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  TOM RIZZO Day and Night
Going for Adds May 15, 2017
Through the richly textured arrangements of longtime collaborator Nick Lane and a stellar ensemble of Los Angeles' finest, veteran guitarist and composer Tom Rizzo creates a swinging and wide-ranging recording of interesting standards and provocative originals. From the subtly loose groove of Ornette Coleman's, "Law Years," to the lush orchestration of Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes," or the buoyant swing of Cole Porter's "So In Love," Rizzo's supple guitar lines provide a central voice to a wide array of sonic moods. Along with the quartet of Rizzo, drummer Steve Schaeffer, pianist Dennis Hamm and bassist David Hughes, is a 6-piece horn section featuring saxophonist Bob Sheppard, trumpeter Bob Summers and Nick Lane on trombone.

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  JASON KAO HWANG Sing House
Going for Adds May 5, 2017
The music is a house, with the score’s quintessential melodies, rhythms, harmonies, and textures offering rooms in which musicians extemporaneously sing. In this dramatic architecture, the unique voice of each musician is empowered to individually interpret and also, transcend interpretation to become an originating spirit that is inextricably unified to the composition’s destiny. This is how music grows greater than the imagination of one to become a meta-language of memories, dreams, and hope. Though this is the first CD of Sing House, my new quintet, we have worked together in various constellations for over ten years. Andrew and Ken were in my past quartet EDGE, and current octet Burning Bridge, project VOICE and string orchestra, Spontaneous River. Steve is also a member of Burning Bridge. Chris and I have performed as a duo and with Steve’s bands. My thanks to all of them and patrick brennan, for their friendship, creativity, and artistry.

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  LARRY NEWCOMB QUARTET WITH BUCKY PIZZARELLI
Living Tribute

Going for Adds June 1, 2017 - Suggested Tracks: 2, 6, 10 (F Vox tks 8+9)
In LIVING TRIBUTE, Newcomb pays homage to individuals well known to jazz connoisseurs, and others less prominent who have had an immensely positive impact on his life and on his development as a distinctly intimate jazz guitarist and composer.

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  BRENT LAIDLER No Matter Where Noir
Going for Adds June 1, 2017 - Suggested Tracks: 2,3,9 and Latin: 4,8,10
I’m often inspired to write music – even if I don’t have something specific to write for. So I usually have a few tunes floating around unused. One fateful day I decided to write a dark ballad. “No Matter Where Noir” was the result. Wow. It simply had to be a ‘Title Track’ from the first time Ned played it!

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  TYPHANIE MONIQUE Call It Magic
Going for Adds June 1, 2017
JazzTimes magazine describes vocalist TYPHANIE MONIQUE as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Music lovers in her hometown of Chicago and throughout the Midwest know her as that region’s local favorite—warm, soulful and charismatic.

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  DOUG MUNRO and LA POMPE ATTACK The Harry Warren Songbook
Going for Adds March 1, 2017
Harry Warren was my great uncle on my father’s side of the family. My great grandparents were Leon Charles Munro and his wife, Mamie (or Mae as my grandfather called her). Mae’s maiden name was Guaragna. Her parents where Antonio and Rachel Deluca Guaragna. They changed their last name to Warren after coming to America. Harry was one of Mae’s brothers. I never got the chance to meet Harry in person but my grandfather often talked about him. I knew I wanted to do a project celebrating his music.

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  the cheap 3nsemble
Going for Adds March 1, 2017 - File: Jazz
On a recent visit to Atlanta’s High Museum, I became overwhelmed while standing in front of a large abstract painting. My mind flooded with middle-aged emotions – melancholy, nostalgia, agitation, frustration, romanticism, and restlessness – and I was sharply aware of my failure to make, and put into the world, music that is truly personal and not the product of trying to satisfy the expectations of other people. I resigned myself to walking my own musical path without concern for either rejection or acceptance - this CD is the first step. I hoped to capture the feelings evoked by the painting and to make music dominated by melodicism and space rather than rhythmic density.

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  VIRGINIA SCHENCK Aminata Moseka
Going for Adds March 1, 2017
On AMINATA MOSEKA: An Abbey Lincoln Tribute Virginia Schenck (Shank) pays tribute to a jazz legend. Abbey Lincoln’s raw emotional power and immediacy resonate deeply for Schenck, the versatile and adventurous Atlanta-based vocalist.

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  HOWARD JOHNSON AND GRAVITY Testimony
Going for Adds March 1, 2017 - File: Jazz
Internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and veteran sideman Howard Johnson takes a turn in the spotlight with a new release, Testimony, recorded with his 10-piece tuba choir, Gravity.

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  JIM BUENNIG It's Like This
Going for Adds March 1, 2017 - FILE: Jazz
Suggested Tracks: 1, 2 , 6

A native of Geneseo, Illinois, Jim Buennig is a saxophonist based in Iowa City, IA specializing in a range of musical styles with his main focus being jazz. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Western Illinois University and currently serves as a Teaching Assistant in the jazz department at the University of Iowa. Buennig is also the director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Youth Jazz Band, an auditioned group of middle and high school students from the Davenport, IA area sponsored by the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society.

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  CHRIS ROGERS Voyage Home
Going for Adds January 2, 2017
Art of Life Records is proud to present the debut release by trumpeter and composer Chris Rogers. "Voyage Home" features the late saxophonist Michael Brecker, guitarist Steve Khan, saxophonist Ted Nash, pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Jay Anderson, drummer Steve Johns, saxophonist Roger Rosenberg, trombonist Art Baron, keyboardist Mark Falchook, percussionist Willie Martinez and a digital sample of the late trombonist, Barry Rogers. Recorded at Sound on Sound Studios in New York City, New York on February 2nd & 4th, 2001. All songs were composed and arranged by Chris Rogers.

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  STEVE SLAGLE Alto Manhattan
Going for Adds December 7, 2016
Steve Slagle on Alto Sax and Flute leads a new recording with a great line-up of diverse players who inspire a wide range of music playing five new exciting originals for the first time, as well as two classics and one solo alto sax piece.

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  LUCY SMITH QUARTET Singing Christmas
Going for Adds November 16, 2016
Suggested Tracks: 1,2,12
- FILE: Jazz Holiday Vox
I hope this album brings you joy along with sincere messages of peace. I’ve been making music with Amr, Bryan, Michael and Greg for more than a decade. They’re amazing people who are also extraordinarily skilled and gracious musicians. In the more than six years as music director for a weekly jazz service in Chicago, I’ve arranged and re-arranged an endless amount of music (secular and sacred) for my quartet and congregational singing. Singing Christmas stems from that work. Our objective for this project is to bring jazz, funk and joy to holiday classics old and new. - Lucy Smith

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  LOLO IRVING No Limit
Going for Adds October 12, 2016
Suggested Tracks: 8,10,1,3,5

Paris, France native alto saxophonist, Lolo Irving (formerly known as Laurence d’Estival Irving) excitedly announces her self-produced creation of Romantic Classical/Jazz Fusion entitled, “No Limit” on the Chicago based Sonic Portraits Jazz label imprint (officially released June 16, 2016).

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  BLACK OLIVE JAZZ Exotica
Going for Adds October 5, 2016
File: Jazz/Vocal - Suggested Tracks: 1,2,5,6,9,10,12

Passionate, Mediterranean jazzy exotic sound with polyrhythms and unusual scales. Sultry vocals, Piano, Sax, Bass, Cello, Finger Cymbals, Multiple Percussion.

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  BUSELLI-WALLARAB JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Basically Baker Vol 2. - The Big Band Music of David Baker

Going for Adds September 29, 2016
Featuring special guests Randy Brecker, Rich Perry, Dave Stryker with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. The music of the late NEA Jazz Master and world-lauded jazz educator David Baker is featured on Basically Baker 2, a new recording to be released September 23 on Patois Records. The two-CD set showcases the renowned Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra in Baker’s own big band arrangements of his music. Proceeds generated by sales of the recording will go to the David N. Baker Scholarship Fund to benefit students of the Jacobs School of Music Jazz Studies Program.

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  OPALUNA
Going for Adds August 17, 2016
Opaluna blends the versatile voice of Susana Pineda, a singer from Medellín Colombia, and guitar maestro Lu Salcedo, from the Bay Area, to create a culturally rich fabric of color and sound. Their music explores the frontiers of folk, rock, Latin groove, as well as the many vibrant colors of jazz. Their audience is invited to join for the adventure through the fusion.

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  DANIELA SCHÄCHTER
Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen

Going for Adds August 17, 2016
On Vanheusenism, the Sicilian-born pianist, vocalist and songwriter gorgeously interprets the celebrated songwriter, best known for his work with Frank Sinatra.

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  LOU CAIMANO / ERIC OLSEN
“DYAD Plays Jazz Arias” featuring Randy Brecker and Ted Nash

Going for Adds August 17, 2016 - File: Jazz Arias - Suggested Tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7
Dyad is a unique duo born from two jazz and classical artists who transcend musical boundaries, transforming the emotion of classic operatic melodies into stylish contemporary jazz. Dyad features Lou Caimano’s bold, lush alto saxophone sound, enfolded in an orchestral way by Eric Olsen’s vibrant and inventive piano. The fluid rhythmic and dynamic interplay between the musicians is a signature feature of the Dyad sound.

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  DAVE STRYKER Eight Track II
Going for Adds September 2, 2016
Guitarist Dave Stryker hit on a 'groovy' idea with 2014's Eight Track, his reimagining of classic pop tunes from the '70s with his working trio plus vibes. Their hip renditions of those tunes were eagerly received by audiences and critics alike. Eight Track was the #1 most-played CD on WBGO for the year and reached #3 on JazzWeek Radio chart. "Styker's Eight Track is straight up fun," wrote Dan Bilawsky in All About Jazz while Steve Greenlee declared in Jazz Times: "Forget those Time-Life collectors' editions sold on late-night infomercials. Buy this." Downbeat's Ken Micallef called it "a stone groove."

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  JEFF DENSON QUARTET Concentric Circles
Going for Adds June 10, 2016
Jeff Denson's new quartet, featuring the eminent composer/bassist/educator with pianist Dan Zemelman, drummer Alan Hall and the world's premier improvising bassoonist, the Grammy-nominated Paul Hanson, will be touring both nationally and internationally behind the soon to-be-released Ridgeway Records album, Concentric Circles.

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  TERCETO KALI
Going for Adds June 1, 2016
This groundbreaking musical trio seamlessly blends flamenco, Latin, and jazz in music and dance with a cast of world-class artists from around the country who are rooted in a variety of musical genres. Lead by virtuoso, award-winning flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” these three musicians take you on a musical journey that is undeniably an experience of incredible showmanship and passion that has ignited audiences ever since their debut in 2014.

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  PHYLLIS BLANFORD Edgewalker
Going for Adds May 4, 2016
EDGEWALKER is music that swings! It's the heartbeat, it's the first drum! It makes you smile, it makes you think, it makes you tap your feet and shake your hips! The spoken word will make you nod your head and say YEAH that's dope. Swinging to words!

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  CHARLIE APICELLA & IRON CITY
Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss: A Tribute To BB King

Going for Adds April 13, 2016
New York City based jazz guitarist Charlie Apicella celebrates the music of one of his musical godfa-thers, B.B. King, with treatments of three of his earliest hits and a spiritual. The set is filled out by two of Apicella's hard bop-inspired originals and a pair of Grant Green gems.

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