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Thomas Marriott - Human Spirit
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: March 21, 2011


Artist Website: http://thomasmarriott.net/ Good recap of the last year for Thomas.

Human Spirit Stuff:
  • 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.
Other info:
  • 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. "
  • AllMusicGuide Discography: Why does "C and L" show as a 2001 release?
  • TM Bio: 6 time Golden Ear winner, Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau,
Radio DJ Help: Trumpeter, in a sax/organ quartet, with another edgy mix of material, some accessible enough for daytime play.






The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: March 21, 2011

NEW THIS WEEK FOR 3/21/11


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."

CHUCK 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."

HENRY 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 back!"

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 Texas."

THOMAS 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"

MARK 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.

Kay Mori is a jazz and folk vocalist. As of July 2008 she has been working as a producer with Harlem Jazz Machine."

The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: March 14, 2011
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
special guests.)

RENE MARIE - "Voice of My Beautiful Country"  (New released by a seasoned
vocalist, featuring a number of traditional American tunes in the public
domain. )

CHAD McCULLOUGH & BRAM WEIJTERS- "Imaginary Sketches"  (another solid release
from the trumpeter, pairing with pianist Weijters on great original
compositions.  Truly new "new" music!)

http://oregonmusicnews.com/blog/2011/02/15/album-chad-mccullough-bram-weijters-imaginary-sketches/

JAZZ PISTOLS- "Superstring"  (Contemporary/fusion guitar based trio.  Lots of
original music.  Night time hosts...dig up on this!)

http://www.myspace.com/jazzpistols

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)

http://www.descarga.com/cgi-bin/db/24227.10
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.)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/cheryl-pyle-trio/141323209114?sk=wall
ERIC REED -"The Dancing Monk" (Classic trio setting paying homage to Monk.
Straight ahead featuring really good performances by the seasoned pianist.)

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.)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/House-and-Sinnett/117594248313932?sk=wall
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: March 7, 2011
NEW THIS WEEK FOR 3/7/11

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 rewarding

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 Latin jazz.

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).
Ralph Bowen - Power Play
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: March 7, 2011
RALPH BOWEN – “POWER PLAY” (Straight-ahead saxophone quartet, doing all but
one original, on the edgy side).

Ernest Stuart - Solitary Walker
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011

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."
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