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CD of the Month Archive - 2010

Every month KCCK selects a newly released CD as the CD of the Month. Here are the CD's of the Month for 2010.
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January 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for January is "Ballet of the Bounding Beagles" by Phil Kelly. The Grammy-nominated composer and arranger offers up a frisky and swinging set of originals featuring the Northwest version of his big band, the Northwest Prevailing Winds. Kelly also features special guests and longtime cohorts from the Los Angeles scene, tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, altoist Jerry Dodgion and guitarist Grant Geissman. The band navigates through Kelly's inspired arrangements with an exuberant swing and impeccable precision."Ballet of the Bounding Beagles" is on Origin Records.

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February 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for February is "Bombella" showcasing Abdullah Ibrahim's powerful keyboard work with the world-acclaimed WDR Big Band. The South African was discovered and mentored by Duke Ellington in the mid-Sixties and worked with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and others during his stay in the States. After the fall of apartheid, he returned to his homeland and played for Nelson Mandela's inauguration in 1994. The melodic sounds of South Africa are fused with the improvisation of jazz and the technical proficiency of classical music in Ibrahim's music. The disc features a well-programmed potpourri of selections from the leader's dancing and diverse catalog, recorded live in Germany in 2008. "Bombella" is from Sunnyside Records.

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March 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for March is "Place To Be" by Hiromi. The young, award-winning Japanese keyboardist and composer has had the opportunity to play with Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke so far in her relatively brief career. Speaking of Hiromi, her mentor, Ahmad Jamal, says, "Her music, together with her overwhelming charm and spirit, causes her so soar to unimaginable musical heights." Her work as bandleader has featured a mixture of mainstream and avant-fusion jazz. The new disc marks the first solo outing for the piano virtuoso, a chronicle of some of the places and moments she has experienced to date. "Place To Be" is from Telarc Jazz.

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April 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for April is "Rockin' in Rhythm" by John Pizzarelli, combining the enduring work of Duke Ellington with Pizzarelli's incredible ability to reinterpret the Great American Songbook. Like Ellington, Pizzarelli crafts his performances to spotlight the talents of his band members. In addition to a solo track and songs with his quartet, over half the tunes include the Swing Seven Horns with arrangements by Don Sebesky. Other special guests include John's father, Bucky, on guitar, saxophonist Harry Allen and singer Kurt Elling. "Rockin' in Rhythm" is from Telarc Jazz.

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May 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for May is "Truth Be Told" by Mark Egan. The Grammy Award-winning bassist is known for his outstanding rhythm section contributions to many groups, including the Pat Metheny Group, Gil Evans, Pat Martino and Larry Coryell. He's assembled a super quartet for his sixth recording as a leader, featuring Bill Evans on sax, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Mitch Forman on keyboards. Bill Milkowski of Jazz Times says Egan creates music, "that is brimming with challenging, tightly executed heads yet full of urgent, free blowing solos." "Truth Be Told" is from Wavetone Records.

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June 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for June is "Portrait in Seven Shades" from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The Grammy Award-winning bassist is known for his outstanding rhythm section contributions to many groups, including the Pat Metheny Group, Gil Evans, Pat Martino and Larry Coryell. He's assembled a super quartet for his sixth recording as a leader, featuring Bill Evans on sax, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Mitch Forman on keyboards. Bill Milkowski of Jazz Times says Egan creates music, "that is brimming with challenging, tightly executed heads yet full of urgent, free blowing solos." "Portrait in Seven Shades" is from Wavetone Records.

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July 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for July is "Riyel" from the Haitian-based trio of the same name led by trumpeter Ken Watters. The music is a combination of the most powerful and seductive Caribbean styles with a broad mix of other musical traditions. The All Music Guide says, "Riyel has come up with one of the most stunning and joyous world musical projects of the decade--and a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the otherwise ravaged and horrified people" of Haiti. Proceeds from the disc will aid the Haitian Relief Fund. "Riyel" is from Summit Records.

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August 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for August is "I Will Tell Her" from Curtis Fuller. The bop legend is surrounded by good friends from the Denver, Colorado, jazz scene on a program of Fuller originals and classic jazz tunes. At age 75, the trombonist is still in prime form on the two-disc set, one recorded in the studio, the other a live set recorded at Dazzle, Denver's top jazz club. The set is dedicated to Fuller's wife Cathy, who recently passed away, and the title track is a never-before-recorded composition done in her memory. "I Will Tell Her" is the 100th release for Denver-based Capri Records.

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September 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for September is "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B". As a pre-teen, Freddy had a unique childhood, meeting all of brother Nat's famous musical friends. One of those friends was the great singer Billy Eckstine who, by the time his passing in 1993, had become a close friend and mentor to Freddy. The disc serves as a heartfelt celebration of the legendary crooner, with saxophonist Houston Person along to augment Freddy's regular band. "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B" is from High Note Records.

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October 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for October is "54" from John Scofield and Vince Mendoza. When Mendoza assumed directorship of the famed Metropole Orchestra of Holland, he and Scofield decided to extend their musical collaboration, which began in the '90s, with a primary focus on Mendoza's arrangements of the guitarist's compositions as performed with the 54-piece Orchestra. Scofield's compositional foundation, visualized and crafted by Mendoza, executed by the Orchestra, and reinterpreted by Scofield takes these charts to a grand destination. "54" is from EmArcy Records.

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November 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for November is "Mirror" by Charles Lloyd. Many critics have suggested that the veteran saxophonist's new quartet, with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, may be the best of all his groups. Their 2008 live recording topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in Jazz Times magazine. Their first studio album features beautifully transformed versions of Lloyd originals and tunes he has made his own over the years, with fresh inspiration provided by these young lions, none of whom had yet been born when Lloyd had his breakthrough on the jazz scene in 1967. "Mirror" is from ECM Records.

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December 2010

The KCCK Featured CD for December is "Hooray For Christmas" from John Sheridan's Dream Band. The stride and swing pianist was once a member of Jim Cullum's Jazz Band and many members of his band can still be heard on Cullum's Riverwalk Jazz program. As author Ross Firestone sums up in the liner notes, "With a single happy exception, Sheridan stays away from the pre-tested, tried and true Christmas songs and offers up a program of overlooked and underappreciated gems that in their freshness, summon forth some of the fullness of good feeling that the holiday season was originally meant to convey." "Hooray For Christmas" is from Arbors Jazz.

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