Al Jarreau and George Duke were friends long before they became household names. They began playing together in the mid-1960′s in San Francisco as Al Jarreau and the George Duke Trio. The successes of these performances are what helped to launch both their careers. George’s tragic passing in August, 2013, inspired Al to record this loving tribute to his longtime friend.
With the exception of the fitting title track composed by Jarreau, all the tunes were written by George. Guest artists/collaborators include Gerald Albright, Stanley Clarke, Dr. John, Lalah Hathaway, Boney James, Marcus Miller, Jeffrey Osborne, Kelly Price, Dianne Reeves… Continue reading
Cutting his musical teeth beginning in the 70′s when disco, bell bottoms and Soul Train were king, super producer of sexy and syncopated sides Paul Hardcastle comes out of the woodshed with back to back new projects, the latest in the Jazzmasters series VII and this a dance down memory lane with a 21st century twist.Moovin And Groovin is a collection of disco infused pieces that recall an era where music was all about getting your ‘move on’ with Barry White, Donna Summer andSaturday Night Fever casting their respective spells on the masses. You’ll feel instantly transported back in time… Continue reading
Jazz Funk Soul is the new Smooth Jazz super group featuring 3 of the most important hit makers on the scene today: Jeff Lorber, Everett Harp and Chuck Loeb. As artists and producers they are responsible for selling millions of albums and scoring close to 50 #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits! As a touring ensemble, they are wowing audiences from coast to coast.Jeff Lorber is famous for launching the career of Kenny G and his productions and collaborations with such greats as Dave Koz, Janet Jackson, Lalah Hathaway and Miles Davis. He is one of the most sought after producers… Continue reading
In 2013, Melissa Aldana became the first female instrumentalist and first South American to ever win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. The prize included a scholarship and a recording contract with Concord Music Group. As a result, her recording debut for Concord – Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – features the power of three outstanding musicians taking the music of Thelonious Monk and Harry Warren to new levels.
Melissa and her bandmates, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela, also wrote 8 new songs for the debut all of which provide exceptional vehicles for spotlighting their amazing… Continue reading
Donna Singer is a jazz singer whose music is circulated around the globe, North America, Europe and Africa. Her newest CD Destiny, Moment of Jazz has joined her last three albums as a force in the jazz world.
Take the Day Off: Escape With Jazz charted on the CMJ jazz charts at #20. Her rendition of the Gershwin favorite “But Not for Me” took the European Jazz Network by storm. Kiss Me Beneath the Mistletoe charted on the CMJ jazz charts at #24 respectively, and Jazz In The Living Room … Continue reading
Whether it refers to a raging inferno or a long, slow smolder, Burn It! not only serves as the title for guitar wizard Ben Tyree’s first live album but as a mantra for his blistering BT3 trio. Recorded in 2010 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious BAMcafé Live series, the scintillating date finds Tyree, his bandmates and a few special guests igniting an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds with their unique blend of jazz, funk, and rock.
The material on Burn It! LIVE is drawn from BT3’s debut CD, … Continue reading
If you’ve ever seen Rick Braun perform, you know what a high-energy entertainer he is. But ask him to talk about his career and the gregarious, charismatic musician-songwriter-producer becomes visibly uncomfortable and awkwardly quiet.
“The collective moments are one big unfolding story that’s still not done. I just sit back and be grateful to still be making music with friends,” says the humble trumpeter-flugelhorn player-vocalist Braun, a consistent chart-topper who has amassed a catalogue of No. 1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and radio hits throughout his solo career that began in earnest in 1992.
One of those memorable moments for… Continue reading
The preeminent Grammy-winning big band leader, Gordon Goodwin, and his Big Phat Band return with another dose of impeccable arrangements and big band fun on this new release. The album features this year s Grammy-winning On Green Dolphin Street arrangement, his own take on the Get Smart theme and more!
Saxophonist Richard Elliot has arrived at a very special anniversary for blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing. 2014 marks 30 years since the release of his debut solo album, Initial Approach (ITI – 1984), on which he stepped out showcasing his tenor sax, soprano sax, Lyricon and writing skills. What does a red-blooded Scottish sax man raised in Los Angeles – now with a wife and five children – do for a 30-year encore? Well, this one-time member of the classic soul band Tower of Power proves he’s “not a young man” and drops the most overtly sensual,… Continue reading
Charlie Haden Biography Born in Shenandoah, Iowa, Charlie Haden began his life in music almost immediately, singing on his parents’ country & western radio show at the tender age of 22 months. He started playing bass in his early teens and in 1957, left America’s heartland for Los Angeles, where he met and played with such legends as Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, and Dexter Gordon.
In 1959, Haden teamed up with Ornette Coleman to form the saxophonist’s pioneering quartet (alongside trumpeter Don Cherry and drummer Billy Higgins). In addition to his still-influential work with Coleman, Haden also collaborated with a… Continue reading