Hailed as an extremely versatile musician who is able to masterfully navigate many musical contexts and genres, the French accordionist Richard Galliano has collaborated with jazz greats like Chet Baker, Ron Carter and Charlie Haden over the years. In the summer of 2008, he joined up with multiple-Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his quintet at the annual Jazz in Marciac Festival in southern France to pay tribute to the late jazz legends Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. The resulting CD, "The Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard Galliano From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf: Live in Marciac", translates classic jazz vocal compositions into artful instrumental versions that are striking in their rhythmic variety.
Saxophonist Tim Warfield has been associated with the Wynton Marsalis/Lincoln Center post-Young Lions of mainstream jazz for over a decade now, and was also a member of organ great Shirley Horn's ensemble for a number of years. For his sixth release as a leader, "A Sentimental Journey", he offers up an informed, soulful exploration of American Songbook repertoire with his current band of trumpeter Terell Stafford, B3 master Pat Bianchi and drummer Byron Landham.
Other new music: with "Images", trombonist Steve Davis salutes the people and places of Hartford, Connecticut, where he studied with his late mentor Jackie McLean; singer Lucy Woodward displays her formidable songwriting talents on her third release, "Hooked!"; and pianist Russ Kassoff is joined by bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Dennis Mackrel on his sophomore CD, "Bird Fly By."