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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Recent Auditions - Wallace Roney album

Roney album cover
Originally uploaded by mike e.bop
Continiung on the path he marked out with his Prototype and Mystikal albums of recent vintage, Roney and his extended family (brother Antoine plays tenor sax and composes; wife Geri Allen is a star on piano), including turntablists Val Jeanty and DJ Axum adroitly mix contemporary rhythmic statements with post-bop forms on cuts like Vater Time and Fela's Shrine (for Afro-beat master Fela Kuti). It might be cliched but this is a disc that rewards multiple listens.

Recent Auditions -Odean Pope

OPope album cover
Originally uploaded by mike e.bop
An admitted Coltrane disciple, who further cut his musical teeth withthe late Max Roach, Odean Pope has always been his own man
This flawless 2006 live recording shows the absolute cohesion and oneness of his multi-layered saxophone choir, and not even the addition of guest stars Joe Lovano, James Carter and the late Michael Brecker disrupt the equilibrium.
A recorded master class in composition, execution and band leadership

Recent Auditions - TB album cover

TB album cover
Originally uploaded by mike e.bop
Working with Spike Lee onthe post-Katrina docu-pic, When The Levees Broke, wasn't enough for trumpeter Blanchard. The emotional residue is collected in this well-conceived and well-executed suite.
This one doesbn't quite have the immediate resonance of previous release, Flow, but its an undenaibly powerful statement from a contemporary master (Check the opener, Ghost of Congo Square)

Dennis 'Rushes' into Christopher's

This Tuesday,

Pianist/ keyboardist Dennis Rushton plays Christopher's Jazz Cafe
starting at 7:30 pm

also , Rushton has announced thatthe 4th edition of
his Christ in Art & jazz takes place June 2008
at Swallowfield Chapel

Friday, November 23, 2007

Riffin' This Week



MON: BIG VOICES: Three male singers, who fit the description. Andy Bey, Bill Henderson, and a more recent discovery, Everette Greene. All three are blessed with impressive voices that they use artfully and stylishly.

TUES: MORE VOICES: Singers who use the instrument in the art of interpretation that makes them unique. Ray Charles, Shirley Horn, Michael Buble, Freddy Cole, Diana Krall, Luciana Souza, Cassandra Wilson, Linda Rondstat, Kurt Elling and Jackie Allen.

WED: The acclaimed trumpeter, Sean Jones, who holds the first trumpet chair in the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis, plays a supportive role to 3 singers.

THURS: “Everytime I hear the sound, the sound”, a famous line from a Mutabaruka poem, is given a sonic portrait.

FRID: Regarded as one of the world’s greatest singers, Youssou N’ Dour takes us to northern Senegal for a new sound. Richard Bona, from the Cameroon, Lokua Kanza, from the Congo, and Gerald Toto, a Caribbean from Paris, meet in an African music summit.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Ms. Gonzalez says 'No Mas'

Singer Carol Gonzalez abruptly and inexplicably ended her performance on the Thursday night Singer's Night showcase at Christopher's.
Some three songs in to the 2nd set of what was scheduled to be a three-set show,
Gonzalez said " I'll do one more then I'm gone home" and made good on her
statement after doing Etta James' 'At Last'
Needless to say, the move did not go down well with patrons.
"She mus' go back tothe bech," one disgruntled regular said. "She nuh ready
fe dis level."

With both a fledgling CD and career to promote, one wonders what Gonzalez really hoped to achieve with the walkout.

Check Christopher's this Tuesday for blues inger Robyn Banks (let's hope she stays the night)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

RIFFIN' note

Those of you who either clicked or tuend in to Riffin' thus far this
week will have been hearing a a repeat of last week's roster of

We're not sure what's happening over at Newstalk, but as soon as we
have a handle, we'll update you further

(if by chnace you missed the previous week's broadcasts, then
this may be a good opportunity to catch up)


Kathy Brown leads frenzied life
> October transpired as a month of performances,
> interviews and peddling of CDs “out of mi car” in
> the bustling life of jazz pianist Dr. Kathy Brown.
> Performance-wise she ticked off Bank of Jamaica’s
> month end Lunch Time Concert accompanying Jamaica’s
> Lou Rawls, Maurice Charles, and a few corporate
> functions plus the University Singers Concert
> weekend.
> Flitting through the October raindrops, Kathy
> Brown recorded the O Factor, a Talk 93 FM recorded
> live muisc feature hosted by Guitarists Seretse
> Small and Steve Golding, and aired each Tuesday
> night on the Campus based radio station.
> November started off on the right note for the
> jazzy doctor with the call to the Pegasus’ Jazz in
> the Gardens’ Best of the Best 07 show set for
> December 23. A few winks after she was bright-eyed
> and sitting in the Guest Room of RJR Jamaican
> Morning duo of Alan Magnus and Paula-Ann Porter. Ten
> minutes later a dauntless Kathy Brown would survive
> Fran├žois (St. Juste) riotous Friday crowd on FAME’s
> Full House Friday.
> For good measure, she also did TVJ's SMile Jamaica morning show.
> The very soon to be launched CD Mission: A
> Musical Journey is being played on Conscious Music
> radio BESS 100.5 FM in the Instrumental Record slot
> hosted each Monday, Tuesday & Thursday afternoon by
> conscious reggae music DJ Sugar Wayne.
> Well, the cat is out the bag, and Kathy Brown’s
> next stop will be Dermot Hussey acclaimed Riffin,
> heard exclusively on Talk 93 FM each weeknight at
> 8:30 pm, as the Washington DC based XM Satellite
> Radio Musicman reviews the aforementioned CD of the
> Jamaican jazz pianist. Keep watching Jazz First for
> the schedule.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Riffin' this week

Missed Jacky Terrason - due to launch of Francophone FIlm fest (see mini-review of that at expressionzjm.blogspot.com), but here's how the rest of the week looks.


Mon: Pianist, Jacky Terrasson, relishes the challenge of reinterpreting classic pop songs and jazz tunes, and does so cleverly in his album” Mirror” . Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, continues her African journey.

Tues: A Riffin rewind. The Turtle island Quartet’s celebration of John Coltrane’s music. Bassist, Stanley Clark, composes and plays beautifully on “The Toys Of Men”.

Wed: Riffin with straight ahead drummer, Alvin Queen, and a tight group in overdrive.

Thurs: ‘LICK SAMBA”, with Maria Rita, Marisa Monte, and Ceu, three seductive Brazilian singers in “lick samba” mode.

Frid: As she did on “Mi Tierra”, Gloria Estafan celebrates once again her Cuban roots in “90 Millas”.