aaron goldberg. the now. sunnyside. Bright piano light, Harvard-then-Berklee educated, side man to Joshua Redman & Omer Avital; aaron goldberg’s newest release showcases his perfect trio: eric harland @drums, reuben rogers, bass. goldberg on piano. Many originals and pretty much everyone, a keeper, goldberg enlivens contemporary trio music with bill evans terroir and Brazilian DNA.
duane eubanks. things of that particular nature. sunnyside. Powerhouse quintet: eubanks on trumpet/flugel; marc cary, piano, rhodes; dezron douglas, bass; abraham burton, tenor; eric mcpherson, @drums; steve nelson, vibes. Leader/composer duane is the brother of robin & kevin; nephew of ray bryant; native of Phillie, PA. all originals playlist shines the spotlight equally on excellent musicians.
betty bryant. mostly me. bry-mar. Gorgeous nearly solo performance from LA vocalist/pianist/octogenarian ( 85 years, November 2014); betty bryant, long time master of the American Songbook continues her reign, but tosses in several piano improvisations plus the first movembert of poulenc’s mouvements perpetuels back to back with scarlet ribbons. if you are looking for music with a holiday sensibility–i.e. gentle, mindful, peace to all–choose this. Kansas City and the blues raised betty up.
tom graf. smokin. self. Veteran songwriter, having decided that jazz is his first love delivers an eclectic collection: set yourself free with vocalist amikaeyla sprinkles r & b; changes strides to the tango; samba 60 to Latin. big band wrangled by pianist/arranger david k. mathews & ray obeido @percussion.
paul jones. short history. blujazz. Freshly minted Manhattan School of Music tenor saxophone player paul jones & his sextet tackle jones’ originals and more; musicians are a-list, and youngsters like their leader: alex lore, alto; matt davis, guitar; sullivan fortner, piano; jimmy macbride@drums; johannes felscher; bass;
dan siegel. indigo. self. West coast-then-LA pianist/composer dan siegel has nineteen recordings to his credit; his newest release boasts a vivid horn section (euphonium, flugel, horn, trumpet, tenor, trombone) plus a generous rhythm section. produced by bassist brian bromberg.
hard logic. the other side. self. Influenced by the brecker brothers, hard logic is a Western New York state jazz-fusion band; a septet that includes paul deloria, sax; greg gilmore, keys; david pinto, bass; laris ashford@drums; adrian di matteo, guitar; bob accurso, percussion; stephen kanack, cello.
ben bailey + Nashville big band. a bird in the hand. self. Many “burners” were played in the completion of this cd! The dream and brain child of two drummers: duffy jackson of the Nashville big band, and ben bailey, Atlanta jazz drummer. they met, they had fun, and decided to record a set list of big band buried treasures:second half worked better for me– as you know, big band gives me a headache, but yes, i know that is my problem.
john tropeaM. gotcha rhythm right here. self. New England guitarist john tropea with an all originals playlist, much of it co-authored by chris palmaro, the rhodes and B-3 player. horns galore on several cues.