Friday, October 9, 2009

Sounds of jazz

  • Ann Hampton Callaway At Last. This is an album of love songs, including old standards (Cole Porter), newer songs (Joni Mitchell), and original compositions from Callaway herself.
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy The Music of Cab Calloway. A spirited tribute to a legendary band leader, from a modern swing band with a big sound.
  • Sean Jones The Search Within. A young trumpeter who has made a name for himself, Jones is joined on this album by Orrin Evans, Brian Hogans, Walter Smith, Luques Curtis and Obed Calvaire, as well as other special guests.
  • Julian Lage Sounding Point. Lage emerged on the music scene at the tender age of 7, and now this guitar prodigy celebrates his coming-of-age with an album of improvisation, interpretation, and original composition.
  • Miles Okazaki Generations. This album of progressive jazz was recorded in one take, and serious jazz fans will want to set aside time to experience the album as a whole set piece.
  • Nina Sheldon Harvest. Jazz vocalist and pianist Sheldon recorded this album of standards with David "Fathead" Newman in what would turn out to be one of his last studio appearances.
  • Allen Toussaint The Bright Mississippi. Legendary pianist Toussaint covers standards from blues and jazz greats Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Django Reinhardt and Duke Ellington, among others.

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