Monday, March 31, 2008

Smooth Jazz Chart | 3/31/08







LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
2 - 1 - Kenny G - "Rhythm & Romance" - (Concord)
1 - 2 - Paul Hardcastle - "Hardcastle V" - (Trippin 'n' Ryhthm)
3 - 3 - Euge Groove - "Born 2 Groove" - (Narada/Blue Note)
4 - 4 - Norman Brown - "Stay With Me" - (Peak)
5 - 5 - Jessy J - "Tequila Moon" - (Peak)
6 - 6 - Everette Harp - "My Inspiration" - (Shanachie)
8 - 7 - Chris Standring - "Love & Paragraphs" - (Ultimate Vibe)
7 - 8 - Rick Braun/Richard Elliot - R n' R - (ARTizen)
10 - 9 - Paul Brown - "White Sound" - (Peak)
9 - 10 - Chuck Loeb - "Presence" - (Heads Up)

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Jessy J - "Tequila Moon"



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Upcoming Jazz Releases | 4/1/08





- Age Of Innocence (Sbme Special MKTS. )
80 Films - Originals (Pid )
Al Di Meola - Beautiful Love -The NYC Session (Pid )
Al Di Meola / Eddie Gomez - Beautiful Love: The Nyc Sessions (Universal Japan )
Alex Bugnon - 107 In The Shade (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Anita Wardell - Kinda Blue (Pid )
Beaver Harris & 360 Degree - From Ragtime To Notime / K224 (BMG Japan )
Bebel Gilberto - Momento (JVC Japan )
Billie Ella Lena Sarah - Billie Ella Lena Sarah (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Bing Crosby - Sings The Great American Songbook (Acrobat (USA) )
Bossa Nova Compilation - Bossa Nova Compilation (Pid )
Bruna Caram - Essa Menina (V2)
Carlos Santana - Plays Blues at Montreux 2004 (Eagle Rock) - DVD-Video
Ceu - Ceu (JVC Victor)
Chris Hutchinson - Easy Going Me (Flashlight)
Christophe Marguet - Itrane (Pid )
Clark Sisters - Smooth Jazz Tribute (CC Entertainment )
Cormac Kenevey - Art Of Dreaming (Pid )
Count Basie - Giants Of The Big Band Era (Acrobat (USA) )
Dapp Theory - Layers Of Chance (HBD Label Group )
David / Azar Lawrence / Woody Shaw - Black Renaissance / K224 / MLPS (BMG Japan )
David / Azar Lawrence / Woody Shaw - Black Renaissance / K224 (BMG Japan )
Dirty Dozen Brass Band - New Orleans Album (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Eduardo Gudin & Noticias Dum B - Um Jeito De Fazer Samba (JVC Japan )
Emilie Claire Barlow - Very Thought Of You ( )
Ferenc Nemeth - Night Songs (Hbd Label Group)
Filhas Da Bossa - Filhas Da Bossa (JVC)
Harold McNair - Fence (Pid )
Horse The Band - Natural Death (Pid )
Irvin Mayfield - Love Songs, Ballads And Standards (Basin Street Records )
Jacob Karlzon - Today (Pid )
Jazz At Lincoln Center: They Came To Swing - Jazz At Lincoln Center: They Came To Swing (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Jazz Liberatorz - Clin D'Oeil (Kif Recordings )
Jazz Royal 3 - Jazz Royal 3 (JVC Japan )
Johnny Griffin / Martial Solal - In & Out & Plays Ellington (Dreyfus )
Joyce - Rio: Bahia (Dori Caymmi) (Jvc Victor )
Kalaparusha - Kwanza / K224 / MLPS (BMG Japan )
Kalaparusha - Kwanza / K224 (BMG Japan )
Ketil Bjornstad / Terje Rypdal - Live From Leipzig (Universal Japan )
Lizz Wright - Orchard (Verve Forecast )
Marcia Salomon - Geminiana (JVC Japan )
Marco Benevento - Invisible Baby / Bonus Track (P-Vine Japan )
Mark Helias' Open Loose - Strange Unison (Radio Legs Music 013)
Martial Solal - In & Out (With Johnny Griffin/Plays Ellington) (Dreyfus Jazz )
Miguel Zenon - Awake (Decca )
Neil Cowley Trio - Loud Louder Stop (Pid )
Oscar Peterson - Anthology 1952 & 1956 (C&B Productions )
Petteri Sariola - Silence (King Japan )
Phil Miller In Cahoots - Conspiracy Theories (Crescent Discs Uk )
Puchi Colon - Salsa Praise 2 (LGR Records)
Robert Raff - Shaza La / K224 (BMG Japan )
Roy Brooks & The Artistic Trut - Live At Town Hall / K224 / MLPS (BMG Japan )
Roy Brooks & The Artistic Truth - Live At Town Hall / K224 / MLPS (BMG Japan )
Roy Brooks & The Artistic Truth - Live At Town Hall / K224 (BMG Japan )
Seigen Ono - Comme Des Garcons Seigen Ono 2 (Omagatoki Japan )
Strange Jazz - Strange Jazz (Albion )
Sunny Murray & Untouchable Factor - Apple Cores / K224 / MLPS (BMG Japan )
This Is Bossa Nova - This Is Bossa Nova (JVC )
This Is Bossa Nova From Tokyo - This Is Bossa Nova From Tokyo (JVC )
Tommy Dorsey - Giants Of The Big Band Era (Acrobat (USA) )
Tony Kofi Quartet - Silent Truth (Pid )
Trina Broussard - Inside My Love (Trina )
Various Artists - Strange Jazz (Apace )
Victor Wooten - Palmystery (Heads Up )
Village Band - Waxeywork Show (United States Of Distribution LTD. )
Westbrook - Mama Chicago (Jazzprint Uk )
Yosuke Yamashita - Triple Cats: 20TH Anniversary (Universal Japan )
Yosuke Yamashita New York - Triple Cats-The 20TH Anniversary Of (Pid )






Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin' (Pid )
Art Blakey / Jazz Messengers - Moanin (Toshiba EMI Japan )
Art Matthews - It's Easy To Remember / K224 / MLPS (BMG Japan )
Art Matthews - It's Easy To Remember / K224 (BMG Japan )
Artie Shaw - Star Dust (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Beaver Harris & 360 Degree - From Ragtime To Notime / K224 / MLPS (BMG Japan )
Benny Carter - Complete Capitol Sessions 1943-46 (Definitive (Spain) )
Benny Goodman - Complete Rca Victor Small Group Master Takes (Definitive (Spain) )
Bill Evans Trio - Complete Balboa Jazz Club Performances (Pid )
Billie Holiday - Essence Of Billie Holiday (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Bix Beiderbecke - At The Jazz Band Ball 2 (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Branford Marsalis - Requiem (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Bud Powell - Scene Changes (Pid )
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else (Pid )
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin Else (Toshiba EMI Japan )
Charles Greenlee / Archie Shepp - Genius Of Charles Greenlee / K224 (BMG Japan )
Dave Brubeck - Music From West Side Story (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Dave Brubeck - Interchanges '54: Featuring Paul Desmond (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Dave Brubeck - Essence Of (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Dave Brubeck - Jazz Impressions Of Eurasia (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Dave Brubeck - Brandenburg Gate: Revisited (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Dexter Gordon - Doin' Allright (Blue Note)
Dexter Gordon - Doin Allright (Toshiba EMI Japan )
Duke Ellington - Best Of Complete Rca Victor Recordings 1944-46 (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Duke Pearson Quintert - Hush! (Pid )
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - Very Saxy (Fantasy Records (USA) )
Ella Fitzgerald - Great American Songbook (West End Records)
Ellis Marsalis - Duke In Blue (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Ellis Marsalis - Twelve's It (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Erroll Garner - Complete Savoy & Dial (Definitive (Germany) )
Fats Waller - Handful Of Keys (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Frank Sinatra - Essence Of Frank Sinatra (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Grant Green - Latin Bit (Blue Note Records )
Grover Washington Jr. - Next Exit (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Grover Washington Jr. - Soulful Strut (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Harry Connick Jr. - 11 (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Harry James / Frank Sinatra - Complete Recordings (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Herbie Hancock - Secrets (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Herbie Hancock - Speak Like A Child (Pid )
Horace Silver - Song For My Father (Pid )
Hubert Laws - Rite Of Spring (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Hugh Masekela - Time (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Hugh Masekela - Phola (Four Quarters Entertainment )
Ike Quebec - Bossa Nova Soul Samba (Blue Note Records (USA) )
Ike Quebec - Bossa Nova Soul (Toshiba EMI Japan )
In Cahoots - Conspiracy Theories (Pid )
Jan Hammer - First Seven Days (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Jean-Luc Ponty - Tchokola (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Jimmy Smith - Electrifyin' (Pid )
John Coltrane - Settin' The Pace (Universal)
Kenny Rankin - Professional Dreamer / K224 (BMG Japan )
Kenny Rankin - Here In My Heart / K224 (BMG Japan )
Lee Morgan - Candy (Blue Note Records )
Lee Ritenour - Captain Fingers (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Les Elgart & Larry - Best Of Big Bands (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Louis Jordan - Rock Doc! Louis Jordan On Mercury 1956-57 (Pid )
Makoto Ozone - Starlight (Pid )
Makoto Ozone - Paradise Wings (Pid )
Makoto Ozone - Walk Alone (Pid )
Marcus Roberts - Gershwin For Lovers (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Marcus Roberts - Cole After Midnight (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Matthew Larkin Cassell - Cat Matt (P-Vine Japan )
Matthew Larkin Cassell - Pieces (P-Vine Japan )
Michael Petrucciani - French Piano Masters (Conversation/Live At Iridium) (Dreyfus Jazz )
Michel Camilo - Michel Camilo (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Michel Camilo - On Fire (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Michel Petrucciani / Jean-Michel Pilc - French Piano Masters Live (Dreyfus )
Mike Westbrook - Mama Chicago (Jazzprint)
Mike Westbrook - London Bridge Is Broken Down (BGO - Beat Goes On )
Mike Westbrook - Waxeywork Show & All That Jazz (Jazzprint Uk )
Miles Davis - You're Under Arrest (SME)
Miles Davis - Decoy (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Miles Davis - Bags' Groove (Fantasy Records (USA) )
Nancy Wilson - With My Lover Beside Me (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Nina Simone - Baltimore (Legacy)
Nylons - Happy Together (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Nylons - Nylons (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Ornette Coleman - Paris Concerts 1965-66 (Pid )
Oscar Peterson - Anthology 1952/1956 (C&B Productions )
Ottmar Liebert - Rumba Collection: 1992-1997 (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Ottmar Liebert - Innamorarae: Summer Flamenco (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Pat Metheny Group - Imaginary Day Live (Eagle Rock) - DVD-Video
Paul Davis - Greatest Hits (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Paul Desmond - Greatest Hits (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Paul Desmond - Easy Living (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Ron Carter / Eric Dolphy / Mal Waldron - Where? (Fantasy Records (USA) )
Sergio Mendes - Timeless (Concord)
Sidney Bechet - Legendary Sidney Bechet (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Sonny Rollins - Plays For Bird (Fantasy Records (USA) )
Sonny Rollins Trio & Quartet - Paris 1965/Copenhagen 1968 (Pid )
Sophie Milman - Sophie Milman (Koch)
Stanley Clarke - If This Bass Could Only Talk (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Stanley Clarke - I Wanna Play For You (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Stanley Turrentine - Salt Song / Bonus Track (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Sunny Murray & Untouchable Factor - Apple Cores / K224 (BMG Japan )
Tina Brooks - True Blue (Pid )
Tuck & Patti - As Time Goes By (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Woody Shaw - Rosewood (Sbme Special MKTS. )
Wynton Marsalis - Hot House Flowers (Sony Masterworks Edition)
Wynton Marsalis - Marciac Suite (Sbme Special MKTS. )


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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Rosey - "Luckiest Girl"



Sultry and seductive are just two of the many tags that Quango recording artist Rosey has tucked in her back pocket, but those come just as easily as what Entertainment Weekly once dubbed "as cool as anything you'll hear" or as Rolling Stone described as "Boho chic, grrrl power". Sassy and alluring, she's sauntering back with her new album Luckiest Girl to be released April 8th 2008, proudly displaying a new jazzy direction that's perfectly suited for her smoky and textured vocals.

Making huge waves with her 2002 debut album Dirty Child, Rosey graced the pages of publications such as Blender, Cosmo, Stuff Magazine, and was even featured in the Annie Leibovitz-shot pic from Vanity Fair's uber-influential New Music Issue with Alicia Keys, John Mayer, among many others. Launching into 2008 with a new album and a new direction, this chanteuse still remains fiercely in control of her own vision.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Karrin Allyson - "Imagina: Songs of Brasil"

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From Karrin’s liner notes: I began this recording project as I do all others, wanting to sing songs I love with players I love. Since there are far too many songs and players I love to put them all on a single album, one has to choose, of course. During this process, my dear friend and “Brazilian mentor,” Lúcia Guimarães, was coaching me on my Portuguese pronunciation for the various songs I had already chosen. At the time, I had been reading a lot about Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes and was lamenting the fact that I had not chosen more songs that were penned by them—there are so many great ones. One particular day that Lúcia and I were together, I expressed this idea to her and she proceeded to show me several lesser known (at least to me) gems by Jobim (such as “Imagina” and “Correnteza”), de Moraes (such as “Medo de Amar”), and Jobim/de Moraes collaborations (such as “Estrada Branca”)—songs that I immediately fell in love with.

So, although the concept of recording an album of Brazilian songs wasn't changing, many of the song choices were—and this was less than three weeks before we were scheduled to record! For me—a non-native speaker of Portuguese—this presented a real challenge: learning all that Portuguese and new material in such a short amount of time. But, as Leonard Bernstein said, “To achieve great things, two things are needed; a great idea and not nearly enough time.” Also it has been said that “revelations take time.” Ha! With this in mind, we went a step further as I was also very keen on making this recording “user friendly” to non-Portuguese speakers/listeners. I wanted folks to get these songs no matter what language they speak, while trying to remain as true to the Brazilian feel and sound as possible.

Enter Chris Caswell. On our previous recording project, Footprints, Chris wrote beautiful lyrics to well-known jazz instrumental standards. Why not tap his talents for this project too? He was (of course) game, and I am delighted to be the first to record his new English lyrics to Vinicius de Moraes’s “Medo de Amar” and Edu Lobo’s “Pra Dizer Adeus.” It’s hard for me now to imagine these songs without his lyrics. Along with Chris’s new lyrics, I’ve also included a very sensual English lyric by Paul Williams to Rosa Passos's song "Outono,” lovely English lyrics by Susannah McCorkle (“A Felicidade” and “Vivo Sonhando”), Jon Hendricks’s classic English lyric to “Desafinado,” and the sweet English lyrics of Gene Lees to “Estrada Branca” and “Double Rainbow.” So, while many of the songs on this recording feature the alluring beauty of the original Portuguese lyrics only (what a gorgeous, poetic sounding language!), I am pleased to be able to present several of the songs with wonderful English lyrics too.

But truly the most important language in this project, and easily the most universally understood, is that of the Brazilian music—that evocative, intoxicating combination of unforgettable melodies, rich harmonies, and infectious rhythms. Whatever your native language is, I hope that these Songs of Brasil speak directly to your heart, as they have to mine.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Smooth Jazz Chart | 3/24/08







LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Paul Hardcastle - "Hardcastle V" - (Trippin 'n' Ryhthm)
2 - 2 - Kenny G = "Rhythm & Romance" - (Concord)
3 - 3 - Euge Groove - "Born 2 Groove" - (Narada/Blue Note)
4 - 4 - Norman Brown - "Stay With Me" - (Peak)
7 - 5 - Jessy J - "Tequila Moon" - (Peak)
6 - 6 - Everette Harp - "My Inspiration" - (Shanachie)
5 - 7 - Rick Braun/Richard Elliot - R n' R - (ARTizen)
8 - 8 - Chris Standring - "Love & Paragraphs" - (Ultimate Vibe)
11 - 9 - Chuck Loeb - "Presence" - (Heads Up)
10 - 10 - Paul Brown - "White Sound" - (Peak)

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Veasley's Solid Game

It's somewhat ironic that Gerald Veasley, one of the most inventive bassists of the current generation of contemporary jazz players, would base the title concept of his latest disc, Your Move, on the kinetic game of chess.

Upcoming Jazz Releases | 3/25/08





A.K. Salim - Modern Sounds Of (Pid )
Adam Kolker - Flag Day (Sunny Side )
Alban Darche - Trumpet Kingdom (Budapest Music )
Alec Templeton - Magic Piano (Collectables )
Alexander Fisher - Three Question Marks (Pid )
Amos Hoffman - Evolution (Sunny Side )
Annie Ross - Handful Of Songs (Pid )
Anthony Braxton - Quartet (GTM) 2006 (Important Records )
Armstrong / Fitzgerald - Classic Album Collection (Pid )
Association P.C. - Mama Kuku (MPS (Japan) )
Association P.C. & Steig - Mama Kuku (MPS Records )
Astor Piazolla - Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival (Storyville) - DVD-Video
Berndt Luef - Correlations (Pid )
Bill Russo - World Of Alcina (Warner Brothers )
Bill Stewart - Incandescence (Pirouet Records )
Bob James - Double Vision (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Boilermaker Jazz Band - Honky Tonk Town (Collectables )
Brad Mehldau Trio - Live (Wea/Atlantic/Nonesuch )
Brew Moore - Kerouac Connection (Pid )
Brew Moore - The Kerouac Connection (Giant Steps Uk )
Brussels Jazz Orchestra - Music Of Michel Herr (Pid )
Butcher / Muller / Van Der Schyff - Way Out Northwest (Pid )
Caribbean Jazz Project - Afro Bop Alliance (Heads Up Records )
Chico Hamilton - Sweet Smell Of Success (El (USA) )
Chris Standring - Love & Paragraphs (Ultimate Vibe )
Chriss Campion - Souvenirs (Hot Club Records )
Christian Sands - Risin' (Pid )
Claudio Tripoli - Personality (Pid )
Crusaders - Rural Renewal (Pra )
Cy Walter - Rodgers Revisited (Collectables )
D'Onofrio / Esposito / Ferrara / Sabatini - Standards X For 4 Four (Pid )
Danny Scott - Only When It's Time (Pid )
Darren Sigesmund - Strands (Pid )
Dave Pike Set - Live At The Philharmonie (MPS Records )
David Gibson - G-Rays (Nagel-Heyer Germany )
David Marq - Hit It Project (Alexscar Records )
Debby Moore - My Kind Of Blues (Pid )
DR. Didi - Songs (Pid )
Elisabeth Harnik - Irrt Irrt Das Ohr (Pid )
F.F. Company & Co - Das Jazzmarchen (Pid )
Fernando Otero - Pagina De Buenos Aires (Pid )
Francois Richard - Nouvel Orchestra (Pid )
Francois Theberge Group - Soliloque (Pid )
Freddie Redd - Shades Of Redd (Blue Note Records (USA) )
Gerald Cleaver - Gerald Cleaver's Detroit (Fresh Sound New Talent/Rock Bo )
Glawischnig - Cercle A Due/Live Graz (Pid )
Global Glue - Eardance (Pid )
Golden Gate Quartet - Jericho (Pid )
Haru No Otozure - Haru No Otozure-Spring Jazz Collecti (Pid )
Heaven - Brass Rock 1 (Esoteric )
Jacare - Il Primo Passo (Pid )
James P. Johnson - Parlor Piano Solos From Rare Piano Rolls (Collectables )
James Scott - Classic Ragtime From Rare Piano Rolls (Collectables )
Jasper Van 'T Hof - Yellow House (Pid )
Joe Castro - Mood Jazz With Voices & Strings (Collectables )
Joe Sample - Song Lives On (Pra )
Joe Sample - The Song Lives On (PRA Records )
John Ellis & Double Wide - Dance Like There's No Tomorrow (Hyena )
John Ruocco - Am I Asking Too Much? (Pirouet/Qualiton )
Jose James - Dreamer (Pid )
Joy Anandasivam - Told You So (Pid )
Karrin Allyson - Imagina: Songs Of Brasil (Pid )
Keiko Lee - Another Side Of Keiko Lee (Pid )
Kenneth Patchen - Rebel Poets Of America (El (USA) )
Kenny Werner - Delerium Blues Project: Serve Or Suffer (Half Note Records )
Kiyo - Dancehall Selection By Kiyo From Lov (Pid )
Kumi Adachi - Winners! (Pid )
Lara Iacovini - Everybody's Song (Pid )
Leonardo Grimaudo - Sibuli Deserto Di Mare (Pid )
Mago Bela JR. Quartett - Brooklyn Dance (Pid )
Mamie Lee - Once In A Life Time (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Mamie Lee - Once In A Lifetime (Poker )
Marcin Wasilewski - January (Universal Japan )
Martin Philadelphy - Philadelphy's Paint 2 (Pid )
Matt Penman - Catch Of The Day (Fresh Sound New Talent/Rock Bo )
Matteo Zaccherini Trio - My Monk (Pid )
Maya Jaku - Talking Jazzik (Pid )
Monty Alexander - Music Of Tony Bennett (Telarc )
Nesti Titta & Santernecchi Franco - Floatin (Pid )
Nota Bene - Nota Bene Vol. 3-Nota Bene (Pid )
Oliva / Raulin - Echoes Of Spring (Pid )
Orange - Hot Message (Pid )
Pat Bowie - Out Of Sight (MSI Music/Super D )
Paul Gonsalves - Cookin-Complete 1956-57 (Pid )
Phoenics - One Way To Roma (Pid )
Plastic Septet - Horror Vacui (Budapest Music )
Quarteto Em Cy - Aleluia (El Records )
R. Horstein - Orplid Skies (Pid )
Richard Bona - Bona Makes You Sweat (Universal Japan )
Roberto Sellani - Il Mio Brasile (Pid )
Romero / Salsone - Sueno De Juquete (Pid )
Royce Campbell Trio - Roses & Wine (Pid )
Sascha Otto - Stundenglas (Pid )
Sergio Chiricosta - In Front Of You (Pid )
SGS Group Inc - Presents (Pid )
Simon Legault - Misrememberings (Pid )
Spare Time Trio - Take One (Pid )
Spring Heel Jack - Songs & Themes (Thirsty Ear )
Spring Heel Jack - Songs And Themes (Thirsty Ear Records )
Stefan Heckel Group - News From The Royal (Pid )
Ted Heath - Old English (MSI Music/Super D )
Trio Da Paz - Live At Jazz Baltica (Max Jazz Records )
Trio Da Paz & Joe Locke - Live At Jazzbaltica (Max Jazz Records )
Two Banks Of Four - Junkyard Gods (Pid )
Urban Verbs - Early Damage (Wounded Bird )
Various Artists - Worship Together (EMI Gospel )
Vitro / Werner - The Delerium Blues Project: Serve Or Suffer (Half Note Records )
Webindra - Did You See? (Pid )
Wolfgang Dauner - Free Action (MPS Records )
Yves Robert - In Touch (48 Minutes Of Tenderness) (ECM Records (USA) )
Zdzislaw Piernik - Namanga (Pid )








Art Blakey & Mike Mainieri - From Seventh Avenue (Storyville) - DVD-Video
Art Farmer - Fermer's Market (Pid )
Art Farmer - Farmer's Market / SHM (Universal Japan )
Bechet / Clayton Sextet - Brussels Fair 1958 (Pid )
Benny Carter - Complete Capitol Sessions 1943-46 (Definitive (Spain) )
Benny Goodman - Complete Rca Victor Small Group Master Takes (Definitive (Spain) )
Bill Evans - At The Montreux Jazz Festival (Pid )
Bill Evans - Alone (Pid )
Bill Evans - Intermodulation (Pid )
Bill Evans - Simple Matter Of Conviction (Pid )
Bill Evans - Further Conversations With Myself (Pid )
Bill Evans - California Here I Come (Pid )
Bill Evans - What's New/With Jeremy Steig (Pid )
Bill Evans - From Left To Right (Pid )
Bill Evans - Simple Matter Of Conviction / MLPS (Universal Japan )
Bill Evans - Futher Conversations With Myself / MLPS (Universal Japan )
Bill Evans - California Here I Come / MLPS (Universal Japan )
Bill Evans - At The Montreux Jazz Festival / MLPS (Universal Japan )
Bill Evans - Alone / MLPS (Universal Japan )
Bill Evans - From Left To Right / MLPS (Universal Japan )
Bill Evans - Futher Conversations With Myself (Universal Japan )
Bill Evans / Jim Hall - Intermodulation / MLPS (Universal Japan )
Bill Evans / Jim Hall - Intermodulation (Universal Japan )
Billy Cobham - Spectrum (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Buddy Rich - Live In Miami With Flip Phillips (Pid )
Buddy Rich - Buddy Rich Just Sings (MSI Music/Super D )
Charlie Mariano - Helen 12 Trees (MPS Records )
Charlie Parker - Bird At ST. Nicks (Pid )
Charlie Parker - Complete Live At Cafe Society (Pid )
Chico Hamilton Trio - Chico Hamilton Trio (Pid )
Chico- Hamilton Quintet - Live At The Strollers (Pid )
Clifford Brown - With Strings (Pid )
Coleman Hawkins - Body & Soul: The Complete Victor Recordings 1939-1956 (Definitive (Spain) )
Cornell Dupree - Teasin (Warner Brothers)
Dave Brubeck - Time Out (Pid )
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Complete 1958 Berlin Concert (Pid )
David Sanborn - Hideaway (Phantom Sound & Vision )
David Sanborn - Straight To The Heart (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Dexter Gordon - Bouncin' With Dex (Pid )
Dexter Gordon - Bouncin Wit Dex / K224 / MLPS (Video Arts Japan )
Dexter Gordon - Bouncin Wit Dex / K224 (Video Arts Japan )
Dexter Gordon / Jackie McLean - Meeting / K224 / MLPS (Video Arts Japan )
Dexter Gordon / Jackie McLean - Meeting / K224 (Video Arts Japan )
Django Reinhardt - Night & Day (Pid )
Duke Ellington - Complete Prestige Carnegie Hall 1943-1944 (Definitive (Germany) )
Duke Jordan - Flight To Denmark (Pid )
Duke Jordan - Two Loves (Pid )
Duke Jordan - Flight To Denmark / K224 / MLPS (Video Arts Japan )
Duke Jordan - Two Loves / K224 / MLPS (Video Arts Japan )
Duke Jordan - Flight To Denmark / K224 (Video Arts Japan )
Duke Jordan - Two Loves / K224 (Video Arts Japan )
Ella Fitzgerald - Originals (Music Brokers Arg )
Elmer Bernstein / Chico Hamilton Quintet - Sweet Smell Of Success (El Records )
Eric Dolphy - Out There (Fantasy)
Erroll Garner - Complete Savoy & Dial (Definitive (Germany) )
Etta Jones - Don't Go to Strangers (Fantasy)
Gary Mcfarland - Gary Mcfarland Orchestra (Verve Records (Japan) )
George Benson - Breezin (Warner Brothers)
George Benson - Give Me The Night (Warner Brothers)
George Benson - Weekend In La (Phantom Sound & Vision )
George Duke - Faces In Reflection (MPS Records )
Grover J Washington - Winelight (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Henry Kaiser - Zen Kaiju (Balance Point )
Henry Kaiser - Domo Arigato Derek Sense (Balance Point )
Horace Silver - Further Explorations (Blue Note Records (USA) )
Jackie Mclean & Dexter Gordon - Meeting (Pid )
Jaco Pastorius - Word Of Mouth (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Jaco Pastorius - Twins 1 & 2 Live In Japan 1982 (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Jazz Composer Orchestra - Communications (Pid )
Jens Joneleit - Arbitrary (Neos/Qualiton )
Jens Joneleit - Illuviation (Neos/Qualiton )
Jimmy Heath - Gap Sealer (Pid )
John Coltrane - Blue Train (Phantom Sound & Vision )
John Coltrane - Training In (Pid )
John Coltrane - Stardust / SHM (Universal Japan )
John Coltrane - Traneing In / SHM (Universal Japan )
Johnny Griffin & Richie Cole - From Village Vanguard (Storyville) - DVD-Video
Jonathan Butler - Best Of (Pid )
Kenny Drew - Dark Beauty (Pid )
Kenny Drew - Duo (Pid )
Kenny Drew - If You Could See Me Now (Pid )
Kenny Drew - Dark Beauty / K224 / MLPS (Video Arts Japan )
Kenny Drew - If You Could See Me Now / K224 / MLPS (Video Arts Japan )
Kenny Drew - Dark Beauty / K224 (Video Arts Japan )
Kenny Drew - If You Could See Me Now / K224 (Video Arts Japan )
Kenny Drew / Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen - Duo / K224 / MLPS (Video Arts Japan )
Kenny Drew / Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen - Duo / K224 (Video Arts Japan )
Lalo Schifrin - Dissection And Reconstruction Of Music From The Past As Performed By The Inmates Of Lalo Schifrin's Demented Ensemble As A Tribute To The Memory Of The Marquis De Sade. (Universal Records (Japan) )
Larry Carlton - Sleepwalk (Warner Brothers)
Larry Carlton - Larry Carlton (Warner Brothers)
Larry Carlton - Strikes Twice (Warner Brothers)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti / Kenneth Patchen - Rebel Poets Of America (El Records )
Lee Morgan - Complete Introducing Sessions (Lone Hill Jazz (France) )
Lee Ritenour - Rit (Warner Brothers)
Lee Ritenour - Captain's Journey (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Lou Donaldson - Here 'Tis (Blue Note Records (USA) )
Mark Isham - We Begin (ECM Records (USA) )
Megaphone Man - Live At The Tabernacle (Blue Canoe Records)
Miles Davis - In A Silent Way (Columbia/L )
Miles Davis - Platinum (EMI Int'L )
Miles Davis - Workin' With (Pid )
Miles Davis - Steamin' With (Pid )
Miles Davis - Working With Miles Davis / SHM (Universal Japan )
Miles Davis - Steaming With Miles Davis / SHM (Universal Japan )
Miles Davis - Complete Savoy & Dial Recordings (Definitive (Spain) )
Nina Simone - Broadway Blues Ballads (Universal Records (Japan) )
Olivier Nelson - Screamin' The Blues (Pid )
Ornette Coleman - Paris Concerts 1965-66 (Pid )
Ornette Coleman Quartet - Live In Paris 1971 (Pid )
Out There / SHM - Phantom Of The Paradise - Ost (Universal Records (Japan) )
Paul Desmond Quartet - Edmonton Festival 76 (Pid )
Phil Woods - Altology (Pid )
Randy Weston - How High The Moon (Collectables )
Ray Barretto - Other Road (Fania (USA) )
Ray Ellington - Best Of (Pid )
Samuel Blais - Where To Go (Pid )
Sonny Rollins - Way Out West (Universal)
Sonny Rollins - Tenor Madness / SHM (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Easy Living (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Don't Stop The Carnival (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Milestone Jazz Stars In Concert (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Don't Ask (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Love At First Sight (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - No Problem (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Sunny Days Starry Nights (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Solo Album (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - G Men (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Dancing In The Dark (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Falling In Love With Jazz (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Here's To The People (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Old Flames (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Plus Three (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Global Warming (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - This Is What I Do (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Then & Now (Universal Japan )
Sonny Rollins - Reel Life (Universal Japan )
Stan Getz - Live At Monmartre (Pid )
Stan Getz - Live At Monmartre / K224 / MLPS (Video Arts Japan )
Stan Getz - Live At Monmartre / K224 (Video Arts Japan )
Stanley Turrentine - Look Out (Blue Note Records (USA) )
Stuff - More (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Tete Montoliu - Tete! (Pid )
Tete Montoliu - Tete A Tete (Pid )
Tete Montoliu - Tete A Tete / K224 / MLPS (Video Arts Japan )
Tete Montoliu - Tete A Tete / K224 (Video Arts Japan )
Tete Montolui - Tete / K224 / MLPS (Video Arts Japan )
Tete Montolui - Tete / K224 (Video Arts Japan )
Vitro / Werner - Delirium Blues Project: Serve Or (Half Note Records )
Wayne Shorter - Soothsayer (Blue Note Records (USA) )
Yellowjackets - Yellowjackets (Phantom Sound & Vision )




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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Kim Waters!

Happy birthday wishes to smooth jazz saxophonist Kim Waters, who celebrated his 43rd birthday yesterday (March 18th). Waters left Hartford Community College in Baltimore before receiving his degree to play saxophone at various clubs across the country, including a stint in Las Vegas. Strongly influenced by the work of Grover Washington Jr., Kim put together a demo tape at age 20 and soon snagged his first record deal. The result was his 1989 debut, Sweet And Saxy, which proved to be a top-selling album for the newcomer.

Waters followed up with several R&B-leaning sets, like 1991's Sax Appeal and 1993's Peaceful Journey. But with the spread of smooth jazz radio in the early '90s and the fact that fewer R&B stations were playing instrumental hits, Waters embraced the smooth jazz format. He has released a total of 14 solo albums, including 2005's All For Love and his most recent, 2007's You Are My Lady.

Waters explains that his consistency as a musician keeps fans loyal: "I think it's a lot to do with the length of time I've been in the business and, just kind of establish yourself as an artist and you build to your fan base and it keeps growing. And of course over the last 10 years we've had a tremendous run at radio: smooth jazz, contemporary, and urban. Just trying to do the right songs and keep the right melodies that people can understand and I think that contributes to the success."

Waters has also been involved in several ensemble projects. In 2005, he co-produced the hip-hop jazz project titled Tha Hot Club. The set, which was co-produced by Waters, features instrumental versions of hip-hop hits like Beyonce's "Crazy In Love," Nelly's "Right Thurr," Wyclef Jean's "Party To Damascus," and 50 Cent's "In Da Club." Waters also plays saxophone, bass, and keyboards on the album.

Waters was also the producer of the successful Streetwize hip-hop jazz projects. Streetwize: Smooth Urban Jazz was released in 2002, with Streetwize: Work It! following in 2003. The second volume featured flutist Nestor Torres, saxophonist David Mann, guitarist Chuck Loeb, and trumpeter Randy Brecker. The third volume, is titled Streetwize: Sexy Love, was released in May 2007.

For several years Waters has been touring as a member of The Sax Pack, which releases its first CD project, Fallin' For You, today (March 18th). The Sax Pack also features fellow saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole.

By: Janine Coveney

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Lionel Loueke Releases "Karibu" Featuring Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter

On March 25, guitarist Lionel Loueke will make his Blue Note Records debut with Karibu, a stunning album that takes its title from a Swahili word meaning “welcome." It's a fitting name, as the opening title track invites the listener into the musical world of one of the most distinctive new voices in Jazz. Featuring Loueke's long-standing trio of bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth, Karibu is also graced by rare guest appearances by two legends: pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

Loueke is also featured on Hancock's recent album, River: The Joni Letters (Verve Music Group), a tribute to Joni Mitchell which was just awarded “Album of the Year" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. The album also features Jazz legends like Shorter and Dave Holland, as well as superb guest vocalists including Mitchell herself, Norah Jones, Tina Turner, and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Loueke will also be touring again this summer as a member of Hancock's quartet and also featured as the opening act, including a June 23 performance at Carnegie Hall in New York for the JVC Jazz Festival, and an extensive run of European tour dates from late June through early August.

Loueke and Hancock first met when he decided to audition for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where the pianist was a teacher. “I flipped," says Hancock, recalling the moment he first heard Loueke's audition tape. “I'd never heard any guitar player play anything close to what I was hearing from him. There was no territory that was forbidden, and he was fearless!"

After several years of touring and recording with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who was also a teacher at the Monk Institute, Loueke joined Hancock and has been a part of his regular band ever since. Loueke signed with Blue Note Records in 2007, the same label which released Hancock's own auspicious 1962 debut, Takin' Off, as well as his other early classics including Maiden Voyage and Speak Like a Child.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Smooth Jazz Chart | 3/17/08







LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Paul Hardcastle - "Hardcastle V" - (Trippin 'n' Ryhthm)
3 - 2 - Kenny G = "Rhythm & Romance" - (Concord)
2 - 3 - Euge Groove - "Born 2 Groove" - (Narada/Blue Note)
4 - 4 - Norman Brown - "Stay With Me" - (Peak)
5 - 5 - Rick Braun/Richard Elliot - R n' R - (ARTizen)
7 - 6 - Everette Harp - "My Inspiration" - (Shanachie)
6 - 7 - Jessy J - "Tequila Moon" - (Peak)
11 - 8 - Chris Standring - "Love & Paragraphs" - (Ultimate Vibe)
9 - 9 - Eric Marienthal - "Just Around The Corner" - (Peak)
10 - 10 - Paul Brown - "White Sound" - (Peak)

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The Sax Pack Debuts First CD Tomorrow



The horn-blowing trio known as the Sax Pack makes its CD debut tomorrow, March 18th, with Fallin'For You on Shanachie. Featuring smooth jazz saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, and Steve Cole, the album comes after three years of summer tours by the talented threesome.

The new set includes 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 came up with the concept and got the Sax Pack tour kicked off in 2004. His buddy Waters explained how the idea got rolling: "That was Jeff Kashiwa's idea. Jeff called me, he said, 'Man, I've got a great idea. You've heard of the Rat Pack? Let's try the Sax Pack. And then he presented it to the agent, and then the agent got on the phone, and then some dates started coming in. So I said, OK, I'll do it, you know. But it's a great idea, though. Jeff is a great, great player and a hell of an entertainer. He's a funny guy."

The Sax Pack's next live concert is scheduled for April 19th at the Sea Breeze Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. For the complete tour itinerary, go to thesaxpack.com.

By: Janine Coveney

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Legendary Supergroup "Return To Forever" Will Reunite In Summer 2008

Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola and Lenny White Planning Extensive North American and European Tour
Tour Sure to Be "THE Jazz Event of 2008" (Beyond Jazz)



Return to Forever, one of the most influential groups of the 1970s, have long heard calls from their many fans for a reunion tour. Now those calls have been answered, with the classic lineup of keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al Di Meola and drummer Lenny White planning a tour across the U.S. and Europe that will be their first performances together in more than 25 years.

The foursome is expected to play 40 to 50 dates across the U.S. and Europe, featuring the classic music from their four chart-topping albums. "It’s been a long time coming," says founder Chick Corea, "and I think it's going to be a blast! We plan to take the songs from the albums we made in the '70s and just play them like they’ve never been played before."

"In retrospect, the '70s were a very powerful time in instrumental music," Stanley Clarke adds. "We’re going to go out and play our music as honestly as we did then, and it will be a great thing for all of us."
Return to Forever helped create and define fusion, a new genre that brought multitudes of rock 'n' roll fans into the jazz world for the first time. Their influence is evident today in many musical genres, from the hip-hop samplings of Dr. Dre and Lupe Fiasco to a litany of jam bands to techno and prog bands.

A special Return to Forever anthology featuring remixed and remastered tracks from the classic albums 'Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy', 'Where Have I Known You Before', 'No Mystery' and 'Romantic Warrior' will be released to coincide with the tour.

Al Di Meola says, "This is something we’ve talked about for close to 30 years... how’s that? 30 years! We’ve come close a few times, but finally the timing was right."

"We all felt the time was right to come back on a grand scale, raise the bar again and show people what serious music is really about," Lenny White concludes.

Ted Kurland Associates is the booking agency for 2008's Return to Forever tour, about which Russ Davis, Program Director for Beyond Jazz on XM Satellite Radio and the Jazz America Program on Voice of America enthuses: "The RTF reunion will be THE jazz event of 2008. Rarely does a magical event like this occur. I’m one of millions of fans who can’t wait!"

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