Archive for the ‘ Contemporary Jazz ’ Category

Stephanie Urquhart Quartet – Concealment

Known for her imaginative and genuine writing, Stephanie Urquhart is an Edmonton-based jazz pianist and composer quickly gaining an international presence and recognition having been featured at numerous venues and festivals such as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Yardbird Festival of Canadian Jazz, and the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival. She was selected to present her works at the 2019 International Jazz Composers’ Symposium (IJCS) at the University of Northern Colorado, as well as the 2017 IJCS at the University of South Florida. Her works were also performed by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra in Seattle, Washington in 2017 as the Honourable Mention of the 5th Annual Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composers.

Stephanie is also making way with Big Bands in North America both as a performer and a composer. She has worked and performed with Edmonton groups River City Big Band, Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra, Don Berner Big Band and MacEwan University Alumni Big Band. Beyond the borders, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and Montclair Women’s Big Band in San Francisco are also performing her originals.

Concealment is the debut release from Edmonton-based pianist and composer Stephanie Urquhart. The album features Stephanie Urquhart on piano, Peter Zawalski on guitar, Josh McHan on bass, Joel Jeschke on drums, and Mallory Chipman on vocals. Concealment is alternative smooth jazz migrated from the contemporary jazz genre, now on CDBaby.

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Philippe Saisse Trio – The Body And Soul Sessions (Remastered)

Philippe Saisse took Steely Dan’s invitation Do It Again at his word when he had remastered the album The Body And Soul Sessions by Colin Leonard. The album was originally released in 2006, but thirteen years later Saisse is re-releasing it under his own label, because good things should be brought back to light.

The Philippe Saisse Trio consists of Philippe Saisse (piano, keyboards, vibraphone, marimba), Skoota Warner (drums), and David Finck (acoustic bass).

Do It Again was Steely Dan’s breakthrough hit presenting a phenomenal contrast between sinister lyrics and high melodic popular in the true sense music. Perfect to the core, this song became an instant classic. As a master of the keys Philippe uses the main melody to give this song a noble finish.

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Dirk K – Selfie Nation

Dirk K, guitarist with German heritage, has a strong affinity for Latin jazz and smooth jazz. More than 16 solo albums, eight CDs with band projects and over 30 albums for other performers are a vivid testimony to his productivity. His newest project Selfie Nation (2019) is however a departure to new shores.

Dirk himself settles his new music on in the area of electronic dance music, jazz and world music and uses the adjective incongruous, ambient, peculiar. So let us prepare ourselves for the special. The length of the pieces, which are not at all adapted to the radio format, is already unusual. A rebellion?

Dirk K plays on the new album all instruments and is joined by David Inamine (bass) and Michael Joy (Wurlitzer, Rhodes and Mini Moog on Nothing Personal). Special guest is King Ibu on Selfie Nation (vocals and talking drum). Dirk has written Selfie Nation, all other songs are covers.

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Unwrapped Vol. 8: The Chicago Sessions

Unwrapped is back with the soundtrack to summer! Hidden Beach Recordings is proud to announce Unwrapped Vol. 8: The Chicago Sessions, which is set to arrive May 24, 2019. Our new LP features jazzy, family-friendly instrumental versions of JAY-Z’s “The Story Of O.J.,” SZA’s “Love Galore,” Travis Scott’s “Pick Up The Phone,” Gucci Mane’s “Miss My Woe,” and Cardi B’s “Best Life,” among others. As you know, Hidden Beach Recordings launched the career of multi-platinum recording artist and award-winning actress Jill Scott and Kindred The Family Soul. The Unwrapped series launched in 2001 and has featured popular reinterpretations of 50 Cent’s “21 Questions,” De La Soul’s “Stakes Is High,” and 2Pac’s “I Get Around,” among dozens of others.

Watch this promotional video.

Pre-order the album here.

Jéssica Pina – Essência

Portuguese trumpet player Jéssica Pina has studied her profession on the University of Évora and now performs as a freelancer. Her sphere of activity extends to countries such as Portugal, Spain, Norway, Latvia, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya, and Timor.

Her debut album Essência was released January, 2019. With the thoughtful Intro Jéssica Pina shows her range of expressive sensitivity on muted trumpet, which is accentuated by fine keyboard sounds.

1º Esquerdo shines with different trumpets alternating in conflict and harmony. The Moog sound delivers some acid jazz flavor. Made In CV refers to Jéssica’s African origin from the Cap Verde Islands. As expected, here and there she lets native styles flow into her music.

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Soul Brass Band – Levels

Drummer Derrick Freeman leads the Soul Brass Band, founded in 2015. Initiated by a video project of contemporary rhythm and blues artist CeeLo Green the idea was to assemble some friends of the music scene. So drummer Freeman, bass player Aron Lambert, trumpeter Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, trombonists Michael Watson and Terrance Taplin, saxophonist James Martin, guitarist Danny Abel and tuba player Steve Glenn found together. Though the Soul Brass Band is well-versed in traditional music its stage shows are more eclectic, as it turns not only to material from fellow brass bands like the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth but also funks it up. Listen for tunes that range from old-school artists like Sly and the Family Stone and the Jackson 5 to hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg and Juvenile.

“The versatility is there to do that,” Freeman proclaims. “We’ll do some traditional songs in the set and just mix it up and mess with people’s heads a little—reel people in and shock ‘em. Expect to be wowed.” Levels is their new album which spreads the legend of New Orleans Jazz in the style of Trombone Shorty.

Get it at CDBaby.

Luca Di Luzio – Globetrotter

Jazz guitarist Luca Di Luzio has concentrated his musical activities so far on his native Italy. This changes fundamentally with his new project Globetrotter (2019).

The title is program and the list of musicians involved is more than illustrious. Beside Jimmy Haslip, as producer and bass player, are performing Dave Weckl on drums, George Whitty on keyboards and Max Ionata on tenor saxophone.

The album contains six originals and two traditional standards. The album has biographical traits, as all six pieces written by Luca refer to periods of his life that have left their mark on him.

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