Jazz

Poncho Sanchez – Live In Hollywood (2012)

Poncho Sanchez – Live In Hollywood (2012)

Poncho Sanchez, who came fame to as a conguero alongside Cal Tjader, roars in all of his salsa-fired bebop glory here, recording live at the annual Hollywood and Highland KKJZ Summer Concert Series.

Matthew Silberman – Questionable Creatures (2012)

Matthew Silberman – Questionable Creatures (2012)

When making the right first impression on record, there’s two ways the unknown musician can go with it: grab everyone’s attention via the credits list by enlisting some big names to play on the record and hope everyone clicks in the studio, or forgo the name checking

Shuffle Demons – ClusterFunk (2012)

Shuffle Demons – ClusterFunk (2012)

Canada’s Shuffle Demons have been digging in for over 25 years, touring their home and native land (as well as Europe, Asia, India, and Australia) extensively.

Avishai Cohen – Triveni II (2012)

Avishai Cohen – Triveni II (2012)

For Triveni II, Avishai Cohen (the trumpet player, not the bass dude), the stated intention of this record was to recreate the feeling Cohen got from listening to Billie Holiday: “a feeling that’s pure, simple and honest.”

Desert Island Discs: Blue Note Records Edition

Desert Island Discs: Blue Note Records Edition

Our newest Desert Island Discs poll delves into one of jazz music’s signature labels, as we’re castaway to the isle of Blue Note.

Danny Green – A Thousand Ways Home (2012)

Danny Green – A Thousand Ways Home (2012)

When jazz pianist Danny Green released his 2009 debut album With You in Mind, he effectively demonstrated his unique blend of jazz, classical, and Brazilian sounds.

Tim Bedner – Of Light And Shadow (2012)

Tim Bedner – Of Light And Shadow (2012)

Some guys play the guitar extremely well and some guys who play the guitar just have great feel. Ottawa, Ontario-based plectrist Tim Bedner is in a special class of guitarists who excel at both.

Ross Hammond  – Revival Trio (2012)

Ross Hammond – Revival Trio (2012)

Earlier this year, “Sacramento’s secret weapon” (quoting myself) made a wonderful out-jazz quintet record featuring saxophonist Vinny Golia.

Elizabeth Shepherd – Rewind (2012)

Elizabeth Shepherd – Rewind (2012)

Toronto-born vocalist, pianist, producer, and arranger Elizabeth Shepherd brings a spirit of freshness to Rewind, her first full-length album of standards.

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – Now Here This (2012)

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – Now Here This (2012)

Twenty four albums in, and John McLaughlin is still blowing minds — both musically and, with the zen title here, conceptually. Still recording live, even in the digital age, even at the age of 70. Still kicking some serious, serious guitar ass.