Friday, February 29, 2008

Hancock, Jarreau Top 2008 Playboy Jazz Fest Lineup

Grammy winner Herbie Hancock is among the headliners slated for the 2008 Playboy Jazz Festival.

The festival lineup, which includes Al Jarreau, Tower of Power, Keb' Mo', the James Moody Quartet, Roy Hargrove Big Band and first-time Playboy performer Ryan Shaw, was announced yesterday afternoon at the Playboy Mansion. Celebrating its 30th year, the Playboy Jazz Festival will take place June 14-15 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Returning as host of the two-day event, comedian/actor Bill Cosby will perform once again with his group, the Cos of Good Music on Saturday (6/14).

Talking to about his love affair with jazz, Cosby said, "When I heard it, it moved me. Then I wanted to hear it again and we've been friends ever since." He also applauded Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner's prescience. "Hugh knows and respects jazz. For that [Playboy] banner to be there 30 years ago is fantastic."

Cosby and other artists on hand for the press conference paid tribute as well to Hancock's surprising Grammy win for album of the year. Added 2008 festival performer Dee Dee Bridgewater, "Now maybe we'll all get more attention."

A full list of this year's performers can be found at

Bassist Marcus Miller also announced the lineup for the inaugural Playboy Jazz Cruise, for which he will serve as musical host. Setting sail Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2009, the cruise will feature special guest Hancock along with such acts as Pancho Sanchez, Dianne Reeves and young jazz pianist Eldar.

Presented in association with Jazz Cruises LLC, the Playboy Jazz Cruise will travel to the ports of San Juan, Saint Barth's, Nevis and the private island of Half Moon Cay.

By Gail Mitchell, Billboard

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Upcoming Jazz Releases | 3/4/08

Al DiMeola - Cosmopolitan Life (SPV Records (USA) )
Albert Rivera - Re-Introduction (Turnaround Records)
Alex Sipiagin - Out Of The Circle (Sunny Side )
Altona Altona - Altona (Disconforme )
Aquiles Bez - La Patilla (The Watermelon) (Cacao Musica)
Bachdenkel - Lemmings (Ork )
Beau - Beau (Cherry Red (UK) )
Bob Baldwin - New Urban Jazz.Com (NuGroove Records )
Boland Big Band / Clarke - Live In Prague 1967 (Pid ) - DVD-Video
Dick Haymes - It's Magic (Acrobat (USA) )
Doug Wimbish - Trippy Notes For Bass & Remixes (Dude Records )
Edison Quintet / Hawkins - London Concert 1964 (Pid ) - DVD-Video
Eric Alexander - Prime Time: In Concert (High Note)
Eric Alexander - Prime Time (Highnote Records, Inc. )
Farmers Market - Surfin' Ussr (Ipecac Records )
Harold Mcnair - The Fence (Hux Records )
Jaheim - Jaheim Smooth Jazz Tribute (CC Entertainment )
Jennifer - Jennifer (Rev-Ola Records (UK) )
Jerome Kern - Songbook: The Song Is You (Definitive (Spain) )
Jessy J - Tequila Moon (Concord Records (USA) )
Lindisfarne - Nicely Out Of Tune (Special Import Service )
Massimo Biolcati - Persona (HBD )
Mike Westbrook - London Bridge Is Broken Down (BGO - Beat Goes On )
New Percussion Go Between Group - Go Between (United States Of Distribution LTD. )
Patrick Moraz - Resonance (United States Of Distribution LTD. )
Paul Kossoff - Kossoff/Kirke/Tetsu/Rabbit (Ork )
Quintetto Lo Greco - Right Spirit (Family Affair Distribution SRL )
Sergio Mendes - Best (Special Import Service )
Smokie - Midnight Cafe (7T's )
Steve Khan - Suitcase - Live In Koln '94 (Tone Center )
Steve Khan - Suitcase Live In Koln '94 (Tone Center )
Steve Khan - The Suitcase - Live In Koln '94 (Tone Center )
Third World Love - New Blues (Anzic )
Tony Fruscella - Complete Works: Studio & Live (The Jazz Factory (USA) )
Various Artists - JB Remix Album (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Various Artists - Justin Time For Christmas Four (Justin Time )
Various Artists - Giants Of The Big Band Era (Acrobat (USA) )
WDR Big Band - World Of Duke Ellington Vol. 3 (Bhm ) - SACD

Art Pepper - The Way It Was (Mobile Fidelity Koch )
Astor Piazzolla - Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival (Milan Records )
Ben Webster - In Hannover 1973 (Pid ) - DVD-Video
Benny Carter - In Copenhagen (Storyville )
Benny Carter - Complete Capitol Sessions 1943-46 (Definitive (Spain) )
Benny Goodman - Complete Rca Victor Small Group Master Takes (Definitive (Spain) )
Bill Evans - Portrait In Jazz (Universal)
Billie Holiday - Complete Original American Decca Recordings (The Jazz Factory (USA) )
Billie Holiday - Complete Original American Commodore Recordings (The Jazz Factory (USA) )
Blue Mitchell - Blue Soul (Fantasy Records (USA) )
Bud Powell - In Copenhagen (Storyville )
Buddy Rich - Very Alive At Ronnie Scotts (Bgo - Beat Goes On )
Cannonball Adderley - In New York (Fantasy Records (USA) )
Charlie Parker - Complete Verve Masters With Strings (Definitive (Spain) )
Clarke Boland Big Band - Live In Prague 1967 (Pid ) - DVD-Video
Clarke Boland Big Band - Live In Prague 1967 (Pid ) - DVD-Video
Clifford Brown - Complete Metronome & Vogue Master Takes (Definitive (Spain) )
Count Basie - Complete American Decca (DISCON )
Duke Ellington - Complete Legendary Fargo Concert (Definitive Classics)
Duke Ellington - Complete Columbia & Rca Victor Sessions (DISCON )
Duke Ellington - Complete Original American Decca Recordings (Definitive (Germany) )
Duke Ellington - London 1964 (Jazz Line Dist ) - DVD-Video
Edgard Varese - Complete Works Of Edgard Varese V.1 (El (USA) )
Edison / Hawkins Quintet - London Concert 1964 (Pid ) - DVD-Video
Ella Fitzgrald - At Her Very Best (Primo )
Esther Phillips - Release Me: Reflections Of Country & Western Greats (Acrobat (USA) )
Fats Waller - Complete Victor Piano Solos (Definitive)
Ferrante & Teicher - Soundproof-The Sound Of Tomorrow Today! (El (USA) )
Ferrer / Piazzolla - Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival (Milan )
Flip Phillips - Complete 1947-1951 Verve Master Takes (Definitive (Spain) )
Frank Sinatra - Real Complete Columbia Years V-Disc (Jazz Factory )
Garland Jeffreys - Escape Artist (Cherry Red (UK) )
George Cables - Morning Song (Highnote )
Hawkins/Edison Quintet - London Concert 1964 (Pid ) - DVD-Video
Hoagy Carmichael - Hoagy Sings Carmichael Arranged & Conducted By Joh (Pid )
Jackie Gleason & Bobby Hackett - Complete Sessions (Pid )
Jackie Gleason And Bobby Hackett - Complete Sessions (Pid )
Jimmie Noone - Complete Recordings (Definitive (Spain) )
Jimmy Dorsey - Complete 1949-1950 Columbia Master Takes (Definitive (Spain) )
Joe Zawinul - Faces & Places (Tone Center )
John Kirby - Complete Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings (Definitive (Spain) )
John Lewis - Complete Verve Studio Sessions With Lester Young (Definitive (Spain) )
Johnny Nash - My Merry-Go-Round (RPM-Retro )
Julie Tippetts - Sunset Glow (Blueprint (UK) )
Kenny Drew - In Copenhagen (Storyville )
L.A. Express - L.A. Express (Wounded Bird Records )
L.A. Express - Shadow Play (Wounded Bird Records )
Les Paul - Complete Decca Master Tapes (The Jazz Factory (USA) )
Louis Armstrong - Best Of The Hot Fives & Sevens (Primo )
Louis Armstrong - Complete Decca Studio Master Takes 1935-1939 (Definitive (Spain) )
Louis Armstrong - Complete Decca Studio Master Takes 1940-1949 (Definitive (Spain) )
Louis Armstrong - Complete 1950-1951 All Stars Decca Recordings (Definitive (Spain) )
Louis Armstrong - Complete RCA Victor Studio Sessin 1930-1947 (Definitive (Germany) )
Marcus Miller - Marcus (Concord Jazz )
Mark Isham - The Best Of (Lakeshore Records )
Mary Lou Williams - A Grand Night For Swinging (Highnote )
Mary Lou Williams - Grand Night For Swinging (Highnote Records, Inc. )
Mick Jagger - Persona (HBD Label Group )
Miles Davis - Miles Davis Vs. Thelonious Monk (Foreign Media Group )
Milt Jackson - Bags Meets Wes! (Fantasy Records (USA) )
New Percussion Group Of Amsterdam - Go Between (Pid )
Oscar Peterson - Complete 1952 Verve Studio Sessions With Lester Young (Definitive (Spain) )
Oscar Peterson Trio - London Concert 1964 (Pid ) - DVD-Video
Rosemary Clooney - Sweet Scent Of Rosemary (Acrobat (USA) )
Scott Joplin - All Time Rag-Timers (Primo )
Sergio Mendes - Equinox (Universal)
Sergio Mendes - Primal Roots (Pid )
Sergio Mendes - Sergio Mendes (Pid )
Sidney Bechet - Dear Old Southland (Definitive (Spain) )
Slim Gaillard - Complete Columbia Master Takes (Definitive (Spain) )
Sweets And Lockjaw - In Copenhagen (Storyville )
Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners (Universal)
Woody Herman - Complete Capitol Sessions (Definitive (Germany) )
Wynton Kelly - Complete Blue Note Trio Sessions (Jazz Factory )

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Jessy J - "Tequila Moon"

Set for release March 4th on Peak Records, ‘Tequila Moon’, brings Jessy J’s fresh and inspired energy with vibrant exotic twists to the contemporary jazz world.

Produced by smooth jazz icon Paul Brown, the album features performances by some of L.A.’s most renowned musicians: keyboardist Gregg Karukas, bassist Roberto Vally; and drummers Oscar Seaton, Dave Beyer and Sergio Gonzalez.

“Jazz Sensibilities…Stand Out” - Jazz Times Magazine

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From the moment Jessy J hit the stage in Fresno, California for the first time as a member of super producer/guitarist Paul Brown´s live band on Valentine´s Day 2006, the love between the 26-year-old saxophonist/vocalist and contemporary jazz fans has been flowing nonstop. The growing buzz led to her first major show at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival later that year, and in 2007, as part of the event´s 20th anniversary, she became one of the only artists to ever headline shows on all three weekends. Now she is taking it to the next level, stepping out under the Tequila Moon on her multi-faceted, Brown-produced Peak Records debut that brings to the genre a fresh and inspired energy with vibrant exotic twists.

Jessy offers tastes of pop, jazz, Latin, and even Brazilian music on Tequila Moon, which in addition to her Peak label mate and producer Brown on acoustic guitar, features performances by some of L.A.´s most renowned musicians: keyboardists Gregg Karukas, Ricky Peterson and Kiki Ebsen; bassist Roberto Vally; and drummers Oscar Seaton, Dave Beyer and Sergio Gonzalez.

Tequila Moon opens with Jessy in full-on seduction mode, inviting the listener to enjoy a balmy, slightly breezy evening complete with her low toned tenor melody, laid back percussion, Brown´s gently jangling guitar and Karukas´ retro keyboard sounds. She keeps the smoky and soulful tenor vibe going over the cool grooves of the midtempo ballad "Spanish Nights," which features Brown´s hypnotic guitar harmonies and Richie Gajate Garcia´s enchanting Latin soundscapes. Next, Jessy takes us down to Rio, playing moodily over an old school samba groove amidst a dreamy, romantic atmosphere on "Sin Ti/Without You;" after Peterson´s high impact Fender Rhodes solo, the rhythms pick up and Jessy digs in for some of the collection´s most explosive improvisational blowing.

She puts down her sax and graces us with her powerful, sensual vocals on the familiar strains of Jorge Bem´s "Mas Que Nada," best known in the U.S. as the signature song of Sergio Mendes. Jessy intertwines flute and tenor with scorching rhythms and sweeping ambiences on the feisty and percussive jam tune that lives up to its name "Fiesta Velada" before chilling out and picking up the soprano sax for the first time on a heartfelt, lyrical reading of Phoebe Snow´s "Poetry Man." The melodically compelling, easy strutting Kiki Ebsen-penned song "Turquoise Street" allows Jessy to express her more in the pocket, contemporary soul and jazz chops, while the soaring ballad "PB n´ J" (cleverly referring to its composers, Brown and Jessy) offers a passionate, romantic dance between her sax, Brown´s guitar and Ebsen´s hypnotic piano touches. Focusing strictly on vocals, Jessy reaches back through the years for a gorgeous, lilting take on "Besame Mucho," and picks up her soprano again for the wistful and easy grooving (courtesy of drummer Chad Wright´s tasteful brushes and percussionist Nino Sanchez´ laid back exotica) "Running Away." Tequila Moon closes with an emotional rendition of Leon Russell´s beloved ballad "Song For You," which opens in a blues/soul vein before building dramatically and adding touches of sparse acoustic jazz and one of Jessy´s most memorable improvisational solos.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Lizz Wright Returns with 'The Orchard'

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The music of Lizz Wright offers a youthful yet seasoned mixture of jazz, folk, gospel, and R&B. The Georgia-based 28-year-old singer-songwriter is already a celebrated contributor to the jazz world, having recorded three albums.

Wright's first project, Salt, was a major jazz hit, and it didn't take long for its follow-up, Dreaming Wide Awake, to top the jazz charts following its release. After a year-long hiatus, Wright's new project, The Orchard, already has folks talking.

"I wasn't sure what I was going to come up with," Wright says. "I just really let myself be kind of wild and random."

Wright's eclectic style is part of what distinguishes her from her peers. But as a minister's daughter, she also attributes many of her sensibilities to years spent leading worshippers in song from the church piano.

"Music is still very much about communion for me," she says, "and just talking about what it is to be human."

Wright, whose musical influences include both Ike and Tina Turner, recently visited NPR studios for a performance and interview.

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Smooth Jazz Chart | 2/25/08

LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Paul Hardcastle - "Hardcastle V" - (Trippin 'n' Ryhthm)
2 - 2 - Boney James - "Shine" - (Concord)
5 - 3 - Euge Groove - "Born 2 Groove" - (Narada/Blue Note)
3 - 4 - Eric Marienthal - "Just Around The Corner" - (Peak)
4 - 5 - Candy Dulfer - "Candy Store" - (Shout Factory)
6 - 6 - Everette Harp - "My Inspiration" - (Shanachie)
12 - 7 - Kenny G = "Rhythm & Romance" - (Concord)
10 - 8 - Rick Braun/Richard Elliot - R n' R - (ARTizen)
8 - 9 - Chuck Loeb - "Presence" - (Heads Up)
7 - 10 - Chris Botti - "Italia" - (Columbia/Sony)

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Boney James "After The Rain" - Video

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Gerald Veasley Ready To Make 'Your Move' An 'Emotional' Experience

Bassist Gerald Veasley returned to the studio to record his latest set, Your Move, the follow-up to the 2007 live recording Live At The Jazz Base. Veasley gets support on several album tracks with songwriting, production, and guitar by Chuck Loeb. The first single from the set is the up-tempo Loeb composition "Slip 'N Slide." Veasley says that he didn't really have a high concept for the theme of the new set, which shows off his four- and six-string bass playing in a number of styles. He explained that he just wanted it to be emotionally affecting: The only real theme was to kinda make the music have as much emotional content as possible, which is pretty much always an underlying purpose of all the music I put out. Didn't really think much about making a theme record like maybe I have in the past on some of my other records." Veasley is gearing up for the Berks Jazz Festival in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he'll be performing March 29th with the WJJZ All-Stars featuring Rick Braun, Bobby Lyle, Chuck Loeb, Chris Farr and the Berks Jazz Fest Horns. Veasley will also be part of the April 3rd Berks All-Star Jazz Jam featuring Rick Braun, Chuck Loeb, Richard Elliot, Nick Colionne, Brian Bromberg, Pat Martino, Joe McBride, Brian Simpson, Ricky Lawson, and Andrew Neu. The new CD Your Move will be released on March 11th. More information about Veasley is available at the bassist's website,

By: Janine Coveney

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Kenny G Debuts At #14 On Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart With 'Rhythm & Romance'

Kenny G, the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era, debuted at #14 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart - his highest debut in five years - and #1 on the Contemporary Jazz Chart with Rhythm & Romance, his first album co-released by Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Records.

The album sold more than 31,000 units in its first week of release and is currently available in traditional retail outlets as well as Starbucks company-operated locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The stellar debut capped off a month of highlights for Kenny G: his new line of saxophones made its U.S. debut at NAMM, the trade association of the international music products; February 12, he performed at Rose Hall In Jazz at Lincoln Center, kicking off his 2008 world tour; CBS Sunday Morning will air a profile on Kenny February 17; his interview on Tavis Smiley aired February 8. Kenny also graced the cover of the February 16 issue of Billboard.

In a recent review, Billboard says "Focusing on one genre, and an ethnic one at that, works to G's advangate; backed by a stellar cast of musicians that includes bassist Nathan East and Weather Report drummer Alex Acuna (with Afanasieff on piano), he coaxes a richer and more muscular tone from his instrument." Rhythm & Romance is a unique combination of rich Samba, Salsa and Bossa Nova love songs anchored by Kenny's intoxicating and signature saxophone melodies. From the classic ballad "Sabor a Mi" to the romantic "Besame Mucho," Kenny has created an album unlike any other in his catalogue. On Rhythm & Romance, Kenny performs with some of the world's best Latin musicians including Alex Acuña of Weather Report (drums), Ramon Stagnaro (guitar), John Pena (bass), Michito Sanchez (percussion) Enrique Martinez (accordion), Nathan East (bass), Paulino Da Costa (percussion) and producer Walter Afanasieff (piano) to create a truly infectious rhythmic style. The album also features guest vocals by rising Chilean star Barbara Munoz and Spanish-speaking pop/rock sensation, Camila.

U.S.Tour Dates:
02/22/08 Paramount Theatre, Denver CO
02/23/08 Vilar Center for the Arts, Beaver Creek CO
02/26/08 The Dodge Theater, Phoenix AZ
03/07/08 Centennial Hall Convention Center, Juneau AK
03/09/08 Hering Auditorium, Fairbanks AK
03/10/08 Atwood Concert Hall, Anchorage AK
03/14/08 Castle Theatre Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui HI
03/15/08 Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu HI
03/16/08 Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu HI
03/21/08 Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, W. Palm Beach FL
03/22/08 King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne FL
03/24/08 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater FL
03/25/08 Barbara B. Mann Performing Art Center, Ft. Myers FL
03/26/08 Fillmore Miami Beach, Miami FL

World Tour Dates:
04/26/08 Arena of Stars Genting Highland Resort, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
04/29/08 Olympic Hall Private Curve, Seoul, Korea
04/30/08 Beijing Worker Stadium, Beijing, China
05/2/08 Dragon Arena, Hanghzou, China
05/3/08 Olympic Arena, Najing, China
05/5/08 Chengdu Sichuan Arena, Chengdu, China
05/5/08 Guangzhou Arena, Guangzhou, China

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Upcoming Jazz Releases | 2/26/08

Akane Nakagaki - Yes (Pid )
Andy Snitzer - Cool Struttin (3D Japan )
Bill Original Big Band Holman - Complete Recordings (Pid )
Bill Potts - Porgy & Bess & Bye Bye Birdie (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Bo.Da - Plays Madonna In Jazz (Indie)
Buddy Bregman - Swingin Standards (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Cafe Mambo 2006 - Cafe Mambo 2007 (Mambo Records )
Candoli Brothers Sextet - Jazz Horizons (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Cole Porter - Birth Of A Legend (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Dan Mangan - Postcards And Day Dreaming (Fum Records )
Danny Lerman - Meow Baby (Lightyear )
Dave Bailey - Complete Gutter Session (Lonehill )
Dave McKenna - Piano Scene Complete (Lonehill )
Dead End Kids - Breakout (7T's )
Diane Schuur - Some Other Time (Telarc )
Dicky Wells - Stanley Dance Sessions (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Dinner Jazz - Dinner Jazz (Simply )
Droppin Science - Droppin Science (Pid )
Duke Ellington - Drum Is A Woman (MSI Music/Super D )
Ella Fitzgerald - Birth Of A Legend (Mischief )
Ellis Larkins Trio - Manhattan At Midnight & More (Lone Hill Jazz (France) )
Eriko Ishihara - Unforgettable (Pid )
Frank Minion - Soft Land Of Make Believe (Pid )
Frank Minion - Soft Land Of Make Believe / K224 / MLPS (Japanese Victor Co. )
Freedom Jazz: Baystate Spiritual - Freedom Jazz: Baystate Spiritual (BMG Japan )
Glenn Jones - Complete Recordings (Lone Hill Jazz (France) )
Harry "Sweets" Edison - Patented By Edison (MSI Music/Super D )
High Tide - Open Season (Akarma )
Icon - Right Between The Eyes (Wounded Bird Records )
Jaja - Live: The Best (WHD Japan )
James Rushing - Jazz Odyssey/Smith Girls (MSI Music/Super D )
Jazz After Midnight - Jazz After Midnight (Pid )
Jazz Colosseum - Jazz Colosseum (Pid )
Jazz Royal 3 - Jazz Royal 3 (JVC Japan )
Jazz TV & CM Hits - Jazz TV & CM Hits (Pid )
Jeff Lorber - Private Passion (Wounded Bird Records )
Jerri Winters - Somebody Loves Me (Pid )
John Klemmer - Solo Saxophone 2: Life (Wounded Bird Records )
John Quart Coltrane - Live At Showboat Philadelphia June 17 (MSI Music/Super D )
Jones Quintets / Land - Complete Studio Recordings (Pid )
Kiprich - Untitled (Pid )
Lizz Wright - The Orchard (Verve Forecast )
Louis Armstrong - Best Of-Green Series (Pid )
Louis Armstrong - Complete Louis Armstron & The Dukes O (Phantom Sound & Vision )
M'Lonie - Hemo+Moofire Presents (Pid )
Marty Paich - Modern Touch (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Matana Roberts - Chicago Project, The (Cci )
Matana Roberts - Chicago Project (Central Control )
Matana Roberts - The Chicago Project (Central Control Intl. )
Matsu & His Super Ba - Dreamy (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Matsu & His Super Band - Dreamy (Pid )
Matsu & His Super Band - Dreamy (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Max Bennett / Charlie Maria - Plays / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Max Bennett / Charlie Maria - Max Bennett With Charlie Maria / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Miles Davis Quintet - Radio Broadcasts 1958-59 (MSI Music/Super D )
Muthspiel Christian Trio - Against The Wind (Pid )
Nicola Conte - Viagem (Far Out Uk )
Police - Soulsville Sings Hitsville: Stax Sings Songs Of Motown' (Stax )
Raya Yarbrough - Raya Yarbrough (Telarc )
Richard Julian - Sunday Morning In Saturday's Shoes (Manhattan Records )
Sachiko Yasui - Enamorada (Pid )
Silent Poets - Once In A Lifetime Opportunity (3D )
Stax Sings The Beatles - Stax Does The Beatles (Stax )
Ted Heath & His Mus - Old English (MSI Music/Super D )
Urbie Big Ban Green - Complete 1956-59 Recordings (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Urbie Big Band Green Sextet - Complete Persuasive Trombone (Pid )
Various Artists - Wadan Hibiki (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Various Artists - Bedtime Beats: The Secret To Sleep - Tranquil Seductions One Jazz At A Time (Rhino Records (USA) )
Various Artists - Neu Jazz:Compiled By Jazzanova (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Various Artists - Cole Porter & George And Ira Gershwin: A Musical Celebration (Varese Sarabande (USA) )
Various Artists - Jazz Side Of The Moon (Music Of Pink Floyd)(Telarc )-SACD
Various Artists - Housexy (Ministry Of Sound Recordings (UK) )
Various Artists - Hi Jazz V.2: A Fine Collection Of Nu Jazz Themes (Clubstar )
Various Artists - Lonehill Jazz Collection (Lone Hill Jazz (France) )
Various Artists - The Jazz Side Of The Moon (Music Of Pink Floyd) (Telarc )
Various Artists - Legendary 1963-64 Sessions (MSI Music/Super D )
Various Artists - Playboys (MSI Music/Super D )
Various Artists - Tune Up Plus Constellation (MSI Music/Super D )
Various Artists - Complete Studio Recordings (MSI Music/Super D )
Various Artists - Stax Does The Beatles (Fantasy Records (USA) )

Al Cohn / Zoot Sims - Complete Original Quintet / Sextet Studio / Spa (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Art Farmer - Complete (Lonehill )
Astor Piazzolla - Piazzolla O No / Bonus Tracks (BMG Japan )
Astor Piazzolla - Teatro Regina / Bonus Tracks (BMG Japan )
Astor Piazzolla - Concierto Para Quinteto / Bonus Tracks (BMG Japan )
Astor Piazzolla - Musica Popular Contemporanea De La Ciuda (BMG Japan )
Astor Piazzolla - Goyeneche En Vivo / Bonus Track (BMG Japan )
Ben Webster - Complete Quintet Studio Sessions (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Bill Evans - Complete 4 Tet (Lonehill )
Bill Evans - Trio '64 (Pid )
Bill Evans - Stan Getz & Bill Evans (Pid )
Bill Evans - Live (Pid )
Bill Evans - W/Symphony Orchestra (Pid )
Bill Evans - At Town Hall (Pid )
Bill Evans - Play The Arrangements Of Jimmy Giuffre (Lonehill )
Bill Evans - Trio '65 (Pid )
Bill Evans - Trio 64 (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Bill Evans - Bill Evans With Symphony Orchestra (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Bill Holman Original Big Band - Complete Recordings (Pid )
Billy Strayhorn - Stanley Dance Sessions (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Bobby Hutcherson - Al Grey & Dave Burns Sessions (Lone Hill Jazz (France) )
Bostic / Holmes / Pass - Complete Quintet Recordings (Pid )
Brookmeyer / Cleveland / Rosolino - Trombones Inc. (Pid )
Budd Johnson - Stanley Dance Sessions (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Buddy Defranco - Generalissmo / Bonus Tracks / Spa (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Bunky Green - Playin For Keeps / With Book / Bonus Track / Spa (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Complete Recordings / Spa (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Carmen McRae - Great American Songbook (Wea Japan )
Carmen McRae - Complete Ralph Burns Sessions (Lone Hill Jazz (France) )
Charlie Mariano - Quartet / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Charlie Mariano - Plays / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Chris Connor - Gershwin Almanac Of Song / Bonus Tracks (Wea Japan )
Coleman Hawkins - Stanley Dance Sessions (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Duke Jordan - Jealousy (M&I Japan )
Duke Jordan - Plays Standard 1: Autumn Leaves (M&I Japan )
Duke Jordan - Live In Paris (M&I Japan )
Earl May / Billy Taylor / Ed Thigpen - With Earl May & Ed Thigpen (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Eartha Kitt - That Bad Eartha (Rev-Ola Records (UK))
Eddie Costa - Complete RCDGS (Lonehill )
Eddie Costa / Sal Salvador - Frivolous Sal / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Eddie Davis - Complete Recordings (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Garland Jeffreys - Guts For Love (Cherry Red (UK) )
George Benson - Big Boss Band (Wounded Bird Records )
George Benson - Tenderly (Wounded Bird Records )
George Benson - Love Remembers (Wounded Bird Records )
George Little & Booker - Complete Recordings (Lone Hill Jazz (France) )
Gerry Mulligan - Complete Studio Recordings (Lonehill)
Gerry Mulligan - Complete Studio (Lonehill )
Hank Mobley - Workout (Blue Note`)
Harry James & His Orchestra - Complete Harry James In Hi-Fi (Pid )
Hawkins / Sims / Woods - Saxes Inc. (Pid )
Herbie Mann - Memphis Underground (Atlantic)
Herbie Mann - Village Vanguard (Wea Japan )
Illinois Jacquet - Go Power (Lonehill)
Illinois Jacquet - Swing's The Thing (Lonehill )
Illinois Jacquet - & His Orchestra / Flies Again (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Illinois Jacquet - Message / Desert Winds (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Illinois Jacquet - Bosses Of The Ballad (Lonehill )
J.J. Johnson - Complete 60 Big Band Recordings (Lonehill Jazz )
Jack Teagarden - Complete '50S Studio Recordings (Lonehill )
Jimmy Cleveland - Complete Recordings / Spa (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
John Coltrane - Giant Steps / Bonus Tracks (Wea Japan )
John Coltrane - Blue Train (Phantom Sound & Vision )
John Klemmer - Hush (Wounded Bird Records )
John Klemmer - Solo Saxophone II: Life (Wounded Bird Records )
Jones/Land Quintets - Complete Studio Recordings (Pid )
Julie London - Birth Of A Legend (Pid )
Keith Jarrett - Somewhere Before (Atlantic)
Kenny Barron / James Moody - Fly Me To The Moon / Spa (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Kenny Dorham - Dorham,Kenny Vol. 1-At The Cafe Bohemia (Pid )
Kenny Dorham - Dorham,Kenny Vol. 2-At The Cafe Bohemia (Pid )
Kenny Dorham - At The Cafe Bohemia Vol 1 (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Kenny Dorham - At The Cafe Bohemia Vol 2 (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Lennie Tristano - Tristano (Atlantic)
Les Brown - Dancer's Choice/Composer's Holiday (Lonehill J )
Les Brown - Complete Songbooks (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Les Brown & His Band Of Renown - Play The Gershwin Bandbook / Explosive Sound Of (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Lester Young - Complete Masters (Lonehill )
Manny Albam - Jazz Greats Of Our Time-Complete Recordings (Lone Hill Jazz (France) )
Manny Albam - Jazz New York (Lonehill )
Max Bennett / Charlie Mariano - Max Bennett With Charlie Maria / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Max Bennett / Charlie Mariano - Plays / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Max Bennett / Charlie Mariano - Plays / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Max Bennett / Charlie Mariano - Max Bennett With Charlie Maria / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Max Bennett / Charlie Mariano - Plays / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Max Bennett / Charlie Mariano - Plays / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Max Bennett / Charlie Mariano - Max Bennett With Charlie Mariano / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Mel Torme - The Art Pepper-Marty Paich Sessions (Lone Hill Jazz )
Miles Davis - Miles Ahead (Pid )
Modern Jazz Quartet - Fontessa (Atlantic)
Modern Jazz Quartet - European Concert (Atlantic)
Modern Jazz Quartet - No Sun In Venice (Wea Japan )
Modern Jazz Quartet - Last Concert / Bonus Track (Wea Japan )
Nat King Cole - This Is Nat King Cole / Bonus Tracks (Collector's Choice )
Nat King Cole - Top Pops / Bonus Tracks (Collector's Choice )
Nat King Cole - Whom It May Concern / Bonus Tracks (Collector's Choice )
Nat King Cole - Mis Amigos (Collector's Choice )
Nat King Cole - Very Thought Of You (Collector's Choice )
Nat King Cole - L-O-V-E / Bonus Tracks (Collector's Choice )
Ornette Coleman - Shape Of Jazz To Come / Bonus Tracks (Wea Japan )
Oscar Peterson Trio - At The London House (Pid )
Oscar Pettiford - Manhanttan Jazz Septette (Pid )
Pat Martino - El Hombre (Pid )
Paul Quinichet / Charlie Rouse - Chase Is On / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Quincy Jones - Music Of Quincy Jones (Lone Hill Jazz (France) )
Ray Anthony - Plays Steve Allen & Like Wild (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Ray Barretto - Barretto (Fania (USA) )
Ray Bryant - Plays The Complete Little Susie / Spa (Lonehill Jazz Spain )
Ray Bryant Quartet - Complete Recordings V.1 (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Ray Bryant Quartet - Complete Recordings V.2 (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Ray Bryant Quartet - Complete Recordings V.3 (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Red Garland - Soul Junction (Fantasy Records (USA) )
Roland Kirk - Inflated Tear / Bonus Track (Wea Japan )
Roland Kirk - Third Dimension / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Roland Kirk Quartet - Copenhagen Concert (Lonehill )
Rosemary Clooney - Buddy Cole & Nelson Riddle Sessions (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )
Sal Salvador / Phil Woods - Shades / K224 / MLPS (JVC Japan )
Stax Sings Motown - Stax Sings Motown (Stax )
Stax Sings The Beatles - Stax Sings The Beatles (Stax )
Susan Carter - Wonderful Deeds & Adventures / DSD / MLPS (Epic Japan )
Tommy Flanagan Trio - Complete Original Recordings (Pid )
Tony Bennett - Tony Bennett (Madacy Special MKTS )
Urbie Green Big Band - Complete 1956-59 Recordings (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Urbie Green Big Band/Sextet - Complete Persuasive Trombone (Pid )
Wynton Kelly - Complete Live At The Half Note (Lone Hill Jazz (Spain) )

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sax Pack CD Due Next Month

The first CD by the saxophone super trio The Sax Pack is due next month. Fallin'For You by Sax Pack members Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, and Steve Cole will be available March 19th on Shanachie. The new set will feature nine tunes by the threesome, including covers of the '60s hit "Tequila" featuring guitarist Jeff Golub, the Norman Connors tune "You Are My Starship," and the War classic "The World Is A Ghetto." The set also includes original tunes such as "Maceo," a tribute to funk saxophonist Maceo Parker. Kashiwa launched the popular Sax Pack tour in 2004, and says he was inspired to create the omnibus show by the concept of the star-studded Rat Pack shows featuring Frank Sinatra and pals back in the '60s. After sharing his love of those Vegas spectacles with guitarist Miles Gilderdale, the Acoustic Alchemy co-founder actually came up with the name. Kashiwa explained:"He looked at me with a big smile and he goes, 'That's it! The Sax Pack!'And he was joking, but I said, 'OK, thank you for that. I'm taking it.'So I trademarked the name and called Kim Waters and Steve Cole and sold them on the idea the next day. And off we went." Copies of Fallin' For You will also be available at stops on the 2008 Sax Pack tour, which has already lined up a few dates for the year. The trio is set to perform next on April 19th at the Seabreeze Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

By: Janine Coveney

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