Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore, MD. Under the guidance of his father Warren Wolf Sr. After graduating from Berklee in May ofWarren became an active musician on the Boston local scene. Warren was hired in September of to become an instructor in the percussion department at Berklee College of Music. After two Mood Indigo (1950) - Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington (CD) of teaching at Berklee College of Music, Warren headed back to Baltimore to start his main goal of becoming a full-time performing musician.
Since leaving Berklee as a teacher, Warren has landed the piano duties performing in the Rachael Price Group. Recording and touring with Rachael, Warren has had the opportunity to tour throughout the entire United States of America. Warren is currently the drummer of choice for Alto Saxophonist Tia Fuller, who tours with internationally renowned pop star Beyonce Knowles.
His most recent recording for Mack Avenue Record is titled Reincarnation and features 10 original songs composed by Warren. Overall, Cinematic is awesome due to its great musical imagery, mood enhancements and excellent musicality. Mood Indigo (1950) - Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington (CD) album comprises eight compositions from a suite by composer Patrick Zimmerli.
Bassist Scott Colley and drummer Satoshi Takeishi perform as well. Modern Ancestors. Two words with significantly different connotations that come together and remind us that not only do opposites attract, but that we are all products of those who came before us; our Ancestors can be honored and reinterpreted, continually present and very much a part of who we are and what influences us today.
Such is the common thread running through Jazz vocalist and composer Carmen Lundy's brilliant new album, Modern Ancestors. Featuring 10 self-penned and arranged tracks and a stellar band consisting of Julius Rodriguez on piano, brother Curtis Lundy on acoustic upright bass, Kenny Davis on electric and acoustic bass, Mayra Casales on percussion, Terreon Gully and Kassa Overall on drums and Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Modern Ancestors is set for release October 25th via Afrasia Productions and will be accompanied by tour dates both in the US and abroad.
Carmen not only wrote most of the songs, plays instruments and produced the recordingbut she created the artwork on the CD cover. To learn more about Veronica Swift and her latest release titled Confessionsplease visit her website. Guest artists Cornelius Alfredo Duncan, Jr.
The musical selections are excellent and will appeal to both Sanchez and Coltrane advocates. The virtuosity of each soloist, the interplay with other bandmates, and the magnificent swell of Latin percussion has been perfected by years of performing together.
Overall, all of the songs make this recording a superb listening experience that deserves your undivided attention. Five stars. These love songs provided the perfect ambiance for that romantic evening and for those already or about to fall in love! Orchestrator Rob Mathes returns for his fourth recording with Elias. She removes any pre-conceived notions about romantic love with her sexy mood-setting nuance and vocal textures.
A lovely piano solo by Eliane during the coda makes this song worth several more listens. Love Stories tops the list of the most beautiful albums recorded by Eliane Elias. This recording is awesome and features Monty Alexander at his very best as an arranger, pianist, bandleader and producer. The arrangements allow each musician to shine. Overall, these awesome improvisations are truly brilliant and reveal Alexander knew what his listeners would ultimately enjoy — so he let them blow!
Overall, Wareika Hill Rastamonk Vibrations is a musical feast of balanced Jazz, Ska and Reggae with superlative arrangements by Monty Alexander that capitalize on his creativity and conscious-raising versatility. Thirty two musicians perform with the prolific jazz guitarist on nine compositions, eight of which were written by Ray Obiedo. Mathews add their peaceful visions on acoustic and electric guitars and Rhodes and keyboards, respectively.
Overall, Carousel is one of the best jazz recordings of the year. Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz and is now showing appreciation for the support he received during a recent health scare in his family via his latest recording titled Gratitude.
After performing chart-topping smooth jazz for more than 20 years, Steve Cole remains at the top of his game with Gratitude. The Chicago native exploded onto the scene in with the album Stay Awhile that was produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson.
The disc scored two 1 hits and earned Cole the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award for best new artist shortly before his sophomore set, Between Uswas released in As the grandson of the late venerable trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and former student of legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, trumpeter, composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Theo Croker naturally follows an internal need to compose.
Launching his career with seven years spent in Shanghai, Croker first introduced his singular style in on the Dee Dee Bridgewater-assisted AfroPhysicist. Croker has also lent his talents to the world of hip hop, with rap superstar J. Great music flowed from the creative mind of Miles Davis. He recorded hundreds of songs over his musical career, and a major reason his projects still exist and are so exciting is because they were so original, so innovative, so creative and so cool.
The result? The sounds emanating from these great LPs are now richer and deeper than those heard on the original release because of technical limitations in the s.
These remastered recordings give you the impression of actually being at the live concerts and the studio sessions — in other words, being in the right place at the right time. The legendary sessions and live concert recording heard on The Complete Birth of the Cool are a must hear for every Miles Davis admirer. Finally released on one set with a brand new retrospective essay by Ashley Kahn, and liner notes by jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and Jazz historian Phil Schaap, consider yourself fortunate to enjoy the classic trumpeting of Miles Davis with his nonet and to experience what innovative jazz music sounded like in the s.
What a beautiful song. This collection of songs is as beautiful as any Corea has recorded and reveals another great side of his creative genius that flows from his Spanish heart.
It is a brilliant piece of jazz artistry that incorporates excellent solos by Frank Basile on baritone sax, Steve Davis on trombone, Camilo on piano, Lazo on percussion, and Cliff Almond on drums. Kali Rodriguez-Pena kills his trumpet solo which has a lingering Miles Davis-like vibe. Camilo has utilized an exceptional set of soloists who shine in their spotlights. Eight-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton has received a Grammy nomination in the category for Best Jazz Vocal Album for every project she has released in the last decade.
Known for her impeccable voice and imaginative treatments of songs mined from The Great American Songbook, Sutton is heralded for her abilities as both a jazz storyteller and her ability to use her voice as an instrument. In May Tierney was approached by legendary director Clint Eastwood. The recording celebrates American film music in a track collection of songs from American films.
The recording is released on BFM Jazz and is yet another classic from one of the most creative and artistically satisfying bands on the jazz scene today. When she is not performing, Tierney is in demand as both a studio vocal producer and educator. She has also taught and mentored some of the finest new generation of singers including Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek.
The recording includes classic songs from the s that reconnect with people who may remember them or are just discovering them. The new arrangements and interpretations by Stryker and his band simmer the original flavors of the songs in an exceptional 21 st century fusion of sounds that should appeal to a new generation and turn up the nostalgia for those who experienced the original versions.
Stryker keeps these tunes interesting with his seamless guitar assessments and makes them fun and interactive. These songs linger with you long after they are over.
But there are a lot of incredible new technologies I wanted to leverage as well. The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman and their great musical journey on the Open Road is a festival of virtuosity that is refreshingly new, unique, and contemporary. The longtime Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra drummer reconvenes his quintet featuring Emmet Cohen on piano, Godwin Louis on saxophone, Bruce Harris on trumpet and Russell Hall on bass to deliver 10 great compositions that you are sure to enjoy.
The song ends with a spoken word tribute to Marsalis. Overall, Perpetual Optimism is commensurate with New Direction which was his debut recording for the Mack Avenue Records label and should garner Herlin Riley a wider audience as a bandleader. Lyn Stanley. Vocalist Lyn Stanley offers her fans an exceptional new recording that should appeal to the romantic nature in all of them. London Calling…A Toast to Julie London is sensual, intimate, sensitive, sexy and most of all…romantic.
Available now on A. Music, LLC. Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez. His interest in jazz was stimulated by the annual "JoJazz" competition for young jazz musicians, where he won an honorable mention in Overall, A Little Love should get a lot of love because of its mesmerizing artistry and fresh perspectives on the chosen songs. Stay in touch with Quiana Lynell and her concert dates at www. The band is a chordless group that plays the gamut of stylistic approaches on 8 original songs which range from deep-rooted swing to daring avant-garde abstractions, to singular blues to exquisite balladry.
Shorter's tune rounds out the dynamic program. With each new ensemble McBride brings together, you dear listener, can expect an exciting event that inspires you to higher listening and brings the hope that the present group remains together. From a composing viewpoint, the songs are highly listenable. Together with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummers Elvin Hayes and Roy Haynes, Coltrane, who plays both tenor and soprano saxophones, gives love, joy, warmth and many new musical directions during these amazing live concerts and studio sessions collected for John Coltrane — New Directions.
A Love Supreme would open a year of exceptional music - two additional major works Ascension and Meditation s and an explosion of small group recordings which together would have an impact far beyond the borders of jazz, and long after the death of Coltrane himself in July of Facing Dragons is Sands' return to the recording studio with an indestructible band and an unwavering allegiance to the groove.
Although this set is basically a trio format, several guest artists join Christian who plays piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 and keys.
As an instrumentalist and songwriter, his songs are destined to be epic. Earlier this year Christian Sands was name creative ambassador to The Erroll Garner Jazz Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the legacy of the late, great pianist Erroll Garner.
Not yet 30, Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. While the Los Angeles-based Yellowjackets have been a creative force on the jazz scene since when they recorded their eponymous debut, their fourth Mack Avenue Records album, Raising Our Voiceonce again ups the ante with bold new strides by inviting vocalist extraordinaire Luciana Souza to collaborate with the group for seven of its thirteen tunes as well as subtly taking a resistant stand against the status quo of the cultural and political undercurrent of our times.
The Yellowjackets have consistently forged ahead in their evolving artistic statements. As a relative outsider, Souza contributes wordless vocals as well as songs sung in Portuguese and English.
She was quickly won over by the band. Raising Our Voice is about artistry being an act of resistance. No barriers, just freedom. This set includes 13 songs including three previously released tunes by The Yellowjackets now arranged with fresh sounds ala Luciana Souza's vocalese. The album was produced by The Yellowjackets and mostly written or co-written by the members of the group with a pair co-written with guest artist Luciana Souza.
For more information about The Yellowjackets and their latest offering, please visit their website at www. Thicker Than Water. Brian Bromberg. The 13 tracks reveal outstanding performances by Brian on 11 different bass instruments alongside such revered musicians as trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonists Marion Meadows, Najee, Everette Harp, Brandon Fields and Gary Meek.
The recording also features one of the last performances from the late George Duke. The opening track features powerful energy from saxophonist Everette Harp. Rock with it. The grooves are on fire and inspired Brian to write songs around those grooves that work in the instrumental world of contemporary jazz.
Breezy handclaps and a percussive pulse provided by Lenny Castro keep the mid-tempo tune in the pocket. He plays no less than five completely different basses on the track. His songwriting, arrangements, performances on 11 different basses, production values and guest artists make this recording a true masterpiece.
Two hands, one heart is a fitting description of how these songs are played by Bromberg and why it deserves to be in your collection. Records, Coltrane's final and most creative label home.
These tapes remained untouched for the next 54 years Mood Indigo (1950) - Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington (CD) Impulse! There will deluxe LP as well available on Impulse!
The deluxe edition will exist on all digital streaming platforms as well. Two completely unknown and never-before-heard originals - "Untitled Original " and "Untitled Original ," — are both played on soprano sax. This studio session also debuts Coltrane's first recording of "Nature Boy," in a tight, solo-less version that is over three minutes long.
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album reveals a number of creative balances at work such as developing original melodies while rethinking familiar standards, experimenting with tunes first on tenor saxophone, then on soprano and using older techniques like the arpeggio runs of his "sheets of sound" while experimenting with false fingerings and other newer sounds.
Pillow also conducted and arranged all of the songs. The band is powered by the rhythm section of drummer Jared Schonig and bassist Chuck Bergeron. This entire band is comprised of Charles Pillow, arranger, alto sax, soprano sax. Its 9 tracks features the vocalist swinging with ease and confidence these exemplary artists.
Her vocal skills and the interplay with the musicians are sure to enamor you to the songs she sings from the heart. John Beasley also performs a very intimate solo on melodica, a rarely heard skill of his that deserves more attention.
Overall, Christine Hitt connects deeply with the music, makes music from the heart, and is easy to play with. Because of her solid articulation and ability to step inside the music, Magical Kite soars high but also reveals the depths of her creativity.
The harmonic Latinized language of the piece, the textures, i. Overall, the entire recording is enjoyable and deserves a cherished place in your jazz collection. That music is my core and makes an emotional connection with me and most lovers of early soul-jazz.
However, the most valuable player on Silver Lining is Michael Lington because of his outstanding performances and his indelible songwriting skills that shine on the 9 songs co-written with Barry Eastmond. Silver Lining is truly splendid and deserves your undivided attention. This exciting CD gives you a front row seat at her concert that featured her dynamic tenor saxophone chops as well as the stellar arrangements she delivered with such renown musicians as Paul Brown, Gregg Karukas and the late Joe Sample.
Their harmony, the spot-on interpretations of both classic jazz compositions and the five new songs co-written by the ensemble as well Mood Indigo (1950) - Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington (CD) the instrumentation that now accompanies their vocals is without comparison. As one of the premiere groups to spotlight a capella performances, The Junction affords their fans to hear them in full swing with instrumental accompaniment by such highly regarded musicians as guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr.
The Junction was produced by five-time Grammy winner -- vocalist, film composer, arranger and producer Mervyn Warren. By adding instrumentation from guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr.
This song will simply amaze you. Chick and Steve use their shared history of fearless innovation as a launching pad, pushing into new territory with an inspired band of collaborators: Benin-born guitarist and vocalist Lionel Louekesaxophonist and flutist Steve WilsonCuban bassist Carlitos Del Puertoand Venezuelan percussionist Luisito Quintero.
The album is the realization of a long-held desire that Chick and Steve shared, to work together more intensively. Kurt Elling has a special intimacy with lyrics, music and performance techniques.
He is an expert in a particular genre of music and expresses this expertise in a rich baritone that spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. As a renowned artist of vocalese, he is also revered for his versatile delivery of prominent melodic phrases and harmonic language when he sings.
Overall, The Questions features Kurt Elling at his very best and assures his listeners of another perfect gift from his outstanding repertoire. Some of the interpretations are folksy, truly acoustic and narrative while others are more orchestrated through electronics, overdubbed layering and looping.
Overall, the 16 compositions on Music IS are a marvelous revelation of Frisell's virtuosity in a solo setting. The set list of intimate ballads and up-tempo gems are offered with and an emotional and thoughtful approach that her listeners are sure to enjoy. Joining her on bass is Ed Fedewa and Larry Ochiltree on drums. For more information please visit her website at www. For her 20th album--Hilton has recorded an album a year since she wanted to provide uplift and relief, where listeners can be energized and feel rejuvenated.
This became the theme for her latest release, the aptly titled Escapism. In college though, due to the lack of creativity in the program, she became a music school drop out, switching majors and receiving a degree in art instead. His interpretations were astoundingly creative, personal and highly relevant for his 21 st century audience.
Moran was simply put — awesome. There is no doubt that Jason Moran and the members of The Big Bandwagon are dedicated to exploring their creative roles along the many paths of jazz music.
Overall, the entire recording is artful and diversified — pun intended! This one is fun, engaging and really keeps your attention from the first note to the last.
Simply click on the CD cover. It is an up tempo, horn heavy composition that features tenor sax phenom Brandon Allen and longtime pianist Andrew McCormack on fire and successfully conveying the tempo of rush hour. All the while Kyle Eastwood is holding down the rhythm logic with a great acoustic bass solo that keeps everything extraordinary and stylistic.
Brandon Allen also adds a really cool solo on this masterful jazz composition. Among the many great highlights is the ballad lead by Italian saxophonist Stefano Di Battista. This jazz funk burner will keep you up, tuned in and feeling just right. Overall, In Transit finds Kyle Eastwood and company in their element while still exploring new territories and classics. Keep in touch with Kyle Eastwood during his mini U.
Click here to visit his website. Saxophonist Gary Meek has released his first project as a leader in 15 years and the wait was definitely worthwhile. Originals showcases his ability as an inspired songwriter, dominant front man and tenor saxophonist while providing his bandmates with essential elements that allow them to shine. Among the more memorable highlights is the high energy performances of the band throughout the program. Check it out and then buy it from the SOTJ store.
Click on the CD cover to purchase Originals. The five original compositions co-written with and arranged by Shelly Berger are a dark, reflective collection of songs that deal with loss, heartbreak and ultimately a return to faith and hope. While those emotional states may be what we aim to avoid, many people experience these moods and ultimately find comfort with the help of a creative process and Mood Indigo (1950) - Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington (CD) to normalcy.
The music here reveals that journey by Dave Bennett. Take a moment and listen to Blood Moon and the skillful performances it showcases. Buy it here from the SOTJ store. The recording was released on Verve in May at now resides at the top of the Billboard Jazz chart.
For the recording sessions, Diana assembled different musicians in trio and quartet settings. Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. For more information about Diana Krall and her current touring information, please visit her website at www. Moffett takes the melody at the head before Jordan improvises in an up-tempo arrangement of this classic Davis tune.
This collection of songs and the awesome performances of his ensemble and featured guests are among his most expressive recordings and it certainly deserves to be in your jazz collection.
To learn more about Charnett Moffett, please visit his website. Meanwhile, they were scoring Top Ten hits with "Scattin' at the Kit-Kat" and the swing standard "Caravan," co-written by valve trombonist Juan Tizol, and Ellington was continuing to pen extended instrumental works such as "Diminuendo in Blue" and "Crescendo in Blue.
After several years recording more or less regularly for Brunswick, Ellington moved to Victor. In early Billy Strayhorn, a young composer, arranger, and pianist, joined the organization. He did not usually perform with the orchestra, but he became Ellington's composition partner to the extent that soon it was impossible to tell where Ellington's writing left off and Strayhorn's began.
Two key personnel changes strengthened the outfit with the acquisition of bassist Jimmy Blanton in September and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster in December. Their impact on Ellington's sound was so profound that their relatively brief tenure has been dubbed "the Blanton-Webster Band" by jazz fans.
These various changes were encapsulated by the Victor release of Strayhorn's "Take the 'A' Train," a swing era standard, in the summer of That same summer, Ellington was in Los Angeles, where his stage musical, Jump for Joy, opened on July 10 and ran for performances. The U.
Unable to record and with touring curtailed, Ellington found an opportunity to return to extended composition with the first of a series of annual recitals at Carnegie Hall on January 23,at which he premiered "Black, Brown and Beige. Meanwhile, the record labels, stymied for hits, began looking into their artists' back catalogs.
With the end of the war, Ellington's period as a major commercial force on records largely came to an end, but unlike other big bandleaders, who disbanded as the swing era passed, Ellington, who predated the era, simply went on touring, augmenting his diminished road revenues with his songwriting royalties to keep his band afloat. In a musical climate in which jazz was veering away from popular music and toward bebop, and popular music was being dominated by singers, the Ellington band no longer had a place at the top of the business; but it kept working.
And Ellington kept trying more extended pieces. Inhe teamed with lyricist John Latouche to write the music for the Broadway musical Beggar's Holiday, which opened on December 26 and ran performances. And he wrote his first full-length background score for a feature film with 's The Asphalt Jungle. The first half of the s was a difficult period for Ellington, who suffered many personnel defections. Some of those musicians returned later.
But the band made a major comeback at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 7,when they kicked into a version of "Dimuendo and Crescendo in Blue" that found saxophonist Paul Gonsalves taking a long, memorable solo.
Ellington appeared on the cover of Time magazine, and he signed a new contract with Columbia Records, which released Ellington at Newport, the best-selling album of his career.
Freed of the necessity of writing hits and spurred by the increased time available on the LP record, Ellington concentrated more on extended compositions for the rest of his career. His comeback as a live performer led to increased opportunities to tour, and in the fall of he undertook his first full-scale tour of Europe. Singer songwriter musician arranger composer activist. Musical artist. Main article: Nina Simone discography. Archived from the original on March 22, Retrieved October 28, Archived from the original on June 19, Retrieved December 7, The New Yorker.
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Nina Simone at the Carlton. It was inNina Simone had fallen in love with a Tunisian boy and spent a lot of time in Tunis, including the Carlton! The story ended badly and Nina told the press, 'I will never fall in love again. In her late sixties, she claimed to have a 'volcanic' love affair with a young Tunisian.
Sebastian, Tim Event occurs at Relevant remarks: Sebastian : "You've been married before. Not so unlucky at love. The music got in the way, and he treated me like a horse. You know, a nonstop workaholic horse. And the one in Tunisia— wellthat was very hot, like a volcano. Ellington remained active to the end of his life, recording three final major suites in the s, the "New Orleans Suite", his "Third Sacred Concert", the "Toga Brava Suite", and "The Afro—Eurasian Eclipse", his most explicit venture into what would be called "world music.
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