Now entering its 35th year, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra has built a resume that ranks it among the greatest artistic institutions in the city, if not the United States. For their latest recording, “Burstin’ Out!,” director Jeff Lindberg teams the CJO with the quickly emerging vocalist Cyrille Amiee for a diverse CD of great jazz classics. Eastern Iowa jazz fans had the chance to enjoy Cyrille’s work a few years ago at the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Beside the timeless arrangements of Claus Ogerman, Billy May, Paul Weston, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, new arrangements are offered by Aimee, Taylor Eigsti, Assaf Gleizner, Diego Figueiredo, and members of the Orchestra.
For his new CD, “Maybe September,” reedman Ken Peplowski is reunited with his working group out of New York City, including drummer Matt Wilson, pianist Ted Rosenthal and bassist Martin Wind, on a program of lesser-known tunes from the likes of Lennon & McCartney, Irving Berlin, Harry Nilsson and others. As Peplowski explains, “This record is kind of an unintentional reaction against our ever-perfect world. I’ve elected to record all of us close together in the studio, set up almost like a live gig, direct to two-track. We did the whole thing in somewhere around three hours, not because we were going for some world record, but because it felt right when we’d finished. This is pretty much a ‘warts and all’, raw-boned effort, but we stand by what we played on that particular day in 2012.”
Also this week, guitarist Jeff Golub and British fusion legend Brian Auger have crafted a timeless journey blending jazz, soul and blues on “Train Keeps A Rolling”; saxophonist Cory Weeds and his Nightcrawlers are captured live in Vancouver on “Volume 3”; and the young saxophonist Gilad Edelman debuts with “My Groove, Your Move,” on which he is joined by his mentor, pianist David Hazeltine, and trumpeter Joe Magnarelli.