Congrats to four (4) Whaling City Sound artists on JazzWeek Chart thanks to the hard work of New World ‘n’ Jazz!
Jazz Chart: September 19, 2016
#9 Eric Hargett with Joey D and Gerry Gibbs Steppin’ Up Right out of the gate, Hargett, DeFrancesco and Gibbs really bring it. With his baritone sax, the upstart leader manages to avoid opening night jitters, thanks to a diverse and tasty ten-spot of tunes and the incredible support of Joey DeFrancesco on the B3 and piano, and drummer Gerry Gibbs.
#35 is Greg Murphy’s Summer Breeze. Greg’s 4th outing as a leader, and his Whaling City Sound debut finds the Chicago native turned New Yorker in a very expressive mood. The CD includes Greg Murphy on piano/keyboards, Eric Wheeler with acoustic and electric bass, Kush Abadey on drums, along with the assistance of Josh Evans, Raphael Cruz, Malou Beauvoir, Jay Rodriguez, Eric Wyatt, Scott Robert Avidon, and Corey Wilcox.
At #38 The Whole World in Her Hands is Monika Herzig. Monika Herzig is a fearless and complete jazz artist touring internationally as a pianist, bandleader, award winning author and advocate for jazz music, its genres and its players. Monika showcases her artistry and those of top women band leaders and composers working in jazz today. Bringing together an All Star international band including the likes of guitarist Leni Stern (Germany/NYC), percussionist Mayra Casales (Cuba), flutists/saxophonist Jane Bunnett (Canada), drummer Arianna Fanning (Indian-American), bassist Jennifer Vincent (USA), trombonist Reut Regev (Israel), flutist Jamie Baum (USA/NYC), alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin (USA/NYC) and bassist Linda Oh (Malaysia/Australia).
Tim Ray Trio’s Windows #47 JazzWeek John Lockwood, Mark Walker and Tim Ray first played together when they backed Greg Abate, an alto great that has used the trio on two of his Whaling City Sound albums, including Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan’s with the late Phil Woods. Windows continues that tactile performance. The song list is impressive, but the trio succeeds in meeting the enormous potential of classic material. Hancock’s “Toys,” Jarrett’s “So Tender,” Monk’s “Monk’s Dream,” Horace Silver’s “Peace,” and Ellington’s “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” begins the short list of authentic, reverent and customized readings of some of the greatest ever piano trio standards. Ray even recalls his road years with Lyle Lovett’s “I’ve Been to Memphis”.
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