Archive | August, 2010

Listening To Rap With Robert Glasper

29 Aug

Below is a link to a great posting from NPR’s “A Blog Supreme” jazz blog written by Patrick Jarenwattananon on August 26th.

Patrick does a wonderful interview with rising star pianist Robert Glasper, who on his latest CD Double Booked shows two sides: his acoustic trio and his love for hip-hop and rap elements.They have a great discussion about Glasper taking on both genres at the same time.

Click here to read the entire interview:

Listening To Rap With Robert Glasper

August 26, 2010 by Patrick Jarenwattananon

Robert Glasper

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Lee Ritenour Live in Studio 8/26/2010

28 Aug

Here is a great performance from Lee Ritenour live from the KPLU/Jazz 24 Studios from last Thursday.

When Lee came into the KPLU/Jazz24 studios on an unseasonably cool August afternoon, he arrived with a rhythm section hot enough to raise Seattle’s temperature a few degrees: drummer, Will Kennedy and bassist, Melvin Davis. Together, they laid down three delightful tracks; Water’s Edge, L.P. (For Les Paul), and Freddie Hubbard’s composition, Povo (watch the video below).

Along the way, Lee talked with jazz host, Abe Beeson, about his early years as studio guitarist and how the music scene has changed over the course of his career. He also talked about going all over the world and even having a talent contest to get all the guest guitarists he wanted for his latest recording project.

Listen to the entire performance

Seattle's Cro-Magnon Pictures Presents A Jazzman's Jazzman

27 Aug

This is a great posting I found on the Sun Break website posted by Seattle actor, musician, singer, and filmmaker Ben Harris.

CRO-MAGNON PICTURES has written in to let everyone know about the premiere of their feature film, A Jazzman’s Jazzman: The Gerry Carruthers Story. Look for it at The Fremont Abbey (4272 Fremont Ave N) on Friday, September 10, 2010. Screenings are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., with live music in between.

Click the link below to watch the trailer:

A Jazzman’s Jazzman: The Gerry Carruthers Story from Paul Maupoux on Vimeo.

About the film…

A Jazzman’s Jazzman is a hilarious and unique blend of mockumentary and stop-motion animation. Equal parts Spinal Tap and Ken Burns’ Jazz, it follows the life and times of fictional pianist Gerry Carruthers as he struggles for fame and recognition against all odds.

The stories of Carruthers, his friends and enemies, and the club where he became infamous are brought to vivid life by a cast of skilled Seattle actors and musicians in improvised interviews, and “dramatized” in gorgeous stop-motion animation of characters created by Eric “Two Scoops” Moore.

The film also features a fantastic original score by local musicians Birch Pereira and Tim Kennedy.

About Cro-Magnon Pictures…

Cro-Magnon Pictures is a Seattle-based independent film company formed in 2008 by writer/director/actor Benjamin Harris and writer/editor/cinematographer Paul Maupoux. Bassist Birch Pereira composed the scores of both Jazzman and the company’s first project, The Mr. Azymuth Suite. CMP’s second short, the office comedy Man Talk, was an official selection for Local Sightings 2009 at the NW Film Forum, Washington Grown Film Festival 2009, and the 2010 Port Townsend Film Festival; it also became a companion video art exhibition for the ACT Theatre production of Below the Belt, starring Judd Hirsch. Cro-Magnon Pictures is committed to producing quality shorts and feature films featuring the best of local acting talent and the highest possible production values.

Seattle’s Cro-Magnon Pictures Presents A Jazzman’s Jazzman

27 Aug

This is a great posting I found on the Sun Break website posted by Seattle actor, musician, singer, and filmmaker Ben Harris.

CRO-MAGNON PICTURES has written in to let everyone know about the premiere of their feature film, A Jazzman’s Jazzman: The Gerry Carruthers Story. Look for it at The Fremont Abbey (4272 Fremont Ave N) on Friday, September 10, 2010. Screenings are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., with live music in between.

Click the link below to watch the trailer:

A Jazzman’s Jazzman: The Gerry Carruthers Story from Paul Maupoux on Vimeo.

About the film…

A Jazzman’s Jazzman is a hilarious and unique blend of mockumentary and stop-motion animation. Equal parts Spinal Tap and Ken Burns’ Jazz, it follows the life and times of fictional pianist Gerry Carruthers as he struggles for fame and recognition against all odds.

The stories of Carruthers, his friends and enemies, and the club where he became infamous are brought to vivid life by a cast of skilled Seattle actors and musicians in improvised interviews, and “dramatized” in gorgeous stop-motion animation of characters created by Eric “Two Scoops” Moore.

The film also features a fantastic original score by local musicians Birch Pereira and Tim Kennedy.

About Cro-Magnon Pictures…

Cro-Magnon Pictures is a Seattle-based independent film company formed in 2008 by writer/director/actor Benjamin Harris and writer/editor/cinematographer Paul Maupoux. Bassist Birch Pereira composed the scores of both Jazzman and the company’s first project, The Mr. Azymuth Suite. CMP’s second short, the office comedy Man Talk, was an official selection for Local Sightings 2009 at the NW Film Forum, Washington Grown Film Festival 2009, and the 2010 Port Townsend Film Festival; it also became a companion video art exhibition for the ACT Theatre production of Below the Belt, starring Judd Hirsch. Cro-Magnon Pictures is committed to producing quality shorts and feature films featuring the best of local acting talent and the highest possible production values.

"Now In Stores" VII

16 Aug

Here are five more recent (or soon to be) jazz releases worth giving a listen to:

1. Tribal by Dr. John (429 Records, August 3, 2010) CLICK HERE TO BUY

Iconic American musician Dr. John goes TRIBAL with the follow-up to his 2008 Grammy Award Winning release ‘The City That Care Forgot’ for ‘Best Contemporary Blues Album.’ TRIBAL, featuring a track with Grammy winner Derek Trucks, is a unique spicy mix of New Orleans funk and blues with a spiritual and Native flavor with songs written by Dr John and a few of his friends – Allen Toussaint and the late Bobby Charles and joined by his ultra funky Lower 911 band of musicians.

2. 6 String Theory by Lee Ritenour (Concord Records, June 29, 2010) CLICK HERE TO BUY

6 String Theory is a special project put together by legendary guitarist Lee Ritenour in celebration of the world’s most popular instrument – the guitar! Joining him in this tribute to the guitar, the all-star line-up includes George Benson, BB King, Slash, Steve Lukather, John Scofield, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Cray and Vince Gill among many other superstars. Blending rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, country and classical, they come together for a seamless project that promises to take the listener on a musical journey and exploration of the guitar. Also featured on vocals are BB King, Robert Cray, Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Majal, Joe Bonamassa and Jonny Lang. Debuting on this release is sixteen-year-old guitarist Shon Boublil who was the grand prize winner of Lee Ritenour’s Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition.

3. Raconte-Moi by Stacey Kent (EMI France, June 8, 2010) CLICK HERE TO BUY

2010 release, an all-French album from the American Jazz vocalist. Raconte-Moi..(Tell Me) revisits great classics of the French musical heritage with songs by Barbara, Paul Misraki, Georges Moustaki, Henri Salvador, Michel Jonasz, Keren Ann and Benjamin Biolay, and also showcases original work by talented young songwriters like Claire Denamur, Camille D’avril and Emilie Satt. Stacey Kent bridges the divide between genres, elegantly and daintily stamping her own personal hallmark on this shining album. EMI.

4. Whirl by The Fred Hersch Trio (Palmetto Records, June 21, 2010) CLICK HERE TO BUY

‘Hersch’s music luxurious, free-flowing, unashamedly gorgeous jazz is idiosyncratically, unmistakably a creation of his own,’ David Hajdu wrote in a recent, riveting New York Times Magazine profile on Hersch’s music and life. The piece detailed Hersch’s recovery from a harrowing, near-death health battle and placed him in the forefront of contemporary, innovative jazz artists and chronicles his influence on many of today’s brightest young musicians. Whirl is Hersch’s first recording since undergoing intense physical therapy and achieving full recuperation. Hersch is widely considered a genius on the piano. He moved to New York from Cincinnati in the 1970s, earning his credibility as a piano prodigy at Bradley’s. His list of credits as a band leader, co-leader, sideman and soloist are astounding. He has worked extensively with jazz masters Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, and Jane Ira Bloom, Art Farmer, Toots Thielemans, Gary Burton, Bill Frisell, Sam Jones and Charlie Haden and has appeared on over 100 recordings. He is also a three-time GRAMMY© nominee.

5. Home by Jane Monheit (Emarcy, September 21, 2010) CLICK HERE TO BUY

Los Angeles, California. “Home,” Jane Monheit’s eagerly anticipated new CD, is set for release by Emarcy/Universal Records on September 21st, 2010. An ode to the golden age of the jazz standard – the genre which Jane identifies with most – “Home” celebrates the treasured tracks of songwriters and lyricists past and present whom Monheit greatly admires including Rodgers and Hart and Schwartz & Dietz. A sumptuously sung passionate song cycle of 12 tunes self-produced by the modern-day jazz diva, “Home” is Monheit’s tenth CD and will be accompanied by a world tour beginning in the Fall. Accompanying Monheit on “Home” are long-time Monheit band-members Michael Kanan (piano), Neal Miner on bass and Rick Montalbano on drums, who were joined on the CD by guest artists John Pizzarelli (vocals and guitar), Peter Eldridge (vocals), Frank Vignola (guitar), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet and flugelhorn), Mark O’Connor (violin) and Larry Goldings (piano).

Now in Stores (Late May, June, and July)

“Now in Stores” – 5/16/2010 to 5/22/2010

“Now in Stores” – 5/2/2010 to 5/8/2010

Now in Stores” – 4/25/2010 to 5/1/2010

“Now in Stores” – 4/18/2010 t0 4/24/2010

“Now In Stores” – 5 Noteworthy Jazz Albums Released this Week (4/11/2010-4/17/10)

“Now In Stores” VII

16 Aug

Here are five more recent (or soon to be) jazz releases worth giving a listen to:

1. Tribal by Dr. John (429 Records, August 3, 2010) CLICK HERE TO BUY

Iconic American musician Dr. John goes TRIBAL with the follow-up to his 2008 Grammy Award Winning release ‘The City That Care Forgot’ for ‘Best Contemporary Blues Album.’ TRIBAL, featuring a track with Grammy winner Derek Trucks, is a unique spicy mix of New Orleans funk and blues with a spiritual and Native flavor with songs written by Dr John and a few of his friends – Allen Toussaint and the late Bobby Charles and joined by his ultra funky Lower 911 band of musicians.

2. 6 String Theory by Lee Ritenour (Concord Records, June 29, 2010) CLICK HERE TO BUY

6 String Theory is a special project put together by legendary guitarist Lee Ritenour in celebration of the world’s most popular instrument – the guitar! Joining him in this tribute to the guitar, the all-star line-up includes George Benson, BB King, Slash, Steve Lukather, John Scofield, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Cray and Vince Gill among many other superstars. Blending rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, country and classical, they come together for a seamless project that promises to take the listener on a musical journey and exploration of the guitar. Also featured on vocals are BB King, Robert Cray, Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Majal, Joe Bonamassa and Jonny Lang. Debuting on this release is sixteen-year-old guitarist Shon Boublil who was the grand prize winner of Lee Ritenour’s Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition.

3. Raconte-Moi by Stacey Kent (EMI France, June 8, 2010) CLICK HERE TO BUY

2010 release, an all-French album from the American Jazz vocalist. Raconte-Moi..(Tell Me) revisits great classics of the French musical heritage with songs by Barbara, Paul Misraki, Georges Moustaki, Henri Salvador, Michel Jonasz, Keren Ann and Benjamin Biolay, and also showcases original work by talented young songwriters like Claire Denamur, Camille D’avril and Emilie Satt. Stacey Kent bridges the divide between genres, elegantly and daintily stamping her own personal hallmark on this shining album. EMI.

4. Whirl by The Fred Hersch Trio (Palmetto Records, June 21, 2010) CLICK HERE TO BUY

‘Hersch’s music luxurious, free-flowing, unashamedly gorgeous jazz is idiosyncratically, unmistakably a creation of his own,’ David Hajdu wrote in a recent, riveting New York Times Magazine profile on Hersch’s music and life. The piece detailed Hersch’s recovery from a harrowing, near-death health battle and placed him in the forefront of contemporary, innovative jazz artists and chronicles his influence on many of today’s brightest young musicians. Whirl is Hersch’s first recording since undergoing intense physical therapy and achieving full recuperation. Hersch is widely considered a genius on the piano. He moved to New York from Cincinnati in the 1970s, earning his credibility as a piano prodigy at Bradley’s. His list of credits as a band leader, co-leader, sideman and soloist are astounding. He has worked extensively with jazz masters Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, and Jane Ira Bloom, Art Farmer, Toots Thielemans, Gary Burton, Bill Frisell, Sam Jones and Charlie Haden and has appeared on over 100 recordings. He is also a three-time GRAMMY© nominee.

5. Home by Jane Monheit (Emarcy, September 21, 2010) CLICK HERE TO BUY

Los Angeles, California. “Home,” Jane Monheit’s eagerly anticipated new CD, is set for release by Emarcy/Universal Records on September 21st, 2010. An ode to the golden age of the jazz standard – the genre which Jane identifies with most – “Home” celebrates the treasured tracks of songwriters and lyricists past and present whom Monheit greatly admires including Rodgers and Hart and Schwartz & Dietz. A sumptuously sung passionate song cycle of 12 tunes self-produced by the modern-day jazz diva, “Home” is Monheit’s tenth CD and will be accompanied by a world tour beginning in the Fall. Accompanying Monheit on “Home” are long-time Monheit band-members Michael Kanan (piano), Neal Miner on bass and Rick Montalbano on drums, who were joined on the CD by guest artists John Pizzarelli (vocals and guitar), Peter Eldridge (vocals), Frank Vignola (guitar), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet and flugelhorn), Mark O’Connor (violin) and Larry Goldings (piano).

Now in Stores (Late May, June, and July)

“Now in Stores” – 5/16/2010 to 5/22/2010

“Now in Stores” – 5/2/2010 to 5/8/2010

Now in Stores” – 4/25/2010 to 5/1/2010

“Now in Stores” – 4/18/2010 t0 4/24/2010

“Now In Stores” – 5 Noteworthy Jazz Albums Released this Week (4/11/2010-4/17/10)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (701-710)

15 Aug

Here is another 10 to add to the list.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 701 through 710.

701. Jamboree: Monty Alexander’s Ivory and Steel – Monty Alexander (Concord Jazz, 1994) CLICK HERE TO BUY

702. Live at Birdland – John Coltrane (Charly Records, 1963) CLICK HERE T O BUY

703. The Original Misty – Erroll Garner (Mercury, 1955) CLICK HERE TO BUY

704. Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra – Johnny Hodges (Polygram, 1962) CLICK HERE TO BUY

705. Legrand Jazz – Michel Legrand (Polygram, 1958) CLICK HERE TO BUY

706. Twilight World – Marian McPartland (Concord, 2008) CLICK HERE TO BUY

707. It’s Magic – Abbey Lincoln (Riverside/OJC, 1958) CLICK HERE TO BUY

708. Spirits of Congo Square – Donald Harrison (Candid, 2000) CLICK HERE TO BUY

709. It’s All Right to Swing – Eric Reed (Mo Jazz, 1993) CLICK HERE TO BUY

710. Sugar – Stanley Turrentine (CTI Records, 1970) CLICK HERE TO BUY

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