Jazz2K: CD Picks of the Month

January 29th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg

Reviews by J Hunter

2012 was like other years for me – so much music, so little time. So here are five releases that didn’t get talked about before the ball dropped in Times Square:

Teri Roiger: Dear Abbey: The Music of Abbey LincolnTERI ROIGER
Dear Abbey: The Music of Abbey Lincoln
(Inner Circle Music)
Here’s another Greater Nippertown musician who used crowdsourcing to take an idea from vision to reality. Thanks to her tireless efforts through Indiegogo, Teri Roiger has gifted us with a glowing portrait of Abbey Lincoln as singer/songwriter. Lincoln put beautiful words to the music of Thad Jones and Charlie Haden, and wrote the smoke-filled “Hey Lawdy Mama (Blues for Mama)” with another iconic vocalist, Nine Simone. Roiger’s rich phrasing finds every bit of truth in Lincoln’s lyrics, making “Wholly Earth” bright as sunrise and “You Gotta Pay the Band” resigned but hopeful. Roiger’s take on “Bird Alone” flies a little higher thanks to Greg Osby’s fluttering alto sax. John Menegon’s arrangements are as sharp as his bass lines are fat, and Frank Kimbrough’s eloquent piano work is simply transcendent. Emails you can delete, but this is a love letter to be read again and again.

Torben Waldorff:  Wah-WahTORBEN WALDORFF
ArtistShare was crowdsourcing before crowdsourcing was cool, and they’ve done their good work again – this time for guitarist Torben Waldorff, who builds on the eyebrow-raising music the Denmark native made on his 2011 disc American Rock Beauty. Waldorff and keyboardist Gary Versace bounce ideas off each other on the spiraling opener “Circle and Up” even as they develop brilliant thoughts of their own. That process surges through the whole disc, making Waldorff’s clever originals throw off even brighter sparks. Bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Jon Wilkan lay an impeccable floor while adding sneaky little embellishments of their own, notably on “Fat #2.” There’s an incredible sweet spot in Waldorff’s sound that lands somewhere between Pat Metheny and John Abercrombie, though Wah-Wah bears little resemblance to the work the aforementioned artists did with ECM. Here’s hoping Waldorff finds a smart label who’ll handle the money and leave the music to him.

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New Release Rack: Teri Roiger

August 31st, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
Teri Roiger

Teri Roiger

Jazz vocalist Teri Roiger is celebrating the release of her new album, “Dear Abbey: The Music of Abbey Lincoln,” with a high profile CD release celebration at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in Manhattan on Monday (September 3). Showtimes are 7:30 & 9:30pm. Tix are $25; students $10.

Produced by Brian Bacchus, “Dear Abbey” is Roiger’s third CD as a vocalist and bandleader, and she is especially passionate about this recording. “Abbey’s music has had a profound influence on my life as a woman, musician, teacher, lyricist, and songwriter,” says Roiger. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share this music with the audience at Dizzy’s!”

Performing with her on Monday in NYC will be pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist John Menegon and drummer Stave Williams, all of whom are also featured on the album.

The CD will be released next month on Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. Osby also lends his alto sax talents to five of the album’s tracks, while guitarist Mark Dziuba sits in as special guest of “Hey Lordy Mama.”

LIVE: David Calarco’s Jazz Conclave @ Justin’s, 5/14/10

May 21st, 2010, 11:58 am by Greg

Ralph Bowen and David Calarco

Ralph Bowen and David Calarco

Drum master David Calarco has been bringing stellar jazz talent into Justin’s for more than 25 years. In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, many international jazz stars – Tom Harrell, Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi and Joe Magnarelli, among others – graced the club’s intimate stage with Calarco under the band name Jazz Caucus.

Now under the moniker of David Calarco’s Jazz Conclave, a whole new round of jazz stars and up-and-comers have been joining Calarco once a month for an evening of impassioned jazz at Justin’s.

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