Raised at the intersection of two cultures, drummer, composer, producer, and improviser Ranjit Barot comes from a family with deep ties to Indian classical traditions of music and dance, yet he spent considerable time absorbing western culture in England. That palpable dichotomy inhabits his music, as illustrated by his captivating international debut album Bada Boom. As a writer and producer, Barot honed his skills by crafting songs and scores for the thriving, prolific Indian film scene and working closely with other artists. Although capable on a range of instruments, his weapon of choice as a performer remains the western drum… Continue reading
Behind every musical overnight sensation are years of toiling away in rehearsal halls, recording studios and sweaty nightclubs meticulously honing one’s craft. In trumpeter Joey Sommerville’s case, it’s more than two decades of writing, recording and touring to cultivate his following and establish his presence on the national scene. More than 20 years in the making, Overnight Sensation features Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and Eric Essix.
Sommerville’s forte is serving as an impresario of fun and funky frolics and pretty harmonies that touch the heart. He wrote or co-wrote nine of the disc’s ten tracks… Continue reading
40 of the world’s finest musicians come together to cross genres: jazz, funk, blues, fusion. Respecting history while paving the future in grand Fischer style.
Featuring: Bob Sheppard, Don Shelton, Alex Budman, Carl Saunders, Ron Stout, Steve Huffsteter, Scott Whitfield, Francisco Torres, Andy Martin
- Cherokee (Noble Arr. C. Fischer Orch. B. Fischer/K. Horn);
- Jumping Jacks (Clare Fischer Arr. C. Fischer/B. Fischer);
- Cotton Tail (Ellington Arr. C. Fischer);
- New Thing (Brent Fischer);
- Passion (Clare Fischer);
- Sad About Nothing Blues (Brent Fischer/Darlene Koldenhoven);
- Mood Indigo (Ellington/Bigard Arr. C. Fischer);
- Eleanor Rigby (Lennon/McCartney Arr. C. Fischer/B. Fischer);
- Blues Parisien (Clare Fischer);… Continue reading
On September 9, 2014, Stretch Records/Concord Jazz will release Trilogy a recording to rank with the landmarks of Corea’s career. Trilogy is a triple-CD set recorded live around the world with his spectacularly virtuosic trio featuring bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, both star leaders in their own right (and previously the rhythmic backbone in Corea’s Five Piece Band).
A marvel of live recorded sound, particularly for having been captured in multiple stops on the road, Trilogy sees the trio reinvent classic Corea compositions (such as ‘Spain’), as well as previously unreleased originals (‘Piano Sonata: The Moon’). The group… Continue reading
On his new Whaling City Sound disc, Motif, hornman Greg Abate presents Exhibit A to prove he belongs near the top of the list when the subject is todays top saxophonists. On alto, soprano and baritone, Abate demonstrates scorching flair as notes flow organically, with immense personality and passion. It helps to have a sublime trio watching his back – Tim Ray (piano), John Lockwood (bass) and Mark Walker (drums) – to keep Greg moving ever forward. With a finger-snapping, toe-tapping propensity for up-tempo, almost athletic rhythms, Abate gives his all on Motif.
THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA is not your father s Mel Lewis-Thad Jones Jazz Orchestra on OVER TIME MUSIC OF BOB BROOKMEYER [Planet Arts 101413]. By that I mean the Jones-Lewis big band had a certain personality, due in large part from Thad Jones arrangements. The music, on this current issue, really draws all its personality from Bob Brookmeyer s writing and arrangements (7 Brookmeyer originals plus Skylark ).
And it s wonderful music very orcherstrational, impressionistic and controlled in its setting and presentation, there is room for improvising [Dick Oatts, Scott Wendholt, John Riley, Billy Drews, Rich Perry, Terell Stafford,… Continue reading
You may know Adam Schroeder from his associations with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band or any number of sessions he’s recorded with such stars as Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer or Chris Botti. Either way, there is no mistaking his expressive baritone saxophonics whenever there’s a fitting solo or through composed section for his instrument of choice.
Adam Schroeder’s latest release is simply called Let’s (Capri Records, 2014) and as far as I am concerned, it works and works very well. His accompaniment includes the great bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton and… Continue reading
Trumpet Story – the new album from The Bill Warfield Big Band – celebrates the instrument’s versatility with a suite of 10 big-band compositions for trumpet soloist. Randy Brecker is the featured trumpeter on 8 songs that are artfully arranged by Bill Warfield. Warfield, a fine trumpeter in his own right, decided that rather than taking the lead himself he would write for Brecker.While originally a four-movement suite, the current album grew into something a bit different, celebrating not only the trumpet but a whole range of Warfield’s musical influences.
While the focus is still on the trumpet, the… Continue reading
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Kenny Lavender began playing the trumpet at the age of 13. He studied music at Indiana University and the University of North Florida. While still in school, Kenny began working with such major jazz artists as Manhattan Transfer, Clark Terry, Jimmy and Percy Heath, Jon Faddis, Dave Holland, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, and Dave Brubeck. <iframe width=”480″ height=”300″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/qGBBbHwrtIo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
His resume as a leader, sideman and Broadway pit musician is extensive. Besides working with his big band orchestras, he has worked with The Chico O’Farrill Orchestra, The Birdland Big Band and the… Continue reading
Essential is Jean Michel Pilc’s first Live in concert solo album and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Recorded at the Fazioli Piano Loft at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, this debut release on Motema Music is an enhanced CD with video content with an audio portion that captures the amazing pianist performing 18 songs from a variety of genres – all purely improvised! Sixteen of the compositions are originals written by Pilc including six “Etudes-Tableaus” that are positioned between such great songs as his title track “Essential” and the Schertzinger/Mercer classic “I Remember… Continue reading