Kenny explained it this way in a recent interview:. It always works if you allow your inner-self to come and play. A balance between head and heart; your intellect and your emotions. He is one of the most innovative, versatile and important jazz guitarists of this century.

Unapologetically, Brian was drawn to the bass by accident years before this first album was released. Let me explain. His father, Howard Bromberg, was a prominent drummer in Tucson, Arizona, where baby Brian was born and raised. I bet the Bromberg house was raucous with rhythm and music.

I asked Brian, how his mom handled a house full of drummers. My dad was a jazz drummer and my older brother played drums and so did I. After I fell in love with the bass, I practiced day and night. At thirteen, a youthful and talented Brian Bromberg was already getting gig calls to play his drums. In elementary and junior high school, teenaged Brian also became attached to the cello.

One day, the orchestra director at Mansfield Jr. High in Tucson was afraid the tenacious and gifted drummer was going to saw the school cello in half. So, the music teacher diverted Brian Bromberg to the acoustic bass instrument. After all, it was an important part of any rhythm section, but it could also sing melodies and provide harmony. Young Bromberg put down his sticks, laid aside the cello and happily picked up the gigantic double bass. From age fourteen to eighteen, he was fanatical about practicing and mastering his new-found, bass instrument.

While attending high school, Brian was also taking music classes at the University of Arizona. Clearly, he was intent on becoming a professional musician. His family supported his dream. While still in high school, Brian was playing in the university orchestra, in the lab band and he found himself drawn to performances with their jazz combo.

After all, he grew up under the tutelage of a jazz drummer. At the Bromberg home, there was always jazz playing and Brian was drawn to both jazz and classical music.

Even as a teenager, I was into jazz and listened to jazz. At first, I was a purist. I was into acoustic jazz and classical. I was playing in the orchestra. I listened to all the big band stuff and to Sarah Vaughan. When Bill Evans came to Tucson, touring, the genius pianist was using Marc Johnson as his bass player.

Somehow, Marc heard young Brian Bromberg playing his bass. He was memorably impressed. Not long after, Stan Getz happened to mention to Marc Johnson that he was looking for a young bass player to take on the road with him and to mentor. Marc immediately flashed back to Tucson and young Brian. The call was made and inwhen the young man was a mere nineteen years old, Brian Bromberg joined the great Stan Getz Quintet for a world-wind tour.

The music was great, but I learned more about humanity, because I got to travel the world. I saw the world and different cultures. But, dealing with Stan Getz; that was an interesting experience because of his mental state, which was usually altered most of the time. Being a teenager, a normal kid from Tucson, Arizona, who grew up in a very normal lifestyle, to all of a sudden be hanging out with somebody like Stan was quite an experience. I mean, he used to be a heroin addict, a cocaine addict, he smoked pot constantly.

He was a heavy drinker. Stan taught me a lot about humanity and, in some instances, about who I did not want to become. But the music was amazing. He was such a brilliant musician!

So, that was incredible. InBrian Bromberg relocated to Southern California. I asked him how that happened. He was doing a record for Japan and somebody from the Japanese label said you need to get Brian Bromberg on bass.

Phil said; Brian who? I was living in Arizona at the time. For whatever reason, the band knew who I was and knew my playing. So, somebody told Phil; you have to have Brian Bromberg on this record. Consequently, I got the call, came to L. Then, I went back to Tucson. A few weeks later, Phil calls me up and he said, man, you were great. Look, if I got some gigs, would you come out here and work. I said sure. So, he calls me back with enough local gigs to relocate to Los Angeles.

Back in those days, there were plenty of gigs. Phil had months of gigs booked in advance. I asked him about the times he toured with Eddie Harris and inquired about what he got out of that relationship?

He was really fun to hang with and fun to play with. Eddie was great and I say this with love and respect; he was just out of his mind in a good way. His sense of humor and spark and energy; oh, he was great. It was really fun playing with him, because he was just crazy and you never knew what he was going to do. He played with all these gadgets and did things no one had done before; blew his saxophone through those things.

I had a lot of respect for Eddie Harris. In one way he had a lot of fame and success. I think he was a really a cool blend between the funky, contemporary stuff and the real straight-ahead stuff. He could do both. This writer thinks Brian Bromberg, himself, is a genius in his own right. Like Eddie Harris, Brian can play many styles of music and he plays them all with excellence.

This is exemplified in the long list of recordings he has made as a bandleader performing both smooth jazz and traditional, straight-ahead jazz.

Music just kept pouring out of him. Inhe reached back to his acoustic roots, embracing a traditional jazz path. He walked up that road successfully with Doug Webb and Ernie Watts on saxophones, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Mike Garson, dramatic and emotional on piano and Mitch Forman bringing his own spice and brilliance to the eighty-eight keys on some tracks.

Minneapolis was another smash hit album. The other creative discovery Brian made in his career is the mastery of the piccolo bass. When I started playing bass, I realized I had this melodic side to me. I started messing around with changing the tuning of my bass and one day, I tuned the strings an octave higher than my regular bass.

I started playing all this stuff and I said, Holy Mackerel. You know, when you play bass chords down low, they sound kind of muddy.

And it rewired me. For whatever reason, I started playing it more and more. I realized I have all this melodic stuff inside of me and it came out and excited me. What the piccolo bass did for me was allow me to sing. I was playing melodies and telling stories.

I had no idea all this stuff inside of me even existed. It helped me communicate with music in that register. It was perhaps because it was higher and tuned like a guitar. So, all of a sudden it totally changed my playing, my phrasing and my melodic thought.

I put my fingers in the same place as a regular bass, but it just sounds different. It became a voice of mine. It made me grow into the music. It made me better. It forced me to be better.

I love it. I get to play music, not just the bass. It shows me that so many of the limitations we have are our own. I try not to be limited by my instrument. The instrument challenges me. It was produced virtually, using technology to synchronize the musicians together during the quarantined, pandemic year of This album is back to his smooth jazz, funky style.

They supply a rhythm track that bounces like a trampoline for Everette Harp to showcase his dancing saxophone. Tom Zink is on every track of this new CD, adding keyboards that fatten the arrangements. Always pushing the boundaries of his creativity, Brian Bromberg began to design basses.

He wanted something comfortable to hold, ergonomically shaped, with high quality and a resonating tone. His next project was starting a radio show that exclusively introduced bass players to his listening audience.

It exceeded my expectations in many ways. We had listeners in countries and it was incredible. I had a lot of luck as a bass player.

I wanted to give other bass players a platform to be heard. Most of the record labels are gone and there are so many bass players out there worthy to be heard. A few companies believed in us and gave us a shot. But the Industry let us down with no willingness to support the global bass community.

None of the magazines supported us. There are hundreds of companies that make bass equipment who had no interest in taking out ads on our show. If you think about it, the people listening to our show were mostly bass players.

Bass players buy strings, straps, instruments, cases, all that stuff. They buy cars to get to gigs. They get financed by Wells Fargo, just like I did. I had overhead. I would have liked to see more industry support. Consequently, I had to shut it down. This is music you can pop into your car CD player, or pull up on your phone and head to the open highway. It was so good to speak to my longtime friend and gifted bassist, Tomas Gargano last week.

As we chatted, I discovered some little-known facts about his life and musical career. Always in celebration of the history and legacy of jazz, Tomas was inspired early-on by his father, a man who initially had aspirations to become a saxophone player. Then, my father bought me a cheap, eighteen-dollar guitar. I started playing that. My father also played Count Basie in the house, relentlessly, at a very high volume. I was seven years old. My father was a frustrated saxophone player. So, I played saxophone until I was sixteen years old.

From that seven-year-old moment, staring up in awe at Marshall Royal and the Count Basie Big Band, Tomas Gargano fell in love with the bass instrument. Even though he dabbled at piano and studied saxophone for several years, he was infatuated by the sound and application of the bass in a musical setting. He was playing upright at the time. I would walk up the alley to the back of this place, The Peppermint Twist Club, and listen to him play through the window.

I was a little fourteen or fifteen-year-old kid. They called him the Funk Machine even then and he was playing upright. James Jamerson had deep roots in jazz, like many of the seasoned musical veterans around Detroit at that time. Tomas followed his dream of becoming a working musician.

He sought out those elders who could inspire, teach and enhance his goal. By that time, he had put down the saxophone and picked up the bass.

He was playing bass with Stevie Wonder. So, I started driving up there. It was about a mile drive to Rochester, Michigan. The instructors were pianist and arranger, Harold McKinney, trumpeter and arranger, Marcus Belgrave and tenor saxophonist, Sam Sanders. When he was just nineteen years old, word spread about his talents on bass.

He was called to play a church gig with none other than the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin and her sisters, Carolyn and Erma. ByTomas was gigging steadily around the Motor City. Out of the blue, he got a call to go to Japan and work at the Tokyo Playboy Club as part of their house band.

He had planned a move to New York City and live with a cousin, but when this unexpected opportunity cropped up, he snatched it. I was on a flight back from Japan and supposed to arrive in San Francisco and then return from there to an apartment in New York on East 24th street. But there was a bad storm that made the airline divert their flight.

We landed in Los Angeles. I had a few friends in L. I love a big-city- feel like Detroit, Chicago and New York. That became a thirteen-year relationship. Once I made peace that I was staying in Los Angeles, it made me think, maybe there was a deeper reason.

I should look this man up. Studying with Red Callender was the greatest thing in my life! He was so much more than a bass teacher.

He was a friend and a mentor. Tomas was the baby of their group and George Reed and pianist, Duke Burrell took him under their wise wings to nurture and support his talent. So, the polished drummer had a wealth of knowledge to share. Duke Burrell was also historic. Born in July ofhis roots were in New Orleans, Louisiana. So once again, Tomas was surrounded by jazz elders and cultivated by their wisdom.

He loved it! Tomas continued his jazz legacy by working consistently with a long line of legendary Los Angeles Jazz cats. He spent several years being the bassist of choice for reedman, Teddy Edwards, vocalist, Ernie Andrews, the amazing Betty Bryant, Linda Hopkins and even myself. Like those iconic musicians, I love the way Tomas Gargano plays his bass! So, we were sitting there at the bar, talking. Oh, he was a task master. Those are the most memorable things I treasure about Los Angeles; those personable moments.

Those friendships. He was the saxophone player I had heard when I was seven years old at that Count Basie concert with my father. Even then, I wanted to play that bass.

My father wanted me to choose the saxophone. So, I called my dad and Marshall Royal spoke to him. He was so gracious and such a gentleman to my father. I remember, he said to my dad; your son made the right choice, referring to my choice of instrument. That was a great moment. He participated, as bassist, on almost every one of her album releases. In summer ofhe flew into Los Angeles to be a part of her 88th birthday studio session.

It was a small, small compact studio. I was so proud and humbled to be with those incredible musicians. It was Ernie Andrews, Poncho Sanchez and you. You were the three stand-outs to me that I wanted to work with and I accomplished that!

Before he knew it, he was playing gigs and meeting more jazz royalty. He lived on the 31st floor. We live on the 27th The Sun King - David Liebman Group - In A Mellow Tone (CD). He saw me years ago rolling the bass to the gig. He said; Hey Mr. I got to know him. Just being in his presence was inspiring.

He was the most dapper gentleman. Even in the last part of his life, when he was in a wheelchair, he was just so generous with his spirit.

You come out and you rub the stump, you know. To do that was really something. One of my most memorable gigs was with former L. Ron Carter walks into the club one night. I remember distinctly we were playing Jitterbug Waltz in B flat. Ron Carter wants to sit-in and play my bass! Naturally, he proceeded to play the shit out of that song. After the set, he complimented my instrument and we talked bass talk.

I worked there for years with several different groups. I toured Europe with them. I think he owned the whole block. He never looked it, but he was in his eighties. This elegant black man, always in a three-piece suit and a Fedora hat, was the coolest cat in the neighborhood. He encouraged me to bring my own band into his club, but I never did it. He was the house bassist at the New Amsterdam Musical Assoc. They had a Monday Night Jam session. Recently, Don Sr.

Just like Duke Burrell said it to me. Hakim, Gene Perle and quite a few people. Here, I spend about minutes on the subway. Mass transit makes it more personal here. His relationships are personal, his music is personal and his love of the bass is personal. The Los Angeles area is stuffed like a giant pinata with talent galore.

After all, Southern California is a hub for the film and television industry, has a thriving theatrical community and also boasts a bodacious jazz scene. Leslie Baker is one such musician, whose diamond talent and positive energy brightens any bandstand where she plants her big, bad bass.

As a female in the music business, she is proficient in playing both upright and electric basses. Another plus, Leslie can easily cross genres of music. In other words, Leslie Baker plays a bass for all seasons. He was a professional pianist and vocal coach, who encouraged his talented little girl to begin playing piano at age six. Once she mastered the rudiments of music, Mr.

Baker suggested Leslie learn to play the bass. She started off playing the upright bass. At twenty-years-old, Leslie Baker was a self-supporting, very busy musician. Always striving to be better, she studied with some legendary bass icons. One of her main influences and greatest mentor was the amazing Red Callender. She told me a little bit about that time in her life.

The legendary bassist, Red Callender, must have been surprised by this excited young woman standing before him and complimenting him on his tuba playing.

I played only electric bass from age sixteen to age twenty-six. When I discovered the electric bass I said, well why bother with this big cumbersome instrument? I had to go to the gym to keep my strength up and I had to carry the thing home on weekends and to practice. It was a big, awkward deal. For ten years I played nothing but electric, and then, I started yearning for the sound of a string bass where I could bow it. It was the sound I could not get from my electric bass.

So, I purchase this double bass. Then I start reading music on it. I go, Uh Uh! I need some help. Amazingly, Charles Owens had just corralled Red into teaching. Red had never been a teacher before. He was a career musician. His emphasis was on how to play the upright bass in tune. They were studying with him too. Baker has been on the bandstand with numerous music masters and learned from each one of them.

One such legend, often referred to as the inventor of Rock and Roll, was drummer Earl Palmer. He was not only a great jazz drummer, but also a sought-after studio musician who played on a number of big hit pop songs and rock and roll records. What a blessing for Leslie Baker to be the bassist who locked into a groove with this master musician! She has learned from the best in the business. For example, she was part of the Al Aarons L. Jazz Caravan that was packed with legendary players.

What a band! Another jazz legend Leslie Baker worked with, was the unforgettable hard-bop drummer, Billy Higgins. As Leslie grew musically, she recognized that one of the best educations you can get is actually performing and playing music with others.

Each time you have an opportunity to work with musicians of high caliber, you learn more than any academic situation could teach you. She recorded with Dixon and also performed with the famous, Harmonica Fats. Leslie recalled her session with award winning composer and blues man, Willie Dixon. Willie Dixon was not in good enough health to play the bass himself. I got referred to him by bass man, Henry Franklin. He was used to using the Skipper and the Skipper told him to use me this time.

Maybe Henry had something else to do. One day, Floyd Dixon scooped her up and took her on the road. Another highlight of her affiliation with Floyd Dixon was when they performed at the famed Monterey Jazz Festival.

She and Marty recorded several songs together and Leslie features them on her website as a tribute to the late, great musician. To Marty, the drummer was the flavor of the day. But he really wanted to know who was playing bass, because it was about the changes. She also enjoyed the challenge of working with a bass choir that was founded and established by the late James Leary.

And the way he wrote those five bass parts, the bottom part was the typical bass line; the top part was the melody or what was up in the higher range, and in the middle, he took the three basses that were left and we were the big chord makers in the middle. We were making the harmony.

It was me, Richard Simon and James Leary. I found it extremely fascinating to be in that middle section. In other circumstances I would always be playing something else. But playing in the middle and making those harmonies was very interesting. It really made me work at what Red had taught me; that intonation is so critical. He was a dear friend for many years.

Her love of music and her desire to pass on the jazz legacy to a younger generation has her waving her magic bow across the strings of her double bass and inspiring young players. It was a sweet memorial for her father.

This project featured Phil Wright on piano, who has also been a mentor to the talented bassist ; Steve Fowler on flute, Terry Evans on guitar and Billy Paul on drums. Earl Alexander contributed guitar and vocals. I was beginning to have fun singing, instead of just playing bass. I challenged my vocal abilities on this project. Somehow, Leslie Baker also finds time to manage and run her own studio in Silverlake, California.

I have a YouTube channel. Sitting in front of the television set one evening, a small boy named Bobby Rodriguez found himself fascinated by the sound of a trumpet.

Harry James and his band were appearing on some variety show, and while watching that performance, young Rodriguez fell in love with the horn. At that time, Mr. Bill Taggert was the band master. Rodriguez was ten years old when he signed up to play the trumpet. Three of them were already gone by the time I was ten years old.

They were older, married and on their way. So, it was really just my older sister and myself and my mom. My parents divorced when I was seven years old. So, it was just the three of us. Fortunately, my elementary school had a thriving concert band and I just went in and said I wanted to play trumpet. After a year, it was adding up. We finally bought the trumpet, once I showed my mom I was practicing and serious about it.

My first instrument cost a hundred dollars. At that point, it was a major commitment. When I discovered jazz radio, that really opened the door. It was a tough, no nonsense neighborhood. Stay away from this. Just go about your business. If you see something coming, you cross the street. There I was, carrying my little trumpet case, ten years old and no one messed with me. Both of my parents were very good and they kept me straight and thinking about good things.

The trumpet occupied my time. By the time Bobby Rodriguez was a teenager, he had turned professional, working gigs around the Los Angeles area with various groups. They invited me to replace their trumpet player who was leaving the band to return to school. In those days, you might not have recognized me. I was wearing spandex and platform heels on my shoes.

They were buying homes and cars and stuff. I learned, you have to hold on to that publishing money. Being on the road was a learning experience, but it was sickening after a while. I wanted to practice and keep growing and improving.

When I came off that tour, I went right to a trumpet teacher and tried to put all the pieces back together and move forward. The teacher I went to was Don Ferrara. I studied with him for about a year and he helped me a lot. Then, I went to Uan Rasey for about five years. Every time I open my case, I think of Uan Rasey. Around that same time, he cut and produced albums on himself. Happily, his own career was blossoming. He was embracing a Latin jazz format.

Around this same time, Rodriguez began producing other artists. He was productive and busy. InRodriguez produced jazz vocalist, Maxine Weldon. Dave Weckl supports and communicates with Chick and John with tons of energy while not playing too loud. Their incredible chemistry is undeniable and without comparison. These pieces are interspersed with snippets of Dr. Sung had long envisioned the piece with strings, realized here in a breathtaking rendition. Check it out and then add it to your collection.

Her voice, the sonics are impeccable thanks to the superb production and engineering expertise of by Ledisi, Benny Briggs and Gregg Fields. There is no doubt that Ledisi has come full circle as a multi-talented vocalist, producer and song stylist.

Catch her in concert during her Wild Card Tour. There are no long solos and the songs do not have the exact instrumentation of a jazz recording that you might expect. Denise respects the traditional approach to Bacharach, bends them to make her own points, and freshens them into something new. Further, Denise pulls these songs into her own aesthetic domain, creating unique sonic tensions with her infinitesimally subtle vocal shadings that demand listeners rethink the original meaning of the song.

Orrin Evans is an American jazz artist who is used to calling the shots. He has been a bandleader for more than 25 years and has emerged as a truly distinctive and respected leader and co-leader.

He signed with Criss Cross Jazz inrecording prolifically with the label and was awarded a Pew Fellowships in the Arts. Evans announced he was leaving Bad Plus in In Orrin Evans also boldly embraced challenges and change to create music of beauty and meaning in the present with The Magic of Now available on Smoke Sessions Records.

The results are clearly on display in the seven songs he performs on The Magic of Now. On The Magic of Nowthe quartet generates seven songs that exemplify state-of-the-art modern jazz, including three tunes written by Evans and three songs written by Wilkins. From the first note to the last, the quartet, convening as a unit for the first time, displays the cohesion and creative confidence of old friends.

Founded in lateCaptain Black was conceived as a vehicle for Evans to combine the power and scale of a big band with the freedom and spontaneity of a small group. The band has also received two high-profile commissions: a suite honoring the centennial year of cosmic bandleader Sun Ra that premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center; and another inspired by Thomas Hart Benton's mural "America Today," performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art accompanied by scrolling photos of the artwork.

In Pianist Orrin Evans took stock of the pivotal moments that shaped the trajectory of his life on The Evolution of Oneselfhis release that introduced a remarkable new piano trio with two longtime associates but first-time collaborators: bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins.

Backing by the orchestra makes his lyrics even more powerful while maintaining your attention without any doubts. Her voice is absolutely amazing and augments the essence of the poem upon which this song is based. Mendoza expertly composed this blues within a classical and orchestral framework that swings over an enchanting vamp.

What a great song. Overall, Freedom Over Everything is a masterpiece that should be in your collection. Buy it today. Click here. For more information on Vince Mendoza, please visit www. There is a tradition at the WDR Big Band Cologne to have the chief conductor fashion a project of their music and performance.

So Bob Mintzer, who has been the chief conductor for the last 6 years, composed, arranged and conducted the 10 compositions you hear on Soundscapes.

Mintzer is also the principal soloist on the tenor saxophone and EWI. Solos by Mintzer on tenor sax, trombonist Andy Hunter and Billy Test on piano add to the dynamic flavors heard on this awesome composition. Additionally, the joy of this music also involves the process of the 17 musicians that make up the WDR Big Band Cologne stating their own particular viewpoints in harmony with one another. Check it out. Soundscapes is available on MCG Jazz. Judy Wexler sings remarkable interpretations of songs from the s on her latest release titled Back to the Garden.

This exceptional recording is a soundtrack of love, hope and change. Her vocals are emotive, languid, intimate and are permeated with the consummate control necessary to hit the various notes — whether high or low. The themes range from peace and love to environmental conservation, escapism, anti-war and riot protests, and the ephemeral nature of life. Buy it today at SOTJ. Click here to buy Back To The Garden. Keep in touch with Judy Wexler at judywexler.

These new arrangements of pop tunes and standards burst with her trademark exuberance and inspired interpretations that will leave you in a world of wonder. Percussionists Tira Skamby and Aaron Serfaty add their musical visions at just the right time.

Saxophonist Karl-Martin Almqvist plays a blistering solo that takes this song to another level by adding major elements of free jazz and improvised burnished tones. Kristin adds another layer of musicality with her bass solo on the composition that explores the intimacy within this special song.

Her vocals are warm, inviting and sensitive. The songs reflect quiet contemplation to funky celebration. Check out Smoke and Mirrors. Keep in touch with Steve Cole at stevecole. There is even a string orchestra featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic conducted by Corey Allen! Brian composed all of the songs in quarantine with the sole exception of the title track.

Brian really shines on this song. Hats off to all involved. A Little Driving Music is a must have for your jazz collection if only because the musicians were miles away but sound as if they are in the same studio! Congrats Brian. The first begins as a brisk and lively arpeggio study, with melodic strands that shift into different levels of tension and drama.

The second movement is quieter, more lyrical with a sadder theme. The third movement is energetic, livelier and more harmonic as in a scherzo. His arrangement captures the haunting spirit of the keyboard original. As a band leader, drummer Dave Weckl is all too familiar with fame and fortune as well as the highs and lows of his musical career.

Louis at the Chesterfield Jazz Festival They perform songs the band conceived years ago and many of the songs on this live recording are from their Rhythm of Soul album. The entire band is on fire and does not deny any access to their virtuosity. Dave Stryker wrote four original compositions, produced and arranged all 10 songs. It features exciting solos by the entire band.

As their first full-length album as a duo, Benoit and Winkler have chosen several of their favorite songs by such composers as Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Mandel, Paul Simon and Randy Newman. The recording also includes three original songs co-written by Benoit and Winkler and arranged by Benoit.

Old Friends was produced by Barbara Brighton and is a charming and thoughtful collection of great songs. Highly recommended. In the mids, Lincoln Center, Inc. In JulyJALC was inducted as the first new constituent of Lincoln Center since The School of American Ballet joined inlaying the groundwork for the building of a performance facility designed specifically for the sound, function and feeling of jazz. Over the past three decades, Jazz at Lincoln Center has become an important advocate for jazz, culture, and arts education globally.

For 30 years, Jazz at Lincoln Center has continued that tradition through our programs. Three songs from On The Town are included in the recording. Silber also arranged this song which is the closing number from Act 1 of On The Town. Constant changes in the key, tempo, rhythmic displacement, dynamics, and groove are prominent in this piece. This spiritual captures the warmth and joyful nature of the original choral piece. The recording serves to pay tribute to Bernstein while also re-introducing listeners to the genius of Bernstein.

It is an exceptional composition and one Mrs. Obama will certainly cherish. This is a superb rendition of this great song and a true indication of the mastery of these two geniuses. As the closing song, listeners are left with the hope there will be a Volume 2 since these masters are just what needs to keep the music playing.

Two great passions have shared the heart of Andy James throughout her life: jazz singing and Flamenco dance. Together they allow you, dear listener, to engage with Andy on a romantic and intimate sonic level.

The closer features her incredible band for an exhilarating blowing session. They recorded their first album together in Shortly after that recording, however, Ford decided to part ways and go in a different musical direction.

Over the years the band has undergone numerous lineup changes. Never failing to rise to the inevitable challenges of adjustment, the Yellowjackets - Russell Ferrante, William Kennedy, Bob Mintzer - have maintained an extraordinarily high quality of musicianship that is the rival of many but a surprise to no one who knows and appreciates the band and their music. The most recent addition to the band adds Australian bass player Dane Alderson in to the mix.

With his exceptional rhythmic sensibility and natural disposition toward groove, Dane brings a new energy to the band and adds a youthful approach to the music.

Billy Childs has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era, perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copland — for like Copland, he has successfully married the musical products of his heritage with the Western neoclassical traditions of the twentieth century in a powerful symbiosis of style, range, and dynamism.

A native of Los Angeles, Childs grew up immersed in jazz, classical, and popular music influences. A prodigious talent at the piano earned him public performances by age six, and at sixteen he was admitted to the USC Community School of the Performing Arts, going on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition under the tutelage of Robert Linn and Morten Lauridsen.

The multiple talents of Luba Mason are on fully display on her latest recording titled Triangle. Luba Mason is joined by an impeccable trio consisting of Joe Locke on vibraphone, The Sun King - David Liebman Group - In A Mellow Tone (CD) Genus on acoustic and electric basses and Samuel Torres on percussion.

The ten-track recording was arranged by Renato Neto, Joe Locke, Felipe Fournier and Luba with remarkable results that are truly fascinating for some of your favorite compositions. Luba covers songs from a diverse array of genres including pop, rock, jazz, Broadway musicals, and folk songs from her native Slovak community. The choice of songs and the rarely heard format of vibraphone, bass and vocals in a trio setting is another reason to add this remarkable recording to your collection.

Order it now. Chick Corea. The versatility and virtuosity of Dr. Chick Corea as a composer, arranger, pianist, producer and bandleader is known worldwide. Corea has written, arranged and performed in every major musical genre and style.

He composed his first piano concerto — and an adaptation of his signature piece, "Spain", for a full symphony orchestra — and performed it in with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This solo piano recording is a double-disc collection of live performances from recent concerts.

Also featured on Disc One are improvised versions of classical music pieces written by Mozart, Chopin, Scarlatti and Scriabin. However, he gives these pieces a delicacy that masks the exceptional power of his greatest masterpieces. Overall, Chick Corea PLAYS should be in your collection of jazz and classical recordings by one of the greatest talents performing today.

Stay in touch with Chick Corea at www. Never Can Say Goodbye. Davis has created a musical masterpiece that originates from his fertile imagination that can be savored by you dear listeners for many years to come. In addition to accompaniment from the Beegie Adair Trio which features Beegie on piano, Roger Spencer on bass and Chris Brown on drums, Clifton is accompanied by a coterie of great musicians.

Never Can Say Goodbye is performed with immense power and depth. Another rich reward that listeners receive is the fact that Davis is largely responsible for putting all of these great songs together in a masterful recording that reflects a personal absorption in what the composers were trying to accomplish.

This version is really exciting. John Beasley. Born in Louisiana, the cradle of jazz, Beasley started writing arrangements in junior high school, the first one for the University of North Texas Jazz Band. Beasley is a third generation musician.

His father is a bassoonist, pianist, and composer. His mother was a brass instrumentalist, band conductor and orchestrator. His grandfather was a trombonist. Declining an oboe scholarship from the Julliard, at 17, Beasley instead started playing in clubs before he was of legal drinking age. Soon after, he went on his first world tour with Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes, then spent eight years with jazz icon Freddie Hubbard, while keeping up with his garage band Audio Mind with Vinnie Colauita, John Patittucci, and Steve Taviglione.

This month John will release the second recording that honors the music of Thelonious Monk. This may be a coincidence but John and Thelonious were born on the same day - October 10th! So there's a bit of trivia for you! Solid follows up his smash release Honestly which became his eleventh 1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album.

Sometimes, inspiration is slow in coming, evasive and stubborn. Other times, if an artist is very fortunate, it simply flows, the music practically writing itself. Solid is a very upbeat record. As I was writing them, these songs put a smile on my face. I reached out to him and he wrote and recorded the lyrics.

He apprenticed as a sideman for artists like Morris Day, The Isley Brothers, Teena Marie and many others, touring and doing sessions for seven years before cutting his first solo album in The independently released Trust led immediately to a major label deal and a string of increasingly successful recordings and nonstop touring.

If the digital album is purchased, you will receive the full album via email upon release date June 26, Please note, digital downloads are only available in the U. This dynamic recording is performed by John Lake playing trumpet and flugelhorn with a first-rate band of up-and-coming New York instrumentalists including Paul Jones on tenor saxophone, Michael Thomas playing alto saxophone on three tracks, Steven Feifke on piano, Marcos Varela on bass, and Jeff Davis on drums.

John produced the album, wrote and arranged all but three compositions for the session over the course of a few days at Big Orange Sheep recording studio in Brooklyn, New York. His compositions definitely bring an extended focus to the great improvising heard on this recording which may have been influenced during his time learning to play in New York City while surrounded by the amazing musicians in that diverse city. Lake really shines on this piece that features his top-to-bottom command of his instrument.

If you are in an inspired New York state of mind, Seven Angels is definitely for you. Brian Culbertson. Over the course of crafting a album catalogue and architecting more than 30 Billboard No.

Label him jazz and he makes a funk record. Brand him pop and he creates a minute New Age opus. Culbertson burst onto the scene in with a chart-topping album that he recorded in his college apartment featuring keyboard-led contemporary jazz tracks.

Real drums on almost everything mixed with programming. Definitely a cool sound. Recreating that cool sound live for fans is the best part as Culbertson and his band embark on The XX Tourplaying more than 70 concerts around the US now postponed until Spring of An exuberant performer, Culbertson spends months in preproduction meticulously working to create stunning visuals - staging, lighting, wardrobe and effects — in order to put on a mesmerizing show each time he takes the stage.

Possessing style, panache and a savvy business mind capable of moving the needle in music and beyond, Culbertson founded and curates the annual Napa Valley and Chicago Jazz Getawayswhich have attracted guests The Sun King - David Liebman Group - In A Mellow Tone (CD) all over the globe to experience his premier events.

Ella Live at the Apollo! Various Artists. In seven of the greatest jazz, popular and Broadway headliners, Afro Blue vocal group, three distinct instrumental ensembles including a piece string section and the Count Basie Orchestra all paid tribute to Ella Fitzgerald through songs mostly associated with her. Each singer gave great heart-felt performances that I am sure Ella would have been proud of.

The audience showed their appreciation with robust applause. Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore, MD. Under the guidance of his father Warren Wolf Sr. After graduating from Berklee in May ofWarren became an active musician on the Boston local scene. Warren was hired in September of to become an instructor in the percussion department at Berklee College of Music.

After two years of teaching at Berklee College of Music, Warren headed back to Baltimore to start his main goal of becoming a full-time performing musician. Since leaving Berklee as a teacher, Warren has landed the piano duties performing in the Rachael Price Group. Recording and touring with Rachael, Warren has had the opportunity to tour throughout the entire United States of America. Warren is currently the drummer of choice for Alto Saxophonist Tia Fuller, who tours with internationally renowned pop star Beyonce Knowles.

His most recent recording for Mack Avenue Record is titled Reincarnation and features 10 original songs composed by Warren. Overall, Cinematic is awesome due to its great musical imagery, mood enhancements and excellent musicality.

The album comprises eight compositions from a suite by composer Patrick Zimmerli. Bassist Scott Colley and drummer Satoshi Takeishi perform as well. Modern Ancestors. Two words with significantly different connotations that come together and remind us that not only do opposites attract, but that we are all products of those who came before us; our Ancestors can be honored and reinterpreted, continually present and very much a part of who we are and what influences us today.

Such is the common thread running through Jazz vocalist and composer Carmen Lundy's brilliant new album, Modern Ancestors. Featuring 10 self-penned and arranged tracks and a stellar band consisting of Julius Rodriguez on piano, brother Curtis Lundy on acoustic upright bass, Kenny Davis on electric and acoustic bass, Mayra Casales on percussion, Terreon Gully and Kassa Overall on drums and Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Modern Ancestors is set for release October 25th via Afrasia Productions and will be accompanied by tour dates both in the US and abroad.

Carmen not only wrote most of the songs, plays instruments and produced the recordingbut she created the artwork on the CD cover. To learn more about Veronica Swift and her latest release titled Confessionsplease visit her website. Guest artists Cornelius Alfredo Duncan, Jr. The musical selections are excellent and will appeal to both Sanchez and Coltrane advocates. The virtuosity of each soloist, the interplay with other bandmates, and the magnificent swell of Latin percussion has been perfected by years of performing together.

Overall, all of the songs make this recording a superb listening experience that deserves your undivided attention. Five stars.

These love songs provided the perfect ambiance for that romantic evening and for those already or about to fall in love!

Orchestrator Rob Mathes returns for his fourth recording with Elias. She removes any pre-conceived notions about romantic love with her sexy mood-setting nuance and vocal textures. A lovely piano solo by Eliane during the coda makes this song worth several more listens. Love Stories tops the list of the most beautiful albums recorded by Eliane Elias. This recording is awesome and features Monty Alexander at his very best as an arranger, pianist, bandleader and producer. The arrangements allow each musician to shine.

Overall, these awesome improvisations are truly brilliant and reveal Alexander knew what his listeners would ultimately enjoy — so he let them blow! Overall, Wareika Hill Rastamonk Vibrations is a musical feast of balanced Jazz, Ska and Reggae with superlative arrangements by Monty Alexander that capitalize on his creativity and conscious-raising versatility.

Thirty two musicians perform with the prolific jazz guitarist on nine compositions, eight of which were written by Ray Obiedo. Mathews add their peaceful visions on acoustic and electric guitars and Rhodes and keyboards, respectively. Overall, Carousel is one of the best jazz recordings of the year. Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz and is now showing appreciation for the support he received during a recent health scare in his family via his latest recording titled Gratitude.

After performing chart-topping smooth jazz for more than 20 years, Steve Cole remains at the top of his game with Gratitude. The Chicago native exploded onto the scene in with the album Stay Awhile that was produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson. The disc scored two 1 hits and earned Cole the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award for best new artist shortly before his sophomore set, Between Uswas released in As the grandson of the late venerable trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and former student of legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, trumpeter, composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Theo Croker naturally follows an internal need to compose.

Launching his career with seven years spent in Shanghai, Croker first introduced his singular style in on the Dee Dee Bridgewater-assisted AfroPhysicist. Croker has also lent his talents to the world of hip hop, with rap superstar J. Great music flowed from the creative mind of Miles Davis.

He recorded hundreds of songs over his musical career, and a major reason his projects still exist and are so exciting is because they were so original, so innovative, so creative and so cool. The result? The sounds emanating from these great LPs are now richer and deeper than those heard on the original release because of technical limitations in The Sun King - David Liebman Group - In A Mellow Tone (CD) s.

These remastered recordings give you the impression of actually being at the live concerts and the studio sessions — in other words, being in the right place at the right time. The legendary sessions and live concert recording heard on The Complete Birth of the Cool are a must hear for every Miles Davis admirer.

Finally released on one set with a brand new retrospective essay by Ashley Kahn, and liner notes by jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and Jazz historian Phil Schaap, consider yourself fortunate to enjoy the classic trumpeting of Miles Davis with his nonet and to experience what innovative jazz music sounded like in the s.

What a beautiful song. This collection of songs is as beautiful as any Corea has recorded and reveals another great side of his creative genius that flows from his Spanish heart. It is a brilliant piece of jazz artistry that incorporates excellent solos by Frank Basile on baritone sax, Steve Davis on trombone, Camilo on piano, Lazo on percussion, and Cliff Almond on drums.

Kali Rodriguez-Pena kills his trumpet solo which has a lingering Miles Davis-like vibe. Camilo has utilized an exceptional set of soloists who shine in their spotlights. Eight-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton has received a Grammy nomination in the category for Best Jazz Vocal Album for every project she has released in the last decade. Known for her impeccable voice and imaginative treatments of songs mined from The Great American Songbook, Sutton is heralded for her abilities as both a jazz storyteller and her ability to use her voice as an instrument.

In May Tierney was approached by legendary director Clint Eastwood. The recording celebrates American film music in a track collection of songs from American films. The recording is released on BFM Jazz and is yet another classic from one of the most creative and artistically satisfying bands on the jazz scene today. When she is not performing, Tierney is in demand as both a studio vocal producer and educator.

She has also taught and mentored some of the finest new generation of singers including Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek. The recording includes classic songs from the s that reconnect with people who may remember them or are just discovering them. The new arrangements and interpretations by Stryker and his band simmer the original flavors of the songs in an exceptional 21 st century fusion of sounds that should appeal to a new generation and turn up the nostalgia for those who experienced the original versions.

Stryker keeps these tunes interesting with his seamless guitar assessments and makes them fun and interactive. These songs linger with you long after they are over. But there are a lot of incredible new technologies I wanted to leverage as well. The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman and their great musical journey on the Open Road is a festival of virtuosity that is refreshingly new, unique, and contemporary.

The longtime Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra drummer reconvenes his quintet featuring Emmet Cohen on piano, Godwin Louis on saxophone, Bruce Harris on trumpet and Russell Hall on bass to deliver 10 great compositions that you are sure to enjoy.

The song ends with a spoken word tribute to Marsalis. Overall, Perpetual Optimism is commensurate with New Direction which was his debut recording for the Mack Avenue Records label and should garner Herlin Riley a wider audience as a bandleader.

Lyn Stanley. Vocalist Lyn Stanley offers her fans an exceptional new recording that should appeal to the romantic nature in all of them. London Calling…A Toast to Julie London is sensual, intimate, sensitive, sexy and most of all…romantic. Available now on A. Music, LLC. Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez. His interest in jazz was stimulated by the annual "JoJazz" competition for young jazz musicians, where he won an honorable mention in Overall, A Little Love should get a lot of love because of its mesmerizing artistry and fresh perspectives on the chosen songs.

Stay in touch with Quiana Lynell and her concert dates at www. The band is a chordless group that plays the gamut of stylistic approaches on 8 original songs which range from deep-rooted swing to daring avant-garde abstractions, to singular blues to exquisite balladry.

Shorter's tune rounds out the dynamic program. With each new ensemble McBride brings together, you dear listener, can expect an exciting event that inspires you to higher listening and brings the hope that the present group remains together.

Such is the common thread running through Jazz vocalist and composer Carmen Lundy's brilliant new album, Modern Ancestors. Featuring 10 self-penned and arranged tracks and a stellar band consisting of Julius Rodriguez on piano, brother Curtis Lundy on acoustic upright bass, Kenny Davis on electric and acoustic bass, Mayra Casales on percussion, Terreon Gully and Kassa Overall on drums and Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Modern Ancestors is set for release October 25th via Afrasia Productions and will be accompanied by tour dates both in the US and abroad.

Carmen not only wrote most of the songs, plays instruments and produced the recordingbut she created the artwork on the CD cover. To learn more about Veronica Swift and her latest release titled Confessionsplease visit her website.

Guest artists Cornelius Alfredo Duncan, Jr. The musical selections are excellent and will appeal to both Sanchez and Coltrane advocates.

The virtuosity of each soloist, the interplay with other bandmates, and the magnificent swell of Latin percussion has been perfected by years of performing together. Overall, all of the songs make this recording a superb listening experience that deserves your undivided attention.

Five stars. These love songs provided the perfect ambiance for that romantic evening and for those already or about to fall in love! Orchestrator Rob Mathes returns for his fourth recording with Elias. She removes any pre-conceived notions about romantic love with her sexy mood-setting nuance and vocal textures. A lovely piano solo by Eliane during the coda makes this song worth several more listens. Love Stories tops the list of the most beautiful albums recorded by Eliane Elias. This recording is awesome and features Monty Alexander at his very best as an arranger, pianist, bandleader and producer.

The arrangements allow each musician to shine. Overall, these awesome improvisations are truly brilliant and reveal Alexander knew what his listeners would ultimately enjoy — so he let them blow! Overall, Wareika Hill Rastamonk Vibrations is a musical feast of balanced Jazz, Ska and Reggae with superlative arrangements by Monty Alexander that capitalize on his creativity and conscious-raising versatility.

Thirty two musicians perform with the prolific jazz guitarist on nine compositions, eight of which were written by Ray Obiedo. Mathews add their peaceful visions on acoustic and electric guitars and Rhodes and keyboards, respectively.

Overall, Carousel is one of the best jazz recordings of the year. Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz and is now showing appreciation for the support he received during a recent health scare in his family via his latest recording titled Gratitude.

After performing chart-topping smooth jazz for more than 20 years, Steve Cole remains at the top of his game with Gratitude. The Chicago native exploded onto the scene in with the album Stay Awhile that was produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson. The disc scored two 1 hits and earned Cole the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award for best new artist shortly before his sophomore set, Between Uswas released in As the grandson of the late venerable trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and former student of legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, trumpeter, composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Theo Croker naturally follows an internal need to compose.

Launching his career with seven years spent in Shanghai, Croker first introduced his singular style in on the Dee Dee Bridgewater-assisted AfroPhysicist. Croker has also lent his talents to the world of hip hop, with rap superstar J.

Great music flowed from the creative mind of Miles Davis. He recorded hundreds of songs over his musical career, and a major reason his projects still exist and are so exciting is because they were so original, so innovative, so creative and so cool. The result? The sounds emanating from these great LPs are now richer and deeper than those heard on the original release because of technical limitations in the s. These remastered recordings give you the impression of actually being at the live concerts and the studio sessions — in other words, being in the right place at the right time.

The legendary sessions and live concert recording heard on The Complete Birth of the Cool are a must hear for every Miles Davis admirer. Finally released on one set with a brand new retrospective essay by Ashley Kahn, and liner notes by jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and Jazz historian Phil Schaap, consider yourself fortunate to enjoy the classic trumpeting of Miles Davis with his nonet and to experience what innovative jazz music sounded like in the s.

What a beautiful song. This collection of songs is as beautiful as any Corea has recorded and reveals another great side of his creative genius that flows from his Spanish heart. It is a brilliant piece of jazz artistry that incorporates excellent solos by Frank Basile on baritone sax, Steve Davis on trombone, Camilo on piano, Lazo on percussion, and Cliff Almond on drums.

Kali Rodriguez-Pena kills his trumpet solo which has a lingering Miles Davis-like vibe. Camilo has utilized an exceptional set of soloists who shine in their spotlights. Eight-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton has received a Grammy nomination in the category for Best Jazz Vocal Album for every project she has released in the last decade.

Known for her impeccable voice and imaginative treatments of songs mined from The Great American Songbook, Sutton is heralded for her abilities as both a jazz storyteller and her ability to use her voice as an instrument. In May Tierney was approached by legendary director Clint Eastwood.

The recording celebrates American film music in a track collection of songs from American films. The recording is released on BFM Jazz and is yet another classic from one of the most creative and artistically satisfying bands on the jazz scene today. When she is not performing, Tierney is in demand as both a studio vocal producer and educator. She has also taught and mentored some of the finest new generation of singers including Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek.

The recording includes classic songs from the s that reconnect with people who may remember them or are just discovering them. The new arrangements and interpretations by Stryker and his band simmer the original flavors of the songs in an exceptional 21 st century fusion of sounds that should appeal to a new generation and turn up the nostalgia for those who experienced the original versions.

Stryker keeps these tunes interesting with his seamless guitar assessments and makes them fun and interactive. These songs linger with you long after they are over. But there are a lot of incredible new technologies I wanted to leverage as well. The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman and their great musical journey on the Open Road is a festival of virtuosity that is refreshingly new, unique, and contemporary.

The longtime Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra drummer reconvenes his quintet featuring Emmet Cohen on piano, Godwin Louis on saxophone, Bruce Harris on trumpet and Russell Hall on bass to deliver 10 great compositions that you are sure to enjoy. The song ends with a spoken word tribute to Marsalis. Overall, Perpetual Optimism is commensurate with New Direction which was his debut recording for the Mack Avenue Records label and should garner Herlin Riley a wider audience as a bandleader.

Lyn Stanley. Vocalist Lyn Stanley offers her fans an exceptional new recording that should appeal to the romantic nature in all of them. London Calling…A Toast to Julie London is sensual, intimate, sensitive, sexy and most of all…romantic. Available now on A. Music, LLC. Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez. His interest in jazz was stimulated by the annual "JoJazz" competition for young jazz musicians, where he won an honorable mention in Overall, A Little Love should get a lot of love because of its mesmerizing artistry and fresh perspectives on the chosen songs.

Stay in touch with Quiana Lynell and her concert dates at www. The band is a chordless group that plays the gamut of stylistic approaches on 8 original songs which range from deep-rooted swing to daring avant-garde abstractions, to singular blues to exquisite balladry.

Shorter's tune rounds out the dynamic program. With each new ensemble McBride brings together, you dear listener, can expect an exciting event that inspires you to higher listening and brings the hope that the present group remains together. From a composing viewpoint, the songs are highly listenable.

Together with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummers Elvin Hayes and Roy Haynes, Coltrane, who plays both tenor and soprano saxophones, gives love, joy, warmth and many new musical directions during these amazing live concerts and studio sessions collected for John Coltrane — New Directions.

A Love Supreme would open a year of exceptional music - two additional major works Ascension and Meditation s and an explosion of small group recordings which together would have an impact far beyond the borders of jazz, and long after the death of Coltrane himself in July of Facing Dragons is Sands' return to the recording studio with an indestructible band and an unwavering allegiance to the groove.

Although this set is basically a trio format, several guest artists join Christian who plays piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 and keys. As an instrumentalist and songwriter, his songs are destined to be epic. Earlier this year Christian Sands was name creative ambassador to The Erroll Garner Jazz Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the legacy of the late, great pianist Erroll Garner.

Not yet 30, Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. While the Los Angeles-based Yellowjackets have been a creative force on the jazz scene since when they recorded their eponymous debut, their fourth Mack Avenue Records album, Raising Our Voiceonce again ups the ante with bold new strides by inviting vocalist extraordinaire Luciana Souza to collaborate with the group for seven of its thirteen tunes as well as subtly taking a resistant stand against the status quo of the cultural and political undercurrent of our times.

The Yellowjackets have consistently forged ahead in their evolving artistic statements. As a relative outsider, Souza contributes wordless vocals as well as songs sung in Portuguese and English.

She was quickly won over by the band. Raising Our Voice is about artistry being an act of resistance. No barriers, just freedom. This set includes 13 songs including three previously released tunes by The Yellowjackets now arranged with fresh sounds ala Luciana Souza's vocalese.

The album was produced by The Yellowjackets and mostly written or co-written by the members of the group with a pair co-written with guest artist Luciana Souza. For more information about The Yellowjackets and their latest offering, please visit their website at www.

Thicker Than Water. Brian Bromberg. The 13 tracks reveal outstanding performances by Brian on 11 different bass instruments alongside such revered musicians as trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonists Marion Meadows, Najee, Everette Harp, Brandon Fields and Gary Meek. The recording also features one of the last performances from the late George Duke.

The opening track features powerful energy from saxophonist Everette Harp. Rock with it. The grooves are on fire and inspired Brian to write songs around those grooves that work in the instrumental world of contemporary jazz. Breezy handclaps and a percussive pulse provided by Lenny Castro keep the mid-tempo tune in the pocket.

He plays no less than five completely different basses on the track. His songwriting, arrangements, performances on 11 different basses, production values and guest artists make this recording a true masterpiece. Two hands, one heart is a fitting description of how these songs are played by Bromberg and why it deserves to be in your collection.

Records, Coltrane's final and most creative label home. These tapes remained untouched for the next 54 years until Impulse! There will deluxe LP as well available on Impulse! The deluxe edition will exist on all digital streaming platforms as well.

Two completely unknown and never-before-heard originals - "Untitled Original " and "Untitled Original ," — are both played on soprano sax. This studio session also debuts Coltrane's first recording of "Nature Boy," in a tight, solo-less version that is over three minutes long. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album reveals a number of creative balances at work such as developing original melodies while rethinking familiar The Sun King - David Liebman Group - In A Mellow Tone (CD), experimenting with tunes first on tenor saxophone, then on soprano and using older techniques like the arpeggio runs of his "sheets of sound" while experimenting with false fingerings and other newer sounds.

Pillow also conducted and arranged all of the songs. The band is powered by the rhythm section of drummer Jared Schonig and bassist Chuck Bergeron. This entire band is comprised of Charles Pillow, arranger, alto sax, soprano sax. Its 9 tracks features the vocalist swinging with ease and confidence these exemplary artists. Her vocal skills and the interplay with the musicians are sure to enamor you to the songs she sings from the heart.

John Beasley also performs a very intimate solo on melodica, a rarely heard skill of his that deserves more attention. Overall, Christine Hitt connects deeply with the music, makes music from the heart, and is easy to play with. Because of her solid articulation and ability to step inside the music, Magical Kite soars high but also reveals the depths of her creativity. The harmonic Latinized language of the piece, the textures, i. Overall, the entire recording is enjoyable and deserves a cherished place in your jazz collection.

That music is my core and makes an emotional connection with me and most lovers of early soul-jazz. However, the most valuable player on Silver Lining is Michael Lington because of his outstanding performances and his indelible songwriting skills that shine on the 9 songs co-written with Barry Eastmond. Silver Lining is truly splendid and deserves your undivided attention. This exciting CD gives you a front row seat at her concert that featured her dynamic tenor saxophone chops as well as the stellar arrangements she delivered with such renown musicians as Paul Brown, Gregg Karukas and the late Joe Sample.

Their harmony, the spot-on interpretations of both classic jazz compositions and the five new songs co-written by the ensemble as well as the instrumentation that now accompanies their vocals is without comparison. As one of the premiere groups to spotlight a capella performances, The Junction affords their fans to hear them in full swing with instrumental accompaniment by such highly regarded musicians as guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr.

The Junction was produced by five-time Grammy winner -- vocalist, film composer, arranger and producer Mervyn Warren. By adding instrumentation from guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. This song will simply amaze you. Chick and Steve use their shared history of fearless innovation as a launching pad, pushing into new territory with an inspired band of collaborators: Benin-born guitarist and vocalist Lionel Louekesaxophonist and flutist Steve WilsonCuban bassist Carlitos Del Puertoand Venezuelan percussionist Luisito Quintero.

The album is the realization of a long-held desire that Chick and Steve shared, to work together more intensively. Kurt Elling has a special intimacy with lyrics, music and performance techniques.

He is an expert in a particular genre of music and expresses this expertise in a rich baritone that spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth.

As a renowned artist of vocalese, he is also revered for his versatile delivery of prominent melodic phrases and harmonic language when he sings.

Overall, The Questions features Kurt Elling at his very best and assures his listeners of another perfect gift from his outstanding repertoire. Some of the interpretations are folksy, truly acoustic and narrative while others are more orchestrated through electronics, overdubbed layering and looping.

Overall, the 16 compositions on Music IS are a marvelous revelation of Frisell's virtuosity in a solo setting. The set list of intimate ballads and up-tempo gems are offered with and an emotional and thoughtful approach that her listeners are sure to enjoy. Joining her on bass is Ed Fedewa and Larry Ochiltree on drums. For more information please visit her website at www. For her 20th album--Hilton has recorded an album a year since she wanted to provide uplift and relief, where listeners can be energized and feel rejuvenated.

This became the theme for her latest release, the aptly titled Escapism. In college though, due to the lack of creativity in the program, she became a music school drop out, switching majors and receiving a degree in art instead.

His interpretations were astoundingly creative, personal and highly relevant for his 21 st century audience. Moran was simply put — awesome. There is no doubt that Jason Moran and the members of The Big Bandwagon are dedicated to exploring their creative roles along the many paths of jazz music.

Overall, the entire recording is artful and diversified — pun intended! This one is fun, engaging and really keeps your attention from the first note to the last. Simply click on the CD cover. It is an up tempo, horn heavy composition that features tenor sax phenom Brandon Allen and longtime pianist Andrew McCormack on fire and successfully conveying the tempo of rush hour.

All the while Kyle Eastwood is holding down the rhythm logic with a great acoustic bass solo that keeps everything extraordinary and stylistic. Brandon Allen also adds a really cool solo on this masterful jazz composition. Among the many great highlights is the ballad lead by Italian saxophonist Stefano Di Battista.

This jazz funk burner will keep you up, tuned in and feeling just right. Overall, In Transit finds Kyle Eastwood and company in their element while still exploring new territories and classics.

Keep in touch with Kyle Eastwood during his mini U. Click here to visit his website. Saxophonist Gary Meek has released his first project as a leader in 15 years and the wait was definitely worthwhile. Originals showcases his ability as an inspired songwriter, dominant front man and tenor saxophonist while providing his bandmates with essential elements that allow them to shine.

Among the more memorable highlights is the high energy performances of the band throughout the program. Check it out and then buy it from the SOTJ store. Click on the CD cover to purchase Originals. The five original compositions co-written with and arranged by Shelly Berger are a dark, reflective collection of songs that deal with loss, heartbreak and ultimately a return to faith and hope. While those emotional states may be what we aim to avoid, many people experience these moods and ultimately find comfort with the help of a creative process and return to normalcy.

The music here reveals that journey by Dave Bennett. Take a moment and listen to Blood Moon and the skillful performances it showcases. Buy it here from the SOTJ store. The recording was released on Verve in May at now resides at the top of the Billboard Jazz chart. For the recording sessions, Diana assembled different musicians in trio and quartet settings.

Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. For more information about Diana Krall and her current touring information, please visit her website at www. Moffett takes the melody at the head before Jordan improvises in an up-tempo arrangement of this classic Davis tune.

This collection of songs and the awesome performances of his ensemble and featured guests are among his most expressive recordings and it certainly deserves to be in your jazz collection.

To learn more about Charnett Moffett, please visit his website. The compositions are lithe and layered and feature exceptional improvisations by each member. Overall, the music is exhilarating, intimate and inspiring.

To learn more about the band and their Hudson Tour dates, please visit www. On Rebirth, Billy Childs reaches back to the nexus of his varied musical experiences. Over fans attended! Click on the CD cover to buy this CD. These rescued songs provide insight into an era of jazz music history during which these artists were at the pinnacle of their success.

These songs reflect the standard recording technology available during the time period but the remastering via 21 st century technology gives the listener a prime experience with no-style guards or improvisational boundaries. She has a great command of phrasing, and this version with lyrics is quite entertaining. Waller was among the greatest combination of improvisational geniuses and show-stopping entertainers of his generation.

These six songs provide an important glimpse into his amazing song catalogue which ranges from introspective pieces to the hits by this sextet. The double disc recording features special guests who introduce and read the speeches. Disc 1 of the recording documents eight memorable speeches given by John F.

Disc 2 features an Overture and original music to accompany the speeches. Other than this glaring omission, the recording is an exceptional production of jazz variations on freedom. The challenges he faced when bringing his musical visions to fruition were deftly met by a group of highly qualified musicians. The Sun King - David Liebman Group - In A Mellow Tone (CD) those assisting Manricks, who plays alto, soprano and tenor saxophones, flute, alto flute and clarinet is none other than the highly respected drummer Ari Hoenig.

Overall, each musician in this excellent quartet is at the top of their game and the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic variations as well as a beautiful contrapuntal approach they take makes this recording a must hear. Chamber Jazz is available here. Click on the CD cover to purchase Chamber Jazz. John Beasley has shared stages with some of the most important names in jazz during his three-decade career.

Thelonious Monk is a Mount Rushmore figure in the creation of modern jazz. Buy the CD here. Click on CD cover. Steve has created music with and grown from working with such great musicians as pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jimmy Cobb, all of whom make their musicality well-known on this track gem. In addition to writing 5 of the songs on Colors for the Masters, Steve Turre plays the trombone and conch shells with this dynamic trio and special guests Javon Jackson on tenor saxophone and Cyro Baptista on percussion.

Cuban pianists are among the hottest new import in the USA now that relations with the island country are less stressed and more palatable. The music of Cuba has always been accepted by USA audiences but with this new influx of young artists, the music has gained in popularity.

His debut for Mack Avenue Records titled El Viaje is a swaying, gentle musical journey that explores various genres and ideas while staying true to his roots. Their music is muscular, elegant, familiar and fresh.

Buy it here at SOTJ. Ronald Bastos wrote the lyrics and Rebecca adds her refreshing vocals to the romantic, hopeful story.

Among the artists on the recording are Dennis Angel on flugelhorn, Gottfried Stoger on flute who plays a lyrical solo midway through the song as does Dennis Angel. The energy and complicated rhythms and harmonic structure give it a jazz-samba-pop sound that is very sophisticated and charming. Click on the CD cover. Warren Wolf. Since graduating from Berklee, Warren Wolf has taken the jazz world by storm, first as a sideman in labelmate Christian McBride's quintet called Inside Straight and subsequently with the release of his self-titled Mack Avenue debut in and Wolfgang in This recording is an A-level masterwork that deserves your undivided attention.

Warren taught private lessons on the Vibraphone and Drums, as well as teach a beginners keyboard class for entering freshman drumset majors. After two years of teaching at Berklee College of Music, Warren headed back to Baltimore to start his main goal of becoming a full time performing musician.

Recording and touring with Rachael, Warren has had the opportunity to tour throughout the entire Unites States of America. With these three groups Warren has traveled the world. For more information about Warren Wolf, please visit his website.

Omnivore Recordings in conjunction with the Maynard Ferguson family, has released all of the recordings that made up High Voltage and High Voltage 2 in a great compilation recording titled Complete High Voltage. The 2-disc package hit retail and online stores July 15, and it making a bold statement about the legendary trumpeter who drew raves as the most celebrated high-note brass player of his generation.

Ferguson had tapped into many different musical styles with his big band but here, we have the small group sound that Ferguson also made use of with its big sound. Complete High Voltage features 18 songs including many written by Ferguson. Amazing song, amazing performance.

Buy Life Forum today. Much of the material is completely re-imagined, played with a muscular, intense, communicative freedom that is innovative and creative. This live recording reflects their ability to communicate the power of music as a universal language and solidifies their roles as musical ambassadors.

This is a very adventurous project that features excellent soloing from all three bandmates. Buy Downbeat today. Renee Rosnes. Helen Sung. Ledisi Sings Nina. Whistling In The Dark. Freedom Over Everything. Vince Mendoza. Back To The Garden. What If? Kristin Korb. All Without Words:. Variations Inspired by Loren. John Daversa Jazz Orchestra. Morell also arranged and orchestrated the concerto. Justin Morell was inspired by the voicings of his autistic son, Loren, when John Daversa commissioned a large-scale orchestra jazz piece.

A core rhythm section of Tal Cohen on piano, Justin Morell on guitars, Dion Kerr on bass and David Chiverton on drums and guest musicians Conrad Fok on piano and Lev Garfein on violin round out this splendid, supporting ensemble. Smoke and Mirrors. On his new album, Smoke and MirrorsSteve Cole offers up an intimately personal reflection of his own true self, free of trickery or sleight of hand.

The result is a song collaboration that sets a new standard for a contemporary jazz ensemble produced during a remote gathering. A Little Driving Music. Mindi Abair. One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and sax prowess since her debut album in

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