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O’s Place Reviews Rodriguez’s Modern Jazz album “Your Sound”

O’s Place Jazz Notes: New York-based Colombian composer and reed man Jay Rodriguez has played everything from Hip Hop to Latin and Straight ahead jazz. He leans towards modern jazz with a Latin twist on Your Sound, his latest release. It was recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York to an appreciative audience. Billy Harper (tenor sax), Larry Willis (p), Eric Wheeler (b), J.T. Lewis (d) and Billy Martin (perc) join him to perform ten high-energy new compositions.
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“Your Sound”

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Press Release: From Suzi Reynolds, from Whaling City Sound

Publicity:  Digital JournalImprovijazzation NationMidwest Record, Jazz-Quad, New York Times ,Hamptons. to be featured in May’s JAZZIZ Magazine, JazzWeek

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Radio: New World ‘n’ Jazz

19 weeks total
14 weeks on the charts
4 weeks top 20
Peak position #9

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You might hear Jay Rodriguez and wonder, “Is there anything you can’t do?” The fact is, it might be tough to track down something along Jay’s musical continuum that he hasn’t done. A versatile bandleader, with flute, clarinet and saxophone chops, the Colombia-born, New York City-bred musician is profoundly talented and incredibly prolific. Since graduating from the New York School of Performing Arts and attending the New School of Jazz at its inception alongside Larry Goldings, Brad Mehldau and Roy Hargrove. He has had musical adventures in salsa with Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Paquito D’Rivera, pop/hip-hop with Prince, Guru, the Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Premier and Groove Collective, straight-ahead with Doc Cheatham, Mingus Big Band, David Murray, Craig Harris, Jason Miles and Miles Davis. He has played alongside Joe Lovano, Gil Evans, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Bernie Worrell and Joan Osborne, to name a few. His original work is daring, groovy, breathtaking and soulful, sometimes all at once. His new recording, Your Sound: Live at Dizzy’s Club, captures all of lovely rawness in real time. Accompanied by Billy Harper on tenor sax, Larry Willis on piano. Eric Wheeler on bass, JT Lewis on drums and percussionist Billy Martin, Rodriguez frees himself up to showcase his work on saxes, flutes, and bass clarinet. The result is magical. Over his career, Rodriguez has tackled composition, arranging, accompanying, and leading. It is high time for the world to hear all the wonderful things Jay Rodriguez—musician, personality, iconoclast, and innovator—has to offer.

WBGO News Monday 2/19 to plug Jay Rodriguez’s album release with a track for Nate Chinen’s Take Five! Confirmed!
Jay Rodriguez will be featured in the “Keeping Live Jazz Alive” benefit taking place at the Southampton Arts Center on February 3 at 6pm.

 

Eric Wyatt/WCS

Brooklyn-born and bred Eric Wyatt owns a solid berth along the saxophone continuum originally laid out by guys like Parker, Coltrane and Rollins. Throughout his career, his playing has been edgy and inventive, heartfelt and poignant. In fact, his father was good friends with Rollins and after Wyatt’s dad passed away, Sonny Rollins became involved in Eric’s music. “After my dad passed in 1989, Sonny became very present in my music and offered his help. I was given the opportunity to record my first CD, Godson, on the Japanese label King Records. Sonny suggested the title Godson because it explained his and my dad’s Hope. The Godson CD featured Al Foster, Rufus Reid and Mark Soskin, all members of Sonny’s bands.

Look to the Sky, Wyatt’s debut for Whaling City Sound and his sixth recording overall, is magnificently realized, both instrumentally and emotionally. There are musical nods to his father (“Jolley Charlie”) and mother (“Psalm for Phennie”), to Coltrane (“My Favorite Things”) and a few other intimate touch points, some original, a few written by his accompanist, Benito Gonzalez. Indeed, Wyatt is joined here by excellent progressive musicians, including the resounding pianist Gonzalez, drummers Shinnosuke Takahashi and Kyle Poole, Eric Wheeler on bass and Keyon Harrold on trumpet. Together, their music is filled with hope and dedication, reciprocity and passion. With every recording, Wyatt flourishes, in terms of artistry and intensity, power and finesse. Look to the Sky is the man’s—and his band’s— finest and fullest record yet.

 
Personnel:
Benito Gonzalez – piano
Keyon Harrold – trumpet — winner of best soundtrack album for the grammy 2017
Eric Wheeler – bass
Kyle Poole – drums
Shinnosuke Takahashi – drums
Andrea Miller – vocals

“Pete Fallico has been programming jazz radio in the Bay Area as well as producing his own podcast (Doodlin’ Lounge) for over 42 years.

He continues to promo jazz performances; produce recording sessions and write for notable jazz artists around the world. 

He can be found at www.doodlinlounge.com

O’s Place Jazz Newsletter dubs Summer Breeze as “a memorable and well-balanced set”

Oscar from O’s Place Jazz Newsletter has reviewed Greg Murphy’s Summer Breeze as follows:
“This is an upbeat jovial set with pianist Greg Murphy leading the charge backed by bassist Eric Wheeler and Kush Abadey on drums. Malou Beauvoir provides vocals on “Sophisticated Lady” with a strong solo from trumpeter Josh Evans. She also sings the R&B infused “A Reason To Smile” with brass accompaniment by Jay Rodriguez (sax) and Corey Wilcox (tb) along with the classic title track. Evans mesmerizes us on “Fall” making Summer Breeze a memorable and well-balanced set.”
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