Adding a great mix of vocal, big band, contemporary, latin, progressive into the Jazz 88 music library next week with some Jazz stalwarts like Jim Snidero, Laszlo Gardony, Stefon Harris, David Sanchez (those last two playing at Playboy Jazz Festival 2011 this weekend!), Bobby Shew, and some new names! We'll preview as many as we can on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, June 13, 2011 6-8 PM PT!
AIMEE ALLENFB Page)– “WINTERS & MAYS” (Female vocalist, with an interesting mix of tunes, backed by great musicians).
Kari-On: Jazz vocalist Aimée Allen’s new albumWinters & Maysis that rare combination of soulful, sensitive, and swinging. An eclectic collection of original jazz compositions and reinterpretations of standards, it seamlessly navigates complex waters between bossa nova, tango, jazz, blues, and swing, with a few detours into pop and poignant ballad.
PATRICK BUTLER – “TRANSCENDER” (Contemporary jazz, on the edgy side. All originals).
GRANT CLARKSON AND FRIENDS – “DEARLY BELOVED” (Local bassist, fronting a trio, doing all straight-ahead standards).
CLAIRE DALY QUINTET – “MARY JOYCE PROJECT: NOTHING TO LOSE” (Baritone sax-led session, doing mostly originals, with human beat box percussion, which works).
Buffalo News (Jeff Simon): What Gardony is doing here is finding a full, rich, explosive and wild life for his left hand to exult rhythmically in riffs, while his right hand dances in melodic rituals and improvises joyously. Imagine those great old Ramsey Lewis hits turned into something vastly more inventive and celebratory of music itself and you've got some idea of what's so good about most of this.
JEFF HACKWORTH – “NIGHT OWL” (Saxophone/vibes/organ/drum quartet, doing straight-ahead originals, old and new standards).
Rhythmically, the three musicians don't get as progressive as they have on their solo albums, but that's like complaining that today's sunset isn't as spectacular as yesterday's. The trio plays here with quartets led by the talented Cuban pianists Rember Duarte and Harold Lopez-Nussa, while producer John Burk earns honorable mention for helping the jazz musicians find their way to the clave rhythm. Burk was Tito Puente's producer for the bandleader's entire Concord Records output, and continues to produce Poncho Sanchez for the label.Ninety miles isn't that far geographically, but politically, it can seem impossible to bridge. With this album, Harris, Sanchez and Scott join the long list of artists who have traversed that gap not with words, but with remarkable music.
HEAVY TIN – “SQUARE CATS” (Straight-ahead piano trio, with synthesizer accents, on the edgy side).
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THE H2 BIG BAND – “YOU’RE IT!” (Straight-ahead big band, with special guest Bobby Shew).
Jazz Profiles: It doesn't take a long audition of You're It! to realize this is an extraordinary recording. I invite listeners to savor the fresh imagination and emotional heat of the swinging interpretations that showcase Dave's portraits, and the strong individualities of the standout soloists. Add the trumpet magic of guest Bobby Shew and the chemistry is complete. The H2 Big Band is a dynamite big band template. They're definitely "it!" -Dr. Herb Wong, Menlo Park, CA
TOM HARRELL – “THE TIME OF THE SUN” (Another great recording, this one a little more edgy than usual).
Digital Jazz Reviews: The liner notes open and close with Harrell paying tribute to a quintet that in my mind could lay claim to being one of the finest working bands - EVER.
That is fun to debate but there is one issue not open for discussion. This is easily Harrell's finest work to date and his fourth release with this stellar group of artists.
PABLO HELD – “GLOW” (Progressive session, led by pianist, doing all originals).
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): German piano wonder Pablo Held was only 23 years old when he entered the studio to record the music on Glow, but he had already earned his place in the pantheon of modern day piano trio leaders. Held's first two albums—Forest Of Oblivion(Pirouet, 2008) and Music (Pirouet, 2010)—helped put him on the map, but Glow might go down as his real breakthrough record. Held leaves the trio format behind, though he retains the services of drummer Jonas Burgwinkel and bassist Robert Landfermann, and makes a quantum leap forward with ten far-ranging works for this expansive, ten-person ensemble. As good as Held's earlier albums are, they don't hold a candle to Glow, which gets to the heart of Held's compositional acuity in marvelous and myriad ways.
ROSWELL RUDD – “THE INCREDIBLE HONK” (Surprisingly accessible recording, with a variety of sounds, vocals and percussion).
JIM SNIDERO – “INTERFACE” (Sax-led quartet, doing all originals, straight-ahead, but edgy).
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): Interface is a logical successor to Crossfire (Savant, 2009), which found the saxophonist utilizing guitar in place of piano, but it isn't more of the same thing. Paul Bollenback's use of acoustic guitar on a number of tracks, the impressive drumming from newcomer McClenty Hunter, and the decision to make this an all-original date, help to make this album stand apart from Snidero's prior record.
JIM STRANAHAN – “FREE FOR ALL” (Unique big band sounds, doing all original material).
JUDY WEXLER – “UNDER A PAINTED SKY” (Female vocalist, backed by an all-star cast, doing an eclectic mix of standards).