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  • My Favorite Albums of 2007

    January 2, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.

    2007 is ending, and though this year was pretty dry in my humble opinion, it was a GREAT year for music. Here are my favorite albums of 2007. I hope you'll check some of them out. And maybe some of these are your favorites, too!

    Terence Blanchard - A Tale of God's Will: A Requiem for Katrina (Blue Note)

    Jose Gonzalez - In Our Nature (Peacefrog)

    Radiohead - In Rainbows (Radiohead)

    Robert Glasper - In My Element (Blue Note)

    Kendrick Scott Oracle - The Source (World Culture Music)

    Charles Mingus Sextet w/ Eric Dolphy - Cornell 1964 (Blue Note)

    Common - Finding Forever (Geffen)

    Mike Moreno - Between the Lines (World Culture Music)

    Many of the people on my list are fantastic, young jazz musicians who are blazing the trails of this music. I can't wait to see what's in store for 2008 from some of my favorite artists!

    Angelika Beener

  • Toast of the Nation New York - The Musicians

    December 31, 2007. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    There's some serious talent on the stage tonight.

    Trio da Paz are Romero Lubambo on guitar, Nilson Matta on bass, and Duduka da Fonseca on percussion. They are some of the best Brazilian jazz musicians on the scene. When you want samba, bossa nova, and other native Brazilian styles fused with jazz improvisation, these are your go-to guys. Singers Pamela Driggs and Maucha Adnet will each join the trio for a song before midnight.

    Kenny Barron is a certifiable jazz master, for sure (it's time for the NEA to recognize this). He's played with Dizzy Gillespie, Jim Hall, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz and a slew of other great musicians. His work in Gillespie's 1960s Quintet with James Moody is outstanding. The final records with Getz are worth having, especially People Time, the sax and piano duets. The duet recording with bassist Charlie Haden, Night and the City, is a not-so-distant classic. Kenny Barron was also a part of Sphere, the Thelonious Monk tribute group that became its own thing.

    Did I mention that he taught music at Rutgers University in Newark for 27 years? I'll leave the rest out for you to discover. There's plenty more.

    Kenny Barron and his wife used to go to the Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday mornings. At noon, they'd visit a nearby café for Brazilian food and a great trio. Kenny was digging Romero Lubambo on guitar, Nilson Matta on bass, and Duduka da Fonseca on drums. aka Trio da Paz. In 2002, these four recorded a CD together. It's called Canta Brasil.

    Kenny Barron

    Kenny Barron and Trio da Paz have a lot of chemistry. Stay tuned.

    Josh