Contemporary Jazz on Twitter in July

I’ve posted over 500 tweets of contemporary jazz news, release dates, and site information on Twitter in the last few months. It’s how I communicate quick contemporary jazz items of interest. In today’s quick-moving world, this is how I get most of my information – through brief, one-sentence notifications. Later, I can go back and read more about something or compose a blog post. Follow my tomorrowjazz tweets on Twitter!

I keep a list of my most recent tweets here on the site, but here are some items you might have missed.

  • Smooth jazz takes another blow as The Weather Channel replaces it with classic rock for Weather on the 8’s.
  • Miroslav Vitous’ new CD honors Weather Report http://is.gd/1oYMf
  • New release from jazz pianist Eldar coming August 25. Called Virtue, it has guests Nicholas Payton and Joshua Redman.
  • Pandora and three others might be ok but that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing Internet radio. http://is.gd/1sYhv
  • Mike Stern’s Big Neighborhood out 8/11 w/ Dave Weckl, MMW, Steve Vai, Esperanza Spalding, Eric Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, and more.
  • B.B. King calls George Benson “the best guitarist in the world in all kinds of music.” http://is.gd/1yQhp
  • One of today’s greatest jazz composers, Terence Blanchard, releases Choices on August 18th. Recorded in New Orleans. http://is.gd/1zHt7
  • Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge release The Comet’s Tail: Playing The Compositions of Michael Brecker on 8/11 w/guest stars. http://is.gd/1AYmC
  • Pat Metheny writes about his upcoming “orchestrionics” recording. It’s going to be interesting. http://is.gd/1L7tI
  • Far Out Recordings-Brazilian Music Sampler Free at Amazon MP3 Store. With Marcos Valle, Joyce, Azymuth, Sabrina Malheiros. http://bacn.me/9ja
  • Didn’t know Larry Carlton was joining Steely Dan on six dates during their current tour.

Joshua Redman New Releases: SF Collective and Elastic Band’s Momentum

Joshua RedmanJoshua Redman returns in a big way on May 24. His debut releases with the Nonesuch label are a new Elastic Band recording and an acoustic record featuring Redman with the all-star band he created with the San Francisco Jazz Organization (SFJAZZ).

On Momentum, the Elastic Band continues its plugged-in exploration of groove and jazz. The 12-track release features original compositions by the band as well as taking on music by Led Zeppelin, Sheryl Crow, and Ornette Coleman. Listen for contributions by Stefon Harris, Flea, ?uestlove, Nicholas Payton, and the soon-to-be ubiquitous Me’shell Ndegeocello.

The SF Collective release is music from the group’s 2004 live performances which featured the music of Ornette Coleman as well as band originals. And what a collective last year: vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, pianist Renee Rosnes, trombonist Josh Roseman, bassist Robert Hurst, and drummer Brian Blade. Nonesuch’s web site has more information, including this year’s SF Collective lineup.

Since I didn?t take this opportunity before, I recommend checking out Josh Roseman’s Treats for the Nitewalker release. It’s an engaging hour of inventive trombone fusion. Nothing I heard last year sounded like it.

Joshua Redman Plugs In

“I always thought someday I’m gonna do a different kind of record. I’m gonna do a record that has more electric textures, that has wider sonic variety, I’m gonna do a record that relies more heavily on other sorts of rhythms – not just swing-bass rhythms but more backbeat rhythms… But it took me ten years to do a record like and I’ve finally done it and I’m so happy with it. It was a risk and it was a challenge but it’s been very rewarding for me.” That’s Joshua Redman talking about his new CD, Elastic, which is out tomorrow. Redman’s Elastic Band consists of Sam Yahel on multiple keyboards and Brian Blade on drums (the same group also composes YaYa3, who released their self-titled album earlier this summer). Joshua says that this music is more his own than any other music he’s ever written and that it has more of a personal identity ot it. After listening to this CD, it sounds like he’s a guy I want to get to know better.

Joshua Redman Quote

I read a quote from Joshua Redman in a recent Borders magazine. I thought it was appropriate for the first entry at this site.

“Jazz is going in all different directions now, and most are wonderful. There are great musicians with really original things to say. The music is in a really wonderful, creative time. Jazz is mixing with other forms of music, but there is no one next step.

We have to stop seeing the development of jazz – or the development of any art – in this kind of linear progression. Each step is a little bit higher than the one before. There’s always a next obvious step, which represents obvious progress and linear evolution from what came before. That’s a very modernist conception and it’s worked for a long time. But I think this is more of a postmodern age. It’s less about the next big thing or the next logical extension of what’s happening. It’s more about all these different possible creative avenues that are being explored.”
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