that
serves to twine and intermix the narratives not unlike Claude Simon's
fiction. By the time the penultimate "Rhapsody in Blue" rolls around,
the inventive mix in Gershwin's jazz concerto can be heard anew.
JazZEN – “BOUNCE OFF THE MOON” (Straight ahead jazz, with some unusual instrumentation, mix of originals and jazz tunes).
based trio plays music that embraces the essence of jazz with highly
unusual instrumentation and inspired soloing. The organic timbre of
wooden flutes, weaving through the swirling undercurrents provided
by electric cello and traditional drum kit, opens new sonic possibilities
and creates a distinct sound that is simultaneously primitive and
JULIAN LAGE – “GLADWELL” (Highly original sound from this guitarist, doing mostly originals with various band configurations).
Urbanflux: The album unfolds according to a fanciful and story-driven plan, as
Lage explains: “We began playing with the idea of creating a story we
could use as a guiding light in our writing process…. The result was
the development of an imaginary and forgotten town known as Gladwell….
As a metaphor, Gladwell presented us with a clear architecture, to
compose songs that evoke feelings of people and places we hold dear.”
JED LEVY – “GOOD PEOPLE” (Sax player, leading a quintet, doing mostly straight-ahead originals).
Reservoir Music: This is tenor saxophonist Jed Levy’s first
recording as a leader. It was released in 1987 in the LP format at a
time when the music business was in a state of transition from the LP
to the CD. The music on this CD release has been beautifully remastered
by Allan Tucker with the addition of two extra excellent tracks which
the LP did not have room for.
GREGORY PAGE – “MY TRUE LOVE” (Local pianist/vocalist/songwriter, singing his own originals).
Gregory's Blog at Posterous:
RAPP’S MELTING POT – “GOOD EATS” (Trumpeter, in a funky groove, doing
mostly Lou Donaldson tunes, with some others, as well).
Midwest Records: "...he's laying down some golden Bluenote cooker style work here that is on
the money throughout. Funky, sassy and solidly in a stone groove, this
is delightfully fun stuff whether you were a kid at the right time and
place or not. When someone works a groove this sweetly, it's a
wonderful thing for all to hear. Hot stuff."
JOCHEN RUECKERT – “SOMEWHERE MEETING NOBODY” (Drummer, leading a quartet, doing mostly originals, on the edgy side).
Press Release: A current of powerful, sensitively interacting colors holds the
listener hostage from the first measure on, as the sounds of four
remarkable individuals from the current New York jazz scene are blended
together to create an excitingly vital group sound. The music on this
CD grabs your attention with its shimmering beauty and tongue-in-cheek
intelligence. This is music from a band with a low-keyed leader - a
drummer who has everything firmly in hand - thrilling new jazz for the
listener who loves expressive music that is both powerful and subtle.
MATTHEW SHIPP – “ART OF THE IMPROVISATION” (Double disc release of pianist. Very progressive).
AllAboutJazz.com (Mark Corroto): By now, critical listeners have formed an opinion about the music of pianist Matthew Shipp. Like his musical predecessors Cecil Taylor and Thelonious Monk,
Shipp is an uncompromising voice that tends to force listeners to queue
up in line, either for him or against him. With the release of The Art Of The Improviser, he has essentially summed up his first fifty years on two CDs of resolute and committed music.
DAVE STAHL BAND – “FROM A TO Z” (Mostly contemporary big band, with some straight-ahead swingers).
The latest CD by Dave and his NY band. After a number of years, Dave
has regrouped his NY band for a new recording featuring the writing of
Dave's chief arranger, Todd Fronauer, and also some charts that were
written for Dave's band several years ago by Tom Boras and Frank
WALT WEISKOPF QUARTET – “LIVE” (Mostly originals…great band…on the edgy side).
Jazz Music (C. J. Bond): "A jazz lover who can spot, and appreciates exceptional tenor chops,
will not be disappointed with Walt Weiskopf. He simply leans in, and
blows. His playing style is energetic, full and crystal clear, as is
exemplified on the CD's four opening tracks, "Man Of Many Colors," " Little Minor Love Song," Dizzy Spells/Jay Walking" and "Blues In The Day." On this date with Weiskopf are: Renee Rosnes - Piano; Paul Gill - Bass and Tony Reedus - Drums.