Two decades into a multi-faceted career marked by dynamic explorations of the possibilities of contemporary jazz and R&B, two-time Grammy Award winner Paul Brown keeps his grooving momentum going with an amped-up visit to The Funky Joint—his sixth solo album and Woodward Avenue Records debut. The guitarist and composer’s eagerly anticipated new collection features performances by many of the artists that he has produced or played with over the years, including Boney James, Bob James, Euge Groove, Marc Antoine, Bob Baldwin and Darren Rahn; several tracks also feature Marco Basci, who plays keyboards with Brown when he performs live.
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Euge Groove (the stage name for saxophonist and ex-Tower of Power member Steve Grove) is the closest contemporary soul-jazz has to a superstar, and his groove-driven smooth pop-soul has continually topped the genre charts since his debut with a self-titled album in 2000. This set is his ninth album overall, and the fourth for Shanachie Records, and it features a solid core session band of Tracy Carter (keyboards), Cornelius Mims (bass), John “Jubu” Smith (guitar), Trevor Lawrence (drums), and Lenny Castro (percussion), with guest spots from Peter White, Althea Rene, Paul Brown, Elliot Yamin, and Chanel Haynes, whose vocal on… Continue reading
A gregarious, communicative and warm hearted trio, Tim Ferguson Inside/Out plays a variety of music ranging from compositions by the members of the ensemble and well known jazz composers to completely improvised music. Audiences enjoy a colorful sonic journey as the group explores a variety of musical approaches, creating music in which the line between composition and improvisation blurs and gives way to spontaneaus collective musical expression.
1 Silence [8:45]
2 Only A Dream [5:15]
(Ferguson, Moser, Henke)
3 A Drink and A Cigarette [5:04]
4 Trumpet Bass Segue [1:28]
Michael Manson is tremendously excited about the Thumping’ CD/DVD release. He is equally as excited about the possibility to walk the same path as his mentor and friend, the late, George Duke. In his words,” It is now my responsibility to use all that I have learned from George, to do all that I can, to make the best music I can, so that I continue the legacy and lineage that he has invested in me. So we move forward. As George would say, ” we were there, and now we’re here” so here we go”.
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Guitar in the Space Age will be available October 7 via OKeh Records.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time GRAMMY®-winner Dr. John is New Orleans’ most prominent living musical icon. The embodiment of his hometown’s freewheeling creative spirit and multiple musical traditions, he’s built a visionary, idiosyncratic body of work that’s deeply rooted in the Crescent City’s myriad blues, R&B, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll traditions.
So it’s fitting that Dr. John’s August 19, 2014 release on Concord Records, Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch, pays heartfelt tribute to another larger-than-life New Orleans legend: the seminal trumpeter and vocalist Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, whose musical innovations created the template for 20th-century jazz, and… Continue reading
Turn the Sea follows Natalie Cressman’s jazz-oriented debut titled Unfolding with a unique approach to her vocal artistry and technique. The vocalist/trombonist is accompanied by her septet on 9 successful performances that also feature her adventurous skills as a trombonist. Natalie Cressman wrote all of the songs except for two tracks.
The program is like a corridor with nine doors, each opening into a separate level of her creative process that is symbolized by opening and closing with the title track. Overall, she has created a balanced, warm and admirable program of songs that are sure to delight her fans.
Blue Note Records has signed Kandace Springs and will release her self-titled debut EP on September 30 together with SRP Music Group. Springs will perform the EP’s first single, “Love Got In The Way,” when she makes her national television debut on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Friday, October 3.
Born and raised in Nashville, Kandace was only 17 when she captured the attention of SRP Music Group’s Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken with a demo she had recorded. Springs moved to New York City several years later to begin working on new songs with Rogers and Sturken, who… Continue reading
November will see the worldwide release of Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression, the first official illustrated history of Blue Note Records, authored by Richard Havers and including forewords by Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, and Blue Note President Don Was. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, the beautiful 400-page hardcover book celebrates over seven decades of extraordinary music, and Blue Note’s ongoing commitment to “Uncompromising Expression,” the tenet set forth by founder Alfred Lion, a German immigrant who came to America to pursue his dreams and his love of music.
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Matthew Shipp touches on the core of that which is unquantifiable in great art in this masterwork that he has titled Root of Things. Released by Relative Pitch Records, the acclaimed pianist’s expressions of form are the equal of extended classical pieces and with his limitless imagination, Shipp and his trio – Michael Bisio on bass, Whit Dickey on drums – beautifully play the invisible process of spontaneous improvisation as it occurs spontaneously from its ‘roots.’ Shipp’s musical creativity and expressiveness is his genius and he shares his unique voice on six great songs.
Opening with the title track, the… Continue reading