Category Jazz

Michel Camilo & Tomatitto (Verve) Spain Forever

A bit of a misnomer as this album is classic guitar and piano jazz. Great music for the romantic in all of us with Spanish inspiration. All Good! Advertisements

Joseph Daley Earth Tone Ensemble (Jaro) 7 Deadly Sins

The concept is each song depicts a different Sin, so each composition has it’s own personality. At times it can be Orchestral and classic, others are a complete assault of the senses, and some are beautiful and romantic. The musicianship stands out in each song and you can tell it’s performed by masters. 3 was […]

Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra with Rich Perry and Ingrid Jensen – EE‑Ya‑Gi (Stories) [Mama Records]

Hyeseon (pronounced Hay-Sun) is clearly on a journey of exploration with her debut album, incorporating diverse elements into this collection:  a slightly retro and Asian take (#1), a fusion feel at the start of #2, a Latin feel (#3), jazzifying a Korean folk melody in #4, the nonverbal choralizing in #5 evoking film scores from […]

Craig Fraedrich with Trilogy and Friends – All Through the Night [Summit Records]

Good, tight sound and focused energy from the group, great dynamic together. Christal Rheams is a no-nonsense singer who means what she sings with a rich contralto voice (nice take on “All Through the Night”).  The songs are heartfelt choices of the group.  Two originals by Fraedrich (5, 8) are instrumentals.

Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts, Latvian Radio Big Band – Big Band Minimalism: Works of Mats Holmquist [Mama Records]

Take No Prisoners! Holmquist goes all out with this album of original works.  A sharp clean big band with featured soloists Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Dick Oatts (a/s sax).  Wonderful-to-listen-to rhythmic flows, from the boisterous “Quick Ride…” to the plaintive “Ballade” to the ultimately joyous “Stevie R.”  Underlying all is a powerful energy.  Thoughtful, enjoyable […]

Scott Routenberg Trio – Every End Is a Beginning (Summit Records)

All but #9 are original compositions by pianist Routenberg. One sign of a good group is that musicians’ performances stand out but never “poke” out.  The smaller the group, the harder it becomes.  This trio is on the money.  Effortless and in command of the music.  Routenberg’s music offers a nice array of contemplitude (1,8), […]

Amir Elsaffar–Not Two

Excellent mix of Middle Eastern with jazz orchestra, flowing, with punctuation of pecussion. Play!

Hear in Now–Not Living in Fear

Nice melding of jazz, classical, avant and some folk, each piece composed by one of the trio (violin, cello, double base, some voice). Varying in tempi. Play most!

Ensemble Novo – Who Saw You Then, Who Sees You Now (Frosty Cordial)

Talented quintet from Philadelphia covers Brazilian gems from the late 60s & early 70s bossa nova era. Arrangements lean toward mellow jazz, with guitar, vibraphone, tenor sax & flute, bass, & percussion.

Ferenc Snetburger–Titok

Contemporary, gracious, jazz pieces for guitar, double bass and drums. Play!

Tarek Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)

This Lebanese jazz pianist & composer explores the music of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East, khaleej music with roots in African polyrhythm, like jazz has. These mostly original tunes reconnect Arabic, African, & western jazz while preserving Arabic quarter tones & styles, with pleasing effect. All good…Wonderful music! Filed in World section

Fuego- Rushingwind and The Native Groove

Alive with drums (Nelsen Rios) and dancing rhythm, Rushingwind and the Native Groove (the band) gifts us with Fuego, the latest release with multi-award winning Native Flute Player, Steven Rushingwind (Cahuilla/Opata).  Call it World Beat or Native Fusion and play all these instrumental tracks for best results!!

Stefan Aeby Trio–To the Light

A mix of somber, quiet classical/avant + jazz. Nice!

Mariah Parker – Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert (Ancient Future)

The vibrancy of live music, the poignancy that flows from an ensemble of top-tier musicians led by this gifted composer/pianist, the spice of musical traditions from places far away with hot climates…it’s all here. All compositions by Mariah Parker. Filed under World/International

Ralph Towner–My Foolish Heart

This is a gorgeous album by Towner, known for his elegant guitar work especially in the jazz world. Here, he seems more classical, perhaps because he’s using either classical or 12-string guitar. Play, play, play!

Blair Crimmins And The Hookers- You Gotta Sell Something

The third full album from Blair Crimmins and The Hookers is a fresh and modern take on the old ragtime sound. Featuring catchy beats, bumping brass, and the kind of upbeat stylings you would expect from a lively speakeasy. This album is fun, and immediately danceable. RIYL: PostModern Jukebox, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Big Bad Voodoo […]

Encore!- Gabriel Ayala

“A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala(Guitarist) is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music.”   ayalaguitarist.com  In this CD Ayala does what he does best Guitar-playing.  This is a Live performance of Gabriel Ayala and friends produced on Gabriel’s record company […]

The Wilderness Within-Khueex

“Khu.éex’ translates to “potlatch” in the Tlingit language. Using Alaskan Tlingit music as inspiration, the band performs contemporary funk/jazz improvisations to lay a foundation for traditional vocals which are layered and interspersed with spoken word and storytelling.” website:http://www.khueex.com   With a new CD in the works for 2017 this Seattle, Washington based band, Khueex  and The […]

Henry Kaiser–Playola

“A collection of curiosities for airplay–1977-2002”. Guitarist Kaiser and his many collaborators here perform something for everyone–rock, avant rock, jazz, avant jazz, blues, folky, with humor. Play!

Somewhere In There-Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Jazz and Contemporary Lakota Flute with Tiokasin Ghosthorse and friends.  Tiokasin is from the Cheyenne River Lakota.  Joyful Moon track has children’s voices and there is a track with a greeting from Tiokasin that includes his native language.  Enjoy this upbeat instrumental with flute including horns, keyboard, banjo and more.  Play all.

Lang Lang–New York Rhapsody

Ever popular pianist Lang Lang pays tribute to NYC through this mix of broadway, classical and jazz. Too pop-like for me…

Echoes for Sonny

Covering the gamut from raucous  electric rock, to lyrical. Play!

Big Gigantic – “Brighter Future”

Live electronic duo Big Gigantic from Boulder, Colorado are back at it again with some sweet electro-funk. “Brighter Future” reflects that even if life may get hard, there are beautiful and fantastic things in this world, just like the music on this album! With some big names like Waka Flocka Flame, Logic, and ROZES this […]

Roberto Fonseca – ABUC (Impulse!)

Great Cuban music from a fine pianist, composer, producer & Grammy winner; some big band, some great vocals, orchestral pieces, & lots of great percussion, basically sampling the breadth of Cuban music (read the title backwards). Includes several notable guests.  

Dominique Pifarely Quartet–Trace Provisoire

Avant-garde works equally jazz and “classical”, abstract, meandering with violin, double bass, drums & piano. Play!