Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75.
Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his manager, Patrick Rains, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Sample began playing the piano when he was five years old. He was a student of the organist and pianist Curtis Mayo.
In high school in the 1950s, Sample teamed up with two friends, saxophonist Wilton Felder and drummer “Stix” Hooper, to form a group called… Continue reading
GRAMMY-nominee Stacey Kent’s Brazilian inspired recording titled The Changing Lights features collaborations with Jim Tomlinson, novelist Kazuo Ishiguro and special guest Roberto Menescal. Her mesmerizing vocals are sure to enamor you as you listen to these 15 songs that Stacey has selected for her program. She sings in English, French and Portuguese on original songs and classics from the biggest names in Brazilian music.
Whether singing Tom Jobim’s “One Note Samba,” “How Insensitive,” or Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars,” Stacey is sure to please your musical tastes because of her sensual vocals and innovative re-interpretations. Joined by… Continue reading
Baila! is the cd from David Longoria. This USA version contains the English language versions and also the additional songs “Loving Life” featuring guitarist Chris Standring and also “Reflection” the dynamic collaboration with iconic remixer Mickey Oliver. DAVID LONGORIA was born at a very early age. He began singing along with his aunt Betty as she practiced her opera. It raised a few eyebrows as he was only 6 months old. He developed a love for music right away. He started playing the drums and moved to the clarinet. As a 9 year old, his fingers were not big enough… Continue reading
Five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall will release her new studio album on Verve Records on September 9. The new release is entitled Wallflower and is a collection of songs from the late 60 s to present day that inspired Krall in her early years. Produced by 16-time Grammy® Award-winning producer David Foster, the album finds Krall breaking new ground with her interpretations of some of the greatest pop songs of all time. “It was a nice change for me to be in the vocal booth with pretty much only David’s superb piano accompaniment and orchestrations,”… Continue reading
One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.” Born in Los Angeles, he began piano lessons at an early age. Albright’s love of music picked up considerably when he was given a saxophone that had belonged to his piano teacher. By the time he enrolled at the University of Redlands, he was already a polished saxophonist. Albright decided to switch to bass guitar after he saw Louis Johnson in concert. A few months after graduating from college, he joined jazz pianist/R&B singer Patrice Rushen, who was in… Continue reading
Omar Hakim’s list of credits spans the musical spectrum from Rock to Jazz to Pop to Electronica and with his latest release We Are One, his listeners are treated to a wonderful array of styles and genres on one recording. The highly acclaimed drummer leads a stellar ensemble featuring Chieli Minucci, Gregoire Maret, Scott Tibbs, Jerry Brooks, Rachel Z and several others on 10 original compositions that he either wrote or co-wrote keyboardist Scott Tibbs or bassist Jerry Brooks. In addition to his drumming, Omar Hakim adds to his multi-instrumentalist skills, performing on piano, keyboards, percussion, guitar, bass and singing… Continue reading
It’s always difficult when you have set the bar so high as Cindy did with her groundbreaking and highly heralded second recording ‘Unscripted’, voted ‘Critic’s Choice 2011′ by Jazziz Magazine, and one that spawned back to back #1 Billboard singles, to not only follow but to continue to stretch higher. With the release of BLISS, Bradley’s third she again finds Grammy award winning producer Michael Broening at the rudder steering the ship and together again they not only grab hold of the bar they set, but leap over it, carried forward by the current of her wave of popularity.
Bliss… Continue reading
On Subtext, guitarist Steve Khan joins again with long-time collaborator drummer Dennis Chambers and his all-star Latin team of Marc Quinones, Bobby Allende and Ruben Rodriguez – all of whom Khan has known and performed with since the 1990s.
But this is the first time these musicians have individually performed on Steve Khan’s recordings and this meeting of their musical minds is absolutely great. Guest performances by Randy Brecker, Rob Mounsey, Gil Goldstein and Mariana Ingold add to Khan’s exceptional musical visions. The ensemble explores the compositions of such great jazzmen as Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Greg Osby… Continue reading
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
NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson makes his triumphant return to Blue Note Records, where the virtuoso vibraphonist started his career in the early 60s, with the superb album, Enjoy the View. The vibrant session is produced by Blue Note president Don Was. Recorded by an all-star collective of saxophonist David Sanborn and organist Joey DeFrancesco, and featuring drummer Billy Hart, the Hutcherson-sparked group plays seven original compositions that range from cool, gentle grooves to fiery outbursts of exuberance. At heart, the album soars thanks to the divine musical alchemy among the performers an assemblage of veteran artists who play at… Continue reading