DEBORAH SILVER - THE GOLD STANDARDS
South Florida-based singer Deborah Silver has earned the top slot, the #1 Billboard magazine chart positions, in both the Traditional Jazz Album chart and the Heatseeker Album chart with her release, The Gold Standards. The Gold Standards also earned the #2 spot on the Billboard Jazz Album chart, the #10 spot on the Independent Album chart and the #150 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. In the past two months, former #1 artists on The Traditional Jazz Album Chart included Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson with Ultimate Sinatra and Summer Time: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, respectively. On The Gold Standards, Silver duets with the legendary 2x Grammy-winning vocalist Jack Jones on "I've Got a Crush on You" and the multi-platinum jazz singer Ann Hampton Callaway on "The Glory of Love." The Gold Standards was produced by Grammy-winning producer Steve Tyrell and music producer Jon Allen. "I'm thrilled! It is a tremendous honor to be named the #1 artist in any one category, but to land the top spot on two Billboard charts is extremely humbling. I am so grateful to everyone who has worked on this project including my producers Steve Tyrell and Jon Allen, my arranger, Alan Broadbent, and the iconic vocalists Jack Jones and Anne Hampton Callaway," says Silver. "The Billboard recognition is incredible, yet it inspires me to push myself to work even harder. I am very thankful to everyone who has supported this album."
GREGORY TARDY - CHASING AFTER THE WIND
Gregory Tardy's turned into a reedman with a great ability for complex soundshapes – these beautiful phrasings and passages from his tenor sax – yet always delivered in a way that never fails to swing with soul! On this excellent set, Tardy and his musical associates paint these lovely pictures in sound – but also find a way to groove in the process – stepping off especially well on Gregory's own original compositions, which are taken in very long, vivid performances! The whole lineup is great – and includes Alex Norris on trumpet and Sam Sadigursky on flute – both players whose lines with Tardy really give the album a lot of color and life – plus Bruce Barth on piano, Sean Conly on bass, and Jaimeo Brown on drums. As always with the Steeplechase label these days, there's a real "something extra" to the record – a special quality to the whole thing that continues to make the label one of the most important indies in jazz. Titles include "Gabriel's Groove", "Chasing After The Wind", "The Evidence Of Things Not Seen", "Companion Of My First Heartbeat", "Dance For Marie Do", and "Ashes". ~ Dusty Groove
JASON PALMER - BEAUTY IN NUMBERS: THE SUDOKU SUITE
Jason Palmer's given us some great concept projects in recent years – including albums based around the music of Minnie Riperton and Janelle Monae – but this time around, the concept is all Palmer's own – and a great one too! As the title might imply, the music here is based around the numeric patterns of the game sudoku – but, as you might expect from Palmer, the results are anything but cold and calculating – as Jason's style of trumpet work is extremely open, fluid, and filled with soul – so much so that although his notes give us the mathematical logic behind the tunes, we find ourselves just responding to them at a much more visceral, personal level! The album's a long one – over 75 minutes in length, with 16 titles in all – and Palmer's group is unusual, too – with Mike Moreno on guitar, Edward Perez on bass, and Lee Fish on drums – a quartet who often leave Jason right out front on trumpet, shaping his notes with a mindblowing sense of imagination. Titles include "Obsessive", "Now", "Control", "Thanks", "Guidance", "Of Fun & Games", and "Allow Me To Be". ~ Dusty Groove