[JPL] 2004 TWIIRLIE AWARDS!
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2004 TWIRLIE AWARD WINNERS:
Tomasz Stanko Quartet SUSPENDED NIGHT ECM
Stankos Suspended Variations, where the whole
is sum of its parts,
whose later years have displayed his best work.
He possesses a soulful Joe Cocker quirk- intensity,
setting him apart from the rest
and for his young very talented rhythm section,
reminiscent of Miles sixties formulation with Hancock,
Shorter, Carter and Williams.
BEST NOT SO MAINSTREAM:
Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel BUZZ Palmetto
Mood, mindful and modal, Allison demonstrates a
sense, reflective of many past giants, most notably
Mingus, with Manhattans
finest jazz players to run his game!
BEST MALE VOCAL
Ray Charles DUETS GENIUS LOVES COMPANY HEAR
He defies all labels, performs all music genres with
the highest and best,
hes the rock and soul of an entire generation.
Therell never be another quite
Andy Bey AMERICAN SONG Savoy Jazz/12th
Beys a true jazz ballad stylist with a timeless
energy and romantic bliss in his voice
misty - hypnotic-poignant; interpretations of Ogden
Nash/Kurt Weills Speak Low,
Angel Eyes, Midnight Sun and Strayhorns Lush
Life, some of the best ever.
BEST FEMALE VOCAL
Angela Hagenbach, Rene Marie, and Lisa Sokolov are
honored of their art, uniqueness.
commitment and voracity. If theres such a thing as a
Carla Bley/Katherine Hepburn award for
artistic individual excellence, its bestowed on
these Ladies of Jazz.
Angela Hagenbach POETRY OF LOVE Amazon Records
Hagenbachs deep sensuous voice will turn your heart
to molten lava, her phrasing on I Cant believe Your
In Love With Me
will make you skittery, Her writing and vocalization
on Bittersweet sets
a mood/animus of a Gino Vanelli/Jon Lucien. And
theres that exchange with Clark Terry on Blues Are
Brewin, as low as you can go, for Angela Hagenbach
is a long and lean Ayn Rand Fountainhead of talent.
René Marie SERENE RENEGADE MAXJAZZ
She envelopes you with her honesty,
as every true artist commits to the honesty.
If wishes were answers, her writing,
her phrasing is liberation,
for she grows with every CD
were privileged to be a part of it.
Lisa Sokolov PRESENCE Laughing Horse Records
Lisa Sokolov gives you her all -out best, for shes a
jazz Janis Joplin,
a Laura Nyro with intent, a Katherine Coleman
cleansing your soul
Shell draw more emotion from you with a version of
than a James Dean in Giant, performance art
be prepared when you see Sokolov in person
for exaltation and celebration
the Lisa on stage is working...
energized, shes as exhilarated as you.
Geri Allen THE LIFE OF A SONG Telarc
This wonderful piece is a culmination of art, math
Daring and innovative, Allen, Holland and DeJohnette
the Betty Carter experience, that you push the
keep growing, for theres no turning back.
Frank Kimbrough LULLABLUEBYE Palmetto Records
Kimbrough possesses a salt of the earth presence
--- poetic in its simplicity,
warm, original, nostalgic as in his writing and
performing on Lullabluebye.
If your lifes a silent movie... dailies shot as you
view it, youd want Frank Kimbrough
to write and play your music. A LULLABLUEBYE.
Joe Gilman TIME AGAIN: BRUBECK REVISITED
Joe Gilman is a driven joyful task master
combination Glenn Gould /Oscar Peterson, who turns
up Dave Brubecks music to a level, thatll exist
for hundreds of years. An acclamation of an original
American music art form. This CD is a discovery of
two young fine talents, bassist, Joe Sanders and
drummer Justin Brown, wholl be stomping the future.
BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE:
Brad Mehldau SOLO PIANO LIVE FROM TOKYO
One of those rare moments youd want, captured as
is, on record. Brad Mehldaus solo
CD should be one of your top twenty intimate jazz
performances. Every songs nirvana.
Remember with the tears of joy. Youre alive!
BEST BIG BAND/ORCHESTRAL ENSEMBLE
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra THE WAY Music of
Planet Arts Records
Mr. Slide Hampton steps into the spotlight,
arranging, performing - guiding this remarkable big
with a modern view in jazz thematic of the fifties,
early sixties .
FRAME FOR THE BLUES is for Slide Hampton, Maynard
Ferguson and Ernie Wilkins,
a jazz radio theme that late nighters will revere
with eloquence on THE WAY.
Doctor Lonnie Smith TOO DAMN HOT Palmetto
If youre not juiced by Too Damn Hot, your Cialis is
your viagra is sal hypatica. My advice. You need a
the good Doctor of soul, Doctor Lonnie Smith. For
youll shake your head sideways
like the good Doctor Condeleesa, hoping the good
Doctor John can shake some a dat gri - gri magic and
rice from the bowl. Tthe Good Doctor Lonnie Smith is
going downtown with his magic band. Its just Too
Enrico Rava EASY LIVING ECM
Rava represents a tribal trumpet lineage,
for Enrico is an Art Farmer living in Rome.
this is a Rava on a Fellini romp
thoughtful-tasteful - lyrical in sabbatical.
Groove on to Algir Dalbughi.
James Moody HOMAGE Savoy Jazz
James Moody is imbodies the jazz in a bebop lifetime.
Saw him with Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Barron in 1964
score more for the flowering, because I like We All
Junior Cook would agree Moody will groove with the
Only Boppers know for sure.
Von Freeman THE GREAT DIVIDE Premonition
The sheer joy of playing saxophone, this octogenarian
will blow you away.
A rare bird, from past lives, luminous and
effervescent in flight.
Like Studs Terkel, Von Freeman is a national treasure
BEST GUITAR :
Dom Minasi QUICK RESPONSE CDM Records
Minasi can play like an old master, a Don,
poignant, nostalgic ;
at other times, pop - frenetic, up tempo, quick
witted. His conception
remarkably plain scarey, at times. Here, he plays
it funky and nice with
a twist of avant gard to keep you awake, a glimpse
into his remarkable talent.
BEST LATIN JAZZ:
José Rizos Jazz On The Latin Side All Stars THE
West Coast best Latin Jazz Band, i.e., Pancho, Alex,
Justo and Francisco play like fools and lovers with
Mambo, Hard Bop, Gerald Wilson and Justos Trane
ride. This is Latin Jazz at its finest.
BEST NEW LATIN JAZZ ARTIST:
Manuel Valera FORMA NUEVA Mavo Records
Valera has it all, conception, technique, tonality
and subtlety in his playing,
nice and down in his writing with Simplicity. With a
right sense of tempo, Valera,
is understated, for a man so young. Hell be writing
and conducting large orchestras,
if not now, then soon.
Thank you to all the participants in the 2004 Twirlie
jazz selections. We admire your accomplishments and
creativity , as you continue the good work.
THE TWIRLIES: A celebration of subjectivity, cronyism
and partiality given for excellence in Jazz.
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