“What’s up, San Francisco? Are you ready to have a good time?” asks timbales player and band leader Pete Escovedo at the beginning of Live From Stern Grove Festival, his terrific new album that captures a live show he played earlier this year at the legendary 75-year-old San Francisco cultural venue and institution. Escovedo and his band then swing into a breezy rendition of the Tito Puente classic “Picadillo Jam,” and from that moment it’s readily apparent the band can deliver on Escovedo’s promise. Live From Stern Grove Festival is set for digital release September 25, 2012 on Concord Picante/Stiletto Flats Inc. (There will be a physical release in 2013, international release dates may vary.) Continue reading
Nathan Douds Ensemble -][- Nathan Douds Ensemble –Mp3– [New Focus Recordings, 2012] –
Nathan Douds is an active freelance percussionist, pianist, composer, and educator. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Youngstown State University and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies: Applied Piano from Bowling Green State University. Nathan has been performing for over 15 years, has played in multiple diverse genres, and has toured internationally.
He has worked with many divergent artists including: Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, John Hollenbeck, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Bobby Selvaggio, Sean Jones, Paul Ferguson, and David Morgan. -[Excerpt | Biography]-
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Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band -][- Live in Hollywood –Mp3– [Concord Picante, 2012] –
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Sanchez pays tribute to these two titans on his new album, Chano y Dizzy!, his 25th recording as a bandleader on Concord Picante, set for release on September 27, 2011. For the first time, Sanchez and Francisco Torres, long time band member (trombone/vocals), join forces to produce the new album. -[Excerpt | Biography]-
As time allows, visit Poncho on his Facebook page.
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Justin Pinkney -][- Fire, Rain, & Lessons Learned –Mp3– [Justin Pinkney, 2012] –
In this freshman release, Justin endeavors to take your soul on a rhythmic journey and speak to you through heart-pulsating rhythms, funky bass lines, lush piano chords, caressed by sweet melodies. This project pulls from some of Justin’s musical influences including Jazz, Neo-Soul, Funk, and R&B and is a result of years of writing, tweaking, fine tuning, rehearsing, and jamming. The name of the project encapsulates what happens in life when we embark upon a new endeavor – lessons learned. Life’s lessons are best taught by challenges. Continue reading
Elio Villafranca and Arturo Stable -][- Dos Y Mas -(MP3)- [Motéma Music, 2012]
A duet of exquisite beauty, performed by rising Cuban/jazz/classical crossover masters Elio Villafranca and Arturo Stable. Villafranca s virtuosic and multifaceted pianism engages Stable s poly-rhythmic percussion genius on 10 original compositions that pay tribute to the spiritual, classical, and traditional legacies of Cuba, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Spain. Continue reading
Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records ArtistsSunny Jain Collective @ Smalls
Thursday, June 24, 9 PM – Midnight
Sunny Jain – drums
Donny McCaslin – saxophone
Nir Felder – guitar
Gary Wang – bass
Sunny Jain’s NEW CD Taboo, available on BJURecords now …
Marlon Simon | In Case You Missed It – [Jazzheads, 2007]
Marlon is like good wines (I am French, lol) He gets better with time. Being a NYC Latin Jazz aficionado for many years, just crazy for Jerry Gonzalez and his Fort Apache Band, Rumba and Bop perfectly fusioned.
I discovered first Marlon’s Cd in 1997, “Marlon goes Latin”, Gonzalez brothers were there also..
Since then, Marlon made his own Latin Jazz, the one of the “Nagual Spirits”, with its unique deep emotion and authenticity, with top jazz technique and true Rumbero spirit. After “Rumba a la Patato” and a live in Bolivia, comes this trully accomplished release “In case you missed it”; built around this wonderfull tune written by monsieur Bobby Watson when we was with Art blabey, a tune I looked for so many years..basicaly named “Fuller Love”. This cd is all about Beauty..:)
Marlon simon is one of the “keeper of this flame”, the Latin Jazz masters are not dead. Que viva la Musica! Aché.
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Luis Muñoz | Invisible – [Pelin Music, 2010]
From Costa Rican award winning composer percussionist Luis Muñoz (ACAM award, Jazz composer/producer of the Year 2004) comes this melodic, soulful and inventive release.
Luis Muñoz returns with his newest project, “Invisible”, featuring once again David Binney, (winner of both Downbeat Critics’ and Readers’ polls, 2007), on alto sax, Jonathan Dane on trumpet, plus special vocal appearances by the wonderful Guyanan singer Lois Mahalia and by Brazilian sensation Téka. With this new project, Luis Muñoz confirms his place as a music visionary, and as one of the today’s most sensitive, melodic and talented Jazz composers.
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Omar Sosa | Ceremony – [Ota Records – 2010]Ceremony is a major new project, the fruit of pianist-composer Omar Sosa’s first big-band collaboration with composer-arranger-cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, Hamburg’s 18-piece NDR Bigband (North German Radio/Norddeutscher Rundfunk), and the Omar Sosa Quartet, featuring Julio Barreto (drums), Childo Tomas (electric bass0, and Marcos Ilukan (Afro-Cuban percussion). Sosa himself plays piano and marimba. Recorded in two sessions (2007 & 2008) at NDR’s Hamburg studios under the direction of Morelenbaum and Sosa, Ceremony features Morelenbaum’s brilliant arrangements of selections from Omar’s Spirit of the Roots (1999), Bembon (2000), and Afreecanos (2009). It also acknowledges the majesty of the legendary Afro-Cuban big bands of Frank ‘Machito’ Grillo, Chico O’Farrill and Dizzy Gillespie, while extending those revered traditions in a contemporary salute to the expansive universe of world jazz, wherein Sosa himself continues to reign as a joyous, generous, abundant, and essential creative spirit.
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Arturo O’Farrill | Risa Negra – [ZOHO Music L.L.C., 2009]On “Risa Negra” (“Black Laughter”), 2009 GRAMMY winner O’Farrill presents his multi-cultural sextet in ten exciting originals, defining contemporary Latin Jazz in the 21st century.
The jury is out on the iPod generation. It would take years of non-stop listening to get through the music on some people’s players. For these types, it’s not love of music, it’s ownership. They tend to use music as wallpaper. There are not many serious music listeners left, the kind that turn off all electronic diversions, sit down in a comfy chair, close their eyes and allow the music to take them away. Continue reading