What’s immediately clear in listening to the latest in a series of live recordings from saxophonist Sonny Rollins is his absolute love for the interaction and improvisation that only happens live on a stage. Road Shows: Volume 3 is a collection of Rollins’ shows recorded between 2001 and 2012 at venues in France, Japan and the United States. Regardless of the locale, the audiences are as knocked out, as they should be, by the magic they’re hearing from Rollins and the fantastic talents who were a part of these shows. Among the players on this effort are pianist Stephen Scott, trombonist Clifton Anderson, guitarists Bobby Broom and Peter Bernstein on alternate recordings, drummers Victor Lewis, Steve Jordan Perry Wilson and Kobie Watkins, percussionists Sammy Figueroa and Kimati Dinizulu and the saxophonist’s longtime bassist Bob Cranshaw. What a great document of Rollins’ enduring voice and the great performances it inspires.
Click to listen to a clip of “Why Was I Born?”:
Tracks: Biji, Someday I’ll Find You, Patanajli, Why Was I Born?, Don’t Stop The Carnival .
Pat Martino has made a career out of wowing others through music, tearing through killer guitar riffs since the early 1960s. But it is the jazz guitarist’s remarkable story of survival that truly strikes a chord.
The four-time Grammy-nominated artist spoke of this — his recovery from a near-fatal brain aneurysm in the early 1980s — at a recent presentation at St. Luke’s University Hospital–Fountain Hill.
The hour-long program, moderated by ArtsQuest’s Vice President of Programming Patrick Brogan, was held in conjunction with a Musikfest Cafe concert that Martino played later that day as part of ArtsQuest’s monthlong RiverJazz festival.
Martino, who has made more than 25 albums, was born with arteriovenous malformation, an abnormality of blood vessels in the brain.
Standard Deviation marks the debut of an exciting vocalist with something to say and her own way of presenting what she says. Canadian-born singer Jordana Talsky blends percussive sounds and scats with a menu of jazz and pop in her own way to create a sound all her own. The menu is cross-section of standards and refreshing originals that serve as a canvas for Talsky to paint in her own wonderful colors. Helping to create this wonderful music are the talents of Scott Metcalfe on keyboards, Brownman Ali on trumpet, Paul Metcalfe on saxophone and flute, Ross MacIntyre on bass and Eric St. Laurent on guitar. Talsky brings a welcomed and fresh new voice to the music.
Click to listen to a clip of “Devil May Care”:
Tracks: Black Velvet, Murder by Numbers, Old Devil Moon, Whogonnahold, Love Me, Devil May Care, Panta Niwas, When The Sun Comes Out .
Otisco, N.Y. — John and Lorrie Anson wanted their home near Otisco Lake to blend in well with the surrounding land.
The property features stands of pine trees, streams, waterfalls and views of the lake.
“It’s as beautiful as any state park,” John said. “My main goal was not to mess that up.”
The Ansons designed and built the home themselves.
Lorrie is a minister at Otisco Presbyterian Church and John is self-employed as a builder and architectural designer. He was previously property manager at Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center in Skaneateles.
John said he took inspiration for the design of the home from the ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as jazz music. He listened to the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny throughout the design and building process.
On Southern Comfort, virtuoso violinst Regina Carter delves into her family tree to create a yet another great work inspired by folk music. The Alabama Appalachian mountains where she spent several summers with her grandmother, away from home in Detroit, brought Carter to an exploration of the musical culture. Carter immersed herself into traditional songs and field recordings of the region, some of which are incorporated into the production, to form this tremendous collection of music. The musicianship is top notch as with contributions from Marvin Sewell and Adam Rogers on guitars, Alvester Garnett on drums, Jesse Murphy and Chris Lightcap on bass, and Will Holshouser on accordion. The arrangements by Lightcap, Sewell, Holshouser, and Rogers, as well others by Laurence Hobgood, Xavier Davis and Stefon Harris create a fantastic foundation. The final product is simply beautiful and makes a strong case for Carter as one of the most creatively versatile musicians performing today.
Click to listen to a clip of “Honky Tonkin'”:
Tracks: Miner’s Child, Trampin’, Hickory Wind, Shoo-Rye, Blues de Basile, I’m Going Home, Honky Tonkin’, Cornbread Crumbled in Gravy, See See Rider, I Moaned and I Moaned, Death Gave Mercy/Breakaway.
Outside The Line is an outstanding showcase of bassist-composer Peter Brendler’s talents as a writer, arranger and musician. On this, his debut as a leader, the songs and performances brim with mesmerizing intensity and freshness. The tones range from driving grooves to melancholy reflections. Brendler composed all but the nicely arranged Lou Reed tune. Also making this effort go, are the skills Peter Evans on trumpet, Rich Perry on tenor saxophone and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums. The whole thing clicks for a fantastic production.
Click to listen to a clip of “Freeway”:
Tracks: Freeway, Blackout Reunion, Pharmacology, Lawn Darts, Walk On The Wild Side, Blanket Statement, Una Muy Bonita, Openhanded, Drop The Mittens, Indelible Mark, The Darkness, The Golden Rings.
Trombonist/composer David White returns with the second recording of his amazing 17-piece orchestra. The Chase highlights the dexterity of White as a writer and that of he and his ensemble as players. The writing is truly engaging and the delivery of the material is impeccable. White’s work here shows the capabilities of a larger musician base in a modern context. The tunes are mix of the mellow toned and big brassy numbers, all written by the band’s leader. The unit features Pablo Masis on trumpet, Andrew Gould and Omar Daniels on alto saxophones, Sam Dillon on tenor saxophone and Ryan Cavan on drums. It’s great to find talented artists keeping this genre of jazz alive and White does it exceptionally well.
Click to listen to a clip of “The Sweetest Bite of Cherry”:
Tracks: Mister Shepperd’s Misadventures, And The People Could Fly, The Sweetest Bite of Cherry, Persistence, The Shakedown, Blues for Sally Draper .
Drummer Shirazette Tinnin brings a fresh approach to music on her debut recording. Humility: Purity of My Soul is a collection of Tinnin’s original compositions and refreshing covers of tunes by Eddie Harris and McCoy Tyner. Tinnin is a talented arranger as well as a solid drummer. The music is a nice mix of tempos that shows the versatility of the lead and all players involved. The core of the lineup includes pianists Willerm Delisfort and Rachel Eckroth, bassist Tom DiCarlo, guitarist Seth Johnson and saxophonist Camille Thurman, who also lends her singing voice to the project. Other contributors to the effort include saxophonist Tia Fuller, vocalist Afrikkanitha and bassist Mimi Jones. Whatever the configuration, it all sounds good and makes this a pleasing listening experience and an outstanding maiden voyage for Tinnin.
Click to listen to a clip of “Aunt Sissy”:
Tracks: Her Powerful Locs, Passion Dance, God’s Lullaby, The Warmest Season, Jazzmine, Freedom Jazz Dance, Aunt Sissy, My Human Condition, Inner Frustration .
Relentless from saxophonist Russ Nolan latest is another great showcase of his fantastic tone and songwriting and arranging excellence. The music is fresh and contemporary, with a great voice that is the hallmark of great horn players. The compositions on this effort are rich with color and ripe for great expositions of virtuosity. The majority of the tracks are Nolan originals, with nods to Duke Ellington and Stephen Sondheim.The fantastic assemblage of musicians on this effort include Manuel Valera on piano and Fender Rhodes, Brian Fishler on drums, Michael O’Brien on acoustic bass and Yasuyo Kimura on congas and percussion. The playing is outstanding and to makes this yet another stellar work for Nolan.
Click to listen to a clip of “Cassa Cerrado”:
Tracks: Relentless, Cassa Cerrado, Not While I’m Around, It Ain’t Child’s Play, Solitude, Mr. Moore, Limbo, Abakua .
Vocalist Yolanda Duke brings new life to classics from the Great American Songbook with her recording Te Llevo Bajo La Piel. With the aid of a brilliant big band, Duke, who co-produced this effort, channels the work of Errol Garner, George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter among others, into a powerfully Latin incarnation. The singer could not have made a smarter choice than to have invited the great Arturo Sandoval to be a part of this effort. Sandoval, along with the other musicians on this recording, contributes to the brilliant sound intertwined with Duke’s impeccably versatile voice. Assisting in this substantial effort are Bobby Porcelli on alto sax and flute, Peter Miranda on baritone sax, Gerry Madera on bass, Sonny Bravo and Champian Fulton on piano and Noah Bless on trombones, among many others. This is an endeavor that is not only a great conceptually, but outstanding in its result .
Click to listen to a clip of “La Neblina De Tu Amor (Misty)”:
Tracks: La Neblina De Tu Amor (Misty), Te Llevo Bajo La Piel, Contigo En La Sitancia, Eso Que Llaman Amor ( what Is This thing Called Love?),Mucho Besos, Dios-Como Te Amo!, Nadie Me Lo Podra Quitar (They Can’t take That Away From Me), Luna Azul (Blue Moon), Medley Myrta Silva, Extraño Aquellos Años (The Hungry Years), Dio, Come Ti Amo! (Version Italiana).