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Ricardo Bacelar – Ricardo Bacelar: Live in Rio (Ao Vivo No Rio)

Like here in the US, Brazil is being ravaged by coronavirus, making it impossible for people to go out to hear live jazz. Early on in quarantine, Brazilian jazz pianist Ricardo Bacelar ( realized that it would be quite some time before clubs and concert venues would reopen so he decided to release a concert recording of his band performing at The Blue Note in Rio to remind music fans what live jazz sounds like. Filled with the unique energy, warmth and ambiance that is live jazz, “Ricardo Bacelar: Live in Rio (Ao Vivo No Rio)” drops August 21 as a digital-only release.

During this period of dramatic change impacting the world, Bacelar chose to release a version of the Milton Nascimento classic “Nothing Will Be As It Was (Nada Sera Como Antes)” as the first single from “Live in Rio.” The duet sung in Portuguese by Bacelar and Brazilian vocalist-pianist Delia Fischer will begin collecting playlist adds this month.

The “Live in Rio” album was recorded two years ago while Bacelar was celebrating the release of his “Sebastiana” album. The set-list consists of songs written by Brazilian icons Nascimento, Tom Jobim, Gilberto Gil and Flora Purim along with American greats Benny Golson, Horace Silver, Pat Metheny and Chick Corea. Also included is a composition that Bacelar wrote with producer Cesar Lemos (Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio) titled “Sernambetiba, 1992” from “Sebastiana.”

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David Boswell – The Story Behind The Story

I received my first impression of guitarist David Boswell‘s music with his album I Like That in 2009. That was his third album after Hold Tight To Your Dreams (2004), and Bridge Of Art (2006). Then his albums Windows (2012) and his trio Storyboard project Hello (2014) followed. Now he returns with his album The Story Behind The Story (2020).

David gathers on his new album again an excellent crew of first-class musicians,  Scott Kinsey, Mitchel Forman and Otmaro Ruiz on keyboards, Bart Samolis and Jimmy Haslip  on bass, MB Gordy and Gary Novak on drums, and guest tenor-saxophonist Andy Snitzer.

The album begins with Miraculous, an overall harmonic tune which is influenced like his previous works by the guitar style of Pat Metheny. A Los Angeles Minute takes up this stylistic direction and mood, with Andy Snitzer picking up and continuing the melody on his saxophone.

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David Boswell – The Story Behind The Story

A remarkably skilled guitarist, David Boswell is releasing his sixth in a series of melodic and adventurous CDs. The Story Behind The Story, which was recorded for the My Quiet Moon label, features 8 of his originals plus “Innocence” written by his co-producer Jimmy Haslip and Barry Coates. On this project, Boswell leads all-star groups that include Scott Kinsey, Mitchel Forman or Otmaro Ruiz on keyboards, Bart Samolis or Jimmy Haslip (famous for his years with the Yellowjackets) on bass, MB Gordy or Gary Novak on drums, and guest tenor-saxophonist Andy Snitzer.

The music on The Story Behind The Story features a very attractive group sound with the guitarist in the lead, melodic improvising, and memorable melodies. While fans of Pat Metheny will find much to enjoy, Boswell’s solos and original compositions fall into their own musical category, crossing over between idioms while still being creative modern jazz.

The wide-ranging program begins with “Miraculous,” a warm tribute to several people who have made deep impressions in David Boswell’s life. His warm tone is well displayed on the pretty melody. “A Los Angeles Minute” is energetic but relaxed in an L.A. (rather than New York) way, generating heat with prominent bass playing by Bart Samolis. “Innocence” follows with a wistful and quietly haunting melody. Continue reading

Jimmy Haslip – Nightfall

Bassist Jimmy Haslip has released in his solo career only three albums. His debut album Arc came out in 1993. His sophomore album Red Heat was released in 2000 on Unitone Recordings followed by Nightfall in 2010 on VIE Records. The latter two albums are now newly released on Blue Canoe Recordings.

Like its predecessor, Nightfall is a collaboration between Haslip and Joe Vannelli. Jimmy performs on his album electric and fretless bass, additional synths,  baritone guitar. Joe Vannelli plays keys, programming, Rhodes, piano, organ, orchestration.

They are supported on selected tracks by Bob Mintzer (tenor sax), Katisse Buckingham (flute), Wayne Bergeron (trumpet), Steve Tavaglione (alto and soprano sax), Judd Miller (EVI), Jason Hann (percussion, congas), Jimmy Branly (timbales, bongo), Roger Burn (vibraphones), Ross Vannelli (acoustic guitar), Stella Castellucci (harp), Lori Perry (vocals), and The Perry Sisters (background vocals).

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Jimmy Haslip – Red Heat

Bassist Jimmy Haslip is commonly known as founding member of the jazz fusion group the Yellowjackets. He mainly spreads his wings in the jazz fusion genre where he is involved as a sideman in numerous collaborative projects. He is also very popular as a bassist in the field of smooth jazz.

Compared to his frequent collaborations, his solo releases are somewhat sparse. His debut album Arc was released in 1993. His sophomore album Red Heat was released in 2000 on Unitone Recordings followed by Nightfall in 2010 on VIE Records. The latter two albums are now newly released on Blue Canoe Recordings.

Even though it is a solo album, Red Heat is a joint project of Haslip and Joe Vannelli. Jimmy performs on his album electric bass, acoustic bass guitar, synth bass, fretless bass, additional keyboards, drum and additional percussion programming, background vocals, horn arrangements. Joe Vannelli plays keyboards, synth bass, drum programming, additional percussion programming, horn and string arrangements.

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Jimmy Haslip feat. Joe Vannelli – Red Heat and Nightfall

Bass phenom and multi-grammy winning artist Jimmy Haslip, re-releases his albums titled, “Red Heat (feat. Joe Vannelli)” and “Nightfall (feat. Joe Vannelli)”. Jimmy and Joe’s collaboration is a remarkable partnership in masterful artistry, both in performance and production. Fans of Jimmy and Joe will be moved by the memorable compositions, incredible playing, and masterful interplay displayed on both albums “Red Heat” and “Nightfall“.

Fans of Jimmy and Joe will be moved by the memorable compositions, incredible playing, and masterful interplay displayed on “Red Heat”, dedicated to Jimmy Haslip’s father James J. F. Haslip and by the love and dedication on full display documented in this beautiful masterpiece titled, “Nightfall”, dedicated to Jimmy Haslip’s daughter Gabriela.

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Yuga Koguchi – Stay Home Recordings

Yuga Koguchi was born February 27, 1988 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. He started his professional career as a teenager, attracting attention for his outstanding performances and songs. He made a major debut in TRI-Offensive in 2008. He joined the group TRIX in 2011 and released 6 albums to date. In 2014 he released his first solo album Picture. In the supervised instructional book the innovative idea has shocked the guitar world. He is a guitarist who has earned a lot of trust by recording and performing with many artists regardless of genre.

His newest project is Stay Home Recordings. You can buy it on all major distribution branches.

David Bach – Perficiendi

Keyboardist David Bach will not be known to most readers. With his official biography, which is peppered with many references to awards and recognitions like 2016 Maryland Music Awards Best Jazz Artist, Maryland State Art Performance Award and a Maryland State Art Composition Award he does not make it easier to come across his real career.

However, I like him already by the fact that he worked with Crystal Waters, the Basement Boys, Exodus Quartet, Thievery Corporation, Everything but the Girl, Fishbelly Black and Enrique Eglesias.  This musician therefore disposes of a healthy mixture of intuition for the elitist and financial stability. The one does not always exclude the other.

More about his releases is to find in his discography. Window On The West (1998), 5Thousand Words (2001), A Deep Breath (2005), Live at Baker Park (2008), Otherworld (2013) are listed as his solo records. His newest project Perficiendi (2020) is just released on Polyphemus Records.

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Resavoir – Resavoir

Riding the ripples of their debut single “Escalator” (which BBC’s Gilles Peterson called “a winner,” and Supreme Standards’ Tina Edwards likened to “Radiohead on a Jazz trip”), Chicago collective Resavoir return with their first full length effort. The self-titled album presents a juicy suite of elegantly-orchestrated lo-fi jazz instrumentals germinated from home recording experiments by the group’s producer/arranger Will Miller.

Applying a compositional approach attributable to his experience producing hip-hop beats as much as his studies at Oberlin Conservatory, Miller built melodic sketches on foundations of samples & loops before bringing pieces to the group for collective development. After integrating recordings of the full band into his home-produced impressions (not unlike IARC predecessors Jeff Parker and Makaya McCraven), he over-dubbed another dozen friends into the mix (including Brandee Younger, Sen Morimoto, Carter Lang, Knox Fortune and Macie Stewart) before finalizing the arrangements.

In Miller’s modest editing room, Resavoir grew from experiment into epic opus recalling the lush, psychedelic soul jazz orchestrations of David Axelrod & Charles Stepney… but in the sampled-laden style of Yesterday’s New Quintet, Broadcast, or Thundercat, with a lyrical affinity for minimalism & texturalism, like trumpeter/composers Jon Hassell & Justin Walter.

Buy this eclectic album on Bandcamp.

Vibes Alive – Vibrasonic

Vibes Alive is a collaboration of vibist Dirk Richter and guitarist Randall Crissman. The name of the duo is taken from the title of their debut album Vibes Alive (1997). In 2008 followed their second album After HoursVibrasonic (2020) is their third project.

With the new album the duo celebrates a reunion with the well-known musicians Jeff Lorber (Rhodes, Minimoog, synthesizers, piano), Jimmy Johnson (bass), Luis Conte (percussion), and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).

The album opens with Sweet Vibes, a homogeneous and dynamic musical event, which shows Jeff Lorber, Dirk Richter and Randall Crissman in an inimitable vibrant unity.

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