DAVID BENOIT / MARC ANTOINE – SO NICE!
A perfect blending of these great artist’s instrumental styles, 'So Nice!' combines the cool grooves of Smooth Jazz with the exotic sensuosity of Brazilian music, and the result is pure magic. Highlights include Antonio Carlos Jobim’s classic samba “Só Danço Samba,” the popular international favorite 147;So Nice” and eight inspired Benoit and Antoine originals! Full tracklist: French Café; Penthouse In Copacabana; Só Danço Samba; Caminando; A Café Au Lait Bentley; All Said & Done; Rio Deluxe; Puma Trail; So Nice; and Algarve.
BILL FRISELL / THOMAS MORGAN – SMALL TOWN
Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a programme of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York's hallowed Village Vanguard. The album is released on both CD and 180g vinyl (with a free download code). Frisell made his debut as a leader for ECM in 1983 with the similarly intimate In Line. The guitarist's rich history with the label also includes multiple recordings by his iconic cooperative trio with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano, culminating in Time and Time Again in 2007. Small Town begins with a tribute to Motian in the form of a searching, 11-minute interpretation of the late drummer's composition "It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago", the duo's counterpoint yielding a hushed power. Morgan has appeared on several ECM albums of late, as bassist of choice for Tomasz Stanko, Jakob Bro, David Virelles, Giovanni Guidi and Masabumi Kikuchi. Small Town sees Frisell and Morgan pay homage to jazz elder Lee Konitz with his "Subconscious Lee", and there are several country/blues-accented Frisell originals, including the hauntingly melodic title track. The duo caps the set with an inimitable treatment of John Barry's famous James Bond theme "Goldfinger".
KEVIN EUBANKS - EAST WEST TIME LINE
On 'East West Time Line', guitarist Kevin Eubanks explores the chemistry he maintains with musicians on both coasts. Joining Eubanks on this stellar outing are the irrepressibly swinging Jeff "Tain" Watts, bassist Dave Holland, pianist Orrin Evans and trumpeter Nicholas Payton, drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith and saxophonist Bill Pierce. Once again, his distinctive finger-style approach to the instrument is in the service of tunes that run the stylist gamut from urgent swingers to introspective ballads to Latin-tinged numbers and some get-down Philly funk. "Eubanks is a complete player, whether delivering jaw-dropping solos or flavourful comps." JazzTimes // "His sound is known to be muscular and with impetuous virtuoso in the fast songs, more delicate and gentle in slow and moderate, demonstrating his large capacity of expressive musicality.' - All About Jazz // "Preeminent musicianship and a restless sense of creativity.' – PopMatters