Live Today signals a new journey for bassist and composer Derrick Hodge as he embarks on a solo recording career. The title alludes to his top guiding principle in creating his debut album, a stunning achievement that showcases the profound depth and breadth of his musicality. "This whole album was putting on my composer’s hat, but letting go and making sure that I’m giving people raw examples of how I feel on any given day," he explains.
The Felipe Salles Group returns to Ryles with a brand new repertoire specially composed for their soon to be recorded sixth CD. The new work, inspired by the music of Uganda, will feature NEA Jazz Master David Liebman, multi-instrumenatlist Ugandan master musician Damascus Kafumbe, and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato, as well as the Felipe Salles Group.
The music that Bassekou Kouyate and his three ngoni accompanists coax from this simple instrument is extraordinary—intricately woven lines, crisp bluesy riffs and funky ostinato patterns, along with wild, rocking solos.
Add lilting griot melodies from Ami Sacko, Kouyate’s wife, and driving West African rhythms from two percussionists, and you’ve got Ngoni ba, one of the hottest bands from Mali.
In a career spanning 50 years, Amjad Ali Khan has single-handedly elevated the sarod to one of the most popular instruments in the Northern Indian tradition. Trained by his father, the legendary Haafiz Ali Khan, Amjad Ali Khan is the sixth in an uninterrupted lineage of music masters.
Joining him are his sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, who are already beloved as the next generation of masters on this ancient instrument. Two tabla virtuosi will add percussive richness to the ensemble sound.
GARY BURTON 70th BIRTHDAY TOUR with Julian Lage, Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley
June 2011 saw the release of Common Ground, Gary's first release on Mack Avenue Records featuring the New Gary Burton Quartet. The new group reunites with guitar star Julian Lage, and the new additions of drummer Antonio Sanchez and bassist Scott Colley. Hot House (2012) won Gary his 7th Grammy Award in the Best Improvised Solo category.
"Mike Tucker has quickly established himself as one of the most promising young tenor saxophonists in jazz" - The Boston Herald. http://www.tuckerjazz.com/live/
Vibraphonist Warren Wolf, a multi-instrumentalist who has also honed his chops on drums and piano since age three is a member of the SFJazz Collective and has a New CD, "Wolfgang". http://www.warrenwolfmusic.com/
The music-making of the Brooklyn-based Preminger has been called "impressive, challenging and beautiful" by the Boston Globe, while the Hartford Courant said: "Playing with the grace and expressiveness of a jazz veteran, the young man with a horn mixes cool restraint with emotional depth and old-fashioned poetry with contemporary bite." http://www.noahpreminger.com/