Sunday, September 20, 2020

Jazz It Up With New Releases From Hazar, the Jim Waller Big Band and Ben Zucker

Acoustic jazz guitarist Hazar recently released his latest studio effort titled "Reincarnated." It features elements of flamenco, bebop and gypsy swing spread across nine newly recorded tracks. Hazar's work on the acoustic guitar is simply stunning. He will excite your senses with the quick finger-picking fretwork of the opening track "Made For Wesley," then fellow guitar virtuoso Al Di Meola lends a hand to the swift pace of "Spain." Hazar adds a Latin flair to the "Godfather Theme" like ballad "Black Orpheus," before picking the tempo once again with the quick-moving "Made In France." Hazar wraps up his new album with his version of the Gershwin classic "Summertime," along with the funky, bebop breaks of Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee" and the emotional closer "Le Vieux Tzigane." To find out more about Hazar and his latest release "Reincarnated," please visit hazar.de.

Next up is the Jim Waller Big Band performing a mix of covers and originals on their latest release "Bucket List." It begins with the high-energy, swinging jazz original "Samba For Suzell," which features a quick-moving sax, piano and drum solo. Vocalist Jacqueline Sotelo takes on Peggy Lee's "I Love Being Here With You" and Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind," as the Big Band adds a bit of a pulse to the original ballad. The energy picks back up with another original instrumental "Waltz For Laura," before the Jim Waller Big Band lay it all out on the line for their stunning rendition of Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue." They finish off their new album with the mellow, blues flow of "A Ballad For Bob" and another original song, the final swinging jazz number "This Is It." To find out more about the Jim Waller Big Band and their latest release "Bucket List," please visit jimwallerbigband.hearnow.com.

Last, but not least we arrive at the band leading debut release from rising vibes master Ben Zucker. His new album titled "Fifth Season" features eight new tracks, including a four-part suite titled "Fifth Season." This suite showcases Zucker's experimental side, while pushing the boundaries as he jams with his band for almost thirty minutes. Then the music gets really spacey on the far out groove of "Moths Eating The Wallpaper Of Concorde," before Ben Zucker closes his new album with the improvisational jazz piece "Sixth Skin Pataforming." To find out more about Ben Zucker and his latest release "Fifth Season," please visit benzuckersounds.com.

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