[JPL] bopndicks 20 picks April 2005
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Bopndicks 20 Picks April 2005
Kurt Rosenwinkel DEEP SONG Verve Records
Rosenwinkel displays a rich tonal quality and special
a space gypsy electric Gabor Szabo and with his
that of Mehldau and Redman moving swiftly through
mood and forethought. That which is new is real.
Abdullah Ibrahim A CELEBRATION Enja
/Justin Time Records
A celebration of a life of a very remarkable musician
in his 70th year.
Some know of him as an American Dollar Brand, a Sam
others by his real name for this celebrates a lifetime
from Cape Town, to Europe and elsewhere.
An affinity of work and Africa solo street knowledge.
Pat Metheny THIS WAY UP Nonesuch Records
This is Pat Metheny, meant to be listened in its
Theres such a contemporary progressive coteré here
as Metheney /Mays travel through animated phase
of time, space and hazy reflective continuum.
ONE MORE / MUSIC OF THAD JONES IPO Records
Thisll elevate Thad Jones to true stature -
soul of hard bop.
Youll know when listening
this celebrated Octet of great musicians.
Believe me, youll experience,
a jazz music 1956 Playboy Jazz poll
of DJ Rockwellian history!
KEVIN MAHOGANY BIG BAND Mahogany Jazz/WEA Records
Were full blown rhetoric on this big band,
Not since Newport with Joe Williams and Basie
have you heard anything as bright, unfurling and
pregnant as a birthing as this full mouth Kevin
swings and sings to Frank Mantooths pleasure dome
on an upstart, brightly colored big band spotlight,
So Long, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!
Chris Walden Big Band HOME OF MY HEART Origin
Waldens big band is a sanctuary
from modern fabric of endless sound check,
loud speaker, or eleven inch nails, duel 10 K
will supplant the power,
skipping through a California landscape
of a superb big banditry
There are friends long since gone
whose bones swirl to this Chris Walden big band.
So much of Basie, Slide Hampton,
Maynard Ferguson, Ernie Wilkins
to make the tears swell.
The Joe Gilman Trio Time Again: BRUBECK
VOLUME TWO Sunnyside Records
Pianist, Joe Gilman has assembled memorable music of
with two young talents; bassist Joe Sanders and
drummer, Justin Brown.
This marvelous Volume Two along with One has some
Brubeck youve heard
and some you havent. Tales told with similar
Brubeck sophistication and joy,
and with the Gilman augmentation, this band kicks
and swings to a whole new state of Brubeck art.
Ravi Coltrane IN FLUX Savoy Jazz
This young Coltrane offers effortless dynamic
His tone on tenor is lowdown and smokey on Away
and exceptional like his forebear.
Ravi on soprano is technically sound and
Dear Alice is free and spirited, a tribute to mother
A breakthrough for Ravi, Drew, Luis and EJ!
Marin Wasilewski/ Slawomir Kurkiewicz/ Michal
Contemporary, circuitous and Salvadore Dali, rich
in color and abstraction. Tomasz Stankos band
steps into the spotlight, a slow romantic mantra of a
basic theme. Theres so much going on here, its like
gazing at a Vermeer in the Guginhiem on Sunday til
closing. Howd they do that? This beauty is beyond
reproach with a mix of ethnicities...We could list the
bright spots, but that would deter from the whole
Irwin Mayfield and Bill Summers VOL 5:
CARNIVAL Basin Street Records
This is roots music, an honesty here and a
celebration of Latin Creole jazz
Irvin Mayfield sends you as far back as Armstrong and
s fast forward to Marsalis , as other trumpet
Crescent City heroes. Brass in New Orleans is serious
business, celebrate the day, the holiday, the funeral
voodoo and where with all. CARNIVAL has a true black
flavor to a Latin chant. Ray Bryant understood when he
wrote Cubano Chant. Bill Summers resides over
fertile Latin rhythm territory. Don t misunderstand,
the drummer calls the tunes on this CD. Wes just
trying to catch up. Have some fun! Thats what this
is all about !
Caribbean Jazz Project HERE AND NOW-LIVE IN
CONCERT Concord Picante Records
Caribbean Jazz Project reprise much of their great
music over the past five years in this exercise in
live fire. Pianist Dario Eskenazi and Diego Urcola
trumpet, well schooled in the Latin jazz mystique
add street cred to this already explosive ensemble.
With all the spontaneity and fire of this
performance in Pittsburgh and subsequent encores,
youd be taking the bridge home over the Susquehana -
late, same time last year, too.
Thomas Marriott INDIVIDUATION
Theres so much cool stuff on this CD, thatll
drive you bananza!
Mariott is one heck of a trumpet/ flugelhorn player in
command of his horn,
through deep breathing, good karma, long solos, no
funny business exercises.
Vibe player Joe Locke has a hand in this marvelous
With Jeff Johnson, David Budway and John Bishop.
Everyone, but everyone had a good time. The nodder
struck me was Miles Davis, Tout De Suite.
I had to take a cab home!
Joey DeFrancesco with Jimmy Smith LEGACY
Theres pure Legacy here with the coaxing of one
B-3, Joey De to
the venerable Jimmy Smith. Saying goodby, to another
jazz great is not a test,
but a lot of joy here with happy messin around out
almost as good as the music,
definitely for Jimmy Smith afficionados everywhere.
Stefano Di Battista PARKERS MOOD
Blue Note Records
When you listen to Di Battistas new one, you know
why Italians love
bebop and Charlie Parker! Theres a great
retrospective of Parker and modern jazz.
with Kenny Barron as anchor and his guidance is
omnipresent, along with flawless trumpet
playing by Flavio, almost as Dizzy as Dizzy.
Bebop, up front, with saxophonist Stefano Di
Battista, trumpet by Flavio
with reverence and enthusiasm , shakes off your - like
new spring pollen distemper,
Fred Hersch Ensemble LEAVES OF GRASS
Fred Hersch musical tribute to the poetry of Walt
Whitman is a remarkable achievement, blending 19th
century spoken word lyricism with modern jazz. The
impact of this is extraordinary.
Think of the concept! Only a composer of Fred
Herschs stature could bring it to fruition. It s
Carolyn Leonhart NEW 8TH DAY
This has all the elements of a great CD, original
songs, great arranging, and very fine musicianship.
The dynamic elements of Carolyn Leonharts intimate
phrasing, Wayne Escofferys haunting - soaring
saxophone and Donald Edwards power kick on drums,
make for a classic Whisper Not, for theres a
groove and fun to be had....
Michel Camilo SOLO Telarc Jazz
This is Michel Camilos coming out party,
as one of this lifes great modern pianists. His
immaculate sense of time
and command in various genres. He can boogie woogie in
a Blind Pig after dark,
stride like a James P. Johnson on Park Ave. Listen to
De Larrocha, then to Michel Camilos SOLO and youll
feel his tradition.
Grazyna Auguscik THE LIGHT GMA
Her music journey is intriguing, not very sho
bizzy, (no lip syncing, bump and grind here.)
Very progressive, freeing the passion, romantic, a
life journey in progress.
Message to Grazyna:
Never change. Never compromise.
Stay your course. Travel the world and listen to the
motion of your life.
You know your story and you have claim to the
expanding rest of us!
Dave Holland Big Band OVERTIME
Todays most original modern big band, leaving room
for strong solos
from the very best in jazz musicians. Writing and
arranging reminds me
of Gerald Wilson, George Russell, Mingus and others
on their own road
before their own time.
Belinda Underwood UNDERWOOD - UNCURLING
Cosmik Muse Rekords
Underwood is the Northwests Nellie McKay, because
we have trees for buildings,
fresh water streams with jumping salmon, excited and
spawning... to rivers of depressed under nourished
trout and flat fish and solar panels for an answer to
Three Mile Island. Pianist Clay Giberson is his per
usual spectacular self on this UNDERWOOD - UNCURLING
, as it more than deserves your accreditation.
PS: To good to ignore.
Connie Evingson GYPSY IN MY SOUL
Whether its too provencial, not mainstream, too
iconoclast for mass consumption, or not. I prefer the
latter. Then its so gypsy... Evingson has a great
What can you say, She has that bling - bling for
hot club music.
Lullabye Of The Leaves grabbed me, especially the
vibraphone solo by Susan Pascal of Pearl Django.
A dime a dance, whoah - zee!
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