Archive for the ‘ Contemporary Jazz ’ Category

David Benoit – David Benoit And Friends

Pianist and composer David Benoit has dedicated his new album David Benoit and Friends(2019) to his fellow musicians. Collaborations with other musicians are nothing new for David. Legendary is his partnership with Russ Freeman, which includes the albums The Benoit/Freeman Project (1994) and The Benoit/Freeman Project 2 (2004). David Benoit and Jane Monheit teamed up for 2 in Love (2015). Guitarist Marc Antoine and pianist David Benoit were the surprise packet of the year 2017 with So Nice!

On his new album David Benoit invites Peter White, Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar), Tim Weisberg (flute), Lindsey Webster (vocals), Dave Koz (alto sax), Rick Braun (trumpet), Vincent Ingala (soprano sax), Justin Cheung (cello). The rhythm section encompasses David Benoit (piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3), JR Robinson (drums), Ken Wild (electric and acoustic bass), Luis Conte (percussion), Pat Kelly (guitar), the horn section Mike Cottone and Jamey Havorka (trumpet), Erm Navarro (trombone).

Jane Hawk is a novel character by the American author Dean Koontz, which he has portrayed in a series of 5 books. With a cinematic orchestration David sketches on Ballad of Jane Hawk his imagination supported by Peter White on the acoustic guitar and Tim Weisberg on the flute.

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T-Square – Horizon

T-Square is a Japanese jazz fusion band formed in 1978. They became famous in the late 70s and early 80s along with other Japanese bands in the genre. Its most famous lineup included its members from 1986 to 1990: guitarist Masahiro Andoh, saxophonist/flutist/EWI player Takeshi Itoh, bassist Mitsuru Sutoh, keyboardist Hirotaka Izumi and drummer Hiroyuki Noritake. They are known for songs such as “Truth”, “Japanese Soul Brothers”, “Takarajima”, “Omens of Love”, among others.

More information about the band is to find in the Wikipedia.

Their newest album is Horizon (2019). The album is available at CDJapan.

Big Boy Brass – Breaking The Buskers Code

Big Boy Brass is an eight-piece brass band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They play energetic jazz based brass band music, that pulls inspiration from many of the brass bands that came before them as well as rock, pop, and funk influences. Adding variety to their shows, Big Boy Brass can often be found with different instrumentation, depending on the event and venue.

The band first got their start during the summer of 2016, playing on the street corners of Lancaster, PA. Big Boy Brass had the opportunity to play every Sunday on the roof top of Tellus 360, and the bands music grew from there.

Buy the album from their website.

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.

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.

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