Entries by Jazz and Blues Director

Mid-November New Jazz Releases

What’s happenin’ in jazz?  Here it is: Top New Jazz Releases: 1    BEATA PATER    Golden Lady    Self-Released 2    ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT    Black Radio 2    Blue Note 3    BILL MAYS AND THE INVENTIONS TRIO    Life’s A Movie    Chiaroscuro 4    DAVID SILLS    Blue’s The New Green    Gut String 5    HARRIS EISENSTADT    Golden State    Songlines 6    JOSHUA SHNEIDER   […]

New Jazz for September

Our jazz department at The Great 88 has received some great new music, especially the latest release from Derrick Hodge. Here’s what’s happening in early September: DERRICK HODGE Live Today (Blue Note) APERTURISTIC TRIO Truth And Actuality (Inner Circle) CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO Out Here (Mack Avenue) CHICK COREA The Vigil (Concord Music Group) JAMES ZOLLAR It’s All Good People (JZAZ) […]

Hristo Vitchev Interview

In my interview with Bulgarian-raised guitarist Hristo Vitchev, he largely spoke of the ‘Impressionistic” ideas behind his unique style of music. A composer of 6 albums since 2009, his sound is expressed much like a painter expresses what he sees in a painting; a symbiotic playing with his quartet that sonically paints a picture in […]

Hot Jazz of July

As we all may know, summer is slow. Regardless, a few new titles have been coming in here and there, and some of it’s hot. Check it out: CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO    Out Here HRISTO VITCHEV QUARTET    Familiar Fields ETIENNE CHARLES    Creole Soul EMILY BEAR    Diversity GEORGE BENSON    Nspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole PAT […]