Stephens, with trusted teammates Dennis Carroll on bass and Joel Spencer on drums, takes on a spectrum of material that touches on outstanding work by Carla Bley, Bill Evans, Sammy Cahn, and the acclaimed songwriting teams of Rodgers and Hart, and Van Heusen and Burke, as well as three Stephens originals that reveal his gift for lyricism and vivacious swing. The result is an album that celebrates the durable joys of the mainstream piano trio tradition while also asserting the in-the-moment creativity and intensity that can be brought to it. Relevancy is set for release on June 18 on Capri Records.
WAYNE WALLACE LATIN JAZZ QUINTET - lATIN JAZZ JAZZ LATIN
Wayne Wallace's new CD revamps traditional Cuban and Caribbean sounds as every tune reflects the inexorable flow of rhythmic currents between Caribbean and African-American communities, a diaspora communion responsible for unprecedented creative ferment. Joining Wallace and his Latin Jazz Quintet are special guest percussion greats Pete Escovedo and Michael Spiro, violinists Mads Tolling and Jeremy Cohen and 17-year-old flute star Elene Pinderhughes. Wallace is a five-time Grammy Award nominee and is one of his generation's most eloquent trombonists and has been repeatedly named as a leading force on the horn in DownBeat polls. He's collaborated with a dazzling array of artists including Count Basie, Ray Charles, Joe Henderson, Carlos Santana, Lionel Hampton, Earth Wind & Fire, Sonny Rollins, Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, Lena Horne, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker, Earl "Fatha" Hines and cellist Jean Jeanrenaud, and is revered as an educator, player, composer, arranger, and producer with his label, Patois Records.
TONY ADAMO - MILES OF BLU
With Miles of Blu Tony Adamo has created a new genre: "HipSpokenWord." His powerful, relevant inventions float over groove concocted by master drummer and producer Mike Clark and supported by a host of stellar musicians. Miles of Blu illuminates the path to true hipness!. Tracks include JB; Miles of Blu; Funkin’ at the Chickn’ Shack; America R We Free?; BBQ; The Power of Funky Madness; Soul Vaccination; Don’t Change Horses; Ain’t That a Groove; Jack Kerouac, Jack!; Sun-Ra Rockets to Mars; What is Hip?; The Other Side of Time; and Tickn’ Clock.