Monday, September 30, 2019


Folk & Jazz
On this new release, Swedish artist Meta Roos joins up with Trio X to present a varied program of folk and jazz tunes by various composers. Meta Roos was born and raised in Boda Kyrkby in but lives since 2002 in Bålsta in Uppsala county . She made her debut as a sixteen-year-old when she started singing with various dance bands in Dalarna; She achieved the greatest success with the Nippe Sylwéns Band. Since 1984 she has been a full time artist. During the 1980s, she sang in the dance band Rose Band, which became popular throughout Europe . Roos played New Year's Rev in Borlänge and came a few years later to Peter Flack in Örebro where she participated in four reviews.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

USA; "Sunny Skies" help urban-jazz saxophonist Reggie Codrington endure with a smile

“Sunny Skies” help urban-jazz saxophonist
Reggie Codrington endure with a smile

FAYETTEVILLE (2 August 2019): When the burden of caring for aging and ailing parents is added to the daily stresses and strains, sometimes simply seeing sunny skies is enough to help get through the day. That scenario is what inspired urban-jazz saxophonist Reggie Codrington’s new single, “Sunny Skies,” which he wrote with bassist-producer Darryl Williams. The hopeful mid-tempo R&B groove, mixed by hitmaker Euge Groove and going for playlist adds on August 12, features Codrington’s soulful soprano sax expressions and trumpet play from his 82-year-old father who is battling Alzheimer’s.     

Afflicted with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy that required nine major surgeries even before he became a teenager, Codrington is returning the loving care he received from his parents, Joyce and Ray Codrington. The grind is a challenge physically and mentally, but the optimistic artist awakens each day seeking beauty and blessings in his life that put a smile on his face.

“The song (‘Sunny Skies’) makes me feel happy. I find beauty all around me, even in the rain. But seeing sunny skies makes me feel especially peaceful and happy. Blue skies make me feel close to nature. I’m a pretty simple guy. Life is complicated enough and so are all the things going on in life. Sunny skies keep me moving forward,” said Codrington.

After an intro from Codrington’s label, M.A.N.D.A.T.E Records, Codrington and Williams hooked up a few years ago at a jam session. Williams sent a track to the saxman who then wrote the buoyant melodies for “Sunny Skies.” With Williams programming the drum tracks, playing piccolo and synth basses and keyboards, Codrington emotes smilingly on a special curved horn designed to overcome his physical limitations. Guitarist Darrell Crooks, who has recorded with Grammy winners Eric ClaptonBoyz II MenLedisiGregory Porter and Kirk Whalum, adds rhythmic licks while Rymand Entezari contributes electric piano touches. Codrington gets emotional when talking about his father, who has played with Little RichardGladys Knight and Jackie Wilson, making a guest appearance on the single.

“Yeah, man, he’s an inspiration for me. It means a lot (to me) to have him on the record with all that he’s going through with Alzheimer’s. There’s great beauty in that as well as inspiration for me. Taking care of my parents as their health fails, I try to find the bright spots in each day to keep from feeling down. Everyone has got to find their own ways to get through the day. It could be as simple as looking up in the skies. Just seeing beautiful blue skies makes me feel like I can take on the world,” said the Fayetteville, North Carolina-based Codrington who studied music at Howard University.         

Last year, Codrington dropped a single, “Cherry Sweet,” a song that sprang from helping his mother feel better by giving her cherries. It appeared on his “Against The Odds” disc, titled for the improbable story of how he overcome a rare disability and found a home in music. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy is the least common form of the disorder and is a chronic condition that affects movement and muscle coordination, sparking tremors and walking difficulties. Muscles were cut and transferred from his elbow, wrist and triceps to improve the functionality of his fingers. To make walking easier and enhance mobility, muscles were sliced from his legs. The curved sax enables him to play comfortably. Codrington has performed for President Barak Obama, recorded with Jeff LorberPaul Jackson Jr. and Nils, and opened for Ramsey LewisCharlie WilsonFrankie Beverly & MazePeabo BrysonKenny LatimoreKim Waters and Kevin Toney. He’s too modest to know what an inspiration he himself is for others. For more information, please visit

Saturday, September 28, 2019

USA: Makoto Terashita Meets Harold Land-Topology (2019)

Music presents the fourth release in their acclaimed J Jazz Masterclass Series: Topology by Makoto Terashita and Harold Land. Originally released in 1983 on the cult Aketa's Disk label, Topology captures a surprising yet fascinating and engaging collaboration between a young Japanese jazz pianist and an elder American statesman of jazz.Reissued by BBE Music for the first time since original release 36 years ago, Topology showcases the extraordinary compositional and playing skill of Makoto Terashita, the young pianist responsible for five of the album's six tracks, alongside the confident and seasoned tones of Harold Land, respected US veteran sax player and former colleague of some of the leading jazz artists of the 50s, 60s and 70s including Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Gerald Wilson and Bobby Hutcherson. By the time he came to record with Terashita in 1983, Land was in his mid-50s and had numerous album credits under his belt, including some twelve albums as leader. In contrast, Terashita was in his early 30s with just one album to his name, his stunning 1978 debut Great Harvest. Notwithstanding the apparent disparity in experience, the creative relationship they fostered is audibly evident in the wonderful music that was captured during the recording session.Topology kicks off with 'Dragon Dance', an epic spiritual jazz tour de force elegantly ushered in by an extended solo piano introduction from Terashita. This track was chosen to open volume 2 of BBE's universally praised 'J Jazz' compilation. The energy and impact of tracks like 'Dragon Dance' and the powerful bop of 'Crossing'- both Terashitsa-penned numbers - is balanced by more nuanced and reflective tracks like Land's own composition 'World Peace'. In total, Topology presents the listener with a complete experience of two musicians from different generations and countries united in musical spirit.A long out of print rarity known only to a handful of Japanese jazz collectors, Topology is now available once more, reissued for the first time as a 4

Friday, September 27, 2019

PORTUGAL:Jessica Pina-Essencia (2019)

Track listing: 1. Intro (1:38) 2. 1º Esquerdo (3:42) 3. Made in CV (4:34) 4. Essência (5:04) 5. Número 5 (4:36) 6. Woman's Worth (5:32) 7. Beauty (4:07) 8. Roy Allan (4:33)

Thursday, September 26, 2019

UK: Ezra Collective -You Can't Steal My Joy (2019)

Ezra Collective 
‘You Can’t Steal My Joy’ (Enter The Jungle) 

You Can’t Steal My Joy is an exuberant, defiant debut album that’s destined to cement Ezra Collective’s status as one of the UK’s most exciting groups. 

The record features friends and fans, Loyle Carner, KOKOROKO and Jorja Smith, and is preceded by lead single and full-blown banger, Quest For Coin. 

Ezra Collective are five young Londoners; bandleader Femi Koleoso (drums), his brother TJ Koleoso (bass), Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Dylan Jones (trumpet), and James Mollison (saxophone). The band’s incredible musicianship and spirited, inclusive approach to music - which draws on afrobeat, Latin, hip-hop, grime and more - has seen them break out beyond the thriving UK jazz scene. 

Ezra Collective’s 2017 EP, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher, won ‘Best Jazz Album’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards and the band picked up ‘Best UK Jazz Act’ and ‘Live Experience Of The Year’ at the 2018 Jazz FM Awards. They played Quincy Jones’ birthday party and recently completed a mosh-pit-filled and completely sold out UK tour before headlining Winter JazzFest in New York. Ezra Collective’s forthcoming gigs include All Point East, Lamar Tree and Green Man festivals and full headline tour of the UK culminating at The Roundhouse in London for November 2019. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

USA:Ed Palermo Big Band - A Lousy Day in Harlem (2019)

In a radical departure, jazz’s state-of-the-art orchestra – The Ed Palermo Big Band – has recorded a thrilling program of…jazz! An ingenious arranger, composer and alto saxophonist, Ed Palermo has spent much of the past three decades earning international renown with a series of albums transmuting fervidly loved rock songs by Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren, and their British brethren into supremely imaginative vehicles for improvisation with his 18 piece jazz big band. With A Lousy Day in Harlem, he unleashes his talent-laden ensemble on a gorgeous array of music by Ellington, Monk, Coltrane, Egberto Gismonte, and his own finely wrought originals. Slated for release on Sky Cat Records, the album captures a master arranger and jazz big band leader at the top of his game, putting his own unmistakable stamp on canonical compositions. Firmly in the tradition, the project reveals that Palermo’s nonpareil gift for recasting beloved tunes encompasses jazz too.

“The thing about this record is, I wanted it to be jazzier,” says Palermo. “We play a lot of jazz in my band, but I’ve been doing Zappa and British Invasion stuff for years and I’ve had these other types of music in my book, jazz tunes that had been close to my heart for decades. I finally felt ready to record these tunes – tunes I’d composed, and tunes I’d arranged. It felt like the right time to show the world another side of the band.”

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

USA: Los Angeles Jazz Quartet – Live at Jazz Nad Odrą (2019)

Los Angeles Jazz Quartet | Live at Jazz Nad OdrÄ…

Chuck Manning - tenor saxophone 
Larry Koonse - guitar
Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz - bass
Jason Harnell - drums

Recorded live on April 28, 2019 in Wroclaw, Poland.
Sound system and recording crew: Adam Bąkowski, Maciej Jakimiuk and Maciej Buczek.

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles Jazz Quartet delivers a powerful performance at the Jazz Nad Odrą festival in Wroclaw, Poland. This recording captures one of the magical concerts of the group's 25th anniversary celebration tour.

Monday, September 23, 2019

USA: Artist Spotlight - Peter B. Robinson

Peter B. Robinson

Peter B. Robinson is a pianist, composer, and performer. As the house pianist at the prestigious Quill Lounge (in the Jefferson Hotel) in downtown Washington, DC for the past 10 years, Peter is one of the busier pianists on the planet. That’s where we first heard him.
Peter received an endorsement from Jazz DJ Tim Masters, WPFW 89.3 FM, Washington, DC (May 28, 2015): "Washington, DC is a city full of landmarks and institutions. There are the monuments, the museums, the halls of Congress, and of course, the White House. And then...there's Peter Robinson...who has been thrilling audiences with his pianistic abilities for several decades now. If you've had a chance to hear him in person, then you know exactly what I mean. If you haven't, then you hold in your hands the best possible alternative... for now. "Originally" first came to my attention many moons ago, but I'm thrilled that Blue Truffle Music has now chosen this stellar work as a featured recording. Listen to it, then get yourself to DC to hear Peter B. Robinson in person." Tim Masters Host/Producer, Jazz Masters WPFW 89.3 FM
In a review of “Originally", Steven Croley states that “…Its melodic statements are as fresh as they are memorable. Originally, indeed. Highly recommended.” Peter has also been featured in various articles, including the Washingtonian magazine’s January 2013 article entitled “DC’s Piano Man.” No visit to downtown DC is complete without a visit to the Quill lounge to hear why Peter continues to captivate audiences with his nightly performances. Some musicians tour the world to get their music out. Peter didn’t want to tour. Remembering from his school days the phrase that “All roads lead to Rome,” he moved to Washington, DC, and he’s made his living playing piano there since 1982. In 1988, Peter self-produced “Originally,” a song-cycle of 17 original songs, all instrumental, where Peter is joined by 10 top-notch DC musicians. The instrumentation is daring and eclectic, including oboe, cello and bassoon, as well as jazz percussion and both stand-up and electric bass, with Peter on keyboards and also alto sax. Two other jazz saxophonists also contribute, along with sitar and tabla. Until now, the only people who know about “Originally” are those who have bought a copy from Peter when he’s performing in DC. When we at Blue Truffle heard “Originally” we knew it deserved our attention: it should be heard. Click the link below to purchase “Originally” from the Blue Truffle Music Store in either CD or download format.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

CANADA: Justin Kiszczak – Carve My Soul Into The Universe (2019)

Blending the lo-fi bedroom production style of 'Epistemology' with arrangements and instrumentation based very much in the realm of jazz combo's, as well as big bands, 'Carve My Soul Into The Universe' attempts to expand upon and ultimately transcend the creative potential set forth by the 2017 EP.

With Justin Kiszczak performing on guitar and all rhythm instruments, as well as Russell Glenn providing all Tenor sax accompaniment, this debut LP is an experiment in the possibilities of bedroom, lo-fi jazz production.


released July 12, 2019

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys: Justin Kiszczak
Tenor Saxophone: Russell Glenn

Saturday, September 21, 2019

BELGIUM: Ialma – Gaizca Project (2019)

GAIZCA PROJECT’s objective is to bring together the traditional and folk music of Galicia, Basque Country and Catalonia to foster cultural exchange thereby producing an original creation, that highlights their identities, uniqueness, and histories in a thoroughly contemporary perspective of openness to the world…both in time and space. credits

released June 28, 2019 Arrangements: Gaizca Project Recording & Editing: Lucas Lovinfosse & eRno Le Mentholé @ Mixing & Mastering: Jean-François Hustin Photos: Lieve Boussauw Layout: Elisa Pirondeau

Friday, September 20, 2019

SWEDEN: Staffan Öberg Nonet – Ornettish (2019)

Tracklist: 01. Lonely Woman 02. Focus on Sanity 03. Free 04. Peace 05. Ex Nihilo with Eyes Wide Shut

Our latest album Ornettish was recorded i August 2018. The album is a tribute to Ornette Coleman and includes several of his classic tunes as well as a new original composition by Lars-Göran Ulander. The album is available as CD and LP

Thursday, September 19, 2019

UK: Nigel Price & Vasilis Xenopoulos-Live at the Crypt (2019)

Firmly acknowledged as one of the most well travelled and hardest working UK jazz bands of all time, here they are - captured on a blistering set mid-tour at one of London’s hippest clubs, busting at the seams, nestled within the spooky gothic arches of the Crypt. Deep, deep underground...
Nigel Price - Guitar Matt Home - Drums Ross Stanley - Hammond Organ Vasilis Xenopoulos - Tenor Saxophone

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

USA:Michael Leonhart Orchestra- Suite Extracts Vol. 1 (Sunnyside Records 2019)

Hailed as "a blazing hot mess of awesome" by The New York City Jazz Record, the Michael Leonhart Orchestra (MLO) traverses a huge swath of musical terrain, guided by the highly developed ears, ceaselessly omnivorous tastes and playful yet meticulous artistry of its leader, Michael Leonhart. Following their 2018 debut album The Painted Lady Suite, MLO will release their second full length album, Suite Extracts Vol. I on August 30, via Sunnyside Records.

The first single from the new album is “Shimmy Shimmy Ya/Glaciers of Ice,” an orchestral instrumental medley of songs by Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Raekwon from “The Wu-Tang Suite."

This surprising collection documents an aspect of the MLO’s mission: playing covers, but in the Leonhart way — with widely disparate material ranging from Fela Kuti to Spinal Tap to Howlin’ Wolf to Ornette Coleman curated into suites, forming anarchic yet coherent thoughts on many of Leonhart’s chief musical passions. The album features notable guests Chris Potter, Nels Cline, Donny McCaslin, John Ellis, Erik Friedlander and many others in the context of a vibrant and unclassifiable 20-piece ensemble.

Leonhart says, “there’s a certain abandon and freedom in all the material. A lot of it has a backbeat, which the first album really didn’t. This album is more muscular in many ways. It reflects what we’re doing live: less of the pastoral, transcendent mood pieces, the sonic baths, and more of the groove interaction.”

Leonhart’s approach to the MLO cannot but be informed by his many other activities and wide-ranging credits: he’s a top-level jazz trumpeter and longtime member of Steely Dan; a gifted and distinctive pianist; a singer, songwriter and film composer; a session player with credits including the Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson megahit "Uptown Funk"; an accomplished orchestrator (Nels Cline’s Lovers) and producer (Donald Fagen’s Sunken Condos, Sachal Vasandani’s Slow Motion Miracles). The polyglot musical worldview Leonhart has developed as a result stamps the MLO’s work at every moment.

The MLO has developed and refined the suites through the course of its monthly residencies at Jazz Standard, one of New York’s most prestigious jazz rooms. Leonhart continues to pursue his vision there, with unconventional instrumentation and a shapeshifting community of sought-after players from a variety of cutting-edge scenes and disciplines.

Plotting next steps, Leonhart has a specific scheme in mind for the MLO. Another all-original album, like Painted Lady, will follow this one; then another album of covers. And that sequence will continue to alternate. Candidates among the covers include a Bernard Herrmann Psycho suite, a Charlie Brown Christmas suite, an Ennio Morricone suite, a Cannonball Adderley suite and more. Originals to come include “The Normyn Suite,” a meditation on loss in honor of Leonhart’s late dachshund, and “The Galapagos Suite,” inspired by a recent trip. “We’re playing catchup with the amount of songs we have ready,” the leader says. “I think there are 80 songs in the book and we’ve released about 22. It’s a really creative time.”

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

USA: Ray Obiedo - Carousel (2019)


The ninth release by Bay Area guitarist/composer Ray Obiedo, Carousel on Rhythmus Records, is another collection of original compositions fused with Contemporary Jazz, Latin and Brasilian-styled rhythms. His eclectic groove-oriented compositions never stray far from his love of R&B. The melodies are simply stated, and gracefully glide over jazz influenced chord structures. Obiedo enlisted some of the music industries top musicians and longtime cohorts for the project. Santana members David K. Mathews and Karl Perazzo contribute their expertise. Percussionist Peter Michael Escovedo, steel pan master Andy Narell and Tower of Power drummer Dave Garibaldi all make appearances. Harmonica master Toots Thielemans is featured on "Song for Jules". Yellowjacket's saxophonist Bob Mintzer appears on two tracks, "Jinx" and "Modern World". Carousel also features reed player Norbert Stachel, steel pan player Phil Hawkins, pianist Peter Horvath and trumpeter Mike Olmos. Obiedo has 5 previous releases on the Windham Hill Jazz label. This is his third release on his own Oakland-based Rhythmus Records label. The music on "Carousel" is a highly energized and hypnotically rhythmic soundscape, revealing all the passion, flavor, color and style of the San Francisco Bay Area which conceived, nourished and inspired Obiedo's latest musical venture.

Monday, September 16, 2019

USA: Urban-jazz harpist Mariea Antoinette making a “Thing” about her new single

Urban-jazz harpist Mariea Antoinette making a “Thing” about her new single

She previews her forthcoming “All My Strings” album with an imaginative take on Lauryn Hill’s
“Doo Wop (That Thing),” dropping September 23.

SAN DIEGO (29 August 2019): Strip away Lauryn Hill’s scathing admonition to men and women on her 1998 hit, “Doo Wop (That Thing),” and you are left with an innovative rhythmic track that astutely balances jagged hip hop edginess and a melodic R&B soul. It’s an unlikely composition for a classical harpist, which makes it Mariea Antoinette’s sweet spot. She has made it her mission to tackle unexpected funk, rhythm and blues, and pop songs, creating new possibilities for her instrument by presenting them with harp as the protagonist. Teaming with producer and arranger Allan Phillips, Antoinette’s reimagined “That Thing” goes for playlist adds on September 23.

Antoinette’s elegant stringed siren provides a surprising contrast over the buoyant beats Phillips constructed. Lush harmonic accoutrements are provided by a vibrant live horn section - trumpeter Derek Cannon, tenor saxophonist John Rekevics and trombonist Jordan Morita - and dramatic strings from the APM Allstars Strings along with Evan Marks’ guitar and Phillips’ keyboards. Antoinette debuted “That Thing” with her band on stage last month at the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, garnering an enthusiastic standing ovation.      

“I chose the track for its funky, innovative rhythm and the beats are very cool. It’s a perfect song for harp that people are not expecting. Lauryn Hill is a music pioneer and a leading voice for women and for her style, ingenuity and edginess. The stories she tells through her music and lyrics are fresh and unique. ‘That Thing’ schools both women and men on motivations, keeping your eyes open and being wise in relationships. Everyone loved it when we played it live in San Diego,” said Antoinette.

“That Thing” offers an alluring glimpse into Antoinette’s forthcoming album, “All My Strings.” She and Phillips are busy tracking material for her third album that is slated to drop January 31, 2020 on the Infinity Productions/MAH Productions label. Antoinette’s last outing, “Straight from the Harp,” went top five at Billboard when it was released in 2015. The San Diego-based musician has been balancing her solo career with being a member of the all-star female ensemble Jazz in Pink since 2007. In June, she made her Playboy Jazz Festival debut at The Hollywood Bowlplaying with Jazz in Pink, with whom she has performed at several prominent festivals this year, including Seabreeze Jazz FestivalCapital Jazz Cruise and the upcoming Barbados Jazz Excursion and Cancun Jazz Festival. The award-winning harpist collected three statues last year for Instrumentalist of Year (San Diego Prestige Awards), Best Jazz Single for “Overture” (Black Women in Jazz & The Arts Association), and a BMA Image Award from the Black Music Awards. Her high-profile performances include playing for President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Ne-Yo at the BET Awards, at Vanity Fair’s Grammy party with Jamie Foxx and on American Idol. For more information, please visit


Cooper's Park2nd release by guitarist/oudist Grdina's NY jazz/rock group combines extensive counterpoint with intense improvisations.
Juno award-winning Vancouver guitar/oud player Gordon Grdina ''continues to passionately explore the depths of jazz improvisation, cross-cultural fusions and the fun that comes with cutting loose'' (Stuart Derdeyn). Following on Inroads (2017), this second release by his wildly eclectic NY jazz-rock quartet combines intricate, through-composed counterpoint with the ebb and flow of dynamic yet focused improvisation. The band comprises Oscar Noriega (Tim Berne) on alto sax and bass clarinet), Russ Lossing (Paul Motian) on piano/Rhodes/clavinet, and Satoshi Takeishi (Ben Monder) on drums. Grdina takes inspiration from the complexity of Bartok, the open spaces and free form lyricism of Paul Bley, the energy and logical construction of ideas of Soundgarden, and the delicacy of Webern. He also cites Tim Berne as a major influence (Noriega is a member of Berne's ECM band Snakeoil).
Grdina's distinctive approach to cross-genre playing and composing draws together elements that you wouldn't expect to hear together. For example, piano and oud improvise a spacey, knotty duet on the 15-minute piece ''Wayward.'' Grdina's unique, virtuosic style of oud playing, though based in a thorough understanding of Arabic classical and folk music, liberates the instrument to explore textures and melodic territory far removed from tradition. Likewise his guitar style draws on deep jazz roots, combining them with a full-on rock intensity and a fascination with challenging structures at the outer reaches of tonality.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

FRANCE: MUSINA EBOBISSE QUINTET-Jazz Thing Next Generation 79 (2019)

Jazz Thing Next Generation 79

Born in France in 1990, Musina Ebobisse grew up in a musical family. He started playing the saxophone at the age of eight, joining a special programme at the Strasbourg Conservatory. In 2008, he entered the Jazz Department of the Strasbourg Conservatory, where he studied with Eric Watson, Michael Alizon, Philippe Aubry, and Bernard Struber. Alongside his jazz studies he completed a bachelors degree in sociology at the University of Strasbourg in 2012. Musina was involved in the Strasbourg musical scene and featured in different projects, developing his skills and versatility through reggae, hip hop, and rock. In 2013, Musina entered the Jazz Institut Berlin, where he studied, amongst others, with Peter Weniger, John Hollenbeck, Jim Black, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Greg Cohen. He completed a bachelors degree in jazz performance in 2017 and a masters degree in jazz composition in 2019. Benefitting from the vivid Berlin jazz scene, he performs in a variety of musical contexts such as contemporary jazz, improvised music, world music and swing. He has played at renowned international festivals such as Jazz dOr, Wolfijazz, and Jazz Burghausen.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

BRAZIL: Erik Charlston Jazz Brasil -: Voice And Wind (2019)

Hermeto: Voice And Wind
It was Charlston's friend, percussionist and Brazilian music expert Gordon Gottlieb, who introduced the vibist to Pascoal's unpredictable genius and to his style, which is fearless, but respectful of tradition. Charlston was immediately attracted to the way Pascoal combined many different musical cultures with his own brilliantly twisted music. Charlston reflects: "Tradition and near insanity are close brothers in Hermeto's world." Inspired by all of this, Charlston created JazzBrasil, a band built with the intention of melding the harmonic sophistication of jazz to the rhythmic intricacies and variation of Brazilian music. // JazzBrasil incorporated a tremendous blend of jazz and Brazilian music experts, including woodwind master Ted Nash, piano great Mark Soskin, bassist Jay Anderson, drummer/percussionist Rogério Boccato and percussionist Café. The group recorded the album Essentially Hermeto, which was released in 2012. // Over the past seven years, JazzBrasil's repertoire continued to grow and it became apparent that it was time to record. The group's musical canon had also incorporated tunes from other composers, including the great Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti and singer-songwriter Lenine.

Friday, September 13, 2019

USA, NYC: Helio Alves-Chico Pinheiro Duo Appearing @ Mezzrow Thursday, September 26th 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Helio Alves-Chico Pinheiro Duo
Appearing @ Mezzrow
163 West 10th street, basement
Greenwich Village, NY 10014
Thursday, September 26th
7:30 pm  to 10:00 pm

Tickets & Info
"Alves is a pianist whose instincts are lush and romantic and expansive-and driven by an inner pulse.”
Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

Chico Pinheiro is the next generation of great brazilian musicians. He's fantastic, somebody to really keep your eye on."


Thursday, September 12, 2019

USA/ITALY: Enrico Rava/Joe Lovano -Roma(2019)

RomaEnrico Rava, the doyen of Italian jazz, joined forces with Joe Lovano, masterful US tenorist of Sicilian heritage, for a brief tour in November 2018. On this album, recorded live at Rome s Auditorium Parco della Musica, the two masters lead a spirited quintet that includes lyrical pianist Giovanni Guidi, dynamic drummer Gerald Cleaver and virtuosic bassist Dezron Douglas (making his ECM debut here). Well-loved tunes by the two bandleaders form the core of the program, including Enrico's intricate Interiors and Secrets and Joe's vigorous Texas blues Forth Worth , which recalls the energies of Ornette Coleman and Dewey Redman. The album concludes with an extended and powerful medley that roams across the history of modern jazz as it gathers together Lovano's "Drum Song", John Coltrane's "Spiritual" and the standard tune "Over The Rainbow".

ITALY: Fabio Giachino/Davide Liberti /Ruben Bellavia-At The Edges Of The Horizon(CAM JAZZ 2019)

At The Edges Of The Horizon

Fabio Giachino 
Davide Liberti  double bass
Ruben Bellavia  drums


This is exciting music, vividly executed by a fine group, but very much the vision of one man.  A record not just to sample momentarily but to absorb over time.  Its energy and warmth are immediately obvious; its subtleties emerge over repeat plays.  An essential contemporary performance.”  (Brian Morton)


Album release: September 27, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


'It's Too Hot For Words
Too Hot For Words' blends the tight-knit swing of the Metropolitan Jazz Octet with the unerring musicianship of Dee Alexander to mark the 60th anniversary of Billie Holiday's departure from the planet, mixing Holiday classics with some of Lady Day's lesser- known repertoire. The arrangements sparkle, and Alexander shines as bright as ever. But at no point does she attempt to mimic Holiday. (What would be the point of that)? And the arrangements don't try to imitate the little 'orchestras' that accompanied Holiday's greatest recordings. (No point in that either.) These new settings respect the songs, but reframe them for our era. The album becomes a sort of telescoping time capsule: sterling musicians of the 21st century, building upon an octet sound crafted 50 years earlier, revitalizing songs that Holiday began recording in the 1930s.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

USA: STRANAHAN - ZALESKI - ROSATO-Live at the Jazz Standard (Capri Records 2019)

Live at the Jazz StandardColin Stranahan, Glenn Zaleski and Rick Rosato first came together back in 2010 to record as a young, leaderless trio 'Anticipation'. For most of them, this was their first recording, and following its success, 'Limitless' came three years later. These youthful and energetic albums developed an international fan base for the trio, but their skyrocketing careers as sidemen prevented them from reconvening until now, eight years after their debut. Captured live at New York City's Jazz Standard, one of the world's leading jazz clubs, the trio revisits music from their earlier CDs, as well as new compositions. Their palpable natural chemistry, coupled now with a new level of maturity and experience, is captured here on 'Live at Jazz Standard', a record that solidifies their place as one of the great jazz trios.

USA: Patricia Dalton’s Jazz Colleagues Jazz at the Spring Concert Thursday, Sept 26th 7:30 p.m. Saratoga Springs, NY

Patricia Dalton’s Jazz Colleagues Jazz at the Spring Concert Thursday, Sept 26th 7:30 p.m. Saratoga Springs, NY

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Monday, September 9, 2019

USA: Randy Sandoli-Simcha (Joy) (2019)

 simcha (Joy) was written during a period of concentrated change and growth for my family and I. While the inspiration for each of the songs varies, the common thread is joy (simcha). This joy has been a gift from G-d of strength for me, often transcending circumstance. My hope is that this music would meet the listener where they are and inspire new thought, perspective...and joy. -Randy Sandoli credits released June 28, 2019 Randy Sandoli - piano, voice Aaron Rousseau - bass Joseph Evans - drums Levi Saelua - alto saxophone, flute Joe Mazzaferro - trumpet, flugal Alex Reyes - tenor saxophone

 Tracklist: 01. Dedication (For Timmy) 02. In Motion 03. Help Me to See 04. The Climb 05. Chazak Amatz (Be Strong and of Good Courage) [For Amos] 06. Simcha (Joy) 07. V’nivrechu (Grafted In) 08. The First Seven Miles 09. Port City Stomp

Sunday, September 8, 2019

SPAIN: Videoclip-Release of a new song "Suffering is Optional"

 Four great guitar players have played on this recording, including Hugh Williams from Florida, Philip Ockelford from Great Britain. The recording has a gentle groove clocking at 107 BPM enhanced with a real 4 string electric bass guitar. The song has personal development lyrics that talk about the benefits of being attentive of our thoughts to allow only the ones that are beneficial to us to stay around. We can do without thoughts that make us suffer.

Influences include many of the current contemporary electric jazz guitarists, such as Norman Brown, Chris Standring, Larry Carlton and Nils. The teachings of Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer are present in the lyrics.

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The song "Suffering is optional" by Dario Margeli is perfect for those who love electric guitar-driven Smooth Jazz instrumentals with the occasional gentle vocals with inspirational lyrics.

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USA: The Tucker Brothers (Guitarist Joel Tucker And Bassist Nick Tucker) Debut Fresh New Jazz Compositions With Their Quartet And Several Guest Artists

The Tucker Brothers
(Guitarist Joel Tucker And Bassist Nick Tucker)
Debut Fresh New Jazz Compositions
With Their Quartet And Several Guest Artists


 As instrumentalists and composers, The Tucker Brothers had already made a strong impression with their previous releases Nine Is The Magic Number and Writing Prompts.Two Parts, which is their strongest statement so far, has nine new pieces (six by guitarist Joel and three from bassist Nick) that are performed by their quartet with tenor-saxophonist Sean Imboden and drummer Brian Yarde. Four guests make significant contributions to one song apiece.

The opening “Warm Heart” has a haunting atmospheric melody with Elena Escudero’s voice adding a great deal of color to the ensembles. “When Souls Meet,” a rhythmic, romantic and spiritual piece, features both Walter Smith III. and Sean Imboden trading back and forth on tenor during a performance that gets increasingly passionate as it evolves. Imboden is in the lead during the explorative yet accessible “October Third,” while the moody “Lifely” has a fine spot for guitarist Joel Tucker. Pianist Ellie Pruneau joins the group for “Two Parts,” a dramatic fusion-oriented performance that has some fiery playing from Joel Tucker. The last of the guests, altoist Amanda Gardier, is a key part of “Sundancing,” engaging in colorful interplay with Imboden and taking an exciting solo on the infectious number. The final three originals, the moody jazz waltz ‘Paisley,” the initially introspective “Heavy Drop,” and the laidback “Return To Balance,” each contain some of the finest playing by both of the Tucker Brothers, a pair of siblings whose playing and writing grow in depth with each recording.

Joel and Nick Tucker are both important members of the Indianapolis jazz scene and are both Instructors of Jazz Studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Joel graduated from Indiana University in 2012 and since then has been a sideman on nine albums in genres ranging from straight ahead jazz to Latin music and hip hop. In 2016 the distinctive guitarist was one of the featured artists (along with Pat Martino, Peter Bernstein, Russell Malone and Bobby Broom) at the Indy Jazz Fest tribute to Wes Montgomery, and he has since traveled the U.S. with Michael Spiro’s Ritmos Unidos. Nick, who graduated from the University of Indianapolis and has a Master’s degree from Indiana University, has freelanced extensively with jazz, Latin and rock groups throughout the Midwest, performing with Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, and Stefan Harris among others. He is also the house bassist for the American Pianists Association jazz competition, performing with such brilliant talents as Sullivan Fortner, Christian Sands and Emmet Cohen.
Together they formed the Tucker Brothers Group in 2015, recording Nine Is The Magic Number. In 2017 they paid homage to the great jazz musicians who were raised in Indianapolis (including Wes Montgomery and Freddie Hubbard) on their second recording, Writing Prompts.

The release of Two Parts is a major step forward for the Tucker Brothers Group, a band that will be heard from much more in the future.

Tucker Brothers – “Two Parts”
(Self Produced)
Street Date: 10/03/2019

Joel Tucker Guitar, Nick Tucker Bass, Sean Imboden Tenor Saxophone, Brian Yarde Drums, (Special Guests On Album) Elena Escudero Voice ,Walter Smith III Tenor Saxophone, Ellie Pruneau Piano, Amanda Gardier Alto Saxophone

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

USA: Save the date for Lake George Jazz Weekend Sept 14 & 15, 2019!

Save the date for Lake George Jazz Weekend Sept 14 & 15, 2019!

Lake George, NY
Sept 14-15 2019

Seven world-class performances by a who's-who of contemporary jazz in the beautiful setting of Lake George, NY over two days, and it's ALL FREE!

Lake George Arts Project and jazz curator Daniel Kelly bring one of the most exciting and diverse Jazz at the Lake festivals to date, hosting seven concerts from rising and established stars with Grammy Awards, critically lauded albums, sold-out world tours, and passionate fanbases.

Called one of the festival circuit’s “best kept secrets” by Downbeat magazine, the 36th annual Jazz at the Lake takes place September 14-15 at the stunning Shepard Park overlooking Lake George.

Not just for jazz fans, but for lovers of great music from top-tier performers, this year’s festival showcases a wide range of influences and styles, from straight-ahead, Afro-Cuban groove, and hiphop, to modern pop and flamenco.

Visit our site for full bios on all our artists, and to hear a specially selected Spotify playlistfrom our curator.

And we'll see you Sept 14-15.

AUSTRIA: Julian Argüelles- Home Truths (EDITION 2019)

Edition Records will release five sought-after Julian Argüelles back catalogue albums on 26th July 2019, including his very first album as a leader, Phaedrus, celebrating 30 years since it was recorded in 1989.

Described as "...a gifted artist currently in his sophisticated prime" by renowned jazz critic John Fordham, award-winning British saxophonist & composer Julian Argüelles has, to date, recorded fifteen CDs as a leader.

Four out of the five recordings are out of stock and no longer available. Having them accessible online will introduce Julian's current and younger fans to some of his earlier work. He'll be featuring tracks on social media and there will be competitions to win some unique stuff.

Home Truths (Babel label 1995) Featured Track: Third Escapade. "It was amazing to work with the great Steve Swallow on this album and to experience his amazing energy and playing." - Julian Argüelles


released August 6, 2019

Julian Argüelles - tenor/soprano, Mike Walker - guitar, Martin France - drums, Steve Swallow - electric bass

Friday, September 6, 2019

USA: A “Mint” debut for R&B-jazz saxophonist Dante’

A “Mint” debut for R&B-jazz saxophonist Dante’

The first single, “Vibin’ Out,” written and produced by hitmaker Darren Rahn,
goes for playlist adds on September 9. Album drops October 4.

LOS ANGELES (3 September 2019): It’s common. You go to school and prepare for a certain career path, but somehow the focus shifts. Years can go by before you realize that you have veered off course. R&B-jazz saxophonist Dante’ caught himself drifting and after some soul searching, realized that his joy would be found in music as a recording artist. He assembled an experience crew of proven producers, songwriters and musicians to help him craft “Mint,” his debut album that drops October 4.   

Dante’ is a Berklee College of Music graduate who was featured on rapper J. Cole’s 2011 heralded first album, “Cole World: The Sideline Story.” As an entrepreneur, he created Dante’ Neck Straps, handcrafted performance straps used by sax stars Dave KozPaul TaylorJackiem JoynerMarcus AndersonWalter BeasleyMike PhillipsJoe Lavano and others. There were other successful business ventures outside of music that Dante’ spearheaded, but his spirit wasn’t fulfilled. After introspection, he felt that what would satiate his artistic expression would be making records as an artist.

I’m constantly tangled up in multiple projects. One day I said to myself, ‘What do I really want to do? What will bring me the most joy?’ The answer was music. Instead of dropping everything and start chasing gigs, I decided to create a record and put myself out to the world through music,” said Dante’, who plays soprano sax throughout “Mint” with the exceptions being an alto sax on two songs: “Kansai Groove” and “Before We Begin.”

He knew his first single had to be “something fun to get people moving,” introducing his sound – a fusion of contemporary jazz, soul, funk and pop – with the help of an established hitmaker. Dante’ tapped fellow saxophonist and chart-topping artist-producer-songwriter Darren Rahn to craft “Vibin’ Out,” which goes for playlist adds on September 9.

Dante’ co-wrote all of the original songs for “Mint,” writing half the tunes with Grammy and Emmy nominee Rex Salas (Janet Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Boyz II Men). “I owe a lot to Rex because he gave me my first shot and believed in me when no one else did.”

The melodies and rhythms on the session were played by an accomplished crew consisting of guitarists Darrell Crooks and Allen Hinds; keyboardists and programmers Rahn, Greg Manning and Daniel “Doc Junya” Hargrove; bassists Anthony CrawfordNate Kearney and Mel Brown; and drummers Eric ValentineTarell Martin and Nate Barns. Dante’ produced “Mint” with Manning, who co-wrote and plays piano on the Japanese tinged, New Jack Swing cut “Kansai Groove.”   

The album’s lone cover is Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.’s “Best Part,” which Dante’ re-envisions as an atmospheric instrumental.          

I would say the best part of doing this record is the fact that I got to learn a lot about the process to the point where I could help someone else make a record. I’m a jack of all trades and I learn very quickly. Add to that the fact that I had access to some of the best talent in the business, which made everything possible. Watching and learning how they do what they do was priceless,” said the Los Angeles-based Dante’.

“Lately, I have been trying to focus on fewer things and doing them well instead for doing lots of things and overlooking fine details. With ‘Mint,’ I really focused and made sure I had the right people on my team to execute every component of the record. It was a lot of trial and error, but in the end, I came out with a project that I am very proud of.”

“Mint” contains the following songs:

“Vibin’ Out”
“Take It Slow”
“Kasai Groove”
“The Wish”
“Before We Begin”
“Best Part”
“The Wish (Acoustic)”

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USA: Randy Napoleon blends jazz guitar retrospective with a visionary look forward on Common Tones

Randy Napoleon blends jazz guitar retrospective with a visionary look forward on Common Tones

For Randy Napoleon, known as jazz guitar’s forward-thinking, tradition-loving performer, composer, and professor, study and creation go hand in hand. His philosophy, whether performing or writing, is to immerse himself in the techniques of the masters, then trust his mind, heart, and fingers to respond in the moment. “When you are playing jazz, it is a conversation that moves at lightning speed. There is no time to think. It has to be reflexive, an ingrained response.”
After twenty years of road apprenticeship with some of the most celebrated jazz musicians and groups of our time, Randy Napoleon has, in recent years, shifted his focus to honing his leadership skills at the head of the ensemble. This Fall he is back on tour and will release his fifth record as a bandleader with Common Tones  (out Oct 4, 2019, on Detroit Music Factory), a collaborative record featuring four generations of musicians from Michigan’s continuing jazz legacy. Comprised in nearly equal parts of both rearrangements of the great classics that have inspired him and several of his own originals, teetering at the cutting edge of jazz composition, Common Tones is a summary of Napoleon’s current goals, influences and musical philosophies, and as well as a celebration of his evolving musical lineage. 
From a young age, Napoleon enthusiastically immersed himself in what is often considered the golden age of jazz: the early 40’s through the mid 60’s. While he could be considered a classicist by nature of his musical preferences, he emphasizes that he’s never had an interest in recreating the music that influenced him the most. Yet, this music remains Napoleon’s template for both instrumental and compositional excellence. This is where he finds his tool kit for self-expression and creation with a goal to retain the good feeling of the era while continuing to personalize the language and explore new modes of expression.
Having, come up playing in Ann Arbor and Detroit where the Motown sound easily seeps into local jazz culture,“You’ve Got To Hang On,” featuring Drew Kilpela’s soulful Trombone, is Napoleon’s tip of the hat to that motor city aesthetic. With “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” Napoleon shows that a good melody transcends genre by adapting this poignant Beach Boys ode to a vehicle into swing. Napoleon shows he is a true devotee of the Great American Songbook with a beautiful rendition of “I Married An Angel,” a Rogers and Hart song that he’s been performing in trio format. Bassist Louie Leager and drummer  Nick Bracewel play memorable solos on this one.
For Napoleon, names such as Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Joe Pass, and Kenny Burrell, still represent the gold standard. He continues to study these masters and more daily, knowing there is always a higher level of detail and nuance possible.
“I think of my time with their records as a very personalized lesson,” says Napoleon. “I’m studying technique, sound, language, structure, everything. I emulate horn players and piano players also because it forces you to come up with solutions to play things that don’t lay naturally on the guitar.  Joe Henderson or John Coltrane can lead you into unexplored sounds on the guitar. As Charlie Parker said ‘You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail’. 
Napoleon holds a lifetime dedication to processing the lessons of his teachers. Having cut his teeth touring and playing over the last twenty years with respected artists across the jazz spectrum such as Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Monty Alexander, Rodney Whitaker, and John Pizzarelli. He has performed or arranged on over seventy records, contributing in both capacities on Freddy Cole’s seven most recent records over a thirteen-year tenure, including the Grammy-nominated releases, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B and My Mood Is You. He performed on The Clayton Hamilton Orchestra: Live at MCG, and his guitar chops are featured on Michael Buble’s Grammy-nominated CD/DVD Caught in the Act. Similarly, Napoleon is a seasoned veteran of the late-night television circuit, having played on The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, The View, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres show.
These masters demonstrated to Napoleon what it means to be a jazz musician and a true professional. Before he went on the road with them, he was lucky to grow up in Michigan. The greater Detroit area scene has always been an amazing musical incubator where he was exposed to the transience of touring musicians and the steadfast instruction of local teachers. During this recording, Napoleon was thinking a lot about two of his teachers who have since passed away, the trailblazing tenor saxophonist Donald Walden and legendary bebop trumpet player, Louis Smith. both exposed a young Napoleon to a level of musical depth that he will pursue for his entire life.
Napoleon pays homage to both of these teachers on Common Tones in both arrangement and composition. “If DW Were Here,” an original composition presented as a duo with pianist Xavier Davis is dedicated to Walden’s challenge to Napoleon as a student to avoid clichés and always reach forward in music, and “Mr. Smith” is a cheerful Bebop line featuring bassist Rodney Whitaker and trumpet player Etienne Charles.  The track is played in the style of Louis Smith and dedicated to the dignity and professionalism this teacher instilled in a young Napoleon.
At the same time, Napoleon also includes arrangements of compositions by these two teachers. “Signed Dizzy, With Love” is a Donald Walden composition, which in this is memorable and hip arrangement, features modern giant of the tenor, Diego Rivera, and “Bakin”  featuring saxophonist Diego Rivera, trumpet player Etienne Charles, trombonist Michael Dease and Randy “Uncle G” Gilespie was penned by Louis Smith.
For Napoleon, jazz is and always has been about collaboration. As he’s grown and evolved, both as a musician and a teacher, he’s come to realize that musical exchange is never a one-way street. Attentive to a long-held tradition in jazz of young musicians disrupting, inspiring, and evolving the scene, Napoleon now finds himself in a stage where he collaborates with and is in run influenced by musicians who are much younger than himself. He has met many new voices through his role as an educator and he considers it an incredible experience to witness his students’ transformation into artists. Many of the featured musicians on the album are, in fact, Napoleon’s former students.
“The best young musicians play with reckless abandon. Sometimes they play things that are out of the idiom, and that can be exciting and inspiring to play with. They take me out of my comfort zone and force me to stretch. I like being around musicians who have unbroken musical idealism. They haven’t had their tastes compromised by the commercial industry. They know what they like, and that is where they take their direction. I try to share my experiences with them and expose them to the history. I let their new spirits take me to the future.”


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