Monthly Archives: March 2009

Rakalam Bob Moses: Father’s Day B’Hash

Percussionist enlists son & a league of saxophonists on modal to cacophonous collective free improv keying off phrases or simple motifs. Lots of drum & lots of sound. Review by Eric Leff Advertisements

Roswell Rudd: Trombone Tribe

Legendary trombist’s 1st recording featuring brass. A variety of line ups including a group from Benin & some greats (US) on trombone. Rollicking, loose & fun swinging informed by gospel, 2nd line, blues & funk. Review by Eric Leff

Miles Okazaki: Generations

Guitarist leads unusual ensemble – 3 (as), vox, drums & bass on compelling structure. Okazaki is more of a colorist than a solo manager. Review by Eric Leff

Miles Okazaki: Generations

Guitarist leads unusual ensemble – 3 (as), vox, drums & bass on compelling structure. Okazaki is more of a colorist than a solo manager. Review by Eric Leff

Venissa Santi: Bienvenida

Born to Cuban parents in Ithaca, NY, falls in love w/jazz vocals & then goes to Cuba to become a voice student there. She presents a formidable blend of Cuban music & jazz here.

Charlie Hunter: Baboon Strength

Charlie is back at it again with that funky stuff. If he keeps going at this rate, soon we’ll have to file his CDs in the rock section. H.G concert on 3/29/09.

L’Tanya Mari: A Teardrop Of Sun

Accompanied by musicians of the D.C area, this vocalist makes a strong howing on her debut release. Good command, good intonation & she swings. PRONOUNCE: LA TANYA MAREE

Anton Reicha–Woodwind Quintets vol. 11 Op. 100, no. 3 & 4

Light and playful, Italianate in tempo but not exclusively so. Well played.

Brian Bowman–Euphonium

No oompah music here! Mostly contemporary pieces witha delicate, lively sensibility. Accompaniments include piano, marimba and synthesizer on different pieces. Try 3-5, 7, 10, 12

Stellar Saxes

Two contemporary pieces written for saxophonist Sugawa along with other works written for sax and piano. Nice. Try 2, 3, 6-8, 11, 12

Texas Horns

Western themed contemporary pieces (big sounds) along with some traditionals. Try 5,6, 9, 11, 12

Angele Dubeau & La Pieta–Philip Glass–Portrait

Delicate, diffuse, very well played contemporary music for strings by a minimalist/post-minimalist composer. Very nice! Try 3, 9,10, 12

Spectra: Guitar in the 21st Century

Avant-garde guitar/electronics/computers. Very different works, various composers. Track 1 minimalist, 2, 5, 7, droning, 8 outsider folk.

Beuret Koch Vonlanthen–Synopsis

Avant-garde electronic explorations with a humorous touch of trombone plus guitar and bass clarinet. Very interesting. I kept visualizing mutating ameobae and undersea creatures! Many short pieces. Released on a jazz label, genre can be avant-garde and jazz. Try  5,6, 14, 21

Beuret Koch Vonlanthen–Synopsis

Avant-garde electronic explorations with a humorous touch of trombone plus guitar and bass clarinet. Very interesting. I kept visualizing mutating ameobae and undersea creatures! Many short pieces. Released on a jazz label, genre can be avant-garde and jazz. Try  5,6, 14, 21

Mark O’Connor–Americana Symphony & Concerto no. 6 “Old Brass”

American orchestral music from our ancestral roots–African, Irish, European, Native American influences. Movements reflect eras of American expansion. “Old Brass” was inspired by a South Carolina plantation designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Beautiful.

Mark O’Connor–Americana Symphony & Concerto no. 6 “Old Brass”

American orchestral music from our ancestral roots–African, Irish, European, Native American influences. Movements reflect eras of American expansion. “Old Brass” was inspired by a South Carolina plantation designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Beautiful.

Asako Arai–Without Borders

Flutist Arai has collected Mexican and American pieces with piano accompaniment, traditional to modern. Try 4-6, 8-10, 13

Sharon Isbin–Journey to the New World

Traditional British, Irish and Scottish tunes performed on classical guitar, some vocals by Joan Baez. Exquisite Mark O’Connor compositions for violin and guitar, composed for the guitarist. Play all! Can be considered folk genre.

Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 1980-1990

Fourteen CDs of gorgeous orchestral works representing most of the major composers and a few less known. Compositions from 1787 to 1977 reflect a broad range of musical styles.

Boccherini–Trio.Quartet. Quintet. Sextet for Strings

Cello centric Baroque pieces ranging from Italianate, Hispanic to unorthodox (for the time). String Quintet in C previously unrecorded. Lovely works.

Paul Tynan & Aaron Linton: Bicoastal Collective- Chapter One

U.S and Canadian musicians led by Tynan (tp) & Linton (b). All original tunes that are melodic & moody, which fits well w/this 10 pc. ensemble. Review by Dave C.

Ben Markley: Second Introduction

A nice mix of hard bop & blues. Markley (p) composed & arranged 7 of 8 tracks on this, his 2nd release. Winner of the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers. Greg Gisbert (tp) stands out. Review by Dave C.

Alt Tal: Open The Gates

Alt (as & ts) fronts this piano-less trio featuring 11 original compositions that range from blues to more free & unpredicatable cuts. Influences include Eric Dolphy & Steve Lacy. Review by Dave C.

Nostalgia 77: Sessions

Legendary British free-wheeling couple, Keith (p) & Julie (v) Trippett on a suprising fresh release that flourishes w/a blues, soul jazz feel. Review by Dave C.