Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"DownBeat" - June 2011

Monk's Legacy -- On the eve of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's 25th anniversary, DownBeat sits down with drummer T.S. Monk to discuss his legendary dad's enduring legacy and its profound impact on today's jazz education community.

Gordon Goodwin -- Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band celebrates and personifies the best of the big band tradition with a contemporary and original sound. The LA-based saxophonist/composer's witty arrangements propel the listener on a journey through Latin, blues, swing and hard-hitting jazz.

Terell Stafford -- Trumpeter Stafford, known for his extensive sideman work and commitment to jazz education, continues to make his mark as a bandleader and composer.

James Genus -- He plays on TV to millions each week, but not everyone knows the electric and acoustic bassist who works with some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz.

Special Section: 34th Annual Student Music Awards -- DownBeat honors the best and the brightest student jazz musicians and school ensembles from across the country.

TK Blue (saxophone)
Jonathan Kreisberg (guitar)
Roberta Piket (piano/organ)
Shauli Einav (saxophone)

BLINDFOLD TEST -- Chucho Valdez

· Ryan Truesdell launches Gil Evans Centennial Project via ArtistShare.
· National Endowment For The Arts proposes cutting Jazz Masters program.
· Alligator Records celebrates 40th anniversary of blues records.
· Chicago's South Side jazz scene gets itself together post-Velvet Lounge.
· European Scene
· Caught: Bergamo Jazz Festival; John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble tour; Sheila Jordan sings/narrates life story in Los Angeles

Professor David Gill develops new summer course for combining jazz and religion at Vancouver's Regent College.

· How to Transcribe Solos: From Recording To Paper
· Branford Marsalis saxophone solo from "Crazy People Music"

Charlie Haden Quartet West, Sophisticated Ladies (EmArcy/Universal)
Fred Hersch, Alone At The Vanguard (Palmetto)
Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Treelines (Justin Time)
Orrin Evans, Captain Black Big Band (Posi-Tone)

CD Reviews
Brad Mehldau, Live In Marciac (Nonesuch)
KLANG, Other Doors (Allos Musica)
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, 40 Acres and a Burro (Zoho)
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, That's How We Roll (Telarc)
Christine Sullivan, Away (self release)
Colin Vallon Trio, Rruga (ECM)
Paul van Kemenade, Close Enough (KEMO)
Gretchen Parlato, Lost And Found (Obliqsound)
Joel Harrison String Choir, The Music Of Paul Motian (Sunnyside)
Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet, Montreal Parade (482 Music)
Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble, The Prairie Prophet (Delmark)
Alexis Cuadrado, Noneto Iberico (BJU)
Ernest Stuart, Solitary Walker (self-release)
Gerald Clayton, Bond: The Paris Sessions (Decca/EmArcy)
Ryan Cohan, Another Look (Motema)
Kermit Driscoll, Reveille (19-8)
Dave Chamberlain, Band Of Bones (self release)
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, To Hear From There (Patois)
Terell Stafford, This Side of Strayhorn (MaxJazz)
JD Allen, Victory (Sunnyside)
John Santos Y El Coro Folklorico Kidembo, La Esperanza (Machete)
Delfeayo Marsalis, Sweet Thunder (Troubador Jass)
Tim Berne, Insomnia (Clean Feed)
Mostly Other People Do The Killing, The Coimbra Concert (Clean Feed)
Antonio Ciacca Quintet w/Steve Grossman, Lagos Blues (Motema)
Scott Hamilton/Rossano Sportiello, Midnight At NOLA's Penthouse (Arbors)

Jazz Column
Releases by New Orleans Artists

Blues Column
Dennis Taylor, Steppin' Up (Kizybosh)
Los Fabulocos w/ Kid Ramos, Dos (Delta Groove)
Albert King/Stevie Ray Vaughan, In Session... (Stax/Concord)
Todd Sharpville, Porchlight (MIG)
Quinn Sullivan, Cyclone (GBG)
Grana' Louise, Gettin Kind of Rough (Delmark)
Soulive, Bowlive (MVD)

Beyond Column
Fela Kuti LP reissues (Label Maison/Wrase/Knitting Factory): Fear Not For Man
Sorrow Tears and Blood, Beasts Of No Nation, Expensive Shit, Everything Scatter, Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense
Seun Kuti: From Africa With Fury: Rise (Knitting Factory)
Femi Kuti: Africa For Africa (Knitting Factory)

Historical Column
Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete On Columbia (Legacy/Sony)

Book Review Column
Robert Reisman, I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy (University of Chicago)

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