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
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • One of today’s greatest jazz composers, Terence Blanchard, releases Choices on August 18th. Recorded in New Orleans.
  • Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge release The Comet’s Tail: Playing The Compositions of Michael Brecker on 8/11 w/guest stars.
  • Pat Metheny writes about his upcoming “orchestrionics” recording. It’s going to be interesting.
  • Far Out Recordings-Brazilian Music Sampler Free at Amazon MP3 Store. With Marcos Valle, Joyce, Azymuth, Sabrina Malheiros.
  • Didn’t know Larry Carlton was joining Steely Dan on six dates during their current tour.

Review: Flow by Terence Blanchard

Flow from Terence BlanchardFlow, the new Blue Note release from Terence Blanchard, may be the best jazz release of the year. I’ve been listening to this release over and over and always find something interesting. Flow covers many musical directions, from African chants to an infusion of electronic soundscapes. Blanchard’s band, the primary musicians on the recording (no “guest stars” other than producer Herbie Hancock), is tight. The musicians aren’t afraid to let loose and several tracks fall into the hard-bop category. The song “Over There,” is emotional and intense. All of the tracks sound inspired and challenging. In fact, given that the band is an equal attraction to Blanchard on the recording and contributes the majority of the compositions, I don’t know why the Terence Blanchard Band isn’t the headliner.

So, you’ve got eleven great compositions, a killer band, and guaranteed to get your money’s worth because of multiple listens. Get into Flow on June 7.