Monday, April 5, 2010

New Music from Anat Cohen, Chris Tedesco, Carolyn Leonhart - Bob

Anat Cohen is a veteran of five residencies at the renowned Village Vanguard in New York and is the first female horn player and first Israeli to headline and record there. Her new release, Clarinetwork Live at the Village Vanguard, coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Vanguard, recorded on the final night of a six-night stand. Cohen's first live album showcases her virtuoso skills as an instrumentalist and improviser on the clarinet at the end of a global event celebrating the centennial of jazz legend Benny Goodman.

Over the past few decades, many Los Angeles big bands have made indelible impressions on the jazz scene. Those led by Bob Florence, Terry Gibbs, or Bill Holman knew how to stoke up the heat with the best collection of arrangements. Now there's another name to add to the list. Chris Tedesco has been on the L.A. jazz scene since 1987 and has managed to corral the cream of the studio crop, the most proficient readers and swingers on the West Coast, to put together a cohesive 18-piece band. Living the Dream is an impressive big band debut thanks, in part, to the arrangements of Jim McMillen and the first-rate studio soloists they wisely chose.

Carolyn Leonhart, the daughter of legendary bassist Jay Leonhart who's known for her 10-year tenure as lead back-up vocalist for Steely Dan, is joined by her husband, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, on her latest CD, Tides of Yesterday; trumpeter Christian Scott has teamed up with legendary producer Rudy Van Gelder on Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, a 10-song collection combining jazz, hip-hop and rock; and Argentine-born, New York-based bassist Pablo Aslan sets out to reinvent twelve 20th century tango classics with a superb ensemble of tango and jazz musicians on Tango Grill.

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