00:00 HERLIN RILEY – “NEW DIRECTION” (Drummer, out front, in a straight-ahead session of mostly originals).
sees the New Orleans drummer with a fierce musical intelligence and prodigious skills, lead a fine group of outstanding young musicians, including players from Haiti and Jamaica. Veteran guitarist Mark Whitfield and Cuba's Pedrito Martinez on percussion are Herlin's special guests.
00:10 CHAMPIAN FULTON – “AFTER DARK” (Vocalist/pianist, leading a trio/quartet, performing a variety of songs).
http://www.champian.net/after-dark/ "After Dark" features songs made popular by Dinah Washington. Read more about the album in the news section.
"[Dinah] has comforted me when I needed it, made me laugh, and warmed my heart. In recording this album of her songs, I hope to do the same for my listener. I hope this record makes you smile, feel loved, and brightens your evenings. Put it on in those quiet moments After Dark."
00:14 LUCIAN BAN – “ELEVATION: SONGS FROM FAR AWAY” (Romanian pianist, leading a variety of ensembles in original material based on music of his homeland).
00:22 ED FAST & CONGA BOP – “DO OR DIE” (Drummer/percussionist, leading a Latin session, of standards and originals).
00:27 TODD HUNTER TRIO – “EAT, DRINK, PLAY” (Pianist, leading a trio, performing all originals).
00:35 Ken Peplowski Panama from Illuminations (1991)
00:44 Euphoria Brass Band Coast To Coast The Homecoming Song
00:49 JON DAVIS – “CHANGES OVER TIME” (Pianist, leading a trio, performing straight-ahead originals, standards and jazz tunes).
The list of strong performances goes on and on. Jon Davis' formula may not be changing from album to album, but his artistry is certainly ripening with each release.
00:57 ERENA TERAKKUBO – “A TIME FOR LIVE” (Saxophonist, leading a quartet, performing standards jazz tunes and a couple of her originals).
- Erena Terakubo was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1992. She began playing the alto saxophone at the age of nine. Between the ages of 10 and 15, she participated in the Sapporo Junior Jazz Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to have jazz clinics of famous jazz musicians including Herbie Hancock, and Tiger Okoshi. Erena later attended the Berklee 5-week summer program where she was rewarded a full tuition scholarship, and was selected for the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop, studying with Terri Lyne Carrington.
- In 2010, she recorded her first album, North Bird, with Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Lee Pearson, and Peter Bernstein. The album was released in Japan by Japanese major record label King, reached #1 on the Japanese jazz charts, and was awarded Swing Journal’s Gold Disc.
- In 2011, Erena recorded her second disc, “New York Attitude” with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lee Pearson, and Dominick Farinacci, and she was chosen as one of just six Presidential Scholars from across the world to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.
01:01 HRISTO VITCHEV QUARTET – “IN SEARCH OF WONDERS” (Bulgarian-born guitarist, leading a quartet, in a double-disc collection of originals).
The impressionistic modern jazz guitarist from Bulgaria (now based in San Francisco, CA) releases his 7th album as a leader this month!
The new compositions and sonic textures explored here, catalog the evolution of this award winning group over the last decade, and present a sound and style that is completely unique and truly identifiable with the quartet.
01:08 STACEY KENT – “TENDERLY” (Female vocalist, performing mostly The Great American Songbook, in a mostly ballad style).
It’s a collaboration with the veteran Brazilian guitarist-composer-producer Roberto Menescal, who, it turns out, knows this repertoire intimately. With just two other musicians - Jim Tomlinson, on tenor saxophone and flute, and bassist Jeremy Brown
Deceptively simple, meticulously presented, each of the 12 tracks is a little gem. Kent’s soft, light voice is as persuasive as ever, and the playing is, of course, immaculate.
01:12 RUSS NOLAN – “SANCTUARY FROM THE ORDINARY” (Saxophonist, leading a quartet, performing mostly originals, live).
Saxophonist/composer/arranger Russ Nolan has been documenting his explorations of Latin rhythms and modern jazz harmony on record since the release of his 2004 debut, "Two Colors." He has worked with special guests like percussionist Victor Rendon and pianists Kenny Werner and Manuel Valera while deepening ties with players who eventually coalesced into his working group.
For his sixth CD
01:22 SWEET BABY J’AI – “STRAIGHT TO THAT PLACE” (Female vocalist, with a contemporary edge to a collection of songs).
01:27 JAE SINNETT – “ZERO TO 60” (Drummer, leading a quartet, performing mostly straight-ahead originals).
01:35 JAZZMIKAN – “FLY AWAY” (Local pianist, Mikan Zlatkovich, with many local artists, performing a variety of material).
01:44 Sir Roland Hanna
01:52 INTERPLAY JAZZ ORCHESTRA – “DETOUR” (Big band, performing jazz tunes and originals).