The weekly online radio series Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz is back and is now available for download at Rockwired.com and features exclusive interviews with Jeff Hamilton of the Jeff Hamilton Trio regarding their brand new release Red Sparkle and with Russian television personality Oleg Frish regarding his latest release Bring Me Sunshine. In the opening segment, Hamilton discusses the inspiration behind the tracks of his new project, collaborating with bassist Christopher Luty and pianist Tamir Hendelman and the creative process that he and his band share. The second half of of this edition of Jazzed and Blue will feature music and an exclusive interview with Russian television personality Oleg Frish. In the interview Frish discusses his latest release Bring Me Sunshine, working with The Patrick Williams Big Band and plans for future recordings. After being gone for about three months, it is great to finally be back and doing this show again. says Jazzed and Blue host Brian Lush. It's a real treat to end a long week with a show like this and to kick back and listen to some great music."
After more than three decades as one of jazz's elite drummers, Jeff Hamilton still plays with the enthusiasm and passion of a wide-eyed rookie. Whether he's co-leading the Grammy-nominated Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, accompanying Diana Krall or leading his superlative trio, he embodies tasteful musicality and probing intelligence. Featuring his long-time band with bass virtuoso Christoph Luty and the prodigious Israeli-born pianist Tamir Hendelman, his new Capri album Red Sparkle is the work of a master at the top of his game. After a decade together, the Jeff Hamilton Trio plays with the precision, poise and attention to detail one would expect from an ensemble led by a veteran who made his reputation with Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and Ray Brown. The album opens with Ain't That A Peach," a sassy, loving tribute to Snooky Young, who passed away last May at the age of 92. In much the same way that the title was a Young catch phrase, Hamilton wove the tune together the piece from musical phrases associated with the great lead man, who anchored the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra trumpet section from its inception.Whether interpreting a modern jazz classic or a 1970s pop tune, the trio puts its own rhythmic stamp on every piece in its book. Hamilton's arrangement of Bye-Ya" sets Thelonious Monk's Caribbean-inflected theme to a Brazilian groove, and he re-imagines Stephen Bishop's 1977 hit On and On" with the buoyant beat from Ahmad Jamal's ineffably swinging Poinciana," a hat tip to the great New Orleans drummer Vernel Fournier.
Oleg Frish is probably one of the most famous men in America that you've never heard of. Of the five million Russians living in the United States, Frish is one of the best known personalities and is often described as the Merv Griffin of Russian-American entertainmenta versatile and well regarded TV and radio host and a singer, tooin multiple languages. His debut CD in the United States, Bring Me Sunshine," was released on August 9th.A passionate and rabid fan of American music and the Great American songbook in particular, Oleg's wildly successful Russian-American Television Show, Time Out," was broadcast weekly on the Russian-American Television Network NTV across the U.S. and featured his celebrated interviews with many American music and celebrity icons including the late James Brown, Donna Summer, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka, Nancy Wilson, B.B. King, Connie Francis and many others. At the height of its popularity, the Time Out" program reached millions of people in 19 countries across the globe and ranked as the top Russian-language entertainment show, the Entertainment Tonight" of Russian TV. In 2010 Oleg took some time off from his TV duties to record his ode to the art of timeless music, the English-language CD project, Bring Me Sunshine," debuting August 9th. In the same studios used by Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle, Frish teamed with Patrick Williams, who was also the arranger-conductor for both of Sinatra's Duets" albums, the singer's final recordings Featuring vocals by himself and the music of the A-list Hollywood musicians who form The Patrick Williams Big Band, Bring Me Sunshine" was recorded at the legendary Capitol Records Studio in Hollywood California. 20time Grammy Award winner Al Schmitt, who has engineered or produced records for Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Jefferson Airplane, Eddie Fisher, Glenn Yarborough, Jackson Browne and Neil Young and engineered Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company, which won eight Grammy® Awards in 2004, is the engineer on the lushly-orchestrated CD.