This week we feature a couple of artists we’ve yet to play on Jazz Now! Seattle, and we debut two brand new records from Seattle trumpet players that were just released this week!
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- Ryan Burns Trio – “Beautiful Love”
From the CD Live at the Lab (self-produced)
Ryan and his trio were one of the featured bands at our first Live From London Bridge Studios show (more on that below). This trio features Jeff Johnson on bass and Tad Britton on drums, and they’ll be playing later in the week. This track comes from a great CD that was recorded live at the Seattle Drum School.
Upcoming show: Thurs., Feb. 24th @ Fu Kun Wu
From the CD Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles (Origin Records)
We wanted to feature saxophonist Travis Ranney because of his upcoming “Jazz and Sushi” performance, but sadly he doesn’t have anything recorded under his own name. He plays in many of the top big bands in town, and we found this great feature from Phil Kelly’s latest album, which is an old-school tenor battle between Travis and Pete Christlieb. Travis’s band for the gig is Dan Kramlich on piano, Jon Hamar on bass and Greg Williamson on drums.
Upcoming show: Fri., Feb. 18th @ Hiroshi’s
Travis Ranney – “Top Fuel Pete Vs The Trav-ski”
- Marc Seales – “Blue In Green”
From the CD American Songs, Vol. 1 (self-produced)
Marc’s latest record pairs him with Portlanders Dave Captein on bass and Gary Hobbs on drums and tackles many of his favorite songs by American composers. The list is diverse, including the Doobie Brothers, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, and this one by Miles Davis. Marc will be playing with his working group this week.
Upcoming show: Fri., Feb. 18th @ Tula’s
- Gravity – “5 Spot”
From the CD Grimy (self-produced)
Gravity is one of the grooviest bands in the Seattle jazz scene! With Tim Kennedy on keys, Ian Sheridan on bass and Claudio Rochat-Felix on drums, these cats cover lots of ground, from straight-ahead to electronic and everything in between. They are hosting “The Hang” at Lucid this week, which used to be The Teaching’s gig, but is now being spread around to different groups each week. They’ll play a set to open up and then invite guests to sit in.
Upcoming show: Thurs., Feb. 24th @ Lucid Jazz Lounge
- Cuong Vu 4-tet – “All The Things You Are”
From the CD Leaps of Faith (Origin Records)
In the 3 years since moving back to Seattle, Cuong Vu has had a large influence on the Seattle jazz scene. From his post as Professor of Jazz Studies at the UW he has given a wonderful shot in the arm to the students there. He and his students were featured prominently in a New York Times article about the Seattle jazz scene a few months back (we wrote about that here). His new album is out on Origin Records just this week and features his long time trio mates Stomu Takeishi on bass and Ted Poor on drums, along with Seattlite and fellow UW faculty member Luke Bergman, also on bass. Check out this incredible rendition of one of the most -played standards around. Bet you never heard it like this before!
- Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters – “Imaginary Folk Song”
From the CD Imaginary Sketches (Origin Records)
Also out this week is the new album from trumpeter Chad McCullough. This one finds him paired with Belgian pianist Bram Weijters. The two just finished a successful Belgian tour, where they shot some very cool video. Chad has been prolific, with three great CD’s in the last two years, and with each release you can hear him coming more and more into his own as both a player and composer. The rhythm section on the CD is rounded out by Chuck Deardorf on bass and John Bishop on drums.
Hope you enjoy the show!
Also, stay tuned for the debut of our first “Live From London Bridge Studio” podcast, which will debut this Monday and feature music from the Ryan Burns Trio w/Mark Taylor and Industrial Revelation!