Monday, December 14, 2020

New Jazz Music From Alexander McCabe, Chris Rottmayer and The Jeff Benedict Big Big Band

The music of jazz musician/composer Alexander McCabe has been heard on a number of soundtracks ("A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood" and "Tomorrow Never Dies") and television shows ("Breaking Bad" and "Nurse Jackie"). Now, Alexander McCabe is ready to add his fourth studio album "I'd Prefer" to his resume of music releases. The new eight song release features the amazing vocals of Alexander's sister, Anne McCabe and the stellar sax of George Coleman, who performed with the late, great Miles Davis. The album begins with the nostalgic sounding "I Really Don't Care," which sounds like it could have come from a Rogers and Hammerstein musical, as McCabe and Coleman trade solos. Then, the tempo slows down for the mellow vibe of "A Christmas Song," before the mood lifts with the swinging tempo of the title-song "I'd Prefer." The one and only cover song on the album is a sweet, loving version of Janet Jackson's "Together Again," which McCabe tries to make his own, adding a different tempo to the song. Alexander McCabe finishes up his new album with the most energetic tracks on the album, his tribute to the great "New York City" and the swinging flow of the seven-minute jam, "Out Front Blues." To find out more about Alexander McCabe and his latest release "I'd Prefer," please visit amccabemusic.com.

Next up is the the latest release titled "Sunday At Pilars" from jazz pianist/composer Chris Rottmayer. It features a dozen tracks that mirrors the vibe of the band, as they used to perform on Sundays at Pilars Martini in Winter Garden, Florida between 2015 and 2018. They album kicks off with the high energy of "Meteor" and the slow blues of "Weaver Of Dreams," as Chris' fingers find their way up and down the piano keys. The band get a second shot of energy with the nearly eight minute jam of "Mamacita," while also showcasing their emotional side with the passion of "Emily." Chris Rottmayer and his band swing together as one on the exciting vibe of "Nostalgia In Times Square," before closing out the album with the quiet "Waltz For Julia" and the solo-filled finale of "Cherokee." To find out more about Chris Rottmayer and his latest release "Sunday At Pilars," please visit chrisrottmayer.com.

Finally we have arrived as the sophomore release from The Jeff Benedict Big Big Band titled "The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful." Their new ten track release features a mix of originals and covers, beginning with the swinging tempo of "Moonscape." The band add some more funk to the Miles Davis classic "Nardis," while quickening up the pace of the timeless musical tale of "The Fotomat Song (Someday My Prince Will Come)." The band lock into a west coast sounding jazz groove on the nine-plus minute groove of "Armadillo Research," before jamming to nearly ten minutes with Irving Berlin's "Cheek To Cheek" as the basis. The Jeff Benedict Big Big Band wrap their new album with another funky rhythm and flow to "Tom And Jerry," along with the jazz/rock fusion of the album closer "Hikky Burr," by the iconic Quincy Jones. To find out more about The Jeff Benedict Big Big Band and their latest release "The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful," please visit facebook.com/marooncreekmusic.

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