Aaron Cohen

New Music: The Way We Play By Marquis Hill

Aug 22, 2016

Twenty nine year old Chicago trumpet player Marquis Hill pays homage to Jazz standards on his new Concord Jazz release The Way We Play. Hill won the 2014 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, and you can see why as you listen to this record's modern takes on songs played by all of the Jazz icons who have gone before.  Hill's ensemble includes:  Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride; Vibraphonist Justin Thomas; Drummer Makaya McCraven; and, Bassist Joshua Ramos.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet is back in a collaboration with Vocalist Kurt Elling on Upward Spiral on Okeh Records.  This meeting of ensemble and vocal artist was recorded in New Orleans, and features American Songbook Classics, Jazz Standards and, other pieces from a variety of composers from Sonny Rollins to Marsalis and Elling themselves.  Along with Elling, Saxophonist Marsalis is joined as always by Joey Calderazzo on keyboards, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. You can hear cuts from Upward Spiral at various times on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from  10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

New Music: DIS 1. 4. RAF by Andy Narell

Jul 31, 2016

Since 1979 Andy Narell has been playing steel pans in the Jazz Milieu.  Among many stops along the way, Narell played for a stint with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones. His latest record  from Listen 2 Entertainment Group is called DIS 1. 4. RAF and features Janysett McPherson on piano, Thierry Fanfant on bass, Inor Sotolongo on congas and percussion, and Gregory Louis on drums.  You can hear cuts from DIS 1. 4. RAF on Jazz 91.9 WCLK at various times in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Sony Pictures Classics

Frank Zappa’s contribution to the world of Jazz is immense. It was through Frank Zappa that the world discovered Pianist George Duke, Violinist Jean Luc Ponty and Saxophonist Ian Underwood among others. In conjunction with Sony Pictures Classics movie release of Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, we'll take a longer look at his lasting legacy during  Serenade To The City on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Saturday, July 30 at 1:00 a.m.   The showcase will also include commentary from Zappa's many collaborators about his cultural impact.

New Music: Clockwork By Victor Gould

Jul 20, 2016
Fresh Sounds Records

Up and coming Pianist Victor Gould did his time at Berklee and the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz.  He's worked as sideman with such straight-ahead figures as Wallace Roney, Ralph Peterson, Donald Harrison, Louis Hayes and others.  On his debut record on Fresh Sounds Records, Clockwork, Gould plays with a combo including flute, violin, viola and cello, along with standard bass-dum-horn configurations. All cuts on the album are Gould's compositions except for a cover of Wayne Shorter's The Return.

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