NPR First Listen: Cécile McLorin Salvant, ‘For One To Love’
Salvant's aesthetic idiosyncrasies immediately mark her apart, even within the space of "jazz singing." She's long had a predilection for finding rowdy songs from the dawn of the music to grow into — not exactly common for a twentysomething jazz musician — and that continues here...
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For Wayne Shorter: ‘Children of the Light’ is far from childish
A lot of jazz groups tend to lose themselves in the thematic structures and far-out concepts of the artistic leader of the album. Not this group. Ever since they got together, pianist Pérez, bassist Patitucci, and drummer Blade knew they spoke the same cinematic language...“For us, it was like writing the soundtracks of our own lives. It was about using music to paint a scene, using the sounds to tell a story,” Pérez added.
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Whitaker, Diehl, Whalum Spearhead New Mack Avenue SuperBand Album
“When you look at this particular lineup, there are a wide range of styles represented: from the Django-influenced guitar approach of Evan Perri to the soulful/gospel leanings of tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and when you consider the other players, you can find just about everything in between.”
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Aaron Diehl, a Piano Prodigy, Taps Jazz Legends
Mr. Diehl has taken a winding road to jazz. As a child, he played mostly classical music and learned a few jazz standards from his grandfather, who plays trombone and piano and introduced Mr. Diehl to the virtuoso pianist Art Tatum. Mr. Diehl was obsessed with aviation—his father, a funeral director, owned a plane—and he wanted to become an airline pilot. He took his first flying lesson at age 13 and recently flew a single-propeller plane from Columbus, where his parents still live, to gigs in Michigan.
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Aaron Diehl - Space, Time, Continuum
The trio is featured on “Santa Maria”, a commissioned work beginning with bowed bass singing over rhapsodic piano and sprawling malleted tom toms and cymbals before moving into a Spanish-tinged interlude that introduces a brightly swinging melody. The trio ratchets things up several notches on Diehl’s “Broadway Boogie Woogie”, a fiercely bebopping tour de force taken at a demonic tempo. (Page 31)
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Kirk Whalum: The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV (DVD)
The DVD captures the Chapter IV concert at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. Live performance segments are interspersed with conversations with Whalum on a variety of subjects, from being a musician to the spirit of improvisation.
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Congrats to Kirk Whalum - The Gospel According To Jazz: Chapter IV goes to #1
The Gospel According To Jazz: Chapter IV - by Kirk Whalum on Rendezvous/Mackavenue closes the week at number one on the Billboard Jazz Chart.
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The Morning Call Interviews Rick Braun
Rick Braun on his new album: "It's R&B and jazz mixed together, whereas with straight-ahead jazz there is more of a swing...
New York Times: Sean Jones Quartet at the Jazz Standard
Mr. Jones, 36, was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and while he made his name in New York City — notably during his six years as...Mr. Jones, 36, was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and while he made his name in New York City — notably during his six years as...Mr. Jones, 36, was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and while he made his name in New York City — notably during his six years as...
The Wall Street Journal: Freda Payne “Back to Big Band”
Ms. Payne's disc, "Come Back to Me Love" (Artistry/Mack Avenue), is a collection of standards and originals done with opulent big-band arrangements; it's the sort of recording that offers an authentic alternative to the trend of pop stars doing classic repertoire with orchestral backing.