Category: christmas

Spyro Gyra – A Night Before Christmas »

“We’ve always had a yearning to do a record that was kind of a straightahead record – or at least something closer to a straightahead record than what we normally do,” says Spyro Gyra’s Jay Beckenstein. “But it’s always been very difficult to make that work in the context of what we do on most […]

Holiday Music Roundup Part 2: Jack Frost and Airborne »

Jack Frost and the Christmas Band reached out to me on MySpace. Ivan Valles in the group sent me a couple of MP3s to share with you. If you like what you hear, click the shopping cart button on the player to buy all of the Christmas songs from the band. Jack Frost & The […]

2009 Contemporary Jazz Preview »

One constant in the contemporary jazz world is the planning and reliable execution of Heads Up recordings. I just got the list for 2009 and it’s another winner for contemporary jazz fans. I’ll elaborate more in later posts but here’s what’s on the schedule: January Incognito – More Tales Remixed – remixes of songs from […]

Holiday Music Roundup Part 1: Vocalists »

I began looking up the various jazz seasonal recordings when I first learned about the new Christmas recording from Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. I’ve gotten a good number and am breaking them into separate posts. Here are some of the singers who have new holiday recordings out this year. Al Jarreau – Christmas. An […]

September 30 New Releases – Lorber, Take 6, Bernard… »

Jeff Lorber – Heard ThatSome nice pop-jazz gems; guests include Rex Rideout, trumpeters Rick Braun and Ron King, and Gerald Albright. Buy the CD or DRM-free download at Amazon Buy the download from iTunes Will Bernard – Blue Plate Special Buy the CD at Amazon Buy the download from iTunes Take 6 – The StandardA […]

September 23rd Releases – Kenny Garrett, Fourplay, Spyro Gyra »

Kenny Garrett – Sketches of MD: Live At The Iridium. “I wanted to document the band I took on the road for Beyond the Wall while we were working with Pharoah and also write some new songs,” says Kenny of this new recording which features Pharoah Sanders. “The idea of doing the Miles-related songs just […]

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones Holiday Recording »

Christmas music from Santa Bela Fleck and the Flecktones is coming on September 30. Jingle All the Way is the first collection of holiday music from the long-standing band. It features everything from banjo-harmonic arrangements of “Christmas Time Is Here” and “River,” to a Tuvan-inspired, worldbeat rendition of “What Child Is This / Dyngyldai.” “We […]

Review: Boney James – Christmas Present »

Boney James is now two for two for excellent holiday recordings. Almost a decade ago, I reviewed the saxman’s first seasonal CD, Boney’s Funky Christmas, and was impressed. I love the Christmas season and have a larger-than-average number of related discs. The fact that this is one of them that I put on first each […]

Holiday and The Usual »

I love Christmas jazz. I enjoy classic Christmas pop songs but nothing beats a jazz rendition. I have a lot of Christmas music and I’m happy to share it with TomorrowJazz Radio listeners. I’m still looking for and playing non-holiday jazzy tunes too. Here’s the latest adds: Barrio Jazz Gang – “Waves in the Sun” […]

2004 Jazz Holiday CDs Round Up Part 3 »

You can find other modern jazz artists on other holiday recordings this year. Like the Yellowjackets and Hiroshima releases, Michael Franks offered a holiday CD through his web site. Watching the Snow is available in stores this year (through a distribution deal with Rhino) and through Franks wrote all of the music on the […]