Saturday, January 1, 2011

"DownBeat" - January 2011

Herbie Hancock -- Few musicians have had more influence on acoustic and electric jazz than Herbie Hancock, a true icon of modern music. With a career spanning five decades and 12 Grammys, Hancock continues to transcend genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice as a pianist, keyboardist and composer.

Dave Liebman -- Veteran soprano saxophonist and educator Liebman, a 2011 NEA Jazz Master, continues one of the most eventful years in his rich and varied career with the release of 10 new CDs and ongoing tours.

The Soul Sidewomen -- The ambitious jazz pursuits and improv chops of saxophonist Tia Fuller, bassist Divinity Roxx and drummer Kim Thompson - all key players in r&b superstar Beyoncé's band.

Best CDs of 2010 -- A New Year's celebration of DownBeat's 5-star, 4.5-star and 4-star CD reviews from the past 12 months.

Special Section: Jazz School -- DownBeat examines the latest trends in jazz education and provides a Woodshed-heavy study guide designed to challenge students and professional players alike.

Jazz School: WOODSHED
· Master Class: Starting a Latin jazz ensemble, by Dr. Kenyon Williams, Associate Professor of Percussion, Minnesota State University Moorhead
· Transcription: Rick Margitza's saxophone solo on "Just In Time."
· Transcription: Bela Fleck banjo solo

Junko Onishi (piano)
Geof Bradfield (saxophone)
Harold O'Neal (piano)
Orlando Le Fleming (bass)

BLINDFOLD TEST -- Dee Dee Bridgewater, Live at North Sea Jazz Festival

· Thelonious Monk Institute Holds Vocal Competition
· Jazz Museum in Harlem - Savory Collection
· Buddy Collette obituary/appreciation
· Vinyl Freak
· Caught: Geri Allen & Patrice Rushen at the Kennedy Center; Nels Cline premieres "Dirty Baby" at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

· Bobby Watson, The Gates BBQ Suite (self-release)
· Eddie Henderson, For All We Know (Furthermore)
· Anat Fort Trio, And If (ECM)
· Chucho Valdes, Chucho's Steps (4Q)

CD Reviews
· Jason Adasiewicz, Sun Rooms (Delmark)
· Exploding Star Orchestra, Stars Have Shapes (Delmark)
· Joshua Abrams, Natural Information (Eremite)
· Brad Goode, Tight Like This (Delmark)
· Rebecca Coupe Franks, Check The Box (RCF)
· Aram Shelton Quartet, These Times (Singlespeed Music)
· Alexander McCabe, Quiz (Consolidated Artists)
· Lizz Wright, Fellowship (Verve/Forecast)
· Houston Person, Moment To Moment (HighNote)
· Cecil Taylor & Tony Oxley, Ailanthus/Althissima (Triple Point)
· Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra, Ashcan Rantings (Clean Feed)
· Dave Holland/Pepe Habicheula, Hands (Dare2)
· Evan Parker/Peter Evans/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton, Scenes In The House Of Music (Clean Feed)
· Antonio Sanchez, Live In New York At Jazz Standard (CAMJazz)
· Claudette King, We're Onto Something (Blues Express)
· Clayton Brothers, The New Song And Dance (ArtistShare)
· Henry Threadgill, This Brings Us To, Volume 2 (Pi)
· William Parker Organ Quartet, Uncle Joe's Spirit House (Centering)
· William Parker, The Inside Songs Of Curtis Mayfield (Aum Fidelity)
· David S. Ware, Onecept (Aum Fidelity)
· Jane Monheit, Home (Decca/Universal)
· Jason Robinson, The Two Faces Of Janus (Cuneiform)
· Rosenberg Trio, Djangologists (enja)
· Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Viva La Tradicion (Concord)
· Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (Chicago Sessions)
· Mary Stallings, Dream (HighNote)
· Scott Colley, Empire (CamJAZZ)
· Issac Delgado, Love (Calle 54/Sony)
· Anders Savone/Jon Irabagon, Duets (self)

· Jason Kao Hwang, Commitment: The Complete Recordings (NoBusiness Records)
· Joan Jeanrenaud, Pop-Pop (Deconet Music)
· Christian Howes, Out of the Blue (Resonance Records)
· Jeremey Cohen, Violinjazz: The Music of Eddie South (Dorian Recordings)
· The Jazz Passengers, Reunited (Justin Time)
· David Bixler & Arturo O'Farrill, The Auction Project (Zoho Records)
· Lucian Ban and John Hebert, Enesco Re-Imagined (Sunnyside)

· Junior Wells, Live in Boston (Delmark)
· Mia Vermillion, Alone Together with the Blues (VMS)
· Les Sampou, Lonesomeville (Trespass)
· Peaches Staten, Live at Legends (Swississippi)
· Mark Robinson, Quit Your Job (Blind Chihuala)
· Tad Robinson, Back In Style (Severn)

· Dengue Fever, Sleepwalking Through The Mekong (M80)
· Various Artists, Dengue Fever Presents Electric Cambodia (Minky)
· Various Artists, Shadow Music Of Thailand (Sublime Frequencies)
· Various Artists, Siamese Soul (Sublime Frequencies)

· The Complete Ahmad Jamal Trio Argo Sessions (Mosaic)

Book Review
· Richard Turner, Jazz, Religion, the Second Line and Black New Orleans (Indiana)

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