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May 12, 2017

Alphabetical order: Artist(s) / Title / Label

 

 

 

cameronGraves

 

 

Cameron Graves / Planetary Prince / Mack Avenue

 

Pianist and visionary Cameron Graves is getting lots of attention these days. He’s one of the leaders of the thriving Los Angeles Jazz scene and is a founding member of the West Coast Get Down Collective, which supports a new “brand” of multi-faceted, progressive Jazz from such artists as saxophonist Kamasi Washington, bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and others.

 

His dynamic first album as a leader is full of original music that explores cutting edge arrangements, rhythmic patterns, and melodic structure, creatively utilizing the full capacity of the piano as a harmonic, melodic and percussive instrument. His music is so relevant and current that it is luring a new generation of Jazz fans who are drawn to the idiom for the first time.

 

 

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Carmen Lundy / Code Noir / Afrasia Records

 

 

Acclaimed vocalist/composer Carmen Lundy uses her expressive voice in a collection of engaging songs she  wrote and arranged, which she describes as “a song cycle for turbulent times. These songs encompass the musical and artistic influences from the African diaspora and its influence on Jazz and other genres – the bossa nova, the blues, swing, funk, the exploration into the avant-garde”, says Carmen.

 

 

The songs are delivered by an impressive list of artists, including Patrice Rushen, piano, Ben Williams, bass, Jeff Parker, guitar, Kendrick Scott, drums with Ms. Lundy on vocals, keys, guitar, string programming and background vocals.

 

 

NicholasPayton

 

 

Nicholas Payton / Afro-Caribbean Mixtape / Paytone Records

 

Another artist who has been taking Jazz in new directions is veteran, New Orleans born trumpeter, Nicholas Payton. His new album mixes Jazz with powerful statements from powerful people, (i.e. Max Roach, Miles Davis, Art Blakey etc.) about aesthetics and world culture among other things.

 

These voice loops are tastefully treated with special electronic effects and interspersed with the music – gently carrying us through the evolution of Jazz bringing the continuum of the tradition into the “now”.

 

 

chrisPotter

 

 

Chris Potter / The Dreamer is the Dream / ECM

 

Chris Potter is considered one of the most talented and powerful saxophonists, composers and bandleaders in Jazz today. Readers of Down Beat voted him second only to Sonny Rollins in their 2008 Readers Poll.

 

 

His flawless playing ability enables him to execute musical ideas and improvisations that are true perfection. The music on his new album explores a variety of modes, rhythmic patterns, tempos, textures, and “stories” in an emotional environment that is both peaceful and intense.

 

nateSmith

 

Nate Smith / Kinfolk – Postcards from Everywhere / Ropeadope

 

The New York Times described Nate Smith as a “firecracker of a drummer” which is quite evident on his new release, which includes such notables as Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Kris Bowers, Lionel Loueke, Jaleel Shaw and others.

 

Smith is another artist who creates a fresh new sound of modern Jazz, fusing Funk, R&B, Hip-Hop and other genres. He treats his band with a collective approach that allows for individual expression. He wrote most of the music on the album, which ranges from hard-driving rhythmically based pieces to lyrical ballads.

 

 

 

*The Jazz playlist reflects Judy Adams’ personal recommendations and does not represent those of the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe or Mack Avenue Records.

 

 

Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM.

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