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Sunday Jazz: Warren Wolf debuts on Mack Avenue

Sunday Jazz: Warren Wolf debuts on Mack Avenue

Music, Sunday Jazz
I'm happy to report that, despite what many think, jazz is indeed alive and well. Further proof of that can be found in the new, self-titled album from vibraphonist Warren Wolf (out now on Mack Avenue Records). After just one listen I knew this was a lock for my year-end best of list. Do yourself a favor and pick up Wolf's album today. But if you're one of those cautious types who needs a little proof, I've got you covered. Follow this link to SoundCloud to hear two tracks from the album -- "427 Mass Ave." and "Señor Mouse." "427 Mass Ave." puts me in mind of the Modern Jazz Quartet -- and it's no surprise that Wolf cites Milt Jackson as an influence -- but there's nothing retro or backward-looking about it. "Señor Mouse" is a Wolf solo showcase and as you might expect, it sports a s
Sunday Jazz: Cal Tjader, “Shoshana”

Sunday Jazz: Cal Tjader, “Shoshana”

Music, Sunday Jazz
Yesterday would've been Cal Tjader's 86th birthday. In honor of the late, great vibraphonist and Latin musician -- who died of a heart attack on May 5, 1982 at age 56 -- let's listen to just one of his many brilliant contributions to Latin jazz. This is "Shoshana," originally released posthumously in 1984 on Good Vibes (Concord) and later released as part of the two-CD set called Cool Fire. Tjader was joined for the recording sessions by Mark Levine on piano, Poncho Sanchez on congas, Vince Lateano on drums and timbales, Roger Glenn on flute and percussion, and finally Gary Foster on flute, soprano and alto saxophone. Enjoy Cal Tjader's "Shoshana"! Related articles Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences eliminates the Latin Jazz Category (theurbanflux.wordpress.com) Sunday