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."
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."
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
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
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"
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).
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."