Posts Tagged ‘ Live! ’

Walt Weiskopf Quartet – Live

Straight jazz with no chaser. That’s the recipe for the Walt Weiskopf Quartet Live (Capri Records, 2011). The saxophonist, composer and arranger has more than 15 recordings as a leader and numerous efforts as a sideman, but this is his first live set.

Recorded in 2008 at the University of South Carolina’s Koger Hall, Live features Weiskopf on the tenor, accompanied by pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Paul Gill and drummer Tony Reedus. The concert was on the final night of the bi-annual North American Saxophone Alliance convention and was originally recorded for archival purposes. However, after learning that Reedus had died, Weiskopf decided to release the music in the drummer’s honor.

“Man of Many Colors” is one of five original songs in the set. It showcases Weiskopf’s expertise as a leader and composer. Rosnes stretches out during the middle solo, with plenty of involvement from Gill and Reedus.

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Les Sabler – Live

At the moment Les Sabler is in the charts with his new album Crescent Shores, a place, where virtuosity meets emotion. In September 2009 Les released the album Live, the recording of a concert, which was held on May 5, 1995 at the Sarasota Opera House.

The Sarasota Opera House is an intimate venue on the scale of European opera houses with fewer than 1,200 seats. The acoustics in the theater are superb and there is not a bad seat in the house. Its small scale means that the audience is closer and more a part of the action than in a larger opera house.

The ideal venue for Les Sabler’s live concert, which he performed with percussionist Iraj Lashkary, drummer Kenny Crawley, bassist Ruben Drake, keyboard player Rob Satori, pianist Clay Perry and saxophonist Steve Gould.

The historic concert starts with Les Sabler’s version of the Chris Rea song On The Beach. Les showcases his skills as guitarists and as singer! Can you imagine that he concentrates on his instrument on all of his other albums? This is an encouraging expansion.

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Geri Allen & Timeline – Live

On June 8, composer, performer, and scholar, Geri Allen will follow up her ambitious and critically lauded solo piano project, Flying Toward The Sound (March 30) with her first “live” recording: Geri Allen & Timeline – Live. These tandem releases mark her debut on the Motéma Music label. Fred Kaplan of Stereophile said of Flying Toward the Sound, “…she takes the art well beyond what many might expect of her. The sound quality is also superb: liquid and percussive. Get this, listen closely, and hang on tight.”

Whereas ‘Flying Toward the Sound’ documented Allen’s intimate, completely personal pianistic vision, Geri Allen & Timeline – Live reveals a populist and gregarious side of Allen’s musicality. Allen’s Timeline quartet, which has been touring successfully in the US and Europe for the past two years, represents another facet of the inspirational Geri Allen, in which she embraces the rhythmic grounding and, in fact, the very origins of syncopation through jazz in motion, with an extraordinary ensemble featuring veteran bassist Kenny Davis, and brilliant new talents Kassa Overall on multi-percussion set and tap sensation Maurice Chestnut.

Geri Allen & Timeline – Live is the first “live” recording of Allen’s 30 year career, and was recorded at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and Reed College, in Portland, Oregon. These two exciting live performances feature Allen’s working quartet nimbly and ferociously interacting with each other, reinventing the dialog between the dance and the drums. Timeline celebrates the dance and the music together as one.

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Brian Hughes – Live

Los Angeles resident Brian Hughes has carved out an impressive career in the contemporary jazz arena. His first two albums, Between Dusk and Dreaming and Under One Sky, firmly established him as one of the foremost guitarists and composers in the genre, perfectly blending his fluid and emotive guitar style into an exciting, melodic mix of Latin, Jazz and World Music compositions.

After being picked as a winner in JAZZIZ Magazine’s “Guitars On Fire” competition his subsequent recordings Straight To You, One 2 One, Shakin’ Not Stirred, Along the Way and Live have received critical acclaim and major radio air play from coast to coast. With his sizzling fret work and infectious compositions the media are accurate in saying: “Both a great artist and an accessible one. His passion is so obvious, intense and contagious, that his audience shares it.”

Brian has received the SOCAN/BMI “Jazz & Instrumental Composer of the Year” award seven times from 1997 to 2009 and the title track from “Shakin’ Not Stirred” was featured on an episode of HBO’s “Sex and the City”.

All these albums are now available at CDBaby.

Sound Of Vision – …Better Off Live

In 2009, Valerio Cantori and Orlando Machado set the first milestone of their ambitious project, to create a fusion band that could capture the multi-cultural sound of South-Florida. Recorded at the end of Sound Of Vision’s first national tour. For more information visit the website of the group.

Better Off Live is a synthesis of different music languages, performed by a multi-ethnical group that shares a common passion for the groove. A blend of contemporary jazz with multi-cultural urban funk and latin rhythms. A unique sound that crosses many stylistics borders. Enjoy it at CDBaby.

Snake Davis – Live

Simply called Live this album hits all the right buttons. The band line up is Snake Davis (saxes, flute, whistle, shakuhachi), Paul Birchall (keys), Bryan Hargreaves (drums) and Neil Fairclough (bass).

The album is particularly poignant and personal. On the cover, Snake writes “Recorded on January 24th 2009. My father died that day.” The performance was at Durham Town Hall. It was the first time he had played in a city that he’s always been fond of. The whole evening was surreal with only the band and crew knowing the events of the day.

They played their hearts out that night, underneath the gentle illumination of the stained glass windows in the impressive hall, watched over by portraits of past Mayors of the Cathedral City.

The album is magical. It truly captures the life and soul that was heard that night. Somehow it has that extra special something that’s so hard to describe. However you describe it, the album is a joy to hear and a must for any Snake music fan. Ending with Snakes rendition of the John Lennon classic “Imagine”, one fan commented “we should really all light a candle, it’s so moving”. Music from the soul now at CDBaby.

Brian Culbertson – Live from the Inside

On June 3rd, 2009, Brian Culbertson and a small army of well respected musicians in the Smooth Jazz community, descended upon the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood to film and record a live career retrospect of well loved tunes from his GRP and other labels’ catalogs.The resulting session is presented in full on a DVD directed by filmmaker Joey Castro and on a CD with 12 of the songs they performed including the brand new song “Go.”

Musical guests includes Ray Parker Jr., Dave Koz, Michael Lington, Eric Marienthal, Eric Darius, Jim Culbertson and Sheldon Reynolds. The band consists of Lenny Castro, Chris Miskel, Lamar Jones, Eddie Miller, Michael Stever, Rob Schaer, Nick Lane, Wayne Bruce and Marqueal Jordan. Get a sneak peak of the new album at Brian’s website.

“I think it’s important to make this available to people because this DVD is definitely a milestone for me,” Brian comments. “It’s just something special with all these legends and great musicians getting together in the studio at the same time. I just really felt like I had to document this and let everyone else see the energy and the magic that was created with all of us together.”

Live from the Inside is scheduled for release on November 10, 2009 and available at Amazon.