Imagine a violinist, born in South America, equally adept at playing classical, jazz, Latin idioms and music for films; a musician with a sound that is at home in a symphony hall or on 52nd Street; an artist who has worked with a staggering array of far-flung superstars, such as Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla, Bebo Valdes, and Charlie Haden. The legendary Uruguayan-born/Florida-based violinist Federico Britos has had an unbelievably prolific career for fifty years. His new CD, "Voyage", is a star-studded celebration of that five-decade brilliance, featuring Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Barron, Eddie Gomez, Ignacio Berroa and others.
After more than 13 years together as a working sextet, the members of One For All have forged an uncanny chemistry and camaraderie both on and off the bandstand. The indelible tightness and like-minded pursuit of swing is readily apparent on their new CD, "Incorrigible." "When we play, there's a lot of fire on the bandstand and everybody loves the music to be swinging hard," says trombonist Steve Davis. "That's not necessarily the norm these days, but it's a style we all feel great playing in." Joining Davis are sax man Eric Alexander, trumpeter Jim Rotondi, pianist David Hazeltine, drummer Joe Farnsworth and bassist John Webber.
Also this week, talented tenor man Brandon Wright serves the music up hot and tasty on his debut release, "Boiling Point", with trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, drummer Mat Wilson, bassist Hans Glawischnig and pianist Davis Kikoski; University of Iowa alumnus and saxophonist Ray Blue unveils his latest disc, "Berries and Blues"; and Nashville-based pianist and composer Beegie Adair offers up a collection of solo and duo songs from composers and friends she's come to admire on "Into Somethin'".