Here is the new music in the Jazz 88 Music Library that you will hear
sampled on The New Jazz Thing on Monday, May 2, 2011 and added to
regular rotation on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Thanks to Jazz 88 Music Director Joe Kocherhans for the great new music and comments to help us get this music to you!
Jazz Police (Andrea Canter): Round Midnight indeed brings the listener into that “small dark
club” where a lone singer recounts lost loves and missed opportunities,
poking at our moments of dark regret, but with a romantic heart. She
sings to us as if no one else is in the room. When we leave the club,
the darkness is gone. It’s morning.
KARRIN ALLYSON – “’ROUND MIDNIGHT” (Another great one from her, mostly in
a ballad style).
SHERYL BAILEY 4 – “FOR ALL THOSE LIVING” (Guitarist, leading a quartet, doing
all straight-ahead originals).
AllAaboutJazz.com (Greg Simmons): Sheryl Bailey 4's For All Those Living
has a nice, balanced feel to it, with a lively, up-tempo pace that
never becomes frenetic. It's finely played, and rewards serious
listening, but none of the musicians are overly showy.The quartet plays
as much with Bailey's guitar work as behind it, and is clearly sympathetic to its performers.
JOHN ESPOSITO – “ORISHA” (Straight-ahead, if edgy, piano trio, doing all original
is a stellar collection of high spirited originals performed by a trio
that while not playing regularly, demonstrates years of experience of
which they all hold, rolled up into just over an hour of marvelous
GORDON GOODWIN’S BIG PHAT BAND – “THAT’S HOW WE ROLL” (Great,
straight-ahead big band swinging).
Smooth Jazz Therapy: Built on a bed of technical excellence and a love for the music, the
nostalgia which ‘That’s How We Roll’ generates for the big band era
never threatens originality. Indeed, Gordon Goodwin has created a
remarkably current piece of work that, without doubt, is one of the most
interesting of the year so far.
NOAH HAIDU – “SLIPSTREAM” (Pianist, leading various band configurations. All
but one, original compositions).
AllAboutJazz.com (Bruce Lindsay): Slipstream
is the debut from New York-based pianist/writer Noah Haidu. Featuring
an exceptionally talented quintet of musicians, it's a striking first
album, full of superb, straight-ahead jazz.
wrote all but one of the tunes—are strong on melody and characterized by
a gentle and soulful swing. As a pianist, Haidu sounds equally
comfortable as a lead musician or as part of the rhythm section. Of
course, his fellow musicians are high quality players themselves, and
are key to the album's success.
ROBERT HURST – “UNREHURST” (Bassist, leading a trio, recorded live. Lengthy
The Jazz Chill Corner: Due to record-breaking winter storms, Unrehurst Vol. 2
was recorded in New York without any rehearsal, but Hurst, pianist
Robert Glasper, and drummer Chris Dave clicked from the moment they hit
the bandstand and their empathy is evident from the adventurous
performances on the new disc. Hurst describes Dave as “an underground,
super funky cat.” Glasper, the bassist says, “is open to all kinds of
music, and he’s extremely fearless. It’s the gamut of total restraint to
total abandon.” Glasper was also featured on Unrehurst Vol. 1 (Bebob, 2001), with drummer Damion Reid.
STEVE KHAN – “PARTING SHOT” (Guitarist, leading a contemporary session, with an
eclectic mix of tunes).
AllAboutJazz.com (John Kelman): A restraint that defines Parting Shot, despite its high octane (and, undeniably at times, thoroughly exhilarating) participants. Parting Shot
may well be Khan's final recording as a leader. If it is, it's a great
way to go out; but when an album is this good, it's hard not to demand a
follow-up. To quote Star Trek: KHAN?!
STAN KILLIAN – “UNIFIED” (Saxophonist, leading mostly quintets, doing all
originals. On the edgy side).
Stan on Twitter.
ADAM KOLKER – “REFLECTIONS” (Multi-reed player, leading a variety of
ensembles in the mostly progressive session).
Village Voice: "There is no tenor player on the local scene who's more convincing with a ballad. On his new Reflections,
Kolker puts that skill to use, concocting an ever-changing program that
waxes plush even when literally spare (flute and voice, anyone?). His
blues tunes are modern and masterful.
RUFUS REID & OUT FRONT – “HUES OF A DIFFERENT BLUE” (Bassist, leading a
variety of configurations in a great straight-ahead session).
Inside World Music: A mix of classic jazz, cool jazz, and Latin-tinged tunes incorporate a
few ethnic influences, though primarily the music is good ol' American
jazz. Fourteen tracks of really good music provide a lengthy listening
session. If jazz is on your mind, then Rufus Reid & Out Front is not
too far behind. ~
AVERY SHARPE – “RUNNING MAN” (Must be bass week. This one with an all-star
band, doing all straight-ahead originals).
The Urban Flux: Honesty. Clarity. Dignity. These are words that come to mind when you listen to the music of bassist-composer Avery Sharpe.
In an age of ephemeral pop stars and flavor-of-the-month trends, Sharpe
is a reminder of the lasting value of steadfast dedication and personal
integrity. As the title of one of his tunes asserts, “Always Expect the
Best of Yourself.”
TORBEN WALDORFF – “AMERICAN ROCK BEAUTY” (Guitarist, leading a quintet,
doing unique originals. Unfortunately, extreme electric guitar renders some tracks nights
Audiophile Audition: "Torben Waldorff may have composed one of the best albums I’ve heard so
far in 2010. He plays the guitar, but lets his band stay in the
forefront for most of the entire album. Shining Through, a rather Bruce
Hornsby and the Range jam, is simply amazing. Donny McCaslin on tenor
sax commands the incredible performances on the first two tracks, and
throughout the entire piece of work.