Album Reviews http://kios.org en CD of the Month: Pharez Whitted / For the People / Independent Release http://kios.org/post/cd-month-pharez-whitted-people-independent-release <p></p><p></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 02:36:29 +0000 Chris Cooke 21392 at http://kios.org CD of the Month: Pharez Whitted / For the People / Independent Release Last Call CD Review: Return To Forever / The Mothership Returns / Eagle Records http://kios.org/post/last-call-cd-review-return-forever-mothership-returns-eagle-records <p>Return To Forever's new multidisc recording is an essential addition to any progressive jazz fans library.&nbsp; Founding Return To Forever group members Chick Corea(piano, keyboards); Stanley Clarke(bass) and Lenny White(drums) are joined by Frank Gambale(guitars) and Jean-Luc Ponty(violin). Recorded on tour in 2011, this version of the band creates one magical moment after another onstage with excellent readings of RTF gems "Medieval Overture", "After the Cosmic Rain", "The Romantic Warrior", and others. A DVD is included. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 22:43:15 +0000 Chris Cooke 20030 at http://kios.org Last Call CD Review: Return To Forever / The Mothership Returns / Eagle Records SUMMER'S SOUNDS http://kios.org/post/summers-sounds <p><br>Summertime has been a wonderful season for fine new jazz releases. With a proliferation of smaller labels that specialize in jazz music and independently produced efforts a diverse bounty of music is available for the listener. Many new releases are now available within just a few months after their being recorded. All of this seems to have invigorated the recording scene and, vitally, brought more artists in touch with a wider audience. This beneficent activity is evidenced by some fine releases over the summer and I'll touch upon just a few standouts: Tue, 02 Oct 2012 04:34:07 +0000 Rick Erben 19981 at http://kios.org SUMMER'S SOUNDS CD of the Month: LEWIS NASH – THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN – Cellar Live http://kios.org/post/cd-month-lewis-nash-highest-mountain-cellar-live <p>Drummer Lewis Nash leads a quintet at the Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, BC from September of 2011. First call musicians share the stage in the persons of Jeremy Pelt, trumpet and flugelhorn, Jimmy Greene, tenor and soprano saxophones, Renee Rosnes, piano and Peter Washington, bass. This engagement at Cory Weeds' Jazz Club exhibits the loose spontaneity of straight-ahead jazz. There's formidable talent to burn, and burn they do in a wide-ranging program including compositions by Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Clifford Jordan, Ornette Coleman, Thad Jones and Thelonious Monk. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 04:13:26 +0000 Rick Erben 19980 at http://kios.org CD of the Month: LEWIS NASH – THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN – Cellar Live Last Call CD Review: Marcus Miller / Renaissance / Concord http://kios.org/post/last-call-cd-review-marcus-miller-renaissance-concord <p>Bassist Marcus Miller has released his second recording in less than a year. This one sees the veteran bassist, bandleader, sideman and famous associate of Miles Davis on a groove driven project with a number of special guests, including vocalist Gretchen Parlato.&nbsp; Miller's signature bass sound is one of the most distinct in jazz, and it sets the pulse on a number of fine gems on the new disc, including "Detroit", "Slippin' into Darkness", Setembro(Brazilian Wedding Song) and "Mr. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 04:46:48 +0000 Chris Cooke 19925 at http://kios.org Last Call CD Review: Marcus Miller / Renaissance / Concord Last Call CD Review: Lionel Loueke / Heritage / Blue Note http://kios.org/post/last-call-cd-review-lionel-loueke-heritage-blue-note <p>The fusion of West African &amp; jazz musical traditions is impeccably achieved in the latest recording from guitarist Lionel Loueke. "Heritage" creates a sonic landscape that is contemplative and graceful. Steered by the guitar artistry of Loeuke, the warmth of the program is hard to resist. Loueke's brilliant guitar and vocal work is complimented by close friend and associate Robert Glasper on keyboards, the incredibly talented drummer Mark Guilliana, bassist Derrick Hodge and guest vocalist Gretchen Parlato. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:54:57 +0000 Chris Cooke 19270 at http://kios.org Last Call CD Review: Lionel Loueke / Heritage / Blue Note Last Call CD Review: Christian Scott / Christian Atunde Adjuah/ Concord http://kios.org/post/last-call-cd-review-christian-scott-christian-atunde-adjuah-concord <p>A significant trumpeter to arise in the last ten years, Christian Scott has released an ambitious new 2 CD set that heralds his new name and identity.&nbsp; "Christian Atunde Adjuah" , a traditional African name that has been adopted by the trumpeter, is also the name of this latest release.&nbsp; Scott says he seeks to "stretch" jazz to encompass new musical forms.&nbsp; Inspired by his hometown, New Orleans, Scott paints a turbulent &amp; passionate musical story. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 03:23:27 +0000 Chris Cooke 19249 at http://kios.org Last Call CD Review: Christian Scott / Christian Atunde Adjuah/ Concord Last Call CD Review: Dr Lonnie Smith / The Healer / Pilgrimage Productions http://kios.org/post/last-call-cd-review-dr-lonnie-smith-healer-pilgrimage-productions <p>Dr Lonnie Smith's immense talent on the bandstand is documented on the new disc "The Healer", on the organist's new label, Pilgrimage Productions.&nbsp; Never heard him in person? This is the next best thing. Capturing the spontaneity and style transcending appeal of this accomplished organist who just turned 70, Dr. Lonnie Smith is joined by his touring band of Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar and Jamire Williams on drums. The results are nothing less than mesmerizing, check out the high intensity "Beehive" for an essential electric jazz jam that reminds one of Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew". Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:57:50 +0000 Chris Cooke 19173 at http://kios.org Last Call CD Review: Dr Lonnie Smith / The Healer / Pilgrimage Productions CD of the Month: Frank Basile/ Modern Inventions/ Independent Release http://kios.org/post/cd-month-frank-basile-modern-inventions-independent-release <p>Our CD of the Month for September is by baritone saxophonist Frank Basile. It's called Modern Inventions, released independently by Frank. He is a native of Omaha who has been active in the New York jazz scene for several years now. His talent shined earlier this year on a recording by the Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Ensemble recorded live at Dizzy's Club Coca- Cola in New York. He is joined on this project by Fabien Mary on&nbsp; trumpet; Alex Hoffman on tenor saxophone; Ehud Asherie on piano; David Wong on bass and Pete Van Nostrand on drums. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 21:24:59 +0000 Mike Jacobs 18713 at http://kios.org CD of the Month: Frank Basile/ Modern Inventions/ Independent Release Last Call CD Review:Oscar Utterstrom/Departure/ Independent Release http://kios.org/post/last-call-cd-reviewoscar-utterstromdeparture-independent-release <p>Get ready for the electric trombone artistry of Oscar Utterstrom. His latest recording, Departure, is one of the finest electric jazz recordings to be released in the last several years. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 03:43:30 +0000 Chris Cooke 17931 at http://kios.org Last Call CD Review:Oscar Utterstrom/Departure/ Independent Release