The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

The Best New Jazz

Air Date: 10/16/2022

Let's run down a few of the tasty treats that await you on the next edition of the Sunday Jazz Brunch. Warning: You may not recognize some of the names!

Roberta Donnay

Is it obvious from the title of her new CD, BLOSSOM-ing, that Ms. Donnay pays tribute to Blossom Dearie? She chose 16 songs associated with Dearie for the album, written by various composers and lyricists: Peel Me A Grape, Spring In Manhattan, The Party’s Over, Moonlight Savings Time, Just One Of Those Things, Someone To Watch Over Me. And there's at least one more - Inside a Silent Tear - my favorite of the bunch. It kicks off the New for You hour at 9am ET. I noticed this song is getting covered a lot lately, as it should. Add this version to the list of well-done covers.

Tom Harrell

Mr. Harrell has been playing straight-ahead jazz on trumpet and flugelhorn for five decades. On his new release Oak Tree he is joined by several artists who themselves are pretty well seasoned: pianist/keyboardist Luis Perdomo, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Adam Cruz. The track we'll hear toward the end of the 9am hour is called Evoorg. Yup, it's backwards!

David Blake 

Vancouver guitarist David Blake has released only his second album, Fun House. I have to admit I think something is going on up in Canada, as our northern neighbor is producing some fine artists, especially guitarists. (I'm thinking of Sam Kirmayer.)  He has a fine quintet working on eight original tunes. We'll hear Play Dead, a somewhat mysterious melody that takes us on a journey, and showcases the nice tone that Mr. Blake achieves on his instrument.

Al Foster

Drummer Al Foster has pretty much done it all. A key member of the Miles Davis band for thirteen years, he is one of the most well-respected drummers around. And on his new CD Reflections he surrounds himself with some artists who have garnered their share of success as well: Nicholas Payton, Chris Potter, Kevin Hays, and Vicente Archer. 

Alex Tremblay

With eight original compositions in his debut release Thoughts and Images, bassist/composer Alex Tremblay records with some of New York's top up and coming jazz artists. The track we'll hear features vocalist Vanisha Gould. About the compositions, he says "A lot of the music that I wrote for this record stems from either thoughts or images that I’ve experienced that bring me back to a place of reflection or memory of a personal experience."

Gregory Tardy

On this collection of new and original compositions, saxophonist Gregory Tardy brings some big names to the studio: Marcus Printup (trumpet), Keith Brown (piano); Sean Conly (bass), and Willie Jones III
(drums and producer). His first album was released in 1992, the very same year that he joined the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. One project that featured his fine saxophone playing was a Grammy winner in 2006, along with trumpeter Brian Lynch. We'll hear the title track from the new CD, Sufficient Grace.

I really hope you like this collection of great new jazz. Let me know what you think - I'm at




HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Paul McCandless-Morning Sun-16 Morning Sun 2017
Ronnie Foster-Reboot 2022-04 J's Dream
Jerry Kalaf\Welcome to Earth 2014\Not Knowing
Diego Figueiredo-Compilation-06 Peqauena Valso-2020
Danilo PĂ©rez & Claus Ogerman-Across The Crystal Sea-08 Another Autumn 2008
Dan Costa\Skyness\Lume
John Carrozza\Defining Moment\02 Prodigal's
John Harrison Trio Going Places 02 I have dreamed
Aimee Allen\Love and the Catalyst Aimee Allen - 06 Love's Crescendo
David Bloom\Shadow of a Soul 2022\Reconsider
Samara Joy-Samara Joy 2021-10 Only a Moment

HOUR TWO: New For You

Roberta Donnay\Blossoming 2022\Inside a Silent Tear
Gregory Tardy\Sufficient Grace \Sufficient Grace
Alex Tremblay\Thoughts Images 004 Alex Tremblay - The Yellow Rose (Feat. Vanisha Gould)
Tim Fitzgerald\Full House 2022\Far Wes
Craig Davis\Tone Paintings  2022\Mellow Mood
Al Foster\Reflections 2022\Beat
Gabor Bolla Quartet-On The Move 2021-07 Swingin' At The Haven
David Blake\Fun House 2022\Play Dead
Tom Harrell\Oak Tree 2022\Evoorg
Josh Nelson  & Bob Bowman Collective-Tomorrow is Not Promised 2022-05 Yae San

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Duduka Da Fonseca\Yes 2022\09 WEST 83RD STREET
Jerry Kalaf\Welcome to Earth 05 Siyaya Samba
Cliff Korman\Brasilified 2022\\Brasilified
Diego Figueiredo\Follow the Signs 2022\Five Times
Antonio Adolfo\Octet and Originals 2022\Minor Chord
Toninho Horta-To Jobim with Love-03 If Everyone Was Like You 2008
Dori Caymmi-Brazilian Serenata 1988-09 Medley- To My Father-Pescaria
Matt Bianco-Matt's Mood-07 Ronnie's Samba-2004
John Pizzarelli-Bossa Nova-09 Francesca 2004
John Finbury\Quatro\05 Comenzar feat Magos Herrera and John Pattituci
Jessie Marquez-All I See Is Sky-10 Como un Rio (Like a River) 2011
Diego Figueiredo\Follow the Signs 2022\Our Friends

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Joey DeFrancesco-In The Key Of The Universe-08 Soul Perspective 2019
Ken Navarro-Slow Dance-05 Shootin' the Breeze 2002
Ken Wiley-Urban Horns-01 Fresh Grass 2017
Kim Waters\Rhythm and RomanceKim Waters-01 Bring It (2016)
Keiko Matsui-Echo-06 Invisible Rain 2019
Juan Carlos Quintero\Table For Five 2022\Song for my Father
Lee Ritenour-A Twist of Rit-06 Pearl 2015
Mike Ricchiuti-07 Dogs In The Neighborhood (2003)
Gregory Porter-All Rise-10 Everything you Touch-2020
Najee\Savoir Faire 2022\Najee - Hurricane (Featuring Adam Hawley)
Mitchel Forman-Perspectives-08 Blossom (Keith Jarret) 2006


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