We are excited to share our schedule for the Summer/Fall of 2015. You may click the album covers to visit the artist websites or find more information. You can also visit our website for photos, links, album covers and the like.
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Late Summer Releases
Louie Belogenis’ Blue Buddha – Blue Buddha (Tzadik) – Tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis plays with a luminous open heart, and a tone reminiscent of Albert Ayler. Cutting his teeth with masters such as Rashied Ali, Sunny Murray and Borah Bergman he has recorded several CDs under his own name, and now presents his most unique and adventurous group to date. Featuring an all-star ensemble of three of the most exciting musicians working today–Dave Douglas,Bill Laswell and Tyshawn Sorey –this brilliant group performs as if part of a sacred ceremony, seamlessly weaving together diverse traditions. Uncompromising improvisational music that speaks to the spiritual. Out August 21.
Painting – Gravity EP (Self-Released) – A production duo of keyboardist Emanuel Ruffler who has worked with Brazilian Girls, Meshell N’degeocello and others on the groove/Nublu scene and jazz drummer cum hip-hop emcee Kassa Overall made a very cool record that sounds like a live DJ mix but is completely made acoustically. Out August 28.
Waiting For The Angel – Music with Words By David Hajdu (Miranda Music) – After years of writing about songs in acclaimed books and essays, David Hajdu has taken up writing them. Over the past five years, Hajdu has been working with several esteemed composers of jazz, pop and theater music: the pianists Fred Hersch & Renee Rosnes, the alternative-folk singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, and the veteran Broadway composer Michael (Mickey) Leonard. The result is Waiting for the Angel, a collection of quirkily artful songs that defy easy categorization. Out August 28th.
Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things – A New Kind of Dance (482 Music) – The formidable Chicago drummer and composer Mike Reed has been a catalyst and architect for new music in Chicago since the early 2000s. Still freshly anointed as chairperson for the Chicago Jazz Festival and founder of the performing arts venue Constellation, Reed takes time to offer the sixth release by his long running quartet, People Places & Things. By combining Reed’s penchant for playful melodies and a love of deep swing, People Places & Things steps forward, while firmly rooted in Chicago’s jazz lineage. Additionally, guest pianist Matthew Shipp and guest trumpeter Marquis Hill offer plenty of space to keep the quartet (Greg Ward, alto sax; Tim Haldeman, tenor sax; Jason Roebke, bass) on their toes. Out September 25th.
Miho Hazama & m_unit (Sunnyside) – Oct 2 – Originally from Japan, New York-based jazz composer Miho Hazama is a brilliant, award-winning bandleader, who just five years ago arrived in New York City and has since begun to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with. With her second Sunnyside Records release, she further makes her case as an important emerging voice in the large ensemble arena. Her jazz chamber orchestra “m_unit” draws on myriad musical sources, arriving at a highly distinctive and original sound. Out October 2nd.
Dave Douglas Quintet – Brazen Heart (Greenleaf) – Dave’s longstanding quintet, one of the best bands working in jazz today, featuring Jon Irabagon (saxophones), Matt Mitchell (piano), Linda Oh (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums). Brazen Heart is a heart-felt remembrance of Douglas’ brother, featuring a batch of great new original compositions, as well as two spirituals, “Deep River” and “There Is A Balm In Gilead”. This new material grew out of the band’s extensive travels around the United State and Europe in Douglas’ 50th birthday year. Out October 2nd.
Erik Friedlander – Oscalypso(Skipstone) – Erik Friedlander has long been recognized as a pioneer of the cello in jazz, improvised and chamber musics. For his latest project, Oscalypso, Friedlander pays tribute to the work of his idol and jazz-cello pioneer Oscar Pettiford, with his all-star band of saxophonist Michael Blake, bassist Trevor Dunn, and drummer Michael Sarin. Out October 9th.
Paul Hemmings – Blues and the Abstract Uke (Leading Tone Records)
A former guitarist, Paul Hemmings has mastered the uncommon and highly compelling art of jazz ukulele. On The Blues and the Abstract Uke, Hemmings reveals a richness of harmony, a bell-like tone and a deep, unforced sense of swing that many will not expect from the small four-stringed instrument. In Hemmings’ hands, and with the unfaltering musical support of bassist Gaku Takanashi and drummer Rudy Royston, and guests Greg Tardy and Curtis Fowlkes the ukulele bursts forth in the mix, full of warmth, expression and technical depth. Out October 9th.
Mike Sopko – Sopko, Laswell, Pridgen(Self-Released) – Guitarist Mike Sopko, a fixture in the Bay Area who’s just returned to his native Cleveland presents a ferocious studio document which captures his rapport with drummer Thomas Pridgen (formerly of The Mars Volta) and bassist Bill Laswell, a musical hero to many including Sopko himself. Balancing free improvisation, collective composition and inventive post-production, the trio encounter proves to be as uninhibited and rhythmically charged as it is focused and refined. Out October 16th.
Bill MacKay’s Darts And Arrows –Altamira (ears&eyes records) – Chicago-based guitarist Bill MacKay helms the group Darts & Arrows, one of the most promising bands on Chicago’s experimental rock and new music scene. The quartet consists of Bill MacKay on guitar, Quin Kirchner on drums, Kyle Hernandez on bass, and Ben Boye on keys. Darts & Arrows’ album guests some of Chicago’s most in-demand musicians: alto-saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, AACM violist Renee Baker and drummer Frank Rosaly. Altamira is the quartet’s most fully realized effort, retaining the edgy vitality of their improvised work while painting beautifully textured sonic pictures on a series of through-composed pieces. Out October 16th.
Jacob Garchik – Ye Olde (Self-Released) – Trombonist Jacob Garchik embarks upon a bold conceptual adventure through a Brooklyn that never was, replete with imagined castles and gargoyles coming alive. He envisions his sidemen as a band of heroes, navigating this fictional universe he’s created. Ye Olde features guitarists Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, andJonathan Goldberger along with drummerVinnie Sperrazza and the leader on trombone. Out October 23rd.
Scott Jeppesen – Wonders (Self-Released)- In musical explorations of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, saxophonist and composer Scott Jeppesenreleases Wonders, an adventurous set of original works conjuring imagery of grandeur. No less grand is the supporting cast featuring guitarist Larry Koonse, pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Dave Robaire, drummerDan Schnelle, and saxophonist/producerBob Sheppard. Out October 23rd.
Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed Trio – Artifacts (482 Music) – After 15 years of music collaborations in a variety of ensemble contexts, the all-star trio of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reedhave come together to celebrate their long-term relationship and their common cultural and aesthetic threads. All are members of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and served on the organization’s executive board from 2009 to 2011 (holding the positions of Chairperson, Treasurer and Vice Chairperson, respectively). It’s more than appropriate that the trio would also celebrate some of the music composed by AACM members over the past 50 years: Its forthcoming record dips into the fathomless well of the AACM’s musical history, and furthers the organization’s motto of “Ancient to the Future.”Out October 30th.
Robin Eubanks’ Mass Line Big Band(ArtistShare)- Trombonist Robin Eubanks, known for his longstanding place in the bands of Dave Holland and more recently the SF Jazz Collective, takes the leap into big band writing and arranging. In 2013, Eubanks received research status from the Oberlin College Conservatory, where he has taught for 17 years, allowing him to work toward adapting his past compositions for these groups plus new and old originals for a full big band. The band features the late legend Lew Soloff on trumpet, plus Duane Eubanks and Alex Sipiagin, altoist Antonio Hart(also an alumnus of Holland and SF Jazz), trombonists Jason Jackson and Douglas Purviance, drummer Nate Smith, bassist Boris Kozlov and newcomer Glenn Zaleski on piano. Out November 6th.
Adegoke Steve Colson – Tones For (Silver Sphinx Records)
Veteran AACM pianist Adegoke Steve Colson releases his first solo piano record (2 CDs) of his 40 year career, which began in Chicago at Northwestern University as a classical pianist and has continued for the last three decades in the New York area as an guest lecturer and Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University. Over the last 30+ years, he has collaborated extensively with his wife, Iqua Colson, saxophonist David Murray, drummer Andrew Cyrille, the late poet Amiri Baraka and countless others. One of the second wave of AACM musicians, his original Colson Unity Troupe included bassist Reggie Willis, percussionist Dushun Mosley, multireedist Wallace McMillan and wife Iqua on vocals. Out November 19th.
Already Released Summer Albums
Chris Dingman – The Subliminal And The Sublime (Inner Arts Initiative) w/ Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Loren Stillman (alto saxophone), Fabian Almazan (piano), Ryan Ferreira (guitar), Linda Oh, Justin Brown (drums) – Following up on his acclaimed debut Waking Dreams, imaginative vibraphonist Chris Dingman releases his new suite, The Subliminal And The Sublime, inspired by transcendental experiences that Dingman had in the American West. This will be the first release on his new imprint, Inner Arts Initiative.
Out June 16th.
Zubatto Syndicate – 2Batto! (self-released) – Futuristic big band Zubatto Syndicate led by Seattle-based guitarist and composer Andrew Boscardin returns to the studio to record its second album, fusing together jazz, rock, hip-hop and more, with covers of Beyonce & Metallica. Out June 9 2015
Dave Douglas & High Risk (Greenleaf Music) – featuring Dave Douglas (trumpet), Shigeto (electronics),Jonathan Maron (bass), Mark Guiliana(drums) – Extending his experimentation with electronics from the mid-aughts, trumpeter and conceptualist Dave Douglas releases High Risk,which pairs his precocious talents alongside those of an equally virtuosic talent, electronic musician Shigeto. The quartet is rounded out by two other expansive musical minds: drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Jonathan Maron. Out June 23, 2015
John Hollenbeck & Frankfurt Radio Bigband – Songs We Like A Lot(Sunnyside Records) – featuring Theo Bleckmann & Kate McGarry (vocals); Uri Caine (piano/keyboards), John Hollenbeck (mallet percussion). Following up on his record Songs I Like A Lot, Hollenbeck releases his second record with The Frankfurt Radio Bigband, Songs We Like A Lot: a series of covers of Cyndi Lauper, Daft Punk, Burt Bacharach & More. June 23rd, 2015
The Xanadu Master Edition Series (Elemental Music)- Elemental Music is set to re-issue 25 classic records all produced by the legendary producer Don Schlliten. The first six of these albums, which will be released on June 30th, are by Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Al Cohn, Sam Most, Xanadu All-Stars, and Albert Heath. June 30th, 2015 (The series continues October 30 with new reissues by Joe Farrell, Kenny Barron, Dolo Coker, Teddy Edwards, Ronnie Cuber, Dexter Gordon & Al Cohn, Kenny Drew, Charles McPherson & More).
Our First Jazz Fiction Project!
Doubleday is proud to present THE JAZZ PALACE from critically acclaimed novelist Mary Morris. Written over two decades, Morris has crafted a true tour-de-force, the most important novel of her career.
It’s a tale of family, race, gangsters, disaster, love, betrayal, and, of course, jazz. In the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows. The Lehrmans, who run a small hat factory, lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard. The Chimbrovas, who run a saloon, lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915. Each family holds out hope that one of their remaining children will rise to carry on the family business. But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats. His true passion is piano – especially jazz.
At night he sneaks down to the South Side, slipping into predominantly black clubs to hear jazz groups play. One of them, the trumpeter, a black man named Napoleon, becomes Benny’s close friend and musical collaborator, and their adventures together take Benny far from the life he knew as a delivery boy. Pearl Chimbrova recognizes their talent and invites them to start playing at her family’s saloon – dubbed The Jazz Palace. But Napoleon’s main gig is at a mob establishment, which doesn’t take too kindly to freelancing. And as the roaring ’20s come to a close and the bubble of prosperity collapses, Benny, Napoleon, and Pearl must all make hard choices between financial survival and the music they love.