Award-winning, NYC-based singer-songwriter-guitarist KJ Denhert – known for her soulful fusion of jazz, R&B, rock and folk – is in the midst of her first-ever itinerary of west coast dates. KJ and her longtime band, the super-tight NY Unit, drew an enthusiastic reception at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, and at Temple Bar in Santa Monica. At the latter date, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne and contemporary blues icon Keb’ Mo’ were in attendance.
Gonzalo Rubalcaba | Avatar [Latin Jazz/Review]
When I hear inspiring young artists like pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, I know within the oracle of his music and imagination, that he’s fundamentally grounded. This style of music is well within the scope of what I expect, want and love to hear when I listen to jazz.
As a renowned pianist, the Cuban native is into his second decade of recording music. Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s latest album on Blue Note “Avatar”, is suspended beyond the acoustic realm and intricacies of his previous efforts as a leader. Even so, the beauty of this album is compiled with lyrical, spirited, and rhythmically memorable gems. With his more then sufficient quintet, Rubalcaba generously shares the stage with his band-mates by asking them to be contributors compositionally to this impressive project.
The Urban Flux is delighted to share with you our passion about discovering and revealing new unsigned [major label], and independent artists. We like call them, “Nu-Voices.” At this time, we’re honored to present to you “Afro Blue” and their latest recording “Freedom In Song.” This is the first of many upcoming new recordings by new and creative artists.
Since their inception, this dynamic jazz choir has quickly gained national attention. Afro Blue was formed in the spring of 2002 is Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble. Afro Blue has performed at many prestigious venues in and around Washington, DC including The Library of Congress. Freedom In Song is a double-CD compilation of songs recorded by Afro Blue between the years of 2002-2008.
Marcus Miller | Marcus [Music/Review]
Yeah, I know … I’m a little late with this review by one of the hottest releases of ‘08 by Concord Records multi-facet recording artist Marcus Miller. Why? Well, I just had kick back a bit, and savor the moment of this deliciously fruitful and very funky vibe that Miller has masterfully put in our path for us to marinate in on his latest simply titled “Marcus.”
As you already know by now, the Grammy Winner’s latest “Marcus” was previously released in Europe titled “Free.” Why? Honestly, it’s mind boggling to me that on our beloved American soil “some” record executives are uneasy about releasing new music especially when the artist changes direction with his/her sound. Nonetheless, our time has arrived to envelope ourselves into the grace of sophisticated funk and the soulfulness by none other then Marcus Miller.
The Yellowjackets | Lifecycle – [Music/Review]As music aficionados and fans alike, we find ourselves, in a reactive mode sometimes as our thoughts, emotions and spirit often get entangled in the various nuances and directions our favorite artist venture into. Case in point, one of my jazz groups the Yellowjackets are back with their latest “Lifecycle,” on Heads Up International features fusion guitarist Mike Stern to breathe a lyrically fresh perspective into one of the most consistent voices in jazz.
On the opener, the punctual “Falken’s Maze,” is compositionally [Mintzer] and artistically within in the sphere of what we’ve come to expect from the Jackets timbre. No doubt, it was ingenious move on the behalf of the Jackets to call guitarist Mike Stern onboard, by adding his dexterity and the complexity of his voice to the mix is quite reminiscent of the Jackets 1981 self-titled debut album on Warner Brothers [featured blues man Robben Ford].