cecile mclorin salvant. woman child. mack avenue. New star vocalist for your shows, cecile won the 2010 thelonious monk competition–had studied classical in Miami, then jazz with clarinetist jean-francois bonnel in Paris. her voice is velvet, her delivery impeccable, and musical aesthetic errorless. & then there’s the a-list band, prime among them aaron diehl @ the piano; with herlin riley on drums, rodney whitaker, double bass, james chirillo, guitar.
hamilton de holanda + andre mehmari. gismonti pascoal. adventure. Many good ideas converge: de holanda playing 10-string mandolin duets with pianist andre mehmari, the playlist tributes compositions and style of two Brazilian legends– hermeto pascoal (percussion, fender) and egberto gismonti (guitar, piano). another generous, intelligent and thoughtfully-crafted production from Brazilian focused record label, adventure. piano and mandolin together has the splendor of –almost two pianos, but in the background sounds the surprise of the string. loved it!
benjamim taubkin + adriano adewale. the vortex sessions. adventure. Piano and percussion duets with two Brazilian musician/composers could not be more different from gismonti/pascoal. Setting is north London’s Vortex jazz club, where –in 2008– Brazilian producer luiza morandini brought together pianist taubkin and percussionist adewale for an evening of improvisation. is there any place on earth that casts a bigger shadow than Brazil?
angela davis. the art of the melody. nicholas. Australian alto player-now Philadelphia educator/musician- davis demonstrates affection for melodic line in her eclectic playlist: martha by tom waits, we’re all alone by boz scaggs, and several originals. once again, the group is as good as the leader: linda oh, on bass; chris ziemba, amazing piano; and rajiv jayaweera, drums.
food: thomas stronen + iain ballamy. mercurial balm. ecm. Second ECM recording for established European electronic/ambient music ensemble food– led by percussionist thomas stronen, and British sax player iain ballamy. other members are christian fennesz, guitar; eivind aarset, guitar; prakash sontakke, guitar, vocals; nils petter molvaer, trumpet.
late night thinking music.
stefano battaglia trio. songways. ecm. Elegant, drapey music from Milanese pianist battaglia, and his Italian trio–salvatore maiore on double bass, and roberto dani, drums. battaglia’s early classical training and specialty in j.s.bach shines out from the core of his original setlist. diaphanous interplay btw musicians.
emily bear. diversity. qwest. Twelve year old composer emily bear began playing piano @ 4, won the morton gould young composer award @ 6, and this cd–produced by quincy jones–is her sixth release. very polished playlist–with classical musician zuill bailey on cello, francisco mela on drums, carlitos del puerto, bass. jazz with a new-age/wyndham hill vibe– the kid is a prodigious talent.
denise king + olivier hutman. give me the high sign. cristal. Philadelphia singer denine king teams up with French pianist/composer olivier hutman in this luscious production: vibrant voice floats btw gospel, r&b through the decades, soul. supports from darryl hall, double bass; steve williams, drums; olivier temme, tenor sax; stephane belmondo, trumpets. mostly originals written by king/ hutman–though arrangements (by hutman) are strong for both singer and band members. he’s been around- used to play with charles aznevour, yves montand.
alex acuna + jan gunnar hoff + per mathisen. barxeta. losen. High voltage trio led by Peruvian-born drummer acuna with Norwegian keyboardist hoff, and bassist, mathisen continues their nod to weather report influences–acuna was an early drummer, but this time out they circle the globe for musical inspiration. muscular, all originals written by the band–title pronounced with the x=sh.
jeffrey gimble. beyond up high. cafe pacific. Though raised in Texas blues country, vocalist gimble was drawn to jazz and vocalising; debut recording is all covers but he switches from ac jobim, to michel legrand to bill withers with ease. breezy arrangements and band.
john jensen + robert redd. conversations. patuxent music. Standards playlist from pianist robert redd, and trombonist/vocalist john jensen. old school, sweet, and polished.
roby glod + roberta piket + mark tokar + klaus kugel. op der schmelz live. nemu. Free form jazz recorded @Luxembourg jazz venue, op der schmelz ( the Foundry) : international jazz collective includes French roby glod on alto/soprano; New Yorker roberta piket, piano; Ukraine-born mark tokar, double bass; & German klaus kugel on drums. long cues looking for depth through improvisation without sacrificing beauty.
james cotton. cotton mouth man. alligator. Chicago blues harp master james cotton ( age 77) can still play harmonica— mostly original playlist with vocal cameos by gregg allman, keb mo, ruthie foster (my fav) , wayne haynes , delbert mcclinton. title track with joe bonamass on lead guitar fires the playlist. cotton’s still passionately there.
jaye hammer. i can lay the hammer down. ecko. New release from soul singer, jaye hammer.
jimmy vivino + the black italians. 13 live. blind pig. The bio is good, and the music too–homeland is Jersey to upstate NY, Woodstock in particular. jimmy & and black eye-talians include catherine russell, vocals; felix cabrera, harmonica; danny louis, keyboards; mike merritt, guitar + more. jimmy plays guitar, sings, occasionally writes a song. best songs are when russell sings too. energy!
various artists. classic harmonica blues. smithsonian folkways. Fabulous archive blues harp recordings with elaborate notes to match. all worth a listen, too numerous to list, find your path.