Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hubert Laws live in California, next Saturday!

All-time greatest jazz flutist, Hubert Laws, will be performing a rare concert in California! Playing hits from his groundbreaking albums for CTI Records!
This next Saturday, May 18, 8 pm @ Moss Theater.

Tickets: $40

Mitch Forman (piano), Rob Mullins (keyboards), John Leftwich (bass). Joey Heredia (drums)

VENUE: Moss­ Theater
at The Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Free parking adjacent to Moss Theater on New Roads Campus.
KJAZZ 88.1 - official media sponsor.

Happy 90th Birthday, Creed Taylor!

Happy Birthday to legendary Grammy-winning producer Creed Taylor, founder of the Impulse!, CTI and Kudu labels!!!
(Creed Taylor & Arnaldo DeSouteiro, NY, 1990)
(Ithamara Koorax & Creed Taylor, NY, 1991)
(Creed Taylor & Ithamara Koorax, Montreux, 2009)
(Quincy Jones & Creed Taylor, NJ, 1969)
(Creed Taylor & Freddie Hubbard, NJ, 1970)
(Creed Taylor & Kenyon Hopkins, 1959)
(Monica Getz, Creed Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr. & Astrud Gilberto, 1965, receiving one of the 5 Grammy awards for the "Getz/Gilberto" album)
(Rudy Van Gelder & Creed Taylor, 2009)
(Niels Lan Doky, Creed Taylor & Anders Bergcrantz, Istanbul, 2009)

(Bill Evans, Creed Taylor & Claus Ogerman, NJ, 1965)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month - "Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist: Together"

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month
Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist with UMO Jazz Orchestra: "Together" 
Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Featuring: Mats Holmquist: composer, arranger, conductor; Randy Brecker: trumpet, flugelhorn. UMO Jazz Orchestra – Teemu Mattsson: trumpet, flugelhorn; Timo Paasonen: trumpet, flugelhorn; Mikko Pettinen: trumpet, flugelhorn; Tero Saarti: trumpet, flugelhorn; Janne Toivonen: trumpet, flugelhorn; Jakob Gudmundsson: trumpet (1, 3-5, 8); Ville Vannemaa: alto, soprano sax, clarinet; Mikko Makinen: alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute; Teemu Salminen: tenor sax, clarinet; Max Zenger: tenor sax, flute; Pepa Paivinen: baritone sax, flute; Heikki Tuhkanene: trombone; Mikko Mustonen: trombone; Juho Viljanen: trombone; Mikael Langbacka: bass trombone; Mikel Ulfberg: guitar; Seppo Kantonen: piano; Juho Kivivuori: bass; Markus Ketola: drums.

“I think you’ll really enjoy this CD there are absolutely no dull moments, you are going to be taken on the ride of a lifetime, so enjoy it and let me know when you come back to Earth!”  – Randy Brecker.   
Randy Brecker, the best jazz trumpeter alive, is back in "lead large Jazz Ensemble form" with Mats Holmquist’s incredible writing and arrangements for Finland's UMO Jazz Orchestra!

This CD features three compositions and one arrangement written in the late eighties: “One Million Circumstances,” “Summer and Winter,” “Always Young,” “Never Let Me Go”; three arrangements of Chick Corea compositions: “Windows,” “Crystal Silence,” “Humpty Dumpty”; and two new re-compositions based on a couple of famous standards: “My Stella” (a Fantasy on “Stella by Starlight”) and “All My Things” (“All the Things You Are”).

In other words three different periods are represented: late eighties, early 2000s (Chick Corea) and the present (re-composition of standards). UMO Jazz Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in Finland specialized in jazz and new rhythm-oriented music. The big band of 16 musicians plays about 80 concerts every year in Finland and abroad. The orchestra plays a diverse range of modern music that is on the pulse of the times.

These arrangements all have little (and not so little) twists and turns that keep you on your toes at all times. The are 3 Chick Corea tunes -- "Crystal Silence" (from the 1972 self-titled first Return To Forever album), "Humpty Dumpty" (maybe the greatest theme from the underrated 1978 masterpiece "The Mad Hatter"), and "Windows" (on its best version since Flora Purim's and Hubert Laws' renditions in the 70s) -- masterfully re-worked by Mats.

The arrangers' ‘impressions’ or minimalistic versions of so-called standards "Stella By Starlight’ (both Randy and Mats have daughters named Stella by the way), and "All the Things you Are" which are re-imagined with delightful results, plus the beautiful Ray Evans- Jay Livingston ballad "Never Let Me Go," and then three Mats' original compositions: "One Million Circumstances," "Always Young," and "Summer and Winter," each quite challenging in their own way.

Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of music for decades. His performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from Michel Legrand, João Donato, CTI All Stars, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Chaka Khan, Eliane Elias, George Benson, Ada Rovatti and Parliament-Funkadelic, besides two Grammy winning albums on Summit & MAMA Records.