Wow...a great set of NEW this week including Jazz Live San Diego alum Joe Chambers, Sara Gazarek, Al Jarreau, Mintzer Big Band, Eric Reed (doing Monk!), Mike Stern, and a trombone duo...YES! And we will be debuting as many of these as we can spin on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, June 11, 2012, 6 to 8 PM PT!
JOE CHAMBERS – “MOVING PICTURES ORCHESTRA” (Legendary percussionist, leading an all-star big band, recorded live, doing straight-ahead originals and jazz tunes).
RICK DAVIES – “SALSA NORTENA” (Latin grooves, with a mix of vocals and instrumentals).
MATT GARRISON – “BLOOD SONGS” (Sax player, leading a sextet, with some others, doing mostly straight-ahead originals).
SARA GAZAREK – “BLOSSOM & BEE” (Female vocalist, with a mix of the Great American Songbook and originals).
SYLVIA HARROLD AND THE RHYTHM KINGS – “THE SPIDER AND THE FLY” (Female vocalist, swinging old-school, on standards and obscure tunes).
AL JARREAU – “AND THE METROPOLE ORKEST” (Legendary singer, doing many of his familiar songs, backed by an orchestra, recorded live).
ROBERT MAGARIS QUINTET – “MORGAN REWIND” (Pianist, leading a quintet, doing some Lee’s better and lesser known tunes, with a couple of originals).
BOB MINTZER BIG BAND – “FOR THE MOMENT” (Straight-ahead big band, doing originals, standards and Brazilian tunes).
MOSSINGER – “THE NEW JERSEY SESSION” (Pianist, in a solo/trio/quartet setting, doing a collection of edgy originals).
SUE RANEY – “LISTEN HERE” (Female vocalist, still in good voice, backed by Alan Broadbent, doing a collection of standards).
ERIC REED – “THE BADDEST MONK” (Pianist, leading a quintet, in a collection of Monk tunes, plus 2 originals).
MIKE STERN – “ALL OVER THE PLACE” (Guitarist, with an edgy set of straight- ahead, contemporary and vocal tracks).
BOBBY STRENG’S HOUSE BIG BAND – “GETTING HOUSED, LIVE” (A mix of straight-ahead and contemporary big band tracks).
TROMBARI – “THE DEVIL’S HOPYARD” (Progressive session, with Glenn Wilson and Jim Pugh, doing all Thomas Chapin originals).
TYLER GILMORE’S NINTH AND LINCOLN-with Cuong Vu – “STATIC LINE (Conductor, constructing a big band album that fuses jazz and experimental Influences, all while exploring the theme of World War II era music and its role in moral and propaganda of the time. The date features Grammy winning trumpeter Cuong Vu). – Dazzle Recordings
JOSH QUINLAN QUINTET – “MOUNTAIN TIME STANDARDS” (Saxophonist with his debut release featuring ten straight-ahead originals inspired by life in Colorado and the unique mountain landscape). – Dazzle Recordings
KENNY WHEELER BIG BAND – “THE LONG WAITING” (Flugelhorn/trumpeter leading a brass-heavy, nineteen-piece, big band doing original compositions and arrangements with vocals by Diana Torto). – Cam Jazz
MIKE FREEMAN ZONA VIBE – “THE VIBESMAN” (Vibe player with fifth recording as leader. The date thrives on its multicultural beat, grounded in jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa originals). – VOF Recordings
MARC COPLAND – “SOME MORE LOVE SONGS” (Pianist led modern jazz session with his sequel to “Some Love Songs”. Date includes a variety of jazz love songs). – Pirouet
ELIZABETH! – “BRAINCHILDREN” (Vocalist/trombonist/songwriter backed by a trio, with a number of special guests doing all originals). – Canopy Jazz
VERONNEAU – “JAZZ SAMBA PROJECT” (Vocal project, made up of popular international artists. The date was inspired by the 1962 hit “Jazz Samba”, and includes bossa nova tunes and treatments of contemporary jazz and pop classics). – Independent
STACEY KENT – “DREAMER IN CONCERT” (First live recorded performance by this vocalist, which took place in Paris. Backed by a quartet, she delivers interpretations of the Great American Songbook as well as a number of interesting French standards). – Blue Note
RICH THOMPSON TRIO – “GENERATIONS” (A veteran drummer leading a trio, as they put their spin on jazz standards and modern originals). – Origin
BEEGIE ADAIR TRIO – “THE REAL THING – LIVE” (Pianist in a live-recorded session that took place at “The Cave” at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Performance includes twelve compositions, with a mix of classic standards and ballads). – Green Hill
PAUL VAN KEMENADE – “KAISEI NARI” (Alto saxophonist, performing duos and trios with Han Bennink and Aki Takase. An edgy session). – Independent
VIRGINIA SCHENCK – “VA” *title represents the basics of who she is; first & last letter of her name. (Vocalist backed by a piano, bass and drum trio, doing arrangements on a varietyof jazz tunes). – Airborne Ecstasy
DAVID REINHARDT TRIO – “COLOMBE” (Guitarist, (grandson of Django Reinhardt), leading a trio in a wide repertoire of original material and classics. – Cristal Records
UPDATE: INTERVIEW ONLINE ON THE TNJT SHOW PAGE. David Weiss of The Cookers (Billy Harper: Tenor Sax, Eddie Henderson and David Weiss: Trumpets, Craig Handy: Alto Sax, George Cables: Piano, Cecil McBee: Bass, Billy Hart: Drums) hangs with us in Hour 2 of The New as the band celebrate their 5th year working together with their new disc "Believe" and a performance at Day 2 of the June 16-17, 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. We'll chat about that, dig music from the New, and chat about some of David's other projects including his Point of Departure band.
LATE UPDATE: Steve Smith jazz fusion drummer extraordinaire will be chatting with me about his new disc "LIVE! One Great Night", his upcoming 5/31 Anthology SD gig, and his Jazz 88 Profile on Barry Farrar's Percussive Profiles this week.
"KRIS BERG & THE METROPLEXITY BIG BAND” – THIS TIME/LAST YEAR (Composer/arranger on first project as bandleader, featuring special guests on a mix of originals and other arrangements). – Mama Records
"CITIZEN RHYTHEM” – OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE (Bay area quartet fusion project led by multi-award winning guitarist Terrence Brewer, doing arrangements of Miles Davis, Corea, Shorter, and Mingus tunes).– Strong Brew Records
"DAN CAVANAGH TRIO” – THE HEART OF THE GEYSER (Pianist leading a straight-ahead session performing all originals and a highlight cover of Chick Corea’s “Matrix”). – OA2
“THE COOKERS” - BELIEVE (Jazz super group celebrating their fifth anniversary as a working ensemble, the project features an all-star lineup of collectively written originals). – Motema
“APRIL HALL” – ROOM FOR TWO (Vocalist, doing unique duo parings with a variety of musicians. Original illustrations are by Lennie Peterson, with original poetry by James Cudworth). – Bee Boy Records
“GET THE BLESSING” - OCDC (UK’s award-winning and premiere contemporary quartet with their third release. The date offers gritty saxophone melodies, driving rhythms, and moody guitar riffs that mix many eras and genres into a hybrid fusion). – Naim
“BEN HAUGLAND” – POINT OF NO RETURN (Pianist-led sextet, with first date as leader. Draws from his love of hard bop, modern jazz styles and features his work as a composer and arranger). – Dazzle Recordings
“FLORIAN HOEFNER GROUP” – SONGS WITHOUT WORDS (A quartet session, led by this native German, now New York-based pianist. Presents a set of all unique modern jazz original compositions). – OA2
“CARMEN INTORRE JR.” – FOR THE SOUL (Drummer offering a wide range of organ-based soulful styles on his debut release. The Album covers music from Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan to Chick Corea and Weather Report). – Random Act Records
“JAMES LEARY” - TOGETHER (Bassist/composer with a compilation of original compositions, with the first seven tracks showcasing a unique big band sound recorded and released on vinyl in 1980. The remaining six tracks were taken from various sessions produced in Southern California during the 1990’s). – LifeForce Jazz
“RAINCHECK” (Guitar, piano, bass and drum quartet comprised by Steve Kovalcheck [guitar]. Straight-ahead jazz that preserves the swinging hard bop music of the 60s. All originals). – Dazzle Recordings
“SHIRLEY” – FROM A BRIGHT CLEARING (Progressive project. An octet that presents an eclectic mix of boundary-pushing electronic music, borrowing influences from jazz, drum-and-bass, funk, and rock). – Dazzle Recordings
“STEVE SMITH and VITAL INFORMATION” – LIVE! ONE GREAT NIGHT (Drummer and founder of this jazz/fusion juggernaut group releases a live-recorded set from a date played at a small venue called The Mobius in Ashland, Oregon, 2007. Features an all-star lineup serving up some slamming funk, second-line grooves to some swinging up-tempo B-3 burners. They are currently on their 30th anniversary tour with a stop at Anthology on May 31st.). - BFM
“THE SUGARMAN 3” – WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW (Retro funk group out of New York with an instrumental soul album layered in blues and gospel, sunshine pop and the rhythmic groove of soul jazz). – Daptone
“FRANK UNZUETA” – THOUGHTS REVEALED (Southern California-based pianist leading a straight-ahead trio in his debut record. Features a set of nine originals). – Sunstone Records
Gretchen Parlato (@GretchenParlato, 6:40 PM PT): Gretchen continued working toward her vision on her 2011 release "The Lost and Found", with a slight side-trip participating in Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project...which won the 2012 Best Vocal Album Grammy...which will be reprised at the 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival. We will chat about all that and MORE!
2012-05-21 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library: A full spectrum of New Jazz Music being added to the Jazz 88 Music
Library and Playlist this week, including Brian Bromberg (feature TNJT
5/21/12 guest Jeff Lorber), Grammy-nominated vocalist Melody Gardot,
Arturo Sandoval's new tribute to Dizzy, and a couple new San Diego disc
from The Mission Bay Preservationists (leader JP Balmat recently on
TNJT) and the Styletones (funk it up!)!
Plucking out some Jazz News, Jazz Charts, and more!!
Coming up next week, Monday 5/28/12 on TNJT, Eric Person will be chatting about his 6/2 gig with TrioKinesis here in San Diego
A full spectrum of New Jazz Music being added to the Jazz 88 Music Library and Playlist this week, including Brian Bromberg (feature TNJT 5/21/12 guest Jeff Lorber), Grammy-nominated vocalist Melody Gardot, Arturo Sandoval's new tribute to Dizzy, and a couple new San Diego disc from The Mission Bay Preservationists (leader JP Balmat recently on TNJT) and the Styletones (funk it up!)! To hear this New first, check out the debut's on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, May 21, 2012, 6-8 PM PT!
DEAD CAT BOUNCE – “CHANCE EPISODES” (Boston-based sextet headed by saxophonist/composer Matt Steckler. The date is an edgy session that draws inspiration from blues and funk, as well as Caribbean, Brazilian and West African traditions). – Cuneiform
BRIAN BROMBERG – “COMPARED TO THAT” (Grammy-nominated bassist with a live studio release that includes eight original compositions, a ten-piece horn section, a full orchestra string section and a supportive cast that features artists such as Jeff Lorber, Bela Fleck, Randy Brecker, Vinny Colaiuta and many others. Showcases a variety of jazz styles). – Artistry
ROGER CHONG - “SEND A LITTLE LOVE” (Quartet session by this Toronto-based guitarist and composer with his sophomore effort. Features a set of mostly originals, all, which have a mellow and melodic style of play). – Independent
AMIT FRIEDMAN SEXTET – “SUNRISE” (Tenor/soprano saxophonist with the sextet’s debut album. The date has unique arrangements that fuse elements of world music with special emphasis on Middle Eastern music, but still staying loyal jazz tradition). - Origin
MELODY GARDOT – “THE ABSENCE” (Third release from this Grammy-nominated vocalist. Together with an all star band, the collection features all originals that reflect the music of varied cultures visited during her last tour). – Decca
ALLAN HARRIS – “CONVERGENCE” (Vocalist, accompanied by pianist Takana Miyamoto, honoring the collaboration(s) between Tony Bennett and Bill Evans. The collaboration consists of two albums: The Tony Bennett/ Bill Evans Album and Together Again). – Love Productions
THE MISSION BAY PRESERVATIONISTS – “NEW ORLEANS PRESERVES” (Mission Bay High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jean-Paul Balmat. The release focuses on the city of New Orleans, with everything from Dixieland, gospel, boogie-woogie, swing, Cajun, Afro-Cuban, and brass band). – Independent
BEN POWELL – “NEW STREET” (British violist leading a quartet, plus a trio that pays tribute to French violinist Stephane Grappelli. The trio features Gary Burton and Julian Lage doing three tunes, one of which is the albums centerpiece written for Burton by Grappelli in 1969, but never recorded by Burton until now). - Independent
ANNE SAJDERA – “AZUL” (Bay area pianist/composer in a straight-ahead quartet session, showcasing a repertoire of originals, standards, and other jazz tunes). – Bijuri Records
ARTURO SANDOVAL – “DEAR DIZ” (Trumpeter-led session paying tribute to Dizzy Gillespie. Features top-shelf musicians such as Burton, Mintzer and DeFrancesco doing Gillespie compositions framed in big band arrangements spotlighting elements of bebop). - Concord
STYLETONES (San Diegan group delivering a wide selection of energized punky-funk, soul, blues, lounge and R&B). - Independent
Carmen Lundy (@CarmenLundy) "Changes" Interview (7:20 PM PT): Chatting with vocalist about her 2012 release "Changes"and her upcoming performance as June 17, 2012 at the Playboy Jazz Festival as part of Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project!
2012-05-14 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library: Lots of great New being added to the Jazz 88 Playlist this week,
including guitarist Broom, a killer large ensemble from Budman / Levy
Orchestra, Ted Nash, and international Jazz from Jazz 88 friend Cheryl Pyle with
More to come, including links to interview audio and items of note during the show!
Lots of great New being added to the Jazz 88 Playlist this week, including guitarist Broom, a killer large ensemble from Budman / Levy Orchestra, and international Jazz from Jazz 88 friend Cheryl Pyle with Kazhargan World! Check out the debut of this batch on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, May 14, 2012 6-8 PM PT!
BOBBY BROOM – “UPPER WEST SIDE STORY” (Tenth release as leader, and first recording of entirely original compositions. - Straight-ahead trio session). – Origin
BUDMAN/LEVY ORCHESTRA – “FROM THERE TO HERE” (Orchestra highlighting the current generation of dynamic L.A. jazz musicians. Features a wide-range of compositions and arrangements, showcasing nine of Levy’s originals). – OA2 Records
HUMAN SPIRIT – “DIALOGUE” (Collective trio project by Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgenson. West coast jazz that features eight original compositions recorded live in Seattle at the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival). – Origin
DAVID CALDWELL-MASON – “COLD SNAP” (Pianist with his second album as leader. The trio features six modern creative jazz originals and a reworking of two covers.) - Independent
JOEL MILLER – “SWIM” (Montreal based saxophonist leading a quartet featuring a straight-ahead, tight knit set of ten originals and one standard). – Origin
TED NASH – “THE CREEP” (Multi-instrumentalist leading a quartet in his eleventh title as leader, and first on his new label. Mix of originals and other jazz tunes.) – Plastic Sax Records
BRIAN PATNEAUDE – “ALL AROUND US” (N.Y. based alto-saxophonist session offering a straight-ahead collection of six originals and two jazz classics by Wayne Shorter and Bronislaw Kaper). – Wepa Records
KEITH PRAY – “CONFLUENCE” (Alto saxophonist leading a quintet with an organic blend of mostly originals). – Artists Recording Collective
TESSA SOULTER – BEYOND THE BLUE” (Vocalist backed by an all-star cast of veterans on her fourth release. features a dozen classical melodies and familiar standards). - Motema
WADADA LEO SMITH – “TEN FREEDOM SUMMERS” (Creative trumpeter/composer with a progressive 4-disc live release performed over the course of three concerts. The compositions are offered up in a variety of settings, with performances by his Golden Quartet/Quintet, and Southwest Chamber Music conducted by Jeff Von Der Schmidt). – Cuneiform
CORY WONG – “QUARTET/QUINTET” (Twin city guitarist offering a double dose of all original compositions. The two volumes take the music into two different directions. “Quartet” offers a more composed, post bop jazz approach, while “Quintet” has a rock fusion orientation). - Independent
KAZHARGAN WORLD – “WONDERFUL TIMES” (International collective project spearheaded by Russian pianist Stanislav Zaslavsky. Features flautist Cheryl Pyle). -Dewey Records
Looks like there is some fun ("FROMAGE"), creative ("SMASHUP"), and swingin' ("WOBBLE WALKIN") NEW, along with some other great prospects in the new adds to the Jazz 88 music library this week. Check them out on The New Jazz Thing 6-8PM PT, Monday, May 7, 2012!
CARTER CALVERT – “WITH THE ROGER COHEN TRIO” (Female vocalist, with a straight-ahead mix of standards and originals).
AMINA FIGAROVA – “TWELVE” (Another great recording by this pianist/composer/ arranger. All her originals, straight-ahead).
EDDIE GOMEZ – “PER SEMPRE” (Bassist, leading a quintet, in a straight-ahead collection of band originals).
CHRIS HAZELTON TRIO – “PEREGRINATION” (Organ/guitar trio, doing straight- ahead originals and standards).
GILAD HEKSELMAN – “HEARTS WIDE OPEN” (Guitarist, leading a quartet, in a straight-ahead, somewhat edgy collection of originals).
RANDY HOEXTER GROUP – “FROMAGE” (Imaginative jazz arrangements of goofy pop tunes from the 70’s [i.e, Yummy, Yummy, Yummy…Billy Don’t Be A Hero}, but very well done). (Fromage – “cheese” in French).
JAZZ PUNKS – “SMASHUP” (Edgy re-workings of familiar Jazz tunes).