Among pop music writers, Stevie Wonder's tunes are definitely some of the most often-covered by jazz musicians, and it's not for nothing - they're great tunes. I've looked at a number of versions of "Isn't She Lovely" in a previous column, The SFJAZZ Collective has made an album of Stevie Wonder tunes, as did Madlib under his Yesterday's New Quintet guise and The Deep Blue Organ Trio. In this column, I'll look at a few different versions of Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady", off of his 1973 album Innervisions.
Looking on the other side of the coin, as we announed earlier this week, drummer Mark Guiliana is releasing a pair of albums on September 2-- the personal My Life Starts Now and the improvised Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations, the latter of which features Tim Lefebvre on bass, Jeff Babko on keyboards, and Troy Zeigler on electronics all improvising together throughout a one-day session with no overdubs. Check out three songs from the album after the jump. They'll all be available for download with a pre-order on iTunes (starting next Tuesday, August 19th along with My Life Starts Now) His other album, Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations will also release the same day. Check out the title track to My Life Starts Now after the jump.
Solo piano is tough. It's the purest expression of melodic voice one could probably make, stripped bare and made to support itself. The ones who master solo piano best can hold a crowd's attention and pull sundry emotions from them over the course of a performance, and most importantly not make the whole ordeal feel like some staid concert recital. Jean-Michel Pilc has always been up to this task in every style of his play and is doing so all his own this coming November on an upcoming album on Sunnyside. To announce the album's release, he just posted video performing Cole Porter's classic "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (which is really a whole lot more than just that over the course of 16 minutes) at the Zante Jazz Festival in Greece this past May. Watch the dazzling video after the jump.
Drummer Mark Guiliana just posted the title track to one of his two upcoming albums, My Life Starts Now. The song will be free with pre-order on iTunes which go down next Tuesday, August 19th. My Life Starts Now is out September 2nd on Guiliana's newly-started Beat Music Productions. His other album, Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations will also release the same day. Check out the title track to My Life Starts Now after the jump.