PETE MILLS - SWEET SHADOW (FEATURING MATT WILSON / PETE MCCANN / MARTIN WIND / ERIK AUGIS)
A native of Toronto Canada now living in Columbus, OH saxophonist Pete Mills has been widely heralded for his "virtuosic" and "gorgeous" and "versatile tenor-kick-butt" player (David Franklin, JazzTimes). He's released three previous CDs: two on Summit Records: Fresh Spin and Art and Architecture. His debut CD was Momentum (COJAZZ Records). As a sideman he appears on over a dozen CDs including those by guitarist Stan Smith, saxophonist Chad Eby, the eclectic ensemble Madrugada, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Mills holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of North Texas.
Sweet Shadow features some of the brightest voices in jazz today - Miills, drummer Matt Wilson, guitarist Pete McCann, bassist Martin Wind and up-and-coming pianist Erik Augis. The CD features nine Mills originals, two free-form duos with Matt Wilson as well as a stellar version of "The Star Crossed Lovers" and a trio version of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Serenade to a Cuckoo."
GUIDA DE PALMA & JAZZINHO - ABRACO DA BOSSA (INCOGNITO LOUNGE MIX FEATURING BLUEY)
Jean Paul Maunick AKA Bluey, founder of the legendary Incognito has remixed Guida de Palma & Jazzinho's Abraco Da Bossa. From Guida de Palman herself..."Abraço da Bossa is a piece I initially penned on my own and then with the help of Cristina Rajão for the lyrics and Christopher Pedley from the Baker Brothers for the music. Bluey, who often works with my producer Graham Harvey, kindly offered to “help the cause” by doing a remix. Of course we accepted immediately. With the help of his partner in groove, sound engineer, programmer, multi instrumentalist and all around studio wizard Richard Bull, they created an entirely new version of our song. Working on the track, there is also Matt Cooper, an amazing pianist with whom I had a band a zillion years ago, as well as Trevor Mires the trombonist and Sid Gauld on trumpet. The result is this almost lascivious 95bpm lounge mix which should get couples in the right mood; if you see what I mean."
BERNIE WORRELL ELEVATION - THE UPPER AIR: SOLO PIANO
A really surprising change from keyboardist Bernie Worrell – not the funky electric work he cut with George Clinton, nor the darker sounds he did with Bill Laswell – but a sublime album of solo piano that shows a whole new side of Bernie's talents! The album is produced by Laswell, but has a very different vibe than any of their previous collaborations – and the tunes are open, spacious, and very lyrical – almost in Keith Jarrett solo territory at times, with a similar sense of room between the notes. And although most tunes are compositions, they're taken in a very personal way that really transforms them – unique versions of songs that include "Redemption Song", "I Wanna Go Outside In The Rain", "In A Silent Way", "I'd Rather Be With You", "Ooh Child", and "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat". ~ Dusty Groove