caterina zapponi. romantica. motema. Italian/French vocalist caterina zapponi keeps a cabaret mood in her polished debut cd; husband monty alexander plays piano, melodica; bucky pizzarelli, frank vignola + yotam silberstein trade the guitar spot; martin pizzarelli, bass; kristin jorgensen, violin on estate, etienne charles learns the cuartro. lots of henri salvador, charles trenet; loved it.
jessica williams. with love. origin. Poetic piano stylist & composer jessica williams returns with her first release in two years. solo piano, standards mostly but the most stunning is her own composition, paradise of love; she’s been in the hospital having her spine rebuilt with rods and stainless, and she is filled with gratitude to be upright and playing again.
arturo o’farrill. the offense of the drum. motema. The best arguement for the future of Afro-Cuban jazz, pianist/leader arturo o’farrilll’s orchestra and setlist embraces all musical forces; he lets hip hop live next to a Cuban version of French eric satie’s gnossienne #3 ; and the New Orleans stalwart iko iko holds its place next to the oracular title track. stellar musicians include vijay iyer, jason lindner, edmar castaneda, donald harrison, antonio lizano, dj logic. vivid.
kristen miranda. double time. sbk. Second release from LA -based vocalist has some charming cues. Her producer bud spangler looks for new ways with standards; joe gilman + scott collard, keyboards; rick lotter@ drums; steve homan, guitar; tom peron, trumpet, john wiitala, bass;
jc styles. blakey grease. american showplace. Keeping the flame of art blakey bright, guitarist jc styles ( aka jason campbell from North Queensland, Australia) leads his organ quintet through the greatest hits: troy roberts, tenor; david lee jones, alto; kyle koehler, B-3; lawrence leather, drums.
peter brendler. outside the line. posi-tone. Debut release from NYC bassist; great colleagues, rich perry, tenor, + peter evans, trumpet & piccolo + vinnie sperrazza@drums give chestnuts like walk on the wild side new zip. originals rock too.
jared gold. jg3+. posi-tone. NYC B-3 organist delivers an eclectic jazz playlist with his a-list ensemble: guitar gadfly dave stryker –who has worked with gold since 2004; sylvia cuenca@drums; + horn stable: patrick cornelius, alto; jason marshall, bari; tatum greenblatt, trumpet.
mark buselli. untold stories. OA2. Nuanced trumpeter leads his group thru all originals + one ellington (angelica). Indianapolis based, educator @ Ball State University, buselli honors an earlier collaborator, the late pianist claude sifferlenin. band rounds out with steve allee, piano; danny walsh, saxes; jeremy allen, bass; steve houghton@drums.
clayton-hamilton orchestra. chjo. capri. Superb LA big band, led by troika– bassist john clayton, drummer jeff hamilton, altoist jeff clayton in a live performance @ the alvas showroom in San Pedro, CA. extra mellow vocals from ernie andrews + barbara morrison; remarkable solos from graham dechter, guitar #10; pianist tamir hendelman; tenors rickey woodard & charles owens — cville’s own???
thom douvan. brother brother. self. Musical memories from his day (1980’s & forward) as guitarist for the funk brothers shape this Detroit-based songlist; luther v, under-appreciated donny hathaway, marvin gaye, bobby womack and the other brothers, isley. much B-3 throughout– jazz flavor of the moment.
lenny marcus trio. second set. blackwater. Excellent pianist driving his grand through a playlist of mostly originals. Mentored by ray bryant, marcus and his trio ( rick eckberg, bass; larry scot@drums) adds in reed musician tom artwick and percussionist vladimir espinosa. appearing june 14 in Roanoke, Va (where marcus resides) @ montanos.
chicago blues all stars. red, hot & blue. azure. Extensive blues revue that features killer ray allison on guitar & vocals.
rip lee pryor. nobody but me. electro-fi. Son of blues artist snooky pryor, harmonicat rip lee plays Chicago-style blues, with bucky berger@drums; and alec fraser on bass.
mark hummel. the hustle is really on. electro-fi. Another harmonicat, mark hummel, former leader of the blues survivors, plays here with anson funderburgh, guitar; little charlie baty, more guitar; wes star@drums; rw grigsby, bass; etc.
dudley taft. screaming in the wind. self. Blues nuevo from west coast hard rocker (& sweet water musician) changing musical genres; core band = john kessler, bass guitar; jason patterson@drums; taft, vocals, guitar—-horns and B-3 join in sometimes.