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!
Last night, I premiered some new music on One World!
When it comes to digital cumbia, ZZK Records based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina is at the forefront of this sound. Super Gauchin, the latest duo signed to the label with their first release, uses modified video game consoles to uniquely structure their own take on traditonally-rooted cumbia rhythms.
The iconic Southern California-based label, Ubiquity, released a wondrous new EP from cross-cultural instrumental group, the Echocentrics, entitled Echoland: A Tribute to Timbaland. As the title itself dictates, Echocentrics' front-man Adrian Quesada (also involved with acts such as Ocote Soul Sounds, Grupo Fantasma and Brownout) covers classic hip-hop producer Timbaland productions, particularly using the melt-worthy Brazil-based vocalist Tita Lima in his reinterpretation of the late R&B singer Aaliyah's timeless song "We Need a Resolution".
Last week on One World, I had the pleasure of airing an interview I did with the New Zealand combo Sola Rosa. They were on a 10-city US tour promoting their North American debut album "Get It Together" and I was able to catch up with them before their final show here in San Diego this past Saturday. The album, which stayed #1 for over four months in New Zealand, blends musical stylings ranging from hip-hop, reggae, jazz, latin to funk and soul.
Here's the audio for the interview. When I called them, they were at a gas station in the middle of nowhere so I apologize for the sound quality.