Thursday, July 1, 2010

"DownBeat" - July 2010

Victor Wooten -- Known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the supergroups SMV and Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, multi-instrumentalist Victor Wooten has won most every major award given to a bass guitarist. Offering CDs, DVDs, lectures, workshops and camps, as well as his groundbreaking novel The Music Lesson (Berklee Publishing), Wooten is guaranteed to remain a positive force in jazz, blues and beyond.

Claudio Roditi -- A 2010 Grammy nominee, Rio-born trumpeter and flugelhornist Roditi brings enormous zest and fire to his playing, integrating post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts with ease and lyricism. Roditi's latest release, Simpatico, includes all original compositions written and performed by the veteran master.

Art of the Guitar Tribute -- John Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Duke Robillard play the music of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and Les Paul, repsectively, on their latest CD projects.

Henry Threadgill -- For more than 40 years, the Chicago-born reeds specialist has ventured repeatedly beyond established frontiers of composition and improvisation. On his long-awaited CD This Takes Us To, Vol 1 (Pi) - his first release in eight years, featuring his acclaimed ensemble Zooid - Threadgill shows no signs of letting up.

Stephan Crump (bass)
Robert Sadin (composer/arranger)
Kalle Kalima (guitar)
Tom Tallitsch (saxophone)

BLINDFOLD TEST -- Lionel Loueke

*Lenny White releases solo disc on Abstract Logix.
*Siggi Loch/ACT Music celebrate 50 year anniversary.
*Caught: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage fest, Regina Carter's new Reverse Thread project @ Dizzy's in New York.

Master Class: Dr. JB Dyas on learning tunes, part 2
Transcription: Cuong Vu trumpet solo
Jazz On Campus: Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick donates dad's artifacts (Sun Ra Arkestra saxophonist Pat Patrick) to Berklee College of Music.

Kenny Davis, Kenny Davis (Daken Records)
Jason Moran & The Bandwagon, Ten (Blue Note)
Bobby McFerrin, VOCAbuLarieS (Decca)
Fabrizio Sotti, Inner Dance (E1 Music)

CD Reviews
Graham Dechter, Right On Time (Capri)
Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet, To Fly To Steal (Intakt)
Quartet San Francisco, QSF Plays Brubeck (Violin Jazz Recordings)
The Pacific Mozart Ensemble (with Quartet San Francisco), Dave Brubeck: Songs Of Praise (Dorian Sono Luminus)
Steven Crump's Rosetta Trio, Reclamation (Sunnyside)
Aaron Goldberg, Home (Sunnyside)
Dan Weiss Trio, Timshel (Sunnyside)
Rova Saxophone Quartet & Nels Cline Singers, The Celestial Septet (New World Records)
Gail Pettis, Here In The Moment (OA2)
Petra Van Nuis & Andy Brown, Far Away Places (self release)
Sheryl Bailey, A New Promise (Manchester Craftsmen's Guild)
Antoinette Montague, Behind The Smile (IGV)
Pablo Aslan, Tango Grill (Zoho)
John Abercrombie Quartet, Wait Till You See Her (ECM)
Pamela Rose, Wild Women Of Song (Three Handed Records)
Mark Levin & The Latin Tinge, Off & On: The Music Of Moacir Santos (Left Coast Clave)
Frank Macchia, Folk Songs For Jazzers (Cacophony)
Joe Chambers, Horace To Max (Savant)
Tia Fuller, Decisive Steps (Mack Ave.)
Will Vinson, The World Through My Shoes (19/8)
Garaj Mahal, More Mr. Nice Guy (Owl Studios)
Rale Micic, 3 (CTA Records)
Doubt, Never Pet A Burning Dog (Moonjune)
Jeff Lashway, Reunion (Random Act)

Sam Newsome, Blue Soliloquy (self release)
Ernie Krivda, Nowhere Man (CIMP)
David S. Ware, Saturnian (Aum Fidelity)
Johnny Butler, Solo (self release)
Mort Weiss, Raising The Bar (SMS Jazz)

Otis Taylor, Clovis People, Vol. 3 (Telrac)
Coco Montoya, I Want It All Back (Ruf)
Terry Blersh, Terry Blersh (self release)
Nick Curran, Lowlifes (Electro Groove)
Elmore James, et al., Rarities from the Bob Hite Vaults (Sub Rosa)
Joe Price, Rain or Shine (Blue Acres)

James Brown, Live At The Garden (Hip-O/Universal)
Various Artists, Eccentric Soul (Numero Group)
Wheadle's Groove, Kearney Barton (Light In The Attic)
Ann Peebles, I Can't Stand The Rain [DVD] (Charly)

Warne Marsh, Two Not One and Big Two box sets (Storyville)

Book Review
Michael Gray, Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell (Chicago Review Press)

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