Friday, November 30, 2007

Upcoming Jazz Releases | 12/4/07






Acher / Navarro - Gershwin El Hombre Que Amamos (Pid )
Adrian Birlis - Tal Cual (Pid )
Adrian Iaies - Uno DOS Tres Solo Y Bien Acompanados (Pid )
Charlotte Doreen Small - More (Midnite Enterprises)
Chris Barber - Just About As Good As It Gets (Pid )
Cinegraf - Octavo Planeta (Pid )
Clamur - Ferm Tubac (Hart Musik GMBH )
Colin / Valdes - Live At The Village Vanguard (Pid )
Erugen Cicero - Swinging The Classics On MPS (Pid )
Guillermo Vadala - Bajo Piel (Pid )
Humphrey Lyttelton - Just About As Good As It Gets (Pid )
Javier Lozano - TR3S (Pid )
Javier Malosetti - Nino (Pid )
Juan De Urquiza Cruz - Vugilia (Pid )
Ken Colyer - Just About As Good As It Gets (Pid )
Mariano Otero - Tres (Pid )
Mary J Blige Smooth Jazz - Mary J. Blige Smooth Jazz Tribute (CC Ent / Copycats )
Mickey Ragtime Jazz Band Ashman - Through Darkest Ashman (Pid )
Moutin Reunion Quartet - Sharp Turns (Blujazz Productions )
Nana Vasconcelos - Trilhas (Pid )
Nana Vasconcelos - Chegada (Pid )
Natalio Sued - Mirada Esquiva (Pid )
Otto Ohm - Naif (Pid )
Peter Lerner - Cry For Peace (Blujazz Productions )
Roxana Amed - Entremundos (Pid )
Thom Rotella - Thom Rotella 4 Tet (Traditions Alive Co. )
Various Artists - Dedicated To Soul (Expansion/Groove )
WDR Big Band - World Of Duke Ellington Part 1 (BHM Productions )





Bill Evans - Alone (Pid )
Billie Holiday - Live At Birdland (ESP-Disk )
Joe Zawinul - Faces & Places (Tone Center )
Johnny Mathis - Night To Remember (Sony )
Lester Young - Rare Live Recordings 1935 - 1959 (ESP-Disk )

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dave Koz helps bring the frosty glow to Florida

Christmas in South Florida never means snow, unless you count a freak occurrence in Miami 30 years ago or the dusting of faux flakes on Las Olas Boulevard.

But a Santa-like stopover by saxophonist Dave Koz is usually on the calendar. Koz and friends bring the 10th edition of his "Smooth Jazz Christmas" tour to the Broward Center's Au-Rene Theater in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday. A revolving eight-piece ensemble led by Koz will perform his arrangements, vocal and instrumental, of seasonal favorites such as White Christmas and Silver Bells. Both appear on his new CD, Memories of a Winter's Night (Capitol).

Lacking the appropriate weather, South Florida has to work harder to conjure the spirit, so music is a help. . . .

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Orrin Keepnews, Producer: Saint Monk

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Concord Music Group presents: "Orrin Keepnews, Producer"
Chapter 1: "Saint Monk" Pianist and composer Thelonious Monk was the patron saint of Riverside Records, the influential Jazz record label Orrin Keepnews co-founded in the early 50s.

In the first installment of a twenty chapter video podcast series, Keepnews talks about meeting Monk, signing him, and producing his Riverside debut, "Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington."

Music includes excerpts from the Keepnews Collection release, "Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington"

One of the most respected of all jazz producers, Orrin Keepnews's long and productive career has included working with such artists as Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderley and Thelonious Monk, as well as founding influential jazz labels Riverside and Milestone.

The Keepnews Collection, from The Concord Music Group is a reissue series of albums produced by this jazz legend. It features time-honored titles recorded by the true titans of jazz, originally released on Riverside and Milestone Records. All reissues, with 24-bit remastering from the master tapes, include original liner notes and Keepnews' voluminous new commentaries; when available, the original tracks are supplemented by bonus cuts from the sessions.

Please visit: www.concordmusicgroup.com

Concept and Production:
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ayo | "Joyful"

"What's different is Ayo's voice. It's high, thin and light; I'm telling you it's like no one else's." -- The New York Times

"...Next to [Corinne Bailey] Rae, the raw touch Ayo brings to 'Down On My Knees' and 'Help Is Coming' make Joyful a rougher, tougher, ultimately happier experience." -- Word Magazine

Video: "Life Is Real"
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Ayo, whose name translates to "joy" in Yoruba, is the daughter of a Nigerian father and a gypsy Romanian mother. Raised in Germany, Ayo's rich cultural background inspired her to listen to her father's diverse collection of Donnie Hathaway, Jimmy Cliff, Fela Kuti and Pink Floyd. After teaching herself to play guitar, her career took off when she secured a spot to open for Omar and improvised alongside Cody Chesnutt at the stage of the Elysée-Montmartre. The result of her travels between Paris and New York is her debut album Joyful, a collection of bittersweet songs filled with all her various experiences and the people she's encountered along the way.

On Joyful, she strives to naturally and sincerely share her stories and touch others, boosted solely by her life experience and dreams. "Down On My Knees" rests upon a cool reggae rhythm, a simple folk melody and elegant production with a voice that is 100% soul singing, crying out its love, nothing more. "If people interpret something else, hidden between the lines, by all means, they're free to do so," Ayo insinuates. Laced with Hispanic undertones and a hint of Caribbean spice, "And It's Supposed To Be Love" is Ayo's only cover taken from the repertoire of jazz singer Abbey Lincoln. Straightaway, "Help Is Coming" has a rhythmic style with elements of rock and reggae, belying its emotional nature as a ballad. For fans of any type of music, it is an immense joy to hear Ayo, but it is an absolute delight for followers of Corinne Bailey Rae, India.Arie and Angie Stone.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Smooth Jazz Chart | 11/26/07







LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Jeff Golub - "Grand Central" - (Narada Jazz)
2 - 2 - Boney James - "Shine" - (Concord)
3 - 3 - Candy Dulfer - "Candy Store" - (Shout Factory)
4 - 4 - Eric Marienthal - "Just Around The Corner" - (Peak)
6 - 5 - Jay Soto - "Stay Awhile" - (NuGroove)
5 - 6 - Rick Braun/Richard Elliot - "R n R" - (ARTizen)
8 - 7 - Chris Botti - "Italia" - (Columbia/Sony)
14 - 8 - Paul Hardcastle - "Hardcastle V" - (Trippin 'n' Ryhthm)
7- 9 - Four80East - "En Route" - (Native Language)
12 - 10 - Brian Simpson - "Above The Clouds" - (Rendezvous)


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Friday, November 23, 2007

Botti In Motion

Jazz star’s skyrocketing success knows no bounds

A hundred concerts in five months with stops in China, Russia and Poland. Thirty-four shows in New York City. An appearance on “Larry King Live.”

Springsteen? McCartney?

Try Chris Botti, the jazz trumpeter-turned-superstar, who sets up in Scullers for four nearly sold-out nights starting tomorrow. Among the material he’ll cover: songs from his new CD, “Italia,” which features Andrea Bocelli and Paula Cole.

“I have no residence, no storage locker,” Botti said from a tour stop in Palm Springs. “I don’t live anywhere. I just tour. I have one suitcase, one carry-on and my trumpet. Those are all my possessions. I don’t own anything else.”

What the 45-year-old bachelor - who was romantically connected to news anchor Katie Couric - does possess is a golden touch.

No instrumental artist with jazz roots, Wynton Marsalis included, is hotter than Botti. You don’t get major play on Bocelli’s upcoming PBS special or booked for two-and-a-half weeks at Manhattan’s Blue Note club unless you’re in demand.

Known mostly as a smooth jazz musician for years, the Oregon native signed on with Sting’s band in 1999. He was catapulted to the big time when he and his jazz band toured the world as Sting’s opening act four years ago. That led to an appearance on “Oprah,” offers to work with symphony orchestras and pop giants such as Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Josh Groban and Chaka Khan, and sexy gigs like the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Not bad for a guy raised in Corvallis and who grew up idolizing Miles Davis.

“Because my success happened so much later in my life, and because I’ve worked with so many different kinds of people, when the times are tough I keep reminding myself to look at what we have the opportunity to do,” said Botti. “The daily travel is brutal. (I’m) up most days at five in the morning to get to the airport. Then I pinch myself about what I’m doing. That makes it worth it.

“Even though I’ve been out there duking it out, trying to make it, the actual success took a long time. I like to say that behind every overnight success are 10 years of Red Roof Inns.”

Botti has had a number of No. 1 albums on the smooth jazz charts, yet in recent years his clean-lined playing has won him acclaim across genres. The band he brings to Scullers - Mark Whitfield, James Genus, Billy Kilson and Peter Martin - has heavy jazz credentials.

“Today, smooth jazz means adult,” Botti said.“The hard-core smooth jazz artists are Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Sting, myself. And then you have the instrumentalists: George Benson, Kenny G, whomever.

“The smooth jazz connection has been a bit of a hurdle, but the term doesn’t bother me anymore. Quite frankly, most people think that Sade and Norah Jones are jazz musicians. Jazz? Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter are jazz musicians. I think Norah Jones has more to do with country than jazz. Is she great? Abolutely. That’s what people need to focus on.”

So Botti continues to mix it up. Earlier this week, he played a show in Texas with his jazz group, then shared the same stage with opera star Renee Fleming and the Dallas Opera Orchestra.

“It’s one of the great things that has happened to me in the back half of my career,” he said. “I get to do this for a living, which is what I dreamed about when I was 9 years old.”

By Bob Young - bostonherald.com

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Upcoming Jazz Releases | 11/27/07






9 O'Clock Feat. Airto Moreira - 9 O'Clock Feat. Airto Moreira (Pid )
Alessandro Castelli - Non E' Una Malattia (Pid )
Alfredo Naranjo - Alfredo Naranjo Y El Guajeo (Cacao Musica)
Alkord - Nelle Mie Corde (Pid )
Amy Hanaiali'I - Christmas Album (Pid )
Arlene Smith - Stirred Not Shakin' (DSM Dominic Sciscente Music (Canada )
Armando Battiston / Andrew Cyrille - Contact (Pid )
Band Of 5 Names - Empty Gardens ( )
Barrelhouse Chuck - Chicago Blues Piano 2 (Viola )
Becky Fox - Allure (Abc Classi )
Bill Gerhardt & Cotangent - Stained Glass (Steeplechase )
Bill Russo - World Of Alcina (Warner Brothers )
Blue Note Street - Blue Note Street (EMI )
Bossa Beleza - Bossa Beleza (Pid )
Brian Simpson - Above The Clouds (Rendezvous )
Captain Hammond - Origin Of (Pid )
Carmen Leggio - Carmen Leggio Quartet (Mighty Quinn )
Changuito - Telegrafia Sin Hilo (Cacao Musica)
Chie - Ilha De Sol (Pid )
Chikara Ueda - Chega De Saudade/Jobim My Love (Pid )
Clamr - Ferm Tubac (Hart Musik GMBH )
Costel Nitescu - Forever Swing Grappelli Forever (Pid )
Cynthia Basinet - Santa Baby - 10th Anniversary (Welcome To Dreamsville Records)
Dalia Fritelson - Spring Alliance (Calibrated )
Daniel E Cavallanti - Smoke Inside (MSI Music/Super D )
Daniele Tione - Nightglow (Pid )
David Amram - Jazz Portrait (Fresh Sounds Records/Rock Bott )
Davide Di Chio - Fratello Mare Lontano (Pid )
Enrico Pieranunzi - Parisian Portraits (Pid )
Fabio Morgera - Need For Peace (Smalls Records )
Fats & His Cats - Dance Party (Pid )
Flavor Bossa Case - Flavor Bossa Case Orange Style (Pid )
Florence K - Bossa Blue (Pid )
Francesco Suppa - Birds To Jaco (Splac )
Franco Ambrosetti - Wind (Tokuma )
Francois Richard - Coincidence (DSM Dominic Sciscente Music (Canada )
Fredric Alarie & Bass Section - Vision (DSM Dominic Sciscente Music (Canada )
Funk Off - Jazzon (Pid)
Gary Versace - Reminisence (Steeplechase )
General Echo - Teacher Fe Di Class (Pid )
Giuliano Perin - Passion & Reason (Pid )
Goloubev Y / Sirkis A. / Venier G. - Intermezzo (Art&Suono )
Groove Factory - Filthy Mcnasty (Stunt )
Harlem Experiment - Harlem Experiment (Ropeadope Records (USA) )
Harold McNair - Fence (Pid )
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez - Italuba II (Cacao Musica)
House Of Jazz Essentials - House Of Jazz Essentials (Music Brokers Arg )
Jacy Parker - Spotlight On (Pid )
Jazz Greats: Trilogy - Jazz Greats: Trilogy (Music Brokers Arg )
Jean Beaudet - En Concert (DSM Dominic Sciscente Music (Canada )
Joe Castro - Groove Funk Soul (Warner Brothers )
Junior Mance - Harlem Lullaby (Warner Brothers )
Karen Wyman - Karen Wyman (Pid )
Khaled - Best Of (Pid )
Kirk Whalum - Roundtrip (Rendezvous )
Kitty White - New Voice In Jazz (Fresh Sounds Records/Rock Bott )
Kyo Nishimura - For Once In My Life (Pid )
Lars Gullin - Baritone Sax (Warner Brothers )
LTC - Different View (Pid )
Luca Cosi Quartet & Winds - I Colori Del Suono Suite (Pid )
Luigi Project Ruberti - Sud A Levante (Pid )
Marcus Printup - Bird Of Paradise (Steeplechase )
Mario Bellavista - 4 Friends (Pid )
Mary Kaye - Music On A Silver Platter (Pid )
Masahiko Togashi - Sosyo (Pid )
Maxxo - New World Design (Pid )
MC Honky - Complete Recording With Lester Young (Definitive (Germany) )
Michael Cochrane - Right Now (Steeplechase )
Michiaki Tanaka - Romantica Pablo X (Pid )
Mike Cooper & Friends - Beach Crossing/Pacific F (Pid )
Mitch - Original Yard Man (Pid )
Patricia Scot - Once Around The Clock (Pid )
Patty Mcgovern - Wednesday's Child (Warner Brothers )
Paul Potts - One Chance (Pid )
Peanuts Hucko - Complete Big Band Reco (Jazz Connections )
Peanuts Hucko - Complete Big Band 1953-57 (Jazz Connection/Rock Bottom )
Peter Mazza - Through My Eyes (Pid )
Phil Slater Quartet - Thousands (Kimnara )
Pier Mazzoleni - L'Isola Canzoni D'Autore (Splasc(H) )
Pierre Dorge & New Jungle Orchestra - Jazz In Like A Banana (Steeplechase )
Pierre Henry - Mix V.4 (Universal Records (France) )
Pj5et Special Project - High Tension (Splasc(H) )
Quincy Jones - Big Band Bossa Nova (Pid )
Real Group - Real Christamas (EMI )
Riccardo Arringhini Trio - Cambio Di Marcia (Egea )
Roberto Cecchetto / Maier Giovanni - Blues Connotation (Pid )
Rufus Harley - Courage: The Atlantic Recordings (Rhino Handmade )
Samo Salamon Quartet - Fall Memories (Pid )
Saori Yano - Birth (Pid )
Sean Nowell - Firewerks (Rhombus Records )
Showa 44 - Ormus (Kimnara )
Sinne Eeg - Waiting For Dawn (Calibrated )
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Gospel Feeling (Pid )
Soul Snatchers - Sniffin' & Snatchin' (Pid )
Stephen Riley - Once Upon A Dream (Steeplechase )
Steve Hall - Hall Things (DSM Dominic Sciscente Music (Canada )
Susan Osborn - Sakura/Sakura No Kiga Oshietekure (Pid )
Swing Brass - Swing Brass-Sax & Brass Magazine P (Pid )
Teresa - Anita Kerr Presents Teresa (Pid )
Terumasa Hino & Masaaki Kikuchi - Edges (Pid )
Tesoros Orientales - Tesoros Orientales (Suave Records/Premiere )
Tom Guarna - Wingspan (Steeplechase )
Tommy Potter - Hard Funk In Sweden (Jazz Connections )
Tononi Tiziano & The Ornettians - Tononi Tiziano & The Ornettians Vol. 2-Peace Warriors (Pid )
Tony Gorman & Bobby Singh - As Wide as the Sky (Birdland Records)
Unita' Musicale - Twister (Splasc(H) )
Various Artists - Love Jazz Christmas (Toshiba EMI (Japan) )
Various Artists - Jazz Ever! Christmas (EMI Records (Japan) )
VI Redd - Lady Soul (Warner Brothers )
Walking Time Jazz Ensemble - Stuff (Philology )
Wlve 93.9 FM: Smooth Jazz 2007-2008 - Wlve 93.9 FM: Smooth Jazz 2007-2008 (Wnua )
Youssou N'Dour - Rokku Mi Rokka (Pid )
Yuji Ohno - Lupin The Third[jazz]-But Not Reall (Pid )







Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet - Folk Mond & Flower Dream (Tropical M )
Anders Bergcrantz - About Time (Stunt )
Andrew Rathbun - Affairs Of State (Steeplechase )
Anita O'Day - Sings The Most (Pid )
Antonio Carlos Jobin - Wave (Pid )
Antonio Carlos Jobin - Composer Of Desafinado.Plays (Pid )
Arnett Cobb - More Party Time (Pid )
Bill Evans - At The Montreux Jazz Festival (Pid )
Bill Evans - Alone (Pid )
Billy Taylor Trio - Meets the Jazz Greats (Lonehill)
Billy Taylor Trio Meets The Jazz Greats - Know Your Jazz/My Fair Lady Loves Jazz (Lonehill J )
Bob Brookmeyer - Portrait Of The Artist (Warner Brothers )
Bobby Scott - Compositions Of Bobby Scott (Fresh Sounds Records)
Bosso Meets Basso Quintet - Cool Trane (Pid )
Bosso Meets Basso Quintet - S Wonderful (Pid )
Bud Powell - Powell,Bud Vol. 4-Time Waits The Amazing (Pid )
Buddy Tate - Groovin' With Tate (Prestige )
Cannonball Adderley - Quintet In Chicago (Pid )
Charlie Parker - Now's the Time (Savoy)
Charlie Parker - Very Best Of Charlie Parker (Music Brokers Arg )
Chet Baker - Very Best Of Baker, Chet (Music Brokers Arg )
Chick Corea& Return To Forever - Light As A Feather (Pid )
Chick Corea/Return to Forever - Light As A Feather (Pid )
Clifford Brown - With Strings (Pid )
Clifford Brown - Study In (Pid )
Count Basie - Straight Ahead (Pid )
Dave Pike - Jazz for the Jet Set (Wounded Bird)
David T. Walker - From My Heart (Pid )
David T. Walker - Dream Catcher (Pid )
David T. Walker - Beloved (Pid )
Diahann Carrol - Fun Life (Warner Brothers )
Django Reinhardt - Plays Django Reinhardt (Pid )
Donald Byrd - Off To The Races (EMI )
Ella Fitzgerald - And Louis (Pid )
European Jazz Trio - Bolero (Pid )
European Jazz Trio - Love Story (Pid )
Fania All Stars - Best Of (Pid )
Frank Wess - Wess Point (Fresh Sounds Records/Rock Bott )
Freddie Hubbard - Hub Cap (Blue Note)
Gerry Mulligan - Night Lights (Pid )
Glenn Miller - Originals: Glenn Miller (Music Brokers Arg )
Grant Green - Sunday Mornin (EMI )
Great Jazz Trio - July 6th-Live At Birdland N.Y. (Pid ) - SACD
Great Jazz Trio - July 5th-Live At Birdland N.Y. (Pid ) - SACD
Hank Crawford - More Soul (Collectables)
Hank Mobley - Hank Mobley (EMI )
Hank Mobley - Essential Blue-Classic Of (EMI )
Harry Lookofsky - Stringsville (Collectables)
Helen Merrill - American Country Songs (Warner Brothers )
Helen Merrill - With Clifford Brown (Pid )
Horace Silver - Horace Silver (EMI )
Jazz Modes - Most Happy Fella (Collectables)
Jimmy Giuffre - Travelin' Light (Warner Brothers )
Jimmy Smith - Cat (Pid )
Jimmy Smith - Jimmy Smith Vol. 3-At The Organ (Pid )
Joao Gilberto - Joao Gilberto (Universal)
John Coltrane - Ballads (Victor)
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (Pid )
John Coltrane - & Johnny Hartman (Pid )
Lee Konitz / Martial Solal - Impressive Rome (Cam Jazz )
Lee Morgan - Essential Blue-Classic Of (EMI )
Lee Morgan - Morgan,Lee Vol. 2-Sextet (Pid )
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (Pid )
Louis Armstrong - Originals: Armstrong, Louis (Music Brokers Arg )
Louis Armstrong / Ella Fitzgerald - Ella & Louis: Trilogy (Music Brokers Arg )
Mark Isham - The Best Of (Lakeshore Records )
Mary Lou Williams & Barbara Carroll - Ladies Of Jazz (Warner Brothers )
Matt Mcmahon - Ellipsis (Kimnara )
Matt Mcmahon - Paths & Streams (Kimnara )
Maynard Ferguson - Birdland Dream Band (Fresh Sounds Records/Rock Bott )
Miles Davis - Evolution Of The Groove (Sony )
Miles Davis - Complete On The Corner Sessions (Sony Legacy )
Miles Davis - Cool: The Best Of (Music Club )
Nancy Umeki - Early Days 1950-1954 (Pid )
Nina Simone - Very Best Of
Ornette Coleman - Coleman,Ornette Vol. 1-At Golden Circle-Stockholm (Pid )
Ornette Coleman - Coleman,Ornette Vol. 2-At The Golden Circle (Pid )
Oscar Perterson - We Get Requests (Pid )
Oscar Perterson - Night Train (Pid )
Philly Joe Jones - Philly Joe's Beat (Warner Brothers )
Roger Fox Big Band - Presents: Ray Wolf With The New Zealand School Of (Pid )
Roger Fox Big Band - No Exit (Pid )
Ronnie Ross & Allan Ganley - Jazz Makers (Warner Brothers )
Sadao Watanabe - Basies At Night (Pid )
Sarah Vaughan - With Clifford Brown (Pid )
Slide Hampton - Somethin' Sanctified (Warner Brothers )
Sonny Stitt - Don't Call Me Bird (Fresh Sounds Records/Rock Bott )
Stan Getz - Getz/Gilberto (Pid )
Stan Getz - Plays (Pid )
Stan Getz - Stan Getz & Bill Evans (Pid )
Stan Getz - Jazz Samba (Pid )
Stephane Grappelli - Swinging With Django Reinhardt (Pid )
Ted Brown - Shades Of Brown (Steeplechase )
Wayne Shorter - Night Dreamer (EMI )
Wes Montgomery - California Dreaming (Universal)
Wes Montgomery - Day In The Life (Pid )


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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Smooth Jazz Chart | 11/19/07







LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Jeff Golub - "Grand Central" - (Narada Jazz)
2 - 2 - Boney James - "Shine" - (Concord)
4 - 3 - Candy Dulfer - "Candy Store" - (Shout Factory)
5 - 4 - Eric Marienthal - "Just Around The Corner" - (Peak)
3 - 5 - Rick Braun/Richard Elliot - "R n R" - (ARTizen)
6 - 6 - Jay Soto - "Stay Awhile" - (NuGroove)
8 - 7 - Four80East - "En Route" - (Native Language)
11 - 8 - Chris Botti - "Italia" - (Columbia/Sony)
9 - 9 - Nils - "Ready To Play" - (Baja/TSR)
7 - 10 - U-Nam "Back From The 80s" - (Trippin 'n Rhythm)

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Upcoming Jazz Releases | 11/20/07






3 Cohens - Braid (Anzic Records )
Actis Band - Cina (Leo Records Uk )
Al Cohn / Bill Perkins - Brothers! (Mosaic Select )
Art Blakely - Hard Bop (Mosaic Select )
Art Farmer - Time & The Place / Lost Concert (Mosaic Select )
Best Of Smooth Jazz 3 - Best Of Smooth Jazz 3 (Wnua )
Bill Anschell / Brent Jensen / Jeff Johnson - One More Mile (Origin Records )
Bobby Hutcherson - Mosaic Select - Bobby Hutcherson (Mosaic Select )
Brent Jensen - One More Mile (Origin Records )
Bud Freeman - Chicago / Austin High School (Mosaic Select )
Buddy Rich - In London (Mosaic Select )
Carl And T Filipiak - I Got Your Mantra (Art Of Life Records )
Carl Filipiak - I Got Your Mantra (Art Of Life Records )
Carmen Leggio - Carmen Leggio Quartet (Mighty Quinn )
Charles Lloyd - Of Course Of Course (Mosaic Select )
Claude Bolling / Parisiennes - Les Parisiennes: L'Integrale (Fremeaux & Assoc. FR )
Dallas Jazz Orchestra / Galen Jeter - Messin With Texas (Jazz Mark )
David Fiuczynski - Kif Express (Fuzelicious Morsels (Fuz) )
Delta Saxophone Quar - Dedicated To You But You Weren't List (Moonjune Records/City Hall )
Delta Saxophone Quartet - Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening - The Music Of Soft Machine (Moonjune Records )
Delta Saxophone Quartet with Hugh Hopper - Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening: Music (Moonjune Records )
Django Reinhardt - Swing Sessions Vol 4 (Frog U.K. )
Donald Harrison - For Art's Sale (Candid Records )
Doug - Does Decaydance (Decaydence )
Duke Ellington - Cosmic Scene (Mosaic Select )
Duke Ellington - Newport 1958 (Mosaic Select )
Eddy Duchin - Let's Fall In Love (Dynamic Ent. )
Eric Truffaz - Arkhangelsk-Deluxe LMTD Ed. (Pid )
Fats Waller - Complete Published Sides 3 (JSP Records )
Gruppo D'Improvvisaz - Gruppo De Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza (MSI Music/Super D )
Guillermo Klein - El Minotauro (Candid Records )
Guillermo Klein - Minotauro (Candid Records )
Hapa - Music & Hula Concert Japan Tour 2007 (Pid )
Harry James - In Person An Hi Fi Sounds Of Harry Ja (Avid Jazz Records/City Hall )
Hector Martignon - Portrait In Black And White (Candid Records )
Huascar Barradas - My Favorite Things (Union Music Group )
J.J. Johnson - J.J.! / RMX (Mosaic Select )
J.J. Johnson / Kai Winding - Trombone For Two (Mosaic Select )
Jazz Piano - Jazz Piano (Mosaic Select )
Jazz Piano - The Jazz Piano (Mosaic Select )
Joelle Leandre - Winter In New York:2006 (Leo )
Joelle Leandre / Kevin Norton - Winter In New York 2006 (Leo Records Uk )
John Dankworth - About 42 Years On (Avid Jazz Records/City Hall )
Keefe Project Project Jackson - Just Like This (Delmark )
Leandre / Norton - Winter In New York-2006 (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
Lee Wiley - West Of The Moon (Mosaic Select )
Lem Fowler - Chitterlin' Struts & Washboard Stomps (Frog Uk )
Linda Sharrock - Listen To The Night (Sunny Side )
Mccoy Tyner - Mosaic Select - Tyner Mccoy (Mosaic Select )
Mccoy Tyner - McCoy Tyner (Mosaic Select )
Mike Chicago Footwarmers Walbridge - Crazy Rhythm (Delmark )
Natasha Miller - The Season (Poignant Records)
Philip Cohran & Artistic Heritage Ensemble - On The Beach (Katalyst Ent )
Philip Cohran & The - On The Beach (Katalyst Entertainment/City Ha )
Praful - Remixed + 2 (Therapy )
Ragan Whiteside - Class Axe (Randis Music )
Richard Cole - Shade (Origin Records )
Rickey Woodard - California Cooking (Candid Records )
Rossa Sportiello - In The Dark (Sackville Records )
Rossano Sportiello - In The Dark (Sackville Records )
Ruby Braff - Hi-Fi Salute To Bunny (Mosaic Select )
Sabertooth - Live At The Green Mill (Delmark )
Simon Nabatov & Nils Wogram - Jazz Limbo (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
Slide Hampton - Drum Suite (Mosaic Select )
Steve Kuhn - Two By 2 (Sunny Side )
Steve Lehman - On Meaning (Pi Recordings )
Steve Lehman Quintet - On Meaning (PI Records )
Ted Weems - Complete 2 (Renovation )
The Peter Evans Quartet - The Peter Evans Quartet (Firehouse 12 Records)
Toshinori Kondo - Silent Melodies (Off )
Urs Leimgruber - Solo:13 Pieces For Saxophone (Leo )
Various Artists - Totally Wired & Illicit Grooves-Acid Jazz-The Birth Of The Scene 1987-1990 (BGP Records/City Hall )
Various Artists - WSJT Smooth Jazz Vol. 9 (Fusion )
Various Artists - War Years: The Music (St. Clair )
WDR Big Band Koln - World Of Duke Ellington Part 1 (BHM Productions/Ka )
Wicked Jazz Sounds 3 - Wicked Jazz Sounds 3 (Wicked Jazz Sounds )
WJJZ 106.1 - Smooth Jazz Sampler 13 - WJJZ 106.1 - Smooth Jazz Sampler 13 (WJJZ Records )
WJJZ 106.1 - Smooth Jazz Sampler 13 - WJJZ Vol. 13 Smooth Jazz (WJJZ Records )
WJZZ 107.5 FM: Smooth Jazz 2007 - WJZZ 107.5 FM: Smooth Jazz 2007 (Wnua )
Wnua 95.5 - Smooth Jazz 9 - WSJT Smooth Jazz Vol. 9 (Wnua )
Wnua 95.5 - Smooth Jazz Sampler 20 - WNUA 20th Anniversary (Wnua )
Woody Herman - Woody's Winners (Mosaic Select )







Actis Band - Cina! (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
Al Cohn / Bill Perkins - The Brothers! (Mosaic Select )
Alexis Korner - Me (Castle )
Almighty - Just Easy / Lost Album (Castle )
Almighty - Juvenile Delinquent (Castle )
Art Farmer - The Time And The Place: The Lost Concert (Mosaic Select )
Artie Shaw - Begin The Beguine (Dynamic Ent. )
Benny Goodman - Fine And Dandy (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Bobby Hutcherson - Bobby Hutcherson (Mosaic Select )
Bud Freeman - Chicago/Austin High School Jazz In Hi-Fi (Mosaic Select )
Charles Lloyd - Of Course, Of Course (Mosaic Select )
Chick Corea - Boston Three Party-To Bill Evans (Pid )
Claude Bolling & Les Parisiennes - Les Parisiennes: L'Integrale (Fremeaux & Associes )
Claude Bolling / Parisiennes - Parisiennes: L'Integrale (Fremeaux & Assoc. FR )
Django Reinhardt - Swing Sessions 4 (Frog Uk )
Django Reinhardt - The Electric Years (Avid Jazz )
Doris Day - It's Magic (Dynamic Ent. )
Duke Ellington - The Cosmic Scene (Mosaic Select )
Eddie Fisher - I'm Yours (Dynamic Ent. )
Fats Waller - Volume Three 1934-1936 Rhythm & Romance (JSP Records )
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - Broadcast Instrumentals (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Harry James - In Person & Hi-Fi Sounds Of Harry James (Avid Jazz )
J.J. Johnson - J.J.! (Mosaic Select )
John Dankworth / Danny Moss - About 42 Years On (Avid Jazz )
John Scofield - Live 3 Ways (EMI )
Little Richard - Silent Melodies (Off )
Louis Armstrong - Complete Louis Armstrong V4 West End (Fremeaux )
Louis Armstrong - Armstrong,Louis Vol. 4-'West End Blues' 1926-1928' (Fremeaux & Associes )


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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Alicia Keys | "As I Am"

By now established as a major and talented force in the mainstream music world, Alicia Keys has perhaps earned the right to explore a little, to venture into new genres while still keeping a foot firmly planted in the R&B/neo-soul she grew out of. On her third full-length, As I Am, Keys takes a step closer toward the soul revival popularized by John Legend, with full-band arrangements and bright horn hooks, only occasionally falling back into the piano/melisma combination that drove the singles off her first two albums. Instead, here, as evidenced in "No One" — which sounds all too ready to take on a "reggae dance mix" — the guitar-driven "I Need You," "Wreckless Love," or "Where Do We Go from Here," which pays tribute to both Stax and Motown ("All I can do/Is follow the tracks of my tears," she sings, after a sample of Wendy Rene's "After Laughter [Comes Tears]" crackles through the first few bars), this is music that owes as much to pop as it does R&B, highlighted no less by the fact that the queen of radio rock herself, Linda Perry, co-writes three of the songs with Keys, including the straight-from-the-Stripped-sessions "The Thing About Love" and "Superwoman." It is on the latter, in fact, that Keys, unsurprisingly, turns furthest away from the style that brought her initial success (more so even than on the John Mayer collabo, "Lesson Learned," which is actually not bad) toward the generic-pop world, sliding in between corny and sincere, sometimes even in the same breath. "When I'm breaking down/And I can't be found/...'Cause no one knows/Me underneath these clothes/But I can fly/We can fly," she sings in the bridge, flatly. Keys has never been a brilliant lyricist, but she's always been able to write simple yet affective and honest words that don't seem trite, something that is forgotten here, and makes the track one of the weakest on the album. Fortunately, this doesn't happen too often, and as As I Am weaves its way through the drums and various keyboards and vocal harmonies that make up the backbone of her work here, punctuated by the great, hooky melodies and strings, you get the impression that this is in fact the sign of an artist who's not content to only follow the path that's brought her previous acclaim, an artist who's looking to find more, both about herself and her music, and an artist who carries these developments, these insights, with her. And so even though As I Am is a flawed work — a little too poppy, a little too clichéd — it is also indicative of what Keys can and will do, and that she is someone, thanks to her curiosity, intelligence, and natural talent, who will be able to mature and grow for years to come.

Review by Marisa Brown - allmusic.com

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Smooth Jazz Chart | Week Ended 11/12/07







LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Jeff Golub - "Grand Central" - (Narada Jazz)
3 - 2 - Boney James - "Shine" - (Concord)
2 - 3 - Rick Braun/Richard Elliot - "R n R" - (ARTizen)
5 - 4 - Candy Dulfer - "Candy Store" - (Shout Factory)
4 - 5 - Eric Marienthal - "Just Around The Corner" - (Peak)
6 - 6 - Jay Soto - "Stay Awhile" - (NuGroove)
7 - 7 - U-Nam "Back From The 80s" - (Trippin 'n Rhythm)
8 - 8 - Four80East - "En Route" - (Native Language)
9 - 9 - Nils - "Ready To Play" - (Baja/TSR)
11 - 10 - Najee - "Rising Sun" - (Heads Up)


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