New Jazz Adds – 8/20/2019
Erik Applegate & Time Child – Woodstock! (Artist Alliance): “On their new album WOODSTOCK!, bassist/composer Erik Applegate and TimeChild celebrate the music and spirit of the watershed festival which sees its 50th Anniversary this year. A mix of original songs and reinterpretations of pieces performed that seminal weekend, the band traverses divergent emotional and stylistic terrain, blending jazz with folk, rock, and R&B. Always soulful and grooving, the band pays tribute to the transformative nature of the music that was performed at Woodstock. Following a loose story line of searchers who traveled to the event, the repertoire includes original takes on songs by Santana, Richie Havens, Sly and the Family Stone, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and others.” (https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/erikapplegateandtimechild) The overall sound is mellower side, leaving behind the fire and funk for the peace and chill. Nonetheless, it performance is intriguing. The musicians are Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics), Kenyon Brenner (sax), Shawn Williams (trumpet), Julian Cary, Julia Dollison and Kelsey Shiba (vocals); Dana Landry (keyboards), Steve Kovalcheck (guitar), Jim White (drums) and Erik Applegate (bass). Click here to listen to samples of the songs on this release.
Blue Moon Marquee – Bare Knuckles & Brawn (Factor): Blue Moon Marquee performs as a duo, but they are augmented by a variety of players depending on the song. The key players are A.W. Cardinal (vocal, guitar) and Jasmine Colette (bass, vocal) with the following guests joining them from song to song: Darcy Phillips (piano, Hammond B3), Jerry Cook (tenor and bari sax), Jimmy “Hollywood” Badger (drums), Jack Garton (trumpet and Paul Pigat (guitar). Given Cardinal’s vocal style, the sound reminds like early Tom Waits when the rasp was starting to become a centerpiece. The set is certainly enjoyable with its devil-may-care but always well executed set. All songs are originals. Click here to listen to the songs on this disc.
Jimmy Cobb – This I Dig Of You (Smoke Sessions): “Name a canonical jazz artist, and chances are Jimmy Cobb has shared a stage or recording studio with them. Starting with his first recordings with Earl Bostic at the tender age of 21 all the way up to his new album This I Dig of You, due out August 16 via Smoke Sessions Records, Cobb has been not just a jazz drummer but the jazz drummer — a musician unmatched in technique and experience.” (http://dlmediamusic.com/jimmy-cobb/jimmy-cobb-this-i-dig-of-you-available-august-16-via-smoke-sessions-records/) The quartet is rounded out by Peter Bernstein (guitar), Harold Mabern (piano) and John Webber (bass). This set was recorded live in studio. Bernstein contributed one original song as well. This is cool jazz from end to end. Click here to listen to “My Old Flame” from this disc.
Vince Ector Organatomy Trio + – Theme For Ms. P (American Showplace): Drummer Vince Ector began his music training at age nine. He has performed with such greats as Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, James Moody, Slide Hampton Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, Houston Person, Gloria Lynne, Charles Earland, Bobby Watson, Lou Donaldson, Grover Washington Jr. and Dr. Lonnie Smith. This is Ector’s fourth release as a leader. The group is basically a trio featuring Pat Bianchi (organ) and Bruce Williams (alto & soprano sax) with the addition of guitarist Paul Bollenback on half of the songs. The music is straightforward jazz with everyone getting some time in front. Click here to listen to samples of the songs on this disc.
Ben Flocks – Mask Of The Muse (Self-produced): Tenor saxophonist Ben Flocks has a deep and full sound that is as smooth as you could hear anywhere. This is his second release and it features Ari Chersky (electric, acoustic guitar), Frank LoCrasto (keys), Martin Nevin (bass) and Evan Hughes (drums, percussion). Flocks and Chersky each contributed two compositions to the set which also features standards from Johnny Mercer’s “Dream” to Robert Maxwell’s “Ebb Tide”. Click here to listen to a short sample of “Dream Of Life”.
Hambone Relay – Free Hugs (Self-produced): This is Hambone Relay’s third release and all songs are originals, two by John Udinsky, Jr (guitars, bass) and eight by Mark Brown (B3, organ, keys). The trio is completed by Rob Tait (drums, percussion). “With influences ranging from jazz, funk, blues and rock and roll, Hambone Relay redefines the modern organ trio with their own brand of high-energy live music. The Philadelphia-based trio draws their inspiration from such organ greats as Jimmy Smith and Billy Preston while combining funky grooves and dauntless guitar lines in the same vein as The Meters….” (https://www.hambonerelay.com/epk) Click here to listen to the songs on this disc.
Ted Nash – Somewhere Else – West Side Story Songs (Plastic Sax): Reed player Ted Nash is celebrating the wonder of the music from “West Side Story” whose composer Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this August. Nash gathered Steve Cardenas (guitar) and Ben Allison (bass) to join him and his tenor sax and clarinet to pay homage to the great composer. This is a terrific jazz update that will certainly appeal to many fans of the show as well. I regret that I am unable to find a sample from this disc.
PJ Perry – This Quiet Room (Cellar Music): Certainly, one of the more challenging formats in jazz is the duo. Alto sax player PJ Perry and pianist Bill Mays are a perfect example of how to succeed beautifully by playing beautiful solos and by supporting one another whether as lead and backup or playing beautifully intertwined duets. Perhaps it sounds so simple in one respect, but intertwining music in this way requires close understanding and constant readiness to shift with the improvisation of the partner. The songs span across compositions from Rodgers and Hart and Michel Legrand to Charlie Parker. Rhythmic, fresh, beautiful and hip. Click here to listen to samples of the songs on this disc.
Paul Sibergleit – January (Blujazz): “Paul Silbergleit is a Milwaukee-based jazz guitarist, composer, educator, and author. Straight-ahead in style, he bears the influence of figures such as Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, and Kenny Burrell. Paul has performed with a wide array of jazz luminaries such as Melvin Rhyne, Phil Woods, Tierney Sutton, Jon Faddis, Richie Cole, Brian Lynch, David Hazeltine, and Jack McDuff, to name just a few. A member of area jazz supergroup We Six, he has also worked with notable institutions like the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.” (http://paulsilbergleit.com/meet-paul-silbergleit/) This appears to be his third release as a leader. He composed eight of the eleven cuts on this disc and two of the remaining pieces were composed by tenor man Eric Schoor. Click here to listen to the opening song on this disc.
John Storie w/ Josh Nelson – Ponderosa (Riesto Music): John Storie is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, vocalist, bandleader, arranger, and composer. He has performed in a variety of settings from solo to large bands. He sings and plays a variety of guitars on this disc while Josh Nelson plays piano, Wurlitzer electric piano and Fender Rhodes. This set features five compositions by Storie, two by Nelson and they cover Sergio Mendes, Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s “”So Many Stars” and Woody Guthrie’s “Roll On Columbia, Roll On”. Click here to listen to “California” from this disc.
Paul Zauner’s Blue Brass – Roots n’Wings (PAO): David Murray (tenor sax, bass clarinet, composer of six songs), Clemens Salesny (composer of the closer, alto sax, bass clarinet) featuring Mario Rom (trumpet); Paul Zauner (trombone); Klemens Pliem (tenor sax), Carlton Holmes (piano), Wolfram Derschmidt (bass) and Dusan Novakov (drums) offer a disc from the edge, but not so far as Murray has wandered in the past. It occasionally heads toward the edge, but mostly swings closer to home. I regret I am unable to find a sample from this disc.