New Kim Pensyl In October

It’s been over 15 years since I’ve gotten a new Kim Pensyl recording (the excellent Eyes of Wonder). He kind of dropped off my radar. I heard he switched to trumpet but whatever label(s) he was on never did any sort of media push that I saw. He’s back, and on piano/keyboards, with When Katie Smiles on October 26. It’s a contemporary jazz recording, with a guitar/bass/drum/percussion band support.

“As on all my albums, When Katie Smiles is about communicating feelings born of my life experiences. This makes each album something very personal, emotional and expressive, but it also makes me a bit apprehensive since I put myself in such a vulnerable position by sharing my feelings so openly. However, the chance to communicate deeply with listeners is certainly worth the risk. It creates a bond of understanding that I treasure,” explains Pensyl. “My music is a positive light, deeply committed, and is offered with sincerity in the hope it will bring joy to others by sharing part of my life.”

More September 23rd Releases – McCoy Tyner, Charlie Haden

McCoy Tyner – Guitars CD and DVD with John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Bela Fleck, Marc Ribot, and Bill Frisell. Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette comprise the rhythm section.
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Charlie Haden Family & Friends’ Rambling Boy with Pat Metheny, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Costello, Bela Fleck, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, and his son-in-law, Jack Black. The 19-song recording fulfilling Haden’s dream to play Haden Family songs with his wife, son, triplet daughters, and close friends in the music world. As you can tell from the roster of musicians, it covers a number of styles, from traditional country to contemporary Americana.
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September 23rd Releases – Kenny Garrett, Fourplay, Spyro Gyra

Kenny Garrett – Sketches of MD: Live At The Iridium. “I wanted to document the band I took on the road for Beyond the Wall while we were working with Pharoah and also write some new songs,” says Kenny of this new recording which features Pharoah Sanders. “The idea of doing the Miles-related songs just evolved.”
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Fourplay – Energy
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Spyro Gyra – A Night Before Christmas
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Herbie Hancock – Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock
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September Releases Part 3: New on 9/16

Javon Jackson – Once Upon A Melody
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Patricia Barber – The Cole Porter Mix
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Promises Made: The Millennium Promise Jazz Project (with Kirk Whalum)
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Nuspirit Helsinki – Our Favorite Things
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Dave Koz – Greatest Hits
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Ari Hoenig – Bert’s Playground
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September Releases Part 2: Russell Gunn and George Colligan on 9/9

There are a couple of other new releases out today that I didn’t list on my first post. In stores now are the latest recordings from Russell Gunn and George Colligan.

I wasn’t able to quickly find a press release on Russell’s new one but I think the title says it all: Love Stories. There are some samples on Russell’s MySpace page. As I write this, a download was not available at Amazon.com or iTunes. What’s up with that?
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George can play many different styles of jazz, from fusion with his Mad Science to acoustic trio. His new Runaway recording has Edward Blanco at AllAboutJazz raving. Check it out now on:
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