[JPL] Don't typecast these Denver releases....

Arturo arturo893 at qwest.net
Thu Sep 7 17:18:53 EDT 2006


If not on your desks already, soon come mon, Pat Bianchi's East Coast Roots
on Jazzed Media with Mark Whitfield and Byron "Wookie" Landham. Some may
recall the organ wizardry of Pat Bianchi who performed during the annual
Jazz Week Summit last June in Rochester with Terrell Stafford. Pat is a
Rochester native, a Berklee graduate who lives in Denver, he is also a fine
pianist. The album burns in the organ jazz tradition but Pat is not a
copycat, he has developed his own voice and like The Turbinator throws down
excellent bass lines.

Another just out CD is by saxist-scatter Max Wagner on Capri Records another
fine Denver area label. Max saxes his ways through a stimulating session and
scats on a few tunes as well. Max is accompanied by one of Denver's best
rhythm sections, Jeff Jenkins, Ken Walker and Todd Reid. Max is also one of
the organizers of the annual Estes Park Jazz Festival who has the
responsibility of signing artists for the festival in one of the Front
Range's most beautiful location just a tricycle ride away from the Stanley
Hotel where The Shining was filmed.
Like so many other albums including the aforementioned Bianchi date, this
was recorded in the ultra-modern Mile High Studios which is rapidly gaining
a reputation for its quality and has musicians coming from around the
country to record there.

Naturally there is no need to recommend another Colorado label release,
Terry Gibbs' Finding The Groove on Jazzed Media where Hubert Laws makes a
now rare USA recording appearance. Jazzed Media has recently put out several
Phil Woods projects, a new Bob Lark, Bud Shank and others. Capri Records
currently has the Joe Gilman Trio tribute to Stevie Wonder, 3ósity(w/Pat
Bianchi) and the Keith Oxman-Curtis Fuller project.

All in all the "Square State"(shape-wise)is proving jazz lives and thrives,
not only on the radio as besides jazz89KUVO there is good jazz radio in Ft
Collins to the north and Colorado Springs to the south with members from
both stations represented here, there are also several jazz labels putting
out world class material and an ever growing amount of viable venues for
live jazz not counting the world renowned jazz festivals in the Rockies.

Finally Pat Bianchi and terrel Stafford will reunite to play for the 2nd
Annual Jazz Fest Denver in February 2007 in Downtown Denver along with Joe
Locke, Mike Longo and more artists to be announced,  so start planning a
winter vacation to the Mile High City, listen to some great jazz and then go
skiing, sledding etc in the nraby Rocky Mountains.

Arturo Gómez
Music Director, jazz89KUVO
The Oasis In The City
Colorado's First HD FM Radio Station
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2006 & 2005 Jazz Station of the Year!!






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