On her latest recording, 23 year old, Hawaii-born, Brittni Paiva demonstrates the incredible of range of the ukelele. Tell You What showcases Paiva pushing the instruments to the edge, in a range of musical styles, from jazz to R&B and classical. The talented artist covers a range of composers, from Bela Fleck to Eddie Harris. As a measure of the respect she’s achieved, the project boasts a guest list that includes, trumpeters Arturo Sandoval and Chuck Findley, vocalist Michael McDonald, guitarist Ray Parker, Jr. and saxophonist Tom Scott who produced, arranged and engineered the project. Paiva is a brilliant talent carving out a name for herself in a very unique way in the jazz world.
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Tracks: Tell U What, I Keep Forgettin’, Friends, A Taste of Honey, Comin’ Home Baby, The Lochs of Dread, Mira, Alive, Cold Duck Time, Pavane, Boogie Woogie Bossa Nova .
On For The Moment, Bob Mintzer channels the sounds and energy of Brazil into his big band setting. Recorded live at the Manchester Craftsmen Guild in Pittsburgh, this is a power-packed set of music. Mintzer brought in guitarist/vocalist Chico Pinheiro to create a number of tunes, while nicely covering a couple of others, including a composition made famous by Antonio Carlos Jobim. The saxophonist also assembled a stellar group of talents on this project, including guests like saxophonist Bob Malach, pianist Russell Ferrante, drummer Peter Erskine and percussionist Alex Acuña. The band of mostly New York-based horn players really soars and moves quite nicely easily throughout the selections. This is a big band record with heart and soul.
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Tracks: Aha, Um Filme, Irrequieto, For All We Know, Berimbau, For The Moment, Recife, Corcovado, Ouro Preto .
Carmen Lundy is at the the top of her game. Her latest recording is titled Changes. What has not changed is the quality of what Lundy delivers both as a singer, songwriter and a producer. The album is comprised of mostly originals composed by the Miami native, with very introspective, but universal themes. The musicianship is top-notch, with a lineup that includes Anthony Wonsey on pianos, Kenny Davis on basses, Jamison Ross on drums, Oscar Castro-Nieves on guitar, Nolan Shaheed on trumpet and George Bohanon on trombone. In addition to providing the vocals, Ms. Lundy also played harp, arranged the horn performances and created the beautiful artwork feature of the project’s cover and liners. In every sense of the term, Carmen Lundy is truly an artist and this effort is further evidence .
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Tracks: The Night Is Young, So Beautiful, Love Thy Neighbor, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Sleeping Alone, Too Late For Love, Dance The Dance, To Be Loved By You, Where Love Surrounds Us. .
Vocalist Lynne Veronneau and her band are back with a great new product called Jazz Samba Project.The project coincides with and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Charlie Byrd/Stan Getz iconic collaborative recording. The band does that effort justice with a sexy, cool set of Brazil-flavor jazz. Veronneau’s vocal has all the right timbre and touch, while the band makes you feel like their playing on a beach in Rio (The only thing missing are the seagulls). The core of the group is Ken Avis and David Rosenblatt on guitars, and Peter Walby on drums, with guest players Jeff Antoniuk on saxophone Jim McFalls on trombone and Alejandro Lucini on percussion. All involved contribute to making this a great and fitting celebration of a momentous musical event.
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Tracks: É Luxo Só, Waiting in Vain, September Moon, Más Que Nada, Meditation, One Note Samba, Bamba Saavah, Samba Triste, Autumn Leaves, Wave.
Al Jarreau and The Metropole Orkestra Live makes clear that the veteran singer/vocalist can still hold an audience in his hand, whether they’re in an auditorium or cruising along the highway listening on a car stereo. On Jarreau’s first project for Concord Records, his magic is perfectly paired with the top shelf accompaniment of the Netherland’s based, 53-piece Metropole Orkest (or Orchestra). Added to this pairing is the arranging and conducting of the great Vince Mendoza, to make this quite a special production. The recording highlights a two-night engagement at the Theater aan de Parade, located in Den Bosch, Netherlands. Jarreau and company cover a broad swath of his vast signature songbook on this effort, and in a way that is as beautiful and spellbinding as ever.
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Tracks: Cold Duck, Jacaranda Bougainvillea, Fame, Agua De Beber, Something That You Said (A Remark You Made), We’re In This Love Together, I’m Beginning To See The Light, Midnight Sun, Scootcha-Booty, After All, Spain (I Can Recall) .
Blossom & Bee is vocalist Sara Gazarek’s wonderful debut for Palmetto Records. Gazarek sounds as fresh as ever performing a mix of original tunes and a number of songs associated with singer Blossom Dearie. The project benefits greatly from the production talents of pianist and organist Larry Goldings, who also performs on the disc. Also performing on the project are bassist Hamilton Price, drummer Zach Harmon and keyboardist John Nelson, along with special guest John Pizzarelli, who performs on a duet on the record. Gazarek has a way with delivering the emotion of a song, not just singing the words, that allows the playfulness or heartbreak of the lyric to comes through, combine this with nicely re-thought arrangements and you have a recording that is a thoroughly engaging listening experience.
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Tracks: Everything I’ve Got, Blossom & Bee, Fly Away Birdie, The Luckiest, Down With Love, Lucky To Be Me, Tea For Two, I’m Old Fashioned, So This Is Love, The Lies of Handsome Men, Some of These Days, Unpack Your Adjectives .