The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

The Best In Jazz, New and Really New

Air Date: 5/29/2022

For those of you jazzers that like to hear new material, welcome to the club. In the image above we have six CDs that you'll hear on this show, and all but one have been released in 2022. The only one that was not is the Randy Napoleon, from 2019. 

I recognize that for the general jazz listener, 2019 could easily be counted as a new release, as it seems to me that in general, jazz people often gravitate to the old masters from decades ago. So that's what is behind the statement "new and really new."

Speaking of Randy Napoleon, he actually does have a brand new CD, Puppets. Because I think Mr. Napoleon is a great young talent, I present material from three of his CDs. We also have Rust Belt Roots from last year, as well as the pictured CD Common Tones. 

The first song we hear from Puppets features vocalist Aubrey Johnson. I'm not sure but I think this might be the first time Mr. Napoleon has recorded with a vocalist. I could not find any vocal tracks on the other two CDs. Ms. Johnson is excellent.

The Other CDs

I've been expecting something from Najee for some time. I'm guessing that the pandemic has something to do with this hiatus.

Vocalist Sally Terrell is new to the Sunday Jazz Brunch, as is Immanuel Wilkins (pictured in the lower right). Ms. Terrell sings pianist Denny Zeitlin's Quiet Now, a ballad made popular by Bill Evans, who included it in his standard repertoire.

Guitarist Phill Fest's new CD Seresta will delight you if you enjoy Brazil and World Jazz Hour. And vocalist Sinne Eeg burnishes her credentials as a big band headliner with her new release. I do realize that the San Gabriel 7 is not quite a big band, but they sound like one!

Lynne Arriale, Upcoming Interview

In an upcoming show, pianist Lynne Arriale will be joining us for a deep dive into her music. We'll be listening to a few songs from her new CD, The Lights Are Always On.

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HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Pete Malinverni\On the Town 2022\Somewhere
Randy Napoleon\Puppets 2022\Wide River feat Aubrey Johnson
Sergio Pereira-Nu Brasil-10 Lascia Stare 2018
Jordan Van Hemert\Nomad 2022\Arirang Alone
Alberto Pibiri Trio\Stardust 2022/Moonlight In Vermont
Joe Magnarelli-Lookin' Up-03 Inner Beauty 2014
Immanuel Wilkins-The 7th Hand 2022-05 Witness
Paul Winter & Oscar Castro-Neves-Brazilian Days 1998-06 Tambem Quem Mandou
Randy Napoleon\Rust Belt Roots 2021\The Man Who Sells FLowers
Jackie Messina\Necessary Arrangements 2022\Quiet Now
Pat Bianchi-East Coast Roots-05 Theme for Ernie 2006

HOUR TWO: New For You

Marco Pignitaro\Awakening 2022\07 Alone Again Naturally
Randy Napoleon\Puppets 2022\Moonscape feat Aubrey Johnson
Andrea Brachfeld\Insight-Evolution 2022\Oingauit
Sam Kirmayer\In This Moment 2022\Quixote
Nicole Henry\TIME TO LOVE AGAIN. 2021\Wild is the Wind
Gabor Bolla Quartet-On The Move 2022-02 Love Is Love
Michael Ornestein (piano)\Aperture 2022\Slow Coffee
Sally Terrell\Feel Alive 2022\Out in the Blue
Randy Napoleon-Common Tones-03 You've Got to Hang On 2019

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Hendrik Meurkens\And The WDR Big Band 2022\Mountain Drive (H. Meurkens)
Najee\Savoir Faire 2022\04 A Felicidade - Happiness
Andrea Brachfeld-Brazilian Whispers-08 Ligia 2020
João Donato-Coisas Tao Simples 1995-09 Nua Idéia
Electro Samba Orchestra-Bossa Nova Classics Vol 1 2022-04 This Love That I've Found
Diego Figueiredo\Follow the Signs 2022\Follow the Signs
Phill Fest\Seresta 2022\Sambinha pro Sizao
Sergio Pereira\Finesse 2022\White Lion
Antonio Carlos Jobim-Stone Flower 1970-03 Choro
Kristine Mills-Bossanovafied-04 Sasha's Lullaby 2009
Kevin Kaska Jazz Orch-Shades of Rio-07 Serenade from Rio 2018

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Najee\Savoir Faire 2022\Isla Hermosa
Albare\Freedom 2022\Adeus
San Gabriel Seven feat Sinne Eeg-Under The Stars 2022-06 The Festival (Featuring Sinne Eeg)
Sade\Promise\Mr. Wrong
Chris Standring\Simple Things 2022\Too Close For Comfort
Brian Simpson\Out of a Dream\Just One Wish
Najee\Savoir Faire 2022\Hurricane (Featuring Adam Hawley).
Larry Carlton-Collection-12 High Steppin' 1991
Charles Langford-Powerless 2021-01 Better Days Ahead
Euge Groove-Born 2 Groove-10 Baby If You Only Knew (What I Could Do) (2007) feat Jeffrey Osborne
Al Jarreau All I Got 06 Secrets Of Love 2002
Joey DeFrancesco-Never Can Say Goodbye- The Music of Michael Jackson-02 Never Can Say Goodbye 2010


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