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The Jazz Charts: February 24th

Happy Monday!

We here at KZSC are absolutely overwhelmed with excitement about the new titles that have been coming in! There’s almost too much stuff to fit on a top ten chart, but we’ll do our best. Here’s what’s hot with Jazz at KZSC this week:

CHARTS:

1    TAKUYA KURODA    Rising Son    Blue Note
2    JEFF BALLARD TRIO    Time’s Tale    OKeh
3    PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP    Kin    Nonesuch
4    CATHERINE RUSSELL    Bring It Back    Jazz Village
5    ULYSSES OWENS    Onward And Upward    D-Clef
6    BOBBY WATSON    Check Cashing Day    Lafiya
7    JAMES BRANDON LEWIS    Divine Travels    OKeh
8    VINCENT HERRING    The Uptown Shuffle    Smoke Session
9    CORY WEEDS QUINTET    Let’s Go    Cellar Live
10    TIM HEGARTY    Tribute

ADDS:

1    BEN FLOCKS    Battle Mountain
2    TAKUYA KURODA    Rising Son    Blue Note
3    BRAD MEHLDAU & MARK GUILIANA    Taming the Dragon
4    SCOTT JEPPESEN    El Guapo
5    DHAFER YOUSSEF    Birds Requiem    OKeh

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The Jazz Charts: Second Week of February

We’re glad you made it through the first week!

CHARTS:

1    CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT    WomanChild    Mack Ave.
2    JOHN ABERCROMBIE QUARTET    39 Steps    ECM
3    CATHERINE RUSSELL    Bring It Back    Jazz Village
4    ANTON SCHWARTZ    Flash Mob    Antonjazz
5    BRIAN GEPHART    Standing On Two Feet    Origin
6    KNEEBODY    The Line    Concord
7    NILSON MATTA    Black Orpheus    Motema
8    JOE SULLIVAN    Whiskey Jack Waltz    Perry Lake
9    CAVA MENZIES AND NICK PHILLIPS    Moment To Moment
10    MIKE JONES TRIO    Plays Well With Others    Capri

ADDS:

1    JEFF BALLARD TRIO    Time’s Tale
2    T.K. BLUE    A Warm Embrace    Blujazz
3    SAX RUINS    Blimmguass    Skin Graft
4    ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ    The Invasion Parade    Mack Avenue
5    ELIZABETH MCQUEEN MEET BROTHERS LAZAROFF    The Laziest Remix [EP]    Freedom

If you’re in town and don’t want to upset your special someone around Valentine’s Day, take her/him/they to Cecile McLorin Salvant’s concert at Kuumbwa Jazz – that’s Saturday, February 15th! There will be a 7:00 pm AND 9:00pm show.

Maybe I’ll see ya there!

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The Jazz Charts: First Week of February

Yo! February’s off to a lovely start – continuous rain and good Jazz! Although a staple for most at this time of the year, things are really heating up here at KZSC, see for yourself:

CHARTS:

1 KNEEBODY The Line Concord
2 JOHN ABERCROMBIE QUARTET 39 Steps ECM
3 BRIAN GEPHART Standing On Two Feet Origin
4 GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA Book Of Rhapsodies Accurate
5 MIKE JONES TRIO Plays Well With Others Capri
6 MULATU ASTATKE Mulatu Of Ethiopia Worthy
7 SCENES But Not Heard Origin
8 ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT Black Radio 2 Blue Note
9 CATHERINE RUSSELL Bring It Back Jazz Village
10 SERGIO GALVAO Phantom Fish Pimenta

ADDS:

1 ANTON SCHWARTZ Flash Mob Antonjazz
2 RUSS NOLAN Relentless Rhinoceruss
3 JOE SULLIVAN Whiskey Jack Waltz Perry Lake
4 DANILO PEREZ Panama 500 Mack Ave.
5 CAVA MENZIES AND NICK PHILLIPS Moment To MomentHave a great week!

 

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Jazzuary at it’s End – The Charts and Adds

Here’s what’s happening with Jazz at KZSC! There’s been tons of material dropping in lately, courtesy of all of our lovely promoters:

CHARTS:

1    BEATA PATER    Golden Lady    Self-Released
2    JOHN ABERCROMBIE QUARTET    39 Steps    ECM
3    MICHELLE ZANGARA    Songs Of Blue    MZRecords
4    CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT    WomanChild    Mack Ave.
5    CHARLES BOLES QUARTET    Blue Continuum    Detroit Music Factory
6    GEORGE COLLIGAN    The Endless Mysteries    Origin
7    CAROLYN LEE JONES    The Performer    Catnround
8    SERGIO GALVAO    Phantom Fish    Pimenta
9    CHICAGO JAZZ ORCHESTRA    Burstin Out    Origin
10    PINK MARTINI    Get Happy    Heinz

ADDS:

1    DONNA SINGER    Jazz In The Living Room    Emerald Bay
2    JOE SULLIVAN    Whiskey Jack Waltz    Perry Lake
3    CORY WEEDS QUINTET    Let’s Go    Cellar Live
4    DEE BELL    Silva Bell Elation
5    JAKE HERTZOG    Throwback    Zoho

Make sure to catch the fabulous John Abercrombie Quartet at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz Monday February 10th!

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John Hanrahan Quartet & Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”

The hosts of “Stirrin’ the Soup” had the pleasure of hosting two members from the Chicago-based group known as the John Hanrahan Quartet last week. John (the leader/drummer, now based in Santa Cruz) and his longtime bandmate/tenor saxophonist Brian Kephart, joined us for an exciting discussion about their show at Kuumbwa Jazz. When I heard that this group was going to perform Coltrane’s magnum opus A Love Supreme, I was impressed at the ambition of these guys – I mean,  what a piece to tackle! Here’s the crazy part: these guys meet up transnationally from Chicago to Santa Cruz every few years to play A Love Supreme without rehearsal, straight from the heart and from the top of the head. I went to their show and can say with unmatched certainty that these guys are amazing. Brian absolutely tears it up on the tenor sax and the rest of the band carries the tunes phenomenally. There was something special happening inside the Jazz Center that night; several attendees of the show reported sharing a feeling of spiritual connection to the music throughout the performance. Not quite speechless, but I can only express so much via text so please, find a comfy chair, sit back, relax and check out our discussion about the music we call “Jazz” if you like, and I hope you find it as stimulating as we did. Disclaimer: It’s a long one.

 

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Mid-Jazzuary Music Charts

Greetings!

I hope your new year is off to a good roll, and I know we’re all looking forward to the good things ahead! Speaking of, here’s whats happening in the Jazz department at KZSC:

CHARTS:
1    CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT    WomanChild    Mack Ave.
2    DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE    Distance Travel    Acoustic Music
3    DAVE SLONAKER BIG BAND    Intrada
4    KENNY GARRETT    Pushing The World Away    Mack Avenue
5    PHIL WOODS AND THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA    New Celebration    Chiaroscuro
6    SERGIO GALVAO    Phantom Fish    Pimenta
7    JOHN CLAYTON    Parlor Series    Self-Released
8    TED BRANCATO    The Next Step
9    DIANE HUBKA    West Coast Strings    SSJ
10    BOBBY WATSON    Check Cashing Day    Lafiya

ADDS:
1    MATT RENZI    Rise And Shine    Three P’s
2    CHARLES BOLES QUARTET    Blue Continuum    Detroit Music Factory
3    JACQUES LESURE    When She Smiles    WJ3
4    STEVE TRESELER    Center Song    CMA
5    HERB SILVERSTEIN    Monday Morning    Self-Released

Toodloo!