The New Album from the YouTube Sensations who have gotten: 500 Million YouTube Views, 3 Million YouTube Subscribers and over One Million Facebook Likes and have spent 115 Weeks at #1 on multiple Billboard Charts The Piano Guys, the remarkable classical/pop crossover music stylists, release their new album, Wonders, featuring popular hits like you’ve never heard them before. Their first three albums, “The Piano Guys,” “The Piano Guys” and “A Family Christmas” have sold over 575,000 physical and digital albums in the U.S.
Their albums have been #1 on multiple Billboard Charts for over 115 weeks while garnering rave reviews… Continue reading
The concept of tribute in jazz has become as common as the use of 4/4 time. But when a tribute is paid to a giant by an artist who has earned her own right to tribute through her personal accomplishments, an entirely new dimension is in play. Such is the case with Annie Ross’ stunning To Lady with Love – an extraordinary homage to Annie’s personal idol – the immortal Billie Holiday. This is not simply an “Annie Ross Sings Billie” concept, but rather a deeply heartfelt and powerfully emotional paean to everything Billie – and all truly committed artists… Continue reading
Jazz Legacy Productions released Monty Alexander’s label debut in March and it’s a real winner. Uplift, the rightly titled premise of Monty Alexander’s program, features 10 great tracks – 7 swingin’ jazz standards and 3 originals penned by Monty Alexander that are certain to give you that “lift” you get when one of your favorite artists releases a new recording. Recorded live at various concert halls around the world between 2007 and 2010 – Uplift opens with the Sammy Cahn favorite “Come Fly With Me.”
Alexander’s acoustic alchemy melds immediately with the listener and is nothing short of amazing. The… Continue reading
The new Herb Alpert release ‘In The Mood’ will an assortment of standards and originals, including a new version of the jazz standard “Chattanooga Choo Choo” as well as versions of “Begin the Beguine,” “Let It Be Me,” “Spanish Harlem” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” “I started playing on it, and it really worked,” Alpert told the Wall Street Journal, who previewed the track here. “It took this funky, electronic sound and put some elegance on it. Great combination.”
According to Matt Shipp, the basis of his new recording titled I’ve Been to Many Places is a reflection on where he has been in his music so he visits and revisits or re-interprets many of the houses he has occupied. But this solo CD has Shipp making the piano come alive and to become a direct extension of his spirit-psyche and body.
And that he does. On “Tenderly,” the jazz standard he recorded with the David S. Ware Quartet’s album called Earthquation and “Summertime” another standard he recorded as a duet with bassist William Parker on the album titled… Continue reading
Vinnie Sperrazza – a drummer of both swing and color, one whose “tones travel on and on,” according to The New York Times – releases Apocryphal, his fourth album as a leader or co-leader, on Sept. 9, 2014, via Loyal Label. Apocryphal, a masterpiece of art-house jazz that blends cinematic atmosphere and rock edge, features a kindred-spirit quartet of Brooklyn-based musicians, with the drummer-composer joined by tartly lyrical alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, very electric guitarist Brandon Seabrook and deeply musical double-bassist Eivind Opsvik, all notable figures on the 21st-century New York creative music scene.
The Brooklyn studio sessions were recorded… Continue reading
Deducing from the new CD cover photograph of keyboardist/composer Patrick Bradley standing in front of mega-power satellite dishes – looking like a pioneering master of aviation from a bygone era – one can gather that this is a man on a reconnaissance mission to bring back engaging instrumental music from the sleepy predictable brink.
With two strong previous CDs already in his tool belt, his third and best CD, “Can You Hear Me” on Patrick’s Song Factory Records, his second produced by Jeff Lorber, is just the 10-song missive to do the trick. Not only does it feature thoughtful and… Continue reading
“A Simple Truth” (FD 1009) is the latest release from two-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts. Scheduled for a street date of September 30, 2014 from the artist’s Flying Dolphin Records, this is the latest in a series recorded with his Ernie Watts Quartet. “A Simple Truth” is a concept album; a journey through a “jazz day,” starting with early morning daybreak. Watts chose LA pianist Ron Feuer to create the lush orchestral opening, “The Sound: Morning,” and closing, “The Sound: Evening” with Watts improvising over both pieces, which encircle the Quartet tunes.
Sunrise gives way to the exquisite… Continue reading
Sometimes good ideas just materialize. Sometimes they come simply out of urgency. Gerry Gibbs had just recorded and released Thrasher Dream Trio—with Kenny Barron and Ron Carter—for Whaling City Sound. That record was so successful so quickly that all parties involved wanted to hop back in the studio faster than a teenager driving his first car. But with what material? What kind of record?
Gibbs had been working with Neal Weiss, label head of WCS, for four of his eight solo recordings. They worked together well.
Gibbs’ mind is a massive scratchpad of possible ideas: recordings, songs, harmonies, hooks, collaborators… Continue reading
Silver Soul” is most definitely an urban adult contemporary album with a wealth of R&B vocals and sultry grooves although almost half of the dozen cuts produced by Waters are instrumental numbers certain to woo his contemporary jazz fan base like the highly rhythmic first single with the grandiose hook, “Dreaming Of You,” is already doing. The tune showcasing his daughter Kayla Waters on piano was the second most added track on playlists this week according to BDS Radio.
Waters isn’t a word man, but his melodies convey intimacy while redolent of ardor and seduction. In addition to playing… Continue reading