In late 2015, the label SWR Jazzhaus released a live Lyle Mays concert recording taken from 1993. Recorded while on tour for his “Fictionary” release, the band consisted of Mays on Piano, bassist Marc Johnson, saxophonist Bob Sheppard and drummer Mark Walker. And although this concert was recorded as part of the German Ludwigsburger Festival, it never saw the light of the day until last year – 22 years after the fact. Read more
It is hard to say exactly why a musical artist moves you deep in your soul but for me in the case of vocalist Carmen McRae it is these three things: She interprets lyric in an organic way that is on a level all her own with a take no prisoners attitude. She intuitively interacts with her band as well as a live audience. She has sass, strength and fearlessness as a singer and is an impeccable musician and composer. Read more
There are great albums and then there are GREAT albums.
NYU Director of Jazz Studies Dave Schroeder fondly discusses John Coltrane’s playing and the beauty of “Lush Life” from one of his all-time favorite albums: Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane. Read more