Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Jazz Duets...From Classics to Nu Jazz 32 tracks by Various Artists Past and Contemporary

32 track French release compilation of duets by various artists both past and contemporary. Including tracks by Clare Teal and Jamie Cullum, Bobby Cole and Kathy Kelly, Madeleine Peyroux and William Galison, Louis Armstrong and Louis Jordan, Ray Charles and Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jill Scott with Al Jarreau and George Benson, Sarah Vaughan and Billy Eckstine, Marcel Amont and Agnes Jaoui, Jo Stafford and Johnny Mercer. 

A real treat for lovers of Jazz vocals. Samples here: CD1; CD2

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Orleans' Jazz-Punk artist Stephanie Nilles releases new album "Uncle Stephanie's Murder Ballads"

New Orleans, LA – Jazz / Punk / Barrelhouse musician Stephanie Nilles – also hailed as the imp of the American pseudo-intellectuals – has released her fifth full-length album, Uncle Stephanie’s Murder Ballads. The digital release via Attention Spaniel Records was on July 31st in the United States and Canada and is due for physical fall release (date TBD) via Tradition & Moderne.

Uncle Stephanie’s Murder Ballads blends original songs with covers of artists such as Jelly Roll Morton (“The Murder Ballad”) and (“Laf Nag”). It is an album built on the dark humor and musicianship of the traditional murder ballad’s form but driven by Stephanie's hard-hitting social commentary on topics including police brutality, immigration policy, cyber-terrorism and war.

The album’s first single, “Open Season,” is available for download via Bandcamp. The song takes place in the courtroom of 2012’s Trayvon Martin shooting case and is a critical assessment of gun policies and race in the United States. “The song is either too soon or not soon enough, and I'm not sure which,” says Nilles about the track. Those who download the song (here) will receive access to an early purchase of the album prior to the official street date.

About Stephanie Nilles: Chicago-born jazz/punk/barrelhouse musician Stephanie Nilles has been doin' Kesey proud one bar at a time since 2008, hustling around the United States, Europe, and Canada (except from 2009-2010 for legal reasons), averaging 150 gigs a year, and captivating unsuspecting listeners with a voice that would make Jelly Roll Morton look orthodox and Ma Rainey look sober.

Stream and download the album HERE

01. Bait + Switch
02. The Slaughter Haus
03. The Murder Ballad
04. John Waters
05. The Majestic’s on Fire
06. The Deportee
07. A-Z Blues
08. Open Season
09. War Crimes
10. Expired as an Old Driver’s License
11. The Dirty Dozen
12. Laf Nag
13. Hello/G’bye

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges...Side By Side

The sound of Johnny Hodges' alto saxophone--a tone of ethereal smoothness combined with slyly familiar blues phrasing and a capacity for both wit and romance--may be the most identifiable sonic marker of Duke Ellington's music, and it's much in evidence on the two small group sessions on this album. One, from 1959, has Hodges and Ellington in a sextet with two great Basie alumni, drummer Jo Jones and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison.

The combination generates extraordinary swing, especially on the opening "Stompy Jones," with Ellington's percussive chords and Jones's drums generating enough power to drive a big band. Hodges and Edison maintain the big-band illusion, fueling one another's solos with supportive riffs, while Ellington seems to revel in the wide-open spaces, soloing on "Going Up" with an expansive and almost casual brilliance.

Though Duke is absent from the second date on this album, featuring a septet recorded in 1958, his alter ego, Billy Strayhorn, plays piano in appropriately ducal fashion. This band has an even stronger Ellington flavor, with tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and trombonist Lawrence Brown adding their unique sounds to a joy-filled session that recalls Duke's small group recordings of the '30s. --Stuart Broomer (Amazon)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jeff Oster...Californian trumpet/flugelhorm artist meets Miles Davis with Pink Floyd

Trumpeter Jeff Oster’s fourth album, next, is a holistic exploration of having the strength and the power to step into the unknown. Jeff’s sound is a unique combination of his parents’ influences of 30's and 40's lyrical standards and his own passion for progressive rock, with some jazz/funk thrown in for good measure. Jeff’s horn playing is cerebral as it takes listeners out of their everyday humdrum lives and into an elevated state of mind. 

With this new album Jeff brings his horn front and center – you'll hear his unmistakable tone floating over these 12 new tracks like never before. For Jeff, this album is about rebirth and change, and tells the story of what’s next for him, both as a musician and in his life.

With next, Jeff creates a new genre – New Age Ambient Funk – and along for the ride are guitarist Nile Rodgers (Chic, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Madonna) on the title track, and five songs created during a legendary session with the duo of drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and bassist Chuck Rainey – musicians that he has adored for generations.

Jeff’s music has earned numerous awards such as ZMR Album of the Year (3x winner), multiple #1 albums on NPR’s Echoes, and 2x winner of Best New Age Song in the Independent Music Awards. His music receives steady airplay on Sirius/XM, Music Choice, and a variety of other programs worldwide.

"I have recorded many of the world's greatest trumpet and flugelhorn players. In fact, some of the most important that music has to offer…talk about tone, intonation, phrasing and all things wonderful about the instrument, Jeff has it all..." Bruce Swedien (Engineer of Michael Jackson’s THRILLER)

Marty's review: Jeff Oster's new release "next", is a jazz soundscape that combines jazz textures with ambient and new age elements. There is so much I can say about this album that I don't know where to start. It surrounds the listener with an uncluttered sound that is not overpowering and is mostly down-tempo without being "laid back". Jeff's trumpet/flugelhorn playing is surreal at times but shines throughout. Call it "progressive jazz" if you like, but this is one album that will leave you discovering new moments with each subsequent play. It could be used as a soundtrack to a very dramatic movie as it produces colorful visuals in the mind. Think of it as a journey through a musical landscape that passes through several types of terrain.


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Purdy Confirmed For Jools Holland Tour Nov 2015 and New Single ‘Shook Shook’

Purdy, the girl who grew up on Ian Fleming’s estate, performed with Lana Del Ray on Necker Island and is opening for Jools Holland at the Albert Hall in November, is back with another single with sexy video ‘Shook Shook’. The beautiful Purdy (aka Rebecca Poole) is a painter as well as a slinky pop act, painting for Mick Jagger & acting as a muse for non-other than Jack Vettriano.

Supported by Radio 6, Record of the Day, Blues and Soul, Music Week, GigWise, I Luv Live & BBC London, PURDY is kicking up the dust with her diamond debut album and thrilling international audiences with her distinctive, sultry vocals and her chillingly brilliant singles.

PURDY’s music has impressed some major audiences including 90,000 people at Wembley, F1 events and The London Lifestyle Awards. She has sung for the likes of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mick Jagger and was recently a guest singer on Richard Branson's Necker Island where she supported none other than Lana Del Ray!

Purdy writes songs with all the swagger and poetic charm of a new age femme fatale with hints of - Nina Simone, Nancy Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Henry Mancini. The self-confessed subscriber of love will be releasing her killer debut album ‘Diamond in the Dust’ in summer 2015. The album is produced by Grammy award winning producer Andy Wright, famed for his records with Imelda May & Simply Red. This will include Purdy’s co-writes with Emily Phillips (Rizzle Kicks writer) Tim Baxter, Damian Montague, Charlie Perry and Jamiroquai’s pianist and producer Matt Johnson.

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Here is Purdy in her own words, interviewing for London Live Feb 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Emerging jazz artist, GRACIE TERZIAN - hits Billboard and the NYC music scene with new EP

Jazz-Pop vocalist, Gracie Terzian, is happy to announce the release of her debut EP, Saints and Poets, (released May 5, 2015). Terry Teachout, author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong and Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, also praises the artist saying that she is a "deep-dyed romantic who tells her tales of modern love with quiet delicacy and an inborn musicality that's impossible to overlook."

Saints and Poets features 6 originals written and performed by the artist. The EP debuted at #23 on Billboard's Jazz Album chart and at #3 on the iTunes Jazz Album chart just one week after it's release!

Take a listen to Terzian’s title track, "Saints and Poets", here!

Originally from Northern Virginia, Gracie Terzian has been writing music and performing professionally as an actor since the age of twelve. While attending the University of Virginia, Terzian began co-writing with her piano teacher, Wells Hanley (David Liebman, Chris Potter, Wynton Marsalis). Now based in NYC, Terzian continues to write and perform regularly, while also building a strong YouTube presence that has garnered close to 100K views. Her unique instrument, the harp ukulele, sets her apart.

Real Music Icons states that, “[Terzian’s] voice has so much character. If I close my eyes, I feel like I’m back in the old days.” Terzian has also gained the attention of jazz critic and author of History of Jazz, Ted Gioia, who raves that, "Gracie Terzian is a genuine talent. I especially admire her knack in shaping the lyrics."  Wall Street Journal Theatre Critic, Terry Teachout, says, "[She has] an inborn musicality. Of such debuts are great careers made." Be sure to check out Gracie Terzian’s debut EP, Saints and Poets, out now on iTunes! 



RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE: Norah Jones, Melody Gardot or Nellie McKay

"Gracie Terzian is a genuine talent. I especially admire her knack in shaping the lyrics." -Ted Gioia, Jazz critic and author of History of Jazz

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Philadelphia jazz-soul artist Aaron Parnell Brown new album release "The Tin Man"

Aaron Parnell Brown’s bold sensitivity as a vocalist and performer has garnered him favorable comparisons to Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend. The Philadelphia-based artist draws from his hometown’s distinguished heritage of Philly Soul, while at the same time incorporating influences from great songwriters such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, and Al Kooper. His captivating solo acoustic performances and incendiary full-band outings have helped him build an impressive profile among audiences and critics alike. The past few years have seen Brown win the 2014 Soul Artist of the Year Award in Philadelphia, win an Independent Music Award for his song “A Beating Heart,” and kick-off WXPN's acclaimed XPoNential Festival featuring artists such as Lake Street Dive, Dr. John, and Jose James.

2 new tracks can be streamed here:

Marty's review: Aaron combines smooth jazz licks with a tender, soulful voice to create a sound that surrounds you with warmth and good vibes. Listening to these 2 new tracks, "Somewhere Around" and "Just Leave", you can sense the professionalism and passion in Aaron who presents these tunes with a delivery that is more than meant to be heard and noticed.

His new album, "The Tin Man", is set for release shortly.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Miss Ida Blue: A Billie Holiday Centennial at Joe's Pub NYC May 15

Miss Ida Blue celebrates the centennial of one of the leading queens of blues and jazz: Lady Day. Blue digs up original recordings from the 1930's as accompanied by Teddy Wilson's band, with star Lester Young on tenor saxophone. Mind you this will be no imitation...Ida will always be Ida, all the while loving Billie even more.
Playing the part of Teddy will be Grammy winning pianist Conal Fowkes (Woody Allen's Jazz Band, Danny Aiello), and the part of Lester Young played by Dan Block (HBO's Grammy winning Boardwalk Empire Orchestra), with Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet, Jay Rattman on clarinet, John Gill on guitar, Brian Nalepka on string bass and Kevin Dorn on drums.
"For too many years, younger jazz singers all but ignored the blues. But the attention now being paid to the form by outstanding young artists such as Miss Ida Blue is proof that things are getting better. This vivacious young Brooklynite invests 80- and 90-year-old texts with the force and spirit of her own considerable charisma. She specializes in the great songs of the smith girls, not just the legendary bessie, but also the highly worthy mamie, clara and trixie." - Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Shayna Steele's album 'Rise' ft. Marcus Miller, Eric Harland, Christian McBride and more emotionally dense journey through Steele’s range, versatility and varied influences." - Okayplayer

(New York, NY) Jazz/R'n'B vocalist Shayna Steele announces the release of her sophomore full-length album Rise , available now. The record features jazz stars Christian McBride, Marcus Miller and Eric Harland, as well as guest performances from Robert Randolph, Sachal Vasandani and more. Blending shades of blues with heavy jazz influences, Shayna’s soul-infused sound has earned her accolades from publications such as the Village Voice (“retro R'n'B singer flows with rhythm,”) and Time Out New York (“prodigious pipes”). Tracks from the album have been praised by notable publications such as Okayplayer, All Music, Jazz Times, iRock Jazz and Soul Bounce.

Click HERE to stream the album in full.

Shayna was born in Sacramento, CA to U.S. Air Force parents, and spent seven years in Ramstein, Germany. Upon moving to Mississippi in 1985, Shayna sought refuge in music from her day-to-day as a bi-racial child in the deep south. She eventually moved to NYC, where she continued honing her sound. Shayna’s performance of her song “Gone Under” with Grammy Award winning band Snarky Puppy on their live CD/DVD Family Dinner led to live performances with the band in 2014 at the North Sea Jazz Festival, France’s Nice Jazz Festival and the Estival Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Although Shayna has sung lead vocals for Moby and background vocals for artists ranging from Rihanna to Bette Midler, Lizz Wright to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kelly Clarkson and Natasha Bedingfield - the role of solo artist and band leader is where she feels most at home.

Marty's review: With smooth, sultry and multi-ranging vocals combined with a professional bevvy of seasoned musicians, Shayna Steele's "Rise" is a solid effort that will not disappoint. The musical backing on the album leans more to a jazz-fusion sound with elements of blues, soul, r'n'b, gospel and funk. Add to that Shayna's songwriting talents that leave the listener nearly breathless with every lyric, "Rise" is an album that guarantees repeated plays.

All Music raves of the album’s lead single, “Gone Under,” saying, " Steele's big voice and a repeated piano figure...builds to a peak and tapers off with a jazzy, seemingly-improvised outro." Stay tuned for future releases from Shayna!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Angela Ricci...Quirky, Colourful, Cute, release "Isn’t It Funny (La Vite e Bella)"

QUIRKY. Colourful. Cute. Honest. These are just some of the adjectives that can be used to describe Angela Ricci’s latest release, Isn’t It Funny (La Vita é Bella).

Staying true to her signature story-telling style, Isn’t It Funny describes the chameleon-esque side of human character, highlighting the unreliable instincts that can surface in the advent of others’ success: “When you’re a nobody, nobody pays you mind/And when you go places they wanna follow behind.” With a lyrical nod to her Italian heritage, Ricci concludes the song with the old adage that "La Vita é Bella" – life is beautiful, ultimately embracing the curves and colours that others bring. The sassy-singing, jazzy-scatting and whistle-blowing track once again demonstrates Ricci’s distinctive talent for evoking the soul and blues of yesteryear in a light-hearted contemporary pop style, ultimately creating a truly fresh and unique combination.

With a rich musical history that includes performing with the likes of Kelis, Rita Ora, and The Heavy, Isn’t It Funny proves that Angela Ricci is well on her way to creating a legacy of her own.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

New York City-based jazz group, The Ladybugs, release first single “I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby”

New York City-based jazz group, The Ladybugs, have just released their first single, “I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby,” from their upcoming, debut album set for release late spring 2015. “I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby” is a modern rendition of Fats Waller’s 1931 classic that stays true to the early roots of jazz.

Recently featured on NPR and WBGO the band is led by Martina DaSilva and joined by award winning multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Kate Davis, who was named one of MTV’s “15 Fresh Females Who Rule Pop”. The band has recently received high praise for recent performances at the NY Hot Jazz Festival, NYC Winter Jazzfest and Lincoln Center's Generations in Jazz Festival and has also developed a newly formed relationship with Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Ladybugs' repertoire generally includes favorites from the 1920's '30s and '40s, infused with old-school swing and blues, plus a dash of klezmer flavor. 


Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal featured the group ​in Jazz Scene stating "In all of contemporary music, The Ladybugs are easily one of my favorite things." 

Marty's review: combining a Fats Waller classic with a Django Reinhardt swing, "I'm Crazy "Bout My Baby" will have you tapping your feet and dancing around the room. Happy vocals, old school brass, cool guitar licks and an infectious, shuffling beat, this is a winner in my books.

Lake Street Dive, Nina Simone or Norah Jones