Monday, June 30, 2008

Art Pepper's "The Croydon Concert" coming out today!

"Art Pepper: The Croydon Concert,"
Volume III of "Unreleased Art" series,
released by Widow's Taste Label on May 30

2-CD Set Features Art's "Comeback Band":
Milcho Leviev, Bob Magnusson, Carl Burnett

At Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England, in May of 1981, Art Pepper appeared with the quartet that had returned him to music. Together, they delivered to loyal and savvy British fans a dazzling performance of originals and bebop classics.

Volume III: The Croydon Concert is the first release by Laurie Pepper's Widow's Taste Records featuring the rhythm section that made up the Art Pepper Quartet from 1978 through most of 1981. They were indispensable to the alto saxophonist's triumphant return to the scene at the end of his life and functioned as both engine and anchor during much of that time. John S. Wilson praised them in the New York Times, saying they made Art's "innate rhythmic drive even more buoyant" and referring to Bob Magnusson as "fabulously fast-fingered." Critic Gary Giddins, in The Village Voice, said Bob's "sure time and rich tone in the bottom register complemented Pepper's frequently ethereal gambits" and praised Carl Burnett's "chatty responsiveness." Musician and critic Jon Hendricks called Milcho Leviev "a most marvelous pianist, a real joy. He plays with beauty and passion."

After his last long imprisonment in San Quentin during the 1960s, Art found reentry into music almost impossible. Thin-skinned to begin with, he became increasingly paranoid, hesitant to even try to work with some of the musicians he admired most. But this band of profoundly gifted jazzmen made him feel safe. These were not "safe" players, but instead challenged and provoked him to continue to develop his gifts and evolve as an artist.

(Carl Burnett, Bob Magnusson, Milcho Leviev & Art Pepper)

The Croydon recording was sent last year to Laurie Pepper, Art's widow, by a European fan who believed this particular music was too good to languish in the archives of collectors. Laurie agreed with him so thoroughly that she changed all her plans. She decided to make this concert the third in her label's critically acclaimed series of previously unreleased Art Pepper performances.

Reviewers have responded enthusiastically to the two previous releases. Volume I from this series, another two-disc set, is The Abashiri Concert, recorded in Japan in 1981. Volume II is The Last Concert, recorded at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 1982, documenting Art's last performance just weeks before his death:
"Jazz in the era of the heroic statement. Excellent." --Ben Ratliff, New York Times
"Pepper blowing blues and ballads with a shivering intensity, as if each song recounted his own dreams and disappointments." --Fred Kaplan, New York Times
"All but unprecedented. Both soul-searing and sentimental." --Will Friedwald, New York Sun
Jazz Station review:
"The Croydon Concert" is destined to the same acclaim. What a quartet! All musicians in peak form, including Pepper. The sound quality is pretty good for a "bootleg" tape, improved by the excellent mastering work of engineer Wayne Peet. Laurie Pepper's liner notes are luminous as usual, providing behind the scenes revelations that are always attractive for jazz historians. Besides, she writes with fluency and verve, sounding like an old friend sharing intimate secrets with us.
Art Pepper... well, the incomparable alto-master plays with grace, melodic sophistication and passion. The group interaction is fantastic. Bob Magnusson's fat and silky bass tone is a pleasure to listen to. This must be drummer Carl Burnett's best performance ever documented on record. And the Bulgarian genius Milcho Leviev is in splendid form at the piano, proving to be the perfect sideman and the ideal soloist to Pepper (he was not "possessed" that night, thanks God!)
The program includes nine extended tracks - some of them rounding 20 minutes. But you'll never feel tired or bored. Time flies! My personal favorites are "Ophelia", "Patricia", the haunting Gordon Jenkins' ballad "Goodbye", a latin-tinged version of Franz Lehar's "Yours is My Heart Alone", "Dedication" and the tour-de-force "Make A List" (Make A Wish). According to Laurie's notes, "Dedicated" was "a total surprise, he had never played it before and never did again," she writes. "It's a minor blues, a quasi-Coltrane tune". The document of such a marvelous night already belongs to the list of the best "special releases" of the year. It's the kind of CD that deserves a 5,000 star-rating.
The Widow Knows

The aims of Widow's Taste are to introduce truly unreleased and unheard music by Art Pepper to people who love him and want to hear him -- and to introduce him to people who have had only a limited experience with jazz and have never even imagined his unique brand of soul, swing, and loveliness.

In line with the second aim, and before the end of the year, Laurie plans to release a music video culled from her ongoing work-in-progress movie project, Straight Life: The Stories of Art Pepper. The project is based on the Peppers' book, Straight Life (Perseus Books). The video is a re-creation of the legendary Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section recording session, a beguiling combination of live action and animation. (Chapters of the movie can be seen at
Next year, Widow's Taste will release a 3-disc set, The Art History Project. Disc 1 will be Early Art with Kenton, Shorty Rogers, and at the Lighthouse. Disc 2 is The Middle Period: Never-heard, over-the-top, outside but wildly swinging stuff recorded at Contemporary in 1962 and '67 but never released. That was the stubborn breakthrough that made it possible for Art to play the way he did at the Village Vanguard in 1977. Disc 3 will be Reconciliation: The best of Art in his "post-Vanguard" period.

Laurie Pepper has said that Volume III: The Croydon Concert will give the world a chance to hear Art and his "comeback band" at their tightest, at the top of their form playing Art's music exactly as he wished it to be heard. And the really overwhelming response of fans and critics to Volumes I and II has increased her commitment to keeping Art's music alive by continuing to release the best of Art Pepper's unheard performances.

CD Available (with sound samples):

(Art Pepper & Milcho Leviev, pic from the CD tray-card)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

R.I.P.: Ronnie Mathews

Ronnie Mathews
(born December 2, 1935;
died June 28, 2008)

The family of Ronnie Mathews is saddened to announce his passing on Saturday morning, June 28, 2008, in Brooklyn, NY. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

A memorial service will be announced for September 2008 in New York City.

Ronnie Mathews, a respected jazz pianist and composer, toured internationally and recorded extensively with Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, Dexter Gordon, Louis Hayes, and Woody Shaw. He had long associations with the tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, drummer T. S. Monk, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

Mathews is survived by his daughter Salima, his granddaughters Nala and Parisa, and his step children Leslie and Brently.

Donations in memory of Ronnie Mathews may be sent to the Jazz Foundation of America,

For condolences, please contact:
Salima Millott
191 St Nicholas Ave
Apartment 7E
New York, NY 10026
The family of Ronnie Mathews would like to thank the musicians who performed and friends who attended the tribute to Ronnie last Monday at Sweet Rhythm in New York City. It was a great night and a memorable tribute.

Gary McFarland's film will have a LA premiere, tonight!

We are happy to announce that "This Is Gary McFarland" will finally be having a proper Los Angeles premiere as part of this year's "Mods and Rockers Film Festival." The film will be part of a double bill with the UK documentary about seminal LA psych-rock band, Love. Screen-time is this Sunday, 6/29 at 7:30 PM at The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian.

If any of you are familiar with Love, you will know they inserted some McFarland-esque "By-ya-bahs" into their song "Orange Skies." More details here:

More about the movie:

To watch a Trailer, please choose your venue:
Hope a DVD release will come out soon!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Remix Hotel, this weekend, at SAE's NY

Remix Hotel New York heads back to SAE’s New York campus, June 27-29, 2008, for another all-inclusive weekend of music-production technology, master classes artist performances and more. With Guitar Center Sessions at Remix Hotel panel programming—with panelists Pete Rock, Just Blaze, Junior Sanchez, Rob Swift, DJ Logic, Badawi and many others—RHNYC ensures that everyone from budding producers to full-on studiophiles will find something to augment their work flow.

What’s more, Technology Partners such as Digidesign, Korg, Roland, Pioneer, M-Audio, Rane, Access, Serato and many others present the unique opportunity for producers, musicians, engineers and artists of all genres to not only experience the latest gear but also get user tips directly from the manufacturers. For more information please go to

SAE Institute of Technology—New York
1293 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001

June 27-29, 2008
1:00pm to 8:00pm (6:00pm on Sunday)

"Summer in the City" at Toppreise

Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City", produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for the Verve Music Group, is now included on the Swiss "Top Preise" web guide!
To compare prices and availability, please click on the above link

"One Night in Ibiza" released today!

Release of the Day: "One Night in Ibiza" (DSM 2-CD Set)
(dedicated to Mars, Petula and Mrs. Schmitz)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Joao Gilberto: A god in New York

I'm back on earth from the João Gilberto concert in NY on June 22 at the JVC Festival. A crowded Carnegie Hall. Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Mark Murphy, Jon Hendricks and Madonna in the audience, plus dozen of musicians, writers, record executives and JG fans from all over the world. 2,900 astonished people.

It's really crazy, but the master plays basically the same songs for 50 years . . . only guitar & voice . . . dressed in his banker's suit . . . hardly talks every song is 2-3 minutes . . . but, like my friend Seth Rothstein says, "EACH TIME IS AN EPIPHANY!"

He played for 2 magical hours straight and got standing ovations when he entered the stage, when he ended the concert and after the last encore.

Joao's rhythm seems even more sophisticated & more complex each day . . . absolutely more abstract and unpredictable... like the Japanese audience had the privilege to noticed in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Really beyond words.
I was wondering if as he ages, since he's becoming more eccentric in life, this is so beautifully reflected in his sense of time, rhythm, phrasing. He feels even looser and freer in his approach, slowing down the tempos, even on the sambas ("Doralice") and ballads ("Estate").

"Something new captivated me . . . What a great feeling I had . . . It was like seeing another genius inside a genius," Seth points out. And I must add: Joao never ceases to amaze me either!
"God was in NY. God sounded incredible!"

The following night, Herbie Hancock performed at the Carnegie Hall with completely different results...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

June shows at Le Poisson Rouge, NY

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012 212 796 0741
Ticket Hotline: 800 838 3006

Wednesday 6.18.08
JVC Jazz Festival and (Le) Poisson Rouge present:
Charlie Haden Quartet West
TWO SHOWS: 7pm & 9:30pm doors
$45 adv / $55 door
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian
This is a First-Come, Fully Seated event.

An acoustic bassist of extraordinary gifts, Charlie Haden's talents have been in constant demand by fellow artists Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Keith Jarrett, Dewey Redman, Paul Motian, Jack DeJohnette, and Pat Metheny (with whom Haden shared a 1997 Grammy Award). Haden's love of world music has also led him to collaborations with Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti, Argentinean bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi, and Portuguese guitar giant Carlos Paredes. Haden has explored diverse streams of American popular music with both his acclaimed Quartet West, as well as on such recent collections as 2002's inventive alliance with Michael Brecker. Haden was invited to establish the jazz studies program at California Institute of the Arts in 1982, and has earned countless honors from around the globe, including the Los Angeles Jazz Society prize, two Grammy Awards (and multiple nominations), myriad Down Beat Reader's and Critic's Poll prizes, a Guggenheim fellowship, four NEA grants for composition, France's Grand Prix Du Disque (Charles Cros) Award, Japan's SWING Journal Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, and the Montreal Jazz Festivals Miles Davis Award.
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Sunday 6.22.08, Sunday 6.29.08 AND Monday 6.30.08
Rickie Lee Jones In-Residence w/ Special Guests: JD Allen - 6.22
Edmar Castaneda - 6.30
7pm doors
$55 VIP seating / $45 General Admissionlimited $20 tickets with valid student ID at Box Office
only18+ or accompanied by legal guardian

'The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard', the new album by Rickie Lee Jones and her first for New West Records, is a beauty--soul-satisfying and sonically unique. What will certainly be most striking to some fans is that it rocks harder than any album the two-time Grammy Award winner has ever recorded. And yet, this music transcends all of its historical touchstones, taking the elements and creating something that sounds totally new--full of grace, soul and adventurous sonic textures. What's ultimately just as fascinating as the remarkable music, however, is that all 13 songs are inspired by the real words and ideas of one Jesus Christ. The recording began in a painter's loft on an abandoned industrial street in mid-L.A in the summer of '05. Lee Cantelon, who can best be described as a modern renaissance man,originally conceived the project as a lo-fi, low budget spoken word undertaking, and the initial plan was to recruit friends and associates--from punk icon Mike Watt to a homeless man he encountered every day--to do the talking. The project changed directions, though,when Rickie Lee showed up to record her part. Instead of reciting the text, she stunned everyone in the studio by improvising an entire song to a track she had never heard. "Nobody Knows My Name" is that first recording. So began the inspired musical and textural improvisations that would become 'The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard', an intuitive and beautiful collection.
Thursday 6.19.08
JVC Jazz Festival and (Le) Poisson Rouge present:
Bill Frisell Trio
w/ Special Guests

THREE SHOWS: 6:30pm, 8:30pm & 10:30pm doors
$40 adv / $50 door
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian
This is a First-Come, Fully Seated event.

"Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals. And, like Davis, Frisell loves to have a lot of legroom when he improvises--the space that terrifies others quickens his blood." --The New Yorker

"Bill Frisell is the Clark Kent of the electric guitar. Soft-spoken and self-effacing in conversation, he apparently breathes in lungfuls of raw fire when he straps on his (guitar)...His music is not what is typically called jazz, though it turns on improvisation; it's not rock'n roll; and it sure ain't that tired dinosaur called fusion. In one of the biggest leaps of imagination since the Yardbirds and Jimi Hendrix, Frisell coaxes and slams his hovering split-toned ax into shapes of things to come...But besides being a guitar genius, he's turned into a terrific songwriter. Like Monk, Frisell's harmonic and melodic ideas form a succinct, seamless mesh with outer sonic and rhythmic ideas about his ax." --Spin

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Friday 6.20.08
JVC Jazz Festival and (Le) Poisson Rouge present:
Carl Craig presents Tribe
feat. Marcus Belgrave, Phil Ranelin, Wendell Harrison
10pm doors
$25 adv / $35 door
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian
This is a Standing, General Admission event.

Carl Craig is one of the most important names in the second generation of Detroit techno producers and DJs. Carl approaches techno with inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including jazz and soul. He has released many successful albums under a number of aliases, including BFC, Psyche, Paperclip People, 69, Designer Music and Innerzone Orchestra. As Innerzone Orchestra he released "Bug in The Bassbin" in 1992, a track that many regard as being a key influence in the then-evolving sound of drum and bass. Carl also created his own record label, "Planet E", which has released records by well known techno and house artists like Kevin Saunderson, Alton Miller and Moodymann. Craig served as artistic director for the widely successful Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 and 2001.
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Saturday 6.21.08
JVC Jazz Festival and (Le) Poisson Rouge present:
KJ Denhert
11pm doors
$35 adv / $45 door
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian
This is a First-Come, Fully Seated, In-The-Round event.

A highly-praised live performer whose resume includes starring roles in such acclaimed Broadway musicals as Rent and Aida, Simone has developed an exciting and diverse repertoire of pop, soul, jazz, rock and funk, expressed in shows performed throughout the U.S. and in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Finland, Spain and France. With the 2008 release of her first full-length album, Simone On Simone (a big band tribute to her mother, Nina Simone, produced by famed jazz musician and arranger Bob Belden), music lovers worldwide discovered the vocal dynamism that live audiences have witnessed for over a decade. Blessed with a rich vocal range, an innate skill for lyrical interpretation and a soul-deep understanding of music as a means of healing, empowerment and celebration, Simone is very much her mother's daughter, and she is also most assuredly a multi-talented artist in her own right.
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Monday 6.23.08
JVC Jazz Festival and (Le) Poisson Rouge present:
Art D'Lugoff's "Salsa Meets Jazz"
feat. Poncho Sanchez
7:30pm doors

Seated: $45 adv / $55 door
Standing: $35 adv / $45 door
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian

More than anything else, Poncho Sanchez is a storyteller. And, as leader of the most popular Latin jazz group in the world today, it's his congas and seasoned ensemble that do the talking. Live in concert or on recordings, they spin vivacious tales that pay homage to the glories of a half-century tradition that was born when Afro-Cuban rhythms merged with bebop. One-on-one, the Chicano conguero is equally expressive, recounting in vivid detail the encounters, friendships, and passions that have contributed to his remarkable career as a bandleader and recording artist. Behind the choice of every song, album title and guest artist, there's a story Poncho Sanchez delights in telling.
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Tuesday 6.24.08
JVC Jazz Festival and (Le) Poisson Rouge present:
"Turntables, Samples and Jazz"
feat. Mocean Worker
DJ Logic Project Logic
Marco Benevento Trio

7:30pm doors
$25 adv / $30 door
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian
This is a Standing, General Admission event.

On the fifth album of his career, appropriately titled Cinco De MOWO!, Adam Dorn a.k.a. Mocean Worker has assembled the quintessential feel-good summer record. Shedding the expectations of the electronica scene with which he was often associated at the outset of his career, Dorn began to embrace his jazz and funk influences, while keeping the focus on crafting songs with undeniable hooks. Dorn also further explored sounds and flavors from different periods in music's history, re-conceptualizing them for the 21st century. Subtle improvisations emerge within tight arrangements, grooves appear inside of grooves, samples of samples are re-imagined and mingle comfortably among some of the world’s finest living, breathing jazz musicians. To tour behind the Cinco De MOWO!, Adam Dorn has transformed Mocean Worker into a red hot six piece funk machine, featuring some of New York City's most revered musicians. Assembled by Dorn to bring to life the "breakbeat jazz" stylings of the Mocean Worker studio albums, the group has already made a number of high profile performances, including Bumbershoot and Treasure Island festivals, opening slots for Amp Fiddler, Koop, Trombone Shorty and The Benevento-Russo Duo, and a residency at NYC underground tastemaker venue Nublu.

DJ Logic’s growing catalog of recordings is more likely to be filed under jazz and hip-hop than techno. This is no small accomplishment, and his popularity is as much a reflection of his musicianship as it is of his diplomacy, and his skill as an electronic-music ambassador. DJ Logic combines textures and weaves them into something completely new. He adds tabla beats to electrified blues riffs and salsa grooves. He attacks hard rock and punk with a jazz sensibility. This diversity of musical settings has become Logic's hallmark - his music is a recipe for jazz, with the ingredients as Bronx as hip-hop. His role as a producer keeps him at the top of his game, fulfilling countless requests for remixes and collaborations with jazz musicians like Graham Haynes, Don Byron, John Scofield, Joshua Redman and Christian McBride; jam bands like Medeski, Martin & Wood, the Allman Brothers and Phish; and hip-hop masterminds like Prince Paul, Ursula Rucker, and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson from the Roots.
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Wednesday 6.25.08
JVC Jazz Festival and (Le) Poisson Rouge present:

7:30pm doors
$30 adv / $40 door
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian
This is a Standing, General Admission event.

From her name, to her music, to her mission, to the circuitous path that brought her to legendary Verve Records for her third album, Lost and Found, Ledisi (pronounced led-duh-see and adopted from the word that means "to bring forth" in the Yoruba language of Nigeria)is a galvanizing, all-natural wonder. This year, during a gala Songwriters' Hall of Fame ceremony, an A-list of show business veterans could hardly wait for Ledisi's rapturous rendition of "Unchained Melody" to end before lavishing her with thunderous applause. In 2006, before a rapt contingent of music business mavens at the Urban Network conference, Ledisi - wedged between a hip hop act and a tweety bird - brought an audience of astute professionals to its feet with an amazing a cappella performance of the Beatles' "Yesterday." Then there was the PBS televised tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, "We All Love Ella," where no less than Quincy Jones introduced her to the stage (adopting her as his goddaughter) where she proceeded to belt out a show-stealing version of "Blues in the Night" that she had previously recorded for the companion CD with the great Phil Ramone producing.
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Wednesday 6.25.08
Baby Dee
10pm doors
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian
This is a First-Come, Fully Seated, In-The-Round event.
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Thursday 6.26.08 AND Friday 6.27.08
JVC Jazz Festival and (Le) Poisson Rouge present:
Soulive w/ Joshua Redman

7:30pm doors
$30 adv / $40 door
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian
This is a Standing, General Admission event.

Since forming Soulive in 1999, guitarist Eric Krasno, organist Neal Evans and drummer Alan Evans have developed a reputation as one of the most sought after instrumental soul-funk trios around, a hard-touring live act that’s thrown down everywhere from small rock clubs to opening arena shows for the Rolling Stones. Yet an interesting thing happened when the three veteran musicians hooked up to begin work on the follow-up to 2005’s critically acclaimed Break Out. Featuring appearances from soul-music luminaries like Chaka Khan, Ivan Neville and Corey Glover, Break Out found the trio pushing its music in a less improvised, more song-based direction. But the band craved bigger change. Soulive invited singer Toussaint—the versatile Boston-based vocalist of reggae outfit the China Band—to join the group on a permanent basis. After nearly a decade as a trio, Soulive is now a quartet. No Place Like Soul, Soulive’s sixth studio full-length, is the band’s sharpest, most mature songwriting to date, with thoughtful nods to funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, reggae and old-school R&B. Throughout the expansive, wide-ranging 13-track disc, Soulive navigate this new sonic terrain with the expert abilities they’ve honed by logging countless hours on stages across the world. Guys who know what they’re doing but retain an appetite for the unknown, they’ve managed to produce that rarest of musical accomplishments: a record that sounds classic and forward-thinking at the same time.

Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged from the 90s. The son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff, he was exposed at an early age to a variety of musics and instruments and began playing clarinet at age nine before switching to his primary instrument, the tenor saxophone. The early influences of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderley and his father, Dewey Redman, as well as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, The Police and Led Zeppelin drew Joshua more deeply into music, but academics were always his first priority, and he never seriously considered becoming a professional musician. In 1991 Redman graduated from Harvard summa cum laude with a B.A. in Social Studies. He was accepted to Yale Law School, but deferred entrance for what he believed was only going to be one year. Redman accepted an invitation to move to Brooklyn with old friends (former students at the Berklee College of Music), and immediately found himself immersed in the New York jazz scene. In November of that year, five months after moving to New York, Redman was named the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. Redman was quickly signed by Warner Bros. Records and issued his first, self-titled album in the spring of 1993, which earned Redman the first of two Grammy nominations.

Alexa Weber Morales' free gig in California on June 25

Alexa Weber Morales' upcoming gigs:

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
Sunnyvale Summer Series - 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Corner of Murphy and Washington Aves
Sunnyvale, CA
Price: FREE

"Keeping it old school with San Jose's funky TYT! Lovely three-part harmonies with the sexy Ms. Deja Bryson and the tremendous Mr. Keith Hames. Much booty shaking as well," says the charming singer.

"Her large-scale skill and talent encourages her all-inclusive dreams... Gorgeous articulation, flowing time sense and warm tone. When she sticks to her Latin heritage, Morales is golden." -Ken Micallef, DownBeat, June 2008 (excerpt from a review about Alexa's latest release, "Vagabundeo" aka "Wanderings")
July 12-19, 2008
Guest Artist in Residence
Oakland Feather River Camp -
5469 Oakland Camp Road
Quincy, CA 95971

For the week of July 12-19, Alexa will be instructing and performing at Oakland's beautiful, laid-back Feather River Camp (a camp run by the city since 1924) in the Sierra Nevada.
Sunday, August 10th, 2008
San Jose Jazz Festival -
Opening the Latin Jazz Stage! - 1:00pm
San Jose, CA

Deodato: "O Som dos Catedráticos"

Eumir Deodato & Os Catedráticos: "O Som dos Catedráticos"
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon CD UBCD 506)
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon CD UBCD 106 - digipack)
First official CD reissue, released in 1998
Reissue Produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Executive Producer: Oswaldo Cadaxo
Recorded at CBS Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), 1964 & 1965
Original Mastering: Ary Perdugão
Cover Art: Selma
Album Design: Luiz C. Tripoli
Original Liner Notes: Humberto Reis (1970)
New Liner Notes: Marcos Valle (Rio, March 10, 1998)
Digitally remixed by Mike Henderson from the original 3-track master tapes, June 1997
24-bit Digital remastering by Phil Cohan, July 1997
Original LP issue: Equipe EQC 842 (1970)

Eumir Deodato - Hammond organ & acoustic piano
Luiz Marinho - acoustic bass (tracks 1,3,4,7,8 & 10)
Sergio Barroso - acoustic bass (all others)
Dom Um Romão - drums (tracks 2 & 10)
Wilson das Neves - drums (all others)
Jorge Arena - congas
Humberto Garin - guiro
Rubens Bassini - pandeiro, percussion
Neco - guitars (tracks 1,3,4,7,8 & 10)
Geraldo Vespar - guitars (all others)
Maurílio Santos - trumpet
Edson Maciel - trombone
Cipó - tenor sax (track 7)
Walter Rosa - tenor sax (all others)
Alberto Gonçalves - baritone sax (tracks 1,3,4,7,8 & 10)
Aurino Ferreira - baritone sax (all others)
Arranged & Conducted by Eumir Deodato
1. Ai Que Saudades da Amélia (A. Alves/M. Lago)
2. Fora de Tempo (M. Valle/P.S. Valle)
3. Samba de Verão - "Summer Samba" (M. Valle/P.S. Valle)
4. Começou de Brincadeira (P. Mascarenhas)
5. Os Grilos - "The Crickets Sing for Ana Maria" (M. Valle/P.S. Valle)
6. Até de Cavaquinho (L. Bonfá/M.H. Toledo)
7. Ainda Mais Lindo (M. Valle/P.S. Valle)
8. Gente - "Chup Chup, I Got Away" (M. Valle/P.S. Valle)
9. Imenso Amor (D. Ferreira-H. Reis)
10. Muito À Vontade (J. Donato)
11. Feitinha Pro Poeta (B. Powell/L.F. Freire)
12. Tristeza - "Goodbye Sadness" (H.Lobo/Niltinho)
Bonus Tracks
13. Garota de Ipanema - "Girl from Ipanema" (A.C. Jobim/V. de Moraes/N. Gimbel)
14. Tempinho Bom - "Good Old Times" (E. Deodato)
15. Os Grilos (M. Valle/P.S. Valle) original LP mono mix

Deodato: "Os Catedráticos 73"

Eumir Deodato: "Os Catedráticos 73"
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon CD UBCD 505)
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon CD UBCD 105 - digipack)
First official CD reissue, released in 1998
Reissue Produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Musical Producer: Eumir Deodato for Kenya Music
Executive Producer: Oswaldo Cadaxo for Equipe
Basic Tracks Recorded at Musidisc Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), July 1972
Horns & Keyboards Recorded at Sound Ideas Studios (NY, USA), September & October 1972
Mixed in NY by George Klabin, October 1972
Cover Art: Joselito
Original & New Liner Notes: Eumir Deodato (NY, March 15, 1998)
Photos: Ruth Deodato
Digitally Remixed by Mike Henderson from the 16-track original master tapes, June 1997
24-bit Digital Remastering by Phil Cohan, July 1997
Original LP issue: Equipe EQS/USA 100.001 (1973)

Eumir Deodato - Hammond organ, RMI electric piano & acoustic piano
Sergio Barroso - electric bass
Ivan Conti (Mamão) - drums
Helcio Milito - percussion
Orlandivo - percussion
Bebeto Castilho - congas
Durval Ferreira - electric guitar & 6-string acoustic guitar
Zé Menezes - 12-string electric guitar
Marvin Stamm - trumpet & flugelhorn
John Frosk - trumpet & flugelhorn
Wayne Andre - trombone
Phil Bodner - tenor sax & C flute
Romeo Penque - baritone sax & G flute
Arranged & Conducted by Eumir Deodato
1. Arranha Céu - "Skyscrapers" (E. Deodato)
2. Flap (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
3. Rodando Por Aí - "Rudy's" (E. Deodato)
4. O Jogo - "Soccer Game" (Pacífico Mascarenhas)
5. Atire A 1ª Pedra (Ataulfo Alves-Mario Lago)
6. Puma Branco - "The White Puma" (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
7. Passarinho Diferente - "The Byrd" (E. Deodato)
8. Extremo Norte - "The Gap" (E. Deodato)
9. Tô Fazendo Nada - "Down The Hill" (E. Deodato)
10. Menina - "Boy Meets Girl" (E. Deodato)
11. Carlota & Carolina - "Carly & Carole" (E. Deodato)

Deodato & Os Catedráticos: "Ataque"

Deodato & Os Catedráticos: "Ataque"
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon CD UBCD 504)
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon CD UBCD 104 - digipack)
First official CD reissue, released in 1998
Reissue Produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Executive Producer: Oswaldo Cadaxo
New Liner Notes by Carlos Pingarilho (April 24, 1998)
Recorded at CBS Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) by Eugenio P. de Carvalho, in 1965
Coordination: Toni Vestane
Digitally remixed by Mike Henderson from the original 3-track master tapes, June 1997
Eumir Deodato - Hammond organ & acoustic piano
Sergio Barroso - acoustic bass
Wilson das Neves - drums
Rubens Bassini - congas, tambourine
Humberto Garin - guiro
Jorge Arena - congas
Geraldo Vespar - electric guitar
Maurílio Santos - trumpet
Edson Maciel - trombone
Walter Rosa - tenor sax
Aurino Ferreira - baritone sax
Arranged & Conducted by Eumir Deodato
1. Ataque (Eumir Deodato)
2. Os Grilos (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
3. É Bom Parar (Rubens Soares)
4. Feitinha Pro Poeta (Baden Powell-Lula Freire)
5. Terra de Ninguém (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
6. Razão de Viver (Eumir Deodato-Paulo Sergio Valle)
7. Tristeza (Haroldo Lobo-Niltinho)
8. Samba do Dom Natural (Pingarilho-Marcos Vasconcellos)
9. O Sol Nascerá (Cartola-Elton Medeiros)
10. Samba de Rei (Pingarilho-Marcos Vasconcellos)
11. Até de Cavaquinho (Luiz Bonfá-Maria Helena Toledo)
12. Porque Somos Iguais (Durval Ferreira-Pedro Camargo)
Bonus Tracks - Original LP stereo mix
13. Os Grilos (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
14. Ataque (Eumir Deodato)

Deodato & Os Catedráticos: "Tremendão"

Eumir Deodato & Os Catedráticos: "Tremendão"
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon CD UBCD 503)
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon CD UBCD 103 - digipack)
First official CD reissue, released in 1998
Reissue Produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro
New Liner Notes by Luiz Bonfá (May 25, 1998)
Executive Producers: Oswaldo Cadaxo & Eumir Deodato
Recorded at CBS Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in 1964, by Jairo Pires
Digitally remixed by Mike Henderson from the original 3-track master tapes
Original LP reissue: Equipe EQ 806 (1964)
Eumir Deodato - Hammond organ & acoustic piano
Luiz Marinho - acoustic bass (tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10,11 & 12)
Sergio Barroso - acoustic bass (tracks 8 & 9)
Dom Um Romão - drums (tracks 1,5,6,7,10,11 & 12)
Wilson das Neves - drums (tracks 2,3,4,8 & 9)
Jorge Arena - congas
Humberto Garin - guiro
Rubens Bassini - pandeiro & percussion
Neco - electric guitar (tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10,11 & 12)
Geraldo Vespar - electric guitar (tracks 8 & 9)
Maurilio Santos - trumpet
Raul de Souza - valve trombone
Walter Rosa - tenor sax
Alberto Gonçalves - baritone sax
Arranged & Conducted by Deodato

1. Tremendão (Eumir Deodato)
2. Começou de Brincadeira (Pacífico Mascarenhas)
3. Gente (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
4. Amélia (Ataulfo Alves-Mario Lago)
5. Menina Flor (Luiz Bonfá-Maria Helena Toledo)
6. Champagne & Cordoniz (Henry Mancini)
7. My Manne Shelly (Henry Mancini)
8. Imenso de Amor (Durval Ferreira-Humberto Reis)
9. Fora de Tempo (Marcos Valle-Paulo Sergio Valle)
10. Dá-Me Um Martelo (Bardotti-Hays-Seeger)
11. De Presente (Eumir Deodato)
12. Labareda (Baden Powell-Vinicius de Moraes)
Bonus Track
13. Tremendão (Eumir Deodato) - original LP mix

Deodato: "Samba Nova Concepção"

Eumir Deodato: "Samba Nova Concepção"
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon CD UBCD 502)
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon CD UBCD 102)
First official CD reissue, released in Spain in 1998
Reissue Produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Executive Producers: Ogide & Eumir Deodato
Recorded at CBS Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in 1964
Coordination: Rubens Bassini
Mastering at RioSom Studios
Digitally Remastered in October 1997
Liner Notes by Myriam Conceição
Arranged by Daudeth de Azevedo (Neco)
Original LP release: Equipe EQ 803 (1964)
Eumir Deodato - acoustic piano
Tenório Jr. - acoustic piano (tracks 11 & 12 only)
Luiz Marinho - acoustic bass
Wilson das Neves - drums
Jorge Arena - congas
Humberto Garin - guiro
Rubens Bassini - percussion
Neco - acoustic guitar
Clélio Ribeiro - trumpet
Emilio Baptista - alto sax
Euclides J. Conceição - alto sax (tracks 11 & 12 only)
Pedro Luiz de Assis - alto sax (tracks 11 & 12 only)
Zé Bodega (aka José Araújo) - tenor sax
Alberto Gonçalves - baritone sax
Adherbal Moreira - baritone sax (tracks 11 & 12 only)
1. Samba no Congo
2. Adriana
3. Estamos Aí
4. Carnaval Triste
5. Nanã
6. Straits of McClellan
7. Capoeira
8. Sonho de Maria
9. Samba A
10. Amor de Nada
11. Coisa Nº 1
12. A Morte de Um Deus de Sal

Deodato & Os Catedráticos: "Impulso!"

Eumir Deodato & Os Catedráticos: "Impulso!"
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon UBCD 501 - jacket)
(Ubatuqui/Blue Moon UBCD 101 - digipack)
First official CD reissue released in 1998
Reissue Produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Executive Producer: Ogide
Coordination: Toni Vestane
New Liner Notes: Dom Um Romão
Recorded at CBS Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in 1964
Digitally Remastered at Sound Way Studios (LA, CA, USA) in September, 1997
Musicians: Deodato (Hammond organ & acoustic piano), Luiz Marinho (acoustic bass), Dom Um Romao (drums - tracks 1,4,5,6,7,11 & 12), Wilson das Neves (drums - all other tracks), Rubens Bassini (percussion), Neco (electric guitar), Maurilio Santos (trumpet), Edson Maciel (trombone), Cipó (tenor sax - track 9 only), Walter Rosa (tenor sax - all other tracks), and Alberto Gonçalves (baritone sax). Arranged & Conducted by Deodato.
Original LP issue: Equipe EQ 802 (1964)

Tracks: 1. Menina Certinha / 2. Samba de Verão / 3. Cesteiro Que Faz Um Cesto / 4. Baiãozinho / 5. Muito À Vontade / 6. Samba Novo / 7. Esperança / 8. Cheers! / 9. Ainda Mais Lindo / 10. Diz Que Fui Por Aí / 11. Só Por Amor / 12. Ela É Carioca / 13. Pouca Duração

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"Summer in the City" at

Tower Record's on-line store is still alive and you can buy Quincy Jones' "Summer in the City" (the best-selling compilation produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for the Verve Music Group) through the link below:

"Opus Samba" at Star Pulse

Fabio Fonseca's bio and the review of "Opus Samba" (produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro for JSR) on the Star Pulse website:

Arnaldo DeSouteiro at Discogs website

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"Opus Samba" live, June 21

Another concert will happen tonight, in Rio de Janeirom (Brazil), at "Letras & Expressões", to celebrate the release of Fabio Fonseca Trio's album "Opus Samba", produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Wish I could be there!

Patti Austin interviewed

The godparents of singer Patti Austin were none other than Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington, as Joe Klopus reports (Kansas City Star). For a long time the singer worked mostly in the background of the music industry - she could be heard in numerous commercial jingles. “The same singers sang most of the commercials on TV and radio,” Austin says. Because of these jobs she didn't have to tour as much, although they also kept her in the background. She names musicians such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus as influences and emphasizes how important it is to let the notes ring. When you're young, music easily becomes a competitive thing. "Then the words get lost." Singing jazz today, one has to add what's happening now. "Real progress can’t happen in a vacuum. It has to be molded by the time and the place and the history and the news."

Jazz Fest Wien 2008, more updates

Jazz Fest Wien 2008: 27. Juni bis 17. Juli

Liebe Jazzfreunde,
Morgen beginnt das Festival mit dem tipp3 Jazz Fest Wien kick off. Die Rounder Girls und die britische Soulband Thabani werden den Reigen der österreichischen und internationalen Stars im Hof des Museumsquartiers um 17 Uhr eröffnen. Der Eintritt ist frei.

Am 28. Juni gastiert Dhafer Youssef und Wolfgang Muthspiel im Porgy & Bess. Der 30 Juni ist der Weltmusik gewidmet. Die mexikanische Sängerin Lila Downs und die norwegische Sängerin Kari Bremnes entführen in ferne Welten.

Ab 1. Juli beginnen die Konzerte in der Wiener Staatsoper. Während das Konzert von Bobby McFerrin und Thomas Quasthoff am 1. Juli zu 99% ausverkauft ist gibt es noch Karten für den 2. Juli: Bobby McFerrin + special Guest Gert Voss. Eine Weltpremiere.
Der 3. Juli wiederum ist nahezu ausverkauft. Sinead O’Connor und Helen Schneider gastieren im Haus am Ring. Der 4. Juli ist dem Jazz vorbehalten. Ausnahme-Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim und Saxophon-Star Charles Lloyd bieten unkonventionelle Musik. Brasilianische Töne gibt es am 5. Juli zu hören. Der grandiose Komponist, Gitarrist und Sänger Caetano Veloso gastiert nach 15 Jahren wieder in Wien. Und am 6. Juli eine Österreichpremiere: Soul & R&B-Sängerin Roberta Flack kommt erstmals nach Österreich.

Daneben gibt es jede Menge anderer Konzerte zu hören: Lou Reed kommt mit seinem Opus „Berlin“ nach Wien. Er wird begleitet von seiner Gruppe, einem 14-köpfigen Gospelchor und einem 7-kpöpfigen Streichorchester. Im WUK spielt am 1. Juli die New Yorker Gruppe Hazmat Modine Musik zwischen, Blues, Klezmer, Calypso, Bluegrass und Gypsie. Und am 3. Juli gastieren die Ur-Väter des Hip Hop in Wien. Die Last Poets kommen mit Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Schlagzeuger Shannon Jackson und Percussionist Babatumbe erstmals nach Österreich. Und im Jazzland gastiert Chico Freeman mit dem unvergleichlichen Fritz Pauer.

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R.I.P.: Titi Winterstein

Titi Winterstein
(b: 25.Oct.1956, Freiburg/Germany;
d: 13.Jun.2008, Offenburg/Germany)

The violinist Titi Winterstein died June 13th at the age of only 51 in Offenburg, Germany after a long and serious illness. Winterstein had played in the band of the guitarist Häns'sche Weiss in the 1970s, and he had later performed with stars like Stéphane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin. "In several films and TV documentaries about the life of German Sinti and Roma he kept alive the memory of his family which nearly completely fell victim to the Nazi pogroms," writes Wolfgang Sandner in his Obituary for the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung.

Stanley Sagov's upcoming CD and gig

RELEASE NEW CD: Looking Forward To Remembering The Future

STANLEY SAGOV & The Remembering The Future Jazz Band is a bunch of grizzled jazz veterans who never really grew up, still love to play the music and want to share that experience in the moment of creation! This great jazz group will appear at Scullers Jazz Club in the DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel [400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston] on Tuesday, October 14, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets at $15.00 can be purchased on line at or by calling: 617-562-4131.

Featuring Stanley Sagov on piano, John Lockwood on acoustic bass, Tommy Lockett on electric bass, Bob Moses on drums, Stan Strickland on sax, flute and vocals and Mike Peipman on trumpet, the band will make its debut at Scullers while celebrating a fabulous new double CD entitled Looking Forward To Remembering The Future.

This music is jazz, jazz and more jazz . . . not smooth, but funky, driving, intricate and emotional!

Looking Forward To Remembering The Future is available on CD Baby and elsewhere for $15; the new double-disc set will be discounted to just $10 with a ticket stub after the show at Scullers.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Stanley Sagov has always been crazy about jazz-based musics. Sagov, who also plays guitar, violin, oboe, bass and drums is known primarily as a keyboardist with extraordinary talents. A family practice physician by day with a full-time medical practice in Greater Boston, Massachusetts, his evenings and weekends are spent with his jazz, his family and his photography.

After graduating from medical school in South Africa, Dr. Sagov moved to New York City where he had the opportunity to perform with many of his musical heroes . . . among them Booker Ervin, Howard McGhee, Jimmy Garrison, Billy Hart, Elvin Jones, Roland Kirk, Ted Curson, Sheila Jordan, Bob Moses and many other wonderful musicians.

In 1970, he moved to Boston where he attended the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music; he graduated with a degree in jazz piano and oboe. His mentors while at NEC included Jaki Byard, George Russell, Thad Jones, John Lewis, Kenny Dorham, Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Foster, Gerry Mulligan, Cecil McBee, Buell Neidlinger, Tom McKinley and others.

Dr. Sagov found that he hated touring, but loved the music, so in addition to his full time medical livelihood, he now produces his music at home and independently markets it on the internet.

Box Set of the Day - "Milano Marittima"

Box Set of the Day
"Milano Marittima" (Halidon) 2008
5-CD Box Set released on July 1, 2008
Includes Gazzara's track "O Passarinho", co-written & co-produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro

Gazzara - Performer
Marco Lamioni - Guitar, Producer
Ithamara Koorax - Vocals, Composer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Producer, Composer, Percussion
Ian Carey - Performer
Nicola Fasano - Vocals
Francesco Gazzara - Keyboards, Composer, Producer
Raffaella Carra - Vocals
Valeria Rossi - Vocals
Kaleidoscopio - Performer
Salomé da Bahia - Vocals

CD 1
1 Mr.Piraz - Beach Time
2 Mystic Diversions - Flight BA0247
3 Nitin Sawhney Feat. The London Symphony Orchestra - Songbird(Bedroom Rockers Rmx)
4 Pochill - Violet Theme
5 Turkisch Dream - Sands of Time
6 Waldeck - Get Up...Carmen
7 Eldissa - Fantasy
8 Marco Lamioni - You Never Kiss
9 Musetta - Red Star
10 Gazzara/Ithamara Koorax - O Passarinho
11 Combo De La Muerte - Breaking The Law
12 Dj Brizi & Selma Hernandes - Remedios
13 Osunlade feat. Divine Essence - My Reflection
14 Fukitela - Funkitela
15 Artlux - Something Special

CD 2
16 Fragma - Toca's Miracle
17 Cristian Marchi - We Are Perfect
18 Ian Carey/Michelle Shellers - Keep On Rising
19 House Of Glass/Giorgio Giordano - Disco Down 2008
20 Eso Es - All That
21 The House Soldiers - Moliendo Cafè
22 Nicola Fasano - 75, Brazil street
23 Martin Solveig - C'est La Vie
24 Omonimo - Wanna Be Like a Man
25 Meck - So Strong
26 Syke'n'Sugarstarr - No Love Lost
27 Stonebridge - You Don't Know
28 Samuele Sartini - Let's Get Back The Feeling
29 Fpi Project - So Everybody
30 May - Because The Night
31 Combo De La Muerte - Highway To Hell

32 Dj Brizi/Selma Hernandes - Remedios
33 The Heartists - Belo Horizonti
34 Relight Orchestra/Margareth Menezes - Uma Historia De Ifa
35 Moonlight Vs Azoto - San Salvador
36 Negrocan - Cada Vez(Que Te Veo)
37 Kaleidoscopio - Voce Me Apareceu
38 Costrika - Paraiso Do Mundo
39 Relight Orchestra - Beso De Amor
40 Salome da Bahia - Taj Mahal
41 Latin Aspects - Estrangera
42 Morenas - Hazme Sonar

43 Eso Es - All That
44 Fragma - Toca's Miracle
45 House Of Glass - Disco down 2008
46 Paul Johnson - Get Get Down
47 Jean Claude Ades & Vincent Tomas - Shingaling
48 Yves Larock - By Your Side
49 Ian Carey - Keep On Rising
50 Martin Solveig - C'est La Vie
51 Sky'n'Sugurastar - No Love Lost
52 Mattara - Sand The Message
53 Laurent Wolf - No stress
54 Nicola Fasano - 75, Brazil Street
55 Tormental - On The Ground
56 The House Keepers - Hangin On
57 Nicola Fasano - People From Ibiza
58 Cristian Marchi - We Are Perfect
59 Dj Brizi - Remedios (Relight Orchestra Remix)
60 Funkermann - Speed up
61 Didier Sinclair. - Do U Speack
62 Chanel - Dance
63 Flander - Behind

64 Giuni Russo- Megahertz - Un estate al Mare
65 Hermes House Band - I Will Survive
66 Adriano Pappalardo - Ricominciamo
67 The Heartists - Belo Horizonti
68 Donatella Rettore - kobra
69 Raffaellà Carrà - Tanti Auguri
70 Cardigans - Lovefool
71 Gruppo Italiano - Tropicana
72 Umberto Balsamo - Balla
73 Th Buggles - Video Kill The Radio Star
74 2Black - Waves Of Luv
75 Valeria Rossi - Tre Parole
76 Marco Liotti - Tu Non Lo Sai
77 Cecchetto - Gioca Jouer
78 L. Colombo - Maracaibo
79 Outkast - Hey Ha
80 Lou Bega - Mambo N°5

Blu-ray of the Day - "Santana: Hymns for Peace"

Blu-ray of the Day
Santana: "Hymns for Peace" (EagleVision/ST2) 2008
One of the best DVDs released in 2007 now becomes one of the best Blu-ray Disc releases in 2008, thanks to this "perfected" issue.
Recorded live at the Montreux Festival, on July 15, 2004, the great musical content originally included in 2 DVDs now appears in a single Blu-ray Disc (180m approx.) with a 1080i High Definition Widescreen 16x9 and Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS DH High Resolution audio configuration.
More details about the music program can be found here:

DVD of the Day - "Santana plays Blues at Montreux"

DVD of the Day
Carlos Santana: "Plays Blues at Montreux 2004" (EagleVision/ST2) 2008
On a magical night in Montreux in 2004, Carlos Santana invited three of his favourite bluesmen: Buddy Guy, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Bobby Parker for a concert of outstanding blues music. Each artist performed a full length concert and was joined on stage by Carlos Santana and other guests including Nile Rodgers and Barbara Morrison. Eagle Vision had previously released, in 2007, a 3-DVD set of the whole night, but now they present a single disc version which features all the Carlos Santana performances from the event, ie, only the tracks on which Carlos - one of my guitar heroes - really appears.
Id est: four tracks with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown ("I've Got My Mojo Working", "Drifter", "Grape Jelly", "Okie Dokie Stomp"), three with Bobby Parker and the jam-sessions with Buddy Guy. The result: over 90 minutes of great blues music.

CDs of the Day - "Amanda Carr"

Amanda Carr: "Carr Toons" (OMS) 1996/2000
Featuring: Herb Pomeroy, Bevan Manson, John Lockwood, George Schuller, Rick Considine, Alexander Romunal

“ Amanda Carr, a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes. . . she sings and swings with the unaffected confidence of a genuine jazz improviser. Unlike some of the present alleged jazz vocalists, Ms. Carr does not try to imitate a horn. She is an authentic musician in the front line with her longtime colleagues on "Soon" . . .” NAT HENTOFF, from the Wall Street Journal article, 9/5/07.

Well, I took notice to Amanda Carr's career after that story written by Nat Hentoff (a heavyweight jazz historian) a propos of Carr's latest release, "Soon". If Nat praises a singer so much, she must be good! For my surprise, the lady was excellent! Since I've listened to her first track ever, I instantly became a fan.

Now, all her albums are not "stocked" in my collection of 30,000-plus CD titles. They're always at hand since I've been returning to them many times since they provide me with multiple listening pleasures. Every time I am back home after a long trip, and I need to savour "great delightful music", I go back to a special place in my listening place, where people like Bill Evans and Milt Jackson are always top choices. Amanda's albums have been added to that special list since almost a year ago.

I should thank her (and Nat!) for giving so much pleasure to my soul and ears. It’s a really a joy to listen to her albums.

“Carr Toons”, her debut date, is de-lovely! In all aspects: from the front cover photo (congrats to Ms. Moccia!) to the beautiful back cover photo. From the album title to the graphic design. First-class repertoire, excellent musicians and, back to the clichezized word, “lovely” arrangements, lovely interpretations, lovely and very instructive liner notes.

It’s such an excellent album that it’s hard to believe that it Mrs. Carr's very first CD…and originally conceived as a demo!

(btw, the sound quality is superior to “Soon”, specially the sound of the drums, specially concerning the use of brushes, but it’s another matter).

The opening track , It Ain't The Meat It's The Motion, was a novelty to me, I had never heard that “lovely” song before. Legrand’s “Watch What Happens” is an old favorite of mine, a song I learned to love through Tony Bennett. Btw, 2 years ago, when Tony performed in Rio, he once again opened the show with “WWH”, like he often does.

Then, after the piano solo, Amanda sounds really “superb” when re-constructing the melody through a fantastic phrasing. I’ll not go into details, but all the intervals and inflections are outstanding. And, the most important thing: they sound natural, very spontaneous, and it’s much better than when you listen to someone who seems to have studied and rehearsed those phrasings many times before the recording. The same applies to the wordless vocals during the tag.

Amanda deeply touched my heart with “We’ll Be Together Again”, another longtime favorite. That one I learned to love thanks to Mark Murphy. Carr's rendition is luminous, including a sense of true hope that misses in most recordings of that haunting ballad. Her version is haunting but luminous hopeful, like it must be if the singer understands the lyrics meaning (most don’t do in the current scene…) The muted trumpet solo by Herb Pomeroy is a very special “plus”, and I also enjoy Carr's flights to the lower registers. Her expressiveness is amazing.

“Maybe”! Congrats, Mrs. Songwriter! It’s a…lovely bossa, propelled by a delicious beat.
The string section sometimes sounds like a string quartet, in other tunes as an octet, but on “Maybe” it looks like a larger section, or a small real section augmented by a synthesizer.

Shearing’s “Lullaby of Birdland” evokes memories of my childhood. My father had many 10-inch LPs of the Shearing quintet, and I got some of them (like “Martini Time”) on CD. I was fortunate also to see George Shearing performing that song alive, when I attended a concert he gave in Rio de Janeiro (at "Sala Cecilia Meirelles") back in 77 or 78, backed only by Brian Torff’s bass. It’s a never tiring song, at least for my taste, although I have heard hundreds of recordings. Oh, I loved Amanda's scat and the way she calms down things after Pomeroy’s solo, singing in a lower volume. Simple lines but very effective, never affected.

“Scotch and Soda”. Very charming song, specially sung by you. My favorite recording, till then, was the one by Manhattan Transfer. The way the pianist ingeniously quotes “Tea for Two” during Carr's solo is another plus.

The lyrics refer to “dry martini” and I can’t listen to “Mean To Me” without remembering of Paul Desmond’s dry-martini sax sound when he recorded that song on the “Pure Desmond” album. Amanda keeps a similarly seductive mid-tempo groove. And that’s a big compliment. Once again her scat sounds lovely (see how many times I need to use this recurrent word?)

Beautiful string arrangement on “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Just another spring.” What a great idea to use the voice of Amanda's mother’s as a child intro to the last song. The effect is stunning.

Now I need to re-listen to the other albums. But I’m sure I’ll be returning often to “Carr Toons”.

Amanda Carr: "Soon" (OS Music) 2007
featuring: John Wilkins, Bronek Suchanek, Kenny Hadley, Arnie Krakowsky, Rick Hammett, Jeff Galindo

Voted by this blog as one of the "best jazz vocal albums" released in 2007. I've also included Amanda among the top 3 female singers of the year.

I've been listening a lot to "Soon" - specially to "If You Could See Me Now", "Flamingo" and "Inutil Paisagem". Always late at night, savoring a good red wine. They really put me in a great mood! There's also a take on Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada".

Not to mention "Where Can I Go Without You".
Amanda herself told me the story behind it:
"Where Can I Go Without You" was written by Peggy Lee (and Victor Young, who I believe committed suicide in Los Angeles later in life). It's a beauitful song that brings tears to a lot of eyes, including mine when I sing it. I was on-air the other night on WGBH (great NPR station with state-of-the-art new studios) and me and my group did an hour, including that song. My voice always quivers with emotion at the end," she reveals.

Amanda Carr: "Tender Trap" (Original Music Service) 2004
Featuring: John Wilkins, Bronek Suchanek, Kenny Hadley, Dick Johnson, Rick Hammett, Jerry Vejmola
My personal favorite tracks are "I'll Close My Eyes", "What We Were Asking For", "I'll Never Be The Same", "Old Devil Moon", "What Am I Here For" and "No More Blues" (Jon Hendricks' controversial English lyrics to Jobim's "Chega de Saudade")
In a 4-star rave review of "Tender Trap", renowned jazz critic Ken Deyden wrote:
“With so many female vocalists releasing new jazz CDs in a given year, it is extremely difficult to grab one's attention; Amanda Carr's CD, though released by a small label, has the ingredients necessary to do so......Amanda Carr deserves greater attention in the jazz world."

Amanda Carr: "Live in San Giorgio" (Original Music Service) 2000
Featuring: Luigi Martinale, Nicola Muresu, Paolo Franciscone
A soulful collection of jazz standards and originals performed live in the foothills of the Italian Alps. Accompanied by the Martinale Trio, Amanda captures the essence of this romantic region in top-class performances of such gems as "Old Devil Moon", "The Nearness of You", "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Save Your Love For Me".
Amanda herself talks about the CD:
"So where is San Giorgio, Italy? S.G. is a quaint 11th century village just a few miles south of the Italian Alps where the 2,300 local residents peacefully make their living or commute to the larger surrounding cities of Turin, Ivrea or Milan. In 1998, I was performing in Ivrea for the Eurojazz Festival which included appearances in peripheral cities and towns. A good friend of mine, who lives in San Giorgio, proudly showed me around this village and I stayed a few nights with his family... I fell in love with the place: the ancient winding streets, the central square framed by its historic church and the people who were so accommodating and interested in me and my music. After viewing the Teatro Comunale (Central Theater), we decided it would certainly be worth doing a concert there. I contacted Luigi Martinale in Turin and the rest of the trio who agreed to perform in March of 99 when I returned to Italy. The theater acoustics rendered a good opportunity for a live recording and thus, the birth of the CD. The material I chose is a combination of original compositions and American standards that I thought would gracefully cross the language barrier. Limited time with the players and a feeble grasp of Italian was a challenge that created a naturally dynamic environment and , ultimately, an exciting recording. The generous instrumental and solo sections, to me, make for good listening. Live in San Giorgio is the result of four of us whimsically getting together and, transcending mere words, coming up with something delightfully memorable."
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12" EP of the Day - "Roc Hunter: Magnetic Feel"

12" EP of the Day (45rpm)
Roc Hunter: "Magnetic Feel" (Far Out) 1999
Featuring: Fabio Fonseca (arranger, composer, Hammond Organ, Fender Rhodes, Arp Pro-One Synth, engineer) and the mysterious Sam (percussion)
Mastered by Dave Townsend
Executive Producer: Joe Davis

Vinyl of the Day - "Papudinho"

Vinyl of the Day
"Papudinho Especial" (PAT) 1969

The debut solo LP of the São Paulo-based (and Pernambuco-born) trumpeter José Lídio Cordeiro, better known as Papudinho, featuring Paulo D'Aquino, Antonio Arruda, Bruno Ferreira, José Carlos Nobrega, Newton Siquiera Campos, Arrudinha, Mandrake, Celma & Celia.

Single of the Day - "Alan & His Orchestra"

Single of the Day
Alan and His Orchestra: "The Girl from Paramaribo" (Polydor) 1972
A groovy version by Azymuth (under the name Alan & His Orchestra) that became the opening theme for a famous Brazilian TV show, Paulo Monte's "Show de Turismo", broadcasted on Sunday mornings by TV Rio.
Actually, "The Girl from Paramaribo" was the Side B of the single, which had the mellow radio hit "Concert for a Summer" on Side A.
Azymuth (José Roberto Bertrami, Alex Malheiros, Ivan Conti) is joined by a large studio orchestra, arranged by keyboardist Berrami. "The late Hamilton plays trumpet on 'Concerto for a Summer," and Luiz Paulo Simas, who would later form the Vímana group, helped me with the synthesizer effects," he reveals, adding that Trio Esperança provided the vocals on "The Girl from Paramaribo."

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Alan "Chip" White live, tonight, in NYC

Join us for a return engagement of drummer Alan “Chip” White's Ensemble, tonight, June 17, at "Jazz Tuesdays" in the Gillespie Auditorium at the New York Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). Tonight’s show will feature Miss Gail Allen on vocals, Patience Higgins on reeds, Waldron Ricks on trumpet & Fluegelhorn, Sam Burtis on valve trombone, Cecilia Coleman on piano, and Don Moore on bass. There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

The Chip White Ensemble has performed at a variety of notable venues including the Blue Note, Seventh Avenue South, the West End Café, the Jazz Center of New York, Birdland, the Peekskill Jazz Festival, the Hartford Jazz Festival, and the East Coast Jazz Festival. Mr. White has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists, including Carmen McRae, Jaki Byard, Candido, John Abercrombie, Frank Wess, Claudio Roditi, James Moody, Tom Waits, Jimmy McGriff, Mulgrew Miller, Gary Bartz, John Hicks, Houston Person and Etta Jones, and many more. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. In 1990, Mr. White co-wrote and produced the jazz musical Manhattan Moments with choreographer Kathy Sanson.

On Harlem Sunset (Postcards 1006) his first CD as leader and composer, as well as drummer, the visionary drummer/composer brought together an exciting and talented group of musicians - saxophonist Gary Bartz, trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibist Steve Nelson, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and bassist Buster Williams, along with Mr. White, on energetic and enthusiastic renditions of original compositions as well as standards.

Chip’s second CD, Music and Lyrics, was released in 2005. He wrote, arranged and produced all the compositions on this recording, which features the wonderful voice of Gail Allen and the lush tenor saxophone sound of Houston Person, along with pianist Lafayette Harris and bassist George Kaye.

Chip's newest recording, “Double Dedication”, a two-CD set, has just been released. One disc features 13 original compositions honoring jazz masters, and the other contains his poems for each of these artists (from his book, I'm Just the Drummer in the Band) with the music sequenced underneath. The band includes Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Brecker, Steve Wilson, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, and vocalist Gail Allen. More information about all Chip's recordings, poetry, and upcoming gigs is available at

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.
For more about the NYSAJE and other acts at "Jazz Tuesdays", check out our websites at and

Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

Ticket refunds/trades for E.S.T. concert at JVC Jazz Festival

We deeply regret to inform you that, due to the tragic death of pianist Esbjorn Svensson, tickets to the JVC Jazz Festival concert featuring E.S.T. and Aethereal Bace (Saturday, June 21) will be refunded, or can be credited toward any of the below shows at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

*June 18 - Charlie Haden Quartet West, 7 pm, 9:30 pm
*June 19 - Bill Frisell Trio, 7 pm, 9 pm, 11 pm
*June 20 - Carl Craig Presents TRIBE, 10 pm
*June 21 - Simone, KJ Denhert, 11 pm
June 22 - Rickie Lee Jones, JD Allen, 7:30 pm
*June 23 - Salsa Meets Jazz, 7:30 pm
*June 24 - Mocean Worker, DJ Logic, Marco Benevento, 8 pm

*JVC Jazz Festival Concerts

For tickets and more information, visit or call (800) 838-3006. For information and a JVC Jazz Festival brochure, call (646) 862-0458 weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm, or visit the official or

ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame event, tonight, in NYC




Event Will Also Celebrate Recipients of the Sixth Annual ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards, Sponsored by the Gibson Foundation

ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman announced that ASCAP will add six music greats to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame on Tuesday, June 17, 2008. The invitation-only event will be hosted by Ms. Bergman in The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at
Lincoln Center in Manhattan beginning at 6:30 PM.

The event will be highlighted by the induction of three Jazz Living Legends: bassist Ron Carter, composer-arranger and saxophonist Bill Holman, and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. The latest group of inductees also includes three posthumous honorees: trumpeter Bunny Berigan, drummer Art Blakey, and arranger/composer/pianist Tadd Dameron. Participating in the event as presenters and/or performers will be Kenny Washington, Vanessa Rubin, Javon Jackson, Randy Sandke, Jay Leonhart, Jim Rotondi, Russell Malone and Stephen Scott.

In addition, critically acclaimed pianist /composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba will be presented with The ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award for his innovative musical activity as a pianist and composer in the field of Jazz.

The reception will also celebrate the recipients of the sixth annual ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards. The program was established in 2002 to encourage the jazz creators of the future. The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards recognize composers less than 30 years of age whose works are selected through a national competition. The recipients receive cash awards. The Young Jazz Composer Awards are in their third year of sponsorship by Gibson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of musical giant Gibson Guitar Corp. The Gibson Foundation supports The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards in fulfillment of its commitment to educational excellence through music and the arts.

The award recipients are:
Roy Assaf, 25 (New York, NY); Sharel Cassity, 29 (New York, NY); Michael Dease, 25 (New York, NY); Jesse Elder, 24 (New York, NY); Quamon Fowler, 27 (Ft. Worth, TX); Ross Garren, 22 (Los Angeles, CA); Tyler Gilmore, 25 (Denver, CO); Nicholas Grondin, 25 (Lee, NH); Alex Heitlinger, 27 (New York,NY); Bryson Kern, 25 (Astoria, NY); Pascal Le Boeuf, 21 (Santa Cruz, CA); Remy Le Boeuf, 21 (Santa Cruz, CA); Ben Markley, 25 (Longmont, CO); Linda Oh, 23 (New York, NY); Rick Parker, 29 (Brooklyn, NY); Joshua Richman, 21 (Hatfield, PA); Sherisse Rogers(New Castle, DE); Kendrick Scott, 27 (New York, NY); Jaleel Shaw, 29 (Paterson, NJ); Stephen Smith, 27 (Wichita Falls,TX); and Omar Thomas, 23 (Bear, DE).

The youngest ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers, ages 14 to 16, are: Lucas Apostoleris, 14 (MA); Joel Carini, 15 (NY); Grace Kelly, 15 (MA); Noah Kellman, 16 (NY); David Lantz, 16 (PA); and Elijah Shiffer, 16 (NY).

Composers receiving Honorable Mention are: Patrick Cornelius, 29 (Astoria, NY); Shaul Einav, 25, (Rochester, NY); Eric Hirsh, 23 (Durham, NC); James Hirschfeld, 26, (New York, NY); Jimmy Macbride, 16 (CT); Adam Ratner, 20 (Encino, CA); Matt Savage, 15, (NH); and Ted Taforo, 18, (CA).

Commenting on the awards, Marilyn Bergman said, "The young jazz creators recognized through this program represent the future of this uniquely American art form. We congratulate the recipients and extend thanks to the dedicated panel of ASCAP composers who selected the honorees."

The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2007/2008 competition were: Jay Leonhart, John Fedchock and Rufus Reid.
About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributors from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 320,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 similar foreign organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.