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Kenny Garrett

Sounds From The Ancestors

Composer/saxophonist Kenny Garrett emerged as a distinctive voice on the national scene in 1978 with an undisputed aptitude for emotive melodic phrasing that led him to collaborations with Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey and Miles Davis. With Sounds from the Ancestors, Garrett remembers the spirit of the sounds of African ancestors from church services, recited prayers, songs from the work fields, Yoruban chants and African drums, alongside tributes to Roy Hargrove and two drum pioneers — Art Blakey and Tony Allen — who all looked into the past to influence the future sound and evolution of jazz.

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Michael Mayo

Bones

Virtuosic vocalist/composer and international performer, Michael Mayo establishes himself as one of the most acclaimed and versatile voices in music today, with his label debut, Bones on Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group. Produced by Eli Wolf (Norah Jones, J Dilla, Robert Glasper, Maceo Parker).

Michael is a gifted singer and arranger who is only the third vocalist ever accepted into the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (now the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz) in its 20-year history. Michael moves with ease between interpreting classics with a small group or big band, to creating experimental and improvisational solo compositions that can have as many as 250 looped and layered vocal lead and choral harmony parts. Michael has toured internationally with Herbie Hancock and he’s been the featured vocalist on the following artists’ releases: Kneebody, Scary Pockets, Amber Navran.

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Steve Cole

Smoke and Mirrors

With an unusual amount of time on his hands during a year of lockdown, saxophonist/composer Steve Cole found himself pondering the difference between our authentic selves and the illusions we project to others. On his new album, Smoke and Mirrors, Cole offers up an intimately personal reflection of his own true self, free of trickery or sleight of hand.

“A lot of people have trouble mustering the courage to present their authentic selves,” Cole says. “Maybe they don’t think that people will like who they really are – and that’s a tragedy. I’m very much a proponent of living your values. What you actually discover behind the smoke and mirrors can be way hipper than you ever thought it could be, so you should just be that person.”

While there were certainly challenges to corralling this stellar roster of musicians remotely from home recordings or socially distanced studio settings, quarantine did prove an equalizer in another sense. “Everybody’s stuck at home,” Cole points out with a laugh. “There are a lot of musicians that I would love to work with, but it’s impossible because they’re always on the road. So there was a little silver lining in the fact that I could call old friends like Todd Sucherman and Brian Dunne, or amazing artists like Mark Egan, and they’re actually available.”

Created entirely in pandemic-necessitated isolation, Smoke and Mirrors brings together an all-star band with Cole’s longtime producer, co-writer and multi-instrumentalist David Mann. The far-flung ensemble includes guitarist Bernd Schoenhart (Cher, Marc Anthony); trumpet and flugelhorn player Trevor Neumann (The Eagles, Jeff Lorber); organist Ricky Peterson (David Sanborn, Prince); bassists Mel Brown (Stevie Wonder, The Temptations) and Mark Egan (Pat Metheny Group, Sting); drummers Brian Dunne (Hall and Oates, Ariana Grande) and Todd Sucherman (Styx, Brian Wilson).

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Brian Bromberg

A Little Driving Music

After nearly a year of being cooped up within the same four walls, it’s only natural that one’s thoughts might turn to the freedom of the open road. That’s certainly true of virtuoso jazz bassist and world-renowned producer Brian Bromberg, whose third pandemic-era release shrugs off the prevailing mood of COVID-era claustrophobia and political strife for A Little Driving Music, a fun, funky paean to cruising with the top down and leaving your troubles behind.

While countless musicians have spent the quarantine months in a state of limbo, the always-prolific Bromberg quickly figured out a way to continue making music while remaining socially distanced. Due out May 21, 2021 via Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group, A Little Driving Music follows the bassist’s wide-ranging holiday album, Celebrate Me Home, and the remixed and remastered digital release of his stunning tribute album Bromberg Plays Hendrix

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Dan Wilson

Vessels of Wood and Earth

On Vessels of Wood and Earth, guitarist/composer Dan Wilson’s debut album for legendary bassist/composer Christian McBride’s Brother Mister label (and the imprint’s second release), the young player casts a groove so strong that, even when soloing, he propels the music irresistibly forward. Dan burst into the national spotlight when Joey DeFrancesco, one of the all-time greatest jazz organists, invited him to a coveted spot in his trio. Dan went on to tour with McBride’s trio, Tip City, and on Vessels of Wood and Earth, Dan got to experience McBride as a producer.

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Tower Of Power

50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – June 2018

Over the course of two memorable evenings in June 2018, legendary soul-funk-R&B outfit Tower of Power returned to Oakland, the city that started it all, to celebrate its landmark 50th anniversary with a few thousand friends, family and fans. The window-rattling grooves and raucous party spirit of ToP has been a balm for the soul throughout the band’s half-century existence, but the release of 50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – June 2018 couldn’t have come at a better time.

This high-spirited live album and video offers a reminder of the communal joys of the live music experience, something that’s been sorely missed over this staggering pandemic year. Released as a 3-LP set, a 2-CD/DVD combo, a standalone DVD, as well as digitally, 50 Years of Funk & Soul is the next best thing to hearing these brilliant musicians in person. Fittingly for such a special occasion, Tower of Power went all out for these hometown shows, supplementing the core 10-piece band and its iconic horn section with additional horns and a string section.

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Mack Avenue Face Mask

· Custom printed w. Mack Avenue logo · 100% cotton outer layer · 96% polyester/4% spandex inner layer · Adjustable ear toggles · Interior filter pocket (filters not included) · 2 layers · Features an integrated metal nose frame that adjusts to ensure a proper fit · Hand wash or machine wash cold, gentle cycle. Do not bleach. Lay flat to air dry. Do not iron · Disclaimer: The mask should not be used (1) in any surgical setting or where significant exposure to liquid, bodily or other hazardous fluids, may be expected; (2) in a clinical setting where the infection risk level through inhalation exposure is high; or (3) in the presence of a high intensity heat source or flammable gas.

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Cameron Graves

Seven

Also available on single disc vinyl

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 (Test Pressing)

Temporarily out of stock

Exclusive Test Pressing of Veronica Swift's This Bitter Earth, available in extremely limited quantities while supplies lasts.

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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Veronica Swift

This Bitter Earth

Temporarily out of stock

*Also Available on 2LP Vinyl*

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

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

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

Signed CDs and Signed Vinyl Available

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. 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.

Emmet Cohen is the 2019 winner of the American Pianists Awards presented by the America Pianists Association. The goal of the Association is to discover, promote and advance the careers of young, American, world-class jazz and classical pianists. The APA celebrates the beauty of music through America's premier jazz and classical awards. Visit www.americanpianists.org for more information.

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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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

Also Available on 2-LP 180gm in deluxe gatefold package

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

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

Also Available on 2-LP on translucent royal blue vinyl

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

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

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

Also Available on 2-LP vinyl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Christian McBride

John Beasley

Gerald Wilson

Big Band Bundle

Bring Home: John Beasley MONK'estra Plays John Beasley and John Beasley Presents MONK'estra Vol. 1, Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It and For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver, Gerald Wilson Orchestra New York, New Sound and Detroit.

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Tia Fuller

Tia Fuller Collection 4 for $40

Bring Home: Tia Fuller Diamond Cut, Decisive Steps, Healing Space, and Angelic Warrior

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Various Artists

MaxJazz Classic Vocals Bundle $40

Bring Home: Carla Cook It's All About Love, Laverne Butler A Foolish Thing To Do, Rene Marie Vertigo - Rene Marie, Dena DeRose A Walk in the Park - Dena DeRose

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Harold López-Nussa

Harold Lopez-Nussa Collection $25

Bring Home: Harold Lopez-Nussa El Viaje, Te Lo Dije, Un Dia Cualquiera

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Raul Midón

Raul Midon Collection 4 for $40

Bring Home: Raul Midon Bad Ass and Blind, Don't Hesitate, If You Really Want, The Mirror

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Various Artists

Christmas Various Artists Collection 6 for $50

Bring Home: Various Artists Jazz Yule Love, Jazz Yule Love II, It's Christmas On Mack Avenue, Christmas Goes Gospel: 'Tis The Season, Christmas Goes Gospel: Volume 2, Maxjazz Holiday

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Various Artists

Jazz Christmas #2

Bring Home: Warren Wolf Christmas Vibes, Jonathan Butler Christmas Together, It's Christmas on Mack Avenue, Brian Bromberg Celebrate Me Home: The Holiday Seasons

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Various Artists

Smooth Jazz Christmas 2 for $20

Bring Home: Brian Bromberg Celebrate Me Home: The Holiday Seasons, Johnathan Butler Christmas Together

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Christian Sands

Christian Sands LP Vinyl Collection $50

Christian Sands Be Water, Facing Dragons

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Christian Sands

Christian Sands Collection $25

Christian Sands Be Water, Facing Dragons, Reach

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Various Artists

The New Piano Collection 6 for $50

Bring Home: Connie Han Iron Starlet, Christian Sands Be Water, Harold Lopez-Nussa Te Lo Dije, Billy Childs Acceptance, Aaron Diehl The Vagabond, Roberto Fonseca Yesun

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Christian McBride

Christian McBride Collection 6 for $50

Bring Home: Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It, For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver, Christian McBride Kind Of Brown, Conversations with Christian, The Movement Revisited, Christian McBride Trio Out Here

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Christian McBride

Christian McBride Big Band CD Set $25

Bring Home: Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It, For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver, The Good Feeling

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Various Artists

Tower of Power & The Soul Rebels Vinyl Set for $40

Bring Home: Tower of Power Step Up, The Soul Rebels Poetry in Motion

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Various Artists

Tower of Power & The Soul Rebels 2 CDs for $20

Bring Home: Tower of Power Step Up, The Soul Rebels Poetry in Motion

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Various Artists

Christmas Collection 6 for $50

Bring home: Brian Bromberg Celebrate Me Home: The Holiday Sessions, Jonathan Butler Christmas Together, Warren Wolf Christmas Vibes, Various Artists It's Christmas on Mack Avenue, Various Artists Christmas Goes Gospel: 'Tis The Season, and Various Artists Christmas Goes Gospel: Volume 2. 

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Various Artists

2020 New Release Bundle #2 6 CDs for $50

Bring home: Warren Wolf Reincarnation, Connie Han Iron Starlet, Christian Sands Be Water, Harold Lopez-Nussa Te Lo Dije, Yellowjackets Jackets XL, Christian McBride Big Band For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver. 

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Various Artists

2020 New Release Bundle #1 6 CDs for $50

Bring Home: Christian McBride The Movement: Revisited, Aaron Diehl The Vagabond, Jimmy Greene While Looking Up, Connie Han Iron Starlet, John Beasley MONK"estra Plays Beasley, and Billy Childs Acceptance. 

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John Beasley

The MONK'estra Collection $25

Bring home: MONK'estra Vol.1, MONK'estra Vol. 2 & MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

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Tower of Power 6 CD Bundle

Take Home: Tower of Power's The East Bay Archive, Volume 1, Oakland Zone, The Great American Songbook, 40th Anniversary, Soul Side of Town, and Step Up.

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Tower Of Power

Tower of Power 2 CDs for $20

Bring home: Tower of Power's Soul Side of Town and Step Up

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Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets Collection

Throughout their storied 43-year history, Yellowjackets have recorded 25 albums, received 17 GRAMMY® nominations (and won 2!), performed countless sold-out tours and enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and commercial success.

Bring home: Raising Our Voice, Cohearence, Timeline and A Rise in the Road

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Tower Of Power

Tower of Power Vinyl

Heavy hitters Tower of Power have a career that spans more than 50 years. Celebrate their undeniable influence with their two latest albums, on vinyl.


Bring home: Soul Side of Town (2LP) and Step Up (2LP). 

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Various Artists

Smooth Jazz Chill Collection

In a world of unknowns, life can be overwhelming. We all need time to chill. Relax with this collection of smooth sounds to soothe your soul.

Bring home: Michael Lington’s Stay With Me, Jason Miles’ To Grover, With Love, Marc Antoine’s Mediterraneo and The L.A. Chillharmonic (self-titled).

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Various Artists

Contemporary Smooth Jazz Collection

Hip, fun and groovin’ sounds from some of smooth jazz’s funkiest players. Add these hits to your collection today!


Bring home: Brian Bromberg’s Thicker Than Water, Steve Cole’s Gratitude, Jonathan Butler’s So Strong and Kirk Whalum’s Roundtrip.

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Various Artists

Ensemble Sounds

A collection of some of the most exciting large ensemble recordings from the last two decades, these Big Bands are sure to have you swingin’ with every note.


Bring home: Count Basie Orchestra’s Swinging, Singing, Playing, Christian McBride Big Band’s The Good Feeling, John Beasley’s MONK’estra, Volume 1 and Gerald Wilson Orchestra’s Legacy

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Various Artists

The Future of Jazz

This collection features current albums from the young lions who are hailed as the future of jazz – it’s exactly what you need to freshen up your music library!


Bring home: Aaron Diehl’s The Vagabond, Connie Han’s Crime Zone, Veronica Swift’s Confessions and Warren Wolf’s Reincarnation.

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Various Artists

Cuban Connection

Cuban jazz has always been at the forefront of reinventing Latin jazz in its many forms. Whether it be Chucho Valdés, Roberto Fonseca, Alfredo Rodríguez or Harold López-Nussa, the connection to the spirit of Cuba is ever-apparent through their inspiring music.


Bring home: Roberto Fonseca’s Yesun, Harold López-Nussa’s El Viaje, Alfredo Rodríguez’s Duologue (with Pedrito Martinez) and Chucho Valdés’ Jazz Batá 2.  

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Bass Masters

Give the bassists some love! Bass, in its many forms – upright, electric, fretless, piccolo, and more! – serves as the foundation of the band, leading the charge in groove and defining the composition.


Bring home: Brian Bromberg’s Full Circle, Christian McBride Trio’s Live at the Village Vanguard, Rodney Whitaker’s When We Find Ourselves Alone and The Stanley Clarke Band’s Up. 

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Various Artists

Past & Present Connection #2

The past always fuels the present. Follow the fascinating connections between these incomparable artists: hailed as one of the brightest young stars in jazz today, Connie Han cites Mulgrew Miller as a major influence in her compositional works; Miller’s storied history of collaborations includes projects with Carl Allen and Kenny Garrett.

Bring home: Connie Han’s Crime Zone, Mulgrew Miller & Wingspan’s The Sequel, Carl Allen & Rodney Whitaker’s Get Ready and Kenny Garrett’s Do Your Dance!

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Past & Present Connection #1

The past always fuels the present. Follow the fascinating connections between these incomparable artists: Christian Sands serves as Creative Ambassador to the Erroll Garner Jazz Project and is a longtime bandmate of Christian McBride, who, alongside Russell Malone, led the neo-bop movement of the ’80s and ’90s.


Bring home: Christian Sands’ Facing Dragons, Erroll Garner’s Nightconcert, Christian McBride Trio’s Out Here and Russell Malone’s Live at Jazz Standard, Volume One.

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Beyond

Mack Avenue is home to artists of many different genres. Explore new sounds spanning R&B, soul and pop with this collection from the Artistry Music imprint.


Bring home: Macy Gray’s Ruby, Rahsaan Patterson’s After Hours, Tower of Power’s Step Up and The Soul Rebels’ Poetry in Motion

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The JALC Connection

As the world’s leading performing arts center, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) has had a who’s who of artists grace its stages. Enjoy this collection of performers who have continuing collaborations with JALC.


Bring home: Aaron Diehl’s The Vagabond, Cécile McLorin Salvant’s WomanChild, Veronica Swift’s Confessions and Herlin Riley’s Perpetual Optimism.

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The Berklee College of Music Educators Collection

Berklee College of Music’s renowned faculty has been on the front lines of performance throughout its history. Mack Avenue is proud to feature many of these esteemed artists in its catalog, showcasing the talent that shapes the future of music.


Bring home: The New Gary Burton Quartet’s Common Ground, Tia Fuller’s Diamond Cut, Sean Jones’ No Need for Words and Danilo Pérez’s (as part of Pérez, Patitucci, Blade) Children of the Light. 

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

The Cécile McLorin Salvant Collection

The Cécile McLorin Salvant Collection includes her albums Dreams And Daggers, For One To Love, Womanchild, and The Window

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Christian McBride

Bringin' It with McBride

With an acclaimed discography that spans decades, multi-GRAMMY® winner Christian McBride is always “bringin’ it” with every album and band he leads, whether it be his Trio, Inside Straight or his Big Band.


Bring home: Bringin’ It, Kind of Brown, Out Here and People Music.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

The Cécile McLorin Salvant VINYL Collection

Regarded as the preeminent jazz vocalist of her generation, 3-time GRAMMY® winner Cécile McLorin Salvant has garnered universal critical acclaim across her discography.


Bring home, on 180-gram vinyl: Dreams and Daggers (3LP), For One to Love (2LP), WomanChild (2LP) and The Window (2LP).

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Jonathan Butler

Christmas Together + Handmade Scarf Bundle

Scarf dimensions: 27"x71" - Materials: 90% Modal/10% Cashmere

Scarf bag and Jonathan Butler's Christmas Together CD included with purchase

Jonathan Butler is the Global Celebrity Entertainment Ambassador for the Lalela Foundation.

The Lalela foundation provides educational arts for at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit. Through Lalela's arts curriculum and critical messaging component, they ignite imagination and teach children how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching the possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities. Lalela directly serves more than 5,000 South African learners per week, ages six through post-high school, adhering to a curriculum ‘I AM’ (for “ideas, art and music”).

Proceeds from this purchase will go to support the Lalela Foundation. Find out more at www.lalela.org

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Handmade Scarf from Lalela

Scarf dimensions: 27"x71" - Materials: 90% Modal/10% Cashmere

Scarf bag included with purchase

Jonathan Butler is the Global Celebrity Entertainment Ambassador for the Lalela Foundation.

The Lalela foundation provides educational arts for at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit. Through Lalela's arts curriculum and critical messaging component, they ignite imagination and teach children how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching the possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities. Lalela directly serves more than 5,000 South African learners per week, ages six through post-high school, adhering to a curriculum ‘I AM’ (for “ideas, art and music”).

Proceeds from this purchase will go to support the Lalela Foundation. Find out more at www.lalela.org

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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

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.