Monday, January 10, 2011

Philly, San Fran and Seattle - Bob Stewart

Although we've heard them play together on a track here and there on Papa John's albums over the years, the Brothers DeFrancesco had never before recorded an entire project together--until now. Keyboardist Joey and guitarist Johnny come together on the new disc, "DeFrancesco Brothers." While Joey has consistently been winning Downbeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls since 2002 and playing with a host of jazz greats, Johnny has been on the blues side of things, playing with the greats of that genre. The new CD showcases eight burnin' tunes that get back to their Philly Roots.

Whether adventuring into interior or outer space in her music, award-winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom continues to navigate her unique musical path with creative abandon. "Wingwalker" is her 14th release as a leader and reunites her with long-time bandmates Dawn Clement on piano, bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bobby Previte. After two years since Bloom's last CD, she brought the band together in June of last year to record 11 new compositions, written during time made possible by a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Also this week, San Francisco trombonist, arranger and composer Wayne Wallace is back with his Latin Jazz Quintet on "To Hear From There", the follow-up to their Grammy-nominated disc of last year which was named by Downbeat as one of 2010's best; Seattle pianist Randy Halberstadt returns with a quintet date, Flash Point, featuring his working trio along with trumpeter Thomas Marriott and saxophonist Taylor; and Seattle-based saxophonist Richard Cole further solidifies his position among the important voices on the tenor saxophone with Inner Mission, again utilizing the talents of long-time friend and trumpet giant Randy Brecker.

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