New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave. His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
A tall glass of cool water, when the sun is shining bright, is always a welcome treat, much like the new "Sensual Journey" CD from the tall glass of cool named Will Downing. The vocalist, who has been wowing us…
George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
On November 4, 2008, Concord Jazz will release Christian Scott: Live at Newport, the first-ever live album and DVD from the critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated 24-year-old trumpeter Christian Scott.
Recorded on August 9, 2008 at the JVC Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI, Live at Newport is the follow up to Christian’s sophomore release, Anthem, and his Grammy-nominated debut Rewind That. Both albums received rave rev
Pioneering composer, producer and contemporary Jazz keyboard legend Jeff Lorber makes his Peak Records debut this week with his new album Heard That.
Over three decades after breaking ground as leader of the pioneering Jeff Lorber Fusion, the Philly-born and bred musician keeps the soulful momentum going, collaborating brilliantly on pop, jazz, R&B and blues-influenced tracks and even harkening back a bit to his early Fusion heyday with one of urban
Jeff Lorber is set to make his Peak Records debut with Heard That on September 30th. Heard That is highlighted by the first single, a swinging, bluesy-brass twist on Amy Winehouse’s Grammy winning "Rehab."
Lorber called upon his famous friends during the recording of Heard That; collaborating with the likes of Rex Rideout, trumpet great Rick Braun and Peak label mate and sax icon Gerald Albright.
Rapidly rising Jazz pianist Aaron Parks’ Blue Note Records debut Invisible Cinema hits stores this week; the whole album is available to stream now at AOL.
Invisible Cinema is a stunning concept record conceived entirely by the 24-year-old, and with his technically involved, melodic and sensitive playing, Parks is setting a new standard for Jazz piano expression. Available now, Invisible Cinema is an acoustic jazz record that evokes sonic
Set for release next week (8.19) Invisible Cinema marks the Blue Note Records debut of up-and-coming pianist/composer Aaron Parks. The album is 10 tracks of classic piano Jazz that also touches on some rock, hip-hop and groove influences, creating a pioneering yet authentic Jazz sound.
Parks came to the attention of Blue Note following a five-year tenure with Terence Blanchard, appearing on three of his acclaimed Blue Note albums (Bounce, Flow
In its second full slate of archival releases, Monterey Jazz Festival Records, an imprint of Concord Music Group, has released a new series of never-before-heard concert performances by jazz icons: Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Shirley Horn, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader and classic blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon.
The new series features the following 6 releases, available now on CD and digitally:
Art Blakey and the Giants of Jazz - Live at the Monterey 1972 Jazz Festival Dave B
The new album from Gerald Albright 'Sax for Stax', is out now on Peak Records (Concord Music Group).
Released this week, Sax for Stax is the latest album from one of the most respected and sought after Jazz / R&B crossover saxophonists. Consisting of eight passionately rendered covers of Stax classics, plus three originals written with Memphis in mind, Sax for Stax pays tribute to the legendary Memphis-based record label that defined Southern soul from the 1950s to the mid 1970s, coi