Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Releases: Mingo Fishtrap - On Time; Fred Hersch Trio - Floating; Ted Rosenthal Trio - Rhapsody In Gershwin


While attending the University of North Texas' College of Music, Roger Blevins, Jr. casually asked a few dorm mates to jam on some old soul & funk tunes. Missing that sound that he had grown up hearing, the Mississippi-native quickly found himself surrounded by an eight-pieceband, complete with a percussion and horn section. Recent support dates for the likes of contemporaries Robert Randolph, Trombone Shorty, MOFRO & Galactic, along with legends such as Parliament, Sting, Little Feat and Earth, Wind & Fire, have raised the rofile of the band. Now the ciritically-acclaimed soul collective plans to release their new record ''On Time'' June 3, 2014 on Blue Corn Music. // ''...the space where melodic pop meets gritty Memphis soul, with a twist of N'awlins funk. That space is growing like Kudzoo vine on the Mississippi Delta, crisscrossing the country with a deep, tenacious groove and a sanctified mission to shake your soul.'' --Texas Music Magazine //  ''If what James Brown supposedly said was true - ''the one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing''- then Mingo Fistrap has plenty of business to take care of in our nation's capital.'' --Washington City Paper, Zoe Polluck // ''..tight 'n' punchy horns, deep rhythms, restless melodies, and emotive singing has garnered Mingo justified respect as a live powerhouse.'' --Austin Chronicle, David Lynch. ~


Floating, the remarkable new album by the Fred Hersch Trio, brings the pianist back into forbidding territory. After a run of lightning-in-a-bottle live albums, he returned to the studio to document the ongoing evolution of his primary ensemble featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. Slated for release by Palmetto on July 8, 2014, the album captures the trio in exceptional form, playing with nonpareil rhythmic resourcefulness, ravishing lyricism, and telepathic interplay. The trio's last release, 2012's Fred Hersch Trio - Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto) was a critically hailed double album that earned the Grand Prix du Disque, France's top jazz award. With five years and numerous national and international tours under their belts, the group has continued to hone its rarified communion, a creative frission evident on Floating. Unfolding with much the same rhapsodic coherence of a trio concert, the new album ranks amongst Hersch's very best work, which is to say that it's one of the era's definitive trio recordings. While the album focuses on Hersch's original compositions, two American Songbook standards serve as lyrical touchstones. Propelled by McPherson's clattering sticks, the trio opens the session with an intricately patterned sojourn through 'You and the Night and the Music' that builds to a two-handed montuno. The trio closes with a sensuous caress of 'If Ever I Would Leave You' and a measured but exacting investigation of 'Let's Cool One,' continuing Hersch s longstanding tradition of closing most performances with a Monk masterpiece. ~
closing most performances with a Monk masterpiece. ~


Playscape Recordings is proud to release - Rhapsody in Gershwin, lead by veteran pianist Ted Rosenthal, along with his flagship trio, featuring bassist Martin Wind and Tim Horner on drums. On Rhapsody in Gershwin, his 6th release with Playscape Recordings, Rosenthal pays tribute to eight of George Gershwin's most popular compositions beginning with an extended trio arrangement of - Rhapsody in Blue-. I like to add some of my own jazz improvisations in the cadenza sections, - Rosenthal writes in his liner notes. -Since Gershwin himself did not have the time to write down his solo cadenzas at the premiere, it's a natural way for me to expand and personalize the piece. Additional arrangements include Gershwin's witty -Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - and -Someone to Watch Over Me,- among others. ~

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