Just last month, The TNEK Jazz Quintet released their latest studio effort "Plays The Music Of Sam Jones," a tribute to the great jazz composer, bassist and cellist. Jones played along side everyone from Thelonious Monk to Dizzy Gillespe to Cannonball Adderely. The TNEK Jazz Quintet's new album consists of seven tracks, beginning with swinging melody of "Unit Seven," featuring the play between saxophonists Antonio Parker and Benny Russell. The solid rhythm of "Bittersuite" is supplied by bassist Kent Miller and drummer Greg Holloway, which just motors the songs energy. Pianist Darius Scott steps up on the seven-minute ballad "Lillie," before the Quintet close out their new album with the exciting, upbeat vibe of "O.P." and "Tragic Magic" (the only song on the album not written by Sam Jones). To find out more about The TNEK Jazz Quintet and their latest release "Plays The Music Of Sam Jones," please visit tnekjazz.com.
Also recently released is the latest album from jazz guitarist Lou Volpe. His new album titled 'Before & After" features thirteen tracks (11 originals and 2 standards), beginning with the wonderful finger-picking of "Up The Road," which allows Volpe to stretch out his playing on these new songs. The album continues with the more melodic sway of "Three Rivers" and "Full Tilt," as Volpe's guitar playing leads the way down these musical paths. Lou Volpe adds his own special touches to the classics "Stella By Starlight" (adding a funky rhythm) and "Summertime" (done solo), in order to help them stand out from the many other cover versions of these songs. He adds a bit of Latin flair to his sound with the rhythm of "Solar Dance" and the exciting guitar work of "Perseguidor De Suernos (Dream Chaser)," before finishing with the light, gentle touch of the title-song "Before And After." To find out more about Lou Volpe and his latest release "Before & After," please visit louvolpejazz.com.
Finally, we arrive at the new, upcoming release from Jay Willie titled "Cadillac Walk." It features his partnership with harmonica great James Montgomery, who has performed with Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and late, great Johnny Winter. The pair came together at a show in Hartford, CT, which led to Jay Willie and James Montgomery recording this new album together. It features ten tracks (8 covers and 2 originals), beginning with the nostalgic pop hit "Three Cool Cats," before showing off their blues swagger on the title-song "Cadillac Walk," which stars Montgomery's harmonica skills. The album includes a couple of Johnny Winter songs ("I'm Yours And I'm Hers" & "Mean Town Blues"), along with a raw, rocking version of The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." After slowing down for the back porch sounding, gentle sway of "Detroit Blues," Willie and Montgomery add a sweet, New Orleans vibe to Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason," my personal favorite on the album. To find out more about Jay Willie and James Montgomery's new album "Cadillac Walk," please visit facebook.com/Jay-Willie-Blues-Band.