Thursday, August 27, 2015

Global guitarist Jesse Cook conjures the sounds of modern day Constantinople for the U.S. market #jazz #worldmusic

World music artist focuses on American audiences with the official launch of his “One World” album and concert tour while his PBS special continues to power stations’ pledge drives.

Constantinople, the ancient melting pot mecca intersecting Europe, India, Middle East and Africa, serves as the inspiration for the adventurous sonic explorations of “One World,” the ninth studio album from world music guitarist Jesse Cook. Joining primal instrumentation from all over the globe with rhythmic loops, textured audioscapes and technological experimentation, Cook’s eOne Music release, which debuted at No. 1 on the jazz and world music charts in the Canadian’s homeland, will receive it’s official U.S. release on October 2 tied to the launch of the first leg of the American “One World” concert tour, scheduled to play 18 cities this fall beginning October 7 in Tucson, Arizona. Riding off to radio stations early next month is the exotic call-and-response frolic “Taxi Brazil.”   
Juno Award winner and 11-time nominee Cook composed and produced “One World,” an aural journey showcasing the Paris-born, Toronto-reared artist’s cultured cornucopia of rumba, flamenco, jazz, gypsy, pop and classical guitar parlance, rife with runs and riffs demonstrating dazzlingly dexterity. Strumming and plucking mystic melodies, evocative harmonies and contemplative meditations, Cook places his guitar on “One World” amidst carefully-crafted instrumental beds that just may be the most experimental of his career. He incorporated more modern technology to create interesting beats and inventive sounds, placing them side by side with traditional instruments that have been around for centuries.

“One could imagine musicians from all over the world meeting in a marketplace in Constantinople and the mad, beautiful music that would have ensued. What would that have sounded like?” Cook pondered. “I didn’t want my crossroads to be limited to only traditional instruments; I wanted music from different time periods represented as well. Now you have ancient instruments like the Armenian duduk or the Arabic oud (the ancestor to the guitar), meeting record scratching, industrial textures, sample and loop technology. That is the world I wanted my guitar to venture through. I’ve always been interested in music technology, but on this record I gave it a wider scope.”  
Cook is not afraid to admit that some of the brazen alchemy came at the curious hands of his seven-year-old son’s exuberant button pushing.        
“He was often hanging around the studio while I was working. Like most kids his age, he was constantly asking if he could play on the computer. And like most parents, I would say no, fearing that he might blow up all my expensive recording equipment. But kids are persistent and I finally relented, leaving him to experiment. Later, when I came back, I was amazed by what he’d found. There were all sorts of loops happening, time stretching, texture and sample libraries I’ve never seen before. At that point, I did what any good father would do: I shooed him out of the chair and grabbed my guitar.” 
Cook will support “One World” in the States with multiple concert treks, the first of which takes place this autumn followed by a second swing early next year and a third leg slated for spring 2016. His popularity as a captivating performer has multiplied exponentially in recent years bolstered by a couple of PBS concert specials, including “Jesse Cook: Live at the Bathurst Theatre,” which is currently airing on television stations across the nation as part of pledge drives. 

“One World” contains the following songs:
“Taxi Brazil”
“Bombay Slam”
“To Your Shore”
“Three Days”
“Tommy and Me”
“When Night Falls”
“Steampunk Rickshaw”
“Beneath Your Skin”

Cook’s 2015 “One World” U.S. Fall Tour itinerary is as follows:
October 7            Tucson, Arizona                                                The Fox Theatre
October 8            Scottsdale, Arizona                         Scottsdale Center For The Arts
October 9            San Diego, California                       Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
October 10          Temecula, California                       Thornton Winery
October 11          Avalon, California                             Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
October 13          Albuquerque, New Mexico         Kimo Theater
October 15          Dallas, Texas                                      The Kessler Theater
October 16          Austin, Texas                                     Paramount Theatre
October 17          Houston, Texas                                 Cullen Performance Hall
October 20          Kansas City, Missouri                      Folly Theater
October 22          Skokie, Illinois                                    North Shore Performing Arts Center
October 23          Burnsville, Minnesota                    Ames Center
October 24          Milwaukee, Wisconsin                   South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
October 25          Columbus, Ohio                                                Lincoln Theatre
October 26          Royal Oak, Michigan                       Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 27          Kalamazoo, Michigan                     Kalamazoo State Theatre
October 29          New York, New York                      New York Society For Ethical Culture
October 30          Glenside, Pennsylvania                 Keswick Theatre

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats made their late night television debut performing "S.O.B." on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." #video

Dear Music Fan,
We're so excited about this performance we simply had to send it to you.  Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats made their late night television debut last night performing "S.O.B." on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

As Jimmy Fallon said, "If you believe in soul... if you believe in rock n roll... if you believe in performing your guts out... Enjoy the band on our show tonight."

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats debut album is out August 21st on Stax Records.  
Happy listening,
Concord Music Group

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Jerff Lorber Fusion - "Step It Up" - Releases September 25th

 September 25th release features 11 new tracks co-produced by keyboardist Lorber and his longtime collaborator, bass legend Jimmy Haslip

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Jeff Lorber Fusion, whose previous release Hacienda was praised for its “impeccable musicianship and deep grooves” by JazzTimes and its “funky, rollicking jams” by All About Jazz, returns on September 25, with Step It Up on Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group. The fourth consecutive collaboration between GRAMMY®-nominated keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber and GRAMMY-winning bassist/composer/ producer Jimmy Haslip since the two virtuosos reactivated Jeff Lorber Fusion five years ago, Step It Up features 11 new Lorber compositions, several co-written with Haslip. The longtime colleagues also co-produced the recording.
Assisting the pair in creating those twists is a team of world-class musicians, including two former bandmates of Haslip’s in the award-winning fusion band Yellowjackets: saxophonist Bob Mintzer and guitarist Robben Ford. Also lending a hand are drummers Ash Soan, Gary Novak and Vinnie Colaiuta; saxophonist Gary Meek and guitarists Michael Thompson and Paul Jackson Jr. David Mann provides horn arrangements and Lenny Castro percussion.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Carol Duboc - "Colored Glasses" September 18th on Gold Note Music #jazz #youtube #video

For her second straight album, Carol Duboc ( is opening up her heart and soul with divulging lyrics about the difficult experience of ending her marriage and now coming though the other side – all while raising a young daughter. The jazz singer-songwriter’s stories on the forthcoming “Colored Glasses” aren’t candy coated, but honest and revealing to the point that she refers to the ten-track collection of originals that she wrote and produced with jazz fusion keyboard giant Jeff Lorber as “continuing therapy.” Slated for release September 18, her seventh album with musical contributions from an accomplished ensemble of contemporary jazz luminaries is also probably her funkiest solo record to date.   

Setting her tales to Lorber’s mid-tempo R&B beats and gyrating dance grooves, Duboc reunited many of the same Grammy-nominated musicians who backed her on what could be considered the first chapter, 2013’s “Smile.” Along with Lorber, who earned his keep on keys, piano, bass, programming and guitar, electric bassist Jimmy Haslip and acoustic bassist Brian Bromberg flank drummer Vinnie Colaiuta in a noteworthy rhythm section supplemented by percussionist Lenny Castro. Guitarists Paul Jackson Jr. and Michael Thompson play rhythm and lead with additional harmonies offered by saxophonist Eric Marienthal and flutist Hubert Laws. David Mann’s punchy horns and crafty horn arrangements lift the tracks into a supernal realm.
The first radio single, “Hypnotic,” an urbane seducer about the intoxicating and blinding power of love, tied for No. 1 most added honors on this week’s Billboard chart. Duboc & Company hit Venice Beach for some summer fun frolicking with fans in the video for the retro dancer “Wavelength,” which debuted last week on Vevo (
On the night of the album release (Sept. 18), Duboc will mark the occasion by performing with Lorber, Haslip and Thompson at the famed Hollywood jazz club The Baked Potato, which will be streamed live on Duboc’s website. The platinum-selling songwriter who has penned tunes for Patti LaBelle, Chante Moore, Tom Jones, Stephanie Mills, Jade, Fine Yong Cannibals, Maurice White and the late George Duke expects to perform a handful of concerts this fall on the national circuit with Lorber.   

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers - "Live In Seattle" - Releases September 25 on Heads Up

 GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair joins forces with blues rock veterans The Boneshakers for a September 25 release, recorded live at Jazz Alley in Seattle.

In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Mindi Abair has made her mark as one of the most recognizable saxophonists in the U.S. You may know her as the saxophonist on American Idol, or the only saxophonist to tour with rock legends Aerosmith since 1973. You may have seen her on stage with Bruce Springsteen for a historic night at the Beacon Theater, or tuned in as she joined Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman. Her seven solo CDs have garnered ten #1 radio hits, six top 5 spots and two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. Abair received a 2014 GRAMMY nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, and more recently received a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo CD Wild Heart.

After Wild Heart, Abair wanted to translate its edgier rock/soul sound to the stage. She called longtime friend Randy Jacobs (Bonnie Raitt, Was (Not Was), Willie Nelson) to join her live band, bringing his Detroit blues/rock edge. In June, Randy’s band, The Boneshakers, was playing The Newport Beach Jazz Festival on the same bill as Mindi’s band, and she hopped on stage to “sit in” with The Boneshakers. “There was so much electricity on stage. The blues and rock just pulsed through me. Everyone played with complete abandon,” Abair said. “It felt like home. And most of my band was also playing with Randy’s band. It was really only about hiring longtime Boneshakers vocalist Sweet Pea Atkinson (Bonnie Raitt, Was (Not Was), Lyle Lovett).” Tracked at Jazz Alley over Valentine’s Day weekend, Live in Seattle captures the intent of a rock band, the grit of a blues band and enough energy to light a stadium. Fourteen sizzling tracks include eleven originals and two dramatic covers, which feature the exceptional combined skills of Mindi Abair (alto saxophone, vocals, producer), Randy Jacobs (guitar, vocals), Sweet Pea Atkinson (vocals), Rodney Lee (keyboards), Derek Frank (bass, vocals), and Third Richardson (drums, vocals).
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Smooth Jazz Chart - Weekly Top 20 - August 17, 2015 #jazz

TW - LW - Artist - Album - (Label)
1 - 1 - Boney James - "Futuresoul" - (Concord)
2 - 2 - Vincent Ingala - "Coast To Coast" - (Independent)
3 - 3 - Najee - "You, Me and Forever" - (Shanachie)
4 - 7 - Dave Koz - "Collaborations" - (Concord)
5 - 4 - The Sax Pack - "Power Of 3" - (Shanachie)
6 - 5 - Maysa - "Back 2 Love" - (Shanachie)
7 - 6 - Jeff Golub - "The Vault" - (eOne Music)
8 - 9 - Four80East - "Positraction" - (Boomtang)
9 - 10 - Gerald Albright - "Slam Dunk" - (Heads Up)
10 - 8 - Jonathan Fritzen - "Fritzenized" - (Nordic Night Records)
11 - 12 - Jessy J - "My One And Only One - (Shanachie)
12 - 11 - Michael Lington - "Soul Appeal" - (Copenhagen Music)
13 - 14 - Paul Brown - "Truth B Told" - (Woodward Avenue Records)
14 - 28 - Ken Navarro - "Unbreakable Heart" - (Positive Music Records)
15 - 17 - Ben Tankard - "Full Tank 2.0" - (ben-jammin')
16 - 15 - Jazmin Ghent - "Boss" - (Independent)
17 - 19 - Paolo Rustichelli - "Euro Nights (Soul Italiano)" - (Next Age Music)
18 - 20 - David Benoit - "2 In Love" - (Concord)
19 - 16 - Nick Collionne - "Influences" - (Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
20 - 18 - Gregg Karukas - "Soul Secrets"- (Nightowl)

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Kenyon Carter - "Game On" - Released 8/14, Title Track Featuring Chuck Loeb - #Jazz

Triumphant again: saxophonist Kenyon Carter’s
“Game On” wins a Global Music Award even before the album is released amidst a buzzing radio single featuring
guitarist Chuck Loeb and an inspiring back story

A pivotal album inspired by a pivotal, life-changing experience, “Game On” is the apropos title of Kenyon Carter’s ( album that was released Friday (August 14) by CurvePoint Media, a ten-song set of originals that the saxophonist wrote and produced in this “Go for it!” moment in his career. The title track to his third release, which earned a silver medal last week for outstanding achievement from the Global Music Awards, knocks it out of the park with an MVP assist from guitar great Chuck Loeb (Fourplay), a contemporary jazz heavyweight who trades ferocious licks with Carter’s spirited tenor horn. There’s a sense of urgency to the cut that has been among the most added singles on the Billboard chart, which can be directly attributed to an incident in Carter’s not too distant past that influences everything the Atlanta-based musician does.
Carter ticketed “Game On,” which hit No. 35 on the iTunes Jazz Albums chart Friday, as the effort to elevate him into the major leagues after a couple of well-received outings that introduced his sound and songbook to a national radio audience. The time to breakthrough in a big way is now – something the artist learned from having his right arm crushed in a car crash that almost kept him out of the game for good. Severe radial nerve damage left doctors wondering if Carter would ever regain full use of the appendage. Persisting patiently through eight months of daily rehab and endless hours dedicated to re-learning how to play the sax with the aid of a specially-designed therapy glove, Carter’s form and function gradually returned, but inside, he would never be the same again. The experience was a powerful wakeup call that the time to chase his dream all out was now and he has not looked back since. Playing with a technical proficiency that exhibits admirable control and restraint when appropriate, his exuberance and drive inform his improvisational soloing that is equal parts impassioned bellows and blasts and graceful finesse that is delicately deployed.      
Hustling out and immediately breaking into a sweat, Carter gives the fervent title cut a boost of guitar muscle from Loeb. The ensuing tenor sax-electric guitar shoot-around erupts into an all-out court battle. There’s a full lineup of potential singles and fan favorites on “Game On.” Carter’s forte as a songwriter is cranking out big hooks that he animates with a variety of saxes allowing him to explore the full “vocal” range of his horn over rhythmic grooves that swirl measures of straight-ahead jazz, R&B and adult pop into substantive soul-jazz collages.
A crowd pleaser with verve, Carter is excited to get his “Game On” this Saturday night (August 15) just outside of his Atlanta home base with a show at Marietta Jazz & Jokes followed a week later by a second album release celebration at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta, Georgia on August 22.

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