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CD of the Month Archive - 2013

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 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for January is "Afro Straight" by Ernest Dawkins. One of the premiere saxophonists and composers in jazz today, Dawkins has led several ensembles in the Chicago area throughout his career and is a former leader of the influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Well known for his work in the realm of free jazz, Dawkins has chosen a brand new group of Chicago's best for his first straight-ahead jazz project in some time. The disc is dedicated to legendary jazz saxophonists John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Charlie Parker, but especially to the recently passed, much loved iconic Chicago sax hero Von Freeman. "Afro Straight" is on Delmark Records.

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February 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for February is "Quiver" by Ron Miles. The Denver-based trumpeter injects his radiant, lyrical tone into the lifeblood of American music on this compelling trio date with guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Brian Blade. The disc combines the singing melodicism of American folk music, the heightened communication of the most progressive jazz forms, and an entrancing, airy openness. These genre-defying musical masters are at their creative best on this release, lacing easy camaraderie with virtuosic interaction. "Quiver" is on Enja Records.

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March 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for March is "Rava on the Dance Floor" by Enrico Rava on which the veteran Italian trumpeter turns his attention to the musical universe of the late Michael Jackson. Rava paid only scant attention to Jackson's music until after his death, then discovered he "had ignored one of the great protagonists of 20th century music and dance." To delve deeper into the music, Rava found the perfect partner in arranger Mauro Ottolini and his Parco della Musica Jazz Lab band. The resulting charts were performed live in Rome in 2011 in the same auditorium where Rava had first learned of Jackson's death. "Rava on the Dance Floor" is on ECM Records.

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April 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for April is "Move" by Hiromi.Ever since the young Japanese keyboardist emerged on the jazz scene some ten years ago, she has electrified audiences and critics with a creative energy that defies the conventional parameters of jazz, and has pushed musicianship and composition to unprecedented levels of complexity and sophistication. For her new trio project, Hiromi builds on the relationship forged with trio mates bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips on her last CD and subsequent tour. "I really wanted to write the songs especially for them...I wanted to extract the unique beauty of their playing," she explains. In this endeavor, she succeeds in grand style. "Move" is Telarc Records.

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May 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for May is "The Magic of 2" by Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard. Over the past five years, Resonance Records has established itself as the curator of previously unreleased historic recordings, including discs from Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery and Bill Evans. The newest features two piano legends captured in a 1982 concert from the Keystone Korner in San Francisco. Five of the eleven tracks find Flanagan and Byard melding their encyclopedic knowledge of jazz piano history in festive fashion, with six solo pieces split evenly between the pair. Jazz historian Dan Morgenstern calls the music "both unique and stupendous." "The Magic of 2" is from Resonance Records.

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June 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for June is "Toussaintville" by Swingadelic. This 11-piece 'little big band' out of Hoboken, New Jersey, made a big splash with their last CD, a tribute to the oft-overlooked pianist Duke Pearson. This time out they set their sights on New Orleans songwriter, pianist, producer and arranger Allen Toussaint, whose hits supplied much of the R&B and pop soundtrack from the late-Fifties through the mid-Seventies. Swingadelic takes a collection of these songs and arranges them in their own robust, rollicking big band style, creating a gem of a disc. "Toussaintville" is on Zoho Records.

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July 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for July is "A Rise in the Road" by Yellowjackets, a band which has persevered and grown artistically over its thirty-two year existence despite numerous personnel changes. With the departure of founding member, bassist and composer Jimmy Haslip, they have made yet another adjustment with the addition of bassist Felix Pastorius, the son of the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius. Also, they departed from their usual recording procedure by cutting the disc live in the studio with few overdubs, and enhanced their sound with the addition of rising trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire. The result, as the All Music Guide describes it, "delivers a bracing new approach and a renewed sense of swinging adventure. "A Rise in the Road" is on Mack Avenue Records.

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August 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for August is "Duke at the Roadhouse" by Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway. Daniels had the rare opportunity to play in a live duet setting with Duke Ellington in 1965, an indelible experience for the reed man. Fast forward to October 2012 when Daniels was asked to perform a benefit concert in Santa Fe. He chose pianist Kellaway as his collaborator, their third meeting on disc to date, and selected a program of Ellington compositions for some unique exploration. The result is prime jazz at its best performed by a pair of undisputed jazz masters. "Duke at the Roadhouse" is from IPO Records. For samples and buying information, click here.




September 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for September is "Creole Soul" by Etienne Charles.The Trinidad-born trumpet phenom has been hailed as "a daring improviser" by JazzTimes, while Ben Ratliff of the New York Times called him "one of the more ambitious soloists and composers" and "an auteur." Charles serves up a delicious musical gumbo of Haitian Creole chants and blues to bebop and R&B, drawing on an array of rhythms including Rocksteady, Reggae, Bel Air, Kongo and Calypso. It's an exciting exploration of Charles' musical roots. "Creole Soul" is from Culture Shock Records.

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October 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for October is "Tootie's Tempo" by Albert "Tootie" Heath. A member of one of the first families of jazz, the Heath Brothers, Tootie is a crucial link to the art of bebop drumming and is a living bridge to the heroes of the golden age of jazz. He and his young trio mates, pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street, have been working as an ensemble for nearly five years now. Their first recording together is just the third release for the legendary drummer as a leader and his first in forty years. "Tootie's Tempo" is from Sunnyside Records.

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November 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for November is "New Celebration" from Phil Woods, the long-awaited follow-up to the Grammy-nominated "Celebration" disc of 1997. He's joined again by the 18-piece Festival Orchestra along with a number of other world-class musicians from Woods' Poconos home region. All but two of the compositions were specially written and arranged by the saxophonist for this recording. The extraordinary writing creates an ideal setting for his solo virtuosity, as well as some excellent contributions by other members of the ensemble. "New Celebration" is from Chiaroscuro Records.

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December 2013

The KCCK Featured CD for December is "Seasons Greeting From Dan Padley." The guitarist has been working on this project for the past few years and has finally found the right players to bring his ideas to fruition. They include fellow musicians from the University of Iowa jazz program, including bassist Drew Morton and drummer Cassius Goens, as well as a couple of cohorts from the band Laranja, keyboardist Michael Jarvey and saxophonist Ryan Smith. The arrangements, featuring pieces for solo guitar, duets and a larger ensemble, are fresh and innovative, giving new spirit to a program of holiday favorites. "Seasons Greeting From Dan Padley" is on Realtown Records.

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