Rick Keene Music Scene – Some Great Jazz Albums of 2019

Real music is not always ‘sold’ through mainstream avenues.

That does not mean the albums in question are not ‘good enough’ or not sold through mainstream, it means good music must be sought out.

Here are just a few albums than music lovers should add to their collection. Buy albums, attend shows and keep music alive.

Please Scroll down and listen to selected tracks from the albums.

Michael Eaton
Dialogical

May 3, 2019
Destiny Records

Dialogical is Michael Eaton’s second release. The album is augmented by Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals. Alongside Eaton on tenor/soprano saxophones is his long-time ensemble consisting of Brad Whiteley on piano,  Daniel Ori on bass and gimbri and Shareef Taher on drums. Also featured is Jon Crowley on trumpet, James Brandon Lewis and Sean Sonderegger on tenor saxophones, Cheryl Pyle on flute, Dorian Wallace on piano, Brittany Anjou on vibraphone and gyil, Enrique Haneine on udu and Sarah Mullins on marimba and triangles. With an emphasis on rhythm and texture, Dialogical fuses modern jazz, minimalism, and world music.

Ralph Peterson
& Messenger Legacy Band
Alive Volume 6 at the Side Door

May 20, 2019
Onyx Productions

When it comes to Art Blakey, there is no living drummer more suited to honoring his legacy than the incomparable Ralph Peterson. As the last drummer chosen by Blakey to play by his side in the Jazz Messengers Two Drummer Big Band, Peterson is tasked with the unique responsibility to carry forth Buhaina’s torch and tradition. On Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door, the mission comes full circle as Peterson and the Messenger Legacy Band mark what would have been the icon’s 100th birthday. Due out on May 20 (RP’s 57th birthday) on Peterson’s own Onyx Productions label, Legacy presents Peterson in the company of five undisputed authorities and alumni of the Blakey tradition: saxophonists Bill Pierce and Bobby Watson, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and bassist Essiet Essiet. This double album was recorded live in October 2018 at the Side Door in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

KENNER
8Ball City

May 23, 2019
Self-release 

8Ball City features an array of international musicians including drummersDavid Frazier Jr.Noam Israeli and Diego Joaquin Ramierz, bassist Tamir Shmerling, guitarists Andrew Whitbeck and Nitzan Bar, saxophonists Clay Lyons and Jonathan Greenstein and trumpeter Wayne Tucker.  The album also features two guest masters: Jamey Haddad on percussion (Paul Simon, Yo Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock), and Tamer Pinarbasi on qanun (New York Gypsy All-stars).  This apologetically playful album integrates the soulful and the calculated, with elements of R&B and jazz coming in contact with Kenner’s classical and progressive rock influences. This album combines the grittiness of the real world- the day to day struggle, with the boundlessness of imagination. 8Ball City was recorded at Riro Muzik and Black Lodge Studio in Brooklyn, NY and at Gil Feldman’s Studio in Israel.

Sam Newsome
Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone

June 3, 2019 
Self-release

Sam Newsome’s new solo saxophone recording, Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone appeals to anyone willing to immerse him or herself in what’s before them: Newsome’s innovative approach to the soprano saxophone and contributions to the solo saxophone canon.

While the album is quite obviously a result of Newsome’s unapologetic desire to delve into the sonic potential of his instrument, the saxophonist’s primary concern, first and foremost, is listen-ability. Actively in search of creating music that is both fresh and relate-able, Newsome’s sound palette coddles the ear as it challenges the mind.

Brandee Younger
Soul Awakening

June 7, 2019
Self-release

Surfacing six years after its completion in 2013, Soul Awakening was recorded in 2012 under the direction of producer and bassist Dezron Douglas, and embodies the ambition, vigor and aesthetic ideals of The Brandee Younger Quartet, at and since its inception. A benchmark recording that captures the group’s collective brilliance in its infancy, Soul Awakening is a synthesis of the people, places and moments that impacted Younger most, ahead of the album’s creation. The very first album recorded by the ensemble, Soul Awakening marks the birth of Brandee Younger’s artistic signature and the reemergence of the harp as a pillar of modern popular music.  Brandee will be celebrating this new release at the Blue Note in New York City on May 21 and May 22.

Listen Below to Some Tracks !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Delfeayo Marsalis; Part of Jazz Royalty

We all know the Marsalis clan. Yet – do we?

Delfeayo Marsalis is the unsung hero. The master of arranging, producing, conducting and teaching. He is also no slouch musically either. All the Marsalis’ children were raised with a social conscience and it shines through directly in Delfeayo’s release; Make America Great Again.

Plese listen below to my chat with Jazz royalty. Delfeayo? What’s up?

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul.  

 

 

Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov !

 

 

 

Listen to my interview with Lawrence Gowan of Styx below !

 

 

 

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Visit Strangers in the Night Here !

 

 

Visit Jarrett Lobley Project Here !

 

Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere Features Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones Plus A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going on in Montreal !

As usual …

A lot going on in Montreal.

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Montreal En Lumiere . Culinary delights, audio delights and family delights. Click here for all the information !

Green Day are hitting The Bell Center for a  show and Gordon Sumner will be at Metroplis. Who?

 

Please, have a listen below to hear what’s happening in Montreal and to listen to a great track from The Pat Travers Band, Noah Preminger and Rickie Lee Jones !

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

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Thanks for all your support !

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to help me continue to promote musicians !

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The House of Jazz!

 

Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere ( and Some Very Cool Tunes )

As usual …

A lot going on in Montreal. Music-wise and … well, let’s not go there.

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Montreal En Lumiere gets underway this week. Culinary delights, audio delights and family delights. Click here for all the information !

 Maroon 5 are hitting The Bell Center for a couple of shows ( hopefully not on the same evening the Montreal Canadiens are playing or else Pacioretty could have moves like Mick Jagger). Click here to visit Evenko !

 

Please, have a listen below to hear what’s happening in Montreal and to listen to a bevvy of tunes from around the world !

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

Visit Montreal En Lumiere Here ! 

 

Visit The Montreal Baseball Project Here !

 

Thanks for all your support !

Please advertise or donate

to help me continue to promote musicians !

Thanks to George Durst of

The House of Jazz!

 

Rick Keene Music Scene; What is Going On ?

As usual …

A lot going on in Montreal. Music-wise and … well, let’s not go there.

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Montreal En Lumiere gets underway this week and Maroon 5 are hitting The Bell Center for a couple of shows ( hopefully not on the same evening the Montreal Canadiens are playing or else Pacioretty could have moves like Mick Jagger).

Please, have a listen below to hear what’s happening in Montreal and to listen to a bevvy of tunes from Montreal artists ! 

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

 

Visit Montreal En Lumiere Here ! 

 

Visit The Montreal Baseball Project Here !

 

Thanks for all your support !

Please advertise or donate

to help me continue to promote musicians !

Thanks to George Durst of

The House of Jazz!

 

Rick Keene Music Scene; A Tribute to Stuart McLean

Stuart McLean will be missed …

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He will be missed by his family, his coworkers and his Vinyl Cafe family. Sorely and immensely.

He will also be missed by the world of the curious and the fans of human nature.

Seldom does a storyteller come around who can tug at the heartstrings without utilizing propaganda. Without using self promotional words to advance a career.

Although his stories did further his career, it appears that career came about as accidental as the plots and twists within his tales and characters. These ‘accidents’ were the cornerstones of human and Canadian behavior.

Stuart McLean, with his ‘aw shucks’ delivery and acute humor, invited everyone who listened into a world that became part of the nation’s family. Extended relatives who, as in real life, were infuriating, funny, odd and weird. Just like in real families, blood was thicker than the water in The Vinyl Cafe and that blood will flow forever.

 

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Please listen below as Stuart’s distinctive Canadian words blend with  equally distinctive Canadian music.

 

 

Visit The Montreal Baseball Project Here !

 

Thanks for all your support !

Please advertise or donate

to help me continue to promote musicians !

Thanks to George Durst of

The House of Jazz!