jazz/blues adds february 26, 2014

jazz

amy cervini.  jazz country.  anzic.  A gem, not to be missed, jazz vocalist amy cervini re-thinks country music.  her background–Toronto, music conservatory initially in alto + voice–gives her style  beauty and uniqueness.  produced by matt wilson, core band = cervini,  jesse lewis, guitar; matt aronoff, bass  plus stellar guests–anat cohen, gary versace, nellie mckay, marty erlich.

stacey kent.  the changing lights.  parlophone/wb.   Brazil, a region of the heart, gets exquisite treatment from vocalist stacey kent.  playlist surveys the well-known and lesser Brazilian composers, plus originals from kent’s collaborator husband, jim tomlinson & writer kazuo ishiguro.    kent sings like a native in many languages but her Portuguese is soft, with clear musical drifts.  always a pleasure.

jeff ballard.  time’s tales.  OKeh.  Great balance between originals and classics in this sophisticated  debut (as a leader) recording from drummer jeff ballad.  trio rounds out with miguel zenon, alto and lionel louecke, guitar as they cover Cuban troubadour silvio rodriguez, george gershwin, and bela bartok.  multiple listens required to get under complete musical umbrella.

frank wess.  magic 201.  IPO.   In 2013 flutist/tenor frank wess died at the age of 91; he had played with  count basie, ben webster,  lester young.   His two posthumous releases– magic  101 and  magic 201–are old school sessions that surrender to the unhurried, to ballads with silent lyrics.  make his acquaintance if you don’t know him.   piano, kenny barron;  guitar, russell malone;  rufus reid, bass;  winard harper, drums.

rudy royston.  303.  greenleaf.  Dynamite debut from drummer rudy royston as bandleader.  excellence began with the band selection:  tenor jon erabagon and Aussie trumpeter nadja noordhuis smoothly sounding as one;  pianist sam harris weaving melodies;  guitarist nir felder and mimi jones or yasushi nakamura defining a strong bass line.  leader/ composer royston and dave douglas’s greenleaf label create the home.

the tiptons.  tiny lower case.  sowie sound.  i played this first, and in the middle, and late at night, and never fell in love.  love, love, love this group in previous incarnations, but tiny lower case spelled no magic for me.  it’s not bad, just fussy &  rudderless.

natalie cressman.  turn the sea.  self.   Pop & jazz in trombonist/singer/composer natalie cressman’s confident second recording as a leader.  a beautiful redhead with poetry in her lyrics.

takuya kuroda.  rising son.  blue note.  In the horn playing department, it’s much harder to be a trumpet super-star than tenor or alto sax.   out on a limb as i am now,  takuya kuroda– Japanese-born, berklee-educated– adds in soul to his exceptional  trumpet glory.  originals playlist, except for 70’s roy ayers cues.  co-starring:  nate smith, drums;  solomon dorsey, bass;  kris bowers, rhodes, corey king, trombone.

sheryl bailey.  a meeting of the minds cellar live.  Mostly originals, expertly interpreted by guitarist sheryl bailey’s organ trio: ron oswanski on B-3, ian froman, drums.  whatever  guitar/organ vibe you like— the burner or the pensativo— bailey & co provides.  released by  cory weeds thoughtful cellar live label.

dave stryker.  eight track.  self.  Guitarist dave stryker celebrates the lost god that was the 8-track tape in his 70’s set list.  curtis mayfied, music from Hair, stevie wonder, witchita lineman— fun at every turn.  jared gold keeps the organ lively, stefon harris on vibes; mcclenty hunter, drums and stryker @ guitar.

alex blake+bill ware+jaime affoumado+arturo o’farrill.  the puppeteers.  puppets.  Disclosure:  contemporary vibraphone is irresistible to me, and bill ware, one of the best, displays both compositional & performance chops with this Latin-esque rhythm quartet.  blake on bass; o’farrill, piano; affoumado, drums.

ben paterson.  essential element.  maxjazz.  Chicago jazz pianist ben paterson jumped labels,  from origin to  maxjazz, on this recording.  sometimes he reminds me of an emerging bill evans, and then not.  here, he confines himself with the trio:  joshua ramos, bass; and jon deitmeyer, drums, and a playlist that never catches fire, even in a quiet way.

blues

jim suhler.  panther burn.  underworld.  Dallas vocalist/guitarist with his new recording.

laith al-saadi.  real.  weber works.  Dozen + musicans for live session of mostly originals, fronted by Detroit/Ann Arbor blues man laith al-saadi.  Band–rhythm/horns/vocals–thrives with the lack of technical interference.

daunielle.  eponymous.  cat food.   Debut recording for Memphis blues/soul singer on the El Paso catfood label;  killer voice– range, growl, energy– daunielle (dawn-yell) worked the twenty feet from stardom path with solomon burke, huey & the news,– now giving other soul divas a run for their audience.  loved it.

blue lunch.  30th anniversary special.  rip cat.  Blues/ swing band, Cleveland-based, many original compositions by their de facto leader, guitarist bob frank.  older, experienced bluesmen who can really jump.


jazz/blues adds february 19, 2014

jazz

catherine russell.  bring it back.  jazz village.  Brilliant.  russell searched all musical archives and found the good, the hidden and the melodic.  play everything!  the band, the arranging, the cast of musicians support all moods.

ulysses owens jronward & upward.  D-clef.  Fantastic (young, i think)  band: leader, drummer owens gathers the best and the rest is pleasure.  anat cohen, tenor & clarinet;  jason palmer, trumpet;  michael dease, wailing trombone;  christian sands, piano; reuben rogers, bass;  gilad hekselman, guitar;  plus guests.  i left my marks all over this.

pat metheny unity group.  kin. nonesuch.  Never predictable, icon metheny refreshes his ideas on many guitars, and electronica;  the incomparable chris potter carrying that melodic line with a variety of reeds;  antonio sanchez, drums; ben willaims, basses; and multi-instrumentalist giulio carmassi on everything blown or bowed.

rufus reid.  quiet pride.  motema.  Two-year labor of love for bassist rufus reid;  he composed a suite for large ensemble (20 musicians) to celebrate the career of African-American sculptor elizabeth catlett (1915-2012).  headliners includes herlin riley, steve allee, vic juris, michael dease, ryan keberle, ingrid jensen, vincent chancey, + more.

george cables.  icons & influences.  highnote.  Leader or sideman, piano jazz or hard-bop, pianist george cables continues his xtraordinary musician’s life with a playlist of originals, tributes and classics.  victor lewis; drums;  dezron douglass, bass.

james brandon lewis.  divine travels.  OKeh.  Free jazz, friendly avant-garde, tenor player lewis is deterined to be accessible;  his trio includes the venerable william parker on bass, and young Turk, gerald cleaver on drums.  gospel meets sonic explorations.

jeremy pelt.  face forward.  jazzdepot.  Electric via the fender rhodes and funk from all corners is the m.o. in trumpet master jeremy pelt’s jazz/fusion release.  core band includes roxy cross, david bryant, chris smith, dana hawkins + friends.

nir felder.  golden age.  OKeh.  Buzz on guitarist/composer nir felder is that he’s the next “big one.”  the all originals set list impressed me less than his quartet– aaron parks, piano;  matt penman, bass;  and nate smith, drums–and their dynamic explorations.

arild andersen.  mira.  ecm.  Legendary Norwegian double bassist andersen with trio mates–Scot tommy smith on tenor and Italian drummer paolo vinaccia–follow up their live in Belleville ( 2008)  debut with a studio session, more pensive.  there’s ideas to find here.

bob dorough.  eulalia.  merry lane.  Vocalese singer/composer  bob dorough worked with blossom dearie and influenced mose allison.   now he’s 90, still taking big risks, and very quirky.

josh deutsch + pannonia.  another time, another place.   alternate side.  Seattle-trumpeter josh deutsch leads the klezmer-esque/jazz group pannonia through a geography without borders.  zach brock, violin;  brian drye, trombone; gary wang, bass;  ronen itzik, percussion.

jeff presslaff.  the complete rebirth of the cool.  cellar live.  Winnipeg-based  trombonist/composer  jeff presslaff  assembles a nonet of horns/rhythm section to tribute the miles davis rebirth of the cool.  all canadians, all originals, happily released on cory weeds Vancouver-based cellar live label.

blues

kent burnside.  my world is so cold.  lucky 13

joe louis walker.  hornet’s nest.  alligator.
damon fowler.  sounds of home.  blind pig.

root doctor.  new attitude.  self.


jazz/blues adds february 10, 2014

jazz
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 circleecm.   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 whenmaxjazz.  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.

blues

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.


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

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.


jazz /blues december 15, 2013

jazz

ben allison.  the stars look very different today.  sonic camera.  The A-team:  composer/bassist ben allison with fiery drummer allison miller: string masters  steve cardenas and  brandon seabrook on various guitars and banjo.  by turns bold, experimental, mesmerizing, melancholy, atmospheric, allison on this–his eleventh recording as leader–takes inspiration from the wit in science and movie themes.
all good, though the ballad of joe buck grabs you.

 

doug webb.  another scene.  posi-tone. Outstanding tenor sound from LA sax player webb, now relocated to NYC and playing with  peter zak, piano;  dwayne burno, bass, and a superb rudy royston, drums.  50/50 split between originals and standards:  my favs, brubeck’s southern scene; jobim’s double rainbow.

 

reginald  cyntje.  love.  self.  DC jazz trombonist & St. Thomas native sets to music  themes of social justice —faith, hope, determination, love–with Caribbean motifs in his second release.  amin gumbs, drums;  allyn johnson, piano;  herman burney, bass + guests.

 

trio subtonic.  night runners.  self.  From Portland, OR, and the groove universe of fellow citizens, blue cranes, comes this classic jazz trio making unclassifiable, beautiful music.  leader/composer/pianist  galen clark joins with bassist bill athens and drummer jesse brooke.  find your way to this one.

 

bernie mora + tangent.  dandelion.  rhombus.  So, on first cut, twilight tango, bernie mora’s guitar channels carlos santana; other cues, the horns claim R & B stripes.  featuring doug webb on multiple reeds; lee thornburg, horns; corey allen, keys; robert vance, bass; doc anthony, drums.  funk, fusion, very LA

 

enrico granafei.  alone (and) together.  CAP.  Hands-free chromatic harmonica;   it’s a different sound, moving closer towards an accordion.   trained  # Rome, # Germany in classical guitar, granafei eventually settled in NYC.  some cues are unaccompanied, others with trio, quartet, quintet.  guests include:  dave stryker, amina figarova, billy hart, wallace roney.  quality overrides any prejudice vs. the harmonica.

 

bobby watson.  check cashing day.  self.   Alto player/ former jazz messenger watson’s new release includes curtis lundy on bass; herman mehari, trumpet; richard johnson, piano;  glenn north, spoken word;  horace washington , flute.  origins are the 50th anniversary of MLK’s I Have a Dream speech, & watson’ s memories of Kansas, City.

 

ralphe armstrong home bass.  detroit music factory.  Strong band led by bassist armstrong, recorded live @ Detroit jazz festival 1996.  henry gibson on piano, rayse biggs, trumpet;  toty viola, guitar;  gayelynn mckinney, drums. ****version of eddie harris’ freedom jazz dance.

 

maud hixson.   don’t let a good thing get away.  self.   Debut cd from Minnesota-based vocalist took me quietly by storm;  songs, by Broadway composer michael leonard, march with sharp lyrics.  hixson has a sweet, soft voice, but her crisp delivery &  tender emotions give great complexity to words. i was hearing a  young stacey kent as i listened.  band includes gene bertoncini, warren vache, ted arnold, steve laspina.

 

michael tinholme.  the house of jazz.  blue planet.  A dozen standards sung by a unique vocalist–arrangements by  producer tom fowler;   tinholme endured an adolescence of homelessness along the coast of California, but his found style is old school polish with pain below the surface.

 

christine ebersole.  strings attached.  motema.  Elegant, accessible collaboration between  violinist/arranger aaron weinstein and actress/singer ebersole—career spans a role in 1984 film amadeus to tony in 2007 for grey gardens, the musical.  it’s all lovely;  trio rounds out with tedd firth, piano and tom hubbard, bass.

 

michelle zangarasongs of blue.  self.  A  deep, sultry voice and production by trumpeter jeremy pelt allow vocalist zangara to  explore a setlist of unusual suspects– among them bobby troup’s composition the gentleman is a dope.  core group= bruce barth piano, ari roland, bass.

 
blues

charlie musselwhite.  juke joint chapel.  henrietta.  Energetic mostly original playlist from  vocalist/ blues harp legend musselwhite, with june core on drums; matt stubbs on guitar, and mike phillips on bass.

city boys allstars.  when you needed me.  self.  Multiple horns thru out, eclectic playlist–billie holiday, robbie robertson, freddie king—, great version of  last night the bottle let me down.  group crosses over everything:  soul, blues, r & b, funk, 80’s musical archives.

blues mix 12:  classic soul blues.  ecko.  some excellent make out music in this classic soul/blues compilation:  i was seaching by o.b. buchana, lovin’ you by big poppa g; let a real woman try by barbara carr.

roy buchanan.  american axe–live in 1974.  powerhouse.  Brilliant guitar technique on the telecaster by Ozark-born buchanan who lived  a somewhat obscure life as a  virtuoso blues sideman ( 1950-60’s).   “discovered”- then died at age 48;  playlist curated by  blues master tom principato  spotlights early 70’s live performances.  great work.


jazz/blues november 25, 2013

jazz

miles davis.  the original mono recordings.  columbia legacy.  Back to the well, nine classic miles’ from 1956 ( ’round midnight) to 1961 (someday my prince will come) demonstrate the assured genius of trumpeter davis  as well as the sound purity in mono.   who knew.

herbie hancock.  rarities sampler.  columbia legacy.  Burnishing herbie hancock’s fiery jazz piano live performances circa 1974-81, many are from his Tokyo, Japan concerts.  long cues, released for the first time.

tim berne’s snakeoil.  shadow man.  ECM.  Much as i bow to the ECM musical aesthetic, sometimes it just does not happen for me;  tim berne’s most recent snakeoil is a hard sell, though the personnel are first rate–berne on alto/composition;  oscar noriega, clarinets; matt mitchell, assorted pianos; ches smith, drums, vibes, percussion.  there is a lot going on here for careful listeners.

samuel blaser consort in motion.  a mirror to machaut.  songlines.  Swiss trombonist blaser regroups his consort  in motion after the passing of drummer paul motion in 2012.  their focus –2 late medieval French composers, guillaume de machout + guillaume dufay–recognizes the  modern lines in these liturgical & troubadour pieces.  i wandered in & listened to all.  leader blaser’s jazz arrangements honor the original writing, and dive into the future.  stellar ensemble:  gerry hemingway, percussion;  russ lossing, piano; drew gress, double bass; joachim badenhorse, assorted reeds.

archie shepp/ attica blues orchestra.  i hear the sound.   archieball/harmonia mundi.  Live French recording that re-creates archie shepp’s 1972  Attica blues tribute to the 1971 rebellion at Attica prison, NY.   organized by saxophonist shepp, the American  team includes amina claudine myers, don moye, reggie washington, vocalist cecile mclorin salvant — with musicians from the Paris jazz world and Paris Conservatory.  spicing it up are band members from Marseille and the southern Var–vocalist marion rampal on quiet dawn is superb.

ricardo silveira/vinicius canatuaria.  RSVC.  adventure.  Smooth guitar duets from two of Brazil’s finest:   ricardo silveira, electric & acoustic; vinicius cantuaria, percussion & acoustic; everybody sings.   Breezy originals playlist that enjoys its fun percussion loops as well as  silveira’s polished, deep,  plugged-in electric sound;  no guitar slouches these two.  thanks to adventure music.

sergio galvao.  phantom fish.  pimenta.  Long overdue debut cd from Brazilian saxophonist sergio galvao. spotlights galvao’s original compositions & NYC/Latin-inflected jazz musicians:  claudio roditi on flugel;  leni stern + alex nolan, guitar;  amanda muzza, bass;  chris stover, trombone;  leo genovese + aruan ortiz, pianos; mauricio zottarelli, drums.  lovely Brazilian suggestions .

bela fleck w/ brooklyn rider/ nashville symphony.  the imposter.  DGG.  Two pieces of classical music here:  the impostor, 36 minute, 3 movement concerto for banjo and orchestra +  night flight over water, a 25 minute quintet for banjo and string quartet–enter: brooklyn rider, string wizards from the northeast.  Calling all crossover DJs.

brian lynch.  unsung heroes. vol. 2.  hollistic music.  Veteran horn player lynch tributes some of the best trumpet players you might not know:  iconic tunes from the song book of tommy turrentine, joe gordon, my hero howard mcghee, donald byrd and idrees sulieman.  featuring  vincent herring on alto; alex hoffman, tenor; rob schneiderman, piano; david wong, bass;  pete van nostrand, drums.

george cotsirilos.  variations.  OA2.   Mostly originals from rhythm trio led by San Francisco guitarist george cotsirilos;  robb fisher on bass;  ron marabuto drums.  bossa feel.

deric dickens.  oh lovely appearance.  self.  Homage to American folk music archivist alan lomax performed by an unusual trio:  drummer/leader deric dickens;  cornetist kirk knuffke; and guitarist jesse lewis.  nothing predictable here, but listening quality does not suffer from too much fussy;  trio of instruments sing together, then slide around the melodies.  pleasant surprise.

betty bryant.  iteration +bry-mar.  Vocalist from Kansas City who really plays the piano with her vocals.  playlist is mostly standards, many previously covered by bryant– kind of a Best of Bryant collection.  easy, fun listening;  bryant has a good time with her music.

blues

dave keller.  soul changes.  tastee-tone.  Discovered by bluesman ronnie earl, soul singer/guitarist keller plays two sessions on his new release:   Memphis with the hi rhythm section plus bobby manual, lester snell;  and Brooklyn with the revelations — wes mingus, gintas janusonis, ben swerin, adam klipple + many horns.  good.

eric jeradi band.  everybody’s waiting.  niche.   Ohio native  guitar vocalist jeradi  leads blues trio  with gary gates, bass guitar, vocals; adam wheeler, percussions, vocals;  originals playlist.  budweiser endorsement, a little excessive-website, etc.

davis coen.  get back in.  soundview.  Charleston, SC blues singer/guitarist  coen singin’ originals with full-service arrangements;  jessie munson,  violin solo on pigtails; eric carlton, Hammond B-3 on singing in my spirit;  honky-tonk piano of robert chaffe throughout + pedal & lap steel from richard alan ford;  mandolin, johnny ciaramitaro.

bo-keys.  electraphonic singles.  self.  Memphis, TN  band compilation of upcoming 45 vinyl releases from one of the premier bands in the retro soul/ r & b-esque  universe.  dark end of the street, ‘more than one lifetime, writing on the wall–drop the needle anywhere.
— Happy Thanksgiving/Hanukkah


jazz/blues november 18, 2013

jazz

anoushka shankar.  traces of you.  DGG.   Deluxe solo recording from the other ravi shankar daughter, anoushka–sizzling sitar  performer– heard last year on rodrigo + gabriela’s Cuba cd.  all originals by anoushka and producer nitin sawhney.  vocals from sister norah jones, luscious cello by ian burdge, &  excellent Indian musicians on hang, ghatam, tanpura, tabla, & mridangam.   joyous, mesmerizing.

ralph towner.  travel guide.  ECM.  Three guitars–ralph towner on classical + 12 string;  wolfgang muthspiel, electric +  voice; slava grigoryan, classical + baritone guitar;  multiply listens, for me.  in the 60’s jazz pioneer towner worked with the paul winter consort, then started his own group, oregon, & has maintained a very individualized path on his jazz evolution.

aaron parks.  arborescence.  ECM.  Now turning 30 as his solo piano, originals playlist, & first ECM recording releases,   piano prodigy parks  moved to  NYC to study in his teens, and began working with jazz heavyweights–sideman to kurt rosenwinckel on star of jupiter, several projects with terence blanchard, soundtrack to spike lee’s when the levees broke.  delicate, confident, channeling mingus’ pianismo in some cues.

aaron germain.  chance.  origin.  you might like this.  SF bassist/composer teams up with French-Vietnamese guitarist nguyen le: flautist mary fettig;  keyboardist  frank martin; drummer deszon x. claiborne for lyrical but fusion-centric musical threads.  equality within the harmony.

jon hamar idyl wild.  origin.  Second release for Seattle bassist/composer jon hamar who jumps into play with double saxophones–tenor rich perry and alto todd delgiudice.  respect, time-sharing for all instruments:  no thugs.  drummer julian macdonough keeps everyone in the circle. check out abide with me if you need quiet.

brian gephart.  standing on two feet.  origin.   Dateline Seattle:  more good listening from origin records.  a showcase for Chicago’s finest young jazz musicians;  brian gephart  tenor/soprano sax leads tom garling on trombone;  neal alger, guitar;  karl montzka, piano; sibling eric montzka, drums;  kelly sill, bass.  all original gephart compositions.

shoshana bushlive @ catalina jazz club.  self.  Hollywood actress and sometimes girlfriend of robert “twilight” pattison,  shoshana builds her playlist from sold out show’s @ Hollywood’s Catalina jazz club.   great band: isamu mcgregor, piano;  larry koose, guitar, david robaire, bass; gene coye, drums; george young, alto.

jim holman blue skies. delmark.  Classic trio plus, featuring legends from the Pittsburgh-Chicago axis.  leader/ pianist holman presents a standards set list as drummer roger humphries (P-burg) and trumpet/tenor sax veteran ira sullivan (Chi) collaborate with the 24 year old keyboard talent.

keefe jackson.  a round goal.  delmark.  More from Chicago players– this time a varied register reed septet, imprinting the avant-garde with their collaborative harmonics.   let’s welcome [ @ jazzwerkstatt festival, Berne switzerland, feb 2013]  keefe jackson’s group  likely so–with mars williams, alto, soprano, sopranino; waclaw zimpel, clarinets; jackson, composition/tenor/bass clarinet; marc stucki, tenor, harmonium; dave rempis, alto/ bari;  peter schmid, bari/bass;  thomas meyer-contrabass.  endless reeds, for the adventurous.  thank you delmark.

mike longo.  NewYork state of the art. CAP.  Big, big  band;  live performance @ Gillespie auditorium, NY, led by pianist and arranger mike longo;  there’s a johnny hartman style singer, ira hawkins for over the rainbow, i’m old fashioned—but cue #2, afro desia is great–a mike longo original/arrangement that transcends the stodgy playlist.

phill fest. projeto b.f.c.  self.   Strong Brazil-Florida connection from guitar/vocalist phill fest working with an experienced Latin band:  robert prester on piano; ronie martinez, drums;  henrick meurkens on chromatic harmonica;  russ howard, bass.  Brazilian vibe runs true, fueled by leader phill fest’s earlier bossa nova work with his father, manfredo fest’s concord/picante recordings.

mark arthur miller.  soul searching.  self.  White soul singer from Chicago who loves his work, miller’s roots include a  composer father who wrote for motown.  setlist is familiar, but miller delivers the essence in this pop material;  smokey’s tracks of my tears, jackson’s the way you make me feel=genuine.

blues.

tom principato + fred chapellier.  guitars on fire.  powerhouse.  Veteran guitarist/vocalist principato led the  D.C-based blues band powerhouse;  new release is with french guitarist/ blues singer songwriter fred chapellier.   jazz club chez paulette in parisian montparnasse hosted this blues summit with abder benachour, bass;  pat machenaud, drums;  rody lahsinat, percussion.

harrison kennedy.  soulscape.  electro-fi.  Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter harrison kennedy does some fine singing here;  check out back alley moan with kennedy’s  deep growl vs.  pianist  keith ‘nappy’ lindsay’s thunderous chords.  though raised in Hamilton, Ontario, kennedy’s early career found him as the voice of Detroit’s chairman of the board.

harmonica shah.  havin’ nothin dont’ bother me.  electro-fi.  Another release from Toronto’s chic electro-fi , featuring my favorite blues pianist julian fauth  with lead artist harmonica shah on vocals & blues harp; jack de keyzer, guitars; bucky berger, drums; alex fraser, percussion.

david keyes.  right here right now.  self.  All originals from keyboardist/singer keyes.  big band including popa chubby on guitar;  numerous  xtra guitars,  a forthright horn chorus–trumpet, trombone, sax–helping drummer frank pagano drive all this home.  lots of juicy blues energy.


jazz/blues adds november 11, 2013

jazz

pink martini.  get happy.  heinz.  Fun from the international songbook of musical cheese.  who, what & where?  hard to know because the booklet with the answers is missing from the envelope.  Far and wide, they came to this collection– including #3 which sounds like an old Taiwanese pop song that i sighed over  in the 80’s without shame.

george colligan.  the endless mysteries.  origin.  Multi-instrumentalist but primarily piano, colligan leads a trio with mentor/legendary drummer jack dejohnette and bassist larry grenadier through a playlist of all original compositions.  he likes the minor chords, and shows off with a herbie nichols inspired cue called  song for the tarahumera.

carla bley.  trios.  ECM.  Regal & mysterious under a shock of blonde/white hair, carla bley defines jazz pioneer;  from her 1970’s free jazz with ex-husband paul bley into the collaborations with gary burton, george russell, –pretty much everyone–to now with partner/bassist steve swallow and tenor/soprano sax andy sheppard, she understands the soft and strong of jazz composition within performance.

john abercrombie39 steps.  ECM.   Ballads and lyricism from a quartet of trusted jazz ensemblists—john abercrombie, guitar and  majority compositions;  marc copland  @ the piano; drew gress, double bass;  and joey baron on the drums.  song titles=hitchcock movies, but impresssions not covers.

ralph alessi.  baida.  ECM.  A great quartet led by trumpeter alessi explore the gentler edges of  avant-garde jazz.  jason moran duets nicely with alessi in the many horn/piano exchanges, and brings along his regular drummer, nasheet waits who fits right in.  ECM utility infielder drew gress mans the double bass.  try it, maybe more than once.

john stowell + dave liebman.  blue rose.  origin.  Standards setlist for unclassifiable duets from saxophone legend dave liebman and guitar master john stowell;  kenny wheeler’s everybody’s song but my own stands next to richard whiting’s my ideal. surprises abound.

dan bankhurst.  at first sight.  self.  Solo acoustic guitar & vocals from new guy dan bankhurst, native of northeast Ohio.  bankhurst plays fingerstyle guitar, references django reinhardt, chet atkins, frank vignola as his influences;  smooth, crisp, beautiful string sound.  sorry, david e.  this ain’t blues.

craig yaremko.  organ trio: CYO3.  OA2.  Reed musician/ educator craig yaremko uses the organ trio format to showcase classic jazz (hubbard, monk, waller) as well as his talented B-3 player matt king.  with jonathan peretz, drums + vic juris, guitar.

pedrito martinez.  the pedrito martinez group.  motema.  Fiery, hard-working, the PMG play & sing, all of them:  the  2 cubans, ariacne trujillo, former child prodigy pianist & pedrito, leader. percusssionist– then add the venezuelan bassist, alvaro benavides and jhair sala the peruvian xtra percusssion.  songs range from motown’s i’ll be there--sung los zaffiros-style— to depues de todo, signature of juan formell & los van vans.   best latin in a long time.

 jake hertzog.  throwback.  zoho.  Twenty-something electric guitarist herzog enlists veteran jazz trumpeter randy brecker —brilliant on sending home-–  into his  fusion-inspired quartet.  with harvie s. @ the bass;  and victor jones on acoustic and electric drums.

mary ann redmond.  compared to what.  self.  CD does not really command attention;  redmond plays guitar, sings but the playlist is tired, and the cover features a very large bass– that perhaps belonged to someone else???

pete rodriguez.  caminando con papi.  destiny.  High, latin horn sound from Austin, TX based trumpeter rodriguez;  many originals. band includes luis perdomo on piano; daniel dufour, drums; sam pankey, bass; robert quintero, percussion.

gary smulyan.  bella napoli.  capri.  Hmm–gary smulyan, a fabulous bari-sax player, & gary versace-terrific on the accordion, piano & matt wilson, excellent at the drum kit, but dominic chianese ( from The Sopranos) singing Neapolitan songs with an a-list jazz band.  it does not gel.  so if you want to play from it, do the instrumentals–tre veglia & saracino are good;  if you want uncle  junior, select his unaccompanied santa lucia.

blues.

dan bubien.  empty roads.  self.  Pittsburgh-native bubien plays many guitars, sings through his originals playlist.  abundant vocals, horns, keyboards, and a stable of bass guitars.

trudy lynn.  royal oaks blues cafe.  connor ray.  Honky tonk blues from Houston-based vocalist, lynn shows complete comfort with r&b, soul, and electric blues.  great supports from randy wall, piano;  steve krase, harmonica;  john richardson, guitar.

savoy brown.  songs from the road.  ruf.  Part of the late 1960’s blues movement, British, originally known as the savoy brown blues band, group now records on the energetic German label, ruf.  lead singer kim simmonds (guitar, vocals) hails from the old days;   jim whiting, sax; pat de salvo, bass; garnet grimm, drums.


jazz/blues adds november 4, 2013

jazz

dayna kurtz.  secret canon, vol. 1.  kismet.   Obscure slow songs– really like that– gathered from blues + r&b archives of the 1940-60’s, kurtz has a voluptuous voice, a celebrity’s following in Europe, and crossover playlist –jazz, pop, soul.  kurtz–guitar, vocals;  randy crafton-drums; dave richards- bass;  peter vitalone-keys.  take me in your arms= irresistible.

john clayton with gerald clayton.  parlor series.  artistshare.  Duets from famous musical family;  father,  john clayton, award-winning double bassist, plays with his son, pianist gerald.    a drop the needle cd that covers the who’s who of mellow, elegant jazz standards.  lots to like.

robert glasper experiment.  black radio 2.  blue note.  Composer/producer/keyboardist glasper mixes hip-hop, neo-soul, r & b, gospel, spoken word in his ambitious plan to “stir up”  jazz music. with jill scott; lalah hathaway; dwele;  norah jones, +more.

ben goldberg.  ordinary mind.  njamin.  West coast horn group with nels cline on guitar;  a-list notables include ellery eskelin, tenor;  rob sudduth, tenor; ches smith, drums;  + leader/composer goldberg on alto & Bb clarinet.   me, not as smitten with this sound as with Portland’s blue cranes--but david e.  gave this group *****.  though i like how goldberg takes where he came from–klezmer, tin hat trio, Bay area jazz–and breaks new ground.

ben goldberg.  subatomic particle homesick blues.  njamin.  there’s more ben goldberg;  recorded 2008, just getting released.  the different band with joshua redman, tenor;  ron miles, trumpet;  ches smith & scott amendola, sharing the drums; devin hoff, bass.  here, prominent trumpet–rather than two tenors in later release– strongly changes horn subtleties.
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rene marie.  i wanna be evil.  motema.  Disclosure:  musically in the past,  rene marie  often goes too far into obviousness.  that said, what we have here is a smooth, concept-driven cd dedicated to the music of eartha kitt.  with nine songs from the kitt portfolio, the new  interpretation is completely driven by rene marie’s powerful self-love;  she and  the band, starting with wycliffe gordon’s trombone, breathe new life into most cues;  supports from etienne charles, trumpet;  kevin bales, piano;  elias bailey, bass; adrian cunningham, reeds.  good on its own terms.

nicholas payton.  sketches of spain.  BMF.  Prestige production of miles davis/gil evans legend gets the full monty  (strong chops & daring improvisations)  from trumpeter nicholas payton performing with the sinfonieorchester of Basel, Switzerland, conducted by dennis russell davies.  classic horn/wind ensemble is fleshed out with marcus gilmore, drums; daniel sadownick, percussion;  vincente archer, bass.  long cues (concierto, solea)= most successful.

dewa budjana.  joged kahyangan (dancing heaven).  moonjune.  Indonesian guitar master dewa budjana (sounds like bu’ dzana) greatly influenced by  jazz masters john abercrombie, chick corea, weather report –plays with peter erskine, drums;  larry goldings, keys;  bob mintzer, reeds, jimmy johnson, bass guitar.

stranahan+zaleski+rosato.  limitless.  capri.   Classic trio, all original compositions from 20-something talents.  pianist glenn zaleski comes from Boston;  bassist rick rosato from Montreal; and drummer colin stranahan from Denver;  their new stage is Brooklyn and everywhere they tour and collaborate.

steve treseler group.  center song. CMA.  Engaging cultural portrait of jazz lights in the Pacific Northwest led by reed player steve treseler, and BC trumpeter ingrid jensen.  mostly originals, group has cello, guitar, double & electric bass; piano, drums, trumpet, and leader treseler is reed-versatile.

jeff lederer.  swing n’ dix. little(i) music.  Excellent playlist in reed master/leader lederer’s tribute to dixieland, swing, and fellow clarnetist, jeff walker.  drums from matt wilson, but all the rest is horns–kirk knuffke, cornet; lederer on multi;  but dominant is the dancing tuba voice of bob stewart.

houston person nice ‘n’ easy.  highnote.  Standards playlist from the indomitable horn of houston person.  with drummer lewis nash; bassist ray drummond, vibist chuck redd; pianist john di martino.  old school with a beautiful tenor tone.

tom harrell.  colors of a dream.  highnote.  Old guy harrell (67) playing with the kids!   hardly, but the band is young lions/esses–2 basses, 3 horns.  First cue, tango, with esperanza spalding dueting her self–voice then bass.  it goes from there;  find your way.  jonathan blake- stellar drumming; wayne escoffery-tenor; xtra bass player, ugonna okegwo; jaleel shaw-brilliant alto. *
*(Note to admin: perhaps we need to rescue jaleel shaw’s recent cd (the soundtrack of things to come) that was purged.)

blues.

sheba.  butter on my rolls.  self.  The Mississippi queen, sheba, came from the cotton fields, escaped to  South Florida, then escaped  back to Mississippi;  her voice is good, her luck with men is bad, but she thanks them for giving her the “blues.”

travis haddix.  ring on her finger, rope around my neck.  benevolent blues.  Mississippi born blues man singing an all originals playlist.

samantha fish.  black wind howlin’.  ruf.    Play it loud, it sounds better.  Kansas City native, spirited guitarist and singer fish can belt a song with the best of them.  produced by guitarist mike zito whose blues cd gone to texas contains similar burning amp-age.