Saturday, January 21, 2017

COLOR OUR WORLDS -Stein’s new recording hits an impressive trifecta #jazz

It is all you can ask for from a jazz recording — the trifecta, the vaunted triple threat. John Stein’s new disc, Color Tones, features excellent compositions, beautiful arrangements, and formidable playing.

It helps when you can fit the pieces into place like Stein can. The tasteful guitarist has assembled a sublime band, expanding his regular rhythm section — drummer Zé Eduardo Nazario and bassist John Lockwood — with the addition of two unique and mature soloists, Fernando Brandão on flutes and Phil Grenadier on trumpets and mutes.

The band is critical to Stein’s success. Together, the quintet has created Color Tones, a marvelous melange of classy jazz, funky grooves, and terrific ensemble playing. All four of Stein’s accompanists carve out unique territory, individually and collectively. Stein is a generous leader. Every musician is featured extensively, and they complement each other beautifully, adding their individual voices to the group effort.

Songs like the exciting “Neck Road” provide an example of how this collective functions, featuring all five instrumentalists weaving through spontaneous interplay: the musical conversation is respectful, energetic, and bristling. Though the acoustic format feels traditional on the surface, there are surprises hiding underneath. This is music of depth and subtlety.

John Stein is one of the finest jazz guitarists you'll ever hear, with beautiful touch, tone, swing, detail, and emotion. Working with a warm, singing classic jazz-guitar sound, he renders maximum swing and expression. There's a wealth of detail that he gets at even the fastest tempos.

Special mention goes to John for his compositions on this recording. The tunes are challenging yet melodic, adventuresome yet familiar. John has provided his co-artists with sparingly ornamented, although not blank canvases. The musicians, utilizing the palette John has supplied, complete the sonic landscapes, adding depth, perspective, and character. With the composer leading the way with nimble, subtle guitar figures, the result is communal art in which all participants have room to express themselves through thoughtful improvisation.

Eight of the eleven tunes here are arranged by the group; each one features the rhythm section laying down a deep groove, with the other musicians layering colored lines over it in a communal way. In addition to the ideas contributed by the composer and the players, three of the songs are arranged by Adi Yeshaya, which adds immeasurably to the sonic variety of Color Tones.

The resulting work is bold and beautiful, vigorous brush strokes on a sturdy canvas. Which is to say, art. One way, and a fitting one, to describe Stein’s Color Tones is that it’s literally a work of art, a mosaic of playing, composing and arranging that amounts to strata of bold colors, masterful restraint, and just the right amount of flourish.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - January 16, 2017 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Nathan East - "Reverence" - (Yamaha Entertainment Group"
2 - 2 - Peter White - "Groovin' - (Heads Up/Concord)
3 - 6 - Paul Taylor - "Countdown" - (Pike/eOne)
4 - 4 - Euge Groove - "Still Euge" - (Shanachie)
5 - 3 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
6 - 10 - Paul Brown - "One Way Back" - (Woodward Avenue)
7 - 5 - Doc Powell - "This Is Soul" - (DPR Music)
8 - 14 - Brian Simpson - "Persuasion" - (Shanachie)
9 - 7 - The Rippingtons - "True Stories" - (Peak/eONE)
10 - 11 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
11 - 9 - Paul Jackson Jr. - "Stories From Stompin' Willie - (Branch, Records Inc.)
12 - 8 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)
13 - 13 - Lindsey Webster - "Back To Your Heart" - (Shanachie)
14 - 12 - Chuck Loeb - "Unspoken" - (Shanachie)
15 - 18 - Gerald Albright - "Taking Control" - (Bright)
16 - 17 - Herb Alpert - "Human Nature" - (Herb Alpert Presents)
17 - 15 - Nick Colionne - "The Journey" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
18 - 16 - Marc Antoine - "Laguna Beach" - (Woodward Avenue)
19 - 31 - Steve Watson - "Playtime" - (WatsonWood)
20 - 21 - Jazz Funk Soul - "More Serious Business" - (Shanachie)


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Monday, January 09, 2017

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - January 9, 2017 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Nathan East - "Reverence" - (Yamaha Entertainment Group"
2 - 2 - Peter White - "Groovin' - (Heads Up/Concord)
3 - 5 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
4 - 3 - Euge Groove - "Still Euge" - (Shanachie)
5 - 8 - Doc Powell - "This Is Soul" - (DPR Music)
6 - 4 - Paul Taylor - "Countdown" - (Pike/eOne)
7 - 6 - The Rippingtons - "True Stories" - (Peak/eONE)
8 - 10 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)
9 - 9 - Paul Jackson Jr. - "Stories From Stompin' Willie - (Branch, Records Inc.)
10 - 11 - Paul Brown - "One Way Back" - (Woodward Avenue)
11 - 13 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
12 - 7 - Chuck Loeb - "Unspoken" - (Shanachie)
13 - 12 - Lindsey Webster - "Back To Your Heart" - (Shanachie)
14 - 23 - Brian Simpson - "Persuasion" - (Shanachie)
15 - 16 - Nick Colionne - "The Journey" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
16 - 14 - Marc Antoine - "Laguna Beach" - (Woodward Avenue)
17 - 21 - Herb Alpert - "Human Nature" - (Herb Alpert Presents)
18 - 15 - Gerald Albright - "Taking Control" - (Bright)
19 - 17 - Ken Navarro - "Bonfire" - (Positive Music Records)
20 - 19 - Reza Khan - "Wind Dance" - (Painted Media)


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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year to the JazzHQ subscribers #jazz

A very Happy New Year year to all the visitors of  the JazzHQ blog, Facebook and Twitter. We're pleased that you found your way here and grateful if you've done it more than once.

Best wishes to you all. Good health and peace in the new year.



Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas from JazzHQ #jazz

Our very best wishes to all of you who took the time to visit JazzHQ during the year, whether at jazzhq/blogspot.com, twitter.com/jazzhq, or facebook.com/jazzhq.
White Christmas - The Drifters (Video/cartoon)
Sung by The Drifters. Cartoon by Joshua Held.
Featuring Bill Pinkney on lead bass and Clyde McPhatter on tenor.



Sing along:

Ooh
Doop doop, doop doo doop
Ooh
Doop doop, doop doo doop

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where those treetops glisten, and children listen,
To hear sleigh bells in the snow, the snow.

Then, I-I-I am dreaming of a white Christmas,
With every Christmas card I write,
May your days, may your days, may your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white.

I-I-I am dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the treetops glisten, and children listen,
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I-I-I am dreaming of a white Christmas,
With every Christmas card I write,
May your days, may your days, may your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells all the way.
Ooooh.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - December 19, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Nathan East - "Reverence" - (Yamaha Entertainment Group"
2 - 2 - Peter White - "Groovin' - (Heads Up/Concord)
3 - 3 - Euge Groove - "Still Euge" - (Shanachie)
4 - 6 - Paul Taylor - "Countdown" - (Pike/eOne)
5 - 4 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
6 - 9 - The Rippingtons - "True Stories" - (Peak/eONE)
7 - 11 - Chuck Loeb - "Unspoken" - (Shanachie)
8 - 8 - Doc Powell - "This Is Soul" - (DPR Music)
9 - 5 - Paul Jackson Jr. - "Stories From Stompin' Willie - (Branch, Records Inc.)
10 - 7 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)
11 - 10 - Paul Brown - "One Way Back" - (Woodward Avenue)
12 - 12 - Lindsey Webster - "Back To Your Heart" - (Shanachie)
13 - 13 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
14 - 14 - Marc Antoine - "Laguna Beach" - (Woodward Avenue)
15 - 16 - Gerald Albright - "Taking Control" - (Bright)
16 - 22 - Nick Colionne - "The Journey" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
17 - 15 - Ken Navarro - "Bonfire" - (Positive Music Records)
18 - 26 - Steve Cole - "Turn It Up" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
19 - 18 - Reza Khan - "Wind Dance" - (Painted Media)
20 - 17 - Jaee Logan - "Sun Rider" - (Lounge Renown Records)


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Monday, December 12, 2016

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - December 12, 2016 #jazz


TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Nathan East - "Reverence" - (Yamaha Entertainment Group"
2 - 2 - Peter White - "Groovin' - (Heads Up/Concord)
3 - 3 - Euge Groove - "Still Euge" - (Shanachie)
4 - 4 - BWB - "BWB" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
5 - 7 - Paul Jackson Jr. - "Stories From Stompin' Willie - (Branch, Records Inc.)
6 - 9 - Paul Taylor - "Countdown" - (Pike/eOne)
7 - 5 - Richard Elliot - "Summer Madness" - (Heads Up/Concord)
8 - 12 - Doc Powell - "This Is Soul" - (DPR Music)
9 - 6 - The Rippingtons - "True Stories" - (Peak/eONE)
10 - 8 - Paul Brown - "One Way Back" - (Woodward Avenue)
11 - 10 - Chuck Loeb - "Unspoken" - (Shanachie)
12 - 11 - Lindsey Webster - "Back To Your Heart" - (Shanachie)
13 - 14 - Adam Hawley - "Just The Beginning" - (Kalimba)
14 - 13 - Marc Antoine - "Laguna Beach" - (Woodward Avenue)
15 - 15 - Ken Navarro - "Bonfire" - (Positive Music Records)
16 - 16 - Gerald Albright - "Taking Control" - (Bright)
17 - 21 - Jaee Logan - "Sun Rider" - (Lounge Renown Records)
18 - 23 - Reza Khan - "Wind Dance" - (Painted Media)
19 - 17 - Jas Miller - "Follow The Sun" - (Jas Miller)
20 - 22 - Incognito - "In Search Of Better Days" - (Shanachie)


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