Straight, No Chaser - January 13 Picks

Song, Artist, Album

“I Can't Give You Anything But Love,” The Young Brothers, Tales of Time
The brand new release and debut album from The Young Brothers Trio has fresh new and exciting interpretations of old standards performed by pianist Tim Young, brother Alphonso M. Young, Jr. on the drums, and bassist Bhagwan Khalsa with guest appearance by saxophonist Ben Boker, vocalist Sara Jones, and guitarist Todd Harrison. (Ed's Pick)

“Infant Eyes,”
The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The Colors of Jazz
From the heart of Ohio comes a big band under the leadership of Byron Stripling, the CJO – and its latest release features a balanced mix of tunes, all arranged with precision and rich textures. The playing is outstanding on every track, and for large group fans, this independent release is as good as you will likely find anywhere. (Mark's Pick)

Craig Buhler, Capistrano Sessions
The latest release by Washington-based educator and saxophonist Craig Buhler contains eleven new original compositions of light, excellent rhythm-based music featuring Brian Atkinson (vibes, trumpet & flugelhorn), Dave Witham (piano), Joel Hamilton (bass) and drummer Paul Kreibich. (Ed's Pick)

“Summer Pudding,”
Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet, Husky
Seattle-based tenor Skerik leads a group of five horns, organ and drums through a funky, quirky, challenging but ultimately rewarding set of original songs. This release features some surprisingly lush arrangements that give way to agressive solos. An overlooked album from 2006 that deserves more recognition. (Mark's Pick)

“Born Lucky,”
Anders Blichfeldt, Born to Be Blue
This collection of songs by Danish Rock star Anders Blichfeldt and the Danish Radio Big Band captures a swinging vocal performance by the singer on a selection of original and blues/rock standard tunes delivered in a bluesy/ jazz setting backed up by a renowned international big band. (Ed's Pick)

“Rush Hour,”
Out To Lunch Quintet, Live at the Artists' Quarter
A group of Minneapois musicians take on the performance of Eric Dolphy’s work. A live recording of imaginative and free musicianship before a enthusiastic audience. (Mark's Pick)

"Keep It Simple,"
Joris Teepe's Groningen Art Ensemble, Jazz In, Jazz Out
This recording is a project by the Hanze University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where internationally renowned bassist and educator Joris Teepe and his New York-based group, Groningen Art Ensemble record an album of varying jazz styles from bop, straight-ahead, classic to funk. (Ed's Pick)

Flat Earth Society, Psychoscout
One of Belgium’s best groups of the past decade takes on the American audiences with its unique blend of jazz and rock in the style that will remind listeners of the best Frank Zappa groups from the 1970s. All that and some fine clarinet playing, too. (Mark's Pick)

The Bias Project #1, Rodrigo Ferrari-Nunes
The debut album of Brazilian-born bassist Rodrigo Ferrari-Nunes is dedicated to the music of Mingus, Coltrane, Parker, Evans, Hubbard and Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal. A burner of a CD with no samba here. (Ed's Pick)

1 comment:

Don said...

Thanks so much for playing "Rush Hour" by the Out To Lunch Quintet. We really appreciate it. Great playlist for folks with good ears.