CD Selections http://wrti.org en June Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine http://wrti.org/post/june-jazz-picks-icon-magazine <p><strong>Here's <strong><strong>Nick </strong><strong>Be</strong>wsey from ICON Magazine with a bunch of great jazz CDs to tell you about. </strong></strong></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:35:56 +0000 Nick Bewsey 7448 at http://wrti.org June Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine Matthew Levy: People's Emergency Center http://wrti.org/post/matthew-levy-peoples-emergency-center <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">WRTI's</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kile</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;Smith, host of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wrti.org/programs/now-time" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Now Is the Time</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">, recommends...</span></p><p>Saxophonist and Prism Quartet founder Matthew Levy has spent his career getting other composers played; now the spotlight's on him in a new CD, and what a brilliance it reveals.<br /><br />Call&nbsp;the Prism Saxophone Quartet&nbsp;contemporary-classical, call them avant-jazz, even call them omnivorous, but whatever you call them, they've been setting the gold standard for three decades. 2014 is in fact their 30th anniversary, and in that time, while centered in Philadelphia, they've been everywhere, stretching styles while inhabiting classical, jazz, world, and rock idioms.<br /><br />Prism has commissioned more than 150 works, but in <strong>People's Emergency Center</strong> (Innova) they turn the entire two-disc set over to Matthew Levy.<br /><br />People's Emergency Center is the first movement of <em>Been There</em>, and is also the name of a shelter helping women and children in West Philadelphia. It and the second movement, Gymnopedie (the word Erik Satie coined for his most famous piece), are culled from Levy's music for a documentary about the shelter. The Prism four (Timothy McAllister, Taimur Sullivan, Zachary Shemon, and Levy), bass, drums, guitar, and former Prism member Tim Ries on soprano saxophone all create magic with swirling precision.<br /><br />Levy's voice is at once vernacular and otherworldly, steeped in jazz but living in—as Henry Cowell would have it—the whole world of music. <em>Serial Mood</em> seems to ponder that post-Schoenberg world of harmony, and in doing so reveals a tasty secret known to Dizzy Gillespie, Gunther Schuller, and a few other hep cats: If you play 12-tone music with a hard, swinging beat, it sounds for all the world like be-bop.<br /><br />That's one of the unexpected treats that Levy offers. Another is the overarching spirit of generosity—to the listener and to each player. All the music of his I've heard exhibits this. Whether it's rhythmically striking, sonically challenging, or a charming tune, it is genial music offered warmly to a real world filled with real people who want something good to hear. An excellent example is <em>Brown Eyes</em>, which here employs the whole band, but which Levy first had played in public in a smaller version. The occasion of the premiere? His wedding.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">[</span><em style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">Been There</em><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">Brown Eyes</em><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;were featured on&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://kilesmith.com/2014/05/09/guardian-angel-on-now-is-the-time/" style="color: rgb(33, 117, 155); outline: none; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;" target="_blank">Now Is the Time</a><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">, May 10, 2014.]</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:54:07 +0000 Kile Smith 7324 at http://wrti.org Matthew Levy: People's Emergency Center May Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine http://wrti.org/post/may-jazz-picks-icon-magazine <p><strong><strong>Nick Bewsey from ICON Magazine has a bunch of great jazz CDs to tell you about. </strong></strong></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Nick Bewsey 7314 at http://wrti.org May Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine Bob Perkins’ Jazz Library: Memories of Saxophonist Hank Mobley http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-jazz-library-memories-saxophonist-hank-mobley <p>I don’t recall hearing much about <strong>Hank Mobley</strong>, until he recorded a certain record album in 1963. But, this was my fault for not listening closely enough to Philly’s all-jazz radio station that prevailed at the time. The station must have played Mobley often, because he was a hot jazz commodity about that time.</p><p>http://youtu.be/ndqxk5J-VHQ</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:54:39 +0000 Bob Perkins 7195 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins’ Jazz Library: Memories of Saxophonist Hank Mobley Check Out These Classical New Releases! http://wrti.org/post/check-out-these-classical-new-releases <p>WRTI's Mark Pinto, your host for the <a href="http://wrti.org/programs/classical-new-releases" target="_blank"><em><strong>Classical New Releases </strong></em></a>show, has several newly released CDs to recommend for your listening pleasure...</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:03:30 +0000 Mark Pinto 7191 at http://wrti.org Check Out These Classical New Releases! 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 Jazz Guitarist Pat Metheny: Unified as a Whole http://wrti.org/post/jazz-guitarist-pat-metheny-unified-whole <p>With the 2014 release of<em> Kin <em>(←→)</em></em>,<strong> Pat Metheny </strong>adds one more notch—another restlessly searching album that marks the zone between all jazz, all rock and all-world music—to his belt of aesthetic enterprises filled with zeal and innovation. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:03:54 +0000 A.D. Amorosi 7089 at http://wrti.org Jazz Guitarist Pat Metheny: Unified as a Whole 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