Kathy Kosins / To The Ladies of Cool / Resonance Records Pharez Whitted / For The People / Origin Records Dr Lonnie Smith / The Healer / Pilgrimage Records Bob Mintzer Big Band / For The Moment / MCG Frank Basile / Modern Inventions / Independent Arturo Sandoval /Dear Diz / Concord Jazz Steve Turre / Woody's Delight / High Note Takuya Kuroda / Six Aces / Independent Mike Longo Trio / Celebration of Diz and Miles / Consolidated Artists Productions Lewis Nash Quintet / The Higher Mountain / Cellar Live
Spending another year with you via the Last Call on Saturday nights has been a pleasure. Once again we have listened to a potpourri of compelling, adventuresome jazz artistry. Here are the highlights of 2012 as I see them based on their artistic merit:
Bob Mintzer Big Band / For The Moment / MCG Bobby Broom / Upper West Side Story / Origin Stacey Kent / Dreamer In Concert / Blue Note Jimmy Owens / The Monk Project / IPO Frank Basile / Modern Inventions / Independent Bruce Barth / Three Things Of Beauty / Savant Cassandra Wilson / Another Country / EOne Corey Weeds / Up A Step / Cellar Live Lewis Nash Quintet / The Higher Mountain / Cellar Live Laverne Butler / Love Lost And Found Again / Highnote
As usual I have trouble confining my annual “Best of the year” list to the traditional ten and have thus weaseled my way around the issue by adding a few vocal releases and reissues. Your sympathetic tolerance is appreciated. Our hungry ears were substantially rewarded through the year with these fine recordings:
Frank Basile – Modern Inventions – independent through CD Baby - Omaha native and baritone burner Frank Basile leads a vibrant sextet on this refreshingly straight-ahead release.
Once again this year The Blues Society of Omaha is sponsoring a show that will benefit the annual toy drive for the children of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The concert is Sunday December 2nd at the 21st Saloon located at 4727 South 96th Plaza just south of L Street. Music starts at 3:00PM and will feature Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, The Loose Brothers and Christy Rossiter & 122 North Duck. Local musician Lash LaRue is in his tenth year of hosting events to raise funds and awareness of conditions in