CHRIS WALDEN BIG BAND - FULL-ON!
Five-time Grammy-nominated composer and arranger Chris Walden returns with another vibrant and swinging big band recording. Along with his group of topflight Los Angeles session players, Full-On features vocalists Courtney Fortune, Siedah Garrett, Dorian Holley, Tierney Sutton, Melanie Taylor, Carol Welsman, and special guest soloist, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. German-born & L.A.- based since 1999, Walden has scored more than 40 feature & TV films, and has written more than a thousand orchestral and big band arrangements for artists including Christina Aguilera, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, and orchestras such as Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops. He has worked closely with producers David Foster, Tommy LiPuma, and Phil Ramone. ~ Amazon
MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO - PRIDE
Playscape Recordings is proud to release;Pride, a new two-disc set from veteran guitarist/composer Michael Musillami with his flagship trio, featuring bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller. Pride is the Michael Musillami Trio's seventh release in the group's 11-year history. On Disc I, Musillami's core trio, which has worked domestically and abroad since 2003, presents new material such as the Monkish Uncle Fino's Garden and blues inflected Courageous David B., along with trio staples Bald Yet Hip and Old Tea. This set captures the trio in a recent 2013 studio session, joined by pianist Kris Davis and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene. - I am especially proud of the addition of Kris and Jimmy to our 'thing', writes Musillami in his liner notes. - They both speak naturally in this environment with grit, intelligence and passion. The patience displayed in this music is a comment on the maturity and life experience from all musicians involved. The session concludes with four movements from a recent Musillami commissioned work based on the children's book, Where The Wild Things Are. Disc II documents the first live CD released by the Michael Musillami Trio. This set, recorded at New Haven's Firehouse 12 with violinist Mark Feldman, was recorded while on tour in support of the trio's 2007 Playscape release The Treatment, which was honored in The Penguin Jazz Guide's 1000 Best Jazz Recordings. ~ Amazon
GARY MCFARLAND - THIS IS GARY MCFARLAND: THE JAZZ LEGEND WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN A POP STAR
Combo CD + DVD package! The DVD contains a feature-length (72 minute) documentary about legendary 1960's jazz arranger & composer Gary McFarland, who died much to young at the age of 38, under mysterious circumstances. It features interviews with Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Kuhn, Airto Moreira, and many more, as well as rare music performances by Bill Evans, Stan Getz, and the Gary McFarland Orchestra. It also includes a photo gallery featuring the photography of Chuck Stewart, as well as an unedited video clip of Stan Getz performing with the Gary McFarland Orchestra.
Besides the DVD, this package also contains a previously unreleased audio CD of the Gary McFarland Quintet recorded live in 1965, featuring Gabor Szabo. ~ Amazon