Bob Bernotas, WNTI's host of Just Jazz, makes the following four CD recommendations:
Luis Bonilla: I Talking Now! (Planet Arts): With this collection of engaging musical portraits, trombonist-composer Luis Bonilla, already a familiar presence in the parallel worlds of cutting-edge Latin jazz and (not too) straight-ahead jazz, takes another giant leap toward the forefront of the music. It's edgy and energetic, funky and free, and as hip as any CD that's come out all year.
Fred Hersch: Fred Hersch Plays Jobim (Sunnyside): This is what you call a winning combination: one of the most creative keyboard artists of our time interprets the music of one of the most prolific melody makers of all time. Fred Hersch's thoughtful and thought-provoking solo explorations bring a welcome freshness to ten songs by the great Jobim - some familiar, others less often heard, and all of them very much enriched by Hersch's deft touch.
Diane Hubka: I Like It Here: Live in Tokyo (SSJ Records): Diane Hubka's latest release is everything that jazz singing should be. Backed by a fine Japanese rhythm section, she delivers a dozen well-chosen tunes, including three by Jobim (one in Portuguese), an introspective "You Go to My Head," and a breezy "Moonlight in Vermont." Every track is a pure delight.
Purchasing any of these CDs using these links also supports WNTI:
- I Talking Now - Luis Bonilla
- Fred Hersch Plays Jobim - Fred Hersch
- I Like It Here / Live In Tokyo - Diane Hubka
- Moody 4A - James Moody