Drummer/bandleader Brandon Sanders makes his long-awaited debut with the release of Compton’s Finest on Savant Records. The master drummer is joined by vibraphonist Warren Wolf, saxophonist Chris Lewis, pianist Keith Brown, bassist Eric Wheeler and guest vocalist Jazzmeia Horn on eight superb compositions. Produced by Willie Jones III, Compton’s Finest includes great songs written by Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Barron, as well as covers of the standards “Softly As in A Morning Sunrise” and “Monk’s Dream,” the melodic soul of Sander’s two originals “Compton’s Finest,” and “SJB” and the enticing vocals from special guest Jazzmeia Horn.
The group opens the recording with “Softly As in A Morning Sunrise” and instantly captures your attention with excellent solos from saxophonist Chris Lewis, vibraphonist Warren Wolf and pianist Keith Brown. They sustain your interest as listeners with Sanders’ own “Compton’s Finest” a minor blues that plants the band firmly in a medium tempo groove. Bassist Eric Wheeler truly shines on this one as does the entire ensemble. Jazzmeia Horn makes “I Can’t Help It” even more appreciated with an updated interpretation of this popular Stevie Wonder composition made popular by Michael Jackson. Wolf adds his awesome vibes to elevate the song to another level. Horn also sings Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood” in a relaxed bossa nova feeling and with the respect and love the song was initially written. To close out, Sanders’ “SJB” has a danceable groove and a definite feel good vibe that leaves listeners with a firm intention to keep this recording on repeat. https://brandonsandersmusic.com/music
FAIRY TALE FAIL
Fairy Tale Fail is a modern, R&B-inspired, beautifully sung and arranged album by jazz vocalist and songwriter Chloé Jean. The artist teamed up with legendary guitarist Ray Obiedo to produce and arrange her debut project which is a mix of standards and autobiographical originals. Chloé Jean has much inspiration to draw from. She frankly states that she was inspired by such revered artists as jazz icons Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. However with Fairy Tale Fail, she combines original lyrics from her personal life with songs originally written as assignments for private studies with her songwriting instructor. She is joined by sidemen Santana keyboardist David K. Mathew, Tower of Power bassist Marc Van Wageningen and percussionist Peter Michael Ecovedo as well as a coterie of talented rhythm section musicians.
The originals songs explore significant periods in Chloe Jean’s artistic growth. “Black Sheep” opens the recording and discusses the struggles of being an artistic person in less-than-sympathetic surroundings. Her lovely, multi-octave vocals draw you into her resonant storytelling with ease and skill. The title track tells why our real lives are not as idealized as in many movies. Here Chloe Jean sings with the finesse of an experienced jazz legend and as with most great vocalists, this song comes from her heart, inspired thoughts and ideas that have expertly transcended decades.
When Chloe Jean developed her ideas as a recording that combined a variety of standards and autobiographical originals she brought a mélange of poetry, prose and a wide range of musical styles together that continue to reflect the multi-cultural, global society in which we live. How fortunate it is to have such an enthralling debut recording from such incredible musicians.
With Fairy Tale Fail Chloe and her collaborators have created something of rare power. Check it out.
Lonely Man and His Fish
Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff’s repertoire of elaborate, ambitious jazz concept recordings reaches a new summit with Lonely Man and His Fish. Released on her L&H Productions label, the double CD set is also a long-form parable, a story of deep affection between a human and his beloved pet. Eckemoff is accompanied by cornetist Kirk Knuffke, flutist Masaru Koga, bassist Ben Street and drummer Eric Harland. Like her previous projects, Lonely Man and His Fish is a triumph of casting, with the titular roles interpreted by unmistakable instrumentalists.
Via his trumpeting on “The Lonely Man,” Kirk Knuffke brings the soul and inner spirit of the Lonely Man to life with empathetic warmth and concentrated feeling, subtly portraying melancholy, affection, remorse, anxiety, and joy without a hint of sentimentality. During “Life in the Pond” Masaru Koga gives a splendid interpretation of the Fish named Spark on the shakuhachi, a Japanese end-blown bamboo flute. Yelena plays the celeste on the title track and on “Dreaming Together” which was the first time she has recorded on anything other than the piano in a studio setting.
Overall, Lonely Man and His Fish is yet another splendid illustrative work of art that Eckemoff and company have brought to life via their masterful musicality. The tone, the moods, emotions, and personal ideas about the subject matter keep this music interesting and worthy of addition to your collection of concept recordings. Check it out.
Shadow of A Soul
David Bloom Cliff Colnot
Shadow of A Soul is a soulful masterpiece by composer, guitarist, flautist and educator David Bloom and his esteemed arranger Cliff Colnot. Their collaboration is comprised of 15 original songs that celebrates Bloom’s spirituality and love of lyricism. They employed a variety of styles within different musical formats that span from jazz combos to large string sections.
“Mischievous Mark Colby” opens the recording and features exemplary saxophonics by the great Dave Liebman who trades burning riffs with alto flutist Mary Stolper. This octet tells an extraordinary story via their musical mastery that pays tribute to the late Mark Colby. “The Way I See It” is an imaginative cha cha cha that provides room for both Stolper and David Bloom to shine on alto flutes and for pianist Ryan Cohan to exhibit his expert pianism during a great solo. All of the songs are refreshingly original, gorgeous, bold and life-affirming.
Overall, Shadow of A Soul is an innovative recording of compositions that reflect the intricate awareness of David Bloom’s musicality and Cliff Colnot’s expert arrangements that provide an impressive variety of moods, grooves, colors and directions to explore and enjoy. Together they have refined a combination of modern and traditional sensibilities to create astounding sounds that will impact your own emotions. Check it out at http://fireandformrecords.com/.
NOT QUITE YET
Within the first two minutes of Paul Marinaro’s latest release titled Not Quite Yet, we can tell we’re in for something refreshingly original. Whether singing about lover’s longing, combining modern sensibilities with David Bowie’s blasts from the past on “5:15 The Angeles Have Gone” and “No Plan,” or reimagining the great sounds of Ivan Lins’ “The Island,” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Someone to Light Up My Life,” Paul Marinaro performs with elegance among impassioned grooves on 14 compositions that you are sure to enjoy.
Paul sings the stories behind these songs in a positive, mellow way while using orchestral techniques and accompaniment from his core quartet of guitarist Mike Allemana, pianist Tom Vaitsas, bassist John Tate and drummer George Fludas, an excellent horn section and the impressive KAIA string quartet. His vocals can be defined by one word: timeless. He really connects with his listener and accesses something important within each one. His is the kind of true emotion that keeps peoplecompany while listening to his vocals. Give Not Quite Yet your undivided attention and then add it to your jazz vocals collection.
‘The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles’
Jason Miles, the multiple award-winning producer/programmer/performer, reveals the full range of his musical talents in his insightful autobiography titled The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography. With a forward by Marcus Miller, Miles guides you through his declaration of resilience and longevity over his 40-year musical career. On top of the story-behind-the songs and impeccable playing by the musicians he collaborated with, he reveals the disappointments, the successes and his most exciting memories of working with some of today’s most respected musicians.
Edited by Jeff Tamarkin, Miles dedicated the book to his wife, Kathy Byalick. As he guides you through his beginnings as a synth programmer while attempting to establish himself as an in-demand producer/programmer, he eschews the traditonal "read my novel" approach in favor of a chronological docudrama-like approach that’s all the more affecting for how authentic it feels. The result is a ‘the more you know’ feeling about working with such artists as Marcus Miller, Lenny White, Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Ivan Lins and others.
Unlike many auto-biographies, Miles’ treatment of his subjects is not malicious, but can be termed as “inspired revelations.” In one chapter, he’s been working in a kind of limbo during the studio sessions where he’s physically in another country but restricted from fully integrating into the musical progression. In other chapters, some of the rules he’s required to follow are as complicated as they are unforgiving, and seemingly designed to be broken so that anyone caught committing a minor infraction can be cycled out of the studio sessions. All the while, Jason Miles is preparing for the elevation of his career if the recordings are a hit. Most are epic hits!!
Overall, the book showcases the enormous versatility of a rightfully ambitious, world-class musician/producer/programmer who has reached global audiences in a sonically stimulating way. In a sense Jason Miles delivers his most moving performance yet. Check it out. Buy it here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09ZGDC5QT or through the Jason Miles website. https://www.jasonmilesmusic.com
UNDER THE ILLUMINATION
Under the Illumination is singer/songwriter Jasmine Chadwick’s latest recording for her record label Wish I Was A Fish Music. Jasmine wrote all of the songs and co-produced the recording with Michael Farrell. On Under the Illumination Jasmine once again collaborated with Michael Farrell, David Levita, Sean Hurley, Victor Indrizzo, and was also joined by top Los Angeles string players Paula Hochhalter, Benjamin Powell, Leah Zeger and Zach Dellinger, with Danny Levin and Jesse Molloy on horns.
All lead and backing vocals were performed by Chadwick, with additional backing vocals by Janea and Tamara Champlin. The beautiful artist opens with “See Me Now” an emotional and heartfelt song about past relationships and a broken heart. Her voice captured the sentiments in the lyrics and will have you enamored with the story she is telling. “Cold Outside” is also a song about self-reflection and going forward while the title track “Under the Illumination” is a scintillating narrative of her interconnected emotions. "Cupid's Girl" is a hit song that reveals Jasmine's diverse vocal skills and guitar expertise. The musical accompaniment is highly enlightening with irrefutable guitar performances, string virtuosity and vocal mastery.
All of the songs on this recording justify Jasmine Chadwick’s virtuosic talents as a songwriter and vocalist who can connect with her listeners from the introduction to the final song. Check it out and then add it to your favorite country/folk jazz recordings.
On The Way To Be Free
Chicago Soul Jazz Collective
The Chicago Soul Jazz Collective is co-led by saxophonist John Fournier and trumpeter Marques Carroll, and features Amr Fahmy on electric keyboards and organ, guitarist and vocalist Larry Brown, drummer Keith Brooks II and bassist Andrew Vogt. Their latest recording, On the Way to Be Free, the group raises the ante by inviting Dee Alexander to join in on vocals.
All but one of the new album’s nine tracks were written by Fournier, whose songwriting has evolved to include evocative lyrics and memorable narratives – without abandoning the irresistible swagger that characterized the soul jazz heyday, neatly encompassed in “Behind the Crusaders.”
On the hard-grooving “Mama Are We There Yet,” he paints resistance in vibrant colors and rollicking rhythms, and “On the Way to Be Free,” he posits the open ocean as the ultimate oasis, sheltered by “the wind and the waves and the boat and the sails.” In “Carry Me,” Fournier uses just a handful of words to capture the universal longing for spiritual sanctuary, and in “Sweet Things,” he promises to provide a shield against evil and harm.
On the one non-Fournier composition, “Crazy Wrong,” penned by CSJC guitarist and vocalist Larry Brown, Jr., the whole band croons the chorus in a classic R&B tale of forbidden temptation. Dee Alexander proves she can sass and strut with the best on the fiery protest “The Man Is Coming Back,” and then she settles into the soulful ballad “So Alive” and drapes it in all the plummy finery it deserves.
Overall, CSJC’s third recording surpasses their previous releases due to the extraordinary musical concepts, exemplary songwriting skills of John Fournier, and the guest vocals of Dee Alexander. Check it out.
KNIGHTS OF SWING Vimeo On Demand now available
The Knights of Swing, LLC and E3 Music Productions have released the Knights of SwingVimeo On Demand,’ a feature-length film powered by an incredible cast and crew of dreamers and believers.
Set in 1947, tracing the challenges, disappointments and successes of six high school boys, and the girls who join them to form a really swingin’ big band.
With the action set in Lynwood, CA (at “Castle High”), the story follows an inclusive group of musicians trying to navigate a world that is still very much entrenched in prejudices and antiquated worldviews. The 1940s was a period of both great turmoil and hope, with The United States having just come out of World War II but the Civil Rights movement still years away.
Through their trials and tribulations, and sense of duty to persevere against all odds, Knights of Swing is a moving portrait that shows music can unite people from different cultures, backgrounds, and races. The hours of dedicated practice and just being together doesn’t merely bond them in a unique way, it creates a special world where they find refuge and peace from the aftermath of war and the challenges of the adult world.
Executive Producer Rolland Jacks, who wrote the original story and composed all the music with Emilio Palame, conceived the world from personal experiences as a young man, "It was 1947 in post-war Southern California. I was in a band called the Knights of Swing and wanted to recapture some of the values of the era and beauty and musicality of big band jazz when those big bands were all the rage. The film is based loosely on my own experiences, embellished with a big helping of imagination.”
Adding further credibility to the authenticity of the era are the inclusion of the Peggy Lee classic “Things Are Swingin’” in the score and the appearance of 22-time Grammy nominee (and 4-time Grammy winner) Gordon Goodwin in the role of "Mr. Hughes," one of the judges presiding over the grand finale, the California Battle of the Bands. Goodwin is well-known throughout the big band world for his 18-pc ensemble, The Big Phat Band, which returns to the Hollywood Bowl this summer for the inaugural Hollywood Jazz Fest.
The uplifting, toe-tapping original songs heard throughout the movie are the result of a decades long musical relationship between Jacks and Palame. For over twenty years, these close friends have been collaborating on a canon of heartfelt, spirited and entertaining songs ranging in style from Pop and Gospel to Musical Theater, Jazz and Swing.
Guitarist Jorge Garcia steps into the limelight as a leader to celebrate two of his esteemed collaborators – the late alto saxophonist Richie Cole and Hendrix Meurkens on harmonica via his new album titled Dedicated to You. Garcia is primarily known for his support of such jazz artists as Tony Bennett, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and Jon Faddis, among others. However with this recording Garcia shines as a leader, songwriter and guitarist.
The recording opens with Gigi Gryce’s “Minority” which features Richie Cole’s spirited, lightning fast solos at a brisk tempo. “This One’s For Richie” is Garcia’s tribute to Cole and showcases the altoist in a melodic mood over a swinging tempo. Hendrix Meurkens’ solos on “With You Always” are pure beauty.
Overall, Dedicated to You is a superb recording that spotlights Jorge Garcia’s skillful leadership and his songwriting finesse. Check it out and keep in touch with Jorge Garcia at http://www.jorgegarcia.com.
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.
BOOKS FOR SALE authored by Paula Edelstein Sounds of Timless Jazz Volumes 1 & 2 - Color Edition - $129.00 Sounds of Timeless Jazz - Volumes 1 & 2 - Black & White - $70.00 Beautiful, strong, and affecting, the first two volumes of this unique collection of interviews with over 100 major jazz stars discussing their art form is now available in soft-cover editions. Here's your ticket to a spectacular, star-studded, fun-and-fact filled journey through the world of jazz. This collection of interviews will bring an instant smile, a rush of happiness and more often, sensitive insights into some of the world's most noted jazz musicians. Highlighted by more than 200 dazzling photos.
RECORDINGS FOR SALE Sounds of Timeless Jazz: A Collection of Interviews - 2 disc set - $12.00 Various Artists Features spoken word interviews with Stanley Clarke, Ahmad Jamal, Carmen Lundy, Valarie King, Daniel Ho, and the special narration of "Katrina" written by Marvin Kimbrough
This exciting two disc set features insightful thoughts and advice from some of the jazz world's most successful artists. Discussions include making it in the jazz business, how these artists became successful, their gear preferences and what you need to know to make it as a jazz artist. Use your PayPal account, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or Amex credit card.
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.