Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Music Monday for December 15, 2014



     A lot of commitment is required for a band to develop musical ESP, and it was in this spirit that saxophonist Jeremy Udden and trumpeter John McNeil began to meet regularly in 2011 to work on their concepts of composition and improvisation. Over time, they added a rhythm section of bassist Aryeh Kobrinsky and drummer Anthony Pinciotti and Hush Point was born. The Brooklyn quartet’s acclaimed 2013 self-titled debut was named by the New Yorker as “among the most substantial jazz albums of the year” and the New York times described it as “…surprising music, much of it a kind of x-rayed blues.” Their brand new disc is “Blues and Reds."
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     Legendary organist Dr. Lonnie Smith says, “Jonathan Kreisberg is a creative guitarist who has been an integral member of my trio for many years. He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation.”  Vibraphonist Joe Locke says Kreisberg “…is a great musician whose playing and writing always tell a story. His formidable technique and intellect never get in the way, but only serve the agenda of the heart.” “Wave Upon Wave” is Kreisberg’s new CD, his tenth as a leader.

     Also this week, drummer Jeff Hamilton steps away from the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and leads his trio on “Great American Songs Through the Years”; Brian Charette, who has established himself as one of the most adventuresome yet respectful organists operating today, proves himself a “Good Tipper”; and singer Kenny Washington, recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle, joins with saxophonist Michael O’Neill for “New Beginnings.”

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