Here are the discs we are adding to the Jazz 88 Playlist and Library the week of August 15, 2011. Great to see San Diego represented well with new discs by Russell Bizzett and Candy Kayne / Sue Palmer, along with some personal favs like Avishai Cohen and Sam Yahel.
I will be debuting as much of this new as possible on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, August 15, 2011 between 6 and 8 PM PT, so tune in!!
JOHN BASILE (– “AMPLITUDE” (Guitarist, playing solo with overdubs, with a mix of old & new standards and originals).
AllAboutJazz.com: Though initially intended as references for performances with perhaps
another guitarist or instrumentalist, the process became so creatively
challenging and intriguing, that I ultimately decided to seize this
opportunity to overdub all the tracks in what made musical and
conversational sense. Years ago, Bill Evans' Conversations with Myself
was a great inspiration in this regard With the iPhone revolutionizing
our pop-culture, I thought why not use it and see where it takes me? RUSSELL BIZZETT – “DREAM STREET” (Local trio, doing all standards, straight- ahead).
AllAboutJazz.com (NeNad Georgievski): Seven Seas is another exceptional chapter in the Cohen catalog,
one that showcases a willingness to stretch itself to the breaking
point and open up the music to a wider array of approaches. It is one of
his most spontaneous recordings, with both disciplinarian and
freewheeling sense of adventurous interaction. In general, there is a
spirit of true exploration on his records which is also evident here,
with adventurous improvisation added to that blend of Mediterranean
melodies (with touches of Ladino/Judeo-Spanish heritage) and the art of
TIM COLLINS – “CASTLES AND HILLTOPS” (Vibraphonist, leading a quartet, doing all but 2 originals, those 2 were written by Bjork and Tom Petty).
Candy Kane and Sue Palmer's telepathic musical rapport (George Varga): Kane, a boisterous, sometimes bawdy singer, with a big voice and an
even bigger heart, first began playing with ace pianist Palmer in 1991
at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Their near-telepathic musical rapport
was immediately apparent, fueled by their shared passion for blues,
boogie-woogie, swing, jump-blues and other earthy American music styles.You can savor that rapport on the recently released “One Night in
Belgium,” an intimate live duo album Kane and Palmer recorded in 1999 in
SmoothJazzDaily: Tweety Records is proud to present Chuck Loeb’s latest CD Plain ‘n’Simple,
his seventeenth as a solo artist. It is an organ trio project,
featuring Pat Bianchi on the keys and pedals, and Chuck’s fellow
Fourplay band member Harvey Mason on drums. The CD represents a new
direction for Chuck, while at the same time harkening back to his
earliest influences as a jazz guitarist. From the beginning, he was
drawn to the organ trio sound by his love for the early Wes Montgomery
records, as well as the hallmark Jimmy Smith recordings of the 1960’s.
The repertoire includes eight Loeb originals, two gems penned by Mason,
and a couple of standards too. The music is swinging, funky, lush and exciting from note one, and stays
that way to the very last drop. Chuck’s fans will find the excellence
in playing, sound, and production that they have come to expect from
him, as well experiencing a side of the artist that they may have never
LARRY VUCKOVICH – “SOMETHIN’ SPECIAL” (Pianist, leading a quintet, doing jazz standards).
Amazon.com: Something Special, this newest offering from Larry Vuckovich,
creates a strong 'Blue Note' flavor of soulful, swinging jazz. The
selections reflect the pianist's important early influences, honoring
the jazz masters who inspired him when he first began playing jazz.
Vuckovich runs his deft fingers across the keys on some rare
compositions, such as Horace Silver's languid Enchantment and Sonny Clark's Somethin' Special,
the album's title track. He presents guest artist, classic tenor
saxophonist Scott Hamilton, in a slightly different light from Scott's
past recordings. Hamilton shines as he plays compositions of the bebop
masters, newly introduced to him, such as Dexter Gordon's Cheese Cake, as well as the Clark piece, and the funk classic of Ben Tucker's Comin' Home Baby. This studio recording developed out of a 2011 Northern California tour Vuckovich helped arrange for Hamilton.
WESTCHESTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA (FB) – “MAIDEN VOYAGE SUITE” (Big band versions of Herbie Hancock tunes). NYTimes.com (Philip Lutz): The recording made last month at Bennett Studios, “Maiden Voyage Suite,”
will consist of original arrangements of tunes from Mr. Hancock’s 1965
album “Maiden Voyage.”
The suite was enthusiastically received twice in concert, though it
became a candidate for recording only when the orchestra won a $10,000
grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. The award was announced last June. The recording session, Mr. Holober said, was “definitely overdue.”
SKIP WILKINS – “AFTER” (Pianist, following up his standards release, with an edgy collection of originals).
Philly.com: The current Lafayette College jazz professor, who is relocating to Europe, says he made After for
his grown children who had left home. The intuitive set with drummer
Jeff Hirshfield and bassist Scott Lee projects a warm, rich tone and a
questing vibe at times. The title track certainly produces righteous
WARREN WOLF – “WARREN WOLF” (Vibraphonist, leading a straight-ahead session).
The Urban Music Scene: It's no exaggeration to state that the release of Warren Wolf, the eponymous debut album for Mack Avenue Records by Warren Wolf,
will make it as apparent to jazz fans as it already is to jazz insiders
that the 31-year-old vibraphonist is the next major voice on his
instrument. Joined by a unit of authoritative swingers (bassist Christian McBride, pianist Peter Martin, drummer Greg Hutchinson, alto and soprano saxophonist Tim Green, and, on two tracks, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt),
Wolf offers a ten-piece program that admirably represents his singular
blend of efflorescent chops, muscular attack, lyric sensibility,
harmonic acumen, encyclopedic knowledge of hardcore jazz vocabulary,
tireless groove and downright musicality.
trying to bring forth what most cats did back in the day, coming out
right at you swinging, nice and hard, not a lot of hard melodies or
weird time signatures," Wolf says. "I like to play really hard, fast and
kind of flashy. I like to take it to a whole other level."
SAM YAHEL – “FROM SUN TO SUN” (Pianist, playing organ on some tracks, doing mostly originals. A little on the edgy side).
Origin REcords: After establishing himself as one of the world's foremost organists over
the last decade, Sam Yahel showed off a new side in 2009 with a
critically acclaimed piano trio recording that highlighted his broad
musical interests and the dynamic interplay of his seasoned band. Now in
their tenth year, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jochen Rueckert again
join Yahel as he engages with both the Hammond B3 and piano for an
inspired album of fresh originals, and classics including "So in Love"
and "A Beautiful Friendship." "...as elegant as anything you've ever
heard from an organist. Larry Young would be proud." JazzTimes
AllAboutJazz.com (Greg Simmons): "In places it seems as much indebted to rock 'n' roll as to jazz, with
Korzin pumping out solid grooves—playing with the same economy as
Apicella, sticking with keeping time, but almost never throwing in so
much as an accent roll. It's that restraint—the precedence of the group over the individuals—that makes The Business
a good record. This is simple, toe-tapping, head-nodding music—mostly
blues and R&B-based. It's not flashy or especially innovative, but
it is fun, and that seems more to the point."
Allmusic.com (William Ruhlmann): There is a long tradition of jazz trumpeters putting aside their horns and singing into the microphone, dating back to Louis Armstrong and including Chet Baker, and Rick Braun belatedly joins this confraternity on Sings with Strings. " Braun certainly doesn't embarrass himself as a singer. He has a light, breathy tenor that marks him as a sort of little brother to Mel Tormé, and he is sufficiently assured to try a few note substitutions and time variation..." The album is not the revelation that Chet Baker Sings was, and it does not suggest that Braun should hock his horns. But it is a more than respectable side project.
The Jazz Word: "the disc is a toe tapping, swinging affair with nine interpretations of
classic Wonder material, featuring the soulful renderings of guitarist
Bobby Broom, organist Chris Foreman and drummer Greg Rockingham.Wonder's reputation as a master craftsman of melody and harmony has been
secured for some time and jazz musicians recording his music is nothing
new. What makes this recording stand out is the convincing and
seemingly natural way the trio presents familiar pop tunes in a
straight-ahead manner. The groovy swing heard on "If You Really Love Me"
and "As" and the crawling ballad tempo of "My Cheri Amour" bring
freshness to the material, enhanced by the band's signature, greasy
allure. The dirty funk treatment given to the Wonder-penned hit for
Rufus "Tell Me Something Good" is worth the price of admission."
AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): "The music itself, despite a title that might indicate otherwise, is
actually Evans most conventional output in quite some time. The spiky
intensity of The Captain Black Big Band
and the left-leaning, in-and-out esthetic of Tarbaby's work is nowhere
to be found on this date. While Evans still injects his own personality
into these pieces, his mission here is to honor others. Swing is a
central element on a large number of the tracks, but it isn't all that
Evans has to offer. Dewy balladry built with glacial grace (Evans'
"Dita"), a rhythmically engaging workout on Shirley Scott's "Oasis," and
an album-closing, solo piano take on Herbie Hancock's "Just Enough" all exhibit different sides of the indefatigable Orrin Evans."
SIR ROLAND HANNA – “COLORS FROM A GIANT’S KIT” (Previously
unreleased solo piano collection of mostly originals).
JazzTimes.com (David Whiteis): "These selections were recorded during the 1990s and as late as 2002 by
IPO’s Bill Sorin, before his label came into being. They showcase
pianist Sir Roland Hanna, the label’s first artist, at the height of his
powers. Hanna’s playing resonates with an authoritative, almost regal
forcefulness yet it’s also graceful. Despite his deft technique, he
never sacrifices meaning for display, and there’s a sense of joy and
discovery at every turn—life-affirming melodic and harmonic richness,
deep emotion without bathos." "Hanna brings to bear the full arsenal of his technical and imaginative
gifts, yet his playing is infused with an emotional immediacy that cuts
to the core of blues expression. A balance of strength and soul this
effective was remarkably rare, and makes Hanna’s absence—he died in
2002—all the more unfortunate."
JazzReviews.com (Samira Blackwell): "The unexpected, elastic sparkle of brilliance shimmers through every
song - an endless tingle that dances down your spine and begs repeated
listening over and again. Kensington Suite makes such
contribution and Richard’s artistry positively equals the transcendent
peaks made by Parker, Coltrane, Henderson and Brecker. This is jazz at
its finest and being a veritable collector, I make no apologies for
TOM WOPAT (@tomwopat, FB, YouTube) – “CONSIDER IT SWUNG” (Former “Dukes of Hazzard”
star, singing a collection of old and new standards and originals.Well done).
JazzTimes.com (Christopher Loudon): Now, another five years having passed (since 2006 Harold Arlen tribute Dissertation On the State of Bliss), Wopat is back with Consider It Swung, a far more wide-ranging album. New York Times
music critic Stephen Holden, whose knowledge of jazz and cabaret
singers is likely unequalled, has aptly compared Wopat to the
later-career Sinatra. His gravelly baritone is singularly engaging and,
like Sinatra, he has an actor’s ability to fully embrace a lyric,
digging to the roots of each song’s story. "...Wopat is equally, if not more, appealing when he ventures beyond the
Great American Songbook. Bobbie Gentry’s delta mini-drama “Ode to Billie
Joe” is particularly well suited to his story-weaving skills, as are
Joni Mitchell’s wistful “2 Grey Rooms” and “You’d Rather Have the
Blues,” Dave Frishberg’s delightfully cynical portrait of a perpetual
pessimist. His bluesy retelling of Delbert McClinton’s “Maybe Someday
Baby” is a first-rate scorcher that swings with Joe Williams gutsiness,
his hazy reading of “Deacon Blues” is earthier than the Steely Dan
original and there’s plenty of soulful swagger in his “A Natural Man.”
AllAboutJazz.com (C. Michael Bailey): So unique and fresh are these interpretations that their paying tribute to a singular talent is but the gravy in this recording. The two singers weave harmonic lines carefully managing the intended
tension. Cassidy's show-stopping "Wonderful World" proves the same on
this, one of the finest recordings of the year.
FRED FRIED AND CORE – “ENCORE” (Acoustic guitarist, leading a trio, doing all straight-ahead originals).
Jazz Sensibilities: “Leanne’s Number” is today’s focus.Beginning
with the clear tones of two beautifully voiced chords, then Matsuki
enters with a light straight eight figure, followed by Lavoie holding
down double stops to add to the suspense.The tension is released by a fast unison figure that falls into the next statement.Fried
masterfully develops the motif through this section, with ever evolving
harmony and a play on notes, the listener flows through various feel
changes and then the form is repeated.However, Fried surprises us with a flawless transition into a mid-up swing at the end of the form for the solos.
MONTY ALEXANDER – “HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS-LIVE!” (Monty paying homage to his Jamaican roots, with a wide variety of songs).
TERI LYNNE CARRINGTON – “THE MOSAIC PROJECT” (A vocal album, featuring a variety of female vocalists, with an extremely varied choice of material).
The Guardian (John Fordham): Anyone who caught American drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's performance at the recent Barbican show featuring Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright will want to check out this star-packed session. Parlato's diametrically different and resonantly intimate accounts of I Got Lost in His Arms and the Beatles' Michelle follow.
ETIENNE CHARLES – “KAISO” (Mostly straight-ahead session from this trumpeter, with small group, orchestral and vocal tracks).
JOHN DAVERSA – “JUNK WAGON: THE BIG BAND ALBUM” (Very progressive big band session, with strong use of electronics).
ELLEN KAYE – “3AM-THE DOGS, THE MILKMAN & ME” (Female vocalist, with a distinct mix of old and new standards).
CHUCK REDD – “THE COMMON THREAD” (Vibist, leading a straight-ahead session, doing mostly jazz tunes and standards).
SCENES – “SILENT PHOTOGRAPHER” (Edgy guitar trio, doing mostly originals, with a few jazz tunes).
THE YOUNG LIZARDS – “OUR MODERN LIFESTYLE” (Sax/organ quartet, doing mostly jazz tunes, with a couple of originals).
Did I say “ME”?…..I meant “us”…because there is no “me” in “famous”;) So we are working on the production end of a new CD, meaning the tracks are selected, EQ’d and mixed and now it’s just all that other stuff like artwork, liner notes, etc. All the stuff that I hate to do and aren’t much good at such as:
The latest additions to the Jazz 88 Music Library and debuted this Monday, July 11, 2011 on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw!
JAY ASHBY / STEVE DAVIS – “MISTAKEN IDENTITY” (Two trombonists collaborating on a straight-ahead session).
Innovative Entertainment Solutions:A New York Yankees fan and a Boston Red Sox fan make an odd coupleon
the bandstand. How do you get them to play nicely with others and how
do you deal with the issue of two virtuoso jazz trombonists who are
often mistaken for each other, even causing fellow jazz musicians to do
the occasional double take?
The answer to this little dilemma might find Jay Ashby and Steve Davis
collaborating in a musical setting where one would be for the other,
or one for all.
That’s what you’ll hear on this CD, where orchestral tone, effortless
three octave range, and gorgeous legato lines with saxophone-like speed
are the standard on this most difficult of instruments. As an example,
check out the stablemates on the smoking tootin’ for Toots. These two musicians have advanced the jazz trombone far into the 21st Century.
Adding Randy Brecker, Dr. Michael White, Live Eric Harland (recent TNJT guest), Terry Vosbein Big Band, and lots more! Debuting loads of this on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw on Monday, June 27, 2011!
STEPHANE BELMONDO – “THE SAME AS IT NEVER WAS BEFORE” (Trumpeter, leading a quartet, doing mostly originals. Some progressive tracks).
Great bunch of new additions to the Jazz 88 Music Library on Monday, June
20, 2011. These discs will be featured on The New Jazz Thing on
Jazz 88 with Vince Outlaw, Monday, June 20, 2011, 6-8 PM PT! Click on the
Listen Now link to listen live over
the internet or tune into 88.3 FM in San Diego!
DIEGO BARBER – “THE CHOICE” (Acoustic
guitarist, leading a quartet, doing all original material).
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.