Thursday, April 1, 2010

"DownBeat" - April 2010

Christian Scott -- The New Orleans-based trumpeter is never shy about expressing his socio-political take on a subject. His intent is not to change minds, but to encourage open discourse about human rights issues. Scott's latest recording on Concord Jazz, the highly anticipated "Yesterday You Said Tomorrow," addresses his always political point of view as well as personal relationships and matters of the heart. As Scott has grown as an individual and artist, so have his views on the world.

Robert Glasper -- The keyboardist has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. With his latest Blue Note CD, "Double-Booked," the Houston native puts his enviable versatility front and center, emphasizing two different hemispheres of his musical brain at the same time.

Kurt Rosenwinkel -- A onetime sideman in Gary Burton and Joe Henderson's bands, guitarist Rosenwinkel has released a string of some of the most potent and original recordings of the last decade.

Favorite Big Band CDs -- A thorough survey of jazz artists who name their favorite big band recordings of all time.

SPECIAL SECTION: NAMM Report -- Complete coverage of exciting product introductions and trend-setting gear innovations from the world's largest musical instrument trade show.

Danny Grissett (piano)
Dana Hall (drums)
Steve Colson (piano)
Luis Bonilla (trombone)

BLINDFOLD TEST -- Dafnis Prieto

Ted Nash releases new disc with LJCO, tours
Jazzahead organization organizes jazz musicians across Europe; European Scene
Caught: Panama Jazz Festival, New York's Winter Jazz Fest

· Pro Session: The invention and technique of pianist Danny Grissett, by Michael Leibson
· Transcription: Wayne Shorter's tenor saxophone solo on "E.S.P."
· Jazz On Campus: Gary Niewood remembered through scholarships at Eastman School of Music
Hot Box
Jamie Cullum, The Pursuit (Verve)
Mose Allison, The Way of the World (Anti-)
Plunge, Dancing On Thin Ice (Immersion Records & Media)
Steve Lacy/Mal Waldron, Let's Call This ... Esteem (Silta Records)

CD Reviews
Brian Lynch Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Bolero Nights (Venus Records)
Buddy DeFranco Meets Martin Taylor (Hep Jazz)
John Pizzarelli, Rockin' In Rhythm (Telarc)
Lionel Loueke, Mwaliko (Blue Note)
Pat Metheny, Orchestrion (Nonesuch)
Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Forty Fort (Hot Cup)
Scott DuBois, Blackhawk Dance (Sunnyside)
Al Di Meola, World Sinfonia (Valiana Music)
Greg Reitan, Antibes (Sunnyside)
Curtis Brothers Quartet, Blood-Spirit-Land-Water-Freedom (Curtis Brothers Music)
Cindy Blackman, Another Lifetime (Four Quarters Entertainment)
Makoto Ozone, Jungle (Verve)
Omar Sosa & NDR Big Band, Ceremony (Otá Records)
Abdullah Ibrahim & WDR Big Band, Bombella (Sunnyside)
David Sanborn, Only Everything (Decca Group)
Pablo Menendez & Mezcla, I'll See You In Cuba (Zoho)
Ronnie Cuber, Ronni (SteepleChase)
Bobby Previte, Pan Atlantic (Palmetto/Rank Hypocrisy)
Arturo Stable Quintet, Call (Origen)
Jaroslav Jakubovic, Coincidence (VMM Records)
Benjamin Koppel, At Ease and Walden (Cowbell Music)

Bobby Hutcherson, Wise One (Kind of Blue)
Marco Pereira, Essence (Kind of Blue)
Roberta Gambarini/Andrea Donati, Under Italian Skies (Kind of Blue)
Nuttree Quartet, Something Sentimental (Kind of Blue)

Dave Keyes, Roots in the Blues (Keyesland)
RJ Spangler's Blue Four, The Bill Heid Sessions (Eastlawn)
David Maxwell & Lousiana Red, You Got to Move (VizzTone)
Ammons/Johnson/Lewis, Boogie Woogie Kings (Delmark)
JT Lauritsen, Live (Hunters)
Tas Cru (a.k.a. Rick Bates), Grizzle'n'Bone (Crustee Tee)

Tom Chant, Decentered (Another Timbre)
Marc Baron and Loic Blairon, Formnction (Potlach)
Eliane Radigue, Triptych (Important)
Katherine Young, Further Secret Origins (Porter)
Burkhard Stangl, Musik (Erstwhile)
Speak Easy, Backchats (Creative Sources)

Ella Fitzgerald, Twelve Nights In Hollywood (Verve)

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