[JPL] Bopndicks 10 Picks Feb 2011
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10 PICKS FEB 2011
STALLINGS DREAM High
Mary Stallings is one of the last, one of the best of the great 20th
century jazz singers. A San Franciscan in her heart and soul, she
brings the storied past of how a vocalist got it done in the smoke
filled rooms-where a singer could command a room.
Pianist Eric Reed knows and understands and appreciates
with his exceptional arrangements, reflections of Sarah Vaughn, Nancy
Wilson, Dakota Staton and Jimmy Scott's “Hey Now,” this is what
late night jazz noir romance was and is all about!
DEGIBRI ISREALI SONG ANZIC
Saxophonist Eli Degibri ensembles a remarkable band in
Brad Mehldau, Ron Carter and Al Foster.
And you think something's up.
Something's very good in “Isreali Song.”
URCOLA QUARTET APPRECIATION CAMJAZZ
The great Argentine trumpet player Diego Urcola is a
master of bop, Latin and Argentine soul. “Appreciation” is
Diego's breakout CD, There's a flair here, of which cannot be
appreciated in one sitting, for multiple listening will reveal Diego
Urcola's true range versatility, command and emotion, abetted with
pianist Luis Perdomo's wise, reflective energy and Hans Glawischnig,
solid bass and Eric McPherson, drums.
This is a tribute to the other great trumpet
impresarios of a jazz era, and Diego Urcola with his tremendous
talent and ability is here to tell that Freddy Hubbard, Woody Shaw
and Miles will not be forgotten.
WALLACE LATIN JAZZ QUINTET TO HEAR FROM THERE
Bay area Trombonist Wayne Wallace continues his message
to play and produce the best Latin around. Vocalist Kenny Washington
gives us the best rousing modern version of “Perdido.”
Gatos,” where I bought a 1923 edition James Joyce . “Ulysses”
once in a second hand bookstore for ten bucks. Hence this tribute to
a great small town gobbled up by suburban sprawl at the crest of the
mountains to Santa Cruz, Sounds sexy, doesn't it.
Latin music has such an imprint on Northern California
and Wayne Wallace understands it and regails in it.
COURSIL TRAILS OF TEARS Sunnyside
Trumpet player Jacques Coursil depicts a horrifying
piece of American History, the extraction of the Cherokee nation from
their lands in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, not an easy history
to forget. But it did happen, to our overall embarrassment.
Jacques Coursil projects an even more real intense,
definitive environment-what is real, or, what is a figment of your
Not a particular piece of American history,as Jacques
Coursil does it very well.
BARTSCH'S RONIN LLYRIA
Zurich pianist Nik Bartsch created Ronin in 2001, a
quintet of remarkable propensity toward a tapestry of dynamic
minimalism, a new jazz contemporary. Bartsch's group have created a
new Euro jazz contemporary-a cross of ethnic folk mysticism and post
modern electrics. The music is inventive, contemporary and
indivisible in bright visionary ways.
Remarkable semblances of everyday graffiti messages in
extraordinary musical images.
E. D. Ben Thomas/Chris Stover/Alex Chadsey YET WHAT IS ANY
OCEAN.... Origin Records
Q. E. D. is comprised of vibraphonist Ben Thomas,
trombonist/percussionist Chris Stover and pianist Alex Chadsey-a trio
with more command than it looks!
The rhythm, tempo and command are very personal, as we
hone in on a multiplicity of patterns and shapes this remarkable trio
creates in shadows of sound.
CUTLER FIRST MELANCHOLY, THEN THE NIGHT STRETCH
title. It's about tone, mood and the comfort of solitude. Pianist
Rick Cutler's new solo album projects the night's governing presence.
To be alone in a streaming foggy night consciousness is completely
original, knowing that your thoughts alone, while walking down wet
moody night streets from spraying cleaners are exclusive,
indefinable to the city lights and the constant motion, ambient
sounds and the tall dark, handsome of synthesize thinking.
Cutler's soulful iconic piano passages suggest just that!
HOOKER LIFE OF THE MUSIC Miles
Your local hipster knows that Lauren Hooker does the
deal of past romancers, Karoac nomenclature and arias to the deft,
groove fifty summer eves, live at Newport, Monterey and over seas.
Lauren Hooker combines her writing with oft poetry, the kind that
proliferated The Village of the near after years.
Lauren Hooker goes her own way, writes her own songs
with prominent East Coast musicians, and with liner notes inscribed
by world renown jazz bassist and Sacramento High School graduate,
Rufus Reid...This is pure progressive jazz deified by the best.
KELLY/ PHIL WOODS MAN WITH THE HAT
Saxophonist Grace Kelly teams on this very hip “Man
With A Hat” CD with super all star, Hall of Fame Alto player Phil
This young Korean American with remarkable talent, Grace
Kelly has the kind of “chops” to bring it through.
But what do you mean about a young woman with this
Listening to this CD will tell the whole amazing story.
BURNETT ORCHESTRA WITH BUDDY DeFRANCO DOWN FOR DOUBLE Delmark
The John Burnett sound of the big band is exceptional
and perfect. Adding saxophonist octogenarian Buddy De Franco is
As you know this, “Down For Double” will soon
become a collector's item.
KILFOIL BIG KIDS
Drummer Bryan Kilfoil and a group of famous West Coast
friends, Larry Grenadier, Joe Gilman, Dave Ellis, Mark Levine and
keyboardist Roger Smith elevate the music here to a first class
status. Kilfoil's writing on “Intergalactic Messenger” and the
ballad, “Dedication.” is inventive, surreal and original with
plenty of room for com padre esplanade. Check out Joe Gilman's
“Shooby Blues.” a walkin, talkin, struttin
HAWKINS SUGARCANE SUITE
P. NOTE MUSIC
Oh, the rudiments of pop culture that spreads
worldwide, in utter high technology, faster than a smart phone in the
middle of a Saturday afternoon revolution. Same as Steel pan
percussionist Phil Hawkins new instant sugar high “Sugarcane
How can you not like it!? You'll love the new modern
contemporary Latin feeling. It's the next big thing, in case you
MARANO MAGIC Laughing
Vocalist Nancy Marano has a strong vocal commitment. A
command that could've been developed through the Broadway stage.
Marano's hip frenetic and articulate post modernism is no fluke, once
you sit, listen and get into it as you would devour a hot fudge
Sunday afternoon with a special elegance in her version of “Spring
Can Really Hang you Up The Most.” For Nancy Marano's new CD,
“Magic” is a panoply of virtues.
DALEY EARTH TONES ENSEMBLE THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS
Jaro Medien Gmb
somewhat perplexed by the sub
titles of the THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS CD, whether it's more religious
or not so, low brass tuba and euphonist Joseph Daley shows a
remarkable vision as a composer/arranger
Visions of Gunther Schuller and George Russell avant-
gard, original and omni-present throughout.
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