Great bunch of new additions to the Jazz 88 Music Library on Monday, June
20, 2011. These discs will be featured on The New Jazz Thing on
Jazz 88 with Vince Outlaw, Monday, June 20, 2011, 6-8 PM PT! Click on the
Listen Now link to listen live over
the internet or tune into 88.3 FM in San Diego!
DIEGO BARBER – “THE CHOICE” (Acoustic
guitarist, leading a quartet, doing all original material).
Records: "Originally from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Barber spent many
years studying classical guitar and composition throughout Europe. Having
performed professionally in several classical settings (including his first
place win at the Classical Guitar International Contest in 2004), he moved to
New York City in 2007 to pursue further study of jazz. Barber’s intent has been
to bridge the divide between the genres."
BRYAN CARTER –
“ENCHANTMENT” (Young drummer, leading a straight-ahead quintet, doing all of
"It's a concept
album, and it deals with the idea of being enchanted by something - not
enchanted like Harry Potter, here's a spell I'm going to get you," he said.
"More dealing with the idea of surprise or awe." The music aims to capture the
feeling of the first time you experience something you really love or the first
time you see a girl or guy you really like, he said.
ADAM CRUZ – “MILESTONE” (Drummer-led all-star ensemble,
doing all of his originals…progressive).
The Revivalist: Adam Cruz is a drummer’s drummer and a melody’s dream;
someone who knows how to use the foundations of rhythm with which he has been
charged to anchor and illuminate his compositions and collaborators, arranging
as though anything less would be uncivilized.
JACK FURLONG QUARTET
– “AND THAT HAPPENED” (Baritone-sax player, leading a quartet, doing all
Known for his skill and artistry as a baritone saxophonist, Jack Furlong is a
messenger for jazz past and jazz still to come. Producing originals with a
unique retro flavor, in addition to classic charts, he incorporates
programmatic music that adds a twist.
GO BY TRAIN (MySpace, FB)– “TRANSMISSION” (Clay Giberson, of the Upper Left Trio, doing
STEVEN KROON –
“WITHOUT A DOUBT” (Percussionist, leading a Latin session, with a great
selection of tunes)
Without A Doubt is my 4th CD.
In each of my productions I've noticed the growth of our performances. This
is attributed to my band through our live performance and our camaraderie, we
have developed our own sound. This has enabled us to bring our live
performance sound to the recording. Just like the artist from back in the day,
they would first play their material out in the clubs prior to going into the
studio. This allows you to find the right tempo and groove for each tune.
I've always loved this concept.
PAT METHENY (Twitter, FB)– “WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT” (Solo
guitar recording, doing a collection of Baby Boomer tunes).
(Something Else!): What's It All About is a collection of tunes that are important
to Metheny, songs that were in the Top 40 during his teen years. These are
songs that impressed Pat at a time before he'd written his first note. Some in
fact, came before he learned to play an instrument. We all have songs like
this, songs that stay with us as the years go by. Obviously, Pat Metheny is no
MONGORAMA (FB)– “MONGORAMA” (Great Latin session, paying tribute to Mongo
(Greg Simmons): With ten band members and four guest soloists, there is a
lot happening on the plush-sounding Mongorama, where that much musical firepower affords the luxury
of layering textures and multipart harmonies. Musical Director Danilo Lozano
takes full advantage of his resources to command a truly gorgeous sounding
band. With great music and impeccable musicianship, Mongorama is an outstanding recording...and just plain fun.
“SWEET SUMMER BLUE” (Female vocalist, with a unique sound, doing mostly her
Sweet Summer Blue is a
collection of mostly original songs, which celebrate American musical
traditions from Blues to Country to Bebop. It is truly an "Americana"
DUANE PADILLA (Twitter, FB) – “SENTIMENTAL
SWING” (Violinst, with piano and bass, doing all standards).
Duane's Music Blog:
Aloha friends. Good News! I just released
my first solo jazz violin album!! IInspired by the lyricism of
Frank Sinatra and the eternally optimistic melodies of French jazz violinist
Stephane Grappelli, the album presents a selection of romantically swinging
jazz improvisations based on classics from The Great American Song Book. The
album, entitled “Sentimental Swing” pays nostalgic tribute to the
early days of jazz when vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn filled
the radio airwaves with songs about love lost and love found.
ED REED – “BORN TO BE BLUE” (Male vocalist, doing mostly
songs from the Great Amercian Songbook, and some others)
Diablo: “It was unexpected,” says
Reed, who was recognized in the "Male Vocals, Rising Star" category of
DownBeat's Critics Poll in 2008 and 2009 for his first and second albums, Ed Reed Sings Love Stories and The Song is You. “I had given up thinking
about it. It was something that I dreamed of as a kid but then when it happened
I was surprised. It’s been a fantastic experience ever since.”
TOM SMERK (Twitter, FB)– “WILL PLAY JAZZ FOR FOOD” (Local
guitarist, doing old and new standards).
VASANDANI (Twitter, FB) – “HI FLY” (Male vocalist,
with a great band, doing standards and originals)
Jazz Reviews: There is an intimate and engaging feel
to this record and while the inventive and up tempo arrangements show yet
another side to the musical vision and talent that make Vasandani a singer to
continue to watch in the coming years. Produced by Grammy award winning bassist
John Clayton and Mack Avenue EVP of A&R Al Pryor, "Hi-Fly" is a perfect mix
of standards, creative originals and some surprising pop covers!
GERALD WILSON ORCHESTRA – “LEGACY” (Straight ahead big
band, including a Suite for the City of Chicago).
Chill Corner: Gerald Wilson, jazz's reigning composer/orchestrator pays
homage to his adopted hometown, Chicago on his fifth Mack Avenue Records
Composers Igor Stravinsky and Giacomo Puccini also receive Wilson's musical
tips of the hat. Wilson's son, guitarist/composer Anthony Wilson, and grandson
Eric Otis are also represented by a composition/orchestration apiece, thus
extending Gerald's musical legacy. The Gerald Wilson Orchestra assembled
comprises many of the great jazz artists who've been Gerald's collaborators for
the lion's share of his Mack Avenue canon. A first-class rhythm section of
pianist Renee Rosnes, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Peter Washington and
drummer Lewis Nash anchors the group. Trumpeters Sean Jones, Jeremy Pelt, Tony
Lujan, Freddy Hendrix, Frank Greene and Mike Rodriguez and trombonists Dennis
Wilson, Douglas Purviance, Luis Bonilla and Alan Ferber stud the brass section.
Antonio Hart, Dick Oatts, Kamasi Washington, Ron Blake, Jay Brandford and Gary
Smulyan comprise the reeds. Al Pryor continues as Wilson's producer for this
collection of tributes and portraits.
ZEITLIN – “LABYRINTH” (Solo piano collection of standards, jazz tunes and
BuffaloNews.com: Zeitlin’s “Labyrinth” is, quite literally, a
“house concert” recorded in the home of Ernie Shelton in Sebastopol, Calif.
Zeitlin is magnificent when playing solo, with total control over a massive and
varied arsenal of techniques, including Cage-ian “prepared piano” and
Cowell-esque reaches into the piano’s innards to killer-tempo post-bebop that
would have brought a chuckle from Bud Powell. Little, if anything, is
predictable on “Labyrinth,” where the communication between pianist and small
audience was obviously on a very high level.