Marcus Miller recently posted on Facebook what he’s been up to:
Finishing Alex Han’s first album, started work on Al Jarreau’s tribute to George Duke last week, writing for David Sanborn and myself.
Don’t know about you but that sounds like a whole lot of awesome to me!
I remember David Sanborn dedicated each of his recordings to his son Jonathan Sanborn. Looks like Jonathan is a bassist and has given David a couple of granddaughters! Check out this intimate video of the Sanborn men playing “Isn’t She Lovely?” in David’s home studio.
Scott Wilkie has a new holiday recording called The Wonder of Christmas. It’s solo acoustic piano renditions of all of your seasonal favorites. And by “all,” I mean all. With 17 covers of the classics, you’ll find several that you’ll have on your Christmas playlist.
I remember being impressed by Scott’s first recording, Boundless, nearly 15 years ago. I wrote on this site on February 19, 1999:
Missing the pop-jazz sound of the 80s and early 90s? Check out Boundless, the debut from keyboardist Scott Wilkie. Wilkie’s music reminds me of the contemporary jazz piano CDs that I heard when I first started listening to the genre in 1989 or so – works by David Benoit, Tom Grant, and Alex Bugnon. I wouldn’t rule out a Rippingtons influence (especially in the compositions), especially since former Ripps Steve Reid and Jeff Kashiwa, as well as main man Russ Freeman, play on the release. Wilkie doesn’t hold back on the uptempo jams either, which you’ll notice from the start.
Scott is on Facebook and Twitter.
The annual Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival (formerly Rhythm & Ribs) has announced a Salute to George Duke theme for its October festival. George Duke was announced as the headliner for this year’s fest shortly before his death. Among those participating are Pieces of a Dream, Bobby Lyle and Maysa. Catch local talent as well in the historical jazz district in the city where I reside on Oct. 12!
I loved the Bob James/Rob Swift collaboration on “Street Smart” from Bob’s Morning, Noon & Night release. Didn’t know about this live version they did of “Nautilus.”