New Music Monday for September 22
“Fats Waller is a special kind of provocateur,” says acclaimed pianist Jason Moran. “It has always amazed me that a pianist whose playing was so deep could sing and keep a running commentary of what was going on around him at the same time.” “All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller” recasts the music of the legendary jazz entertainer as a modern dance party. It’s the studio culmination of a project that was born onstage in Harlem, nearly a year after Moran had been named a MacArthur genius fellow. The collaboration with vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello also includes Moran’s longtime trio the Bandwagon with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.
“Forward in All Directions,” the new disc from Andy Milne and Dapp Theory, is the band’s third release and chronicles their 15-year journey. A seminal member of Steve Coleman’s groups in the 1990s, Milne is considered by his peers as one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today. Produced by Grammy Award winner Jimmy Haslip, and featuring guest performances from Ben Monder and Gretchen Parlato, the disc reflects Milne’s diverse artistic vision. “It’s a milestone, a celebration, and a reflection of the changing times for artists. My life as an artist, entrepreneur, and educator requires me to move in all directions at all times and I derive joy in meeting this challenge.”
Also this week, five-time Grammy nominated, German-born composer/arranger/conductor Chris Walden returns with “Full On!,” the fifth recording of his vibrant and swinging big band; saxophonist Paul Carr’s sixth recording, “B3 Sessions (NY-DC),” is his first in the organ jazz genre; and organist Wil Blades unveils his second release as leader, “Field Notes.”
New Music Monday for September 15, 2014
You can’t buy experience, and the Cookers have it in abundance. Combined the group has over 250 years of experience in the jazz world and have been a part of over 1000 recordings. Billy Harper, Billy Hart Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, Cecil McBee, George Cables and David Weiss, each band leaders in their own right, came up in the exhilarating era of the mid-1960s. Nate Chinen of the New York Times calls them “a dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop.” On their new disc, “Time and Time Again,” you can hear and feel the decades of living and playing these warhorses have racked up in the bands of jazz stalwarts such as Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Charles Lloyd, Max Roach, Art Blakey and many others.
The great New York-born, Detroit-raised drummer Ali Jackson has carved a place for himself alongside the greatest musicians of his generation by being a fantastic instrumentalist and tremendous ensemble member. From his earliest days, Jackson has been involved in jazz music, first with his bassist father and first teacher Ali Jackson, Sr., to trumpeter and firebrand Wynton Marsalis. After his father’s passing, Marsalis became an important part of the youngster’s life as a mentor, friend and, later, employer, with whom Jackson has performed as a member of Marsalis’s small ensembles and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Marsalis is present on the drummer’s new CD, “Amalgamations,” along with saxophonists JD Allen and Ted Nash, trombonist Vincent Gardner, pianists Aaron Goldberg, Eldar Djangirov and Jonathan Batiste, and bassists Omer Avital and Carlos Henriquez.
Also this week, San Francisco vocalist Laurie Antonioli plumbs new emotional depths exploring her earliest musical inspiration, the vividly confessional songs of Joni Mitchell, on “Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light”; arranger Jack Cooper unveils one of the most creative big band projects of the year with “Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra”; and the Canadian-based trio Myriad 3 offers up some cutting edge modern jazz on “The Where