John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ Certified Platinum in the US
John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ has been certified Platinum in the US. After 56 years, one of the most celebrated records in jazz history goes platinum – John Coltrane’s first ever platinum record. In celebration, you can now get a limited edition ‘A Love Supreme’ Mastercut, or listen to the Platinum Collection, which features every known recording of the iconic suite. Simply click on each title to buy.
Angel Roman & Mambo Blue
Angel Roman, the innovative composer/arranger/bassist, has released his fourth studio recording with Mambo Blue. Titled Festive Interplay, the recording features the 14 members of Mambo Blue on 10 exceptional compositions, all of which were written and arranged by Angel Roman. The compositions are an eclectic blend of Afro Latin rhythms, Jazz, Brazilian, Pop, Neo Soul and Funk, so there’s something for every devoted fan of Roman.
Festive Interplay is exactly that. Opening with “Why Not,” the song is an appealing example of Roman’s eclectic approach to rhythm and how each musician is allowed to shine during their solos. From the opening with the progressive Latin Jazz vibe to its funky Neo Soul section, this song is just the right one to get you involved. The mastery of Roman as a composer using variety of rhythms is solidly revealed: “Collective Cha” (a cha cha cha); “Dreaming in Bomba” (a bomba rhythm); and “Indi-Go-Go” which features a Brazilian bridge, are all very creative and alluring.
Overall, the songs are quite distinctive, warm and integrated with Brazilian rhythms, Jazz Fusion, and Neo-Soul with inspired memorable melodies. The sonic musings of Roman’s imagination are front and center on Festive Interplay! Check it out.
While We Were Gone
Paul Jost Quartet
The Paul Jost Quartet’s newest album, While We Were Gone, is a double disc album recorded live at the Soapbox Gallery, an art and performance space in Brooklyn, NY. Jost and his band, which comprises some of the top New York area musicians, includes Jim Ridl on piano, Dean Johnson on bass, Tim Horner on drums, and Lorin Cohen and Martin Wind subbing on bass on several tunes. While We Were Gone is his fifth album as a leader and follows Simple Life (2019), Peace and Love (2017), Breaking Through (2014), and Can't Find My Way Home (2013).
Disc 1, which he titled “Poetic Justice,” opens with a sequence of 4 songs and poetry, starting with a soulful version of “Shenandoah.” “Shenandoah” moves into “Lies of Convenience,” a spoken piece he wrote about the lies we sometimes tell ourselves because it’s easier than facing the truth. “Lies of Convenience” segues into “Forever,” a short piece he wrote in memory of George Floyd and those never truly silenced by hate, and concludes with an excerpt of a tune he wrote called “Who Says?” Jost’s vocals on each of these songs exudes the emotional connections that he has to the themes within the songs. You, dear listener will be enthralled by his storytelling and interpretations.
Jost then transitions to his reimagined arrangement of “Bye Bye Blackbird,” a song that touches more overtly on racial injustice. He subsequently covers such great standards as “Everybody’s Talkin’” “Lover Man,” and “My Foolish Heart,” among others in a folk jazz ambience that certainly deserves your attention.
Disc 2, titled “Appeal to Reason,” opens with a spoken piece about the January 6, 2020 insurrection at the Capitol in Washington, DC. This songs ends with a touching version of “If I Ruled the World.” Several songs from the Great American Songbook fill out this disc in addition to Jost’s original composition titled “Livin’ in the Wrong Time.” His vocals provide an exceptional listening experience that you will certainly enjoy. Check it out.
Andrew Cyrille Quartet
The News is a follow-up to Andrew Cyrille’s sonically subtle quartet album The Declaration of Musical Independence from 2016, but with imaginative pianist David Virelles joining guitarist Bill Frisell and double bassist Ben Street. The 81-year-old drummer deploys crisp cymbals, hushed snares and even brushes on newspaper for this entrancing set.
The recording opens with “Mountain,” one of three songs written by Bill Frisell. The chord melody and harmonics heard on “Mountain” slowly dissolve into Virelles’ darkening low tones. In addition to “Leaving East of Java,” which was penned by Adegoke Steve Colson, develops a walking groove and then a Spanish tinge, while “Go Happy Lucky” is a dissonant blues. Cyrille’s avant-garde roots led him to create the brushes-on-paper title track which turns from caustic free-improv pluckings to fluid trills and ambient hums. Cyrille’s hidden-hand presence is glimpsed in taps, ticks and quietly crisp cymbal grooves, hushed snare rolls and offbeat accents – and the whisper of brushes on a newspaper spread over the drumheads. Three additional songs – “ Incienso,” “Baby,” and “Dance of the Nuances” – provide vivid sonorous versatility of the songwriters before hearing Cyrille’s resonant voice introduced “With You in Mind” as the closer.
The News is among the best jazz instrumental recordings released this year. Now available on ECM. Check it out.
Social Anthems Volume 1
Social Anthems Volume 1 is an excellent rendition of protest songs covered by vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia. A child of the Sixties, Ms. Segal-Garcia sings some of the most memorable songs of social importance with exemplary new arrangements. Although these songs were mostly introduced as Folk inspired songs, Segal-Garcia’s jazzy updates work really well. Joined by such stellar musicians as Anthony Wilson on guitar, Josh Nelson on piano/keyboards, Lorca Hart on drums, Edwin Livingston on bass, Paul Jost on harmonica and vocals, and Mon David adding vocals, these songs are just as relevant today as they were when first introduced.
Stephen Stills’ anthem “For What It’s Worth” opens the set list. Excellent soloing from Anthony Wilson on guitar and Josh Nelson take the song to a different level via their elements of jazz. Cathy’s vocals are definitely jazzy and bring a heartfelt level of emotion to the lyrics. Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” is a truly innovative duet with its lyrics sung in the soprano range by Cathy and with spoken words in a raspy believable voice by Paul Jost. Arranged by Anthony Wilson, with a haunting harmonica solo from Jost, this is such a lovely song.
Overall, all six songs were chosen by Cathy Segal-Garcia because they resonated with her. Her cool, sensitive approach to the lyrics makes the messages heard on Social Anthems – Volume 1 a sure reminder of today’s current events and issues. Take some time to listen deeply to the lyrics and then make sure to tell your friends about this wonderful recording.
Susan Krebs with Mixed Remotions
Vocalist Susan Krebs usually collaborates and records with a small number of close musical compatriots in intimate settings. Due to the issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Krebs was compelled to apply a completely different recording method for Daybreak, her 8th CD. Created remotely with each musician working from home, her new band Mixed Remotions were inspired to perform covers of 7 songs composed by the likes of such great composers as Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer for Daybreak.
Jerry Kalaf, Doug Walter and Rich Eames arranged the songs and also performed on Daybreak. With Rich Eames on piano, Jerry Kalaf on drums and vibes, Domenic Genova on bass, Scott Breadman on percussion, Riner Scivally on guitar, Rob Lockart on woodwinds, and Doug Walter on woodwinds on “How Little We Know,” and “Inside A Silent Tear” Susan Krebs delivers splendid vocals that are attuned to the various musical sensibilities of her band members.
Susan Krebs has an intriguing, expressive voice that enhances the gorgeous arrangements and superb musicality of Mixed Remotions which makes Daybreak a warm and affective recording that should be in your collection of jazz vocalists.
featuring Sarah Marie Young
Pianist/Songwriter Steve Million teams with vocalist Sarah Marie Young on Jazz Words, Million’s album of highly engaging post-bop originals. The recording is a sparkling showcase for Million’s songwriting, arranging and performance skills. He wrote all of the songs, produced the recording and collaborated with saxophonist Jim Gailloreto, bass player John Sims, and Juan Pastor on drums.
The recording opens with “Heavens to Monkitroid,” a burning, bluesy song featuring Sarah Marie Young at the intro and later in the tune with some serious scatting. “Mis’ry Waltz” is re-imagined as a waltz in ¾ time with lyrics that showcase Young’s bold vocals. The song is based on the tune “The Missouri Waltz” and describes the hopes and dreams of a young kid growing up in a small town. Gailloreto adds a memorable solo that takes the song to another level. To keep things interesting Million wrote several of the songs in various time signatures. “Missing Page” is written in 12/8 and features Young’s multi-octave vocals singing wanting lyrics before Million adds his impressive piano solo that is followed by Gailloreto’s smoky saxophonics. This song is a re-written version of the original slower ballad that is on Million’s Origin release titled “What I Meant to Say.”
“Hymnal” is written in 5/4 and has a very sorrowful feeling. It is a comment on moving forward in this world and staying positive, grounded. This song was originally composed as an instrumental after the World Trade Center attack on 9/11.
Overall, on Jazz Words, Steve Million’s melodic and inventive piano performance is enhanced by the addition of Sarah Marie Young’s unforgettable vocals, Jim Gailloreto’s exceptional saxophonics, John Sims’ bass logic and Juan Pastor striking time-keeping on drums. The project is eloquent, poetic and very listenable. Check it out.
ALL THINGS ARE
Hays Street Hart
Smoke Sessions Records has released All Things Are, a collaborative performance among pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Ben Street and drummer Billy Hart. The live streamed concert was recorded at Smoke Jazz Club and features seven songs, six composed by Hays, who contributes three original melodies and three ingeniously crafted contrafacts of revered standards.
The album genuinely reflects Kevin Hays’ refined phrasings, depth of feelings and choice of notes on the compositions. Hays’ ingenious melodic formulations on the contrafacts- which are compositions built on the harmonic blueprints of standards - “Unscrappulous” (“Scrapple from the Apple”), “All Things Are” (“All the Things You Are”) and “Twilight” (“Stella by Starlight”) alone were worth the price of admission to the concert. Hays’ lovely melody and beautiful chord changes of “Elegia” and “Sweet Caroline” are both indications of the pianist’s virtuosic skills as a composer and Steinway artist.
On All Things Are, drummer Billy Hart and bassist Ben Street also imprint their musicality throughout the album. The telepathic interplay, which these exemplary improvisers reveal time and time again during the session, makes these performances worthy of a second and third listen. Among the major highlights, and there are many, is how “the sound of surprise” suffuses the opening track titled “New Day.” That telepathic interplay, resonated deeply after months-long pandemic-imposed isolation.
Overall, All Things Are is a glowing example of a brief encounter of three masterful musician’s maiden voyage as a trio. There is a certain joy in knowing music survived during a horrendous pandemic via recorded live-streamed concerts. Listen to the memorable performance and then buy the All Things Are. Clickhere.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum soundtrack is in stores now
By Paula Edelstein
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a 2019 American neo-noir action film starring Keanu Reeves as the titular character. It is the third installment in the John Wick film series, following John Wick (2014) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017). The film is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams, based on a story by Kolstad. It also stars Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane. In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, ex-hitman John Wick finds himself on the run from legions of assassins after a $14 million contract is put on Wick’s head after he kills a member of the shadowy international assassin's guild, the High Table.
The score for the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (OST) from the movie John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019)was composed by Tyler Bates(John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2,The Spy Who Dumped Me, Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde, Guardians of the Galaxy) andJoel J. Richard(John Wick: Chapter 2). Released on May 17, 2019 (digital) and June 7, 2019 (CD) on the Varese Sarabande Records and Music.Film Recordings label, the soundtrack features 24 tracks that communicate the sights and sounds of John Wick’s thoughts, feelings, fight scenes and overall artistic expressions.
"While his fight, stunt, and weapon work is second to none, Chad [Stahelski] embraces original music with equal passion - setting the table for Joel Richard and I to experiment and create a distinct "sound" for the John Wick world. Five years ago, we cranked "Killing Strangers" at concert volume in my studio. And now John Wick is a trilogy. Working with Chad has been a truly amazing experience," says Tyler Bates.
The combination of music and sound is highly effective in telling John Wick’s story. The composers have successfully matched their genre of music to Wick’s complex assignments, his revengeful fight scenes, and have creatively oriented the audience to understand exactly what the filmmakers are trying to convey. The diversified musicality of each track is effectively placed whether in scenes with wide shots, dissolves or the action packed, high-energy, ass-kicking fight scenarios. With titles such as “Tick Tock, Mr. Wick,” “The Adjudicator,” “Kill What You Love,” “He Shot My Dog,” and “Really Pissed Off,” the raw and unbridled industrial rock-influenced music reaches the inner-most consciousness of John Wick as well as the roles of the supporting characters.
To celebrate, a Trilogy CD bundle of all three John Wick soundtracks is available now only at VareseSarabande.com.
'West Side Story Reimagined' raises money for hurricane relief
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
Bobby Sanabria offers an incredible new Latin jazz treatment of this timeless masterwork that premiered on September 26, 1957 redefining American musical theatre in celebration of the shows recent 60th Anniversary (2017) and Maestro Bernstein’s Centennial (2018).
West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads, 2018) was recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC, this exciting new reimagining is West Side Story like you’ve never heard it before as performed by the amazing multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. This set includes an accompanying 16-page booklet containing rare photographs and features the rhythms of the various Latin American countries, and more with exciting new instrumental arrangements all done through the lens of the Latin jazz continuum.
The “Prologue” arranged by Jeremy Fletcher features solos by Oreste Abrantes on congas, and Matthew Gonzalez on bongo. During the outstanding performance of Maestro Bernstein’s use of the tritone (the first two notes of the now iconic three note whistle) the whistling sets the stage for everything that is to come. Inspired by the calls of the Hebraic ram’s horn trumpet, the blasts were a call to war. Now transferred to the whistles of the streets, it announces the conflict between the Jets and the Sharks. The Prologue’s ominous driving melody, based on the three notes of the whistle, is a repetitive three bar phrase that repeats in on itself over the driving Cuban son montuno rhythm mixed with funk. The direction of the clave is played over finger snaps as a fast shift to swing rhythm represents the first encounter of the Jets and Sharks.
“Jet Song” arranged by Niko Siebold features solos by Max Darche on trumpet, Dave Miller on trombone, Peter Brainin on tenor sax, Matthey Gonzalez on primo barril de bomba, and Bobby Sanabria on vocals. The hard driving shuffle rhythm starts the songs with the Jets represented by each wind section. The double time swing in the sax soli represents the out of control energy, fear, immaturity and hate the Jets have for the Sharks. The Sharks are musically represented by their native Afro-Puerto Rican which explodes with majesty, force and ache.
“America” arranged by Jeff Lederer with solos by Chris Washburne on trombone, Andrew Gould on alto sax, Darwin Noguera on piano and Leo Traversa on electric bass is perhaps the quintessential song about the immigrant experience in this country. Notwithstanding the current events playing out at the US Border between Central America, this song couldn’t be more relevant with respect to today’s headlines. But Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens since 1917 and are migrants, not immigrants and yet still face the realities of discrimination, denial of economic opportunities and the hardships they were escaping from on the island. Now faced with the devastating hurricanes the song uses the Venezuelan rhythm of joropo and the appearance of national anthems of a number of immigrant/refugee communities that are experience a renewed level of discrimination under the current Trump administration.
These are just a few of the songs produced for West Side Story Reimagined. With 20 tracks running just over one hour, this collection is sure to excite the ambitions within us all to fight for what one believes in. This re-imagining from the perspective of a jazz musician, a Latin musician, and a native Nuyorican son who is a proud American deserves to be in your collection. Check it out. For more information, please visit the Jazzheads website at http://www.jazzheads.com.
Playing for Change
Listen to the Music
The newest body of work features 12 new Songs Around the World. All the music on this album was recorded and filmed live outside with a mobile studio and features 210 musicians from 25 different countries. This musical journey created a world where the artists care more about each other and find more positive solutions to the problems we all face as a human race. No matter how many things in life divide us, they are never as strong as the power of music to bring us together.
Tracks include "Listen to the Music" featuring the Doobie Brothers, "All Along the Watchtower" featuring Ivan Neville, "Skin Deep" featuring Buddy Guy, "Africa Mokili Mobimba" featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more.
Visit playingforchange.com if you'd lie to see the video of each song.
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THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET
THE LEGENDARY PRESTIGE QUINTET SESSIONS
This magnificent 4-disc collection represents the critical turning point in the career of Miles Davis. The trumpeter had achieved much in the years prior to forming a working band in the latter part of 1955, and his subsequent triumphs make their own claims on immortality. That said, the Miles Davis Quintet heard here was Davis’ means of seizing the moment when his physical health and his musical concepts were on an upswing, and when the public and the music industry had finally begun to pay attention. This is the band Davis organized when he wanted his recordings to stand for more than snapshots of his momentary interests. Buy it today from the SOTJ store.
Prestige Profiles Series - In Stores Now
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Lightning Hopkins, Red Garland, Kenny Burrell, Eric Dolphy, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Coleman Hawkins featured in ten volume set culled from Prestige Records' vaults. Bonus disc included with each CD adds new dimension to your favorite jazz cats!
Jazz begins with Prestige! This specially priced collection provides a closer look at a label that ushered in the golden age of modern jazz. Rediscover this rich legacy of artists from Miles and Coltrane to Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins with the Prestige Profiles Series. Ten volumes, each containing a unique bonus disc, illuminates an essential chapter in jazz history. BUY THEM NOW.