• New Jazz Adds – 11/30/2016

    New Jazz Adds – 11/30/2016 Ryan Blotnick – Kush (Songlines): Ryan Blotnik (guitar) has been developing his musical horizons for the past decade. He has shifted direction from post bop to free jazz, mining “…the bittersweet melodic/harmonic vein balanced by an African-influenced rhythmic elan. Conceived as an antidote to the more aggressive forms of New York […]

  • New Blues News – 11/28/2016

    New Blues News – 11/28/2016 Dave Keller – Right Back Atcha (Tastee Tone): Not to quibble, but to describe the sound more accurately, Keller’s disc is more associated with soul than blues. In fact, his voice is reminiscent of Eddie Hinton’s and the style is pretty much there as well. Now don’t get me wrong, […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 11/25/2016

    New Jazz Adds – 11/25/2016 Will Bonness – Halcyon (Self-produced): Pianist/composer/educator Will Bonness has been recording since 2009 and this new disc shows fantastic command of his instrument whether in playing with other musicians or taking interesting and somewhat unique comping while the main group is carrying the melody. In fact, his melodic style truly […]

  • New Blues News – 11/22/2016

    New Blues News – 11/22/2016 Knickerbocker All-Stars – Texas Rhody Blues (JP Cadillac): First of all, hats off to this crew of bluesmen for forming a super group for the blues. They play so well in the various groupings and maximize their talents. This is the third release and may well be the best so […]

  • New Blues News – 11/18/2016

    New Blues News – 11/18/2016 Rory Block – Keepin’ Outta Trouble: A Tribute To Bukka White (Stony Plain): This is Block’s sixth disc honoring a Mississippi blues legend. One would think that White would a very difficult singer / guitarist to cover, but Block’s performance succeeds so terrifically because she doesn’t try to mimic his […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 11/15/2016

    New Jazz Adds – 11/15/2016 Aziza – Aziza (Dare2 Records): Few musicians have the vitae of Dave bassist Holland the founder and leader of Aziza. It’s amazing to realize that having had experience playing in several large and small bands by the age of 22, Holland was invited to join Miles Davis’ new group and […]

  • New Blues News – 11/11/2016

    New Blues News – 11/11/2016 Murali Coryell – Mr. Senator (Self-produced): Coryell (guitar, vocals) offers a new selection of six original songs with backup provided by Ernie Durawa (drums, percussion) and Chris Alcatraz and Tony Levin (bass) with guest spots by Bill Evans (sax)Louis Ortega (guitar, vocals). The material covers a lot of stylistic ground […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 11/11/2016

    New Jazz Adds – 11/11/2016 Lou Blackburn – The Complete Imperial Sessions (Blue Note): 1963 recordings recorded for and released by Imperial Records and later remixed and reissued by Blue Note. Though not terribly popular at the time, many reviewers have praised the flexibility and musicianship of the band. The line-up includes Lou Blackburn (trombone), […]

  • Piano Prodigy Matt Savage on The Jazz Messenger, Nov 11

    In advance of his solo concert that evening in UVA’s Brooks Hall, which is co-sponsored by WTJU and The Charlottesville Jazz Society, 24 year old jazz pianist and composer Matt Savage will be in the studio Friday morning November 11th to talk about his music. Savage is equally adept at both jazz and classical playing. […]