[JPL] 2004 TWIIRLIE AWARDS!

Dick Crockett bopndick at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 7 23:05:01 EST 2005


2004  TWIRLIE  AWARD  WINNERS:

BEST  MAINSTREAM:

Tomasz Stanko Quartet   SUSPENDED NIGHT   ECM
Stanko’s   “Suspended Variations,”   where the whole
is sum of it’s 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
Records
“Mood, mindful and  modal, Allison demonstrates a 
profound composition
sense, reflective of many past giants, most notably
Mingus, with  Manhattan’s 
finest jazz players to run his game!”

BEST MALE VOCAL
TIE
Ray Charles     DUETS GENIUS  LOVES COMPANY    HEAR
MUSIC
Concord Records
“He defies all labels, performs all music genres with
the highest and best,
he’s the rock and soul of an entire generation.
There’ll never be another quite
like him.”

Andy Bey      AMERICAN SONG         Savoy Jazz/12th 
Street  Records 
“Bey’s a true jazz ballad stylist with a timeless
energy and  romantic bliss in his voice
misty -  hypnotic-poignant;  interpretations of Ogden
Nash/Kurt Weill’s “Speak Low,” 
“Angel Eyes,” “Midnight Sun” and  Strayhorn’s “Lush
Life,” some of the best ever.”


BEST  FEMALE  VOCAL

A TRIFECTA!  
Angela Hagenbach, Rene Marie, and Lisa Sokolov are
honored of their art,  uniqueness. 
commitment and voracity. If there’s such a thing as a 
Carla Bley/Katherine Hepburn award for 
artistic individual excellence,  it’s bestowed on
these Ladies of Jazz.


Angela Hagenbach      POETRY OF LOVE    Amazon Records
“Hagenbach’s deep sensuous voice will turn your heart 
to molten lava, her phrasing on “I Can’t 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
there’s 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
we’re privileged to be a part of it.”

Lisa Sokolov     PRESENCE       Laughing Horse Records
Lisa Sokolov gives  you her all -out best, for she’s a
jazz Janis Joplin,
a Laura Nyro with intent, a Katherine Coleman
cleansing your soul 
She’ll draw  more emotion from you with a version of
‘Beautiful Morning,’
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,  she’s as exhilarated as you.”




BEST PIANIST:

TRIFECTA:

Geri Allen        THE LIFE OF A SONG        Telarc
Jazz
“This wonderful piece is a culmination of art, math
and chemistry. 
Daring and innovative, Allen, Holland and DeJohnette
learned from 
the Betty Carter experience, that you push the
envelope, 
keep growing,  for there’s no turning back.”

Frank Kimbrough      LULLABLUEBYE     Palmetto Records
“Kimbrough  possesses a ‘ salt of the earth’ presence
--- poetic in it’s  simplicity,  
warm,  original,  nostalgic as in his writing and
performing  on “Lullabluebye.” 
If your life’s a silent movie... dailies shot as you
view it, you’d  want Frank Kimbrough 
to write and play your music. A  LULLABLUEBYE.


Joe Gilman      TIME AGAIN: BRUBECK  REVISITED        
Sunnyside Records
“Joe Gilman is a driven joyful task master
—combination Glenn Gould /Oscar Peterson,  who turns
up Dave Brubeck’s  music to a level, that’ll 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, who’ll be stomping the future.
Recuerdo.”

BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE:

Brad Mehldau     SOLO  PIANO     LIVE FROM TOKYO    
Nonesuch Records
“One of those rare moments  you’d  want, captured as
is,  on record.  Brad Mehldau’s solo 
CD should be one of your top twenty intimate jazz 
performances.  Every song’s  nirvana. 
Remember with  the tears of  joy. You’re alive! “


BEST BIG BAND/ORCHESTRAL ENSEMBLE

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra    THE   WAY     Music of
Slide Hampton   
Planet Arts Records
“Mr. Slide Hampton steps into the spotlight, 
arranging, performing - guiding this remarkable big
band, 
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.”

BEST   FUNKENGROOVIN:

Doctor Lonnie Smith       TOO DAMN HOT    Palmetto
Records
“If you’re not juiced by Too Damn Hot, your Cialis is
paralysis,
your viagra is sal hypatica.  My advice. You need a
prescription from 
the good Doctor of soul, Doctor  Lonnie Smith. For
you’ll 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.  It’s just “Too
Damn Hot.”

BEST TRUMPET:

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.”

BEST SAXOPHONE:

TIE:


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
Love Moody.”
Junior Cook would agree Moody will groove with the
best.
Only Boppers  know for sure.”

Von Freeman    THE GREAT DIVIDE     Premonition
Records
“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 Rizo’s   Jazz On The Latin Side All Stars    THE
LAST BULLFIGHTER
Saungu Records 
“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 Justo’s Trane 
ride.   This is Latin Jazz at it’s 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. He’ll 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.


Dick Crockett
“The Voice” 88.7 fm
4623 T Street, Suite A
Sacramento, Ca.   95819-4743  








    







	
		
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