Acclaimed Canadian soul-jazz singer Elizabeth Shepherd has released her fourth recording titled The Signal (True North Records, 2014). The 10 compositions illustrate her growth as a singer and conceptualist as well as her strengths as a woman with something to say. Accompanied by guitarist Lionel Loueke, Shepherd manages to make her odd-meter grooves feel fluid and funky, while her sensual, breathy voice is as direct and haunting as ever.
Shepherd plays the electric Rhodes piano, and incorporated the Moog keyboard, ngoni, steel pans and kalimba as well as a range of samples that include Blues legend Lead Belly and Mother… Continue reading
Floating, the remarkable new album by the Fred Hersch Trio, brings the pianist back into forbidding territory. After a run of lightning-in-a-bottle live albums, he returned to the studio to document the ongoing evolution of his primary ensemble featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. Slated for release by Palmetto on July 8, 2014, the album captures the trio in exceptional form, playing with nonpareil rhythmic resourcefulness, ravishing lyricism, and telepathic interplay.The trio’s last release, 2012’s Fred Hersch Trio – Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto) was a critically hailed double album that earned the Grand Prix du Disque, France’s… Continue reading
Kiki Ebsen dedicated this new album of jazz standards to her dad, Buddy Ebsen for Father’s Day. This beautifully packaged collectors CD includes a souvenir booklet with pictures dad and stories behind the songs.
The CD Includes unlimited streaming of Scarecrow Sessions via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more, and you can request an autographed copy when you buy! Very novel concept.
The holidays have always been about bringing close friends together and celebrating the season with good times and great music. Saxophonist Dave Koz has been doing it every year for nearly two decades with talented friends and collaborators on a tour that brings the yuletide spirit to devoted audiences from one coast to the other.
From the Artist:
I love the holidays…and I’ve been blessed over the last almost two decades to be on the road touring during this special time of year. No matter the city we’re in, each venue becomes a sort of ‘living room’ for us—replete with… Continue reading
Best known as the fiery, game-changing drummer from the 1960’s British supergroup Cream (w/ Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce), Ginger Baker is a true music pioneer. Inspired by a love of African rhythms and the drumming of jazz greats Art Blakey, Max Roach and Elvin Jones, Ginger s unique style of drumming created the foundation for an entirely new sound in rock music.
Now, on the heels of the 2012 documentary Beware of Mr. Baker , which brought him and his fascinating life to a wider public, Ginger Baker takes the influences that helped shape him and puts them front… Continue reading
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