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Grace Jones' Hurricane, first US release in 22 years

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and actress, Grace Jones is preparing to release Hurricane, a new album of original material, in the U.S. on September 6 via [PIAS] America. Produced by Jones and Ivor Guest, Hurricane has received widespread praise in the U.K. and Europe where it was released in 2009. The tracks “Williams’ Blood” and “Corporate Cannibal” have emerged as hits as has the video for “Corporate Cannibal” directed by Nick Hooker. The release will also include a brand new bonus disc dub version of the entire album.

Check out the William’s Blood (Aeroplane remix) radio edit MP3 where it premiered on RCRD LBL today or HERE!

In July 2009, Jones performed in a new show at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Collaborating with acclaimed Academy Award-winning costume and production designer Eiko Ishioka, Jones debuted songs from the new album for U.S. audiences.

The shows received overwhelming praise from audiences and critics alike.  Daily Variety wrote “...a commanding Grace Jones provided a finely tuned display of humanity” and “...the return of Jones was warm and uplifting”. The LA Times ran the headline “Grace Jones bowls over the Bowl” and the New York Times reported that Jones was “lithe, fierce and solid”. Rolling Stone wrote “So many performers are said to be larger than life, but the show biz cliché has never been truer than it is for Grace Jones…the crowd roared as if they’d seen the second coming”.

Born in Jamaica before relocating to Syracuse, New York with her family, Grace Jones embarked on a successful career as a model in New York City and Paris. In 1977 Jones secured her first record deal resulting in a string of dance-club hits including “I Need A Man” and her acclaimed reinvention of Edith Piaf’s classic “La Vie En Rose”. The three disco albums she recorded, “Portfolio” (1977), “Fame” (1978) and “Muse” (1979), generated considerable success in the market and established her as a major recording artist.

During this period Jones became a fixture on the international club scene and was often seen at New York City’s famed nightclub Studio 54. Jones also became a muse to Andy Warhol who photographed her extensively and created a series of iconic portraits of her.

Towards the end of the 1970’s Jones adapted the emerging New Wave music to create a different style for herself. Working with Island Records producers Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin and Compass Point All Stars, she recorded the critically acclaimed albums “Warm Leatherette” (1980) and “Nightclubbing” (1981). These included reimagining’s of songs by Sting (“Demolition Man”), Iggy Pop and David Bowie (“Nightclubbing”), Roxy Music (“Love is the Drug”), Astor Piazzolla (“I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)”) and Tom Petty (“Breakdown”).

Both albums included tracks co-written by Jones herself including “A Rolling Stone”, “Feel Up” and most notably, the post-disco dance track “Pull Up to the Bumper” which spent seven weeks as #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club play chart and became a Top 5 single on the U.S. R&B chart.

Parallel to her musical shift was an equally dramatic visual makeover, created in partnership with artist Jean-Paul Goode, with whom she had a son. Jones adapted a severe, androgynous look with square-cut hair and angular, padded clothes. The cover photographs of “Nightclubbing” and “Warm Leatherette” as well as her subsequent albums exemplified this new identity.

Jones’ next release was the dub reggae-influenced “Living My Life” (1982) which featured the self-penned hit “My Jamaican Guy”. In 1985 she worked with Trevor Horn for the conceptual music collage “Slave to the Rhythm” and in 1986 she collaborated with Nile Rogers for “Inside Story” which produced the Billboard 100 Hit, “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You”), one of several songs she co-wrote with Bruce Wooley. “Bulletproof Heart” (1989) spawned the Number 1 U.S. Hot Dance Club Play hit “Love on Top of Love (Killer Kiss)” produced by C&C Music Factory’s David Cole and Robert Clivilles.

Jones is equally famous for her motion picture roles in such features as “Conan the Destroyer” (1984) co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, “A View to a Kill” (1985) co-starring Roger Moore as James Bond, the vampire thriller “Vamp” (in which Keith Haring famously painted her body for her role as an undead exotic dancer) and “Boomerang” (1992) co-starring Eddie Murphy (for which she recorded the song “7 Day Weekend”). Her television work includes appearances on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special” (1988), “Beastmaster” (1999) and “Shaka Zulu: The Citadel” (2001).

BAND OF SKULLS ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES

Southhampton, UK trio Band of Skulls are taking some time out from finishing up their second album to play select tour dates in North America. They will be performing new songs at these shows along with favorites from their debut album album 'Baby Darling Doll Face Honey.'

After spending two years touring in support of their debut album which was universally embraced by the U.S. press including SPIN (Best of Coachella), Rolling Stone (Best of SXSW) and Entertainment Weekly (Your Next Favorite Band) and culminated with a sold-out show at the Forum in London in late 2010, the band retreated to a studio in Norfolk UK to begin writing the follow-up. They returned to their home studio in Southampton to start the recording which they are now completing in Wales at Rockfield Studios. The album is produced by Ian Davenport (Supergrass, Badly Drawn Boy) and will be mixed by Nick Launay (Grinderman, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire) and is scheduled for release in 2012. The album will be preceded by a single and EP released in late 2011.

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BAND OF SKULLS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:


September 24 @ Atlanta, GA Music Midtown Festival

September 26@ New York, NY Mercury Lounge

September 27 @ New York, NY Mercury Lounge

September 28 @ Toronto, ON The Garrison

Band of Skulls are Russell Marsden (guitar & vocals), Emma Richardson (bass & vocals) & Matt Hayward (drums).

Caveman's 'CoCo Beware' Streets 9/13

After months of anticipation, Caveman is pleased to announce the digital release of their debut album CoCo Beware on September 13th, followed by the physical CD and vinyl release on November 15th. Exploding out of the New York scene over the last few months, the band has decided to get this hot off the presses album out as soon as possible via a digital self-release. The fans wanted it, so the fans get it — a straight-ahead ethos for a band that’s about the music FIRST.

In honor of the New York five-piece’s first release, the band has made “Old Friend” available as a free download, premiering the track with Fader Magazine this morning. Click HERE to hear the track. Recorded and produced by Nick Stumpf (French Kicks), CoCo Beware showcases the dreamy chamber pop and multi-part harmonies that have been turning heads at the band’s live shows for the better part of a year. Leading up to the release of their debut, Caveman will also be heading out on tour with The War On Drugs, hitting the east coast, midwest and Canada before returning to New York to celebrate their album release at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday, September 15th.

For Caveman, the last year and half have been a whirlwind. Formed in New York back in January of 2010, the band has gone from relative unknowns to opening for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic, Cursive, Wye Oak and Yuck in a little under a year. Listening to CoCo Beware, it’s easy to see why the band has garnered so much attention in such a short period of time. Opening with “A Country’s King of Dreams,” the band explores honey-sweet, country-tinged vocal melodies over tribal drumming. “My Time” is a slow-building pop gem, with lead singer Matthew Iwanusa’s vocals weaving in and out of band’s backing vocals. Caveman’s lush four-part harmonies, spaced-out guitars, and inventive percussion come together perfectly on the tracks “Easy Water” and “My Room.

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Upcoming Caveman dates:

* w/ The War On Drugs

08/06 - Montauk, NY @ The Surf Lodge

08/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *

08/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo *

08/21 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *

08/22 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey Bar

08/23 - Montreal, CAN @ Casa del Popolo *

08/24 - Toronto, CAN @ Drake Hotel *

08/25 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *

08/26 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern *

08/27 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi *

08/28 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *

08/30 - St. Louis, MO @ The Biliken Club *

08/31 - Lexington-Fayette, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's *

09/01 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *

09/02 - Washington, DC @ The Red Place *

09/15 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Album Release)

KJ Denhert: ALBUM No.9.

"Album No.9 is about freedom,” says KJ Denhert. There also is a numerology connection as the album was recorded, starting Sept. 9, 2009, over the course of nine months with nine musicians, and it has nine songs.  "My life-path number is 9," says KJ.  In less than a year of it's release on Sept. 9, 2010, KJ's music video of ALBUM No.9"s yearnful "Help" is becoming a minor hit on youtube. She interprets the Beatles' standard as a plea to the world, in light of so many tragedies that were complicated due to mans inhumanity and greed, most recently in Haiti, Louisiana, Japan. Other classics on the album are "Alfie," "Pennies From Heaven, "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Chanson Baz Bar," and "Smoke on the Water."

"Choose Your Weapon," which won the Independent Music Award for the Sing Out For Social Action" award for recordings released in 2010, and "Let It Go" are two of ALBUM No.9's originals that have become favorites of KJ's fans.

This November, KJ will be celebrating her 15th Year Anniversary as KJ Denhert fronting her band.  But her career dates back to the '60s when she first started playing guitar at age 10, listening to Sergio Mendes, and John Hartford!

In the 1980s, as a young woman, she played guitar and sang with an all-female ban called Fire in North America and Europe, spent time in Cleveland fronting Cyclone Sisters.  Upon her move band to NY City in 1997, she formed the NY Unit, and the rest is history.

In addition to running her own band and Mother Cyclone label, KJ has been named among the six winners of the Kerrville New Folk Song contest in June 2006 for "Private Angel" and won the Mountain Stage New Song contest in August 05 for "Little Mary." The Album, ANOTHER YEAR GONE BY, LIVE, won the 2006 Independent Music Award for Best Live Performance.

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KJ DENHERT ON THE ROAD

June 24:12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill, NY
June 25: 55 Bar, New York, NY
July 7: Underground Wonderbar, Chicago, IL
July 8: Club La Salle, South Bend, IN
July 18: Woodsongs, Lexington, KY
July 23: 55 Bar, New York, NY
July 29: Belleayre Music Festival - Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort, Highmount, NY
July 30: Rams Head on Stage w/ Gregory Porter, Annapolis, MD
August 9: Cape Cod Jazz, Chatham, MA
August 11: New Paltz, NY (duo: KJ Denhert & Jennifer Vincent)
August 20: 55 Bar, New York, NY
August 21: Special Event @the Falcon, Marlboro, NY
August 23: Cornwall, NY
September 2: Union Chapel Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
September 3: 55 Bar, New York, NY
September 10: The Falcon,  Marlboro, NY
September 17: 55 Bar, New York, NY
October 8: Uncommon Ground, Dobbs Ferry (solo w/ Vance Gilbert)

Greg Attonito Announces Upcoming Fan Time Live! Interview and Acoustic Performance

In support of his upcoming debut solo album "Natural Disaster," Bouncing Souls frontman Greg Attonito has announced he will be taking part in an upcoming addition of UStream's Fan Time Live! on Sunday, July 10th.

Attonito will be joining Fan Time Live! for a second time around on July 10th, 2011 from 8pm - 9pm EST but this time will be premiering his new solo debut “Natural Disaster,” which is being released by Chunksaah Records on July 12th, 2011. Greg will be doing live chat and q&a with fans and will also be doing an acoustic performance of "Natural Disaster." The live-stream event can be viewed here.

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Greg Attonito Live!

GREGORY ATTONITO "Natural Disaster" Record Release Party. Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30pm at Watermark
(Boardwalk at First St., Asbury Park,NJ). All Ages Show. Five dollars to get in. Buy a record at the door and get in for free!

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The Bouncing Souls Live

06.22.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
06.23.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
06.24.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
06.25.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
07.06.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.07.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.08.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.09.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
07.14.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
07.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
07.16.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
29.07.11 - ESP, Viveiro - Resurrection Fest
30.07.11 - D, Bausendorf - Riez Open Air
01.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
02.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
03.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
04.08.11 - UK, London - O2 Academy Islington
05.08.11 - UK, Blackpool - Rebellion Festival
06.08.11 - UK, Kent - Heavy Fest
08.08.11 - D, Stuttgart - Universum
09.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
10.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
11.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
12.08.11 - A, Vienna - Arena Club
13.08.11 - SLO, Tolmin - Punk Rock Holiday 1.1
14.08.11 - CRO, Zadar - Trg Pet Bunara
16.08.11 - HU, Budapest - Durer Kert
17.08.11 - PL, Katowice - Klub Studencki Arkada
19.08.11 - BE, Hasselt Kiewit - Pukkelpop Festival
20.08.11 - D, Borkenberge - Area 4 Festival
21.08.11 - D, Grossposna - Highfield Festival
22.08.11 - SWE, Malmo - Malmoestivalen
11.02.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.03.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.04.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.05.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.09.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.10.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.11.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour 11.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

Grace Jones To Release "Hurricane" Album & Dub Version

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and actress, Grace Jones is preparing to release Hurricane, a new album of original material, in the U.S. on September 6 via [PIAS] America. Produced by Jones and Ivor Guest, Hurricane has received widespread praise in the U.K. and Europe where it was released in 2009. The band that plays on the album includes luminaries Brian Eno, Sly & Robbie, and Tricky. The tracks “Williams’ Blood” and “Corporate Cannibal” have emerged as hits overseas as has the video for “Corporate Cannibal” directed by Nick Hooker. The release will also include a brand new bonus disc dub version of the entire album. Download the MP3 of the track “Sunset Sunrisehere.

In July 2009, Jones performed in a new show at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Collaborating with acclaimed Academy Award-winning costume and production designer Eiko Ishioka, Jones debuted songs from the new album for U.S. audiences.

The shows received overwhelming praise from audiences and critics alike.  Daily Variety wrote “...a commanding Grace Jones provided a finely tuned display of humanity” and “...the return of Jones was warm and uplifting”. The LA Times ran the headline “Grace Jones bowls over the Bowl” and the New York Times reported that Jones was “lithe, fierce and solid”. Rolling Stone wrote “So many performers are said to be larger than life, but the show biz cliché has never been truer than it is for Grace Jones…the crowd roared as if they’d seen the second coming”.

Born in Jamaica before relocating to Syracuse, New York with her family, Grace Jones embarked on a successful career as a model in New York City and Paris. In 1977 Jones secured her first record deal resulting in a string of dance-club hits including “I Need A Man” and her acclaimed reinvention of Edith Piaf’s classic “La Vie En Rose”. The three disco albums she recorded, “Portfolio” (1977), “Fame” (1978) and “Muse” (1979), generated considerable success in the market and established her as a major recording artist.

During this period Jones became a fixture on the international club scene and was often seen at New York City’s famed nightclub Studio 54. Jones also became a muse to Andy Warhol who photographed her extensively and created a series of iconic portraits of her.

Towards the end of the 1970’s Jones adapted the emerging New Wave music to create a different style for herself. Working with Island Records producers Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin and Compass Point All Stars, she recorded the critically acclaimed albums “Warm Leatherette” (1980) and “Nightclubbing” (1981). These included reimagining’s of songs by Sting (“Demolition Man”), Iggy Pop and David Bowie (“Nightclubbing”), Roxy Music (“Love is the Drug”), Astor Piazzolla (“I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)”) and Tom Petty (“Breakdown”).

Both albums included tracks co-written by Jones herself including “A Rolling Stone”, “Feel Up” and most notably, the post-disco dance track “Pull Up to the Bumper” which spent seven weeks as #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club play chart and became a Top 5 single on the U.S. R&B chart.

Parallel to her musical shift was an equally dramatic visual makeover, created in partnership with artist Jean-Paul Goode, with whom she had a son. Jones adapted a severe, androgynous look with square-cut hair and angular, padded clothes. The cover photographs of “Nightclubbing” and “Warm Leatherette” as well as her subsequent albums exemplified this new identity.

Jones’ next release was the dub reggae-influenced “Living My Life” (1982) which featured the self-penned hit “My Jamaican Guy”. In 1985 she worked with Trevor Horn for the conceptual music collage “Slave to the Rhythm” and in 1986 she collaborated with Nile Rogers for “Inside Story” which produced the Billboard 100 Hit, “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You”), one of several songs she co-wrote with Bruce Wooley. “Bulletproof Heart” (1989) spawned the Number 1 U.S. Hot Dance Club Play hit “Love on Top of Love (Killer Kiss)” produced by C&C Music Factory’s David Cole and Robert Clivilles.

Jones is equally famous for her motion picture roles in such features as “Conan the Destroyer” (1984) co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, “A View to a Kill” (1985) co-starring Roger Moore as James Bond, the vampire thriller “Vamp” (in which Keith Haring famously painted her body for her role as an undead exotic dancer) and “Boomerang” (1992) co-starring Eddie Murphy (for which she recorded the song “7 Day Weekend”). Her television work includes appearances on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special” (1988), “Beastmaster” (1999) and “Shaka Zulu: The Citadel” (2001).

Ellie Goulding Announces North American Headline Tour

Cherrytree/Interscope recording artist Ellie Goulding returns stateside this summer for her second headline tour in support of her critically acclaimed solo debut Lights. Aptly named, “THE LIGHTS TOUR”  begins July 23 in Atlanta and wraps in late August. “I am really excited about the next tour,” says Ellie. “This time we are ready; we are better prepared. Every city brought something new and I learned a lot playing to different crowds. It is a learning curve. America get ready -- we're coming and it's going to be huge!”

Having already conquered her native Britain with the best selling debut album of 2010, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has won over the US audience garnering rave reviews.  Lights is, as the New York Times put it, “a happy car crash of signifiers: part electro-pop, part soul, part blues, part indie rock, part folk” that mixes heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics and the  Los Angeles Times raves, “plenty of ethereal hooks, the album carries a dark overcast with a handful of emotionally raw tracks.” Rolling Stone calls Lights, “sweet, sexed-up folktronica” and Entertainment Weekly affirms “anthemic dance-pop confessional.”

This spring, Ellie made headlines when she was personally asked by William and Kate to play at the royal wedding. May followed with performances on Saturday Night Live and Live With Regis and Kelly.
Check out Ellie live on “THE LIGHTS TOUR,” dates below.
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THE LIGHTS TOUR
July 23 / Atlanta, GA / Center Stage - Buy Tickets
July 25 / Washington DC / 9:30 Club - Buy Tickets
July 26 / Philadelphia, PA / Electric Factory - Buy Tickets
July 27 / Boston, MA / House of Blues - Buy Tickets
July 29 / New York, NY / Terminal 5 - Buy Tickets
July 1 / Montreal, QC / Osheaga  Music and Arts Festival - Buy Tickets
August 1 / Toronto, ON / Kool Haus - Buy Tickets
August 2 / Royal Oak/Detroit, MI / Royal Oak Music Theatre - Buy Tickets
August 4 / Minneapolis, MN / Fine Line Music Cafe - Buy Tickets
August 5 / Kansas City, KS / Kanrocksas Festival – Kansas Speedway - Buy Tickets
August 6 / Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza - Grant Park - Buy Tickets
August 8 / Denver, CO / Ogden Theatre - Buy Tickets
August 11 / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern - Buy Tickets
August 12 / San Francisco, CA / Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival - Buy Tickets
A lucky winner and their guest will be flown to the Los Angeles show to see Ellie live.
For further details please check out www.elliegoulding.com.

Concord Original Jazz announces six new reissues

Concord Music Group will release six new titles in the Original Jazz Classics Remasters series on June 14, 2011. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, generous helpings of bonus tracks (many of them previously unreleased), and new liner notes that provide historical and technical context, the series showcases some of the most pivotal recordings of the past several decades by artists whose influences on the jazz tradition is beyond measure.

The six new titles in the series are:

  • Chet Baker: In New York
  • Ornette Coleman: Something Else!!!
  • Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Alone in San Francisco
  • Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans: Know What I Mean?
  • Bill Evans Trio: Explorations
  • Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass: Easy Living


“These six releases bring us to 20 titles altogether since the launch of the series in March 2010,” says Nick Phillips, Vice President of Catalog and Jazz A&R at Concord Music Group and producer of the series. “Each occupies an important place in any quality jazz collection.”

Chet Baker: In New York

Recorded in September 1958 for Riverside, Chet Baker’s In New York features saxophonist Johnny Griffin, pianist Al Haig, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. In addition to the half-dozen tracks from the original album, the reissue includes a bonus seventh track — “Soft Winds,” a blues composition written by Benny Goodman and Fletcher Henderson.

The recording provides a glimpse of the trumpeter “coming off a run of popularity, critical praise, and commercial success the likes of which few musicians have known,” according to the new liner notes by Doug Ramsey. By the late ’50s, Baker had won numerous awards throughout the decade for his instrumental work, and was even regarded as a romantic idol for his singing.

“Baker had been somewhat pigeonholed as a West Coast cool jazz artist,“ says Phillips, “but this recording illustrates that he was right at home playing with New York musicians — who dealt with their own stereotype of being harder edged and more aggressive. On this recording, they all seem to meet effortlessly somewhere in the middle.”

Of the ongoing tug-of-war between Baker’s artistic successes and his personal battles with substance abuse, Ramsey adds: “It will be a long time before Chet’s struggles with his demon are forgotten, but one day when the headlines have finally disappeared, the beauty of his music will still be shimmering in the air.”

Ornette Coleman: Something Else!!!

Recorded at Contemporary’s studios in Los Angeles in February and March 1958, Ornette Coleman’s Something Else!!! features Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Walter Norris on piano, Don Payne on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. The first of two albums that Coleman recorded for Contemporary, Something Else!!! marks the saxophonist’s debut as a leader. “He was a very influential but at times controversial artist,” says Phillips. “Right out of the gate he was doing something that was just so different from what people were used to hearing,” says Phillips.  ”Although structurally-speaking, the music in this recording is based on established song forms, you can hear very clearly that Coleman is starting to break free of the limitations of conventional harmony.”

Neil Tesser writes in his new liner notes that Coleman traced jazz back to its roots to rid the music of its increasingly elaborate harmonic structures and other constraints. “Without the limitations imposed by such harmonic patterns, his band would freely travel into, out of, and between musical keys,” says Tesser. “As Ornette said in the original notes, ‘I think one day music will be a lot freer. The pattern for a tune, for instance, will be forgotten and the tune itself will be the pattern . . .’ When he recorded Something Else!!! that day was still a little ways off. In these performances, you hear him in the last throes of unshackling the past.”

Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Alone in San Francisco

Recorded on Riverside in October 1959, Thelonious Alone in San Francisco was a sequel of sorts to Thelonious Himself, recorded two years earlier. In addition to the album’s 10 original tracks, the reissue includes an alternate take of “There’s Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie.”

“With Thelonious Alone in San Francisco, Monk proved that his earlier success as a solo artist was not a fluke,” says Tesser in his liner notes for the reissue. “And in rejecting all the ‘rules’  for playing without accompaniment — as he’d rejected so many rules before — Monk expanded the entire concept of the solo piano idiom. Without Monk’s recordings as bedrock, it’s hard to imagine similarly intimate (though otherwise quite different) solo albums that would eventually come from Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea or even McCoy Tyner.”

For as unique as Monk’s style was, “he stayed pretty consistently within that style throughout the remainder of his career,” says Phillips. “That’s not to imply that there was any lack of creativity on his part. Within the unique style that he established, there was so much to explore and develop. But he still sounds unmistakably like Thelonious Monk, no matter what chapter of his career you listen to.”

Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans: Know What I Mean?

Know What I Mean? was recorded between January and March 1961, with bassist Percy Heath and drummer Connie Kay supporting the saxophonist and pianist. The reissue includes three bonus tracks that are alternate takes of “Who Cares?,” “Toy” (previously unreleased), and “Know What I Mean?”.

“This album takes two artists who were part of the legendary, historic 1958 Miles Davis Sextet and pairs them together,” says Phillips. “The modal approach that Evans was pioneering in the context of that 1958 group reveals itself in some of the material that he and Cannonball are playing on this album.”

Orrin Keepnews, who produced the original recording sessions, writes in his new liner notes for this OJC Remasters reissue, “One of the many advantages of working with a man like Julian Adderley was that he was totally stubborn about pursuing an idea he believed in. And, quite simply, he thoroughly believed in the validity of an album based on his moving very much in a Bill Evans–influenced direction.

In his liner notes to the original recording, Joe Goldberg observes that while not all of the selections are ballads, an “aura of relaxation” permeates the recording. “In this instance it can be recognized as simply a matter of four highly skilled artists away from their usual tasks and delighting in one another’s musical company,” he says. “Nothing more really need be said about the results of their meeting than that the feeling of delight comes through.”

Bill Evans Trio: Explorations

Recorded in New York in February 1961 for Riverside, Explorations was the last album this version of the Evans trio would make in a recording studio. Bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian also appear on Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby — both live recordings, released later in 1961 — but LaFaro died in a car accident shortly after the live sessions. This reissue features four bonus tracks, including previously unreleased alternate takes of “How Deep Is the Ocean?” and “I Wish I Knew.”

“Evans’ sound and approach was his own by ’61,” says Ashley Kahn in his new liner notes. “His piano style had fully matured, as had the interplay of the trio . . . Upon entering Bell Sound’s studio on February 2, 1961, producer Orrin Keepnews immediately noted the three had ‘made giant strides towards the goal of becoming a three-voice unit rather than a piano player and his accompanists.’”

What’s more, the disparity of styles between the unreleased alternate takes and their counterparts that made the final cut on the original record “illustrates that jazz masters like these are real improvisers,” says Phillips, “and no two takes are ever going to sound the same — because no two moments in jazz are ever the same.”

Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass: Easy Living

Recorded in Los Angeles in 1983 and 1986, Easy Living was one of a series of Ella Fitzgerald–Joe Pass collaborations on Pablo throughout the ’80s. In addition to the original album’s 15 tracks, the reissue also includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks — alternate takes of “Don’t Be that Way” and “Love for Sale.”

Easy Living and the other collaborations between these two veterans “worked on many levels,” says Tad Hershorn in his liner notes for the reissue. “As her voice aged and deepened, Fitzgerald discovered partial remedies in her phrasing, choices of keys and the pleasing maturity that now enveloped her still youthful voice. Pass was the perfect foil to display her diminishing resources to their best and most emotive advantage. Ella was known to incessantly toy with songs in her restless artistic striving, so one can perceive the music she made with Pass as a direct extension of her creative method. The leanness of their music underscores that even this late in her career, Ella Fitzgerald retained her bonafides as a singer for whom words did matter: not every song was merely a vehicle for her to bat notes out of the park. The allure was in the quiet majestic intimacy that focused an audience’s attention on full absorption of the musings of joy, wistfulness, and melody.”

The level of confidence with which each of these two musicians performs on this recording is hard to miss.  “The fact that Ella could walk into the studio with a bunch of lead sheets,” says Phillips, “and they could do a little rehearsal on the spot, figure out the best key for her, and he could just play it in any key behind her — all of that takes some phenomenal musicianship . . . They have a very conversational, relaxed sensibility about them, and both musicians seem very much at ease performing together and recording together in the studio.”

Legendary Pianist Steve Kuhn at the Triad - NYC

This Friday, May 27th, New York's acclaimed Triad Theatre on the upper west side presents a special jazz concert, featuring a solo performance by pianist Steve Kuhn and a performance by Saxophonist Daniel Bennett and his band.  Steve Kuhn will perform selections from his critically acclaimed album, "Mostly Coltrane" on the ECM label.  The Daniel Bennett Group will perform selections from their newest album, "Peace and Stability Among Bears."  Advance discounted tickets are available for purchase at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/171424.  Tickets are available at the door for $25.  The concert starts at 9:30pm and is an all-ages event. The Triad is located on the upper west side, at 158 West 72nd Street.

Legendary pianist Steve Kuhn has established himself as one of the preeminent voices in the jazz world. Kuhn began his illustrious career performing as a sideman with the likes of Stan Getz, John Coltrane, and Art Farmer.  At the end of the 1960's he spent four years living in Europe. Upon returning to the United States, Kuhn began his long-term affiliation with the revolutionary record label ECM.  This resulted in a string of important albums including Trance, Ecstasy, Non-Fiction,and important collaborations with Sheila Jordan.  In the mid-80's, Kuhn co-founded the popular 'All Star Trio', with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster. Kuhn also launched a revolving edition of his trio with bassist David Finck and various drummers, like Joey Baron, Lewis Nash, Billy Drummond, Kenny Washington and Bill Stewart. Steve Kuhn has released over 20 critically acclaimed albums on the Blue Note, Concord, and ECM labels. Kuhn continues to tour extensively throughout the world, with a strong following in the United States, Europe and Japan.

Critically acclaimed New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett has recently shared concert stages with artists like Bill Frisell, Charlie Hunter, James Carter, Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Jerry Bergonzi, and David Fiuczynski.  The Boston Herald described Daniel Bennett’s music as, “exploratory folk-jazz.” Bennett’s musical journey began as a graduate student at the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.  During this time, Bennett began to compose songs that featured folk melodies played on the saxophone in a jazz quartet format.  Bennett's chord progressions also maintained a unique minimalist quality, influenced by composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass. The Boston Phoenix described Bennett's style as, "an unusual folk-minimalist approach."  The music was innovative, yet remarkably accessible to a broad spectrum of listeners. The Boston Globe described Bennett’s music as “a mix of jazz, folk, and trance.”  The Daniel Bennett Group has released four albums on the Bennett Alliance label, A Nation of Bears, The Legend of Bear Thompson, Live at the Theatre, and Peace and Stability Among Bears.  Daniel Bennett’s "Folk Jazz" music has found a broad fan base that is unusual for a modern jazz outfit. Insite Magazine called Daniel Bennett’s music, “refreshingly capricious and trippy."

The world-renowned Triad Theatre has hosted performances by entertainers like Slash, Joan Osborne, Lisa Loeb, Paula Cole, Susan Lucci, Buddy Miles, Ravi Coltrane, Debbie Gibson, David Crosby, George Benson, Max Weinberg, John Entwistle, Tracey Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford, Matthew Broderick, Rachel Dratch, and Steve Gutenberg. The Triad was the original home for Off-Broadway hits like "Forever Plaid," "Forbidden Broadway," and "Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know."

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Friday, May 27th

Triad Theatre

158 West 72nd St, New York, NY

Purchase Tickets HERE!

The Felice Brothers Announce 9/29 Show at Webster Hall

On the heels of two sold-out shows at Brooklyn, NY's The Bell House last week, The Felice Brothers have announced a September 29th headlining show at New York City's Webster Hall. Tickets for the show will go on-sale this Thursday, May 26th at 12pm ET. The band, whose live show was deemed "dark, rowdy, and mesmerizing" by SPIN, wrapped up their two-month spring tour with The Bell House shows and will continue playing throughout the summer, next up at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA, on Friday.

The Felice Brothers' fourth LP Celebration, Florida arrived in stores on May 10th via Fat Possum and continues to catch attention from press outlets including The A.V. Club, Billboard, Cowbell, Maxim, The New York Daily News, SPIN, Time Out New York, and The Wall Street Journal. The band's striking Ian Cinco-directed video for lead single "Ponzi" premiered on The A.V. Club earlier this month and can now also be seen and shared via here. A "Ponzi" song stream debuted on SPIN.com in late March and can be embedded using the below code.

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The Felice Brothers tour dates:

MAY 27 BOSTON, MA BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL*

MAY 28 HARTFORD, CT BOMB FESTIVAL (Comcast Theatre)

JUNE 15 BALTIMORE, MD OTTOBAR

JUNE 16 RICHMOND, VA GROOVIN IN THE GARDEN (Maymount)**

JUNE 17 JIM THORPE, PA MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE

JUNE 18 CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY CLEARWATER FESTIVAL

JULY 21-23 CALGARY, ALB CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL

JULY 30 NEWPORT, RI NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

SEPT. 10 DALEVILLE, VA DALEVILLE TOWN CENTER

SEPT. 29 NEW YORK, NY WEBSTER HALL

NOV. 29 MUNICH, DE FREIHEIZ

NOV. 30 FRANKFURT, DE BATSCHKAPP

DEC. 1 KOLN, DE GLORIA

DEC. 2 HAMBURG, DE UBEL & GEFAHRLICH

DEC. 3 BERLIN, DE POSTBAHNHOF

DEC. 6 LONDON, UK KOKO

DEC. 7 MANCHESTER, UK MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2

DEC. 9 GLASGOW, UK ABC

DEC. 10 BELFAST, UK SPRING & AIRBRAKE

DEC. 11 DUBLIN, IR ACADEMY

DEC. 12 BIRMINGHAM, UK INSTITUTE

DEC. 14 BRUSSELS, BE AB BOX

DEC. 15 UTRECHT, NL TIVOLI

DEC. 16 GRONIGEN, NL OOSTERPOORT

DEC. 18 NIJMEGEN, NL DOORNROOSJE

* Willy Mason supporting

** co-headline with North Mississippi Allstars

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