Ornette Coleman's emergence in 1958 on Contemporary Records album Something Else!!! was the dawn of a career which would present a revolutionary new approach to playing jazz music and influence countless forward- looking jazz artists. Recorded February 10, 22 and March 24, 1958, in Los Angeles, this recording was the first of two albums made for Les Koenig's influential West Coast label. It is without doubt an essential recording to have in a jazz library. Last Call will feature music from this recording this month.
Sure to warm up even the coldest of winter nights, the latest disc by Frank Macchia is a pleasure. Swamp Thang presents a band of the same name lead by Grammy Nominated Compser Macchia. Wild groove music with crazy chromatic melodies come together with a dose of Cajun and a dash of humor. The Swamp Thang band, led by Frank Macchia on saxophone, features John Rosenberg on piano, organ and keyboards, Ken Rosser and Eric Jensen on electric guitars, Tom Lockett on electric bass and Frank Briggs on drums and percussion.
Another one of those live recordings that lets you feel that you are there. Further Explorations is a 2 CD celebration of the music of Bill Evans with two of the former band mates of Evans on stage. There's Eddie Gomez, the legendary bassist who was with the Bill Evans trio for eleven years, 1966-1977. Paul Motian is also on the stage, one of the most influential jazz drummers of the last 50 years who was with Evans from 1959 through 1964 . Chick Corea, one of the most dynamic and creative pianists in all of jazz since Evans, joins Gomez and Motian.
Artist / CD Title / Record Label Giacomo Gates / The Revolution Will Be Jazz / Savant Jessica Williams / Freedom Trane / Origin Records Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz Bobby Sanabria / Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!! / Jazzheads Orrin Evans / Captain Black Big Band / Posi-Tone Westchester Jazz Orch. / Maiden Voyage Suite / WJO Tom Harrell / The Time Of The Sun / HighNote Arturo O'Farrill / 40 Acres And A Burro / Zoho Judy Wexler / Under A Painted Sky / Jazzed Media One For All / Invades Vancouver / Cellar Live
Artist / CD Title / Record Label Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz Bobby Sanabria & Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra / Tito Puente Masterworks Live !!! / Jazzheads Ambrose Akinmusire / When The Heart Emerges Glistening / Blue Note Giacomo Gates / The Revolution Will Be Jazz / Savant Jessica Williams / Freedom Trane / Origin Records One For All / Invades Vancouver / Cellar Live Johnny Mandel / The Man and His Music / Arbors Music Pat Martino / Undeniable / High Note
Tune in January 2nd at 2:00PM for a one-hour special, "Ray Charles: Singular Genius". You'll hear music from the new box set "Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles" including such hits as "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Hit The Road Jack" and "Georgia". The program also includes interviews with Charles and with music historian Billy Vera, guitarist George Benson , Concord Records President Richard Burke and Chicago radio personality Herb Kent. They reflect on the music and career of the music icon as well as his approach to life.