“Dori Rubicco might suggest a cabaret date but this is a solid jazz date to the point that it opens with an instrumental from the quintet [Bill Miele-b, John Harrison III-p, Yoron Israel-drm, Donn Legge-gtr, Bryan Steele-ts/ss, Ian Rubbicco Leggecello]. Following the instrumental are 10 standards plus one original by the singer. Rubbicco does a very nice job on “Imagine” ,“Throw It Away”and “Twisted” in particular. Rubbicco has a strong voice and a healthy touch of Melissa Manchester. I believe this is her first release and please let there be more.”
Recording live at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, May 18, 2017
Recording Engineer: John Mailloux, Bongo Beach Productions with Joe Knight, Zeiterion Theatre
Audio mix and mastering: John Mailloux, Bongo Beach Productions
ROMAN SUN 7:42 John Harrison III Publisher: BMI
IMAGINE 6:47 John Lennon Publisher: BMG TWO KITES 4:46 Antonio Carlos Jobim Publisher: BMI PRETTY FUNNY 5:09 Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Publisher: ASCAP NO REGRETS 6:43 Harry Tobias & Roy Ingraham Publisher: ASCAP WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW 7:09 Carole King & Gerry Goffin Publisher: BMI THROW IT AWAY 6:49 Abbey Lincoln TWISTED 8:12 Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Publisher: BMI Right Here Waiting 3:43 Dori Rubbicco Publisher: BMI I CAN SEE CLEARLY 5:50 Johnny Nash Publisher: ASCAP THAT’S ALL 3:31 Alan Brandt & Bob Haymes Publisher: BMI
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 Hargett’s playing has it all….an immediately identifiable sound, great time and sense of phrasing, soulful with a sophisticated harmonic concept, and deep roots in the jazz and blues tradition. He knocked me out and can’t wait to hear more…”Gary Smulyan
LINER NOTES: I had the good fortune of recording my first solo album with two incredible musicians. Gerry Gibbs is an accomplished drummer and prolific composer who has played with countless jazz music luminaries. When he and I met, the chemistry between us was instantaneous. I joined Gerry’s Thrasher Big Band, which performed with jazz legends such as Clark Terry, James Moody and Jon Hendricks. This association led me to later work with the Terry Gibbs Dream Band. I was also a member of the Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Sextet and contributed numerous c!ontributions to the group.!
Being an enormous fan of the legendary Hammond B3 organ groups, such as Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Lonnie Smith, I was fortunate to have found Joey DeFrancesco, a living legend on the instrument. It was a privilege to have him record on B3 organ, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes and the Moog synthesizer. This is likely the first time Joey has recorded on all of these instruments on the same album. Gerry, Joey, and I recorded the ten songs, including eight originals, in one afternoon without a single rehearsal. I give credit to Gerry and Joey, who utilized their musical sophistication and intuition to take the music to great places.