Monday, December 31, 2018

HUNGARY:Barabás Lőrinc - Random Szerda- MAPS (2018)

Improvised music session recorded at Akvárium Klub, Budapest in 2018 Jan 3. credits released December 21, 2018 Barabás Lőrinc - trumpet Cséry Zoltán - keys Kolta Gergely - bass Mihalik Ábel - drums

Sunday, December 30, 2018

USA: Nyalles Tau North-Response (2018)

Saturday, December 29, 2018

USA : Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra-Concerto Peligroso (Dot Time Records 2018)

Chuck Israels has done it again! This recording features Chuck’s most exquisite composing and arranging to date! Laid out open and bare with intricate harmonies and rhythms, his Nonet ensemble presents these compositions with virtuoso musicianship, soulful solos while creating incredible new environs. With a nod to the past, Chuck is willing to share his wisdom looking toward the future. This is a need to hear album. Bravo Chuck! credits released December 20, 2018 Charlie Porter, trumpet John Moak, trombone John Nastos, alto saxophone, flute David Evans, tenor saxophone , clarinet Robert Crowell, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet Dan Faehnle, guitar Miles Black, piano Chuck Israels, bass Michael Raynor, drums Jessica Israels, voice

Friday, December 28, 2018

USA: Asta Hairston-Meandering(2018)

Asta Hairston | Meandering

In our crazy world, music is a dependable distraction as well as an emotional release. The enclosed tracks offer “something for everyone.” The GUSTAVO CASENAVE trio (Pedro Giraudo, drums, Franco Pinna, bass, Gustavo Casenave, piano) provides a journey through a variety of moods. Choose yours… VICKY BARRANGUET’S flawless design enriches and completes the journey. This CD is dedicated to the memory of two men whose impact on my life increases each day, my father, Tom D. Hairston and my best friend, Sonny Stitt.

USA: Benny Brydern-A Day in Vienna (feat. Raul Reynoso, John Reynolds & David Jackson) (2018)

Benny Brydern | A Day in Vienna (feat. Raul Reynoso, John Reynolds & David Jackson)

Classical music and jazz always had a fascination for each other. In the 1930s Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt took on J.S.Bach's famous double violin concerto to swing it Hot Club style. Later Duke Ellington gave Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy a new arrangement and the Klazz brothers took Mozart to Cuba. 1930s swing violinist Benny Brydern and his friends pay homage to the great Mozart,Bach,Schubert,Chopin and Puccini in their version of these classics. Joining Benny Brydern in this all star CD are guitarists John Reynolds and Raul Reynoso, bassist David Jackson and as featured guests Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet, Nick Mancini on vibes and Albert Alva on flute.

Retro swing CD with a hint of Gypsy jazz takes on famous classical melodies by Mozart,Bach,Schubert a.o.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

BRAZIL: Nelson Faria Convida Mike Stern: Um Café Lá Em Casa (feat. Mike Stern)(2018)

Nelson Faria | Nelson Faria Convida Mike Stern: Um Café Lá Em Casa (feat. Mike Stern)

Album gravado ao vivo durante o programa "Um Café Lá em Casa" em DUO com Nelson Faria e Mike Stern, exceto a faixa "Mr PC" que tem a participação de Rubem Farias no baixo elétrico

Um dos mais expressivos músicos brasileiros, Nelson Faria carrega em sua bagagem musical 12 CDs gravados, oito livros – sendo dois deles com edições nos EUA, Japão e Itália – um DVD com o grupo Nosso Trio e a vídeo-aula Toque de Mestre. Além disso, participa como músico, arranjador e/ou produtor em mais de 200 CDs de diversos artistas nacionais e internacionais. Também assina o modelo de guitarra Condor Nelson Faria Signature (JNF-1), desenvolvido pelo artista em parceria com a renomada fábrica de instrumentos.

Entre artistas com quem dividiu palcos e estúdios, destacam-se João Bosco, Cassia Eller, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ivan Lins, Till Broenner, Zélia Duncan, Ana Carolina, Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta, Tim Maia, Leila Pinheiro, Nico Assumpção, Gilson Peranzzetta, Paulo Moura, Wagner Tiso, Edu Lobo, Fátima Guedes, Karolina Vucidolac, Josee Konning, Lisa Ono, Baby do Brasil, Pascoal Meirelles, Antonio Adolfo, Nivaldo Ornelas, Mauro Senise, Maurício Einhorn e muitos outros. Em sua carreira, ele acumula apresentações no Brasil e em mais de 30 países no mundo.

Atualmente, Nelson Faria também atua como professor na Universidade de Örebro, na Suécia, além de trabalhar ao lado das mais importantes bigbands da Europa e dos EUA como arranjador e solista convidado. Desde março de 2015, é também apresentador do programa "Um café lá em casa", veiculado na web.

Nascido em Boston (EUA), o guitarrista Mike Stern começou a tocar aos 12 anos influenciado por BB King, Clapton e Hendrix. Não à toa, Stern é reconhecido pelas suas misturas de rock, blues e bebop no jazz-fusion.

Stern se formou na Berklee College Of Music e desde a sua estreia profissional na década de 1970 com a banda Blood, Sweat & Tears, ele já se apresentou por palcos do mundo afora como frontman e com artistas como Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, Billy Cobham e Michael Brecker.

Com 17 álbuns como frontman, seis nomeações ao Grammy e diversos prêmios de melhor guitarrista, Mike Stern tem uma carreira consolidada e é forte referência como renovador do jazz.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

USA JACK WILSON -Call Me - Jazz from the Penthouse (Century 67 2019)

Call Me - Jazz from the Penthouse

Call Me: Jazz from the Penthouse presents previously unreleased live recordings of underrated jazz pianist Jack Wilson and his quartet, best known for his work on the Atlantic and Blue Note labels. Featuring a young Roy Ayers and recorded in Seattle at the Penthouse jazz club in July and August of 1966 when Wilson's group was touring the west coast with Redd Foxx, these recordings feature a mix of standards, current pop hits of the day, and originals by Wilson himself. In addition to Roy Ayers on vibes, the group features Von Barlow on drums and Buddy Woodson on bass. The deluxe 24-page booklet features an appreciation by Ahmad Jamal, interviews with Roy Ayers and Von Barlow, producer's notes, and previously unseen archival photographs. These recordings were made just two weeks before Wilson & Co. Would enter the studio to record his classic Blue Note debut Something Personal.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

CANADA: -John Heward Quintet: Improvisations (2019)

This quintet was gathered by John Heward to open the Guelph Jazz Festival in September 2014. The recording is from a concert given in Montreal several days before the festival opening. The music is free improvisation: no score, just a resolution to make music. It was a special occasion to have Heward and legendary bassist Barre Philips, both at the age of 80 at the time of the recording, at the core of the quintet. They are joined by a stellar group of long-time Heward collaborators: Lori Freedman, Joe McPhee and Dana Reason. The release of this record is sadly a memorial tribute to John Heward (1934November 2018). Heward, from Montreal, was an internationally recognized percussionist in free jazz as well as a renowned painter and sculptor. He was an influential figure in the development of abstraction and improvisation in both visual art and music.
John Heward Quintet: Improvisations

Monday, December 24, 2018

USA Larry Willis, legendary jazz artist still going strong!

LARRY WILLIS has just returned from sold-out performances in China. He will be performing in Russia, Italy and South Africa in January/February 2019. I am in the process of adding dates to his 2019-2020 schedule. Larry Willis is a world class jazz artist and I highly recommend him to your agency for bookings in your region and your event schedule.
YouTube sound clips and a one sheet with details about his illustrious career in jazz are attached.
"To Wisdom, The Prize”
Larry Willis and Tony Pancella
In addition to concert appearances, Larry Willis offers master class work at the Peabody Institute, Arizona State University, Stanford University and Elizabeth City State University.
Larry Willis heads his own band Heavy Blue, and he is part of the touring quartet Heads of State (Larry Willis, Gary Bartz, Buster Williams and Al Foster, four of the greatest jazz musicians working today.
He is available for bookings at concert halls, clubs, festivals;* also clinics and workshops.
*Solo, duo, trio, quartet or larger ensembles.   

Sunday, December 23, 2018

USA Benjamin Boone - Philip Levine-The Poetry Of Jazz, Volume Two (2019)

The Poetry Of Jazz, Volume Two

Without knowing or planning it, saxophonist/composer Benjamin Boone has spent his life preparing for a collaboration with Philip Levine. Long fascinated by the inherent musicality of the spoken word, Boone crossed paths with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet as fellow professors at California State University, Fresno, and they ended up working closely together in the three years before Levine's death in 2015. Boone and Levine's 2018 release, 'The Poetry of Jazz,' captured a genre-expanding partnership unlike anything else in the jazz canon. 'Volume Two' completes the program with 14 poems and three instrumental compositions by Boone.
'Boone knows where the thing called poetry lives, an ocelot among the waters, a sky-shaped Rain God that flares down upon us. . . He is one of the very few that can lure Phil's poetry-magic and call it out and show it to the world. . . Beyond words up there with the muses. ' --- U. S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

'Poetry and jazz have long been great partners, but 'The Poetry of Jazz' offers a fresher take, just like Levine's poems give us new, heroic looks at the ordinary lives of the lower-middle class. . . The Poetry of Jazz is a master poet's contribution to the musical genre, one not to be missed. ' --- The Paris Review

Saturday, December 22, 2018

USA Neamen Lyles-Moment Of Truth (2019)

Moment Of Truth

The Moment of Truth is Neamen Lyles breakout statement as a saxophonist, composer, rapper and lyricist that redefines the boundaries of a typical saxophone CD. He has placed all of his cards on the table to bring you something exciting, sincere, slightly dangerous and definitely NEAMEN. Get ready, because you are going to love this

Friday, December 21, 2018

USA: Morgan Treni and the Landscapes January 13th 4:00 PM 3rd Annual Jazz at the Glen Rock Jewish Center

Morgan Treni and the Landscapes
Sunday, January 13th 4:00 pm
3rd Annual Jazz at the Glen Rock Jewish Center


Morgan Treni - vocals
Evan Oberla - trombone
Mark Mcintyre - guitar
Joey Tumulty - organ/keys
Jonathan Gardner - Bass
Sam Fishman - drums

A performance that blends the genres of pop/jazz/rock/cabaret

Glen Rock Jewish Center
682 Harristown Rd.
Glen Rock, NJ 07452

Ticket & Info

MORGAN TRENI & THE LANDSCAPES are a New York City based band pushing the boundaries of Pop & Jazz. "Our backbone comes from the American Songbook," shares Treni, whose leadership directs the band. "What makes us special, however, is our unique infusion of different genres, such as Pop, Rock n' Roll, Blues, and even Musical Theatre into our songs." Combined with Treni's fierce and haunting vocals, MORGAN TRENI & THE LANDSCAPES enchants listeners of all ages with inspiring lyrics and soulful melodies.

Thursday, December 20, 2018


Photo: Johan Janssen

Alex Coke

jazz saxophonist and flutist

Christmas with the Worthy Constituents
December 25, 2018
(512) 473-2279
Worthy Constituents Alex Coke (flutes, saxophone) and Rich Harney (piano) swinging and bringing comfort and joy to the Elephant Room this Christmas.
With Daniel Durham (bass )and Masumi Jones (drums).
Austin Jazz Society Presents Alex Coke Quartet
January 6, 2019
Chez Zee Annex
5406 Balcones Dr
Austin TX 78731
The Austin Jazz Society opens its new season at Chez Zee with
saxophone/flutist Alex Coke in quartet with composer pianist Rich Harney, bassist Daniel Durham and drummer Masumi Jones.
A lovely concert room with plenty of free parking,
Chez Zee provides a listening experience for real jazz lovers.

USA: Pianist/Composer Brittany Anjou Debuts with "Enamigo Reciprokataj" on Origin, Due Feb. 15

Brittany Anjou
Introduces Sweeping, Original Vision
On "Enamiĝo Reciprokataj,"
Set for Feb. 15 Release by Origin Records
Pianist-Composer's Debut Features  
Epic Five-Part Suite, Five Other Originals
In a Trio with Bassist Greg Chudzik & Nicholas Anderson,
Special Guests Ari Folman-Cohen & Ben Perowsky
CD Release Shows at Royal Room, Seattle, 12/29;
Le Poisson Rouge, NYC, 2/25 

November 29, 2018
 Brittany Anjou Enamigo ReciprokatajPianist-composer Brittany Anjou blends the influences of a wide range of jazz and classical piano, and a fascination with the Esperanto language, on her stunning debut Enamiĝo Reciprokataj, set for a February 15 release on Origin Records. A trio album featuring bassist Greg Chudzik and drummer Nicholas Anderson (as well as two tracks with special guests, bassist Ari Folman-Cohen and drummer Ben Perowsky), it also includes 10 original compositions, highlighted by an eponymous five-part suite that showcases both Anjou's ambition and her originality.
Enamiĝo Reciprokataj (pronounced En-ah-mee-joh Reh-sih-pro-kah-tye) translates into English as Reciprocal Love -- or, alternately, as Mutual Breakdown. "[It's] a double entendre about improvisation and the push/pull of relationships," Anjou writes. She also refers to multiple levels of relationships: "It represents the enigma improvisers face to spontaneously fall in love with their instrument/the sound/the situation/each other," she says. "And additionally, to convince an audience to fall in love with their love."
If the concept sounds somewhat esoteric, the music itself is anything but. The album's bookend tracks, "Starlight" and its reprise "Reciproka Elektra," alternate instantly compelling, electronically processed washes with warm and confidently swinging piano-trio melodies. Each of the suite's five parts comprises an expressive, hook-filled tune and improvisation set to a joyful dance of a rhythm, from the whirlwind "Reciprokataj I: Cyrene (Flight of the Butterfly)" to the 5/4 bounce of "Reciprokataj IV: Olive You." Even the grim determination Anjou presents on "Reciprokataj V: Flowery Distress" is offset by Folman-Cohen and Perowsky's irrepressibility.
The album also honors Anjou's most important pianistic influences. Her phrasing and chord voicings channel the respective spirits of Oscar Peterson and Red Garland; in addition, she separates the parts of the suite with songs that directly pay tribute to favorites Ahmad Jamal ("Snuffaluffagas") and McCoy Tyner ("Hard Boiled Soup"). "All of the music celebrates my love affair with great jazz pianists," she says.
Anjou's use of Esperanto is not incidental: With Enamiĝo Reciprokataj, she begins a planned trilogy of albums based on the concepts and structures of world languages. (The next two installments will center on Dagara and Arabic, respectively.) "To me, Esperanto is a romance," she says. "The language mirrors jazz improvisation . . . . Jazz and Esperanto are both contemporary languages of the last century, and both promote intercultural dialogue, democracy, and self-expression."
Brittany Anjou 
Brittany Anjou was born in 1984 in Minot, North Dakota, moving to Seattle as a very young child. Her mother was a pianist, flutist, and music teacher, and Brittany began playing piano herself at age five. Her mother also played a lot of jazz recordings around the house, and at 12, hearing a solo by the Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez, Brittany was inspired to begin studying jazz.
As a high school student, she joined and toured with Seattle's Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, meeting and performing with Wynton Marsalis in New York. Attending the Stanford Jazz Workshop at 16, she worked with Clark Terry, who became her idol. It was around that same time that Anjou began composing -- including much of the material that eventually became Enamiĝo Reciprokataj.
Arriving in New York to study music at NYU, Anjou studied with Stefon HarrisTony Moreno, and Sherrie Maricle, as well as with Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer at School for Improvised Music. She also studied classical music in Prague with composer Milan Slavický, and West African gyil music in Ghana with master player Bernard Woma and his protegees. She has since performed in 13 countries on three continents with a number of ensembles including the New York Arabic Orchestra, the Shaggs, Bi TYRANT, and the LARCENY Chamber Orchestra (founding and leading the latter two).
Anjou began performing selections from Enamiĝo Reciprokataj while living in Prague in 2005 and continued honing it thereafter, including in a well-received performance with Bi TYRANT at New York's Zinc Bar during the 2018 Winter Jazz Festival. In the fall of 2018, she returned to Kuwait to teach piano and jazz ensembles as part of a nine-month residency at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center opera house, in an experimental music program, the first of its kind in the country.
Brittany Anjou will perform CD release concerts at the Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, on Sat. 12/29, with Evan Flory-Barnes, b, and Matt Jorgensen, d, plus special guests Rose Rutledge, ss/fl, and Johnny Butler, ts, among others; at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, on Mon. 1/7, with Greg Chudzik, b. and Shirazette Tinnin, d.; and at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NYC, on Mon. 2/25, with Chudzik and Tinnin. Anjou will also be playing with the Women in Jazz Organization collective at Jazzahead (Schwankhalle), Bremen, Germany on Sat. 4/27
Photography: Jeff Chase  
Brittany Anjou - Enamiĝo Reciprokataj (Origin Records) - album video EPK 
Brittany Anjou - Enamiĝo Reciprokataj (Origin Records) - album video EPK
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

USA: Walt Weiskopf European Quartet on tour

European Quartet Hits International Jazz Circuit 

For the third year, I am happy to announce that the Walt Weiskopf European Quartet (WWEQ) will be hitting the international jazz circuit throughout Europe and Scandinavia in early 2019.

Starting January 17, I will be teaming up with three of Europe's finest and most sought-after jazz musicians: pianist Carl Winther, bassist Andreas Lang, and drummer Anders Mogensen, to commence a two-week tour in Malmö, Sweden, with other performances following throughout Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and France.
My fellow players have attracted world-wide attention with their talents touring with jazz greats Jerry Bergonzi, Tim Hagans, Adam Nussbaum, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Greg Hutchinson, and David Liebman, to name a few.
At the end of our tour, WWEQ will record our second album in Copenhagen, so be on the lookout for that international release later in 2019.

WWEQ Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

USA: Guitarist Blake Aaron grooves and shakes his way to number one

Guitarist Blake Aaron grooves and shakes his way to number one

“Groovers and Shakers,” featuring saxophonist Darren Rahn, tops the Billboard,
Groove Jazz Music and RadioWave singles charts.

ALISO VIEJO (20 November 2018): It was destined to be a hit from the start and now Blake Aaron’s “Groovers and Shakers” is number one on three national singles charts: BillboardGroove Jazz Music and RadioWave. The first song written and produced collaboratively by the R&B/contemporary jazz guitarist and saxophonist Darren Rahn was rushed into production and shipped to radio stations last summer when Aaron’s label and radio promoter heard the potential for a chart-topper after being sent a demo by the duo. In fact, “Groovers and Shakers” bumped the single Innervision Records had originally scheduled for release by Aaron in late July. 

The No. 1 single that will appear on Aaron’s forthcoming sixth album, “Color and Passion,” pays tribute to the people behind the music, the family of fans, the radio programmers and the concert promoters who keep jazz alive and thriving. “Groovers and Shakers” is the fifth single that previews the album following “Riviera Nights,” “VIVID,” “Godfather Brown” and “Summer Ride.” All five have spent time on the Billboard singles chart. In addition to crafting music to complete his own collection, Aaron is in the studio producing material for trumpeter Preston Smith, his labelmate.

Next month, Aaron will perform a holiday show at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato in Los Angeles on December 21. The guitarist is part of a 2019 package tour booking dates now as The Soul Patrol. Aaron will share the stage with vocalist Larry Braggs (Tower of Power, The Temptations) and saxophonist Tom Braxton.  The Soul Patrol debuts with a California run starting on January 10 at Yoshi’s in Oakland, January 12 at Humphrey’s in San Diego and January 13 at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Aaron opens for seminal urban-jazz saxophonist Najee, a frequent collaboration partner, at the Empress Theatre near San Francisco on February 21. 

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Monday, December 17, 2018


New Faces

straight Forward Josh Lawrence - trumpet Roxy Coss - tenor sax Behn Gillece - vibraphone Theo Hill - piano Peter Brendler - bass Vinnie Sperrazza - drums PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online! Posi-Tone Records unveils a carefully curated presentation of "New Faces" and keeps the musical message focused "Straight Forward." This album is certainly not just another blowing date. This new music intentionally combines the individual talents of emerging Posi-Tone leaders into a cohesive camaraderie of artists that work together as a unified collective to consciously create a series of meaningful musical presentations. This "New Faces" group (trumpeter Josh Lawrence, vibraphonist Behn Gillece, saxophonist Roxy Coss, pianist Theo Hill, bassist Peter Brendler and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza) was carefully assembled and supervised by producer Marc Free, given the collective mission, and then sent off together to explore a wonderland of melodic mysteries and harmonic possibilities. The entire series of succinct performances included on this album are deliberately intended to provide accurate practical auditory insight and representation of the musical aesthetics and operational ethos of Posi- Tone Records. Highlighted by a sparkling diadem of performances, the album's engaging program takes us on an entertaining musical journey, and revisits some repertoire gems from the label's previous releases, along with some fresh cuts from the artist's dazzling compositional catalog. Sit back and enjoy the intelligent and beautiful sounds emanating from these talented "New Faces" as they work inclusively to move the music dialog "Straight Forward" toward a more delightful today and a brighter tomorrow

Sunday, December 16, 2018


Voyager began as the creative project of drummer/composer Eric Harland, and has since evolved into a musical collective featuring the compositions of all the band's members. The band is comprised of the leading instrumentalists of a generation: Walter Smith III (saxophone), Taylor Eigsti (piano), Harish Raghavan (bass), and Julian Lage (guitar). 13th Floor is the second studio album from Voyager, a follow-up album to their initial studio release Vipassana. Eric Harland - Drums / Taylor Eigsti - Piano / Walter Smith III - Saxophone / Julian Lage - Guitar / Nir Felder - Guitar / Harish Raghavan - Bass


Saturday, December 15, 2018

TUNISIA: Dhafer Youssef - Sounds of Mirror (Anteprima 2018)

 Some dreams last a long time. And hunchs that have value of prophecies. The traveling musician who helped to introduce the oud into jazz, satisfies his dream of Indian music and invites the famous percussionist Zakir Hussain to share some French stages in duet.The symbiosis is quite obvious but a color is missing : a wind instrument. Dhafer Youssef then summons another "soul mate" : the Turkish clarinet player Hüsnü Şenlendirici. The trio sketches in concert the raw material of "Sounds Of Mirrors". The recording starts in Bombay, then in Istanbul where Eivind Aarset, the aerial jazz guitarist from Norway, joins the adventure. If If the disk was, at the very beginning, a tribute to Zakir Hussain and tablas, it actually takes an unexpected direction. « I felt that, working with and from an indian cultural base, we could approach a more universal speech... This recording was such a perfect ode to friendship and fraternity ! When we played together, I had this feeling that souls were connected, perfectly explaining the title of the album « Sounds Of Mirrors », tells Dhafer.

Friday, December 14, 2018

USA: Kelly Green Trio-Volume One (feat. Alex Tremblay & Evan Hyde) (2018)

Kelly Green Trio | Volume One (feat. Alex Tremblay & Evan Hyde) 
After playing consistently together for a year this trio of highly skilled jazz musicians form a sound together through arrangements and originals that is exciting and unique! We went into the studio after playing together for a year and fresh off our first tour as a trio! Here is the result of hard work and dedication to an art form and a sound. Here is our first review: "Pianist/composer/vocalist Kelly Green released her debut recording, Life Rearranged (Self Produced, 2017) not so long ago by today's output standards. On that recording she revealed herself capable of performing in a variety of formats, with a variety of accompanists. Presently, Green provides us the hopefully-entitled Kelly Green Trio, Volume One, tacitly promising more volumes to come. This is a good thing, because I just figured out the really great thing about Green...well, everything. Mostly, though, Greens voice and singing style are a fortuitous package deal providing beautifully conversational singing with a solid range and certain expression. Volume One is a seven-song collection with six standards and a single, clever original "Daily Lies." The disc opens with a lengthy consideration (9-minutes plus) that is a revelation. Revealed are all of the charms of Green's voice and her orchestral piano style. Bassist Alex Tremblay provides a reliable pulse and excellent solos, as does drummer Evan Hyde . The three easily navigate the Charles Mingus/Joni Mitchell mashup of "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines" and the deft be bop of Charlie Parker's "Marmaduke" coupled with Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose," appropriate as both are contrafacts of "I Got Rhythm," but it is Green and her wonderfully sardonic, casual and amiable deliver that makes the day. I am so glad there will be a Volume Two." - C. Michael Bailey, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Thursday, December 13, 2018

USA: Joey Arias, Raven O & Sherry Vine-The Lost Bar D'o Record (2018)

Joey Arias, Raven O & Sherry Vine | The Lost Bar D'o Record
 The Lost Bar D'o Record by Joey Arias, Raven O & Sherry Vine © Copyright - Bryce Levan Cushing / Moonfire Tower Records

 This is a recording from the stars of the hit downtown NYC show Bar d'O, which was all the rage in the 1990's. The show was a place where the misfits and queers came together to meet in a small bar in Manhattan and hear their idols sing. Arais, Vine & O. It was an amazing week in the spring of 1998, when Joey Arias, Sherry Vine and Raven O came to Philadelphia and performed several shows, produced by the reckless young provocateur MoonFire Tower. Tower had a reputation for being a trouble maker club kid, with a sly wit and sound determination. He was secretly in love with Joey Arias. MoonFire Tower booked the stars of the hottest downtown show Bar d'O for dates in Philadelphia town, which were a hit, and simultaniously booked a studio in Fairmount to record this record. Soon after this recording, the studio moved, and the recording was lost for many years, over a decade actually. It is many years after that, and finally the entire surving project is being released, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Bar d'O. Have a great show ladies! We know you will be amazing, the best there ever was! This is slice of downtown NYC history. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

GREECE: Christos Anestopoulos-Deja Vu (2018)

The compositions and the music of this album is based entirely on the sound of this specific acoustic quartet with saxophone, classical guitar, double bass and drums and it combines strong melodic lines from various styles such as classical, jazz and folk music. With their music they create a dreamy, ethereal and atmosphere which leaves the audience with a positive and happy experience but some times also melancholic and very esoteric and deep. Improvisation is a very basic element in the music the four of them create and it used in a way that each performance of the group is different and unique. credits releases

December 20, 2018

 Christos Anestopoulos – guitar,compositions David Lynch – Sax Vasilis Stefanopoulos – double bass Vasilis Podaras – drums

USA:Peter Louis, Michael Webster, Oscar Feldman, George Hooks- On the Avenue (2018)

Peter Louis, Michael Webster, Oscar Feldman, George Hooks | On the Avenue

On the Avenue by Peter Louis, Michael Webster, Oscar Feldman, George Hooks © Copyright - Peter Louis / Peter Louis 

Witty retro jazz Original compositions by Peter Louis. Arrangements by Peter Louis and Mike Webster. Vocals and guitar - Peter Louis. Tenor saxophone - Mike Webster. Alto saxophone - Oscar Feldman. Drums and percussion - George Hooks. Trumpet - Steve Thomas. Flute and baritone saxophone - Jon Willinger. Piano on tracks 1, 7, 10 - Nanae Atarashi. Piano on other tracks - Glenway Fripp. Acoustic bass - Mark Hagan. Electric Bass - Art Gueverra.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

USA:Acute Inflections(- In December ( 2018)

Acute Inflections | In December

 Acute Inflections / Acute Inflections (193428358034) Our second release is a holiday album that includes our fun and jazzy renditions of classic songs for the season, along with an original tune celebrating the best time of the year!

Acute Inflections, NYC's latest contribution to jazz, is a chic duo of singer Elasea Douglas and bassist Sadiki Pierre. Their sultry sound and fashionable flair have made them the perfect musical act during Cocktail Hour & Dinner at high-end private events and weddings. They have even opened for Jennifer Hudson, Sting, and other notable artists at some of these events. Heads of State, Celebrities and CEOs regularly entrust them to amaze the attendees of their personal celebrations. They also have a corporate following that includes Mercedes-Benz, ESPN, and Tiffany & Co. Acute Inflections released their debut EP, The Brave, in November 2017. It spent five weeks in the Top-10 of the RMR Top 50 Jazz Chart and their cover of Prince’s Kiss was ranked #1 for eight weeks. A bright future awaits these talented artists.

USA: SALE CD Bundle: "Christmas in the City" AND "To Know Love" from Maria Schafer

SALE CD Bundle: "Christmas in the City" AND "To Know Love" main photo

SALE CD Bundle: "Christmas in the City" AND "To Know Love"
from Maria Schafer

Special holiday bundle with 1 copy of NEW duo album "Christmas in the City" and 1 copy of quartet album "To Know Love"

Includes unlimited streaming of Christmas in the City via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC

Monday, December 10, 2018

Netherlands: The Spinshots-Never so Right: East Side (2018)

The Spinshots | Never so Right: East Side
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Sunday, December 9, 2018

USA: Gil Evans Orchestra CD Release Show HIDDEN TREASURES MONDAY NIGHTS VOLUME ONE Saturday, December 22nd 9:30PM The Cutting Room

Gil Evans Orchestra

CD Release Show

Saturday, December 22nd 9:30pm
The Cutting Room
44 E32nd St.

Between Park and Madison
New York, NY 10016

(212) 691-1900
Tickets & Info

Kenwood Dennard: Drums

Mino Cinelu: Percussion

Mark Egan: Bass

Pete Levin: Keyboards

Miles Evans: Trumpet

Shunzo Ohno: Trumpet

Mike Mossman: Trumpet

Conrad Herwig: Trombone

David Taylor: Bass Trombone

John Clark: French Horn

Rob Scheps: Alto Sax & Flute

Alex Foster: Tenor & Soprano Sax

Alden Banta: Baritone Sax

And surprise Special Guests!

Music Charges + Any Minimums: $20

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GIL Evans Orchestra "Hidden Treasures" (Miles Evans Promo)

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Musical sparks fly from this group of New York’s finest musicians with a varied program of compositions that recall Gil Evans’ infamous Monday night sessions at the Greenwich Village club, Sweet Basil.


Release Date: DECEMBER 07, 2018
UPC Code: 860000347525

Track listing and Running Time 
1. SUBWAY Pete Levin 10:56
2. LL FUNK Miles Evans 5:29
3. I SURRENDER Delmar Brown/Alex Foster 7:17
5. LUNAR ECLIPSE Masabumi Kikuchi 6:28
6. MOONSTRUCK Gil Evans 1:49
7. ELEVEN Gil Evans 5:24

Kenwood Dennard – Drums, Mino Cinelu – Percussion Mark Egan – bass Pete Levin – keyboards, Miles Evans – trumpet Shunzo Ohno – trumpet David Taylor - Bass Trombone, John Clark - French Horn, Chris Hunter – Alto Sax, Flute, Alex Foster - Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax Darryl Jones - Bass (Tune 2), Matthew Garrison - Bass & Bass Solo (Tune 2), Vernon Reid - Guitar (Tune 2), Paul Shaffer - Fender Rhodes (Tune 2),David Mann - Alto Sax (Tune 2), Gil Goldstein - Piano (Tunes 1, 2, 5, 6), Delmar Brown- Synthesizer (Tunes 1, 2, 5), Charles Blenzig - Synthesizer (Tunes 2, 3, 4, 7), Gabby Abularach - Guitars (Tune 1, 4, 5), Jon Faddis - Trumpet (Tunes 1, 5, 6), Dave Bargeron -Trombone (Tunes 1, 5, 6), Gary Smulyan - Baritone Sax (Tunes 1, 5, 6),Birch Johnson - Trombone (Tunes 3, 4, 7,) Alex Sipiagin - Trumpet (Tunes 3, 4, 7),Alden Banta - Baritone Sax (Tunes 3, 4, 7).

Monday Nights” is not only the first studio recording of the Gil Evans Orchestra in over forty years, it’s also offers some of the most audacious and electrifying music of the new millennium. The late Gil Evans was one of the most respected orchestrators in jazz history and his fabled collaborations with Miles Davis, including “Birth of the Cool,” “Sketches of Spain” and “Porgy and Bess,” set the gold standard for modern jazz arranging. Accordingly, Evans played a key role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz and jazz fusion. All of these influences are strikingly present on “Monday Nights,” a particularly contemporary incarnation of Evans’ music. After a string of gigs that started in the late 70s, the Gil Evans Orchestra began a run of Monday night engagements in 1983 at the Greenwich Village club, Sweet Basil, which resulted in a number of successful live recordings by Gil Evans and the Monday Night Orchestra. The gig continued sporadically until 1994. Mr. Evans had a knack for bringing out the best in his groups comprised of first-call New York players including David Sanborn, Alan Rubin and Tom “Bones Malone,” and such musicians as George Adams, Hannibal Marvin Peterson and Howard Johnson. Gil’s sons, trumpeter Miles Evans and his brother Noah are keeping the flame alive with “Hidden Treasures,” a trilogy of recordings of which “Monday Nights” is the first. The concept here, is to feature compositions that the Orchestra played live in the late 70s and early 80s. Forthcoming are “The Classics,” featuring modern renderings of Evans’ original arrangements, including “My Ship,” and “The Meaning of the Blues,” and, the final release in the series, “Gil & Anita,” named for the late jazz icon and his wife. “Subway,” written and arranged by keyboardist Pete Levin opens the album and introduces the imperial command of the ensemble, anchored by drummer Kenwood Dennard. With dynamic twists and turns, and subtle musical shadings, this is one hell of a subway ride. Commanding solos by trombonist Dave Bargeron and tenor saxist Alex Foster, offering some respect for Wayne Shorter, add to the excitement. Trumpeter Miles Evans wrote and arranged “LL Funk” and once again Kenwood Dennard drives the music with a powerful funk beat good for both listening and dancing. With Darryl Jones on bass, special guests’ solos abound: keyboardist Paul Shaffer, even more laid back than usual; the criminally underrated Matthew Garrison and his highly original bass: and Vernon Reid bringing a thick almost heavy metal guitar tip to the track. The icing on the cake is David Mann, who weaves his bluesy, potent alto sax throughout the track. “I Surrender,” written by Delmar Brown and Alex Foster, and arranged by Alex and Charles Blenzig is a musical requiem for a heavyweight. Mr. Brown, a superb keyboardist who played with the Gil Evans Orchestra as well as Pat Martino, passed away in 2017 and “I Surrender” is his tribute. He is also present on several tracks recorded before his passing. A true musical heavyweight, Alex Foster offers another side of his soulful, highly expressive tenor. A very popular composition from the Sweet Basil days, “Groove from the Louvre,” written and arranged by John Clark, features the composer on french horn, trumpeters Shunzo Ohno and then Alex Sipiagin, percussionist Mino Cinelu, who came to prominence with Miles Davis and Weather Report, bass trombonist Dave Taylor. Deft and determined, drummer Dennard anchors the band through the gentle opening, and then the hard edged groove that follows. There’s a regal, totally swinging feel to the track, with superb ensemble work that shows this is more than just a group of soloists, but a real orchestra. “Lunar Eclipse” written by Masabumi Kiuchi and arranged by the master himself, Gil Evans, is evocative and cinematic. An Evans protégé, Gil Goldstein solos here, memorably, amidst a dreamy synthesizer background which follows him through his two solos on the track, the first of which gives away to Mino Cinelu on bongos and then drummer Dennard, raising the musical stakes once again. It’s a heady musical mixture. More of the master on “Moonstruck,” which is short, whimsical and very tasty. Tracking at 1:49, it’s an ensemble feature that’s both intriguing and attention grabbing. The recording closes with “Eleven,” also straight from the source, a Gil Evans composition and arrangement, which originally appeared as “Petits Machins (Little Stuff)on the 1968 Miles Davis recording, Filles de Kilimanjaro. The set closer is a bristling swinger, a fitting capper to this powerful set of absolutely stunning music. The groove is infectious, a potent platform for solos by alto saxophonist Chris Hunter, Charles Blenzig on electric piano and Alex Foster, who returns on tenor and continues to amaze. Gil Evans Lives!

Monday Nights is available for purchase on Pledge Music.

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