|New Jazz CD Releases||Nov 11 2000|
Ken WattersBrothers II by Ken & Harry Watters was released internationally on June 13th, 2000, and made the top 50 on the US jazz charts for more than five weeks. Brothers II was selected as "Publisher's Pick of the Week" by All About Jazz, "CD of the Week" by The Jazz Review, and continues to receive airplay across the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, and the Far East.
Summit Records will release Southern Exposure by Ken Watters Group in 2001. Southern Exposure will be recorded & produced by Johnny Sandlin and will feature special guest saxophonist Joel Frahm. Members of the Ken Watters Group are David Marlow (piano), Roy Yarbrough (acoustic bass), Jay Frederick (drums), and Ken Watters (trumpet, flugelhorn). This new recording will feature a mix of originals, standards, and a few reworked acoustic jazz renditions of non-jazz songs.
Mike Vax and Clark Terry"A fire-breathing Kentonian meets a legendary Ellingtonian in this superb disc of hot and cool jazz that revisits the key role of the trumpet in the evolution of jazz," notes Todd Jenkins in the liner notes to Creepin' with Clark.
Mike Vax, who has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Stan Kenton, Art Pepper, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard, John Handy, and more, takes center stage on a recording with a living legend - Clark Terry. This was "a recording in the making for 40 years" says Vax.
Captured by engineering great Phil Edwards, the recording session turned into a joyous occasion for everyone involved. Vax and Terry shine with a tremendous backing from John Allred, Reggie Thomas, Rufus Reid, and Sylvia Cuenca.
Marvin StammMarvin Stamm has recently released two new CDs, By Ourselves and The Stamm/Soph Project. The CDs are on the newly formed Marstam Music label and are now available.
By Ourselves features the Marvin Stamm/Bill Mays Duo and documents his long-time collaboration with pianist Bill Mays. There are eleven tracks among which are Victor Young's Beautiful Love, Michel Legrand's You Must Believe In Spring, You and the Night and the Music, and Dizzy Gillespie's beautiful Con Alma plus two originals by Bill Mays and more.
The Stamm/Soph Project, a quartet CD created with drummer Ed Soph, features Bill Mays once again and marvelous bassist Rufus Reid; saxophonist Dave Liebman also guests on three tracks. This disk contains ten compositions including Thad Jones' classic Three and One, Miles Davis' beautiful masterwork Nardis, Clifford Brown's eternal Joy Spring, J. J. Johnson's haunting Lament, two originals by Bill Mays and one by Stamm.
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