Upcoming NU JAZZ RELEASES for 2013?

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Greeting’s jazz aficionados, it’s great to be with you at this moment as I wrap up 2012 with a sneak preview of forthcoming jazz recordings for 2013 featuring a variety of artists playing stimulating yet provocative music in various shades, moods and textures hopefully will satisfy your ongoing taste for quality music. In closing, HAPPY NEW YEAR in advance with all the blessings for you not only this coming new year but for years to come. –Rob Young | Urban Flux Media

Tim Green saxophonist and composer

TIM GREEN, Songs For This Season

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WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET ANNOUNCES 2013 U.S TOUR DATES

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WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET ANNOUNCES 2013 U.S TOUR DATES INCLUDING APPEARANCES AT CARNEGIE HALL IN NYC & DISNEY HALL IN LA.

Wayne Shorter  saxophonist, composer and bandleader

Wayne Shorter Quartet, Without A Net

The legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter will make his triumphant return to Blue Note Records after 43 years with the February 5, 2013 release of Without A Net, his searing new album with his long-running Quartet featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade. Shorter has revealed the album cover artwork for Without A Net, which features drawings by Shorter himself. Continue reading

FULL-LENGTH LABEL DEBUT NO BEGINNING NO END SET FOR JAN. 22 RELEASE IT’S ALL OVER YOUR BODY EP

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FULL-LENGTH LABEL DEBUT NO BEGINNING NO END SET FOR JAN. 22 RELEASE IT’S ALL OVER YOUR BODY EP

José James

José James

Singer-songwriter José James has signed to EMI’s Blue Note Records and is set to release his full-length label debut No Beginning No End on January 22. However, fans need not wait until then to get a taste of James’ intoxicating blend of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. The vocalist has released the four-track It’s All Over Your Body EP today exclusively through iTunes. “It’s All Over Your Body” is also available now as a single through all other digital retailers and streaming services. iTunes is also currently featuring James’ song “Trouble” as their free Single of the Week. Continue reading

Tim Warfield -][- EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - [Criss Cross, 2013] -

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Tim Warfield, saxophonist, composer and bandleader

Tim Warfield, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

Tim Warfield -][- EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - [Criss Cross, 2013]

On Eye Of The Beholder, his seventh recording leader recording for Criss Cross (and 12th label appearance overall), tenor and soprano saxophonist Tim Warfield draws on musical relationships that have shaped his artistry from the very start. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut and drummer Clarence Penn, both of whom appeared on Warfield’s 1994 debut and several other sessions, bring their powerful and sensitive presence to this new quinter date.

Rodney Whitaker provides an unshakable yet flexible foundation on bass. Trumpet great Nicholas Payton, who featured Warfield in his own incendiary quintet of the mid to late ’90, comes on board and contributes brilliant playing as well as original music. -[Editorial Review | Amazon.com]-

Release Date: February 26, 2013

Paul Hardcastle -][- 19 BELOW ZERO - [Universal UK, 2012 | Import] -

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Paul Hardcastle, keyboards, composer and producer

Paul Hardcastle, 19 BELOW ZERO

Paul Hardcastle -][- 19 BELOW ZERO - [Universal UK, 2012 | Import]

2012 two CD release from the British keyboardist, songwriter and producer. Paul Hardcastle rose to the top of the charts with his global hit ‘19‘ in the early ’80s. A ground breaking record at the time, Paul’s in-studio experimenting gave him a place in history as a pioneer of electronic production. His classic record ’19′ was #1 in 13 countries and led to the formation of Simon Fuller’s empire, 19 Management.

This double compilation album, which features nine brand new tracks, sees Paul at his best and includes; his sensational collaboration with Marvin Gaye, “Rainforest / What’s Going On”, an as yet unreleased original version of ’19′ and a brand new Sunday Morning mix of the legendary track by Rob Da Bank. The album also introduces his daughter Maxine Hardcastle on vocals. Kick back and take it easy to Disc One with a collection of tracks made to accompany sunrises and sunsets. Disc Two will up the tempo with some smooth tunes perfect for mooching around. Fontana.-[Editorial Review | Amazon.com]-

Naruyoshi Kikuchi Dub Sextet -][- Dub Orbits - [Plaza Mayor Company, Ltd., 2011] -

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Naruyoshi Kikuchi Dub Sextet, DUB ORBITS

Naruyoshi Kikuchi Dub Sextet, DUB ORBITS

Naruyoshi Kikuchi Dub Sextet -][- Dub Orbits -Mp3- [Plaza Mayor Company, Ltd., 2011]

The Tokyo Kinema Club was packed for the latest semi-annual concert from Kikuchi’s fabulously popular and energetic Dub Sextet. Few jazz musicians can pull in as big a crowd as Naruyoshi Kikuchi, and fewer still for the right reasons, as he does. The strangely converted dance club he chose to play felt more like a set from a David Lynch movie than a traditional jazz place. However, it was a good, big space to let the large crowd stand and dig the new style jazz of the sextet.

The sextet does not put really put in dub as in Jamaican reggae, but dub in terms of splicing in a variety of styles, moods and ways of playing. The music was in turns, modal, straight-ahead, four beat, lushly balladic and occasionally stretching out into free jazz. In short, good strong muscular music, energetically played. Many in the audience might have been drawn by the slick, cool polish of the performers. This isn’t the old school jazz of most clubs in Tokyo, but one where the musicians dress in designer black. Regardless of what got them into the club, they got a stellar evening of intense music. The all-standing crowd loved every minute of the show. -[::: jazzinjapan.com :::]-

You can check out more music by Naruyoshi Kikuchi Dub Sextet at iTunes.apple.com

Myra Melford’s Be Bread -][- The Whole Tree Gone - [Firehouse 12, 2010 - Revisited] -

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Myra Melford's Be Bread, The Whole Tree Gone

Myra Melford’s Be Bread, The Whole Tree Gone

Myra Melford’s Be Bread -][- The Whole Tree Gone -Mp3- [Firehouse 12, 2010 - Revisited]

Inspired by mevlana rumi’s poems, eastern sounds & wisdom and western modernism/avant-gardism, Myra Melford’s compositions reach to a higher standart again. on horns cuong vu and ben goldberg, on strings brandon ross (intriguing soprano guitar sounds) and stomu takeishi suit well with melford’s cecil tayloresque percussive piano style. all originals are complex but accessible. even, some tracks are “catchy” (1st track “through the same gate”, third one “night” and the sixth “i see a horizon”).

As rumi said “intricate sounds, not words. i catch what i can’t quite make out. fire burning down along the roots, as well as the branches. the whole tree gone”… “the fire music” (like the legendary archie shepp album) burn you as well… the whole sextet well done… -[Ali Haluk | Customer Review | Amazon.com]-

Just in case you missed it …. trumpeter Darren Barrett

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Darren Barrett, trumpet, composer and educator

Darren Barrett, FIRST ONE UP

Darren Barrett -][- FIRST ONE UP -Mp3- [J Curve Records, 2011]

Darren Barrett was the 1997 Winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and is widely heralded as the next important trumpeter/composer to come on the scene. He is currently a member of the Jackie McLean Quintet as well as leader of his own quintet. Darren has also performed and or recorded with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton and Antonio Hart. First One Up is Darren Barrett’s debut recording as a leader. The album was produced by the legendary Donald Byrd who is Darren’s mentor and one of his primary influences.

The members of his quintet are pianist Aaron Goldberg, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer John Lamkin who are regarded as among the finest of the new generation of jazz musicians. Alto sax great, Kenny Garrett is featured on several tracks including two takes of the memorable title track First One Up. It is recommended that the listener fasten their seat belt before listening to this recording as it smokes from start to finish. -[Jacarre | Customer Review | Amazon.com]- Continue reading

Charlie Haden with Paul Motian, Geri Allen -][- ETUDES - [Soul Note, 1988] -

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Charlie Haden bassist and composer

Charlie Haden with Paul Motian, Geri Allen, ETUDES

Charlie Haden with Paul Motian, Geri Allen -][- ETUDES -Mp3- [Soul Note, 1988]

Three of the most sensitive musicians known to the world of jazz have collaborated to make an album that sparkles with creative energy and intuitive sensitivities. From the wonderful rendition of Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman” to some of the lesser known titles, all are done with a high level of expertise and a masterful brilliance. A beautiful album through and through. -[Customer Review | Amazon]-

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