Jazz innovator Marc Cary, voted Rising Star-Keyboardist in this year’s annual DownBeat Critics Poll, updates one of the most adventurous concepts of his career with the release of “Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2.” Cary’s breakthrough disc of 1999 incorporated elements of drum n’ bass, electronic funk, house, Afro-Cuban, ethnic, and the ‘go-go’ music of his teenage bands in Washington, D.C. The result was a savvy, exotic mix that crossed rhythmic bridges between generations. “Vol. 2” brings Cary’s vision forward into the heart of today’s urban-centric and digital environment, adding trumpet, violin, guitar and percussion to his core trio mates drummer Terreon Gully and bassist Taurus Mateen.
“Messin’ with Mr. T” is guitarist Dave Stryker’s personal homage to the late Stanley Turrentine, with whom he toured for over a decade and recorded with twice. Stryker says that being hired by Turrentine was a “real validation” of his playing, and he’s had it in mind “ever since he passed to do something like this tribute.” Joining his organ trio are ten of the world’s finest tenor players, including Houston Person, Jimmy Heath, Chris Potter, Bob Mintzer, Eric Alexander and Steve Slagle. The material basically reflects Turrentine’s set lists from the years Stryker toured with him.
Also this week, saxophonist Doug Webb leads a classic blowing session with fellow tenor men Walt Weiskopf and Joel Frahm on “Triple Play”; contemporary jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo offers up his first recording in over fifteen years with “There Goes That”; and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Matthewman, who wrote many of Sade’s best-loved songs, and vocalist Vanessa Bley join forces as “Twin Danger” on their self-titled debut album.