Monthly Archives: June 2010

Petra van Nuis & Andy Brown

Far Away Places
(String Damper Records)

In addition to being husband and wife, Chicago-based Petra Van Nuis and Andy Brown are an engaging guitar-vocal duo. Van Nuis is the vocalist, while Brown handles the guitar duties very nicely. Together, the blend of the two creates warm sound and mood that is hard to ignore. The duo ablely takes on classic standards by the likes of Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The musical chemistry of voice and guitar is truly special and not to be missed by fans of both instruments.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Let’s Do It”.

Tracks: Destination Moon, Far Away, From This Moment On,, I’ll Never Stop Loving You, Caravan, Born To Blow The Blues, Let’s Do It, Bim Bom, A Cottage For Sale, How Little We Know, Invitation, Me, Myself, And I, With A Song In My Heart.

Christian Scott

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
(Concord Records)
When you hear trumpeter Christian Scott, you’re hearing a young musician who has one foot planted in the history of jazz and the other in the infinite possibilities of this elastic genre. Yesterday You Said Tomorrow is a continuation of Scott’s blending of the two sounds to create something distinctly his own. Incorporating rock guitar voicings and various effects, Scott’s music is truly jazz in a new context. The project includes a remake of Thom Yorke’s “The Eraser”, but primary features Scott’s own compositions, including a few titles related to events and issues of recent vintage such as the passage of Proposition 8 in California. Recorded mixed and mastered by the famed Rudy Van Gelder, Scott is joined by Matthew Stevens on guitar, Milton Fletcher on piano, Jamire Williams on drums and Kris Funn on bass.

Click here to listen to a clip of “The Eraser”.

Tracks: K.K.P.D, The Eraser, After All, Isadora, Angola, LA &The 13th Amendment, The Last Broken Heart, Jenacide, American’t, An Unending Repentance, The Roe Effect.

John Pizzarelli

Rockin’ In Rhythm
(Telarc Records)

Coming off of a tribute recording to composer Richard Rodgers, the ever-ambitious guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli pays musical homage to the great Duke Ellington. On Rockin’ In Rhythm, Pizarelli mixes clever arrangements of Ellington-branded classics, several great guests, instrumentals and vocals, with genteel ballads and blazing swing to pleasing effect on the 12-song recording. In addition to an octet, that includes some of his regular band mainstays Larry Fulller on piano, and drummer Tony Tedeseco, the guitarist is joined by guests Harry Allen on tenor sax, Aaron Weinstein on violin. As ever, music is a bit of a family business for the six string virtuoso and this recording is no exception with bandmate and brother Martin Pizzarelli on double bass and his guitar-legend father Bucky making a guest appearance.If that’s not enough, when Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling pops in to warble on version of “Perdido” with Pizzarelli, they’re joined by wife Jessica Molaskey who wrote additional lyrics for the tune.

Click here to listen to a clip of “C Jam Blues”.

Tracks: In A Mellow Tone, East St. Louis Toodle-oo/Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Satin Doll, C Jam Blues, In My Solitude, Just Squeeze Me, Perdido, All Too Soon, I’m Beginning To See The Light, Love Scene, I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good, Cottontail/Rockin In Rhythm.

Darryl Harper

Stories In Real Time
(Hipnotic Records)

When was the last time you heard a recording featuring four clarinets not playing in unison, backed by a rhythm section along with a spoken word vocalist and it all worked musically? Probably not until you hear this great new concept/album from clarinetist Darryl Harper. Stories In Real Time is a wonderfully conceptual and artistic effort. Harper is joined by a rhythm section comprised of Lefteris Kordis on piano, Matthew Parris on bass, Harry “Butch” Reed on drums. They accompany Harper and fellow clarinetists Alec Spiegelman, Kenny Pexton and Brian Landrus, while Marianne Solivan provides the spoken/sometimes-singing words of poet Terry Culleton that accompany a number of the tracks in the suite of songs. The fact that Harper manages to pull this project off in a very interesting way, definitely makes it one worth multiple hearings.

Click here to listen to a clip of “We Both Know What It ComesTo”.

Tracks: Bone, St. Minim, St. Denwood’s Confession, The Noviate,The Secret, VI., We Both Know WHat It Comes To, Magnolia, Tilant Zare, Nege (Ethopia: Yesterday, ,Tomorrow), Bliss, Pressing, Tore Up, A Prayer, Suite for Jazz (Swing , Blues, Walking Bass).

Claudio Roditi

(Resonance Records)

Trumpet veteran Claudio Roditi has never considered himself a composer, but as he explains, “a trumpet player who needed to write–when I wasn’t playing that much”. On his latest recording, Simpatico, Roditi not only plays a bit, wrote all of the album’s twelve tunes and provides a vocal on one track. The project also benefits from other outstanding musicianship from the likes of guitar great Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves on piano, and John Lee on bass. The sound is light and breezy and makes for a very relaxing and entertaining listening experience.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Winter Dreams”.

Tracks: Spring Samba, Alfitude, Piccilo Blues, Slow Fire, How Insensitive, A Dream For Kristen, Alberto and Daisy, Blues For Ronni, Slammin’, Waltz for Joana, Vida Nova, Winter Dream.

Almost Back!

It’s been a crazy month since we last published, but we are almost done with the transition to a new publishing system and will back in a few days to pick up were we left off. Even in the midst of finding the site in a bit of a challenging time, we found some things we could improve upon from the previous version and we find these changes very gratifying. We’ve also managed to hear a lot of great music during our time away and we can’t wait to share it with you. Thank you for your patience during our unplanned hiatus.