Legendary bassist Stanley Clarke considers his upcoming Mack Avenue Records release, The Stanley Clarke Band’s UP, to be the most energetic, rhythmic and upbeat album that he has ever done—and with more than 40 solo albums under his belt, that’s saying quite a lot. Clarke’s signature bass virtuosity and technical acumen is present throughout, but the enjoyment he had in making this album is also apparent. Unlike his predominantly acoustic bass work on the last few albums, UP is almost equal parts electric and acoustic bass.
“My aim here was to make a record with my friends. Every… Continue reading
Milestone is the Sunnyside Records label debut of drummer Adam Cruz. The recording features a stellar lineup of jazz artists including Chris Potter on tenor saxophone, Miguel Zenon on alto saxophone, Steve Wilson on soprano saxophone, Steve Cardenas on guitar, Edward Simon on piano & Fender Rhodes, and Ben Street on bass. “Secret Life” opens with Cruz offering a gentle taste of his rhythm logic before pianist Ed Simon enters to state the first theme.
Chris Potter and Miguel Zenon restate the theme after which Potter heats things up with a scorching top-to-bottom torrent of improvised notes that command your… Continue reading
The first new Gregg Karukas CD in 5 years is called Soul Secrets and features many long-time Karukas Collaborators like Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Ricardo Silveira, Eric Valentine, Nate Phillips, Michael O’Neill, James Harrah, Adam Hawley, vocalists Shelby Flint and Ron Boustead; violinist Charlie Bisharat, Luis Conte and Vincent Ingala!!
There is lots of grand piano, and also quite a bit of some classic keyboards that Karukas says he grew up with: Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Hammond B3 and Minimoog.
Common Ground is the New Gary Burton Quartet’s debut release for Mack Avenue Records. The Quartet is comprised of the Grammy Award winning vibraphone master, guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Among the ten compositions on the recording are six original songs written by quartet members as well as two songs by pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, Keith Jarrett’s “In Your Quiet Place,” and a re-imagined “My Funny Valentine,” the Rogers & Hart gem.
Their program opens with Neselovskyi’s “Late Night Sunrise,” a melodic piece that features Burton’s stating the first theme on the vibraphone at the head… Continue reading
Mack Avenue Records has assembled a stellar family of artists over the last fifteen years, and what better time is there to gather the family together than the holidays? It’s Christmas on Mack Avenue (due out October 28, 2014) features some of the season’s best-loved songs reimagined in the inimitable style of the label’s unparalleled roster of artists, including Christian McBride, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Sean Jones, Aaron Diehl, Warren Wolf, Cyrille Aimée, Sachal Vasandani, Tia Fuller, and the Hot Club of Detroit.
“There’s a long tradition of jazz interpretations of holiday… Continue reading
Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan connects and reflects with several of his Friends on his latest recording for Mack Avenue Records. Alongside such jazz greats as violinist Regina Carter, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxophonists Kenny Garrett, Ronnie Laws, guitarists Charlie Hunter, Russell Malone, Bucky Pizzarelli and Mike Stern as well as his longtime rhythm section of bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer Kenwood Dennard, the guitarist performs bold array of songs from several genres.
Their set opens with “Capital J” a straight-ahead burner featuring Kenny Garrett on soprano saxophone and Nicholas Payton on trumpet while Stanley comps behind their blazing improvisations. “Walkin’ The… Continue reading
With the release of A Michael Feinstein Christmas, Feinstein, accompanied by venerable GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist Alan Broadbent (Charlie Haden, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole), puts his signature styling on a selection of holiday standards. Now available digitally and in retail stores nationwide, these sought-after recordings were previously part of a limited release and out of print for over ten years. No stranger to spreading holiday cheer, Feinstein’s popular annual holiday concert in New York City is touted by the New York Times to be “as much a Christmas season ritual as catching the Rockettes at Radio City Music… Continue reading
Funky, soulful, interplay. These are just a few words that can be used to describe the meeting of John Beasley, Darryl Jones and Ndugu Chancler on their new BFM Jazz release titled 3 Brave Souls. These musical masters forge a symbiotic sonic bond reminiscent of their individual efforts with the incomparable Miles Davis bands while coining their own musical vocabulary on 11 new compositions that each band member contributed to the recording.
In addition to Beasley, Jones and Chancler, the trio invited such respected musicians as vocalists Sy Smith and Dwight Trible, saxophonist Bob Sheppard, Steve Tavaglione on EWI, Leon… Continue reading
Vocalist Anna Danes offers her fans an exceptional listening experience consisting of selections from the Great American Songbook as well as a two original compositions penned by her producer Larry B. White. Danes expresses the sentiment inherent in the lyrics with honesty and creativity and makes each of these songs her own.
Especially memorable is her interpretation of “Killing Me Softly” a song that has been long associated with Roberta Flack. Danes’ version is straightforward and heartfelt. “I Wish You Love,” closes the recording and is also beautifully conveyed. Overall, Danes’ debut has promise and should be considered among the… Continue reading
Eric’s new radio single “Happy” has been selected as the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown Feedback Track of the week! We need YOU the fans to visit www.smoothjazztop20.com/feedbacktrack and vote “LOVE IT” today and help get his song played on the airwaves!! Please tell your friends and family to vote, and let’s all help spread the word! “I want my music to be a vehicle for change and to transcend boundaries from age to race. I believe my music can make a difference in the world,” states the commanding and strikingly handsome 20-something musician, composer, and performer, known for his… Continue reading