Here are the discs we are adding to the Jazz 88 Playlist and Library the week of August 15, 2011. Great to see San Diego represented well with new discs by Russell Bizzett and Candy Kayne / Sue Palmer, along with some personal favs like Avishai Cohen and Sam Yahel.
I will be debuting as much of this new as possible on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, August 15, 2011 between 6 and 8 PM PT, so tune in!!
JOHN BASILE (– “AMPLITUDE” (Guitarist, playing solo with overdubs, with a mix of old & new standards and originals).
AllAboutJazz.com: Though initially intended as references for performances with perhaps
another guitarist or instrumentalist, the process became so creatively
challenging and intriguing, that I ultimately decided to seize this
opportunity to overdub all the tracks in what made musical and
conversational sense. Years ago, Bill Evans' Conversations with Myself
was a great inspiration in this regard With the iPhone revolutionizing
our pop-culture, I thought why not use it and see where it takes me? RUSSELL BIZZETT – “DREAM STREET” (Local trio, doing all standards, straight- ahead).
AllAboutJazz.com (NeNad Georgievski): Seven Seas is another exceptional chapter in the Cohen catalog,
one that showcases a willingness to stretch itself to the breaking
point and open up the music to a wider array of approaches. It is one of
his most spontaneous recordings, with both disciplinarian and
freewheeling sense of adventurous interaction. In general, there is a
spirit of true exploration on his records which is also evident here,
with adventurous improvisation added to that blend of Mediterranean
melodies (with touches of Ladino/Judeo-Spanish heritage) and the art of
TIM COLLINS – “CASTLES AND HILLTOPS” (Vibraphonist, leading a quartet, doing all but 2 originals, those 2 were written by Bjork and Tom Petty).
Candy Kane and Sue Palmer's telepathic musical rapport (George Varga): Kane, a boisterous, sometimes bawdy singer, with a big voice and an
even bigger heart, first began playing with ace pianist Palmer in 1991
at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Their near-telepathic musical rapport
was immediately apparent, fueled by their shared passion for blues,
boogie-woogie, swing, jump-blues and other earthy American music styles.You can savor that rapport on the recently released “One Night in
Belgium,” an intimate live duo album Kane and Palmer recorded in 1999 in
SmoothJazzDaily: Tweety Records is proud to present Chuck Loeb’s latest CD Plain ‘n’Simple,
his seventeenth as a solo artist. It is an organ trio project,
featuring Pat Bianchi on the keys and pedals, and Chuck’s fellow
Fourplay band member Harvey Mason on drums. The CD represents a new
direction for Chuck, while at the same time harkening back to his
earliest influences as a jazz guitarist. From the beginning, he was
drawn to the organ trio sound by his love for the early Wes Montgomery
records, as well as the hallmark Jimmy Smith recordings of the 1960’s.
The repertoire includes eight Loeb originals, two gems penned by Mason,
and a couple of standards too. The music is swinging, funky, lush and exciting from note one, and stays
that way to the very last drop. Chuck’s fans will find the excellence
in playing, sound, and production that they have come to expect from
him, as well experiencing a side of the artist that they may have never
LARRY VUCKOVICH – “SOMETHIN’ SPECIAL” (Pianist, leading a quintet, doing jazz standards).
Amazon.com: Something Special, this newest offering from Larry Vuckovich,
creates a strong 'Blue Note' flavor of soulful, swinging jazz. The
selections reflect the pianist's important early influences, honoring
the jazz masters who inspired him when he first began playing jazz.
Vuckovich runs his deft fingers across the keys on some rare
compositions, such as Horace Silver's languid Enchantment and Sonny Clark's Somethin' Special,
the album's title track. He presents guest artist, classic tenor
saxophonist Scott Hamilton, in a slightly different light from Scott's
past recordings. Hamilton shines as he plays compositions of the bebop
masters, newly introduced to him, such as Dexter Gordon's Cheese Cake, as well as the Clark piece, and the funk classic of Ben Tucker's Comin' Home Baby. This studio recording developed out of a 2011 Northern California tour Vuckovich helped arrange for Hamilton.
WESTCHESTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA (FB) – “MAIDEN VOYAGE SUITE” (Big band versions of Herbie Hancock tunes). NYTimes.com (Philip Lutz): The recording made last month at Bennett Studios, “Maiden Voyage Suite,”
will consist of original arrangements of tunes from Mr. Hancock’s 1965
album “Maiden Voyage.”
The suite was enthusiastically received twice in concert, though it
became a candidate for recording only when the orchestra won a $10,000
grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. The award was announced last June. The recording session, Mr. Holober said, was “definitely overdue.”
SKIP WILKINS – “AFTER” (Pianist, following up his standards release, with an edgy collection of originals).
Philly.com: The current Lafayette College jazz professor, who is relocating to Europe, says he made After for
his grown children who had left home. The intuitive set with drummer
Jeff Hirshfield and bassist Scott Lee projects a warm, rich tone and a
questing vibe at times. The title track certainly produces righteous
WARREN WOLF – “WARREN WOLF” (Vibraphonist, leading a straight-ahead session).
The Urban Music Scene: It's no exaggeration to state that the release of Warren Wolf, the eponymous debut album for Mack Avenue Records by Warren Wolf,
will make it as apparent to jazz fans as it already is to jazz insiders
that the 31-year-old vibraphonist is the next major voice on his
instrument. Joined by a unit of authoritative swingers (bassist Christian McBride, pianist Peter Martin, drummer Greg Hutchinson, alto and soprano saxophonist Tim Green, and, on two tracks, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt),
Wolf offers a ten-piece program that admirably represents his singular
blend of efflorescent chops, muscular attack, lyric sensibility,
harmonic acumen, encyclopedic knowledge of hardcore jazz vocabulary,
tireless groove and downright musicality.
trying to bring forth what most cats did back in the day, coming out
right at you swinging, nice and hard, not a lot of hard melodies or
weird time signatures," Wolf says. "I like to play really hard, fast and
kind of flashy. I like to take it to a whole other level."
SAM YAHEL – “FROM SUN TO SUN” (Pianist, playing organ on some tracks, doing mostly originals. A little on the edgy side).
Origin REcords: After establishing himself as one of the world's foremost organists over
the last decade, Sam Yahel showed off a new side in 2009 with a
critically acclaimed piano trio recording that highlighted his broad
musical interests and the dynamic interplay of his seasoned band. Now in
their tenth year, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jochen Rueckert again
join Yahel as he engages with both the Hammond B3 and piano for an
inspired album of fresh originals, and classics including "So in Love"
and "A Beautiful Friendship." "...as elegant as anything you've ever
heard from an organist. Larry Young would be proud." JazzTimes
AllAboutJazz.com (Greg Simmons): "In places it seems as much indebted to rock 'n' roll as to jazz, with
Korzin pumping out solid grooves—playing with the same economy as
Apicella, sticking with keeping time, but almost never throwing in so
much as an accent roll. It's that restraint—the precedence of the group over the individuals—that makes The Business
a good record. This is simple, toe-tapping, head-nodding music—mostly
blues and R&B-based. It's not flashy or especially innovative, but
it is fun, and that seems more to the point."
Allmusic.com (William Ruhlmann): There is a long tradition of jazz trumpeters putting aside their horns and singing into the microphone, dating back to Louis Armstrong and including Chet Baker, and Rick Braun belatedly joins this confraternity on Sings with Strings. " Braun certainly doesn't embarrass himself as a singer. He has a light, breathy tenor that marks him as a sort of little brother to Mel Tormé, and he is sufficiently assured to try a few note substitutions and time variation..." The album is not the revelation that Chet Baker Sings was, and it does not suggest that Braun should hock his horns. But it is a more than respectable side project.
The Jazz Word: "the disc is a toe tapping, swinging affair with nine interpretations of
classic Wonder material, featuring the soulful renderings of guitarist
Bobby Broom, organist Chris Foreman and drummer Greg Rockingham.Wonder's reputation as a master craftsman of melody and harmony has been
secured for some time and jazz musicians recording his music is nothing
new. What makes this recording stand out is the convincing and
seemingly natural way the trio presents familiar pop tunes in a
straight-ahead manner. The groovy swing heard on "If You Really Love Me"
and "As" and the crawling ballad tempo of "My Cheri Amour" bring
freshness to the material, enhanced by the band's signature, greasy
allure. The dirty funk treatment given to the Wonder-penned hit for
Rufus "Tell Me Something Good" is worth the price of admission."
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): "The music itself, despite a title that might indicate otherwise, is
actually Evans most conventional output in quite some time. The spiky
intensity of The Captain Black Big Band
and the left-leaning, in-and-out esthetic of Tarbaby's work is nowhere
to be found on this date. While Evans still injects his own personality
into these pieces, his mission here is to honor others. Swing is a
central element on a large number of the tracks, but it isn't all that
Evans has to offer. Dewy balladry built with glacial grace (Evans'
"Dita"), a rhythmically engaging workout on Shirley Scott's "Oasis," and
an album-closing, solo piano take on Herbie Hancock's "Just Enough" all exhibit different sides of the indefatigable Orrin Evans."
SIR ROLAND HANNA – “COLORS FROM A GIANT’S KIT” (Previously
unreleased solo piano collection of mostly originals).
JazzTimes.com (David Whiteis): "These selections were recorded during the 1990s and as late as 2002 by
IPO’s Bill Sorin, before his label came into being. They showcase
pianist Sir Roland Hanna, the label’s first artist, at the height of his
powers. Hanna’s playing resonates with an authoritative, almost regal
forcefulness yet it’s also graceful. Despite his deft technique, he
never sacrifices meaning for display, and there’s a sense of joy and
discovery at every turn—life-affirming melodic and harmonic richness,
deep emotion without bathos." "Hanna brings to bear the full arsenal of his technical and imaginative
gifts, yet his playing is infused with an emotional immediacy that cuts
to the core of blues expression. A balance of strength and soul this
effective was remarkably rare, and makes Hanna’s absence—he died in
2002—all the more unfortunate."
JazzReviews.com (Samira Blackwell): "The unexpected, elastic sparkle of brilliance shimmers through every
song - an endless tingle that dances down your spine and begs repeated
listening over and again. Kensington Suite makes such
contribution and Richard’s artistry positively equals the transcendent
peaks made by Parker, Coltrane, Henderson and Brecker. This is jazz at
its finest and being a veritable collector, I make no apologies for
TOM WOPAT (@tomwopat, FB, YouTube) – “CONSIDER IT SWUNG” (Former “Dukes of Hazzard”
star, singing a collection of old and new standards and originals.Well done).
JazzTimes.com (Christopher Loudon): Now, another five years having passed (since 2006 Harold Arlen tribute Dissertation On the State of Bliss), Wopat is back with Consider It Swung, a far more wide-ranging album. New York Times
music critic Stephen Holden, whose knowledge of jazz and cabaret
singers is likely unequalled, has aptly compared Wopat to the
later-career Sinatra. His gravelly baritone is singularly engaging and,
like Sinatra, he has an actor’s ability to fully embrace a lyric,
digging to the roots of each song’s story. "...Wopat is equally, if not more, appealing when he ventures beyond the
Great American Songbook. Bobbie Gentry’s delta mini-drama “Ode to Billie
Joe” is particularly well suited to his story-weaving skills, as are
Joni Mitchell’s wistful “2 Grey Rooms” and “You’d Rather Have the
Blues,” Dave Frishberg’s delightfully cynical portrait of a perpetual
pessimist. His bluesy retelling of Delbert McClinton’s “Maybe Someday
Baby” is a first-rate scorcher that swings with Joe Williams gutsiness,
his hazy reading of “Deacon Blues” is earthier than the Steely Dan
original and there’s plenty of soulful swagger in his “A Natural Man.”
AllAboutJazz.com (C. Michael Bailey): So unique and fresh are these interpretations that their paying tribute to a singular talent is but the gravy in this recording. The two singers weave harmonic lines carefully managing the intended
tension. Cassidy's show-stopping "Wonderful World" proves the same on
this, one of the finest recordings of the year.
FRED FRIED AND CORE – “ENCORE” (Acoustic guitarist, leading a trio, doing all straight-ahead originals).
Jazz Sensibilities: “Leanne’s Number” is today’s focus.Beginning
with the clear tones of two beautifully voiced chords, then Matsuki
enters with a light straight eight figure, followed by Lavoie holding
down double stops to add to the suspense.The tension is released by a fast unison figure that falls into the next statement.Fried
masterfully develops the motif through this section, with ever evolving
harmony and a play on notes, the listener flows through various feel
changes and then the form is repeated.However, Fried surprises us with a flawless transition into a mid-up swing at the end of the form for the solos.
MONTY ALEXANDER – “HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS-LIVE!” (Monty paying homage to his Jamaican roots, with a wide variety of songs).
TERI LYNNE CARRINGTON – “THE MOSAIC PROJECT” (A vocal album, featuring a variety of female vocalists, with an extremely varied choice of material).
The Guardian (John Fordham): Anyone who caught American drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's performance at the recent Barbican show featuring Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright will want to check out this star-packed session. Parlato's diametrically different and resonantly intimate accounts of I Got Lost in His Arms and the Beatles' Michelle follow.
ETIENNE CHARLES – “KAISO” (Mostly straight-ahead session from this trumpeter, with small group, orchestral and vocal tracks).
JOHN DAVERSA – “JUNK WAGON: THE BIG BAND ALBUM” (Very progressive big band session, with strong use of electronics).
ELLEN KAYE – “3AM-THE DOGS, THE MILKMAN & ME” (Female vocalist, with a distinct mix of old and new standards).
CHUCK REDD – “THE COMMON THREAD” (Vibist, leading a straight-ahead session, doing mostly jazz tunes and standards).
SCENES – “SILENT PHOTOGRAPHER” (Edgy guitar trio, doing mostly originals, with a few jazz tunes).
THE YOUNG LIZARDS – “OUR MODERN LIFESTYLE” (Sax/organ quartet, doing mostly jazz tunes, with a couple of originals).
Did I say “ME”?…..I meant “us”…because there is no “me” in “famous”;) So we are working on the production end of a new CD, meaning the tracks are selected, EQ’d and mixed and now it’s just all that other stuff like artwork, liner notes, etc. All the stuff that I hate to do and aren’t much good at such as:
The latest additions to the Jazz 88 Music Library and debuted this Monday, July 11, 2011 on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw!
JAY ASHBY / STEVE DAVIS – “MISTAKEN IDENTITY” (Two trombonists collaborating on a straight-ahead session).
Innovative Entertainment Solutions:A New York Yankees fan and a Boston Red Sox fan make an odd coupleon
the bandstand. How do you get them to play nicely with others and how
do you deal with the issue of two virtuoso jazz trombonists who are
often mistaken for each other, even causing fellow jazz musicians to do
the occasional double take?
The answer to this little dilemma might find Jay Ashby and Steve Davis
collaborating in a musical setting where one would be for the other,
or one for all.
That’s what you’ll hear on this CD, where orchestral tone, effortless
three octave range, and gorgeous legato lines with saxophone-like speed
are the standard on this most difficult of instruments. As an example,
check out the stablemates on the smoking tootin’ for Toots. These two musicians have advanced the jazz trombone far into the 21st Century.
Adding Randy Brecker, Dr. Michael White, Live Eric Harland (recent TNJT guest), Terry Vosbein Big Band, and lots more! Debuting loads of this on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw on Monday, June 27, 2011!
STEPHANE BELMONDO – “THE SAME AS IT NEVER WAS BEFORE” (Trumpeter, leading a quartet, doing mostly originals. Some progressive tracks).
Great bunch of new additions to the Jazz 88 Music Library on Monday, June
20, 2011. These discs will be featured on The New Jazz Thing on
Jazz 88 with Vince Outlaw, Monday, June 20, 2011, 6-8 PM PT! Click on the
Listen Now link to listen live over
the internet or tune into 88.3 FM in San Diego!
DIEGO BARBER – “THE CHOICE” (Acoustic
guitarist, leading a quartet, doing all original material).
Adding a great mix of vocal, big band, contemporary, latin, progressive into the Jazz 88 music library next week with some Jazz stalwarts like Jim Snidero, Laszlo Gardony, Stefon Harris, David Sanchez (those last two playing at Playboy Jazz Festival 2011 this weekend!), Bobby Shew, and some new names! We'll preview as many as we can on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, June 13, 2011 6-8 PM PT!
AIMEE ALLENFB Page)– “WINTERS & MAYS” (Female vocalist, with an interesting mix of tunes, backed by great musicians).
Here's whats getting added to the Jazz 88 Music Library the week of 5/30/2011 (with a few programming tips from Joe...thanks!). As many of these as possible will be debuted on The New Jazz Thing (by me!) on Monday, May 30, 2011 between 6 and 8 PM PT, so tune in and get turned on to The New!!!
ANGIE DOCTOR & DAN SCHUMACHER – “HE SAID, SHE SAID” (A Capella vocal duet recording, with an eclectic mix of songs).
Here's the latest adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library which will be debuted on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw on Monday, May 9, 2011 6-8PM PT on Jazz 88.3 FM KSDS San Diego, Webcast at http://Jazz88.org!
BILL BEACH - "BUZIOS" ( All original, with Brazilian influences. Mix of
vocal and instrumental tracks, featuring Rebecca Kilgore in duet on track 2).
Here is the new music in the Jazz 88 Music Library that you will hear
sampled on The New Jazz Thing on Monday, May 2, 2011 and added to
regular rotation on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Thanks to Jazz 88 Music Director Joe Kocherhans for the great new music and comments to help us get this music to you!
KARRIN ALLYSON – “’ROUND MIDNIGHT” (Another great one from her, mostly in a ballad style).
Here is the new music in the Jazz 88 Music Library that you will hear sampled on The New Jazz Thing on Monday, April 25, 2011 and added to regular rotation on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Thanks to Jazz 88 Music Director Joe Kocherhans for the great new music and comments to help us get this music to you!
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): "...it's
safe to say that these four musicians have seen it all, and this
breadth and depth of experience helps bring new life to the
under-explored jazz-world music percussion ensemble format utilized to
great effect on Bones & Tones."
BILL ANSCHELL – “FIGMENTS” (Solo outing by this pianist, with an eclectic mix of old and new standards).
Origin Records: Throughout Figments, pianist Bill Anschell’s creative, abstract approach
takes each song to unexpected places without ever leaving his audience
behind. Self-recorded over a series of late nights, after gigs, when
Anschell’s "internal supervisor had clocked out." The result is twelve
genre-bending, near stream-of-consciousness takes covering a mix of jazz
standards and pop songs from the 60s and 70s. Highlights include Arlo
Guthrie’s protest song "Alice’s Restaurant," a meditative take on the
Rodgers and Hart standard "It Never Entered My Mind," and a
prepared-piano version of Joni Mitchell’s "Big Yellow Taxi."
3/15/11 release coming out on Origin Records. "Human Spirit" features Versace on B3
organ as well as Mark Taylor (alto) and drummer Matt Jorgensen.
Earshot Jazz (Seattle Jazz Supporter) 2010 Golden Ear Nominee's Best Artist and Band (Flexicon): Awards given out last night (March 20, 2011)
"East West Trumpet Summit" with Ray Vega, #1 on Jazz Week Jazz Chart in 2010. Jazz Week: "Rather than an instrumental battle or cutting contest, "East-West
Trumpet Summit" underlines the artistry that results when great
musicians from diverse backgrounds find common ground rather than seek
to establish a pecking order or spotlight rivalries.
" Featured on NPR Morning Edition.
"Constraints and Liberations" (links to reviews), first release of all original material (5th as leader), November 2010. AllMusicGuide: "Not only does he focus exclusively on originals for
this session, but his approach to the trumpet has moved away from a
forceful pop style to a more reserved, yet emotional technique. "
MONTY ALEXANDER – “UPLIFT” (Straight-ahead piano trio by one of the masters).
AllAboutJazz (Dr. Judith Sleshingher): "...this is an exceptional collection, which also crackles with that special, open energy only a live performance can deliver. Uplift is an apt title, since that's precisely what this music does."
LYNNE ARRIALE – “CONVERGENCE” (Pianist, with a sax sitting on some tracks, doing a mix of originals, old and new standards).
JazzPolice (Andrea Canter): "Nuance, as fits the title, did not leave trademark Arriale
devotion to melody and accessibility behind, yet the arrangements were
often far more assertive, the shadings bolder, the improvisations
crossing into more distant territories than the more “nuanced”
explorations of the Lynne Arriale Trio. Thus Convergence is,
in one sense, a continuation of that freer trajectory, a set combining
Arriale originals and reimagined covers, a set that again brings a horn
(this time Bill McHenry’s tenor sax) into the mix, yet another
expansive emotional palette. It’s a “convergence” of the lyrical
simplicity and elegant harmonies of the trio years and the
harder-hitting assertions of her recent quartet journeys."
RONDI CHARLESTON – “WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES” (Female vocalist, with an eclectic mix of standards and originals).
JazzInSpace (Nick Bewsey): "Singer and songwriter Rondi Charleston makes music that’s close to jazz nirvana. Her own music is
rife with passionate passages of optimism (inspired by a meaningful
trip to Israel as related in the liner notes) and she embraces a
charming confidence and joie de vivre. Her closest musical partner on
the album is guitarist Dave Stryker, a soloist of pronounced
musicality, and their arrangements allow plenty of space for indelible
piano accompaniment by either Brandon McCune or Lynne Arriale."
DEARDORF – “TRANSPARENCE” (Great bassist, leading his own session, with
various band configurations doing mix of standards and originals).
Origin Records: "Veteran acoustic & electric bassist Chuck Deardorf brings together
a broad collection of musical friends to create an album full of
spontaneous interaction, gritty grooves and melodic beauty."
FRANKLIN – “THE SOUL OF THE WORLD” (Prolific bassist, fronting a
sextet, with local trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, grooving
straight-ahead. 2 vocal tracks).
Dusty Groove America: "An incredible record – a set that sparkles with all the brilliance and
soulful energy we first came to love in Henry Franklin's music back in
the 70s! The album's a recent one, but it's got a timeless quality –
rich grooves, filled with modal rhythms – soaring to the skies with
searching, spiritual vibrations – wonderfully righteous, and the kind
of record we could easily believe was a lost gem from a few decades
WAYNE GOINS – “CHRONICLES OF CARMELA” (Nice, straight-ahead groove, led by this guitarist, doing all originals).
WG CDs&Books: Wayne Goins’ first release on Little Apple Records since 2006, Chronicles of Carmela, is a brilliant showcase of Dr. Goins’ guitar and writing chops. Carmela is Wayne’s guitar. BEN KONO – “CROSSING” (Multi-reed player, with an edgy sound, doing all originals).
The Urban Flux: "Throughout this project the musicians in my band have been an integral
part of the compositional process and have kept the whole thing fun.
Henry Hey and I have been writing, playing, sailing boats, and drinking
lots and lots of coffee together since our days at University of North
MARRIOTT – “HUMAN SPIRIT” (Trumpeter, in a sax/organ quartet, with
another edgy mix of material, some accessible enough for daytime play).
MARGIE NELSON – “HUNGRY GIRL” (Female vocalist, with a great back-up band, doing an eclectic mix of tunes).
JazzTimes (Wilbert Sostre): "Even though she is a singer with lot of experience Hungry Girl is
Margie Nelson debut album. A singer with a sultry voice, Margie can be
funny, classy and romantic. Impossible to listen to the lyrics of the
song Hungry Girl witout smiling"
O’CONNOR – “SUSPENDED REALITY” (Not the violinist, a young saxophonist,
in front of a quintet, doing all straight-ahead originals). MarkOconnorJazz.com - "It’s been a long wait, but Suspended Reality is finally a …reality (bad
humor, I know). All of us had a great time in the studio and I was
excited to be able to record with Mark Maegdlin, Ben Lewis, Jon Paul,
Tom Hipskind again. Our new addition to the band is Victor Garcia – a
wonderful trumpeter who grew up in Chicago. And working with recording
& mixing engineer Brian Schwab and mastering engineer Scott
Steinman was a pleasure too!!"
KEN PEPLOWSKI – “IN SEARCH OF…” (Great, straight-ahead swinging, from the clarinetist/saxophonist, backed by an all-star cast). WorldsRecords: "Ken
Peplowski shows his diversity on this blending of two sessions, the
first 8 tunes reuniting him with pianist Shelly Berg with rhythm
support of Tom Kennedy and Jeff Hamilton and the remaining 3 tunes
pairing off with bassist Greg Cohen, drummer Joe Ascione and vibist
Chuck Redd. Peplowski's clarinet playing is unrivaled with the purist
tone and most urbane facility around today. His tenor sound, while
reminiscent of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster is easily
distinguishable as his and his alone. The tunes are seldom heard
standards ripe for rediscovery and a few originals by his fellow band
members. Peplowski helps keep true mainstream jazz alive while always
adding a fresh perspective."
REDS – “SIGN OF FOUR” (Edgy, baritone sax-led group, doing all originals by band members).
MELVIN VINES – “HARLEM JAZZ MACHINE” (Mostly edgy tunes, all originals).
Melvin Vines is a jazz trumpeter working out of Harlem. Recently he has been concentrating on arranging and performing with his group Harlem Jazz Machine, touring the United States, Russia and Japan.
JERRY BERGONZI - "Convergence" (Straight ahead set of mostly original
compositions, with one classic Gershwin tune tossed in for fun. Great
quartet, various tempos.)
T.K. BLUE - "Latin Bird" (In the pocket Latin jazz set from the
saxophonist/flutist. Features Charlie Parker compositions, with a couple of
original compositions, as well. Steve Turre and Lewis Nash check in as
RENE MARIE - "Voice of My Beautiful Country" (New released by a seasoned
vocalist, featuring a number of traditional American tunes in the public
CHAD McCULLOUGH & BRAM WEIJTERS- "Imaginary Sketches" (another solid release
from the trumpeter, pairing with pianist Weijters on great original
compositions. Truly new "new" music!)
TITO PUENTE MASTERWORKS (MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC AFRO-
CUBAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA) -"Live" (Awesome Puente tunes with the band under
Bobby Sanabria's leadership. A seriously cookin' live recording in tribute
to a Latin Jazz master)
CHERYL PYLE -"Inside Dialogue" (All original set, featuring flute and bass.
PM hosts, take note...some of this is very atmospheric and cool. Cheryl is
San Diego native now based in NYC.)
HOUSE & SINNETT (Jae Sinnett) -"OLD SCHOOL LOYALTY" (A very unique project
from long-time New York based drummer Jae Sinnett. This pays tribute to the
old school soul sound. It's very specific in dayparting, so please be
mindful when programming. However, properly worked in, this adds some real
groove flavor to the jazz mix.)
RALPH BOWEN – “POWER PLAY” (Straight-ahead saxophone quartet, doing all but one original, on the edgy side). AllAboutJazz (Bruce Lindsey): Power Play
is an apposite title: for saxophonist Ralph Bowen is certainly one of
the most powerful players in contemporary jazz. But power alone is
seldom, if ever, enough, and Bowen combines power with exceptional
control, feeling and tone. The rest of the quartet shares Bowen's
characteristics, ensuring that this collection of tunes is constantly
ROYCE CAMPBELL – “MAKE ME RAINBOWS” (Guitar/organ trio, doing mostly standards, recorded in 1995, but newly released). JazzLoft: This is the same rhythm section featured on the classic Wes Montgomery
recording "Boss Guitar." This CD contains three originals by Campbell
along with such standards as "Ruby," "You Go To My Head," "If I Should
Lose You," "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," and a seldom recorded Cole
Porter tune called "Could It Be You."
FRANCIS COLETTE/JONAS TAUBER – “PORT SAID STREET” (Guitar/cello, doing interesting arrangements on originals and standards).
LUIS CONTE – “EN CASA DE LUIS” (Percussionist, leading a hard-core latin session. Lots of vocal tracks, mostly originals).Amazon: En Casa de Luis is the 7th release for Multi-Grammy Winner Luis Conte,
an acknowledged master of percussion. His celebrated career includes
touring and or recording work with some of the greatest names in
contemporary music including Madonna, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins,
Santana, Jackson Browne, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Ray Charles,
Tony Bennett, Pat Metheny, James Taylor, Shakira. Ozzy Osborne and Cuban
legends Arturo Sandoval and Cachao.
JERY COSTANZO – “DESTINATION MOON” (Male vocalist backed by a big band, doing all standards. More of a lounge vibe, but great arrangements).
BENOIT DELBECQ TRIO – “THE SIXTH JUMP” (Progressive piano trio, doing all originals).
MONIKA HERZIG – “COME WITH ME” (Pianist, leading a variety of band configurations, with originals, standards and new standards).
RICK HOLLAND-EVAN DOBBINS LITTLE BIG BAND – “TRILBY” (A swingin’ collection of jazz standards and originals). Lazaro Vega, Radio Host, Blue Lake Public Radio :Rick Holland’s flugelhorn improvisations flow with a seasoned musician’s
imagination and a hard working trumpeter’s ability to play whatever
comes to mind. His piquant touches to the top of the staff (or above)
from wherever he happens to be in the improvised melodic line are a
great example of where daily practice can take you.
VIJAY IYER WITH PRASANNA/NITIN MITTA – “TIRTHA” (Pianist acknowledging his Indian roots, with tabla and sitar, doing all originals). CMJ (Brianne Galli): Composed by Iyer and Prasanna, Tirtha communicates a spiritual
journey free of labels. The music does not submit to any one type of
music that each of its members creates, and does not fit neatly into
just one genre. For the group, the collaboration celebrates India’s
freedom by representing a more global sound as a result of independence.
ANDREI KONDAKOV – “BLUES FOR 4” (Russian pianist, backed by a great band, doing all originals, straight-ahead).
BRIAN LYNCH – “UNSUNG HEROES” (Trumpeter paying tribute to under appreciated fellow trumpet players, straight-ahead groove). Elements of Jazz (Atane Ofiaja): Lynch says, "Unsung Heroes pays tribute to and features the
compositions of jazz trumpet giants such as Joe Gordon, Tommy
Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, and other greats who have flown under the
radar of popular acclaim despite their artistry and influence on players
such as myself."
RENEE MANNING – “ALL GROWN UP” (Female vocalist doing a mix of standards and new standards, with a couple of originals).CDUniverse: Renee Manning's life has been quite a musical odyssey. Transitioning
from a classical soprano to a soul/funk stylist (with a range comparable
to Minnie Ripperton) and finally into a Jazz and Blues Contralto, her
vocal journey has been phenomenal. The truth is, anything with a touch
of the blues (or that depth of feeling), is well within her domain of
expression. Couple Manning's musical style with that of her becoming an
incredible vocal coach and educator along the way, and you have an
inspirational force to be reckoned with.
DADO MORONI – “LIVE IN BEVERLY HILLS” (Piano trio, doing a straight-ahead mix of standards and originals).
EDDIE MENDENHALL – “COSINE MEETS TANGENT” (Piano/vibes quartet, doing all but one original, straight ahead).
THE NIGHTCRAWLERS – “DOWN IN THE BOTTOM” (Mix of straight-ahead and big band tracks, with organ, guitar and drums providing hard driving rhythm). Vancouver Sun - The Nightcrawlers Top Up Their Bottom: We did some concerts in the summer [of 2010] where we had an organist
from Montreal visiting and she brought all these big band charts with
her because there are all these great Jimmy Smith records on Verve from
the ’60s with great arrangements,” Cahill says. “We played a whole bunch
of that and Cory [Weeds] said, ‘Why don’t we do the next record half
with a big band and half as a quintet?’ And I was like, ‘How the heck
are we gonna do that?’ ”
ARTURO O’FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA – “40 ACRES AND A BURRO” (Great big band latin grooves, can also be aired in straight-ahead segments). AllAboutJazz (Dan Bilawsky): Throughout
the program, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra demonstrates a signature
flair for all things spicy, and Arturo O'Farrill continues to define the
sound of his own creation, which can simply be called all-inclusive
ONE FOR ALL – “INVADES VANCOUVER” (Live recording of this all-star ensemble, doing mostly their originals).
JANE STUART – “DON’T LOOK BACK” (Female vocalist, doing the Great American Songbook and new standards).
HRISTO VITCHEV QUINTET – “THE PERPERIKON SUITE” (Guitar/vibe quintet, doing all straight-ahead originals).
YELLOWJACKETS – “TIMELINE” (Mostly straight-ahead outing, with some contemporary tracks).
ZZYMZZY QUARTET – “ZZWING!” (More gypsy jazz from local musicians).
ERNEST STUART – “SOLITARY WALKER” (Very edgy trombonist, with a mix of originals and standards).
Reviews and Quotes:
Ernest Stuart - Album Preview: Solitary Walker is the product of my
attempt to create music that is a true reflection of myself and my
musical experiences which ranges from gigs with The Roots to The Village
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. I also wanted to present a jazz album that is
steeped in the tradition of Philadelphia soul. During it’s production, I
set out to capture an honesty that I feel most over-produced jazz
albums now lack. I believe the over-use of technology to erase
“mistakes” can leave an album without character. The album boasts a
slight rawness from the use of acoustic instruments and as few
microphones as possible (the horns share one microphone as well). In
keeping with my vision of honesty, the listener is drawn into the
album’s sound and sophistication unpretentiously.
AllAboutJazz: "The CD title Solitary Walker comes from the book Reveries of the Solitary Walker
written by French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Stuart discovered
the book during a somewhat tumultuous time while living in New York
City. The book's theme resonated deeply with him, though his “exile" was
totally self imposed. He learned a lot about himself during this
relatively short period, but also about the nature of ordinary people,
music and musicians."
Anthony Smith Bio: "...also the Common Ground Theatre’s world premiere of “Jazz Queens Cast Blue
Shadows,” for which Anthony wrote the original score to accompany the
standards of Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. The music from “Jazz
Queens” was then recorded in the studio by Anthony and his four-piece
band, for a forthcoming Bluport Records release (early 2011)."
PIKET – “SIDES, COLORS” (Mostly progressive outing, with a variety of
band configurations, doing mostly originals, with a couple of
Reviews and Quotes:
AllAboutJazz.com (Wilbert Sostre): "she demonstrates her different musical sides and colors. Piket shows her classical, lyrical side on "Billy's Ballad" and Bill Evans "Laurie," while the classical feel is accentuated by the addition of clarinet, flute and strings—a concept similar to Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society (Heads Up, 2010)."
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan McClenaghan): "Side, Colors
features a mix of styles, but is sequenced perfectly. "Side A" is
mostly with strings; "Side B," a freer, mostly piano trio affair. Piket
takes some chances here, and it pays off nicely."
Huffington Post (Joseph Vella): "What makes his solo outings and the Live at Marciac recording
so exciting is the repertoire that he incorporates into his
performances. His blend of jazz and classical styles, the American
Songbook, unique covers of pop tunes and originals all seamlessly blend
into a fulfilling and varied musical experience. His breathtaking
command of his instrument is undeniable. But what he is able to say
musically as a soloist within the context of each song combined with his
improvisations is simply masterful. "
CDBaby: "Beautiful As The Moon is a
very personal statement from the band--all of the music comes from the
band members or is inspired by their families and their influences." "With all but one song
recorded at the Saville Theater, San Diego City College for a live
concert on KSDS Jazz88 radio in San Diego, this is an excellent
opportunity to experience some great Latin Jazz live without any edits
or tricks so common on many studio produced sessions where the music is
recorded overdub by overdub. Not here, this is the real deal--seasoned
Jazz and Latin Jazz musicians running risks to create great art,
passionate rhythms and beautiful melodies resulting in music that is as
beautiful as the moon."
FRED HERSCH – “ALONE AT THE VANGUARD” (Solo live piano recording, with a mix of originals, jazz tunes and standards).
Reviews and Quotes:
AllAboutJazz (Dan McClenaghan): "Hersch
has what it takes to ignore the "never open with a ballad" advice: a
supple and exquisitely-refined touch; a sharp focus on the melody; a
deep sense of classical harmony; and a magical ability to get inside the
tune and make it his own. Hersch's sound here has a uncommon
fragility/strength dynamic, and it is serious and cerebral, with an
opposing simplicity buoyed by a rich complexity, born of a lifetime's
immersion in the music."
DUO LARE – “IN OTHER WORDS” (Local string players, with a mixture of mostly originals and jazz tunes).
Mandolin New Music: "In Other Words is the debut release from Duo LaRé, Chris
Acquavella on mandolin and Nate Jarrell on guitar. The duo performs
contemporary music influenced by jazz, contemporary classical and
eastern European folk traditions with about half of the tracks being
FRANK BUTREY – “MALICIOUS DELICIOUS” (Joe @Jazz88: Very edgy guitarist, all tune authored or co-authored by him).
AllAboutJazz.com (Victor Schermer): "Jazz
guitarists will find Butrey's rich improvisational capabilities of
great interest. He likes to play with possibilities and demonstrates
rich motivic and chordal development. There is an ingenuity repeatedly
occurring as he and his cohorts try on new "skins" in chameleon-like
adaptations. After several listens, the head spins from exposure to the
myriad musical changes that, in turn, evoke changes in the psyche. In
that sense, the music is transformational, provoking changes in the
sense of self much like a psychedelic drug."
NEW THIS WEEK FOR 2/17/11 - Finally adding the Mingus Big Band 2010 Grammy Winner for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album...hoo ray! New Charlie Haden music and new music from Art Hillery, the pianist for our last Jazz Live with Red Holloway and Plas Johnson.
BANN – “AS YOU LIKE” (Saxophone/highly electrified guitar quartet, doing mostly originals and some standards).
PETER ELDRIDGE – “MAD HEAVEN” (Vocalist/pianist, doing mostly straight-ahead, original material).
DIRK FISHCER & GEORGE STONE – “COMING OF AGE” (Swinging big band, with a mix of originals and jazz tunes).
CHARLIE HADEN QUARTET WEST – “SOPHISTICATED LADIES” (Straight-ahead quartet, with all-star females on vocal tracks, backed by strings).
CURT HANRAHAN QUARTET – “SOULJOURNER” (Saxophonist/flutist, recorded live. Mix of originals and jazz tunes).
ARET HILLERY – “WORKS OF ART” (Pianist, leading various band configurations. All originals, with 3 vocal tracks).
MAD ROMANCE – “AIM HIGH” (Vocal ensemble, doing Great American Songbook, with a couple of new standards).
TONY MESSINA – “LIVE IN NEW YORK AT THE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB” (Male vocalist, with a good voice, doing mostly standards).
MINGUS BIG BAND – “LIVE AT THE JAZZ SHOWCASE” (2010 Grammy winner, recorded live, mostly progressive performances).
ALON NECHUSHTAN – “WORDS BEYOND” (Hard driving piano trio, doing all originals).
PLUNGE – “TIN FISH TANGO” (Various horns, backed by only a bass, doing all originals).
PopMatters: " The album lacks for nothing as far as musical talent, with Hakim’s deft
handiwork on drums, Rachel Z’s rollercoaster waves of piano movements,
and Royce’s rumbling bass lines. They even manage to add flavor to some
of the original compositions with flourishing solos and tempo changes,
as in the Trio’s revisit of “Angry Chair” by Alice in Chains. " "The downside is that the Trio doesn’t always mesh as a single unit. At
times, their collaboration seems more like three soloists playing at
once, each one elbowing the other for coveted space."
Sea of Tranquility (John Neudorf): "The trio produces a full rich sound that will have all jazz fans
reaching for their wallets. This may in fact be my favourite jazz CD
this year and when you look at the players it is not hard to see why." "What makes this album a little different is the choice of songs the trio
chose to tackle. Instead of the usual standards of the past, they have
mostly reworked recent rock and pop compositions, making this a
completely refreshing and rewarding listen. Although I encourage
rock/pop fans to give this a listen, this is still a jazz recording
through and through, albeit a very good one."
AllAboutJazz.com (Jeff Winbush): "The eclectic and restless musical tastes of drummer Omar Hakim and pianist Rachel Nicolazzo (aka Rachel Z) offer some mighty impressive bait to reel them in, The Trio of Oz's repertoire reading like an hour's worth of college radio station programming." "...rendering
their creation of new ways to splice the seemingly contradictory jazz
and rock idioms together into some sort of mutant hybrid—capturing the
fun of the latter without compromising the integrity of the
Some great new added by Joe, including the Marcus Shelby, Lisa Hilton...will be interesting to hear the Marcus Miller and Omar Hakim/Rachel Z things. You can hear a lot of this for the first time on radio weekly on The New Jazz Thing (http://TNJT.com), 6-8 PM PT Thursdays on Jazz 88.3 FM and http://Jazz88.org
NEW THIS WEEK FOR 2/3/11
HERB ALPERT & LANI HALL – “I FEEL YOU” (Mostly vocal album, with a contemporary vibe).
MATIJA DEDIC TRIO – “MD IN NYC” (Piano trio, with a mixed bag of standards and originals, quiet tunes and progressive jams).
PHIL DeGREG – “AMAZONAS” (Nice Brazilian grooves on originals, jazz tunes and standards).
MIKE DiRUBBO – “CHRONOS” (Saxophone-organ trio, with an edgy groove to it, doing all originals).
OMAR HAKIM/RACHEL Z – “THE TRIO OF OZ” (Piano trio, doing jazz versions of tunes by Alice in Chains, Coldplay, Depeche Mode and the like).
LISA HILTON – “UNDERGROUND” (Typically nice release from this pianist, doing all her own compositions).
AMY LONDON – “LET’S FLY” (Female vocalist doing standards and jazz tunes. Nice arrangements).
GENE LUDWIG – “LOVE NOTES OF COLE PORTER” (Great jams on Porter tunes by this organist, who died last year. Various band configurations).
MARCUS MILLER – “A NIGHT IN MONTE CARLO” (Bassist, backed by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, with a mixed bag of contemporary, straight-ahead and Brazilian tunes).
NEW YORK ELECTRIC PIANO – “KEYS TO THE CITY, VOLS. 1 & 2” (Double disc release of vocals on one, and progressive instrumentals on the two).
MARCUS SHELBY ORCHESTRA – “SOUL OF THE MOVEMENT” (Mostly vocal big band recordings of songs made famous during the Civil Rights Movement).
DENNIS TAYLOR – “STEPPIN’ UP” (Saxophone/organ trio, funky but straight-ahead versions of originals and new standards).
DOUG WEBB – “RENOVATIONS” (Another outstanding, straight-ahead quartet release by this saxophonist, doing all standards).
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NEW THIS WEEK FOR 1/20/11
ELLIOTT CAINE SEXTET – “HIPPIE CHICKS ON ACID” (Relatively straight-ahead quintet recording, recorded live, some edgy sax work).
JAKE FRYER/BUD SHANK – “IN GOOD COMPANY” (Bud’s last recording, with fellow alto player. Magnusson, Wofford and Joe LaBarbera in the band).
CHANTALE GAGNE – “WISDOM OF THE WATER” (Pianist, backed by Joe Locke, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash, doing mostly original compositions).
JOEL HARRISON’S STRING CHOIR – “THE MUSIC OF PAUL MOTIAN” (Guitar and strings, doing Motian’s music. Strictly nights-only).
THE JAZZ PROFESSORS – “”LIVE FROM THE U.C.F.-ORLANDO JAZZ FESTIVAL” (Teachers at UCF, some familiar names, doing standards).
JAZZVOX – “IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD” (A variety of singers, some familiar, some not, backed by pianists and guitarists, doing all standards).
JOE LOVANO/US FIVE – “BIRD SONGS” (Saxophonist, in a fairly straight-ahead session, paying tribute to Charlie Parker).
DAVE MILLER TRIO – “RAPTURE” (Piano trio, doing standards and jazz tunes).
MARTY NAU GROUP – “MOOD EBONY” (Clarinetist, playing straight-ahead. Some originals, some standards).
NOAH PREMINGER – “BEFORE THE RAIN” (Saxophone-led quartet, doing originals and standards, in a progressive manner).
MARK WEINSTEIN – “JAZZ BRASIL” (Flutist, doing originals and jazz tunes, with a hint of latin flavor).