Monday, March 24, 2014

Robert Hurst live in NY, March 25 & 26

Tomorrow, March 25, and also this Wednesday, March 26, at Jazz Standard (116 East 27th Street, NY), don't miss bassist extraordinaire Robert Hurst - with Marcus Strickland (sax), David Virelles (piano), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums) & PePe Espinosa (percussion) - playing tunes from the acclaimed CD "Bob, A Palindrome," that led Hurst to place high (#3 in the acoustic bass category) in the 35th Annual Jazz Station Poll. Btw, to check the complete results:

Blu-spec CD of the Month - "Gabor Szabo: Macho"

Blu-spec CD of the Month
Gabor Szabo: "Macho" (Salvation/King Records)

Produced, Arranged & Conducted by Bob James
Featuring: Gabor Szabo, Bob James, Louis Johnson, Harvey Mason, Ralph MacDonald, Idris Muhammad, Eric Gale, Tom Scott, Jon Faddis, George Bohanon

For the first time on Blu-spec CD, this was the third and last album that Hungarian guitar wiz Gabor Szabo recorded for Creed Taylor, and the only one that Creed didn't produce, thus being released on CTI's subsidiary Salvation label. Even Liszt goes funky!

SHM-CD of the Month: "Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw & Benny Golson: Time Speaks"

SHM-CD of the Month
Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw & Benny Golson: "Time Speaks" (BMG Japan)

Produced by Makoto Kimata
Reissue of a great session from 1985, dedicated to Clifford Brown and recorded at Van Gelder Studio.
Featuring: Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, Cecil McBee and Ben Riley.

Blu-ray Audio of the Month - "Quincy Jones: Big Band Bossa Nova"

Blu-ray Audio of the Month
Quincy Jones: "Big Band Bossa Nova" (Mercury)

Produced by Quincy Jones
Arranged by Lalo Schifrin
Conducted by Quincy Jones
Recorded August and September, 1962 @ A&R Studios, New York City, NY
Engineer: Phil Ramone

Featuring: Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin, Jim Hall, Chris White, Rudy Collins, José Paulo, Jack Del Rio, Carlos Gomez, Phil Woods, Jerome Richardson, Roland Kirk, Paul Gonsalves, Clark Terry et al. 



Jazz CD of the Month - "Shirazette Tinnin: Humility, Purity of My Soul"

Jazz CD of the Month
Shirazette Tinnin: "Humility, Purity of My Soul" (Hot Tone Music) 

The simultaneous release, last month, of new Hot Tone Music CDs by Mimi Jones (Balance), saxophonist Camille Thurman (Origins), and drummer Shirazette Tinnin (Humility: Purity of My Soul) places the label at the forefront of bringing recognition to the increasing prominence of world-class female musicians in the jazz arena.

Drummer Shirazette Tinnin debuts on Humility: Purity of My Soul, working with her band, the Shirazette Experiment: pianists Willerm Delisfort and Rachel Eckroth, guitarist Seth Johnson, bassist Tom DiCarlo, and singing tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman. Seven of her compositions are included, along with arrangements of songs by Eddie Harris ("Freedom Jazz Dance") and McCoy Tyner ("Passion Dance"). Tia Fuller, in whose band Shirazette has played for the past three years, and the Angolan vocalist Afrikkanitha make guest appearances on the new disc.

Shirazette was born in Chapel Hill, NC in 1979, the daughter of gospel singers who performed up and down the East Coast. After getting her B.A. in Music Industry Studies at Appalachian State University, she studied at Northern Illinois University, earning her master's in music. Tinnin worked and recorded with flutist Nicole Mitchell and, at a jazz festival, met trumpeter Gabriel Alegría, who invited her to come to New York (in 2009) and join his Afro-Peruvian Sextet, with whom she has recorded and regularly toured in the U.S. and Peru. Tinnin also reconnected in New York with Mimi Jones, whom she had met a decade earlier in North Carolina. She has organized several bands over the years, including Imani 7. When she's not playing music, Shirazette works as a personal trainer.

Mimi Jones, Camille Thurman, and Shirazette Tinnin performed together at APAP, New York in January, and with their respective bands at the Hot Tone Music CD release show @ Le Poisson Rouge (also in NY) in February.
The Shirazette Tinnin Experiment EPK
The Shirazette Tinnin Experiment EPK

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Brazilian Carnival 2014 in Hollywood!

30th Annual BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL 2014 IN HOLLYWOOD @ Lure Nightclub (1439 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles). Celebrating the World Cup in Brazil!

Saturday, March 1
9pm to 2am / 21 & over
For online tickets, VIP tables, more info, go to:

UNIDOS DA BAHIA with legendary members of OLODUM & ILE AIYE
SAMBA'DA - # 1 Brazilian band in the USA from the San Francisco area
BATUKAXE - Legendary L.A. based Bahia band.
RIO SAMBA SCHOOL - Samba Enredo, Batucada
ANDREA FERRAZ - Marchinhas
SOL ROMERO - Electro Carnaval
Plus: Electrifying Samba Dancers from Rio and Flying Cirque Capoeira Artists!

Electronic Dance Music DJs with Brazilian percussion!

GENERAL ADMISSION: $25 in advance
VIP tables: $60 per person
Supermercado Brazil in Culver City - 310 837 4291
El Camaguey Market in Culver City - 310 839 4037
Brasil Mania Market in Torrance - 310 212 6040
Brasilian Blowdry Bar in W. Hollywood - 310 858 8136
Affirmative Insurance in N. Hollywood - 818 997 7879
El Gaucho Market II in Anaheim - 714 776 6400
Puerto Madero in Santa Ana - 714 547 5900

For online tickets, VIP tables, more info, go to:

1439 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles 90028

Anne Sajdera live in Berkeley, this Sunday

A concert featuring brilliant pianist/composer Anne Sajdera's newest ensemble project will be presented this Sunday, March 2, @ the Jazzschool (2087 Addison St, Berkeley) in California. The program includes beautiful contemporary arrangements of American and Brazilian jazz with compositions by Herbie Hancock, Stefon Harris, Chico Pinheiro, McCoy Tyner, Egberto Gismonti as well as Anne's originals and originally arranged standards.

Featuring: Peter Barshay (bass), Greg German (drums) & Harvey Wainapel (sax) plus special guests:
Erik Jekabson, trumpet; John Douglas, sax; Adam Theis, trombone; Joyce Lee, violin; Christina Simpson, viola; and Ariella Hyman, cello. 

Gina Saputo live @ Steamers, Feb. 28th

Win Tix To Screening of "Marketa Lazarova"


Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Rose Cinemas

30 Lafayette Ave. 

Brooklyn, NY

This Friday, February 28, BAMcinématek begins its weeklong run of Frantisek Vlacil's medieval epic, Marketa Lazarova, a crowning achievement of Czech cinema from 1967, and screened on a freshly struck 35mm print. Other Music is giving away one pair of passes, redeemable for any one of the showings through March 6. To enter for your chance to win, email

Wild Beasts In-Store Performance


Free Admission | Limited Capacity

Don't miss this special acoustic performance from Wild Beasts, this Monday at Other Music. The band will be celebrating the release of their new album, Present Tense, and if you purchase the CD or LP that evening, you'll be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to their sold out show the following night at Music Hall of Williamsburg!

Jamie Baum live w/ Richie Beirach

Don't miss the upcoming performances by flutist supreme Jamie Baum in duo with veteran piano master Richie Beirach in Baltimore, Boston and NYC. Last year, Baum won the 35th Annual Jazz Station Poll, conducted by jazz historian Arnaldo DeSouteiro, topping the Flute category. Beirach is one of DeSouteiro's favorite pianists since his memorable "Forgotten Fantasies" (1976) duo album with Dave Liebman.

Starting on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, sets at 5 & 7pm @ An Die Musik
409 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland
(410) 385-2638

Then, on Thursday, March 6th, 7:30pm @ The Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
Cambridge MA
(617) 661-5000

And, finally, on March 7th, two sets at 8 & 10pm @ Jazz at The Kitano
66 Park Ave (at 38th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 885-7000

CTI All Stars' legendary 1972 LA concert, "CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl" back on CD!

The three landmark albums titled "CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl," never reissued on CD format here in the U.S. and reissued only twice in Japan ages ago, will be once again available in the Asian market as bonus releases of the "CTI Supreme Collection" series. Previously reissued there as 2-CD sets, the three volumes are now scheduled for release in June as three separate Blu-spec CDs, with the subtitles used in the original 1977 LP issues: Live One, Live Two and Live Three.

Recorded during a bigger than life concert by the CTI All-Stars on June 30, 1972, but only issued five years later when producer Creed Taylor took the tapes (recorded by Wally Heider) to the Electric Lady Studios, where they were mixed by engineer Dave Palmer.
The line-up of the CTI All Stars that year consisted of: Bob James, Eumir Deodato, Johnny Hammond, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira, George Benson, Esther Phillips, Milt Jackson, Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington Jr., Stanley Turrentine, Hank Crawford and Joe Farrell. Leonard Feather and Rick Holmes were the MCs of that unforgettable afternoon.
When announcing a previous release, the guys at Dusty Groove once wrote: "Man, it's like a talent bomb exploded! This set's stuffed with work by some of the greatest jazz funk players of the early 70s – Johnny Hammond, Bob James, Deodato, Benson, Farrell, Turrentine, Hubbard, Grover Washington Jr, Hubert Laws, and others – all playing together at a massive live concert recorded in Hollywood in 1972! And although you might worry that the collection of so many great talents on one stage might just create confusion – don't! The quality of the work is excellent – almost better than the best of the CTI studio sides, with a lean, clean sound that's really really tight – never overblown, just sweet electric funk with loads of great space for solo work." Did you get the idea?

CD Compilation of the Month - "Jazz District: Best of CTI"

CD Compilation of the Month (2-Disc Set)
"Jazz District - Best of CTI" (Kultur Spiegel)

Original tracks produced by Creed Taylor and recorded by Rudy Van Gelder
Compilation Produced by Gerry Wetzel
Arranged by Don Sebesky, Bob James, Deodato, Lalo Schifrin, Joe Beck & David Matthews

Including tracks performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Hubert Laws, Jim Hall, Don Sebesky, Ron Carter, Milt Jackson, Eumir Deodato, Airto Moreira, Hank Crawford, Stanley Turrentine, Idris Muhammad, Esther Phillips, Nina Simone, Lalo Schifrin, Paul Desmond, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, Kenny Burrell, Gabor Szabo, Johnny Hammond, Joe Farrell, Fuse One, Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan.

Featured sidemen: Dom Um Romão, João Palma, Sivuca, Gene Bertoncini, Ray Barretto, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Connie Kay, Will Lee, Gary King, Stanley Clarke, John Tropea, Urbie Green, Jeremy Steig, Joe Beck, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Roland Hanna, Steve Gadd, Ed Bickert, Keith Jarrett, Bernard Purdie, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Dave Holland et al

Blu-spec CD of the Month - "Hank Crawford: I Hear A Symphony"

Blu-spec CD of the Month
Hank Crawford: "I Hear A Symphony" (Kudu)

Produced by Creed Taylor
Arranged & Conducted by David Matthews
Recorded & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder
Featuring: Leon Pendarvis, Richard Tee, Gary King, Steve Gadd, Bernard Pretty Purdie, Idris Muhammad, Ralph MacDonald, Eric Gale, Barry Rogers, Fred Wesley, Frank Floyd, Patti Austin et al.
When I produced the first CD reissue of "I Hear A Symphony," over a decade ago, I've asked my dear friend, jazz connoisseur and CTI expert Douglas Payne to provide the liner notes. His brilliant text follows:

If the sound of soul is not much in evidence today, stalwarts like Hank Crawford are keeping it alive. There are not too many left like Hank. You don’t hear many with that deep down, heartfelt sincerity that Hank Crawford puts into his music. No matter what bag he’s in – jazz, swing, R&B, funk or groove – Hank Crawford’s got soul. He’s super bad. 

Benny Rose Crawford, Jr. was born in Memphis back in 1934 and took up the sax when he was 13. Ray Charles heard him playing around Tennessee and by 1958, recruited the 24-year old into his small group. Almost immediately Charles appointed Crawford as his musical director, a position he held until 1964.

By the time of Crawford’s first solo record on Atlantic in 1960, Benny became Hank and the sax man had already procured one of jazz’s most distinctive and easily identifiable sounds on alto – quite an accomplishment in the wake of Bird and the dawn of Cannonball. Throughout the next decade, Hank recorded a dozen solid sets for Atlantic Records, often with a variation of “soul” or “blues” in the title.

And then, in 1971, famed producer Creed Taylor launched the Kudu label.  Kudu seemed tailor-made for the soulful gifts of Hank Crawford. Creed Taylor designed Kudu as a subsidiary of his CTI label with the intent of producing some of the successful soul grooves that were keeping the Atlantic and Prestige labels alive at the time.

Hank Crawford came over from Atlantic and recorded eight records for Kudu between 1971 and 1978 – just as many records, in fact, recorded on Kudu by Grover Washington, Jr,, whose first record and big hit, Inner City Blues, was actually intended to be Hank Crawford’s Kudu debut. 

I Hear A Symphony, from 1975, is the fifth of Hank’s Kudu records and his first with James Brown’s former musical director, David Matthews.  It’s also Hank’s first journey into “disco” – an emerging and still rather exciting soul innovation back then.

The big challenge for Matthews, indeed, was to build the right settings for Ray Charles’s former arranger. You don’t mess with the man who laid out “What’d I Say.”  Matthews immediately recognized that Hank Crawford is best partnered with an equally distinctive soloist, as he is and was elsewhere with either David “Fathead” Newman or Jimmy McGriff.

Here, the unbilled “partner in crime” is the great guitarist Eric Gale (1938-1994). It’s Gale’s melodic, bluesy wailing that provides the intoxicating rhythmic drive and, in solos, a fiery, insinuating wail - the perfect complement to Crawford’s sensual soul.

With the title track, a cover of The Supremes’ huge 1966 hit and the one 45 released from this record, Matthews introduced his affinity for giving the Motown sound a 1970s spin. He would disco-fy even more Motown grooves with his own 1976 Kudu record, Shoogie Wanna Boogie. Hank sounds tight throughout this pop concerto with the guitarist, himself a veteran of the Motown sound.

Hank settles into the section for Matthews’s original, “Madison (Spirit, The Power),” blasting his commentary briefly at the end. It’s a sort of discreet social anthem with the soul and spirit of a Marvin Gaye classic that elicits its most powerful statement from Eric Gale. Hank’s back out front for Matthews’ soulful original, “Hang It On The Ceiling,” getting down in fine style with the “do, do, do, do, do it.”

Crawford and Matthews then conspire to fashion David Rose’s bawdy “The Stripper” into a surprisingly successful disco anthem. Hank sounds right on and right in his element here – with his boldest playing on the entire set. It works much better than it should, with Matthews’s clever arrangement anticipating David Shire’s Saturday Night Fever score (particularly “Manhattan Skyline”).

Up next is the album’s best and best-known piece, Hank Crawford’s totally righteous and perfectly titled “Sugar Free.” It’s pure fatback, cop-show funk – with a seemingly built-in chase sequence – that became a dance floor staple two decades after its release. Everything Crawford, Matthews and Gale do best, they do on “Sugar Free.”

Hank comes back home for his romantic and erotic take on Major Harris’s #1 hit “Love Won’t Let Me Wait.” Surely, this is among Hank’s greatest ballad performances, with beautiful signature support from Stuff mates Richard Tee on electric piano and Eric Gale on guitar.

Hank and Eric combine again for the pretty soul funk of  “I’ll Move No Mountain” and come back, trading fours, on Minnie Ripperton’s mellow groover, “Baby, This Love I Have.” Here, Hank and Eric are propelled by Bernard Purdie’s driving rhythm – and coerced by Matthews’s impressive “roar” (a clever homage to the aggressive lion on the cover of Ms. Ripperton’s 1975 album, Adventures In Paradise, on which this tune first appeared). “Baby” found new life recently on the UK dancefloors with the trip-hop cover by Desert Eagle Discs.

Hank Crawford and Matthews would go on to work three more times together at Kudu (most memorably on 1976’s Tico Rico). But financial difficulties brought about the demise of the Kudu label in 1978. Indeed, Crawford’s Cajun Sunrise was the final “new” recording released by Kudu Records.

Crawford would leave Kudu to do session work for Mario Sprouse’s very CTI-like Versatile Records label (Grant Green, Buster Williams, Carmen McRae) until his next record, the fine Centerpiece (1980 - Buddah), a reunion with guitarist and fellow Memphis native Calvin Newborne.

Then, in 1982, Crawford settled into Milestone Records with producer Bob Porter, where the sax man has thus far waxed a dozen consistently soulful, bluesy discs (including many with I Hear A Symphony drummer Bernard Purdie). The sax man also continues to play a variety of sessions, lending his signature sound to such bluesman as B.B. King, Ronnie Earl and Johnny Copeland and such singers as Lou Rawls, Janis Siegel and Little Jimmy Scott.

Crawford began his most famed musical partnership in 1986 with organist Jimmy McGriff. The dynamic duo has recorded seven discs together for the Milestone and Telarc labels and continues to be a very popular act at local clubs and on jazz cruises too.

Even after four decades in the business and a quarter of century since I Hear A Symphony, Hank Crawford stays true to his soul. Pick up the needle from a Crawford/McGriff set, then drop it on I Hear A Symphony – or pick up an old Ray Charles side, and you’ll always know where you are. Hank Crawford signs everything he does with his own sound. It’s a sound of the soul, beyond fads and trends, and what makes music like I Hear A Symphony timeless.

Douglas Payne
May 2001

Mini-LP CD Reissue of the Month - "A Bossa Moderna de Luiz Henrique"

CD Reissue of the Month (Miniature LP)
Luiz Henrique: "A Bossa Moderna de Luiz Henrique" (Philips/Think! Records; distributed by DiskUnion)

Produced by Armando Pittigliani
Engineered by Celio Martins & Sylvio Rabello
Featuring: Copa Trio (Manuel Gusmão, Dom Um Romão, Toninho Oliveira), J.T. Meirelles and Raul de Souza


Beyond CD of the Month - "Dewa Budjana: Joged Kahyangan"

Beyond CD of the Month
Dewa Budjana: "Joged Kahyangan" (MoonJune)

Featuring: Dewa Budjana (electric guitar & synth guitar), Larry Goldings (Hammond organ, acoustic piano), Jimmy Johnson (electric guitar), Peter Erskine (drums), Bob Mintzer (tenor & soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet) & Janis Siegel (vocals)

Produced, Composed & Arranged by Dewa Budjana
Executive Producers: Bagus Wijaya Santosa & Leonardo Pavkovic
Liner Notes: John Kelman
Recorded on June 7, 2012 @ Firehouse Studio (Pasadena, CA) by Rich Breen
Overdubs @ Temple Island Studio (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Mixed & Mastered @ Dogmatic Sounds by Rich Breen
Artwork: Aga Dilaga
Photos: Bambang Taruna
Boasting a stellar lineup of modern jazz icons Larry Goldings, Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Johnson and Peter Erskine (and featuring guest vocalist, the fabulous Janis Siegel), Indonesian guitar maestro Dewa Budjana's sixth solo album -- his second for MoonJune Records -- is a progressive jazz master-class session of huge proportions. Overflowing with moments of elegance, grace, depth and invention, Joged Kahyangan is Dewa's musical interpretation of the beauty of heaven.

Featuring eight exquisitely-crafted, -arranged and -executed gems, Budjana and friends have raised the bar for the genre; each song is performed with a profound sensitivity and diction unquestionably worthy of the project's lofty ambitions. The scope of this album is reflected in the album's liner notes, from quotes from the Bali native, himself:

Kahyangan is the Indonesian word for "heaven." Naturally, it is believed to be a place of great beauty. (... and, for me, Indonesia is Kahyangan!) This album, Joged Kahyangan ("Dances of Heaven"), is my musical interpretation of this beauty; it is a music that is shaped by my native cultural roots.

My vision for this album was to collaborate with some renowned musicians in the US, whose work I have long admired, and capture their spontaneous interpretations of these songs, heavy with jazz flavorings and nuance -- incorporating their cultural roots.

Fusing elements of Dewa's Indonesian roots with advanced melodic and harmonic sensibilities and subtle-yet-sophisticated, organic arrangements, Joged Kahyangan, once again, showcases the multifaceted character of his extraordinary talents as a composer and arranger, as well as a world-class guitarist [as did his previous album (his fifth solo album and MJR debut), this year's magnificent Dawai In Paradise (MJR051)].

The album finds all of its legendary participants in exceptional form, with understatement and reverence of the moment clearly trumping any thought of flaunting chops. (... and this is a collection of superlative, articulate musicians who clearly have huge respective vocabularies from which to draw.)

Joged Kahyangan solidifies Dewa Budjana's rightful place among the world's most elite musicians and the genre's most original and compelling newly-emerging voices. It is an intricately-woven tapestry of supreme modern jazz, eclipsing borders as it transports listeners to truly heavenly destinations.

This is an album not to be missed for any fans of modern jazz, progressive and world music ... it simply doesn't get any better.
Guitarist, composer and producer Dewa Gede Budjana was born on August 30, 1963, in Waikabubak, West Sumba, Indonesia, in the region known as Bali. (It is an area considered by those who know it to be a tropical paradise.)

Dewa has established a solid body of work as a jazz artist on numerous solo albums (featuring a "who's who" list of current jazz luminaries), while also being the lead guitarist and songwriter of the Indonesian nationally-celebrated pop/rock band, Gigi. His fluidity and grace in both rock and jazz idioms has firmly established his position among the very elite guitarists in the world, as well, perhaps, as Indonesia's most well-known and highly-regarded guitarist ever.

Dewa’s journey as a musician started at the early age of eleven, when he bought his first guitar. His passion and talent for the instrument was further nurtured when the Balinese native moved to the city of Surabaya. During this period, his tendencies varied from jazz-rock to progressive music -- influenced by John McLaughlin of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Yes, Gentle Giant, ELP; and later by Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Bill Frissell, Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny and Weather Report, as Dewa became steadily more drawn to jazz.

Both Dewa’s intrepid experimentations -- blending jazz with traditional sounds -- and his hunger to pursue his gift were evident early on in his career. Upon graduation, Dewa aggressively pursued his dreams, making the decision to relocate to Jakarta, to further his musical ambitions and embark on a career. While there, Dewa met and tutored under Indonesian jazz legend, Jack Lesmana, who introduced him to the principles and basics of jazz.

It was Jack Lesmana’s son, Indra, who suggested to Dewa that he should become a session player. This period was the beginning of his first professional performances. It was a time which saw him become very busy, where Dewa was featured on "Isbandi in Telerama" -- a popular musical show broadcasted regularly on national TV.

Dewa Budjana first earned international fame and celebrity as the founding member of Gigi, in 1994. The band has released 22 albums to date, firmly establishing Gigi as one of the biggest, most successful pop rock bands in the region.

Dewa is also an accomplished producer, a role which began with the release of his first solo album, "Nusa Damai," in 1997, and continued with guitarist Balawan’s album "Globalism," the following year.

The common thread connecting his body of solo works is the merging of multiple musical elements: incorporating jazz, pop, rock and traditional sounds, producing music that is personal and intimate in its delivery, yet universal in its appeal.

With the release of his solo fifth album, "Dawai in Paradise," Dewa introduces new compositions and visits earlier ones, all in contemplation of his musical journey thus far. This album includes collaborations with Grammy-winning artists drummer Peter Erskine and multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy, the renowned Indonesian jazz keyboardist and producer, Indra Lesmana, his Indonesian contemporary, celebrated pianist Ade Irawan, and the late legendary jazz bassist, Dave Carpenter, among others.

Jazz Instrumental CD of the Month - "Camille Thurman: Origins"

Jazz Instrumental CD of the Month
Camille Thurman: "Origins" (Hot Tone Music)

Featuring: Camille Thurman (tenor & soprano saxophones, flute & voice), Enoch Smith Jr. & Luis Perdomo (piano), Corcoran Holt (bass), Rudy Royston (drums), Shirazette Tinnin (drums & cajón), Brandee Younger (harp)

Recorded @ Samurai Studio (Queens, NY) on January 3 & 4, 2013
Engineer: Dave Stoller
Recorded @ Kaleidoscope (Union City, NJ) on October 3 & 4, 2011
Engineer: Sal Mormando
Mixing & Mastering: David Kowalski
Photo: Phillis Kwentoh
Graphic Design: Christopher Drukker
On her Origins CD, Camille Thurman performs 11 original compositions, plus one apiece by Fats Waller ("Jitterbug Waltz," which I first learned in a 1971 album by Dizzy Gillespie with Bobby Hackett and Mary Lou Williams titled "Giants") and Saul Chaplin/Sammy Cahn ("Please Be Kind"). Thurman has major chops on all four of her instruments -- tenor and soprano saxophone, flute, and voice -- and an abundance of imagination to go along with them. She's also an outstanding writer, two of whose tunes, "In Duetime" and "Origins" -- both on the new CD -- were recognized by the ASCAP Foundation with Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer awards, in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Thurman was born in St. Albans, Queens, NY in 1986 and was introduced by her mother early on to the great vocal artists. She began playing flute at age 12, alto saxophone at 13, and switched to tenor at 14 after hearing Dexter Gordon. She went on to earn a B.A. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Binghamton University before deciding to become a full-time musician. Currently a member of Jones's group and the leader of her own quartet, Thurman has worked in the big bands of Charli Persip (former Dizzy's drummer), Nicholas Payton, and DIVA Big Band; recorded with Dianne Reeves on her upcoming Beautiful Life CD; is in the all-star house band on BET's "Black Girls Rock" award show; and was the second runner-up for a Sassy Award in last month's Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition.

Mimi Jones, Camille Thurman, and Shirazette Tinnin performed together at APAP, New York last January, and with their respective bands at the Hot Tone Music CD release show in February @ Le Poisson Rouge, in NY.
Camille Thurman Origins EPK (HD Version)- Release Date February 2014
Camille Thurman EPK

Vocal CD of the Month - "Suzanna Smith: Halfway Between Heaven & Love"

Vocal CD of the Month
Suzanna Smith: "Halfway Between Heaven & Love" (Ink Pen Records)

Produced by Suzanna Smith
Co-Produced by Kitty Margolis
Recorded on April 18 & 19, 2012, January 20, 21 & 22, and February 25 & 26, 2013 @ New Improved Recording (Oakland, California)
Recorded & Mixed by Mark Allen-Piccolo
Additional Engineering: Dan Feiszli
Mastered by Jeremy Goody @ Megasonic Sound

Graphic Design: Suzanna Smith
Photos: Lone Morch
Back Cover Photo: Mark Allen-Piccolo
Liner Notes: Kitty Margolis

Featuring: Suzanna Smith (vocals), Michael Coleman (piano, Wurlitzer & Fender Rhodes electric pianos, Hammond organ), Brandon Essex (acoustic bass), Mark Allen-Piccolo (electric bass), Hamir Atwal & Jon Arkin (drums), Jordan Glenn (percussion & marimba), Ken Husbands (guitar & bouzouki), Rob Ewing (trombone), Cory Wright (tenor sax, clarinet & flute)
Suzanna Smith has been a creative force on the rich Bay Area jazz vocal scene since 2005 -- as a performer and songwriter as well as founder/producer of San Francisco's long-standing Savanna Jazz vocal jam session and co-founder of the nonprofit Bay Area Jazz & Arts, Inc. Her constant efforts to nurture local jazz have redounded to the benefit of many artists, including Smith herself. With Halfway Between Heaven & Love, released by the singer's Ink Pen Records, Smith delivers one of the year's most impressive vocal projects, an intoxicating mix of original tunes and beautifully rendered standards.

"There is an essential, profound difference between being a singer and being an artist," writes CD co-producer Kitty Margolis in her album notes. "In today's oversaturated music-scape it's wise to be patient when making the maiden recording voyage until one has something unique and compelling to say. Halfway Between Heaven & Love was undeniably worth the wait."

Accompanied by some of the most creative figures on the Bay Area scene, Smith combines the confessional imperative of a singer/songwriter with the rhythmic acuity of a jazz chanteuse. She wrote the lyrics for nine of the album's 13 tracks while collaborating on the music of five songs with pianist/keyboardist Michael Coleman.

Suzanna Smith The album opens with a graceful bebop medley as Smith's clever lyrics link Tadd Dameron's "Lady Bird" and Miles Davis's "Half Nelson." Featuring the album's core trio with Coleman, bassist Brandon Essex, and drummer Hamir Atwal, the piece immediately establishes Smith as a singer of rare poise and presence.

Smith and Coleman's "Paper Boat," "The Man That Broke the Dragon's Heart," and "Comet" more than hold their own alongside the American Songbook gems -- "Hooray for Love," "Alone Together," and Michel Legrand's "Summer Me, Winter Me," from his "Picasso Suite" and usually sung as a ballad by people like Frank Sinatra. Smith closes the album as she started, with an original lyric set to a modern jazz classic, Dexter Gordon's Latin swinger "Soy Califa."

"I'm always looking for ways to play within the boundaries of a song's 'container,'" Smith says. "I think of songs as rooms and the longer you live within them, the more you can move about without bumping into things. I love when I reach that point with a song."

Born in Boulder, CO in 1974 and raised in Livermore, east of San Francisco, Suzanna studied computer science and studio art at Wellesley College. There she got deeply involved in the a cappella scene, a passion she brought back to the Bay Area after graduation. After performing around the region for several years in a five-woman ensemble, she eventually decided to pursue vocal studies at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, where she worked closely with Laurie Antonioli, Madeline Eastman, Maye Cavallaro, and Stephanie Bruce. She also studied privately with Kitty Margolis, resulting in a unique mentoring relationship between the two vocalists.

Suzanna Smith As she gained confidence, Smith started sitting in at open mics, which led to regular engagements and invaluable experience. Her reputation spread with a monthly gig at San Francisco's Savanna Jazz, where she also produced and hosted a monthly vocal jam session that ran for three years. She has also performed at many of the region's top clubs and venues, emerging as a startlingly fine singer with a repertoire that's wholly her own.

Smith lives in Oakland with esteemed jazz vocalist Kenny Washington and their infant son Miles. "This has been a big year for me -- having a baby and working hard to release this album," says Smith. "It almost feels like I'm giving birth to two babies. It has been fascinating to see the meanings of my songs shift in the years since I first wrote them. The songs continue to apply, just in new ways, to all the changes in my life. It has also been powerful to see them become personal anthems for other people's life experiences."

Smith's CD release show took place at Oakland's Sound Room, the home of Bay Area Jazz & Arts, Inc. (BAJA). She was backed by musicians from her new album, including Michael Coleman, piano; Michael O'Neill, tenor saxophone and clarinet; Ken Husbands, guitar; Brandon Essex, bass; and Jon Arkin, drums.

Photography: Lone Morch
Suzanna Smith ??? 'Halfway Between Heaven & Love' album preview 
Suzanna Smith at the Jazzschool, Berkeley 

Big-Band CD of the Month - "Mike Longo: Live From New York!"

Big-Band CD of the Month
Mike Longo and the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble: "Live From New York" (CAP)

Recorded live @ the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the NYC Baha'i Center on July 23, 2013
Produced & Engineered by Bob Magnuson
Arranged & Conducted by Mike Longo, except "I'm Old Fashioned" (arr. by Ira Hawkins)
Liner Notes by Mike Longo & Bob Magnuson

Special Guest: Ira Hawkins (vocals)
Featuring: Mike Longo (piano), Tom Hubbard (bass), Mike Campenni (drums), Chris Rogers, John Repogle, Brian Davis & Waldron Ricks (trumpets), Sam Burtis, Nick Finzer, Nick Grinder & Earl McIntyre (trombones), Bob Magnuson, Frank Perowsky, Lee Greene, Mike Migliore & Matt Snyder (saxophones)

Hghlights: an inspired rendition of Benny Golson's "Whisper Not," and Mike Longo's dazzling originals "Afro Desia," "Yoko Mama" and "Inner City Hues," the latter with great solos by Longo and one of my favorite trombonists ever, Sam Burtis, whom I idolize since his solos on such Deodato's tracks like "Havana Strut" and "Amani."

DVD of the Month - "Sergio Mendes: German TV Special"

DVD of the Month
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77: "German TV Special" (Monotone)

Blu-ray Audio of the Month - "Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets"

Blu-ray Audio of the Month
Jane Ira Bloom: "Sixteen Sunsets" (Pure Audio Records/Outline)

Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)
Highlights: "For All We Know," "What She Wanted," "Darn That Dream," "Left Alone," "But Not For Me," "Primary Colors" and "Bird Experiencing Light."
24bit/96 kHz
2.0 Stereo (LPCM) and 5.1 Surround Sound (DTS HD MA)
This is a Blu-ray disc, which plays on every Blu-ray player
Includes m-shuttle technology for CD & mp3 files to copy on computer & mobile devises

Produced by Jane Ira Bloom & Jim Anderson
Recorded (May 20, June 12 & 17, 2013) and Mixed @ Avatar Studios (New York, NY) by Jim Anderson

Featuring: Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax), Dominic Fallacaro (acoustic piano), Cameron Brown (acoustic bass) & Matt Wilson (drums)
Award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has always had a special feeling for ballad performances. So much so that she has now finally released: "Sixteen Sunsets," a beautiful new recording featuring expressive interpretations from the American Songbook along with five compelling slow tempo original compositions.

The fourteen tracks on "Sixteen Sunsets" feature nine American songbook classics including: Gershwin's ''I Loves You Porgy,'' Kern's ''The Way You Look Tonight,'' Arlen's ''Out of This World,'' Weill's ''My Ship,'' Jimmy Van Heusen's ''Darn That Dream,'' and Billie Holiday & Mal Waldron's ''Left Alone,'' among others. There are also five originals from Bloom s ballad repertoire including: ''What She Wanted,'' ''Ice Dancing'' (for Torvill & Dean), ''Gershwin's Skyline,'' ''Too Many Reasons,'' and ''Bird Experiencing Light.''

Photographic legend Jay Maisel contributed his breathtaking image: ''Maine Forest At Dawn'' for the album cover art. He picked the image from his archives after listening to the CD and the synchronicity is startling.

The album was recorded in 5.1 high-resolution Surround Sound at New York's famed Avatar Studio B by renowned engineer Jim Anderson who also co-produced and pushed the envelope of how a jazz quartet could sound using this technique. JIB felt that 'Surround' was a perfect match for the soprano sax because the sound doesn't emanate directly from the bell of the horn, it radiates out in all directions from the instrument in a more diffuse way.

The saxophone was literally surrounded by a satellite array of mics for the sessions, and JIB's playing style was very well suited to the technique since she is always moving when playing. She recalls: ''I've always been interested how sound changes when it moves and the doppler-like effect that I create when I sweep the bell of the horn past the microphones really comes through vividly in surround-sound.'' Sixteen Sunsets was nominated for a 2014 Grammy sound surround category.

''An artist beyond category,'' according to veteran critic Nat Hentoff," Jane Ira Bloom has been developing her unique voice on the soprano sax for over 30 years. A pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz, she is a six-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Award for Soprano Saxophone, winner of the DownBeat International Critics Poll for soprano sax, and a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim fellowship. Her continued commitment to new music has led to collaborations with Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Kenny Wheeler, Rufus Reid, Matt Wilson, Bob Brookmeyer, Julian Priester, Ingrid Jenson, Bobby Previte, Billy Hart, Mark Helias, Marc Copland and Fred Hersch among others.

''It took a while to get my voice to come through the soprano saxophone, and after all these years I feel like the instrument has really become my voice. I hope when people hear the sax on the new recording they can almost touch the sound, feel the attack, the decay, hear fingers gliding across the keys and get a sense that a voice is coming through,'' she says.

Single of the Month - "Stanley Turrentine: I Told Jesus / Storm"

7" Vinyl Single of the Month
Stanley Turrentine: "I Told Jesus/Storm" (CTI) 

A new "unofficial" CTI release, a 7" single on rare Extended Play format, with unedited versions of two tracks from Turrentine's "Salt Song" 1971 album: "I Told Jesus" (a traditional gospel song adapted by the late tenor saxophonist) and Turrentine's own funkyfied theme "Storm."

Produced by Creed Taylor
Arranged & Conducted by Eumir Deodato
Recorded & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studios

Featuring: Stanley Turrentine, Eumir Deodato, Horace Parlan, Richard Tee, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Eric Gale et al

Film of the Month - "Copacabana Palace"

Film of the Month (DVD)
"Copacabana Palace" (Studio Universal/Surf Video)

Directed by Steno (Stefano Vanzina) in 1963, and filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Starring: Sylva Koscina, Walter Chiari, Mylène Demongeot, Claude Rich, Tonia Carrero et al
Besides brief appearances as "actors", Brazilian masters Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfá and João Gilberto also appear on the movie performing the seldom heard "Canção do Mar," written by Bonfá & Maria Helena Toledo. João Gilberto also sings "Só Danço Samba" (Jobim/Vinicius De Moraes) with the legendary vocal group Os Cariocas.

Fusion CD of the Month - "Sergio Galvão: Phantom Fish"

Fusion CD of the Month
Sergio Galvão: "Phantom Fish" (Pimenta Music)

Rating: **** (musical performance and sonic quality)
Highlights: Moacir Santos' "Amphybious" (arranged by bassist Amanda Ruzza) and Galvão's originals "Phantom Fish," "Zuruba" and "Mandruzza."

Produced by Amanda Ruzza
Featuring: Leni Stern, Claudio Roditi, Leo Genovese, Amanda Ruzza, Mauricio Zottarelli, Alex Nolan, Aruán Ortiz and Chris Stover

Recorded @ Kaleidoscope Sound, LoFish & Peter Karl Studios in New York, NY, March 2013
Engineered by Kyle Cassel, Chris Gilroy, Simen Solvang, Matt Graff & John Dukich
Mixed & Mastered @ Bass Hit Studios (NYC, NY), July 2013

Veronica Costa live @ Taverna Espumosa

OK, OK, we live in the USA. But, if some reader is in Italy, don't miss Veronica Costa singing @ Taverna Espumosa (Via Valera di Sopra 74a, in... Parma!) this next Wednesday, March 5.

R.I.P.: Paco de Lucia

Born Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomes on December 21, 1947 in Algeciras, Andalusia, Spain;
Died February 25, 2014 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

One of the world's greatest guitarists ever. And the track that introduced Paco's artistry to me (and to millions of listeners all over the planet, outside Spain) was "Mediterranean Sundance," a song that Al Di Meola composed thinking of him. They recorded it as a duo performance for Di Meola's "Elegant Gypsy" album in 1977, and the track became instantly historic for expanding the traditions of flamenco music, something that made the tradionalists (why traditionalists are always stupid?) feel furious about it, as documented by writer D.E. Pohren on his 1992 book "Paco de Lucía and Family: The Master Plan."
"Despite considerable new interest in flamenco and de Lucia's playing generated by the album, traditionalist flamenco critics did not approve of the piece and hated that many people considered Mediterranean Sundance flamenco music and frowned upon de Lucia. Di Meola informed the critics not to worry and that "Paco is not leaving flamenco, but expanding it."

That track alone was responsible for attracting the attention of all the musicians in jazz circles, and specially to such guitarists as Larry Coryell and John McLaughlin, and eventually led to famous guitar trio recordings and concerts with them. "Friday Night In San Francisco" (1981), recorded with McLaughlin and Di Meola (who replaced Coryell) sold over one million copies. In 1983, they conceived "Passion, Grace & Fire", and released "The Guitar Trio" (which included a wonderful version of "Manhã de Carnaval," the unofficial Brazilian hymn composed by Luiz Bonfa, a guitarist that they idolized) in 1996. The rest is history. Rest in Peace, Paco.  

R.I.P.: Rosana Toledo

Born on September 29, 1934 in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil;
Died February 9, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Boss Models Fashion Week Party

54 W. 39th Street, New York, NY 10018

Boss Models Fashion Week Event & The Launch Of Rum Golf BeerFriday 
February 7th, 2014
@ EVR 39th st 5th & 6th Ave
Hosted By: Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Jeff Krauss, & Anna Rothschild
Open Bar 10 - 11pm

This event will be filmed for The Esquire Network

Presented By: Boss Models, Rum Golf Beer, The IE Group, A Rothschild & Co, RSVP Spot & EVR

Thursday, January 30, 2014

CD Reissue of the Month - "Ray Barretto: Can You Feel It"

CD Reissue of the Month
Ray Barretto: "Can You Feel It" (Atlantic) 1978

Rating: **** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Produced by Ray Barretto & Raymond Silva
Recorded @ Atlantic Studios (New York City, NY, USA) by Bobby Warner
Mixed @ Electric Lady Studios (New York City, NY, USA) by Ray Barretto & Dave Wittman
Assistant Engineer: Joe Cohn
Front Cover Photo: Frank Lafitte
Back Cover Photos: Rod Cook
Album Design: Lynn Dreese Breslin

Featuring: Ray Barretto (congas & percussion), Howard Schneider (acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, synthesizer), Neil Larsen (keyboards), Cliff Carter (synthesizer), Neil Stubenhaus, Eddie Rivera & Willie Weeks (electric bass), Richie Morales & Andy Newmark (drums), Carlos Cordova (timbales & percussion), "Little" Ray Romero (bongos), Jeff Richman (rhythm & all lead electric guitars), Hiram Bullock (electric guitar), Todd Anderson (tenor sax, alto sax, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano)

Lead Vocals: Cissy Houston ("Can You Feel It," "Summer Sun"), Diva Gray ("Can You Feel It," "I Think About You," "Summer Sun"), Googie Coppola ("Stargazer," "Whirlpool"), Kelly Barretto, Michelle Robinson, Walter "Flea" Garcia, Chris Robinson & Ray Barretto II ("Stargazer"), Prince Phillip Mitchell ("What Part Of Heaven Do You Come From?")
Backing Vocals: Diva Gray & Alfa Anderson ("What Part Of Heaven Do You Come From?")

Blu-ray Audio of the Month - "Nina Simone: I Put A Spell On You"

Blu-ray Audio of the Month
Nina Simone: "I Put A Spell On You" (Philips/Universal) 1965

**** (musical performance & sonic quality)
***** (remastering)

Tracks 1 to 8 and 10 to 12: Recorded January 1965 in New York City, NY, USA
Track 9: Recorded 1964 in New York City, NY, USA

Produced by Hal Mooney
Arranged & Conducted by Hal Mooney (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10) & Horace Ott (tracks 2, 6, 11, 12)
Piano & Vocals: Nina Simone
Guitar: Rudy Stevenson
Original Liner Notes: Roger Short
Photography: Bernard Gotfryd

Fusion CD of the Month - "Stephanie Lottermoser: Good Soul"

Fusion CD of the Month
Stephanie Lottermoser: "Good Soul" (Downhill Records) 2014

Rating: **** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Produced, Arranged & Composed by Stephanie Lottermoser, except "Overjoyed" (Stevie Wonder), "A Natural Woman" (Carole King & Gerry Goffin) and "If You Go Away" (Jacques Brel)
Recorded @ Downhill Studio (Munich, Germany)
Engineer: Tom Peschel
Photography: Lena Semmelroggen
Album Design: san2design

Featuring: Stephanie Lottermoser (tenor sax, flute, vocals), Sebastian Gampl (piano & keyboards), Sebastian Gieck (bass), Magnus Dauner (drums & percussion) & Joo Kraus (trumpet & flugelhorn)

Blu-spec CD of the Month - "Joe Farrell: Penny Arcade"

Blu-spec CD of the Month
Joe Farrell: "Penny Arcade" (CTI) 1974/2013

Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Originally released in January 1974
Recorded @ Van Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA) in October 1973
Blu-spec CD reissue released on December 11, 2013

Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder
Cover Photo: Pete Turner
Album Design: Bob Ciano

Featuring: Joe Farrell (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piccolo), Herbie Hancock (acoustic piano & Fender Rhodes electric piano), Herb Bushler (acoustic bass & electric bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Don Alias (congas) & Joe Beck (electric guitar)
After having recorded his first three CTI albums -- "Joe Farrell Quartet" (1970), "Outback" (1971) and "Moon Germs" (1972) -- with such famous sidemen as Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Elvin Jones, Stanley Clarke, Jack DeJohnette and Airto Moreira, most of them suggested by producer Creed Taylor, Joe Farell (1937-1986) was finally allowed to take his touring band to the Van Gelder Studio in October 1973, when his fourth CTI album, "Penny Arcade," was cut.

With the extra help of Herbie Hancock, who had performed on the previous "Moon Germs" and would rejoin the reedman some years later on his debut for Warner, "Night Dancing," Farrell's group consisted of Herb Bushler (electric bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Don Alias (percussion) and Joe Beck (electric guitar). My late friend Beck wrote the frenetic title track, while Farrell himself contributed with "Hurricane Jane," the latin-tinged "Cloud Cream" (great work by Farrell on flute and piccolo flute, propelled by Don Alias' pulse) and "Geo Blue," with Hancock on the acoustic piano and a dazzling alternation of tempos and moods.

However, my personal favorite track is an unbelievable 13-minute jam version of Stevie Wonder's "Too High." Besides some unreleased alternate takes, the sessions also yielded a groovy Beck original, "I Won't Be Back," featuring Hancock on the Fender Rhodes, which Creed Taylor smartly saved for inclusion on Farrell's follow-up "Upon This Rock."

Five months later, in March 1974, Joe Farrell returned to Van Gelder Studio with his wild pianoless gang -- guitarist Joe Beck as the main "side-star" bringing all the fuzz box, wah-wah pedals and extra effects he could handle, Thiago de Mello's former bassist Herb Bushler and drummer Jim Madison replacing Gadd -- to cut three more tracks: "Upon This Rock," "Weathervane (both written by Farrell specially for the date), and Beck's "Seven Seas." The "Upon This Rock" LP picked # 24 in the Billboard "Jazz Albums" chart.

Btw, on May 22, 2008, Reuters reported:
"Rappers Kanye West, Method Man, Redman, Common and their record companies were sued on Thursday by late U.S. jazz musician Joe Farrell's daughter, who accused them of using her father's music without approval. The lawsuit, filed by Kathleen Firrantello in the U.S. District Court in New York, names the rappers along with various labels owned by Universal Music Group. The lawsuit said all the rappers used portions of Farrell's 1974 musical composition "Upon This Rock" in three separate songs -- West in "Gone," Common in "Chi-City" and Method Man and Redman in their song "Run 4 Cover."
Firrantello is seeking punitive damages of at least $1 million and asked that no further copies of the songs be made, sold or performed, according to the lawsuit.

For the complete original article, please check:

Vocal Jazz CD of the Month - "Beata Pater: Golden Lady"

Vocal Jazz CD of the Month
Beata Pater: "Golden Lady" (B&B Records) 2014

Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Produced by Beata Pater
Recorded @ B&B Records (California, USA)
Recording & Mix Engineer: Mike Gibson, except "Wild Is The Wind" and "Golden Lady" mixed by Bond Bergland
Mastering: Dale "D-Wiz" Everingham
Photography: Marek Balata

Featuring: Beata Pater (vocals), Hiromu Aoki (acoustic piano) & Buca Necak (acoustic bass)

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month - "Anton Schwartz: FlashMob"

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month
Anton Schwartz: "Flash Mob" (Anton Jazz) 2014

Rating: **** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Produced by Anton Schwartz & Bud Spangler
All songs arranged & composed by Anton Schwartz, except "La Mesha" (Kenny Dorham) and "Epistrophy" (Kenny Clarke & Thelonious Monk)

Recorded May 30 & 31, 2013 @ Fantasy Studis (Berkeley, CA)
Mixed @ What's For Lunch Recording (El Cerrito, CA)
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Dan Feiszli
Mastered by Paul "Body Check" Stubbleline
Photography: Steve Korn
Graphic Design: Dennis Michael Dimos
Total Time: 68m

Featuring: Anton Schwartz (tenor sax), Dominick Farinacci (trumpet & flugelhorn), Taylor Eigsti (piano), John Shifflett (bass) & Lorca Hart (drums)
With Flash Mob, his first new recording in seven years, the expressive and swinging tenor saxophonist/composer Anton Schwartz delivers a disc notable for its well-crafted tunes, riveting ensemble work, and abundance of attitude. Schwartz's Antonjazz label released  the CD, his fifth since his 1998 debut When Music Calls and first since 2006's Top 5 radio staple Radiant Blue, on January 28. An audiophile recording, Flash Mob is available as a standard CD and also from HDtracks in high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit digital.

Presenting a diverse program of original tunes, plus one each by Kenny Dorham and Thelonious Monk, Schwartz is joined by a superlative cast including Grammy Award-nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti, rising Bay Area drum star Lorca Hart, big-toned New York trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, and the imperturbably grooving South Bay bassist John Shifflett (who has anchored just about all of Schwartz's recordings). As usual, the saxophonist creates unabashedly appealing music that bristles with intriguing ideas, unbridled energy, and unexpected rhythmic juxtapositions.

"I always aim to write the music I'd like to hear," says Schwartz, who for the last three years has divided his time between Seattle and Oakland. "A lot of great music out there doesn't hold my attention the way Stevie Wonder does. I like music that goes someplace. I write for my own impoverished attention span, and it seems to serve me well."

The drummer and longtime jazz radio personality Bud Spangler, who's co-produced all of Schwartz's albums, including Flash Mob, is not surprised that Schwartz's music has found a national audience, noting his gift for crafting "catchy compositions. They grab you and stay with you. He works really hard, and he's swinging his butt off."
Anton Schwartz  
One reason that Schwartz sounds more lyrical than ever is that he's keeping company with some of jazz's most accomplished vocalists. He plays a key role on Ed Reed's 2011 album Born to Be Blue and his well-received new release I'm A Shy Guy, serving as a thoughtful foil to the late-blooming octogenarian balladeer. He's worked extensively with the crystalline improviser Inga Swearingen, collaborated with many others such as Judy Wexler and young phenom Laila Smith, and, since moving to Seattle, has forged potent ties with the supremely soulful vocalist Gail Pettis and the highly versatile Greta Matassa.
The native Manhattanite (b. 1967) caught the jazz bug early and as a teenager studied with the brilliant but oft-overlooked tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh and the renowned clarinetist Eddie Daniels. Schwartz went on to study math and philosophy at Harvard University, though he found time to play in the school's jazz band, holding down the first tenor saxophone chair after tenorman Don Braden, in a section that included future jazz star Joshua Redman. Schwartz moved to the Bay Area in 1989 and had nearly completed a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford when he decided to forgo the degree and devote himself to music full time.

An active teacher, Schwartz maintains a strong presence in both Seattle and the Bay Area, mentoring jazz ensembles and private students in both regions. He has been Artist in Residence at Harvard University and the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony and is a dedicated clinician, giving frequent master classes and workshops on an impressive range of subjects, from advanced music theory to the physics of woodwind instruments, to the fine details of swing and phrasing, to the business of music.

"It's such a fun challenge to get inside another musician's head, figure out how they understand things, and help build them a ladder that will take them to where they want to go," says Schwartz. "Each time I make an album, the writing and the execution get more and more fun for me, as the process of creating and realizing a vision becomes more and more fluid. It's been a heck of a journey, refining my musical craft over the years -- and amazingly rewarding. To be able to help others along their journey too is doubly gratifying."
Anton Schwartz - Pangur Ban 
Anton Schwartz: "Pangur Ban,"
recorded in performance at Yoshi's, Oakland.
Schwartz will be working the following dates with his quintet in support of Flash Mob (East Coast dates are being planned for the spring): 
3/1 San Jose Jazz Winterfest
3/1 Pacifica Performances
3/2 Sonoma Jazz Society
3/4 Yoshi's, Oakland
3/6 Kuumbwa, Santa Cruz
3/7 Vitello's, Los Angeles
3/9 JB's, Sacramento
3/11 KPLU in-studio performance, Seattle
3/11-3/12 Jazz Alley, Seattle
3/13 The Cellar, Vancouver BC
3/14 Ivories, Portland
Web Site: 

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Best Jazz of 2013

Os melhores do jazz em 2013 - The Best Jazz of 2013!
The results of the 35th Annual Jazz Station Poll conducted by jazz journalist, jazz historian & jazz educator Arnaldo DeSouteiro.

Ahmad Jamal (pictured below), Steve Lindeman, Ron Carter, Toots Thielemans, Gene Bertoncini, Mark Egan, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker, Michael Pedicin, Ronnie Cuber, Jane Ira Bloom, Jamie Baum, Molly Holm and the late (and already much missed) George Duke are among the top artists of the year.

Only albums recorded or released in 2013 were eligible.

A seleção dos “melhores do jazz”, feita pelo historiador Arnaldo DeSouteiro, publicada pela primeira vez em 1979, chega ao 35º ano. Ahmad Jamal (foto acima), Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Steve Lindeman, Gene Bertoncini, Mark Egan, Ronnie Cuber, Michael Pedicin, Steve Gadd e Molly Holm estão entre os artistas que brilharam em 2013.

Esta é a lista dos que mais se destacaram, em 2013, no panorama jazzístico internacional. Atendendo aos pedidos dos leitores, que desde 1979 acompanham essa votação, incluímos – após os nomes de todos os colocados em cada categoria – os títulos dos trabalhos (CDs, DVDs ou Blu-rays) pelo quais os artistas foram avaliados, com base apenas em lançamentos realizados no decorrer deste ano.

Para variar, foram necessárias várias semanas para a preparação de todas estas listas, reouvindo CDs, revendo DVDs/Blu-rays, checando fichas técnicas e, às vezes, reavaliando opiniões. Tudo isso com o objetivo de fornecer o mais fiel possível retrato do cenário jazzístico em 2013, a partir de bases reais de análise.

O que significa, por exemplo, que artistas que não lançaram novos trabalhos este ano, seja como líderes ou sidemen, tornaram-se, por mais geniais que sejam, automaticamente inelegíveis. Tal critério explica a ausência de feras como John McLaughlin, Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Jon Hendricks, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall (incluida apenas pelo relançamento de "The Loof of Love" em Blu-ray Audio), Mike Longo e Till Bronner que, apesar de terem realizado muitos shows, não lançaram novos trabalhos em 2013.

Vários discos e artistas premiados em 2013 (com grande atraso) pelas revistas especializadas, não aparecem na nossa lista por uma simples razão: constaram da relação de 2012.

Aí estão os resultados completos:
2013 Acoustic Piano: 1º Ahmad Jamal (“Saturday Morning” – Jazz Village); 2º Keith Jarrett (“Somewhere” – ECM); 3º Pablo Held (“Elders” – Pirouet); 4º Herbie Hancock (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray – Eagle Vision); 5º Michel Camilo (“What’s Up?” – Okeh); 6º Harold Mabern (“Live at Smalls” – Smallslive); 7º Kenny Drew Jr. (“Live at JazzFest Berlin” w/ Ronnie Cuber – SteepleChase); 8º Alfredo Rodriguez (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray w/ Quincy Jones and the Global Gumbo All Stars - Eagle Vision); 9º Fred Hersch (“Free Flying” w/ Julian Lage – Palmetto); 10º Robert Glasper (“Black Radio 2” – Blue Note)   
2013 Electric Piano: 1º Riza Arshad (“The 6th Story” w/ simakDialog – MoonJune); 2º Adam Holzman (“On A Mission” w/ The Avengers – MoonJune); 3º Mamiko Watanabe (“This Is What Happened” – Pimenta Music); 4º Rick Germanson (“Why Stop Now/Ubuntu” w/ Michael Pedicin – Ground Blue Records); 5º Jake Sherman (“Bing Bang Boom!” w/ John Stein – Whaling City Sound); 6º Jim Ridl (“Uppity” w/ Anthony Branker & Word Play – Origin); 7º Robert Glasper (“Bob, A Palindrome” w/ Robert Hurst – Bebob Music); 8º Elio Baldi Cantù (“Você e Eu – João Gilberto Revisited” w/ Brazilian Love Affair Project - FMC)
2013 Organ: 1º Joey DeFrancesco (“One For Rudy” – HighNote); 2º Carla Bley (“Into The Woodwork” w/ Steve Swallow Quintet – XtraWatt); 3º Dr. Lonnie Smith (“In The Beginning Volumes 1 & 2” – Pilgrimage); 4º Chester Thompson (“Mixology” – Doodlin’ Records); 5º John Novello (“Krush” w/ Niacin – Intuition); 6º John Medeski (“Überjam Deux” w/ John Scofield – EmArcy); 7º Jared Gold (“Intuition” – Posi-Tone); 8º Brian Charette (“Borderline” – SteepleChase); 9º Chester Smith (“The Lift” w/ Larry Coryell – Wide Hive); 10º Vito DiModugno (“East Side” – Red Records)
2032 Keyboards: 1º George Duke (“DreamWeaver” – Heads Up); 2º Chick Corea (“The Vigil” – Stretch); 3º Adam Holzman (“On A Mission” w/ The Avengers – Gudari/MoonJune); 4º Herbie Hancock (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray – Eagle Vision); 5º Mark Little (“Red” w/ Beata Pater – B&B Records); 6º Riza Arshad (“The 6th Story” w/ simakDialog – MoonJune); 7º Alex Maguire (“Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love” w/ douBt – Moon June); 8º Marilia Giller ("Avalanche" - MG); 9º Greg Phillinganes (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray – Eagle Vision); 10º Jeff Jenkins (“Chicago Red” w/ Brad Goode – Origin); 11º Denny Zeitlin (“Both/And” – Sunnyside)
2013 Acoustic Bass: 1º Ron Carter (“Cocktails At The Cotton Club” – Somethin' Else); 2º Charnett Moffett (“The Bridge: Solo Bass Works” – Motéma); 3º Robert Hurst (“Bob, A Palindrome” – Bebob Music); 4º Michael Moore (“Reunion” w/ Gene Bertoncini – Ambient Records); 5º Eddie Gomez (“If You Believe” w/ Mika Stoltzman – MK); 6º Drew Gress (“The Sky Inside” – Pirouet); 7º Gary Peacock (“Azure” w/ Marilyn Crispell – ECM); 8º Avery Sharpe (“Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman?” – JKNM); 9º Linda Oh (“Sun Pictures” – Greenleaf); 10º Christian McBride (“People Music” – Mack Avenue)
2013 Electric Bass: 1º Mark Egan (“Unity 1” - Wavetone); 2º Nathan East (“Live in Tokyo” DVD w/ Fourplay – GRP Studios); 3º Steve Swallow (“Into The Woodwork” – XtraWatt); 4º Will Lee (“Love, Gratitude And Other Distractions” – Seven Seas); 5º Amanda Ruzza (“This Is What Happened – Pimenta Music); 6º Tal Wilkenfeld (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray w/ Herbie Hancock - Eagle Vision); 7º Aaron Germain (“Red” w/ Beata Pater – B&B Music); 8º Ruben Rodriguez (“Live at JazzFest Berlin” w/ Ronnie Cuber – SteepleChase); 9º Bijoux Barbosa (“Chicago Red” w/ Brad Goode – Origin)
2013 Drums: 1º Steve Gadd ("Gadditude" - BFM Jazz/VideoArts); 2º Harvey Mason (“Live in Tokyo” DVD w/ Fourplay – GRP Studios); 3º Jack DeJohnette (“Somewhere” w/ Keith Jarrett – ECM); 4º Zé Eduardo Nazário (“Bing Bang Boom!” w/ John Stein – Whaling City Sound); 5º Mauricio Zottarelli (“This Is What Happened” w/ Amanda Ruzza – Pimenta Music); 6º Vinnie Colaiuta (“Experience Montreux / The Imagine Project” w/ Herbie Hancock – 3D Blu-ray Eagle Vision); 7º Karl Latham (“Unity 1” w/ Mark Egan – Wavetone); 8º Joe Corsello (“Reunion” w/ Gene Bertoncini – Ambient Records); 9º Antonio Sanchez (“New Life” – CAM Jazz); 10º Ben Perowsky (“Live at JazzFest Berlin” w/ Ronnie Cuber – SteepleChase); 11º Famoudou Don Moye (“Permission” w/ Molly Holm – Rinny Zin Records)
2013 Percussion: 1º Airto Moreira (“Beauty As Beauty” w/ John Medeski & Tisziji Munoz – MRI); 2º Trilok Gurtu (“Spellbound” – Sunnyside); Paulinho da Costa (“Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray w/ Quincy Jones and the Global Gumbo All Stars - Eagle Vision); 4º Manolo Badrena (“Saturday Morning” w/ Ahmad Jamal – Jazz Village); 5º Pete Escovedo (“Live From Stern Grove Festival” – Concord); 6º Raul Ramirez (“Red” w/ Beata Pater – B&B); 7º Kenneth Nash (“Mixology” w/ Chester Thompson – Doodlin’); 8º Adam Rudolph (“Bob, A Palindrome” w/ Robert Hurst – Bebob Music); 9º Carlos Caro (“San Francisco” w/ Brian Anders and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel” –Bacalao); 10º Martin Kruemmling/Max Andrzejewski (“Percussive Mechanics” w/ Anna Webber – Pirouet)
2013 Vibes: 1º Mike Mainieri (“Reunion” – Ambient); 2º Warren Wolf (“Wolfgang” – Mack Avenue); 3º Gary Burton (“Guided Tour” – Mack Avenue); 4º Peter Schlamb (“Reprise” w/ Ben Van Gelder – Pirouet); 5º Julius Heise (“Percussive Mechanics” w/ Anna Webber – Pirouet); 6º Benoit Moerlen (“After The Exhibition” w/ The Wrong Object – MoonJune); 7º Jason Marsalis (“In A World Of Mallets” – Basin Street)
2013 Miscellaneous: 1º Toots Thielemans - harmonica (“Live at Le Chapiteau” DVD - Challenge); 2º João Pedro – accordion (“Novas Cores” – Gramofone); 3º Mika Stoltzman – marimba (“If You Believe” – MK); 4º Peggy Lee – cello (“Invitations” – Drip Audio); 5º Mat Maneri – viola (“Transylvanian Concert” w/ Lucian Ban – ECM); 6º Erik Friedlander – cello (“Musica Para Un Dragon Dormindo” w/ Emilio Teubal – Brooklyn Jazz Underground); 7º Cristina Pato – Galician bagpipes (“Migrations” – Sunnyside); 8º Béla Fleck - banjo (“The Impostor” – Mercury); 9º Katherine Young – bassoon (“Pretty Monsters” – Public Eyesore); 10º David Virelles – celeste, harmonium (“The Sirens” w/ Chris Potter – ECM)
2013 Acoustic Guitar: 1º Gene Bertoncini (“Reunion” – Ambient Music); 2º Ralph Towner (“Travel Guide” – ECM); 3º Ronny Graupe (“Elders” w/ Pablo Held – Pirouet); 4º Earl Klugh (“Hand Picked” – Heads Up); 5º Alex Nolan (“This Is What Happened” w/ Amanda Ruzza – Pimenta Music); 6º Lawson Rollins (“Full Circle” – Infinita Records); 7º Charles Altura (“The Vigil” w/ Chick Corea – Stretch); 8º Goro Ito (“Getz/Gilberto + 50” – Verve); 9º Dewa Budjana (“Dawain In Paradise” – MoonJune) 
2013 Electric Guitar: 1º John Scofield (“Uberjam Deux” - EmArcy); 2º John Hart (“Unity 1” w/ Mark Egan – Wavetone); 3º Larry Coryell (“The Lift” – WideHive); 4º Pat Metheny (“Tap” – Nonesuch); 5º Chuck Loeb ("Live in Tokyo" DVD w/ Fourplay - GRP Stydios). 6º Beledo (“On A Mission” w/ The Avengers” – Gudari Records); 7º Tohpati (“The 6th Story” w/ simakDialog – MoonJune); 8º John Etheridge (“Burden of Proof” w/ Soft Machine Legacy); 9º Ricardo Grilli (“If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller” – Dark House); 10º Jean Paul Bourelly (“Exploring The Vibe” w/ Reut Regev – Enja); 11º Lupa Santiago (“Paris/São Paulo” – Gemini/Tratore); 12º John Stein (“Bing Bang Boom!” – Whaling City Sound); 13º Ronny Graupe (“Spoom” – Pirouet); 14º Bill Kopper (“Chicago Red” w/ Brad Goode – Origin); 15º Dani Rabin (“Last Chapter of Dreaming” w/ Marbin – MoonJune)
2013 Violin: 1º Mark Feldman (“Live at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne” w/ Sylvie Courvoisier – Intakt); 2º Jason Kao Hwang (“Burning Bridge” – Innova); 3º Christian Howes (“Southern Exposure” – Resonance); 4º Jenny Scheinman (“Big Sur” w/ Bill Frisell – Okeh); 5º Zach Brock (“Almost Never Was” – Criss Cross); 6º Jean-Luc Ponty (“Hacienda” w/ Jeff Lorber Fusion – Heads Up); 7º Josée Aidans (“Just For My Lady” w/ Oliver Jones – Justin Time)
2013 Flute: 1º Jamie Baum (“In This Life” – Sunnyside); 2º Nicole Mitchell (“Golden State” w/ Harris Eisenstadt – Songlines); 3º Anna Webber (“Percussive Mechanics” – Pirouet); 4º Evan Francis (“Roads & Codes” w/ Ian Carey Quintet – Kabocha); 5º Rahsaan Barber (“Hidden Journey” w/ Imer Santiago – Jazz Music City); 6º Hubert Laws (“Smile” w/ Carol Duboc – Gold Note Music); 7º Charles Lloyd (“Hagar’s Song” w/ Jason Moran – ECM)
2013 Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: 1º Eddie Daniels (“Duke at the Roadhouse” w/ Roger Kellaway – IPOC); 2º Anat Cohen (“Tightrope” w/ 3 Cohens – Anzic); 3º Richard Stoltzman (“If You Believe” w/ Mika Stoltzman – MK); 4º Geof Bradfield (“Melba!” - Origin); 5º Bennie Maupin (“Bob, A Palindrome” w/ Robert Hurst – Bebob Music); 6º Joachim Badenhorst (“A Mirror To Machaut” w/ Samuel Blaser – Songlines); 7º John Ruocco (“John Ruocco And Adrian Mears Meet The Würzburg Philharmonic” – Double Moon); 8º Peter Brötzmann (“I Am Here Where Are You” w/ Steve Noble – Trost); 9º Ben Van Gelder (“Reprise” – Pirouet); 10º Evan Christopher (“Louie’s Dream” w/ Eli Yamin – Yamin Music); 11º Paquito D’Rivera (“Song For Maura” – Paquito Records); 12º Marti Melia (“After The Exhibition” w/ The Wrong Object” – MoonJune)
2013 Trumpet: 1º Randy Brecker (“Plays Wlodek Pawlik’s Night In Calisia” – Summit); 2º Brad Goode (“Chicago Red” – Origin); 3º Ralph Alessi (“The Sky Inside” w/ Drew Gress – Pirouet); 4º Ian Carey (“Roads & Codes” – Kabocha); 5º Imer Santiago (“Hidden Journey” – Jazz Music City); 6º Bastian Stein (“Diegesis” – Pirouet); 7º Wallace Roney (“Understanding” – HighNote); 8º Tomasz Stanko (“Wislawa” – ECM); 9º Terence Blanchard (“Magnetic” – Blue Note) 
2013 Flugelhorn: 1º Ian Carey (“Roads & Codes” – Kabocha); 2º Tom Harrell (“Colors Of A Dream” – HighNote); 3º Victor Garcia (“Melba!” w/ Geof Bradfield – Origin); 4º Kenny Wheeler (“Six For Six” – CAM Jazz); 5º Imer Santiago (“Hidden Journey” – Jazz Music City); 6º Henry Hung (“San Francisco” w/ Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel” – Bacalao); 7º Matthieu Michel (“The Gift” w/ Suzanne Abbuehl) – ECM); 8º Marcus Belgrave (“Bob, A Palindrome” w/ Robert Hurst – Bebob Music)
2013 Trombone: 1º Reut Regev (“Exploring The Vibe” – Enja); 2º Steve Turre (“The Bones of Art” – HighNote); 3º Robert Morgenthalter (“Bone Art” – Unit); 4º Joel Adams (“Melba!” w/ Geof Bradfield – Origin); 5º Roswell Rudd (“Trombone For Lovers” – Sunnyside); 6º Papo Vazquez (“Oasis” – Picaro); 7º Clifton Anderson (“And So We Carry On” – Daywood Drive); 8º Samuel Blaser (“A Mirror To Machaut” – Songlines); 9º Nils Wogram (“Riomar” – nWog Records); 10º Jamie Dubberly (“San Francisco” w/ Brian Andres and The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel” - Bacalao); 11º Adrian Mears (“John Ruocco And Adrian Mears Meet The Wurzburg Philharmonic” – Double Moon); 12º Nils Landgren (“Teamwork” – ACT); 13º Andy Hunter (“Uppity” w/ Anthony Branker & Word Play); 14º Trombone Shorty (“Say That To Say This” – Verve)
2013 Soprano Sax: 1º Jane Ira Bloom (“Sixteen Sunsets” Blu-ray Audio – Outline/Pure Audio Records); 2º Wayne Shorter (“Without A Net” – Blue Note); 3º Larry Schneider (“Permission” w/ Molly Holm – Rinny Zin Records); 4º Geof Bradfield (“Melba!” – Origin); 5º Sam Newsome (“The Art Of The Soprano” – SM); 6º Dave Liebman (“Circular Dreaming” w/ Quest – Enja); 7º Anthony Braxton (“Echo Echo Mirror House” – Victo); 8º Sergio Galvão (“Phantom Fish” – Pimenta Music); 9º Danny Markovitch (“Last Chapter of Dreaming” w/ Marbin – MoonJune); 10º Branford Marsalis (“Bob, A Palindrome” – Bebob Music); 11º Chris Potter (“The Sirens” – ECM); 12º Joshua Redman (“Walking Shadows” – Nonesuch); 13º Mark Gross (“Blackside” – Jazz Legacy Prod.)
2013 Alto Sax: 1º Phil Woods (“Right To Swing” w/ The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble – Jazzed Media) 2º Anthony Braxton (“Willisau Solo” – Intakt); 3º Steve Coleman (“Functional Arrythmias” – Pi Recordings); 4º Kenny Garrett (“Pushing The World Away” – Mack Avenue); 5º David Sanborn (“Quartette Humaine” w/ Bob James – Okeh); 6º Ben Van Gelder (“Reprise” – Pirouet); 7º Ted Nash (“Chakra” – Plastic Sax); 8º Tim Berne (“The Sky Inside” w/ Drew Gress – Pirouet); 9º Carla Marciano (“Stream of Consciousness” – Alfa Music)
2013 Tenor Sax: 1º Michael Pedicin (“Why Stop Now/Ubuntu” (Ground Blue Records); 2º Wayne Shorter (“Without A Net” – Blue Note); 3º Frank Wess (“Magic 101” – IPO); 4º Houston Person (“Nice ‘N’ Easy” - High Note); 5º Geof Bradfield (“Melba!” – Origin); 6º Andy Sheppard (“Trios” w/ Carla Bley & Steve Swallow – ECM); 7º Rahsaan Barber (“Hidden Journey” w/ Imer Santiago – Jazz Music City); 8º Theo Travis (“Burden of Proof” w/ Soft Machine Legacy – MoonJune); 9º Charles Lloyd (“Hagar’s Song” – ECM); 10º Joe Lovano (“Cross Culture” – Blue Note)
2013 Baritone Sax: 1º Ronnie Cuber (“Live at JazzFest Berlin” - SteepleChase); 2º Claire Daly (“Baritone Monk” – North Coast Brewing); 3º Gary Smulyan (“Blue To The Bone IV” w/ Dave Stryker - SteepleChase); 4º Greg Abate (“The Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods” – Rhombus); 5º Fredrik Lindborg (“Trio Colossus” w/ LSD – PB7); 6º Paul Nedzela (“Chakra” w/ Ted Nash Big Band – Plastic Sax)
2013 Male Singer: 1º Mark Murphy (“A Beautiful Friendship: Remembering Shirley Horn” EP – Gearbox Records); 2º Ed Reed (“I’m A Shy Guy” – Blue Shorts); 3º Andy Bey (“The World According To Andy Bey” - HighNote); 4º Giacomo Gates (“Miles Tones” – Savant); 5º George Benson (“Inspiration” – Concord); 6º Gregory Porter (“Liquid Spirit” – Blue Note); 7º Scot Albertson (“Urge To Croon” – SA); 8º Michael Feinstein (“Change of Heart: The Songs of André Previn” – Telarc); 9º Michael Bublé (“To Be Loved” – 143)
2013 Female Singer: 1º Molly Holm (“Permission” – Rinny Zin Records); 2º Beata Pater (“Red” – B&B Records); 3º Tierney Sutton (“After Blue” – BFM Jazz); 4º Eugenie Jones (“Black Lace Blue Tears” – EJ); 5º Jackie Ryan (“Listen Here” – OpenArt Records); 6º René Marie (“I Wanna Be Evil” – Motéma); 7º Lorraine Feather (“Attachments” – Jazzed Media); 8º Agachiko (“Yes!” - Accurate); 9º Carol Duboc (“Smile” – Gold Note Music); 10º Cécile McLorin Salvant (“Woman Child” – Mack Avenue); 11º Heather Masse (“Lock My Heart” w/ Dick Hyman – Red House); 12º Sherri Roberts (“Lovely Days” – Blue House/Pacific Coast); 13º Molly Ringwald (“Except Sometimes” – Concord)
2013 Instrumental Group: 1º Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette (“Somewhere” - ECM); 2º Fourplay (“Live in Tokyo” DVD – GRP Studios); 3º Randy Brecker & The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion (“The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion” CD/DVD – HalfNote);  4º Soft Machine Legacy (“Burden of Proof” – MoonJune); 5º simakDialog (“The 6th Story” – MoonJune); 6º Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel (“San Francisco” – Bacalao); 7º Ian Carey Quintet (“Roads & Codes” – Kabocha); 8º Marbin (“Last Chapter of Dreaming” – MoonJune); 9º douBt (“Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love” – MoonJune); 10º FivePlay Jazz Quintet (“Five & More” – Auraline)
2013 Vocal Group: 1º New York Voices (“Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne” – Palmetto / "Let It Snow” - MRI)
2013 Big Band/Jazz Orchestra: 1º George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band (“News Reel Matters” – Migros); 2º BYU Synthesis (“The Day After Yesterday” w/ Steve Lindeman – Jazz Hang Records); 3º Metropole Orkest (“Amsterdam Meets The New Tango” w/ Pablo Ziegler – Zoho); 4º Orquestra À Base de Sopro de Curitiba (“Orq. À Base de Sopro de Curitiba & André Mehmari” DVD ); 5º Fischermanns Orchestra (“Wildfang” – Unit Records); 6º Oliver Lake Big Band (“Wheels” – Passin’ Thru); 7º Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra (“Bloom” – Nineteen Eight); 8º Ted Nash Big Band (“Chakra” – Plastic Sax); 9º hr-Bigband (“Wunderkammer XXL” w/ Michael Wollny – ACT); 10º Brussels Jazz Orchestra (“Wild Beauty” – Ent. One Music); 11º The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra (“Artistry: A Tribute To Stan Kenton” – MAMA)
2013 Composer: 1º Steve Lindeman (“The Day After Yesterday” – Jazz Hang Records); 2º Geof Bradfield (“Melba!” – Origin); 3º Anthony Branker (“Uppity” – Origin); 4º Chick Corea (“The Vigil” – Stretch); 5º Wlodek Pawlik ("Randy Brecker Plays Wlodek Pawlik's Night In Calisia" - ); 6º Asuka Kakitani (“Bloom” – Nineteen Eight); 7º Ben Van Gelder (“Reprise” – Pirouet); 8º Riza Arshad (“The 6th Story” w/ simakDialog – MoonJune); 9º Imer Santiago (“Hidden Journey” – Jazz Music City); 10º Ricardo Grilli (“If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller” – Dark House)

2013 Arranger: 1º Steve Lindeman (“The Day After Yesterday” – Jazz Hang Records); 2º George Gruntz (“News Reel Matters” –MGB); 3º Bob James (“Live in Tokyo” DVD w/ Fourplay – GRP Studios); 4º Geof Bradfield (“Melba!” – Origin); 5º David Weiss (“Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter” – Motéma)
2013 Engineer: 1º Rudy Van Gelder (“One For Rudy” w/ Joey DeFrancesco - HighNote); 2º Mark Conese (“Reunion” w/ Gene Bertoncini – Ambient Records); 3º Michael Chadbourne (“The Day After Yesterday” w/ Steve Lindeman – Jazz Hang); 4º Jim Anderson (“Sixteen Sunsets” w/ Jane Ira Bloom – Blu-ray Audio – Pure Audio Records); 5º Jay Messina (“If You Believe” w/ Mika Stoltzman – MK); 6º Markus Born (“Elders” w/ Pablo Held – Pirouet); 7º Scott Steinman (“Melba!” w/ Geof Bradfield – Origin); 8º Christian Tumalan (“San Francisco” w/ Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel – Bacalao); 9º Dan Feiszli (“I’m A Shy Guy” w/ Ed Reed – Blue Shorts)
2013 Artwork: 1º Konstantin Kern (the great graphic designer created several projects for the Pirouet label, including albums by Pablo Held, Bastian Stein, Anna Webber, Ben Van Gelder, Drew Gress etc); 2º Ian Carey (the musician himself conceived the creative album design for his “Roads & Codes” CD – Kabocha); 3º Michael G. Stewart (“Reunion” w/ Gene Bertoncini, Mike Mainieri, Michael Moore & Joe Corsello – Ambient Sound)

The Best Jazz Instrumental CDs
Steve Lindeman with BYU Synthesis: “The Day After Yesterday” (Jazz Hang Records)
Gene Bertoncini, Mike Mainieri, Michael Moore & Joe Corsello: “Reuninon” (Ambient Records)
Ronnie Cuber: “Live at JazzFest Berlin” (SteepleChase)
Pablo Held: “Elders” (Pirouet)
Mark Egan, Karl Latham & John Hart: “Unity 1” (Wavetone)
Mika Stoltzman: “If You Believe” (MK)
Geof Bradfield: “Melba!” (Origin)
Michael Pedicin: “Why Stop Now/Ubuntu” (Ground Blue Records)
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette: “Somewhere” (ECM)
Lupa Santiago: “Paris/São Paulo” (Gemini/Tratore)
George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band: "New Reels Matters" (Migros)
simakDialog: "The 6th Story" (MoonJune)
Ahmad Jamal: "Saturday Morning" (Jazz Villlage)
Randy Brecker: "Plays Wlodek Pawlik's Night In Calisia" (Summit)
Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: "San Francisco" (Bacalao)

The Best Vocal Jazz CDs
Molly Holm: “Permission” (Rinny Zin Records)
Beata Pater: “Red” (B&B Records)
Ed Reed: “I’m A Shy Guy” (Blue Shorts)
Mark Murphy: “A Beautiful Friendship: Remembering Shirley Horn” (Gearbox)
Eugenie Jones: “Black Lace Blue Tears” (EJ)
Andy Bey: “The World According To Andy Bey” (HighNote)
New York Voices: "Live with the WDR Big Band" (Palmetto)
Giacomo Gates: "Miles Tones" (Savant)
Scot Albertson: "Urge To Croon" (SA)
Agachiko: “Yes!” (Accurate)

The Best  Jazz DVDs/Blu-rays

Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock & Others: “Experience Montreux” 3D Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
Fourplay: “Live in Tokyo” DVD (GRP Studios)
Hermeto Pascoal: “Hermeto Brincando de Corpo e Alma” DVD (HPAM)
Toots Thielemans: “Live at Le Chapiteau” DVD (Challenge)
Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin: "Invitation To Illumination" Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
Orquestra À Base de Sopro de Curitiba & André Mehmari CD/DVD (Estúdio Monteverdi)
Friedrich Gulda & Barbara Dennerlein: “I Love Mozart, I Love Barbara” DVD (Arthaus)
Friedrich Gulda, Joe Zawinul & Chick Corea: “Friderich Gulda & Friends” DVD (Arthaus)
Randy Brecker: “The Brecker Brothers Reuinion Band” CD/DVD (HalfNote)
Miles Davis Quintet: “Live in Europe 1969 – The Bootleg Series Vol.2” CD/DVD (Sony)
Miles Davis with Quincy Jones & The Gil Evans Orchestra: “Live at Montreux 1991” Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
Weather Report: “Birdland” DVD (IMV Blueline)
Hugo Fattoruso: “En Concierto” CD/DVD (Montevideo Music Group)

Blu-ray Audio

Jane Ira Bloom: "Sixteen Sunsets" (Out-line/Pro Audio) 
Stan Getz & João Gilberto: "Getz/Gilberto" (Verve)
Diana Krall: "The Look of Love" (Verve)
Oscar Peterson: "Night Train" (Verve)
Nina Simone: "I Put A Spell On You" (Decca)

Special Projects/Reissues
Art Pepper: “Unreleased Art Vol. VIII – Live at Winery, September 6, 1976” (Widow’s Taste)
Freddie Hubbard Quintet: “Live at Carnegie Hall 1972” (Stepper Music)
Freddie Hubbard & Ilhan Mimaroglu: “Sing Me A Song of Songmy” (Atlantic/Warner Japan)
João Gilberto: “Legend” (Él/Cherry Red)
Cannonball Adderley: “The Happy People” (Capitol/EMI Japan)
Miroslav Vitous: “Magical Shepherd” (Warner Bros;/Warner Japan))
Joe Farrell: “Penny Arcade” (CTI/King)
Joe Farrell: “Joe Farrell Quartet” (CTI/Wounded Bird)
Allan Holdsworth: “FLATTire / Music For A Non-Existent Movie” (MoonJune)
Caldera: “Caldera/Sky Islands” (Cherry Red)
Ray Barretto: “Can You Feel It” (Atlantic/Warner Japan)

Box Sets
Herbie Hancock: “The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988” (Legacy)
Woody Shaw: “The Complete Muse Sessions” (Mosaic)
The Brecker Bros.: “The Complete Arista Album Collection” (Sony)
Weather Report: “The Columbia Albums 1976-1982” (Sony)
Clifford Jordan: “The Complete Strata-East Sessions” (Mosaic)
Freddie Hubbard: “Bundle of Joy/Super Blue/The Love Comection” (BGO)
Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald: “The Complete Decca Sessions 1934-1941 (Mosaic)
Stanley Clarke: “The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection” (Epic)
Pau Brasil: “Caixote 1982/2012” (Pau Brasil Music)