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Best of 2013

brian keena.  jazz messenger.  monday, 10am-noon.
  • miles davis: live in europe, 1969. columbia-bootleg.
  • eliane elias.  i thought about you.  concord
  • ben sidran.  don’t cry for no hipster.  nardis.
  • john d’earth. on. cosmology.
  • joey defrancesco.  one for rudy. high note.
steve huff.  anything goes. monday. 8-11pm.
  • bill frisell. big sur;  ensemble at kevin eubanks.
  • john hollenbeck – songs i like a  lot;  kate mcgarry never sounded better.
  • ben allison – the stars look very different today;  guitar/banjo craziness… think he has found his ensemble.
  • azul – howard, d’earth, caputo;  improvisational trio great live could see them every week…
  • other mentions – carla bley, ralph towner, charles lloyd, gary burton, john abercrombie.
sean grzegorczyk. anything goes. monday 8-11pm.
  • allison miller.  no morphine, no lillies. royal potato family.
  • ben allison.  the stars look very different today. sonic camera
  • chris potter, the sirens. ecm
  • patricia barber. smash. concord.
  • michael blake.  in the grand scheme of things.  songlines.
  • madeleine peyroux. the blue room.  decca
  • ralph alessi.  baida.  ecm.
  • carla bley. trios. ecm.
  • wayne shorter.  without a net.  blue note.
  • dave douglas.  time travel. greenleaf.
gary funston.  living time.  wednesday  8-11pm.
  • dylan ryan & sand.  sky bleached.  cuneiform: drum, guitar, bass trio blows open the possibilities of format.
  • blue cranes.  swim.  cuneiform: from Portland, OR, saxophones + strings create lush  emotional portraits.
  • ben goldberg. unfold ordinary mind. BAG:  clarinetist explores spectrum of low reeds with nels cline guitar.
  • azul.  howard, d’earth, caputo. espresso. improvisation that inspires and surprises.
  • allison miller. boom tic boom. foxhaven:  great drummer with pianist myra melford + jenny scheinman on violin.
  • nik bartsch.  ronin: live. ecm: Swiss pianist with “Zen Funk” group ronin, bass clarinet stars.
  • darcy james argue.  secret society “Brooklyn Babylon”.  new amsterdam;  ambitious, rich, non-traditional big band.
  • dave holland.  prism.  dare2:  legendary bassist with keyboard master craig taborn + kevin eubanks on guitar.
  • pat metheny x 2.   tap. nonesuch: interpretations of music of john zorn. & the orchestrion project. nonesuch:  compositions for computer controlled instruments, called the Orchestrion.
ann porotti.  all that jazz.  thursday, 10am-noon.
  • blue cranes.  swim.  cuneiform.
  • nik bartsch + ronin.  live.  ecm
  • anoushka shankar.  traces of you.  dgg.
  • cecile mcloren salvant.  womanchild.  mack avenue.
  • joe locke.  lay down my heart.  motema.
  • marc cary.  for the love of abbey.  motema.
  • charles lloyd & jason moran.  hagar’s song.  ecm.
  • dave brubeck & tony bennett.  white house sessions, 1962. columbia
  • next collective w/christian scott.  cover art.  concord.
  • boz scaggs.  memphis.  429 records.
sandy snyder.  wild women get the blues.  thursday, 8-9pm.
  • tedeschi trucks band.  made up mind.  masterworks.
  • kara grainger.  shiver and sign. electrogroove.
  • nanette workman.  just gettin’ started.  bros.
  • lisa biales.  singing in my soul.  big song.
  • maria woodford. bad dog blues. self.

david eisenman.  induced to judder thursday, 9-11pm.

jazz
  • the catholics.  yonder.  bugle.
  • ben allison.  the stars look very different today.  sonic camera.
  • charlie hunter + scott amendola. not getting behind is the new getting ahead. self.
  • greyboy allstars.  inland emperor.  knowledge room.
  • robert walter’s 20th congress.  get thy bearings.  royal potato family.
  • john scofield. uberjam deux.  decca.
  • chick corea.  the vigil. stretch.
  • ahmad jamal.  saturday morning.  jazz village.
  • john ginty.  bad news travels. american showplace.
  • dr. lonnie smith.  in the beginning.  pilgrimage.
blues
  • southern hospitality.  easy livin’.  blind pig.
  • charlie musselwhite  juke joint chapel.  henrietta
  • james hunter.  minute by minute.  fantasy
  • boz scaggs.  memphis.  429 records.
  • jimmy vivino + black italians.  13 live. blind pig.
  • johnny rawls.  remembering o.v.  catfood.
  • j.j.grey + mofro.  this river.  alligator.
  • ronnie earl.  just for today.  stony plain.
  • duke robillard.  independently blue.  stony plain.
  • buzzard hollow boys.  yazoo basin folktales & other tone poems.
david lee.  jazz essence.  friday,  10am-noon.
  • preservation hall jazz band.  that’s it!
  • oliver jones with josee aidans.  just for my lady.
  • marc johnson & eliane elias.  swept away.  concord.
  • michael gallant trio.  completely.
  • the new gary burton quartet.  guided tour.
dave rogers.   professor bebop.  friday, 11pm-1am.
  • azul.  improvisation by john d’earth, brian caputo, greg howard.
  • smash.  patricia barber.  concord.
  • fight song.  a tribute to charles mingus.  no bs. brass.
  • get up.  ben harper & charlie musselwhite.
  • nikki hill.  here’s nikki hill.
steve shuman aka ruday palisades.  the groove tube.  saturday , 9-11pm
  • the greyboy allstars.  inland emperor.  knowledge room
  • the rootdowns.  songs with friends.  self.
  • robert walters 20th congress.  get thy bearings.  royal potato family.
  • govt. mule.  shout.
aaron zatcoff aka jazz czar.  jazz mania.  sunday, 10am-noon.
  • wayne shorter.  without a net
  • dave holland.  prism.  dare2
  • dave douglas.  time travel.  greenleaf.
  • john scofield uberjam deux.  ecm
  • pat metheny.  john zorn’s book of angels.
rebecca foster.  in the spirit.  sunday, 9-10am
blues/gospel
  • blind boys of alabama.  i’ll find a way.
  • nikki hill.  here’s nikki hill.   self
  • mavis staples.  one true vine.
  • j.j. grey & mofro.  this river.
  • julian fauth.  everybody ought to treat a stranger right.
jazz
  • pink martini.  get happy.
  • carline ray.  vocal sides.
  • hod o’brien.  i hear a rhapsody.
  • quiet  fire.  jarjuna.
  • anoushka shankar.  traces of you. dgg.
 joe oddo.  “jus joe”.  jazz sub.
  • sao paulo underground.  beija flors velho e sojo.  cuneiform.
  • christian mcbride.  bass out here. mack avenue.
  • kermit ruffins. we’re partyin’ traditional style.  basin street.
  • houston person.  nice ‘n’ easy. high note.
  • ricardo silveira & vinicius cantuaria.  RSVC. adventure music.
kevin kellam.  jazz announcer emeritus.
  • rudresh mahanthappa. gamak.
  • john zorn.  shir hashirim.
  • harris eisenstadt september trio.  the destructive element.
  • magnus ostrom. searching for jupiter.
  • ches smith &  these arches.  hammered
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jazz/blues adds may 20, 2013

jazz

corey christiansen.  lone prairie.  origin.   Cowboy themes from western jazz guitarist christiansen.  playlist divides itself into great cues– morricone theme from the good, the bad & the ugly, and traditionals:  red river valley, bury me not on the lone prairie– and those of medium interest.  supporting cast:  steve allee, keyboards;  zach lapidus, more keyboards;  jeremy allen, basses;  double percussion from matt jorgensen + michael spiro.

eliane elias.  i thought about you: a tribute to chet baker.  concord.  Brazilian-born, NYC-jazz educated, elias inhabits chet baker’s melodies and delivery almost better than he does;  her piano chops are seamless, her soft,  strong voice crisps all nuances.  the band shines:  husband marc johnson, bass;  steve cardenas, guitar;  former husband randy brecker on trumpets;  oscar castro-neves, xtra guitar;  drums x 2–victor lewis, rafael barata + marivaldo dos santos,

sao paulo underground. beija flors vehlo e sujo.  cuneiform.   Chicago cornetist rob mazurek  and his ensemble {guilherme granado- keyboards + mauricio takara- percussion} embrace electronics, Brazil’s tropicalismo, and a friendly jazz avant garde in their beautiful, often dizzy, 4th recording.  vibrant street vibe.

 s.o.s. (john surman, mike osborne, alan skidmore).  looking for the next one. cuneiform.  Two CDs from the short-lived days of s.o.s.–British saxophone trio, circa 1974-75.  osborne on alto, percussion;  skidmore on soprano, tenor, drums;  surman on baritone, soprano, bass clarinet and synthesizers.  newer than now;  mostly long cues, but #1 has a splendid folk-song riff, country dance + news.  praise to cuneiform records

oliver lake + big band.  wheels.  passin thru.  Big band (18 members) with a little gut-bucket sound, a whole lot of elegance– the magic of oliver lake, alto player, composer and co-founder of world saxophone quartet.  horn break-out includes:  1 bari;  3 altos including lake;  2 tenors;  4 trumpets; 4 trombones; 2 pianos; bass and drums.
best cue = the whole world—- it sings and dances like ellington.

j.d. allen.  grace.  savant.  Detroit tenor player jd allen, working with a spectcular quartet— eldar djangirov on piano; dezron douglas on bass, jonathan barber on drums–has composed a melodic and melancholy playlist that salutes great tenor players, coltrane among them.  act two, stronger than act one.

aaron lebos.  reality.  self.  South Florida-based guitar lebos and his local group stretch the boundaries of jazz/ funk/ rock.  with eric england on bass;  jim gasior, keyboards;  rodolfo zuniga on drums.

mark gross.  blackside.  jlp.  Baltimore alto player gross comes up with knockout playlist (minus volare) and band:  cyrus chestnut on piano (do not miss the stevie wonder @ #11);  freddie hendrix on trumpet (also on oliver lake’s new CD);  yotam, on guitar;  dezron douglas, bass;  greg hutchinson, drums;  vanderlei pereira, percussion.

wallace roney.  understanding.  high note.  Ballads are fine in trumpeter wallace roney outing with a new young band:  explosive drumming from kush abadey compliments the horn chorus—arnold lee on alto and ben solomon on tenor + roney’s assured brass “understanding.”  piano duties shared by eden ladin, and group regular victor gould; daryl johns on bass.

joe krown.  soul understanding.  self.  Straight from the maple leaf bar in New Orleans is joe krown, hammond B-3 wizard with trio-mates walter wolfman washington, guitar + vocals and russell batiste jr on drums.

gene ess.  fractal attraction.  simp.   Japanese-american guitarist gene ess has worked with archie shepp, reggie workman, dave liebman.  not your ordinary guitar-based quartet, ess adds a voice–but as an instrument with equal musical value.  Cue #5, tanabata is brilliant, but others seem more conventional vocalising.  with david berkman, piano;  thana alexa, voice;  thomson kneeland, bass;  gene jackson, drums

diego barber + hugo cipres.  411.  origin.   Many masters this one.  group leader classical guitarist barber collaborates with Canary Islands dj/ desktop player hugo cipres on grooves that extend, contract but never neutralize jazz, funk, & ambient.  exceptional work from double bassist johannes weidenmueller, seamus blake on sax; ari hoenig, drums.  never feels forced.

blues

various.  true blues.  telarc.  Winners all:  lots of local hero corey harris,  brutally honest elder bluesmen–taj mahal, guy davis, alvin youngblood hart, phil wiggins, & a fierce shemekia copeland.  jazz at lincoln center, nyc provides the venue for many performances.

cassie taylor.  out of my mind.  yellow dog.  Blues singer daughter of  otis (my world’s gone) taylor, cassie composes & produces her second CD.  she plays bass. hammond S6, and theremin (think: the third man theme);  band mates include steve mignano on  various guitars; larry thompson, drums;  steve vidaic, organ.

duke robillard band.  independently blue.  stony plain.  Blues guitar/vocal legend gathers good songs and even better players:  bruce bears on piano, B-3;  brad hallen, bass; mark teixiera, drums; + cameos from monster mike welch –being compared to wes montgomery.  new label, stony plain out of alberta, canada;  moongate is the best of many originals.

ronnie earl + the broadcasters.  just for today.  stony plain.  The great man delivers another offering.  Boston-based guitarist  ronnie earl has survived his life and habits;   his harvest continues–pastorale, miracle, heart of glass, all original compositions– join the pantheon of ronnie earl’s songbook.