Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef's Live at The Olympia in All About Jazz: http://ow.ly/AydC0
"The musicians hit their stride on Bronislau Kaper/Ned Washington’s ‘Invitation,’ with Jamal’s inventive narrative—twisting this way and that—melodically seductive and rhythmically vital…
With four such pronounced rhythmic voices brewing up a collective storm, the sotto voce pulses and melodic elegance of “I Remember Italy” and “Laura” provide a timely swing in mood. Veal’s extended bass solo announces Jamal’s “Morning Mist,” which flits between the delightful melody and the pianist’s arresting improvisational musings. A spare yet swinging arrangement of the Lee Adams/Charles Strouse tune “This is the Life” rounds out the first CD, with Badrena working his percussive magic over Jamal’s extended vamp.
The second CD sees the ninety one year old Lateef guest with Jamal’s quartet, reprising the collaboration that took place at Marciac the previous year. Jamal, however, sits out the thirteen-minute “Exatogi.” Switching between tenor saxophone and flute, Lateef’s meditative sonorities are buoyed by Riley and Badrena’s African-flavored rhythms and accents. Lateef’s wordless lowing has the quality of a spiritual incantation. Jamal joins the ensemble for “Masara,” maintaining a vamp as Lateef hypnotizes with a gently snaking flute improvisation.
Lateef sings on Richard M. Jones’ blues standard from the 1920s “Trouble in Mind,” a role he interpreted on oboe in Julian “Cannonball” Adderley’s sextet in the 1960s. Lateef’s vocal on “Brother Hold your Light” is infused with the spirit of gospel, soul and the blues. Jamal’s rhapsodic comping undulates in intensity, while Badrena’s (tambourine-filtered?) contorted cries bring an otherworldy edge to the music…”
The album is out September 9! Preorder it here: http://ow.ly/Ayee0
Afrobeat legend Tony Allen's Film of Life drops October 14! Preorder it on Amazon: http://ow.ly/Ay0iJ Get the single “Go Back” now on iTunes: http://ow.ly/Ay0pX
"The smooth, syncopated rhythms sway and roll…as pianos elegantly purr chords, and Damon Albarn holds melancholy court” - Afropop Worldwide
(via Swingle Singers – a Cappella Phenomenon)
Don’t miss The Swingle Singers next week on September 27 at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL! Presented by EMMA Concert Association
Full US tour starts in October! http://ow.ly/AxIas
(via Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog: Mamani Keïta, Kanou)
"Mamani Keïta, a fully nuanced singer in the best of African vocal arts traditions, hailing from Mali, has put together a group that combines West African traditional instruments, such as the stringed ngoni (played beautifully by Moriba Koita) and percussion, with the electricity of bass guitar and the spectacularly right-on electric guitar of Djeli Moussa Kouyaté.
All this on her latest album Kanou (World Village).
The combination of the natural bluesiness of the tradition, the call-and-response vocals and the strong groove conjoins with a rock-blues presence that is near irresistible.
Ms. Keïta sings with complete command and authority…Excellent album! Very recommended.”
Get Kanou on iTunes: http://ow.ly/vmCJ5 Amazon: http://ow.ly/AxnNI
The Catherine Russell Trio - Theater Pizzazz (from Iridium Jazz Club)
“If Catherine Russell had been performing when the music for which she has a predilection was written, we’d likely still know her name. She might have been the chosen originator of songs by Fats Waller, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Leroy Lovet et al; worked basement clubs, traveled with big bands, been featured on radio or in black and white RKO films.
An old soul, Russell manifests the at-ti-tude of authors in their time with preternatural ease. Ferocious technique appears effortless. Her extraordinary instrument paired with singular interpretive gifts and deep engagement makes the vocalist unique among her peers. To say the lady “has it goin’ on” may hint at the fun you’ll have attending a live engagement, but it doesn’t touch on her uncanny gut and soul connection to the material…
“After the Lights Go Down Low” (Leroy Lovett/Alan White) is honeyed, sung very much to someone despite closed eyes. Russell slowly rocks back and forth. Her voice goes out like a slow motion lasso, notes controlled, massaged, shaped. It’s spell-like. The dame could sell you a bridge…
“You Got to Swing and Sway” (Ida Cox) and “I’m Checkin’ Out, Goom-bye” (Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington) confirm the band’s skill with unadulterated jitterbug. A wonderfully fresh, seemingly off the beat arrangement of “Darktown Strutters Ball” (Shelton Brooks), evokes infectious high spirits and stylish moves – - Russell plays a mean tambourine and boy can she dance!
…The talented band swings, sashays, jives and goes down blue with top collaborative skills. Each musician is a pleasure to hear individually.
Catherine Russell is superb. Treat yourself.”
USA TODAY music critic Jerry Shriver highlights 10 intriguing tracks found in the week’s listening…
Nana Jarnell, Lucky Peterson
All the skills of this dynamic blues guitarist/organist come into play on this searing instrumental from the recent The Son of a Bluesman.
"whether she’s singing jazz, blues, swing, R&B or standards, Catherine Russell’s powerhouse is always in command. She’ll be accompanied by guitarist Mark Munisteri, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Tal Ronen and drummer Mark McLean.” - Nippertown previews Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival: http://ow.ly/AuKko
Catherine plays September 6 at Jennings Landing at the Albany Corning Preserve: http://ow.ly/AuK5z
(via Sundays in the Redwoods – Magic In The Music)
Kyle Eastwood plays Sundays in the Redwoods in Oakland, CA on September 21!
The View From Here is available on iTunes: http://ow.ly/AseEL Amazon: http://ow.ly/AseLX
The enigmatic Lo’Jo performs at Globalquerque on September 19 and 20! http://ow.ly/AsbSH
Their new album 310 Lunes is due out in October: a double-disc set with new instrumental versions of the group’s most memorable tracks and a re-release of their very first album, The International Courabou! lojomusic
(via Gapplegate Music Review: Harold López-Nussa, New Day)
"Good, very good Latin Jazz pianists and their music don’t come across my desk all that often. When something does, I take notice. Such a pianist, who is around 30 and already very accomplished, is Harold López-Nussa. You can hear him to excellent advantage on his album New Day (Jazz Village 570021)…
The set here is an excellent one. The originals have substance and originality. Harold drives without especially emphasizing the left-hand chording a la McCoy Tyner or Eddie Palmieri, which distinguishes him in part from some of the contemporary Latin jazz pianists out there, though his comping remains strong, just a bit more brittle and varied. There is a well-developed musicality that is apparent and marks him as special.
He is on tour throughout North America this September and October, so if you like what you hear, go to it! The album is a winner on all fronts, a landmark Latin jazz piano album of the last few years, surely.”