RALPH PETERSON CELEBRATES 50TH BIRTHDAY WITH RELEASE OF, THE DUALITY PERSPECTIVE, FEATURING NEW FO’TET AND SEXTET, AVAILABLE JUNE 19TH ON ONYX MUSIC
SEXTET LINEUP: TRUMPETER SEAN JONES, SAXOPHONISTS TIA FULLER AND WALTER SMITH III, BASSIST LUQUES CURTIS
AND PIANIST ZACCAI CURTIS
PETERSON FEATURES MENTEEES FROM BERKLEE WITH NEW FO’TET: CLARINETIST FELIX PEIKLI, VIBRAPHONIST JOSPEPH DOUBLEDAY AND BASSIST ALEXANDER L.J. TOTH, ALONG WITH ORIGINAL MEMBER, MARIMBIST BRYAN CARROTT
African American, Ambrose Akinmusire, Bass, Ben Williams, Christian Scott, David Binney, David Sanchez, Drums, Eric Harland, Fabian Almazan, Female Vocalist, Flux Jazz Essentials 2011, Flux Music Essentials, Gerald Clayton, Gretchen Parlato, Hiromi, Itai Kriss, Joshua Redman, Miguel Zenón, Miles Español, Piano, Rez Abbasi, Saxophone, Sean Jones, Stefon Harris, Terri Lyne Carrington, Trumpet, Yellowjackets
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to my fellow jazz enthusiasts, as always it’s great to be with you. Although, it’s been an extremely stressful year economically and politically for so many globally I’m thankful regardless for those of us who are still here despite the mayhem that’s currently causing all this strife and pain. With that said, as a optimist times like this has a tendency to draw us closer to our love ones, make new friends and on the entertainment side of the spectrum expand our music collection to give us a positive outlet to delve into. In this case, as music goes so far this has been an exceptional year jazz wise. Therefore, this among many reasons led me to return and share with you a few of my favorite jazz albums that I stumbled into this year. If you haven’t, I hope that you find time to listen some of these titles (their well worth your effort). If not, please share with us some of your favorite recordings you’ve embraced this year. Thanks in advance, I’ll be delighted to hear from you!
The following selections in no particular order are some of my favorite Jazz albums for 2011!
In my absence, I appreciate those of you who drop by and followed me on Twitter at your convince. One thing for sure, I plan to return in the near future to continue sharing with you some of the finest jazz, news, and reviews available.
Until then, take care and God bless.
Rob Young |The Urban Flux [… is jazz with abstract xpressions shaped by vibrant and unique voices!]
Greeting’s jazz aficionados, as always I’m delighted to present the latest jazz releases this week. With each visit, you’ll discover a montage of new jazz recordings featured at Amazon.com that encompasses a generous diet of nuances which includes a wealth of complex and distinctive styles, textures, melodies, and rhythms exalted by a host of definitive and creative voices in the world of jazz.
For more details, please visit Amazon.com for a complete list of jazz releases for Tuesday (5/17/2011)!
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As we’ve all been told, birds do it, bees do it – but anyone who’s actually gone to the trouble of falling in love knows that it’s a lot more complicated when humans get involved. Which can make the reality of relationships a bit disappointing for those weaned on a steady diet of radio-friendly love songs, but can also provide a much richer experience than it’s possible to describe in a couple of verses and a chorus.
As has become evident over the course of his five previous albums, Sean Jones is particularly adept at plumbing complex emotional depths through his trumpet playing and composing.
So when he set his mind to recording a set of love songs, it should come as no surprise that he delved into the evocative nuances of love rather than the more obvious boys-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl generalities. Continue reading
Greeting’s jazz enthusiasts, it’s a pleasure to be with as we delve deeper into the infinite treasures of music to expand the provocative and youthful voices as we encounter them on this wonderful musical exodus of tantalizing yet satisfying blend of original jazz that’s shaken and stirred to perfection from the shelves of “Flux Music Essentials.”
Kenny Garrett -\\- Simply Said – [Warner Jazz, 1999]
The widest range of stylistic and emotional expression of any recent jazz album – beautiful compositions, played masterfully by superb musicians – what’s not to love? Furthermore, this is one of those rare recordings that is a composition in itself; the order of the tunes is carefully chosen so that each complements the previous, and leads you to the next.
Lots of folks put down this CD for being too “smooth jazzy”. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As a contemporary musician, how can he not be aware of and influenced by R&B and funk? Kenny Garrett played with Miles Davis in a funk/jazz setting, and has appeared with Marcus Miller both live and on record. The history of jazz is intertwined with the history of popular music. Don’t forget that all of the so-called “standards” are just pop tunes from Broadway shows. It’s the performance that counts in jazz, and with Kenny Garrett, you will never hear anything but a superlative performance.
This is one of those few recordings that stand repeated (and repeated!) listening, each time revealing something new. I have owned 5 copies of this CD, I keep having to buy new ones because I give them away to my friends, “You have GOT to hear this!”
I own every one of Kenny Garrett’s CDs (and many more upon which he appears). This is his best recorded effort; and that is surely saying something. If I could give it 100 stars, I would. —Steve Keller /Amazon.com Continue reading
MACK AVENUE RECORDS
TO RELEASE THE FIFTH CD BY SEAN JONES
Sean Jones | The Search Within [Mack Avenue, 2009]
Beginning with his Mack Avenue Records debut in 2004, Eternal Journey, trumpeter-bandleader Sean Jones has embarked on a series of quests, passionately plumbing the depths of different wellsprings of his life as a musician. Recorded when he was 24, Eternal Journey was his awakening, “my first step out into the recording world,” Jones says.
That was followed by more steps as well as leaps, with the theme of personal navigation at the center of his vision. Jones has developed into one of jazz’s top young trumpeters, known for both his lyrical fluidity and high-tier technical facility. “The idea of being on a journey has been in line with all my albums,” he says. “My second album, Gemini, explored both sides of my musical loves, r&b and jazz. I expanded that with Roots, where I revisited my youth and paid tribute to gospel. And then on Kaleidoscope, I created a collage of sounds, exploring different timbres by enlisting vocalists to be collaborators.”
Source: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: March 24, 2009