Ross’ Debut LP Could Take The Crown In This Year’s Best New Jazz & Blues Field

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Vibraphonist Joel Ross released his debut full-length studio recording Kingmaker early this month.  Ross stated in an interview about the 12 songs that make up the 67-minute body of the album, that the songs are “influenced by people or events, relationships I had, or even a question someone posed.”  According to information provided about the album, many of the songs are tributes to his family, so in other words, the album is itself a full-on musical tribute to the people who played a part in one way or another in his personal development.  The compositions spawned from those experiences are works that will appeal to jazz fans of all backgrounds.  The album’s opener, ‘Touched by an Angel’ is just one of the works that supports the noted statements.  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘Is It Love That Inspires You,’ which comes just ahead of the album’s midway point, does just as much to support those statements.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘It’s Too Late,’ the album’s finale, is another example of the power of Ross’ experiences on his music.  It will also be discussed later.  When it and the other two songs noted here are considered along with the nine songs that make up the rest of the record, the whole of Kingmaker proves to be a record that could easily take the crown on any jazz critic’s list of the year’s top new jazz albums.

Joel Ross’ debut full-length studio recording Kingmaker is a strong start for the Chicago-born, Brooklyn-raised vibraphonist.  It is a record whose compositions – crafted apparently from experiences in Ross’ own life – make it worthy of the crown in this year’s field of new jazz albums.  That is proven in part through the album’s opener, ‘Touched By An Angel.’  The song stands out because it exhibits the ability of Ross and company – Benjamin Tiberio (bass), Immanuel Wilkins (alto sax), Jeremy Corren (piano) and Jeremy Dutton (drums) – to play slow with control and more upbeat with just as much talent.  As the old adage states, anyone can play fast, but it takes a real musician to play slow and with control.  The song opens very down-tempo, with Ross creating the song’s foundation through a series of chords alone.  After a few opening bars, the subtle sound of the vibraphones.  Corren and Dutton eventually join in, performing in similarly subtle fashion.  As the song gradually progresses, Wilkins joins in, too making the arrangement even fuller.  As the song reaches and passes its midway point, Wilkins takes the lead, while Dutton adds his own fills (at the same time keeping solid time).  Ross even starts to add his own flare to the composition with an almost seemingly improvisational style performance.  By the time Ross and company reach the song’s final couple of minutes, it slows back down, yet all involved still maintain such control while presenting such a welcome improvisational style in their performances. By the time the song reaches its finale, audiences will not even realize that the song has run for almost 11 minutes.  In other words, the way in which the song progresses and the talent exhibited by each musician creates a song that keeps listeners engaged and entertained with ease.  It really does an exceptional job of illustrating what must have been such a positive experience in this case for Ross.  To that end, it would be interesting to learn what experience Ross had that led to the song’s creation.  It is just one of the songs that stands out among Kingmaker’s dozen total songs.  ‘Is It Love That Inspires You’ stands out just as much as ‘Touched By An Angel.’

‘Is It Love That Inspires You,’ unlike ‘Touched By An Angel,’ is a rather upbeat composition.  Ross takes the lead in this song while Dutton adds his own touch to the work.  The subtlety in Tiberio’s work on bass and Dutton’s full-on solos (which fully put on display his stick control and knowledge of his rudiments), add even more enjoyment to the song.  The upbeat feel from the group in whole serves to illustrate the nature of the song’s title very well.  Given, it is unknown if the “love” in this case is familial or if it is romantic.  This critic does not have liner notes to offer background.  Even with that in mind, the positive feel and energy in the composition goes a long way toward presenting the positive emotion that is implied in the title.  To that end, the song in whole becomes another clear example of why Kingmaker is such a strong offering from Ross and company.  It is not the last of the album’s most notable additions.  ‘It’s Too Late,’ the album’s finale, is another standout addition to the album.

‘It’s Too Late,’ like the other songs discussed here, stands out because of the ability of Ross and company to so expertly illustrate the mood set by the song’s title.  When one thinks of the statement, “It’s too late,” that is more often than not spoken and written in a negative connotation and associated with negative situations.  Sure, there are times when it is used in positive situations, but more often than not it is associated with negative situations.  That sentiment is expressed very well in this case, as Ross and company present a composition that exhibits a certain sense of melancholy.  Even with Dutton’s impeccable time keeping in what is an otherwise upbeat song in terms of tempo, the mood is one of some introspection, even as the song slowly fades in its final bars.  Considering all of this, it would once again be interesting to learn the experience that served as the inspiration for this song, as it is certain to be an interesting story.  The same applies to the other songs discussed here and the rest of the album’s works.  Each work featured in this record does an equally good job of telling its own musical story.  When they are all considered, they collectively make Kingmaker a record whose stories are certain to appeal to a wide range of listeners.  Keeping that in mind, it becomes one of the year’s strongest new jazz records and potentially one of the year’s top new albums overall.

Joel Ross’ debut album Kingmaker is a solid first effort from the up-and-coming multi-talented musician and his fellow performers.  That is due to a dozen featured songs that tell their own specific story in connection with the songs’ titles.  The songs also go a long way toward exhibiting the talents and abilities of each musician.  All three of the songs featured here support those statements.  When they are considered along with the nine remaining songs not addressed here, they collectively make Kingmaker a viable candidate for the crown on this year’s new jazz and blues records and even a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new albums overall.  Kingmaker is available now.  More information on Kingmaker is available online now along with all of Joel Ross’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Joel Ross Debuts New Single; Announces New Live Dates

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Vibraphonist Joel Ross will release his debut album next month, and in anticipation of its release, has debuted another single from the record.

Ross debuted the song ‘Yana‘ this week.  The song is taken from Ross’ debut album Kingmaker.  The album is scheduled for release May 3 through Blue Note Records.  The debut of ‘Yana’ comes less than a month after Ross debuted the lead single from Kingmaker, ‘Ill Relations.’

Kingmaker‘s full track listing is noted below.

The track listing for KingMaker is as follows:
1. Touched By An Angel
2. Prince Lynn’s Twin
3. The Grand Struggle Against Fear
4. Ill Relations
5. Is It Love That Inspires You?
6. Interlude
7. KingMaker
8. Freda’s Disposition feat. Gretchen Parlato
9. With Whom Do You Learn Trust?
10. Grey
11. Yana
12. It’s Already Too Late

Ross will launch a tour in support of Kingmaker May 22 in Brooklyn, NY.  The tour, which features performances in cities, such as Boston, MA; Atlanta, GA and New York, New York also includes dates in the UK this summer.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

JOEL ROSS – 2019 TOUR DATES:
May 22 – Roulette – Brooklyn, NY
May 25 – Atlanta Jazz Festival – Atlanta, GA
May 28 – Blues Alley – Washington DC
June 4 – Jazz Standard – New York, NY
June 5 – Jazz Standard – New York, NY
June 6 – Scullers Jazz – Boston, MA
July 10 – Pizza Express – London, UK
July 11 – Pizza Express – London, UK
July 14 – North Sea Jazz Festival – Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 17 – Umbria Jazz Festival – Umbria, Italy
July 19 – Plaza de Europa – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
July 20 – Plaza de Santa Ana – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
August 3 – Newport Jazz Festival – Newport, RI

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Chris Dave and The Drumhedz Announces Debut Album’s Release Date; Unveils Debut Single

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Hip-hop outfit Chris Dave and the Drumhedz will make its debut in the new year.

The group, led by drummer and composer Chris Dave, the band will release its self-titled debut album Jan. 26 via Blue Note Records. It features appearances by Anderson, .Paak, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bilal, SiR, Anna Wise and others.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the group has released its lead single ‘Destiny n Stereo (ft. Elzhi, Phonte Coleman, & Eric Roberson).’ The song is streaming now on SoundCloud. Pre-orders for Chris Dave and the Drumhedz are open now. The album’s track listing is noted below.

Tracklisting:
1. Rocks Crying
2. Universal Language [ft. KRNDN, Sy Smith, D.Rose]
3. Dat Feelin [ft. Sir, Tiffany Gouche, Keyon Harrold]
4. Black Hole [ft. Anderson .Paak]
5. 2n1
6. Spread Her Wings [ft. Bilal, Tweet]
7. Whatever
8. Sensitive Granite [ft. Kendra Foster]
9. Cosmic Intercourse [ft. Stokley Williams, Casey Benjamin]
10. Atlanta, Texas [ft. Goapele and Shafiq Husayn]
11. Destiny n Stereo [ft. Elzhi, Phonte Coleman, Eric Roberson]
12. Clear View [ft. Anderson .Paak, Sir]
13. Job Well Done [ft. Anna Wise, Sir]
14. Lady Jane
15. Trippy Tipsy

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Charles Lloyd Reveals New Live Recording’s Release Date, Lead Single

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Veteran jazz musician Charles Lloyd will release his latest live recording this summer.

Passin’ Thru is scheduled to be released Friday, July 14 via Blue Note Records.  Audiences can hear the recording’s title track online now here.

The nearly seven-and-a-half-minute song, whose studio take was originally recorded in 1963–when Lloyd was a member of the Chico Hamilton Quartet–is driven largely by bassist Reuben Rogers. Though, Rogers’ fellow musicians do eventually join in, filling out the song.

Audiences can download ‘Passin’ Thru’ online now here.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

The track listing for Passin’ Thru is as follows:

  1. Dream Weaver
  2. Part 5, Ruminations
  3. Nu Blues
  4. How Can I Tell You
  5. Tagore on the Delta
  6. Passin’ Thru
  7. Shiva Prayer

Joining Lloyd for the performance featured in this recording are Jason Moran (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).  More information on Passin’ Thru is available online now along with all of Charles Lloyd’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Trombone Shorty Launches ‘Parking Lot Symphony’ Support Tour

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Trombone Shorty hit the road this week in support of his latest album Parking Lot Symphony.

Shorty, whose real name is Troy Andrews, launched his latest slate of live dates Monday in New York City.  His next live performance will be May 4 at Shorty Fest at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA.  Andrews’ latest tour also includes a performance at The Ritz Raleigh on Saturday, June 3, Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC on June 4 and The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 26 as well as performances in Pennsylvania, Montana, Texas and many other states across the country.

The current schedule for Trombone Shorty’s new tour is noted below.

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE – TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):

May 4 – Shorty Fest 2017 @ House of Blues – New Orleans, LA

May 7 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 20 – Central Washington University Concert Hall – Ellensburg, WA

June 2 – Dominion Arts Center – Richmond, VA

June 3 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC

June 4 – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre – Wilmington, NC

June 6 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT

June 8 – Burlington Discover Jazz Festival – Burlington, VT

June 9 – Ocean City Music Pier – Ocean City, NJ

June 10 – Boarding House Park – Lowell, MA

June 11 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT

June 15 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA

June 16 – Westbury Theater – Westbury, NY

June 17 – Aura – Portland, ME

June 24 – Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival – Norfolk, VA

June 29 – Meijer Gardens Amphitheater – Grand Rapids, MI

June 30 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI

July 1 – Grandview Park Bandshell – Sioux City, IA

July 2 – ESSENCE Festival – New Orleans, LA

August 3 – Freeman Stage at Bayside – Selbyville, DE

August 4 – Newport Jazz Festival – Newport, RI

August 5 – Summer Spirit Festival – Columbia, MD

August 14 – Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT

August 16 – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO

August 17 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 19 – Edgefield – Troutdale, OR **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 20 – Woodland Park Zoo – Seattle, WA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 22 – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 24 – Green Music Center – Rohnert Park, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 25 – Avila Beach Amphitheater – Avila Beach, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 26 – The Chelsea – Las Vegas, NV **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 27 – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

August 30 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA **co-headline with St. Paul & The Broken Bones**

September 14 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX

September 15 – Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX

September 16 – Pavilion at the Music Factory – Irving, TX

September 19 – House of Blues – Houston, TX

September 20 – Saenger Theater – Mobile, AL

September 21 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

September 23 – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival – Franklin, TN

September 24 – Bourbon & Beyond Festival – Louisville, KY

September 26 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

September 28 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL

September 29 – Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

September 30 – Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

October 1 – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra, FL

October 10 – Orpheum Theater – Boston, MA

October 11 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA

October 13 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

October 14 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

October 20 – Palace Theater – St. Paul, MN

October 21 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL

October 23 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Canada

October 24 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Canada

October 26 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI

October 27 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

Along with his new live dates, Andrews has also released the latest single from his new album.  ‘No Good Time,’ the record’s third single, is out now.  It is streaming online now here.  The song mixes elements of gospel, blues, jazz and R&B for an interesting new offering.

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Hayes Announces Release Date For New Horace Silver Tribute Record

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Famed jazz drummer Louis Hayes will has announced the release date for his next full-length studio recording.

Serenade For Horace will be released Friday, May 26 via Blue Note Records.  The album is a tribute to his friend Horace Silver, who was an accomplished and respected composer, pianist and band leader.

“I wanted to do this recording for Horace Silver because I wanted jazz fans to hear his music and I wanted to honor his memory,” Hayes wrote in the album’s liner notes.  “Horace and I always stayed in touch ever since I first worked with him.  When he got to the point he wasn’t feeling too well, I went to see him and one day he said to me, “Louis, you’re a part of my history.”  I thought about what that meant and I began thinking about how to take Horace’s music and his legacy into the future.”

The album’s lead single ‘Song For My Father’ is available now for download through various digital outlets.  It features vocals from Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter.  The 11-song record can be pre-ordered online now here, and features 10 classic Horace Silver compositions along with Hayes’ original work, ‘Hastings Street.’

Serenade for Horace’s full track listing is noted below.

The track listing for Serenade for Horace is as follows:

  1. Ecaroh
  2. Señor Blues
  3. Song for My Father feat.Gregory Porter
  4. Hastings Street
  5. Strollin’
  6. Juicy Lucy
  7. Silver’s Serenade
  8. Lonely Woman
  9. Summer in Central Park
  10. St. Vitus Dance
  11. Room 608

In anticipation of the album’s release, Hayes has scheduled a three-night stint at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center from May 29 – 31.  The dates also coincide with Hayes’ 80th birthday.

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Logan Richardson Releases His Latest LP This Week

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Saxophonist Logan Richardson will release his latest full-length studio recording this week.

Logan Richardson will release Shift, his latest full-length studio recording this week. The album is Richardson’s first for Blue Note Records and his third overall full-length studio recording. It comes a little more than six years after his most recent album, 2008’s Ethos. That album was released via Inner Circle Music. Richardson brought enlisted one of the biggest names in the jazz industry today for the record in guitarist Pat Metheny for the record. In discussing joining Richardson for Shift Metheny noted Richardson’s talent and his overall vision that impressed him most about working with him. “While he is unquestionably one of the best new alto players to emerge of his generation, it is his overall artistic vision that impresses the most,” he said. Also on board for the project are pianist Jason Moran, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Nasheet Waits.

Shift will be available in stores and online this Friday, February 26th. It can be pre-ordered online now via Amazon and iTunes. It boasts ten original compositions from Richardson and a cover of Bruno Mars’ ‘Locked Out Of Heaven.’ Audiences that pre-order the album now will get the album’s lead track ‘Mind Free’ immediately. The song is also streaming in full online now via YouTube and other streaming services. Audiences can also check out the album’s trailer online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbieGieGfGk&feature=youtu.be.

Richardson will tour in support of Shift beginning March 12th in Vincennes, France. His current tour takes him to a handful of venues throughout Europe in March and April. There is also a planned date in New York, NY on May 20th at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club. All of the latest updates on Richardson’s tour is available online now along with all of his latest news and more at:

 

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