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Ian Shaw – What’s New...

What’s New is the latest collaboration between two internationally renowned British jazz musicians – vocalist Ian Shaw and saxophonist/composer Iain Ballamy – and Jamie Safir, one of the finest young pianists of his generation.  “This recording is a return to how it all started – under the wise advice of Ronnie Scott, thirty years ago – and a discovery of the art of the great popular song,” explains Shaw. … Read...

Jana Herzen – Nothing But Love...

On ‘Nothing But Love’, Jana Herzen’s diverse, soulful and sophisticated collection of folk/pop/world/jazz originals, the singer-songwriter, and guitarist reaches new heights as a storyteller and composer. The wonderfully rich, mature, and complex song tapestry will be released on January 17, by the multi-GRAMMY® winning Motéma label. With its unexpected juxtapositions of isolation, loss, and melancholy, alongside eye winking fun, hopeful ‘turning the page’ and finding the courage to consider letting the sun back in, ‘Nothing But Love’ offers a complex portrait of a force that, in Herzen’s words, ‘makes the world go ‘round’.… Read...

Antonio Adolfo & Leila Pinheiro – Music of Adolfo and Gaspar...

Antonio Adolfo and Leila Pinheiro met in order to create, together, a very special album with his and Tibério Gaspar’s compositions. It was an old dream and, from that idea, Antonio and Leila started to meet, exchange ideas, rehearse, check the tones etc. Musical director and record arranger, Antonio and Leila chose the songs that seemed more current and, through the new versions, brought them a new air.… Read...

Sinne Eeg – We’ve Just Begin...

Any vocalist who can summon the world-class Danish Radio Big Band to serve as a backup group must have something special to offer. Sinne Eeg, whose lustrous voice uplifts and illuminates her ninth album, We’ve Just Begun, has all of that and more. Eeg, as it turns out, is a shining star in her native Denmark—and if she weren’t, she certainly should be.… Read...
Brazilian Music Spotlight Sergio Mendes
Sergio Mendes At 78, Brazilian-born pianist, composer, and arranger Sérgio Mendes just might be ready for his closeup. Don’t get me wrong; Mendes has been a face for the breezily sophisticated sounds of Brazil ever since he departed from his mentor Antônio Carlos Jobim and brought jazzy bossa nova into 1960s AM radio-pop prominence. If you’re older than a minute, you’ll remember that there was once no medium where you couldn’t see Mendes’ big eyes and snazzy suits as he played beside the members of his Brasil ’66 ensemble (including Lani Hall, an airily cooing vocalist who became Herb Alpert’s wife), or hear his smoothly ethnic rhythms and chord changes—the cosmopolitan equivalent of Bacharach, Brian Wilson, and the Beatles.… Read...
Recent Jazz Vocal Discovery Michelle Nicolle
Michelle Nicolle Known for her ability to get right to the heart of a song, as well as being an in the moment improviser Michelle has continually developed and nurtured her art form with the help of her quartet.  As well as releasing 8 CDs the MNQuartet has toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally -highlights include South Korea, Finland, and Czech Republic, Asia Pacific Festival (Russia), Tokyo Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), New Zealand, Turkey, Estonia, Indonesia and Singapore.… Read...
Classic Jazz Vocal Album Spotlight Blossom Dearie – My New Celebrity Is You
Blossom Dearie – My New Celebrity Is You Blossom Dearie’s career has undergone a series of unusual and impressive steps. It started in the 40’s with her arrival in New York; local jazz aficionados recall her as the intermission pianist in a 52nd Street strip joint. A long residence in Paris followed in the 50’s where she was the guiding light of a provocatively jazzoriented singing group, the Blue Stars, and later a solo performer, a singer and pianist with a distinctive and imaginative repertory and a voice that managed to combine a little girl’s confidential whisper with an aura of sophistication.… Read...
Other Releases of Interest Nu Deco Ensemble
Nu Deco Ensemble Since its inception in 2015, Nu Deco Ensemble has exploded onto Miami’s eclectic musical scene captivating audiences, holistically engaging with its community and fusing innovative, genre-bending orchestral performances and collaborations with the highest levels of musical artistry. Nu Deco is reimagining a fresh vision of what an orchestra can achieve in the 21st century. Created by two of classical music’s most in demand artists, Jacomo Bairos and Sam Hyken, Nu Deco Ensemble is a flexible and innovative hybrid orchestra that celebrates living composers, reimagines all genres of music, and collaborates with a wide range of diverse musical guests, composers, choreographers, dancers, and mixed media artists.… Read...