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Looking Back At The Best New of 2011 on The New Jazz Thing Monday December 26 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: December 26, 2011
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? NPR Jazz Critic and Author Kevin Whitehead on The New Jazz Thing Monday December 19 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: December 18, 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.

  • Oxford Press: Why Jazz? Includes a summary and some quotes from reviews of the book.
  • BandDirector review of Why Jazz? including links to audio and video corresponding to parts of the book they are talking about.
  • JazzTimes.com: Kevin Whitehead Jazz Answers and Questions. Lee Mergner does a cool interview with Kevin about the work and explaining Jazz to newer listeners.
  • 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
Funky Fred Wesley Coming To The New Jazz Thing Monday December 19 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: December 15, 2011
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!
  • And you know that Fred Tweets @FunkyFredWesley!
New Music on One World for December 15, 2011
Blog Name: One WorldAuthor: Marcus Rosario Posted on: December 15, 2011
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". 
Sola Rosa Interview on One World, December 8 2011
Blog Name: One WorldAuthor: Marcus Rosario Posted on: December 12, 2011

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.

Jazz 88 Does The 2011 Holiday New Music Big!!
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: December 12, 2011
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).

CHRIS DAVS – “THIS CHRISTMAS” (Straight-ahead, trumpet-led quartet, doing Holiday
classics).

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).

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).
others, with some vocal tracks).

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).

CHRIS DAVS – “THIS CHRISTMAS” (Straight-ahead, trumpet-led quartet, doing Holiday
classics).

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).
2011-12-05 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: December 5, 2011
he last New for 2011 is in! We will be debuting these on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, December 5, 2011, so LISTEN NOW!

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 PromotionsCorina 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 JazzA 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 RecordsA 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 AuditionBoth 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
tracks).
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
About.com (Jacob Teichroew)

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).
AllAboutJazz.com ( 
KARLA CORNEJO VILLAVICENCIO
)
: 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 (FB)– “ACOUSTIC” (Piano trio, doing mostly straight-ahead originals).

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.comSaxophonist 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
RESUME ON 1/9/12.
New Jazz Projects in 2012 on The New Jazz Thing Monday December 5 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: December 5, 2011
On The New Jazz Thing, Monday December 5, 2011 6-8 PM PT...
  • Do You Have A New Jazz Project in 2012? Share it on our Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/TheNewJazzThing or on Twitter @TNJT and we'll share it on the show tonight and all through December! We are looking to 2012 on The New Jazz Thing!
  • Starting to check out the new Holiday Jazz for 2011!
  • Jazzweek.com Jazz Chart Top 10!
  • more.....
Pat Martino Interview on The New Jazz Thing Monday November 28 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: November 28, 2011
Coming up Monday, November 28, 2011 6-8 PM PT on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw on Jazz 88!

2011-11-21 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: November 20, 2011
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...
Herb Alpert Interview on The New Jazz Thing Thursday November 14 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: November 14, 2011
Here's what's going down on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, November 14, 2011...

2011-11-14 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: November 11, 2011
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.)

AllAboutJazz.com (Edward Blanco):

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.

Sweet Thunder 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).

GrooveNotes.com:

Fans pick the songs for the album

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 explosive imagination.

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 worked together.

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 guest!

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).
One World with Marcus Rosario: An Introduction
Blog Name: One WorldAuthor: Marcus Rosario Posted on: November 10, 2011
Greetings Jazz 88 listeners far and wide!

My name's Marcus Rosario and since late June of this year, I've been the host of One World, a weekly show devoted to all things world music that airs Wednesday nights into Thursday mornings from midnight until 2am PST. There's been a ton of amazing music I've been playing on the show and I'd like to let you know about some of my favorite new releases!

El Rego - El Rego (Daptone)



When it comes to Afro-soul, Theophile do Rego aka El Rego is one of the greats. With hugely varied influences in sound described as combining "traditional rhythms of Benin, John Lee Hooker-esque blues, Fela Kuti inspired Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban clave and straight up James Brown-style funk," this re-issue is definitely one for the books.



Adanowsky - Amador (Everloving)



If you've ever seen the hugely psychedelic movie Holy Mountain directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, then you may have heard of his singer-songwriter son  Adan. With this album being his US debut described as being surrealistic and eclectic, many of the songs are lovelorn and seductive, all sung in either English, French or Spanish.



Staff Benda Bilili - Très Très Fort (Crammed Discs)



This album is truly an astonishing piece of work as it was created by a group of paraplegic street musicians living in and around the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo. The level of organic talent and sound is definitively mesmerizing, so much that there has been a recent documentary made about them.



Joni Haastrup - Wake Up Your Mind (Tummy Touch / Soundway)



The Afro-soul sound could not become any more sweeter with this wondrous re-issue from the one they dubbed in 1970s West Africa as "Soul Brother Number One." Soulful and groovy in all its own right, this record is a timeless piece of work that captures one facet of a vibrant foundation when it comes to Nigerian music.



The Lijadu Sisters - Danger (KF)



Another re-issue of a classic! Originally released in 1976, these identical twins, also dubbed as the West African Pointer Sisters, provided a soundtrack of social commentary for what life was like in Nigeria at the time, largely addressing the political climate through their gorgeous harmonies backed up by some heavy Afro-rock beat headed by the late Biddy Wright.


Nate Jarrell, Leonard Patton New San Diego Jazz Things November 7 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: November 6, 2011
San Diego New Jazz Music in the spotlight on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, November 7, 2011 6-8 PM PT!

2011-11-07 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: November 6, 2011
New Keith Jarret, Manhanthappa...and San Diego's own Nate Jarrell (who will be on TNJT Monday 11/7 at 6:40 PM PT)...among some other great progressive, duo, debuts, and other great New Jazz Music! And being played for the first time on Jazz 88 on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, November 7, 2011 from 6-8 PM PT.

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.

MIKE DiRUBBO (FB, @MikeDiRubbo) & LARRY WILLIS – “FOUR HANDS, ONE HEART” (Sax/piano
duet recording, doing mostly standards).

JazzWrap (Stephan Moore): This is the first album on DiRubbo's own label and its a great way to begin. Four Hands, One Heart is 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.
RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA (FB, @RudreshM)– “SAMDHI” (Typically progressive outing from this
Indian saxophonist).

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).


MARK WEINSTEIN (@altoflute41)– “EL CUMBANCHERO” (Latin grooves, with strings).

Mark Dresser Inspiraling Telematics 2011 Interview 2011-10-31
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: November 1, 2011
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...
Kevyn Lettau Drawn To You Interview 2011-10-24
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: October 31, 2011
Vocalist Kevyn Lettau dropped by the Jazz 88 studios of The New Jazz Thing on Monday, October 24, 2011 to chat about her new release "Drawn To You". Check out the interview in video and audio formats!

Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2

Listen to the audio on The New Jazz Thing show page.

And here's a shot of Kevyn and I after the interview. Thanks Kevyn!!
Vince Outlaw and Kevyn Lettau After TNJT Interview 10/24/11

2011-10-31 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: October 31, 2011
Here's what we're adding to the Jazz 88 Music Library this week and debuting on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw 6-8PM PT, Monday, October 31, 2011...spooky!

ERIK , CHARLSTON JAZZBRASIL – “ESSENTIALLY HERMETO” (Vibraphonist,
leading a sextet of familiar names, in a Brazilian groove).

KEVIN CRABB – “WALTZ FOR DYLAN” (Drummer, leading a quartet, doing a live
recording of originals).

CHICO HAMILTON – “REVELATION” (Venerable drummer, leading a sextet, doing
all originals).

CHICO HAMILTON – “REVELATION-EP” (…with additional tracks on this one).

BOB JAMES/KEIKO MATSUI – “ALTAIR & VEGA” (Normally smooth-jazz pianists,
collaborating on a 4-hands collection of originals, with one Bach tune).

DARREN JOHNSTON’S GONE TO CHICAGO – “THE BIG LIFT” (Trumpeter,
leading a progressive session of originals and standards).

TAKUYA KURODA (FB, @TakuyaKuroda) – “EDGE” (Another great, straight-ahead session from this
trumpeter, leading a quintet, doing mostly originals).


KEVYN LETTAU“DRAWN TO YOU” (Local singer, doing mostly latin-flavored
tunes).
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 SmithJack 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).
2011-10-24 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: October 24, 2011
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 street-savvy phrasing.

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: SWINGING INTO THE 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 for improvisation.

NEW WEST GUITAR GROUP (FB) – “ROUND-TRIP TICKET” (Trio of guitarists, groovin’
to contemporary originals).

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 listening.

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).

2011-10-17 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: October 16, 2011
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.

JOEY DeFRANCESCO (FB, @JoeyJazzOrgan) – “40” (Straight-ahead organ trio, mostly originals).

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 constructed choruses.

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 Constant is 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.

MARK HARRISON QUINTET (FB,  – “JUST ADD WATER” (Keyboardist, leading a contemporary
session of originals).

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”.

GRACE KELLY (FB, @GraceKellyJazz)– “GRACE” (Saxophonist, doing Jazz versions of religious tunes).


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 it was.”

ALAN LEATHERMAN (FB, @Alan_Leatherman)– “DETOUR AHEAD” (Male vocalist, doing Jazz tunes and the Great
American Songbook).


CURTIS MacDONALD – “COMMUNITY IMMUNITY” (Saxophonist, doing edgy originals).

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 Nowell for 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.

JEN SHYU (FB) & MARK DRESSER – “SYNASTRY” (Progressive vocal/bass duo recording).

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).

TNJT Session Notes for Monday October 10 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: October 10, 2011
Tonight, Monday October 10, 2011 6-8 PM PT on The New Jazz Thing on Jazz 88.3 (88.3 FM SAn Diego Webcast http://Jazz88.org)
2011-10-10 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: October 6, 2011

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.

RENE MARIE (FB, @manaymanee)– “BLACK LACE FREUDIAN SLIP” (Female vocalist, doing straight-ahead
originals).


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.

NEW TRICKS (FB, @NewTricksJazz)– “ALTERNATE SIDE” (Pianoless quartet, doing progressive originals).

AllAboutJazz.com (Greg Simmons):

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).

ZohoMusic

JASON ROBINSON AND ANTHONY DAVIS – “CERULEAN LANDSCAPE” (Progressive
collection of originals).

HOLLI ROSS – “YOU’LL SEE” (Female vocalist, backed by an all-star band, doing standards
and 2 tunes she co-wrote with Claudio Roditi).

THE SPOKES – “NOT SO FAST” (Horn trio, playing an eclectic, progressive mix of originals).

TUNNEL SIX – “LAKE SUPERIOR” (Sextet, doing an edgy mix of band originals).

UMOJA – “DANCE OF THE KALAHARI” (Straight-ahead collection of originals, with Afro-
Cuban subtext).

TNJT Session Notes For Monday October 3 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: October 1, 2011
Taking notes for TNJT on Monday, October 3, 2011....

Here are the 2011-10-03 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library which we will be playing as much as we can from:
"...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 will be chatting with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey pianist Brian Haas about their new Race Riot Suite disc (added @Jazz88 8/29/11) and upcoming 10/5/11 UCSD Loft gig.(with ultra cool special guests Peter Apfelbaum, Mark Southerland, UCSD Professor David Borgo, Yvette Jackson, and Andy Geib (Wise Monkey Orchestraj....this is going to be one wild adventurous concert!!!) Cool!


Interview Online NOW! http://jazz88.org/programs/The_New_Jazz_Thing/

Next Week (10/10/11) - Double whammy Jazz Innovator Interviews with Gary Burton (plays Neurosciences 10/12) and Stanley Jordan (plays Anthology SD 10/14)!

Last Week (9/26/11) - Interview with Sammy Figueroa about his New "Urban Nature" available to listen to online!
2011-10-03 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: October 1, 2011
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.

CECILIA COLEMAN BIG BAND – “OH BOY!” (All original big band swingers).
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.

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE (FB, @McBridesWorld) BIG BAND – “GOOD FEELING” (Swinging, straight-ahead
big band, with 3 vocals by Melissa Walker).

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.


SOPHIE MILMAN (FB, @SophieMilman)– “IN THE MOONLIGHT” (Female vocalist, doing a nice mix of
standards).

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 style.


CAROL MORGAN QUARTET – “BLUE GLASS MUSIC” (Pianoless quartet, doing a
mix of standards and originals).

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.

ALI RYERSON“CON BRIO!” (Flutist, leading a session of originals and standards).

Ali Hits Home With A New Flute...: Working with an old friend, Pete Levin -- keyboard player for the legendary Gil Evans Orchestra -- the two decided to make the CD a more integrated piece of music, rather than just a collection of standards. The musicians on the recording -- Ryerson, Levin, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, guitarist Mike DeMicco, bassist Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb -- are all great musicians, "I mean Danny Gottlieb and Mark Egan were Pat Metheny's original rhythm section,'' Ryerson said.

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.

MATT SLOCUM “AFTER THE STORM” (Drummer, leading a trio with pianist
Gerald Clayton, with a mix of standards and originals).


REUBEN WILSON TRIO – “REVISITED” (Organist, grooving standards and originals).
2011-09-26 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: September 24, 2011
Here's the New adds to the Jazz 88 library to be debuted on The New Jazz Thing on Monday, September 26, 2011 between 6 and 8 PM PT.

SYLVIA BENNETT (@SylbiaBennett)– “SONRIE” (Female vocalist, singing the Great Latin Songbook in
Spanish).

AllAboutJazz.com (about 2010 English version?): Within the genre of gentle jazzy love songs, Bennett's treatment of this music delivers a musical experience sure to draw a well-deserved Smile.

CHICK COREA (@ChickCorea) / STEFANO BOLLANI (FB, YouTube) – “ORVIETO” (Pianists, performing live, doing
a mix of originals, standards and improvisations).

AllaboutJazz.com (John Kelman): Unlike most duo recordings, Bollani and Corea are not split into left and right channels; instead, the two instruments converge towards the center of the mix from lower register to upper, giving Orvieto an even greater "you are there" feeling—but "there" isn't in the audience, it's right up there with the pianists. Those familiar with either player will have no difficulty in identifying them here; for those who aren't, does it really matter? Instead, it makes Orvieto all the more appreciable for its remarkably empathy, telepathy and synchronicity—symmetry, even, at times—less a duo, and more the remarkable melding of musical minds for a most singular purpose.

CARLO DE ROSA’S CROSS-FADE – “BRAIN DANCE” (Bassist, leading a quartet,
doing progressive originals).

AllAboutJazz.com (Mark F. Turner, March, 2011): There are "musician-for-hire" gunslingers—professionals employed at a moment's notice to bring their skills to a gig or recording. But the mercenary analogy is only a small part of their repertoire, as many of these invaluable side musicians are leaders and composers just awaiting the opportunity to release their own material. Such is the case with Brain Dance, by bassist Carlo De Rosa, who has performed with The Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and many others.  Of the seven tracks, "Terrane / A Phrase" is the most revealing of De Rosa's abilities: a contemporary opus of expansive writing and improvisation, filled with extensive individual spots, aerial flight patterns, and harmony and dissonance. Its conclusion prompts the question of why it's taken De Rosa so long to record this music. More, please.

ESP (@ESPJazz, FB) – “REACH” (Not the San Diego band, doing all originals with a mix of straight-
ahead and contemporary).



TIM HORNER – “THE PLACES WE FEEL FREE” (Very nice straight-ahead session,
with a variety of band configurations, doing all originals).

Mark Sherman's Blog (the vibest on the date): Horner not only writes in an assortment of time feels, he plays each style with the up-most capability. He is one of our modern masters when it comes knowing what the music needs from the rhythm section. His contributions are played with passion and conviction! His time feels so good. It makes you want to play if you’re a musician. It makes you want to move if you’re a listener. He is a superb musician!

CLAY JENKINS QUARTET – “GOOD SIGNS” (Trumpeter, leading a quartet, doing
mostly straight-ahead originals).


DAVID LINX / RHODA SCOTT / ANDRE CECCARELLI – “ROCK MY BOAT” (Male
vocalist, with an unpretentious style, doing mostly straight-ahead originals).


TISH ONEY (@TishSings)– “SWEET YOUTH” (Female vocalist, with guitar accompaniment, doing
a mix of standards and originals).

TED ROSENTHAL TRIO – “OUT OF THIS WORLD” (Piano trio, doing all straight-
ahead standards).
AllAboutJazz.comOn Out Of This World (Playscape Recordings), the new collection featuring Rosenthal on piano, bassist Noriko Ueda and Quincy Davis on drums, 10 timeless classics from the golden era of American song craft are rendered in an impeccably lyrical, colorful manner that compels the listener to rethink them. Rosenthal and crew embrace the familiar tunes—reliable standards like “Embraceable You," “People Will Say We're In Love" and “Cry Me a River"—and, without ever losing sight of the melody at the heart, reimagine them from the ground up. Rosenthal thrives on re-creating these cultural cornerstones in his own image.

PONCHO SANCHEZ AND TERENCE BLANCHARD – “CHANO Y DIZZY!” (Two
modern day icons, paying tribute to the progenitors of Latin Jazz).
Latin Jazz NetworkWhile the album includes songs originally written and performed by the two legends, it also showcases compositions crafted by other writers that capture the flavor of traditional Latin jazz. “To me, Latin jazz is the world’s greatest music,” says Sanchez. “It has the melodic and harmonic sophistication of jazz and American standards, and the flavor and energy of Latin American music. What I’m most proud of is that this music – while it may sound exotic at times – is from America. It was born in New York City, when Chano Pozo met Dizzy Gillespie for the first time in the mid-1940s. They created something that didn’t exist before in this country. I’m very proud to take this music all over the world all the time.”



STARLICKER – “DOUBLE DEMON” (Rob Mazurek, leading a trio, doing all
progressive originals).

PopMatters (John Garratt)If you are able to keep up with Chicago trumpeter Rob Mazurek’s various side projects, you will know that his new band Starlicker is comprised of three members from his Exploding Star Orchestra. So if you take a 14-piece supernova group and reduce it to a trio, you have something that licks stars. Do with that what you will.

JOHN STOWELL & MICHAEL ZILBER – “SHOT THROUGH WITH BEAUTY”
(Guitarist and saxophonist, leading a quartet, with an edgy mix of originals and
standards).
The Urban FluxMaster musicians guitarist John Stowell and saxophonistMichael Zilber team with the Bay Area’s first-call rhythm team of bassist John Shifflet and drummer Jason Lewis, crafting a unique and dynamic recording of modern jazz that transcends the whole. Telepathic exchanges are in abundance as the group tackles a compelling mix of originals and compositions from Kenny Wheeler & John Scofield.

CORY WEEDS – “JUST LIKE THAT” (Typical straight-ahead grooves from this
saxophonist, doing mostly originals).

CDBabyCory Weeds is at it again this time featured on the alto saxophone with the stellar piano trio led by pianit Tilden Webb backing him up. It features award winning bassist Jodi Proznick and drummer Jesse Cahill. An eclectic mix of originals, a swinging standard and a reworking of a classic John Hiatt tune.

Plus...coming up 10/3....

George Benson - "Guitar Man"
Chico Hamilton - "Euphoric"
Reuben Wilson Trio - "Revisited"
Cecilia Coleman Big Band - "Oh Boy!"
Ali Ryerson - "Con Brio!"
Kevin Kizer Quartet - "Aspects"
Session Notes for Monday September 12 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: September 12, 2011
Tonight on the show...
  • Josh Nelson joins us by phone in Hour 1 to chat about his New "Discoveries", added last week. He also played with Allison Adams Tucker @Jazz88 OBMusicFest this past weekend and was wowing us all!
    • JOSH NELSON (FB)– “DISCOVERIES” (Pianist, leading a variety of configurations, doing
      all but one straight-ahead originals).

      Critical Jazz: Cerebral jazz? In an incredibly unique if not personal release, Nelson takes his appreciation for the writings of Jules Verne among others and transforms this literature into a conceptualized presentation of sonic imagery that lives and breathes on its own. An incredibly thoughtful organic pulse drives the forward motion of this sonic adventure with great care and artistic touch. Nelson's music is (for me) not Ipod friendly, no good jazz worth listening to is. "Discoveries" contains intricate and involved interplay between Nelson and his musical companions that is exciting, fresh and alive to the point where mere headphones could not possibly transfer the musical experience adequately.
  • Tierney Sutton chats with us in Hour 2 of The New about her latest "American Road", also added last week 9/5/11.
    • TIERNEY SUTTON – “AMERICAN ROAD” (Female vocalist, doing a mix of show
      tunes, gospel and Americana).

      Critical Jazz: Organic but deep rooted in tradition this exquisite release is perfect from start to finish."...take on her own unique, slightly eclectic but incredibly accessible spin on the Great American Songbook thus releasing an almost instant classic."
      Challenge Records: “We first started looking at an ‘America’-themed CD three or four years ago,” says Sutton, whose vocal style has been described as “soft as silk and smooth as fine bourbon” by the Chicago Sun Times. Circumstances led the group in a different direction at the time, the result being 2009’s Desire, which earned the group its third consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album.

      But the concept that gave ultimately gave rise to American Road stayed with Sutton and the band—Christian Jacob (piano), Kevin Axt (acoustic and electric bass), Trey Henry (acoustic and electric bass) and Ray Brinker (drums and percussion)—until, having spent countless days and nights traveling America’s roads and playing in her towns and cities, they were able to finally bring it to fruition. All of the arrangements on American Road were conceived by the entire band, which, said The New York Times, has “refined the kind of rapport that could only be achieved over time…providing a continuous flow of support, strength and inspiration.”
  • Playing as much of the 2011-09-12 Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library...digging seeing Bill Frisell doing John Lennon, Joan Stiles new one, San Diego vocalist Sharon DuBois, and more!
  • We'll also be following any news about San Diego's Joshua White who is one of 3 finalists for the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition being performed, judged, and awarded TONIGHT in Washington DC. Go Joshua!!
2011-09-12 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: September 8, 2011
Here are the tunes we are adding to the Jazz 88 New section and library AND I will be featuring on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw this Monday, September 12, 2011 between 6 and 8 PM PT (in addition to interviewing Josh Nelson and Tierney Sutton who we added last week).

RAHSAAN BARBER (FB, @rjbsax)– “EVERYDAY MAGIC” (Young saxophonist, leading a group of young musicians, doing all original material).

Blogcritics (The Dirty Lowdown): This is a great debut for the label and a more than fine sophomore effort from Rahsaan and Everyday Magic. It may not be elevator music, but it is going nowhere but up.

SHARON DuBOIS (FB)– “HERE I AM” (Local vocalist, backed by local musicians, doing all original tunes.  Lots of overdubs of her voice).

San Diego Reader (Robert Bush): In its strongest moments, Here I Am floats along with a jazz-funk groove reminiscent of the 70s Crusaders, or, on some tracks, the sophisticated feel of 80s era Steely Dan. It takes a tight band to pull that off.

ECHOES OF SWING – “MESSAGE FROM MARS” (New takes on early swing classics.  Neo-swing, if you will).

The Jazz Society of Pensacola (Norman Vickers): This group combines the styles of small-group combos of the ‘20s and ‘30s with modern techniques with wonderful toe-tapping result.  There is a mix of jazz standards with their own compositions.  I’m also a fan of classics which are “swung.”  Three examples of this style are “Butterfly Chase” based on a Chopin Etude, Fritz Kreisler’s “Liebesleid: and Shostakovich’s “Gavotte.”

"Message from Mars" wins

PRIX DE L'ACADÉMIE DU JAZZ in Paris

and is awarded the

GERMAN RECORD CRITICS' AWARD

BILL FRISELL (FB, @BillFrisell) – “ALL WE ARE SAYING…” (Edgy guitarist, paying tribute to John Lennon, with interesting and faithful takes, on familiar tunes).

AllAboutJazz.com (Music and More by Tim Niland): In guitarist Bill Frisell’s liner notes to his most recent LP, he writes about being contacted to perform a special concert of John Lennon compositions. He and the band enjoyed it so much that they continued to tour, playing mostly of the music heard here to an excellent response, and then entered to studio to record. Overall this album works pretty well and could serve as an excellent gateway or conduit to fans of pop music that are interested in exploring jazz. The band understands that Lennon’s music speaks for itself, and with a few modifications they allow it to do so quite beautifully



YARON GERSHOVSKY - “STATE OF MIND” (Manhattan Transfer’s pianist, leading a trio, doing mostly standards, with the group guesting on one track, and Janis Siegel on another).

Earthworks Audio: A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, Yaron has launched his musical career touring with Pharoah Sanders, and recording with Wayne Shorter on his album “Atlantis”. Since 1979, Yaron has been the Musical Director and Pianist/Keyboardist for the world-renowned vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. Yaron’s work was featured on the Broadway stage as well.

ALLAN HARRIS (FB,@AllanHarris) – “OPEN UP YOUR MIND” (Male vocalist, backing himself on guitar, doing mosty originals.  Some track border on smooth jazz).

Powerderfinger Promotions: Always known as a singer’s singer, in Open Up Your Mind Harris also gets the opportunity to show off his deep songwriting talent while letting the music world know that he can hold his own on guitar. Harris has a rich history in the jazz world, CNN referred to him as one of the “three best male jazz vocalists in the country.”

PAMELA HINES – “LUCKY’S BOY” (Pianist, leading a trio, with vocalist April Hall, singing all Pamela’s originals).

CDBaby: Jazz pianist/ composer Pamela Hines presents nine new vocal jazz originals that are sure to be part of the contemporary American Songbook. Soulful and Blues- oriented April Hall puts her vocal stamp on these clever, fun and inspiring tunes. John Lockwood is on bass with Les Harris, Jr. on drums. The result is and outstanding selection of jazz music that is sure to make an impact with jazz fans.
Hines has made a solid contribution to the history of jazz piano with her seventh CD on the Spice Rack label and more works on other labels. She was a guest on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland in 2000, thanks to a critically acclaimed debut CD in 1998 with Bob Moses, Rick McLaughlin, Darren Barrett and Jaque Swarz-Bart.

WYNTON MARSALIS (FB, @WyntonMarsalis), & ERIC CLAPTON (FB, @EricClaptonNews) PLAY THE BLUES” (More of an early-
swing style recording, with a old swing version of “Layla”).

JazzReview.com: Reprise Records captures the magic of these unprecedented shows from earlier this year on CD and as a CD/DVD combo that both feature selections taken from the two public concerts (April 8-9), as well a special performance for Jazz at Lincoln Center's annual gala (April 7). Marsalis says the group combined the sound of an early blues jump-band with the sound of New Orleans jazz to accommodate the integration of guitar/trumpet lead, a combination that gave the musicians the latitude to play different grooves, from the Delta to the Caribbean and beyond.

RENOLDS JAZZ ORCHESTRA (FB) – “THREE PENNY OPERA-LIVE IN AARAU” (All-star big band, playing Kurt Weill’s music from his most famous work).

FAME (Mark S. Tucker): As before, the band here includes honored vets Randy Brecker and Miroslav Vitous, though every member is a superior musician. Many are the solos and just as numerous the influences and stylings—catch the Brubeckian take on Instead of Song, f'rinstance. One is also as likely to encounter a ululatingly enthralling Pharaoh Sanders cum Anthony Braxton voicing (Wedding Song for the Poor) as the aforementioned Dave, with Freddie Hubbardisms, Steve Coleman inflections, and of course the personalities and mindsets of the players themselves tossed in for a constantly morphing landscape. Everything is a kaleidoscope of surpassing skill and coloration.

JOAN STILES – “THREE MUSICIANS” (Joel Frahm and Matt Wilson join her, in mostly progressive versions of familiar tunes).

Amazon.com: Three Musicians is NY-based pianist/composer, Joan Stiles' 3rd CD, a joyful, interactive outing with Joel Frahm (sax) and Matt Wilson (drums). The trio glides and grooves through various jazz styles in brilliant but accessible explorations of standards, show tunes, Monk, Strayhorn, Mary Lou Williams, and even some Beatles and Clapton. Highlights include collages on LOVE - My Funny Valentine meets Sunshine of Your Love and MONEY - Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? meets Can't Buy Me Love. Stiles' compositions - West End Boogie, a soulful, rhythmic blues, and the Gillespie/Dameron inspired Bebopicity add to the eclectic mix. Hurly-Burly (Stiles' last CD) garnered a 4-star Downbeat review and topped Jazz Week Radio charts.

SUSANNAH (Martin) & PABLO – “TROPICOS SUR” (Female vocalist, doing the great Brazilian songbook).

CUONG VU (FB)– “LEAPS OF FAITH” (Pat Metheny’s trumpeter, in a very progressive outing).

AllAboutJazz.com (C. Michael Bailey): The stark juxtaposition of the familiar with the chaotic deepens understanding of the melody. Vu introduces what he is trying to do with the familiar before venturing into the unfamiliar, to provide a better understanding of his vision. This music is the collision between the secure and consonant with the disruptive and dissonant: meaning it reflects real life, where there are no white picket fences, only chain-link ones protecting paradise.

ANDREA WOLPER (FB, @AndreaWolper) – “PARALLEL LIVES” (Female vocalist, singing a mix of standards and originals).

Critical Jazz: "Parallel Lives" is an evocative sound scape collection ranging from Broadway to jazz beatnik to bebop and it is this very proud collection of music that defies standard categorization that makes it so captivating to enjoy. "Parallel Lives" is a celebration of musical diversity at its very finest. A vocal master class for where jazz vocalists should be heading today!

Session Notes for Monday 9-5-2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: September 5, 2011
A few notes for the show, Monday, September 5, 2011 6-8 PM PT...
2011-09-05 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: September 2, 2011
Here's the new batch of music being added to the Jazz 88 Music library and playlist, debuting on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw on Monday, September 5, 2011 6-8 PM PT!

ROY ASSAF / Ronen Itzik / Jorge Roeder / Augmented Reality (FB, Reverbnation) – “AUGMENTED REALITY” (Pianist first session leading a trio. Mostly
orginals).

About.com (Jacob Teichroew): Augmented Reality is lush and yet subtle, and with a range of stylistic influences, it achieves a sophisticated, understated presence. It is exciting to imagine how the music will sound as the band grows more seasoned around it, begins to take bigger risks while continuing to use melody as its inspiration.

CHRISTIAN FABIAN – “WEST COAST SESSION” (Bassist, leading a core trio, with
all-star guests, doing straight-ahead originals and jazz tunes).

NICOLE HENRY (FB, @nicholehenryjazz, YouTube) – “EMBRACEABLE” (Female vocalist, doing a mix of standards,
blues and new tunes).

AllAboutJazz.com (Larry Taylor): With the release of her fifth album, Embraceable, vocalist Nicole Henry pleasingly brings together a range of styles—smooth and mainstream jazz, along with pop and gospel. Henry's stated mission with this record is to take large steps in new directions, and she accomplishes this with a sweet, accessible voice that serves up lyrical ballads, as well as dishing out large helpings of soulful blues and gospel.

JAKE HERTZOG (FB, YouTube) – “EVOLUTION” (Extreme electric guitar).

The Jazz Word: Jake Hertzog, now with a handful of recordings under his belt, is one of the very few prolific young guitarists to convincingly embrace the potential of blending a jazz and rock style of performing. What stands out in Hertzog's playing, aside from a comprehensive knowledge of his instrument, is a willingness, regardless of style, to put it all on the line.

TIM MAYER – “RESILIENCE” (Saxophonist, with many all-star guests, doing a
collection of straight-ahead jazz tunes).

Mitch's Muse: Mayer's platter swings from the get-go. A few tracks have additional players for a richer sound-a bit plush, a hair away from lush, with thoughtful yet vigorous arrangements in the vein of Tadd Dameron, Don Sebesky, and pre-1965 Gil Evans.

JOSH NELSON (FB)– “DISCOVERIES” (Pianist, leading a variety of configurations, doing
all but one straight-ahead originals).

Critical Jazz: Cerebral jazz? In an incredibly unique if not personal release, Nelson takes his appreciation for the writings of Jules Verne among others and transforms this literature into a conceptualized presentation of sonic imagery that lives and breathes on its own. An incredibly thoughtful organic pulse drives the forward motion of this sonic adventure with great care and artistic touch. Nelson's music is (for me) not Ipod friendly, no good jazz worth listening to is. "Discoveries" contains intricate and involved interplay between Nelson and his musical companions that is exciting, fresh and alive to the point where mere headphones could not possibly transfer the musical experience adequately.

BOB SHIMIZU (YouTube,  – “FIRST & MONROE” (Guitar-led contemporary jazz session).

CDBaby: On this outing, Bob Shimizu has shown real bravery by not allowing the influence of the Smooth Jazz broadcast idiom's whimsical rules or, the tradition and "commandments" of the Jazz Police to alter the musical vision. Bob Shimizu has simply recorded a true contemporary jazz record in the most honest sense and, most importantly, he's simply made great music!

TIERNEY SUTTON – “AMERICAN ROAD” (Female vocalist, doing a mix of show
tunes, gospel and Americana).

Critical Jazz: Organic but deep rooted in tradition this exquisite release is perfect from start to finish."...take on her own unique, slightly eclectic but incredibly accessible spin on the Great American Songbook thus releasing an almost instant classic."
Challenge Records: “We first started looking at an ‘America’-themed CD three or four years ago,” says Sutton, whose vocal style has been described as “soft as silk and smooth as fine bourbon” by the Chicago Sun Times. Circumstances led the group in a different direction at the time, the result being 2009’s Desire, which earned the group its third consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album.

But the concept that gave ultimately gave rise to American Road stayed with Sutton and the band—Christian Jacob (piano), Kevin Axt (acoustic and electric bass), Trey Henry (acoustic and electric bass) and Ray Brinker (drums and percussion)—until, having spent countless days and nights traveling America’s roads and playing in her towns and cities, they were able to finally bring it to fruition. All of the arrangements on American Road were conceived by the entire band, which, said The New York Times, has “refined the kind of rapport that could only be achieved over time…providing a continuous flow of support, strength and inspiration.”

BILLY WHITE – “FIRST THINGS FIRST” (Straight-ahead octet, doing all originals).

AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): First Things First is as apt a name for a debut album as anybody could come up with. While this marks pianist Billy White's first leader date, he already has plenty of impressive musical experience under his belt: spending his college years earning a degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA; working with a jazz/hip-hop hybrid group Heezbus, while living in Paris; studying Gnawa trance music in Morocco; and writing some music for films. Eventually, the San Francisco native landed in Brooklyn, NY and began focusing his attention on writing and playing piano. This album is the fruit of that labor and it's rife with exciting compositions and strong group interplay.

CHIP WHITE – “More DEDICATIONS” (Drummer, leading an all-star band,
doing his originals, with a disc of poetry included).

CDBaby: This recording is Chip’s fourth as a leader and composer. The others are "Harlem Sunset" (Postcards, 1994), "Music and Lyrics" (Dark Colors, 2005), and "Double Dedication" (Dark Colors, 2008). The poems on Chip’s CDs come from his book of more than 100 poems for famous jazz musicians, "I’m Just the Drummer in the Band."
Session Notes For Monday 8-29-2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: August 29, 2011
Tonight on the show....
Next week....
  • Ron Carter interview about "Great Big Band" and more!!! A Jazz Legend chatting with us!!
2011-08-29 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: August 27, 2011
RON CARTER – “RON CARTER’S GREAT BIG BAND” (Bassist, leading a big band, and swinging
straight-ahead on many familiar tunes).

Critical Jazz: This is the first ever big band recording for the 74 year old Carter and he pulls this off as though this was his primary if not favorite means of musical expression. A smoking hot ensemble that swings with the kind of pop that would give the listener the impression this was a working ensemble years in the making.
Recent interview with Ron.
A photo of the band with arranger Bob Freedman.
bobfreedmanandtheband

ARMEN DONELIAN – “LEAPFROG” (Pianist, leading a quintet, doing all originals, very edgy).

AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawski): While cohesion and individuality, by their very definitions, may seem to be at odds with one another, the music on Leapfrog reconciles these two opposing ideals without a problem. For his ninth date on the Sunnyside label, pianist Armen Donelian has together a program of strikingly modern originals that showcase the cutting edge talent and simpatico sensibilities of his band. Leapfrog proves to be light years beyond many other albums that wear the modern jazz label, because the individual contributions and the confluence of the group are of equal value, and Donelian deserves plaudits for balancing that equation and producing such a work.
 
KYLE EASTWOOD – “SCENES FROM THE CHATEAU” (Bassist, leading a straight-ahead session,
with funky undertones).

AllAboutJazz.com (Bruce Lindsay): yle Eastwood's career encompasses the writing of film soundtracks, as well as the life of a jazz composer, bandleader and bassist. On those seemingly rare occasions when he isn't working, Eastwood spends much of his time in France. Songs From The Chateau is his fifth album since 1998's debut, From There To Here (Sony), and his fourth for British Candid label. It finds Eastwood recording in the country he loves, at the 15th century Chateau Couronneau in the Bordeaux region. The range of styles is wide, demonstrating the influences from across the world that Eastwood has absorbed into his writing and playing. It's full of strong compositions from Eastwood, and virtuoso playing from every musician, but never feels forced, or competitive: no showboating, no unnecessary technical complexity.

FLUTEUS MAXIMUMS – “ONE SESSION-ONE TAKE” (Funky versions of many familiar songs).

CDBaby
: 16 songs were recorded in 4 hours, live, in a tiny, one room studio in northern California.
All songs were done in one take including Hammond B3 (dubbed in the same session).


BIELLO/WEYAND – “FOURTHOUGHT’ (A quartet, doing mostly originals. Way out sax solos deem it
appropriate for nights only).


DAN JACOBS QUINTET – “PLAYSONG” (Trumpet-led ensemble, doing a mix of tunes, straight-ahead).


JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY – “THE RACE RIOT SUITE” (Very progressive, way out there).

Interview with Chris Combs

JAZZ LINKS ENSEMBLE – “THE DRIVE” (Ensemble of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, doing a collection
of jazz tunes).

CDBaby: This two year labor of love features an ensemble of the next generation of jazz performers whose debut on this CD project is just the beginning. "The Drive" aptly titled after one of the original compositions on the CD, signifies what it takes to be a young jazz performer. The selected tunes exemplify the passion of these young musicians for this ageless music. Accompanied by Producer and Mentor for the project, Robert (Baabe) Irving, III; with Ari Brown and Corey Wilkes on some numbers, the performers not only had an opportunity to "shine" but to do so along-side world renowned Jazz artists.

VINCENT LYN – “HEAVEN BOUND” (Pianist, leading a variety of ensembles, doing an eclectic mix of
jazz, latin and classical).

AllAboutJazz.com (Edward Blanco):

Heaven Bound: indeed, what an appropriate choice of words to title pianist Vincent Lyn's project. The album is a wonderful collection of jazz, bossa nova, samba, Afro-Cuban rhythms and delicate classical interpretations. The fourteen-piece repertoire is an even blend of melody-rich originals and well-chosen, uncommon jazz standards. The music is engaging, sophisticated and highly pleasurable from start to finish, with no fillers, as every tune is a keeper and deserving of airplay consideration.

Lyn is an interesting professional, whose love for music does not really define the person behind it. Lyn is a martial arts expert—a Kung-Fu star and teacher with his own academy—a kickboxing champion, model and Hong Kong film star, with nineteen movies to his credit. But music has always been one of his first loves. and to that end Lyn honed his skills through studies at the renowned Boston Conservatory of Music, Yale University Music School and Manhattan School of Music.


FRANCISCO MELA & CUBAN SAFARI – “TREE OF LIFE” (Progressive session, featuring a couple of
vocals by Esperanza Spalding).
JazzTimes.comDrummer Francisco Mela presents his second release on Half Note, a tour-de-force featuring 10 newly conceived compositions. With the help of his band, Cuban Safari, Mela offers a passionate fusion of Cuban polyrhythms and propulsive modernism. Renown for his play with Joe Lovanoʼs Us Five, Mela and the full scope of his musicianship take center stage with an unexpected turn as a vocalist, duetting with pianist Elio Villafranca, and trading improvs with Special Guest Esperanza SpaldingTree Of Life is spirited evidence of Melaʼs distinguished place among young group leaders. 

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS ONE O’CLOCK LAB BAND – “LAB 2011” (Great college big band,
doing their annual showcase of talent).

JASON RASO – “THE RED ARROW” (Guitarist/bassist, leading a variety of ensembles in a straight-
ahead session).
EarShot (Shelley Gummeson)It has been said Jason Raso has a jazz head and a funk heart. The two have been introduced in The Red Arrow. Jay comments on the duality, “The head can sometimes play games and push you away from some things. I still want a groove and my hope is that those two sides continue to blend.”

GREG REITAN (FB)– “DAYBREAK” (Nice, straight-ahead, jazz piano trio).
Critical Jazz"Daybreak" is the third release for Reitan on the Sunnyside label whose artistry may be best compared as a musical frame of refernce to a cross between Keith Jarrett and Dave Grusin. Subtle nuances on a grand scale. This small yet mighty trio gives us something new with each subsequent spin of the disc. 

CLAUDIO RODITI – “BONS AMIGOS” (Nice straight-ahead release from this trumpeter, with brazilian
undertones).
AllAboutJazz.com (Andrew J. Sammut)Roditi's high note displays and mixing board effects sound as though he's smiling from behind the horn. He's having fun and is not out to impress. Claudio Roditi and his amigos don't have to worry about showing off, unless warmth, melody and humor sound intimidating.

ERNIE WATTS – “ALIVE” (Saxophonist, recorded live in Europe, with his quartet, doing originals and
couple of jazz standards).
ErnieWatts.com: (2004) Released on Watts' own Flying Dolphin label, ALIVE begins a new chapter for the artist. "This is my first recording where I had complete control," notes Watts, "All the creative decisions were mine, from the tunes to the final mix. That freedom produced this CD. It shows who I really am as a musician."

KENNY WERNER WITH THE BRUSSELS JAZZ ORCHESTRA – “INSTITUTE OF HIGHER
LEARNING” (Pianist, leading a mostly swinging big band session).
JazzTimes: "The Brussels Jazz Orchestra (BJO), led by founder and Artistic Director Frank Vaganée, once again reinforces its reputation as one of Europe’s premier big bands, a group that “manifests love,” according to Grammy-winning arranger Maria Schneider. Kenny Werner and the BJO have joined forces to create the perfect canvas for Wernerʼs lush compositions and arrangements. TheInstitute of Higher Learning features 5 tracks, among them the opening “Cantabile,” a three-movement suite showcasing Wernerʼs progressive touch. It was inspired by and dedicated to Bob Brookmeyer. Liner notes by Maria Schneider."

JACK WILKINS – “THE BLUE & GREEN PROJECT” (Saxophonist, doing great straight-ahead
interpretations of American roots music).
JazzLoftThis project involved researching Appalachian Mountain culture and environment as the inspiration for a series of new compositions, which combine the musical inspiration of American roots music—blues, gospel, jazz, mountain music, New Orleans traditions—with the subjective inspiration of Appalachian Mountains. Jack Wilkins is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. An accomplished jazz saxophonist, he has released two CDs as a leader and appears as a sideman on a number of other jazz and commercial recordings.
Session Notes For Monday August 22 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: August 21, 2011
Lots of great New Adds To the Jazz 88 Music Library this week to play on the show Monday, August 22, 2011 6-8 PM PT! You can follow the playlist live on Facebook (http://Facebook.com/TheNewJazzThing) and on Twitter @TNJT (http://Twitter.com/TNJT).
2011-08-22 Adds To the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: August 20, 2011
Here's what's going into the New section of the Jazz 88 Music Library this next week and will be debuted during The New Jazz Thing on Monday, August 22, 2011, 6-8PM PT...Tune In!!. It's all about the New!

LAILA BIALI (@LailaBiali, FB)- "TRACING LIGHT" (Female vocalist/pianist, with a straight-ahead mix of standards, obscure tunes and originals).

Israbox: "
Laila Biali has had quite a year – a new gig as backing vocalist with Sting, a new baby and now a new CD. Tracing Light is the third solo album for the Vancouver-raised, Toronto- and New York-based performer and composer."

NORMAN DAVID & THE ELEVENTET (FB)- "AT THIS TIME" (Large ensemble, doing all straight-ahead originals).

Free MP3
AllAboutJazz.com: "
David has been leading this group for a few years, and as they find their groove and release their first CD, At This Time (Norman David/Coolcraft, 2011), they are deservedly being heard all over the Delaware Valley and beyond. They deliver a relentlessly swinging and ear-popping sound while at the same time offering nuances, subtleties, and creative ideas that generate interest for the more serious listener. David's lightly leavened "emcee" persona is deceptive, dissimulating as a somewhat shy suburban outcast, with wry humor so bad that it's good. Thus, it's a shock at first to hear how well this band delivers its grooving sophisticated sounds. David, known also as a clarinetist, plays a mean soprano sax with this band, while contributing superb arrangements of originals and standards that evoke echoes of great predecessors (for example, the Maynard Ferguson band, as well as shades of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, perhaps its closest ancestral cousin), while maintaining a distinct sound of its own. That sound has the precision, timing, and expression of a small group along with the dynamic energy of a big band."

SAMMY FIGUEROA (@congas88, FB, YouTube)& HIS LATIN JAZZ EXPLOSION - "Urbannature" (Jazzy latin, straight-ahead).

Digital Jazz News:
Sammy spent roughly two decades in New York working with the likes of Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins with whom he is currently touring. One day Sammy decided to roll the musical dice and he headed to South Florida. Figueroa landed firmly in the middle of one of the hottest Latin jazz scenes anywhere which naturally jump started his musical creativity which has earned the two Grammy nominations previously mentioned and with this release perhaps the third time will indeed be the charm!

MIKE GARSON (@MikeGarson, FB) - "THE BOWIE VARIATIONS" (Nice solo interpretations of the music of David Bowie, for whom Mike used to play).

Independent Ethos - Mike Garson talks about David Bowie Variations (interview with Hans Morgenstern: "
I had been thinking about the Bowie album for a very long time, and I was thinking of doing it as a jazz treatment with a band and guitar and sax, but that didn’t feel good. I was thinking of doing covers with a lot of great singers I worked with, and that didn’t fly for me. So each time I’d let it go for months and months. I even talked, 10 years ago, to Tony Visconti [a longtime producer of Bowie’s albums] about a concept, and he was into it, but some record company at the time, I don’t know who they were, they didn’t have the budget I was looking for, and I was not going to do it with a small budget. It had to be done right. Then, a good friend of mine who’s a journalist in France and also a singer/songwriter and has written a book on David Bowie, his name is Jérôme Soligny, he said, ‘Mike, the obvious thing is playing solo piano. Just play the music how you feel,’ and I said, ‘Jesus, why didn’t I think of something so simple?’” (laughs).So it’s a very honest album, Hans … because that’s all I do. I’m an improvising musician."

GIACOMO GATES - "THE REVOLUTION WILL BE JAZZ" (Vocalist, with straight-ahead interpretations of the music of Gil Scott-Heron).

Jazz Wax (Marc Myers):
You listen to this album and it could easily have been recorded Inside_guide_sm in 1964. Giacomo brings a Greenwich Village feel to this music—the summer strum of acoustic guitars in Washington Square, the gentle energy of Vespa scooters and the toy-like grind of the old VW Bug engine accelerating at a traffic-light change.

DONALD HARRISON / RON CARTER  / BILLY COBHAM (@GladBash)- "THIS IS JAZZ" (These three go pianoless, recorded live at The Blue Note).

Amazon.com:
For their second Half Note issue, the power trio of Donald Harrison, Ron Carter and Billy Cobham declare themselves spokesman for a kind of exploratory improvisation and interplay known only to seasoned jazz professionals. Staunch individualists all, they come together with a unified voice - at once steeped in jazz's richly variegated traditions yet forward-thinking in the cause of new creative expression. The group play here is all about a stylized vision of call and response, featuring guys with excellent listening skills and the means to keep the conversation compelling.

ROGER HUMPHRIES - "KEEP THE FAITH" (Drummer, leading mostly a quintet, in a straight-ahead session).

CDUniverse:
"It's not about me. It's about the music," says Roger Humphries. "I've had the idea to do this album for a long time. It was just a matter of getting the right tunes and the right flow." The album is entitled "Keep the Faith" and appropriately reflects Roger's deep and abiding respect for the musical gift he has and his ability to share that gift with others. His name and his musical reputation as a national and international icon are why we as a listening audience or fellow musicians understand Roger when he says, "It's about the music."

RUSS MULLEN AND THE JAZZ ASSOCIATES - "CITYSCAPE" (Mix of straight-ahead, contemporary and latin grooves).

CDBaby:
The CITYSCAPE album is like a musical tour through the neighborhoods of a major city. THE WALK is a jazz-rock piece with a catchy melody and a good beat. SPENDING TIME WITH YOU is an upbeat Bossa Nova with a good hook. You will find yourself singing this melody. GLIDING is a Jazz Waltz that is free-flowing similar to a bird soaring through the air. BAJA CALIENTE is Hot, Hot, Hot. This Latin Jazz piece makes you want to get up and dance. CITY LIGHTS is a Straight Ahead jazz piece that gives you the feel of going out for a night on the town. SANTA MONICA SUMMER is a Bossa Nova with a happy sound that feels a summer vacation. LONELY CITY has a haunting melody and beat. It gives you the feeling of being alone in a new city and not knowing anybody yet. BLUES FOR DARLENE is not really a blues but rather an upbeat Samba that is sure to have you dancing in your seat. WALKIN' THE PARK is just what the title says like a walk in the park. This Reggae-Swing piece will have you visualizing a day in the park with all of the families having picnics and enjoying the day. TIME SQUARE is like a trip back into the city with all the hustle and bustle you might find in Time Square. FUNKIT is a funk tune that sounds like it could have come out of the 70's, it's got a good strong beat that's sure to get you moving. LA CABANA is a Bolaro that was written on a beach in Mexico during a vacation.

SWINGADELIC (FB, YouTube) - "THE OTHER DUKE-TRIBUTE TO DUKE PEARSON" (Big band versions of Duke Pearson compositions).

AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky):
Another Duke served as an A&R man for Blue Note records from 1963 to 1971, performed as a sideman on piano on a slew of recordings for the label during this period, wrote such classics as "Cristo Redentor" and "Idle Moments," and released a string of fabulous, but underappreciated recordings under his own name. This Duke often gets slighted or overlooked, but not this time." "The genesis for this project was bassist Dave Post's love for Pearson's music, but the entire band and its regular audience at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey, had no trouble buying into the pianist's compositions, so an album-length tribute seemed to be in order."

CEDAR WALTON
(FB)- "THE BOUNCER" (Pianist, leading a quintet, in another solid straight-ahead session, doing mostly originals).

BBC (Martin Longley):
The Bouncer "is totally not a security guy," says Cedar Walton, the venerable 77-year-old Texan jazz-pianist who’s played beside John Coltrane, Max Roach and Art Blakey. This latest documentation of his art opens with a title-track that’s spirited and, yes, bounces along with a bright, airily optimistic swagger, rippling with ebullient horns. This is how Walton's using the term, and his description remains apt for the entire disc.

MIGUEL ZENON (FB, @MiguelZenon, YouTube )- "ALMA ADENTRO: THE PUERTO RICAN SONGBOOK" (Saxophonist, doing mostly latin tunes, with some orchestral backing).
Schedule: Playing UCSD in November!

AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky)
: While calling somebody a "star" in jazz might seem like an oxymoron, when considering the lower-than-deserved profile of the genre on the national and international stages, Zenon fits the bill like few others. As of the recording of this 2011 album, Zenon, only in his early thirties, has already carved out a place as one of the defining saxophone voices of his generation. Having already received a Guggenheim Fellowship and MacArthur Fellowship (a.k.a. the "genius grant") at such an early age, some feel that he has been wrongfully fast-tracked in a genre where the experience of elders is usually prized over the enthusiasm and creative spirit of youth; but his solo albums and continuing work with the SFJAZZ Collective, as the only remaining charter member of that groundbreaking group, have confirmed how deserving he really is of all of the positive press, awards and honors that have been thrust upon him.


2011-08-15 Adds To the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: August 13, 2011
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).


AVISHAI COHEN (FB, @AvishaiCohen, YouTube) – “SEVEN SEAS” (Bassist, leading a straight-ahead session with
vocals, doing mostly vocalise tracks).

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 jazz.

TIM COLLINS – “CASTLES AND HILLTOPS” (Vibraphonist, leading a quartet, doing
all but 2 originals, those 2 were written by Bjork and Tom Petty).


MIKE COTTONE
(@MikeCottone)– “JUST REMEMBER” (Trumpeter, leading a quintet, in a straight-
ahead outing).


GEORGE GILLIAM – “STEPPIN’ LIGHTLY” (Straight-ahead guitar trio).


JERRY GONZALEZ – ‘Y EL COMANDO DE LA CLAVE” (Latin jazz trumpeter, with
some vocal tracks, can also be played straight-ahead).


CANDYE KANE / SUE PALMER (FB, @SuePalmer_Piano, YouTube)– “ONE NIGHT IN BELGIUM” (The 2 ladies,
performing live).

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 Eeklo, Belgium.

CHUCK LOEB (@ChuckLoeb)– “PLAIN ‘N’ SIMPLE” (Smooth jazz guitarist, in a straight-ahead,

organ trio session, with some horns and vocals).

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 heard before.

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 heat.

WARREN WOLF – “WARREN WOLF” (Vibraphonist, leading a straight-ahead
session).

The Urban Music SceneIt'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. 

"I'm 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
2011-08-08 The Latest Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: August 8, 2011
Here are the new discs being added to the Jazz 88 Music Library for play starting Monday, August 8, 2011 and being debuted on The New Jazz Thing from 6 to 8 PM PT, Monday, August 8, 2011!

CHARLIE APICELLA & IRON CITY (FB)– “THE BUSINESS” (Guitar/organ ensemble, groovin’ straight-ahead to originals and jazz tunes).

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."

RICK BRAUN (FB, @RickBraun9, YouTube) – “SINGS WITH STRINGS” (Smooth jazz trumpeter takes a shot at singing standards, not bad) 

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.

DEEP BLUE ORGAN TRIO“WONDERFUL!” (@DeepBlueOrgan3o, FB) (Organ/guitar trio, swinging the tunes of Stevie Wonder).


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."

ORRIN EVANS“FREEDOM” (@PosiTone) (Pianist, in a straight-ahead session, with a sax on 2 tracks, doing mostly originals) 

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."

RANDY JOHNSTON – “PEOPLE MUSIC” (Random Acts Records FB) (Guitar/organ trio, doing originals and jazz tunes, with Randy singing on 2 tracks). 


NICK RUFFINI – “PRESSIN’ ON” (FB, @Nick_Ruffini, YouTube) (Drummer-led session, with guitarist Johnny DeFrancesco, again, an organ oriented sound…edgy).


RICHARD UNDERHILL (@richardunderhill, FB, YouTube) – “KENSINGTON SUITE” (Saxophonist, leading a variety of ensembles, doing all originals, on the edgy side, with 4 tracks featuring…you guessed it…the organ). 

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 these comments."

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.”


2011-08-01 The Latest Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: August 1, 2011
Here are the new add to the Jazz 88 Music Library for Monday, August 1, 2011, which will be debuted on the station on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, August 1, 2011 6-8 PM PT!

AMIKAEYLA & TRELAWNY ROSE – “TO EVA, WITH LOVE” (@songbirdtribute, FB) (Female vocalists, with special guests, paying tribute to Eva Cassady.  Recorded live, with a somewhat folky feel, but jazzy enough on most tracks).

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.

WENDELL HARRISON (FB , Free downloads from album!)– “IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME” (Saxophonist, in a funky, contemporary groove).




Sacramento Bee (Mark Stryker): "It's About Damn Time" finds Harrison in a populist mode, his gutsy tenor boogying on top of dance rhythms, vamps and electric bass and guitar. His solos have a homespun, sometimes quirky character, favoring visceral exhortations over technical fireworks and flashy harmony. The breezy melodies, grooves and circumscribed improvisations lack the experimental edge of Tribe, and Harrison says the music is pitched at younger fans who have recently discovered his vintage records or his work with Craig.

THE FALCONAIRES – “SHARING THE FREEDOM” ( Free Downloads!)(The United States Air Force Academy Band, swinging straight-ahead).


GEORGE LERNIS QUARTET (YouTube) – “SHAPES OF NATURE” (Drummer leading a quartet, doing all edgy, straight-ahead originals).

AllAboutJazz.com (Greg Simmons): Taking the liner notes at face value, Shapes of Nature is a master's thesis. These are well-sorted, truly original compositions that retain enough improvisational freedom to ensure that the participant's individual voices are well-represented. The opportunity to hear the direct results of a musician's academic studies—and to have them identified as such—is unusual, and in this case very successful.

MORTEN SCHANTZ TRIO (MySpace, FB) – “CONVEYANCE” (Piano trio, doing an interesting mix of jazz tunes, standards and new standards).


J.C. STYLLES (FB)– “EXHILARATION AND OTHER STORIES” @Motema (Guitar/organ trio, groovin’ straight ahead).

JC Stylles Finds His Exhilaration (free download there too!): The album was inspired after the trio had played a weekly residency for nearly 2 years in a Harlem Club, and I knew the communication level had reached a high enough point to be ready to capture.

MARK WINKLER (FB)– “SWEET SPOT” (Male vocalist, back by great musicians, doing straight-ahead standards and originals).

AllAboutJazz.com (C. Michael Bailey):
Perfect intonation or not, Winkler, like Caruso, possesses that most important vocal element for a singer—a distinctive voice. Winkler's sonics are less than perfect, his voice too refined to contain grit, possessing a rasp that makes it unique—and, more importantly, identifiable. Add this to his keen arranger's ear and Winkler turns a standard like "But Not for Me" on its ear.
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: July 22, 2011
Here are the new adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library for Monday, July 25, 2011 and will be debuted on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, 6-8 PM PT, Monday, July 25, 2011.

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.
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: July 18, 2011
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).

Irritating little impediments to ME becoming famous:(VO: OK, this blog writer needs a bit more exposure!)

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 Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: July 9, 2011
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 couple on 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.
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: June 25, 2011
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).
Rene Marie, LOTS of NEW JAZZ MUSIC!
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: June 20, 2011
The New Jazz Thing is LIVE! Monday, June 20, 2011 6 to 8 PM PT on Jazz 88.3 FM KSDS San Diego Webcast http://Jazz88.org. We will be debuting the new additions to the Jazz 88 Library for 6/20/2011. Also, vocalist Rene Marie will be joining us on the phone at 6:40 PM PT to chat about her latest release "Voice of My Beautiful Country" and her June 28, 2011 performance at Anthology SD!


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The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: June 20, 2011

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).

Joshua White at Jazz Live San Diego 6-14-11
Blog Name: Jazz LiveAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: June 14, 2011
Joshua White performs on the Seville Theatre stage at San Diego City College for Jazz Live San Diego,  Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8PM broadcast LIVE at 88.3 FM KSDS San Diego and webcast at http://Jazz88.org.

I will be live blogging the show on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jazz-Live-San-Diego/148121091920426 and Twitter at http://Twitter.com/Jazz88JazzLive


VO and Joshua White Do The Jazz Live San Diego Interview
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: June 11, 2011
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 ALLEN  FB Page)– “WINTERS & MAYS” (Female vocalist, with an interesting mix of
tunes, backed by great musicians).
Kerry Marsh Interview - Vocal Jazz and Beyond - 2011-05-30
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: May 30, 2011
Interviewed Kerry Marsh about the state of vocal jazz, in general, in California, and in the age of Glee on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, May 30, 2011!
Coming...interview audio....
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: May 29, 2011

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).

The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: May 23, 2011
Here are the latest releases into the Jazz 88 KSDS San Diego Music Library. They will be featured on The New Jazz Thing on Jazz 88.3, Monday, May 23, 2011 6-8 PM PT at 88.3 FM and http://Jazz88.org.

TERRENCE BREWER – “SETTING THE STANDARD” (Guitarist-led session, doing
straight-ahead standards).

JOHN BROWN TRIO – “DANCING WITH DUKE” (Bassist, leading a trio with Cyrus
Chestnut, doing Duke tunes).

RAY BROWN’S GREAT BIG BAND – “KAYAK” (Composer/arranger, not the bassist,
leading a swinging big band).

ELIANE ELIAS – “LIGHT MY FIRE” (All vocal album, with mostly a brazilian vibe to
it).

JARED GOLD – “ALL WRAPPED UP” (Oragnist, leading a quartet, doing all originals,
on the edgy side).

RICHARD HARRIS – “LOVE’S SWEET SONG” (Mostly straight-ahead release by this
trumpeter, doing mostly standards).

REBECCA KILGER AND THE HARRY ALLEN QUARTET – “LIVE AT
FEINSTEIN’S” (Vocalist and saxophonist paying tribute to Billie Holiday and Lester
Young).

KONITZ/MEHLDAU/HADE/MOTIAN – “LIVE AT BIRDLAND” (A live session of
standards and jazz tunes, done mostly straight-ahead, with an edge).

DEBORAH PEARL – “SOUVENIR OF YOU” (Female vocalist, with her lyrics adapted
to the tunes of Benny Carter).

PEAR – “EXTEMP’ORE” (Aggressively progressive session, with a variety of sounds).

ADAM RUDOLPH’S MOVING PICTURES – “BOTH/AND” (Very progressive,
percussion-intensive recordings).

TIEMPO LIBRE – “MY SECRET RADIO” (Hard-core latin vocal tunes, with one
instrumental).

CHRIS WEST – “SURPRISE TRILOGY I” (Edgy saxophone-led session, doing all
originals).
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: May 15, 2011
Some chart toppers, legendary and new comers, to be sure, being added to the library this week...and featured on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, 6-8PM PT, Monday, May 16, 2011!

ERIC ALEXANDER – “DON’T FOLLOW THE CROWD” (Excellent straight-ahead quartet session, with a mix of originals, new and old standards and obscure tunes).

Louis Hayes Quartet at Jazz Live San Diego Tuesday May 10 2011
Blog Name: Jazz LiveAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: May 10, 2011
What an honor it is to have the great Jazz Drummer Louis Hayes on the Seville Theatre stage at San Diego City College for Jazz Live San Diego, Tuesday May 10, 2011 8 to 10 PM PT. I'm going to be Live blogging the show on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jazz-Live-San-Diego/148121091920426) and Twitter@Jazz88JazzLive (http://Twitter.com/Jazz88JazzLive).

Louis Hayes Quartet Soundcheck at Jazz Live San Diego - Show LIVE 8-10 PM PT http://Jazz88.org 88.3 FM San Diego

To understand a little of the importance of tonight, Louis Hayes at age 18 replaced Art Blakey in Horace Silver's quintet when Hard Bop and Funk Bop and Soul Jazz were making a audience-centric directional turn from the BeBop era (with more experimental, exploratory, artist-centric, turns being made by Trace, Cecil, Ornette, and others). Louis was right there at this nexus. He played with Cannonball Adderly's Quintet on what has been called the first "soul-jazz" album, "The Cannonball Adderly Quintet Live in San Francisco" (which ushered in it's own era of music and live, audience-included, recording). Here are a few links that helped me:
Right on!
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: May 7, 2011
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).
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: May 2, 2011

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).

This Is The New Jazz Thing on Jazz 88.3 - Monday 2011-04-25
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: April 25, 2011
The New Jazz Thing is LIVE! Monday, April 25 2011, 6 to 8 PM PT on Jazz 88.3 FM, KSDS San Diego, Webcast at http://Jazz88.org! Quick Link: TNJT Playlist Archive (TNJT Playlist RSS Feed – Subscribe!). Listen to Jazz 88 NOW! Like / Follow / Share / Comment / Retweet: Facebook: http://Facebook.com/TheNewJazzThing Twitter: http://Twitter.com/TNJT

Tonight on the show...
Ben Allison - The bassist's "Action Refraction" is already being called one of the top 10 of 2011. We'll be chatting with him about it in Hour 2 of The New!
2011-04-25 Adds To the Jazz 88 Music Library: Lots of great new music, seems that the progressive wing is alive and well this week: Matthew Shipp, Walt Weiskopf, Julian Lage...and lots more!!


The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: April 25, 2011
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!

“BONES & TONES” (World sounds, all originals by band members).

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."

The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: April 18, 2011

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."

Louis Hayes Quartet Band
Blog Name: Jazz LiveAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: April 14, 2011

The band for the Louis Hayes Quartet at Jazz Live San Diego on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 8-10 PM PT has been announced and it's a dewsy!!

  • Louis Hayes, Drums
  • Rob Thorsen, Bass
  • Mikan Zlatkovich, Piano
  • Daniel Jackson, Sax

Wow! Daniel Jackson playing with Louis Hayes...awesome! The cream of the San Diego Jazz scene with a bonafide Jazz Drum Legend!! Wow+2!

You better reserve your tickets now, because they ain't gonna be round long!!

The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: April 11, 2011

NEW THIS WEEK FOR 4/11/11

BEN ALLISON – “ACTION-REFRACTION” (Progressive outing from this guitarist, mix of standards, originals and new standards).

AllMusic.com Review:

GEORGE COLE QUINTET – “RIVERSIDE DRIVE” (Gypsy jazz, with mostly vocals).

Djangology.net Review:

ORRIN EVANS – “CAPTAIN BLACK BIG BAND” (Edgy big band session, doing mostly originals).

The Revivalist.com Review:

FIVEPLAY JAZZ QUINTET – “FIVE OF HEARTS” (Not to be confused with the all-female band, doing all straight-ahead originals by band members).


BILL KWAN – “PENTIMENTO” (Male vocalist, singing old and new standards).

CDBaby:

DAVE LeFEBVRE – “FROM SOUL TO SOUL” (Mix of straight-ahead and contemporary sounds, doing all originals).

CDBaby:

FRANK MACCHIA – “SON OF FOLK SONGS FOR JAZZERS” (Big band, featuring all-star sidemen, doing arrangements of familiar melodies).

AllAboutJazz.com Review:

IRVIN MAYFIELD – “A LOVE LETTER TO NEW ORLEANS” (Trumpeter, saluting his hometown, with various group configurations, with several trumpet/piano duets).


AllAboutJazz.com Review:

RICH PELLEGRIN QUINTET – “THREE-PART ODYSSEY” (Progressive quintet, doing all originals by band members).

OA2Records Review:

ALEX PINTO QUARTET – “INNER STATE” (Progressive quartet, doing all originals).

The JazzPage Review:

Q.E.D. – “YET WHAT IS ANY OCEAN…” (Interesting trio configuration, doing all straight-ahead originals).

Origin Records Review:

REBIRTH BRASS BAND – “REBIRTH OF NEW ORLEANS” (Classic New Orleans brass band sounds).


Seattle PostIntelligenser Review:

KOREY RIKER – “PREHUMOUS” (Sax player, doing all originals, mostly contemporary, option-slot material).

AllAboutJazz.com Review:

WAYNE RIKER QUINTET – “PENUMBRAL SKY” (Local guitarist, doing straight-ahead, bluesy originals).

CDBaby:

TOMMY SMITH – “KARMA” (Sax player, doing mostly very edgy contemporary tunes).

Edinburgh Festival Guide:

ROSSANO SPORTIELLO – “LUCKY TO BE ME” (Straight-ahead piano trio).

Arbors Records:

DAVE STERNER QUINTET – “SIDETRACKED” (Double sax quintet, doing all straight-ahead originals).

Cleveland Scene Review:

Frank Macchia, Wayne Riker, Joe Lovano
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: April 11, 2011
The New Jazz Thing is LIVE! Thursday, April 11, 2011 6-8PM PT on Jazz 88.3 FM KSDS San Diego Webcast http://Jazz88.org. Tonight on the show...

  • 3-time Grammy Nominee Frank Macchia will be chatting about his new "SON of Folks Songs for Jazzers" release.
  • San Diego guitar phenom Wayne Riker will be LIVE in studio playing and chatting about his new release "Prenumbral Sky".
  • Multi-award winner Joe Lovano will do a quick call in about his chart topping "Birdsongs" disc and his April 27, 2011 gig at Anthology San Diego.
  • Lots of great new Jazz music added to the Library this week.

New This Week 2011.03.28 In The Jazz 88 Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 BlogAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: March 28, 2011

NEW THIS WEEK FOR 3/28/11



VERNELL BROWN, JR. – “DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME” (Pianist, leading various band configurations, doing all original material).
Become A Jazz 88 Member and Supporter During The New Jazz Thing!
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: March 28, 2011
Tonight, Monday March -28, 2011 6-8 PM PT on The New Jazz Thing on Jazz 88.3, we will be focusing on the benefits of KSDS San Diego, Jazz 88 to you, your community, and Jazz Music and providing you an opportunity to become a member or renew your membership and support of Jazz 88 during our Spring Membership Campaign.

If you are a Jazz musician, educator, or just a previous supporter with a story to tell about how Jazz 88 and member-supported Public Jazz Radio has impacted your life, please post it on The New Jazz Thing's facebook page (http://Facebook.com/TheNewJazzThing), post a link/tweet on Twitter using #TNJT hashtag, or just send an email to VO@TheNewJazzThing.com and we'll try and share your experience with listeners during tonight's show.
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
Preview of Henry Butler at Jazz Live Tuesday April 12, 2011
Blog Name: Jazz LiveAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: March 8, 2011
Pianist Henry Butler will be our guest for a unique solo piano show for our next Jazz Live San Diego, Tuesday, April 12, 2011.



Henry's Bio on his website.: An eight-time W.C. Handy “Best Blues Instrumentalist - Piano” award nominee, Henry Butler knows no limitations. Although blinded by glaucoma since birth, Butler is also a world class photographer with his work displayed at exhibitions throughout the United States. Playing piano since the age of six, Butler is a master of musical diversity. Combining the percussive jazz piano playing of McCoy Tyner and the New Orleans style playing of Professor Longhair through his classically trained wizardry, Butler continues to craft a sound uniquely his own. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B influences, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace.

Henry's Facebook Page.

Preview Tune: Orleans Inspiration from Orleans Inspiration (1990)

Mastering baritone horn, valve trombone and drums, in addition to the piano, at the Louisiana State School for the Blind in Baton Rouge, as a youngster, Butler began formal vocal training in the eleventh grade. He went on to sing German lieder, French and Italian art songs and operatic arias at Southern and Michigan State Universities, earning a Masters degree in vocal music. He has taught music workshops throughout the country and initiated a number of different educational projects, including a residential jazz camp at Missouri State School for the Blind and a program for blind and visually impaired students at the University of New Orleans.

Mentored by influential jazz clarinetist and Michigan State University teacher Alvin Batiste, Butler was encouraged to explore Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and other Caribbean music. With Batiste’s help, he successfully applied for National Endowment for the Arts grants to study with keyboard players George Duke, then with Cannonball Adderley’s Quintet, and the late Sir Roland Hanna. He studied with Harold Mabern, pianist for the late Lee Morgan, for a summer and spent a long afternoon studying with Professor Longhair.

Preview Tune: Goin' Down Slow from Orleans Inspiration (1990)

Rebecca Coupe Franks Quartet Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Blog Name: Jazz LiveAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: March 8, 2011
Going to be live blogging the event below, so watch out!

And now the interview plays and I'm off to get set for a Henry Butler preview...

9:30 And the crowd goes wild...while the band takes a bow out front! What a fantastic show!

9:24 Tune 13 "Down Home Feelin": She needs a break, but is gutting it out! Heading down to close it out!

I will be heading down soon to say good night to our studio audience and getting things ready for a Henry Butler preview of our April 12, 2011 Jazz Live San Diego! But I think they will be doing one more tune after this, so I'll hang tight!

9:17 Tune 12 "Exposure". Another from Check The Box, which tonight's pianist Luis Perdomo plays on. She's really working the set list tonight!

9:11 Tune 11 "Five More Days". Mid-tempo tune, starting out with Rebecca doing another vocal.

She talks a bit about being a West Coast girl that went to NY, but loving San Diego and playing Frisbee at the beach today.

9:04 Back in the perch, after the station ID and a chat about trying out new stuff in front of an audience and the change it might undergo.

Tune 10 "Regrets": Another new tune. She explained is as very improvisational, like a improve painting. With a little structure that she has built for it. Feels like she is trying out a different kind of composition. And this is just a trio, Perdomo  piano, Camacho bass, Franks trumpet.

Luis Perdomo piano Rene Camacho bass Rebecca Coupe Franks trumpet Performing "Regrets" at Jazz Live San Diego

Tune 9 "Mass" (before the break): Another tune from 2009's Check The Box. Boy it sure swang hard!

8:52 Time for me to go down and figure out what I'm going to ask her in about 8 minutes....ah...

Here's a slide show of the pictures from tonight's show and before hand...


8:47 Explains some of the dead air as she is changing up the set list as she goes. Next up a reggae tune...
Tune 8 "<a reggae tune>": Another vocal by Rebecca...she really loves to sing!

Here's a shot from up in the perch above the Seville Theatre
Rebecca Coupe Franks Quartet From The Perch at the Seville Theatre San Diego City College

8:42 Tune 7 "3/4": She said she didn't know what time it was and someone from the crowd yelled "8:42". She said "Time flies when you are having fun!". I hope she has enough tunes to get the full 90 minutes in...I'm sure she does!!

8:35 Tune 6 Hugs From Heaven. A tune written for her father who passed away about a year ago. Rebecca sings for the first time tonight. Before the tune, as there was a little dead air for you at home on the radio, she came back and explained: "A little out of order...which isn't too strange for me" (a little paraphrase, but you get the very humble idea!).

8:29 Tune 5 Genetic Makeup. Another tune written in the last couple of months. Never recorded. Probably played live very few times....nice! Swinging tune, with Luis Perdomo taking a really nice turn on piano! Also, Rene Camacho did it up..and the crowd loved it!

We are soooo lucky to be hearing lots of previously unheard, new music from Rebecca...she is hoping to record this in June 2011.

8:22: Rebecca introduces the band. Just met Andy a couple gigs ago. Luis Perdomo, piano, played on her "Check The Box" disc from 2009.
Tune 4: "Open Heart". Ballad.

8:16 Tune 3 - Movin' On. To commemorate quitting her college teaching gig and deciding to play full time! Great choice! Nice solo by drummer Andy Sanesi!!

She back announced the first tunes...
Tune 0 (before the on air): Thursday.
Tune 1: LuLu
Tune 2: Someday. The first tune she wrote at age 20!

The shot I took, with the program, from backstage, while the band played their first tune:
Rebecca Coupe Franks Quartet Opens Jazz Live San Diego NOW 88.3 FM http://Jazz88.org

8:08 Back in the perch after opening the show, the first tune was a nice shuffle with RCF really blowing it away! She must have been a little inspired by the Kermit Ruffins that Barry Farrar played right before he tossed it to us in the theatre. Tune 2 is a sweet bossa-ish swinger.

7:47 In the perch, but heading backstage to get the band and then out front to introduce them and get the show started! Break a leg!!

Here's soundcheck before the show...
This Is The New Jazz Thing on Jazz 88.3 Thursday, March 7, 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: March 7, 2011
The New Jazz Thing is LIVE! Thursday, March 7, 2011, 6 to 8 PM PT on Jazz 88.3 FM, KSDS San Diego, Webcast at http://Jazz88.org! Quick Link: TNJT Playlist Archive (TNJT Playlist RSS Feed - Subscribe!). Listen to Jazz 88 NOW! Check out the New This Week 3/7/2011 to see a big part of what the New is all about!


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).

The New Jazz Thing Thursday, February 28, 2011 - Rachel Z Omar Hakim Noah Preminger
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011
The New Jazz Thing is LIVE 6-8 PM PT Monday, February 28, 2011 on Jazz 88.3 FM KSDS San Diego Webcast http://Jazz88.org!

Tonight on the show:
  • Rachel Z and Omar Hakim of Trio of OZ (check out some music clips there)! They will both be joining us via teleconference line to chat about their new release.
  • Noah Preminger has a new release "Before The Rain" out and we'll be chatting with him about it.
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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."
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011

ANTHONY SMITH QUARTET – “THE LADY & THE QUEEN” (Local pianist, leading a quartet, doing all originals).



Reviews and Quotes:
  • 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)."
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011

BOBBY SELVAGGIO – “GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT” (Contemporary quintet, doing all originals, on the edgy side).




Reviews and Quotes:


Roberta Piket - Sides, Colors
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011
ROBERTA PIKET – “SIDES, COLORS” (Mostly progressive outing, with a variety of band configurations, doing mostly originals, with a couple of standards).



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."

Brad Mehldau - Live In Marciac
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011
BRAD MEHLDAU – “LIVE IN MARCIAC” (Solo piano outing, 2 discs, with a great mix of originals, standards and new standards, recorded live).



Reviews and Quotes:

Goodbye Storyteller from Brad Mehldau Music on Vimeo.

Native Soul - Soul Step
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011
NATIVE SOUL – “SOUL STEP” (Quartet, doing mostly straight-ahead originals, with a few contemporary tracks).


The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011
BOBBY MATOS AFRO LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE – “BEAUTIFUL AS THE MOON” (Recorded at his Jazz Live concert last June, with one studio track).



Reviews and Quotes:
  • 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."
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011


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."

The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011
ELIZABETH WOODBURY KASIUS & HEARD – “KATARU” (World flavored jazz, with some vocals, doing all originals).




The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011
SCOTT HAMILTON AND ROSSANO SPORTIELLO – “MIDNIGHT AT NOLA’S PENTHOUSE” (Sax/piano duet rendering of standards).



Reviews and Quotes:

The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 28, 2011
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 original compositions."
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 27, 2011
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."


Rebecca Coupe Franks Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Blog Name: Jazz LiveAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 23, 2011
The band for Rebecca Coupe Franks appearance at Jazz Live San Diego, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 8-10 PM PT from the Seville Theatre at San Diego City College (and broadcast LIVE at Jazz 88.3 FM San Diego and on the web at http://Jazz88.org) has just been announced....
For information on tickets, parking, and future Jazz Live San Diego dates, check out the Jazz Live page on the http://Jazz88.org website: http://jazz88.org/sch_jazzlive.php
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 16, 2011
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).
The Red Holloway Quartet w Plas Johnson at Jazz Live San Diego 2011.02.08
Blog Name: Jazz LiveAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 8, 2011
I'm blogging the show live and you can listen at http://Jazz88.org or 88.3 FM in San Diego....

9:23 Tune 11 <a blues shouter> They didn't say this was the end, but it sure looks like it based on the time...heading downstairs....

Looks like this will be the tune before the last one...then it's down for the close and onto the rest of the show...

9:14 Tune 10 "Theme from Pink Panther" Plas Johnson plays on the tune that made him famous...you knew he recorded the famous saxophone solo on this tune, right?!

9:07 Tune 9 "Delilah" featuring pianist Art Hillary. Richard Reid is really growly playing the bass...his microphone pickup on the bass really picks him up...sounds great! Everyone's taking a turn on this one...Garryck King on drums just did a nice thing with mallets...I think.

9:01 Tune 8 "Drink Muddy Water" with Red taking the lead on vocals and letting the theatre audience get a few responses in to his calls. The band swings.

8:58 Station ID Break and Q&A: We heard stories about Red and Plas' time in the Army. Red as a bandleader, after doing a stint in the motor pool and 'red lining' his pay...I guess that means he didn't take his pay for some reason. Plas was happy to be done with his time!

Time for me to figure out what we are going to banter and babble about at the 9PM station ID break.

8:47 Tune 7 "Caravan" Red sings the lyric to remember the name of the tune...featuring Garryck King on the buckets.

8:38 Tune 6 "Talk of the Town" Nice ballad choice. Again, Plas calling the tunes as he sees them from the stage. And his buddy Red is hanging right there with the band on stage...bet he wishes he was playing side by side with Plas (they talked about this in the pre-recorded interview).

8:31 Tune 5 "I Feel Good" A little James Brown being pulled out of the hat by Plas. The crowd is loving it!

8:25 Tune 4 "Yes, Yes" - Red does some magic rhyming 'pass' with 'yes'.

Red schmoozing the fine ladies with a tune he just wrote...I think I know the title...I cleared this for on-air...we'll see if I regret that decision!

8:17 Tune 3 "Hittin The Jug" - Plas wailing on a slow blues, after deciding what they were going to play. Looks like there isn't a set list for tonight's festivities!

8:10 Tune 2 <some title> Red Holloway leads the packed Seville Theatre in a blues sing-a-long.

8:01 Tune 1 "Lucky So and So" We didn't quite hit the 8:00 mark with the first tune, so I wonder what the 'toss' sounded like...the end of Tune 0 and then we went right into the show...LIVE radio with Jazz Legends at it's most unpredictable!

7: 56 Tune 0 "My Shining Hour" Supposed to be for the theatre only, as a last mix check for broadcast...but they didn't quite finish before the 8:00 toss from the studio, so I'm sure the radio audience heard the end of it, with my "LIVE from the Seville Theatre..." opener.

Some pre-show stuff...


Plas, Richard, and Garryk at the soundcheck...
Me with Red and Plas after the Jazz Live San Diego interview...
VO, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson - Plas Johnson Soundcheck - Jazz Live San Diego TONIGHT 8-10PM PT Jazz 88.3 FM http://Jazz88.org

VO, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson - Plas Johnson Soundcheck - Jazz Live San Diego TONIGHT 8-10PM PT Jazz 88.3 FM http://Jazz88.org

Jazz Live San Diego TONIGHT 8-10PM PT @Jazz88 88.3 FM http://Jazz88.org Red Holloway w Plas Johnson!!

Noah Preminger - Before The Rain
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 7, 2011

Interview with Noah on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, February 28, 2011
  Noah Preminger "Before The Rain" by Vince Outlaw

Noah Preminger - Before The Rain


Trio of Oz - Trio of Oz
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 7, 2011

Omar Hakim and Rachel Z of The Trio of Oz on The Jazz Thing 201102028 by Vince Outlaw
Trio of Oz is Rachel Z piano, Omar Hakim drums, and Maeve Royce bass.


Reviews:
  • 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 former—completely understandable."
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 3, 2011
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).
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: January 26, 2011
NEW THIS WEEK FOR 1/27/11 - I'll be featuring a lot of this music for the first time on Jazz Radio Thursday, January 26, 2011 on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw (http://jazz88.org/Programs/The_New_Jazz_Thing/, Blog http://TheNewJazzThing.com)

ERNESTINE ANDERSON – “NIGHTLIFE” (Legendary singer, backed by an all-star
band, recorded live).

STEVE COLE – “MOONLIGHT” (Saxophonist, backed by strings, doing old and new
standards).

SHAWN COSTANTINO – “WALTZ FOR ANNIE” (Multi-reed player, doing an edgy
mix of originals and standards).

MAC GOLLEHON – “STRAIGHT AHEAD” (Trumpeter, with a lot of overdubs, doing
originals and standards, with a great back up band).

ROBERT HURST – “BOB YA HEAD” (Very eclectic mix of contemporary, bass solos
and word jazz).

GRACE KELLY/PHIL WOODS – “MAN WITH THE HAT” (The two aloists, with a
great rhythm section, doing a straight-ahead mix of originals and standards).

TOM LUER – “PROJECT POPULAR” (Sax player, doing an edgy mix of all original
material).

NANCY MARANO – “MAGIC” (Female vocalist, doing mostly the Great American
Songbook, backed by an all-star band).

CAROLYN NELSON – “COME A LITTLE CLOSER” (Female vocalist, doing
standards and jazz tunes).

JAIMEE PAUL – “MELANCHOLY BABY” (Female vocalist, doing old and new
standards).

JEREMY PELT – “THE TALENTED MR. PELT” (Trumpet/sax quintet, with a
collection of great, straight-ahead originals).

“SEVENTH HEAVEN” – (Various group configurations, doing all straight-ahead
originals).

DIEGO URCOLA – “APPRECIATION” (Trumpeter, with original tunes paying tribute
to his favorite artists).

MARTY WILLIAMS – “LONG TIME COMIN” (Male pianist/vocalist, doing jazz tunes
and standards).
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: January 20, 2011
Looking for feedback on the latest adds to the Jazz 88 KSDS San Diego Music Library. Got something you want to hear? Do you have a story about the artist or the release? What's the impact of this new release?

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).
The Geoffrey Keezer Peter Sprague Band at Jazz Live San Diego 2011.1.11
Blog Name: Jazz LiveAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: January 11, 2011
Geoffrey Keezer piano and Peter Sprague guitar play music from their new disc "Mill Creek Road" along with Hamilton Price bass and Duncan Moore drums with guests Zach Harmon tabla and Erica Ochoa fiddle at Jazz Live San Diego Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

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