- COMING SOON: Hear the NEW DEBUT on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Midnight - 2AM PT.
- LENY ANDRADE / RONI BEN-HUR – “ALEGRIA DE VIVER”
- LEE HARTLEY – “WHOLE LOTTA SOMETHIN’”
- ENRICO PIERANUNZI – “PROXIMITY”
- “TOMEKA REID QUARTET”
- MATTHEW SHIPP – “THE CONDUCT OF JAZZ”
- SYLVAN STREET – “FEEDBACK LOOP”
- CORY WEEDS & THE JEFF HAMILTON TRIO – “THIS HAPPY MADNESS”
LENY ANDRADE / RONI BEN-HUR – “ALEGRIA DE VIVER”
- Brazilian legend, backed by the guitarist, doing Brazilian songs, all sung in Portuguese.
- Latin Jazz Network - Leny Andrade, Roni Ben-Hur: Alegria de Viver (By Raul da Gama):
- "It’s hard to argue with Tony Bennett when he describes Leny Andrade as the “Ella Fitzgerald of Brasil”."
- "Both artists allow the music to evolve with a wonderful feeling of spaciousness in which the intense musical textures of these pieces are beautifully revealed."
LEE HARTLEY – “WHOLE LOTTA SOMETHIN’”
- Les McCann’s vocalist, from his recent happy hour, doing a variety of songs.
ENRICO PIERANUNZI – “PROXIMITY”
- Pianist, leading a somewhat edgy session, in a collection of his originals.
- All of the pieces on this CD were composed by the band leader.
- With Matt Penman on double bass. Ralph Alessi on trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn, and Donny McCaslin on tenor and soprano sax. Four superb musicians from different generations, each with a different sensitivity to music, who are having fun looking for a common rhythm, paradoxically with no reassuring support from drums, but trying to back one another up, taking all the jazz they have experienced and striving to conceive their own concept.
“TOMEKA REID QUARTET”
- Chicago-based Cellist with a collection of progressive originals.
- NPR - 'Tomeka Reid Quartet' Offers A Tightly Synchronized Mix Of Cello And Guitar (Kevin Whitehead):
- The lineup on her new album, "Tomeka Reid Quartet," which mixes cello and guitar, draws a connection to Chico Hamilton's chamber jazz quintet from the '50s. But Reid's foursome gets more low-down.
- Cellist Tomeka Reid writes atmospheric pieces too. But her heavy groove numbers really put the players in the mood to play.
MATTHEW SHIPP – “THE CONDUCT OF JAZZ”
- Pianist with fifth trio recording featuring improvisational mettle in episodes that veer from impressionistic neo-classical reflections to fervent bop-inflected explorations.
- AllAboutJazz.com - Matthew Shipp "The Conduct of Jazz" (2015, Troy Collins)
- The Conduct of Jazz is the fifth trio recording to feature Michael Bisio
- From abstract expressionism to bluesy introspection, every facet of Shipp's artistry is on display—even romantic allusions materialize on the lyrical piano soliloquy "Stream of Light." Bolstered by the exemplary contributions of his distinguished colleagues, The Conduct of Jazz offers irrefutable proof of Shipp's enduring mastery of the jazz idiom.
SYLVAN STREET – “FEEDBACK LOOP”
- Very edgy, contemporary grooves.
- Summit Records:
- Sylvan Street returns with their third release, highlighting the group’s maturing work: an instrumental fusion of electronica, jazz, rock, and bossa conveying sensual, heartfelt, and aggressive, funk-driven statements.
- “Slick fusion [and] attractive horn charts.” — ALL MUSIC GUIDE
- Canadian saxophonist, in a straight-ahead session.
- Audiophile Audition - This Happy Madness – Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio – CellarLive (Pierre Giroux)
- If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then this session by Canadian tenor man Cory Weeds and The Jeff Hamilton Trio quite nicely bookends The Jeff Hamilton Trio’s recent outing with tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton.
- Most Canadian jazz musicians, except those well-known bold-face names, are a rather self-effacing lot. Content to stay and play in their own back yard, they avoid their US counterparts to stave off unfavourable comparisons. Thankfully Cory Weeds does not fall into that mould. Unquestionably, Weeds was pushed along by the superior musicianship of The Jeff Hamilton Trio, nevertheless he shows that he can play with abounding accomplishment, and has an eloquent command of his instrument.