BERNARD PURDIE & FRIENDS - COOL DOWN
Legendary drummer Bernard Purdie has left a huge legacy of music behind him – and here he adds to that legacy in a new small combo set – one that features core work from members of New Mastersounds and Pimps Of Joytime – and which also features Ivan Neville on keyboards, and Cyril Neville on some guest vocals! The groove here is pretty faithful – the set was recorded in Brooklyn, and doesn't have the too-commercial sound that it might if it were on a major label – and titles include "Elevate", "Cool Down", "Money Bags", "Deep In Love", "Stranded", "Frank Funk", "Better Man", and "The Golden Tie". ~ Dusty Groove
KENNY BARRON QUINTET - CONCENTRIC CIRCLES
In 2018, esteemed pianist Kenny Barron will celebrate his 75th birthday and mark the 50th year of a remarkable recording career. The year will also be punctuated with yet another milestone with the May 4 release of his Blue Note debut Concentric Circles. The sublime 11-song set features new originals plus interpretations of songs by Caetano Veloso and Thelonious Monk, and introduces a new edition of the Kenny Barron Quintet with saxophonist Dayna Stephens, trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa , and drummer Johnathan Blake. Hear the lead track "Blue Waters" on our Jazz Now! playlist."
WALTER WOLFMAN WASHINGTON - MY FUTURE IS MY PAST
Walter Wolfman Washington is a soulful musician as well as a deep thinker and hip philosopher and his hometown is New Orleans. Walter has cut his teeth for the last 50 years playing everywhere from European festivals to bars that you will never find on a map. New Orleans is notorious for its wildness, parades, and celebrations. New Orleans is Mardi Gras, but it’s also the uptown class of Allen Toussaint and hip style and language of Dr. John. Walter has always embodied both, but finally we have a set of songs that reflects the yin to Walter’s bring-the-party yang. ~ Dusty Groove