Archive for May, 2011

Vibraphonist & Composer Chris Dingman Releases His Debut Album, Waking Dreams, On Between Worlds Music

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

On ‘Waking Dreams’, Dingman is Joined by Several of New York’s Finest Players:
Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Loren Stillman (saxophone),
Fabian Almazan (piano), Joe Sanders (bass) & Justin Brown (drums)

Dreams have a mysterious way of revealing us to ourselves; their unique leaps of space, time and logic are unlike the stories we invent in our waking states, but can provide a similar sense of emotional unfolding and self-realization.

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Cellist Erik Friedlander Finds Inspiration in a 1971 Visit to Virginia Bluegrass Festival On His New Album, Bonebridge

Monday, May 30th, 2011

To Be Released June 7, 2011 on SkipStone Records

Erik Friedlander’s Bonebridge is a collection of spirited pieces with intelligent twists and turns, and a distinctive American flavor. Pairing his cello with Memphis native Doug Wamble’s savvy slide-guitar makes for a buoyant and expressive front line: the two instruments are kindred spirits when played in this fresh context.

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France’s Orchestre National De Jazz Releases ‘Shut Up And Dance’, Featuring Music By John Hollenbeck

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Out April 19 on Bee Jazz

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, France’s Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ), an initiative of the French Ministry of Culture, has appointed artistic directors who have successfully chronicled the musical history of this unique organization through nine different projects. In 2009, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Daniel Yvinec was appointed to head the ONJ, and is the first artistic director to do this under a renewable three-year mandate.

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Versatile Composer/Guitarist Anthony Wilson Enlists Top Brazilian Musicians For His Latest Studio Release, Campo Bello, A Collection of Ten Original Songs Recorded in São Paulo

Monday, May 30th, 2011

The album has been released by Wilson on his own label, Goat Hill Recordings

Ever since the passion and beauty of Bossa Nova first reached the ears of North American listeners more than half a century ago, jazz artists and their Brazilian counterparts have been engaged in a rich musical conversation. Guitarist/composer Anthony Wilson adds his voice to that exchange with Campo Belo, his eighth CD as a leader, to be released April 5 on his own Goat Hill Recordings label, and on which he enlists the talents of three brilliant, multifaceted instrumentalists from the vibrant musical scenes of Rio and São Paulo: guitarist Chico Pinheiro, pianist André Mehmari, bassist Guto Wirtti and drummer Edu Ribeiro.

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2011 Grammy Nominee Vijay Iyer Introduces A New Band and Album, Tirtha, on ACT Music

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Featuring Prasanna (guitar) & Nitin Mitta (tabla)

The Sanskrit word tīrtha (THEER-tha) literally means a ford, or a shallow place in a river that can be easily crossed over. Within a spiritual context, tirtha denotes a holy place near a body of water —somewhere where everyday struggles fall away, and where one passes easily into a deeper and more profound state of being. Aptly, Tirtha is now also the name of a phenomenal trio featuring three powerhouse musicians who at once honor and traverse the streams of tradition. It is also the name of their exciting new album on ACT Music.

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Pianist Art Hirahara Releases Debut Album, “Noble Path” on Posi-tone Record

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Featuring bassist Yoshi Waki and drummer Dan Aran

Precision and grace are two qualities that jazz will always welcome, and pianist Art Hirahara vividly demonstrates their combined power on his Posi-Tone debut, Noble Path. But the 39-year-old improviser also brings another, even more crucial, element to the table: inspiration. Working with bassist Yoshi Waki and drummer Dan Aran, Hirahara turns this set of originals and standards into a field of dynamic ideas.

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First-Call NYC Multireedist Ben Kono Releases His Nineteen-Eight Debut, ‘Crossing’

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Featuring Pianist Henry Hey, guitarist Pete McCann, bassist John Hébert, drummer John Hollenbeck and singer/french hornist Heather Laws

The broader a bandleader’s tonal palette, the richer the music becomes. Ben Kono proves this numerous times on the colorful Crossing, a sublime ensemble disc that finds lots of unique territory being investigated. The respected New York saxophonist is expert in an array of instruments that stretches from oboe to shakuhachi, and he’s put some deep composing and arranging skills into play on his debut. As Crossing’s varied interests present themselves, its sextet music speaks to both the power of scope and the art of integration.

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Honey Ear Trio Release Their Debut CD, “Steampunk Serenade”

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Pictured, left to right: Rene Hart, Allison Miller & Erik Lawrence

As evidenced in headlines throughout the spring, the effects of the April 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano were mostly catastrophic: air travel disrupted, travelers stranded, global commerce stalled. But the repercussions can also be heard, with far more positive results, in the deeply intuitive interactions of the Honey Ear Trio’s debut CD, Steampunk Serenade (release date March 22, Foxhaven Records).

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Bassist Kermit Driscoll Releases His Long Anticipated Debut Album on Nineteen-Eight Records, ‘Reveille’, April 5, 2011

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Featuring guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and pianist Kris Davis

One thing’s certain: it was definitely worth the wait. Kermit Driscoll has been a remarkable bassist and inspired sideman for the last 30 years, but he’s never released an album of his own. Reveille, a program of kaleidoscopic funk, experimental abstractions, and fetching intricacies, rectifies that. It is an achievement that lets the world know Driscoll now wears another hat as well: that of a cagey bandleader.

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Bassist Ben Williams, Winner of The 2009 Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition, Releases Debut Album, State of Art on Concord Jazz, June 28, 2011

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

 

Featuring MC John Robinson and Trumpeter Christian Scott,
With Covers of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder,
Goapele
and The Jazz/Hip-Hop Mashup, “The Lee Morgan Story”

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