A TOP JAZZ RECORD OF 2014: Recently, there’s been no shortage of excellent, forward-looking jazz albums led by drummers. For jazz fans who put groove and swing in their plus columns, Grammy®-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, Kendrick Scott, Antonio Sanchez, Matt Wilson and Rudy Royston are taking music to new and satisfying heights. You can add Ulysses Owens, Jr. to this exceptional lineup – he’s a drummer determined to blaze his own trail with sonically inspired beats. Continue reading
Out Here is a seriously entertaining and musically affecting trio record from monster bassist Christian McBride that also serves as an splendid introduction to two of the best up and coming players in jazz, pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. The Philadelphia-born McBride, whose solo career launched in 1995 with Getting’ To It (Verve,) has sideman credits on over 300 recordings in addition to 10 of his own as leader, but this is his first trio recording. Now fully acknowledged as a jazz standard bearer, an astonishing feat for the 41 year old, McBride has adroitly exploited his encyclopedic knowledge of music to find success as a bandleader, mentor, composer and producer.
A recent business trip coincided with a remarkable week of jazz performances in New York City, coincidentally all taking place at the illustrious Jazz Standard, a room with pitch perfect sound and an award winning menu (courtesy of Blue Smoke, the exceptional BBQ restaurant located one flight up.) The club’s gracious host, the musician and bassist Rob Duguay, smoothly takes charge to guide you to the best seat available (and there are no bad seats at this club; only delicious food.) BTW, Rob’s got a new album out called Sea Dream Blues. Check it out: www.robduguay.com Continue reading