Guitar phenom Dan Baraszu creates a twenty-song solo guitar album titled, "Lone Guitar" featuring multi-genre interpretations of the American SongBook from jazz to rock, pop, and in-between.
Trombonist Ron Westray self-releases a CD recorded live at Club Contxt, Toronto, Ontario-Canada. This trio features Ron Westray (Trombone), Daniel Barnes (drums), and Brendan Davis (bass).
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HUGE FUSE brings the best in contemporary fusion jazz.
Featuring the talents of Jimmy Haslip, Bob Mintzer, Scott Kinsey, Gergo Borlai, Robben Ford, Vinnie Colaiuta, Gary Novak, Mer Sal, John Daversa Big Band, Marilyn Scott, Steve Tavaglione, Shawn Glyde, Ray Lyon, and many other incredible musicians.
Fresh is the best one-word summation of XYZ. Jeff Richman’s eighteenth record as a leader, and first since 2016’s dynamic Sizzle, keenly addresses the old adage that “good things come to those who wait.” Richman’s ensemble is anchored by rhythm section giants Vinnie Colaiuta and Jimmy Haslip, as well as by keyboardists George Whitty, Scott Kinsey, Mitchel Forman, Otmaro Ruiz and trumpet soloist Jeff Beal. Nine original songs, led by Richmans’ compositional imagination, are propelled by the dynamics of the band’s improvisational skills. While Richman’s well established signature sound is gracefully in place, XYZ expands the directional scope, and pops with a modern-day swagger.
Multi-Instrumentalist and Memphis Composer/Producer Neal Bowen, releases his debut album for Blue Canoe Titled, "Kamikaze Think Tank".
Neal’s music showcases his abilities not only on bass, but guitar, keys, and in production. With the contributions of drummer/producer Jason Cooper and trumpeter/arranger Tom Clary, Neal’s debut album Kamikaze Think Tank is a tribute to his musical heroes that have become a part of his musical voice and vision. Echoes of Weather Report, Dixie Dregs, and Steely Dan can be heard throughout.
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This book presents a wide range of topics for the students—in preparation for written essays, philosophical flexibility, and assessment.
Ron Westray’s Contemporary Black Urban Music: The Revolution of Hip Hop
Specific objectives of the book include the discussion of the historical evolution of CBUM/Hip-Hop, and the development (and retention) of an informed perspective regarding legendary figures, bands, and genres in CBUM. The examination of the historical, social, and economic implications of CBUM that lead to the globalization of Hip-Hop, an understanding of how CBUM is perceived and measured in society, and the student’s ability to describe a range of effects fostered by the evolution of CBUM, all factor highly in this book.
Ron Westray was born in Columbia, SC, in 1970. From 1993 to 2005 he was a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (New York), directed by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. As lead trombonist and arranger, he participated in most of the concerts, tours, and recordings of this band over those twelve years. A collaborator of pianist Marcus Roberts since 1991, he has also played, toured, and recorded with many... Since 2009, he has occupied the [inaugural] Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance at York University in Toronto, where he is an Associate Professor in the Music Department of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.
Keyboard Wizard, Producer, Composer, and former Curtis Mayfield alumnus Buzz Amato releases a carefully crafted eleven song album titled Muse Café. This eleven song collection features music inspired by each of the Greek Muses and showcases his writing, arranging, production as well as his keyboard skills.