Courtney’s playing refreshingly cool new jazzy vibes for you to work, rest and play to! Jam-packed full of new releases and plenty of fun, including many of the artists introducing their own tracks! On fire post-bop, superlative smooth grooves, joyous spirituals, Afro-cuban smooth, 70’s style funk rock, Deep South soul funk + avant-garde, contemporary horn swing, Big Band swing, organ samba…these bands are tighter than tight folks! Celebrate the unity cos we are definitely all ONE!
1 Billy Drummond – Little Melonae (Valse Sinistre) CELLAR Tr1
Billy Drummond dr Dayna Stephens sx Micah Thomas pno Dezron Douglas bs
Billy’s tribute to legend Jackie McLean: “Jackie’s what I would consider truly a jazz musician -his music was kind of a soundtrack to my early beginnings playing the drums. I’ve always been a Jackie McLean fan.” Huge energy to kick off Ep22!!
2 Yellowjackets – Intrigue (Parallel Motion) MACK AVENUE Tr1
Russell Ferrante pno Will Kennedy dr Bob Mintzer sx Dane Alderson bs
Joyous Yellowjackets back with brand new grooves! “We rehearsed the tunes on the album maybe three times – I believe we’re only now on this tour performing these songs live, so what you’re hearing are about as fresh as they can be. Everything really came to life in the studio in those three days.”
3 Alexander Smalls – Hush (Let Us Break Bread Together) OUTSIDE IN Tr5
Alexander Smalls vc, Cyrus Chestnut pno Reuben Rogers bs Ulysses Owen Jr dr
Sunday Service!! Gorgeous gospel funk from Renowned Chef/opera singer & vocalist Alexander honoring the American Spiritual with an absolutely incredible band feat CPG friend sparklin Cyrus C!
4 Rique Pantoja – Da Baiana (Live in Los Angeles) MOONDO Tr4
Steve Tavaglione sx fl Jimmy Earl bs Joel Taylor dr Ricardo Silveira gtr Cassio Duarte perc Rique Pantoja keys
Rio’s RIQUE PANTOJA has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in American and Brazilian jazz for over 40 years.The song “Da Baiana” is based on the ijexa, an Afro-Cuban rhythm. Pantoja says “I play a nice solo on this tune, but I really like the solos by Ricardo Silveira and Steve Tavaglione.”
5 Craig Waters & The Flood – A Love Like You (Love & Squalor Vol1) ROPEADOPE
Craig Waters gtr Leland Rooney Michael Tebrinke Emma Morcroft Rhythm Section: Josh Reynolds Lance Lucas Darius Mines Horns: Trevor Caddell Jovan Quallo Claude Calliet Casey Brefka Scotty Huff
A declaration of Stevie Wondered love from this fab funk outfit stormin out of ROPEADOPE’s endless talent studio!
6 Brandon Seabrook Trio – In The Swarm (In The Swarm) ASTRAL SPIRITS Tr5
Brandon Seabrook gtr/bj Gerald Cleaver dr/elec Cooper-Moore Diddley Bow
That’s woken you up! New worlds of sound from Brandon’s banjo: Deep South avant-garde with a groove!
7 John Yao Triceratops – Crosstalk (Off-kilter) TAO RECORDINGS Tr5
John Yao tb Billy Drewes Jon Irabagon sx Robert Sabin bs Mark Ferber dr
Crosstalk bursts into a swaggering funk out of some otherworldly car chase. “I love this band’s ability to go wherever everyone collectively or individually feels like they want to go,”
8 Eyal Vilner Big Band – Just A Lucky So & So (The Jam) SELF-RELEASE Tr1
Eyal Vilner sx fl Imani Rousselle vc feat John Lake tpt Ron Wilkins tb
Ellington arr Campos
Fresh as hell big band Ellington swing with Eyal and crew with great blues-style vocals!!
9 Bill Heid – Samba Cat 6’16
Dealin’ Wid It SAVANT Tr7
Bill Heid org Perry Hughes gtr Randy Gelispie dr Kevin “Bujo” Jones perc
The lovely Bill H on Mozart’s King of Instruments samba style with a band of greats!