Bob Bernotas, WNTI's host of Just Jazz, makes the following four CD recommendations:
The Brother Thelonious Quintet:
Brother Thelonious (NCBC Music): This newly formed unit, whose members all are graduates of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, is dedicated to preserving and extending the legacy of one of jazz's greatest innovators. In various combinations, these gifted young musicians offer inventive reworkings of six classic Monk tunes, plus four original compositions that were inspired by his genius. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.
Edmar Castaneda: Entre Cuerdas
Edmar Castaneda: Entre Cuerdas (ArtistShare):
One of the most unique jazz trios you'll ever hear - harpist Edmar Castaneda, trombonist Marshall Gilkes, and drummer-percussionist Dave Silliman - plays some of the most original music you'll ever hear. Castaneda's two-handed approach to the harp is harmonically rich and percussively strong, like a virtuoso flamenco guitarist with an ethereal tinge. A few tracks also feature such guest artists as vibist Joe Locke and guitarist John Scofield.
Andy Martin & Scott Whitfield:
A Tribute to Carl Fontana, Set 1 of 2 (Woofy Productions): In this riveting live performance, trombonists Andy Martin and Scott Whitfield, friends and proud disciples of the late Carl Fontana, pay a heartfelt tribute to "the trombonist's trombonist." They honor Fontana's memory by stretching out on some of the master's favorite tunes (including Bill Holman's overlooked masterpiece, "Carl"), speaking his language in their own voices.
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: ¡Bien, Bien! (Patois Records):
In this rousing set, trombonist Wayne Wallace, a fixture on the West Coast Latin jazz scene, mixes Latinized interpretations of jazz standards by Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Eddie Harris with his original tunes. One of the liveliest new releases of the year, it's enlivened even more by the presence, on two tracks, of another trombone giant, Julian Priester.
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