Big Band of Brothers - A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band - New West Records

Released in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band’s debut album, the 10-song set of jazz interpretations of Allman Brothers Band favorites features Marc Broussard and Ruthie Foster on vocals on two songs each, plus instrumental guests Wycliffe Gordon and Jack Pearson on trombone and guitar, respectively. While jazz interpretations of Allman Brothers Band classics might come off as a surprise to some, the genre always held great inspiration for the band and its members. Gregg Allman, recalling the band’s early days, told the journalist Bob Beatty, “Jaimoe [Allman Brothers Band drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson] turned all of us on to so much neat stuff. He gave us a proper education about jazz and got us into Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Kind of Blue was always on the turntable – Duane really got his head around that album – and he also seriously dug Coltrane’s My Favorite Things.” New West Records will release the album on November 22nd, 2019.


Lionel Hampton Big Band - Live At Rossmoor - AlFi Records

2019 live release: Happy Birthday Lionel Hampton! This year is a very special Birthday-we chose this day to release our Live at Roosmoor CD with the new Lionel Hampton Big Band featuring Jason Marsalis. Not only will you listen to the greatest Lionel Hampton hits, you’ll also hear some funny stories about Hamp. The band is comprised mainly of musicians who played with Lionel Hampton himself. The Lionel Hampton Estate, eager to have the Big Band reactivate, granted permission in March of 2015 to launch the Lionel Hampton Big Band featuring Jason Marsalis, with Christian Fabian, Cleave Guyton Jr and Lance Bryant as co-leaders. Jason Marsalis is from the Marsalis Jazz family. All the band leaders played with Lionel Hampton: Lance was the Lionel Hampton Orchestra musical director and principal arranger, Cleave was the last musical director of the band, and Christian remains the bass chair of the last big band led by Lionel Hampton. We hope you enjoy this CD as much as we enjoyed playing this concert and honoring Lionel.


Richie Goods & The Goods Project - My Left Hand Man - Richman Music

Bassist, bandleader and producer Richie Goods announces the release of his seminal album with his band The Goods Project, entitled My Left Hand Man. The consummate bassist’s third album as a bandleader, My Left Hand Man, is a tribute to Goods’ late mentor Mulgrew Miller. Over the course of ten fresh takes of ten compositions by jazz luminary Miller, Goods achieves a clean, cohesive and unified sound wrought with thoughtful interplay from this large ensemble thanks to his mindful arrangements and the talented personnel that he carefully selected.  The album features Goods on acoustic and electric bass, along with Lil John Roberts on the drums. Mulgrew’s vacant piano bench is shared on this tribute by two remarkable pianists, Shedrick Mitchell and Mike King. The release features the guitarwork of Tariqh Akoni and David Rosenthal. A slew of notable artists make guest appearances on this release, including vocalist Jean Baylor, vibraphonist Chien Chien Lu, percussionist Danny Sadownick among others.


Jerome Jennings - Solidarity - IOLA Records

Drummer-composer-educator Jerome Jennings puts the spotlight on his writing chops for Solidarity, his rousing second album as a leader, set for a November 8 release on his own Iola Records. Featuring as its core unit trumpeter Josh Evans, tenor and soprano saxophonist Stacy Dillard, trombonist Andrae Murchison, pianist Zaccai Curtis and Jennings’s friend and mentor, legendary bassist Christian McBride (along with special guests, including saxophonist/flutist Tia Fuller, tenor saxophonist-vocalist Camille Thurman, bassist Endea Owens, and percussionist Carlos Maldonado), the album also features seven original compositions and four
covers with fiercely inventive new arrangements.


Deborah Silver and Freddy Cole - "Orange Colored Sky" (single) - Independent

Deborah Silver and Freddy Cole team up for a tribute to Freddy’s brother, Nat King Cole with the release of their single “Orange Colored Sky” going for adds on October 21st. This special tribute is in conjunction with Nat’s centennial birthday celebration! Check out the video for a behind the scenes look at Deborah Silver and Freddy Cole’s duet, “Orange Colored Sky” – a song originally recorded by Freddy’s brother, Nat King Cole. Click here! “Silver’s strong and sultry vocals are seductive and soul soothing. Whatever she sings she owns, making every note matter!” – Quincy Jones


Ada Rovatti - Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond - Piloo Records

Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond, features the husband and wife team of Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and fusion pioneer Randy Brecker and saxophonist-composer Ada Rovatti but also includes their 10-year-old daughter Stella in a vocal cameo appearance on one track. Backed by a versatile core group of pianist David Kikoski, bassist Alex Claffy and drummer Rodney Holmes, with guest appearances by keyboardist Jim Beard, guitarist Adam Rogers and Brazilian percussionist Café, the married couple forges an easy chemistry together on the 10 tracks here, all composed by Rovatti. The collection kicks off with the upbeat “Sacred Bond,” which has mother and daughter doubling wordless vocals on the melodic head alongside trumpet and tenor sax, Kikoski’s electric piano comping, Claffy’s funky baselines and Holmes’ insistent backbeat. Rovatti solos first, demonstrating her deeply impactful tone, easy rhythmic assuredness and remarkable facility as she builds to double-timed flurries and a magnificent crescendo. Brecker follows with a typically bright, bristling and eminently melodic trumpet solo – the kind he has been documenting on record for 50 years, beginning with his own debut as a leader, 1969’s Score – before mother and daughter return to sing the melodious refrain together.


The Diva Jazz Orchestra - Diva + The Boys - MCG Jazz

The Diva Jazz Orchestra is back with a new CD, DIVA + The Boys, on Pittsburgh’s MCG Jazz Label. The “Boys” are monsters. Five male soloists recorded with the all-women orchestra-clarinetist Ken Peplowski, Maurice Hines, Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi, guitarist Marty Ashby, and trombonist/arranger Jay Ashby. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra is beyond honored to be part of this extraordinary recording celebrating 30 years of MCG Jazz. It was a genuine thrill to perform with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, Ken Peplowski, Jay Ashby and the magnificent Marty Ashby. The music is original, fresh and exciting, and features the boys and DIVA members with equal fire, finesse and swing!


Jim Robitaille Group - A View From Within - Whaling City Sound

It’s been a while since guitarist Jim Robitaille convened for a Jim Robitaille Group recording session. But the wait has been worth it. The award-winning guitarist-who has shared the stage/bill with Karl Berger, Bob Moses, Joe Beck, Gerry Gibbs, Santi Debriano, Julian Lage, Esperanza Spalding, Oscar Stagnaro, Kate McGarry, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, among others-is finally back together with his simpatico musical brethren saxophonist Dave Liebman, along with Tony Marino and Alex Ritz on the profound and emotionally rendered A View from Within. Robitaille is a tactile talent, with notes that emerge like feelings, and chords that resonate with passion and sensitivity. Bassist Marino, an ace bandleader in his own right, and drummer Ritz, comprise a perfectly suited backdrop for Robitaille’s explorations, while Liebman serves as an extraordinary partner, foil and focal point. Their work together on, for example, “Slow Tuesday” and “Point of Origin,” is mesmerizing and enchanting, reflecting the hours, days, and gigs playing together. The performances here burn and boogie, lilt quietly and unfold unexpectedly. A View from Within is a dramatic and welcome return from Robitaille, whose recorded presence has been long overdue.


Anthony Smith's Retrosonik - Songs From A Lighter Planet - Jazz Chord Records

San Diego-based vibraphonist/pianist/arranger Anthony Smith’s latest recording project, Songs From a Lighter Planet, is an ambitious double album produced on both the East and West Coast. the eclectic collection from Anthony Smith’s Retrosonik, features world-class jazz instrumentalists and soul jazz vocalists! Featuring classic 80s pop songs by iconic artists (U2, INXS, The Police, Genesis, Prince, etc.), performed as you’ve never heard them before. A masterpiece of creativity, with lush reharmonization, innovative rhythms, infectious vocals and virtuosic improvisation, Songs From a Lighter Planet breaks the mold. Retrosonik is a collective of world class musicians and vocalists from both New York City and Southern California, this landmark recording is finally available, after over two years of meticulous editing and production. An essential collector’s item for lovers of 80s music, as well as modern mainstream jazz, soul jazz and jazz/pop enthusiasts.


Lori Williams - Full Circle - LoriJazz

We’ve all heard the phrase to come “full circle.” It means to come back to where you started, for better or for worse. For Lori Williams, coming full circle is decidedly for the better. Her fifth album finds her returning to her first love, traditional jazz and it features a dynamic ensemble of Washington DC/Maryland musicians. Her heart never left it, of course. But if you’ve encountered Lori Williams before, you already know that she can sing anything-and often does. Don’t let the notion of “traditional jazz” deceive you. Full Circle isn’t a case of Williams delivering an anodyne collection of easy-picking standards. She does cover some of the jazz-repertory ground … but the “tradition” part of traditional jazz includes trying new things and taking risks, and Williams does not disappoint. The album is co-produced by Williams and jazz composer, producer, pianist and arranger Allyn Johnson, and features some of the best jazz musicians Washington, DC has to offer.