bill frisell. big sur. okeh. The master of chill with intelligence and a big heart is on the move again. a residency in Monterey, CA, at their jazz festival, produced this wide skies of the West soundtrack. frisell’s musical posse excels: everybody’s favorite violinist jenny scheinman, cellist hank roberts, violist eyvind kang, and drummer rudy royston. less is always more, & a good time to boot.
django festival allstars. live at birdland, 2012. three’s a crowd. Limelight shared by many during this 14th year annual tribute: father & son dorado and samson schmitt on violin, and guitar; ludovic beier, accordion; pierre blanchard, violin + guest anat cohen on alto. reinhardt’s musical sensibility loves to put over a melody.
annie kozuch. mostly jobim. self. A native of Mexico City, kozuch sings the jobim songbook in English and Spanish. pleasant, quality back up trio: frank ponzio on piano; vito lesczak on drums and saadi zain, bass.
kim richmond concert jazz orchestra. artistry: a tribute to stan kenton. mama. Originals by conductor kim richmond, and kenton band standards, refreshed. my favorite was a tender version of johnny mandel’s seascape with a solo from hubert laws on flute. bassoon soloist bob carr is a standout.
miami saxophone quartet. four of a kind. fortitude. Saxophone educators and South Florida studio musicians collaborate on their fifth cd: ed calle, mike brignola, gary keller, gary lindsay– trading places with their horns. high energy and polish.
emrah kotan. the new anatolian experience. ojanu. Superb drummer/ composer–Atlanta-based, Turkey born kotan is equally at home with folk rhythms or deconstructing miles davis. core group = darren ginn or joe manuel garcia, piano; matt stallard, bass; + guests mustafa yasin uygunca on synth qanun. Check out the nardis intro and cue; also, tanya, song for yemen. world DJ usage.
michael hackett quintet. new point of view. summit. Fine interplay btw trumpeter/composer (and UNC jazz educator) mike hackett and his tenor tom walsh. the band rounds out with luke gillespie on piano; jeremy allen , bass, and jason tiemann, drums.
the rootdowns. songs with friends. self. Richmond band, with a strong B-3 sound and an original playlist, feature brian mesko on guitar; brian mahne channeling a jimmy smith groove on the organ; dusty ray simmons, drums; marcus, tenney, tenor; susi fisher, assorted reeds.
robert walter’s 20th congress. get thy bearings. royal potato family. Recordings are like shoes & their labels give you hope; so whenever i see something from the royal potato family, i know there is craft and whimsy at work. Check out inversion layer –with leader/ keyboardist walter coaxing his B-3 AND piano in a gentle blues riff. elgin park on guitar; aaron redfield, drums; cochemea gastelum, saxes; chuck prada, percussion; karl denson, assorted.
rodger coleman + sam byrd. indeterminate. nuvoid jazz. Three extended improvisations for piano (coleman) and drums (byrd). live recording done in Nashville, TN, 2012; lots of words about music. avant garde; hard to warm to.
quentin angus. perception. aurora sounds. South Australian guitar/composer angus straddles the rock-jazz line; he’s barely 26, and seems to like it all. there is a string quartet to flesh out the emotional den haag, and great piano from collaborator matthew sheens, but nothing beats his cover of nardis. many terrific guests: will vinson, alto; linda oh, bass; kenneth salters, drums. a youngin’ to watch.
jamie breiwick. spirits: live at the jazz estate. blujazz. Out of Milwaukee, trumpeter breiwick teams up with tenor tony barba, bassist tim ipsen and drummer andrew green for a live recording from the local club, jazz estate. mostly long, bop cues, but the new-to-me duke ellington finale sunset & the mockingbird puts the horns in a shimmering limelight.
mingo fishtrap. in the meantime. manor productions . Popular Austin rock/soul/funk band started by a bunch of college musicians at North Texas State in Denton TX in the 1990’s. Big horn-driven band, led by guitartist/vocalist roger blevins jr — his father r. blevins sr, plays bass– mingo fishtrap mixes up smooth R & B with energetic dancin’ tunes & da funk. live stuff, very infectious.
mingo fishtrap. yesterday. manor productions. see above. both are in Music in Town Drawer for show @ Jefferson on 6/23/13.
too slim and the taildraggers. blue heart. underworld. Lots of guitars in this blues band from Spokane WA, including lead vocalist & slide player tim ‘too slim” langford. all good originals, dynamic band that features a B-3, reese wyans, tom hambridge on drums,
omar dykes. runnin with the wolf. provogue. Howlin wolf tribute by growling vocalist/ guitarist omar dykes — done up in the stylish, but gritty roadhouse vibe that Dutch label provogue loves. back-up guys include wes starr on drums; ronnie james, acoustic bass; +
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