craig handy. & the 2nd line smith. okeh. New York tenor craig handy collaborates with 2nd line smith, a performance band dedicated to music of organist jimmy smith, and spirit of New Orleans. playlist ranges from wes montgomery to ivory joe hunter to jimmy smith. jason marsalis + herlin riley, drums; matt chertkoff, guitar; kyle koehler, B3; clark gayton, sousaphone.
tin men. avocado woo woo. threadhead. A trio of New Orleans rowdys; washboard chaz leary on percussion, vocals, and the washboard; matt perrinie on sousaphone, trombone, vocals; alex mcmurray, guitar and vocals. Mostly endearing originals ( by mcmurray) that shower love on the Crescent City. an avocado woo woo is what…?? recipe, please.
tord gustavsen. extended circle. ecm. Another fine quartet from the ecm library, but the tenor/piano core of this recording from saxophonist tore brunborg, and pianist/ composer tord gustavsen is sublime. leader gustavsen mixes Norwegian hymns with quartet improvs; the playlist hums, featuring mats eilertsen, double bass, jarle vespestad, drums.
danilo perez. panama 500. mack avenue. Original suite by pianist danilo perez celebrates his homeland, Panama with a vision both trans-cultural and musically diverse. john patitucci + ben street on bass; brian blade + adam cruz, drums; alex hargreaves, violin; sachi patitucci, cello; extensive group of Guna musicians, Latin instruments.
ben wolfe. from here i see. maxjazz. Julliard educator/ bassist/composer ben wolfe inaugurates his debut maxjazz recording with a cast of great friends: russell malone, wynton marsalis, jd allen, orrin evans, marcus strickland. all originals, spectacular elegant arrangements.
emanuele cisi. where or when. maxjazz. Italian (Torino) tenor/soprano saxophone musician, cisi (sounds like cheese-y)
exhibits his pure, strong tone in a trio setting; with luca santaniello, drums and joseph lepore, bass– and serious nods to john coltrane.
vincent herring. the uptown shuffle. smoke sessions. Multi-instrumental reed player (flute, alto, soprano) herring strikes up a band that recorded live @ smoke jazz club, NYC; cyrus chestnut on piano; joe farnsworth, drums, brandi disterheft on bass. elite classics, and originals performed in tribute to jazz legends.
alfredo rodriguez. the invasion parade. mack avenue. Not to be confused with Cuban pianist alfredo rodriguez (1936-2005), young alfredo ( b.1985), also a Cuban pianist, is NYC based, and produced by quincy jones. excellent Latin playlist, classics + wild new compositions by rodriguez; stellar band roundup–esperanza spalding, peter slavov, henry cole, roman filiu, billy carrion, javier porta, + the exceptional pedrito matinez.
dianne reeves. beautiful life. concord. Vocalist reeves teams up with producer terri lyne carrinton, and invites the who’s who of soul/ r&b/ jazz to guest star on this sumptuous recording. covered include bob marley, ani defranoc, stevie nicks, harold arlen and originals. accessible and irresistible.
tim hegarty. tribute. mile high. Youngster saxophone player tim hegarty shows off with a quintet of great elders: kenny barron on piano; rufus reid, bass; carl allen, drums; and mark sherman on vibes. his tribute honors coltrane, monk, rollins, frank foster, and dexter gordon.
anton schwartz. flash mob. self. San Francisco, Ca. tenor musician anton schwartz
incorporates monk and kenny dorham covers into his dynamic originals recording: band mates include taylor eigsti @ piano; dominick farinacci, horns; lorca hart, drums and john schifflett, bass.
scott jeppesen. el guapo. creative bottle. Debut recording from West Coast tenor/bass clarinet player scott jeppeson is a source of gorgeous guitar/saxophone interplay–check out his cover of richie beirach’s elm with larry koonse on guitar. featuring john daversa, trumpet.
john hammond. timeless. palmetto.
sharon jones & dap-kings. give the people what they want. daptone.
james armstrong. guitar angels. catfood.
billy branch. blues shock. blind pig.