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Legacy to Release 34-CD Herbie Hancock Box Set

'Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988' is due Nov. 12

By Jeff Tamarkin

Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988, a 34-disc box set, on Nov. 12. The package features Hancock’s complete Columbia Records and CBS/Sony Japan catalog—31 albums on 34 discs, including the first U.S. release of eight albums that originally appeared on CBS/Sony (Japan). Three others have never been issued on CD in the U.S. (Sunlight, Magic Windows, Lite Me Up), and some were issued on CD but have been out of print for years.

According to a press release from Legacy, “The box set comes in a chest with removable lid, housing 28 single albums and three double-CD albums (for a total of 34 discs). Each album will be packaged in a mini-LP CD cardboard replica of the original jacket, with original artwork including gatefold jackets where applicable. Accompanying the discs will be a 200-page book, published exclu­sively for this collection. In addition to dozens of rare photographs, the book will contain several sections, starting with a comprehensive 5,500-word historical essay written by Bob Belden. Belden has won three Grammy Awards for his work with Columbia/Legacy on the “Miles Davis Series,” including album notes (twice) and compilation producer.”


NEA Jazz Masters for 2014 Announced

Jamey Aebersold, Anthony Braxton, Richard Davis, Keith Jarrett to be honored

By Jeff Tamarkin

The National Endowment for the Arts today announced the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters: Jamey Aebersold, Anthony Braxton, Richard Davis and Keith Jarrett. The four recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony and concert to take place January 13, 2014, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, which will be webcast live at and JALC.

According to a press release, “These musicians and educators, now awarded the nation’s highest honor in the field, are recognized for their lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. They will each receive a one-time award of $25,000.”

The NEA provided the following summaries of each recipient’s achievements and significance.

Pianist, Composer
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Currently resides in Oxford, New Jersey

“Keith Jarrett’s talent for playing both abstractly and lyrically, sometimes during the same musical work, continues to astound and delight audiences around the world. His ability to work in both the jazz and classical fields as performer and composer demonstrate the breadth of his creativity. 2012 NEA Jazz Master Charlie Haden, who has performed and recorded alongside Jarrett, commented, ‘Along with Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett is perhaps the most influential pianist in the history of improvised music because of his mastery of the instrument, his creativity and deep harmonic knowledge. His playing transcends category.’”

Full profiles of the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters are located on the NEA’s website: NEA Jazz.


UNESCO to Preserve Montreux Jazz Festival Collection

5000 hours of audiovisual archives to be included in Memory of the World Register

By Jeff Tamarkin

UNESCO has announced its decision to include 5000 hours of the Montreux Jazz Festival audiovisual collection in its international Memory of the World Register, which it describes as “the documentary equivalent of ‘World Heritage.’”

Starting with the first years of the Festival, the late founder Claude Nobs, according to a press release, “had the idea of recording and filming the concerts, carefully preserving nearly a half-century of music from all over the globe. No other festival has done this in a systematic fashion, making the collection absolutely unique. This is the very first audiovisual archive to be listed by UNESCO.”

In 2008, Nobs, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and the Audemars Piguet watchmaking company joined forces to save the cultural heritage by making a digital resource more visible and accessible for future generations.

Thierry Amsallem, Nobs’ sole heir, will now be responsible for the future of this cultural legacy, says the press release. He will be President of the Claude Nobs Foundation.

Jeff Lorber Fusion Returns With New CD "Hacienda" | Coming Aug. 27t...

features Jimmy Haslip, Eric Marienthal, Jean-Luc Ponty, Larry Koonse, Paul Jackson, Jr., Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Lenny Castro, David Mann and more!

Keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber, heralded as “one of the founding fathers of fusion” (Keyboard), returns with his GRAMMY®-nominated power trio the Jeff Lorber Fusion, featuring bassist/co-producer Jimmy Haslip and saxophonist Eric Marienthal. Since the late 1970s, this contemporary jazz collective has blended elements of jazz, funk, rock, R&B and world music into a distinctive sound that has connected with audiences from a variety of continents, cultures and generations. In more recent years, the group’s studio efforts such as their 2010 release, Now Is the Time (2010) and Galaxy (2012), influenced by extensive touring throughout Europe and Asia, have been colored with vibrant shades of dance and house music.

These same colors are at the forefront of Hacienda, the new album from the Jeff Lorber Fusion scheduled for release August 27, 2013 on Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group. Co-produced by Lorber and Haslip, Hacienda spotlights eleven tracks, including a brilliant take on the Frank Zappa composition “King Kong,” with Jean-Luc Ponty on violin. Other guests include Larry Koonse, Paul Jackson, Jr., Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Lenny Castro, David Mann, and more.

Saxman Steve Cole to Release New CD, "Pulse" on Sept. 7th, 2013

Big Hooks and Big Horns Power Saxman  Steve Cole's soulful  “Pulse"

Steve Cole’s 7th album due September 17th preceded by
“With You All The Way”

Minneapolis, Minnesota (15 July 2013): Rather apropos that saxophonist Steve Cole covered the soul classic “Going In Circles” on his forthcoming “Pulse” album, his 7th solo disc, which he produced and wrote with fellow sax player David Mann. Honest and organic are vital qualities to Cole, whose creative muse has gone full-circle in the 15 years since he burst onto the contemporary jazz scene with an award-winning debut disc that spawned a pair of #1 singles. The tenor saxman “returns to the basics” on the new 10-song set that will be released September 17th by Artistry Music.

“Pulse” comes out swinging with knockout punch hooks, a muscular horn section and soul-powered grooves. In contrast to his divergent 2011 album, “Moonlight,” that placed the classically-trained Cole in a lavish orchestral setting, the new record is a bounty of R&B, soul, funk, blues, gospel and hip hop jams. Cole makes concise statements constructed of big buoyant melodies and taut rhythms. No notes are wasted as the impassioned artist rides grooves tailor-fit by Mann (section saxes, flute, keyboards, synth bass, programming), noted keyboard veteran Ricky Peterson (Hammond B3), wunderkind Nicholas Cole (keyboardist, synth bass, programming), Khari Parker (drums), Paul Peterson (electric bass), Rico McFarland (guitar, lead & background vocals), Bernd Schoenhart (guitar) and Nicki Richards (background vocals). Trevor Neumann (trumpet) and Dan Levine (trombone) cement the wall of horns anchored by Steve Cole and Mann.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett to Release New CD, "Pushing The World Awa...

Album Follows His Recent Double GRAMMY®  Nominated Project, Seeds From The Underground

For his third Mack Avenue Records release, Pushing the World Away, alto/soprano saxophonist/composer/bandleader Kenny Garrett literally had to "push away" a steady flow of distractions to get to the inner core of the album, shifting priorities in his schedule, and diving deep into the essence of the music.

"I'm always writing, so coming up with the music wasn't a problem," says Garrett, who is arguably the most imitated alto saxophone player in jazz. "But I had been traveling a lot with my band, and I don't rehearse new material on tour. Yet to record an album requires a lot of preparation and to conceptualize the music I had to push away to receive the blessings and gifts from these songs."

On Pushing the World Away, Garrett continues to mature as a composer. As the late Mulgrew Miller, his close friend for many years, noted in a DownBeat feature on the saxophonist last year: "Kenny has always had a great sound from the beginning. He had his own unique sound, but [thanks to his compositions] that sound has transformed into a more captivating and lyrical voice."

Garrett, in turn, nods to the pianist who he had known for more than 30 years on the jaunty, upbeat and at times explosive opening track of the album, "A Side Order of Hijiki," which is decidedly not about the hijiki culinary seaweed. "No seaweed," says Garrett who takes an expansive alto flight on this track. "It's actually the word that Mulgrew used to describe my playing style. He would say, "I hear you playing that hijiki."

Smooth Music News (Smooth Jazz Network)

John Legend Announces "Made To Love" Tour

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend is set to release his new album entitled Love In The Future on September 3, 2013 via G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records. The set is his fourth studio album and features the new single "Made To Love." Legend will take his "Made To Love" tour on the road throughout the US and Canada beginning on October 20 at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut and will visit Washington, DC, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Toronto, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, among other cities. For a full list of tour dates and to watch the new video for "Made To Love" visit his website here.



Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival Film Showing on Aug. 13

“Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013” will be presented in nearly 500 select movie theaters around the country on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. The special, one-night event will feature the best performances and backstage access from Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival pre-recorded over two nights at Madison Square Garden this past April. Musicians featured in the cinema event include the Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes. The live concert and portions from the cinema event benefit the Crossroads Centre, a treatment and education facility for chemically dependent people, based in Antigua and founded by Clapton. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at

Bob Baldwin Releases 'Twenty'

Keyboardist, producer, arranger and author Bob Baldwin is celebrating 25 years in the music business with his 20th album, appropriately titled Twenty. The New York native is joined on the set by saxophonist Marion Meadows, trumpeter Joey Summerville and flutist Ragan Whiteside, among others. On Twenty Baldwin pays tribute to two legends who influenced his career, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard. He shares, "I remember growing up listening to great records by Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones, then actually meeting Herbie (in LA) and Mr. Hubbard (at the Blue Note/NYC) back in the late '70's. This has a profound impact on my career, and as a result, I wanted to salute them both on a couple of pieces “Butterfly” and “Chameleon” (Hancock) and “Red Clay” (Hubbard)." Baldwin will perform in Detroit on July 28 with saxophonist Everette Harp. You can pre-order Twenty (due out August 20) and check out a full list of his tour dates here.


Jamie Cullum gets 50,000 jiving on the beach and Youn Sun Nah dazzle...

By Dickeson (story and photos)   

Jamie Cullum broke all records with his free concert at this year’s Heineken Jazzaldia at San Sebastian here in northern Spain. Over 50,000 people gathered on Zurriola Beach (pictured below) to hear him play songs from his new Momentum album along with his established jazzy repertoire on a very warm evening on Spain’s Atlantic coast, a stone’s throw from Bilboa. This was a new record attendance for a free show at the festival and the organisers were delighted that so many people came into town for the mid-week opening night.

Elvis Costello, who also played a free show on the same stage a few nights later managed just 10,000 (although to be fair there was a slight drizzle by the time he came on). Apart from the Escenario Verde free stage (which is on the beach) there are several other free stages where jazz and other types of music are available from lunchtime till the early hours of the morning ensuring that everyone can find something to listen to every day of the festival.

The festival spreads itself out throughout the town (including gigs at the Basque Culinary Centre) where the Matija Dedic played a great set with picnic food provided by students at the centre. The San Temo Museum also provides a fascinating location for concerts and Barry Guy (bass) and Maya Homburger (violin) played a wonderful baroque set that was totally in tune with the surroundings – the following night Jan Bang’s Uncommon Deities (with Erik Honoré and Sidsel Endresen) had the venue sampled out with their electronica; a totally different experience but equally enthralling.

On the jazz front Dave Douglas, Hiromi, China Moses, Gregory Porter and Vijay Iyer all produced excellent sets in packed venues – the stand out show without doubt was (in his 60th year) the John Zorn Masada Marathon – a four-hour showcase of the two Masada books – Sylvie Courvoisier, Erik Frielander, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Marc Ribot and Jamie Saft all excellent in the various shows, a very rare opportunity to hear this outstanding work.

Other shows of note that stand out in this Atlantic sea of good music – Diana Krall, once again featuring Marc Ribot on guitar, was amazing – the hard edge and more rocky approach was like a breath of fresh air, this being the third Krall show in three weeks that we have seen. ‘Temptation’ was a riot with Ribot unleashing a savage solo that prompted second soloist Stuart Duncan (on violin) to resort to feedback and distortion effects to try to follow Ribot’s lead – which he did to great effect. Krall then slowed the pace beautifully with her solo section that started with Irvin Berlin’s ‘Lets Face The Music And Dance’ and an almost Jelly Roll Morton version of ‘Peel Me A Grape’. She encored with a duet with Ribot with ‘Glad Rag Doll’, which was just sublime and The Band’s ‘ Whispering Pines’ – if there was ever any doubt – the lady can rock.

Sonny Rollins pulls out of EFG London Jazz Festival

It has just been confirmed that saxophone legend Sonny Rollins has had to pull out of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival. Festival producers Serious have issued a statement confirming that due to ongoing health issues, Rollins will no longer be performing on Saturday 18 November, in what was to be his fourth appearance at the festival since 2007.

Sonny Rollins’ office has issued the following statement: “Earlier this year, Sonny began to experience respiratory symptoms that affected his playing. His doctor prescribed rest and a course of treatment that he hoped would eliminate the symptoms quickly and would enable Sonny to resume his performance schedule. Although Sonny has made good progress, his symptoms are unfortunately not completely gone, and he is not yet at the point where he can physically perform a concert at the high level that has always been his standard. Last week, in consultation with his doctor, Sonny decided that he needs to devote the remainder of this year to rest and the prescribed therapy in order to address his current health issues. Therefore all concerts scheduled for the remainder of 2013 have been postponed. Sonny is determined to get stronger and hopefully return to performing in 2014”

Festival organisers Serious hope to announce a replacement headliner soon and have said ticket holders will be able to attend that concert instead, switch to another concert, or receive a full refund. John Cumming, director of Serious, has commented: “Serious and the EFG London Jazz Festival are proud to have worked happily with Sonny over many years. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to working with him again in the future”

See the September issue of Jazzwise (out on 15 August) for all the latest EFG London Jazz Festival artist announcements and news

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