ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL 1.JOHNNY WINTER / STEP BACK / MEGAFORCE 2.MARCIA BALL / THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN / ALLIGATOR 3.MISSISSIPPI HEAT / WARNING SHOT / DELMARK 4.ROB STONE / GOTTA KEEP ROLLIN' / MARQUEE 5.GRADY CHAMPION / BOOTLEG WHISKEY / MALACO 6.ELVIN BISHOP / CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT / ALLIGATOR 7.BIG HARP GEORGE / CHROMATICISM / BLUES MOUNTAIN 8.MISSY ANDERSEN / IN THE MOMENT / MAIN SQUEEZE 9.ETTA BRITT / ETTA DOES DELBERT / BRITTUNES 10.JP SOARS / FULL MOON NIGHT IN MEMPHIS / SOARS HIGH
A band well known for their fearless re-arrangements of pop classics into unpredictable jazz explorations, The Bad Plus has earned a reputation as iconoclasts. An acquired taste to many, refreshingly outrageous to others, The Bad Plus-Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, and David King on drums, have released a highly original body of work over the last fifteen years. The fearless free-spirited demolition of expected chord structure and melody into something completely unexpected is a Bad Plus trademark.
The new disc by the septet The Cookers harkens back to the days of the classic hard bop sessions on Blue Note by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Wayne Shorter and Jackie McLean.
The music soars with fine soloing on the front line with Billy Harper on tenor, Donald Harrison on alto and two trumpeters, David Weiss and Eddie Henderson. The rhythm section of pianist George Cables, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart keep things firmly grounded and in the pocket.
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Colonel James Bitzes, Judge Advocate for United States Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland “Cyberspace Operations: Some Legal and Practical Considerations from a Military Perspective”
CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Sarah Ruden, Visiting Scholar at Brown University, and author of the forthcoming book, “The Music Inside the Whale, and Other Marvels: A Translator on the Beauty of the Bible” “Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time”
INSTITUTE FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION LECTURE – Lou Leviticus, Holocaust survivor, former Professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and author of “Tales from the Milestone”
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Marcia Anderson, Major General in the United States Army Reserve, and Clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin “Leading with Integrity in a Diverse World”
Trombonist Robin Eubanks and his band Mental Images present bold reinterpretations of rock anthems from Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone on a new release, which also features five new original tunes.
ORRIN EVANS – LIBERATION BLUES – Smoke Sessions Records SSR-1409
As a listener I appreciate an album that catches my attention through stimulating composition, improvisation and that spark that transpires between musicians during a good session. It is also pleasing when a CD's capacity is utilized to offer over seventy minutes of solid music that takes one unexpected places, both inside and outside the pocket. Pianist Orrin Evans' new release “Liberation Blues”embraces these qualities in stimulating fashion.