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.”
Here were the top-selling contemporary jazz recordings in summer 1988, according to the July 8, 1988 issue of Billboard!
- George Howard – Reflections
- Bobby McFerrin – Simple Pleasures
- Basia – Time and Tide
- Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman – Kilamanjaro
- David Benoit – Every Step of the Way
- Tim Heintz – Searching the Heart
- Chick Corea – Eye of the Beholder
- Dianne Reeves – Dianne Reeves
- Kirk Whalum – And You Know That!
- Shadowfax – Folksongs for a Nuclear Village
Entering the chart that week was a number of releases that would be headed toward the top: Spyro Gyra’s Rites of Summer, Politics by Yellowjackets, If This Bass Could Talk by Stanley Clarke, and Sade’s Stronger Than Pride.
I love any modern jazz project that has the potential to reach new audiences. Cover Art, the new recording from the NEXT Collective has interpretations of songs by Drake, Bon Iver, Dido, Pearl Jam, Kanye West and more. The collective Features rising jazz stars: saxophonists Logan Richardson and Walter Smith III, guitarist Matthew Stevens, keyboardists Gerald Clayton and Kris Bowers, bassist Ben Williams, drummer Jamire Williams, and special guest trumpeter Christian Scott (aka Christian aTunde Adjuah).
Sample the new compilation, Ultimate Nu Jazz Sounds (35 Essentials for Nu Jazz, Lounge, Chillout and Smooth Jazz Lovers), below. iPad and iPhone users can sample it at iTunes. What do you think?