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Topic: Albums not released yet
Posted By: js
Subject: Albums not released yet
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2014 at 9:08am
This is a thread where we can keep tabs on albums that are on the way.

Posted By: js
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2014 at 9:09am
New album from Jean Luc Ponty and Jon Anderson.

Posted By: js
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2014 at 9:09am
Freddie Hendrix   "Jersey Cat"

Posted By: Cannonball With Hat
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2014 at 11:17pm
Good idea for a thread. Thumbs Up

Hit it on Five.

Saxophone Scatterbrain Blitzberg

Stab them in the ears.

Posted By: js
Date Posted: 11 Aug 2014 at 7:00am
Walter Smith III - "Still Casual"

Posted By: Cannonball With Hat
Date Posted: 11 Aug 2014 at 3:39pm" rel="nofollow -
Any one with info on it? It looks highly excellent.

Hit it on Five.

Saxophone Scatterbrain Blitzberg

Stab them in the ears.

Posted By: js
Date Posted: 11 Aug 2014 at 8:57pm
^ not yet, gonna look into it though, thanks for the tip.

Posted By: Cannonball With Hat
Date Posted: 12 Aug 2014 at 12:06am
And yeah...hopefully amazon (or some other place) will post some audio samples because audio quality seems like it will be the only thing stopping me from buying that.

Hit it on Five.

Saxophone Scatterbrain Blitzberg

Stab them in the ears.

Posted By: js
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 7:26am
Wes Montgomery    "In the Beginning"
Charles Lloyd   "Manhattan Stories"
Richard Galliano     "Sentimentale"

Posted By: js
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2014 at 3:26am
Marianne Solivan   "Spark"

Posted By: js
Date Posted: 27 Aug 2014 at 8:02am
Bobby Matos   "Ritmo and Blues'

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 23 Sep 2014 at 12:49am
Acclaimed American saxophonist Branford Marsalis has announced the release of a new solo album, In My Solitude – Live in Concert at Grace Cathedral, which will be available in the UK from 20 October 2014on the OKeh label. The record comprises 11 tracks, including music by Steve Lacy and Ryo Noda, ‘Sonata in A Minor for Oboe: I. Poco adagio’ by C.P.E Bach and Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Stardust’, interwoven with passages of spontaneous improvisation. It was recorded on 5 October 2012 when Marsalis became one of an elite group of jazz musicians to have performed at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedralsince its consecration in 1965, conducted to the soundtrack of Duke Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Music.

Shortly after the album’s release, Marsalis will lead his quartet on a European tour, with two sets at the EFG London Jazz Festival (one evening performance and a second later than night) now confirmed for Friday 14 November 2014. The group, which features Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and the 23 year old Justin Faulkner on drums, will also play dates in Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain and Poland before returning to the USA. Marsalis also appears on a new Grateful Dead live three CD set, Wake Up To Find Out, recorded at Nassau Coliseum on 29 March 1990, which is released on Rhino Records this week.


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2014 at 8:39am
Wes Montgomery   "In the Beginning"     Resonance label

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 28 Nov 2014 at 7:14am
not really an album, but this release can attract some interest 

Akira Sakata with Bill Laswell, Pete Cosey, Hamid Drake


Japanese free jazz icon Akira Sakata in collaboration with the legendary Pete Cosey (Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf), drummer Hamid Drake and bassist Bill Laswell. A remix of a track from the album fisherman’ released in 2001, it offers traditional Japanese folk art meets funk and free improvisation. Mix- construction by Bill Laswell.

1. Kaigarabushi Return (11:44)


Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2014 at 5:20pm

What we have here is pure, distilled Ellington, done as only Shipp can.
Steve Dalachinsky
, excerpt from the liner notes

This outstanding tribute to Duke Ellington is made of some of its most beloved compositions played uniquely by Matthew Shipp trio (Matthew ShippMichael BisioWhit Dickey).
Ellington’s compositions are supplemented by a couple of Shipp’s own work.


will be released on
on January 23rd 2015
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Posted By: js
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2014 at 5:43pm
Well they succeeded in piquing my interest. 

Posted By: Argonaught
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2014 at 2:14pm
Originally posted by js js wrote:

New album from Jean Luc Ponty and Jon Anderson.

I am very curios about this one ^ Last time I checked, J-L.P. looked reasonably energetic and nimble; not so sure about Anderson.  

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2014 at 3:53pm

Eddie Henderson to Release “Collective Portrait” Feb. 10

New studio album will be on the Smoke Sessions label

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Trumpeter/flugelhornist Eddie Henderson will release a new album, “i>Collective Portrait, on Smoke Sessions Records Feb. 10. For the album, Henderson reunites with pianist George Cables and alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, along with bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Carl Allen.

The 10-song studio album was recorded live in New York at Sear Sound's Studio A on a Rupert Neve 8038 custom console and mixed to half-inch analog tape using a Studer mastering deck. 

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 13 Dec 2014 at 4:59pm
The poignant final album from revered trumpeterKenny Wheeler, who died on 8 September, Songs For Quintet is set for release on ECM Records on 12 January 2015 – just in time for what would have been his 85th birthday on 14 January.

Recorded in 
December 2013 at London’s Abbey Road studios, and produced by Manfred Eicher andSteve Lake, the album features regular Wheeler collaborators saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, guitaristJohn Parricelli, bassist Chris Laurence and drummer Martin France. Fittingly it marks Wheeler’s return to the label that released some of his most cherished recordings including Gnu HighDeer Wanand Angel Song. Due to ill health the sessions for Songs For Quintet were the last time Wheeler was able to play with other musicians and as such he couldn’t perform as part of a planned celebratory gig after the recording.

From early listens the album showcases Wheeler’s impeccable compositions that always match strong melodies with intriguingly inventive structures – all of which is devoured by the vastly experienced band. Wheeler, playing flugelhorn throughout, sounds strong on material that’s surprisingly uptempo and driving, although solo duties often fall to Sulzmann and Parricelli. The compositions are drawn from Wheeler’s recent past and include a fresh approach to ‘Old Time’ (an Azimuth trio favourite) alongside a new take on ‘Nonetheless’, a piece first heard on Angel Song. 

Other tracks include ‘
How It Was Then’ (another Azimuth piece from 1994), an aptly titled waltz-time piece ’A Pretty Liddle Waltz’, the tango-fuelled ‘Sly Eyes’, the intricate yet flowing ‘Jigsaw’, and ‘Canter No. 1’, which is a bass feature for Laurence before giving way to a powerful Sulzmann solo. See the
February 2015 issue of Jazzwise for an exclusive interview with Stan Sulzmann talking about the recording of the album. 

– Mike Flynn



Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 18 Dec 2014 at 3:23pm

Jack DeJohnette to Release"Made in Chicago," New ECM Album

Features Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell

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ECM Records will release a new album by drummer/composer Jack DeJohnette on March 10. Titled Made in Chicago, the recording features Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, Roscoe Mitchell on saxophones, Henry Threadgill on saxophones and flute, Larry Gray on bass and DeJohnette playing drums.

One live gig is scheduled thus far to promote the set, March 12 in Minneapolis, at Walker Arts Center.


Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 19 Dec 2014 at 1:46pm

Abdullah Ibrahim to Release New Solo CD/DVD

“The Song Is My Story” was recorded in Italy

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South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim will release a new solo CD/DVD, The Song Is My Story, Feb. 17 on Sunnyside Records. The set, largely a free improvisation, was recorded last summer during a visit to Sacile, Italy, on a Fazioli piano. The DVD includes comments by Ibrahim in addition to the concert.

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2015 at 1:33pm

Ornette Coleman Quietly Releases New Album

“New Vocabulary” features music cut in 2009

By" rel="nofollow - Jeff Tamarkin

With virtually no publicity, the legendary saxophonist Ornette Coleman released a new album just prior to the new year. New Vocabulary, according to reports on several websites, is by a group of the same name which features, in addition to Coleman on alto saxophone, Jordan McLean on trumpet and electronics and Amir Ziv on drums, with pianist Adam Holzman on some tracks. McLean, Ziv and Holzman also work together in an electronic-jazz trio called Droid. New Vocabulary, produced by McLean and Ziv, is released by the System Dialing label (which Ziv co-owns) and can be purchased" rel="nofollow - here in several formats. 

Music journalist Hank Shteamer, of Time Out New York magazine, reported on his blog," rel="nofollow - Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches , and on" rel="nofollow - Time Out , that the album arrived in his mailbox on LP and CD unsolicited. All of the music, he reports, was recorded in 2009. Coleman, he notes, appears on the entire album.


Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 13 Jan 2015 at 7:57am
Rising star trumpeter and bandleader Laura Jurd, one of the founders of the Chaos Collective, releases a new album on 19 January, Human Spirit, and heads out for nationwide dates from 9 January. The new album, the follow up to her November 2012 debut Landing Ground, features vocalist Lauren Kinsella, trumpeter Chris Batchelor, trombonist Colm O’Hara, bass saxophonist Mick Foster, guitarist Alex Roth and Corrie Dick on drums, and fuses electric jazz with brass band and folk traditions.

Dates are: The Cube, Derby (9 Jan); The Forge, Camden (14 Jan); Hidden Rooms, Cambridge (15 Jan); Colston Hall, Bristol (16 Jan); Warwick Arts Centre (19 Jan); Harlington Centre, Fleet (20 Jan); The Verdict, Brighton (23 Jan); Jazz North East, Newcastle (27 Jan); TBC, Glasgow (28 Jan); The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (29 Jan); and Wakefield Jazz Club, Wakefield (30 Jan).

from jazzwise

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 13 Jan 2015 at 1:24pm
Grammy-winning singer Cassandra Wilson has signed to Sony’s Legacy Recordings for her new album, Coming Forth By Day, which is set for release in the Spring 2015. A tribute to iconic singer Billie Holiday, the album is her follow up to 2012’s Another Country (eOne Records), and its release on 7 April 2015 marks what would have been Holiday’s 100th birthday.

Recorded in Los Angeles at Seedy Underbelly studios, Wilson worked with a team of producer Launay (Nick Cave), guitarists T Bone Burnett and Nick Zinner, string arranger Van Dyke Parks and rhythm section of drummer Thomas Wydler and bassist Martyn P. Casey of The Bad Seeds. Drawing on material from across Holiday’s wide-ranging repertoire, Wilson hasn’t shied away from the darker side of Holiday’s life that is also reflected in the grungy sounds created by her edgy roots-rock and blues backing band, which also includes her longtime collaborators Jon Cowherd on piano and Kevin Breit on guitar.

Speaking about the album Wilson commented: “Coming Forth by Day is a homage dedicated to the beauty, power, and genius of Billie Holiday. A collection of musical spells, prescriptions for navigating the dubious myths surrounding her life and times, this record is a vehicle for the re-emergence of Billie’s songbook in the 21st century.”

The album’s track listing is as follows: ‘Don’t Explain’, ‘Billie’s Blues’, ‘Crazy He Calls Me’, ‘You Go To My Head’, ‘All Of Me’, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, ‘Good Morning Heartache’, ‘What A Little Moonlight Can Do’, ‘These Foolish Things’, ‘Strange Fruit’, ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ and ‘Last Song (For Lester)’.

from jazzwise

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2015 at 4:30pm

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas’ Soundprints to Release Debut

“Live at Monterey Jazz Festival” includes two new Wayne Shorter pieces

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Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas will release Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, the debut recording from their co-led quintet Sound Prints, featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Joey Baron. The album, due on Blue Note April 7, features the debut of two new compositions written for the band by Wayne Shorter. Sound Prints will be performing at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York City on May 15 and 16 in the Appel Room as part of the venue’s Wayne Shorter Festival. Further tour dates will be announced shortly.

Track list

1. Sound Prints (Joe Lovano)
2. Sprints (Dave Douglas)
3. Destination Unknown (Wayne Shorter)
4. To Sail Beyond The Sunset (Shorter)
5. Weatherman (Lovano)
6. Power Ranger (Douglas)

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2015 at 4:32pm

Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan to Release “Duets” Album

Guitarists cover standards and modern hits

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Guitarists Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan will release Duets album on March 24 on mack Avenue Records. The 10-song includes new arrangements of "Nature Boy," "Blue in Green," "Summertime" and "A Child is Born," plus interpretations
of Adele's "Someone Like You" and Ellie Goulding's electronic dance pop hit "Lights."
The album features Eubanks and Jordan on electric and acoustic guitar, piano, bass, vibes and keyboards

Posted By: Cannonball With Hat
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2015 at 5:40pm
Originally posted by snobb snobb wrote:

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas’ Soundprints to Release Debut

“Live at Monterey Jazz Festival” includes two new Wayne Shorter pieces

By" rel="nofollow - JazzTimes

Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas will release Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, the debut recording from their co-led quintet Sound Prints, featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Joey Baron. The album, due on Blue Note April 7, features the debut of two new compositions written for the band by Wayne Shorter. Sound Prints will be performing at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York City on May 15 and 16 in the Appel Room as part of the venue’s Wayne Shorter Festival. Further tour dates will be announced shortly.

Track list

1. Sound Prints (Joe Lovano)
2. Sprints (Dave Douglas)
3. Destination Unknown (Wayne Shorter)
4. To Sail Beyond The Sunset (Shorter)
5. Weatherman (Lovano)
6. Power Ranger (Douglas)

This one sounds pretty intriguing.

Hit it on Five.

Saxophone Scatterbrain Blitzberg

Stab them in the ears.

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2015 at 1:47pm
Fresh from their second Mercury Prize nomination for last year’s In Each And Every One, Polar Bear are to release their sixth album, Same As You, on 30 March on the Leaf Label. Such was the fast turnaround between the projects, when the band was announced as part of Mercury shortlist last September, bandleader and drummer Seb Rochford was already mixing the album in the Mojave Desert with LA-based producer Ken Barrientos.

Early listens to the album confirm that the unusual desert location has leant Same As You a bigger, spacier edge, with the previous album’s electronica somewhat replaced by dub basslines from Tom Herbert and tough beats, which fuel lengthy sax improvisations from Pete Wareham and Mark Lockheart.

The more percussive sound also sees the band dipping into Afro-Caribbean influences on the tune ‘Unrelenting Unconditional’. Rochford and singer Hannah Darling both add chant-like vocals to the tune ‘Don’t Let The Feeling Go’ while Sons Of Kemet saxophonist (and regular Polar Bear dep) Shabaka Hutchings also makes a guest appearance.

The band follow the album’s release with a series of gigs at the following venues: Village Underground, London (8 April); Komedia, Brighton (15 April); Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester (17 April); Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (18 April); The Kazimier, Liverpool (19 April); Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (21 April); Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstable (22 April); Colston Hall, Bristol (23 April); and Festival Of Firsts, Brighton (6 July).

– Mike Flynn,

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Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2015 at 3:51pm

Resonance to Issue Unreleased Live Wes Montgomery LP

“One Night in Indy” was recorded in 1959

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One Night in Indy, a previously unreleased live recording of guitarist Wes Montgomery with the Eddie Higgins Trio, will be released on vinyl by Resonance Records for Record Store Day, April 18. The tape was presented to the label by photojournalist Duncan Schiedt before he passed away last year. The music was recorded at a club Duncan and friends ran called The Indianapolis Jazz Club (aka The IJC) on Sunday, January 18,1959. The trio includes Montgomery on guitar, Higgins on piano, an unknown bassist and Walter Perkins (Ahmad Jamal's trio drummer before Vernell Fournier) on drums. 

In a press release, Resonance said that it’s “releasing this music on an exclusive 12-inch record and only pressing 2500 for the world. This will only be on LP until 2016-2017 when the music will be included on a forthcoming multi-disc CD/LP release.” The label added, “Just to be clear, there will also be a forthcoming 2CD/3LP Montgomery set coming this May (no connection with this music).”

Track list

Side A:
Give Me the Simple Life
Prelude to A Kiss
Stompin’ at the Savoy

Side B:
Li’l Darling
Ruby My Dear
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2015 at 3:05pm

Charles Lloyd Signs to Blue Note Records

Live “Wild Man Dance” album to be released April 14

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Charles Lloyd has signed with Blue Note Records and will release, , Wild Man Dance his first album for the label in 30 years, on April 14. The album is a live recording of a long-form suite commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, according to a press release from Blue Note. Lloyd will present the North American premiere of the “Wild Man Dance Suite” on April 18 at the Metropolitan Museum Temple of Dendur in New York City followed by two performances of the work during a four-night stand at SFJAZZ (April 23-26) in San Francisco. Lloyd will also perform with his Quartet at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 2.

According to the Blue Note press release, the six-movement “Wild Man Dance Suite” was recorded in its premiere performance at the Jazztopad Festival and features pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Gerald Cleaver, as well as Greek lyra virtuoso Sokratis Sinopoulos and Hungarian cimbalom maestro Miklós Lukács.


On April 20, Lloyd will be awarded the NEA Jazz Masters honor. An awards ceremony and concert honoring the recipients will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Posted By: Cannonball With Hat
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2015 at 8:53pm
Originally posted by snobb snobb wrote:

Fresh from their second Mercury Prize nomination for last year’s In Each And Every One, Polar Bear are to release their sixth album, Same As You, on 30 March on the Leaf Label. Such was the fast turnaround between the projects, when the band was announced as part of Mercury shortlist last September, bandleader and drummer Seb Rochford was already mixing the album in the Mojave Desert with LA-based producer Ken Barrientos.

Early listens to the album confirm that the unusual desert location has leant Same As You a bigger, spacier edge, with the previous album’s electronica somewhat replaced by dub basslines from Tom Herbert and tough beats, which fuel lengthy sax improvisations from Pete Wareham and Mark Lockheart.

The more percussive sound also sees the band dipping into Afro-Caribbean influences on the tune ‘Unrelenting Unconditional’. Rochford and singer Hannah Darling both add chant-like vocals to the tune ‘Don’t Let The Feeling Go’ while Sons Of Kemet saxophonist (and regular Polar Bear dep) Shabaka Hutchings also makes a guest appearance.

The band follow the album’s release with a series of gigs at the following venues: Village Underground, London (8 April); Komedia, Brighton (15 April); Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester (17 April); Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (18 April); The Kazimier, Liverpool (19 April); Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (21 April); Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstable (22 April); Colston Hall, Bristol (23 April); and Festival Of Firsts, Brighton (6 July).

– Mike Flynn,

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Hit it on Five.

Saxophone Scatterbrain Blitzberg

Stab them in the ears.

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 05 Feb 2015 at 1:59pm

Eliane Elias to Release “Made in Brazil” March 31

Pianist/vocalist’s first album recorded in her homeland since 1981

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Pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias will release Made in Brazil March 31 on Concord Jazz. The album marks the first time Elias has recorded in her native Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981.

Along with co-producers Steve Rodby and Elias’ bassist husband Marc Johnson, the album features such Brazilian musicians as electric bassist Marcelo Mariano; guitarists Marcus Teixeira and Roberto Menescal; drummers Edu Ribeiro and Rafael Barata; and percussionists Mauro Refosco and Marivaldo dos Santos. 

 Also featured are special guest performances from Mark Kibble and the gospel vocal group Take 6; Elias’ singer/songwriter daughter Amanda Brecker; Brazilian artist Ed Motta; and bossa nova composer Roberto Menescal. Rob Mathes handles orchestral arrangements on seven of the 12 tracks, which were recorded in London at Abbey Road Studios.

Elias plans several tour dates in support of the release, listed below.

3/31 Dakota, Minneapolis, MN
4/1 City Winery, Chicago, IL
4/3-4 Sculler's, Cambridge, MA
4/7-11 Birdland, New York, NY
4/14 The Hamilton, Washington, DC
4/17, Dr. Phillips, PAC, Orlando, FL

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 05 Feb 2015 at 2:05pm
SPIN MARVEL’S Infolding With Nils Petter Molvaer – Upcoming RareNoiseRecords Debut

Spin Marvel is the brainchild of British drummer Martin France, here joined by an all-star crew of celebrated Norwegian trumpeter and electronic music pioneer Nils Petter Molvaer, bassist Tim Harries (formerly of Bill Bruford’s Earthworks), Norwegian electronic sculptor Terje Evensen and remix maestro Emre Ramazanoglu. Together they create spacious and dramatic soundscapes of profound intensity on the startlingly original Infolding, blending aspects of free jazz, ambient music and electronica in provocative ways.

From the serene to the unsettling, this latest Spin Marvel project morphs into a myriad of moods and melodies over the course of six dynamic tracks. “Canonical” opens with an airy ambient touch before exploding into free jazz tumult paced by Harries’ throbbing fuzz bass and France’s powerful traversing of the kit, with Molvaer’s highly processed cathartic wail layered over the top. “Tuesday’s Blues” opens with spacious trumpet before gradually evolving into an in-the-moment adventure anchored by Harries’ hellacious fuzz bass and France’s interactive, Elvin Jones-inspired swing beat. “Two Hill Town” has Molvaer creating half-time trumpet melodies that float dreamily over France’s simmering pulse before the proceedings heat up to a turbulent boil. “Leap Second” makes dramatic use of silence and echo, with Molvaer’s haunting trumpet tones resounding over France’s subtle brushwork before the piece builds to an intense crescendo. The 16-minute “Same Hand Swiss Double Pug” opens as a kind of ambient bolero before France bursts into a Buddy Rich styled flurry on the snare drum midway thru, triggering a change in mood that culminates in a freewheeling collective improv. And the collection closes on a haunting and kinetic note with the echo-laden “Minus Two,” Emre’s lone drumming showcase.

France, a veteran drummer on the U.K. jazz scene who played in the cooperative group First House and the big band Loose Tubes during the ‘80s and later worked with Iain Bellamy and Django Bates in the ‘90s, has performed and recorded with some of the world’s great musicians including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Arild Andersen, Ralph Towner and Marc Johnson. Currently a Professor of Jazz (Drums/Percussion) at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he applies his considerable skills and musical touch to the kit in the more open-ended environment of his Spin Marvel projects. “The use of openness and space is a very important part of what we do,” he says. “And creating something from this place allows the musician to feel free and uninhibited and move it in a direction they want to express. I have known Nils for many years and was always hoping that an opportunity would arise to somehow get him involved with Spin Marvel”. Nils commented, “To play with such wonderful gifted and open minded musicians was a true pleasure”.

Emre, a ubiquitous London session drummer and in-demand producer-programmer-engineer-remix artist, brings a visionary vibe to this latest project. “Infolding was my first time working with Spin Marvel,” he says. “I was a huge fan of the earlier records and was hugely excited to get involved. It’s a very honest record despite the heavy processing. It’s all live takes with no edits or overdubs.

Infolding began as a single day of live recording with France, Molvaer, Harries and Evensen before Emre came onboard. “It was recorded live in a four hour session for the BBC,” explains France. “Sometime after the recording I sat and listened to the takes and selected the performances to form a programme to fit the BBC R3 running time. We were all very happy with the session and how the music was sounding so I forwarded the master files to producer Emre Ramazanoglu, who then worked with the music and produced it for us.

“Martin asked if I would be interested in trying to take the sound on from where it had got to at the end of this session,” says Emre. “We didn’t really plan this next stage at all but it was understood that we both wanted to keep the unedited live takes and bring out the intensity of the performance as much as possible. I spent a few hours with Martin and Tim on the first mix to check that they were into the approach I was taking and then I mixed the rest myself, trying to establish a coherent atmosphere for the record whilst letting the music and performances lead the way.”

Emre explains his modus operandi on Infolding: “I tend to mold my mixing style to the project at hand and on this one I just was led to that kind of dramatic, spacey sound by immersing myself in the mix and creating as much of a performance there as I could. I mixed these tracks really quite intensely and stuck with my first reaction and the decisions that I made from it. I intensively used convolution processing to get different instruments modulating each other and a lot of interactive compression and effect processing to shape the individual voices into larger, dense blocks of sound in which the boundaries between the instruments are blurred perhaps.

A dynamic and inventive collaboration between potent musical forces, Infolding breaks all the rules while leading the way for new possibilities in music-making.


1. Canonical
2. Tuesday’s Blues
3. Two Hill Town
4. Leap Second
5. Same Hand Swiss Double Pug
6. Minus Two


Nils Petter Molvaer – Trumpet
Martin France – Drums
Terje Evensen – Live Electronics
Tim Harries – Bass
Emre Ramazanoglu – Drums


Posted By: Random Act
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2015 at 5:08pm
RANDOM ACT RECORDS ( is releasing the next WOLFF & CLARK EXPEDITION 2 -- with Michael Wolff, piano; Mike Clark, drums; Christian McBride, bass; Daryl Johns, bass (C. McB on most); Hailey Niswanger, saxes; and Wallace Roney, trumpet. 
Tunes by Monk, Ornette, Cream, Prince, and great originals. Releases Feb. 24! 

Also have an amazing SALE going on until Feb. 14 -- ALL CDs only $7.00 -- Great music by LARRY CORYELL, JEFF BERLIN, KENNY DREW, Jr., LENNY PICKETT, BRIA SKONBERG and more.

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2015 at 4:39pm
Varèse Sarabande to Release “Keep On Keepin’ On” Soundtrack

Features music by Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Dave Grusin

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Varèse Sarabande will release the original soundtrack from Keep On Keepin’ On digitally and on CD February 24. The film features performances by Clark Terry and his protégé Justin Kauflin, with original score by Justin Kauflin and Dave Grusin.

Track Listing

1. Dialog by Clark Terry / Letter to Justin #1
*Exodus - Justin Kauflin (5:12)
2. Brotherhood of Man - Oscar Peterson Trio and Clark Terry (3:31)
3. Candy - Clark Terry and the Metropole Orchestra (3:46)
4. Mumbles - Oscar Peterson Trio and Clark Terry (2:02)
5. Dialog by Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin
Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington (1:06)
6. Harlem Air Shaft - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra (3:53)
7. Dialog by Justin Kauflin and Clark Terry
Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me) - Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin (1:46)
8. *Justin Leaving - Dave Grusin (:56)
9. Girl Talk - Clark Terry with Orchestra Conducted by Peter Herbolzheimer (5:06)
I0. If I Had You [Live] - Jazz at the Philharmonic All-Stars featuring Clark Terry (2:14)
11. *Dreams Change - Justin Kauflin (1:11)
12. Jazz Conversations - Clark Terry (4:26)
13. Michelle - Clark Terry (4:34)
14. Dialog by Justin Kauflin
*My Biggest Enemy - Dave Grusin (:45)
15. Jim - Oscar Peterson Trio and Clark Terry (3:00)
16. Dialog by Clark Terry and Justin Kauflin /
*What The Hell Time Is It? - Dave Grusin (1:52)
17. *Darkest Hour - Justin Kauflin (1:18)
18. Stardust [Live in London] - Jazz at the Philharmonic All-Stars featuring The Clark Terry Quintet (3:45)
19. Blee Blop Blues (aka Normania) - The Count Basie Orchestra (2:55)
20. Misty - Clark Terry with Orchestra Conducted by Peter Herbolzheimer (5:32)
21. Dialog: Farewell by Quincy Jones and Clark Terry
I Remember Clifford - Quincy Jones (:40)
22. I Remember Clifford - Quincy Jones (3:45)
23. Dialog by Quincy Jones and Clark Terry / Letter To Justin #2
*Exodus - Justin Kauflin
24. *For Clark - Justin Kauflin

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2015 at 9:09am

SFJAZZ Collective to Release Live Joe Henderson Tribute

Album also includes several original tracks

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SFJAZZ Collective has announced the March 10 release of its new album, Music of Joe Henderson and New Compositions, Live at SFJAZZ Center. The album features arrangements of Henderson numbers drawn from his 1960s Blue Note albums like Page One, <>Inner Urge and Mode for Joe, and 1970s Milestone records like Black Narcissus and Elements. The album also features eight new original pieces, each composed by a member of the Collective. 

The SFJAZZ Collective lineup for this outing is as follows:

Miguel Zenón: alto saxophone
David Sánchez: tenor saxophone
Avishai Cohen: trumpet
Robin Eubanks: trombone
Warren Wolf: vibraphone
Edward Simon: piano
Matt Penman: bass
Obed Calvaire: drums

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Date Posted: 25 Feb 2015 at 9:10am

Robert Glasper to Release New Acoustic Trio Album

Recorded live in Hollywood, set features covers and originals

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Robert Glasper will return to the acoustic trio format on his next Blue Note album, Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios), to be released June 16. The trio features Glasper on keyboards, Vicente Archer on bass and Damion Reid on drums, the same lineup featured on Glasper’s first two Blue Note albums: Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007). The ne album was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, in December in front of a live audience. The material consists mainly of covers of songs by Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Jhené Aiko, John Legend, Kendrick Lamar and others, as well as several Glasper originals.

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Date Posted: 06 Mar 2015 at 8:48am

Bill Evans/Tony Bennett Sessions to Be Reissued on 4-LP Vinyl Set

40th anniversary package includes alternate takes and bonus tracks

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In honor of the 40th anniversary of the their duets, Fantasy Records (a division of Concord Records) will release a deluxe, 180-gram four-LP vinyl box set edition of The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Sessions on April 28. The recordings encompass 1975’s The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album, the following year’s Together Again and two LPs of alternate takes and bonus tracks. Also included is a 12x12 photograph of the two musicians, as well as a 12-page booklet featuring rare images and extensive liner notes by Will Friedwald (co-author of Tony Bennett’s autobiography, The Good Life). 

CD box set reissues of Evans’ The Complete Riverside Recordings and The Complete Fantasy Recordings are planned by Concord Records, this spring and fall, respectively.

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Date Posted: 07 Mar 2015 at 6:30am

Guitarist JOE MORRIS Joins Forces With Keyboardist JAMIE SAFT & Drummer MIKE PRIDE On Microtonal Blues Project Raoul
(Published: March 06, 2015)

The sound of Joe Morris’ electric guitar, with distortion pedal set on stun and wah-wah pedal fully engaged, colliding with Jamie Saft’s droning, microtonal organ and Mike Pride’s thunderous free drumming approach to the kit creates a mind-numbing maelstrom on The Spanish Donkey's RAOUL, the improvising trio’s debut on RareNoiseRecords. A follow-up to XYX, their 2011 album, which was released on Northern Spy Records. The album consists of three throbbing tracks -- the brutal 32-minute title track ‘Raoul, the 22-minute “Behavioral Sink” and 16-minute Echoplex piano feature “Dragon Fly Jones” -- that showcase The Spanish Donkey's remarkable group-think as well as the individual player’s uncanny intuition on their respective instruments. More intensely cathartic, startlingly original and compelling than anything you’ve ever heard -- imagine a mash-up of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space and Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music -- RAOUL stands as a hellacious manifesto by one of the most formidable improvising trios around today.

“We’re not trying to sound like anything that anyone expects,” says Morris. “We’re trying to come up with something that surprises us and fulfills the musical expectation that we have for ourselves. So in that whole realm of big loud screaming guitar, what we do sounds unique.”

“To me, The Spanish Donkey is deeply rooted in the blues,” says Saft. “In terms of my concept for going into the studio for this record, it really was this idea of creating a monolithic, microtonal blues vibe and having Joe react to that. Joe is one of the few musicians that can really work within a deep microtonal environment. He is on such a high level with his intuitive approach to microtones and improvising within that space, creating in that ‘glacial time feel,’ as he puts it. And so this record essentially is us applying that microtonal blues thing to our free improvising path, and trusting that path completely.”

Drummer Pride, who has collaborated with saxophonist-composer Anthony Braxton, Millions of Dead Cops and the Boredoms, is the perfect complement to Morris’ caustic intensity and Saft’s microtonal explorations on RAOUL. “For me, Mike also has a freedom and a level of trust in the path that is unique,” says Saft. “He is able to shape these larger form compositions while still staying deeply involved in the micro levels of rhythmic division and harmonic color. In the smaller trio format with these particular improvisers it’s much easier to create something that’s loud and brutal while keeping the intensity going throughout an entire 32-minute tune. There are not many musicians in this world that can keep that intensity of focus for that long. Mike is certainly one of them and Joe is a master at that. It’s something that you only find in a really rarefied group of musicians. So I feel incredibly fortunate to play with musicians like that.”

Morris describes his modus operandi on RAOUL: “In The Spanish Donkey, I blend a lot of different effects together and actually improvise with effects. I don’t usually set effects like a rock guitar player; I improvise with a whole sonic palette. So I am constantly switching effects on and off, whether it’s delay, fuzz, ring modulator or whatever. There are a lot of different things going on but it’s a very narrow range that we’re working in, in terms of time and harmony. It’s trying to do a lot with very little. It’s about making a very intense thing happen with a slow time feel and a very tight tonal range.“

As a guitarist, Morris, who turns 60 this year, is a legend within free jazz or new music circles, having released over 40 records as a leader since 1983 and appearing as a sideman on another 50 or so albums. He has previous collaborated with keyboardist Saft on the RareNoise Records Plymouth, Red Hill and Slobber Pup’s Black Aces. Morris describes his approach to playing the guitar over the past three decades of recordings. “I try to be as legitimate and sincere and as thorough and outrageous as I can with every one of them. And sometimes being outrageous means that you don’t do things that are flashy or what anybody else expects. I’d say that’s all I’ve ever tried to do on guitar. I never wanted to be a fusion guitar player or a jazz guitar player or country guitar player or heavy metal guitar player. Every time I pick up the thing, I’m trying to be myself, no matter what the situation is. And that means I have to follow very closely to what my knowledge is of everything and to try to always be completely sincere in the way that I deal with everything.”

Says Saft, “Joe is able to deal with the fluidity of time, pitch, harmony, tonality, tone color in a way that very few guitarists I’ve ever heard can do. It’s something really special. And so, for me, to put that in a blues context with this sort of strong tone center that we focus on for each tune and build around, and then apply all those same ideas of the micro levels of pitch, tone, rhythm to putting together our tracks, this is something unique and seldom heard. That’s really the approach to the composition, in my mind. And there’s nothing that really needs to be spoken between us, because when you play with people like Joe Morris, you’re playing with a master. I don’t need to say anything to him. He can react immediately to all these little shadings in a way that few other musicians can.”

From track to track, Morris, Saft and Pride defy all expectations with their balance between complete abandon and refined control on RAOUL. “I’m trying to make what I think is unique music, and that’s not easy,” says Morris. “You have to work really hard and sometimes you have to make decisions that draw people in in a new way rather than play to what they expect. Some people might listen to this record and say, ‘You’re just playing to the energy and it’s out of control.’ But it’s a really delicate process, almost like sculpting marble, to get that kind of intensity there. And I think that’s one of the things that Spanish Donkey does really well is that we can hold to this very, very tight precision and keep it there. And to go there and keep it there requires a tremendous precision and, above all, listening.”

“The world doesn’t need more free-I like to plat with myself records,” adds Saft. “And I think this record is actually the furthest thing from that in that it’s a very carefully crafted monolith, large form improvisation based in the microtonal blues world. You have to be open to finding something new, and you hear that search in this record. Joe is redefining what the blues guitar could even conceive of being on this record. It’s not just something that you see and you grab and you put on the tape, it’s something that you’re constantly looking for. To borrow Joe Morris' term, it’s the 'perpetual frontier'.”

The Spanish Donkey explores that sonic frontier with an uncanny balance between abandon and precision on RAOUL, their RareNoise debut.

1. Raoul
2. Behavioral Sink
3. Dragon Fly Jones

Joe Morris - electric guitar
Jamie Saft - minimoog synthesizer, echoplex piano
Mike Pride - drums

OUT ON APRIL 7, 2015.


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Date Posted: 07 Mar 2015 at 6:34am

Merzbow / Pandi / Gustafsson Join Forces With Guitarist Thurston Moore For Mind-Blowing Second CUTS Project On RareNoiseRecords
(Published: March 06, 2015)

How did renowned Japanese noisemaker Merzbow (aka Masami Akita), Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi follow up their majorly intense statement made on their tumultuous debut album, Cuts, which was released in 2013' By adding another ingredient to the volatile mix, in the person of skronking guitar hero and Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore they’ve taken things up a notch or two on the Richter scale on their RareNoiseRecords follow-up recording. With Gustaffson’s roaring baritone sax blending with Moore’s shriekback guitar, Pandi’s intensely throbbing beats and Merzbow’s subversive white noise barrages, it all adds up to a sonic pummeling of epic proportions on the remarkable two CD-set, Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper.

In a post-Cage-ian world where there are no wrong notes – in fact, no notes at all, just silence and the absence of silence – the enigmatic Merzbow is a Magellan of sound, fearlessly traveling uncharted waters on each new project he undertakes (he has made over 350 recordings since 1979). Born on December 19, 1956 in Tokyo, he was originally attracted to rock guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed and Robert Fripp, and later was influenced by free jazz icons Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor and Frank Wright as well as electronic music pioneers like Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. “Then I found the forum for mixing these influences into pure electronic noise,” he said in a 1999 interview with EsoTerra Magazine: The Journal of Extreme Culture. “I was trying to create an extreme form of music.”

Merzbow has found true kindred spirits in Pandi, who has collaborated with him since 2009, and Gustafsson, a stalwart on the Scandinavian free jazz scene. Pandi’s explosive drumming has propelled such other experimental bands as Blood of Heroes, Red Hill featuring Wadada Leo Smith (on RareNoiseRecords), Zu and two other groups also from the RareNoise roster – Obake (featuring guitarist and vocalist Lorenzo Fornasari) and Metallic Taste of Blood (featuring guitarist Eraldo Bernocchi, Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin and keyboardist Jamie Saft). Gustafsson is a member of the Fire! Orchestra, the Barry Guy New Orchestra and The Thing with drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. He has also worked with many free jazz musicians including German drummer Paul Lovens, Dutch pianist Misha Mengelberg, Chicago-based saxophonist Ken Vandermark, New York-based trumpeter/saxophonist Joe McPhee, New York-based drummer Hamid Drake and the Italian experimental band Zu. He claims Little Richard, The Cramps and Entombed as early inspirations in his musical development. “I started off playing electric piano in a local punk band in my home town Umeå when I was 13,” he says. “I was lucky to grow up in northern Sweden in a small university town that actually had a jazz club and a very active music scene. I heard Steve Lacy, Sonny Rollins, Derek Bailey and Per Henrik Wallin really early as my main jazz kicks. But as Evan Parker used to say, ‘My roots are in my record player.’

Thurston Moore, a ferocious axe-mangler from the Sonny Sharrock “shards of splintered glass” school, formed the alternative rock group Sonic Youth with bassist-vocalist Kim Gordon in 1981. They were later married in 1984. Alongside fellow guitarist Lee Ranaldo, Moore made extensive use of unusual tunings and feedback, straddling the inside-outside divide on 16 studio albums, including influential recordings like 1990’s Goo, 1992’s Dirty, 1994’s Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star and 2004’s Sonic Nurse.

Since disbanding Sonic Youth in 2011, Moore has recorded solo projects, including 2011’s Demolished Thoughts and 2014’s The Best Day. In 2014, he performed a searing duet with fellow experimental guitarist Nels Cline as part of an Ornette Coleman 84th birthday celebration in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

“The original trio was initiated by Balazs,” says Gustafsson. “He and Masami have played some together before. I played together with Masami and Sonic Youth and also made various recordings with him and Jim O’Rourke in Japan. I had never played with Balazs before, so I was delighted to work with him on the first Cuts project.” The three free spirits forged an indelible chemistry on a tour together prior to recording Cuts. “This group really hit something amazing during that tour and we took that energy into the studio.”

For Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper, the four kindred spirits went into the studio and came up with four extended tracks. CD 1 is comprised of the 20-minute “replaced by shame, only two left” and the 18-minute “divided by steel, falling gracefully.” CD 2 contains the dynamic 21-minute jam “too late, too sharp -- it is over” and the extreme anthem “all his teeth in hand, asking her once more.” Drummer Pandi calls it ‘mystery in sound.’ As saxophonist Gustafsson said of their purely improvised session, “We had no game plan. That usually does not work so well. It all depends on the day, the energy and of course the room. And oh boy, that room was freakin’ spectacular! It actually had a skateboard ramp! It was a truly spectacular recording. It went super-fast -- just a wall of noise-poetry with layers and perspectives changing all the time. And to have Thurston Moore in the mix just added colours, layers, energies and sound. It was a very inspired sharing with the others.”

Pandi provides a bit of history on the evolution of this Cuts quartet. “There is a legendary Roskilde live recording of Sonic Youth with Mats and Masami called ‘Andre Sider of Sonic Youth’ and as a combination of that record and my longstanding duo with Masami, the idea came to try and play a quartet. Those were the days of the last couple Sonic Youth shows in South America, around 2012. Following that, Masami, Mats and I continued to work as a trio. Meanwhile, in 2013 I got invited to join Porn for a string of gigs. Porn masterminded by Tim Moss and Bill Gould from Faith No More and for the London shows Thurston joined us on stage - it was great fun to play together.

When we hung out backstage, we were talking about trying to hook up a quartet session sometime with Mats and Masami again. We already had a gig planned with the trio in London, where Thurston currently lives, so we figured the only day he is spending around that time in London is the one we had for recording the follow up album to Cuts. So he was on board immediately.”

As for how this new Cuts project with Moore may differ from their first Cuts outing, Pandi remains philosophical. “From my side, I can’t really talk about differences. I don’t approach anything differently. There are no tactics, concepts, nothing. Only deep listening and playing accordingly. I learned that from Masami early on. The night of our very first show, I approached him backstage, introducing myself. As it was the first time we met, I thought we would sit down and discuss any concept he may have wanted to talk through. But when I asked him about it, he only said one word -- ‘improvisation.’ That’s how it always is with Masami. And that’s how we approached this new recording in the studio.

Disc 1
1. Replaced by shame – only two left
2. Divided by steel. Falling gracefully.

Disc 2
3. Too late, too sharp – it is over
4. All his teeth in hand, asking her once more

Merzbow (a.k.a. Masami Akita) - noise, power electronics
Mats Gustafsson - saxophones, g clarinet, power electronics
Thurston Moore - guitars
Balazs Pandi - drums

OUT ON APRIL 7, 2015.


Posted By: Cannonball With Hat
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2015 at 5:16pm
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TongueBig smile

Hit it on Five.

Saxophone Scatterbrain Blitzberg

Stab them in the ears.

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Date Posted: 10 Mar 2015 at 8:09am" rel="nofollow - Phronesis celebrate tenth anniversary with double-vinyl release on Edition Records

Edition Records are set to celebrate the tenth anniversary of internationally acclaimed trio Phronesis – which features bassist Jasper Høiby, pianist Ivo Neame and drummer Anton Eger – with a special vinyl edition of their most recent album, Life To Everything. The band have released three albums with Edition, including their 2010 label debut, Alive, which came top or the Jazzwise Albums Of The Year critics poll that year.

Life To Everything is to be released on a double vinyl version on 1 May when the band perform their ‘Pitch Black’ set at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The original album was recorded live at the Cockpit Theatre as part of the 2013 EFG London Jazz Festival, and the newly issued vinyl version will include three bonus tracks recorded live at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse.

Edition are also set to release a vinyl version of rising star Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola’s debut for the label, Bullhorn, which has already received a rave review in Jazzwise, with Stuart Nicholson stating
the album takes “its place among the truly finest albums of recent times”. The album will be released on 30 April to coincide with International Jazz Day.

– Mike Flynn

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Date Posted: 16 Mar 2015 at 10:20am

Concord Releasing Vol. 2 of Miles’ Prestige 10-Inch LPs for Record Store Day

Rollins, Monk among musicians featured

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Concord Music Group will release the second volume of its Miles Davis reissues from the Prestige catalog, titled Miles Davis—The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2, exclusively for Record Store Day, April 18. The five-LP, limited-edition collection, along with Vol. 1, comprises all 10 of the 10-inch LPs on which Davis appeared as a leader for Prestige Records in the early 1950s. Reproduced on 10-inch vinyl, with the original LP cover artwork and liner notes included, the set will be sold in limited quantities, available only at participating Record Store Day retailers.

The Miles Davis—The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 box set opens with Miles Davis All Star Sextet, featuring J.J. Johnson on trombone, Lucky Thompson on tenor saxophone, Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Next is Miles Davis Quintet, followed by Miles Davis with Sonny Rollins, which features three of Rollins’ early compositions: “Airegin,” “Oleo” and “Doxy.” The collection is rounded out by Miles Davis All Stars, Vol. 1 and Miles Davis All Stars, Vol. 2, both featuring Milt Jackson and Thelonious Monk. 

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Date Posted: 19 Mar 2015 at 2:39pm

Motema Music Proudly Announces The Release of JOE LOCKE'S Most Personal & Emotive Work To Date, LOVE IS A PENDULUM
(Published: March 19, 2015)

Available May 26, 2015

Featuring Joe Locke (compositions, vibes), Robert Rodriguez (piano),
Ricardo Rodriguez (bass), Terreon Gully (co-­producer, drums)
With Special Guests Rosario Giuliani, Donny McCaslin (saxes), Paul Bollenback (guitar), Victor Provost (steel pan) and Theo Bleckmann (voice)


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Joe Locke is a musician's musician, an artist for the ages, a man who has been gracing stages and studios with his immense talent, and uplifting spirit, since he was fifteen. Locke is a man who has gathered no moss as he evolved into a communicator, a conceptualist, a composer, and a modern virtuoso who defies categorization, creating music with small groups to symphony orchestras, and with artists as diverse as Cecil Taylor and The Beastie Boys. Derk Richardson said of Locke in The San Francisco Bay Guardian that, "not only has he mastered an instrument that has catapulted only a handful of players to the forefront of modern jazz - but he has done so in a way that transcends mere technique and establishes him as a unique and adventurous musical voice." With more than thirty acclaimed recordings to his credit, it is no wonder The Times (London, U.K.) proclaimed that, "there seems little doubt that Locke, with his ability to play cool and funky, heady and relaxed, is set to become the pre-eminent vibraphonist in jazz." Joe Locke's new recording, Love Is A Pendulum (available on the Motema Music imprint on May 26, 2015), is just over an hour in length, but has taken a lifetime to make, as it encompasses all of Locke's joys and sorrows, and utilizes all of his slings and arrows.

Love Is A Pendulum is an arresting collection of all original music, the centerpiece of which is a five movement suite, based on a poem by the writer and musician Barbara Sfraga (from her Subway Series work), a multi-dimensional artist who Locke has long admired. Locke explains further, "each verse begins with a metaphor describing love - its properties and tendencies - and how (possibly) to navigate them. As is so often the case in my composing process, the genesis of a musical idea comes from words, whether it be a novel, a poem, or even a simple phrase uttered in a certain way. I feel that Love Is A Pendulum is my best work thus far and I am eternally grateful to Barbara for the inspiration her poem has provided."

This recording is the most personal, most compositional and most emotive work of Locke's career, and it features a hand-picked cast of outstanding musicians that bring Locke's vision to life in spectacular fashion: special guests Rosario Giuliani, Donny McCaslin (saxes), Paul Bollenback (guitar), Victor Provost (steel pan) and Theo Bleckmann (voice), with Locke's core working quartet, featuring Robert Rodriguez (piano), Terreon Gully (drums and co-producer) & Ricardo Rodriguez (basses). Locke commented in the liner notes about the musicians featured on Love Is A Pendulum, "as tightly composed as much of this music is, it would not have risen off the page without the creative contributions of the musicians here. Robert, Terreon and Ricky, the core of this group, have been hugely important to the realization of this project. Working together with a great natural chemistry, they sculpted the shape of each piece into something beyond what I had imagined. Their ability to deal with the written material while at the same time injecting it with soul and spontaneity was (and continues to be) remarkable. I'm also grateful that all of my first choices were available (with a bit of juggling!) to be guests on Love Is A Pendulum."


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Date Posted: 20 Mar 2015 at 2:24am

David Sanborn To Release “Time and the River” April 7

Produced by Marcus Miller

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Saxophonist David Sanborn will release Time and the River, his 25th album as a leader, on OKeh Records April 7. The album was produced by Marcus Miller, who plays bass on the recording. The other musicians are Roy Assaf on keyboards; Ricky Peterson on Hammond organ; Yotam Silberstein and Nicky Moroch on guitars; Peter Hess on horns and flute; Marcus Baylor on drums; and Javier Diaz on percussion. Other players include trombonist Tim Vaughn and trumpeter Justin Mullens, and vocalists Randy Crawford and Larry Braggs.

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Date Posted: 25 Mar 2015 at 7:21am

Antonio Sánchez to Release Two New Albums This Spring

Drummer/composer will also tour

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Drummer/composer/bandleader Antonio Sánchez, who gained widespread recognition during the past year for creating the all-drumming score to the Oscar-winning film Birdman, will release two new albums this spring: Three Times Three (out on April 28) and The Meridian Suite (available June 9). Both will be available on CamJazz, distributed by Sunnyside Records in the U.S. Three Times Three features Sánchez in three different trio settings, with Brad Mehldau and Matt Brewer, John Scofield and Christian McBride, and Joe Lovano and John Patitucci. The Meridian Suite is described in a press release as “an hour-long electro-acoustic suite penned for his working ensemble Migration, featuring Seamus Blake, John Escreet and Matt Brewer, plus Thana Alexa and Adam Rogers. Sánchez will also tour this spring and summer. Dates are below. All performances will feature Antonio Sánchez and Migration unless otherwise noted.

**Notates Birdman Film Screening w/ live drum score performance

**April 4 / New York Society for Ethical Culture / New York, NY
April 10 / Esplanada del Centro de Coyoacán / Mexico City, Mexico
April 13 / Blue Note Tokyo / Tokyo, Japan
April 14-17 / Cotton Club / Tokyo, Japan
April 20-21 / A-Trane / Berlin, Germany
April 22 / Jazz Club Hannover / Hannover, Germany
April 23 / Bix / Stuttgart, Germany
April 24 / Jazz Festival / Espoo, Finland
April 25 / Unterfahrt / Munich, Germany
April 26 / Blue Note / Milan, Italy
April 27 / MA / Catania, Italy
April 28 / Centro Culturale Officina / Messina, Italy
April 29 / Auditorium Comunale / San Vito al Taglimento, Italy
April 30 / Teatro Della Fortuna / Fano, Italy
May 1 / Odeon Leicester Square / London, United Kingdom
June 11 / Falcon Arts / Marlboro, NY
**June 13 / Bonaroo / Manchester, TN
June 19 / Subculture - Official Album Release Party / New York, NY
**August 22 / SFJAZZ Center - Miner Auditorium / San Francisco, CA
August 23 / SFJAZZ Center - Joe Henderson Lab / San Francisco, CA

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Date Posted: 28 Mar 2015 at 5:08am
RED PIANO RECORDS To Release The New Recording From: Pianist/Composer RAN BLAKE & vocalist CHRISTINE CORREA: The Road Keeps Winding

(Published: March 27, 2015)

The second volume in their ongoing tribute to Abbey Lincoln
Available on April 21, 2015

Brooklyn-based Red Piano Records is proud to announce the release of
The Road Keeps Winding from pianist/composer Ran Blake and vocalist Christine Correa. This album represents the second volume in the duo's ongoing, respectful and creative tribute to the late, great Abbey Lincoln. In addition to paying tribute to Lincoln, The Road Keeps Winding is the latest yield from Blake and Correa's remarkable friendship and superlative musical collaboration that has thrived for more than three decades.

Blake and Correa are a united force in paying tribute to Abbey Lincoln. Correa is able to capture the unique timbre of Abbey's voice, yet still retain her own uniqueness. Together, they capture the raw emotion ("Love Lament") and abundant confidence of Abbey's delivery, and the drama of her demonstrative vocalizations (most notable on "The River" and "In The Red"). Blake's pianism on "Throw It Away" (perhaps made even more poignant as Blake plays it solo, sans vocals), which has possibly become Abbey's best-known composition, is sublime, passionate and fierce, much like Abbey Lincoln herself.

Abbey Lincoln holds a special place in the hearts and souls of these artists; a place where her music, her sound and her aesthetic, resonates resoundingly. Blake said, "The fact is that Abbey always spoke the truth, nothing but the truth, openly, unabashedly, honestly, unreservedly, and most importantly, with dignity and conviction. Abbey had raw anger ("Driva Man"/"Triptych"), immortal vision ("Down Here Below" - title track from Blake and Correa's first tribute to Lincoln, Down Here Below, also on Red Piano Records), passionate displays of the great American tragedy ("Retribution" and "In The Red"), and also addressed issues of memories lost and gained ("Throw It Away"). I listened to a lot of Abbey's music when I was a student at Bard College. I particularly liked the album
Abbey is Blue, but was astounded when she and Max Roach brought out the
Freedom Now Suite. Around late October 1960, Roach and his group were hired at The Jazz Gallery. The group which included Julian Priester, Booker Little, and a man who eventually became my teacher, Mal Waldron, performed at the club for five or six weeks. The entire Freedom Suite was performed, as was the entire material from the Straight Ahead album. Although Abbey didn't scat or improvise dramatically, there were nights when her lyrics were more pungent, others when they were more tragic. Often I would leave the club at 3:30 or 4:00 AM to catch the IRT Broadway line back home, trying to recreate in my head much of the material I had heard earlier that evening. The last time Abbey and I met was in February 2006 at Scullers. She came over to the table for a cognac, mentioning she had adopted a dog called Sako and had moved to Riverside Drive and then she publicly thanked me . . ."

Correa elaborated, "my first exposure to Abbey Lincoln was in 1979 through Ran Blake, almost as soon as I arrived in the U.S. I had never before listened to anything as intense as the Freedom Now Suite and Straight Ahead recordings. Abbey's delivery was passionate and expressive and she had a power all her own! Beginning with her association with Max Roach, her style and repertoire changed from a nightclub act ("The Heel"), featuring selections from the Great American Songbook to performing songs with a social context ("Freedom Now Suite", "Mendacity", "Straight Ahead"). Her later meditations on life and humanity showed yet another facet to this remarkable artist. Abbey's powerful voice had a lasting effect on me, and her music has continued to be a source of inspiration. It seems only fitting to record a second tribute album, as she was a presence, a great singer, musician, actress, poet and human being. For me this project with Ran is a dream come true."

More on Ran Blake and Christine Correa:
In a career that now spans five decades, pianist Ran Blake has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake's singular sound has earned him a dedicated following across the world. In the tradition of two of his idols, Ellington and Monk, Blake has incorporated and synthesized several otherwise divergent styles and influences into a single innovative and cohesive style of his own, ranking him among the geniuses of the genre. Ran Blake is a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" grant. He was the founder and long-time chairperson of the Third Stream Department (currently called Contemporary Improvisation Department) at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.

Christine Correa has been involved in a variety of improvisational contexts and is currently teaching in The Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University. She has been widely recognized as a leading interpreter of the works of a range of modern American and European poets as set to music by some of today's most innovative jazz composers, such as Frank Carlberg, Nicholas Urie, Sam Sadigursky, and Steve Grover among others. Correa has also recorded and/or performed with artists such as Steve Lacy and John LaPorta and appeared at numerous festivals, concert halls and clubs in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and India. She is currently at the faculty in the jazz department at Columbia University in New York City.

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Date Posted: 09 Apr 2015 at 1:50pm

Snarky Puppy Announces New Album, Tour

First major label release, “Sylva,” was recorded live

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Snarky Puppy, will release Sylva, their first major label album, on
Impulse!/Universal Music Classics, on May 26. The album, a collaboration with with the Metropole Orkest from Holland, was recorded live.

In a press release, the album was described a “departure,” with the following details provided: “Each of the six ‘movements’ of this suite is about a different forest that League has encountered, from the languishing forest swamps of Louisiana to the towering Redwood Forest, to the gothic fairytale forests of children’s dreams.”

The album was recoreded in a room “transformed into a forest landscape made of metal and wood sculpted by Dutch craftsmen,” with a 300-person audience sat scattered among the musicians, listening to Sylva through headphones. This scenery was reflected in the cover art for Sylva.

As an added bonus, the album will be physically bundled with a DVD “Making Of” documentary that features performances of all six songs with the Metropole Orkest in Rotterdam, Holland.

The band will be on tour to support the release. Dates are as follows:

4.24 - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
4.25 - Art of Cool Festival in Pinhook in Durham, NC
4.26 - New Mountain Theatre in Asheville, NC
5.22 Jacksonville Jazz Festival
6.10 – 6.13 - SFJazz in San Francisco, CA
6.14 - Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, CA
6.15, 6.16 - DC Jazz Fest @ The Hamilton in Washington, DC
6.17 - Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA
6.18 - Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC
6.19 - Friday Cheers at the Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA
6.20 - Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, VA
6.21 - Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Vancouver, BC
6.22 - Victoria Jazz Festival in Victoria, BC
6.23, 6.24 - City Winery in Chicago, IL
6.25 - Millennium Park Music Series in Millennium Park - Chicago, IL
6.28 - Saratoga Jazz Fest in Saratoga, NY
7.31 - Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI
8.1 - Watermark in New York, NY
9.18 - Red Rocks Amphitheater in Evergreen, CO
9.20 - Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA
9.24 - Royce Hall (UCLA) in Los Angeles, CA
11.20 - Eastern Washington University Jazz Dialogue Festival

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Date Posted: 14 Apr 2015 at 3:06pm

Capitol to Release Frank Sinatra Centennial Collections

Packages include Columbia, Capitol and Reprise recordings

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Capitol/UMe will release a career-spanning Frank Sinatra collection, Ultimate Sinatra, in multiple formats April 21. The set will be available in single-disc, 25-track CD, 26-track digital, 24-track 180-gram 2-LP and deluxe, 101-track 4-CD and digital editions. The set includes key Sinatra recordings for the Columbia, Capitol and Reprise labels. Both CD and digital editions also feature previously unreleased Sinatra recordings.

Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Sinatra [Single CD, digital]

1. All Or Nothing At All
2. I’ll Never Smile Again
3. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)
4. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
5. I’ve Got The World On A String
6. Young At Heart
7. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
8. Learnin’ The Blues
9. Love And Marriage
10. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
11. Witchcraft
12. All The Way
13. Come Fly With Me
14. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
15. The Way You Look Tonight
16. My Kind Of Town
17. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
18. It Was A Very Good Year
19. Strangers In The Night
20. Summer Wind
21. That’s Life
22. My Way
23. Theme From New York, New York
24. Put Your Dreams Away
25. Just In Time (Alternate Version) – previously unreleased

Digital-only bonus track:
26. Chicago

Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Sinatra [2LP vinyl]

Side A
1. All Or Nothing At All
2. I’ll Never Smile Again
3. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)
4. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
5. I’ve Got The World On A String
6. Young At Heart
7. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

Side B
1. Learnin’ The Blues
2. Love And Marriage
3. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
4. Witchcraft
5. All The Way

Side C
1. Come Fly With Me
2. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
3. The Way You Look Tonight
4. My Kind Of Town
5. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
6. It Was A Very Good Year

Side D
1. Strangers In The Night
2. Summer Wind
3. That’s Life
4. My Way
5. Theme From New York, New York
6. Put Your Dreams Away

Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Sinatra [4CD, digital Deluxe Edition]

Disc 1
1. All Or Nothing At All
2. I’ll Never Smile Again
3. Street of Dreams
4. You’ll Never Know
5. If You Are But A Dream
6. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)
7. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
8. Oh! What It Seemed To Be
9. Five Minutes More
10. Time After Time
11. Night And Day
12. The Song Is You
13. I’m A Fool To Want You
14. The Birth Of The Blues
15. Why Try To Change Me Now
16. I’ve Got The World On A String
17. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
18. My Funny Valentine
19. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
20. I Get A Kick Out Of You
21. Young At Heart
22. Last Night When We Were Young
23. Three Coins In The Fountain
24. Just One Of Those Things
25. All Of Me
26. Someone To Watch Over Me
27. I Get Along Without You Very Well

Disc 2
1. This Love Of Mine
2. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
3. Learnin’ The Blues
4. Love And Marriage
5. (Love Is) The Tender Trap
6. Love Is Here To Stay
7. You Make Me Feel So Young
8. Memories Of You
9. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
10. Too Marvelous For Words
11. (How Little It Matters) How Little We Know
12. I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night
13. I Wish I Were In Love Again
14. The Lady Is A Tramp
15. From This Moment On
16. Laura
17. Where Are You?
18. Witchcraft
19. Bewitched
20. All The Way
21. Moonlight In Vermont
22. Come Fly With Me
23. Put Your Dreams Away
24. Angel Eyes
25. Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry

Disc 3
1. Only The Lonely
2. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
3. Something’s Gotta Give
4. Come Dance With Me
5. Here’s That Rainy Day
6. A Cottage For Sale
7. High Hopes
8. The Nearness Of You
9. I’ve Got A Crush On You
10. Nice ‘N’ Easy
11. When The World Was Young
12. In The Still Of The Night
13. The Second Time Around
14. Without A Song
15. Loved Walked In
16. Stardust
17. Come Rain Or Come Shine
18. The Girl Next Door
19. At Long Last Love
20. The Very Thought Of You
21. Pennies From Heaven
22. Ol’ Man River
23. I Have Dreamed
24. Luck Be A Lady

Disc 4
1. The Way You Look Tonight
2. My Kind Of Town
3. The Best Is Yet To Come
4. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
5. Softly, As I Leave You
6. It Was A Very Good Year
7. September Of My Years
8. Moonlight Serenade
9. Strangers In The Night
10. Summer Wind
11. That’s Life
12. I Concentrate On You
13. The Girl From Ipanema
14. Drinking Again
15. Somethin’ Stupid (with Nancy Sinatra)
16. The World We Knew (Over And Over)
17. Cycles
18. My Way
19. Wave
20. All My Tomorrows
21. Forget To Remember
22. It Had To Be You
23. All Of You
24. Theme From New York, New York
25. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Rehearsal) – previously unreleased

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Date Posted: 16 Apr 2015 at 12:35am" rel="nofollow - Acclaimed pianist Keith Jarrett is set to celebrate his 70th birthday on 8 May with the release of two new albums on his longtime label ECM. The first is a live solo piano album, entitled Creation, which will be released on 11 May, and features highlights from 2014 concert performances in Japan, Canada and Europe. Rather than focusing on a single-evening’s improvisational process, Creation instead comprises of the musical highpoints of concerts in Tokyo, Toronto, Paris and Rome.

This album will be accompanied by the simultaneous release of a newly issued archival classical piano recording, Samuel Barber/Béla Bartók, from 1984 featuring Jarrett, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama. The latter concert saw Jarrett return alone to the stage of the Kan-I Hoken Hall to play an improvised encore that is also featured on the album, which additionally includes liner notes by Keith Jarrett and Paul Griffiths.

KEITH JARRETT - Creation cover

Another ECM artist marking a significant personal milestone is Jarrett’s longstanding bassist Gary Peacock as he turns 80 on 12 May and also releases a trio album, Now This, the day before. Featuring pianist Marc Copland and drummer Joey Baron, the album was recorded last summer in Oslo and features new versions of Peacock compositions such as ‘Moor’, ‘Vignette’, ‘Requiem’ and ‘Gaya’ alongside new material, plus pieces by Copland and Baron and a version of Scott LaFaro’s ‘Gloria’s Step’.

Heading up this strong tranche of releases is a new album from influential New York saxophonist Tim Berne and his acclaimed ‘chamber jazz’ band Snakeoil, with You’ve Been Watching Me, released on 27 April. The core line-up of clarinettist Oscar Noriega, pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Ches Smith are joined by new member, electric/acoustic guitarist Ray Ferreira, who adds atmospheric sounds and spiky interjections.


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Date Posted: 16 Apr 2015 at 12:45am

Unreleased Duke Ellington Session from 1970 Out in July

German recording was produced by Conny Plank

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Grönland Records will release the previously unissued Duke Ellington & His Orchestra’s The Conny Plank Session on July 10. Plank was a German producer and sound engineer mostly known for his work with Kraftwerk, Eurythmics, Ultravox and other rock-related acts. According to a press release, “Myths abound about Ellington and Plank working together at Rhenus Studio in Cologne sometime in 1970. However, with each tale, the crux of the story is the same—Ellington listened to the takes and praised Plank’s work. Plank admired Ellington and received recognition from the right person at the right time.”

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Date Posted: 23 Apr 2015 at 8:01am

Kurt Elling to Release New Album, “Passion World”

Players include Arturo Sandoval, Till Brönner, Richard Galliano

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Vocalist Kurt Elling will release Passion World, his fifth Concord album (and 11th overall) on June 9. Musicians include trumpeters Arturo Sandoval and Till Brönner, vocalist Sara Gazarek, French accordionist Richard Galliano, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and the WDR Big Band and Orchestra from Germany. 

Track Listing:

1. The Verse
Music by John Clayton, Lyrics by Kurt Elling

2. After The Door
Music by Pat Metheny, Lyrics by Kurt Elling

3. Loch Tay Boat Song
Traditional, Composed by Annie C. MacLeod, Lyrics by Sir Harold Boulton

4. Si Te Contara
Music and lyrics by Félix Reina Altuna

5. La Vie En Rose
Music and lyrics by Edith Giovanna Gassion and Louis Guglielmi, Additional lyrics by Kurt Elling

6. Bonita Cuba
Music by Arturo Sandoval, Lyrics by Kurt Elling and Phil Galdston

7. Where The Streets Have No Name
Music and Lyrics by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen

8. The Tangled Road
Music by Richard Galliano, Lyrics by Kurt Elling

9. Você Já Foi à Bahia?
Music and lyrics by Dorival Caymmi

10. Nicht Wandle, Mein Licht (Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52, No. 17)
Music by Johannes Brahms

11. Who Is It (Carry My Joy On The Left, Carry My Pain On The Right)
Music and lyrics by Björk Guðmundsdóttir

12. Where Love Is
Music by Brian Byrne, Lyrics by James Joyce

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Date Posted: 23 Apr 2015 at 8:04am

Dee Dee Bridgewater to Release “Dee Dee’s Feathers” Aug. 11

New album is a collaboration with Irvin Mayfield

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Dee Dee Bridgewater will release Dee Dee’s Feathers, described as “a journey through the history of New Orleans as told through song,” Aug. 11, via OKeh/Sony Music/DDB Records. The album is a collaboration of Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). The album was recorded at New Orleans’ Esplanade Studios, in a reconverted historical church. 

The launch of the CD and tour, according to a press release, will be tied in to the opening of NOJO’s New Orleans Jazz Market, “the first solely dedicated space for jazz and education in New Orleans,” later in 2015. Bridgewater will serve on the Board of Directors for the facility and has made a commitment to furthering music and education in the city in tandem with the facility.

Track Listing:

One Fine Thing
What A Wonderful World
Big Chief
St. James Infirmary
Dee Dee’s Feathers
New Orleans
Treme Song/Do Whatcha Wanna
Come Sunday
Congo Square
C’est Ici Que Je T’Aime
Do You Know What It Means
Whoopin’ Blues

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Date Posted: 28 Apr 2015 at 12:38pm

Legacy to Release Soundtrack From Bessie Smith Biopic

Film, starring Queen Latifah, premieres May 16 on HBO

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Legacy Recordings will release the soundtrack from the upcoming HBO film Bessie digitally on May 12 and on CD June 2. The film, which stars Queen Latifah as blues legend Bessie Smith, premieres on HBO on May 16. The collection debuts seven new Queen Latifah performances including "Young Woman Blues," "Preachin' The Blues," "Long Old Road," "Down Hearted Blues," "Work House Blues," "Weepin' Woman Blues" (a duet with vocalist Pat Bass) and "Gimme A Pigfoot and a Bottle Of Beer (2015 Remix).” The soundtrack is rounded out with authentic period recordings from Fats Waller and His Rhythm ("A Good Man Is Hard To Find"), Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ("[What Did I Do To Be So] Black And Blue"), Sippie Wallace ("I'm A Mighty Tight Woman") and Kid Ory's Creole Orchestra ("Ballin' The Jack").

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Date Posted: 30 Apr 2015 at 10:33am

Columbia/Legacy to Release Miles Davis at Newport Box Set

4-CD set will span performances from 1955-75

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Columbia/Legacy will release Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 on July 17. The four-CD box set comprises live performances from the Newport Jazz Festival by Miles’ various bands in 1955, 1958, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973 and 1975, in Newport, Rhode Island; New York City; Berlin and Switzerland. The release date comes exactly 60 years to the date since Davis' performance at Newport in 1955.

The box, according to a press release, includes 296 minutes of music, nearly four hours of which is previously unreleased, “from Miles' debut performance at NJF in 1955 (a hastily arranged jam session featuring Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan, that immediately led to the trumpeter's Columbia signing), to his final public perform­ance of the '70s in 1975 (at Lincoln Center during NJF-NY, the singular 'Mtume' named for Miles' favored percussion­ist of that decade).” The performances include appearances by the Kind Of Blue Sextet (with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb), and the “second great quintet” in '66 and '67 (with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams).

According to the press release, a number of Miles-related events will take place at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival, set for July 31, August 1 and 2 and still presided over by founder George Wein, now 89. In tribute to Davis, trumpeters Chris Botti, Peter Evans, Jon Faddis, Tom Harrell, Arturo Sandoval and Bria Skonberg will each perform one Miles Davis number during their sets. The festival weekend will also feature a number of panel discussions focusing on Davis. 

The track listing for Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 is below. All tracks previously unreleased, except where otherwise indicated.

CD 1: (July 17, 1955: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI)
Selections: 1. Spoken Introductions by Duke Ellington and Gerry Mulligan * 2. Hackensack * 3. 'Round Midnight (previously released) * 4. Now's The Time *
(All-Star Jam Session: Miles Davis, trumpet; Zoot Sims, tenor saxophone; Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone; Thelonious Monk, piano; Percy Heath, bass; Connie Kay, drums.)
(July 3, 1958: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI)
Selections: 5. Spoken Introduction by Willis Conover (previously released) * 6. Ah-Leu-Cha (previously released) * 7. Straight, No Chaser (previously released) * 8. Fran-Dance (previously released) * 9. Two Bass Hit (previously released) * 10. Bye Bye Blackbird (previously released) * 11. The Theme (previously released) .
(Miles Davis, trumpet; Cannonball Adderley, alto saxophone; John Coltrane, tenor saxophone; Bill Evans, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums.)

CD 2: (July 4, 1966: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI)
Selections: 1. Gingerbread Boy * 2. All Blues * 3. Stella By Starlight * 4. R.J. * 5. Seven Steps To Heaven * 6. The Theme / Closing Announcement by Leonard Feather.
(July 2, 1967: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI)
Selections: 7. Spoken Introduction by Del Shields * 8. Gingerbread Boy * 9. Footprints * 10. 'Round Midnight * 11. So What * 12. The Theme * 13. Closing Announcement by Del Shields
(1966 & 1967: Miles Davis, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums.)

CD 3: (July 5, 1969: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI)
Selections: 1. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (previously released) * 2. Sanctuary (previously released) * 3. It's About That Time / The Theme (previously released) .
(Miles Davis, trumpet; Chick Corea, electric piano; Dave Holland, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums.)
(November 1, 1973: Newport Jazz Festival In Europe, Berlin)
Selections: 4. Band warming up / voice over introduction * 5. Turnaroundphrase * 6. Tune In 5 * 7. Ife * 8. Untitled Original * 9. Tune In 5.
(Miles Davis, trumpet, organ; Dave Liebman, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute; Pete Cosey, guitar, percussion; Reggie Lucas, guitar; Michael Henderson, electric bass; Al Foster, drums; James Mtume Forman, percussion.)
(July 1, 1975: Newport Jazz Festival - NY, Avery Fisher Hall)
Selection: 10. Mtume.
(Miles Davis, trumpet, organ; Sam Morrison, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute; Pete Cosey, guitar, percussion; Reggie Lucas, guitar; Michael Henderson, electric bass; Al Foster, drums; James Mtume Forman, percussion.)

CD 4: (October 22, 1971 : Newport Jazz Festival In Europe, Neue Stadthalle, Dietikon, Switzerland)
Selections: 1. Directions * 2. What I Say * 3. Sanctuary * 4. It's About That Time * 5. Bitches Brew * 6. Funky Tonk * 7. Sanctuary.
(Miles Davis, trumpet; Gary Bartz, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone; Keith Jarrett, electric piano, organ; Michael Henderson, electric bass; Ndugu Leon Chancler, drums; Don Alias, percussion; James Mtume Forman, percussion.)

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Date Posted: 30 Apr 2015 at 10:34am

Kenny Werner to Release 1st Album in Seven Years

Trio will also play selected Canadian tour dates

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Pianist Kenny Werner will release his first new album in seven years, The Melody, July 7 on Pirouet Records. The album features Werner’s trio with drummer Ari Hoeing and bassist Johannes Weidenmüller. The trio will also play selected dates, primarily in Canada, in support of the release, listed below.

June 20: Ottawa, Ontario (CA) · OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL (19h)
June 21: Toronto, Ontario (CA) · HUGH'S ROOM
June 26: Medicine Hat, Alberta (CA) · MEDICINE HAT JAZZFEST
June 28: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (CA) · SASKTEL JAZZ FESTIVAL

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Date Posted: 02 May 2015 at 6:56am

Concord to Reissue 15-CD Thelonious Monk Riverside Box Set

Original won Grammys for Best Historical Album and liner notes

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Concord Music Group will reissue the 15-CD Thelonious Monk anthology, The Complete Riverside Recordings, May 19 on its Riverside imprint. The set, originally issued in 1986 and winner of the Best Historical Album Grammy, will be housed in new packaging described in a press release as “sleeker” than the original. The original Grammy-winning liner notes by Orrin Keepnews, who produced the Riverside recordings, will be included. 

The set presents in chronological order the entire output of 153 performances that Monk recorded for Riverside between 1955 and 1961. Included are an abandoned session with drummer Shelly Manne, as well as partial takes and in-studio conversation. The collection features collaborations with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, Max Roach, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, Charlie Rouse, Johnny Griffin and Wilbur Ware.

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Date Posted: 02 May 2015 at 3:47pm

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is pursuing his work of documenting the history of the music he is part of by dialoguing with musicians and artists that key actors of this music


It will come with a CD of excerpts of interviews and music by KIDD JORDAN and WILLIAM PARKER and two booklets, one with JEFF SCHLANGER’s arts and the other one with JACQUES BISCEGLIA’s photographs. Edited by ED HAZELL

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Date Posted: 05 May 2015 at 10:57am

Motéma Signs Vocalist/Pianist Karrin Allyson

Album with Kenny Barron and John Patitucci due in September

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Motéma Music has signed vocalist and pianist Karrin Allyson, whose debut release for the label is slated for September. Allyson has recorded an album of Rodgers and Hammerstein music with the rhythm section of Kenny Barron on piano and John Patitucci on bass. The album will be co-produced by Allyson and Michael Leonhart, known for his work with Steely Dan, Bobby McFerrin and Bruno Mars.

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Date Posted: 05 May 2015 at 10:58am

St Germain announces first album in 15 years
(Published: May 04, 2015)


St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre), whose albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist (2000) originated a genre of French electronic music that later included artists like Daft Punk, has returned to the studio to create his first album in 15 years. The self-titled record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to St Germain’s sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music. Today the artist reveals the album’s first track, “Real Blues,” which is available to download now with pre-orders of the album on iTunes and" rel="nofollow - . Nonesuch Records will release St Germain on October 9, 2015.

Composed, produced, recorded and mixed by Navarre at his Paris studio, the Magic House, and mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road, “Real Blues” features a vocal sample from Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “You Caused My Heart to Weep” and instrumental contributions from Brazilian percussionist Jorge Bezerra, Malian kora player Mamadou Cherif Soumano, Malian guitarist and n’goni player Guimba Kouyate, and keyboardist and longtime St Germain collaborator Didier Davidas, from Martinique.

St Germain’s move closer to the source of the jazz and blues elements that were essential ingredients in Boulevard and the internationally acclaimed Tourist led to his interest in those genres’ roots in West African music. Tourist, which sold nearly three million copies worldwide (more than 300,000 in the U.S. alone), was equally beloved in jazz and electronic music circles, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and being named one of the Best Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone. In France, the album won three Victoires de la Musique awards (the French equivalent of GRAMMYs), including Best Jazz Album, Best Electronic Album and Best Live Performance.

On the 250-show Tourist tour, St Germain performed at venues ranging from London’s historic Royal Albert Hall to the Glastonbury and Coachella festivals, with guests including Herbie Hancock, Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander and legendary French jazz vocalist Claude Nougaro. Following the release of St Germain, Navarre will return to the road, beginning a European in November. A spring U.S. tour will be announced at a later date.

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Date Posted: 14 May 2015 at 4:45pm

Miles’ “In a Silent Way” Interpreted by Roney, Belden, Noy, Others

Release is due on Chesky June 23

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In an Ambient Way, a new collaborative effort that reinterprets Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way “using modern recording technology and sonic textures as a contribution to the improvisation,” according to a press release, will be released June 23 by Chesky Records. The recording features Powerhouse, a group composed of Wallace Roney (trumpet), Bob Belden (soprano sax, flute), Oz Noy (guitar), Kevin Hays (Fender Rhodes), Daryl Johns (bass) and Lenny White (drums). The release is part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, recorded with a single microphone.

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Date Posted: 18 May 2015 at 2:48pm" rel="nofollow - Robert Glasper Takes Cover: New Album and UK Tour Dates

Genre-mashing keyboardist and one of the hottest properties of the past decade, Robert Glasper returns to his piano trio roots when he releases a new album Covered on 15 June on Blue Note. Recorded with his original trio of bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid, who played with Glasper on his first two Blue Note albums, Canvas and In My Element, the album was tracked live at the famous Capitol Studios in Hollywood and features newly composed material alongside interpretations of tunes by Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, John Legend and a co-write with legendary singer and activist Harry Belafonte.

Glasper, who has recently signed an exclusive deal to play Steinway pianos, took his trio into New York’s revered Village Vanguard for a week in late February and has also composed music for the forthcoming bio-pic of Miles Davis, Miles Ahead, which is directed by and stars actor Don Cheadle. Following the release of Covered, his seventh album, the Glasper Trio hit the UK in August for dates at Royal Northern College Of Music in Manchester (8 Aug); Brecon Jazz Festival, Wales (9 Aug), The Hub, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival (10 Aug) and a much-anticipated return to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London for three nights 12-14 August.


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Date Posted: 18 May 2015 at 2:51pm

John McLaughlin to Release “Black Light” in Fall

Album features 4th Dimension band

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Guitarist John McLaughlin will release a new album, Black Light, this fall, with his 4th Dimension band. The album will include eight original McLaughlin compositions, including, according to a press release, “ an homage to his departed colleague and collaborator, Paco De Lucia, with whom McLaughlin had reportedly intended to compose an album’s worth of new material just before De Lucia’s passing.” The tribute, titled “El Hombre Que Sabia, features McLaughlin on acoustic guitar.”  

 The 4th Dimension is composed of Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Etienne Mbappe on electric bass, and drummer Ranjit Barot. The release will be followed by a world tour.

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Date Posted: 21 May 2015 at 12:43pm

George Freeman-Chico Freeman new CD!
(Published: May 20, 2015)

George Freeman-Chico Freeman
All In The Family


"All In The Family" brings together two members of Chicago's Freeman family that have never been recorded together until now: legendary guitarist George Freeman (who celebrated his 88th birthday on April 10th, 2015) and world-renowned saxophonist Chico Freeman (George's nephew and Von Freeman's son.) Together, they present their musical legacy of Chicago Jazz! Certainly, the late, great leader of the family, tenor saxophonist Von Freeman is smiling somewhere today!

All of the tracks are original songs (with the exception of the haunting "Angel Eyes") and feature compositions from George Freeman "My Scenery" and "Vonski"; and from Chico Freeman "Latina Bonita" and "Essence of Silence"; along with several short Improvisations that provide a compelling flow to the recording. "Five Days in May" features Reto Weber on the 'hang' - a track that should have everyone up and dancing with joy!

A lifetime of music, from playing with Charlie Parker to Gene Ammons and his many fine recordings, George Freeman was recently selected as Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz by Chicago Tribune Arts Critic Howard Reich! Chico Freeman's career has taken him from his early years with Chicago's AACM to Earth, Wind and Fire to producing, performing and recording with legendary musicians in New York, including Elvin Jones, to today's International Jazz Festivals.

Musicians featured on the recording are: George Freeman, guitar; Chico Freeman, tenor and soprano saxophones; Kirk Brown, piano; Harrison Bankhead, bass; Hamid Drake, drums; Mike Allemana, guitar; Joe Jenkins, drums; and special guest Reto Weber, hang and percussion.

Produced by Joanie Pallatto & Bradley Parker-Sparrow.
Recorded in September of 2014 at Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio, Chicago, IL
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Date Posted: 21 May 2015 at 1:26pm
New Bob Mintzer Big Band CD, "Get Up!," Due from MCG Jazz June 23 

Since 1983, tenor saxophonist, composer, and arranger Bob Mintzer has been delving into the big band format and its myriad stylistic possibilities, collecting five Grammy nominations and one Grammy win in the process. His newest recording, Get Up!, which is his 20th big band album to date, will be released by MCG Jazz on June 23.

Mintzer describes the nine tracks on the new CD as "clearly R&B influenced, but [they] then go to many other places along the way. ... Using these relatively simple tunes as a springboard for harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic exploration was a real adventure, one that I had been thinking about for a long time."

Produced by MCG's Marty Ashby and arranged by Mintzer, Get Up! features guitarist Ray Obiedo and bassist Will Lee, as well as Mintzer's longtime colleagues in the Yellowjackets, pianist Russell Ferrante and drummer William Kennedy. Besides five originals by the leader, including the James Brown-inspired title track, the set is made up of Mintzer's vibrant arrangements of the Wayne Shorter-penned Weather Report classic "Elegant People" and three of his favorite R&B tunes from the late 1960s: the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing," Sam & Dave's "I Thank You" (written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes), and Sly & the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song."

"I grew up listening to this music," says Mintzer, whose radio dial was tuned to WNEW-FM when he was growing up in New Rochelle, New York. "There was less concern with classification and categorization back then. There was a kind of connection between what people like John Coltrane and Charles Lloyd were doing and what some of the rock guys were doing in terms of Indian and Eastern influences and stretching out on long vamps. For people like myself who like all different kinds of music, this was a great time for music and art."

Ashby, who has worked with Mintzer on all five of his big band dates for MCG Jazz, sees Mintzer as having "created such an important body of work for large ensemble that it just cannot be overlooked. Few bands write mostly original music for large ensemble, and hardly any then have much of the music available in a published format for other bands and students to study and play. Because his range of writing for the band extends from Brazilian to funk to R&B to straight-ahead to fusion and everything in between, I think Bob stands alone as the preeminent composer/arranger for big band at this time. His passion for the idiom puts him at the top of the pyramid."

Mintzer connected with Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in 2004. The Big Band debuted with Live at MCG and followed up with Old School, New Lessons (2006), both of which featured Kurt Elling, and Swing Out (2008). On the Grammy-nominated For the Moment (2012), the spotlight was on Brazilian music, with guitarist/composer Chico Pinheiro as special guest.

The lifelong New Yorker, who's considered one of the tenor saxophonists to come out of the school of New York players in the 1970s (also including Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Dave Liebman, and Steve Grossman), and whose big band dates to 1983, when the Brecker brothers asked him to put together an ensemble for their club Seventh Avenue South, has been based in Los Angeles since 2008. He lives in the former house of composer Arnold Schoenberg (his first L.A. residence, 1934-1936), and is the recipient of the Buzz McCoy-endowed chair of jazz studies at the University of Southern California.

Mintzer continues to tour with the Yellowjackets (which he joined in 1990), does workshops all over the world, and serves as a guest conductor/soloist with college and pro bands. His upcoming dates with the Yellowjackets include: 5/27 Howard Theatre, Washington, DC; 5/28-29 Blue Note, NYC; 6/26 Rochester (NY) Jazz Festival; and a European tour 7/1-15. Mintzer will be appearing at the Hong Kong Jazz Festival 6/3-9 with big band and orchestra; touring Europe 6/15-20 with the Hammond Eggs trio; and serving on faculty at the Centrum Jazz Camp in Port Townsend, WA 7/20-25. Finally, Mintzer will be part of a Jaco Pastorius tribute, with Vince Mendoza, at the Hollywood Bowl 8/13 (also with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra) and the Monterey Jazz Festival 9/18.

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Date Posted: 23 May 2015 at 12:26pm

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‘My One And Only One’ Is Cross-Cultural Journey of Melody and Emotion

Lead Single “The Tango Boy” Features Special Guests Paul Brown and Gregg Karukas

Album Includes Covers of Toni Braxton, Shuggie Otis and “Lovesong” by The Cure

Record Release Tour In June & July With Fall Festival Dates To Follow

Los Angeles, CA: On May 26, Shanachie Entertainment will release the highly-anticipated new album from Internationally renowned saxophonist Jessy J. Dubbed “Sexy…Soulful…Irresistible…Incredible” by Smooth Jazz MonthlyMy One And Only One seamlessly melds Latin Jazz, Soul, Smooth Grooves and Funk with alluring melodies, both musically and vocally.

Written, arranged and produced by Jessy J, My One And Only One is her fifth studio album (and second for Shanachie, who also released 2013’s Second Chances). With 10 songs that ebb and flow between the heat of the midday sun and the resplendent glow of a starry-filled night, Only One has the feel of an instant classic, for life’s journeys, both in the physical and spiritual worlds.

Dedicated to all of her teachers, past and present, Jessy showcases her inimitable musical ability to set the mood for any occasion, none more so than on the album’s rousing lead single “The Tango Boy”. From there, she keeps the festive vibes in overdrive with “Paraíso Mágico,” a Latin-flavored jam, in which she sings in Spanish and showcases her agility as a gregarious flautist. Paraíso echoes vintage Santana, with its evocative shuffle, and Jethro Tull, with its resolute flute. Elsewhere, she unfurls a sultry daydream on “Una Mas,” busts out the funk on “Back To The Basics” and adds mellifluous bi-lingual vocals to “Siempre”.


Among the stand-outs on the album are gorgeous arrangements of time-tested classics, “You’re Makin’ Me High” (written by Toni Braxton & Kenneth “Babyface” Edmunds), “Strawberry Letter 23” (written by Shuggie Otis and made famous by The Brothers Johnson) and the eternally beautiful ”Lovesong,” originally made famous by dour English rockers The Cure and most recently by British singer Adele.

Special guests on Only One include Gregg Karukas who adds his deft mastery of keys/strings and Paul Brown, who plays guitar on five of the songs, while co-writing the title track, “Una Mas” and “The Tango Boy”.

Renowned for guest appearances on American Idol and The Voice, and her work with Michael Bublé, Aerosmith, Jessica Simpson and Michael Bolton, Jessy will tour throughout 2015, starting with record release shows at Spaghettinis in Orange County and Beverly Hills. From there, she’ll embark on a cross country summer tour dotted by festival appearances in Detroit (Dearborn Jazz on the Avenue), Palm Springs (Women’s Jazz Fest), and Mission Viejo (JazzFest). Her International schedule includes Jazz Fests in Cancun, Mexico and the Caribbean, on the tropical island of Aruba, and a two-night stand in London.

Tour Dates
Jun 06 – Spaghettini Jazz Club, Seal Beach, CA
Jun 12 – Diaz Music Institue, Houston, TX
Jun 13 – Jazz at the Creek, San Diego, CA
Jun 20 – Spaghettini Jazz Club, Beverly Hills, CA
Jun 24 – Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA
Jul 18 – Freedom Park, Charlotte, NC
Jul 22 – Dearborn Jazz on the Avenue, Detroit, MI
Jul 23 –  River Raisin Nights, Monroe, MI
Jul 24 – The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN
Jul 31 – Balcones Heights, San Antonio, TX
Sep 3-6 – Cancun Jazz Festival, Cancun, MX
Sep 19 – JazzFest, Mission Viejo, CA
Sep 26 – Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, Aruba
Oct 10 – Women’s Jazz Fest, Palm Springs, CA
Dec 03 – San Antonio, TX
Dec 04 – Gem Theater, Kansas City, MO
Dec 05 – Bishop Arts Theater, Dallas, TX
Dec 10 – Pizza Express, London, UK
Dec 11 – Pizza Express, London, UK

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My One And Only One
1. Una Mas
2. My One and Only One
3. Lovesong
4. The Tango Boy
5. Paraíso Mágico
6. Back To The Basics
7. You’re Making Me High
8. Siempre
9. Cuba
10. Strawberry Letter 23

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Date Posted: 27 May 2015 at 10:51am

Report: New Unreleased Sun Ra Material Coming in Fall

Music will span 1962-1991

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A new series of remastered, reissued and unreleased recordings by Sun Ra will be released this fall, Billboard reports. The article stated that the Manimal Group will press and distribute the new CD and vinyl. The project, said the article, “is being overseen by Irwin Chusid, the administrator for Sun Ra LLC as well as an outsider music expert, author and WFMU DJ, who will issue the music through the LLC's as-yet-named label.” 

“The new releases will be broken down into three categories: a set of recordings from the basement of the Choreographers Workshop, the New York City locale where Sun Ra's band practiced and recorded between 1962-1965; an exotica collection containing music spanning his recording career from 1956 through 1991; and a set of singles compiled by Anderson,” said the piece.

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Date Posted: 29 May 2015 at 7:34am

AUM Fidelity to Release 3-CD William Parker Box

Set includes four long-form works

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AUM Fidelity will release For Those Who Are, Still, a three-CD box set of new and previously unissued works from composer-bassist William Parker, on Aug. 21. The set includes four long-form works: Parker's first composition written for symphony orchestra performance; a commissioned piece for a standing new music ensemble; a "chamber-jazz" song series for voice/soprano sax/piano/bass; and a composition created for what’s described in a press release as being “specifically for a particularly diverse Parker assemblage in Universal Tonality mode.”

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Date Posted: 05 Jun 2015 at 4:31am


Five years after the release of her critically acclaimed, gospel-laden disc, Fellowship (Verve), Lizz Wright makes her Concord Records debut with the powerful Freedom & Surrender, set for release on September 4, 2015. The 35-year-old singer-songwriter - renowned for her earthy alto voice and emotive yet straight-forward vocal serenading - teams with four-time GRAMMY-winning bassist and producer Larry Klein, who's best known for his work with such leading lights as Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux and Tracy Chapman.

Wright enlisted Klein based upon the recommendation of trusted colleagues. Already a fan, she was well aware of his production brilliance, particularly through his work with strong-minded women artists. "We talked over the phone; then we met and did as much talking as we did laughing," she recalls. "I don't laugh to just mess around and make people feel good; I laugh because I actually get you. Just the fact that I felt that way with him - I just said, ‘OK, we're cool.'"

For the sessions, Klein and Wright gather a cadre of great musicians that includes drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Dan Lutz, percussionist Pete Korpela, guitarist Dean Parks and Jesse Harris; and keyboardists Kenny Banks, Pete Kuzma, and Billy Childs. In addition, Klein also recruited his longtime songwriting partner David Batteau to collaborate with Wright in the songwriting process. "I loved writing with them," Wright enthuses.

Freedom & Surrender was initially supposed to be a disc of mostly cover-songs, centered on themes of "the circuitous dance of love." Instead, it became the very opposite - an album of mostly originals - while keeping the initial theme intact. Wright explains, "There's a time for everything. There's a time to do cover-song records, which can be like sharing good homework after doing really beautiful research. It can be amazing and very creative in that way. But I just knew it wasn't time for me to be doing that. I had to prove it and buckle down and make it happen."

Without a doubt, Wright certainly made it happen with Freedom & Surrender, her sexiest, most sensual album yet. She wrote ten of the disc's 15 songs, six with Klein and Batteau. The three penned "The New Game" - the disc's original working title - a rollicking, country-blues ditty with poetic lyrics and verses. The album as a whole touches upon fresher emotional terrain, especially the ethereal, acoustic guitar and Hammond organ-powered "Somewhere Down the Mystic," the beautiful lament "Here and Now," (which was inspired in part by the passing of Maya Angelou), the salty and spiteful "You," the tender R&B ballad "Blessed the Brave," and the erotic blues drag "If You Lead Me."

Freedom & Surrender also finds Wright joining forces with celebrated songwriters J.D. Souther and Maia Sharp on "Right Where You Are" and "Real Life Painting," respectively. The former is a mesmerizing love slow jam, featuring Wright in an amorous duet with Gregory Porter, while the latter is a bucolic evocation about dwelling in the momentary carnal bliss of a love affair.

Souther invited Wright to his small farm in Nashville for a writing session where she recalls playing a lot of piano in his barn. "I gave him a few chords and turned them around into something that we liked. I didn't think he was going to do anything with them but then he sent me part of the song all the way through to the B section," Wright recalls. "I respect his clarity and speed."

Wright was also delighted to have the song feature Porter, whom she toured with in 2013. "The song is very tender and slow. To trust him with that was easy; to hear him move through a suspended, vulnerable space, you can get into the machinery of his voice," she offers.

Wright is equally enthusiastic about her writing sessions with Sharp, which yielded "Real Life Painting," containing reflections with cinematic-like qualities. "She is a real fast writer and a wonderful guitarist," Wright notes.

On "Freedom" and "Surrender" - two songs which bookend the disc - Wright reconnected with Toshi Reagon, who played tremendous roles on her three previous discs - Dreaming Wide Awake (2005), The Orchard (2008) and Fellowship (2010). The gentle yet lusty waltz "Surrender" showcases Wright in a seductive splendor, while the declarative, funk-driven "Freedom" displays Wright in a feisty independent mode. ‘Freedom' is so unapologetic; it has weight to it that differs from the other songs," Wright explains. "Larry totally got it; he thought the song was just killing. There's something about Toshi in which she always calls my spirit to be true in whatever I do."

Jesse Harris, another longtime collaborator of Wright, co-wrote the lulling, erotically charged ballad "The Game" and the slinky "Lean In," which moves to a midnight groove that Marvin Gaye might have concocted with Leon Ware.

When it came to covers, Wright chose wisely. She slows the Bee Gees' 1967 ballad "To Love Somebody," to a smoldering crawl that maximizes both her gorgeous voice and the song's pleading lyrics. On bonus track Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger's classic "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - a song made famous in 1972 by Roberta Flack - Wright delivers a haunting, almost noir-ish interpretation. And on Nick Drake's immortal folk classic, "River Man," Wright uncoils newfound emotional clarity through her mesmerizing delivery and the spectral arrangement, which also features noted German trumpeter Till Brönner blowing a blustery solo.

Wright has reached new heights in terms of singing and songwriting, and has delivered an album destined to become a classic.


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Date Posted: 09 Jun 2015 at 5:05pm

"Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz" to Be Released July 7 by Denson's Ridgeway Records
(Published: June 08, 2015)

Bassist/composer Jeff Denson has enjoyed a richly rewarding musical and personal relationship with alto saxophone legend Lee Konitz since 2007, when Denson joined Konitz's well-traveled New Quartet. The latest chapter in their association involves the recording, at Berkeley's Fantasy Studios in February of this year, of Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz, with pianist Dan Zemelman and drummer Jon Arkin. Scheduled for release by Denson's Ridgeway Records on July 7, the CD explores new music, offers fresh takes on seldom-played compositions of the Lennie Tristano School, and features scat singing by Konitz and Denson.

Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz is the first in a planned series of Ridgeway recordings to team Denson's trio plus a notable guest artist. Marking nearly the 60th anniversary of Konitz's first appearance on record with his mentor, Lennie Tristano, the album goes places where no other Tristano (or Konitz) tribute has ever gone via some rarely recorded songs, including Warne Marsh's "Background Music" and Tristano's "Baby" and "East Thirty-Second." It also reveals Konitz's delightful scat singing, something that has never been documented on record to this extent.

Jeff first met Lee in 2003, but they didn't team up musically until a few years later, in Germany, when the saxophonist invited Denson's trio Minsarah (with Florian Weber and Ziv Ravitz) to his apartment in Cologne to rehearse. To their surprise, he did not ask them to play their instruments.

"Instead he said, let's sing, let's improvise some stuff," Denson recalls. "I guess he had heard us play enough. That was the start of a great adventure. The stuff we do is very different than any music in his canon. Lee is a true improviser. He doesn't play licks. He really responds."

The Lee Konitz New Quartet with Denson, Weber, and Ravitz went on to tour internationally and produce three albums: Deep Lee (2008), Live at the Village Vanguard (2009), and Standards Live at the Village Vanguard (2014). Of the 87-year-old Konitz, Denson remarks that "he's old enough to be my grandfather, but he is still improvising on a master level. He's not stuck in any way musically."

Jeff Denson, 38, was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. He attended Berklee (where Minsarah was formed), earned his Master's in jazz studies at Florida State University, and relocated to Southern California to pursue his doctorate (at UC San Diego) in contemporary music performance with an emphasis in composition. Based since 2011 in the East Bay, he is a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool Institute) and has forged ties with some of the Bay Area's top players, including bassoonist Paul Hanson, guitarist Mimi Fox, and drummer Alan Hall.

A prolific composer and arranger, Denson has written music for an array of jazz settings, from big band to trio, as well as for string ensembles, solo bass, and a chamber opera. He's begun work on a chamber opera, plans to try his hand at film scoring, and is preparing a series of educational books for his Ridgeway Publishing imprint (part of his recently established nonprofit, Ridgeway Arts).

In addition to Denson's ongoing Trio +1 projects, the bassist is in the midst of organizing several other recordings. One will feature his Secret World group, which he's expanding to a quintet with Paul Hanson. He's in the process of completing an album with Electreo, with Hanson, drummer Alan Hall, and Denson on electric bass. And he's collaborating with Mimi Fox and violinist Mads Tolling in a trio whose arrangements of the music from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will be released in time for that seminal album's 50th anniversary in 2017.

To say that Jeff Denson is currently in a spectacularly expansive period is an understatement; he is positively thriving on all possible fronts. "I'm in an extremely stimulating and productive time right now and I'm working as hard as I can to express all of my ideas," he says. "I find that with my teaching and all of the various projects I have, I'm able to get a complete picture of what I'm doing -- each one inspires the other."

The Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz will be performing extensively in Europe this summer and fall. Next month they appear 7/4 at Comblain La Tour Jazz Festival, Hamoir, Belgium; and 7/17 UniversaiJazz, Valladolid, Spain (Trio with Kari Ikonen, p; Ronen Itzik, d).

Fall dates include 10/2 Angra Jazz Festival, Azores, Portugal; 10/23 Domicil, Dortmund; 10/24 Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam; 10/26 Porgy & Bess, Vienna; 10/27 Unterfahrt, Munich; 10/29 Workshop, Helsinki; 10/30 Jazz & The City Festival, Bremen (Trio with Dan Zemelman, p; Alan Hall, d). Additional dates are in the works.

Closer to home, Denson will appear with Zemelman and Hall at the Sound Room in Oakland 8/14.

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Date Posted: 09 Jun 2015 at 5:06pm


Robert Glasper returns to his acclaimed acoustic Trio on his new album Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio recorded live at Capitol Studios), which can be streamed exclusively in the U.S. this week as part of the iTunes Radio First Play series ahead of the album's June 16 release. Listen at" rel="nofollow - . Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive two tracks right away; the Trio's covers of Radiohead's "The Reckoner" and Jhené Aiko's "The Worst." Watch video of Glasper's Trio performing "The Worst" live at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles via The Fader.

Glasper will celebrate the album's release with Trio shows in Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre, June 17), San Francisco (SFJAZZ, June 19-20), and New York City (Blue Note Jazz Club, June 24-27). Glasper will also make an appearance with the Blue Note supergroup Our Point Of View at the Playboy Jazz Festival on June 14, and bring his GRAMMY-winning Experiment band to New Orleans for the Essence Festival on July 5. Glasper embarks upon an extensive European tour throughout July and August. See below for a full list of tour dates.

Glasper's 2009 album Double Booked, which featured both his Trio and Experiment band and earned Glasper his first GRAMMY nomination, has also been reissued on vinyl for the first time as one of the 100 essential Blue Note titles in the label's on-going 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Series. Glasper has also received wide recognition for his prominent role on rapper Kendrick Lamar's acclaimed new album To Pimp A Butterfly.

Ten years after making his Blue Note debut-and following two GRAMMY-winning volumes of his critically and commercially successful R&B-oriented Black Radio albums-Robert Glasper has returned to his acclaimed acoustic jazz trio on Covered. Glasper, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid-who form the original trio featured on Glasper's first two Blue Note albums: Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007)-reconvened at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California in December to record the album in front of an intimate live audience. The set list features songs by hip-hop and R&B stars like Kendrick Lamar, Jhené Aiko, John Legend, Musiq Soulchild, and Bilal alongside the jazz standard "Stella By Starlight." Displaying his trademark eclecticism, Glasper also includes tunes by Radiohead and Joni Mitchell, along with a stirring collaboration with legendary singer/activist Harry Belafonte. The Glasper originals on the album include a re-working of "I Don't Even Care," a bonus track from Black Radio 2 that featured Macy Gray and Jean Grae.

June 14 - Playboy Jazz Festival - Los Angeles, CA
June 17 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
June 19-20 - SFJAZZ - San Francisco, CA
June 23 - Jane Mallett Theatre - Toronto, ONT
June 24-27 - Blue Note Jazz Club - New York, NY
June 28 - Montreal Jazz Festival - Montreal, QB
July 5 - Essence Festival - New Orleans, LA
July 8-9 - Festival Int'l de Jazz de Canaria - Canary Islands, Spain
July 10 - Malaga Jazz Festival - Malaga, Spain
July 12 - Cracovia Jazz - Krakow, Poland
July 13 - Jazz Tibet Club - Olomouc, Czech Republic
July 16 - Umbria Jazz Fest - Perugia, Italy
July 18 - Gretchen Club - Berlin, Germany
July 19 - Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld - Cologne, Germany
July 20 - New Morning - Paris, France
July 21 - Granada Jazz Festival - Granada, Spain
July 25 - Langnau Jazz Nights - Langnau, Switzerland
July 26 - Locus Festival - Bari, Italy
July 28 - Tuscia Jazz - Rome, Italy
July 29 - Blue Note Jazz Club - Milan, Italy
July 31 - Nefertiti Jazz Club - Gothenberg, Sweden
August 1 - Faschings - Stockholm, Sweden
August 2 - Ystad Jazz Festival - Ystad, Sweden
August 4 - Mas Sorrer Jazz Bar - Girona, Spain
August 6 - North Sea Jazz Club - Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 7 - Chapiteau - Marciac, France
August 8 - Manchester Jazz Festival - Manchester, United Kingdom
August 9 - Brecon Market Hall - Brecon, United Kingdom
August 10 - Edinburgh International Fest - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
August 12-14 - Ronnie Scott's - London, United Kingdom
August 15 - Chastain Park Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA


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Date Posted: 09 Jun 2015 at 5:10pm

Wayne Horvitz to Release “Some Places Are Forever Afternoon”

Album pays tribute to poet Richard Hugo

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Composer/pianist and electronic musician Wayne Horvitz will release a new album, Some Places Are Forever Afternoon, July 10 on Songlines. According to a press release, the 12 compositions were written in honor of the Northwest poet Richard Hugo (1923-82). A 28-page booklet featuring the poems and complementary photos accompanies the CD. Musicians on the album include Horvitz (piano, Hammond B-3, electronics), Ron Miles (cornet), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Peggy Lee (cello), Tim Young (guitar), Keith Lowe (bass) and Eric Eagle (drums). Horvitz will tour in support of the album in the fall (dates below). He will also a premiere an orchestral work for Seattle Symphony and guitarist Bill Frisell. 

10.2 Myrna Loy Center for Performing Arts, Helena, MT
10.3 Top Hat Lounge, Missoula, MT
10.5 Cisel Hall at MSU, Billings, MT
10.7 Location TBA, Pt Townsend, WA
10.8 Creative Music Guild, Portland, OR
10.9 The Shedd, Eugene, OR
10.10 Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle, WA
10.11 Location TBA, White Center, WA
10.29 Seattle Symphony, Seattle, WA (premiere of a new commissioned piece, “Those Who Remain,” by Horvitz featuring guitarist Bill Frisell)
11.27-28 Roulette, Brooklyn, NY

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Date Posted: 09 Jun 2015 at 5:10pm

Pianist Donald Vega to Release Monty Alexander tribute Album

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Pianist Donald Vega will release With Respect to Monty, a tribute album to fellow pianist Monty Alexander, July 10 on Resonance Records. The album features Anthony Wilson (guitar), Hassan Shakur (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums).

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Date Posted: 16 Jun 2015 at 1:01am

Sony Legacy to Release Erroll Garner’s “Concert By the Sea” as 3-CD Box

Bonus material includes unreleased tracks and interviews

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Sony Legacy and Octave Music Publishing Corporation will release Erroll Garner’s The Complete Concert By the Sea as a three-CD box set on September 18, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the original concert.

The complete live concert recording, which Legacy said in a press release was newly uncovered by the Erroll Garner Jazz Project, is being digitally remastered. The project is produced by pianist Geri Allen (who is also the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh) and producer Steve Rosenthal. The box set contains the complete live Concert By the Sea, including 11 previously unreleased tracks, the original edited Columbia release from 1956 and bonus material, including interviews with the Erroll Garner trio: Denzil DaCosta Best, Eddie Calhoun and Garner himself, recorded directly after the concert.

Liner note writers include Allen, UCLA American Studies Professor Robin D.G. Kelley and jazz writer Dan Morgenstern.


1) Announcer: Jimmy Lyons (Previously unreleased)
2) Night And Day (Previously unreleased)
3) Spring Is Here (Previously unreleased)
4) I'll Remember April
5) The Nearness Of You (Previously unreleased)
6) Where Or When
7) Sweet And Lovely (Previously unreleased)
8) Lullaby Of Birdland (Previously unreleased)
9) Mambo Carmel
10) Teach Me Tonight
11) Will You Still Be Mine(Previously unreleased)
12) I Cover The Waterfront (Previously unreleased)
13) Bernie's Tune (Previously unreleased)
14) How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me?
15) It's All Right

16) Announcer: Jimmy Lyons (Previously unreleased)
17) They Can't Take That Away From Me
18) Autumn Leaves
19) S'Wonderful (Previously unreleased)
20) Laura(Previously unreleased)
21) Red Top
22) April In Paris
23) Caravan (Previously unreleased)
24) Erroll's Theme / Announcer: Jimmy Lyons (Previously unreleased)


1) I’ll Remember April
2) Teach Me Tonight
3) Mambo Carmel
4) Autumn Leaves
5) It’s All Right With Me
6) Red Top
7) April in Paris
8) They Can’t Take That Away From Me?
9) How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me
10) Where or When
11) Erroll’s Theme
12) Post Concert Interview: Will Thornbury with Erroll Garner, Eddie Calhoun, Denzil DaCosta Best: September 19, 1955 (Previously unreleased)

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Date Posted: 20 Jun 2015 at 3:26pm

PRAXIS Releases Sound Virus On M.O.D. Technologies w/Buckethead, Bill Laswell, Brain PLUS John Zorn, Mick Harris, Yamatsuka Eye
(Published: June 20, 2015)

Post modern super group with an ever changing line-up. Mutant Metal, Noise, Dub and beyond... The core group of virtuoso guitar shredder Buckethead, futurist bassist / producer Bill Laswell and drummer Brain (Guns N' Roses, Primus, Godflesh, Tom Waits) is joined here by legendary composer / saxophonist John Zorn, Mick Harris, (Napalm Death, Scorn, Painkiller) and Yamatsuka Eye (Boredoms). Restored, enhanced, edited and remastered from original recordings. Intense, dark, humorous and virtuosic. An uncompromising ride. Play it loud!

1. Suspension 2:22
2. Warcraft Triad 9:15
3. Skull Crack Cathedral 4:16
4. Inferno 9.23
5. Low Time Machine 4:16
6. Stronghold 1:35
7. Turbine 6:45
8. Nine 3:17


This release is part of M.O.D.'s Incunabula Digital Series.

M.O.D. Technologies - revealing light on the development of new sound experiences in material culture. A multi-directional music / sound / information system. Initiated in 2010 by bassist / producer Bill Laswell and Giacomo Bruzzo, co-founder of the progressive / future music label Rare Noise.M.O.D. - A futuristic hybrid of music exploration - dub / dub step / reggae / world / africa / drum'n'bass / mutant hip hop / avant metal / experimental / vocal music / instrumental / DJ culture and much more. M.O.D. resumes and continues the legacy of AXIOM, the timeless imprint established in 1989 by Bill Laswell with Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records.

The digital-only Incunabula Series promises to present rare and unique, one time only captured events, in some cases originally experienced by a fortunate few and recover unusual, lost until now studio recordings. Documenting as far back as the early 80s up to present time. Moments seldom heard or experienced by anyone.

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Date Posted: 02 Jul 2015 at 6:06am

New John Scofield Album Due in September

“Past Present” reunites members of guitarist’s ’90s quartet

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Guitarist John Scofield will release a new album, Past Present, Sept. 25 via Impulse!/Universal Music Classics. The set features Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone), Larry Grenadier (double bass) and Bill Stewart (drums) in addition to Scofield, and was recorded on March 16 and 17 at the Carriage House Studios, Stamford, Conn. The album reunites Scofield with Stewart and Lovano, both of whom played in his early-’90s quartet, with Grenadier replacing Marc Johnson or the late Dennis Irwin from those earlier sessions, which resulted in three albums. The album, written entirely by Scofield, is a tribute to Scofield’s son Evan, who passed away in 2013 after battling cancer.

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Date Posted: 09 Jul 2015 at 6:21am

Joe Albany Biopic Soundtrack, “Low Down,” Out Aug. 7

Includes music by the pianist plus Max Roach, Ben Webster, others

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Light In The Attic will release the original motion picture soundtrack toLow Down, the biopic of the late jazz pianist, Joe Albany, on Aug. 7. The album, which will be released on vinyl LP, CD and digital, includes liner notes by Flea, Amy-Jo Albany and Ohad Talmor, plus rare archive photos of the pianist.

Low Down, based on the memoir by Albany’s daughter, Amy-Jo Albany, stars John Hawkes, Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage, Flea and Elle Fanning.

The soundtrack includes Albany’s own compositions as well as tracks by Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach and Thelonious Monk. The fill track list is below.

01. Ohad Talmor - Daahoud
02. Joe Albany - Angel Eyes
03. Joe Albany - Lush Life
04. Coleman Hawkins - Think Deep
05. Ben Webster & Jack Teagarden - Big Eight Blues
06. Joe Albany - Barbados
07. Ohad Talmor - Free Couples
08. Max Roach - Deeds, Not Words
09. Joe Albany - Lotus Blossom
10. Nezhdanova - Romeo Et Juliette - Gounot - Je Veux Vivre Dans Ce Reve
11. Joe Albany - Everybody Knew But Me
12. Ohad Talmor - A round Around the Night
13. Thelonious Monk - Ruby My Dear
14. Joe Albany - The Nearness Of You
15. Joe Albany / Ohad Talmor - AB Blues / AJ Blues

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Date Posted: 09 Jul 2015 at 6:27am
Masterfully "Cool": An album unlike any other by Bob James and Nathan East

(Published: July 08, 2015)

"The New Cool," an expansive acoustic offering centered on scholarly jazz piano and bass duets, will be released September 18, a first from the GRAMMY®-honored artists and long-time collaborators.

Nashville, Tennessee (7 July 2015): Albums just aren't made like the way "The New Cool" was made. Yamaha Entertainment Group label president Chris Gero put legendary keyboardist Bob James and master bassist Nathan East in the recording studio, equipped them with state-of-the-art Yamaha gear and gave them free reign to create. Recorded entirely in Nashville, the long-time collaborators emerged with an unexpected and audacious collection of original compositions plus a few handpicked classics, an acoustic jazz outing that will make you forget everything you thought you knew about these GRAMMY®-recognized artists best known as contemporary jazz luminaries. The disc produced by Gero, James and East will be released September 18.

"The New Cool" unfolds much in the way the meticulously-crafted project was conceived. The germ begins organically with a couple of intimate James and East duets. Pastoral piano wanderings explore the outer perimeter of straight-ahead jazz where they peruse, mirror and engage with meandering bass lines. In fact, more than half of the record's compositions written by James and/or East are sparsely-produced, probing piano and bass sojourns. As the seed sprouts, dramatic orchestral accoutrements added by the Nashville Recording Orchestra illuminate the piano, keyboard and bass explorations, contributing hues that are warmly rustic and autumnal or whimsically vibrant. James challenges with deftly inventive arrangements on complex pieces like "All Will Be Revealed" while East counts off supple rhythms that are astutely measured and metered. Fluid melodies and harmonies ranging from subtle, serene and meditative to lush, exquisite and cascading blossom throughout, whether emoted by a dexterous piano, keyboard or bass or East's celestial vocalese. An imaginatively-arranged version of Willie Nelson's "Crazy" bops and swings in sublimely surprising style before the ultimate surprise is revealed: a serendipitous vocal from Vince Gill. The proceedings flourish in a gust of breezy Brazilian jazz when percussionist Rafael Padilla and drummer Scott Williamson appear on "Canto Y La Danza" and climax in a crashing crescendo on the explosive and intricately orchestrated "Turbulence."

"‘The New Cool' project carries with it a special level of excitement for me as Bob and I have been courting the idea of this duo adventure for many years," said East, who released his self-titled, GRAMMY® nominated solo debut album last year via Yamaha Entertainment Group on the heels of playing on Daft Punk's 2014 GRAMMY®-winning Record of the Year "Get Lucky." "I've always loved the sound of the piano and bass together, and have enjoyed duo recordings by the greats: Bill Evans & Eddie Gomez and Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden. ‘The New Cool' is our celebration of more than 25 years of friendship and musical camaraderie. This collaboration was embraced by Yamaha Entertainment Group and producer Chris Gero, who took it yet to another level."

"The more I played with Nathan over the course of many live performances and spanning more than 25 years, the more in sync we were whether or not we had the anchor of the drums," said James, a two-time GRAMMY® winner considered one of the founding fathers of smooth/contemporary jazz and whose extensive catalogue is frequently sampled on hip hop tracks. "Something special happens when we only have each other's notes to play off of, when the music is totally exposed."

Although busy with touring and recording individually as well as together, including as half of the contemporary jazz supergroup Fourplay, James and East are committed and energized by "The New Cool," which will be supported comprehensively in traditional and non-traditional ways harnessing the full power of Yamaha Entertainment Group. Nearly a dozen video vignettes that take viewers into the recording studio during the making of the album will soon begin to trickle out through the official website (" rel="nofollow - ) as well as on the artists' social media platforms and a full-scale documentary film will unspool in the fall shortly after the album's street date. A grand-scale concert date is in the initial planning stages, which is expected to be streamed live and captured for television broadcast.

The songs that make-up "The New Cool" album are:

"The New Cool"
"Oliver's Bag"
"All Will Be Revealed"
"Midnight Magic/Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow"
"Crazy" (featuring Vince Gill)
"How Deep Is The Ocean"
"Canto Y La Danza"
"Waltz For Judy"
"Seattle Sunrise"
"Ghost Of A Chance"
"House Of Blue" (U.S. bonus track)

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Date Posted: 10 Jul 2015 at 1:12pm

Cellist Erik Friedlander to Release Oscar Pettiford Tribute

“Oscalypso” features nine tunes by the influential bassist

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Cellist Erik Friedlander will release Oscalypso, a tribute to the late, influential bassist Oscar Pettiford, Oct. 22 on Skipstone Records. Friedlander is accompanied on the set, consisting of nine original Pettiford compositions, by saxophonist Michael Blake, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Mike Sarin.

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Date Posted: 10 Jul 2015 at 1:13pm

Pianist Orrin Evans to Release Trio Recording Sept. 11

Christian McBride and Karriem Riggins featured on “The Evolution of Oneself”

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Pianist Orrin Evans will release a trio record, The Evolution of Oneself, on Smoke Sessions Records Sept. 11. The album features two first-time collaborators: bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins. The Evolution of Oneself was recorded live in New York at Sear Sound's Studio C. The trio will perform several dates in support of the album, listed below.

Upcoming Release Performances for The Evolution of Oneself:

September 10-13 / Smoke Jazz & Supper Club / New York, NY
feat. Luques Curtis and Clarence Penn w/ special guests Steve Wilson (9/10),
JD Walter (9/11), Paul Bollenback (9/12), and Antonio Hart (9/13)

September 17 / New Brunswick Jazz Society / New Brunswick, NJ
feat. Luques Curtis and Mark Whitfield Jr.

September 18-19 / Chris' Jazz Cafe / Philadelphia, PA
feat. Luques Curtis and Mark Whitfield Jr. w/ special guest Sean Jones

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Date Posted: 10 Jul 2015 at 1:15pm

Composer/Musician Wayne Horvitz Releases New Album Inspired by Richard Hugo Poetry

Composer/Musician WAYNE HORVITZ Releases Some Places Are Forever Afternoon, Paying Tribute to Poet Richard Hugo

Release Date: July 10, 2015 (Songlines SGL 1614-2)
Composer: Wayne Horvitz
Performers: Wayne Horvitz (piano, Hammond B-3, electronics), Ron Miles (cornet), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Peggy Lee (cello), Tim Young (guitar), Keith Lowe (bass),
Eric Eagle (drums)
TRT: 58:13
Tracks: Money or a Story, Those Who Remain are the Worst, You Drink Until You are Mayor, Nothing Dies as Slowly as a Scene, All Weather is Yours No Matter How Vulgar?, The Beautiful Wives, for Jim and Lois Welch, In Some Other Home, The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs, Last Place There, You Must Have Stayed Hours, Some Places are Forever Afternoon

SEATTLE, WA - Known for his multifaceted musical personality, composer/musician Wayne Horvitz ventures into progressively-inclined acoustic jazz and ultra-modern classicism in his latest album, Some Places Are Forever Afternoon. Written in honor of the iconic Northwest poet Richard Hugo (1923-82), Some Places Are Forever Afternoon is a full-length suite of 12 compositions influenced by different poems of Hugo's. A colorful 28-page booklet featuring the poems and complementary photos accompanies the CD. In its final iteration, Some Places Are Forever Afternoon will tour in Fall 2015 including stops in the Northwest where Hugo lived, loved or wrote about and a New York City premiere at Roulette; there will also be a world premiere of an orchestral work for Seattle Symphony and guitarist Bill Frisell. (See below for tour schedule.)

"It is Hugo's enduring love of music, rambling, and the places of the Northwest that inspired me to interpret his work," says Horvitz. Born in White Center, Hugo crisscrossed the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, and Western Montana before settling in Missoula, Montana. From West Marginal Way to La Push to the Union Bar Grill in rural Montana, Horvitz followed his footsteps and visited some of the people and places that inspired Hugo. "Having grown up in the culture of the 60s, I am always fascinated by the writers, poets, painters and musicians who were the precursors to the giant sea change that happened in the 60s."

Like much of Horvitz's oeuvre, Some Places Are Forever Afternoon is skillfully constructed by combining jazz sonorities and harmonies in a composed structure. At times haunting, his imaginative collage of pre-composed music peppered with improvisation exudes a jazz feel. According to Horvitz, the music directly reflects Hugo's poems. "Hugo's poems are inherently musical because of the way they sound, the way they read, and the way they are structured. Consequently, the music is fairly structured, really instrumental songs, which is not typical of my work." Written for septet, Some Places Are Forever Afternoon combines members of two of Horvitz's most successful groups, Sweeter Than the Day and the Gravitas Quartet. "I have been thinking about putting these two bands together for a while. These are some of my favorite musicians on the planet."

Horvitz, who turns 60 on September 1st, has gone from being a key figure on the 1980s downtown New York music scene (he was the first booker at the Knitting Factory in NY in 1986) to catalyst for another fertile scene in Seattle over the past two decades (he founded Seattle's performance venue, The Royal Room, in 2011). Considered one of America's most creative musicians, he has been called "delightful and original" by Mojo. According to The New York Times, Horvitz "has[d] an evened-out, coherent composing voice that contains[ed] bebop and rock, gospel hymns and country, free jazz and funk and midcentury film music and Charles Ives. There is[was] very little posturing or provocation or wackiness in it."

About Wayne Horvitz
Wayne Horvitz (b. 1955) is a composer, pianist and electronic musician who has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He is the leader of the Gravitas Quartet, Sweeter Than the Day, Zony Mash, The Four plus One Ensemble and co-founder of the New York Composers Orchestra. He has performed and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, John Zorn, George Lewis, Robin Holcomb, Fred Frith, Julian Priester, Michael Shrieve and Carla Bley, among others.

Commissioners include the NEA, Meet the Composer, Kronos String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players, BAM, and Earshot Jazz. Collaborators include Paul Taylor, Liz Lerman, Bill Irwin and Gus Van Sant. Horvitz was recently awarded the 2015 MAP Grant (as well as two previous ones) and 2015 McKnight Visiting Composers Program. Recent compositions include The Heartsong of Charging Elk based on the novel by James Welch and 55: Music and Dance in Concrete, a site-specific collaboration with dancer Yukio Suzuki and video artist Yohei Saito. He is the music programmer for The Royal Room, a performance venue in Seattle, Washington, and a professor of composition at the Cornish College of the Arts.

Fall 2015 CD Release Tour:
10.2 Myrna Loy Center for Performing Arts, Helena, MT
10.3 Top Hat Lounge, Missoula, MT
10.5 Cisel Hall at MSU, Billings, MT
10.7 Location TBA, Pt Townsend, WA
10.8 Creative Music Guild, Portland, OR
10.9 The Shedd, Eugene, OR
10.10 Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle, WA
10.11 Location TBA, White Center, WA
10.29 Seattle Symphony, Seattle, WA (premieres a new commissioned piece Those Who Remain by Horvitz featuring renowned jazz guitarist Bill Frisell)
11.27-28 Roulette, Brooklyn, NY


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Date Posted: 15 Jul 2015 at 2:44pm

John Scofield to Release New Album, “Past Present,” Sept. 25

Quartet recording includes Joe Lovano, Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier

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Guitarist John Scofield will release a new album, Past Present, Sept. 25 via Impulse!/Universal Music Classics. The recording updates Scofield’s early-’90s quartet with drummer Bill Stewart and saxophonist Joe Lovano, joined by bassist Larry Grenadier, who replaces Marc Johnson and the late Dennis Irwin. Between 1990 and 1992, the guitarist released three albums--Meant to Be, Time on My Hands and What We Do —for the Blue Note label as the John Scofield Quartet. Past Present features nine new compositions by Scofield.

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Date Posted: 16 Jul 2015 at 4:03pm

Bob James and Nathan East to Release Duets Album

Recorded in Nashville entirely on Yamaha gear

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Keyboardist Bob James and bassist Nathan East will release their first collabotrative outside of the group Fourplay album, The New Cool, Sept. 18 via Yamaha Entertainment Group. The recording, recorded in Nashville, was made using Yamaha gear exclusively. Produced by Chris Gero, the album consists of all-new original material and a few covers, including a version of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” sung by country star Vince Gill. East and James, along with drummer Harvey Mason and guitarist Chuck Loeb, will also release a new Fourplay album later this year.

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Date Posted: 17 Jul 2015 at 3:52pm

John Pizzarelli to Release Album of Paul McCartney Covers Sept. 11

Ex-Beatle suggested the idea to the guitarist/vocalist

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Guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli will release Midnight McCartney, an album of Paul McCartney covers, on Concord Records on Sept. 11. The idea for the album, which also features Pizzarelli’s wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, and pianist Larry Goldings, came from McCartney himself. According to a press release, the former Beatle suggested to Pizzarelli that he cut songs from McCartney’s canon. Pizzarelli and McCartney got to know each other when the guitarist contributed to McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom, an album of standards. Pizzarelli has dipped into this catalog before, having recorded John Pizarelli Meets the Beatles in 1996.

Track listing

Silly Love Songs
My Love (includes Pizzarelli’s father Bucky on rhythm guitar)
Heart of the Country
Coming Up
No More Lonely Nights
Warm and Beautiful
Hi, Hi, Hi
My Valentine
Let 'Em In
Some People Never Know
Maybe I’m Amazed

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Date Posted: 21 Jul 2015 at 3:35am


Drummer/Composer's Quintet Features Nate Wooley on Trumpet, Matt Bauder on Tenor Sax, Chris Dingman on Vibraphone and New Member Pascal Niggenkemper on Bass

"With each new release, Canada Day is developing into a more intriguing ensemble as well as an ideal, malleable outlet for Eisenstadt's distinctive concepts." - Shaun Brady, Jazz Times

Canada Day III made many Best of 2012 lists. In the meantime, award-winning drummer Harris Eisenstadt launched a new group, Golden State (with two releases on Songlines). Now Canada Day, his his longest-running band, returns with its most accomplished album yet, a thoroughly entertaining, provocative program of original compositions that blends swinging modern jazz and spikier, off-center avant-jazz styles. The band's idionsyncratic sound world features close percussive/textural interplay between gorgeous vibist Dingman and Eisenstadt, who leads from the kit almost like a modern-day Art Blakey. Frontline soloists Wooley (whom Dave Douglas has called "one of the most interesting and unusual trumpeters living today") and Bauder (who recently toured for a year with Arcade Fire) play the whole jazz/improv tradition with great verve and character. Pascal Niggenkemper has taken over the bass chair, and the arrangements allow for many more small groupings than before. This eager, quick-witted bunch (highly respected bandleaders all) take full advantage of their opportunities with playing that frequently elicits smiles for its daring and abundant good humor. As Harris says, "I do think we're at our best when there's a palpable sense of high-wire negotiation of written and improvised materials happening. There's a congeniality amongst us that is also palpable. I value that looseness and trust within the group very much. If you're not enjoying yourselves together, why bother?"

Harris recaps the band's history and current direction: "Canada Day's first gig was at pianist Jim Carney's Konceptions series in Brooklyn on July 1, 2007 ¬- Canada Day [Canada's national holiday]. My original intention - really, what motivated me to move back to New York in 2005/2006 (I lived in New York from 1998-99 before moving to California for seven years) ¬- was to have a working band. I wanted to find the folks who would work together well, stick with it and develop a group concept incrementally. The group concept has changed over time as I've changed over time, but the core principle has remained basically the same: a quintet of standard instrumentation (with vibraphone slightly less traditional than piano would be) that could be a long-term vehicle for a variety of compositional structures and improvisational strategies. For Canada Day IV I wanted to go deeper into the possibilities of solo, duo, trio and quartet spaces within the ensemble. And rather than have stand-alone small group pieces, I decided to incorporate these different pieces into larger wholes, to keep shifting amounts of sonic information, weight and scope. As for my drumming, I continue to draw inspiration from non-drumset rhythm concepts, polyrhythmic traditions of Africa and the Diaspora, and particularly Cuban batá drumming these last five years."

About Pascal Niggenkemper Harris has this to say: "Pascal is a fantastic interpreter, reader, creative pattern varier, and a very adventurous improviser. Playing grooves with him feels great, as does improvising textures. I would say his playing probably incorporates more extended techniques than the other Canada Day bassists. So he has this really far-reaching creativity plus that intangible thing which everybody loves about a great bass player: he makes the music feel good."

A few notes on some of the pieces and their titles: "I started writing ‘After Several Snowstorms' one morning during the winter of 2014 when New York was getting dumped on. The opening bass line (which quickly morphs during the opening tenor solo and returns briefly at the beginning of the full ensemble material) has three groups of two notes... a series of one-two punches. ‘Sometimes It's Hard to Get Dressed in the Morning' and ‘Let's Say It Comes in Waves' both reference our son Owen, and the challenges of parenting. ‘Life's Hurtling Passage Onward,' ‘What Can be the Set to the Side' and ‘What's Equal to What' all come from the same Richard Ford passage that ‘The Arrangement of Unequal Things,' the first track on Golden State II, came from. ‘Meli Melo' is actually the French name for a Canadian snack mix called (in English) Bits and Bites. I started writing the book for Canada Day IV with a bunch of short pieces - some of which became duet pieces within longer structures, and two that ended up making up this last piece on the record - and they all had the title ‘Bits and Bites' with numbers assigned to them. As I tried to find a title for these last two parts that came together as one piece, for some reason an image of the red bag with Bits and Bites on one side and Meli Melo on the other came into my mind. Shreddies, peanuts, pretzels, and cheese crackers all mixed up together and over-salted. A little Canadian nostalgia, I guess."

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Date Posted: 22 Jul 2015 at 3:57pm

New Release: Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s “Tokyo Adagio”

Late bassist and pianist were recorded together in 2005

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Impulse!/Universal Music Classics will release Tokyo Adagio, an album featuring the late bassist Charlie Haden with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, on Aug. 7. The album was recorded over several evenings at the Blue Note Tokyo in 2005. Haden passed away in July 2014.

The pair have been heard previously together on the Montreal Tapes (1998), Nocturne (2001) and Land of the Sun (2004).

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Date Posted: 23 Jul 2015 at 12:37pm

Karrin Allyson to Release Rodgers & Hammerstein Tribute Album

Kenny Barron and John Patitucci accompany the vocalist

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Singer/pianist Karrin Allyson will release Many a New Day (Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein) Sept. 18, her debut for Motéma. The 14-song collection features Allyson’s takes on such classics as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” “Happy Talk” and “I Cain’t Say No.” The album features Kenny Barron on piano and John Patitucci on bass (only the second time the two have recorded together).

Recorded at Sear Sound in New York City on May 1 and 2, Many a New Day is arranged by Allyson, executive produced by Jana Herzen and produced by Allyson in association with Michael Leonhart, known for his work with Steely Dan, Bobby McFerrin and most recently with Bruno Mars. 


1. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
2. Many A New Day
3. Happy Talk
4. I Cain't Say No
5. I Have Dreamed
6. Out Of My Dreams
7. Bali H'ai
8. When I Think Of Tom/Hello Young Lovers
9. We Kiss In A Shadow
10. You've Got To Be Carefully Taught
11. Something Wonderful
12. Surrey With A Fringe On Top
13. Something Good
14. Edelweiss
iTunes Bonus track: This Nearly Was Mine

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Date Posted: 31 Jul 2015 at 6:53am

Mack Avenue SuperBand to Release New Album

“Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival—2014” is third in series

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The Mack Avenue SuperBand will release Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival—2014 Sept. 18 on Mack Avenue Records. The live album (following 2012 and ’13 releases from the same event) features bandleader and bassist Rodney Whitaker joined by
drummer Carl Allen, pianist Aaron Diehl and guitarist Evan Perri of Hot Club Of Detroit. Alto saxophonist Tia Fuller returns from the SuperBand's debut and vibraphonist Warren Wolf and tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum also return.

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Date Posted: 03 Aug 2015 at 3:10am" rel="nofollow - NEWS: Eberhard Weber Jubilee Concert including Metheny premiere to appear on CD" rel="nofollow">
Pat Metheny. Theaterhaus Stuttgart January 2015
Photo Credit Ralf Dombrowski. All Rights Reserved
Sebastian writes:

It is confirmed that a single ECM disc, "Hommage à Eberhard Weber", a recording of part of the 75th birthday jubilee tribute concert to the Grman bassist,, which was held in Stuttgart in January, will be coming out on CD, with a release date in September. Weber has not been able to play the bass since suffering a stroke in 2007. (" rel="nofollow - Source Universal Germany - in German *)

The concert had Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Jan Garbarek and Paul McCandless as guest soloists. Mike Gibbs directed the SWR Big Band for part of the programme. Ralph Towner was billed to appear but was indisposed. The main work was a premiere by Pat Metheny.

(*) The Jazz Echo story maintains that Metheny does not appear on the new record which is factually incorrect.


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Date Posted: 04 Aug 2015 at 12:51pm

Herb Alpert to Release New Studio Album Sept. 25

Set consists of standards and new originals

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Trumpeter, bandleader and record company executive Herb Alpert will release Come Fly With Me, a new studio album, Sept. 25 via his own label, Herb Alpert Presents. The set consists of new original compositions as well as standards such as the title track, the Beatles’ “Something,” “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Danny Boy.”

Alpert and his band will be on tour through January. Full itinerary is below.

Come Fly With Me track list:
1. Come Fly With Me
2. Blue Skies
3. Got A Lot of Livin' To Do
4. Cheeky
5. Take The A Train
6. Love Affair
7. Windy City
8. Sweet and Lovely
9. Walkin' Tall
10. Night Ride
11. Something
12. On the Sunny Side of the Street
13. Danny Boy

Tour dates:
September 25 - Malibu, CA - Smothers Theatre
September 26 - Tucson, AZ - Fox Theatre
September 28 - Austin, TX - One World Theatre
September 29 - Austin, TX - One World Theatre
October 1 - Chicago, IL - Chicago City Winery
October 2 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Presentation Hall
December 2 - Saratoga, CA - Montalvo
December 3 - Saratoga, CA - Montalvo
December 5 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's Oakland
December 6 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's Oakland
December 7 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's Oakland
January 26 - Seattle, WA - Jazz Alley
January 27 - Seattle, WA - Jazz Alley
January 28 - Seattle, WA - Jazz Alley
January 30 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Symphony

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Date Posted: 04 Aug 2015 at 12:54pm

Santana & McLaughlin Montreux Set Coming to CD

Companion to previously released video

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Eagle Rock Entertainment has announced the Sept. 11 release of Invitation to Illumination—Live At Montreux 2011 on two-CD and in digital formats. The performance was previously issued in video formats—this marks the first audio release of the concert, which took place July 1, 2011.

1) Echoes Of Angels
2) The Life Divine
3) Medley: Peace On Earth / A Hard Rain Is Gonna Fall / Stairway To Heaven / Summer In The City / Our Prayer / Free America / The 8th Of January / La Marseillaise / SOCC
4) Medley: Right Off / Guitar Interlude / Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
5) Vuelta Abajo
6) Vashkar
7) Medley: The Creator Has A Master Plan / Guitar Interlude
8) Naima
9) Medley: Lotus Land Op.47 No.1 / Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Disc Two:
1) Downstairs Blues
2) Medley: Venus / Upper Egypt
3) Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord
4) Medley: Black Satin / Smooth Criminal / Land Of 1000 Dances
5) Cindy Blackman Santana Drum Solo
6) A Love Supreme
7) Shake It Up And Go

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Date Posted: 05 Aug 2015 at 1:25pm

Pérez, Patitucci and Blade Announce Trio Album

All are Wayne Shorter Quartet members

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Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade, three-quarters of the Wayne Shorter Quartet for more than a decade, are releasing a trio album, Children of the Light, Sept. 18 on Mack Avenue Records.

The 11 tracks include original compositions by all three members of the trio and a new take on "Dolores," a Shorter classic. Pérez, who typically plays acoustic piano, plays a Yamaha CP4 Stage electric piano on his West African-rooted piece "Lumen." Patitucci, who plays acoustic, five- and six-string electric bass, contributes three pieces, including "Ballad for a Noble Man," which features cellist Sachi Patitucci. Drummer and percussionist Blade contributes "Within Everything.”

The name of the recording is a play on Shorter's "Children of the Night," a piece that first appeared on Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' Mosaic in 1961.

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 05 Aug 2015 at 1:26pm

Nicholas Payton to Release 2-CD “Letters” Album Friday

26 tracks, each named after a letter of the alphabet

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Trumpeter/composer Nicholas Payton will release Letters, his first double album, this Friday. Aug. 7. The album features Payton’s band mates Vicente Archer (bass) and Bill Stewart (drums). The 26 tracks are titled from A to Z and several are dedicated to the likes of Axel Foley, Quincy Jones, Patrice Rushen, Al Hirt, Melvin Lastie, Bud Powell, Donald Bailey, Wilson Turbinton and Dario Payton, Nicholas’ brother. The release is on Paytone Records, the artist’s own label.

A press release was written by pianist Benny Green. The text follows in its entirety:

“Being a pianist, I am fascinated in hearing how musicians whose primary instrument is not the piano, touch the keys. While there are seemingly no limits to the variety of sounds which can be achieved through the instrument, I've noticed that horn players, bassists, drummers and vocalists inevitably approach the piano with an unaffected kind of fresh take, untethered by constraints imposed by the ego of a self-claimed pianist.

“With crystal clear articulation and a refreshingly welcoming economy of notes, Nicholas achieves such a warm, infectiously optimistic mood from the piano without broadcasting any sort of agenda to exhibit “pianism." And this lack of a projected impulse to affect a virtuosic front creates some of the most inviting piano I’ve heard in recent times.

“The mutual respect within the band is abundantly apparent in every turn of phrase. Anyone who’s truly listening can sense that Nicholas, Vicente and Bill love playing together. This is an energetically engaged band. All three players are so versed in music that they share values and an unspoken attitude of zero jiveness or "show biz” trickery in their collective approaches.

“This music is fertile and potent with emotion, and all the while the wide-ranging sweep of moods represented on these two discs is doing things to your ears and body, there is an ongoing dialogue in every moment for the intellectual seeker to feast on.

“Nicholas’ piano playing reveals an unhampered approach to telling a story and connecting with the rhythm section organically rather than stacking upon them. This chemistry mirrors how much easier it becomes for humans to connect in substantial ways when egos are set aside with an intention to support and compliment one another. Nicholas’ piano playing speaks with the clarity of honesty and a noticeably selfless, organic vibe that I must say I’ve never quite heard or felt before.

“There is a sonorous nature to the songs and intervals which cause a piece we’ve never previously heard to feel like a hip long-lost friend, like meeting someone and intuitively feeling so relaxed around them as though you’ve known them all your life.”

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Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 07 Aug 2015 at 10:29am

Fred Hersch to Release “Solo” CD, Premiere Theater Piece

Pianist/composer will celebrate 60th birthday with tour

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Pianist/composer Fred Hersch will celebrate his 60th birthday this fall with a new CD, a world theatrical premiere and concerts. On Sept. 4 Hersch’s new CD, Solo, will be released on Palmetto Records. On the same day Hersch and his trio will perform at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Also planned: 

* September 9—Trio Performance at Bucknell University

* October 15-18—World premiere of Rooms of Light, described as “a song cycle for stage featuring words by poet Mary Jo Salter,” commissioned by Peak Performances and to be performed at Montclair State University.

* October 20-25—A Week at the Village Vanguard with his trio

* October 29 –Solo concert at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 07 Aug 2015 at 10:30am

Adegoke Steve Colson Releases 1st Solo Piano Album

AACM mainstay pays tribute to great abolitionists

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Adegoke Steve Colson, best known for his decades-long association with the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), will release Tones For, his first-ever solo piano album, Nov. 20, on his own Silver Sphinx label. On the recording, Colson pays tribute to anti-slavery activists Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass.

The release of the album, Colson’s first since his 2010 CD The Untarnished Dream, coincides with the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and 50 years since the founding of the AACM, with which Colson has been associated for most of his career.

Tour Dates

Sept. 6 – Steve & Iqua Colson 40 Years in the Moment at the Jazz & Heritage Pavillion as Part of The Chicago Jazz Festival

Oct. 17 – Penn Ar Jazz - Atlantique Jazz Festival #12, Brest, France

Oct. 23 – AACM New York Chapter
50th Anniversary Celebration
Steve and Iqua Colson: 40 Years in the Momentwith Marlene Rice (vn), Reggie Workman (b) and Andrew Cyrille on Drums

Nov. 19 – Tones For CD Release
Steinway Hall, 1155 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 07 Aug 2015 at 10:31am

Christian McBride Trio to Release “Live at the Village Vanguard”

Album arrives Sept. 18 on Mack Avenue

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The Christian McBride Trio will release Live at the Village Vanguard on Mack Avenue Records on Sept. 18. The album features bassist McBride with drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. and pianist Christian Sands.

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Date Posted: 12 Aug 2015 at 3:52pm

Fourplay Celebrates 25th Anniversary with “Silver”

Third album by group to feature guitarist Chuck Loeb

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The contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the Nov. 20 release of Silver (Concord), the third album to feature the group’s newest member, guitarist Chuck Loeb. Loeb joins original members bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Bob James and drummer Harvey Mason. Silver also features special guest appearances from guitarists Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour, both early members of the group, and saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

Following the theme of the occasion, most of the 10 new original compositions comprising Silver play off of the anniversary, bearing titles such as “Sterling,” “Precious Metal” and “A Silver Lining.”

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Date Posted: 12 Aug 2015 at 3:53pm

Brad Mehldau Releasing Live 8-LP Vinyl Box Set October 16

Decade of recordings from European concerts; CD and digital to follow

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Nonesuch Records will release Brad Mehldau’s 10 Years Solo Live eight-LP vinyl box set on Oct. 16. The set is culled from 19 live recordings made over a decade of the pianist’s European solo concerts and is divided into four thematic subsets of four sides each: Dark/Light, The Concert, Intermezzo/Rückblick, and E Minor/E Major. The complete track listing is below. 10 Years Solo Live will be released on CD and digitally the following month; vinyl pre-orders are available now at and include in instant download of the album track “Waltz for J. B.”

Track listing

Side 1
1. Dream Brother (13:34)
Jeff Buckley
Recorded 11/5/13 at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary

2. Blackbird (6:30)
John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Recorded 9/18/11 at Auditori Palau de Congressos, Sala de Cambra, Girona, Spain

Side 2
1. Jigsaw Falling into Place (11:52)
Thom Yorke/Jonny Greenwood/Colin Greenwood/Phil Selway/Ed O'Brien
Recorded 9/17/11 at Oper Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

2. Meditation I – Lord Watch Over Me (8:45)
Brad Mehldau
Recorded 3/10/14 at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Side 3
1. And I Love Her (15:59)
John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Recorded 11/08/13 at Théâtre de Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland

Side 4
1. My Favorite Things (12:14)
Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II
Recorded 3/16/10 at Conservatoire de Musique, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2. This Here (8:15)
Bobby Timmons
Recorded 3/16/10 at Conservatoire de Musique, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Side 5
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (9:37)
Kurt Cobain
Recorded 3/16/10 at Conservatoire de Musique, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2. Waltz for J. B. (6:05)
Brad Mehldau
Recorded 7/15/10 at Castello degli Ezzelini, Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Side 6
1. Get Happy (12:31)
Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler
Recorded 10/30/10 at Shiftung Mozarteum Großer Saal, Salzburg, Austria

2. I’m Old Fashioned (5:20)
Jerome Kern/Johnny Mercer
Recorded 3/17/10 at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Frits Philipshal, Eindhoven, Germany

Side 7
1. Teardrop (14:13)
Grantley Marshall/Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles/Robert Del Naja/Elizabeth Fraser
Recorded 6/09/11 at Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozartsaal, Vienna, Austria

2. Meditation II – Love Meditation (5:53)
Brad Mehldau
Recorded 9/17/11 at Oper Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Side 8
1. Holland (11:06)
Sufjan Stevens
Recorded 11/08/13 at Théâtre de Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland

2. Knives Out (11:34)
Thom Yorke/Jonny Greenwood/Colin Greenwood/Phil Selway/Ed O'Brien
Recorded 03/29/11 at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Sinopoli, Rome, Italy

Side 9
1. Lost Chords (9:29)
Brad Mehldau
Recorded 7/10/05 at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

2. Countdown (10:42)
John Coltrane
Recorded 7/10/05 at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

Side 10
1. On the Street Where You Live (7:08)
Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner
Recorded 7/10/05 at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

2. Think of One (7:46)
Thelonious Monk
Recorded 8/05/04 at the Menton Music Festival, Basilique Saint Michel Archange, Menton, France

Side 11
1. Zingaro/Paris (10:42)
Antônio Carlos Jobim
Brad Mehldau
Recorded 7/10/05 at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

2. John Boy (3:35)
Brad Mehldau
Recorded 03/29/11 at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Sinopoli, Rome, Italy

3. Intermezzo in B-flat major, Op. 76: No. 4 (2:39)
Johannes Brahms
Recorded 6/07/11 at Stadttheatre, Wels, Austria

4. Junk (5:07)
Paul McCartney
Recorded 11/17/04 at Wigmore Hall, London, England

Side 12
1. Los Angeles II (5:16)
Brad Mehldau
Recorded 11/17/04 at Wigmore Hall, London, England

2. Monk’s Mood (4:45)
Thelonious Monk
Recorded 11/17/04 at Wigmore Hall, London, England

3. Knives Out (7:22)
Thom Yorke/Jonny Greenwood/Colin Greenwood/Phil Selway/Ed O'Brien
Recorded 11/17/04 at Wigmore Hall, London, England

Side 13
1. La Mémoire et la Mer (10:37)
Léo Ferré
Recorded 9/10/11at Cité de la Musique, Salle Pleyel, Paris, France

2. Hey You (11:07)
Roger Waters
Recorded 9/18/11 at Auditori Palau de Congressos, Sala de Cambra, Girona, Spain

Side 14
1. Bittersweet Symphony/Waterloo Sunset (15:50)
Richard Ashcroft/Keith Richards/Mick Jagger
Ray Davies
Recorded 03/29/11 at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Sinopoli, Rome, Italy

2. Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119: No. 2 (5:06)
Johannes Brahms
Recorded 3/25/11 at Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

Side 15
1. Interstate Love Song (17:58)
Eric Kretz/Robert DeLeo/Scott Weiland/Dean DeLeo
Recorded 3/10/14 at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Side 16
1. God Only Knows (16:44)
Brian Wilson/Tony Asher
Recorded 6/09/11 at Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozartsaal, Vienna, Austria

Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2015 at 1:27am
Black Light – new album (sept 2015)

"I have explored ways in music and recorded them with happiness. ‘Black Light’ has opened a portal that is neither Jazz nor Rock, nor Indian nor Blues, and yet all of these: it’s an open door."


Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2015 at 12:56am

Chick Corea- Béla Fleck 2-CD Collection Out in September

Followup to 2007’s “The Enchantment”

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Chick Corea and banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck will release Two, a followup to their 2007 release The Enchantment (Concord jazz), on Sept. 11. The double album, recorded live over an eight-year span, includes compositions from The Enchantment, other Corea and Fleck material, as well as new music added to the repertoire along the way.

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