Charts & Adds for Jazz – 1st week of February

Hell everyone. I’m sure you’re itching to see the charts and adds for the Jazz department at the Great 88. Since I’m such a nice guy, I’ll throw you a bone:

Top Ten:

2 DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER Live At Yoshi’s Verve
3 DIANNE REEVES The Calling Blue Note Records
4 HAMPTON HAWES Northern Windows Fantasy Records
5 MELISSA ALDANA AND CRASH TRIO Melissa Aldana And Crash Trio Concord
6 PAMELA HINES TRIO Return Spice-Rack
7 RENE MARIE I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt Motema
8 AMY CERVINI Lovefool Orange Grove
9 ANA VELINOVA December Wishing Ward Street
10 ANN REYNOLDS & CLAVE GRINGA Para Cuba Mon Amor That Music Moves!



1 BOB SHIMIZU Let’s Get Togehter Self-Released
3 OMER AVITAL New Song Motema
4 CHRIS CORTEZ Top Secret! Blue Bamboo
5 DAVE BASS New York City Sessions Whaling City Sound


Review of Bare Lincoln by Bear Lincoln

The album, Bare Lincoln, by Bear Lincoln has an interesting blend of funk and rock songs. They are consistently upbeat, catchy, and have vocals that do not get repetitive. The tracks called “Sera Feliz” and “Smokey” are sung in Spanish and incorporate cultural elements using trumpets that are reminiscent of the Latin-pop genre. Bare Lincoln is addictive and uses passionate sounds that lift the mood. This reviewer gives this record an 8/10


Check out the album on Bear Lincoln’s bandcamp page here!

Bob Marley would’ve been 70-years old on February 6,2015

Jamaica’s first international superstar, Bob Marley is credited with bringing reggae, rasta and a powerful message of peace and reconciliation to people around the world at a time of great social crisis.Bob Marley was born in a small village called Nine Miles in Jamaica 06/1945. 70TH Birthday Celebration Kicks Off a global Call to love @ the Catalyst Feb.7/2015 Santa Cruz.

Burnt Palms backstage

You Oughta Know: Burnt Palms

Burnt Palms is a bay-area surf punk trio hailing from the bay are and they are an artist that you oughta know. Their combination of the classic distorted guitars, fast drums, and perfect female lead vocals make for some of the best surf rock in the underground music scene in Northern California. They currently have two albums out and they both feature their fantastic musical blend with well-written lyrics about daily life and relationships. They currently have two shows coming up in Santa Cruz in January. One of their shows will be at the Crepe Place on the 21st and at Subrosa on the 24th. Check out their latest album, The Girl You Knew, on their bandcamp page and keep an eye out for their third album to be released later this year.

Ghouls on a log

Cool Ghouls at the Catalyst Atrium

Wednesday January 14th San Francisco’s jangly rockers the Cool Ghouls will be bringing their vintage psychedelic sounds to the Catalyst Atrium. Fresh off the release of their Sonny Smith produced sophomore album “A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye,” the ghouls are carrying the torch for the once thriving SF scene. Cool Ghouls will be joined by the organ driven psychters Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel and Fine Points, which features members of the acclaimed Santa Cruz act Sleepy Sun. Be sure to catch these staff favorites Wednesday night in the Atrium.
Cool Ghouls – The Mile:
Thank You Based God

Concert review: Lil B at the Catalyst Atrium

To further put off studying for finals last friday, I attended one of Bay Area rapper Lil B The BasedGod’’s #veryrare concerts at The Catalyst. Well known in the Bay for his work in rap group The Pack (who opened for him), Lil B has reached a distinguished status in the rap game through his extensive online social media presence as well as his prolific free mixtape collection available on the web. Best known for his self invented musical subgenre basedmusic, Lil B continues to expand and innovate within the hiphop genre with his stream of consciousness lyrics and eccentric selection of beats.

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