Galactic Tide ft. Andy Timmons - The Haas Company Vol 1 - PR&T

Galactic Tide’s The Haas Company Vol. 1 is one of the most powerful rock/fusion albums of recent times. The set of Pete Drungle compositions showcases the inventive guitarist Andy Timmons, with a special appearance by the late trumpeter Wallace Roney. Steve Haas and Pete Drungle formed a close artistic relationship during the many hours they spent working together in Mr. Haas’ studio writing these tunes and hashing out the marvelous, lush and intricate arrangements you hear on these recordings. Working together at the best recording studios with the finest recording and mastering engineers in the industry ensured that their vision for this project materialized.

Matthew Whitaker - On Their Shoulders: An Organ Tribute - MOCAT Records

Whitaker’s new recording On Their Shoulders: An Organ Tribute, is his soulful, 7-track shout-out to the Hammond B-3 organ pioneers who paved the way for him. They include “The Organ Grinder’s Swing” by Jimmy Smith; Charles Earland’s “Happy ‘Cause I’m Goin’Home,” Dr. Lonnie Smith’s “Pilgrimage,” Joey DeFrancesco’s “In The Key of the Universe,” and the festive “Expect Your Miracle” by gospel organist Elbernita “Twinkie” Clarke of The Clarke Sisters. The recording also contains two in-studio jam sessions: the Latin-tinged, “Yessaah,” and the Afrofuturist, hip-hop-pulsed, “Don’t Count Me Out.” Whitaker is an artist who knows where he’s going, because he knows where he comes from. Whitaker is an American jazz pianist from Hackensack, New Jersey. He is blind since birth, but can play several instruments including the piano, drums, organ, keyboards, and percussion. He has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Apollo Theater. At 10, he was the opening performer for Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame.

G. Thomas Allen - Love Affair: Serenades of the Heart - Independent 

Allen’s stratospheric vocals are in full effect on his new recording, Love Affair: Serenades of the Heart; a cool and caressing collection of standards, vocal interludes, and original compositions that narrate and navigate the intricate nuances of romance. The follow-up to his 2020 self-titled album, Love Affair, is a conceptual evolution from Allen’s first record. [The new recording] is a little bit more thematic, more dramatic in terms of the focus. I really wanted to have an album that shows the complexity of love, the good and the bad.” Supported by drummer Jonathan Pinson, bassist Jeremiah Hunt, pianist Dennis Luxion (who worked with Chet Baker) and alto saxophonist Brent Griffin, Allen’s expressive and elegiac vocals on the album’s ten selections ride on a melodic, moving magic carpet powered by intricate and evocative moods and grooves.

Judith Owen – Comes Alive – Twanky

Bold, beautiful, sexy, smart and fun – these words can be used to describe pioneering vocalist Judith Owen and her merry band of New Orleans-based musicians, The Gentlemen Callers. With an amazing blend of song delivery prowess and personality delighting fans across the globe, Judith’s new live album Comes Alive follows on the heels of her hugely successful 2022 album “Come On & Get It” (over 2.6 Million album streams and more than a million YouTube views). Comes Alive will be released worldwide in early spring and features 16 tracks recorded live over a weeklong residency in Bern, Switzerland at the legendary Marians Jazzroom. Revisiting some of the jewels featured on “Come On & Get It” with brand new live interpretations of Lady Be Good, Teach Me Tonight, Down With Love, Skylark, and Fever to name a few new tracks, Judith once again looks to the music of the unsung “badass” ladies of Jazz and Blues.

Etienne Charles - Creole Orchestra ft. Rene Marie - Culture Shock Music

Defined by a riveting array of Caribbean rhythms, Etienne Charles’s first album featuring his big band arrangements is a personal triumph, but Creole Orchestra is also part of a much larger story. Drawing on material from several different commissions and projects, the album encompasses the key players from Charles’s band Creole Soul.
Special Guests – René Marie (vocals), Brandon Rose (vocals), DJ Logic (turntables). Woodwinds – Michael Thomas (lead alto & soprano), Godwin Louis (lead alto & soprano), Brian Hogans (alto sax), John Ellis (tenor sax & bass clarinet), Seth Ebersole (tenor sax & clarinet). Paul Nedzela (baritone sax & bass clarinet), Gina Izzo – flute (Douens, Holy City & Colorado River Song). Trumpets – Etienne Charles, Jumaane Smith (lead), Walter Cano, Anthony Stanco, Giveton Gelin (Old School). Trombones – Dion Tucker, Corey Wilcox, Michael Dease, Chris Glassman (bass tbn). Rhythm Section – Sullivan Fortner (piano/fender rhodes), Alex Wintz (guitar), Ben Williams (bass), Jonathan Michel (bass) , Obed Calvaire (drums), Etienne Charles (percussion), Jorge Glem (cuatro), Pascual Landeau (marac).

Fernando Huergo – Relentless - Whaling City Sound

Fernando Huergo’s latest album, Relentless redefines resilience through music. Relentless is a musical exploration inspired by Luke Mogelson’s insights in The New Yorker. Huergo’s compositions reflect on societal struggles, including oppression, discrimination, and environmental challenges, aiming to inspire hope and compassion. Led by renowned composer, arranger, and bassist Fernando Huergo, this stellar lineup features an array of exceptional musicians, including Jeff Claassen, Billy Buss, Dan Rosenthal, Greg Hopkins, Randy Pingrey, Chris Gagne, Jason Camelio, Andy Garcia, Yulia Musayelyan, Rick Stone, Allan Chase, Rick DiMuzio, Joel Springer, Daniel Ian Smith, Santiago Bosch, Gen Yoshimura, and Ernesto Diaz. The album features tracks like “Ornette,” a tribute to jazz legend Ornette Coleman, and “La Vida Sigue,” reflecting on life after the pandemic. Huergo’s arrangements showcase the talents of musicians like Billy Buss, Yulia Musayelyan, and Allan Chase, each contributing to the album’s depth. Produced by Yulia Musayelyan and mixed by Alex Rodríguez, “Relentless” offers a rich sonic experience, mastered by Luis Bacqué. With heartfelt appreciation to collaborators, supporters, and loved ones, “Relentless” is more than an album—it’s a testament to resilience, hope, and the enduring power of music. Join the journey and discover the strength within with Fernando Huergo’s Relentless today.

Zaccai Curtis – Cubop Lives! – TR Collective

Zaccai Curtis pays forward the lineage of Afro-Cuban Jazz on Cubop Lives!. Zaccai Curtis is a multi-faceted pianist for whom every side of his work gleams. Equal parts performer, composer, educator, and producer, he vibrantly showcases his mastery of both the Jazz and Afro-Cuban Jazz lineages. Curtis holds professor positions at the University of Hartford and the University of Rhode Island, and as a producer, Curtis has been nominated for a GRAMMY for his work on Entre Colegas by Andy González. Now, after honing his craftsmanship in every area of musicianship, Curtis embarks on a journey near and dear to his heart with Cubop Lives!, an album that stands as the culmination of his work as a composer/arranger, performer, and educator steeped in the Afro-Cuban Jazz tradition. Cubop Lives! is an album born from a passion of the heart. As a musician who is so deeply steeped in the Jazz and Bebop tradition and so vivaciously immersed in the worlds of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Curtis found himself wanting to pay homage to the great musicians in whose steps he has trod who brought together the distinct fusion of these musical cultures.

Gregory Groover – Lovabye - Criss Cross Jazz

Gregory Groover’s Criss Cross debut, recorded on the Boston born-and-bred tenor saxophonist’s thirtieth birthday, is a tour de force. Joined by a bespoke sextet of his favorite players, all New York-based, Groover presents a recital of 11 original tone-parallels to family and friends, his intentions anticipated, illuminated and fulfilled by his gifted bandmates. Groover had generated a group of “love songs and songs of people I love.” In spring 2023, he brought this music to Walter Smith III, who Groover had idolized as a teenager, and is now his friend and colleague at Berklee School of Music, their mutual alma mater, where Groover serves as Assistant Chair of the Ensemble Department. “I told Walter I’d like to play with some of my other heroes and peers,” Groover recalls. “He said, ‘What’s stopping you? The music is there.’ Luckily for me, everyone who I wanted to record with was available and happy to do it.” The Album was recorded August 16, 2023 at the GSI Studios, NYC. Producer Walter Smith III. Recording engineer Chris Allen. Sound engineer Mike Marciano did the mixing and mastering at Systems Two in NYC. Line up:  Gregory Groover Jr. – tenor saxophone / Joel Ross – vibraphone / Aaron Parks – piano / Vicente Archer – bass / Matthew Stevens – guitar / Marcus Gilmore – drums.

Lionel Cole - Small Town vol 1 - Cole Creative Services

Lionel Cole is a singer, pianist, composer/arranger, music editor and public speaker. He is the son of legendary Grammy nominated singer/pianist Freddy Cole, the nephew of the late, great Nat King Cole and the cousin of multiple Grammy award winner Natalie Cole. Small Town vol 1 is songwriter driven timeless songs with a classic Americana feel. The record features mostly originals with a few hand-selected covers, borrowing elements from jazz, folk, and underground R&B. Proudly featuring a full studio orchestra and a production approach that’s the child of Quincy Jones & Phil Spector, for a polished pop sound.

The Jazz Defenders - Memory in Motion - ITI Music

Following up on their #7 JazzWeek Chart hit Scheming, The Jazz Defenders return with their latest new release – Memory In Motion. Led by one of the UK’s most formidable jazz pianists, George Cooper, The Jazz Defenders are a group born from a deep love of Blue Note jazz, drawing on a wealth of inspiration to craft their own raw and vibrant compositions. Having played several shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as well as many other prestigious venues in the UK, they continue to electrify audiences with their energy and virtuosity. As The Jazz Defenders continue to distinctly ‘defend’ the legacy of some of the classic hard bop greats such as Horace Silver, Lee Morgan and Art Blakey, they are beginning to evolve their modern soul jazz slant to combine solid grooves and catchy horn lines with a collaborative and all-encompassing sound, fusing soul, jazz, hip hop, soundtrack and groove into a masterful union that leaves audiences mesmerized. The Jazz Defenders are making a name for themselves that should provide them with worldwide acceptance, either in Prague or Brooklyn.