The Man: Blues Union

The Man: Blues Union

John Carswell, Jud Sherwood, Josh Cook

Featured at Second Sunday at The Library, January 2015

“Blues Union is a soulful groove machine led by B-3 organist and blues vocalist John Carswell.  It’s Carswell’s incredible blues vocals that set him apart from those who claim to play the blues. He loves the good times and he loves to make you smile doing what he does best.” – (Rockfish Grill, Anacortes)

Published, 2014

The Jazz Project

 

 

 

Identities are Changeable: Miguel Zenon

Identities are Changeable: Miguel Zenon

Puertorican, Alto saxophonist and composer – Miguel Zenon

Miguel Zenon won both a MacArthur Award and a Guggenheim Award in 2008, and has reaffirmed his genius year after year with brilliant concepts and jaw-dropping execution. This album concentrates on the national identity experience of the 1.2 million New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent, through “dynamic, challenging, and intensely polyrhythmic” (Jazz Times), music that is (less-than-successfully) interspersed with previously recorded, spoken interviews with Puerto Rican New Yorkers. This is an engaging mid-career document by one of the most important jazz artists of his generation. – John Gilbreath

Published, November 4, 2014

Miel Music

 

 

 

Perpetual Motion: a Celebration of Moondog

Perpetual Motion: a Celebration of Moondog

Led by the twin saxophones of Sylvain Rifflet and Jon Irabagon

Recorded LIVE at the thirtieth Banlieues Bleues Festival in 2013

About Moondog – “His influence snaked its way into jazz and minimalism during his lifetime, but 15 years after his death, Moondog’s legacy is probably more widely appreciated than it was when he was alive. His inventive sense of rhythm, playful counterpoint and instrumental onomatopoeia offer other musicians a lot to chew on. Led by the twin saxophones of Sylvain Rifflet and Jon Irabagon, musicians whose own sense of humor and irreverence makes them a fine match for Moondog’s oddball music, the band plays its way across the spectrum of the composer’s pieces, touching on concise rhythmic experiments and sprawling explorations of texture alike” (DownBeat).

Published, November 27, 2014

Jazz Village Records

 

 

 

Melody Lingers On: Houston Person

Melody Lingers On: Houston Person

“Here’s veteran reedman Houston Person rolling in the deep again, his tone resonant as ever, his primary focus the Great American Songbook and its enduring lyricism. Unmistakably in his element, relaxed and yet fully engaged, the tenor saxophonist is clearly inspired not only by the stream of mostly classic melodies that comprise this collection, but also by the close kinship of vibraphonist Steve nelson, pianist Lafayette Harris Jr., bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Lewis Nash” (JazzTimes).

Published, December 2014

High Note Records

 

 

 

Coalition: Kenny Werner

Coalition: Kenny Werner

Pianist, Kenny Werner, Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke, Puerto Rican alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel, and Hungarian drummer Feren Nemeth

The accomplished pianist Kenny Werner, also respected for his remarkable performance-technique book, “Effortless Mastery,” has assembled a truly international Coalition of remarkable musicians. Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke, Puerto Rican alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel, and Hungarian drummer Feren Nemeth, come together to provide, as JazzTimes notes, “the latest evidence that there is no typical Kenny Werner project. The pianist-composer-improviser keeps veering forward in directions that challenge his listeners and himself.” As, many would assert, Jazz should.  – John Gilbreath

Published,  2014

Half Note Records