This collection is for all fans of Jazz and Rhythm' n 'Blues, for fans of The Beatles, for those who like beautiful music.
Another gem from the creative Beegie Adair and her trio. This time, she is accompanied by Jeff Steinberg and his orchestra. A loving tribute to Tony Bennett and his illustrious career. As usual, Beegie includes one selection on the album where she plays solo piano and she picked 'I Left My Heart In San Francisco'. A beautiful rendition. This is a great album tinged with jazz overtones without losing the melodic memories of Tony's original sound. The orchestra is perfectly balanced and adds just the right touch while still allowing the familiar Beegie Adair Trio sound to shine through. If you are new to Beegie's music, this album will make you a convert to her impeccable sound and those like myself, have added it as another gem to her large catalog of great music.
Given EMI's and Sony's ambitious Pink Floyd reissue program in 2011, a project of this type was inevitable. All the catalog selections listed here will be familiar to Floyd fans, but it should be noted that any jazz approach to the music in question should be given proper consideration in terms of pitch, time (as in real rhythm), and dynamic. Unfortunately, the Smooth Jazz All Stars provide none of these elements, and the way they treat this material sounds pathetic. They are like a group of high-school amateurs just out of band class and learning to play popular music from charts. It would be great to hear some contemporary jazz masters collaborate on Pink Floyd's music, since so much of it lends itself to the form.
A unique Jazz album entitled The Jazz Side of The Moon is the next in Chesky Records series of newly recorded Jazz performances. The album is subtitled “The Music of Pink Floyd” and as you might guess, it presents a new take on the classic album The Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd.
In its ongoing series of reissues under the Double Time Jazz Collection moniker, Eagle Eye Media has put together two tribute shows on one DVD that demonstrate how a conception that is reverent yet forward-thinking can work wonderfully in one instance, and somewhat less-so in another. Tribute to John Coltrane: Live Under the Sky is an almost relentless, take-no-prisoners homage to Coltrane that works because it tries to take his music to a new place that is nevertheless respectful of its roots. Tribute to Bill Evans: Live at the Brewhouse is less successful because, while the musicianship is uniformly excellent, the lineage to Evans is less direct.
A great album recorded in 1963 for Atlantic – one of our favorite ever! Jack Wilson's one of our favorite piano players, and we rave about him all the time on these pages – and one of the reasons why we love him so much is that he was often accompanied by Roy Ayers, who started out his career playing vibes in his group! The pair together are a dream, and this album is arguably their best effort – filled with moody modal cuts, and lots of lyrical interplay that hits these beautiful high points, then dives into pits of darkness. Titles include "Harbor Freeway", "De Critifeux", "Corcovado", "Jackleg", and "Nirvana & Dana".