[JPL] Newport

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Wed Aug 13 18:19:36 EDT 2008


Lloyd,
Come to San Sebastian next year!
-Dr.

Lloyd Townsend, Jr. wrote:
> This week's sponsor:  Lisa Hilton
>
> Composer/pianist Lisa Hilton's latest release, ''Sunny Day Theory'' 
> heads to jazz radio next week.  Hilton is joined by top talent Lewis 
> Nash on drums, Larry Grenadier on bass and Brice Winston on tenor 
> sax.  Eighteen time Grammy winner, Al Schmitt recorded and mixed the 
> 12 track release.
> What is the ''Sunny Day Theory''?  Hilton smiles, "My 
> engineer Larry Mah made me laugh recounting a 'Foggy Day Theory', so I 
> countered with a 'Sunny Day Theory' which basically assumes that 
> difficulties, if embraced honestly,  create opportunity for growth.  
> Life can be challenging: I've realized after a rough year that the 
> complex can be dealt with one step at a time, that there can be depth 
> in something as simple as a melody, beauty within the blues, and that 
> with tomorrow there is always the hope for a sunny day.''
> LisaHiltonMusic.com
> ''Sunny Day Theory''/Ruby Slippers Productions promotion by Jane 
> Dashow/Jazzzdog.com
>
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>
> At least Newport still has *some* jazz.  My wife & I planned a trip to 
> Switzerland this summer to include hitting Montreux for the "jazz 
> festival" there -- only to find out, when they finally released the 
> schedule (after flights had been booked, of course) that there were 
> only a COUPLE of jazz-oriented programs the entire two weeks of the 
> festival!
>
> We skipped Montreux.
>
> Lloyd Townsend
> Prop., Imaginary Records
> jazz at imaginaryrecords.com
> Nashville, TN
>
>
>
> On Aug 12, 2008, at 10:21 PM, TomtheJazzman wrote:
>
>> This week's sponsor:  Lisa Hilton
>>
>> Composer/pianist Lisa Hilton's latest release, ''Sunny Day Theory'' 
>> heads to jazz radio next week.  Hilton is joined by top talent Lewis 
>> Nash on drums, Larry Grenadier on bass and Brice Winston on tenor 
>> sax.  Eighteen time Grammy winner, Al Schmitt recorded and mixed the 
>> 12 track release.
>> What is the ''Sunny Day Theory''?  Hilton smiles, "My 
>> engineer Larry Mah made me laugh recounting a 'Foggy Day Theory', so 
>> I countered with a 'Sunny Day Theory' which basically assumes that 
>> difficulties, if embraced honestly,  create opportunity for growth.  
>> Life can be challenging: I've realized after a rough year that the 
>> complex can be dealt with one step at a time, that there can be depth 
>> in something as simple as a melody, beauty within the blues, and that 
>> with tomorrow there is always the hope for a sunny day.''
>> LisaHiltonMusic.com
>> ''Sunny Day Theory''/Ruby Slippers Productions promotion by Jane 
>> Dashow/Jazzzdog.com
>>
>> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>
>> I certainly have a different opinion regarding the JVC Newport 
>> Festival.  The URBAN music did not fit with the other performances.  
>> Aretha is not what I am talking about.  Le;isi and Anthony Hamilton 
>> certainly did not fit the mold of this Festival and had very few 
>> followers there.
>>
>> Chris Potter really showed he is the heir apparent to the Michael 
>> Brecker followers in his performances with Dave Holland, Herbie 
>> Hancock and Marco Benevento.   Anat Cohen, say ANOT, was awesome with 
>> George Wein as was Esperance Spalding.  The Mark Rapp band played 
>> some very tasteful selection with a new release coming next month.  
>> He plays a cool trumpet.   It was good to see and hear Jimmy Cobb 
>> playing with George Wein, expecially being the lone survivor of the 
>> Kind Of Blue Band with Miles.  Jimmy has a new release on Chesky.  
>> Another of the highlights was Warren Vache with John Alred on Trombone.
>>
>> Lionel Loueke did not disappoint in his own set or while playing with 
>> Herbie.
>>
>> Many of us commented we were disappointed that Chris Botti played the 
>> same set Friday night and Saturday afternoon with the same jokes and 
>> comment.  Mark Whitfield and Billy Childs were killers as was Billy 
>> Kilson on drums.  Ledisi did the same set both Friday night and 
>> Saturday, but she has only one CD and not much book so that could be 
>> expected.
>>
>> Herbie did a wonderful set as did Sonny Rollins.
>>
>> The new organization, Festival Network is learning and will get 
>> better.  Most and generally the festival was good but not one of the 
>> stronger festivals.  I thought the attendance was down quite a bit 
>> from previous years.
>>
>> Those are my few cents worth.
>> ALOHA
>> Tom
>>
>>
>> Dr. Jazz wrote:
>>> This week's sponsor:  Lisa Hilton
>>>
>>> Composer/pianist Lisa Hilton's latest release, ''Sunny Day Theory'' 
>>> heads to jazz radio next week.  Hilton is joined by top talent Lewis 
>>> Nash on drums, Larry Grenadier on bass and Brice Winston on tenor 
>>> sax.  Eighteen time Grammy winner, Al Schmitt recorded and mixed the 
>>> 12 track release.
>>> What is the ''Sunny Day Theory''?  Hilton smiles, "My 
>>> engineer Larry Mah made me laugh recounting a 'Foggy Day Theory', so 
>>> I countered with a 'Sunny Day Theory' which basically assumes that 
>>> difficulties, if embraced honestly,  create opportunity for growth.  
>>> Life can be challenging: I've realized after a rough year that the 
>>> complex can be dealt with one step at a time, that there can be 
>>> depth in something as simple as a melody, beauty within the blues, 
>>> and that with tomorrow there is always the hope for a sunny day.''
>>> LisaHiltonMusic.com
>>> ''Sunny Day Theory''/Ruby Slippers Productions promotion by Jane 
>>> Dashow/Jazzzdog.com
>>>
>>> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>  Smooth mix of jazz legends and new faces in Newport
>>>
>>> By Steve Greenlee, Globe Staff  |  August 11, 2008
>>>
>>> NEWPORT, R.I. - The people who program the annual jazz festival at 
>>> the water's edge here always manage to assemble a balanced mix of 
>>> the music's most respected practitioners, its most promising 
>>> upstarts, and crowd pleasers who can sell tickets. This year the JVC 
>>> Jazz Festival outdid itself with a perfect blend of the old and the 
>>> new, of the highly regarded and the highly entertaining.
>>>
>>> Over the course of two days in Newport's historic Fort Adams State 
>>> Park, 28 acts spread out across three stages, without a dud in the 
>>> bunch. The range of styles touched nearly every corner of what could 
>>> be considered jazz or its outliers.
>>>
>>> There was the tasteful, sympathetic interaction of bassist Charlie 
>>> Haden, guitarist Bill Frisell, and pianist Ethan Iverson, who 
>>> gathered just for the occasion. There was the infectious Latin jazz 
>>> of Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos, the pulsating funk of Soulive, and 
>>> the rock-band attitude of the Marco Benevento Trio, which covered 
>>> songs by Led Zeppelin, My Morning Jacket, and Deerhoof. Then there 
>>> were the superstars: jazz icons Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, and 
>>> Wayne Shorter, and the marquee pop names of Aretha Franklin and 
>>> trumpeter Chris Botti.
>>>
>>> With music playing concurrently on the three stages, it was 
>>> impossible to catch more than a fraction of the action. Yet we 
>>> sampled just about everything, and - it being the season for such 
>>> things - we feel moved to hand out some medals.
>>>
>>> *Event*: The Newport debut
>>>
>>> *Gold medal*: Ledisi. If there had been a roof at the park, the 
>>> singer would have torn it off the sucker, with her hot-and-steamy 
>>> blend of R&B, funk, soul, jazz, and hip-hop. Drawing largely from 
>>> her Grammy-nominated album "Lost & Found," she jokingly threatened 
>>> to stop her set and go home if the people in the audience didn't 
>>> stand up and shake their booties. They obliged.
>>>
>>> *Silver medal*: Melody Gardot. The 23-year-old chanteuse, disabled 
>>> at 19 when a car struck the bike she was riding, more than lived up 
>>> to the hype surrounding her. She hypnotized us by opening with a 
>>> bluesy tune called "No More My Love" that was accompanied only by 
>>> her own snapping fingers.
>>>
>>> *Bronze medal*: Lettuce. The seven-piece funk outfit, whose members 
>>> met as teenagers at the Berklee College of Music, played a tight set 
>>> of greasy funk that recalled James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, and 
>>> Earth Wind & Fire. Joined by JB's trombonist Fred Wesley, the band 
>>> generated so much excitement that hundreds of people skipped 
>>> Aretha's set on the main stage so they could hear the whole head of 
>>> Lettuce.
>>>
>>> *Event*: The veteran performance
>>>
>>> *Gold medal*: Sonny Rollins. The titan of the tenor sax hadn't 
>>> played Newport in more than 40 years, but last night he owned it, 
>>> with a hard-blowing set that closed the festival. He improvised 
>>> endlessly on the repeating two-bar figure that serves as the 
>>> framework of "Sonny Please." He played ahead of time and against 
>>> time, punctuating phrases with quick jabs, shrieks, and honks. Be it 
>>> burner or ballad, he blew and blew, and he never ran out of ideas.
>>>
>>> *Silver medal*: Wayne Shorter. The legendary saxophonist's quartet - 
>>> including pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer 
>>> Brian Blade - constitutes one of today's finest working groups. It 
>>> brewed up a fiery marriage of postbop ideas and free improvisation 
>>> that dispensed with conventional notions of structure. Each song 
>>> bled into the next, with no regard for boundaries. The music was at 
>>> once coarse and gorgeous.
>>>
>>> *Bronze medal*: Chris Potter. It was hard to keep track of how many 
>>> times he took the stage - with Dave Holland, with Herbie Hancock, 
>>> with Marco Benevento - but his star turn came with his own group, 
>>> Underground. The quartet - which includes Adam Rogers on guitar, 
>>> Craig Taborn on Fender Rhodes electric piano, and Nate Smith on 
>>> drums - played modern postbop laced with fusion and funk. Leading 
>>> off with the tune that gave the group its name, the band put on a 
>>> veritable clinic in extended improvisation, each musician feeding 
>>> off the other three to build momentum.
>>>
>>> *Event*: The crowd rouser
>>>
>>> *Gold medal*: Esperanza Spalding. The Berklee grad (class of '05) 
>>> and Berklee instructor (hired in '05) drew four or five times as 
>>> many people as the small stage was intended to hold. Most of those 
>>> who showed up couldn't even see her. It mattered not. The joy 
>>> created by the effusive bassist and singer flowed through her 
>>> audience. When she scatted and sang wordless vocals through a 
>>> celebratory tune called "I Adore You," the feeling became mutual.
>>>
>>> *Silver medal*: Aretha Franklin. She's still got it, and she 
>>> delivered it, with a set that included her biggest hits - "Respect," 
>>> "Chain of Fools," "Natural Woman," "Freeway of Love" - and some nice 
>>> twists, including a version of "My Funny Valentine" that began as a 
>>> soulful ballad and evolved into a tour de force of R&B. One 
>>> complaint about the sound: Her big band and gospel choir sometimes 
>>> drowned her out, and the speakers crackled at several points.
>>>
>>> *Bronze medal*: Chris Botti. I am not yet a convert to Botti's 
>>> buttoned-down instrumental pop, but there is no denying the power of 
>>> his opening and closing numbers. He blew a furious flurry of notes 
>>> during a funky take of "When I Fall in Love" and then allowed his 
>>> terrific backing musicians to stretch out. He afforded them the same 
>>> luxury during the closer, "Indian Summer," which featured a riotous 
>>> drum solo by Billy Kilson. Too bad most of what came between was 
>>> milquetoast.
>>>
>>> *Event*: The audience irritant
>>>
>>> *Gold medal*: The airplane dragging a banner advertising auto glass 
>>> that flew over the main stage during Ledisi's beautiful rendition of 
>>> the Beatles' "Yesterday," right when she sang the line, "There's a 
>>> shadow hanging over me." There sure was, and it ruined half your song.
>>>
>>> *Silver medal*: The cigarette and cigar smokers who puffed 
>>> throughout the festival, with no regard for their neighbors at a 
>>> lung's length away on every side. Would it kill you to step away 
>>> from the masses when you need to light up?
>>>
>>> *Bronze medal*: All the boors who think it's OK to yak incessantly 
>>> during the music. True, the lawn at Fort Adams is not a jazz club, 
>>> but there were half-hour breaks between sets. Save your lengthy 
>>> conversations for then.
>>>
>>> /Steve Greenlee can be reached at greenlee at globe.com 
>>> <mailto:greenlee at globe.com>./
>>> © Copyright <http://www.boston.com/help/bostoncom_info/copyright> 
>>> 2008 The New York Times Company
>>>
>> -- 
>>
>> Jazz Programmers' Mailing List: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
>> List information: 
>> http://lists.jazzweek.com/mailman/listinfo/jazzproglist
>> List archive: http://lists.jazzweek.com/pipermail/jazzproglist/
>> Sponsorship information: jplsponsor at jazzweek.com
>
> -- 
>
> Jazz Programmers' Mailing List: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> List information: http://lists.jazzweek.com/mailman/listinfo/jazzproglist
> List archive: http://lists.jazzweek.com/pipermail/jazzproglist/
> Sponsorship information: jplsponsor at jazzweek.com
>


-- 
Dr. Jazz
Dr. Jazz Operations
24270 Eastwood
Oak Park, MI  48237
(248) 542-7888
http://www.drjazz.com
SKYPE:  drjazz99



More information about the jazzproglist mailing list