An abundance of New Jazz hits the Jazz 88 Music Library the week of July 21, 2014, including new releases by Jazz stalwarts like Anthony Branker, Robin Eubanks, Larry Goldings, Paquito D'Rivera, Bill Warfield with Randy Brecker, and former TNJT Guest Walt Weiskopf and a fantastic never-before-issued live solo performance by pianist Jaki Byard. And lots of new jazz artists to explore too!
DEE ALEXANDER – “SONGS MY MOTHER LOVES” (Female vocalist, with a nice, straight-ahead mix of jazz tunes and standards).
TODD BISHOP GROUP – “TRAVELOGUE” (Drummer, leading a solid quartet, performing edgy, straight-ahead band originals).
- Portland, Oregon drummer and bandleader
- Bishop’s original music, composed in collaboration with Brazilian pianist Jasnam Daya Singh (Weber Iago)
ANTHONY BRANKER & WORD PLAY – “THE FORWARD (TOWARDS EQUALITY) SUITE” (Trumpeter, leading an edgy session with some spoken word tracks).
- music inspired by personal reflections on what America means to him as a first-generation American; what it has meant to family members who immigrated to the U.S. from the West Indies; and what it might mean to future generations of his family
- a twelve-movement extended work that is reflective of the qualities he sees as comprising the essence of America and the spirit of its people
JAKI BYARD – “THE LATE SHOW” (Previously unreleased solo recording at the Keystone Korner).
- Allmusic (Steve Leggett): a regular performer at San Francisco's famed Keystone Korner in the 1970s
- "...it all flows together as one evening's performance in the best sense, but his three selections from his "Family Suite" and a fun, lively, and ever-shifting turn through "Sweet Georgia Brown" are particularly enjoyable, as are Byard's low-key, warm, and often amusing introductions to some of the pieces."
- "...few players have brought so much variety out of the instrument and still made it seem like it was all cut from the same elegant and comfortable cloth. All of that is on display here."
- Jaki Byard's death by gunshot at his home in Queens in 1999 was unsolved as of this 2012 appreciation by Tom Reney in JazzTimes.
ALAN CHAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA – “SHRIMP TALE” (L.A.-based composer/arranger, leading a big band session).
- AllAboutJazz (Dan Bilawsky): "a classically trained pianist who came up in Hong Kong, hopped all over the United States while honing his writing skills. He studied jazz arranging as an undergraduate at the University of Miami, acquired a master's degree in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, did his doctoral work at the University of Southern California, and sharpened his pen as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City."
- "The Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra is a well-oiled machine, and one that moves and acts like no other."
CHICAGO JAZZ PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER ENSEMBLE – “SKETCHES OF SPAIN” (Trumpeter Orbert Davis pays tribute to Miles’ classic, with 2 from the original, and 3 new tracks).
- Examiner.com (Oscar Brooks): "On this album Orbert Davis strived for a freer rhythm section interpretation which blends African, Spanish and Middle Eastern percussion instruments."
- "Orbert Davis also plays the flugelhorn on this album. He was a very busy man on this project."
DIVA – “A SWINGIN’ LIFE” (All female big band, with guests Nancy Wilson and Marlena Shaw, recorded live).
ROBIN EUBANKS + MENTAL IMAGES – “KLASSIK ROCK, VOL.1” (Trombonist, with a heavy tribute to rock originals and others).
- Debut Artistshare Project: "This album will feature some of my special electronic trombone effects and I'll be using a lot of compositional concepts that I've developed while working with Dave Holland's ensembles and the SF Jazz Collective."
- AllAboutJazz (John Kelman): "should be no surprise to any who've heard his experimentation with electric trombone, Eubanks clearly aiming to expand the possibilities of his instrument just as Hendrix did."
- "Eubanks is also making crystal clear that the broader background that's always been a part of him is now asserting itself in a way that, rather than neglecting the music that's come before, celebrates it by making it a part of a much greater whole.
KALI Z FASTEAU – “PIANO RAPTURE” (Multi-instrumentalist, leading a quintet, featuring new progressive works).
- SomethingElse Reviews (S. Victor Aaron): "She’s has lived in twenty-one different countries recorded nineteen albums. "
- "Fasteau can play soprano and alto saxophone, nai, kaval & shakuhachi flutes, voice, drums, cello, sanza, viola, synthesizer, mizmar, bindir and moursin, too."
- while still in her 20s, has published a theory on her highly developed ‘spontaneous composition’ method (The Tao of Music, 1974) for creating music on the spot.
- "she uses the full range of the instrument as a tool to implement her intuitive creative process that goes down paths picked on the spot and always finds its way to the other side. Swirling, sometimes menacing, always human."
OLIVER GANNON QUARTET – “EASY SAILING” (Guitarist, leading a quartet, in a straight-ahead session of jazz tunes, standards and originals).
LARRY GOLDINGS – “RAMSHACKLE SERENADE” (Organist, leading a trio, performing deep-grooved originals).
- Wrote the tune "Battlefield" for former Glee actress Lea Michele's new disc "Louder".
- Critical Jazz (Brent Black): "The undeniable harmonic synergy of this ensemble creates a unified voice that embraces the soulful and soul-filled groove that pushes an average release to the next harmonic level of dynamic wonder."
- "This is classic old school organ trio elevated to a new millennium level of melodic intensity. It really doesn't get much better!"
CHRIS GREENE – “MUSIC APPRECIATION” (Saxophonist, leading his quartet through 7 originals and 7 standards on a 2-disc set).
JOE MAGNARELLI – “LOOKIN’ UP!” (Trumpeter, leading a quintet, with a straight-ahead mix of originals, standards and jazz tunes).
- AllAboutJazz.com (Bruce Lindsay): "...a jazz scene stalwart for 30 years. Based in New York since 1986 he's worked with a broad range of musicians including Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Cobb and Michael Feinstein and has released a series of albums as leader."
- "...first recording for the Posi-Tone label "
- "Five masterful talents, ten great tunes, that's Lookin' Up!."
BOB MAMET – “LONDON HOUSE BLUES” (Pianist, leading a trio, in a straight-ahead collection of standards, jazz tunes and a couple of originals).
LENNY MARCUS – “SECOND SET” (Pianist, leading a straight-ahead outing of originals and jazz tunes).
GAETANO PARTIPILO – “BESIDES: SONGS FROM THE SIXTIES” (Italian saxophonist, showcasing music of the 60’s, re-arranged in a modern way with guest vocalists).
PAQUITO d’RIVERA – “JAZZ MEETS THE CLASSICS” (Multi-instrumentalist, with a latin-tinged tribute to classic themes).
- recorded the album live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City on June 14, 2012.
ADA ROVATTI – “DISGUISE” (Saxophonist, leading a mixed bag of contemporary, progressive and straight-ahead grooves).
“INTRODUCING THE CRAIG SCOTT QUINTET” (Vibraphonist, in his first outing, with straight-ahead versions of standards, originals and jazz tunes).
BILL WARFIELD BIG BAND FEATURING RANDY BRECKER – “TRUMPET STORY” (Big band grooves on originals and jazz tunes).
- IndieGoGo: "originals and Jazz standards with the Bill Warfield Big Band to honor great Jazz trumpet players past and present"
- Our goal is to raise a minimum of $12,000 to support the production, marketing and promotion expenses of the project as well as to support matching funds that will subsidize live performances to under-served communities.
WALT WEISKOPF – “OVERDRIVE” (Part-time Steely Dan saxophonist, leading a quintet performing mostly straight-ahead originals).