Neal Weiss, Whaling City Sound, warmly thanks the knowledgeable and committed readers of DOWNBEAT Magazine for the honor of making our label #5 on the list of esteemed jazz labels for the year 2020-21

Neal Weiss, Whaling City Sound, warmly thanks the knowledgeable and committed readers of DOWNBEAT Magazine for the honor of making our label #5 on the list of esteemed jazz labels for the year 2020-21

Whaling City Sound warmly thanks the knowledgeable and committed readers of DOWNBEAT Magazine for the honor of making our label #5 on the list of esteemed jazz labels for the year 2020-21. While some deride polls as “popularity contests,” all of us at Whaling City Sound have no problem being considered near the top of those organizations who bring jazz to you on a regular basis.

We are also thankful that many of the artists featured on our releases in recent years, either as leaders, co-leaders, or side-persons, have been recognized by Downbeat readers. Congratulations to those who have achieved this well-earned recognition. If we left anyone out of the list below, we apologize, and again, thank you for listening and voting. Feel free to reach out to us if you would like to know more about which releases include any particular musicians. ~Neal Weiss, President.  

Hall of Fame: Kenny Barron #2

Jazz Artist: Christian McBride: #2, Kenny Barron: #7, Teri Lyne Carrington

Trumpet: Ingrid Jensen

Trombone: Steve Davis

Soprano sax: David Liebman #2,

Alto sax: Greg Abate: #2

Tenor Sax: Gerry Bergonzi

Flute: Ted Nash, David Liebman

Piano: Chick Corea, #1, Kenny Barron, #3

Keyboard: Mark Cary

Organ: Joey DeFrancesco, #1: Larry Goldings, #3

Guitar: Russell Malone

Bass: Ron Carter, #2: John Patitucci, Linda May Han Oh, Dezron Douglas

Drums: Teri Lyne Carrington, #3: Joe FarnsworthJohnathan BlakeJeff “Tain” Watts

Composer: Chick Corea, #2

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“Hiding in Plain Sight” available now!

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“Hiding in Plain Sight” is a jazz album featuring Dino Govoni on tenor saxophone, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet and flugelhorn, Henry Hey on piano, Michael Pope on acoustic and electric bass, and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts on drums. The smooth, versatile, evocative music takes the listener on an auditory pleasure cruise. Hiding in Plain Sight is a treasure for jazz connoisseurs, highly recommended. The tracks are Stories Passed, Cobalt, Falling Ahead, Thinkers Anonymous, Ask Again, Sublimate, Point Turn, Appels to Apples, and Edge Walker.

 

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Tenor saxophonist Dino Govoni is best known as a longtime professor at the famous Berklee College in Boston and an excellent session musician. So on our site until now, his name has appeared as a participant in the recordings of other performers. But he also has his own leadership records. He does not often release his own albums, mainly on Whaling City Sound. And his last album, the third on this label, appeared here after a long break.

Hiding in Plain Sight was recorded in Brooklyn in January 2020 as a quintet. For this project, Dino put together an excellent team. The second brass voice in the quintet was the trumpet player Alex Sipiagin, one of the most successful representatives of the Russian jazz diaspora in the States, the place at the piano was taken by Dino’s main assistant on the project, Henry Hey, Michael Pope played the bass, and one of the most popular modern ones sat at the drums. jazz drummers Jeff “Tain” Watts.

Together they performed a program of nine songs. Dino’s greatest interest was aroused by the music of the jazz veteran Paul Nagel, who worked with Robben Ford, Bobby McFerrin, Boz Skaggs: the album included as many as four of his compositions. Hey brought two plays to the project, one each by Pope and Govoni himself. Stylistically, the music of Hiding in Plain Sight is a typical neo-pop mainstream with a stable structure of pieces, developed solo performers and a relatively regular rhythm. For those who love this direction, Hiding in Plain Sight is just perfect, given the high class of performers. For me personally, the favorite of the album was Nagel’s play Falling Ahead with its somewhat mysterious atmosphere and catchy melody. But this is already a matter of tastes.

As for Dino Govoni himself, Hiding in Plain Sight gave me an interesting observation. Today in American jazz there is a whole cohort of the most talented tenor saxophonists of Italian-American origin. And next to the giant Joe Lovano, next to Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone (by the way, Dino’s teachers), Dino Govoni also occupies a worthy place in it.

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Musicians are always trying to reach the next level as instrumentalists, as composers or as band leaders. Tenorist Dino Govoni states that he has finally found his own voice in this album, which will be released on 10.15.2021 via the Whaling City Sound label. This time, he was very satisfied with the sound of the album, he performed without worrying about how he should approach each piece. On this album, he is accompanied by Alex Sipiagin on trumpet and flugelhorn, Henry Hey on piano, Michael Pope on acoustic and electric bass and Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums.
When you look at his background, two strong voices stand out at the basis of Govoni’s education. These are Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone. These two important names will be a strong reference for music lovers who know jazz well to understand how solid the background of Govoni is.
In “Hiding In Plain Sight”, we will witness that Govoni is a versatile composer, a unique session player, as a long-time faculty member at Berklee College of Music. Pianist Henry Hey’s elegant touch, Sipiagin’s bright-toned trumpet and Jeff “Tain” Watts’ cymbals make the listener jump, increasing the tempo of the music. Extremely thunderous performances, astonishing solo scores are connected with each other with smooth transitions. If you haven’t heard the name Dino Govoni before, this album is a good showcase for him.
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Outlaw singer Nick Casey rides on during the pandemic

The first thing you hear is that voice. Deep and mysterious, a la Jamey Johnson, with flecks of outlaw twang, a dose of darkness, and a hint of mystery. His songs on Ghosts Like Me provide the perfect vehicle for that voice, as Casey begins to build his outlaw country persona.

It all started with Johnny Cash. “Whenever I play a show, I’ll start with a Johnny Cash cover,” says Casey. “That pretty much turns everyone’s heads. It’s fun to watch.”

Casey’s journey into country music began on his trips to school as a kid when his mom blasted the country sounds of Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and Reba McEntire. “I caught on to that whole vibe,” he says. And as soon as he started playing the music he loved, that vibe blossomed and multiplied. He discovered the outlaw country of Willie Nelson and Johnny through a Texas-based relative, and he found that branch of the genre suited the darkness that came through in his voice.

One of Casey’s more memorable early performances was a four-hour time slot at a county fair in 2018. Four hours … Not an easy task for a band just starting. “I handed my guitar player 70 songs to learn over a weekend, and it was no problem!” he laughed. “We handled it all right. Took a couple of breaks. Played a lot of music that day.”

Ghosts Like Me has suffused mystery and great performances. Casey, joined by band members Ryan Tremblay (guitar), Olivia Baxter (fiddle), Ethan Lyons (drums) and Jarod Cournoyer  (bass), explores the shadows of those men dressed in black but also introduces himself as a talent that can hold his own. While they are hung on the sturdy supports of the outlaws, they are well-written, with sweet arrangements and genuinely good honky-tonk-styled performances.

While it’s been hard to turn heads these days as a live performer, Nick has some good memories and brighter hopes. “The last band show we played was at Foxwoods Theater,” he says, “where we closed for RascalFlatts. Wow, the crowd was crazy! Things were taking off. Then, before you know it, we’re stuck in our houses indefinitely.”

Not that the virus has completely slowed Casey and his band down. While they haven’t quite stormed out of the gate as they planned, Nick’s been able to showcase his songs and covers virtually. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing and it certainly staves off that stir-crazy feeling.

“We’ve got some big veterans benefits this winter which is cool,” he says. “I think when the world opens up again, we’re ready to go after it and see what we can do.”

While Rhode Island, the band’s home base, isn’t what you’d call a hotbed of outlaw country music or even roots rock, Casey and the band are ready to show the rest of the country what they can do. “We’ve had a good response from our performances so far, and I feel like all the pieces are in place. We have a product we can promote and songs we can play. I’m ready to play wherever and whenever someone will have us. Once the country opens, we’re all ready to get back to live music. I love Rhode Island as much as anywhere, but this brand of country music—like the music of Cody Jinks and Tyler Childers—plays better in different parts of this country with new audiences that are more accustomed to these kinds of sounds.”

With a new record, a band ready to roll, and an amazing voice ready to preach to new fans, Nick Casey’s future looks bright, once we emerge out from under the restrictions imposed by this virus. I just got bit by the bug,” he says. “You get addicted to performing. You just love the idea of entertaining people and creating a good time for them. I think a lot of folks react to my voice, too. That seems to be a thing, and that makes me happy.”

 

 

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