WTJU NEW JAZZ ADDS NOTES 7/21/08
Here are notes about new additions to the WTJU Jazz and Blues Library, added on 7/21/08. WTJU’s volunteer Jazz Announcers like to keep up with what’s going on in the jazz world, and these notes are intended to facilitate their research.
Cedar Walton – Seasoned Wood (HighNote) – Walton (at age 74) on piano, backed by Vincent Herring ts, Jeremy Pelt t/flg, Peter Washington b, Al Foster d. Straight ahead and strong, with 5 of 8 his own comps. Others in Library: 8.
Roy Hargrove Quintet – Earfood (Emarcy) – Hargrove on t/flg, Justin Robinson as/flt, , Gerald Clayton p, Danton Boller b, Montez Coleman d. Half are original , the others are show tunes/pops. To me, his originals are more engaging. Others in Library: 3.
Norma Winstone – Distances (ECM) – Winstone’s voice is at once soft and very clear. Much of the music is by her back up crew (Glauco Venier p,Klaus Gesing clar/ss) with several of the lyrics hers. Try ‘Every Time we say Goodbye’ (#2) to get a feel for how carefully she sings. Others in Library: 0.
James Shearer & Charlie Wood – The Memphis Hang (Summit) – Charlie Wood vocals/p/FR/b-3, Jim Shearer tuba, Joe Restivo g, Billy Gibson harm, Tom Clary t, Tim Goodwin b, Tony Lonardo d. Most have Wood singing (smooth baritone), with lots of action by Shearer’s tuba, supporting or leading. Mostly swingin’ and funky. Others in Library: 0.
Various Artists – The John Coltrane Songbook (HighNote) – This is a tribute with various artists doing Coltrane compositions (not, as the notes brag, just tunes he played a lot.) Artists include Arthur Blythe, Larry Coryell, Frank Morgan, others – not all are sax players. Others in Library: 0.
Steven Kroon – El Mas Alla (Koonatune) – Kroon’s the percussionist-leader here, with a ten piece band that includes Steve Wilson, John Di Martino and Freddy Cole (on #5) as one-track Special Guests. All Latin boss/samba: about half are Kroon comps, the rest a mix of Brazilian and pops. Others in Library: 1 (2002).
Janis Mann – A Perfect Time (Pancake) – Vocals; an alto with a good upper range and classy stage-style tone. Back-ups include some notables: Diane Schuur p/voc, John Clayton b, Chuck Berghofer b – others have minor roles. Some are familiar tunes (but not warhorses) and others a bit off the beaten path. Well above Lounge Level, IMO. Others in Library: 0.
Anna Estrada – Sonando Vuelos (Ferel Flight) – Vocals, with a bright soprano tone, doing Latin, backed by 8 pieces. Mostly slow to mid tempo. Others in Library: 0.
Jon Balke – Book Of Velocities (ECM) – Solo piano, this work consists of six ‘chapters,’ each with its own short-duration movements (tracks). Mostly quiet & contemplative, occasionally dramatic. Others in Library: 1 (2004).
Alyssa Graham – Echo (Sunnyside) – She has a sweet/soft voice, and is backed vocally by a couple of band members, lending vocal harmony. All arrangements by Jon Cowherd, who also plays p/b 3/horn. This gets close to Smooth. Others in Library: 0.
Anne Phillips – Ballet Time (Conawago) – This is subtitled, “Sings with . . .” and then there’s a list that includes McPartland, Brubeck, Frishberg, and many other notables. The back-ups are excellent, as one might expect, but she doesn’t match up, IMO. Others in Library: 0.
Lew Woodall Trio – Texas Trip (self produced) – Woodall g, Tommy Young b3, John Bryant d. American Songbook, done straight-ahead. Guitar generally leads, and these tunes and style don’t require an energetic b3, so that’s mostly support. Pleasant. Others in Library: 0.
WTJU NEW BLUES ADDS NOTES 7/21/08
Maria Muldaur – Yes We Can! (Telarc) – Maria’s the lead vocal (backed by The Women’s Voices for Peace Choir) and she also fiddles. Blues, R&B. Some lyrics are traditional, ,some contemporary & original – all provide some social commentary.
Eddie Martin – Contrary Mary (Blueblood) – Martin on g, vocals; all original, with a roots rock feel to it.
Sweet Angel – Handle Your Business (Ecko) – Sweet Angel is her handle, and she sings. But the case material doesn’t say much more. Soul, R&B (Motown style).
Mike Zito – Today (Eclecto-Groove) – Zito on g & vocals. Mixed tempos; little information in the case material.
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