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 brancato. the 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