Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Music Monday



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

This Week's Special Shows


Week of September 22, 2014


Short List with Bob Naujoks                                           
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM  
The New Face of Jazz: J.B. Scott / Matthew Shipp / Terell Stafford / Brandee Younger                 
Our encore Short List summer series is inspired by the book The New Face of Jazz by Cicily Janus. Like the book, the series covers a wide variety of jazz players --- some are on the fringes of success, some are older but overlooked, some are active but have limited exposure, and some have devoted their lives to educating the succeeding generations of jazz musicians. Still, there are many good stories of how music in general and jazz in particular has shaped their lives and inspired them. Producer Bob Naujoks continues The New Face of Jazz Short List this week with J.B. Scott, Matthew Shipp, Terell Stafford and Brandee Younger.          
 
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson    
Monday at 6:00 PM
Benny Waters
As a player whose incredible longevity linked him to the jazz pioneers, Benny Waters reemerged late in life as one of the great, unsung saxophonists in jazz. He had played with all the legends -- King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, and Hot Lips Page. After a forty-year stay in France, Waters returned to the United States. In the final years of his life he was discovered by a new generation and was very active: playing jazz festivals, composing, recording, and telling stories.            
                 
Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Blue Note Records - Show #18"                     
Craig continues his chronological survey of the evolution of Blue Note Records with more classic material from 1962. We'll hear selections from each and every Blue Note recording session, including tasty jazz nuggets from Dexter Gordon, Sheila Jordan, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Rouse, Grant Green, Jackie McLean, and many others. Essential material from the premier modern jazz label of the 20th century! 


Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce  
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
New Orleans Piano Kings                
Drummer Herlin Riley brings the beat of the bayou to Jazz at Lincoln Center with three generations of New Orleans piano masters: elder statesman and NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, seasoned veteran Henry Butler, and young lion Jonathan Batiste. Blues, ragtime, and New Orleans inspiration on modern classics set this Crescent City celebration into full swing.                              

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Monterey at 55

In September 2012, the Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated 55 years. The late Dave Brubeck was among the founders. Dizzy Gillespie made many an appearance. Charles Mingus and Charles Lloyd recorded landmark albums at Monterey. Jon Hendricks staged a history of jazz there. Monterey has commissioned music by many contemporaries – Cedar Walton, Roy Hargrove, Billy Childs. Much of the music has been recorded and lives at Stanford University in the Monterey archive. On this edition of JazzSet, MJF on Tour is at the Kennedy Center and we have highlights. All the music has been part of the repertoire over 55 Monterey Jazz Festivals.  

Wednesday Night Special           
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)  
Mirage: Jean Luc Ponty Project featuring Natalie Brown at Cambell Steel Gallery (new!)         
Mirage: Jean Luc Ponty Project is the newest and perhaps most distinctive band performing in the Cultural Corridor today. Led by Cedar Rapids Folk/Jazz violinist and educator Natalie Brown, this group of remarkable musicians is dedicated to, but not limited by, the 70’s Jazz-Rock Fusion of virtuoso violinist Jean Luc Ponty. 
In a review for City Revealed Magazine, Ric Holmquest wrote: “Mirage is a Jean-Luc Ponty tribute band, laying down an instrumental oriented fusion of musical styles including, salsa, funk, and Celtic all on a bed of jazz blues grooves. Natalie points out, “there aren’t too many violin-driven bands around or at least bands where the violin is an equal to the other instruments. The fluidity of styles, funk, jazz, and the combination of instruments create a unique texture and interplay.”
Our concert presentation from the group’s sold-out debut performance last April at Campbell Steel Gallery in Marion includes Ponty classics like “New Country,” “Mirage,” and “Infinite Pursuit,” plus music by Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny and some original material.
In addition to Natalie Brown, the band also features Ryan Phelan; guitar, Richard Wagor; bass, Jon Wilson; drums and Luke Viertel; keys. 
The band will be returning to Campbell Steele Gallery for a special Halloween show, Friday, Oct 31, at 7pm.          

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Freddy Cole            
Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. As Nat King Cole’s younger brother, he has developed his own style to showcase his familial vocal talents. He brings this special ability to “Sometimes I’m Happy.” Cole and McPartland wrap up this program from 1998 with a performance of “My Hat’s on the Side of My Head.”                        

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"The Birth Date Anniversary of Piano Jazz Giant, Earl 'Bud' Powell"                      
Craig celebrates the 9/27/1924 birth of bebop pioneer, Bud Powell, with a look back at the tragically short career of this amazing pianist and composer. We'll hear from his very first session with Cootie Williams in 1944, up through his final recordings in 1965.  We'll hear selections from his work for Blue Note Records, Roost Records, RCA, Mercury, etc., as well as examples of his work with Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Charles Mingus, and a host of other jazz greats. Don't miss this one!

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM  
Let's Talk Jazz: A Conversation with Gary Giddins

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes jazz critic and award-winning author Gary Giddins to discuss his book Jazz, which navigates through 100 years of the music, from New Orleans through swing, bebop and beyond.                                              

KCCK's Midnight CD
The Monday - Sunday Midnight CD for this week can be found at:
http://www.kcck.org/onair/midnight_cd.php







Short List with Bob Naujoks                                           
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM  
The New Face of Jazz: Michael League / Strickland Brothers  

Our encore Short List summer series is inspired by the book The New Face of Jazz by Cicily Janus. Like the book, the series covers a wide variety of jazz players --- some are on the fringes of success, some are older but overlooked, some are active but have limited exposure, and some have devoted their lives to educating the succeeding generations of jazz musicians. Still, there are many good stories of how music in general and jazz in particular has shaped their lives and inspired them. Producer Bob Naujoks continues The New Face of Jazz Short List this week with Michael League and the Strickland Brothers.     

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson    
Monday at 6:00 PM
Sarah Vaughn: Vocal Virtuosity
Musicians and audiences alike marveled at the ease with which Sarah Vaughan moved up and down her four-octave range, turning even the most mundane songs into operatic riffs. Her sound possessed a full-bodied purity, with an approach not unlike an instrumentalist. Early in her career, "Sassy" cut her teeth on bebop, performing with Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. She also ventured into the pop world, recording hits such as "Broken-hearted Melody," "Day-O," and "Send in the Clowns."            
                 
Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Blue Note Records - Show #17"                    
Craig continues his chronological survey of the evolution of Blue Note Records with classic material from 1962. We'll hear selections from each and every Blue Note recording session, including jazz gems from the likes of Ike Quebec, Stanley Turrentine, Fred Jackson, Don Wilkerson, The 3 Sounds, Art Blakey, and many others. Be sure to catch these classics of modern jazz!                   

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce  
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Maceo Parker: Funky Stuff               
Funk’s living legend Maceo Parker brings red-blooded soul to Jazz at Lincoln Center. He’s played alongside James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince – and on his own, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Parker’s compositions burst with energy as he leads “the Tightest Little Funk Orchestra on Earth” through a set including “Off The Hook,” “Georgia on my Mind,” and “Make It Funky.” 

                   
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Eddie Palmieri: La Perfecta

The 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Septet are at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Palmieri has been a force for Latin Jazz since the 1950’s, when he hosted the legendary mambo shows at New York’s Palladium Ballroom. His groups, including the renowned La Perfecta, revolutionized Latin music in the 1960s and 70’s. His records number more than 30 albums as a leader, and he has won nine Grammy Awards. At age 76, he is still a foremost ambassador for the music he loves.
  
Wednesday Night Special           
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)  
Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble & C.R. Jazz Big Band featuring John Riley (new!)         
John Riley began playing drums at age eight and by age twelve, he began playing in rock bands and heard his first jazz recordings, the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max Roach's Conversation. Two years later, he played his first "professional" gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. John began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium. John went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and percussion. While at UNT, he played in, toured, and recorded with the famed One O'clock Lab Band. In 1976, he moved to New York City and was soon called to join the Woody Herman Band. Following that great experience, John returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world class musicians including, Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others. 
John has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Purchase, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. John is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer's Workshop, and has taught master classes around the world. 
Al Naylor directs the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and CR Jazz Band. The performance was recorded at Kirkwood’s Ballantyne Auditorium last April.        

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes           
Husband and wife pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes join McPartland in this 2008 session, pushing the bounds of the Piano Jazz format to include three pianos in one room. Charlap is one of the finest interpreters of American popular song and Rosnes is a modern jazz wizard. They join McPartland for a trio of “You and the Night and the Music” as well as “I’ll Remember April.” 
                      

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Blue Note Records - Show #18"                     
Craig continues his chronological survey of the evolution of Blue Note Records with more classic material from 1962. We'll hear selections from each and every Blue Note recording session, including tasty jazz nuggets from Dexter Gordon, Sheila Jordan, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Rouse, Grant Green, Jackie McLean, and many others.  Essential material from the premier modern jazz label of the 20th century!

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM
Sweet Ballads & Red Hot Pianos                                     
From San Francisco’s Historic Filoli Gardens — jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and piano virtuoso Dick Hyman join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in an outdoor concert featuring songs of Walter Donaldson.           

KCCK's Midnight CD
The Monday - Sunday Midnight CD for this week can be found at:
http://www.kcck.org/onair/midnight_cd.php

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Iowa City Jazz Fest Channel Returns for 2014

KCCK's Craig Kessler and Bob Stewart interview singer Cyrille Aimee.
Iowa’s Jazz Station, KCCK-FM, along with Summer of the Arts, has launched the “Iowa City Jazz Festival Channel.” The program stream will consist solely of artists performing at the Iowa City Jazz Festival, July 3-5.
“We did this last year, and got a great response,” says KCCK General Manager Dennis Green. “So, the Jazz Fest Channel is back for another 24-7 preview of the Festival.”
The channel was created in recognition of the fact that how people listen to music has changed with the advent of on-demand services like Pandora and Spotify.
“We’ve always given heavy play to Jazz Fest artists in the weeks preceding the Festival, and aired interviews and other features,” says Green. “But today, if someone wants to hear a particular artist or tune, they aren’t always willing to wait for it to show up in our rotation. They want it now. The Jazz Fest Channel is our way of making that content available whenever people want it.”
Programming on the Jazz Fest Channel consists of recordings of the groups performing on both the main stage and side stages. Artist interviews and profiles, as well as schedule information and updates, will be carried as well.
The Iowa City Jazz Festival will take place July 3-5 on the UI Pentacrest. Headliners include Joe Lovana, Tom Harrel and “Colors of a Dream,” Anat Cohen, Etiene Charles, Pedrito Martinez and Jared Gold.
A variety of local and regional bands will play on three side stages, including several high school and college ensembles. Their music, is also be a part of the Jazz Fest Channel.
The Iowa City Jazz Festival Channel will pre-empt KCCK’s second program stream, The Iowa Channel, for a little over a month. The station as a stream choice on the KCCK app for IOS or Android, online at www.iowachannel.org or at 88.3-2 on HD Radio.
KCCK’s main channel, 88.3 and 106.9 FM, and www.kcck.org online, will broadcast all of the main stage performances live.
The Iowa City Jazz Festival is presented by Iowa City’s Summer of the Arts. Information is available at www.summerofthearts.org. There is also a Jazz Fest Channel “button” for quick access from that site.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

He'll Always Be a DJ - The KCCK Interview with Doug Jackson

Doug Jackson, Eastern Iowa theatre star and host of KCCK's "Smooth Brunch," passed away on April 25. Last fall, Doug sat down with us for an interview that originally appeared in KCCK's 2013 Year In Review. It's reprinted here for your enjoyment as the entire Corridor community celebrates the life and memory of our "Smooth Operator."


Doug Jackson is one of the Corridor’s most celebrated stage performers, and is also one of KCCK’s most popular program hosts. His “Smooth Brunch” has been a Saturday morning staple of Iowa’s Jazz Station since June 2004.
Doug was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in East St. Louis. He says he doesn’t remember a time when music wasn’t part of his home. “Dad was a blues fan. Momma was the jazz fan, and singers like Dinah Washington, Brook Benton and Sarah Vaughn. They’d have fish fries and card parties, and there would always be a stack of LPs on the album changer.”
Doug’s mother claims music calmed him even as a baby. “There was a radio next to my crib, and she’d put me down with a bottle, turn on the radio, and never hear another peep out of me.”
After college at Southern Illinois University, Doug moved to Cedar Rapids to take a job with Rockwell Collins. He had performed all through school, and soon after settling in, got involved with the Cedar Rapids Community Theatre (Now Theatre Cedar Rapids) and The Follies.
Through the years, Doug created such memorable characters that he was asked to reprise his performances time and again. He has portrayed Jim in “Big River” and Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors” three times each. His role as Hoke in “Driving Miss Daisy” won him Theatre Cedar Rapids’ Volunteer of the Year award. TV audiences remember his many performances as “The Right Reverend Douglas Q. Jackson” on Liars Theatre. And 2014 marked his 22nd Follies show.

Doug’s radio career began when he hosted a volunteer show on Cedar Rapids community station, KOJC, which left the air in 1992. He created several elements that live on in today’s Smooth Brunch during those years. His KOJC show included a Gospel Hour, just like the Smooth Brunch, and mixed smooth jazz, R&B and Urban Contemporary sounds, also like his KCCK program.
Doug and Craig Boche at KCCK's "Night With The Rat Pack"
In 2004, Doug approached his good friend and fellow Follies performer, KCCK station manager Dennis Green, and asked if there might be a slot on KCCK for him.
“We jumped at the chance,” says Dennis. “Not only was Doug a celebrity, whose many friends and fans would tune in for his show, but I remembered from his time at KOJC that he had a great knack for show construction, stirring up smooth jazz, Motown oldies and Urban tunes to create a very appealing mix.”
“I also respect Doug’s dedication to KCCK,” Dennis continues. “Doug works full-time at GE Capitol, and does three or four stage shows a year. But no matter how busy he is, or how late rehearsal or a performance went Friday night, he’s in his chair with a smile, bright and early each Saturday morning.”
Making Doug’s dedication even more amazing is that he juggles work, family, performing and a KCCK show while also battling prostate cancer.
“I was diagnosed in 2008,” he says. “The first round of chemo and radiation was pretty tough. Hair fell out, everything tasted like metal. The usual.”
Doug has responded well to subsequent treatment, although he is still on a chemo regimen, and reports that his situation is “stable.”
Doug lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife Janice and daughter Anisha, who attends Washington High School.

As far as the future goes, Doug intends to continue performing, and says he’ll never give up The Smooth Brunch. “With my initials,” he says with his trademark, gap-toothed grin, “what else would I be besides a DJ?”


WATCH: Doug Jackson singing his signature song, "Wonderful World."

Thursday, February 20, 2014

KCCK's IOS App - New and Improved!

KCCK's app for IOS devices has been updated, with a very cool new look and improved functionality. When you load the app, you'll see some rotating screens featuring KCCK's signature events, like Jazz Under The Stars and the Iowa City Jazz Festival. The screen is now optimized for the iPhone 5/5s, but looks good with previous phones as well.

Other improvements:

  • You can choose between both our program streams, KCCK and The Iowa Channel, from within the app, no need any longer to download a separate Iowa Channel App.
  • Title, artist, and album art from what is currently playing display on the lower portion of the screen.
  • On wi-fi, the app will feed our 128K, high-quality audio stream. When the data connection is not so good, it will automatically dial down to a lower bit rate.
  • Links to kcck.org, our program schedule, and an alarm clock widget are at the bottom of the screen.
Android users: We haven't forgotten you! A refresh of the Android app is in process, and should be up in a week or two.

KCCK's IOS app is primarily for mobile listening on your phone, but can also be used on the iPad.

Download the new version in the iTunes App Store.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Kennedy Student wins Corridor Jazz Project CD Cover Contest

Cover Art for Corridor Jazz CD, by Kelsey Bills
Kelsey Bills, a junior at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, has been chosen as the winner of the Corridor Jazz Project CD Cover design. Bills will receive a $100 cash prize from KCCK-FM and her design will adorn the cover of the “The Corridor Jazz Project VII”, a compilation of recordings from the top jazz bands from Jefferson, Kennedy, Prairie, Xavier and Washington High Schools in Cedar Rapids, Linn Mar and, Marion in Marion; City and West High Schools in Iowa City, Solon High School and Lisbon High School.

Receiving Honorable Mention in the contest were seven other students, also from Kennedy:
  • Elektra Noble
  • Emily Fitzpatrick
  • Lydia Luton
  • Brittainy Gail
  • Aimee Ermer
  • Rowan Bergen
  • Ryann Jensen

The Corridor Jazz Project CDs, along with tickets for the CD Release Concert, March 31st at Iowa City West High School, will go on sale February 15th. Tickets are $10, and will be available at the door.

Bills’ original piece, and those receiving Honorable Mention will all be exhibited during the March 31st concert. 

The Corridor Jazz Project is a jazz education and mentoring program for jazz band students at the public high schools in the Creative Corridor  The program, developed as a part of the education outreach of Jazz 88.3 KCCK, matches each school’s top jazz band with a professional jazz player, who performed as a guest soloist with the band. The subsequent recordings have been collected and will be released on a compilation CD. CDs will be made available to each school to sell and keep the proceeds. CDs will be available at local retail outlets as well.  

Support for the Corridor Jazz Project comes from MidWestOne Bank, Rockwell Collins, and West Music.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New Music Monday for January 20, 2014

     Award-winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has always had a special feeling for ballad performances. Her love for melody comes directly from her earliest exposure to American standards.  A few years ago, she noticed that the two or three ballads she would regularly include in live settings attracted special attention from the audience. This led to the idea of ‘all ballads’ programs in her concert and club performances, and is what ultimately informed the concept for her CD, “Sixteen Sunsets.” The beautiful new recording features expressive interpretations from the American Songbook along with five original compositions. Her 15th CD as leader teams her up with long-time colleagues Cameron Brown on bass and Matt Wilson on drums and the exciting new pianist Dominic Fallacaro.
     Picture a giant New Orleans brass big band playing wild funk-jazz with some wild odd meters and twisted melodies. Add in a dollop of whacky lyrics and you have Frank Macchia’s “Grease Mechanix. Jazziz magazine describes the three-time Grammy nominated composer and saxophonist as “an inventive composer and arranger who deserves comparison to Gil Evans and Pat Metheny.” Macchia, who composed and arranged the project, is joined by some of Los Angeles’ best jazz players including Peter Erskine, Eric Marienthal, Bob Shepard, Bill Reichenbach and Wayne Bergeron.

     Also this week, drummer Matt Wilson and his quartet are joined by special guest keyboardist John Medeski for “Gathering Call”; alto saxophonist Matt Criscuolo is joined by veteran pianist Larry Willis for his fourth CD as a leader, “Blippity Blat”; and pianist Larry Gelb offers up a new trio recording, “The Love Songs of Ian Ops.”