Cheek to Cheek: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Cheek to Cheek: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Here it is!

Following the success of their hit collaboration of “The Lady Is a Tramp,” on Bennett’s 2011 Duets II, pop superstar Lady Gaga and the veteran jazz vocalist teamed up again on this full-length record, nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album of 2014. Featuring standards such as the Cole Porter opener “Anything Goes,” Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and the titular Irving Berlin track, Cheek to Cheek, this wonderful collection of songs highlights the unlikely, but strong musical chemistry between two talented artists. – John Gilbreath

Published, September 19, 2014

Interscope Records




Blues and Reds: Hush Point

Blues and Reds: Hush Point

Hush Point | it’s a band

Jeremy Udden – alto saxophone
John McNeil – trumpet
Aryeh Kobrinsky – bass
Anthony Pinciotti – drums

This spirited piano-less quartet is both seasoned and fresh on this second release, invoking the past and future with equal spunk and virtuosity. As Down Beat magazine said, “this New York Quartet continues to invoke its moniker – although new drummer Anthony Pinciotti, who replaces Vinnie Sperrazza here, brings a heightened tension and increased volume – delving into deeply interactive improvisation that doesn’t need to shout to be heard.” – John Gilbreath

Published, October 14, 2014

Sunnyside Records




In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral

In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral

Branford Marsalis

San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral has hosted many legendary jazz performances, including Duke Ellington’s first concert of Sacred Music in 1965, and this first-ever solo saxophone recording by the multi-award winning saxophone virtuoso Branford Marsalis. For this live recording, the cathedral’s deep acoustics are simply a blessing. Marsalis delivers a sonically stunning array of tunes, performing on soprano, tenor, and alto saxophones. With original material and compositions by Hoagy Carmichael, Steve Lacy, and more.  In My Solitude is a beautiful record. – John Gilbreath

Published, October 26, 2014

Sony/Okah Records




In Circles: The Spin Quartet

In Circles, The Spin Quartet

Chad McCullough, Geof Bradfield, Clark Sommers and Kobie Watkins

Trumpeter Chad McCullough, a former Seattle resident, joins saxophonist Geof Bradfield, bassist Clark Sommers, and drummer Kobie Watkins to release this spirited debut album under the collective name of The Spin Quartet. In Circles showcases the compositional chops of each member with nearly all original material, from Sommers’ feisty opener, “Little Marionette,” to Bradfield’s winding tune, “You Will Look for Yours on Earth.” – John Gilbreath

Published, October 21, 2014

Origin Records


Pure Imagination, Nuages

Pure Imagination, Nuages

Michael Paul Gurulé, Zach Zenovic, David Campbell & Travis Sipher

“Nuages” is French for “clouds,” and the CD can indeed bring to mind various forms of dancing atmospheric billows as they drift in the sky. Gurulé (saxophonist and band leader), who founded the ensemble in 2011, says the band takes its name from the title of a piece composed by the father of gypsy jazz, Django Reinhardt – “and since we are in the Northwest, Nuages seemed a perfect fit,” he says.  Nuages plays music that blends Eastern European gypsy flavor with a traditional swing sound.” – Bellingham Herald

And yes, “Pure Imagination” is inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Published by, Nuages