Greeting’s jazz enthusiasts, it’s great to be back this week with the engaging new project “Drum Lore” by upcoming modern jazz drummer Owen Howard as our featured “Album of the Week.”
As always, there’s another intricate canvas of what’s -cool – and maybe not so -cool– from a optimistic perspective we don’t usually find in the diet of the chromatic pop music culture. The origin of new music featured each week encompasses various branches of jazz, which exudes a wealth of complex and distinctive styles, insinuating textures, immaculate melodies, and relentless rhythms exalted by the definitive voices of creative artists serves up sounds to quench our immutable thirst for quality music.
Owen Howard -][- Drum Lore – [Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, 2010]
Owen Howard, originally from Edmonton, Canada, has performed and recorded with the likes of Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Tom Harrell, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Dave Holland, Eddie Henderson, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton and many others. He has appeared on over forty recordings to date, including five under his own name, and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. He is clearly an artist successfully following in the footsteps of legendary drummers/bandleaders such as Tony Williams, Peter Erskine, Billy Hart, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Al Foster, Shelly Manne and others, and now with the release of his sixth CD as a leader, Drum Lore (BJURecords), Owen Howard shines a spotlight on the composing talents of these exalted players.
The birth of Drum Lore took place at a summer jazz workshop where Howard was one of the several “artists-in-residence”. The drummer explains further, “As we were getting ready for a discourse on the finer points of our various approaches to composition, one of the participants said to me. ‘Owen, why are you here? You’re a drummer, and this is a composition class? Well, how does one answer a comment like that? Rather than being offended, I took it upon myself to dispel this myth that drummers can’t, or don’t, compose.” The brilliant result is Drum Lore, a recording of great stylistic diversity, dedicated to exploring compositions exclusively by many of the revered drummers of our time. As Joe Lovano has stated, “some of the hippest bandleaders and composers in jazz, have come from the drum chair”; so many that Howard has at least several more CDs worth of music composed by drummers that he’d like to record, so be on the lookout for the possibility of “Drum Lore, Vol. 2”.
At your leisure, please visit http://www.bjurecords.com for more information about drummer Owen Howard.
Below we have list of this weeks latest jazz releases, also while you’re here check out Amazon.com for and extended lists of Imports, Vinyl, Soundtracks, and Re-issues.
-))- The Essential Lena Horne: The RCA Years by Lena Horne
-))- 54 by John Scofield
-))- Music Redeems by Marsalis Family
-))- Saved by LaVern Baker
-))- Drum Lore by Owen Howard
-))- Spark of Being: Expand by Dave Douglas and Keystone
-))- Little Girl Blue by Polly Bergen and Martha Raye – [Import]
-))- Jazz Manifesto by Cannonball Adderley – [Import]
-))- Awakening by Gabriele Coen
-))- Original Album Classics Vol. 2 by Marcus Miller – [Import]
-))- So What (Best of) by Michel Petrucciani
-))- La Descendance De L’Homme by Kif Kif – [Import]
-))- Poured Gently by Aimua Eghobamien
-))- O Saisons… O Trombones by Bomonstre
-))- Fables by Marty Ehrlich and Hankus Netsky
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