Tuesday, June 19, 2018

GERMANY: Esbjorn Svensson Trio-Live In London(ACT 2018)

Live In London
As a jazz band, e.s.t. created some of the most popular, enduring, forward-thinking and simply enjoyable music the genre has seen for many years. Over the course of a dozen albums released through ACT, both studio and live sessions, Esbjorn Svensson, Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström captured the hearts and minds of jazz fans with their innovative and imaginative approach to the classic piano trio setting. The first ever European band to feature on the front cover of US jazz bible Downbeat, they were undoubtedly one of the most popular groups to have come out of the genre. And yet they were so much more than just a jazz band their music confounded the expectations of audiences who thought they knew what jazz sounded like, blew away preconceptions about where the boundaries between genres lie, and introduced countless non-jazz listeners around the world to the idea that instrumental, improvised music could be as intelligent, interesting, satisfying and accessible as more traditionally popular styles. Their tunes could encompass the energy and hypnotic thrall of dance music, the drive and riotous power of rock, or the meditative solemnity of quiet chill-out electronica. Esbjorns tragic death in June 2008, at the age of just 44, shocked the music world. Jazz had lost an ally, an ambassador and a friend, but greater still was the loss to music as a whole. The release of this live album marks a poignant moment: the tenth anniversary of the tragic and premature death of Esbjorn Svensson.



USA: Jazz Notes Intel: Guitarist Russell Malone Gets Saluted; Dafnis Prieto Big Band Latin Marvel & More



Jazz Notes Intel: By Dan Ouellette
Guitarist Russell Malone Gets Saluted; Dafnis Prieto Big Band Latin Marvel; Roots Flair With Marcia Ball and Irresistible Trio Pianism by Django Bates

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By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, June 8, 2018
Maestro guitarist Russell Malone thanks six-string elder Kenny Burrell for giving him invaluable advice thirty years ago to advance his career. “Kenny told me to always be consistent,” the 54-year-old Malone said in a phone conversation from his New Jersey home shortly after returning from headlining a doubleheader of jazz festivals in Jacksonville, FL and Atlanta. “You’ve got to always play well and remember that people fly or drive to pay money to see you. For me the most important thing is to consistently reach the listener. A lot of musicians start out working to gain the respect of their peers, but after a while they try to live up to someone else’s idea of what jazz music is. That’s a recipe for disaster.”

Throughout his career, Malone’s true-to-myself wisdom has been lauded and appropriately is celebrated this year by Jack Kleinsinger, a former New York assistant attorney general who became a vital jazz impresario presenting his unique four-show Highlights in Jazz concert series. In its 46th season, it’s the longest-running jazz concert series in the city. Launched in 1973, he has produced more than 300 concerts with such classic jazz stars as Zoot Sims, Roy Haynes, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Dave Brubeck, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and Billy Higgins, among many others.

Each year for the season’s finale, Kleinsinger pays tribute to an alive-and-well artist. This year on Thursday, June 21 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the honor goes to Malone. “Russell is the youngest artist ever saluted,” he said, running down a long list of former honorees, including his very first, Lionel Hampton, and Malone’s mentor Burrell. “When I was beginning to do concerts, I was thinking of how tired I was going to memorials for jazz stars who had passed away. That’s when I started doing the salutes, bringing together different styles across the generations.”

Russell Malone; photo: Chris Drukker.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

USA: JD Allen - Love Stone(2018)


Love Stone

2018 release. Tenor saxophonist JD Allen's output on Savant Records has been steady since his 2012 album The Matador and the Bull, and this beautiful and intensely interesting ballads album is an assured milestone in his career to date. There are patented JD-isms: that almost operatic-like swoon and smear of tone; deconstructed themes full of non-linearity and melodic asides arriving unforeseen. As in all of Allen's recordings, there is also a spare Chopin-like quality, with a shadowy, crepuscular character to much of the material. An album made up entirely of ballads requires a first-rate harmonic foundation and guitarist Liberty Ellman once again proves himself to be the most sensitive of accompanists, alternating between full harmonic richness and skittering, almost pointillistic lines which merely hint at the harmonies. The depth of Allen's timbre and phrasing is such that the absence of a keyboard is not really felt, and his quartet proves again that it is one of the most highly accomplished small groups in contemporary jazz.

USA: Verve Jazz Ensemble Showcases Jubilant Group Sound on 5th Album, "Connect the Dots," Due July 20

Verve Jazz Ensemble Showcases
Jubilant Group Sound on Its 5th Album,
"Connect the Dots,"
Set for Release July 20 by LightGroove Media
 
Album Features Originals &
"Underserved" Jazz Compositions,
With Saxophonist/Flutist Alexa Tarantino & 
Trombonist Willie Applewhite 
Joining Quintet Led by Drummer Josh Feldstein

CD Release Show Set for
Saturday, Sept. 29, 8pm, Club Bonafide, NYC
        
 
 
June 12, 2018
 
Verve Jazz Ensemble Connect the DotsAlways highly polished, the Verve Jazz Ensemble's timeless straight-ahead jazz reaches for exuberance as well on LightGroove Media's July 20 release Connect the Dots. The fifth album by the VJE, a modular New York-based ensemble led by drummer Josh Feldstein, features upbeat performances of band originals, standards, and lesser-known works by classic jazz composers -- each characterized by the musicians' palpable delight in playing together.
 
Connect the Dots also finds the VJE expanded to seven pieces, with alto saxophonist/flutist Alexa Tarantino and trombonist Willie Applewhite making their VJE debuts alongside the existing quintet of trumpeter/flugelhornist Tatum Greenblatt, tenor saxophonist Jon Blanck, pianist Steve Einerson, bassist Elias Bailey, and Feldstein.
 
The exuberance is amplified by the tunes themselves: catchy melodies, imbued with deceptively rich harmonies and finger-snapping grooves. This, according to Feldstein, is part of the band's reason for being. "Beyond the joy of playing the music, one of our goals is to make the music more widely accessible," he says. "Brighter and with melodic and rhythmic structures people can immediately connect to, whether the listener is new to jazz or an aficionado."
 
To that end, Connect the Dots includes new arrangements of some of jazz's most beloved standards -- Lee Morgan's "Ceora," Cole Porter's "Love for Sale," Harold Arlen's "My Shining Hour" -- alongside intoxicating originals like Feldstein and Greenblatt's lush bebop title track and Blanck's subtly funky "Autumn Left."
 
However, the album also features "underserved" tunes by jazz royalty of the likes of Benny Golson ("Little Karin"), Stan Kenton ("Intermission Riff"), and Gerry Mulligan ("Disk Jockey Jump"). Here too, says Feldstein, is one of VJE's missions: "To find music that is fresh, with melodies we love, and blow the dust off it. There's so much amazing music that people haven't heard."
 
Verve Jazz Ensemble
L. to r.: Alexa Tarantino, Tatum Greenblatt, Steve Einerson, Elias Bailey,
Josh Feldstein, Willie Applewhite, Jon Blanck. 
 
The full septet appears on four of the album's 13 tracks. The remainder feature three different quintet configurations, as well as trio settings for Einerson, Bailey, and Feldstein. The drummer, along with Greenblatt and Blanck, contributed the arrangements for these configurations as well as providing the original tunes.
 
The Verve Jazz Ensemble is the brainchild of Josh Feldstein, born and raised in New York City. He began studying drums at 11; a year later, his drum teacher told him that Josh's drumming style reminded him of Gene Krupa. Josh immediately immersed himself in the recordings of the legendary "Sing, Sing, Sing" soloist. That was it: At a time when most of his friends were listening to pop artists like Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson, Josh "withdrew into jazz."
 
Through junior high and his years in Queens at Bayside High School, Josh continued his drumming. He attended Queens College where he got his undergraduate degree in English. Later, while living with his wife in DC, and after they moved to Connecticut, Josh continued sitting in at local clubs.
 
A turning point came in 2005 when Josh saw a recent West Conn jazz grad named Jon Blanckperform. Impressed with Jon's playing and musicianship, he introduced himself to the young saxophonist, and soon struck up a great friendship and musical connection. Together with bassist Chris DeAngelis, they formed a trio that became the core of the Verve Jazz Ensemble-- a name Josh chose to express his love of the music and the recording legacy put out by the storied jazz label.
 
Verve Jazz EnsembleThe band's lineup steadily evolved from their 2013 debut, It's About Time, a quintet outing that included the VJE debuts of New York's Tatum Greenblatt on trumpet and Matt Oestreicher on piano. East End Sojourn followed in 2014, with Elias Bailey taking over from DeAngelis on bass and Oestreicher alternating with Steve Einerson. The latter became the sole pianist on 2016's Perimeter (a breakthrough for the VJE, featuring five original compositions along with their usual well-chosen tunes). Their fourth album, Swing-A-Nova (2017), a trio feature with three tracks adding Greenblatt on trumpet, reached #6 on the JazzWeek radio charts. Now, with Connect the DotsAlexa Tarantino's alto saxophone and flute and Willie Applewhite's trombone fill out the VJE's exhilarating classic jazz sound.
 
The Verve Jazz Ensemble, featuring the entire septet, will perform a CD release show at Club Bonafide, 212 E. 52nd Street, NYC, on Saturday 9/29, 8:00-9:15pm.  
  
Photography: Gulnara Khamatova
 
 
 
 
  
Verve Jazz Ensemble: Disk Jockey Jump 
Verve Jazz Ensemble:
"Disk Jockey Jump"

 
Verve Jazz Ensemble: Bistro 
Verve Jazz Ensemble:
Lalo Shifrin's "Bistro"
 
 

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

USA: Pablo Aslan Presents a 2018 Latin Music Showcase

Pablo Aslan Presents
2018 Latin Music Showcase ​
Some of the most exciting Latin musicians in NYC present their latest CD for consideration for the current Latin Grammy awards.
Wednesday,  June 20th 6pm
Club Bonafide
212 E 52nd St
(bet 2ndand 3rdAve)
(646) 918-6189
 COVER is $15 - 2 drink minimum​
Featured Artists:
Sofia Tosello & Franco Pinna’s “Chuño” (Chuño)
Hakon Skogstad’s “Two Hands to Tango” (Avantango Records)
Roger Davidson’s “Oraçao Para Amanhã” (Soundbrush Records)
Oscar Feldman’s “Gol” (Zoho Music)
Fernando Garcia Rodas’ “Guasábara Puerto Rico” (Zoho Music)
New Caracas’”Mas Alla del Sol” (Rockaysms Music)
 

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ABOUT EACH ARTIST

Chuño is an experimental music duo originated by two Argentinian, New York City-based musicians, percussionist Franco Pinna and singer Sofia Tosello. Chuño es a genuinely on-of-a-kind, unlike anything the listener is likely to have heard before. At it's heart is an original instrument, the arpa legüera, that Pinna created four years ago in search of new sounds for his drum set. It is a percussion string instrument that uses the bombo legüero, a traditional South American drum, as a resonating chamber, creating a sound reminiscent of both harp and drum, but with its own transcendent qualities. On the other hand Sofia Tosello brings the warmth, the storytelling and the passionate interpretation of the lyrics. Pinna and Tosello have just released an album on April 16th, 2018 called Chuño on April 16th, 2018. 

OSCAR FELDMAN Known for his splendid tonalities and melodically outstanding charts, the Argentinian native demonstrates his superb skills on alto, tenor and soprano saxes, while employing a wide range of Panamerican references, from straight ahead to tango to candombe to samba to mambo. Feldman studied at Berklee College of music where he graduated cum laude in 1995 with a Major in Professional Music.
Oscar has recorded and toured internationally with notable artists such as guitar legend Al Di Meola, Grammy winner and top producer/arranger Eumir Deodato, Jeff Tain Watts, Avantango, Paquito D'Rivera's
United Nations Orchestra, Alex Acuna at prestigious venues such as the Opera Vienna House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall in New York, Park La Villette in Paris, the Blue Note as well as many International Jazz Festivals in Europe, the Americas and Africa.


FERNANDO GARCIA RODAS GUASABARA PUERTO RICO
“Puerto Rico native García organically blends folkloric Bomba rhythms and Latin jazz in a myriad of satisfying ways. His simpático crew of youngbloods push the envelope on García’s third album as a leader and debut for ZOHO music.”
– Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times


“Fernando has put together a very focused and cohesive recording, surrounded by a talented group of young musicians. The music is rhythmically inventive and extremely smart, built on the rock solid drumming by the leader. In all a very well rounded album, which I hope you enjoy listening to as much as I did.”
– Miguel Zenón

HAKON SKOGSTAD
As a performer of tango music I have always been fascinated by the unique sound of the bandoneón and how the instrument is used in solo arrangements and compositions. Performing together with bandoneón players and writing for the instrument as an arranger/composer has inspired me to adapt the technique and the interpretational aspects into my own piano playing. I wanted to see if I could incorporate the multilayered, flowing and improvisational manner of playing - constantly changing focus between the bass, chords, and melodic structures, rather than trying to do all at once as often as possible, like an orchestral reduction. This approach can be heard throughout the album and is taken to the extreme in El Marne, which is a bandoneón arrangement adapted for the piano. The melting point is the tribute composition “Tristezas de un doble S” where Piazzolla’s «Alfred Arnold» bandoneon is replaced by «Steinway and Sons».
 
 
NEW CARACAS
Inspired by the rhythms that flow across Latin America, New Caracas was founded in 2012 by Luis D’Elias, PJ Duffy, Brendan Pajak, and Evan Waaramaa in 2012 and defines itself as a collective of musicians, that craft a vast soundscape of melodies and sounds drawn from the South American experience, its folklore, and its traditions. For their debut album under their former name Luis D'Elias Ensemble, the band was nominated to the Independent Music Awards, the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and the Premios Pepsi Music in Venezuela. Currently they are working on their new album after being completely funded through IndieGogo in 2017. The release will showcase the talents of singers of all over North and South America telling stories of immigration and the Latin American Diaspora. With an eclectic backdrop of musicians from the NYC area, New Caracas imbues their music with the unique vibrance and energy of a multicultural cast of artists under one vision: to expand latin music to new frontiers and create a community based around the sounds and colors of América Latina.

A song about finding meaning to the word 'Hope', “Más Allá Del Sol”is the first single released from New Caracas' upcoming album, NOS, and features Colombian singer-songwriter, Alea. It was brought to life with the participation of Grammy winning producer Emilio Miler and Latin Grammy winning mixer Darío Peñaloza and features a 10 piece orchestra that blends classical sounds with vibrant latin rhythms, showcasing Luis D’Elias’ musical storytelling as performed by a multicultural cast of NYC based musicians.


ROGER DAVIDSON
Prayer for Tomorrow (Oraçao para Amanhã)

The album is the first by Davidson’s new trio, with stellar Brazilian musicians based in New York. The first-call rhythm section of Eduardo Belo (bass) and Adriano Santos (drums) is joined by another mainstay of the New York Brazilian jazz community of artists, harmonica and vibraphone extraordinaire Hendrik Meurkens, as featured soloist.
                                                                  
These recordings came about after the trio played several engagements in and around New York City. Recorded over several nights at NYCs famed Zinc Bar, a haven for Brazilian jazz, the musicians rejoice in each of Roger’s original compositions.

Roger Davidson explains:
“This album is a collection of my most recent compositions, recorded with my trio at one of my favorite venues in New York City. I am constantly inspired by the music of Brazil, and by having the chance to play with some of the best Brazilian musicians. This new crop of compositions are inspired directly by my travels in Brazil —and by my beloved Brazilian wife, Nilcelia Davidson.”
 


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USA: Bob Mintzer Big Band;New York Voices-Meeting of Minds (2018)


Meeting of Minds
"Meeting of Minds" focuses on the integration of voices with the big band. The combination of the dynamic writing styles of Bob Mintzer and Darmon Meader, from New York Voices, produces a very dense yet very fresh sonic palette. There are subtle harmonic and rhythmic nuances in the arrangements that blend together to deliver an engaging musical journey. The repertoire draws on the Great American Songbook from the 1930s and 1940s. Each arrangement transforms a classic song into a modern-day hit revealing the lasting power of a great song. In addition to the wonderful arrangements, the album showcases over a dozen powerful improvised solos from some of the top musicians in the world. The collaboration is truly a musically rich Meeting of Minds.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

USA: The Lost Album John Coltrane -Both Directions At Once:(2018)


Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

Unknown until 2004 and unheard until now, these recordings by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid. Featuring the Classic Quartet – John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones – and recorded at the end of a two-week run at Birdland, the music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history both performing in a musical style it had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory directions that were to affect the trajectory of jazz from that point forward. The standard version (available in CD and LP formats) incorporates 7 tracks, 2 of which are two completely unheard, brand new original compositions as well as Coltrane classics like Impressions and Vilia. The deluxe version (also available in CD and LP formats) incorporates 7 alternate takes of some of the tracks from the standard – a must have for any Coltrane fan.

USA: Theo Hill "Interstellar Adventures" (CAM JAZZ 2018)

Buy Now!
Pianist Theo Hill breaks orbit and embarks on a new mission with his latest release titled “Interstellar Adventures.” The musical program covers a wide spectrum of styles and sounds when Hill’s brilliant original compositions and arrangements are presented with the able assistance of his new acoustic/electric trio featuring bassist Rahsaan Carter and drummer Rudy Royston. Many listeners may already be familiar with Hill from his earlier work and will enjoy following him as he accelerates full speed ahead to navigate steadily away from the known and familiar into the uncharted depths of modern collective improvisation. With an amazing collection of talents and performances full of bright moments, jazz fans everywhere will swing with intense delight as Theo Hill soars to new heights with "Interstellar Adventures."
 
1. Interstellar Adventures 5:22 (Theo Hill)
2. Black Comedy 4:14 (Tony Williams)
3. Retrograde 4:55 (Theo Hill)
4. Cyclic Episode 3:44 (Sam Rivers)
5. The Comet 5:48 (Theo Hill)
6. Gyre 6:37 (Theo Hill)
7. Thorn Of A White Rose 4:26 (Jan Hammer)
8. Revelations 5:44 (Kenny Kirkland)
9. For Those Who Do 6:09 (Mulgrew Miller)
10. Enchanted Forest 3:38 (Theo Hill)

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Friday, June 15, 2018

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BRAZIL: Igor Willcox Quartet - Live! (2018)

This album is a celebration of several concerts and great achievements of the quartet, which have happened throughout these 2 years of existence.

And as it is a celebration, I decided to present all of you making this album available for FREE DOWNLOAD!

Download Link: https://www.igorwillcox.com/copy-of-album-ao-vivo 

We are very happy to share with you the first LIVE album of the quartet, which features the incredible performances of the amazing musicians Vini Morales (keys), Glecio Nascimento (bass), Clayton Sousa (saxophone), Erik Escobar (keys) and Fernando Rosa (bass).
The album has 10 tracks, featuring seven compositions of the album #1, and three tributes to the legends Wayne Shorter, Lenny White and Allan Holdsworth.


Bookings - Audrey Willcox: audreywillcox@agencialevelone.com.br



USA; Jazzheads 2018 Piano Festival: Dave Frank and Randy Klein at Club Bonafide Tues, June 19th 7:30 – 9:30pm

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Jazzheads 2018 Piano Festival:

Featuring Pianists Dave Frank and Randy Klein 

 
at Club Bonafide Tuesday, June 19th 7:30 – 9:30 pm


Jazzheads, one of NYC's premier jazz record labels, is proud to present the first of a series of upcoming mini-festivals featuring some of the greatest jazz musicians in NYC in an intimate setting.
 

Two top-tier pianists with different modern styles, Dave Frank and Randy Klein, will present back to back shows at the beautiful Club Bonafide212 E 52nd St., 3rd floor. Randy Klein will be performing in a duo with saxophonist Ole Mathisen. This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with two of the hottest players in town! Join us for an evening of piano ballads and burners.
 


Dave Frank is one of the busiest jazz pianists and educators on the scene today. He was an Assoc. Prof of Piano at Berklee College of Music from '87- '04, is the author of Hal Leonard's best-selling book series Joy of Improv, and currently directs the Dave Frank School of Jazz in NYC. Dave co- founded the New York School of Jazz in 1989, and studied with jazz legend Lennie Tristano from 1971-78. www.davefrank.com
 


Randy Klein is an award winning composer, pianist, record producer, music educator, author. Awards: 2 Gold Records, 4 National Emmy Awards, Simons Public Humanities Fellowship. Compositions: Fanfare For Jerusalem, For My People, Facing It, Dear John, Dear Coltrane, Flambé Dreams, DATA. Author: Quickstart Guide To Songwriting. Recordings: What’s Next?, Underground Romantic, Sunday Morning, Kleinway@Steinway. Docu-Scores – Free To Dance (PBS), Beyond Tara – The Extraordinary Life Of Hattie McDaniel (AMC), Richard Wright – Black Boy (PBS/BBC). . Exclusive Steinway Artist. www.randyklein.com

 

Jazzheads 2018 Piano Festival:
 
Dave Frank and Randy Klein Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:30 - 9:30pm
Club Bonafide
Cover $20

 

Reservations suggested.
 

For further information: Email: dfrankjazz@aol.com or info@jazzheads.com

USA:Kamasi Washington- Heaven And Earth (2018)


Heaven And Earth

Kamasi Washington’s sophomore album Heaven and Earth not only fulfills its overarching ambition, but illustrates the dialectic between seen and unseen, real and imagined, citizen and culture, self and self, as well as self and other, and does so through the lens of a mature but never jaded revolutionary consciousness. The artist’s own words best convey the inspiration behind this monolith of an album “The world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind. This idea inspired me to make this album Heaven and Earth. The reality we experience is a mere creation of our consciousness, but our consciousness creates this reality based on those very same experiences. We are simultaneously the creators of our personal universe and creations of our personal universe. The Earth side of this album represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The Heaven side of this album represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me. Who I am and the choices I make lie somewhere in between.”

Thursday, June 14, 2018

USA: MJ Territo Jazz at Kitano Thursday, June 28th Sets at 8 pm & 10 pm


MJ Territo
Appearing at
Jazz at Kitano
Thursday, June 28th​  
Sets at 8 pm & 10 pm

 
Jazz at Kitano
66 Park Avenue at 38th Street
NYC 10016
Reservations:  212-885-7119
$17 Cover + $20 minimum
www.kitano.com

MJ Territo, vocals
Linda Presgrave, piano
Iris Ornig, bass
Barbara Merjan, drums
MJ Featured In Hot House Magazine 
 
Even in the diverse world of jazz vocalists, MJ Territo pops out as unique, difficult to categorize, and quite superb. Sporting a rich, slightly lower-pitched vocal range, MJ offers a phrasing that places her comfortably in the jazz, cabaret and Broadway worlds, and her singing recalls an uncommon set of vocalists from Frank Sinatra to Carol Sloane to even Mabel Mercer. Similarly, in her projects she consistently makes intelligent and unusual decisions in repertoire and approach, perhaps best encapsulated on her most recent album, Ladies Day (Jollie Mollie Music), by her gorgeous duet with harpist Brandee Younger on the Dave Grusin composition “True.” For fans of the entire map of the Great American Songbook and its many unusual side routes, MJ’s performance with the Ladies Day Jazz Quartet is not to be missed.​ - Seton Hawkins
Critics love MJ's new CD "Ladies Day" 
Downbeat 3-1/2 stars
MJ Territo is a veteran singer who is very much a storyteller. With a calm delivery and ear for poetry, she sticks to the lyrics of songs while giving them a gentle swing. As the set progresses, Territo’s versatility and subtle creativity grow. Her singing on “True” is beautiful,and she is properly fetching on Dearie’s “I’m Shadowing You.” —Scott Yanow

All About Jazz: 
Vocalist MJ Territo celebrates all things women on her ambitious and overdue Ladies Day. What this recording proves to be is one of the most attractive  standards sets imagined, becausethese standards… are not so standard. Territo… expertly guides this welcome romp through the  less known….This is a collection of finely composed songs expertly  delivered in a thoughtful and compelling production. Well done!   --C. Michael Bailey 



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USA:Kobie Watkins Grouptet - Movement (2018)


Movement

Known for his fiery, emotive drumming from the last decade of touring and recording with Sonny Rollins, Bobby Broom and Kurt Elling, Kobie Watkins was at the same time visualizing musical concepts for his own compositions and group. First explored on his 2009 solo debut, 'Involved,' Watkins' new formation was created from the inside out, born and cultivated from his travels and experiences and realized through his several year performing relationship with pianist Justin Nielsen and his creatively connected band mates. Though born and raised in Chicago and now based in North Carolina, the Grouptet was formed by happenstance in Idaho near the entrance to Yellowstone, where they were each brought in to teach. The remoteness allowed them to freely explore their own collective voice resulting in this collection of nine inspired originals, along with a slinky new arrangement of 'Manteca.'

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

USA: Larry Goldings-Toy Tunes W/ P Bernstein & Bill Stewart (2018)


Toy Tunes W/ P Bernstein & Bill Stewart
Since 1991 Hammond organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Bill Stewart have constituted what Jazzstation calls an “…unusual camaraderie of world-class players… Three of the world's best players in the current jazz scene...” take to the musical playground to perform eight diverse, close-knit pieces that are a joy for the senses. Labeled “the best organ trio of the last decade” by the New York Times, these three possess a special place within the rich history of organ trios; with their adventurous eclecticism, they progress beyond the bop-influenced soul jazz of the likes of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Shirley Scott and into their own singular musical realm. Larry Goldings has collaborated with the “who’s who” of soul, pop and jazz, from Maceo Parker, Tracy Chapman, and James Taylor to Jim Hall, Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, and Charlie Haden, and is in demand as a composer for film and TV. Peter Bernstein has been called “the most universally respected and admired jazz guitarist of his generation”, and his work with such greats as Sonny Rollins, Jim Hall, Joshua Redman, and Brad Mehldau backs up the claim. Known for his melodicism and polyrhythmic complexity, Bill Stewart has played with Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, and, like Goldings, Maceo Parker, and has had a long-time collaboration with John Scofield. All three are recognized composers.