The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

Hot Off The Press

Air Date: 11/26/2023 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET  or later in the Archives

Here are your very brief summaries of a selection of new material that has arrived at WICN. 

Affinity Trio

Eric Jacobson leads a trumpet-based trio with piano and bass. The thing you'll notice right away about Mr. Jacobson is his tone. It is extremely clean and precise. With excellent accompaniment, he is a pleasure to listen to. 

Donna Singer/Ranses Colon

I love the double bass. Here we have basically a duet with vocalist. The sound is exciting as the bass essentially plays rhythm and harmony, as only a bass can do. Don't Hurry Love is a tune you don't want to miss in the second hour of the show.

Michael Morreale

If you listened to the Musican's Corner a few weeks back with Mr. Morreale, you'll know what a good pianist he is, although he bills himself as primarily a trumpeter. I had asked him if he would consider doing an all-piano album, and his answer was perfect: he sent us this new CD! It is very good. I hope you can get up early enough to hear Lucky To Be Me to open up the show. If not, be sure to tune in at the start of the second hour.

John LaBarbera Big Band

The top-flight talent in this big band includes Steve Wilson, Renee Rosnes, Clay Jenkins, and bassist Rufus Reid. They are really tight - the first thing I'll notice about any large ensemble. The CD has songs written by Brubeck, Curtis Fuller, and Elvin Jones, and it includes several originals as well. This a smokin' big band!

Brian Simpson

“Every performance and recording presents an opportunity to bring happiness to a world of listeners. Music has an unparalleled ability to make a difference in our lives. I continue to appreciate how it can inspire people through good and bad times and never take for granted the opportunity I have been given to play a small role in someone's life,” notes keyboardist Brian Simpson. I have seen comments posted in various social media about the relentless optimism that one can hear in Mr. Simpson's music, and how it affects people in a positive way. Listen during Groove Hour.

Janet Evra

St. Louis-based and English-born vocalist and bass player Janet Evra brings us a selection of tunes from the French canon, with a couple of original numbers thrown in as well. She has been compared to Stacey Kent, Melody Gardot, Emilie-Claire Barlow, and Madeleine Peyroux, insofar as she has a superb voice and also as someone who interprets French jazz. I'm glad to add her to that list!


There you have it. Be there or be square - don't miss out on the best music around!



HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Michael Morreale\The Piano Album Vol VI 2023\Lucky to Be Me
Chris Botti\Vol 1 2023\Someday My Prince Will Come
Linda Purl\This Could Be the Start 2023\Let Me Down Easy
Aaron Diehl\Zodiac Suite 2023\Cancer

Kait Dunton\Keyboards 2023\this ones for you
Joshua Redman\where are we 2023\Where are You feat Gabrielle Cavassa
Gabriel Espinosa\Bossas and Boleros 2023\Sing
Nicholas Payton\Couch Sessions 2023\Along Came Betty
Kevin Hays, Ben Street & Billy Hart\Bridges 2023\Throughout

Joe Locke-Slander (And Other Love Songs)-08 Can't Help Falling in Love 1998
Frank Kohl\Pacific 2023\Moments Notice
Affinity Trio\Hindsight 2023\Theme For Ernie
Rachael & Vilray-Rachael & Vilray (Disc 1)-02 Do Friends Fall in Love 2019

HOUR TWO: New For You

Michael Morreale-The Piano Album Vol VI 2023-03 You and The Night and The Music
Donna Singer\Beauty Along With A Bass 2023\You Can't Hurry Love
Aaron Diehl & The Knights\Zodiac Suite 2023\Taurus
Linda Purl\This Could Be the Start 2023\How High The Moon
Joe Locascio\November The Music of Phil Gurlik 2023\The Goodbye Place

John Bishop\Antwerp 2023\Lawns
Greg Abate-Reunion Live at WICN 2023-11 The Avenger
Don Braden-Earth Wind And Wonder Volume 2 2023-That's The Way of the World

Joshua Redman\where are we 2023\That's New England feat Gabrielle Cavassa
Michael Weiss\Homage 2023\Homage
John LaBarbera Big Band\Grooveyard 2023\Ks Delight
Robin McKelle\Impressions of Ella 2023\Old Devil Moon

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Gabriel Espinosa\Bossas and Boleros 2023\New Year
Janet Evra\Meet Me In Paris 2023\C'est Si Bon
Antonio Adolfo-Bossa 65 2023-06 Tete
Jackie Ryan-Recuerdos De Mi Madre 2023-02 Sabor A Mí
Joe Locascio\November The Music of Phil Gurlik 2023\Contrails

Affinity Trio\Hindsight 2023\Parisian Poet
Janet Evra\Meet Me In Paris 2023\Un Homme Et Une Femme
Ivan Lins\My Heart Speaks 2023\E Isso Acontece (And This Happens)
Eliana Cuevas-Espejo-02 En Un Pedacito De Tu Corazón
Jorge Garcia\Dedicated To You 2022\Dedicated To You

Juan Carlos Quintero\Caminando\Caminando
Kenia\On We Go\Kenia-On We Go-09 For Donato (O Som Do Donato) 2016
Kenny Burrell-Blue Muse-03 On Wings of the Spirit 2003
Mafalda Minnozzi-CinemaCity 2021-07 Anonimo Veneziano

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Brian Simpson\Soul Connection 2023\Meadow Breeze
Euge Groove\Comfort Zone 2023\Two Bridges
Big Phat Band-The Reset 2021-04 My Man Sam
Bobby Caldwell-Time & Again-16 Every Time You Say My Name 2001

Boney James-Backbone-04 Trinidad 1993
Buzz Amato\Muse Cafe 2023\Angel In My Pocket
Cassandre McKinley-Til Tomorrow- Remembering Marvin Gaye-10 After the Dance 2006
Charles Langford-Powerless 2021-02 Bliss
Chris Davis Big Dog\FOCUS05\Silver Street (feat.  Marty Q)

Chuck Loeb-In a Heartbeat-05 Pocket Change 2001
Courtney Freed\Big Crazy Love\Take Your Time 2022
Emi Meyer-Monochrome-03 Monochrome 2017
Everette Harp-Everette Harp-05 Let's Wait A While
Everette Harp-Everette Harp-13 Tomorrow



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