Posts Tagged ‘ Contemporary Jazz ’

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.

Rick Howard – Lil’ Noir

Rick Howard‘s fifty plus years of guitar playing and vocalizing have put him into every situation and every musical genre. By nineteen he was getting his Jazz legs playing nightclubs while teaching guitar in a Brooklyn music school. Rick attended college in his twenties. The local 802 program for professional musicians at Kingsborough College gave him a chance to hone his arranging, composing and orchestration skills. The late seventies saw Rick form a group called “Whapp.” This Zappa influenced ensemble mixed intricate music with a humorous theatrical approach.

In the Eighties, Rick applied his talents to doing session work, playing guitar on movie scores and jingles. He contributed to recordings by King Sunny Ade, Betty Wright, Bob Marley, and Shania Twain to name a few.

Rick toured extensively with many artists and he has shared the stage with Keith Emerson, Birelli Legrene, Chico Hamilton, John Entwhistle and others. Rick was heavily involved in the jazz and blues scene in New York City. Rick recorded two albums with his Latin Jazz group IGUAZU…the first self titled “Iguazu” in 1998, and the second, “All You Need” in 2003. “All You Need” featured guests Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton and Antonio Hart. Iguazu played at many Jazz festivals sharing the bill with Acoustic Alchemy, Alex Bugnon and David Valentin, to name a few. Rick now resides in Southwest Florida. He considers his new album “Lil’ Noir” to be the culmination of his long musical career and looks forward to many years of creating great music.

For jazz aficionados and the more tending to smooth jazz give this album a listen 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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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.

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