There's a point between where jazz fans exist yet the casual music fan might get lost. Baritone saxophonist/bass clarinetist/composer/bandleader Tony Lustig wants to bridge that gap. To that end, his quintet is 'Taking Flight' (Bimperl) on eight wildly disparate originals "that represent what jazz music means while still making it enjoyable for someone who has never listened to jazz before," according to the artist.
It's a large benefit for an artist when they can listen and understand the advice of their elders. As Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter said in an open letter penned to young and budding talent, your elders "are a source of wealth in the form of wisdom."
French pianist Romain Collin came to America to attend Berklee, graduate from the Monk Institute and tour with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Now, on his third CD as a leader, 'Press Enter' (ACT Music), the pianist fuses his jazz with a rock sensibility by use of his heavy-handed drummer Kendrick Scott.
'The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981' (Legacy Recordings) of Weather Report is over four hours of previously unreleased concert moments on four CDs. The classic lineup of Viennese keyboardist Joe Zawinal [1932-2007], saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Jaco Pastorius [1951-1987] and drummer Peter Erskine is joined by Robert Thomas, Jr. on hand drums for some magical concert moments.
It's the long time Wayne Shorter quartet...without Shorter. On the mysteriously beautiful and wholly accessible 'Children Of The Light' (Mack Avenue), pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade take lessons learned and apply them to an 11-track all-original hour (except for a loving remake of Shorter's "Delores"). Although they're all leaders in their own right, this is their first trio outing.
In support of the upcoming Wayne Shorter documentary Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity, directed by Dorsay Alavi, donors were treated to a backyard show consisting of Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock and more.
Alas, the Peter Cat club closed in 1981. But the shuttering didn't taint Murakami's writing. In fact, jazz continued to be a fount of inspiration. To wit, Aaron Gilbreath at Harper's Magazine led a solo expedition to locate these inspirational dwellings--long after they closed down.
This year's Grammy nominations for jazz contain what some see as a shocking omission: Chick Corea, the jazz pianist, received no nominations this year. Corea, 72, has been a Grammy favorite for decades, with a total of 20 Grammys to his credit, including the two he won last year. But his latest album The Vigil was passed over.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month! So, to celebrate America's one true music, Classicalite will be featuring articles on those artists and individuals who have made jazz what she is today. The crescendo will continue on through April 30--International Jazz Day.