The music was masterfully played by the MSM's Jazz Philharmonic, who conquered the suite's demanding musical nuances, creating the atmosphere that so brilliantly depicts the natural musical sounds of the river rafting experience.
This album grows on you each time you play it. Put it on your CD player or iPod and simply sit back and enjoy. Steve Gadd's staid, subtle performance throughout is a testament to his ability to let the music speak for itself with a total lack of hubris.
On this Fourth of July, let our passion for the music continue with this yearly celebration of these communicators, those who have been and continue to be so instrumental in bringing us this music we love so much.
Each week there seems to be at least one CD in my mailbox that features yet another female jazz singer. Some have stellar back-up bands or top quality arrangers. Few leave lasting impressions
Here are two that do.
The pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of his generation. He has garnered an endless collection of awards from the press, a cult-like following by his fans and deserved respect and recognition from his fellow musicians.
In the case of this latest release Bienestan, Mr. Klein worked in close collaboration with the pianist Aaron Goldberg to create a series of compositions and arrangements that were tailor-made to showcase Mr. Goldberg's considerable talents.