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Now in its 30th year, the Keith Jarrett Trio is widely considered, as the NY Times recently remarked, to have set the gold standard for jazz groups, and this sparkling concert recording from 2009 is issued to mark a milestone anniversary.

The Somewhere in which the Standards trio find themselves is Lucerne, Switzerland with a performance both exploratory and in-the-tradition. The Neue Zurcher Zeitung headlined its review of the show Kontrollierte Ekstase controlled ecstasy an apt metaphor for a set that begins in improvisational Deep Space modulates into Miles Davis Solar, soars through the standards Stars Fell On Alabama and… Continue reading

Magnetic marks Terence Blanchard’s return to Blue Note Records after an eight-year sojourn in which he wrote and performed large scale works for film, and cut smaller group offerings for Concord. He utilizes his fine live band in the studio here — tenor saxophonist Brice Winston, drummer Kendrick Scott, dazzling pianist Fabian Almazan, and 21-year-old bassist Joshua Crumbly. Bassist Ron Carter guests on a pair of tracks, as does saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, while guitarist Lionel Loueke plays on three.

Blanchard composed four tracks here, and the members of his quintet all contributed selections — Almazan even has an unaccompanied solo… Continue reading

Far from new to the jazz world, JD Allen has been on the New York scene for more than a decade, lending his astute playing to a string of headline jazz names, from Betty Carter to Cindy Blackman to Lisa Hilton. On Grace, he is joined here by pianist Eldar Djangirov, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Jonathan Barber.

Allen’s usually piano-less ensemble explores new territory with works that challenge preconceptions and expand the expressive potential of jazz composition. Grace features JD Allen doing what he does best, wailing on that saxophone of his and giving it all he’s got. Check… Continue reading

Pianist Gerald Clayton’s debut recording for Concord Jazz titled Life Forum is a meaningful musical exchange that features him with trio members bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown. Saxophonists Logan Richardson, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, vocalists Gretchen Parlato, Sachal Vasandani and poet Carl Hancock Rux round out the ensemble.

The set opens with Rux’s spoken word performance of Life Forum which provides the foundation for “Future Reflection.” This song features Clayton’s diverse pianism and Parlato/Vasandani’s vocalese over the horn players and Clayton. Gerald Clayton’s stellar performance justifies his triple GRAMMY nominations as a bandleader/composer but also reflects his penchant for… Continue reading

Quartette Humaine is the first creative collaboration between keyboardist-composer Bob James and alto saxophonist David Sanborn since their million-selling, Grammy-winning album, Double Vision, twenty-five years ago. With Quartette Humaine, James and Sanborn eschew the pop and R&B production values that mark large chunks of their careers and offer instead an all-acoustic quartet recital consisting of six new compositions by James, three pieces by Sanborn and a James-arranged standard.

Joined by legendary drummer Steve Gadd and bass giant James Genus, Quartette Humaine is reflective and swinging with unfailingly melodic improvising and beautiful tonalities. “We felt it’s far more exciting and adventurous… Continue reading

Formed in 2012 by bassist, Alexander Gershman, Sasha’s Bloc is an electric mix of musicians focused on the revival of the jazz culture of the 1920’s and 30’s, combined with adaptation of modern jazz original compositions. All 50 live performances at the finest clubs in LA have been sold out events resurrecting the spirit and greatness of the American Jazz Classics.

Sasha’s Bloc debut release Melancholy is filled with original songs written by Alexander Gershman and Carina Cooper, the  young talented vocalist, and recorded in collaboration with some of the finest and most renowned jazz musicians the world has… Continue reading

Red is the third recording in Beata Pater’s color series, her sixth solo recording. With her previous release, Blue, Beata’s voice became the lead instrument, vocalizing in original compositions expressing her unique tone and character.

In Red, Beata expresses her unique jazz vocalizations with an energetic groove built by a coterie of musicians including Mark Little on keys, Aaron Germain on bass, Andre Bush on guitar, Darius Babazadeh on sax and flute, Ranzel Merritt on drums, Raul Ramirez on percussion, Carl Lockett on guitar, Celia Malheiros on guitar, Kush Khanna on table, Tom Peron on trumpet, Buca Necak on contrabass… Continue reading

Sit back, close your eyes, and come on an emotional musical journey. World Behind Your Eyes, Lynn Jolicoeur and The Pulse’s debut release, will take you soaring high on all of life’s possibilities with an inspiring groove or fun waltz; teetering outside your comfort zone on a powerful jazz/rock beat; and feeling the many complexities of love through an upbeat swing or sultry ballad.

For Lynn and her band mates, music is about feeling, connecting, and being touched. For Lynn, that exploration is something like the powerful peace she feels when she’s near the ocean. But sometimes it’s as simple… Continue reading

KT Tunstall’s stunning new album ‘Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon’ is both a return to the delicate simplicity of the multi-platinum artist’s early work and an evolution of her sound. IECM’s country-folk tinged undercurrents grew out of KT’s decision to travel to Tucson, Arizona to record with producer & alt-country leading light Howe Gelb (aka Giant Sand). KT describes the album as “full of songs from the heart,” adding “I followed my path of truth and ended up in a different place.”

‘Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon’ is set for an August 6, 2013  in the U.S. on… Continue reading

Since her emergence onto the adult contemporary/urban jazz scene in the early 2000s, Carol Duboc has generously shared her wisdom and insight about love and romance in song via both compelling original material and uniquely stylized covers of pop classics. On her multi-faceted new album Smile, the sultry singer and songwriter goes deeper emotionally than ever before.

Inspired by the steep challenges and great joys of keeping a long term relationship afloat, the 10 track collection invites fans and new listeners alike to experience compelling moments along the journey—from confusion and darkness to sparks of daylight and the assurance… Continue reading

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