Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Celebrating 50 years of Deodato's "Impulso" with a new CD reissue in Japan

A new CD reissue of Eumir Deodato's "Impulso!" album -- the first one recorded with his seminal band Os Catedráticos exactly 50 years ago, in 1964 -- just came out in Japan through Bomba Records.
Produced by Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro, this CD includes 4 bonus tracks: new digital mixes of "Samba de Verão," "Muito À Vontade," "Ainda Mais Lindo" and "Diz Que Fui Por Aí," all remixed & remastered @ Sound Way Studios, in Los Angeles. Like the title of track #8 says: Cheers!

"Samba Nova Concepção" also re-appears on CD

Bomba Records is also reissuing the all-star session "Samba Nova Concepção," arranged by the late (and phenomenal) Brazilian guitarist Neco (Daudeth de Azevedo), with whom I had the honor to work for the first time in 1998, when I was producing the all-star project "Street Angels" for the London-based label Mr. Bongo.

At that time, I had the chance to give to him some copies of the first CD reissues that were coming out in Europe of "Samba Nova Concepção" and some other Deodato's sessions on which he played ("Impulso!" and "Tremendão") before being replaced by Geraldo Vespar for the third Catedraticos' album ("Ataque.") Besides a great artist, Neco was a very kind and humble person, a true gentleman, and was very pleased to sign all the CDs to me.

Eumir Deodato plays acoustic piano (there's no organ at all) in 10 tracks of "Samba Nova Concepção," being replaced in 2 tunes by the late Tenório Jr. The CD reissue was co-produced by Deodato and Arnaldo DeSouteiro in Los Angeles.

Eumir Deodato's "Os Catedráticos 73" is also once again available in Japan

Another groundbreaking album by Deodato, "Os Catedráticos 73," the last one he did using the band name Os Catedráticos, was also recently reissued in Japan by Bomba Records. Actually, it was recorded for the Rio-based Equipe label in 1972, but released in Brazil and Japan only in 1973 after Deodato's version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (2001) exploded in the airwaves and became a mega-hit all over the world.

This CD reissue, produced by Eumir Deodato & Arnaldo DeSouteiro, was remastered in LA from the original master tapes. Sergio Barroso is featured playing that stunning electric bass line of the opening track, the original version of "Skyscrapers," a tune that Deodato would record once again in NY for inclusion on the "Deodato 2" album for CTI. The closing theme is the first recording ever of "Carly & Carole," re-recorded a few months later for the million-selling and Grammy award winner "Prelude."

Box Set CD of the Month - "Miles At The Fillmore"

Box Set CD of the Month
Miles Davis: "Miles At The Fillmore" 2014 (Columbia) 1970/2014

Released in March 26, 2014. Lightning in a bottle! 4 CDs of unedited, primarily unreleased music including 2+ hours of extended material & rarities. A massive moment for Miles Davis -- legendary live performances at both the Fillmore East (from June 17 to 20, 1970) and Fillmore West (April 11, 1970), during the early days of fusion (then called jazz-rock) -- presented here in their entirety for the first time ever!

Part of the record features Miles' work that appeared in Teo Macero-edited form on the "Miles Davis At Fillmore" 2-LP set (Columbia G 30038), released on October 28, 1970 -- but issued here without the Teo's edits, so that you can really hear the group take off in unbridled, Bitches Brew-like energy -- served up by a lineup that includes Steve Grossman on tenor and soprano sax, Chick Corea on Fender Rhodes, Keith Jarrett on organ, Dave Holland on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Airto on percussion and wooden flutes.

The set then also includes material recorded on April 11, 1970 at the Fillmore West – but all unissued tracks, and not the material that was on the "Black Beauty" album at all. These tracks feature a similar lineup, but without Keith Jarrett, on a few long tracks. The set separates out all the tunes with great clarity and better mastering than before, adding nothing less than 100 minutes to the Fillmore East set. Titles include "Directions", "The Mask", "It's About That Time", "Bitches Brew", "Spanish Key", "Sanctuary", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Footprints", "Paraphernalia", "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down", "Willie Nelson", and "The Theme".

Featuring: Miles Davis, trumpet; Steve Grossman, tenor sax, soprano sax; Chick Corea, electric piano (left channel); Keith Jarrett, organ, tambourine (right channel); Dave Holland, electric bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums; Airto Moreira, percussion, wood flutes, vocal effects.
Original Sessions Produced by Teo Macero
Recording engineer: Stan Tonkel
Remixed by Dave Darlington, Bass Hit Recording, New York City, NY

Today, "Kentucky Derby Party" in California!

Join the festivities for the 139th Annual Kentucky Derby. Toss on your big hats, suspenders and come join us at the Del Mar Opening Day style party to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, starting off with a champagne brunch at 12 noon followed by the sexy house grooves of Fyasko, JJ Flores and Ryan Bozsan.

This next Saturday, May 3rd, in California @ Ocean Bar & Lounge (1301 Manhattan Avenue, Hermosa Beach). Live broadcast of the Derby at 3PM. Both of the outside patios and rooftop open as well as both floors of the restaurant and lounge. There will be early bottle service and champagne specials as well as a special menu from Abigaile. For tables, please call (310)350-4927.

Cant wait... The DJ's are so good! This is a beautiful spot- beautiful beach... yessss....So happy to go there, hanging with good friends and enjoying an amazing view. Is it Sat yet? Oh... No cover charge during the day. Starts at 12pm. Lets chill at the ocean!
Great spot! Ocean Bar & Lounge with JJ Flores giving us some deep house...sounds perfect.
Lounging with the ocean is just what the doctor ordered...and some deep house!

"First Fridays" w/ Anthony Valadez & Daddy Kev @ Natural History Museum, LA, on May 2

"First Fridays" returns to the Natural History Museum with Daddy Kev & Anthony Valadez in Mammal Hall (900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles), plus live music via HolyChild and Groundislava.
This Friday, May 2nd.
Follow LA Weekly on twitter for free tix! Hope to see Valadez-san back in LA!

SACD of the Month - "Diana Krall: When I Look In Your Eyes"

SACD of the Month
Diana Krall: "When I Look In Your Eyes" (Verve)

Surround Sound mix by Al Schmitt, assisted by Bill Smith @ Capitol Studios (Hollywood, California, USA)
High Resolution Mastering by Doug Sax @ The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, CA, USA)

Produced by Tommy LiPuma & Johnny Mandel
Arranged by Johnny Mandel
Recorded & Mixed by Al Schmitt
Art Direction: Hollis King
Design: Isabelle Wong
Photo: Jane Shirek

Featuring: Diana Krall (acoustic piano & vocals), Ben Wolfe & John Clayton (acoustic bass), Jeff Hamilton & Lewis Nash (drums), Russell Malone (electric guitar), Larry Bunker (vibes)

CD/DVD Set of the Month - "Randy Brecker: The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion"

CD/DVD Set of the Month
Randy Brecker: "The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion" (Piloo Records PR007) 

Rating: ***** (music performance, sonic quality, DVD editing)

Musical Producer: George Whitty
Video Directed & Produced by Chuck & Sarah Fishbein for Crazy Duck Productions
Executive Producers: Randy Brecker, Jeff Levenson & Adam Rovatti
Recording Engineers: Paul Geluso (CD), Steve Remote (DVD)
Mixed by George Whitty
Mastered by Greg Calbi @ Sterling Sound, NY
Art Direction & Design: Tom Beckham
Cover & Back Panel Photos: John Abbott
Inner Package Photos: Sandrine Lee
Liner Notes: Bill Milkowski

A killer set by Randy Brecker, paying tribute to the legendary fusion band The Brecker Brothers that he co-led with the much missed sax genius Michael Brecker. After the European release, we now have a domestic U.S. issue keeping the deluxe packaging with a beautiful gatefold cover.

Disc 1 is a Studio CD recorded in September 2011 with 11 tracks, featuring special guests like David Sanborn, Dean Brown, Adam Rogers, Jim Campagnola and Chris Minh Doky. The most haunting tune is "Elegy For Mike," with Randy's wife Ada Rovatti on soprano sax. 

On two tracks - "Adina," dedicated to Ava, and "Stellina," dedicated to their daughter Stella --, Randy plays flugelhorn, while rapping under the nickname Randroid on two songs: "Really In For It" and "On The Rise." He also sings on the surprising lament "Musician's Ol' Lady Dues Blues," backed only by Adam Rogers on guitars.

Disc 2 founds Randy, Ada and the rhythm gang (bassist Will Lee, guitar ace Mike Stern, virtuoso drummer Dave Weckl, keyboardist & producer George Whitty plus special guest singer/keyboardist Oli Rockberger) smokin' @ the NYC Blue Note (date not mentioned on the booklet). Anyway, it's a splendid performance with 6 tunes also available on the studio versions (opening with the fiery "First Tune Of The Set," then "The Slag," the latin-tinged "Adina," "Really In For It," "Stellina," "Merry Go Town") but all sound even better on the live date. 

The band also plays three Brecker Brothers classics: "Inside Out" (from "Heavy Metal Be-Bop"), the title track from "Straphangin'" and another theme from "Heavy Metal Be-Bop," the fusion anthem "Some Skunk Funk" played as the encore, "as fast as humanly possible," like Randy announces. In all aspects, Ada leaves a strong impression, displaying her personal style without feeling intimidated by the not easy task of "replacing" Michael Brecker. Instead of trying to emulate him, she does it her way and succeeds brilliantly.

The Brecker-Rovatti interplay is amazing, with the couple often making good use of electronic devices applied to their horns. The interaction between the other band members is equally flawless, and all the solos are full of magic, passion and complete control of technique. 

Randy dedicates the project not only to Michael Brecker but also to other musicians who played with the band in the 70s and 80s and already left Earth too soon: Hiram Bullock, Don Alias, Ralph MacDonald, Luther Vandross and "honorary Brecker Brother, our mentor" Barry Rogers.

Vinyl Reissue of the Month - "Freddie Hubbard: Red Clay"

Vinyl Reissue of the Month
Freddie Hubbard: "Red Clay" (CTI/ORG Music) 2-LP set

Rating: ***** (musical performance and remastering)

Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder
Remastered by Bernie Grundman
Recorded January 27, 28 & 29, 1970, at Van Gelder Studios (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey)
Cover photo by Price Givens
Album Design by Tony Lane
Featuring: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet & flugelhorn), Joe Henderson (tenor sax & flute), Herbie Hancock (Fender Rhodes electric piano & Hammond organ), Ron Carter (electric bass) & Lenny White (drums)

Mastered from the original tapes at 45rpm by Bernie Grundman and pressed on 180 gram audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas in Germany, the original 33rpm single-LP becomes a 2-LP set and THE essential audiophile pressing of Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay!"

As the label’s first release, "Red Clay" established the soul-jazz-funk template Creed Taylor’s CTI imprint would follow for the next decade. Joined by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter and Lenny White, Freddie Hubbard lays down bluesy hard-bop epiphanies, turning in one of his most memorable albums as a leader; my very favorite one remains "First Light," to be reissued on a limited numbered audiophile LP by ORG next month.

In addition to standing as a career-defining affair, the landmark 1970 effort also marks Hubbard's break from his Blue Note era and signals the fusion-minded direction he and other players would further investigate in the years to come.

"Red Clay" includes four great tunes composed by Hubbard: Besides the title track, which became a contemporary jazz standard, includes three other gems: "Delphia" (a gorgeous ballad dedicated to his mother, with Herbie moving to organ and Henderson playing flute), "Suite Sioux" and the explosive hard-bop "The Intrepid Fox."

Credit ORG Music for reaching beyond the 50s and 60s and beginning to mine the rich well of the 1970s for jazz treasures that give us audiophile enjoyment.

Klaxon Mutant Allstars live @ Duende, in Oakland - "Robot Invasion" CD Release Party

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM, if you are in California, don't miss Klaxon Mutant Allstars' "Robot Invasion" CD release party @ DUENDE!

Henry Hung: Trumpet and efx
Eric Garland: Drums
Kasey Knudsen: Saxophone and efx
Colin Hogan: Keyboard and melodica
Dr. Georges Ban-Weiss: Bass

$10 at the door - or $15 gets you in the door and a CD!
Here's the link to buy tickets:

The Klaxon Mutant Allstars play music that is playful, haunting, and exuberant, inhabiting the new musical terrain between jazz, electronica, pop, and indie rock.   The Klaxons’ music is meticulously crafted and presented with joyful virtuosity, blurring the lines between composition and improvisation, acoustic and electronic, and between individual musical personalities and the lush, intoxicating sound of the whole.  

This show will be the CD release of "Robot Invasion," Klaxon Mutant Allstars’ intriguing and highly creative debut album. This recording is a product of the current generation of eclectic-minded jazz musicians living in the Bay Area’s technology-obsessed, genre-twisting, multi-cultural mix.  With inspiration drawn from everything from 1980s hip hop, to underdog baseball heroes, to the writings of David Sedaris, to California politics, plus one cover of the band Deerhoof, the Klaxons have created an album that, like their Bay Area home, is multi-pronged in its influences, vital in its relevance, and boldly points to the future.
DUENDE is a collaboration between Chef Paul Canales and impresario Rocco Somazzi, born from a common passion for creative soulful food, artisanal wines, beers and spirits and eclectic improvised music and art. "Our performances take place in a dedicated room, and our stage is not visible from our bar & dining room, " Somazzi says. "This provides a more focused listening environment. If you're planning to dine with us please allow enough time to eat before showtime."

Blu-Spec CD of the Month - "Bill Evans: Montreux II with Eddie Gomez & Marty Morell, 1970"

Blu-Spec CD of the Month
Bill Evans: "Montreux II" (CTI)

***** (musical performance)
*** (sonic quality)

Concert Recording Supervised by Helen Keane
A Creed Taylor Production
Featuring: Bill Evans (acoustic piano), Eddie Gomez (acoustic bass) & Marty Morell (drums)
Cover Photo: Pete Turner
Album Design: Leonard S. Levine
Recorded by Pierre Grandjean (for the Technical Department of Radio Suisse Romande) on June 19, 1970 at Casino De Montreux, Switzerland
Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA) in July, 1970

Highlights: "Very Early," "Alfie," "I Hear A Rhapsody," "Israel" and "Peri's Scope"

CD Reissue of the Month - "Briamonte Orchestra"

CD Reissue of the Month
José Briamonte: "Briamonte Orchestra" (Elenco/Think! Records Japan) 1970/2014

A long-forgotten album by Brazilian composer, arranger and conductor José Briamonte, has just been rediscovered in Japan. The highlights are Briamonte's originals "O Embalo do Pato," "Zip", "Rota Sul," "Caos," "Atmosfera" and the delightful opening track, "Tema de Cristina," a radio hit due to its inclusion in the soundtrack of the soap opera "Pigmalião 70".

But there are also nice renditions of such international pop hits as Burt Bacharach's "What The World Needs Now," Alfred Newman's sensual & sumptous "Airport Love Theme," and Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" that became a global hit thanks to singer Harry Nilsson. 

Pop Songs Needed TODAY for Female Artist on a Major Label

If you've got youthful, CONTEMPORARY POP SONGS with Female vocals, don't forget this opportunity that ends TODAY. This artist is already a star, but we think she's going to be huge. If you've got the right songs, we need to hear them!

They are are needed by the Director of A&R at a Major Record Label for a talented young artist who's already reached "star" status and is working on a new album. They're on the hunt for hit worthy Songs that would appeal to people who love, "What Now" by Rihanna, "Chandelier" by Sia, "I Luh Ya Papi" by Jennifer Lopez, etc. Quoting the source: "She's pretty young, so be sure songs aren't overly sexualized or suggestive. Songs need to have a bit of an edge, with a sound that's fresh and full of swagger."

Submit Songs with instantly memorable hooks, melodies, and lyrics. Your chorus needs to be equally impressive, with a big Top 40 sound that screams "hit!" Your production needs to be really competitive for this pitch. Please submit one to three Songs online or per CD, include lyrics. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by TAXI and must be received no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2014. TAXI # S140430PO. For additional infos, please contact:

TAXI, 5010 N. Parkway Calabasas, Suite 200, Calabasas, CA 91302, USA

Austin Jazz Festival 2014 featuring Jessy J is excited to sponsor this year's Austin Jazz Festival in Austin, Texas at the Backyard, May 25th (Memorial Day weekend) starring Kirk Whalum, Jessy J (pictured below), Larry Braggs and more!

The Austin Jazz Fest 2014 benefits the East Austin Music Academy, a program focused on empowerment and learning while teaching intensive music instruction for K-6 children.
Tix & Info :

DVD of the Month - "Diana Krall: Live in Buenos Aires with João Bosco & Luis Salinas"

DVD of the Month
Diana Krall, João Bosco & Luis Salinas: "Live in Buenos Aires" (Monotone)

Filmed at Teatro Gran Rex (Buenos Aires, Argentina) on September 9, 2000.
Total Time: 70 minutes
1. Love Being Here With You
2. All Or Nothing At All
3. Let's Fall In Love
4. I've Got You Under My Skin
5. I Don't Know Enough About You
6. Devil May Care
7. East Of The Sun
8. A Case Of You
9. Sometimes I'm Happy
10. Girl From Ipanema (with Joao Bosco)
11. Frim Fram Sauce

Singer/Songwriters Needed by Industry Giant’s New Label

CONTEMPORARY SINGER/SONGWRITERS are needed by a very influential, former CEO and Chairman of a Major Music Group who's starting a brand new Record Label! This guy is an industry giant who knows the business inside and out.

He's currently is in roster building mode, and this is a killer opportunity to get in on the ground floor of what promises to be a powerhouse company. They've already got distribution through a Major Label, and they're on the hunt for promising Male and Female artists who would be on the same radio station playlists as artists like Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Colby Calliat, Lorde, etc.

He'll listen to songs in ALL Tempos with Male OR Female vocals. You can submit stripped-down demos OR fully produced songs, but your song-craft and recording quality should showcase your talent and marketability. Give him instantly catchy songs with memorable lyrics and infectious melodies. Your vocal performance should be unique, distinctive, and compelling enough to grab the ears of this Industry Titan. Please include a bio, photos, and any other pertinent information (downloads/CD sales, touring experience, internet presence, videos, etc.) along with your submission.

Your recording quality (even for stripped-down demos) needs to be clear, well balanced, and good enough to represent your song well. All Songs will be screened on a Yes/No basis by a person hand-picked by the owner of this Label. No full critiques. Please submit 1-3 Songs online or Per CD no later than TUESDAY, May 6th, by 10am (PDT). TAXI #U140506SS. For more info, please contact

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mindi Abair live in Florida, tonight!

Don't miss Mindi Abair live, tonight, April 29th, at Jazziz Nightlife (201 Plaza Real in Mizner Park) in Boca Raton, Florida.
Go to for tickets!

Mindi Abair was playing in the band on American Idol when Steven Tyler stopped the show to ask the contestant "Who is your sax player?" But that's not entirely surprising: Abair is the kind of artist who commands instant attention. A triple-threat singer, saxophonist and songwriter, she's recorded no less than 10 No. 1 singles, sold a half million records and repeatedly topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. After catching Tyler's attention, she wound up touring with Aerosmith for two years, while also making time to play with Bruce Springsteen and jam with Paul Shaffer and the Late Show with David Letterman band. Now she comes to JAZZIZ Nightlife for a memorable and intimate concert.
She will be performing songs from her upcoming CD release, "Wild Heart," as well as tunes from her previous albums.

JSR - Arnaldo DeSouteiro Bio

"People are going to talk about you, especially when they envy you and the life you live. Let them. You affected their lives, they didn't affect yours... you will eventually lose someone you love & love someone you never thought you'd find..."
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Short Bio

Music Producer (with over 380 albums to his credit according to the All Music Guide), Voting Member of NARAS-GRAMMY and Jazz Journalists Association (NY), Member of LAJS (Los Angeles Jazz Society), Musical Philosopher, Journalist, Jazz & Brazilian Music Historian, Publicist, Public Relations, Composer (having written successful jazz & pop songs, some dance hits like "O Passarinho" for the Italian TV reality show "La Pupa e Il Secchione", and "Samba da Copa" for the "2006 World Cup" in Germany, plus many other soundtracks for movies, soap operas & TV series in the USA -- PBS, BET, Universal Cable etc --, Europe and Asia), Lyricist (he wrote lyrics to Dave Brubeck's "Broadway Bossa Nova" at the invitation of Brubeck himself, among other songs), Arranger, Percussionist, Keyboardist, Programmer, Educator (conducting clinics and panel sessions worldwide as the first Brazilian member of IAJE-International Association of Jazz Educators during its existence). He has also acted as consultant for several companies and jazz festivals all over the world.

Founder and CEO of JSR (Jazz Station Records), a Division of Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting - LA, Calif. Most recently, founded LaCalifUSA Pictures and JSR Casting in 2007 for movie & TV productions featuring music & fashion.

Produced the acclaimed CD compilation series "A Trip To Brazil," "CTI Acid Jazz Grooves," "Brazilian Horizons," "Focus on Bossa Nova," "Focus on Brazilian Music Grooves", "Bossa Nova Singers," "Bossa Nova Guitar","Jazz Rock" etc.

Produced special compilations for Quincy Jones ("Summer in the City - The Soul Jazz Grooves of Quincy Jones"), Chick Corea ("Electric Chick") and Deodato ("Do It Again - The Fantastic Jazz-Funk of Eumir Deodato"), all released by Verve/Universal. His latest CD for Verve is "Bossa Nova USA," released last May, featuring Dave Brubeck's title track performed by Quincy Jones.

Supervised and/or Directed TV specials featuring João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dizzy Gillespie, Chuck Mangione, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, Miles Davis, Dom Um Romão, Eliane Elias, Diana Krall, Eumir Deodato, Bjork et al. Worked with producers Creed Taylor, Yoichi Nakao, Susumu Morikawa, Matthias Kunnecke, and photographers Pete Turner, Victor Skrebneski, Robert Mappelthorpe, Duane Michals.

Mr. DeSouteiro has also worked in his native Brazil for TUPI-FM radio station (as musical programmer-DJ as well as hosting his own show, "Jazz Espetacular"), Manchete TV network (anchoring & supervising the "Terça Especial" series for which he interviewed such jazz giants as Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim etc), Globo TV network (screenplay, coordination and mix for the TV special "João Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim - O Grande Encontro" in 1992, the last time these 2 geniuses performed together, plus the texts and screenplay for the "Minuto da Bossa" series), and as the jazz columnist for the "Tribuna da Imprensa" (Press Tribune) daily newspaper during 29 years (from 1979 to 2008). Before moving to the USA, he also worked as Brazilian correspondent of "Keyboard" magazine (from 1985 to 1994), as free-lancer to Billboard, Cuadernos de Jazz, Swing Journal and International Music Magazine, and as entertainment-in-flight programmer for several airline companies like Varig Brazilian Airlines (from 1983 to 1998).

Produced over 380 albums and sessions featuring: Luiz Bonfa, João Gilberto, Dom Um Romão, Ithamara Koorax, Thiago de Mello, Dexter Payne, João Donato, Palmyra & Levita, Mario Castro-Neves, Jorge Pescara, Paula Faour, Fabio Fonseca, Claudio Roditi, Hermeto Pascoal, Anna Ly, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Pascoal Meirelles, Yana Purim, Pingarilho, Nelson Angelo, Marcelo Salazar, Ron Carter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Steve Swallow, Herbie Hancock, Hugo Fattoruso, Larry Coryell, Sadao Watanabe, Jurgen Friedrich, Eloir de Moraes, Gazzara, Deodato, Jadir de Castro, Azymuth, Marcio Montarroyos, Sivuca, Laudir de Oliveira, Marcos Valle, Jay Berliner, George Young, David Matthews, Lew Soloff, Alphonso Johnson, Gene Bertoncini, John McLaughlin, Claus Ogerman, Raul de Souza, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and many others.

Produced and supervised CD reissues of albums by Ron Carter, Hank Crawford, Johnny Hammond, Sergio Mendes, Hubert Laws, Grant Green, Idris Muhammad, Joe Beck, Esther Phillips, Lonnie Smith, David Matthews & Whirlwind, Phil Upchurch, Tennyson Stephens, Miucha, Flora Purim, Carlos Lyra, Tamba Trio, Ivan Lins, Raul de Souza, Trio 3-D and many others. As annotator, he wrote liner notes and press releases for albums by Toots Thielemans, Hank Crawford, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Metheny, Eliane Elias, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Jeff Linsky and dozens of others for labels like RCA, CTI, Kudu, Milestone, Fantasy, Verve, Columbia, Irma, Alfa, JVC, Caju, Sonet, Paddle Wheel, JHO, Mercury, Imagem etc.

Mr. DeSouteiro also had the honor to be associated with some of the world's greatest photographers like Pete Turner (who did the cover photo for Jorge Pescara's CD "Grooves in the Temple" released on his own JSR label and featured on Turner's new book "The Color of Jazz"), Victor Skrebneski (the CD reissue of "Upchurch/Tennyson"), Bruce Weber (Esther Phillips' "For All We Know"), Robert Mappelthorpe ("Brazilian Horizons"), Alen MacWeeney, William Cadge, and Duane Michals (many of the CTI CDs) and so on. He has appeared in several movies and TV series as the Award Winning documentary movie "Beyond Ipanema," for which he was interviewed alongside Creed Taylor, Lalo Schifrin, Wayne Shorter, Gene Lees and Norman Gimbel.
Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting, JSR Casting, LaCalifUSA Pictures
CEO & Founder: Arnaldo DeSouteiro
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People are going to talk about you, especially when they envy you and the life you live. Let them. You affected their lives, they didn't affect yours... you will eventually lose someone you love & love someone you never thought you'd find...
Arnaldo DeSouteiro – Biografia ultra-resumida 

Produtor de discos, com cerca de 380 álbuns em sua discografia (incluindo novos CDs, reedições, coletâneas, trilhas sonoras, projetos especiais), conforme consta no All Music Guide, principal e mais acessado website sobre música no mundo. Jornalista e publicitário (formado em Comunicação pela PUC-RJ), tendo escrito para os jornais Tribuna da Imprensa (de 1979 até sua extinção em 2009, com 3.200 artigos publicados), Última Hora, O Globo e O Estado do Paraná, revistas Billboard, Keyboard (USA), Cuadernos de Jazz (Espanha), Swing Journal (Japão), Revista do CD (Brasil) etc. 

Roteirista de shows (João Gilberto, Diana Krall, Ithamara Koorax, Marcos Valle, Eumir Deodato, Bjork etc) e de especiais de TV para as emissoras Globo (Antonio Carlos Jobim & João Gilberto) e Manchete (Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim etc) no Brasil, BET e PBS nos EUA, NHK no Japão (Diana Krall, João Gilberto, CTI All Stars, Dave Brubeck etc).

Nascido no Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) em 1963, radicado em Los Angeles (EUA) desde 1999. Estudou piano clássico e harmonia com sua mãe, a pianista e maestrina Delza Agricola. É membro da Associação Brasileira de Imprensa (ABI) desde 1979, membro catedrático titular efetivo da Academia Internacional de Música desde 1985, membro votante do Grammy-Naras (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) desde 2006, membro votante da Los Angeles Jazz Society (único brasileiro) desde 2007, e também único brasileiro que é membro votante da Jazz Journalists Association (sediada em Nova Iorque) desde 2002. Atua como consultor e parecerista para diversas empresas, centros culturais e festivais de música no Brasil e no exterior.

Também foi membro honorário e primeiro membro brasileiro da Associação Internacional de Educadores de Jazz (IAJE – International Association of Jazz Educators) durante 12 anos, até sua extinção em 2008, tendo realizado palestras e panel sessions nas convenções anuais realizadas nos EUA. Fundador e Presidente da gravadora JSR (Jazz Station Records), sediada em Los Angeles – EUA desde 2001, uma divisão da Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting. Dirige também a LaCalifUSA Pictures, empresa de cinema que produz conteúdo e trilhas sonoras (composição, produção, seleção) para filmes e séries de TV. 

Produziu discos e sessões de gravação com artistas como Luiz Bonfá, João Gilberto, Dom Um Romão, João Donato, Palmyra & Levita, Mario Castro-Neves, Claudio Roditi, Gaudencio Thiago de Mello, Dexter Payne, Fabio Fonseca, Marcos Ozzellin, Herbie Hancock, Jorge Pescara, Paula Faour, Anna Ly, Pascoal Meirelles, Yana Purim, Carlos Pingarilho, Nelson Angelo, Marcelo Salazar, Ithamara Koorax, Ron Carter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Steve Swallow, Herbie Hancock, Hugo Fattoruso, Larry Coryell, Sadao Watanabe, Jurgen Friedrich, Gazzara, Eumir Deodato, Azymuth, Marcio Montarroyos, Sivuca, Laudir de Oliveira, Marcos Valle, David Matthews, Gene Bertoncini, John McLaughlin, Raul de Souza, Hermeto Pascoal, Gonzalo Rubalcaba e muitos outros. 

Como compositor e letrista, tem parcerias com Dave Brubeck (“Broadway Bossa Nova”), Francesco Gazzara (“O Passarinho”), Mamoru Morishita (“Hotaru”) e Fabio Fonseca (“Samba da Copa”, executado na cerimônia de abertura da Copa do Mundo de 2006). 
Produziu reedições de discos de Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Tamba Trio, Ivan Lins, Carlos Lyra, Miucha, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ron Carter, Idris Muhammad, Hank Crawford, Lonnie Smith, Johnny Hammond, Luiz Bonfá, Phil Upchurch, Tennyson Stephens, Eumir Deodato, Grant Green, Mario Castro-Neves, João Donato, Claus Ogerman, David Matthews, Esther Phillips, Joe Beck, Eric Gale e muitos outros.

Produziu as séries “A Trip To Brazil” (cujo Volume 1 chegou ao primeiro-lugar na parada de world-music na Europa em 1998, superando “Buena Vista Social Club”), “Brazilian Horizons”, “CTI: Acid Jazz Grooves”, “Jazz Club”, e retrospectivas - lançadas mundialmente entre 2006 e 2010 pelo selo Verve – das carreiras de Quincy Jones (“Summer In The City: The Soul-Jazz Groves of Quincy Jones”), Eumir Deodato (“Do It Again: The Fantastic Jazz Funk of Eumir Deodato”) e Chick Corea (“Electric Chick”).

Desde 1981, tem realizado, como free lancer, produção musical para diversas gravadoras, como RCA/BMG, Sony, Verve/PolyGram/Universal, CTI, King, Paddle Wheel, Pausa, Milestone/Fantasy, Warner/WEA, Motor Music, JVC/Victor, Sanyo, Movieplay, Imagem, Eldorado, CID, Alfa, RGE, Mr. Bongo, Terra Música, Blue Moon, Bomba, Cedar Tree, Treasure Trove, Irma, Vivid Sound, Motéma, e Huks Music, no Brasil, Europa, Estados Unidos, Japão e Coréia. 

Entre 1982 e 1984, atuou como assessor cultural do Serviço de Comunicação Social da Petrobras. Em 1983, criou, produziu e apresentou o programa "Jazz espetacular", transmitido pela Rádio Tupi FM. Em 1984, assumiu a responsabilidade da programação de bordo (musical e audiovisual) transmitida nos vôos internacionais da Varig, função que exerceu durante 14 anos. Também nesse período (1985 a 1987), participou da comissão de seleção do Free Jazz Festival. 

Escreveu textos de contracapa para discos de diversos artistas, como Toots Thielemans, Ella Fitzgerald, Eliane Elias, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jeff Kinsky, Paulo Bellinati e Carlos Barbosa Lima, entre outros. Assinou textos para divulgação ("press releases") de artistas como João Gilberto, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny, Bill Evans, Jimmy Smith, Elvin Jones, Stanley Turrentine e Tony Bennett.

Atuou como entrevistador em depoimentos prestados para o Museu da Imagem e do Som (Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo) por João Donato, Stellinha Egg, Maestro Gaya, Eumir Deodato, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim e Carlos Barbosa Lima. Em 2001, recebeu o prêmio de International Man of The Year, concedido pelo International Biographical Centre, de Londres. Foi o primeiro brasileiro a receber essa premiação, oferecida anteriormente a apenas quatro outros produtores: Arif Mardin, Tommy LiPuma, Quincy Jones e Phil Ramone. Ainda nesse ano, a JSR (Jazz Station Records), de sua propriedade, foi considerada uma das cinco melhores gravadoras de jazz do mundo, em relação publicada na edição de dezembro da revista especializada norte-americana "Down Beat", premiação que se repetiu por quatro anos (7º lugar em 2003, 9º lugar em 2004, 5º lugar em 2005 e 6º lugar em 2006).

SHM-CD of the Month - "Quincy Jones: You've Got It Bad Girl"

SHM-CD of the Month
Quincy Jones: "You've Got It Bad Girl" (A&M) 

Produced by Quincy Jones & Ray Brown
Arranged & Conducted by Quincy Jones
Recording Engineer: Phil Schier with Phil Ramone & Larry Levine
Assisted by Gary Ladinski & John Henning
Mixed by Phil Schier, Quincy Jones & Ray Brown
Recorded @ A&M Records, Sun West Studios, The Record Plant (all in Hollywood, California), and A&R Studios (New York, NY, USA)

Art Direction: Roland Young
Photos by Al Kramer
Liner Notes: Roberta Flack

Featuring: Dave Grusin, George Duke & Bob James (Fender Rhodes electric piano), Eddie Louis (organ), Ray Brown (acoustic bass), Carol Kaye & Chuck Rainey (electric piano), Grady Tate (drums), Milt Holland & Bobby Porter (congas & percussion), Dennis Budimir (electric guitar), Hubert Laws (flute), Cat Anderson (trumpet), Jerome Richardson (soprano sax), Phil Woods (alto sax), Ernie Watts (electric tenor sax), Toots Thielemans (electric guitar, whistle & harmonica), Tom Morgan (harmonica), Quincy Jones & Valerie Thompson (vocals)

News from Quincy Jones' documentary movie about Clark Terry, "Keep On Keepin' On"

Q: "I could not be more excited to announce that The Weinstein Company / RadiusTWC have acquired our documentary "Keep On Keepin' On." Harvey and I have been friends for many years and we have been waiting for the right opportunity to join forces. Harvey has always been a champion of the arts and the fact that he recognized the importance of Clark Terry's contributions to American culture warms my heart.

There's nothing better than the right people coming together at the right time - something I should thank my longtime family Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and the Tribeca Film Festival team for. To know that a film about my first teacher Clark Terry – the man who put me on his shoulders more than seventy years ago – will get the chance to be seen by a wider audience makes my soul smile."

Announcement via Deadline Hollywood here:

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month - "Mark Little Trio: Kindred Spirits"

Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month
Mark Little Trio: "Kindred Spirits" (Caralittle Music) 2014

***** (musical performance)
**** (sonic quality)

Produced & Arranged by Mark Little
Co-Produced by Robert De La Garza
Recorded @ Windmill Valley Recording (Bulverde, Texas)
Recorded & Mixed by Robert De La Garza
Mastered by Jerry Tubb @ Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc. (Austin, TX)

A phenomenal session led by pianist Mark Little, with superlative contributions by Mike Porter (acoustic bass) and Daniel Dowling (drums). Top-class repertoire, alternating inspired renditions of jazz standards with mesmerizing originals ("Rrose Amarillo," "Anthem Jazz," "Sturdy Man" and the title track "Kindred Spirits") plus some classical pieces. The famous Adagio from Beethoven's "Pathetique Sonata" and J.S. Bach's "Air On The G String" (also a favorite of Milcho Leviev, who had recorded it as "Air On A Blue String," a track I gave lots of airplay when working for TUPI-FM radio station ages ago) are both played as jazz ballads.

A third classical work, Chopin's "Prelude In E Minor, Op. 28, No.4" appears mixed with Antonio Carlos Jobim's "How Insensitive," the bossa nova classic inspired by the Prelude. There's another gorgeous bossa, "Caminhos Cruzados," co-written by Jobim and Newton Mendonça, and made internationally famous through João Gilberto's masterpiece album with Claus Ogerman, "Amoroso."

Nevertheless, the CD highlights are the audacious, daring and highly creative treatments provided by the Mark Little Trio to Bill Evans' gem "Time Remembered" (btw, he studied with Evans and combines the master's lyricism with a powerful touch a la McCoy Tyner), an 8-minute version of "Come Rain Or Come Shine" (excellent bass solo, astonishing drumwork), "You Don't Know What Love Is" (simply superb!), "Tenderly" and Charlie Parker's bop anthem "Relaxin' At Camarillo". The musicians' interplay is impeccable throughout the album; the dense and intense approach provided by the leader is impressive. His "inner voice" speaks eloquently and clear. What else could we ask for? So far, one of the best releases of the year.

Mark was born August 28, 1951 in Amarillo, Texas. He began piano lessons at four, and played his first professional gig at six. He joined an R & B group “The Undertakers” at 14, touring with them for four years. Mark moved to Austin in 1970, and played with numerous groups including Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willis Allen Ramsey & Jerry Jeff Walker. He received a scholarship from Berklee School of Music where he got the chance to study with Bill Evans. Little adds that studying with Bill Evans was a “once in a lifetime incredible experience”. He (Bill Evans) talked extensively about developing the “inner voice’s” of the piano and sited Mozart as an example of this technique. By 1975, Mark was teaching at Berklee.

In 1980, Mark moved to California and got the job playing piano for Cleo Lane and John Dankworth, performing with them at many venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and Royal Albert Hall in London.

He composed and arranged for Bobby McFerrin, as well as performing with him at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles. He toured the United States and Europe with Maria Muldaur, working at Fat Tuesday’s in New York City and Ronnie Scott’s in London, among other places. On tour with Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan, Mark played the hottest clubs on the West Coast including Yoshi’s in San Francisco.

He “tenured” as the musical director and pianist for E.W. Wainwrights African Roots of Jazz. During which time he did special “command performances” for Nelson Mandela , Danny Glover and Louis Farrakhan .

Mark has worked with many great jazz artists, including Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Sanders, Grady Tate, Eddie Henderson, Morgana King, Joe Lovano, Ted Curson, Shorty Rogers, Chico Freeman , Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Allen, Ryo Kawasaki, Don Moye, Morganna King, Bud Shank, and Melba Moore.

He recorded his first album as a leader, “Dreamwalk’n” in 1993 on the Monarch label and received his first Grammy nomination. Little’s second CD, “The Tribe” was recorded in 1995 again for Monarch, and gave Little his second Grammy nomination. His third CD, “Birthright,” was a solo live performance at the famous Maybeck Recital Hall released in 1999.

Little’s 2003 CD, “Isn’t Art It!” released on his own label “Caralittle Music” is all original compositions dedicated to the life and work of his brother Ken Little which demonstrates Mark’s versatility of styles and creativity.

Mark moved to San Antonio in 2004 and has played with numerous groups including his brother Ken Little’s band, Richie Cole’s Alto Madness orchestra and  Kyle Kyner’s Small World with Polly Harrison and Richard Oppenheim. A new chapter starts now with "Kindred Spirits".

In the words of Mark’s old friend the late, great, John Dankworth, “Mark Little’s spirited playing amply demonstrates his total immersion in the music he loves, not to mention his wholehearted commitment to it. His fluent improvisations explore ever-changing routes with a surprise around nearly every corner; they sometimes display extraordinary virtuosity and sometimes almost disarming simplicity, yet are never devoid of interest. He shows himself to be an exciting performer whose work is still developing; this bodes well for the future of this highly individual artiste.”

R.I.P.: Armando Peraza

One of the greatest percussionists in the history of music. A GIANT! From George Shearing to Carlos Santana, from jazz to rock, pop & beyond.

His performances on Santana's most-oriented fusion albums like "Borboletta", "Illuminations" (alongside Alice Coltrane, Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette), "Welcome!" and "Lotus" are simply extraordinary. Not to mention several videos, LaserDiscs and DVDs like "Viva Santana!", full of several haunting moments from live concerts with Santana.

Despite such a monumental body of work, it's easy for me to say that my very favorite Peraza track is "Promisses Of A Fisherman," the celestial Dorival Caymmi tune that Carlos picked up for his 1974 "Borboletta" album (5 stars on page 16 of the December 5, 1974 issue of DownBeat magazine). Alongside Carlos on guitar, Tom Coster (Hammond & Fender Rhodes), Stanley Clarke (bass), Airto (drums) and Flora Purim (vocals), Armando Peraza does the best bongos performance I've ever heard on a jazz-rock/fusion recording. Rest in Peace.

Armando Peraza, world-recognized drummer, dies at 89
By David Colker, Published: April 16

Cuban-born drummer Armando Peraza, a self-taught musician who transformed himself from a homeless orphan in Havana to a world-recognized bongo and conga expert and who performed with Carlos Santana for nearly two decades, died April 14 in a South San Francisco hospital.

The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Josephine Peraza. Mr. Peraza had also battled diabetes for many years.
(Larry Hulst/Getty Images) - Armando Peraza circa 1970.

Officially, Mr. Peraza was 89, but he admitted that he made up a birth date to give to authorities when he came to the United States in the late 1940s and was never sure of his exact age.

Mr. Peraza, who also played with pianist George Shearing and other jazz greats, was known for combining a blindingly fast drumming technique with a flamboyant style that audiences loved.

Mr. Peraza was born, according to public records, in Havana on May 30, 1924, although his wife said it could have been as early as 1919. When Mr. Peraza was 3, his father died of pneumonia, and at the age of 7 he lost his mother to liver failure, according to a 2004 account in Latin Beat magazine. He stayed with relatives until he was 12 and then was out on his own, selling fruit and vegetables on the street.

“I was sleeping on the street,” Mr. Peraza told Latin Beat. “I grew up with a lot of violence.”

As he grew older, he played semipro baseball and taught himself to play drums. “I never had a chance to learn everything,” Mr. Perez told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2009. “In the streets, nobody showed us nothing.”

His break came when a baseball teammate’s brother, a singer with a pivotal group called Conjunto Kubavana, was in sudden need of a conga player and gave Mr. Peraza the chance to perform. He later played alongside percussionist Mongo Santamaria for a dance troupe known as the Black Diamonds. “A big specialty number would be a dance solo with Armando’s playing following the moves of the dancer,” said John Santos, a San Francisco bandleader who organized concerts in tribute to Mr. Peraza in recent years.

In the late 1940s, Mr. Peraza made his way to New York, but his flamboyant playing didn’t fit with Latin dance orchestras of the period. “The attention was supposed to be on the lead singers,” Santos said. “What he did overshadowed them.”

Instead, Mr. Peraza gravitated to jazz ensembles, joining groups headed by Shearing and multi-
instrumentalist Cal Tjader. Over the years, he also performed with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianists Dave Brubeck and Art Tatum, and saxophonist Charlie Parker, and eventually with pop music stars such as Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt and Eric Clapton.

His relationship with Santana began in the early 1970s. “He knew Carlos’ father before he knew Carlos,” Josephine Peraza said. Santana’s father, Jose, was a mariachi musician in San Francisco.

Among the Santana recordings on which Mr. Peraza played are “Caravanserai,” “Blues for Salvador” and “Freedom.” Mr. Peraza traveled extensively with Santana’s band until about 1990, when his diabetes made life on the road too difficult. He continued to perform on recordings, including Linda Ronstadt’s 1992 “Frenesi” Spanish-language album, and at occasional concerts.

Besides his wife, Mr. Peraza is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.

— Los Angeles Times

Single of the Month - "Astrud Gilberto: Love Story"

7" Single of the Month
Astrud Gilberto: "Love Story" (CTI Records)

Produced by Creed Taylor
Arranged & Conducted by Eumir Deodato
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)
Featuring: Astrud Gilberto, Eumir Deodato, Ron Carter, Russell George, João Palma, Dennis Seiwell, Gene Bertoncini, Bob Mann, Sam Brown, Hubert Laws, George Marge, Romeo Penque, Jerome Richardson et al.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Charles Mingus says it all...

R.I.P.: Ralph Penland

(born February 15, 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; died on March 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA) 
I first listened to drummer Ralph Penland on Freddie Hubbard's "Keep Your Soul Together" album, recorded for CTI in 1973. It was the last of Hubbard's "official" studio LPs for Creed Taylor during their association in the early 70s (another album, "Polar AC," consisting of out-takes from previous sessions, was released after Freddie had already left CTI to sign with Columbia) and, ironically, the first that the trumpeter was allowed to record with his touring band, then consisting of George Cables, Kent Brinkley, Ralph Penland, Aurell Ray and Junior Cook.
Penland and Hubbard kept a prolific collaboration during three decades, as documented on such albums as "High Energy" (recorded in 1974, reissued on CD in 2009) as well on the DVD "Live at the Warsaw Jamboree Jazz Festival," filmed in Poland (back in 1991) and released in 2004.
I also saw Penland as a member of Hubert Laws' group, and during the filming of Bruce Weber's haunting film about Chet Baker, "Let's Get Lost," when I met Lisa Marie, btw. Penland's work with singers like Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Carmen Lundy, Etta James and k.d. lang is also noteworthy. Rest in Peace!
Jazz Great, PCC Educator Ralph Penland Reported Dead at 61
Pasadena’s Prolific Penland Leaves Legacy, Mournful Fans

Prolific jazz drummer and Pasadena City College faculty member Ralph Penland died in Los Angeles on March 14 at age 61, according to media and social media reports.
The cause of his death has not been reported.

Penland’s performance credits is a “Who’s Who” list of jazz superstars: Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, George Benson, Stan Getz and dozens more top artists in the genre.

Penland was a faculty member in the Jazz Department at Pasadena City College and previously taught at the New England Conservatory, where he had studied originally.

Between 1973 and 2013, Penland performed in 100 recording sessions and most recently, led his own band, The Penland Polygon.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Penland purchased his first drum set at the age of 15 and just two years later was performing with renowned Jazz-Pop guitarist Wilbert Longmire and was a featured percussionist with The Cincinnati Symphony. Not long after, he moved to Boston where, still in his early twenties, he began teaching at The New England Conservatory of Music.

It was during this time, while commuting to New York, that Penland met and joined up with Freddie Hubbard, and the pair recorded five albums, two of which, “Keep Your Soul Together” and “High Energy” are considered ground-breaking works of jazz.

Upon news of his death, social media exploded with comments of both sadness and respect.
“Traveling mercies to our beautiful friend, drummer Ralph Penland who returned home to the great Creator,” fan Mary Bogue posted on Penland’s Facebook page. “You kept perfect time, such a gift to every singer; such a sweet, sweet gift. Peace be with you, our dear friend Ralph.”

Penlands commercial, pop, R&B and rock credits include performances with The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Jeffrey Osborne, Grover Washington, Jr., Benard Ighner, Eric Gale, Ali Woodson, Patrice Rushen, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, Steve Vai, Brian Auger, Robben Ford, George Benson and Frank Sinatra.

Penlands’ film work and musical movie soundtracks include “Throw Momma From The Train”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “Cool World”, “The Russia House”, “Midnight In The Garden Of Good & Evil” and the HBO series “Politically Incorrect.”
Here's the link for a very fine tribute to him:

Quincy Jones on Alfredo Rodriguez's performances in Los Angeles, last week

Quincy Jones reports: "My brother Alfredo Rodriguez had his album release party at the Blue Whale on Tuesday night and he and his trio absolutely KILLED it! So incredibly proud of where he has taken his music. Their performance is on another level. Congratulations my friend, my hat's off to you and your talent... xoxox - Q"

And we strongly recommend the 3D Blu-ray "Experince Montreux" (total time: 206 minutes), filmed in High Definition 3D and released last November. This 2-disc set brings together the award-winning "Experience Montreux" film plus concert performances by Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones (with Alfredo Rodriguez shining on an all-star band recruited by Q), all filmed at the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival in 2010.

The first disc contains full live tracks by a range of artists that reflects the breadth and eclecticism of the Montreux Fest, featuring Massive Attack, Joe Bonamassa, Elvis Costello, Angelique Kidjo and many others. Their performances are interspersed with interviews with festival founder Claude Nobs and many of the artists involved and are accompanied by stunning footage of the festival setting, the town of Montreux, Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps.

Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock have both been frequent visitors to Montreux over the years and it's fitting that their performances form a part of this 3D celebration of the magic of the Montreux Jazz Festival. The highlights on Quincy's set are provided by the young Cuban piano virtuoso Alfredo Rodriguez (a splendid musician who became Quincy's protégé and shines even playing Happy Birthday!!!) and veteran Brazilian percussion master Paulinho da Costa, a longtime associate of Quincy who has performed in 99% of his productions since the late 70s, including all his solo albums and the Michael Jackson classic trilogy "Off The Wall," "Triology" and "Bad." Hancock's band features bassist Tal Winkenfeld, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and an astonishingly beautiful vocalist named Kristina Train, who sings a creative rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine."

R.I.P.: Dr. Herb Wong

Herb Wong who had long been thought of as the resident jazz expert in the San Francisco Bay area. During his productive career, he has hosted radio shows, taught jazz in schools, and been an important early supporter of the Monterey Jazz Festival. In addition, Wong has held high positions with the International Association of Jazz Educators (he used to write the CD Reviews column for the IAJE Journal), been the main producer for the Black-Hawk and Palo Alto labels, and written countless liner notes, articles and reviews. Dr. Wong was 88