Nick Bewsey http://wrti.org en April Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine http://wrti.org/post/april-jazz-picks-icon-magazine <p><strong><strong>Check out Jazz writer Nick Bewsey's CD suggestions for April.</strong></strong></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:22:20 +0000 Nick Bewsey 7199 at http://wrti.org April Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine March Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine http://wrti.org/post/march-jazz-picks-icon-magazine <p><strong>Nick Bewsey from ICON Magazine has a bunch of great jazz CDs to tell you about. </strong></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:01:50 +0000 Nick Bewsey 7105 at http://wrti.org March Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine The March Jazz Scene http://wrti.org/post/march-jazz-scene <p><strong>Bop Goes the Opera</strong> - In 2002, the brilliant saxophonist&nbsp;<strong>Joe Lovano</strong>&nbsp;took the jazz-meets-classical music concept outside of the box when he recorded jazz versions of tunes from the songbook of opera legend <strong>Enrico Caruso</strong>. While <em><strong>Viva Caruso</strong></em> was critically acclaimed and did well for Lovano and Blue Note Records, it represented, at the time, the beginning and end of jazz versions of operatic compositions and vice-versa. Until now. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:47:22 +0000 Bruce Klauber 7084 at http://wrti.org The March Jazz Scene Jazz Pianist Helen Sung's ANTHEM FOR A NEW DAY: Equal Parts Soulfulness and Grace http://wrti.org/post/jazz-pianist-helen-sungs-anthem-new-day-equal-parts-soulfulness-and-grace <p>For a jazz pianist, New York-based <strong>Helen Sung</strong> certainly fits into the “deserves to be better known” category. For those who <em>do</em> know and appreciate her art, Sung’s club gigs are adventurous, disarming, and always have an unexpected surprise or two. It was at one of these small club dates where I caught her during a late set in the summer of 2013 with much of the same band that accompany her on <em><strong>Anthem For A New Day,</strong></em> her glossy and rewarding debut record for Concord Jazz.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:52:09 +0000 Nick Bewsey 7027 at http://wrti.org Jazz Pianist Helen Sung's ANTHEM FOR A NEW DAY: Equal Parts Soulfulness and Grace ICON Suggests: Amy Cervini's Big-Hearted Hybrid Album, JAZZ COUNTRY http://wrti.org/post/icon-suggests-amy-cervinis-big-hearted-hybrid-album-jazz-country <p>A Manhattan backdrop substitutes for prairie land and open sky on <strong><em>Jazz Country</em></strong>, the big-hearted hybrid album from singer <strong>Amy Cervini </strong>that’s as endearing and tender as a vocal recording can be in 2014. She smartly transcends genre boundaries or anything else that gets in the way of the purity of a song. The spare musical accompaniment by guitarist Jesse Lewis and bassist Matt Aranoff frame Cervini’s renditions of these classic American songs simply and earnestly, underscoring her candor and crystalline delivery.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:17:46 +0000 Nick Bewsey 7023 at http://wrti.org ICON Suggests: Amy Cervini's Big-Hearted Hybrid Album, JAZZ COUNTRY ICON Suggests: The Jimmy Amadie Trio http://wrti.org/post/icon-suggests-jimmy-amadie-trio <p><em><strong>The Jimmy Amadie Trio: Live At The Philadelphia Art Museum</strong></em> - This is a review and, unfortunately, a testimonial, since jazz&nbsp;pianist Jimmy Amadie&nbsp;passed away from cancer in early December 2013. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:04:41 +0000 Nick Bewsey 6936 at http://wrti.org ICON Suggests: The Jimmy Amadie Trio ICON Picks: Top Jazz Releases of 2013 http://wrti.org/post/icon-picks-top-jazz-releases-2013 <p>Powerhouse records were released in 2013 from some of the most respected jazz musicians (Wayne Shorter, Tomasz Stanko and Chucho Valdes could take the top spots on an alternate list), but my choices for top jazz releases in 2013 were shaped by newer voices and rising stars, all of them uniquely notable for their artistry and leadership.<br />&nbsp;<br />1. Terri Lyne Carrington, Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue (Concord Jazz) Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:27:48 +0000 Nick Bewsey 6842 at http://wrti.org ICON Picks: Top Jazz Releases of 2013 ICON Suggests: Pianist and Composer John Escreet's SABOTAGE AND CELEBRATION http://wrti.org/post/icon-suggests-pianist-and-composer-john-escreets-sabotage-and-celebration <p>Ever since he released his debut recording, <em>Consequences</em>, on Posi-Tone Records in 2008, British pianist John Escreet has persisted in pushing at boundaries. On his subsequent rhythmically adventurous recordings you can hear the influence of avant-pianist Andrew Hill and former teacher Jason Moran, but as beguiling as those recordings were, they were more like really good sketch books with one or two amazing tunes with ideas for days and musician line-ups where everyone, none more so than the pianist, played their ass off.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:47:28 +0000 Nick Bewsey 6709 at http://wrti.org ICON Suggests: Pianist and Composer John Escreet's SABOTAGE AND CELEBRATION ICON Suggests: Marquis Hill, THE POET http://wrti.org/post/icon-suggests-marquis-hill-poet <p>Blowing in from Chicago is the hot recording from trumpeter Marquis Hill, a rising regional star in Chicago whose third release, <em>The Poet</em>, is a skillfully played modern jazz record that’s steeped in retro styling.<br /> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:41:15 +0000 Nick Bewsey 6701 at http://wrti.org ICON Suggests: Marquis Hill, THE POET ICON Suggests: Orrin Evans, ...IT WAS BEAUTY http://wrti.org/post/icon-suggests-orrin-evans-it-was-beauty <p>A serious-minded jazz pianist and A-list player, Orrin Evans is a strong talent from Philadelphia who joins a long line of jazz musicians that come from the City of Brotherly Love. Since his debut recording in 1994, Evans&rsquo; resume reveals an ever-growing list of ambitious achievements as a recording artist, producer, bandleader, composer and teacher. And his current numerous groups include the Captain Black Big Band, Tar Baby, LuvPark, the LikeMind Collective and more side man gigs on record and in performance than one can count.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:42:00 +0000 Nick Bewsey 6567 at http://wrti.org ICON Suggests: Orrin Evans, ...IT WAS BEAUTY