Absence makes the heart grow fonder. The extraordinary Melody Gardot returns with a stunning new album The Absence. The follow-up to her 2009 critically acclaimed international best-seller My One and Only Thrill, this new album is steeped in Melody's global travels and worldly influences. The Absence reflects time spent in the deserts of Morocco, the tango bars of Buenos Aires, the beaches of Brazil and the streets of Lisbon. The 12 original songs encompass the sound and feel of all these exotic places and more.
MATT GARRISON – BLOOD SONGS
A nice mix of sharp changes and free-flowing soul – a sweet set from saxophonist Matt Garrison – heard here on tenor, baritone, and soprano sax! The record has that great balance of modernism and swing that we love in some of the best work from the New York scene of late – tight, but never too polished – and very openly exploratory, yet never too outside to forget to swing! The mix is a bit like some of the best work on the Smalls Live series – and Garrison's working here with a group that features Greg Gisbert on trumpet, Michael Dease on trombone, Roy Assaf on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Ulysses Owens on drums. Eric Alexander plays tenor on one track – and titles include "Force", "Parental Units", "Hospital Room Blues", "The Madness Within", "Mom's Song", and "Modern Man". ~ Dusty Groove
KIM PATTERSON - DUENDE
Spiritual sounds from New Zealand trumpeter Kim Paterson – a player best known for work in the Mike Nock group – stepping out here with a widely expansive vision as a leader! Paterson's got plenty of help here – a large, shifting lineup that really makes for a well-crafted batch of tracks – often handled in a mode that offers a core sense of soul with some freer, modern elements – a bit like some of our favorite work on the New York scene of late, with similar spiritual leanings at the root of the sound – even though the overall execution might be a bit more straight ahead. Paterson gets a lead trumpet solo on every track – and other instrumentation includes keyboard, soprano sax, tenor, guitar, piano, and even a bit of strings – on titles that include "Catharsis", "5th House", "Nick's Groove", "To You With Love", "Sheriar's Dream", "Daaman", and "Time". ~ Dusty Groove