Monthly Archives: October 2013

jazz/blues adds october 28, 2013


matt baker.  underground.  dottime.  Aussie born  pianist,  baker is now working in NYC with trumpeter jeremy pelt;  drummer gregory hutchinson; dayna stephens, tenor; joe sanders, double bass.

kevin coelho.  turn it up.  chicken coop.  Eighteen-year-old Hammond B-3 wizard, coelho studies with tony monaco and is being compared to joey defrancesco. CD features derek dicenzo on guitar; reggie jackson on drums.

foreign motion.  in flight.  self.  First release for Twin Cities, MI. jazz fusion/funk group led by guitarist cory wong.  other members include Ethiopian bassist, yohannes tona; Serbia drummer petar janjic, and north woods native kevin gastonguay.

 ted brancatothe next step.  origin.  Session pianist, arranger and 30-year Seattle musician, ted brancato steps out as a leader.  with ron carter, bass;  mayra casales, percussion;  matt langley, saxophone + 3 guitars.

florian hoefner group. falling up.  OA2.  German jazz pianist/composer’ second American release as leader;  hoefner  has collaborated with kurt rosenwinkel, studied with jason moran in NYC.  original playlist with one beatles exception;  he’s good at hiding melodies.  supports:  mike ruby, saxophones; sam anning, bass; peter kronreif, drums.

juan-garcia -herreros/ snow owl.  normas (standards).  inner circle.   Colombian born, snow owl plays electric contrabass guitar;  his technique got him a spot with the Tampa, Fla. symphony orchestra when he was 18, now he teaches and gigs in Vienna.  international band with hector martignon, piano;  mamadou diabate, roberto quintero, abdoulaye dembele, djakali kone-percusssions; klaus dickbauer, bass clarinet.

jim alfredson.  dirty fingers: a tribute to big john patton.   big O.  Hammond B-3 playlist dedicated to legend Big John Patton.  leader/organist alfredson spreads the solos around with jim cooper, vibes; mark kieme & dwight adams, horns; randy gelispie, drums; ralph tope, guitar.  mellow-ish.

7 on 7.  back when it was fun.  self.  Seven musicians write a seven song playlist,–their intent to play mainstream acoustic jazz.  limited bio available—3 horns, clay jenkins, don aliquo, paul mckee;  steve kovalcheck, guitar;  dana landry, piano; erik applegate bass; jim white, drums.  I think this all happened in northern Colorado.

ben wanicur.  the excluded middle.  self.  San diego bassist/ composer ben wanicur’s debut release boasts mostly originals and a polished band:  ian tordella, tenor; brad steinwehe, flugel;  peter sprague, guitar;  charlie weller, drums; halysson da silva, percusssion.

joshua schneider.  the joshua schneider love speaks orchestra.  bju.  Big band sounds–the best  with vocalist lucy woodward or dave stryker on guitar.  almost all originals except kurt weill’s lost in the stars.

david bach.
  other world.  king of sushi.   Keyboard master david bach goes for the elegant retro funk vibe.  some of the best cues include cville’s own bobby read on horns;  leonard stevens on guitar;  mark prince on drums.  very much a “produced” studio CD with lots of guests, mostly originals– but terrific cover of with or without you.

b.d.lenz.  ready or not.  jade buddah.  New Jersey jazz fusion guitarist lenz plays many styles well—from the beegees  how deep is your love  to miles davis solar.  with ken pendergast on bass, abe fogle or matt scarano on drums.


gov’t mule.  shout.  blue note.  Two CDs;  first one, original gov’t mule playlist by them;  second one, covered by others—grace potter on whisper in your soul, dave matthews on brilliant forsaken savior—sorry, the original is bettah!;  when the world gets small–ditto.  comparison shopping makes you realize how good these weathered guys are.

eric bibb.  jericho road.  stony plain.  My favorite CD this week.  great energy, good composition from trad. or gibb and his fellow musician glen scott.  thematic dives into universality of “us”  despite tribal allegiances;  political + spiritual bridged by kindness, tolerance.  blues vocalist/guitarist bibb lives and works in Finland, but learned @ the heart of the NYC jazz world– his uncle was john lewis, pianist in the modern jazz quartet.

mike zito & the wheel.  gone to texas.  ruf.   Vocalist/guitarman zito makes claims to be a man on the run from his life who was saved making this CD;  in another time,  “gone to Texas” is what you did to hide from personal demons or the law.  zito’s core band–jimmy carpenter, rob lee, lewis stephens–makes room for guests sonny landreth, delbert mcclinton.

jeff strahan.  monkey around.  squaw peaks.  More Texas fire from lawyer-turned-blues singer;  strahan also likes to pound the keys, and wail on his guitar.  with jimmy hartman on bass, chris compton on various percussion

jazz adds october 22, 2013

randy brecker/wlodek pawlik.  night in calisa.  summit. Celebration for the oldest city in Poland brought  together trumpeter randy brecker and wlodek pawlik trio–pawlik, piano;  pawel panta, double+electric bass; cezary konrad.  Add in the Kalisz philharmonic orchestra, conducted by adam klocek.  Pawlek is a Polish music giant, famous for  award-winning movie soundtracks, classical composition and piano performance, as well as North Sea jazz festival appearances.
ariel pococktouchstone.  artistShare.  Debut CD from young Seattle pianist/vocalist ariel pocock took a bumpy road to release.  The original recording contract collapsed when label verve ceased , but the advance allowed the production team to keep the A-list band– larry grenadier, bass; julien lage, guitar; the fabulous eric harland, drums; seamus blake, saxophone.  Covers, many obscure, get fresh charts and interpretation with a delicate country flair.
hutchinson andrew trio.  prairie modern.  chronograph.  Western Canada (Alberta) piano trio with guests:  kodi hutchinson, bass; chris andrew, piano, karl schwonik, drums with great alto playing from donny mccaslin, and rogerio boccato on percussion.  The core trio took grand prize @ the 2013 Montreal Jazz Festival as individual players continue to gather international praise.  Most compositions are by pianist andrew with influences from brad mehldau, bill evans and the earthly  beauty of the Canadian Rockies and prairie.  worth a serious listen.
wide hive players.  turnstylewide hive.  Many rivers are crossed in this wide hive players setlist:  highlights include–  winding dub,  all the right wrong notes, left coast sangria, where the sidewalk begins. Strong interplay btw electric (bass & guitar) , and horn chorus.  matt montgomery, gregory howe, calvin keys, doug rowan, mike rinta, thomas mccress, josh jones.  Fun.
david sills.   blue’s the new green.  gut string.  LA saxophonist sills leads his quintet thru a playlist of mostly originals, playing in the tradition of joe henderson and stan getz.  with chris dawson, piano; derek oles, bass; larry koonse, guitar;  jake reed., drums.
idan santhaus.  there you are.  posi-tone.  Sessions from two very large brass big bands, all compositions written, charted and conducted by flutist idan santhaus.  Israeli born, santhaus came to US/NYC in 2000–studying with jon faddis, and winning various international competitions.  big, complicated sound.
tim horner.  the head of the circle.  origin.  whenever vibist joe locke appears as a contributing artist, i pay close attention;  and his close harmonics here with pianist jim ridl, and drummer/composer/leader tim horner is no exception.  ted nash carries the melody with various reeds.
shauli einav.  generations.  posi-tone.  Thirty-something saxophone star Israeli einav studied jazz in Jerusalem under ben webster disciple arnie lawrence, then moved to the US.  current quintet features elder statesmen don friedman on piano, eliot zigmund on drums, + itai kriss, flute and or bareket, bass.  check out their beautiful “gloria”.
cheryl bentyne/mark winkler.  west coast cool.  summit.  Bentyne (from manhattan transfer) + LA lyricist winkler revisit the land of west coast jazz, brubeck, baker & julie london.  their on-going tour has gotten amazing reviews.  this playlist is stirred and shaken.
UNT 1’clock lab band.  lab 2013. self.  Annual report from University of Texas @ Denton claims gold standard jazz brass ensemble;   directed by steve wiest.  Playlist features mostly original compositions, complex student charts;  fifty years strong.
bob franceschini/mark sherman.  project them.  mile high.  Tenor/ flutist franceschini and vibist sherman had a high school dream to have a “band”;  project them is a mature outing with great players– mitchel forman + paolo de sabatino, keyboards;  martin gjakonovski, bass;  adam nussbaum, drums.
alon nechushtan.  words beyond.  buckyball.  Trio outing for  NYC pianist-composer nechushtan features great supports from veteran bassist, francois moutin and drummer dan weiss.  Dyanamic player enjoying his affection for keith jarrett, thelonious monk, and felix mendelssohn.