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The Jazz Charts: End of April

As we barrel towards summer, don’t let the heat get to your head, hepcats. Stay cool and enjoy what’s swinging high this week in KZSC’s Jazz Department.

TOP TEN CHARTS:

1    ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ    The Invasion Parade    Mack Avenue
2    LISA HILTON    Kaleidoscope    Self-Released
3    KRIS BOWERS    Heroes + Misfits    Concord Jazz
4    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks
5    IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW    Duocracy    Kabocha
6    BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA    Mehliana: Taming The Dragon    Nonesuch
7    JANICE BORLA GROUP    Promises To Burn
8    RUDY ROYSTON    303    Greenleaf
9    ULYSSES OWENS    Onward And Upward    D-Clef
10    AMY CERVINI    Jazz Country    Anzic

ADDS THIS WEEK:

brianblade_thefellowshipband_landmarks1    BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND    Landmarks    Blue Note
2    MO’FONE    Fonology    Evander
3    JESSICA WILLIAMS    With Love    Origin
4    LENNY MARCUS TRIO    Second Set    Self-Released
5    REGINALD CYNTJE    Elements Of Life    Self-Released

Brian Blade and his fellowship of virtuosos returns with the Brian Blade Fellowship Band’s fourth studio album to date, entitled Landmarks. It’s a pensive, dramatic collection of tasteful compositions – from spatial, spiritual ballads to furious out-bop concourses – with Blade’s dynamic  drum-work that will blast you into aural outer-space. Featuring an instrumentation rarely heard in this capacity, get ready for some Eric Dolphy-esque rips on the bass clarinet and soprano saxophone – courtesy of Myron Walden and Melvin Butler. If I’m not convincing enough, check it out yourself in stores or hear it extensively on Stirrin’ the Soup, Wednesdays 2-4pm. Until then, here’s the Brian Blade Fellowship laying it down at New York’s Village Vanguard last year. This guy sure loves to play.

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The Jazz Charts: 3rd Week of April

CHARTS:

1 LISA HILTON Kaleidoscope Self-Released
2 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
3 BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch
4 CATHERINE RUSSELL Bring It Back Jazz Village
5 BOSSA ZUZU Under Leaves Under Sky
6 NIR FELDER Golden Age OKeh
7 MONTY ALEXANDER Harlem Kingston Express Volume 2 Motema
8 PETE MILLS Sweet Shadow Cellar Live
9 RUDY ROYSTON 303 Greenleaf
10 SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance Chicago Sessions

ADDS:

1 DAVID HAZELTINE For All We Know Smoke Sessions
2 JERRY TACHOIR GROUP Stories Avita
3 NELS CLINE SINGERS Macroscope Mack Avenue
4 MARK BUSELLI Untold Stories oa2
5 VERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE East End Sojourn

BOSSA ZUZU
We had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Reckard from neo-Brazilian jazz group BOSSA ZUZU last week. After their fantastic show at Kuumbwa Jazz last wednesday, they are continuing their tour down sunny California promoting their new CD, Under Leaves Under Sky. Check out the group’s website below,  give them a listen and catch them live if you can!

http://www.bossazuzu.com/

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The Jazz Charts: 2nd week of April

It is my understanding that springtime is the best time to hear good jazz- and boy, is there plenty of it. Here’s just a few of the fine musical fruits that you can pick this Spring, and what’s been hot so far. How do you like them apples?

Top Ten Charts:

1    AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE    The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint    Blue Note
2    DAVID KRAKAUER    The Big Picture    Self-Released
3    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks
4    JEFF BALLARD TRIO    Time’s Tale    OKeh
5    SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE    Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance    Chicago Sessions
6    KROM    Krom    Self-Released
7    RENE MARIE    I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt    Motema
8    SAM BOSHNACK QUINTET    Exploding Syndrome    Shnack
9    SNARKY PUPPY    We Like It Here
10    IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW    Duocracy    Kabocha
Top Adds to KZSC Jazz:

riteofspring1    MARK EGAN    About Now    Wavetone
2    ZARA MCFARLANE    If You Knew Her    Brownswood
3    ZAN STEWART    The Street Is Making Music
4    PETE MCGUINNESS JAZZ ORCHESTRA    Strength In Numbers    Summit
5    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks

So, the irresistable jazz power trio The Bad Plus has come out with their latest album – The Rite of Spring, their rendition of a ballet composed by classical legend Igor Stravinsky. Did you know that the original performance of this piece caused a riot in Russia in 1913? Well, I guess folks just weren’t ready for such an intensity of sound at that time…But things are different now, The Bad Plus surely takes Stravinsky’s composition to a new level in this release. Check out the 2011 live debut of their arrangement below.

 

Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs

Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs, Tues April 1st

Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs bring hot swing tunes and retro pop songs from the 1930s-1960s to Don Quixote’s in Felton on Tuesday, April 1st at 7:30pm. Sylvia, popular singer and guitar player from the SF Bay Area (also a member of Wake the Dead, Cats and Jammers, and Euphonia), and her bandmates sing lush three-part harmonies backed by virtuoso instrumental arrangements from high-society jazz to lowdown Basin Street ballads. Their latest “The Spider and the Fly” CD has a hot spot for the past six weeks on the CMJ Jazz charts. Jennifer Scott (Jennifer Scott Trio, piano) and Ed Johnson (guitar) are top notch jazz singers, arrangers and composers who along with Cary Black (Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Dan Hicks, bass)  join Sylvia for this evening of swinging songs from a bygone era of lighthearted and fun American jazz and pop songs.

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Ambrose Akinmusire Does it Again

 Ambrose Akinmusire (ah-kin-moo-sir-ee)  and his new album The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint really cooks! His second release on Blue Note records since his debut in 2011, Ambrose truly takes you on a auditory exhibition for over an hour with his emotionally-packed new compositions. Featuring collaborations with artists such as Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann and Charles Altura on several tracks, Ambrose Akinmusire continues to paint a dramatic narrative for the listener as his musical career continues to unfold and flourish.

Oakland’s own, Ambrose has received countless awards for his musicianship and compositions since beginning his career as a  jazz trumpeter. Winning the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in 2007, as well as the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition,  one could say Ambrose Akinmusire is one of the most decorated young musicians in the world today.

His newest album is no disappointment – Check it out as it hits the streets March 11th!

AmbroseAkinmusire_ImaginedSavior_cover Personnel on The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint:

Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet
Walter Smith: tenor sax
Sam Harris: piano, Mellowtron
Harish Raghavan: bass
Justin Brown: drums

 

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Jazz Charts – 2nd Week of March

I hope your week is going well! Is spring in the air, or is it just me? Oh well, Here’s what’s happening with Jazz @ KZSC:

Top Ten Charts:

kris-bowers-1024x10241 KRIS BOWERS Heroes + Misfits Concord Jazz
2 ANTON SCHWARTZ Flash Mob Antonjazz
3 PETE MILLS Sweet Shadow Cellar Live
4 TAKUYA KURODA Rising Son Blue Note
5 BEN FLOCKS Battle Mountain West Cliff
6 BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch
7 DANILO PEREZ Panama 500 Mack Ave.
8 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
9 HELEN SUNG Anthem For A New Day Concord
10 IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW Duocracy Kabocha

Top Adds:

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2 LISA HILTON Kaleidoscope
3 PATRICK BUTLER Primemover M.M.O.S.
4 REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE Live Snakes Accurate
5 SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance Chicago Sessions