Chris Washburne has been called "one of the best trombonists in New York" by the New York Times, and was voted as a "Rising Star of the Trombone" in the Downbeat Critic's Polls of 2008 and 2009. He's performed with numerous jazz and Latin groups, including Tito Puente, Anthony Braxton and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. His own group, SYOTOS, was founded 20 years ago and has become what TimeOUT New York calls a "Latin Jazz institution. They've held the longest-running Latin jazz gig in the City's history, playing every week for 19 years. Members include alumni from the Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Gato Barbieri bands. Their new recording -- "Fields of Moons" -- features the quieter side of the band, a collection of lilting lullabies, evocative ballads, and alluring songs of love.
After many releases ranging from trio to larger bands, featuring several jazz notables-from Joe Lovano and John Abercrombie to Lester Bowie and Enrico Rava-renowned Italian pianist and composer Salvatore Bonafede gets back to his roots with his newest trio CD, "Sicilian Opening." Joined by fellow Sicilians Marcello Pellitteri on drums and Marco Panascia on bass, the trio takes Mediterranean melodies dipped into the bittersweet colors of their home island and opens them up to a worldwide jazz audience.
Also releasing new music: violinist Christian Howes is joined by veteran jazz/blues/rock guitarist Robben Ford on "Out of the Blue"; Vancouver-based saxophonist Cory Weeds has B3 whiz Joey DeFranceso and drummer Byron Landham along for the ride on "The Many Deeds of Cory Weeds"; and the Indianapolis-based big band of trumpeter Mark Buselli and trombonist Brent Wallarab offers up its latest disc, "Mezzanine."