CD of the Month Archive - 2014

Every month KCCK selects a newly released CD as the CD of the Month.
Click here to see CDs of the Month for previous years.

January 2014

The KCCK Featured CD for January is "Colors of a Dream" by Tom Harrell. After releasing five excellent discs with his current band since 2007, the trumpeter and composer introduces some new elements into his working quintet. Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw joins Harrell and reedman Wayne Escoffery on the front line, and the addition Esperanza Spalding makes it a two-bass line-up with regular bassist Ugonna Okegwo. Harrell also adds extra texture to his sound with the addition of Esperanza's wordless vocals. The result is perhaps Harrell's most imaginative and compelling recording to date. "Colors of a Dream" is on High Note Records.

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February 2014

The KCCK Featured CD for February is "Trombone For Lovers" by Roswell Rudd. The legendary trombonist has been sharing his love of standards for many years. Those he selected for this project come not only from the jazz songbook but also from the worlds of R & B, gospel, rock and country swing, and stem from his recollections of childhood when he would sing the songs in school or church. To assist in this endeavor, Rudd has chosen an eclectic crew of musical friends including organist John Medeski, slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein and vocalist Bob Dorough. It's a tribute to a lifetime of listening and love of music. "Trombone For Lovers" is on Sunnyside Records.

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March 2014

The KCCK Featured CD for March is "Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith". A one-time member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, saxophonist Craig Handy came to the realization several years ago that he'd never had the chance to cut his teeth with any of the great organ players of jazz. So he took ten numbers from the songbook of Jimmy Smith and reinterpreted them with grooves derived from the tight Crescent City second-line funk. The result, as the All Music describes it, "finds the perfect balance of foot-tapping New Orleans parade rhythms, exploratory jazz improvisations, and blues-inflected, organ-soaked grooves." "Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith" is from Okeh Records.

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April 2014

The KCCK Featured CD for April is "Essential Elements" by Ben Paterson. Based in Chicago for many years, the pianist was an integral member of saxophonist Von Freeman's ensemble starting in 2005 and performed with him regularly until the jazz master's passing in 2012. Last year, Paterson made his way to New York City and has since worked at many of the premiere jazz venues there. For his first release since making his move, Paterson presents a fresh take on a number of standards as well as some compelling original compositions in a standard trio format. "Essential Elements" is from MaxJazz Records.

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