See What I’m Saying: The Kareem Kandi Band

“Best Jazz Group for 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2011” –(Weekly Volcano’s Best of Tacoma Reader’s Poll).  ”It’s a hard swinging, straight ahead, bop oriented quartet with few announcements, no vocals and a consistent commitment to explore the joys of jazz.” –The Tacoma Reporter.





Guess Again: The Kareem Kandi Band

Kareem Kandi – saxophones, Delvon Lamarr – organ, Jacques Willis and Adam Kessler – drums, Rob Hutchinson – bass with Julian Mcdonough 

”If you want a true jazz experience go hear Kareem Kandi. Just sit back and transport yourself to any jazz club in the world where you imagine you want to be and Kareem will take you there because he is a classic jazz musician.” –Northwest Jazz Profile






Circuit Rider: Ron Miles, Bill Frisell, & Brian Blade

Circuit Rider

Ron Miles, Bill Frisell, & Brian Blade

“Ron Miles, a discreetly insurgent musician, is back with a little help from some notable friends. Following up on the well-received live souvenir Quiver, the Denver cornetist reconvenes his trio for the studio successor, Circuit Rider. This, of course, is no ordinary trio; joining Miles again are “guitar-god” Bill Frisell and “drum-god” Brian Blade, perfect companions for a leader who only uses jazz as a starting point for his music, but typically ends up in a place not easily classifiable. It oddly feels comfortable, anyway….In leading this group of tonal and melodic masters, Ron Miles once again makes music ideal for those who savor those things served up in with angularity and superb group dynamics” –Something Else Reviews

Enya (Yellowbird), 2014





The Great Lakes Suites: Wadada Leo Smith (2 CDs)

The Great Lakes Suites

Wadada Leo Smith 

The Great Lakes Suites finds trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith collaborating with drum vet Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Henry Threadgill, and bassist John Lindberg on these reflective compositions. Dedicating each track to an individual lake, Smith creates thoughtful, organic pieces that amply highlight each musician’s skills. “This is perfectly balanced music with heavy input between four improvising and interpretive masters – no one dominates but each one consistently soars,” says “If you’re new to Smith’s music, The Great Lakes Suites is a perfect place to start.”

– John Gilbreath

TUM Records Oy, 2014




Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Map to the Treasure

Reimagining Laura Nyro

The critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated Map to the Treasure finds award-winning composer/arranger/pianist Childs collaborating with modern greats such as Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Shorter, Alison Krauss, and more. Celebrating the songs of the darkly influential Laura Nyro, this album is more than just a collection of covers; it is a fully realized, beautifully orchestrated program that pays homage to the singer-songwriter who inspired countless artists.

– John Gilbreath

Sony Music Entertainment (Masterworks), 2014




Heritage: Lionel Loueke


Lionel Loueke

“Lionel Loueke’s Heritage deftly intertwines modern jazz constructs with traditional African themes in a highly personal exploration of these two cultural streams which define Loueke’s upbringing and musical identity. The result is a gracious, elevating and welcoming sound that still challenges preconceived notions.” –All About Jazz

Bluenote, 2012




The Thought of You: Otis Brown III

The Thought of You  

Otis Brown III

After working alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Esperanza Spalding, and Joe Lovano, drummer Otis Brown III releases his first LP on Blue Note Records. At the helm of his core band are the bright lights of pianist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, saxophonist John Ellis, and bassist Ben Williams. Featuring guests ranging from organist Shedrick Mitchell, guitarist Nir Felder, and vocalists Gretchen Parlato and Nikki Ross, The Thought of You is a testament to an exemplary new generation of musicians. “Otis has become one of those drummers who once you hear him play, his experience becomes your experience in the moment,” says co-producer and bassist Derrick Hodge.

– John Gilbreath

Blue Note Records, 2014



Nostalgia: Annie Lennox


Annie Lennox

The Scottish songstress and former Eurythmics front woman draws from the Great American Songbook for her first album in four years. Apropos of the record’s title, songs such as “Georgia on My Mind,” “I Put a Spell on You,” and “Strange Fruit” elicit the magic of yesteryear, without being over-sentimental. Lennox’s inimitable vocals breathe new life into these classics, creating an enjoyable record for any listener.

– John Gilbreath

Lennoxa, Blue Note Records, 2014



Hamburg ’72: Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian

Hamburg ’72  

Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian

The Munich-based ECM label is respected for its vast and sophisticated jazz and classical catalogue, but there is no doubt that Keith Jarrett’s work has been its bread and butter over the years. This fascinating trip to the archives reveals an eclectic live recording from an NDR Jazz Workshop radio session on June 14, 1972. In this all-star trio, Jarrett plays piano, flute, percussion, and alto sax, in spirited interactions with the legendary Paul Motian on drums, and the great Charlie Haden. At just under an hour of track time, Hamburg ’72 is a straight-up jazz treasure.

– John Gilbreath

ECM, 2014



The Cool World: Dizzy Gillespie

The Cool World

Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody and Kenny Baron

The consummate cool and fiery jazz soundtrack to the dark, disturbing Shirley Clark film. As the only film (to that date) to be filmed exclusively in Harlem, The Cool World, with Mal Waldron’s brilliant soundtrack, conveyed the dangerous urgency of Black, inner-city life in the tumultuous mid-sixties. With Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, and Kenny Baron all playing at the peak of their significant careers, this recording has become an essential document of its time.

– John Gilbreath

Verve (distributed by Universal Music) [2008], 1978