William S. Burroughs' upcoming 'Let Me Hang You' features music by Bill Frisell / American Songwriter

57 years after the publication of William S. Burroughs' seminal novel Naked Lunch, and 19 years after the death of the legendary writer, Let Me Hang You, a compilation of Burroughs reading the most outrageous sections of the book set to experimental music, is slated for a July 17 release.  The project, led by Hal Willner and James Grauerholz and featuring music by Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz and Eyvind Kang, was unfortunately swept under the rug for decades. At the end of his life, Burroughs recorded himself reading sections of the book, particularly those most explicitly dealing with the drug use and sexual debauchery which characterize the novel, in varying voices. READ THE FULL American Songwriter ARTICLE
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The Clarinotts. Creating unusual legacy for their instrument / The New York Times

It was a family affair last January at the Musikverein here, when Ernst Ottensamer and his two sons joined the Vienna Philharmonic for the world premiere of Ivan Eröd's "Triple Concerto." The work was tailor-made to the soloists, all clarinetists. Melodies slithered over a minor-mode atmospheric orchestra, only to cede to undulating figures in which one had the impression of hearing one giant woodwind instrument. The classical music world is not foreign to dynasties, from the Mozarts to modern conducting clans such as the Järvis and Jurowskis. And ensembles consisting exclusively of instruments in the clarinet family have gained in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic since the mid-20th century. But the Ottensamers, who perform together as The Clarinotts, are creating an unusual legacy for their instrument and expanding the repertoire. Last January, the trio made its debut recording on the Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics label, performing everything from opera transcriptions to bossa nova. A month later, the group's album "The Clarinotts" was selected as album of the week on both the Boston radio station WCRB and the Berlin radio station RBB. The album adopts the theme of "on stage," which extends from opera to film. READ THE FULL New York Times REVIEW
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Snarky Puppy - Culcha Vulcha / HOTPress review

Snarky Puppy will have you barking with joy. A vehicle for Texas jazz graduate Michael League, the project is multifaceted. They are frighteningly prolific. Snarky Puppy have already won a brace of Grammys (for best contemporary jazz and instrumental albums) while Culcha Vulcha is their second long-player in six months. It is brash and forceful, brimming with winning melodies and endlessly sophisticated in its breakdowns and interludes. Yet so much is going on here that it can be initially overwhelming, with the listener sent pinging between decades and genres with an enthusiasm bordering on manic. Cumulatively the effect is akin to attending a dinner party with a headache; everything is that bit too loud, too bright, too overbearing. Culcha Vulcha's conundrum, in the end, is that it cannot decide whether to sidle alongside the listener or cudgel them into submission. Less of the latter might have been a better option... READ THE FULL Hotpress REVIEW
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New Classical Tracks: Lisiecki and friends collect works by Schumann

New Classical Tracks is a Syndicated Feature airing Nationally on Classical 24 & Statewide on Minnesota Public Radio. Listen to Julie Amacher's Feature with Jan Liseicki.     READ THE TRANSCRIPT -      When you thumb through the liner notes of Jan Liseicki's new Schumann recording, one of the first things you'll notice is a casual photo of this 21-year-old Polish-born, Canadian pianist towering over conductor Antonio Pappano. "It is an adorable photo," Jan admits, "and I like that we're both somewhat sweaty and really in the moment. This was after a concert we had played in Brussels. This is the happiness and also the relief in a way is all captured in that one moment in that picture." And that, in a nutshell, describes how this new recording of Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, and three of his rarely heard piano gems, came to be. It's not just about Schumann's music, it's more about the collaborative spirit Jan experienced with Maestro Pappano and the Orchestra of St. Cecilia. "Perhaps it's a bit unusual to start thinking of a recording in that way, but we had played the Schumann concerto together at quite a few occasions in different environments, and I felt a particular connection with Maestro Pappano and also in particular with his orchestra for this music," Jan explains. "I felt as though they understood it. And somehow it was also very fitting for the Italian way of playing things and seeing things, and that's when the Schumann CD came into being. "Now, the next question would be why I recorded Schumann with Schumann and not Schumann with, for example, Grieg," Jan continues. "And that, actually, was something that had been already in my mind before. Firstly, I like recording CDs that are complete, CDs that somehow I would buy. And of course, the Schumann small pieces for piano and orchestra I think are incredible works and are very rarely performed and even more rarely recorded; in fact, for one of them, it was the first time ever it had been recorded on Deutsche Grammophon, and so that's how the CD came into being." Schumann's Opus 134, the Introduction and Concert Allegro is the work being recorded here for the first time. Jan says it's a technically challenging work that keeps evolving and changing so the overall concept is a little hard to grasp. "And perhaps we can once again go back into history and see that Schumann was insane, actually," Jan says. "Around this time, he tried to take his own life and eventually committed himself to a mental institution, which was very challenging for him, too, personally. And this whole time I think he was in turmoil, internally particularly. Of course, he still had his loving wife Clara, but somehow, inside, he wasn't at peace." It was Clara Schumann who often encouraged her husband to persevere. Jan says it's true of the Piano Concerto in A major as well. "Had it not been for Clara, his wife, I don't think he would have finished the concerto," Jan explains. "It was already accepted for publishing, the first movement - it was all done. And a few years later, finally Clara managed to convince him to finish it or to add the second and the third movement. And the fascinating thing is - you cannot feel it is different Schumann. It's not different thematic material, it fits, it is one concerto. Though, one thing you DO notice - at the end of the first movement, I think it should be allowed that audiences can applaud because it was written to be an ending and you feel that - you feel this culmination, the climax of an entire movement, and without applause, it's a little bit deflating." So did Jan have applause after the first movement in any of his performances? "It's always refreshing when it happens, and most refreshing in the places where you know the audiences are aware that they shouldn't applaud after the first movement," he says. "When I'm performing, for example, in some major German cities where audiences have heard the Schumann concerto many times before and they know what comes next and they know it's not the end and they applaud, that's a true compliment." Jan brought up Clara Schumann; she's the one who premiered Schumann's works in many cases. She was known for having a beautiful, singing sound in her playing; I asked Jan how he was able to accomplish that. "Well, it's difficult to describe how exactly to accomplish that," he says. "But I think in the case of somebody who already knows how to play the piano, if you think it, you can do it. And some things are perhaps slightly more challenging than others. And sound is probably the hardest because we deal with an instrument that's different every day, that's temperamental, that we can't completely control. When we hit a note, that's it. We're done. We can't change what we did with that note. So sound is perhaps the most challenging aspect. But to me the most important and I put a lot of energy when I'm performing into making a most beautiful sound. My favorite compliments are from piano tuners who come up after rehearsal and say, 'I've never heard this piano sound this good.' Well, thank you very much!" On this recording, Jan Lisiecki bids adieu with a piece he often uses as a encore. It comes from Schumann's Scenes of Childhood. "I like making records the same way that I perform," Jan says. "I wish as much as possible to retain the emotions of being in a concert hall. I don't want a CD to become sterile. And as an extension of this thought, I also wanted to add a thank you, and goodnight, and goodbye, and hope you enjoyed it - a thought, a moment of reflection. And I think this small work, which is called 'Dreaming,' has a lot of space for the mind to rest after this very turbulent and dramatic adventure that was the record that came before." It's a small token of appreciation, presented in one beautiful recording featuring a thoughtful young pianist.
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Snarky Puppy - Live From The Lot / JamBase highlights

Hosted by Ardmore Music Hall, the second Live From The Lot music festival was held last weekend. Inclement weather forced organizers to move Saturday's planned outdoor performances in the venue's parking lot to the nearby Electric Factory in Philadelphia, where for the first time ever a second stage was erected inside. Saturday's collaborations began during Charlie Hunter's set as Snarky Puppy's Chris Bullock sat-in. Also, The Revivalists, Marco Benevento and Snarky Puppy were joined by trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick and trombonist Natalie Cressman of Trey Anastasio Band, who also played their own sets. Joined by Eric Krasno, Snarky Puppy also played The Ardmore - Sunday Morning Dead Brunch, and the last outdoor performance Sunday was Soulive & Friends which included the Snarky Puppy Horns, Denson and Nigel Hall joining the collective.  TAKE A LOOK AT FULL JAMBASE ARTICLE, PICS & VID
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Luc Beausejour - Moments Baroques Au Piano / KDFC: Download Of the Week

Each week KDFC: San Francisco members can download a free mp3 from some of the biggest releases in the world of Classical music. Baroque Session from Luc Beausejour started as an idea was born during a meeting with Analekta president, François Mario Labbe who asked: "Why not make a CD of piano music?" Somewhat taken aback, Beausejour asked for a few days to think about it. Not long after, the pianist suggested a program that would not only include harpsichord repertoire already covered by pianists–Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel– but would also feature some lesser-known works. Grab a track from pianist Luc Beausejour performing Rameau's Les Sauvages from his latest release, Baroque Session on Piano. Download it from KDFC!
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Michelle Willis - See Us Through is a spell-caster / Roots Music Report

Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Michelle Willis - See Us Through is the stunning new album by the Canadian singer-songwriter. A collection of poignant and intimate songs that together create an astonishing work on GroundUP Music/Universal Classics, the album is full of surprises, with many tracks moving from soft harmonizing to grand, choir-like build-ups. The words reflect moments in Willis's life over the past few years. "Most of these songs were a haven for me," she says. "Each song deals with attempting to get to the other side of whatever I was in. Often that meant making a decision or speaking up, or just holding tight and not being afraid to stay the course. Each of these things required an action I was often afraid to make. These songs were my encouragement to myself, an extra tug to keep trying, to aim for it."  Roots Music Report says - Willis couches her intimate lyrics and lissome vocals in airy, atmospheric arrangements, with masterful use of multi-tracked voice and choral arrangements.  A hint of Celtic graces the melodies of  "It'll Rain Today" and "See Us Through" and the laid-back, jazzy flair of the leadoff track "Home" is an immediate spell-caster.    SEE Roots Music Report PAGE
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YourClassical.com whips through 'The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours'

"Give us a day," promise Deutsche Grammophon, "and we'll give you a lifetime." The label has released a box set titled The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours, guaranteeing a broad introduction to classical music over the course of 24 CDs. If I'm going to give classical music a day, I thought, why not make it an actual day? Why not listen to the set in a continuous 24-hour listening session? That's exactly what I'm going to do, starting on Wednesday, May 25 at 9 a.m. CDT. I'll live-blog the entire experience, sharing my thoughts as I whip through 1,200 years of music history in 24 hours - a rate of just about a year a minute. Whew! Here's my schedule - watch for updates throughout the day.
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New York Public Radio's - Graham Parker Named President Of Universal Music Group's U.S. Classical Labels

Universal Music Group named Graham Parker, General Manager of WQXR as President of its legendary roster of U.S. classical music labels, part of the Verve Label Group. In this new role, Parker will oversee UMG's U.S. classical music labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Records, Decca Classics, Mercury Classics, and distributed label ECM. Parker will be based in New York and report jointly to Dickon Stainer, President and CEO of Global Classics for Universal Music Group, and Danny Bennett, recently appointed President & CEO of Verve Label Group. To accelerate Universal Music's classical music strategy, Parker will serve as the U.S. lead for the company's classical music initiatives to develop and promote emerging classical recording artists and composers on a global scale, working closely with Stainer, David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK & Ireland and Frank Briegmann, President & CEO Central Europe & Deutsche Grammophon. In close co-ordination with this global team, Parker will develop digital strategies to bring U.S. Universal artists to the widest audiences possible, will deepen relationships with the leading ensembles and venues throughout the U.S., and explore new business opportunities for today's 21st century artists. VERVE President Danny Bennett said, "UNIVERSAL MUSIC is home to some of the world's finest classical recordings and composers in history, as well as the world's cutting edge new artists. With GRAHAM, we're adding an executive who has a proven track record of having his finger on the pulse of classical music and opera and who has made the genre accessible to a whole new audience through groundbreaking programming and digital innovation. I'm looking forward to working with GRAHAM and together making an indelible impact in the world of classical music."  READ THE FULL All Access ARTICLE
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ZOFO returns to Old First Concerts with old and new repertoire / examiner.com

Yesterday afternoon at Old First Church, the ZOFO duo of pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi returned to give their latest recital in the Old First Concerts series. This was their first visit since March of 2014, when they had presented the second of two programs consisting entirely of premieres. Yesterday afternoon's program offered only two relatively short premieres. However, it also included music from ZOFO's debut recital on October 30, 2009 in the Osher Salon of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the four-hand piano sonata composed by Harold Shapero in 1941, as well as two selections from their most recent recording, ZOFO Plays Terry Riley, released about a year ago in time for the celebration of that composer's 80th birthday. (The Shapero sonata was the second of the four selections on their debut album, Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands.) READ THE FULL examiner.com REVIEW
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How does an orchestra drum up support? / swissinfo.ch

What does a world-class orchestra do when its concert building urgently needs renovation, but the project needs public approval? It takes its music to the people to show them why they should vote yes to the project. That's what the Tonhalle orchestra in Zurich has been doing. It's the beginning of May, just one month before voters in the city of Zurich will be asked approve a CHF240 million ($251 million) scheme that includes the renovation of the Tonhalle building and the adjoining Congress House. The Tonhalle has thrown open its doors to the public, inviting them to a dress rehearsal ahead of the evening's concert. READ THE FULL swissinfo.ch ARTICLE
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Bela Fleck on life, music, and keeping up with his many collaborations / JamBase Q&A

Bela Fleck is a few years shy of 60 and his bona fides as one of the world's greatest banjo players are long-since-established. And yet, Fleck seems busier than ever: certainly in music, where as usual he has his hands and strings in a range of different projects, and in life, chasing after his three-year-old son, Juno, whether at home or on the road performing with Abigail Washburn, Fleck's wife and a highly accomplished banjoist, singer and composer in her own right. Perhaps the big news for Bela fans in 2016 is the upcoming reunion of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, still Fleck's best-known band, and on hiatus since 2012. In this golden age of genre-bending string bands and jazz-fusion-bluegrass-country crossover everything, the Flecktones sound more relevant and adventurous than ever. The early-era version of the band - Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, drummer/percussionist Roy "Futureman" Wooten and harmonica player/keyboardist Howard Levy - will play 14 dates from June 1 – 16, including stops in the Northeast and Midwest and at festivals like Blue Ox and Telluride. Here's some Q&A with Bela on balancing life and music and keeping up with his many collaborations, from Washburn to Chick Corea, Dave Matthews and, The Flecktones.
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Top 10 Albums for May

Yo-Yo Ma :

Songs Of Joy & Peace

Imagine a party, a musical party inspired by the holiday season. A party that celebrates the universal hopes, dreams and joy animating seasonal festivals the world over Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid al-Adha, Kwanzaa, Yule and New Year's Day. That is what brought Yo-Yo Ma together with a remarkable group of friends to create Yo-Yo Ma & Friends Songs of Joy & Peace, a new album of songs from Sony Masterworks. 3 New 'ON' this week: 291 SYND: NPR/Hearts of Space, APM/Prairie Home Companion & Performance Today, PRI/Jazz After Hours & Classical 24, WFMT Network/Jazz with Bob Parlocha, UnderCurrents, Folkscene, Music Of Your Life, Acoustic Cafe, Radio DeLuxe Direct: XM/Fine Tuning, Music Choice/Jazz & Soundscapes Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Wash DC, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, San Diego, Denver, Portland, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Berkeley CA, Nashville, Memphis, Albuquerque, Honolulu, Austin, Louisville, San Antonio, Columbus OH, Madison WI, Puerto Rico, Canada
Snarky Puppy :

Culcha Vulcha

Snarky Puppy will release their eleventh album and first true studio album in eight years on April 29 via GroundUP Music/Universal Music Classics. Dubbed Culcha Vulcha, the record was recorded at Donic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX for a week, and nine new tracks. The album title refers to how we-the Western civilized world-have all become slaves to Pop culture, consuming as many messages to "buy", "be" and "get" as possible. We circle above and wait to swoop in and ravenously eat or "consume" as much messaging as possible so we can feel "full" and satisfied that we are "cool," losing our sense of self-confidence and self-acceptance as we are. 10 NEW  202 Total SYND: NPR/First Listen & World Cafe, PRI/Jazz After Hours, WFMT: JazzNet, Sing Out!, Jazz Variations, CBC Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Cleveland, Seattle, Portland, St. Louis, Baltimore, Denver, Detroit, New Orleans, San Diego, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Albuquerque, Madison WI, Boulder CO, Buffalo, Raleigh NC, Omaha NE, Wichita, El Paso, Honolulu, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver INTER: Canada, UK, Italy, Australia Online: MOJA, JAZZfm, Taintradio, SoulandJazz, Jazz Weekly, Jambands, GreenArrow, stereoboard, LiveForLiveMusic.com, allmusic, animaJazz, Sun Music, DubEra, JamBase, JazzViews, Metro, Mainline, HOTPress, Rhapsody 47 Jazzweek ADD's
Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble :

Sing Me Home

The latest album by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will surprise and delight, with guest performers and imaginative sounds that transform the traditional musical landscape. Sing Me Home is the sixth album by the Grammy-nominated Silk Road Ensemble and its founding member and guiding light Yo-Yo Ma. Available from Sony Music Masterworks. Sing Me Homeis a companion album, developed and recorded alongside The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a documentary feature from Oscar® and Emmy-winning director Morgan Neville that tells the story of the Ensemble and Silkroad, its parent organization. The Music of Strangers is slated for theatrical release in June. 13 NEW  158 Total SYND: NPR/ATC & Thistle & Shamrock, APM/Performance Today, PRI/C24, Echoes & The World, Sing Out!, Jazzfm Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore, New Orleans, San Diego, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Louisville, Wichita, Montreal, Vancouver, Amsterdam INTER: Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Australia Online: axs, CCTV, FilmNewEurope.com, MOVE - Maneater, The Bluegrass Situation Mother Jones, HuffPost, Parade.com, Musicas Imaginadas, allmusic, Bass Player, Wall Street Journal, MusicTAP, Musical Shapes, SONGLiNES, Yam Mag, yesasia.com, PopMatters, Taintradio, Smithsonian.com, Soulandjazz.com, JazzTimes  
Rufus Wainwright :

Take All My Loves - 9 Shakespeare Sonnets

Rufus Wainwright celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in typically dramatic fashion by releasing a unique collection of nine sonnets in stunning performances by both actors and vocalists. Set for release on 22 April on Deutsche Grammophon, it also marks the first collaboration between Rufus and Marius de Vries since they co-produced the epic Want albums. The performers on this new recording include vocalists Florence Welch, Martha Wainwright, Anna Prohaska and, of course, Rufus himself, as well as actors Siân Phillips, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher and William Shatner. 38 NEW  64 Total SYND: NPR/First Listen, PRI/24, CBC Direct: Music Choice Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco,, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Columbus OH, Honolulu Online: AccuRadio, Taintradio INTER: Canada, UK
The Sachal Ensemble :

Song of Lahore

"Song Of Lahore" is the latest feature-length documentary from Oscar-winning documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Set in Lahore, Pakistan and New York City, the story follows the members of Pakistan's Sachal Ensemble, a group of master musicians who find international recognition after decades of being forced underground by dictators and religious extremists. Universal Music Classics was enlisted to create not a "soundtrack" to the movie in the traditional sense. Rather, what will be available as a standalone music piece is a companion album to the film, called Sounds Of Lahore. In effect, the album is an "East Meets West" concept project. These songs originate from Pakistan, India, the United States and Jamaica; and all of them are centered on the theme of universal love and hope. The way in which through music, we find the light within the darkness. The album is produced by Grammy-winning producer Eli Wolf (Norah Jones, Al Green, Willie Nelson, Robert Glasper, Elvis Costello). 32 Total  54 Total SYND: NPR, UnderCurrents Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Seattle, Cleveland, Portland, Albuquerque, Madison WI, Hartford CT, Montreal INTER: Canada, India, Pakistan Online: Jambase, The American Bazaar, Slant, desiVibe, bollyspice.com, Variety, Huffington Post, Daily Times, Thne Express Tribune, The News International
Sonny Rollins :

Holding the Stage - Road Shows, vol. 4

For his new album Holding the Stage: Road Shows, vol. 4, the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins once again taps into his vast archives of his own concert recordings to compile superior performances for release in the acclaimed Road Shows series. The album encompasses some 33 years (1979-2012) yet coheres with all of the compelling logic and narrative force of an extended Sonny solo. Released by Doxy Records with Sony Music Masterworks - OKeh, this recording is truly a treasure chest that includes tunes Rollins has never before recorded and musical relationships previously undocumented. "This album consists of various periods of my career, with something for everybody," says Rollins. "It's who I am, and the music represents just about every aspect of what I do." 11 NEW  112 Total SYND: NPR/Fresh Air, Voice of America, Stingray Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Cleveland, Houston, Detroit, Portland, Minneapolis, Denver, San Diego, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Hartford CT, Madison WI, Honolulu INTER: Canada, UK, Netherlands Online: Taintradio, Jazz Weekly, MOJA, SoulandJazz, KUHS, Radio Valencia, Jazz From Gallery 41, Classicalite, GreenArrow, Jazz Views, Sun Music, Alphen Stad, theguardian, Rhapsody 43 Jazzweek ADD's
Michelle Willis :

See Us Through

See Us Through is the stunning new album by Canadian singer-songwriter, Michelle Willis. It's a collection of poignant and intimate songs that together create an astonishing work. Out May 13th on GroundUP Music/Universal Classics, See Us Through is an album of surprises, with many tracks moving from soft harmonizing to grand, choir-like build-ups. At the center is Willis and her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, made more powerful thanks to her thoughtful, introspective lyrics. 11 NEW  13 Total SYND: CBC Markets include: Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Fort Wayne IN, Middletown CT, Monroe CT, Sharon CT, Springfield PA, Stevens Point WI, Girdwood AK, Edmonton CAN Online: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Albare :


Master Guitarist ALBARE and his friend pianist, composer, arranger Joe Chindamo were sitting in a London Cafe during the Summer of 2014 while on tour, and Joe asked Albare "don't you think it's time you do an album with a string orchestra'" And because of Albare's love for the movies of his childhood, this conversation became the genesis of "DREAMTIME". Albare and Chindamo, who arranges, conducts the orchestra, and plays piano on this collection, set a Dream Like mood that takes us on a musical journey, recreating visual images in our mind of these movie classics. There is some serious playing by ALBARE on this CD, reminiscent of the great Wes Montgomery CTI recordings, with the string and horn arrangements evoking memories of those written by Don Sebesky, Claus Ogerman, Eumir Deodato, and Oliver Nelson. 15 NEW  69 Total SYND: Voice of America, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Miami, Portland, New Orleans, Denver, Baltimore, San Diego, Minneapolis, Hartford CT, Knoxville TN, Honolulu Online: MOJA, Taintradio, Jazz Weekly, Jazz From Gallery 41 20 Jazzweek ADD's
Renato Braz :


saudade is the debut U.S. album by acclaimed Brazilian singer/guitarist Renato Braz, accompanied by the Paul Winter Consort, with special guests Dori Caymmi, Ivan Lins, and the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble from Russia. The album features 14 of the most beautiful songs born in Brazil, songs by Dori Caymmi, Edu Lobo, Ivan Lins, Chico Barque, Tom Jobim, Noel Rosa, Theo de Barros, Mario Gil, and Oscar Castro-Neves. Renato Braz has roots in all three of Brazil's cultures: Indian, African, and European. His parents are Guarani Indians from Mato Grosso; his mother remarried a baiano from Bahia in the northeast of Brazil, where the African tradition is still deep; and Renato has lived many years in São Paulo, where the Portuguese tradition predominates. Producer Paul Winter says:  "Renato is the most complete Brazilian I've ever known." 14 NEW  23 TOTAL Markets include: Philadelphia, Cleveland, Houston, Denver, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, Boulder CO, Hartford CT, Fort Wayne IN., Honolulu Online: bestofbrazil, Taintradio, GURU
Jane Ira Bloom :

Early Americans

You never know what American original soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom is going to do next. After the success of her 2014 all-ballads release "Sixteen Sunsets" Bloom shifts into another gear showcasing the kinetic energy of her acclaimed trio playing with the musicians that she knows best on Early Americans (OTL142). It's her first trio album, sixteenth as leader and sixth recording on the Outline label. Her sound is like no other on the straight horn and she lets it fly on every track. She's joined by long-time bandmates Mark Helias on bass & drummer Bobby Previte and with over fifty years of shared musical history together the album is sure to be a winner. Bloom's collaboration with Helias dates back to the mid 70's in New Haven CT and her unique chemistry with Previte has been ongoing since 2000. She brought the group together in summer 2015 to Avatar Studio B in NYC to capture their breathtaking sound in both stereo and surround-sound with renowned audio engineer Jim Anderson. The album features twelve Bloom originals ranging from the rhythmic drive of "Song Patrol" and "Singing The Triangle" to the spare melancholy of "Mind Gray River." She closes the album with a signature solo rendition of the American songbook classic, Bernstein & Sondheim's "Somewhere." World-renowned portrait photographer Brigitte Lacombe contributes a stunning cover image of Bloom. "Playing in threes" has always held a special fascination for jazz artists - it offers the possibility that something can be slightly off balance and that's just what fires the imagination of players like Bloom, Helias, & Previte. With Early Americans Jane Ira Bloom stands in the vanguard of her generation carving out new territory in the heart of the jazz tradition. Don't miss this trio of "fearless jazz explorers who share a commitment to beauty & adventure."