Danilo Perez performs music from Providencia (Mack Avenue, 2010) at the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival, talks about his music and musical inspirations, the power of Panamanian music, and how alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa helps shape the sound of his new music. Review: Providencia Inspired by the wonderment and challenge of contributing to a healthy future for his two daughters, Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez presents an eleven-track suite of globally conscious music, fusing elements of jazz, classical and Latin American folk music. Providencia, Pérez's debut ...read more
Oscar Lalo creates an enchanting amalgam of Jazz and Chanson Française on his new CD, Un Peu De Toi.The Frenchman who now lives in Montreux, Switzerland. has a charming, elegant approach to singing that he developed after navigating the Parisian cafés of Saint-Germain des Prés, as well as many East Coast Jazz clubs, when he lived in the US.There's a simple, pure and unaffected feeling to Oscar Lalo's music. Inspired by Django Reinhardt and the Music of Hot Club of France with Stephan Grappelli, as well as French legends Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, and Michel Legrand, ...read more
I've been listening to Hendrik Meurkens' Amazon River for about a year and I believe it's one of the great Brazilian Jazz recordings of this, or any era. I'm also happy to report that Hendrik Meurkens and Amazon River is one the best bands I've heard in a long, long time. It all started for me last summer, when a very tall German harmonica player named Hendrik Meurkens with a passion for Brazilian music called me about a website. I didn't know the man, or his music, but I shared his interest in all things Brazilian, and ...read more
Denny Zeitlin View Solo Voyage
Will the real Denny Zeitlin please stand up.Since the mid-60s, Jazz listeners have known Denny as an imaginative, audacious pianist who has led Trios, collaborated with bassists Charlie Haden and David Friesen, and mandolin maven David Grisman, and played some wonderful solo music.All this while also serving as a full time psychiatrist, and wait, there's more. He's a Professor at the University of California in San Francisco, as well. In his free (!) time, the Chicago native passionately ...read more
Joe Lovano is a lucky man and he knows it. Who would have imagined I'd start playing with Hank Jones when I turned 50, he told me recently after returning from a string of European gigs with the pianist. His respect and admiration for Hank serves as the catalyst for what is now a truly remarkable ongoing collaboration, most notably on the new Blue Note CD, Joyous Encounter. In fact, Joe's eclectic seventeen Blue Note recordings bear witness to a number of noteworthy associations over his distinguished career, but this one is rather unique, bringing together two Jazz families.read more
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