Four (4) Whaling City Sound Releases on 10/3/16 JazzWeek Chart

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-1-48-43-pmCongrats to four (4) Whaling City Sound artists on JazzWeek Chart thanks to the hard work of New World ‘n’ Jazz!
Jazz Chart: October 3, 2016

#6 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.

#28 on the JazzWeek chart, 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.

#42 Tim Ray Trio/Windows/085 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”.

Also at #42 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).

Also promoting:

Rale Micic/Night Music/086

Steven Kirby Group/Illuminations/084

Kristen Lee Sergeant/InsideOut/087

Azzolina Govoni Nussbaum Zinno/Chance Meeting/082

Podcast: Night Journey Rewind with Pianist Tim Ray

Podcast: Night Journey Rewind with Pianist Tim Ray

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Pianist Tim Ray Perhaps best known as long-time pianist for Lyle Lovett, Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 70 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra.  Tim has also performed repeatedly on “The Tonight Show” (Johnny Carson, Jay Leno), “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Conan O’Brien Show,” “Austin City Limits” and various other national TV and radio broadcasts.  Come join me as Tim takes us on his musical journey

All About Jazz Reviews: Tim Ray Trio “Windows”

All About Jazz Reviews: Tim Ray Trio “Windows

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The Tim Ray Trio supplied the spirited accompaniment onKindred Spirits (Whaling City Sound, 2016), behind saxophonists Greg Abate and the legendary Phil Woods. But they got the chance to step out—sax men taking a break—with a peppery take on Kurt Weill’s classic “Speak Low,” which serves as a preview of sorts for the Tim Ray Trio’s Windows.

Ray, and his cohorts, bassist John Lockwood and drummerMark Walker, bounce into a joyful opening track, Duke Ellington’s “I’m Beginning To Se the Light,” a tune that sparkles in the trio’s hands. They move into a radiant take on Thelonious Monk’s “Monk’s Dream,” and slide from there into a fluid, pensive reading of Herbie Hancock’s “Toys.”

Windows is, in large part, a tribute to Ray’s heroes: Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner,Horace Silver, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, jazz pianists who have take the art of the trio to the highest level. He also includes his original “DE-Train,” a madcap nod to Ellington’s “Take the A Train,” and “Joy,” a Tim Ray original, a lovely, reverent piece of music with a subtle, whispering accompaniment from Walker and Lockwood.

There’s a rollicking, down home version of Lyle Lovett’s “I’ve Been To Memphis” (Ray worked in Lovett’s band), followed by a scintillating cover of Herbie Hancock‘s “Dolphin Dance,” leading into an impressionist take on the Chick Corea-penned title tune.

Windows is an exuberant immersion into a set of classic jazz compositions written by some of the stars of the art form some, played with a zestful grace by the Tim Ray Trio.

Track Listing: I’m Beginning To See The Light; Monk’s Dream; Toys; DE-Train; Joy; I’ve Been to Memphis; Dolphin Dance; Windows; So Tender; Star Eyes; Peace; 12 By 7.

Personnel: Tim Ray: piano; John Lockwood: bass; Mark Walker: drums.

Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Whaling City Sound

FOUR Whaling City Sound releases on 9/19/16 JAZZWEEK chart!

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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”.

Also promoting:

Steven Kirby Group/Illuminations/084

Kristen Lee Sergeant/Inside Out/087

Rale Micic/Night Music/086

Azzolina Govoni Nussbaum Zinno/Chance Meeting/082

 

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