Jazzy Joni, edgy guitar-sax-piano, tributes to Ella and George Duke (by Al Jarreau!), trios, septets, big band, and even a Sleek Buick thrown in the mix...there's a bit of something for everyone in the new Jazz music being added to the Jazz 88 Music Library the week of August 4, 2014! You can check out their debut on The New Jazz Thing @Jazz88, Monday, August 4, 2014 between 6 and 8 PM PT!
The full list, with additional annotations, links to and quotes from reviews and releases, and your chance to comment on this week's New, is after the split...
- LAURIE ANTONIOLI – “SONGS OF SHADOW, SONGS OF LIGHT”
- ANDRES BOIARSKY – “CROSSTALK”
- BOBBY BROOM – “MY SHINING HOUR”
- BT3 – “BURN IT! LIVE”
- SYDNEY CLAIRE – “ALL ELLA”
- COLLIER & DEAN – “SLEEK BUICK”
- AL JARREAU – “MY OLD FRIEND: CELEBRATING GEORGE DUKE”
- TONY KADLECK BIG BAND – “AROUND THE HORN”
- GORDON LEE WITH THE MEL BROWN SEPTET – “TUESDAY NIGHT”
- GREG REITAN – “POST NO BILLS”
- TAD WEED – “THE TRACK HOUSE SESSIONS”
LAURIE ANTONIOLI – “SONGS OF SHADOW, SONGS OF LIGHT” (Female vocalist, with jazzy versions of Joni Mitchell songs).
- AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): "Does the jazz world really need another album of Joni Mitchell songs?—is a valid one. In theory, it does not. But when the album in question is shaped by the voice of Laurie Antonioli, the answer is yes."
- "...an invaluable collection that looks at some of Mitchell's infrequently-covered work with a truthful gaze."
- "...true to Joni Mitchell and true unto herself."
ANDRES BOIARSKY – “CROSSTALK” (Saxophonist, leading a straight-ahead, but often edgy session of originals and others).
- London Jazz News (Andy Boeckstaens): Born in Buenos Aires in 1957, studied at the Royal College of Music in London, recorded with Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath and Nancy Wilson.
- "...a skilled player, he has a great sound, and his four compositions are robust. "
BOBBY BROOM – “MY SHINING HOUR” (Guitarist, leading a trio in straight-ahead standards).
- Critical Jazz (Brent Black): "Bobby Broom doesn't play covers, he reinvents and meticulously manipulates melodies to find a new way of looking at some time tested classics."
- "This is Bobby Broom at his best. Bobby Broom spent some rather serious quality time under the legendary Sonny Rollins...It shows. A stellar release of sophistication and elegance. "
BT3 – “BURN IT! LIVE” (Guitarist Ben Tyree, leading a trio, with sax on a couple of tracks, in a very edgy session of originals).
- AbstractLogix: "Recorded in 2010 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious BAMcafé Live series"
- A product of the diverse Washington, DC music scene, Tyree is a performer and composer of virtuosic ability, infectious groove, and eclectic tastes.
- Tyree studied at DC’s prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts and at Howard University
- He has scored several independent films as well as pieces for television that have appeared on ESPN and in advertising campaigns for companies like Green Team USA.
- With Burn It! LIVE, he reveals another side of his personality, showing off the infectious grooves and staggering chops that make his live shows such an unforgettable experience.
SYDNEY CLAIRE – “ALL ELLA” (Female vocalist, paying tribute to Ella Fitzgerald).
COLLIER & DEAN – “SLEEK BUICK” (Multi-instrumentalist, leading an all-star ensemble, a wide-ranging collection of tunes).
- Origin Records: Seattle-based vibist Tom Collier and bassist Dan Dean have been playing music together since they were teens back in the '60s.
AL JARREAU – “MY OLD FRIEND: CELEBRATING GEORGE DUKE” (Very contemporary tribute to the late keyboardist/vocalist, with many special guests).
- AllMusic.com (Matt Collar): Al Jarreau got his start playing in a jazz trio led by pianist/keyboardist George Duke
- feels fresh, warm, and full of love.
TONY KADLECK BIG BAND – “AROUND THE HORN” (Nice big band charts on old and new standards).
- AllAboutJazz.com (Dan Bilawsky): His horn can be heard on the original cast recordings for shows like Beauty And The Beast (Disney, 1994) and The Producers (Sony Classical, 2001); he's been a mainstay on the big band scene, working with Maria Schneider, John Fedchock, John Hollenbeck, Bob Mintzer, and Jim McNeely, to name just a few; and he's shown up on recordings from a diverse assortment of high profile non-jazz acts like David Byrne, They Might Be Giants, Rosanne Cash, and Phillip Phillips.
- Around The Horn is something of a double entendre, referencing both Kadleck's early-in-life love of baseball and his later-developed passion for trumpet in its name
- Precision and passion have long been the hallmarks of Kadleck's work, and both come through loud and clear on this pleasing date.
GORDON LEE WITH THE MEL BROWN SEPTET – “TUESDAY NIGHT” (Pianist and drummer, leading a septet, in a collection of mostly originals).
- Origin Records: Since 1998, pianist Gordon Lee has been a mainstay with drummer Mel Brown's hard-swinging sextet as they've played to packed rooms every Tuesday Night at Jimmy Mak's in downtown Portland.
- His first recording with the band, "Gordon Bleu," led to them winning the 1989 Hennessy Jazz Search, where they beat out 700 other groups from around the world.
GREG REITAN – “POST NO BILLS” (Pianist, leading a trio, performing straight-ahead originals, standards and jazz tunes).
- AllAboutJazz.com (Dan McClenaghan): Los Angeles-based pianist/composer
- With this same trio—they have been together since 1996—he has honed an elegant and polished sound, drawing on a Bill Evans influence—the light touch, subtle dynamics, translucent harmonic beauty.
TAD WEED – “THE TRACK HOUSE SESSIONS” (Pianist, leading a quartet, performing mostly originals, often edgy).
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