We’re adding a couple of late-arriving Christmas releases to our line-up this week. Twin Cities-based pianist Laura Caviani unveils up “Holly, Jolly and Jazzy,” her second holiday disc and her first since 1999. Laura has appeared with many jazz luminaries over the years, including Karrin Allyson, Toot’s Thielemans and Bob Mintzer. This release features her current trio mates, drummer Joe Pulice and bassist Gordon Johnson. The Rob Parton Big Band out of Chicago also has a new seasonal offering, “Christmas Time is Here.” This is a compilation of some previously unreleased charts from over the past 15 years highlighted by the work of noted Windy City players like Mark Colby, Bob Rummage and Byron Stripling.
Canadian-born trumpeter Kenny Wheeler is closing in on his 84th birthday, which is coming up in January, but he continues to remain active on the jazz scene. His new disc, “Six for Six,” features a sextet which includes cohorts from his adopted British homeland. It’s a recording made in Germany in 2008 but just getting its release for the first time. In his liner notes, Scottish writer Brian Morton, who is co-author of “The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings,” says, “Wheeler has never written more clearly and luminously than here.”
Also this week, 17-year-old organ prodigy Kevin Coelho follows up his 2012 debut with “Turn It Up,” a new trio recording with Derek DiCenzo on guitar and Reggie Jackson on drums; and the trio of drummer Colin Stranahan, pianist Glenn Zaleski, and bassist Rick Rosato, who formed in 2010 for a special performance in Montreal, release their second CD, “Limitless.”