Basic improvements needed to start. I think we just need to apply some basic radio audio type of discipline to the 'official' Jazz 88 Webcam Live Audio and we'll get rid of feedback and such, at least. Then maybe focus on the interaction parts of how much can one DJ do at once, to keep a music and public information stream flowing. It's got to be more community interaction around the show playlist...this is an interesting experiment for me...fun! Thanks Craig.
Tonight on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw Danny Green LIVE In-Studio with his new "A Thousand Ways Home", the New adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library, Jazzweek.com Jazz Chart Top 10, a preview of Tuesday's Jazz Live San Diego with Storm, Jazz News, and More (details after the split...so click that link)!
Here's a promo clip, with some nice samples, from Danny's New Disc...
Among the treats in the batch of New being added at Jazz 88 this week includes Big Band music featuring Jeff Hamilton, new solo work from The Bad Plus' drummer Dave King, the Harris / Sanchez / Scott "Ninety Miles" guys go Live, and piano legend Mike Longo pays tribute to Diz (his once collaborator) and Miles! Here it all debuted on Monday Night, October 8, 2012, 6-8 PM PT, on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw! Complete list of the New after the split...in the meantime...
Here's a taste from Ninety Miles, Live at Cubadisco...
...this is just a recording of the first try. So, each time you start up a Google Hangout On Air, it's essentially a video recording session (with a unique URL). I wonder how long they will let a show be...
Lots of different New music this week being added to the Jazz 88 Music Library, including The Bad Plus (Jazz Live alums!) adding some electronics, new discs from pianists Cables and Mabern, progressive outings from McCaslin and Mazurek, and San Diego's own Danny Green's New One (interview soon?!), among others. Tune in to hear the debut of these on Jazz 88 on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, October 1, 2012, 6-8 PM PT! Here's a little taste from The Bad Plus...
The complete list, descriptions, and videos after the split...
Bruce Barth has the #1 record in all Jazz Radio for the 4th week in a row (and sure to be in some of those Tops of 2012 lists) with "Three Things of Beauty", so you'd think it's about time for him to chat about it on The New Jazz Thing! He sits in with us between 6 and 8 PM PT on Monday, September 24, 2012!!
Vocals (Brazilian, standards), Latin, Big Band, Solo, and More...and give the Sax Man Some (Maceo's got some new Soul out)! Check out all the new adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, September 24, 2012 6-8 PM PT on Jazz 88.3 KSDS San Diego!
Here's the low down on the new Anat Cohen release "Claroscuro"..
Lots of great New Music tonight, and we'll make it up from there!!! IT'S ALL ABOUT THE NEW!!!
2012-09-17 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library: Fantastic set of New music you will be hearing on Jazz 88 in the coming days and that we debut LIVE on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, September 17, 2012 6-8 PM PT! The complete list with some hand-picked videos (thanks Chad!) after this taste from Lionel Loueke and the split...
Fantastic set of New music you will be hearing on Jazz 88 in the coming days and that we debut LIVE on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, September 17, 2012 6-8 PM PT! The complete list with some hand-picked videos (thanks Chad!) after this taste from Lionel Loueke and the split...
2012-09-10 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library: We've got some of the great mainstay's of the Jazz scene with New music in the latest adds to the Jazz 88 Music library, including sax-man Jerry Bergonzi, pianist Fred Hersh, and TNJT 2011 guest Pat Martino, plus some New Standards from the latest Native Soul release, and the saxphonist from Grammy winner "The Mosaic Project" Tia Fuller, among others!
Luciana Souza: A fantastic chat on August 27, 2012 about her 2 new releases "The Book of Chet" and "Duos III".
Gregory Page: On September 3, 2012, we had the winner of the San Diego Music Award 2012 Best Jazz Album for "Shine, Shine, Shine" LIVE in the studio to talk about his new disc and perform a solo version on the air.
To listen to the interviews, just go to The New Jazz Thing show page, scroll down to the artist name, and click it to start the interview rolling!
We've got some of the great mainstay's of the Jazz scene with New music in the latest adds to the Jazz 88 Music library, including sax-man Jerry Bergonzi, pianist Fred Hersh, and TNJT 2011 guest Pat Martino, plus some New Standards from the latest Native Soul release, and the saxphonist from Grammy winner "The Mosaic Project" Tia Fuller, among others! We debut all of the New on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, September 10, 2012, 6-8 PM PT!
Here's the Luther Vandross tune "So Amazing" from the new Native Soul disc "One Mind"...
Here's some of what happenign on The New Jazz Thing today, Monday, September 3, 2012...Happy Labor Day!
Gregory Page Shines Shines Shines on The New Jazz Thing!Gregory's latest release "Shine, Shine, Shine" just received the 2012 San Diego Music Award Best Jazz Album and he's about to hit the road with several shows in San Diego in September and a trip down under to Australia for a tour in October. We'll chat about that and more
2012-09-03 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library. Among the gems being added this week include trombonist Steve Davis' latest, drummer Lewis Nash, and the always great Big Band sounds of The University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band.
Gregory Page's latest release "Shine, Shine, Shine" just received the 2012 San Diego Music Award Best Jazz Album and he's about to hit the road with several shows in San Diego in September and a trip down under to Australia for a tour in October. We'll chat about that and more on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, September 3, 2012 6-8 PM PT!
Here's the video for the title track, "Shine, Shine, Shine". More links after split...
Don't you love it that there are so many NEW and/or unfamilar names added each week to the Jazz 88 Music Library!? This week we've got NEW piano, clarinet, vocal, big band, progressive...alive and well, Jazz is! And we will be debuting these as we do each week on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, August 27, 2012!
Here's a taste of the Rob Scheps Big Band doing one of the Ezra Weiss tunes LIVE...
The complete list of this week's new after the jump...
Luciana Souza has two new discs coming out, "The Book of Chet" (added to Jazz 88 last week) and "Duos III" (follow-up to the first two Grammy-nominated discs in the series, being added to Jazz 88 soon), so we will be playing music from both and chatting LIVE with her on The New Jazz Thing, Monday August 27, 2012 6-8 PM PT (she will be on in Hour 2 of The New). Really excited to be chatting with her again!
Reviews, videos, and other interview prep after the jump...
2012-08-20 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library: Dig the great NEW discs this week from Basile (bari-sax!), Duke music (tribute, that is), drum-man extraordinaire Sinnett, sweet sounding (and too-little recording) Luciana Souza tributing Chet Baker, and last week's TNJT guest (scroll down to hear the interview online) Brian Bromberg gets further fuzzy...plus more!
Dig the great NEW discs this week from Basile (bari-sax!), Duke music (tribute, that is), drum-man extraordinaire Sinnett, sweet sounding (and too-little recording) Luciana Souza tributing Chet Baker, and last week's TNJT guest (scroll down to hear the interview online) Brian Bromberg gets further fuzzy...plus more! Here is all debuted on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday August 20, 2012 6-8 PM PT!
Luciana not only has The Book of Chet, but Duos III also coming out next week...dig...
Nominees...Claudia is playing them on The Jazz Ride Home!
Artist of the Year
The Silent Comedy
Best Jazz Album
Gregory Page - Shine Shine Shine
Ian Tordella- Tragic Comedy
Leonard Patton- Expressions
Montalban Quintet- Self Titled
Nena Anderson- Beyond The Lights
Kevyn Lettau- Drawn to You
Mike Wofford & Holly Hofmann Quartet- Turn Signal
Teagan Taylor- Wonderland
Brian Bromberg (beware of the instant-on music, can't find the MUTE button!): prolific bassist has 2 New disc out right now, so we'll be dipping into both "Compared To That" and "In The Spirit of Jobim" and chatting with Brian LIVE on the ringer.
Michael Oletta reminds us: "... Bromberg's SD connection at Elarios Jazz club/ restaurant in the late 70's early 80's. He played with Joe marillo several night a week!"
2012-08-13 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library: Lots of great New Jazz Music being made including original compositions (Marquis Hill, Fast Citizens), covers of Lennon tunes (Ochipinti), Brazilian (Ben-Hur / Debriano collab), vocals (Sylvia Brooks), progressive large ensemble (Josh Berman), Organ Monk (YEA!)...and an appearance by San Diego's own Gilbert Castellanos (Donald Vega).
San Diego Music Awards begin right at 6PM tonight, so we'll be monitoring to see if the Jazz awards get announced before TNJT is done.
Lots of great New Jazz Music being made including original compositions (Marquis Hill, Fast Citizens), covers of Lennon tunes (Ochipinti), Brazilian (Ben-Hur / Debriano collab), vocals (Sylvia Brooks), progressive large ensemble (Josh Berman), Organ Monk (YEA!)...and an appearance by San Diego's own Gilbert Castellanos (Donald Vega). The complete list after the split.
HUGE list of New Jazz Things in the 2012-08-06 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library, including big names like the Brubeck Brothers, Randy Crawford and Joe Sample (with a "Street Life" redo), Dr. Lonnie Smith and Joey D doing their swingingly creative organ things, along with San Diegans (YEA!) with The New from Sue Palmer, Diane Moser, and 7/30/12 TNJT guest Red Fox Tails...along with LOTS MORE NEW! And Marcus Rosario will be sitting in on The New Jazz Thing to spin it all (or as much as can be squeeeeezed into 2 hours), Monday, August 6, 2012, 6-8 PM PT!
Felipe Benevides-guitar and Jay Reilly-acoustic bass of local band The Red Fox Tails will be in studio at 7:20 PM PT chatting about their new disc "Aloha" and a date at Bar Pink on Tuesday, July 31.
2012-07-30 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library: New discs this week from some Old hands in the Jazz scene, including John Abercrombie, Marcus Miller, and Avery Sharpe, a double disc from trumpet searcher Christian Scott, the second New Brian Bromberg disc in 2 months, and lots more!
Adding some New discs this week from some Old hands in the Jazz scene, including John Abercrombie, Marcus Miller, and Avery Sharpe, a double disc from trumpet searcher Christian Scott, the second New Brian Bromberg disc in 2 months, and lots more (complete list after the split)! Check out the debut of the New and more on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, July 30, 2012, 6-8 PM PT!
Here's a taste of the "In The Spirit of Jobim" disc from bassist Brian Bromberg..
Wide variety of ensembles this week in the adds to the New section of the Jazz 88 Music Library, including sax/piano duet (Clatworthy/Coleman), clarinet/piano duet (Daniel McBreaty), Jazz Harp, groovy contemporary electric Jazz guitar, solo piano, Latin Jazz from an All-Star band (Rodriquez, Woodard, Matos), and much MORE! Tune in to hear it debuted on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, July 23, 2012 6-8 PM PT. Full list after the split...
Vocalist Sara Gazarek chats LIVE about her new 2012 release "Blossom and Bee", her July 26, 2012 performance at Anthology SD, and more on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, July 23, 2012, 6-8 PM PT! Just to tempt you...hehe...Dan Bilawsky in AllAboutJazz.com says: "While it's a bit clichéd to say that a collection of songs can make you fall in love with a singer, the shoe fits here. Gazarek balances fancy free notions, effervescence, carefree whims, fragile emotions, precocious pondering and humor in her work, making this a highly attractive outing as a whole." Not bad ;)
Among all the great New Jazz Music we'll be debuting on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, July 16, 2012, Jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli will be chatting with us in Hour 2 of The New about is New release "Double Exposure" and a July 22, 2012 appearance at the Grand Del Mar. We'll also take a look at the Jazzweek.com Jazz Charts, the Hot Hits on the Jazz 88 Speakeasy, and More! Details after the split...
Forget When The New Jazz Thing is? Shame on you!! Did you hear something on TNJT and want to get back to it? THANK YOU! I maintain a calendar of all TNJT shows to give yourself a reminder each week AND and an easy link to each week's blog post with the TNJT Playlist Archive, New Jazz 88 Library adds...with reviews, quotes, and links, Top 10 Countdown, Jazz News and More!
Among the New being added this week to the Jazz 88 music library is the latest from Javon Jackson and Tom Harrell, solo piano works from Jessica Williams and Larry Willis, reaching pianist Orrin Evans, several new vocal albums, and a ton of fresh, exciting Jazz music (check out the whole list after the jump)! Get your first listen on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, July 16, 2012 6-8 PM PT!
Here's a quick taste of Orrin Evans new disc "Flip The Script"...
Mark Winkler chats with Vince Outlaw before his performance at Jazz Live San Diego on Jazz 88.3 KSDS San Diego Tuesday, July 10, 2012. You can also hear the audio version of this on the Jazz 88 Jazz Live show page.
2012-07-09 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library:
The new adds this week into the Jazz 88 Music Library include a couple of tribute bands (Ellington Legacy, Spectrum Road tribute to Tony Williams), guitars (Dave Styker with Kevin Mahogany, Grant Geissman, local San Diego slinger Nate Jarrell's newest...busy dude!), Latin Jazz (Miguel Zenon's latest), and lots more!
Marcus Rosario, Jazz88 Social Media Director and World Music DJ: He hits and will blog the Latin Alternative Music Conference in NYC this weekend and gives us a preview! He'll be blogging on the JAzz 88 Blog at http://Jazz88.org/blog (among other places)...Subscribe / Like / Follow!!!!
Jazz Live with Mark Winkler TOMORROW NIGHT!
Jazz Week Jazz Chart Top 10: Played Al Jarreau AND Eric Reed from the Top 10 tonight
The new adds this week into the Jazz 88 Music Library include a couple of tribute bands (Ellington Legacy, Spectrum Road tribute to Tony Williams), guitars (Dave Styker with Kevin Mahogany, Grant Geissman, local San Diego slinger Nate Jarrell's newest...busy dude!), Latin Jazz (Miguel Zenon's latest), and lots more! And it all gets unwrapped on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, July 9, 2012 6-8 PM PT!
Adding some great New Jazz from some big names (legend and Jazz Live San Diego alum Curtis Fuller, Branford Marsalis, Bela Fleck with Marcus Roberts, local crooner Gregory Page with a Big Band) and new names alike. We will be debuting some of these on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw on Monday, June 25, 2012 6-8 PM PT!
Coming down from The Bowl...the Hollywood Bowl and The Playboy Jazz Festival 2012, so we'll be chatting about that some, posting some pictures, talking Jazz, and digging lots of NEW on the show tonight...
Talking 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival: Pat Metheny's new one added this week has Ben Williams playing bass...he played with Christian McBride Big Band who did a tribute to Bill Cosby (his last year, after 30+, hosting PBJF)...although I don't think he played on this tune (so tenuous connection to The New this week!)...LA Times Article Recap with Ben Williams, Cosby, Lionel Loueke and more.
Jazzweek.com Jazz Chart June 18 2012: Arturo's New One at #1, Eric Reed's new Monk disc (TNJT interview?) most added...should be in Top 10 next week, PBJF 2012 The Cookers band "Believe" at #15, and lots of other stories. Going to one big Top 10 list this week, with a tune from it somewhere in there...
Steph Johnson chatting with us and playing LIVE IN STUDIO around 7:20 PM PT. She's got a new disc coming out and a gig Thursday, June 14 at Tango Del Ray, so we'll talk about that and a whole lot more!
2012-06-11 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library -
a great set of NEW this week including Jazz Live San Diego alum Joe Chambers, Sara Gazarek, Al Jarreau, Mintzer Big Band, Eric Reed (doing Monk!), Mike Stern, and a trombone duo...YES!
Preview of Playboy Jazz Festival 2012coming up this Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, 2012 at the Hollywood Bowl. One of the premier music events in the So Cal calendar and TNJT has featured interviews with performers Terri Lyne Carrington, Gretchen Parlato, Carmen Lundy, David Weiss (The Cookers).
Here's the playlist for tonight's festivities...
7 PM Hour, June 11, 2012
Bob Mintzer Big Band
“Aha” — For The Moment
“Diva” — Devil's Hopyard
“The Man I Love” — Live On The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw
“Interview Part 2” — The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw
“Chocolate” — Live On The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw
“Interview Part 1” — The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw
“Anything Goes” — Live On The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw
“Splanshy Squeeze” — The New Jersey Session
Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs
“Mohair Sam” — The Spider and the Fly
“Everything I've Got” — Blossom & Bee
“Epistrophy” — The Baddest Monk
6 PM Hour, June 11, 2012
“Power To The People” — Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra
“Believe, For It Is True” — Believe
Bobby Streng's House Big Band
“Streng Theory” — Getting Housed, Live
“Bembe Swing” — Salsa Norteña
“Mom's Song” — Blood Songs
“Cold Duck” — Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest - Live [Live From Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch, Netherlands/2011]
Roberto Magris Quintet
“Hocus Pocus” — Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan
Wow...a great set of NEW this week including Jazz Live San Diego alum Joe Chambers, Sara Gazarek, Al Jarreau, Mintzer Big Band, Eric Reed (doing Monk!), Mike Stern, and a trombone duo...YES! And we will be debuting as many of these as we can spin on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, June 11, 2012, 6 to 8 PM PT!
JOE CHAMBERS – “MOVING PICTURES ORCHESTRA” (Legendary percussionist, leading an all-star big band, recorded live, doing straight-ahead originals and jazz tunes).
RICK DAVIES – “SALSA NORTENA” (Latin grooves, with a mix of vocals and instrumentals).
MATT GARRISON – “BLOOD SONGS” (Sax player, leading a sextet, with some others, doing mostly straight-ahead originals).
SARA GAZAREK – “BLOSSOM & BEE” (Female vocalist, with a mix of the Great American Songbook and originals).
SYLVIA HARROLD AND THE RHYTHM KINGS – “THE SPIDER AND THE FLY” (Female vocalist, swinging old-school, on standards and obscure tunes).
AL JARREAU – “AND THE METROPOLE ORKEST” (Legendary singer, doing many of his familiar songs, backed by an orchestra, recorded live).
ROBERT MAGARIS QUINTET – “MORGAN REWIND” (Pianist, leading a quintet, doing some Lee’s better and lesser known tunes, with a couple of originals).
BOB MINTZER BIG BAND – “FOR THE MOMENT” (Straight-ahead big band, doing originals, standards and Brazilian tunes).
MOSSINGER – “THE NEW JERSEY SESSION” (Pianist, in a solo/trio/quartet setting, doing a collection of edgy originals).
SUE RANEY – “LISTEN HERE” (Female vocalist, still in good voice, backed by Alan Broadbent, doing a collection of standards).
ERIC REED – “THE BADDEST MONK” (Pianist, leading a quintet, in a collection of Monk tunes, plus 2 originals).
MIKE STERN – “ALL OVER THE PLACE” (Guitarist, with an edgy set of straight- ahead, contemporary and vocal tracks).
BOBBY STRENG’S HOUSE BIG BAND – “GETTING HOUSED, LIVE” (A mix of straight-ahead and contemporary big band tracks).
TROMBARI – “THE DEVIL’S HOPYARD” (Progressive session, with Glenn Wilson and Jim Pugh, doing all Thomas Chapin originals).
TYLER GILMORE’S NINTH AND LINCOLN-with Cuong Vu – “STATIC LINE (Conductor, constructing a big band album that fuses jazz and experimental Influences, all while exploring the theme of World War II era music and its role in moral and propaganda of the time. The date features Grammy winning trumpeter Cuong Vu). – Dazzle Recordings
JOSH QUINLAN QUINTET – “MOUNTAIN TIME STANDARDS” (Saxophonist with his debut release featuring ten straight-ahead originals inspired by life in Colorado and the unique mountain landscape). – Dazzle Recordings
KENNY WHEELER BIG BAND – “THE LONG WAITING” (Flugelhorn/trumpeter leading a brass-heavy, nineteen-piece, big band doing original compositions and arrangements with vocals by Diana Torto). – Cam Jazz
MIKE FREEMAN ZONA VIBE – “THE VIBESMAN” (Vibe player with fifth recording as leader. The date thrives on its multicultural beat, grounded in jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa originals). – VOF Recordings
MARC COPLAND – “SOME MORE LOVE SONGS” (Pianist led modern jazz session with his sequel to “Some Love Songs”. Date includes a variety of jazz love songs). – Pirouet
ELIZABETH! – “BRAINCHILDREN” (Vocalist/trombonist/songwriter backed by a trio, with a number of special guests doing all originals). – Canopy Jazz
VERONNEAU – “JAZZ SAMBA PROJECT” (Vocal project, made up of popular international artists. The date was inspired by the 1962 hit “Jazz Samba”, and includes bossa nova tunes and treatments of contemporary jazz and pop classics). – Independent
STACEY KENT – “DREAMER IN CONCERT” (First live recorded performance by this vocalist, which took place in Paris. Backed by a quartet, she delivers interpretations of the Great American Songbook as well as a number of interesting French standards). – Blue Note
RICH THOMPSON TRIO – “GENERATIONS” (A veteran drummer leading a trio, as they put their spin on jazz standards and modern originals). – Origin
BEEGIE ADAIR TRIO – “THE REAL THING – LIVE” (Pianist in a live-recorded session that took place at “The Cave” at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Performance includes twelve compositions, with a mix of classic standards and ballads). – Green Hill
PAUL VAN KEMENADE – “KAISEI NARI” (Alto saxophonist, performing duos and trios with Han Bennink and Aki Takase. An edgy session). – Independent
VIRGINIA SCHENCK – “VA” *title represents the basics of who she is; first & last letter of her name. (Vocalist backed by a piano, bass and drum trio, doing arrangements on a varietyof jazz tunes). – Airborne Ecstasy
DAVID REINHARDT TRIO – “COLOMBE” (Guitarist, (grandson of Django Reinhardt), leading a trio in a wide repertoire of original material and classics. – Cristal Records
UPDATE: INTERVIEW ONLINE ON THE TNJT SHOW PAGE. David Weiss of The Cookers (Billy Harper: Tenor Sax, Eddie Henderson and David Weiss: Trumpets, Craig Handy: Alto Sax, George Cables: Piano, Cecil McBee: Bass, Billy Hart: Drums) hangs with us in Hour 2 of The New as the band celebrate their 5th year working together with their new disc "Believe" and a performance at Day 2 of the June 16-17, 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. We'll chat about that, dig music from the New, and chat about some of David's other projects including his Point of Departure band.
LATE UPDATE: Steve Smith jazz fusion drummer extraordinaire will be chatting with me about his new disc "LIVE! One Great Night", his upcoming 5/31 Anthology SD gig, and his Jazz 88 Profile on Barry Farrar's Percussive Profiles this week.
"KRIS BERG & THE METROPLEXITY BIG BAND” – THIS TIME/LAST YEAR (Composer/arranger on first project as bandleader, featuring special guests on a mix of originals and other arrangements). – Mama Records
"CITIZEN RHYTHEM” – OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE (Bay area quartet fusion project led by multi-award winning guitarist Terrence Brewer, doing arrangements of Miles Davis, Corea, Shorter, and Mingus tunes).– Strong Brew Records
"DAN CAVANAGH TRIO” – THE HEART OF THE GEYSER (Pianist leading a straight-ahead session performing all originals and a highlight cover of Chick Corea’s “Matrix”). – OA2
“THE COOKERS” - BELIEVE (Jazz super group celebrating their fifth anniversary as a working ensemble, the project features an all-star lineup of collectively written originals). – Motema
“APRIL HALL” – ROOM FOR TWO (Vocalist, doing unique duo parings with a variety of musicians. Original illustrations are by Lennie Peterson, with original poetry by James Cudworth). – Bee Boy Records
“GET THE BLESSING” - OCDC (UK’s award-winning and premiere contemporary quartet with their third release. The date offers gritty saxophone melodies, driving rhythms, and moody guitar riffs that mix many eras and genres into a hybrid fusion). – Naim
“BEN HAUGLAND” – POINT OF NO RETURN (Pianist-led sextet, with first date as leader. Draws from his love of hard bop, modern jazz styles and features his work as a composer and arranger). – Dazzle Recordings
“FLORIAN HOEFNER GROUP” – SONGS WITHOUT WORDS (A quartet session, led by this native German, now New York-based pianist. Presents a set of all unique modern jazz original compositions). – OA2
“CARMEN INTORRE JR.” – FOR THE SOUL (Drummer offering a wide range of organ-based soulful styles on his debut release. The Album covers music from Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan to Chick Corea and Weather Report). – Random Act Records
“JAMES LEARY” - TOGETHER (Bassist/composer with a compilation of original compositions, with the first seven tracks showcasing a unique big band sound recorded and released on vinyl in 1980. The remaining six tracks were taken from various sessions produced in Southern California during the 1990’s). – LifeForce Jazz
“RAINCHECK” (Guitar, piano, bass and drum quartet comprised by Steve Kovalcheck [guitar]. Straight-ahead jazz that preserves the swinging hard bop music of the 60s. All originals). – Dazzle Recordings
“SHIRLEY” – FROM A BRIGHT CLEARING (Progressive project. An octet that presents an eclectic mix of boundary-pushing electronic music, borrowing influences from jazz, drum-and-bass, funk, and rock). – Dazzle Recordings
“STEVE SMITH and VITAL INFORMATION” – LIVE! ONE GREAT NIGHT (Drummer and founder of this jazz/fusion juggernaut group releases a live-recorded set from a date played at a small venue called The Mobius in Ashland, Oregon, 2007. Features an all-star lineup serving up some slamming funk, second-line grooves to some swinging up-tempo B-3 burners. They are currently on their 30th anniversary tour with a stop at Anthology on May 31st.). - BFM
“THE SUGARMAN 3” – WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW (Retro funk group out of New York with an instrumental soul album layered in blues and gospel, sunshine pop and the rhythmic groove of soul jazz). – Daptone
“FRANK UNZUETA” – THOUGHTS REVEALED (Southern California-based pianist leading a straight-ahead trio in his debut record. Features a set of nine originals). – Sunstone Records
Gretchen Parlato (@GretchenParlato, 6:40 PM PT): Gretchen continued working toward her vision on her 2011 release "The Lost and Found", with a slight side-trip participating in Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project...which won the 2012 Best Vocal Album Grammy...which will be reprised at the 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival. We will chat about all that and MORE!
2012-05-21 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library: A full spectrum of New Jazz Music being added to the Jazz 88 Music
Library and Playlist this week, including Brian Bromberg (feature TNJT
5/21/12 guest Jeff Lorber), Grammy-nominated vocalist Melody Gardot,
Arturo Sandoval's new tribute to Dizzy, and a couple new San Diego disc
from The Mission Bay Preservationists (leader JP Balmat recently on
TNJT) and the Styletones (funk it up!)!
Plucking out some Jazz News, Jazz Charts, and more!!
Coming up next week, Monday 5/28/12 on TNJT, Eric Person will be chatting about his 6/2 gig with TrioKinesis here in San Diego
A full spectrum of New Jazz Music being added to the Jazz 88 Music Library and Playlist this week, including Brian Bromberg (feature TNJT 5/21/12 guest Jeff Lorber), Grammy-nominated vocalist Melody Gardot, Arturo Sandoval's new tribute to Dizzy, and a couple new San Diego disc from The Mission Bay Preservationists (leader JP Balmat recently on TNJT) and the Styletones (funk it up!)! To hear this New first, check out the debut's on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, May 21, 2012, 6-8 PM PT!
DEAD CAT BOUNCE – “CHANCE EPISODES” (Boston-based sextet headed by saxophonist/composer Matt Steckler. The date is an edgy session that draws inspiration from blues and funk, as well as Caribbean, Brazilian and West African traditions). – Cuneiform
BRIAN BROMBERG – “COMPARED TO THAT” (Grammy-nominated bassist with a live studio release that includes eight original compositions, a ten-piece horn section, a full orchestra string section and a supportive cast that features artists such as Jeff Lorber, Bela Fleck, Randy Brecker, Vinny Colaiuta and many others. Showcases a variety of jazz styles). – Artistry
ROGER CHONG - “SEND A LITTLE LOVE” (Quartet session by this Toronto-based guitarist and composer with his sophomore effort. Features a set of mostly originals, all, which have a mellow and melodic style of play). – Independent
AMIT FRIEDMAN SEXTET – “SUNRISE” (Tenor/soprano saxophonist with the sextet’s debut album. The date has unique arrangements that fuse elements of world music with special emphasis on Middle Eastern music, but still staying loyal jazz tradition). - Origin
MELODY GARDOT – “THE ABSENCE” (Third release from this Grammy-nominated vocalist. Together with an all star band, the collection features all originals that reflect the music of varied cultures visited during her last tour). – Decca
ALLAN HARRIS – “CONVERGENCE” (Vocalist, accompanied by pianist Takana Miyamoto, honoring the collaboration(s) between Tony Bennett and Bill Evans. The collaboration consists of two albums: The Tony Bennett/ Bill Evans Album and Together Again). – Love Productions
THE MISSION BAY PRESERVATIONISTS – “NEW ORLEANS PRESERVES” (Mission Bay High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jean-Paul Balmat. The release focuses on the city of New Orleans, with everything from Dixieland, gospel, boogie-woogie, swing, Cajun, Afro-Cuban, and brass band). – Independent
BEN POWELL – “NEW STREET” (British violist leading a quartet, plus a trio that pays tribute to French violinist Stephane Grappelli. The trio features Gary Burton and Julian Lage doing three tunes, one of which is the albums centerpiece written for Burton by Grappelli in 1969, but never recorded by Burton until now). - Independent
ANNE SAJDERA – “AZUL” (Bay area pianist/composer in a straight-ahead quartet session, showcasing a repertoire of originals, standards, and other jazz tunes). – Bijuri Records
ARTURO SANDOVAL – “DEAR DIZ” (Trumpeter-led session paying tribute to Dizzy Gillespie. Features top-shelf musicians such as Burton, Mintzer and DeFrancesco doing Gillespie compositions framed in big band arrangements spotlighting elements of bebop). - Concord
STYLETONES (San Diegan group delivering a wide selection of energized punky-funk, soul, blues, lounge and R&B). - Independent
Carmen Lundy (@CarmenLundy) "Changes" Interview (7:20 PM PT): Chatting with vocalist about her 2012 release "Changes"and her upcoming performance as June 17, 2012 at the Playboy Jazz Festival as part of Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project!
2012-05-14 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library: Lots of great New being added to the Jazz 88 Playlist this week,
including guitarist Broom, a killer large ensemble from Budman / Levy
Orchestra, Ted Nash, and international Jazz from Jazz 88 friend Cheryl Pyle with
More to come, including links to interview audio and items of note during the show!
Lots of great New being added to the Jazz 88 Playlist this week, including guitarist Broom, a killer large ensemble from Budman / Levy Orchestra, and international Jazz from Jazz 88 friend Cheryl Pyle with Kazhargan World! Check out the debut of this batch on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, May 14, 2012 6-8 PM PT!
BOBBY BROOM – “UPPER WEST SIDE STORY” (Tenth release as leader, and first recording of entirely original compositions. - Straight-ahead trio session). – Origin
BUDMAN/LEVY ORCHESTRA – “FROM THERE TO HERE” (Orchestra highlighting the current generation of dynamic L.A. jazz musicians. Features a wide-range of compositions and arrangements, showcasing nine of Levy’s originals). – OA2 Records
HUMAN SPIRIT – “DIALOGUE” (Collective trio project by Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgenson. West coast jazz that features eight original compositions recorded live in Seattle at the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival). – Origin
DAVID CALDWELL-MASON – “COLD SNAP” (Pianist with his second album as leader. The trio features six modern creative jazz originals and a reworking of two covers.) - Independent
JOEL MILLER – “SWIM” (Montreal based saxophonist leading a quartet featuring a straight-ahead, tight knit set of ten originals and one standard). – Origin
TED NASH – “THE CREEP” (Multi-instrumentalist leading a quartet in his eleventh title as leader, and first on his new label. Mix of originals and other jazz tunes.) – Plastic Sax Records
BRIAN PATNEAUDE – “ALL AROUND US” (N.Y. based alto-saxophonist session offering a straight-ahead collection of six originals and two jazz classics by Wayne Shorter and Bronislaw Kaper). – Wepa Records
KEITH PRAY – “CONFLUENCE” (Alto saxophonist leading a quintet with an organic blend of mostly originals). – Artists Recording Collective
TESSA SOULTER – BEYOND THE BLUE” (Vocalist backed by an all-star cast of veterans on her fourth release. features a dozen classical melodies and familiar standards). - Motema
WADADA LEO SMITH – “TEN FREEDOM SUMMERS” (Creative trumpeter/composer with a progressive 4-disc live release performed over the course of three concerts. The compositions are offered up in a variety of settings, with performances by his Golden Quartet/Quintet, and Southwest Chamber Music conducted by Jeff Von Der Schmidt). – Cuneiform
CORY WONG – “QUARTET/QUINTET” (Twin city guitarist offering a double dose of all original compositions. The two volumes take the music into two different directions. “Quartet” offers a more composed, post bop jazz approach, while “Quintet” has a rock fusion orientation). - Independent
KAZHARGAN WORLD – “WONDERFUL TIMES” (International collective project spearheaded by Russian pianist Stanislav Zaslavsky. Features flautist Cheryl Pyle). -Dewey Records
Looks like there is some fun ("FROMAGE"), creative ("SMASHUP"), and swingin' ("WOBBLE WALKIN") NEW, along with some other great prospects in the new adds to the Jazz 88 music library this week. Check them out on The New Jazz Thing 6-8PM PT, Monday, May 7, 2012!
CARTER CALVERT – “WITH THE ROGER COHEN TRIO” (Female vocalist, with a straight-ahead mix of standards and originals).
AMINA FIGAROVA – “TWELVE” (Another great recording by this pianist/composer/ arranger. All her originals, straight-ahead).
EDDIE GOMEZ – “PER SEMPRE” (Bassist, leading a quintet, in a straight-ahead collection of band originals).
CHRIS HAZELTON TRIO – “PEREGRINATION” (Organ/guitar trio, doing straight- ahead originals and standards).
GILAD HEKSELMAN – “HEARTS WIDE OPEN” (Guitarist, leading a quartet, in a straight-ahead, somewhat edgy collection of originals).
RANDY HOEXTER GROUP – “FROMAGE” (Imaginative jazz arrangements of goofy pop tunes from the 70’s [i.e, Yummy, Yummy, Yummy…Billy Don’t Be A Hero}, but very well done). (Fromage – “cheese” in French).
JAZZ PUNKS – “SMASHUP” (Edgy re-workings of familiar Jazz tunes).
Happy Inaugural International Jazz Day!!! Here is the historic lineup of NEW Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library for this week and that we will be featuring on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, April 30, 2012 between 6 and 8 PM PT!
TODD BISHOP GROUP – “THE MUSIC OF ORNETTE COLEMAN: LITTLE PLAYED LITTLE BIRD” (Drummer-led quartet featuring a beautiful set of rarely heard gems from Ornette Coleman’s catalog. Origin Records release).
KYLE BRUCKMANN’S WRACK – “CRACKED REFRACTION” (Oboist/ English horn player leading a progressive chamber ensemble (Wrack) with unusual instrumentation. Porter Records release).
ROMAIN COLLIN – “THE CALLING” (Edgy piano trio, doing mostly originals).
SARAH ELGETI QUINTET – “INTO THE OPEN” (Danish female reed player, leading a variety of ensembles in original material).
SHAWN MONTEIRO – “TO CARMEN WITH LOVE” (Female vocalist, backed by piano trio, doing standards in tribute to Carmen McRae).
PIERO ODORICI – “CEDAR WALTON PRESENTS PIERO ODORICI” (Saxophone, heading a quartet with Cedar, doing a straight-ahead collection of standards and originals).
BRIA SKONBERG – “SO IS THE DAY” (Female vocalist/trumpeter, doing a collection of mostly originals).
MARY STALLINGS – “DON’T LOOK BACK” (Female vocalist, backed by an all-star trio, doing standards and jazz tunes).
CURTIS STIGERS – “LET’S GO OUT TONIGHT” (Male vocalist, doing jazzy versions of country tunes).
TOM TALLITSCH – “HEADS OR TAILS” (Saxophonist, backed by an organ trio with Jared Gold, doing all originals, save one Neil Young tune).
UN X PECTED BRAZILIAN PROJECT – “UNITE” (Collaborative project between a Swedish guitarist & drummer, featuring an ensemble doing collective Brazilian grooves as well as open improvisations. Kopasetic Productions release).
JENS WENDELBOE BIG BAND – “FRESH HEAT” (Straight-ahead big band, doing originals and jazz tunes, with a couple of great vocal tracks featuring Deb Lyons).
SPIKE WILNER – “LA TENDRESSE” (Piano trio, with a mix of originals and jazz tunes).
Dig the Dionne Warwick Jazz vocal disc in the pile of New adds to the Jazz 88 playlist this week...Cool! Check out as many of these as we debut this Monday, April 23, 2012, 6-8 PM PT, on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw!
SCOTT COWAN – “JACK’S PLACE” (Trumpeter, backed by Tri-Fi, doing a straight- ahead collection of originals).
CRISTINA MORRISON – “I LOVE” (Female vocalist, doing mostly originals, with a couple of fresh takes on standards).
GUNNAR MOSSBLAD – “CROSSCURRENTS” (Saxophone-led quartet, doing straight-ahead band originals).
HAILEY NISWANGER – “THE KEEPER” (Female sax player, leading a quartet/ quintet, doing all but 3 straight-ahead originals).
MILES OKAZAKI – “FIGURATIONS” (Guitarist, leading quartet, doing edgy material, recorded live).
DANIEL ORI – “EMUNA” (Bassist, leading a quintet, with Mark Turner and Oz Noy, doing all straight-ahead originals. On the edgy side).
JAMIE SHEW – “A PLACE FOR ME” (Female vocalist, doing the Great American Songbook, with one Jobim tune, as well).
ANDREW SWIFT – “SWIFT KICK” (Drummer-led session, doing an edgy collection of originals and jazz tunes).
THREE VOICES – “TRANSITIONS” (Flugelhorn/vibes/bass trio, doing a collection of straight-ahead standards, jazz tunes and originals).
Lots of great NEW JAZZ MUSIC being added to the Jazz 88 Music Library this week, including new music from San Diego pianist Geoffrey Keezer (with his longtime collaborator vibest Joe Locke) and some Jazzy covers of the baddest Curtis Mayfield! And you can get a taste of it when they are debuted TONIGHT, Monday April 16, 2012 on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, 6-8PM PT!!
MINA AGOSSI – “RED EYES” (Female vocalist, with an eclectic mix of tunes, backed on a couple by Archie Shepp).
SUSIE ARIOLI – “NIGHT LIGHTS” (Female vocalist, doing a collection of standards, with gypsy-style arrangements).
MICHAEL BENEDICT & BOPITUDE – “FIVE AND ONE” (Drummer, leading a quintet in his usual straight-ahead collection of Hard Bop classics).
BENOIT DELBECQ – “BECAUSE SHE HOPED” (Piano/clarinet duet recording, doing all progressive originals).
MARY HALVORSON QUINTET – “BENDING BRIDGES” (Female guitarist, leading the group in all progressive originals).
BRIAN HO – “ORGANIC” (Organist, leading a quartet, doing straight-ahead originals, a couple of jazz classics and an Amy Winehouse tune).
JAZZ SOUL SEVEN – “IMPRESSIONS OF CURTIS MAYFIELD” (Straight-ahead interpretations of the Soul master’s classics).
DARIUS JONES QUARTET – “BOOK OF MAE’BUL” (Quartet, doing all progressive originals).
STEVE LEHMAN TRIO – “DIALECT FLUORESCENT” (Sax/bass/drum trio, doing progressive originals, with 3 jazz tunes and one standard).
JOE LOCKE/GEOFFREY KEEZER GROUP – “SIGNING” (Vibist/pianist, leading a quartet, in a straight-ahead collection of originals and jazz tunes).
A great mix of styles, instruments, and ensemble sizes in the new adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library, which you can hear Monday, April 2, 2012, 6 to 8 PM PT on The New Jazz Thing on Jazz 88 (with Jeff Dalrymple sitting in for VO...thanks Jeff...and maybe drummer Jeff will tell a drum story when he plays drummer Pete Zimmer's New)!
Cyrus Chestnut – “Quartet” (Pianist, leading a straight-ahead quartet sessions, doing all originals).
James Danderfer Trio – “Swingin’ At The Patricia” (Clarinetist, with piano and drums, doing vintage Jazz, recorded live).
Peter Donaghy – “I Still Hear The Tune” (Albany, New York guitarist, leading a quartet, in a straight-ahead mix of standards and originals).
Epicenter Featuring Bruce Mishkit – “Just The Beginning” (Sextet, doing a collection of straight-ahead band originals).
Jared Gold – “Golden Child” (Organ/guitar trio, doing a straight-ahead collection of originals, jazz tunes and standards, old and new).
Randy Napoleon – “The Jukebox Crowd” (Guitarist, leading a septet, with a straight-ahead collection of originals and standards).
Melissa Stylianou – “Silent Time” (Female vocalist, doing a straight-ahead, eclectic mix of tunes).
“Introducing The Eyal Vilner Big Band” (Swinging big band, with a mix of originals and standards).
Pete Zimmer – “Prime Of Life” (Drummer, leading a quartet, doing a straight- ahead collection of band originals).
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan MCClenaghan): "...Zimmer's fifth recording as a leader, has a clean, crisp, soulful sound.
The players of the quartet—all top-notch musicians—meld their talents
into a polished cohesion. Zimmer is a fine drummer capable of impeccable
timekeeping and intricate, though usually subtle percussive flourishes.
Zimmer's music, with its tight grooves, sounds like heartland jazz,
like the quintessentially American sound of an organ trio—without, in
this case, the Hammond B3 breathing into the mix."
WOW! Check out the killer adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library, including Alexander, Herring, Braden, Escoffery, Garrett, Hart, Herwig / Beirach / DeJohnette, Iyer, Mehldau, Riker, Roney....on and on!! And you can get a taste of what you'll be hearing in the weeks ahead on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw from 6 to 8 PM PT, Monday, March 26, 2012!
Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring – “Friendly Fire” (2 great sax players, recorded in concert, doing straight-ahead originals and standards).
Dmitry Baevsky – “The Composers” (Sax player, in a swinging, straight-ahead tribute to jazz writers).
Don Braden & Karl Latham – “Big Fun(k) Live” (Hard driving, contemporary jazz, recorded live).
Chaise Lounge – “Insomnia” (Vocal, lounge-style, jazz, performing originals and some offbeat standards).
Wayne Escoffery – “The Only Son Of One” (Sax player, doing typically, straight-ahead, if somewhat edgy, originals).
Kenny Garrett – “Seeds From The Underground” (Great, hard-driving sax-led quartet/quintet, doing all originals).
Billy Hart – “All Our Reasons” (Drummer, leading a quartet, featuring Ethan Iverson from the Bad Plus and Mark Turner, doing very edgy band originals).
Herwig / Beirach / DeJohnette – “Tio Of The Sword” (Trombone/piano/drum trio, doing all progressive originals).
Lisa Hilton – “American Impressions” (Pianist, leading a trio and quartet, in a collection of mostly originals. A little more edgy than her previous stuff).
Jim Holman – “Explosion!” (Pianist, leading a quartet/quintet, doing straight-ahead standards and originals).
Vijay Iyer – “Accelerando” (Pianist, leading a trio, in a progressive mix of originals and jazz tunes).
Wayne Riker, San Diego Jazz Guitar slinger, has a new album, "Guitar Decathlon", featuring collaborations with 10 different guitarists and supporting players, and we'll be sampling and chatting about it LIVE on The New Jazz Thing Monday, March 26, 2012, 6-8 PM PT!
Here's Wayne making a personal delivery of the new disc last week before he headed to one of his many teaching gigs!
We will be talking to him about the upcoming gig, his success with "....Chateau", and what's else is New with Kyle during a Live Interview on The New Jazz Thing on Jazz 88.3, Monday, March 26, 2012 between 6 and 8 PM PT.
Bruce Lindsey in AllAboutJazz: "While Songs From The Chateau is an album of varied moods,
rhythms and beats it continuously evokes one particular emotion—joy.
Eastwood and his band create music from the heart: uplifting, reflective
CLAYTON CAMERON & THE JASS EXPLOSTION – “HERE’S TO THE MESSENGERS” (Drummer, leading an ensemble featuring San Diego’s own Gilbert Castellanos, doing straight-ahead tunes made famous by The Messengers, and a couple of originals).
CHANO DOMINGUEZ – “FLAMENCO” (Pianist, playing a Latin-flavored tribute to Miles Davis).
EUPHORIA BRASS BAND – “COAST TO COAST” (San Diego’s own, doing New Orleans style brass band, featuring our own Drew Miller).
BILL HARRIS QUINTET – “INSIDE OUT” (Trumpeter, leading an ensemble doing straight-ahead standards, Jazz tunes and one original).
BOB LARK AND HIS ALUMNI BIG BAND – “REUNION” (Straight-ahead, swinging, big band sounds).
HALIE LOREN – “HEART FIRST” (Female vocalist, doing old and new standards and originals).
Lots of new vocals (including friend of TNJT Ms. Feather!), Don Byron's new take on soul, and a great set by San Diegans led by Danny Weller (who will be on TNJT 2/27/12!)...lots of great new adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library this week! We will be debuting as many as we can on The New Jazz Thing, Monday February 6, 2011!
Ehud Asherie With Harry Allen – “Upper West Side” (Very nice set of straight-ahead duets on standards).
Patrick Butler – “Solar Sailing” (Mix of traditional and contemporary sounds).
Don Byron New Gospel Quintet – “Love, Peace and Soul” (Soulful vocal set).
Lorraine Feather – “Tales of the Unusual” (Female vocalist, singing straight-ahead, featuring, as usual, her own witty lyrics).
Audiophile Audition (John Henry): "There are so many female jazz vocalists recording today; it takes
something really special in the way of voice, song selection, lyrics or
instrumentation to interest me. Lorraine Feather has it."
Honolulu Jazz Quartet – “Remembrance - Live At The Triple Door” (Straight-ahead originals, with one vocal track).
Don Mark’s Fire Escape – “In A New Light” (Contemporary grooves on familiar tunes by this sax player).
Nick Mazzarella Trio – “This Only A Test: Live At The Hungry Brain” (Sax, bass and drum trio doing progressive originals).
Tomas Ramirez – “Tres” (Saxophonist, leading a quartet, doing a funky collection of originals).
Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio – “The 11th Gate” (Trombone, organ and drum trio, doing a collection of straight-ahead originals).
Catherine Russell – “Strictly Romancin’” (Steely Dan backup singer, doing all straight- ahead vocals, vintage style).
Jane Sscheckter – “Easy To Remember” (Female singer, doing all straight-ahead vocals, vintage style).
Triosence With Sara Gazarek– “Where Time Stand Still” (Straight-ahead vocals on all nice originals tunes).
Trio Subtonic – “I’ll Meet You There Tomorrow” (Contemporary collection of originals).
Steve Tyrell – “I'll Take Romance” (Male singer, with a mix of old and new standards).
Elio Villafranca & Arturo Stable – “Dos Y Mas” (Pianist and mutli-percussionist, pairing for a session that comes out straight-ahead).
Hristo Vitchev/Weber Lago – “Hartmony” (Guitar/piano duet, doing all acoustic originals).
Ernie Watts – “Oasis” (Saxophonist, leading a quartet in straight-ahead originals standards and new standards).
Doug Webb – “Swing Shift” (Saxophonist, leading an edgy session, with mostly originals and a couple of standards).
Danny Weller – “Third Story” (Local bassist, with local musicians, doing a collection of edgy originals).
Brent Fischer, leader of the Clare Fischer Big Band and son of the recently departed Clare Fischer, will be chatting about the bands new album "Continuum" (nominated for a 2012 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for a tune "In The Beginning"), his career, and the legacy of Clare Fischer on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, February 6, 2012 6-8 PM PT.
Here's some information Brent sent us about the memorial service for his father this weekend...
Below is an advance copy of the announcement going out tonight.
Please help spread the word--it won't be the last appearance of any of
the Clare Fischer Bands but it will be the final appearance of my
father, I'm very sorry to say. All of my contact info is also below.
The memorial service for Dr. Clare Fischer is open to the public.
Vocals, contemporary, straight-ahead and avant guitar...even a previously unreleased session from legends Thielemans and Grappelli! Lots of great new adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library this week, which we will be debuting on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, January 30, 2012, 6-8 PM PT! Listen Now!
GERRY BEAUDOIN – “THE RETURN” (Guitarist, leading a straight-ahead session of mostly originals, with a couple of standards).
CYNTHIA KAAY BENNETT – “DREAMS OF YOU” (Female vocalist, singing straight-ahead, tunes familiar and unfamiliar).
DARK CHOCOLATE – “CAPER” (Eclectic mix of contemporary vocals…mostly vocalese).
JOSE GARCIA – “SONGS FOR A LIFETIME: LIVE” (Male vocalist, doing primarily the Great American Songbook).
STEPHANE GRAPPELLI/TOOTS THIELEMANS – “BRINGING IT TOGETHER” (Previously unreleased recording of straight-ahead standards).
JOSH LEVINSON SEXTET – “CHAUNCEY STREET” (Trumpeter, leading a straight- ahead set of originals).
MCG JAZZ ALL-STARS – “HILL DISTRICT BEAT: A TRIBUTE TO TEENIE HARRIS” (Straight-ahead session paying tribute to one of Pittsburgh’s own).
MICHAEL MUSILLANI TRIO + 4 – “METTLE” (Guitarist, leading an avant-garde session of originals).
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA AND C.U.B.A. – “AREA 52” (Mostly progressive Latin big band sounds).
FRANK RUSSELL – “CIRCLE WITHOUT END” (Bassist, leading a funky, contemporary session).
PAUL SERRATO – “ALTERNATIONS: SOLO AND COLLECTIVE EXPRESSIONS” (Pianist, alternating quartet and solo originals).
SHARMAN – “UNCONDITIONALLY” (Female vocalist, doing mostly straight-ahead originals, with electric piano).
I've got a couple of fun interviews queued up for The New Jazz Thing, Monday January 9, 2012 6-8 PM PT on Jazz 88.3 FM KSDS San Diego Webcast at Jazz 88...
Paul Keeling - Former San Diego pianist and member of Gilbert Castellanos' band in the 90's is playing at a Dizzy's San Diego show at 98 Bottles and has his 2011 release "The Farthest Reach" for us to listen to and chat about.
Ian Tordella - San Diego saxophonist who is Kickstarting his latest CD "Tragic Comedy" with a Kickstarter.com project and a January 21 gig / art-showing at 98 Bottles (I'm sensing a rising Jazz venue here), so we'll be chatting with Ian about that and his other goings-on.
Jazz News: Kickstarter Music Project stats for 2011 (it was a good year for music projects), alternative ways of selling music such as Bandcamp, portfolio careers for musicians, and more New! Follow TNJT Jazz News on Facebook and Twitter.
On The New Jazz Thing Monday, December 26, 2011 we'll be looking back at some of the best music, interviews, concerts we've had the pleasure of sharing in 2011. We made a big move to Monday night in 2011 (TNJT was on Thursdays for over 10 years) and we had some great times in studio, on the phone, at Jazz Live San Diego, and more. We'll also look at some of the Jazz critics picks across the net for best of 2011.
Why Jazz? A question a lot of us Jazzers get when asked about our passion for the music, it's history, and part in American and World Culture. NPR Jazz Critic and Author of the 2011 book "Why Jazz?" Kevin Whitehead will chat with us on The New Jazz Thing on Monday December 19, 2011 between 7:20 and 7:40 PM PT about that, the stories he covered and his favorites releases of 2011, and a look at what's coming up in for Jazz in 2012.
And here are some of Kevin's favorites for 2011...
2011 best (again & as ever, I’d rather list 10 good ones than try to rank them, so divide the points how you do. three are from the last century. in zedyxical order:) Craig Taborn, Avenging Angel, ECM Tyshawn Sorey, Oblique – I, Pi São Paulo Underground, Três Cabeças Loucuras, Cuneiform Michael Moore Quartet, Amsterdam, Ramboy Roscoe Mitchell, Before There Was Sound, Nessa Billy Hart, Sixty-Eight, SteepleChase Gigi Gryce, Doin’ the Gigi, Uptown Ran Blake/Dominique Eade, Whirlpool, Jazz Project Tim Berne, Insomnia, Clean Feed Ambrose Akinmusire, When the Heart Emerges Glistening, Blue Note
debut: Bryan Hooten, Richmond Love Call (Solo Trombone), Bryan Hooten
Latin: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Faith, 5Passion
vocal: Ran Blake/Dominique Eade, Whirlpool, Jazz Project
reissues (no particular order): Julius Hemphill, Dogon A.D., International Phonograph FMP Im Rückblick - In Retrospect, FMP Modern Jazz Quartet, Atlantic Studio Recordings, Mosaic
One of the inventors of Funk, Fred Wesley, will be chatting with me Monday, December 19, 2011 6:40 PM PT on The New Jazz Thing! He will be playing December 30, 2011 with the Greyboy Allstars at the Belly Up Tavern, so we'll chat about that, "The Lost Album" of never before released music from The JB's and Fred, his Jazzy history (and there is LOTS of that with Count Basie's Orch, George Benson...), and more...really looking forward to it! Here are some funky good licks to wet your appetite!
Where's Fred! It's all on his blog...and there are some great pictures there too!
Fred's Allmusic.com Bio (by Jason Ankeny). And it's a short click away to his Discography, and Credits (where you see ALL the James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, and lots more that Fred has played on). Wow!
Happy Holiday! We've added a LOT of new holiday music for 2011 and we are going to play it all this season!!! Listen to The New Jazz Thing, Monday, December 12, 2011 6-8PM PT and we'll get into that, Jazz Week Jazz Charts and more!
GERI ALLEN – “A CHILD IS BORN” (Solo piano versions of Holiday classics, and some others, with some vocal tracks).
PopMatters.com (Josh Langhoff): Geri Allen’s mostly-solo, mostly-jazz-piano album A Child Is Born
flows through traditional Christmas songs and hymns with much facility,
some invention, and a couple of surprises. Combining all three is
“Angels We Have Heard On High”, that most contrapuntal of carols, which
in Allen’s hands resembles a Bach three-part invention, albeit one with
Keith Jarrett’s harmonic language. Pleasant enough when it pops up in a holiday playlist shuffle, this
album raises money for Newark’s YWCA and Bethany Baptist Church.
TONY BENNETT – “THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM” (As the title implies, all your holiday favorites performed by legendary crooner).
CYNTHIA KAAY BENNETT – “THAT’S THE SPIRIT” (Female vocalist, doing classic Holiday tunes, and some obscure ones, as well).
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – “THE HAPPY ELF” (Mostly piano trio recording, doing all Harry’s originals).
NICOLE HENRY – “Female vocalist, with a live recording of Holiday favorites).
DAVID IAN – “VINTAGE CHRISTMAS” (Straight-ahead piano-led group, with some vocal tracks).
JILLAINE – “JAZZY CHRISTMAS TO YOU” (Female vocalist, with a mix of classics and obscure tunes).
BRADLEY LEIGHTON – “HOLIDAY OF LIGHTS” (Latin and contemporary versions of the Classics).
ELLIS MARSALIS – “A NEW ORLEANS CHRISTMAS CAROL” (Pianist, leeding a straight- ahead session, with some vocal tracks).
MARCUS ROBERTS – “CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS” (Straight-ahead piano trio).
TRI-FI – “TRI-FI CHRISTMAS” (Straight-ahead piano trio).
CHRIS BAUER – “IN A YULETIDE GROOVE” (Harmonica player, leading a straight-ahead session).
BEANTOWN SWING ORCHESTRA – “A BEANTOWN CHRISTMAS” (Swinging, big band vocal versions).
Happy Holiday! We've added a LOT of new holiday music for 2011 and we are going to play it all this season!!! Listen to The New Jazz Thing, Monday, December 12, 2011 6-8PM PT and we'll get into that, Jazz Week Jazz Charts and more!
VARIOUS ARTISTS – “CHRISTMAS: I SAW THREE SHIPS” (Singers from New Orleans, with straight-ahead versions).
CHRIS STANDRING & KATHRIN SHORR – “SEND ME SOME SNOW” (Straight-ahead vocal album, doing all originals).
DIANE VAN DUERZEN & LISA OTEY – “MEET ME UNDER THE MISTLETOE” (Female vocal duo, doing straight-ahead jazz vocals).
THE ASIAN JAZZ ALL-STARS – “POWER QUARTET” (Live recording, on the edgy side, with a mix of
jazz tunes, standards and originals).
AllAboutJazz.com (Ian Patterson): Jazz-fusion—for want of a better term—is alive and kicking in Asia, as this excellent recording demonstrates. So far, only Asian audiences have been fortunate to see this incendiary quartet on tour. Hopefully, it will go into the studio with some original material soon and launch itself beyond Asia.
CORINA BARTRA – “CIELO SANDUNGUERO” (Female vocalist, backed by a big band, doing Latin
tunes, and Latin versions of other tunes).
PowerderFinger Promotions: Corina Bartra from Peru. Corina Bartra is an original. When she proposed to blend jazz with Afro-Peruvian & Creole music from Peru, her sound was unprecedented. She has pioneered a ground-breaking fusion of jazz and Afro Latin music with her releases: Corina Bartra Quartet, Son Zumbon, Travelog, and Bambu Sun, where for the first time one could hear the incorporation of the cajon (Peruvian percussive box) and the festejo groove blended with jazz. Corina was the first vocalist to blend Afro-Peruvian criolla music from Peru with Jazz.
TONY BENNETT – “DUETS II” (Legendary vocalist, with a very eclectic mix of duet partners, singing
the Great American Songbook).
Pop & Hiss (LA Times Music Blog, Mikael Wood): Some of these May-December cuts sound great, particularly Bennett and Gaga’s “The Lady Is a Tramp,” in which he can’t stifle his amusement with her drama-kid shtick. (“I love to rowboat with you and your wife in Central Park Lake,” Gaga ad-libs pricelessly.)
DAVID BUDWAY – “A NEW KISS” (Pianist, leading a very edgy session, with mostly originals and a
couple of standards).
Critical Jazz: A thoroughly engaging and at times electrifying performance by one of the most gifted if not sadly overlooked pianists of our time.A New Kiss makes it easy to understand how such a dynamic talent caught the ear of Liza Minnelli with Budway going to perform with such jazz legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Pass and Jimmy Heath.
A release of three dimensional sound and texture, a musical tapestry that gives off new and subtle shades with each listen.
TITO CARRILLO – “OPENING STATEMENT” (Trumpeter, leading a variety of band configurations,
doing mostly straight-ahead originals).
Origin Records: A confluence of the post-bop trumpet legacy of Miles, Hubbard, & Shaw, along with the complexities of Cuban rhythms, lyrical ballad phrasing, and boundary-breaking free exploration, "Opening Statement" is a powerful recording by one of the more prominent fixtures on the vibrant Chicago jazz scene of the past 15 years. Though having appeared on over 20 CDs alongside luminaries such as Willie Pickens, Chuchito Valdes, and even pop icon Phil Collins, this project marks trumpeter Carrillo's first recording as a leader, revealing a singular modern trumpeter with an expressive and original compositional voice.
EDDIE DANIELS/ROGER KELLAWAY – “LIVE AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS” (Clarinet/piano
duet, doing mostly standards).
Audiophile Audition: Both of these highly-respected performers are equally at home in the classical or jazz genres and most anything else. Together and separately they already account for a half dozen releases on the IPO label. And this is actually a sequel to their earlier IPO duo album, A Duet of One. This is not one of those historical concerts from the Library of Congress issued by Bridge, but a new recording made February 25, 2010 in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium.
“RYAN DAVIDSON TRIO” – (Progressive Texas Swing, if you will).
Audiophile Audition (Robbie Gerson): As a member of the six-time Grammy-nominated One O’clock Band Lab Band, Ryan Davidson shared the stage with jazz artists like Dave Brubeck, James Carter, Eddie Gomez and George Garzone. All of this was accomplished as a student at the University of North Texas, where he earned a degree as a Master of Music in Jazz Studies. Within the community of country music, he has done sessions with dozens of acts. His project with the One O’clock Lab Band (Lab ’09) received two Grammynominations. The alchemy of country and jazz is complex, but interesting.
DOUG EBERT – “POOR DOG” (Bassist, leading a quartet, doing all straight-ahead originals).
McCORMACK & YARDE DUO – “PLACES AND OTHER SPACES” (Sax/piano duet, doing all
originals, but one).
The Guardian (John Fordham): When the conversation between pianist Andrew McCormack and saxist/composer Jason Yarde began on CD two years ago, the pair showed they could read and expand each other's thoughts with an impulsive empathy. The My Duo album's followup finds Yarde concentrating on soprano sax a little less, now applying a wider tonal range to a similar repertoire of seductively hooky, Keith Jarrett-like piano vamps embroidered by adventurous sax lines, swoony lyricism and minimalist sax-pattern whirlings reminiscent of Portico Quartet.
SAM PANNUNZIO TRIO – “GOIN’ HOME” (Straight-ahead piano trio, doing all originals, but one).
ENRICO RAVA QUINTET – “TRIBE” (Trumpeter, leading a quintet/sextet, doing low-key, but edgy
PopMatters.com (George de Stefano): Trumpeter Enrico Rava, born in Trieste in 1939 and raised in Torino, has had a distinguished and varied career spanning five decades. He has played on nearly 100 recordings and as a leader on 40. Rava commands virtually the entire history of jazz, from classic New Orleans styles – he started out as a Kid Ory-influenced trombonist – to bebop to avant-garde, “free” playing. Rava’s career began in the early 1960s, as a sideman with Leandro “Gato” Barbieri, the Argentine saxophonist of Italian roots. Later in the decade, Rava recorded and performed with many of the leading exponents of the free jazz movement.
Now, at 72, Rava has made one of the best albums of his career, Tribe, and certainly the best since he returned to ECM. Tribe is both a summation and an extension of his art, a mature work that points to new directions for the veteran player, composer, and bandleader. The album’s mood is, for the most part, contemplative, even dream-like; the tempos mostly run slow to medium. The music rarely breaks a sweat, but is nonetheless compelling. Eichner’s typically crystalline production, with every instrument well defined, perfectly suits Rava’s music, with its emphasis on space and texture.
MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO – “NEW ORLEANS MEETS HARLEM” (Pianist, leading a straight-ahead
trio, with a mix of tunes from composer heralding from both cities). 2009 Release
New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1 underscores this history, but the album is not merely a tribute. With each of the classic songs that Roberts performs with his trio (consisting of bassist Roland Guerin and drummer Jason Marsalis), the old melodies are played with a fresh approach that is consistent with the piano jazz tradition by blending old and new.
GEORGE SCHULLER’S CIRCLE WIDE – “LIKE BEFORE, SOMEWHAT AFTER” (Drummer-led
quintet/sextet, with an edgy mix of Keith Jarrett tunes and originals).
): 2008 Release. It might seem like adulation of the highest order to state that by the end of the piece, heart rates will quicken and pupils will dilate, but why not praise what is praiseworthy? Increased heart rate is nothing but a physical symptom of something called love and falling in love with Like Before, Somewhat After is one physical phenomenon that even the left-brained among us can understand with ease.
Spero is hosting a National Music Video Competition, "Make Hills, Win Bills" a $1000 Video Challenge for his new single, "Hills".
A panel of renown film and music professionals will judge the submissions, and we will announce the winner on December 12th at 12:01AM (midnight). The winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and his/her work will be premiered at the album release show on December 16, 2011, in Chicago.
TRI-FI (FB)– “THREE” (Straight-ahead piano trio, doing all band originals).
CHRIS WEST – “TRILOGY 3” (Very edgy collection of traditional and contemporary originals).
Examiner.com: Saxophonist Chris West has released "The Surprise Trilogy" a 3 CD set of all original material, featuring some of Nashville's finest including Jeff Coffin, Don Aliquo, Rod McGaha, Derek Phillips, Pat Bergeson, Adam Agati, Greg Bryant, Charles Treadway and many others.
DEBORAH WINTERS – “LOVERS AFTER ALL” (Vocalist, backed by a big band, doing mostly the
Great American Songbook).
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): On Lovers After All, the Bay Area-based vocalist establishes herself as a ballad singer with which to be reckoned. She can sing over swing with confidence ("Get Out Of Town") and sway to the subtle sounds of the bossa nova ("Haunted Heart"), but her ballad work eclipses all else. Her voice has depth and warmth that instantly soothes and seduces; her use of vibrato is rare and judicious, and her pacing, clarity and diction are perfectly suited to this particular style of song.
NOTE: THESE WILL BE THE LAST NEW RELEASES FOR THIS YEAR. NEW ADDS WILL
An Interview with Pat Martino! The legendary Jazz guitarist made the first of his over 25 recordings as a leader in 1967 (El Hombre on Pretige), suffered a memory-erasing accident in 1980, and has climbed to the top of the Jazz charts with his new release "Undeniable".
Critical Jazz Review of "Undeniable": "Captured
at the top of his game in an incredible live set that shows that
despite the numerous physical set backs, the prodigious musical talents
of one of the very best at his craft hold up well over time.
New music being added to the Jazz 88 Playlist Monday, November 21, 2011 and debuted Monday, 11/21/11 6-8 PM PT on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw: Luis Disla, Hal Galper Trio, Yoko Miwa, Michael Pedicin, Kate Reid, and Sunnie.
Check out album artwork thumbnails, artist website, Facebook, Twitter, and select album reviews after the jump...
Here's what's going down on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, November 14, 2011...
Herb Alpert! (FB, @HerbAlpert) The legendary trumpeter, composer, and music executive will be on the show to chat about his appearance with wife Lani Hall, Friday, November 18, 2011 date at the Balboa Theatre. We'll also chat about how he came to form A&M records, the role of Jazz in his music, and more!
Live Music Guide Review of "I Feel You" (Kelsey Miller): Alpert and Hall’s romantic chemistry
transfers exceptionally onto the 15 tracks, with two of jazz music’s
finest presenting a fun yet calming, easy listening album. The release’s
many covers are presented in a new, fresh way and the original songs
prove exactly what makes both all-star jazz musicians just that in the
Jazz Week Jazz Album Chart Top 10 for 11/14/2011: The new list isn't even released yet, but you will get the info FIRST! Hint: There's a new #1 and at least one new album in the top 10 this week! Lots of 2011 familiars bumping each other around!
Here are the tunes picked out for adding to the Jazz 88 Music library this week by Assistant Music Director for Jazz 88 Chad Fox (sitting in for our esteemed director and traveler Joe Kocherhans). We will be debuting as many as we can on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, November 14, 2011.
GREG ABATE - "HORACE IS HERE" - (Straight-ahead tribute album to Horace that consists of all standards, re- harmonized with new/fresh arrangements).
RAY CHARLES (FB, @RayCharles_TM ) - "SINGULAR GENIUS / THE COMPLETE ABC RECORDINGS" – (No description really needed, but as the title implies, this is a compilation of hits and B-sides during this prolific period, 1960-1972).
Blogcritics.com (Greg Barbrick): While preparing to review the new Ray Charles box set, Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles,
I had a look at what Dave Marsh had to say about Charles in 1978. In
essence, his opinion was that Ray had committed virtual artistic suicide
by leaving Atlantic Records for ABC-Paramount in 1959.
Wow. Maybe the guy was suffering from some form of rock-crit
inferiority complex or something, because nothing could be further from
the truth. The set contains 106 tracks, laid out over the course of five
CDs, and presents a pretty convincing case that Ray’s time with
ABC-Paramount Records was one of the strongest and most productive
associations of his career.
TED CLOUSER (@ToddClouser, FB)- "A LOVE ELECTRIC" – Contemporary guitarist, doing an edgy mix of all originals, many cuts for nights/evenings, but some accessible for AM and afternoons; read the notes).
AllAboutJAzz.com (Chris May): Musicians and painters from the US have long since been relocating to
Mexico, hoping to deepen their art through immersion in a slower pace of
life. Guitarist Todd Clouser is a recent emigré, who moved south in
2006. A Love Electric is his third post-relocation album. It catches
him in transformation from a straight ahead rock player to one embracing
jazz—specifically, hard bop and the Rhodes-spiked crossover of pianist Herbie Hancock and trumpeter Miles Davis' early 1970s bands—and old-school rhythm & blues.
EVAN COBB (@EvanCobbJazz, - "FALLING UP" – (Nashville-based saxophonist, featuring a set of eight original straight-ahead tunes in a quintet setting; debut release).
AMIR ELSAFFAR (@AmirElSaffar, FB) - "INANA" – (Trumpeter-led outing, doing all progressive originals with influences of Middle Eastern music. Follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2007 release, Two Rivers; recently added to the progressive drawer. Check it out as well).
AllAboutJazz.com (Troy Collins): Named after the ancient Mesopotamian goddess of carnal love and warfare, Inana
blends the ceremonial intensity of maqam with the polyphonic melodies,
contrapuntal harmonies and syncopated polyrhythms associated with
sophisticated jazz structures. More fully realized than many similar
ethnic fusions, ElSaffar's incorporation of maqam's microtones, flexible
pitches and meter-less bar lines yields a highly personalized language
that reaches well beyond the confines of Western pedagogy for
inspiration. Gracefully poised between two worlds, Inana builds upon
ElSaffar's previous accomplishments, establishing an impressive
precedent for the creative possibilities of a new global jazz aesthetic.
DELFEAYO MARSALIS (@Delfeayo, FB) - "SWEET THUNDER" – (Acclaimed trombonist, backed by a variety of all-star personnel, streamlining Ellington & Strayhorn’s original charts from the 1957 theatrical production of Such Sweet Thunder.)
Acclaimed trombonist and member of the first family of jazz, Delfeayo Marsalis launches Sweet Thunder: Duke & Shak,
an original theatrical jazz production culled from live performances in
thirty-six locations across the country. The play was born from
Marsalis' affinity for the music of Duke Ellington and the poetry of Shakespeare: first brought to the musical stage in the 1957 production of Such Sweet Thunder at the Shakespeare Festival I Stratford, Canada. Both Ellington and Billy Strayhorn were invited to compose music in tribute to The Bard, and came up with 15 compositions for that date.
streamlines Ellington and Strayhorn's original charts into a
12-movement suite, bringing an all-star list of players, including
brothers Branford and Jason. for the recording.
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE (@McBridesWorld, FB)- "CONVERSATIONS WITH CHRISTIAN" – (Straight-ahead release with each cut featuring jazz greats and others, e.g., Corea, Hargrove, Ron Blake, Regina Carter, Dr. Billy Taylor, and oh yes, an appearance by Sting. Mix of originals & other jazz tunes. Contains 3 vocal tracks).
LATimes Blog (Chris Barton): Bassist/bandleader Christian McBride isn't a guy who likes sitting
still. The L.A. Phil's Creative Chair for Jazz from 2006 to 2010, the
39-year-old McBride has recently toured with the jazz-fusion super-group
Five Peace Band
as well as his throwback acoustic ensemble Kind of Brown, which
released a sharp debut in 2009. This year marks another active one for
McBride with September's rambunctious big-band album "The Good Feeling"
and this month's "Conversations With Christian," a collection of duets
that rose out of a 2009 podcast series of the same name.
JACQUI NAYLOR - "LUCKY GIRL" - (Vocalist/songwriter in a quartet setting, doing a mix of jazz tunes).
Jacqui hosted a gathering of about ninety people where she performed
twenty-five songs and let the listeners rate them on a scale of 1 to 5.
Without exception, the top fifteen rated songs did become the cuts
selected for the new album. Jacqui said that there was a little bit of
nervousness in letting her fans choose the songs, but when it was all
said and done, the fans made excellent choices.
“I think that a lot of the time fans are pretty much
right on. At least mine. I feel like they know me. And in this
particular case I wanted them to really know my heart in this album, and
I think that comes through.”
“Acoustic smashing” continues
Jacqui Naylor made famous what she defined as “acoustic smashing,” or
taking a jazz tune and a rock tune, and singing one while the band
plays the other in a seamless fashion. On this album, Jacqui smashes Surrey with the Fringe on Top with George Benson’s Breezin.
THE DANIEL ROSENBOOM SEPTET (FB) - "FALLEN ANGELS" – (Progressive release, composed and arranged by this trumpeter. Some cuts day friendly).
JazzCorner.com: The Los Angeles that Daniel Rosenboom illustrates on his latest album, Fallen Angeles,
is a ghost. They're portraits in spectral black and white, a collection
of film noir images that unreel with barely contained vigor and
THE DAVE SHANK QUINTET - "SOUNDPROOF" – (Vibraphonist, known for his fusion style play, leads a quintet that showcases ten new compositions; all straight-ahead).
Something Else!: The project also includes pianist Barry Miles and drummer Terry
Silverlight, a pair who first worked together on Miles’ 1971 fusion
delight White Heat. Bassist John Patitucci, a longtime member of
Wayne Shorter’s Quartet and former member of Chich Corea’s Elektric and
Akoustic bands, was part of the same LA jazz scene with Shank in the
late 1980s and early ’90s, but this album is the first time the two have
RANI SINGAM (FB)- "WITH A SONG IN MY HEART" – (Singapor’s vocalist sensation in Asia with her debut release, (now out of print), on the JazzNote imprint).
RANI SINGAM first started
creating a stir in the Singapore jazz scene in the year 2000 when she
started doing performances at corporate parties and community concerts.
In 2002, a few prominent Singaporean and visiting American musicians
were sitting in the Blue Note in Singapore and one of the musicians put
on demo CD of Rani without telling the other who it was. One of the
musicians said "hey...this sounds like an early Billie Holliday
recording, except that the sound quality is too clear to be from that
era." It was then revealed that the recording was by Rani Singam. All
present were extremely impressed and they asked someone who knew her to
ask her to come down to the Blue Note and perform that very night as a
WADADA LEO SMITH'S ORGANIC - "HEARTS REFLECTIONS" – (2 disc set featuring one of Smith’s many working bands “Organic”, a fourteen-piece group marked by four guitarist. Sound can be described as part fusion and part jazz-rock orchestra).
AllAboutJazz.com (Mark Carroto): Organic, one of Smith's numerous working bands, is a continuation of his Yo Miiles! project with guitarist Henry Kaiser, the jazz/rock love child of Miles Davis' electric era. Organic was first recorded as the second disc on Smith's Spiritual Dimensions
(Cuneiform, 2009), and is positioned to take Yo Miles! one step beyond
with an electric sound that begins with the blues and funk, then evolves
into modern composition. Smith also updates the Milesian electric sound with two laptop computer artists,
TYSHAWN SOREY (FB) - "OBLIQUE - 1" – (Progressive session, led by this drummer/composer, doing all originals. First drummer to release a record as leader on the PI label).
TRIO THIS - "THAT" – (Collaborative project featuring a traditional mix of originals and re-examinations of works by Wayne Shorter, Henry Mancini and Les McCann. Note; an earlier 2010 release).
Vocalist Leonard Patton's new "Expressions" has been out a week, we heard a lot from it at Anthology in October, and now we get to chat about this new collaboration with the great Geoffrey Keezer at 7:20 PM PT on TNJT!
REZ ABBASI’S INVOCATION (FB, @RezTone)– “SUNO SUNO” (Progressive session, led by this guitarist, with an all-star band of progressive artists).
AllABoutJazz (Something Else!): More important, in particular as it relates to this album, must have
been the impact of Coltrane—especially in the way this group often works
toward an almost unbridled release without losing musical coherence. That was the risk as Coltrane struggled through his spiritual awakening on the career-defining A Love Supreme,
and it remains so here—as Abbasi tries to blend his native country's
praise song forms and jazz. Invocation's exultations, in particular on
the more overtly Qawwali-influenced numbers like “Thanks for Giving" and
“Onus On Us," walk the same fine line—and they emerge with a statement
of similar artistic breadth, religious wonder and musical intrigue.
EMMET COHEN (@EmmetCohen)– “IN THE ELEMENT” (Debut release by this 20-year old pianist, mostly trio stuff, with trumpeter Greg Gisbert guesting on 3 tracks).
AllAboutJazz.com (Edward Blanco): At the ripe old age of 21, jazz piano prodigy Emmet Cohen has already racked up an impressive list of awards among them, Downbeat's
Best Jazz Soloist and Best Jazz Combo (for the Emmet Cohen Trio),
placed first in the Kathleen T. and Philip B. Phillip's Piano
competition at University of West Florida and was selected as a finalist
for the 2011 American Pianist's Association's Cole Porter Fellowship.
JazzWrap (Stephan Moore): This is the first album on DiRubbo's own label and its a great way to begin. Four Hands, One Heartis
a wonderful contemporary album that merges both the talent of a
legendary pianist and the already accomplished and well respected
saxophonist. This is great stuff that deserves everyone's ears...
HARRIS EISENSTADT – “CANADA DAY II” (Drummer, leading a quintet, with a mix of contemporary and straight-ahead originals).
AllAboutJazz.com (Mark Corroto): If you believe most recordings by drummer/composers are positive statements, then Harris Eisenstadt's Canada Day II is more than a glass half full. It is a brimming cup of music. The disc follows 2009's Canada Day, on Portugal's Clean Feed label, with the same lineup. The glue here is the perpetual groove, be it applied by the drummer,
bassist, or vibraphone as on "To Be," someone is always carrying the
freight. That makes for better solos and a crisp accessible sound.
KALI Z. FASTEAU (FB)– “AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE” (Progressive, pianoless trio, recorded in the 90’s, newly released).
Squidco: "A recording of three musicians with superlative and fascinating
careers. The musical lineage of multi-instrumentist and composer Kali.
Z. stems from her musician grandparents hosting sessions with the
Gershwin brothers and Kali's college and graduate studies of world music
and jazz. Her musical trajectory then flows through her marriage and
musical partnership with the great multi-instrumentist and composer Don
Rafael Garrett (he recorded 4 albums with John Coltrane), and decades of
living in 16 countries, leading ensembles of wonderful musicians,
recording some 18 albums of her world jazz, and performing on more than a
dozen instruments.On this recording, these extraordinary artists deliver their unique
powers to the collective sound, combining their creativity in fiery
sessions recorded in the first days of 1992. An Alternate Universe, finds these musicians roaring along the high energy road.
KEITH JARRETT – “RIO” (Double-disc solo piano improvisation concert, complete with humming).
The Guardian (John Fordham): The story goes that Jarrett was on the phone to ECM boss Manfred Eicher
barely before the applause had died down, convinced this was his best
gig in years – and he's right. Warmer and less abstract than his
still-remarkable 2006 Carnegie Hall solo show, a constantly changing
(and totally improvised) soundscape of rocking African and Latin vamps,
fragile love songs, guitar-like blues and sparingly deployed free jazz, Rio represents Jarrett at his most exuberant.
NATE JARRELL (FB) – “THE NEXT CHAPTER” (Local guitarist, in an edgy outing, with a mix of originals and jazz tunes).
San Diego Reader (Robert Bush): The Next Chapter is an excellent example of modern electric jazz guitar, which, in it's best moments, veers slightly to the left of center. Creative stuff, highly recommended.
AllAboutJazz.com (Mark F. Turner): About halfway through the aptly named "Killer," it becomes apparent that saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa's Samdhi
is up to something just a little different. Amid the track's impossible
changes and blistering tempo, the saxophonist's alto undergoes
acoustic-electric alterations that are processed through a laptop. Samdhi is the product of Mahanthappa's receiving a Guggenheim
Fellowship in 2008, which allowed him to explore the fusion of
electronic music, ancestral Indian music and jazz. It spawned a new
group with a number of early dates and the results are striking. From start to finish, the music never abandons its flavor. Stimulating,
open-minded, and never pretentious, this is Mahanthappa's most
accessible release to date.
JEREMY MONTEIRO – “COMPOSITIONS: GOLDEN YEAR INAUGURAL, VOL.1” (A variety of guest artists, performing his original compisitions).
AllAboutJazz.com (Ian Patterson): Jeremy Monteiro has come a long way since starting out as a professional
jazz pianist when not quite seventeen, back in 1977. As a leader, he's
recorded over twenty albums, though it wasn't until Homecoming (Jazznote, 2007) that he released one of all-original compositions. Released as part of his fiftieth birthday celebration, the original
material here stretches from his much vaunted Montreux appearance in
1988 to a performance in Borneo in June, 2010. Whether playing a blues, a
lilting samba or soul-inflected jazz, or heating up the keys on a
straight-ahead workout, Monteiro's music always swings.
OSCAR PEREZ NUEVO COMIENZO – “AFROPEAN AFFAIR” (Straight-ahead originals, with a Latin vibe, 3 vocal tracks).
What a great way to spend Halloween...talking with Mark Dresser, a true innovator and pioneer in improvisational music and collaborative methods and technologies...a dream for a geek like me! In addition to the interview, here are a couple other bits about Telematics and the show this Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7PM at UCSD...
Here is Part 1 of a YouTube video of Mark and his collaborators preparing for and rehearsing a previous telematic performance event he chatted about in our interview, called Deep Tones for Peace...(and here's a link to a playlist of all three parts of Deep Tones For Peace)
Here's a video performance of Telemotions (a piece he also plays with Jen Shyu on "Synastry")...
Here's a performance by Mark Dresser and Jen Shyu...
PAT MARTINO – “UNDENIABLE” (Groovin’, straight-ahead live recording, with Eric Alexander, Pat Bianchi and Tain Watts).
HENDRIK MEURKENS – “LIVE AT BYRD’S EYE” (Harmonica player, also playing vibes on Brazilian-influenced tunes).
MILES ESPANOL – “NEW SKETCHES OF SPAIN” (2 disc set of interpretations of “Sketches of Spain” and some originals by band members).
AL NAYLOR – “LEGACY” (Trumpeter, leading a quintet, in a straight-ahead session of mostly originals).
ORGANAMIX – “GROOVIN’ AT GROOVE JUNCTION” (Organ/guitar trio, doing a collection of standards).
AllAboutJazz.com (Ian Patterson): Groovin' at Groove Junction captures the trio, nominally led by veteran pianist/organistJeremy Monteiro, in a live setting in Kuala Lumpar running through a set of standards with great aplomb. Although Monteiro is known as a pianist, here he returns to his roots as he started out teaching Hammond over thirty years ago; there are few signs of rust. Conceived very much as a group of equal billing, Organamix is the latest in a long line of Hammond-based groups which stretches from Wild Bill Davis, through Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff and on down to today's practitioners like Joey DeFrancesco and Jeppe Tuxen. To that list add Monteiro, and his partners Lim and Hong.
LEONARD PATTON – “EXPRESSIONS” (Local vocalist, backed by Geoffrey Keezer, doing a very nice collection of originals, jazz tunes and new standards).
HOUSTON PERSON – “SO NICE” (Straight-ahead mix of jazz tunes and standards).
Lots of new names in this weeks Adds to the JAzz 88 Music Library, but some familiar also with Marsallis and Mehldau bring the New! Speaking of that, we'll be debuting this on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, October 24 6-8 PM PT!
JD ALLEN – “VICTORY!” (Sax player, leading a pianoless trio, doing all originals).
AllAboutJazz.com(Dan Bilawsky): Many artists seem to move rapidly through different ensemble
configurations, as if they're trying to finish off a career to-do list. When an exceptional artist is willing to take the time to fully explore a
specific format, like the saxophone-bass-drums trio, and develop an
ensemble identity, it's a true Victory! and cause for celebration. Victory!—his third trio outing for the Sunnyside label—is indicative of the fact that Allen keeps getting better with age.The saxophonist's fascination with sonata form, which deals with a
theme, development and recapitulation, plays a big part in his
compositional approach and the overall structural arc of the album, but
the brief duration and architectural integrity of the music aren't the
only notable aspects. General Patton once addressed the need to "accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory," and this Victory! is, indeed, exhilarating.
GERALD BECKETT – “STANDARD FLUTE” (Flute player, doing a collection of jazz tunes. Depends how you feel about electric piano).
PATRICK CORNELIUS (@PCorneliusJazz, FB) – “MAYBE STEPS” (Alto sax player, leading a quintet, doing mostly originals. A little on the edgy side, but generally accessible).
TheJazzWord (John Barron): Cornelius' playing can be cutting and bold in one moment and soft and
wistful in another. Capable of drawing out lengthy, winding lines,
shaped with sense and purpose, he demonstrates schooled technique and
JEFF GAUTHIER GOATETTE – “OPEN SOURCE” (Viola player, leading a progressive session, doing mostly original compositions).
LATimes Culture Monster (Chris Barton): Somewhere between running the forward-looking local jazz label Cryptogramophone and
co-organizing the Angel City Jazz Festival, violinist Jeff Gauthier
finds time for his own ensemble. Now on the cusp of its 20th year, the
Goatette again features Gauthier with longtime collaborators Nels and
Alex Cline, twin brothers who have helped anchor the L.A. improvised
music scene with Gauthier since the '70s. Add in a 14-minute title track that closes things out with a journey
from ambient improvisation to an electrical storm of melodic drive and
there's much to be said for Gauthier still making time for old friends.
WYNTON MARSALIS (@WyntonMarsalis, FB) – “SELECTIONS FROM ‘SWINGING INTO THE 21ST CENTURY’” (Redux, from a soon to be released boxed set of some of his previous recordings).
To celebrate Wynton’s 50th birthday, highlights from those nine albums
plus his career-defining masterpiece All Rise have been selected by the
artist for one new compilation: SWINGINGINTOTHE 21st!
BRAD MEHLDAU (FB, ) / KEVIN HAYS – “MODERN MUSIC” (Piano duet recording, featuring mostly originals, with a couple of classical pieces).
The Guardian (John Fordham): This fascinating session is therefore not only a mix of jazz
and modern compositional materials (pieces by Zimmerli, Steve Reich and
Philip Glass join the pianists' own originals), but an exploration of
what happens when a non-jazz composer's approach shapes the frameworks
AllMusic.com(Rick Anderson): Formerly the New West Guitar Quartet, the New West Guitar Group
(now a trio) also used to be more or less a jazz ensemble. Those who
have been paying attention to the group's evolution, however, won't be
surprised at the almost complete lack of anything that seriously
resembles jazz on this album. Everything is so pleasant and inviting that unless you're paying close
attention you're liable to miss the jagged complexities that sometimes
lurk underneath these tunes' shimmeringly lovely surfaces -- like the
nasty 7/8 time signature on which the lovely "Crooked Railroad" is
built. Every track features a rich blend of acoustic and electric
textures, and the arrangements are so expertly put together that the
trio's sound sometimes verges on the orchestral.
PHIL NORMAN TENTET – “ENCORE” (Large ensemble, doing originals and fresh takes on classic big band tunes).
Summit Records (Jersey Jazz): Phil Norman leads his
critically acclaimed Tentet (the cream of the crop of LA-based session
men; Carl Saunders, Andy Martin, Ron Stout, Roger Neumann, Larry
Koonse, Rusty Higgins, Scott Whitfield, Tom Rizzo, Christian Jacob,
Kevin Axt, Dick Weller, and Brad Dutz). Their previous MAMA release stayed, which was 'live', stayed on jazz radio's Top 50 chart for 24 straight weeks. The songs are first rate, the arrangements sublime, and the blowing will knock your socks off. This is music that will settle easily on the ears of diggers of fine jazz sounds.
ERIC REED – “SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL” (Piano trio, doing a mix of old and new standards and originals, straight-ahead).
AllMusic.com (Ken Dryden): In a world where so many young jazz artists feel the need to feature
programs consisting exclusively of originals on their debut recordings
as leaders, it is refreshing to hear a veteran like pianist Eric Reed,
who plays a wide range of forgotten gems, some standards, and jazz
favorites along with inventive renditions of songs from gospel, pop, and
his own compositions. Eric Reed's Something Beautiful showcases a seasoned artist who is very much at the top of his game.
KENNY SHANKER – “STEPPIN’ UP” (Alto saxophonist, leading a quintet, doing mostly originals).
AllAboutJazz.com(Bruce Lindsay): Kenny Shanker has worked extensively since graduating from the Manhattan
School of Music in 2001, playing with the New World Symphony, and the Tommy Dorsey and Nelson Riddle Orchestras, among others. The young alto saxophonist recorded his debut album as leader, Steppin' Up,
in April 2009 but it's taken almost two-and-a-half years for it to be
released. It's a shame that it has stayed in the vaults for so long, for
Shanker's melodic and accessible brand of straight-ahead jazz is
immediately enjoyable, with enough twists and turns to reward repeated
STRANAHAN / ZALESKI / ROSATO – “ANTICIPATION” (Piano trio, doing an edgy mix of mostly band originals).
Ottawa Citizen (Peter Hum - Jazzblog): Anticipation, which was released last week, also features the
kinds of complex and contemporary rhythmic and harmonic ingredients that
younger players take to like catnip. However, tastefulness and
musicality always come first for the trio — complexity and trendiness
aren’t the points of the music.Stranahan is 25, and his studies include stints at the Brubeck and Monk
Institutes, as well as at the New School University. He’s performed with
Herbie Hancock in India and toured globally in Kurt Rosenwinkel’s trio.
Zaleski is a 24-year-old who went to the Brubeck Institute and the New
School, where he is now an adjunct faculty member. (He also competed
this year in the Cole Porter and Thelonious Monk jazz piano
competitions.) Rosato, a 23-year-old Montrealer, studied at the New
School, is finishing his Master’s degree at McGill University and has
shared stages with Ari Hoenig and Aaron Parks.
DWIGHT TRIBLE – “COSMIC” (Male vocalist, doing an eclectic mix of tunes. Suitable for Nights Only).
Burrell, Carter, DeFrancesco...and that's only the first 3 of the great discs being added this week to the Jazz 88 Music Library! I will be debuting as many as I can get to in 2 hours during The New Jazz Thing, Monday October 17, 2011 6-8 PM PT!
KENNY BURRELL – “TENDERLY” (Live solo recording by one of the greats).
I'm amazed that Kenny doesn't have some sort of bigger web presence. Or any press / information on this release out. JazzDepot (HighNote Records): Beginning with his recording debut with Dizzy Gillespie on "Tin Tin Deo"
and "Birk's Works" guitar master Kenny Burrell has recorded well over
100 records as a leader and countless more as a sideman with the likes
of Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane, Frank Foster, Kenny Clarke and others.
Recorded live in concert, "Tenderly" features Kenny alone on stage in a
solo guitar recital with an array of instruments from which he selects
to suit his concept of the music at hand. Whether he is swinging on a
blues, caressing a ballad out of his six strings or stringing together
garlands of songs into leisurely medleys, Kenny Burrell remains one of
the most popular and respected guitarists in the history of jazz.
JAMES CARTER ORGAN TRIO – “AT THE CROSSROADS” (Saxophonist, in straight-ahead, somewhat edgy groove, with some vocal tracks).
AllAboutJazz.com (Brent Black): these two mighty forces, Carter leaves the labeling of this release
to the listener. After the groundbreaking fusion of European classical
with jazz improvisation and Afro-Caribbean rhythms on Caribbean Rhapsody
(EmArcy, 2011), Carter continues to defy standard categorization while
focusing on a more roots-oriented release that may well be a look at his
hybrid musical soul.
At The Crossroads finds
Carter organic and raw yet razor sharp, with a defined focus and passion
that not only makes it a noteworthy release, it may well raise the bar
for jazz overall.
KEN FOWSER / BEHN GILLECE – “DUOTONE” (Typically good, straight-ahead session of originals from the saxophonist/vibes leaders).
SaxShed: Ken Fowser has entered a world of jazz riddled with well-trained,
technically proficient and creative tenor saxophonists. Somehow his
sweet sound is his own, never sounding like anyone but himself. He
and Behn Gillece have surrounded themselves with a cohesive ensemble of
like-minded musicians who can make their case within only a few, well
DANNY FOX TRIO (FB)– “THE ONE CONSTANT” (Piano trio, with a lot of edgy moments. Good, but not suitable for mornings). JazzWrap (Vern): The One Constantis
an excellent debut from an American trio with bold, expressive ideas.
The Danny Fox Trio might be one of those under-the-radar groups that you
better get to know quickly because we may be talking about them for a
long time to come.
Music Life: Mark’s goals for the Quintet and for their latest CD are very simple. “I
want to chart our own territory in the jazz world, by creating
substantive and interesting music that is accessible to the ear of the
listener”, says Mark, “I’m thrilled when people come to our shows who
are not diehard jazz fans, and yet they still feel our grooves and hum
our tunes when they leave”.
MARY LOUISE KNUTSON – “IN THE BUBBLE” (Pianist, leading a trio, in straight-ahead standards and originals).
Jazz Police (Andrea Canter): It all flows so easily that it is hard to imagine the sweat and
frustration that challenged Mary Louise as she wrote the music for this
project. “During the months I spent composing and arranging, there were
times where my creative well seemed bone dry,” she admits. “I couldn’t
come up with any satisfying ideas for tunes or even ideas that would
develop or complete tunes. That was very frustrating and frankly, a bit
depressing. I just had to show up everyday and try to compose something
and trust that eventually the inspiration would be there...and luckily
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): While Macdonald graciously shares space with his band mates and guests,
it's his own unique voice that really defines his work. His saxophone
can be a beacon of clarity ("Community Immunity") or a bird of prey
("Second Guessing"), depending on his mood, but his ideas are always
intriguing. With Community Immunity, Curtis Macdonald
establishes himself as one who stands apart from the rest but, with a
such a unique musical statement, he just might be embraced by the jazz
community at large...if such a thing exists.
DAVID MURRAY CUBAN ENSEMBLE – “NAT KING COLE EN ESPANOL” (Latin big band grooves to Nat’s tunes, with 4 vocal tracks).
ANTHONY E. NELSON, JR. (FB)– “TENOR FOR TWO” (Saxophonist, leading a quartet, with a straight-ahead mix of standards and originals).
CDBaby: Nelson’s sound is
distinctive, developed, pure and soulful. At his age of thirty-three
this is a real achievement. Though he plays other saxophones, when
asked, why he chose to play tenor only he explained, “tenor saxophone is
my main instrument, the one I feel the most comfortable with.”
SEAN NOWELL (@NowellSounds)– “STOCKHOLM SWINGIN’” (Saxophonist, leading a quintet, doing a mix of jazz tunes and originals).
JazzWrap: With Stockholm Swingin'you get the feeling if you've been listening to Sean Nowellfor
awhile and that he really let the wheels off the wagon and just went
for it this time. This is a live session that works on many levels. It's
perfect for many traditionalists and a nice opening for new fans. This is the sound of modern standard jazz. It is good for all. Enjoy...
PILC-MOUTIN-HOENIG – “THREEDOM” (Edgy piano trio, doing a mix of standards and improvisations).
@CriticalJazz: This is not jazz that you embrace. This is jazz that embraces you. If you listen.
PopMatters (John Garratt): As for the remainder of the album, it’s not really fair to say these two
are disconnected. In fact, it’s hard to make that call at all since
these lighter-than-air vignettes don’t convey any special telepathy. And
it doesn’t help that Jen Shyu is constructing her songs while her head
is in academic la-la land. So many of her texts come from obscure
origins, ones that destroy any chance you would have for diving into and
surrendering unto the music.
AllAboutJAzz.com (Tim Niland): the real focus of the music is the blending of their particular voices, weaving and blending the hues and colors of sound and occasionally dancing around each other in a hypnotic and unique arrangement that is uniquely improvisatory but calling forth other music from around the world and across time. While this album can be quite a challenging listen, the two musicians represented here are truly trying to break new ground, and ask people to re-think the nature of jazz and improvised music in general.
JEREMY UDDEN’S PLAINVILLE – “IF THE PAST SEEMS SO BRIGHT” (Very eclectic and edgy mix of sounds from this saxophonist).
AllAboutJazz.com (Troy Collins): Overblown jazz fusion clichés are largely a thing of the past among
younger performers like Udden, who have come of age exposed to a diverse
array of genres and aesthetic approaches; Plainville is a prime example
of how once seemingly disparate styles can inspire subtly tasteful new
hybrids. If the Past Seems So Bright enhances sophisticated
jazz structures with the emotional candor of contemporary roots music,
expanding the possibilities of both traditions in the process.
WELLSTONE CONSPIRACY – “HUMBLE ORIGINS” (Great quartet recording, with all band originals except for one Beatles’ tune).
Origin Records: Now in their 6th year of performing together, the collective of
saxophonist Brent Jensen, pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson,
and drummer John Bishop continue to display their richly empathetic
approach to melody and rhythm as they explore a new set of originals on
their third recording together. From Jensen's swinging tribute to
mentor, Lee Konitz, "All of Lee," to Bill Anschell's completely original
take of the Beatle's "Fixing a Hole," the group allows the music to
flow, unhurried and displaying a patient rapport that reveals moments
worthy of many repeated listens.
YOTAM – “BRASIL” (Guitarist, leading a variety of band configurations, doing great Jazz versions of the Great Brazilian Songbook).
Here's what we are adding to the Jazz 88 Music Library and debuting on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, October 17, 2011...
DEE BELL (FB)– “SAGACIOUS GRACE” (Female vocalist, doing a straight-ahead mix of standards and jazz tunes, backed by an all-star band).
FREDDY COLE – “TALK TO ME” (Male vocalist, doing a straight-ahead mix of obscure and new standards).
Critical Jazz: Instead of taking a victory lap of exclusive club and festival dates or
perhaps cooling his heels in Las Vegas, Freddy Cole releases a follow up
to the Grammy nominated "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B" that may just bring
home the Grammy some argue he should have received last year. Sophisticated in style and as comfortable as a favorite pair of jeans, Freddy Cole continues to please!
MAC GOLLEHON – “ODDYSSEY OF NOSTALGIA” (Trumpet-led sessions, doing some vintage tunes and originals, with some vocals by Amina Claudine Myers).
TIM HAGANS (FB )– “THE MOON IS WAITING” (Trumpeter, leading a progressive session. 2011 Grammy Nomination for Best Instrumental Composition "Box of Cannoli" on The Avatar Sessions).
AllABoutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): Hagans has proven to be a master compositional architect in more formal
settings, but his ability to let loose with this small group is the key
to its success. The Moon Is Waiting is a marvel of elastic expressions from one of the most shrewd and intelligent minds in jazz today.
LENORA ZENZALAI HELM (FB)– “I LOVE MYSELF WHEN I’M LAUGHING…” (Female vocalist, doing a mix of original and jazz tunes, on the edgy side).
AllAboutJazz.com: the award-winning, Chicago-born vocalist, composer, lyricist, arranger,
educator and former U.S. Jazz Ambassador Lenora Zenzalai Helm
brilliantly illuminates the jazz world with this soulful and spectacular
13-track CD. It features music and lyrics inspired by two
Chicago storytellers, and by writers Zora Neale Hurston, Neale Donald
Walsch and Alice Walker, Robert Kennedy, biographers Gene Santoro and
Ross Russell, poets Rudyard Kipling and Sam White, and the music and
lyrics of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Thelonious
Monk, Jon Hendricks and Joni Mitchell.
JASON KAO HWANG – “CROSSROADS UNSEEN” (Extremely progressive collection of originals).
AllAboutJazz.com (Karl Ackerman): The notion that the next great force in new jazz could be a violinist may seem a bit incongruous, but Crossroads Unseen is fresh, exciting and creative, and one of the best recordings of the year.
MIKE LeDONNE – “KEEP THE FAITH” (Straight-ahead organ grooves, with Eric Alexander playing sax).
Music and More (Tim Niland): The whole album is played quite well and will be a treat for fans of
organ based jazz. There are excellent solos throughout the music, but it
is the groups compatibility and their ability to work together toward
and ego-less common ground that is most noticeable.
MIKE LONGO TRIO + 2 – “TO MY SURPRISE” (Mostly quintet, with some trio tracks, playing a mix of originals, standards and jazz tunes).
FAME Review: a CD loaded up with nothing but first-rung talent: Bob Cranshaw on bass,
Lewis Nash on drums, Jimmy Owens on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lance
Bryant on tenor sax. That's it. No guest sit-ins other than that '+2'.
No sweetening. Just a quinteted-up trio playing its extremely
sophisticated brains out.
Blogcritics.org (David Bowling): Rene Marie may not be a well-known name, but she has quietly built a
catalogue of music that can match most jazz singers active today. If you
are in the mood for some interesting and well sung jazz, then Black Lace Freudian Slip is an album for you.
Here's something you don't read in album liner notes every day: "We
recorded in Shawn's apartment...using only blankets wrapped around music
stands for audio separation." New Tricks has seemingly recorded Alternate Side... in some no-frills circumstances, but there's truth in the old saying that adversity sometimes brings out the best in people. This
piano-less collective, featuring a trumpet and tenor sax front line,
plays an energetic brawl of traded solos, hard bop melodies, and freely
constructed harmonization. Likely because of the way it was recorded, Alternate Side... has a live-in-studio feel to it—four guys just playing in a room—and they sound like they're really enjoying the session. The result is a truly creative record that trades in spontaneity rather than polish.
BILL O’CONNELL – “TRIPLE PLAY PLUS THREE” (Pianist, backed by all-star Latin musicians, doing mostly originals).
The New discs being added to the Jazz 88 Library this week include familar names (Benson, Scofield, McBride), upcoming interviews/shows (Stanley Jordon on TNJT 10/10, at Anthology 10/14), old friends (Ali Ryerson played Jazz Live San Diego September 2006), big band (!), guitar, vocal (Milman!), and more! I'll be debuting much of this on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday October 3, 2011 6-8 PM PT...Listen Now!
GEORGE BENSON (FB, @GBGuitar) – “GUITAR MAN” (Mix of contemporary and straight-ahead tunes, with some vocals. A mix of old and new standards).
Guitar International (Vince Lewis): George Benson is a true chameleon, but mostly one of the finest jazz
guitarists of all time. His masterful interpretation of pop tunes and
jazz standards has long been a source of inspiration to aspiring
musicians. He has been active for over five decades and has over 30
recordings as leader, and to top it off, he’s been awarded ten Grammy
awards. His ability to cross over into the “commercial” arena while
still maintaining a quality improvisational approach is matched only by
the late Wes Montgomery. Benson’s moving vocal stylings are developed
from his terrific sense of instrumental phrasing, and they are equally
impressive. This recording is a “must have” for any George Benson fan. It is also a
terrific introduction for those listeners who may have grown up just a
little later than some of us. It is an opportunity to hear a fine
musician and vocalist do what he does best…a variety of crowd pleasing
but substantive material.
MAUREEN CHOI (FB,@MaureenChoi) – “QUARTET” (Violinist, leading a quartet, doing a mix of straight- ahead originals and standards).
JazzCorner.com (Robert Sutton): It's like a siren's call, a lush, hypnotic melody that reels in the
senses and then stimulates them. The sound of Maureen Choi's violin has
that kind of effect. On the Maureen Choi Quartet's self-titled latest
album, the worlds of classical and jazz unite in a harmonious marriage,
and her gorgeously expressive violin is the bridge that connects them.
AllAboutJazz.com (Edward Blanco): Cecilia Coleman never set out to become a big band leader, stating that it was "never a dream of mine to have a big band," but the Cecilia Coleman Big Band is her new reality—and Oh Boy!, what a swinging affair, this very first recording effort turns out to be. This is classic big band music infused with a bolt of raw energy and mounds of excitement. STANLEY JORDAN (FB) – “FRIENDS” (Virtuoso guitarist, doing a mix of contemporary tunes and straight-ahead standards).
AllAboutJazz.com (Larry Taylor): His virtuosity and improvisational prowess are a given, and on Friends,
he also shows his skill on piano on two numbers. Primarily, he brings
in old pals from various backgrounds and delivers terrific arrangements,
ranging across the jazz spectrum, mixing in originals with swing, post
bop, samba, blues, pop and a couple from Bartók and Chopin. Jordan makes
roughly two appearances with each main guest, with all the pairings in
different styles; all are great. In a press release, Jordan says that this collection truly speaks to his
belief that ..."when you integrate styles, you combine them into
something new while still remaining true to the original sources." His
best argument is this recording.
KEVIN KIZER QUARTET – “ASPECTS” (Saxophonist, leading a quintet with violin and guitar, doing and edgy collection of originals).
LISA MAXWELL (FB)– “HAPPY” (Female vocalist, doing the Great American Songbook).
Jazz Lives: Lisa has all the virtues any singer could ask for. Her voice is
appealing; her rhythm glides; her phrasing is all her own. She knows
that each song is its own little playlet. Without dramatizing, she lets
the song itself take center stage.
AllAboutJazz.com (Something Else!): there is the sense that this record has been
percolating for some time and, like most worthwhile things that are
given that chance, The Good Feeling is far better for it.
Exystence: Milman covers the full range of styles without ever leaving the romantic
jazz oeuvre.Throughout In the Moonlight, Milman’s voice is it‘s great
asset, giving the songs a light sexy touch. She has a voice I can listen
to all day, but that lets the songs shine. And while it’s nothing you
haven’t heard before, it’s one of the better examples of the vocal
As she was en route to the studio on that beautiful spring day, the
world took on a new look. The warm, sunny, vibrant colors were all
shaded in a lovely and surprising way. She kept remarking about it, and
one by one, the musicians all tried on the blue glasses. At some point,
while listening to a playback, Carol remarked, “Blue Glass Music.” Just
another example of why Carol Morgan is one of my heroes. That emotional
availability, that “in the moment” mentality is exactly what makes her
such a unique voice in jazz, and of course, exactly what we all should
be striving for. It keeps me coming back again and again.
JOHN SCOFIELD – “A MOMENT’S PEACE” (Usually edgy guitarist, in a relatively subdued session, featuring mostly standards).
AllAboutJazz.com (John Kelman): A Moment's Peace might be perceived by some, a least on the
surface, as an album of little risk—without Scofield's usual fire and
grease, set that might appear to coast when it ought to soar—but it may
well be Scofield's biggest gamble. Those prepared to accept the album on
face value, as an hour's respite from life's normal hustle and
bustle—or, who are patient enough to dig deeper for its beyond-the-norm
look at a handful of potentially worn-out standards, here reinvigorated;
a quintet of perfectly dovetailing originals; and a couple of truly
surprises song choices—will find plenty to love about A Moment's Peace—an album whose greatest charms are revealed not after one or two listens, but after ten or twenty.