Every track on Perchance to Dream has been given a unique treatment. The album kicks off with a jazz waltz version of the Irving Berlin standard, Change Partners followed by a powerful original tune, one of two on the album, “Poor Girl” with lyrics from the poem Poor Girl by the late Dr. Maya Angelou and music by Jay Ashby. Next is a mambo performance of “Close Enough For Love” and a playful Samba rendition of “Pure Imagination.”
The second original composition is a beautiful ballad entitled “When I Close My Eyes” written specifically for Gloria by K. Lawrence Dunham… Continue reading
The world-renowned jazz ensemble tells no lies in this beautifully-crafted and visceral Big Band recording, an ode to the great American Heartland by award-winning composer Dale Wilson.
“I was struck by the musicians’ tacit communication, how they breathed individually, shaping their lines, and how they breathed as a unit. It is a sound that I can’t imagine another band replicating, a sound that our brilliant engineer Christian Cluxen dubbed, ‘the sound of the great American Prairie’.” –Dale Wilson
The NDR Bigband – Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra’s latest feature recording, Tall Tales of Jasper County: The Double Doubles Suite, is a… Continue reading
With the release of their highly-anticipated Woodward Avenue Records debut, Southern California’s premiere R&B, funk and contemporary urban jazz powerhouse DW3 lets the world in on a cool “Vintage Truth.” Driven by the ever-evolving musical vision of core members – brothers Eric and Billy Mondragon and Damon Reel – their deepening artistry continues to transcend a well-earned reputation as a high energy, fun and freewheeling party band.
While they continue to anchor Thursday nights and the 94.7 The Wave Sunday Brunch at Spaghettini in Seal Beach and electrify festival and cruise-goers as they have for more than a decade, the… Continue reading
Bernard Scavella, Tenor and Soprano saxophonist, equally skilled as a leader or as a sideman. He helped to define the sound and styling of the Chicago based jazz group, The GrooveMasters during the 1970’s and 1980’s, as the principal arranger and saxophonist.
Scavella gained recognition during his teen years through study with Joe Henderson and performing with Clark Terry, George Coleman, Billy Cobham, Clint Houston and George Cables. Scavella, Cables and Cobham were the cofounders of the New York City based jazz group, The Jazz Samaritans, which was aptly named by Scavella.
Scavella has appeared in a countless number of… Continue reading
Mademoiselle is a French Jazz recording with a bit of a twist. It contains six tracks. The songs are comprised of works made popular by artists such as Henri Salvador, Blossom Dearie, Charles Trenet, and Salvadore Poe. Most of the songs are in French and are filled with colors and textures from around the world. This French EP delivers everything from uplifting swing tunes to sultry bossa nova grooves. Jardin d’hiver, the third track, is an especially ethereal, haunting, and sulty bossa nova. Austin’s finest musicians including Eddy Hobizal, Steve Schwelling, David Pulkingham, and Daniel Durham can be heard on… Continue reading
Jeff Richman’s professional background spans over 35 years, his extensive knowledge and experience stems from composing original pieces, touring/performing on guitar, arranging, recording music in various genres, in addition to teaching in various academic settings of note.
He studied at Berklee College of Music and after graduating, he lived and performed in New York City, the greatest teacher of all, it was here that his own influences began to form, attending performances by renowned legends Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Charlie Haden, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Evans, Dizzy… Continue reading
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, composer, lyricist and vocalist Aimée Allen’s talents as a composer and lyricist are matched by dynamic arrangements, and the album goes from new takes on the familiar, to fresh vistas in uncharted territory. With Aimée’s warm voice and soulful phrasing as the guide, this is not just any jazz vocal album. This project formed, deformed, and reformed over a year and a half. It was neither effort nor circumstance that determined the contours of the album, but time. When the time was right, Aimée’s new compositions came together seamlessly with those of masters like… Continue reading
Finding opportunities for growth and development are important aspects in the process of evolving as a creative musician. Discovering and tackling new challenges helps to keep music making a fresh and worthwhile occupation for many, including pianist Joey Calderazzo, who found his next test in the form of the piano trio.
Since the beginning of his illustrious career, Calderazzo has mainly played in quartets highlighting remarkable saxophonists, namely greats Michael Brecker and Branford Marsalis. As a musician and composer, the pianist had become comfortable in this format, developing an intensity in his playing and predilections in his composing that the… Continue reading
Illuminations, Friedlander’s latest solo album was originally commissioned by the Jewish Museum in New York City which hosted an exhibit of ancient books from Oxford University’s Bodleian Collection. The exhibit brought together ancient illuminated texts in Arabic, Latin and Hebrew.
“I found myself in this darkened room surrounded by these gorgeous books and manuscripts that seemed to be talking to me. They were telling me a story of patience and craft, ritual and dedication that was inspiring.”
Friedlander has worked on the Bach suites throughout his life as a cellist and he used the suite form as a launching point… Continue reading
Beauty can often be found in unexpected places. On his new album, Orphic Machine, clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg creates his most beautiful and lyrical music to date. Interestingly, though the lyrics are by poet Allen Grossman, they come not from his poems, but from a book on “speculative poetics.” Grossman’s Summa Lyrica, a collection of blunt, interwoven statements illuminating the place of poetry in human thought, provided Goldberg with the texts around which he wrapped his beautiful melodies and compelling grooves.
Goldberg needed to gather an ensemble of artists able to realize such simultaneously heady and passionate compositions; fortunately, he’s been… Continue reading