BOSSACUCANOVA - OUR KIND OF BOSSA
As the world is getting ready to put all eyes on Brazil for this year's World Cup, one of the country's own musical treasures, BossaCucaNova will set the stage with their brand new release of Our Kind Of Bossa on February 18 (Six Degrees Records). The eleven tracks are an irresistible fusion of the electro-bossa nova that the group is known and loved for, as well as a heavy dose of danceable, sexy samba, synonymous with the country's culture. This year also marks the band's fifteenth anniversary of founding members, Marcio Menescal (son of bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal), DJ Marcelinho DaLua and producer/sound engineer Alex Moreira. In its various forms, BossaCucaNova rotates from three to five to seven members. "After 15 years on the road, we are more than a big band- we are a large family!" says Menescal. The current line-up has been together for over a decade now: DJ DaLua, Moreira on keyboards, and Menescal on bass, along with percussionist Dado Brother and vocalist Cris Delanno. The band also rotates in other great musicians and partners on guitars, vocals, sax and flute. ~ six degrees
ACE LIVINGSTON - MY METAMORPHOSIS
"Ace Livingston's dynamic and infectious My Metamorphosis is a rich invitation into his musical life and emotional frame of mind as he makes some powerful transitions. Vibing brilliantly with the old school keyboard vibes of his producer, Chris "Big Dog" Davis, and other veteran musicians like guitarist Jonathan Dubose, Jr., the melodic, super grooving bassist offers an exciting versatility, drawing from R&B, jazz, gospel and world music to create a masterful journey about his life. Sidemen as successful as he is can easily just cruise through their careers saving their magic in the service of other people, but we urban jazz fans are blessed that he has stepped outside the box and opened up his world." ~cduniverse
KONSTANTIN IONENKO QUINTET - DEEP IMMERSION
Konstantin Ionenko Quintet – is an excellent example of modern European jazz sound performed by some of the best Ukrainian musicians, who create an original mood and atmosphere of a fascinating mixture of modern creative, post bop and contemporary jazz. Musicians: Dmitri Shlelein: alto saxophone; Dennis Adu: trumpet, flugelhorn; Pavel Litvinenko: piano; Konstantin Ionenko: bass; andPavel Galitsky: drums. Songs: Yellow Greenwich; Barracuda; Devoted; Deep Dive; Sect; Invisible; and Megapolis Distress (CFS).