Here's this week's new adds to the music library. Be sure to tune into The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw for a chance to hear them first!
Jon Gold – “Bossa of Possibility” (Keyboardist, leading a variety of
configurations, in a collection of Brazilian-tinged originals). Sue Halloren & Ken Hitchcock – “I Can Cook Too!" (Female vocalist, doing straight-ahead standards). Sheila Jordan & Harvie S – “Yesterdays” (Female vocalist, with bass accompaniment, recorded in 1990, previously unreleased). Jonathan Karrant – “On And On” (Local male vocalist, with local musicians, doing
a collection of straight-ahead old and new standards). Paul Van Kememande– “Who Is In Charge?” (International collective, doing a collection of edgy originals). Jim Ketch – “A Distant View” (Trumpeter, leading a quintet, doing straight-ahead originals and jazz tunes). Carmen Lundy – “Changes” (Female vocalist, doing mostly straight-ahead originals).
Paul McCartney – “Kisses On The Bottom” (Sir Paul, doing a commendable job on the Great American Songbook).
When you combine two amazingly talented rhythmic guitarists with a 13-piece Cuban orchestra, you get to Area 52. With this album being the first collaboratively done between El Rodri and La Gabi and an orchestra combined of Havana's finest young players, you get this mesmerizing musical piece of art. “The album is called Area 52 because we felt like Mulder and
Scully approaching this — it was just a crazy idea, to see if a big
Cuban band could play our music, a step in the dark. We knew it was out
there, everyone has heard of Area 51, but we wanted to take it a little
further,” Rodrigo says. “We saw it as a trip into the unknown, an
experiment,” he continues. “Okay we knew the producer, and had spoken to
the arranger on Skype; but we didn’t know the musicians or the studio,
or Cuba for that matter.”
Be sure to hear another cut off this album next week's One World on January 26!
With the start of the new year, there's been a good amount of new music I've played on One World. One of my favorite releases right now is Shawn Lee's Incredible Tabla Band "Tabla Rock" put out recently on one of my favorite labels, Ubiquity Records. Inspired by the Incredible Bongo Band's classic 1972 "Bongo Rock" album, Shawn Lee completely re-did the album after having noted that it'd never been re-done in an Indian style. Here's the band's version of one of the most heavily sampled drum breaks of all time:
Tomorrow night on The New Jazz Thing at 7pm PT, flutist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford will be coming into the studio for an interview to talk with Vince Outlaw about their latest release "Turn Signal" that's also a part of our new adds this week. While they live in San Diego, they're usually always performing in other cities so it'll be a pleasure to have them!