New Releases – March 2010

Jazz

Artist: Olivier Manchon
Title: Orchestre de Chambre Miniature, Vol. 1
Label: ObliqSound
Terry’s Comments: A classical string quartet with guest soloists added (sax, harmonica, piano). Beautifully lyrical music, wonderful.

Artist: New York Art Quartet
Title: Old Stuff
Label: Cuneiform
Terry’s Comments: This is early (1965) free jazz. From the promoter: “The New York Art Quartet was a band that left the scene too soon. Active for barely a year and a half, the group made just two records—both prized by generations of listeners ever since. Co-leaders John Tchicai (alto sax) and Roswell Rudd (trombone), considered to be the first free-jazz trombonist, had met a year or so earlier, working with Bill Dixon and others to expand the reaches of jazz.” …

Artist: Ahmad Jamal
Title: A Quiet Time
Label: Dreyfus
Terry’s Comments: He’s back! During a 60-year career, Jamal has influenced Miles Davis, scores of pianists, and many other jazz musicians. And just listen—he’s still exploring and growing!

Artist: Marc Pompe
Title: Hi-Fly
Label: Self-produced
Terry’s Comments: Pompe is a fine jazz vocalist in the Jon Hendricks tradition. And the band gives him great support on this set of jazz standards.

Artist: VW Brothers
Title: Muziek
Label: Patois
Terry’s Comments: Two talented players take full advantage of the electronics without sacrificing their taste or creativity. Jazz for the 21st century.

Artist: John Blake, Jr.
Title: Motherless Child
Label: ARC
Terry’s Comments: Modern vocal arrangements of African-American spirituals featuring the Howard University Choir, violinist Blake, pianist Mulgrew Miller and more. An exciting recording.

Artist: Orrin Evans
Title: Faith in Action
Label: Positone
Terry’s Comments: One hears yesterday, today and tomorrow in this music—most of it composed by Bobby Watson—played by a contemporary, hard-swinging piano trio

Artist: Sherman Irby Quartet
Title: Live at the Otto Club
Label: BWR
Terry’s Comments: Irby is a fine alto saxophonist with strong credentials. This live performance in Naples, Italy, connects him and drummer Darrell Green with two very good Italian players for a varied and always hard-swinging set.

Artist: Claudio Roditi
Title: Simpatico
Label: Resonance
Terry’s Comments: Roditi brings his beautiful tone and fluid phrasing on trumpets and flugelhorn to this set of very appealing originals—mostly but not all Latin jazz.

Artist: Joey DeFrancesco
Title: Snapshot
Label: High Note
Terry’s Comments: A live performance by the organist with his original trio, a modern version of the classic organ trio, yet soulful and funky as ever.

Artist: Various Artists
Title: Generation Django
Label: Dreyful
Terry’s Comments: Music in the manner of the great Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhart by players of today (e.g. Birelli Lagrene) and yesterday (e.g. Stephane Grapelli). A real treat!

Artist: John Ellis & Double-Wide
Title: Puppet Mischief
Label: ObliqSound
Terry’s Comments: Fun, updated New Orleans-style jazz. The instrumentation alone makes this one worth hearing. (Sousaphone???)

Artist: Charles Apicella & Iron City
Title: Sparks
Label: CArlo Records
Terry’s Comments: Organ/guitar trio with add-ons—still funky. A good listen.

Artist: Jeffrey Leppart & the Hip Notists
Title: They Still Live in the Music of My Thoughts
Label: self
Terry’s Comments: Good singing group and instrumentalists celebrating jazz and its giants. A nice experience.

Artist: Queen Esther
Title: What Is Love
Label: EL Recordings
Terry’s Comments: This singer is intense (not to mention her intonation problem). Mostly originals, some standards.

Artist: Dave LeMieux and House of Soul
Title: Jazz Shaped/Live at the Soiled Dove
Label: Jazz, funk, soul, vocals, spiritual—it’s quite a mix. And LeMieux (tenor sax) can play!
Terry’s Comments:

Artist: Kristine Mills
Title: Bossanovafied
Label: self
Terry’s Comments: Pretty good singer doing her own songs in the Brazilian style with good players.

Artist: EEA
Title: The Dark
Label: Origin
Terry’s Comments: The trio composition is piano/sax/trumpet, the music abstract and explorative.

Artist: George Cotsirilos Trio
Title: Past Present
Label: OA2
Terry’s Comments: Good, capable guitar trio with a mixed repertoire of standards and originals.

Artist: Liam Sillery
Title: Phenomenology
Label: OA2
Terry’s Comments: Trumpeter Sillery leads a classic quintet configuration in a contemporary, exploratory foray.

Artist: Bob Sneider & Paul Hoffman
Title: Serve and Volley
Label: A piano (Hoffman)/guitar(Sneider) duo performance with engaging interplay and lyricism.
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Artist: Scenes
Title: Rinnova
Label: Origin
Terry’s Comments: A simple instrumentation (guitar trio) playing an original repertoire well.

World:

Artist: Razia

Title: Zebu Nation

Label: Cumbanca

Blues

Artist: Various

Title: Classic Appalachian Blues

Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Artist: John Scofield

Title: Piety Street

Label: Emarcy

Comments: Jazz guitarist John Scofield joins Meters Bassist George Porter, Jr and other great New Orleans musicians in a lively Blues Gospel session that features both standards and original numbers

Rock

Artist: Galatic

Title: Ya-Ka-May

Label: Anti

Artist: Groove Armada

Title: Black Light

Label: Om Records

Artist: Watershed

Title: The World Needs You

Label: EMI

Artist: Matthew Good

Title: Vancouver

Label: Get Music

Artist: Andy Elwell

Title: No One You will ever Know

Label: Self

Artist: Mark Growden

Title: Saint Judas

Label: Porto Franco

Artist: The Ruby Suns

Title: Fight Softly

Label: Sub Pop

Artist: David Byrne

Title Grown Backwards

Label: Nonesuch

Artist: Twin Tigers

Title: Gray Waves

Label: Old Flame

Artist: Anjulie

Title: Boom EP

Label: Hear Music

Artist: Dinosaur Feathers

Title: Fantasy Memorial

Label: Self Release

Artist: Univers Zero

Title: Clivages

Label: Cuneiform

Artist: Algernon

Title: Ghost Surveillance

Label: Cuneiform