Sunday, January 31, 2010

2010 Jazz Grammy Award Winners

Winners in Bold

Best Contemporary Jazz Instrumental Album

* Urbanus - Stefon Harris & Blackout
* Sounding Point - Julian Lage
* At World's Edge - Philippe Saisse
* Big Neighborhood - Mike Stern
* 75 - Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate

Best Jazz Vocal Album

* No Regrets - Randy Crawford (& Joe Sample)
* Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman - Kurt Elling
* So In Love - Roberta Gambarini
* Tide - Luciana Souza
* Desire - Tierney Sutton (Band)

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Performance

* "Dancin' 4 Chicken" - Terence Blanchard soloist
* "All Of You" - Gerald Clayton soloist
* "Ms. Garvey, Ms. Garvey" - Roy Hargrove soloist
* "On Green Dolphin Street" - Martial Solal soloist
* "Villa Palmeras" - Miguel Zenón soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

* Quartet Live - Gary Burton, Pat Metheny,Steve Swallow & Antonio Sanchez
* Brother To Brother - The Clayton Brothers
* Five Peace Band — Live - Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band
* Rememberance - John Patitucci Trio
* The Bright Mississippi - Allen Toussaint

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

* Legendary - Bob Florence Limited Edition
* Eternal Interlude - John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
* Fun Time - Sammy Nestico And The SWR Big Band
* Book One - New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
* Lab 2009 - University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band

Best Latin Jazz Album

* Things I Wanted To Do - Chembo Corniel
* Áurea - Geoffrey Keezer
* Brazilliance X 4 - Claudio Roditi
* Juntos Para Siempre - Bebo Valdés And Chucho Valdés
* Esta Plena - Miguel Zenón


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Telarc and Heads Up Win Two Grammy® Awards

Field 10 – Jazz
Category 44 -- Best Contemporary Jazz Album
75
Artists: Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate
[Heads Up International]

Field 26 – Surround Sound
Category 94 – Best Surround Sound Album
Transmigration
Michael Bishop , surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop , surround mastering engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer (Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choruses)
[Telarc International]

Telarc International and Heads Up International, divisions of Concord Music Group, have been honored with two GRAMMY® Awards by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday, January 31, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles .

Since 1980, Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, has won 58 GRAMMY® Awards for performance, production and engineering. Other important awards include the French Grand Prix du Disque and Diapason d’Or; Japan ’s Record of the Year; Germany ’s Audiophile CD of the Year; and Gramophone Magazine’s 2004 Label of the Year. Although it began as a classical-only label, Telarc now boasts a catalog of more than 1000 recordings, ranging from classical and classical-crossover to jazz, contemporary jazz, Americana , pop and blues.

For nearly 20 years, Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, has been successfully carving its niche in the world of contemporary instrumental music. Heads Up artists and releases have consistently landed on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz, Traditional Jazz and World Music charts, and have garnered numerous industry awards, including Billboard’s Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year, the AFIM’s Independent Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, seven GRAMMY® Awards and numerous GRAMMY® nominations. Heads Up was also the winner of JazzWeek’s Radio Programmers Album of the Year Award for two consecutive years, and Gibson Guitar’s Best Female Jazz Guitarist. In addition to the awards and accolades, Heads Up artists have regularly captured the #1 slot in national radio airplay.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Jazz Musical Artists To Be Honored at the American Smooth Jazz Awards in 2010

American and International contemporary jazz artists, radio personalities and journalists will gather to honor their peers at the American Smooth Jazz Awards (ASJA) Friday, October 29, 2010, at the Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa, located in Michigan City, Indiana.

"This event will draw the most influential national and international contemporary jazz artists from around the world to award them for their outstanding musical talents," said Bernie Scott, president of Scott & Company Music Group and ASJA Awards.

Scott is asking smooth jazz aficionados to be part of the 2010 awards voting process. "We want smooth jazz fans, from all over the globe, to be part of the voting process – beginning March 15th, the public will be able to vote online for their favorite artists in 18 categories." said Scott. The website for voting is americansmoothjazzawards.com.

The categories, which, in part, include both Male and Female Vocalists, Instrumentalists, Song, Album and Entertainer of the Year, also include 4 International categories.

Award presenters will be coming in from around the world to be part of this event. To date, high profile radio personalities Jimi King (London); Michael Tozzi (Philadelphia); Carmen Kennedy (Cleveland); Doug Thomas (Sacramento) and Lynn Bridges (Las Vegas) will be in attendance.

Jazz pianist, composer and producer David Benoit will be presented with the illustrious Lifetime Achievement Award. Regina Tisdale, wife of the late jazz guitarist Wayman Tisdale will be in attendance to present the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award. Jazz guitarist, Nick Colionne, who will be the musical director, will also be the evening's host, along with Chicago radio personality Rick O'Dell.

Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa is located just 50 miles east of Chicago on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Tickets for the dinner and awards ceremonies are available to the public through Ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster outlet. Special packages are available through Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa by calling 888-879-7711, select option #1.

The American Smooth Jazz Awards, through all print media, will join in the effort to promote Breast Cancer awareness.


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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Upcoming New Jazz Releases - February 2, 2010



Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Art Blakey!! Jazz Messengers!! (Analogue Productions )
Barry Finnerty - Blues For Trane (Pony )
Brian Smith - Rendezvous (Fone )
Carbon / Elliott Sharp - Void Coordinates (Phantom )
Charles Mingus - Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Analogue Productions )
Chick Corea - Return To Forever (Pid )
Coleman Hawkins - Wrapped Tight (Analogue Prod. )
Coleman Hawkins - Today And Now (Analogue Productions )
Count Basie - Count Basie And The Kansas City 7 (Analogue Productions )
Dave Brubeck - Time Out (45 RPM 200 Gram) (Classic )
Dave King - Indelicate (Sunny Side )
Dejohnette / Jarrett / Peacock - Tribute (Phantom )
Django Reinhardt - Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection (Universal Distribution )
Ella Fitzgerald - Jazz Manifesto (Delta (Uk) )
Ella Fitzgerald - Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection (Phantom )
Elvin Jones - Dear John C. (Analogue Prod. )
Eric Alexander - Chim Chim Cheree (Venus )
Fela Kuti - Live With Ginger Baker (Knitting Factory/Red )
Freddie Hubbard - Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard (Verve )
Freddie Hubbard - Body And The Soul (Analogue Productions )
G.H. Of Smooth Jazz 2 - G.H. Of Smooth Jazz 2 ( )
George Winston - Love Will Come: The Music Of Vince Guaraldi (RCA Victor )
Greatest Hits Of Smooth Jazz Boxset - Greatest Hits Of Smooth Jazz Boxset Vol. (N-Coded )
Harry Edison - Sweets ( )
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra - Portrait In Seven Shades: Ted Nash ( )
John Coltrane - Love Supreme (Impulse Records )
John di Martino - Beatles In Jazz (Venus Jap/Zoom )
Johnny Hartman - Voice That Is! (Analogue Productions )
Keith Jarrett - Koln Concert (Pid )
Keith Jarrett Trio - Still Live (Phantom )
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra - Portrait In Seven Shades: Ted Nash ( )
Mario Bondi - If (Phantom )
Mccoy Tyner - Inception (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Mccoy Tyner - Nights Of Ballads And Blues (Analogue Productions )
Michael Franks - Born With The Moon In Virgo (Vinyl Lovers )
Michael Lington - Collector's Pack (Warlock )
Miles Davis - Jazz Manifesto (Delta (Uk) )
New York Art Quartet - Old Stuff (Cuneiform )
Pat Metheny - Offramp (Pid )
Pat Metheny - Pat Metheny Group (Pid )
Roy Haynes - Out Of The Afternoon (Universal Japan )
Shelly Manne - 2-3-4 (Analogue Productions )
Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins On Impulse! (Analogue Productions )
Thelonious Monk - Just You Just Me-Best Of (Phantom )
Tony Bennett - Sings The Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 2 (Sony Music )
Whitefield Brothers - Earthology ( )

Reissues
Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain (Columbia/L )

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Smooth Jazz Chart Top 20 - January 25, 2010


LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - George Benson - "Songs And Stories" - (Concord)
4 - 2 - Jackiem Joyner - "Lil' Man Soul - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
5 - 3 - Najee - "Mind Over Matter" - (Heads Up)
6 - 4 - Euge Groove - "Sunday Morning" - (Shanachie)
2 - 5 - Peter White - "Good Day" - (Peak/Concord)
3 - 6 - Richard Elliot - "Rock Steady" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
8 - 7 - Brian Bromberg - "It Is What It Is" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
10 - 8 - Paul Taylor - "Burnin'" - (Peak)
9 - 9 - Dave Koz - "Greatest Hits" - (Capitol)
11 - 10 - Jeff Golub - "Blues For You" - (E1)
7 - 11 - Boney James - "Send One Your Love" - (Concord)
25 - 12 - Sade - "Soldier Of Love" - (Epic)
13 - 13 - Nick Colionne - "No Limits" - (E1)
12 - 14 - Jessy J - "True Love - (Peak)
16 - 15 - Paul Brown & Marc Antoine - "Foreign Exchange" - (Peak)
15 - 16 - Norah Jones - "The Fall" - (Capitol)
23 - 17 - Brian Culbertson - "Live From The Inside" - (Universal)
17 - 18 - Greg Adams - "East Bay Soul" - (Ripa)
14 - 19 - Bernie Williams - "Moving Forward" - (Reform)
20 - 20 - The Sax Pack - "The Pack Is Back" - (Shanachie)



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Friday, January 22, 2010

Jacqui Naylor Quartet - Live at Yoshi's- January 28, 2010

Jacqui Naylor show to benefit the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium - Yoshi’s Oakland -Thursday, January 28th, 8 p.m. ($20) and 10 p.m. ($15)
Yoshi's Jazz Club

On the heels an often sold-out European and U.S. tour, vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor returns to her native Bay Area for a concert of new music and requested favorites from her recordings. Half of the artist’s proceeds from this concert will benefit the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, where Naylor has lent her voice in support for more than a decade.

“Jacqui Naylor is an incomparable triple threat, serving up classic covers with the best of them, delivering top-drawer originals and inspiring with the musical marriage she calls acoustic smashing," wrote JazzTimes. “The words and melody are Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ but the groove is Allman’s ‘Whipping Post.’ Naylor has the chops and sensitivity to pull it off,” adds The New York Times. “Her whisky-tinged voice can bring to mind a mid-career Peggy Lee,” sounds the Seattle Times.

Naylor recently released her seventh recording, You Don’t Know Jacq (Ruby Star/Warner), and tours nationally and internationally, including acclaimed debuts this year at Ronnie Scotts in London, Blue Note in New York, Milan and Tokyo, and Women In Jazz Festival in Germany. The Wall Street Journal claims "The Color Five and Smashed For The Holidays mark a turning point in Naylor’s career.” Indeed, her holiday recording placed in the top 10 for the season in USA Today, Jazziz Magazine and The Washington Post.

Naylor’s current release has already garnered much fame, with “Rise Up” featured on the Obama/Biden Website and “Celebrate Early & Often” standard” by the media, including Martha Stewart Weddings. “Part jazz chanteuse and part folk-pop-leaning singer/songwriter, she enjoys nothing more than mixing things up. She could easily get by performing only her own material, but her covers and standards are so appealingly original in their execution that her albums wouldn't be the same without them,” writes All Music Guide.

“You Don’t Know Jacq showcases Naylor’s vocal ability and her talent for telling a story. No matter what musical context she puts herself in—jazz, pop or rock—she will turn it into a captivating narrative,” adds All About Jazz

Naylor’s show at Yoshi’s will include requests from her recordings as well as brand new originals and breathtaking standards. To hear songs, see video and make a song request, visit www.jacquinaylor.com.

To learn more about the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium visit www.dvcpartners.org.

Jacqui Naylor vocals
Art Khu piano and guitar
Jon Evans bass
Josh Jones drums
8pm show $20
10pm show $15

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Upcoming New Jazz Releases - January 26, 2010



Ahmad Jamal - Quiet Time (Phantom )
Ann Burton - Rainy Days And Mondays (Indies Japan/Zoom )
Ann Burton - Memory In New York (Indies Japan/Zoom )
Association P.C. - Mama Kuku (MPS (Japan) )
Bei Bei - Into The Wild (Ubiquity )
Canadian Brass - Swing That Music: A Tribute To Louis Armstrong (Opening Day Recordings )
Chet Baker - Sings It Could Happen To You (Jazz Wax Records )
Chicago Underground Duo - Boca Negra (Phantom )
Dave Pike - Live At The Philharmonie (MPS )
David Braid Sextet - David Braid Sextet Live (Opening Day Recordings )
David Sanborn - Only Everything (Decca Us )
Django Reinhardt - Best Of: 24 Classic Performances ( )
Ella Fitzgerald - Absolutely Essential 3CD Collection (Phantom )
Fattburger - T.G.I.F. (Shanachie )
Frank Sinatra - Strangers In The Night (Concord )
Full Blast - Black Hole + Live In Tampere (Atavistic )
Giles Peterson - Blue Note Compilation (Phantom )
Glenn Miller - Carnegie Hall Concert (Wounded Bird )
Hiromi - Place To Be ( )
Jeremy Pelt - Men Of Honor (High Note )
Jerry Bergonzi - Three For All (Savant )
Joe Locke - Cinema Paradiso (Koch Imports )
Joe Locke - For The Love Of You (E1 Distribution (USA) )
Joe Locke - For The Love Of You (E1 Music)
John Zorn - Mycale:Book Of Angels Vol 13 (Tzadik/Koch )
Kim Waters - Love Stories (Shanachie/Koch )
Knowles / Saltman - Yesterday's Man (Pacific Coast Jazz )
Matthew Shipp - 4D (Thirsty Ear Recordings )
Maysa - Woman In Love (Shanachie )
MC5 - Anthology 1965-1971 (Cleopatra )
MICHAEL JANISCH - Purpose Built (Koch Imports )
Michael Wertmuller - Full Blast (Atavistic )
MyCale - Mycale: The Book Of Angels, Vol. 13 (Tzadik )
NPR Discover Songs: The New Jazz Divas - NPR Discover Songs: The New Jazz Divas ( )
Pat Metheny - Orchestrion (Nonesuch )
Ralph Lalama - Audience (Mighty Quinn )
Raydience - Raydience (Megawave )
Rob Mazurek - Boca Negra (Thrill Jockey )
Saltman Knowles Quintet - Yesterday's Man (Pacific Coast )

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Smooth Jazz Chart Top 20 - January 18, 2010


LW - TW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - George Benson - "Songs And Stories" - (Concord)
2 - 2 - Peter White - "Good Day" - (Peak/Concord)
4 - 3 - Richard Elliot - "Rock Steady" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
3 - 4 - Jackiem Joyner - "Lil' Man Soul - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
5 - 5 - Najee - "Mind Over Matter" - (Heads Up)
8 - 6 - Euge Groove - "Sunday Morning" - (Shanachie)
6 - 7 - Boney James - "Send One Your Love" - (Concord)
10 - 8 - Brian Bromberg - "It Is What It Is" - (Artistry/Mack Avenue)
13 - 9 - Dave Koz - "Greatest Hits" - (Capitol)
7 - 10 - Paul Taylor - "Burnin'" - (Peak)
11 - 11 - Jeff Golub - "Blues For You" - (E1)
14 - 12 - Jessy J - "True Love - (Peak)
12 - 13 - Nick Colionne - "No Limits" - (E1)
21 - 14 - Bernie Williams - "Moving Forward" - (Reform)
19 - 15 - Norah Jones - "The Fall" - (Capitol)
16 - 16 - Paul Brown & Marc Antoine - "Foreign Exchange" - (Peak)
20 - 17 - Greg Adams - "East Bay Soul" - (Ripa)
15 - 18 - Joyce Cooling - "Global Cooling" - (joycecooling.com)
9 - 19 - Marion Meadows - "Secrets" - (Heads Up)
17 - 20 - The Sax Pack - "The Pack Is Back" - (Shanachie)



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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Grammy® Winner Corinne Bailey Rae Launches New Album, The Sea, With Five National Television Appearances

GRAMMY winner Corinne Bailey Rae will kick off a series of five national television appearances with a performance on the “TODAY” show on Tuesday, January 26th, coinciding with the release of her latest album, The Sea. She’ll also appear on “Tavis Smiley” (January 27th), “Ellen” (January 28th) and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (January 29th). Bailey Rae will return to the States for a March 1st performance on “Late Show with David Letterman.”

“I’d Do It All Again,” the lead single from The Sea, will be available at all digital retailers beginning today. "Closer" will be impacting at Smooth Jazz radio on January 25th, at Urban AC on February 1st and AC radio in late February. A third album track, " Paris Nights and New York Mornings," will go to Triple A radio on February 15th.

NPR Music’s “Exclusive First Listen” series will give The Sea its U.S. premiere. From January 18 – 26, the album will be available for free, on-demand listening exclusively at www.npr.org/music. The entire series – which includes full albums in all genres – is available at www.npr.org/firstlisten. In addition, a performance and interview with Bailey Rae will be featured on NPR's “World Café” on Thursday, January 21st.

Fans who pre-order The Sea on the iTunes Music Store will receive the bonus track “Little Wing” and, exclusive to the pre-order, “It Be’s That Way Sometime.”

In December, Bailey Rae showcased songs from The Sea at sold-out concerts in Los Angeles and New York . She’ll be touring extensively in 2010, backed by many of the musicians who played on the new record, which she co-produced with Steve Brown, and Steve Chrisanthou, who produced many of the songs on her RIAA-certified Platinum, self-titled debut album.

Early U.K. reviews of The Sea have been stellar: “Although ‘The Sea’ has many hues it is dyed deep in pain,” said The Observer. “Now [it] is shaping up to be Bailey Rae’s own ‘Back To Black’, a rewarding hit built on pain.” The Sun declared it a “five star album that has already secured a place on the Best of 2010 lists” while the Evening Standard said: “Corinne Bailey Rae’s music has taken a great leap forward.” She has also drawn widespread acclaim for her recent shows. “Rae has undergone a tidal shift towards a raw, less manicured sound,” said The Times of one of her recent London performances. “‘Are You Here’ was a spiralling elegy in which she eschewed lyrical enunciation in favour of elemental anguish… ‘I’d Do It All Again’ swelled with Jeff Buckley-style vocal flutters, sometimes small and bruised, sometimes huge and searching. And ‘Love’s On Its Way’ was more powerful still as Rae… channelled a burst of turbulent mysticism that evoked Van Morrison circa ‘Astral Weeks.’”

Bailey Rae’s self-titled debut entered the U.K. album chart at #1 in June 2006 and she was the first British female singer-songwriter in decades to have her debut album enter The Billboard 200 in the Top 20. Within the year, she had won a Q award, a MOJO award, an Image award and two MOBO awards and appeared on a host of television shows, including “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Ellen.”

She was nominated for three GRAMMY awards – “Record Of The Year” and “Song Of The Year” for her first single, “Put Your Records On,” and “Best New Artist.” Her remarkable performance on the 2007 GRAMMY Awards telecast propelled her album into the Top 5 of The Billboard 200. The following year, “Like A Star,” her second single, was nominated for “Song Of The Year” and Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, on which Corinne sang the title track, won the GRAMMY for “Album Of The Year.”


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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saxophonist Kim Waters Returning With “Love Stories” On Shanachie 1/26/10

Smooth jazz saxophonist Kim Waters has completed a new CD titled Love Stories that he’ll be offering on the Shanachie label on January 26. The 10-song CD, Kim’s 17th, is his first solo release since I Want You: Love in the Spirit of Marvin, which was released in October 2008. Since then, he also produced and performed on the CDs Hot Buttered Jazz: Celebrating the Genius of Isaac Hayes, and the Streetwize collection Put You to Bed. He also released a CD with the group The Sax Pack, which also features Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole.

Love Stories includes the songs “Song of Passion,” “Love Story,” ”For Lovers Only,” “Reaching Out” and “Beyond the Horizon,” among others. Waters also cover Rose Royce’s “Love Don’t Here Here Anymore” and, in a nod to the late Michael Jackson, Waters covers his “This Is It” from his 2009 CD of the same name. In addition, guest vocalist Kenny Lattimore performs on the song “One More…”

Waters has had numerous No. 1 smooth jazz singles, including “The Ride,” “In the Groove,” “Waterfall” and “Fallin’ For You,” the latter with The Sax Pack.

Love Stories track listing

1. Love Story
2. For Lovers Only
3. Song Of Passion
4. One More…
5. Reaching Out
6. This Is It
7. Hangin’ Out
8. Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
9. Beyond The Horizon
10. Deep In Love

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Jessy J "True Love" - [Video]

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True Love. With these two perfectly chosen words, Jessy J has, in unveiling the title of her second Peak Records release, captured the blazing emotions of her legions of fans across the U.S. and Latin America who made her the breakout genre star of 2008.

Produced by mega contemporary and urban jazz hit maker, musician/guitarist and label mate Paul Brown, (who also produced Tequila Moon), one of the most remarkable aspects of True Love is Jessy's ongoing commitment to her development as an artist and composer on her own terms. Backed on most tracks by Brown, keyboardist Gregg Karukas, bassist Roberto Vally, drummer Sergio Gonzalez and percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia, she puts her unique, multi-cultural stamp on a 10 track mix of vocals and instrumentals that draws from her rich Latin heritage and love for both traditional and contemporary jazz.

"After the success of Tequila Moon, it was inevitable that many fans would ask me, ok, so what's next? Where do you go from #1?" says Jessy. "But I never really worried about that pressure because I knew my approach would be to simply dig deeper into my essence as a person, songwriter and musician. My goal was to convey my True Love by putting 100 percent of my heart and soul into every note, every session and every song. As the journey of this new album unfolded, I discovered something amazing, a little secret I will now share: after all this romantic searching, I realize now that my True Love is actually my lifelong passion for music. It's a joy and an honor to have the opportunity to share more and more of this with the world as the years unfold."

The music was beautiful under the Tequila Moon. Stay there a while and like Jessy, you may just discover your True Love!

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Soul Singer Teddy Pendergrass Dies In Pa. At 59

Teddy Pendergrass, who became R&B's reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and '80s with his forceful, masculine voice and passionate love ballads and later became an inspirational figure after suffering a devastating car accident that left him paralyzed, died Wednesday at age 59.

The singer's son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father died at a hospital in suburban Philadelphia. The singer underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had "a difficult recovery," his son said.

"To all his fans who loved his music, thank you," his son said. "He will live on through his music."

Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the waist down in the 1982 car accident. He spent six months in a hospital but returned to recording the next year with the album "Love Language."

He briefly returned to the stage at the Live Aid concert in 1985, performing from his wheelchair.

Pendergrass later founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, an organization whose mission is to encourage and help people with spinal cord injuries achieve their maximum potential in education, employment, housing, productivity and independence, according to its Web site.

Pendergrass, who was born in Philadelphia on March 26, 1950, gained popularity first as a member of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.

In 1971, the group signed a record deal with the legendary writer/producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The group released its first single, "I Miss You," in 1972 and then released "If You Don't Know Me by Now," which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Gamble remembered Pendergrass fondly and lauded him.

"I think Teddy Pendergrass was really one of a kind of an artist, and his music kind of speaks for him," Gamble said in an interview early Thursday. "He had such a powerful voice, and he had a great magnetism."

Pendergrass quit the group in 1975 and embarked on a solo career in 1976. It was his solo hits that brought him his greatest fame. With songs such as "Love T.K.O.," "Close the Door" and "I Don't Love You Anymore," he came to define a new era of black male singers with his powerful, aggressive vocals that spoke to virility, not vulnerability.

His lyrics were never coarse, as those of later male R&B stars would be, but they had a sensual nature that bordered on erotic without being explicit.

"Turn Off the Lights" was a tune that perhaps best represented the many moods of Pendergrass - tender and coaxing yet strong as the song reached its climax.

Pendergrass, the first black male singer to record five consecutive multi-platinum albums, made women swoon with each note, and his concerts were a testament to that adulation, with infamous stories of women throwing their underwear on stage for his affection.

But his career was derailed by the car accident, Gamble said.

"He had a tremendous career ahead of him, and the accident sort of got in the way of many of those plans," Gamble said.

However, Pendergrass' career did not end. He continued to sing and recorded several albums, receiving Grammy nominations; perhaps his best-known hit after his crash was the inspirational song "Life is a Song Worth Singing."

It was 19 years before Pendergrass resumed performing at his own concerts. He made his return on Memorial Day weekend in 2001, with two sold-out shows in Atlantic City, N.J.

Pendergrass is survived by his son, two daughters, his wife, his mother and nine grandchildren.

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Alan Hewitt Releases "Retroactive" On Nugroove Records January 19, 2010

The CD artwork to Alan Hewitt's Retroactive looks like a reproduction from the old TV series, Miami Vice. Hewitt is dressed in a white suit with V-neck T-shirt, shades and shoulder-length blond hair. As a pianist and smooth jazz keyboardist, he travels on a flashback journey in both his attire and music.

Hewitt opens the recording with the title track from Shaft (1970), scored by the legendary Isaac Hayes. The pianist's rejuvenated arrangement rides parallel to the original Hayes score, except that his keyboard takes the place of Isaac's solo voice. It's a comfortable listen that brings back pleasant memories of a bygone era by encapsulating the zeitgeist. Hewitt's "All of You" utilizes a memorable melodic hook that's dangerously close to the 1970's Rolls Royce hit record "I'm Wishing On A Star," but he puts his own stamp on it —catchy and, after the first few notes, completely original. The title track is funky, followed by an arrangement of Sly Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime," with soulful vocalist Shea Chambers sweetening the pot.

Clearly Hewitt has the ability to cross musical genres, splicing smooth jazz with funk, and injecting strong R&B grooves. He maintains an easy balance between pop music, soul and jazz on "In The Works." A touch of Steve Madaio's soulful trumpet (revealed in the press sheet to be one of Stevie Wonder's prominent sidemen), adds a Straight-ahead flavor to the mix. Hewitt's "Amagine That" features the leader on piano, drums and vibes, winding and twisting the tempos like a masterful New York taxi driver.

Hewitt has worked as a writer, producer and pianist with some of the best in the music business including Tower of Power's Greg Adams, who makes a guest appearance on "Nassau Blue." Hewitt has worked extensively with Earth, Wind & Fire, Warrant, and Donny Osmond, and is a favored composer for the Oprah Winfrey Show, including Oprah's "Big Give." With his unique stamp of talent recorded on over 12 million sold records, and as a first call producer for major film and television productions, it's no wonder this CD is hypnotic, toe-tapping, nostalgic and definitely radio-friendly.

Track listing: Shaft; All For You; Retroactive; Nassau Blue; Hot Fun In The Summertime; In The Works; Saturday Afternoon; Amagine That; Big Bang; H2O.

Personnel: Alan Hewitt: piano, keyboards, drums, vibes, B-3 organ, Jervonny Collier: bass; Brian Price: guitars; Chad Wright: drums; Gerald Spikes: tenor sax; Greg Adams: trumpet; Ian Martin: bass; Andrew Dorsett: additional keyboards; Shea Chambers: vocals; Steve Madaio: trumpet; Wendell Kelly: trombon; Paul Jackson Jr: guitar; Steve Oliver: guitar; Will Donato: tenor sax, flute; Steve Clark: trombone.

Originally posted by Dee Dee McNeil at allaboutjazz.com

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Upcoming New Jazz Releases - January 19, 2010



Aaron Immanuel Wright - Eleven Daughters (Origin )
Alan Hewitt - Retroactive (NuGroove )
Alan Holdsworth - Blues For Tony (Moonjune Records/City Hall )
Amedeo Tommasi Trio - Blues For Miles (Phantom )
Anthony Braxton - Duo (Heidelberg Loppem) 2007 (Leo )
Anthony Braxton - Creative Orchestra:Bolzano 2007 (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Anthony Braxton - Duo (Heidelberg Loppem) (Leo )
Anthony Braxton & Italian Instabile Orchestra - Creative Orchestra-Bolzano 2007 (Rai Trade )
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Art Blakey!! Jazz Messengers!! (Analogue Productions )
Bill Cunliffe - Percussion Direct (Groove Note )
Brian Smith - Rendezvous (Fone )
Charles Lloyd - Discovery ( )
Charles Mingus - The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Analogue Productions )
Charles Mingus - Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Analogue Productions )
Christine Wodrascka - Momentos (Leo )
Coleman Hawkins - Wrapped Tight (Analogue Prod. )
Coleman Hawkins - Today And Now (Analogue Productions )
Colorado Conservator - Fourteen Channels (Tapestry )
Colorado Conservatory For the J - Fourteen Channels (Tapestry )
Count Basie - Count Basie And The Kansas City 7 (Analogue Productions )
Crowd Of One - Box Man (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Crowdofone - Box Man (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Dameronia - Look Stop And Listen (Uptown Jazz (Upt) )
Dan Dean - 251 (Origin )
Daniel Carter - Sound On A Sunday (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Danny Dean - 251 (Origin )
Dave Brubeck - Time Out (45 RPM 200 Gram) (Classic )
David Berger - Sing Me A Love Song (Such Sweet Thunder )
David Jazz O Berger - Sing Me A Love Song (Such Sweet Thunder )
Decoy - Spirit, Vol. 1 (Bo Weavil Recordings )
Diana Krall - All For You (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Dimitri GR Espinoza - Tutto Quello Che Avreste Voluto Senti (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Django Reinhardt - Nuages:Swing Guitars (Zyx )
Django Reinhardt - An Introduction To The Guitar Genius (Hot Club --Qualiton-- )
Dominant Seven - Fourteen Channels (Tapestry )
Eberhard Weber - Colours (Universal Music Group )
Elvin Jones - Dear John C. (Analogue Prod. )
Espinoza Dimitri Grechi - Tutto Quello Che Avreste (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Evan Marien - Between Worlds (Art Of Life )
Freddie Hubbard - Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard (Verve )
Freddie Hubbard - The Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard (Analogue Productions )
Freddie Hubbard - The Body And The Soul (Analogue Productions )
Freddie Hubbard - Body And The Soul (Analogue Productions )
Frey Viktoria - Attenzione:Oggi Non Cantiamo Quello (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Trade/City Hall )
Gail Pettis - Here In The Moment (Oa2 )
Gary Bartz - Uhuru (Milesstone )
Glenn Miller - Glenn's Travels (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Googie Rene & Babs Gonzalez - From Romesville To Manhattan (Phantom )
Hadley Caliman - Straight Ahead (Origin )
Holly Hofmann - Three's Company (Capri )
Horace Parlan - Speakin My Piece (Indies Japan/Zoom )
Iannarella Pasquale - Music For The Angels (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Italian Instabile Orchestra - Creative Orchestra: Bolzano 2007 (Phantom )
Ivo Neame - Caught In The Light Of Day (Edition Records/City Hall )
Ivo Neame Trio - Caught In The Light Of Day (Edition )
Ivo Perelman - Mind Games (Leo )
Jacopo Adreini - Roamin (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Jacopo Andreini - Roamin' (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Jimmy Haslip - Blues For Tony (Moonjune )
Joe McCarthy Big Band - Bright Future (OA2 )
Joe McPhee - Don't Postpone Joy (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Joe McPhee - Survival Unit III: Don't Postpone Joy (Rai Trade/City Hall )
John Coltrane - Love Supreme (Impulse Records )
John Coltrane - John Coltrane Quartet Plays (Verve )
John Wolf Brennan - Speed Of Dark (Leo )
Johnny Hartman - Voice That Is! (Analogue Productions )
Jose James - Blackmagic (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Kenny Dorham - Flamboyan Queens New York 1963 (Uptown Jazz (Upt) )
Kenny Dorham - Flamboyan, Queens, New York, 1963 (Uptown )
Lawrence D. Morris - Conduction/Induction (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Lee Konitz - Two Not One (Storyville )
Li'l Cap'n Travis - In All Their Splendor (Glurp )
Lucia Ceresani - Raiz Y Estrellas (Phantom )
Makoto Ozone - Jungle (Verve )
Mare Riviera - Riviera,Mare Vol. 1-Riviera Mare (Phantom )
Marion Morgan - Navy Swings (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Mccoy Tyner - Inception (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Mccoy Tyner - Nights Of Ballads And Blues (Analogue Productions )
Michael Franks - Born With The Moon In Virgo (Vinyl Lovers )
Michael Pagan - Three For The Ages (Capri )
Mike Cooper - Beach Crossings/Pacific Footprints (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Monica Metzler / Timbral Hut - Oceanic ( )
Mrafi - La Terra Di Giubba (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Nina Simone - Songs To Sing: Very Best Of Nina Simone (Music Club )
Oscar Peterson - Complete World Transcriptions (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Philip Cohran & The - Spanish Suite (Katalyst Entertainment/City Ha )
Phillip Cohran - Spanish Suite (katalyst entertainment )
Philly Joe Jones - Look, Stop And Listen (Uptown )
Portena Jazz Band - Jazz From Buenos Aires, Vol. 3 (Merrymakers )
Pulse - Pulse (Storyville )
Ralph Flanagan - Ballroom Memories (Montpellier/City Hall )
Ralph Flanagan And His Orchestr - Ballroom Memories (Montpellier )
Ralph Marterie - Easy Does It (Montpellier/City Hall )
Red Nichols & His F - Navy Swings Featuring Marion Morgan (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Roy Haynes - Out Of The Afternoon (Universal Japan )
Ryo Kawasaki - Live In Concert (Indies Japan/Zoom )
Sabir Mateen - Sound On A Sunday (Rai Trade/City Hall )
Shelly Manne - 2-3-4 (Analogue Productions )
Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin (Pid )
Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins On Impulse! (Analogue Productions )
Stan Kenton - From Eugene Armory Live Part Three (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Stan Kenton - From Eugene Armory Live, PT. 2 (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Stan Kenton - From Eugene Armory Live, PT. 3 (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Stan Kenton & His O - From Eugene Armory Part Two (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Sun Ra - Disco 3000 (Kindred Spirits )
Sun Ra - United World In Outer Space (Vinyl Lovers )
Sun Ra - What Planet Is This? (Vinyl Lovers )
Ted Shafer - New Orleans Jazz (Merry Makers )
Ted Shafer & Jelly Roll Jazz Band - New Orleans Jazz (Merry Makers Record Co. )
Ted's Jelly Shafer - New Orleans Jazz (Merry Makers )
Vince Norman - Bright Future (Oa2 )
William Parker - Inside Songs Of Curtis Mayfield Live In Rome (Rai Trade )


Reissues
Charles Mingus - Mingus at Antibes (PID)
Hank Mobley - Soul Station (EMI )
Horace Parlan - Speakin' My Piece (Blue Note)
Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain (Columbia/L )
Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin' (Pid )
Tina Brooks - True Blue (Pid )

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