Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jay D'Amico Trio returns to Gillespie Auditorium in NY, this next Tuesday, March 28

"Jazz Tuesdays"presents The Jay D'Amico Trio featuring
Jay D'Amico, piano
Greg D'Amico, bass
Ronnie Zito, drums

Tuesday, March 28
2 Sets:  8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in The New York City Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street
(between University Place and Broadway)

Admission: $15, Students $10 with ID
(Price of admission covers one or both sets!)
All seats general admission
Cash at the door

http://www.jazzbeat.com/jazz_tuesdays.html
Jazz Tuesdays is sponsored in part by grants from the Hunt Family Fund and the DeChristopher Family Trust

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Celebrating Mary-an Van Stone

Celebrating the beauty of a dear friend: LA-based German model, trumpeter and musical producer (at Cash Marry Musikverlag) Mary-an Van Stone. She studied trumpet at the Universität der Künste Berlin, and music theory at Hochschule für Musik "Hans Eisler" Berlin e Lee Strasberg Schuhle in LA.

Toomy LiPuma's obituary on Soul Walking website

Ser citado no obituário sobre Tommy LiPuma, publicado no website inglês Soul Walking, é uma honra, mas só aumenta minha tristeza pela morte de um dos maiores produtores da história da música.

http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Respect.html
b. Thomas LiPuma, 5th July 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. 13th March 2017, New York, New York, U.S.A.

The Record Producer, Tommy LiPuma, has died. Tommy was 80.
During his production career, Tommy has collaborated with the likes of Miles Davis, George Benson, Phil Upchurch, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Michael Franks, Ben Sidran, The Crusaders and Randy Crawford.
From Cleveland, Ohio, Tommy worked for A&M Records, Blue Thumb Records and Verve Records.
He provided inspiration for others to follow, including John Snyder, Arnaldo DeSouteiro and Larry Rosen.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

R.I.P.: Tommy LiPuma (1936-2017)

R.I.P.: Tommy LiPuma (1936-2017)

Born July 5, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Died March 13, 2017 in New York City, New York, USA.

A Scott Galloway already said almost everything in a terrific text posted on Facebook about such terrible news. I own a copy of the Breezin' reissue he has mentioned, with bonus tracks and Gallaway's brilliant set of liner notes. I only would like to add that a few years ago (2011, I think) I've attended a gala tribute to LiPuma at Montreux Jazz Fest with Diana etc to celebrate his 75th birthday.

Met him for the first time in my teens when he came to Brazil to record some tracks for Michael Franks' "Sleeping Gypsy" (one of my desert island discs) in Rio with my friends Joao Donato (with whom he had worked on "A Bad Donato" during the Blue Thumb years) and the late Joao Palma, among others. Later we met in the early 90s in NY during his period at GRP, and finally in LA during Diana's sessions and, for the last time, in Montreux.

Btw, I still dream with an enhanced reissue of Sleeping Gypsy, to which Claus Ogerman later overdubbed strings & flutes in LA, since there are many unreleased tracks in the vaults of Warner Bros.

I can assure you that the death of Claus Ogerman had a big impact on him. They were best friends.

Tommy had already retired a couple of years ago, but agreed to do a short comeback to produce Diana's next album, "Turn Up The Quiet," to be released on May 5. Her jazz comeback album, after two recording disasters.

I also would like to mention that he was the responsible for signing people like Bill Evans, Claus Ogerman, Joao Gilberto and Deodato for Warner in the 70s (he co-produced his Love Island album.)

Without Tommy there would be none of the albums recorded by Claus after "Gate of Dreams", none of Claus' meetings with Michael Brecker, no Tutu, no Amoroso, none of the best albums ever by Michael Franks and Al Jarreau. No Diana Krall either.

Tommy's favorite album ever was "Bill Evans Trio With Symphony Orchestra", produced by Creed Taylor, a huge influence on his career, and now the only legendary jazz producer still alive. RIP. My condolences to his wife Gill and all his family.
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Morreu ontem, aos 80 anos, Tommy LiPuma, um dos maiores produtores da história da música. (Talvez o melhor depois de Creed Taylor, que foi seu "muso inspirador").

Imagine o mundo sem "Amoroso" (João Gilberto), sem "Breezin'" (que catapultou George Benson para o estrelato pop através da faixa "This Masquerade"), sem a gravação de Benson para "On Broadway", sem "Gate of Dreams" e nenhuma das outras obras de arte gravadas por Claus Ogerman depois de 1977.

Sem "Tutu" de Miles Davis, sem "Look To The Rainbow" (e a famosa gravação de "Take Five") de Al Jarreau. Sem "A Bad Donato", pois Tommy e Bob Krasnow (falecido no ano passado) foram os responsáveis por contratar João Donato para o selo Blue Thumb, do qual eram donos.

Imagine o mundo sem "Sleeping Gypsy" e nenhum dos grandes discos gravados por Michael Franks. Imagine o mundo sem os fabulosos "When I Look In Your Eyes" e "The Look of Love" de Diana Krall, que fizeram a vendagem da cantora pular de 150 mil discos para mais de 2 milhões. Pois é. O mundo teria sido bem pior sem Tommy LiPuma. Claro que vai aparecer algum engraçadinho imbecil para debochar de alguns desses artistas e discos citados. Mas, coitados, nasceram sem sensibilidade e, como dizia Bonfá, "sem alcance".

Ah, o disco preferido de Tommy era "Bill Evans With Symphony Orchestra", produzido por Creed Taylor, agora o único grande produtor de jazz ainda vivo. Ah #2: da mesma forma que Tommy salvou Diana Krall de ser dispensada da gravadora quando trouxe Johnny Mandel e apostou tudo em "When I Look In Your Eyes" (1999), ele saiu de sua recente aposentadoria para salva-la novamente e produzir, depois de dois equivocados trabalhos, o seu retorno ao estilo que a consagrou, concebendo "Turn Up The Quiet" que será lançado no dia 5 de maio.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

R.I.P.: Breno Sauer (1929-2017)

Segue a matança. Acabo de receber a notícia do falecimento, neste domingo, 12 de Março, do pianista, vibrafonista, acordeonista, compositor e arranjador Breno Sauer, um dos mais subestimados músicos brasileiros dentre os que optaram por residir no exterior.

Morando desde 1974 em Chicago, onde comandava informalmente a cena jazzístico-brasileira atuando em prestigiados clubes como o Jazz Showcase, Breno era gaúcho de São Sebastião do Caí, cidade de colonização alemã a 60 quilômetros de Porto Alegre, onde nasceu em 3 de Novembro de 1929.

Começou no acordeon, fascinado por Art Van Damme, depois adotou o vibrafone e finalmente passou para o piano. No Brasil, além de acompanhar Agostinho dos Santos, gravou vários discos como líder para os selos Columbia, RGE e Musidisc (vejam as capinhas no post abaixo; alguns foram relançados em CD na Europa).

Mudou-se para o México em 1967, onde também gravou com Leny Andrade e com o Primo Quinteto (do pianista João Peixoto Primo), no qual atuou como vibrafonista e arranjador, ao lado do baixista Ernoe Eger e dos meus amigos Claudio Roditi no trompete e Portinho Drums na bateria.

Nos EUA, alcançou sucesso nas rádios de jazz com o álbum "Tudo Jóia", liderando seu grupo Made In Brasil, que contava com sua esposa Neusa Sauer no vocal e Paulinho Garcia no baixo, e com o qual excursionou pelo Japão. Antigamente se dizia: "E lá vai a música brasileira para o mundo". Hoje, só resta dizer "E lá se vai a música brasileira que rodou o mundo"... Meus sentimentos a Neusa Teresa Sauer, sua esposa por 53 anos.
Beautiful reminiscences about Breno Sauer from his long time bassist and guitarist Paulinho Garcia:

"I came to Chicago on May 1st, 1979 to be part of Breno Brazilian sounds, we played in a first class Mexican restaurant named Acapulco, by Belmont/Clark Avenues.

The band was then composed by Breno on piano, Dede Sampaio on drums, myself on bass and lead singer Neusa Sauer. Geraldo de Oliveira was always along thru my years with the group.
With the addition and help of the British guitar player, Peter Budd, we started our way into the jazz circuit, and the name was changed to Made In Brazil. Later, another change in the name, the group became Som Brazil.

The group started being recognized and after our trip to Japan, the group composition started changing and the core group became Breno, Neusa and myself.
Along came great additions of first rate Chicago musicians.
On September 1, 1982 we played for the Chicago Jazz Festival, Breno, Neusa and myself with the addition of Akio Sassajima on guitar, Ron Dewar on sax, phill Grateau on drums and Roberto Sanches on percussion.

We held a 13 years weekly gig at the famous club The Jazz Bulls.
I like to separate the group in eras, the Akio-Ron Dewar era, the Ernie Denov-Steve Eisen era, the Peter O'Neil era, David Urban, etc.
Mark walker took on the drums drums after Phill and Ed Petersen became our saxophonist after Steve Eisen, if I remember correctly. 
Luís Everling, like me, was brought from Brasil to be the new drummer. 

Almost every great Chicago musician sat in with us, such as: the very young Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Alejo Poveda, Thomas Kini, John Campbell, Kelly Sill, Manfredo Fest, to mention a very few, even Michel Petrucciani and Freddie Hubbard played a couple of songs with us. Breno's music was respected and admired by all. 

I left the band after 14 years to pursue my solo guitar/vocalist career. 
Great memories, and life was good.
Thank you Breno for a wonderful 14 years of music and support."

Chris Greene & His Quartet Explore New Musical Territories on "Boundary Issues," Due April 14

Saxophonist Chris Greene, a fixture on the Chicago scene dedicated to transcending the stylistic and structural borders of jazz, continues to discover new musical territory on his new CD "Boundary Issues." Set for April 14 release on Single Malt Recordings, the album is Greene's eighth with the long-standing quartet he formed in 2005 featuring pianist Damian Espinosa, bassist Marc Piane, and, since 2011, drummer Steve Corley.

Joining the core quartet as guests on several tracks are saxophonist Marqueal Jordan, known for his work with smooth jazz star Brian Culbertson; percussionist JoVia Armstrong, who's played with Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble and JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound; guitarist Isaiah Sharkey, a member of D'Angelo's band; and vocalist Julio Davis (aka DJ WLS). Greene's eclectic song selection, inventive arrangements, and choice of guests not normally associated with jazz perfectly coalesce to present a portrait of an artist unafraid to take the road less traveled, push the envelope, and explore the frontiers of jazz.

In addition to three originals, Boundary Issues includes creative covers of works by Horace Silver ("Nica's Dream"), Kenny Kirkland ("Dienda"), Yellowjackets ("Summer Song"), and Billy Strayhorn ("Day Dream"). As his previous treatments of songs by artists as diverse as Madonna, Coltrane, Sting, Mingus, and lounge music king Martin Denny attest, Greene's naming his latest album Boundary Issues could be viewed as a tongue-in-cheek self-diagnosis. "I have a hard time staying in place," he confides. "I don't know my place, I guess, which is why I'm always stepping outside so-called boundaries. With the music I like, I just can't help thinking, what would it sound like if I did this, or this?" A case in point is his spacious reggae version of Horace Silver's "Nica's Dream." "I thought the biggest tribute to him would be to do something different," says Greene. "The idea to cover that classic as a reggae tune came to me while I was listening to music in the shower. It was like, why not?"
Born in 1973 in Evanston, Illinois, Chris Greene was exposed to a lot of music at home but only a smattering of jazz. His mother blasted Motown at her monthly card parties while his father played a lot of funk, soul, and disco; he absorbed all manner of pop styles watching MTV. Taking up the sax at age 10, he began studying it seriously when he was 16, "playing the hell out of a blues pentatonic scale," he recalls. He mainly played alto in the well-regarded Evanston High School Wind & Jazz Ensemble, as well as with local bands including a rock unit called Truth. "They were into Sting and I was eager to be their Branford [Marsalis]," he says. He would eventually play acid jazz with bands like Liquid Soul and Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub Band.

Greene studied at Indiana University with the late David Baker and the current jazz studies department chair Thomas Walsh. "It was a great experience for me," he says. "I was a kid with a lot of natural talent, but with a lack of discipline. I learned how to practice, how to break things down, how to solve problems."

Upon his return to Chicago, he continued his education by reaching out to established artists including Steve Coleman. "He was hard-headed in his determination to play music his way," he says. "It was a huge eye-opener for me how he put things together." Greene also got a major boost from Coleman's legendary mentor, Chicago tenor legend Von Freeman, at one of his famous jam sessions: "He didn't know me from Adam, but he was very encouraging. He said, 'Hey, I hear what you're trying to do. Keep at it.' That meant so much."

In 2005, Greene formed his current quartet. Whether the group is hugging tradition or engaging in experimentation, it radiates a deep sense of well-being. With each release, Greene has moved steadily from funk mildly seasoned with jazz to uncompromising jazz boasting subtle funk touches. As witness the title of the quartet's 2012 album, "A Group Effort," Greene prizes the band's ability to think and feel as one, to "leave fingerprints on each other's playing."

The Chris Greene Quartet will be celebrating the release of "Boundary Issues" at the following Midwest engagements: 4/21 Constellation, Chicago; 4/28 Gibraltar, Milwaukee; 5/1 La Principal, Evanston, IL; 5/20 Winter's, Chicago; 5/30 Promontory, Chicago; 6/9-10 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL; 6/17 Noce Jazz, Des Moines; 6/18 Custer St. Festival of the Arts, Evanston; 7/5 Jazzin' at the Shedd (concert series at Shedd Aquarium, Chicago).

Photography: Ozzie Ramsay

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

R.I.P.: Dave Valentin (1953-2017)

R.I.P.: Dave Valentin (1953-2017), um dos maiores flautistas da história do jazz. E o melhor da geração pós-Hubert Laws. O massacre da serra eletrica não para. A quantidade de amigos que perdi nos últimos 4 anos é um absurdo. Só este ano já se foram Al Jarreau, Larry Coryell e agora Dave, sem contar outros ídolos como Leon Ware e Chuck Stewart que não cheguei a conhecer pessoalmente.

(David Joseph Valentin, born on April 29, 1952 in South Bronx, New York, USA;
died on March 8, 2017, The Bronx, New York, USA)
   (Dave Valentin & Arnaldo DeSouteiro in New York, October 1990)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Tonight, at USC in LA, the world premiere of a new Bob Mintzer work

Great concert tonight at USC in Los Angeles. Sax master, composer and arranger Bob Mintzer will be performing a brand new three movement piece for solo violin, cabinet, tenor sax, and the Thornton Jazz Orchestra. Free admission. Don't miss! 
3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles

Ohone: (213) 740-2311

Monday, February 27, 2017

R.I.P.: Horace Parlan (1931-2017)

RIP: Horace Parlan
(born January 19, 1931, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;
died February 24, 2017, Korsør, Denmark)

A soulful hard bop pianist & Charles Mingus collaborator who passed away in Denmark at age 86. Parlan recorded 7 Blue Note sessions as a leader between 1960-63 including "Movin' & Groovin'" "Us Three" & "Speakin' My Piece," and appeared on Mingus classics like "Blues & Roots" & "Mingus Ah Um."

He also played with Dexter Gordon, Thad Jones, Booker Erwin, Lou Donaldson, Dave Bailey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Slide Hampton, and many more. However, the first time I heard him was on Stanley Turrentine's "Salt Song" for CTI. Explore Parlan's Blue Note catalog with the complete Mosaic set on Apple Music.
I treasure this LD because it allows me to watch Horace Parlan playing in top form with Archie Shepp, Wayne Dockery and Marvin Smith. "The Stuttgart Jazz Summit" (Pioneer) also features Sun Ra, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Sonny Fortune, Glen Moore, Steps Ahead with Mike Mainieri, Samul Nori & Red Sun, Jorg Reiter, Charlie Mariano, Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Dennis Chambers, John Zorn Naked City etc.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Composer/bandleader Jihye Lee Turns Tragedy into Lavish, Heart-Wrenching Inspiration on Debut Orchestral Album


Composer/bandleader Jihye Lee releases her sumptuous and heart-rending debut recording titled "April" tomorrow, February 24. The album features a 20-piece orchestra culled from Berklee faculty and Boston-area musicians, with Sean Jones as special guest. Inspired by the Sewol ferry disaster of 2014 in South Korea, Lee's original six-song suite explores the myriad conflicting emotions that a tragedy can engender, vividly embodied by an orchestra that can navigate fluidly from visceral force to impressionistic beauty.

On the morning of April 16, 2014, tragedy struck South Korea when the ferry Sewol capsized and sank, killing more than 300 passengers. Half a world away, composer and native Korean Jihye Lee watched on in horror from Boston, where she was studying at Berklee College of Music. As the hours, days, weeks and now years have passed, reactions to the disaster have mingled grief and anger, sorrow and outrage, protest and sympathy as human tragedy collided with political controversy.

Not long before the wreck of the Sewol, Lee had written two pieces that came to prove eerily prophetic: "April Wind," which gradually builds from gentle and tender to majestic and powerful; and "Deep Blue Sea," through which Lee's soaring voice wends an emotional, wordless lament before being overwhelmed by swelling tides of sound. "Destiny is a big word," Lee admits, "but maybe I was meant to make this album."

Lee expanded upon those two compositions in the wake of the Sewol disaster, creating the heartfelt six-song suite that comprises her new album, "April." Performed by a 20-piece orchestra culled from Berklee faculty and Boston-area musicians, the album (due out tomorrow, February 24) explores the myriad conflicting emotions that a tragedy like the ferry crash can engender, vividly embodied by an orchestra that can navigate fluidly from visceral force to impressionistic beauty. Lee composes from a wide palette, at one moment lush watercolors, the next bold splashes of action painting.

Being so far away from home as events unfolded, Lee says that the worst feeling was being unable to contribute to rescue and relief efforts. "If I were in Korea I would have done something," she says. "But in Boston there was nothing to do. My mind was so chaotic, I couldn't help but write this music."

"April Wind" opens the album, the calm before the storm that sets the scene for the events of the day to unfold. Alain Mallet's piano solo rides the orchestra's cresting waves, while Shannon LeClaire's alto and Allan Chase's soprano usher in the rising tide. It's followed by "Sewol Ho," named for the ferry itself, which begins with John Lockwood's churning, ominous bass, soon joined by frantic, cross-talking horn lines which build in tension and urgency. "Deep Blue Sea" is an oasis of serenity, seemingly peaceful but perhaps suggesting the stunned silence following unimaginable horror. Rick DiMuzio's tenor offers a soulful elegy.

The brisk, manic rhythms of "Whirlwind" capture the chaos of the sinking's aftermath: the frenzied worry of victim's families, the unanswered questions and political turmoil that persist nearly three years later. "Guilty" is aimed squarely at those whose neglect, greed and politicking led to the tragedy and its staggering death toll, the composer's seething contempt for the deceit and disregard for human life mutedly expressed in the tug of war between Bruce Bartlett's guitar and Rick DiMuzio's soprano. Finally, "You Are Here (Every Time I Think of You)" is Lee's outpouring of sympathy for those lost and those left behind, highlighted by the aching, sweepingly gorgeous flugelhorn of guest soloist Sean Jones.

The band was assembled and the album co-produced by trumpeter and longtime Berklee professor Greg Hopkins. "Greg really believed in me and my music," Lee says. "When I shared my vision he was really supportive." Hopkins also helped Lee set up the Kickstarter campaign that funded the album's recording.

Given the singular vision of Lee's writing for big band, which calls to mind the bold narratives and colors of the Maria Schneider Orchestra along with the intricate arrangements of Jim McNeely, with whom she's now studying at the Manhattan School of Music, it's surprising to learn that Lee arrived in Boston with no intention of leading an orchestra and very little knowledge of jazz in general. She'd worked primarily as a folk and R&B-influenced pop singer-songwriter in Korea but came to Berklee hoping to expand her musical horizons.

"I wanted to see something that I didn't see when I was in Korea," she recalls. "I really loved complexity in harmony and rhythm, but I didn't know what genre I could find it in. I just followed my gut, and my gut said you have to go to Berklee. I got to see a lot of concert jazz orchestra music there, and I was overwhelmed. I was enchanted by the energy and complexity, the richness and diversity that we can mix and use in different ways. That's how I got into jazz big band writing."

One of the most striking elements of Lee's pieces throughout April is the way she interweaves her own voice into the orchestral palette. She doesn't write lyrics, uncomfortable with penning words in English, but doesn't see the lack of them as inhibitive of communicating her messages. "Lyrics are too specific to convey some images or emotions that I cannot really express with words," she says.
The use of voice, though, came naturally from her background as a singer. "It was only natural. I think people are very drawn to the human voice because we're all human, and there's some things that only voice can express."

While she doesn't draw on explicit influences from her native country, Lee says that her essential Korean-ness comes through in every note that she writes. "Korean people are very emotional, very expressive," she explains. She mentions a Korean expression, han, that connotes a sense of deep, restrained emotion rooted in the country's long history of war and colonization, similar to the melancholic/nostalgic Brazilian term saudade but in an earthier, more inward form. The stoicism they display on the surface means that their sadness comes through in art as a howl of sadness. "I think it naturally comes through in my melodies: dramatic, lyrical, very sad, that kind of emotional statement."

The title "April" ties into her adopted home of Boston as well, given that the Boston Marathon bombing took place one year almost to the day prior to the Sewol. Lee hopes that her music offers a path to healing from both incidents. "April is a beautiful month, the beginning of spring when everything is new and beautiful and blooming," she says. "I want to make April bloom again."

R.I.P.: Leon Ware (1940-2017)

R.I.P.: Leon Ware
(born on February 16, 1940, Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, USA;
died on February 23, 2017, Marina del Rey, California, USA)

The fabulous North American singer & songwriter, recorded many great albums, but this self-titled r&b gem is my favorite. Recorded in 1982 for Elektra, arranged by Marty Paich & Jerry Hey, featuring Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Laudir de Oliveira, Gato Barbieri, Janis Siegel, Nathan East, Chuck Rainey, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Rita Coolidge, Steve Lukather etc. There are two beautiful songs co-written with Marcos Valle: the haunting ballad Deeper Than Love (Mais Que Amor) and the infectious samba-funk Somewhere (later recorded by Emilio Santiago as Dentro de Você.)

Leon Ware's tunes were recorded by Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Minnie Ripperton, Donny Hathaway, Isaac Hayes and many others, being sampled by Ice Cub, Tupac, Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest etc. Rest in Power.

Monday, February 20, 2017

R.I.P.: Larry Coryell (1943-2017)

R.I.P.: Larry Coryell, at age 73.
(born Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III on April 2, 1943, Galveston, Texas, USA;
died February 19, 2017, New York City, New York, USA)

Terrible news. Another idol & friend is gone, another jazz master. Had the honor to work with him during his CTI years ("Fallen Angel" was a best-selling on the Billboard jazz charts) and when I produced the album "Almost In Love / Ithamara Koorax Sings The Luiz Bonfá Songbook," recorded in 1996, on which he guested. The first time I saw him live was in 1978 in a brilliant duo concert with Philipe Catherine at the Sao Paulo Jazz Festival, during the "Twin House Tour." And the first Coryell album I got, as a gift from my aunt Elge Agricola, was "Introducing The Eleventh House" in 1974. It means I have been "connected" to his artistry for 43 years... Photo by Celso Brando (P. Mallagutti, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Larry Coryell, Ithamara Koorax)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

R.I.P.: Helio Matheus (1940-2017)

R.I.P.: Helio Matheus (1940-2017),
(born on July 5, 1940; died on February 09, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ)

Brazilian singer, composer and guitarist. Besides this debut solo album recorded in 1975 for RCA with an all-star cast, Helio had his songs covered by such acts as Elis Regina, Azymuth, Zimbo Trio, Meirelles, Wanderléa, Doris Monteiro, Banda Black Rio etc. My favorite ones are the recordings of "Kriola" by Meirelles and "Que É Que Você Vai Fazer Nesse Carnaval" by Azymuth, which I've included in the volume 3 of the compilation series "A Trip To Brazil" that I produced for Verve. Rest in Power.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

R.I.P.: Orlandivo (1937-2017)

(born Orlandivo Honório de Souza on August 5, 1937 in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil;
died on February 8, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

Brazilian singer, composer and percussionist aka Orlann Divo. Recorded several albums as a leader, being recognized as one of the fathers of the "Sambalanço" style derived from bossa nova. He started his career as crooner of organist Ed Lincoln's band and co-wrote many songs with guitarist Durval Ferreira.

However, his biggest international hit, "Samba Blim" (aka "Tamanco No Sambo"), recorded by Cal Tjader and Tamba 4 among others, was co-written with Helton Menezes. Orlandivo also recorded as a percussionist on Deodato's "Os Catedráticos 73" albums, later retitled "Skyscrapers."

As a solo artist, his most famous album was released in 1977 by the Copacabana label and shamelessly bootlegged in UK during the Acid Jazz heyday. That album was arranged by keyboardist João Donato, also featuring Azymuth's members Alex Malheiros (bass) and Mamão (drums) plus Zé Menezes, Sivuca, Copinha, Durval Ferreira, Helcio Milito, Chico Batera, Ariovaldo, Papão, Hermes Contesini, Airton Barbosa, Geraldo Bongô and many others. Rest in Groove.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

R.I.P.: Svend Asmussen (1916-2017)

(born on February 28, 1916, in Copenhagen, Denmark;
died on February 7, 2017, Dronningmølle, Denmark)

R.I.P. Svend Asmussen (1916-2017), one of the best violin players in jazz history, and an institution in Danish jazz. He passed away (today) a few days before his 101th Birthday! This is my favorite Svend album, recorded in 1972 with Toots Thielemans plus Red Mitchell, Ed Thigpen, Kjell Ohman and Stefan Brolund. A lovely bossa nova titled "Denise," written by Thigpen, used to receive a lot of airplay at JB-AM radio station in my native Brazil, at the time of the album release in 1973. The repertoire also includes great tunes by Toots, Milt Jackson and Duke Ellington. Besides the violin, Svend plays viola and cello. His career spanned eight decades, with over 80 albums as a leader or co-leader. Rest in Heaven.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sandy Cressman celebrates her passion for Brazilian music with "Entre Amigos," out Feb 3rd

As founder and leader of the group Homenagem Brasileira, San Francisco-based vocalist/ educator Sandy Cressman has had many opportunities over the last 20-plus years to forge creative partnerships with like-minded musicians from the Bay to Brazil. Her entrancing new album, "Entre Amigos," which will be released on February 3 by her Cressman Music imprint, marks the culmination of these relationships and is a celebration of her own deep history with the music and the players.

Though the new CD is her first new recording since 2005's "Brasil--Sempre no Coração," a project devoted to definitive songs by masters of MPB (música popular brasileira), Cressman never stepped away from music. As an educator and linchpin of a bustling creative family including her husband, former longtime Santana trombonist and recording engineer Jeff Cressman; their older daughter, New York trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman; and their younger daughter, Los Angeles dancer Julianna Cressman, she's maintained enduring musical ties with some of the region's finest musicians. There's nothing quite like being massively overscheduled to concentrate one's attention, and Cressman came up with an enthralling set of answers to the self-searching question, "What do I really want to do with this music?"

"For a long while I concentrated on mining the treasures in the existing Brazilian music repertoire," says Cressman. "But at a certain point I started writing and asking people to collaborate, and Entre Amigos collects many of these amazing connections."
Among the collaborators on the new CD are rising Brazilian-American guitarist Ian Faquini ("Nossa História," "Deixa a Amor Florescer"), pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto ("Para Hermeto"), Brazilian pianist Antonio Adolfo ("Eu Vou Lembrar"), and São Paulo-based samba-jazzistas Dani and Debora Gurgel ("Como Eu Quero Cantar"). Significantly, "Entre Amigos" opens a new chapter for Cressman as a tunesmith; she contributed lyrics, in both Portuguese and English, for every track on the album, and also wrote both music and lyrics for "Ela É," recorded in Germany with the 2010 Santana rhythm section, including Dennis Chambers, and for "Não Me Acorde Não," which tells the story of her and her husband's participation in Carnaval 2015 in Recife with renowned Pernambuco frevo composer/bandleader Spok and his Spok Frevo Big Band.

That performance, and her return to Recife to record with Spok earlier this year, led to an intriguing invitation. When the director of music at the Paço do Frevo (Frevo Museum) learned of her recording project, he proposed a cultural exchange with local frevo musicians: the Cressmans will do a concert and some master classes at the Paço do Frevo the week preceding Carnaval 2017, and then they will perform at Carnaval with the Spok Frevo Orquestra.

Sandy continues to work with Homenagem Brasileira, as well as Mistura Fina, a more recent Latin jazz combo led by guitarist Ray Obiedo (a longtime musical partner with whom she co-wrote Entre Amigos' "Eu Mais Você"). In recent months she's collaborated with the acclaimed 17-piece Electric Squeezebox Orchestra led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, performed with world jazz pioneer Jai Uttal, and celebrated the music of Guinga with Faquini and flutist Rebecca Kleinmann. Somehow, every path seems to lead her back to Brazil.

"I'm thrilled that my musical horizons are widening," she says. "For many years I was very Rio-centric, focused on bossa nova, samba, and Brazilian jazz. This record has São Paulo samba jazz, Northeastern rhythms frevo and maracatu. I keep meeting these people who have different areas of expertise and knowledge, and it's so inspiring and invigorating to be involved in the creation of these songs."

CD Release Shows for "Entre Amigos"
Feb 16 Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA
Feb 18-Mar 1 Carnaval/Various Shows and Master Classes, Recife, Brazil
Mar 19 Café Pink House, Saratoga, CA
Mar 25 Armando's, Martinez, CA
Apr 7 Sound Room, Oakland, CA
Apr 12 Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, New York, NY
May 7 Blue Note, Napa, CA
May 19 California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley, CA
Jul 2 Piedmont Piano Company, Oakland, CA
Jul 20 Crocker Art Museum Jazz Night Series, Sacramento, CA

Photography: Calixto Júnior Fotografía

Monday, January 30, 2017

O depoimento de Arnaldo DeSouteiro ao portal Coisas da Música - Parte 1

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Confira o depoimento de Arnaldo DeSouteiro ao portal Coisas da Música, agora na íntegra, em sete partes. No capítulo 1, o jornalista e produtor fonográfico fala das primeiras influências musicais. Tudo começou em casa, a partir de uma família extremamente musical: os pais Delza Agricola (pianista clássica e regente, primeira Maestrina formada pelo Conversatório Brasileiro de Música) e Walter Souteiro (pianista amador), a tia Elge Agricola (também pianista clássica, formada pela Escola Nacional de Música), a tia-avó Aurette Palermo (que também muito contribuiu para a sua coleção de discos iniciada ainda na infância), e os avós Ernani Agricola (renomado médico que tocava violoncelo, flauta e piano) e Aurea Agricola.

Entrevista realizada por Bernardo Costa em 11/07/2016.
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2016

The Best Jazz of 2016! - Os melhores do jazz em 2016
(Richie Beirach & Dave Liebman)

The complete results of the 38th Jazz Station Awards!
Os resultados da 38ª edição do Prêmio Jazz Station!

These are the complete results of the 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards conducted by the Los Angeles-based jazz journalist, record producer, jazz historian & jazz educator Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Mr. DeSouteiro is a voting member of NARAS-Grammy, as well as of the Jazz Journalists Association and the Los Angeles Jazz Society. He has produced over 830 sessions, according to the All Music Guide website. For more details and a small bio, please check
http://jazzstation-oblogdearnaldodesouteiros.blogspot.com.br/2015/07/arnaldo-desouteiro-bio-jsr-jazz-station.html

Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, Mark Egan, Iris Bergcrantz, Andrea Brachfeld, Houston Person, Pat Metheny, Barry Finnerty and the brothers Zé Eduardo Nazario and Lelo Nazario (founding members of Grupo Um) are among the top artists of the year.

Only albums recorded or released in 2016 were eligible. 

                  (The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion)

O Prêmio Jazz Station - criado em 1979 por Arnaldo DeSouteiro, jornalista, historiador e produtor brasileiro radicado em Los Angeles - chega ao 38º ano, contemplando os artistas que mais se dedicaram no panorama jazzístico internacional em todo o mundo. Membro votante do Grammy, da Jazz Journalists Association e da Los Angeles Jazz Society, entre outras instituições, DeSouteiro já produziu mais de 830 sessões de gravação, segundo contabilizado pelo site All Music Guide.

Além de dono da gravadora JSR e da empresa Jazz Station Marketing & Consultoria, Arnaldo DeSouteiro traz no curriculo trabalhos para selos como Verve, Milestone, Sony e CTI, roteiros para shows e especiais de TV de João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfá, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione, Bjork, Eumir Deodato e Diana Krall, e também é convidado frequentemente para atuar como parecerista em empresas privadas, instituições governamentais e festivais de jazz nos EUA, Brasil, Europa e Ásia, além de professor convidado em universidades.

Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, Iris Bergcrantz, Mark Egan, Pat Metheny, Barry Finnerty e os irmãos Zé Eduardo Nazario e Lelo Nazario (fundadores do lendário Grupo Um) estão entre os artistas que brilharam em 2016.

Atendendo aos pedidos dos leitores, que desde 1979 acompanham essa votação, incluímos – após os nomes de todos os colocados em cada categoria – os títulos dos trabalhos (CDs, DVDs ou Blu-rays) pelo quais os artistas foram avaliados, com base apenas em lançamentos realizados no decorrer deste ano.

Para variar, foram necessárias várias semanas para a preparação de todas estas listas, reouvindo CDs, revendo DVDs, checando fichas técnicas e, às vezes, reavaliando opiniões. Tudo isso com o objetivo de fornecer o mais fiel possível retrato do cenário jazzístico em 2016, a partir de bases reais de análise.

O que significa, por exemplo, que artistas que não lançaram novos trabalhos este ano, seja como líderes ou sidemen, tornaram-se, por mais geniais que sejam, automaticamente inelegíveis.
Tal critério explica a ausência de mestres como Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Jean-Luc Ponty e Gene Bertoncini que, apesar de terem realizado muitos shows, não lançaram novos trabalhos em 2016.

Vários discos premiados em 2016, com atraso, pelas revistas especializadas, não aparecem na nossa lista por uma simples razão: constaram da relação de 2015.

Aí estão os resultados completos:
2016 Acoustic Piano: 1. Richie Beirach (“Balladscapes” w/ Dave Liebman – Intuition); 2. Carlos Franzetti (“Argentum” – Sunnyside); 3. Keith Jarrett (“A Multitude Of Angels” – ECM); 4. Alfredo Rodriguez (“Tocororo” – Mack Avenue); 5. Michel Camilo (“Spain Forever” w/ Tomatito – Universal); 6. Steve Kuhn (“At This Time” – Sunnyside); 7. Hiromi (“Spark” – Telarc); 8. Mark Little (“The Shed” – Windmill Valley Recording); 9. Hugo Fattoruso (“Piano Forever” – Discos Crack/Sony Music); 10. Oriente Lopez (“Abracadabra” – OHL Music); 11. Fred Hersch (“Sunday Night At The Vanguard” – Palmetto); 12. Pablo Held (“Lineage” – Pirouet); 13. Bill O’Connell (“Lotus Blossom” w/ Andrea Brachfeld – Jazzheads); 14. Jarrett Cherner (“Expanding Heart” – Bald Hill Records); 15. Jacky Terrasson (“Mother” w/ Stephane Belmondo – Impulse!); 16. Kenny Barron (“Book Of Intuition” – Impulse!); 17. Brad Mehldau (“Nearness” w/ Joshua Redman – Nonesuch)
2016 Electric Piano: 1. Lelo Nazario (“Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” w/ Grupo Um – Selo Sesc); 2. Peter Horvath (“Absolute Reality” – Foreign Matter Records); 3. Kenny Werner (“Randy Pop!” w/ Randy Brecker – Piloo Records); 4. Mark Soskin (“Viewpoint” w/ Steve Smith And Vital Information” – BFM Jazz); 5. Hugo Fattoruso (“Khronos” w/ Francisco Fattoruso – Agadu/Cíclope); 6. Anna-Lena Laurin (“Different Universe” w/ Iris Bergcrantz – Vanguard Music Boulevard); 7. Christian Tumalan (“This Could Be That” w/ Brian Andres And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel – Bacalao Records); 8. Patrice Rushen (“Open The Curtains” w/ Carol Duboc – Gold Note Music); 9. Allison Brewster Franzetti (“Argentum” w/ Carlos Franzetti – Sunnyside); 10. Robert Glasper (“ArtScience” – Blue Note); 11. John Beasley (“Monk’Estra Vol.1” – Mack Avenue); 12. Nobble Jolley (“Pathways” w/ Zane Rodulfo – Larway Music); 13. Bojan Z. (“Housewarming” w/ Nils Wogram – Nwog Records)
2016 Organ: 1º Barbara Dennerlein (“My Moments - Live On Hammond & Pipe Organ” DVD – Bebab Records); 2. Dr. Lonnie Smith (“Evolution” – Blue Note); 3. Larry Goldings (“Country For Old Men” w/ John Scofield – Impulse!); 4. Joey DeFrancesco (“Steppin’ Up” w/ Eric Hargett – Whaling City); 5. Tony Monaco (“Groove: Blue” – Q-Rious Music)
2016 Keyboards: 1. Peter Horvath (“Absolute Reality” – Foreign Matter Records); 2. Clifford Carter (“ReNew” w/ Shunzo Ohno – Pulsebeats Records); 3. Larry Goldings (“Way Back Home – Live From Rochester, NY” – BFM Jazz); 4. Patrice Rushen (“Open The Curtains” w/ Carol Duboc – Gold Note Music); 5. Alvaro Torres/Manuel Contrera (“Khronos” w/ Francisco Fattoruso – Agadu/Cíclope); 6. Anna-Lena Laurin (“Different Universe” – Vanguard Music Boulevard); 7. Vardan Ovsepian (“Chromatic Dialogues” w/ Gustavo Assis-Brasil – Anamaria Records); 8. Oriente Lopez (“Abracadabra” – OHL Music); 9. Aydin Esen (“Music Of Weather Report” w/ Miroslav Vitous – ECM); 10. Colin Hogan (“Leap Of Faith” w/ Steffen Kuehn – Stef Records); 11. Jason Lindner (“Beyond Now” w/ Donny McCaslin)
2016 Acoustic Bass: 1. Ron Carter (“Chemistry” w/ Houston Person – HighNote); 2. Frank Herzberg (“Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” w/ Grupo Um – Selo Sesc); 3. Miroslav Vitous (“Music Of Weather Report” – ECM); 4. Buster Williams (“ReNew” w/ Shunzo Ohno – Pulsebeats Records); 5. Harvie Swartz aka Harvie S (“One For Marian – Celebrating Marian McPartland” w/ Roberta Piket – TNR); 6. Dave Holland (“Aziza” – Dare2 Records); 7. Christian McBride (“The Beast” w/ Jerome Jennings – Iola Records); 8. Mark Helias (“Early Americans” w/ Jane Ira Bloom – Outline); 9. Mark Perna (“Plays Ballads & Love Songs” w/ Richie Cole – RCP)
2016 Electric Bass: 1. Mark Egan (“Living Standards” w/ Karl Latham – Dropzone Jazz Records); 2. Neil Jason (“The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” w/ The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion – Ward Records); 3. Steve Swallow (“Andando El Tiempo” w/ Carla Bley – ECM); 4. Francisco Fattoruso (“Khronos” – Agadu/Cíclope); 5. John Patitucci (“Randy Pop!” w/ Randy Brecker – Pillo Records); 6. Aaron Germain (“This Could Be That” w/ Brian Anders And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel – Bacalo Records); 7. Anthony Jackson (“Spark” w/ Hiromi – Telarc); 8. Matthew Garrison (“In Movement” w/ Jack DeJohnette – ECM); 9. Jimmy Johnson (“Way Back Home – Live From Rochester, NY” w/ Steve Gadd Band – BFM Jazz); 10. Dezron Douglas (“Wax & Wane” w/ Brandee Younger – Revive Music); 11. Tony Grey (“Chromatic Dialogues” w/ Gustavo Assis-Brasil – Anamaria Records)
2016 Drums: 1. Zé Eduardo Nazario (“Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” w/ Grupo Um – Selo Sesc); 2. Steve Gadd (“Way Back Home – Live From Rochester, NY” – BFM Jazz); 3. Billy Hart (“The Broader Picture” – Enja); 4. Mauricio Zottarelli (“Chromatic Dialogues” w/ Gustavo Assis-Brasil – Anamria Records); 5. Drori Mondlak (“Of Mystery And Beauty” w/ Karolina Strassmayer – Lilypad Music); 6. Bobby Previte (“Early Americans” w/ Jane Ira Bloom – Outline); 7. Karl Latham (“Living Standards” – Dropzone Jazz Records); 8. Brian Andres (“This Could Be That” – Bacalo Records); 9. Joey Baron (“At This Time” w/Steve Kuhn – Sunnyside); 10. Jack DeJohnette (“In Movement” – ECM); 11. Peter Erskine (“All L.A. Band” w/ Bob Mintzer – Fuzzy Music); 12. Reggie Quinerly (“Avid Admirer – The Jimmy Knepper Project” w/ Reggie Watkins – Bynk Records); 13. Nate Smith (“Randy Pop!” w/ Randy Brecker – Piloo Records); 14. Jerome Jennings (“The Beast” – Iola Records); 15. Eric Harland (“1954” w/ Ricardo Grilli – Tone Rogue Records); 16. Bill Stewart (“Country For Old Men” w/ John Scofield – Impulse!)
2016 Percussion: 1. Michael Spiro (“Canto América” w/ La Orquestra Sinfonietta – Patois); 2. Javier Cabanillas (“This Could Be That” w/ Brian Andres And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel – Bacalo Records); 3. Magdelys Savigne (“Oddara” w/ Jane Bunnett And Maqueque – Linus Entertainment); 4. Cyro Baptista (“ReNew” w/ Shunzo Ohno – Pulsebeats Records); 5. Zé Eduardo Nazario (“Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” w/ Grupo Um – Selo Sesc); 6. Sheila E. (“Open The Curtains” w/ Carol Duboc – Gold Note Music); 7. Samuel Rohrer (“Ambiq 2” – Arjuna Music); 8. Aaron Serfaty (“All L.A. Band” – Fuzzy Music)
2016 Vibes/Marimba: 1. Mike Mainieri (“Steppin’ Out” w/ Steps Ahead & WDR Big Band – Jazzline); 2. Joe Caploe (“The Shed” w/ Mark Little – Windmill Valley Recording); 3. Izabella Effenberg (“Iza” – Unit Records); 4. Joe Locke (“Dark Blue” w/ Jim Rotondi – Smoke Sessions Records); 5. Warren Wolf (“Convergence” – Mack Avenue); 6. Jorge Rossy (“Stay There” – Pirouet); 7. Matt Moran (“Super Petite” w/ The Claudia Quintet – Cuneiform Records); 8. Dillon Vado (“Siren Songs” w/ Jackie Gage – First Orbit Sounds); 9. Lewis Wright (“Connection” w/ Empirical – Cuneiform Records)
2016 Miscellaneous: 1. Brandee Younger - harp (“Wax & Wane” – BY); 2. Ashley Walters – cello (“America’s National Parks” w/ Wadada Leo Smith – Cuneiform Records); 3. Dan Peck – tuba (“Serpentines” w/ Ingrid Laubrock – Intakt Records); 4. Leyla McCalla – cello/tenor banjo (“A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey” – Jazz Viullage); 5. Ilia Delarosa – cello (“Z Octet” w/ Peggy Stern – Estrellas); 6. Yvonnick Prene – harmonica (“Cosmic Adventure” w/ Scott Tixier – Sunnyside); 7. Jorrit Dijkstra (“Never Odd Or Even” – Driff Records); 8. Jason Jurzak – sousaphone (“A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey” w/ Leyla McCalla – Jazz Village); 9. François Thuillier – tuba (“Double Quartet” w/ Henning Sieverts – Pirouet)
2016 Acoustic Guitar: 1. Pat Metheny (“The Unity Sessions” – Nonesuch); 2. Shu Odamura (“Cloud Illusions” – What’s New Records); 3. Tomatito (“Spain Forever” w/ Michel Camilo – Universal); 4. Pete McCann (“Spin Cycle” – Sound Footing Records)
2016 Electric Guitar: 1. Barry Finnerty (“The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” w/ The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion – Ward Records); 2. Vic Juris (“Living Standards” w/ Karl Latham – Dropzone Jazz Records); 3. Pat Metheny (“The Unity Sessions” – Nonesuch); 4. Ricardo Grilli (“1954” – Tone Rogue Records); 5. Lupa Santiago (“Ubuntu” – Soundfinger); 6. Gustavo Assis-Brasil (“Chromatic Dialogues” – Anamaria Records); 7. Dirk Bell (“Evolution” w/ Alphawellenreiter – Phonector); 8. Peter Bernstein (“Let Loose” – Smoke Sessions); 9. John Scofield (“Country For Old Men” – Impulse!); 10. Eric Susoeff (“Plays Ballads & Love Songs” w/ Richie Cole – RCP); 11. Fabrizio Sotti (“Forty” – Sotti Entertainment)
2016 Violin: 1. Scott Tixier (“Cosmic Adventure” – Sunnyside); 2. Eva Slongo (“Inspirations” – Unit Records); 3. Mark Feldman (“Miller’s Tale” w/ Sylvie Courvoisier – Intakt Records)
2016 Flute: 1. Andrea Brachfeld (“Lotus Blossom” – Jazzheads); 2. Dave Liebman (“Balladscapes” w/ Richie Beirach – Intuition); 3. Anne Drummond (“Wax & Wane” w/ Brandee Younger - BY); 4. Juan Pablo di Leone (“Khronos” w/ Francisco Fattoruso – Agadu/Cíclope); 5. Mauro Senise (“Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” w/ Grupo Um – Selo Sesc); 6. Jane Bunnett (“Oddara” – Linus Entertainment); 7. Esaie Cid (“Long After Midnight” w/ Lisa Lindsley – Take One Music); 8. Norbert Stachel (“Absolute Reality” w/ Peter Horvath – Foreign Matter Records); 9. Karolina Strassmayer (“Of Mystery And Beauty” w/ Drori Mondlak – Lilypad Music); 10. Julián Elvira (“Le 7ème Continent – Talking Trash” w/ Pascal Niggenkemper – Clean Feed); 11. Alex Coke (“Z Octet” w/ Peggy Stern – Estrellas); 12. Steve Wilson (“One For Marian – Celebrating Marian McPartland” w/ Roberta Piket – TNR); 13. Donny McCaslin (“Beyond Now” – Motema); 14. Chris Potter (“The Unity Sessions” w/ Pat Metheny – Nonesuch)
2016 Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: 1. Louis Sclavis (“Ida Lupino” w/ Gianluca Petrella, Giovanni Guidi & Gerald Cleaver – ECM); 2. Felix Wagner (“Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” w/ Grupo Um – Selo Sesc); 3. Ken Peplowski (“Enrapture” – Capri Records); 4. Esaie Cid (“Long After Midnight” w/ Lisa Lindsley – Take One Music); 5. Su Terry (“Z Octet” w/ Peggy Stern – Estrella); 6. Virginia Mayhew (“One For Marian – Celebrating Marian McPartland” w/ Roberta Piket – TNR); 7. Rolf Kühn (“Spotlights” – MPS/Edel); 8. Chris Speed (“Super Petite” w/ The Claudia Quintet – Cuneiform Records); 9. Chris Potter (“The Unity Sessions” w/ Pat Metheny – Nonesuch); 10. Jan Galega Brönnimann (“Al Nge Taa” – CPL)
2016 Trumpet: 1. Randy Brecker (“Randy Pop!” – Piloo Records); 2. Anders Bergcrantz (“Different Universe” w/ Iris Bergcrantz – Vanguard Music Boulevard); 3. Shunzo Ohno (“ReNew” – Pulsebeats Records); 4. Ryan Carniaux (“Evolution” w/ Alphawellenreiter – Phonector); 5. Wadada Leo Smith (“America’s National Parks” – Cuneiform Records); 6. Brian Lynch (“Madera Latino – A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw” – Hollistic Musicworks); 7. Wallace Roney (“A Place In Time” – HighNote); 8. Sean Jones (“The Beast” w/ Jerome Jennnings – Iola Records); 9. Steffen Kuehn (“Leap Of Faith” – Stef Records); 10. Tom Harrell (“Something Gold, Something Blue” – High Note);  11. Ralph Alessi (“Quiver” – ECM)
2016 Flugelhorn: 1. Till Brönner (“The Good Life” – Okeh); 2. Tom Harrell (“Something Gold, Something Blue” – HighNote);  3. Jim Rotondi (“Dark Blue” – Smoke Sessions Records); 4. Bill Mobley (“One For Marian – Celebrating Marian McPartland” – TNR); 5. Steffen Kuehn (“Leap Of Faith” – Stef Records); 6. Susana Santos Silva (“Life And Other Transient Storms” – Clean Feed); 7. Jean-Luc Cappozzo (“Ceremony’s A Name For The Rich Horn” – Nobusiness Records)
2016 Trombone: 1. Raul de Souza (“Brazilian Samba Jazz” – Encore Merci); 2. Reggie Watkins (“Avid Admirer – The Jimmy Knepper Project” – Bynk Records); 3. Ed Neumeister (“Ubuntu” w/ Lupa Santiago – Soundfinger); 4. Steve Turre (“Colors For The Masters” – Smoke Sessions Records); 5. Delfeayo Marsalis ("Make America Great Again" - Troubador Jazz); 6. Clifton Anderson (“Holding The Stage: Road Shows Vol.4” – Okeh); 7. Wayne Wallace (“Canto América” w/ La Orquestra Sinfonietta – Patois); 8. Gianluca Petrella (“Ida Lupino” – ECM); 9. Steve Davis (“Third Decade” w/ One For All – Smoke Sessions); 10. Dion Tucker (“The Beast” w/ Jerome Jennings – Iola Records); 11. Nils Wogram (“Housewarming” w/ Bojan Z. – Nwog Records)
2016 Soprano Sax: 1. Dave Liebman (“Balladscapes” w/ Richie Beirach – Intuition); 2. Jane Ira Bloom (“Early Americans” – Outline); 3. Ada Rovatti (“The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” w/ The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion – Ward Records); 4. Russ Nolan (“Sanctuary From The Ordinary – Live at Firehouse 12” - Rhinoceruss Music); 5. Andy Sheppard (“Andando El Tiempo” w/ Carla Bley – ECM); 6. Branford Marsalis (“Upward Spiral” – Okeh); 7. Matt Parker (“Present Time” – Bynk Records); 8. Mauro Senise (“Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” w/ Grupo Um – Selo Sesc); 9. Joshua Redman (“Nearness” w/ Brad Mehldau – Nonesuch); 10. Bill Evans (“Steppin’ Out” w/ Steps Ahead & WDR Big Band – Jazzline); 11. Ravi Coltrane (“In Movement” w/ Jack DeJohnette – ECM); 12. Lawrence Feldman (“Argentum” w/ Carlos Franzetti – Sunnyside); 13. Tom Christensen (“Spin Cycle” – Sound Footing Records); 14. Patrick McGee ("Jnana-Vijnana" w/ The Dan Wilkins Ensemble - Minsi Ridge Records); 15. Ingrid Laubrock (“Serpentines” – Intakt Records)
2016 Alto Sax: 1. Karolina Strassmayer (“Of Mystery And Beauty” w/ Drori Mondlak – Lilypad Music); 2. Richie Cole (“Plays Ballads & Love Songs” – RCP); 3. Jorge Sylvester (“Blessings” w/ Nora McCarthy – Redzen Music); 4. Kenny Garrett (“Do Your Dance!” – Mack Avenue); 5. George Robert (“Plays Michel Legrand” – Claves Records); 6. Grace Kelly (“Trying To Figure It Out” – Pazzazz); 7. Steve Wilson (“One For Marian – Celebratring Marian McPartland” w/ Roberta Piket – TNR); 8. Vincent Herring (“Invitation” w/ Nicholas Bearde – Right Groove Records); 9. Nicole Johänntgen (“Henry” – NJ); 10. Christian Weidner (“Every Hour Of The Light And Dark” – Pirouet)
2016 Tenor Sax: 1. Houston Person (“Chemistry” w/ Ron Carter – HighNote); 2. Sonny Rollins (“Holding The Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4” – Okeh); 3. Dave Liebman (“Balladscapes” w/ Richie Beirach – Intuition); 4. Ada Rovatti (“The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” w/ The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion – Ward Records); 5. David Sanchez (“Randy Pop!” w/ Randy Brecker – Piloo Records); 6. Russ Nolan (“Sanctuary From The Ordinary – Live at Firehouse 12”  - Rhinoceruss Music); 7. Don Menza (“That’s Life” w/ Nicole Herzog – Migros); 8. Eric Alexander (“Third Decade” w/ One For All – Smoke Sessions); 9. Andy Sheppard (“Andando El Tiempo” w/ Carla Bley – ECM); 10. Joshua Redman (“Nearness” w/ Brad Mehladu – Nonesuch); 11. Matt Parker (“Avid Admirer – The Jimmy Knepper Project” w/ Reggie Watkins – Bynk Records); 12. Victoria Mozalevskaya (“Freedom To Be You” – Unit Records); 13. Paul Heller (“The Broader Picture” w/ Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band – Enja); 14. Howard Wiley (“The Beast” w/ Jerome Jennings – Iola Records); 15. Charles Lloyd (“I Long To See You” – Blue Note); 16. Chris Potter (“The Unity Sessions” w/ Pat Metheny – Nonesuch)
2016 Baritone Sax: 1. Claire Daly (“2648 West Grand Boulevard – Jazz Interpreatations of Classic Motown 45s” – Glass Beach Jazz); 2. Eric Hargett (“Steppin’ Up” – Whaling City Sound); 3. Hermann Lara (“This Could Be That” w/ Brian Andres And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel – Bacalo Records); 4. Céline Bonacina ("Crystal Rain" - Cristal Records/Harmonia Mundi)
2016 Male Singer: 1. Boris Savoldelli (“The Great Jazz Gig In The Sky” – MoonJune); 2. Kurt Elling (“The Beautiful Day” – Sony); 3. Nicolas Bearde (“Invitation” – Right Groove Records); 4. Till Brönner (“The Good Life” – Okeh); 5. Gregory Porter (“Live in Berlin” – Eagle Vision)
2016 Female Singer: 1. Nora McCarthy (“Blessings” – Redzen Music); 2. Iris Bergcrantz (“Different Universe” – Vanguard Music Boulevard); 3. Lisa Lindsley (“Long After Midnight” – Take One Music); 4. Tierney Sutton (“The Sting Variations” – BFM Jazz); 5. Vitoria Maldonado (“Brasil L.I.K.E.” w/ Ron Carter Quartet – Summit); 6. Jackie Gage (“Siren Songs” – First Orbit Sounds); 7. Sivan Arbel (“Broken Lines” – SA); 8. Carol Duboc (“Open The Curtains” –  Gold Note Music); 9. Nicole Herzog (“That’s Life” w/ Don Menza – MGB Jazz); 10. Letizia Gambi (“Blue Monday” – ArtistShare); 11. Catherine Russell (“Harlem On My Mind” – Jazz Village); 12. Elisabeth Lohninger (“Eleven Promises” – Jazzsick Records); 13. René Marie (“Sound of Red” – Motema); 14. Sandy Cressman (“Entre Amigos” – Cressman Music); 15. Madeleine Peyroux (“Secular Hymns” – Impulse); 16. Melody Gardot (“Live At The Olynoia Paris” DVD – Eagle Vision)
2016 Instrumental Group: 1. The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion (“The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” – Ward Records); 2. Grupo Um (“Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” – Selo SESC); 3. Brian Andres And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel (“This Could Be That” – Bacalo Records); 4. Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet (“America’s National Parks” – Cuneiform Records); 5. Steps Ahead (“Steppin’ Out” – Jazzline); 6. Steve Gadd Band (“Way Back Home – Live From Rochester, NY” – BFM Jazz); 7. Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak – Klaro! (“Of Mystery And Beauty” – Lilypad Music); 8. Peggy Stern (“Z Octet” – Estrellas); 9. Jarrett Cherner Trio (“Expanding Heart” – Bald Hill Records)
2016 Big Band/Jazz Orchestra: 1. WDR Big Band (“The Broader Picture” w/ Billy Hart – Enja); 2. Bob Mintzer (“All L.A. Band” – Fuzzy Music); 3. Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band (“Intenso! – Clavo Records); 4. Lucerne Jazz Orchestra (“Beromünster” w/ Peter Zihlmann – Migros); 5. Jazz BigBand Graz (“True Stories” – Natango Music); 6. Ted Nash Big Band (“Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom” – E1 Entertainment); 7. NDR Bigband (“Es:Sensual” w/ Omar Sosa – Skip Records); 8. The Uptwon Jazz Orchestra ("Make America Great Again" w/ Delfeayo Marsalis - Troubador Jass); 9. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (“Real Enemies” – New Amsterdam Records); 10. JazzFactory Orchestra (“German Jazzcomposers” – Mocher Music)
2016 Composer: 1. Billy Hart (“The Broader Picture” w/ The WDR Big Band – Enja); 2. Randy Brecker (“The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” w/ The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion – Ward Records); 3. Shunzo Ohno (“ReNew” – Pulsebeats Records); 4. Anna-Lena Laurin (“Iphigenia” – Vanguard Music Boulevard); 5. Hugo Fattoruso (“Piano Forever” – Discos Crack/Sony Music); 6. Lelo Nazario (“Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” w/ Grupo Um – Selo Sesc); 7. Carla Bley (“Andando El Tiempo” – ECM); 8. Wadada Leo Smith (“America’s National Parks” – Cuneiform Records); 9. Jane Ira Bloom (“Early Americans” – Outline); 10. Bob Mintzer (“All L.A. Band” – Fuzzy Music); 11. Francisco Fattoruso (“Khronos” – Agadu/Cíclope); 12. Peggy Stern (“Z Octet” – Estrellas); 13. Gustavo Assis-Brasil (“Chromatic Dialogues” – Anamria Records); 14. Peter Zihlman (“Beronmünster” w/ Lucerne Jazz Orchestra – Migros); 15. Ricardo Grilli (“1954” – Tone Rogue Records); 16. Mark Little (“The Shed” – Windmill Valley Recording)
2016 Arranger: 1. Christophe Schweizer (“The Broader Picture” w/ Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band – Enja); 2. Kenny Werner ("Randy Pop!" - Piloo Records); 3. Carlos Franzetti (“Argentum” – Sunnyside); 4. Carla Bley (“Time/Life” w/ Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra – Impulse!); 5. Ruria Duprat (“Brasil L.I.K.E.” w/ Ron Carter Quartet + Vitoria Maldonado – Summit); 6. Michael Abene (“Steppin’ Out” w/ Steps Ahead & WDR Big Band – Jazzline); 7. Bob Mintzer (“All L.A. Band” – Fuzzy Music); 8. Brian Lynch (“Madera Latino – A Jazz Interpretation On The Music Of Woody Shaw” – Hollistic Musicworks); 9. Wayne Wallace (“Canto América” w/ La Orquestra Sinfonietta – Patois); 10. Peter Zihlmann (“Beromünster” w/ Lucerne Jazz Orchestra – Migros); 11. Roberta Piket (“One For Marian – Celebrating Marian McPartland” – TNR); 12. Alan Broadbent (“The Art Of Elegance” w/ Kristin Chenoweth – Concord)
2016 Engineer: 1. Rudy Van Gelder (“Chemistry” w/ Houston Person & Ron Carter – High Note); 2. Florian Van Volxem (“Balladscapes” w/ Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach – Intuition); 3. Jim Anderson (“Early Americans” w/ Jane Ira Bloom – Outline); 4. Zakarias Lindhammar (“Different Universe” w/ Iris Bergcrantz – Vanguard Music Boulevard); 5. Reinhold Nickel (“The Broader Picture” w/ Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band – Enja); 6. Greg DiCrosta/Paul Wickliffe (“Sanctuary From The Ordinary – Live at Firehouse 12” w/ Russ Nolan – Rhinoceruss Music); 7. Nick Lloyd (“America’s National Parks” w/ Wadada Leo Smith – Cuneiform Records); 8. Tom Tedesco/Danny Lapidus/Dave Darlington (“ReNew” w/ Shunzo Ohno – Pulsebeats Records); 9. Carsten Vollmer/Thomas Götz (“Of Mystery And Beauty” w/ Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak – Lilypad Music); 10. George Heid/Jim Barr (“Plays Ballads & Love Songs” w/ Richie Cole – RCP); 11. Bojan Dugic/Brian Higans/David Kowalski (“The Beast” w/ Jerome Jennings – Iola Records); 12. Michael Perez-Cisneros (“1954” w/ Ricardo Grilli – Tone Rogue Records)
2016 New Talent: 1. Iris Bergcrantz (“Different Universe” – Vanguard Music Boulevard)
2016 Artwork: 1. Bill Elsworth (“America’s National Parks” w/ Wadada Leo Smith – Cuneiform Records); 2. Knut Schötteldreier (“Balladscapes” w/ Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach – Intuition); 3. Satoru Yonemoto (“The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” w/ TheBrecker Brothers Band Reunion” – Ward Records); 4. Paul Grosso (“One For Marian – Celebrating Marian McPartland” w/ Roberta Piket – TNR); 5. Richard Mantel (“Lotus Blossom” w/ Andrea Brachfeld – Jazzheads); 6. Anne Hasegawa/Eiko Miyasaki/Yukiko Ishihara (“ReNew” w/ Shunzo Ohno – Pulsebeats Records); 7. XPR Visual (“Different Universe” with Iris Bergcrantz – Vanguard Music Boulevard); 8. Franziska Erdle, Gold Unlimited (“The Broader Picture” w/ Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band – Enja); 9. Matt Eskey (“Z Octet” w/ Peggy Stern – Estrellas); 10. Justyna Piechuta/Violetta Derylak (“The Beast” w/ Jerome Jennings – Iola Records); 11. Javier Cabanillas (“This Could Be That” w/ Brian Andres And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel – Bacalo Records)

The Best 25 Instrumental Jazz CDs


Randy Brecker: “Randy Pop!” (Piloo Records)
Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach: “Balladscapes” (Intuition)
Shunzo Ohno: “ReNew” (Pulsebeats Records)
Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak – Klaro: “Of Mystery And Beauty” (Lilypad Music)
Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: "The Broader Picture" (Enja)
Francisco Fattoruso: “Khronos” (Agadu/Cíclope)
Karl Latham w/ Mark Egan & Vic Juris: “Living Standards” (Dropzone Jazz Records)
Grupo Um: “Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” (Selo Sesc)
Wadada Leo Smith: “America’s National Parks” (Cuneiform Records)
Jane Ira Bloom: “Early Americans” (Outline)
Reggie Watkins: “Avid Admirer – The Jimmy Knepper Project” (Bynk Records)
Lupa Santiago 4teto + Ed Neumeister: “Ubuntu” (Soundfinger)
Carlos Franzetti: “Argentum” (Sunnyside)
The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion: “The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” – Ward Records)
Brian Andres And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: “This Could Be That” (Bacalo Records)
Peggy Stern: “Z Octet” (Estrellas)
Andrea Brachfeld: “Lotus Blossom” (Jazzheads)
Gustavo Assis-Brasil: “Chromatic Dialogues” (Anamaria Records)
Russ Nolan: “Sanctuary From The Ordinary – Live at Firehouse 12” (Rhinoceruss Music)
Roberta Piket: “One For Marian – Celebrating Marian McPartland” (Thirteenth Note Records)
Mark Little & Joe Caploe: “The Shed” (Windmill Valley Recording)
Alphawellenreiter: “Evolution” (Phonector)
Richie Cole: “Plays Ballads & Love Songs” (RCP)
Ricardo Grilli: “1954” (Tone Rogue Records)
Jarrett Cherner Trio: “Expanding Heart” (Bald Hill Records)

The Best 15 Vocal Jazz CDs

Iris Bergcrantz: “Different Universe” (Vanguard Music Boulevard)
Nora McCarthy: “Blessings” (Redzen Music)
Oriente Lopez: “Abracadabra” (OHL Music)
Boris Savoldelli: “The Great Jazz Gig In The Sky” (MoonJune)
Vitoria Maldonado + Ron Carter Quartet: “Brasil L.I.K.E.” (Summit)
Lisa Lindsley: “Long After Midnight” (Take One Music)
Jackie Gage: “Siren Songs” (First Orbit Sounds)
Sivan Arbel: “Broken Lines” (SA)
Tierney Sutton: “The Sting Variations” (BFM Jazz)
Carol Duboc: “Open The Curtains” (Gold Note Music)
Hugo Fattoruso: “Piano Forever” (Discos Crack/Sony Music)
Nicolas Bearde: “Invitation” (Right Groove Records)
Sandy Cressman: “Entre Amigos” (Cressman Music)
Nicole Herzog meets Don Menza: “That’s Life” (Migros)

The Best 10 Jazz DVDs/Blu-rays

Eberhard Weber: “The Jubilee Concert” (SWR Jazzhaus/Naxos)
Anna-Lena Laurin: “Iphigenia” (Vanguard Music Boulevard)
Barbara Dennerlein: “My Moments” (Bebab Records)
Steve Gadd: “Way Back Home – Live From Rochester, NY” (BFM Jazz)
Paco De Lucia & John McLaughlin: “Live At Montreux 1987” (Eagle Vision)
Al Jarreau: “Live at Montreux 1993” (Eagle Vision)
Gregory Porter: “Live in Berlin” (Eagle Vision)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk: “The Case Of The Three Sided Dream” (Monoduo/Arthaus) movie
Nina Simone: “What Happened Miss Simone?” (Eagle Vision) movie
George Shearing: "Lullaby Of Birdland - The Shearing Touch" (Arthaus) movie

The Best 20 Historical Albums/Special Projects/Reissues (no box sets)


Bill Evans & Claus Ogerman: “Symbiosis” (MPS/Edel)
Don Sebesky: “The Rape Of El Morro” (CTI/King)
Pedro Santos: “Krishnanda” (CBS/Mr. Bongo)
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet: “Music, You All” (Capitol/Real Gone Music)
Bill Evans: “Some Other Time – The Lost Session From The Black Forest” (Resonance)
Fats Theus: “Black Out” (CTI/King)
Oscar Pettiford & Jan Johansson Featuring Stan Getz: “In Denmark 1959-1960” (Stunt)
Dave Brubeck Quartet: “Zurich 1964” (TCB)
Stan Getz & João Gilberto: "Getz/Gilberto '76" (Resonance)
Claudio Roditi: “Red On Red” (CTI/King)
Joe Farrell: “Upon This Rock” (CTI/King)
Herbie Hancock: “Mwandish” (Warner Japan)
Stanley Turrentine: “The Sugar Man” (CTI/King)
David Matthews: “Dune” (CTI/King)
Ronnie Cuber: “Cuber Libre” (Xanadu/Elemental Music)
Ron Carter: “All Blues” (CTI/Pure Pleasure) vinyl
Art Farmer: “Crawl Space” (CTI/King)
Ray Charles Orchestra: “Zurich 1961” (TCB)
Esther Phillips: “Capricorn Princess” (Kudu/Soul Music UK-Cherry Red)
Idris Muhammad: “Turn This Mutha Out” (Kudu/King)

Best Jazz Tracks of the Year
“Whispering” – from Jarrett Cherner Trio’s “Expanding Heart” (Bald Hill Records)
“Different Universe” – from Iris Bergcrantz’s “Different Universe” (Vanguard Music Boulevard)
"New Frontier" – from Randy Brecker's "Randy Pop!" (Piloo Records)
“Alone, Not Alone” – from Shunzo Ohno’s “ReNew” (Pulsebeats Records)
“From Her Pale Blue Home” – from Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak’s “Of Mystery And Beauty” (Lilypad Music)
“Amyable” – from Brian Andres And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel’s “This Could Be That” (Bacalao Records)
“Night And Day” – from Ron Carter Quartet + Vitoria Maldonado’s “Brasil L.I.K.E.” (Summit)
“Afro Blue” – from Jackie Gage’s “Siren Songs” (First Orbit Sounds)

In memoriam: 
                                  (Claus Ogerman) 
                                       (João Palma)
                                     (Rudy Van Gelder)
                                  (Toots Thielemans)
                                                   (Gato Barbieri)

                                                  (Bobby Hutcherson)


                                                       (Jeremy Steig)
                                                    (Joe Shepley)
                                              (Naná Vasconcelos)
                                           (Alphonse Mouzon)
                                            (David Baker)
                                               (Guilherme Franco)
Claus Ogerman, Rudy Van Gelder, Toots Thielemans, João Palma, Gato Barbieri, Bobby Hutcherson, Jeremy Steig, Joe Shepley, David Baker, Naná Vasconcelos, Alphonse Mouzon, Joe Temperley, Bob Cranshaw, Victor Bailey, Guilherme Franco, Michael White, Vinicius Dorin, Don Friedman, Mose Allison, Scotty Moore, Wayne Jackson, George Robert, Lutz Büchner, Aloisio Milanez Aguiar, Pete Fountain, Nat Hentoff, Matthias Müller, Maurice White, Rod Temperton, Pierre Barouh