Chick Corea and Steve Gadd celebrate their 50-year relationship with an inspired double CD that recalls the writing, playing, and drumming brilliance of their previous classic pairings on Corea’s The Leprechaun, Friends, and Three Quartets.
This star-studded outing by the Blues Brothers covers a broad spectrum of classic R&B, from guitar-greased blues to horn-driven funk, with such luminaries as band members Steve Cropper, John Tropea, and Lou Marini, and guests Dr. John, Eddie Floyd, Paul Shaffer, and Matt “Guitar” Murphy.
The seventh album by the Paris-based doubler (and son of film legend Clint) may be called In Transit, but over his last few outings, Eastwood has firmly established his ensemble sound—a contemporary take on Blue Note bands of the early ’60s, or what he calls “lyrical hard bop”—while also conveying poise and growth as a composer and upright bassist.
Veteran New York bassist Mike Visceglia (Suzanne Vega, Broadway’s Kinky Boots) attempts to mine the best ingredients of fusion’s first wave with his instrumental quartet featuring guitarist Ben Butler, keyboardist Casimir Liberski, and drummer Jared Schonig—and he succeeds.
Gospel-rooted New York bassist (and Apollo Theater house-band anchor) Reggie Young goes yard on his latest effort.
Christian McBride’s superb second big-band record finds him expanding his arranging chops while bringing new colors to the idiom.
Veteran doubler Ron McClure’s distinguished career has included stops with Buddy Rich, Charles Lloyd and Keith Jarrett, Wynton Kelly, Joe Henderson, the Pointer Sisters, and Blood, Sweat & Tears, where he introduced Jaco Pastorius to Bobby Colomby.
Tom Kennedy, one of the most in-demand doublers, shows his musical range on his lithe latest project, surrounded by longtime associates that include rhythm partner Dave Weckl on drums, hornmen Bill Evans and Randy Brecker, keyboardist Charles Blenzig, and guitarists Lee Ritneour, Mike Stern, and Chuck Loeb.
Los Angeles pianist Graves, a founding member of the West Coast Get Down and veteran of Stanley Clarke’s band, releases his robust solo debut, featuring a Kamasi Washington-led horn section, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., and bass aces Hadrien Feraud and Thundercat. Inspired by The Urantia Book (which also influenced Jaco), Graves’ compositions boast dense layers of melody and rhythm marked by striking harmonic shifts.
Only a guy as singularly audacious as Peter Hook would task himself with reinterpreting four classic albums—all of which he had a vital hand in creating—on the road and without a net, and then release the results as a limited-edition set of LPs and CDs. But that’s what we love about Hooky
Released on Record Store Day, one year after the release of the soundtrack to Robert Trujillo’s excellent film, JACO, this package is a gem among gems.
PETROS KLAMPANIS CHROMA [Motema Music]
Charlie Haden was an extraordinary musician, and he had an extraordinary life.
BAND OF OTHER BROTHERS CITY OF CRANES [Ear Up]
The French bass master adds to his legacy with this tour-de-force outing featuring his current quartet, with drummer Nicolas Viccaro, pianist Gregory Privat, and Stephane Chausse on sax and EWI.
TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT LEAP OF FAITH [Benowen]
What makes the release of these earliest Gov’t Mule demos from 1994 intriguing is the pounding presence of the Mule’s original bassist, the late Allen Woody, his chemistry with guitarist Warren Haynes and drummer Matt Abts, and the band’s concept to feature a “dirtier” bass sound in reaction to the instrument having gotten progressively cleaner-sounding since the late ’70s.