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Three new releases, each from a different global region, will keep us interested during the show's first half-hour. Mexico's, that right, Mexico's Tank Trio gets us started with its First Flight. Federico Hülsz - Tenor Saxophone, Alonso López Valdés - Bass, Pablo Aguirre - Drums get the ball rolling with Hülsz's "Chilopa". Spain's Ximo Tébar follows with an ensemble treatment of Miles' "Nardis" from his Warner Music Spain recording, Soleo, featuring Ximo ~ guitar, Orrin Evans ~ piano, John Benitez ~ bass, Donald Edwards ~ drums, and Ramón Cardo ~ saxophone. The final outing comes from Argentina's Sebastián Mazzalupo's El Gran Escultor released by Kuai Music this year. Mazzalupo's finely crafted "Bonito" highlights his sax, Miguel Marengo: piano, Juan Bayón: bass and Carto Brandán: drums
Borrowing thoughts about Cowboys & Frenchmen - Rodeo (Outside In Music/KARI-ON Productions 2015) from All About Jazz's Geannine Reid, "Today's jazz is a mix of culture and music; with a fresh mixing of the American song book along with American folk, R&B and pop music with the ever evolving canon of post-bop jazz," we get to this international quintet covering alto saxophonist Owen Broder's "King Barry". Florida born trumpeter Theo Croker is next performing his penned "This Could Be" from his 2016 Okey records Escape Velocity, an outing touted by Charles Waring from soulandjazzandfunk.com as, "undoubtedly one of the best new jazz albums of the year so far. Whatever you do, don't let it escape you." Newcomer guitarist Ermis Michail Quintet's 2016 Minor Change follows playing the title track featuring Thomas Lumley on tenor and Andreas Panteli's piano. Ermis hails from Rotterdam, a major port city in the Netherlands' province of South Holland. We come home finally with Shorty Rogers and his West Coast sounds performing "Coop de Graas" from the 1956 RCA Victor recording The Big Shorty Rogers Express. The contrapuntal melody is Shorty's featuring Bob Cooper and Jimmy Giuffre on tenor and John Graas on French horn.
New Yorker Jeremy Manasia and his trio kick off the third half with a cover of Dizzy Gillespie's "Wheatleigh Hall" from his 2016 Rondette Records Metamorphosis featuring Peter Bernstein. Peter plays the guitar with the leader's piano, Barak Mori on bass and Charles Ruggiero on the drums. French pianist Manuel Rocheman follows with his 2016 Bonsaï Productions misTeRio performing the title track with trio mates Mathias Allamane (b) and Matthieu Chazarenc (d). Bop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie is next with probably his most famous composition, "Con Alma", from the 1956 Columbia/Verve release Afro. The Diz gets help from Alejandro Hernandez's piano and Rafael Miranda's congas. From Narragansett, Rhode Island, pianist Julian Shore concludes this half covering Dizzy's tune from his new Tone Rogue Records Which Way Now featuring, among others, Dayna Stephens on tenor.
At the request of LA's Tim Withee, Boz Skaggs gets us cuddling with his treatment of De Oliveria, Gilbert and Jobim's "Dindi" from his 2008 Decca Speak Low with some romantic tenor from Bob Sheppard. One of my favorite Jazz Crusaders' efforts from the 60s is the group's take on Carole King's "Hey Girl" from their 1966 Pacific Jazz Talk That Talk. Also from Tim, we'll hear Ernestine Anderson tackle "Sack Full of Dreams" (Gary McFarland - Louis Savary) from her 1986 Concord Be Mine Tonight. Old timers Benny Carter (alto) and Ray Brown's bass brighten the scene.
Next we get into the chaos that typically factors in romantic entanglements. Japanese pianist Megumi Yonezawa's A Result of the Colors (Fresh Sound New Talent 2016) embodies this turmoil with her penned "Epilogue" with help from locals John Hebert (b) and Eric McPherson (d). Gregory Porter either warns or titillates the love question with his composition, "Consequences of Love" from the new Blue Note Take Me to the Alley. Chip Crawford's piano and Tivon Pennicott's tenor enhance the ensemble.
From Mike Newell's Four Weddings and a Funeral we'll listen to Elton John massage Gershwin's "But Not for Me". It's not "Come Back in Time" by Elton and Bernie, but the sentiment sizzles. Carol Saboya leaves us holding hands with her cover of Sting's "Fragile" from her new AAM Music's Carolina, a title having nothing to do with the transgender problems facing North Carolina.
Let's have some fun!
A special thanks to KZMU's Music Director, Serah Mead and the troops @ RoJ for their help putting the show together: Agenor (BRA), Chris do Brasil (BRA), Domi & Victor (SPA), GAB (BEL), JR (SPA), Javi (SPA), Jazzzz61 (SPA), Lira (BRA), Luisa, Menos Que un Perro (ARG), Marcos (BRA), Melokan (VEN), Raz (ISR) and Sonia (SPA). Also friend, Raul Boeira, the Brazilian based in Passo Fundo and Spain's Javier Carrete.