CD of the Month

October 2013 CD of the Month
12:51 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

October 2013 CD of the Month

Diego Rivera "The Contender" D Clef Records Diego Rivera is a superb saxophonist who since 2002 has been on the faculty of Michigan State University of East Lansing, MI as an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies, Saxophone, and Improvisation. For his second release as a leader, The Contender for D Clef Records, Diego has come out swingin’ for all eleven of the selections on the CD, eight of which he penned, he’s accompanied by 2 of his M. S.

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September 2013 CD of the Month
12:48 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

September 2013 CD of the Month

Kenny Garrett  Pushing The World Away  Mack Avenue One of the greatest saxophonists of the post-bop era is Kenny Garrett; his newest recording Pushing the World Away for Mack Avenue Records is a testimony to his versatile skills. The title is Kenny’s way of letting us know he didn’t let his many distractions and commitments keep him from producing one of the best CDs of his splendid career. 

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August 2013 CD of the Month
12:44 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

August 2013 CD of the Month

Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts  Hang Time  Tapestry/Capri RecordsBoth groups are piano-less, Group Giz, an octet, features 2 trumpets and a trombone, while Group Gunn, a septet, has 1 trumpet and vibraphones.  Both have bass-drums-guitar-alto and tenor sax..Paul and Chris Romaine founded the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts in 1999. Their first session had 6 students meeting weekly: ending in a single performance. Since then, CCJA has grown: now operating in 3 metro Denver locations and averaging 9 youth bands each session.

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July 2013 CD of the Month
12:41 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

July 2013 CD of the Month

Wycliffe Gordon  Dreams Of New Orleans  Chesky RecordsSince exploding onto the jazz scene in 1989, Wycliffe Gordon has become a powerhouse, dominating the yearly polls for best trombonist.  Wycliffe is from the Augusta, Georgia suburb of Waynesboro and was raised listening to gospel music until the age of 13 when he heard Louis Armstrong and since then, has been a passionate player of jazz in all of its many splendid varieties.

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June 2013 CD of the Month
12:31 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

June 2013 CD of the Month

Kenny Barron and The Brazilian Knights  Sunnyside RecordsDuring the weekend of June 9th, 2012 two notable events took place for the gifted pianist Kenny Barron, he traveled to Rio de Janerio, Brazil to celebrate his 69th birthday and he went into a studio to record an album of samba/bossa jazz with an all Brazilian ensemble. The result, Kenny Barron and the Brazilian Knights for Sunnyside Records is an outstanding and authentic representation of Rio’s current “jazz brasiliero” scene. 

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