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Cameron Graves

Seven

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Pianist, composer and vocalist Cameron Graves calls the music he’s architected for his new Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group release thrash-jazz, though that only begins to tell the story. Yes, upon an initial listen, the juggernaut metal force and hardcore precision of Seven can knock you back. After all, Graves grew up in metal-rich Los Angeles, headbanging to Living Colour as a kid and, after immersing himself in jazz and classical studies for years, reigniting his love for hard rock through records by Pantera, Slipknot and his most profound metal influence, Swedish titans Meshuggah.

But listen closer to Seven, Graves’ follow-up to 2017’s Planetary Prince (which Pitchfork called a “rousing debut”). “Los Angeles is a melting pot of everything,” Graves points out. His father, Carl Graves, was a great soul singer, and you can hear his imprint along with the likes of Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding, on “Eternal Paradise,” which marks the younger Graves’ vocal debut. Throughout the album, the generation of 1970s jazz-rock fusion pioneers is a source of inspiration. “Our mission is to continue that legacy of advanced music that was started by bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Return to Forever,” Graves says. “That was instilled in us by the masters. Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock—these guys sat with us and told us, ‘Look, man, you’ve got to carry this on.’”

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Veronica Swift

This Bitter Earth

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Whereas Veronica Swift’s 2019 Mack Avenue Records debut, Confessions, contained songs that played out like pages from her personal diary, on the captivating follow-up, This Bitter Earth, she flips by crafting an ingenious song cycle that tackles sexism (“How Lovely to Be a Woman”), domestic abuse (“He Hit Me”), environmental issues, racism, xenophobia (“You Have To Be Carefully Taught”), and the dangers of fake news (“The Sports Page”). The singer-songwriter gathered material that covers multiple genres, including jazz, American musicals, and contemporary indie-rock fortifying her position as a leading force in genre-bending song presentation. 

“I want this album have two separate approaches,” states Swift. "I wanted to start with women’s place in society now and how it's changing. During the second half, I wanted to address other ailments in the world, whether it’s racism or fake news. But I don’t take any political stances. I’m very clear with my audience that as an artist I just want to address certain issues as an outsider looking in.”

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Brian Bromberg: Kiesel B25 Electric Bass(1-3, 5, 9, 12); nylon string acoustic piccolo bass (1, 3, 5); Hollow body Piccolo Bass (2, 4, 6, 7-10, 12); Acoustic Bass (4, 7, 11); Upright Bass (6, 8, 10); Drums (11) 

Tom Zink: Keyboards (1-3, 5, 9) Piano (4, 6-9, 10-12) 

Everette Harp: Tenor Saxophone (1) 

Tony Moore: Drums (1-3, 5, 7) 

Ray Fuller: Rhythm Guitar (1-3, 5, 7) 

Alex Acuña: (1, 5-7, 9-10, 12) 

The Social Distancing Orchestra: Violins, Violas and Cellos (1, 3, 5, 7, 10) 

Andrew Neu: Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones (2, 4, 6, 8, 11-12) 

Michael Stever: Trumpet (2, 4, 6, 8, 11-12) Piccolo Trumpet (2) 

Nick Lane: Trombone (2, 4, 6, 8, 11-12) 

Maysa: Vocals (4) 

Chris Walker: Vocals (4, 7) 

Tom McCauley: Acoustic Rhythm Guitar (4) 

Joel Taylor: Drums (6, 9-10, 12) 

Kareem Thompson: Steel Pan Drums (6) 

Gary Meek: Tenor Sax (8) 

Ramon Stagnaro: Rhythm Guitar (10, 12) 

Najee: Flute (12)

Brian Bromberg

Celebrate Me Home: The Holiday Sessions

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For a virtuoso jazz bassist and world-renowned producer, quarantined in his Southern California home during a global pandemic and contemplating an uncertain future, the holidays would seem to be the last thing on one’s mind. The chameleonic Brian Bromberg has never been one to follow the expected path, however. With live gigs cancelled and the opportunity for collaboration complicated by social distancing, Bromberg virtually assembled a stellar cohort of musicians to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year on Celebrate Me Home: The Holiday Sessions.

Celebrate Me Home takes its title from the Kenny Loggins classic, co-written by Bob James, which feels all the more poignant given our current circumstances. Gorgeously expressed by vocalist Chris Walker, the song achingly captures the yearning for a return to familiar surroundings and loved ones that many of us are feeling right now, regardless of the season.

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Yellowjackets:

Russell Ferrante – piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer

Bob Mintzer – tenor sax, EWI, flutes

Dane Alderson – electric bass

William Kennedy – drums

WDR Big Band Cologne:

Paul Shigihara – guitar

Wim Both, Rob Bruynen, Andy Haderer, Ruud Breuls – trumpets

Ludwig Nuss, Raphael Klemm, Andy Hunter, Mattis Cederberg – trombones

Johan Hörlen, Kristina Brodersen, Olivier Peters, Paul Heller, Jens Neufang – saxes, woodwinds

Yellowjackets

Jackets XL

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Since the band’s eponymous 1981 debut album, Yellowjackets has consistently forged ahead with innovative and challenging artistic statements. For Jackets XL, its 25th album, the band continues to stretch and reinvent itself with an exciting, full-bodied collaboration with the superb WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany. The project combines the shapeshifting, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning quartet with the renowned big band, re-imagining well-known band originals with dynamic new arrangements that feature twists and turns, textures and colors, moving harmonies and bold solos.

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Emmet Cohen

Future Stride

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The sound of stride piano vividly evokes scenes from the past: the roaring nightclubs of 1920s Harlem, the raucous birth pangs of jazz’s nascent years, the gymnastic burlesques of risk-taking silent movie madcaps. But in the music of pianist/composer Emmet Cohen, the past is always present, if not venturing with sly turns into an open-eared future as we enter into a new iteration of the roaring 20s.

On his latest album, Cohen revisits one of the music’s earliest forms without a trace of quaintness or throwback pastiche by meticulously covering the genre’s lexicon spanning the past century and melding its context with “modern” music. With Future Stride instead finds the immediacy in a stylistic approach that can speak volumes to modern listeners open to recognizing its thrilling vitality. Though he’s made a point of connecting with masters from the past throughout his still-young career, Cohen pointedly invites a group of his peers to realize this project, including his longtime rhythm section partners, bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole, along with two of modern jazz’s most progressive voices, trumpeter Marquis Hill and saxophonist Melissa Aldana.

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Warren Wolf – vibraphone [all tracks except 7]; piano [all tracks except 12]; Fender Rhodes [2, 4, 6]; wind chimes [2, 4]; tambourine[9, 12]; Logic Pro X Pads [3]; Logic Pro X Timpani [10]; Logic Pro X Chimes/Tubular Bells [11]; Logic Pro X Wurlitzer [12]; Logic Pro X Cello [13]

Jeff Reed – acoustic bass [1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11]; electric bass [4, 9, 12, 13]

Carroll “CV” Dashiell III – drums [all tracks except 7, 8]

Christie Dashiell – vocals [7]; background vocals [13]

Allison Bordlemay – vocals [9]; lead vocals [13]

Micah Smith – vocals [10, 12]

Warren Wolf

Christmas Vibes

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There’s no shortage of Christmas music out there that can evoke the holiday spirit. But it takes a master of groove and swing like Warren Wolf to conjure a true feeling of Christmas Vibes. On his new album, the vibraphone great and father of five offers an album of jazzy Yuletide cheer sure to provide the ideal soundtrack to the season for the hippest families on the block. Wolf takes an even more prominent role than usual on Christmas Vibes, playing all the piano and keyboard parts as well as spotlighting his usual virtuosity on the vibes. In part, it was the outcome of necessity: the album was recorded in mid-March, just as much of the country was beginning to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitating some last-minute changes of plan. But it also gave the leader a long-overdue opportunity to showcase his multifarious talents. 

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Billy Childs – piano (1, 2, 4–8); Fender Rhodes and keyboards (3)

Steve Wilson – soprano sax (2, 3, 6–8); alto sax (4)

Hans Glawischnig – acoustic bass (1, 2, 4–8); electric bass (3); background vocals (1)

Eric Harland – drums (1–4, 6–8); background vocals (1)

with:

Alicia Olatuja – vocals (4)

Elena Pinderhughes – flute and background vocals (1)

Sara Gazarek – background vocals (1)

Rogerio Boccato – percussion (1, 4); background vocals (1)

Munyungo Jackson – congas (3)

Aubrey Johnson – vocals (7)

Billy Childs

Acceptance

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“On my first Mack Avenue recording, Rebirth (Billy Childs’ 2017 album which won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album), I wanted to return to a focus on my jazz piano playing,” Childs states. “Acceptance is an extension of that, and the musicians make it very comfortable for me.” Childs thrives on group improvisation and has recruited fellow master musicians—saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Eric Harland—as the core ensemble for this collection: Acceptance. Elena Pinderhughes on flute; vocalists Alicia Olatuja, Aubrey Johnson and Sara Gazarek; and percussionists Rogerio Boccato and Munyungo Jackson complete the stellar lineup on this recording. 

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John Beasley - piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer

Saxophones/Woodwinds: Bob Sheppard. Banny Janklow, Chris Lewis, Tom Peterson, Adam Schroeder, Tom Luer

Trombones: wendell Kelly, Ryan Dragon, Ido Meshulam, Steve Hughes, Francisco Torres

Trumpets/Flugelhorns: Bijon Watson, Kye Palmer, James Ford, Brian Swartz, Rashawn Ross

Bass: John Patitucci, Benjamin Shepherd

Drums: Vinne Colaiuta, Ulysses Owens, Jr., Terreon Gully

Conga: Joey De Leon

Synthesizer: Steve Tavaglione

Percussion, Shaker: Terreon Gully

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Guest Appearances by:

Grégoire Maret - Harmonica

Joey DeFrancesco - Hammond B3 Organ

Hubert Laws - Flute

Jubilant Sykes - Vocals

Ralph Moore - Tenor Saxophone

John Beasley

MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

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Over the course of two albums, bandleader/composer/arranger John Beasley has reimagined Thelonious Monk’s iconic compositions through his inventive, versatile MONK’estra­ – a big band able to deftly navigate the legend’s eccentricities from a variety of perspectives, from boisterous swing to raucous funk to Afro-Cuban explosiveness. MONK’estra, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 each garnered a pair of GRAMMY® Award nominations, alongside widespread critical acclaim. Beasley veers off in new directions on his stunning third album in the series, MONK’estra Plays John Beasley. As the title implies, this time out the band shifts focus to its fearless leader’s own estimable compositions and piano playing, alongside a quartet of Monk classics and a tune apiece by Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.

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Erroll Garner – piano

Eddie Calhoun – bass

Charles “Ike” Isaacs – bass

Kelly Martin – drums

Jimmie Smith – drums

José Mangual – congas

Erroll Garner

Gershwin & Kern

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and the last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the twelfth album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | Gershwin & Kern | 12 of 12

In his original 1976 liner notes, concert impresario George Wein concluded fittingly, “To put it simply, Erroll Garner is a great musical genius.” On this final album released during Garner’s life, he shows yet again his complete mastery of his instrument and his unmatched ability to interpret songs and make them his own. This newly restored album includes a previously unreleased Garner original, worthy of the two composers to which this album is dedicated.

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All tracks:

Harold López-Nussa – piano, keyboards, background vocals (2, 4)

Mayquel González – trumpet, background vocals (2, 4)

Julio César González – bass, background vocals (2, 4)

Ruy Adrián López-Nussa – drums, percussion, background vocals (2, 4)

Vincent Peirani – accordion (3)

Cimafunk – voice (5)

Kelvis Ochoa – voice (8)

Randy Malcom – voice, timbales (9)

Heikel Fabián Trimiño – trombone (9)

José Julián Morejón – percussion (9)

Jorge Aragon – additional keyboards (9)

Harold López-Nussa

Te Lo Dije

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Imagine yourself walking down the streets of Havana hearing music from people’s homes, parties being thrown and paladares or night clubs filled with patrons dancing: this is the soul of Cuba. Havana-based pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa’s vibrant and spirited third recording for Mack Avenue Records captures those moments with a marriage of jazz and Cuban pop music, joyfully standing up for that ambitious vision. Featuring drummer Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, bassist Julio César González and trumpeter Mayquel González, “Te Lo Dije” boasts a number of special guests, including Afro-Cuban funk superstar Cimafunk, French accordionist Vincent Peirani, famed Cuban reggaeton vocalist Randy Malcom, and vocalist Kelvis Ochoa, to realize its picturesque look at Cuban culture.

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Erroll Garner – piano, harpsichord
Ernest McCarty, Jr. – bass
Jimmie Smith – percussion
José Mangual – congas

Erroll Garner

Magician

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and the last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the eleventh album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | Magician | 11 of 12

The selections Garner committed to tape in the fall of 1973 include what may be some of his best original compositions, alongside a series of timeless contemporary takes on American Songbook classics. Though it would turn out to be the final studio album of his life, it makes clear that Garner was continuing to innovate on his distinctly individualistic style, and surely would have for decades to come.

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Erroll Garner – piano, harpsichord
Ernest McCarty, Jr. – bass
Jimmie Smith – percussion
José Mangual – congas

Erroll Garner

Gemini

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and the last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the tenth album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | Gemini | 10 of 12

A more fitting title for this album does not exist. It is yet another example of just how well Erroll Garner knew and understood himself and his music. Perhaps his greatest talent was an ability to distill and communicate precisely who he was at any given moment. Here we find him perfectly embodying the definition of his sun sign. Whatever your views on astrology might be, all that is left to do is listen.

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Featuring:

Christian McBride – bass

Joey DeFrancesco – organ

Mark Whitfield – guitar

Quincy Phillips – drums

With:

Frank Greene, Freddie Hendrix, Brandon Lee, Nabate Isles, Anthony Hervey – trumpets

Michael Dease, Steve Davis, James Burton, Douglas Purviance – trombones

Steve Wilson, Todd Bashore, Ron Blake, Dan Pratt, Carl Maraghi – woodwinds

Christian McBride

For Jimmy, Wes, and Oliver

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Christian McBride solidifies his role as the champion of the past, present and future of jazz with his GRAMMY® Award-winning Big Band’s new album in tribute to Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and Oliver Nelson. Featuring special guests Joey DeFrancesco and Mark Whitfield, "For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver" honors the historical legacy of the jazz legends who shaped the soul of music for generations to come.

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Connie Han – piano, Fender Rhodes
Ivan Taylor – bass
Bill Wysaske – drums
Walter Smith III – tenor saxophone
Jeremy Pelt – trumpet

Connie Han

Iron Starlet

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As the title makes vividly clear, Connie Han’s career may be in the early stages of what promises to be a vertiginous climb, but the 23-year-old pianist and composer is no wide-eyed aspirant, timidly searching for her place in the crowded jazz landscape. One listen to Iron Starlet is ample evidence that she’s every bit an armor-clad talent as the name implies. Her powerful vision takes in the full evolution of her forebearers, from iconic innovators like McCoy Tyner and Hank Jones through the Young Lion revolution spearheaded by the Marsalis Brothers, Kenny Kirkland and Jeff “Tain” Watts, among others.

The toughness at the core of Iron Starlet is rooted in its rhythmic drive, anchored by the trio of Han, bassist Ivan Taylor and drummer/producer Bill Wysaske. They’re joined by the stellar frontline of saxophonist Walter Smith III (returning from Crime Zone) and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, an ideal pairing to realize the compelling blend of sophistication and grit that Han imbues into every piece.

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Christian Sands: piano (all tracks); keyboards (1); voice (1); Fender Rhodes (1, 2, 3, 10); Hammond B2 (5)

Yasushi Nakamura: bass (all tracks)

Clarence Penn: drums (all tracks)

Marvin Sewell: guitars [Telecaster T57, National Resophonic Guitar Style O, Lowden model S-10 acoustic guitar,

Custom Slide guitar] (1, 5, 9, 10)

Marcus Strickland: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet (3, 5, 10)

Sean Jones: trumpet, flugelhorn (3, 10)

Steve Davis: trombone (3, 10)

String Quartet (8): Sara Caswell – violin 1, Tomoko Akaboshi – violin 2, Benni von Gutzeit – viola, Eleanor Norton –

cello

Christian Sands

Be Water

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Christian Sands’ third recording for Mack Avenue Music Group captures and establishes him as a forceful leader in composition and conceptual vision. With Be Water, the music is akin to the element which has no form of its own, taking on the structure of whatever musical composition and performance in which it finds itself and is a universal necessity. For this recording, Sands has reunited with bassist Yasushi Nakamura and saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and is joined by trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Steve Davis, guitarist Marvin Sewell, and drummer Clarence Penn. 

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Erroll Garner – piano

George Duvivier, Gerald Jemmott – bass

Jimmie Smith, Joe Cocuzzo, Charles Persip – drums

José Mangual – conga

Erroll Garner

Feeling Is Believing

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and the last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the ninth album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | Feeling is Believing | 09 of 12

Recorded at the tail end of 1969 with a cast of new collaborators, this album is a prime showcase of Erroll Garner’s two greatest strengths: his ability to completely reinvent well known songs, and his endlessly creative facility as a composer of original music. From his sultry “The Loving Touch” to the Afrofuturistic “Mood Island,” Garner’s originality again proves boundless.

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Jimmy Greene – soprano saxophone (1, 4, 7); tenor saxophone (2, 3, 5, 6, 8-10); flute, clarinet, bass clarinet (4)

Aaron Goldberg – piano (1, 3, 4, 6-10); Fender Rhodes electric piano (2)

Stefon Harris – marimba (3); vibraphone (4)

Lage Lund – guitar (1-4, 6-9)

Reuben Rogers – bass (all tracks)

Kendrick Scott – drums (all tracks)

Jimmy Greene

While Looking Up

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On While Looking Up, Jimmy Greene finds solace, support and inspiration from multiple directions, but in particular from casting his gaze heavenward. Looking inward, he’s comforted by his faith and by the gift for moving, expressive composition that has marked his work for the last two decades. Looking outward, he has his family and his brilliant collaborators, culled for this project from a list of longtime favorites who haven’t entered the studio together in at least a decade. And while looking up, he recalls the joyful spirit of his daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, who tragically lost her life in 2012, along with 25 other students and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“The whole idea of While Looking Up is indicative of the times we’re in now,” Greene said. “I can think about my personal journey through our family’s tragedy, and I can also look outside of myself and see the state we’re in, constantly bombarded with the chaos that’s become normalized in our society and our country. In both instances, it’s easy to walk away feeling disillusioned and, in many ways, hopeless. But I’m always reminded to look upward.”

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Emilio Castillo – bandleader; 2nd tenor sax (all tracks); lead vocal (6, 11); background vocals (all tracks)

Stephen “Doc” Kupka – baritone sax (all tracks)

Francis Rocco Prestia – bass (all tracks)

David Garibaldi – drums (all tracks); timbales (1, 7, 12), solo (14)

Roger Smith – Hammond B3 organ (all tracks except 6), solo (1–3); keyboards (6, 9, 13), solo (5, 6); lead vocal (7)

Jerry Cortez – rhythm guitars (all tracks), solo (2, 3, 6, 10, 14); baritone guitar (2, 6, 11); 12-string guitar (2); slide

guitar (3, 6, 9); electric sitar (4); lap steel guitar (8); background vocals (1, 4, 7, 13, 14)

Tom Politzer – 1 st tenor sax (all tracks), solo (1, 4–6, 8–10, 12–14); alto sax solo (3, 11)

Adolfo Acosta – trumpet (all tracks), solo (1, 14); flugelhorn (4–6), solo (8)

Sal Cracchiolo – trumpet (all tracks), solo (9); flugelhorn (4, 6)

Marcus Scott – lead vocal (3, 8, 13); background vocals (8, 11, 13)

Ray Greene – lead vocal (2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12); background vocals (2, 3, 5–7, 9–12); trombone (all tracks)

Joe Vannelli – keyboards; additional percussion (all tracks); vibes (3, 5, 6, 10); marimba (13)

ToP Strings – violins and cellos (4, 5, 8)

Chuck Hansen – bass sax (12)

Leah Meux and Tiwana Porter – background vocals (2, 3, 5– 7, 11, 13; recorded at Track Shack)

Melanie Jackson – background vocals (8, 10)

Dave Eskridge – horn and string arrangements

Tower Of Power

Step Up

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With Step Up, Tower of Power forges on into the next decade of the 21st century, while keeping to its continuous hardcore tour schedule and ongoing reinvigoration with the continual addition of new talent, most notably the phenomenal young lead vocalist, Marcus Scott, among many others. Marcus replaced TOP’s longtime lead singer, Ray Greene, who makes his final appearance with the band on Step Up. Also taking his bows on the new album is 30-year TOP veteran bassist Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia, who is stepping back from life on the road and whose driving fingerstyle funk is ably replaced on tour by Marc Van Wageningen.

From the band’s debut up to Step Up, the TOP sound remains true to their original musical vision: reach inside the deep, multidimensional well of what is broadly called soul music and bring together all its diverse components in a singular, emotional sound. 

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Raul Midón: Guitar and Vocals (all); Background Vocals (1, 3, 5, 7); Charango (3); Programming (3, 7); Banjo (8) 

Richard Hammond: Electric Bass (1, 3, 5, 7) 

Andres Forero: Drums, Percussion (1, 3, 5, 7) 

Janis Siegel: Background Vocals (1) 

Lauren Kinhan: Background Vocals (1) 

John Di Martino: Piano (4, 6, 9) 

Boris Koslov: Upright Bass (4, 6, 9) 

Vincent Cherico: Drums (4, 6, 9) 

Gary Alesbrook: Trumpet (4) 

Joe Locke: Vibraphone (6) 

Romeir Mendez: Upright Bass (10) 

Billy Williams: Drums (10)

Raul Midón

The Mirror

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The Mirror finds Raul Midón breaking new ground for himself, including two entrancing solo spoken-word pieces (“If I Could See” and “One Day Without War”). The album also features studio meetings with such veteran jazz colorists as vibraphonist Joe Locke (“A Certain Café”), as well as a songwriting collaboration with top pianist Gerald Clayton, “Deep Dry Ocean.” Another highlight is the road-weary jazz ballad “Cold Cuts and Coffee,” while title track “The Mirror” beguiles with its easy tropical groove, lyrical sophistication and Midón’s flowing electric guitar. As National Public Radio set the stage before his captivating edition of its “Tiny Desk Concert” broadcast: “Raul Midón lives in a world of sound. Blind since birth, Midón’s interpretation of his surroundings is borderless. He sings with the passion of the best classic soul singers, and his instrumental chops stand alongside the most accomplished jazz musicians.”

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Erroll Garner

Up In Erroll's Room

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and the last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the eighth album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | Up In Erroll's Room | 08 of 12

Over the course of two sessions in November 1967, Erroll Garner and his band recorded enough material for a handful of albums. What makes this collection truly unique is the addition of a brass section, expertly orchestrated over a selection of Garner’s improvised arrangements. This style of collaboration was groundbreaking for the era and helps to make this one of the most musically thrilling of all Garner’s albums.

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Warren Wolf – vibraphone [all tracks]

Brett Williams – Fender Rhodes [1, 4, 6, 7, 10]; piano [2, 3, 5, 7–9]

Richie Goods – electric bass [1–7, 10] upright bass [8]

Mark Whitfield – guitar [4, 6]

Carroll “CV” Dashiell III – drums, percussion [1–8, 10]

Imani-Grace Cooper – vocals [4, 6–8]; background vocals [5]

Marcellus “Bassman” Shepard – vocals [1, 4, 7, 10]

Warren Wolf

Reincarnation

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On his latest album, Warren Wolf reveals an entirely different side to his multi-faceted talents. As the title implies, Reincarnation represents a rebirth of sorts for the Baltimore vibesman. In part, it frees Wolf to indulge his love for the R&B and soul hits that served as the soundtrack to his formative years in the 1990s. It’s also a celebration of a new lease on life, a happiness and contentment that he’s discovered through a new marriage and his five beloved children.

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Aaron Diehl: piano

Paul Sikivie: double bass

Gregory Hutchinson: drums

Aaron Diehl

The Vagabond

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The best way to describe Aaron Diehl’s new recording, The Vagabond, is that it is a quiet masterpiece. While this is thoroughly a jazz recording rooted in precedents set by Diehl’s forbearers such as Art Tatum, Mary Lou Williams, Ahmad Jamal, Roland Hanna and John Lewis, it will come as no surprise to fans of Diehl’s previous two Mack Avenue recordings that clear references are made to his background and simultaneous career as a classical music performer. The Vagabond also features Diehl’s interpretation of works “March from Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 12” written by Russian great Sergei Prokofiev and “Piano Etude No. 16” by Philip Glass.

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Christian McBride: bass, composer, arranger

J.D. Steele: choral arranger, lead vocals on tracks 9 + 12

Alicia Olatuja: lead vocals on track 6

Sonia Sanchez narrates the words of Rosa Parks

Vondie Curtis-Hall narrates the words of Malcolm X

Dion Graham narrates the words of Muhammad Ali

Wendell Pierce narrates the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sonia Sanchez, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Dion Graham and Wendell Pierce narrate the words of President Barack

Obama

Voices Of The Flame: Marvel Allen, Shani P. Baker, Jeffrey S. Bolding, Jeff Hamer, Susann Miles, Deborah Newallo,

Eunice Newkirk, Claudine Rucker, Trevor Smith, Melissa Walker

Steve Wilson: alto saxophone, flute • Todd Bashore: alto saxophone • Ron Blake: tenor, soprano saxophone •

Loren Schoenberg: tenor saxophone • Carl Maraghi: baritone saxophone

Michael Dease: trombone • Steve Davis: trombone • James Burton: trombone • Doug Purviance: bass trombone

Lew Soloff: trumpet • Ron Tooley: trumpet • Frank Greene: trumpet • Freddie Hendrix: trumpet • Darryl Shaw:

trumpet

Warren Wolf: vibraphone, tambourine, timpani • Geoffrey Keezer: piano • Terreon Gully: drums

Christian McBride

The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons

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The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons is culminating documentation of a richly inspired piece – lauding four key figures of the Civil Rights Movement: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali. Marshaling his ever-sharpening skills as a composer, arranger, conductor, musician and lyricist, Christian McBride has created a historically and culturally illuminating five-part suite for an 18-piece big band, chorus and narrators that places the motivating forces as well as the goals of the Civil Rights Movement within a powerfully relevant artistic context. It is a one-from-the-heart project McBride was, apparently, destined to undertake. This recording of The Movement Revisited marks the addition of a fifth movement, “Apotheosis,” which acknowledges the election of Barack Obama as the first African American President of the United States.

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Erroll Garner – piano

Milt Hinton – bass

Herbert Lovelle, George Jenkins – drums

José Mangual, Johnny Pacheco – congas

Wally Richardson, Art Ryerson – guitar

Erroll Garner

That's My Kick

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the seventh album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | That's My Kick | 07 of 12

This was Erroll Garner’s first traditional studio album in five years and perhaps his most ambitious album ever as a composer. The selections were surely inspired by the new array of musicians assembled for the sessions, including percussionist José Mangual, who would go on to play with Garner for the rest of his career. The electric atmosphere captured on tape here is at times raucous and always palpably joyful.

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Erroll Garner - piano

Eddie Calhoun - bass

Kelly Martin - drums

Erroll Garner

Campus Concert

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and the last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the sixth album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | Campus Concert | 06 of 12

This is the final live concert album released by Erroll Garner during his lifetime. It showcases the pianist in rare form, flanked by his classic trio and performing for an attentive and receptive audience of mostly young fans. This new edition includes a previously unreleased version of his rarely recorded “La Petite Mambo,” as well as fully restored musical introductions from the original masters.

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Erroll Garner

A Night At The Movies

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the fifth album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | A Night At The Movies | 05 of 12

This classic Garner album contains music from some of the last studio sessions of Garner’s longest running trio, with Calhoun (bass) and Martin (drums). After nearly a decade of touring and recording together, they function here as an uncanny musical unit, deftly navigating Garner’s twists and turns. Here are a dozen of his favorite deep cuts from the movies he loved.

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Jonathan Butler: Guitar and Additional Programming (all); Vocals (1-2, 7-8, 10); Background Vocals (4); Bass (7)

Donald Hayes: Saxophones (1, 5); Flute (1, 5, 7); Horns & horn arrangements (5, 7); Additional Programming (1, 5)

Kurt Lykes: Background Vocals (1, 10)

Jodie Butler: Background Vocals (1, 10)

Dan Lutz: Bass (2, 4, 6, 9, 10)

Gorden Campbell: Drums (2, 4, 6, 9, 10)

The Kroma Ensemble String Quartet - Crystal Alforque: Violin (2)

Nadira Kimberly Scruggs-Butler: Violin (2)

Nikki Shorts: Viola (2)

Adrienne Woods: Cello (2, 8)

Nicole Neely: String Arranger (2)

Keiko Matsui: Acoustic Piano (3)

Dave Koz: Soprano Saxophone (4, 9)

Sheleá: Background Vocals (4) Vocals (7)

Ruslan Sirota: Acoustic Piano (4, 6, 8-10)

Marcus Anderson: Flutes (4, 9); Drum Programming, Keyboards, SFX (4); Saxophones (9)

Nicholas Cole: Drum Programming, Keyboards, SFX (4)

Gerald Albright: Alto & Tenor Saxophones (5)

Rick Braun: Trumpet, Valve Trombone, Percussion (6)

Nile Hargrove: Co-producer, Keys, Additional Programming (9)

Kirk Whalum: Flute, Soprano and Baritone Saxophones (10)

Stephen Oberheu: Sousaphone (10)

Jonathan Butler

Christmas Together

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“This is my second Christmas album, but in many ways, I kind of feel like it’s my first,” says guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler, as he talks about his new album, Christmas Together, a collaboration with all-star friends, recorded and mixed in the studio he built in his home in Southern California. 

“Christmas is family and friends,” he continues. “It’s about being all together. So, I called my friends – all these amazing players – Sheléa, Dave Koz, Keiko Matsui, Kirk Whalum and so many others – and every one of them simply said, ‘Just say when you want me and where you want me and I’ll be there!’ They brought their love and their spirit into my home and I was honored.” We associate Christmas music with love and family, happiness and togetherness and Jonathan had that to spare.

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Roberto Fonseca: Fazioli Piano, Hammond Organ, Moog, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, Nord

Electro, Prophet & Clavinet; Vocals on 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13; Congas & Percussion on 5 & 6;

Hand Claps on 8

Yandy Martínez Rodríguez: Double Bass; Backing Vocals on 8 & 10; Hand Claps on 8

Raúl Herrera: Drums; Backing Vocals on 8 & 10; Hand Claps on 8

Inor Sotolongo: Percussion on 2, 3, 10 & 13

Gema 4 (Tal Ben Ari, Odette Tellería, Michèle Alderete & Laura Flores): Vocals on 1 & 10

Mercedes Cortés & Yipsi Li Avila: Backing Vocals on 2, 5 & 10

Ibrahim Maalouf: Trumpet on 2

Danay Suárez: Vocals on 3

Adel González: Congas on 5

Joe Lovano: Saxophone on 8

Roberto Fonseca

Yesun

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Combining jazz sensibility and deep roots in the Afro-Cuban tradition, Yesun is the Havana-born artist’s ninth solo album. The record delves into the music of Fonseca’s homeland of Cuba while keeping its sights set firmly on the future, weaving in electronic beats, spoken word, retro-modern keyboards, Fonseca’s vocals and more.

“Yesun is the album I’ve always wanted to make,” says Fonseca of a record that combines everything from jazz and classical music to rap, funk, reggaeton and electronic music. “All my influences are here. All the sounds and vibes that make me who I am.”

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Aaron Rimbui: Acoustic piano (11)

Andrea Lisa: Guitar (2,6); lead and backing vocals (6)

Afgan: Lead and backing vocals (4)

Asa: Lead and backing vocals (13)

Barry Likumahuwa: Electric bass (9)

Braylon Lacy: Bass guitar (10)

Brendan Reilly: Lead vocals (1); backing vocals (1,4)

Chris Carter: Keyboards (9)

Dr. Duda: Keyboards (3); programming (3)

DT Soul: Talkbox (10)

Erskine Hawkins: Clavinet (10), Electric piano (10)

Fred Jacquemin: Percussion (13)

Garry Goin: Electric guitar (8,9)

Ghetto Classics Orchestra

Gil Cang: Drums (13)

Grace Sahertian: Lead and backing vocals (12)

Idy: Electric bass (14)

Ikki: Taiko (14)

Jackie Clark: Electric bass (9);

James “Bishop” Sexton: Drums (9)

James McMillan: Keyboards (1-10,12-14); Percussion (1-6, 9); Programming (1-10,12-14); brass (3); trumpet (5,6,13); flugelhorn (5,6); valve trombone (5,6,13)

John Stoddart: Electric Piano (4-6); acoustic pianos (5); Minimoog (4); autoharp (4)

J’Something: Lead and backing vocals (3)

Kabelo Seleke: Tenor saxophone (3)

Kasiva Mutua: Percussion (7,8)

Keiko Matsui: Acoustic piano (2,8)

Kevin Turner: Guitar (10)

Kirk Whalum: tenor saxophone (1-8, 10-14); soprano saxophone (2, 9); baritone saxophone (8); sax-key percussion (13); flute (5); lead vocals (2, 10, 14); backing vocals (2, 6, 10, 14)

Liane Carroll: Lead vocals (5)

Lue: Taiko (14)

Maki: Background vocals (14)

Marcus Finnie: Drums (10)

Marcus Miller: Electric bass (9)

Mark Edwards: Piano (1)

Mark Jaimes: Guitar (1, 4-9); Bass (1, 6, 8, 11)

Marre and Kumiko Ishii: lead and backing vocals (14)

Mo-T: Trumpet (3)

Motoki: shamisen (14)

Naoya: alto saxophone (14)

Priscilla Jones-Campbell: Vocal ad-libs (2); backing vocals (2,6,7,12,13)

Robyn Troop: Lead vocals (2)

Ryosuke: keyboard (14)

Senzo Gabriel Mzimela: Trombone (3)

The Voices of Humanité: Choir vocals (2)

Tomoko: koto (14)

Tshepo Teddy Moloi: Guitars (3)

Westley Joseph: Drums (6,11)

Yuta: shakuhachi (14)

Zahara: lead and background vocals (7)

Kirk Whalum

Humanité

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Grammy® Award Winner and Global Recording Artist Kirk Whalum is ruminating on exactly when his eyes were opened to the big, beautiful world beyond his cloistered boyhood in Memphis, Tennessee. There, the minister’s son spent most of his time surrounded by family and friends, soaking up the soulful spirituality he found in gospel music in church. But inside, he knew he had the heart of a wanderer. 

Humanité is unlike any album Kirk has ever made – the synergistic result of encounters made and relationships formed onstage and off with some of the finest recording artists from all over the world. Kirk’s collaborators on the album include Japanese jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, the young bass phenomenon Barry Likumahuwa, gifted singer/songwriter Grace Sahertian and global pop star singer/actor Afgan, all hailing from Indonesia; vocalist/guitarist Zahara, one of South Africa’s biggest stars; Kasiva Mutwa of Nairobi; and the veteran UK jazz vocalist Liane Carroll, long considered by cognoscenti as one of the finest voices in the genre.

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Erroll Garner - Piano

Orchestra Conductor: Leith Stevens

Piano: Erroll Garner

Violins: Anatol Kaminsky, Erno Neufelo, Israel Baker, Marshall Sosson, Gerald Vinci, Nathan Ross, Joe Stepansky,

Jacques Casselin, Victor Arno, Paul Shure

Violas: Paul Robyn, Virginia Majewski, Allan Harshman, Stan Harris

Cellos: Kurt Reher, Ray Kramer, Eleanor Slatkin, Armand Kaproff

Bass: Keith Mitchell

Drums: Alvin Stoller

Harp: Verlyle Brilhart

Alto Flutes: Harry Klee, Ted Nash

Clarinets: Ronald Langinger, Morris Crawford

Bass Clarinets: Justin Gordon, Charles Gentry

Bongos, Timpani: Frank Flynn

Tambourine: Larry Bunker

Sax: George Roberts

Baritone Sax: Dick Nash

Flugelhorn: Carroll Lewis

Electric Guitar: Barney Kessel

Erroll Garner

A New Kind of Love

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the fourth album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | A New Kind Of Love | 04 of 12

While the emotionally charged music of Erroll Garner is particularly well suited for the big screen, and has been used in countless films over the years, he only ever composed this one film score. A natural orchestrator and with an uncanny ability to sound like an entire orchestra by himself, on this record Garner makes singular use of a 35-piece orchestra to bring his music to new heights.

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Erroll Garner – piano

Eddie Calhoun – bass

Kelly Martin – drums

Erroll Garner

One World Concert

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the third album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | One World Concert | 03 of 12

This was Garner’s first concert album after his chart topping Concert By The Sea, recorded seven years earlier. A tour-de-force performance makes this a worthy successor, complete with his trademark improvisational fireworks. This new presentation includes extended introductions as well as an unreleased version of the Garner ballad “Other Voices,” which has never been issued in a trio arrangement.

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Erroll Garner – piano

Eddie Calhoun – bass

Kelly Martin – drums

Erroll Garner

Closeup In Swing

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the second album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | Closeup In Swing | 02 of 12

The second product of Garner’s Octave Records, this album features Erroll and his classic trio like they’ve never been heard before, restored and remastered from the original master tapes. Marking the beginning of one of the most prolific periods in his life, this new presentation includes the propulsive, never-before-heard Garner composition, “Octave 103.”

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Erroll Garner – piano

Eddie Calhoun – bass

Kelly Martin – drums

Erroll Garner

Dreamstreet

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The Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series represents the heart of Erroll Garner’s recorded catalog. Spanning 12 albums and last 18 years of Garner’s career, this collection of music is among the most important in the history of jazz. It represents an artist in his prime, with full creative and commercial control of his output following his break with Columbia Records. Find out more about the first album in the series below.

Erroll Garner | Dreamstreet | 01 of 12

Recorded in 1959, the Dreamstreet tapes sat unreleased while Garner fought for control over his catalog. Finally issued in 1961 as the first product of his newly formed Octave Records, it heralded Garner’s return with a set of performances worthy of the wait. A new Garner original, “By Chance,” has been added to the remastered release, restored from the original session reels.

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ERION WILLIAMS saxophone

DERRICK MOSS bass drum

PAUL ROBERTSON trombone

JULIAN GOSIN trumpet + mc

MANUEL PERKINS JR. sousaphone

COREY PEYTON trombone + mc

LUMAR LEBLANC III snare drum

MARCUS HUBBARD trumpet

PRODUCERS: The Soul Rebels, Marcus Hubbard, Corey Peyton, Julian Gosin, Eric Heigle, Sean Carey, Mannie Fresh, Robert Glasper

Featuring Special Guests: Sean Carey, Dee-1, Alfred Banks, Emeril Lagasse, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, Mia X, DJ Jubilee, Cheeky Blakk, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, New Orleans Citywide Youth Choir, Jaelyn Langston, Wild Wayne, Kango Slim, PJ Morton, Big Freedia, Denisia, Branford Marsalis, Brandee Younger, KES, Kayla Jasmine, Matisyahu, Robert Glasper, Fabriq, Tarriona "Tank" Ball

The Soul Rebels

Poetry In Motion

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Also Available on Single disc Ltd. Ed. yellow/ red splatter vinyl

Eight men pick up shiny brass instruments, lock into an unspoken groove and rotate genres like your favorite playlist shifting from jazz and R&B to hip-hop, pop and beyond with fire, focus and fluidity. New Orleans-bred staple The Soul Rebels expand musical boundaries with an unwavering commitment to originality. Far more than augmentation and accompaniment, the octet—Julian Gosin [trumpet, MC], Marcus Hubbard [trumpet], Lumar LeBlanc III [snare drum], Derrick Moss [bass drum], Corey Peyton [trombone, MC], Erion Williams [saxophone], Paul Robertson [trombone] and Manuel Perkins Jr. [sousaphone]—pioneer the integration of their chosen instrumentation.

Featuring Special Guests: Sean Carey, Dee-1, Alfred Banks, Emeril Lagasse, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, Mia X, DJ Jubilee, Cheeky Blakk, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, New Orleans Citywide Youth Choir, Jaelyn Langston, Wild Wayne, Kango Slim, PJ Morton, Big Freedia, Denisia, Branford Marsalis, Brandee Younger, KES, Kayla Jasmine, Matisyahu, Robert Glasper, Fabriq, Tarriona "Tank" Ball

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Veronica Swift: Vocals

Emmet Cohen: Piano (Tracks 1-2, 4-6, 9, 11, 12)

Kyle Poole: Drums (Tracks 1-2, 4-6, 9, 11, 12)

Russell Hall: Bass (Tracks 1-2, 4-6, 9-12)

Benny Green: Piano (Tracks 3, 7-8)

David Wong: Bass (Tracks 3, 7-8)

Kyle Poole: Drums (Tracks 3, 7-8)

Veronica Swift

Confessions

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Signed Veronica Swift CDs while supplies last!

Confessions is Veronica Swift’s first effort for Mack Avenue and her proper breakout debut. On the album, alternately accompanied by Benny Green and Emmet Cohen, two of the finest jazz pianists of their respective generations, Swift showcases the powerfully expressive, deliciously evocative voice that’s garnered her so many distinguished opportunities. But there’s more – some X-factors that, in their stealthy way, make Confessions smarter, riskier and altogether deeper than even the most stellar Songbook record.

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Artwork| Tracklist | Credits

Steve Cole - Tenor Saxophone and Keyboards 

Trevor Neumann - Trumpet (1-4, 6, 7, 9, 10)

Dan Levine - Trombone (1, 3, 4, 9)

David Mann - Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards, Programming

Ricky Peterson - Hammond B3 (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10)

Bernd Schoenhart - Guitar  

Khari Parker - Drums 

Lamar Jones - Bass (1-8, 10)

John James - Vocals (1,6) 

Marcus Anderon - Flute, Keyboards and Programming (8)

Steve Cole

Gratitude

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It’s during the times when we’re confronted with life’s hardest struggles that we learn to appreciate the humanity around us. On his latest album, Gratitude, saxophonist Steve Cole offers thanks for the people who’ve helped see him through some of his tough times – the loved ones, the musicians and collaborators who rallied around, and the often-nameless professionals whose job is to help and to heal.

Gratitude arrives on the heels of a health scare in Cole’s family. The successful battle left the saxophonist feeling rejuvenated, with a renewed sense of hope and faith in his fellow humans. That depth of feeling shines through on the album’s ten tracks, which joyously spotlight Cole’s gift for infectious grooves, soulful melodies, and vibrant pop hooks.

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Artwork| Tracklist | Credits

Jesse Palter — Vocals (all tracks)

Doug Petty — Keyboards, Programming (all tracks)

String Arrangements (3, 6, 8, 10)

Tim LeFebvre — Bass (1, 3, 7, 9)

Mick Taras — Guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8)

Dan Petty — Guitar (1, 3, 5, 9)

Brian Green — Additional Guitar (1)

Aaron Sterling — Drums, Percussion (1, 2, 3, 4, 7)

Matt Chamberlain — Drums, Percussion (5, 8, 9)

Nayanna Holley — Background Vocals (1, 2, 4, 9)

Laura Mace — Background Vocals (1, 2, 4, 9)

Raquel Rodriguez — Background Vocals (1, 2, 4, 9)

Alex Al — Bass (2, 4)

Erik Kertes — Bass (5, 8)

Charlton Pettus — Guitar (5, 9)

Dontae Winslow — Horns (2, 4)

Jesse Palter

Paper Trail

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Prolific singer/songwriter Jesse Palter comes from a long line of creative genetics. Her great-grandfather invented iconic award-winning shoes, including the platform, the slingback and the peep-toe. Her great-grandmother was Estée Lauder’s interior decorator. And her grandmother is a notable New York opera prodigy. So it comes as no surprise that when this diminutive dynamo hits the stage, you’re in for a real experience. And like all great art, it’s autobiographical. Like an open book, she’s working out snapshots of her life onstage.All of the songs on Paper Trail, her full-length debut album, with ten tracks of aggressive, piano-pounding pop/rock in the soulful vein of Carole King, Sarah McLachlan and Sara Bareilles, were written by Palter.

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Producers: Al Pryor and Herlin Riley
Herlin Riley – drums
Emmet Cohen – piano
Russell Hall – bass
Godwin Louis – alto saxophone (all tracks except 9)
Bruce Harris – trumpet (all tracks except 9)

Herlin Riley

Perpetual Optimism

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“I want to live in a world where my glass is always half full!” That’s the inspiring maxim of New Orleans master drummer Herlin Riley. On his second Mack Avenue Records release, Perpetual Optimism, the longtime anchor of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra preaches his silver-lined gospel on 10 tracks whose joyous spirit and contagious swing are sure to convert any listener to the bright side. 

In the end, Riley hopes that the music of Perpetual Optimism helps spread the upbeat manifesto that he’s chosen to live by. “I always look forward, no matter what happens in life. If you’re grieving or faced with an emotional challenge, keep in mind: If you’re still breathing, there’s a chance that you can overcome and thrive. Commit yourself to PERPETUAL OPTIMISM!”

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Julian Lage – Guitar

Dave King – Drums

Jorge Roeder – Bass

Julian Lage

Love Hurts

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Hailed as one of the most prodigious guitarists of his generation, Julian Lage has spent more than a decade searching through the myriad strains of American musical history via impeccable technique, free association and a spirit of infinite possibility. Though only 31, the New York-based musician boasts a long, prolific résumé as sideman (alongside such icons as Gary Burton and John Zorn), duo partner (with Nels Cline, Chris Eldridge and Fred Hersch, among others), and as soloist and bandleader. Love Hurts – which marks Lage’s third Mack Avenue LP recorded with a trio, and his first to feature bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus) – sees the GRAMMY® nominated guitarist exploring the American song catalog from a truly unique vantage point, performing music written by a range of audacious and original artists, from Roy Orbison to Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Giuffre to Peter Ivers. Lage and his rhythm section build upon the wandering sonic outlook of his previous LPs, further impelling his defining amalgam of jazz fusion, jam band liberation, standards, and embryonic rock ‘n’ roll with virtuosic precision, adventurous improvisation, and a remarkably clear vision.

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Joey DeFrancesco – Organ, Keyboard, Trumpet

Pharoah Sanders – Tenor Saxophone, Vocals

Billy Hart – Drums

Troy Roberts – Saxophones, Acoustic Bass

Sammy Figueroa – Percussion

Joey DeFrancesco

In The Key Of The Universe

Also Available on 2-LP Ltd. Ed. purple splatter vinyl

As he’s made abundantly clear over the past 30 years, Joey DeFrancesco has plenty of soul. What most listeners probably haven’t spent much time pondering is that soul’s place in the universe. On his adventurous new album, In The Key Of The Universe, the master organist turns his musical attentions to his spiritual side, tapping into a strain of metaphysical jazz that’s fueled sonic searchers for more than half a century. Joey D calls upon disciples and missionaries of jazz to join him in paving the way to enlightenment. 

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Cyrille Aimée: vocals (all tracks)

Assaf Gleizner: piano and Rhodes (2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13)

Thomas Enhco: piano (4, 8, 12)

Jérémy Bruyère: upright and fretless bass (2–4, 6–13)

Yoann Serra: drums (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13)

Abraham Mansfaroll: percussions (6)

Adrien Moignard: acoustic guitar (7)

Sebastien Giniaux: acoustic guitar and cello (7, 11)

Ralph Lavital: electric guitar (2, 10, 13)

Diego Figueiredo: nylon guitar (5, 14)

Warren Walker: tenor saxophone and effects (12)

Maxime Berton: soprano saxophone (13)

Patrick Bartley: alto saxophone (6, 10, 13)

Bill Todd: tenor saxophone (2, 6, 10, 13)

Wayne Tucker: trumpet (2, 6, 10, 13)

Mathias Lévy: violin (3, 11)

Fung Chern Hwei: violin I (5, 6, 13)

Gregor Huebner: violin II (5, 6, 13)

Julie Goodale: viola (5, 6, 13)

Rubin Kodheli: cello (5, 6, 13)

Cyrille Aimée

Move On: A Sondheim Adventure

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The genius of Stephen Sondheim stems from the revered composer’s ability to plumb universal human emotions even in the form of the most outré characters – be they cannibalistic barbers, presidential assassins, or fairy tale witches. The acclaimed vocalist Cyrille Aimée discovered that gift first-hand as she took a deep dive into the Sondheim songbook for her scintillating new album, Move On: A Sondheim Adventure. What began as a celebration of a legendary Broadway songwriter became a work of cathartic autobiography as one song after another captured her deepest personal feelings.

“I get goosebumps just thinking about it,” Aimée says. “At the moment that I was working on this album I was going through a lot of life changes. The more I listened to the songs, the more I realized they were really connected to what I was going through. At a very rough time, these songs were saving me.”

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Alfredo Rodriguez – Piano, Rhodes, Keyboards, Vocals

Pedrito Martinez – All Percussion, Vocals

Producers: Quincy Jones, Alfredo Rodriguez, Pedrito Martinez

Alfredo Rodriguez

Duologue

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Grammy®-nominated artists Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez first worked together on Alfredo’s 2012 release The Invasion Parade. Since that initial recording session, they have had the rare occasion to perform together as a duo, leaving audiences completely mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing.

Each artist brings a different approach to the collaboration. A protégé of Quincy Jones, who took him under his wing when he defected to the US in 2009, Alfredo was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana. His riveting artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Afro Cuban and jazz roots. Pedrito’s musical training came directly from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana in which he was raised and he has subsequently performed with artists such as Sting, Paul Simon, and Wynton Marsalis. Together, these two master musicians take listeners on a unique and exciting journey on Duologue.

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Gary Burton with collective personnel:

Chet Atkins, Gato Barbieri, Carla Bley, Michael Brecker, Sam Brown, Larry Bunker, Kenneth Buttrey,

Gene Cherico, Scott Colley, Hector Console, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Luques Curtis, Eddie Daniels,

Ray Edenton, Buddy Emmons, Peter Erskine, Mitch Forman, Eric Gale, Mick Goodrick, Bill Goodwin,

Stéphane Grappelli, Jerry Hahn, Jim Hall, Roy Haynes, David Holland, Chuck Israels, Bob James, Keith

Jarrett, Howard Johnson, Marc Johnson, Jimmy Knepper, Steve Lacy, Julian Lage, Bill LaVorgne, Will

Lee, Horacio Malvicino, Mike Mantler, Steve Marcus, Charlie McCoy, Pat Metheny, Mulgrew Miller, Joe

Morello, Bob Moses, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Vadim Neselovskyi, Buddy Osborne, Sonny Osborne, Makoto

Ozone, Fernando Suarez Paz, Astor Piazzolla, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Antonio Sanchez, John

Scofield, Buddy Speicher, Henry Strezleci, Steve Swallow, Richard Tee, Ralph Towner, Eberhard Weber,

James Williams, Pablo Ziegler.

Gary Burton

Take Another Look: A Career Retrospective

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5-LP 180gm box set

The first ever career-spanning collection of recordings by legendary jazz vibraphonist and multi-GRAMMY Award winner Gary Burton Gary Burton's legacy is an estimable one, a wealth of riches traversing the boundaries of genre, style, nation or generation. It's nearly impossible to summarize such an adventurous career, but Take Another Look: A Career Retrospective offers a stunning and well-curated overview in 35 tracks over five 180-gram vinyl LPs including one previously unreleased offering from his New Quartet, a rendition of Pat Metheny's 'Elucidation' from 2005. The included booklet features rare photos, ephemera and insightful liner notes by Neil Tesser: critic, radio host, GRAMMY-winning author, and editor of Gary Burton's acclaimed autobiography Learning To Listen (Berklee Press, 2013) The collaborators represented on Take Another Look are a staggering array of marquee names from the jazz world and beyond: icons like Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Jim Hall, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy, Michael Brecker, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Dave Holland, Stéphane Grappelli, tango master Astor Piazzolla and pioneering soul drummer Bernard Purdie; genre-blurring fusion greats including Bob James, Peter Erskine, and Will Lee; Burton discoveries-turned-jazz-giants such as John Scofield, Larry Coryell, Pat Metheny, and Julian Lage; ECM staples Ralph Towner, Eberhard Weber, and Wolfgang Muthspiel; and countless others. Produced by Nick Phillips and Gary Burton Mastered by Joe Tarantino Manufactured by RTI

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CHUCHO VALDÉS – piano

YELSY HEREDIA – double bass

DREISER DURRUTHY BOMBALÉ – batás & vocal

YAROLDY ABREU ROBLES – percussion

guest artist REGINA CARTER – violin on Ochún and 100 Años de Bebo

Chucho Valdés

Jazz Batá 2

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Jazz Batá 2, composer, pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés’ first album for Mack Avenue Records, marks a new peak of creativity for the artist, even as it revisits the small-group concept of his 1972 Cuban album Jazz Batá. That album upon release was originally considered experimental at the time, but the trio project – featuring no drum set and two virtuosi who would subsequently be charter members of Irakere: Carlos del Puerto (bass) and Oscar Valdés (batâ: the sacred, hourglass shaped drums of the Yoruba religion in Cuba) – would now be considered contemporary.

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Christian McBride: bass

Josh Evans: trumpet

Marcus Strickland: tenor sax, bass clarinet

Nasheet Waits: drums

Christian McBride

Christian McBride's New Jawn

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Jawn [jän]: noun. A slang terminology from Philadelphia. All-purpose term for a person, place or thing

If there’s one thing the acclaimed bassist knows, it’s that when it comes to grit there’s no better resource to draw from than his own hometown, Philadelphia. So, McBride turned to one of the city’s most beloved colloquialisms to christen his latest project, Christian McBride’s New Jawn. On the band’s eponymous debut, these four stellar musicians ably walk the razor’s edge between thrilling virtuosity and gut-punch instinctiveness. The release will be available on October 26 via Brother Mister Productions, McBride’s own newly launched imprint of his longtime label, Mack Avenue Records.

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Jonathan Butler

Close To You

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"This record was inspired by my fiancé Nadira Kimberly. At home one night, we played and sang together as we listened to “Close To You” by the amazing Burt Bacharach. This really opened the door for me to do this amazing man’s music. In 1975 I was 13 years old when my first single was released, “Please Stay” by none other than Burt Bacharach. It's like I've come full circle." - Jonathan Butler

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Cécile: vocals

Sullivan Fortner: piano, organ

Producers: Al Pryor, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Sullivan Fortner

Cécile McLorin Salvant

The Window

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The world first learned of the incredible vocal artistry of Cécile McLorin Salvant when she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In just under the span of a decade she has evolved from a darling of jazz critics and fans, to a multi-GRAMMY® Award winner, to a prescient and fearless voice in music today. Her newest release, The Window, an album of duets with the pianist Sullivan Fortner, explores and extends the tradition of the piano-vocal duo and its expressive possibilities. With just Fortner’s deft accompaniment to support McLorin Salvant, the two are free to improvise and rhapsodize, to play freely with time, harmony, melody and phrasing. “The Window” was produced by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Al Pryor and Sullivan Fortner.

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Christian Sands: piano, Fender Rhodes [1, 2, 5, 8, 9], Hammond B3 [5], keys [7]

Caio Afiune: guitar [2, 4, 5, 7, 8]

Keyon Harrold: trumpet [2, 6]

Jerome Jennings: drums

Yasushi Nakamura: bass

Roberto Quintero: cumaco, clarin, laures, maracas [4]

Cristian Rivera: percussion [4, 5, 8]

Marcus Strickland: saxophone [2, 6]

Christian Sands

Facing Dragons

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Not yet 30, Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. In the last few years he has toured around the world as a bandleader and recently appeared as a sideman on records by Christian McBride and Gregory Porter. After the one-two punch of Reach and Reach Further - EP, Sands' dynamic 2017 Mack Avenue debut and his live/unreleased studio tracks EP follow-up released earlier this year, Facing Dragons is Sands' return to the recording studio with an indestructible band and an unwavering allegiance to the groove.

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Russell Ferrante – piano, keyboards

Bob Mintzer – saxophones, EWI

William Kennedy – drums

Dane Alderson – bass

featuring Luciana Souza – vocals

Yellowjackets

Raising Our Voice

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While the Los Angeles-based Yellowjackets have been a creative force on the jazz scene since 1981 when they recorded their eponymous debut, their fourth Mack Avenue Records album, Raising Our Voice, once again ups the ante with bold new strides by inviting vocalist extraordinaire Luciana Souza to collaborate with the group for seven of its thirteen tunes as well as subtly taking a resistant stand against the status quo of the cultural and political undercurrent of our times.

The Yellowjackets have consistently forged ahead in their evolving artistic statements. The band has recorded close to 30 albums, been nominated for 17 GRAMMY® Awards, and has adventurously amplified the eclectic, electro-acoustic soundscape, creating a unique jazz sound since its fusion beginnings.

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Vocals, Guitars, Banjo (on “Ride On A Rainbow”): Raul Midón

Conductor: Vince Mendoza

Percussion: Efrain Toro on “Ride On A Rainbow,” “If You Really Want,” “Sunshine (I Can Fly”),” “Pick

Somebody Up,” “Everyone Deserves A Second Chance” and “Sittin’ In The Middle”

Metropole Orkest:

1st Violin: Arlia de Ruiter, Alida Schat, Sarah Koch, Denis Koenders, Pauline Terlouw, David Peijnenborgh,

Ewa Zbyszynska, Jasper van Rosmalen, Ruben Margarita

2nd Violin: Federico Nathan, Herman van Haaren, Merijn Rombout, Wim Kok, Robert Baba, Merel

Jonker, Seija Teeuwen

Viola: Norman Jansen, Mieke Honingh, Julia Jowett, Isabella Petersen, Marit Ladage

Cello: Emile Visser, Maarten Jansen, Annie Tangberg, Jascha Albracht

Double Bass: Erik Winkelmann, Walter van Egeraat, Arend Liefkes

Harp: Joke Schonewille

Flute: Janine Abbas, Nola Exel

Oboe: Willem Luijt

Saxophone, Clarinet: Marc Scholten, Paul van der Feen, Leo Janssen, Werner Janssen, Max Boeree

Horn: Pieter Hunfeld, Jasper de Waal

Trumpet: Ray Bruinsma, Jelle Schouten, Peter van Soest, Jan Wessels

Trombone: Bart van Lier, Jan Oosting, Jan Bastiani

Bass Trombone: Bart van Gorp

Orchestral Percussion: Murk Jiskoot, Eddy Koopman

Drums: Martijn Vink

Electric/Acoustic Bass: Aram Kersbergen

Electric/Acoustic Guitar: Peter Tiehuis

Piano, Keyboards: Hans Vroomans

Raul Midón

If You Really Want

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The New York Times has called Raul Midón “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” Now, with his exciting new album – If You Really Want, to be released via Artistry Music/Mack Avenue on September 14 – Midón’s voice and guitar ride the waves of an actual orchestra: the acclaimed Metropole Orkest, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Dutch ensemble that has collaborated with artists from Al Jarreau and Elvis Costello to Laura Mvula and Snarky Puppy. Midón – who earned his first GRAMMY nomination for Bad Ass and Blind, his Artistry Music/Mack Avenue album of 2017 – worked hand in glove on If You Really Want with another renowned GRAMMY winner and frequent Metropole Orkest collaborator: conductor-composer-arranger Vince Mendoza.

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Connie Han – piano, piano/Rhodes [1], Rhodes [6]

Edwin Livingston – bass

Walter Smith III – tenor saxophone [1-4, 9]

Brian Swartz – trumpet [1]

Bill Wysaske – drums

Connie Han

Crime Zone

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With her debut Mack Avenue Records album CRIME ZONE (available October 12), next generation Los Angeles pianist Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz. Han’s parents, both practicing classical musicians, instilled an appreciation for music and a strong work ethic in Han very early on, enrolling her in piano lessons at the age of five.

“Learning the piano as a child was a gift. By the time I became interested in jazz at the age of 14, I had great technical proficiency on my instrument allowing me to focus all of my energy on the more sophisticated elements of jazz music. More importantly, I was able to tackle the social equation of learning how to play with others. It takes a lot of time and patience to internalize the essence and heartbeat of jazz.”

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Macy Gray

RUBY

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Rubies hold a special place amongst the world’s rarest natural treasures. The most sought-after of the corundum family, the gemstone’s crimson hue instantly catches attention—as if extracting passion from the earth itself and crystallizing it in mineral form. Similarly, Macy Gray occupies a rare space in the canon of modern music. Now, her tenth full-length album, RUBY [Artistry Music/Mack Avenue], reaffirms and reasserts that signature rarity millions continue to treasure.

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RECORDED LIVE NOVEMBER 7, 1964

THE CONCERTGEBOUW | AMSTERDAM

ERROLL GARNER piano | EDDIE CALHOUN bass | KELLY MARTIN drums

Producers | PETER LOCKHART | STEVE ROSENTHAL | CHRISTIAN SANDS

Erroll Garner

Nightconcert

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Nightconcert (from the Dutch Nachtconcert) is a midnight jazz performance held at The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, one of the premiere concert halls in the world. Recorded on November 7, 1964, it features Garner with his classic trio (bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin) performing to a packed house of 2,000 enraptured fans. The audience witnessed a blistering set featuring the group’s unique take on classics from The Great American Songbook, as well as three originals by Garner: “Theme From A New Kind of Love (All Yours),” “No More Shadows” and a new composition titled “That Amsterdam Swing.”

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Stanley Clarke: bass

Cameron Graves: synthesizers

Beka Gochiashvili: acoustic piano

Mike Mitchell: drums

Stanley Clarke

The Message

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45 years after his album debut, four-time Grammy® Award-winning bassist Stanley Clarke shows he is still unapproachable on both the electric and acoustic, wielding a vision of fusion and funk, breakbeats and bass-interpreted cello suites with a little help from friends like rapper/beatboxer Doug E. Fresh and trumpeter Mark Isham. Backed by a young versatile band and a collection of tunes written in the midst of a tumultuous tour of Europe, The Message (available June 29 via Mack Avenue Records) swells with an abundance of strength, soul and astounding musicianship.

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Cyrille Aimée

Cyrille Aimée Live

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The end of one chapter means the beginning of another. Like all the best cliffhangers, Cyrille Aimée Liveleaves the audience wanting more…but also eager to discover what comes next. Recorded at a typically lively and engaging performance at New York City’s (Le) Poisson Rouge in August 2017, the album finds the acclaimed vocalist bidding a fond adieu to her long-standing band and looking forward to a brand-new phase in her life and career. The August performance marked the band’s final show together, saying goodbye to this configuration of Aimée’s band while welcoming a new chapter of creative output.

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Brian Bromberg - Bass (all) 

Lenny Castro - Percussion (1-3, 5-7, 9-12) 

Franklin Richardson III - Drums (1-3, 5-7, 9-12) 

Tom Zink - Keyboards (1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 11), Piano (6, 9, 12), String Arrangement (11, 12) 

Everette Harp - Tenor Saxophone (1) 

Brandon Fields - Tenor Saxophone (2, 9) 

Gannin Arnold - Rhythm Guitar (1, 3, 6, 7, 9-12) 

Lee Thornburg – Trumpet (1, 2, 5,7) 

Doug Webb – Saxophones (1, 2, 5, 7) 

Nick Lane – Trombone (1, 2, 5,7) 

Najee - Tenor Saxophone (3, 5) 

The Rising Sun Orchestra - String Section (12) 

Paul Jackson Jr. - Rhythm Guitar (2, 5) 

Zach Bromberg - Keyboard Programming (3, 6) 

George Duke - Electric Piano (10) 

Randy Brecker - Trumpet (10) 

Gary Meek - Tenor Sax (10) 

Willie Murillo - Trumpet (10) 

Tony Guerrero - Trumpet (10) 

Mark Visher - Alto and Baritone Saxophones (10) 

Vince Trombetta - Tenor Saxophone (10) 

Jason Thor - Trombone (10) 

Marion Meadows - Soprano Sax (11) 

Alex Acuña - Percussion (11, 12) 

Mark Hollingsworth - Bamboo Flutes (12) 

June Kuramoto - Koto (12)

Brian Bromberg

Thicker Than Water

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Thicker Than Water is a record I’ve been wanting to make for a very long time,” says the dynamic bass virtuoso Brian Bromberg. “I love the upright bass. It’s where my heart and soul is. My connection with that instrument is unlike anything in my life. I also love the electric bass and really wanted to explore its endless possibilities on this project.” That love of the bass is evident across the wide-range of irresistible grooves found on Thicker Than Water.

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Harold López-Nussa

Un Día Cualquiera

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Un Día Cualquiera is a forceful statement from a Cuban musician leading his tight-knit Cuban band, recorded in the U.S. (at WGBH Studios in Boston, Mass.), and influenced by music from both countries in ways that transcend narrow notions of “Latin jazz.” The album nods to classic Cuban composers and musicians but it focuses mostly on pianist Harold López-Nussa’s original compositions and his distinctive trio concept. These compositions are mostly new, save for one or two, such as the opener, “Cimarrón,” which are older pieces reinvented for the present moment.

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Tia Fuller

Diamond Cut

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While the phrase “diamond in the rough” often describes burgeoning talents brimming with potential, Fuller has exhibited impending greatness since emerging on the international jazz scene more than a decade ago. Now, her artistic capacity has blossomed tremendously, resulting in her fourth Mack Avenue Records release – the aptly titled Diamond Cut, her first album as leader since 2012’s Angelic Warrior. In those six years, she’s transitioned from being a member of Beyoncé’s touring band to becoming a full-time professor at Berklee College of Music, while still juggling a demanding career as a solo artist and touring with the likes of drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Ralph Peterson Jr., among others.

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Jeffrey Osborne

Worth It All

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"I wanted to go back to my roots and do an old school R&B album…what I call a 'Grown Folks' record. I approached it like things from the past that influenced me then wrote my versions. For example, 'Let a Brotha Know' sounds like a song I would have done with my old band L.T.D. while 'Saving My Love' has an Island ballad vibe like things Lionel Richie used to write. I produced the whole album and wrote all of the songs except for one that I co-wrote with my son, Jeffrey Osborne Jr., titled 'Work it.' I wrote the melody and the words while he came up with the track and raps on it. I'm using the guys from my road band along with a few friends like Gerald Albright and Rick Braun. I believe there’s still an audience for real music and songs about lasting love. It's important to me to to maintain integrity with our music."

- Jeffrey Osborne

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Musicians & Instruments:

Emilio Castillo – 2nd Tenor Sax

Stephen “Doc” Kupka – Bari Sax

Francis Rocco Prestia - Bass

David Garibaldi - Drums

Roger Smith – Hammond B3 and keyboards

Jerry Cortez – Guitar. Electric Sitar, Lap Steel, Baritone Guitar, 12 string Guitar

Tom Politzer – 1st Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax (solo), Clarinet, Flute

Adolfo Acosta – Trumpet, Flugel Horn

Sal Cracchiolo – Trumpet, Flugel Horn

Marcus Scott – Lead and Background Vocals

Ray Greene – Lead and Background Vocals, Trombone

Joe Vannelli – Keyboards

Chuck Hansen – Bass Sax

Horns and strings arranged by Dave Eskridge except “Butterfried” horns Arranged by Adolfo Acosta and Joe Vannelli

Background vocals:

Leah Meux and Tiwana Porter at the Track Shack

CD# 1Tracks 2-4, and 9

CD# 2 Tracks 1-5, 10, and 12

All other Background vocals:

Melanie Jackson- Cracchiolo, Emilio Castillo, Jerry Cortez, Ray Greene, Marcus Scott at Blue Moon

Producer(s): Joe Vannelli and Emilio Castillo

Tower Of Power

Soul Side Of Town

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Tower of Power – the most dynamic and distinctive band of survivors in Soul Music – is roaring into its unprecedented 50th anniversary with a dynamic disc of all new material. A labor of love, definitively titled Soul Side of Town, this package is charged with 14 filler-free songs. As always, the songs on Tower of Power’s Soul Side of Town were primarily composed by the hit-making team of founding members Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka who also hold down the world famous 5-man Tower of Power Horns. For the special occasion of Tower of Power’s 50th anniversary, leader Emilio Castillo brought in a most-astute choice in co-producer, Joe Vannelli in addition to mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Along with the legendary rhythm section drums and bass lock of David Garibaldi and Francis Rocco Prestia, respectively, TOP consists of guitarist Jerry Cortez, Hammond B3 organist/keyboardist Roger Smith, 1st tenor saxophonist Tom Politzer, and trumpeters Adolfo Acosta and Sal Cracchiolo. Soul Side of Town is also blessed with not one but two lead singers: outgoing Ray Greene and incoming Marcus Scott (boldly introduced on several selections, including “Hangin’ With My Baby”). The 10-piece Tower of Power band is prepared to throw down with a celebratory tour that will include sweet spots around the globe.

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Alfredo Rodríguez – piano, vocals, Rhodes

Munir Hossn – guitar, electric bass

Michael Olivera – drums, percussion

Producers: Quincy Jones & Alfredo Rodríguez

Alfredo Rodriguez

The Little Dream

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“The Little Dream,” the title track of Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez’s fourth studio album (Mack Avenue Records), gently builds into an uplifting statement – one that reflects the hope children hold in building a brighter future, where tiny dreams manifest into grandiose realities.

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Tumbler

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Clear plastic, double-walled tumbler with Mack Avenue logo.

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Julian Lage – guitar

Scott Colley – bass

Kenny Wollesen – drums, vibraphone

Julian Lage

Modern Lore

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Modern Lore finds Lage playfully flipping the script he followed on his acclaimed 2016 Mack Avenue debut, Arclight. That album — produced, like Modern Lore, by Lage’s friend and collaborator, the singer-songwriter Jesse Harris — was his first trio set on electric guitar and found Lage inspired by the sounds and the attitude of the freewheeling, pre-bebop jazz era, when, as he puts it, “country music and jazz and swing were in this weird wild-west period.” This time he incorporates the sensibility, if not the outright sound, of early rock and roll, a similarly hybrid form driven by rhythm, personality and a passion for the electric guitar. 

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Dave Bennett – clarinet

Dave Restivo – piano

Reg Schwager – guitar

Jim Vivian – bass

Pete Siers – drums

Davide DiRenzo – percussion

Dave Bennett

Blood Moon

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“I have performed music written by other people for most of my career,” Dave Bennett says. “After 20 years of playing professionally, I am finally walking down my own path. A lot of songs on the album come from personal stories that may be a little dark or moody. Naming it Blood Moon makes a statement that this is completely different from anything I’ve done before. It has been the most fulfilling experience of my life, thus far.”

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Personnel: Monty Alexander: piano; Lance Anderson: piano; Kenny Barron: piano; Robi Botos: piano; Bill Charlap: piano; Gerald Clayton: piano; Chick Corea: piano; Benny Green: piano; Hiromi: piano; Oliver Jones: piano; Justin Kauflin: piano; Michel Legrand: piano; Ramsey Lewis: piano; Audrey Morris: piano, vocal; Makoto Ozone: piano; Renee Rosnes: piano; Dave Young: bass.

Oscar Peterson

Oscar, With Love

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Songs marked by ** are new, never previously recorded 

Standard CD package: 3-CD digipak + 24 page booklet

Deluxe CD package: 3-CDs in deluxe hardback 100+ page book

Vinyl Package: Five 180-gram LPs in two-piece box with 40-page booklet

Featured Artists: Monty Alexander, Lance Anderson, Kenny Barron, Robi Botos, Bill Charlap, Gerald Clayton, Chick Corea, Benny Green, Hiromi, Oliver Jones, Justin Kauflin, Michel Legrand, Ramsey Lewis, Audrey Morris, Makoto Ozone, Renee Rosnes, Dave Young

Oscar, With Love showcases Oscar Peterson as a composer and includes the world première of several pieces he wrote, but never recorded. The compositions were retrieved from Peterson’s library for the project. Most of the music on the recording was written by Peterson, or for him, by some of his closest musical friends.

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1. Brake’s Sake feat. Dontae Winslow

piano, synthesizer: John Beasley

acoustic and electric bass: Ben Shepherd

drums: Terreon Gully

solo: Dontae Winslow – trumpet and rap

trumpets: Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, James Ford, Brian Swartz

woodwinds: Bob Sheppard, Danny Janklow, Tom Luer

2. Played Twice

piano, synthesizer: John Beasley

acoustic and electric bass: Ben Shepherd

drums: Terreon Gully

solos: Ben Shepherd – bass; Bob Sheppard – soprano saxophone

trumpets: Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, James Ford, Brian Swartz

woodwinds: Bob Sheppard, Danny Janklow, Tom Luer

3. Crepuscule With Nellie

piano, synthesizer: John Beasley

acoustic and electric bass: Ben Shepherd

drums: Terreon Gully

guest appearance by Regina Carter – violin

trumpets: Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, James Ford, Brian Swartz

woodwinds: Bob Sheppard, Danny Janklow, Tom Luer

4. Evidence

piano, synthesizer: John Beasley

acoustic and electric bass: Ben Shepherd

drums: Terreon Gully

guest appearances by Kamasi Washington – tenor saxophone; Conrad Herwig – trombone

solo: Ben Shepherd – bass, trumpet: Brandyn Philips

woodwinds: Thomas Peterson, Adam Schroeder, Alex Budman

5. Ugly Beauty/Pannonica

piano, synthesizer: John Beasley

acoustic and electric bass: Ben Shepherd

drums: Terreon Gully

solo: Francisco Torres – trombone

trumpets: Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, James Ford, Brian Swartz

woodwinds: Bob Sheppard, Danny Janklow, Tom Luer

6. I Mean You

piano, synthesizer: John Beasley

acoustic and electric bass: Ben Shepherd

drums: Terreon Gully

solos: Danny Janklow – alto saxophone; Brian Swartz – trumpet; Adam Schroeder – baritone saxophone

trumpets: Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, James Ford, Brian Swartz

woodwinds: Bob Sheppard, Danny Janklow, Tom Luer

7. Light Blue

piano, synthesizer: John Beasley

acoustic and electric bass: Ben Shepherd

drums: Terreon Gully

solos: Brian Swartz – trumpet; John Beasley – organ

trumpets: Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, James Ford, Brian Swartz

woodwinds: Bob Sheppard, Danny Janklow, Tom Luer

drums: Gene Coye

8. Dear Ruby

piano, synthesizer: John Beasley

acoustic and electric bass: Ben Shepherd

drums: Terreon Gully

guest appearance by Dianne Reeves – vocals,t rumpet: Brandyn Philips

woodwinds: Thomas Peterson, Adam Schroeder, Alex Budman

9. Criss Cross

piano, synthesizer: John Beasley

acoustic and electric bass: Ben Shepherd

drums: Terreon Gully

guest appearance by Pedrito Martinez – conga and bata

solos: Tom Luer – tenor saxophone; John Beasley – piano

trumpets: Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, James Ford, Brian Swartz

woodwinds: Bob Sheppard, Danny Janklow, Tom Luer

10. Work

piano, synthesizer: John Beasley

acoustic and electric bass: Ben Shepherd

drums: Terreon Gully

solo: Ryan Dragon – trombone

trumpets: Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, James Ford, Brian Swartz

woodwinds: Bob Sheppard, Danny Janklow, Tom Luer

John Beasley

MONK’estra, Vol. 2

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If one were to have access to a time machine and could go back to see legendary bandleader Thelonious Monk in concert during the 1950s and ‘60s, you’d likely see him so compelled by the music that he would retreat from his piano mid-performance and conduct his band, no matter how small or large, through an impassioned dance. But behind the joyous dance that overtook the stage lay the societal struggles a jazz musician endured to present that 90 minutes of musical freedom – a tale of police harassment, systemic oppression and constant battles for equality. Fast forward to 2017 and composer-arranger-pianist John Beasley is using Monk’s spontaneous movements and experiences as the basis for conducting radically reconceived versions of the late composer’s music for his critically acclaimed big band project: MONK’estra

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Christian McBride

Bringin’ It

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Iconic bassist Christian McBride has been doing what the title of his upcoming big band album implores for years: Bringin’ It. This highly anticipated release, which follows the Christian McBride Big Band’s 2011 Grammy® Award-winning debut, The Good Feeling,puts his status and skills as an all-around entertainer on full display. With a list of growing accolades including his recent appointment as Artistic Director at the Newport Jazz Festival, hosting shows on SiriusXM (“The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian”) and NPR (“Jazz Night in America,” as well as frequent online contributions to various programs including “All Things Considered”), speaking engagements, and occasional DJ performances under the alias DJ Brother Mister, he’s more than just a bandleader: Christian McBride is transcending that title to something more complete.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

Dreams and Daggers

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