Tags

, , , , ,

With all the craziness going on in the world, it’s refreshing to escape from the realm of reality for a minute and enjoy the music we love “jazz.” On this fab Friday, we’ve got another stellar lineup of recordings to kick off the weekend. ~ Chao

Christian Scott | Live at Newport [Concord Music/2008]

Christian Scott

Christian Scott

Live at Newport is the follow up to Christian’s sophomore release, Anthem and his Grammy-nominated debut Rewind That. Both albums received rave reviews upon release in 2007 and 2006 respectively. People Magazine gave Anthem three stars while the LA Times called it “a stunning portrait of a young talent on the rise.” With his debut, Rewind That, Christian landed on Billboard’s “Top Ten to Watch in 2006” list. The LA Daily News raved, “The major-label debut from this jazz trumpeter has been generating no small amount of hype – and in this case, the accolades are deserved. Rewind That is the real deal.” Journalists weren’t the only people praising Christian. In an interview with Downbeat Magazine Chris Botti, who stopped by to see Christian’s Newport performance, said, “Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of CDs by new trumpeters. The only one I like is Christian’s. He’s the new voice in jazz trumpet. I love his point of view. He doesn’t sound like any other young trumpet player.” ~ Amazon.com


Sleep WalkerThe Voyage [Indie/Import/2006]

Sleep Walker, The Voyage

Sleep Walker, The Voyage

Brilliant brilliant work by Sleep Walker — a soaring, soulful album of spiritual jazz — one that we’d rank right up there with our favorites from the era of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders on Impulse Records! The vibe here is incredible — jazz played live on tenor, soprano sax, piano, bass, and drums — spinning out in modal lines that groove tremendously, but not with any tricks or gimmicks that get in the way of genuine jazz expression. Sleep Walker are easily one of the deepest and most talented combos of the current club jazz scene — and their music never resorts to fake samples or heavy-handed rhythms to move the tunes along — just glows in the genius of its own bright light, spreading forth in waves of soul and sound that are tremendous from the first note of the album to the last!

Chick Corea | The Ultimate Adventure [Concord Music, 2006]

Chick Corea

Chick Corea

Just as some books need to be edited for length, so do some albums inspired by works of literature. At least that’s the case with The Ultimate Adventure, Chick Corea’s second straight album project derived from a novel by his late Scientology mentor L. Ron Hubbard. Dubbed a tone poem by Corea, the nearly 75-minute work has some of his airiest, most cooly fluent music in some time. With its distinctive electric piano punctuation and contributions by flutist Hubert Laws and RTF percussionist Airto Moreira, the lyrical passages have echoes of his much-loved band of the seventies, Return to Forever. And the Spanish tinge for which he is known gravitates winningly south to Arabic North Africa. Ultimately, though, not all of the album’s chapters are equally lively: the “Adventure” goes on a bit much for those who aren’t using it as a soundtrack to the plot about a boy on a self-actualization quest, and even for some who are.  ~ Amazon.com/Lloyd Sachs

Cannonball Adderley | Somethin’ Else [Blue Note/1958]

Cannonball Adderley

Cannonball Adderley

When alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley culled together this quartet, he grabbed three champions from seemingly disparate schools to complement his flinty solos: Miles Davis, the king of cool; Art Blakey, the thundering force of hard bop; Hank Jones, a veteran of swing; and Sam Jones, a versatile bassist adaptable to nearly any setting. The results are one of Blue Note’s most beloved albums. The open-ended beauty of “Autumn Leaves,” which features Davis beautifully stating the melody on muted trumpet, sounds like it could easily be an outtake from Kind of Blue (which it isn’t). The midtempo title track provides the centerpiece of this classic as Adderley echoes Miles’s swaggering melody before both unravel wonderful solos. A must-have Blue Note album. ~ Amazon.com/John Murph

Advertisements