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Cuentos is Guraudo’s second release on ZOHO Music and his sixth as a leader. With fleshed out trombone and trumpet sections and a percussionist in the mix, Giraudo’s new Big Band capably delivers 9 great compositions including the beautiful four -movement “Angela Suite.” Pedro Giraudo wrote and arranged all of the songs and plays electric and acoustic basses.

Following his critically-acclaimed 2011 ZOHO release titled Cordoba, Giraudo has created another masterwork with his daring and immensely rewarding Cuentos. He treats his fans to ravishingly detailed expression of Argentine music forms and themes while standing solidly in the tradition of such… Continue reading

Portland-based alto and soprano saxophonist Hailey Niswanger plays with remarkable authority and drive on PDX Soul. Rich in funky rhythms, instantly hooky melodies and sophisticated crafting, the 8 track recording is brimming with Hailey’s finely tuned improvisations.

Working with a collective of 16 superb musicians Hailey’s great interpretation of “Take Me To The River,” will have you moving to its rhythmic joy while “I’m Gone,” shows her true essence as a reed player who can deliver the goods as an arranger and composer of new songs.

Barbara Mason’s hit, “Yes I’m Ready” is also given a newly designed feeling… Continue reading

Outstanding musical talents B.J. Ward and Donn Trenner have reunited after 40 years to release their second recording titled Double Feature. The duo recorded this exemplary program improvisationally, capturing voice and piano together with no over-dubbing of vocals. The 12-songs are culled from the annals of film music and Broadway musicals.

Rarely heard songs include the haunting and beautiful “Theme From Rosemary’s Baby,” “Drifting” from Auntie Mame and “Do You Know Why?” from Love Thy Neighbor. Gordon Hunt produced the vocal/piano recording with Lee Lessack as Executive Producer.

Rachel Caswell duets with Dave Stryker and Jeremy Allen on this lovely collection of songs from the Great American Songbook titled All I Know. Rachel’s vocal creativity is clear, controlled and relaxed on these 12 songs that serve as a wonderful vehicle for her new interpretations.

Among the songs the trio remakes are “I’ve Never Been In Love Before,” “Sometimes I’m Happy,” and “I Fall In Love Too Easily.” Each song is charming and emotional and exposes the sincerest form of musicality from all three collaborators.

Recorded on the heels of a one-week run at the Jazz Standard in New York City, the eight songs on Triangles and Circles capture the essence of Dafnis Prieto’s composing skills and imaginative drumming.

Joined by Peter Apfelbaum on tenor & soprano saxophones, Felipe Lamoglia on alto saxophone, Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Manuel Valera on piano and Johannes Weidenmueller on acoustic and electric basses, Dafnis Prieto Sextet excels in all areas and reaches a near-telepathic level o interplay and impeccable interpretation throughout this excellent program. Standouts include “Back and Forth,” and the title track “Triangles and Circles.

“After doing Mandy’s Secret in 2014, we didn’t know in Beat Funktion really which way to go musically for our next release. We elaborated on the possibility that everyone in the band would write a song each. But not everyone had that much inspiration at the time, and it was difficult to have a unified sound with music from so many different sources. Luckily, I had some material from quite a few years back from various contexts that was waiting to be recorded and played. Some of the material were sketches from theatre and film music I had scrapped more… Continue reading

On Headin’ Out, alto saxophonist Matt Criscuolo and his bandmates guitarist Tony Purrone, acoustic bassist Preston Murphy and drummer Ed Soph, perform several original songs and rarely covered compositions as Miles Davis’ “Sippin’ at Bells” and Randy Weston’s “Little Niles.”

These musicians offer the songs in freely improvised terms that were influenced by Henry Threadgill, Jimmy Lyons and David S. Ware, as well as Jimmy Heath. Headin’ Out is high-quality, impassioned 21st century modern jazz. by Paula Edelstein

Reprinted with permission of… Sounds of Timeless Jazz

Bolstering the belief that romance is always en vogue, crooner Steven Davis plies his big voice backed by a big band on the swinging set “What Happened To Romance,” a charming meditation on love marrying timeless traits from another era to today’s passionate demand for originality. The new TV-Spot from Centralway Numbrs features the Steven Davis tune “Perfectly Perfect.” The 14-track disc comprised of a dozen original songs penned by Davis and The 88s’ Josh Charles and Alissa Moreno – the duo that produced the outing – was released June 23 by the vocalist’s First Second Records.

The Nashville-based Davis… Continue reading

Blake Aaron has already scored Top Five Billboard airplay hits with his Latin flavored single “Encantadora,” featuring Najee on the flute, the soulful jazz tune “You’re The One For Me,” featuring vocalist Spencer Day, and the slamming old school jam “Groove-O-Matic.” Aaron also released as singles, the Latin dance romp “Sol Amor” and the mid-tempo R&B romance “You’re My Miracle.” Soul Stories’ latest single, “Wes Side Story,” is a spirited 60’s soul jazz excursion that takes Aaron back to one of his key guitar influences, the great Wes Montgomery.

Though fans have heard some of the tales on Soul Stories… Continue reading

Pop/Jazz vocalist/songwriter Jenna Mammina and guitarist Rolf Sturm offer their listeners 12 exceptional songs on their first recording together called Spark. Many of the songs such as “Talk To Me,” “Get Your Kicks On Route 66” and “I’m Beginning to See The Light” are from the 1950s and 1960s but now have a jazz twist.

The duo also update the Stylistics’ tune “Betcha, By Golly Wow,” and later move from the Philadelphia International Sound to a sweet Brazilian fantasy called “The Girl From Ipanema.”

Overall, this eclectic vocalist and fingerstyle player effortlessly alternate between swinging jazz chords and beautifully executed… Continue reading

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