Guess the artist from the lyrics 1

Occasionally, I’ll post a stanza or two from a contemporary jazz vocalist’s song and you reply with who it is!

Here’s a fun one:

And when God gave out rhythm
He sure was good to you
You can add, subtract multiply
And divide by two
I know today’s your birthday
And I did not buy no rose
But I wrote this song instead and I call it…

Contemporary jazz 25 years ago – May 11, 1991

Looking back at the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart from May 11, 1991, you see some of the first recordings from the post-MCA acquisition of GRP Records. Greenhouse by Yellowjackets, Love and Understanding by George Howard, and Healing the Wounds by the Crusaders were all in the top ten.

album cover to the 1991 recording Greenhouse by the Yellowjackets

Greenhouse was the first recording featuring new saxophonist Bob Mintzer. The music continued the trajectory away from pop-jazz that had most evident in their previous recording The Spin. Mintzer is still with the quartet as is founding member Russell Ferrante and, several years away from the band, William Kennedy.

Healing the Wounds was a complete surprise when it came in to the radio station where I was volunteering. No advance notice or hype. You could pull that off in 1991. Produced by Marcus Miller, Healing the Wounds featured band founders Joe Sample and Wilton Felder in great form. I still love the opening track “Pessimisticism.” Continue reading “Contemporary jazz 25 years ago – May 11, 1991”

ABC to air International Jazz Day concert!

The 2016 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert will be broadcast on ABC on April 30 at 7 p.m. CST followed by an on-demand webcast at 8 p.m.. The concert will feature a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including Joey Alexander, John Beasley (Music Director), Kris Bowers, Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez , Chucho Valdés, Terence Blanchard, Till Brönner, Hugh Masekela, James Morrison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Sting , Eli Degibri, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Watson, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding, Ben Williams, Buddy Guy, Lionel Loueke, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, Brian Blade, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kendrick Scott, Zakir Hussain, Trombone Shorty, and the Rebirth Brass Band. This year’s concert will be hosted by President Obama and Michelle Obama at the White House.

New music glance: Go Go Penguin, Dr. Lonnie Smith

album cover of Evolution from Dr. Lonnie Smith

Here’s some music that just came out that I was able to sample and enjoy:

Man Made Object – Go Go Penguin
Manchester based trio plays a mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines and electronica-inspired drums.

Evolution – Dr. Lonnie Smith
The Hammond B-3 organist returns to Blue Note with his tight band and guests Robert Glasper and Joe Lovano. Put on the first track, “Play It Back,” to kick-start your day!

Also out:
More Serious Business – Jazz Funk Soul (Chuck Loeb, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber)