Here's the latest adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library which will be debuted on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw on Monday, May 9, 2011 6-8PM PT on Jazz 88.3 FM KSDS San Diego, Webcast at http://Jazz88.org!|
BILL BEACH - "BUZIOS" ( All original, with Brazilian influences. Mix of
vocal and instrumental tracks, featuring Rebecca Kilgore in duet on track 2).
Oregon Music News (Angela Allen): "A longtime Oregon jazz pianist by way of small-town Corvallis, Beach has
been recording Brazilian music for several years and singing since
childhood (his mother was a piano teacher). His vocals were on hiatus as
his piano chops took over in the mid-’80s Portland’s jazz scene. He
started singing again in 2002 and went public with his Brazilian
love-bug in 2004 when he recorded interpretations of Brazilian classics
on his CD, “Letting Go.” His second latin-style CD, “Brasil Beat,” came
out in 2010, so “Buzios” makes a triple."
GERALD CLAYTON - "BOND" (Latest from the pianist, with a straight ahead trio.
Mostly original tunes with new arrangements on some Loesser and Kern
compositions. A great mix swinging songs and lovely ballads).
Digital Jazz Review: Bond: The Paris Sessions is an admittedly "personal" recording. The
fusion of styles, rhythms and texture with Clayton's own unique and
evolving musical vision. Melodic yet at times adventurously experimental without ever going too
far off the beaten path; Clayton is forging a new and distinctive voice
for jazz piano.
N. GLENN DAVIS TRIO - "WHAT COULD BE" (Drummer-led date, laying down very
straight ahead tracks. Pianist Mark Soskin is featured.).
Audiophile Audition (Jeff Krow): I hope Davis continues to record with this trio as their grouping is first rate. What Could Be certainly is…. Look for this release early in May.
MITCH KESSLER - "DER ERLKONIG" (Quartet featuring bassist Ira Coleman. The
title track is a take on Goethe's poem of the same name. Pay close attention
to dayparting on this release. Pronounce it: Derr EAHRL kuh nigg. It's
Jazz Wrap (Vern): "For me, Kessler's
compositions are an interesting and intricate balance of the latter
works of both Coltrane's (John and Alice) and Monk. With only his second
release, Der Erlkonig,
Mitch Kessler has estabished himself as a soon to be dominate talent on
the scene if he continues with this type of consistently strong and
creative output. Mitch Kessler is an undiscovered treasure and more than worth the purchase"
TEMPEST LITTLE BIG BAND - "ROUND MIDNIGHT" (Atlanta-based big band. Clean,
swinging instrumental charts and a solid, traditional sound. The vocals are
weak, though, so don't play tracks 5 and 8.).
CDBaby: "Jazz musicians hate to
rehearse. They’re all about improvisation, not only when standing up to
solo, but with music and life in general. It’s not so much a relish of
potential disaster as it is an addiction to challenge. We incorporate
tangible uncertainty into our gigs. Not a club date goes by when Tempest
doesn’t play something with the ink still wet: new arrangements by
noted local orchestrators. Invariably, we format tunes differently and
spontaneously from gig to gig. It’s kind of an unspoken, “Hey, let’s
find out in front of lots of people what happens when we try this.” It’s
We’re a nine-piece big band featuring a vocalist, nurturing
and maintaining the spirit and appeal of a quintet. This CD was a long
time coming: our first recorded in a studio. Nothing here was played
more than a handful of times prior to the session. Three arrangements
were brand new to us. "
REYNOLDS PHILIPSEK - "TALES FROM THE NORTH WOODS" (Really nice solo guitar
project...listen for some tunes that feature his guitar multi-tracked with
good results. Traditional with a little gypsy swing tone at times).
REDMAN/PARKS/PENMAN/HARLAND - "JAMES FARM" (An outstanding quartet with
Redman on reeds and Parks at the piano. All original compositions in a
slightly edgy straight ahead style. Very good writing and arranging.).
Spinner: The rhythm section, in particular, has a history of playing together.
Harland (whom Parks calls a musical soul mate) brought the three of them
out on a tour some years ago. Then Penman used them on 2008's 'Catch of
the Day' and Parks used them on his Blue Note debut 'Invisible Cinema'
from that same year. Redman also played with Harland and Penman in the
SFJazz Collective in that group's early incarnations, so it's really
more a matter of these and other overlapping circles that brought the
VERONNEAU - "Joie de Vivre: Joy of Living" (Vocalist Lynne Veronneau leads
the session with a guitar-prominent band. Swinging tracks with a samba
CDBaby: "Wrote Canadian critic Jordan
Richardson, "Joie de Vivre breaks new ground in a world dulled by
powerless genres and pointless musical borders. The album is a cultured
compendium of musical styles surrounding an astonishing voice—an
exciting offering for those thirsting for something unique and
CDBABY: This is Reynold/s 30th album and 7th consecutive record that emphasizes acoustic guitar compositions and improvisation. The influence of Bop, Gypsy Jazz and Reynold's own Eastern European ancestry come to the fore. This album follows up the highly successful All the Things You Are.